In the United States we recently had an election. Platform differences between Republicans and Democrats included how to deal with:
Veteran’s health care
…as well as other topics…
Are these not the same topics that have been discussed each and every election for the last 40+ years? What makes us believe that this election will somehow produce the “REAL” solutions that all previous qualified Presidents were unable to solve? The new president hasn’t even taken office, yet I am willing to bet these same unresolved topics will be part of the next campaign in four years when the next presidential election is held.
This same principle applies to HEALTH. The “new science” and “new health recommendations” include:
The essential health need to limit prolonged sitting. “Sitting is the new smoking.”
Our diets should be higher in fat and lower in carbohydrates.
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) burns more calories and strengthens heart and lung function better than other methods of exercise. Then we have:
Too much exercise can reduce life longevity!
Eating GMO foods provides the same nutritional value as non GMO foods.
… and the list goes on…
In the 1970’s dietary recommendations were LOW FAT, HIGH CARBOHYDRATES. Scientific peer reviewed studies qualified this nutritional lifestyle as HEALTHY and BENEFICIAL for the consumer. Today we learn that many of the authors were paid by the food industry (especially those manufacturing SUGAR) to reach these conclusions. So why do we believe that HIGHER FAT is now the unbiased “FINAL ANSWER” to our nutritional dilemma? Is it possible we’re a little:
I predict in 20 years that NUTRITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS will again change proving today’s science just as flawed as the science 20 years earlier. Here is the problem (from MY PERSPECTIVE:)
We are pursuing HEALTH the same way we are told NOT TO PURSUE THE STOCK MARKET!! We are CHASING the “latest and greatest” new information that only reveals a relative SHORT TERM TRACK RECORD! Does this mean we should ignore all the advice of the experts making these recommendations?
It means we should consider how to incorporate a MODERATE COMPOSITION of their ideas into a WELL BALANCED REALISTIC LIFESTYLE.
You see, there is no ONE REAL ULTIMATE SOLUTION. Regardless of the “new” scientific findings, humans are not programmed to behave like emotionless machines. In most cases following extreme lifestyle changes (nutrition, exercise, etc…) may provide benefit, but the likelihood of making a lifetime commitment to a radical approach isn’t worth the effort and potential TEMPORARY RESULTS. It makes more sense spending the time and effort creating a HEALTHY BALANCE that is ACHIEVABLE LONG TERM!
Stop basing the reality of life on the latest “studies.” It is likely in time it will be refuted anyway. Let’s not make life more complicated than it already is! Let’s take SCIENCE, COMMON SENSE and the COMMITMENT each of us is willing to make to achieve a level of health acceptable for our lifestyles. This thinking and approach removes JUDGEMENT and creates REALISTIC expectations based on the individual’s personal self commitment.
In my opinion, the MAGIC BULLET is:
in all essential categories that contribute to our HEALTH (physical as well as mental) and LIFE.
I am yet to hear our scientists, doctors and nutritionists claim that this approach is dangerous and likely to compromise one’s quality of life.