Little known fact about me: I LOVE podcasts. Love, love, love them. I listen to them while traveling (which I do a lot of) and they make traveling so much more enjoyable. I feel like I’m expanding my brain AND being entertained all at the same time.
PLUS it feels like I’m just listening in on an intimate conversation between two people. There are so many times I’ve laughed out loud on a plane and the person sitting next to me must think I’m crazy. (Tom Bergeron is incredibly funny when being interviewed, BTW!)
I listen to podcasts about everything from real estate investing and entrepreneurship to meditation. Anything that can help me learn in different areas of my life. Tony Robbins, the TED radio hour, the Tim Ferriss show, and the 10% Happier podcasts are my absolute favorites, but I have close to 10 that I listen to intermittently.
Recently, Arianna Huffington has been making the rounds on my favorite podcasts. She is one AMAZING woman! Not only has she written 15 books, she also started the Huffington Post.
She has some very compelling thoughts on self-care. She felt so strongly about helping others handle stress and prevent burnout that she started a wonderful website called Thrive Global (check it out here!) that gives all kinds of healthy living tips.
Her story and her spirit are inspiring. During one of these podcast interviews, she said something that really resonated with me. She was talking about how times have changed in terms of technology, and she said, “We are drowning in data and starved for wisdom”.
Drowning in data and starved for wisdom. Repeat it. Think about it.
This is such an eloquent description of our times. Not just in the field of business – in the field of healthcare, too.
We have gone down the rabbit hole of data and pharmaceuticals and SCIENCE and we have forgotten our purpose. We are a country leading the way in cutting edge trial studies. But we are also a country leading in obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.
According to the National Academy of Medicine, the US spends over $200 BILLION a year on unnecessary tests and treatment. Talk about drowning in data! What do these excessive medical tests give us besides an empty wallet??
Why not empower people, educate people, and incentivize a healthy lifestyle? I haven’t seen a meaningful public health drive since the “Just say no” campaign. Creating an education campaign would not be that hard, and it would cost a LOT less.
We should start with the basics before spending billions of dollars on data that doesn’t mean anything. Or better yet, use the data that IS available to create meaningful change. Educating people on stress, sleep, and healthy eating habits would be money well spent.
Sometimes on our path to greatness, we forget why we started down this path in the first place. We forget the essentials. Health care is an industry built on the premise of helping people improve their health.
It is just that simple.
So thank you, Arianna, for being my inspiration this week. You are a breath of fresh air.