What would you say if health scientists had discovered a way to reduce your risk of chronic disease by almost 80 percent? If it were a pill -- one with no side effects -- would you take it? How much would you pay for it? $50/month? $100/month?
In fact, health improvement of this magnitude was one of the goals of the billions of dollars spent on gene therapy research. Billions which were wasted, as I noted in a previous post. Even had genetic manipulation proved successful, you would still have paid through the nose to avail yourself of its solutions.
But because you are one of the five dedicated readers of this blog, I will tell you how to significantly reduce your risk of chronic disease for free.
A 2009 study involving over 23,000 Germans found that taking the following steps reduces your risk of diabetes by 93%, reduces your risk of heart attack by 81%, cuts stroke risk by 50%, and drops your chances of developing cancer by 36%.
Here's how you do it:
- Don't smoke.
- Keep your BMI under 30.
- Exercise 3.5 hours every week.
- Eat a diet rich in vegetables, fruit and grains, and low in meat.
That's it. No gene-manipulating drugs, no daily aspirin, no useless statins, no anti-osteoporosis drugs, none of the other unscientific nonsense daily fostered on an unsuspecting public as "prevention."
Just "good, clean livin'," as my Ohio ancestors would have described it.
Now, that doesn't mean that even within those guidelines, additional nutritional or other resources might not be necessary, to combat the imbalances created by a frequently-toxic environment and food supply, or the vagaries of communicable diseases. Nor does it mean that you won't need some assistance to put your lifestyle on that healthy path. But once you are there, and the longer you are there, it will get increasingly difficult to knock your health off balance or to knock your lifestyle out of whack. But adhering to those four principles is the foundation for all of the rest.
That, of course is where my profession comes in. If you can't say yes to each of those four guidelines, I or one of my colleagues is likely to have the tools to help you get there. In fact, I can rather comfortably say that chiropractic physicians are the health care professionals best equipped for the prevention of chronic disease.
It was the great American inventor, Thomas Edison, who once said:
"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease."
I think I know which profession represents Edison's ideal doctor. And we're here right now.