- Article by Keith McFarlane
for CITI HEALTH - 29th Apr 2008
One of the first things I am asked, when
consulting companies on health and well being, is how to boost profit
Obviously, poor health equates to poor
performance, but short of absenteeism, how would you monitor health on a
day to day basis? Most people get up, go to work and put in their hours.
Unfortunately, attendance is often the prime criteria when monitoring an
individual’s contribution to the health and wellbeing of a company. Lack
of focus, poor creativity, weak interpersonal relations; not to mention,
headaches, aches and pains and more complicated conditions rarely surface,
or if they do they are usually sedated with tea, coffee, donuts, pain
killers or prescription medication.
So how do we gauge our performance?
you are talking profits or human potential, the bottom line is - you are
talking energy. The more you have at your disposal, the more potential you
have for success.
In a recent study, it was discovered that the
average employee is at best only able to offer 75% of their personal
capacity. In the words of Mr. Scott in Star Trek, ‘we just don’t have any
I am always intrigued at the synchronicity of
life. When the nation’s power supplies began dwindling, cries of miss
management, poor maintenance and corruption reached a crescendo. Now we
either ‘make a plan’, or accept the scheduled load shedding.
In much the same way, most people simply accept
their poor energy levels, yet few would admit miss management or poor
maintenance. It is just a sign of the stressful times that we live in; but
perhaps the real truth is, few of us know how our bodies actually work.
supplements, we sweat it out in gyms 3 times a week and we drink water. We
may even add a salad to our meals, hoping that the mix will provide an
elixir that will boost our health and vitality. Yet we still experience
personal load shedding.
The most obvious example of this is after lunch,
when fullness saps our energy, leaving us lethargic and unable to think.
The reason is simple – the digestive demands of the body take priority
over muscular and cognitive needs. If energy levels are already weakened,
we literally shut down. Some even refer to the afternoon as ‘the graveyard
shift’. In business terms – money down the drain.
a company, an individual’s health and wellbeing relies on the input of the
75 trillion cells that make up their body. What most people don’t know, is
each and every one of these cells is a little energy generator. For your
eyes to see, your brain to think, your muscles to work or any other part
of your body to function optimally, your cells must provide the necessary
This process relies on one simple thing -
circulation. Every cell must receive its quota of nutrients and it must be
cleared of all waste build-up. As long as this happens, you will have
While the actual mechanism is complicated, it
boils down to breathing and movement. Unfortunately, most of us of spend
our days in front of a computer, a steering wheel, a telephone or a
television. This has dire consequences for our energy levels.
Firstly, we are not moving. This reduces both the
delivery of nutrients to and the removal of waste from the cells.
Secondly, most of the time we are so engrossed that our breathing is
shallow and erratic. This deprives us of our most needed nutrient –
We can survive months without food, days without
water, but only minutes without oxygen - oxygen creates energy. Add to
this the enclosed spaces that we spend much of our day in, which are void
of free flowing fresh air and green plant life and it is a wonder that we
make it to lunch time.
The bottom line is anything that diminishes
cellular oxygen, will deplete our energy. Anything that increases it will
boost energy. Whether you are at home or work, it is essential that you
take regular breaks to recharge your batteries.
To see a
rapid change in the quality of your daily energy, you need to:
Take 3 to 5 deep breaths every hour, preferably in
fresh, flowing air.
Move your body hourly, to increase circulation of
oxygen and removal of waste. The most effective way is to use what I refer
to as a personal generator – a mini trampoline. Two minutes of gentle
bouncing with deep breathing, not only improves circulation, but also
relaxes the body and mind and can quite literally buy back your last hour
Follow your bounce with a half a glass of water to
Add green powder (made from nutrient rich grasses
and sea-vegetables) to your water, to neutralize waste build up and
provide optimum nutrients.
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A lot has changed in the last 50 years. We’ve been
to space and to the bottom of the ocean; more people have access to
healthcare and education and with cell phones, media and the internet, the
world has become an intimate global village.
However, with all of our technological
advancement, we’ve also created problems such as soil depletion,
deforestation, global warming and pollution. Fast food has replaced home
cooked meals, bottled water clean drinking water, and family has become a
With statistics indicating one out of every three
people are likely to get some form of cancer, there is no doubt that it is
more prevalent than 50 years ago. Some studies have even suggested that
cancer has surpassed heart disease as the leading cause of death.
to research, cancer occurs when the cells of the body become oxygen
deprived, causing a mutation of the cellular genes and abnormal growth
This may be due to a combination of toxic waste
build up around the cells, poor breathing habits and depleted atmospheric
oxygen levels. It is well recognized, that all of us are continually
forming cells that are potentially cancerous; with 75 trillion cells in
the body, the average person has about 1100 mutant cells daily.
Fortunately our immune system has the ability to seek out and destroy
these abnormal cells before they can become harmful to us.
At the same time, it is the role of the lymphatic
system, a prime part of the immune system, to maintain a favourable
environment for optimum cell oxygenation.
It would seem therefore, that cancer is a symptom
of an inefficient immune system. In his book ‘The Cancer Answer’, Prof
Albert Carter suggests that our only real defense against cancer is a
healthy immune system.
most important factor influencing the efficiency of our lymphatic and
immune system is lifestyle; how we interact with one another, breathe,
drink, eat, rest and exercise.
Poor breathing habits and a sedentary lifestyle
are the leading causes of poor lymphatic circulation. In addition, many
elements of the environment we live in today compromise the defense
ability of our immune system. Immune suppressors can be of the physical or
emotional type. Physical immune suppressors are any chemical material,
which is foreign to the body and not needed for a specific function. They
include air and water pollutants, chemical additives to food and in
household cleaners, pesticides, toxins, the overuse of antibiotics and
other drugs as well as refined sugar. Emotional immune suppressors include
harboring negative emotions such as fear, hate, anger, grief, anxiety,
depression, resentment, frustration, feelings of guilt, hopelessness and
helplessness. Debilitating stress, which overloads the nervous system,
also weakens our immunity.
Strengthening the Immune System
is partly inherited and partly shaped by lifestyle, but we can take steps
to improve its ability to function optimally.
We’ve heard the advice so many times before that
it can seem to simple and easy to be effective. But the reality is – if we
eliminate as many immune suppressors as we can, and increase immune
enhancers – we can have a tangible impact on restoring the normal healing
mechanism of the body;
Choose a diet as high in organically grown grains,
fruits and vegetables as possible, particularly green leafy vegetable.
It seems that wherever you go these days, sex is
on our minds. From movies and music to magazines and the internet; it’s in
the work place, the schools, the shopping malls and sometimes even in the
Like beauty and the beast, sex can be the ultimate
pleasure and the cause of all our suffering. Whether you love it or hate
it, one thing is for sure, it is an integral part of our lives and to put
it simply - without it, we wouldn’t be here.
But what is it about sex that intrigues us so
food, drink and sleep, touch is one of our most basic needs. Of all the
urges that drive us, it is the passion to be held that makes itself first
known. From the moment of our conception, we experience an intimacy that
goes beyond words, an all encompassing communion of mind, body and spirit.
Once we enter the world, we hunger for it, even more than for food and
Doctors recognize that touch is essential for
infant growth and development. When lovingly touched, premature infants
show increased development, not only by gaining weight faster, but also in
mental and motor skills. Studies show that they also sleep better and are
generally more relaxed.
technology advances, human interaction is fast becoming a rare experience.
As we float deeper into the virtual world of cyberspace, we are at grave
risk of losing our most needed contact with one another. It is not
uncommon for our most intimate exchanges to take place on line or via a
cell phone. What is even more tragic is that many people are more
intimately involved with their ‘soap’ characters than their own family.
When our needs aren’t met we experience a vast
range of emotions from worry, fear, anger and sadness to a deep sense of
abandonment, poor self worth and a loss of trust and this pushes us even
further apart. It is not uncommon for us to become confused, pessimistic
and even hostile and as a result, possibly prompted by multimedia
attention, our need for intimacy turns to its most powerful form – sexual
The reality of this is no more frighteningly
evident than the headlines that read: “Six Year Old Boys Caught Having Sex
at Day Camp”.
Education and Responsibility
consequences of underage and unprotected sex are irrefutable; with teen
pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, cancer and of course AIDS of
prime concern. Yet, as the cries for abstinence and condoms reach a
crescendo shouldn’t we ask: ‘are we simply treating the symptoms and not
Casual and illicit sex can offer no more than a
fleeting moment of reprieve; a hollow victory that leaves us empty and
feeling betrayed, simply because our most basic needs have not been met.
