Prevention IS the Magic Pill

As you get older, you realize that you are not invincible, and that quality of life matters. And the factors that influence it fall under two different categories: that which you can control, and that which you cannot.

You cannot control genetics. When sperm met ovum and cellular division began, your genetic makeup began to take shape, and short of being bitten by a radioactive spider, there is nothing you can do to change it. You may have your father’s legs, your mother’s nose, and maybe you have grandpa’s predisposition to high cholesterol.

What you CAN control is everything else. Truly. Prevention is like giving you a time machine that rights all the wrongs before they even have a chance to begin. Stop reading. Think about it. Are you ready to dive into the rabbit hole with me? Okay. Let’s go.

Have you ever wished that somehow, you could go back in time and change the events that shaped you? Look at old photos of yourself. Hindsight is a gift. As many a Hollywood movie or tv series has posited, you could change the course of your life.

What if I told you that there was a place that could help you make better decisions in regards to your health that would allow you to lead the life you’ve always dreamed about, without needing a time machine?

One of the most important determinants of health is education. Through education, you live longer. Why? Because you are able to make informed choices regarding the trajectory of your health. It is not a dictatorship where you are being told what to do. Rather, you are being asked to weigh your options. For example, although the science tells me that I should avoid sugar altogether, I can tell you right now that if you place my mom’s date squares in front of me, I won’t say no. But I will limit myself to one, because I’ve learned that too much sugar increases the inflammation in my body which makes me feel “gleurgh”, but I still need that hit of nostalgia. It’s a balance.

Through education, you get to know the complex machine that is YOUR human body, your “soul vehicle”, and learn how to do regular maintenance on it so that it does NOT suddenly fall apart. You also begin to develop an intuitiveness about the subtleties that may be warning signals that something is amiss. My mom has a keen ear, and she would turn off the volume when we were driving and say, “Do you hear that? That’s a new rattle!”. Imagine if through the process of self-care, self-compassion, and knowledge, you would be able to feel the odd “rattle” and take the necessary steps to prevent further damage. You could intuitively know when it was time to rest, eat more, or consult a medical professional in order to have an informed discussion with them.

Education helps you develop your “health sense”, and that is what fuels a preventative approach to health and wellness, so that you are not faced with a reactive approach.

A reactive approach involves treatment after a condition is discovered. Examples of reactive approaches are medications and surgery, and while helpful to treat the condition, can rarely undo the damage that has been done as a whole. It is kind of like putting Humpty Dumpty back together again: though he is whole, he remains cracked.

The following expression is not mine, though they are words I live by: “If you listen to your body when it whispers, you won’t have to hear when it screams”

You have more control over your life than you think. But with the constant bombardment of “science” on the Internet, it can be hard to know what is truth and what is not. I mean, what IS the deal with coconut oil these days?

Through education, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation, you become empowered to take control to ensure the best quality of life possible, before any damage is done, or to treat a condition while making informed choices. Consider it as putting the odds in your favour.

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