HIDDEN DANGERS IN YOUR DAY-TO-DAY LIFE THAT ARE SILENTLY DESTROYING YOUR WHOLE HEALTH
“The greatest medicine of all is teaching people how not to need it.” - Hippocrates
In days of old, our ancestors roamed the earth with ample food to hunt and with clean air to breathe. Survival was centred around finding food, building shelter and avoiding being eaten. While we may think that we have dramatically evolved since then, our brain still accesses the thousands of years of genetic data it contains--and it relates “threats” to what the closest matches in its database are. This inherent system still has us searching for food and shelter; although, instead of hunting and caves, we have supermarkets and mortgages. Bringing this thought into awareness helps to shed light on how our day-to-day actions contribute to our overall health and well-being.
I am of the personal belief that well-being is achieved when we look at ourselves beyond just the physical body and encompass the relationship between the mind, body and soul. In our current society, we have been largely conditioned to let go of the body and soul in favour of the mind. From a very young age, we are encouraged and rewarded for being smart--ignoring our desires to play--and to eat when we are told. To find our way back to whole health requires us to deconstruct our relationship with our mind and body and to discover how to shift out of patterns of the mind; these patterns have held the reins for most of our lives.
While spiritual and emotional work are key components to whole health, the physical body also needs support. It has been my personal experience that the deeper spiritual work is largely enhanced and accessed when we support our physical bodies in as many ways as we can. In effect, this process involves getting more in tune with the “feeling body” and it is the easiest place for most people to start.
Our homes are our sanctuary, and as such, offer us the greatest opportunity to support and nourish our physical selves. Whether you travel a great deal or reside in one spot, there are hidden dangers in your day-to-day life that are silently destroying your whole health. This is part one of a three-part series, where I share my top ten discoveries on possible changes you can make in your life in order to take your wellness into your own hands.
Electromagnetic radiation in the low-gigahertz frequency is also known as EMF (“electromagnetic field”). EMFs are transmitted from wireless routers, Bluetooth devices, underground pipes and smart meters. We relish in the convenience of seamless internet connection; however, it may come with a price on our health. We have become so infatuated with the convenience of technology that, for the most part, we have stopped asking questions--at least, most of us have.
In Denmark, a group of 15-year-old girls did question the effects of wireless routers on human health, designing their school project around it. The standard science experiment was to grow watercress on a paper plate. The girls had a curiosity around routers and so they decided to create two test plots of cress seedlings. They used two sets of six plates and placed half of them in a room with no electronic equipment, and the other set of six plates next to two wireless routers. Over twelve days, many of the seedlings died in the room with the routers; any that lived quickly turned brown and died. Critics will argue that this is “child’s play”--however, it does raise some eyebrows on the true effects this technology could be having on our physical bodies, as well as on the nature surrounding us. The girls decided to do this experiment because they noticed they were all having trouble focusing at school and were experiencing headaches when they slept with their phones near their beds.
While we can’t get away from our neighbours, the smart meters or the shopping centres, we can take some small steps to help protect ourselves against EMFs. In your household, ensure that the router is not in a bedroom and put a timer on it so it shuts off during the night. Don’t keep your cell phone against your body and invest in headphones (not Bluetooth) instead that allow you to keep the phone away from your face. There are companies such as Smart Patch which offer a range of inexpensive products to help neutralize our environment.
In the early 1800s, we began adding chlorine to our drinking water as a means to combat some problematic bacteria like E. coli. While bacteria in our drinking water is potentially life-threatening, it is important to note we do NOT use chlorine because it’s the safest--we use it because it is the cheapest.
Chlorine is a naturally occurring element in the periodic table and is actually needed in small amounts by our bodies. That being said, when we are exposed to what our bodies deem “too much,” it turns against us and begins creating free radical cell damage within our bodies. High levels of chlorine are entering our bodies on a daily basis through our drinking water, our baths and our showers. There is a great deal of research linking respiratory conditions (such as asthma) to the effects of swimming pool or shower steam being inhaled. Further research also supports that there is a clear correlation between chlorine intake in our day-to-day lives and health concerns such as severe inflammation, heart disease and cancer.
Although our city water gets tested regularly, the levels of chlorine which they deem “safe” are being argued by many as incorrect. You can take matters into your own hands by investigating reverse osmosis water systems; my personal favorite is the Berkey Water System. Berkey not only provides drinking water solutions--it has filters for your shower as well.
8) Antibacterial Agents
When you take a moment to break down the meaning of the word “antibacterial”, it might give you some perspective on what the products claiming to have this property are doing to your health. “Anti-” means "against, opposed to, opposite of, instead," as per the Online Etymology dictionary. In Popular Science, Lita Proctor writes that the human body carries around enough bacteria to fill a soup can. We all know that not all bacteria is good; conversely, we are increasingly learning how important the good bacteria is in order to keep the dangerous bacteria at bay.
When most products are marketed as being antibacterial, they are only speaking a half-truth, which is that they may in fact be killing some bacteria--but usually it is the good kind. Using antibacterial soap has been proven to affect the hormones in the body, cause allergies, harm the environment, and create superbugs by causing a genetic mutation in the bacteria. Most harmful disease is caused by a virus, not a bacteria--further highlighting that an antibacterial soap is not doing you any favours. Don’t believe me? Check out some of the science in the Oxford Journal.
7) Corn and Soy
Okay, so this is a touchy subject. I am not going to get into the GMO topic here, or even bog you down with the nutritional pros and cons of these two foods. I do, however, wish to broach the topic of a much-discussed chemical that is used in their farming processes, which is called glyphosate.
Glyphosate--also known as Roundup--was originally designed as an antibiotic. Here is where etymology is key again: this word (“antibiotic”) directly means “against life.” Much awareness is being brought to the table concerning superbugs and the misuse of antibiotics in medicine, and so I feel it is important that people understand the connection between the two and realize how damaging this chemical is to our system.
Glyphosate is being sprayed on many crops (by the way, many farmers are against this practice and are penalized for their dislike of this product), especially corn and soy, as a pesticide. This product has an innate ability to bind to the gluten protein found in grains, which then allows it to enter the gut lining and wreak havoc. As the glyphosate finds its way into our water streams, it is finding more than one way to enter our bodies, which heavily taxes our liver and kidney function.
There is a great deal of science around the amino acid glycine (as found in this publication) which can take you in-depth into understanding why glyphosate impeding the body’s uptake of glycine is so devastating to our health. To help minimize the use of glyphosate in farming practices, you can use your dollars to vote by buying organic. There are many agencies lobbying against the use of glyphosate that you can get active with, such as Lead Now. To support your body, consider having grain-free days, a paleo and/or ketogenic (“keto”) focus, and consulting a herbalist for liver-nutritive herbs. My favorite herbs for spring and late summer are the Reishi mushroom and nettle.
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The content that I have covered in this email is NOT a bad-news blog! I am passionate about empowering you with ways in which you can take your own health and wellness into your own hands by providing you with informative possibilities. As a Medical Intuitive, I address many of the emotional and spiritual areas of dis-ease in the body, but I also feel that the physical body needs maintenance and support along the way. Working with the tips across this three-part series (sign up for my newsletter to get the other two parts) will shine a light on ways for you to take a proactive approach to your own health and wellness!
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