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True Story About How to Stay Healthy in a Toxic World-Part I

Updated on October 25, 2010

Health is a Personal Responsibility

The Wisdom Within Can Keep us Healthy
The Wisdom Within Can Keep us Healthy

Illness is 70% Mental, 29% Environmental, 1% Accidental

This is the true story of how my family and I have beat the odds and lived a healthy life, and without health insurance, for more than thirty years. Thirty plus years is not an accident and statistically significant far beyond the possibility of chance. Here's how did it and still do it now in an even more toxic world.

I quit my job as a director of mental health services when I became convinced that there was a better way to help people and was determined to find it. Fran and I had two young children, and she was a stay-at-home Mom. We sold our home and decided to use the equity to build another one with our own hands. We calculated that if we were relatively frugal, we could build the house and live well for about three years. What didn't fit into our budget were the huge, monthly Cobra health insurance payments.

We looked at our options and decided that our situation was the perfect opportunity to learn how to take full responsibility for our own and our children's health. No excuses, no safety nets. So, gradually we developed a health strategy for staying healthy, guided by the inner wisdom of our new mind, that has kept us disease and injury-free for the last thirty-three years. That is surely statistically significant in anyone's book, I'd say.

I think it's really very funny and immensely instructive that the last time I was seriously ill and hospitalized was when I still had health insurance. In the last thirty-three years, though, only once have I been sick enough to need a short course of antibiotics; but, Fran and the children never were. Can you imagine the money we've saved? In fact, I actually didn't go back to full-time work again for eight years, and during that time we finished our twenty-five-hundred-square-foot passive solar home, bought two new cars, and took a magical vacation to Disneyland on the auto train. At today's rates, I estimate that over the last thirty-three years we've saved the equivalent of about $400,000.

Far more important than the money, though, is how much pain and suffering we have saved ourselves. Did we have some illness, did we have some injury? Yes, of course, but we paid for them out-of-pocket, because they were rare and relatively minor. We are now in our late 60's, take no medication and just don't get sick enough to need professional medical care. The main thrust of this article is that anyone who taps into the new mind they already have and has the motivation to take responsibility for their own health can do what we did.

Keep in mind that we always strive to balance mind, body, and spirit, because we are a blend of all of those. We definitely also strive to enjoy life, but realize that we are all gambling with our lives in this toxic world. The difference is that we see ourselves as professional gamblers, because we play the odds. Fran and I love our pizza and ice cream and enjoy going out to eat once in a while; but, very rarely do we eat fast foods. We are not purists but know how to balance what we eat. We like the advice, “Moderation in all things, especially moderation,” and always listen to the wisdom within us.

Part II give you ten important and specific ways that we still use to stay healthy and without health insurance.


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      Sgscalese 8 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      hafeezrm, thanks for sharing your experience. My point in writing this Hub was not to say, "Hey, look what I've done," but to share my experience, too. Hopefully, we still have a long life ahead to continue the process, but so far it has worked for us very well. I suggest you read Part II to see some of how we are doing it. Even when one has insurance, no one never wants to have to use it. It's an ongoing process and never static, especially in our increasingly toxic world. We must remain ever vigilant and follow to our inner wisdom (which I call my "hotline" to my higher power). Blessings for the best new year yet, Stephen

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      hafeezrm 8 years ago from Pakistan

      Nice hub. Shows a good confidence in oneself.

      When I opted for golden handshake, I insisted to retain my insurance cover. Of 360 employees who opted, there was one besides me who sacrificed a handsome amount in lieu of continued medical insurance.

      When I look back, I can say that I made the right decision as I had to undergo operations for sinus, heart and cataract. Also my wife got some benefits.

      God bless you and keep you and your family safe all the time.