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Sensible diet, stay-well strategy for health and tread lightly on the earth to save ecosystems – these are the three topics of this website.

Preserve life, cherish life, make wise choices and enjoy nature.  Avoid the use of chemicals that destroy the natural balance of life.

Can we save the planet?  I’m not sure about this.  But we can lead better lives and make better choices both for ourselves, for others and for the environment.  As individuals all we have is now, but now is worth living for.

diet

Which are the chemicals in food that potentially do us harm?

The answer is:

Hydrogenated oils containing transfats

Palm oil which is saturated fat

Artificial sweeteners

Glycerine and other sugar alcohols

The body is an ecosystem requiring the right conditions to maintain its equilibrium.  Chemicals often cause illness by disrupting the natural equilibrium.

health

Ethos: Natural remedies allow the body to heal itself. It is worth keeping up the motivation to stay fit through your own efforts as well.

Medications generally function by impeding the processes of life and switching off natural physiological functions.  I will give details in posts and pages on this website.  This is the root cause of many modern diseases and health problems.  Many of these diseases did not exist before.

Remember the rhyme, There was an old lady who swallowed a fly, Oh my swallowed a fly, she’s sure to die. She swallowed a spider to catch the fly. It ends, There was an old lady who swallowed a horse, She’s dead of course.

This is how medicine often works now – it isn’t the disease that’s going to kill you, but the treatment to cure the disease.

There is collapse not only of ecosystems, but of the ecosystem of the human body.

Stay-well strategies during the corona virus epidemic: I am going to do posts on the things you need in your diet and the things you need to eliminate from your diet to stay well.

ecology

I was top of the class in biology and bottom of the class in English and maths in school.  Aged 12 I decided that I was going to become a famous ecologist; this was the 1970s and I was going to lead the way – I could see myself speaking on the tele; I went to university in the 1980s to study environmental biology; then environmental issues became trendy and I don’t like to follow, I prefer to lead.  I refuse to repeat what people are saying, because I’m annoying and I question everything.  I don’t like fashionable things and I’m suspicious of anything trendy.

In line with being awkward, I see the loss of carbon sinks as the single biggest problem affecting the environment and causing global warming, rather than only the burning of fossil fuels.

Forests are carbon sinks since they fix CO2, but the biggest carbon sink is photosynthetic plankton living in oceans.  If chemicals cause the microscopic plants and animals of plankton to die the effects on this planet are going to be devastating.

On the news in recent years we have heard reports of floods, tidal waves, droughts, forest fires, animals going extinct, polluted oceans, bleaching of coral reefs and melting glaciers.  Has it always been this way, or is it that we now have tele and global news coming at us every hour of every day?

I wasn’t sure until in 2019 it suddenly came to me the realization that it is all going to end.  There is a domino effect with disasters – once the first one goes, the others follow.  I remember feeling dazed and I couldn’t speak about it to anyone – the implications of total collapse are too dreadful for it to be possible to discuss it.  The apocalypse is supposed to happen in the future, not now.  2020 was the cut-off point for action – it has come and gone. 

My thoughts have gone through a type of transformation forced upon me by the pandemic situation as well as other things – an existential crisis.  I wondered if I would come out the other end, but I’m still here (and I’m presuming you are too).

It’s heart-breaking to become aware of the imminent extinction of iconic animals, but the nature of the threat is really situated at the microscopic level – the level where we don’t see the devastation.

Herbicides and pesticides were invented to improve our human lives; these chemicals were synthesized to kill pests and increase food production.  However, they don’t only kill the target pest, but everything else as well.  First bacteria die and copepods, then insects, then amphibians and fish, then bigger fish, and then mammals.  We only notice it when a mammal goes extinct.

People are not noticing that food chains are being broken and nature is dying around us due to the use of chemicals – chemicals used to promote our well-being or so-called well being.  What we need is a whole ecosystems approach.