Inactivity is as dangerous as cigarette smoking for your health.
This is the latest breaking news on health from AOL via my iphone, received as I sit on a chair in my office between appointments.
Quick, be active, I say out loud to myself.
Should I run around the room?
Should I lift up the chair, throw it in the air vigorously and catch it at specific quad muscle angles during various intervals of the day?
I always have exercise in mind.
After all, I make it a point to walk briskly everywhere, even to my car every time I approach it.
I’m hoping this counts!
What I think is most dangerous is constant worrying about what is dangerous.
Knowledge is a good thing.
But for those of us genetically aligned with Woody Allen, (that is, having the worry gene), the imagination doesn’t stop with mere information.
This is where we start.
A red bump on the skin is not necessarily just a red bump on the skin.
After all, early diagnosis of a tick spear can possibly preempt lyme disease, or so I have read.
And what does a tick look like anyway?
Here is where we dance into a danger zone.
Medical websites, such as webmd.com have burrowed, tick-like, into our routines.
The technology of DIY (do it yourself) medical investigation is a slippery slope.
In other words, a hard habit to break, and one that grows exponentially into mini-career proportions if left unchecked.
We baby boomers have learned from personal experience or from the anecdotes of others, that no doctor in the world can be trusted 100% to definitively know anything.
This is the real medical news of our age and age group.
Doctors are human and imperfectly so.
Those who came before us still approach the doctor as God.
In some real cases, we are just as likely as an expert to solve the mysteries of our physical idiosyncracies and symptoms.
Stunningly, we sometimes have even deeper knowledge of our own bodies that do the medical professionals.
Yet, here’s the disclaimer.
Just because this is possible doesn’t mean we don’t need the support of those who have academically studied the body and are deemed in charge of the physical realm.
We are at our best a team with our (hopefully) brilliant doctors.
That’s all I’m saying.
By the way, if you ever are inclined to study what a tick looks like, don’t do it at night.