Showing posts with label habits. Show all posts
Showing posts with label habits. Show all posts

01 May, 2012

Fad Diets

Here are some thoughts from a recent discussion on WPF-, Paleo-, Raw-, diets (I enjoy learning about all these diets, however, because it helps me to be more creative in serving food to my family. It is too bad each 'camp' is so hostile towards the others. Here is an article that expresses the tragedy of it.):

Many 'special diets' were developed for people with serious health problems. Food restrictions (you can get raw food and vegan on one extreme and Paleo or Weston Price -- WPF -- on the other) and special foods can be quite useful, short term, to get past a health crisis, but humans are omnivores and thrive best on a varied diet: consuming foods as close to the way God produced them as possible. 

Once humans get their hands on things, they want to 'improve' them. Most of the time, these 'improvements' come in the form of isolating particular aspects of the item, throwing off the delicate balance inherent in the creation of that item. Take as examples: pharmaceuticals, hybrid plants, genetically modified organisms, or the 'whites' -- flour, sugar, salt....

Observation shows that people often choose some radical diet to reinforce their prejudices on food. Most paleos and WPF people I know use these theories to justify heavy meat/fat consumption. Then people compromise, due to budgetary considerations, and purchase factory-raised, mass produced, and de-natured animal products from the local big box. But they stop short, in other areas, of really eating the way the diet would indicate. There are healthy fats which will indeed enhance health, as can animal foods which have been raised the way Nature intended. Still these are not the cornerstone of the human diet. Affordability also determined the limitations on meat consumption throughout history. In fact, throughout history, other than fermented dairy products (which were limited in daily amounts), animal foods were used for feast days and ceremonial practices. Meat consumption, beyond these special occasions was a 'badge' of excessive wealth -- and the wealthy suffered many of the serious health problems we see today -- diabetes, heart disease, obesity.... Perhaps there is a lesson here.

Price emphasized that when cultures ate meat, people consumed ALL the edible parts of the animal, and especially all the organ meats, like liver, kidney, pancreas, thyroid, gizzard, sweetbreads, heart, tongue, and even brains. Most people I know have major objections to many of those delicacies, consuming exclusively muscle meats. Reading his treatise, he did NOT say that 'eating grains' is a bad thing, many of the cultures he investigated in temperate areas did indeed eat whole grains -- in moderation. Grains become a problem when those grains become more and more processed (in an effort to 'improve' their taste and keeping qualities), and, especially in their refined form, an increasing focus of their diet. Those with poor teeth (he was a dentist, so teeth were his measure of health) did not include veggies, legumes, and organ meats, but ate mainly sweets, breads, or polished rice.

Paleo peoples did not eat cows or pigs or large animals, except at the occasional feast after a good hunt. Their meat consumption was mostly small birds, rodents, and insects. Again, they ate ALL parts of the creature.
Their carbohydrate needs were met by an emphasis on ROOT vegetables -- not meaning potatoes, but primitive beets, wild carrots, yucca, and many that we no longer find familiar -- or palatable. We do not find a lot of evidence of the fruits and vegetables they ate because those decay much faster than those of animal origin. Perhaps the fruits and berries they ate were taken from their plant 'homes' and consumed immediately, on the run, so to speak. So the fossil record is really incomplete. Grains were consumed, because grasses are the most abundant plant family on earth. But if they picked them as they grew and munched on them, they were hard to chew and difficult to digest. So they soaked, sprouted, and boiled or roasted them. Again, the remains decayed before they could be registered in the fossil record. The caveat here is that the most popular grain-foods today have been hybridized, genetically modified, 'refined', and laden with so many chemicals that the body no longer recognizes them as food. For these reasons, many are looking to more exotic grains and seed-foods for the important role that these play in the human diet.

Beans/legumes also were problematic because they require soaking and long periods of cooking. As civilization settled, consumption of seed foods became more manageable, and records of their consumption are more complete. 

One of the other issues with the Paleo people is that they use their theories as a soapbox to vent their rejection of religion.



