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HealThy Self Retreat

Peace Family, We doing another round of the Heal(Thy) Self Retreat Puerto Rico April 19-24th. This time around we have special guest speaker- Supreme Understanding!             View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Maat Village (@maat_village_project)   Please check out our IG page @maat_village_project for more details and contact information

An Introduction to S.O.I.L.

SOIL – A New Kind of School! An Independent School teaching:  Ancestral Traditions Indigenous Values Entrepreneurship Self-Publishing  Natural Science The Science of Self Culinary Arts Yoga and Martial Arts Community Improvement Elder Care and Respect This is what we teach at SOIL, the School of Indigenous Learning – a new experience in education being introduced to Atlanta’s west side by veteran educator Dr. Sujan Dass.  Based on two decades of international research, this school teaches its students how to write, produce, and publish their own work, run a small business, and how to grow and prepare their own food – all within a year! How? This is a nontraditional school – teaching the world’s oldest traditions! With LOVE! Opening in September 2021, SOIL will begin by serving its first middle school students. Our class sizes will be small, and we will scale to serve elementary and secondary students over the next two years. We will share many of our lessons and activities online via www.ourbestschools.com  School days are from 8 to 3, with an afterschool art program from 3 to 6. Vegan meals are included. Students go on field trips and nature walks weekly, and parents are invited to come! We also work with a great network of guest teachers and artists. We don’t expect parents to pay extra for any of this, but welcome any contributions and volunteers.  Everything we do is covered by tuition. Tuition is offered on a sliding scale, but spaces are limited! As this is a dynamic new approach to school, we’re starting our pilot year with a small cohort of students and parents. We’re launching in a beautiful space called The Mosaic Museum (www.themosaicmuseum.com) until our student body grows in future years. Ready for your child(ren) to begin their future? We will begin accepting new student applications soon, both for our first school site in Atlanta as well as our online programs which can be accessed from anywhere! To find out more about our programs and how to enroll your child, visit www.ourbestschools.com 

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BY SUPREME UNDERSTANDING AND DIVINEGOD B ALLAH Your immune system is your body’s armor when it comes to harmful germs and bacteria. The best way to prevent catching a cold is to have a healthy immune system. Here’s a few easy ways to do that: Get regular exercise, followed by good rest. Drink plenty of fluids, especially water. Wash your hands regularly. Get as much fresh air as you can steal. Minimize your stress. Yoga and Tai Chi are two great forms of relaxation on an ongoing basis. Once you’ve got a cold, there’s not much you can do but fortify your immunities to fight it off. Here’s some advice on that: Ever heard the saying “Feed a fever and starve a cold”? old wives’ tale, right? Well, research by Dutch scientists suggests that eating boosts the type of immune response needed to fight off the common cold virus, while fasting from food promotes a different type of immune reaction necessary to overcome the bacterial infections that trigger most fevers. So it seems like they just had it backwards. You should feed a cold, and starve a fever. No matter what you do, the key is WHAT you eat and drink. When you’re sick, drink plenty of liquids (especially those high in Vitamin C) and eat fresh fruits and vegetables, especially the colorful ones that are high in Vitamins A and C. If you want to starve that fever by only having soup, I recommend a spicy, garlicky vegetable broth over chicken and noodles. Unless the soup is full of garlic, ginger, hot pepper, and vegetables the chicken and noodles isn’t what’s helping anyway! Take some herbs, like those listed below (see Herbs = Medicine by Supreme Understanding). Garlic, ginger, and cayenne make a very effective tea. At the supermarket, you can also find a natural cold and flu remedy known as Airborne. You drop it in some water and it makes an orangey drink that helps quickly boost your immune system. If you can’t make it to the health food store or even the supermarket, here’s a ghetto remedy: A 99 cent bag of Lay’s Flaming Hot chips (the hot pepper opens up the sinuses) and a 20 oz. bottle of 100% orange juice (boosts the immune system). I can’t promise you any results, but it works for me. Herbs that Help Fight Colds and Flu Symptoms Astragalus Celery seed Eucalyptus German Chamomile Goldenseal Licorice root Peppermint Siberian Ginseng Wild yam Colds generally go away in about 7 to 10 days. Many holistic practitioners see the symptoms of a cold as the body’s natural way of eliminating a virus. However, if you have an underlying lung condition, like asthma or emphysema, and you see your conditions going from bad to worse…it’s time to see a doctor. (See “Healing and Treatment.”) Take the above measures to eliminate or prevent a cold. If your coughing and sneezing everywhere, get some fresh air and sun.

