Friday, April 18, 2014

Standardized vs. Whole herbal formulas




Today, the process of extracting “leading active ingredients” is common place and is called “Standardization”. It’s the rage throughout the chemical and natural food industry. The theory is that if one dose of a “suspected” key ingredient is good, a large dose all at once of that ingredient is better. Not so! Those leading active ingredients are properly placed, by Nature, in proportions mixed with other ingredients to make the herb. When taken whole, they present to your body a balanced solution.





Dieticians
Are recognizing this fact. At one time it was thought the best way to get Vitamin C was to take a “high potency” pill. Then people thought up juicing an orange and consuming liters of it. But when extracted from the whole fruit, the juice overwhelmed the body leaving the body short on nutrition and long on sugar that was stored in adipose tissue or FAT. When a person ate the whole orange, they received, in proportion, all of the nutrients, fiber, sugar, vitamins and minerals. A person could not eat enough oranges to gain all of the sugar from a juiced product. That’s healthy eating. The same thing is true with herbs ! When the right whole herb is selected the active ingredient works together with the body to CLEANSE and NOURISH so the body can HEAL itself.



Plant chemistry is so complex, it’s unlikely we’ll ever know, although recent advances in medicine have shown herbs seem to work in several ways:
1) Strengthen and stimulate the body’s immune system so it can do its work.
2) Taken wholly, the natural combinations break down the diseases’ defense so the body can finish them off as they directly kill bacteria and parasites.
3) Soothe pain and inflammation and stimulate or relax bodily functions.
With more than 380,000 plants, more research is required. But 5,000 years of experimentation give the modern herb user a tremendous advantage.
Only an expert herbologist that understands the naturopathic principles can be trusted to recommend the right herb or combinations.




History of Herbs:
The earliest records indicate man has been using plants for medicinal purpose for 5,000 years. Slaves who built the great Egyptian pyramids in 2600 BC were fed spices to enhance their energy. Perhaps coincidentally, extensive research and growth took place simultaneously in India with its Ayurveda (life and knowledge) medicine and in China, with written treatise produced as early as 200 BC. Doctors in the Arab world noted their findings of the medicinal qualities of plants around the same time. In Europe, great hope sprang as explorers brought back to the Old World fascinating new plants for European doctors to use in their treatments. Some were bogus, like guaiacum, but others like Echinacea produced startling results. Cinchona bark, for example, became the treatment for curing malaria. Today, herbs are used by millions as a safe, time-tested, and inexpensive way to a better, healthier life. In Europe and the Americas alone, it is a $12 billion industry.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

SWEET POISON


Saccharin: Animal studies showed it caused cancer of the bladder, as well as, uterus, ovaries, skin, blood vessels and other organs. It also increases the potency of other carcinogens. FDA required a warning label at one time.


Cyclamate: Caused cancer, increased potency of other carcinogens—blended with saccharin even higher incidents of bladder cancer. It has been banned, but is being reconsidered for reapproval.


Aspartame (Nutrasweet/EQUAL): Is toxic to the nervous system, causing damage to the brain. Approved by FDA, with a warning label for those with PKU.


Sucralose (Splenda): Preapproval data showed evidence of antifertility effects, immune system toxicity, potential mutagenic activity, and fetal edema in offspring. Approved by FDA. Acesulfame-K: Studies suggested it may cause cancer and breakdown products shown to be toxic to the thyroid gland—approved by the FDA.


Neotame: Aspartame plus 3-di-methybutyl, which can be found on the EPA’s list of most hazardous chemicals. Approved by the FDA.


20 million people were exposed to 5 drugs that were recalled in 1997 and 1998 alone—that’s 10% of U.S.

Saccharin contains only 1/8th of a calorie per tsp and approx 300 times sweeter than sugar—they created the foundation for sugar-free products worldwide. It is still used in tabletop sweeteners (pink), toothpaste, baked goods, jams, chewing gum, canned fruit, candy, dessert toppings, salad dressings, and mouthwash. It is stable at high temps, so it can be used for cooking, and is available in powder and liquid form.

Even the U.S. Military warns its pilots against using Aspartame (blue packaged sweetener). It’s additional chemical toxins are DKP, aspartate, methanol, formaldehyde and formic acid, which act as neurotoxins to the brain and accumulate within cells and damages protein and DNA. This kind of exposure leads to memory problems, equilibrium and dexterity impairment; neurobehavioral symptoms; Seizures & Cognitive adverse effects; sleep disturbances,
changes in vision, fatigue, weakness, headaches and skin disorders.

