Perhaps that is simply because we are all so intimately familiar with food, interacting with it multiple times throughout almost every day of our lives. I have the impression that desperation breeds gullibility, too, and food has made us rather desperate. Unlike its European counterparts, the U. Spar likens the baby market to the early days of radio and telegraph and the Internet that moved from an initial period of market anarchy to an eventual demand for rules. She believes that the children of donor eggs and donor sperm will push for regulations because they will want to know their genetic history. In January 2008, a group of embryologists, reproductive endocrinologists, and frozen-egg bankers met in Atlanta to discuss launching a frozen-egg registry to track the children. Lindsay Nohr Beck attended the meeting. She came not as a client but as a representative of the not-for-profit she founded called Fertile Hope that provides fertility information to cancer patients and raises money for research. Yale's Patrizio was there, too. He said they bounced around ideas, including how to monitor patients, who should be included, and what sorts of questionnaires parents would be asked to complete. The simple yet crucial bits of information are: How many eggs frozen? How many thawed? Most people don't fully realize that years of inactivity, compromising work and play habits, and inattention to their body creates tension and misalignment in their muscles and joints. Suddenly adding the repetitive motions inherent in most forms of exercise is a recipe for disaster. Don't be in a hurry to start. A body with more space in it has an easier time handling the repetitive motion inherent in exercise. I also recommend you slowly add some dynamic warm-ups (see article 31) and foam roller exercises (see article 117) to further loosen and prepare your body. There's no exact formula for how long this will all take--it depends on your present condition--but a few weeks wouldn't be too much time for the average adult body. Once prepared, it's also a good idea to do some moderate forms of light aerobic activity--walking, jogging, biking, or elliptical-type exercises--to get your cardiovascular system ready for the more intense bursts of exercises to come. The American Academy of Sports Medicine recommends that a baseline level of fitness be present before engaging in HIIT.
They recommend 20 minutes or more of at least moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, at least a few times a week over several weeks, to prepare the muscles. I know you're probably eager to get started, but, ironically, think of this as a marathon and not a sprint (for now). Well armed by Nature with robust defenses against starvation and with nearly none against obesity, we are much undone by food in modern context. Our modern minds wish fervently for us to be lean and vital, while our Stone Age impulses drive us to make choices that foster obesity and chronic disease. Contempt for expertise, gullibility, and desperation are a rather toxic and volatile brew. But there is more. Diet is the most complex of our daily behavioral choices, at least those related to health (I confess I do at times find myself stymied by the need to pick a necktie). Smoking is a matter of yes or no. Exercise is a bit about which and how much and when, but mostly about - whether. Sleep is much about how much and when. There are, certainly, challenges in managing stress and relationships. But still, diet stands apart. How many babies? How are they doing? At least they are considering a framework of organization that never was discussed in the sperm business. When the Wall Street Journal printed an op-ed piece explaining the frozen-egg business, a reader responded: Regarding long-term human egg storage, I have a few simple questions: Are you nuts? Can anyone really imagine that a generation of 50- to 60-year-old first-time mothers is a `solution' to any perceived problem we have put upon ourselves? Has anyone noticed how much energy and work goes into parenthood? In some ways, it seems pessimistic to spend thousands of dollars betting that you won't find the right man in time. Then again, it seems optimistic to have so much faith in science, believing the technique will improve when you are ready for the thaw.
