Category: Wellness Within and Without


It is spring and the birds in my garden are having a busy time of it – defining their territory, chasing off other cock birds, gathering all the bits and pieces they need for nest building – including straw from the thatched roof of my neighbour’s cottage!  However the weirdest behaviour of all came from my favourite – the gardener’s friend – my robin.  He has been my faithful companion all winter – not afraid of me or my dogs at all and always there with a cheery greeting of – where are the worms? – get digging!

Why weird?  Well I have a back door that is part glazed so that I can see into my garden.  The other day the robin was hovering more than usual outside the door.  Then on the wing outside the door!  Then landing on the door handle with me just standing the other side watching him!

I was racking my brains as to what he could possibly want.  Had I not given him enough food?  So off I trotted to the shop and came back with all his favourites – mealworms, special robin seed etc.  Laid it out for him but the behaviour still went on so it obviously wasn’t lack of food.  What else!  Did he want to build his nest inside the house?  Not to be encouraged for obvious reasons!

Each time he re-appeared it was with a mouthful (sorry Robin – beakful!) of moss  or he would go diving into the gutter just above the door where it is full of leaves.  And on this went for another day.  Continual hovering just outside the door, on the handle, on the low wall opposite or on the ground – knowing I was there.  In fact, it felt like he was appearing BECAUSE I was there.

I have 2 large potted plants outside my back door – shaped Leylandii into large rounds and they needed some serious watering – which I did.  At the same time I noticed that one had filled up with all the wet leaves falling out of the gutter above – so I pulled all these out and fluffed up the bush so it was nice and tidy.

My robin re-appeared with a beakful of large leaves and – hey presto – he dived into the plant outside the door!  Oh no!  He was building his nest in it!  I had just cleared out everything and the poor little mite had to start all over again!  I felt so guilty for destroying all his hard work but at the same time, incredibly humbled that he felt safe enough around me that he wanted his nest as close as possible to the house where he saw me every day.

Now the weird behaviour became crystal clear!  The hovering was waiting to see if I was going to be in his way.  The waiting on the wall was for a clear line of access.  The landing on the handle was just checking to see where I was and whether he would be interrupted!

The Robin's Nest

If there is a moral to this tale – and I suspect there is as with all stories!  It would be that all creatures feel the energy around them – as we do when we open to it and allow it – and they intuitively know who they feel safest around.  Who doesn’t threaten them.  My garden is a safe space for them.  I am a safe space for them.  I do not allow anger to be expressed in my garden or  raised voices or anything other than love for what the plants and birds give to me.  People who visit my garden can feel it also.

That is probably why I have one of those rare creatures – a blackbird (who is a ground feeder) that feels safe enough to hang beside a small bird feeder and peck away at his favourite fruit/suet blend!!  Wobbling a little I grant you – but nevertheless a sight to bring a smile on even the gloomiest of days!

Remember to feel what energy you are in at any given moment – the person you next meet with, talk to or even cook for – will get all of it – positive or negative!  Food for thought indeed!

With love

WHAT IS A COLON IRRIGATION?

A colon irrigation, using the gravitational method, is an internal bath that helps cleanse the colon of poisons, gas and accumulated faecal matter. Unlike an enema, it does not involve the retention of water. There is no discomfort, no internal pressure; just a steady gentle flow in and out and accompanied with abdominal massage to stimulate the colon to recover its natural shape, tone and peristaltic wave action.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF COLON IRRIGATIONS?

By cleansing the colon of impacted and putrefactive faecal matter, colonics offer relief from a variety of disturbances. Fatigue, gas, headaches, irritability, skin problems, cold hands and feet, and lethargy are among the problems people have found relieved by colon cleansing. Constipation of course, is another, as well as chronic diarrhoea. With colon irrigations, your sense of well being is often dramatically improved. You feel lighter, more energetic. The body can again assimilate food in the colon and better defend itself against disease. Natural peristalsis, tone and regularity are restored and many serious diseases may be averted through this gentle, sterile, scientific technique. Colonics are a key factor in the restoration of the glittering health we all can and should have.

HOW IS A COLONIC ADMINISTERED?