Sucralose, although derived from sugar, IS NOT SUGAR! It is packaged (yellow) as a no-calorie sweetener, a blend for baking and a brown sugar blend. Ironically, it is the only organochlorine ever used for human consumption, in the ranks with others like DDT, Dicofol, Methoxychlor, Chlorobenzilate, Aldrin and Dieldren, Chlordane, Trans-Nonachlor pesticides; PCB’s for insulation; Vinyl Chloride and PVC for plastics mfg; Phosgene and Mustard gas used for chemical warfare; as well as, solvents like Chloroform.
Still think they are SAFE ?

Reactions to poisons:


Headaches & migraines Memory loss Grand Mal Seizures Dizziness/Imbalance Local swelling Change in mood/activity Vomiting & Nausea Difficulty breathing abdominal pain/cramps diarrhea rash sleep problems skin problems hives Urogenital problems Body temp change difficulty swallowing heart rate change chest pain itching fainting gastrointestinal musculoskeletal sensations and localized pain and tenderness speech impaired itching edema coughing sinus problems eczema shock fever dilated eyes shock constipation ADD ADHD Swollen lymph glands change in appetite wheezing hearing dental problems hallucinations blood death eye irritation Heart problems blood pressure/sugar issues metabolism conjunctivitis Other Symptoms...



“I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.”
-E.B. White




Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Healing Tools




Deep Breathing Exercise:
Deep breathing is a powerful way to decrease stress and increase calm energy. Low body oxygen can cause anxiety, depression, tight muscles, aches and pains, and exacerbate chronic illness. Focused breathing strengthens the heart & lungs, encourages restful sleep and slows aging.
Take a deep breath—in through the nose, for a count of 7—Hold that breath for a count of 4—release that breath through the mouth slowly, for a count of 8—Repeat this exercise, 3 more times, or for 1 minute.
As you are breathing in deeply, think of the oxygen reaching and recharging all the cells in your body, as you are exhaling, imagine the stress and tension leaving your body…
If you also do this deep breathing while exercising, you will improve blood circulation, encourage relaxation, and help your agility and joint mobility, especially when walking.
Breathe deeply at above 7000’ to reboot lymphatics





Circulation/Self Massage:
Start by massaging the head, using brisk circular motions, proceeding to long strokes as you move down the neck and shoulders. Now alternate these two movements as you continue down the arms: Circular strokes at the shoulder joints, long strokes down the upper arm, circular at the elbows, long down the forearm, circular at the wrist, long strokes down each finger, finally circularly around each finger joint. Moving over the chest, massage horizontally with long strokes, but avoid massaging directly over the heart or breasts. Massage horizontally over the stomach for 2 strokes, then give 2 diagonal strokes. Using the alternating rhythm, proceed to the lower abdomen, lower back, buttocks and thighs. Massage the hip joints with circular motion, long strokes on the thighs, circular around knees, long down the calves, circular around ankles, long down feet and toes, ending finally with the circular around each toe joint.
This takes approximately 5-10 minutes, once you have the process figured to a routine. It helps the body dispose of toxins and waste, especially when cleansing, nourishing and healing...





Meditation technique:
“SO-HUM”
Sit comfortably and close your eyes. Take a slow deep breath in thru your nose thinking the word “SO”. Exhale slowly thru your nose while thinking the word “HUM”. Continue breathing easily, silently repeating “SO”... “HUM” with each inflow and outflow of breath Whenever your attention drifts to thoughts in your mind, sounds in your environment or sensations in your body, gently return to your breath, silently repeating “SO”…”HUM”. Continue this process for 20-30 minutes, with an attitude of effortlessness and simplicity. When the time is up, sit with your eyes closed for a couple of minutes before resuming your daily activities. NAMASTE’




A,B,C's:





A-Activating event—something that happens or is about to happen, emotionally triggering a physical reaction.
B-Belief System—your beliefs, thoughts, or attitudes about A, what you are telling yourself? Are you making requests or demands? Clarify your expectations.
C– Consequences—your emotional reaction to B, how you feel. Your behavioral response would be a result of B and C feelings.
D– Dispute Beliefs, challenging and questioning your thinking (B). Where is the evidence to prove your irrational beliefs.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Attitudinal Healing

Attitudinal Healing

Belief vs RealityWe are what we believe. Our belief system is based on our past experience, which is constantly being relived in the present with an anticipation of the future being like the past. Our present perceptions are so colored by the past thing that we are unable to see the immediate happenings in our lives without distortions and limitations. With a sincere willingness we can re-examine who we think we are in order to achieve a new and a deeper sense of our real identity.

