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March 21, 2013

Do Fear and Anxiety Define Your Health Journey?

By Mark Sisson
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FearThink for a minute about the health messaging sources in our culture. Think of the pharmaceutical ads in every magazine and television show. Think of the medical talk shows and evening exposes on obscure conditions, the nightly newscasts depicting the ravages of epidemics in far flung corners of the globe and “expert” sound bytes warning of pathogens closer to home. Then there are the messages themselves. How many doom and gloom health statistics and inflammatory stock images do you encounter in a day? How many times do you hear “Ask your doctor if [insert medication] is right for you”? This doesn’t, of course, even begin to scratch the surface, but you get my point. Aside from the marketing blitzes telling us why this pharmaceutical is the next best thing or this box of snack food is heart healthy (hint: it’s not), the most commonly viewed/heard “health” related information spinning around in our culture paints a pretty negative, agitating picture.

On an individual level, some people are genuinely facing emergency level, literally do-or-die situations. It might be the diagnosis of an acute condition or the long seen crescendo of a chronic, un-/under-attended lifestyle disease. But too often, we’re gripped by an anxiety beyond reason, without reason. On the clinical end of the spectrum, experts estimate about 1-2% of the population suffers from what’s considered “pathological health anxiety,” although it’s likely around 10% for people who have had serious health problems in the past. True hypochondria can be destructive enough to unravel a person’s life, and experts agree the condition is fed by fears that go much deeper than the latest health headlines.

Beyond this extreme condition, however, are the “worried well” among us who request unwarranted, radiation-laden scans, risky medications, and unnecessary labs because we’re so anxious about our health. Sure, sometimes it’s doctors who fear litigation if they don’t go down every avenue or hospitals who want to profit from expensive testing procedures, but it’s often the will of the patients, too. Increasingly, it’s the patient who’s looking to go down a checklist of his own. Blame the ratings-hungry sensationalist media, self-diagnosis on the Internet, or the general sense that we’re all going to hell in a hand basket.

All this hand-wringing, however, doesn’t seem to do much good in the collective sense. It’s enough to trump up fear and loathing but not enough to inspire much meaningful lifestyle change. Our anxiety is too often misplaced. We have no problem eating fast food multiple times a week, but fear the flu or the next pandemic is waiting to grab us like the bogeyman in the night. Ebola is a mere plane flight away from stealing our children. Food poisoning is lurking in every meal. We can never have enough triclosan, Purell, or antibiotics to quiet our nerves, but here’s a caramel mochachino to take the edge off.

The backdrop on all this, of course, is the real state of affairs. We’re in sad physiological shape as a society, and that’s the understatement of the century. Truth be told, we have plenty of reason to worry – except worry isn’t the answer. No one ever gets healthy cowering in a corner or gnashing their teeth. I think you have to opt out of the game in general – the fear, the escapism, the distraction, the preoccupation. It’s instead about embracing something else entirely.

Rejecting health anxiety isn’t about putting our heads in the sand. The effective opposite of anxiety isn’t denial. It’s reason, power, perspective. I’d argue it’s about learning to read the reality behind statistics, realizing what’s worth your concern and what’s not, and then taking responsibility for today – right now. You have to stop dodging what you don’t want and take what you do. It’s about embracing the life you want for yourself and fixing your attention on that every day. Whether you see health through a lens of fear or aspiration, that’s the principle that will define – or limit – it.

One last musing, and let me know your thoughts on this. I wonder what the results would be if a study was conducted on people who were either exposed to all of the anxiety-provoking, disease-focused messages of our culture or to only positive messages about thriving and enjoying health. Anxiety versus enthusiasm, if you will. Which group would end up making the healthier choices? Which group would end up not only better adjusted but less medicated? Which group would feel more in control of their well-being and actually use that control to their advantage?

Thanks for reading, everyone. Have a great end to the week.

