If you ask most Americans whether wellness is important,
most will agree. Parents will usually say that family health
is one of their major concerns. Yet most are rather ignorant
about nutrition information. Blame our public education
system, false or misleading reporting, and ads, ads, ads.
Recent news increasingly reports that obesity is epidemic in
the United States, and that it is the major cause of early
death, after tobacco. Yet the solution is really simple.
It used to be that people who claimed the simple life is the
key to anti aging would be met with a big yawn, or strong
doubt, or rude noises. Now, such reliable sources of health
information as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
are saying that good diet and moderate exercise really are
the keys to long life.
The same ad blasters who helped get us into health troubles
are eager to sell us pills, potions, books, quack cures that
dance all around the truth. After all, folks really want
magic bullets to fix problems, so they won’t have to take
responsibility for the consequences of their own choices.
It’s not the merchants’ fault if they get rich off public
stupidity. Or is it?
People, WAKE UP!
America is a country in which even the poor people are FAT.
History tells us that this is a very unusual situation.
It is a principle of physics that matter-energy can neither
be created nor destroyed. Therefore, if our weight exceeds
the medical ideal, it can ONLY be from consuming more
calories than we need. The only healthy solution is to be
more careful of what we eat, and to increase our exercise.
Drugs or surgery to cheat on this equation are life
threatening. Wild claims to “turn up your fat burners” are
total NONSENSE, even though some of the “experts” telling
this are physicians and nutritionists who really should know
One advantage of wise food choices is that we can eat as
much as we want and still not get fat. Another is that good
diet can help protect us against common scary diseases that
can lower quality of life and cause early death.
“Low Carb diets” are a red herring. Taking the hamburger out
of the bun, but keeping the fatty meat and oily toppings, is
The other part of the story is that even easy exercise can
stimulate the body to health, help prevent those scary
diseases, and make us feel better, while helping us to live
* If you don’t like army calisthenics, at least walk
1 to 2 miles a day, 5 to 7 days a week.
* If back pain or shoulder aches plague you, do some simple
exercise routines at home, workplace, or while walking.
* Head off wrist problems by frequent breaks to stretch them
in all directions.
* If you don’t have time or money for a gym membership, buy
a twelve foot piece of rope for isometrics and skipping.
“We don’t stop exercising because we get old. We get old
because we stop exercising.”
The CDC tells us that 7 out of 10 deaths are caused by
chronic diseases, 1.7 million per year in the USA, and that
these early deaths can be prevented by good diet and easy
exercise. We can save billions of dollars per year just from
good diet and moderate exercise. Now that’s a bargain!
** Diet with FACTS, not MYTHS. **