Sharing – Recent Learnings

In the most recent months, have had the extra-ordinary opportunity to attend programs like :

–         Raw Foods & Healing Herbs  – by Brigitte Mars at the Omega Institute

–         Natural Products EXPO EAST at Boston

–         Natural Products Expo – Canadian Health Food Association, Toronto

–         The Long & Healthy Life Symposium – by Holistic Research Foundation of Canada

Sharing with you some of the key take-aways for myself  :

    1. Quite clearly, a tipping-point has been reached. To wit …even the richest economy in the world can not afford its health system. Further, if the rat race continues( fuelled by mindless‘ consumption’), we are condemning our home planet.Starting with myself,, a choice has to be exercised. Sustainability is entirely linked to this ‘choice’. We can together agree to redress the ‘imbalance’ and move consciously away from ‘disease management’ to ‘disease prevention’( integrative medicine)  …and further to a sense of holistic ‘well-being’.
    2. In tackling any issue, it is the ‘root’ that has to be tackled. Our lifestyle choices – the food we eat, the air we breathe and the thoughts we think … indeed lie at the root of ALL aspects of living in joy and peace.
    3. For those of us who look for inspiration … there is no dearth of the ‘wisdom of the ancients’ that has been passed on to us by our forefathers. There message is a singular message everywhere we look … there is only ONE. Nature’s message is writ on every leaf ,every microbe …every breath.
    4. For those of us who look for ‘evidence’ … and if for some reason the evidence provided by Mother Nature and our home planet ( ‘Gaia’) is not enough…science is indeed catching up…and with increasing frequency what started as the lone voice of a Schweitzer or an Einstein is fast becoming a chorus of the like-minded interested in ‘honest enquiry’…without biases. Have recently read and would strongly recommend the following 2 books …
    • ’Food,Inc’
    • ‘Slow Death By Rubber Duck‘-How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Affects our Health’ by Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie
    • Interestingly,the National Post yesterday had a very interesting article on “We Can’t Say No’ …this is Why we’re fat … Like Lab rats … we too are programmed to gorge ourselves on fat and sugar “

    Seems all that is then left is for us to do is … choose well … and ACT!




    Excerpts from ‘Food Inc’ and ‘Slow Death By Rubber Duck’ web-sites follow:

    Food,Inc’ : seeing the movie and reading ….strongly recommended !!!

    Reference :

    If daily headlines about food poisoning, pollution, labor abuse, and rampant hunger have left you worried or confused about the foods you eat, Food, Inc. provides the facts behind the problems—and shows what you can do to make a difference.

    Eric Schlosser

    on the industrialization of our food supply

    Michael Pollan

    on the benefits of locally – sourced, organic eating

    Robert Kenner

    on the making of Food, Inc.

    Marion Nestle

    on sorting out food facts from fictions

    Anna Lappé

    on how the U.S. food system promotes global warming

    Muhammad Yunus

    on the global impact of food industrialization

    Joel Salatin

    on how to declare your independence from industrial food

    Gary Hirshberg

    on how industrial food is going mainstream

    Slow Death By Rubber Duck: …….strongly recommended !!!

    The truth of the matter is that toxic chemicals are now found at low levels in countless applications, in everything from personal care products and cooking pots and pans to electronics, furniture, clothing, building materials and children’s toys. They make their way into our bodies through our food, air and water. From the moment we get up from a good night’s sleep under wrinkle resistant sheets (which are treated with the known carcinogen formaldehyde) to the time we go to bed at night after a snack of microwave popcorn (the interior of the bag being coated with an indestructible chemical that builds up in our bodies), pollution surrounds us.

    Far from escaping it when we shut our front door at night, we’ve unwittingly welcomed these toxins into our homes in countless ways. In a particularly graphic example, it’s been estimated that by the time the average woman grabs her morning coffee, she has applied 126 different chemicals in 12 different products to her face, body and hair.

    And the result? Not surprisingly, a large and growing body of scientific research links exposure to toxic chemicals to many ailments that plague people, including several forms of cancer,reproductive problems and birth defects, respiratory illnesses such as asthma and neurodevelopmental disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

    We have all become guinea pigs in a vast and uncontrolled experiment.

    At this moment in history, the image conjured up by the word “pollution” is just as properly an innocent rubber duck as it is a giant smoke stack.

    -From the book Slow Death by Rubber Duck

    Table of Contents
    Foreword by Theo Colborn, Co-Author of “Our Stolen Future”
    one: Pollution Then and Now
    two: Rubber Duck Wars
    three: The World’s Slipperiest Substance
    four: The New PCBs
    five: Quicksilver, Slow Death
    six: Germophobia
    seven: Risky Business: , 4-D and the Sound of Science
    eight: Mother Knows Best
    nine: Detox
    Resource Guide/Further Reading