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lockard
lockard
3 years 6 months ago

to the question at the end

I think both groups would not be good – you need a balance of good info and bad to make healthy choices

Ion Freeman
Ion Freeman
3 years 6 months ago

The people who were only exposed to positive messages would quickly come to resent the boxes in which you kept them.

Amy
Amy
3 years 6 months ago
Having a naturally dark nature, I tend to agree. I don’t do well long term in “Disney” type social groups where hurricanes are just a bit a wee bit of rain and nary a negative word will be spoken, lest someone takes offense. I can fake it for a while, but ultimately I need the ability to point out that a hurricane is indeed more than a wee bit of rain. 🙂 I think the real issue regarding modern anxiety levels is not the negative information, but the massive imbalance of negative to positive information. No media makes money with… Read more »
Deanna
Deanna
3 years 6 months ago

Can I extend this thought to “the massive amount of information”? Not only is the information bad, there’s TOO MUCH information! How often do we face paralysis by analysis? Sometimes the best solution is to turn it all off, including the brain, and walk on it, sleep on it, pick up a hobby, or just do something else.

Ben
Ben
3 years 6 months ago

Reading this, I thought about Freud’s theory of anxiety. For Freud, anxiety was stress with a source we couldn’t identify. He identified it as an inherited trait from our Ice Age ancestors: The stress which motivated their survival was passed down to us as our anxiety today. We’re predisposed to anxiety. Blame Grok.

(Freud is better as philosophy and literature than psychology–a fun read but not to be taken seriously. Pseudoscience.)

bseismic
bseismic
3 years 6 months ago

On Freud… Really? The guy (Freud) got the conversation started. I mean, somebody had to, right? I think if he were just an amusing read his work/theories/conclusions would no longer be a part of nearly every Pysch student’s curriculum. Jus sayin…

Anyway, great post, Mark! I’m new to the site and really enjoy it.

em
em
3 years 6 months ago

His work/theories/conclusions have pretty much all been discounted for 40+ years now. Skinner, Harlow, Kahneman and Tversky, Zimbardo, Bowlby, and Ainsworth (among others) built the coffin, and fMRI carried the shovel.

b2curious
b2curious
3 years 6 months ago
While Freud’s theories have been pretty thoroughly discounted, as bseismic said, and I’m paraphrasing, Freud is pretty much the founding father of the field of psychology. One of my psych professors pointed out that we really need to look at the time period that Freud lived in and the patients he treated and his theories aren’t as far off as one might think. He lived during the Victorian Era, a time where most of society was sexually repressed; women were covered from neck to wrist to ankle, the legs of tables and chairs were covered lest they inflame the senses.… Read more »
inquisitiveone
inquisitiveone
3 years 6 months ago
For some reason, I can’t reply to b2curious below; my comments are in response to a couple of his statements. First is this statement: “Freud is pretty much the founding father of the field of psychology.” Psychology was well established when he came on the scene. He’s largely credited with being the originator of psychiatry, which is an entirely separate field (medical, versus psychological). “While Freud’s theories have been pretty thoroughly discounted …” It is true that his concepts of id, ego, and superego don’t match up with any known anatomy; likewise, the high emphasis on infant and child sexuality… Read more »
em
em
3 years 6 months ago

Some credit, sure, but not so much that he deserves to dominate pop culture for decades. His legacy actually interfered with real psychologists’ research in the 40s, 50s, and 60s, and yet ask the average person to name a great psychologist, or what talk therapy is like… It’s dwindled in the last ten years, but the leather couch image persists. Even Frasier Crane was a Freudian! Come on… We have science, now. Let it go.

Alexander
3 years 6 months ago
That’s a good point, but I think it’s also huuuuugely dependent on the individual and their life experience. For example, my mom taught me to be a germophobe. She also taught me to think fat is evil and to cut off even the tiny bit of fat on chicken. I carried that all the way into adulthood until I was made fun of for being afraid of sharing food and drinks, and then chose to consciously change it. Same for fat. As far as it goes for me, I’m definitely prone to anxiety. Dunno about others though. Some people hide… Read more »
Harry Mossman
3 years 6 months ago

Definitely a good reminder for me. I’m not an extreme worrier but I do it too much about stuff like this.

