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.
The modern epidemic
Colds, fevers and other biological assaults on our bodies are common as are cancers, heart disease and other factors. But by the time the symptoms of diseases appear, the disease is normally well-established.
Biological assaults happen because our immune systems are weak, this includes the common cold, flu and a host of infectious diseases. We can reduce the incidence of these infections by living and eating well so that we develop stronger immune systems, at least in theory.
On the other hand, heart disease, cancers and many other diseases that develop from within the body are to a large extent self-created. A small percentage of the people who suffer from lifestyle diseases may indeed have a genetic predisposition a weakness, but the actual cause remains an internal one.
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Herbal or Botanical Medicine is the use of herbs (plants) for disease prevention and restoration of health.
Herbs and other plants have been used as medicines in most cultures and civilisations throughout history, either as single entities or as complex mixtures of several herbs or of herbs and other substances.
Modern medicine (pharmacology) grew from herbal medicines and to save costs and / or to make profits, the chemical/drug companies synthesised the active healing compounds found in plants to make most of the drugs we know today.
Herbal medicine is a major component in indigenous peoples’ traditional medicine and a common element in Ayurvedic, homoeopathic, naturopathic and traditional oriental medicine.
The prescription of specific herbal treatments is an individualised process as herbalism takes into account not only a person’s illness or condition, but also lifestyle factors. Read more on medicinal-and-culinary-herbs.
The worlds oldest science
We do know not how long mankind has been walking the earth, but it seems reasonable to presume that mankind has always had a healthy ‘self interest’. But once basic survival is taken care of, what is one to do with this self-interest?
In recent history we have mapped the universe and dissected almost everything on this planet as we try to figure out what to do with life. Unfortunately doing stuff undermines the fact that we are human beings and we are here to be healthy, to be happy and to be joyful or even blissful.
Most people are happy enough if they experience a few transient pleasures and if you look at the world today you can see how drastically things are going wrong. Happiness is only being created for a small elite who are imposing suffering on the majority which is a very unhealthy way to live.
Yoga is a technological solution to become more fully human
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Your body as a work of art
Young Woman with Tattoos 2003
Know one knows when the 1st tattoos were ever created and many people define it as tradition in belonging to the Pacific peoples before the arrival of the first Europeans. It is known that body painting has been more widely practised and it is probable that more permanent body markings existed in other places.
In the 21st century body art is very widespread, some of it is really primitive and some of it is impressively beautiful. However once the skin is tattooed, the marking is permanent.
A great many people get tattoos in rash moments all because someone else has one and it looks cool. Others as in some Pacific cultures have their bodies marked to proclaim their identity to a social group and even record family lineage.
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The background of medical systems
It’s impossible to prevent all suffering and there are two sides to the problem. About 70% of all suffering including all our health problems begins within our own minds. The remaining 30% are caused by biological factors, pathogens and injuries that have always plagued our existence.
Because it was recognised by our distant ancestors that joy, a state of good health and abundance was our natural and preferred state of existence, they discovered what the world around them contained to help relieve suffering.
The knowledge acquired in times of peace helped to cure a great many diseases and there are different periods in history when the most complex of surgeries were performed. We know this because of the descriptions and tools discovered in the archaeological remains of long lost civilisations.
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An unpleasant and painful skin condition
Pompholyx is a common type of eczema affecting the hands and sometimes feet. It is also known as Contact Dermatitis, Dyshidrosis, Dyshidrotic Eczema or Dyshidrotic Dermatitis and is a skin condition typically characterized by small blisters on the hands and/or feet.
It can be an acute, chronic, or recurrent problem that just won’t go away and for the sufferer, in addition to the unsightliness which causes distress in regards to social and work interactions, the incessant itching and/or burning sensation can make life miserable and debilitating.
Initially tiny blisters form in the skin of the palms, fingers, instep or toes which may be mild with a few blisters and a little peeling, or very severe with many or big blisters and cracks which limit activity and use of the hands.
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A pain in the mouth
Mouth Ulcers (also known as canker sores) are sores in the mouth which appear on the soft tissues inside the mouth, most commonly in young adults aged 15 – 25 and affect women more than men. They are similar in appearance to pimples or cold sores and should not be mistaken, but they are generally yellow or grey in colour and vary in size.
This very common affliction will often heal without any medication, however the more troublesome form is when they reoccur regularly and this is termed ‘aphthous stomatitis’ or “Sutton’s Disease” which is a very common oral condition affecting as much as 10% of the population and women are more often affected than men.
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Pros and Cons
Vaccines are injections of material that contain weakened amounts of the disease germ or organism that they are meant to protect against. They are supposed to work by stimulating the immune system to produce antibodies to protect the body against future infection. (Antibodies are proteins that work to defend the body from an invasion by harmful bacteria and viruses.)
Contemporary (modern or orthodox) medicine says that we can only prevent infection by vaccination, which is the injection of infectious material into the body. And this is supposed to give lifelong immunity, hence the term “immunization.”
Vaccination is not compulsory for any child in New Zealand, nor any adult. Vaccines can only be administered with the informed consent of the recipient or, in the case of children, their parents or caregivers.
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The common cold and more
The flu is a very common and widespread contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses, these cause some discomfort but they can also cause severe illness, and even death.
Various forms of flu are common all over the world. Those most susceptible to flu viruses and complications are the elderly, children, people with weak immune systems and other health conditions. Every year in the United States an average of 5% to 20% of the population get the flu. Over 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and about 36,000 people die from flu.
The benefits of a strong immune system
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Surviving our toxic world
Also called Clinical Ecology, Environmental Medicine is a speciality in medicine in which doctors assist patients in uncovering the cause and effect relationship between their environment and their ill-health. This helps them avoid those inciting factors.
The theory is that a wide variety of illnesses, symptoms and complaints of ‘unknown causes’ actually result from a person’s reactions to foods, pollution,
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