Why preparation and prevention should be the new normal

Author: Dr. Michelle Durkin on 13 October 2020

We are living in interesting times. If the pandemic this year has taught us anything, it is that what was "normal" is no longer sustainable.

When we step back and look at the big picture we can see this manifesting in so many different areas. Where we have cut corners for what is fast, fun, profitable, and easy, is showing up and showing up in a big way.

When I think about these problems and the possible solutions, I think about it like fixing a house. Do you want to put in new windows and doors, some new paint and make it "look good" OR do you want to fix the crack in the foundation?

Sure it is a lot harder, takes more effort, and maybe more expensive in the short-term, but the long-term result far out weighs any short term cost.

This is all too evident when it comes to our health.

Our current health care paradigm is based on the foundation of emergency management. When emergency mode is the standard response mode we don't identify, we don't address, and even worse we ignore root causes.

Why? Because change is hard.

Really looking at your life and changing your habits is hard. Eating vegetables, and going to bed on time is boring. Especially when there is no immediate danger when you don't.

But the reality is the basics are the basics and you can't change the basics...think Mr. Miyagi in the movie the Karate Kid.

Identifying root causes like blood sugar imbalances, inflammation, gut dysbiosis, hormone imbalance, and toxin overload are key to a new health paradigm. The preventative paradigm.

In 2015 I wrote this in my journal as my vision going forward - "I envision a world that is healthy on a physical, mental, and an emotional level. A world that combines the old traditional wisdom of eating, treating disease, getting sunshine, and being active with new technology and information we have learned to become a healthier society. A way of living where healthy becomes the normal, not the exception. I believe in community and each other instead of the individual versus the world."

Will this be an opportunity of exceptional change? Will we take a deep dive into what we value and start taking action in the right direction? You get to decide.

I decided. I hope you join me in the new paradigm.

Now I would love to hear from you! What basics do you need help with to build a stronger foundation? Leave a comment below and I'll be back next week with another edition of Doctor as Teacher Tuesday!

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