Every indicatory of morbidity, morality, and quality of life for Native Americans are substantially worse off than other minorities. 4 Native Health is dedicated to providing the information, resources and skills for all generations to make positive health choices.
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indigenousnationhoodmovement:

#ItEndsHere: The Full Series
Over the past two weeks, we have been running a series of posts confronting the crisis of violence against Indigenous women and girls, to declare: #ItEndsHere. We are committed to eliminating all forms of violence within Indigenous communities, including violence based on gender and sexual identity and orientation. Please read and share these powerful words.
"First, I want to cite Susan Blight: ‘It is not about you being inclusive,  [decolonization] is about you being included under our laws, relations, and ways of being’.  The killing of Indigenous women is an extension of the genocidal practices of the colonial mother country and it is intended to eliminate the decolonization of Canada as a mother country.   It is not simply about “ending violence”, the violation is the colonial order, that rests on our lands, our homes, our lives and kills either overtly [killing young women, slaughters our lineages forever] or covertly, assimilation, reconciling without restoring our nations.  The people in  this country need to own up: this is not Europe, Africa or Asia, it is Turtle Island.  Political struggle is the struggle of one set of laws versus another.  In this country that means our laws must prevail, our sensibility must prevail.  We are all about “all my relations”, this is the centre point of our legal systems, everyone in this country, in order to be a ‘decolonized’ citizen must ascribe to this and protect the mothers of our nations and the future mothers of our nations, so that we may live within and transmit to everyone our laws and our relational teachings, that we may all live in peace.  Anything else contributes to genocide." — Lee Maracle
READ THE SERIES HERE:
"Don’t Be Tricked" - Tara Willamson
"I Am Accountable to Loretta Saunders" - Sarah Hunt
"She Carries the World" - Eva Jewell
"Not Murdered and Not Missing" - Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
"A Line in the Sand" - Adam Barker
"From Outrage to Radical Love" - Siku Allooloo
"Eyes Wide Open" - Jaskiran Dhillon
"In the Spirit of Our Ancestors" - Tasha Beeds
"Refuse to Live Quietly!" - Jana-Rae Yerxa 
"Against the Crisis" - Jarrett Martineau
"Carrying the Fire" - Daniel Heath Justice
"It Starts With Us" - Native Youth Sexual Health Network, Families of Sisters in Spirit, and No More Silence

indigenousnationhoodmovement:

#ItEndsHere: The Full Series

Over the past two weeks, we have been running a series of posts confronting the crisis of violence against Indigenous women and girls, to declare: #ItEndsHere. We are committed to eliminating all forms of violence within Indigenous communities, including violence based on gender and sexual identity and orientation. Please read and share these powerful words.

"First, I want to cite Susan Blight: ‘It is not about you being inclusive,  [decolonization] is about you being included under our laws, relations, and ways of being’.  The killing of Indigenous women is an extension of the genocidal practices of the colonial mother country and it is intended to eliminate the decolonization of Canada as a mother country.   It is not simply about “ending violence”, the violation is the colonial order, that rests on our lands, our homes, our lives and kills either overtly [killing young women, slaughters our lineages forever] or covertly, assimilation, reconciling without restoring our nations.  The people in  this country need to own up: this is not Europe, Africa or Asia, it is Turtle Island.  Political struggle is the struggle of one set of laws versus another.  In this country that means our laws must prevail, our sensibility must prevail.  We are all about “all my relations”, this is the centre point of our legal systems, everyone in this country, in order to be a ‘decolonized’ citizen must ascribe to this and protect the mothers of our nations and the future mothers of our nations, so that we may live within and transmit to everyone our laws and our relational teachings, that we may all live in peace.  Anything else contributes to genocide." — Lee Maracle

READ THE SERIES HERE:

"Don’t Be Tricked" - Tara Willamson

"I Am Accountable to Loretta Saunders" - Sarah Hunt

"She Carries the World" - Eva Jewell

"Not Murdered and Not Missing" - Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

"A Line in the Sand" - Adam Barker

"From Outrage to Radical Love" - Siku Allooloo

"Eyes Wide Open" - Jaskiran Dhillon

"In the Spirit of Our Ancestors" - Tasha Beeds

"Refuse to Live Quietly!" - Jana-Rae Yerxa

"Against the Crisis" - Jarrett Martineau

"Carrying the Fire" - Daniel Heath Justice

"It Starts With Us" - Native Youth Sexual Health Network, Families of Sisters in Spirit, and No More Silence

policymic:

This is what American Indians really look like

 ”Where’s your horse? Would you bless me? I’ve always wanted to be blessed by an Indian.”

