Struggling More With The Pandemic 20

If you are like most people, you are or have struggled with your weight. Dieting and trying to loose a few pounds has probably stressed you out on more than one occasion. It may seem like nothing that you do will truly make a difference not only with your weight, but your health, self-image, and most importantly your self-concept.

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Unfortunately, the most common reason for our failure to reach those ideal images that we see in media everyday are two-fold. The first is the media onslaught of “their” perfection, which is an illusion. We seem to ignore that most of those images are actually unreal. They are of models and actors that have stylists, hairstylists, and makeup artists making sure that they are perfectly done. They have the resources and support (positive or negative) to achieve their “perfect” self (usually as they have been told it is or should be by others). Their perfect images are captured by professional photographers in studios or locations with all the lighting and backdrops needed to create perfection. And, after all that the images are still edited and manipulated to create an even more unrealistic “ideal” image.

The second aspect of our failure is something more personal that we can have more success in dealing with and turning into an asset in our life instead of the battle that it has probably been thus far. Our relationship with food can be either our best tool or greatest challenge in how we treat ourselves when it comes to food and eating. The truth is the more positive our relationship with food is the healthier and happier we will be. And this is where Daniel Zane Bryan’s book, Decode The Secrets To Weight Loss can help you out.

Bryan opens his work by explaining what some of us know and others may have never considered. That our relationship with food and how we think about food or eating is the foundation for a healthy life. However, he doesn’t just say that a bad relationship is bad so you need to change it and have a good one for success; he provides you with information that you can use to work on how you look at food and then how you choose what and how you eat. Furthermore, he goes on to provide you with tools that you can use to improve your relationship with food, improving your health and life along the way.

Food is one of the most important external parts of our life. We cannot survive without nourishment. To thrive we need food. It was this basic understanding that contributed to food, feasts and eating becoming such an important and social part of our human experience. Then somewhere along the recent way our millenniums long understanding of food’s importance to our health became warped and we not only became less healthy, we also became less happy.

We need to reverse this dilemma and the best way for a lot of us to begin this process is to pick up Bryan’s book to learn how to have a positive, healthy relationship with food. We need to bring food back to our hearts, souls and our dining room tables.

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How to decide the value of a human life

There are numerous points of view that insist that the pharmaceutical companies creates more illness and disease than it cures or prevents. Well if we look at it logically, where is the profit or job security in preventing disease for the pharmacological industry. But this is not the only contributing factor to an increase in our diseased population. Pollution, industry, change in lifestyle all contribute to the decrease in our health and happiness.
One of the increases that we have seen in the news lately has been the practice of organ transplants, specifically in the case of children and teens.
Not long ago there were two cases where children age 12 or younger were allowed by court order to be placed on “adult” lists for transplants. The rule about having 2 lists for organ needs is logical and biologically necessary. Children are still growing and do not have the size, capacity or internal space to receive adult organs, as in reverse, adults require organs that have finished developing and growing and are capable of sustaining adult life. These guidelines are rational, logical, and medically relevant to the acceptance of the new organ in the patient’s body.
The conflict arises when the patient is in the gray area of being on the border of the child adult division. It is hard for the family when it is their loved one that is in need. When in this situation emotions become the primary driving force, sometimes at the expense of logic or reason or quality of the patient. In the two cases previously mentioned the families used the courts to impose their will on the medical establishment to move their children to the adult lists to increase their chances of receiving the much needed organs.
It would seem that having to go to court to allow examination and compromise within the individual cases is overkill. But this is a simple example of control combined with compliance instead of independent thinking and assessment by those members of the medical team that are closest to the situation and also the most informed. We can thank this issue on the insurance industry, but that is a whole other article.
Now we have another case in the news where a young man, 15 years old, was originally denied addition to the transplant list “due to his failure to comply” previously. Another words, he was not deemed acceptable to allow to grow into a full grown man, cause the “board” that makes the decisions for this Georgia Hospital, tells the future and knows what a person will become if allowed to live. This is a prime example of what is wrong with a lot of parts of society.
This is not a race issue, this is a human issue. We have limited our value to numbers and bottom lines and profit margins and investment returns as we can put dollar signs on them. We have lost the knowledge that a person’s ideas or thoughts or actions or words are not just profit margins they are gifts to the whole world, their impact cannot be measured or logged in a ledger. We do not know what impact saying hello or shaking a hand or holding a door open or smiling at someone can have. The ripples of the smallest pebble will reach all shores of the ocean.