By Dr. Nana Kwaku Opare
If You Have Been Given Something Of Value Show Your Appreciation And Take Care Of It.
Why is it most of us take better care of our cars than we do our health? Having “health” insurance is no more taking care of your health than having auto insurance is taking care of your car.
You get one body in this life. Why abuse or neglect it and then assume because you have insurance you will get fixed right up. That’s like driving recklessly and never changing your oil, cleaning the car or tuning it and expecting it to serve you well.
Doesn’t happen with your car or your body. Have health insurance for the same reason you have auto insurance. Live carefully and take care of your body, mind and, spirit and if by chance you crash you may be able to afford to get it fixed. But just like a car, a fixed up body is never quite the same.
If We Took Care Of Our Money Like We Do Our Health We Would Be Flat Broke.
Remember the age-old adage — an once of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
The funny thing is that most of us have forgotten this. The even funnier thing is that most of us believe that no matter what we do as we age we will become sick and debilitated.
We don’t believe that we can feel great and be vibrant and productive well into our later years. And well, why should we? We see very few examples of those that do. We dismiss them as freaks of nature and fall back into our life destroying habits.
We are confused by the smorgasbord of health misinformation our there — almost all of which is paid for by those who seek to capitalize on our illness or at least our fear of it. It is very profitable, good for business if the population does not think they can do anything to keep themselves well. Or that only those who are weird zealots and extremists could possibly do that which would keep themselves well.
So we go along our merry way committing slow suicide and dooming a large portion of ourselves and our heirs to insolvency. All the while we believe we are living the American dream when we are (if we take a sober look at it) slowly dying the American nightmare of disease, disability, suffering, insolvency and death itself.
What are your health challenges? Do you believe that taking action can make a difference in your well being?