Maybe you're not as shocked as I am.
In fact, as I look at this list, I'm thinking to myself that many of them could probably be altered. In a way, it feels like they are something we can do something about in this country.
Yet, why do we not do the things that we need to do to make ourselves truly more healthy?
- Heart Disease
- Medical Errors
Before reading any further, take a look at the list again.
Let it sink in for a few moments.
Heart Disease is something that can be impacted I think by lifestyle and healing those rough experiences in your life. If you don't eat right and push garbage into your body, you're only going to get garbage out in the way of disease, illness and in this case, heart disease.
There are far too many broken hearts out there and hearts that have had to endure far too much pain. In fact, if you read the ACE study, you'll see how past experiences and trauma physically impact the body. Take a look at an earlier blog post I wrote on "The Bomb In The Brain" for more details.
The point is, there are things that we can do and change in our daily life that will impact our body in a positive way. We only have one heart and if we beat the crap out of it every day of our lives, can we expect any different result?
If we are living a sedentary lifestyle with no activity, a poor diet, and not dealing with things in our life, we're just setting ourselves up for this ultimate cause of death.
You may want to read Jeff's article on The Truth About Sugar and Heart Disease.
Next up is Cancer. We had a personal loss in our family with this one and it is not easy to watch someone go through it. Cancer is growing to alarming rates. When I was a kid, it was something you heard people getting every now and then. Now, it seems as if everyone knows someone with cancer or who died from cancer.
While I realize a lot of research is still going into this, there are lifestyle things that we can do to change it. Again, if you fail to take care of your body and your mind, you are just setting yourself up for failure and disease at some point in the future.
One of the last things a family member said to me before she passed away was to cut down on sugar. I have been trying to do that, but I also know that some of the stuff that goes in our food is no more healthy than sugar. If you're not reading the labels on what you buy at the store or paying attention to what you eat in restaurants, you're walking into a mine field.
What we are doing in this country is not working and in order to change things, we need to change our approach. I don't believe taking more medications is the answer. This is my personal opinion and belief. I believe there are other ways to take care of ourselves that are natural, not for the profits of a pharmaceutical industry.
Each day, we do our smoothies made from fresh and whole vegetables and fruits found in our local grocery store. We blend it up and it helps not only digestion, but we just don't get flu and colds like we once did. No, I do not buy into the flu vaccinations either. I do natural stuff instead and even if I pick up a little virus, usually by the next day, it is improving. We have seen remarkable effects of doing these smoothies and I would urge you to read my blog post on "Healing Diseases With Smoothies"
The last one up on the list is medical errors. This one shocks and horrifies me, especially knowing just how addicted we are these day to surgeries and procedures. I know that in Florida as a Licensed Massage Therapist, we are required to take CEU's on medical errors to renew our licenses. I'm sure most of the medical professional in this state are required to do that as well. I'm not sure what other states require. Obviously the training is not working!
Just think about this for a moment. Someone's death has been caused by a medical error and it is the third leading cause of death. It is mind blowing to me. I can't even begin to comprehend this. Yet, we are looking for surgeries and procedures to help save us from ourselves. Take a look at Dr. John Sarno's book, The Mind Body Prescription. It is mind blowing some of his pioneering discoveries that are still being ignored to this day.
Instead of taking care of ourselves and realizing that we are in control of our health, not our doctors, we're opting for surgeries and procedures that are putting us at risk of death through medical errors. Does that make sense to anyone? Perhaps, there is a different way we should be doing things with our health?
Health Care System
We are reaching a critical mass period I think in our health care system. No, it is not the fault of some politician or some company or whatever it is you may feel. It is the result of each one of us not taking care of ourselves and being so numb and disconnected to our body, that we don't see what is happening until it is too late.
Our body sends us messages, but more often than not, we don't hear the messages and even if we do, we don't listen. We push our bodies beyond the limits. We put garbage into them expecting them to just balance and keep going. We allow the food industry to entice us with healthy stuff and then eat as if there is no tomorrow. We sit at our computers and in front of our video games and TV, hoping that a trip to the refrigerator for another beer or more food will be all the exercise and activity we need.
Surely we can do better as humans. Surely, our brains know much more than this. Each one of us has a much greater impact on our health than we realize or even care to think about in a day. We just know that we've got health insurance and our doctor will give us a pill or a surgery or a procedure to make us all better. Unfortunately, we're living in an illusion.
It is up to each one of us to choose how we will live our life and what we will do to our mind and body. If we choose wisely, it has good benefits. If we continue to make poor choices, than we may become another statistic in the main causes of death.
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