1000 Flowers for the Planet - #359 Have Regular Health Checkups
Looking after your health may sound like an obvious thing to do, but if you take a look around at most western societies you might want to acknowledge that most of us do not attend to our health as well as we should/could. Here’s the scenario: by eating poorly, being overweight and not exercising, eventually the body buckles under the strain and begins to suffer. It could react with diabetes, heart conditions, high blood pressure, cholesterol, back injuries, foot and knee problems – the list is endless. This means that eventually people will need some sort of medical intervention. Medical intervention uses a LOT of resources. Operations create a lot of waste that goes into landfill or is biomedical waste (where does that even go?? I’ll have to make a Flower for that one). Hospital stays generate huge amounts of waste: fresh gloves used every time a nurse touches a patient are then tossed; every time a patient is transported the vehicle uses fuel and all the ‘linen’ on the gurney is thrown away – one for every person transported; gowns worn when entering rooms of infectious patients are tossed after one use; hospitals use many single use items that are then tossed into landfill; medications don’t disappear when you swallow them, as the chemicals still go through your system and leave it along with the rest of your waste; hospitals have to set up huge resource guzzling buildings that use energy and they have to administer everything with paperwork and management, where even more resources are gobbled up. The picture is a HUGE one. These are only a few examples.
By simply ensuring you have regular health checkups and remaining on top of any health issues you may come across, you can prevent disease and mechanical problems from getting out of control. This has the two-sided effect of giving you a happy, healthy life and keeping you from contributing to a resource guzzling part of our society.