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Health Matters Overview ...
"In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person
complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed,
they would ask one of four questions:
When did you stop dancing?
When did you stop singing?
When did you stop being enchanted by stories?
When did you stop being comforted
by the sweet territory of silence?
"

Gabrielle Roth

relax"...people feel less stressed—even when they're really busy— if they're able to live out personal values that matter to their life. Whatever your values are, if you don't get to practice them its hard to feel calm."
– Michelle Carlstrom, Johns Hopkins University.
By adopting your own personal stress-busters, the chaos of life can become a lot more manageable. But how to start? Carlstrom says relaxed people take an inventory of how they deal with stress and then figure out healthy strategies to balance out coping mechanisms that aren't beneficial."
7 Habits of Calm People" by Lindsay Holmes

We each need to do our own research.
We need to become your own health maintenance detective.
We need to listen to our own body-language
because every body is different.

Health equity is a human right
Article 25 (1) UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948):
Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
Work with your preferred health care providers to determine how best to achieve optimal health and always check with your health care provider before taking a supplement, especially when combining or substituting them with other foods or medicine. Be wary of processed 'food-like' products which bear no resemblance to real food. They're full of sugars and synthetic food additives that have been scientifically proven to cause metabolic dysfunction and other health problems, not to mention food addiction.

E.g. Colon and rectal cancers are rising in young people.
New JNCI findings are a wakeup call!
Gen-Xers and Millennials need to reassess their lifestyle choices, as the ramifications of poor diet and sedentary lifestyle are now impacting people in their 20s and 30s.

"Chew your drink and drink your food."
– Mahatma Gandhi

Digestion begins in your mouth:
The slower you chew, the less you are inclined to eat
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'Speed eating' or gorging and binge eating contributes to unhealthy weight gain and indigestion.

Unchewed food particles are not welcome in your stomach
Parents often encourage the gulping-down habit by telling their children to hurry up and finish their meal. Leptin, ghrelin and cholestokinnen hormones, which signal satiation, reach their peak about 30 minutes after food is ingested.

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We're not just a product of our human cells.
We’re a product of our microbiome as well.

The Human Genome Project, launched in 1990 and completed in 2003, was an international project coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Institutes of Health with goals:
~ identify all the approximately 20,500 genes in human DNA,
~ determine the sequences of the 3 billion chemical base pairs that make up human DNA,
~ store this information in databases,
~ improve tools for data analysis,
~ transfer related technologies to the private sector, and
~ address the ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSI) that may arise from the project.


The HGP produced radical new insights, such as the major discovery that
(i) the human body consists of far fewer genes than previously believed,
(ii) our genes are also shaped by 'foreign' bacteria and other microbes in our body,
(iii) these genes do not function as expected.

Analysis of the data will continue for many years. >>> more

"We are all healers, and with love and sympathy in our natures we are also able to help anyone who really desires health. Seek for the outstanding mental conflict in the patient, give him the remedy that will assist him to overcome that particular fault, and all the encouragement and hope you can, and then the healing virtue within him will of itself do all the rest."
Dr Edward Bach, English pathologist & bacteriologist

Chronic inflammation is the epidemic of the 21st century.
An inappropriate diet consisting of high glycemic, high glucose foods as well as indigestible foods causing food intolerances are responsible for creating inflammation in the blood stream. An inflammation condition will also exacerbate other health problems and compromise recovery. Aging, in itself, brings on potential inflammation and pain. It goes without saying that whatever will eliminate inflammation, not only supports the body to heal but also becomes an essential part of an effective anti-aging program.

View the evidence:
Database on Autoimmune Disease
Research
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pH balance is all about managing oxygen in the body.
That body pH imbalance is the primary cause of disease and premature aging is not a new idea. Physical movement, in fresh air, oxygenates the body – all movement: laughing, dancing, walking, running, yoga, tai chi, sports, etc.

pH range

See dedicated page on maintaining pH balance here.

"Paying attention to acid-alkaline balance (or pH Balance) is one of the most crucial ways you can affect your health status. It impacts immunity, digestion, bone strength, symptoms of joint disease, hormones, and the function of essential internal organs." – Susan Lark, M.D., co-author of The Chemistry of Success: Six Secrets of Peak Performance.

