In Search of Balance

Synopsis: At a genetic level, humans are literally connected to the rest of the natural world through our DNA. But today's highly processed foods, pesticide based monoculture farming methods, increasing urbanization, obsession with technology and destruction of the natural environment distance us further and further from the world we coevolved with. We are out of balance with nature and the reductionist philosophy of modern western medicine, once immensely powerful, seems inadequate to answer today's challenges.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Adam Pfleghaar
  5 wins & 1 nomination.
74 min

The 'Net of Indra';

the metaphor of Indra's

jeweled net asks us

to envision

a vast net that,

at each juncture

there lies a jewel;

each jewel reflects

all the other jewels

in this

cosmic matrix.

Every jewel represents

an individual life form,

atom, cell or unit

of consciousness.

Each jewel, in turn,

is intrinsically

and intimately connected

to all the others.

Thus, a change in one gem is

reflected in all the others.

Hundreds of thousands of people

have died unnecessary deaths.

The question is, why?

Most of what I treat in my

office is chronic disease.

We are living

in an environment.

Our bodies are ill-prepared

for a lot of disease results,

probably about half of disease

you see in the hospitals

is due to living

in an environment

we are not prepared for.

But perhaps the most

startling part is that

many of these chronic diseases

could have been prevented.

Chronic disease

is all the ailments from

heart disease, diabetes,

to depression,

that are just chipping away

at our quality of life.

Make rounds in

a modern hospital

with me in the

medical ward sometime

and just make a note of

each patient as you go through

which of these patients

would actually be there

if they had lived in

the natural environment

compared with our

modern environment.

These chronic diseases

seem to be moving ever

further town

in the age bracket

to the point where I am

seeing more-and-more children

with diabetes and heart

disease, morbid obesity.

Experts call it


Over the past decade childhood

cases of type 2 diabetes

have increased ten-fold because

of rising rates of obesity.

The immune systems in

modern people specifically

in the developed rich

countries are trigger happy,

they are doing crazy things,

attacking their own tissues

like attacking the brain so then

you have multiple sclerosis.

All of these are situations

where the immune system

is doing things it

should not be doing,

and in developing countries

it doesn't do these things.

So something has changed in

the rich developed countries

which is causing

our immune systems

lose the control


that normally stop them

from behaving irresponsibly.

The medical profession is

now actually the third leading

cause of death

in the United States.

People didn't understand

why when we get antibiotics

it causes many problems,

not only that but each cell

in our body has mitochondria

that has been

before bacteria.

So bacteria is the fabric

of all the living systems.

So we did so many mistake

on our gut bacteria.

As we have less-and-less

infectious disease

we have more-and-more

chronic disease,

but even conditions like

multiple sclerosis

and depression had our thought

had some microbial involvement.

And so it may be, as we have

conquered infectious disease,

some of the strategies

like antibiotics

have been either eliminating

beneficial microbes

or providing the growth

of harmful microbes

that are contributing to these

chronic diseases in ways

that we are just beginning

to understand.

Most of it relates

back to our lifestyle.

So to the foods

that we are eating,

the highly processed foods

with lots of sugar

and very low nutrient,

to the fact that we experience

a huge amount of stress

and that we are disconnected

from our communities.

I am starting to discover

also to the fact

that we are disconnected

from the natural world.

We gradually killing

ourselves off.

People have to start realizing

that we are connected,

I mean, including the creatures

of the earth, including plants,

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