Let’s revisit this "being healthy" thing. People that are obviously unwell come to see me and tell me how healthy they are. This is not uncommon. I started realizing long ago that people associate not being sick with being healthy. If they do not have allergies, or an active cold or get colds often they consider themselves healthy. Even if they take high blood pressure medications, high blood sugar drugs, thyroid, cholesterol, maybe and antidepressant, some hormones pellets in the butt. Occasional allergy pills and a Tylenol, Advil or Aleve every now and then for headache or body pain. Oh and Benadryl for sleep most nights. And acid blocking pill when food gets backed up or to keep it from burning. And or any combination or similar. You get the idea.
So why are you here to
see me? I just want to eat better and make sure I "stay" well , is not an uncommon answer.
Not, to get off all the drugs that I would otherwise not be alive without. No, people do not consider any of that. Those drugs just blend into their “healthy” status. making "getting" well not seen. but "staying" well the desire. yes, a very large blind spot.
Then when I press further, they have lots of leg cramps and no gallbladder so there is no hormone management, they have not slept through the night without being drugged (which is not sleep- those are two different things) in years. They are constipated but don’t consider every few days a problem. Or they are happy to poop several times a day and not realizing their nutrition is not absorbing at all. Their sex drive is not bad because they have testosterone that is 10x normal due to the life saving pellets in the butt. Relationships are good on facebook.. but nooot so much in person. And so on.. or they have LOTS of friends but no connection and are struggling emotionally.
I would like to challenge you to consider health as a body that can function without artificial support and still be well. Mental and emotional health are solid parts of overall health of the body not just physical ill health. I would like you to see that what you eat matters in how you will live and die . I would like you to know that you have choices. I would like you to know that your lack of communication causes you great stress and pain that you do not seem to connect to the headaches and acid reflux. I would like you to know that its possible to get people in a better health position in spite of the belief that all those drugs are necessary. That it just might not be true that they are good for you or even helpful. I would like people to think about how they want to live and how they want to die. Please also consider that blindly over taking supplements is just as destructive as over taking pharmaceuticals.
Several years back while my mom was in the nursing home, and I was unable to leave a lot due to her confusion I offered to do some appointments in the guest area at the nursing home. It went well. Mike said “are you calling it the New scared straight program. ? “... assuming that if people could see how nursing home patients die they would want health. sadly that is not how people think. They just think they are not going to be like that. I know this from watching all the family members of a dying emphysema patient on a ventilator congregate in the lobby of any given hospital to smoke together..
Human nature ignores a lot of connector pieces.
Most people think they get to pick how they die and when etc. which is kind of true – just not how they are thinking .. you pick as you chose how you live. . How you invest in your health is just like how you invest in your finances. It is what you have at the end to work with. The less you invested the less there is to work with. Of course, accidents happen and there are crisis happenings that can alter plans. But the bottom line is you are choosing how you intend to die every single day.... Based upon how you live.... Where you invest your time and energy in learning and growing your health.