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Andreas Moritz - Timeless Secrets of Health & Rejuvenation

Andreas Moritz - Timeless Secrets of Health & Rejuvenation


TIMELESS SECRETS OF HEALTH & REJUVENATION BREAKTHROUGH MEDICINE FOR THE 21STCENTURY                                                            Andreas Moritz ii Also by Andreas Moritz ... The Amazing Liver & Gallbladder Flush (Formerly: The Amazing Liver Cleanse) Lifting the Veil of Duality (Formerly: Freedom from Judgment) It’s Time to Come Alive (Formerly: It’s Time to Wake Up) Sacred Santémony Ener-Chi Art iii Andreas Moritz Ener-Chi Wellness Center iv TIMELESS SECRETS OF HEALTH & REJUVENATION   BREAKTHROUGH  MEDICINE  REAKTHROUGH EDICINE FOR  THE  21STCENTURY  OR THE ST ENTURY Your Health is in Your Hands v For Reasons of Legality The author of this book, Andreas Moritz, does not advocate the use of any particular form of health care but believes that the facts, figures, and knowledge presented herein should be available to every person concerned with improving his or her state of health. Although the author has attempted to give a profound understanding of the topics discussed and to ensure accuracy and completeness of any information that originates from any other source than his own, he and the publisher assume no responsibility for errors, inaccuracies, omissions, or any inconsistency herein. Any slights of people or organizations are unintentional. This book is not intended to replace the advice and treatment of a physician who specializes in the treatment of diseases. Any use of the information set forth herein is entirely at the reader’s discretion. The author and publisher are not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the preparations or procedures described in this book. The statements made herein are for educational and theoretical purposes only and are mainly based upon Andreas Moritz’s own opinion and theories. You should always consult with a health care practitioner before taking any dietary, nutritional, herbal or homeopathic supplement, or beginning or stopping any therapy. The author is not intending to provide any medical advice, or offer a substitute thereof, and make no warranty, expressed or implied, with respect to any product, device or therapy, whatsoever. Except as otherwise noted, no statement in this book has been reviewed or approved by the United States Food & Drug Administration or the Federal Trade Commission. Readers should use their own judgment or consult a holistic medical expert or their personal physicians for specific applications to their individual problems. Copyright © 1997-2005 by Andreas Moritz All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the copyright owner. ISBN: 0-9765715-1-X - First edition (entitled The Key to Perfect Health), November 1997 - Second Edition (entitled The Key to Health and Rejuvenation), November 2000 - Third Edition, (entitled Timeless Secrets of Health and Rejuvenation), January 2005 Edited by Pamela Miller: http://spiritedjourney.com; pam@spiritedjourney.com. Cover Artwork: Beyond the Horizon (oil on canvas) by Andreas Moritz vi Table of Contents: Introduction 1 Chapter 1: The Mind/Body Mystery…………………………………………………………….. Mind Over Matter………………………………………………………………………..... Testing Your Mind/Body Response……………………………………………………… Stress – And A Shrinking Thymus……………………………………………………….. Placebo – The True Healer?................................................................................................ When The Placebo Becomes Medicine…………………………………………………… The Placebo In Action…………………………………………………………………….. The Miracle Of Spontaneous Healing…………………………………………………….. Healing Depends On The Patient…………………………………………………………. Is Today’s Medical Practice Trustworthy?........................................................................... Why Some Heal And Others Don’t………………………………………………………. The Paradigm Shift……………………………………………………………………….. 7 7 9 10 11 12 13 15 16 17 18 20 Chapter 2: The Laws Behind Sickness And Health……………………………………………. Disease Is Unnatural……………………………………………………………………… The Symptom Of A Disease Isn't The Disease…………………………………………… Miraculous Infection……………………………………………………………………… Painkillers – The Beginning Of A Vicious Cycle………………………………………… Stimulants Make Strong People Weak……………………………………………………. Our Constant Need For Cleansing………………………………………………………… Symptoms Of Disease Are Like Sand In The Hand………………………………………. Searching For The Cause…………………………………………………………………. Defying A Hopeless Prognosis…………………………………………………………… Trusting In The Nature Of Your Body…………………………………………………… 22 22 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 32 33 vii Chapter 3: The Four Most Common Causes Of Disease………………………………………. 1. Gallstones In The Liver…………………………………………………………………….. When Your Liver’s Bile Ducts Become Obstructed……………………………………….. Gallstones – A Constant Source Of Disease……………………………………………….. 2. Dehydration…………………………………………………………………………………. Recognizing Rehydration…………………………………………………………………... The Pain Connection……………………………………………………………………….. “Body Drought” – The Strongest Form Of Stress…………………………………………. - The Stress Response.......................................................................................................... - Constriction Of Blood Vessels………………………………………………………….. - Water Retention And Kidney Damage………………………………………………….. - The Caffeine And Alcohol Drama………………………………………………………. - Watch What Kind Of Water You Drink………………………………………………… 3. Kidney Stones ……………………………………………………………………………… The Types Of Stones And Their Effects…………………………………………………… Why Do A Kidney Cleanse?.................................................................................................. 4. Whatever Makes You Weak Also Makes You Ill…………………………………………... Illness Is A Toxicity Crisis………………………………………………………………… Are We Poisoning Our Children With Food?........................................................................ Summary Of The Basic Disease Process…………………………………………………... 35 35 36 39 41 42 43 44 45 45 46 46 47 48 49 51 52 54 55 57 Chapter 4: Most Diseases Start In The Digestive System……………………………………… Agni – The “General” Of Digestion……………………………………………………… Toxic Body, Toxic Mind…………………………………………………………………. The “Useless” Appendix And Its Amazing Role…………………………………………. Internal Pollution…………………………………………………………………………. Should We Kill Intestinal Parasites?.................................................................................... Ama – The Main Cause Of Congestion In The Body…………………………………….. Consequences Of An Overloaded Colon…………………………………………………. A Note For Migraine Sufferers…………………………………………………………… The Spreading Of Symptoms…………………………………………………………….... Vata – The Power Of Movement………………………………………………………….. Solving The Mystery Of Back Problems………………………………………………….. When The River Takes A U-Turn………………………………………………………… The Dynamic Force Of Pitta………………………………………………………………. 60 61 63 64 65 68 69 70 72 74 75 76 78 80 viii Kapha – Cohesion, Structure And Stamina………………………………………………. Disturbing The Doshas……………………………………………………………………. When Vata “Hits The Head”……………………………………………………………… 80 81 84 Chapter 5: On The Road To Abundant Health…………………………………………………. The Wonders Of Our Biological Rhythms………………………………………………... The Human Body Clock…………………………………………………………………... Secrets Of The Lunar Cycles……………………………………………………………… New Moon…………………………………………………………………………….. The Waxing Moon…………………………………………………………………….. Full Moon ……………………………………………………………………………… The Waning Moon…………………………………………………………………….. Man’s Biological Routine…………………………………………………………………. The First Kapha Cycle…………………………………………………………………. The First Pitta Cycle ………………………………………………………………….. The First Vata Cycle…………………………………………………………………… The Second Kapha Cycle……………………………………………………………… The Second Pitta Cycle………………………………………………………………… Why Proper Sleep Is So Important For You!................................................................... The Second Vata Cycle………………………………………………………………… Risks Of Deviating From Nature’s Routine………………………………………………. Listen To Your Body, And It Will Keep You Healthy!....................................................... The Body’s Many Messages ……………………………………………………………… Good Health Requires Natural Instinct……………………………………………………. Learning To Be Healthy…………………………………………………………………... What Is My Body Type?................................................................................................. The Ten Body Types…………………………………………………………………… Body Type Quiz………………………………………………………………………... Characteristics Of The Body Types……………………………………………………… The Vata Type…………………………………………………………………………. The Pitta Type………………………………………………………………………… The Kapha Type……………………………………………………………………….. 86 86 87 88 89 89 89 90 90 90 90 92 92 93 93 95 96 97 98 99 100 100 101 102 104 104 107 110 Chapter 6: A Life Of Balance……………………………………………………………………. Guidelines For Daily Routine And Diet………………………………………………….. 113 114 ix Morning…………………………………………………………………………………… Breakfast………………………………………………………………………………….. Lunch Meal……………………………………………………………………………….. Evening Meal……………………………………………………………………………… General Guidelines………………………………………………………………………... Drinking Water -- The Greatest Therapy Of All………………………………………… Guidelines For Gradual Re-Hydration …………………………………………………… Exercise Yourself To Health……………………………………………………………… The Purpose Of Exercising……………………………………………………………….. Exercise According To The Doshas………………………………………………………. Basic Guidelines For Healthy Exercise…………………………………………………… Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation)……………………………………………………….. Breathing Exercises (Pranayama)…………………………………………………………. Vata Pranayama………………………………………………………………………… Pitta-Pranayama………………………………………………………………………... Kapha-Pranayama……………………………………………………………………… Obese-Pranayama………………………………………………………………………. Conscious Breathing Meditation………………………………………………………….. Abyanga – Daily Oil Massage…………………………………………………………….. Diet According To Body Types…………………………………………………………… Vata Pacifying Diet…………………………………………………………………... - Air/Space Foods…………………………………………………………………. - Vata Food Chart…………………………………………………………………. Pitta Pacifying Diet…………………………………………………………………... - Fire Foods……………………………………………………………………….. - Pitta Food Chart…………………………………………………………………. Kapha Pacifying Diet………………………………………………………………… - Earth/Water Foods………………………………………………………………... - Kapha Food Chart………………………………………………………………… Important For All Body Types……………………………………………………………. Ghee – Its Value And Preparation………………………………………………………… A Summary Of General Principles Regarding Diet………………………………………. Sequence Of Dishes During Lunch……………………………………………………….. A Note On Legumes And Their Digestibility……………………………………………... Ideal Daily Routine – Dinacharya………………………………………………………… Vegetarian Diet – One Solution To Many Health Problems……………………………… Vegetarians Live Longer And Healthier Lives……………………………………………. Death In The Meat………………………………………………………………………… 115 116 116 117 117 119 120 121 121 122 123 123 124 124 126 126 126 126 127 129 130 131 131 136 137 137 142 143 143 147 147 148 149 150 151 152 152 153 x Is Meat Natural For Humans?............................................................................................... Misleading Theories……………………………………………………………………..... Meat – A Major Cause Of Disease And Aging…………………………………………… Benefits Of A Vegetarian Diet …………………………………………………………… Food For Thought………………………………………………………………………… But Fish Is Really Good For You, Isn’t It?.......................................................................... A Note On The Blood Type Diet…………………………………………………………. 154 156 158 159 160 161 162 Chapter 7: Employing Nature’s Healing Powers……………………………………………….. 1. The Liver Cleanse ………………………………………………………………………. Preparation…………………………………………………………………………….. The Actual Cleanse……………………………………………………………………. Evening………………………………………………………………………………… The Following Morning………………………………………………………………... The Results You Can Expect…………………………………………………………... Important! Please Read Carefully……………………………………………………… On The Importance Of Colon And Kidney Cleansing:………………………………… Having Difficulties With The Cleanse?........................................................................... Intolerance To Apple Juice…………………………………………………………….. Intolerance To Epsom Salts…………………………………………………………….. Intolerance To Olive Oil……………………………………………………………….. You Suffer From Gallbladder Disease Or Don’t Have A Gallbladder………………… People Who Should Not Use Apple Juice …………………………………………….. The Liver Cleanse Did Not Deliver The Expected Results……………………………. Headache Or Nausea During The Days Following The Liver Cleanse………………... Feeling Sick During The Cleanse……………………………………………………… 2. Intestinal Cleansing - For Prevention And Cure…………………………………………. Keep Your Intestines Clean!............................................................................................ 1. Colonic Irrigation………………………………………………………………………. 2. Colema Board…………………………………………………………………………... 3. Colosan Treatment ……………………………………………………………………... 4. Epsom Salts…………………………………………………………………………….. 5. Castor Oil………………………………………………………………………………. 6. Four Major Enema Treatments………………………………………………………… 3. The Kidney Cleanse……………………………………………………………………. 4. Sipping Hot Ionized Water……………………………………………………………... 5. Clearing Allergies……………………………………………………………………… 165 165 166 167 167 168 168 172 172 173 173 173 173 174 174 174 175 175 176 176 177 179 179 180 181 181 183 185 185 xi 6. Replacing Metal Tooth Fillings And Removing Toxic Metals/Chemicals From The Body……………………………………………………………………………….. Metal Fillings – A Ticking Time Bomb?........................................................................ Composites…………………………………………………………………………….. Preventing Heavy Metal Toxicity……………………………………………………… Metallic Clay – To Remove Noxious Metals And Chemicals…………………………. 7. How To Give Up Smoking And Other Addictions…………………………………….. Addiction - An Unconscious Signal Of Not Being In Control ………………………... Learning To Recover Your Free Will…………………………………………………. Making Smoking A Conscious Choice………………………………………………… Choosing To Smoke Less, But… ……………………………………………………… Ending The Habit………………………………………………………………………. Summary Of The Technique To Stop Smoking:…………………………………........ 8. Some Of Nature’s Greatest Healing Secrets …………………………………………... Amazing Food Cures…………………………………………………………………… Broccoli’s Anti-Cancer Properties……………………………………………………... Cabbage – The Romans Cancer Cure………………………………………………….. Cauliflower Helps With Breast Cancer………………………………………………… The Great Carrot Phenomenon………………………………………………………… Celery – Better Than Viagra…………………………………………………………… Avocado – The Delicious Super Fruit…………………………………………………. Blueberries And Cranberries Protect Kidneys, Heart, Eyes, Skin……………………... The Healing Power In Green Beans …………………………………………………… The Bone Bone-Building Power Of Brussels Sprouts…………………………………. Artichoke -- For Good Digestion………………………………………………………. Kale…………………………………………………………………………………….. Nuts…………………………………………………………………………………….. Beware Of Allergies And Rancid Nuts:………………………………………………... Fresh Corn Can Help Reverse Vision Problems………………………………………. Rice…………………………………………………………………………………….. Coconut Oil – A Gift From The Tropics……………………………………………….. A Banana A Day May Keep The Doctor Away………………………………………... Should We Eat Organic Foods?....................................................................................... Cinnamon –Medicine For Diabetics…………………………………………………… Turmeric – A Powerful Decongestant…………………………………………………. Ginger Combats Motion Sickness……………………………………………………… Cayenne Pepper – To Protect Your Heart And Stomach………………………………. Cloves – Nature’s Pharmacy…………………………………………………………… Honey – The World’s Best Wound Healer?.................................................................... 186 186 188 188 188 189 190 190 191 191 192 193 194 194 195 195 195 196 196 197 197 198 198 199 199 199 199 200 200 200 201 202 203 204 204 205 205 206 xii Hydrogen Peroxide For Colds And Flu………………………………………………… The Miracle Of Unrefined Salt…………………………………………………………. Benefits Of Real Salt…………………………………………………………………… Sugars That Heal………………………………………………………………………. 1. FOS …………………………………………………………………………….. 2. Xylitol Curbs Tooth Decay………………………………………………………. 3. D-Mannose for Bladder/Kidney Infections……………………………………... Lapacho (Pau d’ Arco)…………………………………………………………………. An Amazing Incan Herbal Remedy……………………………………………………. Medicine of the Highest Caliber……………………………………………………….. Olive Leaf Extract……………………………………………………………………… Astragalus………………………………………………………………………………. Sage Oil – A Memory Booster………………………………………………………… Guarana – An Energy Booster…………………………………………………………. The Bloodroot Paste, Indian Herb, and Healing Formula……………………………… Pfaffia and Black Cohosh (For Women)……………………………………………….. SSKI Iodide…………………………………………………………………………….. Green Tea – A Tea for Life…………………………………………………………….. Is There Something Toxic In Green Tea?........................................................................ Gingko Biloba – Brain Food…………………………………………………………… Aloe Vera – An Ancient Healer……………………………………………………….. A.M.P. Molo-cure……………………………………………………………………… Ionic Liquid Minerals………………………………………………………………….. 9. Waterless Stainless Steel Cookware…………………………………………………… 10. Water Ionizers………………………………………………………………………… 11. Body Odor? A Good Reason Not to Use Deodorants………………………………... 12. Ener-Chi Art…………………………………………………………………………... 13. Ener-Chi Ionized Stones………………………………………………………………. Potential Uses for Ener-Chi Ionized Stones…………………………………………... 14. Sacred Santémony – Divine Chanting for Every Occasion…………………………… The Gift of Sacred Santèmony…………………………………………………………. The Role of Free Will ………………………………………………………………….. The Way Sacred Santèmony Works …………………………………………………… 15. Beeswax – For Asthma, Allergies and Sinus Problems……………………………….. 16. How to Deal With Electro-Pollution …………………………………………………. 17. How to Avoid the Negative Effects of Ley Lines…………………………………….. 18. Preconditions For Healing An Illness…………………………………………………. 207 208 209 210 210 210 211 212 212 213 214 215 215 215 216 217 217 218 219 220 220 221 223 224 225 226 228 229 229 231 232 233 233 234 235 235 236 xiii Chapter 8: Sunlight – Medicine Of Nature……………………………………………………… The Sun – The Ultimate Source of Life on Earth…………………………………………. The Miraculous Healing Powers of UV Light…………………………………………….. Can UV-Radiation Prevent and Cure Skin Cancer?............................................................. The More UV, the Less Cancer…………………………………………………………… Now Even Doctors and Scientists Say, “It’s Not True!”………………………………….. Skin Cancer Caused By Sun Protection…………………………………………………… Deficient Sunlight – A Death Trap………………………………………………………... Pittas –Watch Out!................................................................................................................ No Sun, No Health!.............................................................................................................. Sunlight Prevents Cancer, MS, Heart Disease, Arthritis, Diabetes……………………….. The Amazing Sunlight/Exercise Combination ……………………………………............ What Makes the Sun so “Dangerous” – The Fat Connection!............................................. What Really Burns and Damages the Skin………………………………………………... Guidelines for Increasing Sun Exposure…………………………………………………. The Ancient Practice of Sun Gazing……………………………………………………… 239 239 240 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 253 254 254 Chapter 9: Heart Disease – Symptom Of A Sick Body…………………………………………. The Beginning Stages of Heart Disease…………………………………………………... Major Contributing Factors……………………………………………………………….. Meat Consumption and Heart Disease……………………………………………………. Yes, Your Body Can Store Protein! ……………………………………………………… Protein Storage – A Time Bomb …………………………………………………………. The Revealing Role of Homocysteine……………………………………………………. C-Reactive Protein Reveals the Truth…………………………………………………….. How and Why Heart Attacks Really Occur………………………………………………. Heart attacks can occur in a number of ways:…………………………………………….. New Studies Question Value of Opening Arteries………………………………………... Risk Indications of a Heart Attack ……………………………………………………….. 1. Thickening of blood as measured by Hemocrit or packed cell volume…………….. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Eating too much Animal Protein …………………………………………………... Cigarette Smoking…………………………………………………………………... Constitutional (genetic) Disposition towards Reduced Protein Destruction………... Women during and after Menopause……………………………………………….. Not eating enough fruit and vegetables, smoking and not exercising………………. 256 257 257 258 259 262 263 264 265 265 266 268 268 269 269 270 270 271 xiv 7. Kidney Disease……………………………………………………………………… 8. Antibiotics and other synthetic drugs……………………………………………….. Ending the Cholesterol – Heart Disease Myth……………………………………………. Cholesterol is Not the Culprit After All…………………………………………………… Healthy Today – Sick Tomorrow…………………………………………………………. What Statins May do to You!............................................................................................... But Doesn’t Aspirin Protect Against Heart Disease?........................................................... Dangers of Low Cholesterol………………………………………………………………. Cholesterol – Your Life and Blood……………………………………………………….. When Cholesterol Signals SOS…………………………………………………………… Balancing Cholesterol Levels Naturally…………………………………………………... Overcoming Heart Disease – Two Encouraging Stories………………………………….. Non-dietary Causes of Heart Disease……………………………………………………... Lack of Social Support System…………………………………………………………… Greatest Risk Factors: Job Satisfaction and Happiness Rating…………………………… Your Need to Love………………………………………………………………………... What a Loving Wife can do………………………………………………………………. The Healing Power of “Loving Touch”…………………………………………………… 272 273 275 275 276 278 280 281 283 284 285 286 288 288 288 289 290 291 Chapter 10: Cancer – Who Makes It?............................................................................................. Cancer’s Main Components………………………………………………………………. 1. Its Physical Side……………………………………………………………………... 2. Its Emotional Side ………………………………………………………………….. A Psychosomatic Phenomenon…………………………………………………………… Mary’s Personal Remedies………………………………………………………………... Cancer -- A Form of Rejection……………………………………………………………. The Ghost of Memory…………………………………………………………………….. Giving Up the Need to Fight……………………………………………………………… It is Not Cancer that Kills…………………………………………………………………. Cancer Isn’t a Disease…………………………………………………………………….. Cancer is “Not Loving Yourself”…………………………………………………………. The Body’s Desperate Attempt to Live…………………………………………………… Prostate Cancer – Risky Treatments?................................................................................... Why Most Cancers Disappear Naturally………………………………………………….. Cancer – Who Cures It?....................................................................................................... Useful Tips to Remove the Need for Cancer……………………………………………… Graviola – More Effective than Chemo…………………………………………………… 293 294 284 295 296 297 297 298 299 300 301 301 303 305 306 308 309 310 xv Chapter 11: Understanding Diabetes – One Illness With Many Faces ………………………… Foods That Cause Diabetes………………………………………………………………... 1. Refined Carbohydrates – One Cause of Insulin Resistance…………………………. 2. Animal Proteins – More Harmful Than Sugar………………………………………. 3. Refined Fats and Oils – Delicious Poisons?................................................................ The Unfolding Drama of the Diabetes Syndrome………………………………………… The Risk of Being Overweight……………………………………………………………. Autoimmune (Type I) Diabetes…………………………………………………………… Risky Orthodox Medical Treatments……………………………………………………… Healing the Causes………………………………………………………………………… 311 313 313 313 314 317 318 319 320 321 Chapter 12: Rethinking Aids……………………………………………………………………… The AIDS Theory under Scrutiny………………………………………………………… Is HIV Harmless after all? ……………………………………………………………….. Flawed HIV Tests – The True Cause of the AIDS Epidemic…………………………….. HIV Cannot Cause as Much as the Flu…………………………………………………… HIV Behaves like Every Other Virus…………………………………………………….. Research under Scrutiny ………………………………………………………………….. HIV + Pneumonia = AIDS?................................................................................................. Grave Statistical Errors……………………………………………………………………. HIV is not a New Virus…………………………………………………………………… New Evidence: HIV Rarely Spreads Heterosexually……………………………………... Who Gets AIDS?.................................................................................................................. What Really Causes AIDS………………………………………………………………… 1. Narcotic Drugs …………………………………………………………………….. Why Babies Have AIDS…………………………………………………………….. 2. Antibiotics ……………………………………………………………………….… 3. Blood Transfusion ………………………………………………………………….. 4. AIDS – A Metabolic Disorder, not an Infectious Disease ………………………….. Narcotic Drugs and Rectal Intercourse Can Cause AIDS…………………………… Malnutrition, Dehydration, and Starvation Can Also Cause AIDS……………….... 5. AIDS Drugs Cause AIDS …………………………………………………………... AIDS – A Process of Awakening ………………………………………………………… 323 323 324 325 328 328 329 330 331 332 333 334 334 335 336 336 337 338 339 340 340 343 xvi Chapter 13: Global Misinformation………………………………………………………………. 1. Antibiotics, Bugs and Why We Attract Them …………………………………………. Are Antibiotics Really Necessary?.................................................................................. Antibiotics Damage the Immune System……………………………………………… Biological Warfare…………………………………………………………………….. Losing the Battle with Disease? ………………………………………………………. Tuberculosis – Nature Fighting Back…………………………………………………... Candida – Microbes versus Microbes………………………………………………….. Dealing with Candida Infection………………………………………………………... Are Antibiotics Responsible for the Narcotic Drugs Epidemic?..................................... Nature Knows Best -- Clearing Infection Naturally…………………………………… 2. Business with Your Blood……………………………………………………………… Are Blood Transfusions Truly Necessary?...................................................................... Dangers Lurking in the Blood …………………………………………………………. The Alternatives………………………………………………………………………... Your Blood is Your Life……………………………………………………………….. 3. Risks of Ultrasound Scans……………………………………………………………… Human Guinea-pigs ……………………………………………………………………. 4. Immunization Programs under Scrutiny………………………………………………... Poisonous Vaccines against Harmless Infections ……………………………………... Involuntary Vaccinations ……………………………………………………………… Vaccination No longer Makes Any Sense……………………………………………… Unfounded Vaccination Hysteria………………………………………………………. Is the Need for Immunization Based on Statistical Errors? …………………………… How to Acquire Immunity Naturally ………………………………………………….. Vaccination – Attack on Your Body, Brain and Spirit………………………………… The Vaccine-Autism Link……………………………………………………………… How to Stay Immune ………………………………………………………………….. Natural Methods of Nursing Children Back to Health…………………………………. 5. Protection against the Flu………………………………………………………………. Protect Yourself Against the Flu Vaccine!...................................................................... Why People Get the Flu………………………………………………………………... In the Name of Prevention……………………………………………………………... Help From Mother Nature……………………………………………………………… 6. Alcohol - Man’s Legal Drug…………………………………………………………… Beer – Hypnotism and a Big Tummy………………………………………………….. Solving the Red Wine Mystery………………………………………………………… 344 344 344 345 346 347 348 349 350 350 351 353 353 354 355 388 356 357 358 358 360 361 362 364 364 366 367 368 369 371 371 373 374 375 375 376 377 xvii 7. Dirty Business with our Food – Genetically Modified ………………………………… 8. A Warning Note about Soy Products…………………………………………………… 378 380 Chapter 14: What’s Supposed To Be So Good For You!............................................................... 1. Vitamin Euphoria – A Shot in the Dark……………………………………………….. Vitamin Deficiency – Or Perhaps Something Else?........................................................ Nobody Knows How Much You Need………………………………………………… …Rarely Caused by Lack of Vitamins………………………………………………… Hidden Perils of Vitamin Pills…………………………………………………………. Vitamins D and A………………………………………………………………………. B-vitamins ……………………………………………………………………………... Vitamin C……………………………………………………………………………… Conclusion: ……………………………………………………………………………. What about Taking Extra Minerals?................................................................................ 2. Breakfast Cereals and Junk Foods –Poison for our Children …………………………. “Super Food” of the Century…………………………………………………………… Shocking Revelations…………………………………………………………………... Poison that Tastes and Looks like Food………………………………………………... Resolving the Whole Grain Mystery…………………………………………………… Hyperactivity in Kids Caused by Food Additives……………………………………… The High Fiber Trap …………………………………………………………………… 3. Raw Whole Foods……………………………………………………………………… Fiber-caused Diseases on the Rise …………………………………………………….. Other Adverse Effects of Added Fiber…………………………………………………. Chocolate – Facts and Fiction…………………………………………………………. 4. Raw Versus Cooked Foods……………………………………………………………. The Pros and Contras…………………………………………………………………. What makes Plants so Poisonous?................................................................................. Why Prepare Foods?....................................................................................................... Low Nutrient Foods – A Key to Survival …………………………………………….. The Grain Food Mystery………………………………………………………………. Conclusion:…………………………………………………………………………….. 5. The Milk Controversy………………………………………………………………….. Is Cow’s Milk Suitable for Human Consumption?.......................................................... Milk-caused Osteoporosis ……………………………………………………………... Milk Consumption Linked to Diabetes and Allergies…………………………………. Watch out for the Milk Hormone ……………………………………………………… 381 381 382 383 384 385 385 386 387 389 390 391 391 392 392 393 394 395 396 397 397 398 399 399 400 401 402 403 404 405 405 406 407 408 xviii Is Milk Bad for Everyone? …………………………………………………………….. 6. Aspartame and Other Sweet Killer Drugs ..................................................................… Sweetness at a Price……………………………………………………………………. Politics versus Ethics…………………………………………………………………… Why Sweeteners Make You Fat………………………………………………………... Deceiving the Body ……………………………………………………………………. Sweeteners Cause Obesity, Depression, Brain Damage ……………………………… 7. Light-Food – A Weight Booster ………………………………………………………. “Foolproof” Slimming Diets…………………………………………………………… “Light Fats” and their “Amazing” Effects……………………………………………... High Protein Foods Make You Fat Low Energy Foods Deplete Energy………………. Why Light Foods make You feel so Heavy……………………………………………. Gaining “Waste-weight”……………………………………………………………….. The Calorie-plan Fiasco……………………………………………………………...... Weight Regulation is Natural …………………………………………………………. Sleep Well – Loose Weight……………………………………………………………. Body Cleansing………………………………………………………………………… A Healthy Body – Normal Weight…………………………………………………….. 8. MSG -- The Obesity Factor…………………………………………………………… 9. Microwave Oven – Death in the Heat…………………………………………………. 408 410 410 413 413 415 415 417 417 417 418 419 419 420 421 422 423 423 423 425 Chapter 15: What Doctors Should Be Telling You………………………………………………. 1. Potential Dangers of Medical Diagnosis……………………………………………….. ECG and EEG – Machines can Lie ……………………………………………………. X-rays – Handle with care!........................................................................................... Mammography – Yes or No?........................................................................................ A Note on the Dangers of Breast Implants…………………………………………….. Medical Laboratories are Unreliable ……………………………………………........... Hypertension Produced in the Doctor’s Office?.............................................................. Breeding Hypertensive Patients………………………………………………………... Conclusion:……………………………………………………………………………... 2. Medical Treatment is Rarely Safe……………………………………………………... Drugs Should be the Exception, not the Rule………………………………………….. Pill-Popper Drama Unfolding………………………………………………………….. Doctor-caused Diseases Surging………………………………………………………. Death Lurking in Prescription and Over-The-Counter Drugs…………………………. Prozac Scandal Exposed; Antidepressants…………………………………………….. Steroids, Arthritis Drugs, NSAID’s……………………………………………………. 427 427 428 428 429 430 431 432 433 434 434 435 436 437 437 439 441 xix Read Side-Effect Labels to save your Life…………………………………………….. Demented Dirt………………………………………………………………………….. Scandalous Drug Business……………………………………………………………... The Contraceptive Pill: Catastrophic Risks……………………………………………. 3. Menopause – Disease or Natural Transformation?.......................................................... The Folly of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)………………………………….. HRT Fails to Prevent Bone Loss……………………………………………………….. What Really Causes Brittle Bones?................................................................................. Can HRT Prevent Heart Disease?................................................................................... Menopause – Not a Disease …………………………………………………………… Beginning of a New Phase of Life……………………………………………………... It’s Not the Lack of Hormones…But………………………………………………….. How to Make the Best of Menopause ………………………………………………… Treat Your Body Kindly………………………………………………………………. 4. What Makes Medical Drugs so Expensive?.................................................................... 5. Surgery is Rarely Necessary…………………………………………………………… Fear Motivated Operations…………………………………………………………….. Induction, Cutting and Caesarean Section……………………………………………... Fewer Surgeons and Medical Interventions -- Fewer Deaths………………………….. 6. Hospitals – A Major Health Threat…………………………………………………….. 442 443 443 445 446 446 447 448 449 450 450 451 451 452 453 454 455 456 457 458 Conclusion…………………………………………………………………………….. Product Information…………………………………………………………………… About the Author………………………………………………………………………. Other Books and Services by the Author……………………………………………… 459 461 463 464 xx "If it's never our fault, we can't take responsibility for it. If we can't take responsibility for it, we'll always be its victim." ~ Richard Bach INTRODUCTION ood health is the most valuable possession you could possibly have. This simple truth applies as much to a new born baby as to the elderly, a mother, a doctor, the common man on the street, or the president of a country. Whenever your body becomes sick or does not perform up to what you consider normal, you may experience a state of discomfort, fear or depression that can only be remedied by restoring your body’s former health and vitality. To truly feel comfortable within yourself and in your surroundings, you must be able to relinquish all forms of “dis-ease.” You are indeed capable of healing yourself. Your state of health is but a reflection of how you perceive yourself and your world, which places the responsibility for your wellbeing where it belongs – in your own hands. Yet, once you have achieved good health, you have done much more than just feeling well. You have become “whole,” perhaps, for the very first time in your life. Timeless Secrets of Health and Rejuvenation can help unleash the tremendous power of healing that lies dormant within you and restore balance on all levels of the body, mind and spirit. This establishes a permanent comfort zone or continuous sense of satisfaction and, thereby, provides the basis for a creative, successful and rewarding life. When ill health arises or when our body starts aging abnormally fast, we suddenly feel an inner urge to look for a solution that promises a quick relief. Today, there is a drug or treatment for almost every illness. It seems to be engraved in our belief system that if we suppress or eliminate the symptoms of a disease, we automatically eradicate the disease. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. Each time we remove a symptom without attending its cause we further distance ourselves from regaining the balance required for continuous health and vitality. Consequently, good health remains but a dream and we may resign to sayings such as, “Well, that’s life!” or, "We all have to die of one thing or another!" Regaining one’s health is not about applying a magical quick fix, rather it is a reconstruction process that affects every part of one’s life, i.e., creativity, job, relationships, emotions, happiness, etc. It would be very simplistic to assume that a few vitamin pills, a new wonder drug, an operation, or alternative treatments could, in the spur of a moment, undo the effects of many years of neglect. The body may have had to endure much strain from not receiving proper nourishment or sufficient sleep and exercise for years on end. Timeless Secrets of Health and Rejuvenation is about setting the preconditions for the body to do best what it knows best – creating and maintaining balance – regardless of age and previous health problems. The key to creating balance in every aspect of your life can be found when you start taking responsibility for your own health. This book deals with the most down-to-earth issues of health, such as lifestyle, diet, nutrition, exercise, daily routine, etc., some of which I derived from Ayurvedic Medicine. Ayurveda, which literally means Science of Life, is the most ancient and complete system of natural health care. Apart from Ayurveda’s time-tested insights into the secrets of healing and longevity you will also learn to how to apply a number of highly effective and profound cleansing procedures that can have no less than miraculous effects on your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. The simplified scientific knowledge and common sense used in this book generate the motivation for “turning the key” of health and rejuvenation. The book also G 1 sheds light on the most common diseases and misunderstood medical practices today of which everyone should be aware. Concerning the improvement of personal health and well-being, we require a major shift in both individual and collective consciousness. We must move away from the pre-programmed expectations of illness and aging toward the anticipation of continual youthfulness and vitality. The old saying that everyone has to age and die seems to be a repeatedly verified belief doctrine that most people in the world follow blindly without even questioning its validity. Could it be possible, instead, that illness and old age occur because we believe they are an inevitable curse we all are subjected to and doomed to live with? If so, in order to fulfill the curse or belief, as it happens with any other self-fulfilling prophecy we are setting the stage for its execution. Although quite unaware of this drama, we actually allow ourselves to adopt the various methods of self-destruction, through derogatory diets, lifestyle and behavior. Right from childhood our parents, teachers, and society have sentenced us to the “fact” that the body has no choice but to deteriorate and eventually die from old age or an illness. This generally accepted belief generates a distinct feeling of being out of control, of being dragged down the dark corridor of time by a mysterious power called the aging process. The feeling of not being in charge or control is one of the most common causes of physical and mental illness; most people call it “stress.” The idea of being vulnerable and unsafe generates fear, which in turn triggers profound biochemical changes in the body. These changes become the physical “reality” of ill health and aging. Through the intimate psycho-physiological (mind/body) connection, every thought and feeling, to a lesser or greater degree, alters your experience of health and well-being. A bout of depression can paralyze your immune system, and falling in love can boost it. If you are convinced that aging is natural and cannot be avoided then this is the reality you are creating for yourself. Likewise, you can draw on the same force that causes destruction in the body and direct it toward healing and rejuvenation. You can prove to yourself that growing old and being affected by disease are merely the manifested projections of ignorance about the real nature of life. Disease and aging are not part of your body’s genetic design. Even the so-called “death-gene,” which is in charge of terminating the lives of cells in our body according to their various predetermined life spans, is the one that keeps us alive. Without this gene we would all die from cancer within weeks. In this sense, controlled destruction is the giver of life, and life that has gone out of control can be the harbinger of death. There is nothing in the normal original setup of our body that could indicate it is causing its own aging or diseases. But there is enough evidence to show that aging and illness originate in the combined effects of fearful, negative mental attitudes and emotions and excessive accumulation of toxic waste material in the body. As a human race we are about to recognize the vanity of participating in the hypnosis of social conditioning that keeps our mind veiled in the cast shadows of illusion. Many of us have already begun to let go of the fears and doubts that keep us from realizing our tremendous powers that are patiently waiting on us to be put into action. To make a real difference in life we will need to employ our vast potential of energy, creativity, and intelligence for the truly essential issues in life and for generating a profound sense of happiness. One of the keys to unleash our endless potential is the body itself. The body is constantly engaged in turning over its cells, which in itself is a miraculous and extremely complex process, unmatched by anything man has ever created (please note that whenever I use the terms “man” or “mankind,” I am referring to both genders). The numerous types of proteins that make up your genes and constitute the cells in your body are replaced within 2-10 days. Radioisotope studies show that 98 percent of the atoms that compose your body today won’t be there in a year’s time. The renewal process affects all parts of the body, including the blood, muscles, organs, fat, bones, nerves, and as recently confirmed, brain cells. With the continual replacement of your cells you should be able to have a 2 new body and consequently a new lease on life, at least once every year. In this book you will learn about the body’s built-in mechanisms that can stop the clock of aging and make you younger and healthier the older you grow. We are right in the middle of a tremendous global transformation that has already greatly influenced, if not shaken up, the very foundation of conventional medicine. The old division of body and mind into completely separate and independent entities is crumbling fast with the knowledge supplied by the more progressive wings of medical science such as Psycho-Neuro-Immunology or Mind/Body Medicine. Even though the artificial division of body and mind, which is based on the old and outdated paradigms of understanding human nature, has never really existed, it was nevertheless powerful enough, and still is to a certain extent, to make man believe he is essentially a physical being. Since the importance of the mind in the area of human health has been mostly ignored by those put in charge of taking care of it, this division of human life into physical and mental has also far removed any possibility for achieving a reasonably satisfying state of health. As it is will become apparent from reading this book, instead of eradicating disease from the surface of the earth, the purely symptom-oriented approach to health care has immensely limited the success of medicine in treating disease and to a substantial extent even contributed to the occurrence of chronic diseases world-wide. Only now are we beginning to recognize the inseparability of the body and mind. The breakthrough discoveries in the field of Mind/Body Medicine have already helped thousands of people regain their health. They show that mind and body never exist as separate or independent entities. A hand can never write a letter unless the mind orders the hand to do so. You cannot even move your eyes to read these words unless your mind has given you the definite instruction to follow their sequence. Our life is controlled by what could aptly be called “super intelligent body/mind.” Without its supervising presence, the body’s 60-100 trillion cells, with their over one trillion biochemical reactions per second each, would proportionally generate as much chaos and confusion as could be created in the case of the dissolution of the universe. You can experience the intimate relationship between mind and body when you get a stomachache from feeling upset, or when you faint from receiving sudden bad news. Some people have literally turned gray overnight due to a traumatic event and others blush when they feel embarrassed. Heart attacks can be triggered by a single bout of anger or intense anxiety, regardless whether one's arteries are congested or open. All thoughts and feelings are readily translated into biochemical compounds within the brain and within every other part of the body, thereby altering physical appearance and performance. In fact, every bit of mental activity leaves us with a specific physical sensation, known as emotion. Emotions are composites of both mental impulses and physical effects and they express the totality of your health at any given time. Your endocrine system, which produces hormones in response to your mental experiences, is indeed your personal drug store, and it comes free. Your inner pharmacy can make any drug you need and you are the pharmacist who writes the appropriate prescriptions. Depending on your emotional response or reaction to a particular event or problem, the drugs and their doses vary accordingly. They may be the stress hormones adrenaline, cortisol or cholesterol. When released into your blood stream in response to anger, fear or rejection, for example, the hormone secretions can save your life, but in the long term they may damage the blood vessels and impair the immune system. Your happy emotions, on the other hand, manifest as endorphins, serotonin, interleukin or other drugs that are related to the experience of pleasure and joy. If you produce enough of them you may even be able to arrest the aging process. Carefully controlled studies have shown that you can reduce your biological age by 10-15 years within ten days, provided your interpretation of your life experience goes through sudden, positive changes. But 3 you also can put on 20 extra years within a single day if you enter a state of hopelessness and depression. Hormones can have extremely powerful effects, both in a positive and negative sense. Yet even more powerful than hormones are the thought intentions that trigger them. For many years now, hospitals have been recording cases of what is generally known as “spontaneous remission.” A remission of cancer or other serious illnesses may occur when a person has experienced a state of sudden and unprecedented happiness. Others “fall” into the spontaneous emotion of laughter, which consequently may stop a terminal illness. Our physical makeup is capable of providing formerly unknown and extremely powerful chemicals in response to a newly adopted perception of reality. This intrinsic ability of the human mind/body system will evolve our endocrine system to a much higher level of efficiency and bestow abilities to our body beyond our current level understanding or imagination. The mind/body connection will be discussed at great length in this book because it forms an essential part of our endeavor to improve physical and mental health. The journey of developing a permanent state of health and vitality is not so much about treating disease, which is the main concern of conventional medicine. True healing is more about reestablishing the flawless connection that exists between body and mind. The darkness in a room disappears when we switch on the light, and so does disease disappear by the act of generating healthy, life-supporting effects in our body and mind. Good health remains an unrealistic dream when the focus is on disease. A basic natural law states that energy follows thought. If disease is your point of attention, or remains a point of reference and truth in your life, you are going to be stuck with it because disease thrives on negative energy. Over 90% of all diseases in our Western civilization are chronic by nature; for these there are no successful treatments available, at least not in the field of traditional medicine. The inadequacy of our modern medical system in successfully dealing with chronic disease is rooted in the collective conviction that we need to get rid of the symptoms of disease in order to get our health back. If we focused our attention on setting the preconditions responsible for creating and maintaining good health, health would return naturally. It is not disease that needs attention; it is the patient who requires love, care, nourishment, and the feeling of being complete again. The single most important experience that the unbalanced body/mind needs for healing is the experience of happiness, which results when a person begins to take his health in his hands and removes whatever congestion may exist in the body. This is a highly self-empowering process, which is pleasing to the heart, body and soul. A fascinating study showed that happy people are the least likely to catch colds, regardless how often you expose them to a cold virus. Also people who are in love show a higher resistance to disease. To create a positive state of health can be a powerful happiness-generating event. Happiness returns spontaneously in a person who, suffering from a cold or a disease, starts to feel better again. Only happiness and health are attractive to us; disease isn’t. Unhappy people can never be truly healthy, just as unhealthy people can never be truly happy. A person who suffers from cancer and learns to apply the methods of regaining his happiness described in this book may suddenly cure himself, but if he continues hating his mother, father or ex-spouse, then even these or similar therapies are bound to be unsuccessful in the long-term. By focusing on disease or negativity in life one remains trapped in unresolved cycles of anger and conflicts. This, in turn, will have a powerful immune-suppressive effect and prevent true healing from taking place. The focus on the destructive characteristics of a disease – widely known as symptoms of disease – cannot serve as a source of inspiration to procure a true healing response and bring about an ever-evolving state of health. There is, in fact, nothing to be gained from a fascination with disease. In contrast, there is everything to be gained from a fascination with health. The human body has no built-in programs for sickness, but it has many programs to maintain a state of perfect equilibrium or balance. It is the nature of the human being to be healthy but it is up to us to set the 4 preconditions for these programs to work efficiently. Healing is absent when happiness is absent. Bereaved persons, whose sense of joy has virtually become non-existent, demonstrate this most clearly. Widows rank among the highest in the risk groups for cancer. Sadness, due to the loss of a beloved one, blocks a person’s normal immune response to fight cancer cells, even though his or her T-cell count may be in the normal range. The latest studies on heart disease show that lack of happiness and job satisfaction are heading the list of risk factors for heart attacks; they are far more endangering to our health than animal fats, alcohol and even cigarettes. The main purpose of life is to increase happiness. Any action that does not support this most basic principle of life is destined to fail or generate problems. This is as true for the field of health as it is for every other area in life. Most of the advice given in this book has an uplifting or a clarifying effect, thus providing a solid foundation for creating and maintaining good health. The liver cleanse described in chapter seven, which can remove hundreds of gallstones from the liver and gallbladder within a few hours, can by itself trigger waves of utter wellness and eliminate deep-seated anger and frustration. The clearing of severely blocked ducts and channels of circulation in the body can have truly blissful effects and most certainly change one’s priorities in life. With the continued improvement of your health you may find yourself entering a state of completeness where the pieces of the puzzle of life will naturally show up in their designated places. As you read about the various ways of improving your physical health, try to remember that this is closely tied to your mental and emotional well-being. Should you be suffering from a particular illness like cancer, heart disease or AIDS, apart from dealing with the physical aspect of the imbalance, you will also need to attend to its mental and emotional counterparts. Disease is not something that you just “catch.” Instead, it is something you create by repeatedly setting up the same limitations and difficulties that prevent your body and mind from regaining their natural state of balance or health. We don’t need to have the permission from anyone to improve our health because this is our natural birthright. The advice given in this book is not meant for curing diseases because it is not disease that needs curing; it is the suffering person who needs to become whole, happy and vital again. You can never really cure a disease because disease only occurs when health is no longer being created, when you are no longer in tune with your inner purpose, your natural sense of joyful existence, and the outer world. But once you have allowed balance to return to your body and mind, disease will disappear by itself just as the darkness of the night disappears with the light of the day. Most of the data and research that is mentioned in this book is based on what are generally considered “reliable” sources, such as published papers and scientific journals. But although I have cited scientific research studies throughout the book to clarify and illuminate basic insights, it is my opinion that research in itself cannot serve as a reliable source of truth and reality. The reason for this assumption is the fact that there can never be any kind of research that will remain unaltered by the changing factors of time and space, the unaccountable subjectivity of the researchers and those being researched, as well as the intended objectives of the research. In my view, scientific research should not be used in an exclusive manner to formulate a particular truth in life since it is very easy to employ research studies as a means of manipulating opinions and beliefs. In the United States, the FDA withdraws about 150 pharmaceutical drugs from the market each year because of the harmful, dangerous side effects they generate in numerous consumers. These are the same drugs that the FDA had approved several years earlier, on the basis of the rigorous “scientific” testing procedures that are being employed in all clinical studies today. Take the example of the arthritis drug VIOXX, or other painkillers, including CLELEBREX, ALEVE, and BEXTRA. Isn’t it simply astonishing that these poisonous, expensive drugs could have passed all the supposedly rigorous, 5 scientific safety tests and be sold to millions of unsuspecting arthritis sufferers, just to find out years later that it sharply increased the risk of heart attack and stroke? Could there be double standards for “rigorous testing” in the field of medical research, one for before and one for after introducing these drugs to the market? How many people needed to die (death dramatically raises the stakes for expensive law suits) before the drug producer Merck “volunteered” to withdraw the drug from the market? Likewise, how could powerful antidepressants be given to unhappy children, when it has been proved that these drugs increase the risk of suicide? These are questions that reflect the uncertainty principle that turns the use of medical drugs into a gamble with one’s life. I am often asked to supply the exact references for those studies I sometimes refer to, but doing so would place too much credence and reliance on something that is so heavily flawed and unreliable. I suggest that you take any statement or argument you are not sure about into your heart and ask your body how it feels (there is a body-testing procedure in chapter one). You will receive a definite answer from your body, which will signal either weakness or strength, or any other form of discomfort or comfort; depending on the input. This book is about enhancing your intuitive and cognitive abilities rather than presenting mere book knowledge to satisfy intellectual needs. The Key to Health and Rejuvenation is not a foreign body of knowledge we need to introduce from outside. You are that key and this book is here to show you how to use it for your own benefit as well as that of mankind. 6 CHAPTER 1 The Mind/Body Mystery Mind over Matter he united force of your body, mind and spirit continually seeks to provide you with nourishment, vitality and happiness. The body uses food, water and air to renew and sustain itself, the mind chooses a task that keeps it creative and active, and the spirit looks for ways to expand by generating waves of love, peace and freedom and to share happiness with the world as a means of gaining fulfillment. A delicious meal prepared by a loving parent or spouse can serve all three parts of you alike. Enjoying one's food can be a spiritual experience just as much as it can be a physical and a mental one. Being totally “present” while eating does not only trigger powerful pleasure hormones but also a sense of union between you, the food you eat and the process of eating. A beautiful piece of music soothes not only the spirit but also relaxes the mind and satisfies the body. Everything that you experience, physically, mentally or emotionally, has a profound bearing on your entire being. Each one of your thoughts, feelings and emotions causes profound changes in your body, mind and spirit. Think of the consoling and loving words you once received from a dear friend while you felt desolate and low in yourself. Did you feel encouraged and uplifted by your friend's presence and his words? Did you notice how our body, first bent over, tired and tight, suddenly began to elongate and feel more relaxed and energized? The depressed look on your face turned into a grateful smile and you said: “Thank you, I feel so much better now.” On the other hand, can you think of an instance in your life when you anticipated bad news of some kind, such as a loved one being involved in an accident? The fear that gripped you may have had a paralyzing effect on you. But then, seconds later, a friend brings you the blessed information that your loved one escaped unscathed and is well and healthy. All of a sudden, your paralyzed tense condition ceases and is replaced by a deep sense of relaxation, joy and increased physical strength. The sudden good news elevated your feelings and brought the smile back to your face. One split T 7 second was enough to trigger a profound internal transformation that changed everything from within you. For a brief moment you experienced a state of perfect health. The calm and reassuring words and loving care by a friend can trigger such powerful biochemical responses in your body that your posture changes, your physical expression relaxes and your mood improves. Research informs us that all of our thoughts, feelings, emotions, desires, intentions, beliefs, realizations and recognitions are instantly translated into neuropeptides or neurotransmitters in the brain. These hormones serve as chemical messengers of information. Scientists have already located over a hundred different neuropeptides and many more are believed to exist. A nerve cell or neuron produces and uses these peptides to transmit information to another neuron. This form of transmission, which often is referred to as “firing,” magically occurs in each of the millions of neurons in our brain, and at the exact same moment. Immediately after the transmission ends, the peptides are neutralized by enzymes, erasing all physical evidence of that thought or feeling. Yet we have stored the information in our memory bank. If need be, we are able to recall or remember it. This simple example shows that our brain is not the ultimate authority of our body. How do the millions of neurons know which type of neurotransmitter they need to make for each specific thought, right at the moment of its occurrence? What causes their simultaneous “firing” throughout the brain? And more stunning, how does one neuron know what the other neuron thinks when there is no direct physical connection between the two? The mystery is now becoming even more perplexing. In recent years, scientists have discovered that these chemical messengers are not only made by brain cells, but also by all the other cells in the body. This raises the question whether we think only with our brain cells or also with other cells in the body. There is indeed enough scientific evidence to show that skin cells, liver cells, heart cells, immune cells, etc. all have the same remarkable ability to think, emote and make decisions as brain cells. The cells of our body are equipped with receptor sites for these peptides, which explains why every cell knows what every other cell does or thinks. There cannot be any secrets between cells. Every impulse somewhere is an impulse everywhere. By utilizing these biochemical pathways, the body can translate a strong emotion of fear into chemical messages that order your adrenal glands to trigger the secretion of the stress hormones adrenalin and cortisol. Once these hormones are released into your blood stream in sufficient amounts, your heart starts pounding and the blood vessels that supply your muscles with blood begin to dilate. This preprogrammed defense strategy of the body makes it physically possible for you to run away from a perilous situation or to avoid, for example, being run over by a car. However, this effect, known as the fight or flight response, constricts other important blood vessels in the body such as the major arteries in the internal organs and elevates the blood pressure. If such stress responses occur on a regular basis, they can cause considerable damage to the entire body. Most people assume that only the adrenal glands secrete adrenalin, but this is not so. Each cell in the body produces this stress hormone, although in proportionally lesser quantities. After the initial burst of energy and physical strength resulting from an adrenalin shot, the cells may suddenly turn “jittery” and your body starts shaking. You may feel as if you have lost all your energy in the process. Without your conscious control you have actually practiced “mind over matter.” 8 Testing Your Mind/Body Response. At this point, I would like to suggest that you learn to apply a simple muscle test derived from the healing method of Behavioral Kinesiology. This test will demonstrate to you that at each moment your thoughts, intentions, desires, etc. exert total control over your body. I will refer to this test throughout the book whenever it may be necessary to find out whether a particular food, medicine, beauty product, situation, environment, or even a particular desire is conducive to your health or not. Everyone practices “mind over body” at all times. However, most of us do it unconsciously. The main purpose of this test is to bring this intimate relationship of the mind and body to the surface of your awareness and truly experience it in a very concrete and conscious way. Whenever you apply the muscle test, you will instantaneously reawaken the inner wisdom of your body and strengthen your natural instincts, trust and intuition. To conduct the test, find yourself a partner. Follow these simple steps for muscle testing: 1. Both of you need to stand. Your left arm should hang down relaxed by your side, while your right arm is extended in a horizontal position, with your elbow stretched. (If you are left-handed, use your left arm for testing.) 2. Next, ask your partner to stand in front of you. Look at a neutral place, such as a door or a wall, and try not to think of anything or anyone. Ask your partner to place his/her right hand on your left shoulder to keep your body posture in a stable position, and his/her left hand on top of your right arm, just over your wrist. 3. Now, ask your partner to press down on your arm, while you try to resist the pressure. Ask your partner to press down on your arm quickly and firmly, but not in a jerky manner, and not longer than about three seconds. The idea is to maintain the pressure only as long as it takes him/her to notice your arm’s strength of resistance. Pressing longer will make the muscle weak and produce a faulty test result. 4. Your arm muscle should be testing strong in this neutral state. (Please note that a particularly negative thought, an expectation, physical illness, or being under the influence of shock, alcohol, or drugs may substantially influence the outcome of this muscle test.) 5. Next, keep your right arm outstretched, while you try to think of a situation, person, past experience, etc., that would make you feel angry, nervous, or uncomfortable in any way. At the same time repeat Step 3. You will notice you will not be able to resist the pressure applied to your arm, and your arm muscle will immediately give in and become weak. Then try to think of someone you love or care about and ask your partner to test your arm muscle once more. Your arm muscle will be strong again. You may repeat Step 5 of the test while listening to hard rock music, watching a violent movie, or looking at fluorescent light. To test whether a particular shampoo, toothpaste, medical drug or food item is suitable for you, place any of these items into one of your hands while you ask your partner to test the muscle of your other arm. Note: If you are left-handed, it is better to test your left arm and place the tested item in your right hand. If these items are not available, merely think of them as he tests you on these products, one at a time. 9 It may be necessary for you to experiment with this technique on each other for a while before it becomes second nature to you. It is necessary to have an open and innocent mind when you conduct the test. Don’t try to influence or manipulate the outcome in any way, for this may lead to false results. Remember that every thought influences the body in a specific way. Ask any questions you may have that can be answered with a “yes” or with a “no.” This may even concern important decisions you need to make, journeys to take, or foods to eat, etc. Once again: to test food items, it may be enough to just look at or think of the food while applying the test. The body's own biofeedback system always works – it never lies. The muscles will respond to a particular stimulation either with weakness or with strength, so long as the test is conducted properly. Even if a so-called “health food” contains something that your body cannot process or digest properly, the feedback system will immediately inform you about it by sending your body cells the appropriate messages. A fearful thought, disruptive noise from the street, or the picture on the television news of a killed person is transmitted to your body cells, too. Your body's response is completely accurate and reflects the exact quality of the information passed on to you. Be aware that subconscious desires or aversions can change testing results. The cells in your body can detect the frequencies of incoming substances and check whether they are useful or harmful for you. A cola soft drink gives off different frequencies than an apple. The concentrated phosphoric acid, artificial flavors and sweeteners, large quantities of refined sugar and other chemicals contained in cola soft drinks are very destructive for biological life forms. So the body’s cells will consider them to be poisonous and go into a stress response. Their energy production, measured by the amount of ATP molecules, begins to drop abruptly as a result of this response. This practically means that the tissues in the body are increasingly cut off from the routes of energy supply and, hence, become weakened. In practical terms, this situation forces all the organs, glands, blood vessels, nerves and muscles to subsist on minimal energy, which jeopardizes the normal functioning of the body. Note: you can obtain more detailed information on the procedure from a good book on “Applied Kinesiology.” There is the opinion among some circles of Kinesiology practitioners that the arm-muscletest is not accurate and cannot be used as a tool of measuring the mind-body response. This would, however, imply that the arm muscles are not directly influenced by the frequencies of information we generate or are exposed to. In other words, the arms muscles would not be included in the internal network of communication. This defies the very principles of mind/body medicine. Inaccuracies occur only when the rules of the test are not followed exactly and when hidden desires manipulate the results. Eventually, you would want to rely only on what your heart tells you. By putting your attention on your heart while asking it a question will usually give you a feeling, knowingness, or even a verbal answer. The first response or impulse is the one to go by. Stress – And a Shrinking Thymus The thymus gland, which regulates activation of T-cells (the white blood or immune cells), is the first organ that is affected by stress. T-cells help the body to identify and fight cancer cells and other invading agents. The weakening influence on the thymus gland caused by such factors as news of negative events, dehydration or consumption of nutritionally poor and processed foods or beverages, reduces T-cell activation by thymus hormones and leaves the body without sufficient defense against the spreading of cancer cells and other causes of disease. 