12/09/2011

Cilantro and Garlic – the Natural Chelator

Natural chelation takes place more commonly in our lives than you might realize.
When people hear about chelation therapy, some might think about the modern-day administration of EDTA or DMSA intravenously to remove heavy metals from the body


Others might remember the first treatment of lead and arsenic poisoning with the injection of BAL in the 1940s during World War II.
However, chelation therapy is more ancient and natural than you might know. In fact, long before the synthesis of EDTA, DMSA, BAL or other synthetic chelating agents to remove heavy metal toxins from the body, other chelators existed in nature and played an active role in the daily detoxification of the human body. Some of these natural chelating agents are produced in our bodies and in plants. Other agents can found in the soil�s composition (i.e. clay).


Natural Chelation - Chelating Agents in the Human Body and from Nature
The human body has its own cleansing mechanism utilizing chelating agents. Each cell in the body manufactures its own chelating agents such as cysteine, histidine, glutathione and other metallothioneins designed to remove heavy metals and other toxins.
These chelating agents involved in natural chelation are amino acids. Our bodies can only synthesize these amino acids from a sufficient amount of dietary protein. For example, our bodies synthesize cysteine from the amino acid methionine found in garlic and onions.
Additionally, sugars, lipids (i.e. fat) and other proteins can act as chelating agents. Recall that our own fat cells are notorious for storing sugars, minerals and toxins in the human body. See below for a more comprehensive list of over 90 sugars, lipids and proteins that function as chelators, whether weak or strong in their mobilization ability to remove metals. Natural chelation is indeed more prevalent than you think.
As we age, our cells produce less and less of these chelating agents. So, over our lifetime, supplementation becomes increasingly important to remove heavy metals and other toxins from our bodies. For instance, older adults should greatly increase their supplementation of these chelating agents from plants, clay and fermented foods. Therefore an increased dietary intake of plant and animal proteins is highly recommended to keep natural chelation going.


Cilantro and Garlic
There are two plants that function as powerful chelators, namely cilantro and garlic, and they play a great role in natural chelation.
Based on the research of Dr. Yoshiaki Omura, cilantro can effectively bind and remove mercury from our nervous system. It can also remove aluminum and lead as well. Daily consumption of cilantro for up to two or three weeks can eliminate significant amounts of heavy metals through our urinary track.
Also, garlic, containing both chelating amino acids L-methionine and L-cysteine, mobilizes and extracts cadmium, lead, arsenic and mercury within our bodies.


Other Plants
Practically all plants produce sugars, amino acids, vitamins, such as vitamin C, and even fats that act as effective chelators, but some produce more so than others. Potatoes and lima beans produce a notable amount of L-lysine; onion, lentils and other beans produce L-methionine in good quantities as well.
Also, herbs such as yellow dock root are effective against heavy metals like aluminum and mercury. Hibiscus, amla (i.e. Indian gooseberry), sheep sorrel and other plants high in vitamin C have a natural chelation effect on heavy metals too.

Clay and Water as Natural Chelating Agents
Over any chelator found in plants and animals, some of most effective chelating agents on Earth can found in the soil we trample on and the water we drink. Clay (i.e. bentonite and kaolin) and water function amazingly well as natural chelators.
In regards to clay and water, quality and purity are critical for natural chelation and detoxification of heavy metal. Any contaminated clays and water will only introduce additional metals and other toxins into the body. In this case, bentonite clay and distilled and / or ionized water are highly recommended for chelation therapy.


Conclusion
In regards to effective chelating agents in nature, we have an abundance of natural resources to draw from when creating our own homemade chelation regime for a healthy, restorative lifestyle.
Even a daily dose of raw apple cider vinegar (i.e. acetic acid, a weaker chelator than EDTA) is excellent for a daily natural chelation regime to remove heavy metals from our body. Our ancestors have been utilizing nature�s own chelation therapy for thousands of years for health and longevity; so should you.





