Gov’t Healthcare & Me: Not Meant to Be!

on March 23 | in Health | by | with 65 Comments

The Insider

In my closet sits a framed PhD in Hospital and Health Administration my dad earned from the University of Iowa. Back then hospital administration degrees were brand-new, and dad was part of an elite handful qualified to stand at the helm of massive healthcare organizations.

He was nothing if not a healthcare insider. Some of my earliest memories involve Care Flight helicopter rides (you know, because exec’s kids can), sitting in his huge corner office while his secretary brought me snacks, or going on tours of the hospital in which I got the very clear impression that dad ran everything.

Our library bookshelf holds another relic from those days . . . a book of original prose published after he died at the age of forty-five. My dad had access to the best doctors in the nation. I’m not just saying that. He had connections. They were THE best. It didn’t help.

My dad died at the hands of his own system.

Germ Theory and Modern Medicine

A little extreme? Maybe, maybe not. “Germ Theory,” as formulated by Louis Pasteur, dominates the modern understanding of medicine.

According to germ theory, all living beings exist in a hostile environment where disease is always apparent and consistently attempting to invade our bodies (in the form of harmful bacteria).

To protect ourselves from these aggressive bacteria we wait until symptoms appear and then treat them. To put simply, if we experience a temperature and excess mucus we will seek out a remedy to nullify these symptoms. Source.

One of Pasteur’s contemporaries and critics, Antoine Bechamp, claimed that germs were the consequence of disease and not the cause.

He [Bechamp] believed that a completely healthy body would be immune to harmful bacteria and that only when the body became a welcome host for this bacteria (i.e. when our cells become weak and our immune system becomes compromised) would the bacteria have a destructive effect on the body.

In essence, Pasteur taught that disease came from outside the body in the form of bacteria – whereas – Bechamp taught that disease came from inside the body.

Pasteur = to fight illness you have to treat the symptoms
Bechamp = to fight illness you have to create a healthy body in which disease cannot develop

Source.

Bechamp was right. At the end of his life even Pasteur acknowledged it. He recanted his Germ Theory, saying “It’s the terrain [the body], not the germ.” Rudolph Virchow, known as the Father of Modern Pathology, echoed this thinking when he said:

If I could live my life over again, I would devote it to proving that germs seek their natural habitat—diseased tissue—rather than being the cause of the diseased tissue; e.g., mosquitoes seek the stagnant water, but do not cause the pool to become stagnant.

My dad died because his doctors believed they needed to kill his cancer instead of restore the diseased tissues of his body back to health so that the cancer couldn’t continue to grow.

Why, then?

Why then, does modern medicine still use Germ Theory as it’s guiding principle? If you know me at all, you know I am going to say money. Drug companies can’t patent natural substances. So rather than focus on building the overall health of the body, they convince us we need to spend money on vaccinations, antibiotics, anti-virals, etc.

Just to clear one thing up: I don’t dislike doctors. I think most doctors are in their profession because they genuinely want to help people. I take issue with their tools, not their motives. If medical schools begin incorporating more than the token nutrition course into their curriculum I will change my tune.

Growing Up as a Healthcare Hobo

When my dad died my insider status was canceled. Self-employed and single (my parents were already divorced when my dad died), my mom simply couldn’t afford health insurance. While most will consider this another sad tale underscoring the need for universal health insurance, I have another take. It was knowing we couldn’t rely on the system that forced our family to begin taking responsibility for our health. Granted, all the misinformation out there made putting things into practice difficult, but it is why we began pursuing preventative health habits.

Being weaned off the system was a gift. My “healthcare hobo” status led to the rich new worlds of nutrition, chiropractic, acupuncture, supplements and herbs, natural birth, etc. I am truly grateful for the trailblazers that have led us back to the wisdom of our great-great-grandparents. The wisdom our parents generation thought we had outgrown.

Opting Out

Like everyone else, I am not having much luck figuring out what the new healthcare “reform” bill means for me personally. Daniel and Katie have insurance. I don’t.

Before this bill came up we were planning to get catastrophic insurance for me just in case.  If I break my leg I want a doctor to set it. If I get in a car wreck, I want a doctor to sew me up. Other than that, I plan on using natural methods to restore balance when illness comes up.

I find it frustrating that I will now be forced to buy full-coverage insurance that only provides access to doctors that will prescribe drugs I refuse to take. Does anyone even read the warning labels they come with? It is my opinion that neither Merck, Abbot Labs or any other company has come up with anything better than the remedies made by God that are found in nature. Headache? Cayenne caplets work WONDERS. Bacterial infection? Garlic or oregano oil . . . take your pick. Asthma? Read my sister-in-laws personal experience with replacing Peekay for  black-box meds. I have personally known people cured of Bipolar Disorder, severe anxiety, Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease and more without drugs.

No more opting out, unfortunately. Now, in addition to paying for coverage I will still have to go around the system to get what I believe is best for my family via supplements. I already pay the equivalent of an insurance premium on supplements and chiropractic care each month. Now I have to pay both.

