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No Sugar Coating Here….
Someone once told me that you are responsible for what you know. Then who is responsible for what you don’t know? As I researched for Pre-Diabetes, Get out of the Box article, I found studies dating back to 1976 on the relationship between CoQ10 status and glycemic control. Whoa, say what? Other abstracts pointed out some statin takers went on to develop diabetes. How transparent does the evidence have to be? It’s well known that statins block CoQ10! How many people put on statins were advised of that risk factor, especially since you need CoQ10 for muscle energy? Isn’t the heart the most important muscle in your body? While I try to be responsible for my health, I still depend on the medical experts to “take care” of me. Yet the American model of medical care is so frustrating because it operates on a sick system rather than a preventative one.
Just once can we skip the sugar coating and tell it like it is? Continue reading
There’s something wonderfully comforting about knowing what comes next. The feel of your favorite chair as you relax and unwind. The smell of morning coffee. That familiar smile of a friend. A fresh, tart bite of a Granny Smith apple. Or the soft flow of notes in a sweet song. Touch. Smell. Sight. Taste. Sound. Life according to you. But what happens when, in a single moment or series of moments, life as you know it suddenly changes?
Your first impulse is resistance. Even good change pushes us outside our routine, beyond our “control zone”. New can be exhilarating. However, if that something new is negative, it feels more like a roller coaster ride of unexpected twists and turns, chugging to the top and cascading to the bottom. You know – the scary parts where your stomach caves in and your breath gets sucked away. You just want the ride to end! The last thing you need? Someone telling you to just embrace the change and go with the flow until “normal” comes around again. What if it doesn’t?
Seize the challenge! Adopt the attitude of sage psychologist and writer William James who blatantly dares us “To change one’s life: 1. Start immediately. 2. Do it flamboyantly. 3. No exceptions.” Not simply flowing but doing. In other words, just go boldly forward!
Look, even the definition of change is characterized as dynamic. To move, to take, to transform from one thing to another. The act of becoming different. Interestingly, change also means to lay aside, abandon or leave one thing for another. Sometimes you have to shake off the old “comfortable” and let your senses be tested. Reintroduce yourself to life! A funny thing happens when you press on and take that leap of faith. You find resilience, an ableness to persevere, new friends that grace your journey and a gratitude for the “you” that still remains. You conquer the roller coaster, raise up your arms and scream in victory.
What does being courageous take? Through the years, Health Points has published a series of reader stories. You’ll find them online in our TyH Health Library. In these stories, you’ll encounter people who had that moment of change, some for the worse before the better. But they found the audacity and strength within themselves to be bigger than what was happening to them. They redefined their “normal”. It can happen to you. Who knows? Maybe the next inspiring story you read will be your own.
Most of our readers know I am not one to make new year’s resolutions. I believe you make your life one day at a time, one moment at a time, one decision at a time. But the change of a calendar page is as good a starting point as any, whether it is to a new month or a new year.
Season to season. Winter holds secrets it tells only to spring, passing along a ritual of unfolding that marvels the eye. Bare, dark trees to a bloom of leaves. Will it be a promise of apples? Sweet cherry blossoms? Or simply a nest for a grateful family of birds and a haven for squirrels. Like nature, so too the human spirit goes through its season of change, perhaps from the dark to the light. From broken to healing. New growth beyond its present hibernation. Life’s mystery lying just beneath the cold and the hidden.
I have often been accused of wearing rose colored glasses, a bit on the optimistic side and borderline on ignoring reality. That’s what dreamers do, walk on the sunny side of the street. Maybe it’s because hope is a fragile thing and requires constant reminding that everything is going to be all right.
In the real world, it may not be all right. In the real world, if you don’t know something, it could hurt you. That’s why I am so passionate about knowing all I can about my health and what I can do to change when things need changing. That’s why I want to help others do the same. New research, new tests. Newer therapies. Continue reading