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What Should I Value Most?

We all have a value system that determines the way we spend our time. You might rank your spiritual life, your spouse, your children, your work, your health or your friends higher than the rest. This helps us decide what to do when we are faced with opportunities that conflict. If you value your spouse above your friends (which sounds like a fine idea), it’s pretty obvious how you would handle a rare night off for a date night with your spouse over a night out with the friends. It’s important to note that we all have different value systems and this can explain how we could “agree to disagree” when deciding how we spend our time.

Our values also change based on our situation. The importance of our health will change the moment we get diagnosed with a debilitating and life-threatening disease. At this point, a date night and a night out with the friends are both sidelined for obvious reasons.

Here’s a question for you

Obviously once diagnosed, health becomes of utmost importance and value but how about before being diagnosed with this debilitating and life-threatening disease?

Believe it or not, there have been many studies that have worked to determine the importance of health and where it belongs in our value system. To unpack this a little further, let’s define health according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease.

This suggests that health has nothing to do with disease. It suggests that the absence of disease is not indicative of good health.

Let’s take a look at this scenario:

John is a 62-year-old male. He is a man of faith and happily married to his wife, Sara. John has a big family that he loves to spend time with, he loves to dance and has great friends whom he adores. He has no health concerns. John does have noticeably poor posture and an achy shoulder from a car accident that he suffered many years ago but nothing that keeps him from his activities.

John was asked to write out his top five values and here they are:

  • God
  • His Wife
  • His Family
  • His Friends
  • Dancing

Five years later, John had a heart attack. Doctors later determined that his poor posture was limiting and interfering with his heart and it’s ability to pump and function properly. Due to his heart attack, John later suffered a stroke and is no longer capable of walking or talking the way he once did.

As you can imagine, this has completely changed John’s life and values. Even though his health was not keeping him from anything that he loved to do, he put it on the back burner until it was too late.

A note from the Doctor:

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Studies show that heart disease often begins with coronary artery substance build-up and often begins 20 years before the first symptom. Often, the first symptom of heart disease is left shoulder pain associated with a heart attack.

LIV Chiropractic is a local and privately-owned practice and has early detection software and technology that has the ability to screen for cause-related health issues. Don’t hesitate to be proactive and preventative when it comes to your health and your life. Give us a call or schedule an appointment online, today.

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