In my book, “Cracking Your Health Code”, I explain, in the first part of the book, how we are on the brink of a new health order. The book speaks about how our current model is failing, causing 9 out of 10 of us to die mostly of preventable diseases, despite the advancements in research and technology and the growing access to information at our fingertips.
Times have changed and the choice is yours to change with it.
What If you could choose any health model you wanted, would you not choose one that works best for you? One that delivers results and makes you happy? One that removes the guesswork and offers the support you need to reach your goal, one that educates you instead of leaving you in the dark?
On the one hand, there is the standard societal procedure, a system that is locked up and governed by powerful institutions. On the other hand, a more flexible and adaptive approach evolving with time and founded by real science. There is another perspective that has been proven to work better in addressing the disease of our civilisation, offering hope in solving our health problems.
1. From infectious disease to chronic illness
We are reaching our limits from constantly having to battle diseases. Our modern medicine is failing to address the issue, despite the growing financial and social burden that it is estimated to reach £40 billion within a decade. Enough to put any country to its knees. We are facing an all-new problem; chronic illness. Our current strategy and system to treat chronic illnesses is not adapted to tackle this dilemma. Our understanding of chronic illnesses, of their origins and causes, are not investigated in our current health system. The global health system is in no way ready to tackle this epidemic. We instead have a sophisticated medical infrastructure to address infectious diseases and acute care, sharpened like a weapon. If you get injured or have an infection, you go to the hospital or to see your doctor. You get cured or fixed and leave the establishment with a prescription in hand. From the training of the doctors to the insurance institutions, everything is geared up to treat accidents and infectious illnesses. Unfortunately, this pill for an ill system is in no way suited to address the pandemic of chronic illnesses that is now the number one cause of death in this world.
2. From the status quo to the awakening movement.
The growing concern of chronic illness comes from the realisation that the health system in place is not solving the issue. We are conscious that the risk is grand. Increasing people are wanting to try and take care of themselves, creating a health movement. We are also becoming more and more aware of powerful institutions that are contributing to making us ill. We were so disconnected from our health that companies started to practically poison our food and our environments with products we use daily. Even if these chemicals are directly linked with the development of cancers or other nasty physiological imbalances. Slowly though, some people have begun waking up. Championing healthy and organic eating and denouncing the ill practices of the food industry. This is only going to get stronger as public opinion is now too big to ignore, slowly progressing in implementing laws that protect our health.
3. From standardised and reactive sick care to a more personalised and preventative approach.
The rise of functional medicine that treats key physiological processes as a whole is on the rise. These medicines focus on the source of imbalance instead of treating a symptom. Many doctors are starting to move away from the current system they work in and have moved to a more functional approach, Applying a more personalised approach and nutritional concepts.
4. From no health data to the quantified self-movement.
Thanks to the acceleration of technologies and the growing access to information at our fingertips, we can now track a lot more than steps. We now have the ability to gear ourselves up with all sorts of devices to measure all sorts of biological processes and biomarkers from heart rate to blood pressure - even blood glucose level. Home kits for blood checks are now becoming available and soon to become the new norm. Lots of people now go to their GP with data from third parties. We are now entering an era of democratised medicine, where we have immediate access to our own data. Allowing us to be in the driving seat of our own health.
5. From physiology only to physiology and emotional connection.
The current ‘modern’ system is in no way implementing lifestyle medicine. In fact, in the U.S., a doctor giving nutrition or lifestyle recommendations without giving any prescription can lose his licence. Even though one of the most common issues around, high blood pressure, can be completely eradicated within weeks just through simple changes in diet and lifestyle.
Today, private practitioners and functional medicine practitioners are re-establishing the connection between the mental-emotional self and the physical self. How many friends do you have who practice yoga? What about meditation? Now think back, 10 years ago. How many people did you know by then who practised these activities? Spirituality and the emotional world were for too long for the mystic people that were not complying with the current system. Nowadays, I talk to busy CEOs that would not miss their meditation session in the fear of burning out again and lose control over their physiology. Now companies are even providing meditation to their employees and schools are teaching the young how to meditate.
Numerous studies have shown that the daily practice of gratitude affects the following areas:
- Better sleep
- Less depression
- Reduction in anxiety
- Lower blood pressure
- Higher energy
- A greater meaning to life
6. From doomed to the quest of health system optimisation
For too long we have heard the story that "if we get sick it is bad luck". As long as that it is wired in our brains it will influence our behaviour to be passive towards our health. We now understand that a disease isn’t genetic and that your genes are not your fate! It isn’t because you have a certain predisposition to a disease that you will necessarily develop it. The results of the development of degenerative diseases is the miscommunication between our genes and our lifestyle, diet and environment. Knowing what your genes are will help you to adjust and reestablish that communication. You can then learn how to make the changes that count most and optimise your health accordingly.
7. From quick fixes to sustainability.
The one-size-fits-all system brought the culture of the ‘hit' and ‘quick-fix’ that creates trends. In this context, there is a new miracle product or diet every week to feed our appetite. However, many health experts are now turning back to the basics of health and wellness by adding a layer of personalisation to offer a long-lasting plan that works over the long term. This new methodology is in contrast to the quick fix that offers quick results through restriction that cannot be maintained or can even be dangerous in the long term. However, most people are starting to recognise this, as we become increasingly reluctant to buy things when it involves a fitness model and a product attached to a price tag.
8. Back to real food
Organic food is a basic of health optimisation. However, it isn’t mainstream. Food production is one of the basic fundamentals of our society. If we change our mindset, our eating habit and our way of consuming, corporations will have to respond and adapt to a new market. We can already see the small farmer getting back to being relevant to the whole chain of production. Many options of growing your own plants and seeds inside your home are becoming available.
9. From isolated movement to the power of the community.
The arrogance of the old system has for too long made us believe that health should only be within the hand of the white coats backed up with the powerful institution behind them. Succumbing to chronic illnesses is something that we can all easily avoid. It all starts by being educated in self-health and having access to all the technology that still need to be made available mainstream. One thing that we know and can learn from the history of our civilisation; nothing is as quick to make the change in the public opinion. There is a new health order fuelled by a growing awakening that being healthy is our right and our responsibility. Who created this health model? Why are we not taught to take control of our health at school? isn’t it an essential area of our life? It is time to accelerate that process by embracing the new health order. It all starts with you making the right changes and being proactive towards your health. We now have the tools and access to all information to do so. Being healthy does not require complexity. It is for sure complex to treat or cure a disease and most of the time it fails. However being healthy is easy… and should be our natural way.
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