When I talk about how bad certain things are, very often people’s response is “Oh, but you turned out ok didn’t you?” – implying that I consumed it, I lived, thus everyone else will live too.
It really irritates me.
To be honest with you, I’ve never broken a bone, I’ve never had serious surgery, I’ve never had chronic pain anywhere nor am I prone to colds or other ‘seasonal’ flus.. My knee gets tight every now & then, and I’ve had digestive issues, but that’s about it. So I guess I have been pretty well off right?.. Or have I?
Have we gotten so used to certain things, we don’t realize we shouldn’t be experiencing them? For example, I was never able to grow my nails until I was 26 years old. They would bend and break no matter what I tried or put on them to strengthen them. Is that normal? Am i just “one of those people” whose nails “can’t” grow? I’ve also had acne most of my life until recently. I’ve had terribly dry skin, that is prone to stretch marks and other unsightly things. I’ve had varicose veins since I was a teenager. I’ve had a huge problem with cellulite on my legs since I was a teenager. I’ve been tired all my life.. I could sleep 12 hours and still wake up tired. I’ve had weird persistent ‘dandruff’ all my life. And I’ve had a lot of trouble with digestion, which I won’t delve into detail about, but there’s been rough times. So.. would you call all this ‘normal’?
Let’s tackle these in order.. Acne, stretch marks, cellulite?! Every teenager has those! It’s NORMAL! It’s LIFE! It’s the growth! The hormones! The physical development process!!!
But is it really? What if I told you that teens that eat mostly raw food have never had acne, not a day in their lives. What if I told you that nourished skin isn’t supposed to break and flake. What if I told you cellulite is NOT “normal”, that in certain cultures around the world it simply doesn’t EXIST. Forget other cultures, in the early 1900s, cellulite was nowhere to be found!!!! It’s a lifestyle consequence, like most other chronic problems we experience everyday.
What next? Tired? Everyone is tired! Right? Life is busy and stressful, it’s ok to be tired and lethargic all the time! And dandruff? A lot of people have dandruff, it’s not big deal! Snag a bottle of Head & Shoulders and you’re dandruff-free!
*sigh. I’ve got news for you, we’re supposed to be active creatures, that feel ALIVE, with energy lasting throughout the day! And persistent dandruff is actually seborrheic dermatitis and it is the result of an underlying imbalance in the body. There’s not much to say about digestion, since the accepted norm is that “everyone is different” and it’s ok to go to the bathroom every 3-4 days. That’s what I thought, but it’s incorrect. We should actually be going to the bathroom after every meal, everything should be going straight through us.
So am i dramatising and exaggerating? You decide. Since I’ve been on this journey I’ve noticed that in a lot of cases, the most basic things are the best for us. The human body is a perfectly orchestrated machine that is made to run smoothly; we are not meant to be in pain of any kind, and all the things we could ever need to keep us in optimal shape both inside & out are always found in Nature. Nowhere else. And once you’re there, once you’ve reached SuperHuman condition, none of the above ‘normal things’ would happen.
So when I’m told “Oh, but look at you, you turned out ok” (most probably remarked in a catty manner), what I’m really thinking is “But, think how much better I could be!!!”
What do you think? What’s “normal” with you? 😉