health problems

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!

What is Emotional Freedom Technique?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aromatherapy; Lavender

LavanderLatin name: Lavandula Augustifolia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Warning:
It is perfectly safe for home use.

What is 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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What is Colon Cancer?

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

Health Problems Earthing Therapy Can Help You With!

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

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

What is Earthing?

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

What is Bone Cancer?


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

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

    osteosarcoma
    Ewing’s sarcoma
    malignant fibrous histiocytoma
    chondrosarcoma.

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

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What Are the Main Causes of Cancer?


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Signs and Symptoms for Bladder Cancer


Signs And Symptoms For Bladder Cancer

There are a number of bladder cancer signs and symptoms.

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

More information will be added.

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Bladder Cancer


What is Bladder Cancer?

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

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Bile Duct Cancer


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

More information will be added.

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Appendix Cancer


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

More information will be added.

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How to avoid Mineral-Depletion in your food

by Henk Niermans

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

The answer is quite simple;

Use homemade compost

    The benefits of using your own compost

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

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

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

    • kitchen waste,
    • garden waste
    • some grass clippings

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

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

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

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

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

Making the compost

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

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

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

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

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PMS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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