In 2011, I was nearly killed by a distracted driver. I spent 6 years in and out the medical community attempting to heal myself or at least live without pain. Each and nearly every interaction with Doctors and their staffs was a let-down, a set-back, or too little too late.
Then I discovered why.
As an elite athlete I actually had insurance on my body and had uninsured motorist insurance. Although I was considered a pedestrian, the accident was covered. I spent nearly 18 months fighting with USAA to get any compensation. I had brain damage and could barely talk. In addition I was STILL IN IRAQ. I ended the conversation and hired an attorney when the insurance adjuster said, "we think you have some responsibility here since you didn't get out of the way, so we aoffer you $2000." I walked away knowing that this system is not in place to take care of me, it was there to make as much money and create such a hard process for claims that most people don't bother or are beat down. I was beat down. Furthermore the promise of governmental healthcare was broken. The staffs at military medical facilities were a major disappointment. Leading to streams of profanity to them about their ridiculous hours and lack of accountability. We sometimes think medicine and being a doctor is one of the highest callings. But I later realized this is not what it seems. For government healthcare, they have little to no care in your health. For private corporate providers, they are interested in profits, which is understandable. But it is wildly extreme. Find out more. I now protect myself from nefarious people in many ways and that includes insurance companies.
Each medical interaction was predicated by, "so why are you in today" and at LEAST 6 months of waiting for new patient appointments and referral authorizations. Nearly every referral was denied or changed without consulting or notifying me. The government healthcare system has a revolving door of primary care doctors that change multiple times during a year and each one wants to restart and question the previous' orders. In 12 months I had four, yes four primary care physicians and each one wanted to redo tests, have me go through the entire explanation process. To further frustrate me, a majority of my 24 primary care physicians were combative, annoyed, and unsympathetic.
In 2018, I was given a summary of my medical expenses. It was nearly $1,000,000. I cannot say that this money had contributed to healing me. I can however, point back to about three instances that helped me with major progress. 1) biofeedback, 2) in-patient care with a requirement to track symptoms with a journal, and 3) CT scans. Everything else was redundant, wasteful, seemed to only placate me or place me back in a queue. Nowhere was this more very clear and evident than Louisiana. The medical establishment in Shreveport like many cities is dominated by a University healthcare system, which I thought, "wow this is great, these people know what they're doing." This was true not in healthcare, but in billing. They were very upfront that one day a week was for appointments and 4-5 days are for surgeries. I did the math, that means out of the 80 (yes 80) patients on Wednesday, so many of them must be recommended surgery in order to fill up the other days. Twice I was there on Wednesday when the front office cancelled all appointments in favor for an extra surgery day. It was a surgery factory. The hallways were filled with morbidly obese clients in double-wide wheelchairs. They were all given surgical recommendations. The University System thrives on that. As a matter of fact, all medical establishments in the USA are built on subscription models where great days are one with lots of profit, which means lots of patients. Everyone well and healed? Bad for business. This is the fact. I put my trust thinking the system and those in it would go above and beyond to heal me, this was simply not true. Before you get offended, yes there were a few very shiny diamonds in the rough, but these are exceptionally rare.
Then the military system got all these diagnoses, and the bill. They processed me for DISCHARGE. Two months short of the congressionally mandated mandatory retirement date. Yes that means at 16 years we cannot be kicked out medically, they have to retire us and we get a retirement check. They were trying to avoid that and remove me from service. They actually expedited my case in hopes. This was in 2018. I threw in the towel and said, "no more." I have to take command of my health. This system is not designed to help me or have anything to do with empathy. It was a mass system designed for efficiency and incentivizing the workforce to anonymize the customers, clients, and patients it was initially set-up to protect and heal. At one point a Dr., in my six-minute allocated appointment, asked me, "What do you want me to write for your insurance settlement?" I said "I'm not suing anyone, I just want to know what to do every day to heal myself and be better than I was before. He said, "I have to write something." Then he left.
It was like McDonald's, simply there to give you what you want, make you think you're getting value, swiftly get you out the door, and make as much profit as possible in the process.
I turned my voracious reading skills to learning as much as I could about healing and the body.
There was once a place called the Temple of Apollo, where leaders and distinguished individuals would travel for advice. On the entrance, was written "Know Thyself".
Read The Nervous System
A place where everyone is supposed to uniformly standardize, behave, ask for permission, eat awful food, and learn from older folks who haven't practiced in years.
Getting fit is a holistic process your body must go through that includes doses of stress, recovery, and relaxation.
In the 1950s ads were run by doctors who promoted smoking as a way to relax and which ones were healthiest. Television destroys far more--your time and future.
People say, "rich" when they mean "free." Saving your money won't turn it into more.
Why do you do what you do? What are the results you want? Find the end results and work backwards. The pursuit of anything other than a better you is a deception.