We Can All Only Agree On One Thing and One Thing Only

So I was sitting in my living room flipping through the channels on my TV once again, trying to convince myself that I should just get rid of the TV altogether. I think its coming. But lo and behold, I came across a community channel that hosts lecturers and researchers and the like, as educational programming to persuade the viewers to donate to the channel, similar to the PBS channel.

It just so happened that the speaker was a famous cardiologist turned researcher and advocate of health. He apparently went from doing heart surgery to teaching people how to avoid heart surgery. Nothing like putting yourself out of business!

That’s what prompted me to watch. Not only did I watch, but I bought his book, The Longevity Paradox.

Although I haven’t finished reading his book in its entirety, I’m writing this article based on what I learned from his presentation on the “boob tube”.

His entire talk was about nutrition. What we should eat and why and what we shouldn’t eat and why. I’ll be honest, there were several of his findings that not only did I not agree with, but findings that can be easily contradicted by other research. That’s the thing about research, its findings and discoveries largely contradict each other, so I try to take it all in with an open mind and evaluate it for myself using good old fashion common sense.

Anyway, despite some of the contradictions that I’ve learned about in the past, most of what he presented was extremely enlightening and worthy of consideration. So as not to get too much into the meat and potatoes of his presentation, I’ll just get into why I chose to tell you about it here.

As mentioned in the title of this article, I watched and waited for something that we could all agree on and is today accepted by all, not some, but all health professionals and researchers as the one thing that we should all do regularly to promote good health and longevity. I sat there for almost an hour, and nothing. What to eat, what not to eat and why for almost an hour. The program was almost over, the last set of commercials was over and he had but a few more minutes before the end of the program, and then, there it came: the one thing that was undisputed in my mind and in every other researcher’s mind in regards to health and longevity.

He went on to say, “there is one more thing that I haven’t touched on today that if you don’t want to change what you eat or are finding it difficult to change your eating habits, there is one thing that we can all do to promote better health and a longer life, and a lot of you won’t like what I’m about to suggest, but it’s…………..wait for it…………..wait for it……. It’s EXERCISE!

Enough said. See you at the gym.

Happy New Year!