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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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Herbal skin care

Skin care is not a topic of recent times; it has been in practice since ancient times, when herbal skin care was probably the only way to take care of skin. However, skin care has transformed in a big way. Herbal skin care routines have been replaced by synthetic/chemical-based skin care routines. The herbal skin care recipes which once used to be common place are not so popular today (and even unknown to a large population). This transformation from herbal skin care to synthetic, can probably be attributed to two things – our laziness (or just the fast pace of lives) and the commercialisation of skin care. Even herbal skin care products have been commercialised. These commercial herbal skin care products have to be mixed with preservatives in order to increase their shelf-life, hence making them less effective than the fresh ones made at home. However, it seems that things are changing fast and more people are now opting for natural and herbal skin care routines. But still, none want to make them at home and hence the commercial market of herbal skin care products is on the rise.

So what are these herbs or herbal skin care mechanisms?

Aloe vera, which is an extract from Aloe plant, is one of the best examples of herbal skin care product. Freshly extracted aloe vera is a natural hydrant that helps in soothing skin. It also helps in healing cuts and treating sun burns.

A number of herbs are known to possess cleansing properties. Dandelion, chamomile, lime flowers and rosemary herbs, are a few examples of such cleansers. Their herbal skin care properties get invoked when they are combined with other herbs like tea.

Antiseptics are another important part of Herbal skin care. Lavender, marigold, thyme and fennel are good examples of herbs that are known to possess antiseptic properties. Lavender water and rose water also form good toners.

Tea plays an important part in herbal skin care. Tea extracts are used for treatment of skin that has been damaged by UV radiation.

Oils prepared from herbal extracts present another means of herbal skin care. Tea tree oil, Lavender oil, borage oil and primrose oil are some popular oils used in herbal skin care. Some fruit oils (e.g. extracts from fruits like banana, apple and melon) find use in shower gels (as a hydrating mix)

Homeopathic treatments and aromatherapies also come under the umbrella of herbal skin care remedies.

Herbal skin care is good not only for the routine nourishing of skin but also for treatment of skin disorders like eczema and psorasis. Most herbal skin care products don’t have any side effects (the most important reason for preferring them over synthetic products) Moreover, herbal skin care products can be easily made at home, hence making them even more attractive. So, herbal skin care is the way to go. However, this does not mean that you totally discard the synthetic products. Some people go to the extent of debating with their dermatologist, if he/she suggests a synthetic product. You should accept the fact that some skin orders might need usage of clinically proven non-herbal skin care products.

Vitamin C skin care – The challenge

Vitamin C is often regarded as a wrinkle fighter or an anti-aging agent. The main objective of ‘Vitamin C skin care’, in scientific terms, is to increase the synthesis of collagen (a structural protein that is found in skin). The additional benefit of ‘Vitamin C skin care’ is related to its capability of countering free radicals which cause damage to the skin.

Vitamin C skin care, however, faces a major challenge today. This is related to the oxidation tendency of Vitamin C skin care products. On coming in contact with any oxidising agent (e.g. air), the Vitamin C in the Vitamin C skin care products, gets oxidised; thus making the Vitamin C skin care product useless (in fact counter-effective). The oxidised Vitamin C imparts a yellowish-brown colour to the Vitamin C skin care product. This is something that you need to check before buying a Vitamin C skin care product. Even after you buy a Vitamin C skin care product, you need to store it properly and keep checking that it’s still good to use (i.e. it hasn’t attained a yellowish-brown texture).

The manufacturers of Vitamin C skin care products have tried to deal with this (oxidation) problem in multiple ways (and research on Vitamin C skin care products is on the top of their list). One such method of retaining effectiveness of Vitamin C skin care products for a long term is to keep a high concentration (say 10%) of Vitamin C. However, this makes the Vitamin C skin care products even more expensive. The Vitamin C skin care products are already pretty inexpensive and making them even more expensive will throw the product manufacturers out of business. The other way is to use Vitamin C derivatives (like ascorbyl palmitate and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate). These are not only more stable but also inexpensive. Even though the derivatives based products are not as effective as the Vitamin C skin care products, their stability against oxidation is a very desirable feature that makes them very attractive. Moreover, these are known to be less irritating too.

