Around the World with 80 Words

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I begin a new adventure, looking at the importance of words, four-and-a-half-years after starting my around the world trip.

I encourage readers to find their own important words, to begin their own journey toward truth, knowledge and genuine meaning.

I hope a few of the 80, may be helpful. Check out my two previous websites: 80 questions and 80 quotes.

Words

Select each word to reveal my thoughts; use the dropdown menu above for over 100 language translation options.

1. Attitude


Meaning: a strong stance and opinion on a specific subject and a way of being.
Derivatives: attitudinal, attitudinarian, attitudinize.
Synonyms: position, viewpoint, posture, demeanour, temperament, individuality, manner.

W hen we think about attitude, usually the first thought that comes to mind, is how others behave towards us. They have such a bad attitude. Successful people in general, tend to have an empowering attitude – an air of confidence whether real or fake that seems to take them through life in a cushioned fashion.

It’s pretty obvious, which one of the two is more beneficial in our everyday lives. Negative attitudes tend to reflect back the same; when you are downbeat or angry at strangers it’s rare to receive positive vibes in return.

One of my quotes from my previous book, reminds me to be a smiling stranger whenever possible, without expectation of anything in return. This one attitude has served me well on my travels.

A parallel word to attitude is gratitude. In our daily experiences, some of which may be negative in nature. If we approach them from the point of view that the universe is not against us, but instead giving us challenges that help us grow, this single way of framing daily negative events makes a huge difference to the quality of our lives.

Of course, I still get angry when another car driver cuts me up in a dangerous fashion. However, instead of shouting and gesturing, I try to catch the split second before I react. It doesn’t always work and still a work in progress, however, by practising awareness or as others call it, mindfulness, I catch and therefore able to reduce my reactions.

Others, try to put themselves in the position of the driver. Maybe they are rushing to hospital or job interview etc. Try for yourself to see which method helps.

I remember when I lived in London, a road rage incident unfold right before my eyes. A man in a car behind another, got out to shout at the driver in front, he also got out of his car. The second man continued shouting despite the man being over twice the size. Clearly he was not fazed, and starts to punch the guy in the face. The bigger guy takes the punch and hardly reacts, then begins to pummel the smaller man with punch after punch to the face.

I was about one hundred metres away and was almost physically ill witnessing the pulverisation. After about the fourth punch I shouted out “That’s enough, That’s enough”. Thankfully the bigger guy stopped. A clear example how a simple road-rage incident can easily get out of hand.

The other side of attitude, covers having a strong opinion on any given subject. I personally, have very strong opinions covering a multitude of subjects (see my free 80 questions book).

My stance on certain subjects has cost me friendships and a separation from family members. There is sometimes a high price to pay for having strong opinions, therefore be mindful of the possible consequences beforehand and analyse if you are willing to pay the price.

I was clearly not prepared, but also completely flabbergasted that having an opposing point of view is no longer allowed or tolerated. How did society come to this point of intolerance, is there a way back?

Division is always the preference of governments, for when you keep the people divided they forget to see who the real villain is, hiding behind the curtain.

Our attitudes toward life and others are generally the result of our parents and upbringing. Later they are formed with our experiences around others in society.

Simply because we are the product of our past, does not mean we cannot change going forwards. We all experience negative daily events, in this respect we are all the same.

However, it is how we view these negative events, that determine our path forward by way of our actions. Everything starts with our minds – change our thoughts = change our habits and actions.

As our actions change, so indeed do our lives. You arrive flustered for a job interview due to unforeseen travel delays, your performance is under par and fail to get the job. Most will blame the transport system, few would blame themselves for not allowing more time. By learning rather than blaming, we grow and able to prepare accordingly for our next interview/life challenge.

Water is an essential element for all life on Earth. Our bodies are principally made of water with our hearts and brains, arguably the most important, composed of 73% water.

Dr. Emoto talked to water using positive words which created harmonious ice crystals when examined under a microscope. Negative words, created irregular, ugly looking shapes. Just by his words, he demonstrated water could alter its cellular shape and able to store information in the shape of a memory.

