What can we do about it?

So what can we do about those seemingly normal, harmless and necessary things like chemicals in our food, water and air; overmedication of patients and super bacteria that are a huge threat to us and the world? Is it possible at all to turn around and create healthy environments for us and our children? Isn’t it too late already?

Well, I think that the full impact of the pollution we’re causing today will hit our grandchildren and great grandchildren and later generations and that it will take millions of years to get rid of all the chemicals we are spreading around today, but if we want the best for our future generations we really do have to stop doing all the wrong things and start thinking.

Maybe you and I alone cannot save the whole world, but we can make better choices for ourselves and our families.

We can start by buying local produce and preferably organic and grass fed whenever possible in health shops and at farmers markets.

We can learn to cook our meals from scratch and teach our children to do the same.

We can opt for cleaning detergents without chemicals.

We can leave our weeds as they are or pull them out manually instead of using round-up.

We can start reading food labels before we buy something.

We can also start only to buy things without food labels, like a whole head of cabbage, whole potatoes, a whole wild caught salmon, a whole lamb’s leg. That way we can make sure that nothing we don’t want is added to our food.

We can turn out the light when nobody is in the room and turn off things like televisions, radios and computers when we don’t use them instead of letting it go on standby.

Next time we have to replace our fridge or freezer, washing machine, dryer, dishwasher or other kinds of machinery, we can opt for the one that uses least power and/or water.

We can replace our light bulbs with energy saving ones or LED’s little by little.

We can collect rain water and use it in our gardens in dry periods instead of using ground water.

We can choose to replace a part of our lawn with a vegetable garden where we don’t use chemicals at all.

We can choose to walk or go by bike on short distances instead of taking the car.

We can choose to go by bus, train, metro or other kinds of public traffic instead of taking the car whenever possible.

We can buy our body care products and makeup at a health shop or on the internet, or maybe we even can make most of it ourselves.

We can bake our own bread and cookies from good organic produce.

We can vote with our wallets and choose not to buy from companies with flawed ethics and from those who buy from those companies.

There really are many things we can do to tread lighter and leave a smaller footprint behind us, many more than I can think of right now.

The most important thing is to start doing something, anything, and let it grow from there.

Let us learn about the consequences of the things we do and teach each other and especially our children how to do things right.

Nowadays we do not only have a big problem, we also have a huge opportunity. We have the internet and are able to spread information around the world. Imagine how far we could reach if each of you, who are reading this post, would forward the information to your own readers, and they to theirs and so on? We could reach the whole world in no time, and then we could really get things done.

We could for instance tell the whole world about the director of Nestle, who thinks that access to fresh drinking-water should not be a human right, and we could ask people not to buy Nestle products any more. But that’s a whole different story.

Our relationship with bacteria

Another very important thing I didn’t write about earlier is bacteria.

Over the last ten years or so we’ve all gotten terribly afraid of them, and that’s no wonder. We hear all the horror stories about what can happen, if we eat a raw egg or at a not so clean kitchen, or if we say hello to a bird or a pig or go to a hospital.

From all the stories we hear, one should think that we are going to die the moment we’re hit by a bacteria, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. We actually need bacteria; the good kind that is.

Each and every one of us has several pounds of bacteria in his/her body, and if we want to stay healthy, we have to create a good environment for our bacteria. As long as we do that, our bacteria will keep us healthy.

Bacteria first become a problem the moment we treat them wrong.

Have you ever wondered why you’re supposed to take all the pills when you’re getting antibiotics? Antibiotics kill all the bacteria, the good, the bad and the ugly. If some of the good bacteria survive a treatment, that’s not a bad thing, but if some of the bad bacteria survive, they get resistant to antibiotics over time. So if you stop taking your pills after half a package because you feel fine, there will still be bad bacteria in your body, and once they are resistant, we are no longer able to treat the disease this bacteria causes. We actually do have diseases that could be treated with antibiotics earlier, but now we can’t any more.

The second part of the story about multi resistant super bacteria, are those huge concentration camps for pigs, cows, poultry and even fish, we have all over the world. We treat the animals wrong and feed them wrong, and to avoid that they get sick we give them antibiotics all of the time, which kills their good bacteria and opens the door for bad bacteria.

