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.
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?
- Central Texas, where I live and was first diagnosed with allergies, is a historically recognized allergy capital.
- We live in the era of autoimmune conditions and perennial medical sector growth:
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
- Own your health and wellness. No one can be as responsible as you.
- Get enough sleep.
- Surround and inspire yourself with stories of others who once suffered and now are drug and symptom-free
- Take yourself to places and communities that support your overall success and well-being.
- Remove yourself from places and triggers that cause undesirable symptoms and experiences.
- Stop eating foods that leave you with undesirable symptoms.
- Eliminate pesticides and toxins from your food supply and environment.
- Eat more fresh foods. Choose organic everywhere possible.
- Eat only foods that were in your grandmother’s kitchen or pantry. No manufactured food.
- Cook your own meals with whole foods, as much as possible.
- Get the proper level of regular exercise.
- Supplement, when necessary.
- Reduce, and eliminate, your stressors, if possible.
- Be inspiring: share your success story in the comments below.
- Connect: learn more about me and this blog.
- Inspire readers to take steps to have a better life, free of chronic ailments.
- 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.