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The Price of Beauty

The Price of Beauty:
What You Put On Your Body Goes INTO Your Body!
By Eric Zielinski, DC Student

While Americans are incessantly enticed by the intoxicating aromas, flashy packaging, and false promises of sustained youth and beauty from health care products, the global beauty market is expected to reach $265 billion in 2017! Now, there is nothing wrong with making a buck, but one question we all should be asking is what is the real cost of using these products to our health?
“Well, nothing.” You may be thinking to yourself. “I don’t eat them, I just put them on my skin!”
True, but did you know that your skin is the largest organ in your body and EVERYTHING you put ON your skin goes INTO your body! Just think about the price of beauty when you consider the long-term effects of putting chemicals on your body every day!

If this weren’t enough reason to think twice about the personal care products you use:
• Hair sprays, perfumes and powders are oftentimes inhaled.
• Laundry detergent is rarely completely rinsed off and rubs against your skin when you wear clothes.
• Lipstick is oftentimes licked off and swallowed.
• Makeup is regularly absorbed by sensitive mucous membranes.
• Shampoos and conditions run down your face into your eyes and mouth.

Can you see now how vital it is to be an avid label reader and to make sure that you are not (ignorantly) poisoning yourself and your family!

Most people think that they’re “doing their bodies good” by moisturizing their skin. Why not? It feels good, makes your skin feel smooth and attractive and you’re bombarded with advertisements telling you that “Dermatologists recommend” that you should hydrate your skin. The inquisitive mind should be asking:
• But are you really hydrating your skin?
• What if you were told that you were just clogging up your pores with dangerous chemicals?
• Wouldn’t it make more sense to use natural oil that our ancestors used for your hands and legs than a mixture of chemicals in a plastic bottle?

Here’s a safe rule of thumb: If you won’t eat it, you shouldn’t put it on your skin! Keep in mind that the price of beauty goes well beyond what you pay for skin products at the store…

Whether you’re at a bank or doctor’s office, a big jug of hand sanitizer greets you at the counter. Antibacterial soaps are in every pubic bathroom you’ll go into, and Yoga Moms in grocery stores across the nation have little bottles of scented antibacterial lotion clipped onto their strollers. They’re everywhere!

Why should you stay away from them?

Price of Beauty CosmeticsSimply put: they kill ALL the bacteria on your hands; including the GOOD bacteria you need for healthy skin and a properly functioning immune system. In fact, they have been shown to weaken your immune system!

Eliminate Toxic Body Care Products

If lotions and hand sanitizers can be bad, then what are you to do? First of all, the Environmental Working Group has evaluated over 72,000 products and rank them in an easy-to-understand guide to make sure you have a resource to keep your family safe. Check out EWG’s “Skin Deep Cosmetic Database” and see if your favorite products pass the test. Secondly, be an avid label reader and stay clear from the harmful chemicals that are killing you and your family!

Although NOT an exhaustive list, be sure to stay away from these ingredients:
• Coal Tar – Banned in Europe because it’s a known cancer-causing agent, coal tar is a primary ingredient in anti-dandruff/anti-lice shampoos. Be careful because it can also be listed as a color additive like FD&C Red No. 6.
• DEA (Diethanolamine) – Primary foaming and wetting agent that is highly reactive to other ingredients. Can form nitrosodiethanolamine (NDEA) and has been linked with bladder, esophagus, liver and stomach cancers.
• Formaldehyde – Deadly neurotoxin and carcinogen in most nail products.
• Fragrance/Parfum – Blanket term for hidden chemicals that should be avoided. Up to 50% of the products listed in Skin Deep contain the ingredient “fragrance.”
• Mineral oil – Petroleum byproduct that causes allergies, impairs brain function and can lead to birth defects.
• Lauryl sulfates – Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), and Ammonium Laurel Sulfate (ALS) are in most body care products. According to the EWG review, research has shown that they put you at risk for cancer, skin irritation, and organ toxicity.
• Parabens – Synthetic preservative that include methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben. Linked to breast cancer, decreased sperm counts and precocious puberty (early onset of puberty).
• Propylene glycol (PEG) – Form of mineral oil that is used in everything from brake fluid to e-cigarettes to snack foods! Has been linked to respiratory problems, indigestion, skin irritation, allergies and eye irritation.
• Talc – Made from the purified mineral bearing the same name. Is poisonous when inhaled or swallowed. Chronic exposure has been shown to cause a slew of disorders including: cancer, comas, convulsions, drowsiness, fevers, low blood pressure, muscle twitching, respiratory problems, and decreased urine output.

