The 21st Century Health Paradox

The year is 2017 and we are all living in amazing times! We have more science, research, education, and information than all previous generations.  The 21st century health paradox is that we are sicker, more obese, and unhappier than ever before. We also live in a time where humans are living longer than  ever. However, longer isn’t always better. The oldest verified person on record was a French woman named Jeanne Calment (1875–1997), who lived to the age of 122 years, 164 days. Isn’t that amazing?!  Why aren’t we all living to that age? As research and science progresses, the possibility of living longer may be obtainable, but not desirable. The quality of life and living is measured by how someone feels. Aches and pains tend to accumulate over the years and effect people’s quality of life. We now know that we are going to live a longer life than the previous generations. The average lifespan of someone born in the 1800’s ranged from 38-58 years old.  In 2015 the average life expectancy in the US was 79 years old. (The US ranked 31st out of 183 Countries.)

The point of all this information is that we know we are going to live longer and to live happier and healthier we need to invest in our bodies and have a health plan. This should start right at birth but many do not find out about true health until much older. It’s never too late to start investing in your health! A quote I once read from a famous railroad tycoon who was dying of lung cancer said, “All the money in the world can’t by my health back.” And as my idol Jack LaLanne said, “Your health account is like your bank account: The more you put in, the more you can take out.”

For your health,

Dr. Johnson