Opinion: Health education benefits patients

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By Nancy Edwards

Many of us (myself included) expect the benefit of the “quick fix” to help repair our health problems. We don’t really want to eat healthy or exercise due to our busy lifestyles, and let’s face it: watching TV and eating our favorite comfort foods are more fun that sweating it out at the gym or eating a spinach salad. 

When we start to develop health problems, we are often prescribed medication, and in many cases, we need the medication for our problems to be stabilized. But what if we could prevent some of these costly health problems by simple putting in more time and effort in taking care of ourselves?

That’s what Living With Intention, a private medical practice in Fishers, strives to educate their patients. Patients are seen much longer than a typical doctor’s visit and are encouraged to adjust their diet, perhaps adding supplements to their diet, and are counseled on the root cause of their problem.

Dr. Stephen Elliott of Living With Intention has seen many patients, including one with chronic constipation and abdominal issues, who have previously been to various doctors, specialists, and been through one test, scope or scan after another. As it turns out, many of us have a diet of mainly processed food that causes problems. Packaged food is convenient and quick. But at what cost?

The facility also has a massage therapist on staff. I only recently learned that massages can help with depression and anxiety, as well as cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and nervous systems, and even hormonal imbalances.

Winter is not a time when many of us are excited to get out of the house. We enjoy being complacent, but we often get depressed when the sun doesn’t shine and we aren’t active. This is the time of year we should be focused on getting out to do things we enjoy, getting those massages and eating right so we can feel better, instead of waiting until we develop another health problem.

 

 

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