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What An Irony

  • By Vishwanthar on Health

  • March 7, 2012

I am reading a book by Frank Forencich entitled Exuberant Animal. Speaking of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) he says, “It is the formation of stationary blood clots in one or more deep veins of the leg. The calf veins are the most common sites of thrombus (clot), but clots also occur in the femoral (thigh) and iliac (hip) veins behind the valves. Symptoms include pain, swelling and redness in the affected limb.”

Frequent airline passengers are familiar with DVT. Long hours of stasis add up to pooling blood, ballooning veins. For that reason, airlines have taken action against DVT by showing a video that instructs people in ways to move their legs. Allow me to quote the author, “The very existence of such instruction is an indication of just how divorced we have become from our bodies. Just think of it: seven million years of human evolution, thousands of generations of walking, hunting and dancing on the grassland, only to arrive at a point at which we now require instruction in how to move our limbs.” Isn’t it an irony?

Our lifestyles are severely hampered. What do you think should be the way out? Definitely, it cannot be some miraculous drug or regimen. Just plain physical activity—you just need to get up from the couch and get moving. Health hazards are on the rise because of physical inactivity. It is high time you woke up from your deep slumber. Don’t abhor physical activity; rather embrace it. You will never regret it.

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