It's that time of the week again. Guiding you through another week's worth of
well-being and innate thoughts, I find myself wanting to write about insurance
(what with Obama's pending health reform all over the news). However, I might
save that for next week. I will explain why his system has ZERO chance of
"saving healthcare." As a quick preview, I'll remind you that 99% of this
country doesn't even know what healthcare is. The new system will only make the
overly used current system more of a priority. Based on every known statistic,
that current system isn't making us a very health country. But that's next week.
Onto this week...
For instance, I was just watching a drug commercial for a new medicinal
supplement to anti-depressants. The ad began with an important statement, noting
that two out of every three people taking anti-depressants are still depressed.
THIS medication, however, will get the job done, according to the ad. How it
works is this: you take the new pill with the other pill that isn't working. I
realize that this might seem like more of the same skepticism that 'ol Dr. Chad
constantly throws your way, but I honestly think that the commercial proves a
point about how over medicated our society truly is. When we have to take
multiple medications because one medication that was supposed to be the be-all
didn't get the job done, we take them in combination with each other. There are
already a lot of side effects with the one medication...now we're adding another
pill with all of its accompanying side effects. It's a VICIOUS CYCLE.
So, I want to give you the opportunity to go out and explore this a little bit
further. The following website lists the side effects for over 5000 drugs. Check
it out. See what some of the popular medications you see on TV could also be
doing to people. The difference between checking out the side effects on this
website and the TV commercial that gives out the disclaimer is that there won't
be any misleading actors dancing around in the fields with cute little puppies
frolicking on a beautiful, sunny day.
Condition of the Week: Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a disorder that affects as many as 1 in 3 women and 1 in 12 men
in the United States. It occurs when the body's bone mineral density decreases
to 2.5 times less than what is considered normal. Many things factor into the
cause of osteoporosis, including overuse of medications, poor lifestyle choices
(drinking too much, smoking cigarettes, over consumption of soft drinks), and
chronic disorders of other kinds.
All that aside, one of the most commonly understood things about osteoporosis is
that once your bones become less dense, they become more vulnerable to fracture.
With women in particular, hip fractures become more of an issue. And here's the
deal...you won't find a competent soul on the planet that will tell you that
osteoporosis is not PREVENTABLE.
So, there are three things that you can do to prevent osteoporosis, and they are
the same three things that account for your best chances at maximizing your
health potential. First things first is we need to get your body functioning at
or near 100%. Simple steps to get adequate or better exercise and nutrition will
follow, but to receive maximum benefit from eating right and exercising your
body must function at its optimum level. If your body isn't functioning
properly, how can the body properly process the better foods you are eating?
Build up muscle and strength properly from the exercise? It can't...
www.atlas4wellness.com will tell you what you need to know about getting your
body functioning properly...
From there, here are a few hints for further prevention:
-Get out in the sun (in moderation). The sun is the best source we have for
vitamin D (which is made upon sunlight's contact with the skin). Vitamin D
builds strong bones.
-Eat pineapples, oranges, carrots, and bananas, which are rich in vitamin C.
Vitamin C aids in transporting vitamin D throughout the body. Other fruits like
strawberries, tomatoes, blueberries, grapes, watermelon, etc. and green leafy
vegetables like broccoli and cabbage all contain essential vitamins and
anti-oxidants that are proven to help ward off potential diseases before they
ever become issues.
-Walk 5 times a week for 30 minutes (you can do this on your lunch break at
work); or lift weights 3 times a week for 3 minutes; or do intensive running or
team sports 2 times a week for 45-minutes. Stay active!!!