Thomas Jefferson, Earnest Hemingway and Charles Dickens, just to name a few, often used standing desks instead of sitting while writing or doing other book work. They felt it got their creative juices flowing and was better for their minds and bodies. Science is proving them to be correct. The long hours of sitting that most American jobs require may be a big part of the reason we have an obesity epidemic in our country, but on the flip side most of us still have our own teeth. I’ve decided to write this entire article standing up while I explore the question; how do we enjoy the fruits of science without turning into jelly fish with great teeth?
This topic stems from a conversation that I had today with a client who is a doctor. We came to the conclusion that balance and common sense must prevail but exactly what does that look like? In the 1950’s and 60’s when Mod and the Jetson’s were in, anything space age and technological won the day. Food that was dehydrated, packaged or frozen and could be prepared in minutes was all the rage, formula had to be better for babies than mother’s milk because it was created in a lab, and nobody but Jack LaLanne worried about exercise. Then we began to realize the down side of driving everywhere instead of walking, getting all our food from factory farms, and taking a pill every time we got an ache or pain.
In response, many have become almost obsessive about going natural again even to the point of not shaving their legs or using deodorant. This is wrong, no research needed. However, I have to admit that since I’ve discovered that gluten was the cause of debilitating physical problems in my life I’m a little paranoid when it comes to genetically modified food products and chemical additives. How and where do we draw the line in regard to nature verses science? This can become especially hard when we are talking about life and death situations. A cancer diagnosis, for instance, can result in a lot of confusion when there are educated voices on both sides of the debate, some screaming chemo and others saying nutrition and supplements.
In the next few weeks I’ll be doing a series of posts on Science verses Nature and seeing if we can’t find that balance and common sense. I want to look into some topics for my own peace of mind like; to Botox or not to Botox, natural alternatives to unhealthy beauty products, and I might even delve into that ever deepening controversy of supplements verses drugs. Meanwhile, I’m using Tom’s of Maine deodorant, my salon hair products, and I’m going to keep writing standing up. I think my creative juices are flowing.