The guy in the buggy is healthier than you

Since I moved to Texas, I don’t see many Amish. But back in Ohio, it wasn’t that uncommon to see a horse and buggy trotting down the road.

I couldn’t figure out whether to envy that simple life, or feel sorry for what they’re missing out on.

No cars. No computers. No phone. Not even electricity.

They are living without a whole lot.

But when you dig into it, some of the things they’re living without include…

Obesity. Diabetes. Cancer. And early death.

At least compared to the rest of us in “modern society.”

When you study the Amish, you find one thing they have in abundance, something we’d all like… good health, late in life.

Now, you can probably chalk some of it up to genes.

Amish tend to stick together in their own communities. There’s only about 300,000 Amish in the whole country. And they marry in the community and raise kids there too.

Now this could be bad if the genes were bad. But if they’re good… well, genetic lottery winner.

Amish tend to have longer telomeres, the caps at the end of chromosomes that shorten over time, and make us age faster.

But it’s not all genes. It’s the lifestyle too. They work the soil and tend to their crops by hand. Amish men average over 18,000 steps per day. The women over 14,000.

Keep in mind, regular folks struggle to get to 10,000 steps when they fit themselves with a pedometer, and the Amish are leaving that goal in the dust.

Only 4% of Amish are obese. For the overall U.S. population that number tops 36%!

They have half the diabetes the rest of the country does.

40% lower risks of cancer. Especially those cancers tied to tobacco, where the rate is 63% lower.

Now, the closest I’ll get to becoming Amish is to re-watch “Witness” if I come across it late at night on TV.

But it does put things in perspective.

Staying active, simplifying your life, and steering clear of the conveniences that promise so much but have big downsides – it can all make you healthier, and live longer.

Whether you ever raise a barn or not.

God Bless,

Jeff Reagan

Editor, Patriot Health Alliance

P.S. One other thing about the Amish that stands out. Almost all elderly in the community are cared for at home, by relatives.

It sure is different out here with the rest of us, don’t you think?

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11 thoughts on “The guy in the buggy is healthier than you

  1. Because they also farm their crops and eat the food they produce, they are probably not consuming all the preservatives and artificial junk that comes in the processed food lining grocery store shelves. Just a thought. It would be interesting to see a real study making the comparison. Like if a family became Amish would they have the same outcomes as the Amish who have been together for generations? Something to control for the genetic aspect. Thanks for your thoughts on the subject. Makes one think.

  2. Spot on Jeff! It’s the simpler lifestyle that promotes better health! May have been exposed to Agent Orange in SE Asia many times, but the outdoors environment, oxygen in thru the nose…and carbon dioxide out thru the mouth is a good start!

    One of your best postings! ( …and I’m a Mormon!). Age 77…Post Surgeon for a VFW group in Texas.

  3. Hi Jeff, I really enjoy your posts, especially the Sunday thoughts. As a Christian it is so refreshing to read an upbeat posts with some great context. Thank You,
    Quick question, I am already taking Digestive Freedom Plus daily, it has made a huge difference in my quality of life but was wondering if you have anything I can take for restless leg syndrome? Have had it for many years now and it definitely effects my sleep. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks Sheryl

  4. I really enjoy your common sense articles, theyare such a refresher from all the psycho-babble you read now a days. Growing your own when you can has some many more upsides than down. I am working on being more self sufficient as a family, high food prices is a great incentive. My lawns are producing more than just grass and weeds now. Keep the wisdom coming!

  5. Hello Jeff! I really enjoyed your article about the Amish Lifestyle. I found it to be clear, concise, and particularly poignant. I’m a former Army Medic (Vietnam-Era) in the Allied Health Field who now adopts, promotes and promulgates an alternative to “traditional” mainstream medicine/healing. Though I presently live in Northeast Ohio, my roots extend into antiquity being that I grew up on my family’s farm (in High Point North Carolina) where smoked beef, canned vegetables/fruits and a stress-free lifestyle was the norm. Suffice it to say, my Grandfather lived to be 102 years old (World War I Veteran) and both of my parents are still alive today at 95 years apiece (World War II Veterans). Keep up the good work Jeff. I consider your articles as a ‘beacon of light’ for the wayward traveler.

  6. Not to rain on this parade but the Amish have close to the highest mental health disorders of any group. Not enough diversity in their gene pool and their treatment of their people who have mental health issues is very poor. I have done extensive study of this group, so I have first hand knowledge.



  7. Hi Jeff,

    I lived in IN and the Mennonites and Amish definitely have been wiser than most of us. Another issue to know about is they do not experience autism due to non-vaccination of their children. This is a major cause of childhood ill health and has gotten worse in the past 3 decades. This is definitely not God’s plan for His own. He created our bodies to overcome exposures to all kinds of viruses, bacteria, etc. with our amazing immune systems. We all need to pray this travesty will be destroyed with the help of informed, caring politicians.

  8. I am a reader of Amish folk and lifestyle. I truly believe they are on track to life better than us and our gadgets.
    I always enjoy learning their customs. They accept life with deep faith and firm convictions. Thanks Jeff for
    reminding us of their life style.

  9. Thanks Jeff for the article on the Amish. I think they are to be admired for the care & respect to shown to their elderly.

  10. The Amish are proof that one doesn’t have to have “stuff” in order to live a fulfilling life. We could all benefit by getting rid of all the electronic junk we have, although we can rationalize keeping most of it. Take this computer, for instance. How would I read your piece and share my somewhat feeble ideas without it? I do enjoy watching some of the hundreds of movies and TV shows I own on DVD. Darn, I envy the Amish.

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