When I started writing seriously in August, 2006, I promised myself that I would not be a crusader for anything,etc. In the area of healthcare...if a person wants to commit suicide...one puff at a time; one drink at a time; one snort at a time; one pound at a time; or one heart attack at a time...be my guest...there's nothing I can do about it!
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I've said this in another article I've written...but what is one of the best ways to learn? From others, right? Learn from their experiences...both good and bad; their education; their wisdom; their skills and talents...I've been there and I've done that...and so forth. I've not urging anyone to do anything with this piece...all I've done, is to write commandments to myself...these are the things I do to stay healthy, and my outlook on others and how I've seen how they do things in the health area and make comments, etc.
With respect to healthcare, everybody's going to do it their own way. And, since I'm not a doctor or a medical professional, I won't give any medical advice, etc. Healthcare is pretty subjective...what is important to someone...may not, necessarily, be important or serious to someone else, etc.
I have arranged these health commandments, in the order of their importance to me, but I think ALL of them are important in healthcare.
Commandment #1; (Get thyself educated) thou shall not be a dumb-ass or a jackass:
- dumb-ass (definition); a throughly stupid person; a block-head;
- jackass; (definition); a male donkey; a contemptibly foolish or stupid person;
It is said that knowledge is power, but how are you going to know what's wrong with you, unless you get a physical examination and a blood test regularly? You're not! You will not have a clue, if you have one of the hundreds of blood diseases out there, that could render the person helpless and hopeless, and even death if not caught in time, etc.
And yes, I realize that medical costs are through the roof, but if I was not a veteran, I would go to the county or check someplace for lower medical services. I realize that many people out there don't have medical insurance...but where there's a will...there's a way! I don't know how anyone can have a quality of life with all the worry and sickness all the time, etc.
Hint: Don't be a dumb-ass all your life!
Commandment #2; (Follow doctor's instrunstructions) thou shall not let thy doctor's instructions go in one ear and out the other:
If you're not going to follow your doctor's instructions...why bother? If your doctor tells you to quit smoking...quit smoking! If your doctor tells you to lose weight...lose weight! You can't have it both ways...good health and then you don't follow instructions!
Commandment #3: (Pay attention to sleep); thou shall not set aside or take for granted the benefits of sleep:
I know what it's like to have sleep problems for over four years, and your body will become dysfunctional right away. Exercise; diet and good sleep are the main ingredients in good health.
Commandment #4; thou shall not lie to thyself:
Isn't denial a river in Egypt? You're in the best postition to watch your nose grow, and if you can't be honest with yourself...who can you be honest with? All the little excuse-makers of the world...who constantly tell themselves all those "little white lies!" Pretty soon, they start believing those little lies to themselves, etc.
Commandment #5; (Have an open mind) Thou shall not have a closed mind;
During the 1970's, I suffered for over a decade, from the unforgiving migraine headaches! I took every pill known to mankind, to get some relief. And, at that time, there were not very many chiropractors in town, but in desperation, I decided to visit one, in hopes, that I would find relief, etc. I did find relief and it was because I had an open mind, and I would try accupuncture; yoga...a witchdoctor...whatever it would take to find wellness!
Commandment #6; thou shall not be impatient:
When I quit smoking in 1970, it took me about a year to get rid of the craving (See: Smoking Sucks; How I Quit Smoking:
When I lost 40 pounds in 2001, it took me about 10 months to do the job. (See: Here's the Skinny On How I Lost 40 Pounds)
And my chiropractic visits lasted for over five years! There are those people who have no patience...they want to take their magic pill at night before bedtime (allow their metabolism to work all night losing weight)...and wake up in the morning 40 pounds lighter! There people are dreamers and FOOLS! After they fail...they become excuse-makers and whine about everything they CAN'T do!
Commandment # 7: (Diet); Thou shall not underestimate the importance of a good diet:
I think a good diet is one of the most important things in all of our lives. The others are regular exercise and good sleep. With all the chemicals we put in our face today, it's no wonder that they haven't found a cure for cancer. Call me a skeptic, but they'll never find a cure for cancer, as we continue to put all these chemicals down our throats. And no, I'm not a vegetarian, but I'm learning more about the value of a good diet; bunny food, fish; poultry; less red meat, etc.
Commandment #8: (Exercise) Thou shall not double-click your mouse and call it thy exercise for the year!
You know how some people are...YAWN ONCE...and they've done their exercise for the year! I usually call it the L-word...LAZY! We've all heard the old saying..."if it looks like a lazy person..."
