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Keith McFarlane of HealSA & Light in SA, is writing a series of articles for the
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CITI HEALTH ARTICLES
Natural Ways to Turn a Breech Baby  |  Safe in the Sun  |  Spilling the Beets  |  Bitter Sweet Truth  |  Boost Your Energy Levels to Feel Good  |  Breathing is the Easiest Thing to Do - or is It?  |  Feeling Parched?
Have You Done Your Dishes Lately?  |  Are You Being Served?  |  Knowledge Helps Healing
Inside Track to Good Health  |  Stretching for Health

 

NATURAL WAYS TO TURN A BREECH BABY
- Article by Keith McFarlane for CITI HEALTH

Mobility

Walking is an excellent way to help baby turn and stay vertex. Walking creates movement in the pelvis, which helps baby to turn as the mother’s upright stance provides more room making it easier to turn effectively. Regardless of which technique is used to turn baby, Mom needs to get upright, and stay in upright, active positions for at least 30 minutes a day to encourage baby to stay head down.

Relaxation and Visualization

Relaxation is a very important component in allowing baby to turn. When you are upset or tensed up, so is your baby. Your baby can sense when something is wrong and will even turn to a breech position until you are ready, at which time the baby will often also turn to a vertex position. As mentioned above, it may be Mom’s fear of birth or an aspect of giving birth. Positive visualization combined with a relaxed mind and body can often be the first and only step needed.

Some visualizations that have worked are:

  • Imagine a helium balloon attached to the baby's foot, imagine the baby turning somersaults.
     
  • Combined with deep-water immersion and handstands in the water, Mom can visualize the baby doing a forward somersault.
     
  • Visualize baby not only un-engaging, but turning to the vertex, and re-engaging in a favourable position (be specific in your visualizations). The key to this is RELAXATION.
     
  • Visualize the baby turning while practicing deep relaxation. Imagine the baby doing a front dive heading for the mom's backbone and then "splashing down" into the pelvis.
     
  • Have dad tell the baby where to be and visualize this as he explains "talks" baby through the turn. It may be helpful to have a picture or pictures to help with knowing how and in what position is best.
  • Sound/Light Therapy

    An extension of visualizations is talking to your baby and sound therapy. In Childbirth Without Fear by Grantly Dick-Read, he "encourages the mother to talk to her baby, encouraging it to turn around...the baby may not understand the words, but the soothing tone of voice will ease any anxiety about shifting out of a disadvantageous position."

    An alternative is to "place earphones just above your pubic bone and play music for the baby. The theory is that babies can hear well and may move toward the music in order to hear better." Excerpt from Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn by Simkin, Whalley & Keppler. You can also put a radio or cassette/CD player in your pants, near your pubic bone or you can also try between your knees when you are on the ironing board (see slant board techniques below). Nice sounds such as soothing music, your recorded voice or whale sounds are the best. Talk to the baby about turning. Partner can even speak close to mom, low down on her belly, to encourage baby to move towards the sound.

    In contrast, place headphones on Mom’s abdomen in the fundal area and played "head banger" music. The baby went vertex very soon after. Presumably the baby didn't appreciate the music and turned to get away from it.

    A variation is to use a flashlight so the baby may move toward the light. You can start by shining the light at the top of your belly and then slowly moving it down to where you want the baby's head to be.

    Hot and Cold Therapy

    In colder climates it’s believed that heat around the pregnant belly can encourage baby to turn. This can be done with a hot water bottle or warm compress, or a tub full of warm water. This helps to relax the stomach muscles, allowing baby the extra room to move. This is an excellent start to other breech turning techniques as it relaxes the stomach muscles, which makes other techniques more effective (See also deep water immersion, below).

    Cold therapy is also beneficial. Using the "Frozen peas" trick, have mom place a bag of frozen peas on her fundus, which is where the back of the baby’s head is, and the baby will move away from the cold. This can be done in conjunction with a warm bath, positioning, light therapy and other techniques.

    Deep Water Immersion

    The most successful do it yourself technique for turning a breech foetus is headstand done while totally immersed in water, according to Susan Weed in Wise Woman’s Herbal for the Childbearing Year. It's important to find a pool that's warm enough that you are *really* relaxed. Ideally, finding a therapeutic pool that is kept at a temperature higher than a regular pool where people heat themselves up swimming laps would be best.

    Get into the pool and spend at least 15 minutes just paddling around and having fun. Now go to where you can stand with your head just above water, and then do 5 handstands in a row. Just plain swimming can also help the baby turn because of the stretching and crouching involved. This will help you to relax those abdominal muscles to give the baby more room to turn. This may have to be repeated several times before baby will turn. It's best if she can judge vertex from breech because then she'll know when to quit. She may also want someone there to help her into this position.

    Don’t forget the benefits of deep-water immersion on increasing your amniotic fluid, also helpful to the baby's turning. Being in deep water will squeeze the fluids in your tissues into your bloodstream and increase the volume of amniotic fluid.

    In contrast, if you are an avid swimmer and swim everyday, stop swimming and try alternate techniques.

    Aromatherapy

    When in the (breech tilt) position, use a little sweet almond oil to massage your belly over the area of your baby's back using a firm but gentle pressure. This would help relax the stomach muscles and encourage baby with the massaging strokes of your hand. Massage in the direction you want baby to turn.

    Homeopathy

    As with all diagnosis, it is preferable to consult with a professional to ensure the correct remedy and dosage for each situation. First, check for underlying concerns.

    Is fear causing tightness of the lower uterine segment and keeping the baby high? Ignatia Amara 30C, one tablet every two hours has proven effective for anxiety, depression from suppressed grief, anger or shock.

    If Mom has excess or not enough amniotic fluid, try homeopathic Natrum Muriaticum. Excess water may cause baby to float to a breech position. Mom can also eat lots of watermelon or cucumber with the seeds to reduce fluid, as they are natural diuretics. Too little fluid will also be problematic, as baby will not have enough buoyancy to turn. 

    Pulsatilla, a well known homeopathic remedy that is used for breech and other mal-presentations as well as prolonged labour. Pulsatilla acts on the muscular walls of the uterus and stimulates their growth. Start as soon as you find out about the breech presentation, but no longer than four weeks prior to your due date as baby will have ample room to turn on his or her own prior to that, and likely will. Take in whatever dosage you have available and lower dosages simply repeat more often each day. 

    Recommended doses:

  • Pulsatilla 1M, one tablet. Repeat one more day if baby doesn’t turn,
  • Pulsatilla 30C, one tablet every two hours for up to six doses (during the course of one day). Don't take it for more than one day, or
  • Pulsatilla 200C, once a day for three days, or
  • Pulsatilla 6X, one tablet under the tongue four times a day, up to 10 days.
  • Combine this with the breech tilt exercise at least twice a day for 10 minutes each time. Have Mom take one Pulsatilla tab before beginning the breech tilt.

    And finally, Bach Bougainvillea flower essence has been found to work really well for turning breeches. Although not technically a homeopathic remedy, I will include it in this category.

    Acupuncture and Acupressure

    Acupressure or acupuncture (preferably with a professional) using the Bladder 67 point has been proven to turn breech babies. The Bladder 67 point is on the outside of the little toe on both feet, right next to the nail. To apply acupressure, rub and push your fingernail into this point.

