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Can Preventative and Wellness Care Fix Our Country’s Woes?

Posted by admin on Fri, Sep 23, 2011

Coy Roskosky D.C.

This past weekend I went to the “Achieving Optimal Health Conference” at Georgetown University, which had prominent speakers like the former Surgeon General, Dr. Richard Carmona, and Dr. Michael Roizen, Chief Wellness Officer of the Cleveland Clinic and the co-author of the “YOU” book series with Dr. Oz.   Both of these presenters had one universal message that "taking care of yourself (prevention and wellness) will not only make you feel better, but will save this country."

Let me explain a little further.  In these lectures information was provided that made you open your eyes wide.  The United States has more medical/surgical procedures done than any other country, in fact 4 times more.  These procedures are expensive and well over 80% of these medical conditions are preventable by changing your lifestyle.  With the incoming baby boomers to the healthcare system and Medicare the financial burdens will increase dramatically.  Currently the United State Gross Domestic Product (GDP) spent on healthcare is at 16.3%, 19.6% by 2016 and by 2020 could reach 28%.  26% GDP is the borderline before a collapse of the healthcare system due to the financial burden on the United States.

Then statistics were shown where people who took care of their health utilized healthcare 65% less than the average individual.  If people were to change to these healthier lifestyles the U.S. would reduce the GDP by 1.3 Trillion dollars per year!  I would say that is a pretty significant savings without having to go to Congress to pass a bill to try and save us. 

So the answer to the title of this article is “Yes, it can!” 

If we can eat right, exercise, stop smoking and decrease our stress we can live better while saving a lot of money.  If we do preventative care like, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, and better nutrition we can feel great and be more vibrant and energetic into our 50’s, 60’s and beyond without worrying about how many surgical procedures or medications we’ll need to spend our money on.  But to do this we need to take the first step to start the journey. 

Make that step today! 


Coy Roskosky, D.C., is a Chiropractor in the Washington D.C. area specializing in chronic pain, sports injuries and sports performance and TMJ. He uses many techniques including Applied Kinesiology (AK), Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT), Active Release Technigue (ART), and Activator in his practice at National Integrated Health Associates, NIHA, an integrative medicine and dental center.




Topics: holistic health, integrative health, chiropractic, integrated health