On the other hand, just as good nutrition,
adequate hydration and rest can improve our health; so too can a
fulfilling, loving and committed intimate relationship. It is all about
being nurtured, it begins at birth and continues throughout life.
All we need is the right understanding, a sense of
responsibility and a willingness to keep in touch.
As the first month of 2008 draws to a close, many
people will have already forgotten their well intended New Years
According to polls, health and fitness rank
highest when it comes to resolutions, with weight loss consistently
claiming the number one spot. Unfortunately, research shows that 90% of
these resolutions will be history by the 15th January, with only a brave
5% making it through the year!
greatest hurdle all resolutions face is that they ask for change and this
usually involves discomfort. We are all driven by two prime motivations –
to avoid pain and to find pleasure, however, when faced with the choice,
avoiding pain wins every time.
In other words, even though the idea of being
slim, fit and healthy may seem appealing, the thought of ‘sweating it out
on a treadmill’ and ‘starving yourself with rabbit food’, quickly
overshadows any prospect of pleasure.
If you want to succeed, you must find a way to
turn your pain into pleasure.
of us dream of a magic pill, potion or device that will instantly melt the
fat away, everyone knows that when it comes to losing weight, there is
only one way to do it - you must exercise more and eat less. No matter
what the advertisers say, there is simply no getting away from. There is
however a way to reduce the pain and make it more pleasurable.
your mind up
step is to be clear about your objective. ‘I want to lose weight’ will
simply not cut it. You must be more specific - How much weight, how many
centimeters, which clothes do you want to fit into and how do you want to
feel once you have lost the weight?
To succeed, you must have a clear picture in your
mind of what the ‘new you’ will look and feel like and you must remain
focused upon your goal.
remember, as a small child, having to think about exercise? Did your
parents or teachers have to beg you to go outside and play? The answer is
Play was exercise for the pure enjoyment of
whatever activity you chose. Cardiovascular and muscular benefits were
just side effects that never crossed your mind.
Today, other priorities like schoolwork, jobs,
relationships and bill paying have increased stress levels while reducing
our free time. Exercise is now work and no longer the fun it used to be.
Fortunately there is a way to reclaim the fun of
youthful play, while still gaining the maximum benefits of exercise.
NASA as the most efficient form of exercise yet devised by man; bouncing
on a mini trampoline or rebounder can be likened to ‘cellular aerobics’.
By harnessing the forces of gravity, rebounding reduces body fat,
strengthening and firming your legs, thighs, abdomen, arms and hips all
while providing an aerobic effect for your heart. It also increases
agility, improves your sense of balance and can rejuvenate your body when
it is tired.
Studies show that 2 minutes of effective
rebounding can have the same whole body effect as 6 minutes of running, 10
minutes of swimming and 22 minutes of walking; making it 3 times more
effective than regular exercise. At the same time, it can boost lymphatic
circulation by up to 20 times, reducing recovery time and strengthening
your immune system.
It has been found to be 68% more effective than a
treadmill and can be used by all ages and all levels of fitness. It is
important to use a good quality rebounder, as this can reduce joint impact
by up to 87%, making it safer and much more enjoyable to use.
to long term weight loss success is eating more wholesome foods, like
fruits, fibrous vegetables and lean, healthy proteins. All processed,
refined and artificial products are out.
Eating 5 or 6 small, balanced meals a day,
maintains healthy blood sugar levels, sustains a healthy calorie burning
metabolism and ensures that you don’t get hungry. Planning your meals and
choosing a good variety of foods also makes eating much more fun.
At the end of the day, you must draw up a plan
that will become a way of life for you, rather than simply a New Year’s
For more details on rebounding visit
- Article by
Keith McFarlane for
CITI HEALTH - 11th Dec 2007
Mother Theresa was quoted as
saying ‘I will never attend an anti-war rally; however, if you have a
peace rally, invite me.’
As the world
attention focuses on the war on AIDS, I can’t help wondering whether her
words have any relevance in this matter. It is now well recognised, that
the more you focus on something, whether good or bad, the more real it
becomes. This was recently brought to the world’s attention in the film
‘The Secret’, which reveals the Law of Attraction … what you think about
most, you bring about.