Keep in mind that you can’t trust everything in Whole Foods, Trader Joes or your local Co-Op. And don’t be fooled by companies claiming that their products are “all natural” or even “organic.” Be a voracious label reader and make sure that you’re not putting dangerous chemicals onto your skin!

Healthy Alternatives

So what are your alternatives?
Do it yourself and make products that you and your family can use without having to worry about getting poisoned!

• Coconut oil – Quite possibly the most versatile fruit in the world, oil made from the coconut has been touted as one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Additionally, it is a fantastic moisturizer, anti-fungal agent and is great for oil pulling. It absorbs into your skin quickly and leaves a pleasant aroma.
• Essential oils – Add essential oils to a base lotion for added health benefits. Studies have proven that oil of oregano is more potent than antibiotics, rosemary helps balance blood pressure and tea tree is a wound healer. To make a therapeutic blend add 50 drops of essential oil per ounce of the carrier oil of your choosing. For a body massage or moisturizing blend add 10 drops per ounce. My favorite brand is doTERRA because they are therapeutic grade and are harvested in their natural environment.
• Olive oil – Used for over 3,000 years, olive is a fantastic carrier for essential oils. Because it is thicker than coconut oil and doesn’t absorb as quickly, you can use it for excessively dry skin and as a sunscreen.
• Shea butter – The fat extracted from the nut of the African sheaf tree, pure shoe butter is a fantastic source of Vitamin A that has exception health properties. For centuries, people have used it to treat a number of skin issues including: sunburn, insect bites, frostbite, skin allergies, wrinkles, dermatitis and eczema.

Some of my favorite DIY recipes

Like growing your own food, making your own skin and beauty products is not only the healthiest option, it’s absolutely Abundant Life giving as it will empower you to take more control of YOUR life! Here are the names of some of my favorite DIY recipes that you can easily (and cheaply) include in your natural health regimen.

Antibacterial Lotion – courtesy of The Prairie Homestead
Anti-Itch Cream – courtesy of Fabulous Farm Girl
Beeswax Lip Balm (for the guys) – courtesy of Mom Prepares
Burn Cream – courtesy of Mom Prepares
Coconut Oil Deodorant – courtesy of The Prairie Homestead
Dead Sea Mud – courtesy of Joybilee Farms
Diaper Cream – courtesy of Wellness Mama
Facial Cleanser – courtesy of The Homesteading Hippee
Honey Shampoo – courtesy of Empowered Sustenance
Lavender Hand Cream – courtesy of The Happy Housewife
Naturally Tinted Lip Balm (for the ladies) – courtesy of Scratch Mommy
Sea Salt Curl Booster/Refresher for Curly Hair – courtesy of Mom Prepares
Toothpaste – courtesy of Sprouting Seed
Toner (great for acne!) – courtesy of Schneider Peeps
Whey Water Bath – courtesy of Northern Homestead

Price of Beauty

Don’t Sweat It!

Don’t Sweat It!
Why Most Deodorants Stink
By Trystanna Williams, DC Student

According to the CDC, aluminum is the most abundant metal in the earth’s crust. This metal is used in a variety of things such as soda cans, pots and pans, aspirin, antiperspirants and even food. The average adult consumes 7-9 mg of aluminum a day in their food! Aluminum is a silver metal that is strong and light and that is used for making many products. Even though the FDA has determined the use of aluminum used as a food additive is generally safe, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) along with the EPA has yet to evaluate the effects of aluminum as a potential carcinogen; this personally concerns me!

