I talk about my father in this piece, because I want the reader to know, that I have plenty of experience being around a negative person, with a closed mind...my father! Many kids today (2010) want to be like their mother or father...but not me! From the time I was a kid...I never wanted to be like my father! As far as I was concerned...I never had a father...
My father was one of those medical-phobics...you know the type...afraid of doctors; nurses; needles; hospitals, etc. But, as far as I know, he bought just about everything over-the-counter as far as medications is concerned. He had a bedroom full of everything under the sun, etc.
I don't think my father went to see a doctor in his life...he was always sick of something...a sickly person, etc. Mention the word 'doctor' 'dentist' or 'chiropractor' and he would leave the room...case closed! He didn't want to hear about stupid people in the medical profession...especially doctors, who were just out to get his money, etc. Psychologists have a name for this type of person!
As far as health is concerned, I have walked and jogged 15 miles a week since 1986...and in 2009, that translates to over 17,000 miles, and it's been worth every step of it. One day, I asked my father if he had ever walked or jogged around the block to get his exercise and his answer, "Why should I walk or jog around the block...when I can just drive?" This is just one example...my father and I were so different...like night and day...and it all started with having an open or closed mind...negative vs. positive, etc.
Good healthcare has always been a top priority in my life. A person cannot have a quality of life, unless he or she has good healthcare, etc.
Another small example of the difference between me (open mind) and my father (closed mind) is my wellness plan of going to a chiropractor over 100 visits since 1976.
My last blood test showed everything to the left of the sheet within range...except the glucose, which shows improvement over 2009. I'm hoping that the blood sugar numbers will be under the line in July, 2010.
I live in a little one-horse town of over 500,000 people, and back in the 70's, there were only two chiropractors in this town. Today (2010) you see a chiropractor office on just about every corner. The point I'm trying to make here, is that I do what I have to do to stay well, and away from all those drugs that so many millions of people take across the country. I'm not a pill-popper...I take a few drugs, just like anyone else. So, I'm not anti-pharmacy...I'm pro-common sense! I want to eliminate as many drugs/chemicals from my life as I can, and go a more natural way if I can.
My game plan had an acupuncturist on it, and I've never tried acupuncture, and I am willing to try anything, to try to stay on my feet and healthy. We all know through history, that the Chinese people have been around thousands of years...and the American people are 'still wet behind the ears,' when it comes to what's going on in life and in medicine, etc. We're all a bunch of spoiled brats in the United States!
I will even go to a witch doctor, if it means I can stay healthy an on my feet. Western doctory can't deny that acupuncture works...and just like the chiropractors, that were shunned before them...acuptuncturists are getting the nose from those in the medical commnity as well. I would see an acupuncturist at the drop of a hat, but they are not on the health plan to pay for the treatment...at least not yet!
The Chinese people know more about health care, that all these pill-pushers that we all have to deal with everyday of our lives. Do you really think doctors in this country, will prescribe olive oil; fish oil; and other home remedies, for better health? Of course not...they're in this thing to make a buck or two themselves. They've got their hands in the cookie jar, too! (I'm starting to sound like my father...oh no!)
For about three years, I have had sleep problems, and for about ten years, I have watched my glucose (blood sugar) slowly elevate over time. The glucose finally hit the line and went over the line into diabetes in the summer of 2008. I wasn't surprised at the time, but now I would have to do something about it, now that I'm a diabetic. I'm not happy about it, but I have to deal with it. In 2009, I was 64 years old; I weighed 170 pounds; and I have jogged and lifted weights for over 24 years. Where could the diabetes come from?
Because I have had sleep problems for about three years...and I saw a short piece on 60 Minutes about sleep deprivation and diabetes, I thought that could be the problem. Sleep deprivation! Once I get these sleep problems fixed, than the diabetes numbers should come down, and that's the way it's turning out. The numbers on diabetes have come down slowly over the last year, which makes me exptremely happy. I'm not quite there yet...but I hope to be by the summer of 2010.
Recently, I bought a book on home remedies, in hopes of getting more drugs/chemicals out of my life. And, in that book I discovered a simple device for those of us who have troubles with sleep, etc. The device is simple...it consists of a wrist band make out of some kind of stretchy material.
It's similar to a nurse putting pressure on your wrist to get your pulse or heart rate...it's the same principle. So, it's not accupuncture...but accupressure. The user puts on these wrist bands and sleeps with them all night, etc.
The device is supposed to help with sleep; snoring; nausea; and other problems the person might have. Because I have an open mind when it comes to healthcare, I decided to give it a try. I decided to take the information directly from the website, to make it clearer to the reader which follows:
Based on clinical evidence, some of the most influencial pressure points in the meridian system of energy are the points between the elbow and the fingers, such as the heart meridian (H-7), for sleep relief, and the pericardium meridian (p-6 or Nei-kuan) pressure points. The latter is well known to curb nausea due to motion sickness; morning sickness; chemotherapy and post-operative nausea from anesthesia.
The direction of energy flow for these two merdian points (heart and pericarduim), is from chest to hand. These important pressure points in the meridian system of energy, are also known as command points, that are generally more effective than other pressure points in the meridian system of the human anatomy. These are based on the traditional Chinese principle, that runs through the body through channels called meridians.
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After I completed two sleep tests at the hospital in March and June of 2009, I was diagonsed with a condition called sleep apnea. I was prescribed to sleep with a CPAP air breathing machine. I haven't used it yet, because of a sinus condition, that I have to get rid of so I can breath through my nose a night under the mask of the CPAP machine...or have suffication problems, etc.
Then, I discovered these wrist bands...and I haven't gotten them yet because I just ordered them on March 16, 2010. When I get the wrist bands and use them, I will report back to the reader right here on this article, how they work and what's going on with them. I'm looking forward to getting and using them
I think everyone has to be an advocate for themselves, and so some of the legwork yourself. If you don't...you can just be a pill-popper like eveyone else...and take a chance on ruining your liver; kidneys and anything else that chemicals come in contact with.
Here, in the United States...we live in a country of choices. You can be negative...or positive...or you can have an open mind...or a closed mind...you be the judge!
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