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Life's choices

Posted In: Mental conditions 6 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 26, 2006
  • 00:46 AM

Let's see, in life we have choices. If we make the wrong choice, generally we suffer one way or the other.

If we choose to use illegal drugs, drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, drink coffe, tea and soda, sit on our butts or stay in bed until noon, have a diet filled with sugar, fast foods and salty snacks, ****h, whine and complain, generally we suffer physically, mentally and socially.

If we exercise, take a multi-vitamin, drink 8 glasses of water per day, eat a balanced diet, accept responsibility for our own lives and that of our family, try to do the best with what we have, stop whining and start doing (get your "arses" in gear instead of your mouths), generally life is relatively good.

We all know what's right and what's wrong. Look in the mirror. Are you doing what you're supposed to be doing or are you making yourself ill by the lifestyle you've chosen?

I offer everyone a challenge to sign in here if you're making the right choices and tell us what those choices are. Bet there's not too many responses because most people cause their own mental and emotional illnesses by the choices they make.

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  • This may be off topic but...What if we look in the mirror and see a completely satisfactory physique, yet in everyday life we act as social outcasts, eat the wrong foods and ignore religion? Does that give us enough reason to continue living a life of ruin?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 14, 2006
    • 03:13 PM
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  • How about this?Infant diagnosed with several UTI's, asthma, conjutivitis, various gastrointestinal problems, chest infection, etc as a result of being exposed to damp and toxic mould for a month.What does lifestyle have to do with anything? Several doctors have proved over the years that environmental factors plays a significant part in many illnesses. Was it not two days ago that a research identified healthy, fit individuals also at risk because they are carrying internal fats around their organs which are being seen using MRI scans?
    talented_crackhead 10 Replies
    • December 20, 2006
    • 11:23 PM
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  • i live in an ex coal mining area.it is hard to lgnore the signs of ill health i see in people as i go about my daily life.they are not weak or ill disciplined,or self indulgent or selfish.that isnt coal mining people.nor are they ignorant,though the badges of wisdom-degrees and certificates -are certainly thin on the ground.when i consider the health problems of those i know well enough to have confided in me,and those who pass me in the street exhibiting the signs of their ill health,one conclusion is inescapable in almost every case:poverty.perhaps it is easier for americans.but thats what it comes back to again and again in britain.perhaps things will look up now that we have (just)finished paying you back the money you lent us to beat hitler for you.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 27, 2007
    • 07:38 PM
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  • quite right.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 28, 2007
    • 01:30 PM
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  • It must be nice to be healthy, all the limitations that make others lives so difficult as a direct result of ill health being completely absent from your own. There are many factors that contribute the state of one’s health, that should be considered in the assessment of one’s OWN life and circumstances. And it is helpful to share educated treatment alternatives and therapeutic strategies derived from personal experience. That being said…I find it truly repugnant, as I read through these forums for my first time, to discover the amount of truly self-righteous and condescending responses being offered. Even more disturbing is the fact that the vast majority of these rather offensive posts are absolutely moronic and clearly proffered by persons who are neither educated in a medical field or remotely familiar with the experience of being seriously ill.Since these persons are so delighted with the concept of handing out rude advice to others with whom they share absolutely no common bond of understanding, either professional or empathetic, I will follow suit in like manner with a much needed response to said idiocy:Take a good look in the mirror and ask yourself why someone who is healthy enough to enjoy the splendors of a life unfettered by mental and physical dysfunction is wasting that gift sitting on THEIR “arse” lording it over those less fortunate and using it as the basis from which to justify the self-glorification of their own lifestyle choices.My assessment: Life is a gift you’ve clearly decided to squander. I truly hope you seek help for the underlying inferiority issues contributing to your delusions of superiority. A problem, I might add, that is remedied through self-discipline. A useful first step might be to stop insulting what you are ill-equipped to understand and pick-up a book or two so that you may someday possess the knowledge to actually contribute to the world around you and the people in it.In response to your “challenge” I offer the fact that I am indeed someone who happens to live what you have decided constitutes a healthy life. I do not: use illicit drugs of any sort, drink alcohol, smoke, drink caffeinate or sugar products (aside from an occasional cup of green tea), eat sweats, eat fatty salty foods, and I am not a lazy whiner. I am someone who exercises, takes vitamins, eats a balanced diet (probably more healthfully minded than your own), drinks water almost exclusively, and always takes responsibility for myself and those I care for. In addition I am a grad student who has worked her entire life, volunteer with the sick and needy in my community, and spend every spare moment I can find improving my mind and skills. And yet those “eight glasses of water a day” have done very little to improve my cancer, bipolar disorder, anxiety, as well as the slew of other health problems I don’t care to share with you. Mental and physical dysfunctions are not something you can chalk-up to lifestyle choices. Neither is it reasonable to assume that mental dysfunction is self-induced or a minor disturbance, and that people can throw out their meds now that some enlightened soul has informed them that all they need is a good colon cleansing. You can’t judge the sick by what they eat and then assume that they deserved their lot in life because they made what YOU have decided are the wrong choices in THEIR life. That sort of narrow and simple-minded bigotry is infuriating. Self-righteous propaganda like that makes me sick because THAT is the unhealthy element holding back medicine and the progression of persons in society towards a more enlightened state of being. And yet it is so easily preventable with a little self-discipline and the “right” kind of lifestyle.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 9, 2007
    • 06:32 AM
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  • what a lovely post(immediately above.)yes,i agree,the milk of human kindness can be seen running a little thin in many places here.i am very sorry to hear of your cancer and your other,possibly more worrisome problems.it is true that many problems arise simply because of human imperfection.not that we have failed to perfect ourselves,like the writer of the first post here.(he is obviously about to ascend into heaven,such is his state of perfection!) no,it is that all living tissue is imperfect.(something which was well understood by the ancient greeks,so we have no right to forget it!) and this fact is complicated by the actual evolutionary requirement that individuals should die.we have a right, possibly a duty, if we are doing any good in the world,to put off the day,but it will come ,no matter what "lifestye choices"we may make.our perfect person is going to get a surprise!it has just occurred to me that this "healthy lifestyle "business is acquiring the characteristics and role s of a religion....if you make the right genuflections to the god of death,he will love you and spare you.no,actually. who was it who said:"old age is not a battle,it is a rout"?we must accept,and in the meantime ,love those around us.i feel you may agree,but that is how i feel anyway. it is a belief system which con lead to disaster:my wife and i know another couple very well.he,a fat beer loving sedentary worker,exposed to considerable stress;she a professional athlete,making all the right choices.when they married, there wasnt enough money about---this is england,see my post above about poverty(incidentally ,the smiley face included is unintentional.my computer has started doing that sort of thing on its own.i wasnt making a clever point.)so obviously the small sum available for life insurance went to cover the life of the "unhealthy" partner.guesswhich one got the cancer? yes....our lovely and beloved friend the healthy athlete.dead now,and two lovely little girls left to cry while dad moonlights .they were young, perhaps more propagandised than they should have allowed themselves to be,but in my opinion the"healthy lifestyle "industry is to blame.as well as the background of poverty .i am minded of the two figures beneath the tattered robes of the ghost of christmas yet to come.poverty and ignorance.i think ignorance just stepped out and wrote the first posting here."beware this boy"says dickens!(by the way we look after the kids ,of course we do,and dad too,to the utmost of our ability.)thank you for a lovely,honest post.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 9, 2007
    • 00:44 PM
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