Imagine you’ve won a grand prize dream vacation. Now, what if I tell you that somewhere on your journey, you are going to get ill or that your plane will crash? When would you want this information? Before you start packing? Before you get on the plane to depart? Before you accept your grand prize ticket? Or would you want to know after you arrive at your dream destination?
In health care, one can equate the disease process, especially chronic disease, to a plane crash on a “dream vacation.” With chronic illness, there are certain signs the body gives along the way depending on how far along on the “journey” one has traveled. Health care screenings allow us to take a peek into a person’s health status, determine their likelihood of heading toward an undesired goal, and quite possibly catch the disease in its earlier stages and make meaningful changes.
Just as there is a process to preparing for an upcoming trip, there is a process to an illness and the journey it makes before becoming clinically diagnosed. Why should you get regular health screenings? Because it gives you options:
Regular health screenings allow your health care provider the chance to see a disease progess as it is unfolding, giving you the chance to make changes along the way that may prevent or slow down manifestation of the disease.
To learn more or to make an appointment at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, call (206) 834-4100.
— Abigail Aiyepola, ND, LM, naturopathic physician, licensed midwife and resident at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, the teaching clinic of Bastyr University.
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