No Magic Bullets

From your doctor to the media to your family, our society aggressively pushes us toward taking pills and easy cure medicine
whenever we are not feeling well

Stop. Think. Drug companies are not out to save the world. They are businesses, and businesses operate to make money.
Many doctors end up paying attention to the marketing messages about drugs rather than the reasons you got sick in the first place.

Some drugs are not helpful. Some are just downright dangerous, with the potential side effects
far outweighing the potential benefits. And in some situations, we have seen rampant prescription drug abuse and dependence.

While many drugs can be valuable and necessary, they do have proven side effects and unknown risks. Any time you take a drug,
you are potentially endangering yourself.

There is no magic bullet that instantly, harmlessly cures any illness you might have.

We are not saying you should dump all your meds and refuse new prescriptions. But do not choose them casually.
Look for alternative ways to get the health outcomes you need.

If you are going to take a new medicine, please, please, please ask your doctors about the interaction of your family history and your genetics.
It could be that the science warrants a different treatment.

Yes, it is going to force your doctors to be sure they are on top of the risks and benefits of the drug choice. But they should be.
That is what they are there for.

Remember, your doctors, the drug company, and even the government do not care about your health like you do.

Try these three common sense things to stay in good health:

Move your body:

Exercise strengthens your heart and other muscles. It allows your heart to pump out more blood with each beat,
therefore allowing it to beat slower and maintain a good blood-pressure range.

Regular exercise optimizes your muscles by allowing them to pull oxygen from your blood more efficiently.
As the need for oxygen increases, exercise even allows you to grow more blood vessels.
This makes oxygen more readily available and also expands the networks of passage through which blood may travel through your body.

Do this. Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week. It does not have to be difficult stuff. Take a 30 minute walk every day.

Eat more of your vegetables and less of the white killers:

White flour, white potatoes, and white sugar are refined carbohydrates.
They can harm your heart because the processing of these foods removes the healthy elements
that you get from eating whole grains. The processing also destroys the natural structure of food and as a result,
the food spikes your blood sugar much higher than their less processed versions.

Processing often adds harmful ingredients into these foods – like high-fructose corn syrup.

Eating non-starchy vegetables on a regular basis can lower your blood pressure, prevent blood sugar spikes,
and lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.

Eating a variety of vegetable types and colors will ensure your body will get the combination of nutrients it needs.

Slow down regularly:

Close your eyes rest primes our bodies to digest rather than to fight. During fight, our blood pressures and heart rates accelerate
ready to respond to some perceived threat. By taking us out of this state, rest effectively lowers our blood pressure and heart rates.
Rest helps mental health as well as physical. Rest does not have to last long to be effective.

Take control of your health.
Do not rely on drugs to do it for you.
There is power in navigating your own health outcomes.
Make use of that power. It is yours for the taking.