Is Being Unhealthy a Lack of Knowledge or a Choice?

What do you think? After being immersed in the health and wellness industry for a while now, this is not as easy to answer as one might think. I am amazed at how little “accurate” knowledge there is in the market when you try to find information on various product and services. On the other hand, there is “enough” information on the internet, for example, to help move you to the right Choice. So which is it…

My wife has always been really good about educating herself on health related issues.  She is way better than me about putting everything she learns into daily practice.  She has had migraines for years and seen more doctors than we can keep track of – and only with marginal success.  Now, with all the information on the internet, she is able to do extensive research and goes to the doctor fully armed with far more understanding of the problem than ever before. It is almost bordering on self-diagnosing and seeing the doctor is becoming more of a way to validate what she has found and gains his agreement. How the world has changed in the last decade!

Based on the statistics in the US alone, I believe much of our reason for healthy is Choice – ignoring the facts and massive amounts of information available to us today. Ten or twenty years ago, I would have bought into the argument that it was a lack of knowledge, but not today. But I also think not making a choice is really making a choice. We are fully armed with lots of excuses to why we need to go to the fast food drive-through and get the “full meal deal” – it’s easy and it’s by “choice” – not lack of knowledge. In fact, even in the fast food restaurants they even post the “unhealthiness” of their products – and still we generally ignore them – by choice.

Well, I’m here to tell you the old saying “what you don’t know won’t hurt you” is a huge lie.  Last year when they told me I had type II diabetes, I had to start paying attention.  I think I may be pretty typical in that regard, you know, it takes something life threatening to get you to pay attention.  We think we are so high tech these days, and we are, but a lot of this sophistication is killing us, especially when it comes to all those high tech ingredients they put in our food supply.

Hippocrates said “Let thy food be thy medicine” and he lived in 400 BC.  So what have we learned since then except how to eat ourselves to death?  It is not for lack of information we make these terrible nutritional decisions, the web has everything we need to know.  I have known drug addicts and alcoholics in my life and as much as I tried to understand what they were going through, there was always a part of me that kept saying to myself “Don’t they understand they are killing themselves and all they have to do is stop?” I’m curious what you think – knowledge or choice. What do you think it will take to get people to pay attention to what they eat and stop poisoning their bodies?  Share your thoughts and comments with all of us – that is how we learn from each other…

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