Healthy People, Healthy Planet, a Holistic View…

 

 

 

 

An interesting and very relevant article, in view of the current state of the planet and humanity! Humanity’s wellness is inextricably linked to planetary wellness. The imperative to embrace an integrative holistic planetary health model has never been more urgent and should be the ultimate determinant of human development.

Planetary Health: From the Wellspring of Holistic Medicine to Personal and Public Health Imperative

Susan L.Prescott12Alan C.Logan2

Please click on the link to view the full article:- https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1550830718301824#! [Accessed online 22 Sep 2020]

Excerpt:-

1. Vitality: Planetary health, inseparably bonded to human health, is defined as the interdependent vitality of all natural and anthropogenic ecosystems; this vitality includes the biologically defined ecosystems (at micro, meso and macro scales) that favor biodiversity; it includes the more broadly defined human-constructed social, political, and economic ecosystems that favor health equity and the opportunity to strive for high-level wellness; this definition also includes the business ecosystems that influence sustainable and health-promoting local and global commerce.

2. Values and purpose: Attitudes, values and behaviors, and relationships sit at the heart of reaching planetary health goals; that is, human vitality (wellness) depends intimately on planetary vitality that in turn depends on humankind, on human kindness, empathy, mutualism, responsibility, and reciprocity at the individual, community, societal and global levels; thus, achieving planetary health must be a product of the interconnected systems of life and the approach to living (lifestyle) – the bios and biosis, respectively.

3. Integration and unity: Planetary health is rooted in ancestral concepts of the unity of life; the complexity of the challenges we face demands integrationist approaches; responsibility for planetary health requires us to relinquish conventional professional, societal, and cultural partitions and to develop contextual coalitions based both on science and broader cultural narratives.

4. Narrative health: Promoting awareness and discourse toward solutions (including those emerging from science) demands a narrative-based process that includes traditional knowledge and sciences and an understanding of the power of language; in healthcare, this underscores a role for researchers, clinicians, public health physicians and health promotion professionals in engaging patients and the community-at-large (and their influencers, policy makers and political representatives) to underscore the importance of the earth’s natural systems and biodiversity to human health and well-being.

5. Planetary consciousness: Planetary health requires commitment to self-awareness, cultural competency, and critical consciousness; to reduce the ways in which social, economic and political systems oppress groups and communities in different (and unequal) ways; to challenge contextual power hierarchies that block health equity; and to correct sources of misinformation that stand in the way of well-established personal, public and planetary health practices.

6. Nature relatedness: We should educate on the importance of emotional connections to the land, to nature and its biodiversity; consider the psychological asset of nature-relatedness in clinical settings and beyond; encourage further research directed at understanding how mental and emotional relationships with place and planet are developed, and the biopsychosocial implications of experience (or lack, thereof) with nature.

7. Biopsychosocial interdependence: In the context of personalized/precision medicine, where possible we should promote understanding of our dependence on the natural environment around us (flora, fauna and our physical world) and intimately part of us (the human microbiome); use opportunities to illustrate and educate on how physiology (in health and disease) and dysbiosis (as a measurable microbial construct, and a metaphor from its Latin roots ‘life in distress’) can be linked through ecosystems operating from the micro to macro scales (e.g. misuse of antimicrobials, low-grade inflammation and/or the microbiome).

8. Advocacy: We should advocate for greater inclusion of the planetary health perspective in the training of all healthcare professionals; advocate for early-life education in sciences that 1). illustrate the interconnectivity of human life with the Earth’s biodiversity and its natural systems; and 2) illustrates how individual wellness is predicated on our way of living with other humans, and other forms of life. Such discourse should be encouraged and included in the education of caring and teaching professionals and widely throughout society, such that individuals will strive to lead by example, to reduce primacy and encourage unity.

9. Countering elitism, social dominance and marginalization: Planetary health requires greater awareness of the impact of authoritarianism, and strong advocacy against collective narcissism, hubris, and social dominance orientation, factors that otherwise reduce empathy, marginalize out-group voices and impede the World Health Organization’s stated goals for global health promotion; research across all domains should occur with meaningful community engagement and partnerships that carefully consider the motivation and the beneficiaries of the research agenda.

10. Personal commitment to shaping new normative behaviors: We should strive to live by example: in clinical/academic/public settings and beyond we should endeavor to include the principles and practices of a planetary health lifestyle; in daily behavior, we should aim to be part of the solution, not the problem; remain committed to a planetary peace agenda; encourage mutualism, empathy and community cohesion; and underscore that aggression, conflict and violence are destructive to person, place and planet.

Please click on the link to view the full article:- https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1550830718301824#! [Accessed online 22 Sep 2020]

The Game Changers!

Watch this very interesting and for some controversial documentary about plant based eating versus a meat eating lifestyle.