Groktimus Primal
3 years 6 months ago

You mean it’s not normal to be afraid of life? I knew I was weird!

James
James
3 years 6 months ago

Surrounding yourself with positive individuals leads to a more fulfilling life. Therefore, exposing yourself to only positive information would lead to more of the same. I’ve experienced this personally since going Primal.

Luke DePron
3 years 6 months ago

James that hit home, I couldn’t agree with you more. Surround yourself with positive people! I read this right after i got done working with a client where we finally figured out one of her best friends wasn’t the greatest influence on her and her goals. “Anchors” as I call them.

Surround yourself with people who share a similar mindset and goals and it makes everything alot more manageable!

Nocona
Nocona
3 years 6 months ago

Agreed. When I spend 15 minutes around a negative person, I can just feel myself slipping into the complaining and cussing and higher blood pressure.

Alexander
3 years 6 months ago

That’s the worst haha.

There’s another big one too: people who think they are victims of life. Agghhhhh being around those people saps every ounce of energy I have. “DO something! ANYTHING!” I want to shake them and scream..

Julie
Julie
3 years 6 months ago

Alexander, I’m so with you there. I mean, I am right behind you as you’re running away from those people.

AntiG
AntiG
3 years 6 months ago
Ever stop to think that the person is negative because all of the people they meet who are “positive” have dumped all of their broken stuff on them and expect them to fix it while the happy shiny people just bounce off the walls and play? Some of us just are burned out from trying to be positive in a world full of mindless consumers demanding everything and paying nothing but money for it: money they got by bludgeoning the worriers after they’ve been weakened by long hours or real sickness that the happy doctors say is nonexistent..until it isn’t.
noodletoy
noodletoy
3 years 6 months ago

“anchors”? or barnacles?

sometimes people cling to negative influences because they are afraid of succeeding, or unused to anything in life going well. it can be a powerful and debilitating mindset.

Bryan
3 years 6 months ago
Wow Mark, you hit close to home with this post. I preach Personal Accountability to my son daily and always tell him to focus on what HE is in control of, regardless of all other factors. There’s a couple lines in your second to last paragraph that I’ve repeated (not identically) to him almost every morning at our breakfast table….. ‘…realizing what’s worth your concern and what’s not, and then taking responsibility for today – right now. You have to stop dodging what you don’t want and take what you do. It’s about embracing the life you want for yourself… Read more »
Madelain Burgoyne
Madelain Burgoyne
3 years 6 months ago

nice thing to teach your son. This way it’s teaching him to be present in creating more of what he wants rather than focusing on what he doesn’t want.

Nick
3 years 6 months ago
Dealt with health anxiety for the past 3 years and it can be hell. Living every day thinking you could die, constantly thinking about the worst that could happen. For me and many others it’s not as simple as lifestyle changes, though they help, and nearly impossible to opt out of the game. Because in those cases you are dead trapped in the game with no escape in site. I had to begin seeing a psychologist and that was the best step I could have taken, beyond lifestyle changes etc. Once I started that, I was able to begin “opting… Read more »
Alyssa
3 years 6 months ago
“I wonder what the results would be if a study was conducted on people who were either exposed to all of the anxiety-provoking, disease-focused messages of our culture or to only positive messages about thriving and enjoying health. Anxiety versus enthusiasm, if you will. Which group would end up making the healthier choices?” I think that the ‘positive message’ group would end up healthier, period. I don’t even think it would necessarily be because of their choices. The simple act of worrying needlessly and having a negative mindset alone could make the ‘negative’ group sicker, even without taking into account… Read more »
Christina
3 years 6 months ago

I have to say that not watching the news anymore–we don’t have cable–really helps with this.

Luke DePron
3 years 6 months ago

I’m with you, no more news. I always thought it would be cool if there was new station that only reported the positive stuff that happens. Like business who go above and beyond, people’s charitable work, artists doing cool shit and stuff like that. I’d tune in they could still sell advertising!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
3 years 6 months ago

Try this: http://positivenews.org.uk . I stopped watching most normal news too.