So much attention is focused on fighting AIDS, not
only the virus and the many related symptoms, but also the conflicting
opinions relating to the cause and remedy of the condition. From
vaccinations, drugs and poverty to beetroot, multivitamins and garlic, the
war rages on as the infection rate rises.
thing all HIV patients share is a compromised immune system. By focusing
our attention and efforts on rebuilding immune functioning, we would
certainly provide a better defense against the threat of opportunistic
In addition, education would empower many
patients, by instilling a sense of self-responsibility in personal health
breathing habits as well as appropriate exercise are essential for optimum
oxygenation and lymphatic circulation; two of the most important factors
concerning health. Without them immune function will most certainly be
Optimum hydration ensures good circulation and
internal energy production. Cellular dehydration can lead to immune
suppression and a host of symptomatic complaints. In addition, impure
water (including chlorination and fluoridation) will contribute to immune
Healthy nutrition provides the key macro and
micronutrients that contribute to health and vitality. Malnourishment,
through inadequate food choices (including processed, refined and
artificial foods) drains immune functioning and leads to increased acidity
and toxification, which further depletes the system. It is recognised that
all HIV patients suffer from specific nutrient deficiencies, which include
certain amino acids and minerals.
Internal organ cleanliness is essential for health
and optimum immune functioning. As acidity levels rise, major organ
functioning is affected, most notable the colon and the liver. As internal
toxicity rises, so too does microbial infection. Parasites, bacteria,
mould, fungi and yeast not only deplete the body of vital nutrients, but
also excrete toxins, which add to immune overload.
Finally, it has been shown through research
performed by the Institute of HeartMath that strong emotions noticeably
affect immune functioning. Feelings of love, gratitude and appreciation
greatly enhance natural immunity, while stress causes the release of
particular hormones that can stop the immune system from functioning
Optimizing Immune Function
regular deep breathing and maintain good lymphatic flow through
appropriate activity (most notably rebounding).
Drink 8 glasses of pure water everyday
Eat plenty of fresh, raw fruit and vegetables as
well as seeds and nuts to nourish and alkalize the blood. Avoid all
processed, refined and artificial foods as well as foods with added salt,
sugar and hydrolyzed fats. Key supplements include Selenium, Glutamine,
Cysteine and Tryptophan as well as Essential Fatty Acids.
Maintain internal health through liver and colon
cleansing and take steps to remove parasites and heavy metals.
There is growing evidence that how people cope
with their condition, greatly influences how rapidly it spreads. Surround
yourself with positive support and take steps to lift your spirits and
In all matters of health, a shift of focus may
well be the best medicine to take.
THE 'D' FACTOR
- Article by
Keith McFarlane for
CITI HEALTH - 27th Nov 2007
Contrary to popular belief, a growing body of
evidence is now revealing that exposing your skin to the sun may stop
certain cancers from growing, including skin cancer.
In recent studies, researchers have found that an
increased production of vitamin D made by sun-exposed skin, actually
reduces the risk of cancer. It was also found that 60% of patients who
took a vitamin D supplement also showed a reduced cancer risk.
These studies may force conventional medicine to
re-evaluate its vitamin D recommendations. It is now believed that a
deficiency in this vital nutrient may contribute to numerous other
diseases in addition to cancer. One researcher pointed out, "We don't
really know what the status of chronic disease is, until we normalize
vitamin D status."
examining cancer mortality from a range of cancers of the reproductive and
digestive systems, researchers in the US found a close inverse correlation
between cancer mortality and levels of ultraviolet B light. Deaths in
geographical regions with little sunlight were twice as high than those
further south; despite a diet that varies little between regions.
While the study focused on white Americans, the
same geographical trend showed for black Americans, whose overall cancer
rates are significantly higher. Darker skinned people require more
sunlight to synthesize vitamin D.
In another study of eating patterns across the US,
Asia and Europe, an association between breast cancer and sunlight
exposure has been confirmed. The link between latitude and breast cancer
suggests that higher UV-B exposure spurs the production of vitamin D in
the body, which may provide greater protection against the disease.
There are 13 malignancies that show this inverse
correlation, mostly reproductive and digestive cancers. The strongest
inverse correlation is with breast, colon, and ovarian cancer. Other
cancers apparently affected by sunlight include tumours of the bladder,
uterus, oesophagus, rectum, and stomach.
In a recently published exploratory study, it was
revealed that mortality from multiple sclerosis (MS) was also reduced by
exposure to sunlight. Depending on the degree of sunlight exposure, the
risk of death from MS was reduced by up to 76%.
