In a annual report released by the Center for Disease control ( CDC) earlier this month it stated that 40% of adults with disabilities had “ fair and poor” health. In reading this report I was automatically taken by surprise because the number was so staggering. As a disabled person myself I not only found this statistic to be alarmingly high, but also I found it to be taboo topic in our community . If disabled person are dealing with poor health, why aren’t we discussing it more? Nevertheless, even though the report offered a rancind picture of disability health, it provided an opportunity to explore the subject and research solutions in how to solve and address the health concerns within our community.
Although many people would think having a disability would condemn you to poor health for the rest of your life, this myth is very false. Being disabled does not equate to having poor health. Having a disability is merely acknowledging a limitation in a certain area of your life; whether that be walking, hearing, seeing, talking etc. I hope this article can change the perspective of those with disabilities to seek a wholesome life and to become actively involved in improving and maximizing their own health!
So in lieu of this project I immediately went on a search. I asked myself the question who can I talk to about resolving this problem? I reached out to my friend Jenny D who is a wellness coach-- her life mission is to help individuals achieving balance in wholeness in every aspect of their lives. In speaking with Jenny, I realized the concept of health, wellness and disability are not completely separate but, they can work cohesively to create a healthier lifestyle.
How important is it to practice healthy living despite have a health condition or disability?
When someone has a health condition or disability, I would argue that it is even more crucial to practice healthy living. The doctors we see are not miracle workers, but sometimes we expect them to be. We should understand that our body has the innate ability to heal itself, given the right formula, and medicine just helps the process along and minimizes symptoms. In the event that we are disrespecting our body, we are just working against what the doctors are trying to do to help us. There should be a plan of synergy with what your doctors are doing. Make choices that respect your body so that you can help it along.
Would you recommend a person with a disability to see a nutritionist or lifestyle expert?
Absolutely! It should be mandatory! We have many clients that have been impacted by disabilities or disease that left them disabled, and their quality of life will improve drastically when they do. We have seen cases where people have been able to eliminate all pain medication just by changing their nutrition practices. Remember medicines generally do not cure us, but just reduce the impact of symptoms, it is our body that heals itself and can only do so with the right tools (nutrition, movement, and mindset). When you respect yourself, everything will change for the better!
In speaking with Jenny, not only did my mindset change in my own health but I realized that there were practical tools available to disabled persons to get on track in maximizing their health. I understand with certain conditions some of our sickness and disabilities are completely out of our control. However, as an advocate, I feel it is my duty to encourage others to live a healthier lifestyle outside of their disability. You disability does not have to control your life, you have the power to maximize your own health and live your life to the fullest!
Online resources and tools:
CDC annual Report: Promoting the Health of People with Disabilities
To learn more about Jenny D and her work you can visit:
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