Why the Food Movement is Unstoppable
by Jonathan Latham, PhD
September 2016 Independent Science News
Excerpt: … over the long run of history, the most effective opponents of excessive wealth and privilege have not normally been city dwellers, workers or unions. Instead, they have usually been those with close links to food and the land, what we would now identify as the food movement. Even today, in more than a few countries, food is the organising principle behind the main challengers of existing power structures. ...
Miguel Ramirez recently explained:
"We say that every square meter of land that is worked with agro-ecology is a liberated square meter. We see it as a tool to transform farmers’ social and economic conditions. We see it as a tool of liberation from the unsustainable capitalist agricultural model that oppresses farmers." >>> more
Brain food: Clever eating Nature, International weekly journal of science
03 March 2016
Excerpt: Beyond simple measures of micronutrient intake, individual requirements are also influenced by a person's genetics. So far, much of the research has focused on how people process omega-3 fatty acids, chiefly DHA and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), which are crucial for human cognitive health. ... So the key question becomes how much meat should a cognitive-health-conscious person eat. Too little can delay development and cognition. But too much, particularly if it is low quality and mass produced, is associated with other health concerns, such as heart disease and cancer, along with memory problems later in life. A person's life stage matters: pregnant women need more iron, as do babies and children. Genetics also play a part, but we don't yet know all the particulars. All these caveats make for a murky takeaway. >>> more
2016-03-10 03:12 AM
Margarita McElroy said: This article comments that,
"Hosking found no correlation between the volunteers' test performance and their consumption of meat as children."
However, the abstract of the 2014 paper by Hosking et al (reference 5 in this article), contains the following statement, which indicates that such a correlation does indeed exist:
"The 'vegetable and non-processed' pattern negatively predicted simple/choice reaction time, and the 'traditional Australian' pattern positively predicted perceptual speed and retrieval fluency."
2016-03-30 05:32 AM
Gabriel Perren said: "So the key question becomes how much meat should a cognitive-health-conscious person eat."
How about none? The real question is: why haven't we produced better plant-based food supplements to help people with dietary deficiencies?
Producing meat is known to be a large (and increasingly larger) contributor to many issues, most notably climate change. Plant-based alternatives are cheaper, infinitely more eco-friendly, and, if done right, healthier.
SKIN Our skin is a reflection of the internal health of our body.
It is our largest organ, performing many functions and is constantly being replaced. We shed about 1,000,000 dead skin cells every hour. Most household dust is made up of dead skin cells: we vacuum up our selves! Our skin has about 100,000,000 pours, so we're meant to sweat out toxins through exercise and replace the toxic sweat with clean water.
"If you can't eat it, don't put it on your skin." This saying is a good guide when selecting body care products. (Are your soaps, lotions and detergents edible?) Non-Toxic versions of many of the commercial cleaning and hygiene products are available, but those who live a healthy lifestyle don't need most of those products. The best deodorant is a clean diet: drinking lots of pure water and eating a diet of water rich fruits and vegetables. Processed foods are difficult to digest and can sit in your stomach for days and it will start to rot, causing body odours.
There's an APP for better food choices
The Chemical Maze was written to make it simpler and easier
to recognise additives and ingredients in foods and cosmetics.
"Chew your drink and drink your food." – Mahatma Gandhi
Digestion begins in your mouth:
The slower you chew, the less you are inclined to eat. 'Speed eating' or gorging and binge eating contributes to unhealthy weight gain and indigestion.
Unchewed food particles are not welcome in your stomach Parents often encourage the gulping-down habit by telling their children to hurry up and finish their meal. Leptin, ghrelin and cholestokinnen hormones, which signal satiation, reach their peak about 30 minutes after food is ingested.
What is ileocecal valve syndrome? The ileocecal valve (ICV) is the sphincter muscle 'doorway' between the small intestine and the large intestine. When the ICV remains open, 'waste' can flow back from the large intestine (the body's sewage system) into the small intestine, causing a wide variety of symptoms–including headaches, joint and back pain, diarrhea, and arthritic symptoms– especially when there is a parasitic infection and intestinal bacteria in the body. Swallowing fiberous food before it is fully chewed can be a cause.
EarthClinic offers good insight on ileocecal valve syndrome:
Additionally, ileocecal valve issues may cause a sudden stabbing pain in the low back or leg, a standing curvature, sharp or dull headaches, migraines, chronic sinus infection, allergies, dark circles under the eyes. Loose bowels, colon syndromes, burning leg pain, asthma-like symptoms and general GI discomfort may also be caused by ileocecal valve dysfunction. >>> more
Sloppily chewed food promotes intestinal bacteria, causing flatulence, bloating, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and diarrhea. Chewing increases the surface area of foods while saliva lubricates with chemicals that bind with starch-containing simple sugars, and begin digesting carbohydrates in preparation for breakdown by enzymes. Saliva also contains lingual lipase, a fat metabolising enzyme, which breaks down fat before it reaches the stomach, thus preventing digestion problems.
On the importance of HCL (stomach acid):
Having enough HCL (hydrochloric acid or stomach acid) is crucial for good digestion and immune health. Withoug adequate HCL food is imcompletely digested and failure or asimilation occurs.>>> more
Develop good eating habits Feeling good about our capacity to maintain good health is a huge step toward celebrating the joys of being alive. Start by cleaning up your diet and eating real food and real fats and not the pretend food that can sit on a shelf for 6 months to 2 years. What kind of a food takes two years to go bad? Nothing that will give health to your body.
Studies prove saturated fat does not raise your heart disease risk,but excessive consumption of non-vegetable carbohydrates does raise heart disease risk.>>> more
Eliminating sweet beverages and all processed foods are the two most powerful strategies you can implement to take control of your health.
If you’re healthy, keep your fructose consumption below 25 grams per day. If you have signs of insulin resistance, consider limiting your total fructose to 15 grams per day until your condition has resolved. >>> more
– Make the effort to find a reliable source of organic and Bio-Dynamic vegetables, fruit, grains.
– Grow your own sprouts. Sprouts are so easy to grow! Eat raw or very lightly cooked veggies.
– Many vegetables can be grated into a salad or cole-slaw.
Valuable nutrients are destroyed during refining processes which can include heating, bleaching, deodorizing, and the addition of artificial flavors and chemical preservatives.
The simplest way to maintain good health, for children and adults alike, is to focus on WHOLE organic foods – foods that have not been processed or altered from their original state.
Detox with Activated Charcoal (available 'over the counter')
One teaspoonful of activated charcoal powder has a surface area of more than 10,000 square feet of material!
Learn more here. (Occasionally, we use activated charcoal as a 'quick' aid in detoxifying, taking care take it late at night to prevent removal of undigested nutrients along with toxins.)
Read the book: RX Charcoal: Startling new facts about the world's most powerful clinical adsorbent, by Agatha Thrash M.D. & Calvin Thrash M.D.
Activated Charcoal can absorb and eliminate:
1. lead acetate, strychnine, DDT, cocaine, iodine, penicillin, aspirin, phenobarbital, chlorine, lead, and mercury, and more.
2. thousands of times its own weight in gases, heavy metals, poisons, and other chemicals.
3. intestinal gas and deodorize foul-smelling gases of various kinds.
4. thousands of times its own weight in harmful substances.
NOTE: Only use activated charcoal made from burned wood/ timber/ trees.
Burned food is simply burned fat and carbohydrate, leaving carcinogenic cellulose.
(Be sure to check the Ingredients list!
I've found charcoal products in 'health food' stores which claimed to be sourced from vegetables!)
Caster oil packs are known to reduce inflammation, heal arthritis, colds, constipation, stimulate the lymphatic system, and more. See this instructional video
Olive Leaf Extract
An anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and immune builder with 400% greater anti-oxidant than Vit. C.
It is stronger than Echinacea, which to be fully effective must be taken before a virus hits.When you feel exposed to a virus of any kind – even a headache coming on, take 5ML (one teaspoon) of Olive leaf extract. Apparently, in cultures where olives are a common part of the diet, the extract may not have as strong an impact NOTE: Extracts are more powerful that concentrates.
Oxygen Therapy - BEWARE! H2O2 aka Hydrogen Peroxide contains one more atom of oxygen than water.
Some people use it, diluted, as a mouth wash, but it will corrode metal fillings.
This website is informative: Excerpts:
Recent studies indicate that Hydrogen Peroxide is toxic to new cells and is not recommended for wound care. Consumption of any concentration of hydrogen peroxide above 10% can cause neurological damage
Flaxseed oil for cancer prevention According to a Polish study the active elements in flaxseed oil kills cancer cells while bypassing healthy white blood cells. A recent French study found that low levels of alpha-linolenic acid (found abundantly in flaxseed oil) were a predictor of increased risk of breast cancer.
