This is the everything-you-need-to-know-to-be-as-healthy-as-possible newsletter, brought to you by Kristy Russ, pharmacist and health consultant. I have over 20 years experience in helping people improve their health.
I help people get healthy, and more importantly, stay that way so they're not miserable and just slowly dying for the last 20 years of their lives, which IS the "norm" today.
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I've been talking to a LOT of people about their health issues for the last 3 weeks and I've noticed that I'm hearing (and saying) the same thing over and over again.
People know they need to make changes to feel better and to prevent future problems, but for some reason they're just not doing it (or even willing to do it).
It's human nature to procrastinate and to resist change. Unfortunately, when it comes to your health, you just can't do that without serious consequences.
I knew I had written an article about just this situation so I went looking for it because it obviously needs repeating... It turns out it was in relation to a pharmacy political situation that was going on at the time, so it's a little dated, but the principles are still spot on. (P.S. I'm happy to report that most pharmacists stepped up to do what was necessary, but sadly still not to the extent that it should be)
Your Health Won't Wait...
For the last few weeks, I have been dedicating myself to saving the pharmacy profession here in Alberta. A few weeks ago, our provincial government announced its new budget, which included drastic cuts to pharmacy. So drastic that it's a certainty that many stores will be forced to close, jobs will be lost and patient care will definitely be gone.
As I was thinking on a topic for this e-zine, I realized the similarities between our situation and people's relationship with their health.
Allow me to illustrate:
For many years, pharmacists have enjoyed a comfortable living doing what they have "always done" with few setbacks.
- The same way you spent your youth doing whatever you like, eating whatever you want with little consequence.
For the last 20 years, pharmacists have known that they've needed to change the way they practice and start utilizing our extensive training for superior
patient care. Most do this sometimes, but spend the majority of time just dispensing because it's easier to just keep doing what you're used to.
- The same way you know that you should eat better, exercise regularly, lose weight, quit smoking, etc ..... You attempt it once in a while, but you still pretty much keep doing what you've always been doing because it's easier and you like it that way and you really have no reason not to.
In the last 10 years, pharmacy has just absorbed the cuts that government has imposed. Sure, everybody complains but there is never any actual resistance. We just make a few adjustments at the time and then carry on as before.
- The same way you start feeling a few of the aches & pains that generally start in middle age, or you start getting sick a bit more often, or you even have something major like a heart attack. You do what you need to get over that particular situation-
medication, surgery, rest, etc. Then once you feel better everything goes back to normal, despite the fact that you know that changing things would probably prevent it from happening again.
These latest cuts to pharmacy, however, are so huge that we can't possibly ignore them and pharmacists are finally standing up to the government. If we had stood up to them in the past AND changed the way we practice earlier, we would probably not be in this dire situation. Time will tell if our actions are too little too late.
- The same way you may end up with a disease diagnosis that will forever change your future, like cancer or diabetes. You will be forced to deal with it or suffer fatal consequences. You will have to change your life at that point just to survive and chances are that your life will be shortened because you waited too long. And will you go back to your old ways after the initial crisis
is over? Many people do...
Pharmacists knew this would eventually happen- it was just a matter of when. You also know the writing on the wall for your health- it's the norm for you to slowly die for the last 20 years of your life.
Okay, enough with the gloom. I prefer to be positive, but I feel that sometimes it helps to have it spelled right out for you. I hope my analogy makes sense to all you non-pharmacists out there (really, you could substitue any profession in there I bet and still relate).
Here's why I'm telling you this: YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR HEALTH DESTINY!
Stop procrastinating and start doing the things you know you need to do TODAY!:
- Drink lots of water every day
- Eat nutritious, low glycemic foods
- Stop eating processed foods
- Eat 5-10 servings of veggies & fruit everyday
- Take a high quality supplement that also has lots of antioxidants
- Increase your fiber intake
- Exercise regularly
- Lose that extra weight
- Quit smoking
- Get enough sleep
None of this is hard at all, it's just a matter of making it a priority. Change IS difficult, but it's so worth it when it comes to your health.
If you aren't sure what it is you need to do and need some guidance, I'm happy to give you some tips and strategies. I have a small amount of spots available for a complimentary one-on-one health consultation if you'd like some advice. Click here to book an appointment. Once the spots are gone, that's it, so don't procrastinate about this either ;-)
Another Grateful Customer...
"I found your program extremely easy to do and can easily see carrying on the principles for a lifetime. I was terrible for not eating breakfast and now I never skip it. I know exactly what I'm having and how long it takes to get ready. Even lunch at work is easy.
I liked that the information is grouped so that you aren't thrown too much at once. I feel I was able to retain more of the information that way. There is an awful lot of research that goes into her programs.
Because I am feeling so much better, I can’t see ever wanting to go back to my old ways."
Because Laughter Really IS Good Medicine...
Veteran Pillsbury spokesman, Pop N. Fresh, died yesterday of a severe yeast infection. He was 71.
Fresh was buried in one of the largest funeral ceremonies in recent years. Dozens of celebrities turned out, including Mrs. Butterworth, The California Raisins, Hungry Jack, Betty Crocker, and The Hostess Twinkies.
The graveside was piled high with flours as long-time friend Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy, describing Fresh as a man who "never knew how much he was kneaded." Fresh rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with many turnovers.
He was not considered a very smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes. Still, even as a crusty old man, he was a roll model for millions.
Fresh is survived by his second wife. They have two children and one in the oven. The funeral was held at 4:50 for about 20 minutes.