Raw foods as an exclusive diet might make more sense for those focused on primitive humans. There are advantages to consuming a number of raw foods in one's diet. They provide needed enzymes which must be replenished and refreshed for proper digestion and assimilation of foods. 

One downside to eating raw foods is the sheer volume of food consumed. Because of the lower calorie and fat content of fresh, raw fruits and veggies, a person must consume large amounts of them, and eat every two to three hours throughout the day.

Yet, there are a number of foods, which add nutrients to a healthy diet, which are much harder to digest if they are not cooked. 

A number of essential amino acids, the building blocks of the proteins which form many of our organs, can only be found in animal foods. Yet, we do not have the super-strong acids in our stomachs to digest raw, naturally raised meats as carnivorous animals do. Not all people can actually digest animal products, either.

Seed foods, which seem to be the real focus of the human diet, based on tooth structure, gut anatomy, and Genesis' proclamation (Gen 1:29-30). Consider that seeds contain all the necessary nutrients to sustain life, sometimes for considerable periods of time, between their sprouting and their eventual formation of leaves and roots. Many seeds are most beneficial if they are soaked/sprouted, and then slowly fermented, baked, boiled, or roasted. This removes the protective chemicals which keep these concentrated sources of nutrients from being overly consumed by other living creatures -- everything from one-celled organisms, to insects, to birds, reptiles, and mammals. Nuts, however are a notable exception to the need for heat processing. In fact, nuts, once soaked are wonderful foods and applying heat denatures their precious oils.


Let us not forget that fasting, too is part of a healthy diet. Humans have not always had the local grocery store to run to for that midnight nosh festival. They ate what was in season or what they could store for the next season, and if there was a lean season, they ate sparingly. Every religion has periods of fasting throughout the year -- most notably in the early springtime. It is good to give the system a rest from digesting heavy foods every now and then. Great healing has been reported through fasting, especially fasting from heavier, hard to digest foods. Of course, consumption of water was rarely restricted.

The Bible warns us that in the end times men will say that we can't eat certain things. (no, I am not a "Left Behind" fan, but I do know that we have been living in the 'End Times' since Christ ascended into Heaven). In fact St. Paul warns us against judging people based on what they eat (Romans 14:2-3), so arguments over dietary choices (short of those which are so de-natured as to be totally de-structive) are not productive.


From my wise friend, Rachael:

[E]at what makes you feel and look good (not temporarily good...long-term good). 

Whatever those foods are, your plate needs to be 1/2 vegetables, 1/4 meat, 1/4 carb/starch/grain of your choice (whichever one works best for you--pasta, bread, rice, corn, quinoa, GF [gluten-free] whatever). No one has ever suffered negatively (unless gassy) from excess vegetables. 

Use good fats: butter, ghee, EVCO [extra virgin coconut oil], olive oil. 

Use herbs and spices. Use sea or Himalayan salts. 

Eat fresh or frozen whenever possible. Reduce/remove refined oils, sugars, [processed] grains from your diet. I will post a chart in a bit, but eat foods that are alkaline, not acidic. 

These are relatively basic instructions for clean eating for optimal health without giving up everything. 

Drink lots of water. 

For a while, stay out of the isles in the grocery store, rather find foods (and recipes to match) you like and enjoy on the outer perimeter. 

Better yet, check out local farmers markets and eat what is in season!!! This is a great time of year for some fresh finds that are full of color and health! 

Snack on fruits and nuts (my children ate all fruits this morning, and are happy having done so--kiwi, banana, raisins and oranges). 

Enjoy the occasional homemade sweet treats (I made a batch of chocolate chip cookies, made with EVCO instead of butter--mmmmm!). 

I personally believe that every meal should be as colorful as possible (naturally, not artificial). 

Eventually, start adding fermented foods and beverages to your daily meals. 

It makes a world of difference just making ONE CHANGE per week. Just one. There's a blogstress who has committed to making one change per week, and it's relatively easy to follow--I thought it was a cool idea!