The third part of the story, are all those hand sanitizers and other disinfecting remedies we use today. When we hear about all those people dying of resistant bacteria in our hospitals, it’s not necessarily because they don’t clean the hospitals good enough; it’s because they’ve run out of ways to kill those bacteria. That’s a very bad thing.

In our everyday lives we don’t need to sanitize our surroundings. It’s actually better we don’t

When is it enough?

If you’ve read my latest 6 posts on this blog, you’ll know that I see quite a grim future for us and the world if we don’t come to our senses soon and stop this madness.

We’ve polluted the oceans, the land, the ground water, the air and ourselves.

We’ve almost used all the fossil fuel there was, we have nuclear waste under the ground and we have an island of plastic the size of a country floating around in our oceans. We’ve also dumped so much toxic waste in our oceans that it’s no longer safe to eat larger fish more than twice or three times a week.

Who do we expect will come and clean this up?

Now we’re grasping at straws, fracking oil sands and ruining the rest of our nature.

We give away our power to greedy banks and chemical industries and politicians who don’t give a damn about us and can’t be trusted.

When is it enough?

The chemicals we take for our health

Today it’s unusual for a person my age (mid-fifties) not to be on a few medications, and often it goes as follows: maybe you’re having a routine check at your doctor, or maybe you feel a little sluggish one day and go to see him/her.

You’re doctor finds something. Maybe your blood pressure is too high, or your blood sugar level, or he tells you that you’re depressed, or he measures your cortisol level (did you know by the way that you cannot measure your risk of  heart disease by measuring your cortisol level?).

Any way; your doctor finds something and gives you a prescription. You are pleased that you made it ‘in time’, and start taking your medicine.

A short while later you realize that you don’t really feel better. You’ve got some other health issues. You have an idea that maybe it’s because of the medicine you take, but then again, you don’t want to risk anything and keep on taking your pills, but you also go back to the doctor and tell him/her about your new problems.

If you’re lucky your doctor listens to you, and then he says: Yea, this medicine can have some side effects, even so most don’t experience them. I think you should continue taking your pills. It will probably get better over time. And in the meanwhile I will give you something else that can take the edge of your symptoms.

If you’re unlucky your doctor dismisses your suspicion about the pills he gave you and tells you that you’ve developed some totally new disease and have to have some different pills for that.

Both ways you’re buggered. You take your medicine and hope for the best, but your pills don’t cure your problems, they only disguise the symptoms and since you don’t react on them your body gives you some new diseases and symptoms in the hope that you will start taking care of yourself.

Over time you get a third, fourth and fifth pill and often many more, to cover up your symptoms, and apart from not getting better now you can also see that all your medicine is terribly expensive, and maybe you start worrying whether you will be able to pay for it in the long run.

To be continued…

More about chemicals

Once you start thinking about all the chemicals in our surroundings it’s hard to stop again. Look for instance at the stuff we use to clean our houses. In reality we don’t know what all those cleaners are made of, and whether or not they are dangerous to our health, but a good rule of thumb is that the more a manufacturer tries to disguise a cleaners smell with an (artificial, chemical) perfume smell, the more nasty the stuff is.

We are very far from olden day’s use of soda, lime, vinegar and brown soap, which by the way are excellent cleaning agents and all that’s needed to keep a house clean. But of course there is not a lot of money to be made from those things. On chemicals on the other hand there is.

Think about it. Since WW2 the use of chemicals has exploded. Today they are everywhere: in drinks, food, candy, chips; in air fresheners; in cleaning agents; in clothes; in furniture; in cars, trains, planes, boats; in war fare (companies like Monsanto and Dow Chemical Company produced wonderful things like Agent Orange and DDT, and they still keep on poisoning the world and making big money by doing so).

Our babies have lots of chemicals in their bodies when they are born. They are fed chemical laden foods, and many of them get diagnosed with things like ADHD and OCD, or they develop diabetes, and the only answer we have to that today, is giving those children more chemicals in the form of medicine. FOR LIFE!

I remember a time when most people lived their lives, grew old and died. Today they develop diseases during their life time, get really sick and spend all the money they’ve ever saved before they die.

President Nixon declared the War on Cancer in 1971. Since then billions have been spend to find a cure, but today even more people die from the disease. Could it be because the only place we look for a cure is in labs? Could it be that cancer – just like all the other diseases – is not due to a lack of chemicals?

