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Discussion #9 - Health Tip

The human body is an amazing (biological) machine. It can recover/heal from just about anything, if you do one simple thing; reduce your daily level of anxiety. Stop worrying about, well, everything! Stress/worry/anxiety greatly increases free radicals, compromises your immune system, accelerates aging & generally puts a lot of extra strain on your body. How to do this in modern society? (In my opinion) work hard, play hard, enjoy life & when you start feeling stressed out, take a break! Do very little for a day or two.

Many people find vacations more stressful than work. This is due to the common modern attitude that we should always remain busy, even on vacation. Many are concerned about being labelled "lazy", if they do nothing for a bit here & there (more common in type "A" personalities). Everyone is entitled to their opinions/attitudes in life, but they must also live with the health consequences of these attitudes. Also, stress-related illnesses put a huge strain on health care systems.

Another completely bizarre and nutso attitude would be the idea many people have, that it's socially wierd to be seen enjoying time alone in public. It is incredibly cathartic and relaxing to have a bit of solitude, & even people-watch, read the paper, or spend time on the internet, etc. IN PUBLIC! What is the big deal people, it does NOT mean that you're a loner, a loser, a social outcast, a bum, a slacker, or anything similar! This notion is completely paranoid and insane, and is robbing many out of one of the most relaxing and enjoyable activities on earth. We do not ALWAYS have to be social butterflies (even though it's obviously a blast much of the time)!

Everyone needs a different amount of overall stimulaton to stay amused in life, but everyone can also use a break now & then, no matter how high or low your entertainment needs are. It's not a good idea to wait until you're sitting on a beach in the Caribbean, unless you've got enough money and time to do it on a pretty regular basis.

Another huge issue in modern day societies is that in many affluent countries, the average person sits an average of 75% of the time (awake) in a day. The human body was not designed for this, so it's a really good idea to keep this in mind and choose a lifestyle that is far less sedentary in nature. We can mainly thank technology, automation and modern transportation for this little goodie.

Sitting is the new smoking. You don't have to run, jog, or do hard-core workouts, etc., just get up off your butt and move a little (as often as possible), maybe climb a few stairs or go for a walk. This is what our bodies were designed to do, not sitting around for hours on end. Running & jogging are obviously awesome too, and much better for weight loss and building cardio capacity etc., just a little hard on the joints as we age.

Another serious problem that can sometimes be a result of the above issues is sleep quality. Think of anxiety as being like the engine in a car. If our anxiety motor is revving too high, it can be extremely difficult to get enough quality sleep, which in turn results in a higher daily anxiety level. I personally believe that this "catch-22" or "vicious cycle" is mainly responsible for most serious sleep issues. The combination of high-anxiety and sedentary lifestyles that many are living is creating an environment for this.

Poor sleep quality is one of the most important and yet most under-researched and under-knowledged areas of modern medicine. The specialty of Neurology attempts to address it with sleep studies, etc., but in reality there is very little that is understood about the sleep processes in the human brain. Even the location in the brain where sleep takes place is not completely understood. Given the complexity of this biological process, the medical treatment options are extremely primitive at best. In my humble opinion (based on my own experiences), controlling anxiety with natural methods is by far the best solution for this problem. It will break the cycle, and the magical self-healing powers of the human body will do the rest. In many cases, a common symptom is fairly serious and painful back issues. The situation is becoming a bit of an epidemic in many countries around the world.

Many try to remedy the problem by buying a better mattress or taking medication. The mattress is not a bad idea, but sleep medications normally wear off quickly and are highly addictive (not a great long-term solution). A better solution would be to take up meditation or yoga, or just try and de-stress your life somehow (commonly easier said than done). Sleep is not just for the lazy, it slows down aging and is critical for survival. And let's face it, much of life is about survival. The harsh reality is that the aging process is designed to keep the human population under control. The genetic portion of this (so far) we can do nothing about, but there is still a huge element that we do control.

The list of aging-related illnesses is quite long. It's probably safe to say that in the end "natural causes" is normally a unique collection or singular illness from this list. In my opinion (and many others), superficial cosmetic procedures are a complete waste of time and money. They do absolutely nothing to extend our healthy lifespan. In fact, if we do REAL things to accomplish this, the cosmetic aspects of aging will also improve naturally (and far more dramatically). In most societies around the world, this seems to be a much bigger deal for women than it is for men. That being said, most men aren't overly thrilled about the aging process either (especially after the age of 60 or so).

Most people do not realize just how much money is being spent in the cosmetic industries, and those on the receiving end certainly aren't complaining, but it's still pretty ridiculous. Reduce your daily anxiety levels, get better sleep, stay young (for real/below the surface). It's that simple.