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Pop Quiz: Are You Healthy?

Before we jump into the content of this book, we’ve gotta be clear that this process won’t work if you’re not being honest with yourself – in terms of where you’re at and where you need to be. But even the most honest of people don’t necessarily know how “healthy” or “unhealthy” they are, because there’s so much to that whole health thing. So we’re gonna help you learn about yourself. Try the following quiz and see how you score. What have you got to lose? It’s not like somebody’s gonna see your score and laugh cause you’re unhealthy. Unless you and your friends have this same book. Then, they might. Or you might get to laugh at them. Either way, it’s cool because laughter is the best medicine. See, you’re already on your first step to healing! Seriously though, knowledge is half the battle. The other half (more like 7/9ths) is putting in the work once you have the knowledge. You gotta start somewhere, start with this quiz!  1. Do you eat fried foods? a. Less than twice a week. b. Occasionally, but I’m mindful of it. c. Pretty regularly. d. If it ain’t fried, I probably don’t want it. 2. How long would it take you to walk a mile? a. Less than 10 minutes. b. Between 10 and 20 minutes. c. I’d have to take a few breaks, so I’m not sure. d. Why would I walk a mile? 3. When seated with my legs straight in front, I can bend forward at the waist and reach… a. Past my toes. b. Near my toes. c. My shins. d. My knees. 4. I can balance on one foot, extend my arms, and stand still… a. More than 3 minutes. b. 1 or 2 minutes. c. About 30 seconds. d. I’m not even gonna try that and embarrass myself. 5. Do you drink sugary sodas and artificially flavored “juices”? a. Never. It’s real fruit juice, tea, or water for me. b. Rarely. I go for days without having any sugary drinks. c. Sometimes. But I can manage a day without any. d. Often. It would be hard for me to go without them. 6. Do you exercise? a. I could be an athlete or a personal trainer (30 to 60 minutes most days) b. I’m in decent shape, but I’m not ready for the marathon. (About 30 to 45 minutes a few times per week) c. I can help you move out of your apartment, but not by myself! (About 30 minutes twice a week) d. Sometimes I have to walk across a big parking lot. (Very little, if ever) 7. Do you eat sweets or candy? a. What’s a snickerdoodle? (Never) b. Where’s the snickerdoodles? (Rarely) c. I need some snickerdoodles. (Sometimes) d. I am the snickerdoodle. (Often) 8. Do you eat red meat? a. Never. b. Not often. c. At least once or twice a week (or “I eat beef but not pork”) d. They call me “Swinefeld” 9. Do you have breakfast in the morning? a. Yes, daily. And it’s usually pretty healthy. b. Most days. And it’s usually pretty healthy. c. Most days. But it’s usually not that healthy. d. Does a cup of coffee count? 10. Do you smoke? a. No, and I never have. b. I used to smoke, but I quit. c. I don’t smoke, but I live with or work around smokers who puff near me. d. All day. Nicorette ain’t got a patch strong enough for me. 11. When was the last time you had your blood pressure and cholesterol checked? a. Within the past year. b. Within the past two years. c. Several years ago. d. I can’t remember. 12. How much sleep do you get at night? a. 6 or 7 hours a night. b. 8 or more hours a night. c. Less than 6 hours a night. d. My sleep patterns are so irregular I couldn’t even tell you. 13. Do you use any “recreational” drugs? a. Nope. I get high off my success. b. I might smoke a little weed on occasion, but that’s it. c. I might do a little bit more than weed. d. I could be considered a junkie, if you were trying to be mean. 14. How is your dental health? a. My dentist worships me. b. I haven’t seen the dentist in a while, but I brush and floss regularly and I don’t have cavities. c. I don’t brush or floss like I should, and I probably have a few cavities I need to address. d. I’m probably gonna lose some of these teeth. 15. How much sunlight do you get? a. If I was white, I’d have an awesome tan. b. I get at least an hour of sunlight daily. c. I’m stuck indoors most weekdays, but I try to make up for it by getting some sun on the weekends. d. I’m practically a vampire. I can remember the last time I spent a while in the sun. 16. How much water do you drink? a. All I drink is water (More than 64 ounces). b. 8 glasses a day, like the doctor say (48-64 ounces). c. I don’t drink as much as I should (16-48 ounces). d. There are too many other things that taste better (0-16 ounces). 17. How do you deal with illnesses? a. I know how to cure most things naturally and who to see when I don’t. b. I consult with a healthcare professional and develop a regimen that will combat the illness. c. I see a doctor and hope he knows how to fix me. d. I pop some pills, say a prayer, and hope for the best. 18. What kind of medicines do you take? a. Mostly herbs, minerals, and whatever else Mother Nature provides. b. Mostly natural stuff, but I use the synthetic stuff too. c. Mostly the synthetic chemical stuff, but I’ve been trying natural remedies too. d. Mostly pills, needles, and whatever else Medicaid provides. 