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Everywhere I went I couldn’t escape my body, my symptoms. It was like carrying around this BIG black suitcase. All I wanted to do was DROP IT and run away FAST. But my symptoms stayed right alongside me: irregular cycles, tenuous sleep, and digestive distress. I’ll spare you the yucky details.

 

Think of all the symptoms or dis-eases you’ve experienced from childhood and every year thereafter. What symptoms or dis-eases can you list? Wheezing, rashes, headaches? Ear, sinus or throat infections? What about seasonal allergies, asthma, eczema, ADD or ADHD, IBS, IBD, or some other acronym? Or maybe it’s excess weight, mood and sleep problems, or constipation and bloating. If it’s not one of the above, fill in the blank with the symptoms that describe your dis-ease. For me it was miscarriages and hormonal, digestive disasterville.

 

Why do have all these symptoms? Because of an inability to deal effectively with stressors – the something life plops on your health teeter-totter that throws you off balance. Stressors can be environmental or genetic. In the past it was thought that genes – the physical blueprint one inherits from their parents – were out of one’s control. The study of epigenetics has uncovered that you can control how your genes express by changing your environment. This means that how you think (mindset), what you feel (emotions), and the actions you take (diet and lifestyle) all have an effect on how your genes express.

 

“Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her; but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.”

–Voltaire

 

Are you playing your cards for health? Hint: Putting bandages on your boo-boos won’t make them go away.

About the Author: Dr. Sue McCreadie

I’m Sue, a doctor, entrepreneur, writer, & faith-filled optimist dedicated to helping you have more vibrant health, a deeper relationship with yourself, and bigger paychecks (if financial abundance is your thing).