This scenario seems to be a regular occurrence, I meet so many people who do not want to engage in learning about their bodies. It is amazing how people decide to be 'low-information' about their body while memorizing stats on cars, baseball players, movie stars or technology and yet choose not use that same capability to learn about what makes them sick or healthy.
I have pondered for quite a while about writing this commentary because I could not find a way to be positive or non-judgmental about the topic. I am completely fascinated about how seemingly simple things work in our bodies. It is natural to assume that others would think the same way as I do. Well, that is not true. I cannot get myself interested in golf no matter what I do, nor who attempts to influence me, I just don't enjoy it. Perhaps it is that the rules say you cannot tackle or steal, and where is the goalie anyway? Now it could be that I'm maxed-out on expensive hobbies by my wife. Woodworking, sailing, fly fishing, hunting, and cycling are all pretty expensive sports to say the least and golf would not help my marriage. My point is, I understand that some people prefer not to know about certain topics.
Our bodies are not hobbies, they are the magnificent machine that will enable us to do great things, change history, influence generations or perhaps save lives. I expect to have a huge affect on the world because I believe there is much to be done and I want to live a very long, productive life. Humanity is valuable and I see myself making great contributions in the years to come.
No matter the opinion, I cannot sit by and let the propaganda pumped out by the media guide my eating decisions. I cannot be a low-information citizen! I have to research the articles and news stories by reaching back to the source, then deciding the course of action. I am the one who has to live in my body and I want it to be an enjoyable experience.
Lynette and I decided not to outsource our health-care to the "really smart" people. Instead, we would rather take the personal responsibility to steward our temples and hire smart people to help us. Yes, there is a slight difference. I still go to doctors when needed, (2 times in 9 years), and when we want to have a good check-up. We just take personal responsibility for our health first.
If I follow the USDA guidelines, being the Plate or Food Pyramid, I may end up where the majority of our society is -- obese and looking more like a pyramid. If you think about it, everything that was pulled from the market was first approved by the FDA as safe. Fen-phen for weight loss, for example, was deemed safe, we now know too well now that it is not. I am opting out of the typical health care system because if I follow their guidelines, I could end up on high blood pressure medicine, statin drugs, injected with flu shots and downing sleep aids like Ambien. Then comes diabetes, so I can depend on insulin and the additional medications needed to deal with the side effects, and on it will go. In time, interventions like stints, pacemakers, angioplasties and bypasses will become part of my health care. In the end, I am dead and broke, my life cut short 20-30+ years. If you think I'm being extreme, read this. However, if I choose to live on purpose by evaluating information from a scientific basis, and take the time to learn the signals of my body, allowing it teach me how to care for it, I will live a longer and fuller life.
To me, sickness is what happens when people do not make the effort to educate themselves about their bodily systems, the beautiful balance and interdependence we live in moment to moment. It is truly a work of art. The ATP cycle is amazing beyond belief, it makes your next heartbeat, your next breath, facilitates digestive system processes and so much more. This power currency has a complete recycling system too. I found this to be startling. "The energy used by human cells requires the hydrolysis of 100 to 150 moles of ATP daily, which is around 50 to 75 kg. We have only 250g of ATP at any one time. A human will typically use up his or her body weight of ATP over the course of the day. This means that each ATP molecule is recycled 500 to 750 times during a single day. ATP cannot be stored, hence its consumption closely follows its synthesis." If you don't have ATP for 1 second, you are dead. When you learn how to maximize that one system, you begin to tap into the potential of the human body.
Please watch this video, just to expand your mind.
You are amazing! You are engineered with an adaptable immune system, fuel manufacturing system; producing the needed fuels to run every unique cell in your body. It is mind-blowing how versatile and forgiving our bodies are. We can give it bad foods and it will graciously accommodate our bad choices and provide energy for us to live.
Take time to learn the major systems of your body. Learn what the most efficient fuels producing the least amount of waste. Learn what feeds you and what feeds sickness and cancer. Learn to Live!
Tim & Lynette Jenné are learners first and foremost. We love to ask "why?" We question the status quo. We also love to research and find answers for ourselves. As parents of four adult children, we've learned a few things along the way that may be helpful to others. We love to live & eat clean, simple lives.