10/20/2011

Correct Breathing is the Base for a Healthier Life

Life starts and ends by taking a breath and it is obvious that we should fill out lives with good breathing habits. Our bodies needs a lot of oxygen to function properly and to help discard waste products like carbon monoxide. Every cell in our body actually needs lots of oxygen. Today many people are conscious about what they drink and what they eat but very few think about how they breath!
Breathing affects the whole bodyIt affects the nervous system, the heart, the digestive system, muscles, sleep, energy levels, concentration and memory and much more. Breathing is also our largest system for waste removal. 70% of the waste products produced in our body is supposed to be removed via breathing. 30% is removed via the skin and only 10% remains for the kidneys and the digestive system.
We not only breath in oxygen but also life energy (Qi or Chi in China, Ki in Japan, Mana in India).
A majority uses chest breathingBreathing is easily affected, become restrained or blocked. Our way of breathing is actually one of the first affected by stress and emotions. According to a resent study in Sweden 83% of the adult population uses chest breathing i.e. they only use the top part of the chest. This is a very uneconomical way of breathing as it uses more muscle power than the deeper and more relaxed abdominal breathing. People that use chest breathing take more breaths per minute and as a consequence receive less oxygen and get rid of less waste products. 
Abdominal breathing - effective breathingDeep and effective breathing reaches all the way down to the abdomen. The abdomen expands forward, to the sides and also towards the spine. The breathing movement can be felt all the way down towards the pelvic area and up towards the top of the lungs. Abdominal breathing has a calming and relaxing effect as we take fewer and but more effective breaths. We absorb more oxygen and release more waste products with each breath. As an added bonus we also add more life energy, Qi, to our system by using abdominal breathing.
Don't use your chest - use your abdomenOne of my Chi Gong masters used to say that Abdominal Breathing is like a return to childhood. Abdominal breathing not only makes us breath like we did when we where children, it can also rejuvenate bodily functions and organs.
A child still unaffected by the habits and defense mechanisms we learn as adults, breathes naturally. If you ask a young child to lay down flat you can easily observe  how he/she breathes in the rhythmic rise and fall of the abdomen as life energy is absorbed. My master referred to abdominal breathing as natural breathing and chest breathing as reversed breathing. Abdominal breathing can be considered as taught by nature, chest breathing is learned by the self.
Abdominal breathing exercise for a healthier lifeHere is an easy way to learn again how to breath with your abdomen and receive many health benefits on the way. If you are a Reiki practitioner it is easy to combine with the use of Reiki use your imagination/intuition or follow my suggestions. If you have not yet started your journey on the path of Reiki then you can still benefit from this exercise as it from the beginning is a pure Chi Gong exercise.
How to do it:
  • You can either stand or lie down (suggest you stand)
  • Stand with your feet fairly close together
  • Relax and free your mind from all thoughts (easier said than done but don't worry about it!)
  • Be happy!
  • Rub your hands together briskly (if you have taken Reiki 2 add the symbols in each hand at this stage). Place one palm (the left for men and the right for women) on your "Qihai" (Hara) point about 2 fingers below your navel. Place the other palm on top of the first one.
  • Open your mouth slightly
  • Press gently and smoothly inward on your abdomen with your palms. Breath out during a count to six.
  • Hold for a count of two
  • Release smoothly and breath in under a count to six.
  • Hold for a count of two. (This whole process of pressing, holding, releasing, holding is called a breathing unit)
  • Repeat this whole process until you have done ten whole breathing units.
  • Drop your arms to your sides and close your eyes if not already closed.
  • Let go of everything and enjoy the state of "nothingness" for about five minutes or the time that feels right for you.
  • When ready rub your hands together and "wash" your face with them. Open your eyes and walk a few steps.
Here are a few tips for you: To do this correctly you breath out on pressing and breath in on releasing. In the beginning try and forget about the breathing it usually takes care of itself. Concentrate on the pressing and releasing. Practice once in the morning and once in the evening for a couple of weeks and see how you feel! As you go along you can add more units to your exercise. If you feel stressed, upset or tired this is a very good and quick exercise to revitalize yourself. There is a second and third stage of this exercise where you visualize bad energy leaving you when pressing and good energy entering when releasing. I will try and write something about this later.
"Practice is the mother of all skills"
Enjoy and good luck!
 from reiki.nu
                               

4/02/2011

Coconut Oil pure extra virgen

The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc.
How is Lauric Acid Used by our body?The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which is claimed to help in dealing with viruses and bacteria causing diseases such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. It helps in fighting harmful bacteria such as listeria monocytogenes and heliobacter pylori, and harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia. As a result of these various health benefits of coconut oil, though its exact mechanism of action was unknown, it has been extensively used in Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medicinal system. 

3/22/2011

Pu'erh (Puer) Tea

HEALTH BENEFITS


The long term consumption of Pu-erh tea is believed to help reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol levels and play an important role in preventing heart disease and cancer. Pu-erh tea made from wild old tea trees are reputed to be more potent, containing strong Qi (translated as "life energy" or "life force") that boosts the blood flow and helps the body's circulation. This as a result aids the removal of toxins and can cure minor aches and pains.
In many traditional Chinese restaurants especially those serving dim sum dishes Pu-erh tea is the customary drink served. Its ability to break down oily and fatty food and aid digestion makes it an ideal drink to have alongside delicious Chinese dishes that are often high in fat. After a heavy meal drinking Pu-erh tea is said to help clean the intestines and stomach. In some quarters Pu-erh tea is used as a slimming tea and consumed to assist with weight loss.

