2006-03-03 / Columnists

Health & Harmony

Be Well
By Dr. Nancy Gahles

DR. nancy gahlesDR. nancy gahles Recent studies have verified that Teflon coating on the products that we use to cook with are sources of carcinogens. This is another example of how that which makes it easier for us is, in fact, a detriment.

The chemicals that coat the pans that we cook in make it easier to fry and sauté without sticking to the pan. This enables us to cook more efficiently. It also has the added benefit of not needing to use oils for pan preparation. This concept was revolutionary in the early 70’s and 80’s when it was discovered that chemicals impregnated into the pan would facilitate ease of turning foods that used to stick to the pan and fall apart and it would make clean up time a breeze.

An added attraction was the low fat element.

No need to add butter or oils to the pan. I remember the sage adage, “If it seems too good to be true, it is!”

It is sad to say that easier is not better. Wouldn’t it be lovely if we could get a break? Wouldn’t it be lovely if this modern invention of DuPont or whoever invented Teflon, would be able to contribute to reducing the burden upon us.

It is bad enough that we operate on limited resources of time and energy as it is. Now, we have to return to the tried and true.

Take heart, kids, I like it! It is real! It reminds us that closer to nature is healthful. So, we give thanks.

The latest studies also are showing that pesticides on our foods are not healthy for us.

No kidding!

The intent that spawned this industry may have had to do with the ability to deliver seasonal items to us at non-seasonal times thus enabling us to have a wide variety of fruits and vegetables available throughout the seasons, just what a consumer conscious society wants, and needs. It is true that we fare well in a health sense when we eat a large variety of fruits and vegetables. It is also true that our systems are set up to digest foods that are in synchrony with the seasons that we live in.

It may be my idealistic nature to think that we have been enabled to procure all manner of foods regardless of their ripe time in our part of the world.

The truth is that it is incumbent upon each of us to take stock of our lives, our environment, our families and decide what regimen is important to sustain our wellness. The idea of bringing us back to health is another project altogether. For now, let us concentrate on what we can do to promote wellness.

Wellness is the new American buzzword. It is the word that corporations are touting as the platform for reform. Corporations do not want to offer healthcare benefits to their employees who abuse basic lifestyle choices. They do not want to pay to sustain the medical management of obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes and chronic inflammatory diseases that could be averted with responsible personal management.

Corporations are now buying insurance policies for their employees, which emphasize pro-lifestyle choices. The supposition that we can change it all by eschewing Teflon and purchasing organics is, of course, ludicrous. What we can do and what we need to do is to take personal responsibility for our health.

Personal responsibility for your health means taking an inventory of what makes you tick. What makes you happy, what makes you sad. What events, situations, foods, environments, provoke a response from you that makes you feel unwell, uneasy. It does not have to be an overt physical response. By the time an emotional event has played itself out and manifests in a pathology, it is late in the game. Not too late but late enough to have made an impact on your system in a way which causes immediate alarm.

The understanding of mind/body/ spirit and its relationship to total wellness is the next frontier. When we are able to understand our place in the development of our wellness, we will be free to direct the movement of our lives. It is as simple as that. It is as simple as saying “Yes”. That’s it. I will. I want to be the best I can be. And it is up to me. Empowerment. Self-fulfillment. You all know that is what I always espouse. Why? Because it cannot work any other way. Intent must come from within and radiate outward.

The laws of the Universe are immutable. Follow your intuition and you cannot go wrong. If you are not sure, take time to sit in quiet reflection, listen to the voice you hear, the voice

of truth cannot be mistaken.

Take time…take time…take time.

We have nothing but time as we are eternal. And if you need clarification, seek mentors.

Model the behavior of someone who inspires you.

We are not in this life alone.

We are all a part of the Divine plan.

We are all connected in the One Consciousness, which is operating for the good of all.

I am always and everyday encouraged and enlightened by the unique individuals that come across my path.

It is always my pleasure to encourage their journey.

Be not fainthearted on your path, for it is in perseverance that destiny is forged.

May The Blessings Be!

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