Hello. Please Show Competency in A Single Fundamental before Pontificating on Post-Doctoral Biochemistry
Or post-doctoral neurophysiology and psychotherapy. Or... other non-fundamentals which you are using as a sophistry to avoid working basic steps.
I’ll hear clients get lost in a sea of soliloquies about 5-alpha-reductase type 2, when they need to just track their food for 6-9 months at 95% compliance. I’ll gladly discuss protein digestibility-corrected amino acid scores (PDCAAS), but maybe you should just hit sufficiency first. I’m as excited as the next guy about protein kinases mTOR and AMPK and how they manage autophagy via inhibitory phosphorylation. But maybe just... like... you know... stop gaining body fat.
I love deep science and minutiae. LOVE. But I also encourage people to check themselves and return to fundamentals. Sometimes just take note of your food, perform some weekly strengthening and conditioning, and... that’s it.
I‘ve come across some super super smart people, double PhDs from the University of Chicago, MD PhDs, Alzheimer’s researchers, MIT researchers, CERN contributors, and authors published in highly respected academic journals. Sometimes they confuse themselves by thinking that outrageously informed minds are somehow absolved of the fundamentals.
You never outgrow fundamentals. Are there benefits to micro-detail on the periphery of scientific discovery? Of course. But they don’t supersede fundamentals.
This Achilles heel doesn’t just reside in the hyper-specialist, by the way. The every day layperson has a tendency, likewise, to talk ad nauseam about their genetic or mental health limitations, throwing hands up in exasperation or seeking some futuristic mega pill to magically quell their woes. How about... go for a walk every day? How about... eat sufficient protein, vitamins, and minerals, so you have a fighting chance to seek basic baseline fundamental healthiness? How about... contract skeletal muscle once in a while?
"Nahhh,' people say. We "need" a sophisticated equivocation. They'll say, "we need a detox; we need a cutting edge psychotherapy paired with drug therapy paired with codependency" and yes-men enablers. "We need workout videos" piling up in our living rooms (or in our cloud storage). Might some of those have benefits? Sure. But they don’t contain the capacity to skip over fundamentals.
You don’t get to bypass life and never endeavor for fundamentals. A few people won the genetic lottery, born into a level of health or wealth which landed them on third base while they think the same lucky break means that they invented the game of baseball. Don’t be like them. Don’t yearn to be gifted unearned home plate arrival. Do you really think you want to be regaled with a grand slam home run when you don’t even know how to hold a bat?
We could talk about the chemical composition of turf all day. We could discuss the ideal baseball bat engineering. And some people will do exactly that. How about... practice taking a swing?
Nahh. “I’m not built to swing a bat - it doesn’t come naturally”, people say. “There’s no point - can I just run the plates?” “Can you just completely revise the whole point of the game so that I don’t have to practice any of the fundamentals of the game?”
Health and fitness isn’t going to work that way. Cry till you’re blue in the face. Litigate against the unfair laws of biology. Invent sophisticated excuses which sound great. Or... simply show competency in a single fundamental of health and fitness before getting lost in the peripheral minutiae.