Unless you are eating 100% organic the answer is yes!

The chemicals we put on our gardens and farms are often organophosphates and they are neurotoxins very similar to nerve gas.

Chemical warfare was introduced to a shocked world during the First World War. The development of chemical warfare agents during the Second World War led to the so-called “nerve gases,” which are quick-acting poisons attacking the nervous system. In the second world war Nerve Gas was a feared and terrible weapon. I remember my grandfather telling stories of people who had come back from the war and described the experience: convulsions; seizures; confusion; irritation; anger; loss of memory and executive function.

As a Health and Wellness Consultant and Writer I have written many articles on studies showing the dangers of agricultural chemicals and I knew more than one study had shown links between agricultural chemicals and Parkinson’s Disease.

Over the years as I delved more deeply I found there were a lot of similar symptoms in many Dementias; Parkinson’s Disease and other Brain Diseases of today.

I asked a local doctor that I respect very much if he thought there could be a connection. He said he theorized from his many years of observations that older farmers he saw were functioning differently neurologically then those the same age with other jobs with less exposure to chemicals.

Symptoms of Parkinson’s
Physical Symptoms
Mental Symptoms

Symptoms of Dementia

At first I could not find any studies linking agricultural chemicals and dementia but years later they are starting to be published one by one and it is sad to think that we are doing this to ourselves for money.

Then I found a study in France that supported my friends theory

I was just blown away when I began to realize that a lot of the chemicals that we put on our food are “neurotoxins” very similar to the nerve gas of Chemical Warfare.

Researchers measured the levels of pesticide byproducts in the urine of 1,139 children from across the United States. Children with above-average levels of one common byproduct had roughly twice the odds of getting a diagnosis of ADHD, according to the study, which appears in the journal Pediatrics.

Recently it was projected that one in —- would have dementia over the age of 60;

According to the ‘Gulf War and Health published by the National Academies Press: “the persistent abnormalities seen in sarin victims that last long after the acute toxicity has resolved appear to be similar to the long-term neurobehavioral effects seen after acute intoxication from organophosphate pesticides (Delgado et al., 2004; London et al., 1998; Rosenstock et al., 1991; Savage et al., 1988; Steenland et al., 1994; Wesseling et al., 2002).

Organophosphate pesticides (as well as sarin and VX nerve agent) irreversibly inactivate acetylcholinesterase, which is essential to nerve function in insects, humans, and many other animals.

Meta-analysis was carried out by the University College of London to determine the neurotoxic effects of long-term exposure to low levels of organophosphates (OPs) in occupational settings.

It was released around the start of January 2013 and their conclusions are

The majority of well designed studies found a significant association between low-level exposure to OPs and impaired neurobehavioral function which is consistent, small to moderate in magnitude and concerned primarily with cognitive functions such as psychomotor speed, executive function, visuospatial ability, working and visual memory.

Listen to what this farmer has to say about the organophosphates they were forced to dip their sheep in.

 

Listen to this Organic Farmer’s observations on Mad Cow disease and neurotoxins.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MheeiX2w8JU

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CTA is a joint ACP-EU institution active in agricultural and rural development in ACP countries. This information is extremely interesting to a Dominican Agriculturalist.

Its mission is to advance food and nutritional security, increase prosperity and encourage sound natural resource management. It does this by providing access to information and knowledge, facilitating policy dialogue and strengthening the capacity of agricultural and rural development institutions and communities in ACP countries.

CTA publishes and co-publishes printed, electronic and/or multimedia information products on various aspects of agriculture and rural development (including CTA bi-monthly magazine Spore/Esporo).

I discovered them years ago when reading The Spore at the Roseau Library

Check out their catalogue of publications.

Exercise is one of the components of a Healthy Lifestyle that make feel good hormones flow. We know the comments ‘runner’s high’ ‘yoga bliss’ – include exercise in your life just for the high or perhaps the scientifically proven benefits below.

Exercise to:

  • Improve energy levels.
  • Prevent and perhaps reverse heart disease.
  • Lower heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Improve blood cholesterol.
  • 50% less chance of some cancers.
  • 40% less chance of getting diabetes.
  • Maintain optimal body weight or body fat.
  • Build and maintain healthy muscles, bones, and joints.
  • Relieve depression and anxiety.
  • Enhance feelings of well-being and self esteem.
  • Improve work, recreation, and sport performance.
  • Improve cardiovascular and/or cardiorespiratory function.
  • Decrease blood triglycerides.
  • Improve glucose tolerance and reduce insulin resistance.
  • Increase muscle, tendon and ligament strength.
  • Strengthen immune system.
  • Shrink fat cells.
  • Stimulate brain activity.
  • Improve balance.
  • Prevent dementia.
  • Relax.
  • Enhance libido.
  • Prevent osteoporosis.
  • Build core strength
  • Enhance self esteem
  • Alleviate insomnia.
  • Improve flexibility and range of motion.
  • Manage stress.
  • Prevent or alleviate headaches.
  • Prevent or alleviate back challenges.
  • Improve menopause symptoms.
  • Improve focus and concentration.
  • Fight the effects of aging.
  • Lower health care costs.
  • Improve fibromyalgia.
  • Prevent or alleviate incontinence.
  • Look great!

