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The Bates Method – Palming

Palming

The Cure of Imperfect Sight by Treatment Without Glasses

During the research for a Health Program client who has glaucoma I came across several articles and websites about a natural way of improving your eyesight with remarkable outcomes.

It is called “The Bates Method“, and it’s developed by Dr. William H. Bates (1860-1931) in the 1920s. As a prominent eye surgeon in New York, he believed that there had to be a way where we could improve our eyesight naturally and would have no need for glasses. Even now there are still many success stories of people who have been using this method.

Meir Schneider, who was born with cataracts and some other serious vision problems, was certified permanently legally blind. When he was 17, he learned about The Bates Method and started with the eye exercises. He practiced them for up to 13 hours a day and within 6 months he could recognize visual objects for the first time in his life. Within 18 months, he could read print without glasses, holding the paper a few inches from his nose. Today he holds a current unrestricted California driver’s license!

This is the first technique from The Bates Method and is something I would encourage everybody to do on a daily basis. If you do not have eye problems, then this is a valuable technique that could keep the eye problems at bay. When you have eye problems, they could improve your eyesight. The other techniques will follow at a later date.

In another article I will talk about the effect of vitamin & mineral deficiencies have on eye problems as there is never one cause or treatment.

The rest of this article is about the first part of The Bates Method which  I found on seeing.org. Kevin from Seeing.org kindly allowed me to place the info on The Holistic Approach for which we are very grateful. On his website you can also find teachers of The Bates Method who can guide you to improve your eyesight the natural way.

“All the methods used in the eradication of errors of refraction (improving vision) are simply different ways of obtaining relaxation…

This lesson is an introduction to the art of palming, as developed over a hundred years ago by Dr. Bates:

… most people, though by no means all, find it easiest to relax with their eyes shut. This usually lessens the strain to see, and in such cases is followed by a temporary or more lasting improvement in vision………. But some light comes through the closed eyelids and a still greater degree of relaxation can be obtained in all but a few exceptional cases, by excluding it. This is done by covering the closed lids with the palms of the hands (the fingers being crossed upon the forehead) in such a way as to avoid pressure on the eyeballs. So efficacious is this practice, which I have called “palming”, as a means of relieving strain, that we all instinctively respond to it at times, and from it most people are able to get a considerable degree of relaxation.

Dr Wm. H. Bates:
The Cure of Imperfect Sight Without Glasses (1919)

Spend some time each day Palming

To palm is to cover your closed eyes with your hands in such a way that there is no pressure on your eyeballs. The palms of palming position 1your hands are slightly cupped over each eye (left over left and right over right), and usually the fingers are partly interlaced on your forehead.

There should be no light, or as little as possible, allowed to enter the eye. Once you are palming, open your eyes and look around to see if you can adjust your hands in such a way as to exclude as much light as possible. Close your eyes.

Note:
Palming is supposed to be relaxing, but you may end up being tight in your hands and arms in order to exclude light. Don’t overdo it, and if necessary compromise. The next time you palm you may find a better position for the hands. Palming in a darkened room can be helpful.

Palming Positions

•    Sitting in a dining-type chair in front of a table with a stack of cushions, (or foam pads) on it. The cushions are for resting palming position 2your elbows: there should be enough cushions so that you are able to easily bring your palms to your eyes without stooping forward (too few cushions), or having to look up (too many cushions). Rest your elbows on the cushions and bring your hands to your eyes. Close your eyes, rest with the darkness, and don’t forget to breathe!

•    Lying on your back, with a few books or pillow under your head, and your knees up and feet flat on the floor. Bring your hands to your eyes, and start palming. The disadvantage of this is that you have to hold your arms up, which can be difficult if you want to palm for a long period.

How long should I palm?

There is no fixed answer to this question. Some people enjoy palming as soon as they first try it, while a few people never find it enjoyable. As a result there is a different answer for each person, and it can vary from day to day for the same person – it would be counterproductive to force any strict rule: vision rebels against this.

For the first time, try setting your alarm clock to ring at the end of five or ten minutes. Palm, and after the alarm goes off ask yourself if the ringing alarm left you feeling relieved…. or annoyed! If you felt relieved, then palm for less time; you can benefit from palming for just fifteen breaths at a time. If you felt annoyed, then ….. throw the alarm out the window.
If you one day find yourself happy to continue, then do so: you can’t do too much palming if you are feeling happy.

How often should I palm?

•    If you quite like palming then find at least one time in each day that you will be able to palm without disturbance. Make a mental note of any feelings you have ( e.g. happy, sad, confused, spaced out…) and also note what your other senses are receiving: listen, be, feel the support of the chair and floor, breathe.

•    During the day take regular short breaks and have mini-palms. You don’t have to set yourself up in one of the “palming positions”, just start palming as soon as you think of it. As you have a mini-palm, notice how your breath rises and falls. Count each breath cycle until you get to fifteen or so, and then stop.

•    This latter method can also be used if you find palming un-enjoyable. Don’t palm for long, but do palm often, up to as much as twenty times in one day.

Some questions to ask yourself:

•    Do you see nothing, or shapes, lights and colours?
•    How do you feel when you palm?
•    Do you feel relaxed after palming, or do you feel anxious? …
•    There are so many things that you could notice – even not being able to palm is interesting and gives you valuable information for further work. The only rules are those you make up for yourself!

Start palming today, and do it every day for a week. If you like it, keep going and make it a regular part of your every day routine.

 

Resource:

Seeing.org

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Treatment of Hypoglycaemia

Low glycaemic index diet Treatment is to avoid all foods containing sugar and refined carbohydrate. One needs to switch to a diet which concentrates on eating proteins, fats and complex (and therefore slowly digested) carbohydrates. Initially I suggest doing a high protein high fat diet, but include all vegetables (care with potato), nuts, seeds, etc. Fruit is permitted but rationed, since excessive amount of fruit juices or dried fruits contain too much fruit sugar for the liver to be able to deal with. I suggest one piece of fruit at mealtimes.

Nutritional supplements

Nutritional Supplements – what everybody should be taking all the time even if nothing is wrong

Exercise – the right sort.

The brain’s preferred fuel are ketones which the liver synthesises from medium chain fatty acids. The best source of these is coconut oil. This fuel source is much more constant than glucose and highly protective against hypoglycaemia. Coconut oil 10-20ml twice daily is often very helpful! See Brain fog – poor memory, difficulty thinking clearly etc. The brain loves fat!

If the brain runs short of fats and ketones, it can swap to short chain fatty acids (which come from the large bowel fermenting soluble fibre and can provide up to 500kcals a day) or worst, sugar. The trouble with sugar is it is a short term fuel, like running on reserve tank. The brain is constantly assessing the fullness of the tank and if the tank starts to run low, the brain stimulates the release of adrenaline – this will bring blood sugar up for the brain but one then suffers from the adrenaline effects.

Prebiotics (as soluble fibre in vegetables especially pulses, vegetables, nuts and seeds or as frucoto-oligosaccharides). Prebiotics feed bacteroides in the large bowel which ferment to produce short chain fatty acids – when blood sugar levels fall mitochondria happily swap to SCFAs as a fuel source. Indeed over 500kcals a day can be generated in this way. SCFAs help to prevent hypoglycaemia especially during sleep.

Probiotics – my view is that probiotics have not lived up to their potential. However they may be useful by displacing unfriendly bacteria or yeast. Kefir for examply produces a toxin that kills yeast in the gut. The best and cheapest way to do this is to brew your own. We should all be taking these all the time and double the dose following antibiotics and gastroenteritis.

Fermentation in the gut and CFS – a fermenting gut produces alcohol which further destabilises blood sugar levels.

Additional supplements – niacinamide and chromium are particularly helpful. I recommend taking a high dose for two months. Both these supplements have a profound effect on blood sugar levels to stabilise them but sometimes have to be given in high doses initially to kick start the necessary mechanisms. By this I mean niacinamide 500mgs, 3 daily at mealtimes and possibly double this dose. Rarely, niacinamide in these doses can upset liver enzymes but this is accompanied by nausea – so if you feel this symptom, reduce the dose to 500mgs daily. Niacinamide is a really interesting vitamin – it shares the same action as diazepam (Valium) to produce a calming effect which is not addictive. I suspect it works because so much anxiety is caused by low blood sugar and niacinamide helps prevent this.

Allergies to foods – this can certainly cause hypoglycaemia – the top three allergens are grains, dairy products and yeast. But one can be allergic to any food! See Stone Age Diet.

Hypothyroidism – see Hypothyroidism

Adrenal problems and cortisol – the job of the adrenal gland is to produce the stress hormones to allow us to move up a gear when the stress comes on. Cortisol raises blood sugar levels. It is largely excreted during mornings and declines as the day progresses – this is why we should feel at our best early in the day, and blood sugar problems get worse as the day progresses. Often people compensate for this by eating more as the day goes on and explains why many hypoglycaemics do not need or eat breakfast with supper being the largest meal of the day. Changing all of the above will help. But it may be appropriate to do an adrenal stress profile and actually measure output of the stress hormones cortisol and DHEA since a small supplement may be very helpful. See Adrenal Gland – the gear box of the car (DHEA and cortisol) – underactive

Sex hormones, The Pill and HRT. These hormones all have the effect of raising blood sugar levels. Indeed this is the mechanism which is responsible for gestational (pregnancy) diabetes. The problem is that stopping these hormones then causes hypoglycaemia and one gets withdrawal symptoms. I suspect it is part of the mechanism that makes these hormones so addictive.

Toxins and pollutants. There was a fascinating paper in the Lancet that showed that the biggest risk factor for diabetes (and this is the end product of years of hypoglycaemia as insulin resistance results) is the level of pollutants in the body (pesticides, volatile organic compounds and heavy metals). The paper showed that chemical pollutants were a greater risk factor than being overweight! It was suggested that the overweight problem reflected a larger chemical burden as the body tried to “dump” chemicals where they would be out of the way. When people who have the highest levels of POPs in the blood were compared to the people with the lowest levels of POPs in the blood, they were found to be 38 times more likely to be diabetic.

The chemicals literally get in the way of many biochemical processes and prevent the body functioning normally. So for some people doing detox regimes is very helpful – ie far infra red sweating/saunaing and improving liver detox with vitamins and minerals. We can easily test for pollutants in fat by doing a fat biopsy – this is a simple test, easier than a blood test! See Detoxification – an overview

Nickel toxicity. Nickel toxicity is a very common problem and nickel is a substance often found stuck onto DNA. See DNA adducts. Nickel biochemically looks very much like zinc and so enzymes which normally incorporate zinc into them, in the presence of zinc deficiency, will take up nickel instead. This prevents the enzyme or the hormone from functioning normally. Clinically nickel toxicity often presents with hypoglycaemia. See Nickel – a nasty toxic metal.

Fructose intolerance. Fructose is fruit sugar generally perceived to be a healthy alternative to glucose. No problem if one is tolerant of fructose or if it is taken in small amounts, but intolerance of fructose or excessive intake can result in hypoglycaemia. This is because the control mechanisms that apply to glucose are bypassed if the system is awash with fructose. In fructose intolerance (aldolase type B deficiency), fructose-1-phosphate builds up because it inhibits glycogen phosphorylase which is essential for the provision of glucose from glycogen and it also inhibits fructose-16-biphosphatase which is essential for provision of glucose from protein and fat. This combination can result in severe hypoglycaemia because it means effectively the body cannot mobilise glucose from stores in the liver for when blood sugar levels fall. This combination can lead to severe hypoglycaemia.

Even if the enzyme works perfectly well, excessive fructose intake will stress the same pathways. Sugar stores in the liver cannot be mobilised. Because liver uses up short chain fatty acids for the production of glucose to try to avoid this hypoglycaemia, this tendency can be measured by looking at short chain fatty acids in the blood and also measuring levels of fructose-6-phosphate which gets induced in this situation. These three metabolic problems i.e. levels of short chain fatty acids, levels of fructose-6-phosphate and LDH isoenzyme (indicative of liver damage), can help diagnose this problem.

I recommend people avoid tropical fruit (high fructose), and go for berries which are low fructose but rich in goodies!

Failure to tackle hypoglycaemia will result in Diabetes. Indeed diabetes is an inevitable consequence of Western diets and lifesyles. On current figures 50% of the UK population will be diabetic by the year 2030.

Initial complications. The problem for the established hypoglycaemic is that it may take many weeks or indeed months for the liver to regain full control of blood sugar and therefore the symptoms of hypoglycaemia may persist for some time whilst the sufferer continues to avoid sugar and refined carbohydrate. This means that when you change your diet you will get withdrawal symptoms and it may take many weeks of a correct diet before these symptoms resolve. This type of addiction is very much like that which the smoker or the heavy drinker suffers from.

With time the regime can be relaxed, but a return to excessive sugar and refined carbohydrate means the problem starts again. Finally, many sufferers of hypoglycaemia may need something sweet to eat immediately before and during exercise, until the body learns to fully adapt.

Test for hypoglycaemia

Measuring blood sugar levels is not a terribly useful test for hypoglycaemia, partly because the levels fluctuate so much and partly because by the time one gets the symptoms of hypoglycaemia, the blood sugar levels have started to correct. A much better test would be to measure short chain fatty acids in blood collected in the morning before breakfast. The test should be done as follow:

It is important to continue your usual diet – indeed, there are no special dietary instructions for the test, but the blood sample must be taken between 9 –12 hours after a meal; 2 ml of blood taken into a fluoride oxalate tube and posted off in an envelope to Acumen.

Related Tests

Short chain fatty acids

Fructose-6-phosphate

LDH isoenzymes – includes Cell free DNA free of charge

Fructose investigations (F6P, SCFA, LDH-isoenzymes) – all three above tests

Good Fat – Bad Fat

With the amount of research linking high fat diets to heart disease and cancer and the constant reportage in newspapers and magazines it’s no wonder that many of us conclude that fat is bad.
Fat, however, is essential to the body and is the body’s preferred source of energy in addition to its role in hormone production.
When we speak of reducing our fat intake we are especially talking about reducing our saturated fat intake and completely eliminating our trans-fat intake. A saturated fat is solid at room temperature and is mainly found in animal products. Trans fats are commonly found in margarine and processed foods and interfere with essential fatty acid metabolism, increase LDL (the bad cholesterol – actually a transport molecule which carries fats and cholesterol from the liver to the cells) and lower HDL (the good cholesterol, a transport molecule which carries fats and cholesterol from the cells to the liver for excretion or conversion to energy).

Omega-3s and 6s are required for building the membranes of all cells in the body. EFAs also lubricate joints, insulate the body against heat loss, and prevent skin from drying out. They lower the risk of heart attack and
stroke by lowering arteriosclerosis, triglycerides, total cholesterol, LDL, and blood clots (including the blood clots that can cause gangrene and blindness in diabetics).
The body needs EFAs to make prostaglandins, and prostaglandins are critical to many hormonal actions, inflammatory responses, and chromosome stability.

Robert O. Young, Ph.D. and Shelley Redford Young.
Authors of The pH Miracle for Diabetes

As you move to a more alkaline diet you will naturally reduce your consumption of saturated fats and dietary cholesterol, which is very beneficial, and should improve cholesterol levels and your LDL: HDL ratio, whilst reducing your risk of heart disease and hypertension.
You need to ensure, however, that you consume sufficient EFAs, the essential fatty acids Omega 3 and Omega 6, as the body cannot produce this itself. In general, we tend to eat more omega 6 than omega 3 and we need to redress this balance.
Several sources suggest that humans evolved on a ratio of 1 whereas in the current modern Western diet the ratio is more likely to be 15:1. A low ratio has been linked to a reduced risk of many of today’s chronic diseases and so it is beneficial to up your intake of omega 3s.

Good sources of Omega 3 include oily, cold water fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines and herring.

For vegetarians try walnuts, linseeds, linseed oil, hemp oil, chia seed oil, green leafy vegetables and seaweed.
If you prefer to get your omega 3 from a supplement then choose a fish oil from a reputable, high quality producer who has removed all the contaminants.
Alternatively consider chia seed oil which is regarded as having the best balance of Omega 3 and 6 from any of the vegetable sources. However it should be noted that to get adequate levels of DHA and EPA you need to consume fish oil. In addition to its EFA properties chia seed has got a lot of other therapeutic properties particularly for the digestive system.
Sources of Omega 6 include cooking oils such as sunflower, olive oil, processed foods, egg yolks, grain fed meats, nuts and seeds.
By following an alkaline diet and reducing processed and fried foods you should lower your omega 6 intake and improve your omega 6 to omega 3 ratios.

Trials link excessive omega 6 and lack of omega 3 to lower intelligence, higher aggressiveness, impulsiveness, obesity and sex hormones. The list goes on. Evolutionary design seeks to achieve a survival advantage within natures
supply levels of new materials.
We have broken the supply rules and do not know it.
We re-supply our bodies with omega 6, upsetting a long held fundamental dietary
parameter with dire consequences

Robert Brown
Author of Omega Six the devils Fat

Inflammation

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Inflammation is an essential part of our survival package. From an evolutionary perspective, the biggest killer of Homo Sapiens has been infection, with cholera claiming a third of all deaths, ever. The body has to be alert to the possibility of any infection, to all of which it responds with inflammation.

However, inflammation is metabolically expensive and inherently destructive. It has to be, in order to kill infections by bacteria, viruses, parasites or whatever. For example, part of the immune defence involves a “scorched earth” policy – tissue immediately around an area of infection is destroyed so there is nothing for the invader to parasitise.

The mechanism by which the immune system kills these infections is by firing free radicals at it. However, if it fires too many free radicals, then this “friendly fire” will damage itself. Therefore, for inflammation to be effective it must be switched on, targeted, localised and then switched off. This entails extremely complex immune responses; clearly, there is great potential for things to go wrong.

Inflammation is also involved in the healing process. Where there is damage by trauma, there will be dead cells. Inflammation is necessary to clear away these dead cells and lay down new tissues.

Inflammation is characterised by heat and redness (heat alone is antiseptic), combined with swelling, pain and loss of function which immobilises the area being attacked by the immune system. This is necessary because physical movement will tend to massage the infection to other sites.

If one looks at life from the point of view of the immune system, it has a very difficult balancing act to manage. Too little reaction and we die from infection; too much reaction is metabolically expensive and damaging. If switched on inappropriately, the immune system has the power to kill us within seconds – an example of this being anaphylaxis.

Migraine – How an Acid Body Could Be The Cause

Having an acid body could, for some of us, be the cause of migraine.

What exactly does it mean and how do you correct this imbalance and use it in your migraine prevention plans?

Normally, when healthy, we have alkaline reserves in our tissues. However, when we do not have these reserves, our boWoman with Headache or Migrainedy will take alkaline minerals from our bones or muscles. The consequence is that your body is eating itself up, literally, from the inside. This creates the imbalance in your body’s PH level. Migraine prevention is, at this point, of no interest to your body anymore, survival has become the main priority!

The following effect is that your body has become to acid. It can’t get rid of the excess acid and, therefore, your body will defend itself by storing the excess acid in your tissues. It will be stored throughout your whole body, from your brain to your heart and in some cases; your body will even produce fat to store any excess acid.

How come having an acid body leads to migraine.

Well, the high acid levels in your tissues will lead to inflammation and irritation. Your body translates this into pain. For instance; migraine and joint pain caused by inflammation. Even the cause of osteoporosis has more to do with over acidity and magnesium deficiency than with a lack of calcium.

How to test your body’s PH balance?

There are special PH level test strips available to test your saliva or urine. It is best to test it with your urine because this gives you a more accurate reading than using saliva. Use your morning urine, let it flow for a couple of seconds and hold the paper in the urine stream. After 10-20 seconds, you can compare. By adding this (daily) check to your migraine prevention plan you have a better idea when you need to add more alkaline forming food into your diet.

Improving your PH balance and lose excess acid.

Now we know what an acid body does; the next vital question is how we correct this. Here are some steps you can take:

*Have a diet that has the right balance between acid and alkaline.acid alkaline balance front cover
You should strive for 70% – 80% alkaline forming foods and 30% – 20% acid forming foods because we do need some acidity in our body. See Roddy MacDonald’s book “Simple Steps to Optimum Health Through Body Acid Alkaline Balance” , for charts that tell you what food is alkaline and acid forming.
Some basics are: all dairy products, meats and fish, grains and grain products are acid forming; fruits and vegetables are alkaline forming.

*Alkaline Water
Start drinking alkaline ionized water to help neutralize and remove the acid toxins from your body. This water will hydrate your body much better than ordinary tap or bottled water. It also has antioxidant properties to help counteract harmful free radicals.

*Green Super Food
Green Super foods powders are extremely alkalising and nourishing for the body. Properly formulated they provide the body with dense nutrition to support the body systems and assist in promoting better PH balanced.

*Emotions
Negative emotions are toxic for your body such as anger, jealousy, and fear and especially stress. Stress, as most of us already know, has the biggest effect on your body. Stress can also be a key trigger for migraines, or any emotional trauma, for that matter.

