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The Patient Army

Most of us want to live a long, long, long time, but death is ultimately a reality. However,each day masses of people die unnecessarily. It's time to declare war on the diseases that steal our dreams and destroy our families. Everyone can be a hero in this army. You don't need to be a doctor or nurse to help save lives.

We need to fight this enemy with all the might and determination that we have fought so many in the past. But our approach must be very different. The sophisticated weapons of war such as missiles and nuclear warheads would be powerless against such a great enemy as this. No, for this battle we must engage in intellectual warfare. Our helmet must be wisdom, our shield knowledge, and our sword determination.

When you enroll in the United States army you are trained to reach your physical and mental peak You are literally reprogrammed to think as a unit. You're not only responsible for your own life, you're responsible for the lives of your comrades, many of whom you don't even know.

Before the army attacks an enemy, spies are sent out to infiltrate its camp to discover its most precious secrets. The enemies' strengths and weaknesses are manipulated to our advantage. Their classified secrets become the building blocks upon which a successful strategic initiative is launched.

Most wars are won by attacking the enemy on all fronts. Soldiers invade by land, bombers by air, and submarines by sea. The officers may organize and strategize, but they cannot win the battle alone. Their numbers are too few.

Likewise, there are not enough doctors and nurses to heal all of our woes. Healing must come from within. Americans must embrace this cause as fervently as they have so many others that were vital to our existence. Everyday people must be the front line in this battle.

We need to develop a cooperative health education agenda, where we actively seek out important information, and then share that knowledge with others. Not only must we empower ourselves to live longer, healthier lives, we must each take responsibility for saving somebody's else's life as well

If we stop and think about it, this is how our ancestors thought. Their blood paved the way for us to be here today. We are indebted to past generations, needed by this generation, and responsible for future generations.

Unfortunately, many Americans are frighteningly complacent about health issues. Some say "What's going to happen will happen will happen" or "If there's something wrong, I don't want to know about it" or "I'll pray about it". Well, prayer is awesome, I pray several times daily, but sometimes God answers our prayers through others and we miss our blessing while we're sitting back waiting for the parting of the Red Sea.
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