Sweat is an extremely important function of the body and unless you have anhidrosis (the inability to sweat normally), we all sweat; especially in this hot Georgia weather! One method of thermoregulation is achieved through sweating. Our skin contains many glands that produce sweat, especially in our armpits. The evaporation of sweat has a cooling effect on the skin thus helping to maintain the body temperature. Sweat itself doesn’t have an odor. It isn’t until bacteria begin to feed on the sweat molecules that an odor is produced.

The use of antiperspirants has been a safety concern of mine for quite a while. Blocking sweat ducts may lead to a build-up of toxins because sweat is not pure water; sweat1in addition to water it is composed of minerals, lactate and urea. Aluminum based antiperspirants work by blocking sweat ducts thus decreasing the amount of sweat that reaches the skin’s surface. This concern has been countered with the argument that humans do not excrete large amounts of toxins via their sweat ducts. Most toxins are excreted through the liver and kidneys and later into the urine and feces. Touché. Honestly, I am more concerned with the dangers of absorbing aluminum, even trace amounts, through the skin. The skin is the largest organ of the integumentary system and it plays a huge role in absorption.

A dense amount of lymph nodes are housed in the underarm area. Lymph nodes are part of the lymphatic system and play a role in filtering and trapping foreign particles. Antiperspirants are applied in the arm pit, close to lymph nodes. Interestingly enough, many breast tumors develop in that general vicinity. Please note that it has not been proven that antiperspirants can cause tumors. The American Cancer Society states there is very little scientific evidence to support the claim that breast cancer and the use of antiperspirant are linked. However, applying a potentially toxic substance in an area highly concentrated with lymph nodes seems risky to me.

I haven’t worn commercial deodorant in over a year because the idea of preventing perspiration is an opposition to the body’s natural health maintaining system. Yet, the thought of embarrassing social situations due to strong body odors is not highly appealing either. My solution: make my own deodorant. If you don’t feel comfortable using an antiperspirant and you don’t want to make your own deodorant, simply use aluminum-free deodorant. It won’t stop the sweat but it will take care of the odor.

DIY Deodorant

sweat23 T Coconut Oil
3+ T Baking Soda
2 T Shea Butter
Essential Oils (optional)
Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler over medium heat until barely melted. Remove from heat and add baking soda. Mix well. Add essential oils and pour into a glass container for storage. It does not need to be refrigerated.

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Relaxation and Representation

Relaxation and Representation
Take Time for You
By Nick Montgomery, DC Student

Living is similar to keeping your head above water when treading water. There are so many parts that come together to make a whole piece. Here at Life University we believe the vitalism principle which states the body must be analyzed functionally as a whole in order to diagnose any dysfunction. While at Life, does everyone do that with himself or herself first, before they move on to helping the entire entity of others?

unnamed-1Given the magnitude of the program it is easy to get bogged down with all the details. You can become overwhelmed and spread thin due to stress from tests: midterms, lab tests, finals, not to mention the national boards and OSCEs. How do you cope with this? Don’t forget to breathe.

It is important to take time for relaxation and rejuvenation while in the chiropractic bubble. We have all chosen to be here for some reason. By taking the time to deal with more than just your spine, the transition will be better when you leave the bubble. Dr. Riekeman tells all of us in first quarter to focus on ourselves and define our core beliefs. Expounding on his message by working on all the suffering that you’ve witnessed, you will not be affected as much by the cyclical stresses. Find time to experience new things such as water sports, historical landmarks, and different social settings. Learning about yourself and fixing the hand prints on the wall of your mental fortress will keep you charging forward. A reinforced purpose will allow you to succeed in school, practice, and life. Removing power from negative experiences (mental blocks) keeps the blocks from reminding you how it’s endless, how endlessly you fall when you cannot keep your head above water.

While counseling is one traditional method for releasing blocks, various chiropractic techniques incorporate methods to help you breathe – Network Spinal Analysis, BEST, BGI, and NET, for example, will help you to just breathe.

Having a solid foundation helps prepare you to weather the rough times where you are in the quiet of the shadow before a test.Just Breathe No longer will you have the overwhelming intense anxiety while in the corner of a room. Coming to a better understanding means when the darkness moves upon you like a cloud across the moon, you can dismiss it and succeed. While in this process you may stumble across things that startle you or cause you to want to stop making progress, you can absorb the awkward experiences with an attitude that it was not a mistake but rather a lesson which you can choose to not take again.

