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TED Talk How Healthy Living Nearly Killed Me

October 23, 2014 1 min read

Author and journalist, AJ Jacobs, probably most well known for writing about his lifestyle experiments spoke at TEDMED about one such experiment: how healthy living nearly killed him. For a full year he followed every single piece of health advice that he could, his goal was to be the “healthiest person he could be, the healthiest person alive” and this met with some pretty funny results: He got advice from a medical board, his dermatologist, his immunologist, and even the Danish safety council, which added up to a whole lot of healthy living, but probably a lot of unnecessary effort on his part. [caption id="attachment_56901" align="alignnone" width="358"]A walking helmet is a good helmet A walking helmet is a good helmet[/caption] It wasn’t entirely unnecessary though, he definitely views the year as a success since his cholesterol went down and he lost weight, but he came to the conclusion that being too healthy can be unhealthy, as in, by focusing so deeply on healthy living he tended to neglect his friends and family. At bodyrock health advice is kind of our jam, but I guess this goes to show you that ANY health advice should be taken with a grain of salt, and ultimately you should do what works for you. If you’re interested in learning more about his year of healthy living, then you can check out Jacobs’ book, “Drop Dead Healthy” which documents his experience.

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