Talking of effectiveness of Vitamin C skin care products, it’s important to mention that not everyone responds to Vitamin C treatments. So it’s not a magic potion in any way. If you don’t see a noticeable difference in your skin, it might be because of your skin not responding to Vitamin C treatment (and the Vitamin C skin care products might not be at fault, at all).

As more research goes on, one can only keep our fingers crossed and wait for a complete solution to the challenges faced by ‘Vitamin C skin care’ today.

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.

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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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

washing hands, flu prevention

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Basics about Facial skin care

All about Facial skin care

‘Facial skin care’ is more a matter of discipline than anything else. A facial skin care routine is what you need (and you need to follow the facial skin care routine with complete seriousness). So let’s check what comprises an effective facial skin care routine. Well, very simply, a facial skin care routine can follow the following 4 steps:
* Cleansing
* Toning
* Exfoliating
* Moisturising

Cleansing is the first thing in facial skin care routine. Cleansing helps in removing dust, pollutants, grease and extra oil from your skin, thereby preventing damage to your skin. Just spot your face and neck with a good cleansing lotion or cream and gently massage it into your skin using upward strokes. Use a soft face tissue or cotton wool to wipe your face in a gentle patting fashion (do not rub). Cleansing should be done at least twice a day i.e. morning (as part of complete facial skin care routine) and evening (on a standalone basis). Water soluble cleansers are the best for inclusion in your facial skin care routine.

Toning is the next in a facial skin care routine. However, this is the optional part of the facial skin care routine. Mostly, proper cleansing can compensate for toning. Toning helps remove all traces of dirt, grease and excess cleanser. Instead of making it part of your daily facial skin care routine, you can using toning occasionally i.e. when you have been exposed to particularly harsh environment/pollution.

Exfoliation is again, kind of, optional step in everyday routine for facial skin care. However, exfoliation is necessary at least once a week (or twice, depending on the skin type and the environmental conditions). Exfoliation finds its place in facial skin care routine because of the natural tendency of skin to replenish the skin cells every 3 or 4 weeks. As a facial skin care technique, exfoliation helps in removing the dead skin cells that block the pores, thus assisting the skin in the natural process. However, excessive or harsh exfoliation can cause damage to your skin; so you need to balance it out.

The next thing in facial skin care is moisturising. In fact, moisturising is the most important part of facial skin care routine. Moisturisers prevent your skin from getting dry. Dry skin is really undesirable since it cause the upper layer skin to break, leading to dead skin cells. Again, use light upward strokes to make the moisturiser more effective. Moisturisers work the best when applied on warm and damp skin. So do not try to remove all the moisture in the previous steps of facial skin care routine.

Besides the normal facial skin care routine, you should also exercise the following for facial skin care:

* Use proper make-up remover instead of just washing it away
* Pay heed to your skin type and the environment, when choosing facial skin care products.
* Before you start using a new facial skin care product, test it by applying it on a short patch of skin e.g. ear lobes.
* Never rub your skin too hard.
* Use sunscreen lotions for protection against sun.

What Part of the Respiratory System is Affected by Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic condition that affects 10’s of thousands of people across the world. Although it isn’t curable it is controllable. ‘Asthma’ is the Greek word for pant or to breath hard. The Greek’s named it ‘asthma’ because of the wheezing sound which is diagnostic of the condition.

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that arises from allergies or allergic responses in the lungs and is characterized by sudden attacks of laboured breathing, chest constriction and coughing. So what part of the respiratory system does asthma affect?

Diagram of the Lung and HeartThe respiratory system supports the oxygen needs of the body by taking in air, removing the oxygen at the level of the alveoli (air sacs) and delivering the oxygen to the blood, which then transports the life supporting oxygen around the body. This is a continual system. The air is exchanged constantly – not just when you take air in. There are thousands of tiny air sacs that store the air and oxygen for use. The air is exchanged with each pass of the blood through the pulmonary system.

