Myocardial Man

Frank Maxwell

 

The Truth is Out There, Not Really…

 

Over the years you’ve heard me say more than once that I think I’m as good at predicting the weather as any TV meteorologist.

In much the same way, I question those tips you see about which folks are most susceptible to heart disease. Like, say, the ones that try to make you think that if you have a dent or wrinkle or anything other than a smooth ear lobe, you’re doomed.

Now, you’ll get no argument from me that family history has something to do with it. If generation upon generation of your ancestors suffered from heart disease, it makes sense that you yourself would be at higher risk. Same idea as “you are what you eat.”

I subscribe to the notion that the lifespans and general health of all of us are being slowly affected by the changes that are taking place in the food-chain and the environment. How can they not be? Were that not the case, we’d all be done-for by our mid-thirties. However, the changes that have extended our lifespans are also producing new and unforeseen consequences.

Yep, if the research landscape consisted of nothing but fixed targets, don’t you think we’d have cures for just about everything by now? Instead, new diseases and disorders keep cropping up, or so it seems. Yep, if the research landscape consisted of nothing but fixed targets, don’t you think we’d have cures for just about everything by now? Instead, new diseases and disorders keep cropping up, or so it seems. 

Gets you thinking, doesn’t it? We fix a few things, even as the number of broken things gets longer and longer. It’s a dance routine – one step forward and two steps back.

Here’s what I can tell you – be the best you can be and do things smart. Yep, words to live by. You know it’s not smart to start the day with a six-pack of donuts and an energy drink. It may rev you up, but do you really think such a meal could ever be good for you? And if all you do to get your heart-rate up is move from the chair to the bed to binge-watch on a smaller TV, can you really call that exercise?

 

You know what you need to do. Eat food that’s real – food that hasn’t been coated, covered, fried, and salted. Engage in movement that involves … well, movement. The folks at Cardiac Rehab can get you started on the path to enlightenment, but YOU must take the first step.

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