Secret Garden or Garden Secret?

Over the last couple of years, I have begun to notice something that I think is pretty cool that I want to share. Before I tell you, let me set up the scene a bit.

First, I don’t like doctors. Ok, wait, I love the people, I just hate going to doctors. That’s better. The reason I say this is I have had high blood pressure since 9th grade, so I have had doctors all over me since them trying to figure out why and telling me “you are too young to have high blood pressure”. [By the way, if you wanna completely freak out a 9th grader and make them hate going to the doctor, say that phrase and substitute whatever condition they happen to have. It works.]

Anyway, in addition to high blood pressure, I developed high cholesterol (fun) and finally thyroid cancer (papillary carcinoma). Pills handle the first two and, after removing my thyroid gland, the third one as well.

Now before I go on to the reason for this post, let me say that, the above notwithstanding, I am very grateful for the health that I have. I really am in pretty good condition for a guy who is nearly 50 years old. It is just that, as I get older, I notice more and more stuff that doesn’t work as well now as before and it bothers me. Call it my mid-life crisis, denial or whatever…I just don’t like it.

So, with all this in mind, you can probably understand why I developed a hate for going to the doctor….they always seem to FIND things that they want to chat about. So I am constantly looking for natural treatments, exercise (etc) that will keep me healthy and away from the stethoscope, needle, and rubber glove (if you know what I mean). So, now that you have my perfectly scintillating backstory, here is what I wanted to say…..

I have noticed in the last couple of years that I feel markedly better and my blood test readings are MUCH better in the summer months than any other time during the year. In the past, I remember telling my doctor how much better I feel during summer. In talking we tracked down the probable explanation: My garden. I grow and eat from my garden every day in the spring and summer.  I harvest heirloom vegetables straight from the soil and make dinner, lunch, whatever. Cukes and okra become pickles, herbs are chopped on everything and cooked into other dishes.

Coincidence? Whatever keeps me from doctor scrutiny catches my attention!

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