Plant polyphenols are the most important part of our diet. Key words: polyphenols, antioxidants, bioavailability, human diseases
Abstract: Polyphenols are secondary metabolites of plants and are generally involved in defense against ultraviolet radiation or aggression by pathogens. In the last decade, there has been much interest in the potential health benefits of dietary plant polyphenols as antioxidant. Epidemiological studies and associated meta-analyses strongly suggest that long term consumption of diets rich in plant polyphenols offer protection against development of cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, osteoporosis and neurodegenerative diseases. Here we present knowledge about the biological effects of plant polyphenols in the context of relevance to human health. >>> more
According to a 2011 Food Research International report (pdf), phytochemicals inhibited the formation of advanced glycation end-products by scavenging reactive carbonyls.
"Phenolic phytochemicals were extracted from blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, and Noble muscadine grapes. These extracts were purified to remove free sugars ... Results in this study suggested that sugar-free phytochemicals extracted from berries were effective carbonyl scavengers and protein glycation inhibitors. These phytochemicals could be beneficial to prevent AGE-related chronic diseases.">>> more
Indigestion is disturbed digestive process and can cause digestive difficulty and symptoms like bloating, wind, constipation, burping, abdominal pain or colic, nausea, acidity and reflux, to name a few. When a few of these symptoms occur together irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the diagnosis and medically a drug is used to relieve the symptoms.
Factors that can lead to these types of symptoms are antibiotics that kill the good and bad flora of the gut, stress, dieting, skipping meals, eating on the run or too fast, parasites and other intestinal organisms. >>> more
Drowsiness after meals
Halitosis (bad breath)
Joint pain & muscle pain
Depression or anxiety
If you have less than 4 of these symptoms, your toxic load is a level 1.
If you have 4 to 8 your toxic level is 2.
If 8 or higher it is a level 3 toxic overload.
Levels 2 and 3 are very significant
Even at level 1 treatment may be necessary.
What are FODMAPs FODMAPs is an acronym (abbreviation) referring to Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. These are complex names for a collection of molecules found in food, that can be poorly absorbed by some people.
Insights from Melbourne pharmacist & naturopath Glenda Johnson It has been found that besides there being an imbalance of bad bacteria, parasites or fungi, a range of foods called the FODMAPS have been implicated in many digestive disorders as well. So just what are these? and why have they gained popularity as one of the supportive measures in the management of those diagnosed with IBS. These nutrients are very prevalent in much of our foods. Here are a few of them:
• Oligosaccharides, such as fructans/fructo-oligosaccharides (found in grains and vegetables) and galactans/galacto-oligosaccharides (found in legumes)
• Disaccharides, such as lactose (found in milk and dairy products)
• Monosaccharides, such as fructose (found in fruit and honey)
• Polyols, such as sorbitol (found in sweetened products)
Why should we take notice of FODMAPS?
Susceptible people can experience intestinal symptoms from the eating of FODMAPs because of the way they act in the digestive system.
• Firstly, these carbohydrates are not well absorbed into the body and remain in the digestive tract for longer periods than expected.
• FODMAPs draw water into the intestines, which can increase bowel motions and promote diarrhoea.
• These carbohydrates can be metabolised by the bacteria that normally reside in the bowel, producing gases like hydrogen or carbon dioxide, which cause excessive abdominal bloating, abdominal discomfort and pain and flatulence.
These symptoms are similar to those of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and could include diarrhoea, vitamin and mineral deficiency, bloating and flatulence, abdominal cramping, headaches and nausea. When someone presents with IBS symptoms, leaving out FODMAP foods can be useful.
To find out if FODMAPs might be contributing to your IBS symptoms, the most effective strategy is to eliminate all FODMAP containing foods and observe your symptoms. However, if you are having limited success with the FODMAP diet, you may need to check for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, parasite infection, food sensitivities and stress hormone abnormalities, all of which can contribute to IBS symptoms.
So you can see that there are many factors that need to be taken into account when addressing IBS symptoms.
A word of caution here, mind you, It is not generally recommended that you follow a low FODMAP diet for life; restricting the dietary intake of a wide array of foods should generally be avoided if possible to reduce the risk of nutrient deficiencies.
FODMAPs are a normal part of the diet and have benefits for health, such as providing fibre and probiotics for gastrointestinal health. Because of this there is a special method used in finding out which FODMAP is the culprit, if at all!
