GOOD HEALTH REQUIRES A STRONG FOUNDATION

foundation COPYIf a house is built on a poor foundation, its structural integrity would fail. The human body requires this same strong foundation to maintain its integrity to achieve the quality of life desired.

Unfortunately, a majority of us stand on foundations created from “APATHY” and ongoing TOXIC BEHAVIOR rather than thoughtfully designed structures fortified by quality lifestyles decisions.

The beauty of life, however, is the ability to CHOOSE the foundation upon which we “build” our individual health. A well designed plan includes: (1) exercise, (2) quality nutrition, (3) quality sleep, (4) proper hydration, (5) stress reduction, (6) social engagement, (7) spiritual balance (for those faith oriented)

When we apply this concept to the design of a structure the following examples are created:

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Although appearances can be deceiving, all these structures share one thing in common. Each one is capable of SURVIVING and THRIVING while exposed to the environmental elements that cause weaker foundations to crumble. This is a testament to the QUALITY of the MATERIALS used to safeguard these structures and their ability to endure.

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DOES YOUR HEALTH FOUNDATION PROVIDE YOU THE AESTHETIC APPEARANCE AS WELL AS THE STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY YOU DESIRE FOR QUALITY LIVING?

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…OR ARE YOU STANDING ON A FOUNDATION WITH A CLEARLY UNDESIRABLE FUTURE?…

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I would like to credit CHASING POTATOES and her amazing blog site for this wonderful picture of the chicken and the snake!
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29 comments

  1. The Joy Factor · · Reply

    great read really enjoyed this!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed this article. Many people have informed me they’re seriously considering following a new path in life as a result of ideas I’ve helped them see through a different perspective.

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  2. It took me a long while to realize that having a solid foundation is absolutely vital. There is some serious wisdom here because without a solid health foundation, you won’t be able to fully enjoy whatever riches you are able to acquire. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. As people begin to realize the individual “pieces of happiness” (buying a new car or house) are short lived if the BIGGER PICTURE (understanding one’s purpose and meaning in life) is not discovered, some will choose to step backwards and re-develop their FOUNDATION to pursue this direction in life. Those committed to ACHIEVING HAPPINESS and FULFILLMENT will be more likely to achieve it building on this NEW FOUNDATION.

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  3. Excellent post! I’m working on removing stress now. I started feeling very unhappy and finally figured out that it was due to a job. I changed jobs 6 months ago because of stress in the other job. What I’ve learned is that I can remove myself from some workplace stress without removing myself from the job itself. With a clearer mind I’m on the path to being happy again.

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    1. Great learning lesson we can ALL BENEFIT from. Thank you for sharing this.

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  4. I had prepared a presentation while working @ Humana few years ago as a team building project that I would like to share. It is in a way a reminder how relations whether at home or at work have a big impact on mental and physical health.  It is all related I believe.

    The basic 7 rules for building a house.

    We would lay ground to a solid foundation

    We would join walls

    We would connect liberty rooms

    We would annex freedom doors

    We would include viewpoint windows

    We would attach a welcoming roof

    We will called it HOME

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    1. This is the type of house more capable of providing an environment for quality healthy living.
      Thank you so much for sharing this concept.

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  5. Doctor, another poignant one. As a mum, I don’t think only of my foundation but that of my children who can’t know so much to make healthy choices at this age. It is my moral responsibility above all to orientate them. Just last night, we had a discussion about the benefits of honey which they don’t like as compared to sugar. For near two weeks now I have struggled to introduce regular consumption of honey while reducing sugar. I stopped buying any sugar and left only honey and for the past couple of days they ignored the honey. Glady, my second son ran it through with his teacher who told him some of the advantages of honey (which I had already done though – but you know how serious kids take their teachers in school lol), the teacher even told him he was lucky to have a mum spend on honey which was more expensive than sugar. His brothers could finally agree it was worth it and we are all on deck now. An issue I note is the price factor, eg cheap now and long term expensive or the other way? We really do have to make some tough choices to lay proper foundations. Thank you so much

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    1. It’s not an easy task to convince children their behaviors will affect their health as they age. To children, they are “immortal.” You, however, teach an important lesson they will benefit from. As they mature and see the REAL WORLD and the REAL HEALTH PROBLEMS, they will have the opportunity to apply these lessons. Those without these teachings, have to rely on insufficient information.

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      1. I do unto my sons what I would have loved done onto me at their age, and in an interactive manner, and without the whip (as much as possible cause I got enough to despise beatings for my life time); and then it is my prayer it helps them later on. That’s the whole idea of laying a strong foundation to me, not trying to catch up in adulthood or when the building is in the finishing stages… The consequences are traumatic ranging from financial to all you can think of. Thank you so much doc

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        1. Your philosophical approach would benefit many a reader. You are wise beyond your years. Keep sharing your experiences so others may choose to gain from your hardships. It’s a wonderful gift to provide the world.

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  6. ah you find such creative ways to put your message across, love the chicken in/on the snake photo lol

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    1. Since I realize reading about “HEALTH” may not be the most stimulating topic, I try to incorporate a style that includes humor and other emotions to keep the reader involved. At the very least, it amuses me! 🙂

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      1. ha ha wondered why you weren’t posting as much, if you enjoy writing the posts more will enjoy to read! And sometimes humour makes the point more memorable

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  7. Well said Dr. First 7 points create a wonderful framework.

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    1. I can’t take the credit for the seven rules. Tink the Belle added this beautiful comment to this post.

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  8. You are so right, you have to have a strong foundation. Great points!

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  9. Brilliant Jonathan ! I could not agree more !

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    1. Thank you Lynne.

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  10. Thoroughly enjoying your take on health and wellness, Dr. Jonathan! You cover tons of ground that so many need to hear. When a solid foundation (whether that be exercise, sleep, nutrition) becomes a lifestyle instead of a task, wellness is inevitable. I’ll be keeping up with your content, and hope you can do the same with mine! You may be intrigued by how D.C school has changed/remained since you graduated. Take care!

    Adjusted Thinking

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I look forward to the opportunity of reading your articles as well.

      To promote a quality agenda on HEALTH, we need caring people to critically evaluate the various health components necessary for achieving healthy outcomes. Until these voices UNITE, traditional allopathic care will continue to be the “accepted” model and standard of care.

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  11. great post…love the visuals…..kat

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    1. I’m attempting some creativity in my old age. I’m not sure what takes more time, the writing or the illustrations? (LOL)

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      1. Well you do a great job….and you always put it so we all can understand it, but illustrations always stay with me….LOL

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        1. I’m a visual person also.

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  12. Well said! A solid foundation is essential for a happy and healthy life 🙂

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    1. Without question! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this article.
      Have a great upcoming weekend! 🙂

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