This demonstrated, water is alive and conscious. A positive attitude, thoughts, feelings, emotions and words, have the power to improve our lives and health. Clearly, ‌choosing our words wisely, gives us the power to heal or destroy, however, it’s bigger than this, for our words are more powerful than hard work or money.

Ultimately, we achieve real happiness in our attitude toward everything around us, what we put out, we get back. It’s our personal responsibility with our positive outlook, thoughts and actions toward colleagues, friends and family, which determine our lives on a granular level with health, relationships and success.

Our attitude is infectious, it determines how the challenges we face are either adversarial, antagonistic and hostile or friendly and hospitable...your path, as it has always been, is up to you.

When positive actions result in positive results, why bother with the negative?

Ugo Domizioli

2. Authenticity


Meaning: the quality of being true and genuine to yourself and others while holding on to certain values despite pressure from others.
Derivatives: authentic, authenticate, authentication, authenticator, author.
Synonyms: truth, reliability, dependability, credibility, frankness, integrity.

A uthenticity on a societal level, with the rise of social media and the depicting and displaying of ourselves in the most positive of situations, rather than the humdrum of normal daily life, is clearly an indication of where we are today regarding truth.

By showing our holiday, restaurant and concert pictures, we signal our identity to our peers, whom reciprocate. Everyone is aware of what is really going on, but we all continue trying to surpass “The Joneses”.

Those in favour of social media, marvel at the positives of self-expression and connecting with others sometimes resulting in real in-person meet ups.

However, most consumption is digital not analogue, this distortion of reality, sense of self and others, is proven to have a long-term psychological impact. The constant never ending comparisons drawn with the lives of others, has shown to increase loneliness, depression, low self-esteem, and anxiety, in part, I believe, due to a lack of authenticity.

To be authentic we need to embrace who we are right now in whatever situation we find ourselves in, letting go of who we think we should be.

On a somewhat higher level, authenticity has come to the fore during the plannedemic with so much fake news across all media outlets. What is true, what is false, has become one of the biggest questions of our times.

Governments, social media giants and mainstream media have implemented systems to fact check small independent media outlets including citizen journalists on the internet.

Independent “Fact-Checker” organisations sprung up to counter these citizen led “misinformation” outlets.

The publicized aim of the fact-checkers, is to ensure the news is accurate and factual. The reality is however quite the opposite.

The way they work is indeed very clever. Instead of simply stating an article or particular website is sprouting misinformation (although some indeed prefer this route), the majority, spend time looking at every sentence and paragraph, coming up with contrary points, most of which are referenced to other major publications or websites, all connected in a web of lies.

It turns out, these independent fact-checkers, are in fact backed and financed by organisations that wish to perpetrate the lies, government propaganda and silence and discredit the truth seekers.

The effect of these fake fact-checkers, is in fact the distribution of misinformation themselves tied to their own ideological stance.

The effect on citizens is pronounced, making them doubt what is real or fake. Their remit is to keep everyone on official government messaging and ensure they are the sole source.

The fact-checkers have somehow appointed themselves the sole arbiters of credibility and truth without anyone able to fact-check the fact-checkers!

You would be mistaken thinking the fact-checking are isolated incidences, they are well organised, mass phycological campaigns upon the unconscious minds of citizens to influence their beliefs and behaviours.

For this to work, every organisation and their high level management is on board. Senior management and lower level employees simply follow orders or lose their jobs.

Trusting the government as the official truth, is a huge mistake as genuine history has taught us. The lies surrounding the US wars upon Vietnam, Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq to name but a few are perfect examples of lies over truth.

With the passing of time and genuine history coming to the fore, it is in fact, the independent citizen journalists that have been proven time and time again, to document the reality and not fantasy of major events.

The tactics of the fact-checkers are nothing new, but simply a rinse and repeat of techniques used by major news organisations for decades.

A perfect example are seemingly “open” televised debates, occasionally covering hot political or economic subjects. The “independent” panel of experts encompassing the whole spectrum of opinions are in fact all part of the fake machinery of a democratic society.

