Today I go in for my yearly ob-gyn checkup. I'm lucky because I only have to pay $25 to get my mammogram and pap. After next summer when I retire I won't though and I'm not sure how much it'll cost then. Maybe I can find out today when I'm there. Anyway, It's pouring down rain today, I've lost my umbrella and I'll have a time getting into the office without getting soaked since there is no store between here and the doctor's office to pick up a new umbrella. I hate getting my yearly checkup and appreciate it at the same time. It's necessary and I've always made sure to get it.
Next month I get a company-paid extensive physical. It's an amazing benefit I get working here. The exam takes about four hours and they check all kinds of "standard" things.Then the doctor sits down with me and explains the results and gives me a notebook with the results to take home. We get these physicals every two years and the last time I had mine I was fine and dandy according to them and their tests. They don't include all the tests I would like, but hey - it's something and more than most people get for free.
I've been reading Suzanne Somers' Breakthrough - 8 Steps To Wellness book and am totally absorbed. I know she played a ditsy blonde years ago, but she's no ditsy blonde in real life. I admire her for taking on big pharma and doctors who are basically bought by them. I first started reading her books when she wrote about bioidentical HRT years ago. This book is about that and so much more and it all makes so much sense to me. Her 8 steps to wellness are:
- Get bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT)
- Avoid chemicals and detoxify your body
- Take nutrition seriously
- Create a healthy GI tract
- Avoid pharmaceuticals unless absolutely necessary
- Supplement your diet
- Exercise regularly
- Get proper sleep
Important note: Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is not the same thing as "regular" HRT. All the studies you read about HRT are about the products (such as Prempro and Premarin) produced by pharmaceutical companies that don't match what our bodies naturally produce. They are synthetic. There is a big difference between them and bioidentical HRT.
Aging is an odd thing. The older one gets the more you have to take care of yourself. And, if you've not taken care of yourself your whole life, it starts to really show as you age. Of course, there are always those who have taken care of themselves who still get sick. But, I like to increase my odds of staying well as much as I can - and try my best to do the eight things listed above - though not to the degree as I would like on a few.
My regular doctor isn't covered by health insurance at all because he is considered integrative and holistic. If doctors don't promote big pharma in their practice, insurance companies won't cover them. And insurance companies cover questionable medications, but not natural supplements. I could rant and rave about that, but will leave it for another day. One day preventive medicine will be more respected and practiced. As it stands, our doctors just treat the symptoms and not the cause of most of our ailments.
In the meantime, I just hope it stops raining so my trip to the doctor this afternoon won't be all wet.