Painting by Holly Hunter Berry (Excellent teacher & Artist!)
I believe many people love their dogs, not only more than humans, but more than their families and themselves. How so? you wonder. Most people are willing to make sure there dog gets walked or gets time outside. They are also careful to make sure that their dogs get the right kind of food. They are willing to do all of this for their dog, but not themselves.
Daily activity, daily exercise, is THE most important thing we can do for ourselves. I’ve posted before that exercise reduces risk of cancer (bowel 50%, breast 30-40%), reduces heart disease, diabetes, depression, and helps with several other problems as well. I haven’t even touched the reason most people do exercise–body image. Yet, we don’t do what is needed to take care of ourselves.
I think most people would say that animals are important. We love our pets. HOWEVER, I think most people would also say that when push comes to shove, we need to value humans more. Why then, do we not value our own health and take care of it at least as much as we do our pets’?
I was impressed by the exhibit that showed the grains we eat in the U.S. versus the rest of the world while I was visiting Heifer Village at Heifer International in Little, Rock, AR,. Do you know what that picture is showing is top for the U.S.? Yes, corn.
This should be unsurprising considering we also feed our livestock corn. Cows meant to eat grass…eat corn. Pigs eat corn. We even feed corn to farm raised fish. That is a lot of corn.
In its natural state corn is a vegetable, with vitamins like Vit A. It used to be healthy. But most of the corn in our diet is in grain form, which is much less healthy. It is added to most processed foods, even table salt which uses cornstarch to keep it from sticking.
The even more disturbing part is that virtually all corn is GMO, genetically modified. Corn doesn’t do well against weeds, so it has been modified so that weed killer can be sprayed on a field and it is resistant to it. It has also been modified to produce its own insecticide. Yes, we are eating something that is creating its own toxins. Now, every time I think about sitting down to eat a nice ear of corn on the cob, I am thinking about just what those GMO genes are doing to me.
The rest of the world grains, other than rice and corn: