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Health and Diet

Health, Diet and Environment.


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Knowledge is knowing what we should be doing.

Wisdom is applying that knowledge in our practical daily living.

 


Toxins and Cellulite

 

The toxins come into the body and they go into the fat cells and it creates cellulite.

Cellulite can be defined as "an infiltration of the subcutaneous fat cells by fluids and toxic wastes."(1)

The body puts the toxins into the the fat cells and keeps these poisons out of the way of the body's other systems, so that it can deal with them at a later date, for instance, when the owner decides to fast.

Stress is often a factor in cellulite, because the body accumulates toxins much more when stressed, and elimination may become less efficient. In general, men store cellulite in the heart region and also in the head, leading to premature balding and heart illness.

For women, cellulite is stored in the thighs, hips and buttocks. This is why women tend to get more hip replacements than men, because the toxins go into the bone and they can lead to such ailments as arthritis.

 


The Simplicity of our Food

 

If we are to look after our diet then we need to be aware of the simplicity of our food. It takes more energy to digest complicated meals than it does to digest simple ones. Each one of us has a different level of digestive energy - the energy available for digesting our meals.

If we cannot digest our food then it remains in the body as an undigested food mass which compacts in the intestines. It has been said that the average red bloodied American male has 5 pounds of raw hamburger meat compacted in the intestines. We can help to prevent the build up of an undigested food mass in the intestines by moving towards a more simple diet.

The best way to do this is to move away from eating meat. As well as the many diseases, chemicals and injected hormones that find their way into the majority of todays meat produce, by eating meat we also take in the emotional toxins of the dying animal.

 

We all die from toxins in the end, but as we begin to simplify our diets and take more care of ourselves then we become more sensitive to the food that we eat.

We begin to know when one food is good for us and when another food contains many toxins in it. So we learn to avoid that which is bad for us, even though it tastes good and arrange our diets so that we are good to our bodies. Otherwise, as one wise soul put it, we begin to "Dig our graves with our teeth".

Another factor concerning diet is to try and notice which foods lead us out of balance, make us angry, uptight, confused or dizzy. This is generally the effect of one or both of the following factors:

 

  • The foodstuff is not right for our natural constitution and therefore rocks our boat. It throws our doshas out of balance.
  • The foodstuff may contain high doses of pesticides and toxins which have an adverse reaction upon our body systems.
  • Foods that leads us out of balance, even though the tongue may love them, should be avoided in future.
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Harmlessness and Vegetarianism

 

We can put our spirituality into action in all areas of our life and a good starting point is in the food we eat. We can learn to become harmless.

Not wanting to hurt, not getting angry with, and not wanting to harm a person by word, by thought, or by deed, and becoming forgiving with ourselves because we are not perfect.

In the Hindu spiritual traditions, as well as in many other spiritual practices, all life forms are seen as people, as souls transmigrating from one life to the next and learning the lessons that the Universe is teaching them, so that they can eventually become a great soul and unify with the Absolute, as part of the great cycle of Life.

So may wish to modify our diets to give the maximum respect to all other forms of life that we share this planet with.

 

It is a good practice to get into the habit of becoming aware of the effect that our actions have on others.

 

 


Nutrition

 

We can learn, from the huge body of knowledge available in books, about the nutritional aspects of food, such as:

 

  • Food combinations.
  • Vitamins and minerals.
  • Oils and essential fatty acids.
  • Carbohydrates, Proteins, and Fats.
  • Organic food produce.
  • Vegetarianism.

 

It doesn't take much to find out - we just need to read a book or two and there are many available on the market. It's worth considering when we look at some recent medical observations. Male sperm count has halved in the last thirty years. Breast cancer in women has gone up as well as other cancers. Osteoporosis, a bone wasting disease, is now being seen in children. Cases of Osteoporosis, hip replacement operations and arthritis have all doubled or trebled in the last thirty years.

 

There has been a lot of scientific interest in this and there are always certain vested interest groups, such as the Food industry and the pharmacutical and medical industry who have a keen interest in seeing that only certain informations reach the general public.

Some of the most recent studies have been researching the effects of certain chemicals that are added to foodstuffs at times in their production cycle. One set of chemicals are the pesticides that are sprayed onto growing and harvested crops.

Pesticides are used to kill off the bugs that would otherwise destroy food crops, but their killing power doesn't end with the bugs. They also effect the bodies of the people who eat them! Some of the most recent pesticides that have been brought to the attention of food regulating boards and are discussed next.

 

 


Hormone Disrupting Chemicals

 

One class of hormone disrupting chemicals are Xeno-oestrogens. These include;

 

  • Organochlorines.

  • Organophosphates.

  • Pesticides

  • Fungicides

  • Dioxins.

This group of chemicals are also know as hormone disrupters. Hormones are those very small quantities of chemicals in the body that make the body what it is. They organise the body. So when one is playing about with oestrogen and progesterone, one is directly effecting those areas of the body that function with growth and development of the body expecially concerning gender and sexuality.

Over a period of time the body begins to accumulate more and more of these chemicals from the food, water and air supply and we begin to fall foul of the ailments mentioned above. Some of us are stronger than others, some can resist the dosage that is harmful to others, but everybody eventually gets worn down from constant exposure. In women, the menopause is accelerated due to extreme levels of oestrogen and progesterone, bringing the onset of menopause down to as young as thirty five.

 

What causes these chemicals to enter the body and what can we do about it?

 

If one is sensitive, we can feel the effects of these poisons in the body when we have digested our meals.

 

 


Organic Food and Springwater (No Nitrates)

 

 

What can we do?

The first step may be to try to buy nothing but organic foods. Organic bread, pulses, vegetables, cheese, milk and yoghurt, to name but few.

Where can we get them from?

Many of todays supermarkets are beginning to stock a wider and wider range organic produce - by public demand! So, if the local supermarket doesn't stock an organic range - we must ask the manager to do so.

By writing to the manager of the supermarket and asking for a reply to your letter, the issue is brought to their attention and the letters are kept on file.

It's a start.

We can also write to The Soil Association asking for a list of Organic producers and suppliers (enclose a S.A.E.). You may also like to join The Pesticides Trust which produces a quarterly newsletter. The addresses of these organisations can be found at the end of this chapter. It's good to know that someone cares and that they are actively involved in informing us of the facts concerning these issues.

Other good leads are Friends of the Earth (FOE) and Greenpeace International, they are always pleased to help with your enquiries, just send a SAE.

You will find the addresses are at the end of the chapter.

 

 


Chapter References

 

1. pg 79: Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A - Z; Saffron Walden. 1988.

 


Contacts and further research.

Organisations  

Greenpeace UK

Canonbury Villas

London, N1 2PN.

Tel: 0171 865 8100

http://www.greenpeace.org/uk

Friends of the Earth

26 - 28 Underwood Street

London

N1 7JQ, UK.

The Soil Association

86 Colston Street

Bristol, BS1 5BB, UK.

Tel: 0117 929 0661

Fax: 0117 925 2504

The Pesticides Trust

Eurolink Centre

49 Effra Road

London, SW2 1BZ, UK.

Fax: 0171 274 9084

Email: pesttrust@gn.apc.org

 

 

Information on Incinerators

 

The Environment Agency

Head Office

Rivers House

Waterside Drive

Aztec West

Almondsbury

Bristol

BS12 4UD

 

Tel: 01454 624400

Hotline: 0645 333 111

 


Book References

  • Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A - Z; Saffron Walden. 1988.

  • Frawley, Dr. David. Ayurvedic Healing, A Comprehensive Guide; Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Private Limited, Delhi. ISBN 81-208-10003-1

 


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