Although I’m writing this at a time when COVID-19 is spreading its tentacles around the globe, this advice offers defense against any virus, whether various strains of flu, or simply the common cold.
Let’s have a look at what a virus actually is. A virus has a protein covering with a center core of nucleic acids, either RNA or DNA. They are known as tiny parasites and can stay active on surfaces, sometimes up to days.
What’s the difference between a virus and a bacterium?
To start with there is the difference is in size; viruses are typically much tinier than bacteria. A virus is not a living organism, it needs a living host, for example a human cell to survive. All viruses can cause disease whereas some bacteria are harmless and some even beneficial. Bacteria are considered living organisms that exist in large numbers, even inside the human body. The digestive tract, for example contains millions of bacteria, some of which are necessary for digestion.
It is much easier to protect against or fight infections caused by harmful bacteria. A dose of antibiotics typically cures most infections of this type, whereas antibiotics have no effect whatsoever against viruses.
How can we best protect ourselves from viral infections?
Hygiene habits such as hand-washing and not touching your eyes, nose or face are especially important, and indeed, most of us know this by now. Soap is the best prevention again viruses. Keeping a safe distance from infected people also keep us from being infected.
Whenever there’s a health threat, we tend to rush around looking for ways to prevent infection. There’s always plenty of information on social media, the trouble is what is accurate and what isn’t? When there’s a lot of hysteria around, it’s not easy to sort the true facts from the sensationalism. One fact remains indisputable; a healthy immune system dramatically lowers your risk of infection, whether it’s colds, flu or the coronavirus.
What I’d like to do in this post is focus on the positive, because there is good news coming out about this situation, we’re just not hearing about it because all the negative stuff is drowning it out. Humans have what it called a ‘Reptilian’ brain. Designed to keep us safe, when this part of the brain is active, we hear only the doom and gloom and filter out the good stuff. It served us well when we lived in caves, but can be detrimental to our mental health nowadays.
The best thing we can do to keep ourselves healthy right now, in addition to the hand-washing, social distancing and elbow bumping 😊, is looking after our immune system. In simple terms our immune system has self-defense mechanisms called T-cells, which actively go in search of enemies, such as viruses, and destroy them.
Those lucky people among us who don’t battle with any kind of addiction struggle to understand why certain behaviours are so hard to give up. Why would anyone want to pump their lungs full of smoke, especially when they know they’re undermining their health?
Why would anyone want to stick a needle in their arm without a local anesthetic?
I used to be a smoker, so I can certainly relate to nicotine addiction. I would walk to the shop in the rain to spend my last $$s on a packet of smokes when I was younger. It was not a logical choice; it was a compulsion.
So why do people become addicts?
It could be alcohol, tobacco, drugs, gambling or even food. Addiction is usually an avoidance behavior (displacement). We use the addiction to get rid of unpleasant feelings. As an example, we drink alcohol to release stress. Does it work? Yes. Is it a good stress reduction technique? Not in the long term.
Unfortunately addiction is tough to overcome. Even though it seems counter-intuitive, our subconscious mind reinforces the addictive behaviour, urging us to continue the habit even though it’s probably going to kill us. The subconscious mind perceives change as dangerous and this is why habits are so hard to reverse.
I remember, many years ago, an elderly friend sighing over his dozen or more prescription drugs that he had to swallow daily and saying, “I wish they could just invent one pill that could cure everything. My life would be so much easier!”
Eutaptics works on the premise that the mind and body are not separate but operate as a whole. It’s been scientifically proven that the majority of disease is caused by stress and negative emotions in the subconscious mind. Heal the mind, heal the body. Eutaptics gives us a pathway into the subconscious so we can do just that.
Sceptical? Well so was I!
The best way to see if something works is to try it yourself. I had suffered with chronic back pain for nearly ten years. I was told it was caused by a prolapsed disc, and so I hopped on the merry-go-round of physiotherapy/chiropractic/yoga/medication. When none of them worked particularly well, I had two choices. Live the rest of my life with this complaint, while having to increase my medication as tolerance started to set in or go into research mode and find a way to get rid of it once and for all. Continue reading “Eutaptics – Miracle Cure or Snake Oil?”
