How’re you doing? I’m Kevin O’Hara for alcoholmastery.com.
Today, I want to talk about one of the reasons why hospitals are so full of people who are sick.
Poor lifestyle choices, such as smoking, alcohol use, poor diet, lack of physical activity and poor stress relief are key contributors in the development and progression of preventable chronic diseases, including obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and several types of cancer. Almost 90% of hospital admissions and prescription costs are for treatment of chronic diseases.
Fortunately, over 75% of these chronic illnesses can be treated by the choices that we make in our lives.
I think that number can be pushed even higher with preventative measures, stopping smoking, quitting drinking, eating healthy, and getting regular exercise.
In other words, your health is in your hands and it’s your responsibility!
80-90% of people are there because of the lifestyle choices they’ve made.
One of the reasons why people die from heart diseases, tumors, from all sorts of cancers, lung cancer and so on, from alcoholism, is because of the choices they’re making.
Because they’re taking things into their body that they shouldn’t, and because ultimately they’re not taking responsibility for their own health.
How many people do you know who regularly visit the doctor because they have one or more ailments that are wrong with them.
Probably the same ailment over and over again.
They expect the doctor to prescribe them with pills that will cure them.
Unfortunately, the way the world is, the way the pharmaceutical companies are set up, the way people’s greed is set up, you will very rarely find a cure in a pharmaceutical, because they are not interested in curing anybody.
Anybody that is cured is a lost customer.
As soon as they cure something, they’ve lost the customer.
All they want to do is keep the symptoms down.
If you get side effects, all well and good because that means another pill.
If your disease doesn’t go away, and you force yourself into another disease because you’re continuing with the lifestyle, all well and good because the pharmaceutical companies can sell you more pills.
My mother was on about 20 different pills before she died.
She used to count them every morning and put them into this little box that had Monday, Tuesday and the rest of the days of the week.
She’d sort them all out about what times of the day she had to take them.
They all pretended they were doing something for her, but at the end of the day, she took them because she believed the doctors.
She believed they knew the right thing to do.
And the belief we have in doctors is something I think is disappearing.
It’s only being held up nowadays because there are good doctors who are still willing to sit down and give you advice.
They tell you to stop smoking, to stop drinking, and so on.
There are good doctors who are willing to spend time with you.
We have a way of thinking about doctors from a bygone area where doctors were less crowded, when they had more time, when they didn’t have as many pressures to sell drugs.
It’s a nice way of thinking about doctors.
I haven’t been to a doctor in so long; a because I’ve known what was wrong with me most of the time, and I know I never take any pills if I can help it.
Another reason is because I know the cure for me…for instance, I never went to the doctor when I was trying to quit.
I knew if I stopped drinking, the damage was going to stop.
If I implemented certain things in my own life like my diet and exercise, and reducing as many of the other bad habits I had, that all those symptoms I was feeling would reverse and maybe disappear.
When you deliberately go to quit drinking, when you make that decision to quit, and you commit to it, you’re head and shoulders above many other people who will never even think about quitting alcohol.
They don’t see it as a problem.
They see it as a solution, something they’ve done all their lives and so on.
I’ve heard it so many times: we’ve been drinking for 10,000 years as a species.
Just because we’ve been doing something for so long, it doesn’t mean we have to continue doing it now.
When you take that decision to quit drinking, you start to peel back the layers on your life.
You get that opportunity because your drinking has caused a lot of problems.
It’s masked a lot of problems.
When I stopped drinking, I didn’t know where I was going to head with this.
I wanted to be healthier, and I knew that alcohol was the cause of me losing so much time and energy.
I don’t have any ill health anymore.
I get back problems every so often, but I know it’s to do with when I made bad choices.
Like if I eat bad food, it causes pain in my body, mainly dairy products.
But in general, I have more time on my hands, more opportunities, more chances to do the things I want to do in my life.
That all adds up to a sum greater than its past.
Once you quit drinking, you start to peel back the layers of your life.
You start to concentrate more.
The symptoms of you drinking start to disappear.
But then you start feeling other things like you’re not getting exercise, like you eating the wrong types of food.
For me, it was coffee.
It was a big thing.
I didn’t really notice it until I went on a juice diet.
But I stopped drinking coffee as part of that juice diet.
I wanted to have a month without any crap foods in my body, trying to get as much nutrition, like vitamins and nutrients.
That meant putting out all the shit including caffeine.
I went back on the food, and the coffee, and it made me feel terrible, and I stopped drinking it.
If I was drinking, I would have never gone on a juice diet.
There are so many different areas I won’t go into here where you peel back one layer and discover something else underneath.
Whatever way you look at this, sometimes in the beginning, you peel back a layer and discover you’ve got rid of one problem but uncovered another.
You may think there’s no point to that, but the point is that it’s a problem you didn’t know about in the first place.
Now you know about it, you can deal with it.
You’re going to find more problems.
The problems you’ve been repressing, putting away and trying to hide from all your drinking life.
We all do this, and it’s something I never realised when I stopped drinking.
I never realised just how deep into that pit I was.
So, I guess where I’m heading with this video is that it’s your responsibility to deal with your own health.
You can’t offload it unto a doctor.
He can prescribe you a pill which will mask the symptoms but it’s not going to cure you.
The only thing that will make your body healthy is you.
Make good choices for your health.
That’s the only way to find good health.
Most of this stuff, we don’t know.
We go through life thinking there are certain things in our life which are going to be there.
The food we eat, the friends we have, the way we carry on in our social life, the way we do these fundamental things.
We think from the start that just because they’re the things our parents had done before, they were wise people, that this is the right thing to do.
But in most cases, it’s not.
It’s only by starting to peel back the layers that you begin to uncover your own problems.
If you don’t know what to do, learn.
If you don’t know where to go to learn, you start there.
Think about where you can go.
Try out different teachers and find out how their advice fits.
That’s what I do.
I’ve gone through a lot of nutritional stuff, and there were only one or two things that really shocked me because of the comments that they were saying.
When you’re looking for information, also look for information against.
Look for people talking the opposite.
And then make your own decision based on that.
Take responsibility for your own health.
That includes not only quitting but looking at other parts of your life that are contributing or not contributing towards your health.
This is the only body that you’re ever going to get.
This is your life, and it’s your responsibility.
Nobody else gives a flying fuck about your health but you.
If you don’t treat your body right, your health like it’s the most important thing, then why would you expect anyone else to do that?
If you don’t know what to do, then learn.
Do whatever it takes to learn what you need to learn, and learn it fast because this is one area where you should concentrate most of your energies.
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Until next time, stay safe and keep the alcohol out of your mouth.
Learn how to make the most of your body and mind. Take care.
MORE PEOPLE WOULD LEARN FROM THEIR MISTAKES IF THEY WEREN’T SO BUSY DENYING THEM.
Until next time…
Onwards and Upwards!