25 February, 2011

Cancer is curable NOW



The 7 chapters of the movie:

"CANCER is curable NOW"

1. FAULTY SYSTEM

which is not designed to heal, but to make money.
Greed, Fear, Pressure, Obedience, Blind Faith

2. THE CAUSE OF CANCER

will elaborate on the most proven and known causes and how to avoid them: Household Toxins, Food Toxins, Plastics, Vaccination, Environmental Toxins, Emotional Toxins, Overwhelmed by Life, The real cause of cancer, Dealing with the cause

3. THE JOURNEY TO HEALTH

is the most important part for every cancer patient it includes change of lifestyle, knowledge, self-responsibility and removing the cause. are treatments you can do by yourself, with help of a therapist or in a clinic. These treatments are absolutely mandatory for everyone who wants to achieve health.Self-responsibility, The pain of change, Victory is a Decision, Cancer is a Wake-up call, Finding good support, Common sense, Self confidence, A new way of healing, Healing is possible, Your body heals itself

4. MANDATORY CANCER TREATMENT

are treatments you can do by yourself, with help of a therapist or in a clinic. These treatments are absolutely mandatory for everyone who wants to achieve health: Exercise, Oxygen, Sunshine/Vitamin D3, Cancer diet, Alkaline, Detox diet, Gerson therapy, Detoxification, Supplements, Vitamin C, Enzymes, Immune boosting

5. MEDICAL CANCER TREATMENT

are non toxic, non invasive immune boosting and cancer growth reducing treatments with little to no side effects: Whole body hyperthermia, Local hyperthermia, Prostate treatment, Ozone treatment, Dental cavitation, Root canal fillings, Antineoplastions, Hormone harmonizers, Nature has no side effects, Low dose insulin potentiation, Metronomic low dose

6. MENTAL CANCER TREATMENT

covers all the methods and disciplines which can reduce stress, emotional challenges, mental blocks and unhealthy habits necessary to heal cancer. People are waking up, Healthy Habits, Motivation, Mental Detox, Meditation

7. BLESSINGS FROM CANCER

shows that if cancer is approached with an open mind and with a willingness to embrace change it always turns into a huge blessing not only for the patient but for all those involved.
Secondary gains, Blessing for all involved, We vote with our shopping cart, It's time to change, Epilogue

You find all this information on only 1 DVD

AND THERE IS MORE

DELETED SCENES

The movie "CANCER IS CURABLE NOW" was originally 5 hours before cutting it to it's present length of 112 min.

All the deleted scenes have been sorted by relevance and will be posted on:

WWW.WAKE-UP.tv

There is already a huge change in how people approach health. People are waking up!

The old system does not work and many realize that. Even breakthrough discoveries of modern science proof that medicine, as practiced today, has no means to heal. The only thing they do is to cover up symptoms.

10 July, 2009

A Simple, Inexpensive Method to Improve Your Health

How do we break the inflammation cycle and encourage the body to operate at a heightened level of efficiency?

Toxic substances stimulate the immune system to go into action. These substances can range from foreign chemicals to bacteria, viruses, fungus, or parasites.

The immune system’s response to toxins generates free radicals which create inflammation throughout the body. A healthy body can clear this inflammation in a short period of time. However, our day to day food, lifestyle, and environmental milieu hammers on our bodies. These assaults erode the efficiency of the body's anti-inflammatory mechanisms. Thus, inflammation builds up in various parts of the body leading to a degeneration of health and vigor.

Throughout the history of natural medicine, cleansing has been a mainstay - or at least beginning - for optimizing health. A variety of techniques have been used, for instance:

★ Fasting.
★ Modified fasting using fruit and vegetable juices.
★ Eating raw foods.
★ Following a mucus-less diet.
★ Supporting the blood and liver in their cleansing activities.
★ Using herbs, plant fiber, or salt water to purge the colon.
★ Colonics
★ Enemas.
★ Charcoal.
★ Stimulating the kidneys.
★ Sitting in a room or shelter which encourages profuse sweating.
★ Application of hot and/or cold water baths.