Theses debates fail to address the real authentic questions and problems, they skirt around these issues while sometimes briefly touching upon them. However, never giving the genuine answer, for that is not what the panel is there to do. The panel is there to give the public a semblance of democracy and fair debate, when in fact, it is anything but.

Governments and global media 100% lied about all aspects surrounding Covid-19 – the evidence, original documents and data exists for readers to research for themselves as I have done. Masks, house arrests, distancing, cleanliness and most important of all, the “vaccines” never worked and in fact have permanently harmed and killed millions…..they lied…..millions died.

The reason most of the world’s population took these “vaccines”, is because they trusted their governments. Due to my questioning nature, which only dates back around ten years, finding out the truth of the fake WMDs and the Iraq War, I knew straight away something was very wrong.

I have subsequently been proved correct. I was authentic with myself and refused to lie to the most important person of all, me, while the majority acquiesced.

By ignoring past events our governments and the mainstream media have perpetrated upon us, i.e., not being authentic with ourselves with the truth, the majority of the world have allowed themselves to be harmed with millions being killed or permanently injured.

Because the majority could not face the ugly truth from the atrocities of past events, the plannedemic came along and sucked almost everyone in with its propaganda.

Unfortunately, it pains me to say this, the joint responsibility for any harm caused by the plannedemic lies upon the believers of the propaganda that acquiesced and put aside their authenticity of self, behind a government wall of lies.

Those in power will get away with whatever they can, until enough push back comes from citizens. It is precisely because the majority have let governments run riot in the past, that we find ourselves in this current unauthentic situation today.

Because we kept our thoughts of reality to ourselves rather than share them with others and shout out aloud to everyone, another major incident upon citizens has occurred.

It is only by speaking out, being our authentic selves that maybe more people could have been saved from harm or death with the plannedemic.

So the question then becomes, how do we get back to our authentic selves? A few strategies may include:

Looking into the values that are of importance to you – if truth, and love are at the front, then you must ensure these core values are a part of your everyday lives.

This includes speaking your opinions and truth, however difficult among your friends and family. This likely exposes you to judgment and criticism and short term pain. You may find yourself not able to adequately articulate your views, however, with practice and time you will get better and grow.

Your relationships will likely change, as most people don’t like to rock the boat, keeping the status quo. As you grow and move forward, others remain still, some will find it hard to accept your new self and decide not to continue being a part of your life and journey.

Ask yourself, are you willing to lose some of those closest to you in order to grow? Only you can answer this fundamental question.

Surround yourself with an authentic, in-person social circle and reduce your exposure to virtual social media. This is another step in your journey and stops you portraying only the best version of yourself.

Examine and research your beliefs, to see which are in fact make-believe; in tandem with this, become more open-minded around subjects that are uncomfortable.

This will help you reflect, focus inwards and understand by being mindful, your true self and identify negative patterns and behaviours.

Finding internal validation will eventually mean living life as your authentic self, overcoming the fear of judgment.

As consumers, we value authenticity in the premium brands we choose to purchase...how about re-establishing that connection with the premium brand you have forgotten to be.

Authenticity requires continual examination to eventually come to a place where you are able to discern effectively, what is real, genuine and true.

When we avoid truth, we avoid being authentic, therein lies our fate, for being authentic means being the author of your own book.

Ugo Domizioli

3. Breathe


Meaning: the air we inhale and exhale during normal respiration.
Derivatives: breath, breathing, breathless.
Synonyms: respiration, wheeze, exhalation, energy, gasping, life force.

D o any of us ever think about breathing? My guess is, we do not, it’s something we take for granted as it’s passively performed every second of our days and nights without thought. I believe we should give breathing much more attention.

Breathing not only keeps us alive by the process of inhaling oxygen, but importantly, exhaling carbon dioxide, our body's waste product. This was “scientifically” ignored by the masking of billions during the plannedemic. We wouldn't dream of consuming other waste products from our bodies, yet “science” and our governments via mask mandates, made us do exactly that.

We take approximately 25,000 breaths every single day, each one takes oxygen into our bloodstream and transports it to our cells throughout our bodies, which in turn creates energy.

Every single system within our bodies, requires oxygen to function. Breathing keeps us in homeostasis, by regulating and maintaining our pH levels, helping our bodies to naturally heal while also purging toxins.

