Following the media is not necessarily the best thing for your health. Having worked in the psychoneuroimmunology field for twenty years I’m well aware of the mind-body-spirit connection and am fascinated at the power the mind plays in health. What I don’t understand is when people try and play “can you top this ” with their health.
How did our health become so politicized? I mean I understand the importance of funding for research, but to does that mean that we have to create an illness hierarchy? Do we wind up creating a system like in poker where a particular illness trumps another illness?
I listened to an interview with Michael Moore, the controversial filmmaker, about his new film “Sicko”. He was showing how those who served after 9/11 and are now suffering from lung ailments are not receiving as good care as the prisoners we have in Guantanamo Bay. I don’t understand how that could happen, but it’s true.
As pilgrims our voices have to be heard. We walk a journey together and it’s important that those in decision making positions understand and hear our voices loudly so that nonprofits providing care for uninsured women with breast cancer can become a thing of the past.
No one should feel that their illness isn’t “bad enough”. Compassion for those facing life-altering diagnoses will serve as a healthy dose of immune booster, it’s better than taking a spoon full of sugar to help the medicine go down.