ANCHOR POINTE Audio Burst with Skip Orem


by Skip Orem


TRANSCRIPT Research Equals Knowledge Equals Good Health


when I originally developed The Anchor Pointe disease fighting and fitness model, I included an element called Knowledge. I wanted us all to know how important it was to have a good understanding of the information available for disease fighting and good health, but there is a more important first step in gaining that knowledge and that’s to know where to get it.

Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with a disease or you just want to learn how to eat healthy and exercise properly, it’s hard to do that on your own and not because there’s any kind of lack of information. The problem is there’s way too much information available to us. A lot of the information available is conflicting and quite frankly, most of it’s just plain bogus information.

 And as it pertains to diet and exercise, I like to think that The Anchor Pointe is a pretty good first step in obtaining information, especially as it relates to diet and fitness, but on these weekly podcasts, I’ll just skim the surface and try to lead you to go after more information.

At our age, we’re all baby boomers in our 50s, 60s, 70s, and beyond, and next to God and our family, our health is the most important thing to us right now, so vulnerable to life-threatening diseases and just the lack of good health that comes along with old age. As part of our overall wellbeing, we need to keep ourselves informed, especially in the areas of good health, and we get that important information through research.

Of course, the first source of our information is our doctor. I’ve talked about this on earlier episodes of The Anchor Pointe. You need to know what’s going on with your body, inside and out. The person who can help you find out about that is your doctor. Most of us need to be spending time with our doctors, having tests, and at the very least, seeing them every six months and more frequently if we’re sick or have an illness or a disease.

Research involves making the most of your time with your doctor. I always think through the visit in advance, prepare my list of written questions. The doctors and our healthcare professionals, they’re the most reliable and the first source of medical information. If you don’t feel comfortable with your doctor

if you feel they’re annoyed by all the questions you ask, either talk with them about it or change doctors. If you have trouble hearing your doctors or if you think they talk too fast, ask them to speak up or slow down or bring someone with you who can help you hear, help you understand and help you remember what the doctor is saying.

 I’m a very annoying old person. I don’t hear well. Even with hearing aids, I don’t hear well and I have trouble remembering things, especially in compressed situations like a doctor’s visit. I take my wife along on all important doctor’s appointments and between the two of us, we’re pretty effective at getting the information we want and the information we need. No doctor has fired us yet as patients. I’ve changed doctors before when I either lost confidence in them or they just didn’t seem to care.

 Of all the health research you do, the most important is the information you get from your doctors and healthcare workers. Plan your visit, prepare questions in advance. I was first diagnosed with cancer, in addition to being scared to death, I didn’t know what to do. I was fortunate enough because my doctors were just awesome and provided me with so much important information, suggested places to go to find additional information.

 Like most cancer patients, I had some difficult decisions to make about how I wanted to proceed with my treatment. I needed information and I learned from personal experience that the web, Google, I’ll tell you this with Google, if you weren’t already scared about your diagnosis, Googling it will scare you more for sure. But I did my research, I asked my doctors for help, and I found the few sites where I could find credible information. And then with recommendations from my doctors and friends and other cancer survivors, I was able to find outstanding books that were just invaluable to me.

You can’t depend on your doctor as your only source of information. They’ll give you good information, but there is no way they can have the time to answer all the questions you’re going to come up with. Everybody, you don’t have a total fitness plan unless it includes research about your health and fitness. And congratulations everybody, because you’re ahead of the game already because you know how to find, acquire, and listen to a podcast. That’s pretty amazing for folks, as old as we are.

If you are listening to The Anchor Pointe Podcast, you know how to research, find, and learn and use stuff. And I’m here try to help with this podcast, but that’s not enough. I can help you get started, but you need to do the important work. On the podcast and transcript page for this episode, I’ve added links to tried and true and tested good health and fitness information websites, where you can get credible information about diseases, health and fitness.

These sites are where I started when researching health related information on the web. I recommend every one of them, and there’s no paywall on these sites or anything where they charge you for information. I’ve also listed four books that I highly recommend and they are also there on the podcast and transcript page for this episode.