Hope for Healthcare: A Growing Movement


There’s a growing movement in healthcare.  If you aren’t employed in a health field you may not see it yet, but its coming, slowly but surely gaining momentum, and it is exciting.  Our healthcare system is broken, we all know that.  Our prevention is underdeveloped, our pharmaceutical industry out of control, and the growing burden of chronic disease is crippling our nation.  Those of us who work in this environment, day in and day out, know that we’re on a sinking ship.  Unless we change the way we do things, and fast, its going to become an overwhelming burden that no one will be able to manage.

In the midst of this, a growing number of nurses, physicians, dietitians, and people of all disciplines, are starting to realize that there is another way.  Prevention, wellness, viewing patients as whole people rather than isolated diseases.  We need to take a closer look at what we eat, how we raise our crops and our livestock, the amount of stress we carry in our everyday lives, and the shocking void of happiness that so many people walk around with on a daily basis.

The farther along I walk on this path towards wellness, the more encouraged I become.  It’s a new field, sure, but its getting people passionate, renewing the ardor that we once had when we decided we wanted to dedicate our lives to helping people be healthier.  And so I want to encourage you, if you’re discouraged or frustrated with our healthcare system, keep watching.  Look for the providers around you that are passionate about wellness, about getting you involved in transforming your own life.  Find the people that will empower you, and stick with them.  I’ve got some exciting changes coming up for the blog.  For any of you that may have been with me from the beginning, you’ve probably noticed a lot more content and regularity in my posting.  That’s going to continue.  There’s a redesign in the works, and a giveaway coming up that I’m REALLY thrilled to tell you about when its ready.  Stay tuned!

In the future which I shall not see, for I am old, may a better way be opened!  May the methods by which every infant, every human being will have the best chance at health-the methods by which every sick person will have the best chance at recovery, be learned and practiced.  Hospitals are only an intermediate stage of civilization, never intended, at all events, to take in the whole sick population…May we hope that, when we are all dead and gone, leaders will arise who have been personally experienced in the hard, practical work, the difficulties, and the joys of organizing nursing reforms, and who will lead far beyond anything we have done…High hopes, which shall not be deceived!

-Florence Nightingale

This post is part of Fat Tuesday at Real Food Forager.

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