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Becoming a Critical Thinker

Becky Campos Simple Health Ministries

Becky Campos Simple Health Ministries

Becoming a Critical Thinker

Becoming a critical health thinker is one of the number one things I attribute to reclaiming my health.  I had lived with twelve years of chronic debilitating illness and a breast cancer diagnosis before I came face to face with how uneducated I was about the subject of health and wellness.  It did not take me very long after I began to study the subject on my own before I concluded that I was not only uneducated but I was ignorant, as far my health was concerned.

To be uneducated is to be unskilled, untrained and to have a lack of knowledge.

The definition of ignorance is to: ignore, pay no attention to; take no notice; close the eyes to; snub; to look right through.

Much of my suffering with sickness and disease was directly connected to a combination of lack of education and personal ignorance.  Sickness and disease had not fallen out of the sky, landed on my head and into my body.  It is created one day at a time by the way we live, what we eat, what we drink and how we sleep.  There are other significant factors that generate sickness and disease but a combination of lack of knowledge and ignorance still remains the number one factor.  This was my number one reason for accumulating twelve years of chronic illness and a breast cancer diagnosis.  Unfortunately the lack of education and ignorance was nurtured by the years I spent making my way through the medical system.  It is no secret that our American medical system lacks in teaching us how to prevent disease much less on how to reverse disease.  Although I had some of the most compassionate doctors, men and women of great character and intelligence overseeing my health care, not once over my life time and especially during the twelve years of chronic illness do I remember ever having any one of my doctors or medical authorities take me aside and introduce the subject of health and wellness beyond a medical prescription, antibiotics, and a medical test.  In all the years I spent suffering with chronic illness I don’t recall nutrition, exercise, rest, sleep and consuming water ever discussed during any of my doctor’s appointments.  I still remember the day I became aware of how little I knew about my body.  I read in one the books I was studying that the liver had to process everything I taste, touch, and smell.  Unbelievable, I was forty two years old and I had little understanding of what the liver in the human body was created to do.  I would not take this news lying down.  I experienced feelings of anger as I continued to study and wondered why it was that I had not heard this life saving information from my medical community.  The health resources I had studied had built a case for health and the verdict was in; I could put everything I knew about my body and the subject of health and wellness into a thimble.  Much of what I knew about the subject of health came from a life time of haphazard information; pieces parts from magazine articles and television commercials.  If you would have asked me to tell you everything I knew about the subject of health and wellness I would have shared with you the following four things.

1. Take a multivitamin
2. Begin having mammograms when you turn forty years old.
3. Don’t consume Saccharine, it’s bad for you.
4. Exercise

That was the depth of my understanding about the subject of health and wellness.  The simple truth is that in our American culture we have leaned on our medical authorities for all the answers to our health care.  I never fully comprehended that they only offer a fraction of the answers.  So, year after year, I continued coming and going from doctor to doctor with out receiving any answers for my chronic illness.  With every year that passed I continued to accumulate more symptoms and more sickness and disease.   Like so many other Americans I was convinced that hospitals and clinics were the only two places that could assist me in reclaiming my health.  Little did I know that there is an entire world of alternative measures that concentrate on health and wellness not on sickness and disease; and they exist outside the boundaries of our medical communities.  Now, my studying was leading me to a whole new world of answers to all the questions I had wrestled with over the twelve years of chronic illness and a frightening cancer diagnosis.  I studied till I could study no more.  I was exhausted from the vast information I was absorbing and yet I could not get enough.  As I continued on my personal pursuit of reclaiming my health I accumulated amazing, life saving education in just short of a years time that propelled me to more information which led me to reclaiming my health.  My encounter with the painful truth that much of my sickness and disease was directly related to my lack of education and personal ignorance ignited in me a great desire to pass on this life changing, life saving information to others.  I do this through my “Simple Health” classes I offer in my local community and soon through a variety of other resources.

