Help Stop Smoking With Baking Soda

Baking Soda is Alkaline. It can help to neutralize toxins in the body and reduce acidity.  A less acid body is less stressful and may help you to recover from addictions.

However, if you are on medications, or low sodium diet, then you should ask your doctor or naturopath before using baking soda.

It is good to be a non-smoker.  Give it up and become more healthy.  Enjoy the fresh air and those lovely walks again, without getting puffed-out.

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Addicts of tobacco and alcohol and other drugs notoriously favour acid-forming foods such as  red meats, pork, coffee, and dairy foods, sugar and wheat-foods such as pasta and bread.

The Best Dietary Measure To help Yourself Stop Smoking Is:

To cut out acid-forming foods and adopt an alkaline diet which avoids the use of dairy foods,  sugar, gluten and all wheat products including bread and pasta.

Eat Alkaline Greens: Eating plenty of raw greens will help to make your body more alkaline. Try to eat brown rice instead of wheat bread. Use more vegetables and fruits in the diet, with easily digested protein such as lentils, beans, free range eggs,  soy products, and sprouted seeds such as mung beans and alfalfa.

Sprouted seeds are especially alkaline and provide many important enzymes which your digestive system needs to function well.  Include plenty of sesame seeds and sunflower seeds in the diet.  These are rich protein and calcium foods and they are more on the alkaline side than acidic flesh foods.  Sesame seeds and sunflower seeds are  dairy-free and calcium-rich foods which will help your frayed nerves to settle.

Diet To Help Your Digestive Function: Eating these foods will take a lot of stress out of your digestive function.  This   will have a beneficial trickle-down effect on your nerves, which will  help you in your goal to stop smoking. You will digest your food better, and have more of a sense of well-being than before, when you were eating more acidic and heavy foods.

I have mentioned baking soda in an earlier post entitled ‘Giving Up Smoking’. In this post, I mention Richard Webster, who is an exponent of the baking soda remedy to help stop smoking.

See Merrilyn’s other postsfor more ideas:

Homeopathic Remedy To Reduce Craving For Tobacco

Giving Up Smoking

Richard Webster has devoted many years to helping people with behavioural problems, including people’s addiction to smoking. He published a booklet which accompanied some tapes  called ‘Ezi-Stop’. This was published by Prestige Marketing 1995.

The alkaline nature of baking soda makes it effective in neutralizing acids in the body.  An acid body can be made alkaline through taking a little baking soda each day.

Baking soda is suggested as a remedy to help stop smoking by  Richard Webster and other experts in the field, because it  can have an immediate effect to stop you taking that cigarette which you imagine you really need. However, baking soda  should never be substituted for eating a healthy alkaline diet.

Two Week Treatment: Also, it is not advisable to keep taking baking soda indefinitely.  Use it for a couple of weeks, then stop for a couple of weeks before you start using the baking soda again,  even if you have not managed to quit smoking yet.   Too much baking soda taken on a regular basis is not good for your kidneys.

The Technique For Using Baking Soda To Stop Smoking: Simply put a touch of baking soda onto the tongue whenever you feel the urge to smoke.  This technique is not recommended for people who are on specific low sodium diets, or who have high blood pressure.

However, considering that smoking can actually GIVE you high blood pressure,  I think that I would rather opt for a touch of baking soda, which might reduce my desire to smoke and do some good to my health in the long run, rather than take another cigarette.

Also look at the post entitled ‘What Happens When You Give Up Smoking’, and ‘Calcium Rich Foods’. ‘Detox Diets’ might also be helpful.

Homeopathic Remedies to consider might be those suggested by Dr John H. Clark in his book ‘The Prescriber’.  Just one remedy should be selected, depending on the symptoms, constitution and habits of the person trying to quit smoking. Read his book for dosage recommendations: Nux vom., Camphor, Stroph., Phos., Plumb. acet., Spigelia, Calc. phos., China, Arsen alb. He says homeopathic medicine can be of great assistance in breaking the habit of tobacco. The appropriate remedy can help break the desire for tobacco.

 

Causes Of Dizziness Can Be Environmental and Lazy Bowels

Drugs Or Detox:

Dizzy Spells Can Be Caused By Chemical Poisoning

There is an advertisement which has been running for several weeks now on New Zealand television.  This is an ad put on by ‘Sovereign’ NZ doctors, which encourages people to go and see their doctor or one of their many specialists.

That is all very well – we all need to see a doctor sometimes for emergency situations, such as an injury, and sometimes for genuine long-standing health complaints. Sometimes people really do need to take long term medication.