Obtaining Vitamin D
way to get your daily dose of vitamin D is through appropriate sun
exposure. Spend up to 20 minutes every day in the gentle sunlight before
10am or after 3pm. Always start slowly, with 5 to 10 minutes of exposure
on your face, arms and legs. 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.
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
Minimise sun exposure when the sun is at it’s
hottest, usually between 10am and 3pm and always avoid getting burnt!
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.
For those who spend most of their days indoors
however, taking a high-quality cod liver oil is a reasonable alternative.
Always choose a high quality, reputable brand that has been purified of
mercury and other toxins. In addition, it is a good idea to take some
extra vitamin E.
When supplementing with vitamin D, it is a good
idea to get your blood level checked. If you use cod liver oil without
doing blood tests for vitamin D levels, you should keep the dose at one to
two teaspoons per day to prevent overdosing.
Maintaining appropriate levels of Vitamin D may be
one of the most important things that you can do to prevent and treat not
only skin but all cancers.
Malaria is one of the world’s deadliest diseases
and one of the leading causes of sickness and death in the developing
world. According to the World Health Organisation, 300 to 500 million
cases are recorded every year, resulting in 1.5 to 2.7 million deaths.
It is responsible for as many as half the deaths
of African children under the age of five, killing more than one million
children - 2,800 per day - each year in Africa alone. 80 to 90% of malaria
deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa, where 90% of the infected people live.
According to studies, the direct and indirect
costs of malaria in Africa amount to over $1.8 billion annually.
caused by a tiny parasite called plasmodium that is transmitted by the
bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito.
Once it enters the body, the parasite grows in the
liver of the host for a few days and then enters the bloodstream,
infecting and multiplying in the red blood cells, causing them to burst
open and release a new crop of parasites.
symptom in a malarial attack is high fever, accompanied by chills,
headaches, shivering and pain in the limbs. The main complications are
anaemia, kidney failure and dysentery.
Malnutrition is common in many high-risk areas and according to
researchers, dietary deficiencies and a lack of vitamins and minerals,
most notably vitamin A, zinc, iron and folate, are responsible for a
‘substantial proportion’ of malaria-related sickness and death among
children, especially in sub Saharan Africa.
These nutrients are important for a strong immune
system and are often scarce in areas where malaria is rife. It is
interesting to note that sub Saharan Africa is also extremely deficient in
the mineral Selenium, an essential nutrient for immune functioning.
probably the only disease of its kind that can be easily treated in just 3
days, yet if the diagnosis and proper treatment are delayed, it can kill
the patient very quickly and easily.
The treatment of malaria depends on a number of
factors, including the type and severity of infection as well as the
status of the host and any other associated conditions or diseases.
The effectiveness of anti-malarial drugs differs
with different species of the parasite and with different stages of the
parasite's life cycle and to complicate matters, growing drug resistances
now poses one of the greatest threats to malaria control and the increase
in malaria morbidity and mortality.
research in London and Kenya, a new treatment based on fluid replacement
for critically ill children with malaria has been developed, that could
prevent as many as 80 per cent of the deaths caused by severe malaria.
Recognising fluid depletion as an important
contributing factor to this critical illness, the researchers had to find
a way to safely replace fluids, without increasing the risk of brain
swelling. By adding albumin (a blood protein molecule that holds water
inside blood vessels) to the resuscitation fluid, they observed a marked
reduction in mortality in the children receiving treatment. Malarial
patients have very low levels of blood albumin, which is linked to poor
lymphatic circulation and weakened immunity.
In a separate study, it was discovered that a diet
high in fish oils but containing no vitamin E, had a devastating effect on
the malarial parasite.
In the 1950’s, Nobel nominee Dr. Joanna Budwig,
also discovered that the blood of diseased persons lacked albumin and
essential fatty acids. She showed that through a simple nutritional
program, seriously weakened patients could find their way back to full
you live in, or are planning to travel to a high-risk area it is
recommended that you take precautionary measures.
These include the use of medicinal or homeopathic
remedies, as well as repellants, netting and protective clothing.
Remember, infected mosquitoes breed in stagnant water and feed between
dusk and dawn.
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effect on the immune system, download the free health book – Neo Health,
According to worldwide
research, it is estimated that about 400 million people suffer from some
form of mental, neurological or psychosocial disorder.
With the growing concern nationwide about violence,
drug abuse, illiteracy, and other pressing social ills, more and more
people are turning to the psychiatric industry for answers.
