It's an exciting time to be involved in the healthcare field.  So many changes are going to be occurring in the near future.  People are simply getting sick and tired of being sick and tired.  In my area of the healthcare community, we see it everyday.  We certainly aren't happy that people with serious conditions aren't responding well to what have become the conventional treatments of drugs and surgery, but we are happy that they'll get the chance to experience something that they'll consider incredible (and that we'll consider natural)...they'll get better on their own...


There was a recent story in the news concerning vitamin D, which is one of the many vitamins produced naturally in the body.  It has plenty of vitally important functions (it's an immune booster, it keeps the bones dense and strong, etc.) just as everything else produced naturally in the body.  To put it frankly, vitamin D is one piece of an enormous puzzle.  The latest buzz around the pediatric community is that industrialized forms of vitamin D need to given to kids and teenagers because they simply aren't getting enough... 


This really isn't a new issue.  Rather, it's now simply being moved into a higher age bracket.  Over the last 100 years, formula milk for babies has become very popular.  Vitamin D deficiency in mothers, among other things, has been the primary reason.  So, a lack of vitamin D for kids isn't exactly a new problem...and the simple answer to the "problem" is just as easy to find no matter which age we're referring to, be it vitamin D for babies, teens, or adults. 


As is often the case in the current "healthcare" model, the wrong questions are asked when people are deficient of something.   


"Hey, Tom, mothers are vitamin D deficient...what are we going to do?"

"Well, let's get to work on something to make sure their kids get vitamin D?" 

"Sweet, when do we get to work on finding the reason why the mother's are vitamin D deficient, then?" 

"We don't!  It's far more important that we ignore that and come up with a formula for the babies." 


Shouldn't we be asking ourselves why these folks are deficient of that something?  If a mom, kid, or baby is vitamin D deficient, do you think that it's normal?  Raise your hand if you think that's normal.  If you have your hand raised, do some research.


We HAVE to start looking internally and stop searching externally for the causes and cures to such simple ailments.  Sure, milk is A source of vitamin D, but it isn't the BEST source.  The best source for you to get vitamin D is, well, YOU.  Why pediatrician's are now calling for double the recommended daily amount of vitamin D be GIVEN to kids and teens, I'm not sure.  Call me crazy, but X amount of milk per day isn't getting the job done, so I can't see how simply doubling the amount of what isn't getting the job done is going to be solve the problem. 


The bottom line is that we can't expect something that we make industrially to be as good as what is produced naturally, according to our own innate processes.  There's a cellular make up to what our body's naturally produce that even the most brilliant scientist can't come close to duplicating.  There's a mechanism of action that occurs for the body to naturally produce vitamin D.  It's a biochemistry thing that annoyingly features words like "isomerize" that still gives me a headache every time I think about them.  BUT, in order for that reaction to take place, the brain must tell the body to do it.  It isn't a special reaction.  By that, I mean that it is no different than any other bodily process.  For it to occur, the brain must be able to tell it to occur.   


So, this road we're traveling down might seem a bit familiar.  When you break down the way that this country thinks about healthcare, eventually we arrive back at the following conclusion: it just doesn't make sense.  Far too much time is spent figuring out how to put a band-aid on the effect rather than the cause. 


I brought this particular topic into the forefront to reinforce an ongoing point I've been trying to make: don't just assume that the established way is the right way.  Do some's certainly out there...


There's another thing I wanted to talk about today.  My fiancée and I were walking our dogs the other day when I was hit like a ton of bricks with a most unpleasant cloud of cigarette smoke.  It hit me, at that moment, that I had never talked about smoking before in one of these newsletters.  Suffice to say that I could spend multiple weeks describing how bad smoking is for your health, I just wanted to point out a few things.  First of all, over 20% of the men and women in this country still smoke the death sticks.  Of that percentage, 70% are 18-24 year olds.  Reader beware that smoking not only affects your lungs.  If you have learned anything from my weekly diatribes, you should now grasp the concept that the body (the ENTIRE body) works in one...there's not a single external thing that we can put into our bodies that will simply affect one part of it. 


Did you know that there are 599 different things that go into one cigarette?  That's nearly six hundred foreign invaders being inhaled into the body.  No wonder chronic coughing, bronchogenic (lung) cancer, and heart disease are killing so many people.  How foolish is it to inhale that much junk into your body? 


I'm not here to bash, though...I'm here to help you crash the cigarette party and offer a few helpful hints to those of you who may smoke or know smokers.  No matter your argument, if you are a smoker, then you are leading an unhealthy lifestyle.  However, quitting smoking is not the first thing that you should do.  Rarely is there a smoker who eats healthily...and contrary to popular belief, smoking is not the number one preventable cause of disease...poor diet, coupled with emotional stress are #1 and #2, respectively.   


People that quit smoking tend to find a new vice to replace their cigarettes.  Most commonly, that new vice is a bunch of unhealthy food.  So, before quitting smoking, the diet must be changed.  It is essential that a person seeking to end their nasty habitual death stick smoking also have a plan to quit and execute that plan.  Stopping cold turkey is a bad idea.  It causes the body to go from one extreme to another.  Allowing the body time to react and adapt is key.  If you stop too fast, you run the risk of plummeting into a depression that further disrupts the body's ability to recuperate.  In fact, one of the number one side effects of cessation of smoking is depression.  Smokers beware...


To give you your "quit smoking guide" in numbered form (my favorite way to have info presented):


1) Make dietary changes to promote a more healthy lifestyle

2) Begin some sort of exercise routine (**this is a healthy new vice**)

3) Come up with a plan to quit and execute that plan


If we can get people to want to stop smoking, that would be great.  It's obviously bad for you, but there's a certain hubris exhibited by younger people that makes them feel untouchable.  They don't think about future consequences.  So, in the first edition of the "Cheers to you" section of "Weekly Well-Being," I applaud the following...


Cheers to you... Pennsylvania University system...14 of the state's universities sent out a mass email to all of the students banning smoking on the entire campus, including the outdoor areas.  It came without warning and no questions were allowed.  They simply brought the hammer down on smoking and said, "that's it."  Sometimes you have to just take action.  Since the young smokers refuse to quit, Pennsylvania is going to simply make them quit...or at least give them fewer places to apply their deadly habit.  Well done!


Thinking good things for all of you,