I belong to a few support groups such as the Ulcerative Colitis Chron’s Disease Support Group. Whenever I think that I had issues with my Chron’s Disease, the only thing that I have to do is listen to some of the sad stories in this support group. There are people that end up in the ER, on the brink of death with a bowel obstruction, and must have a foot of their small intestine removed, and that’s how they find out that they have Chron’s Disease. I read stories of people whom have had their entire small intestine removed, are still taking the medications, and are still suffering from Ulcerative Colitis and Chron’s Disease. I hear about people that have to adjust to ileostomy bags or spend several hours getting their IV infusion of biologic drugs such as Remicade and Humira. And in case you didn’t know, if you take Humira injections, a 2 pen set is $5,000! You take the medicine bi-weekly so that’s $5,000 a freaking month! Also, having an IBD puts you in a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation. If your condition remains in a flared state then your risk of colon cancer increases. However, the drugs you take to bring your disease into remission causes cancer because your body loses its ability to fight infection.
Those are just some of the issues associated with IBD’s. Look at some of the issues that come along with other conditions. If you have cancer then it’s several long, drawn out rounds of chemotherapy and radiation treatments that are often times more harmful than the actual disease. Not only is heart disease the #1 killer in America, moreover some of the medications that doctors prescribe for high blood pressure have been linked to a high prevalence of cancer. We have heard of the stories of people losing limbs because of diabetes, having to go through dialysis, or suffer renal failure.
Look, we could honestly go on forever about the many difficulties that come along with various ailments. But with all of these different ailments and complications with these ailments, what do I feel is the common theme among the majority of these people? I would almost guarantee that the majority of these people took their health for granted at some point…including myself.
Look, if we keep it real with ourselves then we can honestly admit that the majority of us have taken our health for granted and we know how the story goes. You go through life eating and drinking whatever you want. You abuse your body and as long as you feel fine, you don’t give a damn. Time goes by, you start to pick up a few pounds and you begin to slowly feel the effects of abusing your body. You go to the doctor, and the doctor says your blood pressure is a little high, or your blood sugar levels are a little elevated. The doctor suggest that you might need to lose a few pounds, change the way that you eat, and exercise more. You strut your ass out of the doctor’s office and make bold proclamations such as “I’m going to eat what I want and be happy”, “I’m going to do what I want because you’re gonna die anyway”, “My grandmother ate like this and she lived 80 years”, “I’m a grown man and nobody tells me what to do”, and etc. etc. etc.
Then one day you begin to suffer from several symptoms and you feel like garbage. You go to the doctor and are forced to go through a series of test and exams. Your doctor informs you that you have some autoimmune disease, cardiovascular condition, diabetes, cancer, or etc. You leave the doctor’s office scared because now you have this future of uncertainty. You start praying and asking other people to pray for you. You start researching your condition and seek manners in which it can be treated. You seek the best medical advice that you can find. You even go to the alter and ask the pastor to lay hands on you.
But hold up, and wait a damn minute!. Just last week you said why should you care because you’re going to die anyway. Just last week you said that you were going to die happy and eat what you want. Just last week you said that you were grown and nobody can tell you what to do. Oh, so now you care about your health. Now, you don’t want to die. Now, you want for the doctors and nurses to care more about your health than you obviously did. I guess the reality of being forced to stare in the eyes of your own mortality knocked the wind out of your sails huh?
What you did, is you took your health for granted. You assumed that you were invincible. You felt that the rules did not apply to you. or maybe you just lacked the discipline to make changes. The reality is that if you don’t take care of yourself, you will get sick. It might not happen today, it might not happen tomorrow, but eventually it will catch up with you. Now some might say that eating right does not guarantee that you won’t get sick. You can still get sick if you eat right, but your body is better prepared to fight the ailment when it has been nourished and exercised properly. Some people might say that eating right doesn’t allow you to live forever. It’s not about about living forever because I can have an accident and die tomorrow. It’s about the quality of life while you are here. Look, who wants to spend the last 20, 30, 40 years of there life taking several medications, or having to go in for treatments every week. Let’s consider this. You live until you are 90 but you’re taking blood pressure medications, cholesterol medications insulin injections, and other medicines. You eventually pass away after basically dying a slow death. I die at 80 peacefully in my sleep, not having to take any medications. Now, who lived the better life?
Your health is not to be taken for granted. 2019 is right around the corner and the best time to start your working on your health is now. Don’t put yourself in a position were you get diagnosed with a disease and then you have to take medication that will give you more diseases. Try to prevent putting yourself in a situation were you have to take several rounds of harsh chemotherapy and radiation treatment just to extend your life for another 24-36 months. The greatest blessing that we can have is our health. If you don’t have your health then you don’t have anything. If your health sucks then you can forget about everything else. Everybody is worried some stupid gifts under a Christmas tree, but you better be worried about the gift of your health.
Hey you don’t have to listen to me about not taking your health for granted. Above is a video by professional vegan bodybuilder, trainer, and boxer Mike Rashid. Look at the video and listen to his words on the importance of not taking your health for granted. So again, go over to https://teespring.com/stores/plant-based-poppin and help a young brother promote better health in 2019. Until the next post…