While the standard of living in the U.S. continues to rise, our health as a nation is on the decline. There are indications that our current younger generation will have shorter lifespans than we do, reversing a centuries-long trend of increasing longevity.
There is ample funding for research on various conditions and diseases such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s. Even still, we continue to see a staggering increase in the number of people affected by almost all diseases.
- Autism 1:45
- Attention Deficit Disorder 1:10 (70% are medicated)
- Asthma 1:10
- Allergies 1:4
- Diabetes 1:4
- Obesity 1:3
- Major Depression 1:2
- Cancer 1:2
- Dementia 1:1
As a result, healthcare costs are ballooning unchecked. National health expenditures hit $3.35 trillion in 2016, equating to $10,345 for every man, woman, and child. As an understandable consequence for Americans, medical bills are the number-one cause of bankruptcy.
The realities are indisputable; what we’re currently doing in healthcare is not working.
How did we as a nation arrive here? The answer is multi-factorial and not altogether simple. The following non- exhaustive list highlights some of the contributing factors:
- Our Soil
Overuse of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides has destroyed the healthy microbial life in our soils, rendering sterile much of our agricultural land. This results in significantly lower levels of vitamins and minerals in our food, as well as the ingestion of toxic chemical residues.
- Our Water
The 2016 Flint Michigan water crisis developed after it was discovered that there were high levels of heavy metals in the city’s drinking water. This was only the tip of the iceberg as water supplies around the country measured significant levels of heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, hormones, antibiotics, and other pharmaceutical drugs.
- Our Food
Consumer Report just revealed that concerning levels of several banned drugs were found in beef, poultry, and pork. These drugs include Ketamine (a banned party drug), Phenylbutazone (an anti-inflammatory deemed too dangerous for human use), and Chloramphenicol (a powerful antibiotic linked to a deadly form of anemia). These drugs are in addition to the steroids and hormones commonly used in modern meat production. Much of our food is also highly treated, containing high levels of sugar, salt, and industrially processed oils. All of these elements are indisputably detrimental to our health.
- Our Stress Levels
We live in a sea of continuous digital stimulation, constantly triggering the dopamine pathways in our brain. This dopamine saturation has been shown to increase our levels of anxiety and depression. It is also related to an explosion of sleep disorders, which puts increased stress on our brain and nervous system.
We primarily focus on the brain as it controls and regulates every bodily function. The brain is like the conductor of a symphony, coordinating all bodily systems to create a beautiful harmony of health.
As a healthcare practitioner, I have seen an alarming increase in the number of patients dealing with depression, anxiety, autoimmune conditions, diabetes, learning disorders, insomnia, dementia, “brain fog,” cancer, and obesity. More than ever, I’m seeing patients who have become “medical casualties” as they deal with the side effects of drugs prescribed for these conditions.
Can we stop this trend and rebalance our health equilibrium? Yes, we absolutely can.
There is hope for those who have lost control of their health. In my practice, I use multiple strategies to help patients get their health and lives back on track. We call our program of health-restoration, “BrainPower: Tapping into the Healing Power of the Brain.” We primarily focus on the brain as it controls and regulates every bodily function. The brain is like the conductor of a symphony, coordinating all bodily systems to create a beautiful harmony of health.
One of our primary tools in the “BrainPower” program is the Neurological Integration System (NIS). Developed by Allan Phillips D.O., from Auckland New Zealand, NIS is a system for finding and correcting breakdowns in signaling (communication) between the brain and the body, and even within the brain itself. It is important to understand that our bodies are designed to function automatically through the nervous system. When this automatic control breaks down due to chemical, neurological, physiological and emotional stress, we begin to develop symptoms. NIS helps to restore the automatic function of our brain and nervous system, allowing us to tap into our body’s ability to heal itself. The origin of all true health and healing begins on the inside and emanates outward.
We also employ the Multi-Therapeutic Approach (MTA) developed by Dr. Dan Pompa, a leader in the field of Functional Medicine. The MTA employs a variety of strategies all aimed at improving cellular health. Dr. Pompa says, “you have to fix the cell to get well.” MTA uses a mix of modern and ancient healing strategies to help people reclaim their health. These strategies include diet, restoration of gut health, detoxification, fasting, and inflammation control to name just a few. Our goal is to educate and empower our patients to employ strategies that will help them to stay in control of their health for a lifetime. Together we can change the trajectory of health in America; you have the power!
Our “BrainPower” Program with NIS and MTA has demonstrated impressive results in helping people who are struggling with the diseases of our modern world. If you are interested, you can schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation with Dr. Bentz at 360-588-9108.
Dr. Bentz and his practice: www.fidalgoislandhealthcenter.com
Dr. Pompa and his Multi Therapeutic Approach to health: www.drpompa.com