What was not addressed in this article is the psychological effect to the factory worker. Can you imagine taking part daily in the pain and suffering of any being and it not having an effect on how you view life and the world? We know that soldiers experience PTSD as a result of being in the battlefield, taking part and bearing witness to the atrocities of war. The atrocities experienced in large CAFO operations must have a similar effect. (http://www.texasobserver.org/ptsd-in-the-slaughterhouse/). Factory farming as it exist today is a secretive, cruel industry that is taking a toll on our planet and our health. And, it is just not necessary. Government subsidies, advertising and greed have created a huge industry whose only interest is profit. (http://www.pcrm.org/search/?cid=2586). Logic should tell us a pound a hamburger should cost more than a pint of blueberries. Good Food For Thought…
Is it possible this genetically modified version of our “symbol of health” will not be fully recognized by our bodies? It makes sense to me that nature supplies what the natural, organic human body needs for health and maintenance. Nature and the human animal are co-dependent. I’m not convinced man can duplicate this natural, complimentary process. Does science really understand the miracle of life and nature? Science says the nutrients in the GMO products and organic products are the same, but that doesn’t mean our bodies can use them. Can science really decode the conversation between our natural food source and our natural bodies? We’ve seen what happens to synthetic vitamins – They end up the sewer system, undigested. We know our bodies are so unique, they are not compatible with foreign substances placed in the body and will even reject a perfectly good organ. Our bodies rebel against bacteria, viruses, bugs. etc. I for one, believe all the chemicals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, modified and processed foods are taking their toll on public health simply because they are NOT compatible to the miracle that is our natural, organic body. Food For Thought….
I recently had my own “Suzanne Somers like” hospital experience and I’m still reeling! Don’t get me wrong – I totally believe in the necessity of good hospitals and medical doctors and that they save many lives everyday. Unfortunately, I also believe that the situation below, probably happens way to often.
Scene 1: Emergency Room Saturday 7:30 a.m. I had gotten in the middle of a dog fight the night before and suffered several deep wounds on Friday evening. FYI – Never, ever put your hand between fighting dogs and NO – A dog’s mouth is not cleaner than a human’s. Anyway, long story short – I woke up Saturday morning with 102 temperature – NOT GOOD. I drove myself to the ER. I’m told within just a few minutes, I’m being admitted and IV antibiotics are started. I can understand the concern and the preventative measures. This is what hospitals are for.
Scene 2: About 7:00 Saturday evening, the hospital attending on duty shows up. She pulls up a chair very close to my bed and with a grim, serious face, proceeds to tell me, “The x-ray of my hand in the ER revealed a disturbing finding”. Exact words folks, “You have a bone lesion in your hand and unfortunately, it’s the kind consistent in people with lung cancer. It has nothing to do with the injury, trust me I questioned the radiologist. I want to get some chest x-rays right away”. And, depending on what the hand surgeon says, we may also need a MRI to get a better look at the lesion”. I am away to x-ray within 30 minutes. Not kidding! I said out loud – “OMG! Did my dog just save my life?” And, I’m thinking, “I guess I’m going to get the opportunity to live what I believe (not that I really want to)”. I’m convinced that destroying the cancer with toxic chemo you also destroy the body’s ability to heal itself. A body that can heal itself can survive cancer (the short story). You see – I believe everything happens for a reason. (I had the MRI the next morning).
Can you imagine! Here I am in the hospital with a dog bites and this doctor is sitting in front of me seriously telling me she thinks I have cancer. She doesn’t know anything about me. After delivering the bad news, she tells me, “The good news is – all my blood work looks great and I’m healthy, which is a big plus” (except for the cancer thing). She doesn’t ask me if I have any family members are friends there. She doesn’t say, “This could be nothing”. She leaves telling me she’ll be back early in the morning. Wow – I got a great night’s sleep! After going plant-based, I’ve been able to totally come off the blood pressure medicine I had taken for 10 years. It’s been almost 2 years now. I thought I was handling the news pretty well, but my blood pressure said otherwise.
Scene 3: The doctor enters the next morning to tell me my chest x-rays came back clear, (I swear, she seemed disappointed). It took her about 2 minutes to deliver this news along with, there is still a chance the lesion is malignant, and the surgeon will be in later to talk to me about it. About 3:00 p.m., he shows up to confirm I have a bone lesion in my hand. I ask if the MRI confirmed malignancy. “Oh no! (he said), We won’t know that until we remove it.” So the MRI was unnecessary and useless? “Oh no – it gave me a better look at what I’m dealing with”. I am instructed to make an appointment with his office for Wednesday (3 days later). I did not.
Scene 4: Nurse shows up a few minutes later and I ask if I can go home now. She goes and asks the doctor and I’m released with prescriptions in hand for pain and antibiotics (or so I thought), I couldn’t seem to find them – that’s a whole other blog!
Okay – so I don’t have lung cancer and I guess there is a small chance that have some kind of malignant thing in my hand – but I doubt it. I’m pretty sure if I wanted to pursue this, which I don’t, I would find out the location of the so-called lesion, is in the exact same spot where I received a really bad cut when I was a girl. It severed nerves and still sends pain up my arm if I hit it. I’m sure there was some scar tissue left over from that healing.
