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MONEY AND HEALTH
"The Connections Between Cash And Well Being"
Today I would like to talk about the subject of health. Now this is not a health newsletter as you know. This e-zine is all about personal finance. But, the truth of the matter is that the money in your pocket may have a direct effect on your health (in more ways than you think).
When most people hear the word wealthy, they think of someone with a lot of money. However, wealth is all encompassing. Wealth means abundance. And this can include money, health, spirituality etc. And all of these things are connected and they all affect each other.
A lot of people have the belief (at least on a subconscious level) that having a lot of money makes you evil... or a sell out. And this is of course what sell outs and evil people want you to believe. It keeps them "filthy" rich, and you "cleanly" poor. But money is neutral. You can do good or bad with it. It just makes you more of what you are.
There are also those who are afraid to have money because they are afraid that everyone will be after their money. So instead, they choose to be broke and have everyone else (bill collectors, landlords etc.) come after their money. The truth is... someone will always be after your money (unless you don't make any at all).
The masses have also been lead to believe that more money = more problems. However, I submit to you that poor and even middle class people have way more problems than the rich. Let's keep it real. Wall Street isn't "Occupying" the masses. So the next time a rich person tells you how bad their life is because they are rich, just ask them to give you all of their money and then gage their response.
So let's now take a look at how the money you have affects your health.
Everywhere you look, most Americans are stressed about money. According to a poll on about.com, 7 of 10 people are "very stressed" about their finances, and less than 1 in 10 people not stressed at all. Now I can pretty much guarantee you that the majority of the people in that 70% range are not stressed because they have too much money.
Stress affects you in a couple of different ways.
In order to numb the stress, many people will resort to things like excessive drinking (getting in-toxic-ated), smoking (cancer sticks), and over (sometimes even binge) eating on garbage food. These actions lead to bad health.
When you are stressed out, you can't sleep (which by itself leads to bad health). And when you can't sleep, you end up using lots of caffeine (an addictive drug). This also leads to bad health.
Stress can also lead to depression. When you think of depression, you may get these radical images of someone who is standing on a ledge about to jump off. But the truth is, many people deal with depression (feeling down and hopeless). And being depressed not only causes health problems, but it causes problems in your relationships.
Also, stress all by itself causes a myriad of diseases like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, High Blood Pressure (which can lead to heart attacks and strokes), Ulcers, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Insomnia, Chronic Fatigue, Obesity and Muscle Aches (just to name a few). And since stress weakens your immune system, it can end up being responsible for just about any disease you can think of. It has been estimated that 75 to 90 percent of all doctor visits are due to stress related problems!
Stress, which can cause bad health, can also lead to a vicious cycle when it comes to money itself. You see, stress itself can cause serious weight gain. It does this not only by causing emotional eating, but also hormonal imbalances. This then becomes a problem, because the more you weigh, the more you pay. When you are overweight, you pay more for everything from clothing to insurance (skinny people live longer). And paying extra will take even more of your money, putting you in more of a bind and giving you even more to stress over.
Stress can also lead to compulsive spending. I have seen this before (with clients that I've worked with) and it can manifest in people who are already short on money. And this spending will also lead to less money and more stress.
Another way that money (or lack there of) can affect our health is through hampering our ability to purchase what we want and need to live properly. Now, I'm not sure how much of a health guru all of you are, but I'm sure that we all can agree that eating organic food is healthier than eating genetically modified, pesticide filled vegetables and hormone laced, tortured meat from The Meatrix.
But just in case you don't believe that, check out, "Does being poor make you fat" By Marilyn Lewis which explores the connection between budget and diet. The following is an excerpt from that article.
"In smaller studies in Seattle, Drewnowski has found obesity as low as 6% in wealthy neighborhoods and as high as 30% in poor areas. (Obesity is a body mass index over 30; you can calculate your own body mass here.)
Drewnowski has even linked obesity to grocery stores: Customers of lower-cost Seattle supermarkets were up to 10 times more likely to be obese. As many as 40% of shoppers at cheaper grocery stores, such as Safeway, were overweight, compared with as few as 4% at stores such as Whole Foods.
"The minute you move to an area served by Wal-Mart -- because they place themselves in lower-income areas -- you will be surrounded by obesity," Drewnowski says."
Also, many who struggle economically will end up working 2-3 jobs trying to make ends meet. This will leave them with less time to cook, and they will end up eating at places like SickDonalds, Murder King, Taco Hell and "I Hope You Feel Lucky" Fried Chicken. This food will not only make you gain weight, but it will clog up your arteries, and produce massive amounts of mucus and plaque in your system (to say the least). This leads to heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes and much more.
In addition, if you have the money, you are more likely to purchase a water filtration system in your home. That way you can stop drinking toxic tap water filled with xeno estrogen hormones (that effeminize men, causing them to become obese and impotent and also conversely masculinize women, causing facial hair, fibroid tumors, breast cancer and many other ailments that people go out and pay to get prescriptions and treatments for) and heavy metals (which cause Alzheimer's, Dementia, Autism etc).
You are also more likely to have a gym membership if you have the money and the time. Now, I know that you don't need a gym membership to be healthy, but the fact of the matter is... those that have them tend to be healthier then those who don't.
But... Water filtration systems cost money. Gym memberships cost money. Healthy food cost money. Health supplements cost money. Air purifiers cost money. In today's world, money is a unit of life. It "answereth all things." And when you don't have money, it makes it a lot harder (though it can be done) to maintain good health or anything else for that matter.
So you see ladies and gentlemen, money has a profound effect upon your health and well being. So if you haven't done so... now is the time to try to make a move for the better. The problem won't go away until you deal with it. And it could be a matter of life and death!
I hope this has been helpful.
So until next time,
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