The dangers of intentional neglect of your health

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From a seemingly infinite variety of diseases to poor nutrition and beyond, the world’s filled with factors that diminish human health. Dr. James Stirton of Winters Family Chiropractic addresses one of the most dangerous of these factors which is neglect of one’s own wellness.

With so many variables stacked against one’s health, it’s a shame that people are often responsible for their own demise. Whether it’s a daily health regimen that impedes comfort and convenience, or a doctor recommended diet that doesn’t include fast food and sweets; whatever the excuse is — and there’s no shortage of them — they all fall under the dastardly umbrella of apathetic neglect of one’s health.

“Neglect is when a patient is given a recommendation to take a supplement. They take it, it works and then eventually they stop taking it after they initially start to heal. They inexplicably stop which can cause long-term problems,” Stirton said, then continued to explain the different facets of neglect. “Many people are in denial of their diet as well. They have a wish to eat healthy, but in actuality they barely do. It’s either because people aren’t well informed or are unwilling to change their mind on how they do things.”

Neglect is a dangerous mindset that comes about in different ways, and unfortunately, Stirton said he has witnessed the full spectrum. Some younger patients believe their youth to be a get-out-of-jail-free-card to indulge in a horrible diet. Others harbor mistrust in authority and don’t heed supplemental recommendations out of principal. Whatever the reasons for neglect — or how abstract they may be — the consequences are very real and none of them care for the reasons that led to their inception.

“You will absolutely predispose yourself to metabolic, chronic, debilitative and degenerative diseases. All your tissues will become less resilient, elastic and hydrated,” Stirton said unfolding the inconvenient truth surrounding neglection of health. “We get away with a lot of things in the first half of life that we won’t in the second because our tissues are so poorly supported. All the organ cells are dysfunctional and under nutritionally supported for decades and it’s really hard to come back from the brink.”

One can’t leave out dementia, heart disease or tooth loss as part of supplemental neglect either. Often, people place their fiscal health over their physical health, opting to save money than invest in their quality of life. While not going to the doctor or heeding what they recommend may save money in the short term, unavoidable surgery later in life because of the neglect is far more costly.

“People have to be more open-minded to try something they tried already and did not see value or success in,” Stirton said talking about how people can adjust their mindset. “They also have to be patient. It’s a known fact that the fastest tissues of the human body take 120 days to replenish — minimum. And most people don’t have enough patience to get through that.”

While Stirton has patients from other communities, he truly values Winters. Not only do the patients of this community heed what he’s offering, their gratitude gives him more drive to get up in the morning and provide his knowledge and passion.

If one has any health-related questions they’d like to ask, they can reach out to Stirton directly at It’s like the good doctor always says, “If you’re not certain, ask Dr. Stirton.”

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