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. See more on our about us and disclaimer page.
The ‘new’ fear
The mosquito that spreads Zika Virus, Dengue Fever, Yellow Fever, Japanese Encephalitis and West Nile Virus.
Zika virus has headlined in the news (January 2016) and it’s being blamed for the birth defects in thousands of newborn children particularly in Brazil. Although this disease is not a killer, it provokes an emotional reaction because it affects our ability to reproduce.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Zika virus was first identified in the Zika Valley, in central Africa, in 1947. Over the years, it has spread to south east and south Asia, the Pacific islands and the Americas excepting Chile and Canada. It has been known of in India and Bharat Biotech claim that they’ve achieved a breakthrough in developing a vaccine.
The Zika virus is spread by sexual contact, yes it;s the latest STD. But it’s more commonly spread by bites from infected mosquitoes in the Aedes genus that typically bites during the day. This mosquito also carries dengue fever throughout the tropical regions which is far more deadly and it also carries Yellow Fever, Japanese Encephalitis and West Nile Virus in some regions.
Many people don’t experience any symptoms although some report suffering from headaches, rashes, fevers and back pain which are usually treated by resting and perhaps using some analgesic medication. Some say that there is a link causing Gullian Barre Syndrome, this remains unclear.
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What’s the deal for our health?
In case you haven’t heard, there are two trade deals being negotiated. One is the Transatlantic Trade Agreement and the other is the Trans Pacific Trade Agreement (TPP). These deals are being promoted by governments to the people as a means of facilitating trade and improving the economies of the countries involved.
While government is supposed to be transparent and serve the needs of people, these trade deals have been negotiated in total secrecy. Part way through the negotiations, some of the detail on these trade agreements was published on WikiLeaks and it became clear that ordinary citizens are dispensable.
As more information was released into the public domain, opinions on both sides of the fence became heated. Business insiders and corporations love the deals because it gives them unprecedented rights. But to the ordinary citizen, and especially those who are mindful of the deteriorating state of the world in terms of economics, climate change and social justice, they are vehemently opposed to these deals.
The business people who support these trade deals have a lot to gain. They will have access to new markets and they will be able to operate above and beyond the restrictive laws of any country.
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Margarine declines as Butter regains favour
A comparison of butter and margarine. We need fats, they are essential for health as they give our bodies energy and support cell growth. Fats also help our bodies by:
- protecting our organs
- keeping our bodies warm, especially in cooler weather
- absorb some nutrients and producing important hormones, too.
Most foods contain some fat, even our veggies have a small amount, but we get most from meat and animal products, seeds and seed oils, and of course butter which was once blamed for the obesity epidemic.
Word has it that margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who’d put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back. Margarine is a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow colouring and sold it to people to use in place of butter.
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Barefoot supports health
Spending time barefoot is actually a very healthy activity. Walking on the grass and feeling the sand between your toes helps to connect one’s body with the earth and massage the feet.
Some people have come to think that this is somewhat unhygienic yet up until a few hundred years ago, the majority of all people went barefoot and shoes were only invented for those who walked in thorny situations.
By walking barefoot upon the earth, the body is reminded of its roots because our physical body is actually made from the stuff of the earth and a whole lot of water. Approximately 70% of our bodies mass is made up of water and the remaining 30% is made from elements of the earth like iron, copper and other minerals.
When we spend a lifetime wearing shoes, we get disconnected from the source of life but more significantly, with the feet being bound inside footwear, they begin to lose their sensitivity and flexibility. Most women and anyone who wears shoes that are not exactly comfortable always looks forward to removing them and feel relieved when the shoes come off.
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Making square pegs for round holes
The pioneers of modern psychology arrived at their understanding of the human mind by studying sick people and human relationships within the spheres of basic survival and the power struggles that exist within conflicted societies.
Mind as we know it has no substance and the brain if you like is a repository of ideas and information. But there is some understanding that the psychology, or the mind of every individual is influenced by education, life experience and place in society.