10 The thymus gland shrinks when it is exposed to stress. It is well known that following a serious injury, surgery or sudden illness, millions of white blood cells are destroyed and the thymus gland shrinks to as little as half of its size. It may become very stressful for your thymus gland when you look at a photo of Adolf Hitler, a child abuser or a wanted terrorist. The next time you look through a magazine, ask a friend to test your muscle while you look at the different pictures. You will find that some of these pictures make your muscles strong, whereas others make them weak. (Of course, if your way of life were completely infused with love and compassion versus fear and judgment, you would not suffer such a stress response at all.1) Your thymus gland has to deal with massive amounts of negative influences, considering the almost daily exposure to radio, television, newspapers, junk foods, chemicals in foods and beverages, indoor and outdoor pollution, and people with negative attitudes, etc. Even advertisements that show people smoking cigarettes or drinking alcoholic beverages have a weakening effect on your thymus. Most people are not aware how much of their life energy is drained by exposing themselves to stressful situations. Regularly spending time in unhealthy environments like smoke filled rooms, or experiencing energy-depleting influences such as driving at night or eating while tired can simply overwhelm the body. When there is no more energy left to function normally then one becomes nervous or begins to panic. The most common expression you can hear people say when this happens, is, “I feel so tense today.” But stress is nothing but an experience of constant exhaustion of the thymus gland caused by negative or weakening influences in life. Stress ceases to affect us when we stop exposing ourselves to such influences and correct the damage that has been caused by them in the past. You can positively strengthen and recharge your thymus and entire body through uplifting and encouraging activities, eating nutritious foods, and spending more time in nature than indoors or in front of the television. Whether you weaken or strengthen your body, in both cases you are practicing “mind over matter.” Placebo – The True Healer? The placebo effect works in a similar way. Placebo is a Latin word, which translates as “I shall please.” If something pleases you, it automatically triggers the release of pleasure hormones in your body, which means that in the event of an illness, you are likely to experience a healing response. In the field of medicine, the placebo effect is a phenomenon described as a measure for testing the efficacy of new drugs or therapies. There are three possible explanations why and how healing takes place (I want to mention at this point that shutting down or suppressing a symptom of disease has nothing to do with healing it). 1. A particular non-suppressive treatment has a curative value. 2. The healing power of nature is at work. This includes especially the immune system's natural response to stop and eliminate disease-causing factors. While this principle (of the body healing itself) applies to the majority of all medical cures, this “secret ally” of all doctors is hardly ever introduced to the patients. The human organism rarely receives praise for the extraordinary 1 To learn how to develop such a life, please refer to the book Freedom From Judgment and the method of Sacred Santémony by the author. 11 abilities it displays when dealing with infections and physical injury. The body's own remarkable healing ability is behind every success in the healing profession. In many instances, healing may even occur despite the side effects that so often arise from the use of medical drugs or invasive procedures. If the body’s healing response remains absent, no medical technology or expertise will have any value. 3. The placebo effect triggers the healing response. Orthodox medicine originally defined the placebo as an inert substance that, for psychological reasons only, is administered to satisfy or please a patient. However, this definition is no longer considered quite accurate or sufficient. The placebo effect can occur as a result of administering substances that are not inert, just as much as it can be triggered by procedures or pills that do not include medication. The placebo effect implies that the patient's belief in a "drug," which may just be a sugar pill or snake oil, has the power to stop pain and even cure a disease. A basic feeling of trust in a particular treatment or even the doctor can also act like a placebo. A research study is not considered valid or scientific unless it includes a placebo that is applied to a control group. When the success rate of the drug or treatment is higher than the success rate of the placebo, then the drug has passed the test for effectiveness. In the past, the placebo has even been used to study coronary bypass techniques and cancer radiation treatments. In the case of bypass studies, the surgeons open the chests of the heart patients in the placebo group and immediately stitch them back together again, without actually performing a bypass operation. After surgery, all the patients are informed that their operation was a success. Some of the placebo group patients confirm that they have relief of chest pain. A number of the heart patients who received the actual bypass surgery also report relief of pain. If the number of “successes” in the group actually having had the bypass procedure is higher than that of the placebo group, then the bypass operation is considered to be an effective method to relieve chest pain. An early carefully controlled study with patients suffering from Angina pectoris showed that 5 out of 8 patients, who had genuine surgery, and 5 out of 9 patients, who only received a sham operation, felt much better afterwards. Two of the patients with sham operations even experienced a remarkable increase in physical stamina and endurance. A group of highly skeptical researchers repeated the same experiment with another group of 18 patients. Neither the patients nor the examining cardiologist knew who actually received the surgery. The results were that 10 out 13 patients with real surgery and 5 out of 5 patients with the sham operation had improved significantly. This experiment demonstrated that the placebo together with the body's healing system might actually be the real power behind successful surgery. Surgery, just like every other treatment, can work as a placebo for the patient; and it seems to have no significant advantage over the placebo. It would, however, be very unwise to have a sham operation and continue with a detrimental lifestyle. The survival rate with sham operations is not more than two years, and with a normal operation not much longer either, unless the patient makes major changes in his diet, lifestyle, etc. When the Placebo Becomes Medicine The mechanics of placebo healing is centered in the belief of the patient that a drug, an operation, or a treatment program is going to relieve his pain or cure his illness. Deep trust or a sure feeling of recovery is all that the patient has at his disposal to initiate a healing response. Utilizing the previously described 12 powerful mind/body connection, the patient may release natural opioids (morphine-type painkillers) from areas of the brain that are activated by certain thought processes. The corresponding neurotransmitters for pain relief are known as endorphins. Endorphins are about forty thousand times more powerful than the strongest heroin. A patient who suffers from a cancerous growth may produce extra amounts of Interleukin II and Interferon to destroy malignant tumor cells. Being products of the DNA, the body can make anti-cancer drugs in every cell and eradicate cancer in a moment (spontaneous remission), provided the patient knows how to trigger their release. The triggers are trust, confidence and happiness, and are the same triggers that can cause a placebo response. To buy these drugs on the pharmaceutical market, you may have to spend up to $40,000 per course of treatment. The “success” rate with these drugs is less than 15 percent and their side effects are so severe that they can destroy the immune system and sow the seeds for future diseases (see section on “Cancer -- Who Makes It?” in Chapter 10). Your body is capable of manufacturing every drug that could possibly be produced by the pharmaceutical industry. Synthetically derived drugs only “work” because the cells of the body have receptors for some of the chemicals contained in the drugs. This also means that the body is capable of making these chemicals, too, otherwise these receptors wouldn’t exist. However, the body makes them with the utmost precision, in the correct dosage, and perfectly timed. The body’s own drugs cost us nothing and they have no harmful side effects. Pharmaceutical drugs, on the other hand, are very expensive and much less specific and accurate. It is estimated that 35-45% of all prescriptions have no specific effect on the disease for which they are prescribed. The majority of positive results are directly caused by the body's own healing response or triggered by the placebo effect and have nothing to do with the treatment itself. The Placebo in Action Medical doctors have the status and power to infuse in their patients the confidence to believe that, for their condition, they are receiving the most suitable and best treatment available. The hope to find relief and to get better may be the main motivation behind a patient’s visit to the doctor. Also, the doctor is likely to believe that his prescription will produce the desired effect, that is, relieve his patient’s symptoms. The belief of the doctor in his treatment and the trust of the patient in his doctor combined can produce a “medicine” that is capable of transforming even a useless treatment or a non-specific drug into a dynamo of healing. This can very well lead to a definite improvement of the treated condition, and in some cases, to a complete cure. This medicine is nothing more than the placebo effect. If the doctor himself is completely convinced that the treatment he recommends to his patient will be successful, the patient’s perception of the doctor’s confidence is much more likely to produce a placebo response than if the doctor were doubtful about his approach. Dr. K. B. Thomas from Southampton, England has shown that a doctor doesn’t even need a prescription to help his patients. Dr. Thomas selected 200 patients who were suffering from such various symptoms as headaches, stomach pains, back pains, sore throats, cough and fatigue. First he divided the patients into two groups. The patients of group one received a clear diagnosis and a “positive” consultation during which he assured them that they would soon recover. He told the second group that he wasn’t completely sure what was wrong with them and asked them to come back again in case there was no improvement. Then he divided each group into two subgroups of which one received a prescription, which was a placebo. After two weeks, 64% of the 13 patients with the “positive consultation” had improved considerably compared to 39% of the patients who received uncertain advice. Of those patients who received a prescription (placebo), 53 percent had improved, whereas among those without a prescription, 50 percent had improved. This experiment demonstrates that a medical doctor can have a more powerful healing effect on his patient than a prescription drug. This may also explain the phenomenon of why doctors who really believe what they do is best for their patients -- even though it may defy the logic of scientific understanding -- achieve much better results and their patients do well. If a doctor can inspire a patient to believe that he is going to improve, he has done a much better job than any sophisticated treatment may be able to accomplish. A leading article in the medical journal Lancet asked why it should be wrong to give a placebo when the essential modern therapeutic means have no better effects than placebos. It should be the primary aim of medical training to produce a warm-hearted, honest and optimistic doctor who listens to his intuition and who feels both compassion and love for his fellow human beings. The medical students should be tested for these basic human characteristics. Those students who are unable to pass this test should be prohibited from practicing medicine. The doctor’s very presence can work as medicine. What kind of therapy he uses may, indeed, be of secondary or complementary value. Thus, the doctor as a living placebo can be more powerful than his treatment, and there won’t even be any harmful side effects. The current trend by large proportions of the population to seek alternative practitioners is not so much based on what they offer to a patient but how they make the patient feel. The very fact that alternative therapists use natural methods and compounds for their treatment modalities makes natural therapies more acceptable to the patient than medical treatments. It also makes them more humane and potentially more powerful as placebos. We all have a pre-programmed natural instinct, although subdued in many people. This gut feeling senses a healing effect from pure, fresh foods, healing herbs and other natural remedies. A herb from the Himalayan mountains or a piece of ginger are more likely to trigger a placebo response in us than the synthetic fat “Olestra” or a chemical drug used to reduce blood pressure. Natural things are naturally pleasing to the body and mind. A naturopath has become a symbol for natural healing. Even if his methods may not be very effective, the symbol may still be a powerful enough trigger for a good placebo response. The placebo is known to be directly responsible for a considerable amount of success in every medical treatment. This is being confirmed by the results of every controlled study. If there were any other treatment in the system of conventional medicine just as effective and consistent as the placebo effect, it would have most certainly been heralded as one of the biggest medical breakthroughs of all times. However, the placebo effect is not at all or only rarely mentioned in the medical textbooks. This is unfortunate because the placebo plays at least as an important a role in the process of healing and recovery as an expensive drug or sophisticated medical machinery. A typical example for this is the drug digitalis, which has been used by doctors for over 200 years to treat heart disease, despite the fact that its long-term benefits and safety have never been proven. A major three-year double-blind control study (1997, New England Journal of Medicine) conducted by The Digitalis Investigation Group showed that out of 3,397 heart patients who received digitalis, 1,181 patients had died by the end of the study period compared with 1,194 out of 3,403 patients who had received a placebo. The study makes digitalis no better than a sugar pill in preventing death through heart disease, yet it is the preferred treatment (over the placebo). During medical training, every would-be doctor has to face the unpleasant fact that drugs themselves cannot induce a healing response. A drug may work in only 35% of the people who receive it. The rest of 14 them may either have no results or become worse because of the drug’s side effects. Doctors also know that a patient has a much greater chance of improving with a certain drug if they guarantee an improvement. They have learned that a patient can get better by merely looking at a medicine. However, this effect depends more on the imaginative power and the trusting nature of the patient than it does on the medicine itself. The Miracle of Spontaneous Healing Although modern medicine has virtually stumbled over the healing mechanism of the body, it still has not recognized it as such. Almost all of the scientific research conducted on the thousands of drugs and therapies applied by medical doctors throughout the world has included the “placebo effect.” Placebos have somewhat made it possible for medical research to be considered objective and reliable. It is not the placebo effect or healing mechanism, though, that has been the subject of research. All the attention has been on testing drugs or medical procedures as potential candidates for the treatment of disease. Drugs by themselves cannot inspire true healing without acting as a placebo and can, therefore, only be of secondary value, if any at all (considering the fact that suppression of symptoms has nothing to do with cure). Moreover, it is erroneous to assume that the positive change of symptoms following a particular treatment must necessarily be the result of that particular therapy. Treatments have no healing powers of their own and remain ineffective unless they are able to work as triggers for the placebo effect or healing response. In addition, treatments that are geared toward merely getting rid of the symptoms of disease with disregard to its causes have nothing to do with real healing. Bringing temporary relief to the symptoms may be very desirable for the patient, but in the long term, such an approach makes it increasingly difficult for the body to heal itself. If true healing does take place, it is due to the existing mind/body connection and the body's own inner healing power. The body's powerful healing mechanism was clearly revealed by a study on three groups of patients, all of whom suffered from bleeding ulcers in their stomachs. The patients in each group were informed that they would be testing a new drug that could stop the bleeding of their ulcers. One group received the new drug, the second group was given a drug that increases bleeding, and the third group was given inert placebo pills. Most of the patients were desperate individuals who hoped that the new drug would help them get rid of their agonizing problem. The results astonished the researchers. The bleeding stopped in patients from all the groups, even in those who received the drug that was supposed to increase the bleeding. Could the belief in the new wonder drug have been powerful enough to override the high toxicity of a bleed-inducing drug? Obviously, in response to their thoughts and feelings of hope and trust, the patients' bodies did not only produce special drugs that could effectively stop the bleeding of their ulcers, but also neutralize the poisonous substances contained in the drug that was meant to trigger bleeding. There are thousands of different studies that tell of the amazing effects of the placebo response. In one classic study conducted in 1950, pregnant women who were suffering from severe morning sickness were given syrup of ipecac, which is an effective compound to induce vomiting. The women were told ipecac was a powerful new cure for nausea. To the amazement of the researchers, the women ceased vomiting. Another intriguing experiment was conducted with the help of medical students. Fifty-six students received either a pink or a blue sugar pill and they were told that the pills were either tranquillizers or 15 stimulants. Only 3 out of the 56 students reported that the pills had no effects on them. Most of the students who received the blue pills assumed that they were tranquillizers and 72% of them felt sleepy. Furthermore, the students who took two blue pills felt sleepier than did those who took only one pill. By contrast, 32% of the students who ingested the pink placebo pills reported that they were less tired and one third of the students stated that they had side effects ranging from headaches, numbness, watery eyes to stomach cramps, intestinal pains, itching in the extremities and staggering walk. All responses by the students, except for three of them, were caused by their imaginative beliefs. The implications of these and similar experiments could have revolutionized the entire medical approach to disease. Unfortunately, the law prohibits the sale of “drugs” that contain nothing but inert substances. Without such a law, many people could have become their own best healers, using only their trust in a drug that in reality isn’t one. On the other hand, if placebo sales were made legal, anyone could make a dummy drug and sell it as a real one. But then who is to decide which one is more effective? A former president of the Royal College of Physicians in London once estimated that only 10% of all diseases could be manipulated effectively by modern methods of treatment, including the administration of drugs. Disease manipulation does not necessarily mean that drugs have a curative effect. Actually, most of them merely suppress symptoms, and they are costly. By contrast, a placebo is very cheap or even costfree. And it has no harmful side effects. Healing Depends On the Patient Most medical researchers know that depression, anxiety, negative stress, trauma, emotional crisis, etc., can make the crucial difference whether an administered drug or treatment program is effective or not. This fact may explain why drugs have only such small success rates, on average 35%. The majority of people find no improvement with drugs, and many report strong negative side effects. Any drug experiment that tests a drug against a placebo, or anyone taking such a drug should, therefore, incorporate or consider the following four crucial points: 1. Are there fewer subjects who suffer from depression, anxiety or trauma in the experimental group than there are in the placebo group? 2. Would the experiment have ended differently if the control group had received the drug and the experimental group the placebo? 3. Would the results of the experiment be the same if the researchers, who were assigned to administer the drug to the different groups, were asked to switch groups? 4. Would any pharmaceutical company risk repeating the same experiment, but with different subjects, if this could lead to significantly altered or even contrary results? It is important to emphasize at this point that a particular drug or treatment may produce different results in different people and can, therefore, not be considered objectively testable for efficacy. A drug may not work for a particular patient unless he allows it to work. The patient’s state of mind, his subconscious acceptance or resistance, and his emotions play the main role in determining how successful a therapy is for him. The type of therapy he receives may, in fact, be secondary. The renowned researcher Dr. Herbert Benson from Harvard University stated once, “Most of the history of medicine is the history of the placebo effect”. The ability to cure a disease remains solely with the patient. 16 An existing or past trauma, sadness, depression and anger can all lead to unconscious programming of the patient's cells to shut down their receptor sites to both internal and external drugs. This may render any medical intervention useless, if not harmful. It is well known that if a patient is in shock, for example, he cannot be treated or undergo surgery. The same principle applies, although to a lesser degree, to a patient’s subjective condition when he receives a particular treatment. With a general drug failure rate of 65% it is obvious that drugs don’t do the trick. Rather, is the recipient of the drugs who determines whether healing takes place or not. True healing requires hope, trust and a profound belief that one “deserves” to be healed. Once the body receives the go-ahead signal from his host, which I would like to call “body/mind,” it will trigger a healing response and take care of the necessary details. The dissimilar levels of trust and belief that different patients place in the potency of a drug can trigger a wide range of responses. A higher degree of trust can actually increase the placebo effect from 25% to 75%! For example, the healing rate for duodenal ulcers among the placebo groups in controlled clinical studies range from 20% to 70%. It is very unpredictable who will respond to a placebo positively. Some patients report relief of pain after they have been injected with sterile water. An average 3 to 4 out of 10 surgery patients with serious wounds (caused by ulcers) experience significant pain reduction after they have been injected with a salt solution. There are no reliable methods in modern medicine that can determine or guarantee which ones of the patients will or will not respond to a placebo. It is equally impossible to predict how well a patient will respond to a real drug treatment or surgery. The subjective state of the patient plays indeed a major, if not the most determinant, role in curing an illness. It is well known that wounds may or may not produce pain, depending on whether the wounded considers it a “good” or “bad” wound. Soldiers who were injured during the war often did not even require painkillers when they felt that their wound would help them get into the safety of a hospital and then back home. On the other hand, a serious wound acquired in civil life through an accident can cause tremendous pain and trauma if it is associated with a loss of health, mobility and financial resources. Is Today’s Medical Practice Trustworthy? To conduct double blind control studies in order to establish whether a particular drug or treatment is useful is a highly dubious and misleading practice. Because of the highly elusive and undetermined, subjective state of the tested patients, these studies, which are considered the backbone of medical science, may in fact produce very unrealistic and contrived results. Yet they are presented to the public as "proof" for the reliability of scientific research and medical applications. There is more reason to be cautious about taking medical research too seriously. In 1994 and 1995 researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital surveyed more than 3000 academic scientists and found that 64% of them had financial ties to corporations. According to the report, which was published in the Journal Of The American Medical Association (JAMA), 20% of the 3,000 researchers actually admitted that they had delayed publication of research results for more than 6 months, to obtain patents and to "slow the dissemination of undesired results. "Sometimes if you accept a grant from a company, you have to include a proviso that you won't distribute anything except with its OK. It has a negative impact on science," says Nobel-prize- winning biochemist Paul Berg. Furthermore, a major research report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), an arm of the United States Congress, came to the most startling conclusion of all. The 1978 report stated: “Only 10 to 20 percent of all procedures currently used in medical practices have been shown to be efficacious by 17 controlled trial.” In its October 1991 issue, the British Medical Journal confirmed this report by stating that about 85% of all medical procedures and surgeries are scientifically unproved. In other words, 80 to 90 percent of the common medical treatments available to the general population have no scientific backing and it is doubtful whether they are justified at all. These findings fall in line with WHO statistics, which conclude that 90 percent of all diseases prevalent today are not treatable with orthodox medical procedures. However, it would be erroneous to generalize these findings. There are very successful methods in modern medicine which are unmatched by any other form of treatment. They concern mainly acute problems that are caused by accidents, including burns, fractures, heart attacks, as well as matters of hygiene. The high success rate of medical treatment in this field is a truly remarkable and exemplary achievement. For the other 90 percent of diseases that are considered chronic in nature, modern research techniques have so far failed to produce any breakthrough results. Chronic disease is a combined effect of one or several causal factors that are rarely, if ever, considered in the treatment programs of conventional medicine. With regard to a chronic illness it is simply not enough to attempt to fix its symptoms. Conducting reliable studies on chronic diseases is therefore virtually impossible, unless of course, these factors (diet, lifestyle, state of mind, emotions, existence of conflict, etc.) would be incorporated in the testing procedures. It seems that none of the researchers even consider the fact that the healing mechanism, which is triggered by a patient’s strong belief in a drug, does not only take place in the placebo control group but also in the experimental group. It is not very scientific to declare that a drug produces a higher rate of improvement than a placebo when the placebo effect -- the patient's trust in the drug -- is at work in both these groups. The very fact that the placebo effect has to be included as an essential part of every study shows that the subjective state of the patients in both groups remains the major determining factor in the outcome of the experiment. If the placebo group has a success rate of 35% and the drug group has a success rate of 40%, it is obvious that at least 35% of the drug group's success is attributable to the placebo effect and the drug itself causes only 5%. Its true success rate of perhaps 1-3% (after eliminating other factors of influence such as mental and emotional states) does not justify giving the drug to millions of unsuspecting patients, yet it is nevertheless advertised and sold as an effective treatment of disease. All of this makes it very obvious that medical research cannot be considered objective or scientific. Why Some Heal and Others Don’t There is no simple or magical method to make a patient believe in the treatment he receives. The success of the placebo response depends mainly on the individual's state of heart and mind and whether he has a good reason to believe in his doctor. The following three paragraphs describe three major categories of personality, which may determine your success or lack of it in overcoming a serious or life-threatening illness: 1. You feel depressed about everything in your life. You blame others and circumstances for your suffering. You are not happy when others are satisfied and joyful because they reflect to you and even intensify the sense that something is missing in your own life. So seeing other people being happy makes you feel worse. You lack enthusiasm and self esteem and your outlook on life is rather dismal. You get angry even without having to have a specific reason. Many times you feel you don't like yourself or even put yourself down in front of others. You frequently say things like, “Whatever 18 I try doesn’t work for me,” or, “I knew it from the beginning that the medicine wouldn’t be able to help me.” You were unhappy most of your life and you try not to remember your past. You give up easily and justify your failure by saying, “It’s too difficult,” or, “Nobody cares about me anyway.” You feel life has not much to offer and you see no real purpose in living. You prefer to hang out with friends who also feel as depressed as you do. 2. You are a fighter and you are not willing to give up. Your determination gets you through periods of pain and agony. You desperately want to live and you frequently say something like, “I am going to beat it” or “I am not allowing this to get me down.” However, deep inside, you are scared and you are afraid of not being successful. You often feel lonely and create doubts in your mind. 3. You are easygoing and relaxed. You feel that your disease is not a coincidence or even a reason to become angry. You interpret illness as an important sign or lesson that may enforce major changes in your life that you were not willing to make before. You are not in a desperate hurry to get rid of the disease and prefer to go through the rough periods consciously. Your attitude to the disease is not a negative one even though it makes you feel uncomfortable and suffer. You listen to the “messages” your body is sending you and you learn from them. You accept responsibility for having created this situation yourself but you don’t have feelings of guilt. The idea that you give meaning to everything in your life -- positive or negative -- is not a theoretical concept but a practical way of life for you. You are grateful to yourself and others for having arranged your life the way it is at this present moment. You believe in a higher purpose in life and trust that you are taken care of in one way or another. Each and every moment is a precious opportunity for growth and learning about life and self-empowerment. Death is not a frightening issue for you because you know that there is a special purpose in dying as well. You are involved in spiritual practices such as meditation, visualization, and bodywork. You feel that the disease will disappear by itself once you have learned the accompanying lesson(s) and are ready to embrace the necessary changes in your life. As you may have guessed, persons who are in category 3 or have similar personality traits are better candidates for the placebo effect or for healing themselves than those in categories 1 and 2. A person in category 3 has no reason to believe that a medicine or a treatment would not work, he simply knows within himself that in one way or another he is going to get better. If one approach of healing does not work for him he won't feel disappointed but will have enough motivation to look for alternative solutions. If nothing from the outside seems to heal his illness he is likely to realize that he is has to do it from inside. He will eventually know that the ultimate healer lies within. While a person in category 2 has a good chance of recovery due to his positive attitude, he may nevertheless undermine the placebo effect by reserving a slight doubt in the back of his mind, “just in case.…” Trying to think positive is basically motivated by fear and is, therefore, not good enough to trigger a healing response. He may be sending out two contradictory signals to his body/mind: “Yes, I am going to get better with this new drug!” and “But what am I going to do if it doesn't work for me?” The positive attitude is cancelled out by the fear-based doubt. Doubt or fear is a form of energy. If fear motivates or drives your action, this fear is manifesting exactly what you are afraid of. A person in category 1 has hardly any self-esteem and spends all his energy accusing others or blaming fate for his deplorable situation. He is not capable of triggering the placebo response. Hence he may remain chronically ill unless he begins to value himself and re-evaluate his life. Many times disease manifests as a test to find out how much we value ourselves. You can only have as much faith in a drug, a 19 medical treatment or even God as you have in yourself. A low self-esteem lacks in self-trust. And trust in oneself is the necessary element to trigger the placebo response, which is needed to cure any disease. This connection works also when the healing response is caused by an outer source such as another person, such as a therapist or a healer. The success that hands on healing or praying can have for a sick person is the result of a two-way process but largely depends on the patient’s receptivity, self-esteem, and deserving ability. If he believes that he deserves to be healed, his body and mind become more receptive for the healing energies. For an increasing number of people, natural forms of healing are much more likely to trigger a placebo or healing response than standard medical procedures, which explains the current tremendous interest in alternative or complimentary forms of medicine. The Paradigm Shift There is a definite shift that is taking place among medical doctors in the United States and other industrialized nations from the specialized areas of practice toward a more holistic approach to health and healing. Many MD's are becoming disillusioned with their limited field of expertise, which mainly consists of conducting blood tests, giving EKGs, or using pills or scalpels. A significant number of US medical schools are now adding courses on holistic and alternative medicine, subjects that were considered taboo in medical circles not long ago. Modern high-tech medicine cannot be applied to chronic diseases. It is indispensable during situations of crisis when organs have failed, when injuries caused by accidents require surgery or when someone is fighting a life-threatening infection. The vast majority of illnesses, however, are chronic in nature. They include high blood pressure, heart disease, Multiple Sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, depression and other acute disorders that become chronic such as cancer and AIDS. Patients are becoming increasingly disenchanted with the endless high-tech scans and tests of modern medicine. They offer none of the personal care and encouragement which are so badly needed when you are ill, when you need a placebo. This feeling of alienation and helplessness drives many into the hands of alternative practitioners who spend more time with their patients and offer them approaches that include self-help programs like meditation, yoga, dietary advice, and natural remedies. Americans are already spending approximately $30 million a year on alternative methods of healing. In Australia, 50 percent of all patients opt for exclusively alternative treatments. In addition, a daily increasing number of medical practitioners are turning “alternative.” (Going “alternative” does not necessarily mean you are better off than using conventional methods of therapy. Up to 30% of people who visit an alternative practitioner claim to be “very dissatisfied” by the treatment they receive and up to 24% of people using an alternative treatment have reported some adverse reaction to their treatment.) Consumer demand and the economic crisis of the medical system are probably the most influential reasons that motivate increasing numbers of medical practitioners to turn to the low cost treatments and even to prayer and spirituality. Particularly in the United States, where the insurance fees for malpractice are very high, physicians are increasingly interested in attending to their patients' spiritual needs. By building a more personal relationship with the patients, as a bonus to the doctors, they are less likely to be sued by their patients. This may also restore the doctor's image as an infallible caretaker, a role that used to be the rule rather than the exception. The doctor’s role as a friend and guide during the difficult times of sickness can in fact be a very crucial element in leading a patient to his recovery. The shift from a conventional doctor to an alternative doctor or to one who really cares, however, may not be sufficient to invoke a healing response. Exercising your will and desire to take your health in your 20 hands and to take responsibility for everything that happens in your life is perhaps the most powerful method of healing there is. It tackles the original cause of almost every illness, that is, feeling inadequate, unworthy or powerless. So the most profound and continuous guarantee for good health is the taking of responsibility for one’s health. This implies the search for and application of natural ways to improve the body as much as avoiding those factors and influences that cause it harm. Once we know what causes disease we will be able to rectify the situation and lay the foundation for optimal health. The following chapters provide an in-depth understanding in what ways we may be contributing to our own ill health, aging and disabilities and how we can stop and reverse this process for good. 21 CHAPTER 2 The Laws Behind Sickness and Health Disease is Unnatural he main conclusion that can be drawn from the study of health and healing is that there is a natural way of living that can prevent disease from arising. Illness results when we deviate from this way of life. It manifests when the body attempts to neutralize and eliminate accumulated harmful substances and fluids. To restore health, we have to remove these toxins first. A nutrient-rich diet and a natural program of health care will prevent them from accumulating again. Disease is the occurrence of a toxicity crisis. The crisis occurs when toxins in the body have reached a certain level of concentration, which, in this context, I will be referring to as “tolerance.” The body signals pain or other forms of discomfort in order to stimulate the immune system into defensive action. The resulting immune response includes the mobilization of immune cells and antibodies that help to reduce the level of toxicity to below the limit of tolerance (see illustration 1). During the reactive stage of the toxicity crisis you may feel weak and worn out because the body utilizes every ounce of energy it can get to clear itself of the toxins. Under normal circumstances, physical strength, appetite and good mood will begin to return several days after the immune response. This may give you the impression that your health is back to normal, whereas in many cases you may have only passed the symptom level of the toxicity crisis. Unless we first eliminate the factors that have led to the build-up of toxins, they (the toxins) are likely to accumulate again and eventually cause another toxicity crisis. Since immunity becomes progressively weaker with each new crisis, the likelihood of fully recovering one's health and vitality diminishes too. The final outcome of repeated cycles of toxicity crisis is chronic illness. T 22 Peak of Crisis Easing of Syptoms Tolerance Toxins gradually rise to the level of tolerance where they produce symptoms of discomfort or disease, i.e., a toxicity crisis. Once the peak level of the crisis has been reached, symptoms begin to ease and the condition reverses. Toxins Illustration 1: The Toxicity Crisis Over one hundred years ago chronic diseases were rare. At the beginning of the 20th century only 10 out of 100 people suffered an ongoing illness. Today, chronic diseases make up over 90 percent of all health problems. Nowadays, the general population and the doctors alike tend to believe that it is both correct and beneficial to get rid of the symptoms of a disease by any means possible. In most cases, the methods used consist of drugs and surgery. Although their application conveniently bypasses the need for having to detect and attend to the causes of these indicators of toxicity (symptoms), the net result of such an approach is depression of the vital organs and systems in the body. Since the body is thus denied the opportunity to remove the accumulated toxins, the toxicity crisis becomes extended in time. This causes further wear and tear of the immune system and makes a person susceptible to develop exacerbated forms of acute and chronic illness. The Well-known physician, Dr. Henry Lindlahr, made this profound and astute observation: “The greatest part of all chronic disease is created by the suppression of acute disease by drug poisoning.” Most of us have made the collective “agreement” that once a sick person recovers after taking medicine, his improvement must “obviously” be the result of the medicine. However, this assumption may be highly deceptive. Healing always takes place in the body and is controlled by the body. If for any reason, the body can no longer heal itself, even the most powerful medicine will be not be able to accomplish what the body’s failing healing system was not able to do. Disease manifests when the body’s natural healing responses are weakened or suppressed. The body has a constant tendency to return to its normal balanced state (equilibrium), which is perhaps the only real power of healing that exists. Sometimes, the belief in a particular treatment or medicine (placebo) can serve as a trigger for the body to restore equilibrium - an effect that is often (wrongly) attributed to the treatment rather than to the energies of trust or hope that it may be generating in the patient. In the body, the ultimate law of maintaining perfect balance is seriously undermined by energydepleting influences. A chain smoker, for example, who has developed arteriosclerosis (hardening of arteries) and heart muscle weakness under the constant exposure to carbon monoxide and nicotine, stands very little or no chance to be cured if he continues to smoke. If stockbrokers or gamblers experience constant shocks as part of their business activities, a factor known to cause heart disease, what else can help but giving up the gambling business? Taking them into a hospital, away from their jobs, is often enough to help them regain their health. The idea that the applied medical treatment is responsible for their improvement, however, is more than misleading. 23 The Symptom of a Disease Isn't the Disease Although you may think that you have found the best medicine there is for your particular health condition, you are unlikely to become truly healed unless you stop generating or maintaining its causes. You may succeed in stopping the symptoms of illness, but such an act only forces your body to transfer the toxic substances to “deeper” structures of the body, including the tissues of the organs, joints and bones. Since suppressing toxins makes them "disappear" from the network of general circulation, the body’s ability to tolerate toxicity seems to "improve" temporarily. This, of course, gives you more leeway to hold on to even more toxins without developing any obvious signs of ill health. If the first lines of the body's defense system would still be intact, the body would naturally deal with this build-up of toxins by manifesting a cold, a fever or an infection. You would feel quite ill. If none of these occur, however, you may in fact believe that you are doing quite well, health-wise, and you are able to get on with your life in the usual manner. But suddenly, without much warning, an even larger wave of toxicity is released. A typical example for such a crisis is the sudden heart attack or stroke. Many victims of such an attack claim that they have always been “perfectly healthy.” Most of the serious and life-threatening diseases usually begin with minor problems, such as a simple irritation of the mucus lining in the stomach, which can be caused by overeating, abrasive foods and beverages, or emotional turbulence. Unable to digest the food, the stomach passes some of its hydrochloric acid upward into the esophagus, which gives rise to the sensation of “heartburn.” Contrary to common belief, acid reflux or heartburn is not caused by too much stomach acid, but by too little stomach acid. Food stays in the stomach undigested for too long, causing stomach upset. When it gets pushed up into the delicate esophagus, it causes your heartburn. You can easily test whether your digestive problems are caused by too little acid. Take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, fresh ginger with a pinch of salt, or cayenne pepper before you eat (All these stimulate acid production.) If that doesn't help, a common acid supplement called betaine hydrochloride (HCI) may be helpful, unless you suffer from an ulcer. If any of these methods improve your symptoms, you will know that your problem was too little acid. To improve digestive functions, including low stomach acid, cleanse your liver and intestines. When food isn't digested properly, vitamins and nutrients aren't absorbed, leaving you open to a host of degenerative and other diseases. If the irritation occurs more frequently, caused by regular consumption of such things as coffee, cokes, sugar, chocolates, meat, nicotine, alcohol, drugs, etc., it may turn into a fully developed inflammation. Unless the irritating habits are discontinued, an ulcer will form. Incapable of removing the daily amounting metabolic waste, cellular debris and toxic food particles from the scene of the ulcer lesions, the stomach cells may no longer be able to sustain their normal behavior while being in such an unnatural and toxic environment. This may alter the genetic program of the affected stomach cells through what is known as "cell mutation." Cells that have “gone out of control,” seem to be no longer aware of being an integral part of the body. This symptom of disease is called cancer, which is just another name for constant irritation and poisoning of cells. Thus, stomach cancer is but the final result of continuous irritation of stomach cells. Most of the currently used treatments only target the symptoms of disease as if they were the disease. The idea is to remove the symptoms in the hope that the disease will disappear as well. In many cases, the use of sophisticated diagnostic tools can precisely identify the symptoms of a disease, which could be a stomach ulcer, stones in the gallbladder or a tumor in the uterus. The “treatment” may consist of cutting out the “culprit,” often along with the inflicted organ. The patient is sent home under the impression that 24 he has been cured. But not being aware of what has caused his problems in the first place, his body may turn into a living time bomb. To date, the purely clinical approach of diagnosis has not been able to identify the causal factors for over 80 percent of all diseases. This is perhaps the biggest drawback in today’s medical approach. Yet we cannot blame the medical professionals for the current crisis in medical care. Doctors are often pressured by their patients to act like “legalized drug pushers” or “symptom hunters.” Many patients practically demand from their doctor to remove the symptom by any means and fast so that they can get on with their lives, not realizing that this behavior drives them even closer toward another, even more intensified toxicity crisis. Added to this dilemma, the side effects that accompany most of the existing treatments are often so severe that it is questionable whether they are justified at all. This is even more so if they are used for relatively minor problems. Miraculous Infection Infection represents one of the body's most extraordinary processes of self-defense. During this rescue mission, the immune system fights off invading bacteria or viruses that have been “invited” by the host’s weakened condition and presence of harmful waste material. Doctors usually try to combat bacterial infections with antibiotic drugs. They believe that bacteria involved in an infection are harmful, but this viewpoint is very limited. In reality the microbes are quite useful. They are automatically “called” to the scene of a weak organ or injured parts of the body where they help break down toxins, damaged tissue and cellular debris. Microbes would never go to areas that are clean and healthy, for there would be nothing there for them to live on. (Microbes only get out of control when the level of toxicity in the body is extremely high. In this case, short-term medical intervention would be justified. The treatment should, however, be accompanied by cleansing the body from the toxins and waste material.) Infection is one of the body’s most effective means to get over a toxicity crisis unless the immune system has already been impaired to a point of no repair, as was common during the Middle Ages when the plague killed millions of immune-deficient people. Trying to suppress an infection with drugs can have severe consequences that sometimes may show up years later as heart disease, rheumatism, diabetes, or cancer. The same applies to the use of painkillers -- the most commonly used medication in the civilized world. Painkillers – The Beginning of a Vicious Cycle "Drugs never cure disease. They merely hush the voice of nature's protest, and pull down the danger signals she erects along the pathway of transgression. Any poison taken into the system has to be reckoned with later on even though it palliates present symptoms. Pain may disappear, but the patient is left in a worse condition, though unconscious of it at the time." ~ Daniel. H. Kress, M.D. Taking painkillers, unless it is absolutely necessary for extremely painful conditions, is an act of suppressing and destructing the healing intelligence of the body. When ill, the body may require pain signals to trigger the appropriate immune response for the removal of toxins from a localized area and to 25 prevent the individual from further harming himself. Pain is not a disease and should therefore not be treated as one. Pain is the body’s natural response to congestion and subsequent dehydration and malnourishment of cells and tissues. It occurs in the presence of toxic material and is often accompanied by infection. In most cases, a pain signal occurs when one of the brain’s emergency hormones called histamine is secreted in large amounts and passes over the pain nerves near or along a congested area. The body also uses histamines to reject foreign materials such as viral particles or toxic substances and to direct other hormones or systems in the body to regulate water distribution. The latter function of histamine is very important, for where there is a build-up of toxins there is also an acute water shortage (dehydration). When the pain signal becomes suppressed, however, the body is confused over how it to deal with the congestion and build-up of toxicity. It also is prevented from learning about the progressive condition of dehydration of some of its cells. In addition, in order to process painkillers, the cells of the body have to give up even more of their cellular water. We can assume that, under normal circumstances, the intensity of pain rises with the concentration of toxins. The brain produces the perfect amount of natural painkillers, known as endorphins, in order to keep the pain tolerable but also strong enough to maintain a strong and active immune response. Synthetically derived painkillers, on the other hand, cause an electric short circuit of the pain signal. The brain and the immune system, though, need to receive this signal to be able to attend to the endangered area. The sudden suppression of pain can be likened to cutting the wires of an alarm system that is protecting a house. When a burglar enters the house, nobody will notice it. Painkillers do not only keep the body ignorant about a particular physical problem, they also sabotage its healing efforts. The regular use of painkillers suppresses endorphin production in the brain and thereby causes drug dependency. This also lowers the body’s tolerance level for pain, making even minor problems of congestion very painful. Some people have abused their bodies in this way to such an extent that they suffer from excruciating chronic pain, although the causal problem may actually be only a minor one. When painkillers are no longer effective enough, some people may even wish to take their lives to get the desired relief. If you have been on painkillers for arthritis or other pain conditions but now know that taking regular painkillers such as Vioxx, Aleve, Celebrex, Aspirin, etc. dramatically increase your risk of heart attack and stroke, you may need to rely on natural alternatives until you have eliminated the root causes of the pain (as this book recommend you to do). According to the New England Journal of Medicine, "antiinflammatory drugs (prescription and over-the-counter, which include Advil, Motrin, Aleve, Ordus, Aspirin, and over 20 others) alone cause over 16,500 deaths and over 103,000 hospitalizations per year in the US." Even the smallest amount of aspirin triggers at least some degree of intestinal bleeding. Regular use of aspirin has serious consequences. Nearly 70% of those taking aspirin daily show a blood loss of ½ to 1 ½ teaspoons per day, and 10% lose as much as two teaspoons per day. The following list provides you with alternative solutions to pain management, without interfering with the body’s own effort of healing itself: Boswellia (Boswellia serrata). It can alleviate pain and improve mobility in people with arthritis. Dosage: 1,200 to 1,500 mg of a standardized extract containing 60% to 65% boswellic acids two to three times daily. Bromelain, an enzyme derived from pineapple stem, has anti-inflammatory effects. Dosage 500 mg three times daily between meals. Cayenne (Capsicum annuum) cream. For pain relief, apply to the affected area two to four times daily. 26 Devil's claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) may improve knee and hip pain. Doasge: 1,500 to 2,500 mg powdered extract daily, or 1 -2 ml of the tincture three times a day. Do not take devil's claw if you have a history of gallstones, heartburn or ulcers. Evening primrose, black currant and borage oils reduces joint inflammation. Dosage: Up to 2.8 g of GLA daily. Avoid any refined oils or margarines. Fish oils to reduce joint inflammation and promote joint lubrication. Dosage at least 1.8 mg of DHA and 1.2 mg of EPA. Ginger (Zingiber officinale) tea made with fresh ginger. Eat fresh ginger before and with meals, or take 1 g to 2 g of ginger powder in capsule form two or three times daily, or use 1 ml to 2 ml of the tincture two or three times daily. MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) – organic sulfur – has natural anti-inflammatory properties. Dosage 2,000 mg to 8,000 mg daily. Start on a small dosage and build up gradually. SAM-e (S-adenosylmethionine) prevents the loss of water in cartilage, which keeps the joint more flexible. Dosage: 600 mg to 1,200 mg daily for two months, followed by 400 mg to 800 mg daily as a maintenance dosage. Caution: If taking any of the above, make sure to avoid NSAIDs to avoid adverse reactions. Besides taking supplements, there of course, other options of pain relief you may wish to explore. These include diet, exercise, physical therapy, stress management, massage therapy, acupuncture, acupressure and yoga. Stimulants Make Strong People Weak All stimulants are “sweet” when taken but “bitter” in their effect. You can become addicted to them without even recognizing your dependency. If you are used to drinking a few cups of coffee a day, try this: Go on a “coffee fast,” which means having no coffee for an entire day, and observe how you feel as the day goes on. After a few hours you may notice a dull sensation in your head and a feeling of weakness and lack of energy throughout the body. Some people develop headaches in the afternoon; others yawn and feel downcast due to the weakening effect of the coffee on the heart. You may argue, “but drinking coffee is normal, everyone does it.” Most people in the industrialized nations fall seriously ill at some stage in their lives, which is now considered to be an almost “normal” experience, too. Stimulants, as contained in coffee, tea and cigarettes, seem to be welcome and fast-acting substances for those who feel the need for a boost of energy, to wake up their mind or to feel more buoyant and alive. But since these substances have no real energy on their own, just stimulants, where then is the stimulated energy coming from? Obviously, the body is providing it. Stimulants are nerve toxins that trigger a powerful defense reaction in the body. This immune response is what you experience as a boost in energy when you drink a cup of coffee or smoke a cigarette. So in reality, the experienced increase of physical energy is but an energy loss for the body. There are also other causes of energy depletion, such as eating food. Natural food, although it has a stimulating effect, provides balanced doses of physical energy and helps to maintain all the functions in the body. This kind of natural stimulation maintains physiological balance or homeostasis. Eating too much of any kind of food, on the other hand, causes overstimulation and so does regular snacking. 27 Excessive sexual activity, overworking, stress and fear can also be causes of continuous overstimulation. Overstimulation occurs when the body, in its attempt to deal with the increased demand and its consequences, begins to over-secrete its own stimulants. They are the stress hormones adrenalin, cortisol, cortisone, endorphins, prolactin, etc., which are needed to sustain the body’s most essential activities. Yet abusing the stress response and wasting the body’s energy resources take their toll. One of the undesirable side effects of excessive adrenalin secretion, for example, is a constriction of important blood vessels, including those that supply the intestinal tract. This greatly cuts down the body’s ability to digest food and eliminate toxic waste products. Consequently, abnormal amounts of toxins are withheld there, which even forces some of them to enter the blood stream. Toxins have a very strong stimulating influence on the body, which may drive a person into a mode of hyperactivity. The body’s energy reserves become depleted even further, which gradually leads toward a toxicity crisis or an acute illness. The toxicity crisis can weaken the body to such an extent that it is literally put to rest so as not to waste any more energy. This in turn helps the body to save energy. It uses the saved energy to break down the toxins and eliminate them from the afflicted area. If the energy-depleting causes are discontinued, the body will regain its balance, but if they are not, the body may enter one crisis after another until it falls seriously ill. Through constant over-stimulation, even a strong and healthy person may eventually become weak, frail and sick. Our Constant Need for Cleansing The body is continually involved in a process of self-renewal. Each day in your life, the body is challenged to construct 30,000,000,000 new cells (anabolism), but in order to maintain homeostasis it also must destroy the same amount of old cells. The breaking down of old cells naturally leaves behind a massive amount of cellular debris, which is instantly taken up and removed by the lymphatic system. The waste can only be removed if there is enough water available to transport it through and out of the body. However, if the body has been weakened, for example, through constant overstimulation, overeating or sleep deprivation (all of these have dehydrating effects), the cleansing process becomes inefficient and toxic remnants begin to accumulate in the lymph vessels. These toxins could eventually seep into the blood stream and cause blood poisoning. To avoid that and keep the blood as pure as possible the body tries to dump the toxins wherever it can, which leads to a build-up of noxious deposits in the connective tissue (the fluid surrounding the cells of the body). When the connective tissue cannot accommodate any more toxins, they begin to invade the blood vessels and also the cells of organs. The first cell tissue to become saturated with toxins is the also the first one to be deprived of regular supplies of water, oxygen and nutrients, and hence the first one to produce a toxicity crisis. Although only one organ or part of the body may have developed a symptom of disease, such as an ulcer, an occluded blood vessel or a localized tumor, in reality, the whole body has fallen ill. To deal with the situation, all the systems and organs team up and try to fight for the body's life. They do this by diverting energies from the digestive system, muscles and other areas toward the afflicted part and the immune system. This concerted action provides the immune system with enough energy to counteract the threat of life imposed on the body through the high level of toxicity. Consequently, during the course of the immune response, the afflicted person may feel very weak, tired and ill. This, however, should not be the time to interrupt the body’s healing efforts or to stimulate it in any way (through drugs, food, TV, excitement, etc.). 