Our inability to see (or refusal to admit) that chronic diseases are:
among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems
is key in what separates us from wellness and health.
As the only pharmacist in the United States that dispenses only wellness,
I have learned that it is only when each of us are able to connect (everyday) outcomes to the breaks in wellness that caused them, that we will be able to claim our own innate health.
This means that regardless of the latest healthcare technology breaking onto the market or the newest pharmaceutical claiming to relieve constipation within 10 minutes, you will not be healthy until you are well (wellness, well-being)
At times, I have wished that it were different-that just taking a diuretic for high blood pressure would cure high blood pressure or that simply limiting salt intake would be enough to lower high blood pressure. But this is not the case. Nor was it ever.
I'm a western trained pharmacist; therefore, I was instructed in almost everything there is to know about drugs, except the one most important thing. Yep. I had to learn (and still know to this day) ADME (absorption, distribution, metabolism, elimination), PK (pharmacokinetics), MIC (minimum inhibitory concentration), PD (pharmacodynamics), pharmacotherapeutics, and the Henderson-Hasselbach equation to name just a few.
Yet, there was one thing about drugs that I didn't learn because it was not taught (still isn't.) And, it is the most important thing.
DRUGS DON'T CURE CHRONIC DISEASES
I spent years questioning why my knowledge of drugs as a pharmacist, and dispensing the drug to the patient rarely cured their chronic disease. Few of my colleagues understood my misgivings , though. Or maybe they were just satisfied (enough) to dispense, shut up, and go home. I followed suit. Trembling inside, not able to quite piece it all together, it was easier to join the crowd and not make any waves.
There's one thing, however, that I continued to do. I prayed that one day I'd be able to actually help people to be healthy and not rely upon medication that would inevitably lose its effectiveness and plateau after a time anyway.
And frankly, I had become weary and embarrassed. I mean how could I continue to legitimize putting pills in baggies and capsules in vials while collecting a six-figure salary to do it? So, I continued to pray, half-way remembering my mother's wise words from years ago-
Bambi, be careful what you pray for... you just might get it
And three years ago, as I began to experience the most difficult time in my life, with losses, fears, and realizations beyond my worst nightmares, I realized that the Universe was readying me to be just what I had prayed for:
· A Progenitor of Truth
I know that I cannot turn back now-I mean, how do you return a gift to Great Spirit, especially when it was the very gift that you had been asking for all along? And what would you say? Thanks anyway, but I'm good, I changed my mind, this is too difficult?
Ha! I won't even lie. I have thought all of those things on numerous occasions through this three year period. But, each time I looked back, I saw or heard something and someone that said,
Keep going. You're not alone. Everything's connected. Keep pushing.
Folks want to know, they need to know that they can be healthy. They don't want to be ball and chained to disease suppression with pharmaceuticals. They want wellness, disease prevention, and authentic opportunities to pursue happiness.
**Yes. I know the gift isn't returnable. I wouldn't want it any other way.
Tracy Morgan's Triumphant Return
"I know my purpose in life now is to spread love, especially in the world right now that we're living in. I'm glad if I am the one to spread that love, I love you."
I continue to be so amazed with Tracy's recovery from massive and critical injuries. Of course he required pharmaceuticals, especially to manage pain, reduce swelling, prevent blood clots... but it was his eight dimensions of wellness that created his path back to even being funnier-if that is possible, and health. Once C.A. L.M. (Comedy, Arts, Love, Music) is launched, hoping that Tracy will join in.
"The goal is not to be successful and famous... The goal is if you have a specific God-given ability-is to live your life out through that. One. And two, we have a responsibility to push the conversation forward until we're all equal-'til we're all equal in this place because until everyone's free, no one is free. That's just a fact."
