Traditional healthcare often doesn’t help people to become
truly healthy. Many medical problems persist and
even worsen despite all the usual traditional healthcare. Let’s
examine the case of Bob Baker, a typical patient within the
“traditional healthcare system,” which clearly illustrates the
Foreword helps users understand the difference between prescription drugs vs. over-the-counter drugs and also provides other useful information. Narrative sidebars offer users personal examples of drug interactions or adverse side effects to help readers recognize warning signs.
This story begins in 1974. I tell it to you so that you will know
how I came to the knowledge I am about to share with you. It
also demonstrates how any person can transform his or her life
from ill health and craziness to well-being and sanity.
Two years out of college, I was an itinerant photographer
working for whichever publication would pay me to take pictures.
I ate what I wanted, smoked cigarettes, partied. And I got headaches:
searing, debilitating migraine headaches.
Drinking and driving: It doesn’t take much alcohol to impair a person’s
ability to drive. The chances of being killed in a single-vehicle crash
are increased at a blood alcohol level that a 140-lb. woman would
reach after having one drink on an empty stomach.
Medication interactions: Alcohol can interact with a wide variety of
medicines, both prescription and over-the-counter. Alcohol can
reduce the effectiveness of some medications, and it can combine
with other medications to cause or increase side effects.
We are in trouble. The health of our country is being compromised
due to a lifestyle of overeating and sedentary habits. Never
before in our history has the health of so many individuals been
put at risk due to the lethal combination of an inactive lifestyle and
poor nutrition. It is now apparent that for the first time in U.S.
history, our children will lead a shorter, lower quality of life than
their parents. The reason? We now live in what health practitioners
call an “obesity epidemic.
Impacts: The economic burden of mental illness in Canada in 1998 was estimated at $4.7B in direct costs (hospital &
institutional care, physician care, and prescription medications) and $3.2B in indirect costs (short-term sick days, long-term
disability, and premature death).
15 People with mental retardation have a life-long handicap that produces an enormous
social, emotional and financial burden on the families and communities in which they live.
It is thought that between a third and a half of all medicines1
long-term conditions are not taken as recommended. If the prescription is
appropriate, then this may represent a loss to patients, the healthcare system
and society. The costs are both personal and economic.
Adherence presumes an agreement between prescriber and patient about the
prescriber’s recommendations. Adherence to medicines is defined as the
extent to which the patient’s action matches the agreed recommendations.