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Re: Rural migration, agriculture and rural development

Laura L. Dawson, Dipl.Ac., L.Ac.
Laura L. Dawson, Dipl.Ac., L.Ac.Food Physics & Body Dynamics LLCUnited States of America

Laura L. Dawson, Dipl.Ac., L.Ac., CEO Food Physics And Body Dynamics LLC

Outline for response to the following items:

Does the outline focus on the most relevant issues concerning the links between migration, agriculture and rural development or are there important dimensions that have been left out? See 1) Health

Do you have individual experiences or are you aware of case studies that are useful for informing parts of the report? See 2) World Health Organization- health related to available sources of nutrients, Measurement changes by the WHO.int- health have evolved to QOL.

Are you aware of important sources of information that could be useful for the preparation of the report? See 3) Food Physics & Body Dynamics™”, a protocol which was developed in ancient China and recrafted for today’s challenges, can be taught and applied to daily life by observing simple patterns on the tongue and making choices  

  1. Health appears for the only one time in the entire SOFA 2018 Draft on Page 6, Section 3, and is not mentioned again. And yet, health is an essential component to life, through which we experience work, albeit in the case of rural Agriculture it is; planting, nurturing the crop, harvesting and taking to market, all of which relies on not only money, before that we rely on our health and wellbeing. [Wellbeing may be referred to as mental health, assurance of our personal worth and value, capabilities and strengths.] We believe just as Maslow, in his hierarchy of needs, stated; paraphrased from the Wikipedia pages [see footnote below 1)] .  The basis of which is the physiologic first, which is supported by having ample food, shelter and clothing. In other words;
    1. Clothing as it is used to protect our skin, hair, eyes, nose, mouth, sensory orifices and sensory systems, from extremes of temperature and to moderate our environment, wherever we live, work or play.
    2. Shelter to protect the body from the elements of nature such as extreme climatic temperatures, wind, fire, rain, snow, hurricane, tornado, and floods etc.
    3. Food would be the metabolic factors including air [clean], water [safe for drinking] and food [agriculture, aquaculture, animal husbandry which produce meats.]

So the lack of attention to the state of health in the migratory nature of our current rural evolutionary development it fool hardy. We would be wise acknowledge the resources produced in agriculture, aquaculture, etc., are only necessary when humans/populations are able to consume those foods for energy production; production then used to support dynamic body systems in action and rest before returning that changed energy back into the environment. This would be referred to a healthy food system.

  2. World Health Organization [WHO] thoughts on health, nutrition and Quality Of Life.

In a WHO in a paper published in 2006, Basic Epidemiology, 2nd Edition, regarding the definition of health agreed on in 1948, been quoted; “health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” [See footnote  2) below]

At the turn of the 21st Century and currently there is a significant shift in the measurement standard for health to involve a Quality Of Life set of criteria, as established by several WHO participating countries, one of which has been the USA.

This has led to a measure placed on the person who experiences health and what their own feelings of worth and value may be [See footnote 3) below]. In Seattle, WA, USA, one set of accepted QOL terms have been authorized and may be obtain under secure steps from the WHO [See footnote 4) below]. However there are areas throughout the world which have been generating terminology for those regions [See footnote 5) below].

As with everything, the WHOQOL standards are changing and evolving, yet if you would like to perform clinical research related to public health, migration, or rural development, this will be important as a starting point.

Here in the USA, we are in the midst of a massive opioid abuse epidemic, which lends itself to these QOL assessments. It is my hope that my Acupuncturist peer will look to these formats in their data collection and analysis, while employment may be an unknown and inconsistent quantifier.

Yet, there are other factors which I have observed in my clinical experience; different areas and geography have thermo-dynamics, unique soil components and plant diseases. As agriculture science takes this into consideration, there will also be the need to factor in the effects of amendments, treatments and development.

Migration also stimulates diversity and potential instability which can disturb some people, therefore an immune response may be triggered, while the threat may be in perception, not reality. We will need to build value systems, and economic structures which encourage new ideas and growth, deliberating and sharing, while retaining moral and ethical standards of society.

