A Candle In A Dark Week; Defeating Inflammation

A Candle In A Dark Week

Unless you hitched a ride on NASA’s Lunar Orbiter, you’ve heard the news.

In a single day, we lost two people that almost everyone in this country, if not this world, felt as if they knew personally.

In the same week, there was a candle flickering in the darkness.

A candle fueled by science. By research.

By hope.

We lost Farrah Fawcett to cancer. But this week a promising new cancer drug has a large number of folks highly optimistic.

And of course we lost Michael Jackson. We don’t know why yet. I wonder if we ever will.

But still, the candle burns.

The light here is a light of reckoning. A light that says, “You are but dust in the wind.” To dust, we return.

In a sense, at least.

You are also the stuff of stars.

I’m not talking about movie stars — I mean literal stars.

The inspiration for this article comes from one of my personal heroes, Carl Sagan. In his brilliant book, A Demon-Haunted World, Carl brings is wit, intelligence and sobriety to bear on the candle in the darkscience.

Science has helped liberate us from the dark ages, literally.

Science has cured more people in a single generation than all the wars in “history” have taken. Can you believe it?

During this dark week, science enabled us to launch the most sophisticated lunar probe in history to the moon.

And science will eventually find a cure for that monster we call cancer.

But science may never find a cure for what killed the King of Pop.

You see, I don’t think it is as simple as it seems. It may be. Who knows. But I think Jackson died of loneliness and self-abuse.

It just took time.

That, combined with stress (the number-one killer in the world) is enough to do anyone in.

The candle in the dark? Managing your health is really under your control… more than you think. That includes your mind.

Not totally, but in a few years, who knows.

That’s a candle that burns bright to me.

Brighter than the sun.

A bit of honesty:

My first thought upon hearing Jackson died was, “Wow. Too young. How?”

I’ve always recognized his contribution to music, but I’ve never been “attached” as a fan per-se.

When Kurt Cobain died, I cried. When Gene Roddenberry died, I cried. I cry every time I watch the end of “Contact” that just says, “For Carl.”

When Michael died, I shook my head in disbelief, skepticism, and reflection.

My candle was burning at both ends, I suppose.

How fragile we are. Yet, like Sagan loved to say, we are all “starstuff.” Literally.

Every atom in your body with the exception of hydrogen can be traced to a red star, billions of years old.

That makes me hang my head in utter awe. How beautiful, yet how chaotic our universe and our lives seem to be.

The reason I do what I do is not to try and extend “just years” to your life — it’s to help you make your life the best it can be.

To extend the healthy, happy, joyful aspects of your life.

To give you the candle in the dark called “self-management”.

Your time can come in a snap of a finger. In a breath, your light can go out.

But until then, I urge you to fight the good fight.

And keep your candle lit for all the world to see.

Fit Bits: This Will Kill You. Really.


That’s the ticket. That’s the answer.

That’s what you must address if you want to live a longer and more productive, healthy life. No ifs, ands or buts.

Inflammation is caused by insulin resistance, among other things.

I’ve decided to share this week’s Fit Bits with you in an entertaining video I made called “Low Carb Lunacy.”

Get ready for the facts like you’ve never seen them before…

Please press the Play button to start the video. Thanks!

P.S. For those of you who really want to take charge of your health, I do encourage you to adopt a dietary plan you can live with. The best I know of is found below.

The Every Other Day Diet     Lose Weight. Lower Inflammation!

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8 Responses to “A Candle In A Dark Week; Defeating Inflammation”

  1. Robert says:

    Jon – I’d always thought of you as a supportive fitness mentor but having just read your ‘Candle in a Dark Week’ I have observed a whole other side of you – a compassionate, sensitive and spiritual person. Thanks for revealing this to us it makes me more aware of my vulnerability and in that awareness the obligation I have to friends and family around me to ‘suck the marrow out of life’ and ‘seize the day’. Some other stuff you may want to read – my mother’s favourite poem http://www.fleurdelis.com/desiderata.htm

    • Jon says:

      Thanks Robert! That is the real me, for sure… well, the fitness guy is as well, but far less so than “that” guy when it comes to day-to-day. Fitness is just a passion, as well as a struggle, that I find compelling and necessary.

      Also, thanks for sharing the poem. As you quote Thoreau, I recall my own days of poetry. (Yep, wrote that before I wrote anything in the fitness world.)

      I may publish it one day. I’ve been told it’s quite good, but then again who hasn’t? : )

  2. I feel science has it’s place but the spiritual being in all of us must have the ability to control the physical being or we can fall easily into a pattern of over indulgence. The creator meant for things to be this way but we humans, especially with the times we are living in now seem to be bambarded with do what makes you feel good attitude every where we look. This causes us to put spiritual fullfilment in the dark as we are led away from the truly most powerful source of well being available to all. We need only ask. Don’t forget to connect with our creator for the better good of the spirit so we can accomplish a great physical existence.

    • Jon says:

      Thanks for your comments Michael. I have my own personal views about this, as does most everyone I’m sure. I just posit that science makes the most reliable predictions and stable benefits to mankind than anything “man” has produced. It remains to me a candle in the darkness, regardless of issues of faith (which of course are of importance.) Thanks!

  3. derekpm says:

    Rather interesting. Has few times re-read for this purpose to remember. Thanks for interesting article. Waiting for trackback

  4. Glenn Stanza says:

    Have you read Gary Taubes book Good Calories, Bad Calories? If so I’m curious of what you think. I struggled a little with it but it ended up greatly influencing my thoughts about fat and carbs. The documentation is very convincing. Conventional wisdom can be a scary thing.

  5. Maureen Cuscuna says:

    RE: comments ond the sad passings…The main reason I am drawn to you and Tom V, besides the fact that both of you are giving me information that I have been searching for for YEARS, is that your approach addresses the total person…body, mind AND spirit. Finding our own balance in ALL of those areas is, of course, the only way we can truly become all that we are meant to be.

    That means a LOT to me Maureen… thanks for putting that much faith in my writing. Tom is absolutely the same type of guy, too… I know this first-hand.

    RE: the article…WOW, and thank you SO much for posting it! May I just tell you the anger and frustration I am dealing with around the ‘traditional’ medical arena? I have been struggling with diabetes since 1995 and have much inflammation in my body. (I also have two heart conditions, stomach problems, major depression, and on and on.) Despite many consults with doctors, dieticians, so-called diabetes educators, etc., I have yet to find one who would or could give me the info I knew I needed to help my body get healthier. Now there is YOU and I thank the universe for that. For the first time I know that I can deal with ALL of my health issues and make myself the ME that I know I am supposed to be! Next month I celebrate my 30th year as a breast-cancer survivor. I now want to be an ‘EVERYTHING’ survivor and thanks to you, and people like you, I believe I can be!

    Ooops…didn’t mean to run on so! As you can see, the wonder of discovery has made me a tad wired…hence the VERY long post. LOL Again, thank you for you and for you commitment to helping folks like me. Peace, love and joy to you!

    WOW… 30 years! Awesome! I’m thrilled to hear it, and equally thrilled that I could be of any help. Thank you very much for the kind words, Maureen.


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