Stop Procrastinating!

I had to give myself a little talking to. I’ve been procrastinating on a few things that are important to me.  This is not about medical issues, but we can all use a little pep talk once in a while to get us off our butts!  So here we go.

I have been wanting get back to a regular workout routine for 2 months. But it still hasn’t happened.  Maybe I’ll just wait until New Year 2019 and make this my “New Year’s Resolution”.  “But wait,” a little voice in my head said: “how did this work out for you last year? And the year before?  Thought so”.  And this voice continued:    Continue reading “Stop Procrastinating!”

Why You Need to Focus on the 4 Foundations of Health

Being healthy is not only to the absence of disease, but the ability to recover and bounce back from illness and other problem.  Health can be defined as physical, mental, and social wellbeing, and as a resource for living a full life (from WHO).

How many of us can recover and bounce back from illnesses? And how many of us are living a Full Life?  Are we healthy?

I’ve started asking all my patients with chronic diseases: how are you doing or feeling with food, exercise, sleep, and stress?  9 out of 10 patients say that they are not doing well on at least one our the four areas.

Many people assume that with prescription medications, one can continue with poor lifestyle choices and these medications will keep things “normal”. But without a healthy lifestyle, health will continue to deteriorate even with medications. This is the reason we keep seeing patients with increased dosage or going on additional medication to keep their health markers (such as blood pressure and blood sugar) in check.

Eat healthy. Move frequently. Sleep well.  Is health really that simple? Continue reading “Why You Need to Focus on the 4 Foundations of Health”