*Mineral Spray
To get your body to function as optimal as possible, we need an extensive range of trace minerals. Unfortunately, our food chain is becoming more and more bereft of the nutrition we need for a healthy living. The best way of getting the minerals we need is by a Transdermal spray instead of supplements. This because the minerals will be much better absorbed through your skin than through your stomach.

Proper body acid alkaline balance leads to increased energy levels, improved immunity and a slowing down of the aging process. It leads to better uptake of nutrients from food and supplements, improved detoxification and better oxygenation of the body.

As with most ailments, for most of us, it never is just one cause, but several causes, and working on your PH balance could be extremely useful to implement in your migraine prevention plan.

Hypochlorhydria can cause lots of problems

SarahHypochlorhydria, a lack of stomach acid, arises when the stomach is unable to produce hydrochloric acid. It is a greatly overlooked cause of problems.

Acid environment in the stomach
The stomach requires an acid environment for several reasons.

  • acid is required for the digestion of protein,
  • acid is required for the stomach to empty correctly and failure to do so results in gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (heartburn),
  • acid is required to sterilise the stomach and kill bacteria and yeast that may be ingested and
  • an acid environment is required for the absorption of certain micronutrients, in particular divalent and trivalent cat-ions such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, boron and so on.

As we age, our ability to produce stomach acid declines, but some people are simply not very good at producing stomach acid, sometimes because of pathology in the stomach (such as an allergic gastritis secondary to food intolerance), but sometimes for reasons unknown.

Problems arising from hypochlorhydria.
There are many possible problems that could arise from hypochlorhydria:

  1. Failure to digest foods properly. This will result in a general malabsorption of proteins. Indeed, hypochlorhydria as induced by antacids and H2 blockers and protein pump inhibitors substantially increases one’s risk of osteoporosis because the body simply does not have the raw material to replace bone. Many degenerative conditions will be associated, therefore, with hypochlorhydria.
  2. Failure to absorb trace elements. Trace elements are essential for normal body functioning. If these are not present then the biochemistry of the body will go slow, organs will go slow and this will accelerate the ageing process. Therefore, one would expect to see people getting diseases, such as cancer, heart disease and neuro-degenerative conditions, before their time.
  3. Failure to sterilise the stomach contents. This will make individuals more susceptible to gut infections such as gastro-enteritis and possibly enteroviruses such as Epstein-Barr virus, Coxsackie virus, Echovirus and so on. Gastric acid is an essential part of normal defences against disease. Gastric acid is also essential for getting rid of undesirable bacteria and yeast that appear in the diet. Particularly virulent strains, of course, may cause simple food poisoning. However, if there is an overgrowth of bacteria and yeast in the stomach, then foods will get fermented instead of being digested. This produces wind and gas resulting in bloating and alcohols, which may or may not be useful to the body.
  4. Increased risk of stomach cancer. Having the wrong bacteria and yeast in the stomach will irritate the lining of the stomach and increase one’s risk of stomach cancer.
  5. Malabsorption of vitamin B12. It is well known that the stomach must be acid in order to absorb B12. Indeed, using a proton pump inhibitor such as Omeprazole, will reduce absorption of vitamin B12 to less than 1% of expected. Many people already suffer from borderline B12 deficiency – this is a difficult vitamin for the body to assimilate, but essential for normal biochemistry.

Symptoms of hypochlorhydria
When any of the above problems go wrong, it can result in symptoms.

  1. Accelerated ageing because of malabsorption.
  2. Wind, gas and bloating as foods are fermented instead of being digested, i.e. irritable bowel syndrome.
  3. A tendency to allergies – the reason for this is that if foods are poorly digested, then large antigenically interesting molecules get into the lower gut, where if the immune system reacts against them, that can switch on allergy.
  4. Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease
  5. Iron deficiency Anaemia
  6. B12 deficiency
  7. A tendency to candida dysbiosis or bacterial dysbiosis.Hypochlorhydria

Conventional Cancer Therapies – Low Dose Metronomic Chemotherapy

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Metronomic chemotherapy is one of the biggest steps forward in the history of cancer treatment and is based on the Mikael Nordforsunderstanding of the blood supply in cancer tissue, or rather the possibility of controlling this so that the cancer cannot grow.

For patients, this new method of treatment is very interesting because it has practically no side effects. The treatment primarily uses tablets and research shows that this gives results that are as effective as conventional chemotherapy, in which the highest possible doses are given every second or third week, most often with quite serious side effects.

Angiogenesis means the creation of new blood vessels from an existing blood vessel and this is the primary way in which cancer cells obtain nutrition. Normal chemotherapy also destroys the endothelial cells in the small blood vessels, but is normally interrupted 2-3 weeks between treatment in order to let the body recuperate from serious side effects like nausea, vomiting, bad immune system and diarrhoea. During this time the cancer rebuilds its blood supply.

Metronomic chemotherapy, just like the regular beat of a metronome, is given daily or every second day, and thus does not allow the blood vessels to re-establish. It does not matter which type of cancer cells are involved or even whether they have become resistant. It is not cancer cells themselves which are attacked by metronomic therapy, but the blood vessels supplying the cancer cells.

You may be wondering whether the endothelial cells, too, can become resistant in the long run – and the answer is yes. However it takes a much longer time for the cancer cells to become resistant and the normal process under metronomic treatment is likely to be as follows: At first the tumour becomes smaller, then comes a long and stable period which can last for years until finally the cancer grows again. You can then shift to another form of metronomic chemotherapy or a combination of metronomic substances.

Introducing Mikael Nordfors MD

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Mikael NordforsMikael Nordfors is a medical doctor currently working with holistic treatment of cancer, psychiatric problems and pain conditions in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is co-author of the international bestseller “Hypericum & Depression”, which introduced the antidepressant plant St. Johns wort to the non-German speaking part of the world. Besides being i medical doctor and author, he has also composed music and interpreted classical masterpieces on synthesizers. His music can be listened to and downloaded from http://www.lastfm.se and www.spotify.com

He has been interested in treatment of the so-called Piriformis Syndrome and has written an article called The Deep Gluteal Syndrome, an underestimated etiological factor for Sciatica, Low Back Pain and other chronic pain conditions? published on this website. His results imply that most cases of low back pain and sciatica can be substantially improved with very safe, cheap and efficient measures, and that this syndrome is severely under diagnosed. He had several fights against the Swedish health authorities, “Socialstyrelsen”, who claims this syndrome does not exist, despite ie an MR study from the Cedar Sinai clinic showing >70% of chronic sciatica is from the Piriformis Syndrome.  There have been four court cases, where he and one of his pupils did win against Socialstyrelsen, but no-one has highlighted this in the media, which in spite of the huge public interest of publishing these data, turned their back at Mikael and started to accuse him falsely of inventing fake diagnosis in order to sexually exploit his patients and similar things. This has happened not only to Mikael, but also to many other doctors in Scandinavia and the world who has been challenging the official medical dogmas. These false media accusations made his public career very difficult, as many patients and employers believed what was published.

Anyhow, he got work at the private cancer clinic Humlegaarden, where he learned a lot about both conventional and alternative cancer treatments like hyperthermia, LDN, DCA, GcMAF, Bio-Immune Therapy according to Thomas Tallberg, cancer psychotherapy according to Fred Levenson and many other complementary cancer therapies.

He can also take private psychotherapy patients and treat patients with back pain, fibromyalgia and sciatica. He can prescribe LDN for all kinds of autoimmune diseases.

He is also a licensed practitioner of LnB pain therapy, a system originating from ancient Greece that treats most pain conditions with special stretching exercises, pressure points and general health advice. LnB pain therapy is used by the German national team in skiing and soccer. He currently has his medical practice in the Second Opinion Clinic in Copenhagen, Denmark, which is also specializing in immunology, anti-aging medicine and alternative psychiatric treatments.

Forgiveness: Why This Is So Important

Many people have learned to fight against negative feelings or even hide them away. You could be finding yourself to continue to walk around with a powerless dark feeling, which also drives you away from yourself. You will first have to acknowledge your own feelings and a give them a spot, so you then can move on to forgiveness.
The right order in doing this is first to forgive yourself and then the other. It helps if you are aware that everyone makes mistakes and need the chance to learn from that mistake. It also helps if you recognize from which powerlessness, restrictions, sadness or pain someone had acted when he hurt you. You can view the other as a (learning) person and thus, he or she becomes less of an ‘ enemy ‘ or ‘ offender ‘. If you can feel compassion, you can let the accusation go, from there it is only a small step towards forgiveness.

When you have forgiven yourself and the other, it offers you a new opportunity and space to make a clean start. For some people, this has meant they could finally move on after years of struggling. All of a sudden there was a new job opportunity or they finally found a new place to live and make new friends. In fact, they were able to pick up their lives and move on!

The old saying is very true, when one door closes; another one opens.

A nice extra feature: from American research it shows that forgiving people are healthier, and they feel better. For example, they are less nervous, restless and depressed. This is than truly a great start of the New Episode in Your Life.

So now is the perfect time to start to forgive yourself and the other. Not because Christmas time is coming, but because you were reading this.

Try it, It is liberating!

 

Forgiveness

Common Cold: How to Fight It Using Natural Remedies

The common cold is an infection that invades your nose and throat and is caused by a commonly found virus.  Most people catch between two and four colds a year, depending upon the level of their immune system and how well they’re able to take care of themselves.  Symptoms will usually appear one to three days after exposure to the virus and those symptoms include a runny nose, cough, nasal congestion, sneezing, watery eyes and a mild headache.  Sometimes individuals will suffer from a low grade fever on the first day of their cold but this does not mean that they have the flu.

The invasion of viruses in the body which causes the symptoms can be slowed, stopped or even eliminated with a few simple steps Woman with the Common Cold Having a Running Nose Feeling Sickthat you can take either before you get a cold or immediately upon discovering the symptoms.

The first step that needs to be taken, to beat the common cold is..

to give the body enough rest. Rest will help the body to heal itself, bolster the immune system and even help you feel better.  Rest is even free!  If you think that you can’t take the time off to stop and just rest, imagine how many more days you will have to take off if a bad cold impacts your ability to work or go to school.

The second step to shake of the common cold is to always get good nutrition

Whether it’s cold and flu season or not.  We really are what we eat and when we provide our body with an appropriate amount of vitamins and minerals we are rewarded with overall good health.  Your diet should consist of a large amount of whole foods, meaning raw and unprocessed.

When you have the common cold, or even when you are trying to prevent a cold, it is important to blow your nose regularly, rather than sniffing the mucus back into your head.  There is conflicting evidence for the use of normal saline to prevent and treat a cold. To prevent the cold you can try normal saline nasal spray and gently blow the spray back out.  Use normal saline spray even when you have a cold to help eliminate the viral load in your nose.  When you blow hard the extra pressure can cause an ear ache or blow some of the virus back into the head.

Mom used to tell you to gargle with salt water when you had a sore throat because it could bring temporary relief.  Today researchers know that gargling with salt water can also help to prevent a cold by decreasing the viruses which are multiplying at the back of your throat.  If you have a sore throat you can try other gargle remedies, such as adding lemon juice and honey to water or reducing the tickle in your throat by gargling with tea that contains tannin.  Never give honey to a child less than one year old.

Drinking hot liquids also helps to both prevent a cold by killing the viruses, relieve nasal congestion, can help prevent dehydration and often soothes uncomfortably inflamed membranes in your nose and throat when you already have the common cold.  A steamy shower can also help to improve the hydration of the nasal membranes while helping you to relax.

Stay away from sugar and dairy products when you’re sick.  Sugar suppresses the immune system and dairy products will thicken mucous membranes and make it more difficult for you to remove nasal congestion or cough up chest congestion.

Using hot tea to help relieve symptoms is another way of helping your body to overcome the virus and feel better quickly.  Combining grated ginger root with lemon and honey makes a refreshing tea that helps your throat feel better and relieve symptoms.  You might try a few cloves of crushed garlic which has antiviral and antibacterial properties or cayenne powder to taste which can help to cut through the mucus or break up a low fever.

Zinc lozenges are also readily available, found in health food stores and online, and help to reduce the duration of cold symptoms especially when they are taken within 24 hours after you first experience the cold symptoms.  They work by blocking the replication of the virus in preventing it from spreading around your body.

Sleeping with an extra pillow under your head can help to drain the nasal passages and keep them from getting impacted during the night time.  If the angle is too awkward for you then add height underneath the mattress, between the mattress and box spring, to provide a more gradual slope to the bed.  The idea is to keep your head a bit more elevated in order to encourage the drainage of your nasal sinuses at night.

Remember to keep yourself from becoming dehydrated, get plenty of rest and gargle several times a day with salt water.  Using these simple remedies you’ll be over your common cold before you know it!

What happens during a cold?

While the flu is caused by influenza virus, the common cold is caused by another virus, the rhinovirus.  Symptoms often include feeling bad, headache, stuffy nose, sore throat, itchy eyes, coughing and sometimes a low grade fever.  The rhinovirus is spread in the same way that the flu virus is through the nasal and respiratory secretions.  This means that when an individual coughs into

Woman sneezing into a tissue

Sneezing is one off the symptoms of the common cold

their hands or sneezes on an object the virus can be spread to the next person when it is transmitted to their hands in they touches their nose, mouth or eyes.  Sometimes the virus is spread directly when an individual sneezes in the area of another person’s face.

People become more susceptible to catching a cold, or the virus multiplying at such a rate inside the body that the immune system is not able to contain it before becoming sick, because of several different factors in their life.  The first is an underlying medical condition which adversely affects the immune system, such as diabetes, asthma, HIV or AIDS.  Another factor is rest.  When we do not get enough sleep each night our immune system is depressed, and we are no longer able to fight off the environmental toxins and waste products which cause illness.  Sugar will depress the immune system as can inappropriate nutritional intake.  We truly are what we eat, and when we do not provide our body adequate nutritional factors such as vitamins and minerals, we suffer overall poor health.

The University of Calgary scientist from Canada confirmed in late 2008 that it is the response of our immune system to the rhinovirus that causes the cold symptoms and not the rhinovirus itself.  There are over 100 different types of viruses that can cause the common cold, however, the human right of virus is a major cause.  The research was published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and was the first time that scientists comprehensively reviewed the gene changes in the rhinovirus.

And, while the rhinovirus is the major cause of the common cold, it is also an important pathogen in other conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  For instance, researchers have found that children who get recurrent rhinovirus wheezing early in life are 10 times more likely to develop asthma later in life.

Symptoms usually occur within one to three days after catching the Cole or being exposed to the virus.  They often start with a burning feeling in the nose or throat.  Many individuals go on to experience sneezing, runny nose and the feeling of being tired and less specifically on well. It was once believed that dark mucus or yellow mucus meant you had developed a bacterial infection, but researchers today understand that this is not the case.

Some individuals will develop a mild to moderate cough and those who have asthma may find that their control of their disease has suddenly disappeared.  Usually there is no fever, but sometimes individuals can experience a mild, low grade fever of less than 100°F.  After about three days, the worst of the symptoms is usually over.  However, you can continue to experience congestion for over a week.

During the first three days, you have a cold you are contagious to others, so it is best to stay home and rest so that you don’t spread the virus to other people and that you will recover much more quickly.

If you continue to feel bad for over a week to 10 days you should seek the advice of your primary care physician who may do sinus x-rays or a nasal swab to determine if you are suffering from another illness.  Complications can ensue individuals who have a compromised immune system and can include bronchitis, pneumonia, sinusitis or worsening of their asthma.

Colds is usually seen in young children just before they develop an ear infection because of the drainage of the fluid behind the eardrum and the likelihood that they will develop a bacterial infection.

Preventing a cold is so much easier than suffering through one so avoid second hand smoke, unnecessary antibiotics, drink plenty of water and get enough rest.  Some research has found that bacteria in yogurt has helped in the prevention of colds.  Wash your hands whenever you feel you may have come in contact with the germs and periodically throughout the day.  Keep your hands away from your nose, mouth and eyes and use paper towels to dry your hands during the cold season instead of sharing a cloth towel.

Of course you want to avoid getting the common cold. The best way to prevent this, is using the same principles you would use to prevent the flu.

Body Awareness – Do a Check

When you have a job that requires sitting down the whole day, you know how stiff or even painful your body can feel at the end of the day. The reason is that, throughout the day, you have been ignoring the messages that your body is always giving you, “this position hurts”, “get up and stretch”, “time to quit and rest” and some more that you can probably fill out yourself.

If you ignore these messages – if you go through the day living between the top of your head and your chin, you won’t be aware of your back pain until it’s too late. The pain and other symptoms will be more severe and; therefore, it will be much harder to fix.

 

 

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Time For Your Body Check!

Follow these 2 simple tips on how you could avoid this.

  • Set an alarm in your phone, computer or watch for every hour while you’re awake. For the next 15 – 30 seconds after the alarm sounds, check your body. How does every part of your body feel? Give attention to your toes, feet, legs, back (lower and upper part), stomach area, chest, shoulders, neck, arms, hands, fingers and your head. If you already are in pain, then you definitely need to make this very important “appointment” with yourself every 15 minutes! Then make sure that you move your body. Preferably walk away from you job and go to the toilet, printer, copier etc and do some small exercises and stretch. If you can’t walk away, then at least try to stand up every once in a while and stretch your body.

 

  • Are you sitting correctly? If not, lift your breastbone. Are your shoulders up around your ears? Lower them.

If you would do this every hour, pretty soon, checking on your body throughout the day will become automatic and you won’t need the alarm anymore.

Flu Home Remedies You Should Know About But Probably Don’t

With the first signs of the flu, this will mean for the largest majority of people, uncomfortable and irritating symptoms where they will be using conventional flu strategies to get rid of these symptoms. However, few people know that these very same conventional strategies will actually slow down the healing

How to make Massage oil

Essential oils need to be diluted with a carrier oil before they are massaged into the skin.
The basic recipe should be:

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massage stones

For body massage:
15 drops essential oil
60 ml carrier oil

Face / foot massage:
5 drops essential oil
30 ml carrier oil

Stick to these recipes as it is best to mix only as much as you need each time so that the vital ingredients stay fresh and uncontaminated. If you make more than you need, store any leftovers out of direct sunlight in a tightly stoppered dark glass bottle.

As to as how much oil is enough for each massage, you need to apply enough to make your hands slip but not slide. Start with a small amount of warm oil and spread it on skin with smooth, flowing, rhythmic strokes, adding more to your hands as they start to drag over skin.

The best carrier oils to give enough slip for massage are sweet almond, sunflower or safflower. These are ideal for either body or face, but if you want to treat a particular type of complexion or skin problem as you massage, use one of the carrier oils specifically for facial skin care.

When preparing your oils, first measure out the carrier than add the essential oil, drop by drop, and shake or stir to blend. In general, you should use no more than three essential oils at a time for massage as any more will only mean the individual aromas fight each other rather than blending together.

 

 

The Soothing Foot Massage

The feet take more abuse than any other part of the body.
Reward them with a gentle, soothing massage, to spread pleasure throughout your body.

 

Relaxing,Healing and Soothing Foot Massage

Relaxing Massage

3 drops of Lavender
2 drops of Geranium
30 ml Sunflower oil

 

For Aching Feet

3 drops of Eucalyptus
2 drops of Chamomile
30 ml Sunflower oil

For Excessive Sweating

5 drops of Lemongrass
30 ml Sunflower oil

For Fungal Infections

3 drops of Tea-tree
2 drops of Geranium
30 ml Sunflower oil

Relaxing with Aromatherapy and Massage

Hypoglycaemia: Insulin is a stress hormone

SarahThere is an additional twist to the hypoglycaemic tale which complicates the situation further. When one becomes stressed for whatever reason, one releases stress hormones in order to allow one to cope with that stress.

Insulin is such a stress hormone and has the effect of shunting sugar in the blood stream into cells. This produces a drop in blood sugar levels and also causes hypoglycaemia.

Therefore, hypoglycaemia can be both a cause of stress and the result of stress, indeed, another one of those vicious cycles that are so often seen in disease states.

How can Yoga help you with your health problem?

There are a lot of people who are crazy about yoga. The reason why most people do yoga is that it makes them feel better, and it gets them into shape. The different poses and postures help to make your body healthy. Yoga is for most people, the best way to relax and unwind. If your aim is to keep your body in shape, this might be the best exercise for you.

Did you know that yoga is good to fight of certain illness? There have been numerous research, which proved that yoga helps you to control anxiety, reduces asthma, arthritis, blood pressure, back pain, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue, epilepsy, diOffice Worker Meditating at Work Reducing Stress Levelsabetes, headaches, stress and many more.

Yoga has a lot of benefits and advantages. All in a day’s work, it can reduce tension and stress. Of course after a heavy day, you will feel that your muscles have been stuck up, and you will feel wasted.

If you do yoga, your self esteem will be higher. It is important to gain more confidence inside and out so that you can face people with no worries.

