Did you know that you could get sick and depressed by following the advice of the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association or other interest groups on diseases and organs (DOIG)? This is true. Well, somehow true. Let's say, partially true. Here's why.
All FINGUs have lists of warning signals of ill health, disaster and death. To avoid these losses, it is advisable to be attentive to five, seven, eight, nine or another number of warning signs, depending on the disease or organ you need to worry about. Therefore, the conscientious and conscientious consumer / patient motivated to avoid the dreaded diseases or to lose the expensive value is invited to control himself – regularly. A full daily control looks like the medical equivalent of a ground exercise gym. Do I have this disease? How does this organ work (or "fingering")? This routine amounts to doing "the shuffle DOIG". Sobel and Ornstein, in their book "Healthy Pleasures", called it medical terrorism. It was exaggerated – but the fact that the public is obsessed with the signs of illness and disorder is a source of stress – and could do more harm than good. Why do DOIGs encourage anxiety when they could offer REAL wellness prospects that improve life?
Of course, none of this would be a problem if we lived in cultures where REAL wellness, adventure, was the norm. Who wants to linger or worry about things that go wrong? Such concerns distract from things that are going well. Is a state of mind that pays attention to wellbeing not greater than one marked by sickness worries? Better to linger on tips that advance the reason, exuberance, athleticism and freedom that flatulence, plumbs, unexpected dumps, bumps, warts, pimples, moles and annoying coughs. Oscar Wilde had the good idea: "One should sympathize with the joy, the beauty, the color of life – the least said about the plagues of life, the better."
Look at it that way. Many people are better but feel bad, and it is not Trump 's fault. Our state of health and even the medical system, despite the efforts of Republicans to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act, are better than ever. Yet, people seem worried, angry and stunned!
Is this true? Would I exaggerate? Do I ever take it? Sometimes, but not in this case. Consider the following:
The situation in the United States today
We are living longer than ever before. In 1900, life expectancy was 47.3 years at birth (Surviving the birth was a success in itself). In 1984, life expectancy was 74.7 for men, 78.8 for white women in the United States; today, according to the World Health Organization, it is 76.5 for men in the United States and 81.2 women. In addition to record life expectancy, we have better infant mortality rates than ever before in our history. (Unfortunately, our rates are not as good as those of other developed countries, that is, countries with domestic plumbing.) I'm kidding – low life expectancy levels in the United States compared to other rich countries are largely due to the lack of a universal health system.
Medical science is better at predicting, detecting, and treating all the ills of which the flesh is an heir than ever, yet polls show that people are less satisfied with their health, more acute. and chronic disease and more dissatisfaction with the medical system. Why?
A number of reasons, two of which stand out. The first is the relentless opposition of the Republican Party to affordable medical care. The other is human psychology, as we saw earlier in the discussion on the FOGs.
Studies (summarized in JW Pennebaker "The Psychology of Physical Symptoms", NY: Springer-Verlag, 1982) show that a lot of attention to his body and health status from the point of view of the detection of the disease leads to negative assessments and, consequently, to a feeling of ill health. Arthur Barsky, a physician who writes in the New England Journal of Medicine (18 February 1988, Vol.318, No.7, pp. 414-18), cites a number of studies that demonstrate the connection between self-awareness and a tendency to to amplify the somatic symptoms. Dr. Barsky concluded that "the more people are aware of the characteristics and attributes of risk, the more they evaluate them negatively. This seems to be particularly true for bodily sensations and perceptions of health.
This is sufficient evidence to recognize the dangers of taking into account FINGs. To an alarming degree, one could say that this country is turning to FOGs – and it is up to us to try to put an end to this.
Are you convinced of the danger here? If not, read an excerpt from Dr Barsky's magnificent play on why people are feeling less well today when objective indicators suggest that they should feel better than ever:
It is more difficult to feel healthy To be insignificant are presented as sinister, the herald of a disease until here unrecognized or undiagnosed. The feelings of ill health and disability are magnified when one thinks that every pain deserves medical attention, each slenderness can be the prodrome of a malignant disease, when we are told that every beauty spot deserves an intervention surgical
right? Alert to danger, the next step is to correct the condition – with a REAL wellness antidote
A real antidote to well-being at the DOIGs
To help you appreciate the antidote well-being and To top off my demands for balance, for putting the emphasis on tips for personal excellence, let's look at the possibilities. Let's start with the list of the seven warning signs of the American Cancer Society.
1. Change in habits of the intestine or bladder.
2. A wound that does not heal.
3. Unusual bleeding or discharge.
4. Thickness or size in the breast or elsewhere.
5. Indigestion or difficulty swallowing.
6. Obvious change in wart or mole.
7. A rough cough or hoarseness.
Accompanying this list, here are these chilling words: "If you have a warning sign, consult your doctor. Right – and why not add, "stay on good terms with your funeral director, too." What a way to panic people!
Imagine how these seven signs could be effective if they carried a message of well-being to counterbalance the disturbing. With a positive approach, each sign of cancer (CS) would be followed by a sign of well-being (WS), as follows:
CS – Change in intestinal or bladder habits.
WS – You produce regular fluffy floats at predictable times throughout the day, indicating a high fiber diet that meets national dietary guidelines.
CS – A wound that does not heal.
WS – No painful feelings or grudges. You prefer to move on, do the best, and maintain a sunny side of the street.
CS – Unusual bleeding or discharge.
WS – The only dumps you feel are healthy amounts of sweat during a vigorous daily exercise.
CS – Thickness or thickness in the chest or elsewhere.
WS – You could experience a lump in your throat almost every day in the form of fear, reverence, wonder and other emotions of appreciation to the beauty of nature, the joys of friendships, rewards healthy habits and look at the bright side of humanity, even if sometimes difficult.
CS – Indigestion or difficulty swallowing.
WS – Likes to chew (short of Fletcherizing) and swallow tasty pieces and does it without worry of weight gain. A combination of vigorous exercise and healthy dietary practices allows the ingestion of plentiful calories.
CS – Obvious evolution of the wart or mole.
WS – S adapts to inevitable changes. You face life squarely, do not get wet and do not let yourself go to self-pity and you adapt to the increasingly weak realities with age while doing what can be to maintain a certain level of vitality.
WS – The only hoarse voice you get is to proclaim the benefits of a wellness lifestyle and the pleasures of following the principles of well-being.
After each WS message, the following statement would summarize the list: have these health signs, see a health promoter – so you can learn how to develop them!
There you have it – the antidote of well-being to the risks of unintentional and unintentionally dangerous warnings by too focused DOIGs one disease or another and not enough or all about true sentence.