Lisa
Lisa
3 years 6 months ago
I was thinking this the other day regarding online news. If only there was a site where I could keep up with the positive happenings in the world. Rather than reporting the x number of people who were killed in some incident – what about the x number of people who helped those, what about the devices and systems that were developed to prevent those types of incidents from happening again. I like to know what is going on in the world, to help me keep some perspective on things – I find I can too easily get so wrapped… Read more »
Joshua
Joshua
3 years 6 months ago
KerryC
KerryC
3 years 6 months ago
It IS really tough! I think news is entertainment for most people rather than critical information they want to stay up to date on. But I do think a lot of blogs(like Mark’s Daily Apple) provide news we do want to find out about. I’m going to check out the links for positive/happy news listed here. I also like to avoid as much advertising as possible in my own entertainment… My local rock station does commercial free music weekday mornings, audio books in the car, no-ad Pandora, rent DVDs of movies I ACTUALLY want to see(mute TV, put in the… Read more »
Tanja Troelsen
3 years 6 months ago

+1
Recently disconnected my tv and havn’t watched the news for a few months now. Still follow the news online but it has been great not to be subjected to this constant flow ‘news’.

Bryan W
Bryan W
3 years 6 months ago

Definitely! I used to be that news junky, that would say, “if you aren’t paying attention to the news than you are part of the problem” grabble grabble grabble. Now I guess I’m “part of the problem” and life’s been better ever since! 🙂

Alexander
3 years 6 months ago

+1

My aunt loves watching the news, and every single word out of her mouth is some new, sensationalist stupid news story (almost always negative), which makes her this fearful, anxious person 24/7.

Every day it’s “Did you hear….?” Stop already. It’s poison… and you’ll notice that people who watch the news too much live in a high-fear high-anxiety state. I eliminated all TV consumption for this reason alone.

Laurie
Laurie
3 years 6 months ago
Excellent, thought-provoking piece, Mark! Here’s what I’ve noticed: the natural health, wholistic oriented doctor websites are some of the worst fear mongerers! While they do have some good, useful info, I get newsletters in my inbox daily warning me of some dire consequences to living, for goodness sake! I am supposed to be hyper- vigilant about some terrible danger just waiting to unravel my hard-won health. Of course, most have supplements or other products to sell to help ameliorate whatever is the condition du jour! I’m going to do my health a big favor and, before the day is over,… Read more »
Antony
Antony
3 years 6 months ago

Great post Laurie…so true…and I think I’ll be doing the same.

Tracy
Tracy
3 years 6 months ago

I agree! I subscribed to one that you had to read through reams of text to even find out what the “evil thing in your canned peaches” was. I felt like it was extremely sensationalistic, and they were not treating the readers like intelligent, discerning people who can decide whether or not to read the article based on an informative title. I unsubscribed, and let them know why. Maybe there will be a change someday…

katieCHI
katieCHI
3 years 6 months ago

I think living this lifestyle has put a lot of my health anxiety to rest. Of those in my family who have died from disease it’s been 100% cancer, so I’ve been pretty terrified of it. But, now that I know I’m controlling what I CAN control with food/lifestyle/etc., life’s been much more anxiety-free.
That doesn’t mean I don’t freak out, but it helps.

The Primal Minister
The Primal Minister
3 years 6 months ago

It’s good advice for all avenues of life. Control what you can control.

Janice James
Janice James
3 years 6 months ago

I fondly remember the days when I could pick up a magazine and none of the ads were for drugs. I disapprove of drug advertising, I think it makes drugs seem like the norm…that if you’re not taking at least two, there must be something wrong with you. I threw the TV away 15 years ago, I have no need to be constantly bombarded with other peoples’ problems, fictional or otherwise.

Primal V
Primal V
3 years 6 months ago

I don’t recall ever seeing an advert for drugs, suppliments and miracle weight-loss etc., yes, but not pharmasuticals.

