Health means Wellness. Wellness encompasses your physical, mental, and emotional fitness. Surely, those rioting in the streets and babbling incomprehensible tag-lines can not be mentally fit. They cry about inequality but how many of them have actually witnessed or inexperienced what that really looks and feels like. Do they know how to fix it!??
Poverty does not cause illness. But people who live in poverty are generally weak in spirit - meaning they often lack the knowledge or motivation to gain the knowledge to better their situation. That is cultural, generational, and nutritional. It is a learned and conditioned experience. I grew up in extreme poverty and saw full generations of it's effect. It's not about the money. If you throw money at people conditioned to live poorly, they will spend it quickly (on the items they've been conditioned to want!) and remain poor.
Along those lines - it is important to constantly divide us. Women versus Men. White versus black. Russian versus American. Old versus Young. Christian versus Muslim.
We are not separate from each other. None of us. How we are different is in our programming - how we have been conditioned to behave, our level of awareness, willingness to work/change, and our inherent skills (which vary by interests/innate abilities - not race or gender.) All of these things can be changed!
We all have the potential to do better and be more. Emotional and Mental health can not be understated, but are so personal to our experiences (and the people that have shaped our lives) that they must be tackled individually.
Physical health is so important that it drives a substantial amount of our overall health and it's effects (good or bad) can spill into all other areas. And this is the issue that predominates so much of our daily news and conversations.
How can we have optimal physical health? This is where the rabbit hole begins. If you start to really ask this question, you will find yourself on a multi-decade quest through dubious science, conflicting information, and down-right sabotage.
It seems as though the "system" we have in place is designed to keep us from being physically well. I have been reading through this information for years and have learned to never read headline news or pay attention to "fads." I do, however, read many published studies. As a biochemist and former employee of the pharmaceutical industry, I know what to look for. Where are the scientists cheating? Fudging? Where are the biases? What are the intentions? It's nasty out there. And sometimes there's really good science.
If you want a peek at some very interesting takes on the science of physical health - I suggest you take a peek at a few of these blogs:
Marks Daily Apple
Free the Animal
Weston A Price Foundation
The reason I suggest these blogs is not because they have all the answers - but because these people are free-thinkers. They challenge the status quo - look into the science, and try their best to encourage better wellness for all. You will gain much by reading any of these sites. Keep in mind that we all start "somewhere." If you read through the history of these blogs (meaning, start at the beginning and keep going forward) you will see the evolution in each of these writers. They each started in different places, but they constantly progress.
You will never have all the the answers. You will never "solve" the issues of health & wellness, and you may find a lot of conflicting information (even in really well designed science!) But you can derive pretty good hints at what's key.
- We are all unique. Nothing works for everyone. Low-carb/Low Fat may help your friend and be detrimental to you.
- You must be open to experimentation. Try things. If they work, keep them. If they don't, ditch them.
- Real Food should make up the majority of your intake. Real food is food that has not been changed from its original form. Potatoes versus potato chips. Milk from cows versus soy milk. Fruits versus fruit snacks.
- Make food that was grown under ethical standards (and in line with the organism's natural way of life) a priority. Pasture raised animals are raised in better accordance with their natural inclinations - and there are big differences in the macro/micronutrients of their flesh. Plants grown in mineral rich soils without the use of pesticides/herbicides/artificial fertilizers may provide better nutrition to your body.
- Avoid pollution, concentrated chemicals, heavy metals, toxic fumes.
- Move your body EVERY day. Motion is lotion for joints. It keeps your lymphatic system operating, and it keeps your mitochondria active!
- Lift heavy things - and keep lifting heavy things for the rest of your life. This can mean weight lifting, body weight exercise, lifting beehives, gardening, and more! Make it fun and don't over do it. You do not have to constantly progress to higher and higher weights. You do need to lift heavy enough to maintain your strength - both bones and muscles!
- Get outside. Get sunlight. Sunlight is important for eye health (see the studies in Thailand where children were exposed to sunlight in order to cure/reduce myopia!) Sunlight is important for skin health. Sunlight is important for hormone regulation, mood, muscle/bone mass, and so much more!
- Laugh and Have fun!
- Remember why you are HERE in the first place. Get out and experience life. Want to do something - then do it!
- Do not harm other living things. Choose your actions carefully to enjoy your life without impeding the life of others.
- Always be learning. Your brain is much like your muscles - USE IT OR LOSE IT!