    Webster’s Technique

    The contemporary chiropractic technique used for turning breech or other adverse foetal presentation is called the "Webster In-Utero Constraint Turning Technique" or Webster’s technique after Dr. Larry Webster. Dr. Webster reports effecting successful version in 97% of breech presentations, documented successful versions by other chiropractors is 82%.

    The first step is to confirm presentation of baby and acquiring a maternal history of the pregnancy and other relevant factors is mandatory. When the baby is found to be in a breech presentation, the Mother is assessed clinically to determine, and correct, sacral alignment. The Mom then turns on her back and the baby’s location is determined in relation to her belly button. The trigger point for the rectus abdominus muscle is then found on the Mom’s left side and the chiropractors thumb is placed on this point. Pressure is exerted gradually and evenly straight down until the trigger point is found and pressure is maintained, but shifted slightly inward to isolate the broad ligament. As little as 3 to 6 ounces of pressure is often sufficient to induce relaxation of the trigger point. Pressure is maintained for a minimum of one to two minutes, more as necessary on evaluation of the trigger release, even up to 35 minutes. If little or no foetal movement is felt, some counter pressure with the opposite hand can be applied on the uterine wall opposite the side of the trigger point.

    Following the adjustment, Mom is again assessed for sacral alignment and in most cases the alignment is achieved. If not, another sacral adjustment is needed. Additional adjustments should not be performed on the same day as the Webster technique. As little as one procedure may work, but typically it can take from three to ten adjustments performed over a two to three week period. Thus it is important to initiate this technique as soon as possible and know that it is harder for the baby to move close to term.

    Pelvic Tilt and Slant-board Exercise

    This is probably the most well known alternative breech turning technique. The position of your baby will dictate which position works best. If baby has his/her back to your front, the slant-board exercise is most effective. If baby has his/her back to your back, the beanbag or pelvic tilt exercise will be most effective. The baby’s back and head are the heaviest parts and these techniques use gravity to push the baby’s head into the fundus, tuck it and then do a somersault into the vertex position.

    Do this exercise on an empty stomach and discontinue for light-headedness or shortness of breath. Realize that there will be some pressure exerted on the thorax (chest cavity) by the abdominal contents being pushed upward toward the mom's head. One question often asked about these techniques is, "wouldn't the heavier head keep the baby in that position?" These techniques do two very useful things.

  • 1. It helps to disengage the baby from the pelvis and
  • 2. When the baby's head comes up against the inside of the fundus, s/he is inclined to tuck his/her head and do a somersault into the vertex position.
  • Slant-board Exercise:

    Lie on your back with your hips raised high on pillows or lie on an ironing board slanted at a 45-degree angle against a sofa. For light-headedness you can us a small pillow under the right hip (if the "plank" is stable) to elevate some uterine pressure from the inferior vena cava (large vessel bringing blood back to the heart from the legs). This manoeuvre should not be tried if you have high blood pressure, heart problems or lung problems. Relax, breathe deeply, and avoid tenseness.

    An alternative is for Mom to also use pillows on a flat surface to raise hips 12-18" above shoulders.

    Beanbag Chair or Pelvic Tilt Exercise:

    Made an indention for your tummy and lie down on your front, again with your head lower than your hips. An alternative to this is to adopt an all fours position and slowly lower your chest to the floor (knee chest position), again so your hips are higher than your head. (This looks like the position recommended for prolapsed cord).

    If done 10 minutes twice a day for 2-3 weeks after the 30th week the pelvic tilt had an 88.7-96% success rate in 744 patients. It is recommended that the pelvis be raised 9-12 inches above the head and be done on an empty stomach.

    You need to do this several times a day for 10-15 minutes and you have to be persistent, as they do not usually turn on the first try. If the baby does turn, stand up slowly and take a long walk or do some squats to try to help the baby settle into the vertex position.

    In conclusion, there are many decisions to be made. The Mother and her partner can only determine which choice, or choices, are best, though it can be greatly influenced by her caregiver. I sincerely hope these decisions have been made easier though the information I have provided in this article, and I wish you and your baby a great birth experience!

     



    SAFE IN THE SUN
    - Article by Keith McFarlane for CITI HEALTH

    For many people, summer evokes a time of fun, relaxation and holiday. At the same time, all of us have heard the warnings: ‘Stay out of the sun, cover up and don’t go outdoors unless it’s absolutely necessary’.

    As we scramble for protection, it is now becoming evident that rather than being something to fear and avoid, the sun may actually be good for us!

    Over the past decade, many scientists studying cancer have come to the conclusion that sunlight exposure may actually decrease cancer rates and improve health, while the use of sunscreen chemicals may actually increase the incidence of cancer.

    Sensible Exposure

    Our bodies need sunlight in order to make vitamin D. Ultraviolet sunrays act on the oils in the skin to produce this ‘sunshine’ vitamin, which is then activated for use by the liver and kidneys. The amount of sunlight needed to produce vitamin D is determined by skin pigmentation. The darker your skin, the more sunlight you need; the lighter, or fairer your skin, the less sunlight you need.

    According to Dr. Michael Hollick, people with dark skin pigmentation may need 20 to 30 times more sun exposure than fair skinned people to generate the same amount of vitamin D. This may be one of the reasons why prostate cancer is epidemic amongst African men.

    Underrated nutrient

    Nutrition experts suggest that vitamin D is possibly one of the most underrated nutrients and warn that many people may be at risk of vitamin D deficiency.

    Vitamin D is essential for assimilating calcium and phosphorous and maintaining healthy bones and teeth. It also regulates cell growth, explaining its role in cancer prevention and may counteract calcification of the arteries, preventing heart disease, hypertension and strokes.

    Good food sources are oily fish, sunflower seeds, D-fortified dairy products, wheat germ and egg yolks; however, it is nearly impossible to get enough vitamin D from our diet alone. Sunlight exposure is the only reliable way to generate adequate amounts of vitamin D in the body.

    As the healing rays of natural sunlight cannot penetrate glass, it is advisable for office- or home-bound people to take a vitamin D supplement every second day.

    Deficiency

    People who are deficient in vitamin D often tend to have higher rates of breast, colon, ovary and prostate cancer, as well as a higher incidence of mood disorders, high blood pressure and impaired immune response. Vitamin D deficiency is also linked to bone diseases like osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and rickets.

    In addition:

  • Having kidney disease or liver damage can greatly impair the body’s ability to activate circulating vitamin D.
  • Vitamin D deficiency may exacerbate Type 2 diabetes and impair insulin production.
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD syndrome) is caused by a Melatonin imbalance initiated by lack of exposure to sunlight.
  • Schizophrenia is caused by vitamin D deficiency.
  • Chronic vitamin D deficiency is often misdiagnosed as fybromyalgia because its symptoms are so similar: muscle weakness, aches and pains.
  • Obesity impairs the body’s ability to use vitamin D, meaning that obese people need twice as much vitamin D.
  • Vitamin D is used around the world to treat Psoriasis.
  • Vitamin D supplementation significantly reduces the risk of death from heart disease in renal patients.
  • Essential Fatty Acids

    According to health pioneer, Dr. Johanna Budwig, the detrimental effects of the sun upon many people today is largely due to the lack of rich essential fatty acids, or Omega oils, in the diet and the abundance of toxic, altered fat substances.

    These essential fatty acids attract and store sun energy, making it available for life functions, according to need. When this reservoir is empty, we become irritable, tired and our limbs become heavy.

    As these essential oils become depleted, the skin becomes dry and prone to free radical damage. This is when burning occurs.

