I received news this morning that a dear friend was admitted to the hospital on Christmas day after losing almost half of his blood due to some serious bowel issues. The news made me introspective about health and not assuming that it will always be there, especially if you don’t work at it. Health emergencies can turn your world upside-down in a heartbeat. imagine this scenario; this particular friend is in his mid-80’s, and lives alone, and life is going alone pretty comfortably. All of a sudden, he is in the hospital’s ICU unit, undergoing a battery of tests to determine the cause of the blood loss, and he doesn’t know if he will be allowed to return home, sent to a senior center or an assisted living place. His world has suddenly turned chaotic.

While there are no guarantees in life-accidents do happen, there are ways to provide you some insurance and assurance: diet, exercise, and dealing with stress in a positive way. The body you have is the only one you’ll ever have-give it the respect it needs and deserves.

Stay well, John R Blilie, M.S.