We are of the earth and healed by nature.
INFORMATION FROM THE CANCER CONTROL SOCIETY CONVENTION OF 2017
Yesterday, I packed a lunch for a picnic where Dan and I went up to the Blue Ridge Mountains. What a treat, after being hunkered down for more than eight months due to the corona virus. Last week we purchased a car and I’m so humbled to be able to live life again.
After our picnic, we took a stroll hiking along a butterfly garden with wild flowers and along a winding pathway.
Between our phones, tablets, laptops, and televisions, some form of screen time is happening almost 24/7. That's why it's become more imperative than ever for us to unplug and head out into the great outdoors.
Spending time outside, whether you're working in the garden, hiking at a nearby park, or even relaxing on the beach, is good for the soul, and now more than ever we all need to take some time for self-care.
Hiking in its pure sense means, walking for a long distance generally off-road areas and in to the wilderness areas. This involves walking across the country sometimes or such areas as the Appalachian Trail.
Dan and I do not walk distances to just melt our fat, but we do it, to be close to the nature to see the meadows, trees and wildlife. It is also not about the distance covered; it is all about finding peace in the wildlife. This gives us time to talk, spend quality time and often we are lost while we go for long-distance. That is the power of hiking. Bonus, this is part of our home program for keeping healthy.
The longest journey begins with a single step, not with a turn of the ignition key. Edward Abbey
Dan and I will enjoy the wildness when the wild help us to rest on its rocks, gives us a shade under the trees, plays music through the waterfalls and hearing of the birds chirping. This provides us AC with the wind breezes, that is a heaven beyond explanation.
Continuing blogging on INFORMATION FROM THE CANCER CONTROL SOCIETY CONVENTION OF 2017. Today I’m blogging on an important question and the results are not surprising to Dan and I. Vitamins Versus Drugs: Which Is Safer?
Nearly 8,000 people shared this information! Pharmaceutical drugs mask symptoms—they don’t get to the root cause of the medical problem. In acute situations, they can save your life. And yes, sometimes they are helpful and necessary. But when an entire population has been led to believe that finding and taking the right drug for every illness is the Holy Grail of healthcare, we have a problem—especially since most health conditions respond so beautifully to holistic treatments.
Meanwhile, every now and then, our attention is very cleverly turned away from the treatments we’re led to trust without question (drugs) in order to stop us from doing the things that actually contribute to health—like taking vitamins.
Here’s a recent example. In November 2013, the United States Preventive Services Task Force released a report stating that there was no evidence to support a role for vitamin and mineral supplementation in protecting against cancer and cardiovascular disease.
By design, the type of analysis done by the USPSTF was meant to ascertain the effectiveness of drugs, NOT vitamins and minerals. By adhering to the standards used for drug assessment, the USPSTF ignored huge amounts of data on vitamins and minerals simply because those study designs did not follow the method they chose to review. Thus, the results were narrow and skewed.
Only one trial included women! That particular trial used a supplement with only five ingredients—hardly a high-quality multivitamin. I could go on and on about how limited and misleading this study was if taken out of context. But the mainstream media or fake news as Dan says, snapped it up like candy and with glaring headlines such as “Do You Take Vitamins? This Is Why You Shouldn’t.”
Suddenly people all over the country started to question a healthy behavior!
Where are the headlines telling you to stop taking over–the-counter or other pharmaceutical drugs? Although pharmaceuticals are approved by the FDA (in the U.S.) for safety, their track record for safety is abysmal. Did you know that in 2010, drug-related deaths were the number one cause of injury deaths in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Here are just a few facts from the CDC’s findings: Approximately 9 out of 10 poisoning deaths are caused by prescription and over-the counter drugs.
In 2010, there were 38,329 deaths from drug overdose (an injury death). However, 78% of all individuals (30,006) did not intentionally overdose, and 60 % (22,134) of these cases were related to pharmaceutical drugs. Included in the 60% are people who took their medication as directed by their doctor.
In 2011, 2.5 million individuals were treated in the emergency room for drug abuse or misuse (taking it differently than the way it was prescribed). More than half—1.4 million emergency room visits—were related to prescribed or over-the-counter medicine.
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In absolute stark contrast, there were no deaths from vitamin, mineral, or other herbal or nutritional supplements in 2010. Not even one! We know this from the U.S. National Poison Data Systems’ report. None of 57 Poison Control Centers across the U.S. reported any deaths from nutritional supplements.
It’s shocking to learn that about 80% of deaths reported by U.S. Poison Control Centers were the result of taking a prescription or over-the-counter medication—both of which are regulated and approved by the FDA. This includes acetaminophen, the ingredient in Tylenol and many other products.
Regarding acetaminophen alone, there are 100,000 calls to Poison Control, 56,000 visits to the emergency room, 2,600 hospital admissions, and nearly 500 deaths per year!
If you are wondering about side effects from vitamins, minerals, and other supplements versus side effects from medication, nutritional supplements come out on top again.
One of the measures enacted by Congress to monitor the nutritional supplement industry is the FDA’s Adverse Effects Reporting protocol. Here are some stats released in the March 2013 GAO Dietary Supplements report on data from 2008:
1,080 AERs on supplements were reported
526,527 AERs on prescription drugs were reported
And this is for one year! Yes—I realize that there are all kinds of negative studies in the news about this supplement or that supplement. Many were poorly designed or report on skewed data, just like my example. Besides; treating nutrients like drugs—and holding them to the same standards as drugs—is ridiculous. Nutritional supplement safety in 2010 is no different today.
And the industry has enjoyed similar if not identical safety levels for the last 25 or more years. That’s not to say that there isn’t a quality difference between brands.
There is! Also, as stated before for your best health seek out a functional medicine professional to give you a better understanding what supplements you may need, is the best road map to success prior to taking and spending on what you may not need.
So, choose a high-quality supplement from a manufacturer you trust. You can also expect the same concerns to continue from pharmaceutical and some over-the-counter medications. So be careful and be informed!
Hiking is like meditating while keeping your eyes open. It is exploring the wild side of the Earth and an unknown side of yourself. When a person starts climbing with sheer determination, he will be indulged in it, and then he will find himself first and then learns the purpose of the hiking at that moment.
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Until tomorrow, study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.
TAKING A STROLL (HIKE)
The path takes us to a slope off a mountain top,
Where another world begins.
This world is full of beautiful colors,
Which plays music through the waterfalls.
The birds chirping a musical tune,
And gives air condition with the wind breezes.
That is a heaven beyond explanation,
The peaceful Blue Ridge Mountains.
Leading to a town of magical talent,
The color surrounds the heart of the people,
Which reflects the culture and history?
This is my peaceful paradise,
Which I’m living.
A dream that is worth living,
For I can really state.
If there is a will there is a way,
And you truly believe.
It will come true,
For it is not to late to take that stroll (hike).
Written by Sheryl Malin