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The side effects of prescription drugs: It’s sink or swim.

Prevention_CureBy Guy Lawrence (Click image to enlarge)

A friend said to me the other day that when pharmaceutical companies name a new drug, they either put the letter X, Y or Z in the name… He said it now sounds scientific and complicated and it must be able to do wonderful things!

This was said in a tongue-in-cheek manner, but then I saw this picture (left) on FaceBook and it did make me wonder.

I recently read here that over 50% of US citizens are taking some form prescriptive drug, amazing!

Do you fit into this percentage? Could you be doing more to look after your health?

People complain that they are run down and often unwell, yet they never really look beyond quick fixes to resolve the underlying issue. I understand everyone’s circumstances are different, and pharmaceuticals can be of benefit in some cases… but where’s the line?

Naturopath Tania Flack wrote a great article, The future of Australian health care and the stats seems to show that we have a habit of only valuing our health once it’s gone.

Goldfish bowl: Sink or swim

There’s an analogy I often use during my health seminars… Think of a goldfish swimming around in it’s goldfish bowl (let’s name him ‘Spike’), and the water is dirty and Spike isn’t looking too great. In fact, Spike’s looking pretty limp and he’s just about getting by (know anyone like this?).

If Spike was yours, how would you treat him?

Goldfish BowlNo matter how much we treated Spike with whatever illness he’s developed, if we did not change the water I wouldn’t fancy his chances. He might kick on for a while longer from the treatment, but what about his quality of life?

Naturally we would want to take preventative measures. If Spike was really struggling we’d change the water and treat him at the same time. We could then stay on top of it and change the water once a week, feed him well and Spike would probably have a swimmingly good time in there.

I often get asked ‘what’s the key to good health’ like there’s a magical and mystical secret formula only the very few and privileged know of.

From working in the health & fitness industry there’s been a few common denominators that have stood out for me when it comes to great health. The main one is this:

Do the basics really well

Sexy I know! So what are the basics? Search the blog and I cover most of them. But here’s a few…

  • NO SUGAR!!! (This is a must, and cuts out most supermarket foods).
  • Cut out processed foods (Yes, breakfast cereals and tomato ketchup too) and avoid most white foods (flour, rice, pasta etc).
  • Avoid chemicals in food as much as possible… Yep, that means most bread is gone too (Because you’ve now cut out sugar, flour and preservatives/chemicals).
  • Check the ingredients of everything you buy. If you don’t recognise them, don’t eat it.
  • Eat more like your grandparents would have when they were young.
  • Support your local businesses like the butcher etc. instead of buying packaged processed low grade meats. Local veggie shop instead of raiding the long isles in the supermarkets! Fresh fish, fresh eggs, fresh is best.
  • Cook your own food from scratch! Actually get to know what you are eating. (Here’s a great recipe book by Sarah Wilson).
  • Eat veggies like they are going out of fashion (Yes even for breakfast if you have time).
  • Natural fats are your friends
  • Avoidlow fat normally means high sugar.
  • Don’t binge drink alcohol. In fact, don’t binge anything. If you want to treat yourself, earn it first. Keep it 80/20 minimum (I talk about the 80/20 rule in my eBook here).
  • Move and exercise daily.
  • Don’t take it all to seriously and laugh a lot. (Life’s to short!).
  • Sleep

I’ve probably missed a few things but you get the idea… Keep it simple.

Surely a little investment daily is required as our health is at stake? Quality food and some exercise far outweigh the cost of your health and medications that harbor side affects like the T-shirt cleverly points out… So if you are in Spikes shoes, is it sink or swim?

What one thing do you/don’t you do daily to keep your water clear? Would love to hear your thoughts…

Recommended reading:

Sarah Wilson’s eBook: I Quit Sugar – Sarah Wilson

Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet - Nora Gedgaudas

Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It (Vintage) – Gary Taubes

Big Fat Lies - David Gillespie

On a side note: I truly enjoy writing these posts, hence our frequent blog posts. At the end of the day though, these are just my thought’s and feelings around a topic I’m passionate about. I encourage everyone to do their own research and check out the facts for themselves.

If you did enjoy the post and got something from it or have something to share on the topic, I would love to hear your thought’s in the comments section below. If you feel others would benefit from this then it would be great if you could share it using one of the icons below (Facebook etc). Cheers, Guy…

Why the food pyramid sucks

180 Nutrition Food Pyramid

By Guy Lawrence

“…an 8 oz /230g serving of hamburger daily, is technically permitted under the pyramid.” - Harvard nutritionist Dr. Walter Willett

Have you ever had one of those moments… Someone asks you a question which seems to be really simple, yet you know if you answer it, it opens up for a 100 more questions?

After explaining to my friend about my feelings on why counting calories doesn’t work (you can read my thoughts on calorie counting here), I think he was having a little bit of a paradigm shift regarding his health, nutrition and weight loss. I had just created a monster and I knew more questions would come flying at me!

The penny had dropped and all was not as it seemed in the world of weight loss and marketing. He began to understand that nutrient dense food was of the upmost importance when it came to weight loss, not counting calories. He also began to realise that most of his daily diet consisted of food that was not nutrient dense. It was loaded with refined grains, white flour and starch like breads, pastas, rice etc.

So here came the next question… What about the food pyramid? He was actually eating in no greater quantity than what is recommended by the somewhat vague prescription advocated by the food pyramid. Yet he wasn’t losing weight.

This was my answer to why I thought the food pyramid sucked. Here’s why… More