Saturday, April 25, 2009

Optimal Health: Kyle Maynard as inspiration

Just came across the story of Kyle Maynard, a congenital amputee entering a Mixed Martial Arts fight in Alabama.

As a congenital amputee, Kyle has arms that end with his elbows and legs that end by his knees...this is something that puts many people in a wheelchair with extended nursing care.

Kyle, already a football player, wrestler, and CardioFit exercise instructor, has now taken on professional fighting as a new pursuit.

As we debate what we should be doing with health in the US, one of my main concerns is that we damn people with the curse of faint expectations. In many cases, physicians have dismissed the power of human willpower and dreams and brought their patients back from illness, but not to functioning health.

Kyle's story serves as an amazing reminder that wherever we are, we can always dream bigger dreams and that human will allows us to accomplish more than most people think is even possible.


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