On this adventure in learning, we will be taking a simple look at several principles, that generally get little or no attention, but are important to understanding good health. We will also explore some of how the body operates; where disease comes from; how to avoid it, and how to recover from it. And I will also share some of what I’ve learned in nearly 29 years of living with Multiple Sclerosis [MS].
Our first stop will be the Seven Principles of Health, and we will look at them one at a time. A principle is a rule, truth, or law that never changes – ever. There are numerous principles of health, and all have been around and in use for a very long time. But I have chosen these 7 because they will help lay a firm foundation to build your knowledge of health on.
These days, health, fitness, and nutrition are some of the hottest topics around. Just turn on the TV, radio, or Internet; open a newspaper or magazine, or just listen to people talk. Getting information is a good thing, but we also need to know why these things are important, what happens in the body if we use or refuse them, and how to make them part of our everyday lives. Learning these 7 principles will help answer these and other questions.
But because health and fitness are so popular, I also want to insert a word of caution here: beware. Be careful and do some research before spending money! Why? Wherever there is anything or anyone that can help people and benefit society, counterfeits [fakes] of those good things are always around. They can look good, sound professional and believable, and even promise a cure, but they still take advantage of others. Their products or services can seem like the real thing, but can prove to be useless, and sometimes unsafe. This can waste a lot of your time, energy, and money.
So, what’s a person to do? Pray for wisdom and discernment [to see things clearly] then get references; check the Internet for Snopes.com or reviews of specific products or services; get a membership in Angie’s List for reviews on providers; check the Better Business Bureau for complaints against a company or provider; ask the Library’s Reference desk for help; and if needed, check your state’s Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection Division – which helps protect residents from fraud. Don’t just take someone’s word for things – not even mine. Check as much as you can.
Understanding these 7 principles will help you to better recognize and ‘filter-out’ the phony from the real. How? Apply the 7 principles to the claims of a product, company, or provider. If they do not recognize or even mention the principles of health [which never change], or the need to deal with the cause of a health problem, their value could be questionable.
A lack of knowledge can sometimes get us hurt or even killed. But having a firm foundation of knowledge can help us make wiser and safer choices. OK? Let the adventure begin!
Copyright © 2012 Regina Spence