We are lucky people in the developed world! Most people are better off than our parents, better informed about diet, with access to almost infinite resources via the internet about what is good for our health and wellbeing. As an example smoking was considered good for you and asbestos was considered harmless not that long ago. So with all this information and affluence that we are so fortunate to enjoy, we should all be looking forward to a healthy and long life for ourselves , our children and future generations.
But in many cases we are not. Consider the following statistics published in a recent book in West Australia (‘Additive Alert’ by July Eady)
• The incidence of asthma is increasing worldwide and Australia has one of the highest asthma rates in the world (14%). One in 4 Australian children suffer from chronic asthma;
• 11% of Australian children suffer from ADHD. In Western Australia, medication such as dexamphetamine is being prescribed at 4 times the national average;
• Teen suicide rates have quadrupled since the 1960’s;
• There has been an alarming increase in childhood cancer in the last 50 years, including a 20% increase in brain cancer in the last 5 years;
• One in four Australian children are overweight and if the current trend continues, over half will be obese by 2025;
• The rate of diabetes in Australia has almost doubled in the last 5 years;
• Heart disease is now Australia’s biggest killer and around 40% of Australian children are showing early signs of heart disease by the age of 15.
OK these are Australian statistics but they are likely to be similar in many developed countries around the world such as the UK , America, Canada and Europe. We may not be able to do much about some factors but many are within our control. If we are careless about our own fate we at least owe it to our loved ones to protect them from exposure to products and behaviours that may be detrimental to their health.
Health is the single most important factor that affects your quality of life. It is so precious but is only rarely appreciated until it is gone. Poor health or conditions affect not only the individual but their family and ultimately society as a whole as we all pay through taxes for health care.
So what has changed over recent years to cause these alarming increases? I believe that the main factors are firstly the increase of additives and processed foods in our diet, and secondly the amount of toxins, carcinogens and pollutants in our environment. If you want to find out more about the harmful additives in food, I would strongly suggest reading ‘Additive Alert’. But be warned that after reading this book, shopping for food will never be quite the same again!
Of course one of the problems is the infinite resources I alluded to earlier. How are busy people who are balancing their time between work and family and hopefully some sort of social life, find time to stay informed about potential products and services that may have a detrimental effect on their families’ health? And what are the less harmful, environmentally responsible alternatives?
That’s where Green Life Organics can help! Through these blogs I will be researching and recommending products that either enhance your quality of life or reduce your exposure to chemicals that may be detrimental to your health. Some of my tips and findings can be acted upon at no cost to yourselves, alternative products to those that may be detrimental may be purchased directly through this web site or via one of the links. But ultimately if like me you are concerned about rising health problems in an otherwise affluent society, and the potential exposure of your family to these problems, then I’m sure you will get something out of these blogs.
I may not have all the answers and only partial solutions but a small step in the right direction is better than throwing your hands in the air and giving up. So welcome to my web page! I hope you enjoy my blogs and I’m sure we are going to have an interesting and worthwhile journey together.
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Happy and healthy living!