Did you know that it can take 17 YEARS for the latest health information to filter down to our GP’s? How many of our husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters and friends will have suffered during this time unnecessarily? I’m not knocking the NHS at all; they do an incredible job in many areas, especially trauma recovery and neonatal care, but I’m afraid in the case of chronic disease the situation isn’t quite as good.
This month I would like to cover what real health means. I don’t mean not being ill, instead I’m referring to the state of being well, happy and able to fulfil your true potential. I could talk abstractly about what this means but you might find it more interesting to read my journey and what you can do to achieve this yourself. It doesn’t have to be hard or complicated so keep reading and see if what I’m going to share can help you.
Back in 2009 I was told I had breast cancer at the age of 45. I rushed into surgery but soon afterwards a friend made a remark about dairy that changed my life. She got me to look into the long held view that we need dairy and it’s good for our health. I’m not going to go into details about it in this article but in just one hour of doing my own research I changed 45 years of beliefs and stopped eating what we are told is one of the main food groups. This led me to question many other topics, including my treatment plan. For a huge variety of reasons, with the main one being an overwhelming desire to follow my gut instinct, I decided against radiotherapy, chemotherapy or even pharma drugs that were on offer. Instead, I took responsibility for myself and made some pretty drastic changes to my diet and lifestyle in my bid to recover and improve my health.
When you really think about it, who has your health interests most to heart? Your doctor, surgeon, family members or friends? Or you? For me it was a resounding ME. And that led me to more research and I spent literally thousands of hours discovering the latest cutting edge information as well as rediscovering old believes and practices that had been buried and forgotten in favour of our modern way of dealing with “dis-ease”.
Just so you know I have no formal qualification in medicine or nutrition so I was coming from a place of almost complete ignorance, I was just a normal person trying to save my life. What I’ve discovered is that information is changing so quickly that many long held health models have become invalid but they’re still being taught. What I prefer to do is learn from the real experts, the ones reporting on current, and cutting edge information, including a large variety of world renowned doctors but also the people who are living healthy, happy and productive lives.
When I started on my health quest 8 years ago I was learning about many subjects and I struggled to see how they were connected to health. It was at that point that I realised true health isn’t just about eating properly and getting enough exercise. There are many other aspects to health and I needed to look at my mind, body and spirit as a whole rather than as segmented parts of me. Back then most people I spoke to had never heard of or even considered these areas and thought me very strange!
Now, many of the areas are covered in the mainstream news. Some examples are:- the importance of healthy fats (instead of low fat equals health); the toxic truth about sugar (the only problem with sugar was it rotted your teeth and made you put on weight); how vital optimising your vitamin D level is (sun exposure was a big no no); intermittent fasting; just how important correct sleep can be; the dangers of electromagnetic fields; how stress affects every cell in our bodies and many more besides. It was hard going against long held beliefs but I knew that if I wanted to achieve great health I had to make changes and take responsibility for myself. Admittedly I had a big incentive but I embraced these changes and soon old health problems including chronic pain from an accident a decade before, digestive health issues, debilitating migraines and other niggles simply melted away. I didn’t set out to resolve these problems but it occurred as a side effect of my new regime.
So what can YOU do to start feeling great again? Just remember that it’s never too late. There is always something that you can do.
Are you ready to take responsibility for yourself?
Or are you going to hand over that power to someone else?
If it’s the former keep reading.
There is a term - holistic health, this covers exactly what I’m talking about. So what should you do to make the journey easier for yourself?
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