Nurses, WHO, & The Future of Health

Welcome Back Patient Family,

I hope you had a great, safe, and healthy version of Thanksgiving.  We have 3 things to discuss.

  1. Words from the Trenches
  2. WHO’s new guidelines on exercise
  3. The Future of your Health – Having a HealthCare Trifecta

Words from the Trenches – Nurses

We have the distinct pleasure of treating many physicians, nurses, and all other types of medical personnel.  Some might say it’s because my lovely wife is a physicians’ assistant, but we feel our awesome staff and logical treatment model have something to do with it as well.  Regardless, we have heard a lot from the nurses we serve.  This is the summary:

  • ICU beds are being significantly stressed
  • More than the elderly is represented, but the worst cases are elderly with other significant healthy issues/comorbidities. 
  • There is an influx of patients from rural areas that can’t handle the issue as effectively.
  • The situation at the hospital is concerning but so too are the many other areas of collateral damage including schools, kids, local businesses, addiction risks, and depression.

Long story short, this is still very real and very concerning.  Yet, a balanced approach to saving lives and preserving healthy living scenarios is a must.  Please be smart with what you do, where you go, and how you act.  The numbers are indicating that we did a pretty good job over Thanksgiving.  Let’s keep that trend going into the new year.

The World Health Organization (WHO)

The WHO recently published an update to their recommendations for physical exercise.  Instead of maintaining a low intensity – cardio heavy stance on exercise they made some significant changes. 

While some activity (regardless of intensity) is better than no activity, they have changed the intensity level more toward moderate and high intensity levels with exercise.  Not only that, but they also make a major change to include exercise that focuses on flexibility, balance, agility, coordination, and strength.

These changes are rooted in solid science and are the same things we have been championing for years.  Thank you to the WHO for making these changes official and be sure to include a broad spectrum of physical exercise within your routine.

Let’s all live to 100 and be able to deadlift our body weight… who’s with me!

Healthcare Trifecta

We finish with discussing the importance of a great Healthcare Trifecta.  Not a primary care, urgent care, and cardiologist, but rather a great massage therapist, chiropractor, and fitness community. 

If we have learned anything from the pandemic (as evidence by the WHO’s changes), it is that we need to start living a healthier lifestyle.  Not just an idea of eating more salads but building our physical bodies up to withstand and protect against our current vulnerabilities.  If our muscles and joints are balanced and our posture and movements are strong and intended, then it is very difficult for us to have problems at any stage of life.  Not only that, we won’t need to rely on so much medication to keep us alive.  On the contrary, we can live an intended life cycle that sees us strong, capable, and confident until the very end.

Think I’m crazy?  Well… you may have some ammunition there, but not on this point.  There is too much evidence out there pointing toward higher quality of life if we make some simple changes to our habits.  A great massage therapist, chiropractor, and fitness community will go a long way toward helping you live your best life.

Good Luck and #keepmoving,

Dr.J

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