Tuesday, October 2, 2012

{Infographic - Health-care versus Spending}

I saw this on a blog the other day.  This fairly simple info-graphic from the Bipartisan Policy Center, as published in the Washington Post is pretty telling...  It's also pretty damn scary.

Simply put, "...The health-care system isn’t what makes us healthy. It’s where we go once we’re sick. And it’s where we spend all our money..."  

The Bipartisan Policy Center has no reason to fluff the information, since there's no politics involved.  But, really....  Look at their recommendations. Their recommendations focus on changing farm and agriculture policy; creating/growing healthy communities, healthy families, healthy schools, and healthy workplaces; and ensuring public awareness.

As I look at this infographic, I realize exactly how true it tends to be... Case in point - my recent diagnosis with Celiacs disease.  For years and years, I have been suffering with stomach/digestive issues, anxiety/depression, hormonal issues, etc.  Seeking a diagnosis from the traditional medical community (from my early teens through the past couple months) resulted in tons of appointments with specialists, many tests (that may or may not have been needed), and lots of prescriptions that never really did much for my issues.

Then, low and behold, I go see a different type of doctor.  She recommends significant changes in my diet, even before bloodwork is completed.  Once the bloodwork confirmed her suspicions, she gives me clear guidance on how to basically change my life.  In just over one month, my health has changed dramatically.  I am no longer feeling like crap, taking unnecessary prescriptions, etc.

What are you thoughts on this?  Do you think the infographic is a fair representation?

1 comment:

  1. I agree with the infographic, but I think it also makes it look really easy. Unfortunately, a lot of people are not educated on what those healthy behaviors are that contribute to healthy life. Or, they don't have the funds to eat nutritious food. So yeah, the graphic is good and it makes sense, but it's not that easy.