There’s been a lot of interesting articles recently in the area of alternative health. Alternative health is kind of a misnomer because once upon a time doctors were these people that knew a lot of information that was useful to become healthy. That was useful to change your behaviors to become healthy. To change your diet to become healthy.
In the last hundred years or so the medical profession has essentially been taken over by the pharmaceutical industrial complex. Now when you go to the doctor, the doctor is almost required by law to solve your problems with some type of drug that has just been released and therefore hasn’t been tested long enough to see if there’s any negative long-term side effects.
One of the more common ideas in alternative health is that fasting is very healthy. They’ve known for many years that if they put mice through long periods of a calorie restricted diet it will have an enormous amount of health benefits. They’re starting to do a lot of studies to try to understand why this is.
Enter The Dismal Science
Economics is called the dismal science because it forces us to ask at what cost. Humans love to get free stuff. Humans love to get stuff beyond what we give. Whenever you buy something you want to get the cheapest price possible. Whenever you sell something you want to get the highest price possible. As humans we are driven to always look for ways to get more than we give. It’s kind of like our prime directive.
Economics forces us to understand that everything costs something. One of the ways they explain this is through the classification of two main behaviors. Everything we do can be classified into one of these two behaviors. One of them is labor and the other one is leisure.
Another idea that’s very common in economics, and you can find this idea everywhere if you look for it. and that is the idea of diminishing returns. Whenever you use something or get something or do something if you have an initial benefit, but the more you do the same thing the less of the same benefit you’ll get.
For example if you are a factory and you hire, and you have 10 workers, and you hire one more worker, that one more worker will represent a 10% increase in productivity, since you are going from 10 workers to 11 workers. So you’re going to pay that worker a certain amount of money. But if you go from 11 workers to 12 workers you’ll have to pay that 12th worker the same amount of money, but because you’re going from 11 to 12, and not 10 to 11, you’ll actually get less of an increase in productivity.
Another interesting way this idea of diminishing returns pops up is if you’re on one of those diets that allows for a cheating day. If you imagine going six days of eating a very healthy very calorie restricted diet and on the seventh day you have a cheating day, you’re going to look forward to that very first bite of your cheating day.
The closer you get to that cheating day the more that very first bite of that cheating food, the bigger and more powerful that is going to be in your mind, the more compelling it’s going to be as you look forward to it.
Cycles of Cycles
Everywhere you look you will find cycles. You’ll find cycles of one item going into another item, one thing going into another thing, one phase going into another phase. The most obvious is night and day. Night and day is so ubiquitous we don’t even really think of it, but we separate our behaviors into day and night.
Most people, they go to work, they do things they don’t want to do during the daytime and nighttime they go out and they have fun. Daytime is for labor. Nighttime is for leisure. You have the idea of seasons where you have to plant and harvest and then you have to get ready for the long cold winter and you have to work hard so you can save up during the winter we can’t get any yield from the earth.
Even the idea of music has this idea of tension and release. Every single song you like is probably filled with oscillations between very carefully mixes of notes and chords to produce tension that leads into resolution that leads into more tension that leads in a more resolution.
Tension and Release
If you read your favorite books and watch your favorite TV shows and watch your favorite movies you’ll see the same thing. You’ll see scenes with tension and then scenes with the relief. You have a problem that comes up, they solve the problem, but then another problem pops up and they have to solve that problem and then another problem pops up and that the solve that problem.
Problems keep getting bigger and bigger then actual builds to the final climax problem of the of the entire story, the final battle happens and it ends happily ever after.
If you imagine somebody that’s going through six days of healthy eating, calorie restricted eating, on the seventh day they very much enjoy their cheating day. The very first bite will be fantastic, but the next bite will not quite be as fantastic, the next bite after that will not quite be as fantastic. They’ll soon get to a tipping point where subsequent bites of their cheating food will actually cause pain instead of pleasure.
They have to go through the whole cycle again of waiting six days for another cheating day and the same diminishing returns will kick in past that point where you take the very first bite.
Ever since the dawn of time, humans have struggled to wonder why we have to put in labor and order to have leisure. Why do we have to work so we can relax? Even as far back as the oral tradition that predates the Bible they struggled with this question. That’s the reason, if you read the story of the garden of Eden, that’s the punishment for getting kicked out of the garden of Eden.
We used to have it very easy. We didn’t have to do anything. We just had to lounge around. Everything was easy for us. We didn’t have to work, then we disobeyed the authority and we got kicked out and the punishment for women was to suffer the labor of childbirth. The punishment for men was to suffer the labor of having to get our daily calories.
Why Do We Work?
One way to explain why we have to work is because we used to have it easy but we disobeyed authorities.
One of the interesting things that they’re looking at as far as most diseases being a result of an improper diet is that the most benefits that come from fasting don’t actually come from being in a state of fasting.
It comes from cycling between fasting and feasting. Something happens when you cycle from fasting into feasting. Some type of chemicals or hormones or something is released when you go through the cycle of feasting and fasting. Feasting into fasting seems to be one of the most healthy ways to exist.
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