This week I want to share some musings about life and well being and our expectations thereof. I used to be listening to the thunder and seeing the flashes of lightening final night time – harbingers of summer season. Just some brief weeks in the past we have been within the midst of a drought. My garden was trying unhappy with massive patches of lifeless grass. Now I battle to maintain it beneath management and neat. Loads of free heaven-sent water along with dose of nitrogen launched with every explosion of lightning has made an enormous distinction to the expansion of crops in my backyard.
I develop greens, shielded from the monkeys by shade internet. It gives healthful diversion from the stresses of life, aside from very scrumptious recent produce. However in occasions of drought and a temperamental water provide it may be arduous work to supply sufficient fluid sustenance for progress and well being of my crops.
Over the previous few weeks I’ve been cramming information into my “maturing” mind making ready for my board examination in Way of life Medication (fortunately efficiently accomplished). However all that point learning prevented me from preserving the weeds at bay in my backyard, and I’ve been amazed on the rapidity of progress. What I’ve famous is how simply weeds develop in comparison with the trouble expended in tendering and nurturing my greens. I’ve to fertilise them (organically as a lot as attainable) and minimize and trim and prepare, whereas the weeds flourish and overwhelm my greens with no effort on my half – merely with neglect.
Musing no 1.
The Creator has designed an intricate and sophisticated system of life that’s to some extent self-sustaining. You don’t must fertilise the weeds or deal with them with pesticides. They appear to flourish with none assist from our facet. Consider the forests and savannahs of the world. Hundreds of various species develop with none enter from mankind. In reality it’s our interference that has introduced destruction to huge swathes of the world, to the detriment of pure techniques. Humanity is destroying, by poor agricultural practices and the outpouring of poisonous wastes, the very soil that sustains plants.
Extravagant use of pesticides is killing the bees and bugs that pollinate our fruit bushes. The restrictions of Covid-19 have seen spectacular restoration of a few of these pure techniques leading to much less air air pollution, cleaner water techniques and return of long-gone animals and birds to sure areas. If we might solely co-operate with these pure techniques of soil manufacturing, nurturing the soil micro-biome (a captivating examine), sustainable agricultural practices, and stewardship of the sources, we’d see restoration of those therapeutic processes.
What is required is best consciousness of pure techniques and altering our practices to be in concord slightly than combating in opposition to or interfering with them.
It’s crucial that we educate our kids to be accountable in how we deal with our surroundings.
Musing no 2.
Simply as within the atmosphere round us, how we deal with the atmosphere inside can both intervene with pure processes, or improve the extremely advanced therapeutic mechanisms that maintain life and vitality. I used to be learning the complexity concerned in a traditional blood strain. We are inclined to take with no consideration a wholesome blood strain that’s excessive sufficient to distribute nourishing blood all through the physique, however not too excessive to “burst the pipes”, (one of many issues with our temperamental native municipal water provide!).
Blood strain is managed by scores of things. Particular sensors within the mind and coronary heart wall trigger the discharge of chemical compounds that management kidney perform and adrenal gland manufacturing; chemical compounds produced throughout the delicate lining cells of blood vessels trigger dilatation or constriction of the blood vessels; train or relaxation, sleep or consuming meals all affect the distribution of blood and the blood strain.
A standard blood strain is what we’re designed to have – however there are such a lot of issues we do to our our bodies that intervene with that pure stability, which lead to as much as 1 / 4 of our inhabitants affected by hypertension, with all its dangerous penalties. So we take ourselves off to the native physician or clinic and begin the lifelong means of ingesting costly and troublesome drugs. If we have been solely prepared to right the dangerous practices that upset the extremely well-designed system within the first place, we might restore a traditional blood strain with out these drugs in lots of if not most sufferers.
That is the idea of Way of life Medication – coping with the foundation causes of our failing well being, restoring the pure processes designed into the system by an extremely clever Bio-engineer. Subsequent week we’ll discover among the underlying ideas of Way of life Medication and the way we will undertake them into our lives.
Have a fantastic week, sustaining vigilance in opposition to Covid-19.
Dr David Glass graduated from UCT in 1975. He spent the subsequent 12 years working at a mission hospital in Lesotho, the place a lot of his work concerned well being training and interventions to enhance well being, except for the traditional busy medical work of an under-resourced mission hospital. He returned to UCT in 1990 to specialize in obstetrics/gynaecology after which moved to the South Coast the place he had the privilege of, amongst different issues, ushering 7000 infants into the world. He not delivers infants however remains to be very clinically lively in gynaecology. An outdated ardour, preventive well being care, has now changed the obstetrics facet of his work. He’s wanting to share insights he has gathered over time on how you can forestall and reverse so most of the trendy scourges of life-style – weight problems, diabetes, ischaemic coronary heart illness, hypertension, arthritis, widespread cancers, and so on. He’s a household man, with a supportive spouse, and two grown kids, and 4 lovely grandchildren. His hobbies embody strolling, biking, vegetable gardening, bird-watching, travelling and writing. He’s lively in group well being outreach and deeply concerned in church actions. He enjoys educating and sharing data.