The Simple Truth

3/22/21 Today we drove through some really gorgeous canyonlands in Utah. We’ve seen snow, sleet, rain, sunshine, clouds, fog/mist and experienced really strong (and cold) wind. We walked along the Great Salt Lake... We’ve seen red rocks, blue rocks, green rocks, striped rock formations… Watched starlings dance in the sky…


There has been great beauty in our adventuring today!


We did not go to Arches National Park due to the restrictions on our pets traveling with us; we’ll hike locally in the Green River area in the morning, instead.


Yesterday, I listed a lot of infectious diseases and pointed out that they total about 20% of the deaths each year in the US, leaving the bulk of premature mortality to chronic disease processes—most of which are lifestyle-driven.


Good ol’ Wikipedia defines lifestyle diseases as “diseases linked with, and often caused by the way people live their life.” These are not communicable diseases; no infectious agents here! “Lifestyle diseases include atherosclerosis, heart disease, and stroke; obesity and type 2 diabetes; and diseases associated with smoking and alcohol and drug abuse.” –MedicineNet


It’s easy to look at smoking, alcohol and drug abuse and make the connection between choices and outcomes… Maybe the same with obesity… But atherosclerosis, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes?


Oh, yeah! If you have any of these chronic complaints, all you have to do is change your life to change the outcome of the disease process!


Many people with a chronic disease tell me it’s because it’s “in their genes”.

Ever heard that? (Ever said that?)


And I have to ask, “What else did you get from your parents other than their genes?” The answer is, “Their LIFESTYLE!” (Their eating habits and preferences, their coping strategies, their beliefs and biases, etc.)


Here’s the truth: how you LIVE turns genes of disease expression ON or OFF.


Are you with me on this? Is this making sense to you?


When you change how you live, your lifestyle disease (caused by how you were living) MUST change, too!


Isn’t that shockingly simple?! (WARNING: “simple” does not equal “easy”!)


This is true with smoking. Once a smoker quits, the lungs begin to heal. (We’re created for health!)


Once an alcoholic quits drinking, the liver begins to heal.


Once a drug addict quits using, the brain begins to heal.


Okay. So it’s less obvious with diabetes and high blood pressure and cholesterol issues, but the concept is the same: change your lifestyle and the disease process changes, too.


What must change?


Eat real food. Not the processed foods, “fast” or “junk” foods. No “enriched” flours, trans- or hydrogenated oils. Nothing artificial or genetically modified.


Drink clean water. Filtered to remove the fluoride, chlorine, sediment. Test your well water for chemicals like glyphosate and other insecticides, herbicides, fungicides; heavy metals; pharmaceuticals and their metabolites.


Move your body. Call it exercise or call it movement, but make it FUN so you get it DONE! Every day!


There’s more, but this is enough to start seeing results—changes in a positive direction toward health.


And when you’ve been struggling with the physical, emotional, and financial burdens of chronic disease for decades, experiencing a downward trend in whatever number you’re monitoring (weight, blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, etc) while experiencing an increase in energy or sense of well-being… well, that’s a beautiful adventure. 😉


Wishing you vibrantly WELL,

Christie Fleetwood, ND, RPh, VNMI

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