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Tom Castrigno: Personal accountability key to reform

Tom Castrigno

Much attention has been given to the newly passed health care reform. Certainly there are many good effects of the bill. Nonetheless, the main reform needed in our country is a cultural shift around personal responsibility.

Now more than ever, each of us must take full accountability for our own personal health and well being. This goes beyond eating right and exercising. Study after study shows that our attitudes and beliefs about ourselves and the world around us have a profound effect on our physical expression of well being. It is a major shift from “illness happens to me” to “I determine my own health.”

The unintended effects of health care reform remain to be seen. It will still be years before the cost of health care, both on a personal level and to our economy, begins to come down. By starting today to establish true awareness around what we eat (whole food vs. processed, home-cooked vs. prepared), how much we eat, and why we eat (anger, sadness, boredom), the groundwork is set for a lifetime of health.

Chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, inflammation, asthma, etc., develop from long term choices we make about eating and physical activity.

Make no mistake, the best strategy is avoid the need to visit the doctors office to begin with rather than concern ourselves with who is going to pay the bill when I don’t take care of myself or set a strong example so my kids will adopt good habits and carry them through the rest of their lives. You owe it to yourself to learn everything you can about your body, how to care for it, and to take your health seriously.

Our medical care is among the best in the world and has its place. That place is behind our own personal care and choices.

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