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What Modern Day Healthcare Continues To Ignore About Addiction & Illness: It’s More Than Physical

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Life is an ongoing process of evolution, of growth. As we are transforming both technologically and individually, there are still many materialistic worldview-systems — accompanied by rigid dogmas — that are refusing to evolve. There are some excellent examples of this in the current healthcare paradigm as described below.

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Healthcare is often treating the symptoms, not the causes.

In Dr. Epstein’s book The 12 Stages of Healing, he discusses the disparity between healing and curing. He says that curing involves the attempt to eliminate the symptoms, while healing is focused on the root problem.

Healing takes part in understanding what feedback the symptoms are giving us, and on integrating, not separating, the symptoms back into the whole. It is a process of awareness and transformation, not avoidance and rejection.

When you take a closer look at instances of depression and anxiety, they often fall under the healthcare approach of “curing.” Symptoms, often referred to as chemical imbalances, are often managed with SSRIs, or various other forms of medication meant to impact the brain’s biochemical balances.

Depression and anxiety are often referred to as “biochemical diseases,” and addiction is classified as a disease as well. But when you challenge that perspective, you will notice that we aren’t born with these “diseases.” We aren’t born with a chemical imbalance, and if we can get ourselves “into” a chemical imbalance, we can also get ourselves out of it.

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There are many different beliefs about how this happens, that include lifestyle, genetic pre-disposition, and environmental factors. But scientist Greg Bradon offers another, more notable contribution to these theories, suggesting that for “every thought we have that produces an emotion, there are over 3500 neurochemical responses in the brain.”

If we have negatively-oriented thoughts, we most often produce neurochemicals like cortisol (the stress biochemical), substance P. (the pain biochemical), and adrenaline (the fight or flight response chemical). When we have positively-oriented thoughts, we produce more serotonin (the well-being bio-chemical) or dopamine (the pleasure neurochemical).

From that perspective, the thoughts and emotions we have are essentially dictating the neurochemical balances of our brain. If you can change your thoughts and perceptions, both your emotional and primary neurochemical responses will accompany that transformation. Can you see how a long-term commitment to taking pills is limiting the healing process? By only treating the symptoms, we enable the root problem to stay alive.

Illness Doesn’t Just Have Physical Roots: Lots of Illness is Catalyzed by Emotional Trauma

Healthcare is often so caught up in the “curing” mentality that it refuses to see the multiple factors that create illness to begin with. The onset of illness is not just physical. It is a combination of physical and emotional dysfunction that catalyzes the inception of disease. Dr. Gabor Mate refers to this as the biopsychosocial approach to mental health treatment.

At the root level, the thoughts, programs, and beliefs in our mind are largely responsible for the repetitive emotional responses causing depression, anxiety, and addiction. I would even argue that the basis of our emotional state directly affects our lifestyle choices (exercise, eating habits, drugs or alcohol choices, etc.).

This argument is supported by recent findings in neuroscience determining that “emotions play a crucial role in decision-making and lifestyle. In fact, even with what we believe are very logical decisions, the very point of choice is arguably always based on emotion.” These findings were concluded after neuroscientist Antonio Damasio’s research was replicated in multiple labs worldwide.

Renowned doctor and addiction specialist Dr. Gabor Mate supports this argument during his interview on the G and Coletti show, saying, “The mind and body are extremely interconnected. Healthcare makes a mistake by only addressing the physical symptoms and apparent causes.”

We All Experience Trauma

Dr. Mate also explains during the G and Coletti podcast that we all experience trauma. The act of being socialized is traumatic because it takes us away from the unconditional love that exists within all of us.

When we come into this world, we are free of judgement and we are unconditionally loving. But as we are punished or rewarded for certain behaviors during socialization, we are taught, through emotional inference, that love is conditional: it is dependent on how “good” or “bad” we are.

Dr. Mate says that “we must know what’s inside of us, and that’s a lot of emotional pain. It is blocking us from experiencing the unconditional love that is there.” It is there beneath all of the thoughts, beliefs, and judgements we have been conditioned to believe about ourselves and others. And it is acting as a dysfunctional perceptual-filter between us and the loving, connected reality of the universe. Yet with the right approach, this is changeable.

The System Doesn’t Want to Fund Research Unless It’s Profitable

There are hundreds of cases of people transforming illness and addiction through Ayahuasca, a plant-mixture found in the Amazon that is widely respected for its healing properties and is anything but a recreational “drug.”

Dr. Mate discusses having seen many of these cases firsthand. These remarkable occurrences include healing addiction, a variety of mental illnesses, and even physical illnesses as severe as scleroderma. To learn more about this, you can listen to the podcast here.

Unfortunately, there is almost no funding to study this modern-day miracle herb. As a general rule, there isn’t much funding for anything considered to be an “outlier” in Western science. In statistical analysis, something called omitted-variable bias actually discounts outliers altogether. There is a general tendency towards ignoring the miraculous and studying the ordinary.

If the Westernized materialist worldview is in the habit of negating outliers, how does this limit us when attempting to solve some of the world’s most challenging issues?

On a side-note, America’s healthcare system is a multi-trillion dollar industry. Two major organizations that play a role in determining what information for diagnosis and treatment go into medical textbooks and other widely-used texts such as the DSM-5 are the NEA (National Education Association) and AMA (American Medical Association).

These organizations are largely funded by the Rockafellers, Rothschilds, and Morgans, who are also reaping the rewards from their involvement in the pharmaceutical industry. This information is well cited and explained in the documentary Thrive, produced by Foster Gamble, but you can read between the lines on that one.

How Do We Create Change?

There are many ways to create change, but the first is to be completely accountable for our own lives. When we remove the victim mentality from our lives, and refuse to play the blame game, we empower ourselves. After all, any person we blame we are unconsciously declaring ourselves powerless to.

This first means taking care of our minds. It means being aware of the thoughts that are running through our brain all day long. It means shifting off auto-pilot and questioning the thoughts that are producing negative emotions, and working with those. You’ll be surprised at how often you attach yourself to thought processes or patterns that are actually creating your own suffering.

When we can shed the light of consciousness on the thought patterns, perceptions, and judgements that are self-destructive, we take a step in the right direction.

It means also understanding our needs and values. How can we ever get our needs met and be fulfilled in life if we don’t even know what they are?

This is a great place to start, and it creates the opportunity for a healthier lifestyle, both mentally and physically. Regardless, it is time to take accountability for our lives and choose not to settle with only what the system is telling us.

As someone who struggled with addiction, depression, and anxiety for a third of my life, and overcame it without the healthcare system’s assistance (after many initial failed attempts), I can truly say there are other alternatives.

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Boy or Girl – Baby Gender Selection Issues

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Some parents have the possibility to opt for gender selection; however, being able to decide whether to have a baby boy or girl is a controversial issue.

Many couples expecting a baby do not think it’s a big issue whether they have a boy or a girl; however there are several medical, social, and personal reasons that could influence parents to recur to some form of gender selection.

Like many other controversial practices, the legality of gender selection, also known as sex selection, varies from country to country.

The Legality of Baby Gender Selection

The United States has perhaps some of the most relaxed laws regarding baby gender selection in the world. Most European countries and Australia, on the other hand, have bans on sex selection and only allow it for medical reasons. For example, if a parent is a carrier of a mutation or gene with more chances of manifesting itself in a certain gender, baby gender selection is valid. However, if parents simply wish to balance the ratio of boys and girls in their family, they are not allowed to recur to sex selection.

This has generated a form of medical tourism in which couples from countries where gender selection is illegal, like the UK, travel to the US in order to be able to choose whether to have a baby boy or girl.

On the other hand, sex selection is illegal in the two most populated countries on Earth, China and India. In these countries, baby gender selection has been performed clandestinely for many years and for reasons other than family balancing or avoiding genetic diseases. In these societies, having a baby boy is preferred mainly for cultural and economic reasons. Parents believe that boys have better chances of earning income and eventually support them when they reach an old age.

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Methods of Baby Gender Selection

There are two major types of gender selection methods: the first one is called sperm sorting, and involves separating X-chromosome sperm from Y-chromosome sperm by flow cytometry, a purification technique in which chromosomes are suspended in a stream of sperm and identified by an electronic detector before being separated. Intra-uterine insemination or in-vitro fertilization can then be performed with the enriched sperm. The success rates for this method vary from 80% to 93%.

The other method, called pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, consists in generating several embryos through in-vitro fertilization, which are then genetically tested to determine a baby’s gender. The chosen embryos can then be implanted. This method has a success rate of almost 100%; however, it can be quite expensive, costing up to $15,000.

