is a personal issue by Eugene Sibbald
Health is a personal issue. There are many health advocates with diverse
advices on what to consume to stay healthy. There are environmental quality issues. There
are genetic issues affecting health of our bodies. And there is an issue of how much
stress a body has to endure over a lifetime. And there are issues of how faithful we are
in carrying out our intent to stay healthy with so many temptations crossing our paths to
carry out a health regiment. I can only speak from my own limited experience of six
decades plus, luckily hardly ever ill and gambling on my own intuition and logic on what
is needed to stay alive. Every form of living is made up of cells. Each cell is nourished.
What do they require? Among others, three very important nutrients: Minerals, Vitamins,
I taught and practiced statistical
analysis for over two decades and do not trust how data is gathered by the
"professionals". I assume that data has been collected carelessly. And that the
sample as a "true" representation of the entire population has very likely not
been verified. If it were done properly, I would be more inclined to follow my logic and
not my intuition when it comes to living a life in health. I stay on top of aches, pains,
fatigue and nerves by monitoring myself over the long run. I like to enjoy the ride while
alive, wouldn't you? As the philosopher Seneca declares: "Man does not die. He kills
I spend just a mere 5 years of my life
working for some University of California medical center to find out that there are too
many factors that can affect the quality of your health life. When you are in a hospital,
life is not guaranteed. I worked on a "Consent" package with Legal Counsel of
the University of California, Berkeley to protect medical specialists and interns from
getting sued in a sue-happy country, the USA. If you were in practice and illness is your
living, would you heal the patient? Would you bite the hand that feeds you? Morally, the
physician is to heal a patient. Today, business is business.
We read about longevity of people in
certain areas of the world where the life span is at least 100 years. Different
environments, different lifestyles and we attempt to advocate a healthy lifestyle for our
area of the world which has different conditions. Does that make sense?
Some of the health advocates hide behind
an academic degree (PhD or MD). Other experts use statistical claims supported by sample
data based on research by others. In aggregate who can you believe? What can you believe?
Should you believe a generalist or a specialist in anything? Or should you believe a
notable scientist without due influence when he or she promotes the idea of health? Or
should you believe your own intuition when, what and how to eat?
Your flat belly should be an indicator of
health and you should seek ways to avoid a protruding, soft and flabby belly. Logically,
we should eat only when we sense hunger and not to satisfy ourselves entirely. We should
probably eat one meal per day. Or preferably, eat little portions throughout the day
masticating slowly and thoroughly. And to stay fit, with some minimal activity or some
exercise program. To meet both the ordinary and the unusual demands of his or her daily
life safely and effectively. Required to strengthen and maintain your heart-lung capacity
and keep your blood circulation system intact. Your life depends on your heart working.
Your lungs to take in oxygen from the air and expel carbon dioxide waste from your body.
You have a body to maintain that should be more expensive than the most streamlined
jetliner. Your body should be maintained by the best food fuels available.
Fitness is how you feel. You should get
up in the morning eager to do things. Good health is to enjoy life, to improve the quality
of life. And at the end of that day have some energy left. It is likely that slender and
peppy people look better, feel better and has signs of vitality, happiness, good
appearance and more.
Would it make sense to you that an
advocate of maintaining a healthy weight should be physically in support of that claim to
write about it? And that an advocate of a healthy and long life should have personal
credentials to write about it and not alone quote a bunch of resources? Well, you should
not mistrust everything. There is some degree of credibility in any writer you should
judge before you experiment, if what he or she advocates, works for you. Even when a
physician prescribes a medical drug would it make sense to question, if you are made out
to be a guinea pig? After all, has the doctor consumed the drug himself or herself for the
treated malady? Likely the drug has been pushed by an agent of a pharmaceutical company.
We don't have enough time to sort out the maze of available information so we sometimes
have to do some research to locate a medical doctor who also has a Ph.D. in pharmacology.
Leaving out self-interest studies, your doctor should be knowledgeable in judging the good
and the bad in research. Oftentimes we leave our fate in the hands of a stranger and
doctor displaying his or her credentials. No questions asked. Therefore, to stay away from
the world of medical centers, you do have to find ways to stay alive monitoring your own
Personally I have rarely resorted to
prescriptions or any other drugs. I do take vitamins and minerals daily. This is like
carpet bombings because I am not sure that I consume enough food or the right kind of
foods each day. I read up on what foods are healthy and there is also no consensus on what
is good for you. And how much should we consume? I eat like a chicken and only when
hungry. It works for me. I eat slowly and masticate my food rather than swallow large
quantities in a hurry. I asked myself the question whether I should combine some foods
with some others or just one food item alone. I refrain from drinking when I am eating.
Wait a half hour or so before I drink. Or if I must, I just take a sip of water. In my
case distilled water. It works when at home and I violate my general rule when eating out
at a restaurant. And when I feel not optimum, I do review and conjecture what immediately
preceding event may have caused some discomfort.
Let's face it. There are too many rules
to keep in mind and too many temptations. The main objective is to keep the body from
falling apart by one illness. To be healthy is to keep everything intact. It starts from
mental hygiene to physical hygiene in keeping all other parts in an optimum healthy state.
Develop your own strategy based on your intuition and use logic on what to believe. You
have the freedom to choose, have someone choose for you or let life decide for you. Are
you out to enjoy life by your own sunny outlook on life, friendly disposition and by
getting up in the morning eager to do things? Free of aches, pains, fatigue and nerves? We
choose our own happiness. It starts with a vital and healthy Self. And this can only be
done by your own self-analysis. I would suggest reading a nutrition book by Jack Z. Yetiv,
M.D., Ph. D. that addresses diet and nutrition fads. Do your research continually to weed
out sense from nonsense staying in perfect health. It may well safe your life. When it
comes to whole foods, pure water, fresh air, sunlight, exercise and rest, beware and
become an informed consumer of health. The body is innately designed to heal itself. You
are the creator of your health and wellbeing. Do not settle for anything that you cannot