During an asthmatic event the muscles surrounding the air tubules (bronchioles) constrict. This constriction doesn’t allow the air in the alveoli (air sacs) to be released and the lungs become over inflated. This over inflation forces the sufferer to cough in an attempt to get rid of the trapped air. If coughing doesn’t relieve the situation, or if the swelling and constriction becomes more severe, the sufferer begins to use their accessory breathing muscles. This causes the shoulders to hunch over and rise with each breath.

What part of the respiratory system does asthma affect when the asthma sufferer is wheezing? The wheezing sound that is common to asthmatics is caused by the contraction of the bronchioles as the air passes through tubes that are almost completely blocked.

During an asthmatic attack mediators from mast cells are released that causes the airway muscles to contract, which increases the mucus production and narrows the airways. This causes white blood cells to flood the area that keeps the attack going. This constriction of the airway, and the air forced through those tiny paths, is what causes the wheezing sound that can be heard either audibly or through a stethoscope.

What part of the respiratory system does asthma affect before an asthmatic attack? Triggers for the physical changes are varied and many. They range from environmental allergens, occupational chemicals, weather changes, cold, scented items such as deodorants and perfumes. Some asthmatics are induced by exercise.

The respiratory system is a complicated organ system that supports the body by delivering oxygen at the cellular level to help heal and provide life support. Taking care of the respiratory system helps to improve your health and take care of 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.

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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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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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Headache, The Common Causes by Dr. Sarah Myhill


This is a common symptom which is only too often diagnosed by sloppy thinkers as Paracetamol deficiency! headache one should always think of the cause and the best clues come from careful history taking rather than tests.

ACUTE

Meningitis – this is one of the rarest causes of headaches, but understandably it is the one most people worry about. In acute meningitis, almost always there is a high temperature and nearly always the patient is not with it. They cannot think clearly, they are totally occupied by the pain, there may be lowering of the level of consciousness, or even acute confusion. They are irritable and dislike bright light, loud noises. Any movement of the head is painful and clinically this results in a stiff neck. In advance cases, there may be bleeding of the small vessels – in the skin this causes a rash that does not fade when you press on it. The treatment is high dose injected antibiotics given as soon as is possible. Indeed one should not wait for hospital admission or tests before initiating therapy as a matter of urgency.

Eye disease – a visit to an optician is always a good idea.

Glaucoma, (raised pressure in the eye) – can present with loss of vision.

Ear disease – infection or pressure can cause headache.

Shingles – before the rash appears the diagnosis can be awkward.

Dental problems – undetected abscesses, impacted wisdom teeth, temporo-mandibular joint dysfunction (feel for the jaw joint in front of the ear – does it hurt when you press on this joint and open and close the jaw?).

Sinusitis – may be acute or chronic. Often this causes headache which is worse lying down – this is because it increases the pressure in the head. Chronic sinusitis is often caused by allergy to dairy products.

CHRONIC HEADACHE – all of the above, plus:

Lack of sleep.

Excessive caffeine – if the problem is caffeine, then when you stop drinking caffeine suddenly this can cause the mother of all headaches within a few hours. It can be surprising how little caffeine is necessary to do this.

Allergy – migraine is the classic food induced headache but allergy can cause almost any headache.

Toxic headache – many of my patients with CFS and/or poisoning – complain of headache, the characteristics of which sound like raised intracranial pressure. It is fairly constant, waxes and wanes a little, feels like a pressure and is worsened by movement. It feels like a nasty hangover from alcohol – which of course is another sort of toxic headache! Sometimes it can be so severe as to be mistaken for meningitis. My guess is that it is due to some sort of inflammation in the brain which results in mild oedema or swelling of the brain. But the brain cannot swell within the bony skull – so there is pressure in the ultrasensitive coverings of the brain i.e. the meninges. It is this that causes the headache. But why should there be oedema? Usually because of inflammation. Where there is a toxin there is often immune activation against that toxin. This type of headache may be made initially worse by a detox regime (as toxins are mobilised) but in the longer term got rid of by detoxing.

