Chronic Illness

Do you ever hear your car making a strange noise, but instead of investigating the cause, you turn the music up louder and just hope it goes away? Or maybe the check engine light has been blinking at you for weeks, but until the car completely conks out, you keep on driving. Then when (or if) you finally take it to the mechanic, there’s so much damage you have to sell a kidney to pay for it, or abandon the car for scrap metal. So many of us are in this situation everyday, but instead of our cars, it’s our bodies making weird clunking noises and furiously flashing our check engine lights, trying to tell us something is not quite right. And when we lose control of our health for an extended period of time, our body’s reactions become imbalanced, which may lead to chronic illness. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, around 11 million Australians suffer from a chronic illness, and 73 percent of deaths in 2013 were due to a chronic disease. Chronic illness can be tricky as it takes a long time to develop and because the warning signs are more subtle than those of an acute illness, like appendicitis or a broken leg. But it is vital that we learn to understand the signs of chronic illness so that we can get to the cause of the problem and truly fix it, not just mask the symptoms with painkillers and anti-inflammatories. Because the longer the problem is ignored, the greater the consequences. Eventually your body, like a car, will break down and the results are even scarier than an expensive bill from the mechanic: heart attack, diabetes, thyroid issues, cancer, severe joint pain and inflammation, chronic fatigue, exhaustion, daily migraines and the list goes on. Remember it’s a lot easier to get a new car than it is a new body. The good news is, because chronic illness develops over time, there is time to intervene. As we know the signs are difficult to spot in the early stages because they’re less severe and quite common. Some of them may include;
  • Rumbly, grumbly tummy
  • Always have to wear sunglasses outside to avoid glare
  • Painful period here and there
  • Irregular periods
  • Headaches that get worse as the day goes on
  • Dry skin… Do you always have to use moisturiser?
  • Hair slow to grow
  • Excess body hair (for women)
  • Fast resting heart rate
  • Sweaty clammy hands
These are all some of the signs that your body is out of balance causing you to lose control of your health. But you have the power to take back control by making small decisions every day that restore balance. Why leave it up to chance? Why not give your body what it needs to stay balanced and in control. How? Implement the ‘SD Protocol’, literally 8 things you can do everyday that address the root cause of the problem and empower you to not leave your health up to chance and get control of it. Visit the ‘SD Protocol’ page of our website to find out more! REFERENCES https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports-data/health-conditions-disability-deaths/chronic-disease/overview Todd, Wayne, 2015, SD Protocol E Book, Todd Wellness Group https://thestateofme.com.au/sd-protocol-2/