However, I dislike this advertisement particularly because it gives the impression that medications are the answer for very common complaints – blurred vision with  dizzy spells and dropping things.  These three are all suffered by the fit-looking young man in the ad.

Blurred vision, with dizzy spells and dropping things could mean that you have  a middle ear infection, or some terrible disease like a brain tumour, or diabetes,  or even multiple sclerosis or cancer.  In these cases, you would need a doctor or a health professional,  however, this is not the most likely scenario for most people.

The youngish man pictured in the ad, who says he had blurred vision with dizzy spells and  who was dropping things eight months ago,  probably does not have these things at all.  For a start, he is an actor, but seriously, his said complaints would most  likely be caused by factors which could be avoided or reversed. A simple detox diet, might be the answer.  Or avoidance of exposure to elcetro-magnetic waves – transformers, cell-phones –  keeping a distance from cell-phone towers and high tension wires – things like that.

This really is the crux of my argument:  That more doctors should be looking towards life-style and  environmental factors in treating disease.  Chemicals in the environment, as well as radiation from cell phones, towers and electricity transformers, are responsible for most conditions of disease.  Disease is not a random thing which ‘strikes’ people down.  Disease is something which can be cured by cleansing the system as in a detox diet, adopting a healthy diet, and avoiding  the use  of harmful chemicals and anything else which harms the body.

Prevention is Better Than Cure: At the first sign of blurred vision, dizzy spells and dropping things, remedial  health measures should be taken which will eliminate them.

Taking a medication to mask the situation so that you can carry on poisoning yourself will give you a worse condition in the end. Cancer or other degenerative disease is likely to set in.

The cause of the problem will be allowed to carry on doing its destruction to your body if you take prescription medicine.  Drugs will simply compound the toxic problem, and give you the illusion that all is well.

Chemical Poisoning: Most otherwise healthy people should first consider the possibility that some sort of chemical poisoning, or auto intoxication through bad bowel elimination, not enough exercise, inadequate sleep, or deficiencies in the diet, might be causing dizzy spells.   Any one, or a combination of these things, can lead to your body and brain becoming fatigued, and this could be the reason for those dizzy spells with blurred vision, and dropping things.

Poisons in the intestines, and contact with toxic chemicals, do affect our health profoundly: Contact with insecticides can cause blurred vision and dizzy spells. Autointoxication, as in stored toxins in the liver and bowel, can cause blurred vision, dizzy spells and dropping things.

Chemical Poisoning in New Zealand:  Here is an example of how some chemicals cause a common complaint:  Many people in New Zealand are given medications for sinus and hayfever during spring and summer, as if this is an inherent condition which they HAVE to take medicine for. ‘Pollen’ is blamed in every case.

But the fact is that the period when the pollen is flying is exactly the time when, in New Zealand, anyway, spray is being poured on our soil in a big way.  City councils spray roadside verges and pavement areas, and park grounds, to kill weeds.  Farmers and fruit-growers are beginning their spraying programmes at this time. Householders will often get out their spray guns and spread poison around the garden. People fumigate their houses with carcenogenic toxic insecticides to get rid of spiders, ants and cockroaches.

So the pollen in the air is contaminated by many, many sources, and by many different chemicals which are harmful to insects and to ourselves, our children, and our pets.

The average person, and most doctors, blame pollen every time.  Insecticide and herbicide use is conveniently ignored.  This is great news for the chemcial manufacturers, and the drug companies:  One feeds off the damage of the other.  The chemical companies carry on  making their chemicals and making their profit, while  the drug companies  make their money out of people getting sick after the use of chemicals.

To suggest that a young person who has dizzy spells and drops things needs medication, most probably long term,  prescribed by one of ‘sovereign’s ‘specialists’ is irresponsible.  We need Jamie Oliver here to show these doctors a thing or two, I reckon.

Detox Diets:  There are sensible things which you can do to eliminate poisons from the body and get the digestive system and intestines functioning properly again.  A colon cleanse can do wonders for your health, because accumulated poisons are elminated quickly via this method.

Avoid Harmful Chemcials:  This is one way that you can improve your health dramatically, and help to avoid disease like cancer, multiple sclerosis, arthritis and the like.

Get Yourself Well: People need to be educated into doing the right thing for their health.  Taking a medicine is usually NOT the answer, as this does not address the root cause of the problem, or problems.  Any one of the ‘natural medicine’  practitioners will take a good look at why you are unwell, and try to fix the problem, rather than mask it with a drug.