This Dean Baquet (NYTimes Executive Editor) conversation with Jay Z is possibly the best interview I have ever seen. Dean's temperament and laid back style while asking riveting questions of Jay Z, who is anointed with a phenomenal clarity about the mechanics of life, is refreshing and invigorating. C.A.L.M., There's A Pharmacist In The House Music, and Wellness Bistro are parallel to many of the ideas that Jay Z supports and encourages.
The new company will be "free from profit-making incentives and constraints" as it tries to find ways to cut costs and boost satisfaction with the health care plan for employees of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase
It's FASS Food Friday at the HOUSE, and I am really concerned. Why? Because, I am certain that if you really slowed down for one minute and remembered that in order for food to be convenient, something (s) has to be added and typically it's Fat, Additives, Salt, and/or Sugar (the only marathon we're trying to win here is called the life-wellness-health race and the winners are the ones who sustain the pace, not break the tape) Rarely is any of this added stuff considered healthy. Rarely.
Yet the c-stores that eagerly and happily dispense gasoline, snacky-snack, and cigarette cocktails celebrated "innovation" two weeks ago at NACS 2017 by "holding court with new prepared-food products and innovative dispensed beverage flavors and equipment."
One of the kings in this court, Hunt Brothers Big Meaty Pizza, with its appeal to the heartier appetites of the younger, core c-store consumer, is available for a limited time (thank goodness) while supplies last. A reasonable attempt to find the nutritional "value" of the Big Meaty came up short. However this 14 second FB video will have you holding your heart to keep it from drowning in grease and fat and additives.
Hunt Brothers Pizza is an American food chain located in convenience stores, gas stations, country markets, sports arenas, and schools. It has more than 7,300 locations in 28 states as well as some international United States military bases. In fact, Hunt Brothers Pizza is quietly winning over the rural South by slipping into places big-name pizza chains probably couldn't survive. It has installed its pizza ovens at so many gas stations and convenience stores that it has more U.S. locations than either Domino's or Pizza Hut.
Probably most telling, or at least a big indicator, Hunt Brothers Pizza, website indicates that by partnering with them, profits can increase by selling the nation’s largest brand of made-to-order pizza in the c-store industry. We consistently deliver profit margins up to 50% and we charge no franchise fees whatsoever. With over 7,000 stores in 28 states, we’re always looking for more partners.
Sadly, and significantly, there isn't an indication that the pizza offers c-store consumers a healthy option nor are there any reminders that the top two chronic disease deaths in 2014 were heart disease and cancer.
Ten Foods That Cause Heart Attacks, #2→ Sausages. #6→Pizza. These 10 Foods Affect Your Risk of Heart Disease The Most. Eat less of sodium, processed meats, and red meats. And consider 17 Worst Habits for Your Heart while pondering Top 10 Cancer Causing Foods that include white flour and hydrogenated oils.
In truth, it is probably impossible to avoid every source of cancer, as carcinogens are pervasive and in much of our food, atmosphere, cosmetics, environment and a result of stress, as well. Best practice then would definitely be to avoid regular consumption of known carcinogenic food. Toss Big Meaty for some little vegetables-not laced in herbicides and pesticides, of course.
Our success is working for you...sadly, I don't believe this image from a Hunt Brother Pizza brochure is addressing their success in terms of providing healthy, nutritious food.
Rather, capitalizing on your impulsiveness and lack of making a connection between your food and your health, is their success.
We all have a right to success and to health.
Please don't be robbed of your health, however, because a business engaged in providing food values dollars higher than your health.
Slow down. You're going too fass.
Our relationship is over.
In Memory of Chuck Loeb, 1955-2017
It's (way past) time to bid chronic diseases goodbye, especially cancer and heart disease, which were the cause of half of all chronic-disease related deaths in the U.S. in 2014. The cure will not come from pharmaceuticals, either, for the only cure is prevention and wellness. I am a wellness pharmacist, dispensing wellness, the key to health, not pharmaceuticals, the agents that frequently make chronic disease sufferers SICKER. I am certain there are other pharmacists out there that really want to manage health and not diseases. So, where you at?
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