Wellness vs. Sickness Care

Doctor Andy’s Wellness Corner
By: Andy Marrone, D.C.
Clinic Director,
Redmond Ridge Chiropractic

This is the first of a series of features that will serve to educate readers on how to achieve and maintain wellness. Before we begin, we have to determine what wellness means. So what is wellness anyway? Does it mean you’re not suffering from any symptoms? Does it mean you have no health problems? While both of these definitions seem to make sense you will soon see that this is not true wellness.
True wellness does not mean lack of illness, or lack of symptoms. This is what many wellness practitioners refer to as “False Wellness”. We have all heard a story about someone who went to the doctor, who seemed to be perfectly healthy. Once they got there, and the doctor ran some tests, they discovered they were in the final stages of some fatal disease. That person “appeared to be well”, that is they had no symptoms but where they really?
Let’s try another example. Let’s say you are suffering from a bacterial infection. This particular infection causes headaches, coughing, fever, muscle soreness, a runny nose, and makes you very sleepy. Many people might simply start taking a cough suppressant for the coughing, a muscle relaxant for the soreness, ibuprofen for the fever and headaches, a decongestant for the runny nose and drink some caffeine for energy. Once you take all that stuff, you will feel good enough to make it to work and make everyone else sick, but as we all know you are not truly healthy.
True wellness means that our body and systems are functioning at 100% and are working in harmony together. It also means our body is able to adapt properly to our environment.
Why is wellness important? Wellness is important because according to the Journal of Applied Physiology (2005) vol. 98, most chronic diseases in our modern society are due to lack of wellness and our own lifestyle choices. These diseases include our nation’s leading killers: Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Stroke, Osteoporosis and Cancer.
In the coming articles, I will provide education and tips on how move towards and maintain a wellness lifestyle. We will start with the 6 pillars of health, which include: proper nutrition, proper water intake, exercise, sleep, a properly functioning nervous system, and low stress levels or how to manage stress.
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” (Thomas Edison).