A person receiving a colonic lies on a table 18” below the temperature controlled input tank. A sterilised speculum is gently inserted into the rectum. Water flow, which is always under the control of the practitioner, flows into the colon via a small water tube and out through the evacuation tube, carrying with it impacted faeces and mucous. As the water flows out of the colon, the practitioner gently massages the abdomen to help the colon release its contents. It is possible to see this expelled waste matter when it passes through a special viewing window in the evacuation tube. The person is well covered and their modesty is given top priority during the procedure and the process takes only 45-60 minutes.

ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS TO COLONICS?

None. It is not uncommon however, for some people to start to feel like they have a cold or headache after a colonic. Toxins which have been laying dormant in the colon are now being flushed out and a small amount may be re-absorbed into the body’s system. This healing crisis passes quickly and with further treatments, the person will realise a feeling of well being.

WILL COLONICS DAMAGE THE NORMAL INTESTINAL FLORA?

No. One of the functions of the first half of the colon is to gather the intestinal flora needed for the colon. When the accumulation of faeces in the bowel leads to faecal encrustation, it is difficult for the colon to function normally and the glands normally in this lining cannot produce the necessary intestinal flora. The resulting lack of lubrication intensifies a state of constipation and generates toxaemia. This upsets the normal acid-alkaline balance and the growth of the friendly bacteria is stunted. Cleansing the colon will help bring the acid-alkaline ratio back into balance. In this environment the friendly bacteria will again thrive and disease-causing bacteria will find it difficult to develop.

HOW MANY COLONICS DO I NEED?

Often the waste is so hard and well lodged in the colon that it may take a series of colonics to sufficiently soften and loosen it. The number of treatments will always vary with the individual and his/her condition. Some people may not have startling results for the first few treatments. This is why a series of treatments is necessary and advisable. Colonic irrigation is most effective when employed in combination with exercise and a proper diet of non-mucous producing foods. Fresh fruits, vegetables and certain herbs are suggested to help loosen and dissolve accumulated faecal matter.

The suggested series would be 1 colonic per week for 6 weeks. Once the colon is clean, it is advisable to have a colonic every 1 to 2 months to maintain environment. A good time is at the change of seasons, when diet and exercise patterns often change. You should also have a colonic before, during and after a ‘fast’ to hasten the removal of toxic waste. Also during the cold and flu season.

I hope that this post helps to dispell some of the myths surrounding colonic irrigation – actually the Bible reports that when Jesus went off into the desert for 40 days and 40 nights – he was fasting and took a gourd and a reed as he would give himself an enema during that time – not such a modern idea then!

 

Good health is a desire we all have and share.  Most of us spend countless thousands of pounds treating the symptoms of disease and a portion of our income to health insurance to cover our expenses for cancer, heart disease, etc should our bodies be unfortunate enough to succumb to these dis-eases.  Yet very little is invested in the prevention of dis-ease which costs far less than the treatment.  One example of this is cancer of the colon or bowel.  We used not to hear much about it but now you cannot drive down a main street without a billboard advertising the problem as it has become such a huge concern for people’s health today.  It is now second only to heart dis-ease as the most common cause of death in the United States.  In fact, the American Cancer Society released information stating that cancer of the colon and rectum has now taken over the first place as the most common form of lethal cancer in the US.  This need not be so.

 

While few would argue the importance our diet plays in our health, the removal of toxic waste from our bodies is important too – hugely important.  You see, good health is as much a function of how well we eliminate wastes from our bodies as eating the right kinds of foods is.  Let’s look at how the health of our colon affects our total health.

The colon is a tube, approximately 5 feet long and 2.5 inches in diameter.  A healthy colon has uniform size and tone.  It extends from the caecum, where it joins the small intestine, up and across the abdominal cavity and down the left side of the body until it reaches the sigmoid and rectum.

The 3 main functions of the colon are:-

1. The final digestion of our food.

2.  The elimination of digestive residues of food we have eaten, and

3.  the discharge of toxins and wastes from our body.

We experience better health and well-being when the colon is clean and functioning normally.  When the colon is congested with stagnant wastes, poisons back up into our systems and pollute the inner environment.  This is called auto-intoxication – literally ‘self poisoning’.

All of the body’s tissues are affected by auto-intoxication.  If the poisons back up into the nervous system, we feel irritable and depressed.  We feel weak if they back up to the heart; bloated if they reach the stomach and our breath is foul if they reach the lungs.  If the toxins back up to the skin (another organ of elimination), it becomes sallow and wrinkled.  And if they back up to the glands, we feel tired, lack enthusiasm and drive and look old beyond our years.  Auto-intoxication can be a causative factor in numerous serious dis-eases and is considered by many to be the underlying reason for dis-ease.  The colon being the largest perpetrator of dis-ease of any organ in the body, is said to be the initiator of 80% of all critical illness.

