By Dr. Rick Tague
Far too many individuals end up with health (or lack thereof) as a life distraction instead of a resource for greater productivity. Does that really have to happen? And what impact is unnecessary disease having on the world around us as attention and resources are being devoted to recapturing lost health that should have never been lost in the first place?
As a physician assisting others in the pursuit of optimal weight, metabolic health, and wellness, I know all too well the discomfort and pain caused by less than optimal health. It seems the modern environment we live in, with all its perceived benefits, is quite conducive to a steady drain on our health. High capacity individuals come to see me overweight, tired, on multiple medications, and frustrated because they cannot live up to their known capacity. Their limited productivity brings them searching for help. Physicians, attorneys, pharmacists, politicians, pastors, CEO’s, business owners, as well as laborers and housewives have all come to me with the same frustrations of unnecessary lost health.
by Emily Farris, Kansas City Enhance Health & Wellness Magazine, featuring the medical practice of Rick Tague, MD, MPH & TM
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By Dr. Rick Tague
Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you a person who has discovered a success-producing routine! You and I have both seen it. Look around you at those that are floundering in some area of life. Almost always, they have failed to discern and implement a daily routine that allows them to flourish.
Examples are all around us. A highly experienced psychiatrist was quoted recently as saying, “In all my years of practice, I have never met a patient who was clinically depressed who was physically fit.” You see, those who have a routine that keeps them physically fit receive multiple other benefits in terms of both physical and emotional health. A routine that produces physical fitness also tends to produce emotional and mental health. That is simply one example.
By Dr. Rick Tague
You may have seen the above recent headline in the news. The correct answer is a definite “Yes or No!” Most vitamin formulas are 10-20 years out of date and unfortunately put well-meaning vitamin takers at unnecessary risk! Further, many supplement consumers are not well informed on what their specific needs are for nutrient supplementation, resulting in bad decisions on what to take. It is no wonder that research shows that some consumers put themselves at increased risk, even though their motive is to lower risk of disease!
Health is a precious commodity. Too often, however, we don’t realize its value until it is slipping away from us. When I worked as an emergency medicine physician, I saw firsthand just how quickly and easily one’s health and life can be taken away. Accidents, injuries, and serious illnesses too often snatch health out of the hands of ordinary, well-intentioned people. Can we always prevent accidents and disease? No. But, can we dramatically improve our chances? An emphatic yes!
Interesting research on longevity has shown that Okinawa, Japan and Loma Linda, California have 2 of the highest rates of long life spans in the world. A city in Japan makes sense with eating more traditional diets with lots of fish, rice, and drinking green tea. But why Loma Linda? The answer is the number of 7th Day Adventists. You see, Loma Linda is home to many Adventists who, for example, don’t smoke, and they consume lots of fruits, vegetables, and nuts. In fact, 7th Day Adventists, on average, live 7 years longer than a typical Californian, extending life span from a typical 78 years to 85 years. Fewer cases of heart disease, cancer, and strokes are some of the additional benefits.