19. Do you have mood swings or rapid emotional changes? a. No way. That’s crazy as hell. b. It’s rare, but it happens. c. More than I’d like to admit. d. All day. I’m crazy as hell. 20. When is the last time you fasted or did a cleanse? a. Within the past month. b. Within the past six months. c. Within the past year. d. The only detox I know about is the one you do for a urine test. 21. How often do you get headaches? a. Rarely. b. Sometimes, but I usually know what caused it. c. Often, and they can get bad. d. I got one right now, and I’ll probably have another one soon. 22. How often do you eat fresh or steamed vegetables? a. At every meal b. At most meals c. Not often…does rice and peas count? d. Um…do the tomatoes in ketchup count? 23. When was the last time you had your stuff inspected? (Pap smear, STD test, breast exam, testicular exam, prostate exam) a. Within the past two years. b. Three or four years ago. c. Five or more years ago. d. I ain’t doin none of that nasty stuff. 24. How often do you treat pains with an over-the-counter pain reliever? a. I take one once or twice a year, or I used a natural remedy. b. I use them occasionally. c. I pop a pain reliever most days. d. Over the counter? Please. Gimme that Vicodin baby. 25. How much alcohol do you drink? a. I average one drink or fewer per day. b. I drink once in a while, but then I’ll often have four or more. c. I have about two drinks daily. d. I average more than two drinks a day; at times I can’t remember how much I drank or what I did afterward. 26. What do you eat more of, pastries or fruit? a. All fruit, no pastries or sweets. b. More fruit than pastries and sweets. c. More pastries than fruit. d. Mostly pastries and sweets, almost no fruit. 27. What’s your waist size? a. Less than my hips b. Bout the same as my hips c. A little more than my hips d. C’mon son! I’m FAT. 28. Do you have a family history of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or other hereditary illnesses? a. No parents or grandparents with any problems like that. b. 1 or 2 of my parents or grandparents have 1 or 2 problems like that. c. Most of us got something. d. Everybody’s got something, and some of us got everything. (or “I have no idea”) 29. Which best describes your sexual practices? 30. I’m in a long-term, mutually monogamous relationship. a. I’m not committed to one person; but I always use condoms when I have sex. b. I’m not committed to one person; and I don’t always use a condom. c. I get it in, by any means necessary. 31. How do you typically cope with stress? a. I regularly carve out time to recharge. b. I vent about my crises to a friend or a family member. c. I don’t know what to do. Usually I just feel overwhelmed. d. I depend on alcohol, food or another vice to help me make it through the day. 32. I experience fatigue… a. Only after a strenuous workout or similar physical activity (ahem). b. Usually after a long day of work c. After climbing a set of stairs, taking a long walk, or carrying something heavy d. Pretty much throughout the day, even when I haven’t done anything 33. I experience back or muscle pain… a. Never. b. Sometimes. c. Pretty often. d. I stay with some kind of pain. 34. When I stand against the wall… a. The back of my head, hips, feet, and shoulder blades touch the wall. b. Only the back of my hips, feet and shoulder blades touch the wall. I have to change my posture for my head to touch the wall. c. Only the back of my hips and feet touch the wall. I have to change my posture for my shoulder blades to touch the wall. d. Only the back of my hips touches the wall. I don’t want to talk about it   Scoring Scoring Key Items Marked Points A: 0 points Number of As: ____  x 0 = ____ 0 B: 1 point Number of Bs: ____ x 1 = ____ C: 2 points Number of Cs: ____ x 2 = ____ D: 3 points Number of Ds: ____ x 3 = ____ TOTAL SCORE = Scoring Ranges and Explanation 0-10: OPTIMUM You’re either insanely healthy or just plain insane. Most people are nowhere near this level of optimum health, so we congratulate you (if you’re telling the truth). If you lied, you may need to skip ahead and go straight to the section on psychological health, because that’s just strange. Assuming that you were being truthful, you’re a living example of the principles in this book. Because of how much information we’ve packed into the following pages, we’re sure you’ll still learn a lot. But you’ll find this text most valuable if you use it as a teaching tool for the people you know who need it more than you. 11-25: EXCELLENT A great score. You should be proud. You eat healthy, live healthy and probably even think healthy. Sure, there are some things you could work on, but with this book, you’re definitely on the right track to optimum health and a long, satisfying life. 26-50: DECENT Even with a score in this range, you’re still doing better than most Americans. But if you think about it, that’s not necessarily a high standard to measure yourself against. Perhaps you need to eat more fruits and vegetables and less junk. Perhaps you should be exercising more and spend less time indoors. Perhaps you should go see a doctor or a dentist soon. Whatever the case, you have plenty of room for improvement, and this book will make sure you cover it all. 51-75: UNHEALTHY Don’t be offended at being called “unhealthy.” We’re just being real with you. You knew you weren’t too healthy when you took this quiz, so don’t be mad at us for telling you what you already know. The question now is ‘What am I going to do about it?’ You can either continue on the downward spiral of unhealthy living, cut several years off your life, and finally end up dead before your time or sick and miserable in your old age…OR you can get on the upward spiral to better living. It’s your choice. You have family members who chose not to address their health until it was too late. You’ve seen what happens. It’s going to be some work, but this book will guide XE “Tips”  you through many of those changes, showing you both the big steps and the baby steps you can take. Aren’t you tired of feeling the way you do? Make a decision. Your bad habits can still be changed! 76-90: SICK You’ve got a LOT of unhealthy habits. You know you do. You’ve been treating your body like a rental car you don’t plan on returning. But it’s all gonna get billed to you in the end. You pay for all those habits, one day, some way. And it’s never pretty. In your present condition, you’re probably already sick. You may have diabetes, cancer, arthritis, heart disease…who knows? You may not even know what you have. But unless you’re going to kill yourself now, you should consider this 91-100: DEAD Seriously? How do you even get a score in this range? I know crackheads who would score higher. Either you were trying to be funny when you took this quiz, or you’re an unhealthy crackhead. You can’t even get 100 points on this quiz. It’s mathematically impossible. Just like it’s almost physically impossible to live much longer with the type of lifestyle you have, if you scored in this range. If you really scored between 91 and 99, this book could literally save your life. The first step is knowing you can improve. Then you apply solutions.

Vaccines and Population Control?

By Supreme Understanding The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently hosted a presentation on how ultrasonic frequencies could be used to sterilize men from a distance. Yes, you read that right. I can only imagine how they would use that…and who they’d use that against. Doesn’t sound like something “good guy” Bill Gates would be into? You have no idea. In addition to this sterilization program (which would use sharp blasts of ultrasound directed against a man’s scrotum to render him infertile as a sort of “temporary castration”), the foundation also funded a new “sweat-triggered vaccine delivery” program based on “nanoparticles that penetrate the skin through hair follicles and burst upon contact with human sweat to release vaccines.” According to Gates, he’s raising money to develop vaccine programs “designed to protect children in developing countries from various diseases, including tetanus.” But the Gates tetanus program bears striking resemblance to another tetanus program that sterilized thousands of women and caused abortions in many others in the Philippines. (As reported by the BBC in conjunction with the Philippine Department of Health and the Philippine Medical Association, women in child-bearing years were given a vaccine that was combined with a chemical known as Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG), an anti-pregnancy agent.). But why sterilize people? At a February 2010 TED conference, Gates talked about reducing CO2 emissions worldwide, by limiting population growth. He said: The world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s headed up to about nine billion. Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent! This “population elimination” idea may sound similar to the “conspiracy theories” about the spread of HIV in Africa (which led Nobel Peace Prize laureate and environmental activist Wangari Maathai to charge that “AIDS is a biological weapon manufactured by the developed world to wipe out the Black race” although he later denied such sentiments), but the connections between the spread of smallpox vaccines and HIV in Africa were just one of many cases where Western vaccines (or other medicine) brought hidden problems with them. As recently as 2004, pharmaceutical scientist Dr. Haruna Kaita was contracted by an Islamic body to check out polio vaccines being administered by the WHO in Nigeria. After extensive and repeated tests carried out using state-of-the-art facilities in India, a shocked Dr. Kaita reported that the vaccines were laced with contaminants, some toxic and some having “direct effect on human reproductive system.” But why sterilize people in poor countries? Sterilization, eugenics, and population control all go hand-in-hand. It’s all about controlling who is here in 100 years. And it’s been going on for quite some time. In 1798, Thomas Malthus published An Essay on the Principle of Population, describing his theory on how population growth will exceed earthly resources to provide food for all people. We now know that there is certainly enough food (and land) on the planet to feed everyone, and that hunger is a result of poverty and other forms of social inequity, not simply “too many people.” In fact, many European nations have 10 times more people than your average African nation with twice the land. Also, when you factor in the amount of resources it takes (fossil fuels, land, water, etc.) to feed people on a meat-heavy over-indulgent Western diet, that’s very different from what the rest of the world needs to survive. Soon after the US State Department published the Global 2000 Report for the President in 1980 advising that the world population must be reduced by 2 billion people by the year 2000, Thomas Ferguson of the State Department Office of Population Affairs, Latin American Desk, elaborated: There is a single theme behind all our work – we must reduce population levels. Either governments do it our way, through nice clean methods, or they will get the kinds of mess that we have in El Salvador, or in Iran or in Beirut. Population is a political problem. Once population is out of control, it requires authoritarian government, even fascism, to reduce it…Our program in El Salvador didn’t work. The infrastructure was not there to support it. There were just too goddamned many people…To really reduce population, quickly, you have to pull all the males into the fighting and you have to kill significant numbers of fertile age females…The quickest way to reduce population is through famine, like in Africa, or through disease like the Black Death. Does this put everything in perspective for you? Does it help you understand why Gates would fund something like the programs above? Does it change the way you see all those wonderful agencies doing “healthcare” in developing countries? (Not all, of course, because there are many smaller groups that have good intentions) Does it make you think about what similar agencies are doing (and have already done) with the Black and brown communities of THIS country? Does it make you take a fresh look at why they push birth control and abortion so hard in the hood, while putting fertility clinics and sperm banks in white neighborhoods? Does it make you wonder what this rush to “stop global warming” is really about, since they’re trying to “save the planet” while getting rid of most of the people on it? As we’ll explain in depth in Chemical Genocide, this new wave of environmentalism is NOT centered on the interests of Original people. In fact, most of its strongest advocates are all FOR wiping YOU off the planet. Here are a few more quotes to think about: “Malthus has been vindicated, reality is finally catching up with Malthus. The Third World is overpopulated, it’s an economic mess, and there’s no way they could get out of it with this fast-growing population. Our philosophy is: back to the village.” – Dr. Arne Schiotz, World Wildlife Fund Director of Conservation, 1984 “The biggest problems are the damn national sectors of these developing countries. These countries think that they have the right to develop their resources as they see fit. They want to become powers.” – Thomas Lovejoy, vice president, World Wildlife Fund U.S.A., 1984 “If we look at things causally, the bigger problem in the world is population. We must set a ceiling to human numbers. All development aid should be made dependent on the existence of strong family planning programs.” – Sir Peter Scott, chairman, World Wildlife Fund U.K., 1984 I used to get mad about those commercials pushing the plight of the polar bear, and after seeing the quotes above, I understand why. There’s more: “It will be impossible to feel that the world is in a satisfactory state until there is a certain degree of equality, and a certain acquiescence everywhere in the power of the World Government, and this will not be possible until the poorer nations of the world have become…more or less stationary in population…If there is not to be an endless succession of wars…this will probably have to be done, in many countries, as a result of governmental measures. This will require an extension of scientific technique into very intimate matters.” – Bertrand Russell, The Impact of Science on Society, 1952 “What would it take to accelerate fertility decline in the least developed countries?” – March 2009 U.N. Population Division policy brief “Frankly, I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.” – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “It now remains for the U.S. government to set a sensible example to the world by offering a bonus or yearly pension to all obviously unfit parents who allow themselves to be sterilized by harmless and scientific means. In this way the moron and the diseased would have no posterity to inherit their unhappy condition. The number of the feeble-minded would decrease and a heavy burden would be lifted from the shoulders of the fit.” – Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood, 1926 “All children who are born, beyond what would be required to keep up the population to a desired level, must necessarily perish…Therefore…we should facilitate…the operations of nature in producing this mortality; and if we dread the too frequent visitation of the horrid form of famine, we should sedulously encourage the other forms of destruction, which we compel nature to use. Instead of recommending cleanliness to the poor, we should encourage contrary habits. In our towns we should make the streets narrower, crowd more people into the houses, and court the return of the plague. In the country, we should build our villages near stagnant pools, and particularly encourage settlement in all marshy and unwholesome situations. But above all we should reprobate specific remedies for ravaging diseases; and restrain those benevolent, but much mistaken men, who have thought they are doing a service to mankind by protecting schemes for the total extirpation of particular disorders.” –Malthus, An Essay on the Principle of Population, 1798 And one more, in case you’re unclear as to whom these undesirable people are: “The white population of the world will soon cease to increase. The Asiatic races will be longer, and the negroes still longer, before their birth rate falls sufficiently to make their numbers stable without help of war and pestilence. Until that happens, the benefits aimed at by socialism can only be partially realized, and the less prolific (child-bearing) races will have to defend themselves by methods which are disgusting even if they are necessary.” – Bertrand Russell, The Impact of Science on Society, 1952 Be less trusting of what organizations, corporations, and even some doctors about what you should put in your body. What Can I Do About All This? You may have never heard of it, but the President’s Cancer Panel, which reports directly to the president – just released a new report on these chemical toxins we’ve been describing in this chapter. The landmark report[1] evaluates current scientific evidence and the positions of over 40 experts, and concludes that public health officials have “grossly underestimated” the role environmental contaminants may be playing in the 1.5 million Americans who are diagnosed with cancer each year. The report called for stricter regulations on chemicals and safer alternatives, especially noting that these toxins are most dangerous to young children and unborn babies. In this government-issued report, they actually admit that today’s babies are “pre-polluted” with over 300 different chemical contaminants found in the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies! Let me repeat: These were not weirdoes and conspiracy theorists. These are mainstream, highly-respected scientists (the head of the panel is a Black man!) saying this. I hope that’s not what you needed to hear to take us seriously, but if you did, there you go. So what do you do? Here are the President’s Cancer Panel’s recommendations (from pages 145-147 of the report) for what you can do to protect yourself and your family. Choose foods, house and garden products, play spaces, toys, medical tests, and medicines that will minimize your kids’ exposure to toxic chemicals. (This means eating organic as much as possible and buying products that you know to be free of BPA, phthalates and other endocrine disruptors.) Eat meat produced without antibiotics and added growth hormones. Avoid or minimize consumption of processed, charred, and well-done meats to reduce exposure to carcinogenic heterocyclic amines and polyaromatic hydrocarbons. If you’re pregnant or thinking about it: Both mothers and fathers should avoid exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals and known or suspected carcinogens prior to a child’s conception and throughout pregnancy and early life, when risk of damage is greatest. Take off your shoes when you enter your home, especially if you work with or around chemicals. (Wash work clothes separately from other laundry.) Filter your tap water. And continue to choose tap water over commercially bottled water. (See, “BPA Can Make You A New Man.”) Store food and water in containers made from stainless steel, glass, or BPA- and phthalate-free plastic. Don’t microwave in plastic, since chemicals can leach into food when it’s heated. (See, “Plastic Poisons.”) Stop using chemical fertilizers and pesticides on your garden to keep these chemicals from contaminating drinking water supplies. Properly dispose of medications, household chemicals, paints and other materials to minimize drinking water and soil contamination. Turn off lights and electrical devices when not in use to reduce your exposure to petroleum combustion by-products. Drive a fuel-efficient car, bike or walk when possible, or use public transportation to cut the amount of toxic auto exhaust in the air. Wear a headset when you use your cell phone, keep calls brief, and text instead of calling when possible to reduce your exposure to electromagnetic energy. Have your home’s radon levels tested periodically. Avoid second-hand smoke. (And don’t smoke yourself. Duh.) Talk to your doctor about the need for tests or procedures that involve radiation exposure and keep a record of all imaging or nuclear medicine tests received and if known, the estimated radiation dose for each test. Wear sunscreen and UV-protective clothing. (See “Skin Cancer is NOT Prejudiced”) Tell your Congressperson to support the Safe Chemicals Act of 2010, which would overhaul the riddled-with-loopholes Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976. Organize and educate people in your community about what’s happening. Add many of these steps to your daily routine. Convince the people in your household of how important this is. [1] http://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/advisory/pcp/pcp08-09rpt/PCP_Report_08-09_508.pdf

Traditional Medicine vs. They Medicine