Procrastinating and deciding to work on the issues later will not be beneficial because, if this program teaches you nothing else, you should know there is no eleventh hour reprieve. Delaying anything eventually over stresses students at Life because, as soon as one thing is over, you have another looming over the horizon. It is also a small world because that horizon normally shows up in about a week.

So remember that your whole life is here and if you do not work on it now it will be more cumbersome due to a lack of an eleventh hour reprieve. Here and now is the time to build up your knowledge of the human body, develop your skill at palpation, critical thinking and understanding who you are. Allow the candle to have more space and air while discovering just how much wick and wax you have, so that you are not burnt out before you leave Life.

The War against Disease

The War against Disease
The Vaccine Answer
By Vince Methot, DC Student

A perfectly healthy person would have a mental power that could entirely control their physical body, which would have no defects. They would live in a perfectly clean environment free of toxins and microorganism that are harmful to the body. They would eat only foods that enhance and uplift the structure and function of the body. They would receive the proper amount of light to every cell in their body, thus having the power and knowledge to adapt properly to any changes. They would live in harmony with every other being in the world. They would be unhindered as they accomplish a purpose, which drives them to move and act. They would rest appropriately from their labors and be in perfect harmony with their spirituality. In other words, they would be immortal.

This person would have no need for interventions of any kind to improve their health. Since none of us are at this point in our health yet, we seek out interventions to get us closer to an ideal health. Vaccines are one of the interventions today that people use extensively to try to get closer to this ideal. The philosophy behind vaccines centers around two areas: the physical body and the environment. More specifically, it is not the physical body as a whole but only the immune system that is considered. The only aspect of the environment that is considered is the fact that there are harmful bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms, which can harm us and even cause us to die.

When we move away from the big picture of health as a whole, and the many systems of the body that work together, and we zoom in on the constant battle of bacteria and other microorganisms with the white blood cells and the immune system, we can start to consider vaccinations. As observed under a microscope, this war is very real and can get fierce. Vaccines developed and gained acceptance because of what was observed through testing its theories on how this war can be won and what was observed under the microscope.

When the paradigm is war, we do not look for cause, we look at strategy. We don’t seek for peace, we seek to conquer and annihilate. When the enemy has the upper hand we must do everything we can to train better, increase our numbers, refine our weapons, and make alliances. There are no other options. What better way is there to prepare for war, then to train on the enemy itself when we have the upper hand? We can see what attack strategies are used and defend against them. We can build up and strengthen our armies and train them on exactly how to defend against their strategies and weapons. We can create shields that protect better and weapons that are more lethal. If we know we will encounter an enemy, we would be foolish not to prepare to fight back.

This is the theory behind vaccines. As we expose the body to diseases in a state where our body has the upper hand, our immune system should be able to learn how to fight against them. We should be able to become immune to any attack that the disease mounts against us. Our bodies would be able to annihilate all diseases from which we are immune before any effect or symptom shows its ugly face. That is the theory, now for the facts.

Smallpox is the most common example used where this philosophy appears to have worked extremely well. Smallpox was rampant for many years and it was squelched by applying this philosophy through vaccines. The World Health Organization declared smallpox to be eradicated in 1979. There is no other valid explanation for its absolute eradication than the massive efforts of the smallpox vaccine initiative. While smallpox is the only disease annihilated, there are other diseases which have a direct correlation between vaccine efforts and their diminished presence in the world today.

As with any war, it is a double-edged sword, there are always casualties on both sides. The war being waged with the assistance of vaccines is no exception. Hopes for health without casualty cannot be found in a war paradigm. While this is true, the wars wage on. Those who adopt the war paradigm with their health often accept vaccines as one of the better options when striving for perfect health.

