I’ve always been absolutely amazed at how self-regulating the human body is. It can identify where an infection is and send in the appropriate antibodies to heal itself. It compensates for so much and can survive it some of the worst environments (like my college years). I never enjoyed biology but as I grow older I am absolutely fascinated by it.

One of the worst things that has happened to me this year though is the need to rely on medicine to live a healthy life. Well, it’s more of a bittersweet feeling. I hate that I will be reliant on a medicine for the rest of my life but I am so amazed and grateful for the advances in modern medicine.

I won’t lie. There are times when I’m taking my medicine, I mutter to myself, “We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better, stronger, faster.”


@mooselwhipes You have to rely on healthy foods to live a healthy life, too, and that is for the rest of your life as well.

Consider that there is no sharp line delineating medicines and healthy foods. It's more a continuum. Think of a range from fresh vegetables to traditional herbs to synthetic medications.

It's a matter of choosing to consume what your body needs for your current stage of life.

@twdockery Absolutely! I was amazed how a change in my diet helped greatly reduce symptoms with allergies. I cut out a lot of dairy over a decade ago which in turn reduced my allergies.

Whenever I'm having issues, diet is one of the first places I look. Too much sodium? Too little iron? Etc. Fortunately, my wife and I are able to afford locally sourced produce and have a yard that we are able to dabble in gardening.

One thing that I have been unable to really buy into that my wife swears by is oils. She has an oil for everything. Maybe I'm stubborn, but I just haven't experienced any benefit when I use them.

@mooselwhipes I expect that the efficacy of essential oils is not evenly distributed, with significant variation by essence, preparation, application, and individual. Also, never underestimate the power of placebos.

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