QUESTION: How long does it take to write a health book whose message can be summarized in a couple of sentences?
ANSWER: For this author, unimaginably long!
It’s been over three years from the moment I thought I could “whip off” a book that shares the exciting yet fairly simple information I’ve learned as I’ve transitioned from a long and rewarding career in emergency medicine to the even more important field of “health medicine,” with its focus on healthy diet and lifestyle choice as the foundation for a healthy life. The book has been an adventure, to say the least, and along the way I’ve continued to learn and to understand more about what our bodies, minds and spirits need to support and sustain us along our amazing and challenging roads of life.
So let me begin this first of new, weekly/sunday Blog Posts by sharing the main message of my long-awaited, just-published book (available on amazon.com—print and Kindle editions, by June 5th!): Your health isn’t determined by your doctors, your circumstances, the healthcare system, or your genes. Your own best health is mostly up to you!
Many of you may already know this in principle; in the book, I detail why this is true, now more than ever, and share how you can use this information to your best advantage.
I chose the title, How Healthy Is Your Doctor?, as a way of encouraging people to consider where they’re getting their health information (spoiler alert: doctors don’t learn about optimal nutrition or the specifics of healthy lifestyle habits in medical school!). More importantly, the book makes the critical point that, every day, you make the choices that either support, or undermine, your health. It explains how, no matter what genes you inherited from your parents, your own nutrition and lifestyle habits have the incredible power to turn off “bad” (disease-producing) genes and turn on your “good” (health-promoting) ones. Healthy habits also protect the genes that tell your cells and organs to perform their normal, healthy functions—then those same habits help your cells and organs stay happy and healthy themselves.
In the book, I explore the role of doctors and the healthcare system in determining your health, explaining the important difference between what they do (detect and manage disease) and what you can do (promote and sutain your own health). I also review the latest research on nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices, outlining which ones pack the most punch for improving and enhancing health.
I also talk about why the health of our nation—indeed, the world—is at a perilous crossroads, where forces are in place to erode our health at every turn, from the widespread creation and promotion of industrialized, non-nutritive foods to the development of all the “modern conveniences” that thwart our ongoing engagement in physical activity, sleep, and the enjoyment of an unstressful life.
Last but not least, I discuss those actions and measures that are already being taken by people, businesses, and institutions to begin to turn our tide away from health disaster and toward a healthier civilization, and I emphasize the importance of working both individually and collectively toward creating better health for all.
That’s it In a Nutshell! In next Sunday’s Blog I’ll detail exactly how you can order my book! In the meantime, I’m moving my household from one healthy lifestyle location to another (Western Wyoming to the north coast of the Dominican Republic). ‘Til then, I hope you’ll think about how to live each of your own days with a keen eye toward health!
Hasta pronto (see you soon),