28 During a toxicity crisis most people tend to panic and go to a doctor who tends to suppress the symptoms of the body's healing response, which mistakenly is called disease. After a few such interventions, which usually consist of medication, the condition may begin to turn from being acute to becoming chronic. The incidence of chronic illness dramatically increased with the onset of medical intervention when doctors began to interfere with the body’s own healing responses through drugs, surgery, radiation, etc. Although medical intervention has saved many people’s lives afflicted with acute illness such as a stroke or heart attack, it has had little impact on chronic diseases. These diseases are likely to remain chronic unless the mainly symptom oriented approach of treatment becomes cause oriented. Symptoms of Disease are Like Sand in the Hand Symptoms of disease are highly changeable, if not unpredictable. The causes of disease remain obscure to most medical practitioners and their patients. A stomach catarrh, for example, may initially show up as an irritation and then become an ulcer. After that it may be perceived as a hardening of tissue and eventually be diagnosed as cancer. The course and intensification of pathological symptoms (signs of disease) may vary from person to person and only a few people develop the cancer stage. But the previous stages can be equally life threatening. As a matter of fact, there are many more people who die from acute food poisoning and acute digestive problems than from chronic diseases such as cancer and coronary heart disease. A stomach catarrh may be accompanied by various kinds of complaints, including stomach upsets, nausea, vomiting, gastritis, and cramping of the stomach. In truth, there can never be two people suffering from gastritis who have exactly the same symptoms. One of them may be a very nervous person and his symptoms (of gastritis) may include headaches and insomnia. The other one may suffer an epileptic attack. As the stages of the disease become more pronounced, some, but not all, of the afflicted patients develop anemia as a result of ulceration and putrefaction of cell protein. A number of people form hemorrhoids when stomach ulcers begin to occur, and some suffer stomach congestion where the food simply is retained and is thrown up every second or third day. Modern medicine views almost each of these various symptoms as different types of disease, each of which requires a separate approach or treatment by different specialist. This makes the whole approach of medical diagnosis and treatment so complex that even doctors are confused as to what measures to take. Since each new disease produces different symptoms that may vary from person to person, the specialists are unable to identify the common cause of all these various complaints. Since they haven’t been trained to look for the cause of the complaints they merely tend to deal with the various symptoms, as if they were separate diseases. To them, the initial stomach pain seems to have no connection with the inflammation of the catarrh; the thickening of the stomach lining is dissimilar to a stomach ulcer; and the ulcer is certainly not (yet) a malignant tumor. A physician may be able to stop an initial pain in the stomach with an antacid or a painkiller, and when the catarrh occurs he may give anti-inflammatory drugs. As the developing ulcer becomes unbearable, a surgeon may decide to cut it out. When the cancer appears, an oncologist may prescribe chemotherapy, radiation, or surgical removal of the tumor as well as whole parts of the stomach. Yet none of these symptoms are diseases in themselves, they are all caused by something else, and without dealing with that something else the disease will continue to appear in other, seemingly unrelated, forms and variations. Symptoms are like sand in the hand. They are fleeting and inconsistent. Hence they cannot reveal the true 29 nature of disease. It is therefore in the best interest of the patient not to receive treatment for the symptoms of his disorder. Searching for the Cause Not many people try to find out why their stomach becomes irritated or in what ways they may actively have contributed to developing the symptoms of their illnesses. By removing the final stage of the symptom of disease, which in the above case is a cancerous tumor, the physician has done nothing to remove the cause of the first symptom of disease, which is pain. Eating irritating foods, bottled salad dressings or having too much salt or hot chili may have caused the pain. Others causal factors may include feeling emotionally upset, smoking, drinking too much alcohol, regular coffee intake, soft drinks, artificial sweeteners, overeating, liver congestion or not drinking enough water. The latter is probably the most common, yet the least known cause of stomach problems and many other illnesses (I am using the example of stomach disorders to describe the basic mechanisms leading to disease). Most stomach pains are signals of advanced dehydration of the mucus lining. Consisting of 98 percent water and 2 percent water-holding “scaffolding,” the mucus layer serves as a natural buffer of protection. The cells below the mucus layer secrete sodium bicarbonate, which is trapped there to neutralize any of the hydrochloric acid that may pass through the mucus lining. The resulting chemical reaction between the two chemicals produces salt from the sodium bicarbonate, and chlorine from the hydrochloric acid. Consumption of foods that require secretion of large amounts of hydrochloric acid, such as meat, fish, eggs, cheese, etc., thus causes high salt production. This considerably alters the waterholding properties of the “scaffolding” material of the mucus lining. Regular consumption of such foods in large amounts leads to an intensified acid neutralization, and subsequently, to an accumulation of salt deposits in this layer. This causes “erosion” which will allow the acid to reach the stomach wall; the result is the well-known pain of dyspepsia. As long as the mucus barrier is well hydrated through regular water intake, and protein and fat consumption is moderate, the salt deposits are back-washed. In addition, sodium bicarbonate is retained and the hydrochloric acid is neutralized before it even has the chance to penetrate the mucus layer. Thus, there can be no better acid barrier to the stomach wall than water. Yet the stomach pain, which in most cases is rather a thirst pain, is usually combated with antacids and other medications. The drugs, however, do not offer efficient protection against the (natural) action of the acid. Most people with stomach ulcers and severe abdominal or dyspeptic pain experience an almost instant and total relief of pain after drinking a glass of water or two. Caffeine containing beverages such as cokes, tea or coffee, on the other hand, have a diuretic effect, and draw water out of the protective stomach lining. One cup of coffee or an alcoholic drink can easily bring on a pain attack. The stomach pain is the first signal to tell a person that something is wrong and needs to be changed. The suppression of the first symptom through drugs may prevent the patient from finding out what is causing it. Thus the lack of knowledge about the mechanism of water metabolism -- mistaking the thirst pain for a disease (misdiagnosis) -- might very well be responsible for the suppression of the initial symptoms that eventually could become a chronic illness such as cancer. Most cancers are the result of repeatedly suppressing mild symptoms of illness such as a cold, pain, an infection, a headache, etc., and treating them as if they were diseases. The purely clinical approach of treatment focuses on each of the progressive stages of pathological symptoms and keeps producing new findings that promise a cure of each of these problems. Recently, 30 scientists have identified one particular bug, H pylori, which is now considered to be the major cause of gastric ulcers. Yet this stomach bug may just as well be a "by-product" of ulceration rather than being its cause. The antibiotic drugs omeprazole and amoxycillin, now prescribed for stomach ulcers, destroy the bug and the ulcers disappear, bringing great relief to many sufferers. However, once the drug intake is discontinued, the bug and the ulcer return. This raises the question why the stomach bug returns after the ulcer has been “cured”. In reality, the drugs have no curative effects at all because the afflicted person depends on their continual intake. What they do “accomplish”, however, is to destroy all kinds of bacteria in your gut, including those that help you to break down the toxins which have accumulated in your stomach. The H pylori bacteria naturally return to the gut when the antibiotics are no longer there to destroy them. They are attracted there and tend to overpopulate the stomach because there is presence of large amounts of toxins (food for them) that haven’t been removed yet. These bugs can be found everywhere and in everyone, yet only few people develop stomach ulcers. Why does H pylori “cause” a gastric ulcer in one out of 20 people and not in the other 19, although the bacterium is found in all of them? Similarly, a trapped nerve can be seen as a cause of disease in the body but not every trapped nerve results in disease. Instead of looking for an external culprit for such a problem, wouldn’t it be far more important to find out why some trapped nerves produce pathological changes and others don’t? Why does the same frightening situation cause a panic attack or an infarct in one person and not in another? Could it be possible that these external “causes” of disease may simply serve as a trigger to ignite the high toxicity bomb present in a person’s body, thus leading to a toxicity crisis, which is known as “disease?” Note for sufferers of stomach ulcers: Licorice has traditionally been applied as an excellent medicine for peptic ulcer. However, the licorice compound , glycyrrhetinic acid has been found to elevate blood pressure in some persons. Hence, a procedure was developed to remove this compound from licorice and form deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL), resulting in a very successful anti-ulcer agent without any known side effects. According to numerous studies, DGL stimulates and/or accelerates the protective factors that protect against ulcer formation including increasing the production of mucin--the protective coating in the stomach and intestines. have found DGL to be an effective anti-ulcer compound. In several head to head comparison studies, DGL has been shown to be more effective than either Tagamet, Zantac or antacids in both short term treatment and maintenance therapy of gastric and duodenal ulcers. DGL also has been effective against H. pylori, perhaps, because of the removal of toxic harmful compounds feeding these germs. DGL must mix with saliva to be effective in healing peptic ulcers. DGL may promote the release of salivary compounds that stimulate the growth and regeneration of stomach and intestinal cells. Don’t use DGL in capsule form, as this has not been shown to be effective. DGL is available through most supplement suppliers. Defying a Hopeless Prognosis Jenny was only 25 years old when she came to me with progressive Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory condition of the alimentary tract. There was chronic patchy inflammation with edema of the full thickness of the intestinal wall, causing partial obstruction of the lumen. She had been told that her 31 condition was irreversible and would eventually lead to her death. Jenny was heading toward internal suffocation. Despite the many various treatments she received, all of which consisted of painkillers, antibiotics and strong anti-inflammatory drugs, including cortisone, her condition worsened progressively. Since there were no signs of improvement, her doctors increased the dosage of the drugs at regular intervals. Her face and body were covered with spots that she scratched to bleeding point during the night. She had several other symptoms, including strong menstrual cramps, headaches and severe lower back pain. After examining Jenny through the methods of Ayurveda Pulse Diagnosis and Iridology and listening to her medical history, I pointed out to her that her intestinal troubles were caused by what she ate. Jenny consistently consumed highly acid-forming foods and beverages that had a highly irritating effect on the intestinal lining and led to a major blockage of the liver’s bile ducts with intrahepatic stones. In addition, the strong prescription drugs interfered with her body’s attempt to rid itself of the build-up of inadequately digested and, therefore, toxic foods. Apart from impairing the immune system, the poisonous compounds of the drugs had also removed large quantities of minerals and water from the tissues and cells. Without enough water, which is the principle means of transport and healing in the body, the body faces a situation of crisis, namely, body drought or dehydration. The severe congestion of her liver and intestinal tract, and the general dehydration of Jenny’s body caused most of her chronic complaints, including the pain in the head, back and lower abdomen. The drugs led to a massive build-up of toxins and harmful bacteria in the intestines as they wiped out almost the entire population of her gut’s friendly, probiotic bacteria. Being a lively young person and living in a nightlife society (Cyprus) she had very little sleep during nighttimes. Her irregular sleeping habits and subsequent chronic fatigue made it difficult for her digestive system to cope with any type of food, which further increased the toxicity in the intestinal tract. I suggested a series of cleansing and re-hydration procedures together with a diet that corresponded to her natural body-type and physical condition as well as a number of changes in her daily routine that would help rebalance her disturbed biological rhythms. In addition, I advised her to have emotional clearing sessions to deal with the underlying patterns of fear and insecurity she had experienced since early childhood. One month later, a checkup with her doctor revealed that the disease had "disappeared" and so had all her skin problems and other symptoms. Nine years later she is still as healthy and radiant as can be. She is now married and has two beautiful, healthy children. What I have learned from this and similar cases is a simple understanding of healing that can be applied to almost every disease. I have summarized this in the following words: A disease is not its own cause and, therefore, cannot be cured by merely removing its symptoms. The most effective way of dealing with disease is to remove any energy-depleting factors that may impede the body’s ever-present effort to return to its natural state of balance or equilibrium. Overeating, poor nutrition, lack of sleep, not drinking enough fresh water, use of pharmaceutical drugs and stimulants, etc., deplete the body’s energy reserves and render it susceptible to disease-causing factors such as bacteria, viruses or toxins. On the other hand, cleansing the body from accumulated waste material, and establishing a healthy diet and lifestyle set the preconditions for the body to heal itself. 32 Trusting in the Nature of Your Body Almost every so-called disease is a toxicity crisis that results from accumulating toxins to the level of intolerance. The body is left with no other choice but to find an outlet for the toxins. A toxicity crisis may be accompanied by various symptoms such as a headache, a cold, joint pain, skin rash, bronchitis or any other infection. All of these indicate the body's attempts to rid its most congested parts of harmful toxic substances. Once the immune system has lowered toxicity to below the level of tolerance which may differ from person to person, the symptoms begin to disappear again. One of the unfortunate side effects of medical intervention is that it prevents this natural response of healing from taking place. This is how the well known physician Henry Lindlahr poignantly summarized this basic medical truth: “The greatest part of all chronic disease is created by the suppression of acute disease by drug poisoning.” By being satisfied with merely suppressing symptoms we are left with so many diseases today for which the causes remain in the dark. If a simple cold is not allowed to take its natural course, the next time you suffer a cold and try to suppress it, it may turn into a chronic catarrh. Further interference with the body’s healing efforts can turn the catarrh into pneumonia. Pneumonia can be fatal if the elimination of toxic secretions is undermined through suppressive drugs. Likewise, a recurring migraine may one day become a mental breakdown, high blood pressure can turn into a heart attack and a stomach catarrh may develop into a cancer. If we were to allow a toxicity crisis to go through its natural stages of development and stopped depleting the body’s energy resources, disease would rarely arise nor would it become necessary to fight it. A toxicity crisis may, however, lead to serious complications if you prevent the body from successfully clearing out any waste products or noxious substances that have congested the eliminative organs or systems. These include the liver, colon, kidneys, lymphatic system, skin and lungs. Patients who took the seemingly more effective, fast and convenient “shortcut” of medical intervention to restore their health may remember their illness with apprehension and may continue to live with a subconscious fear of a possible recurrence. But those who were cured by their body’s natural healing powers are most likely to recall their illness as an experience of great emotional relief and physical release, which greatly increased their self-confidence and well-being. Having recovered their health by trusting and supporting their body’s own healing ability, they may also have made a quantum leap in personal development. Many patients report that their natural recovery from an illness has led to major improvements in their attitude towards life in general and their relationships with others. A toxicity crisis can be a unique opportunity to balance out old karma and bring about positive changes on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels of life. By entrusting your own body with the healing process, a new sense of freedom begins to dominate your awareness, and old fears and anxieties start to dissipate. The tactic of fighting a disease until the end is not only unnecessary but also reinforces the (false) belief system that true healing occurs only rarely or is a matter of luck. Research has confirmed quite the contrary: Over 80% of all illnesses disappear completely on their own. To assist the body’s healing efforts while going through a toxicity crisis, it is important to take a natural purgative or an enema each day to release accumulated toxic waste in the intestinal tract. It is also good advice to keep one’s feet warm, take complete rest, and avoid watching television (due to its stimulating and dehydrating effects). Eating food during the crisis interferes with the healing process, since this uses up the energy the body tries to direct towards eliminating toxins. But drinking plenty of warm water helps with the much-needed cleansing and re-hydration process in the body. Also recommended is a warm bath before bedtime and, in case there is pain, a hot bath as often in the day as is comfortable. To aid the healing process, regular exposure of one’s body to fresh air and natural sunlight 33 can be very beneficial too, as both have strong immune-stimulating effects. These and similar measures greatly help the body in overcoming a toxicity crisis within the shortest possible time. All serious diseases are “innocent” in the beginning. Most of them start off as simple colds, headaches, stomach pains, indigestion, intestinal cramps, fatigue, stiffness of joints, skin trouble, etc. These minor, seemingly “insignificant” complaints eventually turn vicious when “cured” too quickly. They can never really be cured by symptom-oriented approaches of treatment because each minor toxicity crisis that is suppressed adds more toxins to the system and depletes constitutional strength and vitality. In addition, if the causes of these relatively small complaints are not removed on time, more serious impairment of the body’s functions may result. This may be the starting point of a long-lasting illness. The following section deals with the four most common factors that contribute to the development of a more intensified toxicity crisis or disease. 34 CHAPTER 3 The Four Most Common Causes Of Disease 1. Gallstones In The Liver he liver is the largest gland in the body, weighing up to three pounds. It is suspended behind the ribs on the upper right side of the abdomen and spans almost the entire width of the body. The liver is an extremely active organ that has to perform hundreds of different functions. With its dazzlingly intricate labyrinth of special cells, veins and ducts, it resembles an entire city for the variety of its activities. Because the liver is responsible for processing, converting, distributing, and maintaining the body’s “fuel” supply – energy and nutrients – it directly affects the health and vitality of every cell in the body. The liver also influences the secretion of digestive enzymes and produces many hormones that affect the way the body functions, grows, and heals. It makes new amino acids and converts existing ones into proteins which serve as building blocks for cells, hormones, neurotransmitters, genes, etc. This vital organ also breaks down old cells and recycles iron. It stores blood and important vitamins and nutrients. Apart from breaking down alcohol, the liver makes powerful enzymes that detoxify noxious substances, bacteria, parasites and certain drug compounds. All in all it filters more than a quart of blood each minute. The liver keeps the body warm, provides the energy for sexual performance, maintains good eyesight and keeps the mind clear and efficient. One of the liver’s most important functions is to produce bile, about 1 - 1½ quart per day. Bile is a viscous, yellowish-green fluid that is alkaline (versus acidic) and has a bitter taste. Most food cannot be properly digested without bile. For example, to enable the small intestines to absorb fat and calcium from the food you eat, the food must first be mixed with bile. When fat is not absorbed properly, it indicates that bile secretion is insufficient. The undigested fat remains in the intestinal tract. When the fat reaches the colon along with other waste products, bacteria break down some part of it into fatty acid components, or else it is excreted with the stool. Since fat is lighter than water, it may make the stool float. If fat is not absorbed, then calcium is not absorbed either, leaving the blood in a deficit. The blood subsequently takes its extra calcium from the bones. Most bone density problems actually arise from insufficient bile secretion and poor digestion of fats rather than from not eating enough calcium. T 35 Apart from breaking down fats contained in our food, bile also removes toxins from the liver. One of the lesser known but extremely important functions of bile is to de-acidify and cleanse the intestines. If gallstones in the liver or gallbladder have critically impeded bile flow, the color of the stool may be tan, orange-yellow or pale as in clay, instead of the normal greenish-brown. Gallstones are one outcome of an unhealthy diet and lifestyle. If gallstones2 are still present in the liver even after all other disease-causing factors are eliminated, they still pose a considerable health risk and may lead to illness and premature aging. For this reason, the subject of gallstones has been included here as a major risk factor or cause of disease. The following sections describe some of the main consequences that gallstones in the liver have on the different organs and systems in the body. By removing these stones, the body as a whole is able to resume its normal, healthy activities. When Your Liver’s Bile Ducts Become Obstructed… The most common but rarely recognized health problem today is blockage of the liver’s bile ducts through gallstones (see illustrations 2a, 2b, 2c). Illustration 2a: Gallstones in the Liver and Gallbladder When I refer to gallstones in the liver I am fully aware of the fact that traditional medicine refers to gallstones (calcified) only in connection with the gallbladder. The stones that occur in the liver are known as intrahepatic stones. However, since the same stones (made of bile constituents) found in the liver are also found in the gallbladder, for practical purposes, I shall call them gallstones (made of gall or bile). 2 36 Illustration 2a&b: Gallstones in the Liver and Gallbladder 37 Illustration 2c: Gallstones in the Liver and Gallbladder Obstructed bile flow can directly and indirectly impair the functions of every part of the body and eventually lead to death. If you suffer any of the following symptoms or similar ones, you are likely to have numerous gallstones in your liver and gallbladder: Low appetite Food cravings Digestive disorders Diarrhea Constipation Clay-colored stool Hernia Flatulence Hemorrhoids Dull pain on the right side Difficulty breathing Liver cirrhosis Hepatitis Most infections High cholesterol Pancreatitis Heart disease Brain disorders Duodenal ulcers Nausea and vomiting A ‘bilious’ or angry personality Depression Impotence Other sexual problems Prostate diseases Urinary problems Hormonal imbalances 38 Menstrual and menopausal disorders Problems with vision Puffy eyes Skin disorder Liver spots, especially those on the back of the hands and facial area Dizziness and fainting spells Loss of muscle tone Excessive weight gain or weight loss Strong shoulder and back pain Pain at the top of a shoulder blade and/or between the shoulder blades Dark color under the eyes Morbid complexion Tongue that is glossy or coated in white or yellow Scoliosis Gout Frozen shoulder Stiff neck Asthma Headaches and migraines Tooth and gum problems Yellowness of the eyes and skin Sciatica Numbness and paralysis of legs Joint diseases Knee problems Osteoporosis Obesity Chronic Fatigue Kidney diseases Cancer MS and FMS Alzheimer’s disease Cold extremities Excessive heat and perspiration in the upper part of the body Very greasy hair and hair loss Cuts or wounds that keep bleeding and don’t want to heal Difficulty sleeping, insomnia Nightmares Stiffness of joints and muscles Hot and cold flushes Sudden graying of hair Persons suffering with chronic illnesses have hundreds if not thousands of gallstones congesting the bile ducts of the liver and gallbladder. The liver is able to return to its natural efficiency once the stones have been removed through a series of liver cleanses. And by maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle most, if not all, symptoms of discomfort in the body will soon begin to subside. Many allergies will disappear, back pain will come to an end and energy and well-being will improve dramatically. In my experience, cleansing the liver bile ducts from gallstones is one of the most important and powerful means to improve your physical, mental and spiritual health. Gallstones – A Constant Source Of Disease Gallstones in the bile ducts of the liver, medically known as intrahepatic stones, consist of mostly cholesterol (60-90%). The rest is made up of other bile constituents as well as toxins, bacteria, and parasites. Relatively few are made of organic matter from food. They are “invisible” to X-rays because they are not calcified. The gallbladder may have larger stones that are calcified and can be detected. Ultrasound technology can spot non-calcified fatty deposits in the liver only if they occur in very large quantities (many thousands of stones). The diagnosis of this condition is often referred to as “fatty liver.” The gallstones found in the liver come in all shapes and colors. Most of them are bright or dark green, yet some others can be white, red, black or tan colored. They result from overeating, an unhealthy diet and lifestyle, as well as stress and repressed anger. As the stones grow in size and become more numerous the liver cells are compelled to reduce bile production. Normally, the liver produces well over a quart of bile 39 each day. This is the required amount to properly digest food in the small intestine. When the major bile ducts are blocked, barely a cup or even less will find its way to the intestinal tract. The restricted bile production does not only impair digestion, but also prevent the liver from excreting toxins and propelling the stones out of the bile ducts. All this affects the blood circulation in the liver. The walls of the liver’s blood vessels (sinusoids) become increasingly clogged up. This, in turn, prevents Low Density Lipo Proteins (LDL and VLDL, also called bad cholesterol) from leaving the blood stream, hence the rise in blood serum cholesterol. Since gallstones are porous, they can pick up or absorb toxins, bacteria, viruses, parasites and cysts that are passing through the liver, like fishing nets collect fish. The stones can become a constant source of infection, supplying the body with an ever-increasing number of fresh bacteria. The attempt to permanently cure intestinal bloating, cystitis, Candida, stomach ulcers, infectious diseases or any of the above conditions is likely to fail if the bacteria-harboring gallstones are not removed from the liver. On occasion, one or several gallstones get stuck in the cystic duct - in the vessel that links the common bile duct with the gallbladder – or in the common bile duct itself. In this case, the wall of the duct undergoes strong spasmodic contractions in order to propel the stones onwards. The contractions of the duct wall can cause excruciating pain, throughout the abdomen, in the back and also in the legs and arms. When the gallbladder is packed with gallstones, it too may go into extremely painful, spasmodic muscle contractions, a condition known as gallbladder attack. Gallstones can trigger strong reactions of irritation and inflammation of the walls of the gallbladder and the cystic and common bile ducts. There may be superimposed microbial infection. Today, over 20 million Americans suffer gallbladder disease and each year about one million of them opt for an expensive gallbladder operation. If a person has his gallbladder removed surgically, he may feel tremendous relief from the acute pain attacks and his digestion is likely to improve for a short while. This is due to comparatively more bile being available for the digestive process. The disadvantage is, however, that that bile comes in small trickles throughout the day rather than in large amounts when it is needed to digest a meal. Bile causes injury to the intestinal walls unless it is mixed with food. In addition, since the patient still has all the stones left in his liver, the digestive troubles are most likely to return and get worse. Other existing health problems such as pain, asthma, bursitis, heart disease, arthritis, etc. become intensified as well. If gallstones become stuck in the ampulla of the bile duct, where the common bile duct from the liver and gallbladder joins the pancreatic duct, jaundice and acute pancreatitis usually develop. This condition can eventually lead to tumors in the pancreas and to a number of other diseases. Gallstones of any kind, size and number can be easily and safely removed through the Liver Cleanse described in Employing Nature’s Healing Powers, Chapter 7, or in my book The Amazing Liver Cleanse. The first positive effects that are commonly noticed soon after the cleanse are pain relief and regained or enhanced energy, vitality and general well being. Although the Liver Cleanse can be done by people of any age, including children above 10 years (many children today have gallstones in the liver) and the elderly, it is recommended to do the cleanse only after having followed the general guidelines for creating a healthy body for at least four to six weeks, as is described in the following chapters. The colon and kidney cleanses outlined in Chapter 7, Employing Nature’s Healing Powers, are an ideal preparation for a liver cleanse, too. During a series of liver cleanses, I passed about 3,000 small pea-sized green stones, hundreds of chickpea sized and a dozen large ones of 2centimeters in diameter. A recent cleanse showed that my liver was completely clean. The effects of each cleanse were often dramatic and added more and more benefits to the previous one(s). The overall results were that my energy and vitality increased by at least three-fold, all discomfort, stiffness and pain in the body, particularly in the back, ceased and digestion and 40 elimination normalized. Speaking for myself, the liver cleanse is the best thing I have ever done for my physical and mental well-being. You may wonder why in mainstream medicine there is no medical knowledge or reference that deals with gallstones in the liver. The reason for this extremely important missing link is that the theories of modern medicine tell you that gallstones can only be formed in the gallbladder, and not in the liver. The “experimental evidence” supporting this theory is mainly based on taking X-rays or ultrasound scans, which can detect only the few stones in the gallbladder that may have grown to a certain size and are calcified (mineral stones). The current diagnostic tools are unable to recognize the hundreds or thousands of non-calcified hardened bile deposits in the liver as gallstones. Ultrasound scans can reveal fatty deposits in the liver only when there is an excessive number of oversized stones (20,000 or more) congesting the liver bile ducts (fatty liver). And even if early deposits are recognized, there is no effective therapy in conventional medicine that can remove them. The presence of gallstones in the liver can easily be verified by anyone suffering from a chronic illness, especially if his/her gallbladder has been removed. By performing a liver cleanse, the body will release plenty of non-calcified, bile-coated stones. These stones are identical to the green non-calcified stones found in a surgically removed gallbladder. When cut through their middle part, both these “types” of gallstones bear typical age marks, similar to those seen in cut tree trunks. Proper analysis would reveal their age and the kinds of toxins, chemicals and bacteria the body had or has to deal with most. Sweeping the liver clean eliminates thousands of bits of poisonous substances that have helped form the stones and plague the thousands of liver bile ducts. Cleansing the liver bile ducts from gallstones is one of the most important and powerful procedures to regain or improve your health. For further details on how cleansing of the liver and gallbladder can make all the difference when it comes to treating disease or improving your health and vitality, please refer to The Amazing Liver Cleanse. In Chapter 1 you will find a detailed explanation as to why the presence of gallstones in the bile ducts, both inside and outside the liver, can be considered to be the greatest health risk and cause of most major or minor illnesses. In Chapter 2 you will be able to identify the signs, marks or symptoms indicating the presence of stones in your liver or gallbladder. Other sections of the book detail the possible causes of gallstones and how to prevent new ones from developing. What Can I Expect from a Liver Cleanse covers some of the possible health benefits of this profound, self-help program. Also, find out what others have to say about their experiences with the liver flush. The question and answer section deals with many queries you may have about this procedure and its implications for your health. To reap the maximum benefit from the liver cleanse, I would like to encourage you to read the entire book. 2. Dehydration The human body is composed of 75 percent water and 25 percent solid matter. To provide nourishment, eliminate waste and regulate all the functions in the body, we need water. Most modern societies, however, no longer stress the importance of drinking water as the most important “nutrient” among nutrients. Entire population groups are substituting water with tea, coffee, alcohol and other manufactured beverages. Many people don’t realize that the natural thirst signal of the body is a sign that it requires pure, plain drinking water. Instead, they opt for other beverages in the belief that this would satisfy the body’s water requirements. This is a false belief. It is true that beverages such as tea, coffee, wine, beer, soft drinks and juices contain water but they also contain caffeine, alcohol, sugar, artificial sweeteners or other chemicals that act as strong 41 dehydrators. The more of these beverages you consume, the more dehydrated your body becomes because the effects they create in the body are exactly opposite to the ones that are produced by water. Beverages containing caffeine, for example, trigger stress responses that at first have strong diuretic effects, leading to increased urination. Beverages with added sugar drastically raise blood sugar levels. Any beverage that provokes such a response coerces the body to give up large quantities of water. Regular consumption of such beverages results in chronic dehydration, which is a common factor in every toxicity crisis. There is no practical or rational reason to treat an illness (toxicity crisis) with synthetic drugs or even with natural medications and methods unless the body’s need for hydration has been met first. Drugs and other forms of medical intervention can be dangerous for the human physiology largely because of their strongly dehydrating effects. Most patients nowadays are suffering from “thirst disease,” a progressive condition of dehydration. Some parts of the body may be dehydrated more than others. Unable to remove toxins from these parts due to insufficient water reserves, the body is faced with the consequences of their destructive effects (toxicity). The lack of recognition of the most basic aspects of water metabolism in the body more often than not becomes a “diagnosed” illness, when it is really the body’s urgent cry for water. Recognizing Dehydration Those who have lived for many years without proper water intake are the most likely to succumb to the build-up of toxins in the body. Chronic disease is always accompanied by dehydration and, in many cases, caused by it. The longer a person lives on a low water ration and/or on a high ration of stimulating beverages or foods, the more severe and long-lasting will be the toxicity crisis. Heart disease, obesity, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, stomach ulcers, hypertension, cancer, MS, Alzheimer’s, and many other chronic forms of disease are precipitated by years of “body drought.” Infectious agents such as bacteria and viruses cannot thrive in a well-hydrated body. Drinking enough water is, therefore, one of the most important disease-prevention measures you can take. People who do not drink enough water, or unduly deplete their body’s water reserves through overstimulation for a period of time, gradually lower the ratio of the volume of water that exists inside the cells to the ratio of volume of water that is found outside the cells. Under dehydrated conditions, the cells may lose up to 28% or more of their water volume. This certainly undermines all cellular activities, whether these relate to cells of the skin, stomach, liver, kidney, heart or brain. Whenever there is cellular dehydration, metabolic waste products are not removed properly. This causes symptoms that resemble disease, but they are really just indicators of disturbed water metabolism. Since more and more water begins to accumulate outside the cells, the dehydration may not be apparent to the afflicted person. He may, in fact, notice that he is actually beginning to retain water in his legs, feet, arms and face. Also his kidneys may begin to hold on to water, markedly reducing urinary secretion and causing retention of potentially harmful waste products. Normally, cellular enzymes signal to the brain when cells run out of water. Enzymes in dehydrated cells become so inefficient that they are no longer able to register the drought-like condition, and subsequently fail to push the “thirst alarm button.” Demetria, a 53-year-old Greek woman, consulted me to find relief for a painful condition of gallbladder disease. Her skin was dark gray, indicating a high concentration of toxins in her liver and throughout her body. Seeing how dehydrated (and swollen) her body was, I offered her a glass of water. She said: “I never drink water, it makes me sick!” I told her that her natural thirst signals were no longer working due to cellular dehydration, and that without drinking water again her body could not return to balance. It was obvious to me that any water she would drink would instantly be used to remove some of 42 the toxins lurking in her stomach, giving rise to nausea. In her case, any therapy other than drinking water would have been a waste of time and money. Demetria’s difficult situation required her to begin sipping small amounts of hot, ionized water every half hour to help remove these toxins until she was able to drink larger portions of regular water. A dehydrated person may also be suffering from lack of energy. Due to the shortage of water inside the cell, the normal osmotic flow of water through the cell membrane becomes severely disturbed. Like in a stream coming down a mountain, the movement of water into the cells generates “hydroelectric” energy which is subsequently stored in the form of ATP molecules (the main source of cellular energy). As a rule, the water we drink keeps the cell volume balanced and the salt we eat maintains the balanced volume of water that is kept outside the cells and in circulation. This generates the right osmotic pressure necessary for cellular nourishment and energy production. During dehydration, this basic mechanism begins to fail, leading to potentially serious cell damage. The Pain Connection Another major indicator of dehydration in the body is pain. In response to an increasing shortage of water, the brain activates and stores the important neurotransmitter histamine, which directs certain subordinate water regulators to redistribute the amount of water that is in circulation. This system helps move water to areas where it is needed for essential metabolic activity and survival when facing such a shortage, as it happens during a drought. When histamine and its subordinate regulators for water intake and distribution come across pain-sensing nerves in the body, they trigger strong and continual pain. These pain signals may manifest, for example, in rheumatoid arthritis, angina, dyspepsia, low back problems, neuralgia, migraine and hangover headaches. They are necessary to alert the person to attend to the problem of a widespread or localized form of dehydration. Taking analgesics or other pain-relieving medications such as antihistamines and antacids can cause irreversible damage in your body. They not only fail to address the real problem (which may be dehydration), but they also cut off the connection between the neurotransmitter histamine and its subordinate regulators, such as vasopressin, Renin-Angiotensin (RA), prostaglandin (PG), and kinins. Although the action of the pain-killing drugs can relieve local pain for a while, it also precludes your body from knowing the priority areas for water distribution. This can greatly confuse your body’s internal communications systems and spread chaos throughout the body. Antihistamines –oftentimes referred to as allergy drugs – effectively prevent the body's histamines from ensuring balanced water distribution. The problem worsens after your body has reached a certain pain threshold. In addition to jeopardizing the water-regulating mechanisms, these painkillers become ineffective because the brain takes over as a direct center for monitoring pain perpetuation (unless, of course, the body is properly hydrated again). If your body produces pain naturally for no apparent reason (not caused by an injury), before drawing any other conclusions you should interpret this as the body’s cry for water and its attempt to remedy an unbalanced condition. Prescription pain medication suppresses this primary signal of chronic and local dehydration in the body. It “short-circuits” the body’s emergency routes for water supply; sabotages waste elimination, and sows the seeds of chronic illness. There is enough documentation to show that pain medication can have fatal side effects. It can cause gastrointestinal bleeding which kills thousands each year. The morphine-type compounds these legal drugs contain can also lead to serious, life-altering addictions. When the famous radio host Rush Limbaugh announced on his radio program that he was addicted to pain medication his life was in 43 shambles. But he is not alone in this. There are millions of people who initially started off by taking an “innocent” Advil for the occasional headache, but ended up being unable to live without strong painkillers. Once you start using dehydrating medications like these, you will mostly likely develop the same kind of pain over and over again, or even worse pain. The most recently documented and widely popularized side-effects of pain killers such as Vioxx, Celebrex and the over-the counter drug Aleve (Naproxen) should tell you that there are no safe painkillers out there. These drugs were found to increase the risk of heart attacks and stroke by at least 50%. Aspirin and other “innocent” drugs belong to the same class of painkillers as the above three. Today we have millions of heart disease sufferers who out of ignorance and misguided trust in the medical system, FDA and drug industry believed that taking a little pill won’t do them any harm. The revelation that this little pill can destroy your heart or damage your brain if you take it for more than 10 days may be no less than shocking. But how many people listen to such warnings if all that matters to “get rid of that annoying pain.” Taking a “harmless” drug that makes you feel better within a matter of minutes and allows you to get on with your life feels like the right thing to do. And, if the pain medicine tastes delicious, the “miracle drug” couldn’t possibly do you any harm, or could it? Tylenol Extra Strength "cool caplets,” the latest craze among painkilling medications, makes dangerous drugs appear harmless. It’s both a breath mint and a pain reliever. But is it really a sound idea to add the temptation of flavoring to a pain-reliever that, by the FDA's admission, plays a role in at least 100 reported (a fraction of the real figure) unintentional deaths each year? Well, this may change now with the emerging scandals around drug approval and shoddy research. Yet, still if you asked people in the street if they considered acetaminophen to be a completely benign medication, they will respond with a “yes.” And that undeserved reputation may only be reinforced when mint flavoring is added to the mix. Once you decide to end your drug addiction, life is not going to be easy. You will still need to deal with the underlying causes of the pain that led you to the addictive drugs, and, of course, the addiction itself. Those who are able to afford it can choose a rapid anesthesia detox at $5,900. But the bottom line is this: The body’s natural pain signal is a perfectly normal response to an abnormal situation – simple dehydration. In many cases, the body’s blood vessel walls, bile ducts, lymphatic ducts, intestinal tract, etc. are so congested that chronic dehydration becomes inevitable. To restore your health, the body needs to be cleansed and nourished properly, which is the main theme of this book. Of course, if the pain becomes simply unbearable, the use of painkillers may be unavoidable. At the same time, the pain-afflicted person should get on a re-hydration and cleansing program, as well as end any dehydrating influences in his life. “Body Drought” – The Strongest Form of Stress The human brain, working round the clock, requires more water than any other part of the body. Typically, it contains about twenty percent of all the blood that circulates through the body. It is estimated that brain cells consist of 85 percent water. Their energy requirements are not only met by metabolizing glucose (simple sugar), but also by generating “hydroelectric” energy from the water drive through cell osmosis. The brain depends greatly on this cell-generated source of energy in order to maintain its hugely complex processes and efficiency. Water deficiency in the brain tissue cuts down the brain’s energy supply, and thereby depresses many of its vital functions – hence the word depression. With a lower than normal level of brain energy, you are 44 unable to meet your physical, personal and social challenges and subsequently succumb to fear, anxiety, anger and other emotional problems. You may feel drained, lethargic, stressed and depressed. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), for example, is mostly a symptom of progressive brain dehydration that results from the holding of metabolic waste matter and cellular debris in the brain and the rest of the body. What patients refer to as “brain fog” is actually quite an accurate description of the congestion that occurs in this important organ of the body. CFS is not a vicious disease that somehow gets hold of a person for no apparent reason. It may disappear quite spontaneously when the afflicted person stops stimulating the brain with caffeine, tobacco, medication, animal products, etc., and begins a consequent program of cleansing and hydrating the body. For more information on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS), please see Some Published Articles By Andreas Moritz at the end of the book. The Stress Response When dehydrated, the body has to put up the fight of a lifetime – similar to the one experienced in a “fight or flight” situation. The body responds to such a crisis situation by mobilizing several powerful hormones, including adrenalin, endorphins, cortisone, prolactin, vasopressin, and Renin-Angiotensin (RA). Endorphins, for example, help us to withstand pain and stress and allow the body to continue most of its activities. Cortisone orders the mobilization of stored energies and essential raw materials to supply the body with energy and basic nutrients during the crisis. In other words, this hormone allows the body to literally feed off itself, a situation that is warranted during a famine. However, it is also a very stressful and damaging situation for the body and is expressed by such emotions as, “I cannot cope anymore” or, “I feel this is eating at me.” Many patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis, MS or other degenerative diseases take cortisone drugs, which often give them a boost of energy and morale for a relatively short period of time. The “success” of the drug, however, only lasts for as long as the body can tap into any energy and nutrient reserves that may still be left. Once the body has used up its emergency provisions, the body will barely be able to function anymore and the symptoms of disease will worsen considerably. Constriction of blood vessels When the cells in the body are under-supplied with water, the brain’s pituitary gland produces the neurotransmitter vasopressin, a hormone that has the ability to constrict blood vessels in areas where there is cellular dehydration. During dehydration, the quantity of water in the bloodstream is reduced. Vasopressin, as its name suggests, squeezes the vascular system, i.e., the capillaries and arteries, to reduce their fluid volume. This maneuver is necessary to continue having enough pressure in the vascular system to allow for a steady filtration of water into the cells. This gives vasopressin a hypertensive property. High blood pressure is a common experience among people who are dehydrated (for more information on hypertension and heart disease, see Chapter 9). A similar situation occurs in the liver’s bile ducts which begin to constrict in response to water shortage in the body. Gallstone formation is a direct result of dehydration. A person who regularly drinks alcohol suppresses the secretion of vasopressin and thereby increases cellular dehydration (if alcohol consumption is excessive, cellular dehydration may reach dangerously high levels). The typical “hangover” that occurs after alcohol abuse is nothing but an extreme state of dehydration of brain cells. To survive the “drought,” the body has to secrete ever more stress hormones, among them the addictive endorphins. With regular consumption of alcohol, that is, having a drink every day for several months or years, dehydration increases even further, and endorphin production becomes 45 an addictive event. This may lead to alcoholism, a disease that has devastating consequences on a person’s personal and social life. Water Retention and Kidney Damage The Renin-Angiotensin (RA) system is activated when there is a water shortage in the body. This system is used to direct the body to hold on to water wherever possible. It instructs the kidneys to inhibit urination and tightens the capillaries and the vascular system, particularly in areas that are not as vitally important as the brain and the heart muscles. At the same time, it stimulates an increase in the absorption of sodium (salt), which helps the body to retain water. Unless the body returns to its normal level of hydration, the RA system remains activated. But this also means that the pressure of the blood against the walls of the blood vessels remains abnormally high, causing the damage that is known as cardiovascular disease. Hypertension and the retention of urine in the kidneys lead to kidney damage. Conventional treatments for this condition consist mostly of diuretic (urine-forming) drugs and restricted salt consumption. Both can have severe drawbacks. Diuretic drugs, which are used to normalize blood pressure, as well as reduced salt intake, strongly undermine the body’s emergency efforts to save the little water it has left for normal cellular activities. The resulting stress response causes a further increase in dehydration and the vicious cycle is complete. Many of the kidney transplants performed today are a result of chronic dehydration, which is caused by something as simple as not drinking enough water, consumption of alcohol, or over-stimulation of the nervous system. The Caffeine and Alcohol Drama The caffeine contained in such beverages as tea, coffee, cacao, soft drinks (Mountain Dew, Coke, Pepsi, etc.) and most power drinks not only stimulates and stresses the central nervous system and immune system, but also acts as a powerful diuretic. For every cup of coffee or tea you drink, you relinquish up to three cups of water that the body cannot afford to give up without suffering some sort of damage. The caffeine-containing cola beverages work in a similar way. Caffeine, being a nerve toxin, stimulates the adrenal glands to secrete stress hormones and trigger a strong immune response that may give you the (false) impression that this newly found energy and vitality was derived from the consumed beverage. The secret behind these energizing stimulants is that the resulting immune reaction mobilizes enough energy for you to feel perked up and clear-headed, at least for as long as your body remains stimulated. To remove the nerve toxin caffeine from the blood, the body has to come up with extra water that it takes from its cells. Hence, there is an occurrence of cellular dehydration and a temporary thinning of the blood. (Unfortunately, caffeine is not the only culprit in soft drinks. Over the long term, the effects of the acidity, sugars, and artificial flavors and sweeteners contained in soft drinks can be devastating to the body. It would take 32 glasses of alkaline water at an alkaline pH of 9 to neutralize the acid from just one 12 oz. cola or soda. In response to ingesting a cola, apart from risking dehydration, the body will have to use up reserves of its own stored alkaline buffers, mainly calcium from the bones and DNA. This raises the body's alkalinity levels in order to maintain proper blood alkaline pH levels. Acidic blood levels are a leading cause death! There are enough acids in one soda to kill you if your body didn't possess a mechanism to neutralize them. How long it takes before your body succumbs to acidosis depends upon how soon your mineral buffers are depleted.] 46 Caffeine, which is a major component in most soft drinks, removes water from the body faster than the body can absorb it again, thereby generating constant thirst. People who frequently drink soft drinks are never able to really quench their thirst because their bodies continually and increasingly run out of cellular water. There are college students who drink as many as 10-14 cans of cola a day. Eventually, they confuse their bodies’ never-ending thirst signal with hunger and they begin to overeat, causing swelling and excessive weight gain. Apart from its diuretic action and its addictive effects on the brain, regular caffeine intake over-stimulates the heart muscles, causing exhaustion and heart disease. Alcohol has a similar diuretic effect on the body as the caffeine-containing beverages. For example, drinking one glass of beer results in the body forfeiting up to three glasses of water. As mentioned before, a hangover is the result of alcohol abuse, which causes the brain to suffer severe dehydration. If this occurs repeatedly, a large number of brain cells become damaged and die. As a result, many important brain functions slow down or become depressed. Recovery is possible to a certain extent if alcohol consumption is discontinued. To properly re-hydrate the body, please see directions in Drinking Water – The Greatest Therapy, Chapter 6. Watch what kind of water you drink Now that you may be convinced that water is perhaps the best beverage for your body, your next challenge is find a source of water that doesn’t make you sick. Chlorine in your drinking water certainly would make you sick, according to a massive study in Finland of 621,431 individuals living in 56 towns. The researchers were able to determine that women who were exposed to chlorinated water had a 48 percent increased risk of bladder cancer, a 38 percent increased risk of rectal cancer, a 90 percent increased risk of esophageal cancer, and an 11 percent increased risk of breast cancer. Adding chlorine to drinking water causes a chemical reaction that results in the formation of a number of potential carcinogens. Some of nature’s most valuable and essential anti-cancer and disease-preventive phytochemical nutrients which are commonly found in food have been discovered to form deadly cancer-causing substances when consumed or combined with chlorinated tap water. This has recently been conformed by a joint study was undertaken in Japan by research scientists at the National Institute of Health Sciences and Shizuoka Prefectural University. These deadly compounds have been named MX, which stands for “unknown mutagen.” The main problem is that high amounts of residues from these foods are now infiltrating our wastewater treatment and water recycling systems. In addition, even the fresh plant foods we wash with chlorinated water create these toxins. Eating these foods and drinking chlorinated water at the same meal greatly exacerbates the situation. The deadly cancer-causing agents this combination produces are extremely toxic in infinitesimal amounts, and so only very little chlorine is required to bring about a powerful destructive effect. All this creates the need for implementing new water treatments for cities and households that do not use chlorine. You may not be able to get your government to switch over to a healthier and more effective water treatment system, but you can certainly do this for yourself and your family. The H20 water treatment system is perhaps the most efficient and health-promoting, but it also is the most expensive one I know of. Its unique technology even removes pesticides and herbicides from the water and leaves your drinking water, shower water, and pool water as fresh and clean as pure mountain water. The H2O Concept 2000 uses electrical impulses to break the calcium bicarbonate and the magnesium bicarbonate into calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate with the by-product being CO2. The CO2 is 47 dispelled at the faucet in miniscule amounts. Calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate are the soluble forms of these two minerals. In the soluble state these two minerals can not adhere to the inner surfaces of the pipes, the water heater coil, or the glass surfaces, faucets, etc. The crystalline form is broken down and the minerals no longer have the ability to stick to things. Since the H20 system has changed the form of the calcium and magnesium it prevents the mineral buildup and formation of the scale. All of the water-using appliances have a longer and more efficient life span. The H2O Concept 2000 will significantly reduce any existing scale over time. Although quite pricey at the beginning, it saves money at the end (see Product Information ). It is virtually maintenance-free. Much less pricey, yet very effective and excellent for people who are not only interested in proper hydration, but also want to cleanse the body from toxins, are water ionizers (see Chapter 7 for details). The most commonly used methods to remove chlorine and numerous other contaminants from your drinking water (and possibly shower water) are filtration and reverse osmosis. Although these can also be pricey, they are still an affordable option if you consider the cost of suffering through a bout of cancer. To help replenish some its lost minerals, you could add a few grains of Basmati rice to the water. By oxygenating water and raising its pH with a Nikken Optimizer, for example, you will get a close to ideal water. Distilled water, which is the closest to natural rainwater, is excellent for hydrating the body cells, but it is lifeless. Adding 3-4 grains of Basmati rice to one gallon of distilled water gives it plenty of minerals and vitamins, and exposing it to direct sunlight for an hour or placing a clear quartz crystal in the water for an hour helps reenergize it. Prill beads are another form of water treatment. Although they cannot replace a water filter, they still cleanse it and make it “thinner.” This has a positive effect on the blood, lymph and basic cellular processes. Prill beads can be found on the Internet. Of course, the old fashioned method of boiling your drinking water for several minutes causes the chlorine to evaporate. Another inexpensive way to get rid of most chlorine in water is the use of vitamin C. One gram of vitamin C will neutralize 1ppm (part per million) chlorine in 100 gallons of water. This is particularly useful if want to lie in the bathtub without suffering the irritating effects of chlorine on your skin and in your lungs. 3. Kidney Stones The kidneys truly are the body’s "master chemists.” They not only remove waste products and excess fluids from the body via the urine, but they also maintain a critical balance of salt, potassium and acid – not a small feat for such relatively small organs. The kidneys produce a hormone – erythropoietin or EPO – that stimulates the production of red blood cells. Other kidney hormones help regulate blood pressure and calcium metabolism. The kidneys even synthesize the hormones that control tissue growth. When the kidneys become damaged, other organs suffer as well. The main responsibility of the kidneys is to keep the blood pure and healthy and maintain proper fluid balance in the body. To accomplish this enormously complex feat, the kidneys need to constantly monitor normal blood volume and filter out the right quantity of urine in order to keep it balanced. There are many potential influential factors that can disrupt this mechanism and cause congestion in the kidneys. These factors include over-stimulation, dehydration, fatigue, overeating, gallstones, blood pressure disturbance, 48 digestive disorders (especially constipation), medical or narcotic drugs, vitamin supplements (see more on these subjects in later chapters.), etc. When the kidneys are not able to separate the necessary amounts of urine from the blood, part of the urine keeps circulating around the body, thereby depositing urinary waste products in the blood vessels, joints, tissues, and organs. This means that fluids and waste products begin to accumulate, ultimately resulting in extreme swelling and symptoms of uremia (an overload of toxic byproducts) or kidney failure. Many skin diseases, strong body odor, sweating of palms and feet, water retention, lymph congestion, abdominal swelling, rapid weight gain, weakness, high blood pressure, etc., are all indications of toxic blood caused, to a large degree, by the presence of obstructive sand crystals and stones in the kidneys. Stones in the kidneys start off as tiny crystals and can eventually become as large as an egg. The tiny crystals are too small to be detected by X-rays and since they do not cause pain, they are rarely noticed. Yet they are big enough to block the flow of liquid through the tiny kidney tubules. Crystals or stones are formed in the kidneys when urinary constituents, which are normally in solution, are precipitated. Precipitation occurs when these particles occur in excessive amounts or when urine becomes too concentrated. The crystal particles or stones usually have sharp angles. Once released by the kidneys along with urine, they may cut and wear away the inner surface of the urinary canal (ureter) during their passage to the urinary bladder. This can cause severe pain in the loins or lower back. There may even be blood in the urine, pain running down the legs, numbness in the thighs and a difficulty in passing urine. Most crystals or stones originate in the kidneys, although some may also be formed in the bladder. If a large stone enters one of the two ureters, urinary discharge becomes obstructed. This can lead to serious complications, such as kidney infection or kidney failure. Regardless where the blockage occurs, anytime the kidneys are prevented from removing and regulating water and chemicals, these delicate organs are likely to suffer injury. The kidneys' various functions may be affected separately, so urine output may be normal despite significant kidney disease. The Types of Stones and Their Effects The most common solutes involved in crystals and stone formation are oxalates, phosphates, urates, uric acid, and the amino acids cystine and cysteine. There are eight varieties of crystals or stones that can be formed from these solutes, for various reasons. Foods or beverages that contain large amounts of oxalic acid cause oxalate stones. A cup of regular tea (not green or herb tea) contains about 20 mg of oxalic acid, which is far too much for the kidneys to excrete. Initially, the body uses calcium to neutralize the acid. By doing so, oxalic acid turns to calcium oxalate. If tea drinking becomes a regular habit, any excessive calcium oxalate in the kidneys becomes deposited in the form of tiny crystals. Chocolate, cocoa beverages and chocolate ice cream are also high in oxalates. Anyone who has consumed or consumes these foods on a regular basis can expect to have oxalate stones in the kidneys, especially children whose kidneys are still very small and delicate. Also, Vitamin C over 200mg/day is converted into oxalate and excreted in the gut and urine. Vitamin C is not as harmless as many believe it is. Uric acid crystals make up another type of kidney stone. Uric acid is a waste product that is formed from purines in food. Foods with the highest purine content are: 49 • • • • • • • • • • • • • Tea Beef Bacon Calf tongue Carp Chicken soup Codfish Duck Goose Halibut Sardines, canned Liver Kidneys • • • • • • • • • • • • Heart Meat extract, broths, Salmon, canned Gravies Scallops Herring Smelts Roe Liver sausage Meat soups Perch Pike • • • • • • • • • • • Pork Rabbit Mutton Shellfish Trout Turkey Veal Yeast Sweetbread Anchovies Lentils As you can see from the list, protein foods derived from animals and fish make up the chunk of uric acid-generating foods. Once the proteins are broken down in the liver, the uric acid is passed on to the kidneys for excretion with the urine. If the kidneys are unable to remove all the uric acid, its concentration in the blood rises. As a result, excessive uric acid is deposited first in those areas of the body that have the poorest circulation and oxygen supply, i.e., the toes of the feet. The precipitation of uric acid and other harmful substances in the toes can make the joints rigid, stiff and unbending (check particularly the small toes of your feet, which show the condition of the bladder). Naturally, wherever there are waste products inside or outside the body, there will also be specific bacteria to help break them down. Accordingly, any deposits of uric acid in the body attract destructive bacteria whose job it is to dispose of this waste product. If the bacteria feeding on the uric acid crystals invade the tissues in sufficient numbers, inflammation and pain result. Gout and arthritic conditions are the most common symptoms of this involuntary “cleansing response.” The uric acid crystals in the toes are essentially made from the same material as the uric acid stones in the kidneys. A similar situation may occur in the heels. Heel spurs are due to deposits of uric acid and various phosphates. The uric acid invites bacteria, leading to pain, and the phosphates are responsible for causing rigid and hard structures. Swelling or edema around the foot or ankle, caused by poor kidney and adrenal functions, may accompany this condition. As discussed earlier, the kidneys and adrenal glands regulate water and salt levels throughout the body. If their functions are subdued due to stones in the kidneys, your body may thus be holding water in the feet, legs, abdomen, face, arms, and organs. Many kidney stones are formed as a result of insufficient water intake, and/or consumption of foods or beverages that have dehydrating effects, including meat, artificial sweeteners, sugar, alcohol, tea, coffee and sodas. Also, smoking cigarettes or watching television for too many hours have a dehydrating effect on the body and cause urine to become overly concentrated. This increases precipitation of urinary constituents. Eating lots of strongly acid-forming foods, such as meat, fish, dairy products, cakes, candy, sugar, etc., forces the body to release many of its valuable minerals, thereby altering the pH (acid/alkaline balance) of the urine. This does not only cause mineral deficiencies in the body, especially in the bones and teeth, but also turns the normally acidic urine filtrate alkaline. In alkaline urine, some other substances may be precipitated, including phosphates. 50 Phosphate stones are formed in particular from eating too many foods that are high in phosphate and low in calcium, such as meats, cereals, breads, pastas, and nuts, as well as all carbonated beverages. To neutralize the highly acidic phosphate, which could easily burn the delicate kidneys, the body leaches extra amounts of calcium from the bones and teeth and uses whatever magnesium it can obtain from such foods as green vegetables. As mentioned earlier, it takes over two gallons of water to neutralize the acidity of one glass of cola. So be kind to your kidneys. The presence of phosphates generates an acidic environment in the body, which literally dissolves bones, leading to osteoporosis and shrinkage of body frame. It also causes tooth destruction, coronary heart disease, digestive disorders, cancer and any other diseases that are related to calcium deficiency. A person who eliminates more than 150 mg of calcium a day (24 hours) with the urine – an emergency measure taken by the body to combat excessive acidity – is in the process of rapidly dissolving his bones. Some of the calcium combines with the phosphates, forming various calcium phosphate crystals, which can lead to hardening of arteries and common arthritis. Please also be aware that excessive sodium chloride (table salt) in the diet predisposes to stones. This is primarily an issue for people who mostly dine on prepared foods, which are loaded with table salt. Unrefined salt does not have the same effect, through. For more information see section on unrefined salt in Chapter 7. Why Do a Kidney Cleanse? The kidneys make a tremendous effort in trying to keep the body clear of toxic substances such as lead, cadmium, mercury and other impassable pollutants. They also maintain fluid and electrolyte balance and regulate the pressure that the heart exerts to force the blood through their filtering system. Kidney stones greatly undermine these capabilities which consequently increase the amounts of heavy metals and raise the body’s general level of toxicity. This may lead to infection, high blood pressure, heart disease, brain disorders, cancer and many other diseases. The following signs indicate the presence of crystals and stones in the kidneys or bladder: • • • • • • • • A dark or whitish color under the eyes Puffy or swollen eyes, particularly in the morning Deep wrinkles under and around the eyes Tiny whitish, tan-colored or dark lumps under the eyes, which can be felt or made visible when stretching the skin outward towards the cheekbones Overlapping of the upper eyelid Chronic pain in the lower back Swelling of feet and legs Constant fear or anxiety There are a number of herbs that can effectively dissolve kidney stones within a period of three to six weeks (see “The Kidney Cleanse” in Chapter 7: Employing Nature’s Healing Powers). Regardless whether someone has been diagnosed with kidney stones or not, having a kidney cleanse once or twice a year has tremendous curative and preventive benefits. The kidney cleanse not only improves overall physical health, but also reduces stress, fear and anxieties. 