wealth20through20health13We are living in stressful times. Each day brings with it more bad news about the economy, housing prices, and unemployment. Americans from all walks of life are scrambling to hold on to what they have financially. As investments are decreasing in value it is difficult to know what to do with our money and how to insure that we have enough to live comfortably now and later in life. Unfortunately, we as individuals can’t control our economy but we can focus on one thing that can possibly bring us wealth both literally and spiritually: our health.

The cost of healthcare in the United States has been rising exponentially for years yet at the same time the average American is becoming less healthy. We are a country full of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity. The cost to treat these diseases is overwhelming both state and federal budgets, as well as increasing health insurance premiums. Healthcare spending has increased from $700 billion in 1985 to almost $2 trillion in 2008. Both our healthcare system and our economy need an overhaul, but how best to do this? Focusing on preventative health, rather than costly treatments, will reduce medical costs and keep money in our pocket. Investing a small amount of money to keep from getting sick is much more cost effective than trying to undo the damage after a diagnosis. In other words, health brings wealth.

In the TIME magazine article “From Health to Wealth”, Bruce Pyenson, a health consultant actuary is quoted as saying “Good health has a value in dollars”. He notes that a healthy person’s retirement savings should be ten times their final salary but a person with a chronic disease needs significantly more money to pay for healthcare costs in retirement.

Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic care fits into the model of cost-effective preventative care that will save tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in the long run. A study published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine in 2004 compared costs of healthcare between patients with chiropractic coverage and those without. The authors concluded that access to chiropractic care may reduce healthcare costs when compared to traditional medical care.

Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic adjustments allow the nervous system, and therefore the body, to function optimally. Removing nervous system interference by correcting subluxations has been shown to positively affect the immune system, gastrointestinal system, cardiovascular system, improve joint health, and increase energy. When your nervous system is functioning optimally your body is able to better handle the physical, emotional, and chemical stresses of life that, with a compromised nervous system, may result in sickness and disease.

Committing to a chiropractic lifestyle now will pay dividends both in your body and in your pocketbook! Do not be like the majority in our country who work the first two thirds of their lives to accumulate wealth while sacrificing their health and then spend the last one third of their lives spending everything they saved to get back what they lost while trying to build wealth…Invest in your health today!

Sources:

From Health to Wealth, Dan Kadlec, TIME Magazine, 9/22/08

Health takes a hit as economy creates more stress, Sharon Jayson, USA Today, 10/07/08

Is Healthcare Armageddon Next?, Bernadine Healy, M.D., U.S. News and World Report, 10/13-10/20/08

Comparative analysis of individuals with and without chiropractic coverage: patient characteristics, utilization, and costs., Legorreta AP, Metz RD, Nelson CF, Ray S, Chernicoff HO, Dinubile NA., Archives of Internal Medicine. 2004 Oct 11;164(18):1985-92.