Your health is your wealth and what you eat, as you know, is crucial to your wellbeing.

Watch this doco to get some incredible insights into what you are doing to your body!

It may just change your life!

Reiki Healing: What Research Shows

I am fortunate Reiki has been part of my life for over 20 years. It has helped me enormously and is a wonderful support. To help my clients is a great source of joy to me. That is why it is important that further studies are done to prove what Reiki therapists already know, that Reiki is a healing force for all. Here are some excerpts from the article:

“…Reiki is a subtle and effective form of energy healing using guided life force energy… practiced in every country of the world. While often considered to be spiritual in nature, Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice.

Reiki is increasingly offered in hospital, hospice, and private practice settings, applied to a variety of illnesses and conditions. Those who receive such treatments report relief of symptoms from numerous health challenges, including mental health issues. Research shows that reiki primarily helps in the reduction of stress, anxiety and depression, as well as relief of chronic pain — the last of which can bring on anxiety and depression, or make episodes worse.

The Center for Reiki Research website lists 70 institutions at the time of this article that include Reiki in their offerings. It is seen as an effective and cost-reducing method to improve health outcomes and quality of care. Hospital staff, such as physicians and nurses, are adding Reiki treatments to their work. Scientific validation of Reiki’s effectiveness have helped bring this method to the mainstream, where it is able to aid patients in all realms, including those with mental health challenges.”

The full article by  Deborah Bier, PhD is worth the 5 min read for anyone interested in Reiki. Here is the link – https://psychcentral.com/lib/reiki-healing-and-mental-health-what-the-research-shows/

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Flu Season! It’s that time of year again…

ELDERBERRY could be the very thing you need to help combat the flu!

The latest research has shown that “Compounds from elderberries can directly inhibit the virus’s entry and replication in human cells, and can help strengthen a person’s immune response to the virus.

…a recent study by a group of Chemical and Biomlolecular Engineering researchers from the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Engineering and IT has determined exactly how a popular ancient remedy, the elderberry fruit, can help the fight against influenza.

Although elderberry’s flu-fighting properties have long been observed, the group performed a comprehensive examination of the mechanism by which phytochemicals from elderberries combat influenza infections.

The researchers used commercially farmed elderberries which were turned into a juice serum and were applied to cells before, during and after they had been infected with the influenza virus.”

The study has shown that the common elderberry has a potent and direct antiviral effect against the flu virus by inhibiting the early stages of the infection and blocking key viral proteins that affect the cells.

…”however to the surprise of the researchers they were even more effective at inhibiting viral propagation at later stages of the influenza cycle when the cells had already been infected with the virus.”

For the full article please click this link: –

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190423133644.htm Adapted from: University of Sydney. “Elderberry compounds could help minimize flu symptoms, study suggests.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 23 April 2019. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190423133644.htm>

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10 wellness trends you have to try in 2019

“From practicing small (but mighty!) rituals to unplugging from the digital world, these wellness trends will be huge in 2019, according to experts.”

Ayurveda’s going mainstream

“Ayurvedic herbs [are going] mainstream. Ashwagandha and holy basil have been utilized and revered in India for thousands of years. In Ayurveda, each of these plants is considered a rasayana, or a restorative tonic that increases health and longevity. Today, Ashwagandha, holy basil and turmeric, are showing up everywhere, from adaptogenic supplements that support a healthy response to stress, to your herb-boosted green smoothie in the morning,” said Erin Stokes, naturopathic doctor and medical director at MegaFood.

CBD gets bigger than ever

“While CBD was all the rage in 2018, it continues to grow in 2019 with the newly passed Farm Bill, which removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. We will see more CBD products target specific ailments with complementary natural ingredients, bringing us into a new era of plant-based wellness. [There will also be more] products that market themselves as full-spectrum or whole plant-CBD, which means it includes a wide range of cannabinoids and contains a variety of essential vitamins and other ingredients, bringing on many more benefits,” said Megan Villa, creative and content director of Svn Space.

The bush is back

“Big Bush Energy, a term coined by the Well+Good editors and inspired by Pete Davidson of SNL, [is a] cultural wake-up call in beauty that’s making waxing optional and is rooted in the body-inclusivity movement. With more products to promote fem care launching regularly (the market is anticipated to reach $42.7 billion by 2022), and brand advertisements acknowledging fuzz-friendly choices for personal grooming (Billie to Adidas), we are seeing women embrace their bodies and feeling empowered to rock the hair that’s natural down there,” said Melisse Gelula, co-founder of Well+Good (which made its own 2019 wellness trends predictions).

Click on this link to read the full article by Joni Sweet Contributor at Forbes https://www.forbes.com/sites/jonisweet/2019/01/04/top-10-wellness-trends-2019/#244d2d5ea106 

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