Nutritional Security Should Be Given The Same Priority As Food Security.


Nutrition is becoming ever more central to our understanding of virtually all metabolic processes. Its biological basis offers insight into the mechanisms by which diet influences human health and disease. Nutritional biochemistry broadens and deepens our understanding of many aspects of human biology including immunity, development, and aging. Research in this complex field must integrate information from a myriad of fields including cellular and molecular biology, molecular genetics, physiology, epidemiology, and clinical medicine.

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Nutritional biochemistry is a vital field of study. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, poor nutrition (along with inactivity) contributes to approximately half a million deaths each year. Poor nutrition is also a leading cause of disability and loss of independence. Healthier dietary practices, according to the US Department of Agriculture, could prevent at least $71 billion per year in medical costs, lost productivity, and premature deaths in the United States alone.

At the international level, the World Health Organization focuses on nutrition as one of the most significant factors influencing human health; under nutrition contrinutes to about a third of all child deaths around the world, amd growing rates of overweight and obesity worldwide are associated with the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

Gene nutrient interactions in growth and developmemt and in disease prevention are fundamental to health, therefore regional Centers on Genetics, Nutrition and Fitness for Health should be established worldwide.

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Heads of state must elevate, as a matter of urgency, Nutrition as a national priority, that access to a healthy diet should be considered a human right and that the lead responsibility for Nutrition should be placed in Ministries of Health rather than agriculture so that the health requirements drive agricultural priorities, not vice versa.

Nutritional security should be given the same priority as food security.

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My Friends, Do Not Lose Heart


My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world now. Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people.

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You are right in your assessments. The lustre and hubris some have aspired to while endorsing acts so heinous against children, elders, everyday people, the poor, the unguarded, the helpless, is breathtaking. Yet, I urge you, ask you, gentle you, to please not spend your spirit dry by bewailing these difficult times. Especially do not lose hope. Most particularly because, the fact is that we were made for these times. Yes. For years, we have been learning, practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this exact plain of engagement.

I grew up on the Great Lakes and recognize a seaworthy vessel when I see one. Regarding awakened souls, there have never been more able vessels in the waters than there are right now across the world. And they are fully provisioned and able to signal one another as never before in the history of humankind.

Look out over the prow; there are millions of boats of righteous souls on the waters with you. Even though your veneers may shiver from every wave in this stormy roil, I assure you that the long timbers composing your prow and rudder come from a greater forest. That long-grained lumber is known to withstand storms, to hold together, to hold its own, and to advance, regardless.

In any dark time, there is a tendency to veer toward fainting over how much is wrong or unmended in the world. Do not focus on that. There is a tendency, too, to fall into being weakened by dwelling on what is outside your reach, by what cannot yet be. Do not focus there. That is spending the wind without raising the sails.

We are needed, that is all we can know. And though we meet resistance, we more so will meet great souls who will hail us, love us and guide us, and we will know them when they appear. Didn’t you say you were a believer? Didn’t you say you pledged to listen to a voice greater? Didn’t you ask for grace? Don’t you remember that to be in grace means to submit to the voice greater?

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Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good.

What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.

One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these – to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity.

Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.

There will always be times when you feel discouraged. I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it. I will not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate.

The reason is this: In my uttermost bones I know something, as do you. It is that there can be no despair when you remember why you came to Earth, who you serve, and who sent you here. The good words we say and the good deeds we do are not ours. They are the words and deeds of the One who brought us here. In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall: When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.

By Clarissa Pinkola Estes

American poet, post-trauma specialist and Jungian psychoanalyst, author of Women Who Run With the Wolves.

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Every Man Is The Builder Of A Temple Called His Body


In Scripture we are told that God made man in his own image. This is stated not only in the Christian Bible but also in the holy writing of nearly all enlightened people. The Jewish patriarchs taught that the human body was the microcosm, or little cosmos.

There is no doubt that the Old Testament is a physiological and anatomical textbook to those capable of reading it from a scientific viewpoint. The functions of the human body, the attributes of the human mind, and the qualities of the human soul, have been personified by the wise men of the ancient world. Today a great drama has been built around their relationships to themselves and to each other.

