Taking Ownership of Your Health
How much have you thought about yourself and your health?
About your health as an investment in you, about your choices? About how your body is your greatest asset?
I sure didn’t
If you are not healthy, you can not help anyone! Not yourself, your children, the significant others in your life.
If you are sick, it affects your income, and money is now being spent on medications to treat symptoms, tests to find out what’s going on, procedures to help you gain control of your health and body again.
What if all of this can be prevented with Education, Knowledge, and Action Plan
Having lived all of this for a year now, I get how important it was and still is to take care of me.
We feel it is selfish as a parent to put ourselves first, But if we don’t, who will? If we are sick and cannot take care of ourselves, who will care for our kids when we can’t.
I did not ask myself this question, and I was healthy. It never even crossed my mind that I could get sick.
I missed out on a whole year of my life with my daughter to being treated for breast cancer. I never thought I would get breast cancer, and no one in my family has ever had it. I skipped my routine mammogram because I didn’t think it was important, and I would not have to worry about it.
I feel it could have been prevented if I had just stuck with the plan I created for myself when I was in my twenties—watching what I put in my body working out—staying away from processed foods. When I got divorced everything, I had been working on went out the door. I fell off the health wagon. I started drinking tap water, eating out, eating more sugar and processed foods and not cooking at home, not working out. Basically not taking care of me.
I felt like I did not have time or the money, and I just gave up and did what was easy. But I made myself sick. I knew I could not eat that way, yet I did anyway, and it all caught up to me in the form of breast cancer.
It is different for everyone. I learned my lesson, or did I?
I will take you on my journey of what I learned and what I am still learning and share what you can do. Some of this will resonate with you; some may not. I admit I don’t do everything I am sharing, but I have learned this past year. My Breast cancer journey was a costly one. I don’t just mean monetarily. It cost me the time I can not get back. Time with my family, time with my friends, time away from work, canceled vacations, holidays in bed while loved ones took care of me. I lost momentum on what I created to help others with oral health, losing a year of my life to illness.
I feel like I used to be so healthy until I wasn’t
SIMPLE TOOLS AND EXERCISES TO IMPROVE YOUR DAILY HABITS
Connecting the dots Keep an open mind
You are the owner of your body
Repeat after me!
Nobody owns this body but me! I am my most valuable investment!
Basic Needs – Self Care
WHO IS THE OWNER OF YOUR CHOICES?
I AM THE OWNER OF MY CHOICES!
WHO IS TAKING OWNERSHIP OF YOUR CHOICES?
Responsibility is yours! Repeat after me I am taking ownership!
I am making myself accountable for my choices!
Respect – your body
All things are possible if you believe.
Why did I pick owns, owner, and ownership?
Humans need oxygen, food, water, and sleep to survive and thrive.
At least 60% of the adult body is made of water. A human can go without food for about three weeks but would typically only last three to four days without water.
Permanent brain damage begins after only 4 minutes without oxygen, and death can occur as soon as 4 to 6 minutes later.
Who is responsible for your health? You!
Medical advancements are remarkable, to say the least; however, the bigger picture has gotten lost in translation.
Medical advancements have become more about protocols and processes than individuals. Health care promotes equipment advancements, online access, state-of-the-art operation and communication, prescription medications, and specialty referral. The problem is all of that loses the individual in the process. We are still human beings, but we are not being treated that way. I felt I was a number. Why? Because I was handed one. I became #252
The health care system is no longer about individualized health care for the patient. It’s about big business, ensuring your ability to pay, and having enough health insurance to cover reimbursement. It is an impersonal system that moves the patient through as fast as possible. It is a system that treats the symptoms, not the patient as a whole. It’s a system that prescribes medication to treat the symptoms and then prescribes another medication to treat the side effects of the first medication and so on and so on.
Our current healthcare system is not a system that takes our lifestyle, genetics, along with our symptoms and concerns into consideration. The healthcare system we have does not consider the score our body keeps as we continue to put things into our body, i.e., food, medication, environmental absorptions, lack of sleep, stress, etc. until we have a huge negative reaction. It doesn’t consider that our bodies react and respond differently; no two people are alike.
Until we start to experience the constant, unwanted signs and symptoms, most of us don’t pay attention. We continue to ignore the symptoms until they don’t go away and are too uncomfortable and painful to ignore any longer. We go to the doctor, and they only treat the immediate, obvious symptom. Once the worst is past, or we are given a pill, it is assumed we are healed.
I am not mocking the healthcare industry. I am disappointed to see what it has become. I felt alone even though I had an amazing support system, and I could not bring anyone in with me due to covid. So I sat in rooms scared and alone for hours this past year.