Okay, I know that this starts to sound like a kind of conspiracy theory, but the best thing I can say about the development is that there are a few people who make a lot of money and a lot of people who suffer unreasonably.

To be continued …

Also the rest of the beauty industry has a lot to answer for

Together we spend billions every year to look different, younger, better.

Unfortunately the biggest part of products from baby wipes and tooth paste over lotions and deodorants, shampoos and hair colors, foundation, mascara, lipstick and rouge and hundreds of other products till perfume, contain lots and lots of chemicals, heavy metals and even ridiculous ingredients like formaldehyde. What are they doing there?

Not that many years ago we were told that what we put on our skin doesn’t impact us, and that our skin wasn’t able to absorb anything from the produce we slathered ourselves into.

Today we know that that’s not true. Our skin absorbs everything we put on it. How else would nicotine patches work? Or patches with morphine?

Unknowingly each of us gets in contact with hundreds of chemicals through beauty products every day, and those chemicals enter our bodies, and who knows what damage they can do inside us?

Human beings have never before had to deal with this many chemicals in our environment and in our bodies. What will they do to us over time?

In defense of the sun

During the industrial revolution in England land in the big cities was expensive and therefore houses for the poor were built on small pieces of land along very narrow alleys, where the sun never reached the ground. As a result the children of the poor people barely ever saw sunlight, and many of them got very weak bones and crooked legs and spines, because they had no vitamin D in their system.

Today we know without the shadow of a doubt that we humans need vitamin D, and especially D3, for our bodies to function properly and stay healthy, and if we don’t get enough of it, we risk getting serious health problems  and diseases like all sorts of cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, MS, you name it.

But even so we know all that (or at least some of us know it), the beauty industry and their parrots in newspapers, magazines, TV, radio and on the internet tell us to stay out of the sun, because it supposedly gives us skin cancer and ages our skin prematurely.

Well, the way I see it, it’s plain stupidity. We human beings developed under the sun. Way back, before we all started sitting behind computers in small cubicles, we were outside in the sun all day long. If the sun had been such a huge problem as they tell us, we would not have been here today, it’s that simple.

Of course we have to be careful when we start going out while our skin isn’t used to the sun, but the problem is not the sun, it’s the way we use it. It’s no use to get burned to a crisp on our first day of vacation. We have to build up our resistance to the sun little by little by letting the sun shine on our bare skin for ten minutes, 20 minutes, half an hour, an hour and so on. Give your skin some time in the sun and then use various layers of clothes and maybe a hat to cover yourself up the rest of the day. The only time I accept the necessity of a sun blocker is when you go to the mountains, the desert, the beach or on a boat. In such cases I recommend you go to a health store first and buy an organic product with a physical blocker that stays on the outside of your skin and doesn’t enter your blood stream.

Not going out in the sun is not an option if you want to stay healthy, and using sun blockers can be a disaster. Sun blockers are a multibillion dollars industry, but did you know that many of the ingredients commonly used in sun blockers are carcinogenic? Especially when they are used in sunlight? Just imagine!

 

They’re all lying to us!

Continued from yesterday

There are however lots of people who feel compelled to talk a lot about the little they know and to jump to conclusions and tell the rest of us how we should live and what we should eat. And on the internet it’s even worse.

Over the years I’ve come across many bits of absolutely ridiculous ‘information’, written by someone who obviously has no clue about the subject but knows that there are millions to be earned in the diet industry.

The way I see it we’re many, who are getting bigger and sicker even so we’re following the rules, use all our will power and huge amounts of money, while the bestselling health and weight loss gurus laugh all the way to the bank.

But it’s not only the gurus who make big bucks on our misery. There are also the governments who misguide us with their food pyramids, which everybody who knows only a little bit about health, will tell you are totally wrong and are just aiming to make us good consumers of products that are bad for us.

And then there are of course all the manufacturers of food-like products, who mislead us on purpose by making us believe that their foods are good for us. By for instance writing on their package of crackers that they are cholesterol free (crackers are made from grain, which I happen to think is very unhealthy, but it doesn’t contain cholesterol, because cholesterol can only be produced in the liver of living animals), or by writing ‘sugar free’ on their products and instead giving us a shit load (pardon my French) of chemicals, of which we don’t know the consequences yet, or by writing ‘fat free’ and replacing all the fat with sugar.

