Repairing The Damage

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Behind most of the bad things we do to our bodies as adults--eat too much, drink too much, fret too much, veg out too much--are two contradictory ideas we carry with us from childhood. On the one hand, we assume that we are indestructible. And on the other, we think that any damage we inflict on our delicate biological systems can be undone later, when we finally decide to clean up our act.

If the evidence for how wrong the first idea is isn't apparent when you stand naked in front of the mirror, just wait. Or, if you can't wait,...

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