the new "Normal"?

Recently I was having a conversation with a work colleague which drifted onto the subject of hair dyes, and I mentioned to her (a frequent user of hair-dyes) about the link between cancer and permanent hair dyes.

Her reply: "Oh, well.....Everything gives you cancer these days..."

Another reaction I hear sometimes, is: "Oh well, I've got to die from something, I may as well enjoy myself while I can..."

I cannot help but wonder if they would say the same if their loved one was struggling with a disease that made life so painful, it was anything but enjoyable? Would they say the same if they were watching their child go through that horrendous torture they call "chemotherapy"?

Would they say the same if they realised how good they could feel without the constant bombardment of toxins and junk food?

I've started to think that our society's mindset - when it comes to health - has become terribly skewed.

Since when did illness and dis-ease become the new normal?

When did we come to accept that cancer, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and a whole host of other disorders were a "normal" part of ageing?

Since when did childhood allergies and asthma become commonplace, and learning and behavioural disorders reach such epidemic levels that we have to come up with new names to label them?

Since when is a bout of influenza, and coughs and colds just something to be expected and endured every Winter?

I suspect we've forgotten the meaning of true health!

Our new version of "healthy" is a watered-down, diluted version where it is expected that a "healthy" person will get colds and flus in Winter, probably have some form of allergies or hayfever issues, and be on medication for blood pressure or diabetes by the time they are 50.

This is not true health.

I challenge you to list 5 people who:

a.) do not suffer from allergies or hayfever
b.) rarely, if ever, suffer from colds or flus
c.) do not need medication of any kind
d.) have clear and glowing skin, clear eyes, and thick, shiny hair
e.) maintains a healthy body weight without the need for "diets".
f.) is energetic and active.

Out of all the people I know, or have ever known, I can think of only one who ticks all of the above boxes. (Sadly that person is not me...but I'm working on it!!).

She was so unusual, that she stands out in my mind, when thinking about health, even though it's been 6 years since I last worked with her. You know those pictures in magazines that feature women with gorgeous white teeth, flawless glowing skin, and thick shiny hair, just bursting with (photo-shopped) radiance? Well, she was actually like that in real life - without the help of make-up. Glowing, happy and energetic.

(On a side note, she also drank more water than I've ever seen anyone drink, which kind of adds up now, since reading "Your Bodies Many Cries for Water" by Dr Batmanghelidj. Eye-opening book. Read it if you can get hold of a copy.)

Perhaps such a glowing state of health is not achievable for everyone, but I'm willing to bet that the vast majority of people are living far below their health potential, and many are suffering needlessly because of it, and that saddens me.

I want to see a completely new paradigm develop about health. Real health. Let's stop mis-using the word, because truly healthy people in the Western world are - sadly - a small minority. Our diets and environment full of toxins and poisons, has seen to that.

I want to see people start asking the question...why?

We now have a cancer rate of almost 1 in 2.....Why? Childhood asthma has reached epidemic proportions.....Why? Heart disease is the number one killer of women, even though we're eating more "low-fat" foods than ever.....Why? Autism and it's associated spectrum disorders have risen by 173% in the past two decades......Why? In Australia, 61% of all adults are overweight or obese, even though we are spending more on diet programs and gym memberships than ever before.....Why?

Aren't we doing our children, and our children's children, a disservice if we fail to ask these questions? We are clearly on the wrong path, when it comes to so many aspects of "health".

Illness is not normal. Anyone who has studied Anatomy and Physiology must surely marvel at the amazing way the human body is designed. Every system, and every system within the system, is intricately designed to keep you healthy - to ensure a state of "homeostasis".

Yet it's clear, that even the human body - so astounding in it's detail and design - cannot compete with the onslaught of toxins that we are eating, and rubbing onto our skin, and breathing into our lungs, and radiating through the atmosphere.
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