Health by Choice, NOT by Chance


'Choices' by kozumel


     A brochure I picked up recently, entitled: Health by Choice, Not by Chance, confirmed what I already know to be true – there isn’t only way path to health.   And, people are searching and exploring many avenues to find approaches that are consistently effective.

     The brochure advertised the latest research on foods that can help prevent cancer and heart disease, reverse diabetes, lower cholesterol, slow the aging clock, and increase your energy while losing weight.  It also informed me I could purchase books about foods that have healing power, plants that have medicinal value, and an encyclopedia of health & education for the family, which included natural treatments.  “Whew, if it were only that easy!”

     In this age of one-size-fits-all health care, the public is often led to believe that there is only one way to be healthy.  It includes regularly scheduled doctor visits & exams, drugs to prevent disease and/or mitigate pain and exploratory and corrective surgery to identify and address functional or organic problems.

     But the information in this brochure reminded me that increasingly many people are seeking – and finding – other paths to health. Sometimes this is complimentary with the medical approach and sometimes it is in lieu of. It seems to me that people are simply seeking better control over their health as a crucial aspect of their whole life. They quite literally want to have health by choice not by chance. And, making healthier choices about various aspects of their lives – food, exercise, natural remedies – does have health benefits.

     One approach that the brochure did not offer – but is recognized in numerous studies as a top choice – is prayer.  And, it’s an approach I’ve found very effective.  Prayer – communing with, and trusting in, God – leads me to better control over my thinking and to better choices about every aspect of my life.  I find practical guidance in passages from The Bible such as this one: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes … It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.” (Prov 3:5-8)  And, I expect the results it promises – health.

     It’s great to know there isn’t only one path and that each of us has the opportunity to be healthy – by choice.


About Debra Chew

Debra is the legislative and media contact for Christian Science in Tennessee. She is also a Christian Science Practitioner.
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