Yoga is good for the body in increasing your muscle tone, strength, endurance and flexibility.
If you are too fat and conscious about your body figure, yoga can help you lower your fat and keep your body in shape. Yoga exercises can burn excess fat and give you the desired figure that you want.

If you need time to relax and forget your responsibilities, yoga will be good to improve your concentration and enhance your creativity. Yoga will help you to think in a more positive way. If you have a fresh mind, you can think of good things and apply it easily.

Your body needs to relax once in a while. Sometimes, work can leave us wasted and exhausted. During the heavy days, we may not find time to unwind because work is still on our mind. Yoga can help you create a sense of calmness and well being.

Yoga exercise helps you improve a good circulation. Your organs and veins need to be exercised for it to function properly. Yoga can help stimulate your immune system and keep diseases at bay. If you have a good immune system, you can be sure that you are free from sickness.

Some people do yoga to be enlightened. They believe that yoga will help them bring up their spirit and keep them relieved. Yoga works differently for everyone, be it spiritual, emotional, psychological, mental and physical.

People think that yoga is only for spiritual people. But that belief is wrong. Even if you are not that religious, you can still do yoga. You will see and feel the difference at the same time. Find out how it works for you.

Due to the pressure and demands of life, we become stressed out, and we forget the essence of life. We tend to lose touch with the ones we used to spend time with, even ourselves.

We find that we are, most of the time, having to deal with deadlines and the hassle of keeping up with the paste of life. This leaves us a small time to wander and have that physical awareness.

These are the few things that yoga can provide. Find time to dedicate a part of it to yourself to relax and unwind in a way only yoga can give you.Man Performing Yoga by Lake

The difference between Stomach flu and the other flu

Do you know the difference between the flu and the stomach flu?

While “stomach flu” is a popular term, it is not a correct medical diagnosis. These are actually two different diagnosis caused by two different types of irritants. The correct term for the stomach flu is gastroenteritis.  ‘Gastro’ meaning stomach, ‘enter’ relating to the intestines and ‘itis’ meaning inflammation.

People who are suffering from gastroenteritis, or the stomach flu, will have irritation or inflammation of the stomach and intestines, the gastrointestinal tract.  Gastroenteritis can be caused by either virus, bacteria or a parasite and does not necessarily need to be caused by an infectious process.  Triggers for gastroenteritis can include lactose intolerance or other allergic reactions to specific food types.

On the other hand, the flu is caused by a virus known as influenza.  The flu often mimics the same symptoms as a respiratory cold except that it begins much more quickly with symptoms of fatigue, fever and respiratory congestion.  Individuals who suffer from an upper respiratory infection, also known as the common cold, may also suffer from a low grade fever; but individuals who are experiencing the flu will generally have a fever greater than 100° Fahrenheit.

There are over 100 different types of viruses that can cause the common cold, yet only influenza virus types A, B and C will cause the flu.  However, while there are only three different types of influenza that cause the flu, all of these types are capable of genetic mutation and developing different strains each year.  The flu will also lead to more severe or life-threatening illnesses, such as pneumonia, in individuals who are immune suppressed or who have other underlying medical conditions which make their overall health precarious.  Individuals who are older, young children, those suffering from AIDS, cancer or other milder chronic conditions such as diabetes or asthma, may suffer more severe affects from having the flu.

Treatment for each of these conditions will vary depending upon the individual’s overall health and the underlying reason for the condition.  In other words, in a normal, healthy, young male or female additional treatment for the flu may not be necessary.  Individuals are able to recover from this illness by increasing the amount of fluids that they drink each day, getting plenty of rest and good nutrition.  However, individuals who have asthma or cancer may find that they need supportive care that is hospital-based rather than home-based.  Within the hospital, physicians and nurses will be able to administer intravenous fluids, oxygen and antibiotics for those who go on to develop pneumonia.

Gastroenteritis, sometimes called the stomach flu, may include a headache, fever and swollen lymph glands depending upon the particular germ that is causing the symptoms.  However, the individual will also suffer from abdominal cramping, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.  Individuals can experience gastroenteritis from food poisoning, inflammatory bowel disease, allergic reactions, parasite infections or viruses and bacteria.

In severe cases, the individual will lose a significant amount of body fluid that can result in dehydration.  Unfortunately, it does not take the loss of too much fluid in order to induce a medical situation that requires immediate attention of a physician.  Signs of dehydration can include lightheadedness; increased thirst; dry, sticky, mucous membranes; lack of normal elasticity of the skin and decrease the output of urine or tears. Individuals who have gastroenteritis may find they are unable to keep water in their stomachs without vomiting or may find they are unable to keep up with their fluid needs because of severe diarrhea.

For the most part, individuals who suffer from gastroenteritis can be treated at home with good, supportive care.  In common cases, such as viruses or allergic reactions to a particular food, individuals are able to recover nicely from gastroenteritis without significant medical intervention.  You can avoid dehydration by sipping clear fluids and gradually introducing a bland diet that includes bananas, rice, apple sauce and dry toast.  This diet is often referred to as the BRAT diet.  Eating bland dry foods makes it easier for the digestive system to accommodate the nutrition and calories and is unlikely to irritate a sensitive gastrointestinal tract.

When physicians or medical personnel are discussing the flu they are referring to the respiratory condition caused by influenza.  When referring to the stomach virus medical personnel may call it “stomach flu” or will more correctly call it a gastroenteritis or stomach virus.

The differentiation between these two diagnoses is usually easy to discern.  However, some people who suffer from the influenza virus will also have vomiting and diarrhea making the differentiation slightly more challenging.  These symptoms are usually rare but may happen when individuals suffer from a normally sensitive stomach and then experience the influenza virus.

So, the next time you tell someone you have the flu be sure to these specific about exactly what illness you really did experience!

 

 

Cleveland Clinic: Gastroenteritis
Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Viral Gastroenteritis
KidsHealth.org: What is the Flu?
MayoClinic.com: Dehydration

Vitamin D and Sunshine

An essential vitamin! Protects against cancer, heart and bone diseaseSarah

Western cultures have become almost phobic about any exposure of unprotected skin to sunshine with the well-recognised association between skin cancer and exposure to sunshine. Indeed the US Environmental Protection Agency is currently advising that ultraviolet light, and therefore sunlight, is so dangerous that we should “protect ourselves against ultraviolet light whenever we can see our shadow”.

But a certain amount of sun exposure is essential for normal good health in order to produce vitamin D – and partly as a result of current recommendations, we are seeing declining levels of vitamin D and the problems that go with it.

Human beings evolved over hundreds of thousands of years in equatorial areas and were daily exposed to sunshine. Dark skins evolved to protect against sun damage. However, as hominids migrated north, those races which retained their dark skins were unable to make sufficient vitamin D in the skin and did not survive. Only those hominids with paler skins survived. Thus the further away from the Equator, the paler the skin became. Races in polar areas survived because they were able to get an alternative source of vitamin D from fish and seafood.

There is an interesting inverse correlation between sunshine exposure, vitamin D levels, and incidence of disease as one moves away from the Equator. Even correcting for other factors such as diet, there is strong evidence to show that vitamin D protects against osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, bone fractures (vitamin D strengthens the muscles thereby improving balance, movement and preventing falls), cancer, hypertension, hypercholesterolaemia, diabetes, heart disease, multiple sclerosis and vulnerability to infections. Multiple sclerosis is a particularly interesting example of a possible vitamin D deficiency disease. Indeed mice bred for susceptibility to multiple sclerosis can be completely protected against development of this disease by feeding them high doses of vitamin D.

How much

For people living in equatorial areas, blood levels of 25 (OH) D) usually exceed 100nnmol/l and often 200nnmol/l. Since we evolved in hot climates, this is probably what is physiologically desirable. However, normal ranges in laboratories are still stated at around 40 to 100nnmol/l. This almost certainly represents sub-optimal levels – it may be enough to prevent rickets and osteomalacia, but is not sufficient for optimal health.

Sunshine

For a pale skinned Caucasian, whole body sunlight exposure barely sufficient to trigger tanning (the so called minimum melanogenesis dose) is as little as 15 minutes and is equivalent to the consumption of 10,000i.u. of vitamin D. If this is compared to the US recommended dietary allowance now standing at 200i.u. (which is the amount in a teaspoon of cod liver oil), one can readily see that the best source of vitamin D is sunshine.

Dietary

It is extremely difficult to get blood levels up to an optimum level on diet alone. Furthermore, dark-skinned individuals need very much more sunshine exposure in order to achieve the same blood levels of vitamin D. As people get older their requirements also increase – however, typically they spend less time in the sunshine and are much more prone to vitamin D deficiency and the problems that go with it.

In a study in which groups of elderly people started to take calcium and vitamin D, the occurrence of fractures is reduced by a third in the first year even though bone density is not increased sufficiently to account for the fewer fractures. What is not yet common knowledge is that vitamin D improves muscle strength and balance and it is thought that this is what reduces the occurrence of falls leading to fractures.

How to get more vitamin D

It is impossible for people living in Britain to get adequate vitamin D levels through full spectrum light. To receive sufficient vit D, you need to get the equivalent of at least 15 minutes per day whole body exposure to sunshine, probably more depending on the colour of your skin, to trigger tanning, but not burning of the skin. How likely is that? So what do you need to do to optimise your vitamin D levels?

  • If you are taking my Mineral Mix at your full correct daily dose (up to max 5 g a day), then you will be getting 4000 – 5000 i.u. of vitamin D3 a day. You do not need to take any other Vitamin D supplement, but sunshine on your skin whenever you can get it will be a welcome bonus! If you are not taking the Mineral Mix, you need to add 5000 i.u. vitamin D3 to your nutritional regime.
  • Lack of sunshine in the UK is an excellent excuse to book a holiday in a sunny climate during the winter! In order to get an equivalent dose through eating fish, one would have to consume 25 teaspoonfuls of cod liver oil or its equivalent. Eskimos and Inuit Indians probably achieve this easily with their diet, but I cannot see myself persuading my teenage daughters to do this. A foreign holiday sounds much more attractive, or keep taking your 5,000 iu daily.

Vitamin D supplements

In choosing a good vitamin D supplement, one needs to know a little of the biochemistry. Vitamin D2, ergocalciferol is made from yeast and is about a quarter as potent as vitamin D3. In order for D3 to be activated it needs to be twice hydroxylated in the liver and the kidney – bear in mind that anybody with liver or kidney problems may have a requirement for the active twice hydroxylated vitamin D (calcitriol) rather than D3.

In studies where vitamin D3 is supplemented at 10,000i.u. daily there have been no cases of hypercalcaemia. 5,000i.u. daily seems a reasonable dose for the winter months, higher amounts where there is pathology such as osteoporosis.

Sunning

People will be delighted to hear that sunshine is good for them – the overwhelming majority feel much better for sitting out in the sunshine. If the skin goes red then they are having too much exposure – they need just sufficient to promote mild tanning.

People with dark skins need much more than people with fair skins, but again they can judge this from the degree to which their skin darkens with exposure to sunshine. Redness means inflammation due to skin damage and should be avoided. It’s the old story – with any substance from water to sunshine, there is potential to underdose and overdose – it’s all about getting the balance right!

Related Articles

“THE CLINICAL IMPORTANCE OF VITAMIN D (CHOLECALCIFEROL): A PARADIGM SHIFT WITH IMPLICATIONS FOR ALL HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS” by Vasquez et al. – gives the science behind vitamin D.

External links

Pathology Department at the City Hospital in Birmingham offers a “direct to the public service for serum 25-hydroxy Vitamin D based on dried blood spots”. They send a home kit with detailed instructions, which makes it a very convenient way to check the levels. All the details on the Pathology Department’s website City Assays and in the page about the test: Vitamin D test.

How to Prevent the Flu with Home Remedies

It is not always possible to protect ourselves against the influenza virus. This is because of the numerous different strains of the influenza virus. However, there are several things you can do in order to prevent a flu infection. The main thing is that you need to maintain a healthy immune system.

Follow these helpful hints to maintain a healthy immune system and reduce your chance of becoming infected with the influenza virus this season:

Wash your hands regularly

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By washing your hands, you will decrease the likelihood of spreading a virus to your nose or mouth. Follow these 3 best handwashing technique.

  1. Use warm water
  2. Work up a good amount of soap all the way up to your wrists for at least 10 or 15 seconds.
  3. Clean all surfaces including the back of your hands, wrists, between your fingers and the often overlooked area; the fingernails.

The whole procedure should take preferably 1 ½ minute.

Don’t be tempted to use antibacterial soaps because this will be of no help. We are dealing with a virus and not a bacteria. The only thing you are likely to achieve is spreading an antibiotic resistant bacteria. Today researchers and doctors know that taking anti biotic or using anti bacteria soaps will only increase the chance that you will develop a bacterial infection.

After washing, spray some colloidal Silver on to your hands and rub this in. Use this also if you want to, safely, clean the surfaces of  doorknobs, cutlery, telephones, mouse, keyboards etc.

The properties of colloidal silver have been known and documented for decades. By using this transdermally, the silver can help you in a safe way fighting of the invaders.

Get enough sleep

Make sure you get enough sleep. Regular rest will help keep you strong and help your immune system fight of any potential invaders. Your rest should be of high quality, and if you have trouble sleeping, then have a look at sleeping problems

Remember, the more rested you are, the quicker you will recover.

Exercise regularly

Exercise is an important factor in maintaining the health and well-being of your immune system. It helps to move the lymph system through the body, sheds unwanted pounds, removes toxins, improves Vitamin D production when done outside and improves blood circulation throughout the extremities.

Exercising helps your immune system to be more efficient in finding an illness before it has a chance to spread.

 Decrease your stress

When you have a very stressful lifestyle (which most of us have), it is very important to decrease the amount of stress. Stress wears you emotionally and physically down. Being under too much stress or too long, will have a negative impact on your immune system. Your defences will be too weak to keep any invader out. It’s like opening your home for everybody and anybody.

Learn to manage your stress by eliminating the persons or situation which cause an increase in the stress level that you feel each day. You may believe it is impossible to remove these situations from your life, but it is much more difficult to accommodate your lifestyle to the stress related illnesses in which it can result.

You can also benefit using the following stress reducing tips:

Most importantly doing something that you like or even love doing. If you don’t have a hobby, it is really important to find one. If you type in “list of hobbies” in Google, you’ll find several interesting sites. Especially from Wikipedia  They have a very good and inspirational list of all sorts of hobbies. Really worthwhile to have a look at. Even if you already have hobbies but want to start something completely different. You could also have a look at bookshops or libraries for hobby books and magazines.

Positive mindset

By keeping a positive mindset, you will find it easier to stay relaxed and at the same time have a healthy immune system with maximized defences. This will help  you minimize the risk of becoming ill and help you recover faster when you have become ill.

Get your nutrition right.

We really are what we eat, which means that our diets and the foods that we consume each day, will have a significant impact on your immune system.

Eliminate as much processed foods and sugar from your diet as possible. A teaspoon of sugar will have an immediate and negative impact on your immune system for up to six hours. It is better satisfying your taste buds with sweet organic fruit than with ice cream or chocolate.

Alkaline / Acid Balanceacid alkaline balance front cover, flu prevention

By eating more alkaline food (large amounts of fresh vegetables and fruits) and lowering the acidic foods such as meats, dairy, sugary foods, fast foods, pastas and white food products, you will be able to support your immune system much better. How to maintain the best balance is explained the book Simple Steps to Optimum Health by Roddy MacDonald.

Vitamin C

Research has found that vitamin C will help to boost the immune system and increase the number of white blood cells which are produced in the body in order to help fight the influenza virus. Vitamin C can be taken as supplements using the dosage as suggested on the bottle. The purest form of Vitamin C is ascorbic acid, but when ingested it can cause aggressive stomach and bowel activity. When taken transdermally the bowel and stomach are bypassed, and the product is fed straight into the bloodstream. Here you will find more info about Transdermal Vitamin C.

Be sure that you do not take vitamin C supplements or fruit with vitamin C in the evening because it will keep you awake.

Minerals

Because our body needs about 64 minerals to function normally and vitamins and minerals need each other, it is important to take in mineral plant-derived supplements. In How to Avoid Mineral Depletion in Your Food it is explained why we don’t have the minerals in our food anymore and therefore the need of supplements.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a potent antibiotic, increasing the body’s proteins production, called antimicrobial peptides. These proteins destroy the cell wands of bacteria, funghi and viruses, which includes the flu! This will decrease the length of any illness caused by viruses and bacteria.

Simply the best way to get vitamin D is from safe sun exposure. But this needs to be done on a daily basis with as much skin exposed to the sun.

Now this is not really appealing during the winter, even 5 minutes are a big challenge, let alone anything longer than that. So the next best thing is taking a vitamin D supplement. This should be vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). If you have liver or kidney problems, make sure that you read the section “Vitamin D supplements” in Vitamin D and Sunshine from Dr. Sarah Myhill.

Omega 3 Fats

Omega 3 fats, EPA & DHA, are essential in supporting your immune system as research has shown. They help us by providing a greater resistance to common illnesses as the flu.

Detox Your Body and Stay Hydrated

Drink as much water as possible each day to help flush out toxins and waste products. This actually helps to decrease the workload on the kidneys and improves your immune system.

Drinking a Nettle herbal tea will help you cleanse your body and blood and give some extra nutrition. Make sure you still drink extra water because Nettle has a drying effect on your body.

 

Check out our special Flu Prevention Packet. This packet will help your immune system keeping the flu at bay.

What Are the Symptoms of Hypoglycaemia

Hypoglycemic symptoms and manifestations can be divided into those produced by the counter regulatory hormones (epinephrine/adrenaline and glucagon) triggered by the falling glucose, the neuroglycopenic effects produced by the reduced energy delivery to the brain and the fatigue from reduced energy delivery to the body.

Adrenergic manifestations

  • Shakiness,
  • anxiety,
  • nervousness,
  • palpitations,
  • tachycardia,
  • sweating,
  • feeling of warmth,
  • pallor,
  • coldness,
  • clamminess,
  • Dilated pupils (mydriasis),
  • feeling of numbness “pins and needles” (parasthaesia).

Glucagon manifestations

  • Hunger,
  • borborygmus,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • abdominal discomfort,
  • headache.

Neuroglycopenic manifestations – reduced energy delivery to the brain

  • Foggy brain,
  • impaired judgment,
  • nonspecific dysphoria,
  • anxiety,
  • moodiness,
  • depression,
  • crying,
  • daydreaming,
  • negativism,
  • irritability,
  • belligerence,
  • combativeness,
  • rage,
  • personality change,
  • emotional liability,
  • poor quality sleep,
  • automatic behavior,
  • also known as automatism,
  • ataxia,
  • in-coordination,
  • sometimes mistaken for “drunkenness”,
  • focal or general motor deficit,
  • paralysis,
  • hemiparesis,
  • paresthesia,
  • headache,
  • stupor,
  • coma,
  • confusion,
  • amnesia,
  • dizziness,
  • delirium,
  • staring,
  • “glassy” look,
  • double vision,
  • difficulty speaking,
  • slurred speech,
  • abnormal breathing,
  • generalized or focal seizures

These symptoms are very similar to being drunk with alcohol – which results again in poor energy delivery to the brain.

Poor energy delivery to the body

  • Fatigue,
  • weakness,
  • lethargy,
  • poor stamina,
  • blurred vision and many others!

The History of EFT

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) are really a combination and derivation of two other processes – Thought Field Therapy and Acupuncture. Acupuncture has been studied and practiced by Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners for centuries.  Long before the ideas of traditional Western Medicine were conceived, practitioners were healing and empowering others using meridians and energy fields.  (1)

Thought Field Therapy (TFT) is an offshoot of this theory, incorporating tapping at the meridian points accompanied by affirmations or statements. For close to 30 years now TFT has provided relief and assistance to balance the body’s energy system.  Unfortunately, TFT requires intensive knowledge and training to use correctly.

Dr. Roger Callahan, American psychologist specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders, learned Applied Kinesiology and studied the meridian system of acupuncture.  He was the physician who combined the use of tapping for emotional problems and simultaneously focusing on a specific fear.  The process was discovered quite by accident with a patient who had significant fear of the water.  In an effort to help her calm her stomach pain from the anxiety he inadvertently changed her behavior and eradicated her phobia.

In the coming years Gary Craig studied with Roger Callahan to learn his Thought Field Therapy techniques.  Dr. Callahan was devoted to the development of this new technique that could produce ‘one minute wonders’ in patients who had suffered for years with phobias and fears.  In an effort to delineate it as much as possible, he used muscle testing to determine the exact area that required the ‘tapping’ to achieve success.

But this muscle testing made the use of the process cumbersome and time consuming.  And, it wasn’t clear that this type of precision was necessary to effect the results the doctors wanted to achieve.  In 1987, Dr. Carrington, psychologist, and Gary Craig, Stanford engineer and performance coach, came to the same conclusion at the same time.  They could attempt a single-algothrim method in order to simplify the approach and potentially achieve the same results.

