Category Archives: Philosophy
Follow the Money… Corruption is Cheap
Read this article: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellbeing/nutrition/how-the-sugar-industry-shifted-blame-to-fat-20160912-greutt.html
When something doesn’t seem quite right, follow the money trail… $$$
Apparently, it only took paying around $50k of today’s money to an academic of one of the most well-regarded educational institutions in the world, to corrupt the global scientific consensus, warp the food industry, misdirect the “healthcare” and medical industry, and led generations, and many hundreds of millions of people into an obesity crisis.
From a capitalist perspective, the sugar industry and the “healthcare” industry have the perfect market; the possibility of almost every human on earth being highly addicted to a cheap, legal substance, leading to a raft of chronic diseases in many major body systems that require ongoing care and treatment, which produces consistent and ever expanding revenue streams. It is much like smoking or alcohol, but FAR more insidious and destructive. Nobody has gone to jail over this, yet we have a lifestyle disease “epidemic” that has probably led to the premature deaths of millions, with related consequential chronic illness overriding the “healthcare systems” of the “developed” world.
Don’t ever hold the “scientific method” to such high regard as to think that whatever you are told to be commonly accepted by research is completely infallible. Do your own research before worshipping the findings of someone else like it is some sort of deity. Educate yourself. Find your own truth, as much as you possibly can, for the good of society. We have all the resources to do that. There is plenty of corrupt research around.
“For many decades health authorities encouraged Americans to improve their health by reducing their fat intake, which led many people to consume low-fat, high-sugar foods that some experts now blame for fuelling the obesity crisis.”
“Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University, wrote an editorial accompanying the new paper that said the documents provided “compelling evidence” that the sugar industry initiated research “expressly to exonerate sugar as a major risk factor for coronary heart disease.”
“Race, Shame and Self-defence” by Sam Yang
#racerelations #race #racism #colonialism #martialarts
The Problem with the Education System
In response to this TedX talk by Eddy Zhong:
There should not be a clear duality of life choice as defined by these two paths, and I do not believe that it is suggested that a creative path is superior; it is only that the academic path is flawed and inadequate to serve the needs of a human. There are clear benefits to academic education as well. However academic performance is given far too much credit and is a product of an antiquated and inefficient education system which does not necessarily nurture the natural talents of a student. We spend far too much time learning things that have little relevance to our lives or careers.
A purely academic career that views lives and concepts as a collection of purely mechanical and measurable components dangerously separates mankind from the natural and creative world from which he/she biologically originates from. Without appropriate application of academic pursuits to the real world, the optimal leverage of applied knowledge cannot be achieved.
We should encourage students to discover their own strengths, purpose and natural talents through exploration of individual creativity, and integrate targeted and appropriate adoption of technical academic knowledge in a tailored fashion to each individual’s natural inclinations in such a way that we may optimise their abilities. Nurture our nature, not balance the influences of nature vs nurture as opposites, as we well know they are deeply interconnected.
Real Health vs Western Medicine
In response to the article “The Healthiest Old Person on the Planet.”
Real health lies in optimising the vastly under-utilized, yet essential and natural areas of diet and fitness, not western medicine, which should ideally be reserved primarily for dealing with circumstances of last resort, and less as a system of sustaining chronic illness. There is a significant lack of interest in implementing preventive lifestyle measures in public health and correcting the overall physical robustness of the population.
I’ve worked on my diet, worked on getting as functionally fit as possible, worked on correcting my posture, worked on correcting psychological issues, and worked on improving the quality of my social circle and environment over the last few years, among other things. I recently had an eye test, my eyesight has improved slightly. I look as young or younger than I did ten years ago. I am a superior being to what I was before.
In our most basic state, we are merely animals with opposable thumbs and slightly thicker cerebral cortexes; we must respect our primitive nature, and connection to nature, in order to maximise our potential. The key factors essential to our health, at the centre of our primitive nature, is how we connect to our sources of food, and the mobility of our physical bodies.
#Health #diet #fitness #ageing #westernmedicine #preventivehealth#personaldevelopment #selfimprovement
Nothing Grows in the Desert
Almost nothing grows in the desert, even with water. Unless you are like a camel or a cactus, built for the barren plains, you must find a patch of fertile soil to survive and thrive. Nonetheless, the desert dwelling camel or cactus will never proliferate and grow with the same ease and to the same magnitude as a creature that thrives in a place that is nutrient-rich.
#foundations #life#philosophy #metaphors