1,967,245 Reasons NOT to be Complacent

com·pla·cent  [kuhm-pley-suhnt]  Adjective  Pleased, especially with oneself or one’s merits, advantages, situation, etc., often without awareness of some potential danger or defect; self-satisfied.

The more I meet people and see patients whose health has deteriorated because they waited too long to do something about it, the more it becomes obvious that we need to hear the “roar of the falls.”  The concept is that if you get caught in a boat, 10 feet from Niagara Falls, with a dead motor and no oars it’s called – “it’s over.”  The point being, that by the time most people look into something it is too late.

The 3 things that are killing your friends and family (and you if you let them) are 95% PREVENTABLE! The leading cause of death according to the Journal of the American Medical Association is Iatrogenic death.  That means something the doctor did… killed you, not a disease.   Things like adverse drug reactions, hospital infections and surgery complications kill 783,936 people every year.  Cancer kills 585,720 moms, dads, sons and daughters per year.  Heart disease kills 597,689 pastors, bank tellers and teachers every year.  That’s 1,967,245 people dying for almost completely preventable causes every year.

After 15 years of interactions with over 10,000 patients, the leading cause of death, disability and heartbreak is clear: complacency.   Complacency is robbing you of your potential in 2 ways:

1.     Procrastination.  We somehow think that we can get away with doing the bare minimum when it comes to taking care of our spines, nutritional and exercise habits and we can always get to it later.  The reality is that later is TOO LATE.  We have more information that we’ve ever had on being healthy, but we don’t put it to use.  We think we know it all so we don’t need to learn anything new. The most dangerous words you can speak are “I ALREADY KNOW THAT.”

2.    Settling.  What are you settling for?  Have you accepted that you will always be overweight and tired because everyone else in your family is that way?  Have you accepted that you have to be stuck on those 2 medications because the doctor told you that you just have to live with it?  Stop living beneath your birthright to be abundantly healthy.  If your past habits got you where you are now, change your habits starting TODAY and stop tolerating your condition.

It’s been said, “Live life like there is no tomorrow.” In the case of your body, if you live that way, you will have many more tomorrows.  No more complacency, it’s time to move.

By: Dr. Eric Shuemake