I really enjoyed this interview in Atlantic Health this morning with AJ Jacobs, the author of a new book called, Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection. Jacobs apparently spent 2 years trying out various exercise regimens and diets, as well as following the advice of myriad health experts - to understand what “good health” really is. I’ll have to go out and buy the book, because some of Jacobs’ observations in this interview seem spot-on to me.
For example, Jacobs talks about how confusing it can be for people to keep up with what’s supposedly ”good” and “bad” for you - and how it can seem to change from one day to the next. The fact is, we simply don’t have all the answers when it comes to nutrition and medicine - and what “works” for you, might not for me. We need to consider the information we hear and read before assuming it to be true.
I loved this quote: “Health should be like choosing a movie. I don’t just choose based on one reviewer. I go on Rotten Tomatoes and it’s got to be above 80% or 90% of reviewers liking the movie. And that’s the way I feel about health. You’ve got to make sure that it’s in the 80 or 90% range.”
So true. We need a health / nutrition advice rotten tomatoes. Happy to be a contributor if one of my healthcare tech friends from Rock Health builds one!