Archive for February, 2012


Today the focus on good healthy, healthy living and lifestyle is a more powerful message than ever before. With obesity no longer lurking but overtly present in all age groups in all countries – the message has to be got across – it is a life-saving message if listened to.

Let’s say you have a teenager who is now what they call ‘clinically obese’ – this means grossly overweight for their height and age. The next stage is ‘morbidly obese’ – body functions are being impaired; organs are coming under severe pressure; joints are beginning to swell. One by one the body’s systems and functions are showing that they cannot cope with this unnatural burden. Trust me, it is an unnatural burden. We were not built for fat, we were built for speed! So here you are, worried about your child.

Stage 1 – look at diet – not just theirs, but yours also – we lead by example. If you consume vast quantities of take-aways, fast food, fizzy drinks and the like then naturally, your child has got used to eating this way and thinks it is normal. So before working on your child, let’s work on you!

You realise that it is time for a change – you want your youth back and you want your figure back. Where do you start? The number of fad diets out there is frightening – each one more damaging than the rest from what I have seen! It is less about a ‘diet’ and more about a new way of living. If tomorrow morning you woke up and said ok – now I will only eat what ‘they’, the officials, say is good for me. The famous 5 a day. So off you go onto fruit, whole grains, water, loads of salad etc. Then wonder why you feel rubbish!!

Dependent on your digestive state, you may feel dreadful if you try to eat raw vegetables, fruits and salads.Chances are you just wouldn’t be able to digest them as you would have a lack of digestive enzymes. What happens also if you are intolerant to gluten, as so many people are these days. This form of diet would feed yeast issues, raise your sugar levels, give you wind and bloating and generally make you feel uncomfortable. Plus if you drank a large quantity of water your body would rush to dump toxins and you would overload your kidneys! Fruit is just pure sugar and would also feed yeast/candida issues. Salads in the winter are just more damp forming – a digestive situation beloved by yeasts and bacteria!

Slowly and sensibly does it therefore – the first step is to drop the bread, pasta, cakes, biscuits, chocolate, sweets, fizzy drinks, caffeine etc. Be prepared for the headaches even at removing these items – withdrawal symptoms like that will show you how your body felt when you were putting these things in there! So, a good sign then!

What do you put in the place of these staples? This is where the new way of living comes in – starting your day without a cup of tea (as everyone in England does!) and having hot water with a squeeze of fresh lemon in it. Becomes quite addictive after a time! What is this doing for your body? Flushing out the digestive tract from the night before and giving your kidneys a quick cleanse at the same time. Then what? This rather depends on the amount of time you have in the mornings. If you want grains, then oats are the lowest in gluten and less likely to bloat you and are slow release for energy. Try not to have it mixed with a load of nuts and dried fruit – hard to digest, a bad mix of carbohydrate and protein and the dried fruit is just loaded with sugar. Porridge is good! Slow release energy! Or have your oats raw and just add milk (rice or soya better here) with say a small amount of honey or maple syrup – natural sweeteners. Mix in a sliced banana if you like but that is enough. Scrambled eggs or poached eggs are great if you have the time. I like my scrambled eggs with fresh parsley and a little smoked salmon – at the weekend!

Teas by all means, but use teas that will help the detoxifying process such as nettle, camomile, green tea. Water is king – but please don’t take tap water – it is full of chlorine which destroys the good bacteria in your bowel. Bottled water is safer but the cheapest is to buy a filter jug and use this for drinking and cooking. Don’t keep it in the fridge!! Drinking ice cold water is seriously bad for your stomach. Too much of a shock.

Mid morning has arrived and you are hungry – whether at work or home now is a good time to go for the rice crackers with say houmous or a little goat’s cheese (easier to digest than cow’s). Oatcakes also work well and easy to carry around with you. Carrying pumpkin or sunflower seeds to snack on. If you want a piece of fruit then have an apple, but eat if before you have the rice or oatcakes as it will digest quicker. Try to avoid eating oranges or drinking orange juice as it is highly acidic. Even though apple juice is sweet it has the added benefit of softening stones in your gall bladder for easy removal when, and if, you make a liver flush! It tastes great I promise! Just use a lemon, thinly peeled leaving on the pith and sliced; 2 cloves of garlic; 1″ of ginger root peeled and chopped finely; 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil and 8fl oz carton apple juice – whiz it all in a blender until smooth and then ‘chew’ as you drink it slowly – this is to mix with the enzymes in your mouth. Eat nothing for a couple of hours afterwards to let it do its work. This will stimulate a sluggish liver and gall bladder. If you feel a little nauseous, don’t worry it must means your liver is working! Cut back on the ingredients so that you can take it without feeling nausea and then slowly increase them to full strength. Most people unfortunately eat back to front – fruit at the end of the meal and copious amounts of liquid during the meal – your poor stomach! Never gets a chance to digest anything before it is pushed out only half done!

