Saturday, October 4, 2008

Just finished reading: Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar, and Survival

I just finished reading Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar, and Survival by T.S. Wiley. I cannot recommend it highly enough. This book is one of the most life-changing books I have ever read, and I urge everyone to read it as soon as possible. I will be reading it again for a second time soon.

Lights Out will totally change your worldview concerning health.

The premise, unfortunately, is given from an evolutionary perspective, but if you can look past that, then please pick up a copy of this book and read it. You'll never see life the same way again.

The author asserts that our bodies are connected to the planet, especially to the sun and the seasons, more than we realize, and that our bodies are trained by instinct to eat and sleep according to the seasons, meaning according to the light and food available in each season.

In other words, our brains are designed to say in the summer, "There's more light, and this is the season when crops grow. Stay up late and eat lots of sugar (carbs) since you need the energy and the crops are growing now. Eat your full, because winter (famine and darkness) is coming."

But that's the real world, and the world we live in isn't real. We have fake sunshine through our lights, and we stay up all hours of the night.

The message that sends to our bodies is that it's still summer, and we need to keep eating carbs, because winter (famine) is coming soon. So we eat and eat, because that's what you're suppose to do in summer, before the famine comes.

The lights mess up our sleep cycles and our hormones in ways that literally cause diseases. The author traces several of the major medical issues we face today, including cancer, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease, directly to the lights, and gives some very convincing evidence.

If you read this book and agree with it, you will begin to see your lights as poison, just as much as you might already see fake sugar or your microwave or teflon as poison. But the lights are insidious, because we don't even think about it. Discussions on health never talk about turning out your lights (all of them, including the tv) when the sun goes down, but it's perhaps the single most important thing you could do to eliminate disease and keep yourself healthy.

If you do these things, it will affect your social life, but as the author points out, so will cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

The author also gives an extended discussion of eating according to the seasons, and why so many of the diets we see today are giving us the total opposite message than we need to hear. Those sections alone are worth the read.

Again, I highly recommend this book. Please pick up a copy and read it soon. Reading it may literally add years to your life.

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