Since the 1960s, when tranquillisers first came on
to the market, the use of psychiatric drugs has increased sharply. Today,
antidepressants and anti-anxiety agents have become the most commonly
prescribed medication, more than drugs to treat high blood pressure, high
cholesterol, asthma and even headaches.
Perhaps even more alarming are the numbers of
children taking psychiatric drugs, primarily for Attention Deficit
While many may be finding solace in their
prescriptions, a large number of people dislike the effects that
psychiatric medication has on them. It can dull the senses and cause all
kinds of emotional and physical reactions.
Fortunately, research is now showing that very
simple and logical alternatives do exist.
Alternative Mental Health
physical symptoms, mental illness is often dismissed as a figment of one’s
imagination. However, during the last half century there has been quite a
revolution in the understanding and treatment of major mental illness such
as depression, schizophrenia, manic depression and anxiety.
Rather than a flaw in the character or a
consequence of dysfunctional family, research has shown that mental
illness has biological roots.
As a result, an alternative approach to mental
health care is emerging that emphasizes the interrelationship between mind
While great strides are being made in the areas of
self help, pastoral counselling, animal assisted therapies, expressive
therapies, culturally based healing arts and stress reduction and
relaxation techniques; perhaps one of the most notable areas currently
being researched is that of diet and nutrition.
both diet and nutrition may help some people with mental illnesses manage
their symptoms and promote recovery. For example, research suggests that
eliminating milk and wheat products can reduce the severity of symptoms
for some people who have schizophrenia and some children with autism.
Similarly, some holistic/natural physicians use herbal treatments, amino
acids, B-complex vitamins, riboflavin, magnesium and thiamine to treat
anxiety, autism, depression, drug-induced psychoses and hyperactivity.
Numerous studies suggest that the following eight
risk factors may be implicated in certain mental health conditions:
· Food and additive allergies
· Heavy metal toxicity and other environmental
· Low protein/high carbohydrate diets
· Mineral imbalances
· Essential Fatty Acid deficiencies
· Amino acid deficiencies
· Thyroid disorders
· Vitamin B deficiencies
A major concern now recognised in many mental
health conditions is hypoglycaemia; the body’s inability to regulate blood
sugar levels, causing the level of sugar in the blood to be too low, or to
fall too rapidly. This can be caused by an artificial, processed and
refined diet, high in sugar.
It is important to note that the use of Aspartame,
now found in over 9000 products has been linked to psychiatric and
behavioural problems including anxiety, manic depression, hallucinations,
insomnia, panic attacks, paranoia, mood swings and hostility.
In addition, researchers at the University of
Illinois have found that spending time in ordinary ‘green’ settings—such
as parks, farms or grassy backyards—reduces symptoms of ADHD when compared
to time spent at indoor playgrounds and man-made recreation areas of
concrete and asphalt.
Once again, it would seem that a return to a more
natural lifestyle, with good breathing, drinking and eating habits as well
as appropriate exercise and rest may well be the answer to many health
concerns, both physical as well as mental. For more information, visit
As the leading cause of death in the world, heart
disease has now become an accepted fact of life.
Have we lost our voice to the silent killer, or
have we simply resigned ourselves to an inevitable consequence of the way
we live. Diet is now recognised as a primary factor in this regard, yet
many seem unable or unwilling to make the necessary changes. Another
factor is long term chronic dehydration, which can compromise blood flow,
leading to increased vascular pressure and poor circulation. There is also
the case for exercise and rest. Many people are straining their hearts
with too much or too little exercise.
unmentioned factor, which could supersede all of these, is the connection
between breathing and heart rhythm. In the early part of the 20th century,
Prof Arnold Ehret offered the seemingly outrageous proposition that the
heart was not the natural pump of the blood stream, but in fact a
In his book ‘Mucousless-Diet Healing System’, Prof
Ehret suggests that the lungs naturally provide the ‘bellows-like’
pressure to pump the blood and other fluids throughout the body and it is
the circulating blood that drives the heart, rather than the currently
To validate his theory, he notes that an increase
in breathing will cause lung air pressure to rise, which will speed up
blood circulation and therefore the number of heart beats. He adds that
other factors like exercise exertion and stimulating poisons (alcohol,
sugar and medication) will also influence vascular pressure and heartbeat.
