Think Health

May brings with it a growing consciousness of our health and a lot this month's posts will be about recognizing the signs of illness and what you can do prevent or alleviate them a little. I have not picked these arbitrarily but in sync with the National Day Calendar and my own interests.

Last year my doctor was getting frustrated with me for missing appointments and he made mention of something I never really thought about. Doctors associated with the clinic within the Family Health team are required to meet a yearly "report card". Their performance determines how much they are paid.

 It never occurred to me that such a thing would be required, I like most of you just assumed they were in complete control of their practice. It made me realize that my doctor is human too and no doubt frustrated by the stubbornness of some of their clients like myself. It also made me toe the line for a little while cause I didn't want him to get in trouble with his bosses.

But being me that lasted about six months. It's not that I don't care about my health it is just that I figure I know my body better than the doctor. While that may be true it is also true that he is supposed to keep me healthy despite myself and rather I care if I die or not. I do not blame him for getting frustrated with me and I know he does the best he can to help me but in the end I am the one who has to care enough to take care of myself. And most days I don't.

This year I am trying to do better. I will endeavour to take his advise and actually use it. After all he has to make a living too.

This Month we will be taking a look at the following illnesses:

Mental illness- Simple & Complex
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Checkups you should get if you are over 50
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Adult Onset Diabetes
Chronic Obesity- yes it is a recognized disease as of 2017

Stay tuned & stay well


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