REPEAT AFTER ME:
1. I don't have to be part of the 35% in America who are overweight or obese
2. I can save that 5 dollars a day that the average American spends on a combination of soda, candy, chips and/or fast food. (that's over 1800 dollars a year for each person!!)
3. I don't need to be one of the 7 out of every 10 Americans that don't exercise at all each day
BETTER YET.......I DON'T NEED TO MAKE ANYMORE EXCUSES!
Its time to be firm. There is no reason why this blog should ever need to be read. It really isn't that hard to get up and move a little each day. It should not be that difficult to keep driving on not hit that fast food, day after day after day. Really, when it comes down, I know what busy is. A dad, a husband, a business owner, a son, who drives 100 miles a day to support a wife, a mother, who is a teacher, a friend, a daughter who homeschools her children who are kids, that need to go to gymnastics, and baseball, and dance....AND ON AND ON AND ON!
I know the problem isn't that people don't want to get get better, live longer, be happier and healthier. NO...it isn't that. If it was that, then there would not be 3.2 billion prescriptions written by doctors in America each year. I mean, I know that's what we are trained to do. From the time that we are children, if you play doctor, you are the one with all the answers, plain and simple. I mean a traditional reaction to a student doing well in school is "Keep that up and one day, you will be a doctor."
"Yea, one day, my beautiful daughter, you are going to go to medical school. You will keep working harder and harder to help people. You will have their lives in your heart. Everyone that comes before you, YOU ARE GOING TO WANT TO MAKE THEM BETTER."
The problem isn't that our doctors aren't compassionate or that they aren't intelligent but that they really aren't given the tools to help us out the way we need it most.
As consumers of health we the people need to understand that medicine and health are not the same thing. We need to understand that medical school is funded by "Medicine." No one can argue that the femur is connected to the acetabulum. (OK...maybe you can. But think of the song..."the leg bone is connected to the hip bone." Same thing.) What can be argued, how do we treat common symptoms.
If you head to the doctors office, what happens? You got a symptom, say a headache and you make a complaint. The doctor, listens, pulls out a pad of paper and a pen, and writes the answer on a piece of paper. You dash to the pharmacy and get something to swallow that you cant pick from a tree or never had a face at any point in time.
Anyone that has suffered from headaches knows that this isn't a one time event. You are likely to back in near future, over and over again to get more pills.
"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and
expecting different results. "
Now it isn't the fault of the doctor. I mean this what he is trained to do. He read the research, he has seen the work done.....it is what he knows. Scientific journal after scientific journal, our medical professional our given evidence to treat symptoms.
I really hate to break the news but a great deal of that research is funded by the same source that would defend it. That's right, most of the scientific research is funded by one of 824,180 pharmaceutical companies which compete with one other for the right to sell their product. Our medical professionals must put their trust into a guy in a lab coat somewhere who created something in a test tube to cure our symptoms.
Ok, so what they do know is skewed, what about, what they don't know?
Hold on...back up a second. Do you like to make multiple trips to the doctor? Maybe you like to sit in the lobby, with the rest of us who are coughing and sneezing all over the place. NOT ME....I don't like to go there AT ALL!! Personally, I would have to take a good guess and say that most of us would choose to never go for the first visit.
So wouldn't it be great if we could just skip the whole SYMPTOMATIC part of the equation? Wouldn't it be great if just figured why something was happening and address that, and never have to worry about heading out to the doctor again. Wouldn't it be great if we just learned the ROOT of our problem?
The thing is, is that headache could be caused by a forward head carriage. This means, that those hours on the road looking through your drivers window, followed by the hours looking at your computer screen, and followed up by the 35 hours the average Amercian watches TV a week, is catching up with them. This is easily seen by performing a postural assessment. You need to check for proper joint alignment, here is an easy way:
Find a wall to stand against. Have your heels, touch the wall as you try to stomach squeezed in real tight so that your lower back is flat. Try to tighten your shoulders together as you move the back of your head against the wall. If you cant do this or it is uneasy, then there some possible areas that need to addressed through corrective exercise. If you are able to this, then try walking forward a few steps and see what happens to your body. If there any postural changes, there are some areas that need to be addressed properly.
OK..ok..ok, maybe it isn't that. Maybe that is too easy to be the ROOT of the problem. It could be something else. What about nutrition? There are a whole host of diet/headache, cause and effect relationships. It could be too much sodium or too little vitamin D, but would your doctor address that? Most likely not because what isn't included in a Medical School education, is nutritional education. Go ahead and ask for yourself. MOST DOCTORS WILL RECEIVE THE EQUIVALENT OF ONE NUTRITIONAL COURSE for their education.
That can't be good. Just think about how much food we eat. I mean we cant deny the influence that food has on our bodies. Diabetes, for instance, really wouldn't exsist if we didn't eat way too many processed foods.
Just don't be a victim.
If you go to the doctor, ASK MANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ROOT OF YOUR PROBLEM. Don't just have your hand out waiting for a pill.
Start reading food labels. If there are like 1000 ingredients in a tortilla, IT PROBABLY ISNT A GOOD CHOICE.
DON'T JOIN A GYM! If exercising at gym is not for you, don't sign up. Find something you enjoy and do it consistently. Start with what you like.
WE HAVE TO TAKE A STAND. WE HAVE TO MAKE CHANGES. WE HAVE TO MAKE CHANGES.