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To the real Egyptian demigod, Hermes, the human race owes its concept of the law of analogy. The great Hermetic axiom was that which is above is like unto that which is below, and that which is below is like that which is above.

The religions of the ancient world were all based upon nature-worship, which in a degenerated form has survived to our own day as phallicism.

The building of temples in the form of the human body is a custom common to ALL people. The great Egyptian Temple of Karnak, The Tabernacle of the Jews, the religious structures of the Hawaiian priests, and the Christian churches laid out in the form of the cross, are examples of this practice.

If the human body were laid out with the arms spread in the shape of any of these buildings, you would find that the high alter would occupy the same relative position in the building that the brain occupies in the human body.

We know that the human body has been the inspiration for nearly all mechanical contrivances. Hinges are copied from the human body; likewise the ball and socket joint. We are told that the first plumbing was reproduced from the arterial and venous circulatory systems.

Hundreds of machines and implements have been inspired by the subtle workings of our own vehicles, for the human body is the most marvelously constructed machine that the human mind can study. We know that mathematics and geometry are the great keys to universal order, and they are nowhere more evident than in the physical body.

While on the subject of the debt of science to the human body we might add that the decimal system is the result of primitive man’s counting on his fingers, whereby ten became the unit of enumeration. The ancient cubit also was the distance between the elbow and the end of the second finger, or approximately 18 inches. So it goes back through the study of things until we find that nearly everything with which man has surrounded himself is an adaptation from the body with which God surrounded his spirit.

The word Adam, meaning species or type, signifies humanity collectively; that is, the wave of cosmic life that is now flowing through nature in the form of human beings.

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The ancients therefore, gave us the concept that the body is a living temple of the living God. Each human body is a sanctuary for a spiritual entity or reality. This body, this temple, has been in various ways corrupted.

We have gradually lost the strength, the vitality, or the incentives to maintain properly this living temple. Most people do not even bother to consider the body a temple. Our attitude toward our own physical structure is almost unbelievable. In the first place, to most individuals the body is merely a servant of the purposes of the will, the mind, and the emotions. The body is merely a kind of animal, which is supposed to draw wagons as horses did, a faithful servant to the pressures that are forced against it.

The body in a sense is analagous to humanity. It gives us an understanding of the relationship of parts to the whole. Within the body of man there are more separate living entities than there are creatures upon the surface of the earth. Not only is this true of human beings, but of every form of life that exists.

Within the human body, however, is a far greater assembly of life than can be found anywhere else. Some of these are so small that we cannot see them. Because they sometimes are born and die within a few hours, and because they are so completely involved in the structures, which they nourish and sustain, we lose sight of the fact that we are not one being alone, but that the human body is a field of evolution for millions and billions of living things.

All of this together and very, very much more, brings me to the final realization that this body is indeed a sacred thing that it has been given to us for a reason, for a purpose.

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Beauty Itself Is A Universal Medicine


To the old philosophers, the human body itself was a musical instrument.  They believed that it is the musician within the body who must control and direct the impulses which flow outward through the personality.

The universality of music and the importance in the life of man is in many ways analogous to water.  Like water it adapts itself instantly to the shape of its container.  In a square vessel, it is square; in a circular vessel, it is circular.  It may exist in countless forms and several states.  It nourishes and sustains all kinds of internal life.  It nourishes religions, philosophies, and sciences without being identical with any of them.  Like beauty it is forever ministering, enriching, and expanding the potentials of human consciousness.

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Music and art have long been closely associated with man’s religious instinct.  The influence of music is more powerful and continuous than that of any other arts because of the factor of repetition.

We may attend a play once or twice, and then have the feeling that we have exhausted its meaning for us.  The same is true of a good book, unless it is one of the scriptural writings or some well-loved classic.  Even then, we grow tired of it and move on to something else.  Most art gallery visitors would not think to return daily to contemplate a certain painting or piece of sculpturing.  Once the symbolism has been impressed upon our mind we are satisfied and seek stimulation elsewhere for further stimulation.  In the case of music, however, the reaction is totally different.