MORAL OF THE STORY – Stuff happens and sometimes the hospital is unavoidable. If you do wind up in the hospital:
1. Question everything! Speak up! Try to have someone with you taking notes and asking questions when the doctor visits.
2. FACT – Hospitals are the best place to pick up a bug or infection. Get out of there as soon as possible!
3. Do your best to avoid doctors and hospitals. Take responsibility for your health through diet and exercise. “The REAL solution to America’s “Healthcare Crisis” is to “GET HEALTHY”! Good Food For Thought…..
4. When pharmaceutical antibiotics are unavoidable. Began taking a heavy duty probiotic (good bacteria) immediately. Along with killing the bad bacteria, the antibiotic destroys all your good bacteria (your natural immune system). Without the good stuff available in your system to fight the bad stuff, you have a good chance of contracting a viral, bacterial, and fungal infection when the antibiotics are stopped.
FYI – Try “Antiseptine” natural antibiotic ointment for cuts and scrapes. (I’m allergic to the ingredients in common over the counter chemical ointments). Antiseptine has all of my favorite anti-fungal and anti-bacterial solutions in one jar (coconut oil, aloe vera, tea tree oil, etc.). Find it online or you can make your own. The web is full of effective natural remedy recipes.
I was just watching a little T.V. today by default. I decided to check out some new Yoga. I’m not going to name the channel, but I was a little disappointed to see commercials for lawyers on this particular one. They were soliciting to potential clients who have experienced the devastating effects of various “FDA” approved drugs: such as, malformaties and birth defects, heart defects, spinalbifida, just to name a few. Then it hit me, these guys are advertising lawsuits against big pharmaceutical companies. Yes, they are still ambulance chasers, but they do make a point. The FDA approves these drugs that line the pockets of these lawyers. It amazes me that I can’t buy real organic almonds, but I can get any doctor to prescribe these toxic drugs – so toxic that the side effects make billions of dollars for lawyers. Just Food for thought.
I’m not surprised my passion and purpose revolves around food – We’ve been in love for a very long time. I discovered, at about 11 years old, I was CRAZY about cooking while spending time in the kitchen with my father preparing meals for our large family of seven. I took little miss “susie homemaker” VERY seriously. I remember my Dad would take my creations all over the neighborhood (I pretended embarrassment). Over the years I have always found immense pleasure in the loving preparation and celebration of food. I get a huge kick out of re-vamping old family favorites into new, delicious healthy traditions that shut everyone up! In the silence the appreciation and love of the food can be heard. Of course, I never share the “healthy” part until the plates are empty…
The “food and body” connection clicked in for me early in my adult life, watching my mother struggle with and die young of heart disease (1 year younger than I am today on Labor Day). It hit me then, this was not natural and her doctor confirmed her lifestyle was a major contributor to her chronic conditions. It would be many years before I realized my love for cooking and my mother’s experience had led me directly down the path that would become my life’s work. I believe that all experiences in life happen for a reason. Looking back I can see the synergy of events (hind sight is 20/20 – right?). One thing I know for sure – when you find your passion and passionately eat, sleep and work it, it will lead you directly to your purpose and that will lead you to joy and abundance (and I’m not just talking about the green kind). As an accomplished plant-based chef, I have been sharing the delicious, healing power of food through public and private cooking classes and seminars for years now. My favorite title; The Plant-Based Chef for Meat Lovers and Vegetable Haters…
This passion for healthy cooking has also been extended into volunteer work. One of my deepest desires is to witness in this lifetime the end to our healthcare crisis and world hunger. Just because people are well fed, doesn’t mean they are nourished. Health and malnourishment cannot co-exist. I have been blessed to take part in the re-vamping of the local food pantry where I live. It is now a remarkable “Nutrition Center” that focuses on “real food” (lots of organics); fresh produce, whole grains and staple cooking ingredients. I look forward to seeing this concept take off nationwide. And of course, learning how to cook is KEY to the success of these programs. One of the reason’s we are in this health care crisis boat is we have given over control of what is in our food. Cooking from scratch restores control. I share my love and talent through volunteer culinary classes at various community outreach centers locally.
As we all know – one thing leads to another and the chef experience was just one layer of this amazing journey. A life-long love affair with food has led me to the most surprising “Revelation” of all! Our body knows exactly what foods it needs and doesn’t for optimum health at any given time. Food is not just our fuel, it’s our “tool kit” for repair and maintenance. If we can know what this amazing, miraculous machine knows, we can be in control of our health. With that revelation, the “Intuitive Chef” was born and since many have enjoyed the health advantages of very specific; “unique to their body only” Food Compatibility Testing. The process is called “Food IS Talking” and it is gaining momentum worldwide as the world becomes more and more aware that our collective state of health is not improving but deteriorating under our current health care system. We are looking for real answers.
I knew when this revelation appeared, “the gift” was meant to be shared. And so it is! “Food IS Talking” workshops are now available worldwide in public venues, personal one-one-one workshops and online via Skype and video conferencing. Don’t we live in a magically time! We can learn just about anything the world has to offer without leaving our chair. This is an intuitive process anyone can learn – It’s only a matter of flexing and building the natural intuitive muscle we were born with. It is my purpose and sheer joy to share this revelation with the world. Health is Freedom Baby!
Peace, Joy, LOVE & Health! – Intuitive Chef Gail