Acid pH leads to premature ageing

We now know that the human metabolism produces highly acidic wastes, and if these are not eliminated properly acidosis occurs, which then leads to major health breakdown. But there is another fundamental outcome: symptoms of ageing are also caused by inefficient excretion of acidic waste. Excess acidic waste gradually accumulates in capillary blood vessels, slowly clogging them and depriving them of oxygen and essential nutrients. Remember, the skin is an organ too, and the consequence of slow organ deterioration is premature ageing.

When does premature ageing begin?
Babies remain alkaline while breast-feeding, but they will be susceptible to acidosis as soon as they are given solid foods. Thus, ageing begins when a child is weaned. An unborn child draws nutrients from the mother's alkaline minerals. This explains why pregnant women are advised to take nutrient supplements to sustain their energy and appetite.

Reduce acidosis to enjoy a long life.
If acidosis is a contributor to ageing, then the answer to longer and more youthful life must lie in the elimination of acidic wastes. Humans are made up of about 50 billion cells, which must maintain pH balance in order to stay alive. According to pioneering cell biologist Dr. Bruce Lipton, each cell has its own brain, and its own digestive, reproductive, and elimination system, which secrete acidic metabolic wastes. Maintaining pH balance is the best way to prevent illness over a long life of good health and vitality.
Bruce Lipton released his best-selling book, The Biology of Belief to the public domain last year, on the 10th anniversary.
Download the free pdf here.

Regular monitoring of pH is worthwhile, especially since the body is affected by feelings and stresses as much as diet, and multistrips are an accurate tool.

See dedicated page on maintaining pH balance here.

Exercising to relax
Published: February, 2011
Harvard Medical School Blog
Rest and relaxation. It's such a common expression that it has become a clich. And although rest really can be relaxing, the pat phrase causes many men to overlook the fact that exercise can also be relaxing. It's true for most forms of physical activity as well as for specific relaxation exercises.
Exercise is a form of physical stress. Can physical stress relieve mental stress? Alexander Pope thought so: "Strength of mind is exercise, not rest." Plato agreed: "Exercise would cure a guilty conscience." You'll think so, too — if you learn to apply the physical stress of exercise in a controlled, graded fashion.
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We need to understand the massive health related 'symptoms' of
socio-economic disruption in order to find comprehensive solutions.

Must see: "Our Stolen Future - Revisited 15 Years Later, presented by Dr. John Peterson Myers, Founder, CEO and Chief Scientist of Environmental Services, a co-author of "Our Stolen Future: Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence, and Survival? A Scientific Detective Story" (1996)
by Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski, and John Peterson Myers.

EXCERPT:
In essence, the core of it was looking at how exposure in the womb to contaminants that behave like hormones altered development and then leads, subsequently, to diseases later in life. … (1:00) What this book did, most importantly, it helped stimulate hundreds of millions of dollars for research – by governments around the world – into asking some of the questions we, and other scientists at the time, were asking:

“Now we know something is happening, what is happening?"

Our book was full of questions. It acknowledged the uncertainty. But in the outpouring of results - and tens of thousands of articles have been written about endocrine disruption in the peer reviewed literature since we published as a result of the investigations – we really know a lot more. But what I thought I would do today would be to rise up to 30,000 feet — above the scientific plane — and tell you about some core themes that have emerged out of that scientific literature.
(1:55)  

American health statistics deserve our attention:
Impacts of "fast-food" – processed, chemically laden, GMO – environmental contaminants and pharmaceuticals.

– What developed country has the lowest probability of survival to the age of 50? America.“The United States is among the wealthiest nations in the world, but it is far from the healthiest." ... "This disadvantage has been getting worse for three decades, especially among women.
Institute of medicine and national research council, January 2013 (pdf).

– The 4th leading cause of death in the US
is due to the adverse effects of pharmaceuticals properly prescribed by doctors in hospitals. Now over 110,000+ deaths/ year.
Barbara Starfield, (John Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health),
“Is US Health Really the Best in the World?, Journal of American Medical Association, July 26, 2000, 284(4):483-5.

