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Health, is it worth the Journey?
By Dr. Brian Blower, DC
Sep 3, 2011 - 10:57:07 AM

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On our earth of billions not one of us is too healthy. In fact not one out of all of the billions is even healthy. To be healthy, we would have to have everything, all of our parts, working to capacity all of the time. If this were true, that some of us were healthy, then those people would not age, not break down nor eventually die. It just doesn’t happen and no one can claim that they are truly healthy.

Nor should anyone claim to be the master of health. Not while we are living this lifetime. Being a master of health would involve an impeccable track record of lifestyle, the ability to identify and sidestep all aspects of stress and we have seen that there are too many stressors to successfully avoid.

So we “roll with the punches” and try to do what is best-and-right for our parts, pieces and systems. Pretty clinical perhaps but if we don’t take the time and make the effort to understand “what we are, and where we came from, along with how we got here, then what we are doing, and why we do it, and also how we do it” then health and longevity is a crapshoot.

Our time has come. It is time to harness our evolved “Big Brain” and work it to save us. We will be the first to break out and with the use of wisdom and intellect, construct and create a way of living that will constantly yield better present time consciousness, a more symptom free body and the ongoing stamina necessary for more of us to be healthy leading us to longevity.

The health trail is a journey, for life, for a lifetime. Stopping on the trail in the wild halts progress towards a goal. We may schedule a stop and still be on time or in phase of our journey but we cannot stop and dawdle if we are on a schedule. And in life we are on an ongoing schedule, like it or not.

Our time here on earth is metered and monitored from conception to cremation. We have a guesstimate of how long we may live and that is usually related to the length of our parents lives and our grandparents too, related to our genetic code. Most meet the expectation and even better it by a small amount. For some of us our lifespan is relatively short. For others the same time frame may seem like quite enough. For those that really work hard at their health goals there usually are some good returns yielded in longevity and physical and mental capacities too.

Being in a healthy position and condition is like gold in the bank. You are assured of enjoying the most beautiful and abundant planet known to man. With the freedom of health we may get around the Garden and take from it whatever is necessary to continue our fruitful existence.

Without health we wither and die prematurely. We have all chuckled at the phrase, “If I’d have known I would live so long I would have taken better care of myself.” True words for most of us. Accidents, illnesses, genetics and just plain chance govern the time of our lives. If we start to protect ourselves early in life our chances of longevity increase. But there is always a great place to start and that is now. Whatever you are doing at the moment is just the perfect place and time to begin to control and convert your health potential.

Being unique we are the only one on this planet that is exactly like we are. Our potential to be healthy is unique to us too. With the right intervention we have learned that there may be great extension to our lifespan. Extension like from eradication of disease through cleanliness, and timely and necessary surgical procedures, add the wonder drugs, then the abolition of addictions, and safe sexual encounters, and defensive safe driving and road savvy and many other practices reduce premature death.

Diet and lifestyle can make a huge difference in your health potential too. We have a responsibility to ourselves, our loved ones and our communities to stay healthy. Our savvy of the health trail comes in here.

If we are an expert on the health trail others will notice and wish to council. That speaks a whole lot about how this topic of health is so misunderstood and taken for granted. So many misconceptions about health abound. Now that we have an idea of what health is and a few thoughts on how to get good at keeping and promoting it, it’s time to put them into practice.

Is it worth it to pursue health and forego the old habits and “tasty” pleasures? Sure it is. It has been said that you can’t replace a habit unless it is by another habit. Good habits and bad habits abound. We learn from our parents and peers and teach our children through the same intimate methods. Apples don’t fall far from the tree.

If we see error in our ongoing habits and lifestyle then look to our children and loved ones and ask, “Can I change myself and encourage them to change for the better too?” What other more important purpose could we have in life? Remember we get our wisdom through experience.

Shopping and selecting better foods and then preparing and experiencing new and successful alternative preparations is fun and interesting too.

Soon you will know the difference and have faith in our safe, reliable, nutritious and satisfying health providing diet. Our better choice of snack foods will satisfy blood cravings. Meals will satisfy too and promote healing and elimination of toxicity and stress. Imagine being less stressed and at the same time being among others that are less stressed too. All for the price of gaining experience and acting upon our own wisdom.

And it is wise to get more for less money. More nutritiously dense foods for the dollar goes a long way in satisfying our psyche. If we are taking home only the best foods we can find for the money and availability there will be good food in the fridge and cupboards when needed. That is our job, only good food all of the time. As we get better at tracking down our groceries, it becomes “only great food all of the time.” Then we are truly on our way in becoming masters on the trail of health.

