Sunday, February 22, 2009

Introducing DIY Health

Health is in the Australian news again recently with the release of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission Report. The report focuses on the costs of providing treatment for diseases. It is accepted as a given that there will be more demand for services due to higher rates of diseases.Thers is no suggestion that there might be ways of reducing demand for services by people being healthier.It is known that 70% of the disease burden in Western societies is lifestyle related yet 95% of the solution offered is pharmaceuticals agents hospital beds and expensive technologies. What we have in Western countries are not in fact health systems but are disease systems. The cost of running these systems gets more expensive each year putting strain of budgets.Where does the solution lie?It lies with you, the individual. What happens to your health is directly related to how you live your life. The things you do today will affect you wellbeing today and into the future. Putting the right fuels in the right amounts, being active on a regular basis, getting the right amount of sleep and consuming enough water will have a huge impact on your wellbeing and significant reduce the chances of you getting sick. All these measures are simple. None are expensive and none require governments to act for you. This is the time to take control of your own health, to make it your DIY project.

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