Health Timeline

15 Oct

Hello all, it’s been a little bit since my last post, I’m sorry about that, put it down to researching different stuff and writers block, but thankyou to the many people on my back asking for the latest info. I appreciate it.

Recently I participated in the Westpac stair challenge. A fundraiser event, where you get to the top of Adelaide’s tallest building as fast as you can. I was really looking forward to it in the weeks leading up to it. I ended up a respectable equal 27th on the day out of 462 competitors. I had the 30th fastest time. I was pretty pleased with that considering I got a bad bout of gastro on the Wednesday morning of competition week. (the event was on friday) Thursday I was able to eat a small bowl of organic brown rice and an organic apple, and competition day I was able to eat 2 fried organic eggs and 2 organic apples during the morning and leading up to the start time. I was feeling up to it, but I still unsure of what my stomach was doing and whether my body would like getting my heart rate up to near maximum as I figured the event would require.

I did no specific training for it. The runners left in 20 seconds intervals to avoid congestion on the stairs. I was the final runner for our Holden Hill Fitness First team of 4. I went up the first 8-10 flights as fast as I could, then the lactic acid and oxygen deprivation hits you. I caught one of my teammates at this stage and climbed with him for two or three levels then proceeded past him.

At the half way point there was an exit point if you wanted, my lungs, my heart rate and my legs were burning but there was no stopping. I pushed on, I got to level 20 and thought to myself just one u-park to go, I can do this. My pace had slowed slightly, but still taking 2 steps at a time and powering on as fast as I physically could.

At level 24 there’s another exit point, again there was no stopping and a friendly voice was there to offer encouragement, “You’re almost there.” I kept going to the finish, my legs were on fire from the lactic acid build up, my breathing rate and my heart rate were at near maximum. Finally I got to the top, level 30 in 3 mins 59 seconds. I could barely walk or stand at the top, the fatigue in the legs was like nothing I ever felt. I found a couch and enjoyed the view for a bit, and listened to and shared the experience with my teammates. Was a fun and different workout.

But that’s not what I want to talk about today, by request I’m putting the modified Barbara Feick health timeline on the website that I used to put in my newsletters. (You can still find the original at http://barbfeick.com/healthinformation/history_timeline.htm it’s worth looking at) I’ve put in a few new dates aswell relating to Australia.

This timeline does a great job telling the story of how we got to where we are today. It shows that the more that we invent new products and foods trying to outsmart Mother Nature, the worse our health gets. Take the time to imagine life before these products were invented and what the reactions would’ve been like to the new product. Also ask yourself the question if the inventors knew of the negative long-term health effects of their products to the people and the planet, would they still have made them? 

1559 Tobacco introduced to Europe

1650s Coffee brought to England 

1713 There are some 3000 coffee houses in London

1776 The first ice cream parlour opened in New York City

1812 The first canned food is sold in London

1820 World population reaches 1 billion

1847 Nearly all of the beef sold in the US is grass-fed

1866 Soy milk originated as a byproduct of making tofu

1869 Development of margarine

1872 A factory in California was successfully able to manufacture sugar in a profitable manner

1880s Machines are made that can mass produce cigarettes

1885 Dr Pepper invented

1886 Coca Cola invented

1889 First production of corn oil

1898 Pepsi Cola first sold

1900 Cancer risk is 1 in 30 people

1906 Kellogg’s corn flakes first sold

1908 First compulsory pasteurization laws passed in Chicago

1916 First hamburger fast food chain “White Castle”

1919 Homogenized milk sold successfully

1921 Iodized salt

1923 Coca Cola six-pack

1930 Snickers bar invented

1932 The first soy infant formula’s where developed in China

1939 The first instant coffee

1939 KFC opens

1939 The first pre cooked frozen meals sold by birds eye

1940 McDonald’s opens their first restaurant in California

1941 First use of antibiotics

1943 “There can be no doubt that coronary heart disease has reached epidemic proportions in the USA where it is responsible for nearly 50% of all deaths

1945 Earl Tupper invents plastic food containers and founds the Tupperware Company

1947 The first microwave oven “Radarange” is introduced

1948 One million homes in America have televisions

1949 Grain fed farm raised fish is started

1949 Charlotte, North Carolina became the first city in the state to fluoridate public water supplies

1950 Feedlot chickens and pigs fed ONLY grains. Cows fed grain and alfalfa

1950 Having cereal for breakfast was a mainstay of the American diet

1953 Fluoride introduced into the Tasmanian drinking water

1955 The first home microwave is introduced

1956 The first TV broadcast in Australia

1959 First diet Cola

1964 Fluoride is introduced into the ACT’s water supply

1965 Aspartame was discovered by accident when James Schlatter a chemist was testing an anti ulcer drug

1968 The big Mac is introduced at McDonalds

1968 Fluoride is introduced into Perth and Sydney’s water supply

1969 Approval for irradiation of Wheat and wheat flour for disinfection was granted in Canada

1970s Lung cancer is now the number 1 killer cancer in the western world

1970 Pepsi is first to introduce the 2 litre bottle

1971 Fluoride is introduced into Adelaide’s water supply

1971 Measles, mumps, rubella vaccinations licensed

1972 Fluoride is introduced into Darwin’s water supply

1972 Magnavox introduce the first video game system Odyssey

1974 Canola oil first marketed

1977 Fluoride is introduced into Melbourne’s water supply

1978 One half of 1% of men were functionally sterile in 1938, in 1978 it has reached between 8 and 12%. Functionally sterile is defined as sperm count below 20 million per millilitre of semen

