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Letter to President Trump from Joseph Pizzorno, ND; Jeffery Bland PhD; Mimi Guarneri MD and other Integrative Care Leaders

In this letter to President Trump from Joseph Pizzorno, ND and other leading integrative health leaders, experts call for reform that moves away from the rationing of health care to improving the type of health care provided. The article, originally published Integrative Medicine, A Clinician’s Journal, Feb. 2017, Joseph Pizzorno, ND; Jeffery Bland PhD; Mimi Guarneri MD; Stacie Stephenson, DC, and Ruth Westreich, offer key recommendations that support an integrative healthcare system rather than a disease management and symptom relief system.

President Trump:

One of the biggest and most important challenges you face is our failing health care system. Although the United States spends far more per capita on health care than the next closest country spends, our outcomes are dismal. Virtually every measure shows that Americans suffer poorer health and more chronic disease than those in most other advanced countries.

Unfortunately, almost all the health care reform initiatives being discussed are merely rearranging the chairs on the Titanic: arguing about who pays, who has control, and how to subtly ration. The problem is not how we make health care available. Rather, the problem is the health care being provided.

The key reasons for this growing crisis are as follows:

  1. We have a disease management and symptom relief system, not a health care system.
  2. We treat end-stage disease rather than the health of each unique individual.
  3. Virtually all the passive determinants of health—nutrition, toxicity, and social—now promote disease.
  4. Government, at all levels, has supported competition-preventing regulations and crony capitalism.

The solution to the ailing disease management system is to address the real causes of disease. We have several recommendations to accomplish this:

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