Interviewer: You also mentioned the importance of listening to your body. I think that's a big thing. What are some of the signals or signs to look or listen for, that might give us an indication that something is up?
Dr. Kevin Dobrzynski: Let's take the fatigue, for instance. It's not normal to be tired all of the time. As a matter of fact, it's one of the number one symptoms when it comes to Cancer. People are tired. Your body is tired trying to fight something. We think, 'well, it's just that I didn't sleep well', which could be the case. We're under stress, but when you are tired constantly, that's not a good sign. More importantly, you have to pay attention to what your body is telling you. I think when you are eating foods or when you are in an environment that is new to you, you start having headaches. You have to ask yourself, why do you have a headache? People don't get headaches. You can get headaches from stress, muscular skeletal disorders, but you can also get stress from the environment. Are you in an environment where there is chemicals? Are you in a salon? Are you pumping gas at the gas station and you get these headaches? Did you get a headache about an hour and a half after a meal? That's a red flag that something entered the body, either you ingested it, you breathed it in or it went on your skin. A lot of people don't look at that, but things you put on your skin have a huge impact on our system. If you're getting headaches, if you're tired, when you eat foods, are you bloated? Do you feel tired after a meal? Are you gassy? Do you have aches and pains? People think 'I'm aging'. You're not supposed to feel that way when you're 40 years old unless you play football for 10 years, like me. The bottom line is people have to take the standard of their health a little bit higher and not to think that what they're dealing with, they should be dealing with. They shouldn't. People should have energy. People should look good. Every once in awhile, we all know someone, it's an Aunt Sally, it's an Uncle Tom, they have these bodies. They're just fit, they're thin and they're happy and they're healthy. They look great. How do they get the genetics? I didn't get them. What we don't see is what they're doing. They get up in the morning and the first thing they do is they slam down ten ounces of water and then go for a walk. They come home and they have some poached eggs and berries. They read an article on Antioxidants. They go for lunch and they have some steamed salmon on a bed of spinach and go to the gym. You have to bring the standard of living up and your standard of health a lot higher. When you do that, then you won't have to deal with the fatigue because you'll have a little bit more respect for yourself and your body.
Q: You mentioned keeping a journal and we talked about that. How important is that? I don't know often we eat something and go 'I shouldn't have eaten that'. I don't even remember what I had for dinner last night. We forget, we get busy.
Dr. Kevin Dobrzynski: You've got brain fog.
Interviewer: Exactly. You get busy and you forget if you don't write this stuff down, if you don't write down what sort of lotion you used that day or what you ate. You've got to really pay attention to some of that stuff.
Dr. Kevin Dobrzynski: Having a journal is probably the quickest and easiest way to determine what's causing your problems. As a person, you should be your own doctor. Physicians are just advisors. That's all they are. One of the big problems we have in America, is we hand over this responsibility to doctors and expect them to take care of us. If we can take that back, and take a little bit more responsibility for our health, we could solve a lot of problems in this country. You look at businesses, businesses go out of business because their number one priority are the dollars, where the dollars go, their overhead goes to health care. If people could start feeling better by taking responsibility and not going to the doctor when they get a cold or they roll on an ankles, I sit down and think of what people used to do 100 years ago. They took care of themselves and now we're not. Specifically, if you have a condition, if you have a health problem, you must keep a journal to see if your treatment program is working. Don't leave it up to them. Even when you go and take a blood test, it's not necessarily true. A lot of blood tests don't represent how you're feeling and specifically, people with hypothyroidism know that. Doctors tell them all the time, 'hey, blood tests look fine.' 'Well, I don't feel fine.' It's important to journal to understand your body and what it's going through every day. If you have symptoms, if you have fatigue, if you have depression, if you have an ache in your right shoulder, write those down and grade it on a scale of zero to ten. Ten is excruciating, zero, 'I've got no pain today' and look at it every single day and jot down some numbers so you can get a gauge how you're feeling. If you have other symptoms, such as GI upsets or headaches, notice when they come on. Write the time down, 'I got a headache at such-and-such time on this day' and think about what you did prior to that, what you did after that. What did you eat? That will help you be your own doctor. You could try to figure out through a physician if you have a food sensitivity, but the problem is these tests are inconclusive. I don't care who tells you what, you go in for a food sensitivity test, it's not written on stone that that's what happening in your body.
Interviewer: Even blood tests, like you say, 'here's your range' Sixty to one hundred is normal. If you're sixty, you're still normal, but everybody is different, so that's not even going to tell you that much.
Dr. Kevin Dobrzynski: There's a lot of people falling through the cracks. Your best insurance policy is that journal and knowing your body. You can know your body, but you can go into a doctor's office and say 'hey, look, this is how I'm feeling. This is what happened on this day.' I think you get a little bit more credibility instead of just talking to the physician. It's only going to help you in the long run.
Is a doctor always going to know what your health condition might be? Or do they cover up the symptoms with a prescription? Dr. Kevin Dobrzynski offers some advice for what he says is the quickest and easiest way to determine what's causing your problems. Find out what common symptom you should be looking for and what else YOU can do to improve your health!
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