• Ann Taylor

It’s YOUR body, YOUR health, YOUR most valuable asset

In 2011 I had the fortunate opportunity to have an array of comprehensive health tests done, the experience of which was the trigger for me to study again for my nutritional medicine qualification, and why I’m so interested now in offering functional health assessment as a core part of my service. If you’re a person who wants to live a life of wellness, not just avoid abnormal health and chronic di-sease and stay alive with pharmaceutical drugs, you can help yourself by getting regular check-ups, understanding more about how your body is functioning and doing some maintenance to improve its performance.

Yesterday I paid $2200 for a car service (check-up and replacements parts and labour) to ensure the car stays roadworthy, runs efficiently and looks well-cared for. It goes for check-ups every 6 months, and which cost at least about $400. What time and money do you spend on your health? Why would you spend more money on a car than your own body?

Credit to the Marty Wilson for this analogy:

“Stop treating your body like it’s a rental car”.

You can’t give it back when it’s crook!

Keeping yourself well doesn’t have to be anywhere as expensive as maintaining a clean, decent looking and roadworthy car, if you can just maintain yourself well most of the time. How to do this?

Back to those regular health check-ups and annual blood tests: These can provide more clues to how your health is tracking than simply triggering concern about an abnormal result. Your reported results can be within normal range, yet you still feel lousy and your health problem remains unresolved. You don’t ever see your health report card and trust the doctor. Insurance companies can access your health records. Don’t you think YOU need to know more about YOUR own health?

If you’re interested, I hope you’ll follow my series of blood test tips to help you make sense of your test results. I’ll be sending these out weekly to my email subscriber list. So you just need to subscribe from my home page.

Introductory tip: You have the right to request a copy of your blood test results be sent to you. Ask your doctor to tick this option on the pathology form, or arrange to get a copy from the medical practice. Make yourself a file to store your health records. Look through your test results and ask your doctor questions so that you can understand what they might mean (but this will be expensive if you’re paying for 10 minute blocks of their time) or learn more for yourself here and through my series of blood test tips.