“Who is Dr. W. Edwards Deming,” you ask? And why should we care? In Malaysia, Deming is not very well known, but in other areas of the world, Europe and other parts of Asia especially, he is almost a household name. He was an economist who taught a common sense approach to economic dealings.
After WWII when the Japanese economy wasn’t doing so well, Deming almost single-handedly transformed the way they did business with his ideas. One of his most famous quotes is:
“94% of failure is a result of the system, not the individual.”
Now why is this important to you and me? It’s simple, really. You see, today we have what we refer to as a “healthcare system.” Actually, it would be better referred to as a “sick care system.” Think about it. How often do we go to a doctor or a hospital to care for our health? We are usually there to have them care for our sickness.
If we look at the cold, hard facts, we are not doing so well as a “healthcare system.” In fact, if we look at some of the more advanced countries in the world, we are getting sicker by the day. Malaysia, for instance, is ranked by the World Health Organization as the 49th healthiest country. 49th! Your jaw should be hitting the floor right now. Consider a country that spends more on “healthcare” every year than the entire gross domestic product of almost 100 countries, it seems that Malaysia should rate at least in the top twenty!(Singapore is 7th while spending just 50% more). Thailand spends 66% less than we do and they are ranked ahead at 47th. The pharmaceutical industry is the fourth largest industry that has ever existed. Do we really need that much “Big Pharma?”
Consider for a moment that it isn’t the individuals who are stupid here. Could it be that our failure is a result of the system?
Enter chiropractic, a different way of thinking about health and sickness. Chiropractic is based on the idea that, if we truly take care of our health, it becomes almost impossible to have sickness. Our bodies were designed as the most magnificent machines to ever grace the planet earth. And when our nervous system is functioning properly, i.e. through regular chiropractic adjustments, then much of the sickness we incur will simply disappear, as if by magic.
Just some food for thought.