    Super oxidants greatly boost your body’s ability to handle sunlight without burning. Astaxanthin is one of the most powerful ‘internal sunscreens’, allowing you to stay out in the sun for twice as long without burning.

    By supplementing our diet with essential fatty acids and antioxidants, we can safely enjoy more sunshine benefits and reduce potential sunburn.

    The Sunscreen Debate

    Sunscreen lotions reduce the body's ability to absorb ultraviolet radiation, which is the mechanism through which the body produces vitamin D. A sunscreen with a weak SPF of 8 can reduce your ability to make vitamin D by more than 95%.

    In addition, most brands of sunscreen contain toxic chemicals. These harmful toxins can be absorbed by the skin and enter the bloodstream, where they can affect the function of the liver and other organs.

    Studies now reveal that chemical based sunscreens may actually generate large quantities of free radicals, which increase cellular damage and changes that can lead to cancer. On top of that, they often have strong estrogenic activity that can interfere with normal sexual development and behaviour. Being synthetic in nature, they are alien to the body and can accumulate in body fat stores.

    The chemicals to be wary of are the PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid) family, which include benzophenone, oxybenzone and dioxybenzone; as well as triethanolamine.

    Melanoma and the Ozone

    Studies have found that the incidence of skin cancers has increased even as sunscreens have become popular among fair-skinned people. One reason may be that wearing sunscreen makes people stay in the sun too long.

    Worldwide, the greatest rise in melanoma has been experienced in countries where chemical sunscreens have been heavily promoted. The rise in melanoma has been exceptionally high in Queensland, Australia where the use of sunscreens has been heavily promoted. Queensland now has more incidences of melanoma per capita than any other place on Earth.

    In response to the depleted ozone threat, Professor Johan Moan of the Norwegian Cancer Institute found that the yearly incidence of melanoma in Norway had increased by 350% for men and by 440% for women during the period 1957 to 1984. He also determined that there had been no change in the ozone layer over this period of time. He concluded his report in the British Journal of Cancer by stating that ozone depletion is not the cause of the increase in skin cancers.

    Sun Safety

    To enjoy the health benefits of the sun, spend up to 20 minutes every day in the gentle sunlight before 10am or after 3pm. Start slowly, with 5 to 10 minutes of exposure on your face, arms and legs.

    As your skin gradually becomes accustomed to sunlight it gains a protective pigment or tan. This can act as a natural filter to keep harmful UV radiation from penetrating further into the skin.

    When spending extended periods in the sun, always use some protection. Cover up, wear a hat and use a safe, natural sunscreen that contains powerful antioxidants to prevent free radical damage to your skin. Remember, UV rays can penetrate flimsy fabrics, so don’t rely on clothing for complete protection.

    Minimise sun exposure when the sun is at it’s hottest, usually between 10am and 3pm and always avoid getting burnt!

    Don’t ignore sun safety rules on overcast days – you can still get burnt.

    Always reapply sunscreen regularly and don’t keep them for too long as they lose efficiency with age.

    Change your diet if it is high in chemical additives, processed foods and refined carbohydrates. These alter the body’s chemistry, increasing susceptibility to sunburn.

    Sunburn may not show until 24 to 48 hours after sun exposure, so you may be sunburnt before you actually realise it. The signs of sunburn include weakness, redness, swelling and pain.

    To relieve sunburn, gently pat pure apple cider vinegar onto the affected area and leave it on to prevent blistering and peeling.

    Essential oils that can provide sunburn relief are lavender, chamomile, peppermint and aloe vera.

    For all over sunburns, add 1 cup of pure apple cider vinegar to a cool bath and enjoy a healing soak. After soaking, gently dry your body and pat pure apple cider vinegar to the needed areas. Wait 5 minutes and then apply aloe vera gel to soothe and rehydrate the skin.

    Natural Sunscreen

    A good sunscreen has two purposes; it helps to maintain the skin to maintain its natural oils, which can be lost through exposure to the sun’s radiation and it protects the skin from the damaging effects of overexposure to the sun’s UV rays.

    When buying a natural sunscreen, make sure that it contains coated zinc oxide. Most ‘natural’ barrier creams contain titanium dioxide, however this too may be a free radical threat.

    Avocado oil, sesame oil and shea butter contain moisturising properties as well as a low SPF sunscreen.

    To prevent sunburn and chapping, coat exposed skin with an equal mixture of pure apple cider vinegar and extra virgin olive oil.

    Other natural protectors include

  • Raw coconut oil
  • Horse chestnut seed extract
  • Aloe Vera to hydrate and balance the pH of the skin
  • To make your own sunscreen use:

  • 3 tbsp unrefined sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp unrefined avocado oil
  • 1 tbsp unrefined jojoba oil
  • 1 tbsp walnut or almond oil
  • 1 tbsp shea butter
  • 2 tbsp cocoa butter
  • Store this natural sunscreen in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 weeks. For maximum protection from the sun, apply the sunscreen to dry skin, 30 minute before exposure. Limit your sun exposure time to less than an hour, based upon your skin type.

    Skin Types
    There are four basic skin types, each with a different level of tolerance to sun exposure. People with light, fair skin and blond or reddish hair are Type I, and their natural protection time (amount of time skin can be exposed to the sun without burning) is 5-10 minutes. The natural protection time of people with skin Type II, who have a somewhat darker complexion, is up to 20 minutes. People with skin Types III and IV, those with much darker skin tones, can stay in the sun for 30-40 minutes. To determine how long a sunscreen will protect you, multiply your natural protection time by the SPF.

    In Conclusion

    Sensible exposure to the sun is the simplest, easiest and yet one of the most important strategies for improving your health. There is no drug, no surgical procedure and no high-tech procedure that comes even close to the astonishing healing power of natural sunlight.

     



    SPILLING THE BEETS

    - Article by Keith McFarlane for CITI HEALTH

    A little bit can often go a long way. In the case of information, not having all the facts can often be more damaging than the ignorance that preceded it.

    The current source of national and international amusement is the much-touted lemon, beet and garlic remedy. With the world facing the devastating effects of the HIV pandemic, to suggest a fruit, vegetable and herb remedy surely seems laughable; and yet thus far we are seemingly helpless in our plight to end this modern day plague.

    Are we grasping at straws, or is there method in all of this madness?

    Following medical opinion, the HIV virus targets the immune cells of the body and once inside these cells, reprograms them to produce more viral particles, which eventually overwhelm and kill the cell. As the immune system fails, the individual is overwhelmed by opportunistic infections, which eventually result in death.

    In response, current medical protocol is aimed at killing the virus, immunizing against possible infection and educating about prevention and the dangers of infection.

    In contrast, advocates of traditional healing suggest that continued suppression of the immune system through long-term drought, starvation and immunization as well as poor hygiene and compromised living conditions will most certainly leave an individual open to opportunistic infection. Once health is compromised, the inevitable downhill spiral will follow.

    Traditional protocol involves, rebuilding the immune system through a program of cleansing, hydration and nutrition as well as improving sanitation and living conditions.

    It is important to remember that no one dies of AIDS. It is the opportunistic infections that eventually claim life.

    Yet, both pathways lead to opportunistic infection.

    Could it be that in a quest to cure the disease, we are missing vital pieces of the puzzle that lie right before our eyes?

    Perhaps, rather than any one individual holding the answer, maybe we all have something to contribute to this vital life saving puzzle.

    After all, there can only be one winner and one loser ... the people who have the disease. The only thing at stake here is life, not money nor reputation!

