I get it.
You don’t have the time, energy, or money required to focus on your health.
Please read the following and, when finished, let me know if you changed your mind.
10 Reasons to Be Healthy
- Oxidation causes deadly disease. Humans are organic beings, made by elements found in nature such as oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, and carbon. As such, our bodies are prone to oxidation over time from being exposed to the elements. Have you ever seen rusty metal? Or browned flesh of an apple, avocado, or banana? Now, imagine the trillions of cells in your body undergoing the same, degenerative process. Oxidative damage is the root cause of most if not all chronic degenerative disease. There are actions we can take to minimize – and even reverse – that damage. Such actions won’t make us live forever but they will make us healthier than if we did nothing.
- We’re living too short and dying too long. The life-expectancy of Americans has increased. So, that means we’re living longer and are healthier than our parents and grandparents, right? Wrong. We tend to be existing longer but those final months, years, and decades, for many men and women, can be described as anything but living. Surgeries and subsequent recovery times, chemotherapy treatments, doctor’s appointments, scans, screenings, and blood draws aren’t exactly standard Bucket List items. Besides, youth today belong to the first generation in the history of the United States to have a shorter life expectancy that their parents.
- Diagnoses are coming sooner. Cancer used to be a rare disease. The same with obesity. Not any more. Today, 1 in 2 males and 1 in 3 females will be diagnosed with cancer. More and more kids are being diagnosed with cancer – of the brain, bone, blood, and other forms. Since the 1970’s, the percentage of obese children has more than tripled. One in 5 children – ages 6-19 – now suffers with obesity which is a contributing factor to many diseases. From 2001 to 2009, asthma rates for African-American children rose 50%, climbing to 17% in 2009.
- Inflammation and Autoimmunity. Inflammation is the human body’s response to something out of whack in the body. It might be an injury – like a knee scrape – or exposure to a toxin. The human body is designed to regulate itself – heal itself. There is an entire unit of cells and organs for just this purpose. They make up the Immune System. Signs of inflammation – redness, swelling, pain, and sensation of heat – are evidence of an immune response just as lights, sirens, and a slew of squad cars are an indication something is going on that’s disturbing the peace. Upon resolution of an acute situation, everything returns back to normal. Chronic inflammation occurs when the peace disrupters don’t leave. Some examples are emotional stress: exposure to chemicals from the air, water, food, toiletries, or medical treatments; lack of sound sleep; and excessive intense exercise. Under these conditions, the body’s attempt to heal itself can actually cause more symptoms. It’s not that the immune cells are overactive; they are simply, understandably confused. One way to deal with this situation is to seek, find, and effectively address the root cause of the initial disturbance.
- Modern medicine is risky. Americans seem to have an ‘ER mentality.’ We live how we want and do as we please figuring if we ever get sick, we’ll just go to the ER or our primary care physician and the pros will put us all back together again like Humpty Dumpty. Sometimes, that works. But, not always. Every prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC) medication is a drug, a chemical. All drugs carry certain risks. That’s why their bottles are locked with child-proof lids. That’s why your local pharmacist keeps the Rx products behind the counter – not just because they are expensive (like jewelry) but because they are dangerous. In 2016, it was reported medicines and medical treatments – used as prescribed by M.D.s – accounted for so many deaths the category was placed at #3 on the Top 10 U.S. Killers list, just behind heart disease and cancer. Modern medicine has some benefits, sure, but please don’t underestimate the risks involved.
- We are all going to take pills. This is the world that we live in. We enjoy the comforts and conveniences of modern life – cell phones, microwaves, mass-produced foods, motorized vehicles, TV tuners. But, there are consequence to all of this technology because, with it, we have become more sedentary and our bodies are producing more and more free radicals. Daily exposure to our environment stresses our microscopic cells. The immune system does its best to keep up but, in more and more cases, is unable. By the time we experience our first symptom – or a positive reading on a diagnostic test – much damage has already been done. That’s why so many diseases are referred to as The Silent Killer. There are ways to avoid – or at least slow down – this process without having to move to Gilligan’s Island. Consistent, moderate exercise is one. Getting enough sleep is another. But, possibly the biggest factor is nutrition. Because food today has lost nutritional value, taking high-quality nutritional supplements every day has become essential to provide your body the nourishment it needs to operate properly and fight it’s constant battles with all of those free radicals. It’s a matter of either being proactive or reactive. There is little to no risk to taking high-quality nutritional substances. As far as the risk of taking drugs, see #5.
