Many of us have heard the old adage: The grass is greener on the other side. There’s a reply to that adage: The grass is greener where you water it. This lawncare analogy is often used to describe opportunities, goals, priorities, and situations. It is also a great analogy for taking care of your personal health.

According to the CDC, six out of ten Americans have chronic illness. Four out of ten Americans have two or more. In one of the most developed nations in the world, 60% of our population is chronically ill with a life-altering condition and 40% have two or more of these conditions. That should raise some red flags indicating there isn’t much green grass in our current medical system. These conditions hold a myriad of complications on their own, when they are coupled with another, or even an acute illness, they are considered comorbidities; contributing factors that affect morbidity.

What’s Considered a Chronic Illness?

Defining chronic illness sounds like it should be simple; however, as with many things in life that get complicated with medical systems, pharmaceuticals, and insurance, the lines are a bit blurry. Let’s use the CDC’s definition as a starting point:

Chronic diseases are defined broadly as conditions that last 1 year or more and require ongoing medical attention or limit activities of daily living or both.

Healthline  adds that these chronic conditions typically cannot be cured, they’re sometimes treated and manageable, and may be progressive. When it comes to insurance benefits and treatment plans, the definition can be a moving target that seems elusive for many. Oftentimes, if people consider the mainstream medical approach, they are faced with numerous specialists, multiple prescriptions, and prescriptions to counteract the side effects of the prescriptions, chronic pain and fatigue.

How many people do you know that struggle with one or more chronic illnesses? Are on medications for conditions they’re told will likely last the rest of their lives? How many people just accept that as their life’s sentence? Need a few examples? Check out this brief list that shouldn’t be considered exhaustive:

  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Depression
  • COPD
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Heart disease
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Multiple Schlerosis
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Chrohn’s Disease

To be clear, the list can go on and on. You get the point. They’re not good, people are told they’re likely not to get better, and are faced with a choice: are they going to manage symptoms or get to the root of the problem?

Healing the Terrain and Helping the Grass Green Up

When it comes the medical system’s prognosis of a chronic disease, The Wellness Way’s Founder, Dr. Patrick Flynn, has often said, “I disagree.” These two words have helped people around the world find hope, healing, and renewed vitality.

Looking at the causes of the above listed chronic diseases gives us some indication as to why he can make such a bold statement, and how so many people have had dramatic clinical results with The Wellness Way’s approach.

According to the CDC, lifestyle plays an important role in the development of chronic disease. Tobacco use, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, alcohol use, all contribute to the risk of chronic illness. We’d add that these all lead to inflammation, as well as several other factors, that can lead to chronic illnesses. What could happen if we make simple lifestyle changes and reduce inflammation? Reducing the symptoms and impact of chronic disease has been seen by so many of our patients that many of them don’t fit the diagnostic criteria anymore!

If we can treat the environment of the body–the terrain–healthy, vital function will follow. Imagine a wasteland, filled with pollution and poor conditions, how would you expect a living creature to survive? What is the state of their health? Now imagine a sunny, clean, well-watered patch of land, how would you expect living creatures in that environment to live? What would you expect to be the state of their health? This is the foundation of the terrain theory. Focus on improving the terrain so that life, health, and vitality can return, and the grass can be green again! Be sure, it takes effort and doesn’t come passively, but the results are undisputed.

We Do Health Differently!

With cutting-edge testing, we are able to help people assess the root cause of their chronic health challenges, getting to the root cause. When that happens, symptoms aren’t just masked and treated, true healing begins.  To consult with one of our practitioners and start your journey to health, reach out today. After all, we’ve seen the mainstream’s approach, and we’d have to say you have too much life to live to settle for that prognosis.

Chronic health conditions are at an all-time high. Something needs to change. We need a different perspective.