Right now, at this very moment, I personally know three people that are in the midst of their cancer journey and two others dealing with very serious health issues. I am sure you reading this have at least one name swimming in your head. I wish it was not so. Realistically though, health, or more accurately, lack of health, (which I prefer to refer to as dis-ease), is all around us. To be perfectly blunt and direct, it is partly a result of how we live and the world we live in.
Imagine for a moment a fairy land where everyone is perfectly healthy. Where each human lives with only what is necessary and grows all of their own food in a small garden next to their humble abode. Extra food or unique foods grown are used to barter with neighbors who grow their own unique foods and wish to share their abundance. All humans living off the land, consuming what nature has provided for them and being kind and generous to all living things. This would include being kind to their own self – being outside each day (in a clean environment), exploring nature, working the small bit of land provided. How beautiful… a land without toxins, cigarets, caffeine, genetically modified foods, alcohol or stress of any kind. A land where humans consume only what nature and their own hard work provides.
Skreeeeeetch! Did you say no caffeine? I know, I probably lost you well before that. I probably lost you at “lives with only what is necessary”! We are HUMAN after all! Not to mention most of the people reading this live in the United States, the land of opportunity, the leader of the free world. And with this freedom comes the right to choose. Not to mention this magical place has the best health care in the world. Health care that can fix anything that might be wrong with a pill or a procedure or a cocktail of sorts.
So we all know my depiction of a fairy land does not exist, unless of course you have found a remote place or a unique way of life that is fairy land like. (And if you have found that place and you are reading this on your iPad, send me the location in the Comment Section, I would love to join you.) Instead, we live in the other land, the land of hedonism. Where the pursuit of pleasure is our mantra. This land of opportunity also has a shadow offering of indulgence. We are bombarded with products that are bad for the earth and human beings, but make profits for a few so they are allowed to be sold and marketed. Caveat emptor, let the buyer beware! (And they just make us feel so goooood.) Our freedom allows us to make choices, sometimes we make choices that silently assault our body and eventually catch up with us. Enter, stage left, best healthcare in the world. Now I am well aware that I am a product of this healthcare system and I am so very grateful for it. The wisdom of my doctor and the magic of medicine has allowed me to watch my sons grow up into young men, share tender moments with my husband and joyful moments with my guys, extended family and friends. But…I have to insert a caveat here… with the work I do and see in the world of hospice, I sometimes feel we have let our medicine become “egotistical”, losing site of human dignity and instead fixing, or trying to fix until there is but a shell left to fix.
I don’t mean for this post to be about dying or medicine or when to make or even if to make a choice between the two! That would be fodder for several posts. I do mean for this post to be about slowing down enough to hear yourself living. If only for a bit. I want to highlight for you in this season of spring that you have the ability to nurture your every cell and allow your body to heal itself. How do you do this? You take the Opportunity in your Freedom to make good Choices and use Health to Care for you.
Eat food from nature. Enjoy the outside. Give your body a cleanse from toxins (environmental, stress, politics!, alcohol, nicotine, chemicals in your food…)
And marvel at the human body’s intelligence to heal itself.
- Liver Cells regenerate every 150-500 days
- Stomach and Intestines, up to 5 days
- Lungs every 2-3 Weeks
- Skin every 2-4 Weeks
- Brain and Eyes – These cells are as old as our age and for the most part do not regenerate. However, in the brain we have the olfactory bulb controlling our sense of smell and the hippocampus which is an area that allows us to learn that do, in fact, regenerate. In the eyes our cornea can regenerate in as little as 24 hours.
Why not help your body rejuvenate? It does not matter if you are one that that finds yourself working with cancer, or a serious health issue, or maybe you are feeling no dis-ease at all. This spring, if you do nothing else, make this recipe and sip it throughout the day (while staying away from caffeine, sugar, alcohol and other toxins) and nourish your cells. It is a recipe for a broth called “Magical Mineral Broth“. Rebecca Katz offers this recipe in two of her books. “The Cancer Fighting Kitchen” where she suggests to those going through chemotherapy to drink AT LEAST this to give their body the ability to help heal. In the book “The Longevity Kitchen” she offers a 2.0 version of the broth, spicing it up a little. Her books provide a beautiful treasure trove of recipes that introduce eating as a way to enhance and enjoy life.
When you take the time to nourish your cells, you give them the power to regenerate. This is by the sheer intelligence of this human body, this temple, this shell that you were given to be a steward of in this life – your life- here on this earth. Sip and slow down just enough to hear yourself living.