AM I HEALTHY?

insecureHow do we know? What do we base our answers on? What are the signs we’re transitioning from healthy to unhealthy?

Most people assume if they can go about their daily tasks without “feeling” sick, they are healthy. Is this a good way of determining our health status? What about symptoms? Do we base our health on their severity? Do we often base our health on their absence?

What do the following conditions all have in common?

  • High Blood Pressure

  • High Cholesterol

  • Blood clots

  • Pancreatic Cancer

  • Sudden Onset Heart Attacks

  • Diabetes

  • Positive Testing For The HIV Virus

  • Osteoporosis

  • Aneurysm

Typically, none of these conditions produce SYMPTOMS early on. What about early breast cancer, early prostate cancer and early colon cancer? What about hepatitis C? Again, no sign of SYMPTOMS!

There are countless conditions we may develop, yet we haven’t become a paranoid society fearing the ABSENCE OF SYMPTOMS? WHY?

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In my opinion, we don’t want to know. The further we can bury our concerns, and rely instead on our SYMPTOM FREE thinking, the more secure we feel about the state of our health. On an emotional level, we prefer believing GOOD HEALTH is achieved by avoiding AWARENESS. The absence of SYMPTOMS makes this task that much easier.

Has this approach made our world a healthier place to live? NO. Has this motivated us to change our thinking and behavior? NO. Where is the disconnect between reality and better health? What will it take for the consumer to develop awareness and improve their responses to prevent these SYMPTOM FREE conditions from ruining so many lives?

What would happen if we applied this “DO NOTHING” philosophy in life:

 

  • How effective would businesses be if people showed up to work and pretended not to know what to do and therefore, did nothing?

  • What would our children develop into if we ignored their behaviors and attitudes and chose, instead, to do nothing?

  • How healthy do we REALLY believe we are if we avoid participating in essential lifestyle activities and choose instead to do nothing?

Whether we like it or not:

  • DOING NOTHING is not a viable option for those choosing GOOD HEALTH.

  • Relying on SYMPTOMS has proven ineffective at determining the HEALTH of ANY individual.

  • Relying on doctors and the health care system to prevent symptom free diseases has FAILED.

Where does this leave us?

It leaves us with the only person left capable of achieving and maintaining GOOD QUALITY HEALTH.

YOU!

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You must be willing to become the “General Contractor” responsible for “building your own GOOD HEALTH. You must “subcontract” the INFORMATION from the best sources available to create a strong physical, mental and emotional foundation. Each person will then be able to build and develop upon this foundation a desired quality of health by participating regularly in a LIFESTYLE designed with this goal in mind.

conveyor-belt2Dying of “old age” is no longer even used to identify a cause of death. We willingly climb on a “conveyor belt” and sit by helplessly watching this machine “control our destiny in life.” We accept its path without questioning whether it’s direction is leading us in our best interest. We accept the fate it chooses for us when it drops us off in our appropriate “bin of death.” You’re familiar with these bins; the cancer bin, the heart failure bin, the diabetes bin, etc… I don’t know about you, but I plan to work as hard as possible in order to use MY PHYSICAL ABILITY to walk myself to the “Failure To Thrive Bin” (also known as the “OLD AGE BIN.”) and jump in. There are no guarantees I will make it, but the one guarantee I can promise, I will have lived my life by the “rules” I believed gave me the best possible chances to achieve GOOD HEALTH and HAPPINESS.

CARE TO JOIN ME? I WOULD LOVE THE COMPANY!

 

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45 comments

  1. Fantastic quote! Being proactive and taking charge of our health is definitely the best approach. Great share πŸ˜€

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    1. But how many people do you think feel committed to THEIR OWN LIVES who are willing to live a LIFESTYLE that achieves a QUALITY LIFE? People seem to know what to do, but choose NOT to do it. When we die, wouldn’t it be nice to have a SMILE on our faces as a result of the blessings we achieved through ACTIVE, PURPOSEFUL LIVING?

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  2. You’re right, of course-doing nothing is not an option. I usually try to avoid bin-living, but that old age bin sounds pretty good. Sign me up! πŸ™‚

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    1. I welcome the company!

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  3. I get the same talks by my son. Just got another one last night about his disappointment that I have given up on life.

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    1. There is a difference between giving up on life and recognizing the missing parts that could affect the quality of life. There is a BIG difference, but you have to be willing to be honest with yourself and committed to following a new LONG TERM PATH. Being 90% committed will NOT BE ENOUGH.

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      1. He’s right in a way. I have kind of given up. I am trying to fight my way out again. I give up, I get a pep talk and then try to change. Change isn’t working. I am honest enough to admit that I am not working at changing. There are certain cycles in my life where I am just not able to fight anymore. And I don’t. I am between meds right now and depression is ruling my thinking.

