Topics: Universal Health Care, Prescribing Money, 6 Habits for Longevity
On this episode of Solutions News, our topics are all about health and well-being: our guest is Dr. James Kwako (KWA-KHO), a family physician with a holistic approach and a remarkable new book, Mobilizing Your Healing Power. We also discuss why Universal Healthcare is a solution whose time has come; how sometimes the best medical prescription is simply more money, and after some great didyaknows, we’ll end the show with some habits we can all adopt that improve health, wellness and longevity
Universal Health Care
The first story this week is about solutions to the current healthcare crisis in the United States. Premiums have been skyrocketing and the price of drugs is many times what it is in other countries, leading to “medical tourism”. The most rational solution to the current situation is some form of universal healthcare. The United States is unique among developed nations in the world because it does not have a comprehensive health care system that helps all of its citizens deal with health care needs. Between 1990 and 2016, the United States health care system has dropped from a 6th place rank to 27th in the world – and it’s still dropping. Several current presidential candidates are proposing a “Medicare for All” type of solution. Critics of these plans point to the political and purported economic challenges to get from the hodge-podge system that the United States has now to some idealistic universal coverage without massive costs and massive disruptions. Rinaldo argues that the transition to a more comprehensive solution for every American, would actually be relatively simple if we’d just put out minds to it, and it would definitely lead to better overall health and much less expensive care as well. Most importantly, it will streamline a complicated system and save money over time.
“Find two bucks and call me in the morning”
The second story this week is about a unique approach to treating illness by actually helping the patients find more financial assistance. Dr. Gary Bloch started the process about ten years ago in Toronto, Canada, working to help treat illness by solving the underlying causes and stresses that exacerbate illness. Especially for low income patients, taking simple steps to help them sign up for social programs they qualify for, but are usually unaware of. In the past year, Dr. Bloch has helped an average of 30 patients a week earn up to $1,700 a year. Other programs are sprouting up across Canada and even some in the United Kingdom, demonstrating that a holistic approach to medicine solves more than the just illness on the surface by focusing on root causes as well as the presenting medical symptoms
Lifestyle choices that affect health outcomes
This week, the Optimist Daily ran an article about how letting go of anger is linked to longevity, health and overall wellness as people age. For our last story tonight, and as a salute to our guest, holistic healer Dr. Jim Kwako, here’s six lifestyle habits that have been shown to help you live longer and better:
The two most important takeaways are moderation and mindfulness. In the chaos of everyday life, focusing on all of these aspects can be challenging, if not impossible. The solution is to focus on taking small steps to make these responsible practices habit over time. And while it might be tough to do for all of these steps, moderation is a safe bet to stay healthy.
Dr. Kwako is a Family Physician in private practice in Santa Barbara for almost 30 years. He provides basic medical services and also emphasizes healthy lifestyle living which includes nutritional medicine, exercise guidelines, stress management and integrative medical approaches.
Dr. Kwako is an Instructor for the School of Extended Learning, an adult education program sponsored by Santa Barbara Community College. In these classes he teaches a wide range of topics that address fatigue, pain, hypertension, insomnia, dreams, meditation and other medical and psychospiritual topics.
Dr. Kwako has been medical director at the Pain and Health Rehabilitation Center and Meadowlark Retreat Center. He has served on the Board of the American Holistic Medical Association and Unity Church of Santa Barbara. He is an ordained minister and author of Mobilizing Your Healing Power. His web site is jameskwakomd.com