Not So Excellent Health

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

A recent nationwide US study found that “nearly one in every five US workers claims to be in excellent health–despite being overweight, smoking, drinking too much or never exercising.”

The nationwide study which was released on Monday by Oxford Health Plans Inc. found that 17% of those surveyed, “described their health as excellent but displayed not-so-excellent habits.”

Among that group, individuals reported behaviors such as being at least 25 pounds overweight, smoking, drinking three or more glasses of alcohol daily, drinking at least four cups of coffee or tea daily and never exercising.

In a statement, the executive vice president of Oxford said, “Denial is dangerous when it comes to your health. It exacts a heavy toll down the road.”

While denial may be dangerous to ones health, I don’t think it is all about denial. I believe many people honestly feel they are “healthy” as long as they are absent of any major symptoms. I say major symptoms because often symptoms come on slowly and most just reach for the medicine cabinet or learn to live with it. Is there not a pill for nearly every ill?

How many people know the World Health Organizations definition of health? It reads, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” You don’t see that broadcast on television do you. What you see is the peddling of cures from the outside in that do little or nothing to better ones health. Many of these pills, procedures and potions just delay one from seeking out truly good health.

While denial may be dangerous to your health, procrastination is the thief that robs your life force along the way. Greater health requires greater responsibility. You must take action. You owe it to yourself and your family, see your local chiropractor today!

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