Responsibility – You Can Take Charge of Your Health
[box] Responsibility – Please read the following definitions prior to reading the essay.
Responsibility–legally or ethically accountable for the care and welfare of another.
Primary – occurring first in time or sequence; earliest; original.
Cause – that which produces an effect, or result or consequence.
Determine – to decide or settle conclusively and authoritatively.
Perspective – any of various techniques for representing three-dimensional objects and depth relations on a two-dimensional surface; any picture in perspective.
Susceptible – readily subject to an influence, agency or force.
Cope – to contend or strive.
Dysfunction – disordered or impaired functioning of a bodily system or organ.
Predicament – a troublesome, embarrassing situation or ludicrous situation.[/box]
You are personally responsible for your own health.To be responsible for one’s own health requires that one shift his/her attitude to one of ownership of the condition of one’s body. It assumes that the individual is willing to consider himself or herself the primary cause over their health.
To consider oneself the cause of their health is to assume that one’s own actions determine how healthy one will be. With this perspective, the individual shift from blaming either the environment or their body for the condition of their health.
For example, if one smokes cigarettes for ten years and developed heart disease or lung cancer, they are responsible for the fact that their own bad habits caused the problem. If we recognize that a person must first be susceptible to disease before one gets it, then our bad habits can lead us to be susceptible to colds, ulcers, infections, etc. If one fails to eat properly, cope successfully with emotional stress, exercise and do those things that promote an elevated resistance to body dysfunction, then you, in effect can cause your own ill health.
This is also true when one develops allergies, multiple sclerosis or diabetes, seemingly out of nowhere. Such conditions, however, do not develop out of nowhere. Although the symptom complex from which the disease is named may arise quickly, the body must first go through several stages of breakdown before the condition manifest. Physical, chemical or emotional stress beyond the body’s ability to cope leads to neurological imbalance, then body dysfunction and lowered resistance and ultimately symptoms and disease. In the case of a traumatic injury from an accident, you are responsible for taking those steps to regain your health.
Being responsible for one’s own health would require the individual to move towards a lifestyle that promotes their own well-being. Any loss of health would lead the individual to analyze their own conduct physically and mentally that may have led to their current predicament. obviously, the way to prevent ill health is to deal successfully with life’s stresses as well as removing neurotic imbalance before it causes lowered resistance and dysfunction.