The Evolution of Health
I was thinking about health and the system we currently have in place when the above phrase came to mind.
Healthcare has evolved over the centuries but so have our ailments. There was a time when a tooth abscess could kill a person, or a minor scrap could cause a massive infection. Today, fortunately, these seem minor.
Some say we have these diseases because we are living longer, but others say it is because of how we treat ourselves.
According to the World Health Organization, most modern diseases are due to lifestyle choices.
It is becoming clear that that is the case, so what are the correct lifestyle choices? Some would say a vegetarian diet and plenty of exercise is the best. Others would argue that a diet based on meat along with exercise is the best, some say food is not that important, but Yoga or meditation.
There are as many opinions about what the right choices are as there are people on the planet. So what works?
Here are a few examples. First, my mother-in-law and my next door neighbor, both are in the mid to late nineties. Neither relies on a cane or walker; they walk up and down a flight of stairs never getting out of breath or needing help other that holding onto the railing. Both think and speak clearly; both are well-informed and funny.
What did they do to encourage such good health?
My mother-in-law does not drive, never drank alcohol or smoked, and neither did my next door neighbor.
So is that the answer? Not sure, but it certainly helped.
Another example is women in Asia that climb trees for fruit, well into their nineties. My mother-in-law and neighbor could climb trees to collect fruit. So what kind of lifestyle do those women have?
The last example is a the Sioux Chief Red Cloud. He was riding horses and fighting battles well into his eighties. (I’m not sure I could ride a horse now, and I’m only in my 50’s!) What kind of lifestyle did he have? He slept, walked a lot, probably smoked, but he ate buffalo and root vegetables.
What are the commonalities between these people that we can put together to follow a lifestyle that can copy theirs? Is there a central thread or habit that we should incorporate into our daily lives? That is for the next blog.