Friday, March 11, 2011

Native Health

Perhaps you may have gathered that I have a love for all my Native brothers and sisters and the utmost respect. I want to reach out and share health topics that will help teach not only the ways of Western medicine, but teach in such a way that even great healers within any clan or tribe can speak with even greater truth.

I found this site that has many links on health care for The Pima Indians: Pathfinders for Health.

I focus very often on diabetes because the Western diet and lifestyle has caused huge imbalances within the body. Diabetes results from obesity, poor nutrition, and causes more health complications than any other illness that I can think of right now.

Diabetes leads to vision loss with diabetic retinopathy and circulatory problems that result in blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes. Beyond these things diabetes is the number cause of renal (kidney) failure and that leads to dialysis. Renal failure causes problems with high blood pressure and nutrition needs. Decreased circulation and diabetic neuropathy leads to poor peripheral circulation and limb loss through amputations.

The greater the knowledge any people can possess then the greater their control over their own health and destiny. Knowledge, it is said, is power. But power without wisdom is useless. We must do more than "know", we must be wise.