Concepts like logic, rationalism and irrationalism have all evolved and yet there is still no clear understanding within modern science or modern medicine as to how the human mind works and the extent of its capacity.
But there are things about minds that most people come to know like, if you put rubbish in, you get rubbish out which is entirely logical. We come to learn that the male brain tends to be more logical and the female brain more illogical. This gulf between masculinity and femininity is a constant source of friction bridged by the fact that men and women actually need each other.
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Undermining the health of the world
“Do as I say stupid humans and suffer while I take my pleasure. ”
You may well think of this as the voice of moral authority but it’s time to wake up and realise that the world is becoming increasingly unjust. Most of us as children are told what not to do and yet we see those older than us doing those things. These things by the way are not necessarily harmful, we just told not to do them.
The issue of breastfeeding really highlights how sick this world really is and it’s just as bad as every good Christian bent on killing their neighbours. To find out how we have gone so badly wrong would require an extended for a into the development of civilisation, but the short story is one of greed and desire for power which comes out of an inferiority complex.
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Does cannabis kill?
A Statement on the Reports Of A Death and Serious Illness from a Drug Trial of a Product Containing A Synthetic Cannabiniod.
According to local media reports, one man has been declared clinically dead and five others in a serious condition after a clinical trial conducted by a private laboratory in Rennes, in the west of France.
The test allegedly involved an analgesic product containing cannabis and the worlds anti drug lobby are pushing this information as are all media outlets seeking to raise public concern.
The fact that one person may have died in a drug trial is unfortunate, yet our memories are so short that we forget that prescription medications are the 4th highest killer of all people in the USA. People forget the millions of animals that died from being given drugs under development for human conditions.
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Communicating in anger
A Hindu saint who was visiting river Ganges to take a bath found a group of family members on the banks, shouting in anger at each other. He turned to his disciples, smiled and asked.
‘Why do people shout in anger shout at each other?’
Disciples thought for a while, one of them said, ‘Because we lose our calm, we shout.’
‘But, why should you shout when the other person is just next to you? You can as well tell him what you have to say in a soft manner.’ asked the saint
Disciples gave some other answers but none satisfied the other disciples.
Finally the saint explained,
“When two people are angry at each other, their hearts distance a lot. To cover that distance they must shout to be able to hear each other. The angrier they are, the stronger they will have to shout to hear each other to cover that great distance.
What happens when two people fall in love? They don’t shout at each other but talk softly, Because their hearts are very close. The distance between them is either nonexistent or very small…”
The saint continued, ‘When they love each other even more, what happens? They do not speak, only whisper ‘n they get even closer to each other in their love. Finally they even need not whisper, they only look at each other ‘n that’s all. That is how close two people are when they love each other.’
He looked at his disciples and said.
“So when you argue do not let your hearts get distant, Do not say words that distance each other more, Or else there will come a day when the distance is so great that you will not find the path to return.”
By Vamsi Daran Das
A major confusion
There is about as much consensus in society about sexuality as there is about spirituality, and more sex happens in peoples minds than their genitals.
Confusion arises because those who assume moral leadership say one thing and do another. Couple this with the ongoing deconstruction of our societies by social and economic forces.
Sigmund Freud described sexuality as the driver of our psychology and a motivator for all our behaviour which remains relevant today.
But the primary drive to have sex comes from a base biological desire to pass on our genes and perpetuate our species. The desire to breed is an instinctive and powerful force in our lives that cannot be 100% controlled by rules and regulations, as we also have sex for recreation and pleasure, a trait also shared by other species.
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How we came to be and what is best
In Europe before 1100 A.D. people wanting to join together for fun, to raise a family and what might be seen as marriage just got on with it. But with the growth of European civilisation there was a problem surrounding inheritance and being absolutely sure the ‘right’ child was being left the family fortune, because in
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