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 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 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... 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!!!