GET WELL, STAY WELL

I must stress here, you must assume the responsibility for your own well-being, your own good health. This is not to say you must, as I did, tell the doctors to take a flying leap, I do not recommend you do that. Mine was  a long, interesting journey and it worked for me. You will have to find out what works for you.

One of the first things you must do is take stock. How do you feel? Are you healthy? Got aches and pains and too many ailments to mention? Actually most people don’t even know what’s it’s like to experience good health. They become accustomed to their aches and pains and  too many ailments to mention. That becomes what one is. In this instance I strongly suggest you do as I do, respond, quickly, to every ache or pain or ailment. If you feel the need to see a doctor, do so; but, today, most of us can’t afford to run to the doctor every time we sneeze or skin our knee, but if you have a headache you can certainly take a moment to wonder why.  Maybe too many glasses of wine? Too many beers? That’s a simple one to solve. If that’s it, suffer. Don’t even think about the hair of the dog, that’s the road to alcoholism and it’s a bumpy, nasty, dangerous road on which you don’t want to travel. Suffer your way through it, live with the dam thing, and, if  you suffer too long and too often, hopefully your good sense will kick in and you’ll decide not to drink so much.  Makes sense, no?

As a voracious reader, I have many shelves of books dedicated to good health-how to get there, what to do if you’re not there-and  many of them have indexes which describe symptoms and what they mean and what one can do to relieve them. Me, I run to LET’S GET WELL by Adelle Davis. Old fashioned?  You betcha. But it got me here. I’ve lived by her number one rule-try nutrition first-for over 40 years.

I think, then, proper nutrition is first and foremost on the list of  things to do when things go wrong. I also have a string of red flags. Dehydration is one. Who want’s to die of that? if it lasts, see a doctor. A broken bone is another. But, for years now-after I learned not to die of every misprint I read-if I have a symptom I go on a health food kick to end all health food kicks. If the symptom last longer than two weeks, I’m off  to a doctor’s office. It’s happened once.

But remember: what keeps me healthy isn’t going be what keeps you healthy and what keeps me healthy can change in the wink of an eye.  You must discover what it is that keeps you healthy and no one can do that for you. Good health is a complicated discipline. Read voraciously. Study, learn and practice what you read. Get well. Stay well.

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