When people talk about priorities, they usually refer to items on which they spend substantial sums of money. A comfortable car and a large house are on the top of the list of many individuals, together with a well-paying, stable, and interesting job.
Health is also
important for the great majority of men and women. Products sold in
supermarkets and convenience stores respond to this concern by promoting
low-calories drinks, low-fat cookies, sugarless sweets, and cooking
Organic-food stores represent the last step in the
evolution of this trend. Consumers want to buy the best produce, the
purest bread, and fresh natural pastries. Even though the cost
associated to those choices can be considerable in some cases, customers
seem to be willing to pay for it.
The problem with spending
additional money to consume so-called healthy products is that it does
not seem to make a lot of difference. Those who devote more financial
resources to purchasing sophisticated food and to joining health clubs
are not necessarily the people who enjoy the best physical condition.
Paradoxically, in the field of health, more investments do not always
result in additional benefits.
An excellent choice
Making health your first priority
is an excellent choice that works better if you implement it as
inexpensively as possible. Self-reliance and self-confidence begin with frugality. Are you surprised? Does this sound illogical
to you? Before you discard this theory, you might wish to check out
longevity statistics around the world. Those who spend the most to
preserve their health are not necessarily the people who live the
The Ancient Greek physician Galen (circa 130 - 200 AD)
recorded many interesting ideas on this subject, which was later
expanded by other medics in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Although many centuries have passed, many discoveries of antiquity are
still adhered to by modern medicine.
Galen spent his youth
learning about sickness and treatments before he moved to Rome in the
year 162. He has gone down into History as much for his medical
discoveries as for his tremendous output as a writer. Even though a
great part of Galen's work has been lost, what remains fills more than
The close connection
His aphorisms, which condense medical truths in short
sentences, reflect fundamental aspects of physical and mental health.
One of the threads that runs through his writings is the search of
simplicity. His advocacy of straightforward methods to improve man's
well-being contrasted with the semi-magical medicine that was still
being practised by most of his contemporaries.
that health and philosophy are closely connected. As a consequence, a
man who wishes to maintain his vitality will do well to act prudently, respect ethical principles, and simplify his life. Simplification is one of the keys to accelerating your personal growth, and protecting your health.
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