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Choose Wellness -- July/09
July 10, 2009
...and a very big Welcome to new friends.
How Do You Measure Success?
Quality of life, in America today, is often measured by the amount of money you make. Success is defined by the kind of car you drive. By the neighborhood you live in. By the toys you own. After all, he who dies with the most toys wins. True or false?
Life was difficult before remote controls and automatic door locks. Skiing was so boring before the new shape skis hit the market. Fishing without a carbon-fiber rod was next to impossible. And the best part of life today is that big-screen plasma HDTV, the one with the universal remote that controls everything. It's the best escape devised yet from an otherwise dull evening.
In contrast, the people of the remote Himalayan country of Bhutan were recently rated as having the poorest quality of life of all but one other country in the world --- after all, their average annual per capita income is only $500. Ironically, however, when you visit the country, there are no beggars, only beautiful, snow-capped peaks, virgin forests, and clean air. The crime rate is extremely low, no one is in a hurry, and there is a strong sense of community. You might almost think that instead of depending on their belongings to entertain them, they've learned to enhance their lives by building relationships with each other.
Be careful to avoid the trap of, "the more you buy, the more you need". Because oftentimes then the more we think we need, the more unhappy we are with what we have. So this year, before buying those new golf clubs, stop and think. Will that $1,000 bring you more happiness through a bag of irons, compared to a few days off with your family, or as a donation to an organization, or a person who is trying to make a difference. It's your choice. It's how you measure it.
So this week count your blessings instead of your possessions. Spend more time with those you love, instead of spending more money on things you lack.
Here is a link to an amazing video of courage and determination.
Briefly the story is that a Chinese woman who loved to dance lost her arm in an accident and suffered the depression that such an event would bring. As a form of therapy she went back to dancing, but the missing limb made her balance wrong and she effectively had to learn how to dance all over again.
Then she met a man who had lost a leg - and was suffering the inevitable depression as well. She suggested dance therapy, but he had never danced before and couldn't see how it was even possible with one leg.
She must have been a very persuasive lady because despite the odds against them, they gave it a try.
What an inspiration to us all. Enjoy.
"Refuse to be ill. Never tell people you are ill; never own it yourself. Illness is one of those things which man should resist on principle at the onset." Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton.
Proteins: Too Much or Little of a Good Thing?
By Julianne Koritz, Registered, Licensed Dietitian.
"The typical Western diet consists of some type of meat product every day and sometimes three times a day. An overindulgence of animal protein may lead to some chronic degenerative diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Proteins form the major cellular structure, are necessary for biochemical reactions and important regulator of gene expressions. Researchers have found that humans need only 0.8 grams of high quality protein per kilogram of body weight (800 mg/kg body weight)."
Instead of boiling fresh vegetables, lightly steam them. The vegetables will retain more nutrients and save you time because they cook faster.
Should we be Insisting that all girls and young women be vaccinated to guard against cervical cancer?
Back in November 2006 when the Gardasil vaccine was approved and being promoted to all girls and young women as a way to help prevent cervical cancer, Dr Christiane Northrup. M.D. sent out a cautionary message to her entire e-community explaining that the inoculation wasn't necessary and that it carries significant risks.
Just recently when I paid a visit to my GP for a check-up there in the waiting room was a huge poster promoting the vaccine.
More than two years after the Gardasil vaccine for HPV was approved, there have been thousands of reported incidents of side effects and health problems, including more than 30 deaths. This prompted CBS anchor Katie Couric to do an exposť on Gardasilís safety. You can read more here, and watch this video here.
Sorry, but you'll have to watch an ad first, and...you can stay and watch more!
I have made a few changes to my website and have added some new items to my Free Gifts page.
New subscribers to 'Choose Wellness' are given a Password so that they can access the free gifts and also some pages on the website that are 'password protected'.
As you are reading this newsletter it means that you are already one of my Wellness Friends, so here now is the password for you: wellness_friends
Go to the site directory to see the listing of all pages on the website. Remember that I love to receive your questions, comments or requests so please contact me if you have anything you'd like to contribute or any questions.
Until then keep well and remember
'healthy cells = healthy bodies'
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