    The Common Denominator

    Evidence is now emerging that individuals who are HIV positive, all share common key nutrient deficiencies. These include the vital amino acids Cysteine, Glutamine and Tryptophan as well as the mineral Selenium.

    These nutrients are all essential for cellular health. Indeed, current opinion suggests that Selenium deficiency is now a leading mortality indicator in full-blown AIDS.

    Whether it is a virus that is stealing these nutrients to reproduce itself, or simply the ravages of compromised living, surely it would make sense in any health program, to include protocols that replenish these key nutrients and boost immune functioning.

    What makes this even more interesting, is the emerging research that links the same key nutrient deficiencies to other viral conditions like Hepatitis, Ebola, Coxsackie’s virus and Herpes as well as an increased vulnerability to heart conditions, cancers, depression, psoriasis, diarrhea, muscle wasting and dementia.

    Taking Responsibility

    Health is a complicated issue. No individual or singular remedy can be asked or expected to solve the ills of the world. However, by improving our lifestyles and habits through appropriate breathing, hydration, nutrition, exercise and cleansing, we can all contribute to our own health and well-being.

    All we need is the right information.

    In light of this, what benefit do lemons, beets and garlic actually offer?

    The Humble Lemon

    Recognised for their pH balancing and cleansing properties, lemons help to neutralize acidity and break down the toxic environment that promotes microbial infection. With proven antiseptic and anti-growth factors, lemons are also a source of selenium and assist in cleansing the liver as well as stimulating digestion and elimination.

    The Blushing Beet

    Touted as the next big superfood, beets are known for their cleansing and restorative qualities. High in nutrients, beetroot improves digestion and strengthens and protects liver functioning. It also helps to reduce free radical oxidation and homocysteine buildup, which compromise immune function.

    The Stinky Rose

    Garlic is one of the most intensively studied herbs in natural medicine. A proven antiviral, antibacterial and anti parasitic agent, it also enhances the immune system, reduces congestion and prevents infection. Along with its powerful antioxidant properties, it also improves liver functioning.

    None of these humble foods can claim to cure HIV AIDS. They do however strengthen the immune system, which is all anyone with compromised immune functioning could ask for; and with a stronger system, we have a much greater chance of inhibiting viral activity.

    The choice is ours … ridicule, vilify or collaborate?

    Do we really need to deliberate?

    No heroes, just winners.



    THE BITTER SWEET TRUTH
    - Article by Keith McFarlane for CITI HEALTH

    Diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases in the world today.

    According to the Center for Disease Control, the incidence of diabetes leapt 50% in the last 10 years. Current world statistics suggest that 171 million have the condition and this figure is set to double by 2030.

    The single greatest problem with diabetes diagnosis is the failure to diagnose. Currently, only about half the people who have diabetes are actually diagnosed. This number however, does not include those who have weakened glucose tolerance. Most people over the age of forty may actually be pre-diabetic.

    What is diabetes?

    In order for our cells to function healthily, they must have oxygen and glucose. Most of the food that we eat is broken down into glucose, which passes into the bloodstream where it is used by the cells for growth and energy.

    Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas that controls the glucose levels in the blood and how much is absorbed by the cells.

    Diabetes occurs when the body is unable to produce or use insulin properly. As a result, glucose cannot enter the cells and remains in the bloodstream causing hyperglycaemia or excess sugar in the blood.

    ‘Insulin resistance’ occurs when insulin is overproduced to try and remove the excess glucose from the blood stream.

    If not managed properly, diabetes can have very damaging results, such as, retinopathy, blindness, cardiovascular disease, amputation of a foot or leg and kidney disease.

    How does it happen?

    Due to a sedentary indoor lifestyle, most people have poor breathing habits, resulting in low blood oxygen levels. To continue producing fuel for our everyday activities, the body will naturally demand more glucose. This usually comes from a diet high in concentrated, cooked, processed and refined foods.

    This automatically increases the amount of glucose in the bloodstream, raising insulin needs. If this carries on for too long, the pancreas will be unable to meet the constant insulin demands and cells will lose their ability to respond to insulin.

    Apart from producing insulin, the pancreas also releases digestive enzymes, which help to break down the food we eat. 75% of the enzymes needed to digest our food should come from food itself. This will only happen if the food is natural and raw. Cooking food destroys these vital food enzymes, once again increasing the workload of the pancreas.

    Another consequence of this compromised way of eating is dehydration. When the food leaves the stomach, the acids are neutralised by the pancreatic juices. Poor water drinking habits will also affect pancreatic functioning.

    Insulin resistance has traditionally been linked to the excessive consumption of refined carbohydrates found in sugary foods, but it is now known that sugar overload increases the rate of chromium excretion in the urine. Scientists now suggest that chromium deficiency rather than excess sugar may be the real underlying cause of insulin resistance.

    What to do?

    • The first priority is to reduce the body’s glucose needs by increasing blood oxygen levels. Take 5 deep breaths every hour and remember to breathe between every mouthful when eating. An oxygen supplement is highly recommended.

    • Perform some gentle aerobic exercise every day.

    • Take digestive enzymes with every cooked meal to reduce the pancreas workload.

    • Increase the amount of raw fruit and vegetables eaten in the day and reduce intake of concentrated processed, refined and artificial foods.

    • Take steps to lose excess body weight.

    • Drink 8 glasses of water every day. Always have a glass 20 minutes before a meal and 2 hours after a meal to ensure adequate digestive hydration.

    Special needs

    • Take 3 Brewer’s Yeast tablets with every meal for chromium supplementation.

    • Take a teaspoon of cinnamon in juice every day. Cinnamon rekindles the ability of fat cells to respond to insulin and greatly increases glucose removal from the bloodstream. Cinnamon also contains magnesium, which is known to be deficient in diabetes.

    • Another good source of available magnesium is Spirulina.

    • Drink a glass of green bean juice every day to help stabilize blood sugar levels.

    • As an alternative to refined sugar, use Stevia, Molasses or Jaggery.

    Always keep your doctor informed about any changes that you make, as you may reduce your need for insulin!



    STRETCHING FOR HEALTH
     - Article by Keith McFarlane for CITI HEALTH - 29th Aug 2006

    I love the saying ‘use it or lose it’. It is a wonderful reminder to constantly appreciate our amazing bodies. However, with our sedentary, stress filled lifestyles, this saying could quite well be: ‘abuse it and lose it’.

    All too often, the symptoms and conditions we develop are simply the result of misusing our bodies. Today’s theme seems to be ‘all or nothing at all’. Whatever happened to moderation being the key?

    Health is actually quite a simple matter. Use your body wisely and it will serve you well. Make sure that you are breathing, drinking enough water, eating healthily and of course, exercising.

    Exercise for most, is a dirty word. Yet upon closer inspection, it could simply mean physical activity. Our bodies are designed for motion; to be healthy, we need to keep moving.

    Children find it very difficult to sit still; the only way we can override the natural urge to move is to keep them mentally absorbed. However, telltale signs of frustration, irritability and attention disorder suggest all is not well.

    The imbalance between mental and physical activity grows as we get older. Looking at our lives, most activity is done while seated behind a computer screen, a desk, a television or a steering wheel.

    As a result, we simply lose the ability to move. How many people can actually touch their toes, without finding themselves locked in agonizing back seizure?

    In the spirit of ‘all or nothing at all’, many people are now contrasting their hours of inactivity by punishing their bodies with grueling and intensive workouts. This too, has a price to pay.

