Wade on the water

Illness that is of a chronic nature has a huge impact on individuals separately, as well as within the context of family systems. Health care systems, being “systems”, have an inability to care for patients on an individual basis. While systems managed health care, impersonal by nature is promoted as cost effective, it increases costs in the long run by not holistically treating the client. Impersonal health care adds to the disassociation waterrockspatients often experience; for the ill body/mind and subsequent new family/life dynamic, the medical profession, and the possibilities of wellness.

In 1990 I worked with Bear, a 38 year old womyn who had a late stage mastectomy. She was dealing with issues of an altered body, of thoughts of death, her children being motherless, things left undone. During a 10 day group movement based expressive arts residential retreat, she took the opportunity to explore some of these issues. One of her expressions was in the form of a healing ritual. Most of the group stood on one side of a pond, singing the gospel hymn, “Wade on the water”. On the other side, Bear was carried down to the waters edge, wrapped in a blanket, and left there, standing, still wrapped. She slowly undid the blanket and waded into the water, slowly swimming to the other side, where, like a chorus of angels we waited, still singing.

Bear engaged in a method of emotional healing that falls, far, from the “systems” method of health care. Her methodology embraced her needs, hopes and fears in a manner that can only be facilitated in an open, accepting, creative and supportive atmosphere. The waves that she stirred that day in the pond are still going, still rippling outwards, deeply and profoundly on all those who witnessed her wade in the water.

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Food Pyramids

A food pyramid is a graphical pyramid shaped nutrition guide, divided into sections. Each section represents a specific food group and shows the recommended intake for each food group. The pyramid shape graphic, illustrates a higher daily intake of foods at the bottom of the pyramid, and a smaller intake of foods at the top of the pyramid. Listed below are some of the more popular food graphics.

 

Dr. Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid

“Following an anti-inflammatory diet can help counteract the chronic inflammation that is a root cause of many serious diseases, including those that become more frequent as people age. It is a way of selecting and preparing foods based on science that can help people achieve and maintain optimum health over their lifetime.”

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Harvard’s Healthy Eating Food Pyramid is a food pyramid that focuses on diet and health. This food pyramid was developed by the Harvard School of Public Health and is based on scientific evidence on the links between diet and health.

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Oldways Preservation and Exchange Trust has come up with a vegetarian food pyramid called the Traditional Healthy Vegetarian Diet Pyramid, see graphics below.

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The Mediterranean food pyramid is recognized as the “gold standard” eating pattern that promotes life long good health. In 1993, the Oldways Preservation and Exchange Trust, the Harvard School of Public Health, and the European Office of the World Health Organization made the Mediterranean diet even more popular when they came up with the food pyramid called The Mediterranean Diet Pyramid.

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Oldways Preservation and Exchange Trust are the ones behind the Asian Diet Pyramid see graphical illustration below.

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USDA’s My Plate was developed as an effort to promote healthy eating to consumers. The My Plate icon is easy to understand and it helps to promote messages based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The new My Plate icon builds on a familiar image — a plate — and is accompanied by messages to encourage consumers to make healthy choices.

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Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate built by faculty members in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, in conjunction with colleagues at Harvard Health Publications. The Healthy Eating Plate fixes the flaws in USDA’s My Plate, just as the Healthy Eating Pyramid rectifies the mistakes of the USDA’s food pyramids. Both the Healthy Eating Plate and the Healthy Eating Pyramid are based on the latest science about how our food, drink, and activity choices affect our health—and are unaffected by businesses and organizations with a stake in their messages.

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