Let’s talk Preventative Health Care

 

With the amazing advances we have seen in Western Medicine over the past several decades, you would assume that we, as a Nation are getting healthier, thriving, living vibrant, long, energetic lives.

But is this actually the case?

Well, when you consider that the top causes of death in Australia are considered ‘lifestyle diseases’, you wouldn’t be crazy for wondering what’s going wrong?

The advances in Medicine, have resulted in better technology, improved procedures, access to more medicine, & a greater understanding of how to save us when tragedy strikes

Thank you to the Ambos, Surgeons, Drs & Nurses who do this amazing work

Your chances of surviving motor accidents, falls, genetic disorders, complicated labours & tragic events are far greater than they were decades ago, thanks to these everyday heroes.

But evidently, these are not the things killing the majority of us.

Heart Disease,  Stroke & Lung cancer are.

And the conditions commonly contributing to our day to day suffering include Diabetes, stress disorders, anxiety, back pain, & chronic headaches to name a few.

So why is it that we KNOW that healthy eating, regular movement and stress management are the KEYS to avoiding these “lifestyle conditions” but yet we are still dying from the affects of not doing this?

Have we just become so lazy that we assume our Drs can clean up our mess & perform life saving heart surgery when we get to that point? Or offer us chemotherapy when our lungs are full of cancer after we have continued to smoke our 1 pack a day?

It might sound harsh, but I’m calling bull-shit on this mentality.

  • What if we started caring for ourselves, listening to our bodies and prioritising our health before we hit that point?
  • What if we took ownership of our health and paid attention to our bodies?
  • What if we listened to our symptoms & questioned them long before it’s a real problem?
  • What if we then left these heroes open to work with the tragedies, the rare, the unavoidable?

The look in someone’s eyes when they have been delivered life-changing health news & the fear and dread that comes with “what’s next” is somewhere you don’t want to be and for many of us, we can avoid that!

So what is YOUR body telling you?

Are you always tired? In pain? Trouble sleeping? Anxious? Stressed? Suffer from headaches? Are you overweight?

Do you have terrible, painful, irregular periods every month? Please don’t wait until you want to fall pregnant to question what’s happening? Investigate it now! You get a cycle a month, for often MANY years before you decide it’s time to conceive, if it’s crap, look at it now!

The opportunity to seek IVF when you can’t fall pregnant is amazing for so many parents-to-be & we are so fortunate to be where we are medically with this, but don’t assume it’s a back up, look at your cycle NOW.

Preventative health care is where it’s at & there are many wonderful modalities you can seek out to support you. Our Western Medicine is wonderful to help save us, your job is to avoid needing saving.

If your health care practitioner tells you a symptom affecting you is ‘normal’ or ‘nothing’ it is YOUR JOB to find someone to help you with it. Many of the Eastern Medicine disciplines have more answers for symptoms and preventative care than our Western Medicine does.

And that is why I will always be a follower of BOTH equally and for different times and different reasons.

If I lose a limb, please call me a ambo and give me morphine! But if my period is totally irregular, I’ll be heading to my acupuncturist, Naturopath or Kinesiologist because they have a different method to work with this.

Look at your diet, find ways to reduce & manage stress, move your body, get some rest, find someone who can help you understand your symptoms and make changes NOW.

So many of us don’t realise how good our bodies are meant to feel

The power is with YOU. Please use it.

 

 

 

One thought on “Let’s talk Preventative Health Care”

  1. Good advice Beth! Sometimes I think it’s the opposite of being lazy. It’s working so hard and putting everyone before yourself that leads to fatigue, stress, weight gain, lack of exercise. And add an injury into the mix and you’re put back even further! I’m hoping after an 8 week back injury, horrendous stomach bug, and coordinating a major school fundraiser, to get back on track this week with looking after my own health!

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