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Stirring Consciousness

Visionary or revolutionary? Bestselling author Graham Hancock has enthralled millions with his unconventional theories on ancient civilisations and states of consciousness. He speaks with Jeremy Ball.

I recently interviewed Graham Hancock for his upcoming “Magicians of the Gods” Australia speaking tour. Many of you will know Graham through his impeccably researched and inspired visionary work Fingerprints of the Gods.

Published in 1995, it has sold more than five million copies worldwide and was the first book to convincingly explain the existence of past great civilisations in the world, taking the subject out of the topic of myths and legends and into clearly documented scientific fact.

My conversation with Graham was a delight; through it I came to know him as an incredibly intelligent, wise and insightful man. He impressed me as very genuine in his passion to uncover truth, not for his own personal gain but for the enlightenment and liberation of humanity. In fact, I found his humility a teaching in itself.

Graham was born in Edinburgh to devout Protestant parents. His father, a surgeon, elected to take the family to India to work as a medical missionary so Graham spent the most formative part of his life, from four to eight years of age, in the magical and mystical theatre of India.

“India was just a total immersion experience for me as a child from four to eight,” says Graham. “Looking back on it in retrospect as an adult, taking account of the immersion in another culture...

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Exciting times ahead for holistic industry

Exciting times are ahead in the next month or two all over Australia for those of us with a holistic or spiritual or alternative bent. If we’re very lucky we’re all three!

I’m sure you must have noticed in our pages some of the prominent figures who’ll be arriving on our shores. Take it as a personal pat on the back because I’m told we Aussies have quite a reputation for being great supporters of this way of thinking… and being.

Among them, Gurudev Swami Nityananda who carries on the yogic tradition of the great Muktananda, will be travelling from Yallingup on WA’s south west coast to Victoria and NSW centres throughout this month (find details on Page 9 of our March issue at www.novaholisticjournal.com.

The charismatic Andrew Harvey will be weaving his magic East and West and in Auckland as well in May and June, the incomparable Braco, who attracted sell out audiences for his gazing sessions in Perth last year, will be appearing for the first time in Melbourne and Sydney this month and next so don’t miss the opportunity. (Read about his untrumpeted peacemaking work on Page 22.)

It doesn’t end there…. Drs Tad and Adriana James will be bringing their insights and drive as world leaders in NLP to Sydney in May to celebrate 30 years in this field. If you’re thinking of embarking on serious change in your life, here’s your opportunity.

And, perhaps the biggest name of all whose words are devoured by millions of readers, the iconoclastic and some say visionary Graham Hancock will be touring, again East and West, in May with his Magicians of the Gods tour. Who could miss the echoes of his mega bestseller Fingerprints of the Gods! Jeremy Ball thoroughly enjoyed his talk with Graham whom he found gracious and insightful, as you can read in “Stirring Consciousness”...

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Margaret Evans

Margaret Evans
NOVA Editor
April 2014

Not So Sweet
Antidepressant Overload

Just one can of soft drink a day increases the risk of heart attack - and the more sugar we consume the greater the health risk, says Peter Dingle PhD

Just one can of soft drink or the equivalent in sugar or sugary food produces immediate toxic effects on the body and contributes to major chronic illnesses 20-30 years down the line.

It is equivalent to smoking half a pack of cigarettes a day. The major areas of health concern with high sugar consumption include certain cancers, cardiovascular disease such as stroke, heart attack, obesity and type 2 diabetes, dental caries, bone fractures and osteoporosis, kidney stones and more.

While the particular dynamics of the illnesses may be different to cigarette consumption, the long term health costs to individuals and the economy are much the same.

However, because of space limitations I have just focused here on sugar and cardiovascular disease - the number one killer in Australia.

An overwhelming body of evidence points to the detrimental role of sugar - mostly sucrose (table sugar) and high fructose corn syrup - along with other refined carbohydrates in weight gain and the development of diabetes and all forms of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Knowledge of the link between cardiovascular disease and sugar consumption dates from the 1960s and 1970s, when Yudkin and colleagues discovered an association between increased sugar consumption and increased cardiovascular disease incidence in both national and international comparisons (1).

Astonishingly, no clear threshold exists for the multitude of adverse effects of sugar intake; in general the association seems to be roughly linear, which means the more you take in, the more harm it does to your body and mind. Diets high in added sugar raise heart disease risk: just one soft drink a day raises heart attack risk.

A major analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that most adults in the US consumed 10% or more of calories from added sugar (71.4%); approximately 10% consumed 25% or more. Participants who consumed 10% to 25% had a 30% increased risk of cardiovascular disease, while those consuming 25% or more calories from added sugar increased their risk of CVD mortality by 275% (2).

A five year study of males aged 40 to 64 years found that chronic heart disease mortality rate doubled in individuals with high blood sugar; the increase was independent of age and blood pressure (3).

Results from the Nurses’ Health Study found that women whose diets consisted of a high glycaemic load (high blood glucose from sweets or highly processed starch) had an increased chronic heart disease risk, with those in the highest consumption group showing a two fold increase in CHD risk throughout the 10 year follow-up (4).

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