Would it surprise you to learn that in the West, within the medical area of pulmonology research covering lungs and respiration, not a mention is made of the benefits of deep breathing.

While Western cultures, breathing on the whole is not considered important, in the East, it’s more fundamental to everyday life than we could imagine.

Shallow, short breathing is how we breathe in the West, this keeps us in a type of shock situation, anxious, fearful, and in a fight & flight mode. Fast breathing, particularly when under stress, tells our body to get ready for action...our heart rate increases, our muscles tense up in preparation for what is to come. Is it any wonder why so many die from stress; it’s meant to be a temporary state to help us handle a dangerous situation, not part of our everyday busy lives.

Deep and slow breathing, does the opposite, it calms us down. In the East, deep rhythmic breathing is practised with thought and precision, raising one’s frequency and energy.

Ever wonder how deep sea free-divers, spear-fishers or synchronised swimmers are able to hold their breath? Firstly, they train over a long period of time, but essentially they take very long, deep breaths which oxygenates their bodies and floods their blood cells with oxygen.

It’s like having extra oxygen in addition to the last deep breath taken before diving. The current world record for holding ones breath is over 11 minutes.

Breath-work, whether practised during meditation, exercise or as an act in and of itself, is more important and essential than we could ever imagine. When we concentrate on our natural cycles of breathing, some cultures describe those moments as moving beyond the mind and body.

Long deep breaths, originating from the abdomen help us feel grounded, energized, centred and calm by slowing down our heart rate which coincidently also lowers our blood pressure.

This in turn makes us feel calm, which reduces our stress levels, which when we think about it, is a condition we all suffer from on a daily basis, in our hectic Western lives.

What many do not know, changing how you breathe, changes our brainwaves by increasing our alpha waves, which directly have an affect on so many aspects of our lives.

The benefits of breath-work help with: stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, mental health, mood, pain management & reduction and reducing chronic inflammation.

In addition, breath-work boosts our energy, lung capacity, circulation, digestion, happiness, creativity, immunity, body alkalization and self-esteem. To sum up – our general well-being.

None of the above is hearsay, instead, all backed up by research showing direct correlations between focusing and improving our breathing to feeling better and living a healthier life.

If we look at just one aspect, lowering our blood pressure by simply learning how to breathe correctly, should be an eye opener. In the US alone, an estimated 78 million suffer from high blood pressure increasing the risk of strokes and heart disease.

Stress is one of the West’s six main causes of death, usually in the form of heart attacks. In general, chronic stress accounts for between 50-75% of all appointments to doctors. There is no actual medical treatment for stress, yet breath-work is proven to work. Interesting that doctors do not prescribe breath-work!

In order to understand the power of breathing we have to head East and to the past. China, Japan and India among other countries have documented the art of breathing and breath-work for over 4,000 years.

Breath-work can be learned by anyone, however it’s the discipline to make time for it, as they do in the East, which results in long term benefits...making the commitment is the key.

The easiest way to do this, is to schedule time for it, just as you would any other important daily activity such as exercise or cleaning. If this is too difficult or you simply want to give it a try, start by simply incorporating breath-work into your existing daily activities and routines. Give it a try when walking to the train or bus on your way to work, when out buying lunch or going for a walk in the park. None of these require any additional allocation of time or effort, just discipline.

Begin by focusing on deep breathing, for only 2-5 minutes everyday while doing the above. Once you feel comfortable, increase the length of your sessions. You cannot go wrong, as even if initially you do not carry it out correctly, the simple fact you have started will help.

There are different methods to practice breath-work, none is more correct than any other; try to see which you feel more comfortable with.

Having said this, make sure any breath-work is done via your nose and not the mouth. A researcher conducted an experiment blocking his nasal passages, only breathing via his mouth.

His snoring increased by a magnitude of 13, as did his waking up during the night. His blood pressure went so high that he got to stage 2 hypertension.

The deep abdominal nasal version of deep breathing involves: breathing in deeply from the belly and expanding up to the chest, then exhaling slowly via the nose.