There are many contributing factors to auto-intoxication from the toxic bowel.  Improper diet, insufficient exercise, stress, over-eating and ignoring the ‘call of nature’, can all lead to bowel problems.  Most of us, for instance, have had years of poor to average nutritional food, much of which has been refined and processed starches with plenty of fried and overcooked food.  When the mineral elements of our food are saturated with oil and grease, the digestive organs cannot process them efficiently and they are passed out of the small intestine into the colon as wastes.  The addition of mucous producing foods such as meat, dairy products and flour, cause dense, sticky bowel movements and are a sign of trouble – indicating excess mucous in our system. Mucous stools are difficult for the body to eliminate.  When they are expelled they leave behind a glue-like coating on the wall of the colon which accumulates, layer by layer, into a hard, rubbery crust.  The body cannot eliminate these layers of hardened mucous on its own.  They are often carried for the duration of the person’s life, as toxic burden.

In addition, incompletely digested food ferments and putrifies when remaining in the colon longer than a day.  When this fermented waste combines with the body’s own bile acids from the liver, carcinogens can form, which ultimately can develop into colon or rectal cancer.  Enhancing the colon’s ability to expedite the elimination of waste, reduces the risks of developing colon-rectal cancer.

Constipation is one of the first signs indicating to us that our bowel is not functioning properly.  When a person is constipated, the walls of the colon are often encrusted with accumulated faecal matter.  The inner diameter of the colon is reduced like a water pipe by blocked mineral deposits and eventually the opening becomes narrower and narrower, making it more difficult to pass wastes through.  And since the encrusted faeces line the colon wall, the small intestine itself is unable to absorb nutrients from our food in the last phase of the digestive process.  Wastes from the bloodstream which should normally be drawn into the colon through the colon wall are re-absorbed by the body, along with other toxins resulting from the fermentation and putrefaction of incompletely digested food.  Subsequent intestinal stasis often follows, which occurs when the muscular contractions, known as peristalsis, can no longer sweep the hardened faeces along the digestive canal.

A person can even have several bowel movements daily and still be constipated.  The movements are usually smaller and occur more often because the inner diameter of the colon is smaller than it should be. The body reacts to this constricted bowel by stepping up the frequency of peristalsis wave action to allow the waste to exit the body.  Taken to its limit, the effect can be diarrhoea, which is when the body moves out the waste so fast, the bowel does not have time to remove the water and consolidate the waste into a stool.

These reasons are why thousands of people each year have colon irrigation as a safe, inexpensive way to maintain good health.

 

 

 

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!

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!


My Garden

In our lives today we live at the most stressful pace imaginable.  The only time we tend to stop is when or if we take a holiday.  the number of times I hear a wife complain that her husband spends the first 4-5 days of holiday never leaving the room – just asleep!  Why?  The next most popular one is – why do I get sick as soon as I go on holiday?  The reasons are very simple ones actually.  It is a clear indication of how you live your life, day in, day out.  If you are continually at a highly stressed level, coping with work (and I include the job of being a housewife and mother in this!); dealing with the anxieties of paying the mortgage, rising fuel prices, rising food prices, falling house prices etc etc, then you can only survive by keeping it at bay.

How do you do that?  You make a subconscious choice which you alert your body to – that you really don’t have the time to deal with anything else currently.  So it gets shelved,  so to speak.

The one time of year when you get to take a full break away from work, telephones, internet, e-mails, mobiles etc has now appeared.  You are actually about to stop!  So what does your body do with that?

You have a very wise body – luckily for you!  As soon as you step off that ‘plane and don’t do  anything that you would do normally – your body recognises the  change in procedures and says to itself – whoa!  we have a chance to do some repair work here and now!  Quick!  Start!  So how does that manifest itself as far as you are concerned?  First, there is the resting and repairing period – ie you sleep the clock around!  Immune system re-booting itself.  Second, the clearing and cleansing process – you get a nasty cold or feel like you have the ‘flu – but really it is your body taking the rare opportunity it gets to detox and repair!

What about if you gave it that time a little more often during the rest of the year instead of saving it until your holiday?  Your precious time away with your loved ones – ruined for at least half of it?  There is a way you know.

What you are seeing in these pictures is my garden.  Please understand, I am not advocating that you suddenly expend all your energies day in day out in a garden!  What I am trying to show you is that what is outside can help to relieve your stress – that is what plants give to us.  The very act of being outside in a garden, tending anything for even a small amount of time does make the difference.  I am not here talking about the weekly chore of cutting the grass which is abhorred by most as a necessary evil that just has to get done – even I don’t enjoy that though I love the finished effect!

How does it make you feel when you look at the pictures I have posted here?  Does it help you to relax just by looking at them?  Memories of warm days and the sound of bees and the smell of the flowers?  The pleasure of growing and picking your own fruit and vegetables for the table?

There is a joy that comes to a lot of people when tending a garden even if they didn’t realise they had it!  It comes of being outside – in the sunshine – in the open air – touching the growing plants, smelling the flowers – being a part of nature – which is a part of us.

Have you ever noticed that if you go for a walk with your dogs (or not), and you walk in the woods or somewhere that there are trees – that miraculously you feel less stressed, less worried, less tense, even less angry?  I am sure you have – give thanks to the trees!  Their job has always been to help us – not just to give us oxygen to breathe but to help absorb ‘stuff’ we really don’t want – our negative emotions!  Think I am losing the plot?  No – not really – just try it for yourself to find that I am right!  It is something that has been known for hundreds of years.

Got computer overload?  Filled up with the radiation exuded by a computer or mobile phone?  Take off your shoes and socks and walk on some grass – stand on the earth – the radiation will drain out of your body and back into the earth!  Try it and see!  I have had nothing but positive reactions whenever I have suggested this to patients!  It works!

Next on the list are our furry friends – no – not the hamster!  The dog!  They are here for us and always have been!  Perhaps not in the way that most people think about them – they are man’s best friend in truth – if we carry too much emotional baggage – they will try and lighten the load for us by carrying some of it.  If you dog gets sick – have a look at what is happening in your family life – emotionally – this is where the dog tries to carry it for his loved family.  Too much anger, too many arguments – this will affect the health of the dog who loves you.  Consider what you are doing to your dog as well as doing to yourselves everytime your voices are raised and the dog cringes and disappears into its basket!

Taking these guys out for a walk every day allows me to see the world through their eyes.  The joy they have in every smell, every leaf, every sound – particularly pheasants in the case of one of them!  They make me laugh – their antics have me in stitches and grooming them every night is the quiet time we have together.  It has to be done or they matt up badly – but no bad thing as we spend that time together.  My best friends as they are with most people.  Just understanding that they are man’s best friends in the real sense of the word – they carry your baggage for you!  Deal with it yourself – don’t dump it into your dog!

Take yourself out for exercise – go to the gym – whatever it takes – exercise is not just for increasing your heart rate and circulation – it also releases your stress – filling you with endorphins instead (feel good hormones).  Undertaking this on a regular basis, spending time outside on a regular basis, time within your garden, time walking with your dogs, time away from the day to day stresses – all this will allow you to have a holiday that you will enjoy- rather than a time when you are sick so your body can recover!

I hope that this helps and educates and is of value to you – that is my only intention!

With love Jane

HOW TO DE-STRESS - FAST!

This is Sambava (Samba for short) – not only is he cute, but extremely funny and loving. Still a puppy, he reminds me of what is important in life!

How Mould Can Affect Your Life

The problem of mould is one that seems to be growing (if you will excuse the pun!) globally.  Why?

First is understanding what it actually is.

moulds are fungi that grow in the form of multicellular filaments called hyphae.  A connected network of these tubular branching hyphae has multiple, genetically identical nuclei and is considered a single organism, referred to as a colony. In contrast, fungi that grow as single cells are called yeasts.

This is the dictionary definition but for those of you that are none the wiser – simply put, if you look at an old wall outside you can clearly see the rings or white splodges on it – this is fungus!  An old piece of cheese found at the back of the refrigerator with blue growing on it – fungus/mould.  Old bread, stored again in the refrigerator past its sell by date developes white patches on it – fungus/mould.

There are some healthy fungi out in the world, however, the mushrooms which are so powerful for our immune system such as shiitake, maitake or reishi.  Not so much the other varieties but these have been used for hundreds of years and I even use them in a tincture or dried form for my patients to use.