I can remember when I was young and my sister married, leaving my brothers and I as the remaining siblings. My mother had returned to work and someone had to begin the preparation of the evening meal. I took on the challenge and was given incentive by a small weekly stipend.

Arriving home from school I would clean up the kitchen and vacuum the main floor. Then it was time to “put on the potatoes.” In those days it seemed like we had potatoes daily and built the rest of the meal around them. Mom would have the foods in the fridge and I would begin the preparation as I could till she got home.

Man could we kill those vegetables back in the 50’s and 60‘s. Everything was overcooked and kind of looked the same when it was served. Not knowing any better we were as happy as could be just to get food in our tummies.

Off to college to find that I had a bit of a foothold over most of the other guys there. Having been given an early start on food prep working in the family kitchen our meals off campus were a bit of an experience, but soon got to be better and better. Even on the paltry budget I had, good food could be found in the supermarkets and I remember using the “basket technique” of shopping way back in the 70s.

Necessity is the mother of invention. We all had needs for nutritious foods as students and the cafeteria served up a fair lunch but cost money and taking a lunch along with us helped the budget and reduced waste at home. Frugal one might say for our route to and from college did not pass any fast food places or wannabe restaurants.

At the time some of us felt left out because of the lack of amenities but in retrospect it was a blessing. New and unusual foods were sought out and tried for variety and some of them were surprisingly successful.

A few of the offshore students introduced ethnic foods and we joked and cajoled a lot when noses were turned up at them. In the end all of us benefited from the experience and that led to wisdom when it came to food shopping and preparation. At the time I’m sure none of us knew how important these early lessons would become.

Was it worth the journey? Yes, it was, and I would gladly go back in time and be that novice again. Experiencing new and bountiful occasions are “eureka moments” along the trial of life and health. Trying out something different and finding it to be pleasing and convenient, as well as healthy and easily available, adds impact to your survival arsenal.

Foods do not have to be bludgeoned with overriding spices and flavors to pass the test of the senses. Keep it simple, use salt in moderation but it is necessary still, just like it has always been to our species. Go to the high end supermarkets like “Whole Foods” and get Celtic Sea Salt. The greyer and courser the salt, the better for flavor. This salt from France is loaded with minerals that greatly support the adrenal glands, our stress combating organs.

Apparently the minerals in this salt originate on their journey to France from the melting cold waters of Antarctica. As the currents drag the heavier colder and more dense waters north, there is infusion of the trace minerals from deep along the Atlantic trench.

The deep waters surface on the European continent and are harvested there. Yes, this salt will be more expensive but a little will go such a long way it is worth it. Historically salt has had more value to human health and enjoyment than gold. There is still truth in the saying, ”Worth it’s weight in salt.” and we all have heard the “ add a pinch of salt” phrase to soothe or correct something. Good salt, like good food, does go a long way.

Big Brain it here, “Do you think that commercial food preparations would contain this nutritious high priced Celtic salt?” Do you think that these same pre-prepared commercial food-like-materials, presented to us in their packages and flavor added forms, would be made of the highest grade of nutritious oils and proteins? What are we doing buying into them? It’s like giving in and paying more for the lowest grade of fuel for our highest powered engines and machinery. Why do you think there is illness and injury when we attempt to perform work with poor grade sub standard body fuels?

And all over the continents of the world our species is devouring poor grade groceries; poor grade, low yielding, pathetic excuses for human fuel. And we let our health slide and our voices of desire for its return rise. All of us are suffering from a sliding state of wellness. We are reflecting poor health from a failure to thrive. Can we not get the big idea that we are the victims of our own misconceptions of what a healthy trail of life is?

Let’s behave in a survivalist manner. Most of us know from our experiences flying commercially that if there is a crisis and the oxygen masks drop we are to put on our own first. Prepared in this way we are assured of our self preservation which will better the chances for our dependants to be helped too.

Well my friends, there is a crisis in health and the masks have dropped.

About the author: Dr. Brian Blower has been a licensed chiropractor for 35 years practicing Applied Kinesiology and has been in private practice on Grand Bahama Island for the past 10 years. He is a founding member of Applied Kinesiology Canada and was educated at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. He has treated many celebrities and also specializes in sports medicine.  Dr Blower is currently in practice at the Family Wellness Center across from the Rand Hospital, Freeport. He can be reached at 242-351-5424 or 727-2454 .  You can also find Dr. Blower on Facebook HERE

Feel free to contact Dr. Blower with any of your questions or comments at BodyByBlower@yahoo.com

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