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        1. During difficult periods, goals can shift from IMPROVEMENT to MAINTAINING current achievements. As the cycle moves forward and positive attitude aligns with motivation, IMPROVEMENT is once again pursued. This approach is not quick, must helps make the journey more realistic and often reduces the frequency and duration of the negative cycle.

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          1. I am being told everything I say and think is negative right now. I am stumped on how to pull myself out of this. I can’t change meds right now because the nurse is going out of town for several weeks and will be out of touch so I don’t dare try something new now. I have an appt with her on the 26, but I doubt it will result in a med change. I wish the cycles would align and I could break out of this current mood.

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  4. I loved this! I have a relative who became diabetic after maintaining an unhealthy lifestyle and 50+ pounds too many for years. His hurdles to get healthy have been compounded by the fact that his waited until he was symptomatic to make good lifestyle changes. His is managing his disease, but it is a struggle.

    One of the tools I use is a weekly check on my scale. I maintain my weight within a 5 lb range. If I go above or below that, I double check my diet and activities. It isn’t about a number or being thin but about awareness. 10 pounds can sneak up on anyone in a hurry. Then 10 becomes 20 and so on. Had my relative used this single tool years ago, he would have maintained the 10-15 pound excess he maintains now and maybe not ended up with the disease. He checks his weight weekly. He has been able to go off medication, but he needs to stay proactive and aware.

    Excellent post, Jonathan!

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    1. I like your method to help identify problems EARLY in the process.
      Most people accept to live their lives by EMOTIONS FIRST followed by REASON. These people usually require harmful diagnoses before considering behavioral changes. Unless they can “see the light” and understand that quality meaningful health (and happiness) is more achievable and sustainable by taking responsibility and the necessary steps to achieve this goal, the path most likely followed will remain detrimental both physically and mentally.
      People need to understand it doesn’t matter if one is healthy or “dis-eased;” ongoing proactive behavior along with increasing awareness is required by ALL people wishing to be healthy.

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  5. Wonderful post, so true we sometimes assume nothing is wrong because we seem fine! As we get older these things come up and then it’s an uphill climb!

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    1. Exactly! Thank you sharing that perspective.

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  6. Reblogged this on One Regular Guy Writing about Food, Exercise and Living Past 100 and commented:
    Some really good thoughts here that coincide with my own feelings about working at being healthy and living a long and happy life. We really need to get our heads straight and quit trying to lose a couple of extra pounds instead of focusing on the big picture and living a healthy life. Sadly, the only time most people focus on their health is when they think they need to lose some weight. Living a healthy life is positive. Just trying to lose weight is negative.

    Tony

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    1. Well said, Tony. This is one reason I believe LONG TERM RESULTS are best achieved if we start with the MIND! If we can make HEALTH the FOCAL POINT, everything else becomes a tangent including weight loss. Address and correct the FOCAL POINT and all the tangents “go away” (or their negative impact dramatically reduces.)

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  7. Am I healthy?

    One thing I have learned by following your blog is anyone taking medications for chronic illness is not healthy. Good health is finding a healthy balance where medication is not needed to maintain our quality of life.

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    1. Glad to see your awareness regarding health has changed and developed over the short time we know each other. Unfortunately, some people will need medications (for various factors) however, realizing that medications are only a PARTIAL component of a LARGER treatment protocol including lifestyle changes is the key to minimizing pharmaceutical use AND MAXIMIZING OVERALL GOOD HEALTH.

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  8. Motivational and Powerful article Doctor.
    I agree with you, To us, Ignorance is bliss as far as Health goes. yes it does makes us feel secure. I hope your Purpose here is fulfilled and Lot of people are motivated by this article !
    Best,
    Arohii

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    1. I do hope this article provides a new perspective to help motivate healthier behavior.
      Thank you for all your support. It means a great deal to me.

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  9. When I teach meditation, I guide my clients to listen and tune into their body and their needs. Most find this very difficult and time restricting, but it doesn’t take long each day. The more we practice listening and feeling what our body needs, the more likely we are to respond to any health problems. Great information and understanding Jonathan.

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    1. The more we practice nurturing habits the easier they become to achieve. We need to ask ourselves, “Am I not worth the effort and time?” If the person determines he or she is worth the effort and time, the experience should also be viewed in a POSITIVE light. The focus should be on the GAINS from the experience; not the FRUSTRATION of the experience. Learning to control the path the mind follows is a KEY to achieving success.

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  10. Wonderful, powerful post. I wish I could print copies and send this to ALL of my ‘patients’. I work all day long as a telephonic care manager trying to help people achieve their maximum potential in health, trying to convince them that they are the captain of the health ship and can navigate to the island of health or to an iceberg.