Evening meals become simple! Quick too! A protein such as salmon, tuna, chicken, lamb – preferably not beef as we are trying to detox here and this is hard work for your digestion. Have vegetables but not too many different ones at one time – stir-fry or steam or bake your vegetables. Stir-fry, bake or steam your fish or meat. Season with herbs or a little natural rock or sea salt. Maybe a dash of soya. If I pan-fry my fillets of salmon then I usually do so using a little goat’s butter. Tastes fabulous! Get into the habit of using a lot of garlic – increase gradually if you are not used to it. This will help to clean your blood and begin the work of killing off all the infections such as viruses, bacteria and fungus you are probably carrying! Again – no fruit at the end of the meal – make a fruit starter instead – just choose those varieties not the highest in sugar such as the exotics like mango.

Doesn’t sound much of a detox so far does it? However, it is! This is a way of eating that will restore your liver, help your kidneys, your bowel etc. It is a gentler way of doing it. Once you have had this sort of diet for a couple of months you can then step up into a next stage detox.

Stage 2 Detox

Now you are ready to go for a cleanse! Bowel herbs are the no 1 here – no detox is worth doing unless you clear out and support the elimination channels. Kidneys, bowel, liver and skin. What I use for my own patients are capsules I make that are all herbs to cleanse, tone and stimulate the bowel. These are taken in conjunction with a powder combination of bentonite clay, fennel seed, activated willow charcoal and golden linseed (ground). This formulation softens the old, impacted matter on the colon walls and the capsules help to break it down and move it out.

I don’t ever advocate that someone goes on a pure water fast – most people are so toxic that they would literally drown in their own poisons. Having said that – I did it once, years ago, before becoming a practitioner. I was in Crete for the summer and my body just started to reject food, alcohol – anything really. So for 1 month this went on and every day I walked 3 miles, sunbathed, swam and drank only water. Given that my lifetime burden has been my own bowel and digestive system – the end result was little short of miraculous. However for the first 2 weeks I could hardly see for the headaches, kept falling asleep – which was my body’s way of telling me to stop so that it could go to work. When I was ready to start eating again – I just knew that suddenly I was hungry – I only ate very lightly. Any fool can fast, it takes a wise man to break it properly! (I think that was said by George Bernard Shaw for some reason!). I looked and felt amazing – all health issues had vanished along with cellulite, edema, fat. My hair gleamed, my eyes shone (and were now greener than before), my skin glowed and I felt glorious.

I would still not want anyone to do this without serious supervision of a qualified practitioner – it is dangerous!

Clearing our your bowel by having colonics or enemas will make such a huge difference to you. Avoiding all the foods that are harmful will also. Interestingly enough as you clean out the old gunk you no longer have the craving for the rubbish – makes it somewhat easier!

Doing a bowel cleanse for a period of 2 weeks is enough. Doing this 2 or 3 times a year is good practice especially at the end of the winter as you start to change into much lighter foods as the temperatures start to rise.

Many people have what I call ‘dampness’ issues. This is not related to external this time but to internal. Caused by a toxic and clogged colon. Cleansing that will help with the side effects of dampness which is swellings anywhere, joint inflammation, excess mucous, sinus issues, tinnitus, sluggish liver, bloating, skin issues or fungal toes and fingernails. And more. Disease begins in the colon – cleanse yours for optimum health!

There are some great herbs out there to assist but, please, talk to a qualifed practitioner or medical herbalist before embarking on them, just to be on the safe side. Having said that herbs for your cooking are ones you probably use already! Coriander, parsley, garlic, chillies, turmeric, ginger root, fennel bulb or seed, etc

I trust that this article will go some way towards understanding how you can help yourself to health, lose weight and then help your overweight teenager! It won’t happen overnight but small steps lead to great success.

Here’s to yours!

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Cancer – An Alternative View

This has become the single most scary dis-ease that afflicts modern times. The very name strikes terror into hearts when they are diagnosed. As soon as the doctor or specialist utters those words – our immune system hits the floor – we see no way out – the shock in and of itself is the worst!

