Don’t Become a Crash Test Dummy from Your Health Choices

Good Glorious Saturday

I am writing from the Sunshine Coast as my daughter embarks on her campaign to earn points in the QLD State Titles for Surfing. I love travelling for her sport, it takes us to all kinds of new destinations and it gives me an opportunity to test my health out! After all it takes resilience and vitality to drive distances, set up camp/hotel room, create a comfy home away from home for a nervous teen who takes this very seriously and maintain business and self focus for me. Nearing the age of 50 reminds me that some health checks may be in stall. How about you?

MILESTONES AWAY FROM GRAVESTONES

There are milestones over the year that can help to prompt a check in on our health signs and symptoms, progress, decline or deviation. I like to recommend to my patients, who are in otherwise good health (without an active focused program to resolve an issue) and looking for the 'heads up', to use points along the year to do check in tests. Some of these milestones that could prove to be lifesaving in some cases may be:

* Christmas and New Year
* End of Financial Year
*.Start of new Financial Year
* Change of season
* Your birthday
* The first day of the month
* The last day of the month
* Start of school term
* End of school term
* Easter
* April Fools Day
* Wedding Anniversary
* Major birthdays for major age related testing (30, 40, 50, 60 etc)

The opportunities to set regular checks for yourself are endless and leaves little room for excuses to overlook minor health problems that could become major ones. This is where preventative medicine really plays a role in your life.

AVOID THE CRASH TEST DUMMY TEST

Many patients of mine love to know what is going on in their bodies and this can be achieved in a number of different ways:

1. Using an investigative question and answer approach to unravel historical events that may have triggered their health changing
2. Performing in clinic testing methods to back up observation notes, history notes and to separate one diagnosis from another
3. Discussing at length the nuances of your signs and symptoms that they diarise or present with in clinic
4. Reviewing previous test results to look for patterning in health changes.
5. Food diarising and reviewing for macro and micro nutrient accountability that can lead to longer term health impacts - (Keep an eye out for the Good Food magazine article I am featured in soon on this subject)

By doing this, you avoid 'running into' surprise health outcomes as your body will give some preliminary signs that something is on the horizon so that you don't need to be a crash test dummy for your health and find out too late that something is about to come up!

Remember - you don't need to wait for something to happen to maintain great health and longevity for your body - set some milestones up that work for you and lets tailor a review process that spans the year for you!

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