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As the summer winds down, nature send us Hurricane Irene. Saturday, before the storm, I drove to the paint store to buy paint, a brush, and a roller, with the anticipation of being stuck inside during the bad weather. On my way to the store, it occurred to me how crazy a society we really are—people cutting each other off on the road, fighting over bottled water, and draining every ATM machine. What really amazed me, in a time of potential crisis, was the purchasing of bread, dairy and, of course, booze.

Why do people choose to wreck themselves in times of crisis … and, of course, during the SuperBowl? When times get rough, we should get tougher, not weaker. To mask emotional pain, people turn to junk food, smoking, and drinking. Instead of numbing emotional pain with things that ruin our health, we should seek food and activities that build, not break down. Why not go to the gym instead of medicating? Why not eat high-nutrient-dense foods that create energy and strength, instead of high-calorie crap foods that make you tired, numb your brain, and make you ill?

Fear sends us running to buy junk, and we do it the last minute. If Irene doesn’t get us from the outside, we will kill ourselves with unhealthful junk food while we are inside. Dealing with Irene is exactly how we respond to our health. We seek only crisis care (the opposite of healthcare) at the last minute, but procrastinate improving our health until we are sick and diseased. At the last minute, we chaotically search for intervention, and then decide to change our ways. Sometimes we don’t even change our ways or our unhealthful lifestyle. We just want things to go away instead of dealing with them, whether emotional anguish or physical issues. We tend not to see ourselves in the creation of our issues.