    Just yesterday I spoke with a 66 year old who considered himself very old and is busy building his coffin (metaphorically speaking) by maintaining a 300+ lb weight and 400+ blood sugars all because he believes he is destined to die early like his parents did. His impending death will be a self-fulfilled prophecy.

    I am beginning to think that people like that are actually trying to kill themselves.

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    1. Health follows a similar pattern to financial responsibility often. Many who have fallen into deep debt feel, “why bother changing, I am never going to recover from the hole I’m in?” The same concept applies to health. Unfortunately, our Federal Government reinforces this damaging approach to achieving good health and good financial stability. In many cases, I believe people are so depressed, the reality of death isn’t realized because their emotional despair supersedes their ability to clearly understand probable outcomes.

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  11. Yup, we are the experts of our health. Doctors must heed to what we are sharing to them.

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    1. I’m not sure about people “being the experts” of their own health, however, I do agree that doctors must LISTEN to their patient’s wants and desires. I believe that patients need to find good quality sources (doctors, nutritionists, herbalists, homeopaths, accupuncturists, naturopaths, etc…) to turn to for opinions regarding health concerns. It then becomes the PATIENT’S responsibility for choosing which recommendation(s) apply BEST to his or her situation AND FOLLOWING THROUGH!

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  12. Keeping our head in the sand is a tactic that is used much too often in areas of health, finance, marriage and life in general. Many people don’t like to face the problem until they have too. I am abit of the opposite extreme in that I need to address the problem and I can’t focus on anything else until its resolved. I think both extremes have their shortfall, but if I had to choose one over the other, I will keep my head above the sand at all time in life issues.

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    1. I agree with you, Pam. I also agree that continuing to work toward achieving BALANCE helps lift the head from the sand, without the fear of overcompensating.

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  13. Read a few of your posts, you have a very informative blog. I just followed you by the way πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you for taking your time to read my material regarding better health and happiness. My goal is to provide information that isn’t readily made available to the public. I want people to have better control over their lives and this requires awareness to ALL the facts. I look forward to reading your comments as they relate to the different topics.

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      1. It’s a blessing to find your site Doctor Jonathan. I am a cancer survivor (colon) on my 7th year that is why I am so glad when I find blogs that deal on health. Thank you so much.

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        1. I am glad to hear you have survived your health issue and are working toward maintaining a healthy lifestyle unconducive for disease to exist. I look forward to reading your contributions to these articles and the benefits they will provide to fellow readers. Thank you so much for participating.

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          1. Thank you too Doctor Jonathan for sharing your informative and lovely blog.

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  14. I’ll join you doctor Jonathan in walking myself to the “old age” bin! Sounds like a much much better option than being wheeled off to the morgue.

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  15. Nice to know I’ll have some company. Based on our political comments, we may be standing at the bin for an exceedingly long time attempting to straighten out the rest of the world! πŸ˜€

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  16. I’ll take the Old Age Bin – hopefully the Ripe Old Age Bin to boot!

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    1. As you continue to incorporate the necessary components to achieving and maintaining good health, you increase the chances of joining my gang on our stroll to the “Ripe Old Age Bin.” I’m also a slow walker, so this helps prolong the journey

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      1. Hmm…perhaps I should slow down, then! I am always anxious to get where I am going on a walk (though it could also be that Choppy is pulling me along).

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        1. There is a perfect example showing the differences between our dogs. Choppy pulls to go places and Tucker requires smelling each blade of grass to identify every insect, animal and person that has made contact with it. I adopted Tucker 2 years ago and we still haven’t made it home yet! As you’ve guessed, I have a lot of patience! πŸ˜€

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          1. It is the beagle – Choppy likes to smell, but she doesn’t love it like a beagle.

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  17. Lol! Yes, so much to straighten out in this world, we could be there for quite some time…;)

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  18. I know I am healthier than I was and am working at getting healthier…..thanks to your encouragement and wonderful words of wisdom, you have been a large part of my journey….THANK YOU!!! kat

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  19. Recognizing that healthy living is a LIFELONG LIFESTYLE, all of us on this same journey wish you all the best. It’s not about perfection; it’s not about a number on a scale. It’s about enjoying a quality of life and sharing it with all those you love.

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  20. “There are no guarantees I will make it, but the one guarantee I can promise, I will have lived my life by the β€œrules” I believed gave me the best possible chances to achieve GOOD HEALTH and HAPPINESS.” I’m jumping in the same bin as YOU!

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    1. There is plenty of room!! Hopefully over time it becomes more crowded with people that chose to modify their unhealthy lifestyles!

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      1. Hope is something I’m all about! πŸ˜‰

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