Posted in Adelaide, gardening, good habits, green buildings, green cities, growth mindset, keep it simple, local produce, nature, positive attitude, recyling, slow living, South Australia, staying well, sustainability

Living Smart SA

Living Smart

The Living Smart program started in Western Australia and has been well loved and well endorsed. It has made a difference to how people perceive sustainability and the environment. It has managed to allow people to see that working together as a community preserves an environment for the future as well as allowing an opportunity to live in a healthier more welcoming environment. There is a disconnect between the people who just want to make their money and run and those who want to be part of a growth mindset which enables us to live healthily and well on this planet for generations to come. The short term , quick reward approach is hard to counter since people find it very hard to resist riches and money. It is also really hard when working conditions make it so hard for you to relax and have free time. You just want to survive and follow the path of least resistance which largely means ignoring your footprint on the earth. Living Smart has allowed people to take a step back and get rid of the fear and procrastination and just do: find out that networking and being with others is how you manage some of it, if not all of it. We now have this course in South Australia at McLaren Vale, Unley and Glenelg. I have been lucky enough to be in the McLaren Vale course and already I can see I am in a room full of people with ideas, experience, a nice way of being and that invaluable attribute of enthusiasm. It’s that enthusiasm which forges a positive road forward in terms of sustainability and the environment. It’s not an alternative. It is. It is, because you can see and implement the options and find a way of doing that so that others can do it. I grew up in an Australia which cared about the land and knew so much about natural environments. We were then submerged in suburbs but that connection with the land is unstoppable. It is now burgeoning as ecoburbia.

Posted in Health, mobile medicine, staying well, wellbeing

Mobile Health Truck

“Although the majority of our children come to Manly to access our health services… there are particular groups of children for whom this mobile service will be much more appropriate.”

This is such an important breakthrough in treating people in rural and isolated areas.  We live in a world where city folk are connected in all sorts of ways and can access services quite easily. The opposite is the case in outlying areas and it ought not be in a connected, mobile world. We have online connectivity like never before and we are all good at travelling. I heard one mother talking about how much money this would save her trying to get proper medical care for her daughter. She sounded elated and so relieved. it was going to make a significant difference in her family life to be able to easily access quality care for her daughter. Finally we have put something good together and we need to keep thinking along those lines. It costs enormous amounts in time and money for rural people to get medical care. We need to take it to them. Good quality internet access with video capabilities ought to help relieve some of the burden of caring for ill people in the country. We need to stop thinking industrial age and keep thinking technological age.

Posted in British Columbia study, Illness, immune system, staying well

Sick people make you feel better

Just seeing a sick person is enough to make your immune system work harder, a new study suggests.

 According to this article the study from British Columbia University has discovered that seeing sick people creates a positive immune system response in the onlookers. They tried things like guns and furniture too and there was no change in the immune system.There is another article here which follows up on this research. It’s interesting because some people seem to get sick all the time and others are quite hardy and it is always said you have to stimulate your immune system by eating healthy foods, taking exercise, being cheerful and getting sufficient rest. That seems to improve things but there are still some people who become frequently ill, so this research from British Columbia puts it all in a new light. There may be things we are doing or not doing on a daily basis which help trigger a stronger immune system. I find being surrounded by sick people makes me feel sick. As soon as they start coughing and sneezing I feel unwell but I do not get sick. My immune system is pretty tough and perhaps it is because I am with a lot of people on a regular basis and I can see them struggle with their illnesses. It might make me decide I don’t want to look like that or feel like that! I like the way scientists look at a whole range of possibilities to discover why things are so. They are not doing the obvious and so we get to discover more that way. Now I won’t feel so bad when others get sick. I shall look upon it as an opportunity to toughen my own system!