Suffering from a chronic disease? You are not alone. 6 in 10 adults have a chronic disease in America. 4 in 10 adults have TWO or more chronic diseases according to the CDC. Chronic disease is defined by the CDC as, “conditions that last 1 year or more and require ongoing medical attention or limit activities of daily living, or both”. Examples are heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. These conditions are also the leading drivers of the country’s almost 4 TRILLION in healthcare costs.
The CDC also cites that the “key lifestyle risks” for chronic disease are tobacco use, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, and excessive alcohol use. These are all good and true, but there is a lot more to it. The four mentioned will be relegated to just ONE of the groups Dr. Sean measures when he sees a new patient for chronic care.
You see, non-smokers, non-drinkers, those that are active and eat well, STILL have a chronic disease. Doc helps those suffering on both sides of the chronic disease fence. His care addresses all of the combined factors that contribute to chronic disease, no matter what kind you have, and no matter what your lifestyle is like.
If you suffer from chronic disease and want to know what it’s going to take to heal the issue; here’s Doc’s healing checklist.
5 Factors That Determine How You’ll Heal
- How long have you had it?
This is an easy to understand concept. The longer you have had an issue, the more time it’s going to take to reverse it. Since the body is an interconnected eco-system, what happens to say in your digestive system (IBS), effects what is happening in other systems. Because all of our systems are inter-dependant on each other to function, they support each other’s efforts. The digestive system has many steps to break down, abstract nutrients, transport them, and eliminate them. If that system has a defect in any area (say, IBS), how well are you able to get the nutrients your body needs for growth and repair to the hungry cells? The cells of your body replace themselves by the millions EVERY DAY! Our example is but just one such instance where the body’s systems are inter-dependent.
- How much damage has been done?
The question here flows from the above question. An assessment of all body systems needs to be taken for us to know the magnitude of the damage. How do we do this? One way is a diagnostic tool Dr. Sean uses called an Integrated Urinalysis Panel. The IUP is an epigenetic profile and measures how your body systems are responding to the environment they’re living in. In other words, how many systems are broken, what’s about to break, and what is causing them to break?
- How much vitality is in the body?
Simply put, are you a young 50? Or an old 50? Have you lost your zest for life? That means your cells have also lost the zest, they have little zip, pep, and are tired. We are our cells, so what and how we feel is a large reflection of what’s going on internally.
- How willing are you to change and follow directions?
Will you put in the work? Because it’s going to be work. Maintaining and achieving health requires action on the part of the patient. There is no other way around it. This is where those 4 “key health risks” the CDC sited become important. You may have to stop smoking, start some mild exercise, make better food choices, and limit alcohol. Your doctor CANNOT do this for you. Action is power here, we need to understand WE play the most important role in this healing game.
- How good and knowledgeable is your doctor?
This is probably the biggest reason why our medical system fails those with chronic disease. Over 80% of us now die from chronic disease, so medicine DOES NOT have this. Doctors today in practices around the country have very little understanding of real healing. It’s not their fault, they aren’t taught to see the big picture. We mean the kind that is narrow-minded and only write scripts, they do not have the education to do otherwise. Writing scripts are usually what we get when we see an MD today for chronic disease. Time and again, we have seen that pharmaceuticals fail when used long-term. That is not what they should be used for. They should be used for a short time period, to get a situation under control while they figure out how to balance the body so that it no longer needs the medication. How often do you hear someone talking about getting OFF their long-term medication? Not often.
What do they do well? Anything that is acute, like a heart attack or broken bone. Anything infectious disease, as in the pandemic we are in now. And anything traumatic, maybe a car accident, boat crash, etc. Those we as a country do very well with. But this is not what we are dying from. We are dying from chronic and degenerative diseases.
We need a mainstream class of doctors that are looking at the entire picture from a bird’s eye view. Let medicine do what they do well, which is to treat acute, traumatic, and infectious diseases. Let doctors like Dr. Sean work to balance and heal the body, set it free from medications, and keep us healthy well into our senior years. Between the two, we are all well covered!