Life and Health - Insights and Solutions.
Is Health Our Choice?
In this urban world we are dependant on each other and generally attempt to live as a cooperative and civil society with a degree of social equity. However most
of the population is squeezed between the competition for power and the control of resources which creates tensions and new cultural diseases undermining our health.
Tension is a response to life that we call stress and it is created by the nervous system, this tension travels to every atom and particle of the body
causing imbalances in the autonomic nervous and endocrine systems. Eight-nine percent (89%) of all ailments are stress-born as blood pressure,
cardiovascular diseases, and asthma are all known as stress-borne diseases, learn more.
Moses gave us the ten commandments as a formula for social and political harmony, and all religions have gospels of peace and cooperation so that we may
live peaceably with less stress, but unfortunately there are no societies able to fully live by this guide and perhaps the
greatest disease is the greed and desire to rise above one's fellow man. Within democracies, we cherish the ideal of equal opportunity and freedom, however this
is mostly within social classes or casts, and as the rich get richer the numbers of poor increase.
In governance, might believes it is right and the policies of profits before people are evident across the globe as water, food and shelter have ceased to be
human rights and along with healthcare and education have become commodities instead of tools to create a healthy existence for our entire species and not just a
A bacteria causing fear and death in Germany and now spreading throughout Europe
The Decline of Health Care
In New Zealand as with many other countries, health care has become a commodity and the citizens consumers who are increasingly ill informed despite the
improvements in information technology.
Perhaps our biggest disease is apathy, we are far more concerned with paying off the latest gadget than being interested in the declining state of our nation
despite the warning signs such as the sharp decline in fertility and the increasing expense of health care and education.
The cost living is increasing and while business focus is on the price of oil, what affects most people is the increasing cost of food healthcare and education.
For the affluent, this means little, but for the average citizen it has far reaching consequences. As the cost of living rises, one area people often seek
to make savings in is with food.
Despite the escalating costs, it is often necessary that rents, mortgages and transportation are maintained and it is often food that families will cut
However in hard times, while a few will simply eat a little less, the majority will endeavour to consume the same volume, but will try to cut costs by buying
less expensive foods.
While it is important to shop around, as often you will find fruits, vegetables and meats on special or cheaper that at other stores, many of the cheaper
processed foods from breads though to canned goods and meat products may be of very poor quality or even detrimental to your families health.
Many processed foods are laden with preservatives and fillers with very little food value and they may be manufactured from residues of the original products
or leftovers from another manufacturing process and an even worse probability is that cheap processed food may be made with genetically modified products or
contaminated with agricultural and industrial chemicals.
The food manufacturing industry is feeling the downturn in the economy the same as everyone else and many companies are totally unscrupulous as a manufacturer
in China who made imitation eggs. These eggs looked real, but would have caused stomach upset had they been eaten. BBC Documentary June 2008
The Hidden Consequences
While consuming cheap foods may help to stretch your dollar further, the consequences of poor quality foods will be gradual reduction in the quality of
life, a higher incidence of disease and a lower life expectancy.
Surviving hard times
Establish the goal of self sufficiency - one of the fist things to do is to begin growing some of your own food and cooperating with your neighbours to
produce and share food and recourses.
Herbs and fresh leafy greens are easy to grow and they can be grown in small garden plots and in containers on balconies. Fresh herbs provide flavour as well
as vitamins and mineral and have a mild therapeutic value.
Common weeds such as dandelion, chick weed, purslane and fat hen, even some garden flowers can be eaten and look for other wild foods specific you your
When preparing food, up to 50% can be bulk, i.e. grains like rice, quinoa and buckwheat, and tubers like potato,
kumara (sweet potato) & yams. Tubers are very easy to grow.
Food for thought:
The only absolute certainty is that of a closed mind
According to A World Health Organisation report, over 80% of the worlds
population relies on traditional medicines which are largely plant based
for their primary healthcare needs.
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What's Afflicting Us:
Pompholox is a debilitating affliction of the hands and feet. No one
knows the cause, but allergies certainly play a role and with patience and
perseverance, the condition can be overcome
Also known as canker sores, these sores in the mouth appear on the soft
tissues inside the mouth, most commonly in young adults aged 15 - 25 and
affect women more than men,
One of the worlds oldest traditional medicine systems
This epidemic failed to ignite, but the cause may have been corporate
greed as is traced in this
BBC audio documentary.
Pack your swim suit and sunscreen for an idyllic holiday in the sun,
We are what we eat and it is our fundamental right to be able to have access
to natural organic foods that have not been chemically or
genetically changed or
irradiated, and to access nutritional supplements to help
balance and strengthen our metabolism.