Is this an American thing (I’m in the UK) or is it because I don’t read magazines and newspapers?

I agree about the positive news feeds though, I imagine it would make for a healthier, happier population.

Amy
Amy
3 years 6 months ago

Primal V – Yes. drug companies were allowed to advertise their legal recreational drugs, er, I mean live saving medicines about a decade or so ago in the US. Thankfully they were forced into also advertising the possible side effects, which often make the original aliment sound down right attractive.

noodletoy
noodletoy
3 years 6 months ago
it’s been almost 3 years since i gave away my tv, so my limited exposure to ads is when watching tv at the b/f’s, where it’s mostly sports. that demographic is obvz men 40+, so it’s mostly ed drugs, with pointy cars, racy boats and waltzing with your wife in the kitchen as foreplay, lol. the side effects for those drugs are scary enough, but for so many of the others the “possible” side effects often include seizures, suicidal thoughts, paralysis and death. i realize those are extreme outcomes, but 95% of what those drugs supposedly cure could all be… Read more »
Sam
Sam
3 years 6 months ago
I am living that theoretical study at this very moment, having moved in with my wife and her parents recently. My Mother-in-law, fantastic though she is, is a black hole for conventional wisdom: Dr Oz, Prevention Magazine, Women’s Health, etc. She baulks when I don’t wash my organically grown salads citing Salmonella outbreaks, and is so concerned by my meat preparation (not washing chicken – which is far safer than washing it, and my boiling of leftover stock bones for hours) that she will not eat any of the meals I prepare for the family, always ready with a ‘statistic’… Read more »
Amy
Amy
3 years 6 months ago

Hopefully you can move out soon. That level of anxiety being shed off of another person is stressful in and of itself. (That’s regardless if your MIL is right or wrong.) I myself have found I need to steer clear of that as much as possible to keep my own peace.

HillyRu
HillyRu
3 years 6 months ago

As always, an excellent post. I’ve been battling this very thing, but more on the primal/paleo side. Even though primal living simplifies things, you can still lose your sense of simplicity in the details. As someone who battles disordered eating, it’s easy for me to freak out about food choices. “Should I eat dairy?” “Will eating at that restaurant inspire a full-on binge?” “Can I handle that piece of dark chocolate?” “How many carbs are too many carbs? Or not enough?” And on and on. I have no answers yet. Other than deep breaths. Lots of deep breaths.

Tracy
Tracy
3 years 6 months ago
Yes, those pesky details. I’m fully aligned with the primal lifestyle, and know where I stand on those details for myself, but when I have to make those decisions for my very young kids, I question myself a lot more…”how strict should I be? Maybe they can handle raw dairy though I can’t…should I try and risk the consequences?” and so on… The same anxiety applies to not just food, but most of the health related issues for the children. I remember sitting in a state of paralysis semi-panicking about the H1N1 vaccine and my 6-month old…what should I do?… Read more »
sarah
sarah
1 year 6 months ago

I know what you mean. Breathing is good starting point. Something that I try to remember to do. Slowing down & breathing can defiantly help to control stress. I think it works to ground yourself and grasp what is important to you.

Anon
3 years 6 months ago

Great reminder great post, I sometimes find myself in fear and have to realize it will all be okay. Thanks!

Antony
Antony
3 years 6 months ago
Since losing my dad to a heart attack six years ago (the image of his body lying on the garage floor still haunts me), I’ve been terrified of dying whether of a heart attack or cancer (blowing up every little pain in my head to the point where I was convinced that this was it – I was dieing), and to make matters worse I live in a country where the violent crime rate is out of control (over 50 people are murdered in South Africa everyday, that’s more than any warzone, including Iraq). So to say I’m stressed out… Read more »
R
R
3 years 6 months ago

Great post Mark! 🙂

Hassan
3 years 6 months ago

I think it would be the enthusiasm group. If we show more stories of people transforming their lives – not just their bodies – it would inspire people to follow. We already see what doom and gloom have done. People need positive inspiration!

