I get frustrated with mainstream media’s focus on us as humans, innately frail, weak, defenseless and full of toxicity. I get equally frustrated with the focus on age as bringing about an avalanche of decay.
Because it doesn’t have to be that way. What most people fail to realize is that the body is hardwired for health, even into our later years.
Let me say that again: The human body is hardwired for health!
Given the right tools (diet, exercise, outlook) it can totally reverse and rebuild from even the most extreme conditions – and I’ve seen it happen not just once, but several times over the course of my career.
There’s only one caveat: The reversal or even return from the brink of disaster has to be undertaken by one who believes….
The human body is hardwired for health.
Because if you don’t believe that you are moving by the grace of this amazing machine which we call a body, that it actually CAN reclaim much of what it seems to have lost, then you won’t be inspired to do the work that is required to do so. (And, there is some work involved–I won’t lie)
That work is beautifully outlined in a book called Younger Next Year co-authored by an internist Dr. Henry Lodge and one of his patients Chris Crowley.
What I really enjoyed was the scientific explanation given by Dr. Lodge and why exercise is key in turning back the clock, along with Chris’s very human perspective on the daunting task of modifying old habits.
It offers both science and experience which dispels the myth that advancing age places us on a runaway train to frailty.
Basically it speaks to what I’ve always known:
The human body really is hardwired for health!