Monthly Archives: April 2015

Student Blog Wk.9 S.1 Yr.2: Frustrated and options

So this week I’ve been thinking hard about my options.  I have been feeling very frustrated with Endeavour College’s lack of course organization, as I feel that administrative errors should not be a burden on students, we are under enough stress.  This week I was truly contemplating if I should quit school in Melbourne and move back to Canada and start fresh there.  But, after talking to my boyfriend and getting some clarity and support, I feel like staying in this degree is my best option.  I guess I’m just going to have to bite the bullet and continue in this school.  I would highly suggest to any potential students looking at Endeavour College as an option that you consider how much self-driven learning you want to do.  As it seems like this semester the courses have really become more self-directed and less learning in class, but that might be my opinion.  Any-ways I’m still feeling a bit frustrated and some-what annoyed with this whole school situation, but I still have 2.5 years ahead to me.  I’ve got to buckle down and keep telling myself that all I need is my degree, then I can upgrade in Canada and become the Natural Health practitioner I dream to be.  Thanks for reading.  Be aware and eat with care 🙂

Article: The Adverse Effects of Food Additives on Health: A Review of the Literature with Special Emphasis on Childhood Hyperactivity

Link to article: Additives and child hyperactivity article

“today about 75% of the Western diet is made up
of various processed foods, each person is now
consuming an average 8-10 lbs of food additives
per year” (p.225)

So I read this article on the plane ride to Canada and I must say its a big one, as in extremely interesting!  I highly, highly recommend reading this and printing it off as a reference to the health effects of food/cosmetic additives, while understanding that this article only points out about a dozen additives from the thousands that exist in today’s society.  These additives have contributed to an increased prevalence of hyperactivity in children, which is becoming very problematic.  I think I always go back to nature vs nurture for this one because, as we see in the article, food additives play a big role during child behavioral development, but also in relation to nurture, are we as a society just becoming lazy and less patient with children in general?  That’s my opinion, as I used to be a nanny and I have seen a lot of disturbing parental behaviors when it comes to dealing with hyperactive children.  Any-ways, the article goes through a list of the top nasties in relation to additives, and I must say it’s pretty disturbing to know we ingest a huge amount of these on a daily basis without even realizing it.  This is why I support Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, as well as, share articles on this website, because without information sharing most of us are blind to what is really going on with our food and health.  Hope you enjoy this article as much as I did!  Thanks, and be aware and eat with care 🙂

Ref:  The Adverse Effects of Food Additives on
Health: A Review of the Literature with Special
Emphasis on Childhood Hyperactivity
By: Tuula E. Tuormaa, Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine Vol. 9, No. 4, 1994

Student Blog Wk.8 S.1 Yr.2: Not much to say about school, but that preparation is key!

So this week I was supposed to finish a whole bunch of projects, catch up on tutorials and general homework, whilst relaxing here and there.  Well needless to say none of that happened due to a family health issue.  I dropped all my lists and stress to fly 24 hours to Montreal to see my grampa and I do not regret a second of it.  The one school related thing I did do this week was hand in 2 assessments.  And again, thanks to time-management and organizational skills I had already finished 1 major project a couple weeks in advance, so finishing the other-one was much less stressed.  I feel like it was meant to be to see my grampa.  I happened to finish my projects early and I didn’t really need to do all the catch-up (although it probably would have helped), but all dropped for the sake of family 🙂  The one thing to take out of all of this, is that preparation is key.  If your looking into doing this degree, then get yourself organized and make time to sit down and get things done. You’ll end up saving yourself a lot of hassle and stress in the end.  Thanks for reading, be aware and eat with care 🙂