Alternative Health Care Options

Ever rising health insurance costs are on everyone’s mind. Exorbitant monthly premiums and steadily increasing co-payments have become overwhelming. Personal costs have become so steep that we’re no longer certain that health insurance saves us any money in the long run.

Everyone is feeling the economic strain. Self-employed individuals are expected to pay nearly $1,000 per month for decent health care coverage. This cost is often too high for such small organizations, resulting in purchase of catastrophic coverage. Even then, annual payments can be $4,000 to $5,000. In circumstances where medical help is needed, you could be expected to pay as much as $5,000 before your coverage takes effect.

So, what alternatives do U.S. citizens have? Our concerns might be addressed by the Federal government under the new White House administration, but we can’t be certain that the necessary steps will be taken. On behalf of ourselves and our families, we need to find solutions for increased and continuing health. Healthy people with a sense of well-being are much less likely to need health care, effectively reducing overall medical costs.

A healthy way of life will have small immediate and greater enduring effects on both health and happiness. In order to gain this new sense of personal well-being, current lifestyle choices will need to be changed into fresh, new routines. As your vitality increases, your health care costs will decrease.

The first areas to address are nutrition and physical fitness. Today’s biggest health concerns include heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, all of which contribute greatly to health insurance costs across the nation. Better eating habits and an increase in regular exercise can have a positive influence on these many other illnesses.

The most crucial changes are, of course, quitting smoking and reducing alcohol consumption. Other fundamental changes are replacing carbonated drinks with pure water, reducing consumption of sugary or salty snacks, decreasing intake of white rice, white bread and other processed carbohydrates, and eating smaller portions overall. Initiating these changes in your life will have a long-lasting change for the better in your health.

Don’t expect instant results. The positive effects of your new lifestyle will take time but, with consistent application, your energy, health and happiness will increase immeasurably.

One crucial part of rebuilding your health and lowering medical costs is chiropractic care. Visiting your chiropractor on a regular basis will assist you in rebuilding and maintaining an active lifestyle. Your muscles will become more flexible, your sense of strength and balance will improve and your overall skill and capacity for exercise will increase, all providing you with a boost in your enjoyment of life.

Cashing in on the Alternative Health Trend

A smart internet marketer not only keeps up with trends and fads, but stays abreast of the latest ways of generating web traffic from the keywords associated with them. By being fast on the trigger you can put yourself in a lucrative position which will provide a steady revenue source for years to come. Some trends last for a decade or more – just look at good cigars and low rider pants. One that is just gathering steam right now is the alternative health niche.

Healthcare is the fastest growing industry in the Unites States, and is only projected to get bigger. As baby boomers retire in groves, their healthcare needs are expanding exponentially. Any investment in the healthcare sector is a good bet. However it is the alternative health niche that is best poised to benefit from growing healthcare demand, and it is a perfect market segment for savvy online marketers.

Thousands upon thousands of baby boomers visit their doctors every week complaining about an ever-growing array of miseries, many of which are simply undiagnosable and/or are not effectively treatable by conventional modern medicine. Consequently the number of alternative healthcare clinics is on the rise and their business is booming. This is an undeniable fact, regardless of how you feel about the alternative healthcare field itself. As a smart marketer you are hopefully only concerned about the demand itself, along with the existence of good products and services which fill that demand.

Good products and services do exist in this market segment, many of which offer marketers an attractive income source. I am talking about products and services that actually help people, can be very highly targeted to highly motivated buyers, and offer a generous profit margin for those who are able to effectively market them. Hey, isn’t that you?

I’m sure you would appreciate a short list of specific ideas for marketing in this niche, so here you go.

1. Create Alternative Healthcare Directories. This is one of the most profitable things you can do online; that is build directories for offline businesses. What you want to do is concentrate on a niche in a geographical area. For example, a national Holistic Medicine Clinic directory, or a Florida Chiropractor directory. If you get the site ranked high enough in Google for the relevant search term, contact everyone in your directory and let them know they will be removed unless they subscribe to stay listed.

2. Build Websites for Alternative Healthcare Businesses. This is a no-brainer. With the sector expanding this service is in high demand and you can make an income from both the design and the hosting. A simple postcard mailing to these types of businesses will yield fruit.

3. Promote Affiliate Products to Retail Customers. This is the area that most internet marketers are familiar with. The market is wide open in this niche, the affiliate program list is getting larger by the day, and the number of searches for this type of search term is growing rapidly.

4. Promote Affiliate Programs to Wholesale Customers. A lesser known tactic that requires a proactive relationship with the product vendor. Basically what you are doing is selling some type of product or service to alternative health care clinics. An inexpensive Skype account allows you to make phone calls to them world-wide at dirt cheap prices.

These are just a few of the more obvious ways to get in on the action. If you are the creative type, you can find more. But concentrating on only one of the above strategies is enough to make you a lot of money in the coming years (if you do it right).

