how do ancient health care systems compare with recent health care systems? what is health care? what is health? how does one care for one's health? should we care for each others' health? is the health of a region of people of any consequence to us all? is the health of the entire population pertinent to every individual?
well, in general, it seems the further back we go, th healthier the world's population tends to be as a whole. in most regions, indigenous sovereignty tends to have a very strong positive correlation with higher quality of health. in addition, some would say, "you are as strong as your weakest link". i tend to agree with this adage/concept. therefore, it is in this vein that i shall attempt to speak to some possible answers to these questions. let's see if such an concept holds true with respect to the concept of "being healthy" with respect to individual health and community health.
allow me to reiterate here, as i am the author of this website and blog, all statements not referenced/quoted/linked to another source are otherwise my personal understandings, beliefs and assertions.
how do ancient health care systems compare with recent "health care systems"?
disclaimer: please overlook the continued use of the term "primitive" by the weston a. price foundation-it was/is used in ignorance and bias. altho dr weston price was "ahead of his times" with regards to health and relative to most of his european and usa caucasians contemporaries, dr weston a. price was much more honest.
that said, the use of the term "primitive" referencing indigenous peoples, indicates a common level of ignorance and bias shared by many euro-centric people-even beyond the caucasion description. the most unfounded assumptions that the barbaric and savage colonial constructs of a "civil society" are in any way, more superior than th indigenous societies and peoples they brutalized, have been clearly demonstrated as the lingering utter nonsense of that savage colonial "society". indigenous people had greater intelligence-to use more of their "higher brain" to live more harmoniously with others. indigenous peoples had retain the great and applicable knowledge of how to live in homeostasis with their environment and they did not use as much of their "base brain" -brawl and violent tendencies, as the most mutated "modern-civilized" euro-centric world at large, most apparently did during their colonial expansion and even still today. that said, im very much grateful for dr weston a. price's acknowledgment of the following facts.
[In the early 1930s, a Cleveland dentist named Weston A. Price (1870-1948) began a series of unique investigations.
For over ten years, he traveled to isolated parts of the globe to study the health of populations untouched by western civilization. His goal was to discover the factors responsible for good dental health. His studies revealed that dental caries and deformed dental arches resulting in crowded, crooked teeth are the result of nutritional deficiencies, not inherited genetic defects.
The groups Price studied included remote villages in Switzerland, Gaelic communities in the Outer Hebrides, indigenous peoples of North and South America, Melanesian and Polynesian South Sea Islanders, African tribes, Australian Aborigines and New Zealand Maori. Wherever he went, Dr. Price found that beautiful straight teeth, freedom from decay, good physiques, resistance to disease and fine characters were typical of native groups on their traditional diets, rich in essential nutrients.
When Dr. Price analyzed the foods used by isolated peoples he found that, in comparison to the American diet of his day, they provided at least four times the water-soluble vitamins, calcium and other minerals, and at least TEN times the fat-soluble vitamins, from animal foods such as butter, fish eggs, shellfish, organ meats, eggs and animal fats—the very cholesterol-rich foods now shunned by the American public as unhealthful. These healthy traditional peoples knew instinctively what scientists of Dr. Price’s day had recently discovered—that these fat-soluble vitamins, vitamins A and D, were vital to health because they acted as catalysts to mineral absorption and protein utilization. Without them, we cannot absorb minerals, no matter how abundant they may be in our food. Dr. Price discovered an additional fat-soluble nutrient, which he labeled Activator X, that is present in fish livers and shellfish, and organ meats and butter from cows eating rapidly growing green grass in the spring and fall. All primitive groups had a source of Activator X, now thought to be vitamin K2, in their diets.
The isolated groups Dr. Price investigated understood the importance of preconceptual nutrition for both parents. Many tribes required a period of special feeding before conception, in which nutrient-dense animal foods were given to young men and women. These same foods were considered important for pregnant and lactating women and growing children. Price discovered them to be particularly rich in minerals and in the fat-soluble activators found only in animal fats.
The isolated people Price photographed—with their fine bodies, ease of reproduction, emotional stability and freedom from degenerative ills—stand in sharp contrast to civilized moderns subsisting on the “displacing foods of modern commerce,” including sugar, white flour, pasteurized milk, lowfat foods, vegetable oils and convenience items filled with extenders and additives.