3/14/2011

3/01/2011

Truly Inspiring - Enjoy!


To love and be loved is the greatest
happiness of existence.
                                    Sidney Smith


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2/09/2011

the wonderful garlic

Garlic Properties: Aperitif, helps in digestion, helps renal and liver functions, stops the putrid fermentation in the intestines, helps relieve constipation and improves urination, helps in the formation of red blood cells and fights anemia, its a powerful disinfectant and microbicide, improves circulation and avoids bronchial afflictions, useful for diabetics, rheumatics and hyperactives, tones the lungs and cures asthma, bronchopnumonia and apnia, calms coughs and relieves diphtheria and whooping cough attacks, also helps in the removal of intestinal parasites, relieves neurological pains, headaches, insomnia, hysteria and depression, helps in removing scabbies, arteriosclerosis, gout, varicose Acts as a rubefaction that inhibits the venom in mosquito, scorpion, bee, hornet and wasp stings. Prevents tuberculosis and fevers and some people claim it is also good against malaria and rabies, it regenerates the skin in case of light burns, softens and removes calluses, removes thirst and sour mouth.
Methods of Use The various properties of Garlic are much more efficient if eaten raw, since heat makes it lose its usefulness, nevertheless, if the garlic is undigested on certain occasions provokes disagreeable and odorous belching. To avoid this first crush 3 garlic cloves and swallow without chewing halfway thru meals, with the final result of not irritating the stomach lining and and ease its way to the intestines. Other forms of eating garlic are in salads, boiled in milk or combined in water, lemon juice in tincture ect.

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To Stimulate the Appetite and Digestion: Grind 3 Garlic cloves with a little water and eat raw, before or during meals.

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For Anemia: Prepare a salad with radish, lettuce, tomato and raw crushed Garlic, add a little oil and salt to taste.

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To Improve Blood Circulation: Eat 2 to 3 crushed Garlic cloves before breakfast.

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To Lower Arterial Blood Pressure in Persons with Hypertension: Mince well 1 clove of Garlic and swallow with water for several days.

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In Cases of Asthma, Difficulty in Breathing, Cough, Whooping cough, Diphtheria and Bronchial afflictions: Boil in 1/2 liter of water, 8 Garlic cloves, peeled and crushed, add a little bit of oregano, strain then add 2 spoonfuls of bee honey and from this take 1 teaspoonful once an hour until better avoiding any and all cold drinks or food. For the same symptoms but to get better faster you can also do this: Boil in 1/2 liter of milk, 1/2 a head of Garlic and 2 carrots, sweeten to taste with bee honey and take 1 warm glass of the remedy before bedtime.

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To Cure the Welt that Appears Around the Neck Area Especially in Summer: Take a clove of Garlic, cut in half and rub vigorously on the affected area, after approximately 3 hours add a little bit of lemon juice to the affected area 3 times a day and continue to follow the remedy until the welt is gone.

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For Rheumatism: Take 2 Garlic cloves, open in half, and rub vigorously on the painful area until the Garlic juice appears. Do this same treatment several times a day avoiding water(as in baths) or cold environments.

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For Mosquito, Scorpion, Bee, Hornet and Wasp stings: Crush 1 garlic clove and apply the remedy on the affected area while gently rubbing it in. The Pain Will Stop!

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For Malaria: Take 3 whole Garlic cloves and a glass of milk each morning.
For Fevers: Boil 1/2 kilo of Garlic in liter of water then mix in 1/2 kilo of sugar, let stand, strain, then drink one spoonful before each meal.

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For Rabies: Drink several times a day the infusion made with 100 grams of Garlic cut into little pieces to 1/2 liter of water, let sit for 1 day, wring and sweeten to taste with sugar or bee honey.

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For Mild Burns: Take 3 or 4 Garlic cloves, crush, mix with oil(cooking oil)and apply to the burn.

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For Callusses: Make a paste of Garlic and honey, apply to the callus for several days,the callus will soften then disappear.

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To Remove Thirst Instantly: Take a head of Garlic, blend in 1 liter of water and drink as a regular daily drink whenever thirsty.

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To Remove that Certain Bad Breath almost Everyone Has in the Morning: Take 1 raw Garlic clove, crush, strain into a glass of water with the juice of 2 lemons and kiss your bad breath away.

For Athletes Foot: Dust feet with Garlic powder and wear clean socks all the time.

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There are other methods to take advantage of Garlic`s curative properties,"Garlic Tincture" which is prepared the following way: Crush 2 Garlic heads and macerate in 250 grams of pure alcohol until the tincture is formed. Next is the description of the therapeutic effects from the use of this tincture(condensed excerpt from Dr. Helle of Berlin Germany).

