Health is a state-of-mind for which feeling good is the best barometer. However, just as much as a doctor’s diagnoses of an unexpected disease can change all that in a split-second, we need to have a built-in power source from which we can bounce back to restore homeostasis.
We live in a time when so much information, so many resources, such abundant food choices, and a plethora of treatment options are available to us that one has to wonder why, as a people we seem so… may I say… ignorant. One option could be that technology and information has grown exponentially whereas we humans develop gradually. It takes time to move humans forward; it requires effort to inspire a mind to give up comfortable but dysfunctional routines and ingrained, familial principles.
Our immune system is also a barometer, constantly on the alert, fighting off invaders (parasites, viruses, bacteria, mold, environmental allergens), weaving us through the obstacles that physical and emotional challenges in life present to us.
Anyone could benefit from doing an annual blood test, just to check on mineral levels, endocrine function, hormones, and overall quality of the different blood components. This test could even indicate if we have an autoimmune disorder, whereby specific antibodies produced by the immune system are somehow attacking different parts of our body. Keep a copy of this test, combined with notes, in a safe place. You can do more research on the results, and compare the different years for potential changes. Two problems, though, are the misinterpretation by doctors of certain numbers; and misdiagnosing of other tests resulting in false positives and false negatives. An example of the former is the many undiagnosed cases of thyroid problems, often causing over-prescription of the wrong drugs, as well as daily misery by you, the patient. The latter often happens in cancer diagnoses, especially with mammograms.
Knowing more about your health will take the guesswork out of it. Using this information may help you to get focused on the true problem areas. You may be feeling good now, but annual blood-test results may indicate an up-and-coming issue, and by becoming pro-active this may be avoided or resolved.
Having the right physician as a health-coach is also highly recommended. Seeing them once or twice a month (as I have done for over two-and-a half years), checking certain parameters, setting goals, and doing your homework, can be very motivating to do things right. For me, it has been a trigger to stay focused daily. And for the record, my physician is a mentor - not an authority figure.