Their methods didn’t rely on muscle testing but simply used the acupuncture end points during tapping rounds.  Dr. Carrington began achieving excellent results with her patients using her Acutap methods and Gary Craig separated himself from Dr. Callahan in order to pursue his goals.  Dr. Callahan didn’t approve of the new method that Craig called Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).

Gary Craig has been teaching EFT since the early 1990s and it has become one of the most influential Energy Psychology methods in the world.  After investigating the methods that Gary Craig developed Dr. Carrington switched her patients from Acutap to EFT and began using it exclusively.

In 2000 Dr. Carrington expanded the EFT method and named it “Choices” which was endorsed by Gary Craig.  Today, psychologists use Choices in their clinical practice to help patients move past their negative emotions related to stress and anxiety and have been experiencing positive benefits and results for their patients.

This historical journey for EFT was put in motion decades ago when Chinese Medical practitioners discovered and used the energy fields, called meridians, in the body to help the healing process.  In the movement forward Dr. Callahan, Dr. Carrington and Gary Craig have all been pivotal in the development of a process that can be used by professionals in the office or individuals at home to improve their overall health and mental well being.

(1) Oxford Journals; Rheumatology: A Brief History of Acupuncture
http://rheumatology.oxfordjournals.org/content/43/5/662.full

Sootingh Sore Muscles Bath Salts

There is nothing better than to relax in a warm tub after a long day at work or when you have had an intensive training, and your muscles are sore. Use this bath salt to give your body and your mind a well deserved rest. Because of it’s woody scent some may find it a bit masculine, but women love this “Soothing Sore Muscles” Bath Salts as well as men do.

When you don’t have time to take a bath or don’t have one, you can use this bath salt also in a footbath.
The salt and the oils will penetrate through the skin and the magnesium in the salt will still reach the muscles.

If you have really bad muscle cramps than use the Magnesium Transdermal Spray.
Just spray this at the sore place and gently rub it in.

Ingredients:
2 cups of Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulphate) or Himalyan Pink Salt
2 tablespoons of baking soda
5 drops of Rosewood Essential Oil
5 drops of Chamomile Essential Oil
5 drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil

A nice jar where you store the bath salt in with a tight fitting lid.

How to make the Bath Salt:
1. Mix the salt and baking soda very well in a bowl.
2. Mix the Essential Oils in a small cup. You can fill a pipet and release the mixture evenly over the salt or carefully pour the mixture evenly over the salt.
3. Mix the salt and the essentials oils very well.
4. Let sit for over an hour before placing the bath salt in a jar and sealing it.

When you want to colour your bath salt, then use yellow and red to make a light brown, or you divide the mixture in two and add the yellow to one part and the red to the other part. Let it sit for over an hour.
After an hour start filling your jar layer for layer (first red, than yellow) until the jar is full then seal it.

When using colour’s it is best to use natural colourings like onion’s for brown; marigold for yellow/gold and beetroot for red. Otherwise, use food colourings, but be careful because you can’t be sure if the ingredients will harm you when it is absorbed through the skin.

The colourings can leave stains in some tubs or footbaths.

What is Emotional Freedom Technique?

Emotional Freedom Technique, also referred to as EFT, is a means of accessing energy meridians within the body that have long been a part of acupuncture in Chinese medicine. (1) However, EFT is noninvasive and can be used by the individual without the aid of a practitioner anywhere, any time and for any reason the individual feels it is necessary.

EFT is a powerful way of combining the established sciences of Mind Body Medicine and acupuncture without the use of needles. The history of the use of Emotional Freedom Technique lies in ancient Chinese medicine and is now becoming recognized by traditional Western medicine practitioners, mostly for its use as an anesthetic in hospital settings. However, Emotional Freedom Technique has been discovered to be a powerful way of accessing and erasing negative emotions in the human psyche.

In essence, Emotional Freedom Techniques are a way of stimulating certain points within the body through the use of tapping. Where an acupuncturist may have used needles or an individual practicing acupressure may use deep tissue pressure, those who practice Emotional Freedom Techniques take advantage of the immediacy in their environment by “tapping” into their meridian points and essentially breaking a negative emotional path.

Many of the tapping points that are used by Emotional Freedom Technique practitioners are those we automatically use ourselves when we are under stress. Think back to a time when you were recently stressed, had a headache or were thinking deeply. Most of us automatically reach for in the area on our face above our eyes, at our temples, below the eyes at the top of the cheekbone or at the base of the chin. Each of these are tapping points used in Emotional Freedom Techniques. In essence, the practice takes advantage of those points which we normally use to relieve our stress.

The interesting thing about emotional freedom techniques is that, when done at the correct places on the body, they work whether the individual believes in the practice or not. Think of it like a medical practice that your primary care physician would recommend to you. Whether you believe a medication can lower your blood pressure or not, the medication, for the most part, will work on the large majority of individuals for whom it is prescribed. Whether you believe that setting a fracture and placing it in a cast will work or not, when done correctly by a skilled practitioner, the leg will heal well and you will regain full function without pain. The same is true for emotional freedom techniques. When they are done at the correct position, whether you agree with the practice are not, it will work.

Critics of emotional freedom technique describe the theory as pseudoscientific and suggest that it stems from a cognitive component, such as a placebo effect where the individual recognizes the end result which should occur and makes it occur through the power of his own mind. There have been several scientific studies which purport to have found both negative and positive findings. Interestingly, the areas of the body which emotional freedom technique practitioners use, are those the same areas which are used for acupressure and acupuncture. And, while there has been the same degree of variety in scientific research for the use of acupuncture or acupressure, the basis of Emotional Freedom Technique is found in traditional Chinese medicine which has been functional for thousands of years.

Emotional Freedom Techniques are very easy to learn at home and help an individual to remove their negative emotions surrounding a specific event, reduce their food cravings and can be used to eliminate pain and help a person implement positive goals. Essentially, those who use EFT are inputting kinetic energy and short-circuiting and emotional block from the internal balance of the mind and body.

Despite its critics and the belief of traditional Western medical practitioners that the underlying scientific theory for the use of Emotional Freedom Techniques is flawed, the practice continues to grow as more individuals report significant positive results.

(1) Shen Nog: What is the Meridian System?

Relaxing Herbal Tea Mixture

Relaxing Herbal Tea

Relaxing Herbal Tea

Take this calming blend of soothing and calming herbs to dissipate tension after a busy day.

50 gr dried balm (Melissa officinalis)
50 gr dried chamomile (matricaria recutita or chamaemelum nobile)
50 gr dried lime blossom (Tilia spp)

Mix the herbs and keep them in a dark jar.

Put 1-2 teaspoons in a teapot.

Next you add a cup of boiling water and leave to steep for 5-10 minutes.

How to Make a Herbal Tea

Part of the art of herbal medicine is to knowing what technique to use in preparing the remedies.
We will show you perhaps the simplest way of making a herbal remedy that almost everybody has already done before, maybe without realizing it. We are making a medicinal herbal infusion (tea) using dried herbs. If you want to replace them for fresh herbs, please keep in mind that you use 3 times as much for the fresh one. That means 1 teaspoon dried for 3 teaspoon fresh. This is because of the higher water content of the fresh herb. The tea may be drunk hot or cold.
If you normally are used to put milk or sugar in your tea, please try this first without, if you don’t like it, sweeten with licorice root or honey. Try to avoid sugar, especially white sugar because this doesn’t help you to relax.

Because of the medicinal qualities a herb has we have to be careful and should only take a herbal tea for medicinal reason, it is not meant to be drunken because we like it so much.
The best tea you can drink for pleasure are: white tea, green tea and redbush.

Standard dosage medicinal use: Take 3 times a day a teacup. The dosage for children and elderly people should be less. For elderly people use half the dosage (this because the metabolism slows down with age) and children under two years a fifth of the adult dose and let this slowly up to a quarter for children of 3 or 4 years (depending on the weight of the child), a third for children of 6 or 7 years, half of children aged 8 or 9 years, until the full dose in puberty.

1. Take a china or glass teapot which has been warmed and put one teaspoonful of the dried herb or herb mixture into it for each cup of tea that you intend to brew.

2. Pour a cup of just boiled water in the teapot for each
teaspoonful of herb that is already in the pot and then
put the lid on. Leave too steep for ten to fifteen minutes.

Aromatherapy; Lavender

LavanderLatin name: Lavandula Augustifolia

Of all the Essential Oils, Lavender is unquestionably the most versatile and well-used oil and is also one of the few oils
that can be applied to the skin without diluting first. The antiseptic properties of lavender make it, especially valuable in skin care.
Lavender’s calming and soothing properties have a balancing effect on body and mind. Which is ideal when you’re stressed and tensed, and you’re in desperate need of relaxation. Furthermore, it will help, bring you in the mood to sleep.

Extraction:
The oil is extracted from the flowering tips of the evergreen shrub. It is cultivated in southern Europe, and in countries as apart as Australia and Britain.

Herbal Tradition:
Lavender was a favourite bathtime cleanser for the ancient Romans and has been used to speed healing.
Since the 18th century, it has been used in soap, perfumes, talc and pot-pourri

Properties:
The essential oil is one of the most commonly used. It is both relaxing and stimulating, a powerful antiseptic and healer.
It also calms, refreshes, invigorates and lifts the spirit.

Actions:
In aromatherapy it is excellent for tension, tiredness or depression, skin problems and aches or pains.
Because it is so gentle, it may be applied undiluted to burnt skin or insect bites and is safe to use during pregnancy.

Home Use:
Massage, baths, inhalation, poultice, compress.
A few drops in a hot bath will make you feel pleasantly drowsy and relieve anxiety. In a cool bath, it will refresh and energise.
Inhale a few drops from a tissue to clear the head and lift the spirits.
In massage, it is good for tense muscles or mental fatigue.
A lavender bath at night or a few drops on a pillow produce a calming effect.
Give your feet a treat with a delicious lavender foot bath.

Lavender is a brilliant first aider – dab neat onto cuts, abrasions, burns, insect bites and stings and watch how fast they heal.

It blends well with most oils, especially:
citrus oils;
Clary Sage;
Rosemary

Warning:
It is perfectly safe for home use.

What is Hypoglycaemia?

It is critically important for the body to maintain blood sugar levels within a narrow range. If the blood sugar level falls too low, energy supply to all tissues, particularly the brain, is impaired. However, if blood sugar levels rise too high, then this is very damaging to arteries and the long term effect of arterial disease is heart disease and strokes. This is caused by sugar sticking to proteins and fats to make AGEs (Advanced Glycation End-products) which accelerate the ageing process.

Normally, the liver controls blood sugar levels. It can create the sugar from glycogen stores inside the liver and releases sugar into the blood stream minute by minute in a carefully regulated way to cope with body demands which may fluctuate from minute to minute. Excess sugar flooding into the system after a meal can be mopped up by muscles, but only so long as there is space there to act as a sponge. This occurs when we exercise Exercise – the right sort. This system of control works perfectly well until we upset it by eating the wrong thing or not exercising. Eating excessive sugar at one meal, or excessive refined carbohydrate, which is rapidly digested into sugar, can suddenly overwhelm the muscle and the liver’s normal control of blood sugar levels.

We evolved over millions of years eating a diet that was very low in sugar and had no refined carbohydrate. Control of blood sugar therefore largely occurred as a result of eating this Stone Age diet and the fact that we were exercising vigorously, so any excessive sugar in the blood was quickly burned off. Nowadays the situation is different: we eat large amounts of sugar and refined carbohydrate and do not exercise enough in order to burn off this excessive sugar. The body therefore has to cope with this excessive sugar load by other mechanisms.

When food is digested, the sugars and other digestive products go straight from the gut in the portal veins to the liver, where they should all be mopped up by the liver and processed accordingly. If excessive sugar or refined carbohydrate overwhelms the liver, the sugar spills over into the systemic circulation. If not absorbed by muscle glycogen stores, high blood sugar results, which is extremely damaging to arteries. If one were exercising hard, this would be quickly burned off. However, if one is not, then other mechanisms of control are brought into play. The key player here is insulin, a hormone excreted by the pancreas. This is very good at bringing blood sugar levels down and it does so by shunting the sugar into fat. Indeed, this includes the “bad” cholesterol LDL. There is then a rebound effect and blood sugars may well go too low. Low blood sugar is also dangerous to the body because the energy supplied to all tissues is impaired. When the blood sugar is low, this is called “hypoglycaemia”. Subconsciously, people quickly work out that eating more sugar alleviates these symptoms, but of course they invariably overdo things; the blood sugar level then goes high and one ends up on a roller coaster ride of blood sugar level going up and down throughout the day.

Ultimately, this leads to metabolic syndrome or syndrome X – a major cause of disability and death in Western societies, since it is the forerunner of diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, degenerative conditions and cancer.

Asthma, Natural Home Remedies

As the conventional medicine used for asthma only treats the symptoms and not the problem it has often worsened the condition over a longer period of time.

Because of that, more and more people are turning to alternative remedies.

Nutritional Therapy

Magnesium
Because the magnesium acts a natural bronchodilator this means that it will relax and open up the bronchial tract, the airway to the lungs that becomes smaller during asthma attacks. It’s recommended taking a daily 500 mg supplement of either magnesium aspartate or magnesium citrate for 6 months.

Vitamin D / Sunshine
William Grant, who directs the Sunlight, Nutrition, and Health Research Center, a research and education organization based in San Francisco, suspects that sun exposure and higher 25(OH)D levels may confer protection against other illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), asthma, and infectious diseases.

Vitamin B12
Not getting enough vitamin B12 leads to a deficiency which causes the red blood cells that are produced to be larger than normal and unable to function properly. It affects people of all ages. Vitamin deficiencies often go unnoticed and it can be difficult to pinpoint the underlying cause of the wide ranging symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency. The fact that the body does not store this important substance efficiently means that to avoid the levels of Vitamin B12 depleting rapidly it must be regularly absorbed into the body from food or using supplements.
The best supplement is one that will be absorbed by the skin, because using an oral version doesn’t reach the body in the amount that it needs, when you have a deficiency. Go to http://www.neemgenie.co.uk/imported-products/transdermal-vitamin-b12/prod_74.html

Fatty Accids
One of the most most important steps is to reduce the lung inflammation. The asthma attack causes the lungs to be inflamed which makes it harder to breath.

The natural way to reduce the imflammation is using the omega’s 3 found in fish and flaxseed oil. In asthma you have two kinds of inflammatory responses. The first one is an acute inflammatory response and the second one is a “late-phase” inflammatory reaction that can occur up to 24 hours later and could last for weeks.
This “late-phase” response is now believed to be the cause of cronic asthma and tissue damage and this can be stopped by using omega 3 fatty acids.

You can eat salmon, tuna and mackerel, three or four times a week. You can also use capsules. If you don’t like fish or the fish capsules than you can also use flaxseed oil, which is also rich in omega 3’s. Take 2 tablespoons a day.
If you’re sensitive to aspirin it could be that you’re also sensitive to fish oil. Take the fish oil only after you’ve checked this with your physician. Also, if you have a high risk of stroke as well as asthma, talk to your doctor before taking fish oil as fish oil may increase the risk of stroke in some people.

Anti oxidants
Our body produces unstable, cell-damaging molecules called free radicals.
When there is an inflammation in the body the level of free readicals rises. Because of this behaviour the theory is that these free radicals are doing much of the damage in asthma.

When using supplements with anti oxidants such as beta-carotene and vitamins C and E you can control the free radicals and limit their damage.
It’s recommended to take daily supplements containing 400 international units of vitamin E 3.000 milligrams of vitamin C (split in to three doses, but not taken later than about 6:00 pm because vitamin C can keep you awake), 15 milligrams of beta-carotene.

Chinese herbal remedies

Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)
This Chinese remedy boasts several healthful effects, including an ability to reduce allergies. Reishi inhibits some of the body chemicals that trigger inflammation, including histamine. In China it is used to treat asthma and other allergic disease. It’s available in capsules, tablets, syrups and teas. Typical Dosage: up to five 420 milligram capsules per day, or up to three 1.000 milligram tablets up to three times per day.

Ginger
In China Ginger tea is a popular treatment for asthma. You can make the tea yourself by using fresh ginger or you can by ginger tea in the health food stores.
When you make it yourself press a fresh ginger to extract the juice, and then use 1 teaspoon of the liquid to 1 cup of hot water.

Ginkgo
Ginkgo contains ginkgolides, which are compounds that relaxes constricted bronchial tubes and smoothes the lung tissue. The bark and leaves of this tree are used as a tea because of their effectiveness in the treatment of asthma. You can also use the seeds of Ginkgo to make a decoction for asthma. Combine the seeds with other herbs, such as ma huang, elecampane or mulberry leaves to treat both asthma and coughs.

What the Chinese call ma huang is also known as ephedra. For centuries, the Chinese have been stir-frying ephedra roots in honey and mixing them with apricot kernels. They find this preparation effective to treat asthma and a host of other illnesses.
Ma huang is the source of ephedrine, an active ingredient in many of our modern allergy and cold medications. Ephedrine causes the release of epinephrine, the quickly active stimulant component of adrenaline, used today to treat asthma by relaxing smooth muscle bronchoconstriction. Ma huang is available in health food stores and Oriental markets.
Be careful do; do not use ma huang if you are pregnant or when you suffer from hypertension.

Acupressure

Working like acupuncture without needles, this therapy aims to balance the body’s energy flow. It is assumed that acupressure has a similar, but weaker effect on the body than acupuncture.
People with asthma could benefit from a acupressure therapy.

Earthing
Earthing™ (re-connecting with the earth) is a recent idea. It is based on scientific evidence confirming the long-suspected necessity for barefoot contact with the earth. Modern science has determined that standing barefoot on the earth (or otherwise connecting to the natural frequencies of the earth) has a wide variety of effects on the human body.

Standing barefoot on the earth (or otherwise connecting to the natural frequencies of the earth) connects the human body with an unlimited supply of free electrons resident in and on the surface of the earth.
Standing barefoot on the earth also connects the human body with rhythmic cycles of the earth’s energy field. These appear important for synchronizing biological clocks, hormonal cycles and physiological rhythms.
Earthing is not a disease treatment. Earthing, like a restorative period at the seaside, is one of nature’s gifts that can help the body to restore healthy operation. Symptoms are your own experience of a dysfunction. Reduction in symptoms means the body is addressing an imbalance in a better way. The changes that earthing brings for many people hints at a systemic rebalancing process.
In a month long, blinded study with 60 subjects who suffered from self-described sleep disturbances and chronic muscle and joint pain for at least six months, other found significant benefits in subjective sleep, pain, and well-being feedback. Some subjects reported significant relief from asthmatic and respiratory conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, PMS, sleep apnea, and hypertension while sleeping grounded.

Herbal Remedies
Make a tea of fresh or dried Eucalyptus leaves or use Fennel seeds. They both contain rutin, which is a bioflavonoid, which can reduce inflammation in the bronchial tubes. Drink the tea without milk, sugar or artificial sweeteners. It is better to use liquorice root or honey as a sweetener.

Fennel tea: Add 2 teaspoons of lightly crushed fennel seeds in 1 cup of hot water for 10 minutes. Strain before drinking.

Eucalyptus tea: Standard dosage medicinal use: Take 3 times a day a teacup. The dosage for children and elderly people should be less. For elderly people use half the dosage (this because the metabolism slows down with age) and for children Give children under two years a fifth of the adult dose and let this slowly up to a quarter of children from 3 or 4 years (depending on the weight of the child), a third for children of 6 or 7 years, half of children aged 8 or 9 years, until the full dose in puberty.

1. Take a china or glass teapot which has been warmed and put one teaspoonful of the dried herb or herb mixture into it for each cup of tea that you intend to brew.
2. Pour a cup of just boiled water in the teapot for each teaspoonful of herb that is already in the pot and then put the lid on. Leave too steep for ten to fifteen minutes.

Hyssop
The plant contains a bitter compound that works as an expectorant and its oils are an effective treatment for all types of respiratory ailments. The Cherokee Indians used this plant to help subdue asthma attacks as well as general congestion.

Mugwort
Mugwort contains tannins, which are astringents and reduce secretions.

Peru Balsem
The Indians of Peru have found a treatment for asthma in the sap of the Peruvian balsam tree. This reddish-brown, syrupy sap of the tree is valuable for its ability to relieve respiratory ailments.

Traditional House Remedies
The proper British remedy for prolonged bouts with asthma is to soak thin onion slices in honey overnight. The resulting syrup is administered 4 times a day until the condition improves.