You may notice how I have spelt the word dis-ease instead of the more normal and accepted way of disease. There is a reason for it – we tend to forget what our words actually mean today as we are so used to using them out of context if you will. Dis-ease means exactly that – a body that is no longer comfortable with itself. A body that has started to attack itself as its immune system is so low. (That is why I referred to the shock of the utterance by the specialist or doctor – guaranteed to lower an already low immunity!)

Have you ever asked yourself what is cancer? It can be simplified into being a long story of pain – emotional pain – that has never been dealt with in that person’s life. Like a garden, it has to be fed and watered for it to grow. Fed and watered with what? Negative emotions. Lack of self-love. Perceived lack of love. Lack of joy. Bitterness, anger, fear, resentment, grief – it is a long list and I could write a lot about the emotions themselves but for the sake of the topic I will just explain how they affect the body so badly.

If the general medical profession could see slightly differently to the way they do now – perhaps note might be taken of who that person is sitting in front of them. What is their life? Are they happy? Have they been through a period of intense stress? (Dirk Hamer came up with what is now called the Dirk Hamer Syndrome which states that a person struggling with intense stress for a period exceeding 2 years without a break will develop a tumour – pretty strong statement but one which I have seen in fact, with my own sister).

So what part do these emotions have to play in creating cancer? Alternative medicine – or the area that I work in and have specialised in over the years – understands that the emotions are the first port of call for any illness or dis-ease within the body. If that negative emotion is not dealt with, then it will manifest itself at the physical level. So it starts at the mental level, ie how we perceive a problem, trauma or stress and then if left it will move to the emotional level – here is where it will attach itself to the corresponding organ for that emotion and if left to stay there, it will then become an actual physical problem within that organ or system.

Just to give you some insight as to how my colleagues and I see or feel where the emotions lodge themselves – and quite deeply over years and years – like a plant if it is watered it will grow!

The heart is obvious – it is about love. You have heard the expression ‘died of a broken heart’. Well in a sense that is true. A couple who have been together for years and years and then one of them dies; the other literally doesn’t want to go on without them. This thought process almost becomes a choice at that stage and the heart will give out. They no longer want to live – so one follows the other quite quickly in a lot of cases.

The liver is the seat of the most primitive of all emotions – anger.

Grief sits in the lungs – after a shock or loss we often get bronchitis or similar.

Kidneys are damaged by our fears

Our blood is the river of our lives – depending on how that flows will depend on how the blood flows. I once had a patient with a severe blood problem and her message, over and over again to herself, was every time she saw something that distressed her – ‘that makes my blood boil’ – so it did!

Whether any of this resonates with you or not -over the years it has become quite clear that the burden of these toxic emotions if not dealt with, will manifest themselves at the highest level – in a tumour. So….. if we can create this situation in our body with hanging onto these emotions, then the other side of that particular coin says we are powerful to uncreate it when we become aware! Surely this is good news? Once the realisation is there then we can look inward to resolve the problem that created the tumour in the first place.

No amount of immune destroying drugs will erase the actual cause of the cancer – they will just further suppress an already damaged immune system – damaged by our emotions and inability to deal with them to the point of release. That is why the medical system in place today will never ‘cure’ cancer. Yes, they can help people to the stage of remission – but this is short term. There are very few success stories out there of long term remission or ‘cure’ when following the standard medical procedures of cut, burn and chemically destroy. Why?Because the cause has still not been addressed. The body still holds the imprint and the lesson has not been learned. When it is – then the body will effect the repairs and the cancer will no longer be necessary.

Take a look at metaphysics – learn to understand the cause of your particular variety of cancer and then undertake the work to begin the task of dismantling all that created it. Assist your body through that process by right eating, right thinking, right exercise and take back your power – remember – if you can create then you can uncreate it!

Start by reading some of Louise Hay’s excellent works http://www.louisehay.com which will explain so much about metaphysics and how you can help yourself.

To Your Success

This, along with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), is a relatively new ‘dis-ease’ – a sign of our times and our diets whether in children or as is becoming clear, in adults also. So what causes this reaction? What is creating such an imbalance?

DIET RELATED

This is probably the best place to start finding the cause! How we eat is so important in terms of giving our body the nutrition it needs for the job is so badly wants to undertake for us. All signs of illness are actually signs of a body that is imbalanced. So what are we doing wrong?

