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Within the holistic design of all appropriate technology, we consider health with respect to education, sanitation, agriculture, nutrition, medicine, and social interactions (mental health). Increasing the consciousness of the teams about these issues is of high importance, firstly to achieve a good standard of health (e.g. avoiding preventable diseases) as well as optimising physical, emotional, and mental health. We promote holistic medicine in preference to western medicine as it focuses on prevention of disease and a more broad understanding of the effects of the environment in which the person lives and interacts (rather than treating symptoms for profit). Optimisation of health and nutrition is a focus of daily life in order to prevent imbalance and the development of disease. We recognise the strong link between stress and poor health and try to create a supportive, low-stress environment. Here in Peru the traditional knowledge of natural medicines and wild foods has been maintained and we are very interested in learning and evaluating these plants. A part of our agriculture will be focused on growing medicinal herbs.  In time we plan to have our own clinic/health service on site. In the meantime we are educating ourselves on first-aid, nutrition, natural medicines, and techniques for encouraging good emotional and mental wellbeing. Development of health and medical technologies is not a priority, mainly due to a lack of specific expertise in this area in our team.

Suggested Links

·         Documentaries and Lectures

o   Gabor Mate: How stress causes disease

o   Gabor Mate: Consequences of stressed parenting

·         Books

o    “Where there is no doctor” and other free medical books

o   “Nature Cure”

o   Weston A. Price “Nutrition and Physical Degradation”

o  Isabelle A. Moser “How and when to be your own doctor”