Why are moulds making us ill then?  The problem of today is linked to the diet of most people – we are talking internal body mould here – the dangerous outside ones I will cover later.  If you look at the average diet of most people it includes a great deal of what we call ‘damp-forming food’.  Mainly carbohydrates, sugars, bread, biscuits, cakes – none of these are good for the body and build up problems in the small and large intestine where they get stuck and build up on the walls of the colon.

Now we have the beginnings of a very friendly home for the bad guys – the yeasts, the moulds, the fungus.  As we continue our diet of the wrong foods eventually these guys overtake any good bacteria you have and hey presto things start to go wrong with your health.

How do you know if you have a fungal problem?  There are some indications that are quite clear such as fungal infections on your nails, between your toes, cracked heels, excess mucous developing in your sinuses and sometimes you can see it in your stools also.  Patches can develop on the skin that look like eczema, allergies start to develop as your immune system struggles to cope with this invasion and your health suffers.

So how to ensure that this does not happen and what to do if it already has?  Change your diet is the number one answer.  If you let the yeasts take over and continue to feed them with what they love – yeast, sugar, alcohol, bread (which is also basically sugar to the body) eventually this can cause serious problems all over your body.  Ok – so what are the right foods?

Garlic!!!  It is one of the most powerful anti-fungals we have on this planet – bar none!  I have actually used the neat juice to clear up a nasty foot infection that a patient had – just kept putting it onto the affected area and it was gone in a few days!  Miraculous?  No – just the allicin in the garlic doing its job!  By putting garlic into your diet on a daily basis you will begin to fight back – it has to be fresh, raw garlic to be effective.  Just chop up really fine and sprinkle on to your food once cooked.  If you cook it, you will kill it!  An alternative is to cut up the clove of garlic into 3 or 4 pieces and take it like a tablet with water.  However you do it, it works.

Common sense dictates that the way to clear damp is to dry it out!  If you left a wet towel all screwed up it would start to stink.  So you always ensure you dry things out when it comes to clothes or bed linen.  The same is true of your diet and insides.  Warming, drying food instead of more damp stuff!  So what is warming drying food?  Not salad that’s for sure!  We are told that raw is always best and salad is really healthy and so we now eat it all year round irrespective of the weather outside!  So you are cold as well as damp and you eat cold damp food – how does that work??

It all boils down to your digestive system – the fire has gone out, the wok is cold – you continue to add more cold and damp and you are increasingly more cold and damp.  Externally you put on weight – a damp problem, begin to get aches and pains and swellings – also a damp problem.

Choosing to eat hot food – stir frys, more protein-based food and avoiding the carbs (they are only a sugar hit after all).  Adding chilli to your food – this increases your body’s ‘fire’ and warms you up.  Gets your circulation moving, like turning on the heating!  Feel how warm you are after you have made a dish with chilli and garlic!  Keep your food light – eating too much is heavy work for your liver and creates more sluggishness.  Look what happens at the end of a heavy lunch say at Christmas or Thanksgiving – everyone wants to fall asleep!  That’s what the carbs do for you!  If you had the same meals but without the potatoes, bread or pudding you would still be raring to go!

This is not a diet – it is a way of life!  Avoiding cold drinks, cold food, fruit, salad etc will help considerably to beginning to dry you out on the inside.

Now for the outside problems – I live in a very old house in a village in England – very picturesque, great thick walls but cold and damp.  Normally as I follow my own rules – I can counter this.  However we experienced the coldest, wettest summer for nearly 20 years in 2011 and went into the mildest, wettest winter for years also.  The damp levels really became a problem that I couldn’t overcome just with diet.  My lungs were the first place to show the problem – coughing and with raised mucous levels and difficulty breathing deeply.  Then continuous sinus infections, allergies, digestive problems etc.

This is about understanding that what is happening outside definitely affects us on the inside as well.  Short of moving house I had to do something drastic to dry myself up and heat myself – so I went back to the gym!!  Remember what  I said about the damp towel?  Well, exercise will dry you up by getting your circulation going.  I also advocate 3% ammonia baths (which sounds drastic but actually its not and helps to kill off the internal fungus), taking hydrogen peroxide in a 3% solution in the bath also and I take it internally (please DO NOT TRY THIS UNLESS SPEAKING WITH ME FIRST – THE DETOX IF  TOO MUCH IS TAKEN WILL MAKE YOU ILL), this also kills off the fungus and moulds.

