We maintain a healthy only on a healthy planet

Our planet is in trouble - and then, so do we. At the end of the 1970s in California opened Center for Assistance to people suffering from cancer - he founded my friend Michael Lerner (Michael Lerner). There explain the basics of proper nutrition, teach yoga, help patients more aware of the value of their own lives, to teach them to take better care of her. Starting from the 1990s, the age applying to the Center began to decline significantly.

We maintain a healthy only on a healthy planet

According to Michael, such an influx of younger patients is explained only one - environmental pollution. "You can not stay healthy while living on a sick planet" - he states.

There are a lot of evidence that the Earth's well-being and health of each of us are closely related. What - the most significant - we can do to maximize the recovery of the ecological balance of our planet? Less commonly, to drive, to save water, eat organic products or sort garbage? Surprisingly, the most useful thing we can do for the earth, at the same time a positive impact on our own health: you just need to reduce the consumption of meat! Consider these figures: 30% of arable land sown with corn and soy to feed cattle - and this is one of the main causes of deforestation on the planet. Chemical fertilizers and pesticides are used at the same time, contaminate the soil and rivers. Methane, which is released as a result of bovine digestion bad corn affects the warming more than the entire global transport industry. The newspaper The New York Times the results of calculations have recently been published, according to which a reduction in meat consumption by Americans at 20% is equivalent to replacing all the cars on the continent in the hybrid model. *

The Earth does not belong to man, is he belongs to the earth. All that it takes place, is with her children

The World Cancer Research Fund in 2007 found that the average person should not eat more than 500 grams of meat per week. ** Now Western Europe daily consumption of meat is about 250, the inhabitants of India, to eat in a day by an average of 14 g meat, are significantly healthier than their counterparts in Western countries (they are less likely to get cancer, suffer less from cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer's disease). It's amazing how everything is connected! Taking care of your health by limiting themselves in the consumption of meat, we are also protecting the planet on which we live. In 1854, Seattle, chief of the north-western Native American tribes, solemnly handed over the land to white settlers. Speech, which he delivered on this occasion, after a century remembered environmental activists, and today it is more relevant than ever. His words are addressed to all of us, the descendants of the "white man": "Teach your children to what we have been taught their own, the fact that the Earth - our mother. Everything that happens to the Earth happens to the children of the Earth. If men spit upon the earth, they spit upon themselves. The Earth does not belong to man - man belongs to the Earth. All things in the world are connected, just as the same blood flows in the veins of relatives. Everything is interconnected".

* Mark Bittman "Rethinking the meat-guzzler", The New York Times, 27.01.2008.

** "Alimentation, nutrition, activity physique et prevention du cancer: une perspective mondiale", Fonds mondial de recherche contre le cancer, American Institute for Cancer Research, 2007.