May 10, 2016 | wepperly The second movie I want to recommend is one that awakens us to how badly messed up our American healthcare system is and suggests how we as individuals can take action steps to become part of the solution instead of part of the problem. Here’s the blurb about “Escape Fire”: ““ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare” tackles one of the most pressing issues of our time: how can we save our badly broken healthcare system? American healthcare costs are rising so rapidly that they could reach $4.2 trillion annually, roughly 20% of our gross domestic product, within ten years. We spend $300 billion a year on pharmaceutical drugs––almost as much as the rest of the world combined. We pay more, yet our health outcomes are worse. About 65% of Americans are overweight and almost 75% of healthcare costs are spent on preventable diseases that are the major causes of disability and death in our society. WE PAY MORE, YET OUR HEALTH OUTCOMES ARE WORSE. It’s not surprising that healthcare tops many Americans’ concerns and is at the center of a political firestorm in our nation’s Capitol. But the current battle over cost and access does not ultimately address the root of the problem: we have a disease-care system, not a healthcare system. ESCAPE FIRE examines the powerful forces maintaining the status quo, a medical industry designed for quick fixes rather than prevention, for profit-driven care rather than patient-driven care. After decades of resistance, a movement to bring innovative high-touch, low-cost methods of prevention and healing into our high-tech, costly system is finally gaining ground. Award-winning filmmakers Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke follow dramatic human stories as well as leaders fighting to transform healthcare at the highest levels of medicine, industry, government, and even the US military. ESCAPE FIRE is about finding a way out. It’s about saving the health of a nation.” Doesn’t that sound like a very important movie. Well, it is. My hope is that more and more people will watch movies like this, and will then be increasingly motivated to make lifestyle changes that lead to better health rather than increase their risk of chronic disease. The fact is that the majority of chronic disease in our country is preventable and also treatable by lifestyle changes. Toward that end, Advanced Integrative Heathcare provides a dedicated Nurse Practitioner, Betsy Jacob, to partner with patients to make powerful therapeutic lifestyle changes. Her patients have lost a great deal of weight, gotten off many of their prescription drugs, and have felt much better overall. Betsy and her patients are definitely making themselves part of the solution.