Frozen-egg marketers point to the colossal advances in the past decade as a sign that improvement will continue at the same pace. Clients say they are neither critics nor cheerleaders. You're going to want to be exercising for years to come. Patience and preparation will pay off! Once you've begun the HIIT exercises, realize that while some generalized soreness is natural the day or two after a workout, pain that's more severe, that comes from a specific location, or that radiates may be more serious. Numbness, tingling, or burning sensations may also be signs that tension in the body is irritating a nerve. If any of these cases occur, you should take a few days off from exercise and, when the symptoms abate, begin again more slowly. If pain or problems worsen or persist, consult your medical or musculoskeletal expert. How to Proceed If You Have Chronic Muscle or Joint Pain Many of my middle- and older-age patients come to me for hands-on treatment because of chronic pain and problems in their muscles and joints, most commonly from the neck, shoulders, lower back, hips, or knees. These complaints are frequently the result of tension from poor posture--shoulders rounded, backs hunched over, feet and legs turned outward when walking--and the resultant weakness and misalignment. You'll notice that I didn't blame the pain on radiologic findings like rotator cuff tears, herniated discs, arthritis, and meniscal tears. Diet serves up a nearly infinite array of this-or-that, now-or-then, more-or-less, in this-or-that combination alternatives. The fundamentals of a health-promoting dietary pattern are simple, but making all of the food choices to populate that pattern can be anything but. And there's still more. The way the truth about food is expressed varies by culture and context. The same fundamentals can look quite different in Japanese context than in Greek, in Indian than in Italian. It can be as hard to see the commonalities through the culture-particular differences as it is to see the forest through the trees. Unfortunately, we have to slog through the lies to get to the truth. Because the simple truth is all wrapped up in a concealing layer of lies, like that proverbial silver lining inside dark clouds - or treasure in one of those chests on the sea floor.
Getting through the lies is the hard part. A word about nomenclature: what lies? They are realists who can afford a backup plan should all else fail. They've seen enough friends deal with the sad consequences of trying to procreate with aging eggs. They hope never to use the eggs and will not regret the money spent. They like knowing they have a plan B. For the most part, women who freeze know the low success rates; They would like to find someone now. They would like to be happily married. They would like to make babies naturally. Their thinking is that if life does not turn out as planned, they will have a shot using their own eggs rather than using someone else's eggs or adopting. They are, as a whole, optimistic about medical science. That's because, as my first article pointed out, these radiologic diagnoses are frequently artifacts of sorts and not the source of pain. Many studies bear this out, as a significant number of people who have no joint pain at all still receive these diagnoses when subjected to X-rays and MRIs. What this means to you is that, if you have such diagnoses, you shouldn't assume they're the chief source of your pain and, as a result, either do nothing or feel obligated to seek a medical intervention like an injection or surgery. My advice is that, if possible, first attempt to treat the underlying problem using the same types of conservative care that studies prove can work: Address the postural imbalances, muscles tension, and weakness before resorting to more invasive medical approaches. To that end, spend some time (a week or several, depending on the severity of the problem) doing the stretching, strengthening, and range-of-motion exercises for the problem area as recommended in my first article, End Everyday Pain for 50+ (also see article 124 for some static stretches). To further realign your body and remove stress from problem areas, you may also consider getting treated by a good massage therapist, physical therapist, chiropractor, or osteopathic physician who does hands-on work. In addition, follow the protocol listed in Avoiding Injury (article 22) by doing some dynamic warm-ups and foam roller exercises. Take your time with these;
Lastly, choose exercises that don't cause you pain. If that nagging shoulder pain just won't go away, do some lower-body and core exercises. It is familiar and expedient to contrast truth with lies. But not all that stands between us and the truth is truly a lie. Science is by nature reductionist, and often so when at its best. Like their counterparts in theology, scientists can be quite prone to mistaking a part for the whole, missing the forest for the detailed study of trees. So is another variety of scientific liability: the tendency to mistake absence of evidence for evidence of absence. I can best explain that by allowing my foot to catch on fire. When it does, I will not be waiting for a randomized controlled trial to fetch a pail of water. I am going to fetch a pail of water, and pour it on my foot right away . With regard to diet, we seem quite comfortable in our capacity to feed every species other than our own based on mere observation. To the best of my knowledge, having inquired of friends who have worked directly with world-leading zoological societies, feeding time at the zoo is not contingent on randomized controlled trials. Lucia Vasquez, 33, was eager to spend the money on her eggs. I want to travel around the world and I want to do really well in my career. I know it's not a guarantee but it's a really great option. I want to meet the perfect person and then when everything is perfect, that is when I'll have children. Cara Birrittieri, author of What Every Woman Should Know about Her Fertility and Her Biological Clock, encourages all single women younger than 40 to freeze eggs, and if money is an issue, she suggests donating eggs and using the profits to cover personal freezing expenses. As she says, Talk about a win-win situation. Copperman, the Mt. Sinai doctor who partners with Extend Fertility, insists, Nobody is recruiting saying that this is an insurance policy.