People tell me all of the time that I look as if I’m in my early 40s. Despite my body and face looking young, I physically feel as if I’m 70 years old, sometimes.
I eat properly. I exercise. Even though, I’m doing everything I can possibly do to take care of my physical self, and yet I’m having so many of the same issues that many members of my family have, even though they don’t stick to as strict as a regime as I do.
With all of the outside world fluctuating so much (weather, stock market, crime), the last thing anyone wants to hear is that he or she has to get on another medication for heart or cholesterol.
My primary care physician requires that I see him twice yearly. Each time he makes me take a blood panel to check my cholesterol and blood sugar and everything else he can possibly think of. It seems, no matter how much I try to control all of the food and drink going in my body and exercising every day (I swim and do yoga), still he instructs my heart health is declining and I need cholesterol medication. I’m flummoxed at the state of my health.
Is getting old simple a free pass to give up taking care of yourself and just take medication for every problem that could possibly happen?
My primary care doctor won’t prescribe my “necessary” medication if I don’t comply with his wishes, which always involves taking more medication, even when I suggest alternative methods. I’m sure this is for reasons that would keep him from being responsible for a decline in my physical condition. I don’t fault him for this, but I am concerned that I’m taking too much medication.
Last month my skin began to itch. I thought, perhaps, that I was just stressed or that I had a bug bite that was irritating more than a normal one. I tended to it for three weeks, but it became persistent and seemed to get worse. I went to the doctors Apparently, nothing was wrong with my skin… except that the itch could be related to the medications I’m taking!
Now, on top of taking too many meds, I’m getting more problems from the side effect of the medicine. YIKES!
That’s it! I’m not going down this road anymore. I will make the choices that I feel are best for me, even if it includes not telling the doctor the truth about taking some kind of medication he prescribes. Sorry, Doc! I just can’t do it anymore.
I began titrating from all medication very slowly last month. I’m amazed at how “the same” I feel with only taking about 1/3 of what I was taking a month ago.
I decided to walk on a plank between the world of Western medicine and the holistic choices I naturally tend toward. I cannot relinquish my power to the Western world that only prescribes and doesn’t look at symptoms or ramifications for prescribed medication.
Let just say, I have never been two to three steps away from an unbalanced paradigm. I’m saying, however, that I am not going to give in—anymore—as a result of getting older.
This is where any of us who are getting older have got to look at the balance between the two choices of treating our own aging bodies. Make some solid choices that are healthy. Remember the most medicine you give yourself is in your food and drink intake daily. So, if you eat unhealthy food, you are going to need more medication. I know plenty of diabetics who must take insulin all day because they can’t stop the urge to eat donuts and coffee every morning and have a chocolate bar as a snack in the afternoon.
That isn’t going to cut it if you want to cut down on insulin. If you want to stop the slow depreciation of your body from diabetes, you have to stop eating junk and exercise. Once you do this, you have to watch the sugars in your food.
I have cholesterol problems and heart issues. This means, in general, I have to watch the amount of saturated fat or fat in general and salt intake in my food. You think I like eating saltless food? I don’t.
But, I’d rather have less salt than be on another drug. And so the merry-go-round goes, my friends. You have to be willing to make changes to get off of the large amounts of medications you take.
Join with me and take steps toward a healthier life with less drugs.