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I want to tell you my secret

In the famous movie, “The Sixth Sense”, Haley Joel Osment tells Bruce Willis that he wants to tell him “his secret”. You remember the scene, as the hairs stood up on the back of your necks and arms, “I SEE DEAD PEOPLE”. In the scene, Bruce Willis known as Malcolm Crowe, a child psychologist in the movie, curiously asks Cole (Haley Osment) “in your dreams?”. Cole shakes his head no and Willis then asks “while you're awake?”. Cole shakes his head yes. Willis goes on to ask, “Dead people like in graves and coffins?” Cole answers “dead people walking around like regular people, they don’t see other, they only see what they want to see, they don’t know they're dead.” How often do you see them says Willis? Do you remember what Cole says? “ALL THE TIME, they’re everywhere”. Here is the link if you want to watch it, I dare you to not get chills up your spine? Click HERE.

The ironic thing about this scene is that there is a lot of truth to it. I must have a “sixth sense” because I see dead people too. They're not really dead but they look like the "walking dead" or at least they don't look full of life. How would you describe a person full of life vs. somebody who is alive but looks almost dead? With modern medicine, nursing and disability care facilities, and chronic disease care management, people are able to live much, much longer. However, the quality of their lives is going down while the quantity of their lives goes up. There is a saying “I want to die young, as late as possible”. Well, in our country so many people are “living old at a much younger age”.

Look around and tell me what YOU see? I have been closely evaluating human physiology for 30 years now. Here is what I see when I walk through an airport, city, or other places where a lot of people are gathered. I see a lot of overweight people who don’t move well, their eyes are swollen or puffy, they seemed inflamed to the trained eye and lastly, they have bad posture and a lot of people look much older than they really are. The strange part is that it’s just like what Cole says in the movie, they’re walking around like regular people, they don't see each other and only they see what they want to see. They don’t know they are slowly dying and are going to either die young or live "old" at a much younger age. How often do I see them? ALL THE TIME, they’re everywhere.

I recent study of 540,667 adult hospitalized patients with Covid-19 showed that a whopping 94.9% of these patients had at least 1 underlying chronic condition and the death rates went up significantly if you had 2 or more chronic conditions. The most common chronic conditions associated with a severe complication or death were hypertension (50.4%), lipid disorders (49.4%), obesity (33%), and diabetes (31.8%). Even fear and anxiety disorders were common in patients with a severe Covid-19 infection.

What does this tell us? What we’ve known all along. The healthier you are, the more likely you are to never get Covid-19 or successfully survive Covid-19, but also the better your chances of dying young as late as possible. Health is the foundation of your life. How's your foundation?

Best in Health,

Dr. Dane Donohue

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