Compliments to Your
THE MAP FACTOR IN HEALTH
by Joann Flora,
Acupressure, Nutrition Counseling, Qigong
May 08, 2004
Modern technology has brought many miracles to human life and
health. Life expectancy has increased and diseases are diagnosed
much earlier than than in the past. Treatments for pain, inflammation,
and disability have improved the quality of life for those living
with long-term conditions. Yet, there are some who seem to flourish
in spite of their challenges while others remain victims of their
disorder. Why is this? What is it that allows some to live with
or recover from an illness while others have a life that is about
Many people have come to rely on the modern health care system
as though it is the solution to that which ails
them. Generations have been taught to "just do what the
doctor says and don't ask questions". We have been taught
to have blind faith that "they" will think of something,
that "they" will make us well. Whereas people living
many generations ago relied, out of necessity, upon themselves
for their well-being, modern humans have evolved into dependents
of the health care community. We have become weak and powerless
in our reliance upon "them".
That being said, I wish to be clear that I am not advocating
abandoning the fine systems and advancements that are available
to us. We have the best testing and crises management tools the
world has ever seen. There are truly miraculous procedures and
pharmaceuticals available. And, we have the widest variety of
health care options to choose from that has ever been known.
What separates those who control their illness and those who
are controlled by their illness is the M.A.P. Factor.
MAP is a acronym I use for Motivated Active
Participant. This is the factor that appears to separate
those who heal from those who wish someone would heal them.
MAP people possess qualities that separate them from their
victim counterparts. They are educated and not content to sit
at home hoping to recover; they also don't take medications or
have procedures without fully understanding the full implication
of what that means. MAP people ask lots of questions and
do their own research. They become informed about their illness/disability
as well as the treatment options available. They understand how
both will affect their lives. They are not afraid to ask questions,
get another opinion, or decide for themselves if they will or
will not undergo a procedure or use a drug. MAP people
say "no" when they are not comfortable with the direction
their care is heading.
Another quality of MAP people is that they look outside
of the norm for their health care options. They don't subscribe
to the theory that headaches are only cured by pain killers,
or that chronic pain is something they must learn to live with.
These people look beyond chemotherapy and radiation for cancer
treatment; they also know that conventional therapies can be
combined synergistically with complimentary treatment and self-care.
In essence, they want 'the most bang for the buck', and explore
how many ways they might achieve this. If they don't find the
answers they are looking for, they keep looking.
A third quality found in MAP people is that they routinely
make their own decisions where their health care is concerned.
After they have educated themselves about their condition,
and explored the options available to them, they
decide how they wish to approach their illness, and then
they take action . You cannot dictate to a MAP
person. You cannot require them to proceed upon a certain path.
The wise provider will present the best evidence they have for
the treatment protocol they wish to persue, recognizing that
it is the recipient of treatment who ultimately determines the
Here is an example of illness being influenced by the MAP
Ms. X is a Type II diabetic
using oral medications and injectable insulin (conventional)
Ms. X contacts the ADA (in
person or on-line) for information about the disease
She collects information and
is referred to her local Diabetes Educator
Ms. X is advised to to control
her diet and increase exercise to raise her metabolism (conventional)
She begins to eat 5 - 6 small
meals a day, lowering her carbohydrate intake
She starts walking 30 minutes per morning, uses stairs at work,
and bikes 3-4 times per week
Ms. X visits an holistic physician
to explore other remedies (complimentary)
She begins Devils Club Tincture
to lower her blood sugar
She takes a medical qigong class to balance her organ chi and
add additional exercise
She meditates to lower her stress levels
RESULT: Ms. X loses weight,
reduces her need for insulin, and her sugarsstablize.
Ms. X educated herself
on diabetes, looked at conventional and complimentary options
for treating diabetes, made decisions about how she would
persue her care, and took action. Instead of allowing
herself to become a victim of her disease, she became a Motivated
Active Participant. She has a high MAP Factor, whereas
the person who resigns themselves to being powerless over their
disease has a low one.
In this day and age, when we have so much knowledge, so many
options, and so many resources available, there is no reason
for anyone to become victimized by an illness, injury, or disorder.
Perhaps we can't cure or fix everything, but it is certainly
within our power to improve our situation and enhance our quality
of life. Developing our MAP Factor, not merely relying
on the medical community, is the key. We are the ultimate decision
makers where our health is concerned. The medical community works
for us, we are not controlled by them. To whatever degree we
have health and wellness is entirely dependent upon how involved
we are. How high is your MAP Factor?
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To Your Health
Joann Flora 2003
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