Investing In Your Health... You'll Love The Returns

Investing In Your Health... You'll Love The Returns

by Will Shelton

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ISBN-13: 9781506904795
Publisher: First Edition Design Publishing
Publication date: 10/25/2017
Pages: 224
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CHAPTER 1

Why Health?

"It's not where you start — it's where you finish that counts."

Zig Ziglar

Far too many people worldwide are dying from diseases and suffering from illnesses that can be prevented in many cases. If these illnesses can't be prevented, they can be reversed to some degree. In an article entitled, Top 10 Leading Causes of Death in the U.S. by Hannah Nichols, she lists the Top 10 Causes of Death in the U.S. including: heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, accidents (unintentional injuries), stroke (cerebrovascular disease), Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia, kidney disease, and suicide.

Amazingly out of this top list of 10, all can be prevented with the exception of Alzheimer's and type I diabetes (juvenile-onset which accounts for about 5% of young people diagnosed with diabetes). Alzheimer's can't be prevented according to medical research. As an optimist I feel medical research just might not be aware of a cure for Alzheimer's, respectfully.

For instance, Dr. Jonny Bowden's book entitled "The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth," explains that Huperzine A has shown promise in an ongoing phase 2 clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of Huperzine A in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Huperzine A is a naturally occurring alkaloid that comes from the Huperzia serrata plant. It's also called the Chinese club moss plant. It has been used extensively in Chinese medicine for fevers and inflammation. Recently research has demonstrated that Huperzine A works in the brain in the prevention of the breakdown of a vital neurotransmitter needed for memory and cognition. Dr. Bowden recommends as added effectiveness to include Huperzine A at 60-200 mcg., Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols) at 60-200 mcg., a daily antioxidant or vitamin supplement, Ginkgo biloba at 120-480 mg. in divided doses, Omega-3 fatty acids at 1-3 g per day. The National Institute on Aging is conducting these trials in about twenty-nine different medical centers and universities throughout the United States.

Also medical research from Hannah Nichols' article suggests there are procedures you can take that may help to delay the onset of acquiring dementia. It appears that the factors that increase the risk for heart disease have also been shown to increase the risk for Alzheimer's disease. In Chapter 4, I have a graph demonstrating the Alzheimer's Risk from Saturated Fat that was conducted by the Chicago Health and Aging Project. Here are a couple of health protocols you can follow to help delay the onset of Alzheimer's, as follows:

Follow a cardiovascular protocol, for examples stop smoking

› Avoid excess alcohol

Eat a plant-based diet with a variety of fruits and vegetables

Stay away from red meat

I know it's hard to achieve, but try to do it gradually. If you can do cold turkey, fine. Get regular exercise (2.5 hours) 30 minutes for five days with two days off. Again, always check with your doctor first, before undertaking anything that I suggest.

There's remarkable good news for adults. Type 2 diabetes (adult-onset accounts for 90-95% of all diagnoses cases of diabetes). According to Hannah Nichols, "unlike with Type 1 Diabetes, there are numerous ways to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. A number of studies have shown that regular physical activity can significantly reduce the risk, as can maintaining a healthy body weight (being obese or overweight increases the risk of Type 2 Diabetes and complications)."Also I would add a plant-based diet.

Our healthcare paradigm can benefit by changing from a sick care system to a prevention care system. People in general go to doctors when they are sick, whereas they should go to doctors to prevent illness.

Also, health is our prize possession, that's often taken for granted. Our health can be here today and slip away over a short period of time. Most of us need to reclaim our health! We have the power to control our health, if we don't, somebody else will! We make health choices daily that has an impact on our quality of life for us. We all need motivation to stay focused on making wise health decisions. You can reward yourself with a daily or weekly highly desirable healthy food item or event.

I am going to introduce a Decision-Making Model, and Financial Health Principles Model, which are not generally taught in schools. The Decision-Making Model and Financial Health Principles Model should be a requisite for all children in schools. I will address the Financial Health Principles Model part in Chapter 2 and 8. This is not a perfect system model that will solve all your health problems, but it is a fundamental practical model that can be helpful. Many of us do not have a practical health Problem Solving Model framework. You can write out the health problem using the Power Model for Decision-Making or think it out in your mind, whichever is better for you. This Problem-Solving Model acronym forms the word Power (think Power!). Say it to yourself, when you need to. I've got the Power! Again. I've got the Power! Keep saying it a few times, until you have a sense of elation and empowerment!

Youth and adults make decisions every day. You make a simple decision like what pants or skirt will I wear today, to more serious decisions involving subjects like sex, drugs, friends, parents, nutrition-food choices, money management, time- management, peer-pressure, employment, social media, self-worth (self-esteem) and school (education). This is just a few. There are skills that can help you make better decisions. As a skill, it takes practice. We know that when we want to be good in music, sports, school, and other endeavors, we have to practice the skill. You have to apply it to get better. Of course, this doesn't mean you'll make perfect decisions all the time, no one does, but it can dramatically improve the decisions you make. It's based on values (traits, relative worth, importance, characteristics that you hold dear or a strong belief in something, according to Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary, 2001), like faith in God, fitness, honesty, loyalty, education, et cetera.

