LIFE DEFINED BY THE HEALTH INDUSTRY
Most times, we often misunderstand standard of living and quality of life concepts. Some people take these concepts to be synonymous, as they equate material success with a high quality of life. However, quality of life defined by the health industry is the way ailments affect a patient individually. The researchers at the University of Toronto’s Quality of Life Research defined it as, “The degree to which a person enjoys the important possibilities of his or her life”
A major concern for most people is maintaining quality of life, especially if a person’s health is compromised. As science advances, the issue becomes a significant concern because humans are living much longer with modern technology, so upholding quality of life is challenging. But as science and effective sanitation advances, illnesses diminish, vastly improving quality of life. However, no matter how long we live, the possibility of sickness affecting everyone is imminent.
One common denominator among sickness is almost all causes of disease or abnormalities, and the resulting symptoms are caused by an underlying dysfunction/imbalance in at least one of the body’s twelve systems. Some of those systems include the cardiovascular system, endocrine system, skeletal system, and there are many more. However, in an astonishing twist, researchers have determined humans have a thirteenth system; the Endocannabinoid, an unknown system only discovered in the last few years.
 Dr. Rebecca Renwick, T. M. (2009, October ). Quality of Life Research Unit. Retrieved from http://sites.utoronto.ca/qol/
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Another issue that developed over the decades is the harmful approach to treating our body as if each system operates independently. As an example, if someone experiences “thyroid type symptoms,” like cold hands and feet, loss of hair, and fatigue, the normal approach might be to see an internist who could prescribe a drug. Then sometime after starting the drug (months or years later), the patient develops joint pain. They seek another doctor; maybe an orthopaedist who might prescribe another drug. However, in this example, the pain is being caused by the initial drug. As more time passes, the original drug also causes a heart condition, so now a cardiologist is suggested because of heart issues. So again, more testing and eventually more drugs. Since the body functions as one unit, then it should be treated as such. But most doctors do not look at the entire body, or how those thirteen systems work together. Ask any doctor to verbally list the major side effects of the drug being prescribed, most probably cannot. The response will most likely start with telling the person to read the information on the prescription paperwork.
Anytime multiple prescriptions are being prescribed the chances of side effects increase, but so does the probability of a dangerous drug interaction. Therefore, the information on any side effects or interactions should be reviewed before prescribing a drug. Otherwise, the patient is left in the dark about any potential symptoms from taking multiple drugs. The patient then begins a downward spiral – symptoms, drugs, symptoms, drugs. However, the issue does not stop with just symptoms, there is something worse called “contraindications.” In the event, a drug is prescribed, it might need to be monitored closely for contraindications with other drugs. By definition, a contraindication is defined as a specific situation that should not be used because it may be harmful to a person. The outcome left unmonitored could prove fatal to the patient. Sometimes, these drugs should never be taken together.
The current health care system rarely observes or treats an underlying cause of a chronic condition. If the origin or causes can be identified there is a much better chance of successfully resolving a patient’s underlying cause of their disease. In conclusion, follow up with your doctor on learning how to solve the underlying cause or causes before taking a prescription and just hoping the problem will go away. If you are searching for genuine health care and not just a prescriber, search for a local Functional Medicine Doctor. I did…… it saved my life. I hope this information can help you find a better quality of life.