The secret seems to lie in the fact that music is invisible and therefore does not immediately reveal its full significance. Although we hear the same selections on numerous occasions, there is always a difference because in the passing of time and the vicissitudes of living we become different.

The countless changes in our own psychic life cause old music to seem new, and the friendly themes seem to adjust themselves to our immediate requirements.  Thus, music is friendly, lovable, and intimate; and we turn to it both in joy and sorrow and find it forever gracious.

Music is a positive expression of beauty, and beauty itself is a universal medicine.  Even those who do not understand or who do not feel that they have developed appreciation respond to harmony and melody.  It becomes a symbol of a harmonious kind of existence.

Health and beauty are intimately related, and to preserve the first we must cultivate the second.

We talk a lot about the science of living, but now is the time we should think more about the art of living.   It is not the destiny of man that we should compete with machines in hopes of equaling them in mechanised efficiency.  We are capable of a larger concept and a higher destiny and are responsible before God and Nature for the right use of these capacities and powers, particularly our own.

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No Two Brains Are The Same


Every scientist will tell you that no two brains are the same and every parent with two or more children will confirm that claim.

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Thinking Will Not Overcome Fear But Action Will.


You can choose what you want to see. You can filter your life with rose-colored beliefs that will help your body grow or you can use a dark filter that turns everything black and makes your body/mind more susceptible to disease. You can live a life of fear or you can live a life of love. You have the choice!

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If you choose to see a world full of love, your body will respond by growing in health. If you choose to believe that you live in a dark world full of fear, your body’s health will be compromised as you physiologically close yourself down in a protection response.

Learning how to harness your mind to promote growth is the secret of life!

Positive thoughts are a biological mandate for a happy, healthy life.

In the words of Mahatma Gandhi:

Your beliefs become your thoughts

Your thoughts become your words

Your words become your actions

Your actions become your habits

Your habits become your values

Your values become your destiny

When we change the way we perceive the world, when we “change our beliefs,” we change the blood’s neurochemical composition, which then initiates a complementary change in the body’s cells.

Research has confirmed that brain cells translate the mind’s perceptions (beliefs) of the world into complementary and unique chemical profiles that, when secreted into the blood, control the fate of the body’s 50 trillion cells. So blood, not only nourishes cells, its neurochemical components also regulate cells’ genetic and behavioral activity.

What fears are stunting your growth? Where did these fears come from? Are they necessary? Are they real? Are they contributing to a full life?   If we can control our fears, we can regain control over our lives.

Here is my challenge to you. Let go of unfounded fears and take care not to implant unnecessary fears and limiting beliefs on yourself or your loved ones.

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Yes, Mom. Parenting IS Harder These Days.


One day when Pascal was about 1o months old, my Mom said, “Jeez. You guys sure make this look hard.” Referring to parenting.  Now, my Mom is a great mom and a fantastic grandmother. She’ll offer advice is you ask and generally won’t, if you don’t.

But yes…we do make it seem harder today.

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Why is that?   Well, I got thinking…you know where that led.

I came down to one huge reason. Choices. Let me break it down for you, Ma.

LET’S START WITH THE SEEMINGLY TRIVIAL:

1. You had a phone. Called a land line. It was attached by a wire to the house. If someone called when you weren’t home, tough shit. You didn’t even have to worry about checking messages. There weren’t any answering machines. Or telemarketers. Yeah. I know. I don’t have to pick up my phone every ring. I can shut it off. But then everyone assumes I’m dead and that just leads to more calls that have to be answered later.

2. You had no email. Again, I know it’s my choice to check this but it’s part of our reality and how we communicate. 24 hour communication has led to different expectations. People want to be replied to now. Or they think you’re dead.

3. You had no identity to preserve. Largely, you were housewife and mother and that’s it.  Back in the day, you weren’t expected to have more.  You weren’t asked what else do you do besides mother.

4. You got pregnant and you did exactly what the doctor said. He (yes, most likely a man) was pretty much God and you didn’t question his authority. You didn’t have a birth plan. You did no birth research. There wasn’t much out there even if you wanted to.