Sleeping Problems How to Create a Good Night’s Rest

By Dr. Sarah Myhill

All living creatures have times in their cycle when they shut down their metabolic activity for healing and repair to take place. In humans we call this sleep. During the flu epidemic after the First World War, a few sufferers developed neurological damage in which they lost the ability to sleep. All were dead within two weeks – this was the first solid evidence that sleep is an absolute essential for life. Happily the body has a symptom which tells us how much sleep we need. It is called tiredness – ignore this at your peril! During sleep we heal and repair, during our waking hours we cause cell damage. If there is insufficient sleep, then the cell damage exceeds healing and repair and our health gradually ratchets downhill. Lack of sleep is a major risk factor for all degenerative conditions from heart disease to cancer and neurological disorders.

Humans evolved to sleep when it is dark and wake when it is light. Sleep is a form of hibernation when the body shuts down in order to repair damage done through use, to conserve energy and hide from predators. The normal sleep pattern that evolved in hot climates is to sleep, keep warm and conserve energy during the cold nights and then sleep again in the afternoons when it is too hot to work and hide away from the midday sun. As humans migrated away from the Equator, the sleep pattern had to change with the seasons and as the lengths of the days changed.

Get the hours of sleep

People needed more sleep during the winter than in the summer in order to conserve energy and fat resources. Furthermore during the summer humans had to work long hours to store food for the winter and so dropped the afternoon siesta. But the need for a rest (if not a sleep) in the middle of the day is still there. Therefore it is no surprise that young children, elderly and people who become ill often have an extra sleep in the afternoon and for these people that is totally desirable. Others have learned to “power nap”, as it is called, during the day and this allows them to feel more energetic later. If you can do it then this is an excellent habit to get into – it can be learned!

The average daily sleep requirement is nine hours, ideally taken between 9.30pm and 6.30am, i.e. during hours of darkness, but allow for more in the winter and less in the summer. An hour of sleep before midnight is worth two after – this is because human growth hormone is produced during the hours of sleep before midnight.

To show how important the balance of hours of sleep and rest are, divide the day into 12 hours of activity and 12 hours of rest. If you have one extra hour of activity (13 hours), you lose an hour of rest and sleep (11 hours). The difference is two hours!

Light

Sunlight
Our biological clock is set by light. Electricity gets in the way here! Our forbearers went to bed when it was dark, simply because it was cold, boring and probably expensive on energy to do otherwise. Their daily biological clock was reset daily. They slept longer in the winter as they went into a semi-hibernation state in order to conserve energy when food supply was low. Conversely, during the summer they had shorter sleeping hours and longer working hours in order to store up food and resources to allow them to survive the next winter. People living on the Equator, of course, have the same sleep requirement throughout the year, but the further away from the Equator one is, the more obvious is this change from winter to summer. We have lost respect for those annual rhythms – actually we all need more sleep during the winter than in the summer because we go into a state of semi-hibernation and our behaviour should reflect this. Many people get into a habit of sleeping shorter hours in the summer and sustain this same pattern through the winter artificially. As a result, as a nation we are chronically sleep deprived. The average sleep requirement is for nine hours, but the national average is 7 ½ hours. Lack of sleep is a major risk factor for heart disease, cancer and, of course, chronic fatigue syndrome.

Daytime

We can use light to help re-establish our biological clock. We need bright light during the day. This switches off melatonin production and melatonin is, of course, the sleep hormone. The best light is full spectrum light and we all prefer to sit in sunshine, or next to natural light from windows. Failing that one can use light from a full spectrum light box.

Night time

Conversely, at night we should use light, or rather darkness, to allow our own endogenous melatonin
production to happen. The only way to do this is to be disciplined about the time at which one goes to bed, and not allow electricity to get in the way of adequate sleep. I often jokingly threaten my patients with cutting off their power supply to their house every night at 9pm, which would certainly help them to restore a more normal circadian rhythm! It may take some weeks or months for the body to adjust, but this is vital for short and long term health. The bedroom should be dark for melatonin to be produced – light pollution is a major problem and blackout curtains may be necessary.

Disturbed sleep is a common symptom of hypoglycaemia

When blood glucose levels fall for any reason, glycogen stores in the liver many be mobilised to prop them up. Another rapid and very effective way in which the body repletes the low glucose is by conversion of short chain fatty acids to glucose. In a healthy person on a good balanced diet the only time this is of
importance is during the night because of the long break between food intake. Short chain fatty acids are used to prop up circulating glucose and prevent a fall below whatever that person’s usual fasting glucose level is. Short chain fatty acids are made in the gut by bacteria fermenting fibre (and such starch as escapes small intestinal digestion). Production is maximised from about 3 hours after food intake.
That is to say, short chain fatty acids are highly protective against the dips we see in blood sugar.

Therefore, a key symptom of a hypoglycaemic tendency is disturbed sleep. This occurs typically at 2 – 3 am, when blood sugar levels fall and there are insufficient short chain fatty acids to maintain a blood sugar. Low blood sugar is potentially serious to the brain, which can only survive on sugar and, therefore, there is an adrenalin reaction to bring the blood sugar back, but this wakes the sleeper up at the same time. Alcohol – the commonest symptom of alcohol causing hypoglycaemia is sleeplessness.
Initially alcohol helps one to go to sleep, but then it wakes one up in the small hours with rebound
hypoglycaemia.

Recognise the sleep wave

Actually sleep does not gradually creep up on us during the evening – it comes in waves. There is a sleep wave about every 90 minutes and you will get to sleep most efficiently if you learn to recognize and ride the sleep wave. Often there is a lesser one earlier in the evening when people drop off to sleep in front of the telly, or they jump and make a cup of tea to wake themselves up because “they are not ready to go to bed” – actually they are! My sleep wave comes at 9.20 and I like to be in bed reading well before this — it is immediately recognisable now I have learnt to expect it!

Other causes of poor sleep

  • Get the right hormonal balance.
  • High level of DHEA mean low levels of melatonin.
  • Hypothyroidism can certainly present with insomnia
  • Hyperventilation
  • Hypoglycaemia can be a major main cause
  • Menopausal Sweating. I am increasingly coming to view that this is a symptom of low blood sugar
  • Bio-rhythms or circadian rhythms

Finally a sleep!

What is Vitamin B12 and Why is it important?

Vitamin B12 is one of eight B vitamins and is also known as Cobalamin. It is the most complex vitamin in the human body. It is essential for a range of healthy bodily functions including the production of red blood cells, the health of the nervous system, immune function and sperm production.

There is also evidence to suggest that Vitamin B12 reduces cancer risk and the chances of suffering from heart disease.

The fact that the body does not store this important substance efficiently means that to avoid the levels of Vitamin B12 depleting rapidly it must be regularly absorbed into the body from food.

Fortunately, research is uncovering various conditions and illnesses that are thought to be linked to a vitamin B12 deficiency.

Sources of Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is found in quite a wide range of foods but because it is only produced by bacterial fermentation-synthesis, it is only found naturally in animal products.

It is commonly added to foods and is available as a supplement or as a vitamin B12 spray. Those who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet can easily become deficient in vitamin B12 or they may absorb enough to avoid severe deficiency but not to protect against the risk of heart disease or dangerous complications during pregnancy.

For this reason vegetarians and vegans should be especially aware of their vitamin B12 intake. The body can safely take on high doses of vitamin B12 because any that is not needed can be either stored or excreted.

The following are sources rich in vitamin B12;

Liver

Lamb’s liver and pork liver are amongst the richest sources of vitamin B12. Lamb’s liver provides 85.7μg (1428% RDA) of vitamin B12 per 100g serving, a truly impressive vitamin B12 content.

Shellfish

Shellfish are another excellent source of vitamin B12, especially oysters, clams and mussels. These also provide other important substances such as zinc, copper and iron in significant amounts.

Clams contain 98.9μg per 100g serving, accounting for 1648% of the RDA. That is 84μg (1401% RDA) per 3 ounce serving, and 187.9μg (3132% RDA) in 20 small clams, or 9.4μg (156.6 %RDA) in one small clam!

Crab and lobster are also high in vitamin B12, not as high as clams etc but a 100g portion of crab contains 11.5μg of vitamin B12 (192% of the RDA).

Lobster can provide 4.04μg (67% RDA) per 100g serving, or 6.59μg (110% RDA) in an average whole lobster (163g).

Fish

There are many types of fish that provide substantial levels of vitamin B12.

Mackerel provides the most vitamin B-12 with 19μg per 100g serving (317% RDA),

followed by Herring (312% RDA),

Salmon (302%),

Tuna (181%),

Cod (167%),

Sardines (149%),

Trout (130%), and Bluefish (104%).

Fish eggs (caviar) are also high in vitamin B12.

The eggs of white fish contain the most vitamin B-12 with 56.4μg (940% RDA) per 100g serving.

Caviar contains a third of that with 20μg (333% RDA) of vitamin B12 per 100g serving.

OctopusOctopuses

While octopus is more commonly found in traditional Mediterranean and eastern cooking, it is becoming more popular on a global level.

Octopus typically provides 36μg of vitamin B-12 per 100g serving accounting for 600% of the RDA.

Beef

The amount of vitamin B12 in beef depends on the cut you choose but the best choice in terms of vitamin B12 levels is lean chuck steak, followed by sirloin then rib-eye.

Lamb

Lean lamb is a good source of vitamin B12 and also is a good source of protein and zinc. Lamb shoulder is the best cut of lamb for vitamin B12 levels.

Cheese

As well as providing calcium and vitamin B2, cheese is a fairly good source of vitamin B12.

Swiss cheese provides the most with 3.34μg (56% RDA) per 100g serving,

followed by Gjetost (40% RDA),

Mozzarella(39% RDA),

Parmesan (38% RDA),

Tilsit (35% RDA), and Feta (28% RDA).

Eggs

Chicken eggs are another fairly good source of vitamin B12 , the yolk has the highest level. Goose eggs and duck eggs have even higher levels of vitamin B12.

Eggs

Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Not getting enough vitamin B12 leads to a deficiency which causes the red blood cells that are produced to be larger than normal and unable to function properly.

This is more common in older people but can affect people of all ages.

Vitamin deficiencies often go unnoticed. Therefore it can be difficult to pinpoint the underlying cause of the wide ranging symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency.

Symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency;

Because vitamin B12 is of influence in so many systems in the body, the symptoms of a deficiency will be different for everyone.
Where one person in particular suffer from fatigue, tingling, memory loss and problems with muscle cramps, someone ells can be suffering from an inflamed tongue, menstruation complaints, trouble concentrating and depression.

The symptoms can also vary during the years.

Neurological:

  • Weird feeling in the feet (feeling of walking on felt, wadding or pads; surface feeling is disturbed, under-sensitivity to pain; burning sensation on the skin)
  • Tingling feeling (in the feet and hands and later in legs, arms, face “feels like being charged “; “ants walk”; also numbness in hands and feet, shaky hands, loss of control over your arms/legs)
  • Concentration and memory problems (can’t think clearly, wadding head, drowsiness)
  • Heavy and stiff feeling in the legs (pain in the hips)
  • Fasciculaties /myokymieën (muscle vibrations; contraction of a small part of a muscle most common near the eye, but can be in other places of the body; involuntary movements, restless legs)
  • Ataxia, loss of position (unstable / difficult walk, stumble; walking like being drunk until no longer able to walk; walking against things; unexplained fall; dropping things out of your hands; being clumsy)
  • Aphasia (problems with speaking; using wrong words; can’t remember the right words; speaking with “double tongue”; “keyboard-aphasia”: swapping letters)
  • Mental health problems:
    “Short fuse” / irritability; Mood swings; Irrational to serious mental complaints
  • Panic attacks and suicidal behaviour; Nervousness; Psychosis; Paranoia
  • Dementia (memory loss); Depression; Confusion

Other:

  • Fatigue (sometimes very tired)
  • Drowsiness (need a lot of sleep, just fall asleep spontaneously)
  • Lack of energy
  • Discolorution around the knockles (skin is browner then the rest of your fingers)
  • Glossitis (inflamed tongue; burning, painful or irritated tongue, especially among seasoned/spicy food, sour drinks and when brushing your teeth; inflamed and/or bloody gums; iron-/metal taste); Canker sores
  • Dizziness
  • Tightness of chest (angineuze pains, palpitations, arrhythmias, accelerated heart rate, shortness of breath)
  • Being cold (sometimes a burning sensation on the skin)
  • Myalgia (muscle pain after exercise, is worse than before; sometimes muscle cramps; muscle weakness; strength loss)
  • Pain (including back, hands, wrists, joints, hips and knees)
  • Inflammation in the digestive system (up to bowel perforation)
  • Nausea (no appetite, indefinable feeling in the stomach)
  • Bowel complaints, diarrhoea (with some regularity)
  • Derogatory reflexes
  • Weight loss (loss of appetite, loss of taste/smell)
  • Anaemia, sometimes little, often not; (fainting; dry skin; itching; yellowing eyes and skin; paleness; hyper pigmentation; spontaneous bruising; petechia)
  • Problems with eyes (optic neuropathy, blurred vision, loss of visual field)
  • Hearing problems (tinnitus, distorted sound),
  • Hair loss
  • Friable nails
  • Hyper tone bladder (incontinent, even a little bit and/or weak bladder)
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Infections (vaginal-and an increased risk of urinary system infections)
  • Menstrual problems (irregular, heavy, long, increased pain, sometimes no menstruation at all, error-positive PAP smear)
  • Infertility/miscarriages, birth abnormalities; libido loss, impotence
  • Young children with a deficit: growth and development is lagging behind, autistic behaviour

Who is most at risk from vitamin B12 deficiency?

Some groups of people are more at risk from vitamin B12 deficiency than others and the risk increases with age. The following groups should be especially vigilant for signs of a possible vitamin B12 deficiency;

Those with Atrophic Gastritis may have trouble absorbing vitamin B12 properly and so a supplement is often recommended to keep levels up.

Vegans and vegetarians may not get enough vitamin B12 because they do not consume animal products, supplements and foods with vitamin B12 added to them are recommended for those who avoid animal produce, especially during pregnancy when it more important than ever to have the right levels of vitamin B12 in the body.

People who are taking medications including Proton pump inhibitors, Metformin, Histamine antagonists, Bacteriostatic Antibiotics and anticonvulsants. Advice should always be taken from a medical professional if you are taking medication and think you may have a vitamin B12 deficiency.

Vitamin B12 and the Earth

The level of vitamin B12 in foodstuffs depends on how much nutrition the animal absorbs from the food it eats.

If vitamin and mineral levels in the earth are low, the animal then does not absorb as much and then we in turn do not absorb as much.

Intensive farming, chemicals and environmental damage all play a part in the depletion of nutrients in the soil and so farming techniques that take this into account will always produce better sources of vitamin B12 and other important nutrients.

Also there is the matter of the preventive vaccination the animals receive. The more we give this to the animals, the worse their general health will be, which in turn has his effect on the meat we eat.

Vitamin B12 and Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a condition that experts are only really beginning to understand.

Sufferers experience widespread pain, fatigue, sleep disorders and depression. Many sufferers also have high levels of homocysteine and low levels of vitamin B12 (vitamin B12 reduces the level of homocysteine) and research now suggests a link between the two conditions.

Experts are researching how chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia could be successfully treated with vitamin B12 supplements.

Solutions to vitamin B12 Deficiency

The solutions to any vitamin deficiency are to increase the levels of that particular vitamin in your body.

For vitamin B12 deficiencies you can increase your intake of foods that are rich in vitamin B12, increase your intake of foods that have had vitamin B12 added to them or choose a supplement.

There are various supplements available, in various forms including injections. Research suggests that one of the most effective ways to take a supplement is in the form of a vitamin B12 spray.
Check with your health practitioner if you think you depleted with vitamin B12.

 

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Skin Problems

By Dr. Sarah Myhill.

The skin is the interface between the outside world and the inside world of our bodies and therefore is subject to influences from both. It is the first line of defence against invasion by micro-organisms from the outside world; partly because it represents a tough physical barrier and partly because our first line of defence against the outside world, i.e. the immune system, pain, sense of touch, heat and cold act in the skin first and warn us when we are running into trouble.

The skin reacts to adverse events with inflammation. Just seeing inflammation, therefore, does not tell us why there is inflammation, but it tells us there is some sort of noxious event either trying to get in through the skin, or get out through the skin. Thus, eczema may be an allergic reaction to foods, with the antigen coming out of the skin, or to chemicals coming out as part of a detox reaction, as in a drug reaction.

Skin is responsible for making vitamin D through the action of sunshine on the skin. We can use skin to detox using far infrared radiation or as a result of exercise. Skin is also vital for recognition of others.

Almost all skin problems will benefit from minerals and vitamins in creams. A coconut based cream will supply medium chain triglycerides which are the perfect fuel for friendly bacteria on the skin, adding ascorbic acid reduces free radical damage and magnesium stabilises mast cells to make them less irritable. This makes the skin more tolerant of allergens. Using minerals salts will hold water in the skin so hydrating it and again increasing the skin barrier to infections and allergens. Indeed there is good evidence that all these factors will slow the ageing of skin.

Introducing Angeline Thiri – NASM CPT

AngelineAngeline Thiri was born in Burma (Myanmar) but immigrated to the UK in 2007 to get her Master’s degree. Whilst staying here in the UK she discovered our western diet of packaged food, fast food and sugary drinks. Unfortunately the same thing happened to her as did with a lot of other people. In a short period of time she went from a size 8 to a size 12.

In her search for the best way to get her body back to size 8, she concluded that exercise was her best chance. Especially exercises that put a bit of pressure on the muscles (resistance training).
And here came the obstacles; being a busy woman she didn’t have the time to go to the gym, and a personal trainer at home was financially out of the question. She had hardly any room to do her exercises in and no money to buy expensive equipment. But she stuck to her goal and focused her search on weight building and diet.

After her extensive research that included reading lots of books, watching exercise videos, interviewing experts about weight building and of course searching on the internet she found her own way for the best training results. She even got so involved that she now has Certified Personal Trainer status and is back to her original size 8. But she has now a slim, strong and fit body instead of just being slim.

She created a training program especially for women who are in a similar situation as she was in and want a slimmer and fitter body (not a bulky one as seen in bodybuilding). You can find this training program at her website: www.home-weight-training-for-women.com and she is currently writing her own book on this subject.

At The Holistic Approach we have several professionals who have contributed to our website.
If you want to contact Angeline Thiri, please click here.

3 Reasons Why You Should Take Up Weight Training

AngelineBy Angeline Thiri
Many people see weight training as something reserved for bodybuilders and figure competitors. But nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, everyone who cares about their health should engage in weight training on a regular basis.

Here are three ways that weight training will benefit you.

1. Weight training can help prevent back pain.

Most people suffer from back pain at some time in their lives. In many cases, this is caused by the spine being unstable because the muscles in the back, legs and abdomen are weak. By training your core with weights, you’ll strengthen those muscles. Having strong muscles can stop back pain happening.

2. As you get older, you’ll look and feel a lot younger than your peer group.

After the age of 30, people start to lose their muscle mass year by year. To put it bluntly, they get more flabby. Weight training will help prevent this. You’ll stay firm in your older age.

Not only is this aesthetically appealing, you’ll also maintain your mobility into your very old age. That means you won’t need to depend on people to get up from your chair or get help walking. You’ll keep your independence and even be able to enjoy playing with your grandchildren.

3. Working out with weights can help prevent osteoporosis.

As people move into old age, they tend to experience rapid bone loss. This is even more common in women, especially after they’ve gone through the menopause. It can even lead to osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a serious health problem in which your bones are brittle and easily broken. What many people don’t realize is that weight training doesn’t only strengthen your muscles, but also your bones. That means you can prevent osteoporosis by regular weight bearing exercises combined with good nutrition.

But I don’t want to be bulky!

Contrary to popular belief, doing regular weight training doesn’t make you bulky. People who build up their bulk actually train specifically for that purpose. For regular fitness enthusiasts, especially women, it’s unlikely that they’ll become muscular like professional bodybuilders.

Also, weight training doesn’t mean you have to visit your local gym regularly. You can train at home just as easily without using barbells or gym equipment.

Weight training simply means exercising with weights. So, the weights could be dumbbells, or kettlebells, or any old heavy things lying around your house. On my home weight training site, I show people how to easily and cheaply train with weights at home.

Whether you like to exercise at home or at the gym or outdoors, now that you know its benefits you should start making weight training a regular part of your life.

At The Holistic Approach we have several professionals who have contributed to our website.
If you want to contact Angeline Thiri, please click here.

How to Choose Between Natural Skin Care Products and Synthetic Skin Care Products?

Currently people treat synthetic skin care products as being harmful to the skin. For that reason they have become very fussy about there skin and turned to a natural skin care treatment.

Having a skin disorder can mean that you sometimes have to use a synthetic skin care product because you can’t find a natural one to treat your skin disorder. Yet should we banish them? Are they really that damaging to our skin?

These questions have different answers due to the fact that we all have our own point of view. Yet it is proven to be very difficult to find a 100% natural skin care product due to the presence of synthetics preservatives. Some natural skin care products have natural preservatives yet the manufacturers of natural skin care products are not very keen on these because of the shorter shelf life and the costs are really unfavorable.

