For sixty years, Martha Ann Lillard has lived with an iron lung to sustain life. An infectious disease overwhelmed her childhood immune system causing irreparable damage. This unfortunate outcome was not based on any personal lifestyle choices she made. Although she lives today, it is important to recognize that 60 years of iron lung therapy has not CURED her disease. It has provided an option for EXISTENCE.
Chronic Heart Disease, Chronic Type 2 Diabetes, Chronic Gastrointestinal Disease, Chronic Vascular Disease, Chronic Obesity, Chronic arthritis, etc… are common conditions we face today as a result of LIFESTYLE CHOICES. Although a “confining” iron lung isn’t required for these chronic conditions, “confining” daily medications are believed necessary to sustain EXISTENCE. These pills and injectables (like the iron lung) are typically required for life. One of the biggest differences between the iron lung and the pills/injectables is PERCEIVED convenience. Neither produce correction. Neither restore health. Neither create motive to improve SELF VALUE.
In reality, how convenient is a pill or injectable that causes secondary complications to health? How convenient is it to spend money on these drugs in place of spending it on vacations or personal items of choice? How convenient is it to make certain luggage isn’t lost during travel because daily medications are required? How convenient is it to make certain doctor visits are scheduled (possibly in place of more enjoyable luncheons with friends) because refills are needed?
Pills and injectables (for most self induced CHRONIC conditions) are not an alternative solution to lifestyle needs, but rather an unfortunate RESULT of neglecting one’s physical and mental needs. These pills and injectables become a burden and crutch that FAIL over time. They create a means of EXISTENCE (similar to the iron lung) and possibly just as confining as we face the self imposed limitations resulting from our lifestyle choices. Joints weaken, mental clarity dissipates, emotional pain becomes a prominent focus, life loses its zest as daily boring repetitive patterns of living create a sad, yet satisfying need for stability.
This is the solution that pills and injectables provide to so many people suffering from self induced Chronic Diseases. If this doesn’t create a sense of confinement, I’m not certain what would.
Unlike the iron lung patient, many chronic disease sufferers can reverse their conditions. This, however, can only be achieved if one accepts personal responsibility and commits to essential lifestyle habits that support quality health. This is NOT synonymous with living a lifestyle of PERFECTION. It is a REALISTIC lifestyle that “feeds” the body and mind its essential needs FIRST before indulging in non essentials!
Is it possible that pills and injectables may remain part of this new life? Yes. They won’t, however, be the basis of your health needs as they are (likely) today. As the mindset learns to control actions, passion and purposeful living replaces less desirable repetitive harmful patterns in life. This path leads to better choices resulting in greater SELF VALUE and improved FUNCTIONAL LIVING.
Until this TRUTH is accepted, our society will continue to “handcuff” itself to pills and injectables.
Martha Ann Lillard’s quality of life continues to rely on her NEED for her “iron lung.” Chronic disease sufferers are often fortunate because they can CHOOSE among several options to achieving improved health.
Will the ANSWER to your problems in the future be more pills and injectables or a better approach to living life?