To get into the unplugged groove, start by taking baby steps and keep challenging yourself to cut the cord a bit further every day. Here are a few simple tips for those just starting their digital detox journey—and for those of you who might need a little tune-up.
Hunched over the laptop after work? Phone tucked under your pillow at night? Glued to the iPad on your commute? You might be a good candidate for a digital detox. By periodically unplugging, you can start reclaiming the real life experiences all those gadgets steal from us
I get it; we all like to smell nice. In fact, there’s a multi-billion dollar industry dedicated to insuring that we do. Unfortunately this results in many people dousing their bodies in synthetic fragrances and perfumes 7 days a week, including cosmetics, personal care products,
household cleaners, air-fresheners, deodorizers, laundry detergents, dryer sheets, and so on.
While this may smell nice, the effects are anything but.
Many patients who first come to me in their 50s or beyond are on two or more medications, as are an increasing number of younger people. Often, the negative effects of the first medication lead to the prescription of a second drug . . . On and on it goes, with everyone gaining weight, feeling old, and getting more and more discouraged.
Most of us were raised to believe that the genes we were born with are our destiny, and that the diseases that “run in the family” are most likely coming for us too. I myself have wrestled with this demon, as I have a strong family history of heart disease and I, now in my 60s, have many of the markers indicating that I should have heart disease as well.
When patients come to me for help in taking charge of their health, one of the changes I encourage each of them to make is to limit their exposure to toxins – specifically to rid
themselves of as many Endocrine Disruptors (EDs) as possible. But why the fuss over
Endocrine Disruptors? It’s pretty simple: EDs are chemicals that interfere with hormone
signalling and wreak havoc on your entire endocrine system.