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Author: Nathan
August 27, 2012

Over-consumption.

Daily Widom

 

I was looking for a good quote about the excesses of Western lifestyle and could not find any.

So I will try to write my own. “If you use too much of everything the Life will compensate by shortening the time you are able to do it. You will die sooner.”

You choose!

April 1, 2011

The 2 poles, yin (expansion) and yang (contraction), are complementary and antagonistic.

The Balance.

Yin and yang ?

Chinese philosophy has always been intrigued with balance: night and day, high and low, winter and summer, dark and light, black and white, left and right, false and true, female and male.  The yin and yang represent the negative and positive forces in the universe and the “dynamic balance of opposites”.

The 2 poles, yin (expansion) and yang (contraction), are complementary and antagonistic. Yin and yin repulse one another, as do yang and yang, but yin and yang attract one another. One can get an actual picture of these relations by playing with two magnets.  The study of macrobiotics consists therefore in identifying these forces and their interaction. In human life, yin and yang can be identified on a multitude of levels, but mostly, as far as we are concerned, in the nervous system division between parasympathetic nervous system – yang- and sympathetic nervous system – yin. The balance between the two is paramount to the maintenance of good health.

man and woman

The idea is that our diet will influence how we feel,- our health, our well-being. Modern symptom-conscious society, however, has gotten away from that idea and the common belief is that if there are no symptoms manifested, there is no sickness. But people are moving back to those beliefs as the macrobiotic lifestyle is becoming more prevalent. People are more interested in natural holistic approaches.

The word macrobiotic comes from the Greek macro, meaning large or long, and bios, or life. Macrobiotics is a lifestyle and dietary philosophy that promotes health, longevity and healing, through a largely plant-based diet. It is a complex science involving diagnosis, lifestyle and nutrition
One goal of modern macrobiotics is to become sensitive to the actual effects of foods on health and well-being, rather than to follow dietary rules and regulations. Dietary guidelines, however, help in developing sensitivity and an intuitive sense for what sustains health and well-being.
Some Japanese macrobiotic theorists, including George Ohsawa, stress the fact that yin and yang are relative qualities that can only be determined in a comparison. All food is considered to have both properties, with one dominating. Foods with yang qualities are considered compact, dense, heavy, hot, whereas those with yin qualities are considered expansive, light, cold, and diffuse. However, these terms are relative; “yangness” or “yingness” is only discussed in relation to other foods.
Buy Local and In Season
Today “local” means grown within 500 miles of where you live; the idea being that you will be eating foods natural to your environment, and vital nutrients will not have aged out of your food by the time it reaches your table.
Thought is important, but diet is key to establishing good blood, which irrigates the brain and ultimately influences ideas, aspirations, behavior and many oher other manifestations. Food is more than just fuel for our daily life. It’s our connection with the natural environment, something we have to study, understand, and apply to our diet.
Yin and yang food

Yin and Yang

Depending on climate and personal needs, moderate amounts of animal food can be consumed along with these staple foods. In general the smaller the animal, the better. The more ancient the species, the better (i.e. fish) The wilder the the better.

Brown rice and other whole grains such as barley, millet, oats, quinoa, spelt, rye, and teff are considered by macrobiotics to be the foods in which yin and yang are closest to being in balance. Therefore, lists of macrobiotic foods that determine a food as yin or yang generally compare them to whole grains.[6]
Nightshade vegetables, including tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, eggplant; also spinach, beets and avocados are not recommended or used sparingly in macrobiotic cooking, as they are considered extremely yin. Some macrobiotic practitioners also discourage the use of nightshades because of the alkaloid solanine, thought to affect calcium balance.
Cooking according to the time of the year
In spring:
Food with a lighter quality
Wild plants, greens, lightly fermented food, grain species, fresh greens
Light cooking style: steaming, cooking for a short time, etc.
In summer:
Food with a lighter quality
Large-leaved greens, sweet corn, fruit, summer pumpkins
Light cooking style: steaming, quick cooking, etc.
More raw foods
Lighter grains, such as barley, and bulghur
In autumn:
Food with a more concentrated quality
Root vegetables, (winter) pumpkins, beans, cereals, etc.
Heavier grains such as sweet rice, mochi and millet
In winter:
Food with a stronger, more concentrated quality
Round vegetables, pickles, root vegetables, etc.
More miso, soy sauce, oil, and salt
Heavier grains such as millet, buckwheat, fried rice, etc.
So please educate yourselves. If a Macrobiotic lifestyle is too hard for you at least try to follow main guidelines and use supplements. The  Nutri-Physical™ is an Internet-based analysis tool that recommends a customized

