It’s hard to believe that there was a time that doctors recommended smoking! “26,000 doctors recommend smoking” was a common Lucky Strike cigarette ad that blanketed all forms of media. Similar ads blanketed the media by Camel and many other brands. Subsequently, cigarettes were considered so “safe” that they were marketed to children in the form of candy cigarettes!
From Cool to Catastrophe
What was once considered a cool, totally safe social activity, we now know is directly linked to cancer, lung disease, heart disease, stroke, and the list goes on. According to the CDC, “Smoking causes 90 percent of all lung cancer deaths and 80 percent of all deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).” It’s hard to believe that the FDA and CDC still allow these products to be marketed to the public!
Still, cigarettes are not the only example of this. Baby aspirin is another! Does one per day keep the doctor away? NO! Just the opposite is true.
Truth or Hype?
In a large scale, seven-year study, researchers found no correlation between daily low-dose aspirin and reduced heart attack, stroke, or dementia, as it has been touted for years to do. In fact, what they did find was that daily aspirin intake was associated with increased risk of major bleeding, cancer, and death.
So, what about lowering your cholesterol? How about low-fat diets?
The reality is that with the introduction of low-fat diets came an increase in obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Why? When you reduce or remove the content of fat, which is an essential component of our diet, food manufacturers add sugar, artificial flavors, and fillers in their place.
The hype on cholesterol is extremely concerning, especially with the connections being made to Statin drugs and dementia! Consider the following from researcher and author, Zoë Harcombe, “Cholesterol is found in nearly every cell of your body and is essential to good health. It plays a role in hormone production, digestion, the manufacture of vitamin D following sun exposure, and helps protect your cell membranes.”
So why then would we want to reduce this from our diet? And the link of cholesterol to heart disease has been discredited in study after study. We also know that cholesterol consumed in the diet, “has no impact on the cholesterol level in your blood.”
Beliefs Versus Truths
So many of the beliefs that people base their habits and opinions on are found later to be false. There was a time that people and society swore the world was flat!
Prehistoric beliefs related to smoking, aspirin and low fat can lead to unnecessary suffering. Germs, antibiotics, immunity, vaccines and healing in general are additional areas where our beliefs have become skewed and outdated.
Many people have prehistoric beliefs about chiropractic care. Chiropractic care, for example, is now realized to be one of the safest health care options available, 10,000 times safer than surgery according to a new Gallup Poll. Even more importantly, as a part, of a lifestyle, Chiropractic Lifestyle Care can help you stay healthy.
Open Your Mind. Trust Your Body!
It is very important to keep your mind open, find trusting resources over cool ones, and trust your innate intelligence. Be proactive in eliminating stress and interference from your brain, nervous system, mind and body. Use common sense and be strong enough to say yes to the things that are good for you and say no to the madness of the marketing machines.
Your 80, 90 or 100 is coming. Learn to love the things that are good for you and enjoy a sensational century.
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