Do I want to experience peace or do I want to experience conflict?
If I want peace, I will be concerned only about giving.
If I want conflict, I will be concerned with trying to get something or evaluating why I am not getting it.
So, for EVERY communication I will ask, “Is this communication loving to the other person and to myself?”

We are Limitless
To experience this sense of total freedom, it is important for us to detach ourselves from past and future preoccupations and choose to live in an immediate sense of NOW. To be free also means not to be confined to a reality that seems limited by our physical senses. This, in turn, allows us to see and to participate in the love we already share with everyone.
Love can be looked upon as the total absence of fear. While all of us want love, many seem unable to experience it with any consistency. Our guilty fears from the past block our ability to give and receive love in the present. Fear and love can never be experienced at the same time. It is always our choice as to which of these emotions we choose. By choosing love more consistently than fear, we can change the nature and quality of not only our relationships, but our entire lives.

Attack and Defense
When we perceive another as “attacking” us, we usually feel defensive and find a way, directly or indirectly, to “attack” back. Attacking always stems from fear. No one attacks unless he or she first feels threatened and believes that through attack, one’s own strength is demonstrated at the expense of another’s vulnerability. As with all defenses that are designed to keep guilt and fear from our awareness, attack usually preserves the problem.
Most of us cling to the belief that “attacking” can really get us something we want. We seem to forget that “attacking” and “defending” do not bring inner peace. In order to experience peace instead of conflict, it is necessary to shift our perception. Instead of seeing others as attacking us, we can choose to see them as fearful. We are always expressing either love or fear. Fear is really a call for help and therefore, a request for love. It is apparent then, that to experience peace we must recognize that we do have a choice in determining what we perceive.
Many of our attempts to correct others, even when we believe we are offering constructive criticism, are really attempts to attack them by demonstrating their “wrongness” and our “rightness”. Thus, it may be helpful to examine our motivations.
Are we teaching love or are we demonstrating attack?
If others don’t change in accordance with our expectations, we are likely to regard them as guilty and thus reinforce our own belief in guilt. Peace of mind comes from not wanting to change others but instead, merely accepting them as they are. True acceptance is always without demands and expectations.

Forgiveness
The principle underlying “Peace of Mind” is that it can only be reached when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions about someone or something.
Our misperceptions can only be undone in the present. We accomplish this through releasing what we think other people did to us or what we think we did to them. Through this process of selective forgetting, we are free to embrace a present unencumbered by our past history or misperceptions.
Through forgiveness we stop the endless recycling of guilt and look upon ourselves and others with love. Forgiveness permits us to let go of all thoughts that seem to separate us from each other. Without belief in separation, we can accept our own healing and extend healing love to all those around us. Healing, then, becomes the thought of Unity.
When inner peace is recognized as our single goal, forgiveness becomes our single function. Once we accept both our function and our goal, we discover that turning to our inner, intuitive voice for direction can become an excellent guide. As we release others from the prison of our distorted perceptions, we ourselves are released and join with them in the unity of love.

Getting and Giving
It is important to remember that we all have everything we need within the present because love is the essence of our being. If we think we need to get something from others, we will love them when we get what we want and dislike or hate them when we don’t. We frequently have love/hate relationships in which we find ourselves trading conditional love. The “getting” motivation leads to conflict and expressions of hostility towards ourselves and others.
On the other hand, the “giving” motivation leads to a sense of inner peace and joy that is unrelated to time. Giving means extending our love with no conditions and no expectations. Peace of mind occurs when we focus our attention on giving and have no desire to get anything from, or to change, another person.

Retraining the Mind
To aid in retraining your mind, ask yourself the following questions within any circumstance, whether private or interpersonal:
Do I choose to experience peace or conflict?
Do I choose to experience love or fear?
Do I choose to be a love-finder or a fear-finder?
Do I choose to be a love-giver or a love-seeker?
Is this communication (verbal or non-verbal) loving to the other person and is it loving to myself?
Many of our thoughts, statements and actions are not loving. If we want peace of mind, it is essential that our communications with others promote a sense of joining. To have inner peace, it is necessary to be consistent in what we think, in what we say, and in what we do.


Words to ERASE
Retraining the mind includes recognizing the impact of the words we use. The words below are commonly used in self-limiting messages we give to ourselves and others. The keep the guilty past and fearful future active in our minds. As a result, our feelings of conflict are reinforced. The more conscious we are when we use these words negatively and how doing so interferes with our inner peace, the easier it is to eliminate them from our thoughts and communications.
You may even find it helpful to visualize an imaginary blackboard in your mind and every time you use one of these words, visualize it on the blackboard and ERASE it.
In doing any exercise it is important to be gentle with yourself and not feel guilty when you forget. Each time you find yourself using any of the following words in a self-limiting way, merely regard that as a mistake, an error to be corrected, and move on.
Words that limit our thinking and growth include:
Impossible can’t try limitation if only but difficult ought to should doubt
Also include any words that place you or others in a category, measure or compare you or others, or judge or condemn you or others.

