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July 1, 2015 The Julian News 3 Art of Living (part 2) continued from Issue 30-46 (June 24, 2015) Dr, Gerson states: "1 have found in my over twenty years of practice of Ayurveda [in the U.S.] that the diseases I encounter are for the most part diseases of excess. I mean, look at the diseases which we have; we have coronary artery diseases which are from the accumulation of cholesterol in our arteries and vessels. We have obesity which is maybe the common denominator of many diseases. Again, it is a disease of accumulation, of excess. Arthritis, which is the accumulation of unhealthy materials in the joints. It is all about overconsumption and not only of foods but of impressions, sensations. There's too much stimulation. There's too much being offered. And in a sense we are a world, a society, of over- nourishment." Further examples associated with excess are cancer and diabetes, the former linked to excessive toxicity in food, water, and air, three elements necessary for human life. The latter is linked to excessive consumption of sugar. Of the six leading causes of death in the U.S., we find heart disease at the top, followed by cancer. Diabetes and Obesity are epidemic. Well- informed adults don't need an extensive argument to agree with Gerson's observation concerning diseases of excess, and how intimately associated those illnesses are with stress. People handle stress differently. Some like it, and they habitually land themselves in the thick of it, never admitting their excesses; their addiction to tension. Most, however, are worn down easily when afflicted, especially under long-term exposure. An extreme example are soldiers at war and civilians living in war zones; long-term exposure to extremely high levels of stress is a given, and those so exposed often experience permanent changes in their mental and physical well being. It's undeniable that stress can wipe a person out. And when we understand this, we can do something: reduce our exposure, whether self-imposed, imposed from without, or both. Pause for a question: Where are we in the article? At the outset of the article, an ancient medical text mentions a seminar in which sages discuss the possible consequences of a new social trend. The people of their time are leaving their secluded, solitary lives in the forests and beginning to live together in "villages." Then, for contrast, our current-day metropolitan areas are mentioned, cities teeming with millions of inhabitants. Next, Ayurveda is introduced, and its relevance to modern life is shown by some examples. A discussion ensues about serious degenerative diseases linked to the stresses and strains of modern life, and those stresses have not only material origins but psychological ones as well. Lastly, the observation is made that American society at large suffers from diseases of excess. Another question: if there were one thing which Americans are excessively exposed to, no matter where on American soil they are, what would it be? And if you traveled to any other well developed industrial technological society, what same condition would exist there as well? Think about it for a moment. What excessive condition in our surroundings can we no longer escape from? Noise? Yes, noise, especially in the cities, from which many people escape, seeking quiet. I've heard it so many times here, where I live: "we moved here for quietT' So did I. And then comes, for many, the crushing disappointment. There's no quiet anymore in rural areas, anywhere. And in this fact - fact - we run smack dab into Dr. Gerson's assertion that there's too much stimulation. We live in a world of constant bombardment of impressions, sensations, vibrations. The crush of impressions on all of our senses - sight, smell, touch, hearing, even taste - can be overwhelming in the city. And in (858) 829-8925 dldave@davesmusica] www.davesmusicalentertainmentcom Dave's Musical Entertainment ,,IVY, ~J.. by Greg Courson rural areas it's the noise which is unabating. Chainsaws. Chippers. Leaf blowers. Weed whackers. Lawn mowers. Rider mowers. Shop vacuums. Skilsaws. Nail guns. Drill guns. Grinders. Table saws. Band saws. Planers. Routers. Drill presses. Chainsaw augers. Jack hammers. Compressors. Generators. Wood splitters. Stump grinders. Septic tank pumps. Air conditioning units. Forced-air units. Refrigeration units. Heavy equipment of all kinds. Back-up beepers. Car alarms. Large trucks. Goats. Roosters. Dogs. Boom boxes. Loud drunks. Screaming children. Adults arguing. Motorcycles. Helicopters. Small aircraft. Military flights. Large aircraft. Pistols. Rifles. Target practice. Emergency sirens. This is the American countryside at the millennium, even at the higher elevations. And when there's a fire? Sirens. Helicopters. Chase planes. Air tankers. Fire engines. Sky cranes. Water pumps. Heavy equipment like dozers. Chainsaws. Ad infinitum. Quite the list. Does my reader think, even for a moment, that constant exposure to what's mentioned above doesn't precipitate stress? It does under certain conditions, namely when in excess, and excess is now the rule rather than the exception. Distinguishing necessary noise from unnecessary noise is a helpful strategy when dealing with the possible noise levels, including the length of exposure, suggested by the above list. Also consider the principle of accumulation; n'oise accumulates in human experience. How much unnecessary noise in a day will make necessary noise stressful? Screaming children next door, on one side, and two large hounds incessantly baying on the other, for an hour, will make the neighbor's loud weed whacker across the street the last straw. How necessary was all that screaming and hounding? How necessary is it to prevent the spread of a possible fire by reducing flashy fuels like grass? Yet there's more to the matter of necessary and unnecessary noise than what is mentioned above. In addition, we Americans seem to have lost the knowledge of how to do things quietly. For example, so many people habitually grab a power tool for even