We all need health care at some point in our life. I am just pointing out my experience and that it has been very challenging for me to find a doctor that was not dismissive of my symptoms. To find a doctor that understood that I was coming to them for professional advice because of some severe symptoms I was experiencing. To find a doctor that was respectful of the fact that I had been in my body for over 50 years, and I knew how it operated. I know I am super sensitive to certain food and medications. The reactions were often severe and debilitating, so I knew I had to be super vigilant in what I consumed to avoid those reactions at all costs. No one knows my body better than me. I started to think I was crazy; I would give in and do what the dr. I said only to have to deal with months of getting rid of side effects because I did not listen to myself and followed their protocol.
It is always wise to listen to and seek knowledgeable people to help your cause. Yet, at the end of the day, it is you that is ultimately responsible for your own body and health.
You are responsible for your health!
- When you take full responsibility for your health, you will be more likely to find symptom-relieving quick fixes much less attractive.
- When you start asking better questions, you get better answers.
- When you have better answers, you find ways to improve your overall health.
- When your body no longer lacks oxygen, water, proper nutrition, and sleep, your body will provide you with a renewed sense of wellbeing.
- When you know how to recognize the warning signs your body gives you, you will instinctively react to counteract the issues.
- When you accept OWNERSHIP of your healthcare, you will confidently listen to your inner voice, your gut feeling…whatever you choose to call it, it will be yours to present to your health care provider and ask them to assist you in treating the whole you….not just your symptoms.
- When you accept OWNERSHIP for your own healthcare, you will teach your healthcare provider how to treat you.
Join me in the journey and take OWNERSHIP for your health care!
- You will find as you follow me, I am all about the link between your mind, your mouth, gut, and your overall body, and it is all intricately connected to your overall health.
- You will learn how to ask questions that get the answers you need.
- You will be more aware of your surroundings… once you learn to be in tune with your own body and its reactions to food, medication, environmental exposures, and your lifestyle in general.
- You will be more in tune with others. If you have children, you will become more aware of what they are experiencing. You will learn how to listen differently.
- You will be able to confidently develop a health care blueprint for yourself and your family.
- You will become BRAVE enough to listen to your own instincts and claim the health profile you develop for yourself.
- You will accept OWNERSHIP of your own healthcare.
My experience with breast cancer caused me to lose faith in myself and my knowledge of myself. I did not ask good questions, and I will not allow that to happen again. I have my back, and I want to share with you what I have always known throughout my career in healthcare; I am responsible and accountable for my health.
Join me in the journey to take OWNERSHIP of your health care!
Time is very important when an unconscious person is not breathing. Permanent brain damage begins after only 4 minutes without oxygen, and death can occur as soon as 4 to 6 minutes later.
A person can survive without water for about three days.
Three weeks without food
The longest recorded time without sleep is approximately 264 hours or just over 11 consecutive days. Although it’s unclear exactly how long humans can survive without sleep, it isn’t long before the effects of sleep deprivation start to show. After only three or four nights without sleep, you can start to hallucinate
Oxygen, Water, Nutrition, Sleep
I believe health starts with you
Mindset Mouth Nose
Follow me and we will do a deeper dive into each of these. There will be offers along the way of things I use and things that have worked for others. Some of which I am a wellness partner for some I am not. We will learn and grow together. Health is an individual process.
Good health is something we are all searching for. Whether you are aiming to live healthier or keep the good health you have, there are many options available to help you reach your goals. To live a healthier life, many companies, salespeople, neighbors, and health coaches say that you need a healthier diet.
While this is true for most people, it can be difficult to know what you need with all the options and information out there from specialty foods, supplements, vitamins, meal replacements, meal enhancements, pH water, purified water, alkaline water, hydrogen water, and more on the market. This is especially true if you’re constantly on the go, as you need convenient solutions. Before you know it, you’re spending hundreds of dollars a month on diet plans, health coaches, and a range of products that fill your cupboards and empty your bank account — all while you simply hope that they will work.
This is a process it will not be easy but if I can help show you what is available and you gain insight y9ou can make informed choices for you and your family.
I say it all starts in the mouth
We treat our mouth like an isolated part of our body, the truth is if we want to be in the best possible health our mouth and teeth need to focus on our mouth. It is our mouth and nose that are the gateway into our body. If we are not breathing correctly and our mouth has disease we are not as healthy as we think. Our mouth gives us warning signs much like the check engine light in your car, yet we just ignore them. Dental disease is silent, yet it is key to overall health and wellness. Our teeth and our tongue are the strongest parts of our body, and we put them last when we are looking at signs and symptoms.
I think it is time we change that!
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A healthy mouth is a healthy body and a happy, healthy life