Your Health is Your Business, Indeed

Do you agree with this statement, or do you believe that your health is your doctor’s business?

You might say, “I’m not an MD—how can I be more knowledgeable about my health than my doctor, who has studied medicine for many years?”

Well, let me tell you something: When it comes to your own body and your own health, you’re more knowledgeable and more powerful than you can imagine.

You even have the potential to make your own diagnosis because you, more than anyone else, know what’s missing in your life. And you may be surprised to learn that whatever it is that’s missing is your prescription for healing.

It’s been well documented that our jobs, relationships, loneliness, stress and worry can be the cause of physical illnesses, including heart problems, back pain and diabetes. These individual health problems combine to adversely affect our overall quality of life and well-being.

But there’s plenty you can do:

• Learn as much as you can about your health problem(s) and your options for dealing with them, and then make smart decisions about which steps to take in order to manage, or even reverse, the problems.

• Do your homework: Learn about the incredible power of the human mind. Take time to examine your thoughts, feelings and beliefs. You may want to also investigate the power of the placebo effect and its “evil twin,” the nocebo effect, at (

• Be an active partner with your medical professionals in order to determine the best way to heal your illness. You need to understand your medical problem inside and out if you really want to help yourself.

• Try to stay positive, optimistic and open-minded during the process of healing. A negative attitude may have a negative impact on your recovery, especially if you don’t pay enough intention to your “inner talk” and the message it’s trying to get through to you.

• Learn to trust in yourself as a healer and in your practitioners, who are with you as you travel the path to full recovery.

• Don’t ignore or overlook any potential benefit to your health or healing.

Your health is always your business, and it starts when you are healthy. Paying attention to your health only when you get sick reduces your options for healing and will likely affect your outcomes.

Are you paying enough intention to your diet, weight, exercise, relationships, and stress level?

Do you feel good about yourself? If you don’t, think about what action you need to take in order to change that, and then do it.

Are the social and family aspects of your life enjoyable, or are they causing you stress?

If you want to take a holistic approach to your overall health issue, think about your personal life as a source of your strength; however, keep in mind that it can also be the cause of your health problems.

Whatever you do influences your health in one way or another.

I’m surprised to see how many people go about living their lives without doing enough to protect their health. They know that they’re hurting themselves, but they don’t care!

I have no explanation as to why so many people are so negligent about their lives. Each of us has a responsibility to take care of ourselves. If we don’t, who’s going to do it for us?

Just to clarify something here: I’m not at all blaming sick people for their sickness. I’m just trying to remind everyone about how powerful they are and about all the many options they have for protecting themselves from illness.

Unfortunately, illness and tragedy do happen, but our duty is to do whatever we can to prevent them from happening.