51 4. Whatever Makes You Weak Also Makes You Ill Flu epidemics were rare 100 years ago. When they did occur, only the very poor and frail became seriously ill. Now, there is a flu epidemic every year, and some of them may last all year round. The theory that the flu strikes only during fall is scientifically incorrect. If someone has the flu in April, he just calls it “a cold,” although the April and November flu versions share the same virus. Today’s flu epidemics affect a lot more people and are accompanied by much stronger symptoms than ever before. The viruses from both these eras are still very much the same. What has changed dramatically among the general population, though, is the natural resistance to viral attacks. Today, our natural immunity to such microbes is many times lower than it was just 100 years ago. Tooth decay and depleted vision among young people are very common now. There are numerous new and rapidly growing epidemics, a phenomenon unheard of just two centuries ago. They include millions of people suffering from diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc. The fact that our modern societies are plagued with so much chronic illness shows that there are entire generations with weak constitutions, caused mainly by stress, unhealthy diets and harmful lifestyles. People who lived a hundred years ago and enjoyed good hygienic conditions were much less prone to develop chronic illnesses than we are today. Heart disease, for example, which is today’s leading cause of death, rarely killed anyone at the beginning of the 20th century. Our time is characterized by over-stimulation, which has a strong energy-depleting effect on the body. The following are but a few of the many possible factors that use up or deplete our physical energy: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Watching television too often and for too many hours Emotional stress and trauma Time pressure Excessive noise, air, water and soil pollution Constant exposure to artificial lights Pharmaceutical drugs Coffee, tea, alcohol, sodas Sugar, sweets, chocolates Meat and junk food Overeating food Sleep deprivation An irregular lifestyle/daily routine Excessive sex Too little water intake This list is by far not complete, but it gives you a sense about the wide range of weakening influences that we are generally exposed to in today’s modern world. All of these factors lead to retention of toxic waste in the body. Toxins are formed in the body when metabolic waste products and debris from old worn out cells (totaling over 30 billion cells each day) are no longer eliminated properly. If they remain in the body, they become subject to bacterial attack and/or are met with a dramatic increase of free radical activity. The resulting toxins that are generated by this act of self-preservation naturally act as stimulants. Once formed, they stimulate the body to eliminate them from the system. Under normal circumstances, that is, if the body’s life force or vital energy is strong and efficient, the body can do this without getting 52 overtaxed or harmed. Through balanced periods of rest and activity, it spontaneously returns to its equilibrium state. But when the body is exposed to too much stimulation and is unable to rebalance itself, its “batteries” can no longer be fully recharged. With “flat batteries”, the physical engine is unable to rid itself of all the metabolic and cellular waste generated minute by minute, day after day, and year after year. As a result, much of the waste and resulting toxins begin spreading throughout the body. Wherever they occur in extremely high concentrations, they provoke a toxicity crisis. A toxicity crisis indicates that the body’s resistance to disease (immunity) has dropped to a level of low efficiency. When the body is forced to hold on to too many toxins, it is also more prone to infection. If an infection is treated through suppressive methods rather than supportive ones, chronic illness may result. Chronic illness predisposes one to accelerated aging and premature death. Each time an infection is suppressed, the subsequent congestion in the deeper lying structures of the body increases the workload of the heart, making it increasingly weak and stressed. Heart disease, which is the prevalent killer in most countries of the industrialized world, could largely be prevented if we didn’t suppress immune responses such as the common infection. When a virus or bacterium that is normally rendered harmless by the immune system infects a person who is filled with toxins, this infection proves that the immune system was already compromised prior to the infection. For as long as an energy-depleting influence is maintained, and toxicity and dehydration continue to impair immunity, even the most powerful antibiotic drugs will not be able to permanently stop the infection. Microbes (bacteria) are not the real cause behind an infection, although this is what the patient is told. Microbes cannot thrive in a healthy, clean environment. For microbes to do their job, which is to dispose of waste and destroy dead or damaged cells, they need to be in a fertile environment, an environment that invites them in. We have been led to believe that the most common and dangerous bacteria and viruses to humans are either already dwelling within our bodies or living in our immediate surroundings, e.g., in the foods we eat, the air we breathe, the bathrooms we use, the door handles we touch, the pets we cuddle, or the hospitals we visit. As long as the body is congested and unable to remove its toxic waste, these microorganisms can strike repeatedly, at any time. A patient who is trapped in the vicious cycle of infection-antibiotics-infection-antibiotics...can break it and prevent further episodes of infection through a program of cleansing and resting. Both of these are required to help the body eliminate accumulated toxic waste. Before starting on a cleansing protocol though, I encourage people to identify any existing sources of energy-depletion in their lives and to replace these with energy-increasing habits. Today there are many young people suffering from chronic diseases, and unless they make some drastic changes in their lives, they will find it difficult to ever regain their health. The body cannot truly heal if it keeps accumulating new toxins faster than it can dispel them again. A friend of mine, a physician at the general hospital on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, was involved in a research study on 721 secondary school children in Cyprus. He told me that the majority of the children already had signs of hardened arteries. Another study showed that 52% of primary school children in Cyprus are overweight or obese and have elevated levels of blood cholesterol. The year these studies were conducted was 1995. This is quite a surprise, given the fact that not so many years before, the Mediterranean countries had some of the best health records in the world. This doctor also told me that almost every child in Cyprus had at least once or twice received a course of antibiotics to suppress an infection. Such practice had been unheard of in Cyprus before the 1970s. Almost every modern country in the world is now reaping the deadly consequences of unhealthy habits combined with inappropriate medical treatments. The United States spends about 1.5 trillion dollars each 53 year for healthcare, and the projections are that it will double that amount in less than ten years. Retail pharmacies filled 3 billion prescriptions in 2000. But we don’t get much for all this money and drug use. Instead, we wind up as the 17th healthiest nation in the world. Almost all prescribed drugs have a suppressive effect, which means they interfere with the body’s attempt to break down the very toxins that make it susceptible to disease-causing agents. To regain its balance again, the body has to create a toxicity crisis, or disease. The trend is towards chronic illness among today’s youth, even in countries that have had excellent health records until recently. This trend is so pronounced today that should it continue unabated, the resources of future governments will be spent on "illness care.” Unless, of course, people like you and I take responsibility for our health and begin to practice real, personalized “health care.” Illness is a Toxicity Crisis A toxicity crisis, or toxemia, reflects a disease state caused by the presence of bacterial toxins or other harmful substances in the blood or tissues. It only occurs when the body has a pressing need to return to the state of balance, or homeostasis. The body has a built-in mechanism that allows it to remove toxic substances in a much shorter time than it takes to accumulate them. By interfering with this process, we disrupt the body’s vital cleansing efforts and become vulnerable to external destabilizing agents. A vaccine or an infectious bacterium, for example, can readily become a trigger for damaging an organ or a system in the body. The weakest, most congested organ in the body is mostly likely to be the first one to malfunction. Any attempts to treat the diseased organ without removing the underlying causes will not only fail to fully restore the organ’s health and vitality, but may actually contribute to further complications. Further on in the book you will learn why it is a potentially dangerous practice, in most cases, to give blood transfusions to people with low hemoglobin levels, to treat the testicles for impotence, or to cut out ulcers and tumors. The use of pharmaceutical drugs, which have nothing in them to remove the toxins in the blood and tissues, may even kill a patient, for no doctor really knows for certain the toxicity level in the body. In an otherwise healthy person, the additional toxins that microbes generate during an infection normally remain in the body for only as long as the toxicity crisis lasts. Provided we support the body in its cleansing efforts by giving it plenty of rest and enough water to drink, this natural self-healing process, falsely called “infectious disease,” naturally eliminates all traces or effects of toxicity that can result from the microbial activity. As you would expect, you are only able to reap what you have sown, but you certainly have a choice in what you sow. Unless you live in an impoverished country or circumstances are highly non-supportive to living a healthy life, you do have choices when it comes to taking care of your most basic needs. More often than not, though, people are choosing not to let go of unhealthy habits or a detrimental lifestyle. It is very difficult for the body to remain healthy when it is abused by over-stimulation of the mind, body and senses. Such constant strain can deplete energy resources faster than they can be replenished. The permanent energy deficiency that results from this overuse of resources is the main cause of discomfort and disease in the body. Although most people now know how unhealthy and potentially dangerous smoking cigarettes, overeating, drinking alcohol excessively, missing sleep, etc., can be for them, many seem unable to change their self-abusive ways. The inability to let go of a harmful addiction indicates that the blood carries large amounts of impurities and the liver is unable to remove these (mostly due to bile duct congestion). Both these conditions can be effectively dealt with through a series of liver 54 cleanses, as described in this book and in The Amazing Liver Cleanse. As the liver performs more efficiently again, the body’s natural instincts begin to re-awaken and a sense of satisfaction and emotional stability returns. The enhanced well-being and vitality makes it much easier to quit smoking and working too many hours, or to stop eating junk foods and living on coffee. Symptoms of ill health can occur in a variety of intensities and modifications. Trying to locate the cause of an illness in its effect or symptom is nearly impossible. Stomach ulcers, appendicitis, tonsillitis, arthritis, congested arteries, cancer and most other illnesses merely reflect various sources and degrees of toxicity. It is becoming more and more evident that congestion and acidity buildup in the body’s fluids and tissue starves cells of basic nutrients, thus weakening and damaging them. The above so-called “diseases” all share one common element - an inflammatory response induced by the body itself. An inflammation is not something that just happens out of the blue, and it certainly is not a disease. It occurs only if and when the body decides that it is necessary to destroy weak or damaged cells. The body does not opt for an inflammatory response in order to destroy itself, but to save itself from acid death or septic shock leading to death. The poisons generated by rotting cells (flesh) inside the body would end one’s life quickly. We blame the body for making the “mistake” (inflammation) of interfering with and preventing the uncontrolled decomposition of the body as a result of acidosis (extreme toxicity). Inflammation is the body’s genuine effort of self-preservation and calling it a disease reflects the lack of understanding of how the human body functions. To diagnose and treat any of the above as a separate disease may not only mislead the patient, but also cause further complications. Over eighty percent of the people who fall ill recover on their own and without any medical intervention. Accordingly, it is most likely that disease is nothing but a toxicity crisis that most people’s bodies are able to resolve naturally. Once the amount of toxic waste has reached a peak level of tolerance or point of saturation, an appropriate immune response (inflammation) begins to occur. This healing process (falsely labeled disease) helps to decrease the degree of toxicity to below the point of tolerance, simply by neutralizing and removing the toxins, metabolic waste and cellular debris, as well as the microbes that feed on them. And so, the symptoms of illness begin to vanish by themselves. Thus, a headache, cold, tonsil infection, gastritis or stiffness in the neck and shoulders, all appear and disappear again in their own time. The occurrences of illness and recovery follow the same cycles of building up and breaking down the underlying congestion and toxicity. If your doctor’s treatment turns out to be successful, you are mostly likely to thank him for having cured you. On the other hand, if you get well without any external help, you might say you were just lucky. Healing, though, does not take place in either case. What does happen, however, is the body’s ceaseless, and if necessary, reinforced effort to eliminate metabolic waste, dead cells, chemical toxins, heavy metals, billions of dead bacteria, and other waste material. Health is the spontaneous occurrence of balance, which is sustained by completely removing the body’s daily-generated waste products and cellular debris, and by giving it the nourishment it requires. Creating health is but an ongoing, daily process of regeneration because the elimination of waste materials and the uptake of nutrients will never stop for as long as we are alive. There may be nothing more mysterious about health and healing than maintaining the fine line of balance that exists between these two basic processes. Are We Poisoning Our Children With Food? Most of us were brought up with the belief that disease is caused by external things. Few people know that germs can only “germinate” in a toxic environment. Parents who see their children catch one 55 infectious disease after another are especially concerned about giving their offspring every possible protection against infectious diseases. Immunization seems to be one way of safeguarding their children’s lives. In case a child has "caught" an infection, antibacterial or anti-viral drugs are considered to be the best option. Being so used to blaming external pathogens (disease-causing factors) such as bacteria or viruses for an infection, not many people even consider the possibility that their health problems may have something to do with the food they eat. Could it really be possible that children (and also adults) who suffer from repeated infections are, in fact, only suffering from the consequences of being of poisoned by soft drinks, ice cream, chips, chocolate, candy, “light foods, “fast” foods, processed breakfast cereals, frozen meals, canned foods, bottled salad dressings, etc. ? (There is more on this subject in Chapter 13) There are now over 40,000 different food times on the shelves of the modern grocery stores, 98% of which have nothing to do with what nature had intended the human body to eat. The human digestive system has no way of making use of foods that have been robbed of their natural life energy or manipulated and processed to a point of uselessness, regardless of how wonderful the ingredients list may appear to be. If food has been made in the laboratory, as most foods are, it is no longer considered to be food. It has become a poison. With their immune systems impaired by large amounts of these or similar acid-forming foods and the chemical additives they contain, children barely stand a chance to fight off the normally harmless microbes that are part of our natural environment. The situation is worsened if children haven’t been breast-fed long enough to build up their immunity. Many babies are still being fed with milk formula foods that contain rancid (oxidized) cholesterol (a result of milk-drying procedures), or foods that are sterilized, resulting in total degradation of their original life force. Rancid fat or rancid cholesterol is a cancer-producing substance and the cause of many diseases, including allergies. Several years ago, the British government discovered that nine brands of commonly used milk formula foods for babies contained potentially harmful chemicals. To give formula milk to babies can be considered a major health risk, particularly because immunity may not yet be fully developed. (There are additional details on the major health risks of milk and its products in Chapter 13.) In addition, there may be an entire cocktail of contaminants and noxious substances present in the drinking water, as well as the indoor and outdoor environment, that may easily suppress the just developing immune system of the child, making it susceptible to a whole range of illnesses. All of this has a great influence on how well a growing or grown person will be able to go through the physical, mental and emotional challenges of his life. The younger generation is sicker than any generation has ever been before. Schools and colleges feed them with cheap, low nutrition foods and the situation at home is not much better. Many diseases that used to strike only the adult population are now commonly found among the young people. Who would have believed that just 25 years ago, hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure, Type II diabetes and obesity would one day be as widespread among children as it is today? The consumption of foods that are of no use to our body is a major cause of disease, including infection. Meat or other flesh foods belong in that same category. When you eat meat, your body can only extract a fraction of the meat's constituents and the rest has to be disposed of differently. A large portion of the undigested meat protein is broken down by the meat's own cellular enzymes, and also by bacteria present within the intestinal tract. Since the decomposing meat cells are made of degenerate and coagulated (due to heat) protein, their putrefaction results in the release of putrescin and cadaverin, which are deadly and highly irritating cadaver poisons. (See also Chapter 6 on vegetarianism) Such powerful poisons are already enough to leave the body vulnerable to any kind of infection. 56 In most hospitals, both the young and older patients are given meat, sausages, eggs, fish and poultry to eat, sometimes on the day after surgery or other invasive treatment when the digestive system is at its weakest. Their already strained digestive and immune systems are unable to handle these additional toxins and try to pass as much of the waste into the bowel for possible elimination. Congested bowels are a highly fertile ground for a microbial infection, which is more likely to occur in the environment of a hospital where germs are present in larger quantities. The life of a sick child may depend on whether he is able to remove most of the decomposing substances in his intestines before they are absorbed into the bloodstream and lymphatic system. If gallstones obstruct the liver bile ducts (now quite common among children, too), the liver is no longer able to sufficiently remove the toxins that enter the blood via the bowel, hence “food poisoning” occurs. Most so-called epidemics are in reality forms of food poisoning or chemical poisoning. They occur among people with high levels of toxicity and low immunity, meaning, among those who are already ill. Giving hospital patients any solid, concentrated foods to eat (such as meat) will use up the little energy they have left in them. This energy is used to attend to the newly ingested food instead of using it to overcome the toxicity crisis. An immune system that has been subdued by the presence of toxins is no longer able to effectively ward off bacteria, parasites or viruses. A child who is fed with meat, eggs and dairy products, including milk, is much more likely to develop digestive problems and children's diseases such as diphtheria, smallpox or septic fever, than a child who eats fruits, vegetables, grain foods, salads and drinks plenty of fresh water. Most parents feel responsible for the health and safety of their children. By becoming more conscious of their own eating habits, they will automatically want to give their children the best and most nutritious foods and beverages available. This can greatly contribute towards creating a generation of healthy young people who will be known for their absence of illness. Summary of the Basic Disease Process The body is made up of cells that are turned over at regular intervals, at a rate of about 30 billion a day. Each day, cellular enzymes break down 30 billion old, worn-out cells that can no longer properly absorb and utilize oxygen and other nutrients. This results in the generation of large amounts of cell debris. Moreover, each one of the 60-100 trillions cells that make up the body generates metabolic waste products that need to be disposed of without delay. Under normal conditions, the lymph and blood swiftly remove these waste materials from the tissue that surrounds the living cells (connective tissue). If this naturally occurring waste matter is not removed promptly, it begins to accumulate in areas of the body that are not suited for such a purpose. Eventually, congestion occurs and the body needs to employ more drastic measures of self-preservation. Once stored waste has reached a certain limit or threshold, it might seriously impair the functions of these parts of the body – intestines, the liver bile ducts, gallbladder, the appendix, and tonsils. To avoid the danger of damage to healthy cells, or even organ or system failure, the body begins to employ oxygen free radicals, enzymes and destructive bacteria (putrefaction-causing) to help break down the mixture of dead cells and metabolic waste. Toxins are an unavoidable by-product of this healing attempt by the body. At this stage, the immune system becomes engaged in trying to remove both the waste matter and the toxins, as well as any weak and damaged cells. This response is commonly known as “inflammatory disease.” Inflammation is now increasingly recognized as the common, most immediate cause of every acute and chronic disease process. But, as described above, inflammation or 57 infection it is not a disease as such, but a simple survival attempt of the body. There are various organs and systems in the body that are designed to efficiently deal with the daily-generated waste products. • • • • • • • The liver breaks down cellular components, detoxifies drugs, alcohol and noxious substances. The lungs remove the highly acidic metabolic waste product carbon dioxide and other gases. The kidneys and bladder remove excessive blood plasma, as well as uric acid, urea, ammonia and other waste matter coming from the liver. The colon excretes fecal matter, mucus, dead bacteria and parasites. The hair and nails remove proteins, mineral salts, pigments, and oil. The skin, being the second largest organ of elimination, eliminates sweat and 40-60% of all the waste in the body. The lymphatic system, which has to circulate and purify 18 liters (19 quarts) of wasteloaded lymph fluid, plays a major role in the detoxification process. All of this activity, of course, requires copious quantities of water. When the body becomes dehydrated, the blood becomes too concentrated (thick) and subsequently draws water from nearby cells. Although the blood is made thinner through this maneuver, the connective tissue surrounding the cells and the cells loose precious water required to excrete and remove metabolic waste. The result is congestion, that hinders the waste matter from leaving the body. (To go on a hydrating program refer to the guidelines in the section ‘Drinking Water – The Greatest Therapy of All,’ Chapter 6) By contrast, a well-hydrated body is capable of both nourishing itself and detoxifying its cells tissues. This ensures that the body’s equilibrium, or balance, is maintained at all times. During a well-hydrated state, all the various activities in the body can be conducted in a flawless manner because there is no congestion or hold-up anywhere. In their naturally occurring amounts, waste materials have a slightly stimulating effect. This helps maintain the functions of elimination. However, if the body’s energy is depleted and immunity is subdued due to an excessively stimulating diet and lifestyle, or insufficient water intake, the continuously necessary process of detoxification and waste removal is disturbed or obstructed. All disease is caused by obstruction. If an obstruction, for example, shows up in the liver, it is most likely due to gallstones in the bile ducts. This affects the nutrient supply, metabolism and energy distribution throughout the body. A constipated colon leads to back-flushing of waste, thereby flooding the body with toxins. A kidney stone can lead to retention of urine and raise the pressure of the blood against the arteries. Lymphatic blockage leads to lymph edema, heart congestion, cancer, obesity, and almost every chronic illness. The various types and intensities of toxicity crisis (diseases) result from the various forms and locations of congestion in the body. In truth, though, if one part of the body is sick, the entire body is sick. It is simply not possible to divide such systems as the cardiovascular, immune, lymphatic and nervous systems into segments that don’t influence one another in a profound way. The severity of disease is largely determined by the amount of toxins, gallstones, kidney stones, fecal matter, metabolic and cellular waste the body has accumulated. The basic remedy for the most common diseases is to stop all unnecessary "energy leaks," clear up the blocked bile ducts of the liver, remove kidney stones/sand, clean the passages of the gastrointestinal tract and provide enough fresh air, clean water and nutrient-rich food to sustain all bodily functions, including the elimination of the daily-generated metabolic and cellular waste products. The 58 following list provides you with an overview of possible factors that have congesting effects on the liver, produce kidney stones, dehydrate the body and sap its energy. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Not drinking enough water Drinking cold beverages, especially when the body is hot Overeating Insufficient nourishment Highly processed and refined foods Ill-combined foods Coffee, tea, alcohol, other stimulants All carbonated beverages Tobacco, narcotics Medical drugs, such as statins, steroids, antibiotics, etc. Irregular daily routine Insufficient sleep Watching too much television Exhaustion, strain, stress Environmental hazards Pollution, both indoor and outdoor Anger, rage, envy, greed, fear, jealousy, egotism, anxiety, etc. Lack of harmony and happiness Extreme and excessive habits Sedentary lifestyle Over-stimulation of the senses Injuries Any of these or similar causes of depleting energy in body and mind cause a build-up of toxicity in the body fluids and lead to a toxicity crisis (acute illness). The crisis is necessary to mobilize the immune system, find an outlet for the toxins and return the body to a state of equilibrium or balance. If the causes remain intact, however, and continue to weaken the body even further, it is left with no other choice than to develop a continual toxicity crisis, which is known as chronic disease. The following section deals with the part of our body where toxins are most likely to be produced first – the digestive system. 59 CHAPTER 4 Most Diseases Start in the Digestive System o comprehend the next, even more fundamental reasons we become weak, age or fall ill, we will need to take an in-depth look at our digestive system. The digestive system represents not only the physical “engine” of the body, but also the center of emotions and the seat of the subconscious. If you wish to understand and deal with the most influential, yet least tangible basis of a physical illness, you have to include its mental and emotional counterparts. Although the body and mind appear as separate entities with completely different purposes, they are intrinsically one and they function as one. All events on the physical level, like eating food, cell metabolism, removal of waste or exercising the body, occur at the same time on the mental and emotional planes as well. Consequently, no emotional or mental event can be kept secret from the body. The mechanisms behind the disease process are obscure to most, even to the majority of medical practitioners. Very little is known about the origins of most chronic diseases prevalent today. You may know of the risks that can contribute to an illness you are suffering from, but how diseases manifest from its cause to its effect (symptom) remains elusive unless you begin to see the body and mind from a more holistic view. By learning how our digestive system works, and in what way it can lead to illness in the body and mind, will be of tremendous help in our journey of healing. [Whenever I am referring to disease or illness I actually mean "toxicity crisis"] To provide you with a clearer and more comprehensive picture of the disease process, I have included some of the basic insights of Ayurvedic Medicine which is the most ancient and complete system of natural health care. Once you know how to “create” illness, you will also know how to reverse it. Such is the purpose of this chapter. T 60 AGNI – The “General” Of Digestion Whenever food enters your mouth and touches the taste buds located on the surface of your tongue, your salivary glands begin secreting saliva. Saliva is needed to lubricate the food and to pre-digest cooked starches. At the same time, your pancreas and small intestine receive instructions to prepare for the release of the appropriate kinds and amounts of digestive enzymes and minerals required to help break down the food into the smallest nutrient components. The first most common cause of digestive trouble is swallowing food too quickly. This eating habit indicates anxiety, impatience and nervousness. Eating too quickly reduces saliva production in the mouth cavity, which is a major cause of tooth decay. One of the functions of saliva is to keep the mouth and teeth free from harmful substances and microbes. There are other reasons why chewing food properly is actually essential for our wellbeing. According to fascinating research conducted at the Gifu University in Japan, chewing could actually improve memory by reducing the release of stress hormones. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has demonstrated that the hippocampus, which helps control blood levels of stress hormones, is stimulated by the act of chewing. As a result, the simple act of chewing properly lowers both stress and stress hormones. So chewing your food well can actually reduce anxiety levels. The Japanese researchers also found that when teeth were missing or in a state of disrepair, older people tended to chew less. Subsequently, this led to increased stress hormone levels. The conclusion from this study is that good dental health and the ability to chew properly appear to be important factors in preserving our memory as we age and in protecting ourselves against the harmful effects of stress. After passing through the esophagus, the food enters the stomach and mixes with gastric juices. Gastric juice is composed of hydrochloric acid, enzymes, mineral salts, mucus and water. The action of the acid kills most of the harmful microbes and parasites that are naturally present in fresh produce, meat, fish, dairy products and other foods. The hydrochloric acid also breaks down some of the noxious substances that may accompany the food. Special enzymes begin to act upon proteins that may be present in the food. Once saturated with enough acid, the food is forced in small jets into the duodenum. The duodenum is the portion of the small intestine just beyond the stomach. The first part is called the cap because on x-ray it looks a bit like a cap. Thereafter, the duodenum makes a C-turn going from the right to the left side of the abdomen. There is an opening in the duodenum connecting with the bile and pancreatic duct. It is through this opening – the ampulla of Vater – that pancreatic and bile juices enter the intestine where they are necessary for normal digestion. The pancreatic juices contain digestive enzymes, minerals and water to help break down starches. The bile which is squeezed into duodenum via the common bile duct aids in the digestion of fats and protein foods. The duodenum participates in this very important step of the digestive process by releasing specific hormones and digestive juices. Ayurveda calls the entire activity that takes place in this part of the digestive system AGNI or, "digestive fire." AGNI “cooks” the food further in order to make its nutrients available for the cells and tissues at a later stage (see illustration 3). The small intestine has a total length of approximately 6 meters (18 feet). It is responsible for absorption of nutrients, salt, and water. On average, approximately 9 liters of fluid enters the jejunum (upper part of the small intestine) each day, a major portion of which are secreted digestive fluids. The small intestine absorbs approximately 7 liters, leaving only 1.5 to 2 liters to move on to the large intestine. The absorptive function of the small intestine is brought about by an intricate array of cells within its lining (intestinal folds and villi) that will absorb and secrete salts and nutrients as well as water in order to 61 maintain normal salt and water balance within the body. In a healthy person the absorptive function is so efficient that with a normal diet over 95% of ingested carbohydrates and proteins are absorbed. Illustration 3: The Digestive System Specific regions of the small intestine are adapted to perform specific functions. For example, the duodenum plays an important role in coordinating how the stomach empties and at what rate bile needs to be secreted into the intestine to optimize the digestive process. The duodenum is also a major site for absorption of iron. The jejunum is a major site for absorption of the vitamin folic acid, and the end of the ileum (lower part of the intestine) is the most important site for absorption of vitamin B12 and bile salts. The blood takes up all the nutrients and moves them to the liver for further processing. The ingested food can only be broken down into its basic nutrient components and made available for the basic metabolic processes in the body if AGNI, the digestive fire, is strong. AGNI is fueled by bile, 62 without which none of the other digestive juices would be sufficiently effective to break down food into its nutrient components. Bile is alkaline. When food that is saturated with hydrochloric acid enters the small intestine, it first needs to be mixed with bile before digestive enzymes can act on the food. An intestinal pH-value of high acidity would block enzyme secretion and become a major stumbling block for proper digestion of food. And in order for them to become activated, pancreatic enzymes must combine with bile before passing through the ampulla of Vater. To allow for that, the common bile duct and the pancreatic duct merge together before leading into the duodenum. When bile secretion in the liver is unimpeded by stones in the gallbladder and bile ducts of the liver, good digestion is almost guaranteed, provided food is fresh and wholesome. The combination of a nutritious diet and a strong AGNI is the ideal partnership to make sufficient amounts of amino acids, fatty acids, minerals, vitamins, glucose, fructose, trace elements, etc., available throughout the body. This, in turn, produces healthy blood, vital tissues and a youthful body. The quality of the blood and the tissues of the body, including those that make up the skin, mostly reflect the condition of the liver and small intestine. Toxic Body, Toxic Mind If AGNI is depleted due to various reasons, which are explained below, even the most wholesome of foods can become harmful for the body. Much of the ingested food will remain undigested. In that form, it is not able to pass through the intestinal walls into the bloodstream. The food becomes a target for destructive bacteria and starts fermenting and putrifying. These bacteria produce toxins and gases that can be strongly irritating to the intestinal lining. Since less and less food is absorbed and utilized in the body, more and more waste is generated, increasingly congesting the gastrointestinal tract. At this stage, food starts turning into poison. Today, one third of the Western civilization is diagnosed as suffering from intestinal problems, yet the real figure is much higher. It is estimated that over two thirds are afflicted with all kinds of intestinal trouble. The small intestine, having the diameter of a large toe, is the most hidden organ in the body and has no direct contact with the outside world. The mental counterpart of this “unseen” part of our body is what we may refer to as the seat of the "unconscious.” Its stored memories and hidden beliefs exert a strong influence over our thoughts, emotions, desires and behavior. It is not surprising that traditional medicine considers the origin of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which is the general term used for most intestinal diseases, to be psychosomatic, i.e., caused by the mind. In other words, if you feel frequently upset, angry, worried or simply unhappy, you are not only prone to suffering from “mental indigestion” but also from physical indigestion. Imbalances of the small intestines are characterized by holding on to things in our insides, regardless whether these relate to undigested food or unresolved problems. Nothing from the outside has direct access to this most hidden part of the body. The cerebral cortex of the brain, which controls thought, is intimately connected with the digestive process. Hence, not only foods, but also thoughts need to be properly “digested” or processed in order to become useful for us, and to not cause us any harm. Undigested thoughts have a poisonous effect on the body as a whole and, particularly, on the digestive system. Fear, anger, shock, trauma, anxiety, etc., may be locked up in the cellular memory of the intestines for a long time and without any obvious indications of their presence. Once they have reached a certain point of concentration they may suddenly erupt and alter one’s personality in a negative sense. 63 The mind/body connection also works in the reversed order. When you eat highly processed, refined and denatured foods and/or when you eat while your AGNI is low, you begin to accumulate toxic waste in your intestines. The presence of toxins in the intestinal tract may give rise to nervousness, hypertension, nervous laughter or an emotionally volatile condition. As a generalization it can be said that toxins in the intestines are the physical counterparts of negative thoughts. Through the mind/body connection, negative thoughts and feelings translate into poisons and vice versa. Normally, the immune system, two thirds of which are located in the intestines, takes care of both physical toxins and mental toxins (negative thoughts and feelings). The immune system acts as both our physical and mental healing system. However, the immune system can easily become overtaxed by overexposing it to non-nutritious foods and negative thoughts (often called stress). This may make someone susceptible to disease, ranging from a simple cold to cancer. The “Useless” Appendix and Its Amazing Role In a general sense, those parts of the immune system and lymphatic system that are located in the intestinal tract help to detoxify anything harmful that may come along with the food you eat. Through highly sophisticated processes, these systems are able to separate useful nutrients from unusable waste matter. Some potentially harmful waste products or natural food toxins enter the lymphatic ducts for detoxification and elimination. Most of the nutrient elements are passed through the walls of the small intestine into the blood stream which carries them to the liver for further processing, distribution, and cell metabolism. There are other more specific nutrients, though, that can only be absorbed through the walls of the large intestine. These nutrients are meant for nourishing and maintaining the nervous system. Any nutrients, minerals, water and waste products that are not removed by the small intestines now enter the ascending colon, just above the appendix. In traditional Indian and Chinese medicine, the appendix plays a vitally important role. It breeds large quantities of friendly, probiotic bacteria and supplies them to the colon and other parts of the gut in order to neutralize any harmful substances. The strategic location of the appendix allows these useful microorganisms to blend with the still fluid fecal matter as it begins its passage through the large intestine. There are more than 400 strands of beneficial bacteria living in the human gastrointestinal tract. By attaching themselves to the lining of the gut, they can elbow out troublesome bacteria, such as Candida Albicans. Balanced populations of the friendly, probiotic bacteria in the gut effectively prevent vaginal and urinary tract infections. They also discourage tumors, particularly cancerous growths in the colon, either by emitting protective chemicals or by inhibiting production of compounds that nurture cancers. A diminished population, as caused for example by antibiotics, alcohol or junk foods, has been shown to lead to an overactive immune system and, thereby, cause asthma, allergies and eczema. For all practical purposes, and supported by the cleansing action of the bile from the liver, the appendix's job is to keep the colon “neat and clean.” If large quantities of undigested and decomposed foods reach this part of the intestines, congestion occurs. The intestinal congestion is followed by microbial infestation (destructive bacteria), which can lead to thickening of the protective mucus membrane and ulceration of the intestinal wall. If microbial growth increases further, the appendix may become inflamed and even burst, and undermine proper performance of the colon (illustration 4). 64 Illustration 4: Inflamed and Burst Appendix . Under normal conditions, through a powerful wave called peristalsis, fecal matter is forced into the ascending side of the colon and then passes via the transverse and descending colon into the rectum for excretion. Once it has reached the rectum, the feces stretch the nerve endings in the rectum walls and cause a reflex urge for a bowel movement. The whole digestive and eliminative process – from the ingestion of food to the bowel movement – should take approximately 20-24 hours, depending on the types of food eaten and also on the time of day when the food is consumed (see the following chapters for details). However, in the majority of the population the passage of food through the intestinal tract takes much longer than is healthy. I have had numerous patients who reportedly had a bowel movement only once every 2-5 days. In extreme cases, there was only one movement per week or 10 days. On the other hand, many people have bowel movements 3-4 times per day, and in some extreme cases, there may be up to 16 evacuations; these individuals cannot keep the food in the body longer than from 3 to12 hours. Since most of the ingested food is not digested properly, it decomposes through the help of destructive bacteria. Consequently, waste eliminations are far too excessive and frequent. Having regular bowel movements once or twice a day by itself does not necessarily indicate good digestion either. The following are descriptions of the main problems that arise from poor digestion and inadequate elimination. Internal Pollution The following foods or products have a strongly irritating effect on the protective mucus lining present throughout the alimentary tract, from the mouth to the anus: Devitalized, processed, refined, microwavecooked, canned and such highly acid-forming foods as meat, fish, poultry, eggs, cheese, refined sugar, table salt, chocolate, candy, commercial fruit juices, coffee, alcohol, carbonated beverages, hallucinogenic 65 and pharmaceutical drugs, etc. As these foods or beverages pass through the digestive system, parts of them undergo chemical transformations, known as fermentation and putrefaction. While acting on these ingested things, the naturally present destructive microorganisms produce toxic substances that may injure the intestinal lining which, acting as an internal skin, is designed to protect the blood from becoming poisoned. Regular exposure of our “internal skin” to such acidifying and irritating components as the phosphoric acid and other chemical additives contained in colas, for example, can lead to suppurating wounds and perforation of the intestinal walls. I often see this type of damage as tissue erosion when I examine the iris (iridology) of regular soft drink consumers. As a natural side-effect of repairing such internal wounds, pus is formed. Pus is decayed cell-matter containing plenty of bacterial organisms. Toxins released by the bacteria or fungus may cause further tissue damage and lead to poor organ function. These toxins also trigger a vigorous inflammatory response from the body, which can cause pain and obstruction, as commonly found in Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. If removal of the pus from the wound is obstructed, it may turn septic and seep into the bloodstream, causing septic shock and, possibly, death. Blaming bacteria for causing an infection reflects great ignorance about the workings of natural processes both in the body and in the environment. Infection is not caused by bacteria, but by the presence of harmful substances and the resulting cell damage that attracts them. The so-called deadly bacteria, which are involved in the most serious infections, can be found almost everywhere. They live on your hands, lips, hair, cups, cutlery, door handles, toilet bowls, etc. These germs are totally harmless for us unless unhealthy habits or suppression of the symptoms of disease turns them into deadly weapons. Immunization serums, for example, contain highly toxic substances that are meant to heighten your immune response. But instead, the ever-present deadly bacteria in our environment may mingle with the serum and cause such side effects as shock, convulsions, brain damage and death. The bacteria are totally innocent unless they are given something spoiled to “eat.” Dogs and cats lick them from their wounds and once in contact with their mouth and stomach secretions, they are digested and rendered harmless. We are also equipped with more weapons than we normally need to effectively deal with any kind of deadly bacteria. Healthy people kill off all bacteria and parasites before they even have a remote chance to do them any harm. But the story is very different when waste products from undigested food linger in the intestinal tract longer than necessary, sometimes as long as weeks, months and years. Food that is eaten either too quickly, in between meals, late at night, or wrongly combined, lowers AGNI, the digestive fire. Anger and fear also lower AGNI. The deadly microbes, normally neutralized and kept in check by the probiotic bacteria and the immune system in the gut, are given the green light to spread freely throughout the digestive tract. After having found a fertile breeding ground in the waste deposits plastering the intestinal walls, the harmful bacteria vastly increase in population in order to deal with the waste. While attacking the waste, these microbes produce large amounts of toxins. They literally turn everything they find into poison. Among the poisons generated are “cadaverine”3 and “putrescine.”4 These result from putrefying proteins, the same as those produced from decomposing cadavers. 3 A colorless, viscous, toxic ptomaine, C5H14N2, having an offensive odor, formed by the action of bacilli on meat, fish, and other protein, including breakdown of living and dead organisms. 4 An organic chemical compound NH2 (CHH2)4NH2 (1,4-diaminobutane or butanediamine) formed by and having the smell of rotting flesh. Other foul-smelling chemical compounds include methyl mercaptan and butyric acid. 66 Illustration 5: The Body’s Largest Lymphatic vessels The release of these toxins prompts the intestinal lining and intestinal lymph system, that harbor most of the body's immune cells, to absorb and neutralize them (the toxins). Yet the constant influx of toxins eventually becomes overwhelming, which causes lymph edemas to occur, especially in the cysterna chyli vessels and thoracic duct (illustration 5). The obstructed lymph flow leads to swelling of the abdomen and subsequent lymphatic congestion in other parts of the body. 67 The swelling or inflammation of the intestinal lining and intestinal lymph is an emergency measure the body takes to prevent the absorption of toxins into the bloodstream. If these poisons made their way into the blood stream, it could endanger a person’s life (septic shock). By desperately trying to prevent the blood from being poisoned, the body begins to harden the afflicted tissue. This is the first stage of ulcerative processes. If the unhealthy habits are continued, more and more layers of hardened mucus are added, forming a thick crust around the troubled area. This creates further rigidity of the intestinal tract, which in turn begins to obstruct blood circulation in the intestinal wall and slow down intestinal motion (peristalsis). Consequently, the food tends to remain longer in the body than it normally would. In due time, the food begins to decompose, produce smelly gases and lose moisture. This turns it into a sticky mass, which may become dry and hard. If large numbers of bacteria invades this mass, diarrhea may result. First, there may be alternating constipation and diarrhea and if the condition persists, more frequent bowel movements and chronic diarrhea may occur. Should We Kill Intestinal Parasites? First, you can never completely live without parasites. We ingest them with our food, water or other sources. Some always survive the assault by gastric juices. However, they have no real interest in doing business in a healthy, clean intestinal tract, because they would simply not be able to survive there in the long-term. Parasites proliferate only in filthy, polluted environments. Poor digestion is the main cause of parasitic infection, not the other way round. For every parasite you try to kill, you will have another one to deal with the following day. Parasites can multiply as quickly as you can think thoughts. Why would you want to kill them and then have the burden of eliminating billions of dead corpses (parasites/bacteria), many of which are trapped in the waste that feeds them? A large number of the dead corpses end up in the lymphatic system and blood. The liver, unable to filter and remove them via the bile ducts (due to intrahepatic stones) becomes further congested., resulting in an increased need to trap the parasites in the bile. Parasites entering bile is a major of cause of stone formation. A better solution, although not quite as fast as killing them, is to improve digestive functions through a combination of liver/colon cleansing and adjustment of diet/lifestyle. This will help the body's immune system to take care of this problem step-by step, not all at once. The assault on parasites can backfire and lead to recurring parasitic infections. Killing bacteria through use of antibiotics is not any different. Suddenly, there is a massive amount of dead bacteria flooding the body, which merely sets the stage for a repeat infection and lots of harmful side-effects. Dead bacteria become food for other bacteria. That is one of the reasons antibiotics are a major indirect cause of infection and numerous degenerative diseases (see more details in Chapter 16). There are some extreme cases where killing parasites is advisable to save, or prolong, a person's life (if that is desirable). Such individuals suffer from a near total impairment of immune functions and inability to cleanse the liver/colon complex. It is also helpful for those who have very large, snake-sized worms in their intestinal tract. However, the average person is better off working with the body and through the body. 68 AMA – The Main Cause of Congestion in the Body In an unhealthy intestinal tract, mucus, toxins and fecal matter combine to create what Ayurveda calls AMA or mucoid fecal matter. The intestines begin to lose their natural shape as they are trying to accommodate the extra waste (illustration 6). Left with no other choice, they create protrusions that are filled with layers of obstructive AMA. AMA is a breeding ground for parasites and microbes, as well as cancer cells. The intestinal immune system tries to destroy as much of the destructive material as possible but it eventually succumbs to the overload of toxins. This occurs when septic poison starts seeping into the blood stream. Appendicitis, diverticulitis, colitis, colon strictures, hernias, Crohn’s disease, amoebic dysentery and tumor formations are but a few symptoms directly related to the build-up and absorption of poisonous waste products in the intestines (illustrations 7a-c) Illustration 6: Abnormally shaped colon 69 Consequences of an Overloaded Colon The structural changes that the intestines must undergo to accommodate the mass of waste are truly extraordinary. One particular autopsy revealed a colon of 23cm in diameter, filled with layer upon layer of encrusted old, undigested food intermixed with hardened mucus, leaving less than 1cm in diameter for passing stool (illustration 8). There are an ever-increasing number of men and women who have gathered over 40 pounds of such waste material in the colon alone. Such a condition can be recognized in an enormously extended waistline. In the United States, 65% of the population is overweight or obese. Weight problems usually occur first in the colon, and then in the other parts of the body. The waste accumulation may lead to a prolapsed transverse colon (illustration 7a), which in turn puts a great deal of pressure on the organs of the lower abdomen, including the urinary bladder, prostate or female organs. As a result, these organs may become dislocated, which causes them further structural and functional damage. Waste deposits attract a lot of destructive bacteria which produce toxins as a by-product of their wastedecomposing activity. As these toxins start seeping through the colon walls into the blood, lymph and surrounding organs, more serious complications than just “waste gain” begin to arise. Migraines, premenstrual tension, abdominal cramps, ovarian, cysts, emotional instability, sexual problems, kidney and bladder infections, reduced mental abilities, as well as cancer, are but a few complications related to an overloaded colon. In fact, there is practically no chronic illness that isn’t linked with impaired colon functions. There are major neural reflex points situated on the bowel, which closely connect this organ with every part of the body (illustration 9). To whichever part of the colon AMA becomes attached, its corresponding part in the body becomes afflicted with symptoms of discomfort and disease. Illustration 7a: Abnormal conditions of the colon 70 Illustration 7b: Abnormal conditions of the colon Illustration 7c: Abnormal conditions of the colon 71 Illustration 8: X-ray of an overloaded colon For example, if the middle part of your transverse colon is chronically congested and weakened, you are likely to develop sinusitis. If someone has accumulated toxic waste in the bent area of his ascending/transverse colon, the functions of his right lung are subdued. When this same part of the bowel becomes constricted or spastic, the shoulders become rounded, the sex impulse diminishes and migraines may occur. Many people, women in particular, suffer from migraines without ever realizing where they come from. When irritating substances are present in the nearby area of the medulla-colon reflex point, nerve impulses pass to the medulla oblongata at the base of the head, stimulating its vital centers. One of the centers controls constriction and dilation of blood vessels. Initial pain causes constriction of blood vessels, whereas severe pain causes blood vessel dilation, a fall in blood pressure and fainting. This results in poor circulation, especially in the hands and feet. Up to 80% of women in the Industrialized World suffer from mild or severe forms of migraine. A note for migraine sufferers: A new study shows that patients who suffer from chronic migraine headaches may find great relief from butterbur or the butterbur root extract Petadolex. The study was conducted in nine clinics in the U.S. and Germany, and coordinated by researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. According to the study report, among the subjects who took 75 mg of this herbal product per day for four months there was a 50 percent or greater reduction in the frequency of migraine attacks. The only side-effect reported was an occasional burping. Other earlier German studies confirm this finding. Petadolex can be purchased through many Internet sources. 72 There is also research to show how riboflavin reduces migraine frequency. Natural foods that contain good amounts of riboflavin include leafy green vegetables, avocado, grains, etc. Alcohol consumption and oral contraceptives tend to cause riboflavin deficiency. Ionic magnesium (see ionic minerals in Product Information ), has also shown to be of great benefit. Since these nutrients need to be absorbed by the digestive tract, having a clogged colon can lead to deficiencies. Supplementing these nutrients while cleansing the intestinal tract can effectively reduce or eliminate the cause of migraines. Right Side of the Body Sex Impulse Left Side of the Body Medulla Medulla Ear Neck Shoulder Lungs Bronchial R. Breast Rips Hand/Arm Gallbladder Liver Pancreas Diaphragm Prostate/Vagina Groin Leg Kidney 5 Sense Area Ear Neck Lungs Heart Solar Plexus Mental Ability Bronchial Rips Spleen Diaphragm Ovaries/Testes L. Breast Sinus Arm/Hand Genital Pelvis Groin Leg Kidney Illustration 9: Bowel Reflex Points Other vital centers of the medulla include the Cardiac center which controls the rate and force of cardiac contraction; the Respiratory center which controls rate and depth of respiration; and the Reflex center which initiates the reflex actions of vomiting, coughing and sneezing. Congestion of the colon can lead to disorders in any of these vital areas. If toxic waste is collected underneath the lung reflex point in the first part of the descending colon, heart problems may begin to occur. Accumulation of toxic waste in the lower part of the ascending colon 73 irritates the reflex points of the liver and gallbladder, and can lead to contraction of the bile ducts and the formation of gallstones. A stiff neck on the right side indicates that the movement of fecal matter in the ascending colon is very sluggish, leading to toxic overload and irritation of the bowel. Stiffness on the left side of the neck shows that you suffer from a similar problem in the descending colon. If you also experience stiffness or pain in the top parts of the left and right shoulder, it shows that your transverse colon is affected, too. A thorough colon cleanse can rectify the situation and bring relief to these areas (see colon cleanse procedures in Chapter 7). The Spreading of Symptoms Through excessive stimulation or irritation of the bowel neural reflex points, symptoms of discomfort and disease start spreading to other parts of the body, and intestinal toxins begin seeping into the blood stream. As a result, other organs of elimination and detoxification, such as the liver, kidneys, skin, lungs, and the lymphatic system, may now also become congested and overtaxed, which causes further debilitation and weakness. The blood and lymph fluids are meant to eliminate the body’s own “natural” waste products, generated through the constant metabolic activity of 60 trillion cells and the daily turnover of more than 30 billion cells. To break down, detoxify and remove such an astronomical number of old, worn-out cells every day is an enormous feat the body is challenged to perform without ever getting a break. But when the intestinal tract is increasingly congested and harmful waste begins to overload the eliminative organs, the body is left with no other choice but to develop a toxicity crisis to save itself. The liver is the first organ that receives the flood of toxins from the intestines. When exposed to these toxins, the bile flora, which consists of beneficial bacteria, begins to alter and intrahepatic stones are formed in the bile ducts. The stones trap the toxins to prevent them from doing further harm. But the stones hinder bile secretions and subsequently render AGNI, the digestive power, weak and inefficient. Now, the vicious cycle is closed. Low AGNI leads to further intestinal congestion and ever-increasing toxicity in the liver. Since the liver is the body’s primary blood-detoxifying organ, its ducts providing the outlets for toxins, waste products, bacteria, viruses, chemicals, etc., are blocked by stones. Hence these substances remain in the blood, thereby forcing some of them to accumulate in the connective tissues of organs and systems in the body, including the brain and nervous system. It is not difficult to imagine that this will not only weaken and prematurely age these organs and systems, but eventually cause them to be chronically diseased or even fail. Medical intervention, which usually doesn’t include any cleansing procedures, can greatly interfere with the body’s waste-eliminating efforts. Pain-reducing medication often leads to further pain and even death. The “alleviation” of the cough in pneumonia through drugs can be fatal, too. Removing a gallbladder that is filled with gallstones does not resolve the problem because the major bile ducts of the liver remain blocked. Is it at all surprising that medical intervention is not very successful in the treatment of chronic diseases? The reputable medical journal New Scientist announced on the cover page of one of its more recent issues that 80 percent of the medical procedures used today have never been properly tested. Nobody really knows what effects they really have on the patients. There are so many factors contributing to disease that cannot be treated away simply by taking a few drugs or having surgery (more about this in Chapter 16 What Doctors Should Tell You). 74 Moreover, the stress, tension and exertion that are so often an integral part of man’s incessant drive for success, money and power, can deplete the vital energy of the body and lower the effectiveness of all the organs and cells to such a degree that they begin to suffocate in their own waste. Added to this dilemma, external influences such as drastic weather conditions, a change of season, traveling to other countries, mid-life transition, etc., can sap the remaining energy in the body in its constant effort to adapt to these changes. When under emotional duress, all of these factors combined may suddenly become a trigger for a health crisis. It is for these or similar reasons that so many people have respiratory trouble in polluted cities during the summer periods or catch colds during the change of seasons. They may be suffering from low physical energy and a depleted immune system long before they actually fall ill. Once the cells and tissues in the body are no longer supplied with adequate nourishment, water and oxygen, the aging process accelerates very rapidly. Cancer and all other forms of continuous toxicity are, in most cases, a culmination of many years of overuse or "under use" of body, mind and senses, as well as an incomplete elimination of waste matter from the body. What we need most in today's health care is a balanced lifestyle that helps maintain the vital energy of the body on a continual basis. Vital energy is made available throughout the body by Vata – the principal power of movement in the body. Vata – The Power of Movement Ayurvedic medicine has always had a very thorough understanding of the human body and its intricate functions. Thousands of years ago, Ayurveda proclaimed that the main cause of ill health and premature death is located in the bowel. The Ancient Healers considered the large intestine to be an extremely important part of the body due to its vital roles, that is, synthesis and absorption of essential nutrients for the nervous system, and elimination of waste matter. When you think of it, without the internal motion (Vata) of fluids, waste and nutrients, the body would be dead. Vata translates as “air” or movement and as such is present throughout the body. Think of your body as a network of different canals, tubes or vessels through which it transports food, air, water, blood, lymph and waste. The nervous system, circulatory system, lymphatic system, digestive tract, bronchi and lungs, hormonal pathways and cellular ducts are all part of this enormously complex network, sustained by the movement and power of Vata. Diminished or excessive motion in the body makes it ill, whereas balanced motion keeps it healthy and strong. So you can easily imagine that the most commonly found symptoms of “dis-ease,” such as pain, nervousness or fatigue, naturally start occurring when the movement of Vata is either excessive, as in hyperactivity and hypertension, or slows down and comes to a halt, as in constipation or bile duct blockage. Congestion of coronary arteries, blood vessel walls, lymph nodes, urinary ducts, prostate gland, uterus, sinuses, thyroid gland, etc., is behind the disturbed Vata activity and is responsible for the hundreds of diseases that conventional medicine tries to treat away with drugs or medicine, but without giving due attention to what causes the congestion. Vata, which is one of the three principle forces (doshas) that control all the functions in the body, is especially and most directly in charge of proper bowel activity. Vata’s primary seat is in the colon. If the large intestine is clear of obstructions, Vata is able to perform its important activities throughout the rest of the body. This guarantees that all the systems function at their best. On the other hand, a build-up of fecal matter and hardened layers of mucus (AMA) in the large intestine drastically slows down Vata’s eliminative functions in the colon, and also in the rest of the body. Similarly, the accumulation of gallstones in the liver and gallbladder hinder Vata’s transportation of bile and thus impairs AGNI, the digestive fire. Congestion in both of these important parts of the body directly and indirectly increase the 75 retention of harmful substances in the intestinal tract. Consequently, healthy cells making up the intestinal tract no longer have enough “space” to breathe. Cut off from their life support system, many of them simply die off and are replaced with residues of toxic, undigested food. In more severe cases, cancer develops. Solving the Mystery of Back Problems The accumulation of intestinal waste also affects the normally very strong muscles of the ascending, transverse, and descending colon. One of their functions is to assist the body in maintaining a normal body posture. Insufficient blood and nutrient supply to the muscle cells that make up the large intestine causes them to become loose and weak. A prolapsed transverse colon as shown in illustration 7a is already enough to significantly distort one’s posture. The spinal column is forced to cave in and help the rest of the body adapt to the collapsing structures of the colon. The main sections of the gastro-intestinal tract are affixed to the spinal column. So when the large intestine, for example, is forced to accommodate extra amounts of waste material other than the daily normal amount, the lower spine may be pulled forward by the weight of this load (see illustration 10). Since the resulting distortion of the spinal curvature puts an unequal distribution of body weight onto the spine, there are several stress points generated, particularly in the area of the spine that lies closest to the rectum. It is at these stress points that the body weight is concentrated most. This can lead to major lower back problems. The abnormal change of curvature in the lower back (see gentleman’s posture before he underwent intestinal cleansing) also forces the upper back and neck areas to undergo major abnormal displacements. In many cases, the neck is found to be curving forward, and the head is no longer sitting on the shoulders. These conditions are felt as chronic pain in the neck and shoulders. Please note that after intestinal cleansing, this man’s body posture returned to normal. Physical movement becomes increasingly difficult once the spinal structure has been altered in this way. Consequently, lifting heavy objects or bending to the floor can cause muscle spasms and back pain for days and weeks, and even dislocate discs. In many cases, the enlarged colon puts pressure on kidneys and the urinary ducts (ureters) and displaces them. This may lead to retention of irritating and inflammation-causing urinary deposits, which is the main cause of the excruciating pain in the lower back that plague so many millions of people. Prostrate health and sexual performance may also be affected. Another very common cause of back problems is gallstone formation in the liver and gallbladder. AGNI, the digestive fire, is fueled by bile. A person who accumulates toxic waste in the colon is also most likely to have stones in the liver and gallbladder. The two disorders go hand in hand. As the gallstones grow in size and number, the liver and gallbladder become enlarged and exert increasing pressure on the surrounding organs and parts of the body. The liver spans almost the entire width of the body. When this already large organ becomes even more enlarged, it restricts the movement of the diaphragm and reduces the breathing capacity of the lungs. The restricted breathing forces the lungs to hold back abnormal amounts of the acidic gas, carbon dioxide. To protect themselves against the extra acid, the lungs respond by producing more mucus than they normally would. This leads to lung congestion. If this situation is not resolved at the causal level, more and more mucus, dead cells and metabolic waste accumulate both in the lungs and bronchi. Eventually, the lungs become so enlarged that they push out the back, and in some more severe cases, also the chest. The back and shoulders become 76 more hard and rounded, as it is so often seen among the elderly and middle-aged, but now also among teenagers. All this may be accompanied by pain in the upper back, neck and shoulders. The accumulation of gallstones in the gallbladder can give rise to hundreds of different symptoms in the body. Most of these have been discussed in greater detail in my book, The Amazing Liver Cleanse. In this context, if the gallbladder which is attached to the back of the liver is packed with gallstones, the body needs to adapt its posture to the increasing pressure that the gallbladder exerts against the surrounding tissue and the spinal column. The result is spinal scoliosis, a common phenomenon among both the young and the old. The right shoulder may drop and the left shoulder may become raised. In some cases, even the left rib cage may begin to protrude. There may also be pain between the shoulder blades and a strong, dull ache in the middle/upper back area while standing upright for a while. The right shoulder and arm may become stiff. Frozen shoulder and tennis elbow are clear indications that gallstones are present in the liver and gallbladder. If gallstones gets stuck in one of the major bile ducts, there is strong, sharp pain around the area of the right shoulder, which may spread toward the entire back region. At that stage, due to spasmodic pain attacks, breathing becomes increasingly difficult. All of this can produce permanent back problems [I personally suffered from most of these conditions (including a difficult spinal scoliosis) and over 40 gallbladder attacks, all of which disappeared completely after I cleansed my liver and gallbladder of a total of 3,500 stones]. Over 60 percent of Americans are estimated to have back problems. About the same percentage of Americans are overweight, which basically means that their digestive systems are malfunctioning. If you also sufferer from back pain and consider having surgery, you ought to be aware of the fact that more than two thirds of back pain sufferers who receive surgery for their condition end up with more pain than before. Unless the chunks of toxic waste are removed from the colon, gallstones removed via cleansing from the liver and gallbladder, and the kidney/ureters are cleansed, the causes for back pain are likely to continue or worsen. The symptoms linked with these obstructions are not limited to the back. The congestion in these organs can also lead to a disruption in the flow of energy through the spinal nerves, contributing to problems in the legs, such as poor circulation, numbness, pain, and varicose veins. Another major cause of back problems is dehydration, caused by stimulating (diuretic) foods, such as meat, coffee, tea, soft drinks, power drinks, alcohol, and by inadequate intake of fresh drinking water. Imagine that the water stored in the core of the spinal column supports over 75 percent of the weight of the upper body! Both restricted water supply and accumulated waste in the intestinal tract decrease the volume of spinal water and deplete the water contained in the disk cartilage and surrounding back muscles. Both may also lead to thinning of the inter-vertebral disks and, thereby, to muscle spasms. The shortening of height among the elderly, which is so often attributed to “normal” aging, has actually nothing to do with aging, but with simple dehydration due to the reasons outlined above. Back problems remain serious and complex problems only for as long as the most basic needs of the body are not met. Unless a back injury has occurred due to an accident, back problems can be permanently resolved; and even among most injuries, there can be significant improvements. The following are simple solutions to the most complex back problems: 1. 