Choose Health – Not Everybody Does
Strange as it sounds, not everybody chooses health.
Most people are not excited about learning how to deal with their fatigue, brain fog, lost hair and all the rest. Perhaps they see it as too much effort.
Oh, they want to feel better. No question about that!
But they want a magic bullet, not information.
And many people do whatever their doctor says, whether it works or not. And nowadays, a lot of it doesn’t work. But if the doctor doesn’t say it, they don’t want to hear it.
And no wonder. We’ve been taught we are incapable of doing what it takes to manage our own health.
But if we want to be healthy, we have to rethink this whole business.
Okay, so none of us is thrilled about the idea of digging out of a ditch we never volunteered to get into, but people who choose health reach the point where they realize that taking responsibility for getting out of the ditch is their best option. Probably their only option.
Sure, we’d like a magic pill, and we’d like more help from doctors that we get, but life is what it is. It just needs to be better, thank you very much.
Here’s the tricky part: Everybody is different from everybody else. Where we end up — dealing with thyroid problems, say — may be the same, but we get there in a bazillion different ways.
And recovery is not just a matter of fixing the thyroid, as in this example, but of reversing all the health hiccups that got us to where we are.
Because of a drunk driver, I have a whacked pituitary gland, with that set of symptoms; others took different route to the same mess. Some people are dealing with adrenal fatigue and everything that comes along with that. Some of us don’t have a clue what body parts are involved, just that life is way too lumpy and something good needs to happen.
Doctors – one size fits all
Meanwhile, doctors are taught a one-size-fits-all approach, even though we’re not one-size-fits-all people. Especially when it comes to the endocrine system and its bunch of glands that keep butting into each other’s business.
Our glands constantly chat with each other, ready to jump into action to help any other glands in trouble, and it’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world in there.
Add the fact that the nervous system connects to the endocrine system, and resulting interactions leave “mind boggling” in the dust.
Does that mean once-sick-always-sick? And that hope is a waste of time? No.
While magic bullets, doing what we’re told and quick fixes aren’t on the menu, you can still choose health.
Decide to do whatever it takes to get well. That path takes some effort, but it’s very doable. And it usually takes less time to get out of a ditch than it took to get into it.
Life doesn’t come with guarantees, as you know, but people who work my Moving to Health program (below), reading and applying each week’s information as they go, regain a level of health they thought was lost forever.
Pick and choose health information
Even those who pick-and-choose information smorgasbord-style feel better than when they started out. How much better depends on how much information they were willing to act on.
Let me give you an example. In my early twenties, I was heading for the exit. One of my many problems was low blood sugar, which is often a part of endocrine trouble. My doctor, the only doctor who ever took me seriously, recommended an ultra-low carb diet. Well, since better health was up to me, I pledged allegiance to low-carbs and beat the problem in three months.
A lady I knew got a diagnosis of low blood sugar at about the same time, but her doctor said it was just one of those things. I tried to explain to her what I had learned, but she knew what she knew and wasn’t interested in what I had to say. She continued her health-defeating ways.
I caught up with her some years later. Her life had been one health problem after another-including biggies like major heart disease, cancer and so on. Well, you can’t get uppity and say na, na, na at somebody who’s struggled through years of misery, but it didn’t have to be that way — if she had only decided to fight back.
Choose health. Yes, it’s easier to ride with the tide, but you deserve better.
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.