The 4+4+4+4 nasal version involves: inhaling for 4 counts, holding for 4 counts, exhaling for 4 counts and finally holding for 4 counts.

The 4+7+8 nasal version involves: inhaling for 4 counts, holding for 7 counts and exhaling for 8 counts.

A simple way to implement these is to swap out the word “count” for seconds. With practice you can increase the count/seconds.

The beauty of all these methods is that they can be done wherever you are without the need for any equipment.

There are other styles which are easily found online as well as whole books on the subject including: Wim Hof Method, Buteyko Method and Holotropic Methods among others.

Meditation is another method to introduce breath work. I personally have found it hard to meditate as my mind is in constant thinking mode, maybe I haven’t found the right technique?

My personal way to involve breath-work into my future daily routine will be via Tai Chi. This is a low-intensity, whole body exercise routine, incorporating breathing and slow hand and body movements.

Breath-work is so simple, why were we never taught this simple health routine to longevity?

Ugo Domizioli

4. Blockchain


Meaning: a globally distributed, constantly updated, connected database or ledger, secured from tampering by publicly showing records of all transactions.
Derivatives: blocks, blockchains, crypto, cryptocurrency, cryptographic.
Synonyms: database, immutable, ledger, smart contracts, peer-to-peer network, DeFi, NFTs, stable-coins, DEXs, Web3, Layer 1, Oracles, DAOs, tokenisation.

W hat if someone you trusted, told you to somehow get involved in the next technological era; would you listen or cast aside their recommendation as simply another fad?

If you had the chance to go back in time, to the beginning of the internet/tech era of the early 1990s and invested in the tech giants of today, I suspect you would do so, as you would have accumulated life changing wealth.

This is where we find ourselves today, (the early 2020s), with the blockchain/cryptocurrency era. Everything will in time move over to these globally distributed ledgers, being a part of every transaction we have on a daily basis.

Think about this carefully, everything we do, will be a part of these blockchains. I cannot stress enough, get involved today, not tomorrow, today, and tell your children to do so too.

This could simply involve educating yourself, getting a job, investing or starting a business of your own. Do you think, twenty to thirty years from now, you might just have gathered generational wealth?

Don’t be one of those, that thought the internet was a fad because it involved tech or nerds and required you to re-educate yourself in a new field...get involved in this new era somehow.

A prime example of how we will to be impacted by the blockchain era, is how we are physically limited to using our banks by their Monday to Friday 9-5pm opening hours.

The blockchain never sleeps and is open 24/7. The fees involved for certain banking transaction will virtually disappear, some believe banks in time will disappear too as we transition to a distributed virtual world.

While today, purchasing your next home in most countries takes a minimum of a few months. Estate agents, lawyers, surveys, land registry, taxes and so on eating up the months.

With the blockchain, this major transaction in one’s life could take minutes, if not seconds. The blockchain will know 100% the seller owns a property and you the buyer, 100% have the funds.

It then becomes simply the click of a button that registers the exchange on the blockchain with 100% certainty and trust with no middle parties involved. These are just a few examples of how pervasive the blockchain will become.

There are currently over 23,000 separate blockchains or cryptocurrencies in existence. When you spend enough time researching this space you eventually come to the conclusion that 99.5% of these projects will disappear or fail.

The remaining few hundred at most will have some place in the future, with about forty or so having a large presence, and at most, a dozen or so becoming the giants of tomorrow.

Do not be fooled by governments and mainstream media, trying to convince you that blockchains have no future. Despite what you read regarding scams, volatility, regulation and fraud among other headlines. All governments, countries and huge corporations are implementing blockchain technologies. What they tell the masses and what they are doing behind closed doors are two very different things.

Do your own research, preferably not listening to others, self-education is vital to success. I remember when I first started, it was akin to learning a new language.

Initially, watching videos and listening to podcasts, I was completely lost. With time, things became clearer as I progressed along my blockchain education journey.

Reading the white papers of some of these projects is indeed very technical. I find it better to take a macro (birds eye) view of the project to see how it fits in with the current marketplace and if what they offer is a significant improvement.

