Improve your Wealth, Focus on Preventative Wellness

Road to Health, Wealth & Happiness

The old cliché “Health is wealth” has never been truer than today, at a time when healthcare costs are skyrocketing.  I find myself asking the question “what life style changes must I make to improve my wellness quality and minimize medical costs?”;  I am not alone in this self examination as most families are asking themselves this same question hoping to make their finances stretch further during present turbulent times.


In our recent history, we have seen American pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Company plead guilty to and agree to pay $1.415 Billion in fines for promoting its drug Zyprexa for uses not approved by the FDA; Abbott Laboratories plead guilty and agree to pay $1.6 billion to resolve its criminal and civil liability arising from the company's unlawful promotion of the prescription drug Depakote; the British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline agree to plead guilty to criminal charges and pay $3 billion in fines for promoting its best-selling antidepressants for unapproved uses and failing to report safety data about a top diabetes drug on Monday, July 2nd 2012. Knowing this and doing nothing would be a shame, in my mind. So, I approached a fellow small business owner and wellness focused Chiropractor, Dr. Jeff Moore, to seek guidance.

You may wonder, “Why go to a Chiropractor to seek health care answers?”….  I wanted to have an informed discussion with a medical professional who understood the challenges we face in our local community and cared to make a difference in helping others.  Dr. Jeff Moore’s mission is wellness without the use of drugs or surgery and he is known as a caring member of our community focused on addressing the root cause of health issues while continuing his partnership with the Crystal Lake Food Pantry.  I walked away learning quite a bit about the importance of addressing wellness root cause and a growing appreciation for his preventative wellness approach.  I sought feedback from those who have benefitted from Dr. Jeff Moore’s wellness mission to validate what I learned and wanted to share at least one of them with you. “After seeing Dr. Jeff Moore 3 or 4 times, besides my back feeling much better I noticed I was sleeping thru the night much better”, said Mike LaComb, who needs to be in good physical health to run his small business.

To learn more about the various preventative health and wellness information I learned, explore the following links. Remember, for the bottom line of both our small business and family finances!

  1. Health through diet

  • Children & Diet

  • Colic From Smoke

  • Our Feet & Spines

  • Healthy families spend less of their money on treating illnesses or symptoms. That money saved helps families maintain financial stability. Stable families with healthy lifestyles promote an economically stable community. Small businesses in stable communities grow vibrantly well, creating educational and employment opportunities. Vibrant communities bring the families and small business together for shared progress.  Crystal Lake and surrounding communities are ready for working towards that vibrant growth. Let us start with our own wellness first!

    **Do share your thoughts and insights on how we can benefit from preventative wellness. We need to make our finances stretch for our families and improve our small business bottom line understanding the interconnectedness. I look forward to an engaging discussion! **

