In this melting pot of Silicon Valley, cultures and ideas come together and challenge the status quo – and not just in technology-related fields.
The new book Osteoporosis & Osteopenia: Vitamin Therapy for Stronger Bones by local author Bryant Lusk is one such example. Lusk’s extensive research into how the human body processes vitamins and minerals led him to share that knowledge in order to help others be aware of simple ways they can prevent and even minimize the impact of this debilitating disease.
Lusk is an unusual “expert”: he applied his professional and military experience analyzing complex systems to the health field. He also knows what it takes to shake off old ways of thinking and re-invent yourself into a better person. Growing up in the south side of Chicago, faced with gangs and poverty as the norm, he chose to chart his own path and take control of life on his own terms.
Outside-the-box perspective is a common key to success. Too often we rely on one-size-fits-all recommendations. In America, quality healthcare is equated with specialty surgery and medical devices, while the study of nutrition in medical schools still gets short shrift. Add to that fear of class-action lawsuits, and it is no wonder that the medical field sticks to safe recommendations.
But in the age of DIY (do-it-yourself), Lusk’s analysis is a breath of fresh air. He explains what bones need, how what we eat contributes to the constant creation and destruction of the bone matter itself, and suggests alternatives to simply accepting the elderly fate of a curved spine and fragile bones. He explains what he tried that worked, and makes suggestions of what might work best for others, depending on age. I was surprised to discover that starting as young as eighteen years old can make a difference to prevent onset of this disease.
Eastern medicine, with its emphasis on natural remedies, whether food or acupressure or yoga, challenges the Western mindset that there is a quick fix for all that ails us. In the blindingly fast atmosphere of technology, we need the occasional reminder that the human body is little understood and underappreciated when compared to the promise of always-on devices and robots. And for those who fear a similar fate to their aging parents in terms of crippling bone fractures, the knowledge contained within this book is refreshingly easy to understand and follow.
A second example from the East of how best to deal with the blows life deals you: a healthy helping of humor. Northern Californian author Margaret Zhao’s unerring sense of timing and joie de vivre is captured through poetry in her book Humor Haiku. Laughter is indeed the best medicine, and Zhao another example of rising above grinding poverty in China during Mao’s Great Leap Forward, detailed in her award-winning memoir Really Enough. Today she helps others take charge of their own health by activating the natural healer within each of us.
The message from both of these fine writers: Life is too precious to waste. Start now and become the healthiest, happiest person you can be.