If the the new bill would pay for my real expenses I would honestly be happier right now, but I will still be upset about the bill. This is about freedom. Our freedom to choose what is best for our own families.

If the government wants to save us some money and reform healthcare I have a suggestion. Stop subsidizing cheap soy and cheap corn. Just do that one thing and you will see obesity, diabetes, heart-problems and a myriad of other diseases reduced overnight.  My two cents.

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65 Responses to Gov’t Healthcare & Me: Not Meant to Be!

  1. Des says:

    From what I understand, healthcare would only be required for minors. i think that you would not be required to maintain healthcare. However, I haven’t read the final draft of the bill due to it’s 2100 pages, so something may have chnged. I wonder how many in Congress actually read the entire bill… I’m about to write a blog on my thoughts of it all too.
    Hoping I’m right and healthcare is only required for Katie (which you already maintain)
    .-= Des´s last blog ..Our Trip to Disneyland Paris =-.

    • Heather says:

      Destiny – Everyone I’ve talked to seems to think it applies to all Americans, but I’m holding out hope you’re right. If that fails, I’m hoping Attorney General Greg Abbot’s challenge regarding the constitutionality of this bill will get somewhere. Can’t wait to read your post. You know so much more about political stuff than I do.

      • Des says:

        here’s something I just found in my research for my blog that applies to you. From what I have read, I was wrong and they have changed the requirement from minors to the whole family. Here are the details:
        by 2014
        • Citizens will be required to have acceptable coverage or pay a penalty of $95 in 2014, $325 in 2015, $695 (or up to 2.5 percent of income) in 2016. Families will pay half the amount for children, up to a cap of $2,250 per family. After 2016, penalties are indexed to Consumer Price Index.

        We’ll see how that plays out. That seems to be one of the biggest red flags to me and already raising some hairs. So I’ll be interested to see if this one is repealed based on it being unconstitutional.
        .-= Des´s last blog ..Our Trip to Disneyland Paris =-.

        • Heather says:

          Those fees are less than I feared. If it doesn’t get repealed due to being unconstitutional (which it is)at least we’ll have some time to figure things out.

  2. Richard says:

    The bill requires most americans to buy health insurance. Basically, unless you are WAY below the poverty line, you must buy insurance OR pay a percentage of your annual pay back as a FINE for “not taking care of your family.”

    And frankly, the fine is a lot cheaper than getting health insurance. It caps out at $2k (2.5% of $80k/Annual Income).

    The only coverage I want is catastrophe coverage and that is it. I can either go to CareNow and get cheap service (but good) or start actually taking the advice and live a better life style.

    Uncle Sam, you can take a nice bite of my shiny pasty white ass before I’ll get the coverage you recommend. I know what’s best for my family and no where do you fit in.

    That’s just my 2 cents.
    .-= Richard´s last blog ..You Can Be an Entrepreneur! =-.

  3. Jaimie says:

    I have attempted to read this bill and as Des said – 2100 pages is a lot – not to mention all of the double-round-the-rosie talk that is difficult for a non-law-degreed person to follow. I’ve also heard a lot of people saying a lot of things about it that I think may not be entirely accurate from the little that I have managed to decipher. I wouldn’t vote for the bill if I were in a position to do so – but I don’t think it’s as bad as people think it is.
    I will admit to a bias of optimism and gratefulness to live in a country that has plentiful food, reasonably clean running water, and freedoms for women which are still lacking in many other countries around the world. I am a fighter by nature – but my age is teaching me not to waste energy on things that are completely out of my hands – like this health care bill. So having fully-disclosed my general world view – here’s the coin I promised:
    I have a full-coverage health insurance through my work that is very low cost month to month because it has a high deductible. So I don’t have to use it and if I didn’t it would only cost me about $200 a year. I realize that this is a discounted rate because my employer subsidizes some of it – but take a self-employed friend of mine with a pre-existing condition who pays around $2000 a year to cover his family (wife+3 kids) but not himself because of his pre-existing condition – in five years or so, the insurance companies won’t be able to exclude him in such a way because of the bill.
    When I have to go to the doctor or hospital – for the first $1200 worth (deductible) – I pay out of pocket, but I get the rates that Blue Cross Blue Shield gets as opposed to self-pay which is more than twice the fee. I have a choice of doctors and treatment facilities and am not required to go anywhere for healthcare I don’t want.
    I think a lot of people are unaware of some of the low cost plans (in terms of monthly or yearly rates) that are out there for full-coverage insurance – some of them almost as low as the catastrophic if you choose a deductible plan – so if you know you will not be using it, then choose the cheapest plan you can get with a high deductible and it won’t have to cost much at all – certainly it can be cheaper than the fine for not having it. People don’t know about these because when they shop for insurance other than catastrophic – up ‘til now they don’t think about paying for something just to have it at low cost – they are looking for specific coverage. The way people search will be different now and you’d be surprised at what you find when you search for cheap medical insurance. Some people will not worry about it and just pay the fine.
    Now as far as alternative healthcare methods – a lot of insurance plans (the last five-six I’ve had) recognize and include things like chiropractic and acupuncture care as valid health care expenses and will cover these expenses.
    There are also a lot of primary care physicians like mine. She will prescribe medication to those patients who want this type of treatment (which keeps her on the role call with insurance companies) but she is serious about whole body health and recommends alternatives for those who do not want medication. She will hand me a ginger root tea recipe and tell me to stop eating bad foods. She researches alternative treatments and methods and gives me all of the options. When my blood pressure was kissing 145/100, she gave me six weeks to stop eating processed foods and try and lower it. Didn’t work – and I get to stay alive by taking blood pressure medication – but she and I worked together to form a plan of diet and exercise that will ultimately eliminate the need for all medication. This is the kind of doctor I choose to have because she understands my desire to be medication free but when it is necessary to preserve my life, she can and will still prescribe medication and form a plan with me to get to the place where I can eliminate it. An all-natural, no medication doctor I went to a while ago wouldn’t prescribe anything and could have killed me because I have a genetic disorder than can be deadly without proper treatment.
    My current doctor educated herself on my condition (it is one a lot of doctors don’t know anything about) and researched treatments in line with my preferences to be free of medication. I feel like she is a partner in my health rather than just a regular doctor who wants to medicate everything.
    I know this doesn’t address all of your concerns but I think there is hope for everyone, even if we can do nothing to change the situation – we can still control our own care.

