While I was waiting in the lobby before the shuttle came to take us back to the airport, I was having an in depth discussion with one of my roommates (who is currently a medical student) about various medical topics. I asked him about the difference between Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). IBD is an autoimmune disorder that affects your digestive organs with a clear biological origin, while IBS is a constellations of symptoms; however there is not clear biological evidence of the pathophysiology.
There is contention about whether IBS is real or simply a figment of the patient’s mind. While the content of this argument may not seem important to you, the underlying misconception that created this argument is!
It is not that something is just in your mind. The demarcation between the body and mind is an illusory distinction made by us that allows healthcare professionals to begin to organize and better understand the never ending complexity that human beings are. Therefore, something is never just in your mind because your body reflects what you are thinking. Conversely, your body influences and shapes your mind and emotions. This is why stress is an underlying factor in almost every disease known to man. So if you are not able to evolve your nervous system (read more) and learn to appropriately deal stress, disease will be your constant companion.
I was then discussing my thoughts about the session I went to, on nutritional influences on rheumatoid arthritis, and found the lack of internal consistency with some of the recommendations disconcerting. This transitioned into a discussion about how although the study of disease is hopelessly complicated, the study of health is a lot simpler than we make it out to be. If you model what others have done to remain healthy and vibrant well into advanced ages and attune it to your body, you will be fine.
One aspect that we feel is greatly under appreciated is the importance of having fun, and fostering meaningful relationships with family and friends. Especially for a type A person like myself, I have trouble with finding balance and enjoying the process instead of just being hell bent on achieving my end.
If you are serious about becoming the best you can be, it is absolutely essentially to mark out time in your calendar at least once a week to do something for the pure joy! You may argue that you do not have time for fun, but you do not have time to not have fun. Saying you do not have time to have fun is like saying you do not have time to fill up the gas in your car. Eventually it will catch up with you.
Be Happy and Chase your Dreams,
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