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Lyle: You're a proponent of proactive health, rather than reactive health care, only when necessary. With everything that's going on today and the nervousness that we've all had over the last two years now about healthcare, umm, where do you see the opportunities for our government to understand proactive healthcare and to be able to put that into the whole miliue of what's going on, to kind of hopefully reduce the reactive healthcare that's tearing us apart.

Jim LaValle: I would also say that, you know the National Cancer Institute, for years, has had a public service announcement that said eat 9 to 13 servings of vegetables and fruit a day to lower your cancer risk.  So our government, in some cases, has been trying to get information out.  Hasn't been systematic enough.  We've got to get into schools and educate children on the value of eating healthy, on the value of exercise again.  We need to begin to look at the cost savings when people take care of themselves versus when they have catastrophic illness from not taking care of themselves, and just treating them with medication, because, right now, and this is nothing controversial, quite honestly Lyle.  You know medication costs and what's called poly pharmacy and drug induced diseases, it's a major cost concern for us in this country.  You're given one drug to take the side effects of another drug to take away the side effects of another drug.  And this is a significant issue, it's very common for people to be on 8 or 10 medications by the time they're 50 years old.  And that's a lot of medication.  And there's not good management or oversight as to what else could this person be doing that would allow them to be more proactive with their health.  Now there's a caveat to this.  People need to want to take care of themselves.  So that's the one thing that I always, you know when people come into our practice, I'm very clear about motivating them, that it's worth their time and effort to invest in their health.  Because, I see it all the time, people are like 'oh, I'm fine', and then something happens.  There's a catastrophic illness that takes place and that's when medicine's at it's best.  You know modern medicine saves lives every day and it's a beautiful thing.  But how can we avoid that catastrophic effect?  And, for the most part, people are finally awakening to the fact that, they can empower themselves to make changes in their life.  Whether it be through the use of dietary supplements, or the correct use of drug therapy, the use of exercise and lifestyle plans, doing stress reduction plans.  Doing things like yoga, doing other types of ways of living their life so that stress, which to me is one of the big things that has taken down our health, doesn't overcome their chemistry as they're living their life.

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Dr. James LaValle discusses the importance of being proactive when it comes to healthcare. He also discusses what some of the basic problems are when it comes to people's healthcare and the issue of multiple prescription drugs.
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