My Top Health Mistakes Part 2

Everyone has made health mistakes at one time or another and wish they had known better. As mentioned in Part 1, being healthy is a choice and takes action. You need the correct knowledge to make the right choice. By learning from my mistakes and me learning from your mistakes I hope we can help each other live happier and healthier lives. Our bodies and our families are depending on us to be equipped with the right information.  If you missed Part 1, you can find it here.

Today, I am going to continue with five more health mistakes I have made in the past. Like I said in Part 1 this series could go on for awhile.

Taking medications because my doctor says so – I am not anti-medication and feel there is a time and a place for medication, but much of it today is way overused and is covering up symptoms and not addressing the root cause. We want to throw a pill at our ill and hope it goes away. So when another symptom shows up, we take another medication to cover it up. All of this is not getting to the root cause and increasing your body’s toxicity due to taking multiple medications, not to mention the side effects of some of these medications. You have to do your research and take it very seriously when you doctor wants to put you on a new medication. I know it is intimidating, but your doctor needs to spend time educating you on the risk and have patience with you as you decide whether this is the best for your health. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, do your research, and take your time before starting a new medication. Sometimes medication can make you feel great at first, but slowly cause other problems for you later.

Getting medical procedures without researching the risk first – This is related to the point mentioned above. Anytime you get a procedure that involves some kind of x-ray, CT, or MRI, just to name a few, you’re increasing your risk of cancer. When your doctor recommends these tests understand you are upping your risk for other diseases by getting these test done. Make sure the test is needed and do your research. Don’t just let your only thought be whether x-procedure is paid for by your insurance or not.

Also, if you are prescribed any invasive procedures such as biopsies, or colonoscopies, you should look at the CDC’s website to see what is recommended for your situation.

One time I was with one of my family members and I knew the CDC was now recommending a Colonoscopy every ten years for this person’s situation. When the GI doctor said we would get another in 5 years, I brought this to his attention. He was not open to it and said we have everyone get a colonoscopy every five years. I told my family member they should find another doctor since this one is more worried about himself than his patient. You see the doctor is incentivized to do the procedure more often even though it puts the patient at risk and the evidence saying colonoscopies prevent colon cancer is very weak. This is a small example of why healthcare is so expensive.

Not getting my lab work done independently – I have been doing this for a while. I think this is something you need to do yearly. You do not need a doctor’s order in the state of South Carolina to do this. There may be a few states where you still need a doctor’s order to get your labs drawn, which, in my opinion, is ridiculous. 

It’s easy.  All you do is visit a site like walkinlabs.com, healthlabs.com, or anylabtestnow.com.  I prefer walkinlabs.com since they have a great selection of tests to choose from and the prices are great. I just get my blood drawn at a local LabCorp, and they send my blood away, and I get the result online in a few days or maybe a little longer depending on the test.

This allows you not to be so dependent on your doctor. They present the normal ranges right beside your values. You do not have to be a medical professional to understand your own lab work.  Some of the common tests I would suggest would be: a CBC, liver profile, kidney panel, A1c, Vitamin D level, Testosterone (for men) & Estrogen (for women), thyroid panel with TSH, c-reactive protein, and a lipid profile. You get all of this annually for well under $200. This would allow you to make a comparison and follow your numbers.

If your labs do come back with some out of normal values, they will often bold them on your lab report so you can easily see them. This allows you time to do research on lab value so you can understand what it means. If you are unable to figure out what a lab value means then it is time to consult your doctor and get their opinion.

Working night shift – I have explained this one before. Working night shift is a stressor on the body. I tried to rationalize it for a long time that it was “ok” since I was doing everything else right from a health standpoint. When I did my lab work last summer some of my numbers were not as good as they should be for someone who eats the way I do. My hemoglobin A1c was just under prediabetic, and my c-reactive protein showed some signs of low-level inflammation. Thankfully, my wife came to me one day and said I need you home at night when the baby comes. This was the straw that broke the camels back, and I have not looked back since. It has now been three months, and I have not regretted this decision. If you are working at night find a way to work day shift. You will be glad you did.

Using harmful chemicals on my body – this one is going to be tough for a few of you. I hate to break it to you, but what you put on your body gets in your body. So you need to trust the ingredients in your makeups, lotions,  sunscreens, hair gels, toothpaste, and/or deodorants enough to ingest them. This one was overwhelming for me as well when I first learned this. Slowly, over time, I started replacing my personal care items with high-quality brands that minimized the chemicals that were harmful to my body. Putting chemicals on our body is one way we get so toxic.  It is true the body can detoxify itself from some chemicals, but if you are putting chemicals on it constantly it will eventually get overloaded. Your liver can only do so much, and the skin is also a detoxifying organ. When we sweat this is a way the skin helps detoxify the body, that is why you have body odor.

Well, that takes care of Part 2, five more health mistakes I have made and more to come. What are some of the health mistakes you have made? Do they include any of the ones listed above or in Part 1?  Let me know in the comments below or message me with your questions. Stay tuned for Part 3 where I mention five more health mistakes I have made. This series could keep going and going!

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