In support of his proposition, current medical
research now reveals that slow, rhythmic, deep breathing can decrease
blood pressure and reduce heart rate. In addition, it is well recognised
that a simple diet, rich in natural foods supported by regular light to
moderate exercise are the keys to maintaining circulation and a healthy
our breathing patterns will not only influence heart rate, but also the
vitally important circulation of lymphatic fluid. Recognised as the
‘clean-up’ system of the body, its primary role is to maintain the
favourable cellular environment necessary for optimum health. Any
stagnation in this circulatory flow results in waste build up and cellular
oedema. This compromises the delicate mineral balance in and around the
cells and can lead to an increase in vascular pressure, reduced
circulation and malnourishment.
In his research, cardiac specialist Dr.
Sodi-Pallares, concluded that heart disease is not a disease of the heart,
but a disease of the body - particularly the loss of potassium and excess
sodium. In his treatment of heart disease patients, he addressed this
mineral imbalance by giving a low sodium and high potassium diet.
Circulation is Life
It is now
evident that poor breathing habits and a sedentary lifestyle initiate the
underlying degenerative condition that leads to compromised health.
By ensuring optimum circulation through correct
breathing, appropriate activity, adequate hydration and a balanced,
natural food diet, we can all look forward to a happy, healthy heart.
In matters pertaining to
health, one tends to think of nutrition, exercise, hydration and even
internal cleansing. However, with the incidence of drug abuse becoming
more and more widespread, authorities are now citing health as one of the
main reasons for drug prohibition.
rebellious, adventurous, calming and exciting, drug taking is notoriously
antisocial and addictive; however its use is seldom linked to disease.
Aside from the debilitating effects that drugs have on families and
societies, more and more evidence is now emerging that reveals the
devastating effects of drugs on the body.
substance that has an effect on how the body works, once it gets inside
the body, can be classified as a drug. While normally associated with
pharmaceutical and illicit substances, in its truest sense, it also
includes sugar, caffeine, alcohol and nicotine.
of drugs on body
enter the bloodstream, drugs travel throughout the body, primarily
affecting organs with a rich blood supply. This would include the heart,
the lungs and the brain, often at the same time.
Once they reach the organs, drugs combine with
specific cell receptors and a ‘message’ is sent to the cell, changing its
Stimulants combine with nerve cells to increase
the rate of electrical conduction, raising heart rate and blood pressure
while sedatives interact with brain cells to slow electrical conduction,
people, drug abuse conjures images of gangsters, dropouts and the seedy
side of life. However, this image no longer accurately portrays the many
people who have succumbed to the lure of chemical intoxication.
Studies now show that stress and depression are
two of the most powerful triggers for drug craving and relapse to drug
abuse. This affects people from all walks of life.
Prescription drug abuse has now gained favour
among many classes of people who deny having a problem since their
medication was ‘prescribed by a doctor.’ Pain relievers, stimulants,
tranquillizers, and anti-depressants are among the most commonly abused
Unfortunately, many people do not understand the
long-term health effects that habitual drug use can cause.
risks associated with drug abuse
addiction is a brain disease. Although initial drug use might be
voluntary, drugs of abuse have been shown to alter gene expression and
brain circuitry, affecting human behaviour. Once addiction develops, these
brain changes interfere with an individual’s ability to make voluntary
decisions, leading to compulsive drug use.
The impact of addiction can be far reaching.
Cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and lung
disease can all be affected by drug abuse. Some of these effects occur
when drugs are used at high doses or after prolonged use, however, some
may occur after just one use.
Drug abuse not only weakens the immune system but
is also linked to risky behaviours like needle sharing and unsafe sex,
which greatly increases the likelihood of acquiring HIV-AIDS, hepatitis
and many other infectious diseases.
Some drugs may cause significant liver damage as
well as kidney damage or failure.
In addition to the effects various drugs may have
on specific organs of the body, many produce global body changes such as
dramatic changes in appetite and increases in body temperature, which may
impact a variety of health conditions.
Withdrawal from drug use also may lead to numerous
adverse health effects, including restlessness, mood swings, fatigue,
changes in appetite, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, cold flashes,
diarrhoea, and vomiting.
