Herewith, what I hope is a worthwhile re-post of an article I penned last year and originally published on another site, it features a few of my favorite ‘hobby-horses’:
Any Tips Arising From The Following Discussion Might Seriously Improve Your Chances Of Staying Well!
In response to a recent ‘video post’ I happened to see passed around on facebook and concerning the issue of cancer, specifically, I made the following observations (edited below into a more coherent form) that I hope may be of interest:
This (the short video about the real causes of and potential cure for cancer) reiterates my own research over the last few years and I have published some material along similar lines in various places. But here is a summary of just some of the things I have found most fascinating and noteworthy:
From Programmed Death To Re-Incarnation…
Human cells have a marvellous built-in system – apoptosis, or ‘programmed cell death’ – which, when working correctly, literally tells a cell when it is ‘too damaged’ to continue to survive and ‘instructs it’ to self-destruct… But in this case there is an ‘afterlife’ (an interesting observation for those who believe the adage ‘as above, so below’, perhaps?) for although the dead cells are indeed broken down, and the ‘rubbish is dumped’ (removed and or excreted via the action of organs such as the liver, kidneys and mayhap the lungs?) they do not go totally to waste, for the remaining ‘useful parts’ are recycled to build new cellular material… a kind of ‘reincarnation’.
However, when certain processes ‘injure’ the cell’s ‘apoptotic response mechanism’ they cannot then ‘die’ when this in-built safety-system would have told them they should! This can lead to a proliferation of such mutated cells, a cluster of which might be typically diagnosed as a ‘tumor’. Such damage to the cells ‘auto-self-destruct’ response can be caused by things like ‘free radicals’. We are told that a free radicals is: “…any atom or molecule that has a single unpaired electron in an outer shell” – which doesn’t help much to explain the danger they pose to the human biological system, except to imply they need to balance their electron pairs, which essentially leads these free-radicals ‘scavenge’ oxygen, when they get into our bodies, and hence depleting availability of this essential resource that is the key to our cellular-level health, and our indeed our continued existence!
This is just one aspect that highlights (beyond ensuring we eat a healthful diet, that includes those things that ‘mop up’ free radicals and hence defuses their harmful effects) why you should understand that proper oxygenation (of the body) is so important… How often do you stop to think how ‘efficiently and effectively’ you are breathing? If you are like me you may well have periods of sedentary occupation (stuck in front of a PC screen for hours developing, editing and repairing websites in my case; along with writing an occasional article or two!) and it is common at these times not only to adopt a poor posture, but also to breathe in a shallow and ineffective way. If you live and/or work in a city there is also air quality to consider, whether indoors effects of mechanical sir circulation and cooling/heating) or outside in the plumes of combustion gases… even if you do deep-breathing exercises, you may well wonder: what are you actually breathing-in? (But that’s another issue).
That Dreaded Notion…
Let’s assume, for now, that your typical air is ‘still clean enough’: how frequently do you pause even for 5 minutes to take deliberately deep, slow, even breaths, then hold a few seconds to allow full absorption of oxygen, before exhaling equally slowly, deeply and evenly? Naturally, doing things that stimulate fuller and more healthy breathing can be valuable in increasing your oxygen intake… such as that dreaded notion (for some) of actually doing more ‘physical exercise’ (as they say, this can be as simple as taking the stairs not the ‘handy’ lift, or walking down to the shops and returning with a few kilos of purchases… rather than lazily ‘hopping in the car’!). But as practitioners know, choosing to adopt yoga as a regular part of your ‘health boosting’ daily regime involves the process of ‘re-learning how to breathe’ properly, and thereby increasing that essential oxygen intake.
Are You What You Eat?
So whilst we breathe to live it is also acknowledged that… we ‘are what we eat’ – a adage we all seem to know, yet so often fail to heed — for, many people just keep on eating processed ‘pseudo foods’ full of the very things that lead to greater acidification of the system and potential cellular damage. This includes the negative impact, for example, of ingredients such as sugars (not to mention the insidious proliferation of non-natural sweeteners!), and many other common additives and ingredients used in processing foods (so-called ‘added value’ which really translates into ‘added profits!), as well as the tendency to consume too much of certain ‘acidifying’ food groups, primarily for example: ‘meat and meat products’! (and that is without getting into the issues of what chemicals and substances may have been pumped into the poor animals, thanks to modern agricultural practices during its sad and often rapidly-enhanced ‘lifetime’, and that still linger within, after slaughter, for us to consume and our bodies to try to deal with).