the simplest of tasks, often sending noise over property lines. And in forgetting or ignoring how something might be done more quietly, the criteria used for distinguishing necessary from unnecessary is blurred. Is the noise from a leaf blower, in other words the leaf blower itself, necessary in all cases? Of course not. Assessing necessity is valuable because it can reduce our stress, for example the immediate stress reaction toward leaf blowers; an involuntary reaction in most human beings. A leaf blower, like an accelerating "crotch rocket" motorbike, induces an immediate sense of disturbance and/or alarm in many people. Doctors and other researchers strongly suspect a link between constant exposure to such noise and heart disease, and studies have shown a "clear correlation between [long term] exposure to high levels of road traffic noise and cardiovascular diseases." Sound affects the vibratory rate of every cell and molecule in the body and has a direct impact on the muscles, nervous system, digestive system, and circulatory system. To Dr. Gerson's comment about the excessive accumulation of cholesterol, add the excessive accumulation of "noise intrusions" to the matter of cardiovascular disease. And necessity? Are we killing ourselves out of necessity? If there's no quiet anywhere, anymore, whether incessantly barking dogs or loud motorcycles all day long, or both, plus heart disease topping the list of fatal diseases; those two statistics placed side by side suddenly become very interesting, considering the obvious noise continued on page 14 Julian Arts Guild Artist Of The Month: Dorothy Mushet Dorothy Mushet is the Artist of the Month for July at the Julian Library. She has been painting the Julian and desert area for over 45 years. Specializing in wildlife and landscapes, she enjoys painting horse, dogs, and other animals and children. Primarily self-taught with some college classes and workshops, Dorothy works mostly in watercolors, but sometimes oils. She illustrated the books "Because They Matter" for the Fund for Animals, by Cindy Traisi, and "The Tale of Broken Tail" by Chi Varnado. Dorothy was born in San Diego and has lived in Julian since 1949. She has paintings in many collections world wide, and has won several awards. She is a charter member of the Julian Arts Guild, and a member of the California Art Club and has been a member of the Borrego Art Guild and the Ramona Art Guild. Dorothy is the owner of the Banner Queen Gallery/Studio, located in the historic Banner Queen Ranch Trading Post, where she has her art and that of others. photos by Cindy Hedgecock Summer Reading Club Crafts Summer Reading Club craft for Children, Thursday, July 2, 2015 @ 10:30 AM at the Julian Branch Library A craft will be led by local artist Mary Morgan. Come learn about birds of your neighborhood and then create a mobile for your room. The younger children will be creating a patriotic craft with Miss Colleen in the children's area. All material are supplied and all programs are free to attend. For more information, please call 760-765-0370. Summer Reading Club Teen Program: Recycled Teen Craft led by Mary Morgan on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 1 PM. This will be followed by Shave Ice with Ms. Tonya. * Tree Consulting andInspection * Long Term Forest Maintenance and Planning * Hazardous Removal and Precision Felling * Ornamental Pruning and Lacing * Brush Clearing and Chipping FREE ES TIMA TES Licensed and Bonded Fully Insured for Your Protection ERIC DAUBER H: 760-765-2975 C: 760-271-9585 PO Box 254 JULIAN, CA. 92036 License #945348 WE-8690A CAiJFORNiA~" WOM~N, )NEANTS & CHILDREN Groceries. Fresh Produce. Sundries Beer. Wine. Liquor Dry Cleaning Lotto. Scratchers Full Service "Best in the County"Meat Department U.S.D.A. Choice Beef Buffalo Meat Special and Holiday Orders, Cut to your Specifications OPEN DALLY 6a.m. TO 8p.m. i V/SA i['. '~1[ i Bill Pay Phone & Utilities Is Sugar As Addictive As Cocaine? Sugar is 8 times more addictive than cocaine according to Dr. Hyman in an article with the New York Daily News. Are we all guilty of eating, or feeding our bodies way too much of that addictive sugar substance? Two thirds of Americans are obese or overweight and ending up with diseases such as diabetes, heart and intestinal disease just to name a few. Sugar is responsible for this out of control problem on society. In the 1800's people ate about 5 pounds of sugar a year per person now studies have calculated we eat about 150 pound a year per person. Our bodies are just not set up to filter out all that sugar we are adding to our foods. Sugar is hiding in so many of the foods we eat and drink. The biggest culprits are boxed cereals, crackers, sodas, fruit and sports drinks or those fancy coffee drinks we just love to have when we need a pick me up. Other secret spots where sugar is hiding is in those jars of salsa, spaghetti and barbeque sauces. There is even added sugar to milk and yogurt. The World Health Organization now recommends 6 teaspoons or 25 grams of sugar per day per average adult person this amount includes the sugar in the processed foods you buy. So what can you do to stop this epidemic of sugar addiction. First stop and READ the ingredient label on the foods you buy. Pick out products that have no added sugar. Watch out for the food manufacturers hiding sugar in your food. Some processed packaged foods maybe labeled Low Fat but the food manufacturers tend to add sugar as they take out the fats. If the product has high fructose corn syrup, maltodextrin, or sucrose in the ingredients put it back on the self and pick out another product without added sugar. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store for your groceries. Most everything you need for healthy meals are right on the outside perimeter of the grocery store or your local fruit and vegetables stand. You want to loose that extra weight? Join us for July's Jump Start Program with Coach Shirley. Please contact Shirley for more information: Julian Health Coach Shirley DuErmit - Phone: 760-473-3154 or email: A