By Dr. Nick Barnes
Your health is your greatest asset. Without good health you are unable to earn money, spend time with family, volunteer, or otherwise benefit those who rely on you. This is not a particularly profound statement. Most people know what it is like to be “knocked down” for a few days due to an illness or while recovering from a medical procedure. In more extreme instances, chronic pain or illness can prevent someone from holding down a job or maintaining a social life at all. While some traumas are left entirely up to poor luck (motor vehicle accident, unsafe workplace conditions, etc.) the overwhelming majority of your health is determined by the small daily habits you have that build up over time in either a positive or negative way. In many ways, investing in your health is very similar to investing money for your retirement. Every dollar you spend on healthy choices now will benefit you in the future.
Does it not make sense to invest in your health a little bit each day, as early as you are able to? The short answer is YES, and by doing so you are ensuring a healthier and more financially secure future for yourself.
Here are some of the research statistics that show just how valuable your preventative approach to health truly is:
-A Harvard Business School study found that in 2007 (during the height of the housing market collapse and the “Great Recession”) 57% of bankruptcies were due to medical bills. The majority of those who declared bankruptcy were due to a lifestyle condition like heart disease and diabetes, and not from a sudden car accident or unavoidable trauma.
-According to the United States Center for Medicare and Medicaid, the average American spent $10,345 on medical expenses in 2017. That includes insurance premiums, co-pays, deductibles and out of pocket expenses. This is almost double what citizens from the next most expensive country (England) pay each year. For all this money, the U.S. ranks 38th in the world in quality of health by the World Health Organization. Our system of only reacting to injury and illness after there is suffering is broken, and it is costing us hundreds of thousands of dollars over our lifetime.
-Kaiser Permanente (one of the world’s largest insurance companies) found that for every $1 a company invested in workplace wellness initiatives, they saved almost $7 within 10 years.
True preventative healthcare doesn’t just make good sense, it makes for a good financial investment. Ensuring proper nerve function through chiropractic care and home-care exercises not only lowers the risk for medical expenses now, but ensures that money is spent on better investments. Eating properly sourced organic food and avoiding sugar significantly reduce the risk of developing heart disease, cancer, and diabetes down the road. Be smart—keep investing now and living the good life!
Health From Within Family Chiropractic
9586 Manchester Rd
St. Louis, MO, 63119