These tips have been invaluable because it’s fairly well accepted that the U.S. is the most expensive healthcare system in the world. Many falsely assume that because Americans pay more for healthcare, they get better health (or better health outcomes).
Forbes graph from a Commonwealth Fund survey (1).
The health care systems of 11 developed countries were reviewed in the Forbes Magazine article linked above.
Here is how the health care ranks in these countries:
1. United Kingdom
5. Germany & Netherlands (tied)
7. New Zealand & Norway (tied)
11. United States
One core platform in Merri’s and my financial and lifestyle plan is to avoid the Western health care system as much as we can. Good health and high energy are essential for making wise decisions and keeping pace with a rapidly changing world. Avoiding the high costs and dangers of excessive medical use of pharmaceuticals and physical interventions that each treat symptoms of health imbalances, but do not create cures, is also essential to maintaining one’s finances.
Recently two young MDs visited us to share ideas on how to create an alternative practice. The couple had built a successful practice but no longer believed in what they were doing. They were amazed to discover that Merri and I had not visited a traditional MD in 30 years for any symptom of disease.
We also agreed that the Western system is fantastic for crisis intervention. Important when a moth flew into my ear and would not come out! Also very important when I cut my knee with a chain saw. Also important when I fell out of a tree and hit my head, we immediately visited the hospital.
Otherwise we focus on maintaining our own health balance.
We use nutrition, exercise and essential oils to ward off stress as stress has been identified as one of the key factors that cause the imbalances that are described as disease.
There are many similarities between the Ayurvedic and Andean nutritional sciences. The cornerstones of each is:
#1: Eating a balance of fat, carbohydrates and protein.
#2: Eating a combination of food for ideal digestion.
#3: Eating clean organic food prepared and served by happy, joyful people.
#4: Eating in good spirits at the right times.
#5: Chewing in the correct way.
#6: Eating purifying and satisfying meals.
#7: Balancing nutrition with correct sleep and exercise.
There is also a daily routine using essential oils, that can help stop imbalances before they begin. Both Ayurvedic and Andean health disciplines look at good health as a balance between three elements in the body, motion (air), digestion (fire) and the physical components (water).
Here is the tip: We can easily spot short term imbalances by observing our moods. If we feel anxious, we have an air imbalance. If angry, the imbalance is fire. When we feel depressed, we have a water imbalance. The fastest way to alter an imbalance is through the lungs and skin, so however I feel in the morning, or if my mood changes through the day, I apply one of three essential oil blends.
If depression is the prevailing mood, I use the Stimulator Essential Oil Blend, that contains Eucalyptus, Lemon, Lavender, Cypress and Rosemary.
Stimulator stimulates and is a good formula for the winter & immune system support. It moves circulation, soothes aching joints & muscles as it lifts fatigue and promotes clarity.
If I feel anxious I use the Soother Essential Oil Blend that contains Cedarwood, Geranium, Patchouli, Orange and Ylang Ylang.
This blend soothes & lifts as it balances and grounds the body and mind during transitions. This blend calms the emotions, lifts the spirit and eases nervous tension.
When I might feel angry, I use the Rejuvenation Essential Oil Blend. This is my favorite and is my default blend I use most of the time when I am simply feeling balanced and good and want to stay feeling that way. This blend contains Sandalwood (Santalum album of India), Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin of India), Frankincense (Boswellia carteri of Somalia), Geranium (Pelargonium roseum of Madagascar), Rose otto (Rosa damascena of Bulgarian) in 100% Organic Golden Jojoba.
Enjoying life and keeping our finances in order requires balanced emotions in a world filled with seeming instability. Good nutrition, moderate exercise, deep sleep and regular balancing tactics such as using essential oils can help maintain equilibrium in investing and life, when our surroundings are filled with turbulence and turmoil.