“A Health-Centered Worldview”

“A Health-Centered Worldview”

     If you had elderly grandparents who immigrated to America, their stories seem to be universal.  How familiar does this sound to your family?  My mother’s parents immigrated from Italy.  They came to America dirt poor, traveling with belongings that fit in a small suitcase and having minimal education.  To summarize, poorly educated and no money.  How did things turn out?  My grandparents built a modest house with a beautiful garden in the backyard.  The home had enough space to entertain their kids and a deluge of grandkids.  They raised a family in which most of the kids became well educated and affluent by their parent’s standards. 

     How does this happen, from dirt poor to great lifestyle?  They came to America expecting a better life.  They were told they were coming to “the land of plenty” and that’s what they expected to find.  Recent studies show a greater percentage of immigrants have a higher chance of becoming a millionaire than a person born in this country.  Why?  Part of the answer is immigrants come to this country expecting to experience the bounty of America.

     What does becoming wealthy when people migrate to America have to do with your health?  Our country’s view of health is the opposite of wealth.  The health belief system in this country is rooted in getting the right medicines and surgeries.  Although statistics indicate that many immigrants can experience a higher quality of life in America, other countries have a much healthier standard of living.  America’s infant mortality rate, for example, is the highest of all industrialized countries.  We are like the New York Yankees, spending more money than other teams but in this case finishing in last place.

     Let’s shift our wealth view to a health view.  We can expect to be healthier as we create healthier lifestyle habits that help us live a mostly drugless and surgery-free life.  It is so possible.  Make your health let you feel like a millionaire! Health is truly your greatest wealth.  Ask anyone whose health is bankrupt.