Friday, January 16, 2009

You Can't Get There From Here

“You can’t get there from here.”

This classic New England expression defines the essence of America’s health crisis.

We have been misinformed and inculcated with grossly misguided concepts of heath that largely contribute to our being so sick.

We have become so disconnected from our own bodies and our own health that we are lousy caretakers of them; to such an extent, that we have given that responsibility to doctors, hospitals, drug companies and insurance companies. All of whom have a vested interest in our being sick.

We wrongly believe that our bodies are inherently flawed; that bad luck, bad germs or bad genes cause disease. That there is nothing we can do short of run to doctors for tests, drugs and surgeries.

Sadly, we believe that screening for diseases is prevention and wellness care.

And, tragically we believe that medical care and treatment equates with health.

Our perceptions about health are so misguided that most people either struggle with, or don’t know, the answers to the most basic questions.

a. What is health?

b. Where does health come from?

c. What is the only thing that ever heals you?

d. If you are on a medication to control something (cholesterol, blood pressure, etc)

…are you: A: healthy? Or, B: still sick, but medicated?

So, it is true. “You can’t get there from here.” We cannot become healthy with our current misconceptions of health.

After all, to achieve any goal, you need to know what it is. And, the more specific your definition is, the greater your chance of success.

In my opinion, there are 4 basic requirements to achieve optimal health:

1. Have a precise working definition and understanding of what health is.

2. Take personal responsibility for your own health.

3. Make a commitment to your own health, as a top priority lifetime lifestyle goal.

4. Make the effort to work at it a little bit every day.

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