Problems with the cervical spine (e.g. following neck whiplash injury from car accidents) – often causes occipital headaches (back of head). X ray or MRI scan may be needed to make sure it is safe for a physio to manipulate the neck.

Head injury – sometimes a headache will persist for weeks after.

Raised intra-cranial pressure – this is a rare cause of headache (usually worse in the mornings) but should be picked up at an eye examination where the back of the eye is viewed. If the headache gets progressively worse despite one’s best efforts to find a cause, then further investigation is required.

Blood pressure is not supposed to cause headache unless the pressure is very high. However many of my blood pressure patients instinctively know when their pressure is up.

Hypothyroidism sometimes presents with headaches.

A brain tumour is the cause of chronic headache that everybody worries about, but again is uncommon. It is often accompanied by neurological symptoms, which may be subtle at first, such as change in personality, depression, lack of motivation and so on. MRI scans are now inexpensive and freely available to anybody and one can self refer to organisations such as Lifescan.

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Melatonin – The Sleep Hormone

by Dr. Sarah Myhill
Melatonin is the natural hormone which controls our biological clock, telling us when it is time to sleep and time to wake up. Sleep is an essential for life just like food and water. Some people are larks (I am – bed at 9.30, up at 5.30) some are owls (bed at 12.00, up at 8.00). It is melatonin which makes it that way.

Melatonin is also a powerful antioxidant and has been heralded as an anti-ageing drug (sleep is the best cosmetic!). It is made in the pineal gland in the brain.

There is a close relationship between melatonin and DHEA. If one is abnormal the other is also likely to be! With stress, such as low blood sugar, DHEA levels run high, so melatonin may be low and this further impairs sleep.

Now, if I see an Adrenocortex Stress Profile (salivary) with high levels of DHEA at night, I prescribe a melatonin supplement.

There is also an interesting relationship between brain neurotransmitters, DHEA and melatonin. The raw material is an amino acid tryptophan which is converted in the body to 5 hydroxytryptophan from which serotonin (the “happy” neurotransmitter which Prozac works on) and then melatonin.

Tryptophan -> 5 hydroxy tryptophan -> serotonin -> melatonin

Melatonin levels are normally very low in the day.

Melatonin has been of proven benefit in jet lag (5mgs at night), for cancer therapy (40-50mgs at night), for chronic insomnia (up to 75mgs at night) and in elderly insomniacs (1-2mgs at night). I usually suggest 3mgs at night and to adjust the dose up or down according to the response. Everyone seems different, for some, just 1mg is sufficient. I don’t use more than 9mgs.

Using these low doses of melatonin I do not measure levels first. However if a patient wanted to try a high dose, (above 10mg) then I would insist on monitoring levels.

The only side effect which has been a problem for some patients is depression and so I warn patients to look out for that. Other side effects are mentioned in the literature but these must just apply to the high doses because I have not seen them. They include confusion, headache, hypothermia, itching and tachycardia.

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The pH Balance

by Roddy MacDonald

“Indeed, the entire metabolic process depends on a balanced pH.” (Dr. Robert Young).

After years and years of research, I have learned that most successful non‐toxic alternative cancer treatments have two common denominators:

1. maintaining the acid/alkaline balance of our body.
2. increasing the amount of oxygen at the cellular level.

So let’s take a quick look at these two concepts.

Back in high school chemistry, we learned about our acid/alkaline balance, also referred to as the body’s pH (“potential Hydrogen” or “powers of Hydrogen”). Our pH is measured on a scale from 0 to 14, with around 7.35 being neutral (normal). The pH numbers below 7.35 are acidic (with 0 being the most acidic) and the numbers above 7.35 are alkaline (with 14 being the most alkaline).

Hydrogen is both a proton and an electron. If the electron is stripped off, then the resulting positive ion is a proton. Without going into all the details about protons (“+” charge) and electrons (“‐” charge), it’s important to note that alkaline substances (also called “bases”) are proton “acceptors” while acids are proton “donors.”

