I have borrowed the title for this article from an article that I recently read in The Epoch Times newspaper with the same title.  It was written by Autumn Spredemann.  In that article she states that, “by 2030, the number of U.S. residents struggling with at least one chronic illness is expected to surpass 170 million.”  That number will be nearly ½ of the projected population for 2030.  We are reaching a time soon in which dealing with a chronic disease will become an expectation, especially in light of this statistic mentioned in the article: “more than 40% of children and adolescents currently have at least one chronic illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”  These truths remind me why I have chosen to focus my career on natural medicine.  As a pharmacist for over 30 years, my experience has been that traditional medicine is much better suited to help in acute situations than in chronic ones.  After including natural medicine into my practices for the past 25 years, I have come to appreciate how this type of therapy can help tremendously with many chronic conditions.  As we move into a world filled with more and more chronic disease, we need better solutions than those modern medicine has been giving us.  People need to take ownership of their own health now more than ever.  I think that is one thing that the Covid-19 pandemic helped many to see more clearly in a number of ways.  First, how healthy we are when an illness, or even a stressor, attacks our body can play a huge role in how well our system can recover.  Second, trusting in traditional medicine alone may prove to be hazardous to our health. We need to think beyond traditional medicine and explore more holistic avenues of improving our health.  We are going to need to make better lifestyle choices if we are going to change the trajectory of disease in America.  I believe that one of those choices is the acceptance and inclusion of dietary supplements into our daily lives.  We can begin to prevent and fight chronic disease by giving our bodies the tools they need win the war for health.

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