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Sunday, January 8, 2017

10 Commandments of Health from

10 Commandments of Health for the New Year!

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1. EAT REAL FOOD- this may seem obvious to you- "Of course I eat real food, what other kind is there?  Well, in our modern, processed food jungle, there are all too
many fake, "food like substances" that really don't qualify as food.  Such as fast food, genetically modified and engineered substances like modern wheat, vegetable oils and margarine that are industrial seed oils only fit for machine lubricants, all kinds of candies and soda pop and artificial sweeteners and I can't even begin to list them all!  Just remember: if it's from a bag or a box, it's probably not real food.

2. Drink a Green Smoothie Daily.  "Well that doesn't sound very Natural or Paleo!" I can hear you say.  Sure, you can just eat about a pound of greens, cruciferous veggies, some berries, every day.  And you and put turmeric and coconut milk on them, wash them down with green tea mixed with ginger, and also quaff some kefir mixed with kelp powder... but wouldn't it be easier by far to just put them all in a Vitamix for a week's worth all at once, put in canning jars in the fridge for breakfast each day?  Or even to make a daily one in a Nutribullet each day??  Besides, it saves a LOT of chewing, and all the fiber is still all there.

3. Sleep 8 hours per night.  This does't sound too sexy or earthshaking either, does it?  But,  that is just the point- there really important things that you do on a regular, daily basis, make all the difference in your health and wellness.  And sleep is every bit as important as our next commandment, although no one brags about it like they do:

4.Exercise Daily. This includes stretching! Everyone loves to talk about how much, and how avidly, they exercise!  Or, almost everyone.  Especially those who exercise too much- the crazily chronically cardio, who seem to think the most important thing in life is to burn more calories than anyone else! (It's not- we are human "chemical factories", not machines, that only run on calories burned.  Our complex systems run on hormones, amount of muscle and bone built, and most of all on NUTRIENTS.  We need high quality, natural, REAL FOOD.  (See Commandment #1)
We all need strength work, walking (preferably barefoot), along with some cardio- however, if you do high rep bodyweight resisted exercise, you are combining strength work with 'High Intensity' cardio, all together.  Skip the weights, (along with the long distance cardio) and try this instead!

5. Meditate and/or Pray.  They are much the same- by putting practical, immediate conscious thought away for a time, we commune through our unconscious self-our subconscious mind- that part of us that represents our truest self, with the divine and with that Nature that is all around us.  10 - 20 minutes per day is adequate for most, and just like adequate sleep, it enables us to be our best selves.

6. Cultivate Your 'Tribe'.  Now, your tribe could be lots of things: your family and relatives, your neighbors, your church body, or even a close group of good friends.  Or any combination thereof; only you know who is truly important to you.  Don't let them slip away!  We are all social people, and an individual without a tribe is a sad thing, destined for unhappiness and dissatisfaction with life.

7. Do Not Eat Fake Foods.  This is the antithesis of commandment number 1, which is so important we need to point out its negative side- bad processed foods.  "Love your body as you love yourself"- don't load it with various poisons and anti-nutrients that will compromise your health, leaving your vulnerable to auto-immune and other diseases.  Skip the Oreos, the jelly-belly's, Taco Bell and McDonald's, chips and doodles.  They really do destroy health, just not right away.  Like cigarettes, they have been chemicalized and loaded with all sorts of enticements to our bodies to make them almost irresistible.  Don't even dabble in them, they are that addictive.

8. Divest Thyself of Crutches and Casts.  Let me explain: when you use crutches, your legs grow quite weak rather quickly.  Just as if you have to put a broken arm in a cast, it withers to a fraction of its former size and strength.  Granted, those are necessary, short term: but by wearing shoes all of the time, or eyeglasses, or even sitting in chairs all of the time- you are doing essentially the same thing.
       Shoes lock your feet into little "casts", and the small muscles, tendons, and the entire structure of the foot itself deteriorates, kind of collapsing, and depending on the cast of the shoe for its very shape and support.  And foot ailments, such as plantar fasciitis, flat feet, and all kinds of toe ailments are born!
        Best "shoes" for times you can't go totally barefoot?  XERO SHOES
       Eyeglasses do the same, over time, to your eyes!  You will need stronger and stronger prescriptions if you rely totally on glasses and contacts- try to take them off as often as you can, such as when you are at home, or in your yard.  Practice gazing at the horizon as our ancestors did, who never needed glasses because of it.  And take frequent breaks from staring at screens!
        And as to chairs: try to sit on the floor at home, instead of a chair or the couch, as much as possible.  This is crucial, not just for your legs, but for your spine!  We are ground based creatures, and if we literally "hang out" in little body supports like car seats and chairs for most of our lives, we will not only have back ailments and ever-weakening lower leg structures- we will be early candidates for "lift chairs", and then we will REALLY deteriorate quickly.

9. Do Not Take Drugs.  And I don't mean just recreational drugs, I mean especially prescription drugs!  We have been fed a line about how illegal drugs are the worst- bad as they can be, the amount of people killed and addicted to PRESCRIPTION drugs is far, far more!  There is really no comparison- all drugs have side effects, and usually they are worse than the symptoms they are prescribed to mask!
         Just say "NO"... to your Doctor!

10.  Avoid Modern Medicine.  I don't mean if you get hit by a bus, or shot- in those cases, you need emergency care!  The problem is in ongoing, so-called "preventative care and medical procedures and drugs".
        Iatrogenic is a term meaning death by doctor.  This is a cause of more deaths than heart disease, (#1) and cancer (#2).  Shocking?  Here are the yearly figures :

106,000 Non-error, negative effects of drugs
280,000 Infections in hospitals
45,000 Other errors in hospitals
12,000 Unnecessary surgery
87,000 Medication errors in hospital

250,000 Total deaths per year from iatrogenic causes

I don't blame most doctors- most mean well, but they are working in a broken system, where the administrators, who want to extract the most money from the clinic as possible, are far less concerned with actually healing disease.  But, also, most doctors have been taught in medical schools that have been co-opted by the pharmaceutical companies, and they make sure that most of the curriculum revolves around- prescribing their drugs.