From the Aruvedic tradition of India comes yet another tool to add to this arsenal: oil pulling. It is mentioned in the ancient Ayurvedic text, Charaka Samhita, where it is called Kavala Gandoosha or Kavala Graha. It has been brought to the attention of modern practitioners by a Dr. F. Karach. He presented oil pulling in a paper before a meeting of oncologists and bacteriologists belonging to the Academy of Science of the USSR.

Oil pulling is a traditional Indian folk remedy for strengthening teeth, gums, and jaws. It helps to prevent tooth decay, bad breath, bleeding gums, dryness of the throat, and cracked lips. It is also used to reduce enamel wear from stomach acid in hangovers and bulimics.

Other systems of the body benefit from oil pulling as well. Dr. Karach lists these examples of ailments which are alleviated by oil pulling:

★ head-aches.
★ bronchitis.
★ tooth pain.
★ thrombosis.
★ eczema.
★ ulcers.
★ diseases of stomach, intestines, heart, blood, kidney, liver, and lungs.
★ women’s diseases.
★ diseases of nerves.
★ paralysis.
★ encephalitis.
★ prevents the growth of malignant tumors, cuts and heals them.
★ chronic sleeplessness.

The procedure is simple, inexpensive, and uses readily available ingredients. First thing in the morning (and before meals, on an empty stomach), oil is swished around in the mouth for 15 to 20 minutes, then spit out. That is all there is to it. No fancy equipment or complicated techniques are required.

Cold pressed sesame oil is regarded as the best oil for this use. Extra Virgin coconut oil or Sunflower oil also comes highly recommended. If these are not available, you may try refined oils or another pure vegetable oil that does not have genetically modified sources. However, oils other than sesame or sunflower have not been shown to be as effective.

Sesame oil is derived from the plant Sesamum indicum of the Pedaliaceae family. The seeds of the plant are known as benne, 'gingelly' or 'teel'. It is often used for cooking and as a flavor enhancer in Indian, Chinese, Korean, and to a lesser extent Southeast Asian cuisine. Due to the natural antioxidants present in the oil, it is least prone among cooking oils with high smoke points (its average smoke point is 420°F) to turn rancid when kept at room temperature. Still refrigeration is recommended for optimum freshness.

Sesame , one of the first crops processed for oil, is considered the queen of the oil seed crops because of its nutritional qualities and many desirable health effects. Few people have allergic reactions to sesame. If you have a mild allergic reaction, try a different brand of oil, as manufacturing practices vary from one to another.

Sesame oil has a high concentration (41 percent) of polyunsaturated fatty acids. It is a good source of vitamin E. Among six edible plant oils tested, sesame oil had the highest antioxidant content. The antioxidants present in it are mainly sesamol, sesamin, and sesamolin. Sesamin has been found to inhibit the absorption of cholesterol as well as limiting cholesterol production in the liver. It reduces the formation of fat cells and acts to lower blood pressure. Sesame oil is said to generally fortify the constitution during recuperation from severe or prolonged illness.

As with most plant based condiments, sesame oil contains magnesium, copper, calcium, iron, zinc and vitamin B6. Copper provides support for the nerves which regulate heart beat and provides relief for rheumatoid arthritis. Magnesium supports muscle, blood vessel, and respiratory health. Calcium helps prevent colon cancer, osteoporosis, migraine and PMS. Zinc promotes bone health.

Sesame seed oil helps joints keep their flexibility.

Keeping the skin supple and soft, sesame oil has multiple uses in skin care. It heals and protects areas of mild scrapes, cuts and abrasions. It helps tighten facial skin, particularly around the nose, controlling the usual enlargement of pores as skin ages chronologically.

In The Green Pharmacy, the prominent herbalist James Duke states that sesame contains at least seven pain-relieving compounds. Thus, sesame may also have some power as an analgesic.

In lab cultures, sesame seed oil inhibited the growth of malignant melanoma - a skin cancer (Prostaglandin Leukatrines and Essential Fatty Acids 46: 145-150, 1992) and replication of human colon cancer cells (Anti Cancer Research 11: 209-216, 1992).

Two scientific studies indicate the effect of oil pulling against specific bacteria in the mouth cavity. Streptococcus mutans, which reportedly causes dental caries, was measured. Subjects swished sesame oil in their mouths for ten minutes a day. Within a week, bacterial counts in the mouth were significantly lowered.

The mouth contains many blood vessels quite close to the surface. When food is thoroughly chewed, it mixes with saliva which contains a large number of enzymes. Many nutrients are absorbed through the buccal tissue (tissues inside the mouth) before food descends to the stomach. In fact, with enough chewing, forty percent of carbohydrate digestion takes place in the mouth. Thus, the beneficial effects of the sesame oil can be transmitted to the body, without swallowing it. While some controversy exists about whether molecules can be passed through these membranes into the mouth, there is a sense in which oil pulling may remove toxins from the body.

Oil, which is composed of fat molecules, is a medium which is very absorbent. The fat in your body stores certain vitamins, excess hormones, and many toxic chemicals.

Sesame oil is reputed to penetrate the skin easily, and is used in India for oil massage. Sesame seed oil absorbs quickly and penetrates through the tissues to the very marrow of the bone. It enters into the blood stream through the capillaries and circulates. The liver does not sweep sesame seed oil molecules from the blood, accepting those molecules as friendly. Oil soluble toxins are attracted to sesame seed oil molecules which can then be washed away. These same properties may take place in the buccal tissues during oil pulling.

Here is the oil pulling procedure, step by step:

Step 1: First thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, and before drinking any liquids (including water), pour exactly one tablespoon of sesame or sunflower oil into your mouth. Use one teaspoon for children old enough to be able to swish it without swallowing it – most sources suggest an age of five. If you wear dentures, oil pulling is done with the dentures out of your mouth. Some people choose to accelerate oil pulling’s effects by swishing two or three times a day. It should be done before meals or several hours after a meal, on an empty stomach.

Step 2: Swish the oil around in your mouth without swallowing it for about twenty minutes. Move it around in your mouth and through your teeth. Sip and suck it through the teeth. Use a gentle chewing motion from time to time. Don't tilt your head back to gargle. Keep swishing. If your cheek or jaw muscles get sore while swishing, you are putting too much effort into it. Relax your jaw muscles and use your tongue to help move the liquid around the inside of your mouth. When you do this correctly, you will feel very comfortable. Pretty soon, it will become second nature. You will find that the oil starts to get watery in the first ten minutes, as your saliva mixes with it.

Step 3: As the end of the oil pulling session approaches, the oil/saliva mixture in your mouth becomes thicker. This is quite normal, since it is pulling out toxins from your body. When 20 minutes are up, spit out the oil into the commode. It is best if you do not spit into the sink. Do not be alarmed if it looks yellow or whitish – this also is normal.

Step 4: Rinse out your mouth a couple of times with warm water or with a good mouthwash and spit into the commode. I prefer to rinse and spit with regular hydrogen peroxide diluted half and half with water (or use full strength). Once again, do not swallow. The hydrogen peroxide is very effective in rinsing out any toxins or organisms which may be left in the mouth.

Step5: Brush your teeth. Use a damp toothbrush with a small amount of baking soda. A small amount goes a long way and minimizes the abrasive effect of the baking soda. The baking soda will normalize the pH of the mouth.

Sesame oil has the following advantages over the standard and commercially available mouthwashes: it causes no staining, has no lingering aftertaste, and causes no allergic reactions. It is five to six times more cost-effective than the commercially available mouthwashes and is, moreover, readily available in the household.

