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Christina Nesheva

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What is the future of healthcare? How can it become health care vs sickness treatment? What role do technology and innovation play?

Healthcare costs are rising, the population is aging and medical needs are greater than ever. How can patients receive better quality care at an affordable price? How can we leverage technology to provide better and more affordable healthcare around the world?

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  • Oct 19 2011: First we need to understand what health is. Health is when everything in the body is working the way it is supposed to. The health of any tissue and the health of any body part can only be as healthy as the care and support it receives. And by care and support I mean the quality of the nutrients provided through the blood, and the blood supply and regulation provided by the brain and nervous system.
    We need to understand that there is a built in intelligence that created the body from 2 cells, and that intelligence hasn't left the body. It is still there - running the show. Most people would agree that there is no process in the body that happens independently of the brain. If we truly understand this fact, we also must understand that any dysfunction (except acute injury, and a handful of congenital errors) is the result of aberrant function in the brain.
    Therefore healthcare isn't health care, but rather merely disease management, unless it addresses brain function. Perhaps the most revolutionary discovery and paradigm shift in the past decade is that the brain changes. Neuro-plasticity. The principle and fact that the brain physically changes size, shape, pathways, wiring and strength based on our environment and exposure in order to learn and adapt.
    It is possible to measure the function of the brain and define the parameters of normal or optimal. We can do this with posture, balance, muscle testing, reaction time, qEEG etc... If we can then render care and show improvement toward optimal, we have improved health, reduced the probability of disease, and slowed or reversed parameters of aging.
    This is the only way health care can go. We have to let the medical "disease care system" take care of emergencies which they do brilliantly, but stop giving people drugs to mask symptoms.
    Go to the source of the problem. Chiropractors have done that for over a hundred years.
    Neuro-science is just now catching up with the mechanisms why it works.

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