A natural skin care product can still cause an allergic reaction just as the synthetic ones, although people seem to believe that that’s not the case. They forget that the suitability of a skin care product is not based on whether it is synthetic or natural.

Follow these 3 tips so you know how to choose the best natural skin care product for you:

* The skin type. Do you have an oily, normal, sensitive skin or maybe a mixture?

* In what kind of climate you will use your product e.g. hot and humid condition would warranty the use of oil-free natural skin care products.

* How you use your skin care product. All products are useless if not used in the proper way.

If you don’t mind that your skin care product has a shorter shelf life you could always make your own natural skin care product. That way you are in complete control about the ingredients that goes in your natural skin care product. There are many recipes available on the internet and good books about making these yourself.

you will find organic fruits, vegetables, herbal- and essential oils very benefitional and popular to be used in your home made skin care products.

When you use a natural skin care product you still need to follow the other aspects of skin care because the natural skin care products are like supplements. The healthy eating habits, drinking water, regular exercise and cleanliness are still necessary to have a complete natural skin care treatment that will help you maintain a healthy, beautiful skin for a long time.

Important Facts You Need To Know About Sensitive Skin Care

Treating a sensitive skin is done by using some basic rules. Yet we need to be aware of what exactly a sensitive skin is, to fully understand the importance of sensitive skin care treatment. Having a sensitive skin means that the skin can’t endure bad environmental conditions and contact with foreign material which includes skin care products. To make sure you get the right products they are therefore labelled as sensitive skin care products. Because every person is different, the degree of sensitivity will also differ from person to person. That is also the reason why you have different sensitive skin care treatments.

Young women washing her face

As a rule all skin types will react negatively to detergents and other chemical based products. Though when the tolerance level is crossed that’s where the real damage start. This level is very low for sensitive skin types which is the cause that the skin will get damaged very easily and quickly. By keeping the potential irritants at a very low concentration or avoiding them will mean that these sensitive skin care products will help people with this skin type.

Here are some tips for sensitive skin care:

* Use sensitive skin care products only (i.e. the products that are marked for sensitive skin care). Also, check the instructions/notes on the product to see if there are specific restrictions or warnings associated with the product).

* Even within the range of sensitive skin care products, choose the one that has minimum preservatives, colourings and other additives

* Do not use toners. Most of them are alcohol based and are not recommended for sensitive skin.

* Wear protective gloves when doing laundry or other chemical based cleaning. If you are allergic to rubber, you can wear cotton gloves below the rubber ones.

* Another important tip for ‘sensitive skin care’ is to avoid excessive exposure to sun.

* Avoiding exposure to dust and other pollutants is also important for sensitive skin care. So, cover yourself adequately before going out.

* When you can’t find a sensitive skin moisturizer than use a hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic moisturizer.

* Use soap-free and alcohol free cleansers. Cleanse your face whenever you return from spending time out doors.

* Do not scrub or exfoliate too hard. It can cause redness in the face and even inflammation.

* Do not leave the make-up on for too long. Use hypoallergenic make-up removers.

Having a sensitive skin is very different from the normal skin care and is all about being careful with your skin especially using skin care products and protecting it against environments atrocities.

Personal Skin Care is a Routine

We all know the importance of ‘personal skin care’. The opinion on how-to (for personal skin care) differs from person to person. Some people believe that going to beauty parlours every other day is personal skin care. Others believe that personal skin care is just a matter of applying some cream or lotion on your skin, every now and then. Then there are people who think that personal skin care is an event that happens once a month or once a year. Still others busy themselves with ‘personal skin care’ all the time. However, personal skin care is not that complicated and neither is it that expensive (considering how beneficial it is). Personal skin care is following a routine or a procedure for attending to the needs of your skin.

Even before you start with a routine, you need to determine your skin-type (oily, dry, sensitive, normal etc) and select the personal skin care products suitable for it (you might have to experiment with a few personal skin care products). Here is a routine that should work for most people with normal skin.

The first thing on personal skin care routine is ‘Cleansing’. The three main ingredients of a cleanser are oil, water and surfactants (wetting agents). Oil and surfactants extract dirt and oil from your skin and water then flushes it out, thus making your skin clean. You might have to try a couple of cleansers before you find the one that suits you the best. However, you should always use soap-free cleansers. Also, you should use Luke warm water for cleansing (hot and cold water, both, cause damage to your skin). Take care that you don’t over-cleanse your skin and end up damaging your skin in the process.

The second thing on the personal skin care routine is exfoliation. Skin follows a natural maintenance process wherein it removes the dead cells and replaces them with new skin cells. Exfoliation is just a way to facilitate the skin in this process. Dead skin cells are not capable of responding to personal skin care products but still consume these products, hence preventing them from reaching the new skin cells. Thus removing dead skin cells is important in order to increase the effectiveness of all personal skin care products. Generally, exfoliation takes it place just after cleansing. As with any personal skin care procedure, it’s important that you understand how much exfoliation you need. Exfoliate 4-5 times per week for oily/normal skin and 1-2 times per week for dry/sensitive skin. Exfoliate a couple of times more in hot and humid weather.

Next thing on personal skin care routine is moisturizers. This is one of the most important things in personal skin care. Even people with oily skin need moisturisers. Moisturisers not only seal the moisture in your skin cells, but also attract moisture (from air) whenever needed. Use of too much moisturiser can however clog skin pores and end up harming your skin. The amount of moisturiser needed by your skin will become apparent to you within one week of you using the moisturiser. Also, applying the moisturiser is best when your skin is still damp.

The last thing on personal skin care routine is sunscreen. A lot of moisturizers (day-time creams/moisturisers) come with UV protection – so you can get double benefits from them. Such moisturisers are recommended for all days (irrespective of whether it is sunny or cloudy).

Again, experiment with various personal skin care products and also with the amount you need to apply. What gives you best results is the best personal skin care recipe for you.

What is Colon Cancer?

This is a Cancer that forms in the tissues of the colon (the longest part of the large intestine). We might add that most colon cancers are adenocarcinomas (cancers that begin in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids). A diet mostly of cooked and processed foods devoid of enzymes is the main cause of colon cancer. Enzymes are especially found in raw foods. By the time the digestion process is in the final stages if the food is devoid of enzymes the colon which is the final process of digestion is robbed of necessary enzymes for proper digestion. Eventually this is a major contributing factor in Colon cancer.

Health Problems Earthing Therapy Can Help You With!

Earthing Therapy can you help you with several health problems and other important issues.

    Earthing, Pain and Inflammation®
    Earthing and Nighttime Urination®
    Earthing and anti-aging®
    Earthing and Wounds®
    Earthing and Sleep®
    Earthing Blood Electrodynamics and High Blood Pressure®
    Earthing, Blood Sugar Regulation, Diabetes and Obesity®
    Earthing and Hormones (Cortisol, thyroid)®
    Earthing and Auto Immune Conditions.®
    Earthing and the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)®
    Earthing and Chronic Fatigue®
    Earthing and Electrosensitivity®
    Earthing and Household EMF®
    Earthing Mobile phones and PC’s®
    Earthing and the Brain®
    Earthing and Osteoporosis®
    Earthing® and Exercise

What is Earthing?

Many people have noticed that they feel better when they spend time barefoot in the outdoors. Now we know why!

Earthing™ (re-connecting with the earth) is a recent idea. It is based on scientific evidence confirming the long-suspected necessity for barefoot contact with the earth. Modern science has determined that standing barefoot on the earth (or otherwise connecting to the natural frequencies of the earth) has a wide variety of effects on the human body.

Standing barefoot on the earth (or otherwise connecting to the natural frequencies of the earth) connects the human body with an unlimited supply of free electrons resident in and on the surface of the earth. Standing barefoot on the earth also connects the human body with rhythmic cycles of the earth’s energy field. These appear important for synchronizing biological clocks, hormonal cycles and physiological rhythms.

The cells in your body constantly draw energy from the brain and the Earth’s electromagnetic field in an effort to achieve what is called “magnetic resonance”. Magnetic resonance occurs when the magnetic frequency in your brain matches a harmonic of the frequencies of the other organs and body tissues.
This normally occurs for only brief periods during sleep. During these periods, your body’s ability to heal, create enzymes and boost immunity is enhanced. Other vital functions related to magnetic resonance are being discovered almost daily by those working in the emerging field of quantum medicine. (Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 00;97;6242) (FASEB J 92;(abstract 2433)(Sci Week 00;Vol4(32))
– Dr.David Williams, Alternatives, March 2004.

Because our modern lifestyle prohibits most people from spending time in direct contact with the earth, Barefoot Connections™ products were designed to help make the connection – in the comfort of your own home or work place. In today’s world, re-connecting with the earth (Earthing™) could be one of the most important things you do!

This simple diagram illustrates how the concept of Earthing™ works. When a person is in bed – resting or sleeping on either the Barefoot Connections™ Bed Pad or on a Barefoot Connections™ Sheet Set – the body is connected to the earth. The sheeting fabric contains a grid of conductive, inherently antimicrobial, silver yarn. The fabric snaps to a copper wire system which is connected to the earth via a cable and stainless 3mm diameter, 30 cm long rod. The connection point does not require a big area- just 3cm (1 inch) diameter – as long as the roping reaches into continuous soil. (Unfortunately a plant pot wont work, as we want a connection to the whole earth field.) The body is immediately brought to the same electrical potential as the earth and connected with the earth’s vital electrons and other natural rhythms and frequencies. All of this occurs at the speed of light and without effort while in a state of rest or sleep.


Here’s how YOU can use
The Earthing Therapy right NOW!

Go outside for at least 30 minutes with bare feet and walk, play, run, sit or lay down on grass, concrete, dirt or sand and feel the difference in your body and your energy levels.

Because these surfaces are conductive it will allow the Earth’s Energy to flow into your body and it will help you with your health problems the Natural Way.

What is Bone Cancer?


Bone cancer usually the result of cancer metastasizing. Primary bone cancer is cancer that forms in cells of your bone.

Here is a list of some types of primary bone cancer:

    osteosarcoma
    Ewing’s sarcoma
    malignant fibrous histiocytoma
    chondrosarcoma.

There is also what is known as Secondary bone cancer which is cancer that spreads to the bone from another part of the body (such as the prostate, breast, or lung).

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What Are the Main Causes of Cancer?


Research shows that there are basically seven main causes of cancer. Knowing this will greatly enhance a person’s chances of survival.

Cause No 1 – Weak Immune System
Usually caused by a severe negative emotional shock (death in the family, divorce, family problems, financial setbacks, etc.) overworked and run down over an extended period of time, lack of rest, and improper nutrition that reinforces the immune system.

Cause No 2 – Toxins
Such as dangerous chemicals (in the workplace, home or garden), microbes, parasites and fungus, etc.

Cause No 3 – Improper Diet
An regular consumption of refined sugar and refined oils, such as in fizzy (soft) drinks, chips (crisps), store bought pastries, deep fried foods (French fries, donuts), prepared meats (hot dogs, sausages, bacon, ham) fast foods, food additives, etc

Cause No 4 – Oxygen Deprivation
Trans fats (margarine, refined vegetable oils) use in deep fried foods and processed foods (mayonnaise, refined vegetable oils) actually suffocate the cells when ingested depriving the body of life giving oxygen.

Cause No 5 – Acidic Body
Our body is a little chemical factory that works hard to keeps us healthy. But in order to do that we need a neutral PH Balance (7.4). Cancer thrives on a acidic and low oxygen environment. Research has proven that terminal cancer patients have an acidity level of 1.000 times more than normal healthy people.

Cause No 6 – Unresolved Emotional Problems
When you have unresolved emotional problems (death in the family, divorce, family problems, financial setbacks, etc.) than that will translate itself in several ailments. One of them is Cancer.

Cause No 7 – Vitamin D Deficiency
Nowadays people are scared of using the most important source of Vitamin D. Sunshine!
But it helps our body in more ways that most of us know, especially when dealing with cancer.
Most people are told that the sun is a cause of cancer, but there’s almost no evidence at all to support it. Instead there is plenty of evidence that appropriate sun exposure actually helps prevent skin cancer.
Skin cancer has been found to decrease with greater sun exposure and can be increased by sunscreens.

It may be a combination of all of these “causes” or one in particular that a cancer patient can pinpoint as their main reason for having cancer.

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Signs and Symptoms for Bladder Cancer


Signs And Symptoms For Bladder Cancer

There are a number of bladder cancer signs and symptoms.

Chronic irritation
Experience inflammation
They could lead to cells forming squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma which develop in the inner lining of the bladder.

More information will be added.

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Bladder Cancer


What is Bladder Cancer?

Bladder cancer is fairly common. To begin with we might mention that most bladder cancers are transitional cell carcinomas (cancer that begins in cells that normally make up the inner lining of the bladder). Cancer that forms in the tissues of your bladder (which is the organ that stores urine). There are other type which include squamous cell carcinoma (cancer that begins in thin, flat cells) and also adenocarcinoma (cancer that begins in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids).

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Bile Duct Cancer


This is actually a very rare cancer that forms in the part of the bile duct that is outside the liver. What is the bile duct? This is the tube that collects bile from the liver and joins a duct from the gallbladder to form the common bile duct, which then carries bile into the small intestine when food is being digested.

More information will be added.

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Appendix Cancer


Also called gastrointestinal carcinoid tumor. This is an indolent (slow-growing) cancer that forms in cells that make hormones in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract (the stomach and intestines). Quite often it occurs in the appendix (a small fingerlike pouch of the large intestine), small intestine, or rectum. Our experience has shown that having gastrointestinal carcinoid tumor increases the risk of forming other cancers of the digestive system.

More information will be added.

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April


In Nature we now have “The Sign of Renewal”.

First there is the promise: the vitality of nature is concentrated in seeds, roots and buds. Than the blossoming: seeds jump open and let their germs go through the often still half frozen earth. The young green is fragile and strong at the same time. There is a huge growth force behind those germs, who sometimes even by the smallest crack in the asphalt presses itself upwards.

You can’t keep the different plants apart in this first stage; they all have two round germ leaves. Just as foetuses of different animals who, in the first instance, all still look the same. But in every germ the concept is already decided of the major plant he will be. And also the power that the plant will need to grow. Everything is in “The Sign of Renewal”.

Even centuries-old trees get a hint of fresh young green. Sturdy branches are wearing delicate blossoms. Fledgling leaves shine of the ‘ baby oil ‘, other still cherish in soft ‘feathers’ like leaves. Both are appealing enough to want to touch it. Chestnut buds are even protected by a downy ‘ layer ‘.

Buds growing, eggs are cracking open, chicks and lambs see the light of life. Wear the Snowdrops still hang with the bent cup and the heart orientated to the earth, the Crocuses are already formed flowers. But then the sunny Daffodils come. They are opening entirely and give their heart free in the form of a Crown in the flower.

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March


Silence

Winter is a time of stillness. Literally speaking this means that there are hardly any leaves left where the wind can rustle through. The birds aren’t singing anymore, some have already left before the frost, others are silent. The people spend less time outside. If snow falls, the last sounds are muffled under the insulating blanket. Even the smells of nature seem frozen in the winter. There are odours, such as those of pine, but there is hardly any heat to transport those odours. Only when you fetch the pine branches inwards, into the warmth of your home, comes the smell of winter.

Figuratively speaking it’s also a time of silence. The winter is the Sunday of the seasons. Therefore this is a resting period, in which nature can collect his forces under the ground. The frost seems to reinforce that silence. For many plants the life processes are shut down. The juices aren’t flowing anymore, they cease their activities and the rotting bacterium comes to a standstill. Meanwhile the frost acts on structures. The best way to see this is when you look at water condensing to ice, or your own breath turning into flowers on the windows. Less well known is that frost is also a good force on the structure of the ground. Frozen clay soil for example, cracks open. The grove and big chunks are changed into much finer and crumblier clay. Frost makes some cabbages (like kale) more digestible and some of them can taste even sweeter. The germination of the seeds is more powerful after the frost. The seeds of many wild primula and gentian plants may not even germinate of they haven’t been frozen. Although the frost makes the nature paralyse, in the mean time it activates the hidden life processes in the seeds.

New Life
Something lurks in the hidden life processes of the secret of the winter.
Many seeds are germinated in the ground back in December. Spring showers are often associated with growth; it let the seeds sprouting and growing.
But in fact it is the autumn rains in November, in combination with the cold December days that is necessary to germinate.
When there are a couple of days of soft weather, after the cold ones, the seed of lots of trees and pioneers plants will start sprouting.
Then they will stay in that state for spring, before it will continue to grow.

However, when we don’t have the cold days first after the rain in November, then the chances are these seeds will start rotting away instead of germinating. Such a hesitant start is a phenomenon that you also encounter in the animal world. It has been discovered that animals that are fertilized in the autumn, for example a deer, create a very small beginning. This stays than in a resting state until Christmas and then it continues to grow, so the calf is born in the spring.

The fact that it hangs around until Christmas and then starts growing probably has to do with the fact that the days then again begins to lengthen. From more and more scientific studies shows how the vitality of all living organisms depend on sunlight. Around the day that we celebrate New Year’s Eve, the saps in the trees begin to stream again. In the cycle of trees, the first of January truly is the beginning of the New Year.

Digest

Nutrition provides the fuel for your body to function properly. Heat comes from the combustion of these nutrients and energy. In addition, it delivers the construction materials for the growth and maintenance of your body, such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats and vitamins. But before it can do something for your body, it must first become a part of your body. Your body takes the nutrients, breaks it completely off, then transforms this and rebuilds it, in its very own peculiar way to substances that supports and feeds your body. This digestive process proves in itself to be important. Artificial feeding through an infusion for example, is only to be accepted by the body for a short period, despite how carefully the loose nutrients are selected. It’s like with a piece of music. That is vividly by the way the loose nuts are forged together. But if you listen to the nuts from the written music separately it has little to do with music. In artificial feeding, nutrients are loosened from the natural whole and therefore there’s nothing to digest. If you skip the process of digesting and processing too long, you’ll eventually get sick. Your body must move significantly to properly digest. With every food your body must find a new way to handle this. Brussels sprouts are processed in different way than a strawberry. It is partly to this agility that you stay vital and healthy. The more vigorous the food is that you eat, the bigger the challenge to digest and so the more it promotes your own vitality. The vitality of the food depends on the way it is grown. Fruits and vegetables that gets the time to mature is therefore richer in vitamins and is more vigorous than the species who are filled up with water and chemical fertilizer in order to grow quickly. Also the operation affects the vitality. For example, there is more to digest from whole grain products than there is from white flour products.

Energy Suppliers
Whole grain cereals are very warming in winter. Wheat, oats, barley and rye let your gut work hard, so heat is released. Moreover, a large proportion of cereal products exist for carbohydrates. Your body converts this into sugars and that gives energy and warmth. It is important that they are well cooked cereals, and simmer preferably for some weeks (for example, in a hay box). The grain will then be able to open more, allowing for a better way for the valuable nutrients (in the metabolism) to be included. In white flour the vitamins, minerals and fibers, which especially in the bud, but also in the outer layers of the grain sitting there, are sift thru. To whole wheat flour the fibers are in any case added back, and organic whole wheat flour is made from the entire grain and therefore the valuable germ is still in there (it is because of the fats from the germ that they have a less long shelf life). Oats is the most warming of all grains, because he also is rich in fat. A bowl of porridge eaten before a hefty bike tour through the cold is not so crazy after all. This is also something to remember for the winter sports.

Fats for heat and energy
Fats get in the winter a shinier role. If you ever have a graving for crème soup, creamy sauces, or homemade pudding with whipped cream, or bavarois, then it will be in the winter. Roasted nuts do well as a crispy and warming detail in all sorts of dishes. And what is also eaten more in the winter are meat and bacon. That is not so crazy. Just like carbohydrates, the fats are a nutrient that gives the body so much energy and heat supply. A small amount of fat may already give a great amount of energy. Digesting fats also lasts longer than the digestion of carbohydrates or proteins and fats also slows down the stomach operation. Therefore it takes longer after a fatty meal to get hungry again. A limited fat reserve is helpful. A fat layer under the skin works in the cold time of the year as a protective layer for the underlying organs. But almost nobody needs to be afraid that he receives too little fats. Most of us eat too much fat. But don’t avoid them entirely, because many healthy vitamins such as A, D, E and K, are dissolved in fats. There are books note about healthy and less healthy fats. Generally you can say that your body can cope better with vegetable fats and non refined fats, which are easier to digest than animal or refined fats.

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Carotenoids

Carotenoids are yellow or red pigments found in all photosynthesizing plants. With anthocyanins they contribute to autumn foliage shades when chlorophyll is lost. There are two types of carotenoids: the carotenes and xanthophylls. Carotenes are hydrocarbons (tetraterpenes), which are converted to vitamin A in the body. Xanthophylls are oxygenated derivatives of carotenes; they have no provitamin A activity.

