Over the years I have spoken countless times to audiences large and small, local and international. Usually these talks are on topics chosen to have the most relevance to the largest number of people: How to manage thyroid issues… Treating anxiety and depression with natural therapies… Overcoming chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia… Occasionally they are on specialized topics, which are mostly relevant to a very specific audience of physicians or other scientists.
In the talk series I have coming up at PNH, I’ve done something different in my choice of topics. With each of these talks, I’m going to explore a topic that I have a personal connection to. These are topics that I think of as sitting “in the background” of our day-to-day health, each one doing its part to set the stage upon which our specific health challenges play out.
The first talk is about the health risks of exposure to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and other herbicides. I have studied the devastating impact of this chemical on health for several years. Maria and I feel so passionately about this topic that we founded LoveYourDandelions.com as a way to educate the public about these issues. I collaborated with a researcher at MIT on an article that will be published in the next issue of Neurology and Neurobiology Journal about the role of glyphosate in causing a tragic birth defect called anencephaly. It is a condition in which the fetal brain fails to develop.
In another article coming out in the Journal of Biological Physics and Chemistry I am an author on an article exploring the role of glyphosate in causing gout and several related diseases. These are just a few of the many probable risks of even ambient exposure to this chemical. Other diseases linked to glyphosate include diabetes, MS, ALS, autism, digestive disorders and many others.
The second talk is about stress. I think most approaches to stress management are, well, wrong. There is no question that stress is taking an enormous toll on our personal and social health. But managing stress isn’t about creating islands of calm in our otherwise stressful lives. It is about discovering that our lives really aren’t stressful at all.
The third talk touches on a favorite subject of mine: stories. Since a very early age I have been fascinated by the role of allegories and stories as tools of psychological transformation. I’m going to share a few that I have found to be the most profound, in spite of (or perhaps because of) their apparent simplicity.
Finally, I’m going to talk to you about water. This year I will speak for the second time at the largest international conference on water, the Physics, Chemistry and Biology of Water held annually in Bulgaria. I want to distill the science behind structured water down to a few important principles for my talk here at PNH. I think that it is not just water that is vital to health, but our ability to generate structured water that maintains the integrity of our bodies. I’m going to describe what structured water is, how you can build it up in your body, and how it might just transform your health.
I hope you can join me for these conversations. I would be delighted to meet others with an interest in these topics, to trade questions and answers, and for us all to walk away with new ideas and new questions to explore. That, after all, is what keeps us young.