I cannot offer financial advice, everyone has their own understanding of their risk/reward ratio and should research accordingly. Investing/speculating in the crypto space is indeed much more hazardous than the early tech/internet stocks as these were listed on stock exchanges with their controls.

A fair number of cryptocurrencies, are out and out scams and simply fraud with some large examples making the news in the past few years.

There is a term in the community, called “rug pulling”. This is where a new cryptocurrency is promoted widely by influencers so that money pours into the project. When enough money has accumulated, the founders run away with the funds.

Going back to stocks, if you had put money into Yahoo, Netscape, AOL etc., it’s likely your money was wiped out. Instead money into Microsoft, Amazon, eBay, Google and Apple will likely have made you a multi-millionaire.

This tells us its very hard to know which ones will die and which will survive and thrive. Some of this comes down to research, but if the professionals are honest, some of the picking is down to luck. This is why venture capitalists and fund managers have large portfolios of stocks, not knowing for sure which will succeed.

Something of vital importance is knowing about the Bitcoin Cycle. This is similar to the ups and downs within traditional stock markets, however, there is more certainty involved.

The Bitcoin Cycle typically last four years, with a halving event, followed by a one-year bull market, then a one-year bear market before slowly recovering.

We are currently, 2023 and I believe early 2024, in a long sideways motion with “relatively” small ups and downs. I am personally waiting for global stock markets to crash reflecting the real dire state of global economies. This will crash all asset prices including cryptocurrencies, at which point I will enter the market as I believe in its long-term success.

As Bitcoin was technically the first cryptocurrency, it is regarded as the king of coins as it’s truly distributed and not controlled by anyone.

All the alternative coins, referred to as “Alt Coins”, tend to follow the price action of Bitcoin, so it’s vital to know this when Investing/speculating...do your research!

I believe by investing/speculating in the blockchain age, as venture capitalists and hedge fund undertake, we as individual investors, stand a chance of accumulating generational wealth by becoming our own venture capitalist company.

Once we have been successful choosing a few of the winners in the space, we then can become our own bank. Think about that for a moment, we no longer need traditional banks as we will be able to self-finance all our needs.

Blockchains and their technologies are being used in banking, supply chains, music, art, wine, insurance, finance, healthcare, voting, welfare...the list is in fact endless.

By increasing the efficiencies of doing business across all sectors of society a reduction in costs will occur as for one, intermediaries will no longer be needed.

Reducing fraud by providing trustless, secure transactions, privacy, data protection together with data ownership is the future we can all look forward to...welcome to the blockchain age.

I finish with my own personal introduction to cryptocurrencies, but in particular Bitcoin. I started seeing online articles regarding Bitcoin a few years after it was released. I would read these pieces over the space of a month or two, however, I could not understand what it was despite having a financial background.

At one point I almost decided to buy £1,000 worth, purely as a speculative punt. However, my logical mind won the day and I did not go through with it. I will let the reader work out how many zeros that original £1,000 would have grown to – the price at which I very nearly purchased Bitcoin was $0.57.

Having learned a very expensive lesson, I have spent the past few years learning as much as I can about cryptocurrencies and the blockchain. I will still make mistakes as the space is volatile by nature, however I am certain, I will claw back some of those lost zeros!

When I have the choice to become my own bank with the Blockchain era, why would I continue being a part of the Central Banksters’ Ponzi scheme of Fiat Money.

Ugo Domizioli

5. Chemicals


Meaning: in this definition, materials not found in nature, created in a laboratory, mixed to create compounds.
Derivatives: chemical, compound, substances, mixtures, artificial.
Synonyms: compounds, potions, synthetic, synthesized.

C hemicals are everywhere, every product we consume contains a concoction of materials. As we wake up from our beds, the sheets, mattress and carpet we rest our feet upon contain chemicals. The soap, toothpaste, shower and shaving gels...all the items we use first thing in the morning.

It doesn’t stop there, the cereal we eat, feed to our children is completely artificial, not containing a gram of natural goodness. The milk, instant coffee, sliced white bread, all these items and touch points contain chemicals before we have even left our homes.

Every element in nature, when broken down is a collection of elements too. However, these were somehow created by something we cannot fathom and intended to keep nature and humans in equilibrium and balance.

