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Good people,

The month of April comes with “April fool’s day" notoriety, but what is shared in this blog article is no fools tale. It is science based evidence of our the interconnectedness of humans with Mother Nature, through the foods we eat (consume) and how these foods are grown has profound impacts on human health and disease, including manifestation on chronic diseases.

Is there evidence of a link between mineral deficiencies and human diseases?

  • Iron deficiency causes anemia; the hemoglobin molecule of red blood cells cannot be complete without iron to maximise its oxygen carrying abilities.
  • Magnesium deficiency predisposes one to many chronic diseases which include; diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease and osteoporosis, among others.
  • Selenium deficiency is associated with many chronic diseases, from cardiovascular dysfunction, musculo-skeletal weakness due to necrosis of joint cartilage, immune system dysfunction resulting in failure to fight infections and dysfunction leading to the body’s inability to fight cancers. Selenium on human disease and health: http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/ars.2010.3275

Do we have any population based studies that show a link between selenium deficiency and human disease? Yes, we do: The case of Malawi:

Good people,

March is here -and with it the early signs of the much awaited rains; but what caused the devastating drought, in the first place, one may ask?

  • Could it be due to inappropriate human activity driven perceived benefits ?
  • Is there any evidence miscalculated human activity is the cause of climate change?
  • Do we have evidence of environmental pollution causing human disease and ill health?

YES: Here is the evidence, as captured by a great environmentalist: Rachel Carson

  • Quote We have acquired technical skills on a scale undreamed of, even a generation ago. We can do dramatic things, and we can do them quickly. By the time damaging side effects are apparent, it is often too late or impossible to reverse our actions. If we are ever to solve the basic problem of environmental contamination, we must begin to count the many hidden costs of what we’re doing and to weigh them against the gains or advantages.” These were the words of Rachel Carson who, singlehandedly, managed to enact a paradigm shift in the way humans view the environment. Some say there is a before and after Rachel Carson in terms of how we think about the environment. Carson believed that we as humans are not separate from this living world, but in fact are a part of it.
  • On April 14, 1964, Carson succumbed to cancer and died at the young age of 56. Some of her ashes were buried next to her mother’s grave, while the remainder were scattered over the ocean…for those interested Google and read her book, the Silent Spring.Her book triggered a revolution in thinking that gave birth to the modern environmental movement, and the public outcry that resulted from her book eventually led to DDT being banned for agricultural use in the U.S. in 1972.
  • Unfortunately, DDT was simply replaced with other equally unsafe and untested chemicals — one of them beingGLYPHOSATE, the active ingredient in Roundup, which today is the most widely, used herbicide in the world. Disturbingly, we believe glyphosate may actually be worse than DDT…the evidence is piling up….
  • Is there any evidence of environmental pollution causing direct harm to human health?
  • 6 MARCH 2017 | GENEVA -More than 1 in 4 deaths of children under 5 years of age are attributable to unhealthy environments. Every year, environmental risks – such as indoor and outdoor air pollution, second-hand smoke, unsafe water, lack of sanitation, and inadequate hygiene – take the lives of 1.7 million children under 5 years, say two new WHO reports. http://who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2017/pollution-child-death/en/?utm_source=WHO+List&utm_campaign=a5120e56a1-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_03_06&utm_medium=emai

Good people,

The New Year is here and with it comes many resolutions:

  • Firstly, let me thank you, all, for walking with us, at OCA, by reading and hopefully putting in practical use some of the “gems” of knowledge we have been sharing, over the years, on this blog. At OCA, we believe, “Your Health is Your First Wealth”
  • Secondly, this is to let you know that we are not about to stop creating consumer awareness by sharing these behavior changing and empowering  knowledge tit bits, whose objective is to enable YOU make informed choices about your HEALTH, so that you can take CONTROL of your health and wellness. (see Sustainable Development –SDG-no. 3)
  • Thirdly, us we begin 2017, we are very alive to the increasing incidence and prevalence of non-communicable diseases(NCDs), including CANCERs; That is why we begin the year by sharing with you the good news; that cancer is not only preventable but that I CAN be “cured” by what you consume: your DIET and lifestyle:
  • Fourthly; Now we know that the 5 key risk factors for NCDS are: Environmental toxins, including agrochemicals in your food (instead eat organic food); Wrong timing of eating (don’t eat at least 3 hours before sleep time); Inadequate sleep; Too much STRESS; and Sitting too much.
  • And finally: Here are TEN FOOD groups, in addition to GINGER, that prevent (and treat) all chronic diseases, including CANCERs, backed by the best science. https://foodrevolution.org/blog/10-best-cancer-killing-phytonutrients/
  • Go here for more: http://organicconsumers.co.ke/news-updates/articles-publications-updates.html

The month of February, 2017, is here and with it the worsening drought that has been visited upon us;

  • The questions many of us are asking include; Is genetic biotechnology as applied in drought resistant GM seeds the “magic bullet” or the villain in matters climate change?
  • Can affordable, locally adapted and climate friendly agro-ecological approaches provide sustainable, safe, healthier and ensure food security/food sovereignty?
  • Do we have any evidence negative health consequences from GMO seeds, on the one hand and positive evidence on the other hand, of ecological organic food production as the solution?
  • The answer is YES. And here is the evidence:
  1. Who will feed Africans? Small scale farmers and not corporations! http://acbio.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/FoE-Africa-report.pdf
  2. Release of GM insects is a threat to ecological organic farming: http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/9/1/59
  3. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.016911
  4. Evidence that GM maize is not substantially equivalent to non-GM maize:http://www.nature.com/articles/srep37855

Way forward?

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