How many times have you told friends or family members one of the following statements after visiting the doctor?
“My doctor gave me the thumbs up after my exam and told me I’m in GOOD HEALTH!”
“I was told for my age I’m in GOOD HEALTH!”
“My doctor told me my blood work was excellent and I’m in GOOD HEALTH!”
As much as we’d all like to hear these type of comments, have you ever considered their accuracy? Many of my patients confessed over the years that these type of statements were all they needed and wanted to hear. Questioning their validity could only jeopardize a TRUTH NOT WANTING TO BE KNOWN!
In general, no one likes bad news. Truthful news, however, provides potential options for achieving ACTUAL GOOD HEALTH. What do I mean by TRUTHFUL NEWS?
The answer starts with defining and understanding what GOOD HEALTH really is.
Good health is an ongoing state of existence where the body and mind function optimally to satisfy daily living requirements without requiring artificial interference. This is achieved through a natural LIFESTYLE providing all essential needs which result in BALANCE between stress, pleasure and function.
In your opinion, what percentage of people likely fit this definition of GOOD HEALTH?
If artificial substances (ex. pharmaceutical drugs) or devices (ex. CPAP machines) are required by physicians to FORCE THE BODY into a LESS DAMAGING STATE OF EXISTENCE, GOOD HEALTH clearly does not exist.
ARE YOU WILLING TO FACE THE REAL TRUTH?
There is NO SYNTHETIC DRUG/MEDICATION that creates GOOD HEALTH. Sometimes these medications may be needed to overcome an acute crisis or used to MAINTAIN a chronic disease/condition. However, they are NEVER a FIX to RESTORING GOOD HEALTH to the body or mind .
Ongoing use of pharmaceutical drugs and devices is often the physician’s response to UNHEALTHY LIFESTYLE CHOICES INTERFERING with achieving and maintaining GOOD HEALTH. Every time a prescription or device is provided by a physician, it should be clear an underlying HEALTH PROBLEM exists. It is WRONG to assume blood tests validate the prescriptions effectiveness at “REPAIRING/FIXING the ROOT CAUSES of these problems.” All they measure is whether a “TEMPORARY” change in condition has occurred. I stress the word TEMPORARY because these prescriptions have to be taken ONGOING. If they were intended to FIX the problems, there would come a point where these prescriptions were no longer needed.
CAN YOU SEE THE INCONSISTENCY IN THE PHRASE, “YOU’RE IN GOOD HEALTH” IF YOU’RE REQUIRED TO MEDICATE YOURSELF ON AN ONGOING BASIS?
Wouldn’t it be more HONEST for a doctor refilling prescription after prescription to inform their patient their health was “STABLE” rather than “GOOD” if blood values were within normal limits?
STABLE HEALTH vs. GOOD HEALTH are very different states of health likely to result in very different qualities of life.
Are doctors afraid of being HONEST with their patients? Has this FEAR interfered with their willingness to teach their patients how to TRULY achieve GOOD HEALTH?
Maybe it’s time to have a conversation with YOURSELF before considering having a conversation with your doctor. Are you willing to REALISTICALLY alter your current lifestyle in a manner that satisfies your body’s needs in order to achieve GOOD HEALTH? If the answer is YES:
Make sure you and your doctor are on the same page. Pharmaceuticals may have a place during the PROCESS, however, LIFESTYLE changes should ultimately strengthen one’s body to the point where prescription medications (in many cases) should no longer be needed.
Is your doctor willing to help you design a LIFESTYLE PLAN to achieve your GOALS? If they are not capable or willing to do this, are they willing to refer you to a PROFESSIONAL (ex. certified life coach) capable of working with you?
Now that you have better awareness and understanding of “GOOD HEALTH” vs. “STABLE COMPROMISED HEALTH” what are you going to do? Are you going to FACE THE TRUTH, improve your health and enjoy a better quality of life, or stick your head back in the sand and remain satisfied with your doctor making meaningless “complimentary” statements like, “you’re in good health” while writing your prescription renewal?” Clearly, the NEED for ongoing renewal medications contradicts this REALITY ?
If you want to CHANGE your THINKING, try closing your EYES: