How often do we see an advert, newspaper or magazine article, or even a TV programme, suggesting that a certain food or beverage is ‘good for you’, and then a few days later someone else publishes an article or research results that say that very same food or beverage is not good for you? Over the years I have noticed this happens regularly and personally speaking I have found this confusing, wondering which is true (if any) when faced with a number of conflicting pieces of advice.
Let’s take some examples of contradictory ‘advice’ or evidence or research in the media:
- “Two glasses of red wine a day can be good for your heart.” (1)
AND YET. . .
- “Red wine health benefits ‘overhyped’.’’ (2)
And if we look at the statistics on alcohol we find that in England (as an example):
- “In 2012 there were 6,490 alcohol-related deaths, a 19% increase compared to 2001.” (3)
- “Alcohol is 10% of the UK burden of disease and death, making alcohol one of the three biggest lifestyle risk factors for disease and death in the UK, after smoking and obesity.” (3)
- Alcohol is “a direct cause of seven types of cancer.” (4)
- “‘Nicotine is GOOD for you’: Scientist employed by cigarette manufacturers claims highly addictive drug makes your brain work better.” (5)
AND YET . . .
- “Smoking is the most important preventable cause of cancer in the world.” (6)
- “Increased coffee consumption may reduce type 2 diabetes.” (7)
AND YET. . .
- “Drinking six or more caffeinated beverages in 24 hours is associated with an almost four-fold increase in the risk of recurrent gout attacks.” (8)
- “Milk is good for you – It builds bone.”(9)
AND YET . . .
- “Drinking milk may not protect our bones from fractures – and could even increase a person’s risk of dying from heart disease, according to a major new study in Sweden.” (10)
Faced with these and many other contradictions like this, it raises the question – how do we know whether that food or beverage is or isn’t good for us?
If we relied on everything others tell us, even if it is a piece of ‘evidence based’ research, we’d be chopping and changing like the wind if we believed everything that we read.
What if there is simpler way? A way where you know to your bones that something is true. A way of living where you learn to become a student of your own body and of life?
In comes The Way of The Livingness:
“The Livingness is simply you living the real you in a world that has yet to allow this to be. It all begins with you choosing to be the real you and not what life has made you.” Serge Benhayon (11)
The Way of The Livingness empowers me to ask – “Does my body know best?” From this I realise I actually know how to live life without looking outside of myself for prompts from research, media or other people, and such as these examples highlight:
Thirty years ago I started drinking coffee and almost straight away I started to get palpitations, headaches and sharp pains in my abdomen. I persisted as I liked the taste and the smell of coffee, and everyone around me drank it. Not long after that I had investigations for the pains and palpitations and found I had a coffee intolerance. I stopped drinking coffee from that moment. So even if there was the largest research study ever to be undertaken that says coffee is good for you, my own body knows otherwise; there is nothing about coffee that feels good for me.
There have often been adverts to say milk is good for you, and in my family home we were encouraged to drink milk as it ‘feeds your bones’ – yet I found milk to be claggy and sickly and never liked it. Over the years I persisted with milk and dairy products and I also had a constant runny nose and itchy throat – but I never made the correlation between these symptoms and milk/dairy.
One day following a presentation by Serge Benhayon on The Way of The Livingness I learnt that dairy can cause mucus, and over a period of time I totally eliminated dairy and never had that same runny nose or itchy throat again. So again, even if an advert or research evidence does say that “milk is good for me”, my body knows best in that I know milk isn’t good for me.
When I was younger many of my peers smoked. To keep up with them I tried to learn to smoke – but every single time I came anywhere near a cigarette I felt sick, I coughed, splurted and wheezed – my body was telling me loud and clear not to go anywhere near cigarettes and at that point I never tried it again.
Similarly for alcohol, I tried drinking alcohol as my friends and relatives drank it, yet even the smallest of glasses or a few sips of alcohol would make me feel queasy, I found the smell unbearable (it always smelt like bleach to me), and when I did push down a drink I became ill very quickly, so over a decade ago I stopped drinking it.
Through The Way of The Livingness as presented by Serge Benhayon and many similar experiments to those above – whether with food, hydration or other aspects of life – I have come to realise that our body knows best and I have become my own student of life.
Through The Way of The Livingness I have come to enjoy that I already have the greatest barometer ever – my own body. So, faced with contradictory advice from different ‘research’ or articles nowadays, I now know that I have a brilliant barometer – and even if the ‘research’ shows supposedly remarkable results, I love giving my body its own say on the matter.
“Your body is real and it is always truth-full. This is because it is with you in everything you do.” Serge Benhayon (12)
And this is why The Way of The Livingness makes so much sense to me, as each of us is our own scientist and researcher and through curiosity there is a willingness to experiment, to learn and to listen to our body, and understand that there is another way – a way where total reliance on articles, research or the media is no longer the only way, but one where I can trust what I know to the bone, and one where my body knows that The Way of The Livingness makes absolute sense.
By Jane Keep, PhD, Mphil, MSc, FCIPD, MIC, CMgr, FCMI, London, UK
- Willey, J, (2014) “Two glasses of red wine a day can be good for your heart.” Daily Express. June 19th. http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/483365/Red-wine-s-a-tonic-says-doctor (Link accessed 25th August 2016)
- Roberts, M (2014) “Red wine health benefits ‘overhyped’”. BBC news. May 13th. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-27371546 (Link accessed 25th August 2016)
- Alcohol Concern. Statistics on alcohol. Alcohol Concern, UK. https://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/help-and-advice/statistics-on-alcohol/ (Link accessed 25th August 2016)
- NHS Choices (2106) Alcohol ‘a direct cause of seven types of cancer’. July 22nd. http://www.nhs.uk/news/2016/07July/Pages/alcohol-a-direct-cause-of-seven-types-of-cancer.aspx (Link accessed 25th August 2016)
- Parry, L (2013) ‘Nicotine is GOOD for you’: Scientist employed by cigarette manufacturers claims highly addictive drug makes your brain work better. Daily Mail. December 15th. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2523949/Nicotine-GOOD-Scientist-employed-cigarette-manufacturers-claims-highly-addictive-drug-makes-brain-work-better.html#ixzz3Pk (Link accessed 25th August 2016)
- Cancer Research UK. “Smoking is the most important preventable cause of cancer in the world.”
http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/smoking-and-cancer#SYeRHAU2Fo8IYPP9.99 (Link accessed 25th August 2016)
- Nordqvist, J. (2016) Increased coffee consumption may reduce risk of type 2 diabetes. Medical News Today. April 7th. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270202.php (Link accessed 25th August 2016)
- Nichols, H. (2016) Caffeine: Health Risks. Medical News Today. February 9th. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/285194.php?page=3 (Link accessed 25th August 2016)
- Micco, N. (2010) 4 Reasons to Love Milk. Eating Well. http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/4_reasons_to_love_milk?page=2 (Link accessed 25th August 2016)
- Cooper, C. (2014) Milk might not be as good for us as we thought. The Independent. October 28th. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/milk-might-not-be-as-good-for-us-as-we-thought-study-suggests-9823870.html (Link accessed 25th August 2016)
- Benhayon, S. (2011) Esoteric Teachings & Revelations: A New Study for Mankind. Unimed Publishing. pp. 396. See more at: http://www.unimedliving.com/voice/audio-of-the-month/what-exactly-is-the-livingness-2015-10.html
- Benhayon, S. (2011) Esoteric Teachings and Revelations: A New Study for Mankind, Unimed Publishing. pp.591