Image from Thomas Leuthard

Image from Thomas Leuthard

A Common Story

“ That doesn’t sound good, you should get that checked by a doctor”

“Yeah I guess that would be a good idea”

So, you go and make an appointment by a general practitioner. You make the drive over to the crowded waiting room and pay your $25 co-pay and then you sit and wait. An overweight nurse with a forced smile calls your name and you go with her into the offices. She isn’t happy to be there. After taking your blood pressure, she weighs you and writes down your symptoms. You are the 12th person she has seen that day. She tells you that in a few minutes the doctor will be in. The doctor who also does not look like the epitome of health, comes in a takes a look at you and is not sure. He refers you to another specialist.

You call the specialist only to find out that he is booked solid for the next three months. The whole situation is dire and it becomes apparent that no one really knows what is going on. They are not going to take the time to figure things out. Deep down, you know this, but you are still hopeful.

I have heard this same story several hundred times in my life. Coworkers, family, friends, random people at the grocery store, all have had similar experiences. We want others to solve our problems because we think we can’t and we don’t want to feel responsible for our own shortcomings. It is easier to blame genetics.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

You can wait the three months and hope the specialist can provide a shred of hope, or you can take your life back.

Find your Own Truth

With the incredible ability to spread information,  waiting for a doctor or randomly finding a guru are no longer your only options. A simple search on webmd will generally diagnose most common illnesses (although may not provide a valid treatment plan). Diagnosis is the first step. Understanding what to do next is the next.

In 2010 I was listening to an interview with Dr. Raymond Fancis. The topic of his interview was never fear cancer again, a subject that I was interested in. I studied brain tumors in grad school, so I had some background in the subject. He said something that has stuck with me to this day.

“Cancer is not a thing. It is a biological process that you can turn off and turn on.”

Disease cannot exist in a healthy body. The root of all diseases is because we give the body something it does not want or it is not getting something it needs.

It was so simple and made so much sense. If we take care of our bodies, they will take care of us. The body does not want to be sick; we just need to give it what it needs.

Health can be broken down into three main categories (obviously there is a lot more to consider):

  1. Lifestyle
  2. Food
  3. Sleep

If we satisfy our requirements for each we can live long and fulfilling disease free lives. The issue is navigating the ocean of information and misinformation when it comes to the question of “what is healthy?”.

This is where I hope to come in. I have paddled through the bullshit so you don’t have to. I have suffered through thousands of hours of reading, watching and listening, so that you can learn what I have. Everything I will write about I have some sort of experience with, or I will refer you to others that do have the knowledge.


About Ben Austin

My friends call me the illegitimate love child of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bill Nye. I’m a bodybuilding-yogi-science loving-foodie bringing an engineering approach to lifestyle design. Join me as I analyze the systems that go into optimal mental and physical performance and explore the stories and tactics of people who set the standard for the rest of us.
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