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Disease Prevention: Why It’s One Of The Most Underrated Health Topics

In our society, we are constantly bombarded with advertisements for the latest and greatest health fads. But how many of us take the time to focus on prevention? In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the most underrated disease prevention strategies out there. We’ll also discuss why it’s so important to make prevention a priority in our lives. So without further ado, let’s get started!

It was the wise Benjamin Franklin, who said:” An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure ”. In essence, a small effort now saves a great deal later. This statement speaks volumes in terms of our health. 


If this is so, then why do our culture and our healthcare system ignore prevention? They skip right over it. They wait on the sidelines, watching and waiting for diseases to develop without ever mentioning anything about prevention. It just seems so backward, isn’t it?

The healthcare system in this country is focused on treatment instead of prevention.


The healthcare system in this country has completely missed the boat when it comes to prevention. The majority of diseases out there are preventable, but our doctors and hospitals have been seemingly unable or unwilling to do anything about them for some time now- is anyone else tired?


It isn’t very glamorous to prevent. It seems more glamorous to swoop in and perform heroic procedures, bring people back from the brink of death, and have people rely on and become dependent on medications and a massive machine from which the true costs are hidden from us. That is our insurance-based system.


So let’s look at the map here for a person who has diabetes. Diabetes costs the healthcare system, about $36,000 a year per person. Try and multiply that by 25 years. That’s a lot of coins. But, what if we could prevent a person in a pre-diabetes state from ever developing diabetes? Picture it that diabetes never manifests and all the suffering and the expense are saved.


Fibroids, as another example, are what we can look into as well. These are growths in the uterus that are treated with surgery. However, surgery doesn’t prevent fibroids. It removes them and the organ after they develop. What if we can prevent fibroids from growing in the first place?


I spoke to a woman this week who had fibroid surgery 10 years ago. Now the fibroid grew back again. How come? Because the underlying hormonal imbalance that caused the fibroids to grow is still present. We’re not told that. We think that surgery treated the problem and we’re cured, when in fact it just managed the symptom. 


Think about health in a new way


Chronic conditions can be difficult to manage. Often, the symptoms are treated with drugs. Unfortunately, this can cause other problems that we didn’t have before. 


This is a completely different way to think about your health when we talk about prevention, I know many of you out there are passionate about natural medicine and you’re fed up with drugs, surgery, and disease management. Or perhaps you’re just reading about this for the first time. Either way, if you’re here, you’re in the right place.


Think about this…


Have you ever seen a commercial that says: “ Cancer is the second biggest cause of death. Here’s what you can do to reduce your chances of developing cancer. All you have to do is eat five servings of fruits and vegetables each day.“?  


What if our kids got that kind of message in between their cartoons? I guarantee you, a lot more kids would be asking for fruits and vegetables.

I want you to be independently healthy and natural medicine is the best-kept secret out there. It works for many chronic conditions that are the bane of your suffering and affect your quality of life, robbing you of better quality. 


Let’s face it. When we’re not feeling good, life can be downright lonely. Remember the saying where it says: “It takes a village (to raise a child)”. Well, we do. We need mentors, guides, and people to help us overcome our obstacles. It’s hard to go in alone. We need friends to cheer us on and make our healthy lifestyle practices feel fun until they become new habits.


Natural medicine is what I recommend as the best-kept secret for those who suffer from cancer and other illnesses. It’s not something that everyone knows about, but when your friends or family members see how much pain you’re in they’ll be upfront with suggesting this alternative treatment option to get back on track.


My patients come into my office after being referred by others because most people don’t speak out against mainstream treatments unless there are firsthand experiences that lead them towards seeking help elsewhere.


Starting today, adopt a healthier lifestyle for yourself




There are a lot of factors that go into living a healthier lifestyle, but one of the best places to start is by simply drinking more water. Aim to drink at least two liters, or 64 ounces, of water a day. This may seem like a lot, but it’s not that hard to do once you get into the habit. Plus, you’ll start to feel the benefits almost immediately. More water means more energy and fewer headaches, and it can also help to improve your skin complexion. If you’re ready to make a change, start by reaching for a glass of water instead of sugary drinks or coffee. Your body will thank you for it.


Move. Move. Move.


Making time for a workout can be tough, especially when you’re trying to balance a busy schedule. But did you know that even a little bit of exercise can have a big impact on your health? Just 20 minutes of activity each day can help you improve your cardiovascular health, increase your strength and flexibility, and reduce your risk of chronic disease. And it’s not just your physical health that will benefit from regular exercise – you’ll also see improvements in your mental well-being. 


Fresh is best.


One of the best ways to adopt a healthier lifestyle for yourself is to focus on getting more fresh food in your diet. Start by adding an extra serving of fruits and vegetables to your plate at each meal. You can also try incorporating more salads and cooked vegetables into your diet. In addition, make sure to choose fresh fruit over processed snacks and sugary drinks. By making these simple changes, you can dramatically improve your overall health and well-being.




There’s no denying that vitamins are important for our overall health and well-being. And while you can get many of the vitamins you need from the food you eat, sometimes it’s necessary to take a supplement. Vitamin C, vitamin D, and vitamin B12 are all very helpful vitamins that can contribute to a healthier lifestyle.


Vitamin C is essential for a healthy immune system, and it can also help to improve your cardiovascular health. Vitamin D is important for bone health, and it can also help to prevent certain cancers. Vitamin B12 is essential for red blood cell production, and it can also help to prevent cognitive decline. While you can get all of these vitamins from food sources, sometimes taking a supplement is the best way to ensure you’re getting the nutrients you need.


Good self-care.


Self-care is important for maintaining a healthy and happy lifestyle. When you’re feeling run down, it’s important to slow down and get more rest. This means pulling back from some activities and making sure you get enough sleep. Good self-care also includes taking time for yourself. By taking care of yourself, you can reduce stress, boost your energy levels, and improve your overall health. Make sure to practice good self-care and give yourself the attention you deserve.


Wellness is an individual journey and we’re here to help you find your way. There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes down to the process of being healthy, so don’t be afraid that what works for someone else won’t work for you – because each person has their own set needs!


Disease prevention is one of the most underrated health topics in this country. The healthcare system is focused on treatment instead of prevention, and as a result, many people don’t think about their health until they’re already sick. To create a healthier you, start by thinking about health in a new way. Consider your overall well-being rather than just your physical health, and make small changes to your lifestyle that can have a big impact down the road. If you’re ready to take the next step, schedule a free discovery call with our team today. We would be happy to help you get started on your journey to better health!


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DISCLAIMER:  The information in this email is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content is for general informational purposes only and does not replace a consultation with your own doctor/health professional 

Dr. Andrea Purcell

A trusted and well-respected Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Purcell has been in private practice for over twenty years. Dr. Purcell is a published author and has a women’s specialty practice for hormone balancing, weight loss, mystery illness, and gastro-intestinal concerns. Dr. Purcell assists her patients by identifying the underlying cause of disease and removing obstacles that impede the body's natural ability to heal. Drugs and surgery are used as a last resort. She believes that increasing health on the inside shines through to the outside.