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How To Be Healthy – Common Sense Health Tips

by Michael on March 14, 2010

Getting Back to Basics about How to Be Healthy with Some Common Sense Health Tips

Why Common Sense Health Tips?

This is the first in a new series of articles that tobehealthy.com is launching. These articles will be called: How To Be Healthy: Common Sense Health Tips. Before we get directly into the health tips, this first discussion sets the stage for the need and the reasoning behind these articles. I am not a medical professional and I am not offering health care advice. I’m just a guy who has spent 40+ years figuring out what works for me and what doesn’t. I AM a Healthy Boomer and a natural health advocate and I care about my kids, my grandchildren and the future generations of kids. We have to be their advocates because no one else seems to be willing to do so (except maybe for Jamie Oliver and his Food Revolution idea).

Common Sense

Common sense doesn’t seem so common lately. It used to be when I was a kid.

In the past, I’ve often said: “Common sense is the ultimate oxymoron. There’s nothing common about sense any more.” Michael Barrett, 1995

The vindictive tone is changing in my thinking and intention. Now it’s becoming more of a matter of concern than ridicule or derision.

At the same time, it’s time to wake up because common sense is our ultimate weapon – the ultimate weapon of the individual – you and me.

Health spending in the United States is an estimated $2.4 trillion in 2008, an average of $7,868 per person

source:http://www.kff.org/insurance/h08_7828.cfm

What?

And that’s before this last year’s financial fiasco. In all fairness, I have no conceptual understanding of what $2.4 Trillion dollars means in real life. I wrote a blog about What Does a Billion Dollars Mean – but a $Trillion – and 2.4 of them?

Talk about never-never land. What are they smoking in Congress? Who are these guys?

We are spending more and more money on health care and we are not getting healthier. The war on cancer, heart disease and obesity is not working. Obesity and heart disease are going off the charts. We spend an inordinate amount of money on treating symptoms and managing dis-ease. Yet we spend very little on preventative care.

Prevention is cheap. Treating illness is expensive.

In the big picture, our money is better spent promoting and educating about prevention and health. When have you ever heard an interview about the health care issue among the talking heads, the politicians or in the news where anybody has said,

“It’s time to start teaching everybody how to be healthy.”? 

We don’t hear these cries from the halls of Congress either because lobbies and special interests control their votes and agenda. Neither common sense nor the choices of their constituents play a role in long term planning for a healthy nation nor the development of intelligent solutions to existing problems.

And I submit to you that there are far better qualified people to make both financial and medical decisions than Congress. How many members of Congress are actually experts in either field and what are their track records?

Let’s get serious people. We have the greatest nation in the world, the best form of government in history and the most sophisticated <leo_highlight style=”border-bottom: rgb(255,255,150) 2px solid; display: inline; background: 0% 50%; cursor: pointer; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial” id=”leoHighlights_Underline_1″ leohighlights_keywords=”technology” leohighlights_url_top=”http%3A//shortcuts.thebrowserhighlighter.com/leonardo/plugin/highlights/3_1/tbh_highlightsTop.jsp?keywords%3Dtechnology%26domain%3Dtobehealthy.com” leohighlights_url_bottom=”http%3A//shortcuts.thebrowserhighlighter.com/leonardo/plugin/highlights/3_1/tbh_highlightsBottom.jsp?keywords%3Dtechnology%26domain%3Dtobehealthy.com” leohighlights_underline=”true” onclick=”leoHighlightsHandleClick(‘leoHighlights_Underline_1’)” onmouseover=”leoHighlightsHandleMouseOver(‘leoHighlights_Underline_1’)” onmouseout=”leoHighlightsHandleMouseOut(‘leoHighlights_Underline_1’)”>technology. We have a huge brain trust in our people – the brightest minds, the best scientists and a natural inclination among the people for innovation. We are the most generous nation in the world and always have been. That’s what America is all about. We have a freedom that we can not take for granted.

How About a New Agenda across the Boards

Teaching Everyone How To Be Healthy…

Let’s make the number one goal in this country the following:

Let’s put our heads together and make America the healthiest nation in the world – by all measurement standards. Let’s think out of the box like Americans always do when they have a problem or face difficult decisions.

