“Ultimately, if we want to fix American medicine we will need skeptical and smart patients to dominate,” advises Dr. Oz, according to an article¹ in The New Yorker.
Today, more and more, wise health consumers think for themselves. They ask questions, gather information, consider different choices, and make wise and well-informed decisions when it comes to their health.
According to current data from PewInternet.org:
- 59% of U.S. adults (130 million) looked online for health information within the past year;
- 45% of U.S. adults use smart-phones and 52% of them (over 50 million) gather health information on their phones;
- 20% of smart-phone owners (approximately 20 million) have an app that helps them track or manage their health.
In the same article, Dr. Oz said of smart patients, “They will need to ask the hard questions, because much of medicine is just plain old logic. So I am out there trying to persuade people to be those patients. And that often means telling them what the establishment doesn’t want them to hear: that their answers are not the only answers, and their medicine is not the only medicine.”¹
Indeed, patients are finding that there are effective alternatives to aid in achieving health. Studies² in recent years have found that more than one third of U.S. adults (over 73 million) report using some form of complementary and alternative medicine, spending upwards of $34 billion a year out-of-pocket for this. Keeping this in perspective, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services report that our nation’s annual health expenses have reached $2.8 trillion.
Dr. Donald Ardell, in his book entitled, “The NEW edition of High Level Wellness – An Alternative to Doctors, Drugs and Disease” (pg 343) writes, “Spirituality is the elusive issue that lies at the heart of a well-managed and examined wellness lifestyle”.
Health consumers are finding that prayer and spirituality are an effective choice in seeking better health, as born out by these statistics³:
- 36% of Americans surveyed reported that they had experienced or witnessed a divine healing of an illness or injury;
- 49% of adults said that they had prayed about their health during the previous 12 months;
- 58% of Americans surveyed reported that they pray at least once a day;
- 75% of Americans surveyed reported that they pray at least once a week.
I fall into all four categories mentioned above. Seeking a connection with the divine through Bible-based prayer has resulted in good health.
Regardless of the choices each of us makes, when it comes to being wise health consumers, perhaps this Biblical injunction is advice well heeded: “Let us choose to us judgment: let us know among ourselves what is good.” (KJV Job 34:4)