As outlined in our previous post: “The Top 10 Reasons We All Knew Our Healthcare System Was Broken”, it’s no secret our American healthcare system is in dire straits.

Insurance premiums and deductibles are at an all-time high, chronic disease is rampant and the cost of medications are unaffordable for those who need them most.

With all this (and more), coupled with the ultra-confusing government healthcare laws and ever-changing expert health advice out there—how can a well-meaning person get healthy (and stay healthy) without breaking the bank?

The answer: it’s time to take back your power.

How? By becoming an active, savvy participant in your own health creation, which in turn will free you from over-reliance on a broken healthcare system.

If this sounds easier said than done (after all, there are as many “proven ways” to get healthy and save money as there are healthcare laws) consider this simple yet effective starting point: follow the ABCs of getting healthy while saving on healthcare costs in this order…

Take Back Your Power With The ABCs of Getting Healthy While Saving on Healthcare Costs

A: Agreements

There are few ingredients more powerful to creating healthy habits than making a pact with another person such as your doctor, a Health Coach or an accountability buddy.

Studies have shown those who enter into agreements about improving their diet, exercise or other lifestyle factors with another person have remarkably higher outcomes than those who don’t[i],[ii].

What does this have to do with saving on healthcare costs?

The Centers for Disease Control estimates chronic diseases,like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and autoimmune conditions are the most common, most preventable and most costly conditions[iii].

In other words: chronic disease is bankrupting our healthcare system.

The good news is, these diseases are largely preventable through specific lifestyle changes.

What agreements do you need to make about changing your health and lifestyle?

Perhaps you wish to cut back on sugar to lose weight, switch to a high-deductible insurance plan and put that extra money towards preventative care or spend more time outdoors for stress relief.

Whatever your goals, they will be more attainable when agreed upon and conquered with your doctor, Health Coach or friend.

B: Basics

Now that you understand the importance of lifestyle in preventing and treating chronic disease thus saving you money on healthcare costs, let’s look at the basics of how you can create lasting health.

Here’s a quick run-down of the 7 basics of self-health creation, courtesy of kNew Health’s medical director, Jeffrey Gladd, MD and Director of Health Coaches, Tracy Harrison, MS:

#1: Optimize your food and nutrition by eating real whole foods, buying organic as much as possible and avoiding packaged and processed foods.

#2: Avoid toxins and enhance detoxification—by following the advice above on food, and by increasing your intake of detoxifying vegetables like leafy greens, brassicas (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts), cultured foods and healthy fats like avocados, olive oil and coconut oil.

Avoid environmental toxins by investing in

an air purifier and using non-toxic personal care and cleaning products.

#3: Stay hydrated by drinking at least 8 glasses of filtered water per day and avoiding sodas, energy drinks and too much coffee.

#4: Remember to breathe by focusing on deep belly breathing. If raise your shoulders when you breathe, you’re not breathing deep enough. And if you’re not breathing deep enough, you’re not getting enough oxygen. Instead, focus on filling your belly with air and breathing deeply in and out.

#5: Exercise and move by aiming for 20-30 minutes of enjoyable exercise per day. This keeps your heart healthy, increases oxygen, helps you maintain a healthy weight, reduces stress and keeps your blood sugar more balanced.

#6: Make sleep and restoration a priority by ensuring you get 7.5-9 hours of sleep per night, and taking time out for stress-relieving activities such as exercise, walking, spending time with friends, meditation or listening to music

#7: Connect through community. Studies have shown that loneliness and social isolation are now a leading cause of mortality in affluent countries[iv]; which means your social life really counts. Make it a point to meet up face-to-face with friends, volunteer and spend quality time with family members regularly.

To learn more about the 7 basics of health creation, check out our free report: “The Top 10 Ways to Save on Healthcare Costs in the Trump Era (and beyond)”.

C: Coaching

With your foundation of self-health in place, now is a good time to consider who can help you implement these 7 strategies, and/or help you overcome an existing condition.

You could turn to your general physician, but chances that will be costly…especially if you have a high deductible plan.

Smart doctors know this, which is why the most progressive MDs employ certified Health Coaches to serve their patients.

What is a Health Coach?

A Health Coach generally focuses on positive psychology and helping people hit their goals, and may have additional training in nutrition and lifestyle. Health coaches either run their own practices, or work with doctors to serve their patients at a more affordable rate.

At kNew Health, our medically-supervised Health Coaches are all certified in functional medicine which allows them to help you get to the root cause of your ailments by empowering you toward implementing the fundamentals of health creation (as listed above).

A good Health Coach acts as a mentor, practitioner and health partner to inspire you back to health and help you maintain that health long-term.

To learn more about kNew Health’s medically-supervised certified Health Coaches, click here.

D: Doctor

Notice employing the services of a doctor is fourth on this list, not first. That’s because a doctor will often be the most expensive route back to health. Of course, if you’re experiencing a serious health issue or medical emergency seek medical attention immediately.

However, if you’re dealing with a condition that’s manageable, you can save a lot of money by starting with the ABCs.

And if you’re not getting better through agreements, honoring the basics and coaching, it’s time to seek out a doctor.

At kNew Health, we believe the majority of acute and chronic ailments can be solved through the ABCs of getting healthy while saving on healthcare.