If you are one of those struggling with IBS, why not make an appointment with one of our practitioners as soon as you can to direct you as to how to best find out which of the FODMAP categories are a problem and how best to follow the FODMAP diet.>>> more
Enzymes How enzymes work: RSC (Royal Society for Chemistry)
For two molecules to react they must collide with one another. They must collide in the right direction (orientation) and with sufficient energy. Sufficient energy means that between them they have enough energy to overcome the energy barrier to reaction. This is called the activation energy. … Each enzyme works within quite a small pH range. There is a pH at which its activity is greatest (the optimal pH). This is because changes in pH can make and break intra- and intermolecular bonds, changing the shape of the enzyme and, therefore, its effectiveness.>>> more
What Are Enzymes?
"enzymes are made by living things, they are proteins, and not alive."
pH and enzymes Changes in pH alter an enzyme’s shape. Different enzymes work best at different pH values. The optimum pH for an enzyme depends on where it normally works. For example, intestinal enzymes have an optimum pH of about 7.5. Enzymes in the stomach have an optimum pH of about 2.>>> more
Autism Spectrum Disorder Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.>>> more
How to help and heal a child with Autism. “not all individuals with autism are alike. In fact, very few people with autism have the exact same issues. Very few individuals with autism are affected with all the issues specified below.”
What is Autism? What are its common traits?
Good health is, to a very large degree, dependent on a well functioning digestive tract.Digestion is the process of changing food into a form that they body can absorb into the blood, nourish cells and provide energy. Of all of the bodily functions, digestion has the greatest influence on our mental state. In other words, the belly rules the mind. …
Digestive Enzymes A major factor in good digestion relies on the amount of digestive enzymes in our bodies. Different enzymes are needed to break down different types of protein, carbohydrates and fats. Enzymes are found in all raw foods, plants and fruits.
The brain's chemicals-neurotransmitters (such as dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine) are dependent on proper digestion. Therefore if digestion is inadequate, the production of neurotransmitters involved in our brain function and attention will also be inadequate. That is why probiotics, fermented foods and digestive enzymes are so important. They help assimilate and break down nutrients as well as remove toxins from the body.
Stress, environmental pollution, illness and chemicals diminish the body's ability to effectively produce enzymes. Children with Autism usually have low levels of certain enzymes or less active enzymes, and often both. There is also a link between a lack of enzymes and inflammation of the gut and brain. >>> more
Eat more raw organic foods locally in season and use only light heat and even more important you must include enzyme rich cultured foods to many of your meals to assist you for more nutrition and absorption of nutrition. Drink your beverages between your meals and not at your meals . You need strong hydrochloric stomach acid production for good absorption. Sprout your grains legumes and seed for best digestion and for increasing your food enzymes and this really is essential for senior citizens that are deficient in body enzymes in comparison to the younger generation. Mostly raw plant based eating is a longevity practice for many communities around the world .
– Holistic Chef Barry Anderson "Your Good Earth Chef"
Probiotics, Prebiotics & Fermented Foods Using dairy products is controversial today, mainly due to the quality of the milk and processing methods. Purchase only plain natural yoghurt (avoid fruit yogurts and other additives), preferably BioDynamic or organic yogurt. (Look for 'natural' yogurt made from fresh milk rather than reconstituted milk powder.) If using antibiotics, take acidophilus two hours after each antibiotic dose to restore a healthy digestive environment.
L. acidophilus, L. Lactis
Histamine Histamine is a chemical which occurs naturally in certain foods: a chemical neurotransmitter in our immune system, digestion, and central nervous system. Histamine intolerance is part of an allergic reaction process, causing typical symptoms of alergy such as itching, sneezing, wheezing and swelling.
"We all have an enzyme (diamine oxidase) which breaks down any histamine that we absorb from a histamine-containing food. When we eat a food which contains histamine it does not affect us. However, some people have a low level of this enzyme. When they eat too many histamine-rich foods they may suffer ‘allergy-like’ symptoms such as headaches, rashes, itching, diarrhoea, and vomiting or abdominal pain.
