On January 16th we commemorate one of this country’s greatest icons Martin Luther King, Jr. King states that his true contribution wasn’t a messiah of civil rights, but as an organizer of people and causes. Many believe in the “great man” concept of leadership, but in reality change comes from the mobilization and action of citizens.

"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus." -MLK

King knew that you need to count on every person to create the change you want to see in the world. We all must become the leaders that we desperately lack. Look around, our country is suffering from a crisis in leadership.

“A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.” -MLK

Our healthcare delivery system and the dysfunctional thoughts, actions and greed of its participants are destroying America. Turn on the television, the pharmaceutical drug companies are marketing not only to you, but also your children. Can you see something wrong with that? Should a drug be mass marketed? Drug companies thrive off of lying and scaring the public into thinking they need to be “junkies” the rest of their lives.

“The total number of advertising violations issued by the FDA for misleading drug ads from 1997 - 2001: 88; Amount of fines levied for such violations: $0 Based on a 2002 survey, 46% of Americans use at least one prescription drug daily.” [1]

“A lie cannot live.” -MLK

The atrocious cost of medical care and big insurance companies are commonly more interested in their bottom-line than you and your child’s health. The “sick” care model of health encourages you to get sick and not take care of your health. Even worse, there are medications that you should take to “prevent” conditions from arising. Where have we gone as a nation?

Is disease a lack of prescription cures? Have we been lied to in regards to the necessity of medications and procedures? Do our daily choices not impact our health anymore? The continuous legal lies allow us to give our health to a stranger; one with a scalpel and another with a calculator.

The healthcare system is needed, but is it abusing its powers? Is the mandate to succumb your child to vaccinations a violation of our civil liberties? Many American’s are forced to expose themselves to the annual flu vaccine. Is it safe or effective? Amazingly, parents can even be convicted of child abuse if they do not listen to the system. Is this allowing for freedom of choice?

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -MLK

“Civil liberties-- rights or freedoms given to the people by the First Amendment to the Constitution, by common law, or legislation, allowing the individual to be free to speak, think, assemble, organize, worship, or petition without government (or even private) interference or restraints.” [2]

We are in need of change. We can still accomplish great things independent of what Washington, your health insurance and pharmaceutical companies think you should do in regards to your health. This is no conspiracy theory, this is the facts. Research by the Journal of American Medical Association identified itself (healthcare system) as the third leading cause of death. [3]

“Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.” – MLK

The solution is not as far away as it seems, it’s you. Improving your daily choices in regards to lifestyle factors such as nutrition, exercise, mindset and healthy neurology is attainable. Self-responsibility needs to be taken back from your Doctor, your insurance and your prescriptions. We do not say eliminate these factors, but do you really need to rely on them if you take care of your health fully?

Do not wait; the “sick” care model relies on that. Take initiative, take action, be the leader, and most importantly mobilize your family and loved ones to better health. If we are looking for change in this world, it starts with you.

“Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'” -MLK


[1] http://www.chaada.org/Page3.html
[2] http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/civil+liberties
[3] Journal American Medical Association July 26, 2000;284(4):483-5

Author's Bio: 

Cory Couillard has owned two private practices and has been the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Brand Officer for the largest privately owned clinic. He is active in professional development, mass education programs and implementation of healthcare delivery systems.

Cory is currently a professional healthcare speaker and writer for newspapers, magazines, websites and other publications. He is also involved with the development of two international television health programs.

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