Saturday, December 25, 2010

This is it!

I've decided to start my journey blogging. I really don't know how well this will go over or if I will continue to maintain this project. I seem to be taking on more and more these days. It all started May 16th, 2010 when my BMI had surpassed 40. I was taking antihypertensive medication (not that it was very effective) since my baseline blood pressure was hovering around 145/95 on medication. I was experiencing intermittent bouts of rapid heart rates 135-150 bpm that I could somewhat mitigate with certain activities such as lowering my head below my heart by bending over or lying in the Trendelenburg position.

I have a lovely wife and two children, Zachary 5, and Megan 3. I became very concerned about my health and decided to reduce my cardiovascular risk in order to be able to be alive to give my daughter's hand in marriage, spend Dad time with my son, watch my children grow to be complete adults, and provide for my wife.

I will be discussing the things I have learned in hopes it will help others find the indelible strength to change, improve, and maintain their lives and the lives of those around them. Since I read a great deal of blogs, I will probably link to and plug their sites and discuss some of the ideas ruminating.

Currently I am reading my latest cookbook, Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats, by Sally Fallen of the Weston A. Price Foundation. I recommend everyone pick it up and read the first 68 pages as it is an excellent primer on the basics of nutrition and a book in its own right within the cookbook. As a matter of fact, it has kept me so interested that I haven't even looked past the page I am reading. There are also excellent references in the back that help the reader become more well-rounded in understanding and accessing health and nutrition.

Most of my posts will be built around ideas of those who have influenced me and information deemed relevant for general wellness. If you look at the blogs I follow, many are excellent resources and have helped indirectly draft my current health status and fortunately my disillusionment with my primary care practitioner.

On that note, I am currently looking for a primary care provider. I am having a hard time finding one. I consider the team approach with health care providers acting as facilitators using their expertise to help the patient identify, forge, and reach their wellness goals through self-realized methodologies. I believe this to be the the most effective and sustainable pathway to health and wellness. I am tired of having a provider that does not look past a diagnosis and expresses a negative attitude in regards to a patient's attempts at Implementing primary and secondary care.