Lynda Wharton, Acupuncturist and Naturopath, talks on holistic health with a special focus on women’s health (that guys need to hear too!!) interviewed by Lisa Er.
Without our health, life is not as exciting and fun as it is when we are healthy and active.
How many people have health challenges and what are the reasons behind these challenges? Are we eating well, or are we subjected to pesticides and chemicals, and genetically engineered ingredients in processed food; or are our immune systems hammered by the cumulative effects of life as we live it?
Often the choices we have to make in healing ourselves concern lifestyle and diet. First however there is the choice as to whether to visit complimentary therapists or allopathic doctors and practitioners.
It appears at times as if there is all out war between the two systems. Many allopathic doctors and their supporters are quick to label both old traditional cures and new treatments as quackery, especially if they are not ‘peer reviewed’.
Supporters of holistic health might accuse western medicine of only treating one part of the body, and not the body and mind as a whole. Opinion is that many pharmaceutical medicines have side effects that are more harmful than the disease itself and are designed to make money for the pharmaceutical corporations, suppressing dis-ease rather than curing it. One in four New Zealanders have visited a complimentary practitioner at some time, however.
Dr Bruce Lipton, author of The Biology of Belief (and GreenplanetFM supporter) writes about how what we think and our underlying beliefs have a significant role in our health. He says “Stunning new scientific discoveries about the biochemical effects of the brain’s functioning show that all cells of your body are affected by your thoughts”. This gives a seriously new meaning to the phrase think positive, and creates a scientific link between holistic and allopathic treatments.
Looking at the cause of a dis-ease, and finding the right solution for each individual person may be time consuming and can even cost more than we want to pay, but without looking at the cause how can we be sure to have overcome the illness that we may have inadvertently created for ourselves. And isn’t life so precious that it is worth all we have to be both physically well and emotionally happy?
Lynda Wharton explains that her aim is to uncover the cause of disease, and through education, lifestyle modification and non-invasive natural therapies, remove any obstacles to cure. Through harnessing the body's innate self-healing potential, to restore optimum health and vitality, she has had much success. She talks of the commonalities that she sees in the clinic and of the informative book that she has written: “Wellbeing - An essential guide to vibrant good health for women".
Many of Lynda’s patients are women and she speaks of the Super Woman Syndrome that is prevalent in western society. She describes the lifestyle, talks of the results of this, and suggests some preventatives.
Lynda also is very informative about breast cancer, and as one in 7 women in New Zealand experience some sort of breast cancer, this is an important interview to hear.
Lynda’s web site is http://www.lyndawharton.com
Dr Mike Joy, NZ 100% Pure! The challenges of truth telling in a commercially driven world.
Note: Since the Key National Government came to power, the word 'sustainable' has been deleted from governmental and departmental vocabulary.
New Zealand is currently running at 162nd in our environmental performance out of 180 countries globally.
It is extremely difficult to access data on water quality in this country as it is 'locked away' from public scrutiny, even the Ministry for the Environment does not write it up for public consumption.
Researchers have to spend hours and days searching out any little snippet of information that is buried in Regional Council reports, because these reports too, are filed away from community analysis.
The reason for this impediment is because there is no Agency in this country that deals with such basic and important factual statistics and information and if this accumulated data was in the public domain, the Ministers involved would look so bad that the charade of 'Clean Green NZ' would be coherently shredded.
Yet, the latest statistics that are available for public information still go back to a 2004 report. Even though the 300 areas that are tested and sampled 'to this day' remain hidden from public view, and can not be accessed by scientists like Dr Mike Joy.
This vital information is being 'censored by omission' and the Ministry for the Environment and the 16 District Councils, only issue 'feel good' information on the better sites, (the upper high country where there is no population or industry) never the true story in the low land areas of farming, industry and population density. In essence, making a silk purse from a sows ear!
New Zealand has pristine highland lakes and rivers, which the tourist brochures revel in, but it is the low land lakes and rivers that are horrendously degraded in this country.
And it has been only in the last 20 years with the intensification of dairy herds that our water has really lost its purity. This due to the addition of far too many cows, as the population continues to increase.
11 humans are equal to one cow in their capacity to ingest and excrete. A conservative estimate is equal to 66 million people inhabiting NZ, the same population as the UK.
