How to Avoid the 3rd Leading Cause of Death (plus #1 & #2)

January 19th, 2017 by admin

“So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart…Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people…” —CHIEF TECUMSEH

For most of us, death is the ultimate fear, whether we realize it or not. Even the fear of loneliness or rejection can be traced to the fear of dying, because without love and acceptance, we fear we will surely die. And no one wants to die having lived a life that fulfilled no perceivable purpose, nor a sense of connection to self and others.

I’m curious–how is your death bed shaping up? Is your dis-ease getting in the way of finding and living your passions and purpose in the here and now? 

If so, is it any wonder? In general, we are one unhealthy population.

Researchers predict that the current generation of children will not outlive their parents, due to the prevalence of processed foods, sedentary lifestyles (and environmental toxins) which lead to not only obesity, but heart disease and cancers, the number 1 and 2 leading causes of death in the United States, respectively.

And what about the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S.? Do you know what it is?
It’s not very well-known, because current reporting procedures do not allow for it; however, as of May 2016, through a ground-breaking study published in the British Medical Journal, we know that the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S. is medical error (1).

“Medical error has been defined as an unintended act (either of omission or commission) or one that does not achieve its intended outcome, the failure of a planned action to be completed as intended (an error of execution), the use of a wrong plan to achieve an aim (an error of planning), or a deviation from the process of care that may or may not cause harm to the patient. Patient harm from medical error can occur at the individual or system level. The taxonomy of errors is expanding to better categorize preventable factors and events” (1).

My friend, colleague and Functional Medicine mentor, Tom Malterre, says, “we often seek out a health care practitioner to improve our health and avoid death. But in the US, seeking medical help is the primary cause of death for over 250,000 people a year. For the last century, medicine has often looked to synthetic compounds (pharmaceuticals) and surgeries to treat diseases and disorders. This “solution” has caused, at the very least, 250,000 more problems a year.”

A lot of people die from medical error.

A lot of people SUFFER from medical error as well.

Among clients in my practice, I see the error of planning by their conventional practitioners, via treating symptoms only (or not at all with their patients who refuse medication), rather than using symptoms as clues to trace and treat the root causes of dis-ease.

Now, I’m not fully blaming the conventional practitioner. This is how they are trained, and so it is ultimately a systemic error; However, I do think that all physicians, being highly intelligent human beings, should be able to come to the conclusion that treating the whole person and taking a root cause approach is both the most logical and the most sustainable way to foster healing and good health.

Many are too biased to come to this conclusion, while at the same time, a good many ARE taking the leap out of the insurance-governed, corporate-controlled, patriarchal model of medicine and into Functional Medicine every day, as the movement continually gains momentum; and I am very happy to promote the movement by showing conventional practitioners just how well their patients can get with the Functional approach.

So, how can you avoid medical error?

You know by now: Through an evidence-based, root-cause approach to medicine and nutrition that treats the whole person and views them as a biochemically unique individual, AKA: Functional Medicine/Functional Nutrition.

Read more about the root-cause, Functional Nutrition approach that I take, here. 

While conventional medicine serves a vital purpose in acute care, for people who are suffering on a daily basis with chronic issues, pharmaceutical and surgical interventions are by and large, not going to extend their lives, nor inspire purpose and joy, which comes ultimately comes from living in harmony with one’s own body, self and all of life.

In fact, these interventions often end up leading to more interventions and more suffering.

Those who suffer with chronic issues that they and their practitioners, do not know how to reverse by identifying and treating root causes, end up feeling ‘lots of anger and betrayal at their body for just not “working” like everyone else’s seems to’, as someone who recently  reached out to me shared. Her sentiments are congruent with most people who contact me for guidance.

How about you?

If you suffer from chronic issues like autoimmunity (whether you are just starting to notice progressive symptoms or already have a diagnosis), digestive issues (including but not limited to heart burn, bloating, gas, pain with eating and elimination, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, diarrhea/constipation, SIBO, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, etc.),thyroid disease (“low thyroid” or hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, Grave’s disease), and constitutional issues like chronic low energy and fatigue, trouble losing weight, skin irritations, food sensitivities, brain fog, mood dysregulation, etc.,
don’t LIMIT your care to practitioners who will only apply acute care treatments and testing to your chronic issues. 

(Notice that I did not say you should ditch your conventional practitioner. They are a welcome and pivotal member of your health care team, they’re just not where the buck stops.)

Instead, ADD a Functional Medicine/Functional Nutrition practitioner to your health care team. That said, be ready to commit to a journey that involves some major diet, lifestyle and mindset change, functional lab testing, and quality, individualized supplementation.
Be ready to take an active role in your own healing.

If you are ready to do the work of healing, you can largely avoid the 3rd leading cause of death, as well as numbers 1 and 2, and instead (barring some freak accident, of course), die at a ripe old age, because it’s simply your time to go, having lived at your maximum quality of life, personally, professionally and socially, until the very end.

But enough about your death. Let’s focus on your life, right here and now, because NOW is all that truly exists, and it’s where your power to impact your future lies. 

If you are serious about healing yourself and you welcome expert guidance over time, with built-in coaching, support and accountability, read about my services here. While there, if you get excited about working with me after reading about my approach and program, fill out a Client Application. If you seem coachable and up to the task, I’ll invite you to a FREE 30-45 minute Enlightened Wellness Clarity Session. 

*Reach out between now and Friday, January 20th, and get a $100 discount off of your 6-Month Healing Journey with me.

Here’s to wellness beyond the status quo.

Be well,