What does that mean to someone who isn’t a doctor?
Let me simplify it for you. Since bases have a higher pH, they have a greater potential to absorb hydrogen ions. And vise versa for acids.

Why is hydrogen so important?
Our universe is composed of millions of compounds, all derived from just 106 atoms. Of these elements, hydrogen is the first and most fundamental. Hydrogen is also the most abundant element, comprising 90% of all atoms in the cosmos.

In our sun and stars, hydrogen nuclei fuse to produce helium, the second element.
This generates the enormous energy that powers life on earth.
And just as hydrogen fuels the sun, so, in the human body, it is the crucial factor in the electrochemical process that produces ATP, as we just discussed.

In chemistry, we know that water (H2O) decomposes into hydrogen ions (H+) and hydroxyl ions (OH‐). When a solution contains more hydrogen ions than hydroxyl ions, then it is said to be acid.
When it contains more hydroxyl ions than hydrogen ions, then it is said to be alkaline. As you may have guessed, a pH of 7.35 is neutral because it contains equal amounts of hydrogen ions and hydroxyl ions.

Over 70% of our bodies are water. When cells create energy via aerobic respiration, they burn oxygen and glucose. I don’t want to get overly scientific here, but the fact is that in order to create energy, the body also requires massive amounts of hydrogen. As a matter of fact, each day your body uses about ½ pound of pure hydrogen. Even our DNA is held together by hydrogen bonds. And since the pH of bases is higher, they have a greater potential to absorb hydrogen, which results in more oxygen delivered to the cells.

The hydrogen ion concentration was found to vary over fourteen powers of 10, thus a change of one pH unit changes the hydrogen ion concentration by a factor of 10.

The pH scale is a common logarithmic scale. For those of you who never liked math, what this means is that a substance which has a pH of 5.2 is 10 times more acidic than a substance with a pH of 6.2, while it is 100 (102) times more acidic than a substance with a pH of 7.2, and it is 1,000 (103) times more acidic than a substance with a pH of 8.2, etc…

Our blood must always maintain a pH of approximately 7.35 so that it can continue to transport oxygen. Thus, God has made our bodies resilient with the ability to self‐correct in the event of an imbalanced pH level through a mechanism called the buffer system.

In chemistry, a buffer is a substance which neutralizes acids, thus keeping the pH of a solution relatively constant despite the addition of considerable amounts of acids or bases.

However, due to our poor diet of junk foods, fast foods, processed foods, and sodas, most of us are putting our bodies through the ringer in order to maintain the proper pH in our blood.

Although our bodies typically maintain alkaline reserves which are utilized to buffer acids in these types of situations, it is safe to say that many of us have depleted our reserves.

When our buffering system reaches overload and we are depleted of reserves, the excess acids are dumped into the tissues. As more and more acid is accumulated, our tissues begin to deteriorate.
The acid wastes begin to oxidize (“rust”) the veins and arteries and destroy cell walls and even entire organs.

According to Dr. Robert Young, “ A chronically over‐acidic body pH corrodes body tissue, slowly eating into the 60,000 miles of our veins and arteries like acid eating into marble. If left unchecked, it will interrupt all cellular activities and functions, from the beating of your heart to the neural firing of your brain. Over‐acidification interferes with life itself, leading to all sickness and disease.”

As we learned earlier, normal cells create energy via aerobic (with oxygen) respiration. Alkaline cells are able to absorb sufficient quantities of oxygen to support aerobic respiration.

However, when cells become more acidic, less oxygen is absorbed, and the cells begin to ferment glucose in order to survive.

This concept is essential to understand, because cancer cells thrive in an acidic, anaerobic environment and don’t do very well in an aerobic, alkaline environment.

Having an acidic pH is like driving your car with the “check engine” light on. It’s a sign that something is wrong with the engine, and if we don’t get it fixed, then eventually the car will break down.

According to Keiichi Morishita in his book, Hidden Truth of Cancer, as blood starts to become acidic, the body deposits acidic substances in cells to get them out of the blood.

This allows the blood to remain slightly alkaline. However, it causes the cells to become acidic and toxic. Over time, he theorizes, many of these cells increase in acidity and some die.

However, some of these acidified cells may adapt in that environment. In other words, instead of dying (as normal cells do in an acid environment) some cells survive by becoming abnormal cells. These abnormal cells are called malignant cells, and they do not correspond with brain function or with our own DNA memory code.

Therefore, malignant cells grow indefinitely and without order is cancer.
 

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Fluid Retention

The body retains fluid for many reasons. Heart disease, hormonal changes, liver and kidney problems, a poor diet and long-term use of steroid drugs may all be implicated. Simply wearing tight clothing can cause swelling, most commonly around the ankles. Regular exercise helps counteract fluid retention.

Dietary advice

Salt retains fluid in the body, so minimize the amount of added salt in your diet. As most of the salt we consume is hidden in processed foods, this means choosing a fresh, varied wholefood diet instead of canned, packaged or frozen foods. Drinking lots of bottled or filtered water stimulates the kidneys to flush out excess salt. Certain foods are also beneficial. Those rich in potassium, such as fresh and dried fruit and vegetables – particularly bananas, apricots, grapes, leeks, cabbage, potatoes and avocados – unsalted nuts, brown rice and garlic, help counteract the effects of salt. Diuretic foods such as celery and parsley also help eliminate excess fluid.

Aromatherapy

Take at least 3 baths a week and give yourself a daily massage using 4 drops geranium, juniper berry, lavender, or lemon essential oil to 10 ml grapeseed or sweet almond oil. Or try a blend of 3 drops juniper berry, 2 drops lavender and 3 drops geranium added to 20ml carrier oil.

Massage in using brisk strokes upwards towards your heart. For best results use a bristle brush (available from health stores), and dry brush your body with long, smooth strokes towards, the heart, before your massage.

 

If your fluid retention is linked to PMS, start the treatment 7-10 days before the onset of your period.

For swollen ankles massage gently over the puffy area, but use firm upward strokes above and below it to improve the circulation and lymphatic drainage. Then relax, with your feet raised above the height of your head, for 10-15 minutes. Dandelion stimulates the kidneys and is rich in potassium, making it excellent for fluid retention. Make a tea, using 2 tsp dried root to a cup of boiling water and letting it simmer for 10-15 minutes. Drink a cupful 3 times a day.

Remedie: Find a sleep dream that suits you

Everyone has to work out their best mind-set. It could be a childhood dream, or recalling details of a journey or walk, or whatever. It is actually a sort of self hypnosis. What you are trying to do is to “talk” to your subconscious. This can only be done with the imagination, not with the spoken language.

We know that the hypnotic state is characterised by extreme responsiveness to suggestion. You can use this information for conditioning yourself in self hypnosis. Here is a standard procedure to follow. Lie down in bed, ready fGood night's restor sleep initially with your eyes open (the room needs to be dark). Mentally give yourself the suggestion that your eyes are becoming heavy and tired. Give yourself the suggestion that as you count to ten your eyes will become very heavy and watery and that you will find it impossible to keep your eyelids open by the time you reach ten. If you find that you cannot keep them open and have to close them, then you are probably under self-hypnosis. At this point deepen the state by again slowly counting to ten. Between each count mentally give yourself suggestions that you are falling into a deep hypnotic state. Give yourself suggestions of relaxation. Try to reach a state where you feel you are about to fall asleep. Give yourself the suggestion that you are falling more deeply down into sleep. Some may get a very light feeling throughout the body; others may get a heavy feeling.

Let us assume that your eyes did not become heavy. Then repeat the procedure. You can count to one hundred if you need this period of time to assure an eye closure. The closing of the eyes is the first sign you are in a receptive frame of mind. Let us assume that you get the eye closure. Take a longer count to get yourself in the very relaxed state. Once you achieve this you should be able to respond properly. The difficult bit is not allowing your brain to wander off into other areas. You must work hard at concentrating on the counting and the responses that achieves.