Give a thought to the modern diet. Look at what children and adults eat today – mostly de-natured, refined and processed food. Huge amounts of sugar, salt, fat, carbohydrates in all the forms that they are available in. Bread, pastries, crisps, excessive quantities of meat, poultry – often poor quality and loaded with antibiotics as a daily dose in their feed.

Take meat to begin with – if red meat is of poor quality – and a lot of people don’t have the necessary income to buy the highest quality cuts – then it contains a fatty acid called arachidonate which forms hormone-like prostaglandins. In excess, these can and do cause mental and physical inflammation – leading to aggression. Often a large problem with children and adults diagnosed with these 2 problems.

SUGAR RELATED

Next is refined sugar – in excess this causes moodiness as it creates sugar imbalances in the blood and the brain.

The main symptoms of both are inability to pay attention and excessive activity -often these have a common root diagnosed in Oriental medicine as insufficient yin, where yin represents the calm and receptive dimension of the human personality. In such childhood disorders, yin deficit frequently affects the kidneys and liver. (In Western terms, this could translate into a deficiency of liver and kidney metabolites and hormones, which are produced from a rich and balanced supply of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, enzymes and so on). The task of yin-building in children is not far different from that in adults.

HEREDITY

One reason children may exhibit yin deficit is heredity, if not enough was available from the parents. Studies have shown that parents who are themselves subject to depression, attention deficit, hyperactivity, and other developmental imbalances have a greater likelihood of bearing children with ADHD. Since children are in a yang growth phase of their life, which needs the support of their yin resources, they easily become at least somewhat deficient in yin. Because the yin and its supporting nutrients are depleted by refined foods, synthetic chemicals, pesticides, radiation from computers and televisions, highly spiced foods, fluorescent lights, smog and numerous other toxic elements of modern life, it is advisable for children with yin deficit to have as natural a diet and lifestyle as possible. Chaos in the home, along with other stresses (related to the diet) seems to contribute to this syndrome in children.

REMEDIES

Specific nutritional remedies that frequently help, especially if given regularly over the years, include: sea vegetables, which supply the wealth of minerals needed to calm the mind and body and can be cooked into bean dishes and stews also, many children with ADHD are benefited by taking a few kelp tablets daily. Foods such as spirulina, tempeh, butter and ghee, almonds may prove helpful in building yin essence. The omega-3 oil and GLA oils eg in the form of flax and borage oils, greatly help the yin of the liver and are indicated when the child/adult is unruly or especially angry or disruptive. Studies suggest these fatty acids tend to be lacking in the presence of ADHD. ADHD is frequently made worse by parasitic infections. Taking garlic can help with childhood parasites, also with colloidal silver and aloe vera gel as garlic can be quite strong for them. These 2 combined help rid the body of many parasites and pathogens. Thus, aside from the parasite issue, some parents give one or both remedies to their children long-term simply to aid in yin nourishment.

Hyperactivity and Attention Deficit represent a mind and body that move, often chaotically, from one action, object, or idea to another. Chaotic and disruptive change, whether mental or physical is described in Chinese medicine as wind syndrome. Wind conditions are made worse by heat-producing foods and stressful activity, by diets that cause liver stagnation and by consuming eggs, crab meat and buckwheat.

Whether ADHD syndrome is brought about by injuries, parasites, heredity, dietary or environmental factors or any combination of these, it can be improved, at least to some extent, by consistently following basic guidelines such as has been suggested here.

Attention to diet is of prime importance, whether for adults or children – giving the body the correct balance of what it needs, invariably gives a balance of body and mind in return.

MY STORY

Since my son was small, I have tried to ensure that his diet was balanced; giving him the correct quantity of green foods, soya, fish and whole grains – I avoided giving him sugar and processed food as much as humanly possible. However – as all mothers will attest to – there comes a time when the peer pressure kicks in and they don’t want to be different!! I well remember one day when I had taken he and a friend out for lunch and he begged me to let him have hot chocolate with cream and those little marshmallows on the top. After about 15 minutes – I gave in – he could be very persuasive and voluble at 9 years old!! Within 5 minutes of finishing his drink he was literally bouncing off the walls and ran out into the street and I found him trying to climb the lampost!! He was totally off the wall at that stage and it took a good hour for him to calm down. If ever I needed a reminder of what sugar can do – that was it!! Now he is a teenager and I am no longer in charge of his diet so – he has high sugar intake and as a result, he is moody depressed and angry! All the symptoms as stated above – he cannot focus on one task for more than a couple of minutes – craves b read, cheese and sugar and is so out of balance. This does not have to be his life – but at 19 he must recognise it for himself!