Since 1982, the first year I began to work, I have missed a total of 3 hours due to being sick. As you may have observed, I missed all of last week because I had Shingles. Many people texted and emailed me sending well wishes and prayers. I thank you. This was the most painful experience of my entire life.  I literally could not move for 5 days. In addition to the well wishes I also received questions about getting the shingles vaccine. “Dr. Osborne if you got it what about us?” STOP! THE PRINCIPLE IS STILL TRUE!!! We are still programed to be healthy. The same power that made you is still inside you and will keep you well and heal you as long as you don’t interfere with it. The 5 Essentials are still ESSENTIAL. 

One of the most frustrating things in practice is that people think “it will not happen to me”! I violated the principle and it happened to me. I take full responsibility for my situation because I interfered with my body, I did not help it. Key principle to remember: It is not what you did yesterday but what you do today that counts. Let me review for you my last month.
 
MAX MIND:  I was busy preparing for our Diabetes Talk and my lecture in Orlando. I averaged 3-4 hours sleep per night for the last 3 weeks. Then I caught a red eye flight to Orlando and started meetings without sleeping for 36 hours. My body could not rest and regenerate. Lack of sleep suppresses your immune system.
 
MAX NERVOUS SYSTEM: For the first time in over 20 years I missed getting my nervous system checked on a weekly basis. I gave my sleep aids to my mother and did not have them for about 2 weeks. My nervous system was not able to coordinate and adapt to the external stresses I was putting on my body. I allowed my the proper function of my immune system to be interfered with.
 
MAX NUTRITION: I ran out of Vitamin D. I lived on vacation meals for the last two weeks. I created inflammation in my body and thus suppressed my immune system.

MAX FITNESS: Everything seemed to get in the way of exercising the last three weeks before I left. The problem is that one the biggest effects of exercise is stress relief. Stress will suppress your immune system.
 
MINIMIZE TOXICITY: I was already toxic. Shingles is the chicken pox virus that remains dormant in a nerve. If you have had chicken pox you have it in you. The only time it “wakes up” is when your immune system is suppressed.

As you can see I was not a victim, I was at cause. Nobody ever did, or ever will escape the consequences of their actions. This last week was my penance for wrong choices. My greatest frustration is not how it effected me but how my choices effected the lives of my family, my team and thousands of others. For that I am sorry. I rationalized that I needed to work hard so I can save the world. What I realized is that if you don’t have your health, you have nothing and save nothing.

On a side note, Shingles has become another man made epidemic. After contracting and recovering from chicken pox (usually as a child), as you age, your natural immunity gets asymptomatically "boosted" by coming into contact with infected children, who are recovering from chicken pox. This natural "boosting" of natural immunity to the varicella (chicken pox) virus helps protect you from getting shingles later in life. This is true whether you are a child, adolescent, young adult, or elderly—every time you come into contact with someone infected with chicken pox, you get a natural "booster shot" that protects you from a painful—and expensive—bout with shingles. In other words, shingles can be prevented by ordinary contact, such as receiving a hug from a grandchild who is getting or recovering from the chicken pox. But with the advent of the chickenpox vaccine, there is less chicken pox around to provide that natural immune boost for children AND adults. So as chicken pox rates have declined, shingles rates have begun to rise, and there is mounting evidence that an epidemic of shingles is developing in America from the mass, mandatory use of the chicken pox vaccine by all children. The incidence of adult shingles has increased by 90 percent from 1998 to 2003, following the release of the chicken pox vaccine for mass use. Shingles results in three times as many deaths and five times as many hospitalizations as chicken pox, and accounts for 75 percent of all medical costs associated with the varicella zoster virus.
 
Once again we create a disease by treating a disease. Please promise me you will follow the 5 Essentials for the rest of your life. Shingles usually lasts 3-5 weeks. By applying the 5 Essentials I was able to recover in one week. The principle applies to you as it does me. People depend on you. The world needs you.

God needs you to be healthy so you can complete the task you were put here to accomplish.