2. 3. 4. Give the body sufficient amounts of water to drink Remove accumulated waste materials from the intestinal tract Eliminate all gallstones from the liver and gallbladder Dissolve kidney stones (if not sure you have any, cleanse the kidneys anyway) 77 The following chapters provide you with detailed directions to that end. Resolving chronic back pain can mean a new lease on life for millions of people. When the “River” Takes a U-Turn While digesting a major meal, beneficial bacteria generates 10 liters or more of different kinds of harmless gases (Vata). These gases help to stimulate and facilitate the peristaltic movement necessary to transport food and waste. Once this task has been accomplished, these gases are being absorbed by the blood which takes them to the lungs for elimination. But if the colon is filled with undigested foods, these gases become trapped. Hence, the natural “downward” movement of Vata slows down, comes to a halt, and is reversed eventually. Instead of eliminating all the waste matter via rectum and anus, Vata quite literally takes a U-turn and moves parts of the toxic mass of fermented or putrefied food in the upward direction. Any impediment in any section of the intestinal tract acts like a dam that hinders the flow of food, waste, and gases, as well as blood and lymph. To understand this, you may imagine a river that is held up by a dam. As the water begins to backup it causes extensive flooding. The most severe form of obstruction is known as constipation. Constipation causes backup of the intestinal contents, and stagnation of lymph fluid that is flooded with intestinal toxins. Through the reversed Vata pressure, minute toxins, harmful bacteria, mucoid fecal matter and toxic gases are forced all the way into the upper parts of the digestive tract, which causes something of a “traffic jam.” This chaos can be felt as flatulence or intestinal bloating, cramps or feeling full. Flatus is comprised of over 250 gases, of which hydrogen is the most common. It results when bacteria feed off undigested carbohydrates, especially those found in grains and beans. As the internal pressure extends further upward, more and more toxins end up in the lymphatic ducts draining the gastro-intestinal tract. This generates lymph edema in the relatively large Cysterna Chyli vessels (illustration 5) located in the navel area, noticeable by a further extension or ballooning out of the abdomen. The continuous upward stream of waste particles, toxins, and microbes now passes into the duodenum, and sometimes evening through the ampulla of Vater into the gallbladder and pancreas. Some of this AMA material may actually seep into the pancreatic duct and, from there, into different parts of the pancreas. Subsequent blockage of the pancreatic duct, apart from inhibiting the release of digestive enzymes by pancreas cells, may cause pancreatic infection and even diabetes. All this further aggravates AGNI, the digestive fire. Lymph drainage from these organs becomes more and more difficult, and the digestive system is heavily stressed and burdened with the task of keeping itself functional. This further weakens digestion and increases the amount of fecal matter in the colon, as well as toxins in the blood and lymph. As a direct consequence of raised blood toxins, even more stones are being formed in the liver and gallbladder. Food, instead of providing the body with energy and nutrients, is now increasingly converted into fat and toxins-filled waste.” 78 Illustration 10: Abnormal Body Postures In the diagram at the top, please notice the link between the black areas of waste matter and the changed spinal curvature). This is also shown in the lower photos. 79 The Dynamic Force of Pitta The area between the duodenum and the beginning of the colon is mainly controlled by the energy of Pitta – the second dosha. Pitta, which in Sanskrit means "bile," controls AGNI and, therefore, digestion and metabolism. Pitta ensures that food is properly digested, absorbed and converted into the basic building compounds needed for the growth of new cells and tissues. Once Pitta dosha becomes disturbed at its main seat, located where the gallbladder and pancreas connect with the duodenum, all metabolic processes in the body are subsequently disrupted. Consequently, the assimilation and metabolism of nutrients is insufficient and the body suffers the effects of malnourishment, even if the person eats well. Being overweight indicates that the body has reached this stage of intestinal dysfunction. If Vata continues to act in its reversed mode, intestinal toxins and waste fragments, as well parts of the bile released by the gallbladder are further discharged toward the stomach. A continued reduced secretion of bile and digestive enzymes can lead to obesity, heart disease and cancer. Kapha – Cohesion, Structure and Stamina The third principle force that controls the human body is Kapha. Kapha stands for cohesion, structure, stamina and strength. Its main seat is in the stomach and chest. Kapha governs the digestive fluids and forms the connective tissue (the interstitial fluid surrounding cells), muscles, fat, bones and sinew. It also lubricates the joints, generates the mucus lining in the mouth, throat, lungs, stomach and intestines, and it holds the body together. Without the cohesive properties of Kapha, the body would be a pool of disconnected cells spread on the ground. Kapha becomes aggravated when the reversed movement of the Vata force reaches the pyloric sphincter – the valve that connects the stomach with the duodenum. Reflux of bile from the gallbladder, as well as toxins and microbes from the intestines, and in some rare cases, even feces, may be forced through the pyloric sphincter and enter the stomach. Occasionally, this may trigger spasmodic constrictions and pain. The backup of the bile and AMA material may lead to various types of stomach disorders. The stomach problems may differ from each other due to the different types of toxins and microbes involved. There may also be other factors present, such as stress and the types and quantities of food being consumed. To protect the blood and it s walls against the influx of these irritating substances, the stomach secretes large quantities of mucus. Mucus is one of the body's most effective means to absorb and “digest” AMA. If the situation continues, the stomach lining may become injured and dehydrated in places, exposing it to the destructive action of hydrochloric acid. The stomach cells begin to absorb toxic hydrogen ions. This, in turn, increases their internal acidity, disrupts their metabolic processes, and triggers inflammatory reactions. This is known as acute gastritis, which may become chronic and lead to peptic ulcers and formation of cancerous tumors. The disruption of Kapha in this part of the body can greatly undermine psychological balance and happiness. It is usually accompanied by a "strange" feeling in the gut and by emotions of insecurity and anxiousness. 80 Disturbing the Doshas Symptoms include: • • • • • • Bad breath Frequent colds Coughing Bronchitis Asthma Pneumonia • • • • • Lymph congestion Low immunity Hay fever Allergies Any Chronic illness The reversed movement of Vata in the intestines displaces both Pitta-dosha (in the middle part of the body) and Kapha-dosha, (in the stomach and the chest). The more toxins start backing up in the gastrointestinal tract, the less efficient becomes the lymph drainage from the organs located in the pelvic area. Eighty percent of the lymphatic system is associated with the intestines, making this area of the body the largest center of immune activity. This is no coincidence. The gastrointestinal tract is actually the part of the body where most disease-causing agents are generated and combated. Any lymph edemas, or other kind of obstruction in this important part of the lymphatic system, can lead to potentially serious complications elsewhere in the body. Wherever a lymph duct is obstructed, there is also an accumulation of lymph at a distance to the obstruction. Consequently, the lymph nodes located in such an area can no longer adequately neutralize or detoxify the following things: dead and live phagocytes and their ingested microbes, worn-out tissue cells, cells damaged by disease, products of fermentation, pesticides in food, inhaled or congested toxic particles, cells from malignant tumors, and the millions of cancer cells every healthy person generates each day. Incomplete destruction of these things can cause these lymph nodes to become inflamed, enlarged and congested with blood. Infected material may enter the blood stream, causing septic poisoning and acute illnesses. In most cases, though, the lymph blockage occurs slowly, without any symptoms other than swelling of the abdomen, hands, arms, feet, or ankles, or puffiness in the face and eyes. This is often referred to as “water retention,” a precursor of chronic illness. Continuous lymphatic obstruction usually leads to chronic conditions. Almost every chronic illness results from congestion in the Cysterna Chyli. Eventually, the thoracic duct, which drains the Cysterna Chyli sacks, gets overburdened by the constant influx of toxic material and becomes clogged up, too. The thoracic duct is linked up with numerous other lymph ducts that empty their waste into the thoracic “sewer canal.” Since the thoracic duct has to remove 85% of the body’s daily-generated cellular waste and other harmful material, a blockage there causes back-flushing of waste into other, more distant parts of the body. When the daily-generated metabolic waste and cellular debris are not removed from an area in the body for a certain period of time, symptoms of disease start manifesting. The following are but a few typical examples of illness indicators that result directly from chronic, localized lymph congestion: Obesity, cysts in the uterus or ovaries, enlargement of the prostate gland, rheumatism in the joints, enlargement of the heart, congestive heart failure, congested bronchi and lungs, enlargement of the neck area, stiffness in the neck and shoulders, backaches, headaches, migraines, dizziness, vertigo, ringing in the ears, earaches, deafness, dandruff, hair loss, frequent colds, sinusitis, hay fever, certain types of asthma, thyroid enlargement, eye diseases, poor vision, swelling in the breasts, breast cancer, kidney 81 problems, lower back pains, swelling of the legs and ankles, scoliosis, brain disorders, memory loss, stomach trouble, enlarged spleen, irritable bowel syndrome, hernia, polyps in the colon, etc., etc. Once detoxified in the lymph fluids, the thoracic duct empties its now harmless waste contents into the left subclavian vein at the root of the neck. This vein enters the superior vena cava, which leads straight into the left side of the heart. In addition to blocking proper lymph drainage from these various organs or parts of the body, congestion in the cysterna chyli and thoracic duct permits toxic materials to be passed into the heart and heart arteries. This unduly stresses the heart. It also allows these toxins and diseasecausing agents to enter the general circulation and spread to other parts of the body. There rarely is a disease that is not caused by lymphatic obstruction. Lymph blockage, in most cases, has its origin in poor digestive functions and congested liver bile ducts. As the noxious substances, gases and harmful bacteria from the lower parts of the intestines are further brought upward through the alimentary tract, the bacteria acting on the waste begin to produce toxic, bad smelling gases, commonly referred to as “bad breath.” Some of the gases may also enter the blood, which takes them to the bronchial system and lungs, causing irritation to their protective mucus lining. As mentioned, the failure of the (congested) lymphatic system to efficiently remove metabolic waste material from the respiratory organs can cause a variety of symptoms. If trapped toxins in the bronchial system, for example, begin to mingle with germs that naturally reside there, the body will first try to remove some of them through the mucus formed during a cold or a cough. However, if such release efforts are subdued through medication or rendered ineffective through congesting foods or stress, the mucus lining begins to thicken further. This causes breathing difficulties, bronchitis, and eventually asthma. Pneumonia and other respiratory infections result when certain microbes, which are permanent and normally harmless residents in the lungs, find a fertile ground in the congested environment and begin to spread. The supply of oxygen and water to the lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, stomach, intestines and other parts of the body becomes increasingly scarce. Consequently, the body can no longer guarantee the efficient elimination of carbon dioxide and other metabolic waste products, as well as cellular debris, from the tissues and organs. The bronchial system and the lungs attempt to remove some of the excessive mucus, which is formed in response to the irritation, by coughing it up into the throat. Chain smokers also experience this problem after awakening in the morning. If the body keeps moving AMA upward, some of the backed up toxins may become deposited in and around the thymus gland, which is in charge of activating immune cells. Congestion of the thymus weakens the natural defenses of the body against cancer, bacteria, parasites, and viruses. If a nose catarrh occurs, it is extremely unwise to treat it as a localized disorder. A cold is a toxicity crisis, which represents the body’s need to rid itself of toxins that have already spread to different parts of the body. If head colds or the flu occur more frequently, the mucus membranes may become hypersensitive to dust and pollen, which can cause sneezing attacks, bronchial spasms and constant watering of the eyes – typical symptoms of hay fever. All toxins have a dehydrating effect because the body’s cells have to give up precious water to remove them – water they cannot afford to do without. Allergies (and also asthma) indicate that the body has increased the production of histamine, the neurotransmitter responsible for regulating water metabolism, water distribution, as well as antibacterial and anti-viral activities. In a well-hydrated body, foreign agents such as bacteria, viruses, chemicals and proteins as found in pollen, are neutralized quite easily without the need to raise histamine levels to an exaggerated level. Histamine activity becomes exaggerated when the body becomes dehydrated, which may occur due to the presence of toxins or insufficient water 82 consumption. In such a situation the body may become oversensitive to all sorts of allergens, including the potassium of orange juice. In asthmatics, the exaggerated release of histamine promotes bronchial constriction. Once their dehydrated bodies receive the normal daily amount of water 5 , and existing toxins, including those produced from fermented and putrefied intestinal waste, as well as gallstones from the liver, are removed, histamine production decreases and bronchial constriction begins to lessen or disappear. In some extreme cases, though, to permanently stop an allergy it may also be necessary to “delete” the very memory of the immune cells that leads them to produce antibodies upon contact with the normally harmless allergens (foreign agents). To fully restore the body’s balance, it may be necessary to neutralize all existing allergies, including the hidden ones, against foods, pollen, dust, chemicals, metals, etc. (for details see Chapter 7: Employing Nature’s Healing Powers). If the body continues to accumulate toxins faster than it is able to remove them, it may eventually become “tolerant” towards them. In other words, you can “get used” to drinking alcoholic beverages, smoking, eating too much, and wearing yourself out without developing any signs of major discomfort. But this only means that the body has ceased to respond to the build-up of toxins. In this case, the body is no longer able to put up a good fight and may undergo no further toxicity crises. Colds and fever now fail to come. This, however, is the time when the real trouble begins. Unable to remove the toxic deposits, the body becomes severely congested. Hence, the normal signals of intact self-defense mechanisms can no longer occur and fail to alert the person about the imminent danger of permanent damage. This is the beginning of chronic disease. What would have been an acute cold before, may now turn into chronic bronchitis, pneumonia, a stomach ulcer, chronic cystitis, syphilis, Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Fibromyalgia (FMS), heart disease, cancer, or any other illness. To diagnose and treat a cancerous tumor as an isolated, separate disease event is as illogical as blaming a cat’s tail for an infection in her ear. Those who keep suppressing their bodies’ cleansing mechanisms, such as an infection or a simple cold, hurt themselves more than they know. They sow the seeds for a vicious cycle of ill health. To stop the body’s histamine response to dehydration, which constricts blood flow and reduce your need for water, all you may need is water. So the next time you have an asthma attack, instead of drugs, try 3 or 4 glasses of water. It could stop your reaction almost instantly. (And be sure to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.) 5 83 When Vata “Hits the Head” Symptoms include: • • • • • • • • • Cardiac Arrhythmia Weight loss Muscle wasting Mental stress Thyroid problems Protruding eye balls Metabolic disorders Ear infection Meningitis • • • • • • • • Hot flushes Weight gain Nervousness Deafness Throat, teeth and sinus problems Eye trouble, headaches Hair loss Loss of Memory When the “river of toxins” reverses and moves into the upper parts of the body, it eventually reaches such sensitive areas as the thyroid gland. Blood flow and lymph drainage become impaired. Blood congestion, which is characterized by thickening of the blood, prevents hormones from reaching their target places in the body in sufficient amounts and on time. Consequently, the glands go into hypersecretion (overproduction) of hormones. If the thyroid moves into a hyperactive mode, the overall metabolic rate of the body increases. The body’s cells become hyperactive and demand an ever-increasing amount of nutrients. Given the congestion in the abdominal Cysterna Chyli vessels and the thoracic duct, the lymphatic ducts that drain metabolic waste from the thyroid area into the thoracic duct fail to do so adequately. When lymph drainage from the glands is insufficient, they become congested. Lymph nodes may start swelling up and the thyroid becomes enlarged. This brings about hypo-secretion (lack) of hormones. Diseases related to imbalances of the thyroid glands include toxic goiter, graves disease, cretinism, myxoedema, and tumors of the thyroid, hypo-parathyroidism, which reduces calcium absorption and causes cataracts, as well as behavioral disorders and dementia. The failing detoxification of the thyroid gland results in thyrotoxicosis. High toxicity in the thyroid gland often causes cardiac arrhythmia, which is a serious heart condition, one that I suffered from when I was a child. The heart becomes simply over-stressed trying to supply extra oxygen and nutrients to the hyperactive body cells. Other related symptoms include abnormal weight loss, muscle wasting and weakness, excessive heat production, redness of chest, neck and face, and hyperactivity of the nervous system. The latter condition causes nervousness, physical restlessness and mental stress. In many cases, the eyes begin to protrude due to deposits of excess fat, degenerate proteins, fibrous tissue and other harmful material both inside and behind the eyeballs. The internal pressure in the eyes can cause staring and rigidity of eye movement and other problems of vision. If lymph congestion occurs particularly in the thyroid gland of a Kapha body type (see section on body-types), the resulting low production of thyroid hormone decreases his basic metabolic rate, leading to weight gain and slowing mental activity. In this case, the body may feel cold, even when the environmental temperature remains high. Ear problems usually occur when, due to lymphatic congestion, metabolic toxins are not properly drained from the chest and head areas, and when other noxious substances stemming from the gastrointestinal tract are forced up into the auditory (Eustachian) tubes. If this coincides with an upper 84 respiratory tract infection, microbes may move from the chest area into the ear canals and cause painful ear infections and accumulation of pus (dead, decomposed cells). If wrongly treated (through medical drugs) tumor formation, meningitis and other brain disorders, even loss of hearing, may result. If you experience any liquid coming from your ears or discover a swelling near the ears, you need to start some cleansing procedures straight away (see chapters 6&7). Note: For short relief, the ancient technique of ear coning or ear candling can help drain old wax, fungus and toxic residues from the ears and open the lymph ducts for improved drainage. If in this stage of imbalance, the body is still fairly well hydrated and not interfered with, it will provide extra amounts of fluids and mucus to prevent toxins from entering the blood stream. Any form of intervention in this very delicate area of the body should be handled with utmost care as it may damage the sense organs of sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. Most people think that such problems as tooth decay, tonsil infection, ear aches, vertigo, tinnitus, sore throat, stiffness of neck and shoulders, hair loss, hoarse voice, broken speech, headaches, nose and sinus congestion, etc., are accidental occurrences that don't need to be taken very seriously. Yet, these “minor” complaints indicate major imbalances in the digestive system, can be the harbingers of eventually lifethreatening circulatory problems and even brain tumors. Constant presence of toxins in the nasal area can cause an enlargement of nasal bone or cartilage, which, in turn, can lead to hay fever. Sinus headaches, weak eyesight, sore and swollen or puffy eyes, and general headaches are directly related to a build-up of toxins caused by lymphatic obstruction and backflushing of waste from the intestines due to reversed movement of Vata. The names that describe these various symptoms are not relevant. But it is important to know that all these symptoms are indications of the body’s attempt to eliminate toxins that have accumulated at these various locations. The obstruction of Vata activity, i.e. the movement of air, water, lymph, blood, waste, etc., is the common factor in every toxicity crisis. The crisis occurs when none of the three doshas are capable of conducting their assigned functions properly. Forced from their respective abodes, the normally benign doshas Vata, Pitta and Kapha become vicious and destructive. By suppressing or combating the various symptoms of discomfort or disease, they become even more unbalanced. The use of pharmaceutical drugs, which only aim at relieving a symptom of disease, may cause long-term damage to the physiology and ought to be used solely as a last resort. Any successful approach to healing must be based on balancing the three dosha – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Once settled in their respective, rightful places, they ensure that the body operates with the best possible precision and efficiency. All the channels of circulation will remain clear, digestion will stay strong, and elimination of waste matter will be smooth, complete and frictionless. This allows the body to give continuous nourishment to all its cells and tissues. The result is uninterrupted health and youthfulness throughout life. 85 CHAPTER 5 On The Road To Abundant Health "The ultimate cause of human disease is the consequence of our transgression of the universal laws of life." ~ Paracelsus The Wonders Of Our Biological Rhythms Although it may not be apparent to a layperson, the human body is largely run by “biological rhythms.” All organs, systems, and cells are controlled by exact, cyclic patterns of rest and activity which we can aptly call the “universal laws of life.” The following are a few examples of the biological rhythms that follow these laws: • • • • • • • • • • • Normal menstrual cycles repeat themselves every 27 ½ days. The stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol are naturally released into the blood stream at the early morning hours to promote physical activity. Immunity and iron concentrations in the blood reach low levels in women during menstruation and high levels during ovulation. The liver is more active during the night than it is during the day. Red bone marrow produces more blood cells during the night. Most digestive enzymes are secreted during the day. Bile secretions peak at midday. The large bowel is most active and efficient in the early morning hours. Different types of cells have different life-spans and are turned over at specific intervals. The happiness-producing brain hormone serotonin is produced in response to natural daylight. The sleep-inducing hormone melatonin is secreted in response to the darkness of the night. 86 It is estimated that over 1,000 of these biological rhythms operate in and control the human body. The Human Body Clock Each biological timer dictates a specific rhythm or cyclic behavior to a group of cells, an organ or an endocrine gland. All the different individual timers or clocks are intrinsically linked to a common master clock. The master clock coordinates the individual clocks with one another and makes certain that everything in the body is carried out according to its master plan. This master plan consists of nothing but the body’s constant effort to maintain perfect equilibrium or balance. The body’s master clock is controlled by nature’s most influential cycle, known as the circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm prompts us to become active in the morning and to wind down in the evening. The sun is the main giver of life on the planet. Both organic and inorganic life forms require sunlight or sun energy for their existence, and so do all human beings. The movements of the Earth around its axis and around the sun create the precise cycles of day and night, as well as the seasonal changes. These rhythmic, repetitive patterns of the forces in nature, in turn, program our DNA to conduct all physical activities with perfect precision and accurate timing. All external events occurring in the natural world are linked with similar events inside the body. A sunrise in nature, for example, triggers a “sunrise” in your body. It wakes you up and gets you going. The morning light enters your eyes as soon as you open them. First, the light is broken down into its full color spectrum (seven colors) by the lenses of your eyes. After that, the individual light rays travel to the body’s master gland, the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus, which controls the body’s biological clock, then dispatches light-encoded messages to the pineal gland, which is often referred to as the “third eye.” These messages contain specific instructions for the pineal gland to secrete hormones. One of the pineal gland's most powerful hormones is the neurotransmitter melatonin. The secretion of melatonin follows a regular 24-hour rhythm. Melatonin production reaches peak levels between 1a.m. and 3a.m. and drops to its lowest levels at midday. The pineal gland secretes this hormone directly into the blood stream, which makes it instantly available to all the cells in the body and tells them “what time it is” in nature, meaning, in what position the Earth is in relation to the sun. The brain synthesizes another important neurotransmitter, serotonin, which relates to our state of well being. It has a powerful influence on day and night rhythms, sexual behavior, memory, appetite, impulsiveness, fear, and even suicidal tendencies. Unlike melatonin, serotonin increases with the light of the day, and also through physical exercise and sugar. The increasing and decreasing levels of melatonin and serotonin indicate to the cells whether it is dark or light outside and whether they should be more active or slow down their activities. This intricate mechanism ensures that all physical functions are synchronized with the rhythmic changes that occur in the natural environment. This is knows as “entrainment.” The health of each cell in the body depends, therefore, on the degree to which we allow the body to be in synchrony and harmony with the cycles of day and night. Any deviation from the circadian rhythm causes abnormal secretions of the brain hormones melatonin and serotonin. This hormonal imbalance, in turn, leads to erratic biological rhythms, which can subsequently disrupt the harmonious functioning of the entire organism, including metabolism and hormonal balance. Suddenly, we may feel “out of sync” or shaky, and become susceptible to developing an illness, which could include a simple head cold, headache, depression or even a cancerous tumor. The pineal gland controls reproduction, sleep and motor activity, blood pressure, the immune system, the 87 pituitary and thyroid glands, cellular growth, body temperature, and many other vital functions. All of these depend on the regular melatonin cycle which, yet again, is controlled by our body’s ability to be in synchrony with nature’s rhythms. The amount of melatonin made available to the body in response to the darkness of the night depends on the concentration of serotonin secreted in response to the amount of natural light we are exposed to during the day. As daylight diminishes, serotonin is automatically broken down into melatonin. If your body makes a good amount of serotonin from natural light, it will also produce sufficient amounts of melatonin during nighttime, provided your eyes are closed (when exposed to light, the pineal gland does not secrete melatonin in sufficient amounts). The pineal gland starts secreting melatonin between 9.30pm and 10.30pm (depending on age). Unless you use stimulants such as caffeine or food at that time, melatonin naturally induces sleepiness or drowsiness. With sufficiently high levels of melatonin in the blood, the body is able to regenerate and rejuvenate itself. This sustains good health, vitality and longevity. The cycles of melatonin and serotonin totally depend on each other and are precisely controlled by our changing environment. By disregarding these rhythmic changes in nature and living against these unspoken laws, the body and mind surely move out of sync with one another. This is a leading cause of physical and mental illness. One of the greatest secrets of good health lies in the discovery of our intimate relationship with the universe. Any sense of separateness between nature and us can only exist in the mind, not in the body. The body has formed an essential link with the external world. All its efforts are directed towards staying synchronized with our immediate and distant environment, including the moon. Secrets of the Lunar Cycles It is no longer a just mythological conviction that the moon exhibits a strong influence on both human being and nature as a whole. The ebb and flow of the tides, sleep walking, and the female menstrual cycles are but a few of the countless phenomena that are stimulated and regulated by this powerful cosmic force. We are meant to use this force for our health, gardening, agriculture, and almost every other area of human concern. Once you have discovered the secrets of the lunar cycles and synchronized your life and activities with them, you will greatly benefit from this newly created harmony with the natural world. Human beings, other mammals, and most birds and insects are subjected to this mysterious force of nature. All natural processes like pregnancy, the growth of plants and their ripeness, as well as the duration of various diseases, depend on the cycles of the moon. Our ancestors were masters of “right timing.” Their heightened sensory abilities, perceptiveness, and exact observations of the phenomena in the natural world made them aware of the following points: • • • Many events in nature – ebb and flow of the tides, birth, weather, and menstrual cycles in women – occur in direct relationship with the movements of the moon. Animals synchronize their activities, i.e., searching for food, eating, mating, etc., with the position of the moon. Effectiveness and success of daily activities such as the cutting of wood, cooking, eating, cutting of hair, gardening, applying manure, etc. are subject to the cycles of the moon. 88 • • Certain operations and use of medication may be successful on some days, but outright useless or harmful on others – often independent of dose and quality of the medication and the skills of the attending doctor. Plants and healing herbs are exposed to different kinds of energy on different days and contain considerably more active ingredients at certain times than at other times. At the end of the 19th century, mankind at large was introduced to the clock as a means to know the time. The knowledge of the natural cycles of day and night and the changes in the positions of the moon and the stars were gradually discarded as “no longer important” to the modern man. The clock had “successfully” replaced the profound knowledge about these natural cosmic events and their effects on all life forms on Earth. The ancient wisdom that had upheld the natural ways of living throughout the centuries and had been passed on from generation to generation, quickly turned into superstition. Yet today, there is a sudden and renewed interest in discovering our relationship to the lunar cycles. In relation to the Earth, the moon passes through the following major phases: New Moon The moon revolves around the Earth almost every 28 days. While the moon is positioned between the Earth and the sun, we can no longer see it. This is called new moon. New moon can be likened to the phase of exhalation in breathing, when we eliminate toxic gases and waste products from the body. You can prevent many diseases by fasting for a day at this time because the body is more than ready to purify itself from accumulated toxins. This makes it also a good day for liver cleansing. New moon also signifies a new beginning. If you wish to give up old habits like smoking or drinking alcohol, this is the best time for it. You may try as hard as you want to change such habits at other times of the month, but be disappointed about your inability to do so. The old saying, “well begun is half done” applies to new moon. A sick tree when cut back during new moon can regain its health and vitality. Likewise, a treatment started on new moon can lead to quick healing. The Waxing Moon Only a few hours after new moon, we begin to see the appearance of its crescent in the sky. The journey to full moon takes about 13 days. Whatever goodness and nourishment is given to the body during this time will be much more beneficial than at other times of the month. This also explains why fertility is much more pronounced and more children are conceived and born during this phase of the moon and at full moon. On the other hand, it is very useful to know that when the moon increases, the body’s ability to heal after an injury or an operation decreases. Tooth fillings, crowns, or bridges are less likely to last if they are given during the waxing phase of the moon. Even the washing of clothes is less successful during this phase despite using the same amounts of detergents. Full Moon After having completed half its journey around the Earth, the moon is full, i.e. visible to us at night, and sometimes even during parts of the day. This is the time when the moon exhibits a strong influence on all planetary life forms. Sleep walking, excessive bleeding of wounds, greater potency of herbs collected during full moon night, an increase in the number of accidents and violent crime, and a higher birth rate, 89 are all effects of increased lunar influence. Cutting trees during full moon can destroy them. Since the body has a tendency to hold back fluids during full moon, it is also best to avoid doing liver cleanses or other cleanses at that time. Also avoid having operations, including dental work, on full moon, as you may suffer complications or infections. The Waning Moon During the following 13 days, the moon is gradually overshadowed again. The ancient civilizations knew that this is a good time to have an operation (if needed), as the healing capacity of the body is at its most powerful. If possible, book your visit to the dentist during this phase, or on new moon. Also pulling a tooth should only be performed during the waning moon. In addition, at this time physical activity requires less energy and meets with greater success. The digestive system also works more efficiently, even to the point that eating a little more than usual will not cause weight gain. Man’s Biological Routine Ayurveda, which literally means “Science of Life,” claims, “the microcosm is as is the macrocosm.” Likewise, our body is the mirror of the universe. At every moment, the body undergoes profound changes by adjusting to the continually changing environment and recurring cyclic patterns. Ayurveda has a unique understanding of these cycles. It knows of three principal forces, or energies, each of which emits a powerful influence on the body and mind for a period of four hours, twice in a 24-hour day. These forces of nature that conduct all the complex activities in the human body, as well as those that sustain the universe, are known as the three doshas Vata, Pitta and Kapha. So let us take a closer look at what happens in our body during a 24-hour cycle (see illustration 7). The First Kapha Cycle The first cycle begins with the “birth” of a new day. Let’s assume that sunrise occurs at 6am. At around 4.30-5.00am, nature starts to awaken. It becomes increasingly active as the sun rises to higher positions. Ayurveda calls the period between 6am and 10am “Kapha time,” which means that your body is still a bit slow. This allows the body to gather strength and stamina. Whether or not you wake with an alarm clock, at around 6am the kidney glands secrete the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline to get your body going, similar to a battery starting an engine. This is also the time when the sex hormones in the body reach their peak levels. And, provided your eyes actually see the natural light of the day, the brain increases its production of the powerful hormone serotonin, which helps you generate enough happiness and enthusiasm to experience a stress-free, joyful day. Since Kapha is composed of the heavier elements of earth and water, we exhibit more of the qualities of “earthiness” and “liquidity” in our mind and body during the early morning hours than, for example, during the afternoon. The First Pitta Cycle At 10am, the heat of the sun begins to increase considerably due to its higher position. The distribution of sun energy reaches peak levels at noon. Between 10am and noon, we are at our most alert and cognitive best. The Pitta period lasts from 10am until 2pm. At noontime, AGNI, the digestive fire, is most 90 Illustration 7: The Biological Clock Ideal Daily Routine: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Rise between 6am and 7am Eat a light breakfast (optional) between 7am and 8am. Eat the main meal of the day between 12am and 1pm. Eat a light evening meal between 6pm and 7pm. Go to sleep before 10pm 91 efficient, that is, the digestive juices (bile, hydrochloric acid, enzymes, etc.) are most profuse and concentrated. For this reason, Ayurveda advises you to eat your main meal of the day between 12pm and 1pm. Provided the food is wholesome and nourishing, the digestive process will provide you with the energy and vitality you need during the rest of the day. If you feel tired and sleepy after the meal, this indicates that your AGNI is too weak to digest the food properly. Instead of being energized and revitalized from eating your meal, the body has to tap into its energy reserves to process the food. Consequently, there remains only little energy for other forms of physical or mental activity. Overall, sleepiness after a meal may be due to one or more of the following reasons: 1. Your meal is too heavy or consists of ill-combined food items. 2. You are not getting enough sleep during the night. 3. You are eating your lunch much later than one o’clock. The First Vata Cycle Vata or “movement” controls the hours between 2pm and 6pm. Vata conducts the physical transport of food through the intestinal tract and is responsible for absorbing the nutrients as well as taking them to the various tissues of the body. Vata can only perform well and on time if Pitta, which also means bile, is allowed to act on the food early enough. If you eat your lunch, for example, as late as 2pm or 3pm, Pitta becomes disturbed. The lack of enough bile and other digestive juices leads to poor absorption –one of the main causes for nutritional deficiencies. The Vata period in the afternoon is conducive to efficient mental performance and study due to increased nerve and nerve cell activity. This makes it a good time to absorb and retain information. Studies conducted at the University of Wales showed that students who had afternoon or early-evening classes performed better in exams than those who had morning classes. It may also be useful to know that going to the dentist in the afternoon is less painful than in the morning due to better neural performance. Existing problems of poor intestinal absorption and unbalanced metabolism, on the other hand, become more pronounced at this time. The Vata imbalance may show up as increased irritability, nervousness, flatulence, and cravings for sugary foods or other stimulants such as tea, coffee, cokes, chocolate or cigarettes. Most alcoholics will start looking for their first drink during the end of the Vata period. Cravings, especially during the afternoon, indicate that the body suffers from digestive problems and malnourishment. The Second Kapha Cycle Sunlight-energy drops considerably after 6pm and so does Vata activity. This also is the beginning of the evening Kapha phase, which slows down digestion, metabolism and other physiological activities. Those who are in tune with their body cycles feel inclined to take it easy when the Kapha qualities begin to dominate. The digestive fire AGNI, which closely follows the moving positions of the sun, sharply declines with the onset of darkness. For this reason, Ayurveda recommends to eat only a light dinner, preferably at around 6pm. This gives you still enough time to digest your food before bedtime. Research has found that the most important digestive enzymes are no longer produced after 8pm. A late evening meal (after 7pm) will, therefore, not be properly digested and decomposes while it is still in the stomach. Everyone knows 92 the feeling of having a “rock” in the stomach, or the pain of acid shooting up into the mouth – both being signs of indigestion. . During the Kapha period (6pm-10pm) the body and mind adopt more heavy and slow qualities. This is conducive to falling asleep. In fact, is highly beneficial to go to bed and sleep before Kapha’s influence actually stops (at 10pm). Most people feel sleepy or drowsy between 9pm and 10pm. The sleepiness or drowsiness results from the secretion of a natural tranquillizer that the brain makes when it wants you to go to sleep. According to researchers from Harvard Medical School, during sleep most of the brain cells are “turned off” by some chemical signal sent out by a group of cells located in the hypothalamus, which is considered to be the brain’s brain. This “turning off the lights” allows us go to sleep. It seems that melatonin has a considerable influence over sleep induction, too, since the more we secrete of it during the night the more tired we get. Those individuals who no longer feel sleepy at around 9.3010pm already suffer from a disturbed melatonin cycle. At around 9pm, the level of immunity begins to decrease, as indicated by a sudden drop in the levels of endorphins and corticosteroids – the body’s weapons against inflammation. During the Kapha period, the body tries to save as much energy and physical resources as possible, for a very good reason, as is explained next. The Second Pitta Cycle The body “tempts” you to go to sleep before Pitta time resumes its second round in 24 hours. Pitta’s influence begins at 10pm and lasts until 2am. During this time, the Pitta- energy is mostly used for cleansing, rebuilding and rejuvenating the body. The liver – a typical Pitta organ – receives most of the body’s energy at this time and conducts an astonishing range of activities, totaling over 500 different functions. They include supply of vital nutrients and energy to all parts of the body, breaking down of noxious substances and keeping the blood clean. In addition, the liver cells produce bile at this time, which is needed to digest food, particularly fats, during the following day. One of the most important of the liver’s functions is to synthesize proteins, which serve as the main building blocks of cells, hormones and blood constituents. Because the liver is such an active organ, it uses a considerable amount of energy. It has a high metabolic rate and produces a great deal of heat. This makes the liver the main heatproducing organ in the body. WHY PROPER SLEEP IS SO IMPORTANT FOR YOU! The liver requires all the energy it can get to fulfill all these and many other responsibilities. This can only happen sufficiently, though, if you sleep during this time. If you use up the night-time Pitta energy for eating or mental/physical activities, the liver is left with too little energy to do its extremely vital work. Most of the available Pitta-energy should be directed to the liver and also, to some extent, to the kidneys. This helps the kidneys to filter the blood plasma, to keep the body fluids balanced and blood pressure normal. Although the brain makes up merely one fiftieth of the body mass, it generally contains more than one quarter of the body’s entire blood content. However, during the Pitta period at night, most of the blood located at the back of the brain moves into the liver for storage and purification. If you are mentally or physically active at this time, the liver does not receive enough blood to work with. It also cannot cleanse the blood sufficiently. This results in the accumulation of toxic material in the liver and blood stream. If 93 toxins keep circulating in the blood, they will settle in the interstitial fluid (connective tissues) of organs and systems, thereby raising acidity and damaging them, including the liver itself. High blood toxicity can lead to secretions of stress hormones, brain fog, injured capillaries, arteries and heart muscles. Most heart diseases are the result of a poorly performing liver that is unable to remove all toxic, noxious substances from the blood on a daily basis. If we do not give the liver the energy it needs to conduct the most basic physiological activities, we sow the seeds of illness throughout the body. Sleep can be divided into two main parts – before-midnight and after-midnight. Among adults, the most important processes of purification and renewal occur during the two hours sleep before midnight. This period involves deep sleep, often referred to as “Beauty Sleep.” It lasts for about an hour from 11pm to midnight. During this period, you enter a dreamless state of sleep where oxygen consumption in the body drops by about eight percent. This results in profound physical rest and relaxation. The physiological rest, which you gain during this hour of dreamless sleep, is at least three times deeper than what you get during the sleep after midnight, when oxygen consumption in the body rises again by 5-6%. Growth factors, commonly known as growth hormones, are secreted profusely during the hour of deep sleep. These powerful hormones are responsible for cellular growth, repair and rejuvenation. People age faster if they don’t produce enough growth hormones. The latest “fashion” in the beauty market is to consume synthetic growth hormones, which create “fantastic” rejuvenating results, but can also have devastating side effects, including heart disease and cancer. On the other hand, if the body makes them, at the right time and in the correct amounts, as happens during deep sleep, they can keep the body vital and youthful at every age. Deep sleep never occurs after midnight and it comes only if you go to sleep at least two hours before midnight. If you miss out on deep sleep regularly, your body and mind become overtired. This triggers abnormal stress responses in the form of constant secretions of stress hormones such as adrenaline, cortisol or cholesterol (yes, cholesterol is a stress hormone that rises with stress!). To keep these artificially derived energy bursts going, at least for a while, you may have to take recourse with such stimulants as cigarettes, coffee, tea, candy, cokes, alcohol, etc. Once the body’s energy reserves have been depleted, chronic fatigue results. Fatigue can be considered to be a major causal or contributing factor of today’s health problems. When you feel tired, it is not just your mind that is tired. In fact, when fatigued, all the cells that make up your heart, lungs, digestive organs, kidneys, etc., suffer from low energy and are unable to function properly. When you are tired, your brain no longer receives adequate amounts of water, glucose, oxygen and amino acids – its most essential nutrients. The short supply of brain nutrients can lead to innumerable problems in a person's mind, body and behavior. When you drive a car during the night, for example, your body has to keep fighting the “sleepy” hormone melatonin, which naturally tries to keep your body at its lowest level of performance and activity. According to research in the field of chronobiology, attention span after midnight drops considerably. This dramatically raises your risk for making mistakes and having an accident. Most one-way road accidents occur during nighttimes, and accidents in factories are 20 percent more likely to occur on the night shift. Doctors at the University of California, San Diego, have found that losing a few hours of sleep not only makes you feel tired during the following day but can also affect the immune system, possibly impairing the body’s ability to fight infection. Since immunity diminishes with tiredness, your body is unable to defend itself against bacteria, microbes, and viruses and cannot cope with the build-up of harmful substances in the body. Frequent tiredness and low energy precedes any type of chronic disease and most acute illnesses, including cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, AIDS, the common cold and 94 the flu. An ever- increasing number of children are the victims of sleep deprivation, and its consequences. The critical role of sleep and sleep disturbances in child development has been repeatedly demonstrated. According to published research, psychopathology in children could result from or be exacerbated by insufficient sleep and consequent fatigue and sleepiness. There exists a particularly strong relationship between sleep problems and neuropsychological functioning in children. Sleep disruptions have often been implicated in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, because sleep deprivation and the resultant sleepiness could lead to ADHD-like symptoms. There are clear indications that learning and attention skills could be significantly compromised by insufficient sleep or sleep disruption. This is no way is limited to children only. Most tiredness results from missing out on the two hours of sleep before-midnight. Any treatment of disease that does not include natural “deep sleep therapy” cannot lead to lasting success, since the body’s healing system itself, the immune system, depends on proper, healthy sleeping cycles to be vital and efficient. Pitta, which controls AGNI, the digestive fire, also becomes disturbed when you regularly eat your dinner late or have snacks during Pitta (night) time. Consequently, Pitta will be disrupted also during following lunchtime, which causes disturbances in the liver, spleen, gallbladder, stomach and pancreas. The main principle at work here is, that whenever you disturb or use up Pitta energy during the night, you also disrupt all the Pitta functions and Pitta organs during the following day. The Second Vata Cycle The time from 2am to 6am is controlled by Vata. Its early morning cycle is responsible for moving the body’s waste products from the liver, the cells, the intestines and all other areas of the body towards the organs and systems of detoxification and elimination. The lymphatic system neutralizes harmful microbes, metabolic wastes, cellular debris, worn out cells and cells damaged by disease. While the rectum forms fecal matter, which triggers a bowel movement, the kidneys pass urine to the bladder, which causes urination. The skin also receives waste products that begin to surface at this time. Hence, the importance of washing or showering in the morning. The entire body is geared towards excretion of useless waste material (about 70% of the body’s waste is eliminated through the lungs, 20% through the skin, 7% through urine, and 3% through feces). At the end of the Pitta period, which marks the beginning of Vata time, the body temperature begins to drop and phase out at about 4am (peak of Vata time). After that, it gradually rises again. Towards the end of Vata time, when nature starts becoming active, both body temperature and stress hormone levels (adrenaline and cortisol, etc.,) will have risen high enough to jumpstart the day with a thorough clean out. To be able to support complete and efficient waste removal, though, the body needs to be awake and in a vertical position. Therefore, Ayurveda recommends that we get up preferably before sunrise or at dawn, but not after sunrise. Since the times of sunrise vary from season to season and country to country, Vata also undergoes certain fluctuations. Still, six o’clock is the most applicable and recommended time to rise for most people (with the exception of young children, teenagers and even adolescents whose melatonin cycle is slightly different and who may require at least one hour extra sleep in the morning and evening). The use of an alarm clock to wake you up in the morning abruptly cuts down the gradual phasing out of the various, subsequently occurring sleep patterns and can cause irritability, headaches and nervousness throughout the day. You may feel as if you haven’t really woken up yet. The easiest way of controlling the waking times is to adjust the bedtimes in the evening. For example, if you generally need 8 hours of sleep to feel refreshed and rested in the morning, you would greatly benefit from going to sleep at around 95 10 pm. If you need more hours to feel refreshed, then go to bed even earlier. Should you only require 7 hours of sleep (although most adults need about 8 hours) then go to bed at 10 pm and get up at 5 am, an even better time for Vata to be effective. The bowel movement is the strongest type of movement in the body and requires a large portion of the body’s energy. To support the body in this effort, we need to be up and about bright and early. Going to sleep early in the night and rising early in the morning is one of the most important health recommendations you can get. Risks Of Deviating From Nature’s Routine Deviating from any of the natural rhythms on a regular basis may disrupt the balance of your body and mind. For example, let us presume that you sleep until 8 am, which is 2 hours into the slow Kapha period. This means that the eliminative functions/movements of Vata are not able to complete the removal waste during Vata’s final phase at around 6am. However, since Vata’s influence is still very strong at this time, its movement becomes reversed, similar to the course of a river that is held up by the wall of a dam. Hence, part of the waste is being forced back into the body, instead of being taken out of the body. This situation also applies to the urinary system. Some portion of the urine backs up and returns to the kidneys, which upsets fluid balance in the body and leads to swelling of face, eyes and abdomen. In addition, waste materials that the skin tries to eliminate begin to enter the lymph and blood stream. As fecal matter starts backing up in the colon, congestion occurs throughout the gastro-intestinal tract. Lymph ducts become obstructed, leading to edema in the intestines and other parts of the body. Such lymphatic swellings can be felt, for example, as hard lumps above or around the belly button area. These knots, which can become as big as a fist, are sensitive to the touch (detectable when lying on the back). The occurrence of lymph congestion greatly stresses the heart and undermines its effort to maintain proper circulation. The misdirected Vata pressure may reach all the way to the respiratory system, mouth, sinuses, ears and brain, leaving toxic deposits in these areas. Among other symptoms, this can cause heaviness, dullness and swelling of eyes and face. These symptoms of discomfort involve fluids such as mucus and lymph, which makes them Kapha-related problems. Since there are more fluids in the body during the Kapha period (6am to 10am), it stands to reason to avoid anything that could have congesting effects at that this time. Ayurveda points out that sleeping during the Kapha period in the morning can cause severe congestion, leading to respiratory and circulatory problems. Both of these are Kapha disorders. Sleeping during the Kapha period can also result in dullness of mind, general heaviness and lethargy. Not being exposed to sunlight during the morning hours keeps serotonin secretions low. This may cause lack of happiness and enthusiasm, and eventually end up as chronic depression. The desire to sleep on and not wanting to get up in the morning are beginning signs of depression. A recent German study confirmed that rising late in the morning might even be a major risk factor for heart attacks. It has been known for quite some time that more people die from heart attacks at 9 o’clock on Monday mornings than at any other time and day of the week. The study found that most of the attack victims get up at around 7.30am, which is the Ayurvedic “danger time.” If “oversleeping” becomes habitual, the body cannot efficiently remove waste via the lungs and other organs of elimination, leading to congestion and exhaustion of the heart. Remember a weekend when you slept late and woke up late. Did you feel poorly, as if you were drugged? Or sluggish enough to spoil the rest of the day? This is due to the fact that the liver was unable to remove toxins from the blood, further aggravated by the sluggish circulation during the Kapha time. 96 Another side effect that arises from sleeping into the Kapha period is that AGNI gets subdued, causing digestive problems. AGNI naturally increases with rising serotonin levels in the morning. It is for this reason that we need to see the light of the sun when it rises. Since serotonin is closely linked to happiness, and happiness is the most essential prerequisite of good health, it is obvious that exposure to natural light from dawn to dusk is one of the most important health-promoting factors. There is an old saying that aptly summarizes the reasons why all the ancient cultures in the world have always adhered to the circadian rhythms: “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” I might add to that, “Early lunch and early dinner makes you a winner.” Simply by adjusting your daily routine to the timing of natural law, you will establish the most essential preconditions for healing, health and happiness to occur in your life. Since the cycles of Vata, Pitta and Kapha are fixed by the circadian rhythms, you cannot create your own individual rhythms without having to put up a struggle against the powerful stream of natural law. The degree of deviation from nature’s rhythms will reflect the degree of struggle in the body, that is, the discomfort or disease in body and mind. Disease is a measure to force a person to once again, or for the first time ever, follow nature’s laws. You may have experienced the phenomenon of jet lag when you traveled to far away places that are located in different time zones. Sunrise and sunset occurred at different times and upset your biological clock for several days before the cells and organs of your body were able to adjust themselves to the new day and night cycle in that country. Before being your old self again, you might have felt hungry in the middle of the night, tired in the morning, and totally awake in the early morning hours. There is one basic rule that applies to the experience of jet lag: For every hour of time difference, you require one day for adjusting your biological rhythms to the circadian rhythm in that particular part of the world to which you travel. After a maximum of ten days (for a 10-hour time difference), the cellular functions in your body will return to normal, provided you adhere to the natural cycles of day and night prevalent at the new location. Many people in the developed world create an “artificial” jet lag in their lives on a daily basis. They allow other factors such as working conditions, television or social commitments to dictate to them when they should eat, sleep and wake up, thus disrupting the body’s natural links with nature’s rhythms. This in itself may be one of the most energy-depleting influences of our time. I urge every person who suffers a health issue to start living in harmony with all the natural rhythms of the body, to whatever extent possible. This will greatly aid the healing process and prevent illness from arising in the future. Being in tune with the natural rhythms of life is one of the best insurance policies for healthy people to remain healthy. All it requires is to listen to and act upon the constant messages your body is sending you. Listen To Your Body, and It Will Keep You Healthy ! Like a switched-on radio receiver, your body continuously receives a vast amount of data and information from the external world. The earth, stars, sun and all life forms constantly emit radiation, which your body registers and processes to ensure balanced functioning and a harmonious relationship with the environment. Everything radiates, including light, warmth, air, earth-electric fields, microwaves, magnetic fields, radioactivity, etc. In response to all these visible and invisible influences, your body produces concrete messages, which try to tell you what to do at any given moment. Sleep, hunger, thirst, and any other natural urges or occurrences in your body indicate that your “radio” is switched on and you are “in tune” with the natural world. All of us are constantly challenged to listen and act on the messages we receive. 97 When we are no longer in tune with the outer forces, such as the cycles of the sun and moon, we begin to feel out of balance, and perhaps fall ill. This means we need to take more self-responsibility, which requires commitment to self, self-appreciation and self-love. These are the very same qualities that an illness may possibly help reinforce in us (the main purpose behind the disease-process). Instead of just dealing with the symptoms of a disease, we may greatly benefit from locating its origin(s) because it can teach us much about ourselves. It is much more convenient to blame a virus for the cold you catch than to acknowledge that irregular sleeping habits or eating a lot of junk food, and the reasons behind this behavior, may have something to do with it. In truth, everything negative has a positive opposite hidden within it. Given the circumstances that you have created for yourself, it actually is not a bad stroke of luck or a form of punishment that makes you fall ill. All forms of ill health serve as opportunities to learn more about yourself, your body, your past, and the way you choose to live your life right now. Illness can lead you to a heightened state of awareness if you start seeing it as a challenge to move forward in your life rather than it being just a nuisance. It requires an open mind and heart to be able to listen to and follow the rules that nature has laid out for the smooth and effortless functioning of the body. To insist that everything needs to be explained scientifically before it is valid and worthy of consideration is not only impractical, but also shows lack of self-confidence and poor sense of judgment. The messages that we can receive from nature are direct and need no intellectual interpretation. In fact, trying to figure out everything to know it intellectually can actually steer you away from the ability to listen to the inner wisdom bestowed to you by nature itself. The wisdom of how to live a healthy, happy life is intrinsic to the body, mind and spirit of every person The Body’s Many Messages To give a simple example, you don’t really have to understand the exact mechanisms behind the hunger signal that the body is giving you when it needs food. All you need to do is to eat and experience how the hunger subsides. By habitually ignoring the natural urge to eat, your stomach, pancreas and small intestines may get “upset” and start adjusting to the new rule of living by keeping their production of digestive juices low, so as not to waste the body’s precious resources. So when you suddenly eat a substantial, normal meal, you are likely to suffer indigestion. On the other hand, if your stomach tells you that you are not hungry, i.e., that you don’t require any food at the moment, but you still eat out of politeness or curiosity, the digestive system won’t be able to process the food properly. This is another cause of indigestion. If you feel the natural urge to have a bowel movement, the body sends you in the direction of a bathroom. But by disregarding this signal because it comes at an inconvenient time, your body has no other choice but to hold on to the waste. Eventually, the urge to defecate subsides, and more and more water is withdrawn from the feces until it is too dry and hard to be eliminated. This condition is known as constipation. Or, destructive bacteria begin to break down some of the waste, leading to toxic gases and other noxious substances. This may cause blood poisoning and other disturbances in the digestive system. When your body feels tired and sleepy you have the natural urge to lie down and sleep. However, a cup of coffee or a cigarette will provide you with enough adrenaline to keep you awake. If you ignore the body's sleep signals as a matter of routine, the over-secretion of adrenaline and other stress hormones may end up making you hyperactive, and unable to relax or sleep properly. 