So, how could I possibly suggest that doing what I do might actually save you money? Because it very well could.
In a recent news segment on WRAL, a local channel here in North Carolina, they highlighted a case where a woman's prescription drastically increased in price. The price of her prescription for her autoimmune disease went from about $90 to $1000 for a 90 day refill! Can you imagine going to fill your prescription and finding out that it had gone up in price more than ten-fold? More importantly, how confident are you that something like that won't happen to you in the future?
This is the risk we take putting our health in the hands of the pharmaceutical industry. They've got us in a headlock and they know it. We've all become so hopelessly dependent on drugs to manage our chronic illnesses that when something like this happens we have little to no choice but to hand over our credit card. If only there was an alternative...
Wouldn't it make more sense for us to get to the root-cause of our health concerns, address them using natural means, and learn to maintain our health through diet, exercise and lifestyle choices? That is what I do with my patients with functional medicine. My goal for each of my patients is to help them feel better and then, perhaps more importantly, learn how to take control of their health and keep making improvements well beyond what we do in my office. Sure, I might make you go gluten-free and take some supplements, but at least you'll have more control over and a better understanding of your health than if you just took a pill for the rest of your life.
The world of pharmaceutical symptom management has a lot of pitfalls- cost being just one of them. Along with their "iffy" effectiveness and their high rate of side-effects, drugs may no longer be the most cost effective means of dealing with many chronic diseases. Functional medicine may very well offer answers and hope to those who lost all hope in the medical system long ago.
Stay healthy, NC!