For instance, worldwide studies with health care peers have led me to believe the newest probiotics will help mediate these rapid changes, particularly for the elderly and the child who are on the end of the spectrum of changes; one at a point preparing to leave their physical body behind while the child is just beginning to enter society.

Currently health care professionals look at bacteria, viruses, blood serum, blood pressure, immune responses, auto-immune responses, and the internal mechanistic dynamics of whole systems as they interact for the benefit of the host human. I wonder how these measurements will hold up and appear to be of value or not, in the next decade.

One aspect which I personally noted, there is an adaptive period when a patient relocates. Sometimes it can take the full year of all four seasonal changes, while for others who are more susceptible to stress, it can take a much longer period of time and require coaching, counseling and/or comforting.

  3. Food Physics & Body Dynamics™, [FPBD] was developed to address to foreseen challenges of medical ignorance of the essential role proper nutrition and absorption play in health and wellness at the onset of the 21st Century. It has been certified to provide Nutrition continuing education credits to doctors, chiropractors, naturopaths, acupuncturist, and other allied health care professionals.

Designed and synthesized based on a combination of the 8 Principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the adjunctive nutritional texts, [Numerous text involved in academia may pre produced by author, Laura L. Dawson, upon request.] which have evolved over 2000 to 4000 years ago and the more modern, Latin-based so-called western food science and nutrition as recorded in text books such as Understanding Nutrition, Sixth Edition [by Whitney and Rolfes, Published by West Publishing Company, St. Paul, MN 1993, and varied coursework over academics in the US for more than a decade].

We have come to use one of the four primary diagnostics used by Acupuncturist, the tongue. Most, if not all, Acupuncturists know the impact of foods on each specific organ system. In fact, we have been trained to observe patterns on the tongue and formulate an understanding of the condition which host body is experiencing; in other words, their health status.

The good news is, that since we can assess the condition we likely can affect a significant change using the 8 Principle methods. Using a parallel between the color and flavor, and thermodynamics of the foods, we can apply these characteristics to the dis-ease pattern observed on the person’s tongue and reflective of the condition of the body. I personally have used this model to lower an adult male’s Prostate Antigen production, reduced cancer treatment side effects thereby increasing potential survivor rate significantly, assuaged symptoms generated in response to organ remove, treated MRSA fluid buildup and discharge to reduce the length of time to recovery, helped two young wives to become pregnant- one with food exclusively and in the other case with the assistance of herbal formulary. I have successfully treated a middle-aged woman with a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue at a degenerative level of Stage 3 out of 4 stages. Her blood serum reflected the significant and somewhat unexpected change in her status which was reported to her physician and attorney.

In Section 6.4 of SOFA 2018, the discussion on Resilience is to be addressed. I feel this method of teaching and treating through the use of foods rather than a procedure, organ removal, or pharmaceutical may help to build resilience, more efficiently. This will be important. Rapid social and climatic changes may rely on such methods to management these changes, making change easier.

 

Footnotes-Bibliography-Links

  1. Maslow’s Heierachy of Needs [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow%27s_hierarchy_of_needs]
  2. WHO Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data Bonita, Ruth. Basic epidemiology / R. Bonita, R. Beaglehole, T. Kjellström. 2nd edition. 1.Epidemiology. 2.Manuals. I.Beaglehole, Robert. II.Kjellström, Tord. III.World Health Organization. ISBN 92 4 154707 3 (NLM classification: WA 105) ISBN 978 92 4 154707 9 © World Health Organization 2006, page 28
  3. http://www.who.int/healthinfo/survey/whoqol-qualityoflife/en/
  4. http://www.who.int/healthinfo/survey/whoqol-qualityoflife/en/index4.html
  5. Principal Investigators and Field Sites Involved in the Development of the WHOQOL Instruments. http://www.who.int/healthinfo/survey/whoqol-qualityoflife/en/index8.html