With the intensity of increasing cow numbers huge amounts of urine ends up in paddocks and in the process is changing the soil chemistry and seeping down into the water and into the greater catchment area, and this is not being factored into the pollution equation.
Adding to this, commercially manufactured urea is being spread on the land from urea plants as well as the use of more phosphorous to speed up plant growth, however a by-product of super phosphate is cadmium. NZ is now dangerously close to toxifying its soils, plant life and live stock with excess cadmium that ends up stored in the kidneys and liver of live stock, that if the animals are over 18 months of age - it is illegal to sell kidneys and liver for eating. (This is news to me!)
NOTE: New Zealand children are already exceeding the European levels of cadmium from our food chain
Scientists here in NZ like their counterparts worldwide are reluctant or prohibited from speaking out on environment or health concerns, for fear of losing their funding, or losing their job. They are under the hammer to keep their mouth firmly shut! Such is the power of the commercial imperative!
Treasury, which is the tail that wags the dog in this country is bloated with economists and Mike posits the idea that if we could have another department alongside it full of ecologists, we would strike a dynamic balance.
Mike says that what is happening in nature is that the fauna are now acting as the canary in the coal mine.
The tiny white bait (inanga) in our streams are being seen as the indicators of the health of our water ways and they are all being threatened, 4 out of 5 are now on the endangered list, same for fresh water crayfish and our eels, and the eel story Mike tells is near on bizzare in the extreme.
KPMG, one of the largest professional services companies on our planet, states in a new report that New Zealand has 5 years to clean up our clean green image, or we will lose it!
Dr Mike Joy: The true story of New Zealand's ecological status.
To initiate positive community change a number of people have come together as part of a larger cell or organism, to language the possibility of how individuals acting in accord as a small group can consciously reach agreement so as to shape our unfolding future here in our suburbs in Auckland and as New Zealanders.
How do we as community find innovative ways that influences and enhances our daily lives for the common good, through insight, dialogue, strategies and novelty?
How can they encourage others that they most definitely as a group of individuals can make a difference to the way we live, because it is becoming increasingly evident that we can not depend on our national government to lead.
Nor the nations media, be it radio, TV or newsprint. The internet is our only savior at present. Lets keep it that way.
As you at a deeper level already know, we are intuitively aware of the challenges coming to meet us … from both a local and global context and they are increasingly impinging on our daily life as we endeavor to sustain ourselves and family through obtaining work and jobs, schooling and healthy bodies and the pressure for many is becoming greater as we also collectively put our environment under greater pressure … whilst the words of the great American Indian … Chief Seattle, who so astutely stated 200 years ago ring even louder today that … - 'what ever happens to the web of life, also happens to us.'
And Albert Einstein, whose insights into the human condition are scattered throughout the length of the 20th century so aptly said, 'that we can not solve a problem with the same consciousness that caused it in the first place.'
The imperative is we have to become more conscious …
This is what individually we can do, find like minded people and form a little nucleus that can connect with other nucleus's and start to claim your area sovereignty back. e.g stopping chemical road side spraying, No GE in NZ, a just two issues.
Its interesting 2400 years ago the Greek philosopher Plato mentioned that the downside of not involving yourself in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
No wonder he is still famous - he can read the future too!
Have you ever written a submission? For we urgently need submissions to be forwarded to government, and as the GE debate has come back into prominence, NZ could be on the threshold of giving away its Clean Green image to a corporate scam to make NZ a genetically engineered experiment. This is coming from the Monsanto's of the world and that a few scientists here in NZ are pushing it and are refusing to follow the precautionary principle. This is not the NZ we want for our children!
NOTE, our NZ weather forecasters, the scientists behind our weather consistently get their forecasting wrong, can we afford to have just one mistake with GE, not like the weekly misleading forecasts from our high tech weather office gives out?
So take some time to listen to this group of people articulate what they are doing to awaken the community to the opportunities and challenges and ... that we most definitely can make a difference.
By advising our elected servants in Wellington of your needs it will assist in keeping the integrity of NZ's sovereignty in this fast changing world. For as the people in America are finding out, they are continuously losing their freedoms and as Steven Spielberg despairingly said on TV some years ago, 'Americans are losing their freedoms and are voluntarily giving them away' and so are we, and we are doing it by leaving it to someone else to do the hard work, to take care of all children's future and very few are showing up and making the effort.
Yes we have to become more conscious and thus more proactive if we want the truly clean green freedom loving country that is our home.