So many articles have been written suggesting the need to discover the ROOT CAUSES of problems to more effectively address the CAUSES OF DISEASE. We read these articles and support the concept in THEORY, but not in PRACTICE. What FACTOR interferes with our rational thinking as we attempt to apply this concept to HEALTH and HEALTH CARE.
In one word, the answer is:
HOW DOES BEHAVIOR OF THE PARENT CONTRIBUTE TO THE ROOT CAUSE OF DISEASE?
The parent is the legal and moral guardian of the child. It is the parent’s responsibility to teach AND provide for the NEEDS of the child creating the opportunity for growth and development in a healthy manner. If the parent’s BEHAVIOR deviates from this role, the ROOT CAUSE of DISEASE can partially be attributed to the PARENT.
HOW DOES BEHAVIOR OF THE DOCTOR CONTRIBUTE TO THE ROOT CAUSE OF DISEASE?
If the DOCTOR considers him or herself the “provider of health” based on our traditional health care model, their BEHAVIOR also contributes to the ROOT CAUSE OF DISEASE. Although this may appear to read as an oxymoron, the doctor’s role is not to CREATE good health, but rather to SUPPORT the healthy functioning of the mind and body in order to assist the patient to restore and maintain good health THEMSELVES. The MIND and BODY require “work” to thrive. The mind needs to solve problems to grow and become more effective. It also needs “recovery time” to function optimally. The body needs “physical combatants” (ex. exposure to cold and hot temperatures, exposure to germs, exposure to physical stresses) to become more capable of surviving and ADAPTING to various conditions it may suddenly experience.
Traditional health care does not PROVIDE or SUPPORT these essential needs. Traditional health care:
address symptoms using synthetic drugs (often for the duration of life.)
uses artificial invasive procedures to instigate reactions by the body rather than techniques that support a healthy and natural response.
undervalues the patient’s role and responsibilities necessary to maintain a healthy MIND and BODY.
HOW DOES BEHAVIOR OF THE CHILD CONTRIBUTE TO THE ROOT CAUSE OF DISEASE?
Without proper guidance from the parent and the doctor, the child will follow a path of emotional satisfaction. Whether the behavior results in mental or physical damage, the child’s lack of cognitive development leaves the “decision making process” to the pleasure centers in their brain. Unfortunately, satisfying these centers with addictive substances and BEHAVIORS that promote damage to BOTH the body and mind destroys their lives before they’re old enough to even realize it.
HOW DOES BEHAVIOR OF BIG INDUSTRIES CONTRIBUTE TO THE ROOT CAUSE OF DISEASE?
Big Agriculture and Big Pharma are BUSINESS entities. Their focus is generating revenue. This, in and of itself, is not bad or wrong. It only crosses the line when these organizations are willing to generate revenue at the expense of the consumer’s health. This BEHAVIOR has become so widespread, it conceals itself within the “DNA” of society and appears as a “normal” way of doing business. Many of these products they produce or create with altruistic claims have been proven detrimental to the consumer who purchases them without knowledge or awareness.
HOW DOES BEHAVIOR OF GOVERNMENT CONTRIBUTE TO THE ROOT CAUSE OF DISEASE?
Finally, we see how government BEHAVIOR contributes to the ROOT CAUSE of DISEASE. As citizens, we are offered the opportunity to participate in the election process. We are not, however, involved (on any level) with electing the members of our regulatory agencies responsible for “protecting our interests.” For example, the FDA’s board of directors is appointed by the Commissioner of the FDA (who is appointed by the President of the U.S.) These are POLITICALLY affiliated appointees with personal agendas (that do not necessarily have the public’s best interest in mind!)
We have three branches of government that provides CHECKS AND BALANCES on the system to prevent abuse by any one level. Since our government regulatory agencies have DIRECT business ties with the pharmaceutical and agricultural industries (without any oversight or independent consumer agency to report to) a clear CONFLICT OF INTEREST exists. This has resulted in the fast tracking of drugs and agricultural products (ex. pesticides) which have (overtime) caused great suffering and even DEATH to the consumer. Lawsuits have been filed and settled with payments in the BILLIONS of dollars for compensation. To prevent recurrences of these types of abuses, what changes to the system have been implemented?
This BEHAVIOR is another example of the ROOT CAUSE of DISEASE we face today.
When we think in terms of ROOT CAUSE, we must broaden our parameters to encompass as many BEHAVIORS as possible that contribute to the compromised health we experience on a GROWING basis. Focusing on compromised health outcomes (ex. high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc…) has not (and will not) improve the health and welfare of our nation. It is only when we begin to REALIZE AND ACCEPT ALL THE DIFFERENT PARTICIPANTS and their:
as MAJOR components in the ROOT CAUSES of DISEASE that change becomes possible.
Although only six different areas of BEHAVIOR have been identified in this article, more certainly exist. We claim to feel “so small” and “helpless” when it comes to CHANGE in this world.
I COMPLETELY DISAGREE WITH THIS SENTIMENT!
There is no one in CHARGE with greater CONTROL and INFLUENCE than YOU regarding your ACTIONS for yourself and your family. Here is where BEHAVIORAL CHANGES BEGIN. As people begin to realize the power they possess by offering HEALTHIER CHOICES to themselves and their families, Big Business will be FORCED to comply with the masses new DEMANDS in order to maintain their profitability.
Rather than “demonizing” anyone or any institution, this approach to BEHAVIORAL changes creates a WIN-WIN scenario for all parties involved and a NEW achievable REALITY to FIXING the:
ROOT CAUSES of DISEASE.