PicturePhoto by Angela: www.charmedkarma.org
Everything around us is made up of different combinations of the same elements that are said to be found in the universe.  Stop and think about this for a minute, really think about it.  We are intricately connected with everything naturally occurring. Think of the conditions that had to exist to create life; it started as one cell and multiplied, copied & combined to build everything we have come to know about life, our body, our living bodies

I took some time out this weekend and read the 1st chapter of The Life Science Health System on www.rawfoodexplained.com. While reading, I discovered an overwhelming sense of inherit knowledge. Not the kind of knowing that makes you an expert but instead the kind that is innate, built in, or instinctive.

Life, made by those same set of natural laws as the universe, builds upon those laws to create biological processes in organisms that create, recycle, evolve & recreate.  Since “organisms in nature live in symbiosis with each other and balance exists amongst them according to the food chain”(Fry), it only stands to reason that our bodies remain healthy as long as we are nourishing ourselves with those building blocks that maximize function. Survival depends on function, which depends on having air to breath, water to drink and nutrients to ingest. The nutrients our body uses such as carbohydrates, proteins, fat & water should come from the food we choose to eat. Logically, we would want to eat in a way that provides our living bodies  "the nutrients needed to maintain vigor, stamina and function" (Fry).

The problem is that people are not taught the proper way of eating from birth & doctors would be out of business if they supplied their patients with the truth about the food we eat.  Many studies have shown that the human anatomy agrees more with plant, vegetable & fruits and not meat or processed foods.
 “Man's structure, internal and external compared with that of the other animals, shows that fruit and succulent vegetables are his natural food”(Baker), with that being said (over 200 years ago) you would think that by now we would have perfected the ability to deliver to ourselves the exact nutrients for vitality, but this is not the case.  Food as we know it today and/or buy in the grocery stores (9 times out of 10) is processed, modified and nutrient deficient. 

If we contaminate our body with processed foods, meat, alcohol, prescription drugs, etc. we are going to have a body working hard to rid itself of foreign or poisonous substances. Yes our bodies reacts to all of those things like it is foreign, a poison or a toxin. When we eat meat, our stomach tries to overcompensate by adding more acid to the mix so the meat can be broken down. If we continue to eat meat on a daily basis, our stomach will always have to add more and more acid to the digestive process to try and break it down. Eventually, you end up with a more acidic internal environment.  And since they found that cancer thrives in a highly acidic environment ,we should be trying to maintain a healthy pH in our body (CFS).  Another thing to consider is when we eat processed foods that are packed with simple carbohydrates our bodies quickly digest it and turn it into sugar (glucose) which is released in the blood or it gets stored in the muscles in the form of Glycogen . If we have no more room to store it in the muscles, our body converts it to fat droppings that are stored in the body for use another time (ISU).  Problems can arise when the body has too much sugar in the blood (diabetes) or too much fat being stored (obesity).

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Our digestive system is in place to remove vital nutrients from food and use them to keep our bodies running at their most efficient and clean form. But when we have a toxin in that system, our body knows to surround that toxin and push it out. Knowing that you have this awesome temple that knows what to do to keep you living, why would you want to do anything else but give it exactly what it needs? If your digestive system is happy, you can be certain your bodily functions are following suit. 


I have a friend that was in the hospital and they could not figure out what to do with his body's inability to digest food properly. He spent quite a while in there, being a guinea pig to the doctors who used the cure method instead of looking at prevention. After he had had enough, he left the hospital, still not having answers and started only eating raw/real food and no meat. Much to his surprise, not only did his digestive system begin to function properly, but he lost a ton of weight and had tons of energy. He felt and looked great, better yet, he acted in a healthy & happy manner.

To date, the majority of medical practices treat disease as something to be fixed from the outside in, when the truth is the exact opposite.  If you want healthy looking skin, no matter how much lotion you put on it, you will not have a healthy glow if you're eating in a manner that makes your skin's biological processes function less efficiently.  If you want a healthy body, you're not going to go to the gym only to follow it with a big mac (which is close to 1000 calories & loaded with high fructose corn syrup and meat filler). Instead, you're going to eat in a manner that maximizes your efforts.  The same holds true with a fully functional body & mind, it starts with how well we are maintaining our living bodily functions from within (Fry).