    • Jaimie, Heather’s main point, as far as I am aware, is that we spend literally as much on supplements and whole organic foods as most people spend on health insurance. But as far as we know, this new health care bill will REQUIRE us to pay for health insurance or we’ll be fined.

      This means that on top of the exorbitant costs we already cover to HAVE good health, we now have to pay some insurance company for what we don’t want.

      Yes, we go to a chiropractor, but 80% of our health-related expenses do NOT come at the hands of a doctor or practitioner, and therefore no forced level healthcare no matter how open to alternative medicine will do anything but increase our expenses needlessly.

      At our current income rate, we’d have to spend LESS money on healthy foods and supplements so we could afford to pay for insurance we don’t want.

      That is the problem.
      .-= Daniel (Daddypotamus)´s last blog ..Prophetic Vision Casting Versus Practical Teaching =-.

      • Jaime says:

        Daniel – I do not argue that the expense is going to be crippling for many families. It does seem very counter-productive and almost comical – certainly asinine – for the government to require someone to be in a situation where they would have to spend less on the things that make them healthy and more on health care that they may not need if they were healthy.
        Still, everything that helps one family hurts another. My friend will be able to get healthcare even with his pre-existing heart condition – and how many others will now receive this benefit? Still, many will be imposed upon and in a time when people find it hard to afford the necessary things – the government is adding one more thing on top of it. I do not believe that benefitting a few justifies hurting the many.
        I agree with Heather’s arguments and statements, and yours as well – I just have a tendency to try and highlight the positive when things happen that I cannot control.
        I am not a big fan of the healthcare system – as someone that has to use it – and I’m not a fan of how they treat others – I’m also not a fan of adding more expense by way of free government health care for people at poverty level that can’t afford the requirement – but is there anything we can do about this?
        Is it better to be grateful for what we do have than to breed worry and anxiety over things we can’t change?
        Can we change it?
        I don’t know the answers.
        J

    • Heather says:

      Jaime – I am very encouraged to hear about the relationship you have with your doctor. As I said in my post, I think doctors generally have good motives but often lack the tools I think should be priorities. It sounds like your doctor has educated herself and that is VERY heartening.

      Also, your response brings up a point I didn’t discuss directly: People are at all different levels health-wise. I don’t want people going cold turkey with their meds when it would be dangerous to them, but I think we should make weaning people off meds a long-term goal in most cases.

      Regarding insurance premiums, I used a broker to shop every plan imaginable last year. Because I am married and of childbearing age my costs are outrageous even for high-deductible coverage. And believe it or not, the plans wouldn’t even cover maternity for these huge premiums!

      Thanks for your response. It adds a lot to this discussion.

      • Richard says:

        I can recommend one that will shop around for catastrophe coverage that includes maternity benefits optionally. They do have a 12 month exclusion on it though (12 months of paying maternity benefits before they will pay).
        .-= Richard´s last blog ..You Can Be an Entrepreneur! =-.

      • Jaime says:

        Heather -

        I agree! My number one goal is to reach a point in my health that I do not need meds. I think that if everyone took more care with what they put into their bodies, there would be a lot less need for healthcare (not to mention pharmaceuticals) and more happy, healthy people.

        I didn’t even think about the married and of child-bearing age thing – I can understand how that would make it more difficult to find a good rate.

        As I said to Daniel above – is there anything we can do? It seems like there isn’t.

        J

    • Richard says:

      ” for the first $1200 worth (deductible) – I pay out of pocket, but I get the rates that Blue Cross Blue Shield gets as opposed to self-pay which is more than twice the fee.”

      Not true. Although out of pocket is more, you actually pay LESS than what the insurance company is billed. The last time we (my wife) had a major issue, the bill for us came out to just under $4k for all services. Granted, had we had coverage, our out of pocket would have been cheaper, however, had we had insurance, they would have billed us closer to 6k or 8k for those same services.