Drug-related deaths have more than doubled since
the early 1980s. There are more deaths, illness, and disabilities from
substance abuse than from any other preventable health condition. Today,
one in four deaths is attributable to alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug
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harm your entire body. The more you take drugs, the more harm you do to
yourself. Remember, the long-term effects far outweigh the short term
I knew a man with cancer, who
was a comedian by profession. The thing that most struck me about him, was
not so much that he wanted to beat cancer, it was that he had an
unrelenting desire to write and perform a one man show entitled: ‘The
Lighter Side of the Big C’. He firmly believed that most people suffered
more from the diagnosis than the actual disease. Sadly, he never got to
share his light-hearted opinion.
cancer is one of the most mysterious and dreaded diseases. Along with
heart disease, it has the formidable reputation of being one of the
leading causes of death in the world today. It continues to plague
millions of people, regardless of the countless trillions of dollars that
have been spent on research and thus far, there is seemingly no known
National Cancer Prevention Week
is by far a safer route to take than hoping for a cure. However, the first
thing we have to do, when facing the thought of cancer, is understand the
nature of the beast. Until now, many cancer patients are still trying to
come to terms with the idea that ‘one of their cells has gone mad and it
is making others mad too!’
According to Nobel Laureate, Dr Otto Warburg
‘there is no disease whose prime cause is better known. Today ignorance is
no longer an excuse that one cannot do more about prevention’. In his
research he found that ‘the primary cause of cancer is the replacement of
normal oxygen respiration of body cells by anaerobic cell respiration.’
In other words, cancer is primarily a state of
In his Textbook of Medical Physiology, Dr Arthur
C. Guyton writes: ‘All chronic pain, suffering and diseases are caused
from a lack of oxygen at the cell levels’.
Given its essential role, the most natural form of
cancer prevention would be to ensure that we always get enough oxygen.
There are only two reasons why we don’t: either we aren’t breathing enough
or it is not actually getting to our cells.
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people have erratic, shallow breathing habits, Professor Guyton noted that
our cells need to be in a very specific state to ensure optimum
oxygenation. He called it the ‘Dry State’, where there is ‘only enough
fluid to fill the crevices between the cells and that is all’.
Any build up around the cells will compromise
oxygen delivery by the blood stream. It is the role of the lymphatic
system to ensure that we remain in this healthy state. As the blood
delivers essential nutrients to the cells, so the lymph cleans up
afterwards; it is our immune system.
Two natural functions ensure good lymphatic
circulation: regular movement and deep breathing. Given our sedentary
lifestyles and poor breathing habits, most of us have sluggish lymphatic
systems. It is worth mentioning that cancer is now recognised as an Immune
In his book ‘The Cancer Answer', medical
journalist Albert E. Carter, suggests that our cellular health depends
upon the right cellular environment, optimum nutrition and the circulation
of lymphatic fluid.
cells grow, divide and die. If the cellular environment changes, they can
mutate and begin to grow and divide more rapidly than normal cells.
Reduced circulation causes cancerous cells to
grow. In an attempt to survive, the cells in the affected area try to draw
supplies from surrounding healthy cells. The resulting growth then uses
this supply line to feed itself at the expense of surrounding tissue.
There are many different types of cancer, but all
cancers begin with abnormal or oxygen deficient cells growing out of
control. The type of cancer is determined by where the growth of abnormal
cells begins. The leading cancers are lung, skin, colorectal, breast and
Al Carter believes that the best defense against
cancer is a healthy immune system.
strengthen our immune systems, we need to ensure that our lymph keeps
flowing, that we are providing the right nutrients necessary for healthy
cell function and perhaps most importantly, that we are not compromising
our health by toxifying our cellular environment.
The best habit we can develop is to take 5 to 10
deep, relaxed breaths every hour to improve our oxygen intake and
The most effective way to encourage lymphatic
circulation is to perform a gentle bounce on a rebounder or mini
trampoline. Declared by NASA as the most effective form of exercise yet
devised by man, rebounding can increase lymph circulation by up to 20
By adding 6 to 8 glasses of purified water every
day and a diet high in unrefined, unprocessed, whole, natural foods, we
are well on the way to a strong and healthy immune system.
To complete the picture health, we should reduce
stress, stop smoking and eliminate foods that toxify our cellular
environment. This would include all convenience foods, which tend to be
over-processed, chemical-saturated, high in fats and deficient in
important micronutrients and dietary fiber.
Finally, it is worth noting that it is always the
people with the best attitude who fair better when dealing with cancer.
Perhaps a lighter approach to life may well be one of the best
preventative measures we can take.
For more information on the Healthy Dry State,
download my free ebook ‘Essential Health Protocols’ at www.reboundsa.co.za
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