This is called histamine intolerance." Alergy.uk Excellent 1-page analysis and advice here
Learn about the four known Histomine Receptors, H1 - H4 here
What is a Probiotic? FAQ
Probiotics may help:
• Treat diarrhea, especially following treatment with certain antibiotics
• Prevent and treat vaginal yeast infections and urinary tract infections
• Treat irritable bowel syndrome
• Speed treatment of certain intestinal infections
• Prevent or reduce the severity of colds and flu. >>> more
The human gastrointestinal tract (GIT), including the mouth, esophagus, stomach and intestines, is home to an incredible population of beneficial bacteria responsible for the complex, symbiotic network, which maintains regularity and balance in our digestive and immune systems. This microflora is introduced at birth and continues to develop as we age, as long as our diets are balanced to provide proper nourishment. In this way, we might think of ourselves as individual ecosystems relying on a probiotic population to keep us healthy. Aside from promoting balance, these bacteria defend against the illness and infection caused by harmful bacteria which may thrive where beneficial colonies are lacking. >>> more
To be classified as a prebiotic, the fibre must pass through the GI tract undigested and stimulate the growth and/or activity of certain ‘good’ bacteria in the large intestine.
Prebiotics include fructans and galacto-oligosachairdes (GOS).
See examples of food that are naturally high in prebiotics. >>> more
Fermented foods optimize the bacteria in your gut There are a lot of fermented food choices (besides apple cider vinegar), such as kefir, yogurt, tempeh and miso, kimchi, kombucha. Most are easy to make at home. Sauerkraut is rich in beneficial bacteria and at the same time tastes good.
NOTE: Fermented foods and drinks may only contain 'live cultures', not probiotics, because the numbers of probiotic microbes in them are not high enough to satisfy the World Health Organization's definition of probiotics. It is true that products that say 'live cultures' on the label may or may not contain enough beneficial microorganisms to be statistically significant in scientific studies. It is also true that sometimes saying 'live cultures' is a marketing strategy to lure you into buying a product.>>> more
NPR: Probiotics 101 Acidophilus, in the form of yogurt and kefir or as a supplement, supports concentrated oxygenation and is an anti-inflammatory aid in cooling and alkalizing the digestive system. Beneficial bacteria help us digest food, make vitamins, even help protect us from harmful pathogens. "Researchers are studying the ability of beneficial micro-organisms - or probiotics - to treat a range of conditions from eczema to inflammatory bowel disease. ... Nailing down the specific benefits of probiotics will take years and much more research. And this includes an interesting line of inquiry into a gut-mind connection, exploring the idea that we might be able to change how we feel by changing what's in our guts. >>> more
Study 1: The Effect of Probiotics on Lactose Intolerance (ClinicalTrials.gov) Probiotics are live microorganisms that are commonly used in order to prevent or treat a disease.The current definition by the Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization: "Live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host." These microorganisms are a heterogeneous group, they are nonpathogenic and produce beta- galactosidase or lactase intracellularly that may assist in the digestion of lactose. Studies have shown that people with lactose intolerance tolerated the lactose in yogurt better than the same amount of lactose in milk. The assumption was that the presence of lactase producing bacteria in the yogurt, especially Lactobacillus acidophilus, contributed to the digestion and absorption of lactose. It was also found that the presence of Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus alleviate lactose intolerance through their ability to produce lactase enzyme. Finally, in another study it was found that consumption of milk containing Bifidobacterium longum resulted in significantly less hydrogen production and flatulence as compared to the consumption of control pasteurized milk. Based on the mentioned data, the investigators speculate that the administration of probiotics may assist with the consumption of dairy products containing lactose.>>> more
Kombucha Tea – an elixer of life 80% of our immune system is in our GUT. Kombucha Tea is an anti-aging probiotic digestion aid which strengthens the immune system and lowers blood pressure. It is high in glucaric acid, contains glucosamines which help prevent joint pain and arthritis, and increases seratonin which improves brain function and relieves stress. >>> See a great recipe here Kombucha also has antioxidant properties, thanks to a compound
called D-saccharic acid-1,4-lactone (DSL) The protective effects of D-glucaro 1,4-lactone (1,4-GL) against oxidative/nitrative protein damage (determined by parameters such as levels of protein carbonyl groups and nitrotyrosine residues) to human plasma treated with peroxynitrite (ONOO−) or hydroperoxide (H2O2) were studied in vitro. We also investigated the effects of 1,4-GL on the level of total free thiol groups and low-molecular-weight thiols (glutathione and homocysteine) in plasma treated with ONOO− (0.1 mM).>>> more
China:According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the kidney system goes far beyond the role of the physical kidneys as defined by western medicine. The kidney system provides the root of our overall energy and has a large influence over our development. This begins while we are still in the womb and continues to influence how well we age throughout our life. >>> more
India:Key concepts of India's ancient Ayurvedic medicine include universal interconnectedness (among people, their health, and the universe), the body’s constitution, and life forces, which are often compared to the biologic humors of the ancient Greek system. >>> more
Egypt:Record have been found dating from 3000BC: "With the turn of the century, new archaeological discoveries...saw the academic study of Egyptian disease segregated into three distinct categories." >>> more
Europe:The Irish School of Herbal Medicine is actively restoring European traditions lost during the 13th to 18th century witch hunts: "focuses on the use of organic, plant based and living food programmes, herbal medicines, and environmental and lifestyle awareness. ... to facilitate the rebirth of western herbalism as it was practiced in a time when people lived more in harmony with the natural environment.">>> more
"Before the turn of the 19th Century, the Irish language contained the world's most extensive collection of medical literature in any one language. Just think about that fact. The great medieval Irish medical books are scattered in many repositories. These books survive from the 13th and 16th Centuries.
