I got this in an email today:
“CBS News reported that a whopping 40% of all cancers are the result of lifestyle factors including:
- poor diet
- exposure to carcinogens like pollution and cigarette smoke
That means that at least 40% of all cancer diagnoses could be prevented if people only knew what foods to eat and how to build awareness around their choices in life.”
For most of the people I know, this isn’t really new news. In fact, this has been talked about in alternative streams for a while now. The fact the CBS, a mainstream media source, is talking about it shows just how big of a problem we’ve created.
We teach our kids a lot of things: manners, respect, potty training, mathematics, science, English language and literature, and history, amongst other things. One thing we don’t necessarily teach them is how to prevent illness through a healthy, holistic, balanced lifestyle.
Part of this is because we have to lead by example. How many people, even the most well-intentioned people, are stressed out? How many people find that they “don’t have the time” to whip up a healthy dinner or to exercise? These are things that matter a great deal to our health and yet they are often lower on the list of priorities than work, recreational activities, and education (which are all admirable pursuits).
What would it be like if we started relying on ourselves as our first line of defense, instead of on doctors and pharmaceutical drugs? What if we started listening to our own bodies instead of what a newspaper, magazine, or diet book has to tell us? I’m willing to bet there would be a radical shift in healthcare and the general well-being of the entire American populace. Just a …