The picture below on the left was taken with one of my sisters at 240# and red raced with rosacea, a skin disorder. I also had borderline hypertension. 6 months later I would pass out while driving my family on vacation and end up in the hospital (That’s story by itself). While a cause was never found, I took this event as a warning to me to be a better example for my patients and my family. Although my job was health, I did not practice what I preached. My liquid intake was only coffee, soda, and wine. Water was rare. I ate too much. I did not exercise. I did not get adjusted often enough. I walked with a limp due to pain. I had nearly killed my family that Memorial weekend! I needed to change!!
So, I decided to change. One item at a time.Slowly and deliberately. And that change goes on today.
Thanksgiving 2012 - (right sided picture below)
On the right is me, my wife Diana, and my grandson Jackson, exactly 13 years later and more than 50# lighter. I move without pain. My rosacea is essentially gone.Blood pressure perfect. Although grayer, I feel far younger than I did in 1999.
Since that picture above was taken in 1999 I have done the following to improve my health, my mobility, and my longevity:I drink water as my primary liquid source. I take several supplements (multiple vitamin/mineral, omega 3, vitamin D3, glucosamine, turmeric, and others). I exercise regularly. I have lost over 50#(that’s about 6 gallons) of fat, and kept it off. I took my time to do the weight loss, over 10 years. I stopped drinking all alcohol. I severely limit soda intake. I do my spinal stretches almost daily. I GET ADJUSTED EVERY WEEK.
I have made a commitment to my health for myself, my family, and for my patients. I hope I am living up to that commitment and that you will be a better example of health to those you love. There is nothing quite as good as being healthy or quite as bad as being sick. My hope in this article is to help to motivate you to do something that took me far too long to do. After all, sometimes when we get sick we never get better. I got lucky and I listened. Will you?