"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
"...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.
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
Chronic inflammation is the epidemic of the 21st century. 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 addictions.
View the evidence: Database on Autoimmune Disease Research >>>
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.
"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: The Chemistry of Success: Six Secrets of Peak Performance.
Breathing is not just for oxygen;
it’s now linked to brain function and behaviour. How we inhale and exhale, including breathing through the nose or mouth, effects our brain power.
A new study reports the rhythm of breathing through the nose sparks electrical activity in the human brain that enhances emotional judgement and memory recall.
Rhythm of Breathing Affects Memory and Fear
Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered that the rhythm of breathing creates electrical activity in the human brain that enhances emotional judgments and memory recall. . . . This discovery led scientists to ask whether cognitive functions typically associated with these brain areas — in particular fear processing and memory — could also be affected by breathing. >>> more
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. >>> more
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)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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. >>> more
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
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)". >>> more
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.