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Your Money or Your Health?

Let’sbe honest, the choice is not clear-cut or simple. If you have less cash you will survive if you cut back on the latest gadgets, don’t change your car every two years, and reduce the number of foreign holidays you take.

However, when it’s your health at stake, cutting back, changing and reducing will have significant effects for better or worse depending on what it is that you are cutting, changing and reducing.

Without health the rest of your life will be worse, and maybe a lot worse. Aiming for the best of health lays the foundation for a fruitful and profitable life.

There are exceptions to every rule and it is not always possible to achieve consistently positive outcomes. You must be realistic. But, research confirms that small changes to your current lifestyle can cause significant improvement to your health.

Prevention or Cure?

Not much choice here, either. Some experts espouse the prevention route, others the curative pathway. It doesn’t need to be like that. Picking one in favour of the other doesn’t cover all the bases.

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There’s a lot to be said for prevention. You’ll be in better health for longer. Your doctor will forget what you look like. You’ll be able to do the things you want to more often.

Think about it for a moment –

  • Proper balanced diet with judicious top up supplements, and no processed food.
  • Regular exercise at least three times a week.
  • Stress control using relaxation techniques and so on.
  • Restorative sleep up to eight hours a night.
  • Avoiding toxins and limiting negative external influences.
  • Proper work-home balance.

Achieving these ideals is not easy. But if you know how to move towards them, your health will improve.

Prevention is important, but so is finding the right treatment for what ails you. It’s unlikely you will go through life without a health problem of some kind. It could be anything from a cold to life-threatening disease such as cancer.

Treatment becomes the priority. Prevention may limit the severity of symptoms but won’t always prevent the illness. Then you need to focus on how to sort things out.

Conventional or Alternative Therapy?

You don’t need to choose. The Western world has come to favour the conventional system with doctors, surgeons, drugs, radiotherapy and so on. The Eastern countries have used complementary and alternative therapies for centuries – acupuncture, herbs, massage, yoga, etc.

Practitioners in each of these specialities believe their therapy is the best and the others are unsuccessful. That is entirely the wrong way. They choose to ignore the benefits of other therapies. They run down what the others say and do, and see it as competition. All of them have something to offer.

Remember, you are unique. Your genes, temperament, thinking, and beliefs combine to make you different from everyone else. Why is it that we think there is some universal cure that will work for everyone? It stands to reason that no single treatment works for all. Yet, you are surprised that the tablets that helped a colleague did nothing for you.

You should look outside your first treatment choice if it doesn’t work. It really doesn’t matter where you begin – conventional medicine or alternative therapy. Look around to other therapies to see what they have to offer as an alternative or an add-on to your treatment.

There are a great many therapies to treat all kinds of illnesses and it’s a good bet that something will be for you. Get some information on these therapies and talk to a suitable professional. Then you can work out treatment aimed at the optimum outcome.

Education or Information?

You don’t have to choose. Education reminds me of school, college and university where graduation depends of hours of study, writing essays, preparing for exams and so on. It smacks of compulsion and there’s no way you will be forced to learn any more than you want, if you are interested in the subject.

Information gives you the means to shine a light into the darkness of health options. It illuminates the truth, the faults and problems as well as the undoubted benefits. It allows you to see the alternative pathways that might lead to the solution.

It’s important that you make a judgement and ultimately a choice, provided the information is presented as straightforward and clear.

Too often, professionals try to explain something using jargon. Jargon keeps the two sides apart and helps perpetuate the divide. It doesn’t allow you to understand properly or to choose the right thing.

Throughout my years in the pharmaceutical profession, my aim is to banish jargon and major on everyday language. The information you’ll get is clear and easy to understand.

Research or Marketing?

Not another choice. You probably don’t want either. At least research gives an uncluttered view. Doesn’t it? Perhaps.

A major problem in health research is the power wielded by the drug industry. It has vast wealth and its influence permeates through governments and regulatory bodies. It creates bias in reporting. In years gone by such influence appeared to be for the best. Best for the nation’s health. Best for you and me. No more!

The pursuit of profit changes the focus of the drug giants. It’s aim seems to be excluding and even destroying all competition. All to generate even more dollars.

Research, too, is tainted by sponsorship and drug money. Health research is very expensive. Few independent organisations can afford it. So, guess who gives the cash to researchers? The drug companies.

Published research doesn’t tell you who paid for it. How could you know whether the results are biased? Some research doesn’t see the light of day if it shows the drug doesn’t work or has bad side effects.

Options?

Now the choice is very personal. You must look after your own health first and foremost. It’s up to you to decide the next step. Even if you’re not sure of how you can progress towards better health, you owe it to yourself to become better informed.

The hardest part is that along with the duty to look after your health come the consequences of your decision and actions. Do nothing, ignore advice, hope for the best and the consequences include chronic disease and premature death.

Start the process of prevention and joined-up treatment and the consequences include feeling good, limiting illness and living longer while enjoying life to the full. Is there a choice? I don’t think so.