Killer Foods… And The Survival Instinct At Cellular Level…
Today’s food manufacturers bear a great responsibility for developing ‘killer foods’ that contain not only questionable sugar levels, but ‘high fructose corn syrup’ (even cheaper than sugar) — bulking food out, maintaining our taste for ‘sweet things’ all of which leads to more acidification… In relation to this and the previously discussed concept of depleted oxygen, one fascinating aspect of the ‘built in survival instinct’ of human body cells is that, if they are ‘forced’ to live in an oxygen deprived environment for long enough (a state that often occurs due to us failing to ‘breathe fully and deeply’, not exercising enough to stimulate oxygen intake and good circulation)… then they can ‘save themselves’ by going into are ‘retrogressive’ or ‘devolved’ state… When this happens, rather than continue to operate ‘healthily and normally’ using oxygen (which should be being delivered constantly by a healthy bloodstream) they revert to an ‘anaerobic’ state where the cell manages to ‘limp along’ by using CO2 (Carbon Dioxide). Naturally, this waste-product should be being exported from the body via the blood, to the lungs, and expelled through our breath. But ‘in extremis’ cells can revert to this ‘lower state of evolution’ and a growth of carbon dioxide consuming anaerobic cells can occur… Such cells are generally recognized as a cancerous growth… Ultimately the survival instinct at the cellular level can sow the seeds of death for the larger organism… the human body itself!
Common Sense Strategies For Remaining Healthy
So, essentially – and in simple ‘common-sense’ terms — we need to oxygenate our bodies effectively, keep our blood clean and uncluttered, free flowing and healthy, many (informed folk) would say erring towards the alkaline side for even better healthfulness, which can be achieved all through good eating habits, perhaps combined with regular cleansing, if we know we have allowed ourselves to become too polluted…Exercising daily (it sounds a cliché, I know), stimulating blood flow, and reducing the chances of ‘low oxygen areas’ occurring in the body. Reducing acidity via alkalizing food, you may not want to hear it but this means consuming plenty of leafy green vegetables (glowing with the ‘inner light’ of synthesized sun-energy), along with the intake of sufficient clean pure water to assist with efficient flushing-out of toxins (this, then, does NOT generally mean chemically laced tap water – unless you REALLY have no other choice)… whilst reducing our consumption of acidifying foods and the health-impugning/corporate-pocket lining/supposedly-time-saving ‘processed nibbles’ and ‘ready-made foods’ that many have become so dependent on (not to say ‘addicted’ to!).
Healthy Body, Healthy Mind…
But equally important is good ‘mental health’ in the broadest sense, because even though all the physical factors may be ‘right’, yet your ‘mind is wrong’, the internal environment can never reach its optimal potential! Which implies that actively taking time out to de-stress, possibly by choosing to set time aside to learn and practice meditation regularly, maybe combining this with yoga for its multiple benefits both physical and mental, or whatever else helps YOU to reduce the ‘acidifying effects’ of a poor psychological state… all these can contribute to an ‘holistic approach’ that can both strengthen immunity AND keep cells working healthily and happily. (Evidently there is material here to be discussed in a further article, and I accept I have paid this important aspect short shrift – though I ‘tip my hat’ to the ‘epigenetic’ theories and intelligent presentations to be found online by luminaries such as Professor Bruce Lipton, if you like ‘Googling’ – or ‘Duck-Duck-a-Go-Go-ing’!! and haven’t yet read/listened to his extremely important work. I urge you to do it!)
On a side point that has certainly fascinatedme:
Almost all our many trillions of body cells contain the amazing component – the mitochondrion (or in most cells the plural mitochondria, applies) — some cells such as muscle cells have a good many, the ‘incredibly busy’ liver cells have around two thousand each, others than require little energy may have as little as one of these incredible almost deceptively simple structural elements, or ‘organelles’ – and indeed to be fair, flowing continuously along the liquid ‘nutrition delivery’ highway we refer to as ‘blood’, the red cells have no mitochondria!
Miniscule but Mighty Mitochondria…
Mitochondria are often likened to little ‘batteries’ (though this underplays their mighty significance to our health and functioning) as they are the centers found in the majority of human cells where fuel is turned into energy, and they play a major role in signalling about, and maintaining cell-health (including the aforementioned ‘programmed death’ mechanism). Yet amazingly, whereas most of our human body cell’s DNA is contained in its nucleus, the ‘mighty’ mitochondrion has its own genetic material: “…the mitochondrion has its own independent genome… its DNA shows substantial similarity to bacterial genomes” (source: wikipedia amongst others). An implication that an essential element/mechanism within the majority of cells within the human body ‘is not of human origin’ …and in a way provides us with a kind of exemplar of the ultimate cooperative, mutually-beneficial ‘symbiotic society’… If only we could learn to ’emulate’ this on the ‘greater scale’?!
For the mitochondria to work effectively and remain undamaged, it requires that the cell walls are kept undamaged, semi-permeable, and in good order being constantly provided with the ‘right fuel’; further confirming the need to keep the inner-environment clean through the consumption of REAL unadulterated fresh foods – especially vegetable sources as noted… Supplying fuel efficiently and effectively, of the optimal quality to these miniature ‘energy managers’ is simply essential to our long-term good health… and survival!
And another amazing side note:
Indeed with the aphorism mentioned early (“as above, so below”) it is phenomenal to consider that: besides relying on what may have originally been a ‘non-human’ (bacterial) symbiont for our cellular health and survival, we are also (each individual human, in and of ourselves) a whole world – or possibly a universe (or even ‘multiverse’!) – of microscopic/sub-microscopic lifeforms. For, as you may already know, whilst we consider we are simply wholly ‘human beings’, we actually play host to a FAR greater number of non-human cells than we have actual human cells (and that’s anywhere from about 30 to 70 trillion) in our body.
