Aug 31 2010

Physical Empowerment

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Physical Empowerment

Continuing with our closer look at the various areas of empowerment that I introduced earlier, let’s take a look at Physical Empowerment. The first thing we associate with physical empowerment is probably our physical body – our health, but it also includes our environment – where we live, for instance. This is a huge subject so I will focus on our physical health here and leave our environment for another post.

hippocratic symbolThere are very few people who can say they are totally healthy – that they enjoy 100% physical empowerment.

I enjoy a certain level of good health (for which I am extremely grateful), but I’m not 100% healthy in every part of my body. I have been challenged with insomnia for many years, plus I had thyroid cancer almost thirty years ago and now have a goiter. It’s not malignant and simply shows as a slight bump in my neck, but it’s there and indicates that something isn’t quite “normal.”

In addition, I’m also prone to the effects of aging, such as deterioration in my eyesight, wrinkles, brown spots on my skin, reduced energy, etc., but what should I expect at sixty-five? Compared to many individuals, I am considered a healthy person and consider myself very fortunate.

Many people have major health challenges and experience anything but physical empowerment.

So how does one become physically empowered? The answer is the same as for any other area of empowerment: you take 100% responsibility.

No doubt many readers will disagree here, but the fact remains that people (particularly my generation) give their power away to professionals of all sorts – especially the medical profession. We were brought up to respect doctors and readily accept their word as gospel. Nobody questions whether there’s any possibility the doctor is wrong. Heaven forbid they should every make a mistake!

But history shows us that medical professionals DO make mistakes. Surgeons remove the wrong body part or leave instruments inside their patient, people are incorrectly diagnosed, and any number of other errors are made on a fairly regular basis – witness the number of law suits!

If we are to be enjoy physical empowerment, we need to take responsibility for what happens to our body.

That means that we do our own research before or after a visit to the doctor’s office. It means that we get a second opinion… or a third… or a fourth – however many it takes for us to be comfortable that we’ve done everything in our power to get the correct diagnosis and/or treatment. That doesn’t mean that we run from specialist to specialist looking for someone to tell us what we really want to hear. It means we take every precaution to ensure we are treated appropriately for whatever ails us.

A few years ago, I experienced pain in my chest and went to the Emergency Department of my local hospital. They ran all sorts of tests and ruled out a heart attack, but told me to see my family doctor who recommended I see a heart specialist. I went through all his tests except a couple that I felt were really unnecessary (and cost an arm and a leg). I’m fortunate to live in Ontario, Canada where most medical expenses are covered by the government, but this heart specialist had a treatment plan for every patient which included certain tests that weren’t covered. I made the decision NOT to have all the tests on the list, because I didn’t believe I needed them and that’s what physical empowerment means.

The heart specialist had a predetermined procedure for every patient – whether they needed every part of it or not. Judging by the number of patients waiting for various tests and examinations in his office, they must have made a¬†fortune from all those “extra” tests. Maybe some patients needed them, but I’m willing to guess that there were others who didn’t. They certainly weren’t exercising physical empowerment!

Not only was I supposed to have every test on the “list”, but when I finally met with the specialist (after he had determined that I had not had a heart attack which I knew already), because there has been a history of heart disease in my family (my father and my mother died of heart-related problems), he wanted me to participate in a research project and take medication that I didn’t really need! Can you believe that! Why in the world would I subject myself to a new drug and all its unknown side-effects if I didn’t need to take it?

But that’s the way the world is right now and, if we’re not careful, we can get roped into doing something that benefits the drug companies, but has little to do with our own health.

Drug companies certainly have their place, but I seriously question their motives for much of what they do. It seems to me that many are influenced more by the almighty dollar than any ultrusistic idea of helping mankind.

Biology of BeliefI’ve just finished reading a book by Bruce Lipton called The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness,Matter & Miracles where he says very much the same thing as me about drug companies, and explains, from a scientist’s point of view, why there are so many side-effects from drugs. When our body requires a particular substance, hormone, or whatever, it is sent directly to the area or organ that requires it. When we take drugs, that drug is distributed to every part of our body – every organ, every muscle, every nerve, etc.

The body reacts differently in one organ than another, but the drug can’t differentiate between what really needs the drug and what doesn’t. Consequently there are pages of possible side-effects for each drug we take because it’s going to every part of our body. Some parts will react one way and other parts will react completely differently.

I’ve questioned the commercials on TV that state “this will cure your back pain.” Yes, it may prevent pain in your back, but that drug is also absorbed by every other part of your body at the same time. The reaction in the brain will be completely different to the reaction in the back muscles.

The point I’m making is that physical empowerment means we need to be very aware of what serves us and what doesn’t. We have no idea what the interaction of drugs does in our body and many are introduced without any long-term research or testing. Take the H1N1 vacine for instance. I refused to have the H1N1 flu shot last year because I had no idea what effect that vaccine would have on my body and I refuse to subject myself to something that could potentially harm me. Now Dr. Mercola has written a very interesting article entitled Flu Plan Scandal Ahead – An Urgent Warning about the H1N1 virus and how it will be included in the flu vaccine this year. I urge you to read it to educate yourself about the possible harm it can do.

Dr. Mercola provides insights into many health issues that governments and drug companies are deliberately keeping from the general public. I don’t always agree with some of the “fear tactics” he sometimes uses in headlines to grab our attention, but he is an amazing resource and a wonderful aid to our physical empowerment.

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