Essential Oils 101

Essential Oils 101
Support Healing Naturally
By Trystanna Williams, DC Student

Winter is here and this Arizona girl is freezing and waiting for the warm summer weather! Since I can’t change the environment, I like to arm myself with natural defenses against wintertime illnesses. My second favorite go-to natural treatments (after a chiropractic adjustment, of course) are essential oils.

essentialoil1Essential oils act as the immune system in a plant to keep it healthy and protect it from the environment. These oils protect humans in a similar fashion. Humans have been using essential oils for thousands of years for their medicinal and cosmetic properties.

Essential oils are a natural alternative to synthetic drugs. There are hundreds of different compounds of oils and each compound has a different medicinal benefit. Many pharmaceutical companies isolate and synthetically mimic the natural compounds. Often times, these synthetic chemicals may cause adverse side effects. According to the CDC.gov website, 100 people in the United States die every day from drug overdoses. This is completely unnecessary!

Essential oils assist the immune system in fighting viral, bacterial and fungal invasions. Bacteria reside on the outside of a cell and viruses on the inside. Pharmaceutical antibiotics are able to kill bacteria however they are unable to penetrate the cell membrane to fight viruses. Essential oils are able to penetrate the cell membrane thus eliminating or inhibiting the growth of viruses and bacteria.

The very essence and healing from the plant is received via inhalation, ingestion or topical applications of the oils. When looking at essential oils under a microscope you will see the molecules are much smaller than common fatty oils. These smaller molecules are more easily absorbed by the body and have the power to reach all areas of the body quickly. These small molecules can cross through tissues, cell membranes and the blood brain barrier.

Certain oils can be applied topically via skin or bath water application. The soles of your feet are very porous and absorbent. I often apply oils to the bottom of my feet then cover them with socks. Massaging the area that you plan on applying the oils increases the circulation to that area thus increasing the absorption of essential oils applied. Always test a small area of your skin before applying essential oils to larger areas. Even though oils are natural, some oils should not be used topically. Oregano is a hot oil and may heat the skin when you apply it. If you apply oil that burns, use a carrier oil to soothe the skin and reduce the heat. Examples of carrier oils are olive oil, coconut oil, and grapeseed oil. Always use a carrier oil when using on babies, children and pets since their skin is much more sensitive.

Inhaling essential oils is known as aromatherapy. When inhaled, essential oils quickly affect the body. Inhaling substances can have immediate effects on your body. If you were to inhale chloroform, it would immediately cause negative and potentially deadly effects to your body. Likewise, inhaling healthy immune boosting essential oils causes positive effects. This brings the body and mind to a healthier state of being. Oils inhaled via the nose or mouth interacts quickly with the olfactory system. The airborne molecules inhaled are carried to the lungs and respiratory system thus rapidly affecting several parts of your body. The limbic system is directly connected to areas of the brain that control our heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels and hormone balance. For example, inhaling eucalyptus oils can help reduce a cough and peppermint can reduce a headache. Plus they smell wonderful!

Essential oils may be ingested orally. Ingesting oils is not recommended unless you consult a trained health care professional or unless the brand states that you can ingest them. Some essential oils may be toxic to the liver or kidneys when ingested. The chemical breakdown of some oils during digestion can change their composition and the effects may cause damage. If the oils are approved for ingestion, you can use them in many ways such as in capsules, sublingual, cooking, or by adding a few drops to a cup of water.

There are many oils that I love but my three favorites are lavender, lemon and peppermint. Lavender has a sweet floral aroma that is soothing and refreshing. essentialoil2This is a very versatile oil that I would recommend everyone has in their home. Lavender is wonderful for relaxing yet is a great aid to boost stamina and energy. Therapeutic-grade lavender can be used to soothe and cleanse common cuts, skin irritations and bruises. Applying 2-3 drops of lavender essential oils to minor burns will soothe the affected area.

Essential oils from lemons are different than lemon juice. Lemon essential oils are cold-pressed from the rinds of lemons. Lemon oil has a strong, purifying citrus scent that is revitalizing and uplifting. Lemon oil boosts alkaline and antioxidant levels while cleansing the body. Adding a few drops of lemon oil to a spray bottle can help cleanse and sanitize surfaces.

