Just as getting your passport in-order when planning a trip, there are many other steps to consider. When do you want to start your trip, where do you want to stop along the way, and what is your ultimate destination or goal? How much will it cost, how long will it take, what forms of transportation to consider?
Just as planning your trip, it is equally important to plan for your health and life-time goals. Don’t wait until illness strikes, become proactive and take action today. What you do today may determine the quality and length of your life in the future.
At Pasaporte a la Salud our goal is to Educate, motivate and empower you to take charge of your own health. To explore various Health Goals and Options. Become knowledgeable about marketing techniques used to get your attention and your money. Explore health options that work and those that don’t. Just as planning a trip will be different for each person, planning your health goals and how to choose to get there is each individual’s choice. My goal is to give you various perspectives on what is available and understanding the POLITICS, POWER AND PROFIT you will encounter along the way.
Some of you have had a life-changing experience in which Western medicine has played a major role in saving or extending your life. Others may be less motivated to pursue drugs or surgery. What-ever your mind set, explore your options and ask yourself:
“ARE YOU THE AUTHOR OF YOUR LIFE, OR A CHARACTER IN SOMEONE ELSES NOVEL?”
TO EDUCATE: Eastern and Western medicine have very different approaches to wellness. The following information will help you understand how and when to best use each one for your greatest benefit.
- Eastern medicine is over 5,000 years old. It is the oldest, literate, continually practiced medicine in the world.
- Western medicine as we know it has been developing over the last 200 years.
- Eastern medicine is focused on natural health-care, prevention, wellness, balance and harmony.
- Western medicine is focused on disease, and utilizes specialists to reduce or eliminate symptoms.
- Eastern medicine uses the “Emperical” approach which means; we may not understand why it works, but the fact that it does work is more important than the explanation why.
- Western medicine uses the “Rational” approach which views the universe as a constant and opposes anything it cannot understand by logic or deduction.
- Eastern medicine uses “similars” to gently stimulate a healing response to bring the body back into balance.
- Western medicine use “opposites” it focuses on fighting disease (“allo” means opposite from which the term allopathic medicine is derived).
- Eastern medicine follows the “Internal Environment Theory.” which follows the principal that if our billions of cells each receives the nutrition and oxygen it needs and has its waste products removed, it will be healthy, therefore; TOTAL HEALTH CAN ONLY BE ACHIEVED BY FIRST ATTENDING TO INNER HEALTH.
- Western medicine follows the “Germ Theory” which follows the principal that specific microbes (germs) produce a specific disease. In an attempt to destroy these germs it uses antibiotics, vaccines and medicines. The idea is, if there are no germs present there will be no disease.
- Eastern medicine uses acupuncture, manipulative therapy, food cures and hebology to move the natural life-force energy through “meridians” or “channels” to promote health and resolve the underlying dysfunction.
- Western medicine uses pharmaceuticals and chemicals to treat the symptoms of disease.
When should I consider using Western Medicine?
Exploring the benefits of Eastern and Western medicine will help in understanding the strengths and weakness of each modality. Knowing when to use each modality, and when to combine both to achieve the greatest benefit.
David Darbo, M.D. explains it this way: “I am NOT in any way criticizing the noble men and women who dedicate their lives to saving the lives of others. The hospitals in the U.S. are first-rate, equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and staffed with skilled technicians, nurses and physicians. In a medical emergency, there is nowwhere on earth I’d rather be. It is necessary to act dramatically in crisis situations and the medical profession is to be applauded for its skill in dealing with catastrophic illness. My hat is off to the established medical order within the context of crisis care.”
“The problem is not how the medical system operates in its own context but how it fails to maintain health.”
TAKE CANCER AS AN EXAMPLE:
In the year 1900, 47 out of every 100,000 people died of cancer which was the sixth leading cause of death. In the year 2005, there were 212 people out of every 100,000 died of cancer which was the second leading cause of death. Even with the advancement in technology and after raising billions of dollars for a “Cancer Cure” there is still no definitive answer, – Or is there? Every one of us has a family member or at least knows someone who has cancer.
But, did you know that 80 to 90 percent of all cancers are produced as the result of dietary, nutritional or lifestyle factors? “Inherited genetic factors account for only a small fraction of all human cancers – less than 7 percent.”
According to the National Cancer Institute, with every five-year increase of age there is a doubling in the incidence of cancer because of the time you have been exposed to risk factors. As we age the gastrointestinal track is less efficient in absorbing nutrients which causes the immune system to weaken. At the same time the body is less efficient at eliminating waste and toxins. The majority of people are dehydrated from a lack of water intake and from excessive caffeine intake, which is a diuretic. The sugar in one can of soda reduces your immune system by 50% for up to six hours.
