5 Preventative Health Tips To Reduce Illness

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5 Preventative Health Tips To Reduce Illness

Posted 29 Apr 2018


Dr. Ross Walker

5 Preventative Health Tips To Reduce Illness

Prevention is better than cure. It makes sense doesn’t it? If we treat our bodies like the gifts they are, we will have less need for medical intervention and, by extension, less illness. However, over my career I’ve found some medical professionals like to talk the talk rather than walk the walk.

In my opinion, there are many reasons why much lip service is given to preventative health, but little action follows.

Firstly, to examine the medical profession’s role in all of this, there is little emphasis placed on preventive health during the training of student doctors. The clear majority of their critical time is spent in hospitals dealing with very sick people with established diseases. There is little emphasis in medical courses on preventative measures, the variety of lifestyle factors and integrative techniques combining the evidence-based aspects of pharmaceutical therapy, medical procedures and operative therapy, along with the proven aspects of complementary medicine.

Modern medicine is currently being practised by having the ambulance parked at the bottom of the cliff waiting for people to fall off and instead of fixing the rails at the top of the cliff i.e. prevention. What we do in medicine is build faster ambulances. I make the analogy that this is like the financial world waiting for people to go bankrupt and then they give them financial advice.

Further, doctors are not rewarded for spending time with patients discussing the vital aspects of prevention. When a person with clear lifestyle issues such as obesity, cigarette smoking or the excessive use of alcohol, to name three common areas, is given a pill (for cholesterol or high blood pressure, as an example) and told in one sentence to lose weight, give up smoking and cut back their alcohol intake, the perception is the pill will do the job and they can continue to treat their bodies badly.

Doctors need to be rewarded for spending time with patients, talking to them, understanding their lifestyle problems and getting them to see the value of treating their body like a temple.

Further to this, I also believe life insurance and health insurance companies should be rewarding clients for healthy behaviour with financial incentives based on a variety of health parameters.

But what can you do to prevent poor health?

With our modern, overloaded, time poor world, each individual needs to examine their day to day activity and behaviour. Basically, in life we have three choices — protection, life maintenance and urges. The protection aspect is obvious in that if you are in any sort of danger you need to bring in steps to protect yourself from that danger. But, for most of the day, most of us living in the modern world are not at any acute risk from violence or abuse and thus we’re left with: life maintenance, or following our urges.

Life maintenance involves focusing on my five keys of good health:

  1. Quitting all addictions
  2. 7–8 hours of good quality sleep
  3. Eating less and eating more naturally
  4. 3–5 hours of testing exercise per week
  5. Happiness, peace and contentment

Following our urges is clearly the opposite of these five keys. Not suppressing urges can then lead to addictions. Whether this is ongoing cigarette smoking, consuming too much alcohol or using illegal drugs, to the increasing pervasive urge of dependency on electronics, or watching television rather than exercising.

With our urge-focused society, it is no wonder we’re seeing rampaging ‘diabesity’ and ongoing addictions.

To change this, I believe we require a global societal approach to shift from the current disease based medical model to a prevention focus at each level of society – something Enritsch promotes and facilitates each day for its followers. By using supplements, exercising, eating healthy, practicing mindfulness and finding happiness and contentment, we do more service to our body than any hospital ever could.

Hopefully, with the increasing emphasis on preventive health we will start to see a reduction in chronic illnesses, and an increase in happy, healthy lives.

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Tim says:

9 months 1 week ago
Appreciate the great advice, many thanks Doc!

Tim says:

9 months 3 weeks ago
Thanks Doc. Question - what happens for those of us who as much as we'd love to sleep more, suffer from insomnia? travelling in different time zones often as part of my job means that my body finds it hard to adjust and get the rest it needs. I know most of my colleagues also suffer from this if travel is a major part of their role. Cheers, Tim

Dr_Ross_Walker says:

9 months 3 weeks ago
Hi Tim, Generally I would advise my patients to take the natural supplement Melatonin (about 2-10mg) when flying to prevent jetlag. You'd need to take it at about 9-10pm in the timezone you are flying into. As for insomnia in general, exercise (not less than three hours before bed) can be very helpful for good sleep. I also believe in natural supplements such as Valerian if your insomnia is particularly bad. You've given me food for thought though, and I'm going to write a blog on this very issue. Thank you for your feedback (and inspiration!), and stay tuned for my full response. Kind regards, Ross

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