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 drive!" (See: The Many Benefits of Exercise) http://www.authorsden.com/visit/viewarticle.asp?id=42720
In 1986, I started jogging 15 miles a week, in hopes that it would help me with the headaches I mentioned and high-blood pressure. It did...and in the year 2009 (I continue), and that translates to over 17,000 miles that I have jogged during that time, and every step has been worth it!
Commandment #9;(Be thy own advocate) Thou shall not be a FOOL!
Research has shown that the most used word all across the country is the f-word...FOOL! You know the old saying...there's a sucker born everyday!
If a person works hard to quit smoking and then starts up again...that person is a FOOL! If a person is lazy when it comes to their own health...that person is a FOOL! If a person is talked out of taking their medication by a low-life...that person is a damned FOOL! If a person dosen't have their health on their own priority list...that person is a FOOL! If that person works hard to lose weight, and then gains it back again...that person is a FOOL.
If a person is in denial about anything concerning their healthcare...that person is a FOOL!; If a person doesn't have the ability to say NO to all the peer-pressure around them...that person is a FOOL! If a person has health insurance or free access to medical care like a veteran and that person doesn't use it...that person is a FOOL! If a person relys on all that over-the-counter broken promises to lose weight (some work; most don't) that person is a FOOL! (See: Buyer Beware; Weight loss/diet products) http://www.authorsden.com/visit/viewarticle.asp?id=26376
Fool: (definition); a weak-minded or idiotic person;
After all...who are you doing all this for? YOU!
During his 81 years on the planet, my father never visited a doctor, because, in his words, "doctors are stupid and don't know anything!" My father was sick all his life of something or another, and he smoked and cried and whined all the way to the grave...blaming everyone (but himself) for his problems...yet another of example of a FOOL!
Commandment #10; (life-style changes) Thou shall not have a bad attitude when it comes to making lifestyle changes to be a healthier person: Change doesn't come easy for anyone...quit smoking; lose weight; eating more bunny food, get off your lazy butt etc.
The truth of the matter is as follows...you can have the best doctors in the world; the best medications; the best technologies, but you're still going to need five more ingredients to get and to keep your health, and they're all FREE! Discipline; sacrifice; determination;patience; comittment. (a promise to yourself) Don't betray thyself!
You can't get any of these over-the-counter, and your doctor can't prescribe any of them, either! Everyone has these qualities built in, and you just have to reach down into you soul and find them and put them to work. Without them, you're not going to find much success in reaching your goals, and you can take that to the bank, etc.
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All my life, my health has been my number one priority, and I get a physical exam every year. I don't want to be surprised, like some people who don't ever get a blood test. For 3-4 years, I had a problem with elevated blood sugar, and I've kept an eye on it. In 2008, I was told by my doctor, that I now have a case of, what he called "mild diabetes" or "pre-diabetes." As a veteran, I get all my medical care free, but because I was eligible for Medicare, I joined a health plan at a local hospital, to get a second opinion, outside the VA.
The opinion was the same, and on February 6, 2009, I wanted to have a specialist look at this, so I met her at that time. Blood tests were taken on Monday February 9, 2009. I have an appointment with her on February 23, 2009, when we will go over the blood test results. In the meantime, she wants me to prick my finger with the meter, and get her four results a day.
For about three years, I've had sleep problems, and I feel certain that when I resolve the sleep problem, the sugar level will come down, and the threat of getting diabetes will be gone. (See: Sleep Deprivation and Diabetes Type 2)
The American Diabetes states on their website, that 65% of the people with pre-diabetes, go to get full-blown diabetes! I don't plan to be one of them...and I don't plan to use this meter to prick my finger everyday for the rest of my life, either! And, that's because I plan to WIN this one...just like I did when I quit smoking; lost 40 pounds, jogging, etc. Just another challenge for me...
How do you spell relief?
E-a-r-l-y d-e-t-e-c-t-i-o-n and p-r-e-v-e-n-t-i-o-n!
$64,000 question: If you don't care about your own health...do you really think anybody else cares?
I'm not pleased that I'm now flirting with diabetes...but I'm quite pleased that I know about my situation in my medical record, etc. It's such a relief...and the worry of not knowing, would be worse! I certainly don't want any surprises in the future with respect to my health! I know I'm going to WIN this battle...it's just a matter of time!
And finally...cancer; AIDS; diabetes; heart-disease; high blood pressure (stroke)...are all killers...and should not be taken lightly! And, like so many millions of people are told everyday by doctors, all across America...that there is nothing medicine can do for them...and the only thing they can do is to go home and die! If this piece has frightened you...it should!
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