"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.
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.
"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. '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.
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
"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 >>>
Traditional healing modalities China:According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the kidney system goes far beyond the role of the physical kidneys as defined by western medicine. The kidney system provides the root of our overall energy and has a large influence over our development. This begins while we are still in the womb and continues to influence how well we age throughout our life. >>> more
India:Key concepts of India's ancient Ayurvedic medicine include universal interconnectedness (among people, their health, and the universe), the body’s constitution, and life forces, which are often compared to the biologic humors of the ancient Greek system.>>> more
Europe:The Irish School of Herbal Medicine focuses on the use of organic, plant based and living food programmes, herbal medicines, and environmental and lifestyle awareness. ... to facilitate the rebirth of western herbalism as it was practiced in a time when people lived more in harmony with the natural environment. >>> more
We need to understand the health related 'symptoms' of socio-economic disruption in order to find comprehensive solutions.
Must see: an informative update presented by one of the authors 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)
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 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.
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.
The Fountain of Youth:
Human Lifespan – longevity – immortality
Febuary 2016 "...removal of stagnant cells also showed a reverse in the signs of aging."
Did Scientists Just Discover ... How To Dramatically Extend Human Lifespan?
By Steven Maxwell Could it be possible that medical researchers from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine have found the secret of the “fountain of youth” while experimenting with the genetics of mice?>>> more
May 2015 Regulating age research Age-associated accumulation of somatic mutations in mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) has been proposed to be responsible for the age-associated mitochondrial respiration defects found in elderly human subjects.
See the study in NATURE (PDF): Epigenetic regulation of the nuclear-coded GCAT and SHMT2 genes confers human age-associated mitochondrial respiration defect.
May 2015 Japanese researchers reverse aging Professor Jun-Ichi Hayashi has found that the regulation of two genes involved with the production of glycine, the smallest and simplest amino acid, is partly responsible for some of the characteristics of aging.
"The issue may not be that mitochondrial DNA become damaged, but rather that genes get turned "off" or "on" over time. Most intriguing, the team led by Professor Jun-Ichi Hayashi was able to flip the switches on a few genes back to their youthful position, effectively reversing the aging process." >>> more
Immortality... reality? Imagine a life spanning more than a century, in good health –
and packed with several careers.
How long do you want to live? A century? Or longer? There's a concerted effort underway within science and medicine to push the boundaries of the human lifespan to as long as a thousand years. At the 2011 Adelaide Festival of Ideas, three panellists explore how long humans might conceivably be able to live - and the implications for the planet.
"If you look at the surveys on happiness and life-satisfaction they are a U-shaped curve with the low point at about in the 40s. And then they increase as you get older. There is no evidence that people find life boring or uninteresting though they find disease and disability painful and want to be rid of it."
Professor Julian Savulescu, director of neuro-ethics and the Institute for Science and Ethics at University of Oxford.
Humans age in 7 basic ways, all of which can be averted. Aubrey de Grey, Cambridge biomedical gerontologist argues that aging is a curable disease and challenges the most basic assumption underlying the human condition —that aging is inevitable. DeGrey argues instead that aging is a disease —one that can be cured if it's approached as "an engineering problem." Hence, Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS).
Read a July 2013 interview with Dr. DeGrey
In 2011, Dr. Aubrey de Grey inherited roughly $16.5 million on the death of his mother.
Of this he assigned $13 million to fund the SENS Research Foundation:
Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS)
Dr. De Grey's plan calls for identifying all the components that
cause human tissue to age, and designing remedies for each of them
– forestalling disease and eventually pushing back death.
DeGrey's 7 types of aging damage
Mutations – in Chromosomes causing cancer due to nuclear mutations/epimutations:
These are changes to the nuclear DNA (nDNA), the molecule that contains our genetic information, or to proteins which bind to the nDNA. Certain mutations can lead to cancer, and, according to de Grey, non-cancerous mutations and epimutations do not contribute to aging within a normal lifespan, so cancer is the only endpoint of these types of damage that must be addressed.
Mitochondria are components in our cells that are important for energy production. They contain their own genetic material, and mutations to their DNA can affect a cell's ability to function properly. Indirectly, these mutations may accelerate many aspects of aging.
Junk – inside of cells, aka intracellular aggregates:
Our cells are constantly breaking down proteins and other molecules that are no longer useful or which can be harmful. Those molecules which can't be digested simply accumulate as junk inside our cells. Atherosclerosis, macular degeneration and all kinds of neurodegenerative diseases (such as Alzheimer's disease) are associated with this problem.
Junk – outside of cells, aka extracellular aggregates:
Harmful junk protein can also accumulate outside of our cells. The amyloid senile plaque seen in the brains of Alzheimer's patients is one example.
