Anna Hoffmann

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There seems to be a conflict between being online and in the body - suggestions to solve that.

We need to help each other to find a balance in the race for controlling the outside of ourselves and taking care of our insides. I see so many people everywhere who seem have lost their biological urge to move, sense and enjoy their bodies and because of that have health issues and pain.
Even in poor countries obesity is a problem for many people now.
The big tech companies need to be careful with what they start marketing.
In health care all over the world more and more resources are going to machines and laboratories. In evidence-based medicine many mis-credit long clinical experience and young health care professionals spend more time learning a battery of measurement methods, instead of palpating, sensing, being with their patients. Valuable knowledge is lost, because the teachers are not present, online learning has taken over. And it is not helpful in learning certain skills.
I suggest more resources to physical therapy and pain research. All health practitioners need to learn full body exams at some point during their studies, but most of all become comfortable with their own bodies.
Do you here in this great community have any input on that?

  • Jun 21 2013: Anna:
    Briefly, I believe you have hit on a important trend... one that is going in the wrong direction. Unlike Global Warming though, it can be changed fairly quickly. Online teaching must not TAKE OVER... just increase slightly more and more.
  • Jun 15 2013: I agree completely. The solution is to consciously spend time away from the computer, or any screen. Our bodily senses are designed to dynamic, 3-dimensional landscapes, the use of peripheral vision, sounds that come from different locations and distances...all of this is flattened and lay to waste when our primary mode of experience is a 2d screen and the speakers from our computer. Our peripheral vision is weakened, our vision adjusts, because our body is adaptive, but is it for our greatest benefit? I believe it dulls our senses, and furthermore, ultimately leads us to a subtle yet powerful sense of experiencing the world as "over there" or not related to us, behind a screen, basically. We lose our connection with the real world.
  • Jun 10 2013: No way you actually think this.
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    Gord G

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    Jun 4 2013: I'm not sure the assumed connection between health and virtual life is accurate. Yes, people who indulge in online interaction as a substitute for real world activity are going to suffer ill effects. But I think the perception of a decline in awareness of our bodies may be more of an apocalyptic predilection necessitated at a time of great change (similar to the dire predictions of the industrial revolution).

    Unhealthy choices supported by sublimated desire is not new (think of all the chubby Romans giving the thumbs up or down to buff gladiators).

    Online resources are actually providing greater nutritional information, health tips and access to a multitude of information that gives us the ability to understand ourselves better than we have ever in the past. I think the technology simply amplifies past tendencies. The damage needs to be addressed at a cognitive level...rather than transferred to innocuous environmental factors.
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    May 27 2013: We are born, live and die with this beautiful organism called the human body. The wiring and the biochemistry of our bodies are still in many ways unexplored by science.
    When we move together, see, smell, taste, hear, touch and sense one another, there is so much more information exchange then we ever can hope to achieve through machines or tech devices. Because how ever big data we collect - in the end it's a human that analyses it and uses the results of it. So it moves right back to ourselves in the end.
    In order to create technology that is helpful for procreation and for all living beings, we need to deeply understand our own body first.

    OUR own body- maybe also as in our common body, the body of this great planet Earth, with the life that thrives here and - as far as we know - nowhere else...
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    May 25 2013: .

    Rely more "in the body" than "on line"
    "On line" can never be better than "in the body" due to the human ultra-high accuracy.
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    R H

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    May 24 2013: I have seen obesity rise in individuals as smoking and taking (recreational/illegal) drugs has declined. Do you see a connection?
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    May 24 2013: I see several parts to the question you pose. Good health habits are best introduced early and sustained, as well as the principle of being intentional about some things we do. Obesity arises from being too sedentary and from not making the best eating choices. Everyone knows this, including people who are obese. Prior to home computers, people watched television and sat around doing other things.

    I wonder whether factors other than the availability of seated recreation and the reduction of physical effort through technology are more at fault.
  • May 24 2013: These seems complicated to me, but what I most recognize is that people vary in skills. Some will never be good dianosticians. It seems the more options the better.