Hemming
Hemming
3 years 6 months ago

All of this talk about eating healthy and exercising got me an eating disorder which I’m still trying to recover from. It’s incredibly how it can completely destroy your rational thinking.

I know that when I make choices during the day some of them are probably more harmful (like choosing not to eat at all instead of something that is maybe bordering on paleo approved) but it’s so difficult to let go of that thinking – especially when you effectively have been starving yourself for a long period.

Bryan W
Bryan W
3 years 6 months ago
This post reminds of something called the “serenity prayer.” Although I’m not religious, I do consider myself spiritual, and it’s something that I use from time to time to bring me back down to earth when I start to get anxious about things. For those that aren’t familiar with it: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. I do wish there was more that we could do about the hippocracy that is “We have no problem eating fast food multiple times a… Read more »
Kara
Kara
3 years 6 months ago

Oh boy Mark, your proposed study is the classic stick vs carrot motivation issue isn’t it? What motivates one person to take action doesn’t necessarily motivate another and taking action is the required end result. Yes, as noted above, a combo of both is needed. Too bad the stakeholders for the stick motivation in the health care debate have such deep pockets and their message drowns out the carrot motivation!

Patrick
Patrick
3 years 6 months ago

Great post, it really hit home with me. Life is a lot less stressful when you stop trying to control everything, and just let life happen the way it is suppose to.

Tanja Troelsen
3 years 6 months ago

Before I stumbled upon Paleo I had diagnosed myself with every single disease ever discovered. So I guess I was a hypercondriac because I didn’t have any of those diseases. I was searching for problems rather than solutions. Luckily Paleo both explained the problem plus offered a solution.
For me it was about information and accuirering the right knowledge.

Cleo
Cleo
3 years 6 months ago

The best post ever =) Thank you

CrazyCatLady
CrazyCatLady
3 years 6 months ago
When I started eating Primal last summer, I got lots of good fresh fruits and vegetables for my kids. I also got cheese. My youngest would come to me and say “I’m hungry, what can I have to eat.” I would tell him fruit. He would do this several times, in short order, until he got the cheese. Fast forward a month. And he is having pains that roam around his body. Dr. told us to go to the ER. Where the ER Dr. proceeded to tell me that with roaming pains, it is usually cancer. I was not sure… Read more »
The Primal Minister
3 years 6 months ago

And yet another appropriate moment to quote John Butler:

“Used to get high for a living, believing everything I saw on my TV… used to get high for a living, eating all the bullshit food that they sold me… used to get high for living thinking that my destiny was out of my control… used to get high for a living, there’s lots of different reason and I’ll tell you so…”

Beth
Beth
3 years 6 months ago
Having suffered from sometimes severe health anxiety off/on for 20+ years, I agree that the media absolutely feeds the fears of anyone who is even remotely health anxious. Cyberchondria, as they call it, has become the sad way of life – and a very dangerous one – for many of us with health anxiety. I’ve learned, the very hard way, that Googling is a supremely bad idea where health matters are concerned if you are prone to catastrophic thinking and worst-case-scenario ruminations. Of course diet, lifestyle and the choices we make every day – to watch that sensationalist program, to… Read more »
Karen Taylor
3 years 6 months ago
Those prescription drug ads on TV often don’t have a clear message what condition they are meant to treat—they just picture shiny, happy people and state -“Ask your doctor is (rx) is right for you”… not only can this create some anxiety but it promotes the perception drugs are required to be normal and happy…enough is never enough…more more more… it’s pathological… literally and figuratively. Mortality- the ultimate fatal condition—we all got it—and there’s so much marketed out there to thwart the inevitable. I’m glad I have minimalized some in my life—watching TV is a very rare event for me…try… Read more »
George
George
3 years 6 months ago
Sometimes, regardless of how well we eat, exercise, sleep and engage in stress reduction activities (which are all great ways to optimize almost any situation and your life in general) one can suffer from the inability to manufacture or utilize neurotransmitters, which may cause your nervous system to go haywire independent of any external stimuli. Certain forms of depression, anxiety and panic attacks are “kissing cousins” in terms of this neurotransmitter deficiency. For example, there was a point in my life where I could get a panic attack while laying on the beach (a panic attack is an anxiety attack… Read more »
Rach
Rach
3 years 6 months ago