For more information:

http://www.oilpulling.com
http://www.ijdr.in/text.asp?2008/19/2/169/40476
http://www.jisppd.com/article.asp?issn=0970-4388;year=2008;volume=26;issue=1;spage=12;epage=17;aulast=Asokan
http://iadr.confex.com/iadr/2008Toronto/techprogram/abstract_105440.htm
http://www.answers.com/topic/sesame-oil
http://www.youthingstrategies.com/qualities.htm
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_g2603/is_0006/ai_2603000655/

24 January, 2009

Health Tip of the Day - Get Moving

The human body is meant to move. Incorporate physical activity into your daily routine. You will improve your overall health, well-being, and quality of life. Any activity that gets your heart rate up and moves your muscles qualifies as physical activity. Some ideas to live a more active lifestyle are:

☻ Gardening.
☻ Cleaning your home.
☻ Washing your car by hand.
☻ Taking your children to a park and playing with them rather than sitting a watching them.
☻ Climbing the stairs instead of taking the elevator, especially if you are only going up or down a few floors.
☻ Parking farther away from your destination than usual.
☻ Skating.
☻ Bicycling.
☻ Walking briskly.
☻ Bouncing on a mini trampoline.

Researchers at the University of South Carolina in Columbia found that people who had moderate to high levels of physical activity experienced 20-30% fewer colds than those with low activity levels. Regular physical activity promotes health in a number of ways:

☻ Improves the functioning of the digestive system.
☻ Stimulates lymphatic flow which promotes elimination of toxins from the body.
☻ Increases circulation and the efficiency of heart function.
☻ Supports the immune system.

A key to getting in shape is determination and consistency. If you find it difficult to exercise for 30-minutes or more each day, just do five or ten minutes. Often you'll find it difficult to quit once you get started. Notice how your body responds to exercise and truly enjoy all the benefits of exercise. The more you focus on the benefits the easier it will be to motivate yourself to stick with your fitness plan.

How do you fit exercise into your routine?

04 January, 2009

Health Tip of the Day - Sleep

A good night's sleep is essential for your health. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day to wake up refreshed and energized. It is best not to need an alarm clock to wake you up. Adjust your bedtime until you wake up naturally just before your alarm clock goes off. If you are a dyed-in-the-wool night owl, note your current bedtime. Go to bed 15 minutes earlier every 3 days until you have the right balance.

A power down hour helps to ensure a good night's sleep. One hour before bedtime, prepare your body for rest:

☻ Get away from the computer or TV. The video display 'excites' your brain cells, so they have a harder time shutting down.
☻ Spend 20 minutes doing light chores that must be done so you will sleep better (pack book bags, make lunches, do NOT do heavy cleaning).
☻ Spend 20 minutes on personal hygiene
☻ Spend 20 minutes reading or meditating. If you read before bedtime, it is better to read with a book light so you are not exposed to bright light before sleeping.

If you only have 30 minutes, do each of these activities for 10 minutes.

Science has shown that having a TV or computer in your bedroom interferes with sleep. Even when they are turned off, they emit a negative sound and disrupt sleep and energy levels. Bedrooms should be a place of peaceful retreat to support quality sleep.

Adults require between 5-10 hours of sleep a night, teens need 8 to 12 hours, children need 10 or more, depending on their age. You will need to discover the proper amount for your body. A recent study from the United Kingdom reports that the lower the number of hours you sleep, the higher the likelihood you will put on extra weight, the higher your chances of having a stroke, and your immune system will be out of balance - leading to yeast overgrowth, allergies, and even cancer.

Check this article for a good overview of the benefits of sufficient sleep.

31 December, 2008

A Riddle as We Contemplate Our New Year Resolutions

I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest asset or heaviest burden.
I will push you up to success or down to disappointment.
I am at your command.
Half the things you do might just as well be turned over to me,
For I can do them quickly, correctly, and profitably.
I am easily managed, just be firm with me.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine, though I work with the precision of a
machine and the intelligence of a person.
You can run me for profit, or you can run me for ruin.
Show me how you want it done. Educate me. Train me.
Lead me. Reward me.
And I will then...do it automatically.
I am your servant.
Who am I?
I am a habit.
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