98 Ignoring the natural messages of the body lies at the basis of most illnesses today. To add to the already existing confusion about health matters, books, radio, television and especially magazines bombard you with an overwhelming amount of advice and information on the latest slimming diets, routines and lifestyle programs that are supposed to be “so good for you.” For example, not so long ago we were told that potatoes and pasta were among the most fattening foods, then nutritionists considered them good for slimming, and the latest low carb craze dismisses them as junk food. Torn between various health doctrines, we look for perfect answers to our problems. At the end, when your body is exhausted while trying to adjust to one diet after another, you may begin to realize that your requirements are totally unique and undergo constant changes, often from one day to the next. If you are a sensitive person you must have noticed that at certain days of the month or times of day you are able to digest a particular food item more easily than at other days or times. The same food can make you feel vital and energetic on one day and cause you an upset stomach, bloating or cramping on another day. You may find that the same pasta dish may leave your stomach quickly after one meal whereas two weeks later the same dish will sit there like a rock and make you feel congested and even add weight to your body. Apart from the daily and seasonal cycles of change, the answer to this mysterious behavior of the body lies in the continuous movement of the planets and their various positions. Good Health Requires Natural Instinct In 1984, Nobel laureate Carlo Rubbia proved that the human body is composed of mostly energy and only very little matter. To be exact, for each particle of matter there are 974.600.000 units of energy (photons). In other words, only one billionth of your body consists of matter, the rest is vibrational energy. All matter that comprises your physical body, the chair you are sitting on and the planet you are living on behaves essentially in a quantum-mechanical way. Since all external influences, such as solar storms, climate changes and the moon’s passage through a particular zodiac represent different energy states, they can instantly trigger corresponding activities, responses and transformations within your body. As a result of receiving these outer stimulations, your body starts sending subtle signals or intuitive messages to tell you that its requirements for food, water, rest, exercise, warmth, coolness, etc., have changed. This, however, requires sensitivity and wakefulness on your part. Both these qualities are absent, if you suppress your body’s natural urges (hunger, thirst, defecation, urination, sleep, etc.), overload your digestive system with food and waste, or even make yourself dependent on other people’s advice, however useful it may appear to be. Any good system of health care can be recognized by one attribute: It teaches you how to listen to your body and how to become self-dependent in knowing what is useful for you at every moment in time. In any case, let experience guide you and find out what works for you and what doesn’t. A theory alone does not make you healthy. As you begin to listen to your body's subtle messages, you will find that its behavior, activities, natural urges, and symptoms of disease are far from being random or coincidental. Health trouble begins when we doubt our body’s ability to make the right choices, and this is exactly what we have learned to do, almost right from the beginning of life. Many of our natural instincts were discouraged or subdued by man-made rules, beliefs, manipulation, and advertising. They dictate to us our lifestyle, eating habits and times of eating, sleeping, and elimination of wastes. If we keep ignoring the body’s basic instincts, the mind begins to look for substitutes, which causes (legitimate) cravings or addictions to foods, beverages, stimulants, sex, etc. By giving a little extra attention to your body, it will soon tell you the difference between a balanced and an unbalanced message. 99 If, for example, your stomach is still full and you want to eat something, you will find that it is not your stomach that wants more food. Through the message of food craving the body is trying to tell you that it is no longer able to digest and assimilate foods properly and is consequently suffering from malnutrition. This cellular famine leads to the cravings. If your stomach is empty and you feel hungry, ask your stomach what it really would like to eat. The body’s nutritional and emotional requirements shift from day to day in direct response to changes occurring in the near and far environment. A set dietary plan would, therefore, confuse the body’s specific needs, and distort the messages it is trying to convey to you. The body’s natural instincts follow certain principle forces that are common to every part of physical creation. The unique representation of these forces in your body ultimately determines your natural inclinations and instincts. It is responsible for the specific characteristics of your body type. To restore your body’s natural instincts, which is essential for regaining lasting health and vitality, you may first need to discover your personal body type. Learning To Be Healthy What Is My Body type? One very important step in the pursuit of good health is, first, to find out what body type you are and, second, what you can do to help your body recover its natural state of balance and vitality. Ayurveda recognizes that every person has a unique psycho-physiological body type that responds to foods, medicine, climate, seasons, stress, colors, smells, etc., in a unique and specific way. No two people can exactly be the same because the three bodily humors, or doshas, – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha – are each represented in varied degrees in every person living on the planet. Along with the genetic make-up, this creates the individualistic qualities of looks and behavior and different instinctive choices concerning the types of foods, colors, climate and environment. So before we can restore balance in the body and mind, we may need to find out who we are in a psycho-physiological sense. When we identify ourselves as Vata, Pitta, Kapha body types, we should keep in mind that no one constitution is better than another. The three doshas are composed of the great elements of nature, earth, water, fire, air, and space. These five elements are proto-elements, which means that they are energies vibrating at different frequencies. For example, the photons (particles of light) that are constantly generated in the air that surrounds you have a different characteristic pattern of energy than the energy that is created by the particles sitting in a piece of clay or the water that flows in a stream. All existing matter, no matter how dense, is but a process of a constant intermingling of these five elements or vibrational energies. In the body, these elemental energies are grouped together and represented as the three doshas, thereby forming an inseparable link with the environment. The forces of nature work inside and outside and the more we recognize and realize their great powers within us, the more we tend to harmonize with the outer world. Good health is the spontaneous result of harmony between the natural world and us. Vata, Pitta, and Kapha are the main principle forces in control of all life in the universe. At present, they are greatly disturbed and cause havoc and turbulence, both within us and in our environment. By restoring balance of the three doshas in our body we automatically pacify the great elements that constitute our world. This is very necessary now since we also need to create a healthy environment in order to become and stay healthy. 100 When Vata goes out of balance in nature, it causes earthquakes, droughts, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Disturbed Pitta generates heat waves and great destruction through fires. Irritated Kapha leads to excessive cold, rain and flooding. In the body, an unbalanced Vata dosha causes gas, pressure, pain, dryness, shaking, and nervousness. If Pitta dosha is disturbed, the body overheats, acidifies, or suffers from inflammatory diseases. An imbalanced Kapha dosha leads to congestion in the stomach, chest and sinuses, as well as water retention and weight gain, not much different to similar phenomena in the environment. As you begin to create balance in your internal spaces, the external ones will also begin to shine more bright and become vital and fresh. The knowledge of your constitutional makeup will help you build a harmonious link with the constitution of your environment and derive all the benefits that nature can provide you with on your journey to living a healthy, fruitful and fulfilling life. The human constitution is composed of all three doshas or dynamic forces of nature. Human consciousness chooses a unique combination of the three doshas to carry out and fulfill its unique purpose in life. Working together in harmony, the doshas allow the individual to grow mentally, physically and spiritually to the highest degree possible. Knowledge of the three doshas and their respective concentrations in the body can hence be very beneficial for self-improvement of your body, mind and spirit. There are ten basic body types. Ayurveda defines them as single-dosha types, dual-dosha types, and sama-dosha types. Sama-dosha is the rarest of all body types and manifests only when all the three doshas are present in equal proportions. Single-dosha types are also relatively rare as only few people are influenced by one dosha alone. The most common types are the dual-doshas. Each dual-dosha can contain various proportions of the two components. Thus, a Vata-Pitta type exhibits more air energy whereas a Pitta-Vata type has more fire energy in him. A Kapha-Pitta type is dominated by water energy with fire energy being the subordinate force. A Vata-Kapha type is mostly controlled by air energy, with water and earth energies being secondary. And a Kapha-Vata type exhibits more water and earth principles, with Vata’s air energy as the subordinate force. THE TEN BODY TYPES Single-dosha types: Vata Air/Space Pitta Fire/Water Kapha Water/Earth Sama-dosha type Vata-Pitta-Kapha all elements equally present Dual-dosha types: Vata-Pitta 1. Air/Space 2. Fire/water Pitta-Vata 1. Fire/Water 2. Air/Space Pitta-Kapha 1. Fire/Water 2. Water/Earth Kapha Pitta 1. Water/Earth 2. Fire/Water Kapha-Vata 1. Water/Earth 2. Air/Space Vata-Kapha 1. Air/Space 2. Water/Earth 101 The following questionnaire will give you an idea of your particular traits and characteristics and the possible imbalances in mind and body. From there onwards you will be able to understand why each one of us has special needs and requirements and what we can do to meet all of them. Begin by answering all the questions for all the three doshas. After that, add up the numbers for each section, and then study the characteristics of the body type that scored the most points. Keep in mind that your current diet, lifestyle, and physical problems may somewhat influence your evaluation. So to give you more accurate results when answering the questions, take into account the habits, and characteristics and health issues that may have developed during the past 10-20 years. You may also want to repeat the assessment after six months of implementing the Ayurvedic programs. The results of your next evaluation will be more in line with your true constitution. BODY TYPE QUIZ Vata 1. I am generally a very active person, and my body movements are quick. 2. My memory retention is quite poor. 3. I am very quick to learn new things. 4. I am naturally enthusiastic, vibrant, and vivacious. 5. I am very tall (or very short), very thin, and I have difficulties putting on weight. 6. My joints protrude and the tendons and veins in my hands and forearms are clearly visible. 7. My hair is generally dry, wiry, thin and dull. 8. I tend to be indecisive and hesitant when it comes to making choices. 9. I get easily constipated and cannot tolerate gas-forming foods such as beans. 10. I worry a lot even when there is no reason. 11. Under stress, I am nervous, agitated, restless or paranoid. 12. I tend to have cold hands and cold feet, even in the summertime. 13. I love hot weather and sunbathing. 14. My skin is generally dry, dark, cold, leathery and rough. 15. My eyes are narrow, small, and dull and tend to be dry and itchy. 16. My sleep is often disturbed and interrupted and I have difficulties falling asleep. 17. I speak quickly and others may call me talkative. 18. If left on my own, I tend to skip meals and sleep at irregular times. 19. Being in the midst of nature makes me calm, happy and relaxed. 20. I make a good counselor or teacher. Vata score_____ Pitta 1. I am generally a very efficient, precise and organized person. 2. I tend to perspire profusely and, sometimes, have a strong, unpleasant body odor. 102 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. I prefer cool foods and beverages; heat irritates me. I may retain water and have a puffy face or swollen eyes. I am quick to lose my temper and can be irritable, cynical, and sharp. I can get angry very easily, but calm down quickly again. I have a strong appetite and I often eat more than I need. I feel uncomfortable when I skip a meal or if it is delayed. I have very regular bowel movements and it is more likely for me to have loose stools than to be constipated. 10. Impatience is one of my greatest weaknesses. 11. My body is medium built, athletically toned and of medium height. 12. My skin is yellowish/reddish, and is prone to freckles, moles, rashes, pimples and sunburn. 13. I generally cannot tolerate foods that are hot and spicy but under stress I crave them, as well as other intoxicating foods and beverages. 14. I am susceptible to early graying and baldness; my hair is thin, fine and straight, and is red, blond or sandy colored. 15. My eyes are almond shaped, green, light brown, or hazel. My sclera (white of the eye) are sometimes yellow and/or bloodshed. 16. I am very competitive, success-oriented and somewhat forceful. 17. I sleep for about six to eight hours and my dreams can be of violent contents. 18. Under stress, I have the tendency toward ulcers, insomnia, diarrhea, and weight loss. 19. I tend to be critical of others and myself. 20. I believe myself to be endowed with intelligence, charisma, reliability, and even brilliance. I feel very comfortable in the role of leadership and I think am quite good at it. Pitta score_____ Kapha 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. My body build is large, compact and wide. My thighs, arms, buttocks, chest and hips are big. I prefer doing thinks slowly and methodically. Although I have a soft, gentle and mellifluous voice, it is often congested with mucus. Friends refer to me as calm, placid, easygoing, or even “laid-back.” My sleep is deep, uninterrupted and profound and I need to sleep eight to twelve hours to feel comfortable during the next day. 6. My skin is thick, oily, soft, smooth, clear, gleaming, cool; it has a somewhat pale complexion. 7. I feel better when I skip a meal occasionally. 8. I love hot weather and sunny days. Cold, damp weather bothers me. 9. My eyes are round, large and clear with thick eyelashes. They are sensual pools of black or blue. 10. I walk slowly, with a measured gait. 11. I am a sweet-natured, affectionate and forgiving person. 12. My hair is abundant, thick, blond or black, and curly. 13. I am physically strong, have good stamina, long endurance and a steady level of energy. 14. When I am under stress, I tend to overeat, oversleep, feel groggy upon awakening, and am slow to get going in the morning. 15. My digestion and metabolism seem to be slow and I tend to feel heavy after eating. 103 16. I have a tendency toward mucus aggravation, phlegm, chronic congestion, asthma and sinus problems. 17. I do not learn as quickly and as easily as some people, but whatever I have learnt and understood is retained in my memory for a long time. 18. When I feel unhappy or stressed, I become narrow-minded, stubborn, neglectful, possessive or attached. 19. I would love to do nothing and be lazy, but I am hard working. 20. I hold on to many things, including money, relationships and body weight. Kapha score ____ After adding up the numbers for all the applicable attributes in each section, compare the total scores for Vata, Pitta and Kapha. If, for example, your totals are Vata 15, Pitta 12, and Kapha 4, then your body type is Vata-Pitta (Vata-dominating). Should Vata be 3, Pitta be 4, and Kapha be 11, then you can consider yourself a Kapha type. It may be that your score for Vata turns out to be 10, for Pitta 19, and for Kapha 10; in this case your second dosha is not yet clear. Treat yourself as a Pitta type and take the test again six month later; you will then find that either Vata or Kapha has taken a clearer position due to the clearing of impurities. In the rare case that your scores are something like, Vata 13, Pitta 14 and Kapha 14, then your body type is SAMA. It is good to know that no one particular body type is more advantageous than another. A SAMA or Kapha type may have a stronger constitution, which seems to be more favorable, but he doesn’t usually realize when he steps over the line. When out of balance, he is slower to restore his health. By contrast, those with a weaker constitution like the Vata type are prevented from making too many mistakes because aches, pains and other forms of discomfort won’t let him. The emphasis lies on making each body type perfectly balanced and bringing out all its inherent strong and healthy characteristics. The different percentages and associations of Vata, Pitta and Kapha in each person are responsible for structuring a unique individual. To give you an idea of the main characteristics of a Vata, Pitta or Kapha-dominated body type, please see the corresponding lists below. Try to remember, though, that you are always a combination of all three doshas. CHARACTERISTICS OF THE BODY TYPES The Vata Type Light, thin physique, narrow body frame; bent or irregularly shaped nose Moves and performs activity quickly Tendency toward dry, rough, cold, and dark skin Aversion to cold weather Irregular hunger and digestion Light, interrupted sleep, insomnia Enthusiasm, vivaciousness, imagination, perceptiveness, spiritually inclined Excitability, changing moods, unpredictable 104 Quick to grasp information, but also quick to forget Tendency toward worry, anxiety, restlessness Tendency toward bloating and constipation Tires easily, tendency to overexertion and hyperactivity Mental and physical energy comes in bursts Low tolerance to pain, noise, bright light The basic theme of the Vata-type is “changeable.” Since Vata is composed of the elements of air and space, movement and changeability are natural characteristics of this body type. Vatas dislike any form of status quo. They love excitement and constant change but if that is not available to them, they create an irregular lifestyle, e.g., having different bedtimes each day, skipping meals, etc. Their unpredictable nature makes them among the least stereotyped people. Vata types often feel isolated and awkward when they have to stand up against the earthy Kapha type or the intensive Pitta type. But their “airy” flair, mobility and vivacious nature inspire particularly Pittas and Kaphas who lack these qualities. Vatas look elegant when they are dressed-up. Clothes fill their need for insulation and confidence; their dry, lean and almost “hungry” look is ideal for modeling, a reason why most high-fashion models are Vatas. Physically, Vatas are the thinnest of all the body types; their shoulders and hips are narrow and often rounded. Some Vatas are chronically underweight, and despite eating large amounts of food, they rarely put on any weight. Other Vata types are thin during their youth and become overweight in middle age. Illustration 8: The Vata Type 105 Among all the body types, Vatas are the most likely to have physical irregularities. Some Vata types have hands or feet that are too large for their petite body, or they may be too small. Their teeth may be crooked, protruding or undersized. Vatas may be well shaped, but under stress and when constipated they are prone to develop spinal deformity (scoliosis) or other skeletal problems. Some Vatas come with very light bones, others with very heavy, but elongated bones. You can recognize a Vata by his visible joints, tendons and veins. This is due to low fat content under their skin. Another typical indication of a Vata physiology is the audible cracking of joints. A balanced Vata type is enthusiastic, energetic and uplifting in spirit. His generally clear mind and exalted sense of awareness makes him the best candidate for spiritual development. Vatas are ruled by their heightened sense of touch and hearing. They feel and hear the world more than they see it, a reason why they need frequent cuddles and words of encouragement. Sex in itself is not so important to the Vatas, but the feeling of being loved and cared for is. They have no difficulties in going for long stretches without sex but once they have found a partner who truly accepts and loves them for who they are, they are very fulfilling sexual partners. Vata types need matured Kapha-Pitta or Pitta-Kapha types to give their best in a relationship. Since Vata is the principal force of movement in the body, it regulates bowel activities, absorption of food, breathing, speaking, transport of blood, lymph and nerve impulses. It is also in charge of the movement of the muscles and the body as a whole. Vata is very pronounced in the nervous system. Therefore, Vata imbalances are likely to show up as nervous disorders, including tremors, spasms, seizures, anxiety, depression, and clinical mental disorders. Once Vata has returned to balance, such disorders, which otherwise may defy conventional treatment, often disappear spontaneously. Vatas who are out of balance tend to worry a lot even when there is really nothing to worry about. This may end up as insomnia as well as constant restlessness and fearfulness. Fear, which is the Vata type's most typical emotion, affects his digestion and, particularly, the elimination of body waste. Vata’s main seat is in the colon. When disturbed there, it causes constipation and gas which, in turn, leads to increased restlessness and nervousness. Also, when Vata is deranged, the stomach and intestines may cramp due to trapped air putting strong pressure on the gastro-intestinal and abdominal structures. Irregular menstrual cycles, PMT and menstrual cramps are also more often found among Vata types. Vatas easily get unbalanced when they don’t get enough rest and sleep, and particularly, when they miss out on the two hours sleep before midnight. By pushing themselves too hard and having an irregular lifestyle, they easily overexert themselves, which can lead to chronic fatigue and any of the above mental or physical problems. The main key to balancing Vata is “regularity.” The following factors are the most irritating for the Vata type: • • • • • • • Excessive exercise and physical strain Sleep deprivation (especially lack of before-midnight sleep) Falling Irregular mealtimes Sitting for many hours Tuberculosis Suppression of natural urges • • • • • • • • Cold climate Cold foods and beverages Stimulants of any kind Excessive noise Fear and grief Fasting Pungent, astringent and bitter foods Late autumn and winter 106 The Pitta Type Medium build, well-shaped, athletically toned Medium strength and endurance Sharp hunger and thirst, strong digestion Tendency toward anger and irritability when under stress Can be arrogant, self-centered Adaptable, intelligent, bright Tendency toward reddish skin and hair, moles, freckles, skin problems If out of balance, prematurely bald and/or grey Pointed, reddish nose Piercing, sometimes bloodshot eyes Aversion to sun, hot weather Prefers cool foods and beverages Enterprising character, likes challenges, good organizer Sharp intellect Good, precise, articulate speaker Can’t skip meals Medium memory Successful leader The theme that describes the Pitta type best is “intense.” He is mostly dominated by the fire element and its various qualities. Fire represents the dynamic force of nature and is responsible for all transformational processes in the body and mind. The mental body, which is comprised of thoughts, feelings and emotions, is a function of Pitta. The Pitta energies are located in the central region of the body which is the area generally referred to as the solar plexus. The solar plexus acts like a “switchboard” for both psychological and physiological activities. The “gut feeling” that we sometimes have about a certain person or situation is locked into the Pitta force. It gives us the natural instinct to search for pure foods, clean air, fresh water, etc., so that we are able to remain in physical, mental and emotional balance. Pitta dosha also helps us to be moderate in eating, drinking, sexual activity, and other needs. This instinctive quality is highly developed in the balanced Pitta type, which makes him a symbol of “Sattva,” that is, one who has purity of mind. A disturbance of Pitta, however, results in the loss of discrimination of what is useful and suitable, and what isn’t. It likely leads to excessive use of stimulants such as alcohol, tobacco, drugs, as well as power and influence. Any of these alter the proper proportion of bile constituents in the liver’s bile ducts and thereby generate intrahepatic stones. Pitta also means bile. Upsetting Pitta dosha in the above way leads to the bilious personality this body type is known for. We all need the Pitta energy to translate ideas into concrete realities. Since it is most profusely available in the Pitta type, he exhibits a very dynamic, ambitious and, perhaps, even aggressive personality. Pittas get things done. Their great vision and foresight is due to the fire element that gives them a clear inner and outer vision. However, if a Pitta person abuses his power and upsets his balance, he is the first one to develop eye problems and difficulties with his inner vision, too. 107 Illustration 9: The Pitta Type Pitta dosha, being located in the most central position in the body, keeps Vata and Kapha in check. This also is represented in the Pitta's personality; he is one who always wants to be in control in every situation. When his Pitta dosha is balanced, he is indeed the most successful of all body types. His onepointed focus and brilliance nearly always finds a solution to every problem and he excels at almost anything. His real expertise lies in the mental field where he exerts his true power and skills. He makes an eloquent and articulate speaker and a good leader of society. Because of Pitta's strategic position in the body, Pitta types are excellent at playing central roles in life. The solar plexus is related to sun energy, which controls all life on the planet. Pittas are aware of their solar plexus power and are, therefore, naturally self-confident. If they are able to transmute the excesses, indulgence and arrogance, which they may have acquired in their life, they are likely to have access to the most profound knowledge of Self. Pittas are also very good in passing on what they have learned through their often amazing insights and experiences. The situation changes, through, when the Pitta energies move outside the solar plexus into other parts of the body. The Pitta type suddenly becomes fiery, jealous, cynical, angry and egotistic. He rapidly begins to lose control, like a forest fire that is quickly spread by strong winds. If his sense of “I-ness” becomes exaggerated, he may try to subdue his Vata and Kapha counterparts, especially in the area of sexuality. Pitta’s overwhelming passion for always wanting to be a winner in every area of life may leave very little room for a wholesome sexual interplay. He may not have the necessary patience and humility that is required during the most intimate moments of sharing and equality. The unbalanced Pitta type also tries to use every means to avoid admitting defeat. The most suitable partners for Pittas are the strong Kapha types, or otherwise, the Kapha-Vata or Vata-Kapha types. In physical terms, the dispersion of excessive Pitta energy can lead to heartburn, stomach ulcers, burning sensations in the intestines, and hemorrhoids. The then destructive Pitta energy may also affect his skin, which becomes prone to rashes, pimples, inflammation and acne. The skin, particularly in the face and chest, may easily redden and become hot. Rosacea is not uncommon among Pittas. Hot flushes 108 and profuse perspiration of the upper half of the body are also a typical sign of Pitta imbalance. Unbalanced Pitta women who go through menopause frequently experience such symptoms. The Pitta’s eyes can easily become bloodshot and blurry and are often oversensitive to sunlight. This sensitivity to sunlight and watering eyes are the main reasons why Pittas, whose doshas are out of balance, insist on wearing sunglasses. Their natural internal heat makes them the worst candidates for sunbathing. They prefer the cool and shady places, and they love taking cold showers when outside temperatures begin to rise. If they don’t follow their natural instincts regarding exposure to sun and heat, they quickly burn their skin and develop heat fatigue. Physically, Pittas are well proportioned, athletically built and of medium size. The same applies to their face. Their eyes are of medium size with a sometimes penetrating glance. You can easily recognize a Caucasian white Pitta type from far away, as he is likely to have red, blond or sandy-colored hair. He is also the first among the body types to have grey hair or go bald. Pittas rarely feel cold, even during the winter. When the sun comes out, they are the first to complain that is it too warm. Their skin is fair, warm and soft, and is most likely marked by freckles and moles or other skin blemishes (note: some of these Pitta characteristics do not apply to races with dark hair and dark skins). Pitta types have only medium physical energy, which prevents them from over-exercising or going beyond their limits. Their stamina is moderate, but their digestive energy is abundant. However, overeating can lead to sudden intestinal problems. For this reason, they greatly benefit from moderate food intake and a balanced lifestyle. Eating more than what equals two cupped hands full at one meal gets them into intestinal trouble. Impure foods, polluted water and air, alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, soft drinks etc., are particularly upsetting to Pitta types, and often cause very uncomfortable cleansing reactions, such as skin eruptions, stomach problems or emotional distress. Pittas also get affected by wearing clothes that are made from synthetic materials. Pitta’s main warning signal that he is out of balance is anger, which may fuel his fire energy to the extent that his body becomes toxic and diseased. The main key to balancing Pitta is “moderation.” The following factors are the most irritating for the Pitta type: • • • • • • • Anger Insufficient sleep Strong sunshine Fasting Sesame seeds and sesame products Wine and other alcoholic beverages, Coffee and other stimulants • • • • • • • Vinegar Impure foods Unripe fruits Linseed Yoghurt Pungent, salty and sour foods Late summer and autumn 109 The Kapha Type Compact, strong and heavier build Well developed and lubricated joints Great physical strength and endurance Hair may be black, blond, dark brown, thick, wavy, oily Stable and reliable personality Steady energy; slow and graceful in action Tranquil, relaxed personality, slow to anger Cool, smooth, pale, often oily skin Hidden veins and tendons Slow to grasp new information, slow to forget Heavy, prolonged sleep Tendency to excessive weight, obesity Slow digestion, mild hunger Excessive need for sleep Calm, affectionate, complacent, tolerant, forgiving, nurturing, maternal Tendency to be possessive, stubborn, attached, narrow-minded. The Kapha type is controlled by the elements of earth and water, which makes him the most grounded and stable of all the body-types. One word that describes him most is “slow.” The force of Kapha pervades the food element and in the body it is mainly located in the upper thoracic cavity. Both stomach and lungs are central areas of Kapha activity. Proper lubrication of the mucus lining and joints plays a major role in keeping his body strong and resistant to disease. Since Kapha types imbibe the material elements of earth and water, they are the most attuned to the pace of earthly survival. It is, therefore, not surprising that they have the longest life spans of all three types. In a way, they represent Mother Earth and her qualities of nurturing, vitality, and stability. Illustration 10: The Kapha Type 110 Kaphas, who represent the food force, are the complete opposites of the Vatas, who represent the mobile force. Pitta is the dynamic force between them. A Kapha person is affectionate, sensual, calm and forgiving. He makes an excellent parent because he is naturally tolerant and does not become irritable even when there is a lot of noise or turbulence around him. Kapha types exist mainly on the physical and astral planes. They feel more at home on planet earth than Vatas or Pittas do, since the earth and water elements are most concentrated in their bodies. Their dominating senses are smell and taste, which makes food one of their favorite things. This naturally makes them good cooks, a characteristic that is rarely found among Vatas. Physically, Kaphas have great strength and stamina. Most weight lifters are Kaphas who can access and utilize vast energy reserves. Their bones and joints are heavy and well-built, but are hidden under a fat protective skin. They have wide hips and broad shoulders, as often found among rugby players and heavyweight boxers. Their compact and heavy bodies thrive on athletic performance and physical activities. They are very willing to perform strenuous physical labor because they feel so much more alive afterwards. Too much sitting or sleeping, on the other hand, can make Kaphas lethargic and lazy, which slows their already low metabolic rate. A sedentary lifestyle predisposes them to putting on weight very easily; this may sometimes even happen by merely looking at food. They tend to deal with unresolved emotional issues through eating, because eating gives them the most pleasure. In this sense, food is their temporary way out of an unpleasant situation. Unbalanced Kaphas can be recognized by their excessive weight. They often become obese if “things don’t move” in their lives. Kaphas have the biggest eyes of all the body-types. Their dark or blue pupils stand in clear contrast to the milky white sclera, which makes them very attractive. A typical Kapha trait is their skin, which is silky smooth, soft, cool, thick, and pale, without a sign of freckles or moles. Even at an advanced age, their skin tends to be clear and without wrinkles. Its natural oiliness gives the skin a shiny glow. Kapha types do everything slowly, including eating, walking, and talking. They are slow to anger and slow to react. Calm and self-contained, they love peaceful environments. They are the most relaxed and the most romantic of all body-types, and a romantic dinner for two is one of the most exciting things for them. Kaphas tend to flirt innocently with everyone and rely on bodily feelings, which makes them ideal lovers. They rarely feel obstructed in their flow of sexual energy and they have plenty of it. Kapha types make wonderful partners for all body-types, especially for those who have vital sexual prowess and a need for many offspring. Kaphas find fulfillment in caring for a family. When Kapha types are unable to deal with inner conflicts they tend to keep them inside the body, unlike Vata types who spurt out whatever they think and feel. This is when stored unrest and antagonism can disturb the Kapha’s basic metabolism and cause congestion, stagnation, and a heavy form of depression. Depression and melancholia are the vibrations that transform the Kapha’s most precious assets into very destructive forces. Most cancers are caused by an imbalance of Kapha dosha and Kapha types are the most likely to develop Kapha imbalances; hence they are more prone to develop cancers than other bodytypes. Because Kapha dosha controls the moist tissues of the body, the mucus lining is the first one to show signs of imbalance. Unbalanced Kaphas frequently complain of chest colds, wet coughs, asthma, sinus congestion, allergies, and painful joints, especially during late winter and spring times (Kapha season). Another indication of an unbalanced Kapha type is his tendency to hold on to possessions, positions at work, money, food, energy, and relationships. He would prefer everything to remain as it is. And to keep 111 it that way he tries very hard to please everyone, except himself, which again makes him a possible candidate for cancer (also see “Cancer – Who Makes It?” in Chapter 9). Even though it is not necessarily a part of their nature, Kapha types benefit greatly from excitement in their lives. Status quo situations turn the Kapha’s stability into inertia, which turns out to be their greatest enemy. Kaphas thrive physically, emotionally and spiritually if their focus is on having enough stimulation in life. Exercising, going out, traveling, singing, dancing, playing musical instruments, etc, “keeps them alive.” They need to progress in life to feel good. By contrast, watching television makes them passive and depressed. Also, lack of exercise, cold and heavy food, overeating, and receptive work slow them right down. They only recognize their great assets of inner security and steadiness when they are in action. This keeps them youthful and healthy. The main key to balancing Kapha is, therefore, stimulation. The following factors are the most irritating for the Kapha type: • • • • • Sleeping during daytime Heavy food Sweet, sour and salty food Milk and dairy products Cold and damp • • • • • Spring and early summer Sugar and sweets Laziness Lack of exercise and physical activity Too much sleep 112 CHAPTER 6 A Life of Balance his chapter is dedicated to the main procedures, methods and insights that you can use to actually create a life of balance. Once balance is achieved, good health results quite spontaneously. This principle of natural law applies to every living being and to nature as a whole. Yet creating balance is not something you will only have to do just once in life, rather it is an ongoing process that allows your body and mind to function in perfect coordination and harmony with each other. A life of balance will equip you with the ability to joyfully and passionately meet the constantly increasing challenges of our time, endowed with the tools of physical and mental strength, creativity and wisdom. The factors that could possibly disrupt your health have increased tremendously within the relatively short period of the past few decades. Not so long ago, it was relatively easy to live in harmony with the laws of nature and the environment. Now you have to be very alert not to get caught up in the destructive effects of man’s creations. Many of the big city children grow up with the notion that food means junk food; drinking water is not necessary, but soft drinks are; nature is something you watch on the “Discovery” Channel, an American cable television station. The costs of forsaking a life of balance are astronomical. Many people argue that our modern way of life with its ever-increasing comforts and material acquisitions doesn’t allow for a healthful way of life. As a nation, the United States has become dependent upon a health care system that makes us sicker, becomes unaffordable for most, and pushes the country towards the brink of financial bankruptcy. While we are spending more on health care than most developing countries taken together, 65% of the population is unhealthy and suffers from one health problem or another. Never before have we been in such a strong need of living a balanced life. Balance or good health of mind, body and spirit is an option most of us can choose to create by following the simple, yet powerful recommendations given in this chapter. A good number of guidelines presented here are derived from the ancient medical science of Ayurveda. I have updated and improved them as a result of regular feedback that was given to me by thousands of patients who have applied them in their daily lives. T 113 Guidelines for Daily Routine and Diet Regularity ► Follow the rhythms of nature as described in Chapter 5. This ensures that your body and mind can function with ease and optimal energy. Regular rest and sleep: Bedtime: 9-10pm ► Don’t worry if you have difficulties with falling asleep; just lie with your eyes closed and relax; and you will still get 90% of the benefit from sleep. This program can help eliminate the causes of sleep disturbance. Regular exercise and physical activity ► Morning and /or evening walk. ► Surya Namaskara or “sun salutation” – the most ancient, complete and simple exercise program (see illustration 9). ► Body squatting forms a very important, natural part of life among all tribal people. Benefits include: - Improved respiration of almost all cells in your body. The squat incorporates the use of almost all the muscles in your body. - Increased Chi or life force through important meridians (which control most psycho-physiological functions in the body). - Improved pumping of fluids, aiding in removal of waste and delivery of nutrition to all cell tissues. - Beneficial physiological stress to your hormonal system. - The squat movement encourages easier passage of feces through the colon and more regular bowel movements. Start off with just a few squats, and increase the number by 1-2 each day. When you are capable of performing 100 squats in a row, you body will start relying on Chi for its energy requirements instead of using up its physical energy resources. ► Chose any other form of physical exercise that suits your body type (see section on “Balancing the Doshas”). ► Whenever you exercise, always inhale through your nose while keeping your mouth closed to avoid harmful “adrenaline breathing.” Mouth breathing can lead to rapid depletion of one’s energy reserves and trigger the release of stress hormones. You may exhale through your mouth if necessary. Aerobic exercises are good as long as you maintain nose breathing (versus mouth breathing). ► Exercise only up to 50% of your capacity. Don’t allow yourself to become tired. For example, if you can swim for 30 minutes before feeling tired, swim only for 15 minutes. In time, your capacity for more exercise will increase. Over-exercising weakens the immune system and floods the blood with harmful acidic chemicals. ► Expose your body to fresh air at least once or twice every day to ensure proper circulation and oxygen supply to its trillions of cells. ► Regular practice of Yoga, Tai Chi, Chi Kung, Winsor Pilates, or similar fitness programs is highly recommended for maintaining energy and flexibility. The Five Tibetan Rites as described in the book 114 Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth by Peter Kelder is one of the most excellent exercise routines you can follow. ► PranaYama: Five-minute breathing exercises to increase Prana or Chi (life force energy), as explained below, best done before meditation and before eating. ► Meditation according to your choice: I recommend the “Technique of Conscious Breathing,” as described in my book “It’s Time to Wake Up” and summarized in Conscious Breathing Meditation below. Regular Mealtimes ► Lunch should make up the main meal of the day. Eat at around 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. (the best time to eat is when the sun is in its highest position). ► Dinner should be light since the digestive power is low in the evening. A heavy meal taken in the evening remains mostly undigested. ► Eat dinner between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. so that the main digestion is completed before bedtime and does not interfere with your sleep. ► Eat your meals at about the same time every day, so that the digestive system can always perform at its best. ► Eat according to your hunger level. If you are not hungry don’t eat. Wait until your natural appetite (digestive power) has returned. Note: food cravings have nothing to do with hunger and should be treated like an addiction (see Chapter 7, Employing Nature’s Healing Powers). ► Drink about 6-8 eight glasses of water each day. Pure and fresh water is best. Make it a daily habit of drinking one glass of water about ½ hour before each meal and one glass of water 2-2 ½ hours after each meal. This improves digestion and keeps the blood thin (for exact directions see section on ‘Drinking Water – The Greatest Therapy of All’). ► Sit down when you eat, even if it is for a small snack. The digestive system is better able to secrete balanced amounts of digestive juices when eating in the sitting position. ► Eat in a settled environment without radio, television or reading. Any distraction from eating impairs the enjoyment of food and the ability of the body to supply the appropriate enzymes for digestion. ► Sit quietly for 5-10 minutes after the meal so that the food has a chance to settle in the stomach before getting up from the table. Lying on your left side for a few minutes and going for a 15-minute walk afterwards also greatly aids digestion. Morning Bowel Movement: ► For optimum health, the bowel movement should occur regularly in the morning after rising, ideally at the end of the Vata period (at around 6:00 a.m.) while Vata is still strong enough to eliminate waste materials from the system. Give yourself that extra time, but do not force a bowel movement. Never suppress natural urges, as this may lead to great disturbance of Vata in the body and even cause internal injuries. ► Every morning after rising drink one glass of warm water. This will help to end the “drought” of the night and increase regularity of the bowel movement. Then drink a second glass of warm water, but add a 115 teaspoon of honey and the juice from one slice of fresh lemon. This helps remove AMA and harmful bacteria from the gastrointestinal tract, and assist the intestines in eliminating any accumulated waste material. Wait for at least 30 minutes before eating breakfast. Regular Dry Brushing and Oil Massage: ► Quickly brush your whole body with a dry body brush made of natural bristle or a good natural loofah. This will improve circulation, strengthen and rejuvenate the skin, and help with lymph drainage. The brushing of the skin also opens the pores and increases effectiveness of the oil massage, if applied afterwards. ► Abyanga or oil massage: Massage yourself with either sesame oil or else with coconut, sunflower or olive oil (all cold pressed and unrefined, available from natural health food stores). Abyanga helps draw out toxins and improve circulation. Conclude the massage with a warm bath or shower (see directions for oil massage below). Sesame oil, in particular, quickly penetrates all the layers of the skin, binds to and removes toxins of various kinds (including harmful fatty acids) and helps rid the blood vessels of plaque and cellular debris. This supports the body in preventing and reversing hardening of the arteries. Abyanga also stimulates growth hormone production and improves immunity (almost one third of the immune system is located in the skin). Breakfast ► If you are not hungry, skip breakfast (Kapha types rarely need breakfast). ► If hungry, eat a light breakfast. Food choices may consist of light wholemeal products (check for wheat allergy!). Oatmeal or any other hot cereal with cold pressed coconut oil or unsalted butter, unrefined sea salt, almond milk, and perhaps stevia or xylitol sugar for sweetening makes a hearty, nourishing breakfast. Wetabix or toasted whole-wheat bread with butter, are fine, too. Besides almond milk, rice milk and oat milk are also good alternatives to cow’s milk. Note: Soy milk should be avoided due to its natural food toxins (enzyme inhibitors, a possible genemanipulation, and its potentially harmful effects on hormonal balance (if in doubt use the muscle testing procedure of Chapter 1. Also, do not add fruits to your cereals, as this lead to fermentation and toxicity. ► Avoid animal protein such as cheese, meat, ham or eggs as well as sour foods, including yogurt and citrus fruit. All of these quickly subdue AGNI, which is naturally low in the morning. A breakfast consisting of only fruit (other than citrus) is fine. Lunch Meal ► Make lunch the main meal of the day. ► Avoid drinking beverages with the meal since this would dilute the concentrated digestive juices and become a cause of indigestion and weight gain. Sipping a cup of hot water during the meal, however, can help increase the digestive power. To maintain thinness of blood and normal secretions of bile, it is best to drink a glass of water about ½ hour before lunch and again 2-2½ hours after lunch. ► If salad is part of your meal, eat it as a starter (avoid salad at dinner time,) and before eating any cooked food. Since raw food requires different digestive enzymes than needed for cooked food, eating 116 these food items separately, i.e., one after the other, makes it easier on the digestive system. Eating raw food items after having eaten cooked foods will leave them mostly undigested and subjected to fermentation. During cold days and in the winter, you may naturally desire to eat salads less often; this is due to their strong cooling effects on the body. Note: Make certain to use a full-fat salad dressing, such as olive oil and lemon for your salad. A team of researchers at Iowa State University conducted a study that showed that the salad’s nutrients are only digested and absorbed properly when consumed with a full-fat salad dressing versus as reduced-fat salad dressing. Evening Meal ► In the evening, Ayurveda recommends that you avoid eating meat, pork, poultry, fish, ham, eggs, nuts, etc., because AGNI is too low at that time to handle protein foods, which during the day would require 68 hours of digestion in the stomach. Be aware that production of digestive enzymes stops at around 8pm and heavy food items will linger in the stomach until the early morning hours. At this time, the stomach may discharge the mostly undigested food into the small intestine, giving rise to a decomposition process. ► Yogurt, cheese, fruits and salads should also be avoided in the evening. These foods have a naturally high bacteria content. When exposed to the warm and moist environment of the stomach and small intestine during the night, they end up causing indigestion and fermentation (along with plenty of low quality alcohol). ► Oily, fried and deep-fried foods, as well as root vegetables such as potatoes (with the exception of cooked carrots, beetroot, or white radish), are also very difficult to digest at night. Coconut oil is fine to use. ► An example for a light dinner is freshly prepared vegetable soup served with whole wheat pita bread, whole wheat toast, rye crackers, etc., all with unsalted butter, or coconut oil; or else cooked vegetables with rice or other grain foods. The soup/vegetables may be seasoned with spices and herbs, vegetable bullion, unrefined sea salt, as well as butter or coconut oil added during or after cooking. General Guidelines ► It is best to avoid heavy, oily, and fried food; aged cheeses; large amounts of yogurt; onion and garlic, especially in raw form; highly processed and refined foods; fizzy drinks, alcohol, coffee, regular tea; artificial sweeteners; and sugar, except xylitol and stevia. ► Try to include one or two pieces of fresh fruit per day in your diet. If you use fruit juice, make sure it is freshly prepared and no older than one hour (best diluted with water). Packaged fruit juices are pasteurized, which makes them acid-forming, deprives them of natural enzymes, and depletes the body of important minerals and vitamins. Many brands contain artificial sweeteners, which dehydrate the body and may cause damage to the nervous system and immune system. Eat preferably one kind of fruit at a time. Fruit or fruit juices should always be taken on an empty stomach. Since fruits leave the stomach within 20-40 minutes without requiring any stomach action, it is better not to eat them with other foods, which 117 otherwise leads to fermentation, bloating, and even diarrhea. The best times for eating fruit are midmorning and mid-afternoon, or for breakfast with nothing else. For optimal digestion, fruits should preferably be consumed when in season. When picked too early, they have not reached their natural ripening stage and lack most vitamins and important sugars. They may also be irritating the intestinal walls due to their high antibody content and enzyme inhibitors (which are toxic to the body). Once full sun-ripened these toxins become neutralized. Since fruits have a cooling influence, they are less suitable during the cold season when we need more warming foods. The best types of fruit are the ones that naturally grow in your environment. To properly digest fruits from another country we require different digestive enzymes. We can only produce these enzymes if we have lived there for some time and our bodies have adapted to the new environment. ► You may take soaked dried fruit, e.g., sultanas, figs, dates, prunes, either for breakfast or as a snack like other fruit. “Muscle test” which ones are the most suitable for you! Dried fruits also contain enzyme inhibitors which can make them gas-forming and constipating. Soaking them breaks down these inhibitors and makes them easily digestible. ► Eat 8-12 almonds, preferably without the skin, on a daily basis. This provides vital nutrients to the cells of the body, and particularly to the eyes and bones. Remove the skin by placing the almonds in boiled water for 10-15 minutes and then peel them. Note: the skin contains harmful acids used to protect the nut from insect attack and fungus, and may cause some irritation, even allergies, to some sensitive individuals. ► It is best to avoid leftover foods, with the exception of rice and beans, that you can keep for a day or two and then reheat them. With regard to vegetables, the life force (Prana or Chi energy) and important enzymes and vitamins dissipate after one hour of cooking them. Frozen food is void of the life force. Fruits should be eaten only fresh. Microwaves used to cook food cause total disintegration of the food’s molecular structure and destroy its life force. Without its life force, food cannot be digested and assimilated properly. 6 ► For deep tissue-cleansing, drink hot (ionized) water frequently: Boil water for 15-20 minutes. Keep it in a thermos flask and every ½ hour, take 1-2 sips or more according to thirst. To have a cleansing effect, the water must be boiled this long and be taken as hot as one would take tea. You may put a small piece of fresh ginger in the flask. By boiling the water continuously for at least 15 minutes, large numbers of (negatively charged) oxygen ions are generated. When ingested by taking frequent sips of this water throughout the day, these negatively charged ions start to systematically cleanse the tissues of the body and help rid them of positively charged ions – those associated with high acidity and toxins. If you have excessive body weight, this technique can help you shed many pounds of body-waste without any major undesirable side effects (see more details in Chapter 7). ► Avoid cold foods or beverages as they can “extinguish” AGNI, the digestive fire, for many hours. They may also damage the nerve endings of the stomach. A hand, held in icy water, becomes numb. Similarly, cold things make the stomach cells contract and prevent them from secreting proper amounts of digestive juices. They also make the stomach insensitive to potentially harmful foods or beverages and effectively disrupt its communication and potential warning signals to the brain. In addition, digestive enzymes require a very specific environmental temperature to operate. By cooling down the enzymes’ There are numerous serious health problems resulting from regular use of microwave ovens. During a classic experiment on several thousand healthy cats that were given highly nutritious, but microwave-treated foods for six weeks, all cats suddenly died from starvation. The nutrients from these foods were in their body, but were not able to enter the cells. Destroying the life force of food makes it useless to cells. Therefore, modern preparation or production methods are a leading cause of illness and death. 6 118 environment, their digestive and anti-cancer properties begin to diminish too, predisposing a person to excessive weight gain and even cancer. Also, the sudden cold influence, as caused, for example, by ice cream or iced beverages, forces the body to increase its internal heat generation in order to compensate for the harmful drop in temperature. This response wastes the body’s energy reserves and may make it feel even hotter and thirstier than before, particularly during the summer period. Foods and beverages that are of room temperature or warm are the most suitable and natural ones for the human body. ► Use the spices appropriate for your body type generously. You will find them listed in the Ayurvedic food charts below. Spices not only enhance the flavor of food, but also contain vital nutrients and aromas that help with the digestion and metabolism of food. People who suffer from low metabolism (mainly Kapha types) can speed up their metabolic rate by as much as 30 percent by using warming or heating spices in their food. Chili peppers or chili- containing spice mixes should be avoided, though, as they affect the chest and cause mucus irritation in the stomach and intestines. If you like it hot, cayenne pepper is the best option. ► If available, take ¼ - ½ glass of freshly prepared carrot juice before lunch. Note: Pitta types should do the muscle testing for carrot juice before attempting this regimen. ► For one day per week or month take only a liquid diet (soups, freshly made juices, water, herbal teas, ionized water, etc.). Then gradually build up to a normal diet again. This will greatly relieve the digestive system and improve its ability to remove any accumulated toxic waste. Women benefit greatly if they have a “liquid day” about one or two days before their monthly menstruation; it helps to make the menstrual period more comfortable and effective. Drinking Water -- The Greatest Therapy of All Dehydration is perhaps the most common, yet largely unrecognized problem prevalent in modern societies today. Alcohol, coffee, tea, and soft drinks have become the primary choice for satisfying thirst, especially among the younger generations. The principal effect of these beverages, however, is to remove water – the most important substance in the body – from the blood, cells and organs. Drinking enough fresh water is an essential prerequisite for avoiding disease and slowing the aging process. Anyone who is healthy and wants to stay that way needs to drink about 6-8 eight-ounce glasses of fresh water each day. This will ensure that the 60-100 trillion in the body receive their daily-needed ration of water in order to maintain efficiency of digestion, metabolism and waste removal. Suggestions: • Start the day by drinking one glass of warm water to end the “drought” of the night and remove accumulated wastes from the excretory organs. As previously mentioned, this can be followed by a glass of warm water with lemon and honey. • About half an hour before each meal drink one glass of water. Doing this will keep your blood thin and thereby enable it to take up nutrients and distribute them to the cells. The water also helps increase the secretion of digestive juices and prevents bile from becoming too viscous. By contrast, drinking a lot of water or other beverages with your meal dilutes the digestive juices, which greatly undermines the digestive process. • Following a meal, the blood uses up a considerable amount of water to distribute nutrients to the cells and can, therefore, become water deficient quite quickly. Drinking another glass of water approximately 2 ½ hours after each meal restores the blood’s water requirements. 119 These simple guidelines can help prevent the most serious major diseases that are prevalent in modern societies today. Drinking sufficient amounts of water at the right times can and should be part of every other therapy used in the treatment of disease. A note of caution: Any attempt to restore proper hydration of the body should be made gradually, otherwise this may cause serious harm to the body! A dehydrated person, that is, anyone who has not taken the minimum required amount of water and/or has depleted the cells of excessive amounts of water by consuming caffeine or sugar-containing foods or beverages for a considerable length of time, is susceptible to becoming ill. During dehydration, the body’s cells are no longer able to function efficiently. To protect themselves against further loss of water they make their membranes less penetrable to water diffusion by pulling in extra amounts of fats, including cholesterol. This survival mechanism, however, prevents metabolic waste from leaving the cells, that consequently begin to suffocate in their own waste. Some of the cells, in order to survive in this toxic environment, may eventually need to undergo genetic mutation and become cancerous. During the state of dehydration, the kidneys hold onto water and so does the rest of the body. At this point many people start craving and overeating salt or salty foods because the body needs more salt to hold on to the little water it has left. This, however, causes the kidneys to contract and filter even less water than before. Urine becomes more and more concentrated and scarce. In this condition of extreme dehydration it would be unwise to suddenly start drinking gallons of water. Since the cells have created a barrier in order to save water, they are in no position to absorb this much water all at once. The water would simply stagnate outside the cells and lead to water retention and weight gain. Given these circumstances, the kidneys are not able to filter much of it (scarce urine) and any sudden intake of large amounts of water can indeed cause severe lymph congestion, swelling, and in some cases, even death. The transition from a state of severe dehydration to improved hydration should be very gradual and is best monitored by a health practitioner who knows about the basics of water metabolism. Guidelines for Gradual Re-hydration Add only about one glass of water per day to the amount of water you usually drink and check whether urination increases. If it does, drink another 1-2 glasses. If not, reduce the amount to a third or half glass of water per day. It is of principle importance that your kidneys begin to filter more water when you drink more water. You don’t want to create a “dam” in your kidneys, which could end up flooding even your lungs. In time, the kidneys will recognize that water is no longer a scarcity in the body and make the necessary adjustments to increase urination. At the same time, the body will naturally decrease its salt production and salt retention. When this occurs, the urge to eat a lot of salt or salty foods will also lessen. This response is caused by the water’s own natural diuretic effects. If you are on diuretic drugs it is important for you to know that water is a much more efficient diuretic than any other drug can possibly be, and it has no harmful side effects. Diuretic drugs should be decreased gradually and under supervision of a health practitioner. Once the kidneys have no more difficulties with eliminating urine, you can increase your water intake to the natural minimum daily requirement of 6-8 glasses a day. This will drastically reduce the health risks imposed by an illness. To undo years of dehydration and be completely hydrated again, however, it may take up to a year, and sometimes even longer. 120 A note of caution: When the body is dehydrated, it tries to retain its salt in order to hold onto water. Once urination increases following improved hydration, these salts are gradually passed out with the urine. If the hydration attempts are implemented too fast, those areas with the most salt retention may develop lymph edema. Any emerging puffiness of or around the eyes or swelling of the ankles indicates that the hydration process should be done more gradually. As the swellings decrease, you may resume drinking normal quantities of water. With increased water intake, your body will also be able to remove any excessive salt. You should, therefore, be sure to take some unrefined salt7 as an important part of your diet. If your untrained muscles start to cramp, particularly during the night, your body is most likely not getting enough salt (or it is getting the wrong type of salt). Both water and salt are absolutely essential for keeping the water metabolism balanced and for generating enough hydroelectric energy to maintain cellular activities. Drinking water can be considered to be the most important therapy of all therapies because there is simply nothing in the body that doesn’t depend on it. Drinking water and cutting out any energy-depleting (over-stimulating) influences should be the very first treatment in the case of an illness, before attempting to do anything else. In most cases, the problem will disappear naturally. Exercise Yourself to Health The Purpose of Exercising Under normal circumstances, exercising one’s body would not be necessary. Man, like every other animal, was meant to live in nature, have plenty of fresh air, and be involved in enough physical activity to keep the body fit and vital. Technological and economic advancements, however, have led to an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, which requires physical exercise to keep our bodies healthy and strong. The purpose of physical exercise is not only to prove to ourselves that we are able to defy the aging process, look good, or prevent a heart attack. Exercise also helps us to enhance our capacity to digest food, eliminate physical and emotional impurities, and increase firmness and suppleness, as well as our ability to deal with stressful situations. Especially the lymphatic system, which drains toxic and noxious substances from the connective tissues of the organs and muscles, depends on the daily movement of all the parts of the body. Unlike the blood, which has a heart to circulate it around the body, the lymph fluid has no such direct pumping device to do the same. The lymphatic system heavily relies on the breathing apparatus and how well we use it. When the muscle responsible for the breathing action of the lungs (diaphragm) extends into the abdomen, it exerts great pressure on the intestinal lymph vessels, thereby squeezing their contents. This forces the lymph to move through the lymph ducts, such as the thoracic duct. Thus, each inhalation and exhalation acts as an indirect pump for the lymphatic system. Shallow breathing that accompanies a sedentary lifestyle (and intestinal congestion) has a detrimental effect on proper lymph drainage. Exercise can greatly improve lymphatic functions and thereby prevent multitudes of diseases. Regular, refined table salt (sodium chloride) is a major cause of heart, lymph, and kidneys problems and should be avoided. See also section on the great benefits of unrefined salt in Chapter 7. 