“Becoming a Critical Health Thinker” is the name of my second session in my “Six Weeks of Simple Health” class I teach.  I consider it to be the most important session in my class.  Reclaiming your health and preventing disease demands that you become a critical health thinker.  Simple health demands some things from us.  The first demand is that I become a critical health thinker.  The rest of this blog is devoted to sharing some of the critical thinking skills I teach in my “Simple Health” classes.
Critical Health Thinking Skills by Becky Campos

Becoming a Critical Health Thinker: does not demand that I obtain a medical, nutritional, biochemist or naturopathic degree in order to reclaim my health and prevent disease any more than spiritual fortitude would demand that I obtain a theological or pastoral degree.

Becoming a Critical Health Thinker: demands that I have at the least a basic understanding of how my body was created to function.  I do not have to understand the complexity of my DNA structure or the intricacy of the molecular and cellular levels that exist in my body to reclaim my health or prevent disease; anymore than I have to know everything about my cars engine and its computerized system to keep it running efficiently.  I just have to know enough to maintain it.

A Critical Health Thinker: takes personal responsibility for their health like they take personal responsibility for their mortgage.  I have never had anyone else other than my husband and I pay for our mortgage.  We have solely been responsible for every payment, every month, for every home we have ever lived in.  I have never had anyone yet, friend or family, neighbor or co-worker insist on paying my mortgage.  The entire responsibility has rested on my husband and me.  A critical health thinker accepts the entire responsibility for their health care.  This does not mean that I do not make the most of the health resources surrounding me, or that I am left to weather health concerns on my own.  It does mean that I must accept the responsibility for educating myself about the subject of health and wellness and my body.

A Critical Health Thinker: surrounds themselves with resources from the top health experts in the country, and studies the subject of health and wellness for themselves.

A Critical Health Thinker: understands that there is not one product on the market, nor a juice, or supplement, or a Naturopath or doctor, or a book or testimony that can promise you health and wellness.  Health and wellness is a series of smart choices that if seriously acted on over a consistent period of time they will accumulate into health.

A Critical Health Thinker: understands that the American medical system is one of many resources to be utilized in your personal pursuit of reclaiming your health and preventing disease.

A Critical Health Thinker: understands that sickness and disease does not fall out of the sky, land on my head and into my body.  It is created one day at a time, by the way I live, what I eat, what I drink, how I sleep and how I think.

A Critical Health Thinker: understands that expecting our medical authorities to answer questions about wellness (supplements, nutrition, cleansing, etc.) is like going to a car dealer ship and requesting information about a boat.  The simple truth is that our American medical system’s strength is acute care, life saving surgery, diagnosis and drug intervention.  Like a car dealership they only have a listing of so much they can do for me.  If I need a car I should go to a car dealer ship.  If I need a boat I should go to a boat expert.  It is unfair to expect from our medical authorities that which is not their expertise.
A Critical Health Thinker: respects the American medical system for its strengths.

A Critical Health Thinker: harmonizes both the medical resources and natural resources in their personal pursuit of reclaiming their health and preventing disease.

A Critical Health Thinker: organizes themselves, makes a plan and masters health truths that will assist him or her in reclaiming their health and preventing disease.

A Critical Health Thinker: expects to spend money out of their pocket to reclaim and maintain their health.  They develop a budget for health.  They refuse to believe that eating healthy is expensive; instead they understand that eating unhealthy is cheap.  If they cannot afford a health resource (Vita Mix, Juicer, or whole food supplement, etc.) they save for it just like they would save for a new flat screen or computer.

A Critical Health Thinker: never gives up.

A Critical Health Thinker: does not depend and wait until the medical community is reformed or until the alternative health care industry becomes more affordable, before they begin to pursue reclaiming their health and preventing disease.

A Critical Health Thinker: does not re-invent the wheel.  They learn and obey the same health truths designed from the beginning of time for all human beings.

Each of these critical health thinking skills are worthy of more detail explanation.  Critical health thinking skills are crucial to reclaiming your health.  Becoming a critical health thinker is my first line of defense against sickness and disease.

Are you a critical health thinker?
Becky Campos
www.simplehealthministries.com