People of color have used holistic approaches (like the ones in this book) to heal their ailments for hundreds of thousands of years. And not just bug bites and stomach aches, either. I can show you records of Black and brown people doing brain surgery 6,000 years ago. Don’t believe me? As always, you can look it up (but we’ll go into full details in The Science of Self). But I’ve gotta give you both sides of the story. Even with our incredible collective knowledge of traditional healing, I wouldn’t advise you to go see the roots man when you’ve got a bullet wound or a serious life-threatening condition that requires immediate attention. Why? The following excerpt from The Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees by James Mooney illustrates an important reality: SHAMANS AND WHITE PHYSICIANS Of late years, especially since the establishment of schools among them, the Cherokees are gradually beginning to lose confidence in the abilities of their own doctors and are becoming more disposed to accept treatment from white physicians. The shamans are naturally jealous of this infringement upon their authority and endeavor to prevent the spread of the heresy by asserting the convenient doctrine that the white man’s medicine is inevitably fatal to an Indian unless eradicated from the system by a continuous course of treatment for four years under the hands of a skillful shaman. The officers of the training school established by the Government a few years ago met with considerable difficulty on this account for some time, as the parents insisted on removing the children at the first appearance of illness in order that they might be treated by the shamans, until convinced by experience that the children received better attention at the school than could possibly be had in their own homes. In one instance, where a woman was attacked by a pulmonary complaint akin to consumption, her husband, a man of rather more than the usual amount of intelligence, was persuaded to call in the services of a competent white physician, who diagnosed the case and left a prescription. On a second visit, a few days later, he found that the family, dreading the consequences of this departure from old customs, had employed a shaman, who asserted that the trouble was caused by a sharpened stick which some enemy had caused to be imbedded in the woman’s side. He accordingly began a series of conjurations for the removal of the stick, while the white physician and his medicine were disregarded, and in due time the woman died. Two children soon followed her to the grave, from the contagion or the inherited seeds of the same disease, but here also the sharpened sticks were held responsible, and, notwithstanding the three deaths under such treatment, the husband and father, who was at one time a preacher still has faith in the assertions of the shaman. The appointment of a competent physician to look after the health of the Indians would go far to eradicate these false ideas and prevent much sickness and suffering; but, as the Government has made no such provision, the Indians, both on and off the reservation, excepting the children in the home school, are entirely without medical care. Did You Know? For thousands of years Indian villagers have used an extract from the Neem tree as an insecticide. So when a US company patented a process for producing the substance in 1994, India reacted with outrage. After spending millions of dollars in legal fees to successfully overturn the patent, India’s government is now creating a 30-million-page database of traditional knowledge to protect against “entrepreneurs” trying to patent the country’s ancient wisdom. The database, called the Traditional Knowledge Data Library, will help ensure that traditional remedies are not presented as new discoveries. This book was written in 1891, and Native Americans are still underserved by American healthcare. Not to mention that they’re still dying at record numbers. In fact, healthcare is so lacking in Native American, Black, and Hispanic communities in America to the point where we might as well be living in a third-world country (yet we never stop bragging about this golden land we live in, huh?). But let’s talk about the story above. What went wrong? Was the shaman clueless? A stick in her side? Sounds stupid right? Not really. You see, “consumption” was an old word for the disease we now call tuberculosis, which got its name from tubercles bacillus, a stick-shaped bacterial microorganism that attacks the lungs, the kidneys and other organs on the side of the human body. Chew on that for a minute. So what this says to me is that our traditional healers have some incredible knowledge from a remote past when we understood way more than we do now, especially considering that Europeans named tuberculosis “consumption” because they believed “something” was eating people up from the inside. Before that, they called it “King’s Evil” because they believed it could be cured by the touch of a king. But let’s be real. This knowledge we “once” had, we don’t all have it anymore. Some of these traditional healers are just traditional crooks. They make their living selling hope to people who are willing to believe them, and unwilling to consider a second opinion. Some of them haven’t been properly trained by anybody, and don’t have a medical degree, a naturopathy degree, or even a high school degree. But they’re getting paid. Some of these folks have even killed their “patients” through their bad advice, while some of us have killed ourselves trying to treat infectious diseases with roots and candles. I understand the fear many of us have about going in for a routine physical and then being told we have HIV (See “False Positives in HIV Testing”). But Western medical science has made a lot of progress in terms of diagnosis. And if you can find a doctor you trust, preferably one who is also familiar with traditional medicine, that’s a lot better than choosing someone who doesn’t have a proven track record of success