      With how few times we actually use such services, it’s cheaper for us to NOT have health insurance and just stock the money away for when we need it. Then just put the bills on a payment plan and pay them off like any other debt.
      .-= Richard´s last blog ..You Can Be an Entrepreneur! =-.

      • Heather says:

        Richard – We found the same to be true. We are paying out-of-pocket for the birth of our second child (as we did with our first). Rather than pay an insurance premium we set aside money in savings every month. Although I would still like catastrophic insurance, I think being cash patients has made us more savvy than we were before. We do our research. We know what we want and what we don’t, and have so far been very satisfied with the results.

        • Richard says:

          I get worse though. In addition to paying those fines, I get an additional 3% tacked on for being self-employeed.

          This country was founded on business owners, they get most of the tax breaks (seriously, have you seen how much we can write off…legally). Now, we get penalized for it.
          .-= Richard´s last blog ..You Can Be an Entrepreneur! =-.

      • Jaime says:

        Richard – when I first checked out at the end of my visit at my doctor’s office two weeks ago – I told them I was self-paying because I thought I was with my deductible. They told me it would be $637. Then one of the other ladies heard and came up and said – “no it’s at the Blue Cross Blue Shield rates, not self-pay rates”. My bill was then reduced to $243. That’s what I was basing my statement on. I actually do pay less than someone without insurance.

        • Richard says:

          Look for them to bill BCBS anyway and for you to receive a benefits letter within the next few weeks.

          Most doc offices set their rates based on actual expenses, an average hourly rate for the doc based on how long a procedure SHOULD take. They don’t take a $400 pay cut just because you have BCBS.

          I hate to be the pessimist but, I’ve been working in insurance for far to long. The docs will bill the provider what they can under any directive they can so they can get as much as possible from them. Then bill you a standard rate minus whatever the ins paid.
          .-= Richard´s last blog ..You Can Be an Entrepreneur! =-.

          • Heather says:

            I actually used to bill for medical offices. Traditionally the self-pay rate is set higher than insurance rates, but it can OFTEN BE NEGOTIATED, usually to a lower rate than what insurance companies pay. Self-pay rates are typically set at what doctors would like to be paid, not what they actually expect to receive. Hope that helps.

          • Richard says:

            I sit corrected.
            .-= Richard´s last blog ..You Can Be an Entrepreneur! =-.

          • Heather says:

            Richard – Sometimes an office will size a person up and set the price based on what they think they will pay. You strike me as a take-charge kind of person, and therefore you may have been given the reduced rate up front. It’s a possibility.

          • Richard says:

            I wont dispute that. They gave us a 40% discount up front. I even asked for a few other discounts but no go. Put it on an 18 mo payment plan, plan to have it taken care of in less than 6 months.
            .-= Richard´s last blog ..You Can Be an Entrepreneur! =-.

          • Jaime says:

            Richard – will they itemize all of these amounts on the letter?
            How do I get a clear picture of what is paid – my part + the insurance company’s part?

          • Richard says:

            You’ll have to ask, beg, and plead with some to get that info. I took the simple route and just brought a lawyer in at the get go. Matter got settled pretty quick.

            It’s nice to have them on call. :)

            Generally speaking though, they will be VERY picky about what is on it. You’ll get a general letter as a statement of benefits as to what was and was not paid. The doc’s office will only send a bill. This is speaking from experience from the last time we had insurance (coincidently expired about 8 months after having our daughter).
            .-= Richard´s last blog ..You Can Be an Entrepreneur! =-.

          • Heather says:

            Jaime – Prior to meeting your deductible your doctor will still send a bill to the insurance company. The insurance company will then send a letter to you explaining what parts of the bill they approved and what you owe as a result. The reason they do this is that it helps the insurance company keep track of when you have met your deductible. They are aware of what you are paying in cash via the bills they receive.

  4. Becky says:

    Well said, Heather! BTW, I had heard of oregano oil for bacterial infections, but not the cayenne for headaches. Do you have a book recommendation for natural alternatives to medications?

    • Heather says:

      I’ve heard there are a couple of reference books but I don’t know any titles. Because new applications for natural remedies are constantly being found I usually just research whatever specific problem I need to resolve. If you are looking for replacements for specific medications email me and I will ask some local experts for you.

      • Scott C says:

        I HIGHLY recommend “Prescription for Nutritional Healing” by Balch and Balch
        and just learned of its cousin “Prescription for Herbal healing”. The first one I mentioned is THE MOST comprehensive list of minor illnesses to AIDS to cancer to allergies and herbs and foods to use and avoid. Laid out well, written both academically and clearly. A must buy…
        Secondly, I love “A More Excellent Way” by Henry Wright — a teaching on the spiritual roots of disease. Written in light of the nature of disease and with sound research, but more importantly according to a biblical worldview — in context Scripture references provided.

        CYA!

    • Kate says:

      I have a great book called “Naturally Healthy Babies and Children” with herbal remedies for EVERYTHING. I have found it helpful for myself and my husband too.

