Thursday, June 21, 2007

Half way through the year, how are you doing?

I have come to the conclusion after many years of thinking about this, that we are not all created equal, Let me elaborate on this so that it makes sense and so that my viewpoint will let you see where and how I have come to this conclusion.

I know that we are all the same as far as our make up, our blood our cells, organs, skin consistency, brains and that we have all arrived here ion the same manner. Where I see the major differences in people in general, is how they react to change and how they look at solutions about their health and longevity.

Many people daily do exercise, take supplements, do body work like massage and yoga and meditation. They do this because they know and understand the benefits and have either decided on their own, or have been told or have had it suggested to them that it would be a good life change. Others may try it for a while, but because they do not want to do it in the first place, or are not convinced of it’s benefits, they do not continue for a very long time.

Amazing as it may seem, some people would like all of their health problem’s and faults to go away over night, or be able to take a pill to have it magically disappear by tomorrow. Now, although supplementation is an amazing art and science, and can do miraculous things, it will most likely not do it overnight. I think television and articles in the grocery store periodicals over stress magical changes with no effort and people because of just plain laziness expect it and in some cases demand it. The mentality of so many people is that they want change to happen quickly and they do not want to give anything up or change their habits or do anything that requires anything other than what they are doing right now.

Although this is the wish of every American, I am sorry to say it is just that, a dream.
We need to get real and make whatever changes need to be made and make them before they are made for us medically. I think that this is the worst scenario, when we have to have our decisions made for us by either family or the medical staff at a hospital because we waited to long to make a change for the better, or we did not make one at all.

The moral to this if you are over thirty five years of age. Get a physical once yearly, primarily for a starting point, or someplace to compare to year after year. Exercise or get busy at something you enjoy doing at least three times per week. If you hate the gym, don’t go, go for a walk, go to the park with the dog, something, anything that gets you off the couch and up and moving. The next thing, look at your blood work when your Doctor gives it to you. If he recommends a prescription, ask to have ninety days to make changes in your lifestyle and let the Doctor know that you will come back for testing to see the changes at that time. Most Doctors will agree to this, unless there is a life threatening situation that needs immediate attention.

Many people jump right into the prescriptions without questioning to see if they really can prevent using them, do not fall pray to this. Being that the prescription market is still very new, side effects and updated health scares can come up years after you may be on the drug. If you are forty, do you really want to be on medications for possibly forty or fifty years? I mean does anyone really know the long term side effects? If you have the chance, do anything and everything to prevent being on them.

We need to be reminded that most of the top diseases we are dying from are caused by us and our own forks and lack of motivational drive to be active. So if we can make some changes, many of them small, we will and can live a healthier and hopefully longer life.
Diet should be addressed as this is the one thing that can make the most change as far as disease prevention. Diabetes, high blood pressure, vascular circulatory disease, obesity, heart disease, clogged arteries, and even depression and anxiety can all be managed and in many cases prevented and reversed by dietary changes, and in most cases quite quickly.

So sometime, and sometime soon, go to a quiet place with no distractions and just a pad of paper and a pen. Write down a list of activities you enjoy, problems you may be experiencing, health problems and strengths, how your mood is, supplements you take, medications you take and some family history as far as disease and how your genetic lines are so that you can get a better idea of what is down the road. I often tell people to attend one of those awful family reunions and while you are there look around and ask people how they are doing. This is often the best crystal ball into the future as to what you either want or do not want to happen to you. Remember, people that are not healthy and are having surgeries and bad health love to talk about it. So this is the time to suck it up and listen and learn.

I hope some of this will motivate you to get going and get ahead of the future before you are playing catch up. There is nothing better that making changes and feeling the differences

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