There are more examples of value words in Chapter 8, entitled: Passing the Health Torch To This Generation of Youth. I have an acronym P.O.W.E.R. (each letter represents a step). I want you to feel the P.O.W.E.R. and be EMPOWERED (if you are already feeling empowered, fine, perhaps there's a little room for improving your Decision-Making Skills). I Love Music, like the song by the O'Jays for inspiration. I Love Music, was a hit by the O'Jays in 1975. I encourage you to view the YouTube Video of the O'Jays performing on Soul Train with their apricot (light orange) outfits. As of February 25, 2016 "I Love Music" by the O'Jays has 727,957 views! For some added entertainment, view For The Love of Money on YouTube by the O'Jays. As I said earlier, I will address Financial Health Principles Model in Chapter 2 and Chapter 8. Financial principles are not generally equated with health. I'm hoping to emphasize the importance of financial principles and its relation to health. I just want to get you off to a Great Start! Another song, I've Got the Power! "The Power" is an electronic pop hit song by the German music group Snap! It's from their album World Power. It was released in January, 1990 and reached number one in the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. A hit in the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play and Hot Rap Charts. It went viral on YouTube as of February 21, 2016 with an amazing 11,679,671 views! I will refer you to music videos and movies to illustrate some points. I feel we all have different Learning Styles (Auditory, Visual and Kinesthetic/Tactile). Kinesthetic/Tactile is learning through Muscle Movement, which is HandsOn. Also, we are in the media and social media age. So at times, a song will come across my mind to enhance what I'm trying to say. This time, the song is, I've Got the Power! So I encourage you, to watch I've Got the Power by music group Snap! on YouTube. As I wrote about earlier, we all have different Learning Styles. To make a point or points, I have included YouTube videos. The YouTube videos cover auditory and visual learning styles, but not kinesthetic/tactile (movement). I love dancing and a lot of other people, as well! Dancing has the ability to make you feel good. Numerous research articles would attest to this. For example as follows:

In a study conducted in Poland, the Journal-European Journal of Sports Science, Volume 15, 2015Issue 7, by Marcin Zajenkowski, Konrad S. Jankowski + Dada Kolata, titled, Let's Dance-feel better! Mood changes following dancing in different situations:

Mood was assessed before and after dance activity among competitive and recreational dancers. While the competitive dancers were admittedly just as stressed as any athlete practicing their routine, the recreational dancers reported higher energy, less tension, and a better, more creative mood than before.

According to Professor Joel Wade from his 2015 paper in the Human Ethology Bulletin, "dance is an adaptive behavioral pattern that communicates beauty, health, strength, and sexual attractiveness."

In my opinion, it will be a good idea to include the last part of Learning Styles, which is Kinesthetic/Tactile (movement). I couldn't help from thinking about the late, great David Bowie's song Let's Dance of 1983. It was the number-one hit on Billboard Hot 100, in reference to the title previously similarly titled cited study Let's Dance-feel better! Mood changes following dancing in different situations.

I suggest and encourage you to Dance to the YouTube videos. And of course your personal favorite YouTube video songs, as well.

Dancing is an elated form of self-expression. Combined with music it leads to a nirvana state, to me personally.

It's nothing more to write about dancing. So let's get on the floor and Let's Dance!

The 2003 comedy movie, "Bruce Almighty" starring Jim Carrey and Morgan Freeman use the song I've Got the Power in one of their scenes. The movie is a comedy with a serious message, like taking charge of your own life and doing good work as the most holy of acts. In the movie, God presents opportunities to grow and learn, which I personally think are good ideas for health. This is also on YouTube. Bruce Almighty-Funny Outtakes and Bloopers, as of February 21, 2016 went viral and has amassed over 2,076,484 views! Bruce Almighty Bloopers has amassed 4,742,869 views. They also went viral! I love comedy movies also, which I will talk about in Chapter 6, entitled Tackling Heart Disease, #1 Killer of Americans.

Here is an example of the Power Model for Decision-Making, which I learned over twenty years ago, (NYC District #19 Health Education Workshop) paraphrased that I wrote about earlier, as follows:

P — stands for what's the Problem? (Write the problem in the form of a Question).

O — stands for what are the Options or Choices. Also, during the Options step, you look at the advantages and disadvantages of your Options or Choices and apply your belief system (values, value clarification, morals, principles, code of conduct, religion, Boy and Girl Scout values, values of school, family, relatives, friends etc. (peer-pressure), social media, regular media, what would Jesus do?, etc.) Analyze (according to Google, examine or break down methodically and in detail the structure of something, especially information) your belief system. Are you using the best sources from Belief System List to make your decisions?

W — What's the best Option?

E — Enact your best Option

R — Review and Revise if needed your best Option or Revision

Let's apply an example using the Power Decision-Making Model with fast food:

P — Should I eat fast foods?

