For most people, health is the greatest wealth there is, and paramount to any amount of money. The concept of health, however, can be unspecified and even elusive. The opposite, lack of health or illness, is often better understandable. After all, its consequences are much more harsh than those of radiant health.
By C.F. van der Horst
The Constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
This description goes beyond feeling “reasonable” or “okay”.
Most people do not often reflect on their health. We prefer not to be confronted with what we should or should not eat and drink. Or what we should or should not apply to your body. That is often too complicated and besides…it is not quite as bleak as some say. Or is it?
A body is extremely strong and able to endure a lot. However, it is not resistant to a continuous bombardment of all kinds of unnatural and toxic substances. There is a point where the so-called body burden outweighs its resilience and breaks it down. How serious and widespread is this body burden?
Pesticides and health
A serious threat for your health are pesticides in our foodstuffs. A German laboratory study published in 2013, showed that in the majority of Europeans glyphosate, the active ingredient of Monsanto’s bestselling pesticide Roundup, was found in their blood. 90 percent of the Maltese volunteers studied had glyphosate in the body; For Brits, Poles and Germans it was 70 percent; 63 Percent of the Dutch and 60 percent of the Czechs were burdened. In March 2015, glyphosate was classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the WHO as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” In the US, Roundup is used on an even much grander scale, so figures won’t be less than those of the average European.
Cosmetics and health
Then there is the issue of cosmetics, which is very likely more a topic affecting the health of women than of men. On the other hand, a lot of men are affected by the health of their wives, mothers, sisters or daughters. Regularly using lipstick, a woman eats several pounds of lipstick in her life. How healthy is that? Deodorants and cosmetics contain in many cases propylene glycol. This same substance has industrial uses as antifreeze and as a solvent, but the substance is strong enough to remove cockles from a ship’s hull. Although little research has been done, its use is not considered harmful in small quantities in cosmetics. The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), however, reports that the substance may be toxic to the central nervous system (CNS) and that repeated or prolonged exposure to the substance can cause organ damage. To be safe, the MSDS recommends the following personal protection: “Splash goggles. Lab coat. Vapor respirator. Be sure to use an approved/certified respirator or equivalent. Gloves.”
Chemicals in food
Then there are food additives. It’s a long list; in Europe they go by the so-called “E numbers”. Fortunately, not every food additive is bad. Some, however, such as aspartame and monosodium glutamate (MSG), are particularly detrimental to health. They are known as excitotoxins: substances that stimulate nerve cells to such degree much that they overwork themselves and consequently literally blow up. Others are associated with eliciting ADHD, a cluster of unwanted behavior patterns.
Whatever else is asserted about them, food additives are there to serve the manufacturer, not the consumer. As an increasing number of additives enter our foodstuffs, their nutritional quality deteriorates. This situation is compounded by the rapidly growing fast-food industry: people generally eat too little fresh and varied.
More and more illness
Since 1971, when the war against cancer was declared by then president Richard Nixon, trillions and trillions of dollars and euros have been injected into cancer research. Nevertheless, cancer incidence is soaring since, while solutions are as far away as ever. From an investment viewpoint, this money is wasted on research on unworkable topics, what is called in Deadly Lies: How Doctors and patients Are Deceived “the tools of Torquemada”: cutting (surgery), fire (radiation) and poison (chemotherapy). To refresh your memory, in the 15th century Tomás de Torquemada was the notorious Grand Inquisitor who resorted to the most cruel methods to punish heretics.
In addition to cancer, other welfare diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, obesity and diabetes, are becoming increasingly common. Apparently people in general and doctors in particular lack the right data to maintain the health of themselves or their patients respectively.
Deadly Lies: How Doctors and Datients Are Deceived explains, among other things, why this information is withheld from your doctor—and therefore from you—but also informs you about the consequences of the various chemicals (additives, pastiches, etc) for your health as well as the relationship between proper nutrition and health. It contains essential information for a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being: HEALTH. Your health!
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