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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
deficiency is also linked to bone diseases like osteoporosis,
osteoarthritis and rickets.
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
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
Vitamin D supplementation
significantly reduces the risk of death from heart disease in renal
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Yet, both pathways lead to opportunistic
Could it be that in a quest to cure the
disease, we are missing vital pieces of the puzzle that lie right before
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.
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
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
The choice is ours … ridicule, vilify or
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
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
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
• 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.
• 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
• 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!
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
‘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:
• 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
Interestingly, this also improves the potential of antiviral and
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
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
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
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
In this light, it would seem that the ‘germs’ are simply notifying us of
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
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
• 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
• 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
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
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
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
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
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.
• Take 10 deep breaths every hour
• Build to 10 minutes of gentle bouncing on a mini trampoline
• Use a body brush to gently rub your whole body every day
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
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
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
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
The obvious question arises … won’t any liquid do the job?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
• 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.
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
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
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
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
• 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.
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
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
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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