O — To eat fast food or not eat fast food

My Belief System

I don't believe in quick fixes, regarding satisfying my appetite (hunger). I feel you should look at the long haul, immediate and short-term effects concerning the impact on your health over a long period of time. I believe eating healthy and being healthy is a lifestyle choice. I value my health. I believe in God; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 states, what? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

For ye are bought with a price, therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

W — the best choice or option personally for me is not to eat fast foods, due to my disadvantages, which outweighs the advantages. In my belief system, I value God strongly. Also I have strong value in my health and physical well-being. In addition, I value my family, which I want to be a healthy example to them.

E — I will enact my best choice or option

R — after reviewing my best choice, I will stay with it. In keeping it real, on the rare times I go to a fast food restaurant, I will buy healthier choices. For examples, I will buy grilled chicken without the sauces, drink water instead of soda, veggie burgers instead of regular burgers, salad wraps, baked potato with broccoli, and salads with low calorie or light dressings. (They put sugar in the dressing, so you might do better without it).

I perceive it to be apropos to write my connotative personal definition of health, before I come back to the premise, Why Health? Health is a harmonious, dynamic, synergistic interaction among mental, physical, social, spiritual, emotional and financial health, not solely the absence of disease.

Health is comprised of the following topics in school: nutrition, drug education and prevention including alcohol and smoking, sexual health education including relationships and AIDS education, disease and illness education including prevention, physical fitness, value clarification, mental health and stress, sleep, hygiene including dental care, body image, wellness, first-aid and safety, financial health. Financial health is generally not taught in the public schools, but should be a basic requisite course in all public schools throughout America and the world. Other courses are fire prevention, consumer health, decision-making skills, goal-setting skills, death and dying education, family dynamics, violence prevention, conflict resolution, peer mediation and community and environmental health, etc.

In addition, health directly involves a supreme, harmonious appreciation for the protection and preservation of our planet Earth, with all of its natural resources. Earth Day comes to mind, which is every April 22nd of the year. This past April 2016 the landmark Paris Agreement was scheduled to be signed by the United States, China, and some 120 countries. This historic event marked the signing of the draft Climate Protection Treaty. This Climate Control Treaty was adopted by a consensus of 195 nations. They were present at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. According to EarthDay.org, the planet is currently losing over 15 billion trees each year. That comes out to 56 acres of forests every minute. They are trying to reverse this horrific trend, which impacts people and animals. Many animals are on the verge of extinction, if this trend continues. Many people rely on the forests for their livelihood. So one of the main goals of EarthDay.org is to reclaim this natural balance between earth and man. EarthDay.org is planning to plant billions of trees throughout the world. Another goal is stop our reliance on fossil fuels (a natural fuel such as coal, oil or gas farmed in geological past from the remains of living organisms, plants and animals according to merriamwebster.com) and make cities use 100% renewable energy. If you want to help, contact EarthDay.org. Also, the going Green movement is a necessary part of our health conscious future.

In continuing with why health, I will present some comparisons or parallels between human health and the movie The Lion King, Circle of Life. Why am I selecting the movie, The Lion King? As I wrote about earlier, some people are visual learners. You might remember or relate better to pictures. They say, "a picture is worth a thousand words." Also, the movie was very popular with worldwide acclaim. I recommend you see the movie: The Lion King, but you can still get the point without seeing the movie.

One major comparison between human health and The Lion King's Circle of Life focuses on death and dying, which is a natural and necessary part of the New York and other States Health Curriculum for students in secondary schools. Life and death are an integral part of the cycle of existence, otherwise known as the Circle of Life. This is a natural order of existence. In the same manner the Lion King's, Circle of Life is about death, dying, life, including the delicate natural balance order between the Lion and its environment. It is also about the secession of the throne of the Lion King to his heirs. We, as humans have death, dying, life, the delicate natural balance order between man and his environment. We also have the secession of the throne of the King to his heirs, since the beginning of time from Africa to England. We as humans and Lions (King of The Jungle) both share the experience of the Circle of Life. For The Lion, the Circle of Life is in their Pride Land or Territorial Domain, for humans it's in civilization.

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Table of Contents

Preface,
Introduction,
Chapter 1 Why Health?,
Chapter 2 Games People Play,
Chapter 3 Eating Traditions,
Chapter 4 The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Fat,
Chapter 5 Sleep, Let the Healing and Dreams Begin!,
Chapter 6 Tackling Heart Disease, #1 Killer of Americans,
Chapter 7 Meal Recipes,
Chapter 8 Passing the Health Torch to This Generation of Youth,
Epilogue,
The Eagles Who Thought They Were Chickens,
Love,
Live,
Laugh,
Appendix A - Free Budget Planner Worksheet,
Appendix B - Body Mass Index (BMI) Table,
Appendix C - Reading Food Labels,
Appendix D - Optical Illusion Answer,
Appendix E - Lyrics,
Bibliography,
Suggested Reading,
Resources,

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