Clearly, there are positives with modern chemicals, plastics have created products not possible with wood or metal at a price point everyone can afford. Our advancement with knowledge and productivity with computers, tablets and smartphones among other products has been exponential.

Food production has reached high efficiency levels, with the introduction of pesticides and fertilizers increasing crop yields providing food to feed the world.

While it’s important, to state the many benefits of the modern use of chemicals, we have to balance the equation with the negatives. The problem is, on the whole, we are not aware of the negatives and see only the positives and convenience of how they enhance our lives.

Many, may have watched the film Erin Brockovich (2000). Based on the true story of a giant corporation contaminating the groundwater by the discharge of poisonous chemicals causing cancers and other long term terminal conditions among the local population. While this may be an isolated incidence, not global, the chemicals making up the products we use in our daily lives are indeed global in nature and affect us all.

Looking solely at food, the amazing research carried out by Vani Hari at her Foodbabe website, shows what US corporations get away with. To summarise her work, the same famous brand products sold in the US and the UK for example, contain completely different ingredients.

Yes, the core ingredients are the same, however, when looking at the package labels, the sheer number of additional chemicals allowed in US versions is truly shocking. Many of these chemicals are actually banned in the UK and Europe for human consumption. The reason? They are linked with various serious health risks, including cancer.

Think about that carefully, a large number of chemicals are not suitable for humans, yet in the US, they are. Is it any wonder its citizens are so obese and more sick than ever before.

Artificial chemicals commonly found in food include, preservatives such as sodium nitrate and sodium benzoate, artificial sweeteners and colours.

I say, allow your children to scream at you in the supermarket aisles for not picking up cereals and fizzy drinks full of high-fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, flavour enhancers, and phosphoric acid. You know better...stop shortening their lifespan, you are the adult, act responsibly.

Children in the US are dying at rate never seen before or experienced elsewhere. This in a country with the narrative of having the best healthcare system in the world.

A recent decline in life expectancy in the US was a surprise to many around the world, maybe less so, to the processed food conglomerates.

Life expectancy in 2019 had risen to 79 years, however by 2020 went down to 77, in 2021 the number is 76. This while countries around the world saw an increase.

The narrative that the US healthcare system is one of the best in the world, is just that, a narrative. In fact, it ranks 30th in the world. There are 29 countries with better systems. Without disparaging other countries: Ecuador, India, Czech Republic, Greece, Mexico and Taiwan among, others do much better...narrative shattered.

However, it doesn’t stop with food. Bisphenol A (BPA): in food and drink plastic packaging. Phthalates: in personal care products. Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA): in non-stick cookware and Formaldehyde in cosmetics.

These are just a handful of chemicals linked to problems with reproduction, birth defects, thyroid, asthma, neurological disorders and cancer as they slowly accumulate within our bodies.

Cancer is rising around the developed world in particular, this is not due to genetics, instead our environment. Research shows, artificial chemicals take a long time to break down and accumulate in our bodies and the environment. Contamination in our water, soil, plants and animals, eventually ends up within us with their consumption.

OK I here you saying, these products are everywhere, how is it possible to avoid them? The honest answer is we cannot. However, we can start by firstly being aware of their serious problems, this in time, will lead to a change in our purchasing habits which we then pass onto our children for their future benefit.

We can start by ditching the really seriously harmful food products we use. Cereals, dressings, fizzy drinks, sauces, condiments, biscuits, cakes, vegetable cooking oils etc.

Buy healthy cook books and purchase natural foods without labels and cook yourself. Cooking is one of life’s most important lessons we can pass onto our children...their future life will literally depend upon it.

Yes, these natural products are usually more expensive, what price you personally place on living a healthy pharmaceutical free and longer life, only you can answer.

Going to farmers markets is surprisingly not as expensive as you may believe. I personally ended up buying wild reindeer instead of beef together with oddly shaped vegetables, instead of the shiny “waxed” variety in supermarkets. Purchase natural products as soon as you can afford to, I would suggest sooner rather than later.

Live long without labels.

Ugo Domizioli


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