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article imageOp-Ed: Surviving the blues freshens your gene pool

By Joie Maccarone     May 11, 2011 in Health
Toronto - You never would guess, the blues is designed to keep your gene pool freshly alive. According to Dr. Benoit Mulsant it's all about survival.
Dr. Benoit Mulsant physician- in -chief at the Toronto Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, who is also the clinical director of geriatric care at CAMH claims the blues may be the spring board into your gene pool.
How does it work? Here’s what the optimistic Dr. Mulsant has to say, “In a climate where there’s less food and less resources outside, feeling less motivated and less energetic is an advantage. You are less likely to waste your time going to look for things that aren’t there,” Right. Like a job and affordable housing, perhaps? But wait, there’s more. He makes this analogy where two male gorillas fight over a female,“If you get defeated and you keep fighting, the male gorilla will kill you. But if you submit, you preserve your energy. He may be eaten by a lion in six months, then you get the female and you pass on your genes.” That might be wishful thinking. He doesn’t say what happens if the rival survives.
Not convinced? Dr. Musant gives another analogy except this time it’s the work place which can be worst for your health.
“If you are in conflict with your boss and you keep fighting, at some point you are going to get fired and lose your job. If you lose your job, you will lose your income ... maybe you will be starving. But if you submit and stop fighting, your boss may be fired in a year and you’ll be okay.” Truly? I suppose he never read “how a bad job can be worst for your health than being unemployed”
Last month, roughly 400 doctors and researchers sat through this two day conference, conducted by Rotman Research Institute and the Kunin-Lunenfeld Applied Research Unit at Baycrest.
If these doctors learned anything - it would be to relax and hope for Dr. Musant' resignation, therefore giving them the opportunity to become the next physician- in - chief, and keep their gene pool fresh for future generations to survived the blues.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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