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Family Health Care Choices

Family Health Care Choices

Of course, you want your family to be healthy but, how do you keep them that way?

Of course, you want your family to be healthy but, how do you keep them that way?

Because women are often the primary care givers in the family, it shouldn’t really be a surprise that women are usually the ones in charge of their family’s health. For the most part, choices about the types of doctors to see, and when, generally fall under their “job description.”

With such a wide variety of health care alternatives that are available, how do you choose what is best for your family? When you break it down, it comes to two main categories of health care: traditional medical model and the alternative natural health care model. They both have greatly different ways in how they approach illnesses/disease.

Medical Health Care Model

In the medical health care model, diseases are the result of germs and genetics. It just “happens” to us and we don’t really have much control over it. Our bodies are made up of multiple parts and each part is cared for by a unique provider who is only interested in that part, rather than the whole body.

An analysis of symptoms and diagnostic testing help the doctor to determine a diagnosis. The doctor will then likely treat with medications, surgeries or other therapies/modalities; such as radiation therapy. Because the doctor knows what is best, the patients are expected to follow their orders. What works for one person must work for everybody, right?

Natural Health Care Model

With the natural health care model, an individual’s lifestyle choices, reactions to stress, exposure to environmental factors, etc., are viewed to be the main cause for their illnesses. This health care method sees the human body as a whole and if there is any threat to one body part, there is a threat to the rest of the body.

Our bodies are capable of healing themselves, without drugs or surgery. There are many natural therapies available; which will work differently for different individuals. All of us can play an important role in maintaining our health, which is more than just the absence of disease.

True health is optimal well-being in all aspects of oneself – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

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