I have no mental Heath issues but the thought of my in laws visiting for a week causes nightmares and anxiety for me. They are sendentary obese, constantly talk about negative health issues and medication, and are hyperchondriac worriers. Underneath they have lovely personalities but the contents of mark’s post is too overpowering in their lives that it is almost contagious to those around them.

Amy
Amy
3 years 6 months ago
Unfortunately, there’s no “cure” for negative energy in other people other than isolation from it. Our relationship with my in-laws has devolved to the point where I won’t stay at their house and they stay in a hotel when they visit. They too, have wonderful underlying personalities, but the negativity weighs them (and us) down. After a decade of trying to figure out anyway to make it work, I support my husband’s decisions as best I try to stay out of it. The door is always open for more of a relationship but they will need to figure it out.… Read more »
Donna
Donna
3 years 6 months ago

Would you happen to know of the trade name for this interesting natural alternative for addressing brain transmitter regulation you mention in your comment? (I-Theanine/ashwaganda/magnolia bark)?….I so hope to go in a natural direction …Thank you for any insight!

Amy
Amy
3 years 6 months ago

Hmmm..are you the same George who incorporates Paleo principles while a vegetarian?

If so, I would humbly suggest that this post proves my often found observation about vegetarians. They will tell you up to how healthy they are – until in a quiet moment they tell you about the inflammation, panic attacks, recurring illness and other chronic issues that they manage on a daily basis.

My sincere apologies if I have the wrong George. That are nasty rumors about that I can be wrong, but I try not to believe them. 😉

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Mark J
Mark J
3 years 6 months ago

I am certainly in the latter camp. The glass is half full and please don’t worry the small stuff. Is there pressure, negative influences, yes all around us. I choose to look the other way.
Best to all, Mark

Ara
Ara
3 years 6 months ago
Yeah, I’m not much of a worrier either. Control what you can control; the rest give up to God. I do feel for those with an anxiety condition though. I experienced severe anxiety several years ago after I quit my job and had no future plan. Not having a plan threw me for a loop since I’ve always been a control freak and always knew what was next. It was this experience that helped teach me to just let go and trust in the ebb and flow of life. The current will guide you where you need to go if… Read more »
Donna
Donna
3 years 6 months ago

+ 1 For Beth’s brilliant comment just above…I second every single word she expressed …and can relate to many of her observations on getting past the crippling reality of “Cyberchondria” and am currently seeking a good practioner specializing in CBT therapy…I have heard nothing but wonderful …soul-opening things about it…Thank you for sharing here.

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Andrea
Andrea
3 years 6 months ago

I’m really impressed with your topics and the thought you’re putting into them- the way a more down to earth lifestyle can improve our lives; bring us back to our natural and intended state. Health really is more than just diet.
You’re a philosopher, Mark!

noodletoy
noodletoy
3 years 6 months ago
this was a great post, mark. about 2 years back i needed to find a new pcp, my wonderful long-term dr. had been hmo’d into retiring her practice. le sigh. my “new” dr. {whom i haven’t seen since} was flabbergasted that a 47-year-old woman was not on meds of any kind, yet all my health markers were just fine. she asked me numerous times during the visit about meds, as if she thought i was lying! when she asked me about my diet, her face went wide and she counseled lots more fruits and whole grains, instead of animal protein… Read more »
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Chance Bunger
Chance Bunger
3 years 6 months ago

Is there any doubt that a group that was not exposed to the daily barrage would be healthier? I don’t need a double blind study to know that someone eating a primal diet will be healthier than someone eating donuts every day. Great thoughts in this post, fight against the machine!

leida
leida
3 years 6 months ago

Uhm, I don’t think that the messages promoted by this side are any different. Don’t Eat Wheat – It will Kill you! All GRAINS are evil, and the GOVERNMENT ain’t telling you that! OMG, there are lycho-something in tomatoes, don’t eat all nightshades just in case!!! Have you tested your thyroid, and in some secretive way that is NOT the way they normally test for it… Are Peanuts right for YOU?