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    Steve Smith July 11, 2012 at 05:16 PM
    Great article Dr. Kas! If more focus was placed on disease prevention I believe that we could get health care cost under control without government intervention. Here are some numbers to support Dr. Jeff According to the US department of health and human services: *Approximately 129 million U.S. adults are overweight or obese which costs this Nation anywhere from $69 billion to $117 billion per year. *In 2000, an estimated 17 million people (6.2 percent of the population) had diabetes, costing the U.S. approximately $132 billion. People with diabetes lost more than 8 days per year from work, accounting for 14 million disability days. *Heart disease and stroke are the first and third leading causes of death in the United States. In 2003 alone, 1.1 million Americans will have a heart attack. Cardiovascular diseases cost the Nation more than $300 billion each year. *Approximately 23 million adults and 9 million children have been diagnosed with asthma at some point within their lifetime, with costs near $14 billion per year. A much smaller amount is spent on preventing these conditions. There is accumulating evidence that much of the morbidity and mortality associated with these chronic diseases may be preventable. You can read more here http://www.aspe.hhs.gov/health/prevention/ Thank you Dr. Kas and Dr. Jeff for your continued efforts in this musch needed area of health care.
    Mike LaComb July 11, 2012 at 05:43 PM
    Yes great article Dr. Kas! Couldn't agree with Steve more and obesity is growing rapidly in the younger population also. Wellness should definitely start here!
    Ken N July 11, 2012 at 06:00 PM
    Totally agreed - SO MUCH of the disease we experience is preventable through simple education and some moderate behavior changes. I personally endorse the paleolithic diet approach, but most of the low hanging fruit can come from much gentler changes. Over the last 10 years or so, the proof has gone public to where anyone with their head above the sand should know the basics. Start with cutting down on sugar and carbs in general. Worry less about a little fat, but get get all the protein (meat and veggies) you can. The important point is, you don't have to be a fanatic to reap some really significant benefits. Perhaps the best advice I've read is in Protein Power, a book by Dr. Michael Eades. It's really not that hard!
    Peter Luchsinger July 11, 2012 at 06:36 PM
    100% agreement! The status quo of modem American healthcare looks from our perspective like a take the money any way you can approach. Last time I check the USA was far and away the most expensive place to obtain healthcare and doesn't even come close to being in the top ten for overall health statistics. The only reason we go to any medical professional is dental, vision and chiropractic.
    Sam July 11, 2012 at 06:41 PM
    Great article - I think the link between better health and wellness and financial stability is important but under appreciated. Not only is there cost savings from reduced medical expenses, but if you are better able to work at a high level and without sick days then income potential and realization grows as well. I think that Dr. Moore is right that focusing on basic diet, nutrition and excercise is foundation for health and wellness and if these areas are not addressed first, no drug or other treatment will be truly successful or half the intended result.
    Dr.Kas - Tips for Financial Health July 11, 2012 at 08:42 PM
    Steve, Mike, Ken, Peter, and Sam, Love your insights as well as valuable facts! Healthcare costs are the primary reason for personal bankruptcies :-( Anything we can do to educate our friends, family and employees can work cumulatively in easing the financial burden, thus releasing our collective productive potential. Thank you for your feedback and encourage those around you to heed the guidance provided by Dr. Moore.
    Jim Christensen July 11, 2012 at 08:59 PM
    Two points to make, while I have not used Dr. Moore's services, I know several people that have. They all spoke highly of his bedside manner and the positve results. They all recommended his patient attiude and his service. And two, being proactive and attacking the cause of the various symptoms from obesity to asthma makes perfect sense. Dr. Moore's ongoing "wellness" program will help and save in the long run.
    Jared Silver July 11, 2012 at 09:53 PM
    As a culture we've been the target of "misleading marketing" for years! The drug companies have very skillfully and subliminally led many of us into a mindset that a lack of health is caused by a lack of drugs. On an intellectual level, we know that statement is absurd! However, visual marketing psychology, with spaced repetition is VERY powerful! Dr. Jeff and his colleagues do not have the deep pockets to launch an on going "good health" marketing campaign. Even if they, did... who would listen. Our society of instant gratification is geared more toward DRAMA of illness than the SUBTLENESS of good health. Just look at the majority of movies and television shows. Bloody fights and explosions trump a gentle walk in the park. If you want the best health possible go to your Chiropractor first and MD last. Our Chiropractors are trained to create wellness options with systematic adjustments - our MDs are trained to look for "problems" then adjust those problems FAST with pharmaceuticals. Unfortunately, ALL drugs come with side effects - Chiro adjustments come only with the side effect of good health. That's what I believe to be true. Jared Silver