Health Quote


I came across this appropriate quote that I would like to share with you.

Disease is just a signal from the body that there is an imbalance that needs to be corrected. That imbalance could be nutritional in our lifestyle or in our thinking. Addressing the imbalance, rather than suppressing symptoms, is vital to achieve aptimum health

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Hypoglycaemias


These are substances that reduce the level of blood sugar. For diabetics they can be dangerous unless professionally prescribed. Herbs with this property include: Kidney Bean, Bilberry, Bogbean, Greater Burdock, Chicory, Cowberry, Fenugreek, Common (Stinging) Nettle, Goat’s Rue.

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How to avoid Mineral-Depletion in your food

by Henk Niermans

As dr. Sarah Myhill explained in Nutritional Supplements we now know why there are not enough minerals in our food and the next question is;
How can we improve this?

The answer is quite simple;

Use homemade compost

    The benefits of using your own compost

  • You have the minerals back in your food and therefore back in your body!
  • After about 2-3 years you will see that there is less weed and the soil is more loose and easier to work in
  • The time you can keep the fresh vegetables in your larder/fridge are longer
  • Also over the years you will notice an improvement in taste
  • By using compost for a number of years you will have less weed in your garden. (Is less work)
  • Less waste for the tip

Growing your own vegetables with a lot of minerals can be easy.
People who have a garden can be growing their own vegetables and fruit.
For those who have no garden, can grow fruit and vegetables in pots, simply use big flower pots or anything else you can think of. Having no garden doesn’t have to be a problem because there are very small compost makers available which you can feed with all your kitchen waste.
You not only give yourself the best possible food but also you are reducing the amount of waste that goes to the tip.

What goes in the compost?
Every-thing that can rot;Making your own compost

    • kitchen waste,
    • garden waste
    • some grass clippings

Also when you are weeding, leave a bit of soil on the weed and bring that to the heap. The more different weeds/plants that come in the compost-heap the better it will be.

You can put egg-shells in your compost heap but try to break them down as much as possible. When you don’t break them down you will find pieces of egg-shells in your garden and the calcium is not completely added to the soil/compost, it is up to you. You cannot go wrong here.

Never put citrus peels in the compost heap because most of them are treated with an anti fungus liquid. We need fungus to brake down the plant waste and do not forget the worms, they are very important in compost making.

Worms travel from top to bottom the whole day. Eat upstairs; go to the toilet downstairs and so on. This means that the best compost is in the bottom of the heap. Moist is also important and the way we are building our heap.

Now we know what to put in the compost heap, we can start making compost.

Making the compost

      1. Make 3 spaces (3= minimum, 4 is better) next to each other.
      You can use some post as corners and nail some old boards to it.
      Every space has 3 sides and because they are next to each other you need only 4 sides and one long back connecting the 3 bins together.
      2. In the first space we deposit all the garden and kitchen waste. Make sure that the garden waste is not bigger than about 2 inches or 5 centimetres.
      Cut bigger bits from scrubs because when scrubs grow older they are getting woodier.
      3. We leave it there for about 2-3 months and turn it round every 2-3 weeks because by turning it round we bring air into the waste. This can be hard work but the results are rewarding. Without air we will get a stinking wet substance but with turning it round on regular basis we activate the process.
      4. After about 3 months, we bring it all to the second space. In the first space we start again with fresh waste.
      5. The second space has to be turned also every 2-3 weeks and after about 3 months moved to the last space. We now move space 2 to space 3 and space 1 to space 2.
      6. After about 3 months, space 3 is ready to spread over your vegetable bed. It will be a very loose soil and gives a lovely smell. Also in the compost you will find lots of worms who are the most imported part of the whole process.

Make sure the compost heap is not to wet. When you see a lot of wood louse the compost is too wet. You can solve this by covering the first 2 heaps with a plastic sheet. However do not cover it 100% because than the air cannot circulate.

Growing comfrey is also a good way to bring minerals from very deep to the surface. The root system from comfrey goes very deep; some people say as much as 2-3 meters. By using the leaves in the compost or spread them out on your vegetables bed and let them rot away, we are improving the mineral content of the soil and therefore the minerals in our food.

By making your own compost you reduce your waste, have less weed and in the same time you have the minerals back in the food for you and your family.

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Herbs – Minerals

Medicinal plants contain varying amounts of mineral substances, but they are rarely prescribed to replace minerals that have been lost from the body. Silicic acid is especially characteristic of horsetails and grasses, and some members of the Labiatae (mint) and Boraginaceae (borage) families (for example, Hemp nettles and Common Gromwell). Common Gromwell also contains abundant calcium salts, and nettles and Watercress iron. Potassium salts are found in Dandelion, Kidney Bean and Nettles, and in some fruits. Plants rich in potassium may be useful in low-sodium diets.

Herbs – Vitamins

Few plants contain sufficient amounts of any vitamin for them to be medically prescribed when there is a deficiency, but any vitamin-rich herb is an excellent addition to the diet, especially during the winter months. As examples; Carrot, Dandelion and Watercress are sources of carotenes, which are precursors of vitamin A; many cereals, including Common Oat, are good sources of vitamin B complex; vitamin C is abundant in fruits such as Black Currant, Green Pepper and Sea Buckthorn, and in the leaves of Dandelion, Nettles, Parsley and Watercress; vitamins D and E are found in Watercress; and nettles are a source of vitamin K. The vitamin content is always greatest in fresh, uncooked plant parts.

Herbs – Mucilages and Pectins


Plant mucilages are amorphous mixtures of polysaccharides that dissolve in water to form extremely viscous colloid systems. In cold water they swell and form a slimy gel; in warm water they dissolve into colloid systems that gel when cooled. Most are formed by the plant cell walls.[ Members Only Content - please sign up to view it... ]

Herbs – Volatile Oils


Most of the volatile oils are based on simple molecules like isoprene or isopentane, which can combine in many different ways to form terpenes, containing multiples of the basic 5-carbon molecules, sometimes with slight variation, making up the volatile oils. We can find the volatile oils in the aromatic plants such as Peppermint or Thyme,[ Members Only Content - please sign up to view it... ]

The Chemistry of Herbs


Here we show you how things work.
The Chemistry of Herbs

Plants contain a vast range of chemicals, ranging from water and inorganic salts, sugars and carbohydrates to highly complex proteins and alkaloids. We will focus here on the role these substances have to play, not in the plant itself, but in the body. We will mainly concentrate on the groups that act medicinally, though we shall look at some which are important nutrients and thus influence the body.

We will look at plant pharmacology, briefly examining the various groupings that the numerous constituents have been divided into, looking at their function, and giving some examples of where they occur. These groupings are referred to throughout the newsletters, website and the encyclopaedia and, as far as they are known, the relevant constituents are given in the Medicinal herbs explained. The groupings followed here are based on the structure of the constituents rather than on their function, which is dealt with in the section on The Actions of Herbs.

Knowledge of plant pharmacology is not essential to a herbalist, but is a great help in understanding the plant.

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Shiatsu

Q. Is Shiatsu safe for everyone?

A. When practised by a qualified therapist, shiatsu is perfectly safe for all, including children, pregnant women and the elderly. However, it may be unsuitable for people with cancer of the blood or lymphatic systems. Best is to check this with a therapist.

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Crystal

Q. How can I choose a crystal that is right for me?

A. The best thing you can do is too guided by your intuition. Close your eyes and pass your hand (without touching) over the crystals. If you feel a slight tingling sensation or magnetic ‘pull’, that is the right crystal for you. Otherwise, you might be drawn to a particular crystal visually.

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PMS

Q. I always have really bad PMS, during and before my period. What can I do to relieve this as much as possible?

There are a couple of things you can easily do yourself to relieve this.

At first improve your diet. In the week of your period it is best to have regular meals and because you need 500 extra calories a day during the premenstrual week, make sure you eat healthy snacks. By giving your body a constant supply of nutrients, you can beat the irritability and fatigue, but stay away of junk food, sweets, cakes and biscuits. Include more wholefoods such as brown rice, wholemeal bread, oats and beans, yoghurt, nuts, seeds and at least five portions of fruit and vegetables. Eat oily fish such as mackerel, sardines or salmon three times a week or, if you are a vegetarian, include more nuts, sesame and sunflower seeds. A diet of this kind should increase your levels of essential fatty acids, magnesium, iron, zinc and the vitamins E and B. These are the nutrients most likely to be lacking in women with PMS.

It is best not to drink any tea, alcohol or coffee because this aggravate the symptoms of PMS. Drink instead water, fruit- and vegetable juice and herbal teas. There are herbs that are very beneficial for PMS like Calendula officinalis, Alchemilla Vulgaris, Rubus Idaeus (Red Raspberry). In the newsletter of February, page 9, is the basic explained how you can make a herbal tea and how many dried or fresh herbs you need. For this herbal tea you’ll be needing the standard dosage.

Make sure you exercise at least three times a week. Swimming, brisk walking, tennis, aerobics and yoga can all help to improve your health, hormone balance and mood and increase your energy level and tolerance of pain. It is proven that this benefit women with PMS. Try to find a type of exercise that you like.

Relaxation is equally important for relieving the stress and tension that hinders healthy mind and body function. Practising a relaxation technique daily, especially in the premenstrual period, can greatly relieve symptoms.

When you also take homeopathic remedies, avoid using pure peppermint, eucalyptus or tea tree essential oils, or taking strong herbs, which may interfere with the effects of the remedy.

When you have tried this for a couple of months and there seems to be no improvement, it’s best to see a professional therapist. Nutritional therapy, aromatherapy, acupuncture and Chinese and Western Herbalism are all recommended.

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If you have an experience with or about a therapy, you would like others to know about or if you are making your own remedies that can be use full to others or maybe have some tips in making these, please get in contact with us. We love to hear from you.

Oncomar

I came across a new product to treat cancer patients and thought to let you know. It is a product that is a dietary food for special medical purposes for cancer patients. It is a wheat germ based product that has to be taken on a daily basis. It started its live as avemar and after it has improved it is now called Oncomar. Also it can be used with; Chemo therapy, radiation, drugs and surgery.

It helps and improves, physical performance, appetite, reduces the side effects of Chemo therapy, increases and improves the efficacy of conventional drug therapies, helps to avoid weight loss and helps an overall feeling of well-being and positive mood.

I believe it is worth, to take look at it.

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Go With The Flow


You know how it goes. After winter comes spring and sunshine after rain. Yet the first buds, the first blossoms, the first strawberries, the first day at the beach, the first chestnuts and colorful autumn leaves or the first snow of the year is every time a surprise. Each season lasts long enough to totally get accustom to it. And if it’s a good summer, or a good winter then you usually are ready for the next season, with its own color, smell and character.

The seasons have a huge influence on our lives. Though in this age of urbanisation, technology, twenty-four hour economy and stress, our connection with nature is no longer so obvious anymore. That is a pity, because each season has its own quality and strength and you can make use of that. Who is alienated from nature, is also alienated from themselves; After all, you are part of it. Not only the nature around us changes with the seasons, we ourselves change as well. Your needs and capabilities vary by season and have a natural rhythm. In the spring you feel differently than in the fall. In the winter you think differently than in the summer. If you are aware of that, you can connect to that and do the things as much as possible on the right moment.

The great thing is that nature gives you exactly what you need in every season. That goes for your diet. That goes for your care. And it also applies to a psychological or mental level. For the one who understands nature can start living by the flow of the season which tells you what your best attitude is during that season. By doing so you can achieve a strong emotional en psychological level.

If you go with the season, you won’t stubbornly swim against the natural rhythm, but you let yourself be carried by it. And you can be confident that during the cycle of a year, everything is that is important will come to your attention. ‘Go with the flow ‘, is the saying. Who can succeed that, will lose no energy, but receive it.

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Introducing Roddy MacDonald founder of Water for Health


Like many other people working in the natural health sector I became interested and later involved through having to find solutions for my own health problems.
During the 1980’s while in my early 30’s I was debilitated with ME or chronic fatigue syndrome. This wasFounder of Water for Health in the early years of recognition of ME and it was still regarded by many as being ‘all in the mind’ or was referred to as yuppies disease. In fairness my medical doctors were supportive and did their best to help. However they really did not have anything to offer and I was increasingly told that I would have to live with it. At that time you were told that if you had suffered for more than 5 years with the disease your chances of ever recovering were slim.

Thankfully I did not buy into that thinking.

About 2002 I picked up a copy of the book ‘Ph Miracle’ by Microbiologist Robert Young. It immediately made sense to me. At that time I was involved in the environmental sector – primarily in industrial waste water treatment. When operating biological waste water treatment plants there are two parameters that are critically important, one is the ph level, the other is the oxygen concentration of the water. Consequently the ph Miracle book made sense to me. I realised that if ph and oxygen levels were critical for bacteria in a waste water treatment plant they must also be critical for us since we are biological systems. I then began researching the subject further and implementing further changes and appropriate supplementation. This again had a further beneficial impact on my health.

In 2006 I visited the main European water treatment technology exhibition looking for new technologies for my employer. On entering the exhibition I passed the Korean pavilion and I was asked by an exhibitor if I was interested in ‘antioxidant water’ I thought ‘What is he on about’. That night the penny dropped and the following day I visited all the companies from Korea who were offering alkaline antioxidant water technologies.

I evaluated a number of products, decided on one, brought in a small supply for testing and on the basis of my results handed in my notice and formed Water for Health Ltd. I was then able to work in the sector that I had become deeply interested in, natural health and wanted to share my findings with other people and show what was possible to help people maintain or regain health.

At Water for Health Ltd we gradually introduced other products to our range with the focus being on quality products which enhanced body acid alkaline balance.

Over the years changes in diet and lifestyle helped me to regain my health from chronic fatigue and poor immunity when I was told I would just need to learn to live with it. However alkalizing did help me in other ways also – in particular significant improvements in digestive health. My IBS problems are fortunately now history.

Drinking alkaline water and taking greens and a few key supplements
has become part of my daily routine. It serves me well in helping me keep functioning at a pace which would not have been possible 25 years ago.

My own experience has taught me that proper nutrition with a focus on proper body acid alkaline balance can pay enormous health dividends. I consistently hear from clients and contacts that have adopted these principles and have markedly improved their health and the quality of their lives. Some of these had life threatening health challenges.

I firmly believe that if you give a sick body what it needs the body will respond and heal itself. The crucial thing being to understand its needs and do what it takes to meet that need at every level.

Roddy MacDonald

 

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Introducing John Kelsey


Therapist Qualifications
Postgraduate Diploma in Naturopathic Practice
Certificate in Counseling
Diploma in Nutrition
Diploma in Energy Field Therapy (Chi Kung Healing)

Device Qualifications
QXCI-SCIO (Advanced Instructor)
InterX Levels 1,2,3
Introspect
Psychological Physiological Scan (PPS)
EIS (DDFAO)

Trainer Qualifications
Advanced trainer SCIO-QXCI systems
Level 1 Trainer: InterX 5000 (Scenar system)

During the latter years of an engineering career John trained and worked 2 days per week as a Person Centered Counselor. Prior to age 50 John decided to have a second career and indulge a longstanding and continually developing interest in energy healing. The initial involvement in Chi Kung healing rapidly led to exposure to technology which was readily adopted. John’s initial involvement was with the SCIO-QXCI device for which he established comprehensive user manual and the platform which has been adopted for robust user training. He has been a key presenter and operated user training courses within the UK, Australia, USA, Canada and Europe.

In 2003 he became involved in the Scenar device, working closely with Dr Zulia Frost who is the prime technical expert for this in the West. John Kelsey is one of a small number of accredited level 1 trainers and has conducted trainings worldwide.

For 5 years he has explored and used other devices to see where the various technology fits in the health assessment and restoration process- to support what lifestyle may struggle to correct and to speed change.
For the last three years John has been contracted to build a comprehensive education processes for device based (energetic) medicine.

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Introducing Dr. Sarah Myhill

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Dr Sarah Myhill was born and brought up in Hertfordshire and qualified from the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, London, with honours viva in 1981, since then she has been working continuously in NHS general and private practice. Sarah comes from a large family of doctors including her father, brother and grandfather, and her grandmother was one of the first lady doctors.

Dr Myhill was brought up with an analytical approach to medicine, which emphasised diagnosing the causes of disease rather than merely the prescription of drugs to treat the associated symptoms. This sparked her interest in a branch of medicine which looks for the root causes of disease and uses diet and nutritional supplements to treat those root causes. This branch of medicine is known as Ecological Medicine and in 1979 the British Society for Ecological Medicine (BSEM) was founded. It is made up of practising GPs and consultants with similar aims. Shortly after Dr Myhill qualified as a doctor in 1981 she joined this Society.

Between 1992 and 2009 she was the Honorary Meetings Secretary of the BSEM and for the latter ten years of her tenure was also the Honorary Secretary. During that time Dr Myhill organised biannual scientific conferences, a five day international conference at Oxford together with training days for other doctors – up to six days a year. She continues to lecture regularly at those sessions and indeed more widely. The BSEM has its own Special Interest Register and Sarah was one of the first doctors to qualify for this in 2004, a rigorous process which required both presenting long and short case histories and was also subject to audit.
Dr Myhill’s interest in this ecological approach has proven particularly helpful in the management and treatment of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), otherwise known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

Today, Dr Myhill is a private doctor with a thriving practice in mid-Wales specialising in Allergy, Nutritional & Environmental (Ecological) Medicine. Dr Myhill also has a special interest in Chronic Fatigue Syndrom (CFS), organophosphate poisoning and uses the best of her traditional medical training combined with the latest techniques in Ecologic Medicine.
Dr Myhill always looks for the root cause of illness rather than use medication to suppress the symptoms of the illness.

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Introducing Dr. Lloyd Jenkins, ND, PhD, EFT


The BUDWIG CENTER is owned and operated by
Dr. Lloyd Jenkins, ND, PhD, EFT.
He was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on August 15, 1950.The BUDWIG CENTER operates out of Malaga City in Southern Spain.

Lloyd Jenkins, completed his BA with Central University of Quito, Ecuador where he worked in the American Cotopaxi College in applied neuroscience. His Masters was completed with Warnborough University UK and his doctorate with St. Petersburg State University in health sciences. He graduated cum laude with a major in Cancer research to earn his PhD.
Lloyd Jenkins, ND is a Naturopathic doctor who has written two books on natural health and emotional well being and several articles for a local newspaper on complementary health subjects.

He has continued his studies and has certificates in massage, EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), Lymph drainage, Chromo therapy, Nutrition, PH Acid/Alkaline balancing, Bio-Electric therapy, and Orthomolecular Medicine. Since 2000, he’s been operating the BUDWIG CENTER as well as researching and educating people with a natural holistic approach to cancer and other general illnesses.

With a working knowledge of English, Spanish and French, Dr. Jenkins receives people from all over the world seeking holistic cancer therapies. The BUDWIG CENTER works in partnership with the BIOMEDIC CLINIC under the supervision of Dr. Marie Lopez. This partnership enables them to offer a comprehensive therapeutic program including local hyperthermia, Neuro therapy, Par-Magnetic as per Dr. Goez, IV’s and Papami Electro Magnetic sessions. In addition all patients receive a full understanding of the Dr. Johanna Budwig flaxseed oil and cottage cheese food program, detoxification, emotional healing, massage, saunas and nutritional support.

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Exercise – if you don’t use it you lose it


Physical exercise is vital for long-term health and longevity. One important reason for exercising physically is because inability to get fit is an early warning symptom of disease. If you can’t get fit, then something is wrong. Be mindful that as we age, we lose some fitness simply because we lose cells. Mitochondria control the ageing process and they do so by apoptosis – they literally commit cell suicide when their metabolism slows down too much.

There are different types of exercise for particular issues. Many people hate exercise and therefore need to exercise in the most time- and energy-efficient way!

Exercise – the right sort –
This is the minimum that everyone should be doing! 12 minutes a week, with home-made equipment, is all that is necessary for full cardiovascular fitness and strength as determined by numbers of mitochondria.

Exercise for pleasure
Exercise releases happy neurotransmitters called endorphins; it also allows us to enjoy the outside world, socialise and function as normal human beings!

Exercise to generate heat is a good way to detoxify by mobilising toxins onto the skin which can then be washed off. If you need to detox, but hate exercise, then a sauna does just as good a job! When I do fat-biopsies on patients, I invariably find a range of pesticides and volatile organic compounds, and my view is that in a modern polluted world we should all be doing detox regimes to keep these as low as possible. Exercise is ideal, but if you are unable to exercise, then go for weekly sauna or far infra-red saunaing. Sunshine is an excellent source of FIR so long as you do not burn your skin with the ultraviolet.

Benefits of being fit
Protection against heart-disease – because it keeps the heart fit and lowers blood-pressure and slows the pulse. Athletes in top training have a resting pulse of less than 40 beats per minute and a resting blood-pressure of 80/40! If you can’t get fit, then it suggests you have a problems which needs investigating.

Protection from osteoporosis – because it keeps “working” the bones which lay down more bone to cope with this work.

Prevents depression – exercise increases levels of endorphins in the brain (the “happy hormones”). Some people actually get hooked on the buzz from intense exercise and must exercise daily to be psychologically well.

Stops obesity – Exercise – the right sort increases insulin-sensitivity and stimulates hormone-sensitive lipase which in turn mobilises fats. This is essential for many dieters who have got stuck! Exercise increases muscle bulk (only 12 mins a week!) so one’s resting energy requirements increase (i.e. you burn up more energy when you are doing nothing)
Improves balance and co-ordination – these need regular daily practice to work well. Anyone who has been confined to bed for a few days will temporarily lose their balance. Regular practice of a skill improves co-ordination and reflexes.

Improves back-pain – the backbone, along with the whole skeleton, is intrinsically unstable. What makes it work are powerful blocks of muscle and connective-tissue to hold the whole thing upright. If you become weak in any muscle-group, joints will be out of shape and cause pain and arthritis.
In some way, exercising to get fit helps the immune system – we know this because exercise protects against cancer.

More muscle makes more heat and warms you up. Heat protects against acquiring viral infections.
Ensures a good night’s sleep. Physical tiredness is a great help to sleep. Sleep is an essential for normal bodily functions!

Makes you look good – a muscled body is a shapely body

Improves mental prowess

The sort of exercise will be in next weeks update.

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Being overweight and how to go about losing it!

by Dr. Sarah Myhill
Being overweight is a major risk factor for diabetes, heart disease, cancer and degenerative conditions. It is a problem which should be tackled as actively as high blood pressure, diabetes and smoking, but because it is not politically correct to accuse somebody of being overweight, this problem is glossed over.

Causes of obesity
Obesity is a problem resulting from western lifestyles. We do not see obesity in wild animals, neither is it seen in primitive communities. There are many aspects of western lifestyles which result in obesity.

Addictive diets
The single largest problem is sugar and refined carbohydrates in the diet. These are addictive because when eaten, they have profound psychological effects; therefore we eat for psychological reasons rather than physical reasons and so do not simply stop eating when we feel physically full. Carbohydrates result in high levels of insulin, which brings blood sugar levels down by shunting sugars into fats. Many people find that despite eating relatively low calorie diets they continue to gain weight or struggle to lose it because the carbohydrate causes these high insulin levels. See Hypoglycaemia

Micronutrient deficiencies
The Western diets are micronutrient deficient.
Micronutrient deficiencies result in cravings as the body looks for those essential items. In the wild we often see animals eating soil, stripping bark off trees, chewing antlers or bones, or seeking out salty rocks to help correct this. Children will sometimes eat soil if allowed! I remember one young boy who used to chew coal. This craving is particularly noticeable in pregnancy, when micronutrient demands are high. Craving to replenish micronutrients means that we end up eating more food than is good for us. We should all be taking micronutrient supplements.

Lack of sleep
Because of western lifestyles we lose sleep. Our average requirement is for nine hours of sleep between 9.30pm and 6.30am. If we do not get sufficient sleep, that causes stress and when stressed, we are more likely to comfort eat carbohydrates. There is a well-recognised association between lack of sleep and being overweight. There is a particularly vicious cycle here because if we use carbohydrates to cope with that stress, this results in hypoglycaemia and hypoglycaemia is the commonest cause of disturbed sleep. See Sleeping Problems

Toxic stress
We live in an increasingly polluted world. Many toxins are fat-soluble and cannot be easily excreted. Therefore, in the short term the body dumps these toxins in fat and that helps protect us in the short term from toxic stress. However, the body is then loath to mobilise this fat when required because that results in an acute poisoning. See Detoxification, Detoxing – Far Infrared Sauna (FIRS).

Hypothyroidism
we are currently seeing an epidemic of hypothyroidism and there are many possible reasons for that. The thyroid gland is the accelerator pedal of our car and sets how fast the metabolism goes, i.e. how fast the body turns the food we eat into energy needed to maintain life. If thyroid hormones are low, then mitochondria go slow so that less glucose is used up for life and that saved is laid down as fat (See Hypothyroidism – diagnosis of)

Lack of exercise
Lack of exercise is a major cause of obesity in Western cultures. We are intrinsically lazy and the ready supply of petrol for our cars makes this much worse! Exercise works on many levels in the prevention of obesity. Firstly, we burn up energy when we exercise; secondly, exercise warms us up and increases our basal metabolic rate so that we burn more calories for some hours subsequently; and thirdly, exercise increases muscle mass and so again we burn more calories at rest. This explains why men are able to eat more food than women. For many exercise is boring, but doing Exercise – the right sort means 12 minutes a week is all you need. This creates a large muscle mass which means you burn more calories at rest, and depletes muscle glcogen which helps hypoglycaemica and insulin resistance. The right sort of exercise is required when one gets stuck at a weight and don’t seem able to lose more.

Allergy
Allergies to foods result in fluid retention (very often when people cut out offending foods they lose half a stone without trying). Allergies to foods also cause low-grade inflammation in the gut. When the immune system is activated, it requires a ready source of energy and to deal with this requirement fat is dumped around the gut. This explains why apple shaped people are at greater risk of heart disease than pear shaped people – fat round the gut means that there is inflammation round the gut and inflammation in the gut causes inflammation in blood vessels and therefore damage. See Stone Age Diet
Poor mitochondrial function – mitochondria represent the engine of our car. Every cell in the body has its own supply of mitochondria. Indeed, the heart is more than 50% by weight mitochondria! If the engine of our car goes slow then less energy will be consumed and therefore there will be a tendency to put on weight. As we age, mitochondria start to run more slowly and this partly explains “middle aged spread”. As we age, we need less energy, but we need more micronutrients since the biochemistry becomes less efficient as we get older. See CFS – The Central Cause: Mitochondrial Failure

Stress
When one is stressed there is a release of the stress hormones, one of which is insulin. The problem with insulin is that running high levels reduces blood sugar levels by shunting sugar into fat. As sugar is shunted into fat, so blood sugar levels fall resulting in hypoglycaemia and the unpleasant symptoms that go with that. So very often people mitigate the effects of stress by snacking on sugar or fast carbohydrate foods, the problem is that this runs high blood sugar levels, high insulin levels and therefore they tend to put on weight readily. “Middle age spread” is a symptom of chronic long-term unremitting stress. This is often accompanied by poor adrenal function as the adrenal gland also exhausts. See Adrenal Gland – the gear box of the car (DHEA and cortisol) – underactive

How to lose excess weight
Once we understand the underlying mechanisms that result in obesity, we can then tailor a regime to get well. Conventional medicine has an all too simplistic approach to weight loss, which almost invariably fails. Conventional medicine states that if you eat less calories you will lose weight. The problem with eating less calories is that the body quickly adapts to this by shutting down its rate of metabolism. This makes us cold, lethargic and depressed, which is not conducive to weight loss! Dieting is not just a case of counting calories!

In order of importance one should put the following in place:

    1. Eat a Stone Age Diet – i.e. a diet of low glycaemic index which avoids the major allergens.
    Tackle addictions so that one stops eating for psychological reasons. The obvious addiction is to sugar and refined carbohydrates, but chocolate and alcohol all carry a calorie burden. Furthermore, one addiction triggers another – alcohol upsets the blood sugar so you then need a carb snack!

    2.Take my standard package of micronutrients.

    3. Sleep well.

    4. Exercise.

    5. Try detox regimes to mobilise toxins from the fat and the body.

    6. Check thyroid function.

    7. Introduce Far Infra Red saunaing – this raises metabolic rates and helps to detoxify

    8. Address issues of stress and adrenal fatigue. There is a general assumption that one should not be allowed to feel hungry. Many people automatically reach for food as soon as they get this sensation.

    Actually, it is normal to feel hungry sometimes – it is what drove primitive man to greater effort! Indeed, the hungry rat, fed just enough to survive, outlives his well-fed brother by 50%. Under-feeding increases longevity reliably well! If all the above interventions do not result in weight loss, then one must reduce portion size and, in the short term, expect to be hungry. The body soon adjusts!

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Magnesium


Magnesium is a mineral that is absolutely essential for every biochemical process in our body. Including the metabolism and also producing the protein and nucleic acids. Magnesium deficiency is very common, especially with elderly, heavy drinkers, pregnant women and people who regularly sport intensively. It’s proven that even the smallest deficiency can cause a disturbance in the heartbeat. Other symptoms of magnesium deficiency are weakness, fatigue, dizziness, tension (nervous) and muscle cramps.

Qualities of Magnesium

      • Necessary for many different body functions, among those are energy production and cell division.
      • Essential for passing through nerve impulse
      • Helps preventing kidney stones and gallstones
      • Used in treatment of prostate problems
      • Recovers and maintains the somatic cells
      • Necessary for hormonal activities
      • Is used in high blood pressure treatments
      • Protects against heart- and vascular disease
      • Helps in treating PMS symptoms

Good sources
Brown rice, soybeans, nuts, brewer’s yeast, wholegrain products, legumes.

Dosage
In the average western diet the magnesium intake isn’t sufficient. Supplements with 200-400 mg a day is recommended.

Caution

      Magnesium can be harmful for people with kidney- and heart problems
      It is possible that a high dosage can cause hot flashes, feeling thirsty, low blood pressure and sometimes losing your reflexes.

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Allergy and Inflammation


Allergy is the great mimic. In some ways the body and immune system are not very clever. It can only react to things in one way – that is with inflammation. Inflammation causes of redness, swelling, pain, heat and loss of function. When one looks at a diseased area, one can see those signs, but it does not tell you what the cause of those signs is. So for example looking at an area of inflammed skin one may not be able to tell if it was infected, allergic, had been sun-burnt or frozen, had acid spilled on it or whatever? For example seeing a person with hay fever you may not be able to distinguish this from a head cold. Hay fever sufferers may get a fever too!

 

One can be allergic to anything under the sun, including the sun. For practical purposes, allergies are split up into allergies to foods, chemicals (includes drugs) and inhalants (pollens and micro-organisms bacteria, mites, etc)

 

People with undiagnosed food allergy often initially present with symptoms due to inflammation in the gut (irritable bowel syndrome) and inflammation in the brain (mood swings, depression, brain fog in adults or hyperactivity in children).

 

However the inflammation can occur anywhere in the body resulting in asthma, rhinitis, eczema, arthritis and muscle pain, cystitis or vaginitis etc or a combination of symptoms.

 

If the cause is not identified, the inflammation often becomes more generalised resulting in chronic fatigue.

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Cancer – the principles of prevention and treatment Part 9 by Dr. Sarah Myhill

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Monitor the effects of treatment

Some tumours have tumour markers. The one best known is prostate specific antigen (PSA) for prostate cancer. But many tumours have similar markers which are very useful to monitor how effective treatment has been.

Cancer – the principles of prevention and treatment Part 8 by Dr. Sarah Myhill

Exercise

This is helpful because it helps to reduce blood sugar levels (and so reduce insulin levels – see above) as well as causing one to sweat so getting rid of xenobiotic toxins through sweat. Indeed this is probably part of the mechanism by which exercise protects one from getting cancer (see above). The key point about sweating is that it gets rid of the good things as well as the bad things. So rehydrate using a mix of all minerals not just “electrolytes” (which contains just sodium and potassium chloride).

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Cancer – the principles of prevention and treatment Part 7 by Dr. Sarah Myhill

Thyroid Function

It is the thyroid gland that dictates the activity of the immune system. The immune system is responsible for cancer surveillance and an idle immune system will not do this effectively. An under active thyroid is a risk factor for cancer. To measure this one needs to measure blood levels of free T4, free T3 and TSH.

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Cancer – the principles of prevention and treatment Part 4 by Dr. Sarah Myhill

Improve Antioxidant Status

Most cancers are probably initiated by free radicals. These are highly reactive molecules with an unpaired electron so they “stick” readily to almost anything and in doing so cause damage. Free radicals are inevitably produced as part of energy production and can be used by the immune system to kill bacteria and viruses. However too many are damaging and the body has a series of “antioxidants” which mop up the free radicals to prevent excessive damage. Low levels of superoxide dismutase (made from copper, manganese and zinc) and glutathione peroxidase (from selenium) are major risk factors for cancer. There are many natural antioxidants in foods, hence the standard advice to eat 5 portions a day of vegetables and fruit.

It is very common to find extremely poor antioxidant status in cancer patients, partly because having poor antioxidant status is a major risk factor for developing cancer in the first place, secondly because the three main therapies used to treat cancer, namely surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy produce increased load of free radicals. Indeed the mechanism by which radiotherapy and chemotherapy kill cancer cells are through the production of excessive free radicals. This is one of the ironies of these two treatments – they can create cancers as well cure them. But all these excessive free radicals further depletes anti-oxidants.

So improving antioxidant status not only greatly reduces one’s chances of further tumours, but also greatly protects against the malign side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. At one stage there was concern that improving antioxidant status would block the beneficial effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but there is no evidence that this is indeed the case.
The three important frontline antioxidants, which in my view should be measured in every case are superoxide dismutase, co-enzyme Q10 and glutathione peroxidase. These are present in microgram amounts, they will mop excess electrons and pass them back to a second line of antioxidants such as vitamin D, vitamin K, vitamin E, some of the B vitamins, lipoic acid, melatonin and many other such natural molecules, which then re-cycle the electron back to the ultimate repository of electrons, which is ascorbic acid. This makes vitamin C, of course, doubly important in the prevention and treatment of cancer.

Vitamin D merits a special mention. Vitamin D is highly protective against cancer. The best source is sunshine – not so much that you burn (which causes free radical damage to skin) but enough to make you tan. When there is no sunshine take cholecalciferol at least 2,000 (two thousand) international units and up to 5,000iu daily (at this level of treatment there are no adverse effects on calcium levels),. or use tanning tables regularly – but do not burn! There is a clear relationship between sunshine exposure and risk of cancer, i.e. the more sunshine you can get without actually burning, the more you are protected from getting cancer.

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Cancer – the principles of prevention and treatment Part 2 by Dr. Sarah Myhill

Starve out the cancer cells

Cancers are evolutionarily primitive cells and can only survive on glucose. In this respect they are very much like yeast and rely entirely on anaerobic metabolism. Glucose is fermented in the absence of oxygen to produce energy. This is very inefficient and produces lactic acid. Indeed, this inefficient burning of glucose probably explains the cancer cachexia (weight loss) seen in advanced cases.

My guess is that a fermenting gut is also a risk factor for cancer because of production of endogenous toxins.
Normally animal and of course human cells get the vast majority of their energy from mitochondria. This is extremely efficient, mitochondria can use not just glucose, but also energy from fat and protein. All these uses require oxygen. The reason it is important to understand this is because mitochondria control cell division. If mitochondria are switched off, this control is lost and the cell turns into a cancerous cell. Indeed this may well be part of the mechanism by which cancer begins.
The difference between a cancer cell and a normal cell, therefore, is how it gets its energy. By substantially reducing sugar supply, one starves out the cancer cell. In this event, cancer cells up-grade the mechanism by which they absorb sugar, which is the same mechanism by which they absorb vitamin C and vitamin C is extremely toxic to cancer cells. So the first two key interventions are:

1. Low Glycaemic Index Diet. Cancers are evolutionary primitive cells and can only survive on glucose. Therefore their growth is encouraged by a high carbohydrate diet because all carbohydrates are broken down into monosaccharides such as glucose. Eat a low glycaemic index diet based on meat, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds and vegetables. Foods such as grains, root vegetables, fruits and sugars are all high GI food and should be avoided. By doing this one starves the cancer cells of their fuel and slow their growth. Normal healthy cells can work very well on long and short chain fatty acids and protein, sugar is not essential for mitochondria to work well.

2. High Dose Vitamin C. When cancer cells run short of a glucose supply, they upgrade the mechanism by which glucose is absorbed into the cells. This same absorption mechanism also absorbs vitamin C. Vitamin C is highly toxic to cancer cells. Take vitamin C to bowel tolerance. The cheapest source is ascorbic acid, but if this is not tolerated then magnesium ascorbate can be used instead. All drinks and meals should be supplemented with one or two grams of vitamin C to get the total daily dose up to at least ten grams and ideally twenty or more grams a day. Because vitamin C has such a short half life in the blood, it needs to be given in lots of small doses throughout the day. Too much vitamin C causes loose bowel motion and if these doses are not tolerated then it might be worth considering injectable intravenous vitamin C. Humans, guinea pigs and fruit bats are the only mammals which cannot make their own vitamin C – they have to eat it. If one extrapolated from other mammals what our “normal” daily dose should be one would get to about 4 grams daily.

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Cancer – the principles of prevention and treatment part 1 by Dr. Sarah Myhill


I do not pretend to be a cancer expert, but I know of some fundamental principles which apply across the board and are relevant to the prevention and treatment of virtually all cancers.

Once a diagnosis of cancer has been given, this means that there will be trillions of cancer cells already established. For a tumour to be visible on a scan, there must be between a thousand million and a million million cells present. Anything that can be done to reduce this total load is going to be helpful. The standard conventional approach to cancer, i.e. surgery, radiotherapy, and possibly chemotherapy undoubtably has its place. The problem is targeting treatment so that as much of the tumour is killed as possible with normal cells spared. In practice this is a very difficult balancing act.

However, there are other things that can be done over and above this which not only make these treatments more effective, but greatly reduce side-effects from such therapies. In my experience and evidence from a large body of medical literature, these interventions very much improve chances of survival.

You may ask yourself why these additional therapies are not routinely available within the NHS. The answer is that the NHS is overwhelmed with cancer and is struggling to provide the three basic frontline modalities of surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. It simply does not have the capacity to do the rest. This is up to you, the patient.

The idea of this handout is to equip individuals with all the information they need in order to help themselves. There are marker tests which can be extremely helpful and give us an idea of which therapies are appropriate and how successful they are and these can be extremely helpful in monitoring treatment and progress.

The Underlying Biochemical Principles of Treatment

The fundamental principles behind these extra therapies are as follows:

  1. starve the cancer of its food supply;
  2. get rid of growth promoters;
  3. ensure excellent nutritional status with vitamins and minerals (to allow healing and repair);
  4. improve antioxidant status (to mop up free radicals created by the cancer treatments and limit side effects);
  5. sleep well (when healing and repair take place);
  6. do a good detox regime (to get rid of exogenous tumour initiators and growth promoters);
  7. check thyroid function (underactive thyroid is a major risk factor for cancer);
  8. exercise;
  9. use natural anticancer substances as suggested by appropriate tests;
  10. alkalinisation has been described as the poor man’s cancer treatment. Western diets are a major risk factor for cancer and most people eating Western diets have a tendency to acidosis. See Acid-Alkali balance.
  11. monitor the effects of treatment.
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Cancer – the principles of prevention and treatment Part 3 by Dr. Sarah Myhill

Get Rid of Growth Promoters

Growth promoters occur in Western cultures in at least four ways that I know about.
1. Dairy products. Dairy products are meant for fast growing baby cows and dairy products contain growth promoters. These are naturally present in milk, but there may also be artificial growth promoters which are injected into cows to improve milk yields. I recommend you read “Your Life in Your Hands” by Professor Jane Plant who has shown that dairy products are a major cause of breast and prostate cancer. All dairy products are a problem for the same reasons including goat and sheep. Organic dairy products may avoid the synthetic growth promoters but they have natural growth promoters. Avoid these too.
2. Insulin. Insulin is a growth promoter. Normally insulin is produced in response to high sugar levels and so doing the above low GI diet will reduce insulin levels. Insulin is also produced in response to stress – this is the primitive “fight or flight” response – it pumps glucose from the blood stream into cells so that they are ready for physical action. Excessive stress will therefore be a risk factor for cancer. We all know of cases of people whose cancer seems to have been initiated by a stressful event (such as a bereavement).
3. Being overweight. Just carrying excessive adipose tissue results in higher levels of hormones, particularly oestrogen and this too is a growth promoter. Aim to lose excessive weight by doing a low GI diet (so reducing insulin) combined with exercise (see below) or sweating regimes (see below).
4. Xenobiotics. Foreign chemicals, such as pesticides. Many of these, particularly organochlorines such as Lindane are oestrogen mimics. These are also growth promoters because they are oestrogen mimics. It is well worth measuring levels in fat (a very simple test to do) and if levels are raised then they can be got rid of by doing sweating regimes. Another test to look for chemicals is to do blood tests for DNA adducts This measures toxins stuck onto DNA and often gives clues as to what has caused the cancer in the first place as well as identifying growth promoters and possibly showing poor antioxidant status.

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Hypoglycaemias

These are substances that reduce the level of blood sugar. For diabetics they can be dangerous unless professionally prescribed. Herbs with this property include: Kidney Bean, Bilberry, Bogbean, Greater Burdock, Chicory, Cowberry, Fenugreek, Common (Stinging) Nettle, Goat’s Rue.