Terry H
Terry H
3 years 6 months ago

Uhm, I think you need to qualify your statement more than a little. This isn’t the forum.

Brent
3 years 6 months ago

“Ask your doctor if Fixerall is right for you…” is one of the things I miss least about not having cable TV. We save about $70 a month, watch less TV, and don’t have to be exposed to these and other ads. I’m so tired of the marketing that encourages you not to consider your habits and lifestyle but to medicate and make everything better. It’s such a bummer…

Nathan
Nathan
3 years 6 months ago

It’s for these reasons (creation of fear) that I no longer look at any media. No news station, radio, newspaper or adverts. (I mute the TV if they come on) This is all an illusion created by the corporations to keep us in fear so that they can claim the new world order. More for them, less for everybody else. A prison on earth.

Without this fear, they loose money and any power they think they have. Too many people don’t see that. Letting life flow is the best thing we can do for ourselves. The joy is in the journey.

Elisa
Elisa
3 years 6 months ago
The problem with “positive” messages is that we end up with this: cheery brochures in the doctors’ waiting room, assuring us that everything from macular degeneration to kidney failure is “treatable” and that most sufferers can lead a “normal life”. The sugar-coating is so obvious it destroys all trust. We end up being unable to talk about death, unable to face the hard reality that disease comes to the best of us, it ain’t pretty, and most often the doctors haven’t a clue how to help. It also leaves the patient wondering how bad it’s REALLY going to be, because… Read more »
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Susan Alexander
3 years 6 months ago

Great post!

Love how you worded this: “It’s about embracing the life you want for yourself and fixing your attention on that every day.”

I recently saw this basic idea phrased slightly differently, and it jumped out at me as well: “Decide how you want to feel, and then go about doing things that make you feel that way.”

🙂

Dane Thorsen
3 years 6 months ago
I think that people are often worried because they recognize that their lifestyles point to oncoming disaster. They realize that if the food they were eating was healthy, they wouldn’t be obese, they wouldn’t be aging at the rate that they are, and that they wouldn’t be suffering with so many unexplained aches and pains. Pharmaceutical companies recognize this too, and they use the mountains of information they gather to figure out how best to exploit the anxieties of people in vulnerable categories. And it suits their purposes for us not to change our lifestyles. The medical and pharmaceutical industries… Read more »
Adam
Adam
3 years 6 months ago

Um…Mark. Have you seen your own video ad for your multi? “The modern world conspires against us to make us weak, tired and sick.” I think you answered your own question. Media does it to make money, just like you…hippocrite.

JoLynn Braley
3 years 6 months ago

Really great & relevant post! We are all too blessed to be this stressed! Thank you for sharing this!

Chris
3 years 6 months ago

“Anxiety v. enthusiasm”…I have heard this type of question before and I believe this idea is coming of age. In other words, you’re supposed to switch from doing things because you’re afraid of the consequences otherwise, to *wanting* something (enthusiastically, if you will).

The rest should fall into place.

I have to say I have been trying to alter my experience this way and it is, in fact, helping tremendously.

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[…] Think for a minute about the health messaging sources in our culture. Think of the pharmaceutical ads in every magazine and television show. Think of the medical talk shows and evening exposes on obscure conditions, the nightly newscasts depicting the ravages of epidemics in far flung corners of the globe and “expert” sound bytes warning of pathogens closer to home. Then there are the messages themselves. How many doom and gloom health statistics and inflammatory stock images do you encounter in a day? How many times do you hear “Ask your doctor if [insert medication] is right for you”?… Read more »
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