I hid behind a tree as well when I began to feel symptoms.
Perhaps I was naive, based on the fact that there is no history of heart disease in my family. Perhaps it was the overriding attitude that I was invincible to the issues that plague mankind.
Statistics are meaningless when you regard yourself as an exception.
Like the moose, I hid behind the knowledge that 3 of my grandparents lived into their nineties; eating pretty much anything they wanted. I was also comforted recalling memories of the athlete I was; marathon at 13, competitive swimmer & triathlete . So I knew at anytime I could get right back into peak form.
The issue is time is not on your side. Battle casualties from the Korean and Vietnam conflicts yielded an 80% incidence of coronary heart disease at autopsy despite an average age of 20 years, as evidenced by Dr. Campbell’s, China Study.
Two out of three of us will have heart disease or a major chronic disease.
At twenty years old you are already setting the stage for your health at forty. Granted, you can take a look around and see a plethora of elderly people enjoying life; but you have to take a look around the tree and understand that these are the exceptions. This is the 1 out of 3 group. The 2 out of 3 group is dead or to sick to be seen.
Take a look at the picture above. The moose must weigh at least 3000 pounds. The tree is a flimsy twig. Although the moose feels safe, he is not. The moose represents the health issues looming in our future. That twig of a tree represents the false sense of security we have. A false sense of security built on statistics that work for the exceptions; security we receive when we take blood pressure medicine or cholesterol drugs.
Take a look around the tree and Face Your Fears.