Who is Your Family Doctor?
Recently, a patient whom I respect and admire for her values and worldviews came into my office. She is a local nutritionist who has been in practice for years and sees a lot of people. I enjoy our conversations because of her extensive knowledge about the human body and how to keep it healthy. I don’t exactly remember how this came up but she asked me a question that caught me off guard, “Who is your family doctor?”. I paused, then hesitated, then uneasily said, “I don’t have one”. "You don’t have one?", she said. "No", I said, "the only reason I would go to a family doctor is for screening tests like labs or x-rays and, to be honest, I can run those on myself".
After our conversation, I thought long and hard about the last time I needed to go to any doctor. It was 27 years ago when I had a deviated septum repaired from 3 broken noses I had from playing football and wrestling when I was in high school.
It’s not that I wouldn’t have a family doctor (MD) if I needed one. I just haven’t needed one and maybe you haven’t either. Why and when do most people go see the doctor? When they are either sick or think they may become sick and want to prevent the illness. If you asked my wife, Jill, about when she last saw her husband sick in bed and had to stay home from work, do you know what she would tell you? "I can’t remember" because neither can I. I’m not saying that to boast, impress you or pound my chest. I’m saying it because it’s true and to prove a point. Health and sickness aren't about luck, they are about work, action, preparedness, or lack thereof.
Do I believe in luck? Sure I do. I believe it’s luck, or God, that made me show up at the bar the night of Thursday, March 17th, 1994 (St. Patrick’s Day). That's the night I met my wife despite not even remotely wanting to go out that night. However, I don't believe it’s luck that has kept us together for 27 years now. That's been work. I also don’t believe luck helps me pay my bills or save money. I don’t believe luck helped me get my education or build my business. And, I don’t think luck keeps me healthy or is going to save me from Covid.
Recently, I had a colleague and a Chiropractor say to me and I quote, “You’re delusional to think that this virus gives a crap that you eat healthily, have a healthy immune system, make great lifestyle choices, have a fully functioning nervous system. You are fooling yourself”. This quote defies logic, science, and common sense. So, I guess it’s just good luck or bad luck if you get Covid? Do you really believe that? Do you really think that your body can’t defend itself, can’t heal itself, and doesn’t have an immune system that protects you 24/7? It's been said that “defense wins championships” and the “best offense is a good defense” and I believe that.
Do you want to feel protected and safe against coronavirus and its future variants? Stop focusing on just offense. That includes things like mask-wearing, social distancing, and other things that prevent the virus from getting into our bodies. Most assuredly, it will get into your body now or one day. This virus isn’t going away and neither is its variants. Are you prepared to wear a mask and social distance for the rest of your life? One day, you and your health will be exposed to a tiny, microscopic, opportunistic virus that doesn't care who it infects. It infects because that's what it's programmed to do.
So, the moral of this story is that I don’t go to the family doctor, not because I wouldn’t or don’t believe them to be important. I don’t go because I don’t get sick enough to need one. If I got sick and needed a family doctor, I’d go. I don’t get sick because of my lifestyle, not luck. I exercise like crazy, supplement, and eat well, I keep a normal weight, get adjusted, get and give lots of hugs and kisses, meditate, sleep like a champ, and most importantly, I work at it every day. Things that matter most should never be at the mercy of things that matter least.
If you believe that luck will keep you safe from getting coronavirus, it won’t. Just like luck won’t pay your bills next month. You won't get Covid because of the hard work you’ve put into your body to keep your immune system (your defense) in championship form.
When confronted with fear, I always choose faith and preparedness. It’s funny how fear disappears the more prepared you are for something.
Best in Health,
Dr. Dane Donohue is a Chiropractor in Newtown PA and has been serving his community for over 25 years. Wellness Solution Centers provides all the services you need for a healthy life.