100 Years of Suspicion

So much of our lifestyle and culture has changed in the last 100 years.  An exponential amount of change has occurred in just the most recent 25 years.  Electronics, computers, internet, cell phones, processed foods, the list goes on.  We seem to be addicted.  In some ways, these things help us to organize, stay connected, and be more productive.  In other ways, they bring us out of touch with some realities around us.  Before these modern inventions, things were much different.  The food we ate was more natural, we were outdoors physically working more, and we were in tune with the cycles and seasons around us.  Part of the problem is that our bodies are so used to living before this “Technological Age.”  We are asking for a lot of change in a short period of time.  Many people struggling with health problems find it hard to get much better.  There are chronic illness patterns that appear very resistant to treatment.

What I am suggesting here is to be cautious with these new “Toys” we are playing with.  Especially with regard to new processed versions of food and sedentary lifestyles.  Before 100 years ago we didn’t have chemicals and additives in our food, milk wasn’t pasteurized, thing’s weren’t produced in factories, etc.  In other words, we are eating things our bodies are not used to.  Computers have helped to create many “office jobs,” which sometimes don’t offer much physical labor.  People are not exercising as much in their jobs.

Advancements in technology don’t need to hurt us.  In fact, people have always tried to improve upon their space in nature and find better ways of living.  The problem is that we are playing with things that we do not fully understand yet.

A great way to improve health is to emulate lifestyles before 100 years ago.  This does not mean we need to totally get rid of our new toys.  It just means trying to eat natural foods, work physically more when possible, spending time in nature, and being more aware of our surroundings.  It also may mean spending less time with modern media like television or video games.  Just try to remember that what we are doing is VERY NEW.  We want our new technology to help us and not hurt us.

-JOE

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