In the past couple of years, particularly in the past 12 months, I have really made great strides in improving my health. Most people who have read about my story would agree with this evaluation fully.
- I am now down 200 pounds from my peak weight of 430 pounds.
- After being diabetic for 25 years, I no longer have the disease.
- After having a stroke in 2001 I made some marginal changes to improve my health.
- After nearly dying from heart disease in 2016, I made dramatic changes, lost a lot of weight, and have a healthy strong heart now.
I am very proud of the things I have done to turn my health around and to improve my life. If you would’ve asked me just a few years ago, I never thought it would’ve been possible. I have been obese all of my life. I am right on the edge of no longer being obese, based on BMI.
But am I stupid?
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about some of the things that I’ve done over the years trying to improve my health. I can only shake my head and wonder how I could’ve been so stupid.
Honestly, though, so much of what the medical profession has taught us over the years has led many people toward doing stupid things in the quest for better health. From what I have learned in the last year, there are just so many things that have been drilled into our heads that are completely wrong! It makes people feel stupid. Also, when we think we are trying to improve our health the truth is in many cases we are actually hurting our health.
Some of the things that I have done, while completely in line with what doctors have told me, have been absolutely stupid.
I’m going to be having a number of upcoming articles detailing stupid things that I have done over the years to make my health better. Truth is, most of these things have probably damaged my health. I am only happy that I was able to turn things around in the recent past.
For now, why don’t you post a comment below telling me of some of the stupid things you have done! When I say that you have done stupid things, I do not mean to speak badly of you, in fact, in most cases, you are probably doing what doctors told you to do!
So, let’s hear it! What things have you done in a quest to improve your health which, in hindsight, were just downright stupid? Let’s hear it. I will be sharing mine in the coming days.
I was taking an acid reflux drug for years. As I started questioningly the pills i was taking I found out this drug was hurting me more than helping. It was never meant to be taken for that long of time. When I mentioned this to my doctor he said,” there is a new protocol” at that point I stopped taking it.
The other time happened with my pressure. It was always 20 to 30 points higher than what i was getting at home on my meter. So I started keeping a log. I would take my BP three times per day. Next time at the doctor’s I showed the nurse. She said, ” let’s try something” she proceeded to ust the larger cuff. Guess what? My BP dropped to normal.
Very interesting, JC.
I used to have acid reflux myself, and I would take a lot of things like tums and such. Thankfully, since losing weight, I don’t have reflux any longer. In fact, I am now taking no maintenance medications at all! It is a good feeling!
Hi Bob, you certainly have had a rough road to travel healthwise over the years it’s a miracle you are still with us. I think you are on the right track now all you need to do now is concentrate on the myths surrounding good food and there are a lot. I too have lost faith I’m mainstream medicine, I follow Holistic/Functional medicine now it treats the cause not the symptom. I can look back now and see how I was misled by Doctors. I was warned off milk because the doctor said of made mucus so now I have Osteoporosis. But maybe that doc did me a favor I’m a way as it now turns out that milk is only good for cows and not even babies. I can’t recall how many times my GP advised me to have a flu shot which now is not good advice. I am now suffering with COPD and I am astounded at how much information I never got from doctors and specialists about it. 6 years ago my GP put me on blood pressure pills and sent me to a specialist who doubled the dose. I came to the Phil’s for a vacant a few days later and developed bad nagging cough and nothing would stop it. When I googled the blood pressure meds top of the list of side effects was many references to a nagging cough. Upon my return home I went back to the specialist and gave him a big serve for not even checking my medical history before giving me that medicine with my history of bronchitis and chest problem’s all my life. I have no faith in the main stream doctors who maybe OK for surgery and fixing broken bones they are just drug company agent’s.
Wow, very interesting comment, Norm! Thanks for sharing.
I also believe I am on the right track now, and I intend to “walk the line” along this path.
Speaking of BP meds.. I am not completely off of all BP meds, and my normal pressure is between 115/70 up to 120/80 every day. I took myself off the meds, the pressure is good and I would rather take as few meds as possible.
Good luck to you wiht your health, my friend!
Bob, for stupid things, so many and hard to hit just the right ones. But in the early 70’s I had a Doctor tell me to not quite smoking as it helped keep me from getting fat. I was in the Navy at the time. And I keep up smoking til I was I was 40 years old to stop and the damage was done. I was the stupid one for listening and then continuing when I knew the truth.
Oh, boy, Luke! Talk about stupid! But, the doctor did advise you! Don’t worry, I have plenty of stupidity in the coming days, things I have done!
It almost seems that the doctor must have been on the payroll of the tobacco industry!