    Stretching for Health
    If you have a lifestyle that demands more thought and less movement, it is vital that you take time out, to move. The simplest way to do this is to stretch.
    Performed regularly, the benefits of stretching include:
    • Better breathing
    • Improved circulation
    • Increased flexibility
    • Better posture
    • Greater clarity of mind
    • Looking and feeling younger

    A routine of gentle stretching is an essential part of everyone’s day. However, if you have a sedentary lifestyle, it is advisable to do some gentle stretching every hour. This will ensure that you keep your body moving.
    When performing stretches, always start slowly and listen to your body. You may not realize how stiff you are. Remember, no matter what your age, it is never too late to increase your flexibility and with it, your quality of life. It just takes regular practice.

    Before stretching, warm your muscles by gently shaking your body. If you are seated, shake your arms at your sides and bounce your legs on the balls of your feet.

    The following stretches can be comfortably done while seated and will ensure you keep your whole body flexible.

    Neck Relaxer:
    This exercise helps to relax the neck. Drop your head slowly to the left, trying to touch your left ear to your left shoulder. Repeat on the right side. Slowly drop your chin to your chest, turn your head all the way to the left, and then turn all the way to the right.

    Shoulder Roll:
    This exercise will help relax your shoulder muscles.
    Slowly roll your shoulders backward five times in a circular motion. Next, roll your shoulders forwards.

    Back / Side Stretch:
    Interlace your fingers and lift your arms over your head, keeping the elbows straight. Press your arms as far up as you can. To stretch your sides, slowly lean to the left and then to the right.

    Middle / Upper Back Stretch:
    Hold your right arm with your left hand just above the elbow. Gently push your right elbow toward your left shoulder. Hold the stretch for 5 seconds and repeat with your left arm.

    Ankle Flex and Stretch:
    Lift one foot off the floor and with your leg straight, stretch it as far forward as you can. Then alternate pointing your toes up and down and finish by gently rotating your ankle. Repeat with the other leg.


    INSIDE TRACK TO GOOD HEALTH
     - Article by Keith McFarlane for CITI HEALTH - 25th Jul 2006

    In the great quest to find the underlying cause of disease, no stone has been left unturned. Yet with scientific understanding surpassing our imagination, we still seem no closer to remedying the ills of the world than the doctors of antiquity.

    What are we missing?

    According to an ancient pictogram, found on the tomb wall of an Egyptian physician, the answer may be a lot closer to home than we think. It simply states:

    ‘A quarter of what you eat feeds you, while the other three quarters feeds your doctor!’

    While good nutrition is now accepted as fundamental to health, the after effects of our eating habits are mostly ignored.

    Health pioneer, Dr Norman Walker, who lived well beyond his allotted three score and ten years wrote, ‘The very best of diets can be no better than the very worst, if the sewage system of the colon is clogged with a collection of waste and corruption’.

    In fact, all symptoms of degeneration and disease are an attempt by the body to cleanse itself of waste build-up and restore full energy flow.

    Most toxins accumulate as a result of poor dietary habits. It is no secret that the typical Western diet consists of over-processed, devitalised foods grown with chemical fertilizers and sprayed with a multitude of toxic chemicals.

    Another harmful aspect of the common diet is its high fat and low fibre content. Fibreless foods tend to be sticky and gooey when digested, adhering easily to the walls of the colon as they pass through.

    This causes a gradual build-up of toxic residue, as layer upon layer of waste matter accumulates. Eventually, between 5 and 40 pounds of faecal material can be found residing in this important canal.

    The four primary organs of elimination are the lungs, the skin, the kidneys and the colon. All deal with particular waste release and are vital for our health and vitality.

    If any one of these organs becomes congested, waste stagnates causing the other organs to compensate. This will compromise their own functioning, leading to toxification and eventual organ failure.

    While most people regard external bathing as an important part of their daily routine, few realise the value, let alone the absolute necessity, of internal bathing.

    Keeping our internal organs clean is a lifetime practice. It is an essential part of the healing process, when illness and disease strike; however, perhaps more importantly, it should also be a natural part of our daily health maintenance program. After all, we are constantly polluting our bodies, not only with our dietary choices, but also through the air we breathe and the water we drink.

    By regularly cleansing the body, and most specifically the major organs of elimination, many if not all diseases can be kept at bay.

    The following cleanses should be practiced at least twice a year, and most specifically when ill health occurs:

    • Colon
    • Parasite
    • Metal
    • Kidneys
    • Liver and Gallbladder

    It is important to consult a professional, before embarking upon any rigorous cleansing routine.
    However, simple daily cleansing protocols can be found in your local supermarket.

    In the East, a sluggish, congested colon is seen as the primary cause of all illness. Start your day with hi fibre bran and make sure you are drinking plenty of water. A tablespoon of molasses in warm water often provides relief from stubborn constipation.

    More than half the world population suffer from some form of parasitic infection. Native American Indians used pumpkin seeds to clear worms, while ancient Egyptians used fresh garlic. In Asia, ginger is always served with sushi, to negate the effects of worms that are sometimes found in raw fish.

    Metal poisoning can dramatically accelerate the disease process. In Japan, fresh coriander is used to clear mercury, aluminium and lead from the body.
    Interestingly, this also improves the potential of antiviral and antibacterial remedies.

    One of the most common medical problems today, is kidney malfunction. Short fasting with freshly pressed apple juice or eating watermelon helps to soften kidney stones so that they can be passed.

    One of the most common operations in the world is gallbladder surgery. To improve both liver and gallbladder function, blend half a lemon, a cup of freshly squeezed orange juice and a tablespoon of cold pressed olive oil and drink first thing in the morning.

    It is essential that you increase your water consumption when doing any cleansing, as this will assist in flushing the waste from your body.

    For more in depth information on the different cleanses, visit the Heal South Africa website at www.healsa.co.za.


    KNOWLEDGE HELPS HEALING

     - Article by Keith McFarlane for CITI HEALTH - 27th Jun 2006

    All too often, when confronted with a health challenge, our first thought is to look for a culprit - someone or something to hold accountable for our discomfort and misfortune.

    Whether it is a microorganism, the food we eat, the water we drink, relatives or neighbours, the government or even some secret conspiracy; most agree, we certainly wouldn’t willingly inflict ourselves with lives of pain and suffering.

    Countless trillions of rands continue to be spent, researching and defining the underlying cause of illness and disease; however, with all of this tireless effort, the list of casualties grows every day.

    Perhaps it is simply the nature of life … something to grin, bear and get on with.

    And yet I always find myself asking about the ones who slip through the net. Those blessed souls who always seem to have plenty of energy; who never get headaches, lower back pain, allergies or colds and flu; those who seem to escape the acute and chronic condition labels.

    What do they know that the rest don’t?

    Is it possible for more people to access this elixir of health and vitality?

    Fighting a Losing Battle
    The great pandemic that is currently afflicting millions of people, is immune deficiency; and while there are many recognized labels wearing this shoe, most if not all conditions could fit under this umbrella. Whether auto or infectious immune, the bottom line is … the body is helpless to protect and defend itself.

    Aware of the continuous, selfless efforts of health workers and caregivers around the world, I am always looking for ways to lighten the load.

    Is there more that we could be doing for ourselves, to maintain and perhaps stave off the seemingly inevitable? As always, understanding is a good place to start.

