I attended the Northeastern Organic Farmers Association Conference at University of Massachusetts Amherst this weekend. It was enlightening, alarming, and life-changing all at once. Being around so many like-minded individuals who truly care about our environment and our health was empowering. Gaining insights from some of the top health advocates, organic farmers, and activists was an experience I'll never forget.
One of the first things I noticed was how happy everyone was. After attending 6 or so workshops, I began to realize why.
I want to break down each workshop and everything I learned into more detail so that you get the most information, but first I thought I'd post an overview. So, here are some major takeaways from what I learned at the conference:
- Natural Dentistry/Holistic approach to your teeth: Stay away from silver fillings-- they contain 54% mercury and every time you drink a hot liquid that mercury leaks out throughout your body. Mercury is the most toxic element on earth aside from radioactive elements. Your teeth say a lot about your overall health-- everything from jaw alignment, to color-- and you can learn a lot about a person's ancestral history and health. Eggs are awesome for your teeth, swish with coconut oil instead of mouthwash. Xylitol instead of flouride.
- GMOs are harmful. Don't believe the hype that they are "all natural". They're not. Search Jeffrey Smith and "Genetic Roulette", he talked to us at the conference. He received a $3m grant to test GMO safety, and the conclusions were astounding. Doctors are beginning to prescribe non-GMO diets because of it, one saying that "It never doesn't work." Look up Non-GMO Shopping guide to start your path towards wellness, vote with consumer demand. Help pass state "Right to Know" labeling laws. Europe has been non-GMO since 1999. http://seedsofdeception.com/
- Herbs aid in digestion, overall health. Four types of herbal actions that help the digestive system: Carminatives, Bitters, Demulcents, Astringents. An example of a healthy daily herb practice: eat a basil leaf after every meal. Spiced tea for breakfast. Keep tinctures (of holy basil, thyme, chicory root extract, etc) around and have 5-10 drops after every meal to help relax your GI tract. Herbs are essential for preventing connective tissue disorders. Herbs work wonders on our nervous system and our gut.
- Farm as Farmacy-- Treat food as your gateway to health. Inflammation is a key root to bad health. 41% of Americans will now be diagnosed with cancer, 20% of all Americans will now die from it. The way to prevent cancer is to have a vigorous immune system. Perfect balance of Omega 3s to Omega 6s is available in grass-fed meat and eggs, full fat dairy. Omega 3 fatty acids come from grass, fish, plants. It is the most abundant fatty acid on the earth, yet Americans don't get nearly enough of it. Cholesterol is an important part of our diet. It is anti-inflammatory. Instead of taking statins eat a full fat grass fed meat sandwich. When you get rid of cholesterol in your system, you prevent seratonin's availability to the brain, leading to depression.
Here's to health.