The Universe Within Us…
Indeed we are host to an amazing array of lifeforms of non-human origin – yet we fail to recognize our own role as ‘walking talking universes’ that show little to no recognition, or respect, for the organisms we provide a home, a world, a universe for!… In fact we pay very little respect to our own bodies, full stop! We expect it to constantly deal with all the rubbish we throw at it day in day out – both in terms of eating poor quality processed ‘so-called’ foods, breathing and re-breathing increasingly polluted air, consuming an array of ‘known-to-be-toxic’ fluids (from acidifying, sugary or worse still ’artificially sweetened’ drinks, often laced with carbon dioxide; to all forms of alcoholic beverage – the stronger the more seriously toxic; and even to tap water that may be ‘laced with’ chlorine and possibly that totally unnecessary ‘industrial waste product’ – that by the way has no proven positive impact on dental health – the neuro-toxic chemical, fluoride, spuriously foisted on the consumer for ‘our benefit’!). We, most of us, constantly consume these debilitating forms of ‘crude fuel’ for our bodies, along with absorbing the ‘negative energy’ we are exposed to through putting ourselves into stressful positions: sticking at jobs we hate, existing in stress-ridden environments in cities and towns… And then we wonder why our health deteriorates and ask: why have our bodies ‘let us down’?
An Exemplar Of Cooperatives Peaceful Co-Existence: Our Human Body
In all the body itself provides a great example of how a ‘united world’ should work — a set of diverse, complex organs and systems – working harmoniously and constantly around the clock, supporting one another and in optimal conditions, working efficiently for more than 100 years! (Some suggest it could be 150 or more with proper support, care, nutrition, maintenance and exercise! Maybe longer?)
Yet we persist in our typical diurnal self-destructive behaviors — from drinking soda-pop, to eating too much chemically laced food, resorting at the ‘drop of a hat’ to questionable pharmaceutical products to ameliorate symptoms, getting regularly stressed-out at our spouse, our kids, our co-workers, strangers in the street, the dumb politicians, and so on… and so on… until R.I.P.
…Take Care – All the Time!
I can appreciate entirely (without the need for the billions that flow through the coffers of spurious ‘research charities’ into Big Pharma’s so-called-research centers, whilst largely funding who-knows-what hierarchy of management and ‘fundraising’ teams… yes, these supposed non-profits are simply corporate businesses!) that today’s tide, or epidemic, of Cancer (as well as many, if not all, other diseases) — can be halted, avoided, stopped, cured, overcome – BUT NOT by the ‘slash, burn, poison’ tactics of so-called ‘modern medicine’ (all methods which, by the way, have been shown to cause myriad problems themselves, and that can actually prove over time be ‘carcinogenic’!) …But by treating ourselves, our bodies, our minds with care and respect ‘all the time’: by considering every morsel we eat, and every drop we drink, every breath we take, every angry word we find formulating on our tongue-tips, every lost opportunity to walk, jog, run or use our bodies in countless useful energetic ways…
…And simply accepting that it seems to have been ordained that in the ‘pattern of things’ – in the cosmic kaleidoscope, from the smallest to the greatest of thing we can conceive – we are each of us, a universe of creatures, in effect we are the ‘God’ of which they can ‘never know’, yet on which they depend to make the right decisions to ensure both their, and our own, prolonged healthy existence!.. Might they also be ‘thinking’: “As Above, So Below”?
(NOTE: Despite their limitations, and their frequent reliance on largely non-medically-qualified pharmaceutical salesmen for their latest information about ‘medicinal products and treatments’: You are still advised to seek medical advice from a qualified and trusted medical practitioner, at your earliest opportunity, if you think you may have a health problem. Proviso: BUT always remember – Doctors are not ‘gods’ and you retain your own free will when it comes to accepting their analysis, information and advice… if you have any qualms or concerns about any diagnosis, or treatment you are offered, seek second or further opinions! This is your human right, and your health is YOUR responsibility, no-one else’s, so don’t abdicate it!)
Author bio: Al G Smith has published health-related and other articles widely, online, over the last decade or so. He is not a medical practitioner (that’s the good news!) he is an ‘independent researcher’ but lays no claim to providing anything in any article that can be construed as diagnostic advice. Al G Smith publishes his own ‘eclectic’ blog at http://algsmith.com, and an organic lifestyle ‘online resource’ at www.goNandO.com (Go Natural and Organic). He is also currently involved with the life-changing, ‘nascent’ eco-project at www.ValleyofPleasures.com, set in central Portugal, which is being largely funded through his website development work undertaken through http://eiWebDesign.com where he specializes in helping people with their WordPress websites and social media management. Al also writes and illustrates children’s books and has created the online book club for children: http://Kindling.Club …amongst other things!
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