I guess it’s about time I addressed what this modern-day, “health” epidemic actually was. While I’ve just started this blog/website and not a lot of people have seen it (yet), almost everyone asks, “What modern-day epidemic are you talking about?”
I believe we’re experiencing a modern-day epidemic of declining health and degenerative disease.
Unfortunately, as a species, we’re not getting healthier, we’re getting sicker. Rates of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other degenerative conditions are skyrocketing. Just look around you – it’s not good. We can’t blame it on our genes. Our genes haven’t changed in the last 100 years, but our lifestyle has changed dramatically.
Our modern lifestyle and our genetics are so incongruent, or so out of whack that we’re getting sick as a result. So logically, until we change our lifestyle and start living more as we were designed, it’s not going to change.
I love this tweet from Erwin Le Corre, founder and master instructor at MovNat:
“Living a domestic life without an evolutionary strategy to compensate for its degrading effects is accepting your own slow motion collapse.”
Dr James Chestnut, a chiropractor in Victoria, BC, coined the term movement deficiency syndrome. Basically, we’re not moving enough and we’re getting sick as a result. Our genetics haven’t changed since hunter gather times, but most of us are sitting at least 8 hours a day. When you throw a bad diet, ie. the SAD diet (Standard American Diet) and ridiculously high levels of stress on top, it’s no wonder that we are experiencing such high levels of illness and degenerative conditions at such a young age. We’re asking an awful lot of our bodies these days and our bodies are struggling to cope.
It’s a little overwhelming when you think about it.
So what’s the solution?
Essentially, we need to develop strategies that will allow us to live like a hunter-gatherer in the real world. Maybe easier said than done, but I still think it’s very do-able.
We need to make our health a priority.
We need to make the decision to look after our health proactively and not wait for our bodies to break down before we look after them. We need to take a preventative/wellness approach to our healthcare once and for all.
In the coming posts I’ll be giving you specific strategies as to what you can do to maximize your health. This will include basic tips you can implement to live more congruently with your genetics and enjoy better health and overall well-being. Remember, your health affects everything you do and everyone you know – you’ve got to look after it. Make your health a priority today – you’re worth it.
“The deviation of man from the state in which he was originally placed by nature seems to have proved to him a prolific source of diseases.” – Edward Jenner