Getting our priorities straight when it comes to health

 

Some friends of mine are having a microwave discussion on facebook. Will it kill you? Is it harmless?

My approach is simple: Focus on the simple things we know have a big impact on health. It may be less exiting than conspiracy theories, but works better.

Eat your fruits and vegetables. Exercise. Nurture nurturing relationships. Enjoy life.

If I want to take the next step, it is to organize my life to reduce time spent driving, and walk, bike, or take public transportation instead. It is more enjoyable, gives me effortless exercise, and removes me from an activity that is far more risky than almost anything else we do. (I have already done this, and rarely need to use a car.)

It is easy to get distracted by minor concerns, or scares unsupported by science or common sense (microwaved food and vaccines come to mind as examples). So it is good to get our priorities straight: focus your limited energy on the simple things that we know have a big effect.

That doesn’t mean that we should be complacent. If we suspect something may have a harmful impact on health, and we are not quite sure, then support or do research. If we know something is harmful, and many are exposed, then let’s get engaged to change it.

But also here, it is important to get our priorities straight. What are the big problems out there? Which problems impacts the highest number of people the most? (These are often the simple ones we all know about, such as lack of clean water, food, medicine, and vaccines in poor countries.) Where can I have the most impact? What am I passionate about? Who should I join forces with? What are the most effective strategies? (Often a solution-focused and partnership-oriented approach.)

………………….
………………….

outline….

  • getting priorities straight
    • in general when it comes to health, it is wise to focus attention and energy on the simple things we know have a big impact on health
      • Eat your fruits and vegetables. Exercise. Nurture relationships. Enjoy life.
    • easy to get distracted by minor concerns, or scares unsupported by science or common sense
      • microwaves, vaccines etc.

Related posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *