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The Textbook of Medical Physiology by Arthur C. Guyton, M.D., probably the most recognized authority on human physiology, states: "... the regulation of hydrogen ion concentration (pH or acid /alkaline balance) is one of the most important aspects of homeostasis."
pH = measure of how acid or alkaline a substance is, on a scale of 1 (most acid) to 14 (most alkaline)
All chemical processes have an ideal pH at which they are most efficient. For example the body functions best with an internal chemistry being slightly alkaline (pH of 7.0 to 8.0). The pH of the blood is even more specific:
Normal Blood ph = 7.4 Death occurs when ph = 7.2
Since the body has no ability to manufacture alkaline, nature provided a way for the alkaline to be replenished to the body, thus allowing the body to maintain a constant, healthy and normal acid/alkaline balance. this is by means of food -- nature's food.
All foods are either acid or alkaline. This is determined by what remains after the food is digested. If the body can completely break down and metabolize the food, it is termed an alkaline ash food. If the body cannot completely break down and utilize the food, it is termed an acid ash food.
Because the body functions in an alkaline chemistry, the majority of the food intake must be of an alkaline ash nature to maintain homeostasis, health and life.
[Considerations for Moderation: Raw fruits and vegetables are most alkaline. Cooking foods makes them more acid, less so if cooked at low temperature, still less if lightly stir-fried, steamed, and so on. Laughing, smiling, meditation, prayer, yoga, massage, and other stress-reducing activity makes blood more alkaline. In this way cells can eliminate (acid) wastes better and be more efficient in general, and that is the basis for the need for pH balance. Other activity that may improve digestion: Projecting the energy/attitude of loving-appreciation towards whatever you eat -- perhaps including acknowledgment of the natural resources that produced the food. -cp]
Chart A: Acid/Alkaline Foods
The Breakdown of foods into Acid ashe and Alkaline ashe categories would generally be as follows:
| ACID ASHE || ALKALINE ASHE |
| [Least Acid Listed 1st:]
|| [Most Alkaline Listed 1st:]
- raw nuts
- (except almonds)
- raw seeds
- (sesame, pumpkin, squash, sunflower)
- some raw fruits & vegetables
(cranberries, blueberries, plums, prunes, squash)
- whole grains
- over cooked fruits/vegetables
dairy products (cheese, eggs, milk)
- sugar and refined grains
white meats (fish, fowl)
red meats (beef, pork, mutton)
* herbs, spices, condiments, spicy foods
(garlic, hot peppers, onions, horseradish, etc.)
coffee & tea
lightly steamed fruits & vegetables
|The average American diet consists of: 20% alkaline foods and 80% acid foods.|
The diet should consist of at least: 80% alkaline foods and 20% acid foods.
It is not unusual for the average American to go 7 to 14 days without eating ANY alkaline foods. 
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WHAT IS DISEASE ?
DISEASE is a lack of health. Any state of the body (other than health) in which not every cell is functioning 100% of its designed duty and/or not every cell is in communication with every other cell of the body. In the former, the cell cannot function properly due to either a damaged and/or toxic state. In the latter, the cell may be functioning properly, but due to its lack of communication with the rest of the body, it is functioning out of time or sequence with the whole.
A SYMPTOM is the effort of the body to undo or overcome any damage which has been done to the body. Any condition of the body which is less than normal, healthy or perfect is the body's attempt at undoing or coping with something detrimental that has been, or is being done to the body.
WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF DISEASE ?
Whether due to ignorance or laziness, exposing the body to STRESS will produce a diseased state of the body. Stress is the only means of tearing down health resulting in disease -- paying the price for violating the laws of nature (our wrong doings). We do not 'catch' a disease or illness, we earn it. We have 'to work for' disease (and we must work for health).
Disease is nothing more than the body responding to the wrong we have done to it. It is the body's attempt at keeping us alive in response to the wrongs we have inflicted on our bodies.
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TYPES OF STRESS
I. PHYSICAL STRESS
A. Trauma -- tissue damage
B. Lack of Exercise -- decreased oxygen and nutrition to cells --decreased muscle tone
C. Lack of Rest/Sleep -- decreased healing/rejuvenating time --decreased house-cleaning time
D. Lack of Sunshine
II. EMOTIONAL / MENTAL STRESS
A. Negative Mental Attitude
B. Anger, Bitterness, Hate, Resentment
C. Worry, Anxiety
III. CHEMICAL STRESS
B. Drugs, Medications, Chemicals
C. Improper Nutrition, Toxins
* Stress is the only thing that robs the body of energy and nutrition. These are all the body has with which to produce and maintain health.
* * * The body, via innate intelligence, always attempts to maintain a constant internal chemistry (physiology), thus maintaining life. This balanced state of chemistry is termed: Homeostasis.
* If we violate a law of nature, thus exposing the body to stress, we have created a CAUSE -- we have tipped the scales of physiology and homeostasis out of balance.
* The scales of nature always balance, and we must pay a price for this balancing to take place. This balancing of the scales to maintain homeostasis and life is the EFFECT -- or disease.
* * * The cost of balancing the scales of homeostasis will always produce symptoms -- a disease or illness.
* If the CAUSE (violation of nature's laws--stress) is removed, health will return.
* If the CAUSE is not removed, disease results. This is the cost the body must pay to maintain homeostasis. (The disease then is the body's way of coping with the stress we have put on our bodies.)
* If the scales cannot be balanced, death results.
HEALTH: God given right.
DISEASE: Man earned accomplishment
* Man is the sickest being on earth.... no other creature has so violated the laws of nature.
* WE CAN NOT VIOLATE THE LAWS OF NATURE WITHOUT PAYING THE PRICE.
* Knowing the cause of lack of health--disease, it should readily be seen that only a removal of the cause will bring about health and healing.
* * * DISEASE IS THE BODY'S ATTEMPT TO RESTORE HEALTH & MAINTAIN LIFE.
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THE DISEASE PROCESS
* Our~first line of defense, "taste appeal", was designed to keep toxic, harmful foods out of our bodies.
* As this is over-ridden, and toxic foods are eaten, the liver must neutralize the acid toxins absorbed into the body.
[ The liver does this by filtering the bloodstream, maintaining proper levels of the various elements that enter via Digestion, Respiration, Skin absorption, Cell Excretion, as well as via such as injury, surgery, injection, etc. It works with the rest of the Eliminatory System --including the kidney, colon, lungs, etc-- to maintain a clean, unfettered body. -cp]
* Once neutralized, the poisons can be eliminated from the body. (If the toxins were not neutralized before they were eliminated via the kidneys and bowel, they would, due to their acid nature, destroy the kidneys and bowel).
* If the alkaline/neutralizing minerals are not replenished to the liver (by eating a predominately alkaline ash diet), the liver reaches a point of depletion where it can no longer afford the alkaline to neutralize acids.
* Until this point is reached, the body will have no symptoms of any disease or illness whatsoever, because the liver is able to keep all poisons out of the body
* Once the liver can no longer neutralize toxins, they pass into the blood stream.
* The cells of the body exchange their alkaline for acid toxins thus the blood stream remains at a pH of 7.4.
* The cells of the body as a result, gradually begin dropping in pH, becoming more and more acid and toxic.
* The cells now will attempt to eliminate the toxins which they have stored in and around themselves as these hamper the proper functioning of the cells.
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CHART 1: "Cells & Health vrs. Toxicity"
* Toxicity, or a toxic state, is an accumulation of toxins, poisons, mucus and pus in an area or areas of the body that were not designed to store or retain toxins: A localized area of constipation.
* Since The liver at this point, is unable to take care of this eliminative process as it was designed to do, the body must utilize a "vicarious avenue of elimination." In other words, an avenue which was not intended to eliminate toxins from the body, but one which out of necessity, can be utilized to eliminate the acids that would otherwise pollute the blood stream resulting in death.
* This vicarious elimination is carried out by the skin.
* There are three layers of skin comprising the body. Different symptoms, illnesses or diseases which result are determined by which layer or layers of skin are utilized for the vicarious elimination, as follows:
1. OUTER LAYER (hide -- outer skin)
* boils * eczema
* acne * psoriasis
* skin ulcer * rash
2. INNER SKIN (mucus membrane)
* normally secrets clear fluid
* when used for elimination, secretes mucus, pus, bloody excretion
* cold * sinusitis
* enteritis * cervicitis
* appendicitis * gastritis
* gastrointestinal ulcers * mastitis
* bronchitis * tonsillitis
3. MIDDLE SKIN (serous membrane or lining membrane)
* arthritis * meningitis
* neuritis * bursitis
* peritonitis * encephalitis
* pericarditis * pleurisy
* The layer of skin or avenue of vicarious elimination utilized by the body is dependent on several factors:
- 1) THE VITALITY OR OVERALL ENERGY LEVEL OF THE BODY
- * The closer the cell pH is to 7.4, the more the vitality the body will have.
* The greater the vitality, the more vigorous or acute will be the eliminative process.
___ Examples: colds, flus, diarrhea, vomiting, fever blisters, etc.
2) THE TYPE OF POISON
- Certain toxins have specific affinities for specific areas of the body.
* Examples: uric acid (from excess meat intake) has an affinity for the feet.
* salt has an affinity for the skin.
3) GENETIC WEAKNESSES
- Diseases are not passed on from parent to child. Rather a genetic weakness or tendency towards that disease is passed on. Toxins will tend to be vicariously eliminated at the point of least resistance--the area or areas of genetic weakness.
- ___ Examples: allergies of pollen--elimination via mucus membranes. -heart disease--storage of toxins in heart tissue.
Generally, when the body is still young and full of vitality, it will vicariously eliminate toxins in an acute manner such as colds, flus, acute febrile diseases ("normal" childhood diseases). This is because these eliminative processes require tremendous amounts of energy on the body's part to carry them.
___ Examples: acute and sub-acute diseases
As the body grows older and its vitality decreases, (due to continued wrong eating and living habits, the body must utilize less "energetic" means of vicariously eliminating toxins... [See Chart 2 in next section below, "Mechanisms Of Vicarious Eliminative Processes"]
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MECHANISMS OF VICARIOUS ELIMINATIVE PROCESSES
[Chapter text follows chart's explanatatory text]
CHART 2: "Mechanisms Of Vicarious Eliminative Processes"
- * As the body grows older and its vitality decreases, (due to continued wrong eating and living habits, the body must utilize less "energetic" means of vicariously eliminating toxins. Examples: chronic diseases
- * With continued wrong living habits, depleting tremendously the body's vitality, the body can no longer afford the energy required to produce even minimal vicarious elimination (as in the form of chronic diseases, above.)
- * The body must now vicariously "eliminate" acids and toxins from ~he blood stream by storing them in the tissues of the body. Examples: chronic degenerative diseases
- * Death results when one or a combination of the following takes place: --
- - The vitality of the body is so low that it cannot mobilize toxins out of the blood stream, resulting in acid blood.
- - The cells of the body no longer possess adequate alkaline to neutralize acids in the blood stream, resulting in acid blood.
- - The cells of the body (may be a particular area, eg.: a heart) are so acid and toxic that they can no longer function efficiently enough to carry on their part of the life process, resulting in death of the entire body.
I. ACUTE ILLNESS
- House Cleaning
- Detoxification at the expense of the endocrine system through a portal of elimination not designed for elimination.
* increased metabolism
* running fluid--clear
___ Example: Common cold
II. SUB-ACUTE ILLNESS
- House Cleaning plus Infection
-Detoxification at the expense of the endocrine system through a portal of elimination not designed for elimination, while incorporating an infective organism, bacteria, virus.
* running fluid--pus
___ Examples: sinus infection, bronchial infection, infection of the throat, pneumonia, stomach virus, intestinal flu, infectious hepatitis, meningitis, venereal diseases, fungus, bladder and kidney infections, etc.
- III. CHRONIC DISEASES
- Storage of Toxins with Minimal House Cleaning
* with or without pain * with or without fluid
* no swelling * no infection
* no fever * no diarrhea
* no nausea
___ Examples: ulcers, allergies, hay fever, asthma, skin problems, female disorders, hypoglycemia
IV. DEGENERATIVE DISEASES
* storage of toxins characteristics
* no pain in beginning stages painful in late stages no infection
* no fever (usually) swelling in late stages
* usually constipated (may alternate with diarrhea) nausea sometimes in late stages
___ Examples: arteriosclerosis, congestive heart failure, heart attack, cancer, arthritis, gout, pleurisy, megacolon, diabetes, diverticulitis, colitis, hypertension, nephritis, prostititis, senility
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WHAT DETERMINES WHO GETS WHAT DISEASE?
THE P0TTINGER EXPERIMENT
In the 1940's, a dentist by the name of Francis M. Pottinger, made an experiment using 900 cats to determine what happens to the body when denatured, incomplete or processed foods are consumed. The cats were divided into groups. Each group was fed the same minimal basic diet. However the predominant part of the cat's diets were specific foods, which were different for each group of cats. The cats were observed over a four generation period. The results were as follows:
| GR0UP || A
|| Groups C, D, and E |
|| Raw Meat
|| Raw Milk
Grps CD&E developed diseases & illnesses near end of life
Grps CD&E developd diseases & illnesses in middle of life
Grps CD&E developd diseases & illnesses in beginning of life; many died before 6 months old
Grps CD&E: no 4th generation produced; either 3rd generation parents sterile, or 4th generation cats were aborted before birth
STATISTICS on DISEASES:
* 25% of young adults in America are sterile
* Death rate in America from diabetes
* 27th leading cause of death in 1900
* 3rd leading cause of death in 1980 (per capita)
[insulin was discovered in 1922]
* 35 out of 100 Americans will develop cancer during their life (1978)
* 10,000 children ten years of age or younger die of heart attacks per year in America (1978)
* 7 out of 10 Americans over age 40 have a chronic degenerative disease
(Statistics compiled from the U.S. Public Health Service. 1978)
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ON THE HEALING ROAD -- the healing Process
-------- THE HEALING CYCLE --------
When the body begins true healing, it does so in cycles. Without an~understanding of these cycles, the healing process can be most disheartening and discouraging at times.
To understand the healing cycles, we must know that the body will do little healing until it has adequate energy, vitality and stamina. Remember that when a body is diseased, its vitality is lowered--less energy available for healing. Once the body has gained enough energy to afford both healing and carrying on regular daily living activities, then healing can take place.
TWO PHASES OF THE HEALING CYCLE
1. Resting Phase
-time of building up energy reserves
-feeling of well being
2. Healing Phase
-time of house cleaning and healing
-do not feel real good
[eg.: headaches, tiredness, irritability, depression, colds, fever, diarrhea, etc.]
HOW LONG DO THESE HEALING PHASES LAST?
-True healing runs on cycles of 3 or 7 days, or a combination thereof.
(eg.: 10 days, 14 days, 21 days, etc.)
IS THERE ANY HARM IN "HELPING" THESE HEALING PHASES ALONG?
Through inhibition or stimulation (eg.: medication, herbs, megadose vitamins, etc.) one can affect the healing phase, and thus produce "symptomatic relief." While this is tempting to do, it only interferes with the true healing process by either stopping it or prolonging it, and thus suppress the elimination of toxins which caused the diseased state in the first place.
ONE CANNOT CURE DRUNKENNESS WITH WATER UNLESS THE INTAKE OF ALCOHOL IS STOPPED.
---------------- HOW LONG TO HEALTH ? ----------------
Just as the body does not get toxic and diseased overnight, it also cannot 'clean house' and rebuild itself overnight. A person may spend years tearing their body down and filling it with toxins, so an immediate healing is impossible. It is doubtful if anyone can become totally healthy within one year no matter how dedicated one is to healthful living and eating. Those using a 'transition diet' approach are looking at several years until health returns, providing their 'transition diet' is continually upgraded. However, many improvements in the body's health take place along the way to give encouragement to continue pursuing a health-producing lifestyle. [Related Link near top of page. -cp]
----- FACTORS INFLUENCING THE LENGTH OF HEALING TIME -----
* HOW QUICKLY ONE ADOPTS HEALTHFUL LIVING HABITS
-positive mental attitude
-nutritious dietary intake
* HOW QUICKLY ONE DOES. AWAY WITH WRONG LIVING HABITS
-elimination of those things which made the body diseased
-e.g.: stresses, stimulants, toxins, etc.
* THE OVERALL LEVEL OF VITALITY OF THE BEING
-this is dependent on:
A. Degree of Degeneration of the Body
B. Amount of.Accumulated Toxins In the Body
C. Level of Acidity of the Body Cells
* THE AMOUNT OF "WANT TO" ONE POSSESSES
-self discipline, determination, desire to be healthy
* DEGREE OF FREEDOM FROM PENT-UP EMOTIONAL STRESS AND ENERGIES
* LACK OF ONGOING EMOTIONAL/MENTAL ANXIETY
* AMOUNT OF WORRY AND ANXIETY OVER THE HEALING PROCESS
-lack of understanding of true healing
* SPIRITUAL ALIGNMENT
* ATTEMPTS TO "HELP OUT" NATURE WITH THE HEALING PROCESS
-'treating' symptoms arising due to true healing process
-using 'natural' and unnatural remedies to 'promote health'
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RATIONALIZING FOLLOWING HEALTHFUL LIVING
* It's a long hard road to health. Is it worth the struggle and sacrifice? Only we can make that decision for ourselves.
* Many will say, "Well I've got to go some way, I might as well go happy and enjoying myself--eating and living like I want to."
* By the same token, let us ask ourselves if we want to spent the last years of our lives as an invalid, in a wheelchair crippled by arthritis, enduring the agonizing pain of a growing cancer, torturing our loved ones with a bad case of senility, burdening others due to our helpless physical condition, shut' off from those we love by being placed in a nursing home, or having a sharp mind with a broken down useless body?
* We have to go through every day anyway, we might as well be doing things right as reaping the healthful benefits as to doing things wrong and reaping the diseased consequences.
* Rest assured that it is never to late to begin a healing way of life. In fact, ten years from now, providing healthful living habits are incorporated, you will be 'younger' and healthier than you are now, even though ten years older.
* Also, keep in mind that while right now you can only see much self sacrifice and lack of enjoyment of life when considering a healthful living lifestyle, you do not have to jump in with both feet all at once If you choose, you may slowly change your way of living to that which is health producing. As the body begins detoxifying and healing, it will become easier and more enjoyable to follow life giving health practices.
* Of course you can make the transition to healthful living habits immediate, experience tremendous unpleasant healing crises, but arrive at true and total health much quicker. The choice is yours.
* Wouldn't it be wonderful never to grow tired, only drowsy when bedtime arrives, never have an ache or pain, rarely have emotional and mental dilemmas overcome you, have endless energy and a clear sharp mind and memory, and probably experience this level of health until very shortly before, if not until the day you die.
* If all of that is still not enough to motivate you to follow healthful living, just think of the money you will save, both in doctor and food bills.
"If I'd known I was going to live this long, I'd taken better care of myself."
THE MORE DETOXIFIED A PERSON IS, THE EASIER IT IS FOR HIM TO
FOLLOW A DETOXIFIED DIET.
It is rarely socially acceptable to do what is right.
DO IT, NOT BECAUSE IT'S EASY (AND IT'S NOT),
BUT BECAUSE IT'S RIGHT.
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BASIC GOALS FOR HEALTHFUL LIVING
* CONSERVE ENERGY
----- METHODS OF CONSERVING ENERGY -----
- -Energy is all the body has with which to heal itself and maintain life.
- -If we are doing more wrong than we are doing right, we have a negative energy effect, which leads to disease and death.
- -Therefore, everything we can do to conserve energy, and thus keep energy from being wasted needlessly, should be done.
- -If the net effect of our energy conservation efforts are on the positive side, then we are doing more right than wrong, and health will be the result.
A. ELIMINATE STRESSFUL LIVING HABITS
-stop asking, "What can I take to get well?" and start asking, "What have I been doing wrong that made me sick?" and then stop doing it.
B. SUBSTITUTE NON STRESSFUL LIVING HABITS
-create an environment for the body which is conducive to healing and health
C. OBEY THE LAWS OF NATURE
-realize that we alone are responsible for our own health (the law of 'Cause and Effect')
-take on this responsibility
D. SEEK KNOWLEDGE
-relating to healthful living (truth)
-thus eliminating IGNORANCE
E. GAIN SELF-DISCIPLINE
-introduce healthful living habits making them a way of life, not just a temporary measure to get out of pain
-thus eliminating LAZINESS
F. AVOID THOSE THINGS THAT MAN HAS HAD MUCH TO DO WITH
-the more man has had to do with a substance, food or phenomenon, the less value it has, and the more harmful it becomes to the body and being (and the more man can charge for it).
THE MORE EDUCATED MAN BECOMES, THE SICKER HE BECOMES.
Nature is not only smarter than we think,
Nature is smarter than we CAN think.
--------- NOTES ON SELECTING WHOLESOME NUTRITIOUS FOODS --------
* QUALITIES NUTRITIOUS FOOD MUST EXHIBIT
A. Rawness -- living qualities
(Are the organic minerals, enzymes, vitamins, fatty acids, proteins, etc. still intact?)
B. Wholesomeness -- preparation (Has it been altered from its natural state?)
C. Constituents -- processing (Has anything been added or taken away?)
D. Ashe quality -- (Is it alkaline or acid ash?)
E. Palatability -- 'taste appeal' (Is it a gustatory, tasty delight?)
* RELATIVE SWEETNESS OF A FOOD:
-This is the ultimate test of a food's quality.
-If growing conditions of the food are good, the glucose content will be high, and the food will taste sweet.
-The higher the glucose content of a food, the higher will be its overall food value.
-A food will not and cannot form a high glucose content without a proportionately high level of the other food constituents.
-If growing conditions are poor, the resultant food will be of poor nutritional value, the glucose level, as well as the level of the other constituents, will be low and the food will not taste sweet.
-If the nutritional value of the food has been decreased or destroyed via chemical fertilizers, pesticide sprays, chemical ripening agents, storage, injected dyes, etc., the glucose content will proportionately be destroyed and the food will not taste sweet.
-If the nutritional value of the food has been decreased or destroyed via processing and/or preparation of the food (cooking, freezing, fermenting, spicing, etc.) the glucose content will proportionately be destroyed and the food will lose its sweet taste.
-Note: While a green bean will never be as sweet tasting as an orange, relative to green beans there will be sweet tasting green beans and green beans that are not so sweet. Thus the term 'relative sweetness'
* BUY AND EAT FOODS THAT ARE AS CLOSE TO THE WAY NATURE PREPARED THEM AS POSSIBLE.
* THE MORE MAN DOES TO A FOOD (PROCESSING AND PREPARATION), THE LESS
FOOD VALUE IT HAS AND THE MORE TOXIC IT BECOMES
* THE LESS TASTE APPEAL A FOOD HAS (NOT NATURALLY SWEET), THE LESS
NUTRITIONAL VALUE IT HAS AND THE MORE TOXIC IT IS TO THE BODY.
* BUY FOODS THAT YOU HAVE NOT SEEN ADVERTISED ON TV.
-(such as apples, carrots, green peppers, etc.)
-the further a food is removed from its natural state (through processing) the more the body must be convinced that it is edible, therefore advertising is a necessity to sell these processed 'foods'.
* ORGANICALLY GROWN FOODS ARE THE BEST.
-Not always possible to find or guarantee.
-If these are not available, buy and eat what is available, such as commercial grocery store produce. While this is not the ideal source, and certainly is inferior to organically grown foods, it may be our only source of whole, complete living foods.
-Sweetness must become a consideration in selecting grocery store (and organic) produce.
-If it is not sweet, do not eat it -- it has no food value should chemical fertilizers and pesticides be absorbed into the food, most of these are trapped by the individual cell wails making up the food.
-These cell walls are composed of cellulose which we do not digest.
-Thus the cellulose cell walls with the trapped chemicals pass on through the body.
-Should the chemicals penetrate inside the individual cells of the food (the digestible portion) they will destroy the nutritional value of the food.
-Thus it will not have a sweet taste and should not be eaten.
THE FOODS THAT PEOPLE NEED THE MOST ARE THE FOODS
THEY DISLIKE THE MOST, OTHERWISE THEY WOULDN'T BE SICK.
For Elaboration on the above and much more, see
"The Transition Diet" (at this site)
- Steps & principles telling how to transition -gradually & successfully- to a diet that promotes & sustains optimal health for body, mind, AND the planet, even from the standard American diet. Incorporate this approach as slowly or as quickly as you can maintain. (If done too fast, you may find it too uncomfortable, then bounce back to the old ways, so would just be a waste of time). Includes a Food-Combining Chart for optimal digestion and assimilation of nutrients, as well as for proper elimination. Other sections included: "Transition Diet," "Rebuilding Diet," "Three Day Apple Fast And Seven Day Cleanse," "About Cleansing Reactions," and "Efficient Body-Sizing Strategies (for Weight Management)."
And for a great food source:
"Back to Basic" by Dr. Walter J. Crinnion, N.D. in the July-August 2012 issue of "Natural Practitioner
"Catalog for Healthy Eating"
For Bulk foods of the purest quality, like good-tasting (!) varieties of TVP (soy-based) and Seitan (concentrated protein from grains), dairy substitutes, healthy sweeteners, granolas. Also Organic baking supplies, cookbooks, and other goodies, including environment cleaning products. These are also folks one likes giving money too -- feeding people who work for a living.
They have both 800# and website: 1-800-695-2241, www.healthy-eating.com
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THE POLITICAL ECONOMICS OF MEDICINE
[Note: this is from Dr. Robbins, a chiropractor, wrote this in 1984. And it was written in Oklahoma, which has generally lagged behind the more "updated" areas of the U.S. by 10-20 years. eg: He wasn't exaggerating then. ]
In the 1800's the Germans began developing drugs and manufacturing them on a large scale.
The pharmaceutical companies of Germany formed a cartel.
In the late 1800's the German cartel moved to America and formed a pharmaceutical cartel here. (Was later backed by Rockefeller and Standard Oil Co.)
PROBLEM: The medical schools of that time did not teach the students to use the drugs, only natural remedies, thus the doctors did not prescribe the pharmaceutical companies' drugs, which was bad business for the cartel.
SOLUTION: Formation of the Council of Medical Education (1910) by the AMA. Now schools that wanted to be accredited, receive funds from the government, and not be forced to close, would have to comply with the Council's recommendations which were:
* discontinue courses teaching natural healing methods; and
* add courses teaching drug therapy.
PROBLEM: How could the pharmaceutical cartel guarantee the doctors would use the 'orthodox' or approved (money making) modes of treatment?
SOLUTION: Formation of the Professional Standard Review Organization (1972) by the AMA. This committee has the right to go into any medical doctor's office and pull his license if he is not following AMA protocol.
PROBLEM: How could the pharmaceutical cartel keep the public opinion on their side, and against the natural healing arts?
1) Formation of the FDA (1906). This would be set up as an independent government
organization designed to:
* Test all foods and drugs; and
* Remove from the market any product that is unsafe.
This gives the FDA the power to approve drugs as 'good' and vitamins as 'harmful'.
2) Formation of anti-natural healing arts/pro-medical arts propaganda committee. Example: distribute anti-chiropractic literature. This is a function of the AMA..
PROBLEM: How could the pharmaceutical cartel insure that the general public could afford the expensive AMA / pharmaceutical cartel approved drugs and treatment procedures?
SOLUTION: 1) Convince health insurance companies that the medical community's treatment methods are the best, and that natural healing methods are not good. Therefore, insurance coverage is only good for medical treatment and drugs.
2) Set up government health insurance that only pays for orthodox medical treatment.
Footnote: "Orthodox" = correct opinion
[of the "authority" that we might better question, he means. -cp].
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Some Political Health Related Links
(section on Alternative Health Resources further below)
of Foodstock and Nutrition (1999):
"Plants make more than 100,000 compounds not essential to their growth. A number of these secondary compounds may play a role in reducing chronic or degenerative diseases in people. Lycopene in tomatoes, sulforphane in broccoli and genistein in soybeans are a few of the so-called phytonutrients that have captured headlines.
"According to a recent survey, more than half of Americans eat a food or food component for a specific health benefit. But before plant scientists "beef up" fruits and vegetables with phytonutrients, they need to know which compounds are most beneficial and whether they work alone or synergistically--as evidence suggests they often do..." (from Judy McBride of Agricultural Research Service, USDA).
But we want scientific verification of the risks; the stats, doc's, and PhD's papers, right? Ok. Here you go, just that:
a summary list from GENETIC ENGINEERING: THE HAZARDS, VEDIC ENGINEERING: THE SOLUTIONS by John Fagan Ph.D. - an award-winning geneticist who returned his government grants and began new research in Maharishi's Vedic Science.
Most foods bought in grocery stores today are already so deficient in their nutrition content that we need supplementation due to current farming, distribution, and shelf life-oriented processing and packaging. Which supplementation, by the way, the FDA has tried for 40+ years to sabotage before - and since - doctors finally admitted that diet played a role in cancer prevention. But that's another story (officially, anyway)...
The current stance of the *scientist's* at the FDA appears more than sane as regards the GE question, as noted at the page for The Mother's for Natural Law, which seems to be one of the best resource=linked sources around on this topic. However, "...The FDA's records reveal it declared genetically engineered foods to be safe in the face of disagreement from its own experts--all the while claiming a broad scientific consensus supported its stance..." See the report from "Alliance for Bio-Integrity" and Steven M. Druker, J.D., executive director of the Alliance for Bio-Integrity, coordinator of the lawsuit against the FDA to obtain mandatory safety testing and labeling of gene-spliced foods, and an attorney on the case (in collaboration with the Legal Department of the Center for Technology Assessment in Washington, D.C.
So, is it any surprise that the top Grocery Distributors in the World are saying no to GMO's (Genetically Modified Organisms) ?
See about Bio-Technology, Monsanto, and the challenge to science for the love of natural being, basic nutrition, and planetary health at the Index of GE Essays at San Francisco U. and the other sites here.
And Guess who puts it on the line for Natural Health (including caution with GE Foods), energy efficiency, and common sense with so many issues, including prevention-oriented approach to health, education, and crime: The Natural Law Party of the United States of America
a prime example of the David and Goliath theme |
is currently being played out with regard to the authors of
The authors are Marc Lappé, Ph.D. & Britt Bailey, and the book is about the varying perspectives and positions surrounding agricultural biotechnology. Includes interviews with seed company representatives, activists, scientists, and farmers.
One interesting article at the site gives an idea of why I introduced this as I did. It's about the pre-Oct98 legal action in which Monsanto effectively precluded publication of an entire issue of the Ecologist, strongly reminiscent of Monsanto's prior action against the first publisher of Against the Grain (Common Courage Press, 1998) It was delayed almost over 8 months because of Monsanto's actions, but printed nonetheless by aptly named Common Courage Press.
Marc Lappé & Britt Bailey founded the Center for Ethics and Toxics in Gualala, California. Mark authored The Pacific Declaration, The Environmental, Health, and Religious response to agricultural biotechnology in the United States. This document has been signed by 65 organizations in the U.S., and is an outcome of a conference held in July, 1999 in Bolinas, California
Other Article Links there are at http://www.cetos.org/artbio.html and http://www.cetos.org/newprojects.html. I assume they need all the support they can get, and certainly deserve it, not to mention thank-you's for their dedication.
Other Links (1999)
NOTE: "GE" = 'Genetically Engineered' or 'G.Modified'
• The world's two largest food production companies are withdrawing their acceptance of GE.
• Experts Urge Cautious Approach from both sides of the Atlantic; agree that scientific advances in biotechnology rapidly out-pacing laws meant to regulate the business
• The UK government announced a series of controls on agricultural and human biotechnology.
• FDA Documents Show They Ignored GMO Safety Warnings.
• http://www.psrast.org/jfsbqsht.htmFor a brief overview explaining the inadequacy of the food testing accepted by present regulations and the testing required to minimize health hazards
• Where do you go to get uncontaminated info about GE foods? To Europe, of course, & to Paul Mobbs' Free Range Activism Website - The Data Centre - GE Section.
• Monsanto under intense pressure from Wall Street analysts & investors to dismember itself due to campaign against GE food.
• Summaries & Scientific Papers; Dangers of GE Food (good short 1 page summary - please print & distribute).
• Labeling Needed for GE Foods: Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) urged ... in response to ... New England Journal of Medicine & allergic reactions.
• What do People Want? Polls on GE Food.
• Action against GE foods.
• Greenpeace's GE Report 12/4/97: Greenpeace's GE Report 12/4/97.
• "Farm Date 1999. This is the log of the corporation Monsanto, its five year mission to genetically engineer and control ...!"
• MOFGA - to help farmers and gardeners grow organic food, promote stewardship, increase local food production, sustainable rural communities, illuminate connections for consumers.
• Mothers for Natural Law - resources for consumers who want to avoid genetically engineered food.
• Natural Food Campaign - The Dangers of Genetic Engineering.
• Genetix Food Alert - GMO free at GFA, no genetically modifie...
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Body-Awareness-Based Preventative Maintenance
A History of Health Care Since 1900, and Considerations on Where We May Choose to Go from Here
by Chris Pringer Oct'11
Prior to 1900, medicine in the West was primarily focused on cleansing out toxins or bad blood, etc, and doctors were known for their patience and bed-side manner. People were somewhat cautious about any foods or activity that doctors had associated with ill-health. Natural medicine of all sorts prevailed, especially where there were no doctors.
Then, with the emergence of "miracle drugs" for quick relief (ie: aspirin), western medicine was reborn into rescue orientation, and doctors became hero's of a more dramatic sort. After this, only the rare natural medicine doctor, later called naturopaths, would refer to a cold as the body's method for ridding the system of "what ails you." They came to recognize the lymphatic system as critical to the elimination/ detoxification process, necessary for cells to utilize resources and work with any effectiveness, let alone efficiency. Through the 20th century, while these patient healers became known as quacks, the surgeon became a leading role model along with the policeman and fireman - all providing relief for emergency conditions.
Medicine became further specialized and the general practitioner physician, the wise and dependable foundation of medicine who served as counsel to professors of medicine, and even to surgeons in their heyday, now became almost extinct in the ever-quickening days of high-expectation of immediate relief. What medical student wanted to research, let alone specialize in, the junkyard drain of the body - the lymphatic system, let alone the workhorses of body: the muscles, tendons, and fascia. "If injured, just sew them up, they'll take care of themselves if you manage the get the vessels and nerves back in place well enough. Let the osteopaths, them nearly-quacks, take care of that while they're moving the housing and hardware around (eg: the bones). Give them physical therapists to give them exercise and discipline and make their body work according to their mind's expectations - or at least as close as can be managed."
And yes, Western medicine continued to develop miracle cures, methods, and devices, albeit much of that resulting in so much medical-drug-based toxic waste in our waters, along with the chemical equivalent from other economic and societal rescues by our modern miracle industrial and farming processes. What is the percentage of society rescuing ourselves with mind/mood/stress/pain altering (legal) pharmaceuticals? What advertising tells us to wait, have patience or common sense, let alone wisdom?
Fortunately enough, osteopaths and chiropractors, even the naturopaths survived the century, complete with psychologists who connected and correlated mind to body, pattern to movement, nurture to muscles and emotions. And thence massage therapists, born of midwives, boxer rejuvinators, and naturopaths, became body-workers, energy-workers, yoga and awareness instructors - the body-aware care-givers for muscles, mind, and Spirit. Some were more knowledgable and natural with the emotions, some even becoming somatic gestaltists or body-centered psychotherapists. The lymphatic system was now brought back into the foreground of at least one realm of health care modalities, and preventative maintenance regained its fighting chance for it's essential complementary role in medicine.
Will preventative maintenance ever attract the average western medical student? Will it become fashionable to teach awareness of body and mind, let alone of their working as a team - on the job, let alone in everyday life? To teach the capacity to rescue ourselves by nipping emergencies in the bud - before pain gets in the way of getting necessary things done? Not in this century, I'm guessing, but it won't be because there weren't folks like myself preaching the bible of potential whole human beingness.
"Core Body-Mind Integration Concepts in Context Chart"
New 10/10/11 at the Organization Chart page. This chart compacts the key points into a relatively small visual space, and provides a summary of them and their implications relative to body-mind preventative maintenance, pain management, other aspects, as well as links to their respective essays or sections. Addressing all these aspects and their relationships is what make this site unique.
A little secret: If you know your nutrition- you can get away with about anything- once or more, depending on... but that (knowing) is the key point about a balanced diet, about knowing your body, what or how much you can hedge on or with, plus what you need to balance-back with each time for preventative health maintenance. With practice, having fun with a healthy diet is not that difficult. Besides, you can't force change (for very long, and still maintain), and there are ways to learn gently, while growing even healthier as you age (while practicing what one preaches at least the greater portion of the time). Aside from a few aching muscles (only) iF I "surprise" them too much (hence the morning exercise), I'm far healthier at 64 [Jan'16] than I was when I was in my teens or twenties. Even though I was a jock in high school, and then a marine. This is not bragging since anyone can do this, IF they simply trade in a few things that many folks think are essential (or consider signs of success and such). More on that in the last paragraph.
I could attribute most of my (earlier) life health issues to my "standard" American diet, the average jock-male's attitude about seeing how much one can eat at a sitting => thence digestive trouble, thence congestion of eliminative systems, including a clogged lymphatic system (from allergies to milk from drinking it like water, plus due to lack of variety of grains in diet). And the latter was likely the cause of my relative shortness of breath for any distance past a 100yrd dash in high school (albeit in "10-flat" for that). Especially considering that fifteen years later (1983) when I was out of shape, except for 2+ years of Arnold Ehret's "Mucusless Diet" (during the earliest part of the 5 year vegan stretch), I could run 5 miles without getting winded. Go figure!
"Trade in a few things" for what? What I meant in the 1st paragraph were those things I try to give some useful ideas about that at this website, beginning here and at the "Transition Diet" page (including the "Body-Sizing" section if/as applies), the "Body-Mind Nutrition" page, and the "Tensing Yoga" page. The "Body-Mind Integration" essays page provides the "hows & whys" of much of that, but can also get a little more technical in some parts.
ALTERNATIVE HEALTH RESOURCES:
(Updated Spring 2011)
Resources for Education and Reference
"The Transition Diet" (at this site) - Steps & principles telling how to transition -gradually & successfully- to a diet that promotes & sustains optimal health for body, mind, AND the planet, even from the standard American diet. Incorporate this approach as slowly or as quickly as you can maintain. (If done too fast, you may find it too uncomfortable, then bounce back to the old ways, so would just be a waste of time). Includes a Food-Combining Chart for optimal digestion and assimilation of nutrients, as well as for proper elimination. Other sections included: "Transition Diet," "Rebuilding Diet," "Three Day Apple Fast And Seven Day Cleanse," "About Cleansing Reactions," and "Efficient Body-Sizing Strategies (for Weight Management)."
"Natural Practitioner Magazine" - The Business Magazine for Alternative, Complementary & Integrative Healthcare Profesionals - Their debut issue (Vol.1,#1), Jan/Feb 2012, is most impressive, including new findings in research of nutrition, herbs, practices for stress, anxiety, mood, cardiovascular health, cold & flu, more. Jan/Feb 2013 issues in focus: "Weight Loss Resolve", "Hormone Balancing", "Heart/Cardiovascular Health", "Healthy Blood Sugar". Other issues focus on various systems, and/or men's, women's, or children's health, and and/or the main seasonal complaint. Written for practitioners, but if you're up with the science, or want to know what natural supplementation is being recommended, it's great reading! includes "Natural Practitioner" Magazine's Library Database with special sections for a) foods, herbs, supplements, b) Conditions, c) Interactions, d) Supplement Nutrient Depletions, and e) Drug Nutrient Depletions
"Let Them Eat Dirt": Interview with British Columbia professor B. Brett Finlay about his book, "Let Them Eat Dirt." : "Finlay's research shows that parents don't need to fear germs as much as they do. Finlay says bubble wrapping kids to keep them clean denies them many good microbes that help keep them healthy." ~Bill Radke of KUOW. Description for the Townhall Seattle .Org Event with Brett Finlay: Microbiologist Brett Finlay, Ph.D., has spent 30 years studying bacteria as something bad. But in recent years, he has come to see those same organisms as highly beneficial, and even necessary. His book, Let Them Eat Dirt (co-written with Marie-Claire Arrieta, Ph.D.) explains that the microbes that live in our bodies influence childhood development and how an imbalance in those microbes can lead to obesity, diabetes, asthma, autism, and reactions to vaccines, among other chronic conditions. He describes how natural childbirth, breastfeeding, and solid foods influence children’s microbiota and offers practical advice about sterilizing food implements for babies, the use of antibiotics, and pet ownership. William Sears (The Baby Book) calls the book, “A must-read for parents, teachers and any healthcare provider for children.” Finlay will share the latest research about the human microbiome and its critical link to the health and well-being of our children."
[Note: This may come as a great eye-opener to many, and indeed the information is extremely valuable, possibly life-saving for many. Yet, while it is about "new discoveries" - the naturopathic health care practitioners have been talking and warning about these things, with backing by scientific research as well as experience, *long* before I began studying nutrition (in the 80's). Referring to scientific findings *not* funded by the pharmaceutical industry. But now we can appreciate that this understanding about immune health AND scientific validation is becoming newsworthy, which may precede popular acceptance, thence application. Note also the research as related to the bio-communications and immune systems of plants (a few ref-links are just just below), as these research finds are highly related to, if not precedent to, the more recent scientific findings (more conventional, with allopathic medicine's reluctant consent). Which led to the more recent warnings about overuse of antibiotics - As it took 100 years for allopathic medicine to grant validity to the 5000 year old successful practice of acupuncture. And eventually, the same will be granted to Five Element Theory and the use of Chinese herbs, from which so much of the Western pharmacopeia was derived anyway. Albeit which was then synthesized, thus destroying the natural relationship between the "medicine" and the cells, thence the side-effects and damage they cause for so many. Hence the WHOLISTIC approach of this page and of this web site, ChaliceBridge.Com, which *does* acknowledge that for some, some allopathic medicines are necessary (at least for a time and/or in certain circumstances, etc), but that appropriate preventative maintenance is just that, and generally requires a minimum if any conventional medications 99% of the time. Or rather, that used to be so before we created the now common addictions to such drugs. ~Chris Pringer]
"Urgent evidence proves that your gut bacteria affects mental health" "A new study published in Psychopharmacology suggests that fostering the growth of helpful bacteria helps modulate how we process information and could perhaps help ease anxiety and depression. “prebiotics,” [are] ingestible fibers that help augment the growth of our beneficial indigenous microbiotia... Compared with the control group, people who took prebiotics tended to pay more attention to positive information, and their salivary cortisol awakening response was significantly lower. The findings suggest that those in the prebiotic group have "less anxiety about negative or threatening stimuli. ..."
From the source article: "Researchers aren't sure exactly how changes in gut bacteria might affect the brain..." [My Comment and quotes at facebook, 7/3/15 :] Well, what about endorphins from better digestion, from a more alkaline system, therefore more elimination of toxins, therefore a more clear brain??? [How about] Endorphins (like from meditation, smiling, laughing, sex...) "replacing" cortisol (the adrenal rush that leads athletes to ignore pain signals -- until they [the athletes] break, that is). Source article continues: "...Some researchers suspect that the vagus nerve — which conveys sensory information from the gut to the brain — plays a role. Gut bacteria may also affect the immune system, which could, in turn, influence the brain, Burnet said." Well, same [goes] for the immune system in terms of alkalinizing the blood - providing for improved lymphatic processing and elimination... Ahem... ACID / ALKALINE BALANCE, ENDORPHINS... But I like that they've got as far as they have on this. [Referring again to the naturopathic oriented practitioners teaching this in the West for over a hundred years, not to mention the practical applications of techniques for same for thousands of years in the East.] Related: "Gut Feeling? Probiotics May Ease Anxiety and Depression" - "The community of microbes in your gut not only affect..."
"The Hidden Half Of Nature - The Microbial Roots Of Life", book by David R. Montgomery and Anne Biklé examine microbes and their amazing contribution to life processes, both in nature and in our bodies. "The authors rediscovered the critical importance of microbiotic relationships and the promise they hold for restoring depleted soils." Extremely important and timely information for health (think "immune system" not to mention "digestion"), long-term, for individuals and and the planet. Facebook Page [Ref: public radio, 11/18/15]
Related: The Good Gut [at Facebook]; Mushroom Nutrition: Discover Outstanding Fungal Benefits Infographic (supplement charts); Powerful Immune Secret (a source of supplements as well as research resources); Scientists Urge National Initiative on Microbes And Microbiomes to better understand the microbial communities that are essential to humans.
Related (#2): "Trees, Communications, Family-Connection & Psycho-Neuro-Immunity - Bridging Empathy & Planetary Health" by Chris Pringer, Oct 25, 2016 at Linked-In. Equivalent at Fb. These articles were "assembled" after hearing a scientist state (in that Public Radio report [9/18/16]) talking about a 30 year trend of changes related to the survival of trees. A big part of the "assembly" were the *many* scientific research references (across four to six disciplines of science) added to back up each of the "claims" that the article makes, many of which I'm sure will have your jaw dropping. [Thank you, ~Chris]
| Related (#3): Paul Stamets - How Mushrooms Can Save Bees & Our Food Supply (video) In this 6th Age of Extinctions, the biosphere’s life-support systems that have allowed humans to ascend are collapsing. World-renown, visionary mycological researcher/inventor Paul Stamets illuminates how fungi, particularly mushrooms, offer uniquely powerful, practical solutions we can implement now to boost the biosphere’s immune system and equip us with benign breakthrough mycotechnologies to accelerate the transition to a restored world.
On Growing Your Own Healthfully:
Healing the Land and Ourselves One Meal at a Time, Metrofarm Community - Urban Farming Guide to Growing for Profit In or Near the City, Doctor Builds "Farmacy" to Treat Diseases Healthy Food Pharmaceuticals - after 25 years of practicing medicine, Dr. Robert Weiss sold his practice to combat diseases with whole foods.
Sequential Healing Health Services (SHHS) What Is Sequential Healing Health Services (Shhs)? SHHS is a group dedicated to teaching a healing model that can be used to bring about restoration of function to vital systems. This teaching is done through the distribution of educational material. These teachings may be used to instruct individuals in how to increase their level of overall health and wellness. Currently SHHS makes educational material available on the World Wide Web at www.sequentialhealing.com.
General Wellness Regimen "Wellness Wheel" via Vitamin Herb University .Com's
Whole Health MD .Com: Great all-round medical resource site, including general and specific information on prescription medicines as well as natural approaches ( vitamins, herbs, alternative approaches, etc). Their page for "Helpful Supplements for Back Pain" is at http://www.wholehealthmd.com/news/viewarticle/0,1513,7,00.html
About "Fed Up" From Rotten Tomatoes .Com "For the past 30 years, everything we thought we knew about food and exercise is dead wrong..." Directed By: Stephanie Soechtig; Written By: Mark Monroe, Stephanie Soechtig. || A mix of excerpts from the search page: The [filmed] "documentary investigation into why people are getting fatter, the filmmakers explore who’s killing our health ...looks at obesity and politics ...Descends on Villains in the Battle [because] ...the obesity rate in America has skyrocketed over the past few decades, especially among children...". (More Reviews included in sidebar in 1st section this page)
"Cooked" the book by Michael Pollard - In the interview I heard on public radio, Pollard Pollard gives valuable updates for everyday diet and nutrition while not pulling any punches upon the food industry, including large farms, ranches, and the industries that increasingly support - or profit greatly from supplying - them. I thought Pollard put together one of the best all-round summaries of how we've pretty much messed up our dietary health protocols. That is, by over-reacting to multi-various claims and fads, how the food industry has played upon and into that process, and particularly so in the *processing* of foods. AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, he greatly simplifies HOW we might bring things BACK to dietary sanity. That simplification - and clarification - including about notions and medical/ dietary protocols - and myths - is related by Pollard to allergies (including to gluten), carbohydrates, fats, meats and other proteins, organic foods, etc, and how the economically disadvantaged can (often already do) eat healthfully. I haven't read the book, but I'm wondering if he includes a chapter on "placebo effect" and our immune system response, individually and communally, over the years of our increased industrialization of food and medicine. Not just how all that is processed (in any way you want to interpret that phrase), but also in how all that is sold. -Chris Pringer, 5/15/14
Gary Taubes: 'Why We Get Fat,' Part I and Part II: KUOW radio interview (Feb 2012). In his new book, "Why We Get Fat" science writer and health journalist Gary Taubes says eating less and exercising more will not necessarily make you lose weight and that much of the good nutritional science is being ignored. About carbs (including REFINED grains) and sugar in the diet, and resulting Insulin Resistance Syndrome. "Good Calories, Bad Calories" is about removing specific carbohydrates, problems with fuel partitioning, leading to less fat to burn, more fat to store. "Sedentary lifestyle is not a cause of weight gain, but an effect." Taubes says his book is NOT about "the healthiest diet" or vegetarian vrs meat diet, that "ANY diet will be improved by removing the *specific* carbs"; includes a special section for Obese and diebetic clients, although this is only one extreme group. Too much (what is now "normal") REFINED grains and sugar in the diet results in Insulin Resistance Syndrome. There has been a 900% increase in diabetes in the last 50 years - if that were called a crime, the legal finger would immediately and accurately be pointed at "sugar." Taubs says the correctly (vs politically) performed research for artificial sweeteners would likely vindicate them. Discuses the politics of sugar research and (vs) saturated fat and cholesterol (with the later given very biased research). Gary Taubes is a contributing correspondent for Science magazine. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, and The Best of the Best American Science Writing.
Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappé was a key influence as began my natural health path in 1979! It's technical value is all about Protein - how to get the most from it, particularly in a vegetarian diet. (Updated as regards the amount of time between intake of protein-building nutritional components.) The 20th Anniversary Edition includes * simple rules for a healthy diet * Streamlined, easy-to-use format * Food combinations that make delicious, protein-rich meals without meat * Indispensable kitchen hints—a comprehensive reference guide for planning and preparing meals. This new version is streamlined & easy-to-use, with delicious food combinations of protein-rich meals without meat, hundreds of wonderful recipes, and much more. "Sharing her personal evolution and how this groundbreaking book changed her own life, world-renowned food expert Frances Moore Lappé offers an all-new, even more fascinating philosophy on changing yourself—and the world—by changing the way you eat." This edition is still consistent with the love-based wholistic worldview she teaches and which is so needed right now, including via the Small Planet Institute, co-founded with (daughter) Anna Lappé. Other Books by Frances Moore Lappé include Hope's Edge - The Next Diet for a Small Planet.
"Catalog for Healthy Eating" For Bulk foods of the purest quality, like good-tasting (!) varieties of TVP (soy-based) and Seitan (concentrated protein from grains), dairy substitutes, healthy sweeteners, granolas. Also Organic baking supplies, cookbooks, and other goodies, including environment cleaning products. These are also folks one likes giving money too -- feeding people who work for a living. They have both 800# and website: 1-800-695-2241, www.healthy-eating.com
Alternative Healing of Rhode Island - Much valuable information for the novice and many great links.
IPhone App, "Cures A-Z" (book) by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, recognized authority on chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia, director of Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers nationally, does phone consultiaons with CFS/finbromyagial patients worldwide. Also Author of best selling book, "From Fatigued to Fantastic!" (3rd revised edition, Avery/Penguin Group) and books, "Pain Free 1-2-3 -- A Proven Program for Eliminating Chronic Pain Now" (McGraw-Hill, and "Beat Sugar Addiction NOW!" (Fairwinds Press; 2010). Dr. Teitelbaum does frequent media appearances including "Good Morning America", CNN, Fox News Channel, the *Dr. Oz Show* and "Opra & Friends". [from "Natural Practitioner" Magazine]
"M.D.'s Wellness Journal": Abundant Nutritional Information from Dr. Julian Whitaker M.D., via 1-800-211-7657: -- you can ask for the free mailout introductory promotion/news, which gives an incredible amount of useful information for the nutritionally uninformed. Or just go for a "Health & Healing" Newsletter subscription ($40/yr) with all the free reports (which reports cover what most folks are complaining about anyway).
"Coffee - Keys to Maximizing Potential" - If You're Gonna Do Coffee... all health considerations considered... Updated Oct 23 2006 with Important New Findings - surprisingly Good, myth-busting in fact. And May 15, 2014 with section "Energizing Your Coffee." (TEXT file; title was "The Eleven Keys to Coffee Potential Maximization").
Visit Integrative Medical Arts Group/IBIS: Integrative Medicine, Natural Health and Alternative Therapies; IBIS Medical Software: Interactive BodyMind Information System. Learn more about IBIS -the Interactive BodyMind Information System and Alt*HealthWatch CD-ROM with full-text journals, articles and more (at http://www.Integrative-Medicine.com).
Dr. Christiane Northrup MD, ObGyn -- Author of various books with the most progressive and intelligent attitudes about aging that I know of. Her presentations are often hosted on public tv. "A fantastic Site for Women's Health Information", said Patty Mulhern, RN (see sidebar), a group facilitator and mentor who taught classes throughout the NW, not to mention a living example of enthusiasm, patience, compassion, and joy, and who I am most fortunate and honored to say, was also a most dear friend of many years. Patty also thought very highly of the Heartmath Institute & "What The Bleep" (for which descriptive links follow).
"We have a tremendous body of research here at the Institute on the heart and its influence. The fact that electrical energy produced by the heart is 60 times stronger than that of the brain is not our research; that is known by anybody involved in the biophysics field. What we've been able to show is that yes, that's true, and that frequency is being received by every single cell in the body. And the frequency content of the heart's electrical energy emission changes relative to our perceptions, how we're taking in what we're taking in. So certain heart-based types of qualities like care, appreciation or love that have often just been associated metaphorically with the heart really do produce dramatic changes in the electrical energy output of the heart when people are perceiving/receiving from a place of care or appreciation. And in turn, our research shows that when that electrical energy changes, it goes to what's called 'coherent frequency patterns'. We're able to correlate that to changes in the immune system and changes in hormonal balance. And we also see changes in perception and intelligence. There's a lot more to what the heart is doing than people realize. It's not just a blood pump." Various publications and workshops (corporate and otherwise) are available. Enjoy the IHM Research Papers, Abstracts, and Reports (at http://www.heartmath.org/RP.html). This is truly leading edge stuff. -cp
Heartmath .Org's "De-Stress Kit" (new Fall '08) provides much for initiating healing on the personal level, with great potential for assisting development of inner stillness and clarity. Such benefits can certainly, even naturally, expand to most every communal context. I consider their kit a valuable, perhaps essential, part of the "Bleep Tool Kit" (see next paragraph) - as I would any system(s) that does the same for an individual, actually. In you want to get really serious about such a tool kit, I would suggest integrating Chi-Gung, yoga, and a well-formed 'power-of-spoken-word' system with all the above. [Please note: as far as I know, there is no formal relationship between HeartMath.Org and WhatTheBleep.Com; I am associating them by common function - tools for conscious personal & world change. -cp]
"What the Bleep Do We Know - Down the Rabbit Hole":
"The original 'What The Bleep Do We Know' was made for a theatrical experience of under two hours. With these new expanded versions [in 'Down the Rabbit Hole'], the filmmakers were finally able to include all the topics as originally intended. The completed picture presents all the elements that are intrinsic to the worldview put forth in BLEEP. Topics such as Quantum Entanglement, the Double Slit Experiment, Healing and the Cell, the split and re-unification of spirit and science - all are addressed in the detail required to tell the story. The scientists make up quite the impressive list. Thier DVD is also one great means of learning about and enhancing your neuroplasticity, with the brain essentially being a tool kit that we each have opportunities to develop and enhance, even repair - from within.
IMHO, this production offers ground breaking implications... Because the most difficult thing for any human to do is break a habit, whether physical, emotional, or mental. And that is exactly the potential of what I call the "Bleep Tool Kit": the capability to break habits on every level, whether personal or interpersonal, community or inter-community, and whether just conceived or fully manifested. All that (and the creation of our tool kits therewith) depends on the investment of time and application of principle. I recommend interested people buy the DVD (renting it is also easy), enjoy it once through (will take a number of hours so figure on a two or three sittings), and after that just let it play as you do whatever you do in the house. It's inspiring, uplifting, and fun. Some of the segments are heady, but so long as your brain is a tool designed to work better the more you exercise it, why not give it a workout! (And a new web page is being compiled on that very topic.)
|Mirrored from the December 2009 Newsletter
of the UW School of Nursing
UW School of Nursing alumna Patricia (Patty) Mulhern passed away after a brief illness on Nov. 3, 2009. Patty received her bachelor's in nursing from Marquette University in 1969. After working in various nursing roles over the next 11 years, she earned her master's in nursing science from the University of Washington in 1981. Subsequent to completing her degree at UW, Patty's nursing career continued with Visiting Nurse Services of the Northwest (VNSNW). After working for 27 years at VNSNW, she retired as vice president of Patient Services. Patty went on to begin her own consulting firm, most recently working as director of professional affairs for the Home Care Association of WA (HCAW). A celebration of Patty's life was held Dec. 6 at Shilshole Bay Beach Club. Donations to Patty's memory can be made to Harmony Hill Retreat Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, or the UW School of Nursing.
Patty's commitment to home and hospice care led her to engagement with many local agencies. She participated in practitioner and academic conferences, published various professional articles and held a clinical faculty position in the SoN. Patty was an active member on several boards and organizations including the Oncology Nursing Society, Rosehedge Foundation, the UW School of Nursing's Practice Advisory Board and Seattle Pacific University's Nursing Advisory Board. Most recently, she was deeply involved with the Harmony Hill Retreat Center, both as house mother for cancer retreats and faculty for professional workshops.
Patty's passion for nursing continued throughout her life. She will be remembered fondly by friends and family for her warmth, compassion, and enthusiasm.
The Open Colleges Certificate in Iridology Iridologists believe that the eyes are windows through which they can gain a view of a patient's health and wellbeing. The course "provides a comprehensive introduction to the basic concepts underlying iridology, its possibilities and its limitations. You will learn about the history of iridology, as well as the landmark iris signs and how they correspond to various conditions. A general introduction to the field of natural therapies is also provided." Other courses at Open Colleges include Aromatherapy as well.
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Body-Mind &/Or Body-Memory Related
of holding and movement that have been held in the musculature and other connective tissues in the body, and b) the re-interconnecting of inner resources on the physical, emotional, and mental levels of being,
With considerations in relating a transition in diet & nutrition to personal and spiritual growth, and the benefits of such transition. In addition to the title essay, includes sections, "More on this 'Natural Aging Process'" about possibly/ likely new potentials in aging without near so much disability and pain in the later stages; and two new essays (Jan'13): "Dietary Nutrition, Neuro-Endocrine Infrastructure, Neuroplasticity, and Aging" on relationship of nutrition and psycho-emotional environment during infancy and childhood upon key aspects of development of 'A Stable Platform for Perception', the 'Psycho-emotional Infrastructure', it's maturation through adulthood, and "DNA Research, DNA Repair, and Neuroplasticity -Scientific Break-throughs with Wonderfully Validating Conclusions" with more about facilitating cellular re-organization, and functional/systemic re-organization of the neuro-endocrine system (neuroplasticity as a result of experience, but not just in the brain - proprioceptors relate to muscles, but much more actually). "The Immune System, Aging,
and an Attitudinal Approach that May Improve It" continues regarding the above and maturation through adulthood. "Blessing Nutrition" is about how prayer and invocation work at the atomic & molecular levels (facilitating processes by re-aligning their structural & therefore magnetic/ionic arrangement) to facilitate the optimal nutrition of the food, as well as optimal digestion, assimilation, and integration of the nutrients and vital force provided by the food. Includes some sample invocations for context and application. The neuroplasticity aspect relates well to the essay on proprioceptors, "Adrenaline vs Endorphins...", not to mention the relationship with ones cells (muscles or otherwise), covered at the "Body-Mind Integration" (Essays) Page (described just below).
Regarding the direct relationship between
a) the releasing of patterns
Two leaders in science as applied to healing are James L. Oschman, Ph.d. and Nora H. Oschman. They have published the book, *Readings on the Scientific Basis of Bodywork, Energetic, and Movement Therapies* - Excerpts and notes from that can be found here. They are the authors of "Somatic Recall, Part 1 - Soft tissue memory," which continues in "... Part 2 - Soft tissue holography,". A summarization of their findings may be enjoyed in their article, "How Healing Energy Works". Visit their (new) web site at http://www.energyresearch.bizland.com/. There are extensive scientific references for your in-depth curiosity via the above links. (And, by the way, this is very related to my own work and studies in fascia based body-memory; my Fascia-Memory page is listed in the author section below).
"Fibromyalgia - Theory with Examples" [Apr 2011] at the Fascia Memory Theory page - a cause and effect theory - about Fibromyalgia's possible "relationship to a perfuse scattering of waste products throughout the fine interstitial spaces among the cells of the muscle tissues, due to their being chronically held *contracted* and under-circulated, including trauma induced contractedness over a broad-area (including by being forcibly tickled in early childhood)..." (Maybe it's no accident that this came along shortly after the visualization chart at the page, "Notes on Beliefs, Healing, and Prayer" or "Bridging Prayer & Science", healing prayer techniques, visual prayer charts.)
The "Body-Mind Integration" (Essays) Page
The HOW'S AND WHY'S Of Storage of Tension and Memory in the bodily tissues ("normal" and otherwise): When, how and why it is stored and released; communication between body and mind, benefits; proprioreceptors, personal growth, massage/bodywork, therapist's approach, etc. (Published In Massage Magazine, July-August 1992.)
Additions to the page since that article went on line: "The science behind the body-mind relationships" (in the reference section), as well as over 12 full-length addendum essays. These essays complete the context, while further clarify the dynamics and processes involved for *common sense* preventative maintenance application, including self-help level emotional processing. They include "Muscle Q & A" (a kind of overview of the mind-body aspect), "Adrenaline vs Endorphins... Brain Activity, Muscles and Tendons ...Aging" with a flow chart briefly illustrating the interfaces of the Proprio-Neuro Fascia-Muscular, Motor Management Centers, Adrenal Systems, Connective Tissue Cells, as well as the Inner Child & Related Aspects; "Body Awareness and Communications, as Related to Body-Memory and Integration", and "Cell Talk" - on how & why Learning to listen to this "Body-Mind", and building a healing relationship with ones cells (muscles or otherwise), is the most highly efficient path for preventative health maintenance and much more; "Sticky Muscles" and Sticky-(E)motions! [About Adhesions & Cellular Emotional Memory ]; "EQ, IQ, Emotional Integration, and a Synergetic Relationship" and A little more about "the brain as a tool kit"; and Reviews & commentary for articles on Massage, Alternative Therapies, & Pain, incl. "Study: Massages really can make pain go away" & Sept 2011 Consumer Report. There is a Related References section, artwork, charts, & quotes throughout the page. [Note: Keywords referring to, or related to, the phenomenon of body memory: somatic memory, tissue memory, muscle memory, somatic experience, somatic healing, somatic therapy, body-mind split, mind-body split]. Finally, "Insight Please" relates Chinese Five Element Theory to body-mind concepts.
"Core Body-Mind Integration Concepts in Context Chart" (Oct 2011)
at the Organization Chart page. This chart compacts the key points into a relatively small visual space, and provides a summary of them and their implications relative to body-mind preventative maintenance, pain management, other aspects, as well as links to their respective essays or sections. Addressing all these aspects and their relationships is what make this site unique.
"The science behind the body-mind relationships"
at the "Body-Mind Integration" page
"Tensing Yoga" and other Self-Applications
For Self-Healing, Body-Mind Awareness, & Preventative Maintenance (rev. 7/02, ..7'13).
Technique is explained for context and self-application. TY is about specific applications for chronic muscle pain, related injuries, without need to learn asanas (poses). However, TY may be used to get into positions quicker, easier, and without injury. All of which is critically related to healing or preventing injury. TY could be considered an optimized form of self-applied, neuro-muscular re-education, reinforced with a body-mind connectivity that insures a more comprehensive and long-term response (High Preventative Maintenance Gains). Page sections include those with emphasis on Tension Range, *Work/Rest Ratio*, Muscle Energy Efficiency, individual muscle focus, teamwork/ "edgework", and learn that as we interface with our cells in the way that TY leads us to do, we can directly, and naturally engage that capacity for neuroplasticity - for re-organization of the brain and other neural networks (including proprioceptors in muscles) especially when we include all elements of the approach, including focus, attitude, and rapport with the cells [as covered on the page]. Also on the page: "Low-Intensity Low-Back Exercises" Chart and "Before Rising..." instructions, a fun "Exercise for Illustrating Tension Range...", as well as a "Breathing Ratio Chart" - method & application. Subtopics including the extremely common myths about *Muscle Stretching*, a number of yoga ref-links for specific ailments/conditions as well as for selecting the right form of yoga for you, and about a "Muscle Madness" game!? "Origins of Tensing Yoga & Related Ref's from More *Traditional Yoga*" include my own self-healing story.
QUESTION About Inversion / Traction:
What would result from just the right combination of a) focus on the points noted at the "Tensing Yoga" page, & the resulting highly elevated body-awareness in b) applying just the right amount of traction for your muscles (considering that amount may change for any given hour of any given day) via an inversion device appropriate for your individual needs, in cases of chronic muscle spasm, injury & re-injury situations, including disk damage ? As for part b): "Using your inversion table - Suggestions for Getting Started" at Energy Center .Com includes LOTS of resources for more information about the devices themselves, for efficient as well as safe application, as well as great instruction for preventative maintenance, including related nutrition, etc.
Mind-Body Relationships: childhood trauma and a number of chronic illnesses at YourEmotionalType.Com: Recent evidence points up the decisive nature of these relationships. This page details links to articles about Bowel Disorder, Pain Regulation & Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Frequent Headache, Chronic Fatigue, CFS; "The precise mechanisms differ according to the way feelings operate within us. Thus, boundary type is predictive of which of the Dozen Discomforts you’re prone to. In only one case – depression – is boundary type not a factor. Anyone can become depressed. The whys and wherefores, though, can teach us a lot about how feelings work." Michael Jawer (bio notes below), and Marc S. Micozzi, MD, PhD, a national leader in the field of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), is adjunct professor of physiology and biophysics at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the first U.S. journal on the subject of CAM (in 1994), and he organized and edited the first U.S. textbook, Fundamentals of Complementary & Alternative Medicine, now in its fourth edition.
"Considerations and Strategies in the Management of the Emotional Body" - At three pages (!) each having their own particular areas of focus, with only as much overlapping as needed, including as related to coping mechanisms, as well as to working with *the Inner Child.* At the "Body-Mind Integration" page this assembly of resources are in the "Notes on Practical Application Of Gestalt Techniques in Emotional Release", and is the version more applicable for most any "issue", yet also tied in more closely with the somatic aspects (muscle and joint injuries and related conditions). At the "Efficient Body Sizing Strategies, Weight Management, Weight Loss" page, the focus is as per the title description. And the more eclectic version is at the page, "Attainment And Achievement -- The Alignment Of Beliefs, Desires, And Needs".
"The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion" at EmotionGateway.Com "weaves the latest findings on health, emotions, neurobiology, and immunology into a bold explanation of extraordinary forms of sensitivity Emotion is the integrator of body and mind, the core of our sentience and our humanity." By Michael A. Jawer of Emotion Gateway .Com, an emotion researcher and writer based in Washington, DC, has been investigating the mind-body basis of personality and health for 15 years. His interest was kindled by his investigation of indoor air quality/sick building issues in the 1990s. Jawer’s articles and papers have appeared in Noetic Now, Spirituality & Health, Explore: The Journal of Journal of Science and Healing, and Science & Consciousness Review. He has spoken before the American Psychological Association and been interviewed by Psychology Today and Advances in Mind-Body Medicine. His previous book, The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion (written with Marc Micozzi, M.D., Ph.D. and with a foreword by Larry Dossey, M.D.) was published in 2009 by Park Street. Many more ref-links at the "Links" page for "Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion" website.
| Body-Mind Integration Home Page - for the site where this page is. Essays & Poetry on Mind-Body-Spirit Integration, Integrative Awareness, Psycho-Spiritual Self-Healing - including "Body-Parenting" the emotional body with the mystical insights of the Inner Children; practical Preventative Maintenance Methods for various levels (Mind, Emotion, Body, grounding Spirit into ALL of that); Beliefs, Motivatation, Consciousness; Integrating Buddhist, Gestalt, & New Thought psychologies for consistent application toward understanding, ie: for such attributes and attitudes as related to the above, including compassion, empathy, abundance, attachment, emotional awareness, expression, pain, communication, healing, etc.
In the wholistic or therapeutic sense, integration implies that the information or skills (whether of the past, the good, the bad, remembered or forgotten) are re-organized and then learned from, in such a healthfully complete or "Integral" way (*Love-Wisdom* in application), that it is understood and used for the highest good. This transforms the most destructive material- that which has been repressed or denied.
| The Fascia-Memory Project
What would actually change our health-care system the most?
How about a means of diagnosis that takes so many aspects of a person into account, that it creates a capacity for designing a truly healing program for most any patient? Nice dream you say. How could a diagnostic system be that accurate for so many conditions? What would enable our medical system to consider, so surely and comprehensively to so much greater depth and context, the many processes for the many different kinds of individuals, than we do now? Well, of course, such questions indicate a healthy skepticism. But let's dream just a bit more, but this time, from outside the box, as they say:
What if there were a system of assessment that would bring together the great many disciplines of health-care - particularly including Eastern, Naturopathic, and even the many among the Western - and to a degree of collaboration that was far beyond what we've ever seen before? In case you don't know, such collaboration is currently not a reality to any meaningful extent, certainly for most health conditions. Particularly between those focusing on the body, and those focusing on the mind, not to mention the relative few focusing on the connection between the two. Bottom Line: When enough people become sufficiently motivated to know the degree to which individuals can heal themselves and each other through body-awareness-based preventative maintenance, then the research will be funded and implemented.
The Fascia-Memory Project is about research and development into the relationships among connective tissue (fascia), objective/subjective experience, the neuro-physical interface between emotion, and the brain, and "body-Memory." About developing connective tissue scanning devices and diagnostics hardware for discerning and illustrating all that. Goals include the developing optimal means for applying that R&D in health care practice, as well as enhanced systems for individual development of body-awareness for preventative health maintenance. A long term project, of course, but intermediate goals and sub-projects could have considerable effective change. The range of application extends from the medical industry to personal home use, to public education, to social and correctional rehabilitation. Original Theory published June'96.
The project's web site includes pages for Intro & Summary (with a detailed table of contents with links to the other pages - Description & Purpose, Goals & Objectives, Research & Development, Theory, References & Links [extensive], Project Overview Chart, Project Flow Chart ( "Pert" style output by 'MS Project' ), and links to accompanying documents at this site. For context and perspective on this far-reaching multi-faceted proposal, see (page 8) the Fascia-Memory Project Overview Chart.
Fascia Memory Project
"Proprio-Neuro, Motor Management Centers, Adrenal Emotion Fascia-Muscular Feedback Systems Interfaces in Psycho-Physiology of Fascia Memory" Chart at Fascia Memory Theory Page
F.M. Project Overview Chart
F.M. Project (Pert) Flow Chart
Regarding the degree of potential impact of soft tissue therapies: |
"Very few people understand that the Myopathic Spinal Lesion - inflammation in the spinal muscles, joints, and nerves, is the Chief Cause of visceral disease - disease of the internal organs of the head, neck, chest, abdomen, and pelvis... Most diseases in most organs are inflammations. ... inflammations are caused chiefly by impaired blood and nerve supply, which predisposes to infection. ... The impaired blood supply is caused by muscle hyper-tension from strain, which either presses on blood vessels or irritates the nerves which control the blood vessels. The regular medical profession has no regard for this principle in the diagnosis or treatment of disease, yet, it is the most important factor."
-- Dr. Claude Clarence Heckman, D.O. (Osteopathic Physician and Surgeon, Held positions of Director, Program of Intern Training, Madison Street Hospital, and President, King County Osteopathic Society, Seattle, WA)
Why I enjoy this approach and manner of treatment is explained via Dr. Guan-Cheng Sun's "Guiding Principle # 4: Assist Individuals to Identify and Treat the Root Cause of Their Health Condition. Illnesses do not occur spontaneously. Symptoms are not the causes of diseases but expressions of the body's internal miscommunications. Causes may occur on many levels, including physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. To accurately identify and treat the root cause of diseases with Yi Ren Medical Qigong, there are specific practice routines which can help individuals recover completely. Yi Ren Medical Qigong practice increases both the therapists/practitioners' levels of awareness, assists individuals in identifying the fundamental underlying causes of dis-ease on all levels, and encourages practitioners to work on the root causes rather than symptoms."
The Three Gates by Chen Yin Liu (1886)
[arrows indicate "Jade Pillow", "Narrow Vertebrae", and "Coccyx" gates.] From "The Physiology of the Three Gates in the Process of Energetic Development" by Dr. Guan-Cheng Sun, PhD*; published in "Qi: The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health and Fitness", 2004. 14 (2):34-39. This article and others are available via the Article Links page at the Yi Ren Qigong website.
Yi Ren Medical Qigong:
I offer instruction for this methodology of self-treatment as of October 2010. While I am as yet a novice, there are some valuable things I have learned and can share. That will grow over time. Meanwhile and in any case, please take advantage of the links to the web site created by the Yi Ren system founder and instructor, Dr. Guan-Cheng Sun, PhD.
[All statements quoted in this section are by Dr. Guan-Cheng Sun, PhD via the Yi-Ren Qigong web site:] "Qigong is the traditional practice of Chinese energy medicine combining various methods of breathing, movement, and meditation. It has been practiced with documented results in China for thousands of years for the prevention and treatment of illnesses. Qigong is part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It works with Qi or 'vital energy' which is one of the key components of healing. Qigong has many different styles and types. The type of Qigong we offer at Yi Ren Qigong Center is called 'Yi Ren Medical Qigong (YRMQ).' YRMQ is not in conflict with any existing medical protocols; instead, it promotes one's existing medical programs and/or treatment."
Why I enjoy this approach and manner of treatment is explained via "Guiding Principle # 4: Assist Individuals to Identify and Treat the Root Cause of Their Health Condition. Illnesses do not occur spontaneously. Symptoms are not the causes of diseases but expressions of the body's internal miscommunications. Causes may occur on many levels, including physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. To accurately identify and treat the root cause of diseases with Yi Ren Medical Qigong, there are specific practice routines which can help individuals recover completely. Yi Ren Medical Qigong practice increases both the therapists/practitioners' levels of awareness , assists individuals in identifying the fundamental underlying causes of dis-ease on all levels, and encourages practitioners to work on the root causes rather than symptoms."
Yi Ren Medical Qigong consists of two types of Qigong training:
1) "Intrinsic Medical Qigong (IMQ): IMQ includes fundamental Qi activation, cultivation, balance, and circulation as well as disease-specific Qigong exercises for self-healing. Benefits of daily Intrinsic Qigong practice: * Increased levels of awareness of internal energy conditions * Effectively Cope with stresses or energy imbalances * Improve treatment outcomes by strengthening self-efficacy * Enhance one's creativity, emotional and spiritual well-being * Balance and enhance practitioners' own internal energy conditions in order to maintain good health and to improve personal performance.
2) "Extrinsic Medical Qigong (EMQ): EMQ is also called “External Qi healing,” which is specially designed for practitioners to aid the healing of patients and clients. With External Medical Qigong, practitioners can * Perform diagnosis using Qigong methods * Provide diseases-specific self-care Qigong exercises to their patients * Help patients release unhealthy energies from their bodies * Balance and enhance practitioners' own internal energy conditions in order to transmit healing energy to patients." [Note: I am not qualified to do diagnosis; I plan to increase my ability to provide the other noted skills/services over time -cp]
Articles at the Yi Ren Qigong Center web site include "Guiding Principles of Yi Ren Qigong", "Introduction to Yi Ren Medical Qigong", "Qi Cultivation for Healing Chronic Illness", "The Art of Internal Observation", "The Physiology of the Three Gates". Featuring Dr. Guan-Cheng Sun, PhD., Founder of the Institute of Qigong & Internal Alternative Medicine. Dr. Sun is currently engaged in mind-body medicine and energy medicine research at Bastyr University, Seattle, Washington. He is an expert in Qigong for Functional Pain (pain with no apparent organic causes).
* Dr. Guan-Cheng Sun, PhD, founder of the Institute of Qigong & Internal Alternative Medicine, is an expert in Qigong for Functional Pain. Dr. Sun earned his Ph.D. in molecular genetics from the Graduate University for Advanced Studies in Japan in 1993, and was awarded a fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. From 1994-1997 Dr. Sun conducted postdoctoral research in molecular endocrinology at the University of Washington. This research enriched his theory and practice of Qigong. His understanding of modern molecular genetics and scientific principles, as well as his experience with internal cultivation, allowed him to create a unique bridge between cultures. Dr. Sun has spent over 30 years refining his skills and has developed a new system of Qigong called “Yi Ren® Qigong.” He is currently engaged in mind-body medicine and energy medicine research at Bastyr University, Seattle, Washington. [Fall 2010]
Tissue Memory, Chinese Research, and Qi-Gong devices: Since the early 90's(?), the CHI Institute (800-743-5608) has been investigating vital energy - the basis of acupuncture and other Chinese medical technologies, as they affirm that human vitality is measurable and observable in many ways. Their research in Hyaluronic Acid is most remarkable, indicating a benchmark not only in energy research, but in medical science. Their "Infratonic QGM" devices generate and sends into the body a therapeutically choatic soundwave energy. These devices have been used very successfully in the healing rehabilitation of race horses - which probably says something about the (non-) attribution of placebo effect, by the way. A variety of energy realms are considered at CHINA HEALTHWAYS: "Strong Emotions Cause Chronic Illness, Advance Aging & Impede Healing by Warping the Human Energy Field". Research in Measuring Qi has resulted in extensive study into the sound of the physical body. Related Ref: "Scientific Investigation into Chinese QI-Gong" by Richard H Lee.
Biofeedback widens its role in medicine: "Though biofeedback was first developed by psychologists, its primary uses have been for illnesses below the neck. Standard biofeedback teaches you first to become conscious of normally unconscious functions such as pulse, digestion and body temperature, then teaches you to control them in response to sounds or other cues from monitoring devices. These techniques have allowed patients to lower their blood pressure, banish their headaches and control their incontinence without using drugs."
"Approaches & Methodologies for Body-Mind Integration" Suggestions & Resources for Considering Receiving the work as well as for Vocational Considerations.
"The Middle Path Log" -- a Transcript of an on-line discussion among healing practitioners and students about Integration of Body, Mind, & Spirit (an intelligent & insightful exchange).
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Supplements, Connective Tissue, Bones, and Joints (1999)
I. A Summary for Natural Anti-Inflammatories (Nov'11, Jan'16)
Much more complete set (Huge PDF)
"Anti-Inflammatory" or "Anti-inflammation" are good search keywords when combined with "Herbal", "Natural", and so on. Including in those old herb books collecting dust on the shelf. Along that line, know that some health food stores will find how to order herbs (etc) that they don't keep on the shelf. You don't hear much about (anti-inflammatories for connective tissue) 'Wild Lettuce' or 'Willow Bark' anymore (with salicylic acid, similar to that in aspirin, is more gentle on the stomach and is just as effective in pain management as NSAID rofecoxib). Devil’s claw is used especially for Arthritis. Dee Cee Labs puts out a good combo ("Formula 303")- with valarian (6 parts), passiflora (3 parts), and magnesium (1 part).
Apple-Cider Vinegar (especially the unpasteurized) alkalizes the blood and so encourages the cells to dump their toxins - always a good thing, as is Silymarin for keeping the Liver processing that. B-Complex helps with muscle relaxation. Actually, I've put together a great "Anti-InFlam.Drink": In a glass of water: 2 Tbsp each of Apple Cider Vinegar, lemon juice, favorite Juice, w/1Tsp~ Vitamin C powder. Take w/ a selection of herbs and lecithin capsules and Vitamin E - the oil-based guys slow down the process a little (useful for the B-Complex), allows for a good synergistic assimilation. Well, that's my theory for it, and it worked for me. Including some Bromelain, which is said to be a proteolytic digestive and so clears excess scar tissue, adhesions, if doesn't get used for digesting protein in the GI Tract. [~cp]
Dried Ginger is anti-inflammatory as well stimulating to the circulation- and yummy if you like a little heat). Sweet potatoes (like pumpkins) have many and anti-inflammatory agents as well as antioxidants (especially if you can find it palatable with less dairy and sugar - since both acidify the colon and blood).
Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, and anti-oxidant - Aryurvedic medicine employs a milk made from it! As well as boswellia. And "Ashwaganda Extract 5:1 200 mg: Asgawanda, or Indian Ginseng, which is strongly anti-inflammatory with consequent anti-arthritic properties also.
Curcumin, only found in turmeric: Despite millions spent on drug research and development, one of the more promising treatments for Alzheimer?s disease (a progressive brain disorder that affects more than 5 million Americans) is found in a substance widely known for its ability to spice (and color) food. The compound curcumin, only found in turmeric, is a widely used spice found in Indian food, and is also popular in the cuisines of other South Asian countries like Nepal, Iran and Thailand. The bright yellow spice is familiar to fans of curry dishes, but it has been used in other preparations as well. For centuries, it has been used in Asian medicine.
Preliminary clinical studies show curcumin helps reduce beta amyloid plaque in the brains of people with Alzheimer?s (and prevent plaque buildup in people who don?t have the disease). Alzheimer's isn’t the only condition that might be affected by the brightly-colored spice: Curcumin has been proven to be an extraordinarily potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound. These properties make it effective for cancer (prevention and treatment), arthritis, liver disease, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, and many other health issues all demonstrated in clinical studies.
Ashwaganda Extract: Asgawanda, or Indian Ginseng, is a revered rejuvenation herb in Ayurveda and is used to support adrenal function through its sedating effect while it helps to restore normal digestive and nervous system function. It is also strongly anti-inflammatory with consequent anti-arthritic properties as well.
Magnesium: Naturopaths have more recently found Magnesium supplements to be the answer to many muscle and joint related complaints, with concentrated liquid supplements often working fast for cramps. There are a couple of very good brands making these available at health food stores. CAUTION: There are some conditions and incompatibility with certain meds for which high doses of magnesium may cause trouble - ask your physician if in doubt. You can also check "Natural Practitioner" magazine's library database for (find & click on "magnesium" at) foods, herbs, supplements for an amazing amount of detail on that.
Vitamin C powder: Vitamin C at a dose of 1000 mg, taken four times a day between meals, is a very potent anti-inflammatory and should be taken in a buffered form, not as absorbic acid. ... Also use astaxanthin as it's an anti-inflammatory.
Vitamin D: 1000 IU/day - Vitamin D exerts natural anti-inflammatory activity, which may help reduce joint discomfort. [See Arthritis Set 2 for more on Vitamin D dosage & cautions]
Sunflower oil is derived from the seed of the sunflower plant (Helianthus annuus). It has been used on the outside of the body as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever and has also been taken by mouth to relieve constipation and ulcers and to treat infection.
Proanthenols: grape seed and pine bark extracts maintain proper capillary permeability which curbs bruising, severity of sports injuries, and risk of phlebitis. They have a potent anti-inflammatory effect due to their free-radical scavenger potential. [See Arthritis Set 2 for more on these]
Willow Bark: A natural anti-inflammatory, willow bark contains salacin, a chemical similar to acetylsalicylic acid found in aspirin. According to the University of Maryland, there's good evidence that willow bark both relieves pain and reduces inflammation. It's especially useful to treat headaches, osteoarthritis, and low back pain.
The omega-3 fatty acids act as a natural anti-inflammatory.
II. Related Resource Links:
"Collected Notes, Summaries, Resources, & References for a Natural Approach for Arthritis," a series of four PDF's (about 200kb each): Set 1, Set 2, Set 3, and Set 4. This much more expanded and organized set replaces the pdf "Arthritis - Natural Approach, An Assembly of Collected Research" of 2014. A scanned set of excerpted sections on Arthritis & Recommended Supplements from book, "Prescription for Healing" by Dr. James F. Balch. are included in Part B, here (4.5mb PDF file). There is a LOT there. By the way, for a client I don't throw tons of generalized information unless that would actually be the requested answer to his/her question. So the information is somewhat organized with headers up front to give an idea what's in each pdf.
Dee Cee Labs (Formula 303) - with valarian, passiflora, and magnesium.
Connectv Tissue Sups - BIOCHEM® Physiological Support Systems
"Natural Practitioner" Magazine's Library Database with special sections for a) foods, herbs, supplements, b) Conditions, c) Interactions, d) Supplement Nutrient Depletions, and e) Drug Nutrient Depletions
Select [Joint Health Regimen] at General Wellness Regimen via Vitamin Herb University .Com's "Wellness Wheel"
Bone & Joint Health Supplements (Glucosomine Complex)
Arthritis Supplement Info by MindSpring.Com
Cat's Claw and Synergistic Herbs for Connective Tissue Hlth
Cat's Claw, Description of the Herb at NutritionWorld
"The Injury Clinic" at Rice University
Immune & Leaky Gut by Zoltan P. Rona MD, MSc (text file)
"Touch, Bio-Feedback, and Paying Attention" with main essay by Ilan Shlif (text file)
Nutrition for Depression by others (text file)
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Nutritional Analysis - Pro's, Con's, & More
Trace Elements .Com seems to have a fairly extensive list of summary notes on research, chronologically listed in it's newsletters, particularly the January - December 2006 issue. Important updates include such as "Hair Tissue Levels of Heavy Metals and Calcium Pump Activity" in the 2008 issue.
Attacking and Defending Hair Mineral Analysis, Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, June, 2001 by E. Blaurock-Busch:
Hair Mineral Analysis, by Lawrence Wilson, MD, August 1999
Vitamin test Profiles, Why test? 7 reasons for having a vitamin test done
The Eidon Mineral Balancing Program For Optimal Health (at Eidon .Com)
Hair Mineral Analysis: "...A small amount of hair taken easily from the scalp is scientifically analyzed using an ICP Mass Spectrometer. The mineral content of the hair will give an overview of the mineral levels in the body's tissues and the changes that occur over time. ...Unlike hair, blood mineral levels stay relatively the same even when the tissue mineral levels are changing. Since hair is a living, metabolically active tissue, an accurate hair mineral analysis performed by a reliable laboratory therefore will provide a timeline of metabolic activity unavailable on a blood test. ...Special points of interest: 1) Mineral levels in the hair correspond well to the levels of those minerals in the body. 2) Minerals are essential for the normal healthy functioning of all living cells. 3) Environmental factors contribute to mineral imbalances because of toxic mineral exposure. 4) Improper dietary habits can also lead to mineral imbalances. 5) 22 mineral levels are tested in each hair sample: Nutrient Minerals: Calcium, Iron, Molybdenum, Selenium, Chromium, Lithium, Nickel, Sodium, Cobalt, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Vanadium, Copper, Manganese, Potassium, Zinc, and Germanium. 6) Toxic Minerals: Aluminum, Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead, and Mercury."
Articles on research, clinical trials, analysis, reviews and empirical studies (at Eidon .Com)
Silica Research : Articles on research, clinical trials, analysis, reviews and empirical studies (at Eidon .Com), incl. "Hair, Skin and Nails," "Wound Healing," "Osteoporosis and Bone Health," "Silica's protective role in Aluminum toxicity and Alzheimer's disease," and "Atherosclerosis (Coronary Artery Disease - a stage of arteriosclerosis)"
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A Few Seminars and Summaries (1998)
(I really love how some flyers include virtual summaries of many topics taught. And there are keywords for web searching - cp)
"Herbs, Hormones, and the Mind"
- Dr. Nicholas Hall (Ph.D), through CorTexT of Mountain View, CA at www.mindtext.com (650-949-1107).
Topics noted in flyer (8/98):
-- Depression & St. John's wort: history of this herb and its original uses; effect upon depressive disorders; quality control, dosage, and emerging side-effects; comparison with other antidepressants. [don't understand why 5-HTP not mentioned in this flyer]
-- Anxiety and Kava Kava; Sleep, shift work, and melatonin; how this hormone creates sedation and resets the circadian clock; dose implications; use for rotating shifts; risks; comparison with valerian and sedative-hypnotics
-- Fatigue and ginseng: how safe and effective for reducing fatigue; biological effects of ginseng; the dangers of ma huang (an amphetamine); green tea and its health-related benefits
-- Memory and ginkgo biloba as it affects memory, attention, and cognition; medical and dental risks of excessive bleeding; drug interactions; DHEA, adrenaline, memory improvement, and risks.
-- Stress-related aging of the brain: how stress hormones endanger neurons needed for remembering; facts and claims regarding alternative therapies: ginkgo and phosphytidylserene
-- Stroke: role of fish oil, folate, and vitamin E. Does ginkgo improve cerebral circulation?
-- Alzheimer's disease: prevention trials w/ estrogen, vitamin E and NSAIDs; management w/ ginkgo compared to acetylcholine regulating drugs
-- Nutrients, immune system, and the mind: antioxidants and the brain (beta carotene, vitamins C and E, selenium); the B-complex and role of calcium, magnesium, and potassium, safety of supplementation
-- Men's health issues: DHEA, the aging brain and prostate cancer; saw palmetto and the prostate; viagra (sildenafil) an herbal derivative? How it works and its side-effects
-- Premenstrual syndrome: psychological and physical effects associated with estrogen and progestrone; dong quai and other herbal remedies
-- Perimenopausal/menopausal symptoms: conventional HRT versus the new selective estrogen receptor modulators; safety and benefits of natural estrogens and progestrones
-- Breast cancer: diet and the protective estrogens: isoflavones (eg: soy) and lignans (eg: flax); lifestyle variables; primary and secondary prevention with tamoxifen and raloxifene
-- Exercise and nutrition for life: increasing energy and health while reducing body fat: strategies for adding life to one's years and years to one's life, what you need to know to make informed choices
Dr. Laura Pawlak (Ph.D, RD) and Dr. Martina Cartwright (Ph.D, RD)
A one-day class, titled give the class 2-3 times per year through INR (Institute for Natural Resources) at PO Box 4218, Berkeley, CA. 94704-0218, 510-450-1650. This focuses on a broad range of topics, resources for same, going very little into specifics. Topics noted in flyer (8/98):
-- Alternative Therapies, Understanding Ancient and Contemporary Healing Methods,
-- Herbal and Hormonal Medicine, Rational Use of Vitamins and Mineral Supplements,
-- Nutraceuticals and Nutritional Supplements,
-- Integrative Therapeutics, Combining the Best of Traditional and Alternative Therapeutics.
Also from INR is the seminar, "Chocolate, Addictions, Mood, & Appetite" by Nikita B Katz, M.D., Ph.D or Dr. Anthony Ocana, M.Sc., R.D., M.D., C.C.F.P. I plan to put the summary of that class in this section in the future.