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It s once again Christmas time.
I am reminded constantly of this season
of Saturnalia by the superfluous decora-
tions everywhere and the tired holiday
music that plays incessantly since the
beginning of November.
This supposedly religious holiday has
degenerated into the most materialistic
time of year. Crowds of people overwhelm
malls, frustrated shoppers fight for parking
spaces and traffic jams become the norm.
The Christmas rush is upon us. Brace
yourselves! The commercialisation of
Christmas is getting worse every year. This
materialism rings hollow for many, but especially for
those who all they want this Christmas is that which
cannot be bought once lost; health.
The abundance that was once worshipped and
desperately sought after now means nothing for those
who no longer have the vitality or the time left with
which to enjoy it.
In its place is the painful regret of all the years in
which health was knowingly approached with a neg-
ligent and irresponsible attitude.
We are perhaps the most fortunate generation ever,
benefiting from the rapid advance in science and
technology that has allowed us to map the human
genome, gaining an in-depth understanding of how
the complex organism that is the human body works.
Medical science has advanced so far that the dif-
ference between what kills and sustains us is now
common knowledge every-
Moreover, the brutal truth
is that health has to be earned
every single day through con-
scious decisions and delib-
If that is a tough choice
for you, consider the alter-
native one that is certainly
going to cost you precious
years and vitality.
Looking at the top ten
leading causes of death
worldwide according to the World Health Organization,
coronary heart disease, which is the buildup of plaque
inside the arteries of the heart, is the leading cause
of death worldwide.
Suffering a stroke, which is commonly due to high
blood pressure, obesity and smoking is the second
leading cause of death worldwide.
If that was not enough to get the point across,
smoking is responsible for the fourth leading cause
of death; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,
which is the progressive failure of the lungs. In the
developed world cancer is the second biggest killer.
Most of those cases could have been avoided by
adopting a healthy diet and lifestyle in time.
These facts hit close to home as we all have known
people who have suffered from the above. Let s face
it, if it can happen to them, and if we choose to go
down that same road it will happen to us.
Pause for a minute to think back on the people
you saw in the last half-hour.
Were they bastions of health? Doubtful. My case
in point. Today, levels of obesity continue to rise with
the tendency towards a sedentary lifestyle and poor
We should all be aware that smoking causes lung
cancer, and that too much simple sugars in our diet
over a sustained period of time leads to insulin insen-
sitivity and to diabetes.
The benefits of exercise and a healthy lifestyle are
continually being extolled, yet sadly people continue
to ignore them until it becomes a case of too little
too late. We no longer have the excuse of ignorance
when it comes to being unhealthy.
I hate going to hospitals, maybe it s the fear of
winding up suffering in one, like those poor souls
waiting to depart too soon behind sad eyes that stare
out of the hospital ward windows into the sterile
Those suffering people with conditions that could
have been prevented with a few minor timely lifestyle
This Christmas these people from all walks of life
are hooked up to machines, fighting desperately against
the limitations of modern science.
They and their loved ones would give anything to
get their health back, and most wind up giving every-
thing trying. Now, you still have your chance.
Most of you are blessed with the opportunity to
still earn your health through conscious decisions
and deliberate actions. Don t waste it, start today!
Earn good health with conscious decisions
Most of you are
blessed with the
opportunity to still
earn your health
Don't waste it,
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