The more and more research I do, the more changes I make. The first line of business for me is to give up meat entirely and incorporate more & more raw fruits and vegetables into my diet. I know once my body starts to work like it is designed to work (at full function) that I am going to feel so much better. I have to admit I am struggling with a lifetime of conditioning that made us all so unaware when it comes to health and nutrition. We are not carnivores, not by nature's standards (Bluejay). Do you think nature was wrong when designing the human body? Do you think nature and the natural world is wrong about what our body needs to function correctly and at maximum efficiency? Everything we know was built on natural law and “ nothing exceeds it's possibilities”(Fry).


Testimony : V. Arnold writes, "I know I have felt much better since changing to a raw foods, whole grains and mostly vegetarian diet. (Still working on eliminating the very occasional fish or poultry meal) While I struggled with energy, digestion and iron issues most of my life I find now those problems are gone. I still struggle with taste cravings, not my body craving it, just my mind telling me how much I liked something, only to eat it and wonder why I would ever have liked it in the first place and feeling gross for days. I haven't touched beef or pork in almost 2 years because I can't digest them anymore and just giving those 2 things up made a huge difference almost instantly. I gave up most sugars and all dairy years ago and don't miss them a bit . I think the biggest benefit to me is to be able to start my kiddos off with much better eating habits than we were taught."

I am no biologist, I am just a curious woman in constant search of the way to be harmonious with natural law so that I may live a healthy & happy life. Once I read chapter 2 of The Life Science Health System I will be back with other interesting tidbits about the awesome living body!   

Lots of cool extras and information packed references.  Happy Reading!

Extras

To see what happens to food as you digest it go here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08VyJOEcDos & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeUlh9Cou38.

To see what happens in your body when you eat processed foods go here: http://www.realfarmacy.com/what-happens-in-your-body-when-you-eat-processed-foods/.

To see what happens in your body when you fast go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2CT4Y13kaU.

Learn about The American Parasite here: http://keybiotics.com/science.html.

Joaquin Phoenix drowns to prove point: http://bcove.me/0a7bvmk8.

Inspiration/References:

Alberts B, Johnson A, Lewis J, et al. “Molecular biology of the cell, 4th edition.” NCBI. 2002. Web. 10 Feb. 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK26883/>.

Baker, Arthur M. “Biological Adaptations.” 2000. Web. 10 Feb. 2014. <http://www.iol.ie/~creature/BiologicalAdaptations.htm>.

Bluejay, Michael. “Humans are naturally plant eaters.” June 2002. Web. 10 Feb. 2014. <http://michaelbluejay.com/veg/natural.html>

CFS (Cancer Fighting Strategies). “pH and Cancer: Acidic pH levels can lead to cancer.” n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2014. <http://www.cancerfightingstrategies.com/ph-and-cancer.html#sthash.hwW3ieQi.dpbs>.

Founder, Sayer Ji. “6 Bodily tissues that can be regenerated through nutrition.” Green Med Info. 
29 June, 2012. Web. 10 Feb. 2014. <http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/6-bodily-tissues-can-be-regenerated-through-nutrition>.

Fry, T.C. “The Life Science Health System.” Raw Food Explained. n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2014. 
<www.rawfoodexplained.com>.

(ISU) Iowa State University . “Role of Carbohydrates”. Human Sciences. n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2014. < http://www.extension.iastate.edu/humansciences/content/carbohydrate>.

Keller, Chris. “9 Steps to Perfect Health.” Health for the 21st Century. n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2014. <http://chriskresser.com/9-steps-to-perfect-health-1-dont-eat-toxins>.
 
 
PicturePhoto by D. Pauze (www.terralovers.com)
Monarch butterflies are so beautiful.  How can you not look at these wonderful little guys/gals and not feel an overwhelming sense of awe?  They flutter around and bring feelings of goodness to butterfly lovers everywhere.  But I have some bad news, they're numbers are decreasing at an alarming rate because of the fact that the one plant they thrive on (milkweed) is vanishing due to loss of habitat (Center for Food Safety).

