Maria Menounos: Work Hard for Your Health

The multi-talented maven shares her outlook on health and wellness

When my rescue apricot poodle, Noelle, stopped walking, I took her to three different vets. The first told me she had two months to live. The next wanted $10,000 to “open her up and look under the hood.” The last told me to put her down. Instead, I chatted with other pet lovers, visited health food stores and read every article I could. I learned some diseases are best treated by teaching the body how to live with it and that’s the course I took. Noelle, still as happy, playful and as hungry as ever, could still manage to crawl on her elbows. Mom sewed two padded Velcro cuffs that wrapped around each elbow allowing Noelle the ability to hop. So that her other muscles would not atrophy, we had her swim in place by holding her in the bathtub. She went on a raw food diet with supplements and I found a vet who was open minded but knowledgeable. Noelle survived and thrived! In later years, she successfully trained to serve as a special needs dog for the children’s hospital.

Had I just merely listened to the doctors, poor Noelle would have been robbed of five more wonderful years and so would we.

And the same course of action applies to people ailments, too. My mom and dad are not educated. English is their second language and they’re blue collar. Yet, they have done an incredible job micromanaging Dad’s type 1 diabetes. Mom created the most amazing menu and Dad applied the will power to stick to it. Forty years later, my father, at 66, has a body of a 30-year-old athlete, which professors at M.I.T. literally want to study. Dad’s doctor of the last seven years, Dr. Peters, has definitely helped even more. Still, she was located through heavy research. My dad is in such great health due to the fact that he and my mom worked as hard as their doctors did.

Do the same with your health and the health of your loved ones. Always get second and third opinions and references on doctors. Do as much research as possible for the ailment, chat with other sufferers and family members and be open to all methods of treatment. I’m not advocating pure self-diagnosis or treatment. That could be lethal. I’m advocating for you to work as hard if not harder than your doctors with regards to your health. Even the good ones are too overwhelmed with patients these days for anything less.

For more every girl tips on style, health, fitness, career, relationships and more, be sure to pick up The Everygirl’s Guide to Life by Maria Menounos.

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