One would have thought that within the modern vogue for alternative medicine, these books would be examined by scholars and students producing their countless works on the ancient medicines of the world and medical histories. They are not.
There are many Irish medical works that are not even catalogued. From the time of Charlemagne, Irish medical men have spread through Europe. Niall O Clacán (c. 1501-1655) trained in medicine in the old Gaelic tradition and became not only physician to Louis XIII of France but Professor of Medicine at Toulouse and Bologna, writing some of the leading medical works of his day, such as Cursus Medicus. The University of Bologna, where he taught, holds several Irish manuscripts and even printed books from his personal library. ... Until we can rescue all of the material that has been neglected in these European repositories, covering over 1,000 years of Irish history, we will only have glimpses of Irish historical reality and never a total picture.">>> more
Herbal remedies Every BODY is different and all natural foods are POTENT - quantity is essential and can be good and bad for you.
Swiss natural health pioneer Alfred Vogel (1902-1994) and his family are a trusted name in Western European healing arts tradition.
The Plant Encyclopedia is a huge source of information.
1. Start with his advice re. kidney and urinary tract function.
2. Take the Immune system health check 3. Take the prostate health check here
4. A. Vogel
Twice a year, spring and autumn, we use the Swiss-based A. Vogel's 10-Day Herbal Cleansing Program. The 'kit', which provides guidelines and a recommended menu, contains enough ingredients for at least four 10-day treatments. This easy-to-follow, gentle 10-day regimen cleanses the liver, the kidneys, and the bowl. The menu includes abstaining from certain foods for the duration, for example, coffee and black teas are replaced with their delicious herbal infusion tea. (I'm sipping it as I type.:)
For the duration of the cleansing process, all processed foods are discouraged, as is red meat, with a reduction of fish and chicken intake, and alcohol must be avoided. Only quality grain breads are recommended, and no milk products are allowed (except fermented dairy foods such as whey, yoghurt / acidophilus, and fermented butter). The 10 days pass quickly, making the exercise well worth the relatively small effort to achieve certain and maximum alkalinity, and a fresh feeling all over. See the ingredients list and download the guidelines from the A. Vogel website
BACH Flower Remedies Edward Bach's research gives a powerful insight: Between 1930 and 1936, the English pathologist & bacteriologist developed the Bach Flower Remedies.
In "The Medical Discoveries of Edward Bach" (1940) by Nora Weeks, we learn that he closed down his London practice "to seek and find herbs which would heal the sick, but from which no ill effects could be derived". (Download a free pdf of the book)
"We are all healers, and with love and sympathy in our natures we are also able to help anyone who really desires health. Seek for the outstanding mental conflict in the patient, give him the remedy that will assist him to overcome that particular fault, and all the encouragement and hope you can, and then the healing virtue within him will of itself do all the rest." Dr Edward Bach
In 1934, Bach described how Flower Remedies work:
"The action of these remedies is to raise our vibrations and open up our channels for the reception of the Spiritual Self; to flood our natures with the particular virtue we need, and wash from us the fault that is causing the harm. They are able, like beautiful music or any glorious uplifting thing which gives us inspiration, to raise our very natures, and bring us nearer to our souls and by that very act to bring us peace and relieve our sufferings. They cure, not by attacking the disease, but by flooding our bodies with the beautiful vibrations of our Higher Nature, in the presence of which, disease melts away as snow in the sunshine."
The story goes, according to Nora Weeks, that Bach placed his mortars and pestles in one suitcase and his shoes in another, and accidentally took the case with the shoes only to discover that he needed the shoes because he walked the fields and forests before dawn every day collecting the first dew from wild flowers, and, testing their impacts on himself, he experienced the potency of each flower hand then developed his systematic dilutions of the "mother tincture' of each plant.