- Most disease is caused by "inflammation." In fact, most diseases are just different symptoms of inflammation. They were classified into different diseases so that we could be sold drugs to treat them. Read up on the history here: Western Diseases Their Emergence and Prevention.
- Find your purpose - what do you love? What makes you unique? Head in that direction and things will more easily fall into place.
- Pay attention to vitamins and minerals. Read up on the most mineral/vitamin dense foods and include them in your diet. Do not take supplements except for short term gaps/needs. Most are not what they say they are and having excess of any one supplement is apt to do harm.
- Massage yourself regularly. You can do this with a foam roller, hard tennis ball, broom stick (painful, but effective) or through the use of your hands or those of a loved one.
- Find "your people." These include people that love you no matter what and those that have similar interests - that you are happy to spend time with!
- Get rid of things you don't need and resist buying more of them. Determine what you really need versus want. Determine why you "want" them in the first place.
- Never read fashion magazines. They are garbage. They recycle/rehash the same tired material from year to year. They are full of commercials and images designed to make you feel bad. And if you feel bad, then you will seek out a remedy. Like a new outfit. Like a new perfume. Or any other garbage they are trying to convince you to buy!
- Never stop working. This does not mean working forever at a job you hate. It means, never stop working. Have hobbies, interests, side jobs for the rest of your life. If you stop working and do nothing, you will degenerate. Our bodies are always in a state of growing/decaying. Eventually, age takes it's toll, but you can slow the decay by keeping up the growth (intellectually, physically, mentally, and spiritually!)
- If you eat animals, eat all of them. Do not be wasteful. Eat the organs, the skin, the bones (in the form of bone broth or marrow.) This is how our ancestors kept their health - by eating all things in proportion - not just the muscle meats.
- Eat "less" meat. Meat is healthy for us and provides vitamins/minerals we can NOT get from plants. But it should not be all we eat. If you want to eat less meat for ethical reasons -consider eating larger animals like beef, bison, elk, venison, pork. These animals generate more meat per animal. What this means is - you are responsible for less death per pound of meat. I can feed my family of 4, 3 full meals using one chicken (and I use ALL of it.) I can feed my family over 300 meals with one cow (probably more!) Assuming we eat 1 meat meal every day - that would mean one cow would last my family almost or maybe an entire year. Over 100 chickens would need to die to feed my family for a year. Think about it.
- Think about food in it's natural form before you eat it. For example, grabbing an apple to eat is more in-line with it's natural form than eating applesauce. Keep this in mind, especially for things like vegetable oils and flours. In nature, you would have to gather thousands of wheat seeds to grind enough flour to make cakes, crackers, and breads. Think about how many seeds have to be pressed to make vegetable oil. Is that something you could have naturally done without industrialization?
- Give back. Plant trees for the next generation. Clean up garbage when you see it. Help someone who is hurting. Share your skills. Share your time. Spend time with the people that matter to you. Give of yourself.
- Eat food you enjoy. Do not waste your life eating food that tastes horrible or makes you feel bad. Yes, fast food might be "fast," but how does your body feel after eating it? Make most of your food "good food" and choose your treats carefully. Make them worth eating!
- Do not medicate yourself with alcohol, drugs, over the counter medication, or prescriptions! Keep them all out!
- Do not let others peer pressure you into doing anything you know is wrong. Wrong for you like a job you didn't want or wrong for you like drinking because everyone else is doing it.
- Think for yourself. Read about how the horrors of World War II actually happened. Read about what happened to the Chinese at the hands of the Japanese. what happened to the Polish people in the the concentration camps and what happened to the Germans after the war. Read beyond what you've been "taught." That scale of evil can ONLY occur when people join together in "group think" and go along with the crowd. Independent thinkers would not stand for it! Do not let yourself be swept up in the rioting masses. Do NOT follow blind authority. Always THINK for yourself. Always choose the right thing - no matter the costs.
- Get off the screens. Yes, the internet is amazing for getting information and for speeding our efficiency. But it's also taking us out of reality. Get out of the screens and really live every single day. See your friends. Look at them. Listen to them. Enjoy things with them. Never, ever eat while watching a screen. Enjoy the food. Enjoy your conversations. Live and enjoy your life.
- If you are eating unprocessed food, do not limit your salt intake. Eat salt when it feels appropriate unless you are on a restricted diet for some reason.
- Don't forget your minerals. We traditionally got our minerals from the sea, our drinking water, and from eating mineral rich animals/plants. This has all changed. Be mindful of it and seek quality information on how to remedy this.
Best of luck!!
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