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Dial M For Milk – The Argument Against Dairy

The milk of any species was designed for one purpose only – to feed its young.  Humans are the only creatures on earth that drink the milk designed for another species, and we continue to do so all our adult lives, never weaning ourselves off it.

The enzymes we need to break down and digest milk are renin and lactase.  by the age of four, many of use lose the ability to digest lactose, because we can no longer synthesise the digestive enzyme lactose.  This lactose intolerance results in diarrhea, flatulence and stomach cramps.  Some 90 per cent of adult Asian and black people, and 20 per cent of Caucasian children, are lactose intolerant.

The level of the protein casein cows’ milk is 300 times higher than in human breast milk, which is predominantly made up of the protein lactalbumin, which is easily digestible by babies.  Nature has designed the milk of each animal species specifically to meet the needs of its young.  Casein is intended to be broken down by the four-stomach digestive system of baby cows!  In human stomachs, it coagulates and forms large, tough, dense, difficult-to-digest curds.  When the protein of another animal is introduced into the body, it may cause an allergic reaction (Journal of Allergy, 41:226,1968), the most common symptoms of which are chronic runny nose, persistent sore throat, hoarseness, bronchitis and recurrent ear infections.  the mucus membranes lining the joints and lungs can become swollen or inflamed, contributing to rheumatoid arthritis and asthma.

Some babies are so sensitive that they can react badly to the cows’ milk that their breast-feeding mother ingests.  In one study, breast-fed babies were found to react to foods eaten by their mother, mainly cows’ milk and eggs, and once the mother stopped eating these, the baby’s symptoms cleared up (David Freed, ed, Health Hazards of Milk, Baslliere Tindall 1984).  Cows’ milk can also clog the arteries of young children and babies.  A pathologist in Derbyshire, England, noted that out of 16 cot deaths, the only baby with normal arteries was the one who was breastfed (reference, as above).

One of the most outspoken opponents of dairy products, US Dr William A Ellis says: “Over my 42 years of practice, I’ve performed more than 25,000 blood tests for my patients.  These tests show conclusively, in my opinion, that adults who use milk products do not absorb nutrients as well as adults who don’t.

Dairy Can Increase The Rate At Which Calcium Is Lost From The Body.

Of course, poor absorption, in turn means chronic fatigue (Healthview Newsletter, Virginia, spring 1978).

Milk actively blocks absorption of iron from other sources.  Breast-fed babies have a much higher rate of iron absorption than those fed cows’ milk formulae, even if those formulae are fortified with iron (John Robbins, Dier for a New American, Stillpoint Publishing, New Hampshire, USA 1987).

Milk is touted as a great natural source of calcium, and we are told to eat plenty of calcium to prevent osteoporosis, or thinning of the bones.  In fact eating dairy products can increase the rate at which calcium is lost from the body and so hasten osteoporosis.  As well as being high in calcium, dairy products are also high-protein foods.  If we have too much protein in the diet from milk products or any other source, such as meat, fish or eggs, the body has to get rid of the excess.  To do this, the kidneys must lose calcium as they cleanse the blood of excess waste, a process know as protein-induced hypercalciuria (J Nutr III:553,1981;Trans NY Acad Sci 36;333,1974; Am J clin Nutr, 27;916m 1974).

People in the United States and Scandinavian countries consume more dairy products than anywhere else in the world, yet they have the highest rates of osteoporisis (clin Ortho Related Res, 152:35,1980).  This fact emphasises the threat of excessive protein in the diet and suggests that dairy products offer no protection against osteoporosis, probably due to the high protein content of milk (Am J Clin Nutr, 41;254,1985)

The body’s ability to absorb and utilise calcium depends on the amount of phosphorous in the diet (R Hur, Food Reform: Our Urgent Need, Heidelberg Press 11975).  The higher the calcium/phosphorous ratio, the less bone loss takes place and the stronger the skeleton, provided the intake of protein is not excessive.  The foods which contain higher calcium/phosphorous ratios are fruit and vegetables.  Nor is low-fat milk any better.  It contains one per cent butter fat and a full complement of allergy-inciting milk protein.