  5. Melodie says:

    While I am pretty happy that Americans now have health care coverage (I’m Canadian) I have to say that your argument against it is the very best I’ve heard.
    .-= Melodie´s last blog ..Poems About The Joys of Breastfeeding =-.

  6. Kim says:

    What was your source for the info on Beechamp and Pasteur? I was reading about them in “The pH Miracle for Health” by a Dr. Young and his wife (Shelly, I think). I haven’t unpacked it yet, and I’m still only part way through, but it’s fantastic. Pasteur had friends in high places, so his research gained all the recognition, while Beechamp’s groundbreaking research went by the way side. Isn’t that just typical? And yet here we are…STILL living in the dark ages. I mean, seriously, how many advances in technology have happened between then and now (I mean, we went to the frickin’ moon a LONG time ago) and yet here we are, what?…a century after Pasteur?…and still stuck with all the experts playing dumb about cancer and other diseases. I wonder why? Of course we both know the answer to that.

    I am so appalled when I see things like the “Susan G. Komen” for the cure, and “Team in Training,” etc. I’m appalled because so many good, honest, and caring people raise money for these organizations (which are also lead by good, honest, caring people) because they want to lessen the suffering in the human race. And so many brillaint amd noble people devote their lives to research. But the “cure” is and has been available since the beginning of time. In fact, in natural medicine, there are many cures. Who are “they” who sit at the top of their dung heap, protecting their golden goose, and inciting fear in the hearts of the masses? They yell “snake oil” at good science, and keep “looking” for a very expensive cure for cancer, something people will have to take for a long long time, so that someone’s pockets will be filled. Argh! And it is the “need” for these kinds of drugs that fuels the “need” for massive insurance policies and healthcare. Human suffering is big business. (Have you seen the price of caskets these days? Now I’m off track, but I have to say that I want to be buried in the earth, and left to rot in peace, not preserved with toxic chemicals. And if they must put me in a box, untreated pine would be just fine. Otherwise, cremate me.)

    I have always thought it would be cool to start a non-profit that would be an alternative for things like “Team in Training.”
    I would call it “Route Cause” and the proceeds would go toward funding double blind studies that validate natural therapies, and other realted causes. Also, it would be an opportunity to raise awareness of the real problems (the food industry, ignorance of the general population, etc). Participants would work with trainers and consult with wholistic nutritionists. That would be killer! (maybe “killer” isn’t the best word choice here, but you know what I mean).

  7. Heather says:

    Kim – I totally agree with you. A couple of years ago a friend asked me to pledge when she participated in the Susan G Komen. It made me so sad because she totally did not understand why I couldn’t in good conscience support her. People have good hearts about that stuff and want to help, but they are being lied to. Human suffering IS big business. What profit is it to big corporations if we are all healthy, happy with the figures God gave us, and intimately connected with our families? How will they sell us drugs, lap band surgery and porn?

  8. Heather says:

    Kim – I forgot to mention how I became familiar with Pasteur and Bechamp. I originally ran across Germ Theory in Pathways Magazine and then did subsequent research.

  9. Scott C says:

    Awesome comment, Kim… I will also be cremated. I mean really, a $7000 AIRTIGHT box, chromed? really?

    And Susan G Komen gives money
    (over 100,000 a year, at last check) to Planned Parenthood, which sells abortions. Yes, I said sells. And surely you (the reader) has seen the PROVEN link between having an abortion and the propensity towards breast cancer — If I could be so cynical (and I can) SGK is keeping themselves in business. Let’s be real, a lot of NPO’s pay their execs high 6figure salaries…..

    More later

  10. Mae says:

    You know, I just read this, forgive me for being lazy. Eamon and I have been trying to find the fines they are enforcing. Personally, I don’t know how they’re going to ENFORCE the penalties. But… I can tell you, we are on Medicare for Lily. We can’t afford health insurance, and we “make too much money” for Eamon and I to be covered, but not enough to buy actual insurance.
    I just wanted to say two things:
    One. I don’t like it when people argue against paying for other people’s healthcare- specifically Christians. We’re kinda called to do that. If I were in the position to buy someone else’s healthcare, I would.
    Two. Those fines would kill my family. Not the first year, but definitely after that. We have enough money to cover our food, rent, bills without worrying. And I praise God for that! If we want to buy something outside of the budget, we save dollar by dollar for months. My biggest concern is what would come of not paying the fees, and not having insurance. I worry…more often than I should…that Lily will get taken away. We do things unconventionally as it is, this would put us over the edge for sure. I know it’s a lot of hand-wringing for nothing…but I just don’t know.

    Sorry. Felt the need to vent. Maybe someone on here can give me some stats to sooth my concerns?
    .-= Mae´s last blog ..Meal Plan Monday =-.