Taking more drugs to add to those toxic chemicals already stored in the body will only invite  cancer and other degenerative disease to settle in.

Naturopathy, ayurvedic medicine, chinese medicine, herbal remedies, acupuncture or homeopathy will  all attempt to cure your dizziness or other health complaints without the need to take drugs for the rest of your life. It may be that you still need to see a doctor if detox measures and diet do not work, but there is a good chance that they will.

Practitioners of alternative therapies look to the cause of the complaint and go from there.

Detoxifying the body,  and getting the digestive system and intestines functioning properly again is usually the start of the getting well process.  An appropriate diet is given.  Suitable exercises, enough rest, and an adjustment to the life style, avoiding anything harmful, are all advocated.

Prevention is Better Than Cure

Avoid Taking Medication For The Rest Of Your Life:  Get Yourself Well. Some people might really have some serious disease which needs a doctor’s or a specialist’s attention.  But for most people, this scenario of having to take a medication indefinitely can be avoided.  The answer is to take action early enough:  Address the causes of the complaints right away, rather than take a medicine to mask the symptoms.

Possible Causes Of Those Dizzy Spells

  • Chemical Poisoning:  Chemcials  in our environment are number one.  Herbicides, pesticides and all toxic chemcials cause ill health.  Often dizziness is an early sign of toxicity or a reaction to a chemcial.  You should look at your work environment as well as your home environment and try to eliminate contact with any toxic chemicals. Petrol, brake fluid, engine oil, oven cleaners, strong disinfectants, are all capable of producing dizzy spells and making you sick.  Brake fluid and products with formaldehyde in them will very quckly give you dizzy spells and cause you to drop things.  These chemicals are very weakening to the body, the brain, and the immune system.
  • Inadequate fiber in the diet, and not enough alkaline greens, not enough fresh fruit and vegetables, can cause dizzy spells.  This is because toxins gather in the bowel if they are not eliminated properly.  From there, they get reabsorbed back into the blood stream via the walls of the colon.
  • Not enough water or liquid such as herbal teas.
  • Too much coffee can dehydrate the body, which leaves the intestines with inadequate water to process the food and eliminate waste.  Excessive coffee drinking also depletes your body of minerals and vitamins and kills off the beneficial bacteria in the bowel.
  • Chemicals and preservatives in your food can cause many disturbances of the body and brain:   sluggish digestion and dizziness and headaches are some of the first symptoms.
  • Inadequate iron and inadequate Vitamin B, especially Vitamin B6 and 12, can cause dizziness and weakness.
  • Antioxidants can help you detoxify:  Extra Vitamin C can help reduce toxins in the body,  and help you to eliminate toxins quickly through the intestines.  Large doses of Calcium ascorbate, Vitamin C, has been found to be effective in treating cancer and in cancer prevention.  It is recommended by many therapists and many doctors, for treating serious disease.

The trouble with modern medicine is that it works hand in glove with the drug companies who make medicines, and these people want you to believe that you simply need one of their expensive drugs.  If you are on it for the rest of your life, then this benefits the drug companies, the specialists and doctors to whom you have given your trust.

There ARE many good doctors out there:  But the impression given by the sovereign ad is that taking a medication is all that is needed, rather than fixing the cause.

Is Autism Related To Vaccinations

Autism and Vaccinations

Last night, around midnight on Channel One TVNZ, we had a documentary entitled ‘Mercury Falling’,  (not ‘Mercury Rising’),  which looked at several cases of autism in New Zealand. It discussed the idea that mercury and other environmental poisons might be to blame for autism.  Mercury is an added component to some vaccinations.

DSCO 1795Photo by Merrilyn, Decembewr 2012, of a healthy child who is NOT autistic and who has never had any vaccinations.

It is a shame the documentary was shown so late:  Midnight on Sunday night wouldn’t have impacted very well on the public, as most people are in bed at that hour.  Interesting.  Autism New Zealand and a Vaccination authority did the documentary.  It was very well done, I thought.

The idea that vaccinations are one major cause of autism was allowed, but of course we had a couple of doctors who defended vaccinations, saying that  “there isn’t any proof that vaccinations have caused autism”.

This comment in the defence of vaccination is of interest to me, because it is meaningless:  Doctors are NOT REQUIRED TO KEEP A RECORD OF PATIENTS WHO SUFFER ADVERSE REACTIONS TO VACCINATION – which means, first of all, that the real casualties of vaccination conveniently slip by the notice of the authorities and the drug companies, and, secondly, that the medical profession have no grounds at all in the defence of vaccination.  There ‘is no proof that vaccinations have caused autism’, because there has been no evidence collected by these doctors who support vaccination.

This documentary looked at alternative options of treatment.  Thanks to the family who gave their time and allowed television into their personal lives to make this important documentary so that we, the public, might benefit.

There is no doubt in my mind that the vaccinations were the trigger for the autistic condition which appeared in two boys in the documentary,  who belonged to the same family.  These children, who are a year or two apart in age, were ‘normal’ at birth. But both children became ‘victims’ of autism at the age of three months, after the standard vaccinations had been given.  The documentary indicated that most parents of autistic children in America have said that their children began to develop autistic symptoms after  vaccinations were administered.  I will relate a similar story about my own children after talking about this documentary and the family involved.

Louise, the Mum of the boys, said that both children had had  a dramatic change in behaviour – for the worse – after they were given vaccinations at the age of three months. They became extremely unsettled and cried for no reason for long periods, whereas they had been settled beforehand. They showed no signs of developing speech at the normal age, and now that they are a little older,  they still do not speak.

In America, much research has been done into the incidence of autism in children.  Cases of autism rose dramatically when vaccination programmes were stepped up, which was about the same time as the drug Thimerosal was added to vaccinations.  This was in the 1990’s:  Autism grew to epidemic proportions from this time onwards.

Louise heard about another wee autistic boy in New Zealand who had been successfully treated by New Zealand doctor Dr Godfrey. Dr Godfrey is a specialist in environmental health and toxicology. The wee boy, who had had a remarkable recovery from autism due to Dr Godfrey’s methods of healing, was pictured on the programme. He looked healthy and happy, and intelligent, could express himself well,  and showed interest in the cameras, the TV men and all that was going on. The contrast to Louise’s boys was quite apparent.  They did not make eye contact and were very sad by comparison.  Louise, of course, was excited by the prospect that her children might  recover under the same treatment which had been given by Dr Godfrey to this wee boy.

Thanks to Dr Godrey’s efforts:  There WAS a perceptible improvement after beginning the treatment.  However, after months on the chelation therapy, to rid the children’s bodies of mercury and other heavy metals, there was not as much improvement in Louise’s children as what she had hoped.  It is possible that the treatment may have been successful if it had been followed for a longer period.  It is also possible that Louise’s children have been more damaged by environmental causes  than the child who had recovered.

It was pointed out that chelation therapy, and other alternative measures to treat autism and environmental diseases, is a costly treatment in New Zealand:  it is not supported by our medical systems here to the same extent as it is in the USA.  Louise said “Doctor Godfrey is on the right track. But chelation therapy in New Zealand is not supported by the hospitals’ . Louise and her husband could not continue with the costly treatment.

Next, Dr Levinson, an American doctor who is a specialist in the same field as Dr Godfrey, offered to give the treatment as a gift.  This was a wonderfully generous gesture, however, there were problems with getting important samples of blood and urine sent to America to be analyzed. This was necessary, to measure and identify poisons in the children’s blood and to adapt the treatment accordingly as poisons were eliminated.

It was established early on in the treatment that there were other heavy metals besides mercury, which would still be posing a problem with health.  But eventually Louise became worn out and depressed and gave up on the treatment  directed from America under Dr Levinson.

Louise, if you get to read this – I think you have done remarkably well. You have displayed enormous courage.  To have not one, but two children with autism is not easy.  You have tried so hard, and acted out of love for your dear children.

I think it is good to remember that these poisons can take several years to be eliminated from the body.  I know chelation therapy is meant to act more quickly than other kinds of elimination diets and processes, and that this has not met with your expectations of the treatment – but perhaps you shouldn’t give up with some sort of alternative treatment.  There are some very good and clever homeopaths around.  Homeopathy is one type of treatment which is fairly  affordable, and less espensive  than  chelation treatment. Appropriate homeopathic remedies can negate poisons in the blood. There are other detoxification measures which can be taken besides homeopathy.

It might be worthwhile going to see an Ayurvedic practitioner, or a Chinese herbalist. Spiritual Healing would be good, no matter what treatment you give.  Even if you do nothing, Spiritual Healing might help to trigger off a favourable response of some sort – maybe to point you in the right direction for some sort of help.  It is just great that your Mum has come to live with you.  She is a real angel.

And you look beautiful with that new hair-cut.