– #1 cause of bankruptcy in American is medical debt.
Estimated over 750,000 (90% from Middle class families - 75% with health insurance.

Elizabeth Warren, et al. (2007), Medical Bankruptcy in the United States: Results of National Study, The American Journal of Medicine
(2009) 122, 741- 746

Abstract
Our 2001 study in 5 states found that medical problems contributed to at least 46.2% of all bankruptcies. Since then, health costs and the numbers of un- and underinsured have increased, and bankruptcy laws have tightened.

Methods
We surveyed a random national sample of 2314 bankruptcy filers in 2007, abstracted their court records, and interviewed 1032 of them. We designated bankruptcies as “medical” based on debtors' stated reasons for filing, income loss due to illness, and the magnitude of their medical debts.

Results
Using a conservative definition, 62.1% of all bankruptcies in 2007 were medical; 92% of these medical debtors had medical debts over $5000, or 10% of pretax family income. The rest met criteria for medical bankruptcy because they had lost significant income due to illness or mortgaged a home to pay medical bills. Most medical debtors were well educated, owned homes, and had middle-class occupations. Three quarters had health insurance. Using identical definitions in 2001 and 2007, the share of bankruptcies attributable to medical problems rose by 49.6%. In logistic regression analysis controlling for demographic factors, the odds that a bankruptcy had a medical cause was 2.38-fold higher in 2007 than in 2001.

Conclusions
Illness and medical bills contribute to a large and increasing share of US bankruptcies.

The Role of Epigenetics
Until very recent times, it was believed that genes were self-regulating and were therefore the direct cause of various diseases. We know now that genes are not self-regulating. Now that the role of epigenetics in health and disease is clearer, this field of study could eventually supplant the current medical paradigm. The idea that one can have "bad genes" is no longer supported by science. Genes are now understood to be blueprints that are activated and controlled by their environment— including diet, exposure to toxins, as well as thoughts and emotions—which creates innumerable variations from each blueprint, allowing for vast array of variatons and modifications in the expression or "read-out" of each gene!
(Epigenesis – biology – defined)

The Power of Food as Medicine

Scientists are beginning to recognize the impact of nutrition in maintaining health and preventing chronic disease.
"To anyone who is well-versed in alternative medicine, this is simply common sense. But many are still in denial about the power each individual wields over their own health, and that preventing disease and even treating disease can be as simple as modifying your diet and lifestyle—essentially, altering the environment of your body, to provide the best, most health promoting growth medium possible for all your cells."
– Dr. Joseph Mercola >>> more

Trade Secrets: Bill Moyers' Report
The chemical revolution of the past 50 years has altered nearly every aspect of our lives. Many of the products we rely upon every day – from plastic bags to computers – would not exist without synthetic chemicals. Most of us believe the chemicals in consumer products have been tested and approved by some government agency. In fact, until they are proven harmful, most chemicals are presumed safe.

No one today can avoid synthetic chemicals, but there are steps that people can take – in their homes and their communities – to lessen their exposures to the most hazardous compounds. The first step is knowledge. "Right-to-Know" laws have made it possible for citizens to identify specific companies that release the most toxic chemicals identified by the EPA, although efforts to discover what products may contain these chemicals have been largely thwarted. In this special investigation, Bill Moyers reveals secrets the chemical industry has kept hidden for almost fifty years.
>>> more on Trade Secrets

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The False Advertising Industry!

The Natural effect
Taking 100% Natural to a whole other level
Excerpt: … Scientists were recently able to take the genes from bug-killing bacteria and cross 'em with the genes of corn to make the corn "pest resistant" …. People think this is unnatural. Well, right now, it's on the shelves as 100% Natural. … But genetically combining 2 organisms - that's 200% natural.

