If it is January, it must be time to explode some myths.Â I have been doing a lot of media this week to promote a new book I wrote with Alice Domar, a psychologist, called Live a Little. We had both been more and more distressed about all the health rules that you see in the media that are based on shaky data, if any at all.
You know which ones: get eight hours of sleep per night, exercise for an hour at least five times per week, drink eight glasses of water, eat five to seven servings of fruits and vegetables daily, make time to spend with friends, do a daily meditation session to ward off stress, and a reminder to make an appointment to see your physician for your annual physical and pap smear!Â We have found that many women take these rules too seriously and feel guilty when they cannot always live up to them.
As I researched what we really know about womenâ€™s health, I found more gaps than truths.Â It made me realize that the Love/Avon Army of Women (link to www.armyofwomen.org) and now the Health of Women Study has a great potential to help us figure out not only the cause of breast cancer but also the answers to some of the other questions that affect our lives.
The key to being in good health in the absence of good data is to use your common sense, eat good food, move your body regularly, laugh, and love!
And the best New Yearâ€™s Resolution is to recruit more women to join the Army of Women so that we can make sure every one has a chance to live not a little but a lot!