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By Scott Farmer, MS, CES, CSCS, CHFI
Over vacation I had an opportunity to read two books by Dr. Martin
Seligman. One called authentic happiness and the other learned optimism.
Both of these books had an undercurrent theme. Simply living a life of
altruisms is the greatest way to have piece of mind. In all my years as a
cardiac therapist and counselor I never fully realized the power of helping
the common good of mankind and how it could be the key to a restless mind
and sole. Knowing that you are doing something that is truly special, no
matter what you get in return can provide an inner satisfaction that no drug
or self fulfilling adventure can give you.
Did you know that research demonstrates a greater increase in
healthy hormones when we do things for other over doing things for your
self? Imagine that volunteering could actually produce better feelings, a
stronger immune system, than going on a vacation or buying you a gift. Doing
things for the betterment of our fellow human can increase quality and
quantity of life. Many people fear talking to dying patients; thinking this
type of work will produce depression. But the paradox is simple; while it
may be sad to watch, it actually decreases depression. Many of us have had
the blues in the past; I in particular have battled depression for years,
trying different medication, different therapies and reading a ton of books
without any drastic improvement. But this past week, while seeing the
devastation of a hurricane and watching this poverty stricken people work
together for the betterment of their country was something that began to
chain of reaction that I can only describe as medicinal.
On my flight home, while reading Dr. Seligman's book, a light went
on that made so much sense to me. If you ever wondered why the depression
rate has skyrocketed some 60% since WWII and why the most pronounced
professional field for developing depression is in lawyers (which I may add
surpassed physicians as the top paying field) I may be able to give to you
some insight. You see, if you microscope the research; living in a warmer
climate, making more money, having fancier cars, having a more prestigious
job have no correlation to being less likely depressed. Nor does being poor,
having an elementary job put you at greater risk of becoming depressed.
The real trick in life is to live on filled with gratification.
Gratification is a life where time seems to stand still: like reading a good
book, doing pottery, bowling with friends or playing sports. Success in
sport however had no barring on depression. So as a hockey coach I implore
all parents to celebrate the child and not the victories. A lesson I have
learned the hard way at times. Life is a continual learning experience and
continuing to make corrections as we go is a wonderful way to learn. Dr.
Maxwell Maltz, plastic surgeon and author of Psycho Cybernetics, describes a
servomechanism in all of us. Parallel to this description is what Dr.
Seligman describes as human evolution to a win win situation. We are
biologically wired to act in a natural way. Babies, like puppies, are cute
for a reason. They make it desirable to take close care of this vulnerable
living creature. Dr. Maltz says we are like a bicycle, if we are not moving
in the direction that biology has intended we simple loose balance and loose
The historical description of selling is not about profits and
bottom lines. The historical definition of selling is about providing a
service or a product that truly fulfills the needs of our human species.
One of the reasons I have chosen to leave the hospital and start a
lifestyle management business is that I was looking for more gratification.
Doing something that I so whole heartily believed in and that I could feel
good about was the only path I knew I could take.
The team of physicians that I work with, and hold the same beliefs
as I do, have made leaving a high paying job, albeit less altruistic because
administers take true human compassion away by forcing units and bottom line
philosophy even though they preach in the local papers, patients first.
Waiora has made my transition easier because now I have gratification. I am
finally doing something that I feel good about because I am helping people
in an area that all of us need help, aging.
Aging is not what I consider getting chronologically older, but a
process in which the human organism begin to falter because of environmental
factors that we can't control.
If one person feels that he/she is not familiar with how badly our
environment is, relative to our health, think only of this one startling
fact; the US is the richest nation on the earth and ranks number one in
medical service provided. However, this country is only 32 in terms of
healthy nations and we are becoming more and more depressed and anxious. The
leading demographics in increased depression/anxiety, obesity and type II
diabetes fall in our children. According the Dr. Seligman's research, the US
will soon loose its power rankings if things are not changed. We must begin
a change in paradigm where we look to prevention instead of waiting for a
cure; we should be encouraged to look for the betterment of the family,
community, and country. By taking steps, that at first glance may appear to
be going backwards but actually put us going forward, we can maintain our
status as, not being the wealthiest nation, the most nurturing and giving
nation on the planet.
Is Waiora a company that provides all this? Of course not, but
follow the sequence of events that could put things in motion. First, if we
take care of our health and provide research based products that can help
prevent disease and we can make more than enough money doing this, then we
can look to become more altruistic in our family, communities and eventually
our country. Do we have to make the money to be more altruistic? No, but by
helping people help themselves gives us the power of gratification. As I
said earlier, years or accumulative research shows that making more money is
not a buffer from depression. However, if by helping others and making money
a two fold benefit arises; you are helping people live longer healthier
lives and you are able to give back to your community any amount of the
money you like, maybe helping them start a home franchise business like
this. And some are making good money. Remember, money is not evil but greed
is. So I encourage you all that are using the products and or are selling
the products, don't be afraid to share the knowledge even if it means money
in your pocket. But remember, the money you earn is never going to create
the gratification that comes with helping others.
Please share with all your friends and encourage them to visit our
website at http://www.agingyouthfully.net
Scott M Farmer MS. CSCS., CES
Minnesota Health Fitness and Sports ™
President and Owner
Exercise Physiologist and Strength Coach
Certified Cardiac Therapist
State Certified Smoking Cessation Counselor
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Scott holds a master's degree in exercise physiology. He is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and as a Clinical Exercise Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine. Scott has also studied hockey specific training under Peter Twist, an eleven-year veteran strength conditioning coach for the Vancouver Canucks.
Athletically, Scott has played and trained in sports for over 30 years; having played High School, College, Semi-Pro and Amateur baseball. He has coached athletes from the little league level up to high school and is a certified hockey coach with USA Hockey TM
Scott Farmer MS, CSCS, CES (Coordinator)
Bachelor Degree in Exercise Physiology. University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 1990
Master Degree in Exercise Physiology with an emphasis cardiac rehab and counseling. Old Dominion University, Norfolk VA 1992
Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist. American College of Sports Medicine 1994 to present
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. National Strength and Conditioning Association 2001 to present
Board member of Minnesota Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (MNACVPR) 1994 to 2004
President of MNACVPR 1996
Cardiac Therapist/Clinical Cardiology 1992 to 2005
Owner of Minnesota Health, Fitness and Sports org. 2002
Smoking Cessation counselor 1995 to present
Minnesota state smoking cessation counselor 2003 to present
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