Most people are now aware of the dangers of stress, in fact around 90 % of diseases are emotionally based. Even traditional medical online presences like WebMD acknowledge the physical effects of stress and how stress can cause disease in the body. Traditional medicine has finally arrived at the conclusion that natural medicine has always known; the mind and body are not separate entities but are inextricably combined. If our minds are troubled (un-ease), it will inevitably translate to our bodies (dis-ease), whether it’s chronic pain, frequent colds and flu or cancer.
“Pain is a symptom of the screaming mind.” – Robert G. Smith
You may have heard that exercise, while essential for good health, doesn’t do a great deal for weight loss. While it’s true that what you eat has more of a dramatic effect on your weight than calories burned through exercise, there’s another way of looking at this.
Perhaps you’ve heard the saying, ”Eat an apple, swim halfway to London.” While this is obviously an exaggeration, it’s partly true in that exercise while you’re actually performing it, doesn’t burn enough calories to counteract a diet high in sugar and fat. But there is a hidden benefit that we’ll discuss below.
The true benefits of exercise for weight loss are twofold:
1 – While you burn calories during exercise, especially vigorous exercise, you also continue to burn them for a while after you stop exercising. This is called “excess post-exercise oxygen consumption,” or EPOC. This is the body’s metabolism taking time to return to its resting state.
2 – Exercise builds lean muscle which in itself, can help you lose weight every day just simply by being there. Having more muscle in your body means you burn calories without doing anything extra.
“The more lean muscle mass you have, the higher your basal metabolic rate, which means you will burn more calories automatically, throughout the day.” – (Rick Kaselj – Registered Kinesiologist and pain, injury, health and fitness specialist.)
We all feel depressed from time to time when life is being unkind. This is quite normal and usually doesn’t last once the situation has resolved. But what if you’ve been diagnosed with clinical depression? Should you take a pill, such as Prozac? Or should you try a different approach?
So what is clinical depression?
Let’s start with what it’s not. Depression is not a biochemical imbalance. It’s not something that can be tested for and it doesn’t show up on any scan. The idea that depression is caused by low levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain which enhances mood, is now being challenged. Research done in 2009, shows that low levels of serotonin is more an effect of depression rather the cause.
Forward head posture, also know as turtle neck or texting head is a condition where the head is protruded forward, rather than sitting nicely on top of the trunk. This can cause pain in the upper back and neck areas and even the lower back. This is due to strain on the spine caused by the head being extended far from the body making it ‘heavier’.
Normally weighing in at between 10 or 12 pounds when nicely balanced on the neck, the head becomes a heavier burden, the more it protrudes from the trunk. In extreme forward head posture cases, the head can ‘weigh’ over forty pounds; that’s almost four times its normal weight. The stress this places on the neck and spine is enough to cause chronic pain, disk damage and, if not corrected soon enough, upper crossed syndrome, otherwise known as anterior posture syndrome, which can be hard to reverse. This is due to a shift in the body’s centre of gravity
Do you know what the largest organ in your body is? The answer may surprise you; it’s your skin! And being an organ, skin helps to rid the body of toxins. The more poisonous material your body needs to get rid of, the more load there is on other systems, such as the liver, kidneys, bowel and the lymphatic system. So the body will call on the skin to help do the job.
Nothing frustrates me more than reading an article, or watching a video, that extols the virtues of cooking with Canola oil. Why? Because it’s the worst oil that humans can consume, as far as our health is concerned. In fact it was never meant for human consumption.
People think it’s healthy because it comes from a plant. Well so does Poison Ivy. Yes it’s low in saturated fat, which means absolutely nothing. That is very last century thinking, and reminds me of those dreadful margarine ads!
Here’s how Canola oil is manufactured
Canola oil is a product of the Rapeseed plant. Once the rapeseed is collected, magnets are used to remove any metal pieces that may have been collected along with the seed.
After that, the seeds are washed for around 1 hour with hexane. Hexane is a constituent of gasoline. It’s widely used as a cheap solvent in the formulation of glues for shoes and leather products, and as a de-greaser. Continue reading “The Real Dangers of Canola Oil”