Issues Regarding Baby Gender Selection

While there are few objections against baby gender selection when it is performed for medical reasons, it has become a highly controversial issue when it is used for balancing the number of boys or girls in families. Some people raise the obvious ethical question of whether people who opt for gender selection are “playing God” by manipulating whether to have a baby boy or girl. Others believe that new parents will raise a baby more appropriately if he or she belongs to their preferred gender.

Gender Imbalance Caused by Baby Gender Selection

Gender selection has caused demographic concern in China and India since it has contributed to generate a gender imbalance in the populations of those countries. In some regions of China, for example, the sex ratio for newborns is 118:100, boys to girls. This phenomenon has in turn been associated with social problems such as an increase in violence and prostitution.

It seems like a logical solution for governments around the globe to legalize baby gender selection but to analyze the personal reasons why each couple intends to select a baby boy or girl. Gender selection for medical reasons should even be encouraged, since it could prevent serious genetic diseases such as cystic fibrosis, Huntington’s disease, and Haemophilia A. Balancing the gender ratio of a family should be accepted if by doing this, a healthy family environment is created. On the other hand, China and India have shown that baby gender selection as a result of a bias towards a particular gender can not only create a gender imbalance in the population, but contribute to social problems as well.

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Organic Certification: What the USDA Organic Label Means

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Organic and natural labels mean different things, and various types of labels tells you what percentage of ingredients are actually organic. We'll explore what to look for.

  • Reflect On:

    Do you sometimes buy products thinking they are organic or fully natural based on their wording? Have you later found out that those products aren't natural or organic at all? Read labels more closely at grocery stores to be aware.

Don’t get conned by fraudulent claims of “natural” or “organic.” Learn what to look for, and why it’s important, to ensure you’re getting the quality you are paying for.

The industrial age of the 20th century brought about changing agricultural practices that have generated increasing alarm about the effects of these practices on the environment and health. The use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, irradiated and genetically altered food and fiber products has created a groundswell of rightful concern. It has led to the growing demand for non-toxic, organic products that many are willing to pay a higher price for to ensure the healthful purity of food and clothing provided for their families.

With such profit opportunities, it’s little wonder that the lucrative organic product market has suffered abuse with so-called “organic” labels being fraudulently placed on products that have not earned the right. As a result of pressure from farming and consumer groups, legislation for the standardization of organic certification was introduced in the 1980s. It has been updated to include more vigorous enforcement and control methods since, with the current standards established in 2002 by the USDA.

The Standards of USDA Organic Certification

Specific standards must be met in order to legally claim a product as USDA certified organic. Organic producers must utilize methods that conserve water, maximize soil health, and reduce air pollution. The specific standards to earn USDA organic certification include:

Free of synthetic chemicals such as insecticides, herbicides, fertilizers, hormones, antibiotics, and additives

Free from irradiation and genetically modified organisms

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Agricultural products grown on land that has been free of prohibited substances for a period of three years

Animals used for meat, eggs, milk or other animal products must be exclusively fed foods that are organically grown, may not be given antibiotics or hormones, and must have access to outdoors.

Clean and sanitized harvesting and processing equipment throughout the process from harvest to finished, packaged product

Detailed chain-of-handling records from the field through final sales

Physical separation of certified organic products from non-organic products throughout the process of production

Regular on-site inspections from USDA-approved inspectors to ensure compliance

Understanding the Certified Organic Label

Once the rigorous process of certification has been completed, organic producers may place the USDA certified organic seal on their products. Currently, there are four levels of certified organic products, with a specific definition of the percentage of organic ingredients the final products contains. They are as follows:

• 100% organic: all production methods and ingredients are USDA certified organic.

• Organic: at least 95% of the production methods and ingredients are USDA certified organic with remaining ingredients included on the National List of allowed ingredients.

• Made With Organic Ingredients: at least 70% of the ingredients are USDA certified organic with remaining ingredients included on the National List of allowed ingredients.

• No organic wording or seal: less than 70% of the ingredients are USDA certified organic and no claims may be made on the front or back of the product.

Manufacturers or producers who knowingly label a product “organic” when it does not meet the USDA standards are subject to fines up to $11,000 per violation.

Why Organic Certification is Important

When you see the official USDA organic certification seal on food, clothing, and bedding products, you can be assured that these products have met the meticulous standards required and are free of chemicals, toxins, antibiotics, and hormones. When you see the USDA certified organic label, you will understand the value of the higher priced organic products as compared to non-organically produced products.

