Monday, July 29, 2013

When We are Ill: Lessons from Nature

The Ancients were much more aware than we Moderns of the cycles of Nature. They even worshipped their symbolic representations, like the Sun’s. The energy and Light therefrom was at the very center of their lives, hence the expression “Igne Natura Renovatum Integra,” which means that the Fire of Nature Renovates Everything: their crops, their bodies, the Earth and their known Universe. Modern Physics has proven them correct.

As Cindy Marteney wrote last month in Our Health Co-op's newsletter, emotional/psychological/spiritual issues are extremely important to our health. They impact cellular health as much, if not more, than nutrition and environmental issues. The Ancients knew that, too: “Lux Inens Nos Agit,” or the Fire/Light within Causes us to Go. They knew that the Light within is the same Light that fuels the Earth. And it peaks and flows not only in Nature-think of the seasons of the year-but in our lives.

And so it is that our lives are checkered with good and bad times. Chances are that you read these newsletters because you have a health concern. It may seem to you that you are suffering for no good reason. The darkness of night may overwhelm you. Will there be Light tomorrow?

The dreary months of autumn, winter may overwhelm you-unless you live in Florida and Southern California. You yearn for the warmth of renewed Light of spring and summer. So it is with health and disease. Knowing that disease will yield to health-if we are patient in changing the lifestyle that often creates the problems-brings comfort in our suffering.

Darkness serves to contrast Light, or else you could not read the words on this page. And if some of us never recover in this lifetime, there is the Hope of a new life in the Hereafter, for those of us who Believe. In the meantime, we may be satisfied the suffering, diseases, and bad times are transitory and a necessary part of growth and learning.

One of the main things we learn from suffering and disease is compassion for the suffering of our fellowman. Helping them with their burdens is a balm to their and our soul. So, as you suffer, see if you can find a fellow-traveler who needs you to carry his/her burden for a spell. It will do much to lighten your load, too.

“Effect on volunteering on risk factors for cardiovascular disease in adolescents,”                          JAMA Ped 2013;167:327

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Depression: consider this new Rx

I see a lot of depressed patients in my clinic. Many of them seek non pharmaceutical treatment, having become aware that drugs are successful less than 50% of the time and that often their side effects are intolerable.

About 70% of teens are depressed, and a good percentage of adults suffer with it, too. Suicide incidence keeps climbing. It has been estimated that depression will soon be the #1 disease in the USA, if it is not already.

I know depression; I suffered from it as a teenager, peaking at 13 years of age. I remember getting on the bus to go to the local hospital to seek treatment, since my readings of Psychology, specifically Sigmund Freud (at that time we thought he was ok,) recommended a clinical solution. I will never forget the dimly and stinky hallways in that hospital. In an oasis of light I found a group of nurses chatting at their station. Mustering my courage I told them my plight and my desire to be treated They busted out laughing…

But, that is water. Today I am happy and I want to share my main treatment, effective then, and prophylactic now. No, it is not St John’s Wort, SAMe, B complex, vitamin D, Omega oils, Folic acid MTHFR, Tryptophan, GABA, etc., nor is it Tai Chi, Yoga, meditation, resolving relationship problems, etc, etc. While all those things help, I have found nothing better than….
 … helping someone in need. Yes, volunteering to make someone else’s burden’s lighter, at least momentarily.

That is what the Holy Book and every other Holy Writing will tell you. The reasons for this are obvious and I will not elaborate further, except for sharing a recent medical article validating this ancient wisdom: Effect on volunteering on risk factors for cardiovascular disease in adolescents,"

JAMA Pediatrics 2013;167:3271]

[1] Remember that the “heart” is an emotional organ, too.

Monday, July 1, 2013

More GMO Shame

Monsanto got approval to market GMOs on evidence presented by its own studies. Our government, instead of insisting on independent researchers providing their own unbiased research, and eager to market new technologies to boost our economy, rushed GMOs to the market. Those in charge of our health and food quality were hoodwinked by Monsanto, who argued that if an ear of GMO corn looked like and tasted like regular corn, well, then, it did not need further studies.

Monsanto’s GMO research followed rats-not humans, for a period of 3 months; their lifespan being 2 years. Since none of them showed ill effects in that time period, they proclaimed their GMO seeds safe, despite the glaring problem inherent in their production: the blind insertion of pesticide genes into seeds’ DNA, that is, nobody knows exactly where in the crops’ genome the pesticide lands. In other words, the foreign genes could be altering the structure and function of vital natural genes. Could there be problems in the future? Monsanto’s manipulation of the legislature may suggest it: recently, Monsanto ghost-wrote HR 933, which passed in Congress, thus absolving Monsanto of any future lawsuits IF GMOs prove unsafe in the future.

I just found an article published last year in a reputable journal that I felt compelled to share with you. French researchers studied rats fed GMO crops through their whole lifespan. They noted that practically all the rats, after 4-5 months, developed significant problems: "In conclusion… The results of the study presented here clearly demonstrate that lower levels of complete agricultural glyphosate herbicide formulations, at concentrations well below officially set safety limits, induce severe hormone-dependent mammary, hepatic and kidney disturbances.”[1]

Don’t eat GMO crops. And demand that your government representatives don’t take money from Monsanto (ha-ha!), and pass legislation to insist that our food be clearly labeled to contain GMO products

[1] Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize