During the last century people have lost interest in natural living while adapting their lifestyle to the "doctrine" of science, technology and urbanism. People have changed the way they relate to health and healing, relying on new concepts, methods and techniques close to technology, biology and chemistry but ... too far from nature and natural therapies.
Despite the achievements of conventional medicine, that has consistently contributed to enhancing our quality of life, health-related problems appear to be more diverse, more complex and more difficult to solve.
We are fighting today new diseases with unknown causes, resistant strains of known germs, uncontrollable viruses, different forms of cancer or even so-called “welfare diseases” such as metabolic disorders, autoimmune, cardiovascular, respiratory disease and others.
Perhaps it is time to take a profound lifestyle paradigm change … looking carefully within yourself, getting aware of the great potential and infinite connections with nature that you were born with, working hard to develop your spiritual side and thoughtfully following your own spiritual path.
THE RIGHT FOOD
In the last 100 years peoples’ eating habits have changed radically, much more than it did in a thousand years before!
Food is literally everywhere these days in the advanced countries, aggressively promoted on all possible channels, from TV and online advertising to printed leaflets and papers, looking tasty, tempting and affordable.
Besides, people are told that it is really, really healthy! When reading the labels on the packaged food you see that it is saturated with colors, artificial flavors, preservatives, pesticides, insecticides and other chemicals indigestible which overload the kidneys, intestines, lungs, liver and have a negative effect on skin tissue.
Medical community shows that we eat too much unhealthy food, most often in a hurry, so our body cells get more stress than nutrients. Compared to 100 years ago the food quality declined in both, structure and nutrient ratio.
"While the mankind has increased its level of knowledge and culture, people fight an increased number of new diseases... The number of people dying of old age is declining while the number of people dying after prolonged, serious diseases is in full growth. Eating too much sugar and fat at the expense of cereals, vegetables and fruits is continuously increasing. These dietary changes occurred in a relatively short period slowing down the body's effort to adapt its biochemical and physiological processes". (Dr. H. Balter)
During the Second World War people were consuming 2-7 kg of sugar per year and the pancreas managed to secrete the insulin as needed while the diabetes incidence was of 0.5 %. Today, people consume 8-10 times more sugar (about 54 kg per year), the pancreas must secrete 8-10 times more insulin while the incidence of diabetes increased to 4-6 %.
THE BENEFITS OF FASTING
Fasting has been practiced and promoted worldwide since antiquity by physicians, therapists, religion founders or followers making this practice one of the oldest treatments and the most effective ever known!
Fasting is an action of willing abstinence from certain or all food for a period of time with the purpose of valuable self-transformation. Many people consider that fasting simply means refraining from food while others consider it a direct way to control their basic instincts...
Today the medical community agrees that, if done wisely, fasting is an effective, powerful mean of self-healing!
All religions and belief systems integrate fasting as a spiritual practice, not necessarily in an unitary form ... even within the same religion the fasting requirements may differ from one geographic area to another. Thus, there are many types of fast all around the world, some of them being quite difficult to accomplish.
The most accessible type of fast restricts only the consumption of animal flesh while the most challenging, the complete fasting, restricts all kinds of food and drink, except water, for several days or weeks. During this challenge the body mobilizes huge dormant resources making possible for some people (religious mystics, monks) to carry on complete fasting over several years.
THE ROLE OF DETOXIFICATION
Everyone knows that our environment is full of synthetic chemicals that the body must manage every second ... this stress didn't exist 50 -100 years ago! Chemical pollutants hide in the food you eat, in the water you drink, in the air you breathe and in just about all you touch.
In the U.S. for instance roughly 2.23 billion pounds of pesticides are used each year yet about 10% of pesticides in common use have received comprehensive toxicological testing. Besides, 82% of U.S. households use pesticides, 50% use weed killers and 50% use flea treatments (http://www.sehn.org/pppra.html).
There are more than 70,000 overall synthetic chemicals in use, from which only 1600 have been tested for carcinogenicity, meaning for us that interacting with a part of them at list is more than likely. How many? This depends on the lifestyle we decide to follow (http://www.sehn.org/pppra.html).
All through life the human body is exposed daily to a variety of toxic compounds coming from both, environment (exogenous) and the body, produced by the body (endogenous) and is fighting to neutralize them with serious effort, as big as that required for the creation of new cells!
Exogenous toxins (or xenobiotics) originate in food (pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, hormones, chemicals, food additives, heavy metals), cleaning products, air (cigarette smoke, exhaust gases etc.) and drugs. The most common entryways in the body for most toxins are bowel, skin and lungs.
Physical activity is one of the most effective ways we have to safeguard ourselves from developing a number of chronic, degenerative diseases, a major investment in minimizing the risk of developing debilitating conditions … There is no medical treatment in current or prospective use to provide as much guarantee for well-being as a regular program of physical activity does.
The Lancet Medical Journal published a few studies that demonstrate that sedentary lifestyle, so common in our culture, is more deadly than smoking. They also show that about 6-10% of the world’s non-communicable diseases (such as diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer) are caused by physical inactivity.
“Adults should engage in moderate intensity physical activity for at least 30 minutes or more on 5 or more days of the week” or “vigorous intensity physical activity 3 or more days per week for 20 or more minutes per occasion”, is the recommendation of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American College of Sports and Medicine (ACSM).
This means that adults should expend at least 150 calories a day or about 1000 calories a week in physical activities!