    Current health opinion is based on the work of Louis Pasteur and is known as ‘Germ Theory’. According to the medicine of curing disease, an external enemy invades us, threatening our health and causing illness to occur. In response, we employ all of our resources to kill the invader and protect ourselves from future attack.

    An alternative approach is known as the medicine of restoring health. Based upon the work of Antoine Bechamp and known as Cellular Theory, this line of thinking suggests that it is in fact the body itself that manufactures the different agents, which cause illness and disease to occur. Naturally friendly, these micro-inhabitants only become abnormal, when their cellular environment is disturbed. As a result, illness appears and it is only when their natural environment is re-established, that they return to a normal state and the illness automatically disappears.

    In this light, it would seem that the ‘germs’ are simply notifying us of internal imbalance.

    Lowering our Guard
    One of the most important parts of our immune system is the lymphatic system. Seen as the purification system of the body, it not only deals with unwanted guests, but also more importantly maintains environmental balance. Poor lymph functioning will always lead to energy loss, symptoms of illness and disease and ultimately, untimely death.

    It is therefore essential that we maintain optimal lymphatic functioning through correct, continuous breathing practices and appropriate regular exercise.

    Unfortunately, with our breath-taking, sedentary lifestyles, the lymphatic system is constantly stagnating and as our energy wanes, our immunity is further compromised though poor drinking and eating habits.

    Through the work of Dr F Batmanghelidj, it is now recognized that long term, chronic dehydration actually suppresses the immune system. In other words, not drinking enough water every day will gradually, weaken your immune system.

    Even more interestingly, according to health researcher Paul Koutchakoff, the body actually reacts to denatured, cooked food as though it were a threat. Known as ‘digestive leukocytosis’, the body mobilizes immune cells every time enzyme deficient food enters the stomach.

    Lending a Hand
    Whether it is ‘Germ’ or ‘Cellular’ Theory that wins the day, there is something that all of us can do right now, to build and maintain a healthy immune system.

    It involves a simple lifestyle change, learning how to look after our own bodies.
    • Make it a habit to become more aware of your breathing and take 10 deep breaths every hour.
    • Get a mini trampoline and begin perform gentle bouncing every day. Always start slowly and build to 10 minutes, twice a day.
    • Drink 8 glasses of pure water every day.
    • Eat 5 pieces of fresh fruit and vegetables every day and always start a cooked meal with some thing raw.
    • Take a break, laugh a bit more, and most importantly, enjoy the living of life.
     
    Perhaps the true art of healing lies not in curing disease, but rather in restoring a healthy balance in our lives. It’s certainly worth the effort!


    ARE YOU BEING SERVED?
     - Article by Keith McFarlane for CITI HEALTH - 30th May 2006

    For the first time in human history, the number of overweight people rivals the number of underweight people. What makes this finding even more tragic is both groups are suffering from the same underlying condition … malnutrition.

    As a result, both the hungry and the overweight share high levels of sickness and disability, shortened life expectancies and lower levels of production.

    Not getting enough food will most certainly lead to malnutrition; but how, you may ask, does this happen when you eat too much?

    Before leaping into the minefield of nutrition, an important question we need to ask is: ‘Why do we eat?’

    For any part of the body to function, it needs energy. The eyes need energy to see, the brain needs energy to think, muscles need energy to work and so on. In other words, first and foremost, we are hungry for energy.

    The cells of our bodies generate this energy - and to do so, they must to be fed. There are 50 essential nutrients that are necessary for health and well-being. These include light, oxygen, water, enzymes, minerals, vitamins, essential fatty acids, amino acids and glucose.

    Our most important nutrient is oxygen. Oxygen converts glucose within the cells to produce our energy needs. Unfortunately, this highly efficient method is compromised by poor breathing habits. When we don’t breathe properly, the cells resort to a less efficient means of energy production, one without oxygen.

    As a result, cellular health is compromised and our power wanes. To accommodate our constant energy demands, our cells naturally demand more glucose. If this is not quickly reversed, this demand for glucose can increase to a whopping eighteen times more than normal.

    This explains the staple food of most diets - carbohydrates. Unfortunately, not all carbohydrates are the same. The best sources of carbohydrates - fruits, vegetables, and whole grains - deliver not only glucose, but also essential vitamins and minerals, fibre, and a host of important phytonutrients.

    As our cellular demand for glucose increases, so we ‘naturally’ turn to simpler forms of sugar to satisfy this need. As more and more cooked, processed, refined and artificial food is consumed, so more and more waste is accumulated; thus preventing our cells from returning to the most efficient way of producing energy with oxygen.

    Ironically, the more we eat, the less satisfied we feel. As essential nutrients are used up and not replenished, our cells begin to starve. Eventually, all nutrient value is sacrificed in favour of sugar; after all, we are desperate for energy.
    The Enzyme Factor
    There are many essential factors that contribute to a healthy diet. Oxygen and water certainly rank highest on this list; however, perhaps the least understood and most crucial are enzymes.

    Enzymes are the keys to good nutrition, unlocking the vital ingredients from our foods so that we actually get what we eat. Without enzymes, our food cannot be adequately broken down and absorbed, and we simply stay hungry.

    Most of the enzymes that we need to break down our food come from the very food that we eat. The remainder, are produced by the pancreas in the body, ensuring optimum digestion and nutrient assimilation.

    However, and this is a big HOWEVER; food enzymes begin to be destroyed at 116 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s about 47 degrees Celsius!

    In other words ALL cooked, processed and refined food will to some degree be enzyme deficient. This places a huge demand upon the pancreas, which will eventually fail to produce the necessary enzymes, leading to malnutrition.

    As we desperately eat more, in an attempt to get more energy; so we place more workload on our bodies. One of the most energy consuming systems is the digestive system. This explains why we often feel ‘drained’ after eating a big meal.

    What to eat?
    • Firstly start practicing good breathing habits and consider a good oxygen supplement. This is a critical factor in all weight loss programs.
    • Drink a glass of water 20 minutes before every meal.
    • Count your calories. Are you using what you are eating?
    • Make sure a good portion of your food is enzyme rich, raw fruit and vegetables and always start a cooked meal with some raw food.
    • If you eat cooked food, use a good digestive enzyme supplement. This is possibly THE most important supplement you could use.
    • Eat to live, rather than living to eat. To prevent losing energy, eat smaller portions more often. Remember, it costs you more to use a trolley in the supermarket than it does to use a basket.
    • Finally, remember why you are eating … you want energy. If your food doesn’t fill you with vitality and health, ask yourself … ‘why am I eating this?’

    Bon appetit!


    HAVE YOU DONE YOUR DISHES LATELY?
    - Article by Keith McFarlane for CITI HEALTH - 25th Apr 2006

    As the leaves change colour and a chill fills the air, so we enter another season of colds and flu.

    I am often asked for a ‘quick fix’ for this seasonal discomfort. As with everything, there are many ways to do things. You could put your head down and simply grin and bear it, you could slog it out using the current remedy of choice, or you could find out what is actually happening and then with understanding, take appropriate action.

    Before embarking upon any given protocol, it is vital that you understand not only what you are dealing with, but also more importantly, how and why your chosen remedy actually works. In this way, you stand a much better chance of restoring your health quickly and easily, while at the same time reducing possible recurrence at a later date.

    Whether you are considering medication, gran’s ‘hot toddy’, dosing yourself with vitamin C or even an Epsom Salts bath; pause for a moment and consider this: all symptoms that the human body demonstrates are simply signs of accumulation and stagnation.

