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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Documentaries: Must See

I've been under the weather with a cold and have been stuck at home sleeping, hydrating, and watching documentaries on NetFlix streaming. I just checked my recently watched queue and wow have I watched a lot of tv.  At least some of it was educational and thought-provoking.

In FoodMatters: You Are What You Eat I learned that nutrition and vitamins play a bigger role in health than I ever imagined.  I had no idea that less than 6% of graduating physicians in the USA receive any formal training in nutrition.  It explains why they usually prescribe pharmaceuticals instead of better nutrition.  Another interesting tidbit of information was about Niacin (Vitamin B3) which can be used to treat alcoholism and depression.  The most eye opening information was about cleansing the body through the bowels with water, herbs, colonics, and enemas.  David Wolfe an authority on raw foods and superfoods said that his cousin lost 150 pounds in an 18 month period by eating raw foods and by moving all the toxicity through his bowels. 12 bowel movements in one day!  One day he lost 15 pounds!  This makes so much sense but it never occurred to me.  We must start eating better and focusing more on our nutrition to live healthier and longer lives.  This documentary reminded me of Food, Inc which I saw a few months ago, also very eye opening and scary.  They show us were our food comes from (and most of it is not pretty).  How farmers are raising our food and what is going into it which is a lot of GMO or Genetically Modified Organisms in patent protected food crops.  Why do we live in a world where food is patented? 

2012: Time for Change talks about the end of the world... as we know it.  The idea presented is that in 2012 people will enter a time that will make them aware of the disrespect that has been shown to the earth and to life in general.  That as a species we are ready to move on to the next level of our development.  If you look at successive revolutions/ages in human cultures/societies they seem to happen exponentially faster in linear time. For example, the Agricultural Age took thousands of years to develop, the Industrial Age took hundreds of years, the Information Age took tens of years, and now we now on the cusp of the development of the Wisdom Age which could be developed in two to three years.  This theory for 2012 makes so much more sense to me than the end of the world is around the corner.  It is time to open our eyes and have conscious awareness.

National Geographic: The Human Family Tree starts off in a festival in Queens, New York which they call a microcosm of the world.  People from all over the planet including Bangladesh, Ecuador, Thailand ,Pakistan, Afro Caribbean region, amongst others are at this festival.  They set up a booth called The Genographic Project.  The project spent four years collecting DNA samples from 350,000 people from all over the world in a quest to find out where we came from using the tools of science to answer this question.  The DNA tests will go back tens of thousands of years to find that we are all related.  "There is no such thing as race" was the most fascinating idea presented.

I'm finally feeling better and will be at work tomorrow but I enjoyed getting better while picking up some thought-provoking information.  Some of which I had considered but wouldn't have been able to explain it like these documentaries.   I hope you find the time to watch and do some research of your own to get educated on these topics.

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