To the list of problems naturally inherent in human consumption of milk, designed for baby cows, we can add a whole host of ‘unnatural’ ones.  Cows’ milk contains the accumulated pesticides that have been sprayed on the grain fed to cattle, and the female hormones given to cows to increase milk production and body fat.  Some milk has also been shown to contain trace metals and radioactivity at levels higher than those permissible in drinking water (Health Hazards in Milk, reference as above).  Some 20 per cent of milk-producing cows in America are infected with leukemia viruses which, because milk is pooled when collected, infects the whole milk supply.

These cancer-inducing viruses are resistant to being killed by pasteurisation and have been recovered from supermarket supplies (Medical World News, 16 May 1969).  Can it be a coincidence that the highest rates of leukemia are found in children aged three to thirteen who consume the most milk products, and dairy farmers who, as a profession, have the highest rate of leukemia of any occupational group?

 

Food for thought!

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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!

 

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!

Live The Dream

Live The Dream

How many times do we hear this phrase?  How many times do we see it written somewhere, whether in books, magazines, Google, internet advertising, websites, videos etc
What does it actually mean?

Possibly not the same to you as it does to me!  For many this is about money – having the lifestyle, the car, the house, the holidays and, yes, the freedom from money worries.

Is it really only about money?  Money doesn’t bring you happiness – we are told.  However, I have yet to see someone struggling with debt, bills, mortgage etc who would agree with that statement!

For me, it is not the money in itself – it is what the money does and can do to change our lives and the lives of others.  Money is not the goal surely – or it shouldn’t be.

What then can be the goal that the money will change for us – so we can live our own version of the dream?

How about being able to spend more time with our families, rather than slaving away at a job for someone else for 70 hour weeks and only just making enough to pay the bills and never seeing our kids or partners?  That sounds like a good goal doesn’t it?

Or, being able to send your kids to college; having the freedom to work how you want for yourself rather than for someone else; running your own business the way you want to run it.  Those are pretty good goals as well.

In truth there are many goals that can be set – targets we want to reach – and the money is just a means to those ends.  It is not about the money in itself.

My goal is to travel back to West Africa where I have spent a lot of time previously.  Working with the local people and showing them how they can improve their health without the hugely expensive doctors and drugs they cannot afford.  Teaching them about what they eat so we can tackle the huge problem of diabetes.

It is so empowering and yet humbling to see how avidly they listen to me and then go and do what I have suggested and a fungal condition disappears in 3 days, or an ulcer is healed by using cabbage leaves or even a thyroid problem overcome by gathering the seaweed on the beach!  I don’t do it for them – that is the point of empowering them – they follow my suggestions and do it for themselves.

This knowledge they pass on and so it grows – taking back their power!

By building a clinic there I can finally spend enough time to reach so many more.  That is my goal – that is what the money is for and my goal is always in my mind – driving me onwards, ensuring I stay committed, focused, consistent, persistent.

Even when I am tired and don’t feel to write another e-mail or blog post or article – I see my goal, I feel my goal, I touch and taste my goal and I smile and carry on re-energised.

So you see – living the dream means something different to all of us – but the goal is what will take us there; keep us at it even when we are exhausted!

The money is a vehicle to living the dream – the money is not the dream!

What is your dream?  What is your goal?

First of all let me say that perhaps this is not the sort of post I would normally make here but, for those of you who are dog lovers – you will understand the joy they bring.  Unconditional love is rare amongst human beings once they pass a certain age, sadly, but with dogs that is not the case.  They make us laugh, they give us exercise, they carry our burdens of emotions as well.  Whatever we are feeling, our dog will reflect it to us in their behaviour and health.  Quite a task they have set for themselves then, helping us with our burdens of life! 

 So……. onwards

Most of you will probably be asking yourselves – what on earth is a Coton de Tulear?  You would be right to ask!  It is a very small dog!  History lesson coming up!

Arriving in Madagascar – these little dogs appeared from over the seas on the ships where presumably they hunted the rats – who knows really?  There are many stories about them, but suffice it to say that they were beloved of the royal family and no-one else was allowed to have them.

Possibly because they were carry size, lap size and very pretty – mainly being pure white, long haired and extremely pretty!

One story which always amused me was that the  dogs – which used to roam in packs – not terriers I hasten to add – came across a broad river which they could not cross, there being no bridge and the water full of crocodiles.  Very clever these little dogs – so they started barking (which believe you me they are extremely good at – and loud!) and running up and down the bank until the crocodiles started to follow them.

The main body of the pack then appeared at the edge of the water and rushed across on the backs of the crocodiles to the other side!  The crocodiles being stunned by this made no effort to stop the few who had been barking at them also running over their backs!!

True or not – a lovely story to have a little dog outwit a large, ferocious crocodile!!

Back to mine – yes, I have two of them!

Another story, but this time it is absolutely true as to how I got my first one, Alika.  I used to have tibetan terriers who lived to a ripe old age and upon their demise – my life was awful!  I felt so lonely – no reason to go walking again as I felt.  However, one day several months later, I was having lunch with my sister when she tapped me on the arm and pointed.  I turned to see what she was looking at and my heart melted!!

There, looking directly at me was this tiny, white ball of fluff with a shiny black nose and the biggest eyes I have ever seen on a little dog!  However, the strange thing was that they looked exactly like the eyes of my beloved tibetan.  Tears poured down my face and there followed the strangest of stories from that first encounter with a Coton de Tulear.

Needless to say I wanted to know what, where, how much etc etc and was horrified when I was told that a puppy would probably cost me around £1500-£2000!!  They are, to this day, a rare breed in England and so command huge prices.

Undeterred (??) I wanted to know if there was a breeder anywhere near the area and was told that there was one about 20 minutes drive from my home – where this puppy had come from in fact.

No money – but that didn’t stop me!  I got on the ‘phone and called that afternoon.  In my mind I knew exactly what I wanted – small, white (ok that was a given!), female, not a puppy and with the right name – I am not a lover of dogs names being the same as human ones – I like them to be relevant to where they come from.

Anyway, as it happened (as it always does!), she had a family pet Coton, called Alika (perfect!) who she was looking to home as felt she needed to be the sole dog.  Alika was 21 months old at that time.  Could I wait to visit?  No, I could not!

I found my way to the breeder’s in the next couple of days – was ushered into a large room where there was a fabulous Italian bloodhound – which she also bred.  I was informed that the dog would bark at me as it was very nervous and only responded to her – wrong!!  I am very much a dog person and I think it actually horrified here when she came back into the room and the dog was sitting at my feet being stroked!  Ho hum!

She brought Alika into the room eventually (I was sitting on pins by this time!) and as soon as Alika saw me she let out this enormous howl and rushed over to me – straight onto my lap.  The breeder said that she had never heard the dog make that noise before and couldnt understand it (I did – it was the noise my tibetan made if I left him alone too long!)

Alika then promptly refused to go to her owner, would have nothing to do with her and stayed firmly on my lap.  Then the rest of the family came in – about 10 of them altogether – and naturally wanted to say hello to me.  Alika was having none of it!!  ‘She’s mine!  So she growled at them all until the moved off!!

Finally, to cut a long story short as I dont want to bore you – it was very obvious to the breeder that Alika was meant to be mine but she wanted to think about it – as they do!  As I left Alika followed me to the door – crying.  At home I then spent the next 4 nights sending mind messages to Alika – misbehave; be impossible, show you are miserable etc.  Then I got the call – ‘are you still interested in Alika?’ Absolutely I said – she then told me how Alika had behaved once I was gone! Impossible, disobeyed everything, wouldn’t eat, howled etc etc!!  Great!

So she was obviously meant for me!  Down I went to collect her and got the deal of a lifetime as a result of Alika not being right for anyone else – half the price with 4 months to spread the payments – and Alika and I went home and she didn’t even give a backward glance!

After 4 years together – the bond is so intense between us – I felt that it needed to be lightened so I got a puppy.  Careful to avoid showing Alika any less affection than usual -she has utterly accepted him and they are amazing together!

Here they are!

As a final word I would just like to say that the puppy is still learning the words ‘do you want to go out’? Occasionally he forgets to  ask and literally 5 minutes ago lifted his leg exactly where he should not have done!!  He knew what he had done as I raised my voice and he literally flew to the back door!! 

Amazing – with dogs as with people, boys are slower to mature than girls and they are equally lazy at times!!  Little devil!!