In my opinion, life is not so much about how long we live, as it is our quality of life for however long we are on this earth. To achieve this, I have created a concept I call “My Health Team.” Rather than put the responsibility for my life in the hands of my doctor, I have chosen to take personal responsibility for it and have assembled a team of health practitioners and advisors. You see, while I believe the medical profession, at least in the United States, is very good at treating illness and excellent at emergency medicine, I feel there is a big difference between not being sick and being healthy.
Many people in our world today might be considered “not sick,” since they have no overt symptoms and are feeling alright. However, that is not to say that they are healthy. While traditional medical doctors, for the most part, are great at helping you if you have an illness, it is not within the scope of their work to treat a well person. For this reason I have assembled my own team of health professionals.
Since I believe the one that is ultimately accountable for my health is me, I have appointed myself captain of my own health team. Depending upon your present level of health and fitness and your beliefs about the subject, your team members will vary from person to person. My own personal team includes, of course, our family doctor, and when necessary, one or more specialists, my dentist, and a doctor who specializes in longevity and preventive medicine.
At various times, my team will include a massage therapist, personal coach, chiropractor, personal trainer, yoga teacher, and various other modalities to help me stay balanced. By employing the concept of a “health team” I am able to maintain the best health possible and continue to improve as time goes on.
In addition to my health team, I eat a reasonably healthy diet and supplement that with a number of vitamins, herbs and some of the cutting edge nutrients like Co-enzyme Q10, a powerful antioxidant.
Stephen Sinatra, M.D., a board-certified cardiologist, a certified bioenergetic psychotherapist, a certified nutrition and anti-aging specialist, and the author of The Sinatra Solution, and co-author of Reverse Heart Disease Now, said that in his research, Co-enzyme Q10 was one of the greatest medical advances of the 20th century for the treatment of heart disease. And suggests what he calls his “Awesome Foursome” for maintaining heart health and treating chronic heart disease: magnesium, CoQ10, L-carnitine and D-ribose.
While they all do different jobs, he says, all support the production of ATP, the high energy molecule that fuels just about every physical activity in our body.
I exercise regularly, and as I said earlier, I’ve been inspired to set a goal of being in the best physical condition I have ever been. The interesting thing about this goal is that I can never reach it. It will keep moving as I approach it. The more fit I become, the more I increase my fitness capacity. This is one goal that I will enjoy never reaching.
One last thought about health and fitness. You may be thinking “I’m getting older; it’s too late for me to get fit.” Studies have shown that regardless of your age when you begin exercising, you can increase your fitness levels dramatically by following a regular exercise regimen. Of course, check with your healthcare provider before starting any exercise or nutritional program.
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