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1. 20 drops of Garlic tincture to 1/2 glass of water will attack uric acid which in turn relieves.
pain from arthritis, rheumatism and sciatic gout.
2. 20 drops of said tincture to 1/2 glass of water benefits the digestive apparatus relieving constipation and strain to the bowels.
3. 20 drops of the tincture in 1/2 glass of water will in a short while relieve hypertension.
4. 20 drops of the tincture in 1/2 glass of water will stimulate the hepatic(liver) function.
5. 20 drops of the tincture in 1/2 glass of water will relieve the palpitations, difficulty in breathing and the anguish most cardiac patients suffer.
6. 20 drops of the tincture in 1/2 glass of water aleves continuous fatigue, neurologies, headaches, insomnia, hysteria, depression and muscular rigidity.
7. 20 drops of the tincture in 1/2 glass of water cures varicose and hemorrhoid.

2/06/2011

Reflexology

Reflexology is the practice of applying pressure to the feet and hands utilizing specific thumb, finger and hand techniques without the use of oil, cream or lotion based on a system of zones and reflex areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands with a premise that such work effects a physical change in the body.

How do I get results with reflexology?

For best results, apply reflexology techniques to targeted reflex areas consistently. This can be accomplished with self reflexology techniques, those applied by family as well as with the guidance of the professional reflexologist.
You yourself can most easily provide reflexology work frequently and consistently, using self applied techniques to break up the stress patterns in your feet and hands. Apply pressure simply using a foot roller or, for the hands, a golf ball. Think morning, noon and night. Build reflexology into your life. It is easy to do reflexology while doing other activities. Put a foot roller under your desk at work, use a golf ball on your hands while waiting for the kids at school or do either while watching television. Be creative in how and where you apply techniques but be consistent.
Reflexology applied by family or friends provides several benefits: application of pressure techniques, non-invasive touch and an opportunity to visit.
The reflexologist can provide you with a relaxing experience, quality technique application as well as educate you in how to do it yourself.

What are the benefits of reflexology ?

Research has shown the specific techniques of reflexology to be effective and beneficial in many ways. A survey of 170 reflexology studies from 21 countries shows that reflexology is effective, impacting a variety of physical and psychological concerns. Reflexology:

  • Creates relaxation: From the moment the reflexologistÕs hands start their work, the relaxation begins as shown in research using EEG brain activity. All together, 24 studies demonstrate reflexologyÕs relaxation effects.

  • Reduces pain: Pain reduction following reflexology work is documented in 27 studies including research showing impact on individuals of all ages and health states

  • Ameliorates health concerns: Research shows that reflexology work helps indiviuals of all ages with some 78 health concerns ranging from aggressive behavior Êin children to urinary concerns of the elderly.

  • Improves blood flow: Separate studies show that reflexology work increases blood flow to the feet, brain, kidneys and intestines.

  • Aids post-operative recovery: Reflexology work aids recovery after surgery as shown by several studies, reducing pain and lessening the use of post operative analgesics.

  • Impact on physiological measures (e. g. blood pressure and cholesterol; measurements by ECG, EEG, and fMRI)

  • Enhances medical care: Reflexology helps where nothing else can for many: phantom limb pain sufferers, neuropathy patients, and hemodialysis patients to name a few.

  • Benefits mental health: Research demonstrates that reflexology can reduce depression (11 studies) and anxiety (9 studies).

  • Complements cancer care: Pain, nausea, vomiting, and/or anxiety eased for chemotherapy patients following reflexology work as shown by16 studies fom 7 countries.

  • Eases pregnancy, delivery and post-partum effects: Women who received reflexology experienced shorter labor times and used less analgesia. In addition, reflexology showed a positive impact on postpartum depression, anxiety, urination and bowel movements.


  • In general terms, the benefits of reflexology have to do with the reduction of stress. Because the feet and hands help set the tension level for the rest of the body, they are an easy way to interrupt the stress signal and reset homeostasis, the body's equilibrium.
    Reflexology is a complement to standard medical care. It should not be construed as medical advice. It should not be a replacement to medical help. Please use it wisely. We care about your safety.

    1/30/2011

    Reiki Healing Principles

    Everything that shapes us as a person from the environment we live in, our family, our work determines how we feel. It is so important that we feel good about ourselves in all aspects of our life. This ultimately helps us with our physical defenses in fighting disease and illness.







    1/19/2011

    Natural Healing

    Every person comes into this world to help others, weather they know or not they have this goodness inside them.
    Each day we have an opportunity to help others who come into our life.  We can choose to help by healing with our words, share some companionship , a smile or a laugh, display love,  prayer, the laying on of hands or healing touch, massages, herbs, flower essence, homeopathic or acupuncture theraphy. The most important is the open communication we share with one another to listen and know you live for something greater than yourself.