Wellness: Health Care vs. Sick Care

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“I heard several drugstores have a wellness program. So does the local cardiologist and even some health check thumbinternists. What are they all referring to? I’m certainly confused,” asks Dr. David Pollack, of Pollack Wellness Institute, in Commack. The world Health Organization’s definition of wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life—“a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity,” explains Pollack. “The drugstore sells prescription pharmaceuticals; the cardiologist is running tests and recommending statins and beta blockers; your internist likely is adding more drugs to your regimen every year. None of these actions would qualify as wellness.” In fact, he says, they would seem to promote the complete opposite. Pollack asks: “If you take high blood pressure medication and have a ‘normal’ blood pressure reading are you healthy? What would happen if you stopped that medication? Would the blood pressure be high again? Probably. So the medication didn’t actually fix the problem, because you wouldn’t need it anymore if it did. I would relate that to having a leak in the roof and plugging it with paper towels every night. It might stop the water from coming in, but as soon as you stop working on it, we have a problem. In the same sense, wouldn’t you want to fix the roof so you no longer have to worry about the problem again?”

According to Pollack, there are many ways to actually reverse one’s health problems, often completely naturally and safely. He says that the first step is to choose to fix the problem and be willing to make the necessary lifestyle changes. “It’s hard to accept at times, but our lifestyle as a country has created the healthcare crisis as we know it. More medicine and surgery will not fix that—only change, beginning at the individual level to families, groups and communities and so on. I have helped so many people who have then had their families join in, often extending to their social groups and churches. It is so great to watch people feel great with energy, strength and vitality they didn’t know they could have, loving their lifestyle of being healthy. You can do it, too; it’s not that hard.”

Source: Dr. David Pollack, of Pollack Wellness Institute (66 Commack Rd., Commack). For more information, call 631- 462-0801 or visit CreatingWellnessLI.com.

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