I must be true to my body so my
body can be true to me.
Two thousand years ago, in
ancient Rome, only 50% of the population lived past
their 22nd birthday. In the middle of the 1800s, the
median life span was 40 years. By 1900, in the
United States, the median life span reached 49.
After that, there was a rapid increase. By the
1980s, the 50% survival rate was 74 years.
What caused people to live longer
lives? There was more food for people because of
improvements in farming. Children were vaccinated
against killer diseases. There was better
sanitation. More and more homes had running water
and indoor toilets. People washed their hands and
bathed more often. Doctors had ways to treat
diseases with antibiotics and surgery.
As for obesity, two-thirds of all
adult Americans are overweight. Half of the
overweight people are obese. Obesity prevents a
person from living out his or her full natural life
span. Obese people have more risk of developing
diabetes, heart trouble, cardiovascular disease, and
many other problems.
Why are there more obese people
today than 30 years ago? Part of the reason is the
unnatural foods, prepared foods, and fast foods that
Americans eat. Chickens, cows, and pigs grow bigger
when they get antibiotics and hormones in their
foods. Prepared food has cheap sweeteners,
artificial flavors, and a whole chemical soup of
food additives. These make the food taste delicious
so we will eat more. The additives are toxic to us
over a long period of time. The toxins in the foods
change our metabolism. They clog our fat cells which
then hold onto more fat. The other reason is that we
don't move enough. We drive to work or take a bus to
school. Schools don't have recess or gym every day.
Sit-down jobs and sit-down entertainment such as TV,
computers, and video games do not burn fat.
Unhealthy Bodies Cannot Support
Longer Life Span
Will our life span continue to
increase? Many people claim it will, perhaps most
could live to 100. I do not agree with this view. In
the past 30 years, there has been epidemics of
obesity, diabetes, children’s learning disorders,
memory loss, and immune disorder. In Oxygen and
Aging (2000), I predicted that human life span will
peak and then begin to fall in all regions of the
world within some decades. That, indeed, is
happening now in some regions.
What can you do? Were you healthy
and lean when you came to the United States? Then
try to continue your old eating habits. Eat food
that will improve your chances to live out your
natural life span. Cook food at home; avoid fried
foods; eat plenty of fresh vegetables. Wash fruits
and vegetables thoroughly; peel them when you can.
Eat less meat. Read labels on food packages. Look
for labels that say there are no added hormones or
antibiotics or sugars (high fructose corn syrup,
dextrose, etc.) Drink lots of water, soups, and teas
to help flush toxins out of your body.
Get up and move…play active
games, walk to work or school. Set time aside for
meditation and slow exercise.
to your body and your body will be kind to you