The Six Best Doctors

“The best six doctors anywhere, And no one can deny it, Are sunshine, water, rest and air, Plus exercise and diet. These six gladly will you attend, If only you are willing, Your mind they’ll ease, Your will they’ll mend, And charge you not a shilling…”
— Nursery Rhyme by Wayne Fields

One of the great motivational speakers and writers, Brian Tracy, says we should seek to be goal achieving not stress relieving. Interestingly enough most seek their daily or weekly massage more than they do the achievement of any significant goal. Too many ‘begin their hard work’ in the planning of their next vacation, but have spent no time putting together a plan for their life. Too many are eager to eat junk food and spend money on supplements in hopes of making up the difference they are not getting if they were simply eating right. Rather than exercise to keep their bodies in tune as they should, they find it easier to take a pill to reduce their weight. Truth is there are no short cuts to good health or a keen mind. It takes hard work in both cases. It is this hard work, which most are avoiding.

Life in and of itself is not difficult, it is what we add to it or take away from it that makes it so. This is similar to having a good but simple recipe that is easy to cook and delicious to eat. There happens to be something about this recipe however that you don’t like; it may be the fact it takes too long to cook AND along with this it has too much of a costly ingredient you would like to reduce. In an effort to reduce the cooking time you try adding other ingredients; at the same time you also cheapen the main one for which the original recipe is known. This often takes away from its initial goodness or changes the flavor altogether making it either not as desirable to eat or undesirable altogether.

In the same manner, we have a tendency to make life difficult by taking that which was simple and making it complicated. Instead of taking a brisk walk outside and picking up a little vitamin D at the same time, we buy a supplement. There is nothing wrong with sunlight. As a matter of fact, most have taken staying out of the sun to the extreme. We need the sun and we need what it provides…vitamin D. It is essential and vital to our health yet most avoid it like the plague. The sun is not to be avoided but like anything there can be too much of a good thing. So moderation is the road we should travel when it comes to the sun.

Water, it is also the essence of life. Did you know you medical science has proven a healthy person can go without food for 40 days but cannot go without water for more than an average of seven? Water is essential to our health. Human beings on an average are about sixty percent, water. Instead of drinking plain old water we now drink coke, some sort of flavored drink, beer, or some mixed drink or a myriad of other drinks which add nothing to our health. We need water yet most drink very little. Doctors recommend minimum of eight, 8 ounce glasses per day. It is best to weigh yourself then divide that by two thirds. That is the amount of ounces you need to consume in one day under normal circumstances.

Most of America is sleep or rest deprived. Very few sleep more than five hours per day yet doctors say we should be getting seven to eight. This is most often due to the hectic schedules many of us keep. Still, others have sleep issues due to worry and stress. Our response however, isn’t to search out the cause of sleeplessness, instead we will take some sort of “upper” to help us make it through the day. How sad we seem to have a pill for everything. I use to sleep around four hours per night but I have managed to get that to six to seven and I feel much better. Surely I would feel even better at seven to eight for this would give my body and brain more time to rest; more time to relax; more time to recuperate.

Few of us realize the value of a breath until we are unable to breath just ask someone with asthma. Air is what keeps us going. Scientists estimate that eighty percent of our metabolic energy production is created by oxygen. The body is largely made of oxygen therefore; it is no wonder that scientists are now discovering how low levels disrupt the body’s ability to function correctly. This can be caused by not drinking enough water or eating the right foods. It can also be caused by a lack of exercise or simply by the smoking of a cigarette. The choice is yours to make.

For many of us, time is at a premium yet we do not take the necessary time to slow down and eat a good breakfast, lunch, or dinner. We are always on the go, go, go; leaving precious little time to eat right. Our solution is the “drive thru diet” so we can continue our brisk pace in our quest to become a success. Fortunately, some do take supplements to make up for what they know they aren’t getting in the food they choose to eat but this does little to offset the damage done not only by lack of good nutrition, but by eating the synthetic and GMO foods, which negatively affect the liver and kidneys.

If your job requires sitting at a desk most of the time then I can assure you the majority DO NOT FEEL LIKE EXERCISING OR WORKING OUT at the end of the day. This is due to the buildup of carbon dioxide in the blood stream, which can make you feel lethargic, achy or even as worn out as if you had been physically working hard all day. The best thing you can do is exercise. This will oxygenate your blood and bring you back to a feeling normalcy. Unfortunately, instead of exercise it seems the simple road is to take pills.

When you think about the simplicity of sunshine, water, rest, air, diet, and exercise, what is it that can make these so hard to do or too complicated to follow? The answer is nothing therefore, don’t make it so complicated. Keep it simple by getting enough of each to help you enjoy the life and the people you have been given – you will be glad you did. Life is much more enjoyable when you are healthy.

Best of LUCK as you
Labor Under Correct Knowledge…


Rick Cox