It is good to remember, too, that everything happens for a reason.  Sometimes, it doesn’t matter what you do with a sick person, no treatment of any kind will have any effect.  This does not mean that we should give up, though.  Try to keep an open mind, keep faith  and let the right thing come to you. This is very hard,  I know, when you are caught up in it all.  Words come cheap. But all that effort which you have put in so far will not be wasted in the long run. Nothing good ever is.

I wrote an article just in the last week entitled ‘Introduction To Homeopathy’. In this article, I explained that I had turned to homeopathy and other natural modalities of healing after my first born child, who was a ‘good’ baby, had become puffed out with a reddened complexion, and with persistent crying, after he was given his first jab at three months old.  After this first jab, he became a ‘difficult’ baby. It took weeks, if not months, for him to settle  down again.

This was in 1974, and I have no idea at all what chemicals were in these vaccinations.  I have heard that some vaccinations were contaminated, but even if they are not ‘contaiminated, I think they’re pretty risky things to be giving babies. You just can’t tell how a child will react, and the outcome of the vaccine can hardly be determined until the child has grown up.

Anyway, by the time he had settled down again, he was six months old and was meant to have yet another injection.

I remember trying to dissuade the plunket nurse at the door, telling her that the vaccination had caused much distress to my baby.  She told me that he might die of any one of several diseases if I didn’t allow her to give the injections every three months.  So I reluctantly let her in to give my baby the next shot. Same thing happened, only worse, after the second shot. He cried a lot, would not sleep, and seemed to be in  constant pain with what we call ‘colic’. He was slightly swollen with what looked like water retention. These symptoms lasted for weeks.

I decided at that point there would be no more vaccinations or innoculations AT ALL.  So when the plunket nurse next visited when my baby was 9 months old, I sent her away. I refused all injections.  No more of my children had vaccinations of any kind after that. I read all I could about homeopathy so that I could avoid the doctor as much as possible, for all those common childhood illnesses.

So I had the best of intentions to avoid all innoculations and vacinations. Alas, my next child was born sick as a direct result from our house  being sprayed for several hours by helicopter with 245T while she was still in the womb. My wee son and I were in the house at the time, and we both became very ill with eczema or psoriasis,  developed allergies to many foods, and had  breathing problems similar to asthma which I had never experienced before.  About three months after the spraying incident, my new baby was born with  similar health problems, only worse:  She had terrible breathing difficulties.  She could not digest breast-milk. Her vitality was extremely low, yet she had been born a healthy size.

Contaminated breast milk did not help: While I was still pregnant, we had continued to drink the stream water, which was our only water source, after the spraying.  My milk would have been contaminated heavily with 245T from the run off  into the stream, as well as the direct contact with the spray. We were also drinking cow’s milk from a farm up the road where there was much spraying of chemicals, including the use of 245T, known as ‘agent orange’ in Viet Nam.

So we began our trips to the local hospital for treatment.  It was mentioned by the doctor there that she may have had cystic fibrosis,  but this was never confirmed. We did tests which were inconclusive.  She may have had a propensity for cystic fibrosis, but I am sure that the 245T was ultimately responsible for bringing the condition out, because my older child who was with me the day of the spraying, and myself, were both very sick  with similar complaints for at least a  couple of years after this incident.

Anyway, after all that, she died at three months from ” hospital misadventure”, because a nurse aid gave her about half a cupful of ventolin from a test-tube.  They had been giving her just half a teaspoonful in the evenings, but never any more than this. This nurse marched into my room with the test-tube one evening, and simply poured it down my baby’s throat in front of me. My baby swelled out within about half an hour, and her skin went blotchy.  In the morning, just before we were raced away by ambulance to another hospital, the ‘good’ sister who came on duty said my baby had had heart failure within half an hour of being given the ventolin the night before, and had suffered brain damage as a result. A month later, after the transferral to the bigger hospital, we agreed to our daughter having life support taken from her. She died at just three months old  after a short life of immense struggle.

I had been to the doctor after the 245T spraying, while I was pregnant, to explain that both my one-year-old and I were both ill with breathing difficulty and nausea because of the spraying.  The doctor  was insistent that 245T would not have affected my health or the health of my one-year-old. He said no, that would not have made us sick.  He said  ” There is no evidence to say that 245T is  harmful to the health’…… A load of cods-wallop………utter nonsense, he said.

He took my pulse and blood pressure, told me I was a hypochondriac, because  there was nothing at all physically wrong with me, and there was nothing wrong with 245T either. This was farming country.