  1. Let’s set the bar higher than any other country and focus the vast majority of health care funding on accomplishing this.
  2. Let’s develop the <leo_highlight style=”border-bottom: rgb(255,255,150) 2px solid; display: inline; background: 0% 50%; cursor: pointer; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial” id=”leoHighlights_Underline_0″ leohighlights_keywords=”technology” leohighlights_url_top=”http%3A//shortcuts.thebrowserhighlighter.com/leonardo/plugin/highlights/3_1/tbh_highlightsTop.jsp?keywords%3Dtechnology%26domain%3Dtobehealthy.com” leohighlights_url_bottom=”http%3A//shortcuts.thebrowserhighlighter.com/leonardo/plugin/highlights/3_1/tbh_highlightsBottom.jsp?keywords%3Dtechnology%26domain%3Dtobehealthy.com” leohighlights_underline=”true” onclick=”leoHighlightsHandleClick(‘leoHighlights_Underline_0’)” onmouseover=”leoHighlightsHandleMouseOver(‘leoHighlights_Underline_0’)” onmouseout=”leoHighlightsHandleMouseOut(‘leoHighlights_Underline_0’)”>technology to lead the world in production volume of completely natural and organic produce, meats and dairy products. We don’t need a UN resolution either. Let them follow our lead.
  3. Let’s encourage the creation of fast food restaurants that serve organic, healthy foods fast.
  4. Let’s mandate healthy food in every school for every child next week. Not after 7 years of squabbling in Congress whether it is a good idea or not. Of course it is a good idea and I don’t need a <leo_highlight style=”border-bottom: rgb(255,255,150) 2px solid; display: inline; background: 0% 50%; cursor: pointer; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial” id=”leoHighlights_Underline_2″ leohighlights_keywords=”phd” leohighlights_url_top=”http%3A//shortcuts.thebrowserhighlighter.com/leonardo/plugin/highlights/3_1/tbh_highlightsTop.jsp?keywords%3Dphd%26domain%3Dtobehealthy.com” leohighlights_url_bottom=”http%3A//shortcuts.thebrowserhighlighter.com/leonardo/plugin/highlights/3_1/tbh_highlightsBottom.jsp?keywords%3Dphd%26domain%3Dtobehealthy.com” leohighlights_underline=”true” onclick=”leoHighlightsHandleClick(‘leoHighlights_Underline_2’)” onmouseover=”leoHighlightsHandleMouseOver(‘leoHighlights_Underline_2’)” onmouseout=”leoHighlightsHandleMouseOut(‘leoHighlights_Underline_2’)”>PhD in Statistical Analysis or an MD or a JD after my name to make that statement.

As a nation – as well as worldwide – we need to begin exercising common sense when it to comes to health. Strictly from a practical standpoint, it’s easier to be healthy than to be sick. It is both easier and cheaper. We simply get more bang for the buck when we teach wellness and HOW TO BE HEALTHY – as opposed to getting prepared to be sick.

What’s the old Franklin quote:

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”

My great grandparents were healthy their whole lives. I knew them as a boy. They were active physically. They ate natural home grown foods that they raised themselves, and lived a long time – 105 and 107 respectively. My great uncle (their son) is now about 100 and he regularly went backpacking in the mountains until he was in his late 80’s.

They all had vitality and a zest for living that permeated their healthy lifestyle – without television, without ‘medical experts’ telling them what to do every day, without the FDA, the AMA or the health insurance industry and definitely without Congress butting into our personal lives. They used herbs to make tonics when they were a little off and they ate nutrient rich fruits and vegetables from their gardens and <leo_highlight style=”border-bottom: rgb(255,255,150) 2px solid; display: inline; background: 0% 50%; cursor: pointer; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial” id=”leoHighlights_Underline_0″ leohighlights_keywords=”orchard” leohighlights_url_top=”http%3A//shortcuts.thebrowserhighlighter.com/leonardo/plugin/highlights/3_1/tbh_highlightsTop.jsp?keywords%3Dorchard%26domain%3Dtobehealthy.com” leohighlights_url_bottom=”http%3A//shortcuts.thebrowserhighlighter.com/leonardo/plugin/highlights/3_1/tbh_highlightsBottom.jsp?keywords%3Dorchard%26domain%3Dtobehealthy.com” leohighlights_underline=”true” onclick=”leoHighlightsHandleClick(‘leoHighlights_Underline_0’)” onmouseover=”leoHighlightsHandleMouseOver(‘leoHighlights_Underline_0’)” onmouseout=”leoHighlightsHandleMouseOut(‘leoHighlights_Underline_0’)”>orchard. They drank clean spring water from their property.