Obviously, this entire page is a huge oversimplification of a very complex issue, as diseases like cancer, heart & stroke, and many others often have genetic or birth defect causes. Human life overall is incredibly complex, and we are all just doing our best to make some sense of it all. Zooming out and looking at the bigger picture (now & then) is a powerful tool in accomplishing this.
Discussion #9 - Health Tip

The human body is an amazing (biological) machine. It can recover/heal from just about anything, if you do one simple thing; reduce your daily level of anxiety. Stop worrying about, well, everything! Stress/worry/anxiety greatly increases free radicals, compromises your immune system, accelerates aging & generally puts a lot of extra strain on your body. How to do this in modern society? (In my opinion) work hard, play hard, enjoy life & when you start feeling stressed out, take a break! Do very little for a day or two.

Many people find vacations more stressful than work. This is due to the common modern attitude that we should always remain busy, even on vacation. Many are concerned about being labelled "lazy", if they do nothing for a bit here & there (more common in type "A" personalities). Everyone is entitled to their opinions/attitudes in life, but they must also live with the health consequences of these attitudes. Also, stress-related illnesses put a huge strain on health care systems.

Another completely bizarre and nutso attitude would be the idea many people have, that it's socially wierd to be seen enjoying time alone in public. It is incredibly cathartic and relaxing to have a bit of solitude, & even people-watch, read the paper, or spend time on the internet, etc. IN PUBLIC! What is the big deal people, it does NOT mean that you're a loner, a loser, a social outcast, a bum, a slacker, or anything similar! This notion is completely paranoid and insane, and is robbing many out of one of the most relaxing and enjoyable activities on earth. We do not ALWAYS have to be social butterflies (even though it's obviously a blast much of the time)!

Everyone needs a different amount of overall stimulaton to stay amused in life, but everyone can also use a break now & then, no matter how high or low your entertainment needs are. It's not a good idea to wait until you're sitting on a beach in the Caribbean, unless you've got enough money and time to do it on a pretty regular basis.

Another huge issue in modern day societies is that in many affluent countries, the average person sits an average of 75% of the time (awake) in a day. The human body was not designed for this, so it's a really good idea to keep this in mind and choose a lifestyle that is far less sedentary in nature. We can mainly thank technology, automation and modern transportation for this little goodie.

Sitting is the new smoking. You don't have to run, jog, or do hard-core workouts, etc., just get up off your butt and move a little (as often as possible), maybe climb a few stairs or go for a walk. This is what our bodies were designed to do, not sitting around for hours on end. Running & jogging are obviously awesome too, and much better for weight loss and building cardio capacity etc., just a little hard on the joints as we age.

Another serious problem that can sometimes be a result of the above issues is sleep quality. Think of anxiety as being like the engine in a car. If our anxiety motor is revving too high, it can be extremely difficult to get enough quality sleep, which in turn results in a higher daily anxiety level. I personally believe that this "catch-22" or "vicious cycle" is mainly responsible for most serious sleep issues. The combination of high-anxiety and sedentary lifestyles that many are living is creating an environment for this.

Poor sleep quality is one of the most important and yet most under-researched and under-knowledged areas of modern medicine. The specialty of Neurology attempts to address it with sleep studies, etc., but in reality there is very little that is understood about the sleep processes in the human brain. Even the location in the brain where sleep takes place is not completely understood. Given the complexity of this biological process, the medical treatment options are extremely primitive at best. In my humble opinion (based on my own experiences), controlling anxiety with natural methods is by far the best solution for this problem. It will break the cycle, and the magical self-healing powers of the human body will do the rest. In many cases, a common symptom is fairly serious and painful back issues. The situation is becoming a bit of an epidemic in many countries around the world.

Many try to remedy the problem by buying a better mattress or taking medication. The mattress is not a bad idea, but sleep medications normally wear off quickly and are highly addictive (not a great long-term solution). A better solution would be to take up meditation or yoga, or just try and de-stress your life somehow (commonly easier said than done). Sleep is not just for the lazy, it slows down aging and is critical for survival. And let's face it, much of life is about survival. The harsh reality is that the aging process is designed to keep the human population under control. The genetic portion of this (so far) we can do nothing about, but there is still a huge element that we do control.

The list of aging-related illnesses is quite long. It's probably safe to say that in the end "natural causes" is normally a unique collection or singular illness from this list. In my opinion (and many others), superficial cosmetic procedures are a complete waste of time and money. They do absolutely nothing to extend our healthy lifespan. In fact, if we do REAL things to accomplish this, the cosmetic aspects of aging will also improve naturally (and far more dramatically). In most societies around the world, this seems to be a much bigger deal for women than it is for men. That being said, most men aren't overly thrilled about the aging process either (especially after the age of 60 or so).

Most people do not realize just how much money is being spent in the cosmetic industries, and those on the receiving end certainly aren't complaining, but it's still pretty ridiculous. Reduce your daily anxiety levels, get better sleep, stay young (for real/below the surface). It's that simple.

Obviously, this entire page is a huge oversimplification of a very complex issue, as diseases like cancer, heart & stroke, and many others often have genetic or birth defect causes. Human life overall is incredibly complex, and we are all just doing our best to make some sense of it all. Zooming out and looking at the bigger picture (now & then) is a powerful tool in accomplishing this.