You may already know this, but before I was a farmer I was (and still am) a registered nurse. I’m very happy to be slowly transitioning out of working at a hospital, spending more and more time working on the farm. For me there is nothing better than working on the farm.
But just the other day, I heard someone talking about trying to diagnose auto-immune diseases. He stated “I just googled it, and it says there are only 89 auto-immune diseases, so this shouldn’t be that hard to diagnose”. First of all, Im sure there are probably even more auto immune diseases out there then just 89. And to say, “that’s not a lot” sounded pretty crazy to me, considering auto-immune diseases just started popping up 100-150 years ago. And just so we are on the same page, an auto-immune disease is a disease that is characterized by the body and immune system attacking itself.
What Causes Autoimmune Diseases?
So why do we see them today? I mean, everything from colitis to arthritis, and the number of cases of auto-immune diseases is ever growing.
Could it be our environment? EMF’s, radiation, I mean we even have 5G cell coverage coming, which will have the potential to be devastating to human health https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/environmental-toxins/microwave-radiation-coming-lamppost-near/.
Or maybe it’s our diet? 125 years ago, we didn’t inject the animals we were going to eat with vaccines and steroids, and they were never pumped full of antibiotics. Raising animals on pasture used to be the norm. They weren’t covered in and inhaling their own feces, and they weren’t processed in such unsanitary conditions, where the meat is soaking in its own waste materials. And don’t even get me started on GMO’s.
Perhaps it’s the new stressors in life we have today that we didn’t have 100 years ago. I mean just looking at our schedules can be overwhelming sometimes. You have heard the old saying, stress will eat you alive, well its true! When we stress, we release cortisone, which is caustic to our system, and literally eats away the lineings of our blood vessels, which leads to cardiovascular disease and a whole host of problems. It also puts us at an increased risk of diabetes.
I would propose that it’s a combination of all these things that sets us up for autoimmune diseases. Humans weren’t meant to be subjected to all these internal and external stressors. It throws the body out of balance and weakens the immune system , and when the body is out of balance, it gives diseases a play ground. Give them the opportunity with the right conditions, and diseases thrive.
What’s The Cure?
So what can be done about all these stressors attacking our immune systems? It’s very hard to control environmental radiation and EMFs, they are just part of the world we live in. You could go live in the middle of no where, where radiation sources are little to none (that doesn’t sound half bad actually). But honestly, super fast internet and microwaves aren’t going away any time soon. So there isn’t much we can do about environmental radiation (unless again you want to move to Alaska).
Stress can be controlled in our life, it can be hard, but certainly doable. For me, it’s taking the time in 2019 to have fun time with family, and take a break from the work now and again (it’s harder said than done sometimes). Relaxing, and realizing that sometimes, it’s ok to put off things until tomorrow. I mean really, is that jam packed schedule or huge to-do list really worth your health?
And what about food? As a family, even before we were farming, we made a choice to look for healthier food options, and no I don’t mean diet soda and fat free yogurt. I mean REAL food! Unprocessed food grown and raised as it would have been 150 years ago, or even the way it would be raised in nature. Food free from pesticides, antibiotics, vaccines, GMO’s, and unsanitary and cramped living conditions. It has made a huge difference in the health of our family, and I bet eating REAL food could make a difference in your health as well. If you have questions about how REAL food could benefit your health, please feel free to reach out, I would love to help if I can.
Well, hopefully I didn’t ramble on too long about my opinions. What about you? What do you think are the biggest health challenges facing us in our world today? I’de love to hear your opinion!