I’m A Chronic. Are You?

Everyone's Doing It; We Don't Have To. 15 Things To Do.

You Can Manage Your Health And Costs

I’ve written, in another post, that it’s every doctor’s and health insurer’s business dream for every human to be a patient with a chronic condition, who demands ongoing, regular medical care, and who willingly delivers a meaningful proportion of his/her income to receive this care. In fact, last week (April 17, 2017), for the first time, I heard it straight from a doctor in a conversation about his dream practice and patient: the ideal patient has a chronic condition and requires ongoing care that results in a perpetual annuity of periodic billings from patient visits.

I recently realized I’m a member of the chronic class, as I regularly take 4 allergy drugs, plus bi-weekly allergy shots for a half-dozen different allergens. (Success: my allergy shots were just reduced in frequency to every three weeks!). As you’ll read below, I’ve also learned I’m not alone.

Nature?

I didn’t want to become my grandparents, who were popping a handful of meds at every meal, by the time they were in their 60s. To the contrary, I suppose I’m more hip and modern, already doing so twice daily by my mid-40s.

I’ve been around and around about whether I’m somehow defective. I was a double-recessive blue-eyed, tow-headed, light-skinned little boy. Too much in-breeding?

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Nurture? Environment?

Then again:

  1. Central Texas, where I live and was first diagnosed with allergies, is a historically recognized allergy capital.
  2. We live in the era of autoimmune conditions and perennial medical sector growth:
    1. 1 in 4 kids is on one or more prescription drugs for a chronic condition by his or her teens.
    2. Half of us in the US will use a prescription drug in any given month.

My Responsibility

While Outliers makes it clear that time, place, and family are decisive, it also makes clear that personal effort is critical too. Just today (April 17, 2017) a medical professional told me she’s amazed at the number of people who spontaneously say healthier eating and more exercise have improved or eliminated their symptoms. Over the last several years, I have transformed my diet and my lifestyle 3 times, and I’ll continue pursuing health and fewer stressors as long as I’m able.

I look for and continue to inspire myself with stories of others who once suffered and now are drug and symptom-free.

Join me in bucking the trend, getting off the drugs, reducing your medical expenses, and having our best life possible!

What To Do

  1. Own your health and wellness. No one can be as responsible as you.
  2. Get enough sleep.
  3. Surround and inspire yourself with stories of others who once suffered and now are drug and symptom-free
  4. Take yourself to places and communities that support your overall success and well-being.
  5. Remove yourself from places and triggers that cause undesirable symptoms and experiences.
  6. Stop eating foods that leave you with undesirable symptoms.
  7. Eliminate pesticides and toxins from your food supply and environment.
  8. Eat more fresh foods. Choose organic everywhere possible.
  9. Eat only foods that were in your grandmother’s kitchen or pantry. No manufactured food.
  10. Cook your own meals with whole foods, as much as possible.
  11. Get the proper level of regular exercise.
  12. Supplement, when necessary.
  13. Reduce, and eliminate, your stressors, if possible.
  14. Be inspiring: share your success story in the comments below.
  15. Connect: learn more about me and this blog.

Purpose

  • Inspire readers to take steps to have a better life, free of chronic ailments.

Audience

  • Anyone on a prescription or OTC drug for a chronic ailment.
  • Medical consumers who wants to spend less money and get better results in their interactions with the medical sector.
  • Anyone who thinks more is possible.

Also published on Medium.

I am committed to a world where:
* People have the lifestyle they want
* Organizations serve their stakeholders
* Communities serve their members
* Relationships work for everyone
* Fun and Growth, Health and Fitness are everywhere

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