Monarch butterflies migrate astonishing miles to get out of the cold weather. When we think of migration, we often think a couple hundred miles, especially for insects, but the Monarch flies over 2500 miles in some cases to escape the cold (Monarch Butterfly Website).

Since the rise of agricultural industrialization and the resulting natural habitat loses, the Monarch butterfly migration numbers have been declining (Center for Food Safety).  While the number of Monarch butterflies migrating south has been overall declining since  1996-97, the trend since 2008 has been a steady decline and the number of migrating Monarch's as of last year is at an all time low (Center for Food Safety).  

PicturePhoto by D. Pauze (www.terralovers.com)
Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on Milkweed.  But since agricultural industrialization has resulted in a decline of wild growing Milkweed, it stands to reason that if we start adding this weed to our gardens, we can create way stations for the Monarch during it's life/travel (Spector, 2013).   Planting milkweed in your gardens will help these guys by adding back some of the habitat they are losing (Live Monarch).  It's pretty simple, we are moving in and taking away their homes & habitats.  So instead of making it worse by not doing anything, we can help by simply adding certain plants to our gardens and landscapes that attract these beautiful guys/gals, starting with milkweed.  Live Monarch will provide you with seeds for the price of shipping, but if they only have the southern plant, you can find a great list of other providers at Monarch Watch.  

PictureI helped this little guy out.
Monarchs are not the only butterflies that would benefit by the planting of milkweed, and milkweed is not the only plant you can add to your gardens to attract butterflies, but it is their primary food source and they do lay their eggs on it (World Wildlife Fund).  

The fate of flutter butters is unknown, but we can help bring back places to provide them safe harbor.  Don't delay, plant milkweed & add butterfly gardens to your landscape.  You will be grateful, especially when you get to witness them in all their splendor during their mating and feeding seasons.  Remember you can get free milkweed plants here: Live Monarch & get a list of other places that provide them here: Monarch Watch.  And if you want to take part in putting together awesome butterfly gardens, all you have to do is plant, with love.  Take matters into your own hands, don't let their numbers continue to dwindle while doing nothing. Just plant a plant, or thirty.  

Some varieties of milkweed are deer & rabbit resistant.  

http://www.butterflybushes.com/milkweed.htm

http://www.definingyourhome.blogspot.com/search/label/Monarch%20Butterflies


Additional comments &  resources welcome.  

Inspiration/References

Alicia Graef.  2013. Monarch Butterflies Are Vanishing: Here’s How You Can Help From Your Own Home.  1 Feb 2014. 
http://www.care2.com/causes/monarch-butterflies-are-vanishing-heres-how-you-can-help-from-your-own-home.html

Center for Food Safety.  2014. New Report Shows Monsanto A Major Culprit in Record Decline of Monarch Butterflies.  1 Feb 2014.  http://ecowatch.com/2014/01/30/monsanto-culprit-record-decline-monarch-butterflies/

Kaye Spector. 2013. How You Can Help Prevent Decline of Monarch Butterflies Due to Roundup-Ready Genetically Engineered Crops.  1 Feb 2014. http://ecowatch.com/2013/10/30/home-gardeners-can-take-simple-steps-protect-monarch-butterflies/

Live Monarch. 2013. 1 Feb 2014.  http://www.livemonarch.com/free-milkweed-seeds.htm

 Monarch Butterfly Website. n.d.Web. 1 Feb 2014. http://www.monarch-butterfly.com/monarch-butterflies-facts.html

Monarch Watch.  n.d. Bring back the Monarchs. 1 Feb 2014. http://monarchwatch.org/bring-back-the-monarchs/resources/plant-seed-suppliers

World Wildlife Fund.  2014. Monarch population hits lowest points in more than 20 years.  1 Feb 2014. http://worldwildlife.org/stories/monarch-population-hits-lowest-point-in-more-than-20-years