In the Way


I’m still sick. It’s getting in the way of my life. It hasn’t gotten all that much in the way of work, actually — I did 10 hours on Friday and 6 and a half hours today, in both cases at a scary level of productivity. But I didn’t make it to the Ruling Elder ordination ceremony today. I haven’t gotten over 3500 steps since I became ill. I’ve made little to no progress on my goals/ resolutions. And I am definitely not enjoying my lazy weekend.

I am, however, enjoying Drop Dead Healthy. A. J. Jacobs, whose previous books I also enjoyed, spent a couple of years researching and then trying out all the good health advice he could find.

As I’ve been blogging for the doctors’ consortium, though, one thing has become amazingly clear: the cure for all ills is eating more vegetables.

Yes, we should all quit smoking and exercise regularly, too, and getting plenty of sleep is not a bad idea. Handling stress well would be a good move. But if you spend a lot of time checking the risk factors for horrible diseases, and the things you can do if you want to avoid horrible diseases, you will find that vegetables are always on the list.

Wanna avoid cervical cancer? Eat vegetables. Prefer not to have Altzheimer’s? Eat vegetables. Don’t care to have a stroke? Eat vegetables.

The thing that gets me is this: we have, it seems, a cheap and simple cure for just about all public health problems. Everyone can do it. It requires no special technology and no particular skills. You can grow vegetables in your backyard very cheaply, or buy them in every grocery store. There are no obstacles whatsoever to doing this thing.

Why do we still get sick? And why do we put so much money into research and development in the medical field if we mostly just need to eat vegetables?

I am eating vegetables. Maybe I will be better soon.