It became clear to me at a young age that packaged processed foods did not work for me. First and foremost, I didn’t like the taste. Packaged food did not satisfy my appetite adequately – where whole foods always have. And with GMO products in 75% + in all packaged foods now, there is an even better reason to stop eating them and buying them – at least until they stop putting that stuff into our food without our permission.

I can taste a dramatic difference between organic and non-organic fruits and vegetables. I never liked the taste of margarine either and went back to eating butter the day I left home. As it turns out years later, that was a good choice and so was my decision in 1973 to quit drinking tap water. As soon as they announced that EBMUD (East Bay Municipal Utilities District) was going to add fluorine to the water supply, I started buying filtered water. I certainly didn’t need Congress to make that decision for me then or to get the opinion of a medical doctor and I don’t now.

You want proof? Just research the effects of fluoride on the body and make your own decision. When you do, I bet you’ll either start buying filtered water or install a water filtration system.

Physical Activity
Another aspect of health basics is physical activity. Our bodies were designed to walk, not sit. Yet we sit all the time when we are driving, when we are working at the computer, when we watch television.

There’s nothing wrong with sitting – only sitting too much. In other words get up off your tush and start walking – and walk everyday. Walk around the block to start, if you’re legs are out of practice and build it up. It feels good to walk.

There are so many little things we can do as individuals that make a difference. It’s not rocket science either. It does take repetition and some time to make new habits. Start with simple things incorporating them into your daily routine.

The best way to solve the health care crisis is to get healthy. There are many things you can do to improve your health and you can start today. You don’t need anybody’s advice or approval.

Start practicing common sense. Start being your own authority and stop listening to other people’s opinions as much. Question authority and do what makes sense to you – to your own inner voice. Exercising common sense is simple when we’re connected to our own inner self – by knowing who we are and connecting to that knowing – and being true to our self.

Somehow when we listen, we “know what to do“.

Common Sense is not a gift for special people, not part of a rare skill set, is not an accident. Common sense is in itself a skill and a <leo_highlight style=”border-bottom: rgb(255,255,150) 2px solid; display: inline; background: 0% 50%; cursor: pointer; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial” id=”leoHighlights_Underline_1″ leohighlights_keywords=”tool” leohighlights_url_top=”http%3A//shortcuts.thebrowserhighlighter.com/leonardo/plugin/highlights/3_1/tbh_highlightsTop.jsp?keywords%3Dtool%26domain%3Dtobehealthy.com” leohighlights_url_bottom=”http%3A//shortcuts.thebrowserhighlighter.com/leonardo/plugin/highlights/3_1/tbh_highlightsBottom.jsp?keywords%3Dtool%26domain%3Dtobehealthy.com” leohighlights_underline=”true” onclick=”leoHighlightsHandleClick(‘leoHighlights_Underline_1’)” onmouseover=”leoHighlightsHandleMouseOver(‘leoHighlights_Underline_1’)” onmouseout=”leoHighlightsHandleMouseOut(‘leoHighlights_Underline_1’)”>tool that is inherent in human consciousness in each individual’s self awareness of mind and presence.

Sustaining and protecting our health requires common sense. So does protecting our freedom.

Look for the new series of How To Be Healthy: Common Sense Tips soon and please don’t hesitate to contribute comments, ideas and suggestions.

God Bless America and God Bless Our Children.

I AM Michael Barrett and I AM a Healthy Boomer, a Natural Health advocate and a Certifed Core Health Facilitator.

 

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Ashley February 26, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Right on… I preach this constantly. It means a lot to me. People don’t realize how unhealthy it is to bombard your body with all these chemicals, from prescriptions to processed food. And don’t get me started on the health care issue. I don’t go to the doctor. Seriously, less than once a year, with the exception of when I was pregnant. And even then it was minimal with no extra tests. Don’t people realize that humans not only survived, but thrived, for a very very very long time before all this nonsense arose?

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