What Would a Caveman Do? Part One

In my opinion you’ve got to consider your body from a different perspective than you have been. It’s all about protecting our bodies for a very long life. It’s not about overworking them. It’s not about wearing them out. It’s not about high impact exercise and forcing our bodies to do things they weren’t meant to do.

I can’t say that I’ve stuck to this concept during my lifetime, but I’m asking you to follow my line of thought. I’m asking my kids in particular to listen, because at this time in my life I care more about their future happiness than I do my own. When I was given my children, I was given that Faberge egg; that finest of things I could hold in my hands. With all its amazing little delicate parts. Something that will increase in value to me as time goes by. I will vow to protect it and help it to increase in value…to reach its full potential. I will shield it from harm and pass it on only to another who would cherish it as I do.

But unlike the Faberge egg, these lovely possessions of mine have a mind of their own. They get to make choices about what they want to do with their minds and their bodies. And unlike the Faberge egg, I can’t just put them in bubble wrap or stick them in a china cabinet. But I can try my best to give them the tools they need to maintain their shine and value. And I want to share some of that with you, my reader.

And now, with only around 10 years left before retirement, I realize I can only pass my message on to a limited number of patients. The message needs to go to more. Ergo, the blog. The Internet.

And because I’m not a shrink, a gynecologist or urologist, this will be mostly about protecting the bones and joints. But let me tell you, protection of that beautiful packaging you were born with, will be one of the most important things you can do to ensure happiness into and through your “golden years” (if ever there was a description more inappropriately used, it was this one).

There are a couple of important concepts and the sooner you understand these concepts, the more quickly you will come to understand what I’m talking about and the sooner you will start to be able to make your own decisions regarding the way you deal with your body; not only your musculoskeletal system, but your whole body and mind.

When I state these concepts, I’m sure there will be much disagreement and many who will argue against them. These folks will come out of the woodwork to disagree with me and so let me just say right off the bat, “Bye, bye. It’s my blog and I get to say what I want to say.”

My credentials: I’ve been alive for over a half century. I’ve been married for over 30 years. Both of my parents are alive and tango dancing. I’ve had two children. I’m a doctor and have been practicing orthopedic surgery for over a quarter of a century! Interesting way of putting things, isn’t it? Okay, no double blind, prospective studies, but you really can’t argue with those credentials.

So here goes;

1: The human in the form of homo sapiens, has really not evolved in about a hundred thousand years.

2: Our bodies weren’t put together to last much past the age of about 25.

I don’t know how I decided that these two concepts were of key importance in telling you how to protect your bodies from the ravages of age. Maybe it was through reading. Maybe it started in college when I was taking comparative anatomy. Maybe it has to do with my own physical experiences and those of my patients.

But as I work through my blog and try to impart my knowledge to you, I will remind you of those concepts and ask you to think about what a caveman would do. What would a caveman do? Maybe that will be our mantra.

Think about that for awhile and next time I’ll talk more about how this relates to our aging bodies.


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