How Can We Be Living Longer But Not Better?

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Today we on average live longer than people did fifty years ago but the death rate from some diseases have not changed much.   Modern medicine does some things rather well and others very poorly.   If we are in a tragic horrible accident they can bring us back from the brink of death in ways that could have not even be dreamed of fifty years ago.  They have surgical skills that border on the miraculous and they can do wonderful things with it. They have modern diagnostic equipment that can help them determine what ails us.  This country spends more on health care than any other comparable country but in the end; they fail miserably in helping us to be and remain healthy.   Our quality of health care is lower than most of the developed countries.

Except for the above mentioned examples the health care industry is in the business of treating symptoms; not curing disease.  Heart disease, diabetes and other diseases can be cured or reversed by changes in diet and / or physical activity.  How many doctors will even admit that and even fewer will tell their patients that.  The medical schools do not teach nutrition as it relates to our health and most of the published data put out by our government is flawed or simply not true.

The approach is usually if they can’t cut it out or install some device to make it work; they write you one or usually more prescriptions for the symptoms and send you home.  Most don’t know anything else to do.  There are some that are open minded and will go out of their way to find an approach that will benefit their patients but others are even hostile to the idea that something besides what they have been taught could work.

If we get cancer they may be able to successfully treat it, put it into remission or reduce it to the point that it is not life threatening but if we keep living in the same way as before it will most likely return.  We all have cancer cells in our bodies and it can remain inactive or non threatening for years; then something allows it to start growing.  We could be unhappy in some area of our life, job, home life, or be under constant stress and feel overwhelmed and that the situation we are in is hopeless.  If that trigger that caused the cancer to start growing still exists; it can also be the trigger to allow it to return.  When people who have been told they have very little time left to live; make a dramatic change, it can add years to their lives and enjoyable, meaningful years too.

We will live a healthier, longer life when we take charge of our own health.  We can certainly use the medical profession when we have a need in an area where they excel but when it is an area we can better control; it is our responsibility.   You wouldn’t ask your maid  to fix your car, so why ask a doctor to do something most doctors are not good at. You can dig through all the conflicting information about what to eat and how and how long you need to exercise to achieve the quality of health you desire.  It may take some trail and error but you can figure out what works for you.  It is much cheaper and much safer than popping pills.

Thanks for visiting, you are always welcome here. May you and yours have a healthy and happy day.       David Johnson

 

 

 

Another Reason to Lose Fat

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Field in front of my house.

As if we didn’t already know enough about the dangers of fat; I am going to give you another one.  I guarantee that this is something you probably have never heard about but it could be one of the more important reasons.  It has already been proven that people who are overweight; in addition to the normal effects such heart disease and diabetes, fat also increases our chances of getting cancer.  Personally I am not absolutely sure how this works other than that there is a general deterioration in our quality of health when we are carrying too much fat.  Being overweight just does not seem to promote good health in general.

What I am talking about today is how our bodies handle toxins. These can be anything from the normal by products of our cell functions, toxins we get from our foods either from remnants of pesticides or other chemicals used in the growing process or things in the foods our bodies can not process.  Add to that all the additives, preservatives, artificial colors and flavors that are added to most processed foods and you have a real chemical cocktail in our bodies.  If our bodies can; they process these toxins and flush them out of our bodies either through our kidneys or colon. When our bodies are not able to remove them, they store them in areas of our bodies where they will cause less harm and prevent them from entering our cells and causing damage to them.

I have been reading about how to use food in our fight with cancer; either to prevent it or to get rid of it and prevent it from returning. Devra Lee Davis of the University of Pittsburgh refers to excess fat as the ” toxic waste site ” of the human body.  According to her, any form of physical activity capable of reducing fat, taking with it its stockpile of contaminants, is a prime method for ” detoxing ” the body.  Dr. Bouillet the medical director of the Institute of Radiotherapy at the Avicenne Medical Center of the University of Paris says adipose tissue (fat) is the principle storage site for carcinogenic toxins in humans.  This information I obtained from the book  Anti Cancer;  A New Way of Life  by David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD.  He is himself a cancer survivor.

Thanks for visiting, you are always welcome here. May you and yours have a healthy and happy day.       David Johnson

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Allergies; What Can We Do?

I don’t know anyone who does not have an allergy to something and most  of us have many but we are still able to function relatively well.  We manage to go to work, take care of our families, homes, pets and find things in life to enjoy.  What do we do if the allergies are overwhelming or debilitating?  We all know people that suffer greatly from either allergies to pollen, pet dander, household chemicals and even worse, food allergies. While any allergy can make our lives a living hell if bad enough; food allergies can kill us. They can be slow as in the case of gluten intolerance to very quickly in the case of a severe nut allergy.

Today I am focused on food allergies for they are the most dangerous. The idea to write this was sparked by an article I read this morning and the fact that my best friend had really bad allergy symptoms this week.  She felt really bad on Thursday and Friday but it was better yesterday and today; maybe because of the cold front that came through Friday morning and cleaned the air. The article was written by Ann Marie Michaels who at the age of 25 was very sick from her various allergies.  She talks about her struggle to eliminate her allergies by changing what she ate; she did do that but it took her over two years.  When she did it; she had no help or guidelines to follow and had to use the trail and error method, but she succeeded.  She now has an online course that is available to others that gives them the information they can use to do the same thing.  She has a step by step plan plus recipes to help you fix healthy nutritious meals to heal the damages to your body from allergies.  It is not just a case of a little sneezing or watery eyes, there can be serious problems caused by certain allergies.

I am giving you the link to the article  Reversing Food Allergies and hope if you have these types of allergies this will be a big help to you. If you purchase the on line course I will not be compensated in any way. I am strictly sharing this information.

Thanks for visiting, you are always welcome here. May you and yours have a healthy and happy day.       David Johnson

One of the Dangers of Modern Life

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Another view from my back yard.

We read or hear every day of things in our environment that may make us sick, give us cancer, change our sexuality; and otherwise fill our bodies with dangerous chemicals.  We are told of possible consequences of ingesting this chemical cocktail but we really have no way of knowing what our particular mix of these substances will manifest sometime in our future.  It is not like each of us has the same mix; it is also not like we are each effected in the same way, even if we did.  We all know someone who smoked and died from it at a young age and others who lived into their nineties or later while smoking.

One of the dangers I am talking about is the use of plastics.  First off I am aware that we are probably not going to eliminate plastic from our lives; at least not in our lifetimes, maybe in a perfect future.  I see this like using organic foods or not, we are not going to eliminate our exposure but we can reduce it.  If you can afford it; I think buying organic is good but it more important to eat healthy foods whether organic or not than to buy organic junk or highly processed foods.

I want to give you a link to a article that explains all the different kinds of plastic and explains which are the healthiest and which to avoid.  The article is called  20 Ways to Avoid the Toxins in Plastics by Dawn Gifford and is found on the blog Small Footprint Family.  We as individuals can only do what we can do but this information can help those of us who desire to lower our exposure to do that.  Any progress we make; could make a huge difference in our lives and those of our families.

Thanks for visiting, you are always welcome here. May you and yours have a healthy and happy day.       David Johnson

Change For Good or Change For Change

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The above is an early morning shot of what I see looking out of my kitchen window.

I feel very close to my roots; not to say that I haven’t changed or that there will not be further change but why do we change.  Is it because we dislike the way things are and we think an about face will make it better.  There is an old saying that says do not throw out the baby with the bathwater.  Well you may think that is stupid but how often do we abandon the tried and true methods for doing something and then jump on a new idea that is  in vogue but totally unproven.  Those of you; like me, who have been around for awhile can probably remember Dr Spock’s book about child rearing called Baby and Child Care  . It was published in 1946 the year of my birth.  Although I doubt that it had any affect on my upbringing it did for millions of others. For the first 52 years after it was published it was the second best selling book, next to the Bible.

Dr.Spock had studied psychoanalysis in his search to determine a child’s needs and the relationship with their parents and he was the first pediatrician to do so. How did someone relatively inexperienced in child care and rearing children amass the millions of followers that he did?  He changed the landscape of rearing children; some say for the worse, and it was based not from years of experience but something he put together in his head.  Some ideas for change may be like Dr. Spock’s and change the world but not necessarily for the good.  We have to be careful about jumping on any bandwagon of change even if we are unhappy where we are. The change is sometimes not a change for the better; it is just different. The old saying look before you leap, I think is good advice. 

This article was prompted by something I read called  What You Can Do by Joel Salatin on the Wanderlust Journal.  It shows how a simple change in thinking can lead to great changes and sometimes unintended consequences down the road.  I suggest you read it.

Thanks for visiting, you are always welcome here. May you and yours have a healthy and happy day.       David Johnson

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I Did Get Some Gardening Done

I had been planning to do a herb garden this year; not only because I would like to use more herbs in my cooking for the flavor they give but also because of the health benefits of eating herbs.  You can research almost any kind of herb and you will find that they have medicinal or other benefits.  Some of them have been used for thousands of years to get these benefits.

I have had a problem in the past with  something I was growing, mint, spreading and becoming a nuisance. Some things need to be planted in pots so they can not  spread uncontrollably and mint is one of those.  This being the case; I took some large nursery pots and put them in the ground with the tops level with the surface and I planted my herbs in those.  There should be no danger of anything going beyond the confines of the pot. I planted some basil, two kinds of parsley, thyme, marjoram, dill, 2 pots of cilantro, set out some mint, the stevia my friend bought Sunday and re-potted some rosemary I have had a couple of years.  I intend to plant some sage but didn’t have the seed.  I have three other pots I can use but don’t know what to put in them.  I am open to suggestions.

DSCN0023I got my blueberries in the ground and they are looking good.  I also used my tiller to dig up another portion of my garden so I can start setting out my tomato and pepper plants.  I will wait until the storm comes through; my plants are somewhat delicate and might not fair well if there is real hard rain or high winds.

I intended to load a photo of my new blueberries but it just was not to be. I am new to adding photos and it just didn’t want to do what I wanted it to do.  What are you going to do?  I will get the hang of it though and I will be having more photos on the blog, just be patient with me, okay.

Thanks for visiting, you are always welcome here. May you and yours have a healthy and happy day.       David Johnson

Another Thing Spring Brings Us In Abundance Is Pollen

This morning as I was taking two of my grandchildren to catch the school bus I noticed a thick layer of pollen on my truck windshield.  Normally a little pollen doesn’t bother me all that much but I have some family members that have a problem with allergies, especially in the spring and summer. When the pollen is bad it just makes me sneeze and irritates my eyes; I don’t really get a lot of the congestion and runny nose.

My best friend was having some sinus problems last week that she thought was caused by pollen and she picked up a natural product called Allergy Buster Nasal Spray.  She said it worked for her.  Most of the commonly found nasal sprays in the drug store can be addictive if used for more than a few days but this one is said to be non-habit forming.  It is also non-drowsy and has no known drug interactions. This is something that you might  want to check out if you are one of the many who have allergies. You might also want to consume local raw honey; it contains small amounts of the local pollen and in small quantities pollen can desensitize us to that pollen.  It’s the same principle as taking allergy shots only a lot less expensive.

I just read a post written by Amanda Rose on the Traditional Foods Blog about how she is using stinging nettles to help her son with his allergy problems. You can follow the link to read the whole article.

It seems to me like we are having more and more things we are developing allergies to, this is especially bad among our young people.  When I was growing up we had some allergies, some people more than others but now it seems that almost everyone is having a problem.  I think it may be because we are exposed to so many strange things and chemicals through our food and our environment.  I think we as adults can tolerate it better than our kids and grand kids can; so it is manifested more in the youngest of us. I can remember a lot of chemicals and pesticides that were around when I was young that are banded now such as DDT and chlordane.  Young people of our day must be exposed to thousands of things that I wasn’t when I was growing up and there are new chemicals being developed and added to our foods and environment every day. Any way we can avoid being exposes to any of these toxins, and that is what most of them are, the better off we and the coming generations will be.

Thanks for visiting, you are always welcome here. May you and yours have a healthy and happy day.       David Johnson

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Garden Time, Almost

Yesterday my friend and I drove to one of the local plant nurseries.  This time of the year on a weekend the place is usually packed with people looking for vegetable plants, flowers, herbs and shrubs.  Early spring has everyone with their foot on the starting line ready to get started beautifying their little area of the earth.  Some want to grow as much of their own food as possible, myself included.  Some want just to beautify the area around them or to plant a tree to shade them in the years to come.

My friend wanted to get some vegetable plants and I went along for the ride; then bought more stuff than she did.  She bought a stevia plant; that is what she usually uses to sweeten her tea and a few tomato plants.  I on the other hand bought two really nice blueberry plants, two trays of pepper, one  yellow bell pepper and one hot pepper.  I also bought three kinds of tomatoes.  I already have several tomato plants that I planted myself but they are a little too small to set out now.  I usually try to have more tomatoes than I can possibly use; I give a lot away but I also eat two or three a day when they are in season.  It is due to rain again tomorrow so I will have to wait to set the tomatoes and peppers out, the spot in my garden where I want to put them is still too wet to dig up but maybe by next weekend I can get them out.

I have previously had blueberry plants but haven’t had the best of luck with them; like no luck at all, really.  At one time I had; I think, six plants and now I am down to one and it looks like death warmed over. Three or four weeks ago I was at another garden center and they had as pretty blueberry plants as I have ever seen and at a really good price but I talked myself out of getting them.  I told myself that with the luck I have had with blueberries it would just be a waste of money; maybe it is but I wish I had just gone ahead and got a couple of them.  Blueberries are really good for you and they are not cheap. Maybe I can still find a couple of really nice blueberry plants to go with the ones I got yesterday.  If not, there is always next year.

I hope you all have projects planned to take advantage of this beautiful weather.  If you have space there is nothing healthier than fruits and vegetables that you grow yourself. You know where it came from and what it was fed.  No additives and no ingredients that you can’t spell or pronounce.

Thanks for visiting, you are always welcome here. May you and yours have a healthy and happy day.       David Johnson

 

The Way To Spend a Spring Day

Today had to have been the most beautiful day of the year so far and I was outside DSC_0103enjoying it.  My best friend and I went for a walk with my dog Boots.  There is a small creek behind my house and it meanders on up and beyond my youngest daughter’s house and we followed it for maybe a half mile.. We walked along the banks; enjoying the spring wildflowers and the rustling of the water through the mini rapids.

My friend had her camera and was taking DSC_0049photos of the wildflowers and anything else that she took an interest in.  I have lived on the creek for most of my life and was telling my friend of all the times growing up that I spent on this creek.  I used to play at the edge of the water and looked for gold just as if I had been in the California gold rush.  Sadly I never found any gold but I whiled away many hours looking for. In the summer I looked for snakes.

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The creek only runs fall through spring and becomes dry most of the time in the summer except the times we have a flood. This time of year is nice for the water is higher than normal and it looks crystal clear. It is also very cold, I am not ready for a swim yet but I have spent many hours in the past in those waters.

When we got up past my daughter’s house; I noticed that my goats were out of their designated area and were in my neighbors driveway.   As he has some fruit trees in the area; I knew I needed to get them back into their place of residence as goats had rather eat something like fruit trees than their grass.  Luckily when they saw us they headed back and when we followed we found them in the barn. The area between the barn and the road has a lot of uneaten grass and I had been letting them eat it but unfortunately that area does not have the best of fences.

DSC_0078When I got to the barn; I found a newborn goat and I am posting a couple of pictures my friend took.  I went ahead and closed off the area with the poor fence and hopefully they will stay put.

 

DSC_0099After moving the goats to the new area and some photos we headed back to the house. By then we were ready for some rest but it had been a very enjoyable time for all concerned.  The baby goat; a girl, is back with mommy and all is well for now.

 

 

I hope all my readers had a chance to get out and enjoy this beautiful day as my friend and I have.  Surely now we will have more and more days like this until it starts to get too hot to spend a lot of time outside.  We might as well enjoy them while we can.

Thanks for visiting, you are always welcome here. May you and yours have a healthy and happy day.       David Johnson

 

 

 

 

We Have No Excuse Today

The weather where you live may not be as lovely as it is here today; if not, I am truly sorry for you.  Yesterday was rainy mostly and all through last night every time I was awake I could either hear it raining or water dripping off the house.  When I got up it was still dripping and maybe even raining a little, dark and cloudy.  Then about an hour ago the sky started to open up, first letting the sun through in patches, the sky still mostly covered by spotty clouds.  Now it is a perfect picture of an early spring day, certain trees turning green faster than the others, the greening grass, white petals being blown off the Bradford pears and falling like snow flakes.  As I said, picture perfect.

As we have; in my opinion, the ability to be happy whatever our circumstances, we certainly have no excuse today for not being happy, for not being grateful, or for making complaints of any kind.  I am going to spend a good portion of my day out in this spring wonderfulness and enjoy it to the fullest I can.  I hope you, my readers get to do the same and that you enjoy it as I know I will.  There will never be another day as unique as today and if we don’t enjoy it; we will never ever get that chance again.

We can also start doing the same within all areas of our lives, we are given each day to use for our best good and for the best good of those around us. Each day we have a unique opportunity, that expires at the end of the day, like a coupon we can use today but like a coupon it will not be usable tomorrow. Our lives is like an hour glass and once the sand has reached the bottom we are out of time.

The next time we have a rainy or cold day or even a day where nothing goes right; think back about how we used the last beautiful perfect day before we complain about the less than perfect one.  Maybe we are getting the less than perfect days because we didn’t properly use and appreciate the perfect ones.

Thanks for visiting, you are always welcome here. May you and yours have a healthy and happy day.       David Johnson