There’s no limit to what manufacturers will do to make us buy their products, and unfortunately their tricks work, and we buy all their crap.

It’s interesting to see that while we’re buying in to all of this and are getting fatter and sicker, the beauty industry is telling us another kind of lie that we all can look like Ken and Barbie or Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt if only we use their products, but nobody looks like Ken and Barbie, and not even Angelina and Brad look like Angelina and Brad in real life. Their photo-shopped!

To be continued …

 

After translating Alma Nissen

Now I’ve finished the translation of the book about Alma Nissen, I’ve thought about where to go next, and decided to keep on writing about health for a while.

As I’ve told you earlier, I’ve read cookbooks since I was a little girl, and for the last 30 years or so I’ve mostly turned to buying and reading diet books. I’ve also followed some of those diets.

In the beginning I followed each of them for a while with more or less success, either till I reached a plateau I couldn’t get past or till the diet became too hard to follow or till I felt sick.

After a while I stopped following every diet I found, but I still bought the books and read them, and I still do. This year alone I’ve bought and read at least 10 new diet books.

The thing is that new diet books show up in our book stores at an ever increasing speed, but unfortunately most of them add little to nothing to our knowledge about what makes us fat and sick.

If you go to a news stand and look at newspapers and magazines or you go to a book store, you’ll find lots and lots of diets that promise you the figure and size you’ve always wanted. Some of them are written by people who are hoping to make a name of themselves, and others are written by people who have a name already and hope to make some money out of it. And even if the author has the very best intentions and only wants to help, chances are that he or she doesn’t have all the information needed to make a positive impact.

What I’m getting at here is that even so we can read about new discoveries all the time and even so we are given the impression that there is a lot of research going on, what we really need is more research, because most of what we read about is research paid for by companies who have an interest in the outcome of it.

Those companies can pick and choose what part of their research gets published, and the very most of the journalists who give us the sensational parts of the research are laymen and not able to read the research papers in depth.

That’s why we get all the alarming news about – ‘oh my God, don’t eat saturated fat’, or ‘stay away from salt’, or ‘why your cholesterol is killing you’, when all of it is no the truth by far.

I’m a sucker for articles about health, and if there is anything I’ve learned over the last decades, it must be that I don’t know nearly enough to speak about and act on health with certainty.

There are however …

To be continued …

 

The back cover of the book: The mystery about arthritis is solved

The back cover of the book

The doctor of the newspaper Dagen says about Alma Nissen’s cure: The times I’ve visited Alma Nissen, I’ve seen many cases where people get healthier every day.

After reading ”The mystery of arthritis is solved”, the Danish critic and writer Lis Andersen writes: THIS HAS TO BECOME A POPULAR BOOK. It gets my finest recommendation.

During 30 years 10,000 patients got Alma Nissen’s healing drinking cure at Brandal Helsehjem south of Stockholm.

82Here Pia Gahns is preparing the potato water.

The book tells in depth about the drinking cure, but amongst other things also about nature’s penicillin, garlic. Alma Nissen uses it for colds, ulcers, bladder, prostate and ovarian infection, sinusitis and infection of the ears.

Read also about Alma Nissen’s blazing exciting life and her attacks on doctors for the use of drugs which according to Alma Nissen are worse than the disease itself.

ISBN (the Danish book registration number) 87-980520-0-4

This page is the last part of my translation of the Danish Book: Gigtens gåde er løst (the mystery of arthritis is solved) by Peter Laursen. The book was published in 1989 by the Danish publishing house Hellas, and tells the story of Alma Nissen, who for more than 30 years cured thousands of patients for amongst other things arthritis, psoriasis, asthma, pneumonia, herpes, gallstones and migraines with something as simple as potato soup and garlic, mild exercise, enough sleep and a lot of common sense. Through all those years Alma fought to make doctors put away their prescription pads and realize that drugs against arthritis are worse than the disease itself. The book – Gigtens gåde er løst –   tells Alma Nissens story in her own words and gives us the solution, so we can help ourselves, when the medical establishment refuses to.

I think that this is one of those few books that really can have a huge impact on the life and health of the reader, and that’s why I translated it into English, so more people can get access to Alma Nissens wisdom.

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