    Put another way, you have not done your dishes!

    Health and vitality rely upon efficient circulation. Most people are familiar with the blood circulatory system. Blood delivers vital nutrients to the cells of the body, ensuring optimum healthy functioning. I like to think of the blood as ‘delivering the groceries’.

    However that is only half of the story.

    All of us have enjoyed a good party; the one thing we don’t look forward to, is cleaning up afterwards.

    For every action, there must be an equal and opposite reaction. Every time blood delivers ‘groceries’, there are ‘dishes to do’. This is the essential role of the lymphatic circulatory system.

    Often seen as the purification system of the body, the lymph is the most important part of our immune system. Structured simplistically like a tree, the branches go up to the head, the roots go down to the feet and the trunk is found in the chest. The primary role of the lymph is not only to remove waste build up around the cells (the dirty dishes), but also to return essential proteins and fluids to the blood stream (the plates, pots and pans), so that they can once again be used. It is this constant movement that sustains life.

    Unlike the heart of the blood system, the lymph does not have a designated pump to maintain its essential flow. Instead it relies upon two very specific actions.

    This is where our understanding of seasonal bouts of colds and flu begins.

    Without optimal lymphatic circulation, waste and essential proteins accumulate around the cells, altering their natural functioning. As a result, our immune system is compromised and before long our bodies show sign and symptoms. The obvious ones are sluggishness, body aches, blocked nose and a sore throat. Sound familiar?

    Left unchecked, this waste becomes a breeding ground for any visiting ‘goggo’; and that is where the fun really begins.

    To ensure that this doesn’t happen, we need to understand how the lymphatic system works.

    Lymphatic vessels have little one-way valves that ensure the lymph fluid always flows towards the outlet point at the base of the throat. Through body movement and the contraction of our muscles, the lymph is literally squeezed towards its destination, much like a tube of toothpaste.

    This however is not enough to actually pump the fluid out of the lymphatic vessels and back into the blood stream.

    For this, there is no substitute for deep breathing. The action of taking a deep breath fills the lungs and compresses the large lymph ducts in the chest, releasing the lymph and maintaining circulation and life.
    Seasonal colds and flu happen when the lymph stagnates.

    This tends to occur when we slow down our body movements and breathe less deeply. This is often when it becomes colder and we spend more time indoors.

    Most people now have very sedentary lifestyles; either spending their day in front of a computer screen, a steering wheel or in front of a television. If this has just described your lifestyle, then you have to ask one question … are you breathing deeply?
    There are three simple, proven ways to get your lymph on the go.

    1. Breathe deeply, regularly
    2. Bounce gently on a mini trampoline (also known as a lymphasizer)
    3. Stroke your body with a light, fast action

    It is of utmost importance that you do this slowly and at a comfortable pace for you. Rather than doing too much at once, pace your activity throughout the day. This will ensure constant circulation, rather than releasing too much waste build up into your blood stream. Should you experience any discomfort, slow down, drink a glass of water and repeat another short session in an hour.

    Lymph Tips:
    • Take 10 deep breaths every hour
    • Build to 10 minutes of gentle bouncing on a mini trampoline every day
    • Use a body brush to gently rub your whole body every day


    FEELING PARCHED?
    - Article by Keith McFarlane for CITI HEALTH - 28th Mar 2006


    One of the great debates currently facing all health seekers is the body’s need for water.

    Do we actually need water and if so how much and how often?

    As a health practitioner, I have come to recognize the great need for understanding before embarking upon any given protocol. All too often, trends come and go without ever really making any difference in our lives.

    Our bodies are made up of about 70 % water. This water is found predominantly inside and around the cells and this gives rise to the notion that we have two oceans within us. It is essential that these oceans remain balanced; if they are not, we become dehydrated and poor health results.

    Life is a literally a chemical dance, with molecules passing from one partner to another making the substances that we need or breaking down the ones that we don’t. It is water that regulates this essential hydrolytic activity.

    Water also provides the vital means of transportation, ensuring optimum circulation of life giving nutrients and the removal of waste products. Every day, about 20 liters of fluid leaves the blood stream. While most of this fluid is reabsorbed by the blood, between 2 and 4 liters needs to be recirculated via the lymphatic system. As 90% of the blood is water, it is essential that this fluid is either returned or replaced. If it is not, it is life threatening. Optimal lymphatic circulation is therefore vital.

    The obvious question arises … won’t any liquid do the job?

    Unfortunately not!

    Any liquid that is not pure water is treated by the body as food. The digestive process can use between 6 and 10 liters of water, thus once again depleting the body.

    This brings up another dilemma. Many people are now drinking 2 liters of water daily and still not getting the health results that optimal hydration promises.

    Are we missing something?

    Cells are not little bags of water with lumpy bits floating around; they are living units, which actually generate electricity. Through the pioneering work of Dr Gilbert Ling, it is now known that the water within healthy cells is layered or structured. Put simply, healthy cells are like little jellies.

    It is this living, jelly-like state that turns our cells into little solid-state batteries. As ion rich water passes through the cell membrane, hydro-electricity is generated. This is how every part of the body ‘works’.

    Without good lymphatic circulation, fluid builds up around the cells and the living jelly state is altered. As a result, the cells become dehydrated, the vital oceanic balance is thrown and our cellular power wanes.

    In response, the body takes steps to ration available water by reducing cell functioning and restricting peripheral circulation.

    Symptoms of dehydration can include pain, tiredness, headaches, poor immune functioning, constipation, rapid aging, cramping and the list goes on.

    In his book ‘Your Body’s Many Cries for Water’, health pioneer Dr F. Batmanghelidj suggests, ‘we are not sick, we are simply thirsty’.

    This brings us to the question, will any water do?

    Second only to oxygen, water is our most precious resource. It is therefore vital that we drink the purest, cleanest, most structured water available.

    Following the studies of Japanese researcher Masaru Emoto, it is now recognized that the structure of water can vary greatly. When viewed under a microscope, pure clean water has a balanced and coherent structure, while that of polluted or denatured water is chaotic and fragmented. Taking it a step further, he found that intention could greatly affect the structure of water.
    The bottom line is, structured water is more easily absorbed at a cellular level than unstructured water. This is an essential point, if we are to rehydrate our cells and recharge our batteries.

    I highly recommend that all health seekers find out more about the incredible structuring power of Tri-Vortex Technology (www.trivortex.co.za).

    Finally, how much water should we drink and when?

    The optimum rule is 30ml for every kilogram of body weight. This usually
    accounts for 8 to 12 glasses of water per day. Remember, for every glass of alcohol, soft drink, tea or coffee, you need another glass of water.

    The optimum times to drink water are:

    • 2 glasses, first thing in the morning to replenish water lost during sleep and morning urination
    • 1 glass 30 minutes before a meal, to provide for the digestive process
    • 1 glass 2 hours after a meal, to replenish water lost and to flush undigested food out of the digestive tract
    • Any time that you are physically, emotionally or mentally stressed.
     
    WATER TIP #3

    Attitude greatly affects the structure of water. As most of the body is made up of water, it is essential that we maintain a positive attitude of love and gratitude if we are to restore and maintain good health.

    • Mums to be need more water; if they are to help their babies build strong, healthy bodies. Morning sickness is a sure sign of dehydration.

    • Running low in the afternoon? Drink a glass of water to boost your energy reserves.

    • To ensure good cellular hydration, make sure that your lymph is flowing.