If you respond properly, give yourself the “post-hypnotic suggestion” that you will be able to put yourself under later by counting to three, or using any specific phrase you desire. Continue using it every day and give yourself the post hypnotic suggestion every time you work with it, that at each succeeding session you will fall into a deeper state and that the suggestions will work more forcefully with each repetition.

Each time that you work towards acquiring the self-hypnotic state, regardless of the depth that you have achieved and whether or not you have responded to any of the tests, give yourself the following suggestions: “The next time I hypnotise myself, I shall fall into a deeper and sounder state.” You should also give yourself whatever suggestions you desire as though you were in a very deep state of hypnosis. You may ask “If I’m not under hypnosis, why give myself the suggestions?” You do this so that you will begin to form the conditioned reflex pattern. Keep at it. One of the times that you work at achieving self-hypnosis the conditioned response will take hold…..you will have self hypnosis from that time on. It is like learning to drive a car with a clutch. At first you must consciously go through the process of putting your foot on the clutch and shifting gears. Usually there is a grinding of the gears and you feel quite conspicuous about this, but gradually you learn to do this almost automatically and you gain confidence in you driving ability. The same is true of hypnosis. As you work at you task, you gradually get the feel of it and you achieve proficiency in it.

Example of a sleep dream

I dream that I am a hibernating bear, snuggled down in my comfortable den with one daughter in one arm and the other in the other. Outside the wind is howling and the snow coming down and I am sinking deeper and deeper down…..

Get the physical essentials for a good night’s sleep sorted

We are all creatures of habit and the first essential is to get the physical essentials in place.

  • A regular pre-bedtime routine – your “alarm” should go off at 9pm at which point you drop all activity and move into your bedtime routine.
  • A regular bed time – 9.30pm latest! Perhaps earlier in winter.
  • Learn to recognize the sleep wave – one comes every 90 minutes
  • Your day needs the right balance of mental and physical activity.
  • Do not allow a bed fellow who snores – you need different rooms!
  • Small carbohydrate snack just before bedtime (eg nuts, seeds) helps prevent nocturnal hypoglycaemia – often manifests with vivid dreams or sweating or waking in night.
  • Perhaps restrict fluids in the evening if your night is disturbed by the need to pee.
  • No stimulants such as caffeine or adrenaline inducing TV, arguments, phone calls, family matters or whatever before bed time! Caffeine has a long half life – none after 4pm.
  • Dark room – the slightest chink of light landing on your skin will disturb your own production of melatonin (the body’s natural sleep hormone) – have thick curtains or blackouts to keep the bedroom dark – this is particularly important for children! Do not switch the light on or clock watch should you wake.
  • A source of fresh, preferably cool, air.
  • A warm comfortable bed – we have been brainwashed into believing a hard bed is good for you and so many people end up with sleepless nights on an uncomfortable bed. It is the shape of the bed that is important (see section on posture). It should be shaped to fit you approximately and then very soft to distribute your weight evenly and avoid pressure points. Tempur mattresses can be helpful (if expensive) as are water beds.
  • If your sleep is disturbed by sweating then this is likely to be a symptom of low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia).
  • Another common cause of disturbed sleep is hyperventilation which often causes vivid dreams or nightmares. This can now be tested for by measuring a Carbonic anhydrase studies in red blood cells However I often use a benzodiazepine such as diazepam 2-5mgs at night which reduces the sensitivity of the respiratory centre.
  • If sleep is disturbed by pain, try to find the cause of the pain. If not possible then one must just take whatever pain killers are necessary to control this. Lack of sleep simply worsens pain.
  • If one wakes in the nights with symptoms such as asthma, chest pain, shortness of breath, indigestion etc then this may point to food allergy being the problem with these withdrawal symptoms occurring during the small hours.
  • Some people find any food disturbs sleep and they sleep best if they do not eat after 6pm.
  • If you do wake in the night do not switch the light on, do not get up and potter round the house or you will have no chance of dropping off to sleep.
  • Learn a “sleep dream” to train the subconscious to switch on the sleep button!