Cells – too few, aka cellular loss:
Some of the cells in our bodies cannot be replaced, or can only be replaced very slowly – more slowly than they die. This decrease in cell number causes the heart to become weaker with age, and it also causes Parkinson's disease and impairs the immune system
This is a phenomenon where the cells are no longer able to divide, but also do not die and let others divide. They may also do other things that they're not supposed to, like secreting proteins that could be harmful. Cell senescence has been proposed as cause or consequence of type 2 diabetes. Immune senescence is also caused by this.
Extracellular protein crosslinks:
Cells are held together by special linking proteins. When too many cross-links form between cells in a tissue, the tissue can lose its elasticity and cause problems including arteriosclerosis and presbyopia.
Dr. de Grey’s book "Ending Aging" (2008) outlines seven strategies for ending aging, which are based on seven causes of aging he has identified:
Each strategy program of Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence is given a distinctive “SENS” name, as follows:
AmyloSENS (extracellular junk) – Aging leads to an accumulation of junk outside of cells, the most notorious example of which is the amyloid plaque that is believed to cause Alzheimer’s disease. AmyloSENS would attempt to use the immune system to eliminate amyloid and other damaging extracellular junk.
ApoptoSENS (cell senescence) – Cells that become old and no longer divide (senescent cells) produce inflammatory substances that contribute to many of the diseases of aging. ApoptoSENS would eliminate senescent cells by inducing such cells to “commit suicide” (apoptosis).
GlycoSENS (extracellular crosslinks) – Proteins form cross-links with sugars (glycation) as tissues age. As a result of this crosslinking, tissues lose suppleness, becoming stiff and full of fibrous material. GlycoSENS seeks enzymes that will selectively breakdown these harmful crosslinks.
LysoSENS (intracellular junk) – Waste material of various kinds (“junk”) that is formed within cells is often broken down by a specialized organelle called the lysosome, which contains enzymes for that purpose. Unfortunately, some junk (proteins, fats, metals, etc.) cannot be broken down by normal lysosome enzymes, and this junk accumulates with age. The goal of LysoSENS is to develop and provide additional enzymes to the lysosomes that would break down more forms of junk molecules.
MitoSENS (mitochondrial mutations) – Mitochondria generate energy for cells, but in doing so they generate large amounts of free radicals. A prime target for these free radicals is the DNA within the mitochondria that controls mitochondrial function. MitoSENS seeks to make copies of mitochondrial DNA in the DNA of the cell nucleus, where it would be a safe distance from the damaging free radicals produced within the mitochondria.
OncoSENS (cancer-causing nuclear mutations/epimutations) – Most forms of cancer utilize the enzyme telomerase to maintain long telomeres (the caps of chromosomes that keep them functional). OncoSENS proposes to eliminate telomerase as a means of controlling cancer. Telomeres are needed by stem cells, but OncoSENS would replace this need by a program of tissue replacement (RepleniSENS).
RepleniSENS (cell loss and atrophy) – With age, cells are lost or atrophy, thereby causing tissues to stop functioning properly. RepleniSENS would utilize stem cell therapies to restore cells and tissues.
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
Your Gut Health is Essential
to Your Well-being Dr Joseph Mercola Interviews
Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride,
• Your gut serves as your second brain, and even produces more serotonin—known to have a beneficial influence on your mood—than your brain does. It is also home to countless bacteria, both good and bad. These bacteria outnumber the cells in your body by at least 10 to one, and maintaining the ideal balance of good and bad bacteria forms the foundation for good health—physical, mental and emotional.
• Most disease originates in your digestive system. This includes both physical and mental disease. Once you heal and seal your gut lining, and make your digestive system work properly again, disease symptoms will typically resolve.
Interview Excerpts Any dysfunction of the brain is usually connected to what's going on in the digestive system. ...Hippocrates made a statement that all diseases begin in the gut. The more we learn now with all our modern scientific tools, the more we realize just how correct he was. ...we're talking about all forms of autoimmunity and inflammatory diseases and conditions, such as: Multiple sclerosis, Type 1 diabetes, Rheumatoid arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Lupus, Crohn's disease, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic skin conditions, Kidney problems, Urinary conditions, Allergic and atopic conditions, Degenerative conditions, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), Inflammatory bowel diseases.
Once you heal and seal your gut lining, and once you make your digestive system healthy and working properly again, you'll be surprised how many various symptoms in your body originated from your digestive system. Most [symptoms] start disappearing, because the health and the disease are usually born inside your digestive system. That's where they originate from."
– Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride explains. >>> 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 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.
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.