No, Nature Is Not Trying To Heal You

Roy Ben Tzvi

Roy Ben Tzvi

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Actually, It's doing everything in its power to kill you

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Ok so not everything in nature is trying to kill you, but it also doesn't give a shit about you, either. Most things in the natural world are out to get you — fungi, plants, cosmic rays, bacteria, viruses, hurricanes, avalanches, wildlife, earthquakes, typhoons, falling trees, floods, wildfires, volcanoes, landslides, droughts, sea-level rise, jellyfish & sharks, tsunamis, tornadoes, hail, ticks, and on and on and on and on. Even an apple can kill you if you eat too many of its seeds (that are, in fact, poisonous in larger amounts). It’s really a never-ending kill-list — everything from the food you eat, to wasps ( I hate wasps), to natural calamities — could be the end of you.

Don't Overcook or Burn Your Meat. Meat can be a nutritious and healthy part of the diet. It is very high in protein, and contains various important nutrients. The problems occur when meat is overcooked and burnt. This can lead to the formation of harmful compounds that raise the risk of cancer.

Contrary to what many might think, the “universe” doesn't care about you, nature isn't trying to heal you, in fact, we are irrelevant to “nature”. To nature, you're no different than a deer or a worm or a plant. We have aggrandized ourselves in our own heads to think that we are actually important when we are not. Wildlife, the environment, the earth, the universe don't care about you, in fact, they are passively and sometimes actively, trying to kill you.

There is a growing sentiment within many groups that oversimplify the benefits of all that is “natural” and demonize all that is in or around subjects like chemicals, industry & pharma. The problem is, that the issue is not as binary as some might like it to be. From anti-vaxxers to crystal healers or believing that an all-meat diet which will probably give you Scurvy ( lack of vitamin C ) or juicing will cure their cancer or trying Fecal Microbial Transplant (google it). There are many promises by people who don't have a Ph.D. next to their name and hey maybe some of these have something to contribute to your health. Perhaps they have placebo effects (which are very powerful) and some of these and other treatments have more science to back them up than others. However, we seem to have forgotten that up until 200 years ago the median life expectancy was around 35 (mostly due to a very high infant mortality rate, which scientific progress cured).

Power up with protein. Protein is essential for building and repairing muscle. Choose lean or low-fat cuts of beef or pork, and skinless chicken or turkey. Get your protein from seafood twice a week. Quality protein sources come from plant based foods, too.

We often romanticize how pure people used to be before machines, chemicals, and smoke-spewing mega factories existed. The facts are our ancestors were not particularly healthy and had piss poor immunity. They often died from a cold, the flu, or most commonly from drinking dirty water or not washing their hands with soap. It is true that they were more active, but at the time, being healthy was not a “thing” or a “lifestyle”. No one knew what healthy was, and the masses didn’t yearn towards an idealized healthy lifestyle. I mean doctors use to advise people to smoke cigarettes not too long ago (doesn't bode well for the docs, I know.)

Get Enough Sleep. The importance of getting enough quality sleep can not be overstated. It may be just as important as diet and exercise, if not more. Poor sleep can drive insulin resistance, throw your appetite hormones out of whack and reduce your physical and mental performance. What's more, it is one of the strongest individual risk factors for future weight gain and obesity. One study showed that short sleep was linked to 89% increased risk of obesity in children, and 55% in adults.

Technological innovation, mainly in modern medicine, has allowed us to double our life expectancy in the western world and sometimes even triple it. In fact, if everyone kept a relatively healthy lifestyle (eat healthy, exercise, low stress, low alcohol consumption, no smoking, etc..) we could probably see our overall life expectancy go up by at least 5 years.

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Scientists, engineers, titans of industry have created medicine, figured out how to cure diseases, created vaccines, and provided more food than we actually need or consume. Modern medicine and technological innovation are amazing. Remember the last time you had Polio or Measles or Yellow Fever? No, you don't, because science has provided us with vaccines that actually work.