Peppermint is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion because it stimulates the gallbladder and improves bile secretion. It is excellent for mental fatigue, headaches, and relieving pain. Use peppermint oil on the skin to cool, relieve and reduce skin irritations. Rub one drop of peppermint essential oil on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (avoid contact with eyes) and on the back of the neck to relieve head pressure and to keep energy up.

Now that you’re familiar with the basics of essential oils, start using them and benefit from their positive effects. Feel free to branch out and create your own combinations of oils. Essential oils can easily be incorporating into your daily life and will benefit you and your family for many years to come.

Sources:
http://www.naturalnews.com/034662_essential_oils_healing_remedies.html
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/09/18/5-essential-oils-that-heal/
http://www.doterra.com/us/essentialDefinition.php
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Environment of Health

Environment of Health
The Second Building Block of Health
Vince Methot, DC Student

There are seven categories in which all factors that influence health can be included. This set of seven I call the ‘fundamentals of health’. You can find the basic overview of these on the Vital Source Blog. The second of these I call the environment of health.

airbubblesSecond only to the characteristics with which we are born, our environment has the largest influence on our health. No matter how well our body runs from the inside out, it must be equally supported from the outside in. The environments in which we have lived consist primarily of air and water. Each of these also has certain characteristics such as quality and quantity which will affect our health.

Before we were born our mother breathed for us. Once our lungs developed and we were born, we breathed on our own. There are several aspects to the quality of the air that we breathe which have large influences on our health. One is its purity. Air is made up of oxygen and nitrogen as well as many other substances. Some of these other substances are good for us and some are bad. For example, air in a forest has been cleansed by the plants and trees, and has certain fragrances that are pleasant to smell and healthy for us to breathe. On the other hand, there are many toxins, microorganisms, and pollutants in city air, and more so within our own homes, which can damage our health.

Likewise, our mother drank water for us until our digestive systems developed so we could drink for ourselves. This was about the time when we could handle foods other than milk. Water is necessary for life. It is considered the universal solvent, and as such, can dissolve many substances and attract forms of life which are helpful or harmful to our body. Its purity, or lack thereof, can allow us to perform necessary functions, such as cleansing waste, or cause damage to the point of death.

As the quality is important, so is the quantity. With air, how we breathe matters. The amount of air that we breathe depends on what speed and how deeply we breathe. If we don’t get enough oxygen, either by breathing too fast, slow, or shallow, or because of low pressures at high altitudes, our body is put under stress and it cannot function properly. Likewise, breathing high-pressure air can cause oxygen toxicity, among other problems. With water, the amount we drink matters. As a general rule, we should drink at least eight cups a day – that’s a half gallon. This is not a perfectly calculated formula, but our body on the inside can be looked at as the earth with or without rain: a body like a desert is nearly dead, like a swamp is often sick, and like a well-watered field is thriving.

Our skin has the ability to absorb air and water to a small degree, so the purity of air and water on the skin matters a little. However, it is more important to consider their use in removing waste. Air and WaterProper hygiene is essential for the proper function of our body. Be aware of the temperature and humidity of air on our skin and how they are affected by climate and clothes. The temperature of the water that we bathe, shower or swim in can be refreshing or harmful. Air flow affects how fast bodily waste on the skin evaporates into the air. We should also bathe or shower somewhat frequently to be properly clean.

Both air and water are taken for granted and underrated in our society. Many irritants or illnesses plaguing our society today can be eliminated simply by drinking the proper amount of clean water. For example, many allergies can be reduced or eliminated if our body was not like a swamp but instead had flowing rivers. Also, many people do not consider the negative effects of the toxins in the air we breathe, like cleaning supply chemicals and mold, which have potential to compromise our health. There are also substances in our air such as oils which have been found to have a profound influence on improving health. Likewise, breathing techniques alone can significantly reduce our stress levels but we don’t often hear people talking about that when the topic of high stress load comes up.

As we consider our health, let us not neglect the small and simple things which have the potential to both heal and enhance our health. It is true that our thoughts and attitudes can determine how we breathe; but, how we breathe can improve the nature of our thoughts and attitudes. How much water we drink relates to how alive we are — so drink plenty of water and live well.

