Take steps to protect your healthBy Mayo Clinic staff
Original Article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/protect-your-health/MY02185
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Edward T. Creagan, M.D.Edward Creagan, M.D.
"The magic of the electronic village is transforming health information. The mouse and keyboard have extended the stethoscope to the 500 million people now online." — Dr. Edward Creagan
The power of the medium inspires Dr. Edward Creagan as he searches for ways to share Mayo Clinic's vast resources with the general public.
Dr. Creagan, a Newark, N.J., native, is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hospice medicine and palliative care. He has been with Mayo Clinic since 1973 and in 1999 was president of the staff of Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Creagan, a professor of medical oncology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, was honored in 1995 with the John and Roma Rouse Professor of Humanism in Medicine Award and in 1992 with the Distinguished Mayo Clinician Award, Mayo's highest recognition. He has been recognized with the American Cancer Society Professorship of Clinical Oncology.
He describes his areas of special interest as "wellness as a bio-psycho-social-spiritual-financial model" and fitness, mind-body connection, aging and burnout.
Dr. Creagan has been an associate medical editor with Mayo Clinic's health information websites and has edited publications and CD-ROMs and reviewed articles.
"We the team of (the website) provide reliable, easy-to-understand health and wellness information so that each of us can have productive, meaningful lives," he says.
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Take steps to protect your health
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
Medical ailments are magnified by stress, by lack of access to health care, and by economic pressures and insurance realities. And all the technology and all the medications can't solve every problem. So what can you do?
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If the stress in your life is more than you can cope with, get help right away.
A best-selling book several years ago started with the statement that went something like this, "Life is hard. Once we accept this fact, it is easier to move forward." Likewise, there are some difficult and challenging medical problems for which there are no good solutions. Some people suffer with chronic pain, and despite multiple injections, patches and medications, the pain continues. This reflects the bewildering complexity of the human condition.
But you aren't powerless. Ask yourself what you can do to protect your health. Some reasonable suggestions for taking care of yourself include:
- Follow a plant-based diet with an emphasis on green, leafy vegetables and whole grains.
- Acknowledge the importance of a support group, whether it's family, friends or a faith community.
- Make it a priority to get a decent night's sleep.
- Have realistic goals.
Also realize that you are your own best advocate. When you seek health care, know the medications that you are taking, what they're for and when they were started. And equally important, have a very specific and targeted discussion with your provider. Don't become distracted by family issues, the economy or political problems that don't impact your care.
Simple guidelines? No, but they are at least a step in the right direction.blog index