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3 Principles For a More Healthful Life

November 30, 2009

Today I had a wonderful conversation with one of my senior patients.  Although this gentleman was in pain when he first came to me, pain wasn’t what motivated him to seek help. Instead, it was his inability to do the things he loved to do – this is what drove him to look for answers outside the standard medical model.

Over the past few months, he has become a man that I truly admire. As we were talking today, I complimented him on his perseverance, and we shared an insightful conversation. From that, I wish to propose to you 3 basic principles for healthful living.

Principle #1: Keep Your Wheels TurningBasically, keep moving.  Movement is essential in engaging your heart, lungs, and other vital organs.   Remember, generally speaking, some moving is better than no moving.  If pain or some other symptom is preventing this, seek professional help.

Principle #2: Maintain the MachineWhy do you change the oil in your car?  The answer is simple… you do that regularly to increase your car’s longevity and to ensure it runs well as long as you own it. So, what do suppose would happen if you ignored the oil light in your car?  Do you think it is possible that decision may lead to mechanical failure in the future?

Shouldn’t we apply the same principle of maintenance to the most important vehicle, your body?  Get regular check-ups and learn to listen to the body’s warning signals!

Principle #3 The Road to Health is paved by DesireThis is a very interesting topic. Your brain and body are connected!  The way you think and your desire to get better has shown to be a vital component in the healing process.  Translated:  Better thoughts = Better Health.  And the best part about this one is… simply making the choice!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Roberta (Bobbie) Angers permalink
    December 12, 2009 1:30 pm

    Thank you. I know exactly what you are saying. I had a mother who was healthy untill the day she had a triple bypass and my late husband was healthy untill the day he died of a massive heartattack. I try to be more concious of my health these days, but I know I am overweight and have a hard time with it. I will be 62 shortly and it is harder and harder to get it off. I feel if I could I would feel better and it would be better for my body.

  2. Bethaney Dearing permalink
    December 14, 2009 5:33 pm

    I am a firm believer of keeping the spiritual, physical and mental parts of the body tuned up and being in sync with them. You have helped me not ignore the body signs of something being wrong and to do something about it rather than muscle through the nagging pain. Thanks as always Dr. Thomas…you are the best!

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