Monday, March 2, 2009

Health & Wealth

The adage “Health is Wealth” is perhaps more true today than at any other time in history. With the global financial sector in freefall and our own US economy so fragile, health has become an even more valuable and reliable commodity than our retirement funds. "Good health has a high value in dollars," says Bruce Pyenson, an actuary at health consultants Milliman.

Many years ago when I was a young undergraduate student an older friend of mine who was a very successful and wealthy business man once told me something that at the time I thought to be such a curious statement. He told me that he would trade everything he had just to get his health back. He was middle aged and suffering from the side effects of type II diabetes. He had lived a good life that was made very convenient by his obvious financial success yet he neglected to invest in his own health.
Since, I have come to appreciate what this good friend had taught me. I hope that more and more people will embrace this concept of investing in their own respective health as a long term strategy. DAN KADLEC IN A SEP 11 2008 TIME MAGAZINE ARTICLE WROTE “the most important steps to retirement security may have more to do with what you give up (fatty foods, cigarettes and more than two alcoholic drinks a day) than with what you sock away. This is one situation in which less means much more. I suggest that eliminating these highly oxidative intrusions to our health is not giving something up so much as it is getting something back; your health. Please take the time to share the health benefits of Dr. Tim’s Exotic Juices with family, friends, neighbors and business associates. You could be helping them with the most important investment they’ll make this year.

When you consider time as a commodity you can leverage your health to optimize your time more so than wealth. Health offers the opportunity to enjoy personal relationships, do good things and provide for yourself and your family. Your true wealth these days is your health.

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