The discoveries and conclusions of Dr. Price are presented in his classic volume, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. The book contains striking photographs of handsome, healthy, primitive people that illustrate in an unforgettable way the physical degeneration that occurs when human groups abandon nourishing traditional diets in favor of modern convenience foods.]
a chronololgy of sugar history
(please disregard 8000 bc date-such dates have no true scientific verification or validity-th sequence of events is a bit more substantiated.)
anothr time line featurng th sugar industry's subversive nvolvment that lead up to the current reality that processed sugar has saturated th entire world's food chain system.
this link states that it functions as a service to th sugar industry. these r but 2 of their many "chapters".
-how sugar is made-an introduction
-history of sugar
dr tim o'shea breaks down sugar into the current reality that large consumption of sugar & any amounts of process sugar are grossly adverse to human health.
what is health?
health is that state of being; with regards to the whole person/entity, which allows such person/entity to thrive within its immediate/proximal as well as its remote/distal environment. the natural environment/infrastructure is essential to life surviving. since we all ultimately share the same cycling water and air/weather, the same sun, moon, stratosphere, etc; it seems to me that an individual cannot sustain healthiness/thrive, if their immediate and likewise remote environments are not healthy, not thriving. individual health as well as community health are both dependent on the health of one's local and remote environments.
how does one care for one's health?
it seems to me that in order to care for one's health and the health of the community, an individual and a community must know what it is to be healthy and what it is not to be healthy. an individual and a community must have some understanding of what it means to thrive-sustain positive homeostasis within their immediate and remote environments. each individual and each community must have knowledge of their whole self and whole community, respectively. this knowledge includes the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of an individual and a community. each individual and each community should have some understanding of how their immediate and remote environments affect their individual and communal physical, mental, and spiritual homeostasis. the reverse is also necessary; the person and community have to know how they affect their immediate and remote environments-this knowledge is essential. self observation and communal acknowledgment must be had when the individual and or community feel balanced and without adverse symptoms, as compared to when the individual and or community feel "out of sorts" and with or without adverse symptoms.
having the time to contemplate such differences is essential to caring for one's health and the health of a community. the individual can address problems promptly by sharing their experiences with the community. this personal and collective knowledge will provide some helpful directions and most likely, provide firm answers to resolve acute wellness imbalances.
this knowledge base, includes how the basic activities of working, playing, relaxing, resting, and sleeping affect individual and community health.
in order to thrive, one must encapsulate sustainability. utilizing the appropriate balance of each of these five essential activities, assures sustainability. mind you, sustainability is not necessarily the same as longevity. one can live in an sustainable manner, and still have a relatively brief life span. i shall define sustainability as being and having a homeostatic interaction with one's immediate and remote environment. the body functions, lives to maintain a certain balance/proper ratios of all physiological elements, without having to 'rob peter to pay paul'. the same is true for the entire created system. since everything is interconnected, and this supported/proven by scientific study, then everything must work harmoniously to ensure this essential balance/homeostasis.
by work, i mean that physical labor that must be done to support and ensure life. this would include acquiring nourishment; hunting, gathering, gardening, farming, grocery shopping, preparing the food as well as eating the food. acquiring shelter, security, social bonds, and even intimacy for the sake of reproduction may all be considered work. the specific activity has to be satisfying and beneficial to the doer in order for it to be considered sustainable. it may cause some stress, be physically challenging, but ultimately, it has to be meaningful to the doer. as work utilizes the maximum amount of energy, it also tones the body, burns calories and provides an outlet for tension.
with regards to eating, the food must be compatible with the human physiology in order for the activity of eating to be considered a sustainable activity/work. i have noted in my personal experiences that there seem to be 5 global diets, 3 of which are sustainable. it is not surprising to me that the 3 diets that have proven sustainable are traditional diets. the diets are also couple with traditional work; being outside and active. these diets are characterize by the Inuit diet, primarily of protein and fat, the bedourin nomadic sheperd's diet, primary of compatible carbs from grains, fruits and vegetables, and the mediterranean diet, a specific proportioned mixture of carbs, protein, and fat. this strongly, suggest that our physiology sustainability is depended upon working for our food in an healthy environment and that our physiology is generally designed to function well/sustainably utilizing any 1 of those 3 types of diets.
