I realize not everyone grows up in a household full of people who work in health care. I also realize that schools and parents sometimes don’t provide children with all the information they might need to make informed decisions about living a healthy lifestyle. Often, this is because parents have not had access to the information, jealously guarded as it has been by the medical professions. Schools haven’t the resources or the time to talk with kids about their bodies.
Then we got the Internet. You can Google any symptom now and find dozens of opinion articles and scholarly publications that address possible causes and cures of any conceivable ailment or injury. There are videos and downloadable menus and graphics and photos and personal stories and phone numbers for specialists and…..well, you name it and it is available online.
What is now beginning to happen with the onslaught of all this information is a gradual realization by health care providers and by health care consumers that many of the tools that can keep us well and reasonably fit are within our reach and within our budget. And by health care consumer, I mean you. And by within your budget, I mean free or nearly free.
Responsible health care providers team up with patients instead of simply prescribing drugs and performing procedures. They make recommendations for changes in diet and activity that can, over time, limit the need for medical interventions. The important thing to remember here is the phrase “over time”. New pathways for movement and changes in diet will show results in time.
Each human body is both fundamentally similar and vastly different. We know now that it is important to trust what our bodies tell us and we also now have the capacity to learn our individual needs for activity and diet changes….and how those changes affect our moods, our ability to fight disease, minimize symptoms and live healthier.
And I can’t say it enough….. when a doctor suggests lifestyle changes, remember that the best indicators of effectiveness happen over time and not right away. Ask questions during the process, but don’t give up on it. Too many of us get easily frustrated and give up before we see results. Your body deserves all the time it takes to heal and strengthen. Trust me, this is a long journey, but one worth taking.