One healthy habit that may kill you painfully

After reading this article, i began to question some health habits that we have been advised to form. Kinda reminds me of the novel Animal Farm by George Orwell. ” wash your hands; but be sure the washing agent is non cancerous”. In the meantime, I am still waiting on the review of the ‘5-a-day’ thingy because I feel it isn’t really realistic. Thanks for reading.  Source

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I have reasons to believe that a relationship (a real one) is like owning a car.
Here are some reasons why I think thus.
One reason is that you can decide to buy a car or have it dumped on you. You may wake up to the day where you go and buy yourself one or unfortunately someone special wills one to you or even more bizarre you inherit it.
How it relates to relationship is that, you may have been betrothed to someone against your will by reason of culture or religion or decide willingly to go into one or inherit one (wife) from your father (yes it still happens).
Another similarity is that you don’t really need a car to survive(you have two feet), but you need one to prolong your existence add value to your life and cannot do much on time without one. Same as a relationship. You can pretty much survive without one, but you may feel empty or as some say ‘feel like something is missing’.
One other reason is that they are both status measures. A car tells people the way you are financially buoyant, your style and pretty much the way you care about your stuffs(and maybe the people you are responsible for *source needed*). While a relationship shows how responsible you really are and pretty much what your car tells people too.
They don’t come cheap (financially, emotionally) and require the question of *do I still want/need this* as time goes on. However, a huge continuous financial investment will make both burdensome and most likely termination/sale.
A car and a relationship will change the way some people treat you. I think that is self explanatory!
Both a car and a relationship run on fuel. While a car runs on gas, a relationship runs on *Love* (the real one where things that your single self finds disgusting really doesn’t really matter that much all the time anymore. E.g doing each other’s underwear). Let me add here that not only fuel runs a car. There’s oils (trust), (am not saying change your oil and change your trust, instead make it keep going),maintenance(doing stuffs together) some certain parts like side and rear view mirrors(friends), washing/PDAs either by force because its dirty/for reassurance purpose; or just for it to look good to onlookers, (hahahaha) and so on (I can literary write a book on just this part) etc.
The list goes on and on but one thing is as you both ride along the smooth, bumpy, freezing, dusty, wet and slippery roads in life remember that you can only ride cars on gravity’s terms (any other circumstance it would be called something else (airplanes/against gravity) so remember the ground rules of humanity to keep you grounded, thus decide whether your relationship is a front wheel drive or a back wheel drive(importantly who is what wheel) or a 4WD (OMG that will be a lot of support wouldn’t it). Decide if it will run on PMS, hydrogen, or water or whatever or a hybrid (imagine a 4wd as a hybrid Jeez, that’s like KM and PW #royalty) so that you can know how to navigate to get to your destination (believing you are both headed the same way*real relationship*).
By the way, about the heading I feel that when  the term relationship was coined, there were no cars only ships and whomever coined the word was definitely thinking in this same direction.
Thanks for sharing in this craziness.

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How to live till 89

Aliceis 89-years-old and she works at her health. She is a widow and lives alone.

My husband and I just spent some time visiting my mother-in-law, Alice, and we were pleased to see that she is taking such good care of herself. We are among the lucky ones, as Alice has no cognitive problems. She still drives. I got in the car with her and did my “ride along assessment.” She’s still safe.

She keeps track of her many medications and takes them exactly as prescribed. She gets on the treadmill for 25 minutes every morning. She eats what’s good for her. Her weight is normal. She doesn’t smoke. She drinks very moderately. She does her pool exercises.

Alice understands that being healthy as an 89-year-old takes a lot of vigilance and work. What I respect is that she is willing to do the work. She’s been having some trouble with leg pain, which was diagnosed as a problem with the fibrous band along the side of the thigh (“IT band”). It probably started years ago when she had both knees replaced. As it affected her walking, she asked a doctor for some advice.

He suggested physical therapy, along with some stretches she can do at home. She got right to it. She got out of the car after the appointment and was doing the stretches as she waited while my husband and I stopped at a coffee place. As we walked back, cups in hand, we saw mom, standing by the car, one hand on it for balance, bending forward with legs crossed as directed, and working at her stretches already. Go, Alice!

Alice is determined to remain independent. She was married for 62 years and misses her husband terribly. But, she plays cards with friends, takes two classes each year at the local university extension, and reaches out to people. She makes an effort to address her lonely times. She learned to use a computer at age 86, with my patient husband teaching her.

Every day, a friend of hers sends out jokes by email and Alice reads them and laughs. She’s a pretty good joke teller, too. And if she needs information, she googles it, just like we do.

She loves her Kindle. She reads a lot and thinks it’s the greatest invention ever.

Life for Alice is not perfect, but it’s pretty good indeed. She’s planning a cruise for the family to join her for her 90th birthday celebration next year.

What can the rest of us learn from all this? We can see that there is wisdom in the prediction that “we can prevent about 80 percent of heart disease, about 90 percent of diabetes, and about 70 percent of stroke if we make the right food choices, get physical activity and don’t smoke.”

Those are the words of Walter Willett, chair of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and professor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School. Alice is proving him right.

Alice just got back from a checkup with the doctor. She reports that her blood work is normal and other health measures are all looking good. She’s going to do a course of physical therapy for the leg pain. She’ll fit it in between social events and her date with a new guy she met recently.

I hope any of us who live to be 89 can live our lives as Alice is doing!