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Health - not just the absence of disease.

Posted Nov 18 2008 12:21am

Toothbrush and dental floss I recently returned from my dentist with a surprising finding!  I don’t take good care of my teeth!  ME!??  I mean I’m a health and wellness nut! 

Like many other people, I don’t floss often enough.  I try to do it everyday, but it never seems to be a priority. As a busy physician, there just always seems to be something more important to do…Like saving lives, refilling prescriptions, sleep and blogging!:)

This is symbolic of our dilemma to our health. It never seems to be a priority until it is too late and you need that root canal.  We know what we should be doing to stay healthy, but we don’t! Do we really need to sequence the genomes of the bacteria in our mouths, before we are willing to take the time to brush and floss? 

Similarly, diet and exercise never seem to be a high priority for most of us.  What good is it to find out if you have fast muscle fiber or slow muscle fiber type if you don’t ever exercise?  To often we procrastinate and find excuses. 

Irrespective of one’s genetic testing results showing an increased risk for coronary artery disease, we all should be getting more cardiovascular exercise!

Irrespective of one’s risk of deep venous thrombosis, we all show get up and stretch our legs on long airplane rides!

Enough said, I’m off to brush and floss my teeth.  You should too!

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