The old saying is true.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Another derivative is an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of momma.  Believe me—I know that one is true!

Among several other experts, Dr. Gregory Curfman, the executive editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, was recently interviewed by Bloomberg Businessweek about the current state of healthcare in America (RX for Reform: Fix This/ Health Care, 2/27/12–3/4/12, pp. 55-60).  At the end of the article, Curfman makes the statement, “We have to place much more emphasis and align incentives on preventative health care” (p. 60).

Although its evolution has been slow, increasingly, conventional medicine is warming up to the concepts of prevention, wellness, and alternative and complementary medicine.  Most major corporations now include some form of a wellness program as an integral part of their benefits package.  I am extremely excited about these trends.  We are definitely moving in the right direction.

One of my favorite quotes comes from the book, Younger Next Year by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge:  “Aging is mandatory; decay is optional.”

As long as we live in the current space-time continuum, relentless aging is absolutely unavoidable.  Nevertheless, you largely control the level of growth or decay.  Exercising, eating healthy foods, managing stress, embracing an integrated spiritual worldview, and practicing preventive and holistic medical care all lead toward positive progress without decay.

Let’s go for prevention instead of cure!

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About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Tyco Integrated Security at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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