7 121 Physical exercise is a great immune-stimulant if done in moderation, and it also improves neuromuscular integration in all age groups. Its effect of boosting self-confidence and self-esteem stems to some extent from the improved oxygen supply to the cells and the resulting well being in all parts of the body and in the mind. Exercise is an excellent means of increasing happiness in life, especially if it involves challenges that require creativity. The conventional approach to exercise believes that a good workout needs to take you right to your limits, leaving you exhausted and tired afterwards. This is not true. Exercise that exhausts your body is an indirect act of violence directed against it, and the body perceives this treatment as a kind of punishment for not performing well enough. The pain that shows in people’s faces when they struggle through a tough workout program is an indication that the body suffers from overexertion. This sort of exercise defeats its very purpose. Any form of physical exertion upsets Vata and causes the secretion of abnormal amounts of stress hormones such as adrenaline; this leaves the body restless and shaky. The body, thus depleted of energy, is unable to do the repair work that arises from the strenuous workout, leaving the cardiovascular system weak and vulnerable to other stress factors. Post-exercise exhaustion is a serious cause of illness that affects many unsuspecting people who think they are doing themselves a favor when they push their body to the limit. In the excitement of competitive sports, you may not be aware at first how strenuously you are exerting yourself, but once the adrenaline rush is over, the side effects start kicking in. Apart from exhaustion and possible injury, professional athletes are more likely to suffer from immune deficiency which makes the body prone to infections of all sorts. Athletes consume a lot more prescribed drugs than the average person does. The thymus gland, which activates lymphocytes and controls energy supplies, may actually shrink in size and leave the body weak and debilitated as a direct result of over-conditioning the body and stressing the mind. Exercise According to the Doshas Exercise is best done according to one’s capacity and psycho-physiological body type. A Vata type, who has the lowest capacity for exercise, benefits mostly from such easy ways of keeping fit as walking, dancing, bicycling, short hikes, balancing and stretching. Vatas generally do well with Yoga, Tai Chi, and Chi Kung. Since Vata types experience energy in bursts, they should be particularly careful with not overdoing it, because when their energy suddenly drops, they can feel depleted for a long time afterwards. Pitta types, being competitive by nature, are equipped with more drive and energy than Vatas. They generally are not satisfied with the more ordinary forms of working out. To achieve physical satisfaction they need a more goal-oriented exercise program. However, they also don’t have boundless energy and are better off exercising in moderation. Pittas feel challenged by hiking in the mountains, skiing, jogging, swimming, playing tennis, or other sports that create in them a sensation of achievement. In sports, you can easily recognize the unbalanced Pitta types. They are often bad losers and may get angry if they feel they are “not good enough.” Pittas who get angry while performing should look for a less competitive exercise program to increase their level of satisfaction. Since excessive heat is a sign of unbalanced Pitta, swimming, which has a cooling influence, is one of the best forms of exercise for them. A walk in the cool forest is another excellent way to pacify an unbalanced Pitta type. Kapha types are the ideal candidates for a good or moderately heavy workout. Weight training, running, rowing, aerobics, long distance bicycling, dancing for a long time, and playing football, basket ball and tennis are all very suitable for a Kapha. The Kapha type’s steady energy gives him the necessary endurance and stamina to last through long competitive games without feeling tired. Exercise will clear 122 out any excessive Kapha congestion, remove excessive water and fat, and improve general circulation. This will leave him feeling refreshed and buoyant afterwards. Basic Guidelines for Healthy Exercise - It is best not to exercise at more than 50% of your capacity, whatever that means to you. The purpose of exercising is not to prove to others how capable you are, but to derive personal benefit and satisfaction from it. If you are able to run for 30 minutes before you are tired, then make the choice to run only for 15 minutes. Getting tired during exercising defeats the very purpose of exercise. Feeling refreshed, revitalized and energetic afterwards indicates that the workout has been successful. In due time, your capacity for exercise will naturally increase on its own. - Stop exercising when you feel the need to breathe through the mouth. Once you are forced to breathe through the mouth, rather than through the nose, you have gone beyond the 50% threshold of your capacity for exercise at that time. This is a sign that your body has moved into the adrenaline-breathing mode, which uses up your basic energy reserves and depletes cellular oxygen. You have reached your limits when you feel your heart pounding violently or when you begin to sweat profusely or your body shakes. In that case it is good to finish off with a short period of walking and breathing normally. The basic rule is to always breathe through the nose and not through the mouth. Exercise to the point of perspiration once a day. - It is best to exercise during daylight. The best capacity for exercise is available during the Kapha period in the morning (6am to 10 am) and at the end of the Vata period in the afternoon (5pm-6pm). The benefits of exercise increase dramatically when it is done in sunlight (see Chapter 8, Sunlight – Medicine of Nature). - Ayurveda discourages exercising after sundown. Allow the body to slow down in the evening and prepare itself for a restful and rejuvenating sleep. Never exercise just before or after a meal, as this impairs AGNI, the digestive fire, and causes indigestion. However, walking for 15 minutes after meals works as a good digestive aid. Always drink water before and after exercising to prevent the blood from thickening and the cells from becoming dehydrated. Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation) Surya Namaskara (illustration 15) is one of the most ancient and integrated exercise programs around. It is an integral part of Yoga, which benefits both the mind and the body. It is unique in the sense that it strengthens and stretches all the major muscle groups, massages all the internal organs, supports lymph drainage from every part of the body and enlivens the energy centers and acupuncture points of the body. This exercise program increases blood flow and circulation, conditions the spine, and improves flexibility of the joints. Grace, suppleness, as well as physical stability are the natural results arising from daily practice. Directions: Surya Namaskara consists of two cycles of twelve postures each. During the first cycle, in positions #4 and #9 the right knee is brought forward to the chest, and during the second cycle it is the left knee that is brought forward to the chest. Apart from this exception, all the movements are exactly the same for both cycles. The twelve postures or positions are performed one after another in fluid sequence 123 and coordinated with the breath. It is important not to strain with this exercise because benefits can only be felt when it is done easily and effortlessly. When you feel tired, lie down and rest, and breathe freely. Begin with one or two complete cycles and see how you feel afterwards. This way, the exercise will gradually increase your capacity for more. As a general guideline, men can eventually do as many as twelve complete (double) rounds, ladies as many as six. You will find that after a few cycles your breath will naturally adjust itself to the different movements. After having done this exercise for a few days, the sequence of movements will be automatic and you will no longer need to look at the instruction pictures. Breathing Exercises (PranaYama) Ayurveda recommends simple breathing exercises or PranaYama that help to refresh energy and restore vitality to both mind and body within minutes. The word PranaYama is composed of two Sanskrit words. Prana means “the life force” or “the breath of life.” It carries vital energy from the surroundings into the body. PranaYama can cause an extraordinary balance in consciousness. Yama means exercise that increases the flow of Prana and thereby stimulates all the functions of body and mind. PranaYama has a deep cleansing effect and it purifies the nadis, which are the pranic currents of energy in the body. The benefits of PranaYama include reduction of stress and tension, improved respiration and circulation, as well as heightened awareness and clarity of mind. Especially those suffering from respiratory ailments, headaches or migraines, and depression, may derive great relief from PranaYama. For maximum results, any of the following three types of PranaYama (according to body type) should be performed twice a day for five minutes each, preferably on an empty stomach in the morning and in the evening, or when under stress. There is one PranaYama most suitable for each of the different body types, although Vata PranaYama can be done by anyone suffering from any kind of affliction. Breathing should be normal and effortless. For maximum benefit, one should sit straight but comfortably, and with eyes closed. Breathing should be coordinated with the movements of the body. Whenever you extend the spine or elongate the body, inhale and when you bend or fold the body, exhale. Vata PranaYama A person of Vata constitution or Vata imbalance benefits most from alternative nostril breathing which brings balance on all levels of mind and body. For this exercise, 1. Close your right nostril with the thumb of your right hand and inhale through the left nostril. 2. Then close the left nostril with the middle or ring finger of the same hand and exhale through your right nostril. 3. Hold your finger there and inhale. Release, and once again close the right nostril with your thumb and exhale through your left nostril. 4. Remain there and breathe in again. Repeat this sequence for five minutes. Make sure to breathe in a relaxed and natural way while sitting straight and comfortably. This PranaYama supplies a larger and equal amount of oxygen to both hemispheres of the brain, empties the lower lobes of the lungs from excessive amounts of carbon dioxide, 124 and makes room for more oxygen to be taken to the cells, giving them an “oxygen bath.” Vatas who feel tense, restless, and stressed can quickly return to balance by practicing this PranaYama. 1. 11. 10. 12. 2. 3. 9. 4. 8. 5. 7. 6. Illustration 15: Surya Namaskara 125 Pitta-PranaYama A person of Pitta constitution or Pitta imbalance can “cool down” and enhance female energies in the body by performing left nostril breathing. The left nostril corresponds to the cooling system in the body. If it is blocked, the body is overheating. For this exercise, 1. Close your right nostril with the thumb of your right hand and inhale through your left one. 2. Then close your left nostril with your middle or ring finger and exhale through your right one. Repeat for five minutes, breathing normally and naturally, and sitting upright and comfortably. Kapha-PranaYama A person of Kapha constitution can literally warm up and increase male energies in the body by performing right nostril breathing. The right nostril corresponds to the heating system in our body. If it is blocked the body becomes too cold. For this exercise, 1. Close your left nostril with the middle or index finger of your right hand and inhale through your right nostril. 2. Then close the right nostril with your thumb and exhale with your left one. Repeat for five minutes, breathing effortlessly and sitting upright and comfortably. Obese-Pranayama A person who suffers from obesity should perform a fast PranaYama. 1. Sit in a comfortable position, take a deep breath and exhale quickly and forcefully through the nose. You will naturally inhale after each exhalation. 2. Repeat for one minute, then rest for one minute. 3. Do this exercise for a total of five times, resting for one minute after each time. This exercise speeds up the metabolic rate and is the equivalent of running two miles. You will begin to feel hot and start sweating. It is important at this stage not to take cold or chilled beverages, as they shut down AGNI and increase the build-up of fat in the body. Drink water of room temperature. Conscious Breathing Meditation Conscious Breathing is practiced in a comfortable sitting position and with eyes closed. It is best to sit straight to make it easier for the body to breathe without strain. For maximum results, this meditation is practiced for about 15 minutes twice a day, in the morning and in the evening, preferably before or at least 2-3 hours after eating food. 126 As you close your eyes, simply bring your attention to the end of your nose or to your chest and experience the movements of inhalation and exhalation. Breathe easily and naturally. The longer you practice, the more readily will your mind follow the rhythm of breathing and become relaxed. To go into a peaceful state your mind does not have to stop thinking. In fact, the only mistake you can make with this practice is trying to stop thinking or prevent thoughts from coming. If you are carried away by thoughts, feelings or emotions please do not do anything to stop them. Simply bring your awareness back to the breathing, to your nose or chest and if the thoughts continue to be there, fine. An increased thought activity during the practice indicates that stress is being released from the nervous system; stress release naturally results in increased physical activity which, in turn, increases mental activity, i.e., thoughts, feelings, mental pictures, etc. Continue this process until you feel that about 15 minutes have passed. There is no reason to be anxious about doing this correctly. Breathing is natural and having the attention on it is natural, too. There is nothing you can do to improve upon what nature is already doing perfectly. Also don’t try breathing with greater emphasis or deeper than you would normally do in the sitting position. By repeatedly allowing your mind to follow the inhalation of fresh air into the body and the exhalation of used air out through your nose, your mind will become increasingly quiet and peaceful. If for a brief moment your mind becomes still altogether, you will only be aware of yourself, without a thought or feeling. For this brief moment you are Self-realized or “Self-referral” because your Self is the only thing to which it can refer. It is for this instant that your mind has given up thinking; your body follows suit by becoming very relaxed. This is the time when body and mind are perfectly coordinated, a moment of healing for both body and mind. There is nothing you can possibly do from your side, though, to produce or experience these moments. They occur when you expect them the least, i.e., when you are totally relaxed about the process, with no expectations or effort. With regular practice of conscious breathing you will find that this peaceful and relaxed state of your mind will extend in time and accompany you during mental and physical activity throughout the day. There will be a strong sense of calmness and of being centered and self-confident, even in stressful situations or amidst noise and chaos. The depth of this experience will increase to the point that your own unbounded awareness will coexist with the most dynamic activity of your body and mind. Directions: 1. Close your eyes and sit comfortably. 2. Bring your attention to the end of your nose or to your chest, and breathe consciously, but naturally. 3. When you are aware of other thoughts, let them be there, and gradually bring your attention back to the breathing. 4. After about 15 minutes open your eyes slowly. 5. Ideally meditate twice a day, morning and evening before eating. Abyanga – Daily Oil Massage The main purpose of Abyanga or oil massage as part of the Ayurvedic daily routine is to assist in preventing the accumulation of physiological toxins (AMA) and to lubricate and promote flexibility of the 127 muscles, tissues and joints. The classical texts of Ayurveda indicate that daily oil massage promotes softness and luster of the skin, as well as youthfulness. The skin is a major producer of endocrine hormones and is connected to every part of the body through thousands of cutaneous nerves. Daily oil massage can, therefore, balance the two master systems of the body – the nervous system and the endocrine system. The following are a few directions to assist you in learning the Ayurvedic daily do-ityourself oil massage. Unless specific oil has been recommended for you, cold-pressed (also called expeller-pressed) and unrefined sesame oil (not the Chinese roasted sesame oil) should be the preference. Although sesame oil is suitable for all body types (for external use), if you find it irritating to the skin, you may try olive oil or coconut oil as an alternative. To purify the massage oil “cure” it by heating it to about 100 degrees centigrade, the boiling point of water. Add a drop of water to the oil at the beginning and when the water begins to splutter you will know that the proper temperature has been reached. You may prepare the entire content of the bottle in one go or as needed. • Before beginning the massage, the oil should be at or slightly above body temperature, especially during winter time. Start by massaging the head if you intend to shampoo afterwards. Place a small amount of oil on the fingertips and palms and begin to massage the scalp vigorously. Since the head and feet are considered to be the most important parts to be emphasized during Abyanga, spend proportionally more time on the head and feet than on other body parts. • After massaging the head, gently apply oil with your hands to your face and outer parts of your ears. • Massage both the front and back of the neck, and the upper part of the spine. • You may want to apply a small amount of oil to your entire body and then continue with the massage of each area. • Next massage your arms. The proper motion is back and forth over the long bones, and circular over the joints. Also massage hands and fingers. • Now apply oil to the chest and abdomen. A very gentle circular motion should be used over your heart. Repeat this circular motion, following the “bowel pattern” from the right lower part of the abdomen, moving clockwise towards the left lower part of the abdomen. • Massage the back and spine. Some areas are probably more difficult to reach, so you may want to ask your partner to help you. • Massage the legs. Like the arms, use a back and forth motion over the long bones and circular over the joints. • Lastly, massage the soles of the feet. Since all body reflex points are situated in the feet, a good amount of time should be spent on massaging the feet. Ideally, one should spend about 5-10 minutes on the massage, possibly every morning. If there is not enough time for a full body massage, then a mini-massage of 1-2 minutes on the head and feet is preferable. After your massage, take a warm shower or bath. Use soap only on the genital area and under the arms. This will leave a thin film of oil on the skin that is very beneficial for toning the skin and keeping the body muscles warm throughout the day. If, however, you have applied too much oil, a mild soap made from natural ingredients can be used to wash it off. Sesame oil in particular has a disinfecting action, which helps to ward off harmful microbes. • 128 Diet According to Body Types “No illness which can be treated by diet should be treated by any other means," said Moses Maimonides (1135-1204). The use of food as medicine is not just a treatment model that was almost common knowledge in ages past, but it is now increasingly being recognized as a matter of survival. Most chronic diseases share nutritional deficiency as the number one cause for the underlying degeneration of cells, tissues, or organs. Instead of food being our best medicine, modern food production has turned our best foods into man’s most harmful poisons. Much of the younger generations have almost completely lost touch with the notion that they are what they eat. Even educated doctors tell their patients that their heart attacks, cancers, and arthritic pains have nothing to do with the foods they eat. Only very rarely does a doctor question his patient about his eating habits, something that should be dealt with before subjecting the diseased person to a series of tests that have no other purpose than to find a label and a corresponding drug or procedure for the symptom from which he is suffering. The treatment consists of methods that make the symptom(s) disappear. If successful, the patient is now considered disease-free, at least for a little while. Buying into the illusion of cure is costly only to the patient. Everyone else profits greatly from it. Since you cannot expect to receive much help from those who only know how to treat the effects of illness and not its causes, you may need to take your health into you own hands. Foods have an almost immediate effect on the body. In fact, it is known that the body’s biochemistry changes within several minutes of eating a meal. You can easily verify the powerful influence that food has on your body through muscle testing (see Chapter 1 for details). If you eat something that is outright harmful to you, your stomach will signal indigestion. Some foods can even be more damaging than just causing heartburn. Research has shown that eating meat in the evening can trigger a heart attack in the morning. So to make it easier for you to figure out which diets and lifestyles are the most beneficial ones for you, determine which body type you are. As discussed earlier, different people digest and utilize the same food in a different way. If a Vata and a Pitta type go to a restaurant and order the same meal, one of them may feel invigorated afterwards and the other one dull and heavy. The following food charts provide you with specific lists of foods that are most suitable for each of the three main body types. In an ideal situation, you would not require any lists to know what foods are good for you because your natural instinct would make that decision for you. But most people’s doshas were already thrown of balance with their first taste of manufactured baby formula, and whatever man-made foods became their source of nourishment after that. Once a dosha is out of balance in your body, you tend to yearn for exactly those kinds of foods that maintain that imbalance. For example, an unbalanced Pitta type may crave spicy, sour and salty foods, and an unbalanced Kapha type chooses to eat cakes, candy, and oily foods. Our natural instincts also fail us when we orient our tastes towards nutritional information, time schedules, and the promises of advertisements. Since the three forces of nature (doshas) are represented in our body in a unique and individual way, each one of us has different requirements for the various nutrients contained in food. Our body is only able to utilize the nutrients of those foods that are suitable for our body type, just as certain feeds are only suitable for certain animals and not others. Try giving a rabbit olive oil to eat, and it will get sick in no time. Give the oil to a rat, and it will have no problem digesting it. Now, first determine your body type or dominating dosha by reading the sections below and, perhaps, filling out the body type questionnaire at the end of Chapter 5. Then look up the charts and choose the foods that balance that dosha. For example, if you have scored Vata 6, Pitta 15, and Kapha 8 in the Body Type Quiz, refer to the section “Pitta Pacifying Diet found in this chapter.” 129 So in order to know yourself better, familiarize yourself with the food charts that are applicable to your body type, and choose to eat more of those foods that are on the “favor” list, and avoid those that are on the “avoid” list. Those items in the “reduce” category should be eaten in moderation, that is occasionally and in small amounts. You don’t need to become overly fixated about sticking to the food lists, especially if you are not just one clear body type. However, these lists are can be very helpful in your quest for discovering the most ideal foods for you to return to a balanced state of body and mind. If you feel attracted to a particular food that is not on your list, double check with the muscle test and you will have a better sense of whether your body can benefit from it or not. Both the food lists and the muscle test may help you to get to know yourself better and to restore your natural instincts. If you are an experienced dowser, you can also use dowsing tools to confirm the correctness of your choice of foods. If in doubt about what body type you are, you may even use these methods to determine your exact body type. If most items on the Vata favor list, for example, test positive for you, you are most likely a Vata type, or you have a major Vata imbalance, such as constipation. Note: Whenever I have used the word “Reduce” in the food charts, I suggest that you use the respective food items only in moderation, which means, not every day and only sparingly. VATA PACIFYING DIET Favor: Warm foods and beverages; moderately heavy; added ghee, butter, oil; mostly high fluidcontaining and nourishing foods. Foods that have the sweet, sour and salty tastes. The Vata type – influenced mainly by the elements of air and space – is naturally sensitive to foods that are light, dry, and cold. Vata types lack the qualities of heavy, oily and hot, that, when taken in the form of food and beverages, keep him balanced. Also, foods that contain the dominant tastes of sweet, sour and salty pacify Vata, but those that are pungent as in spicy foods, bitter as in bitter greens, and astringent as in tea or beans, greatly upset it. A meal consisting of a lettuce salad, hot vegetable curry with steamed potatoes, kidney beans and ice cream can derange Vata for many days, whereas a meal consisting of an avocado with lemon and salt, stir fried asparagus, and Basmati rice with almonds can keep the Vata type balanced and strong. Vata dosha is cold, dry, and light by nature, which are the qualities dominant in autumn and early winter. Especially during this time of year, Vata needs to be soothed and nourished by soft and warming foods such as hearty stews and soups, long cooked vegetable casseroles, freshly prepared bread, puddings, and hot cereals. Butter, oils, and cream, too, keep Vata in check. Since sensitivity is one of his characteristics, the Vata type becomes upset when there is too much noise and disturbance around meal times. Vata types are the most likely to need a more nourishing breakfast. Hot cereals such as porridge cooked with almond milk or oat milk soothe Vata, and so does cream of rice or cream of wheat. Vatas, however, get agitated and nervous by caffeine-containing beverages such as coffee or tea, due to their bitter and astringent tastes and stimulating effects. Vata types tend to suffer from constipation with dry and hard stools if they have too much rice, pasta, or other wheat products, yet when eaten with plenty of well-cooked, juicy vegetables they are Vata pacifying, too. Potatoes in any form are likely to cause Vata problems since they have a drying and dehydrating effect. Popcorn is another typical Vata-raising food. Vata’s main rule regarding starch- 130 containing foods, often referred to as carbohydrates, is to add copious amounts of fats, otherwise they tend to pass too quickly through the small intestine and end up being fermented by bacteria in the large intestine. This causes the typical bloating Vatas so frequently complain about. Vatas also benefit from spices that are mild, soothing, sweet, and heavy, as listed below. Since their digestive fire (ANGI) tends to fluctuate and be irregular, ginger, cardamom, fennel, and cinnamon can stimulate the appetite and improve digestion. These help to reduce gas, a problem that Vatas are particularly prone to develop. The Vata type is the only body type that requires more salt in his body and can benefit from adding it to his food, although it is always better to use it during the cooking. Care is to be taken, however, when the salt is eaten as dry, salted snacks, such as crisps. Processed, commercial salt aggravates Vata, whereas unrefined salt calms it (also see Chapter 7). It is better for the Vata type to choose unprocessed foods such as unsalted nuts, which are sweet, heavy, and oily, all qualities that pacify Vata. Be aware that nuts and seeds are very concentrated and rich foods, which means they should be consumed only in small quantities. Vatas can digest them more easily when they are ground or made into butters. But be careful with commercial nut butters. They become rancid within a few days after grinding them, even if kept in the refrigerator. Nut butters are notorious for causing food poisoning and inflammation in the gastro-intestinal tract. It is best to make nut butter fresh and keep it for no longer than 2-3 days. One of the best nuts for pacifying Vata are almonds (8-10 a day), without the skin. Ripe and sweet fruits are also very beneficial to the Vata, provided they are eaten on an empty stomach and not in the evening. Vata types should avoid fruits that have an astringent taste, as in unripe bananas or persimmons, whereas the sour taste of grapefruit helps to pacify Vata. The drying, cooling, and light elements of Air and Space/Ether are the most dominating elements in the Vata type, and in a balanced state Vata shows a natural aversion to the following foods: AIR/SPACE FOODS • • • • All cabbage families All dry, rough, and stale foods Bitter vegetables Hollow vegetable with tiny seeds (except peppers) • • • Greens and lettuce Most nightshade fruits and vegetables Most dry and compact legumes Vata Food Chart FRUITS Favor Apricots Avocado Bananas Berries Cherries Coconut Dates, fresh Figs, fresh Grapefruit Grapes Lemons Mango 131 Stewed fruits Soaked dried fruits Melons (sweet) Oranges Papaya Peaches Pineapple Plums Reduce Rhubarb Tangerines Apples Cranberries Dried Fruits, cooked Pears Avoid Pomegranate Quince Persimmon Prunes Watermelon Note: all fruits should be ripe, sweet, and be consumed on an empty stomach. Apples and pears should be cooked. VEGETABLES Favor Artichokes Asparagus Beetroot Carrots Celery(cooked) Cucumber, seedless Green beans Leeks, cooked Okra (lady fingers), with fat Pumpkin, orange and white Radishes, cooked Reduce Broccoli Collards Corn, fresh Jerusalem artichoke Lettuce Mustard greens Onion, cooked Parsnips Avoid Bell peppers Brussels sprouts Cabbage Cauliflower Celery, raw Eggplant Endive Kohlrabi Mushrooms Onion, raw Peas Potatoes, white Swiss chard Sprouts Tomatoes Plantain Radishes Spinach Turnip greens Sweet potatoes with fat Summer squash (yellow crookneck, zucchini) Watercress Winter squash (acorn, buttercup, butternut) Note: The Reduce and Avoid items, with the exception of cabbage, potatoes and sprouts, are acceptable if cooked well, and with oil and Vata spices added. Raw vegetables should be avoided altogether. 132 GRAINS Favor Basmati rice, white Oats, cooked Whole rice, well cooked, Wheat cereal, not dry Reduce Amaranth Barley Bulgur Couscous Whole Wheat Pasta Quinoa Rice flour Udon noodles Avoid Buckwheat Corn Cereals, dried Millet Oats, dry White flour pasta Rye Unbleached white flour, Whole wheat flour Wild rice LEGUMES, BEANS, PEAS Favor Aduki beans Mung beans (split or whole) Pink lentils Tofu, cooked Reduce Black chickpeas Muth beans Urad dhal Avoid Black beans Black-eyes beans Chick peas Lentils, brown Kidney beans Lima beans Navy beans Pinto beans DAIRY Favor Buttermilk, home-made Cottage cheese, home-made Cow’s milk, certified raw Unsalted butter, Ghee Yoghurt, home-made Soybeans Split peas White beans Toor dhal 133 Caution: With the exception of ghee and butter, use these foods very sparingly. If they cause mucus, coating on tongue, or congested nose/sinuses, discontinue immediately and avoid them altogether. Dairy products can lead to serious lymphatic congestion and thickening of blood vessel walls (see more details in section Milk Controversy of Chapter 14) Reduce Cheeses, hard and soft Goats milk Avoid All commercially produced dairy products, including low fat milk and ice cream, with the exception of unsalted butter and cream NUTS AND SEEDS Favor Almonds Brazil nuts Cashews Chestnuts Note: peanuts should be avoided. SWEETENERS Favor Brown rice syrup Date syrup Honey, raw Palm sugar Rock sugar Stevia Sugar cane juice Reduce Barley malt Maple syrup Avoid Honey, heated or cooked White sugar Sugar substitutes (Aspartame, Saccharin, Sweet’N Low, NutraSweet, etc.) Molasses Unrefined sugar cane products Xylitol Pecans Pine nuts Pistachios Pumpkin seeds Sesame seeds, roasted Sunflower seeds Walnuts Sour cream Note: If Candida Albicans is an issue in your body, avoid all sweeteners except stevia and xylitol. 134 Oils/Fats Favor Almond Unsalted Butter Ghee Sesame Reduce Coconut Mustard Olive Safflower Avoid Animal fats, except butter and ghee Corn Canola Mixed vegetable oils Light fat products Synthetically derived fats Walnut Sunflower Note: All refined and heat-pressed oils are harmful to your health! HERBS. SPICES. CONDIMENTS Favor Allspice Almond extract Anise Asafetida Basil Bay leaf Black cumin Black pepper Carraway Chutney, coconut or mango Cardamon Cinnamon Cloves Cilantro Cumin Dill, leaves or seed Fennel Gomasio Ginger, dried or fresh Lemon juice Licorice root Mace Marjoram Mango powder Mustard seeds, black and yellow Nutmeg Olives, black or green Oregano Reduce Cayenne Chili peppers Coriander seed Curry, leaves and powder Fenugreek Garlic, cooked Horseradish Mint Parsley Saffron Turmeric Paprika Peppermint Rosemary Sage Rock salt Unrefined Sea Salt Savory Spearmint Tamarind Tarragon Thyme Vanilla Note: You may use these spices in moderation but avoid raw garlic and all very bitter and astringent tasting spices and herbs. 135 BREWS, BEVERAGES, TEAS All are acceptable except for: Alcohol Apple juice Caffeinated beverages Carbonated beverages Cold beverages Cranberry juice Pear juice Prune juice Pungent beverages Tomato juice Blackberry tea Burdock tea Dandelion tea Power Drinks PITTA PACIFYING DIET Favor: Cool or warm foods and beverages; moderately heavy; less added butter and fats except for ghee and coconut oil; foods that are of sweet, bitter and astringent tastes. The Pitta type is naturally equipped with a strong digestive power that allows him to choose from a larger variety of foods than suitable for the other body types. His main adversary, however, is overeating. As long as he does not abuse his strong digestive power, it is hard to throw him off balance. When suffering from digestive trouble, just eating lesser amounts of food can restore his physical balance. The dominating elements in the Pitta type are fire and water. Therefore, pungent and sour foods (both have heating properties) as well as salty food (containing commercially produced salt) upset Pitta and should be used sparingly. The sodium chloride in table salts causes water retention, mal-absorption of nutrients, and blood pressure problems. If used in moderation, unrefined sea and rock salt, on the other hand, have beneficial effects even for the Pitta type. The dominating presence of the fire element makes the Pitta type prefer cooling, refreshing foods and beverages, especially during the hot summer season. Unlike the Vata type who benefits from oily, sour, salty, and heating foods, the Pitta type is greatly disturbed by them. (Note: if you are a Vata/Pitta type and not sure which one of the two doshas is the dominant one in your body, apply the muscle test for a couple of major food items from the Pitta list and see whether the results match your body type score). Pitta types benefit more from bitter and astringent tastes, both of which are contained in lettuces, herbs and green leafy vegetables. Legumes are mainly astringent and are generally liked by all Pitta types. Foods that have cold, heavy, and dry qualities are generally more suitable for the Pitta type. Mint, for example, has cooling properties whereas honey is heating. Wheat is both cooling and heavy compared to the light and heating properties of buckwheat or millet; and potatoes or cauliflower are very dry in comparison to the oiliness of eggs or peanuts. The Pitta’s strong AGNI faces no problem in digesting the more dry, cold and heavy foods, and they are, therefore, not gas-forming for him. Grain foods, on the other hand, cause him trouble if they are left whole. Brown rice and heavy wholemeal bread can upset Pitta dosha, so does brown unrefined cane sugar. The Pitta type is the only one that can get away with eating white sugar from time to time. Maple and carob syrups are also more easily digested by the Pitta type, unless he eats these regularly and in large amounts (which unbalanced Pittas tend to do). The fats that are contained in meat, eggs, pork, etc., strongly irritate Pitta types. Fried and oily foods, too, perturb a Pitta’s stomach, causing heartburn and even ulcers. He also has great difficulties with digesting meat and fish proteins. These foods tend to heat up his body and cause circulatory problems. Most of the Pitta types who eat meat or other animal foods on a regular basis develop a pouch around the stomach, hold on to excessive lymph fluid and suffer from coronary heart disease. Pitta types thrive on a purely vegetarian diet, but fall ill if they don’t. Their digestive system is not equipped with the specific 136 enzyme systems needed to successfully handle flesh or other concentrated protein foods, such as cheese. Carbohydrates such as vegetables, grains, pulses and fruits and salads, greatly satisfy a Pitta’s stomach. A steak can make a balanced Pitta bad-tempered and aggressive. So can alcohol, tobacco, and coffee. These items are far too acidic for the already sour-taste-dominated Pitta type. Mint, fennel, and Liquorice teas are all pacifying Pitta, whereas regular tea aggravates it. The liver breaks down regular tea into large amounts of uric acid, which tends to cause sluggishness and thickening of the blood. Fresh, cool water is the best beverage for this body type. Pittas are better off staying away from Indian or Mexican restaurants whereas Chinese and Japanese foods suit them better. Salty snacks, like crisps, can also upset their sensitive stomach lining. Pitta types thrive on fresh and unprocessed foods, preferably organically grown. The remnants of pesticides or other impurities contained in foods are more likely to be felt by the Pitta type, and can even cause “food” allergies. In many cases, it is not the food the Pitta type reacts to, but the chemical poisons and additives they contain. Note: To test for food allergies, take your pulse; then place a small piece of the food under your tongue and take your pulse again; if it is higher than before you may be allergic to that particular food. Ghee (clarified butter) is one of the main foods to pacify irritated Pitta and can be used for cooking, and on breads. It pacifies imbalances resulting from excessive secretions of bile and stomach acid. Pitta types should be particularly careful not to eat unripe and prematurely picked fruits, as they tend to ferment in the intestines and cause loose stools or diarrhea. Since the heating properties of the fire element are dominating in the Pitta type, in a balanced state he has a natural aversion to “fire foods,” which can be summarized as follows: FIRE FOODS • • • • Acidic foods/medicines Meat and its products Fish “Heating” grains • • • • • Vinegar Pickles Hot spices Nuts Salt and salty foods • • • Sour/pungent fruits and vegetables Oily foods Red-looking food Pitta Food Chart FRUITS Favor Apples Coconut Dates, fresh Figs, fresh Grapes, dark Mangoes Melons Oranges, sweet Pears Pineapple, sweet Plums, sweet Pomegranate Prunes, soaked Raisins, soaked Watermelon 137 Reduce Apricots Avocado Dried fruits, sweet Kiwi, sweet Lemons Limes Avoid Bananas Berries Cherries Grapefruit Grapes, green Papaya Oranges, sour Peaches Pineapples, sour Persimmon Plums, sour Rhubarb Quince, sweet Strawberries, sweet Note: Pitta types are very sensitive to unripe, sour, and chemically treated fruits, which can cause fermentation-related diarrhea and bloating. VEGETABLES Favor Artichokes Asparagus Bitter and sweet vegetables Broccoli Brussels Sprouts Cabbage Cauliflower Chicory Collards Cucumber Dandelion greens Endive Green beans Jerusalem artichoke Leafy green vegetables Lettuce Mushrooms Okra Reduce Bamboo shoots Carrots, cooked Celery Corn, fresh Kohlrabi Leeks, cooked Mustard greens Parsley Avoid Red Beets Beet greens Carrots, raw Eggplant Horseradish Hot chilli peppers Onions, raw and cooked Radishes Swiss chard Tomatoes, cooked Tomato sauces, ketchup Turnips Pumpkin, orange Spinach Tomatoes, in salad Turnip greens Parsnips Peas Potatoes, white Pumpkin, white Sprouts Sweet peppers Winter squash (acorn, buttercup, butternut, spaghetti) Watercress Zucchini 138 GRAINS Favor Barley Basmati rice, white Oats, cooked Pasta Reduce Barley flour Bulgur Cereals, barley or wheat Couscous, all types Pasta, whole wheat Unbleached white flour Avoid Amaranth Buckwheat Brown rice Corn Millet Oats, dry Quinoa Rice in excess LEGUMES, BEANS, PEAS Favor Aduki beans Black beans Black-eyes beans Chickpeas Lima beans Mung beans, split or whole Navy beans Pinto beans Split peas, all kinds Urad dhal Pasta in excess Rye Wheat bran Whole wheat flour Wheat Note: Consume not more than 1-2 times a week, and avoid brown and pink lentils, as well soy beans, soy milk and tofu (they contain at least two very toxic enzyme inhibitors). DAIRY Favor Butter, unsalted Milk, certified raw (from nongrain fed cows Cottage cheese Ghee Reduce Lassi, sweet Yoghurt, home-made Cream cheese Caution: With the exception of ghee and butter, use dairy foods very sparingly. If they cause mucus, coating on tongue, or congested nose/sinuses, discontinue immediately and avoid them altogether. Dairy products can lead to serious lymphatic congestion and thickening of blood vessel walls (see more details in section Milk Controversy of Chapter 14) 139 Avoid Buttermilk Cheeses, hard Commercial dairy products, Goat’s cheese NUTS AND SEEDS Favor Almonds (8-10 a day) Coconut Poppy seeds Pumpkin seeds, raw or roasted Reduce Walnuts Avoid All other nuts and seeds OILS/FATS Favor Coconut Sunflower Ghee Unsalted butter Reduce Avocado Olive Avoid Almond Animal fats, except butter Apricot Corn Mustard Sesame, dark Vegetable, mixed Canola Safflower Pecans Sunflower seeds, raw or roasted Water chestnuts, cooked Ice cream Sour cream Note: All refined and heat-pressed oils are harmful to your health! SWEETENERS Favor Barley malt Date syrup Fructose Maple syrup Rock sugar Palm sugar Stevia Xylitol White sugar, in moderation 140 Note: With the exception of xylitol and stevia, eating sweeteners in large amounts or regularly can lead to blood sugar problems and high acidity in the body (candidiasis). Avoid Brown, unrefined cane sugar Brown rice syrup Honey (except for small amounts, 1-2 teaspoons per day) HERBS, SPICES, CONDIMENTS Favor Apple cider vinegar Black cumin Cilantro (green coriander) Coconut, grated or roasted Coconut milk/cream Coriander Curry leaves Dill leaves Fennel Mint Reduce Almond extract Basil, fresh Black mustard seeds Black pepper Caraway Cardamom Cinnamon Cloves Dill seed Ginger Lemon juice Mace Nutmeg Olives, black Avoid Allspice Barbecue sauce Anise Asafetida (hing) Basil Bay leaves Catsup Cayenne Fenugreek Garlic Gomasio Horseradish Mango powder Mustard Marjoram Mayonnaise Yellow mustard seeds Onion, raw Oregano Paprika Preservatives and additives, chemical Pickles Rosemary Sage Salt, iodized Salty foods Soy Sauce Thyme Vinegar Orange peel Parsley Salt Tamarind Vanilla Peppermint Rose water Saffron Spearmint Turmeric Wintergreen Molasses Sugar substitutes (aspartame, saccharin, Sweet’N Low, NutraSweet) 141 Brews, Beverages, Teas All are OK except: Alcohol Banana shake Caffeinated beverages (coffee, tea) Carbonated beverages Chocolate beverages Clove tea Bottled, boxed juices Cranberry juice Ginger tea Ginseng tea Grapefruit juice Power drinks Papaya juice Sour fruit juices Tomato juice Sage tea KAPHA PACIFYING DIET Favor: Warm foods; light and dry in texture; cooked without much water; only small amounts of butter, oil, and sugar; foods of pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes; foods and beverages that have a naturally stimulating influence. The Kapha type imbibes profuse amounts of the water and earth elements. This makes him naturally strong, heavy and stable. The qualities present in the air energies, however, are not well represented in his body, which makes him naturally want foods that can give him the drive, movement and agility he requires to maintain physical and mental balance. The Kapha dosha has the exact opposite properties of the Vata dosha, which prompts him to eat mostly Vata-increasing foods. These are the dry, light, and heating foods. Honey, beans, and barley, for example, are foods that have a drying effect and are, therefore, able to remove excessive fluids from the Kapha’s system. Potatoes, too, produce a similar benefit in this body type. An ideal food for the Kapha type is the astringent legumes that help to cleanse his intestinal tract from excessive mucus. Combined with heat-producing spices, they stimulate his digestion and help with the removal of stagnant waste material. Many vegetarian Mexican and Indian dishes are good for the Kapha type. Since his sense of smell is highly developed, the exotic smells of herbs and spices satisfy him. His often sluggish and slow metabolism can benefit greatly from an eye-watering spicy meal. A spicy and bitter appetizer such as romaine lettuce with added pepper can kindle his AGNI, so can chewing on a piece of fresh ginger. Kaphas don’t need or even want much of a salad dressing that is sour and oily. Generally, Kapha types should make certain that there are enough pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes present in each meal. Spices such as cumin, fenugeek, and tumeric are both astringent and bitter. Green leafy vegetables, including kale and spinach, that are cooked with plenty of spices also help to pacify Kapha, but care should be taken not to add too much water during cooking. During the summer, the Kapha’s body is warm enough to eat fruits, salads, and some raw vegetables. These foods, however, can greatly upset his balance in the winter, when his body requires mainly cooked foods with hot spices. Cayenne pepper is especially beneficial for him, since it breaks down excessive mucus. Chili pepper, however, can sometimes cause congestion in his lungs. Cooling foods such as dairy products, milk shakes, ice cream, cream, butter, sugary sweets, cakes, etc. make the Kapha’s system cold, cause mucus congestion, and lead to heaviness, lethargy, and depression. Besides the dulling effect on the 142 Kapha type, they also increase his body weight, whereas the heating influence of pungent, bitter, and astringent foods keeps his weight in check. Fats and oils are far too heavy for the Kapha type and should be used sparingly. Kaphas not only secrete fats in their external skin, which makes their skin smooth and silky, but also through their internal skin – the gastrointestinal lining. Unlike, the Vata type who must add fats to their food in order to digest it, the Kapha type supplies his own fats; hence the reduced need to add them to the food Deep fried foods quickly suppress this type’s AGNI, which is the lowest among all the body types. However, expeller-pressed corn oil, sunflower oil or safflower oil are more digestible for him since they possess heating qualities (use in small quantities only). Ghee is a good choice, too, when used in cooking. Salt or salty foods quickly imbalance the Kapha type because they tend to cause him to retain water. Many Kaphas suffer from swollen feet and arms because of too much salt consumption. Since the balanced Kapha type is mainly influenced by the elements of Earth and Water, he has a natural aversion to Earth/Water foods, which are listed below: EARTH/WATER FOODS • • • • Salty tasting foods Sweet, juicy fruits Sweets and sweet tasting foods Sweet, watery vegetables • • • Cool, milky foods Oily foods Sticky and cold foods Kapha Food Chart FRUITS Favor Apples Apricots Berries Cranberries Cherries Dried fruits Figs, dried Peaches Pears Persimmon Reduce Grapes Kiwi Lemons Limes Mango Oranges Avoid Avocado Bananas Coconut Figs, fresh Grapefruit Melons Strawberries Tangerine Tamarind Pomegranate Quince Prunes Raisins 143 Papaya Pineapple Plums Rhubarb VEGETABLES Favor Watermelon Asparagus Beets Bell peppers Broccoli Brussels sprouts Cabbage Carrots Cauliflower Celery Corn, fresh Eggplant Endive Garlic Green beans Jerusalem artichoke Leafy green vegetables Leeks Lettuce Mushrooms Mustard greens Okra Onions Reduce Parsley Peas Potatoes, white Radishes Spinach Sprouts Turnips Turnip greens Watercress Artichoke Parsnips Plantain Summer Squash Avoid Zucchini Cucumber Pumpkin, all kinds Sweet potatoes Tomatoes Winter squash (acorn, buttercup, butternut, spaghetti) GRAINS Favor Barley Buckwheat Corn Millet Reduce Amaranth Basmati rice, amount) Barley cereals Couscous white (small Cornmeal Millet cereals Oats, dry Oat bran Pasta, rye Avoid Brown rice Oats, cooked Steamed grains Rice flour Wheat Whole wheat flour Quinoa Rye cereals Rye flakes Rye 144 LEGUMES, BEANS, PEAS Favor Aduki Beans Black beans Chickpeas Lentils, pink Lima beans Navy beans Reduce Black-eyes beans Mung beans Urad dhal White beans Pinto beans Split peas Avoid Kidney beans Tofu Lentils, brown Soybeans DAIRY Favor Caution: With the exception of small amounts ghee and butter, use dairy foods very sparingly. If they cause mucus, coating on tongue, or congested nose/sinuses, discontinue immediately and avoid them altogether. Dairy products can lead to serious lymphatic congestion and thickening of blood vessel walls (see more details in section Milk Controversy of Chapter 14) Reduce Ghee Goat’s cheese, unsalted Goat’s milk Lassi, spiced and with honey Butter Buttermilk Cheese Cow’s milk Dairy products NUTS AND SEEDS Reduce Coconut Poppy seeds Pumpkin seeds, roasted Sesame seeds Avoid All nuts Sunflower seeds, roasted Ice cream Sour cream Yoghurt 145 OILS/FATS Reduce Almond Corn Mustard Safflower Ghee Unsalted butter Sunflower Note: These oil/fats OK all in small amounts Avoid Apricot Avocado Coconut Olive Sesame Soy Caution: All refined and heat-pressed oils are harmful to your health SWEETENERS Favor Honey, raw and unheated (but not more than one tablespoon a day) and stevia Reduce Barley malt Maple Syrup Brown rice syrup Avoid Brown cane sugar Fructose Glucose Honey, cooked Molasses Palm sugar HERBS, SPICES, CONDIMENTS Favor All are good for K-types except mango powder, miso, olives, salt, tamari, vinegar BREWS, BEVERAGES, TEAS Favor Aloe Vera juice Apple juice Apricot juice Berry juice Carob beverages Carrot juice Cherry juice Mixed vegetable juice Pear juice Pineapple juice Pomegranate juice Prune juice Sugar cane juice All Sugar substitutes White sugar Dates syrup 146 147 Note: all fruit juices should be freshly pressed, diluted with water, and taken on an empty stomach. Use only in moderation, since too much fruit sugar can upset Kapha dosha. Reduce Almond drink Almond milk Caffeinated beverages Grape juice Mango juice Vegetable broth, salted Avoid Alcohol Banana shake Carbonated beverages Chocolate beverages Coconut milk Cold beverages Comfrey teas Grapefruit juice Lemonade Licorice tea Milk shakes Orange juice Papaya juice Sour beverages Tomato juice Lassi Important for all body types In the above food charts I have omitted beef, pork, poultry, fish, eggs and similar foods because they can create major imbalances in all three body types (see section on vegetarianism). When heated, their proteins coagulate, which makes even more harmful for the body. The animal foods chicken, turkey and shrimp have a slightly less damaging effect. Dead foods are deprived of their life force. The body has to mobilize extra energy to get rid of it, which may give you the incorrect belief that these foods make you strong. The overall, long-term effect is physical, mental and emotional imbalance. Ayurveda claims that these foods reduce Ojas in the body, which is the chemical equivalent of bliss. Bliss results when the body vibrates at a high frequency. The following foods have similar effects: Heavy, deep-fried and oily foods, hard cheeses, leftover and processed foods, refined and genetically altered, as well as excessively sour and salty-tasting foods. Also, overeating of any food prevents the body from producing Ojas, and leads to gastrointestinal problems. Ghee – Its Value and Preparation Ghee is clarified butter. Although it is prepared completely from butter, its properties, according to Ayurveda, are very different from butter itself. In many cases, ghee is recommended in the diet. Ghee is particularly useful for the Pitta constitution; it helps to digest and absorb food better and makes food tastier. Its benefit lies in the fact that it stimulates AGNI without fueling Pitta dosha. Also Vata and even Kapha types benefit from ghee. Unless you have access to an Indian Health Food store that sells ghee, you have to prepare it yourself, using the following recipe. How to Prepare Ghee 1. Place any amount of unsalted butter in a deep Porcelain, Pyrex or stainless steel pan over medium-low heat (be sure that the butter does not scorch while melting). Allow complete melting to occur and then reduce heat to low. 147 2. In the next 30-40 minutes the water in the butter will boil away (approximately 20% of butter is composed of water). Milk solids will appear on the surface of the liquid and at the bottom of the pan. 3. Be alert to remove the liquid from the heat as the milk solids turn golden brown on the bottom of the pan (otherwise, the ghee may burn). At this point, you may notice that the ghee smells like popcorn and you can see tiny bubbles in the ghee rising from the bottom. 4. Strain the ghee while still hot or warm, pouring it through a cotton cloth into a stainless steel or Pyrex-type container. At this point it is very hot, so you should always be cautious. Another way of doing this is to let the ghee cool down and then strain it by pouring it through a cotton cloth or handkerchief directly into clean glass jars or bowls. 5. Ghee can be stored at room temperature for several weeks and it keeps indefinitely when kept in the refrigerator. Put a teaspoon full (per person) into food or on food afterwards. Ghee can be used in the same way as cooking oil, in the place of butter, or as a digestive aid dripped over food. Note: Caution should always be observed when handling hot liquids. Ghee should never be left unattended during the heating process. If ghee is not available, other good alternatives are coconut oil, olive oil and butter (check with your body type list). A Summary of General Principles Regarding Diet 1. A half teaspoon of grated ginger taken with a pinch of salt is an excellent appetizer and kindles AGNI, the digestive fire. Splashing of cool water over face, neck, and hands before meals also stimulates AGNI. 2. Eat in a settled environment and quiet atmosphere and with a settled mind. Company and environment should be pleasant. Do not work, listen to music, read, or watch TV during meals. 3. Always sit down to eat. Eat at roughly the same times each day. 4. Eat neither too quickly nor too slowly (about 20 minutes) and without interruption. 5. Eat to about ¾ of your stomach capacity, which equals the amount of two cupped hands full (your hands). Ideally one third of the meal should consist of liquid food (soupy consistency). 6. Avoid taking a meal before the previous meal has been digested. Allow approximately 3 to 6 hours between meals, depending upon the types of food consumed. 7. If you desire to drink anything with your meals, it is best to sip hot or warm water. Avoid drinking large quantities of liquids before, during, or within the first two 2½ hours after meals. 8. Drinking excessive amounts of water (3-4 liters a day) may produce obesity and kidney disorders, whereas drinking too little water causes dehydration. To meet the minimum requirements for water take 6-8 glasses of water (at room temperature or warm) each day. You may need to increase the amount during hot, dry weather, when exercising, or during stress. 9. Cold foods and beverages may reduce your resistance to disease, impair AGNI, and cause mucus congestion. 10. Diet should be balanced by including all the six tastes – sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent – in at least one meal per day. However, check out specific taste preferences regarding your particular body type and physiological needs or imbalances in the previous section. 148 11. It is best not to heat or cook with honey; heat destroys it and makes it toxic. 12. Never eat just before going to bed. There should be at least three hours between eating and sleeping. 13. Chew your food thoroughly – the digestive process starts in the mouth. 14. Ayurveda does not favor the intake of too much raw food like raw vegetables, uncooked oat flakes, uncooked grains, etc. Fruits are an exception as they are already “cooked” or ripened by nature (see also about section of Chapter 14, Raw Versus Cooked Foods). The Pitta type is the only one suited to eat more raw foods. 15. It is best not to eat when the mind is dominated by strong emotions such as anger, worry, sorrow, etc., but to wait until it has become more settled. 16. Sleeping after meals causes sluggishness, and increases Kapha and body weight. It is good to rest for 10-15 minutes after a meal and then go for a 15-minute walk. 17. Food should always be delicious and pleasing to the senses and be prepared by a happy cook. Sequence of Dishes during Lunch • Before you eat, be sure that your stomach is empty and that you actually feel hungry. If you feel you need to kindle your digestive fire, AGNI, take ½ teaspoon of grated ginger with a pinch of salt before eating. Spraying or sprinkling your face, neck, and hands with a little cold water before your meal also increases AGNI. Liquid foods, such as soups, should be eaten towards the beginning of the meal, unless your meal includes a fresh, raw salad. In this case, eat the salad first, followed by the soup. Normally, the stomach first processes and removes liquids before it can attempt the digestion of the more solid and concentrated food items. Therefore, drinking a lot of liquid with your meals only sets you up for indigestion. It is useful to know that the stomach does not operate like a washing machine, but stores the ingested foods in layers, one on top of the other. To avoid digestive problems and flatulence I recommend the following sequence of dishes. Foods listed are examples only. Ideally, choose those foods that are listed in your body type food chart: • • Stage A Salads made with raw food items that may include lettuces, endives, avocado, chopped cucumber, grated carrot, chopped celery stalk, bell pepper, hiccama, sprouts, cilantro, basil leaves, mint leaves, parsley, young white radish, roasted or raw pumpkins seeds, sunflower seeds, etc. For the dressing, lemon juice or Balsamic vinegar with olive oil (for Vata types), almond or rice milk with olive oil (for Pitta types), or a little sunflower oil with herbs and spices (for Kapha types), are all good choices. Stage B Cooked vegetables such as asparagus, cabbage, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, okra, butternut, zucchini, Swiss chard, snap beans, peas, Portobello mushrooms, or other wholesome fresh vegetables. To make the vegetables more digestible and delicious-tasting, add spices and herbs (see your food chart), some fat (about one tsp. coconut oil, olive oil, butter, etc.), unrefined salt, perhaps a small piece of vegetable bouillon, coconut milk, or other natural condiments. Perhaps the easiest and most healthy method of cooking involves the use of Waterless Stainless Steel Cookware (see details in section 9 of Chapter 7). 149 Note: Vegetables should be cooked exactly tender, not too little, and not too much. Both overcooked and half-cooked vegetables create toxins, bloating, and dullness. Stage C Grain foods, such as Basmati rice, bulgur wheat, oats, barley buckwheat, millet, whole wheat couscous, whole wheat pasta, or other grains. To digest grain foods requires fat. You may add spices, herbs and salt. Stage D Dhal and beans, including Mung beans, lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans, etc. Add fat, spices, herbs salt, and other condiments. Eat any stage D foods not more often than 1-2 times per week. Important for non vegetarians: Stages C and D should be omitted if you include animal protein in your meal. Animal protein and starch foods, such as meat and potatoes, or fish and rice, cannot be digested properly when eaten in the same meal. The amounts of food at stages A and D should be small, at stages B and D more substantial. If desired, the latter two stages may be eaten together. The total amount of food at lunchtime should not exceed two cupped hands full. Lunch does not always have to consist of all four stages. In fact, it is easier on the digestive system to have not more than 3-5 basic ingredients in one meal, such as salad, vegetables, and rice. Also, try to avoid eating two concentrated food items in one meal, such as rice with potatoes, rice with bread, beans with cheese, pasta with cheese, chicken with bread or other starchy foods. The combination of beans with rice, however, is fine. Lunch should always include a substantial serving of cooked vegetables to support proper bowel activities. A Note on Legumes and their Digestibility Due to the large amount of enzyme inhibitors and anti-nutritient compounds – antigrowth factors – there is a limit as to how many legumes humans and animals can eat without suffering digestive problems. The normal cooking process of up to several hours for most beans does not entirely destroy these toxic compounds. Also, there are a variety of other substances in beans that cause gas. Mainly, these are the indigestible carbohydrates raffinose, stachyose, and sometimes verbascose, which provide substrate for intestinal micro-flora to produce flatus. Most of the legumes' enzyme-inhibitors, which protect the plants against insect attacks or fungal infestation, are not fully denatured by the normal cooking process. The protein alpha-amylase inhibitors, for example, may represent as much as 1% of wheat flour and, because of their heat resistance, persist through bread-baking. Consequently, they are typically found in large amounts in the center of loaves. For that reason, when people eat a lot of the inner parts of bread, instead of the crusty parts, they tend to develop flatulence. The problem with the legume soybean is even more pronounced than found with other legumes or grains. In soy products, because of the necessity of achieving a balance between the amount of heat necessary to destroy the enzyme inhibitors and that which may result in damage to the nutritional properties of soy, 150 most commercially available edible-grade soybean products retain 5 to 20% of the enzyme inhibitor activity (for trypsin) originally present in the raw soybeans from which they were prepared. This means that soy products have a toxic effect on the body, and should not be consumed on a regular basis, if at all. Likewise, eating other legumes more often than 1-2 times per week can impair immune functions and cause GI-tract disturbances. Yellow Mung beans (dhal), if soaked for 30-60 minutes prior to cooking (30-40 minutes cooking time) contain the least amount of these compounds and are the easiest to digest. But, once again, the rule of thumb is to not eat them more often than 1-2 times per week. Ideal Daily Routine – Dinacharya The following outline summarizes an ideal daily routine, which can help anyone to restore his health or prevent illness from arising. Many people find that they can stick to some of the points but not to all of them. This is fine. Begin implementing those first that seem to be the easiest for you. As they become a natural part of your way of life, you may discover that you can implement more and more of them in your daily routine. Morning: • Arise early in the morning (before sunrise) • Clean teeth, scrape and clean tongue • Drink a glass of warm water • Drink another glass of warm water, but this time with lemon and honey • Evacuate bowels and bladder • Dry brush the body • Apply oil massage to head, body and soles of feet • While massaging, swish 1-2 tablespoons of cold-pressed sunflower or sesame oil in your mouth for 3-4 minutes and then spit it into the toilet • Warm bath or shower, ideally followed by a brief cold shower • Yoga Asanas (postures) and PranaYama (breathing exercise) • Meditation • Light breakfast before 8am (optional for Kapha types) • Work or study Afternoon: • • • • • Lunch at 12-1pm: Substantial meal according to body type and season Brief rest after lunch, ideally followed by a walk of 10-15 minutes Work or study Yoga Asanas and PranaYama (optional) Meditation (optional) Evening: • Dinner: Light meal according to body type, between 6pm-7pm. 151 • • • Brief walk for 10-15 minutes Pleasant relaxing activity such as listening to music Early to bed (before 10pm) Note: Exercise should be done on a daily basis, away from meals (up to 1/2 hour before or 2-3 hours after meals) and according to body type. The best time for exercise is in the morning during the Kapha period or else during the late afternoon. Vegetarian Diet – One Solution to Many Health Problems Vegetarians Live Longer and Healthier Lives It is not necessary to be a vegetarian to enjoy benefits from an Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle. However, a balanced vegetarian diet is often considered necessary, particularly when the body is afflicted with disease. Vegetarians have believed all along that living on a purely vegetarian diet can improve health and quality of life. More recently, medical research has found that a properly balanced vegetarian diet may in fact be the healthiest diet. This was demonstrated by the over 11,000 volunteers who participated in the Oxford Vegetarian Study which for a period of 15 years had analyzed the effects of vegetarian diet on longevity, heart disease, cancer, and various other diseases. The results of the study stunned the vegetarian community as much as the meat producing industry: “Meat eaters are twice as likely to die from heart disease, have a 60 percent greater risk of dying from cancer and a 30 percent higher risk of death from other causes.” In addition, the incidence of obesity, which is a major risk factor in many diseases, including gallbladder disease, hypertension, and adult onset diabetes, has been found to be much lower in those following a vegetarian diet. Those who take less meat in their diet have also been found to have fewer problems with cholesterol. The American National Institute of Health, in a study of 50,000 vegetarians, found that the vegetarians live longer and also have an impressively lower incidence of heart disease and a significantly lower rate of cancer than meat-eating Americans. Our diet is very important for our health. According to the American Cancer Society, up to 35% of the 900,000 new cases of cancer each year in the United States could be prevented by following proper dietary recommendation. Researcher Rollo Russell writes in his Notes on the Causation of Cancer: “I have found of twenty-five nations eating flesh largely, nineteen had a high cancer rate and only one had a low rate, and that of thirty-five nations eating little or no flesh, none of these had a high rate.” Could cancer lose its grip on modern societies if they turned to a balanced vegetarian diet? The answer is “yes” according to two major reports, one by the World Cancer Research Fund and the other by the Committee on the Medical Aspects of Food and Nutrition Policy in the UK. The reports conclude that a diet rich in plant foods and the maintenance of a healthy body weight could prevent four million cases of cancer worldwide. Both reports stress the need for increasing intake of plant fiber, fruits and vegetables and reducing daily red and processed meat consumption to less than 80-90g. If you are currently eating meat on a regular basis and wish to change over to a vegetarian diet, unless you suffer from a major cardiovascular illness do not give up all flesh foods at once! Start by reducing the 152 number of meals that include red meat, beef, pork, veal, etc., and substituting poultry and fish during these meals. In time, you will find that you are able to take less poultry and fish also, without creating strain on the physiology. Note: Although the uric acid content of fish, turkey and chicken is less than in red meat and, therefore, not quite as taxing to the kidneys and tissues of the body, the degree of injury that is sustained to the blood vessels and intestinal tract from eating these coagulated proteins is no less than it is with the consumption of meat (more details on this subject follow). Death in The Meat Research has shown that all meat eaters have worms and a high incidence of parasites in the intestines. This is hardly surprising given the fact that dead flesh is a favorite target for micro-organisms of all sorts. A 1996 study by the Department of Agriculture (USA) showed that nearly 80% of ground beef is contaminated with disease-causing microbes. The primary source of these bugs is feces. A study conducted by the University of Arizona found there are more fecal bacteria in the average kitchen sink than in the average toilet bowl. This would make eating your food on the toilet seat safer than eating it in the kitchen. The source of this biohazard at home is the meat you buy at the typical grocery store. The germs and parasites found in meat weaken the immune system and are the source of many diseases. In fact, most food poisonings today are related to meat-eating. During a mass outbreak near Glasgow, 16 out of over 200 infected people died from the consequences of eating E. coli contaminated meat. There are frequent outbreaks reported in Scotland and many other parts of the world. More than half a million Americans, most of them kids, have been sickened by mutant fecal bacteria (E. coli) in meat. These germs are the leading cause of kidney failure among children in the United States. This fact alone should prompt every responsible parent to prevent their children from eating flesh foods. Not all parasites act so swiftly as E. coli though. Most of them have long term effects that are noticed only after many years of eating meat. The government and the food industry are trying to divert attention away from the escalating problem of meat contamination by telling the consumer it his fault that these incidents happen. It is very obvious that they want to avoid hefty law suits, and bad mouthing of the industry. They tell you that you don’t cook your meat long enough. It is now considered a crime to serve a rare hamburger. And if you haven’t committed this “crime,” any infection will be attributed to not washing your hands every time you touch a raw chicken, or letting the chicken