With the current stringent organic certification requirements enforced by regular inspections from USDA accredited agents, the USDA certified organic label has great meaning and importance to the consumer. Look for the label to know that you are getting the quality you are paying for.

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WHO Finds Global Lack Of Inactivity Rising Especially In Wealthier Countries — What You Can Do

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Inactivity is on the rise and it's the cause of a wide range of health concerns. Our population is only becoming more inactive, not less, and it's time to change that.

  • Reflect On:

    There are many factors of our modern world that make us less active. Our jobs, driving rather than walking/biking, too much screen time. What can you do differently to bring more activity into your life? What story stops you from starting?

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than a quarter of the entire population on this planet are not getting enough physical exercise, this number has barely improved since 2001. There are many factors that contribute to this, but just how much damage are we doing by failing to be active?

The lack of physical exercise raises the risk of many health problems, such as heart disease, type-2 diabetes and various types of cancers.

Interestingly, according to their study published in The Lancet Global Health, higher income countries, such as the UK, were among the least active population. Women were also found to be more sedentary throughout the world, excluding two regions in Asia.

The study looked at self-reported data on activity levels from 358 population based surveys covering 168 countries and included 1.9 million people.

The populations of higher income countries, which include the UK and USA showed an increase in the proportion of inactive people and had actually risen from 32% in 2001 to 37% in 2016, in the lower income countries it remained at 16%.

Those who were classified as inactive did less than 150 minutes of moderate exercise and around 75 minutes of intense activity per week.

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It was found that women were less active than men overall, except for in South and Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and higher-income Western countries. The authors believe that this was caused by a few different factors including extra childcare duties and cultural perspectives that may have made it more difficult for them to exercise.

Why More Inactivity In Wealthier Countries?

According to the researchers, in the wealthier countries, many of the jobs have transitioned to more office or desk jobs, meaning a more sedentary type of lifestyle. On top of that much of the population of these countries drive automobiles or take public transit to and from work which in many cases accounts for a lot of their time.

In the lower income countries, many of the jobs require the people to be more active, are physically demanding and people often have to walk to and from their jobs.

The WHO has had a goal to reduce the global levels of inactivity by 10% by 2025, the authors of the study feel that at the rate we are currently going, this target will be missed.

Lead author of the study, Dr. Regina Guthold said, “Unlike other major global health risks, levels of insufficient physical activity are not falling worldwide, on average, and over a quarter of all adults are not reaching the recommended levels of physical activity for good health.”

Regions with increasing levels of insufficient physical activity are a major concern for public health and the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.”

Co-author, Dr. Fiona Bull added, “Addressing these inequalities in physical activity levels between men and women will be critical to achieving global activity targets and will require interventions to promote and improve women’s access to opportunities that are safe, affordable and culturally acceptable.”

According to the WHO,

Exercise guidelines for 19- to 64-year-olds

How much?

  • at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity every week
  • strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles
  • break up long periods of sitting with light activity

What is moderate aerobic activity?

  • Walking fast, water aerobics, riding a bike on level ground or with a few hills, doubles tennis, pushing a lawn mower, hiking, skateboarding, rollerblading, volleyball, basketball

What counts as vigorous activity?

  • Jogging or running, swimming fast, riding a bike fast or on hills, singles tennis, football, rugby, skipping rope, hockey, aerobics, gymnastics, martial arts

What activities strengthen muscles?

  • lifting weights, working with resistance bands, doing exercises that use your own body weight, such as push-ups and sit-ups, heavy gardening, such as digging and shovelling, yoga

What activities are both aerobic and muscle-strengthening?

  • circuit training, aerobics, running, football, rugby, netball, hockey

Final Thoughts

I was surprised to see that the WHO didn’t touch on inactivity due to too much screen time — watching television, Netflix, Facebook scrolling, messaging, texting, browsing etc. Certainly, the increase in screen time plays a roll with the amount of inactivity, especially in the higher income countries. If you are someone who spends too much time staring at a screen, then it is important to consider the above information. Can you limit your screen time and replace it with something active? Or would you consider jumping rope, or rebounding while watching the television? Our health is our greatest wealth and having awareness about an issue is the first way to create change and take responsibility for our lives.

Could you walk or bike to work instead of drive? What about trying a new sport? Could you commit to adding a few hours each week of physical activity? These small decisions could have a profound impact on your health, longevity and overall well-being.

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