"I was very excited to receive the First 30 Days emails. I am in the midst of a great many changes in my life. I so appreciate the encouragement given in your daily emails. I definitely learned how to embrace change as a big positive in my life."
Read More Testimonials»

Our Living Healthier Experts

Bob Livingstone

Bob Livingstone

LCSW and psychotherapist in private practice for almost twenty...

Shared by First30Days View Profile»
Dean Ornish

Dean Ornish

Professor of medicine and best-selling author

Shared by First30Days View Profile»
Bob Harper

Bob Harper

Fitness trainer on NBC's hit show The Biggest Loser

Shared by First30Days View Profile»

Meet all of our Diet and Fitness Experts»

Got a Question?

Q&A

If you have questions about this change, you're in the right place. Our editors, experts, and community of change optimists have answers!

springshine

Question:Do you work to prevent disease

or do you treat it when it happens?

I caught an interesting program the other night where the argument was being made that if we worked harder (individuals, doctors, health agencies) and focused on preventive measures we wouldn't have to spend so much money on medicine and hospital visits.

Asked by springshine on 4/17/08 1 Answer»
shinnany

Answer:

Preventive medicine is a common practice in Germany and China, that I know for a fact (I'm sure many other countries have the same view point). Interestingly enough these same countries have a far lower percentage of heart disease, cancers, overweight individuals, etc.

However, preventive medicine isn't the only thing these countries have in common, they also tend to walk /bike almost everywhere, follow a more homeopathic view point then the USA and eat food that is by enlarge chemical/precervative free as opposed to us.

Answered by: shinnany on 4/25/08
Got an Answer?