These are the types of questions photographer Matika Wilbur, a member of the Swinomish and Tulalip tribes, has encountered when meeting non-Native people. Such experiences have largely prompted her latest endeavor, Project 562. Wilbur, whose name means “messenger,” wants to use her photography to deliver a powerful message about what it means to be Indian.

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Violence against Indigenous women ‘is an organized terror of the everyday. And it must stop.’ By Our prayers are with the Saunders family and with all of our relatives who experience the consequences of ongoing colonial violence.

It’s time to draw the line.

‪#‎ItEndsHere‬

http://halifax.mediacoop.ca/story/honour-loretta/21987

‪#‎LorettaSaunders‬ ‪#‎MMIW‬
(via indigenousnationhoodmovement)

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wakeuphealthy:

The 5 Worst Foods For Your Stomach
While researching my new book, 21-Day Tummy, I learned so much about an emerging field of fascinating science: that both weight loss and digestive health are tied to eating specific foods that balance your gut bacteria and lower inflammation (and skipping foods that do the opposite).
As I embarked on the plan myself—I lost 10 pounds in just three weeks!—one thing that surprised me the most was how many seemingly healthy foods may be aggravating your stomach without your even realizing it. These “belly bullies” throw your gut bacteria out of whack, cause inflammation, and may pack on the pounds. Here are some of the top offenders.
Milk and High-Lactose Dairy Foods
One of the most cutting-edge components of the 21-Day Tummy is the avoidance of FODMAPs, or rapidly fermentable carbohydrates that can aggravate your gut. Some people aren’t sensitive to any FODMAPs, some experience symptoms after eating only certain ones, and other people develop gradually worsening effects with each exposure. Lactose, found in all animal milks, is the best-known FODMAP. Lactose is broken down in the small intestine by an enzyme called lactase. Our bodies produce less lactase as we get older (since its main purpose is to help babies digest breast milk), which means dairy foods that contain lactose can torment our tummies over time even if they didn’t before. If you think your tummy doesn’t respond well to milk, try swapping it for unsweetened almond milk in cereal or smoothies.
Found in: milk, regular (non-Greek) yogurt, soft cheeses, dairy-based desserts.
Garlic, Onions, and High-Fiber Cousins
The body’s inability to digest a kind of fiber, called fructan, in these foods can cause flatulence. This fiber seems to cause more symptoms than some other kinds, but that may simply be because we eat so much of it. If you rely on garlic and onions regularly to add flavor to dishes, try experimenting with savory herbs like rosemary, thyme, and sage instead.
Found in: grains (barley, wheat), vegetables (artichokes, onions, garlic), legumes (black beans, kidney beans, soybeans), additives (inulin).
Excess Fructose (in Apples, Honey, Asparagus)
We’re always taught fruits and veggies are good for us, but for some with stomach issues the excess fructose found in some of these healthy foods can cause problems. Foods with a lot of fructose (another FODMAP) compared with glucose can contribute to gas, bloating, and diarrhea. A 2008 study in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology found that patients with IBS who followed a non-fructose diet had fewer symptoms.
Found in: certain fruits (apples, mangoes, watermelons), certain vegetables (asparagus, sugar snap peas), sweeteners (high-fructose corn syrup, agave nectar, honey).
Carb-Dense Foods
As I explained in my blog post last week, not all carbs are bad for weight loss. The 21 Day Tummy reveals some breakthrough science about “carb-light” versus “carb dense” foods. Carb-dense foods can mess with your gut flora, leading to an imbalance that can trigger inflammation and weight gain. Foods are considered carb-dense if they have a high ratio of carb grams relative to their weight. Only 23 percent of a small potato, which many consider a “bad” carb, is carbohydrate. By contrast, a “healthy” rice cake is 80 percent carbohydrate, which is very dense! 
Found in: bagels, bread (including whole-grain breads), crackers, pasta, cereals, white rice, pretzels.
Beans and Nuts
We lack the enzyme to break down a FODMAP in these foods, so our gut bacteria must digest them, which produces gas.
Found in: Most beans and some nuts (cashews, pistachios).
http://health.yahoo.net/experts/losingitwithliz/5-worst-foods-your-stomach

wakeuphealthy:

The 5 Worst Foods For Your Stomach

While researching my new book, 21-Day Tummy, I learned so much about an emerging field of fascinating science: that both weight loss and digestive health are tied to eating specific foods that balance your gut bacteria and lower inflammation (and skipping foods that do the opposite).

As I embarked on the plan myself—I lost 10 pounds in just three weeks!—one thing that surprised me the most was how many seemingly healthy foods may be aggravating your stomach without your even realizing it. These “belly bullies” throw your gut bacteria out of whack, cause inflammation, and may pack on the pounds. Here are some of the top offenders.

Milk and High-Lactose Dairy Foods

One of the most cutting-edge components of the 21-Day Tummy is the avoidance of FODMAPs, or rapidly fermentable carbohydrates that can aggravate your gut. Some people aren’t sensitive to any FODMAPs, some experience symptoms after eating only certain ones, and other people develop gradually worsening effects with each exposure. Lactose, found in all animal milks, is the best-known FODMAP. Lactose is broken down in the small intestine by an enzyme called lactase. Our bodies produce less lactase as we get older (since its main purpose is to help babies digest breast milk), which means dairy foods that contain lactose can torment our tummies over time even if they didn’t before. If you think your tummy doesn’t respond well to milk, try swapping it for unsweetened almond milk in cereal or smoothies.

Found in: milk, regular (non-Greek) yogurt, soft cheeses, dairy-based desserts.

Garlic, Onions, and High-Fiber Cousins

The body’s inability to digest a kind of fiber, called fructan, in these foods can cause flatulence. This fiber seems to cause more symptoms than some other kinds, but that may simply be because we eat so much of it. If you rely on garlic and onions regularly to add flavor to dishes, try experimenting with savory herbs like rosemary, thyme, and sage instead.

Found in: grains (barley, wheat), vegetables (artichokes, onions, garlic), legumes (black beans, kidney beans, soybeans), additives (inulin).

Excess Fructose (in Apples, Honey, Asparagus)

We’re always taught fruits and veggies are good for us, but for some with stomach issues the excess fructose found in some of these healthy foods can cause problems. Foods with a lot of fructose (another FODMAP) compared with glucose can contribute to gas, bloating, and diarrhea. A 2008 study in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology found that patients with IBS who followed a non-fructose diet had fewer symptoms.

Found in: certain fruits (apples, mangoes, watermelons), certain vegetables (asparagus, sugar snap peas), sweeteners (high-fructose corn syrup, agave nectar, honey).

Carb-Dense Foods

As I explained in my blog post last week, not all carbs are bad for weight loss. The 21 Day Tummy reveals some breakthrough science about “carb-light” versus “carb dense” foods. Carb-dense foods can mess with your gut flora, leading to an imbalance that can trigger inflammation and weight gain. Foods are considered carb-dense if they have a high ratio of carb grams relative to their weight. Only 23 percent of a small potato, which many consider a “bad” carb, is carbohydrate. By contrast, a “healthy” rice cake is 80 percent carbohydrate, which is very dense! 

Found in: bagels, bread (including whole-grain breads), crackers, pasta, cereals, white rice, pretzels.

Beans and Nuts

We lack the enzyme to break down a FODMAP in these foods, so our gut bacteria must digest them, which produces gas.

Found in: Most beans and some nuts (cashews, pistachios).

http://health.yahoo.net/experts/losingitwithliz/5-worst-foods-your-stomach

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The willingness to be humbled, down on our knees, and open (even when hearing others’ sometimes critical perceptions about us) is one of the truest manifestations of self-confidence. It is all about willingness to grow and transform rather than being “right” the “smartest” or “the best.” By Dr. Aviva Romm (via raewrites)