of the diets that have proven not to be sustainable, 1 is actually more acutely harmful than the other. millions of people live in refugee camps, or are in areas where there is no food source; essentially those who live, live a life of starvation, and malnutrition. these persons certainly tend to have very short life spans. what they don't tend to have are metabolic diseases; obesity which is obvious, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and the genetic disorders which are increasingly becoming rampant in industrialized communities where the highly processed carb; sugar and starch diet dominates. the highly processed carb; sugar and starch diet has had the most adverse affect on the human physiology, with regards to such diseases. it is therefore, in the opinion of me, the worst diet consumed on the face of the earth.
if you take a starving person who has otherwise been living on a traditional diet and feed them sufficiently (their traditional diet) they will be healthy. those on the high carb; sugar and starch, diet are malnourished, and riddled with diseases. their diet is the caused, they would have to come off their diet to regain some health back.
by play, i mean that physical and or mental activity that is done for the sake of fun, virtually totally absent of stress, and any anxiety. play with laughter causes the release of pleasure hormones, which nullify stress hormones. again, eating and sexual activities may also be considered play, as well as cooperative and competitive sport activities, as long as the pleasure hormones dominant the physiology.
by relax, i mean that activity which gives a since of pleasure, calm, and perhaps introspection. this could be gardening, playing checkers, bird watching, hiking, etc. it is as a mental massage.
by rest, i mean that leisure lying or sitting around, kind of lazily, with no worries in mind. one is not asleep but at a very low/minimal movement level. this state is also an opportunity to rejuvenate, physically, mentally and spiritually.
by sleep, i mean that 'unconscious state' whereas, the conscious mind and the body, are at their lowest activity and going through the process of rejuvenation; replenishing, repair, and healing.
should we care for each others' health; locally, regionally, and even globally?
scarcity of food by any means (war, drought, overuse and depletion of the land, toxins) will eventually weaken the affected people. this weakness, if not overcome shall invite diseases and desperation. such diseases (not typically metabolic) and desperation tend to spread to other regions. the desperation that any person and community would experience is likely to lead to desperate acts which may or may not be violent. if we care for each others' health, whether those of our relatively immediate environment or those relatively remote to us, we minimize this risk of spreading such contagious diseases and desperation; they would be kept in checked. that is, the adversity would remain within the acceptable range of maintaining homeostasis, therefore, no need to 'rob peter to pay paul'.
it is globally established that the body and mind is capable of self healing; that is without the use of synthetic chemicals/pharmaceutical drugs and radiation. placing any person into a sustainable environment of satisfying work (including the acquirement of physiological compatible food/nourishment), authentic play, relaxation, rest and adequate sleep) will enable that person to maintain and sustain a healthy/within the homeostatic range life style which in turn would ensure their most optimum/possible health state.
invasive, risky and adverse causing pharmaceutical and radiation interventions should only be used as last resorts. the body and mind loses their self healing abilities when they are made to be dependent on the synthetic/artificial drugs and radiation.
traditional and proven methods such as acupuncture, yoga, ayurveda, medicinal plants; i.e. hemp/cannabis, are exceptionally more compatible with the human physiology than the synthetic/artificial drugs and radiation.
physicians must be trained in nutritional health/nutritional medicine as the primary pathway to professional provided healthcare. currently, the conventional approach of utilizing pharmaceuticals drugs, radiation and in many cases surgery, instead of an holistic approach and treatment of the person and their lifestyle; work, play, relaxation, rest, and sleep, is sustaining illness, not preventing illness.
the pharmaceutical, radiation and surgery approach does ensure substantial monetary profits for their supporters but substantial monetary profits for a relatively few people does not promote immediate/local or remote/distant sustainability for the majority of persons affected.
healthcare is therefore that activity/practice of providing the body, mind and spirit with compatible nourishment, interventions, and elements which promote overall sustainability/keeps the individual person as well as the human collective living within the range of homeostasis; that appropriate proportioned balance that allows all to thrive to their optimum potential.
terri a. mccurdy