Feet, Forks, and Fingers are the Master Levers of Medical Destiny have the knowledge to eliminate fully 80 percent of all chronic disease and premature death. The leading causes of death are heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, unintentional injuries, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia, kidney disease. David Katz explains that most of these diseases are immediately responsible for an enormous loss of years from life, and an even greater loss of life from years. In that context, heart disease is indeed the most common immediate precipitant of early death among women and men alike. Cancer, stroke, and diabetes do indeed follow close behind. It’s just that these diseases aren’t really causes. They are effects.”
In the United States, people age 65 can expect to live an average of 19.4 years.
How are we going to live the 19.4 years after age 65 depends on many variables. We cannot “prevent” death. But what makes death tragic is not that it happens — we are all mortal — but that it happens too soon. And even worse, that it happens after a long period of illness drains away vitality, capacity, and the pleasure of living. Chronic disease can produce a long, lingering twilight of quasi-living, before adding to that injury the insult of a premature death. And that, we can prevent. We can preserve vitality, and we can postpone death to its rightful time, at the end of our full life expectancy.
In other words, the actual, underlying “cause” of premature death in our country fully 8 times in 10 comes down to bad use of our feet (lack of physical activity), our forks (poor dietary choices), and/or our fingers (holding cigarettes).
Flip the switch on any of these factors from bad to good, and the lifetime risk of serious chronic disease was reduced by nearly 50 percent. By changing what we eat and how we live, we can alter the expression of our very genes in a way that immunizes us against chronic disease occurrence, recurrence, or progression.
In his book Disease-Proof: The Remarkable Truth About What Makes Us Well Dr. David Katz provides information on how our behavior has tremendous effects on our health, well-being, and even gene expression.
What really kills us prematurely, and all too often imposes years of misery beforehand, isn’t a list of chronic diseases, but the factors that cause those diseases. What really takes years from life and life from years is a willingness to know WHAT, yet neglect the opportunity to know HOW.
What really kills us is the failure to turn what we know and have long known into what we do.
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