- 1 Health & Weeds Video
- 2 The Scientific Power of Naps
- 3 The Scientific Power of Thought
- 3.1 Killing us Softly
- 3.2 What Really Causes Heart Disease
- 3.3 Getting dirty could prevent depression
- 3.4 "Cancer is Man-Made," Scientists Admit
- 3.5 Being a revolutionary health activist is hard
- 3.6 IntegralHealth
(organic v. wild foods)
This is a reply by Stella to an article in Integral Life. It is interesting to note the gaps that exist because of different 'disciplines' still not understanding each other. So many fertile connections can start to happen once we integrate the Integral world with the Permaculture community.
See article this is a reply to, here
Integral Health, not 'medicine' - please (amplify the vision)Posted March 5th, 2011 by Stella
I was delighted to see this topic, (re-visiting after long times off), as I coincidentally did a radio programme on Integral Health on the 2nd of march (will post here if anyone interested, it's part of a monthly series of programmes on Integral Permaculture that I have been doing for a local radio for a few years now - in Spanish).
It was interesting to see the very different emphasis in outlook. My contention is that Integral Health can only be achieved when we design health for all quadrants, in the wider sense, meaning that we can't have healthy individuals if the social or the physical environments are toxic.
Which they very much are, currently:
Bottom Right Quadrant: the physical environment is toxic - most of us in the west live in a cloud of physical poisons (the cocktail of man-made chemicals which is practically unavoidable and our organisms were not designed to cope with) - 'filtered purified water' ... is sooo lacking in ambition! It is still dead water: our birth-right is drinking, bathing in and hearing fresh running water from a sparkling natural spring. Way out... We drive to air-conditioned gyms, whilst more pollution is caused by convoys of trucks bringing pesticide-laden food to our tables, instead of doing the physical effort of growing our own organic food - which would safe-guard the health of our economy, environment AND bodies. THEN we have to spend hours meditating to 'get connected'! The absurdity of all this of course then in turn affects our minds.. again.
Bottom Left Quadrant: our cultural / emotional environment is very toxic - just the 'background noise' is very highly toxic: the barrage of publicity most uf us take in without realising (some 3,000ads per day) creates a very damaging cultural environment - 92% of that goes straight into our sub-conscious, see Killing us Softly 4 for the other horrendous figures, and that continuously undermines our self-esteem, and indeed the very basis of who we think we are. Add to that all the rest: the daily violence from opressive institutions, the violence from the absurdity of the things we must do & see on a daily basis, all that we learn and transmit of that in our relationships, watching lots of abuse of all kinds on TV, just one item of the news (there is evidence to show) would need many hours of emotional processing to 'get over': so packed with upsetting content it is, from all over the globe ... and this all becomes 'normal'. Is it a marvel that emotional illness is increasing? It is not due to lack of tranquilizers OR of 'relaxation techniques'!!
So it is sad for me to see anything purporting to be 'integral' that assumes (totally in line with the current 'healthcare' paradigm) that health is somehow related to medicine. Which means that illness is somehow a factor of lack of ("adecuate" - whatever that means for different people) medical care.
It is absurd and self-defeating to think this way. Because every drop of time, effort & resources we put into trying to solve our problems at symptoms-level (putting band-aid on cancer / rearranging deck-chairs on the Titanic, etc.) is time, effort & resources we do NOT put at solving the problems at causal level.
My vision is that humans will be able to one day design truly healthy lower quadrants and with those as our base & soil, our individual behaviours, attitudes & collective health will be assured - or near enough perfect that no 'medicine' to speak of will be necessary (our bodies are already designed to self-heal, and progress would be to increase those abilities).
Granted, that in order to get there we need to (temporarily & artificially) repair the constantly damaged health of enough people to create those structures - but we will never get there if the vision is one that doesn't question the very basis of our terrible health.
The current paradigm (very much reflected in the article) keeps encouraging a narcissistic view of health as of anything else: my health right now IS a factor of how much resources I can accumulate for my 'treatments' and to isolate myself from as much as possible of the toxicity the vast majority of people have no choice but to endure.
But that is not how it should or could be: we need to bring a lot more imagination to this issue and, in my opinion, especially a lot more genuinely radical, truly integral (& integrating) thinking.
Vídeo de YouTube
Want an excuse to sleep on the job? Take these scientific tips on "Power-Naps" to get the most energy out of your day, while remaining productive and non-reliant of caffeine. If done properly, naps can change your life!
This is a good example of "going with Nature, not against": look out for other things where we could say the same as here, "the thing we've been fighting off all along turns out to be the most beneficial".
Vídeo de YouTube
"Public health problems
can only be changed
by changing the environment"
How does our culture affect our mental health? This is now increasingly recognized to be closely related to our physical health, so we can safely consider these interchangeable & complementary - certainly when looking at the world through an Integral Permaculture lens.
This is one example of a long-term study of advertising on our social education and internal self-image, how it relates to violence.
And the Sexism page here (in this e-book)
(NaturalNews) Internet free speech is under assault in America, and a dangerous new trend has surfaced that threatens to throw nutritional bloggers in jail for advocating healthy diets on their blogs or websites. As you read this, a blogger who wrote about using the Paleo diet to overcome diabetes is being threatened with jail time in North Carolina, where the state Board of Dietetics / Nutrition claims his nutritional advocacy is equivalent to the crime of "practicing nutrition without a license."
His name is Steve Cooksey, and his website is http://www.diabetes-warrior.net
He's being targeted by state "dieticians" (which is another word for "nutritional moron" as you'll see below) who say that Chapter 90, Article 25 of the North Carolina General Statutes makes it a misdemeanor to "practice dietetics or nutrition." His website's advocating of the Paleo diet for individuals who have health challenges is, they claim, a violation of law.
So they've threatened him with arrest if he does not take down his website... or at the very least stop advocating the Paleo diet to readers.
pages in this e-book