Health doesn’t come in a bottle or a pill or an injection. Health comes from taking 100% responsibility and committed daily action towards looking after your mind, body and spirit.
I have been paying attention. And when I look around, I see a lot of sick people. And I see humans who want instant gratification. We want the fast track. The easiest and quickest method of managing anything especially if it means we won’t need to change our habits or behaviours.
We want to pop a pill to calm our anxiety instead of committing to mindfulness and healing and truly understanding where our trauma comes from.
We want to eat foods that damage our immune system and then get a ‘free’ vaccine for measles hoping we won’t get sick. We want to drink alcohol at night and drink a Red Bull the following morning to deal with the repercussions.
We ‘don’t have time’ to cook from scratch in our homes or grow our own food because work is more important. Its faster and easier to buy convenience foods from a supermarket grown in factory farm depleted soils and wrapped in plastic and packed with preservatives to give it a stable shelf life.
We allow our children to consume food and drinks that contain flavourings, preservatives and colours known to cause hyperactivity, aggression, insomnia, skin rashes etc, and then get frustrated when they won’t sleep, fight with their siblings or can’t focus in school. It doesn’t take long before someone drops labels like ADHD or PDA and the doctors start talking Ritalin and other medications.
We eat too much sugar and end up needing to inject ourselves with insulin so that we don’t go into a coma.
We don’t get nearly enough sleep and medicate on the daily with caffeine all the while joking ‘don’t talk to me till I’ve had my coffee’ I mean this shit is all over t-shirts and pyjamas globally.
Period pain? PMSing like a bitch? Don’t bother with looking at your oestrogen levels – that’s what ibuprofen is for.
We are too busy to drink enough water throughout the day, but it’s no problem, we can throw back a couple of Panadol before bed to snuff out that headache.
We chase after professions that create stress and then take pills for high blood pressure so that we can function rather than stepping away from an environment that isn’t healthy for our heart and soul.
We take medications for autoimmune diseases rather than finding the root cause of why our body is attacking itself. It’s much quicker and easier to take thyroid medication than to eat an inflammatory diet sufficient in iodine.
We don’t want to spend time researching where our food comes from or consider whether our bacon came from a tortured pig kept in a stall for most of its life. We don’t want to invest in clean ethical meat because it’s too expensive and yet we all have the latest iPhone and 60+ pairs of shoes in our wardrobe.
When we speak with the doctors about depression, there is no discussion about diet or neurotransmitters or gut health. Out comes the prescription pad as an automatic reflex because “it’s much easier to pop a pill once a day than to change unhealthy habits” right?
We’ve become a race of lazy human beings where convenience is more important than health or the prevention of disease.
This has created a culture where obesity, autoimmune disease and depression is the norm. Its common to have a chuckle over ‘grandads beer belly’ or a hellish hangover when in fact these occurrences should be cause for alarm.
We gladly outsource the responsibility for our health to a medical system even though it is groaning under the magnitude and scope of population it is supposed to service. Wait times are high, funding is low, appointment times are short and as the BMJ recently stated, most doctors are heavily biased by the big dollars spent by pharmaceutical industries to manipulate them.
The medical establishment is far from flawless, and medical errors are a problem in Australia, as they are in other countries. Previous estimates indicate between 2% - 3% of all Australian hospital admissions are medication related. This suggests at least 230,000 admissions annually in this country are medication related with an estimated annual cost of at least $1.2 billion.
Worse yet an Australian study published in 2011 showed many catastrophic healthcare errors were not being reported to authorities. Do we think that has improved in the past decade?
Wellness and vitality is something we can create in our lives by making simple choices every day that serve us. By slowing down and making the unconscious conscious. By saying no to anything which harms us. By taking responsibility for knowing what is going on in our body. By living holistically. By getting information from a range of sources, not only the mainstream medical establishment. There are thousands of years of traditional wisdom in our indigenous tribes and many modern-day healers who exist despite the current day movement to discredit them as witches, quacks and primitive peoples.
Do you know your current vitamin D and zinc levels?
Do you know how to treat the chicken pox naturally at home?
Are you self-medicating with sugar, wine or shopping instead of healing your unresolved trauma?
Do you visit a bakery that sells flour and water and yeast or do you frequent a bakery which sells sugary rolls covered in sugary pink frosting?
Do you read books on how to grow your own food or are you binge watching Married at First Sight?
Can you ‘survive’ your day without a latte?
Are you boosting your immune system through food or are you pinning your hopes on an injection which may help or may harm?
Do you get enough omega 3s?
Do you listen to your body when foods make you feel like crap?
Have you learnt how to make a simple bone broth that will heal your gut?
Are you talking to your children about where food comes from and how it is made?
When you wander that supermarket are you disgusted or exasperated by the contents of most aisles?
These are questions we need to be asking ourselves if we want to take back control of our our health.
Consideration the fact that the preservation of good health is far easier than the cure of the disease. Pay now or pay later. Ignore your health and it will go away.
Your body will be around a lot longer than that nice handbag. If you look after it.
Start where you are, use what you have and do what you can.