    Cheers, here’s to you in good health!


    BREATHING IS THE EASIEST THING TO DO - OR IS IT?
    - Article by Keith McFarlane for
     CITI HEALTH - 28th Feb 2006

    I am often asked for a quick fix remedy for the ills of the world and my immediate response is … breathe.

    It is surprising how many people take breathing for granted. Most believe that they are breathing, when if fact, very few people actually breathe properly.

    Perhaps the reason for this is, very few people actually understand why we breathe. Breathing is fundamental to life. We absorb 68% of our energy from the air that we breathe (more than we do from the food we eat). It is through our breath that we draw oxygen - which is the most vital substance for life and through our breath that we maintain good circulation.

    In today’s fast paced, breath-taking world, these three factors are all too often compromised; with most people spending 80 to 90% of their lives ‘indoors’, riveted to a screen or a steering wheel.

    As we mentioned in last months article, the cells of our body are like little batteries. The question is, ‘how do they generate electricity’?

    Quite simply, every cell has two specific nutritional needs, oxygen and glucose. Oxygen converts glucose into a vital cell fuel known as ATP, which literally turns the cells into little batteries. As long as the cells produce ATP, we have power.

    Energy loss is a sign that we are not producing enough ATP fuel, which means that we are not getting enough oxygen.

    It is now widely accepted by the medical world, that the underlying cause of all chronic suffering and disease is a lack of oxygen at a cell level.

    Health statistics are proving that we need more oxygen.

    However, not all air is the same!

    The quality of air that we breathe depends largely upon the concentration of electrical particles, known as ions. In Nature, there is a balance of positive and negative ions in the air and this contributes towards the perception of ‘clean fresh air’. In the body, negative ions increase our ability to absorb oxygen.

    Due to pollution and the use of electrical devices, large quantities of positive ions are created in our environment, upsetting this electrical balance and producing heavy, poor quality breathing air. Add to this an indoor, sedentary lifestyle and the fact that there just isn’t as much oxygen about anymore and it becomes vital that we learn how to breathe.

    If like most, you have developed the habit of shallow, erratic breathing, it is time to exercise those tired, unused lung muscles. To re-build you breathing strength, practice the following exercise 10 to 15 times daily. Breathe in for a count of 4, hold your breath for a count of 4, breathe out for a count of 4 and once again hold for a count of 4. Adjust the count according to your own capabilities and comfort and never overdo it.

    Your next step is to become aware of your breathing. Are you breathing right now? Check yourself regularly, by taking a slow, deep, relaxing breath. This will boost your blood oxygen levels an amazing 10 times. It is also one of the simplest and most effective ways to lower your blood pressure, enhance your mood and deal with stress.

    The most natural way to breathe is known as conscious connected breathing. Try the following daily and you will be amazed at how good it makes you feel.
    Connect your inbreath with your outbreath and take 4 short, even breaths. Now take a slow, deep, relaxing breath and sigh your troubles away as you naturally breathe out. Repeat this 3 more times to complete 20 connected breaths.

    The more you breathe, the better you will feel and the better you feel, the more you will be able to breathe.

    Remember, breathing is not an exercise; it is a way of life … oxygen is life. It may be a hoary old chestnut, but if you’re getting tired of hearing about breathing, pay attention … your batteries are running down … you need to breathe.
     
    BREATHING TIP #2
    Chlorophyll, the green pigment in plants is almost identical to haemoglobin, the protein in blood responsible for carrying oxygen to your cells. Eat more greens for healthier, oxygen carrying blood.

    The lymphatic system, the most important part of the immune system, relies upon deep breathing for efficient functioning.

    • If you are not getting enough oxygen, your cells will naturally demand more glucose (carbohydrates and sugars) to produce energy. The first part of any weight management program is deep breathing.

    • To improve the quality of air that you breathe, get some green plants, take time out from your electrical world and get outdoors more often


     BOOST YOUR ENERGY LEVELS TO FEEL GOOD!
     -
    Article by Keith McFarlane for CITI HEALTH - 31st Jan 2006

    When last did you feel so energized that you bounded through your day, exhilarated with enthusiasm and vitality – without the use of any artificial stimulants? If you were 100% healthy, you’d feel this way most of the time. But what is 100% healthy?

    When asked to define this seemingly elusive state, most of us feel that healthy is when we haven’t been diagnosed with any acute or chronic illness. We also feel that we’re healthy even if we suffer from headaches, lower back pain, colds & flu, allergies – and all forms of common symptoms.

    But if asked to choose ONE single thing that could improve our health - most of us would choose “more energy”. Energy is the life force that drives us, and the benchmark for what is “too much – and too little” varies greatly, but we all know that when we have enough of it – we feel great. Life’s mountainous challenges become do-able and we feel capable of tackling just about anything. Without energy, we drudge through life, managing only to just get through the basic requirements of each day – never reaching beyond the barest minimum.

    What if you were told that boosting your energy levels was easier than you think?
    It is now scientifically accepted that our bodies are in fact electrical. It creates energy for our eyes to see, our brains to think and our muscles and entire bodies to work.

    We have an amazing and complicated network of interacting systems, which in turn are made up of organs, glands, fluids, muscles and bones. However at the very core, we are made up of cells, 100 trillion in fact.

    The science journal, “Scientific American” first revealed in October 1962, that the very life process that occurs within our cells generates electricity. In other words, our 100 trillion cells are like little batteries generating energy. If any part of our body is not performing well, then it quite simply means that our batteries are running down.

    Many factors contribute to this, with the main and mostly ignored factors being; insufficient oxygen, dehydration, incorrect diet, stress and a sluggish lymphatic system. We’ve all grown so used to hearing the weary old chestnuts; breathe properly, drink lots of water, relax, eat healthily and get some exercise – that we don’t hear them anymore, and reluctantly accept that feeling tired, devitalised and getting sick have to be accepted because it’s just part of our lot.
    If you’re flagging in the afternoon and don’t have enough energy to get up off the couch in the evening, or even if you’ve been diagnosed with a chronic or acute condition – one of the above factors are most likely to be a main contributing cause.

    In my capacity as a trainer of Natural Health Support Services – I’ve witnessed cases where an existence of 99% exhaustion – was rehydrated to 100% energised vitality, simply by drinking 8 glasses of water a day. I’ve watched grey, devitalised beings come alive and flourish because they’d adopted correct breathing habits. Hundreds and thousands of people across the globe have discovered the healing and energising effects of gently bouncing on a mini trampoline – where the interaction with gravity can move your lymph up to 20 times faster.

    Claiming cures for disease today is illegal unless you have a medical degree – and repeating old chestnuts may not appeal to anyone’s search for the ultimate
    “health” miracle, but until you’ve tried and tested breathing deeply, drinking enough water, relaxing and moving your lymph – you’ll never know the exhilarating feeling of bounding through life with enthusiasm and vitality – on fully charged batteries.
     
    HEALTH TIP #1
    Chetana Point – known as the “Current of Life”

    This technique is believed to maintain youthfulness and vitality

    WHERE?
    The control point of this “current of life force” is a 2cm circle on the inside of your right forearm at the midpoint between your wrist and elbow.

    HOW?
    Using the thumb on your left hand – apply intermittent pressure (pumping with the thumb) on the point as described above. Do this for 2 minutes each day.

    WHY?
    Using this ancient Indian technique is believed to control the excessive discharge of your life energy force.

     
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