Fundamentals of Health

Fundamentals of Health
Health Benefits for You and I
Vince Methot, DC Student

When examining the notion of health, there are many perspectives and important points to consider. Oftentimes, important points are missing or the concepts are not fundamental enough. It is said that the human brain can usually only hold lists of four to seven items. I have created seven overarching categories which include everything having any effect on the health of the human body.

These categories follow a natural progression from most fundamental, to most central, to most conclusive; from those things over which we have little to no control, to those over which we do have control, and back. There is a natural order to how health can be created and changed for the better.

GroundworkofHealth_Methot_Vince_Aug_13Groundwork – Our bodies started out as a single cell which allowed us to live. With life came certain fundamental characteristics, such as a genetic makeup giving us the recipes needed to function at the limits of what our fullest potential can be, and an internal biochemistry that provided everything that we needed to start multiplying and growing towards that goal. We also have a unique personality which allows us to choose. With that ability, we have the opportunity to adopt belief systems that may show us our full potential and attitudes that may allow us to reach that goal. more…

EnvironmentofHealth_Methot_Vince_Aug_13Environment – We have lived in various environments from the moment we were conceived up to now. These environments consist of fluids composed primarily of air and water. The quality, quantity, and frequency of the water we drink and bathe in and the air we breathe and live in largely influences our health. In the proper balance we will be able to eliminate those things which are toxic and continue to grow. more…

NourishmentofHealth_Methot_Vince_Aug_13Nourishment – Our bodies have certain requirements in order to build the structures needed and to function properly. These requirements are provided by food. The food we eat needs to have the proper ratio of nutrients for our needs. By choosing to eat primarily what is meant to be food, these ratios will be in their proper proportion. Appropriate choices with regard to the quality, quantity and frequency of the food we eat, in connection with our ability to absorb the needed nutrients and remove the wastes, may allow our bodies to commit to healthful development. more…

EnlightenmentofHealth_Methot_Vince_Aug_13Enlightenment – Our bodies have a governing unit, the brain, which changes it from being a large group of cells working together into a single unit. To communicate, our brain uses light which is the energy given off by the movement of charged particles; light is not limited to what we can see with our eyes. Our brain receives light and information from the whole body and gives light and instructions to the whole body through the movement of charged particles. Our bodies also receive light from the outside which allow us to respond and learn. The quantity, quality and frequency of light that we receive and create, in connection with its proper transmission, is the most powerful aspect of our health and enables our bodies to heal most efficiently. more…

SocialityofHealth_Methot_Vince_Aug_13Sociality – We have been interacting with people since before we were born. We were each born into a set of communities, the smallest of which is usually a family unit. In these communities we learned how to express our emotions. We also learned to act or react to other people’s emotions. The mother of all emotions is love; the quantity, quality and frequency of love received and given, in connection with its proper balance and expression, may allow for an enhanced state of mind, a longevity of life and strength to fight off many foreign invaders. more…

IndustryofHealth_Methot_Vince_Aug_13Industry – Our love for others gives us purpose and drives us to act to improve their health, individually and as a community. This in turn improves our own health for the better. The main way that we choose to be industrious often becomes our occupation. Currency and its proper handling is an out-branching of the nature of our personal industry. The quantity, quality and frequency of our physical labors, along with the balance of muscles used, will influence our health and self-perception. more…

SpiritualityofHealth_Methot_Vince_Aug_13Spirituality – We must rest from our physical labors to allow our bodies to be refreshed and rejuvenate. In so doing, we cannot be completely healthy when care of our spirit is neglected. There are things we can do to plan for our ultimate future and to focus on the most important things in life. Religious observance often provides ways to rest the body and increase spirituality. more…

FundamentalsofHealth2_Methot_Vince_Aug_13Our body functions as a whole, and as such, none of these areas can be neglected or out of balance with the others in order to be considered healthy. However, we are mortal and, despite our best efforts, we will all die because we do not have full control over our own health or the health of others; but, as we continue on our pathways here at Life we will have the skills to improve people’s health in at least one of these areas.