THE SCOREBOARD

One goal of the previous three sections is to show you there are two wars raging. There is a personal war going on within your mind in which your decisions help determine the proportion of healthy and toxic molecules in your body. There is a bigger war going on within society in which collective decisions also help determine the proportion of healthy and toxic molecules in your body.

There are many efforts being promoted by brilliant people to enhance the healthy side of the equation. The sad reality is they are not making much progress. My take is that these well-intended efforts have way too much candy coating. To wake up our people, we need to knock off the candy coating, speak in terms that match the severity of the problem, and put on our battle fatigues.

Whether or not you become a warrior who fights to enhance the healthy molecules or a victim who participates in the mindless propagation of toxic molecules, two facts remain:

I. THERE IS A SCOREBOARD!

II. EVERY DECISION AFFECTS THE SCOREBOARD!!

As a physician treating end organ damage, I like to imagine the scoreboard projecting like a neon billboard from my patients’ foreheads. Unfortunately, the red column (showing the numerical T score–T is for Toxic) is killing the green column (showing the numerical H score–H is for Healthy).

I rarely have the opportunity to be in the presence of a patient I believe has a higher H score than their T score. We are losing the battles in record numbers and lost battles translate into disease, suffering, and depression.

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