Any damp patches within your home – clean with borax – it will stop it from coming back.  Don’t leave damp clothes airing where you sit.  If the air is damp in your home – use a de-humidifier.  Try a de-ioniser for where you sleep so you are breathing good air rather than damp. Check if you have black patches at windows, vents or around doors – block it with the borax.  Open windows on dry days to allow the air to circulate.   If you know you are living in an environment that has black mould that you can see or smell – use your common sense!  Do something about it before it makes you really ill!

Don’t  allow yourself to get cold or wet if possibly it can be avoided – it will make you feel much worse.

Bottom line here is – work on the inside and the immune system will be able to deal with the outside much more readily.  Your diet is so important here and how you cook.  Chilli and garlic have literally saved lives – use it to help you.

Here’s to your success!

 

WHAT IS EMOTIONAL HEALTH?

We hear the phrase but do we understand it? How many of us recognised that we have an infallible system for telling us how our emotional health is?  Not many I guess!  If you knew that you had a barometer for this – how would that change your life?

You Do Have One!  It is your body – this is the voice of truth as to how you are living your life, your emotional health and well-being and your balance in this world.

Imagine if you will that your body has only one purpose in life – to serve you!  It talks to you all the time – but do you listen?  Do you understand even what words it is using? Your emotional health depends on it!

Ok – so how does your body tell you? PAIN!  This is the only voice the body has to use in its own defence and to help you understand what you are doing!  So for example, if you have a headache – what do you do?  Do you take a moment to sit and feel and think about it?  What have I done, where have I been, what have I eaten, have I been angry or upset?  If we did this every time – truly we would be able to account for why we have that headache.  The answers are always there in front of us if we knew to look.  What do we normally do?  We take a pill!!

If you switch off your body’s voice as it is trying to tell you something is wrong – the problem doesn’t go away just because you can no longer feel it.  It actually goes deeper and the longer you don’t listen and the more you suppress with painkillers – the deeper it will continue to go until one day your body just has to show you what you have been ignoring but more powerfully.

Let’s say, for argument’s sake that the headache – though located in the area of your head – has nothing to do with it at all!  We assume that if we have a headache (if we even think about it at all!), that it is related to that area – actually 90% of the time it is located somewhere else entirely!  For instance if your gallbladder was out of balance along with your liver then the energy lines of the gallbladder run along the side of the head – causing you to feel pain in that area but the organ that is having the problem is the gallbladder itself.  Clean that and give it what it is asking for – usually a cleanse – then the headaches disappear.  The body voice has been listened to and no longer needs to shout at you.

I will give you another example – that nagging shoulder pain that just won’t seem to go away – you can’t think of anything you did to cause it on the physical level.  So what is it?  Again it is the voice of the body along the energy lines coming from the small intestine usually.  Shoulder/arm syndrome is nearly always a clear indication that the small intestine is distressed.  So by changing the diet, ensuring no bowel blockages and taking some herbs will clear it.  Away goes the pain in the shoulder and arm!  Miraculous?  No, not really.  Just understanding body speak!

How many of you have been to the doctor with a particular issue that they can’t seem to fathom out but carry on giving you different prescriptions to resolve the problem.  But they can’t!  Purely because they are addressing the symptom and the cause is left unattended.  You will never solve a physical issue with the body by treating the symptom.  Or suppressing it until it becomes a much greater problem further down the line!

So – back to the emotional health – every organ carries the energy of an emotion for us – anger in the liver, fear in the kidneys, anxiety in the bladder etc.  When we experience problems in these areas it is the body’s way of showing us that our emotions are out of balance – so much so that now a physical dis-ease is being manifested.  Address the emotional imbalance and you will address the physical problem.  It is about understanding your body and taking the time to listen to the message of the pain.  Because there is always, always a message.

If an area of your body is out of balance – then an area of your life is out of balance – before you go rushing off to the doctor – take a look at your life.  Take a look at your stress levels, your job, your family, your diet etc  The answers are there and you have the power to change it.  You were the instigator (no blame here!), and you have the power to uncreate it!  Be empowered by that thought!

Give your body the balance in diet, liquid intake and emotional harmony and you will experience better health than possibly many of you have done in years.  the biggest lesson is LISTEN!!