The Limits Of Health

I have a message for anyone whose mission it is to become healthier: aim higher.

Humans appear to be a very complex species, but most of the apparent complexity can be sorted out when we just zoom out and look at the issues from a higher level. If there wasn’t a work-around to the massive complexity of human life we would have never survived as a species.

Most of you in the primal / paleo world have figured out by now ...

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Capital Q

There is no loftier goal that I can conceive of, from among all that are actually attainable by every person, than Quality Of Life. After all, it is the potential for the sum total of the experience of being human, lived to its highest possible level. Pretty heady stuff; but why let that keep us from going there if we can. Since it is the “ultimate goal”, it would seem to be important to understand it, if only as much ...

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Climate Change, Obesity, & Diabetes

Climate change (more accurately, the destruction of earth’s atmosphere), obesity, and type 2 diabetes have something very powerful in common. Know what it is? Take a serious guess before you read on.

The answer is:

None of them need a “cure”, and none of them need to be fought (as in, “fighting obesity”).

The truth is, people create each of these serious ...

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Health Or Longevity

Health and longevity are the same thing; what determines what you call it is when in life it occurs to you.

I always marvel a little at someone who claims to specialize in longevity; wondering to myself how they consider themselves different from someone who specializes in health. Yet it is significant that the strategies they recommend are very different from strategies that are presented by health experts. Which only proves that one of them is more clear than the ...

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8 Beliefs You Need To Give Up To Be Healthier

Here is a great “beliefs pledge” that would be the perfect place to start for anyone wanting to distance themselves from a predictable death.

Please repeat after me:

“If I intend to be healthier, I acknowledge my need to surrender the following:

  1. My belief that the way someone looks is a reliable indication of their health (including myself)
  2. My belief that any valuable information can be found on the readout of my bathroom scale
  3. My belief that I need to be a champion, or even ...
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When Health Is Who You Are

It is important for me to draw a clear line of distinction between what most know of as health, and what I’m describing in this material. Even though I still refer to it as health (I’m constantly on the hunt for a new word to attach to it), it is a completely different animal from the health that most of us are taught.

What you know of as health is likely a goal that must be struggled for, battled out, a ...

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The Inescapable Truth

If I had to bottom-line all of this for you, here it is:

In the end of our search for health as evidenced by a maximum experience of life, we discover that this isn’t about our lifestyle or other choices, it is about the environment. Without a natural environment we can do well, but relative to ‘gold-standard’ values we’re doomed to ill health, disease, and, ultimately, extinction. We will also have no standard upon which to assess our current state. With ...

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Overweight People Are Lucky

(Please also read previous post, “The Cure For Obesity“. Contains some of the same material.)

It is one of the most common phrases in the English language in reference to someone who has a chronic body fat issue: “he/she really struggles with their weight.”

Here’s the irony: no one “struggles” with their weight. In fact, we accumulate body fat precisely because—on a regular basis—we have chosen to not ...

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(Un)Common Health

green_peopleThe common concept of health is the absence of pathology (disease). And we have come to accept as the indicator of this absence the fact that we are not in the hospital or reaching for the phone to call the doctor. Seems like a pretty low bar for gauging something as important as health.

If you agree that we should be shooting for something ...

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An Unreasonable Proposition

Does it seem to you sometimes that just being human and living your life is an unhealthy thing to do? Was it always so?

In all things that affect physical human health, I use advice to stress the bigger context rather than the minutiae of day-to-day (often minute-to-minute) choices. Rather than having your life dictated to you, if you know what a perfect world looks like you’re far more likely to come closer to it on your own than if someone ...

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