Because of technology, it has become so easy to find our ancestral roots. A small saliva sample can bring a privileged wealth of information about where we originate. Even connecting with third or fourth cousins has become possible :) In Canada, ancestry.ca and elsewhere ancestry.com can provide you with a peek into your heritage within the global backyard. And on top of that it is reasonably priced!
Gut microbes are making news these days. Research has shown that a healthy influx of gut microbes can sustain good immunity, prevent a multitude of diseases including cancers and lengthen our lives. These trillions of "good" bacteria and fungi inhabit the lower end of your digestive tract mostly the colon. We can increase the numbers and quality of microbes by increasing our intake of fibre, lots of fruits and vegetables, minimize processed foods especially cured meats and especially consume fermented foods such as yoghurt, kefir, sauerkraut and others. I guess it comes back to that worn out adage of you are what you eat :) Have a great day!
Here are a few inspirational quotes for the week...
When I read an article this morning about the carcinogens in French fries, potato chips etc etc, it reminded me of an absolutely amazing book I read called Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss. If you get a chance to read this book, you will discover how the food industry gives us deadly doses of salt while adjusting the sugar and fat contents of their foods to appeal to our biological cravings. That's right! They have chemists who know exactly what types of flavours will unconsciously lure us to food concoctions that are destructive to every cell in our bodies. This is scary stuff in the name of making more profits. This article gives more details as to the manipulation of our taste buds.
Finished watching the HBO documentary "Leaving Neverland" What a powerfully disturbing experience. Having worked (12 years ago) for a Distress/Suicide intervention line for over 8 years, I felt the pain and trauma of these two men. The events depicted in the film not only shattered family dynamics but falsely gave hope to two 7 year old boys who were innocently seeking self gratification and fame. Michael Jackson, despite these heinous probable acts was himself a tragic figure. Raised with an absent childhood, he used a new found power to intimidate, manipulate and hurt to fulfill his sexual delusions.
The reactions to this film narrative will be varied but the unmistakable truth is the weight of the lies that these two individuals kept hidden for sooo many years. As adults, they are struggling with deeply rooted conflicts that will probably haunt them for the rest of their lives. If Michael Jackson were alive today, he might still be befriending children at times for the wrong abusive reasons. He evaded the law through his power to coerce and he sought to victimize and blame the victims if they did not testify to his "clean" celebrity persona. This is a tragedy on all sides and Michael Jackson's vulnerability came through in the film when he frequently visited one of the boy's family home. In my view he was craving a "normal" family life...Everyone suffered...
I was jolted to reality with this article. As we consume our days with the mighty will of our economies, the planet is falling apart. We are so wrapped up in conditioned immediate gratification that we can no longer see the devastation ahead of us. The slide show on this national geographic website shows the looming doom for our very existence. The picture of the polar bear was particularly poignant Present political forces are challenging our efforts for self preservation. Yet we seem to wake up every morning bowing to them. This article gives us a small glimmer of hope we can hopefully act upon. Here is a site that is very interesting in its efforts to safeguard the planet.
Has anyone experienced strange climate in their respective areas of the world? This year in Ottawa, Canada the winter has been an incredible contrast between very cold and snowy weather and warmer weather sometimes within a week. This not only results in dangerous icy situations but also creates potential flooding and infrastructure damage. I know that Australians have experienced their hottest summer ever.