    • Heather says:

      Mae – Regarding point #1: I feel about paying for other people’s healthcare much like I feel about paying for publicly funded abortions. I believe that the current healthcare system is fundamentally flawed and does more damage than good. I also think personal responsibility is a gift, and when true poverty is the issue that Christians and not government are responsible to be catalysts of change. I have known of too many missionaries and relief organizations whose mentality is to “ease suffering” by pouring aid into a nation while their own lifestyles support the the cultural habits that keep them poor. Rather than throw a few dollars in a bucket to ease our consciences we need to consciously seek out fair trade staples like coffee and chocolate. The same can be said inside the U.S. Rather than give free healthcare, l’d rather stop exploiting low wage workers so that they can afford to provide for their families with dignity.

      Regarding point #2: God is watching over your family, Mae. That’s no platitude ( I hope you know I mean that). He has placed Lily in your care and He will see to it that she stays where she’s supposed to be.

      • Scott C says:

        agreed. However… and let me first say, Heather, that I GET fair trade and make a point to purchase it… that cannot be the answer — only maybe the beginning of one, to the problem of poverty in developing nations. Not everyone will be affected by the positive change effected by fair trade prices. Then there will start to be a wealth gap just as there is in the Western world. I think the WFP and the UN aide are a JOKE and most missionary and aide group efforts are a joke (there are good ones, BloodWater Mission, et al). I think micro-lending is making strong headway (and I HATE debt, but the methodology breeds personal responsibility, allows people to see how applying themselves results in success, risk vs. reward)
        I know my thoughts above are fragmented… discuss?

        #2 Mae.. have you thought about revoking Lily’s birth certificate? I haven’t done it.. yet. It’s legal and disallows the state from any involvement, obviously in this case CPS related — while the state would have NO BUSINESS legally intervening in a Federal matter of not paying another taxxx to the GUUVman — if Feds used states power against the states will through coercion… you get where I’m going. If the Fed is flexin’ muscles and tearing apart state’s rights, we’ve got bigger issues. Lily is fine. She ain’t goin’ nowhere. If needed, me and a few others I know will exercise our 2nd ameNNment rights on her behalf :)

        And while I DO NOT fear my government (they should fear me, that is their role) I have intentionally mis-spelled several words in this post in order to avert the search-bots from finding me.

        that is a joke.
        .-= Scott C´s last blog ..Picture update! =-.

        • Scott C says:

          just realized that my “wealth gap” comment sounded commie. NOT intended. however, look at Africa, spec. Ivory Coast, SA, Kenya — you have SUPER RICH due to exploitation of slave labor and then the poor, $3 a month folks who are bitter and full of hate towards the Manse-dwellers.
          .-= Scott C´s last blog ..Picture update! =-.

      • A. B. says:

        Amen, Heather! Charity begins at home. When it is forced or put into corporate hands, much can go amiss

    • Sarah says:

      They’ll probably take it out in your taxes. I’m a Christian, it’s not that I don’t want to pay for someone Else’s insurance. It’s that they are TAKING OUR FREEDOM AWAY! We as believers shouldn’t have to be forced to help others. It should be because we fill the desire or prompting to do it. What are government is doing in every way is SATAN’s plan! And we should all recognize it for what it is. The bible warns us of these things. Read Revaluations, it’s all got to happen sometime, right? We all CAN do something and it starts in our own homes then doing our part by Voting for people that are GOD fearing, that know that this Country was built upon God and our Freedom! Sorry, didn’t mean to sound preachy, but I just wanted to people remember why we are here on this earth and it’s to have freedom to choose right from wrong. If we do are part as Children of God, we will all be taken care of, even if that means passing on from this life to the next. Or living a healthy or even a painful life. The good thing is we get to CHOOSE how we will live the life we have been giving.

      • Sarah says:

        Opps, Just noticed my spelling errors! It’s late. One thing I wanted to add about Voting. There is this really neat website I found, while trying find out more about some of the bills that are out there. votesmart.org (Gives you information about bills in layman’s term) and votesmart.org/voteeasy/ (Type in your zip and then click on the taps on the top, they are yes or no questions and rate it from somewhat to strongly agree. It will give you who your best candidate is to vote for, given your answers.) No more blind voting. Smart Voting, right!! :)

  11. Pippi says:

    I haven’t read all the comments (sorry) but I have to say that the American health care system is one of the reasons my husband and I will never leave Canada for the States despite the fact that I grew up there and am an American citizen. If something goes wrong with my (fully covered by the government) homebirth and I have to transfer to the hospital we will never see a bill. I doubt that will happen. I have experienced midwives, eat a healthy diet, and had an extremely uncomplicated homebirth with my first. But I’m glad I won’t go bankrupt if something did go wrong. It’s absolutely worth the higher taxes.

    There are definitely things I wish I could change about our health care system here — enough so that I won’t hog the comment section detailing them — but compared to the States? No way would I want the for-profit model practiced there even with the token government involvement being put in place.