No one type of exercise provides all benefits. A well-balanced exercise routine includes 1. aerobic exercise (e.g. power walking, jogging, cardio yoga, power cleaning, hiking, aerobics, martial arts, sports); 2. strength training (e.g. lifting weights, hiking, weight bearing exercises, kayaking, pull-ups and push-ups, biking, rowing, crunches); flexibility training (e.g. gymnastics, martial arts, dance, pilates, yoga). Experts recommend that adults get more than 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day. It’s never too late to start. Even small things can count as exercise when you’re starting out – like taking a short walk, gardening or cleaning the yard. Try out different kinds of exercise to see which one inspires you.

Please consult your doctor before beginning any new diet, exercise program.

“Sensitivity to electromagnetic radiation is the emerging health problem of the 21st century.  It is imperative health practitioners, governments, schools and parents learn more about it. The human health stakes are significant”. ~ William Rea; Founder & Director of the Environmental Health Center, Dallas; Past President, American Academy of Environmental Medicine

In the 1970’s scientists at the forefront of the Health and Wellness Movement started to warn consumers about the ramifications of electromagnetic energy.

As usually happens when someone introduces a new concept they were ridiculed.

Thank goodness innovative thinkers all the way back to those who thought the world was round when experts thought the world was flat have not given up.

Over the years I tried to minimilize the effects of dirty electricity fields on my family by keeping all electrical appliances out of my bedroom; ensuring my children did not sleep next to a high energy area; keeping them a distance away from the TV; not using electric blankets; keeping my electric clock far from my bed.

A youtube clip by Dr. Magda Havas of Trent University in Canada on Diabetes and Electrosensitivity  has shown one symptom of electrohypersensitivity is altered sugar metabolism similar to diabetes; she is calling it a new form of diabetes; type 3 diabetes.

After listening to her lecture I realized why I felt so discombobulated when I exercised on a machine in a gym!

 “One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” ~ Luciano Pavarotti

 

Coconut Water

By Trudy Scott Prevost

 

Recently having returned from working in the health food industry in Toronto a vibrant new product selling like hot cakes was coconut water. As I informed customers of the value of this unique Caribbean drink I was again amazed at how lucky we were to be able to consume this drink fresh from the nut!

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“We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand … and melting like a snowflake. Let us use it before it is too late.” ~ Marie Beynon Ray

My life experience has been that most of the people living on this beautiful planet are kind, genrous and loving! Why is such a huge majority of our input about the violent ones? Yes, there are “unbalanced” people out there but they are not the majority! Random Acts of Kindness happen every minute of every day somewhere in the world! My goal is to seek them out wherever I am! After all just knowing about these acts contributes to my health!

I have the privellege of teaching exercise and propmoting wellness at Ross Medical University in Dominica. Acts of Kindness are a integral part of campus life! I could not possibly write all I have observed since I started teaching there over 10 years ago! But as I really get energy from writing about these incidences I will post a few! 🙂

Acts of Kindness through students, partners of students and staff from Ross Medical School University, Dominica are encouraged, assisted and promoted by the school.

Every year Campus Life holds an Art Show. This show connects our local artists with students and the Portsmouth community. It is so beautiful to walk through room after room of art! Everyone benefits and a percentage of funds raised are contributed to non-profits, often $1,000s of dollars!

One year the Physicians for Human Rights group held a benefit and raised $2,600 EC to help a 72 yr. old homeless amputee, find a home at the Grange Home for the Aged. A PHR volunteer put together a video to help the fundraiser and it was a GREAT success!

PAWS is a group formed many years ago when stray dogs were becoming a problem near campus. PAWS raised funds to have these dogs neutered and then found them homes. Ross University contributed a place where the operations could be done and the animals could recover. Now many years after the project started success is visible – no  sad looking emaciated dogs around the campus!

School supplies are gathered at the end of each semester to distribute to local schools and non profit organizations; this has expanded to the point where often 2 or 3 groups are gathering and distributing resources!

Campus Life often starts each semester out with a Sports Day. they work in cooperation with local schools and volunteer Ross Medical Students meet local young sports enthusiasts and spend an afternoon sharing what they know about sports!

Health Clinics with Blood Pressure and other tests available as well as educational components on staying healthy are held throughout the year!

Individuals also go and do their thing. One professor has dedicated hours a week for years to keeping our roadsides clean and green! A spouse of a student painted the entire west wall of the Women’s Centre in a beautiful wall mural! CALLS Centre can attest to the hundreds of hours the Ross Comunity especially spouses of professors and students volunteer teach!

Local businesses often work hand in hand with the Ross community on their Acts of Kndness!

Happy Holidays to Everyone! It is a wonderful world and there are many wonderful people doing many wonderful things!

“Food is a central activity of mankind and one of the single most significant trademarks of a culture.” ~ Mark Kurlansky, ‘Choice Cuts’ (2002) 

Avocados – Super Food, Super Nutrition 
Avocado season in Dominica starts about June. There are many different kinds of avocado available here; each with its own unique texture and flavor. There is a misconception that avocados are fattening and contain unhealthy oils and cholesterol when actually avocados are super foods.  

Nutrient dense per calorie – packed with antioxidants and phytochemicals such as Vitamins A K and ; high in healthy, monounsaturated fat; a good source of omega 3’s; high in both soluble and insoluble forms of fibre;  a plant based complete protein containing all the amino acids essential for humans.

Nutrient boosters – enabling the body to better absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha- and beta-carotene as well as lutein…….

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