Attitude is EVERYTHING
Our attitudes determine whether we feel fulfilled or empty, wealthy or poor, happy or sad, accepted or rejected. It is the rudder of our ship and determines the course of our lives. It is more important than how much education we have; how clever we are; the level of our particular skills; our past accomplishments and future prospects, or how much money we have in the bank. Throughout our lives, it influences our friendships and all other relationships. Quite simply, it is the seminal factor in a life well lived versus one that is a constant struggle. Current research suggests that positive attitudes about aging are a greater factor than wealth, gender, or even our cholesterol levels in adding years to our lives.

Attitudinal Healing
At the heart of Attitudinal Healing is the belief in the extraordinary ability of ordinary people to help each other, and the idea that we have the power to choose our attitude in any moment, regardless of circumstances. It is the realization that it is neither circumstances nor people in the past that are causing us to be upset in the present. Rather, it is our own thoughts, attitudes, and judgments about those things that cause us distress. It is about healing our own minds and hearts, and having harmony and integrity in all we think, say, and do. These are the ingredients for peace of mind.
The approach and philosophy is based on universal principles. You do not need a particular faith or belief system in order to utilize it, and people from all walks of life, cultures, religions and beliefs can benefit. It’s the process of letting go of fear and negative, hurtful thoughts from the past, allowing us to correct our misperceptions and remove inner obstacles to peace. Once we recognize the debilitating effect that holding onto guilt, blame, and self-condemnation has on our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health, we stop punishing ourselves and others.
AH offers us another way to look at the world and at life and death. We learn to make peace of mind our only goal and forgiveness our primary function. It regards our primary identity as spiritual and affirms that each individual possesses a quality of being or an inner nature that is essentially loving and that this loving nature is shared by all human beings. It defines health as inner peace and healing as a process of letting go of fear. It emphasizes equality in every aspect of our lives, and affirms we are equal as students and teachers to each other. It also does NOT tell other people what to do, but offers them choices. It simply sets the intention of living a life of unconditional love, reminding us that we are worthy of love, and that happiness is our responsibility and our natural state of being.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Organ Stress

Food and/or Nourishment can either be a poison to our system or a medicine, sometimes it is just a neutral effect, neither positive or negative.



SPLEEN/PANCREAS/STOMACH—Foods that stress: sugar & honey, high fat foods, tropical fruits/juices, MSG & food additives.


Body Signals of stress: erratic energy levels, binging on sweets, belching, upset stomach, low resistance to infections.


Mood Signals of Stress: feel scattered, anxious, worried, overly sensitive, big mood swings.


LUNGS/LARGE INTESTINES—Foods that stress: white flour, yeasted breads, high fat foods, sugar & honey, antibiotics, food color, food additives.


Body Signals of stress: fatigue, stuffy sinuses, phlegm, pale complexion, gas, diarrhea, constipation.


Mood Signals of Stress: sad or depressed, nostalgic, stuck, weary.


KIDNEYS/BLADDER—Foods that stress: ice cold food & drink, milk & dairy foods, too much raw food, sugar & honey, over-salting.


Body Signals of Stress: frequent, pale urine or scant, dark urine; lower back ache, low sexual energy, bags under the eyes, often feel cold.


Mood Signals of Stress: overwhelmed, confused, afraid, insecure.



LIVER/ GALLBLADDER—Foods that stress: overeating—especially eggs, meat, cheese & ice cream, alcohol & drugs, chemicallized foods, coffee & chocolate, sugar & honey.


Body Signals of Stress: headaches, often overeat, eyes irritated or bloodshot, oily or dry skin, restless from 11pm to 2am.


Mood Signals of Stress: impatient, frustrated, angry, blocked creativity.


HEART/SMALL INTESTINES—Foods that Stress: sugar & honey, high fat foods, tropical fruits/juices, MSG, food additives, white flour, yeasted breads, antibiotics, food color, ice cold food & drink, milk & dairy (over-eating), too much raw food, over-salting, alcohol & drugs, chemicallized foods, coffee & chocolate.


Body Signals of Stress: chest aching or tense, backache between shoulders, high blood pressure, red complexion.


