March 12, 2011 at 8:06 am Leave a comment



Honesty the best policy for

a healthy lifestyle


Excerpts from his book “How to avoid Armageddon”

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Wishful thinking means ignoring facts and indulging in fantasies. It is a common form of being untruthful to ourselves. A grim consequence is commonly found in hospitals, which are full of very sick people undergoing painful treatment – all too often because of unwise eating habits, smoking, drinking and drugs. These are all habits that for years have been known to be major causes of poor health and major illnesses. But habits always need deep, unremitting resolve to break. Only truthfulness about the folly of these habits and their likely consequences can bring about the necessary resolve. And then it will need a continuation of a bluntly candid attitude to follow through with any due rehabilitation.

On the subject of public health, the need for truthfulness extends beyond the individuals. Governments, which for years have known about the pernicious effects of fast foods and pre-packaged, off-the-counter, ready-to-serve meals, haven’t done enough to persuade the producers and suppliers to change the quality of their products or to impose a limit on the degree of known unhealthy substances they contain, as well as the methods of preparation and marketing. Mandatory warnings about the dangers of cigarette smoking on the packs and listing of ingredients on packaging of foodstuffs is a good beginning. But clearly, not nearly enough. Governments should do much more to persuade the public to adopt healthier eating habits by offering incentives through their sick funds, while slapping higher taxes on foodstuffs that are clearly unhealthy – thus making them more expensive for the public.

Facing the truth honestly also means being comprehensive in the way we sum up any situation. Any government involvement in determining the wholesomeness of processed foods, should include consideration of the consequences for the businesses and workers involved in production, marketing and distribution in the event of drastic change. Truthfulness would dictate the need to carefully plan and prepare a transition for all these people that would cause a minimum of economic and social upheaval.

For almost a generation now, there has been a growing awareness of the dangers of eating unwholesome foods. To their credit, newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations and many blogsites keep promoting this awareness with articles and programs explaining the fundamentals of sensible diet. When one ignores probable evidence, this too is pandering to falsehood.

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The same applies to the future of our planet as a hospitable place for life – as we mentioned in Chapter 4. The future depends not only on the decisions our leaders make, but also on our own actions on a personal basis. It is at our peril that we continue to relate insufficiently to climate change, melting Polar Regions, snowless mountain peaks and the reported reduction every year of ever more species of fauna and flora. Cutting down on our use of paper, using appropriate disposal bins for various forms of litter and garbage is good. But it is not nearly enough. Our continued extensive use of fossil fuels as individuals constitutes dangerous folly. Yet the change for many people could be very easy. It would mean conservation of electricity in our homes and workplaces, and less use of our cars, which in any case should be scaled down in size – unless we need larger models for our work or transporting kids to their various activities. It could mean more people switching to cycling or walking to get to work or studies. Both activities can do wonders for our health, budget as well as the environment. Encouragingly, in many parts of Europe, cycling as a form of transport is becoming increasingly popular. On the other hand, in India, China and other South-East Asian countries, the once ubiquitous form of bicycle transportation is giving way to the automobile and new-found luxury. Understandably this is a huge temptation for billions of people, the majority of whom, till now have never had any chance of owning an automobile. For these people, it is a dream come true. But ignoring the enormous threat this entails to global environment is the same as pandering to falsehood and that is not a good omen for the future. It makes the need for cleaner sources of energy in other parts of the world as well as in South-East Asia more crucial than ever. (To be continued)

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