Trade your health for wealth?
Over the years in practice, I have encountered many people with physical health problems. Some of the problems were quite obvious. What was interesting, was how many of these people minimized their problem, or pretended it didn’t exist. Why would someone do that? Especially since ignoring a problem only allows the problem to worsen over time, and addressing a problem early, typically requires less time, effort, and cost to resolve the problem. After many discussions, I uncovered these reasons:
- Tough guy. Some guys and gals believe that admitting you have a health problem makes you a weak person. If it is not life threatening, then it is not a big enough problem for them to act.
- Put out the “hottest fire first” time management system. Some people don’t want to address anything until the problem is severely hampering something that is important to them. If they can still do the things that are important to them, at an acceptable level of performance, then they do nothing about the problem. Once the problem is negatively impacting them in a way that is unacceptable, they start to search out solutions. Sometimes the problems has to get severe.
- Fear of failure. Some people are so afraid to fail, that it is easier to do nothing. They fear being wrong. They fear being ridiculed by others for perceived “wrong” choices.
- Do it later. Many people believe that they will be able to enact some type of “life saving” medical care that will save them when problems become severe. With physical problems, this is not always possible. Getting a “new” knee, doesn’t mean you are getting a knee that functions like your knee did when you were young. Not to mention, drastic interventions typically carry drastic side effects, risks, and higher costs.
- Maskers. Masking symptoms with pain medications and anti inflammatories is not a long term solution. Too many people believe that masking is fixing. This path leads to liver damage, stomach damage, kidney damage, and addiction.
- The “Dutch” phenomenon. In Grand Rapids, there is a stereotypical joke that all of the Dutch people in our town are all tight with their money. Some people believe that they are saving money now, by not addressing their problem. What they don’t realize, is that it will likely cost them more by allowing the problem to exist and worsen over time.
Obviously, early intervention for physical health problems yields the highest levels of results. Developing communication skills to allow effective communication with people is one of the best methods to help more people. If a person really cares about helping others, then time and effort in the communication arena is very effective. It is sad to see a person suffer with a condition that could have been prevented, simply because they were ignorant.
Dr. Michael Kwast, DC, CSCS is the CEO of iChrio Clinics in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the author of the book, 7 Beliefs Destroying Your Health. The iChiro team has been voted the “Best of Grand Rapids“, three years in a row. They have also been awarded the Better Business Bureau of West Michigan’s Trust Award for Ethics, and the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce EPIC award for Small Business of the Year 2016.