1980 Cancer risk is 1 in every 5 people

1980 The first aids case appears in San Francisco

1980 Cigarette consumption in the US has increased 3-4 fold from the 1940s

1981 NutraSweet was introduced for the second time. Aspartame was invented by the G D Seale co acquired by Monsanto in 1985. For 16 years the Food and Drug administration refused to approve it until 1981 when Commissioner Arthur Hayes overruled objections of a public board of inquiry and the protests of the American soft drink association and blessed it. The test submitted by Seale were so bad the department of Justice, initiated prosecution of Searle for fraud. If you really want to look into this, Google “Arthur Hayes FDA” Aspartame is the active ingredient in NutraSweet and is 180 times sweeter than sugar with no calories. It is listed in Australia as Artificial sweetener (950, 951) it is in all diet and sugar-free soft drinks and other diet products.

1982 Diet coke comes on the market

1983 The commodore 64 is first introduced

1984 Since the 1980s Monsanto has become the leader in genetically modified seeds and has won 674 biotechnology patents, more than any other company

1987 First approval for field tests of modified food plants: virus resistant tomatoes

1990 Cancer risk is 1 in every 4 people

1990 The USDA introduces the food pyramid which tells us to eat 6-11 serves of carbohydrates (rice, bread, pasta) a day!

1990s Commercial meat farmers begin putting cardboard, sawdust, newspaper, cement dust and plastic pellets in the animals food

1992 Food irradiation begins in Florida

1993 The FDA approved Aspartame as an ingredient in numerous food items that would be always heated above 30 degrees Celsius. An act that can only be described as “unconscionable.”

1995 Cancer risk is 1 in every 3 people

1996 Without public notice the FDA removed all restrictions on the use of aspartame allowing it to be used in everything, including all heated and baked goods

1997 First weed and insect resistant biotech crops commercialized Roundup ready soybeans and Bollgard insect protected cotton

1997 The major causes of death in the US are heart disease, stroke and cancer (breast, colon, and lung) Diabetes has increased 27 percent 1997 and 2002

1998 Irradiation of meat is approved by the FDA

1999 57% of the American soybean crop and 33% of the corn crop is genetically modified

2000 Cancer risk is 1 in every 2 people

2000 American spend more than $110 billion on fast food, which is about 90% of all the money spent on food by Americans.

2000 The first genetically modified foods are sold in Britan- Tomato puree

2001 Since soy formula has been in the marketplace, parents and pediatricians have reported growing numbers of boys whose physical maturation either delayed or does not occur at all

2002 Nearly 2 out of every 3 American adults are overweight

2002 2 billion pounds of pesticides were sprayed on American farms compared to 1945 (200,000 pounds) and crop losses have doubled. (source Paul Chek “Under the veil of deception.”)

2004 There has been a 17 fold increase in type 1 diabetes from 1 in 7100 in the 1950s to 1 in 400 now.

2005 41% of children aged under 15 have a long-term health condition (source ABS)

2008 25% or 600,000 (up from 21% in 1995) Australian children aged 5-17 years were considered overweight or obese (source ABS)

2008 61% of adult Australians are considered overweight or obese (68% men, 55% women according to ABS) Up from 57% in 1995 (source ABS)

2010 20.1% of Australians drink alcohol at levels that will put them at risk of harm over their lifetime http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=32212254712

2011 One in six Australian couples is infertile. http://www.abc.net.au/health/library/stories/2007/05/30/1919840.htm

2011 Cancer statistics today will be 1 in less than every 2. Despite all of science and medical advances and discoveries, we are getting sicker. We have to change the way we do things.  Ref: Deepak Chopra, M.D, Michael Murray, N.D., and the metagenics corp.

I think the lessons to be learned from this, is that we as humans, are creatures of the planet and children of Mother Nature. The more we get away from living in harmony with the soil, the plants and the animals the more sick and diseased we will make ourselves.

Our bodies are constantly talking to us and giving us signs of what makes us feel good long-term. It has an innate sense of what is good and what isn’t. You have to pay attention to it’s message. If you eat some food and it makes you feel bloated and tired then that’s a good sign that the food or drink is no good for you. If it gives you a stomach ache, a headache, poor digestion, poor sleep quality or feeling pretty average the next day, then that’s a message your body is giving you not to have it. Pay attention, listen. Stop ssshhhing your quiet little voice of health because ignore him/her long enough and eventually they’ll be SCREAMING at you.

I read a great quote the other day and I’ll finish with this, it was something like “What you do and eat in private is worn in Public.”

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