Three pillars for helping manage health
January (2) 2020
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Glossary: EI: Environmental Illness, MCS: Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, EHS/ ES: Electro-Hypersensitivity
These tips have been written by Dr Marny Morrison Turnvill, who works in the legal profession, and who managed to navigate her own recovery from MCS.
The three foundational pillars of health are body, mind and environment. Here are a few things you can start to do to begin to master the three pillars.
Your body: Your mental health is primarily a reflection of your physical health—of having the raw materials your body needs to run properly
As Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Inflammation is the driving force behind every symptom and chronic diagnosis, and what you eat is one of the biggest sources of inflammation if you’re not purposefully eating to reduce inflammation. Eat real food, mostly plants, organic whenever possible and with little or no sugar and definitely no artificial sweeteners.
Make sure your body is getting the raw materials it needs for the trillions of cellular processes it manages every second. To do this right, you’ll need to test for intracellular levels of micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, amino acids and anti-oxidants). Micronutrient deficiencies are behind many mental and physical health issues and are easily correctable with high-quality supplements in just minutes a day.
Your mind: Your thoughts are powerful creators or destroyers of health; stress accumulates relentlessly unless you take active measures to reduce it; and your brain detoxifies and repairs only during sleep. Practice gratitude and celebrate wins every day. Meditate. Get more and better sleep.
Your environment: Use more natural personal care and home cleaning products. Use high quality air and water filters.
To read the full article which was first published on the website Law.com click here.
These tasty burgers are full of protein and packed full of vegetables so healthy too. Click here for the full recipe.
Thanks go to FoodsMatter for letting us reproduce this recipe.
All hospitals should ban perfumes and other scented products
Every hospital in Canada should be required to enact “scent-free policies” discouraging staff, visitors and patients from applying artificially fragranced products to their bodies, Canada’s top medical journal says. While perfumes, scented deodorant, lotions or creams may help people feel more attractive, “they may result in unintended harm to those who are vulnerable,” particularly people with asthma, or other upper airway or skin sensitivities, the Canadian Medical Association Journal says in an editorial published recently.
“There is little justification for continuing to tolerate artificial scents in our hospitals,” the journal says. While a growing number of workplaces — including some hospitals — discourage people from wearing perfumed products, it is not de rigueur in all Canadian healthcare institutions, the authors say. “Hospital environments free from artificial scents should become a uniform policy,” argues the CMAJ — the same journal that, four years ago, published a news article stating scent-free policies were “generally unjustified” and based on “fuzzy and inclusive” science. Dr. Ken Flegel, co-author of the new editorial, says more has been learned in the intervening years about fragrance sensitivity to justify taking precautions in hospitals. Like second-hand cigarette, smoke, perfume and other strong odours can irritate, and trigger inflammation in, the airways of people with asthma.
According to the Canadian Lung Association, 15 to 20 per cent of the population suffers from asthma, bronchitis, emphysema or other breathing problems, and a third of people with asthma say their disease is made worse by exposure to perfumed products. In addition, Statistics Canada states that, in 2104, 2.4 per cent of Canadians 12 and older — 800,562 people — reported having been diagnosed by a health professional with “multiple chemical sensitivities.” To read the rest of the article which was first published in the National Post and written by Sharon Kirkey, click here.
Canada seem to be much more aware and mindful of MCS, particularly in certain states. It would be great if the UK and other countries could follow suit.
If anyone is travelling to Seattle, USA, we found this non toxic, low EMF B&B on the outskirts of the city.
A good website called Think before you Stink that looks at chemical sensitivity.
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