Biology vs Society

It’s becoming apparent that many of our society norms or the ‘mores’ that we come to accept as normal might not add up to what our bodies are built to think is normal.

Working Out
How strange it would be if animals had to go to gyms to get exercise the way we have to.

In modern western societies the availability and amount of food we’ve come to accept as normal is actually causing a health crisis. Obesity, diabetes, CVD and the various inflammatory disorders that are on the rise can all be strongly linked to simply eating too much and not exercising enough.

The issue is not that your body has anything inherently wrong with it (as most diet and fitness marketers would have you believe…see ‘broken metabolism’ marketing for an example).

The real issue is that we’ve become accustomed to eating massive portion sizes and performing no activity in our daily routine. We’re built to move, and we’re built to eat food when it’s around but last through stretches of time when food is scarce, but the reverse is now true…food is never scarce, and we never move.

Another societal norm we accept is the legal classification of various drugs.

It’s ok for women to take estrogen but it’s taboo for men to take testosterone.

It’s legal to get rip roaring drunk on alcohol until you’ve got liver cirrhosis but cocaine is taboo.

It’s legal to smoke cigarettes until you’ve got terminal lung cancer, but it’s taboo to smoke weed.

In some countries anabolic steroids are over the counter items you can purchase and self administer, in other countries it requires a perscription.

It’s legal to get laproscopic band surgery or liposuction to help reduce bodyfat, but it is frowned upon to take various stimulant drugs such as clenbuterol, HGH or other agents that help reduce bodyfat.

In the end your body is a machine that will eventually break down and slowly lose function as you age. Fighting this reducing function should be one of your primary concerns throughout your life, and any intervention (legal or not) should be your right to use if it will improve the quality of your life.

The research and information available on the health benefits and effects of drugs, supplements, and various food items will also be larger and greater than any governing body could ever hope to understand or regulate, this means it’s up to you to take an active role in your own health as much as possible, because nobody else is going to do it for you.

 

John