ONTO THE LESS TRIVIAL:

5.  Safety. The few car seats that were available, we now know weren’t safe. But on the flip side, you didn’t have 50 to choose from; to research for safety records, recalls and customer reviews.  I clearly remember climbing between seats in our huge, green station wagon. To smush my face against the back window. On the freeway.

6.  The crib you bought was a bed, not a potential death trap.  There also wasn’t a huge variety to choose from, so that cut down on…you guessed it…research.

7. Come to think of it…there weren’t any recalls.  Nor was there on-line news, social media and 24 hour news channels to scare the shit out of you about the crib. That was in fact, a death trap.

8. Those same sources of news also delight in kidnappings and murders. So we can’t just send our kids out to play. We have  to schedule it in.

9. Even if we could just send them outside, there’s no more ozone layer. See, you all didn’t have to carry around and liberally apply SPF 50 every 12 minutes. Nor did you need to research which brands don’t cause skin cancer and what age is best to use how much.

10. You didn’t know we all walking around dehydrated.  You didn’t worry that our BPA free water bottles were filled. Good thing.  Cause that’s another mind boggling amount of research.

11. Even if we did have the water bottles, they’d have been filled with Kool-Aid. Made with real sugar. Cause HFCS wasn’t invented yet.

12. Don’t get me started on BPA. And canned goods and plastic. That would make your head spin, Mom.

13.  And don’t get me started on HFCS. Or sugar. Or gluten. Or peanuts or soy. Food allergies are up by at least 50%. And even if your kid doesn’t have any…you have to be on the look out for other kids. Causing anaphylactic shock in another child is frowned upon.

14. Speaking of food. There was no organic vs. non. No grass-fed vs. feedlot meat. You bought what was in season from your local market. Because supermarkets and advertising and money hungry corporations weren’t in full swing yet. Monsanto wasn’t up to any tricks. Yet.

15. You didn’t read labels.  Do you know how time consuming reading labels is?

16. Children weren’t a MARKET. So you didn’t have to plan a trip to the market like a Navy Seal assignment, avoiding certain isles and products to avoid tantrums.

17.  Nor did you have to navigate all the various forms of programming, videos and games marketed to children.

18. You used cloth diapers. Paper diapers were new on the market and pricey. Everyone used cloth and rubber pants. Google cloth diapers to get an idea of what an industry THAT’S become. And no one measured your parenting based on your diaper choice.

AND NOW THE SERIOUS SHIT:

19. You vaccinated when you were told. It wasn’t the same heavy schedule as today and warranted no research. Research, btw, that must be organized into a spread sheet to prove you’re not a negligent whack job.

20. Oh. Speaking of negligent whack jobs. You all minded your own business. You raised your kids and had little to say about how others were raising theirs. Today, we all get directly confronted and questioned on our choices. Daily.

21. You didn’t breastfeed. That was okay. The doctors told you formula was good for your baby and you did what everyone else did.  I’m not condemning the choice but nowadays you will be asked to defend your right to breastfeed. And you will  have to defend yourself  if you choose formula. And if you worked out of the home…which was not that common…you certainly wouldn’t have pumped your milk in a bathroom stall.

There weren’t these choices in your day, nor the information we have.

With choices and information comes the inevitable:

WHAT IF I MAKE THE WRONG CHOICE?

And blame. And guilt. What if I could have done something to prevent the autism, the Downs, the learning disability?

If your kid grew up to be a serial killer, so be it. With us, what if our kid turned out to be serial killer because we didn’t breastfeed? With all these choices and information, we need to choose carefully. Because if our kid is fucked up, it’s going to be OUR FAULT.

This, my friends, is where the competitive parenting comes into play. We aren’t really competitive.  We are desperate to have the world know that we TRIED to make the right choice.

So yes, Mom, we are making it look harder today. It IS harder today. I’m not saying anything you did was wrong. But let me make the choices I think are right. Let me stumble and fall and just be there to pick me up with an open heart. Let me over-think it and you can think I’m being ridiculous but don’t say it.

“They did the best they could with what they had at the time”. This is true of all parents. But now, we have a lot more choices and information, with which to do our best.

Isn’t it our responsibility…our obligation… to take that knowledge and use it?

By Jamie Glowacki

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