Insides Guide to Peace, Heath & sustainability from the filmmaker Greg Reitman

What is Peace?

Peace is the absence of violence.

What is Consciousness?

The state of being awake and aware of one’s surroundings.

What is Health and Sustainability?

A complex system of interacting approaches to the restoration, management and optimization of human health that have an ecological base, that are environmentally, economically and socially viable indefinitely, that work harmoniously both with the human body and the non‐human environment, and which do not result in unfair or disproportionate impacts on any significant contributory element of the healthcare system. Alliance for Natural Health

How many nuclear war-heads exist in the USA?

Albert Einstein said, “The unleashing of power of the atom bomb has changed everything except our mode of thinking, and thus we head toward unparalleled catastrophes.” Today, there are approximately 17,000 nuclear weapons, many still on “hair- trigger alert,” ready to launch in thirty minutes or less (Federation of American Scientists 2012).

Are nuclear warheads dangerous, and why?

Nuclear weapons 1. cause death and destruction; 2. induce cancers, leukaemia, keloids and related afflictions; 3. cause gastro-intestinal, cardiovascular and related afflictions; 4. continue for decades after their use to induce the health-related problems mentioned above; 5. damage the environmental rights of future generations; 6. cause congenital deformities, mental retardation and genetic damage; 7. carry the potential to cause a nuclear winter; 8. contaminate and destroy the food chain; 9. imperil the ecosystem;10. produce lethal levels of heat and blast; 11. produce radiation and radioactive fallout; 12. produce a disruptive electromagnetic pulse; 13. produce social disintegration; 14. imperil all civilization; 15. threaten human survival; 16. wreak cultural devastation; 17. span a time range of thousands of years; 18. threaten all life on the planet; 19. irreversibly damage the rights of future generations; 20. exterminate civilian populations; 21. damage neighboring States; 22. produce psychological stress and fear syndromes.

What is PTSD? Can PTSD be treated with meditation?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a disorder which causes disabling anxiety after a dangerous event, such as being in combat or a traffic accident. Individuals with PTSD cannot stop thinking about the event. They may relive the experience over and over in flashbacks or nightmares. The high level of anxiety of PTSD can lead to associated problems like panic attacks, depression, alcoholism and substance abuse. Psychotherapy and medication are two of the main treatments for PTSD. Antidepressants keep the symptoms in check, but do not treat the cause of PTSD. Talk therapy enables the PTSD sufferer to work through the event. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, is deemed the most effective talk therapy for PTSD. A therapist may help the individual reframe the incident or may walk him through a process of systematic desensitization to lessen the impact of the event. Treatments last 3-6 months, or could take 1-2 years. Relaxation techniques such as meditation reduce the stress experienced in PTSD and thus, provide relief to PTSD sufferers. A study of Vietnam War veterans suffering from PTSD demonstrated that after three months of doing the Transcendental Meditation technique, symptoms such as alcohol usage, high startle response, emotional numbness and anxiety decreased as compared to a control group who received only psychotherapy. Research indicates that meditation has a positive effect on problems that often arise in PTSD sufferers, such as hypertension, depression, and substance abuse.

What is TM or Transcendental meditation?

A technique for detaching oneself from anxiety and promoting harmony and self-realization by meditation, repetition of a mantra, and other yogic practices, promulgated by an international organization founded by the Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ( circa 1911–2008).

What is a mantra?

Originally in Hinduism and Buddhism its a word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation.
a Vedic hymn.

How many times should one meditate?

Twice a day, in the morning or in the evening preferably for 20 minutes.

What is Mindfulness Meditation ?

Mindfulness meditation is practiced sitting with eyes closed, cross-legged on a cushion, or on a chair, with the back straight. Attention is put on the movement of the abdomen when breathing in and out, or on the awareness of the breath as it goes in and out the nostrils.

What is functional doctor?

Functional medicine focuses addressing the root causes of disease, on treating the whole system, not just symptoms, on treating the organism not just organs. It is personalized patient-centered system of health care. It is medicine by cause, not by symptom.

As opposed to simply looking for the right drugs to treat the disease, Functional Medicine doctors pay attention to what system or systems have become out of balance. We want to understand what disturbs those systems so we can restore order and create optimal function. Rather than block or suppress biology, which most conventional medications do, we optimize, enhance and normalize function.

We focus on how our lifestyle and environment influence our genes to create imbalances that we call disease. This is the future of medicine.

How does one prevent being a type 2 diabetic?

The right diet can prevent type 2 diabetes or, but food and also cure most type 2 diabetes. Food is the most powerful medicine. The wrong food triggers blood sugar and insulin spikes, storage of belly fat and damages your metabolism. The right food, whole real food, low glycemic food rich in plant foods and good fats and high quality protein, reverses all the biology that causes type 2 diabetes.

The biggest step involves removing all added and hidden sugars from the diet. Remember, flour – even whole wheat flour – converts to sugar, so you need to be aware of those sources too. And you’ll want to add plenty of whole, fresh foods like protein, healthy fats, and fiber-rich vegetables into your diet.

Beyond that, exercise, stress control, nutrients, and optimal sleep are among the many variables that can prevent type 2 diabetes. I wrote a whole book, The Blood Sugar Solution, about preventing or reversing what I call the diabesity problem. My book, The 10 Day Detox Diet is a fast track plan for reversing diabesity and boosting your metabolism.

How do you tests for food and environmental allergies?

