I am always amazed at the new-and-improved science that’s discovered on a daily basis. Treatments, drugs, genetic makeup of disease…it is incredible what we can accomplish. I have a huge respect for science and the amazing breakthroughs in the medical field.

As a science-minded person, I often have a hard time correlating how I feel about science, medicine, and holistic health. I believe that science has improved our quality of life dramatically. But it has also become such a band-aid for us patients. High blood pressure? We have a medicine to fix that. Fever? That too. Asthma? Yup. Pain? Oh, yes.

Are you relying on medicines rather than natural health?
Are you relying on medicines rather than natural health?

But so many of these meds are just a quick fix for an underlying problem. We take our health (and our medical system) for granted. We have begun to rely on medicine to “fix” us, when all we are doing is masking and ignoring our poor health choices. And so the cycle of poor health can never break.

Since my diagnosis of melanoma in April, I have decided to break my own poor health cycle; I have taken up researching as much about holistic health as possible. I’m taking responsibility for my poor health choices in the past and changing my life. I don’t trust the medicines available to “fix” me by themselves, even though I worked in healthcare my whole career. I want to take responsibility for my health…partly because I trust myself more than I trust the system, and partly because I know my body better than anyone else.

I’ve seen how the system works, people! Do you think that a 20 minute conversation with a doctor allows for them to REALLY figure out the problem? Do you think that a heart attack just “happens” to someone in perfect health? Do you think the health care system, run through lobby groups, private insurance companies, and hospital systems making millions of dollars a year, REALLY care about your health? No – absolutely not!! No doctor, no system, NO ONE truly cares about your health but you and your family. So much of our poor health is self-directed and self-inflicted. Lifestyle choices on a daily basis add up to a lifetime of choices before we know it. So if not now, when?

I’ve decided not to rely solely on modern medicine to cure my cancer. No doctor knows my body the way that I do, even with all the technology available. There are so many resources out there on how to improve your health and your life, and we shouldn’t wait until a real problem occurs for us to take action. The

I’m taking responsibility for my health. I hope I’ve inspired you to do the same. Really…What are you waiting for?

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