The Twelve Healers and Other Remedies (PDF) places the 38 remedies under the following 7 headings. The group names are based on the general emotional characteristics Bach identified for each of the seven Bach nosodes. The Bach nosodes were a set of homeopathic remedies made from bacteria, which Bach worked on between 1919 and 1928. See Nora Weeks, "The Medical Discoveries of Edward Bach" (1940, chapters V and VI.)
1. For Fear
2. For Uncertainty
3. For Insufficient Interest in Present Circumstances
4. For Loneliness
5. For those Over-sensitive to Influences and Ideas
6. For Despondency or Despair
7. For Over-Care for welfare of others
… As the Herbs heal our fears, our anxieties, our worries, our faults and our failings, it is these we must seek, and then the disease, no matter what it is , will leave us.
There is little more to say, for the understanding mind will know all this, and may there be sufficient of those with understanding minds, unhampered by the trend of science, to use these Gifts of God for the relief and the blessing of those around them.
Thus behind all disease lie our fears, out anxieties, our freed, our likes and dislikes. Let us seek these out and heal them, and with the healing of them will go the disease from which we suffer. …
In treating cases with these remedies, no notice is taken of the nature of disease. The individual is treated and as he becomes well the disease goes, having been cast off by the increase in health.
All know that of the same disease may have different effects on different people: it is the effects that need treatment, because they guide to the real cause.
Vitamin and Mineral supplements Monoculture farming methods cause chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and insecticides to be absorbed into the soil, to the point where the topsoil is depleted of its mineral content. Quick facts: >>> more
"Vitamins are organic compounds that our body needs in small amounts to perform a range of functions (metabolic processes). It is best to get vitamins from eating a varied diet [and time in the sun]. People who may need vitamin supplements include women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, some vegetarians, people who drink large quantities of alcohol, drug users, and the elderly.">>> more
Calcium Thyroid glands and parathyroid glands are NOT related, but they are both part of the endocrine system. Parathyroid glands control calcium absorbtion in bones and in blood. It is the most important element in our bodies and the ONLY element / mineral that has its own regulatory system. Malfunctioning parathyroid glands can lead to depression, fatigue, kidney stones and osteoporosis. FAQ here and here Zincplays a vital role in the immune system: in cell division, clotting, healing wounds, DNA synthesis, and protein synthesis. Natural sources of zinc are wheat, oats, pumpkin seeds, eggs, milk, oysters, nuts, meat, and peas. Quick facts: >>> more
Magnesiumis known as the ‘master mineral’ because it is involved with over 300 metabolic processes in our bodies. Absorption of Calcium into our bones requires silica, vitamin K, vitamin D, and magnesium. Natural sources of magnesium are pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, soybeans, black beans, cashews, spinach, squash, sesame seeds, almonds, okra. Quick facts: >>> more
Silicais the cell salt of the skin, the hair, the nails and the connective tissue.>>> more
Seleniumfunctions as an antioxidant and in redox reactions and thyroid metabolism.
… The potential role of selenium in cancer prevention has been assessed in humans. >>> more
B Vitaminshelp the body use fats and protein and are needed for healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver. They also help the nervous system function properly and help the body to convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which is used to produce energy.
Niacin is one of the safest and most effective ways to control cholesterol. Niacin is cheap and non-prescription. Drugs are much more dangerous and considerably less effective. Niacin improves circulation and reduces the cholesterol level in the blood; maintains the nervous system; helps metabolize protein, sugar & fat; reduces high blood pressure; increases energy through proper utilization of food; prevents pellagra; helps maintain a healthy skin, tongue & digestive system.
How to Obtain the Benefits of Niacin It is available from a wide variety of foods, including whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and fish, and beans and nuts. As an inexpensive and safe supplement, niacin is widely used for its effects on increasing HDL (good cholesterol) to lower cardiovascular risk, to prevent the pain and inflammation of arthritis, and to treat a variety of psychological disorders including anxiety and alcoholism. When used appropriately, niacin is very safe.