Allow me to offer a few parting words of advice. I would suggest designing your strategy around higher-paying endeavors, whichever way you go. This is because the profits ultimately are generated from your market’s end-user, in this case retail healthcare customers. Retired baby boomers with health problems have money and are willing to spend it in a desperate search to cure their miseries. So don’t settle on promoting footpads which pay a $7 commission. If you are going to meddle in this market, spend your efforts on something that can really pay off. The money and the demand are there. Think big.

Effective Alternative Health Care You Can Use at Home

Alternative health is regaining the popularity it once had. And so it should. For the most part it is natural, with no side effects, easy to use and works in accordance with nature’s laws.

Some can even be used at home, with just a little knowledge.

For too long people have believed in the knowledge of specialists, rather than their own inner wisdom. This may be the route cause of all the world’s ills.

No-one else but you knows you as well as you do.

No-one else has been with you 24/7 from the time you were born. No-one else will be with you 24/7 until the day you die.

No-one else can know what is good for you. But you’ve forgotten how to listen. You’ve ignored that inner voice for so long, you’ve forgotten it’s there. So you let other people make choices for you.

It’s easier.

It causes less fuss.

But there’s a tiny inner bit of you rebelling. Why can’t you be allowed to make your own choices in life? After all, it’s your life. Well, there is one modality of alternative health that does allow you to do just that.

Whilst homeopathy is a wonderful and deeply curative modality, it is also a complex modality to use at this level. Definitely this part should be left to those who know it well.

But on a therapeutic level, a level for purely dealing with a pain or a malady, it can be very easy to use.

So easy to use, that anyone can learn how to use it quickly and with practice.

Home prescribing with homeopathy must be one of the most self empowering and satisfying things to do in life. Although highly beneficial, not all alternative health modalities can offer this.

Imagine being in the back-of-beyond, miles from anywhere, and you get bitten by a bee. If you have your homeopathic first aid kit to hand, the likelihood of it becoming a problem is small.

Imagine waking up in the middle of the night with a raging temperature. If you are able to read the kit instructions, or someone else can for you, it’s likely that you’ll find a remedy that will bring the fever down in double quick time.

Imagine you take a heavy tumble and are badly shaken and sore afterwards. With your trusty homeopathic first aid kit with you, you’ll probably be able to resolve the pain and shock within a very short period.

These are just some of the things you can resolve or help resolve if you want to practice a bit of homeopathic home prescribing.

The diversity which homeopathy has leaves all other forms of health care standing, including other forms of alternative health, wonderful though they may be.

It’s not uncommon for homeopaths to be able to completely resolve an issue which is only palliated by drugs, or even other forms of alternative health.

Building Your Family’s Health Care Team

We could learn a lesson from ancient Chinese physicians. They were only ever paid if the patient was healthy. When the patient became sick, they weren’t paid again until he was well. An interesting concept, don’t you think?

Our “health care system” really isn’t about health. It’s about sickness. We wait until we’re sick and then go to the doctor to fix whatever is wrong. It’s a “sick care system”. In fact, it’s been noted that if we were to take better care of ourselves on a regular basis, we would have less incidence of colds, flu, allergies, asthma, ADD/ADHD, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, and many more illnesses and diseases. The challenge is that traditional western medicine doesn’t fulfill the need of parents to keep their families healthy – they are too overrun with the emergencies that clog their waiting rooms. As a result, many parents are turning to complimentary or alternative health care.

Parents have shown a much greater interest in integrative health care over the last decade. Creating a “health team” for their families is gaining popularity instead of relying on a single physician for all needs. The role of complimentary or holistic health care is not to focus on a symptom, illness, or disease. More importantly, the goal is to look at the overall health of an individual and assess how best to keep the person well instead of waiting for them to get sick and then treating the disease.

A July 2007 study out of “Pediatrics” followed 114 children in a pediatric out-patient clinic affiliated with a university general hospital in Quebec[1]. It was stated that 54% of these children received complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM), which included chiropractic, naturopathy, homeopathy, massage, acupuncture, Reiki/energy care, hypnosis, osteopathic manipulation, and other hands-on techniques to promote health care. The most popular forms were chiropractic, naturopathy, and homeopathy, with chiropractic used most frequently at 24%.

In 2003, a survey of 2000 parents was conducted by UCLA in association with the American Academy of Pediatrics to discover their views on preventative care for their children[2]. The study showed that while topics such as vaccinations, feeding issues, and sleep patterns were discussed, topics such as child care, reading, vocabulary development and social development were not met with satisfaction. Parents who reported that they did not receive sufficient information noted that would be willing to pay for extra care, a marker of how strongly they valued guidance on the issues.

Creating your family’s integrative health team takes work. Interviewing chiropractors, naturopaths, homeopaths, dentists, physicians, midwives, massage therapists, and other practitioners you would like to work with is a big job. Starting by choosing one and then asking for referrals to others is an easier way to build a team that you trust to take care of the health needs of your family.

[1] Jean D, Cyr C. Use of complementary and alternative medicine in a general pediatric clinic. Pediatrics. July 2007; 120 (1):e138-e141

[2] The National Survey of Early Childhood Health: Parents’ Views on Preventive Care for Infants and Toddlers, June 2004