With all the talk of stimulus plans for the economy, and of universal health coverage in this United States of America, I wonder why we don’t remember the lesson of the truck. I’ve heard this story from a number of self-help teachers. The truck was a semi-trailer filled tall with some cargo. Going under an overpass, the cargo was so high that truck got stuck. It was wedged under the bridge. With a gaggle of men wondering how to untie and unload the vast cargo, it was suggested to take some air out of the tires. That would create enough space to get the vehicle moving forward again. What a simple solution.
Natural Medicine Saves Money
Instead of continuing to pile our health care cargo high with evermore expensive procedures, why not work on the more basic pieces first? Then we won’t have to expend as much. In other words, learning how to take care of ourselves with natural movement methods is a medicine almost free. As a medicine, gentle movement brings many cures. Not everything can be addressed with easy movements, deepening breaths, and mind-quietening procedures. But much can.
In an article in the Wall Street Journal by four famous healers (Deepak Chopra, Andrew Weil, Dean Ornish, and Rustum Roy) they claim that 2.1 trillion dollars was spend on healthcare in the previous year. But most of it wasn’t health care. It was disease care, money spent after the fact on preventable diseases.
The Wall Street Journal article goes on to extol the powers of “simple, low-tech, and low-cost interventions” in health care. If there is something simpler, lower-tech, and lower-cost than basic Qigong, I would like to know about it.
High Concept Health
Here is an idea. Instead of spending a trillion dollars on medical care, why not allocate a billion dollars to promulgating natural principles of health. (That still leaves a trillion dollars for the doctors, drug, companies, machine-builders, and hospitals.) Millions of people are already taking classes in Yoga, Taiji (tai chi), Qigong (chi kung), pilates and other body-centered health-empowerment methods. How about a couple of hundred of million of people. We as a nation would save trillions of dollars. Each person could save thousands; and more importantly, we could prevent or subdue much suffering.
Update: Insurance Costs
In the New York Times of Sept 27, 2012 is an article stating that insurance costs in the U.S. have essentially doubled in just 10 years. The average annual premious for a family has gone from $7061 to $15, 073. With more and people out of work or in lower paying jobs, and with a shrinking middle class, how can employers or families continue to pay these kinds of costs? High medical costs have broken the back of many individuals and families, and may yet break the back of the country. Qigong may become more than just a good thing to do for one’s health. It might become one of the only healthcare options affordable for tens of millions of Americans.