|Posted on January 1, 2014 at 12:20 PM|
Every new year seems to begin with a rush of excitement. Clean slates and new beginnings. My new year begins with the excitement of almost being done with a book I have been working on. (I think I now understand why writers become hermits!) Not being a hermit, I have been "balancing" home, family, work (including administration/bookkeeping) /patients, and writing. Oh, and "me", at least to make sure that I eat and get an adequate amount of movement and sleep. I have to be alert and "on my game" for the work that I do!
The book began in the summer of 2013, when I sat down in Lisa's office and began talking about the evidence pointing to a specific biochemical process that appeared to have a strong link to autism. Thus, began hours of journal article reading, hours of processing this information, and hours and hours writing, while working to make coherent sense of all of the information.
Autism has been considered to be a "puzzle" and many organizations supporting autism research have adopted a puzzle piece, in one form or another, as a logo. It's a puzzle, all right, but more like a 3-dimensional puzzle than a 2-dimensional jigsaw puzzle.
In order to understand events at the cellular level better, I have also been reading about cellular physiology from the perspective of a professor of Bioengineering, Dr Gerald Pollack. Yes, I think reading and learning about electrophysiology is great fun! And, while electrophysiology is of great interest to me, my other core interest also ties in with this 3-dimensional puzzle.
I have long believed that our health, as humans, is intricately tied to the health of the planet. We are, after all, at the cellular level, made up of the food that we eat, the water we drink and the air that we breathe. Whatever is done to the planet, is done to us. My belief in this connection was my reason for supporting the beginning of the Conway Earth Day Foundation, which later grew into the Arkansas Earth Day Foundation under the leadership and guidance of April Ambrose.
Each of us contains, not only the elements of the Earth, but also the chemicals that have been introduced into the environment and into our food supply. The loss of diversity of life on this planet may very well be reflected in the loss of diversity in our own microbiome, and the health consequences this loss of diversity brings.
The declining health of our population is becoming more evident daily. More children than ever are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, and chronic diseases which historically have been diseases of middle age and beyond. Food sensitivities, allergies and autoimmune diseases are also increasing.
Fifteen years ago, I opened up a small practice so that I could work with people in a "partnership" on their health. To discuss their history and lab results and work with them to develop a treatment plan to improve their health. Over the past 15 years, I have stuck by this model and have seen improvement occur in the lives of many. I have been working to improve the health of those in the office, and in many cases, this has extended to some of their family members and friends. I have done classes and this has helped to supplement the information given to people in clinic.
One of the things I have realized, is that there is a lot that people can do to improve their health and the health of their family, even if they never set foot in my office. But, they need the information, and they need a plan. And, they need to understand why the steps I suggest are so important.
In my new book, "Zero Point", I explain the 3-dimensional puzzle as I see it. I show the links and connections that I see leading to the regression and disease. I show the links and connections, not only for autism, but for many chronic diseases that are affecting the old and young alike.
I will use this book as a framework for classes. I would like to launch small groups, whose members work together within the groups to learn and to teach each other how to transform their living environments into the safest haven possible for their families. And then, see the group members start new groups, to bring this information to even more people.
I am grateful for the investigative journalist who alert us to the "behind the scenes" travesties and devastation. I am grateful for those who speak up and let us know what is being done to the products we bring into our homes and put on our bodies. I am grateful for those who speak up and shout at Goliath that we, as citizens of this planet, deserve truth, clean food, clean water and clean air. But, I think that it is up to us, as individuals, to be the change, to make the change that we want to see in the world. It is up to each of us to say "I want truth, clean food, clean water and clean air" and to take the steps to make this so.
I hope that you will join me in celebrating the release of "Zero Point" later this year. I look forward to a great year of being the change that I want to see in the world!