Why Bad Things Happen to Good People

I know a man who works out, eats right, is not overweight, takes the right supplements and does virtually everything he can do to stay healthy naturally.  Yet he still has to take medicine daily to control his high blood pressure.  He asked me why, if he does everything the books and health studies tell him to do to stay healthy, does he still have high blood pressure? 

Good question. 
We don’t always have an answer to those questions.  Sometimes bad things happen despite our best efforts.  We all are endowed with a set of genetic DNA we inherited from our parents that was passed down to them from previous generations.  A safe assumption for why his blood pressure is high relates to his genes.  A particular gene had a genetic mutation that altered it causing the problem.  Of course, there could also be other reasons.

The point is that sometimes bad things happen despite our best efforts to prevent them.  At some point, we are all going to have a health problem of some type during our life.  So instead of asking, “Why did this happen?” change the question to:
1) Am I doing everything I can to prevent health problems, and
2) How can I respond to them when or if they occur?  

Flying High for Answers
I own and fly airplanes.  As an airplane owner, I am required to have an annual inspection on my plane.  During the inspection the entire plane is taken apart, inspected, and put back together.  This would be similar to you having your yearly check-up, except your doctor doesn’t take you apart.  Your doctor, however, checks for signs and symptoms that could cause you health problems.

In addition to the annual inspection, the airplane goes in throughout the year for oil changes and maintenance on different parts as needed.  Yet most people never go back to the doctor throughout the year unless they are really sick.  Worse yet, many people do not even go in for their yearly examine.

Can you imagine if I just kept flying my airplane until something broke?  Worse yet, would you like to fly on a commercial airline where the pilots just hoped everything was going to work on a plane? Of course you wouldn’t?  So why do you do that with your health? 

Taking Care of Important Possessions
Your most important possession is your health.  When you are sick, nothing else matters.  Your health is what enables you to live the life you want to live.  Your lucky. The human body is so amazing it can handle a lot of abuse without breaking down, but that doesn’t mean you need to wait for something to break to get checked out. 

Instead, get a maintenance schedule.  Like an airplane, you need an annul inspection to find things while they are still small problems that could potentially become big problems.  But you also need more. 

There are certain parts on our “human aircraft” that have time sensitive checks.  Examples include:
1. Prostate exams for men over 45,
2. Colonoscopies at age 50,
3. Stress tests,
4. Mammograms, and
5. Other wellness tests and blood work to assess things are still in good condition and functioning properly.  

Continual Maintenance Needed
You also need to make sure and do daily weekly, and monthly maintenance on your body.  Every time I fly my plane I do a thorough pre-flight inspection of the plane.  I check the oil and make sure I have the right fuel. 

Do you have a daily pre-flight of yourself?  There are lots of things you should do daily like exercise, eating right, brushing your teeth, and many more things.

It always amazes me that folks don’t do much of anything to maintain their “human airplane” and then they are so surprised when they have problems.  Are you watching what fuel you use to feed your body?  My book, The Green Beret Doctor’s Health Plan for Life, goes into great detail on the types of fuel you need and the things you need to avoid.  You can purchase a copy on my website.

Sometimes bad things happen even if we do everything right, but we are much more likely to prevent them if we maintain our “human aircraft” as we should and treat it with the respect it deserves.

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