As I was meditating this morning, a thought jumped into my consciousness and would not leave. I tried to just let it run its course but I could not remove my focus from it and therefore in order to deal with it I am putting the thoughts down on paper so I can once again return to clarity.
I am about to embark on another new journey in my life with which I have a lot of mixed feelings. I am starting grad school in about two weeks. I am very eager to begin my first day of class.
I will be attending A.T. Still University and pursuing a master’s in public health. This is a very exciting thing for me to get started on. I have been searching for many years on what would be the next stepping stone after personal training. And while I have aspirations to continue with some of my clients for as long as they have me, working as a full-time personal trainer is not a career I truly want forever.
There are several reasons public health is so appealing to me.
1. I find it amazing the basic general lack of knowledge it today’s society about the importance of diet, exercise, and stress.
2. I have had wonderful success on an individual basis with many of my clients and I am eager to share my knowledge and get involved with communities instead of just individuals.
3. There is a misunderstanding among the public who believe that they need not take action until something is already wrong, I wish to bring a more pro-active approach to health care.
4. The jobs in public health are numerous, ultimately I would like to work as a public health educator, but I can also see myself getting involved in non-profits who strive to make the world a healthier place.
I am already proud to be a part of A.T. Still university as their mission statement and approach to medicine is what drew me to them in the first place. A.T. Still is a school of osteopathic medicine who believes that optimal health is not merely achieved through attention to the physical body, they also believe in tending to the mind and the spirit as well.
Many of the D.O’s who graduate from A.T. Still believe that the mind, body, spirit connection is too great to ignore. I have had the privilege to read numerous journal articles published by A.T. Still that offers many different approaches to wellness rather than just treating the symptoms.
I am living proof that when one addresses a medical condition (migraines) from a three-tier approach that the results are undeniable. I am committed to make some changes to the way medicine is practiced in this country. I do not believe we as a country need to force anything upon anyone, but if I take an approach that offers people more and more evidence and knowledge on why it is so important to be pro-active not only will we have more productive citizens in this country we will also save billions on health care. Obviously something as big as medicine and the money and politics involved will make changes come very slow but if I do not try things will never change.
If everyone does not have health care in this country (which I do find morally wrong) the least we can do is educate them to the benefits of a diet filled with nutritious food. We do not need to ban the sale of McDonalds because eventually society will evolve to the point where people realize how important their bodies are and they would personally choose to no longer fill their bodies with toxins and waste. Right now too many people just do not care or realize how much benefit they can give to themselves but exercising and eating right.
It is like putting water in your gas tank when you eat fast food, it does not belong there and will not function very well. If you fill your body with crap you are going to limit its abilities to function at its best. Everything your body ever needs either walks on the earth, grows in the earth, or swims in the sea. Hippocrates said it best, “Let you food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.”
I want to be a part of this change. I am excited to help this country get healthier and help people start taking more responsibility for their own well-being.
I am going to great things for the health of this country, I am passionate and committed to this goal of mine. I am very excited to start school and make a difference.