with traditional healing. The key is finding someone with expertise in their field, who values your approach to health. If you’re trying to avoid pills and prescriptions, find a doctor who understands that and who can suggest alternatives. If you’re using a healthcare provider directory, I suggest checking out people who have Asian or African names. But just be warned. A so-called holistic doctor nearly killed my wife with her backwards approach to her hyperemesis gravidarum. (See “I’m Not a Doctor”) Again, the key is expertise. This lady was clueless. We saw it in our first conversation with her, but we weren’t smart enough to run when we should have. Now, our family’s approach to medicine and healing looks like the following: Whenever we aren’t super-sick, we strive to heal ourselves through our diet. Either we fast, eat foods that have the appropriate healing properties (See “The Health Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables), or we take the appropriate herbs (See “Herbs = Medicine”). In more serious cases, we consult with someone we know who is very knowledgeable in treating such cases holistically. If we decide that we most likely need an antibiotic, we go to the CVS Minute Clinic (it’s quicker and often cheaper than waiting for a doctor’s appointment) for a prescription. In the most serious cases, particularly when there is significant pain or need for immediate attention, we go see our doctors, who are all familiar with our family’s approach to health (meaning they’re not going to prescribe any medicines that aren’t absolutely necessary). In closing, there are traditional methods to cure just about anything. There are even traditional methods to treat bullet wounds. But, unfortunately, the roots man down the street probably doesn’t know how to do it right. So, don’t be dumb about your well-being – go to a doctor when you need to. On the other hand, if you don’t believe that traditional medicine – when done correctly – is all you really need, check out the following story about rapper MCA from the Beastie Boys, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2009, but beat it after going to India and following a traditional Tibetan approach: MCA (Adam Yauch), 45, now says that he is on the road to recovery and getting healthier and stronger daily…He reportedly feels that he is hopeful that he has beaten the cancer after undergoing successful surgery and visiting Tibetan doctors in Dharamsala (India). He has been reportedly taking medicine recommended by these practitioners of Tibetan medicine and eating a vegan/organic diet, which he said was helping…Welcoming Yauch’s interest in India and its institutions, acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has wished him a speedy recovery. According to Zed, Tibetan medicine is an art, philosophy, and science combined, which provides a holistic approach to health maintenance, and it includes the key Buddhist principles of karma, ethics, and altruism. According to Tibetan medical theory, all things in the world are made up of the five proto-elements: chu (water), me (fire), nam-mkha (space), rlung (wind), sa (earth). Changing a patient’s lifestyle and/or diet is the first form of treatment in Tibetan medicine. Medicines are considered only if lifestyle-diet change fails to cure an ailment…Zed, who is president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, says that India also offers another herbal-based health care system known as ayurveda (life-knowledge) whose thesis is that disease is due to imbalance of three bodily humours – pitta (bile), kapha (phlegm) and vata (wind) – and balance can be recreated by changing person’s diet, thoughts and habits. Ayurveda covered complete wellbeing of the person – mental, physical, and spiritual. See the common denominators here? Among Original people (not just those in the East), we have traditionally recognized that health and illness prevention are accomplished through a healthy diet, a healthy mind, and a healthy lifestyle, even down to how we treat other people. This is why you hear about those “medicine men” in different societies telling people they need to “appease the gods” before they can get well. That’s just a corrupted form of the original science of “making yourself right with the universe” and “cleansing your mind and body.” Doing these things won’t cost any money on their own, but if the medicine man or healer tells you that you need “special” items, which only he can provide (and bless appropriately), then you’ve gotta spend money with him to get better. Hence, even the first instances of medical corruption (putting profit before the patient’s health) can be found amongst us. That should be expected, considering that we’ve been on the planet for millions of years, which is plenty of time for some of us to start becoming selfish. But this type of behavior isn’t a characteristic of the ENTIRE system, as you’ll find with Western medicine, which is almost entirely built on staying in business by keeping people sick and in need of more medicine and more diagnosis. Instead, you can still find plenty of examples of traditional healers who will teach you how to get your body (and mind) so ‘right’ that you’ll never have to visit them again. And ain’t that the kind of doctor you’d want to see? Always check credentials and background.

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