By Dr. Sarah Myhill

Sleeping Problems – General

Sleep is essential for life by Dr. Sarah Myhill.

After the First World War a strain of Spanish ‘flu swept through Europe killing 50 million people worldwide. Some people sustained neurological damage and for some this virus wiped out their sleep centre in the brain. This meant they were unable to sleep at all. All these poor people were dead within 2 weeks and this was the first solid scientific evidence that sleep is more essential for life as food and water. Indeed all living creatures require a regular “sleep” (or period of quiescence) during which time healing and repair takes place. You must put as much work into your sleep as your diet.

Get the physical essentials for a good night’s sleep sorted by Dr. Sarah Myhill for some use full tips

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Headaches

Headaches

They can be caused by a variety of psychological and physical dysfunctions, from stress and tension to digestive disorders and postural problems up to pollution, bad lighting or domestic gas leaks (no matter how minute), eye strain, bad diet, allergies or other factors.

Advice:

Western Herbalism

You can take a relaxing bath with any of the following herbs, if possible including Lavender as one of the ingredients.

Balm, Cayenne, Chamomile, Elder Flower, Ground Ivy, Jamaican Dogwood, Lady’s Slipper, Lavender, Marjoram, Peppermint, Rosemary, Rue, Skullcap, Tansy, Thyme, Valerian, Wood Betony and Wormwood.

The bark of birch trees is commonly used as a pain-reliever by American Indians. And despite the fact that aspirin is inexpensive and readily available, there are still people in Europe and America that chew on the salicylate-rich bark of the willow and black poplar trees to cure their headaches. You can use the willow by making a herbal tea. (see How to make a)

You can also use one of the herbs that are rich in volatile oils (the best ones for headaches being Lavender, Rosemary, Marjoram and Peppermint).

This can be used in the form of essential oils or as strong infusions. They can either be rubbed on the forehead and temples or their vapour can be inhaled, both methods often easing pain surprisingly fast. When you’re using the essential oils make sure that you mix these with a carrier oil.

Other remedies
*Using relaxing techniques can also be helpful, try a walk in the forest or beach, do some yoga or Tsai Chi exercises.

*The Lamaze technique can be very helpful for counteracting headache pain. Drop your head so that your chin is on your chest. Slowly turn your head, leading with your chin, to the right and then to the left. Tighten your muscles from the shoulders on up, hold for 15 seconds, then relax.

*This breathing exercise is not only used to relieve headaches, but is also reported to relieve eyestrain, and neck and shoulder tension – and improve vision: Let your head drop forward and inhale through your nose. Hold that breath as you count to 10. Exhale, open your eyes, and blink quickly 10 times. Move your eyes in a circle – first clockwise, and then counter-clockwise. Then move your eyes diagonally, and up and down, 10 times each.

Slowly move your head toward your right shoulder, and then toward your left shoulder. Then rub your hands together quickly, close your eyes, and cover them with your palms. Breathe five very slow breaths, and picture yourself being filled with renewed energy.

Acupressure Therapy
*Massage the spot on the brow bone. Try this yourself by locating the small depression that’s just above the pupil of your eye. Then press with your fingertips, rotating clockwise for 30 seconds.

Visualization Therapy
*If your headache is stress related, try visualization to take a short, mental vacation. Whenever you feel the tension start to build, close your eyes and picture a tranquil scene or recall a very pleasant experience. If that image has soothing music associated with it, keep this handy to trigger an immediate relaxation response.

Traditional House & Folk Remedies
* Honey has natural pain-relieving powers, which is used as a traditional Chinese remedy for headache. You can eat the honey straight out of the jar, or mix three large spoonfuls in boiled water and drink. The Chinese also raid the kitchen for fresh radishes, buck thorn berries, licorice, cinnamon, mint leaves, orange peels and ginger root to ease their throbbing heads.

Caution: Honey is not recommend for people with low or high blood sugar. Unpasteurized honey may not be eaten by pregnant women and for children to a small degree. Only buy cold-pressed honey because heated honey contains additions and thereby loses its healing properties.

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