For food allergies, I prefer an elimination diet that also restores gut ecology. This involves removing the most common food allergens, including gluten , dairy, eggs, corn, yeast, and peanuts. Some people are sensitive to soy, so you can also cut that out. You will eat a whole foods, plant-based, high-fiber diet. This is essential to feed the good bugs in your gut and to provide the nutrients you need to functional optimally. Lastly, take probiotics daily to boost the healthy bacteria in your gut. Look for those that contain 10 billion CFU of bifidobacteria species and lactobacillus species.
As for environmental allergen testing, there are various measures (including blood and skin testing) that can determine the degree of exposure we have to various allergens. If you suspect you are allergic, I highly recommend working with a Functional medicine physician who can design a tailored detoxification plan. You can try my comprehensive elimination diet program, The UltraSimple Diet, which works for most people to identify the triggers for why they feel sick.

How do you remove toxins from the body?

First, you must avoid or reduce your exposure to environmental toxins. The Environmental Working Group (www.ewg.org) has guides on how to reduce your exposure to toxins in our food, skin care products and household products and more. Next, remember your body is always detoxifying. So you want to give it the right foods and nutrients to effectively do that job.
Specific things to focus on include cruciferous vegetables, detoxify-boosting supplements like milk thistle and N-acetyl cysteine, and sweating regularly via saunas. Nearly all the pathways in detoxification require protein, so you’ll want to get sufficient amounts of clean protein foods. Obviously, too, you don’t want to add to your toxic burden when you’re detoxifying, so you’ll want to eliminate caffeine, alcohol, and other potential stressors.

How do you remove mercury fillings from my mouth?

I have found over 80% of the patients coming into my practice have elevated mercury levels, and 40% have very elevated mercury levels. Your body hides these metals and organs and tissues, and so regular blood tests aren’t accurate. I recommend working with a Functional Medicine physician and doing a chelation challenge to assess mercury burden. There are newer tests that measure blood levels of the mercury (inorganic) that come from dental fillings.
Your dentist can remove mercury amalgam fillings and replace them with non-mercury amalgam fillings. However this must be done safely. To learn more about safe removal of amalgams and to find a dentist who can do it safely see www.iaomt.org. Numerous studies show mercury’s danger and how important removing mercury amalgams can be. Holistic dentists can address these and other concerns.

What are some websites you go to if you have this problem?

IABDM.org,
Mercuryfreedentist.com
Mercola.com
Toxicteeth.org,

What are GMOs? Are they dangerous?

According to the Non-GMO Project: “GMOs, or ‘genetically modified organisms,’ are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.” http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/ While companies like Monsanto argue genetically modified (GM) crops are perfectly safe, critics argue GM foods can contribute to tumors and disease, adversely impact our environment, and contain fewer nutrients than non-GM foods. You can greatly minimize the amount of GM foods you consume by avoiding sugar and processed foods as well as wheat, corn, and other frequent-GM foods. Instead, focus on a whole foods diet that includes grass-fed beef, wild-caught fish, and plenty of organic produce.

What are super foods?

Super Foods are foods — mostly plant-based but also some fish and dairy — thought to be nutritionally dense and thus good for one’s health. Blueberries, salmon, kale and acai are just a few examples of foods that have garnered the “superfood” label.

What is the ROOTED smoothie recipe?

The ROOTED smoothie is a concoction comprised of super foods, spinach, almonds, nuts, almond milk, and cinnamon. Highly nutrient densed and ideal for lunch.

What is your recipe for Healthy Living and wellness?

In a nutshell: Eat whole, real foods and avoid added sugars and identify food sensitivities such as gluten, dairy or corn. Ensure you are getting optimal nutrients from food and supplements. Get optimal sleep, control stress levels, and exercise regularly. Find something that makes you happy and do it regularly. Determine your bliss point and do it. That could be yoga, meditation, deep breathing, or just walking your dog around the block. And perhaps more importantly nurture your circle of friends and community. Love is the best medicine.

What is a pro-biotic?

Probiotics are naturally occurring healthy gut flora, which exist mostly in your small and large intestines. To put things into perspective, humans have 10 times more bacteria than cells. Probiotics can help rebalance good gut flora, boost immunity, strengthen digestion, and improve nutrient synthesis and absorption. Cultured foods like yogurt and kimchi are rich in probiotics, but most of us aren’t eating enough (if any) of these foods. That’s why I recommend probiotic supplements. Modern life, diet, antibiotics, and other drugs damage our gut ecosystem, which is so important in keeping us healthy and thin.

What is Climate Change? Is it a real threat?

A change in global or regional climate patterns, in particular a change apparent from the mid to late 20th century onwards and attributed largely to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels. 1 billion people have been displaced by climate change and the numbers continue to rise.

Why are trees important?

Trees are vital. As the biggest plants on the planet, they give us oxygen, store carbon, stabilize the soil and give life to the world’s wildlife. They also provide us with the materials for tools and shelter.

What are the beginning steps you recommend to the path of enlightenment?

10 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO CHANGE YOUR WORLD TO BE FILLED WITH PEACE, LOVE, HEALTH AND CONSCIOUSNESS

1. Create a sanctuary space in your house for self-realization time
2. Create a future visualization
3. Listen to your heart
4. Share an idea that excites you with a friend
5. Listen to a song you love
6. Go on a hike
7. Give a gift to a loved one
8. Send a gratitude card
9. Learn to meditate
10. Plant a tree