Why Health is Elusive

elusive healthSomething will happen for 39,600 Americans this year. They’ll die of pancreatic cancer. Something else has happened for 1342 Americans: they’ve become billionaires.

Do you want $1 billion more than you don’t want pancreatic cancer? I don’t, which is why I feel health is more elusive and more valuable than $1 billion.

Why is health elusive, and what can we do about it? Let’s discuss this in three categories: age, pace, and misplaced placebo effect.

Age makes health elusive. Our age is inverse to good health. As newborn babes, we have fresh skin and mint condition benelles. Our DNA frays over decades, but you don’t have to be the age on your driver’s license. You can protect your benelles by eating right, getting sleep, exercising, and avoiding toxins. These are common sense ways to stay biologically young, which will translate to being thinner, having less chronic pain, and an easier road to happiness.

Our pace of life makes health elusive. Many young families are zipping around from place to place. Taking kids to school, running by Starbucks, rushing out on lunch hour, picking up kids, running errands, going to practices and games, picking up fast food for dinner. Repeat.

Does this sound like health? It sounds like anti-health to me. That pace is causing adrenal gland damage, diabetes and depression for plenty of people. Plus, the fast pace leads to Americans buying cheap processed food. This translates to empty starches and nitrate-rich meat. Just 50 grams a day of processed meat increases pancreatic cancer risk by 19% (Larsson et al 2012).

When you’re young, it seems like your body can handle a fast pace and endless processed food. Maybe it can for 10 or 20 years…while you silently leave behind your pancreas.

Finally, attaching the placebo effect to unhealthy things makes health elusive. For instance, we think a vitamin supplement makes us healthier, and by placebo effect it may for a bit, but over time, supplements damage our organs. Supplements speaks a rough, barbaric language and benelles speak a soft, pleasing language.

Another misplaced placebo: we think blood pressure medication is great because it gives us a good score on our blood pressure test. But that’s a fake score. That high blood pressure is a warning sign of a needed change to our foundation. In this example, our placebo effect, which brings legitimate natural health, is fatally attached to a pharma quick-fix. That quick-fix results in two bad effects: we kick our same old can of bad health down the road, and we chemically strip away the health of other benelles (i.e. pharmacological side effects).

Then, there’s sunscreen, our placebo against skin cancer. With its scientifically-proven power, we’ll avoid cancer. Except that regular sunlight exposure reduces pancreatic cancer risk by 49% (ref 1). Thus our misplaced placebo has us trading a lesser cancer for a greater, which is poor economics.

Connecting placebo effect to healthy choices is a matter of education and habit. But poor information from “experts” is prevalent, which has led to false and harmful associations in the mainstream. We feel like we have to “do something” when we are sick, but for some reason we don’t see that trusting unbiased research, common sense, and our benelles is “doing something”…the smart something.

Health is elusive and valuable. Yet anyone can have better health simply by changing pace, improving education and habits, and trusting common sense. Benelles could care less about a billion dollars, but they will sing at a few drops of honey.

ref 1 – Neale RE et al “Association between ambient ultraviolet radiation at birth, skin type, skin cancer history, and pancreatic cancer” AACR PCC 2012.

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