How often do you hear doctors saying stuff like this on the television? Every week, you hear some doctor banging  on about proof:

There is no evidence to suggest’……..begins the argument. How many people need to die before the authorities take any notice? How many people need to suffer?  How many children have to suffer before drug companies and doctors stop testing out their medicines on them?

All issues are the same – when someone is making money out of a product, it is usually very difficult to get that product highlighted as to its negative effects on health.

Despite the sadness in the story, I accept that my dear daughter was destined to spend just a short time on this earth, and that there was a definite reason for her coming here.   It did not seem to matter where i went, or how I tackled the problem of her illness:  There were definite elements of her suffering that were right outside my sphere of control.  Maybe these experiences were designed to foster compassion in me, and get me interested in the subject of natural health in a big way – Who knows?  I only know that  she is not far away from me, and that  the outcome of her short life has certainly been positive in the long run.

There is meaning in everything, and value in every experience. I pray that Louise’s boys might be helped.

Preventative Medicine

Preventative Medicine is really what it should all  be about:  far better to prevent a malady of the health rather than wait for it to happen, and then have to seek  drug treatments which are expensive and which, most probably, will not cure the condition anyway.

Just how popular is ‘Preventative Medicine’?  How much do people really care about ‘Preventative Medicine’?

Today is the 30th August 2010, and there are only 11 searches recorded for the day in Google’s search engine for ‘Preventative Medicine’, which is nothing really, considering that there are 177 searches for ‘warfarin’ and 177 for ‘side effects of warfarin’.  Imagine that – 177 people in a day looking up the side effects of warfarin, and only a portion of that – only 11 people all over the world, looking up ‘Preventative Medicine’.

Warfarin in my opinion, is one of the worst modern drugs. It is dished out to people willy nilly, and once you begin taking it, it seems you are on it for life.  I don’t know of ANYONE who has taken warfarin just  for a while until they get better.  Warfarin is a blood thinner.

Now – Calcium Ascorbate is a  natural blood thinner.  So is Garlic a natural blood thinner.  So is Ginger.  So is Cayenne Pepper.  So is grapefruit a natural blood thinner. There are many foods which thin the blood naturally, without having to take Warfarin for life.

One of the bad things about taking Warfarin is that you have to avoid all the naturally occuring blood thinners like grapefruit and other high vitamin C foods. This is not good for the liver or the gall bladder – or anything else, I should imagine.

I know somebody who began taking Warfarin in his early 30’s and has been taking it for almost 40 years.  He has recently had his gall bladder  removed because of cancer, and is now waiting for a liver operation to remove some of the liver, because there is now cancer in his liver.   There was still time  before the last operation for an alternative treatment, if only he had realized, however now that he has entered the cycle of operations which remove  vital organs, or parts of them, his vitality is decreasing rapidly, and so alternative cures would have a hard job revitalizing this man’s body. Also, he has taken Warfarin for so long now that he cannot imagine being able to live at all without it.  He believes his life depends on it.

Why is this?  Why are people not so tuned in to thinking about preventative medicine?

I quote from the 2005  ‘Touch For Health:  The Complete Manual’, written by John Thie, the founder of ‘Touch For Health’,  and his son Matthew Thie.  It is published by DeVorss and Co,  P.O. Box 1389, Camarillo CA 93011-1389:

  • page v of the Introduction reads “…..The Touch for Health book and educational program was my way of providing some simple tools and processes that each of us can use to regain a role and authority in our own care.
  • Today, more than 30 years later, things have by and large gotten worse.  While awareness of these problems has increased, and there is a resurgence of traditional and alternative approaches to healthcare, drug companies have become more aggressive in their advertising, manipulative of research, whether public or private, and there is ever greater emphasis on “conditions” requiring long-term and even life-long medication.  Our profit driven, high-tech medicine, arguably the most advanced crisis care ever developed, has become costly and dangerous, while simpler preventative measures seem to have fallen by the wayside.
  • In fact, the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the United States.”

These authors give some alarming statistics on the practices of modern American orthodox medcicine. They claim that:

  • “Tens of millions of people unnecessarily take antibiotics, 9 million people are unnecessarily hospitalized, 7.5 million unnecessary medical and surgical procedures are performed, 2.2 million people have adverse drug reactions to prescribed medicines, and 783,936 deaths are caused by conventional medicine each year.

The fact is, that most disease can be prevented.  There are a wide range of alternative health practitioners who can advise on methods to prevent disease becomoing established, and whose methods are effective in treating even more serious disease.  However, preventative medicine is really the key.

The idea is to increase body vitality so that the immune system is strong and your powers of  resistance to disease are working optimally.

