Is your health prepared for the worst?
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A very short while ago Hurricane Harvey was not even a named storm. Within a few weeks, it affected many lives, especially in my area of Texas. We can see similarities in our health.

In the middle of this summer (2017), you might have taken your family to the beach for a weekend trip. You were enjoying life and had little to worry about. Today, your home could be under four to eight feet of water and everything inside your home destroyed. Your two (or more) cars could also be totaled. Your life is in shambles.

Disease creeps up on us. We don’t get the storm warnings that we see from an approaching hurricane. We sometimes get hints, but not all the time. Fifty percent of people die from a heart attack and never knew they had heart disease.

We are creatures of habit. We have our comfort zones. We know we should eat healthier and exercise. We know we should not allow people and events to stress us out and keep us stressed. We know a lot, but we don’t do anything until something significant affects us or someone close to us.

Morris Massey refers to this as the Significant Emotional Event (SEE). We don’t change unless we come face to face with a SEE. We might know we should. Maybe we smoke. Maybe we are many pounds overweight. Maybe we are borderline diabetic. There are things within our control that we choose not to control.

One of the easiest things to control is what we eat. We should eat foods that provide us with balanced nutrition. But, most of us don’t. It’s hard to find all the foods that supply all the nutrients we need daily. I supplement with vitamin K2, vitamin E (all eight tocopherols and tocotrienols) and vitamin D3. I find it easier to include the supplemental version of these nutrients that I don’t include in my daily diet.

Another easy thing to control is stress. Things happen. It is not what happened, but how we allow it to affect us. If we hang on to that stress, our health will get worse – guaranteed! Exercise is another controllable event in our lives. Yet, people who know they should usually don’t.

Sometimes we get advanced warning of a disease like we just experienced with Hurricane Harvey. We have time to evacuate and prepare our homes and cars for the worst. Other times, a hurricane or tropical storm appears totally unexpected. One recent example is the 2001 Tropical Storm Allison. It dumped over 35 inches of rain in the Houston area without notice in just a few days.

Our immune system can handle both the unexpected and the advanced warnings. Yet, without daily attention to keeping our immune systems fully charged, we can succumb to things that normally would have no impact on our health.

If you followed the hours and hours of television and radio coverage of both Hurricane Harvey and more recently, Hurricane Irma, you might want to reconsider your attention to your health. It will get you through the doldrums and the hurricanes in your life. Oh, standby, Hurricane Maria is inbound as I write this.

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