Toxic Personal Care Products
In 2004, a six-month study was done about personal care product use.
More than 10,000 body care product ingredients were evaluated, involving 2,300 participants. One of the findings was that the average adult uses nine personal care products each day, containing 126 different chemicals. The study also found that more than 250,000 women, and one out of every 100 men, use an average of 15 products daily. E.g. Deodorants and antiperspirants — Shampoos and conditioners — Shaving gel — Toothpaste — Lotions and sunscreens — Make-up / cosmetics — Pharmaceutical drugs — Food additives

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently published a list of the 12 worst hormone-disrupting chemicals you may be coming into contact with on a regular basis. As stated in their report:
“There is no end to the tricks that endocrine disruptors can play on our bodies: increasing production of certain hormones; decreasing production of others; imitating hormones; turning one hormone into another; interfering with hormone signaling; telling cells to die prematurely; competing with essential nutrients; binding to essential hormones; accumulating in organs that produce hormones.”
Use the EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database to research the potential toxicity of ingredients.
Beware that products boasting "all-natural" labels can still contain harmful chemicals, so be sure to check the full list of ingredients.

Navigating through deceitful product claims and empty promises:
"If you can't eat it, don't put it on your skin."

Truth in skincare
Dr. David, M.D. –
Searching for truth in the skincare industry.
Dr. David's website is dedicated to consumer awareness and education

Excerpts:
I'd like to discuss what I call camouflage ingredients and landmark ingredients.
With the knowledge of these 2 important ingredient types, you'll know if you're holding a jar of gold... or toxic sludge. ...
Camouflage ingredients are ingredients listed on a label to either
1. embellish the formula's ingredient list or
2. hide the actual active ingredients used in the product.
... It's a good thing that companies protect their formulas, after all, if they created it, they should have a right to profit from it and keep others from copying them. However, this is not the most truthful representation of the product's contents.
This does become an issue in at least 2 cases:
1. When companies misrepresent their product as containing a wealth of "valuable" ingredients, but, in reality, they might hardly be found in the product. All you need is a microscopic sprinkling, shall we say, and then you can list it.
2. When a consumer reacts to a product, but, unfortunately, won't know to exactly what ingredient they were allergic to.
See Examples
... >>> more

There's an APP . . .
for better food
& cosmetics choices
The Chemical Maze was written to make it simpler and easier to recognise additives and ingredients in foods and cosmetics.
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Chemical Maze

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Nanotechnology
Scientists debate the future implications of nanotechnology. Nanotechnology may be able to create many new materials and devices with a vast range of applications, such as in medicine, electronics, biomaterials and energy production. On the other hand, nanotechnology raises many of the same issues as any new technology, including concerns about the toxicity and environmental impact of nanomaterials and their potential effects on global economics, as well as speculation about various doomsday scenarios. These concerns have led to a debate among advocacy groups and governments on whether special regulation of nanotechnology is warranted. >>> more

Follow the Friends of the Earth (FoE) nanotechnology project.
Further:
The Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) code does not require
nanoparticles to be declared on labelling.

E.g. Nano-titanium dioxide (E171) can be simply described as the conventional-sized type and as "Colour (171)". Nano-silica (E551) can be listed as the conventional version and as "Anti-caking agent (551)".
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REPORT
Nanoparticles being used in food

Professor Thomas Faunce, from the Australian National University's College of Law and College of Medicine, said the Friends of the Earth's research exposed FSANZ's safety claims as "a sham, a lie". He said at the very least companies should be required to declare nanoparticles on food labelling so that shoppers can make an informed choice, like in the European Union.

New research shows evidence of widespread use of nano ingredients in popular food products despite the Food Standards regulator claiming there is no need to test for particles.

A human hair is about 100,000 nanometers wide. Nanoparticles are typically less than 100 nanometres and are used to stretch the shelf life and improve the texture of food. There is no conclusive evidence that nano-titanium dioxide, which whitens and brightens, and nano-silica, which prevents caking, are completely safe to eat. They have been shown to interfere with the immune system and cause cell damage.
...
FSANZ has previously told federal Parliament it was not aware of nanomaterials being used in food. It said it had not conducted testing or surveyed food makers and importers to determine whether nanoparticles were in food. It said there was no evidence to justify using resources to determine the presence of nanomaterials. It also said there was no inventory of nanomaterials for use in foods in Australia. FSANZ said it has recently engaged a leading toxicologist to undertake a review of nanotechnology in food and expects the report at the end of this year. It was criticised by health campaigners last November for deciding to exclude nanomaterials from its review of chemical migration from packaging into food.
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