My husband and I both have a serious interest in a healthy lifestyle and medical care.

My husband comes from Japan, so he’s only ever known a national health care system there.  The American system is confusing and convoluted to him.  In addition, he’s been a very healthy eater from the time I met him.  It’s something his mother instilled in him from childhood.

I definitely was not a healthy eater until I had all of my intestinal issues last year.  Each year I had started eating a little healthier, and now I am very happy with the way I eat.  I’m following the Paleo diet as I heal my leaky gut, and I’m eating more fruits and vegetables each day than I’ve ever eaten in my life.

I’m interested in the health care system because I searched for over two years to find out what was wrong with me, and the health care system failed me.

Escape Fire is a wonderful documentary that explains why our American health care system is failing.  Simply put, our current health care system financially rewards doctors for procedures and interventions, not for how many patients get better.

In the movie, they mentioned that more and more people with heart problems are getting stents, which help ease pain.  However, stents don’t cure the problem.  More often than not, people end up right back in the hospital and have to get more stents to feel better again.  It’s a temporary fix, not a cure.  And that is indicative of our health care problem.

This documentary followed a doctor who was frustrated that she couldn’t spend more time with patients.  It also followed several soldiers who are coming back from war with serious injuries and prescription medicine addictions.

The military is starting to look at other interventions like accupuncture to relieve pain and is having quite a bit of success.

If you worry about the state of health care and are looking for alternative treatments, this may just be the movie for you.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.

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