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  13. Leah Johnson says:

    I realize this is an old post, but I just found your blog, and this entry intrigued me. I recently switched jobs and just went through the whole switching to new health insurance hassle that goes with it. At my old job, after much thought, I switched from their HMO to a high-deductible PPO they offered for 2011. I realized I love it – I am like you, want health insurance in case I get into an accident or break a bone, but don’t plan to go to treat common, everyday ailments that can be solved with natural remedies and healthy diet/lifestyle. With this plan, I had a $4k deductible, low monthly premium, and could contribute pre-tax dollars to a health savings account (HSA). This health savings account is my money, it goes with me wherever I go, and it can be used to pay any medical expenses that would be considered eligible as a deduction on my tax return. It effectively allows you to save up money for health expenses and pay for treatments that you see fit while getting a nice break on your taxes (the medical expense deduction is only available to those who itemize and doesn’t count until expenses begin to exceed 7.5% of your adjusted gross income, which effectively excludes expenses incurred by most healthy families). You have your high-deductible health insurance in case something bad happens and you need it. Most (if not all) of these plans have a pretty reasonable out-of-pocket maximum which is usually not much more than your deductible, and after that point, everything is 100% covered. You also have access to negotiated rates under your insurance if you go to in-network providers, even if you haven’t met your deductible. So I was truly disappointed when I switched jobs and found that they didn’t offer an HSA-compatible plan. After much research and weighing the pros and cons, I actually decided to opt out of my employer’s health coverage and get my own high-deductible, HSA-compatible PPO with Healthnet. I am a 25-year-old female and my premium is $64 a month. My deductible is $4,500, and I can continue to contribute up to $3,050 ($3,100 for 2012) a year to my HSA. In my tax bracket, the premiums pay for themselves if I max out my contribution. I love this system because instead of putting all of my money towards a premium for health coverage that I generally don’t use, I pay a low premium and pocket the savings in my health savings account. I save money on my taxes and have a nice stash of cash to pay for things as they come up. I can even pay for dental expenses, glasses/contacts, midwife fees, chiropractor treatments, naturopath visits, etc. – a whole myriad of things not typically covered under insurance anyway. Another bonus is that I can pay for expenses out of my HSA incurred by my spouse, too, who isn’t even covered under my health insurance plan. Anyway, I promise I don’t work for Healthnet – I am just someone who has done their homework and wanted to put my findings out there if they help anyone. I realize now that this comment has gotten so long that I ought to do a blog post of my own on this! God bless you – looking forward to reading more of your blog.

    P.S. I am a tax accountant/CPA and have learned quite a bit about the new healthcare bill. I agree that it’s an assault on our freedoms for the most part, and I truly don’t think it will help very many more people get health coverage. A lot of people (including me and my self-employed parents during my childhood) fall into that lower middle-class category where you make too much to be eligible for government-paid health care but not enough to pay the exorbitant premiums for standard HMO or PPO health coverage. I see these families paying the penalties because that’s all they can afford and STILL not having health coverage. I think these high-deductible HSAs are really promising for people that fit into this category. They make a lot of sense for healthy people who want to take more control over their health care.

  14. Stella says:

    The Affordable Care Act is not Gov’t Health Care. All health care is still provided through private insurance companies. Private Insurance companies paid billions to make sure that a public option was to part of the Affordable Care Act. The mandate is a simple principle: it is requiring all Americans to have the most basic of health care coverage – which is basically catastrophic health care in order to offset the millions of Americans who do not have health insurancewho access the health care system when they have a catastrophic calamity – like a car accident when they are bleeding to death – yet never have to pay for it. Your choice of doctors would include being able to choose a doctor who shares your values and approach to medicine. You can disagree with much of the health care industry, certainly do – but to call the Affordable Care Act Gov’t Health care is not the truth, and was a carefully crafted cynical term to mischaracterize health care reform. Those who are open minded and take the time will see that the underlying motivation for health care reform was to change current health care practices to better promote health and wellness and try to eliminate the for profit shareholder aspect to providing health care to Americans. Big Pharma and the Giant Health Care Industry in watering down the Affordable Care Act – and dishonestly framing the dialogue. I am inspired by our First Lady who initiated an organice garden at the White House, to ensure her own children and visitors to The People’s House had access to the kind of food your blog highlights. Yet, I rarely see any posts on any blog praise her attempts to make traditional food available to all Americans. Why is that? Why is she mocked? Because entrenched special interests, such as the Corn Industry, do not want Americans to eat healthy. I would encourage you to know that while you can afford to have your children on health care, which you seem to find a priority, millions of children in America can not and due to state legislatures, the poorest of the poor are being thrown off state funded health care rolls: ie Gov’t health care. The Affordable Care Act was an attempt to remedy the stranglehold The Health Care Industry holds over Americans: and to make it possible that poor children have access to the same opportunites your children do. I hope you take time to read Affordable Care Act, and at least agree it is not in any way: Government Health Care. No, that’s something that Congress & politicians enjoy. And we pay for. (I am a Mom, Grandma, uninsured American who is not politically active just informed and speaking from my heart)

  15. Grace says:

    This is a little off the topic, but do you know of any books geared towards kids that teach holistic medicine?
    We homeschool, and our oldest will be in 4th grade soon. He loves science (especially physics):) But I’ve noticed the books (we use Sonlight loosely) that have to do with health come from a conventional perspective-about germ theory, vaccines, etc.

  16. Alison Westermann via FB says:

    Great post!!!

  17. Brooke Carlock via FB says:

    Excellent post!

