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Q: I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. What can I do?

Posted August 21, 2013 in Advice Column, Waukee

A: Health may seem like a mystery at times, but actually it’s pretty logical — actions and behaviors lead to results; so if you choose healthy behaviors and avoid unhealthy ones, you increase your chances of being healthy.

But the biggest health mistake people make is thinking that feeling good means good health. Sometimes we have an experience that is very painful, like a stubbed toe or a splinter under your fingernail, which may hurt like crazy, but has little effect on long term health.

On the other hand, many of the worst diseases don’t cause pain or suffering until the disease process is advanced, as in heart disease and cancer.

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that if you have no symptoms, that you are well — get regular checkups for yourself and your family and decide to proactively select lifestyle habits that are most conducive to good health, not just feeling good. Eat well, sleep enough, exercise appropriately, maintain a positive attitude and keep your body operating at peak efficiency. Remember you brain and spinal nerves control and maintain every system in your body. Seek input from your dedicated team of health and wellness advisors, including your doctor of chiropractic.

Avoid the biggest health mistake most people make and don’t trust to luck — take action and stay healthy with common sense and the advice of wellness professionals who can help you make good decisions and follow through on them.

Information provided by Dr. Paul Kerkhoff, Kerkhoff Chiropractic, 260 Highway 6, 987-4747.

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