Health and wellness appear to be very misunderstood in today’s day and age. As a Chiropractor, it never ceases to amaze me what people believe to be true. I am brought to this blog because I believe there is a false sense of what true health and wellness actually is. I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard “I’m really a healthy person,” or “I have problems with cholesterol and blood pressure and I’m obese, plus I had cancer 7 years ago, but I’m all healthy now.” I hate to admit it, but this aggravates me to no end. See, we live in a society that is totally symptom based, that if I don’t currently have the diagnosis, then I’m perfectly fine and healthy. It doesn’t matter that I’m on 6 different drugs and couldn’t chase my kids for 10 yards because I don’t currently have a diagnosis then I must be good.
The reality of the situation is that almost everyone that walks through my doors is unhealthy. So how can you know? If you can’t do 10 push-ups, you’re unhealthy. If you can’t do 10 pull-ups or 10 squats, you’re unhealthy. If you can’t stand and balance on 1 leg for at least 30 seconds, you’re unhealthy. If you can’t walk or jog 1 mile without being winded, you’re unhealthy. If you can’t bend over and touch your toes, you’re unhealthy. If you can look at yourself in the mirror and not truly appreciate how wonderful you are, you’re unhealthy. If your diet is beer, chips, and pizza (amongst other things, but you get my drift), you’re unhealthy. I could go on and on and on.
The point is that true health and wellness has little to do with symptoms. The reality of wellness is that if your cells aren’t functioning properly and getting all the required nutrients, then you are sick. We need to start calling it what it is and telling people they’re dying. Some people think we health nuts are just that, nuts, but the reality is that I love the fact that I can take my kids out and run and play and not lose a step. I love the fact that I can still beat kids half my age at sports. And I love it that I make choices to not have chronic illnesses plaguing myself and my family. There is no cost to improved health and vitality. There is only a cost to staying where you are. My hope is that you catch my passion and choose to make some of the same choices for yourself!
Yours in Health,
Dr. James Ashley, DC