If you have been following my recent blogs, these have been a most interesting and stressful couple of weeks for me. Two weeks ago I was swimming 100 meter sprints in a pool but, now I am restricted for a couple of weeks from doing anything that might cause pressure on my last week’s neck surgery. Yes, I had my carotid artery cleaned out because a small load of fatty stuff was restricting blood from reaching the brain. I did not have any symptoms beforehand but a recent LIFE-LINE screening showed a significant blockage. After seeing the results, I headed off to a heart doctor to schedule an appointment, which took almost six weeks to get (shades of Canadian Health-Care) and thus began the journey to the place I am today, that is, 1001 Stitched Neck Drive, Confusion City, WV.
I think it is important for me to write about this and equally important for others to read about it because there is a major misunderstanding as to what we the people think is a healthful life-style. Most aging experts think that the human body is good for 120 years of relatively healthy living if properly taken care of. I have practiced many of the recommendations that are thought to be a healthy-life-style and look what that got me! I am 63 years old and now diagnosed with heart disease! Obviously, I am missing something here. I have read many books about vegetarian, vegan, The Zone, primal, Blood types diet and the list goes on and on; never the less, I always come away confused as to why various authors propose with great confidence, their radically different approaches to staying healthy. Each author has data to supports his way of thinking. The problem is this: there is very little scientific, trustworthy data on how we should view nutrition so, the public has learned to turn a deaf ear to anyone who has a new idea and simply discard it in the pile of old ideas that never were either validated or rejected. We move on then ” I must admit, I to move from idea to idea also” searching for an answer to the question, how do I live a healthful life?
The answer to this quandary may be quite simple but like most problems will cost money to find a solution. Hell, we put a man on the moon, replace human hearts with baboon hearts, build computers that are smarter than we are so there is very little we cannot accomplish if we put our minds to the task. The problem with the mystery surrounding the research of living healthfully is that it is very expensive and not very exciting, unless you are the one on the operating table; then it is quite exciting. We as a society must decide that it is important to learn how to live a healthful life-style. No doubt, there are simple steps one can take to be healthier like eating less sugar and processed foods, controlling weight and getting regular exercise, but it appears that the problem may be more complex than that. In my case I may simply paying the price for eating too many carbs and sugar when I was younger. A that time I believed that exercise would fix everything.
So here I am, a man adrift on a raft in an ocean of information, not knowing who or what to believe. My only advantage is that I have a paddle and can decide in which direction I want to go, I simply must, because my remaining life depends on it, decide which direction I need to go. Much of the information available to the medical profession is either out-dated or provided by the drug companies. Every supplement is touted as the elixir of life. If you think about this carefully, you begin to suspect that our society has another objective in mind. Old people are a real drag on a capitalist society! Maybe the problem is that they do not want old folks to live a long, healthful life because it would cost too much money! Maybe someone in some dark, poorly lit room has decided that we as a society do as little as possible to keep people alive past their productive years. I think this approach may have backfired on the ‘perpetrators.’ Now that people live so much longer but have more medical issues because of poor life style; this all cost rich people (the one percent) more money to provide additional health services. I guess this goes back to the familiar line, “the best laid plans of mice and…..”
Hey Sue, where are those Twinkies I bought?