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There are a great many opinions as to what constitutes health and happiness, but it is abundantly clear that if you are not healthy, it is difficult to be happy. But if you can become happy, it’s easier to become healthy, therefore discussions cover both aspects of life.
Do you have scars you’d prefer to not have?
Scars from caesarean and other surgery
Scars tell a story of damaged skin and an event that caused a trauma to the body. But scarring indicates that the wound has healed so in that sense, it’s like your body is telling you it’s put the past behind to move on.
But the body and the mind are two different creatures. While physical scarring is rarely a health concern, scars can affect one’s confidence, especially if they are seen by others.
Caesarean scars and scars from other surgeries as in this right image are unlikely to ever go away completely, but with regular treatment they will fade and the skin look more normal. But we get scarred from so many activities and accidents that leave scars on or face and limbs, and these are the ones the benefit most from treatment.
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Andropause or mid life crisis
Despite what you may have heard, depression affects men as profoundly as it does women, and while you may have heard the jokes about the male mid-life crisis and the questions of self-identity that go with it, it’s a real phenomenon affecting tens of thousands of men.
But there’s a darker side to depression in men. World-wide, over a million people take their own lives each year. American men are three to four times more likely to commit suicide than women. In fact, American men between 20 and 24 have a suicide rate seven times higher than women in the same age bracket.
While not all depressed men are going to commit suicide, symptoms of depression affecting men’s lives and can have a profound impact on their careers, health and their loved ones. Symptoms of depression include feelings of hopelessness, guilt or helplessness, low mood, an inability to feel pleasure and engage in life, a lack of energy, insomnia and other symptoms.
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The worlds most misunderstood disease
No one is sure how long modern humans have lived on earth. Some suspect that it may have only be 200,000 years, and while we have survived, it’s debatable if we have actually evolved. We have figured out what it takes to survive physically and technically, but we have always been at odds about what it takes to survive intellectually and emotionally.
We know that we have a fundamental desire to be happy, and we know that happiness comes from the fulfilment of our desires. Yet for a great many people, the fulfilment of those desires is dependent on other people’s compliance, unhappiness and sometimes even their termination.
There was a time when we simply coexisted with all other life, but as we became more technologically sophisticated, we came to dominate all life. But with the increase in our numbers we have also sought to dominate each other.
What we have learned from the study of the human psyche is that those people who are not well-established in themselves suffer from an inferiority complex. As such they cannot be happy until such time as they achieve a position of power over others. Sometimes this is physical, but mostly it’s intellectual until such time those disaffected gather power and support.
Continue reading Insanity is An Infectious Disease
Celebrated as a gift of life
There is no knowing when yoga really began. There is a solid history going back for 15,000 years but no one really knows about the people who lived before then let alone what they thought and how they lived.
What is clear is that yoga began either in India as we know it today or in very close proximity, and we must remember that India’s borders have shrunk. 200 years ago Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and part of Burma existed within the geographic borders of India.
Yoga is not so much a teaching or an activity, it is a state of being where one exists in perpetual harmony and consciousness with life. But today for convenience we call yoga as the systematic physical and mental exercises that can be employed to reach that state of unity with life.
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An old remedy for modern times
There is no doubt that massage is perhaps the oldest healing art because we have known for many centuries that just a little rubbing ouch go away. But it’s not just humans, most animals enjoy being stroked and rubbed, primarily because it makes them feel good.
In today’s modern world what we feel is shaped by external forces, and much money we have, how good we look and who our friends are. In the old world he felt good because you were powered the right food, from keeping enjoyable company and living a life that had some sense of purpose.
In this age of individualism, relationships tend to be superficial and our happiness is dependent on external things like other people’s behaviour and money or what it can buy. Humanity has lost the plot in many ways but significantly we are destroying the Earth home and in order to sustain our current level of technological comfort, we’ll soon need another planet.
Humanity has lost touch with some very fundamental aspects of reality and we are living an abstract life that is disconnected which is one of the reasons why we are suffering so much. We know that with modern diseases like Parkinson’s nutrition and exercise can alleviate the symptoms and enable afflicted people to live more comfortably.
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The changing face of New Zealand
Back in the 1950s, times were changing and people’s awareness of the world around them was expanding. The insane asylums had been around for many years but they were becoming something of a social embarrassment to governments who had little idea what to do those who could not function in the fast changing world.
The mental asylums as well as accommodating dysfunctional were also experimental facilities for electric shock treatment and new drug trials. They also became alternative places to prison for people that governments didn’t like and yet they had sufficient credibility that people who were feeling out of sorts with the world could admit themselves.
In hindsight we can see that a lot of stupid stuff went on and the majority of inmates were adequately cared for, but it is really only thanks to the more humane staff that anyone had an enjoyable or reasonable standard of life in these places.
As far as I have been able to determine, the closing down of psychiatric health institutions in New Zealand began under the national government in the 1960s. There was talk that these places had outlived their usefulness and that the inmates at such places would be better off in the community.
Continue reading Privatisation of Mental Health Care
And a brave new world
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Western allopathic medicine is a new phenomenon when we consider the timespan of human history. No one is quite sure how long human beings have lived on this planet as past knowledge has mostly been lost and what people believe is largely theoretical.
Throughout history, lifespan and health have been dependent on good fortune like food supply and amenable living conditions. As the population grew factors such as human kindness, tolerance or aggression became significant factors.
You throughout history people have wondered why they became unwell, they have wondered why became sick and had such a varied lifespan. They observed that some foods made them strong and some foods made them weak, and overtime various herbs and minerals were employed medicinally.
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The drug links
Opinion vary as always, but dementia is thought to be caused by gradual changes and damage in the brain is caused by a build-up of abnormal (amyloid beta) proteins in the brain which leads to a decline in a person’s mental, and sometimes physical abilities.
Much of the research on Alzheimer’s disease has focused on the amyloid beta protein which clumps together into sticky fibrils that form deposits in the brains of people with the disease. Australian researchers have come up with a sound frequency treatment that breaks up these plaques and is giving new hope to some dementia sufferers. However there is still no outcome of research into the cause.
Another avenue is that older people who take certain medicines to treat conditions like urinary incontinence, depression, asthma, allergies, and sleeping problems should be warned that their use may bring a higher risk of dementia. A small Indiana University study found that people using “anticholinergic medications” did worse on thinking-related tests and had smaller brain sizes than those who didn’t take them.
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A danger to health and happiness
The idea of fasting is to allow the body to detoxify, by not consuming any food but by drinking an adequate amount of water, the digestive system gets to have a rest and the accumulated toxins in the body are released.
On a spiritual level, because there is no energy involved in digestion, energy is freed for spiritual contemplation and meditation. A great many mystics and spiritualists fast for this reason, but we should not overlook its importance for simply cleaning house.
The normal fasting procedure which is done for the health of body and mind which also has the support of the medical system is that on your last day of food, the food itself is particularly healthy and smaller than normal quantity. The fasting period can be variable and is typically between one and five days.
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The core of our creation
We have an old saying “if you don’t use it, you lose it.” This phrase is most usually applied to our level of fitness and strength which is declining due to all our modern conveniences and modern lifestyle.
There is growing evidence that our genetics and our DNA is influenced and can even be changed by our lifestyle, our way
Continue reading Caring for Your DNA