Your health care

Author: Yoselin
November 19, 2010

(Reuters) – A third of Americans say they have gone without medical care or skipped filling a prescription because of cost, compared to 5 percent in the Netherlands, according to study released on Thursday.
The study is the latest in a series by the non-profit Commonwealth Fund showing that while Americans pay far more per capita for healthcare, they are unhappier with the results and less healthy than people in other rich countries.
The study published in the journal Health Affairs also showed that 20 percent of U.S. adults had major problems paying medical bills, compared with 2 percent in Britain and 9 percent in France, the next costliest country.
“U.S. adults were the most likely to incur high medical expenses, even when insured, and to spend time on insurance paperwork and disputes or to have payments denied,” the report reads.
The Commonwealth Fund, which advocates for U.S. healthcare reform, commissioned a Harris Interactive poll of nearly 20,000 people in 11 countries between March and June.
“What we are hearing directly from adults around the world, and what we hear regularly at home, is that there is substantial room for improvement in the U.S. health insurance system,” said Commonwealth Fund President Karen Davis.
Roughly 45 million people 65 and older have coverage through the nation’s Medicare program for the elderly and disabled.
The system leaves 47 million without any health insurance, and last week the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 59 million Americans had no insurance for at least some of the beginning of 2010.
The 10 other countries in the survey — Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland — all provide a mix of public and private insurance.

Broccoli not ice cream

This is not political. It is about your health. It is about health and well being of America.

We as a country spend more on health (sickness) care and get less.
I have said it before. We the people need to educate ourselves and to take control of our lifes!
Start now! Today!  No healthcare system will help you unless YOU change your bad habits!

September 14, 2010

Sex drive isn’t a topic most men want to broach. But the fact is there are a large number of males who could use an education. While prostate health and sex drive are topics that might not be comfortable to discuss, they are important to the general well-being of every man. Take action to make sure you’re leading a healthy lifestyle – get enough exercise, eat a nutritious diet, and take proper supplementation. Your body, especially your libido, will thank you.
Four ways to naturally keep your Libido healthy
Carbohydrates can increase insulin and cortisol levels in your blood, which affects testosterone production negatively.
Exercise regularly, but make sure you do it in moderation. Both a lack of physical activity and too much training can
decrease testosterone levels.
Get rid of your stress, as it is one of the major psychological factors affecting your sex drive. Negative feelings like guilt, anxiety and depression reduce your libido, while a relaxed state of mind does the exact opposite.
Get your seven to nine hours every night, since good sleep is going to help you raise your sex drive substantially.
Top Eight Ingredients for Male Sexual Health
Epimedium – more commonly referred to as Horny Goat Weed – is used to maintain healthy levels of testosterone, which supports libido, helps
maintain relaxed, smooth muscles and promotes healthy blood vessel dilation.
Gingko biloba promotes the ability to attain normal erections by supporting blood circulation to genitals and helps maintain relaxed vascular smooth muscles
in the penis.
Pycnogenol® bolsters blood vessels for increased nitric oxide utilization, which enhances hardness.
OPCs protect against free radical damage and diminished cellular function, both of which reduce stiffness.
Omega-3 fatty acids help decrease both blood pressure and blood vessel inflammation, and best-selling author of The Hardness Factor, Dr.
Steven Lamm, called omega-3 fatty acids “nutritional building blocks so critical to heart and penis health.”
Vitamin D is produced in the body after exposure to sunlight and, according to a recent study by the Sunlight Research Forum, increases
testosterone levels in men.
Resveravine is a natural antioxidant found in red wine that promotes normal platelet activity, vasorelaxation and blood flow, all which support cardiovascular
and penile health.
Saw Palmetto, the fruit of a small palm shrub native to the southeastern United States, is believed to affect the hormones that govern the sex drive, raising their levels and stimulating sexual arousal.

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