What does it really mean to promote wellness? Why does medicine not make you healthy? How do your daily lifestyle choices affect the overall health of your children and the future generations of your family?
In this podcast episode, Melissa Vogel speaks with Daniel Kennedy about how to live a healthy long life and steps you can start taking today to add healthy years to your life.
Meet Daniel Kennedy
Daniel E. Kennedy is a healthcare executive, counselor, author, and filmmaker. His passion for disease prevention was ignited professionally while working with thousands of cancer patients at Oasis of Hope Hospital, and personally, by witnessing cancer and heart disease-related deaths of his grandmother, uncle, aunt, and father.
His philosophy is simple — it’s not good enough to live a long sick life when there’s the opportunity to live a healthy long life. Through the process of writing and ghostwriting 12 books on cancer and heart health, Daniel honed the skills necessary to create, write, and direct the 8-episode Healthy Long Life documentary series. His relationships with researchers and clinicians, developed over the last three decades, has given him access to the world’s top experts on healthy life expectancy.
Healthy Long Life is a seven-part documentary series, with an eighth bonus episode, that tackles the problem that people are living longer but they are not healthy. The last ten years of life are spent in sickness, pain, and paying crushing medical bills. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way. Healthy Long Life features interviews with the world’s top experts, chefs, cancer survivors, and healthy people over the age of 100. The series uncovers longevity and health secrets around the world. The bonus 8th episode with expert comments on how to rise up from coronavirus and COVID-19. The Healthy Long Life documentary series is a global celebration of life, food, ancient healing traditions, dance, and music. It’s a feast for the eyes and food for the brain.
Five episodes are currently available on Prime Video. All eight episodes are available on the Apple TV streaming box in the App section, keywords “Healthy Long Life.”
In This Podcast
- Medicine does not promote health
- Your kids are watching
- Tips to add healthy years to your life
Medicine does not promote health
We went into the World Health Organization in Switzerland and talked to the Director of Nutrition for the entire world, and what they made very clear to me is that medicine does not promote health, it fights disease … there is a difference between promoting health and fighting disease. (Daniel Kennedy)
Health and wellness are not centered only around taking medicine. What is integral to the success and continuity of your wellness is disconnecting from stress, spending time in a fulfilling social environment, nourishing your body with the food it needs, and investing in becoming fit and strong; these elements promote long-term, true health.
A healthy long life is not inherited in your genetics, to an extent. The majority of it, the majority that matters, is the one that you go get and create through your daily actions and choices.
Your kids are watching
Your children will mimic your behaviors and model their future patterns on what they see you do. If your normal is snacking on fruits and exercising for the health of your body they will pick up on that and continue that behavior, and if your normal is snacking on chips and spending weekends on the couch, they will internalize that too.
The behaviors that your children learn from you will be passed down onto their children in the next generation. In this way, the changes that you make in your life and in the lives of your children create a ripple effect across multiple timelines and lifetimes.
Tips to add healthy years to your life
Promote your health
Medicine is not a one-way road to wellness, it only combats disease. Your health and wellness are created through your daily routines and choices on how to live your life.
Minimize the excess
What can you do to lighten your physical, spiritual, and mental load? In one example, Daniel discusses that something everyone can do is caloric restriction, which does not mean eat less but to eat better instead: eating a massive green salad has fewer calories than a burger.
The social connection between you, your family, and your friends are vital to your overall health and wellbeing because it helps to relieve anxiety, stress, and fear.
The food and nutrients that you eat interact with your genetics. There are about 500 genes that are turned either on or off depending on the healthy nature of the food you eat.
Be active not only in the gym but also in your social life. Walk in the mountains, farm your own food with family if you can, cook food by hand and become immersed in the work of living a good life.
Books mentioned in this episode:
- Health, Communication, and Kids with Susie Harder | BM 51
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Meet Melissa Vogel
Melissa Vogel is an energetic keynote speaker, business owner, certified personal trainer, certified group fitness instructor, 1st degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, a mother of three, and a podcaster.
Melissa has been voted as the Best Personal Trainer for 2020 by Inland Empire Magazine, and Built the Busy to Bomb Fit Mom exercise system.
She is quickly becoming recognized for her expertise and influence in her field!
Melissa has contributed to numerous publications and has been featured in the Trail Blazer Magazine, and published in the April 2020 edition of Health Magazine. Her approach incorporates personal experience, energy, humor, and charisma.
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