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Thursday, January 17, 2013

As a nurse, I think of healing holistically, from the inside out. It is more to treat the person and not the symptom. This comment is more about the way IP has healed me. I had a problem from the neck up that caused physiological problems from the neck down. There are hundreds of medications for treating the disease, but not a lot to treat the person. IP has treated my head, directly, which caused some extremely positive physiological changes. When I started IP, I was hoping for more of a psychological fix, knowing that if I could change my mind, my thought process in regards to food, I could then change my weight, my disease process(es) for the better. I started in November with the goal to be off of medication by my birthday (March) and I anticipate doing that, with my doctors blessing of course. The more I read about insulin resistance, high blood pressure, high cholesterol; the diseases caused by poor lifestyle, the more I am aware, not only of my own health but those of the people I care about. This includes the people I work with.

Google the term 'acanthosis,' and then see how many undiagnosed cases of high blood sugar you can find. I speak specifically of some of those I have talked to or asked "how long have you been diabetic," their response typically is "I'm not diabetic." They have acanthosis; they are overweight, most times obese. They are in denial. I can see that objectively. I ask if they have a doctor. "I'm not sick" they say. They, along with millions of other people, are in denial. As I lose weight in front of this entire workforce, they can take the things I say with more seriousness, me having admitted to having a problem or a disease, and dealt with it by making a lifestyle change. This is more than an epidemic caused by civilization. There is more news reporting on the flu than there is in regards to obesity. That is sad. We are malnourished as a society, and no one is talking about that. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine said “let food be thy medicine and thy medicine be food.” Where has that thought process gone? When has food being a source of good health been replaced with the notion that we are entitled to gluttony?

I know I am not perfect. I am human and will undoubtedly make a lot of mistakes in my life. I will not, however, ever treat myself the way I used to. My life, my presence in my family’s lives is far too important to risk by selfishly killing myself one Starbuck’s at a time. I don’t want to be sick anymore. I don’t want to feel weighed down by my food or a poor lifestyle ever again. I can’t afford to. Obesity has taught me more about chronic disease than I ever cared to know but it’s most important lesson, in a world filled with uncontrollable events, that if I can control anything at all, it is my well-being. I cannot live forever, but while I am alive, my kids will get a wealth of knowledge that being obese has taught me.
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