To obtain the benefits of supplemental niacin without the niacin flush, you can start by taking niacin at a low dose once a day and slowly increase the dose day by day. This allows the body to adapt to the increasing doses, which largely prevents a flush. An appropriate starting dose is 25 mg taken once per day with food. To obtain 25 mg doses, a good form to purchase is a tablet of 100 mg pure niacin. Break the 100 mg tablets into four pieces and take one every day for several days. Then increase to two 25 mg doses per day, taken in divided doses in the morning and evening with food. Gradually increase the dose over the next few weeks. Using this method, it is possible to achieve a dose of several hundred mg of niacin, taken as divided doses with meals, without noticeable flushing. If an occasional niacin flush occurs, reduce the dose by a small amount. You naturally should consult with your physician to discuss appropriate forms, cautions, doses, and benefits of niacin. >>> more, from the University of Maryland Medical Centre
Vitamin C Vitamin C or L-ascorbic acid, or simply ascorbate.
Most animals can synthesise vitamin C from D-glucose but humans and other primates, together with guinea pigs, fruit bats, some passeriform birds, some fish and some insects, are exceptions. Humans and primates lack a key enzyme, L-3 gulonolactone oxidase, necessary for the biosynthesis of vitamin C (Nishikimi et al 1994). Vitamin C is a reducing agent (antioxidant) and it is likely that all of its biochemical and molecular functions relate to this property. In humans, vitamin C acts as an electron donor for eight enzymes, >>> more
Fact Sheet for Health Professionals Ongoing research is examining whether vitamin C's ability to limit the damaging effects of free radicals through its antioxidant activity, might help prevent or delay the development of certain cancers, cardiovascular disease, and other diseases in which oxidative stress plays a causal role. In addition to its biosynthetic and antioxidant functions, vitamin C plays an important role in immune function  and improves the absorption of nonheme iron , the form of iron present in plant-based foods. Insufficient vitamin C intake causes scurvy, which is characterized by fatigue or lassitude, widespread connective tissue weakness, and capillary fragility.>>> more
Vitamin C: Ascorbic acid
Vitamin C dosages: 100g, 200g, 300g - quantities depending on bowl tolerance. "Secret weapon for football players - protecting against infection and bruising."
(11: 43) ...driving a reducing redox potential into the affected organs (nose and throat) … eliminates the symptoms … If it augments the cellular immunity enough - so that the cells are able to eat up the virus, then you're well in a day. … If the virus can escape that, then they have to wait until the immune system takes over. We have found that these massive doses of ascorbate are extremely helpful in hay fever and asthma.
"We have quantitated the ability of adequate amounts of vitamin D to prevent all types of invasive cancer combined, which had been terra incognita until publication of this paper... These findings support an inverse association between 25(OH)D and risk of cancer, and highlight the importance for cancer prevention of achieving a vitamin D blood serum concentration above 20 ng/ml, the concentration recommended by the IOM for bone health."
Neuroscientist shows what fasting does to your brain
& why Big Pharma won't study it. Excerpt:
... a TEDx talk given by Mark Mattson, the current Chief of the Laboratory of Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging. He is also a professor of Neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University, and one of the foremost researchers in the area of cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying multiple neurodegenerative disorders, like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. I chose to include ‘Big Pharma’ in the title because that’s exactly what it is. There have been countless examples of the manipulation of published research at the hands of pharmaceutical companies in recent years. This is why Harvard Professor of Medicine Arnold Symour Relman told the world that the medical profession has been bought by the pharmaceutical industry. It’s why Dr. Richard Horton, Editor in Chief of The Lancet,recently stated that much of the sceintific literature published today is simply untrue.>>> more
The Raw Alkaline Green Smoothy has powerful cleansing and alkalizing properties.
Preparing a Raw Alkaline Green Smoothy
It is better not to use a juicer that will separate the juice from the pulp. A blender will chop everything into a fine pulp, which will require a little chewing. Chewing is important because the saliva or digestive juices that flow into the mouth during chewing are very important in the digestion process.
NOTE: Even with the addition of raw green food to the diet, consuming sugar, coffee, alcohol, meat, etc. will cause acid pH.
green smoothie recipe for two servings
1 rib celery
1 handful parsley
1/2 green apple
1 handful spinach
a little water
"TEA-time. How sublime.
Just ignore its links with crime.
Smuggling drugs and pantomime
are no concern of yours or mine.
It's someone-else's immorali-TEA"
Follow this unorthodox romp through history
with the marvelously witty avatar of tea, Camillia Cha.
Pesticides and herbicides disrupt
neurological and endocrine systems. In particular, glyphosate has been shown to severely damage gut flora
and cause chronic diseases rooted in gut dysfunction.
Choose locally grown organic and Bio-Dynamic foods