YOU: Engaged, Happy and Healthy
HealthSpan was created out of a deep wish: for everyone to experience vibrant health. Why? Because we need you! Healthy, happy and engaged people make our families, communities, businesses, society and our world better places. The challenges of the 21st century require our presence, energy and creativity, all which arise from feeling healthy, alive and engaged!
Yet, the United States healthcare system doesn’t do much to keep people healthy, happy and engaged. A recent international study of eleven wealthy countries compared health care quality, access, efficiency and equity, as well as indicators of healthy lives such as infant mortality. The United States far outspent the other ten countries, but ranked dead last.
We firmly believe you can’t solve a problem with the same consciousness that created it. So at HealthSpan we do things differently. We start by listening to your story. This takes time, but is well worth it. Your story allows us to identify root causes, that when addressed, can resolve a multitude of symptoms. We meet you where you are. We go beyond the conventional pill-for an-ill approach to educate and inspire you so you can successfully make positive steps toward greater health and wellbeing.
Our lifespan may be longer today, but our HealthSpan—how long we live with vibrant health—is shorter. Here at HealthSpan, our goal is to help you enjoy a Lifespan of Health!
Meet Dr. Klug
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Becoming a physician was the last thing on my mind when I acquired an autoimmune condition that required chronic steroid treatment. Frustrated with the side effects, I started looking for alternatives. A friend at work told me about a doctor who practiced homeopathic and nutritional medicine. Within a few months of seeing this doctor, my condition began to resolve without the use of steroids. Soon after that, an automobile accident left me with chronic back and neck pain. This new doctor sent me to a traditional osteopath, who used his hands to help me relieve the pain.
These physicians helped me free myself from chronic illness and pain, and inspired me in many ways. I clearly saw the link between the food I ate and how I felt. Junk food, fast food, white sugar, white flour and dairy meant a relapse. Fresh food, minimally processed and free of additives meant I stayed well.
I clearly saw the link between my mind state and how I felt. It was as if the automobile accident knocked loose the fear and anger I had been blind to for so long. As I learned the practice of mindfulness, the hurt softened and I softened. The osteopathic treatments lasted longer and were more effective. I became aware how I hid emotional pain in my body and learned to deal with it instead. I gained respect for the power of my mind.
I saw what I once called my survival instinct was really the ability of all living organisms to find a state of balance regardless of the challenges and difficulties presented to it. It's not always a pleasant place to be. My balance point was autoimmunity and pain. What's yours? Allergies? Asthma? Diabetes? Heart Disease? Cancer? Depression? Autism? What we call disease is merely the outward expression of this balance. It is the best we can do in this moment.
But, what about the next moment? You don't have to stay stuck. The balance can be shifted to a better place by creating the conditions for a new and better balance. I call it restoring health to contrast it with the more popular notion of fighting disease.
These lessons led me to commit myself to living in a way that supports life, not just mine but every life. Then I decided to help others live that way too.
That's one of my stories. We all have them. And it's where I start with every patient. The stories reveal the path to restoring health. I listen for the clues. It's a missing piece in medicine today. Let me hear your story.