- No one knows your body as well as you do. Still, many Americans rely on their doctors and nurses to keep them healthy. The days of Dr. Welby are over. The average doctor’s appointment is somewhere between 6 and 20 minutes. If you think of your primary care physician as the general contractor for your health, please think again. How often do you see your doctor? If the answer is more than once or twice a year, there is probably something wrong. If you are going to a conventional doctor, know that he or she was most likely trained to identify, diagnose, and treat disease – not necessarily prevent it. Nutrition isn’t emphasized in conventional med schools despite it being the first thing Hippocrates identified as the best form of ‘medicine.’ Don’t assume all conventional M.D.s are in business to keep you healthy and happy. Don’t assume their goal is to find the root cause of all that ails you. For over 100 years, most conventional medical schools have trained med students to treat symptoms with medication, surgery, or other unnatural methods. Sometimes, those are necessary and useful. But, keep in mind, prevalence of disease in the U.S. has skyrocketed in the past 100 years.
- Life is worth thriving, not just surviving. The Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA) and Daily Values (DV) are nutritional amounts and percentages determined by the federal government and used by the Medical Establishment as measures to avoid classic nutritional deficiency diseases such as scurvy (vitamin C), rickets( vitamin D) , beriberi (thiamine), and goiter (iodine), and pellagra (niacin). Unfortunately, many Americans believe the amounts of nutrients they see listed on food labels is all they need each day to stay healthy. Not true. Those values are all we need to stay alive and to prevent those classic nutritional deficiencies diseases. Yet, those are not what is killing us nowadays. Cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, autoimmune diseases and other chronic degenerative diseases are. It would help us in the fight against these modern nutritional deficiency diseases to get more of the nutrients our bodies require than what is listed as the RDA or DV on food labels. The difference between thriving and existing is like the difference between a lush, soft, bright, green lawn and a prickly, dull, barren, brown one. Which would you rather feel like?
- Proactive is always better than reactive. A few years after recovering my health from God knows what, a friend asked me what I take when I get a headache. “I don’t get headaches,” I told her. “I don’t get backaches, either,” I added. “I used to, but not anymore.” I hadn’t even thought about the usual aches and pains I had become accustomed to because they were no longer a part of my life. Why? Because I went from being reactive to proactive in terms of my health. In the past, if I got a headache, I’d do some things like eat if I needed to or try to rest or turn down the light, noise, or whatever else might have been the source. With backaches, going for a walk or sitting with an ice pack or heating pad usually helped. When the aches persisted, I’d take a few Tylenol or Aleve. The reason I no longer experience these aches and pains is because I’ve properly addressed the root cause of them – inflammation. Even though I no longer have such symptoms, I continue to do what I did initially to recover my health – because I don’t want to go back to the days of sporadic pain and my body in a constant state of disrupted peace.
- Freedom. When I was a member of the so-called Sandwich Generation with young children and aging parents, I spent a lot of time in my car. I’d drive the kids here and there and, while they were in school, I’d drive to my parents’ home a good hour away and then, often, drive them to their appointments for check-ups, blood draws, or radiation. During one trip, Dad said, “I used to go to the doctor when I was sick. Now, it seems like I’m going every other day.” After Mom’s radiation treatments, she’d need to take a nap because they took so much out of her. Here they were, finally retired from years of labor and raising their ten children, finally with an opportunity to kick back and relax, without a schedule, appointments, obligations, and taking orders, only to have illness throw a wrench into their freedom and independence. I realized they were still slaves to the system; it was just a different system. They rarely complained but I knew, given the choice, they’d rather have lived out their sunset years as they pleased, not as they were forced to. It wasn’t their fault, either. Mom did just about everything the ‘experts’ advised for as long as I can remember. That’s what ended up killing her. She didn’t have the freedom to choose because she didn’t have the truth about health, nutrition, and disease care. It’s too late for her but not for those of us who are still breathing.
Believe it or not, health is, more often than not, a choice.
But, knowledge is power only when that knowledge is true – and then acted upon.
Wondering……do your excuses still stand?
If not, I can help you make some key changes. When you’re ready, let me know.