Yoga exercise which teaches good breathing,  meditation exercises such as yoga nidra, good diet, positive thinking  including Reiki healing, the Power of Prayer and Spiritual healing, and Music therapy,  are so important in helping to prevent disease.  Acupressure techniques, including  DoIn, Tsubo, Shiatsu, Qi Gong, and the more modern Touch For Health, are all ways in which your Prana, or vital energy can be maximized, and so they are all helpful in restoring health and preventing  disease.

Visiting an Ayurvedic health practitioner, or a Chinese or Tibetan herbalist, or a homeopath are some of the alternatives which can improve the vitality and immunity and prevent a serious disease from setting in.

Our health practitioners, ideally, should recognize the symptoms of a disease early in the piece so that remedial action can be taken, the vitality improved, and a natural recovery is assisted.

Modern medicine, on the other hand, tends to define a disease which people get stuck with, along with the expensive drug which people believe is necessary.

Most people have a reverence and respect for the doctor’s word. The doctor, backed up by the drug company who is making the profit, tells them that they must take a certain drug for a certain condition, and that they will need to keep taking that drug for goodness knows how long.   People  usually don’t know any better,  so they accept treatment without question, and the drug companies like it this way.

Some people like it this way too, as it means they do not have to DO anything about their condition if they believe that a medicine-drug is all that they have to take to manage their disease.  Disease, unless you are unlucky from birth or some unusual  freak event,  often  comes at us  through our own  poor lifestyle choices –  bad living,  poor nutrition and negative thinking.

However, the biggest causes of disease in our modern society are:

Environmental toxins, medical drugs,  poisons and preservatives in our food, and electromagnetic radiation from modern technology such as cell phones and living close to excessively high power sources:  these  all lead to disease.  This is really why alternative therapies  such as detox diets which help you to detoxify chemicals from your body,  and foods and methods which improve your vitality and immune function, are so important in preventing disease.

The authors of ‘Touch For Health’ refer people to the article entitled “Death By Medicine” at www.lef.org/magazine/mag2004/mar2004_awsi_death_01.html

 

Herbal Remedies For Depression

Uplifting Herbal Remedies:

There are many herbal remedies for depression which are easily obtainable, and which have been proven to be effective in treating depression.

It is a good idea to get professional help if you are depressed. Go to your doctor, your acupuncturist, naturopath or health professional for advice. You should discuss the information below with your health professional before beginning any treatment.

First of all – check that you do not have SAD, or seasonal affective disorder. If SAD is the reason you are depressed, then increasing exposure of the body to natural sunlight on a regular basis,  and  supplementing the diet with Vitamin D rich foods, or a supplement,  should help the condition. Deficiencies of sunlight and Vitamin D accompany this type of depression.

Diet For Depression:  The best foods are alkaline greens, fruits and vegetables.  Avoid sugar, preservatives in food, and avoid wheat products and dairy foods except for butter.  Prepare your meals at home fresh.  Eat plenty of salads, brown rice instead of wheat bread and pasta, cooked green vegetables.  Make sure you have enough protein – organic free range eggs and meats and chicken.  If you are vegetarian, then you need to eat plenty of sprouted seeds and grains to get adequate protein and vitamin B.  Vitamin B deficiency, lack of Vitamin D and iron deficiency can lead to depression.

Protein In The Diet:  Choose any of this list to complement your diet:  Egg yolk, Sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, avocado, almonds and nuts.  These are importan additions to the diet if you do not eat any meat or fish.

Gotu Kola (Hydrocotyle asiatica) is a natural stimulant. It is considered to be a helpful herbal remedy for depression. This herb benefits the central nervous system, and brain and hormone function. Gotu kola has been used to treat schizophrenia, epilepsy and memory loss, which are related to brain function. It also helps the body to rid itself of toxins via the kidneys. Gotu kola contains Vitamins A, K, and the mineral magnesium, which is another nervine. Gotu kola is not recommended for expectant mothers, or nursing mothers, though, because of its diuretic effect. People with intestinal disfunction, such as irritable bowel syndrome, or colitis,  are best to avoid this herb.

Ginseng (Panex spp), that wonder of Oriental medicine, is another stimulating and reviving health herb which is useful in  treating depression. Ginseng helps brain function, increases vitality,  and nourishes the nerves. It is a good restorative medicine. Ginseng root has been used in Chinese medicine for over 5000 years. It is mineral-rich, and contains Vitamins A, B12 and Vitamin E.

Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) is another popular stimulating Chinese herb which is used to counteract depression, in combination with other treatments. It is reputed to be a great memory herb. However, this herb lowers the blood pressure dramatically, and so ginkgo should definitely be avoided by people with low blood pressure and avoided also by people who have disturbances with their sugar metabolism.  I would recommend that you take this herb only under the guidance of a qualified health practitioner.   My experience of this herb is that it certainly improved memory function, and increased alertness, but it had an unpleasant and disturbing side effect in that it made me feel terrible because of lowered blood pressure.

Ayurvedic Medicine: However, the reason this herb is not suitable for everyone might have something to do with the different mental and physiological types, known as doshas in Ayurvedic medicine. Vata, Pitta and Kapha are the three dosha types:

Vasant Lad, is the author of The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies, A Comprehensive Guide to the Ancient Healing of India. In this book, Vasant Lad recommends  Ginkgo tea for Pitta depression. You obviously need to know your body type if this herb is going to be effective. Vasant Lad’s book is published in the UK by Judy Piatkus (Publishers) Limited, 5 Windmill Street, London W1T 2JA, 1999. Reprinted 2002.

Hawthorn Berries have a tonic and stimulating effect on the digestion, the heart, and the nervous system. Hawthorn is useful, in combination with other herbs and modalities in treating depression, as it  helps  improve kidney function and aids in the elimination of waste products.

Cayenne Pepper (Capsicum frutescens) is a safe herb to take to help drive  those blues away. Cayenne  pepper helps melancholia, mainly because it  has a marked beneficial effect on the blood circulation, and also the digestion. You can use it in your food, or use it in foot baths to gain benefit from this stimulating herb. Cayenne contains the Vitamins A, C, and also has traces of iron and calcium.

The following are some other stimulating herbs which are safe to use in treating depression:

The mint family; marjoram, lemon verbena, thyme and basil. These can be used in your food,  as herbal teas, as herbal treatments for the bath, or for use in a foot bath.

Herbs which Calm and Help  With Natural Hormone Production:

Borage (Borago officinalis) Borage is the herb of courage, according to John Gerard, who quoted: ‘ego borago gaudia semper ago’, “I Borage, always bring courage’.  Borage is a safe herb to use, and you can grow it easily in your garden. Just collect a few borage seeds after the purple flowers have died down, and sprinkle them around your garden, or your flower pots. They grow easily, as long as they are watered. Bees love this plant, especially bumble bees. Borage stimulates the adrenal glands, and healthy adrenal glands help promote that feeling of ‘joie de vivre’. Borage is rich in silica, which helps to soothe and heal the nerves. Make herbal tea with borage, or use a few leaves every day in your salad.

Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) is an herb which has been used in traditional medicine by the North American Indian people. It is often used for treating depression, as it is helpful in regulating hormones, and benefits the central nervous system, the brain, and emotions. Black Cohosh has nervine minerals calcium and magnesium. Black Cohosh is one of those herbs which should really only be used under the guidance of a health professional.

Dong Quai (Angelica Sinensis) This is another herb which, like ginkgo and ginseng, has been used in Chinese and Tibetan medicine for thousands of years. It  is a valuable women’s herb, as it  helps to restore estrogen levels. It is regarded as a general tonic for the female glandular/endocrine system. It also has a beneficial effect on the central nervous system. Dong Quai contains Vitamin E, B12, cobalt and iron, which contribute to its tonic effects.

Chaste Tree (Vitex agnuscastus) This herb helps the pituitary gland, which in turn, regulates hormone function. Vitamin B is recommended to supplement Chaste Tree berries.

Other Nervine herbs to Help Calm and Soothe: (Use under guidance from your health professional)

Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) (Note – chamomile tea is safe to use at any time); Pasque Flower (Anemone pulsatilla); Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora); Wood Betony (Stachys officinalis); Vervain (Verbena officinalis); Valerian Root (Valeriana officinalis); Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata); Lavender (Lavandula spp.)

Herbal Bath With Uplifting Herbs:

Lavender Bath: Put a handful of fresh lavender flowers into your bath as it is filling.

Rosemary Bath: Alternatively, you can use a sprig or two of rosemary.  Leave the herbs in the bath to infuse as you soak in the water.

Homeopathic Arsen alb. 30x is very useful homeopathic for alleviating depression. Other ones which might be considered are Lachesis, or Ignation, Nat. mur, Lycopodium, Aconite, Belladona or Pulsatilla, depending on what the other symptoms are. Generally, you would choose just one, or maybe two, to treat the individual. Best to see a professional homeopath for advice, of course.