Just like fire prevention is arguably as important to effectively fighting, we would love to see a more proactive, preemptive approach to the practice of medicine.
Yes, health care practitioners need to be attuned with the lifestyle based precursors to illness. For instance, when is the last time your MD asked you about your habits regarding diet, exercise, sleep, and stress management? And yes, when is the last time you asked yourself the same?
If you are reading this, then chances are that unlike most you are thinking about how to improve your health and quality of life through the daily choices that you make. We are unfortunately the exception and not the rule.
What follows is a set of well-intended guidelines I would like to encourage you to consider:
1. Never forget that our daily choices will either trigger a virtuous cycle or its opposite. In other words, the Gestalt Effect will amplify our decisions regarding diet, exercise, supplementation, sleep, stress, and sexual health. Our Integrative Roadmap is designed to engulf you in a virtuous cycle that will support you in your mission to reclaim, rebuild, and renew your good health and quality of life.
2. Always demand better from any health care practitioner that you engage with. Dr. David Brady, a long-time friend of our Dr. Geo Espinosa and of XY Wellness, recently wrote a powerful article in Naturopathic Doctor News & Review that in part bemoans the erosion in well-earned credentials and the encroachment across modalities of less than qualified practitioners.
3. Be skeptical of mass media’s coverage of medical and scientific research, and at times of the underlying research itself. Media outlets need to act less like social media and more like trusted gatekeepers by halting its practice of publishing medical headlines without properly vetting the referenced studies or presenting less than qualified subject matter experts. In addition, academic journals need to strengthen their peer review process to reduce instances of flawed studies and instances of published research that fail to fully disclose its funding sources.
4. And lastly, listen closely to your body, your instincts, and your trusted resources when it comes to developing a lifestyle approach that is well suited to you and your goals, and thus sustainable and effective for you. Being able to “separate the wheat from the chaff” goes a long way toward developing the sense of confidence that will, once again, drive the daily decision making that will contribute to your health, well being, and well deserved bright future.
All the best,