Him: "I think we outlive the usefulness of our bodies. Think about prostate cancer or ovarian disease. We always tell people it's not if, but when. I don't think that we are supposed to live as long as we make our bodies go today."
Me: "I pretty much totally disagree. Do you think it might seem different as we get older and we might not get so-called age-related diseases if we ate right, exercised, had less stress, and took care of ourselves? I think the body is designed to live even longer. We just do a poor job giving it what it needs and then proceed to blame it for failing us."
He admittedly said he saw where I was coming from but still wasn't sure. I, on the other hand, am rather certain about my point. This incredible body is amazingly capable of doing so much. But in general, we limit ourselves by false beliefs, poor choices in food, being lazy instead of just getting up and moving, staying way too stressed, and more. It's unfortunate that when I see people in my office or speak to groups about this topic, the fault always is put on the decaying, not-so-smart body.
Commonly chiropractors label disease as "dis-ease." My profession identifies dysfunction in the body not as something breaking down because that's just what it does. We identify as breaking down because it's not being given the right nutrients and information it needs to survive and thrive. In other words, there is a lack of ease in how the body normally functions.
Consider heart dis-ease, the most common cause of death today. It is almost completely avoidable. Diet, exercise, stress, mindset all directly influence whether this disease will even show up in your lifetime. Sure, we blame genetics. But the reality is that genetics play an outrageously small role in the development of heart disease. It's our choices, and actions, that make it happen. Genes may be the match, but McDonalds and nights in front of the television light the match that turns into a bonfire.
But how do we treat it? Medication. Sure, you'll be told you need to exercise and eat better. But how many really do? (honestly ask yourself how well you eat and exercise, not always easy to face your own answer. I know from experience) Instead we insist that your body is broken, it's function has failed you, and this mortal shell is simply breaking down.
I call BS. Your body is able to heal, recover, regenerate, and excel unlike anything we understand in this universe. Your heart isn't designed to suddenly stop working at 65. It's actions that create and sustain life keep ticking for years beyond when given what it needs to live happy and healthy. Trying to put an expiration date on you is ridiculous. Give it what it needs and you'll be amazed at what you get out of it. Age? It's a number. Are we all going to eventually die? Sure.
But I'd much rather enjoy the ride and go live life than be stuck chasing dis-ease and simply avoiding death. And whether you believe it or not, you do have a choice.
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