Mood Signals of Stress: over-excitable, can’t relax, chronic tension, workaholic.

BENEFICIAL FOODS:
Spleen/Pancreas/Stomach: millet, sweet vegetables, round/compact veggies like cabbage, turnip, onion, rutabaga, pumpkin, local sweet fruit & miso soup.
Lung/Large Intestines: brown rice, dark leafy greens, roots, winter squash, onion, leek, ginger, garlic, apples, pears & miso soup.
Kidneys/Bladder: brown rice, buckwheat, adzuki beans, sturdy greens, roots, winter squash, watermelon, berries.
Liver/Gallbladder: barley, quinoa, wheat, rye, Daikon radish, spring greens, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, parsley, lemon, sauerkraut.
Heart/Small Intestines: corn, quinoa, brown rice, bitter greens, summer vegetables, strawberries, local fruit.




Sunday, March 27, 2011

ITIS aka Inflammation

Anti-Inflammatory Foods:


PROTEIN: Chicken Breast Turkey Breast Salmon Albacore Tuna Shrimp Crab Cod Clams Filet of Sole Swordfish Plain Yogurt Sour Cream Feta Cheese Parmesan Cheese Romano Cheese Egg Whites Lowfat Cottage Cheese Hazelnuts Walnuts Pecans Almonds
Vegetables: Arugula Asparagus Avocado Bean Sprouts Bell Peppers Brussel Sprouts Cauliflower Celery Cucumbers Eggplant Endive Escarole Garlic Ginger Kale Mushrooms Onions Radishes Romaine Lettuce Spinach Summer Squash Soy (Edamame) Tomatoes Zucchini Snow Peas Swiss Chard ALL Dark Leafy Greens
FRUITS: Apples Blackberries Blueberries Raspberries Strawberries Cantaloupe Honeydew Melon Citrus fruit (except oranges) Peaches Pears Plums Kiwi Nectarines
Beans & Grains: Barley Black Beans Oatmeal Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans) Kidney beans Lima beans Lentils Navy Beans Pinto beans
Canned Foods: Alaskan Wild Salmon (in water) Sardines (in oil) Tuna (in water) Beans Olives No-Salt Chicken Broth
Condiments: Extra Virgin Olive Oil Mustard (w/out honey)
Frozen Foods: Flash frozen fruits/vegetables w/NO additives
Beverages: Green Tea WATER
Herbs & Spices: Basil Bay Leaf Dill Mint Parsley Rosemary Thyme Cinnamon Coriander Cumin Ginger Paprika Red Pepper flakes Turmeric



Inflammatory Dis-Eases: Inflammation in bones, joints, blood vessels, kidneys, skin, eyes, brain and immune response OR Arthritis, Auto-immune disorders, Skin eruptions/rashes, etc...


INFLAMMATORY Foods to AVOID!!!


Alcoholic Beverages Bacon Bananas Breads Beef Butter Carrots Cream Cheese Candy Chocolate Coffee Cake Cookies Cereals Cornstarch Corn Corn Syrup Croissants Dried Fruit Duck Doughnuts Fruit Juice Fried Foods Flour Grapes Granola Half&Half Honey Hard Cheese Heavy Cream Ice Cream Hot Dogs Jams & Jellies Mango Margarine Molasses Muffins Noodles Oranges Pancakes Papaya Pastry Peas Pie Pizza Pasta Pickles Popcorn Potatoes Pudding Pumpkins Raisins Relish Rice (instant) Sherbet Soda Scones SUGAR Tacos Waflles Watermelon Whole Milk



Inflammation
Any injury, including an invasion by microorganisms, causes a complex reaction called inflammation in the affected area. Inflammation occurs as a result of many different conditions. Through the release of different substances from the damaged tissue, inflammation directs the body's defenses to wall off the area, attack and kill any invaders, dispose of dead and damaged tissue, and begin the process of repair. However, inflammation may not be able to overcome large numbers of microorganisms.
During inflammation, the blood supply increases. An infected area near the surface of the body becomes red and warm. The walls of blood vessels become more porous, allowing fluid and white blood cells to pass into the affected tissue. The increase in fluid causes the inflamed tissue to swell. The white blood cells attack the invading microorganisms and release substances that continue the process of inflammation. Other substances trigger clotting in the tiny vessels (capillaries) in the inflamed area, which delays the spread of the infected microorganisms and their toxins. Many of the substances produced during inflammation stimulate the nerves, producing pain. Reactions to the substances released during inflammation include the chills, fever and muscle aches that commonly accompany infection or injury.

*most dis-eases that include "itis" are inflammatory.