I just learned there is a marketing campaign sponsored by multiple insurance-related organizations entitled “Know Your Numbers”. What that means is you are being indirectly targeted to “Know Your Numbers” specifically these numbers:
- Your blood pressure
- Your body mass index (BMI)
- Your blood sugar
- Your HgA1C
- Your LDL Cholesterol
I saw a highway billboard the other day with six professional, well-dressed, happy, smiling women looking at me and they were saying: KNOW YOUR NUMBERS… IT WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE. My thought pattern went something like this: They look so happy, and smart, and successful, and they know their numbers. I should go find out what my numbers are so I can be happy, and smart and successful. Successful marketing!
I never realized so many people cared so much about MY NUMBERS and how much they all wanted to save my life. It made me feel special!
EVER WONDER WHAT THE REAL REASON is THEY WANT YOU TO KNOW YOUR NUMBERS?
Could it possibly have to do with the money? If a billboard I pass every day is telling me to “KNOW YOUR NUMBERS”, chances are I am going to go get tested because that billboard keeps reminding me that I am not doing what ALL the other smart women in the USA are doing. But ask yourself why they want you to know your numbers. Who stands to make money off of you? WHO exactly are those caring people sitting around a large table determining how to SAVE YOUR LIFE? Are our numbers making someone other than us billionaires?
In 2011, US doctors wrote nearly 250 million prescriptions for cholesterol-lowering drugs, creating a US $18.5-billion market, according to IMS Health, a health-care technology and information company based in Danbury, Connecticut.
That was six years ago. No telling what that billion dollar amount is now. You may feel like you should use your insurance since you pay those high premiums. I get that! It makes it seem like being tested doesn’t cost you anything. It does. Even if your company or your government pays for your insurance, nothing is free. Somebody is paying billions for that bill. Insurance companies do not get to be billion dollar industries because they want to save your life.
Did you know that the cholesterol numbers that we stress over have been lowered over the years? Why would those numbers be lowered? Perhaps so more women will start taking Crestor or Lipitor? It used to be that mammograms were not recommended until the age of 55. Now it is recommended that every woman begin having mammograms at 30. Why do you think that number has been lowered? You’ve been led to believe it is because they want to save the lives of more women. Trust me, they didn’t get to be billion dollar industries because they care.
What will your doctor do if your numbers are HIGHER or LOWER than the “PERFECT NUMBERS” chart indicates you should be? You got it! Hand you a little white slip of paper with a prescription that has 50+ side effects. Those side effects are: raise your blood pressure, anemia, weight gain, irregular heart beats, may even be fatal. More numbers to worry about. More prescriptions. More money for these companies.
I have never had a mammogram. I am way past 55. Some may think I am crazy but I am okay with resisting the system. I do not want to be manipulated by a billion dollar industry. I respect those of you who want to know and I totally understand why. But for me, I asked myself what I would do if I knew my numbers. The answer I came to was simple: I would step up my spiritual, mental and physical health. So then the next question was obvious. What is stopping you from stepping it up NOW?
So I decided to do just that and to consistently strive to make the absolute best choices I can regarding My WHOLE Body. I hope you will too.
In contrast to the way the medical system wants to make lots of money off of your numbers, I am simply encouraging you to make healing decisions every day to do whatever it takes to get well and stay well. Pretend (or maybe you have) been diagnosed with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetic or prediabetic. What decisions today can you make to assist your body towards wellness?
DID YOU KNOW YOUR BODY WILL HEAL IF GIVEN A HEALING ENVIRONMENT?
If you make temporary choices based strictly on lowering a number, it will work temporarily. If you make permanent choices that will heal Your Body, it will work permanently.
What concerns me the most about all this is that you may wait to “get” a high number before you start choosing to make health giving choices. Please don’t.
HERE’S THE BOTTOM LINE.
My Dear Friend – You are not a bunch of numbers. The Bible tells us women are created in the image of God, and we are adopted daughters of the King of Kings. The scale, your age, your blood pressure, your cholesterol number do not define you.
YOU ARE PERFECT JUST THE WAY YOU ARE.
We just all need a little tweaking.