Wellness. The term was coined little more than 15 years ago and is quickly gaining widespread popularity in America today. Prior to that, Western modern medicine spent all of its timing treating disease and illness by developing drugs as the weapon of choice. I recently learned that from 1999 to 2009, the number of prescriptions increased 39% (from 2.8 billion to an astronomical 3.9 billion) compared to only 9% growth in population. That’s an average of almost 13 prescriptions for every single person in America! Personally, I didn’t have any. Does that mean someone else might have had over 20 prescriptions in one year? Quite likely. I fear that we, as a nation, have fallen into one of the greatest health care perplexities in our young history.
It’s no secret that pharmaceuticals have now become one of the most powerful industries in the world today. This is evidenced by much of our population popping an acceptable one, two, three or even more pills a day for a myriad of health complaints without even a thought of the damaging side effects they cause.
How the American public got duped into putting all of its faith in the Western medical community and the billions of pharmaceuticals prescribed every year is another whole story. What is important here is that there is a health revolution going on with more and more emphasis being put on prevention and holistic health alternatives. And who’s leading the charge? We are. The Baby Boomers. After all, we all seek a feeling of well-being, especially with our active RV lifestyles of today.
We, as individuals, must realize it’s OK to question our health care providers and the treatments and drugs they prescribe. It’s OK to seek out and learn about viable holistic alternatives. It’s OK to blend modern Western medicine and natural health choices. We have the right to seek the answers we need to improve our own health, regardless of whether it’s condoned by our health care providers. We must question the motivation of those who deny alternative health care practices. Our personal health and vitality are at stake. Our wellness and active lifestyles are at stake. The choices are ultimately ours to make each and every day of our lives.
It is undeniable that active RVers today realize that the road to greater health is paved with good choices about the foods we eat, the water we drink and the medical treatment we seek. May the choices we make improve our busy, mobile lifestyles.