Ask Dr. Denton: How Can You Say the Diet in Haiti is Healthier Than Our Own?
the number of processed fast food restaurants and the lack of fresh markets. The answers are very apparent.
4. They go to school each day and push their minds. This year they will be learning English as I work on my French Creole. When was the last time you started to learn a new subject? Read a book?
5. They drink water 90% of the time. Now, it is clean water. Americans drink diet soda, tea, coffee, and energy drinks. Water is typically on the low end of consumption. Though we are improving with bottled water intake.
6. They bath daily and brush their teeth. Do you brush your teeth after every meal?
7. They go to bed when the sun sets and get up when the sun rises 8 - 10 hours of sleep per night. Wow I am way off on this one. Sleep allows the body to re-boot. The brain recovers and our stress hormones that can cause increased fat and cardiac disease are reduced with appropriate sleep.
8. They share a real friendship and comradery with one another. They really are a sisterhood. I only wish I could give each of them a Mother and Father to complete their family. Please read my article on human touch and Love here.
So the answer to my question in the title of this article? Yes, in parts of Haiti the diet and lifestyle are better than the average Americans. The places where love is responding to need. In a small orphanage in Haiti I am relearning that the Love of Christ can bring health and happiness with Prayer, Exercise, Fresh food, Clean Water, Sleep and most importantly Love!
I am Thankful for the gift of being born in the United States of America. I am honored to have 36 little girls to show me the way back to Health and Happiness.
Now go out and stop at those little roadside famers markets and start eating right! P.S. why don't you walk over?
God Be With All of You.
Dr Denton D. Weiss, M.D. is board certified in both Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Weiss' approach to his medical practice flows from his convictions about the meaning of life which are deeply rooted in his Catholic Faith. He and his wife, Michelle strive for an integrated approach to life which recognizes the unity of the body, mind and soul. They call this approach "Bella Vitae" or "Beautiful Living". He is a contributing writer to Catholic Online.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Keywords: Haiti, poverty, compassion, Bella Vitae Foundation, Love, charity, evangelism, health, nutrition, wellness, Dr Denton D Weiss, MD
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