Written by : Dr. Sandra Pascal
I will never forget sitting in class listening to a professor explain how family history is one of the major influences on disease incidence and prevalence in an individual. I felt like I was doomed. My mind reviewed the medical ailments that family members had: hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, strokes. The list went on. I troubled my mind by wondering, “What am I going to get in the next twenty or so years? What am I going to acquire and eventually die from? Will I be on insulin one day? Will my blood pressure go through the roof?” I felt as if my medical fate was set in stone and I would have to accept the fact that my future health was only determined by my genetic make-up.
Eventually, I learned that, albeit, my family history plays a major role in my overall health, it is not necessary written in stone that I will get the same diseases that other members may have had. I learned that I was at a higher risk for certain disease; however, I could decrease the chances of developing these lifestyle illnesses by taking preventative measures.
It was during a psychiatric rotation, believe it or not, when I learned about the wonderful laws of health that God provided for us. A psychiatrist working at the facility I rotated at, shared with me the benefits of healthy nutrition, exercise, drinking plenty of water, getting a nice dose of vitamin D via sunshine, temperance especially with alcohol and tobacco, getting plenty of fresh air, eight hours of sleep, and trusting God. I did my first stint of becoming a vegetarian, as a result of what he shared with me.
I can go on and on about the benefits of choosing to adopt a healthy lifestyle and the changes that occurred in my health and overall well-being. It never ceases to amaze me how the medical journals seem to now be catching up with what God originally designated as being the best way to prevent, treat and reverse lifestyle diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, coronary artery disease, to name a few.
It’s a new year. Many of us have made resolutions and some of us have already broken them. But it is not too late to get a NEWSTART on this year. Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Sunshine, Temperance, Air, Rest and Trusting in God. Let these eight tools be your guide to a healthy new you!
Dr. Sandra Pascal