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Your Partnership With Our Environment

May 17, 2008
I was still a young man, living in the rural south. I recall hearing my mother speak of a woman who had had incurable cancer, given chemotherapy, and sent home to die by her oncologist. She allegedly took an herb for several years and the cancer went into remission. Of course, I was skeptical, until I met the woman, then in her seventies, and appeared a picture of health. This started my quest at the nearby library, which did not offer much, to read about a more regarding organic lifestyles.

A few years later, I had read every book available to me, there was no Internet or Barnes And Nobles, so I decided to open my own health food store, possibly the first or one of the first in the state. I made sure the store had a large library and opened it across the street from the state university in my small hometown, as, I had pretty much become ostracized by the locals. Students from the northeast and west coast were my only market and they were on my same wave-length.

By 1978, I had read every book available to me, there was no Internet or Barnes And Nobles, so I decided to open my own health food store, possibly the first or one of the first in the state. I made sure the store had a large library and opened it across the street from the state university in town, as, I had pretty much become ostracized by the local yokels, and students from afar were not only my market, but the only ones who did not consider me a pariah.

The Sesame Seed (store's name)e only stayed open several years but much was learned. As the years went by, I figured out that I had to unlearn most of what I had learned. New research had been done, and a lot of what I knew was outdated.

Some of the more notable facts I later found: Vitamin supplements and herbs are basically useless, even if organic. Herbs are excellent for wellness, if prepared in tincture form in countries that have strict laws in how they are raised (herbs from many third-world countries are still sprayed with dysentery-infected water doing more harm than good), and herbal capsules have virtually zero medicinal qualities, and even then they absorb pitifully in the digestive system, whereas tinctures begin working in the mouth, and absorb much better than in the digestive system.

Vitamins, even organic vitamins about the same as dead cooked food. The only process of producing vitamins and minerals that work are using a method called "flash-glanced"; where the enzymes stay alive. A few companies do make flash-glanced supplements, but only a few. A quick search engine search will do a lot of good for discovering them.

Internal health is a great thing, but unfortunately no longer works, in and of its own. Because we are all part of this planet, and the external environment affects our internal environments, organic household goods, bedding, cleaners, and yes, even our clothes, and our fragile immune systems are affected by all of this.

By now, you may be calling me a fanatic. No problem. I was labeld that by my local medical community, back in the seventies when I told customers there is a good chance that ginkgo might help them to think better and st. john's wort might make their mood better. I've been told by old friends that many of those same doctors, the ones still alive, are often recommending better nutrition and lifestyles. Go figure.

Regardless of our thoughts of Gore's speeches on global warming, the rain-forest etc, one has to admit, we live on a very fragile planet and we are the only ones who can fix it, one person at a time.

You don't have to "save the world" all at once. Each can do our part to make the earth last a little longer and while we are here, the quality be better for everyone. If we are not recycling, it's never too late to start. If you can't do it every day, start once or twice a week. Once in the habit, you'll enjoy a newer healthier lifestyle.

Buy a few earth-friendly cotton tees. Did you know that cotton farming accounts for over 10% of the world's pesticide pollution? Besides that, they feel and look so much better (not to mention sexier) on the skin.
About the Author
Rick London is the first cartoonist to "go earth-friendly" with his organic cotton cartoon tees
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