Optimal Health is Your Birth Right
November 17, 2009 by Dr. Mark Wiley
You don’t have to live in pain. You don’t have to suffer a chronic health condition that is non-life-threatening. You don’t ever need to be sick. The various pains, illnesses and diseases you “deal with” every day are not permanent fixtures in your life.
Yet, from early on, most of us are taught “to manage” or “to mask the symptoms of” and then later “to live with” our poor health conditions. This is perverse and goes against our homeostatic (self-balancing) nature. What’s more, despite lackluster results, too many people keep following the practices of a healthcare system that simply has not delivered on its promises.
Are we doing this because we don’t realize it’s not working?
What if I told you there was in place at this very moment a healthcare model to lose weight, be emotionally strong and illness free? Would you be interested in it? One would think so. But if I then explained that this same model allows 16.2 million adults to suffer from chronic asthma; that 16 percent of the followers have high cholesterol; that 25.1 million live with heart disease and 32 percent suffer hypertension; that one in every six followers of this program develop arthritis; and that a whopping 67 percent of the entire population on this program are clinically obese… would you still be interested?
I would think the fast answer is, “No.” Yet even with freedom of choice and an information superhighway available at our fingertips 24/7, we are still participating in this failed model of wellness called Western allopathic medicine. Are we insane?
Not sure that your ill health is not only not getting better with mainstream medicine but is actually getting worse? Then consider the sickening statistics.
Way back in 1996 only 77 million Americans were suffering in chronic pain. Today, that number is more than 150 million. That’s a 100 percent increase in a symptom in just over a dozen years of medical progress. Now that’s what I call Super Sizing!
Here are some of the current medical statistics from the United States, a nation that spends more resources per capita on healthcare than any other in the world.
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death among Americans, killing nearly 27 percent of the population.
- Twenty-three and a half million Americans over age 20 develop Type 2 Diabetes.
- More than 26 million Americans between the ages of 20 and 64 experience frequent back pain.
- More than 25 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches. And nine out of 10 Americans have other kinds of headaches each year.
- Thirty-three percent of adult Americans lose more than 20 hours of sleep each month due to pain.
- Each day 10 percent of adult Americans suffer from acid reflux.
- Financially, pain accounts for 25 percent of all sick days taken by full-time workers, costing the economy $50 billion in lost work days and $3 billion in lost wages.
Each and every one of the above-mentioned “conditions” is rampant among adults, despite medical “progress.” Why? Because the medical system responsible for that progress is based on a flawed model of health.
Simply put, mainstream medicine fails to eradicate people’s everyday pains, illnesses and diseases. It fails because it is passive and reactionary and thus is unable to prevent you from experiencing chronic health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, stress, anxiety, depression, headache, back pain, tendonitis, colitis, metabolic syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, Raynaud’s syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease and hundreds of others.
And this model will always fall short because it uses “disease” as its basis of finding health. That is, you see your primary care physician when you are ill, the doctor diagnosis your illness, labels the disease, then prescribes a protocol for treating that disease. Your personal health issues are “managed” by prescription medication, various therapy and surgery. Such a model can never hope to cure your daily non-terminal health problems, yet these are the important issues you face and that steadily undermine your quality of life.
So, who am I and why should you believe in what I say?
I am Dr. Mark Wiley and I know how you feel. I suffered from severe chronic headaches and musculoskeletal pain my entire life. Like you, as I went from doctor to doctor, desperately hoping for relief, no one could help me. Every day was a soul-destroying battle with neck and shoulder pain, mid-back pain, hip pain and head pain. Pain, pain, pain.
Unlike some chronic pain sufferers, I was fortunate enough to have support. My parents are both healthcare professionals. Unfortunately, even with their love, direction and referral to experts in various specialty fields, the suffering was constant, unbearable and unrelenting. I was forever putting myself in front of medical doctors, osteopaths, naturopaths, chiropractors, physical therapists, psychologists, allergists, body workers, hypnotists and dieticians. No treatment or surgery had lasting results.
I became proactive in college. In addition to studying medical anthropology, I was in close contact with dozens of mind/body health practitioners around the country. I became a research assistant at Harvard Medical School, looking into how to combine various mind/body methods for pain relief and even using martial art drills as vehicles to create altered states of consciousness. Yet despite all this, the net results were underwhelming. I was finally forced to face the fact that conventional Western medicine and many of the so-called “complementary medicines” were unable to heal me. So I became the Marco Polo of pain.
I began traveling, tracking down rumors of cures for pain and suffering to be found in far away places with strange-sounding names. Reiki and qigong in Japan, tui na in Taiwan, acupuncture and traditional herbs in Singapore, faith healing and bone-setting in the Philippines, spiritualists and medicine men in Malaysia. Been there, done that, designed the tee shirt. Yes, as with Western doctoring there was some short-term relief, but the pain always returned. Always. Then one day, I had had enough and decided to make a final desperate change in my life’s direction.
What did I do?
I became a doctor of Oriental and alternative medicine to cure myself. And over the past 10 years of treating patients and lecturing worldwide, I have developed a proactive self-directed, self-cure model of optimal health and pain-free living. And I will share it with you here every Tuesday.
I know the information will change your life, as it did mine. And please, if you have a specific health concern you would like me to address, let me know and I will do so as soon as possible. Until next week…
Yours in self-directed wellness,
Dr. Mark Wiley