However, every person is an individual, and every individual will require the care of a doctor at some point. If your inner-knowing tells you it’s time to see a doctor, then by all means listen and reach out to us.

We have an extensive world-wide community of vetted functional medicine doctors and practitioners we would be happy to refer you to.

E: Emergency

Despite that Emergency Rooms visits are at an all-time high—including increased visits for chronic disease, per The American College of Emergency Physicians[v], the Emergency Room should be the last resort on your list…unless you have a true medical emergency, of course.

The is truer for those in socialized countries than the United States (since Americans tend to avoid ERs more due to their high costs), but the advice stands for Americans too.

Not only is a trip to the ER and hospital admittance expensive (not to mention the increased risk of contracting an infection), but a chronic-disease-related trip to the ER may have been prevented had the ABCs been followed early on (injuries, true emergencies and freak accidents excluded, of course).

The Therapeutic Order

If the ABCs of getting healthy while saving on healthcare sound familiar, that’s because they follow what’s known as “the therapeutic order”. Wherein you always turn to the least expensive least invasive solution first and the most expensive most invasive solution as a last-resort.

Though this may seem like a no-brainer, this commonsense approach has been lost within our current healthcare system that nearly always employs a drug-based approach FIRST…which is neither safe nor cheap.

It’s time for a new standard of care that puts the patient FIRST and honors the ABCs of getting healthy while saving on healthcare costs.

To learn more about how kNew Health’s approach to the ABCs is saving our members thousands of dollars on healthcare, click here.

You can download a printable list of the ABCs of Getting Healthy While Saving on Healthcare by clicking here, and thanks for reading!

-The kNew Health Team

References:

[i] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8775648

[ii] http://www.apa.org/topics/obesity/support.aspx

[iii] https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/overview/index.htm

[iv] heart.bmj.com/content/early/2016/03/15/heartjnl-2015-308790

[v] http://newsroom.acep.org/2017-09-13-ER-Visits-Increase-To-Highest-Recorded-Level

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    • Rebecca Burkett
      Rebecca Burkett says:

      Hi Everyone.

      I just wanted to let you know that I just got out of the hospital with a combination of illnesses that is called Sepsis. Sepsis is a variety of chronic illnesses that caused poison in the blood stream. This forces a person young or old. I three chronic illness, they are: Rheumatoid Arth. which attacks the immune system, Afib., with tachycardia, Diabetes Type I. I can tell you the hospital is going to be expensive when the Nurses and Doctors scan every pill. every IV bag, every thing that you use from the hospital. Without insurance you might as well take a small bank loan or have a family meeting about your predicaments. My Father’s Cancer hospital cost was $54,000.00 and the insurance you know paid 80/20. We had to sell some personal items.

      My suggestion is for the financial: 1.) Make a financial diary/file separate from your household bills; next, 2.) Is save every doctor’s paperwork and bills. 3.) Save all paperwork from the ER and hospital visits, 4.) When you get your paycheck try save a small amount if you can, for example, $5 or $10, please don’t short change yourself. You will find that will it go along way.

      These are the family issues that I have experienced and my most recent hospital visit that I learned a lot from. The information blogs and articles listed on this page are very beneficial and I would encourage everyone to take advantage.

      Everyone I agree to make a health checklist and to listen to what your body tells you. I have taken care of people first. If you can try to take care of children and yourselves because they are all you got. Take care and good luck in all your health, and endeavors.

    • Jesse Lange
      Jesse Lange says:

      We are currently in beta and are working to keep our costs as low and affordable as possible. We will be posting more detailed information soon.

      ~kNew Health Support

  1. Robin Marshall
    Robin Marshall says:

    Super great article! Would be great if I could share and post it to our business’ Facebook site. We have an small organic farm in central Oklahoma, Indigo Acres.

  2. Robin Marshall
    Robin Marshall says:

    I also recently passed my American Council on Eexercise Health coach Exam. Not a great time to kick off my health coaching career around Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’m having issues getting my business off the ground.

    As I said in a previous post we have a small organic farm in Oklahoma. We are just two years into the farm and don’t have a lot of additional money for the functional medicine certification or more information on how to kick off my business.

    Would be nice if you could check out people certifications and post a link on your website to health coaches in the country that you approve and maybe a link to organic farms in the country.

    We don’t have a website but do have a Facebook page. Indigo Acres.

    Thank you.

    • Jesse Lange
      Jesse Lange says:

      Hi Robin,

      Thank you for that input. Those are some great ideas.

      That’s awesome that you have an organic farm! We definitely need more of those.

      Good luck with all of your endeavors.

      ~kNew Health Support

  3. Christiana
    Christiana says:

    Same question….what is the cost? Am on social so-called “security”- low income.
    and, have more “conditions” than the questions asked…..

    • Jesse Lange
      Jesse Lange says:

      Hi Christiana,

      We are currently in beta and are working to keep our costs as low and affordable as possible.

      If you fill out the application, our Functional Medicine Team can look it over to see if you are good fit for our program at this time. If they determine that you are, someone will be in touch to let you know what to do next.

      ~kNew Health Support

  4. Mark S
    Mark S says:

    Im so happy to see THIS , WOW !!!
    Thank GOD for what You are doing !!!
    Seriously Amazing and MUCH Needed ,
    What a breath of Fresh Air !!! I absolutely love what I just read HERE , Thank You

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