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HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?

Lately I have started paying more attention to the work of Michael Easter. He is not a stranger to many of you, as he's authored books such as The Comfort Crisis and Scarcity Brain . Among the insights of his that most stick with me are these: First, the tribes he lived with in Bolivia, and their diet — and lack of chronic illness. Secondly, that we are filling ourselves with the plenty that is characteristic of this and the latter centuries — and we are dying for it. It's the issue of plenty I'm rambling on about here. HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH? My Aunt Pauline wrote her memoirs, entitled " Lolly-Gaggin' All the Way " back in the 1970s, about growing up in a tiny rural Tennessee town. What comes away as most striking to me in this little book is the absence of pictures . The reader must depend on that wonderful human attribute of imagination . With that human feature comes individualization, as no two readers will imagine with the same perspective nor imagery. Whe

NO TRY — ONLY DO

The most recent episode of the Huberman Labs podcast puts this into laser focus. The guest is David Goggins.  The central takeaway is that there is nothing but the doing . Nothing else matters. As David said, there will come a day when his body say, "No more running." Until then, there is only running. The post title comes from Star Wars. Yoda tells young Luke, "Do or do not. There is no try." Fear of failure is not uncommon. I believe it is connected with expectations, be it ours, or those of others. We expect that we should achieve and succeed, and that means we have a goal and we are determined to perfect it — often right out of the gate. We leave no room for doing without expectations. There is no time for deliberation. There is only do, or not do. EXPOSURE THERAPY In time we adapt. This is one of the best things about the human condition. Our bodies work hard to adjust and get used to things. But they also thrive on challenge. PUSH Without challenge, there is t

AI WEIGHS IN ON HEALTH

If you have a conversation with Chat GPT about how you can get involved in your own health, the resulting feedback does not come as a surprise. At least half of the bullet points involve personal agency in your own health. Even the machine gets it. "Me: What can patients do to assist PCPs to improve their own health? ChatGPT: Patients play a crucial role in their own healthcare, and there are several actions they can take to assist primary care physicians (PCPs) in improving their health. Here are some suggestions: Open and Honest Communication: Clearly communicate your symptoms, concerns, and any changes in your health. Share information about your lifestyle, habits, and any challenges you face in managing your health. Active Participation: Actively participate in discussions about your treatment plan and be engaged in decision-making. Ask questions and seek clarification on any aspects of your health that you don't fully understand. Adherence to Treatment Plans: Follow your