Hey Hank, Why do you Drink?

by Dr. Alethea Eller


Later this month, the whole family gathers for an entire week at Sam A. Baker state park in southern Missouri. Despite the scorching temperatures, at night we light a huge campfire. Even the “cabin dwellers” (you know, the people that enjoy air conditioning and running water) know that this is the time to be down at the group campsite. This is what I have done every year since my birth and my children since theirs. It is a family tradition.

There just may be some truth to the saying. “You are the company you keep.” And although we don’t get to choose our family, it is arguable that they impact more than any other people we will ever meet.

As a physician in natural healthcare I am on high alert to things that make you more toxic. Ridding your body of toxins allows higher levels of health to be expressed. Here is what makes you sick: The air you breathe, the food you eat, the thoughts you think and lastly, the people you know. That is right. Who we choose to be in company with will either aid or impede our health.

Like it or not, you may be STUCK with someone in your life. Do you choose to Love them or Leave them? There is another option that you may not know about. Patients in my office regularly receive treatments to affect how they react to their thoughts and the people that stir them. What this means for you is that you can transform a “toxic” thought into one that actually promotes health. How would your daily life be different if every time you thought about that big stressor, it was flipped internally into a positive? Not only would you not feel stressed about it, but that one internal change would positively overflow into many other areas of your life.

So Hank, why do you drink? Hank Williams may have had his own “family traditions”. Did they affect his health- most assuredly, they did. Some say choose your company wisely. Maybe what we need is the wisdom to see our reaction to our company. I hope you enjoy your own traditions this summer. May the company you choose bless you and promote your well-being!

Dr. Alethea Eller practices at Innovative Health Partners in Chesterfield MO.

For more information go to www.innovativehp.com.

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