Only You Can Prevent Disease
There’s a billboard on I-25 that has a huge picture of Smokey the Bear. I remember Smokey from growing up in Florida. As wet and humid as Florida can be, I recall many forest fires during the summers, and where there is fire, there is Smokey warning us of the dangers. Smokey’s message is “Only you can prevent forest fires.” But as I was passing the sign on the interstate the other day, I started thinking to myself, “That’s not true. There’s a lot of ways and a lot of people that can prevent forest fires!” We have entire organizations whose job it is to prevent fire. Now I understand the notion. We all must take responsibility because any one of us can cause a fire. But that is a shared burden. And as I often do, I started thinking about health and the more I thought about it the more I realized, only you can prevent disease!
Your health is your most important asset. If you lose your health you lose your freedom. It doesn’t matter how much money you make, where your kids go to school, where you live, nothing matters when you lose your health. How far would you travel, how much would you spend just to get your health back? Your entire life is turned upside down at the first sign of disease. The point is driven home in the fact that the number one cause of bankruptcy in our country is unpaid medical bills. When you lose your health, there is nothing you won’t give up to get it back. I don’t think most people realize this simply due to the fact that we have given away the responsibility of keeping us healthy over to the government and the pharmaceutical industry. Just to paint it in black in white, the pharmaceutical industry profits off sick people, not healthy people. Why in the world would you put your health in the hands of a system that only benefits if you stay sick?? What if Smokey the Bear made billions of dollars off of fighting fires. How likely would it be to see him campaigning to PREVENT the fires? He’d be the first to START the fires. Luckily ‘ole Smoky is a goodhearted bear and loves the forest! But can we say the same of the authorities we’ve placed in charge of our health?
I’m not here to argue the life saving benefits of emergency medicine. If I get in a crash and lose my leg, please do not take me to the chiropractor! But crisis care and health care are two very different things. The CDC has been responsible for the health of Americans since 1945. How well are they doing? To tell the health of a nation you need look no farther than the children. So after nearly 80 years, here’s the numbers:
- Ranked 169th in the world for Infant Mortality
- 48% of children have at least one chronic disease
- Cancer is the leading cause of death in children
- 1 in 7 children on an antipsychotic drug
- 1 in 6 children learning disabled
- 1 in 12 suffer with asthma
- 1 in 5 with an emotional, mental or behavioral disorder
- 1 in 5 with obesity
- 1 in 3 overweight
- 1 in 13 with allergies
- 1 in 34 with Autism
These are pre- 2020 numbers. Since the introduction of mass COVID shots in kids, these numbers are rapidly worsening. The fact is that those whom we have handed our health to, have failed us. It has become more clear than ever that “Only you can prevent disease.”
Your health and the health of your children is your responsibility and yours alone. No government, no industry, no doctor can make or keep you healthy. But most people don’t think they know how to be healthy or what to do when sickness comes so they blindly follow whatever the talking heads on the screens say. Again, when billions of dollars are involved, they don’t want you to make your own decisions. They want you in the dark and in fear so that you run to them for health care. We are being told from the day we are born that our bodies are sick and broken and that we require manmade drugs and injections just to keep us alive. I’m here to empower you and tell you that you and your children were designed perfectly and you were designed for health and abundance! You DO know how to be healthy! You are way more equipped than you know.
One of the biggest problems I see in our world is that we have replaced ancient wisdom with science and research. It used to be that knowledge was passed from one generation to the next and in that way, the things that proved beneficial for humanity carried on for thousands of years. But as science began to take over, wisdom became mocked and ridiculed as religious practice, cultish, or quackery. We lost the knowledge that enabled our ancestors to survive. Things like herbal remedies have been banished to the back corner of health care. But, luckily our instincts are still holding on. We have the basics in place! We all know the foundations of what to do.
If we were to poll 100 people, all 100 would agree that if you eat well and exercise that your chances of being diagnosed with heart disease, cancer, or diabetes would go down. We can all agree that when you put chemicals into your body that it will cause damage. And we can all agree that stress is bad for your health. We can even agree that your nervous system must be able to function properly in order for you to be healthy. These are the basics of health that we all know. These are the remnants of ancient wisdom that has been lost. This is how we begin to reclaim responsibility of our health.
Only you can prevent disease. Only you are responsible for your health. No one can do it for you. Luckily God designed you for health and vitality and He left the knowledge deep within you. Where ever you are on your health journey you already know the answer. Eat well. Move often. Minimize stress and toxins. Keep a clear nervous system. The rest will follow.
In Health and Faith,