Scientific experiments manipulate variables to determine their effect on the subject. Only one variable can be altered at a time, so there must be a control that remains constant. I am often surprised at how often this basic principle is abused. For instance, children’s reading is often tested by having the child read aloud. Of course, this measures oral facility and some cognitive skills not reading comprehension.
So a few weeks ago my life took on some new variables. My father-in-law passed away suddenly, I started used CBD oil for joint stiffness, I signed up for Weight-Watchers online, and began an online fitness program. All while anticipating retirement of my part-time job.
One day I awoke feeling as if I had been hit by a truck. Deciding to be nice to myself, I took the day off completely, bowing out of commitments and taking a nap. Reviewing my life, I could see that there was no way to determine which new regimen(s) was increasing my distress.
A few years ago I was referred to an endocrinologist for management of thyroid nodules. The first thing she did was have me discontinue any over the counter medications, including vitamins. She explained that she wanted to see what my body needed not what the market dictated. It was about three years later that she had me begin using a daily multi-vitamin.
Adopting the same philosophy, I dropped most of my new “habits”, concentrating first on recovering from the grief of death. I continued watching what I eat, stretching, and yoga. Although I thought the CBD oil was helping, I decided I could do without it until I could control some of these variables.
Sometimes less is more.