WebMD published a great list called “6 Health Mistakes Smart People Make” that really does apply to all of us. The list includes:
1. drinking diet soda to shed pounds
2. not getting a second opinion for major medical issues
3. stopping antidepressants “cold turkey”
4. skipping follow-ups
5. taking too much acetaminophen (AKA Tylenol)
6. drinking too much alcohol in one sitting
Let’s face it…we’ve all been guilty of some items on this list at one point in time or another. Paying more attention to these items really will improve our health in a multitude of ways.
This is a great list but what is more likely to harm us and perhaps even kill us is our constant distractibility caused by technology. We have to pay as much attention to our high tech habits as we do our over all health habits if we truly want to be healthy and live long, happy, injury-free lives.
In addition to the WebMD list, consider this list I put together of “6 mistakes smart people make with technology every day”:
1. Talking on the cell phone or texting while driving.
2. Reading a newspaper or putting on make-up while driving.
3. Googling for health information when we are worried instead of reaching out to our health care providers.
4. Listening to our MP3 devices while running, walking or driving so loud we can’t hear outside noises.
5. Using technology when we should be watching our kids – who may be outside or in a pool or just mulling about the house.
6. Relying on the advice of “online friends” we’ve never met over real friends, family and our own health care providers.
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” used to be wise words to live by…and still is as long as the “Apple” we’re discussing doesn’t come with ear buds.