We’re on the east side of the Mississippi River! Spring is happening here. The deciduous trees look bare… but they aren’t, really. One can see the new leaf colors like an aura around the tree—a haze of color in red, green, yellow. So lovely!
And when we arrived at our resting place after dark tonight, spring peepers were sounding a glorious chorus! 😊 I love that sound and have sorely missed it on the west coast.
It was a long drive today and I feel the weariness in my body and mind tonight. Still, I wanted to point out some of the costs of chronic disease.
I’ll list the Top Ten Myths and Stumbling Blocks in reversing chronic disease tomorrow. (At least, I think I will. We’ll be in our house tomorrow evening. I think I can figure out how to access the internet there. We’ll see!)
Anyone with a chronic disease knows it costs money. Copayments to the doctor, copayments to the pharmacy, higher insurance premiums due to established disease(s). In this same “money” category would be being passed over for a promotion and/or raise because of missed time from work going to doctors and pharmacies and/or not feeling well because of the chronic illness.
But what about other costs?
There are emotional costs. The above-mentioned promotion or raise at work qualifies as a financial cost and an emotional cost. It hurts when you get over-looked! Other emotional costs would include time spent worrying over who will… take care of your kids or your spouse or your estate or your business or your pet… if/when you can’t.
Social costs would include missing out on events with family and friends due to limitations of chronic disease. Another social cost would be the number of resources that go toward the chronically ill. (Like "locking down" free citizens and quarantining the healthy so the hospitals wouldn't run out of their resources in the event something else happened in addition to the pandemic, such as a fire, earthquake, volcanic explosion, tsunami. Natural disasters. Or a mass shooting or multi-car pile-up. Emergency stuff.)
Then there are nutritional costs. Most diseases have their own nutrient deficiency, compounded by the nutritional depletions caused by the drugs to manage that disease.
For example, asthmatics tend to be low in magnesium. The drugs used to manage asthma also deplete magnesium, making the situation worse! Plus, other nutrients are wasted, like potassium, which is really important in regulating heart rate.
It’s flippin’ EXPENSIVE to keep that chronic disease!
Wishing you wealth in WELLth,
Christie Fleetwood, ND, RPh, VNMI