I was flummoxed that it didn't occur to him. Now, this observation is no criticism of the young man, who is worthy and intelligent; he simply reflects the time and culture in which he was raised.
But it does highlight how increasingly divorced we have become from our foods.
We are no longer cognizant that it can be created through fire, the most basic of heat sources.
We no longer remember that the meat we eat was once a living, breathing, being of its own, watching the sky, hearing the birds, raising its young.
We no longer understand that our bread comes from plants that are not simply product generated out of a nutrient-dense semi-solid mixed with toxic chemicals concocted to "protect" them. The wheat stalk as well turns its face to the sky and sends its roots deep into the soil to hold and fortify it.
In short, we no longer respect the things that feed us, that which gives us purchase, however tenuous, on this Earth. The animals that feed your family may never have seen the sky or felt real earth beneath its hooves. The plants that give you the protection of their nutrients are collated, shorn and stacked like so many pieces of paper in a CEO's dream.
In losing our respect, we begin to believe that we are not only better than other forms of life, but that we may freely, and without penalty, imprison, control, manipulate, and even torture them to our benefit.
Nothing could be further from the truth. We kill ourselves daily with a food supply polluted by the ignorance of our hubris.
There is a reason for the myth of Icarus. We should heed its message.
Are you growing a garden? I am certain if I had to make a loaf of bread in order to have toast I would have less of it. So much work into making a fresh loaf of bread. And how beautiful it is to thank the animals that gave their life to feed our bodies and souls.
On this Labor Day weekend, let's not forget the fact that while men represent 50% of the work force, we account for 94% of all on-the-job fatalities.
The reasons for this are manifold, ranging from behaviors that are encouraged in young boys to societal expectations of adult men. We are expected to take the risky jobs.
As a man who spent several years in some of the highest-risk occupations, I respectfully ask everyone who reads this message to -- at some point during this weekend -- doff their cap and spend a second or two thanking the men of this country who daily risk their lives to support their families and themselves.
There are big changes happening for men these days. It’s tough to keep up. Work, family, relationships, the state of the world – the daily stresses of life can take a toll, and many men try to go it alone.
We’re done going it alone. It sucks. It makes the stress worse. And the research shows that it is quite literally killing us. Men without strong friendships and support are less happy, suffer from serious health concerns, and die younger. So we quit going it alone.
Men want to make a difference. Men want to live extraordinary lives. We build community to help it happen.
The ManKind Project is a non-profit, non-religious organization supporting men to live BIG. We have a number of men’s groups in New England, meeting weekly or biweekly that offer real men — men like you — the opportunity to build self-awareness, get support, and be a part of something powerful and affirming.
“What this means is I know these men have my back. It means on any given week, I can bring whatever is going on for me and trust these men to hold it. Trust that they won’t try to placate me, or fix me, or gossip about me later to their wives or buddies. That when they have judgments about me—and I know they will—they’ll own them clearly and cleanly in a way that respects both of us. This alone is worth coming every week.” ~ Colin Berry, writing at the Good Men Project.
The ManKind Project in New England is gearing up for a weekend adventure for men called the New Warrior Training Adventure that can jump-start significant growth in a man’s life.
If you’ve got the feeling that it’s time for a shift, connect with someone from the ManKind Project!
Contact: Man Kind Project New England
With regard to the MMR vaccinehttp://file.scirp.org/html/22932.html, the numbers aren’t much better regarding CDC compliance.
5% of general pediatricians and 19% of pediatric specialists planned to postpone the MMR jab for their own children until after 18 months of age, beyond CDC guidelines.
The most common reasons why pediatricians have already avoided at least one vaccine for their children, or plan to avoid vaccines for future children, are concerns about safety and too many vaccines given at once.
Well, take a regular sauna, of course!
A study published last month in JAMA found that sauna use significantly reduces both the risk of heart disease and all-cause mortality. We're talking double-digit risk reduction, here.
- Center for Alternative MedicinePrimary Care Chiropractic Physician, present
Dr. Avery L. Jenkins, a primary care chiropractic physician, is one of only a handful of doctors who have been awarded board-certified status in the fields of both clinical nutrition and acupuncture.
Dr. Jenkins has served as the Director of Examinations for the Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition , recognizing his clinical expertise in the field of nutrition and herbal therapy, and he is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncturists.
After graduating second in his class from University of Bridgeport
College of Chiropractic, Dr. Jenkins opened his first chiropractic
office in Kent, CT. He is currently the president of the Center for Alternative Medicine.
Over the past 15 years, Dr. Jenkins has published over 25 articles on alternative medicine. His work on clinical nutrition has been published by Nutrition Perspectives, a professional journal, and Dr. Jenkins’ original research was published in the Journal of the American Chiropractic Association. He currently publishes a blog about his experience as a doctor specializing in alternative medicine at www.averyjenkins.com, and is completing a book on the treatment of chronic diseases.
Dr. Jenkins has been awarded shodan (black belt) in the martial art of aikido, and is also a certified cycling instructor with the League of American Bicyclists.
- University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic
- Miami University School of Interdisciplinary Studies
- International Academy of Medical Acupuncture
- New York Chiropractic College