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  • Writer's pictureCheryl Penna

Prevention is better than cure

In a world where health is undeniably our greatest asset, adopting preventative measures before the onset of illness proves to be a powerful strategy for a healthier and more fulfilling life. 

This approach encompasses a range of proactive steps that, when taken consistently, significantly reduce the risk of developing various health conditions. By prioritising preventative health measures, as individuals we can not only enhance our overall well-being but also steer clear of unnecessary suffering and potential complications that may arise from future health issues.  

The foundation of preventative health lies in adopting a holistic lifestyle that incorporates regular exercise, balanced nutrition, adequate sleep, and effective stress management. These habits play a crucial role in strengthening the immune system, maintaining optimal bodily functions, and warding off numerous diseases. 

Additionally, routine check-ups and screenings provide an avenue for early detection, enabling healthcare professionals to identify potential health issues before they escalate. 

This early intervention allows for more effective and less invasive treatments, offering individuals a better chance at a healthier future.Furthermore, the economic advantages of prioritising preventative health are significant. 

Prevention is often more cost-effective than treatment, as the expenses associated with medical interventions, medications, and hospitalisations can far surpass the costs of routine check-ups and health-promoting activities. 

Embracing preventative health practices is an empowering journey that allows you to take control of your well-being. It is a commitment to self-care that reaps rewards not only in terms of personal health but also in fostering a healthier, more resilient society. 

As we navigate the complexities of modern living, let us remember that the key to a healthier tomorrow starts with the choices we make today. Take the first step towards a brighter and healthier future by prioritising preventative health measures — after all, your well-being is your greatest asset.

Incorporating a good quality Multi-Mineral and B Vitamin into your daily routine has been shown to reduce a range of health diseases but only in long term use.  

For the past 30+ years, Harvard University has been conducting the Nurses Health Study and the Male Physicians Trial and they have looked at the multivitamin intake of the doctors and nurses involved.

Up to 10 years, there was absolutely no benefit, but when you get to 10 years in the doctors, there was an 8 per cent reduction in common cancers and an 8 per cent reduction in cataracts.

But if you then go to 15 years in the nurses, you see a 75 per cent reduction in bowel cancer, a 25 per cent reduction in breast cancer, and a 23 per cent reduction in cardiovascular disease — just by taking a multivitamin every day.

Dr Ross Walker, renowned Australian Cardiologist also recommends an additional high-strength fish oil supplement to be taken with a multi-vitamin from the age of 35 to 40 onwards, and when you get to 50, it’s best to crank up the fish oil to two capsules twice a day.

Omega 3 Lipids have been shown to reduce cardiovascular disease over a long period of time, reducing sudden cardiac death by 50 per cent and cardio disease by 30 per cent.

Gut-Digestive Health Program 

I recommend that all my patients complete at least one round per year of a general 12 Week Gut Cleanse to keep their digestive health on track and reduce the issues that can arise from parasitic, worm and fluke infections and unhealthy bacteria that we encounter with travel, eating out and from our water ways.

There are all types of creatures that get into our digestive system and live there for years that we are not aware of until years later and we begin to see the havoc to our health they can create. 

Using Pathology as a Marker of Health

Whilst mainstream medicine uses general pathology testing to diagnose and monitor a disease, in the preventative health area we are using general pathology markers as a sign of tissue health and early dysfunction in a body system that often precedes disease. 

This includes markers such as liver and kidney function, bone demineralisation, signs of hormone imbalance as well as a whole range of vitamin, minerals and protein markers needed to maintain health. 

It is advisable that you work with your health practitioner in setting up your Healthcare Plan.  Whilst there are a general set of recommendations for everyone, your best results will be obtained when your unique health needs are assessed and measured on a regular basis.

Wishing you a journey of health and vitality.


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