Monday, May 4, 2009

"Swine Flu"

I am not nearly an expert of any sort in anything [maybe in the pooping department, but that is still under review], but I felt like giving my thoughts on the swine flu. I was passed along this link on further details regarding it, and I recommend you check it out to get some facts on it. But here is what I think:
This swine flu "epidemic" madness that has been coming about is absolutely ridiculous in my mind. I saw a thing on the news today that in the U.S. only 1 person has died from it and 20 others worldwide. I am in no way diminishing the value of the lives of those that were lost, because I know and believe that all people are important, but c'mon, seriously? They are closing schools because of this thing? I feel like this is an absolute overreaction [and potentially an opportunity for the American government to get a break from all of their mistakes being broadcast throughout the world via the news]. I am just astounded at the fact that so many other viruses, bacteria and the like are killing more people than this strain of the flu. Take for instance any hunger-related diseases that plague the third world countries; 30,000 people die DAILY from those! [you can never get me off my soapbox about the hunger problem, that's for sure!] If you look at the aforementioned website, it shows just one example of how people are going crazy. The symptoms are basically the same, the precautions are the same [except those crazy masks people have taken to wearing] and it is infecting/killing many less people then the "normal" flu. Are people desiring another epidemic? Do we thrive on chaos and disease and want the resurrection of the black death? Okay, that last part was a little harsh and most likely not true I will admit. But people, seriously, stop freaking out. Be careful to avoid it like you would any disease, but stop stressing because when you stress, you invite the diseases right in to wreck havoc on your body. Stay stress free and keep those buggers AWAY!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Getting back to it

Sadly, it has been over 10 months since I have updated this blog. A lot of things have gotten in the way between then and now that has kept me from writing in here. But I started this blog to chronicle my journey to a natural life and since that journey has not ended, I feel the need to pick back up. So, starting now, I will update this more regularly; the plan is once a week. I don't necessarily think that I have anything that stupendous to say, but maybe I'll find something. This summer I am going to start reading a lot of books on various topics regarding living a natural lifestyle/naturopathic medicine in general. I look forward to sharing what I discover. For now, allow me to bring you up to speed with my current schooling status:

As of September 2008, I am no longer attending the Naturopathic Institute I started out at. There were several reasons I made this decision, the overriding one being the lack of scientific basis for the information provided in the classes. I have a logical mind and therefore need to understand the science and background before I can fully understand something. The school was lacking in this area, so I took an unexpected detour in this journey. In January of 2009, I started attending a fairly large university in my state [for safety purposes I am leaving out the name, I know my parents would be so proud!] in order to obtain a Biomedical Sciences degree. This degree is equpping me with the tools to understand the body and its interactions scientifically - using chemistry, biology and the like. Even after one semester I have found it very beneficial. I have been able to take the things I already knew about naturopathy and apply the science of the body to it and have therefore been able to better grasp certain concepts. I feel enlightened, really. I will be here for 2 or so more years which puts a slight damper on the timeframe I was hoping to complete my education in, but I find it well worth it. I am not stressing about it, but am trying to weed through naturopathic schools and decide where I want to go once I am done with my B.S. I can go to a naturopathic medical school, or a smaller yet still credible school. I'm not really sure at this point and have some time to figure it out. For now, I am going through some necessary evils to better equip me for the future. Let's hope I can survive this interesting and much needed detour.

I look forward to the rebirth of this blog. Let's just hope some of you are still there! :]