By Rob Holston
February 13, 2006
Cancer Medications & Immunosuppressants - 24 items. Thank God I had not needed any from these pages.
Next, Ear, Eye, Nose & Throat - 106 items. A veritable smorgasbord of medication, but it seems that I had not needed any of these items either, I'm guessing because my immune system has been functioning OK on its own.
The next category was the Endocrine System, including concerns of the thyroid, diabetes, etc. - 95 items. Thankfully, none of these items have made it into my medicine cabinet or me.
The next category was for Urinary - 28 items, Heart Meds - 93 items, Infections & Infestations - 88 items, Muscle & Skeleton - 42 items, Nervous System - 115 items, Respiratory - 59 items, Skin Disorders - 79 items, Stomach & Intestine - 42 items.
None of the items listed thus far had I used in the past six years or the past 56 years for that matter that I can recall. Finally the last category was Vitamins & Minerals - 29 items. Although I do supplement my diet with vitamins and minerals, none of these names were familiar to me. I prefer to get my vitamins and minerals from my diet and to supplement with vitamins and minerals derived from whole food sources rather than those that are synthetically produced in a laboratory.
As I reviewed the list, I counted
800 items. All but 29, the vitamins & minerals could all
be categorized as "drugs". I categorize all man made,
i.e. "synthetic" vitamins & minerals as drugs also,
but that may be debated. As I look at the state of my community's
health and the health concerns of the nation and world, it becomes
apparent to me that the U.S.A. is not unhealthy because of a
lack of drugs! Drugs are abundant. I can only guess that the
problems now are the same as when the ancient peoples trod the
earth. Hygiene, diet and exercise were then and are now the three
basic components to living a long and healthy life. Hygiene is
avoiding disease states by not subjecting your body to contaminated
environments. The great plagues of the past centuries have been
ended with modern science identifying the root cause of the disease
and the method of its spreading. Modern science has been able
to eradicate or greatly reduce many of the disease states that
ravaged the world a few generations ago. But with the world's
population increase and continent-to-continent same day travel
common, the potential to spread new diseases has become an ominous
threat. Aids and avian flue are present day examples concerning
us now. This is not as simple as perhaps it once was but clean
air, clean water and healthy foods are all available if we make
the right choices. The right choices will lead to a God given
immune system that is not compromised by your neglecting proper
hygiene, clean water and a nutritious diet. Here is a water challenge
for you. How much clean water should you drink in a single day?
Coffee and soft drinks don't count when you follow this simple
formula, which is part of the equation to a life of good health
and longevity. BODY WEIGHT/2 = # OF OUNCE OF WATER. If you drink
this much water daily, dehydration will no longer plague you
like it does most Americans and when asked by a friend "How
you doing?" you certainly won't tell them you're thirsty.
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