One simple thing you can do is, especially for close distances, choose walking over riding, driving or taking transportation. You can climb the stairs instead of taking the elevator. You can pick exercises that are easy to do at home or outside that you enjoy. When you enjoy the physically activities you choose for yourself, most likely you’ll enjoy them and naturally want to do them. Exercise is about being healthy and having fun at the same time. Also, mixing up your exercises will keep them interesting.

We have amazing tools like X-ray imaging and CT scans. We have developed antibiotics and bionic prosthetics, and we've taken infant mortality rates from 462 for every thousand babies in the 1800s to just 7 for every thousand in 2020. These are not trivial things, but we do take them for granted. There is a movement of people that would like to deny science and the effectiveness of vaccines, modern medicine, western doctors, and prescription drugs.

Now nothing is created in a vacuum; industrialization has developed its own set of what seem to be insurmountable problems. We have been irresponsible and we are creating an ecological collapse that will take centuries to recover from (if we recover from it at all). We are overheating our planet, chopping down our forests, and polluting our oceans. We have a human problem of gluttony, greed, and overconsumption.

Eat a balanced diet. A balanced diet does not have to be a boring diet. As long as you are getting adequate proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fats, that slice of chocolate cake you're craving shouldn't do you too much harm. Enjoy your meals, chew your food properly and eat a variety of foods, including five portions of fruit or vegetables a day. Too much processed food or sugary food can make you feel sluggish.

We have let greed dictate how we treat people, vs ethics and putting humans first. This is a human flaw.

We don't prioritize healthy living, doctors are incentivized to sell pills and procedures because a) that’s what they've been taught, and b) that's what generates profits (for them, and industry). Eating celery sticks & pushing CBD oil is not what's going to make big pharma billions.

And here is where the problem lies.

Because of the massive profits and greed of powerful individuals who spend millions lobbying government officials for the sake of these industries, these industries and individuals have been demonized (rightfully so) by the public. Those calling out the injustice, are looking to separate from the greed and corruption and seek alternative medicine and schools of thought. Enter hucksters, grifters, and conmen who offer bullshit “treatments” like faith healing, and a whole host of other non-scientific methods, to “cure” people -when in reality they're just robbing them blind.

Don't Overcook or Burn Your Meat. Meat can be a nutritious and healthy part of the diet. It is very high in protein, and contains various important nutrients. The problems occur when meat is overcooked and burnt. This can lead to the formation of harmful compounds that raise the risk of cancer.

Now, don’t get me wrong. Alternative and natural medicines have been around for thousands of years, and there are benefits there. But there are many things that a Shaman, some Amazonian fruits, and a healing ceremony just won't cure.

Now I'm not pro-industry or anti-nature. I am extremely pro-nature! I also believe in individualism and that what works for me won’t necessarily work for you. So having options are good. I believe that for some people juicing, fasting, and changing their diets could definitely work and help them feel better / change their lives; but for others, it won't. I believe nature and its proprietary offerings (trees, fruits, soil, rivers, etc..) have immense healing properties, but I also believe some people need doctors, medicine, and medical procedures. It's a shame that we vilify these things, because most people that get really sick, need the help (or some help) from medical professionals.

Reach your goals. Earn Presidential recognition for reaching your healthy eating and physical activity goals. Log on to the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition website to sign up for the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+).

I don't believe that a professor at a top medical institution is equivalent to a guy giving health tips on Youtube after spending a year in the Costa Rican rainforest drinkin' Ayahuasca. I also don't believe that we should altogether discredit someone on Youtube that may offer an alternative solution to a problem you may not have found a solution for. I don't believe “putting it out into the universe” does anything more than convincing yourself that there is a higher power (again, placebo, very powerful) that will take care of you. I believe technology and nature when combined and used respectfully (and in moderation) can be a recipe for healthy living both for us, and the planet.

Try new foods. So many illnesses and health-related problems could be avoided if we just ate more produce. Replace one thing that you would normally eat with a new fruit or a vegetable. Not only does this keep healthy eating interesting, but you also may end up trying something that you didn’t know you liked.