Happy New Year to all of the Medhelp family. The goal to provide a community where people may convene and exchange information about health is a fantastic concept. And the visitors who populate this sight never cease to amaze me with their initiative to help themselves through better knowledge about their illness
2008 was filled with change. A new President juxtaposed against the backdrop of financial crisis like we have not seen in many yrears. We lost familiar and respected individuals like Tim Russert, Paul Newman and Eartha Kitt to name a few. It was the untimely death of Russert that once again highlighted the deadly impact of silent coronary artery disease. I wrote a blog describing medicine's deficiency in identifying these silent low grade lesion's. Although we are making progress towards identifying a more reliable test beyond the cardiac catheterization, we are stuck with this inadequate modality for now.
Our ability to stratify high risk patients is now available with subfractionation of cholesterol levels. We have the capability to know why a person with a normal cholesterol level dies of an unexpected heart attack or stroke. The culprit can be identified with subfractionation of cholesterol particles to identify changes in the particle size for LDL and HDL as well as to identify high risk genotypes. The problem is that most people dont know about these tests, for that matter, neither do a number of physicians. So how to ration our extensive medical information to get the biggest bang for our buck is challenging
I was blessed to meet a goal of mine to complete a book about my Optimal Health program. Your Guide to Optimal Health: Creating Your Personal Wellness Wheel. www.personalwellnesswheel.com
I called the time and effort consuming process putting my money where my mouth is. I was not satisfied to talk in bits in pieces about the comprehensive program. I really think its is important to consolidate valuable information into a format that people can process and use. If we don't do that, we've accomplished little. The challenge that lies ahead is to continue to evangelize about the topic until Im blue in the head. We have to start taking personal responsibility for our health.
A large percentage of our problems are avoidable and I sincerely believe that people can change more easily if they can create a plan with some assistance. Your Guide is that assistant.
Yes, it's clear that we have our work cut out for us in 2009. But its always reassuring to know that a community like MedHelp is available to support anyone who seeks assistance. Gpd Bless. Have a safe, prosperous and healthy new year