  18. Thank you for sharing this again!

  19. Michelle Seiler via FB says:

    Amen sister.

  20. Justine Hampton via FB says:

    Good points in tho post. Things o never really thought about. Also, a good discussion after :)

  21. Sherri DuPriest Hooks via FB says:

    My husband came down with the chicken pox (and I’m due anyway with what’s supposed to be a home birth) well he passed out from fever and hit his head on the entertainment center and sliced his face completely open. Needless to say I’m glad I live in a state that helps to provide health care to those who can’t afford or don’t get offered it. Without it I would be a widow right now or we’d be looking at a 30,000 emergency bill (ct scan to make sure no internal head injuries, EKG, stiches, etc.) I can’t see how eating correctly would have saved us from this. Or from a car accident, as for me I’m glad I have an affordable back up contingency plan.

  22. I read your blog because I agree completely with your views on food and healthy lifestyle. My youngest son isn’t vaccinated, we rarely visit the doctor. My home is stocked full of healthy foods and supplements. On the topic of insurance reform, there is a greater picture here. You see my son has Autism. While I do agree diet plays a HUGE role in helping him, it is devastating to not be able to give him all the therapy he needs. Like thousands of other families in America, behavioral therapy is simply not covered by insurance and costs a small fortune out-of-pocket. We already live paycheck to paycheck just trying to keep healthy, non toxic foods in our home and ME home so that he isn’t stuck in childcare all day. With this healthcare reform will come ABA therapy/ Speech/OT for thousands of children who desperately need it. Children who have previously been denied therapeutic services due to their Autism being considered a pre-existing condition or simply not being covered AT ALL. Thousands of children who will learn to speak their first word, who will learn to cope with an overwhelming sensory environment, how to play with others, to read, to succeed! I do not wish to dismiss your side of the argument. It is indeed a VERY good argument. Just be aware there is another side to this which deserves to be acknowledged.

  23. I read your blog because I agree completely with your views on food and healthy lifestyle. My youngest son isn’t vaccinated, we rarely visit the doctor. My home is stocked full of healthy foods and supplements. On the topic of insurance reform, there is a greater picture here. You see my son has Autism. While I do agree diet plays a HUGE role in helping him, it is devastating to not be able to give him all the therapy he needs. Like thousands of other families in America, behavioral therapy is simply not covered by insurance and costs a small fortune out-of-pocket. We already live paycheck to paycheck just trying to keep healthy, non toxic foods in our home and ME home so that he isn’t stuck in childcare all day. With this healthcare reform will come ABA therapy/ Speech/OT for thousands of children who desperately need it. Children who have previously been denied therapeutic services due to their Autism being considered a pre-existing condition or simply not being covered AT ALL. Thousands of children who will learn to speak their first word, who will learn to cope with an overwhelming sensory environment, how to play with others, to read, to succeed! I do not wish to dismiss your side of the argument. It is indeed a VERY good argument. Just be aware there is another side to this which deserves to be acknowledged.

  24. I read your blog because I agree completely with your views on food and healthy lifestyle. My youngest son isn’t vaccinated, we rarely visit the doctor. My home is stocked full of healthy foods and supplements. On the topic of insurance reform, there is a greater picture here. You see my son has Autism. While I do agree diet plays a HUGE role in helping him, it is devastating to not be able to give him all the therapy he needs. Like thousands of other families in America, behavioral therapy is simply not covered by insurance and costs a small fortune out-of-pocket. We already live paycheck to paycheck just trying to keep healthy, non toxic foods in our home and ME home so that he isn’t stuck in childcare all day. With this healthcare reform will come ABA therapy/ Speech/OT for thousands of children who desperately need it. Children who have previously been denied therapeutic services due to their Autism being considered a pre-existing condition or simply not being covered AT ALL. Thousands of children who will learn to speak their first word, who will learn to cope with an overwhelming sensory environment, how to play with others, to read, to succeed! I do not wish to dismiss your side of the argument. It is indeed a VERY good argument. Just be aware there is another side to this which deserves to be acknowledged.

  25. Sherri DuPriest Hooks – I’m so glad your husband is okay! For the record, these are exactly the kind of circumstances which I think catastrophic insurance is a good idea. As I wrote in the post, my problem with this healthcare bill is that it takes away my right to choose that option by mandating a certain type of insurance. This in turn only gives me access to a healthcare model I find little in common with outside emergency surgery-type situations.

  26. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Tess McLarty! I have to admit I am glad to hear that kids will get the help they need, but I see it as a silver lining to very bad legislation that restricts freedom overall and harms some families while helping others. Big hugs to you – I’m so grateful you provided this perspective <3

  27. Candace Ireland via FB says:

    interesting perspective. thanks for reposting!

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  29. Brittany Ardito says:

    This post hits close to home. My father died from Cancer at age 45. No, scratch that, my Dad died from chemo and conventional cancer treatment. I saw what it did to him and the stress my mother had to deal with for years after he died fighting the insurance company on his medical bills. It is a sad condition our healthcare system is in. I too no longer can support the numerous cancer societies as I believe that money is just fueling the corrupt cancer industry.

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