The human body is composed of 70% to 80% water – and water is 89% oxygen by weight. Therefore, oxygen comprises 62% to 71% of the body, and is the body’s most abundant and essential element. Ninety (90%) percent of all our biological energy comes from oxygen. We can go for several weeks without food, several days without water, but we cannot survive more than a few minutes without oxygen. The primary physical cause of all disease is linked in one way or another to oxygen deficiency.
Do not wait until you are ill to seek health; become proactive and take the steps necessary to maintain your health. If you are 50 or older you should be on a health regime that you understand and makes sense to you. If you smoke and don’t think you can quit, at least take steps to protect your body from the damage being done. If you have been treated for cancer, don’t simply wait for your next annual check up to see if the cancer has returned. Become proactive and cleanse your body and strengthen your immune system. The Western approach to cancer is surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation, all of which focus on eliminating the cancer, but in the process weakens your immune system. In Oriental medicine we know that everyone has cancer cells, the difference between an active cancer and an inactive cancer is the state of the immune system. By maintaining a strong immune system we can prevent and/or facilitate a healing process.
Also understand that because the two treatment models are so different when someone tells you your condition is incurable such as in the case of fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Lupus, Arthritis, cancer, HIV/AIDs etc., what they are really saying is that they have reached the limits of their knowledge on that particular illness. Never give up, stay optimistic, be proactive. And understand the POLITICS, POWER AND PROFIT that drives the health-care and food industries.
OTHER HEALTH ISSUES TO CONSIDER:
They have raised billions of dollars to search for a Cancer Cure! Have you ever heard of them raising one dollar for Cancer Prevention? According to the American Cancer Society, “the probability that an individual, in the course of their lifetime, will develop cancer or die from it” is 1 in 2 for men (50%), and 1 in 3 for women (33.33%). The “Food Pyramid” was developed as a dietary guide by the Department of Agriculture. Why the Department of Agriculture, who’s job it is to promote and support farmers. Huge amounts of money were spent to influence Congress and others in the preparation of the “Food Pyramid” as to how much, and what types of foods should be recommended, nutrition had little to do with the final outcome. Would this not have been better accomplished through the Department of Health and Human Services. Did you know that the United States and New Zeland are the only two countries in the world that allow pharmaceutical companies to advertised directly to the public?
Are there low cost, simple, and effective ways to reduce or eliminate high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, HIV/AIDs and many other diseases? Would business decisions be made to block such cures from being known in the interest of promoting profits? You should explore the POLITICS, POWER AND PROFIT in the health-care and food industries. In the U.S. we spend more on health care than any other country; and yet we have higher incidences of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lung disease and a several other diseases even though they are both preventable and curable. The U.S. ranks 29th in health out of the 30 industrial countries. Understand that there is no incentive on the part of the pharmaceutical industries to promote better health. They are the most profitable industry in the world, enjoying average profit margins of 30,000% to 50,000% over their cost of raw materials. Understand the Pharmaceutical industry has more to gain when people are sick than when they are well. The Nutrition industry is big business also while many companies are honest and sell quality products, you need to know which products you should consider for your health-care and which ones have the potency and freshness to be effective. Then there are the food industries which are master in deceptive advertising and are no doubt the leading cause of most of the poor health, obesity and illness. Read the labels or better yet adopt the policy if it comes in a bottle, can, or a box, don’t eat it!
ASK YOURSELF, ARE YOU THE AUTHOR OF YOUR LIFE, OR A CHARACTER IN SOMEONE ELSES NOVEL?
KEEPING THINGS INPERSPECTIVE:
38,000 children a day die from starvation or preventable diseases.
3,000 people a day die from malaria.
2,600 people a day die from preventable cardiovascular disease.
552,000 people died in the U.S. from cancer in 2008, while 1.2 million more were diagnosed with cancer.
100,000 + people a year in the U.S. die from taking prescription drugs, as prescribed.
2,200,000 + people a year in the U.S. are hospitalized from taking prescription drugs as prescribed.
75 percent of all type II diabetics in the U.S. die from coronary events or stroke.
40,000 people a year in the U.S. die from the common flu.
257 people world wide died from the bird flu in 2003
145 people in the first half of 2009 died from the A(H1N1) Swine flu
1,170 people worldwide died from lightning strikes in 2004.
3,500 people died in the 9-11 World Trade Center and within weeks we mobilized troops and started a war in two foreign countries at a cost of over a billion dollars a month. Just think what we could accomplish if we focused that same effort on some of the above health-care issues.