How our quest for connection may be making us more isolated and what we can do about it.

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Recently I have been involved in an open letter from a group of doctors to our government concerning its response to COVID. I work on my own as an MD and other than monthly zoom peer meetings, it could be said I am fairly isolated. In drafting our letter, messages were sent to and fro, much discussion was had, and hesitant individuals were convinced.

I felt joy and relief in my views being substantiated. The dopamine flowed and spirits soared. However, some…

It is time to connect.

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This week I foraged for food; food to provide my body with energy for healing. To be exact, I drove out onto backcountry roads and met with an old man. A man wise to the energetic requirements that the human body needs to thrive; needs encompassing not only calories but also connection with each other, with the Earth, and with its inhabitants.

A Farmer, A Butcher, A Provider of Food and A Face Seen

The old man was a farmer and a butcher. He knew his animals, he knew what his animal ate and he knew the food that his animals provided. …

What Bayer does not want you to know about Roundup.

Perfect Glyphosate circles around trees in my local park. Photo by author, Cindy de Villiers

Alive but weak and unthinking. That is the human race on Glyphosate. Not content for this to be the human situation, Bayer has included our pets, the other inhabitants of the Earth, and indeed the Earth itself.

But wait.
Glyphosate, the key ingredient in Roundup, is classified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as “practically non-toxic and not an irritant”. Furthermore, the molecular target of Glyphosate is the shikimate pathway; a pathway that does not occur in mammals.

The message is that Glyphosate kills weeds, fungi, and bacteria. Sweet. We…

The ancient healing power of Secondary Plant Metabolites.

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As we crunch into the perfect apple or carrot (often conveniently peeled, sliced, and wrapped in plastic) we become smug in the thought that we have increased our intake of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. We are keeping our bodies healthy by eating nature’s bounty. We have not killed any animals; there were no worms or larvae in the apple to start with.

Most of us give little thought to how producers can manipulate nature to such a degree as to give us perfect fruit; nor do we think about the impact this manipulation has on the nutritional quality of what…

A poem from the heart.

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I did not write this poem. Instead, I was honoured to be trusted as a primary care physician to take part in the author’s search for health. This person faces significant challenges, yet found it in their heart to write for the 2 year old child who died after receiving their 2nd Covid vaccine. I have been given permission to publish this.

How our responses affect our magnesium, how this leads to a perception of being unsafe, and how to break the circuit.

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Peace and safety. This is a mantra I hear frequently from my patients when asked why they want good health. A sigh of relief, a relaxation of muscle, a calming of the stomach, and a quietening of the brain.

Almost all get prescribed Magnesium. I also refer these patients for assistance with their conscious and unconscious responses to stress.

Magnesium is well known to help with muscular aches and sleep. What is generally not known is that Magnesium, stress, and our sense of safety are intimately linked. Magnesium modulates our stress response while a perceived lack of safety leads to…

Feeling good about us.

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It seems we can pour thousands of new compounds onto ourselves and the Earth without dying. The sun still comes up, food is currently still growing, and you and I are still breathing. Yet, there is disquiet.

1st They Took Our Hormones, Now They Take Our Lives

We may be breathing but are we living? From my observation in the clinic, many individuals are tired, depressed, and suffering from hormonal diseases. Before blaming your genes it is worth recalling the words of Francis Collins, geneticist, and leader of the Human Genome Project:

Genetics loads the gun, and the environment pulls the trigger.

Environmental Substances

What is in our environment that could be…

The world in flow.

Regeneration. Photo by Aaron Jungman provided to the author.

A year ago, I awoke to find my life’s work threatened. Earth and humanity seemed to be hurtling towards oblivion. The view I had shared with patients - you can be more, there is always something that can be done, something to be learned from our traverse on Earth - was being questioned.

What was the point of being more, when decision-making and risk assessment was taken away?

What purpose our connection with the Earth, when piles of plastic, masks, and toxic hand sanitizer were rapidly choking our planet?

What purpose physical health when already low levels of human connection

I have just checked out Urban Sun. I was unaware about the far UVC in particular being antiviral. With the current pollution being a factor in both absorption of sunlight and corona death, it may be time to consider additional light sources in our overcrowded urban areas. However, I agree with you that we want to keep our eye on a regenerative future. This may mean a melding of human endeavour and nature's healing; either alone may not be successful.

A Fibonacci poem.

DNA. Picture by Palau, licenced on shutterstock.

multiple microbes,
all part of us; our DNA.
Our human genome half viral source from ancient times.
Elimination of threat is change to self; our own genetic modification.

Extinction of humanity or opportunity for change, healing with the sun and the earth; the choice is ours collectively to make.

Coming together with life cycles, symbiosis, balance, human humility.
No longer master over nature, now one with it.
Regeneration and rebirth.
Universal life
flowing through
and with

A thank you to Desiree Driesenaar. Nature would not let me bypass the challenge you had taken up…

Cindy de Villiers

Practicing Functional MD developing a diagnostic and treatment online platform, incorporating wearables and AI. Always questioning.

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