Ever since I remember, we have been debating healthcare in this country. Every politician has their own opinion on how to fix it. In reality, we need to stop concentrating on how to pay for it and instead focus on how to prevent the need for it.
Our healthcare system is based around keeping sick people alive rather than actually curing disease. At first it surprised me when people sat down with me in our gym and told me their blood work came back with terrible numbers and THEY realized they needed to lose weight. They made the decision that change needed to happen. Possibly, their physicians told them to lose weight. Even better, he/she told them to eat properly, in adequate quantities, and exercise. However, that’s doubtful. Many just don’t have the knowledge to prescribe those things. They are experts in medicine and drugs. What I do expect from our physicians however is a general prescription for the factual cure to chronic disease (nutrition and exercise) and adequate referrals to the healthcare providers that can provide them with solutions.
Physicians in my eyes do a great job at referring other physicians in their network with specialties to help treat ailments that require special attention. So why is it that a diabetic or pre-diabetic individual isn’t referred to the specialist that can cure their disease? Personal Trainers, CrossFit Coaches, Nutritionists, Dieticians, among others look at the underlying cause of their disease and treat it. Often, it’s as simple as eating real food, in smaller quantities, and adding in some sort of exercise. Instead, these individuals are referred to pharmacies only to revert to drugs as their treatment option.
I can’t fix the healthcare problem in this country. It’s too large, too complex, and way too much money in it for a little voice like me to be of a major influence. What I can offer however is micro solutions – helping one person at a time cure their own disease. You don’t have to be a victim of your aliment. You are in charge of your life. Chronic disease doesn’t have to be a life sentence to being sedentary and on prescription drugs.
If you or someone close to you is in this position, please contact us so we can help.
DISCLAIMER: There are great doctors. Unfortunately, I just don’t know many of them, especially in the field of primary care. Luckily, it seems as if CrossFit Health is aiming to fix this and create a database of doctors that want to cure chronic disease, not just treat it. If you do know of any local physicians in the Fort Lauderdale area that do promote, have knowledge, and practice preventative healthcare through exercise and nutrition, please let me know as I would love to refer them business.
Sean Spire is the Head Coach of ASL. He was a competitive swimmer who discovered CrossFit and Ironman Triathlons. He has his BS in Exercise Science from Florida State University.