    Jared Silver July 11, 2012 at 10:14 PM
    Well sure Steve, $300 billion each year to treat heart related illnesses, but it's good for the economy. Right? Well, er... at least it's good for the drug companies financial health. Okay, okay. Maybe we have a bit too much heart disease flying around. Hey, it's not our fault. Heart disease is highly contagious. All those colorful, fabricated foods loaded with sugars and salts are just EVERYWHERE! Terrible. Just terrible. On the other hand, those sugar coated cereals and heavily salted snack foods don't grow on trees you know! It requires a massive labor force to get the job done! The junk food industry employees millions... that's good! Right? If we could only find a way to use potato chips, white bread and sugared drinks in the building industry instead of ingesting them into our bodies... we could be healthier and have nicer homes. Sorry for the sarcasm but if I don't laugh at where we're at, I'll only cry about it. Jared Silver
    Denise Freund July 12, 2012 at 11:45 AM
    What is the #1 health challenge in America? WEIGHT. 70% of Americans are overweight and 40% are obese...and it's not our fault! The ENEMY is SUGAR. It's not because we are eating too much dessert. It's because dessert is in everything we eat. The Big Food Industry has spent billions of dollars producing and promoting carb and sugar-rich foods that are virtually addictive. We are heavy, unhappy and unhealthy because we are addicted to sugar. Lifestyle change is vital.
    Dr.Kas - Tips for Financial Health July 12, 2012 at 03:22 PM
    You are so correct Denise! Let us start using information contained in sites like http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=616 and http://www.etoolsage.com/chart/High_Carb_Foods_List.asp?Cate=0&NutriCate=269&NutriAmount=37.5&pageNo=1 to become informed consumers as we make a commitment to eat our way to good health.
    Dr.Kas - Tips for Financial Health July 12, 2012 at 03:53 PM
    Yes, Jim. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is definitely better than a pound of cure; especially when the cure in the form of pharmaceutical drugs containing various side effects can cause harm through side effects :-( Locations like http://www.drugs.com/sfx/ provide us with very useful insights.
    You are doing great job writing about Prevention. 1) Benjamin Franklin said it well-"An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of Cure". Look at Cancer--" Prevention & Early detection is far cheaper than Treatment or Cure" as Benjamin Franklin told us. But Colon Cancer screening in Illinois is 15% less than Michigan. With 55% colon Cancer screening,more people die from Colon Cancer--5-14 per day--3200 per year. We hear about car accidents--but not about Colon Cancer deaths in our area. Somehow Prevention effort for Colon Cancer are not as effective as are with Breast Cancer. We are now offering lower prices to encourage more Colon Cancer screening. I am a Volunteer doctor for GET YOUR REAR IN GEAR.--which carries stories of 30 year old,40 year old dying from this cancer. Disney has agreed to sell better foods to lower children Obesity/excessive weight. Mayor Bloomberg has proposed taxing sugary drinks in New York City. Our job is to keep informing people.
    Denise Freund July 12, 2012 at 06:14 PM
    Weight. It's the number-one health challenge in America. In the last 30 years, we've gone from one of the healthiest countries in the world to one of the least healthy. 70% of Americans are overweight and 40% are obese! This in itself leads to numerous health consequences and a diminished quality of life. Our domestic obesity crisis continues to worsen with each passing year. Education and plans of action to properly address obesity is absolutely necessary.
    Timothy Fraser July 12, 2012 at 07:43 PM
    The truth is that it is hard to make a change in wellness without having a plan. Even if you have the plan you have to work the plan. Even if you start to work the plan you must keep working the plan. Bottom line; we need to not only be educated but also empowered to change. Then, we need to have that modivation to endure and continue to help us follow through. Working with professionals like Dr. Moore can help you draft the plan, work the plan, and hold you accountable to the plan. Good Luck.
    Dr.Kas - Tips for Financial Health July 18, 2012 at 02:43 PM
    It is interesting that you talk about planning, Tim! Just like all other aspects of our life, planning is critical in the area of wellness too. Wellness worksheets (http://www.mhhe.com/socscience/hhp/wellness/#1) allow us to pro-actively plan today to avoid challenges when we can least afford it or expect it.
    Dr.Jeff Moore, DC August 13, 2012 at 04:59 PM
    We need 'prosperity consciousness' and 'health consciousness' gives us a better chance at a healthy bank account and a healthy body.


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