"The enemy of good is better." - My father a retired ear nose and throat surgeon regarding surgical success
Is there a negative connotation to doing your best? Apparently, doing your best, may carry judgement by others that you are a perfectionist. Perfectionism has has been linked to anxiety and other psychological dysfunctions. And yet, if we look at the definition of these three different words, why is there so much shame associated with doing your best work? Maybe it really just depends which “P” word you refer to.
For the boy scouts, the first rule of hiking with a group is that “the group is only as fast as it's slowest member.” A friend had mentioned this to my husband and I a few years ago when we were hiking with two families. This seems counterproductive. If the slowest member is leading the group then the whole group goes slower as compared to just a few. And yet, the success of the group is only as good as the success of the slowest member of the team.
Salt, like fat, has gotten a bad wrap over the years. We have all heard that salt causes hypertension or high blood pressure which can lead to atherosclerosis, heart attack, stroke, kidney disease and early death. So much fear is associated with this, that we have attempted to remove all salt from our diets. Our salt shakers stay tucked away. When a recipe calls for “salt to taste” we assume it means it’s actually unnecessary.
What I aim to do here is bring the light onto salt to understand how it actually is essential to life and avoiding it at all costs can have a negative impact on your health and function. This blog is not a treatment for heart disease, rather an acknowledgement of the importance of essential electrolytes that we cannot survive without. (In case you were wondering, people sensitive to salt do in fact result in a hypertensive response, BUT this is a small portion of the population and those with renal disease are the most salt sensitive.)
Dr Carolyn Dolan DPT, Cert MDT, MSHN
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