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August 6th, 2008

Filed under: Health — newseditor @ 12:02 pm

The following is an excerpt from a recent comment made by a reader pondering the effectiveness of currently funded community projects in addressing the root of the many chronic health problems faced in our community, a question worth opening up in a new thread for discussion:

Building Healthy Communities is meant to concentrate on improving the outcomes of chronic disease processes, but seems to focus on lifestyle health issues to a certain degree. I am on the steering group so hope to have an impact on some research into the real issues of chronic disease here.

One question which keeps popping up in my mind is, the big “WHY” we are being guided into believing that all out health problems are related only to our lifestyle, without the baseline parameters yet to be identified.

Why is there a chronic alcohol problem? Why is there a high rate of asthma and other breathing problems? Why is there an extremely high rate of cancer in this area? Why is there a high rate of kidney disease? Why are there many kids here with ADHD and learning difficulties?

OK…we know nutrition is a problem, [and] is being addressed in BHC. We know that lack of exercise is a major factor in obesity, and that is being addressed. We know that addiction and misuse of alcohol and drugs and gambling is rife… depression and mental illness is also high… but how are we to address this issue if we don’t understand the reason?

Di, August 2, 2008


  1. Dr Christopher Hyatt’s introduction to Leary’s Info Psychology comes to mind:

    ” Imagine the hunter-man facing the agriculture man and he facing the industrial man, and he in turn facing the technological man. The mind-brain unit attempts to struggle with the new information in various ways, some creative, some destructive. Regardless, the result is anxiety, until a new model or formulation takes place. Frequently, whole civilisations collapse as they ‘refuse’ to accommodate new info-tech which will inevitably transform them. Thus I concluded that man is not in search of his soul as Jung postulated but in search of ways to integrate new info-tech with old info-tech. Therefore, I discarded the notion of pathology and viewed anxiety and depression as attempts to cope with minor and major shifts in reality models… “

    Comment by newseditor — August 15, 2008 @ 11:22 am

  2. Yes, yes, yes, yes!!!!!!
    Back to the source – back on track – back to questions……..
    Let a positive beam of enlightenment shine on – let the
    communications begin……

    Comment by gina — August 17, 2008 @ 9:18 am

  3. Germaine Greer strikes a raw nerve with her opening speech at the 2008 Melbourne Writers’ Festival.

    “Reconciliation in Australia is a bitter joke. Somehow we have to conform and deal with the problem of rage. If anger is to be useful rather than destructive, it must be recollected in tranquility. Tranquility is not available to people whose lives are poisoned with helpless rage. They cannot perform rage. For them rage is not histrionics but a hard reality that knots their guts and robs them of the few and inadequate word they have. ”

    “For the rest of us, alcohol makes us sleepy or amorous or sick, we might be quarrelsome, we might be bad tempered but we’re not demented or self destructive or wildly violent. You can’t blame the booze. What’s happening here is that the booze is unlocking something else and this is the thing we have to deal with.”

    “Reconciliation is a bitter joke, a bitter joke that nobody is laughing at, and if we don’t deal with the rage that smoulders far, far down, then everything will fail.”

    Comment by newseditor — September 11, 2008 @ 11:12 am

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