Dr. Google or Dr. You

With the popularity of Dr. Google and Dr. Wikipedia today, most of my patients come into the office having an idea of what their diagnosis is likely to be.  Dr. Google and Dr. Wikipedia, even Dr. Mayo Clinic and Dr. WebMD, provide us with important information about what might be going on with our bodies.  I think these resources are nice to have to give us an overview of different health conditions, different laboratory tests and even different treatments.  But do you know who the greatest resource of information about your health condition is?

YOU!

Every human being has an internal guidance system that tells them when things are going well and when things are not.  Many times we forget this important aspect of self.    We look outside ourselves for the answers instead of inside.  We ignore early indicators that something is wrong.

Our bodies have indicators that we often pass off as being normal.  I hear the phrase “normal aches and pains” all the time in my office.  It’s so difficult to bite my tongue when I hear that phrase – many times I don’t.  Pain IS NOT normal.  It is our body telling us that something needs to happen differently.  Sometimes the thing that needs to happen isn’t the top of our priority list such as exercise, stretching, de-stressing, eating well, sleeping, taking prescribed medications and supplements, scheduling a doctor’s appointment, talking about our feelings, etc.  But…in most situations, there is something that we can do to stop the pain cycle.  Think of your body like you would your car for a moment.  When the gas light turns on, if you ignore it what happens?  What about that service needed light?  Tire pressure light?  Check engine light?  How long will you ignore these indicators?

Your body’s indicator lights might not flash or beep constantly at you but they are there if you are paying attention.

How is your energy? How often do you feel rested? Do you have pain? Are you comfortable when you sleep/sit/stand/exercise? Do you have “normal” headaches? (Another phrase I just love to hear.)  Are you retaining water, gaining weight, losing weight… This list could really go on and on.

I’m not suggesting we all become hypochondriacs and believe every body indicator is a sign of a disease in progress.  However, I do believe that if we pay attention and take care of the small indicators, we can prevent many diseases from occurring or progressing.

My challenge for you this week is this…Check in with your body.  Figure out what questions you need to ask yourself – what are the indicator lights you are ignoring? What are you willing to do to help your health and prevent future disease?

 

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39 thoughts on “Dr. Google or Dr. You

  1. randm says:

    What are you willing to do to help your health and prevent future disease?

    I am exercising daily and doing my best to improve my health by avoiding lots of food and drink.

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  2. I have been ignoring the fact that I am not eating as much fruits an vegetables as I should. I am eating some vegetables but not enough fruits. I like vegetables more than I do fruits. I know I should eat better. I plan to eat more fruits and vegetables. I am going to try to get away from eating too much meat. I eat a little more meat than I should too.

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  3. I have been ignoring the fact that I am not eating as much fruits an vegetables as I should. I am eating some vegetables but not enough fruits. I like vegetables more than I do fruits. I know I should eat better. I plan to eat more fruits and vegetables. I am going to try to get away from eating too much meat. I eat a little more meat than I should too.

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  4. It is true. Only you can find out what’s going within your body because you’re the only one who knows the routines and the health problems that occur. The resources from Google, Wiki, and WebMD are very helpful to identify the problems, but you know better how to treat yourself by caring for yourself. The last question is going to eat healthy, sleep well, and don’t ignore small signs when my body is telling me. Having a good routine of sleep and eating healthy are the basic steps.

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  5. bretthuda33 says:

    I can safely say my body has developed achs and pains from lack of exercise. I will be trying to move around more each day to make sure that does not happen long term.

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  6. Max says:

    Things I could do to help my health and prevent future disease are usually right in front of me. Exercise, eat right and pay attention to what the people in my life are suggesting. Asking the right questions to the right people can make things easier.

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  7. I have indicator lights that I need to pay attention to more. As far as living healthier I definitely need to eat better (which I have slowly started doing), exorcising more and quitting smoking (which I for sure need to do lol!)

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  8. What am I willing to do? Good question. I could say eat better or exercise but that’s not my problem. What I will do is not ignor my chronic medical conditions or put off things like eye exams or dental appointments.

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  9. I know that I need to take care of my body better. I have a serious problem when it comes to using sugar in things like tea and coffee. I use a lot of sugar, even though i know it is very bad for me. I think that I will have to cut down on it, or I will end up with diabetes.

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  10. Hannah Typhoon says:

    I have to acknowledge I’ve been ignoring my health a bit. What am I willing to do about it to help my health and prevent future problems? I need to and I will start watching my health more closely. Life style change, here I come.

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  11. What are you willing to do to help your health and prevent future disease? I am willing to lose my weight. Its help to prevent from many disease. Of Course I have to avoid Junk food at First.

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  12. Kristin says:

    This is a great article! Truly enjoyed reading it! There are so many things I tend to ignore about my health. I really need to learn to take better care of my health. I am willing to go to great lengths to protect myself from future diesease. Mostly I need to go to the doctor more often and be more proactive. I should also watch what I eat and try to be more healthy in my diet.

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  13. johhny McCoy says:

    this article was fantastic, it inspired me to really treat myself better and love myself . im willing to put in the overtime to myself a better healthier person thank you

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  14. spencer mcpeek says:

    Heart disease runs in my family. I’m willing do do a lot for my health to stay around for my kids and watch them grow. Thanks great article.

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  15. whitewater129 says:

    I guess an indicator light for me would be my weight gain. I exercise six days a week and eat healthy but still gaining fat. In spit of gaining 10 lbs of muscle over the course of 6 weeks I’ve gained the same amount in fat or water as well.

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  16. ronke alli says:

    Am willing to exercise more,eat less carbs,more fruits and vegetables. Avoid sweet and salty food, snacks cos the reality is your health is your wealth and our body is not a bin so I will lead not to load it with junks..

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  17. Kimberly says:

    Great blog post. As for the question What are you willing to do to help your health and prevent future disease? I am willing to stop drinking soda, and eating so many processed foods.

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  18. Beccatoo says:

    I’ve been ignoring the fact that I can barely walk from my front door to the mailbox without getting out of breath. I’ve got to change this. Time to get started eating healthier and exercising! Thanks for the wakeup call!

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  19. Mike Teberio says:

    I believe that eating right and working out at least 4 times a week would help prevent future disease and help live a healthier lifestyle . There is no way anyone could completely stop something happening too them but there are always ways too prevent an event like this from happening . I have been living this healthy lifestlye for a long time now and i would like too bring anyone in the same direction i have been going because i could enlighten someone too do the same thing .

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  20. Utsab Bhattarai says:

    I am surely ignoring how my stomach is getting bigger. I probably have to go to a gym now or find some sort of way of working out.

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