touch your kitchen counter or any other food. Yet, the meat, they say, is totally safe and meets the standard safety requirements imposed by the government. It evades all good reason, except a strong vested interest on behalf of the government and meat industry, to even propose such a “solution” to 76 illnesses a year. The new mutant bugs found in today’s meat are extremely deadly. For you to come down with Salmonella poisoning, you have to consume at least a million of these germs. But to become infected with one of the new mutant bugs, you just have to ingest a measly five of them. In other words, a tiny particle of uncooked hamburger making it from a kitchen utensil to your plate is enough to kill you. Scientists have now identified more than a dozen food-borne pathogens with such disastrous effects. The Center of Disease Control admits that we don’t even know the bugs behind most food-related illnesses and deaths. Much of the problem resulting from the germ-infestation of meat is caused by feeding the farm animals with foods that are unnatural to them. Cattle are now fed corn, which they are unable to digest, but makes them fat very quickly. Cattle feed also contains chicken feces. The millions of pounds of chicken litter 153 (feces, feathers, and all) scraped off the floors of chicken houses are recycled as cattle feed. The cattle industry considers it good protein. The other ingredients of cattle feed is ground up parts of animals, like deceased chicken, pigs and horses. Giving the cattle natural, healthy feeds would be far too costly and so unnecessary. Who really cares about what the meat is made of, as long it look like meat? Combined with the hefty doses of growth hormones, the corn and special feeds shortens the duration of fattening up a steer for market from a normal of 4-5 years to 16 months. Of course, the unnatural diet makes the cows sick. Like their human consumers, they suffer from heartburn, liver disease, ulcers, diarrhea, pneumonia and other infections. To keep the cattle alive until the deadline for slaughter at the “ripe old age” of 16 months, the cows need to be fed massive doses of antibiotics. In the meanwhile, the microbes responding to the massive biochemical assault with antibiotics, find ways to become immune to these drugs by mutating into resistant new strains. Those unfortunate cows that don’t drop dead prematurely due to all the poisons fed to them during their short earthly existence experience an undignified and gruesome end of life in the slaughterhouse or meatpacking plant. From there, the diseased, germ-infested meat ends up in your local grocery store, and a little later, on your dinner plate, if you so dare. Is Meat Natural For Humans? Vegetarians have been warned that they are not getting enough of the essential proteins humans are supposed to eat on a daily basis. Although it is known that the eight amino acids making up these proteins can be found in a simple meal of rice and beans (rice contains the amino acids that are missing in beans, and beans contain the amino acids missing in rice), meat as a source of protein is still considered to be the better option. Yet there are many more meat-free foods that contain these proteins than there are types of meat. The fact that eating too much protein is linked to many more serious health problems than eating too little protein is only rarely or not all considered in the protein discussion. Typical disorders caused by over-consumption of protein are osteoporosis, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and cancer. By contrast, those who never eat animal protein as contained in meat, fish, eggs, or dairy products, have very low rates of these diseases and don’t suffer from protein deficiency either, provided they eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, grains, etc. There is no scientific evidence as yet that might indicate a protein deficiency in persons who never eat animal protein, such as myself and billions of others. By contrast, our modern societies consume at least 50 percent more protein than they actually need to. We may not be suffering from lack of protein at all, regardless whether essential or nonessential, but from over-consumption of protein. By filling up the connective tissues of our body with unused protein, we turn the body into an overflowing pool of harmful acids and waste, thereby laying a fertile ground for disease, including arteriosclerosis and bacterial or viral infection. To consider meat a natural food for humans is, therefore, more than far-stretched, especially when it kills so many people. At the root of the problem lies man’s inability to properly break down meat protein into amino acids. Chunks of undigested meat pass into the intestinal tract and, along with them, parasites. Most of these parasites, also known as intestinal flukes, can neither be destroyed by the heat applied during cooking or frying nor by human stomach acid. Carnivorous animals, on the other hand, kill them instantly while passing through the stomach. Their stomachs produce twenty times more hydrochloric acid than we do. This massive amount of acid helps the animal break down the meat proteins into their essential components. If a healthy young man eats a piece of meat, he may be lucky to digest 25 percent of it. By 154 contrast, carnivorous animals can digest the whole thing, including bones and fibrous tissue. Parasites and other bugs cannot survive the acid “assault.” The main digestive work in carnivorous animals takes place in their stomach and not in the small intestine. Meat stays in their relatively short intestinal tract for only a little while. Our small intestine, which is about 5-6 meters long (16-20 feet), processes most natural foods within a matter of several hours. But if the food happens to be meat, it may stay in the small intestine for as long as 20-48 hours, by which time much of it is putrefied or decayed. The rotting process results in the generation of the meat poisons cadaverine, putrescine, and other toxic substances. These poisons begin to act as pathogens (causal factors of disease) in the body. Since the remnants of undigested meat can be held in the large intestinal walls of humans for 20-30 years or longer, it is not surprising to find colon cancers to be so highly prevalent among meat-eaters, but virtually non-existent among carnivorous animals and vegetarians. Colon cancer, in most cases, is just another name for constant poisoning through putrefying meat. While being digested, meat is known to generate steroid metabolites possessing carcinogenic (cancer-producing) properties. The kidneys, which extract waste products from the blood, also suffer from the overload of meat poisons, consisting mostly of nitrogenous wastes. Even moderate meat-eaters demand three times more work from their kidneys than do vegetarians. Young people generally may still be able to cope with this form of stress, but as they grow older the risk of kidney damage greatly increases. After many years of regularly consuming meat the body may suddenly succumb to the floods of poisonous substances emanating from undigested meat. A research study conducted in Germany showed that middle-aged persons who consumed meat in the evening were more prone to suffer a heart attack during the next morning. Too many proteins entering the blood can thicken it and drastically cut oxygen supplies to the heart and other organs such as the brain. Animal cells, unlike plant cells that have a rigid cell wall and a simple circulatory system, die very rapidly once they are cut off their blood supply. When the animal dies, its cell proteins coagulate and destructive enzymes immediately begin to break down the cells. This, in turn, results in the formation of a degenerative substance called ptomaine, which is a known cause of many diseases. Cellular destruction applies to the cells of all types of dead animal flesh, as well as chicken and fish; all meat is poisoned with decomposed and putrefied protein. A dead animal, bird, or fish is no longer “fresh.” Regardless what you do with it. Putrefaction and bacterial growth start immediately after death and are very advanced when the meat is several days or weeks old, as is in most cases. Whether it is E. coli, other bacteria, or enzymes acting on the dead ingested protein, they effectively send the body’s immune system on a “mission of war,” hence the stimulating effect of meat. Depending on one’s physical resources and immune capacity, the body may eventually get overwhelmed by the influx of virulent poisons and destructive germs and begin to signal “dis-ease.” Those with the weakest immune system are usually the first ones to suffer from meat poisoning. Yes, food can actually become poisonous and kill someone! The kinds of poisons resulting from the putrefaction (decomposition) of meat or fish in the body are some of the most potent ones found in the natural world. Many of the hundreds of thousands of fragile, elderly people lying in hospitals today will be dying unnecessarily simply because they are given meat or fish to eat – an impossible feat for the digestive system after an operation, a heart attack or during a treatment for a chronic illness. These patients don't succumb to their illness, but from the putrescine, cadaverine, and infectious germs these foods release, flooding their digestive system. Man’s entire anatomy (jaw, teeth, and digestive system, hands and feet) shows that he must have evolved for millions of years living on fruits, grains, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, etc. Before the pole shift and sudden ice-age, no humans inhabited the cold regions of the world. They all lived in the warm, 155 tropical places where food was plant foods were plenty and accessible. But suddenly, without warning, the tropical areas, such as Siberia, experienced a massive drop in temperature. Animals froze to death within a moment while still chewing on tropical fruit. They were recently found fully intact with the fruits in their mouth, thousands of years later. Those humans and animals that happened to live in other tropical areas of the world experienced more moderate climate shifts and survived the ice age. But they had to learn to live with the seasons as we know them today. During the cold season, they had no other option but to kill animals for food. This is when meat-eating and hunting became a necessity. Yet this has nothing to do with the original constitutional design of the human body. Non-carnivorous animals, including the human animal, have long bowels, designed for the slow digestion of nutrient-rich vegetables and fruits. Our dental structure is only conducive to the cutting of vegetables with incisors and to the grinding of grains and fruits with molars. Our short, dull canines have no real capacity for slashing or tearing meat. We have, indeed, nothing in our anatomy that compares with the sharp claws of a tiger or an eagle. The human hand with its opposable thumb is better suited for harvesting fruits and vegetables than to killing prey. Had it been in our nature to eat flesh, we, too, would have been equipped with the same or similar hunting faculties as carnivorous animals. Misleading Theories Unfortunately, mainstream medical and nutritional science base their theories not so much on the basic processes that occur in the body, but rather on the contents of food. This can be very misleading, to say the least. We are being told, for example, that when we lack calcium we should drink milk because it contains a lot of calcium. We are not being told, however, that in order to digest and metabolize milk calcium, we first must dispose of the phosphorus contained in milk. To process and remove the phosphorus, though, we require calcium. Since there is more phosphorus in milk than there is calcium, the bones, teeth, muscles, etc. have to supply the extra calcium. This fact alone makes milk to be a major calcium-depleting food. Loss of calcium can cause osteoporosis and such diseases as Crohn’s and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, diabetes, heart disease, respiratory ailments and cancer. The above principle can be applied to almost everything else we believe is so good for us. Giving vitamins to people with vitamin deficiencies can make their bodies even more deficient (more details in Chapter 14). Those lacking in Omega-3 fats don't necessarily get rid of this deficiency by eating these fats (contained in such foods as fish or linseeds). People whose digestive functions have been impaired don't suddenly make better use of certain foods or nutrients simply because they eat more of them. Just because fish has good things in it (ignore the mercury or other metals they absorb from the sea, lakes, rivers, or the antibiotics, coloring agents and other food additives that are being fed to farmed fish) doesn't mean that the body can actually absorb and make use of them. As previously explained, once a fish or an animal has been killed, the oxygen supply to the cells is cut off. This immediately starts the process of cell-destruction through intracellular enzymes. Unless you eat the fish or chicken right away after it dies, and yes, raw, all you will get is degenerated and putrefied protein. Unless treated with carcinogenic coloring agents, meat would start to look greenish/gray in a matter of hours. Making matters worse, the cooking, baking or frying of meat, fish, eggs, etc., applies enough heat to cause any proteins that may still be intact to coagulate. The body cannot utilize coagulated protein for cell building. As a result, these now toxic foods (coagulated protein is treated as a pathogen or disease-causing agent by the body) may at best stimulate the immune system in the small intestine and enforce a strong eliminative response in the large 156 intestine. This immune response makes you feel as if you are being energized by these foods, but this is far from being the truth. Deceiving as it may be, with each immune response, the body actually becomes weaker; more liver bile ducts get clogged up with stones; and the cardiovascular system is becoming congested with protein deposits in the blood vessel walls. These are the main causes of almost all chronic diseases. Eating meat also stimulates the body’s growth hormones and male hormones, which can lead to overgrowth of tissues. Many young men today are extra large, very tall, and have bulgy muscles, something you rarely see in most regions of Asia, South America, and Africa, where meat is scarce and plant foods plenty. Having an oversized, bulky body is a great disadvantage, for it can predispose one to diabetes, heart disease, and other physical, as well as mental problems later in life. As is the case with the strongest animals in the world, e.g., elephant, water buffalo, giraffe, horse, cow and gorilla, humans don’t need to eat protein in order to produce it or make it available to the cells in the body. A healthy newborn baby triples its size and the number of protein-consisting cells within its first year, without ever eating any protein foods at all. You might object here by saying “But isn’t mother’s milk filled with protein?” Not by along shot! Human breast milk contains only a trace of protein, namely 1.1 – 1.6 grams of protein per 100 grams of milk. Most of the healthy children in the world don’t receive any other food than mother's milk during their first year. With, let’s say, 1.4 percent of protein in breast milk, this is by far not enough to account for the 15 pound weight increase within the first year. Humans and most other non-carnivorous animals don't depend on protein foods to make or maintain their muscles, cells and organs. Actually, we all derive our most essential nutrients come from the air we breathe. Everyone knows that in order to live we need oxygen molecules from the air, but very few of us know that we also need and make use of the nitrogen, carbon and hydrogen molecules that the air is so densely saturated with. These four molecules are the ingredients of every amino acid. Our DNA and the liver, like theirs, are perfectly able to synthesize these molecules into amino acids, and complete proteins. A protein deficiency occurs only in people whose liver and immune functions are seriously impaired. I personally have not eaten any protein foods, i.e., fish, meat, cheese, milk, eggs, etc. for 32 years of adulthood, and my body has hardly changed during all those years (being over 50 years old at the time of writing this). But I have seen thousands of people who have aged prematurely or suffered debilitating illnesses because of eating too much protein. There is no other time in human history where so much meat and other concentrated protein foods have been consumed as today. The Pitta body type is especially susceptible to becoming poisoned by protein foods, such as meat, fish and cheese. They have a very limited ability to digest these foods. Naturally, the body doesn’t want to digest something it doesn’t need and cannot make use of. I would be suspicious of any person or institution handing out general food guidelines without regard to a person’s individual body type or possible physical imbalance. It is also worth noting that carnivorous animals have an unlimited capacity to handle saturated fats and cholesterol. Dogs, for example, who received one half pound of butterfat with their daily ration of meat for two years, show no signs of damage to their arteries or change of serum cholesterol. By contrast, the purely vegetarian rabbits quickly develop arteriosclerosis if they are fed meat or if as little as 2 grams of cholesterol is added daily to their food. Humans, too, have a very limited capacity to digest and process meat proteins and meat fats. If you placed a hungry infant into a cage with a chunk of meat on one side and an apple on the other, which of the two do you believe would the infant choose to eat? Correct, the apple! Place a lion cub in the same cage, and you will see the cub heading straight towards the meat. If we listened to our basic instincts, we would discover that meat was never meant for humans. 157 Meat – A Major Cause of Disease and Aging Populations who eat meat regularly have the shortest life spans and the highest incidence of degenerative diseases. According to published reports on national health statistics from around the world, one out of two people in the industrialized world will die from heart disease or related blood vessel disease. In other words, heart disease is the leading killer disease in the world. In June 1961, at a time when medical institutions were still unbiased and could be trusted, the American Medical Association reported that a vegetarian diet could prevent 90% of our thrombo-embolic disease and 97% of our coronary occlusions. This means, by adopting a vegetarian diet we would be able to almost completely eradicate heart disease. Compared with meat-eating, smoking seems to be only a minor risk factor for heart disease. Heart disease is virtually unheard of in societies where meat consumption is low and the majority of the population eats mostly traditional foods. A group of Harvard doctors and research scientists examined 400 people in a remote mountain village in Ecuador and were surprised to find that except for two men, none of the people above 75, including all the centenarians and a 121 year-old man, showed any signs of heart disease. All the villagers turned out to be complete vegetarians. Examinations of similar age groups in the United States would typically reveal a 95 percent incidence of heart disease. Cancer, the second most common killer disease, may largely be caused by meat-eating, too. Modern cancer research claims to have found specific protein compounds responsible for certain types of cancers. This in itself may be a very important finding, but it is even more important to find out where these protein particles come from. Putrefying meat is one answer and decaying protein of dead human cells another. Meat consumption slows or hinders the complete removal of dead cells in the body by using up its resources of energy, enzymes, minerals, and vitamins. Both undigested meat proteins and decaying cell protein can, therefore, damage the human cells and impair genetic programming. Another reason why meat-eaters have more cancers than vegetarians may be the fact that they ingest large quantities of sodium nitrates and sodium nitrites, which are carcinogenic preservatives that are used to make the meat look “fresh.” But meat is no longer fresh after the animal is dead. As already mentioned, if left untreated, animal flesh begins to turn into a sickly gray-green color within several days. Since nobody would buy the meat in that condition, the meat industry uses these toxic chemicals to make it look red and palatable, whereas in reality it is already decomposed and highly toxic. The most appalling news from cancer research, however, is that secondary amines, prevalent in beer, wine, tea, and tobacco, react with chemical preservatives in meat and form nitrosamines. The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has labeled nitrosamines to be “one of the most formidable and versatile groups of carcinogens yet discovered.” In other words, if you are a smoker or if you drink beer, wine, or tea and eat meat, you produce one of the most deadly toxins that can be found anywhere. As it turns out, most meat-eaters also drink wine or beer and many of them smoke, too. When fed to test animals, nitrosamines produced malignant tumors in one hundred percent of the animals; the cancers appeared everywhere, including the lungs, pancreas, stomach, adrenals, intestines, and the brain. There are many other cancer-producing agents that a meat-eater’s immune system has to combat. Farm animals are regularly injected with hormones to stimulate growth, are fed appetite stimulants to “force” them to eat non-stop, and are given antibiotics, sedatives, and chemical feed mixtures. There are already over 2,500 drugs routinely given to animals to fatten them and to keep them alive. Most of the harmful chemicals are still in the animals at the time of death. Many other drugs are added after the animal has been slaughtered. These drugs will still be present in the meat when it is eaten. But the law does not require listing of the cocktail of drugs added to the meat. So, you will have no way of knowing what kind of drug interactions and allergic reactions you could become a victim of by eating a juicy steak at your 158 favorite restaurant. It is difficult to imagine how many people today become sick for no apparent reason, due to being drugged with poisonous medicines contained in the meat they eat. And when they go to see their doctor, they are most likely given even more drugs to combat those already ingested. One of the chemicals added to animal feed in the United States is the growth hormone diethylstilbestrol (DES). The FDA estimates it saves meat producers in the United States $500 million annually. DES is highly carcinogenic and is banned as a serious health hazard in thirty-two countries. According to another report by the FDA, the antibiotics penicillin and tetracycline alone save the meat industry $1.9 billion a year. Yet the drugs may be breeding deadly antibiotic-resistant organisms in the consumer’s body. Foods made of animal protein are nearly always propagated as being the safest foods for people with Type 2 Diabetes, and those who want avoid it. Nothing could be further from the truth. Most people believe that high blood sugar just comes from eating too much sugar or refined carbohydrates. They are correct. It has recently been proven that women who drink one regular soda such as Coke or Pepsi per day have an 83% chance of developing diabetes, (one can of soda contains 45g sugar). However, sugar pales as a cause for diabetes when compared with meat. Eating a normal size steak forces your pancreas to secrete more insulin than eating 12 times the amount of sugar contained in that one can of soda, which would amount to ½ pound sugar). In addition to that, if you also eat potatoes, a sweet desert, and drink a soda along with your meal, like most Americans do, you can expect to develop insulin sensitivity. Currently, diabetes is the fastest growing epidemic in America (more on diabetes in Chapter 11). Other very harmful effects that may occur as a result of eating meat are generated indirectly by the tragic conditions farm animals are exposed to during their short lives. Most animals never see the light of day. They spend their entire lives in cramped and cruel surroundings, merely to die a brutal death. High rise chicken farms breed animals without exposure to fresh air or allowing them to take as much as one step. This not only greatly upsets their body chemistry, but also causes malformations and growth of malignant tumors. The sick animals are slaughtered and sold to unsuspecting customers. In the United States, chicken with airsacculitis (a pneumonia-like disease), which causes pus-laden mucus to collect in the lungs, are permitted for sale. Other examples of common diseases include eye cancer and abscessed livers among cows. Carcasses contaminated with rodent feces, cockroaches, and rust are routinely found in meatpacking companies, but meat inspectors are very lax about enforcing regulations because this would effectively close down the whole business. Modern research on disease such as cancer and diabetes is mostly focused on how to combat the effects of a disruptive lifestyle and unhealthy eating habits. Billions of dollars are spent on discovering everything about the symptoms of disease, with little or no attention on their underlying causes. By contrast, some parts of the population in our Western society have adopted vegetarianism as a way of life and are subsequently shown to have significantly lower disease rates, especially cancer, diabetes and heart disease. These groups have no advanced medical knowledge or training to treat such diseases. Yet, they can claim to have the highest success rates. Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet A major study conducted in California revealed that the cancer rate among Mormons, who are known to eat only very little meat, was 50 percent lower than in the normal population. An even more comprehensive, controlled study on 50,000 vegetarians of the Seventh Day Adventists, compared with the same number of non-vegetarians of the same sex and age, produced similar results in the Oxford Vegetarian Study. The members of the vegetarian group had an astonishingly low rate of cancer of all 159 types, their life expectancy was significantly longer, and they suffered significantly less from cardiovascular disease than those in the control group. In the same context, the “forced” vegetarianism of the Danes due to the allied blockage of Denmark in World War I, led to a 17 percent reduction of mortality rates in the first year of meat rationing. Norway experienced a similar positive side-effect from meat-rationing during the years of World War II (19401945). There was an immediate drop in national mortality rates from circulatory diseases during the period of meat shortage; the rates returned to pre-war levels when the population resumed meat consumption. Studies from the University of Belgium, testing endurance, strength, and quickness of recovery (from physical exhaustion) in vegetarians clearly showed that vegetarians had far superior rates in all three categories. A study at Yale University proved that vegetarians have nearly twice the stamina of meat eaters. Other findings confirmed that during endurance tests, the vegetarians were able to perform two to three times longer than the meat eaters before reaching the point of complete exhaustion, and took only one fifth the time to recover from fatigue after each test than their meat-eating counterparts. The common belief that eating meat makes you strong is unfounded and misleading. The super-strong elephant, gorilla, rhinoceros and horse all sustain their great physical strength and stamina by eating only vegetation. On present evidence, there is nothing to suggest that meat is beneficial to our health. The fact that populations like the Eskimos can survive on a meat diet without suffering heart disease is known. But it is lesser known that they also drink the blood of the animal, which is alkaline and capable of neutralizing some of the toxic effect of the meat. Still, the Eskimo’s average life span is not more than 40 years. The Masai tribes of East Africa also live on mostly meat and milk, but they mix their milk with blood. Their lifespan is very short, too. A typical 45-year old man looks closer to 70 or 80 years of age. Another major benefit of the vegetarian diet is that, statistically, vegetarians are thinner and healthier. On average, vegetarians weigh about 20 pounds less than their meat-eating counterparts. According to the US Worldwatch Institute, 1.1 billion people worldwide are underweight, and another 1.1 billion too fat. In the US, 23 percent of adults are obese and 60 percent are overweight. But obesity besets poor countries too, from Brazil to China. The traditionally “lean,” mostly vegetarian populations in the world are now quickly following in the footsteps of the typically non-vegetarian populations. Eating meat is becoming increasingly synonymous with a higher standard of living. The country/subcontinent of India, for example, which traditionally has been vegetarian for thousands of years, is rapidly adopting carnivorous eating habits, much to be benefit of cardiologists and oncologists. Harvard research showed that a vegetarian diet also reduces colds and allergies. Children especially benefit greatly from meat abstinence. Studies show that vegetarian children have better teeth and are afflicted with fewer children’s diseases than non-vegetarian children. They are also less prone to obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease. Food For Thought According to Harvard nutritionist Jean Mayer, we would have enough food for the entire developing world if we ate half as much meat. Reducing meat production by merely 10 percent could release enough grain to feed 60 million people! Albert Einstein had this to say about vegetarianism: “Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chance for survival on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” He predicted that producing and eating so much meat would literally be killing us and our environment. And Leo Tolstoy stated, “Vegetarianism is the taproot of humanitarianism.” 160 The world’s output of meat increased fivefold in the second half of the 20th century. Given the current trend, by 2050, the increases in meat production will have reached a point where we could feed 4 billion extra people with the plant food used to raise cattle. Only 10 percent of the protein and calories we feed to our livestock are recovered in the meat we eat. In the case of the United States, for the 20 million tons of humanly edible and nutritious protein that is fed to livestock yearly (apart from the waste products and drugs), only about 2 million tons of meat protein is obtained; and out of that amount less than 27 percent can be utilized by the human body. Although animal protein is not really what is needed in the world today, the wasted protein could fill the food deficit around the world three times over. If your are concerned about the world’s survival, consider the following numbers: • • • • • • One acre of grain produces five times more protein than an acre of pasture set aside for meat production. An acre of beans or peas produces ten times more protein, and an acre of spinach twenty-eight times more protein. One portion of meat contains only 20 grams of protein, whereas a 100-gram portion of beans yields 35 grams of protein. The meat, however, costs about 20 times more than the beans do. Being vegetarian saves not only lives, but also money. The food energy supplied by meat production uses 10 times more fossil fuel than the food energy supplied by plant production. Given the current shortage of fossil fuel on the planet, meat production may soon become unaffordable. Collectively, the world's livestock production produces 10 percent of all the greenhouse gases, including 25 percent of the methane, among the most potent of all. Eighty-five percent of the topsoil lost in the USA each year is directly associated with the raising of livestock. In this way, 4 million acres of cropland is destroyed every year. In the same way, precious rain forests have to give way to satisfy the demand for more meat in the world. To grow one pound of wheat requires only sixty pounds of water, whereas production of one pound of meat requires a staggering 50,000 pounds of water. To produce a pound of chicken uses up 1,800 pounds of water. Large chicken slaughtering plants, in fact, expend up to 100 million gallons of water daily, enough to supply a city of 25,000 people! The meat production process is so wasteful and costly that the meat-industry needs hundreds of millions in tax subsidies to survive. You never pay just for the meat you eat; the subsidies come out of your pocket. In 1977, the governments of Western Europe spent almost half a billion dollars purchasing the farmer’s overproduction of meat and spent additional millions for the cost of storing it. This trend has not been different in the United States and is worsening each year. All this is precious money lost, thereby heavily burdening every national economy. In this sense, meat consumption is directly impoverishing the wealthy nations. Any wars fought in the future will revolve about energy, food and water, all three of which are heavily wasted through meat production. The worldwide increase of meat consumption is driving the world closer and closer to the brink of international conflict. • But Fish is Really Good for You, Isn’t It? Not quite so. Besides the above reasons for avoiding dead and coagulated protein foods, tests on both wild and farm-raised fish have revealed that their levels of toxic chemicals and metals are endangering the lives of pregnant mothers, developing fetuses and young children. Does this mean it is acceptable for 161 adults to eat fish? Scientists now say that salmon, for example – long considered to be one of the safest of all fish – should be eaten only once per month. We are exposed to numerous other sources of indoor and outdoor pollution almost all the time – not to mention the chemicals contained in most foods today. Our immune system simply cannot afford such high concentrations of toxins as found in fish, without developing a toxicity situation. Specifically, tests on farmed salmon uncovered high levels of toxins linked to cancer and birth defects. The findings recently triggered a "scare-mongering" row as other experts insisted salmon was safe to eat regularly – and important for a healthy diet. Sales have increased up to 15 percent a year as more people eat oily fish to prevent heart attacks, or so they are made to believe. But when samples from around the world – some from stores in London and Edinburgh – were analyzed, it was discovered that levels of 14 "organochlorine" toxins, the most hazardous of which include PCBs, dioxins, dieldrin and toxaphene, were significantly higher in European and North American farm-raised salmon than in fish caught in the wild. According to U.S. and Canadian scientists and reported by the journal Science, fishmeal was traced as the pollutant source. While farm-raised catfish and trout, haddock, salmon, flounder, etc. are unsuitable for consumption due to the toxic additives in fishmeal, deep ocean fish are even more harmful than farmed fish due to excessively high levels of mercury. . Even if fish consumption were shown to prevent heart attacks (for which there is no proof), would it be justified and wise to propagate it as being a healthy food when it is known to cause other chronic or fatal diseases? Eating food that saves one person, but kills another is much like gambling. You can never really know whether you win or lose. As always, the final judge is you, the consumer. If in doubt, I suggest that you use Kinesiology muscle testing to determine whether fish is or is not conducive to your health and well-being. Mercury gets into water primarily through solid-waste incinerators, mines and power plants. Algae typically absorb the mercury and tiny zooplankton animals eat the algae. In turn, small fish eat the zooplankton, and from there the mercury moves up through the aquatic food chain, with the large, deepocean fish at the top of the chain carrying the highest mercury concentration. Also waterways that are far away from any ocean, such as the Elkhorn River in Nebraska or the Colorado River in the Western part of the United States, are known to have mercury contaminated fish. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) issued the following list of high-mercury fish: • • • • • • • Swordfish Tuna King mackerel Halibut Sea bass Tilefish Pike • • • • • • Walleye Largemouth bass White croaker Marlin Shark Gulf coast oysters A Note on the Blood Type Diet "Eat Right for Your Type" is authored by Peter J. Adamo and has become widely known as the blood type diet. Since I am constantly asked to give my input to this dieting system, I have decided to add my comments here. 162 I agree with and respect quite a few of Peter Adamo’s insights and perspectives, but have major reservations about others. The book suggests that you use your blood type to determine which foods you should be eating. According to the theory, when you eat foods that "agree" with your blood type, you reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, infections, and liver disease. Type A people supposedly had ancestors that were farmers. If you are of this type, you should be a vegetarian and avoid meat and dairy products. According to the author, Type B had ancestors that were nomads; therefore you should eat red meat and fish. Type O had ancestors that were hunters and gatherers; this means you should eat lots of animal protein and little carbohydrates. Type AB, had mixed ancestry, and is supposed to eat a combination of Types A and B. Unfortunately, these theories are not supported by scientific literature, traditional knowledge and records of the world’s oldest medical systems, such as Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. Adamo’s discoveries have not been confirmed anywhere else. There is little or no distinction made between individuals who have lived in the Andes, the tropical rainforests, or plains of Africa for hundreds of thousands of years. The Indian subcontinent thrived and flourished for thousands of years on a vegetarian diet, and so has most of the world’s population. And where does ancestry begin anyway? Two thousand years ago, 100 centuries ago, or 60 millions years ago? How far do we go in the bloodline to determine our dietary needs? When the ice age began, many vegetarians living in formerly tropical lands were suddenly forced to eat animals in order to survive. Some ate a mixed diet, because of more moderate climates. Others in the all-year-round tropical places of the Earth continued to vegetarian foods, until more recently. The proposed theory is highly inconclusive about all that. When I went on the high protein diet, (very similar to Type O) at age five, I felt great for about 18 months, like so many others who go on the popular Atkins diet. But then I started developing stones in my liver, a dangerous arrhythmia, and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, among other diseases. I had no idea that all this was due to protein poisoning. Ten years later I switched to a balanced vegan diet, and most of my illnesses went away within a matter of weeks. But I still had to live with the many stones produced in my liver and gallbladder as a result of what would be known as the O-type blood diet. Forty gallbladder attacks later, I cleaned out my liver and gallbladder and was finally free of any illness or discomfort. You won't be able to notice the effects of a high protein diet until the blood vessel walls are wellthickened with excessive protein. Eating lots of animal protein triggers a powerful immune response in order to get rid of the foreign DNA and dead, coagulated, and damaged protein of meat, fish, eggs, etc. The immune response involves a powerful energy release, thereby cleaning out impurities, improving skin functions, and making you feel more grounded. However, once the immune system is exhausted, which took a mere 18 months in my case, the situation begins to backfire and the body becomes increasingly congested. The blood type diet theory is flawed in the sense that it does not recognize the basic body type requirements generated by the three forces/humors of nature (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) that control the physicality of matter and the body of humans and animals. Only a fraction of the body's energy requirements are met through food, and there are many more influences on the body than the blood type. The 6,000-year old medical system of Ayurveda accounts for most of these influences. One’s constitutional body type is not as simply and easily determined as one's blood type. The theory of blood type foods is really based on guess work, not on science or time-tested traditional knowledge as found in Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Greek medicine, or ancient Egyptian medicine. If concentrated protein foods were a necessary part of the human diet, as the blood type diet advocates for the O-type, for example, why does nature not reflect that need when it formulates human milk in a mother’s breast? Its protein content is a mere trace amount of 1.1-1.6%, provided to a baby at a time of 163 its biggest growth spurt. Wouldn't O-type babies die if they lived on so little protein for up to 18 months, since most babies in the natural world only get mother's milk to eat? On the contrary, the babies actually develop perfect organs and systems, and are emotionally the most content. So if you are on the blood type diet and decide to continue following it, I recommend that you be vigilant about how your body feels. If you start feeling a dull sensation in your gallbladder or pain in the joints, muscles or head, or if you develop mucus and sinus problems, coated tongue, etc., you may need to reconsider your dietary regimen. The time will come when men such as I will look on the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men ~Leonardo da Vinci. 164 CHAPTER 7 Employing Nature’s Healing Powers "The art of healing comes from nature and not from the physician. Therefore, the physician must start from nature with an open mind." ~ Paracelsus 1. The Liver Cleanse leansing the liver bile ducts and gallbladder is one of the most important and effective approaches to improve your health. The liver cleanse requires six days of preparation, followed by 16-20 hours of actual cleansing. To remove the stones trapped in these two organs you will need the following items: Apple juice Epsom salts* Virgin olive oil, cold-pressed Either fresh grapefruit (pink is best), or fresh lemon and orange combined*** 2 pint jars, one with a lid Note: * Look for Epsom salts that can be used internally.’ In German-speaking countries it is known as Bittersalz. In the U.S. you may find it at most major drug stores, Super Target, Walgreeens or any natural food store. Some packaging labels describe it as a natural laxative. In countries where it is unavailable, use Magnesium Citrate instead. ** I have chosen ‘glass’ (8oz) instead of ‘cup’ as a measuring unit to avoid confusion about what ‘cup’ means on different continents. *** If you cannot tolerate grapefruit juice or if it tends to make you nauseous you may use equal amounts of freshly squeezed lemon and orange juice instead. The effect is the same with either choice. Six 1-liter (32oz) containers 4 tablespoons dissolved in three 8-oz glasses of water** One-half glass (4oz) Enough to squeeze 2/3 glass of juice C 165 Preparation • Drink 1 liter (32oz) of packaged apple juice per day for a period of six days. (You may drink more than that if it feels comfortable). The malic acid in the apple juice softens the gallstones and makes their passage through the bile ducts easy. The apple juice has a strong cleansing effect. Some sensitive people may experience bloating and, occasionally, diarrhea during the first few days. Much of the diarrhea is actually stagnant bile, released by the liver and gallbladder (indicated by a brownish, yellow color). The fermenting effect of the juice helps widen the bile ducts. If this becomes somewhat uncomfortable, you can mix the apple juice with water. Drink the apple juice slowly throughout the day, between meals (avoid drinking the juice during, just before and two hours after meals, and in the evening). This is in addition to your normal water intake. Note: Preferably use organic apple juice, although for the purpose of this cleanse, any good brand of commercial apple juice, apple concentrate or cider works just as well. It may be useful to rinse your mouth with baking soda and/or brush your teeth several times per day to prevent the acid from damaging your teeth. (If you are intolerant or allergic to apple juice, see the other options explained in Having Difficulties with the Cleans, at the end of this section.) Dietary recommendations: During the entire week of preparation and cleansing, avoid taking foods or beverages that are cold or chilled; they chill the liver and, thereby, reduce the effectiveness of the cleanse. All foods or beverages should be warm or at least room temperature. To help the liver prepare for the main flush, try to avoid foods from animal source, dairy products and fried food items. Otherwise, eat normal meals, but avoid overeating. The best time for cleansing: The main and final part of the liver cleanse is best done over a weekend, when you are not under any pressure and have enough time to rest. Although the cleanse is effective at any time of the month, it should preferably coincide with any day between full moon and new moon. The 6-day preparatory period can start 4-5 days before the full moon. You should avoid doing the actual flush on full moon day which is the day when the body holds on to bodily fluids. New moon is most ideal time for liver flushing since this is the time when the body is more engaged in self-cleansing and self-repair than during other times of the month. If you take any medication: During the entire week of preparation and cleansing, avoid taking any medication, vitamins or supplements that are not absolutely necessary. It is important not to give the liver any extra work that could interfere with its cleansing efforts. Make sure that you cleanse your colon before and after you do a liver cleanse. Having regular bowel movements is not necessarily an indication that your bowel is unobstructed. Colon cleansing, either done a few days before or, ideally, on the sixth day of preparation, helps to avoid or minimize any discomfort or nausea that may arise during the actual liver flush. It prevents back flushing of the oil mixture or waste products from the intestinal tract. It also assists the body in swiftly eliminating the gallstones. Colonic irrigation (colon hydrotherapy) is the fastest and easiest method to prepare the colon for the liver cleanse. Colema-board irrigation is the second most preferable method (see details in the following section). What you need to do on the sixth day of drinking apple juice: If you feel hungry in the morning, eat a light breakfast, such as a hot cereal; oatmeal is the most ideal choice. Avoid sugar or other sweeteners, spices, milk, butter, oils, yogurt, cheese, ham, eggs, nuts, pastries, cold cereals, etc. Fruits or fruit juices are fine. For lunch eat plain cooked or steamed vegetables with white rice (preferably Basmati rice) and flavor it with a little unrefined sea or rock salt. To repeat, do not eat any protein foods or fats in any form! Otherwise, you might either feel ill during the • • • • • 166 actual cleanse or have no results at all. Do not eat or drink anything (except water) after 1:30 p.m., otherwise you may not be able to flush out any stones! Follow the exact timing given below to receive the maximum benefit from the liver flush and to suffer the least amount of discomfort during this process. The Actual Cleanse Evening 6:00 p.m.: Add four (4) tablespoons of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) to three 8 oz. glasses of filtered water in a jar. This makes four servings, ¾ glass each. Drink your first serving now. You may take a few sips of water afterwards to get rid of the bitter taste in the mouth or add a little lemon juice to improve the taste. Some people drink it with a large plastic straw to bypass the taste buds on the tongue. It is also helpful to brush your teeth afterwards or rinse out the mouth with baking soda. One of the main actions of Epsom salt is to dilate (widen) the bile ducts, making it easy for the stones to pass. Moreover, it clears out waste that may obstruct the release of the stones. If thirsty, you may drink some water before the second serving of Epsom salts. (If you are allergic to Epsom salts or are just not able to get it down, you may instead use the second best choice – magnesium citrate – at the same dosage.) 8:00 p.m.: Drink your second serving (¾ glass) of Epsom salts. 9:30 p.m.: If you have not had a bowel movement until now and not done a colon cleanse within 24 hours, take a water enema; this will trigger a series of bowel movements. 9:45 p.m.: Thoroughly wash the grapefruits (or lemons and oranges). Squeeze them by hand and remove pulp. You will need ¾ glass of juice. Pour the juice and ½ glass of olive oil into the pint jar. Close the jar tightly and shake hard, about 20 times or until the solution is watery. Ideally, you should drink this mixture at 10:00 p.m., but if you feel you still need to visit the bathroom a few more times, you may delay this step for up to 10 minutes. Note: Petit Vata types and children may only need two-third to half amount of the oil mixture. 10:00 p.m.: Stand next to your bed (do not sit down) and drink the mixture of juice and olive oil, if possible, straight. Some people prefer to drink it through a large plastic straw. If necessary, take a little honey between sips, which helps chase down the mixture. Most people, though, have no problem drinking it straight. Do not take more than five minutes to complete drinking the mixture (only elderly or weak people may take longer). LIE DOWN IMMEDIATELY! This is essential for helping to release the gallstones! Turn off the lights and lie flat on your back with 1-2 pillows propping you up. Your head should be higher than your abdomen. If this is uncomfortable, lie on your right side with your knees pulled towards your head. Lie perfectly still for at least 20 minutes and do not speak! Put your attention on your liver. You may even feel the stones traveling along the bile ducts like marbles. There won’t be any pain because the magnesium in the Epsom salts keeps the bile duct valves wide open and relaxed, and the bile that is 167 excreted along with the stones keeps the bile ducts well lubricated (unlike during a gallstone attack). Go to sleep if you can. If you cannot fall asleep, remain in bed nevertheless. Otherwise, the cleanse may be less effective. Only get up if you feel the urge to have a bowel movement. Check if there are already small gallstones (pea green or tan colored ones) floating in the toilet. You may feel nauseous during the night and/or in the early morning hours. This is mostly due to a strong, sudden outpouring of bile, gallstones and toxins from the liver and gallbladder. In some cases, some of the oil is forced back into the stomach or it takes longer than usual for the oil to leave the stomach. The nausea will pass as the morning progresses. The Following Morning 6:00-6:30 a.m.: Upon awakening, but not before 6 a.m., drink your third ¾ glass of Epsom salts (if you feel very thirsty drink a glass of warm water before taking the salts). Rest, read or meditate. If you are very sleepy, you may go back to bed, although it is best if the body stays in the upright position. Most people feel absolutely fine and prefer to do some light stretching exercises, such as Yoga. 8:00-8:30 a.m.: Drink your fourth and last ¾ glass of Epsom salts. 10:00-10:30 a.m.: You may drink freshly pressed fruit juice at this time. One half-hour later you may eat one or two pieces of fresh fruit. One hour later, you may eat regular (but light) food. By the evening or the next morning, you should be back to normal, and feel the first signs of improvement. Continue to eat light meals during the following days. Remember, your liver and gallbladder underwent major “surgery,” albeit without medical intervention and harmful side effects. The Results You Can Expect During the morning and, perhaps to some degree also during the afternoon and evening, you will have a number of watery bowel movements. These initially consist of stones mixed with food residue, and then just stones mixed with water. Most of the released stones are pea-green and float in the toilet because they contain bile compounds (see Illustration 12a). The stones come in different shades of green and may be bright-colored and shiny like gemstones. Only bile from the liver can cause the green color. Gallstones may come in all sizes, colors and shapes. The light-colored stones are the most recent. Blackish stones are the oldest. Some are pea-sized or smaller, and others are as big as two or three centimeters in diameter (about 1 inch). There may be dozens and, sometimes, even hundreds of stones (of different sizes and colors) coming out at once (see Illustration 12b). Also watch for stones that are tan or white in color that may sink to the bottom with the stool. These are calcified and semi-calcified gallstones that are released from the gallbladder and contain heavier substances with lesser amounts of cholesterol (see Illustrations 12c&d). Fully calcified stones don’t float in the water. All the green and yellowish stones are as soft as putty, thanks to the action of the apple juice. You may also find a layer of white or tan-colored chaff or foam floating in the toilet. The foam consists of millions of tiny white, sharp-edged cholesterol crystals that can easily rupture small bile ducts. They are equally important to release. 168 Try to make a rough estimate of how many stones you have eliminated. To permanently cure bursitis, back pain, allergies or other health problems, and to prevent diseases from arising, you need to remove all the stones. This may require at least eight or ten cleanses which can be performed at 3-4 week intervals (try not to cleanse more frequently than that). If you cannot cleanse this often, you may take more time between cleanses. The important thing to remember is that once you have started cleansing the liver, keep cleansing it until no more stones come out. In some people, leaving the liver half clean for a long period of time (three or more months) can cause greater discomfort than not cleansing it at all. The liver, as a whole, will begin to function more efficiently soon after the first cleanse and you may notice sudden improvements, sometimes within a few hours. Pains will lessen, energy will increase and clarity of mind will improve considerably. However, within a few days, stones from the rear of the liver will have traveled forward towards the two main bile ducts exiting the liver, which may cause some of the previous symptoms, or even all of them, to return. In fact, you might feel disappointed because the recovery seems so short-lived. But all of this shows that there are still stones left behind, ready to be removed during the next round of cleansing. Nevertheless, the liver’s self-repair and cleansing responses will have increased significantly, adding a great amount of vitality to this very important organ of the body. As long as there are still a few small stones moving from some of the thousands of small bile ducts towards the hundreds of larger and two main bile ducts, they may combine to form larger stones and reproduce previously experienced symptoms, such as backache, headache, earache, digestive trouble, bloating, irritability, anger, etc. The recurring symptoms may, however, be less severe than before. Illustration 12a: Green color gallstones 169 Illustration 12b: Mixed types of gallstones 170 Illustrations 12c: Calcified and semi-calcified gallstones (cut in halves) Illustration 12d: More Cholesterol Stones Cut in Half 171 Once the old symptoms of disease or discomfort are gone and a new cleanse no longer produces any stones, which usually happens after 8-10 cleanses (in more severe cases it may take more), your liver may considered to be in excellent condition. Still, it is recommended to repeat the liver cleanse every 6-8 months. Each cleanse will give a further boost to the liver and take care of any toxins that may have accumulated in the meanwhile. Note: Never cleanse when you are suffering an acute illness, such as an upper respiratory infection, the flu or even a simple head cold! If you suffer from a chronic illness, however, cleansing your liver may be the best thing you can do for yourself. Important! Please read carefully. The liver cleanse is one of the most invaluable and effective methods to regain one’s health. There are no risks involved if all of the directions are followed to the letter. Please take the following instruction very seriously. There are many people who followed a liver flush recipe that they received from friends or through the Internet, and suffered unnecessary complications. They did not have complete knowledge of the procedure and believed that just expelling the stones from the liver and gallbladder was sufficient to improve their health. It is very likely that, on their way out, some of the released stones will get caught in the colon. They can quickly be removed through colonic irrigation. This should ideally be done on the 2nd or 3rd day after the liver flush. If any of the stones remain in the colon, they can cause irritation, infection, headaches and abdominal discomfort, thyroid problems, lymphatic congestion, and toxic blood. Even if some of the cholesterol-based stones begin to dissolve in the colon they can become a source of toxemia in the body. If colonics are not available where you live, you can take 2-3 high water enemas instead. This, however, does not guarantee that all the remaining stones will be removed. There is no real substitute for colonic irrigation when it comes to liver cleanses. A colema-board enema, though, is the closest you can have to a professional colonic. If you settle for anything less than a colonic irrigation, mix one level teaspoon of Epsom salts with one glass of warm water and drink it first thing in the morning on the day of your chosen colon cleanse. For detailed information about colonic irrigation, colema boards, and enemas, see section 2. Intestinal Cleansing - For Prevention and Cure. (To acquire a colema-board and view a video demonstration on how to use it, see Product Information ). On the importance of colon and kidney cleansing: Although the liver cleanse on its own can produce truly amazing results, it should ideally be done following a colon and kidney cleanse. Cleansing the colon (see also section on Preparation) ensures that the expelled gallstones are more readily removed from the large intestine. And cleansing the kidneys makes certain that any toxins coming out of the liver during the liver cleanse do not put any burden on these vital organs. However, if you have never had kidney trouble, kidney stones, bladder infection, etc., you may go ahead with the colon cleanse—liver cleanse—colon cleanse sequence. But make certain that you cleanse the kidneys at a later stage. There should definitely be a kidney cleanse some time after every 3-4 liver cleanses and, again, after your liver has been completely cleaned out (see The Kidney Cleanse in this Chapter). Or, you may drink a cup of 172 kidney tea (see Kidney Cleanse recipe) for 3-4 days after each liver cleanse. Follow the same directions as given for the main kidney cleanse People whose colon is severely congested, or who have a history of constipation, should consider doing at least 2-3 colon cleanses before their first liver cleanse. And to re-emphasize, it is very important that you cleanse your colon within three days after you have completed each liver cleanse. By removing gallstones from the liver and gallbladder it is most likely for some of the stones and other toxic residues to become trapped in the colon. It is essential for your health to flush them out! If you are unable to do so, it is better not to cleanse the liver in this way. Having Difficulties With the Cleanse? Intolerance to Apple Juice If you cannot tolerate apple juice (or apples) for some reason, you may substitute the following herbs: Gold Coin Grass and Bupleurum. The herbs are made into a tincture (contains alcohol) and sold as Gold Coin Grass (GCG), 250 ml or 8.5 oz. and is available from Prime Health Products (see Product Information at the end of the book. Malic acid in apple juice does exceptionally well in dissolving some of the stagnant bile and making the stones softer (see details on malic acid below). The aforementioned herbs are also effective in softening gallstones and, therefore, can be used as a preparatory step for the liver cleanse, although it may take a little longer than if you use apple juice. The proper dosage for the tincture is 1 tablespoon (about 15 ml) daily on an empty stomach about 30 minutes before breakfast. This regimen should be followed for 89 days prior to the actual day of the liver flush. Gold Coin Grass is not for everyone, though. If you feel discomfort taking it, discontinue and use some of the other procedures mentioned later in this chapter’s “The Liver Flush Did Not Deliver the Expected Results.” Intolerance to Epsom Salts If you are allergic to Epsom salts or just cannot tolerate them, you may use Magnesium Citrate instead, although it is not quite as effective as Epsom salts. Magnesium Citrate is readily available from most drugstores. Intolerance to Olive Oil If you are allergic to olive oil or cannot tolerate it, you may use clear macadamia oil, cold-pressed sunflower oil or other cold pressed oils instead, except canola oil. Please note that extra virgin olive oil still appears to be the most effective oil for liver cleansing. 173 You Suffer from Gallbladder Disease or Don’t Have A Gallbladder If you suffer from gallbladder disease or your gallbladder has already been removed, you may need to take Gold Coin Grass for 2-3 weeks (approximately 1 bottle supply) prior to liver cleansing. For details, see the previous section. As a general recommendation, you may also need to consider taking a bile supplement. Without a gallbladder, you may never again obtain the right amount of bile needed for the proper digestion of food. Consult with your health practitioner about which product may be the most suitable for you. People Who Should Not Use Apple Juice There are people who may have difficulty drinking apple juice in the large amounts required for the liver cleanse. These include sufferers of diabetes, hypoglycemia, yeast infection (Candida), cancer and stomach ulcers. In all these cases, apple juice can be replaced with malic acid in powder form. The preparation period is the same as for taking apple juice, except that the 1 liter of apple juice per day is substituted by ½ - 1 teaspoon of malic acid, taken with 2-4 glasses of water at room temperature. Drink this solution in small amounts throughout the day. Food grade malic acid powder (not mixed with magnesium or other ingredients) is very inexpensive and can be purchased through the Internet or from some natural health food stores. All wineries use malic acid to produce wine. Cranberry juice also contains a lot of malic acid and can be used as well for the preparation period (1/3rd juice mixed with 2/3rd water, 3-4 times per day for six days). Another alternative is Gold Coin Grass. Use the same directions as given for those who are intolerant to apple juice. You may try malic acid in one cleanse and Gold Coin Grass in the next one, and see which one works best for you. A fourth alternative is apple cider vinegar: mix 1-2 tablespoons in a glass of water and drink four of these glasses per day, for six days. The Liver Cleanse Did Not Deliver the Expected Results In some cases, although rarely, the liver cleanse does not produce the expected results. The following are the main reasons, and their remedies, for such difficulties: 1. It is likely that a more severe congestion in your liver’s bile ducts, due to very dense structures of stones, has prevented the apple juice from softening them up during the first cleansing attempt. In some individuals, it may take as many as 2-3 liver cleanses before the stones start coming out. Those who have a history of constipation seem to be particularly affected. Chanca Piedra, also known as “stonebreaker,” can help prepare your liver and gallbladder for a more efficient release of stones, especially if you have calcified stones in the gallbladder. Take 20 drops of Chanca Piedra extract (see Product Information ) in a glass of water, three times daily, for at least 2-3 weeks prior to your next cleanse. 174 The herbs, Chinese Gentian and Bupleurum, help to break up some of the congestion and will assist to prepare your liver for a more successful cleanse. These herbs are prepared as a tincture. They are more commonly known as Chinese Bitters and are made available through Prime Health Products (see Product Information at the end of the book). The proper dosage for this tincture is 1/2 to 1 teaspoonful (about 5 ml) daily on an empty stomach, about 30 minutes before breakfast. This regimen should be followed for three weeks prior to drinking the apple juice (or using the other alternatives discussed in the previous section). Any unpleasant cleansing reactions usually disappear after 3-6 days. They can be minimized by following the tissue cleansing method of using hot, ionized water, and by keeping the colon clean. 2. You may not have followed the directions properly. Leaving out any one item from the procedure, altering the dosages, or the timing of the steps specified may prevent you from obtaining the full results. For many people, the liver flush does not work at all unless the large intestine is cleansed first. The backup of waste and gases diminishes adequate bile secretion and prevents the oil mixture from moving easily through the gastrointestinal tract. The best time for a colonic irrigation or an alternative method is the day of the actual liver cleanse (day six). Headache or Nausea during the Days Following the Liver Cleanse In most cases, this occurs if all of the specific directions were not followed. However, on some rare occasions, gallstones may continue to pass out of the liver after completing the liver cleanse. The toxins released by these stones can enter the circulatory system and cause discomfort. In such a case, following the liver cleanse it may be necessary to drink 4oz of apple juice for several consecutive days or for as long as the discomfort lasts. Make certain to drink the juice at least ½ hour before breakfast. In addition, a repeat colon cleanse may be necessary to clear out any of the stones released after competing the liver cleanse. In addition, the tissue cleansing method (ionized water) detailed later in this chapter helps to remove the circulating toxins. If you place a small piece of fresh ginger into a thermos flask, the ionized water will quickly stop the nausea. If there is pain involved in the area under the right rib cage, take one tablespoon of Epsom salts in one glass of water and drink it in the morning on an empty stomach. Feeling Sick During the Cleanse If you have properly followed all of the directions given in the outlined procedure, but feel sick sometime during the liver flush, please don’t be alarmed or feel that there is something wrong. Although rare, it sometimes happens that a person may vomit or be nauseated during the night. This is caused by the gallbladder ejecting bile and gallstones with such force that it shoots some of the oil back into the stomach. When the oil (and some bile) reenters the stomach, you may feel sick and may also be able to feel the expulsion of stones. It will not be a sharp pain, just a mild contraction. During one of my 12 liver cleanses, I spent a miserable night. But despite vomiting much of the oil mixture, the cleanse was just as successful as all the others I had experienced. The oil had already done its job of prompting the release of bile, along with stones. In case something similar happens to you, please remember that this is only one night of discomfort or inconvenience. Recovery from conventional 175 gallbladder surgery may involve many more months of pain and suffering as the scar tissue mends and the unfortunate consequences of not having a gallbladder begin to unfold. 2. Intestinal Cleansing - For Prevention and Cure Your body’s health and vitality largely depend on the effortless and complete elimination of waste products from the intestinal tract. Most physical problems are caused and exacerbated by a build-up of waste material that may at first accumulate in the intestines and then spread to other parts of the body, such as the liver, kidneys, heart, lungs, face, and skin. Accumulated or trapped waste material in the large intestine may consist of impacted feces, hardened mucus, dead cellular tissue, gallstones that were released from the gallbladder, dead and living bacteria, parasites, worms, toxic substances, etc. It also undermines the colon’s important role in absorbing essential minerals and bacteria-produced vitamins, including the all important vitamin B 12. Parts of the waste matter may enter the lymph and blood systems, which can make you feel tired, sluggish or ill. Colon-related complaints include constipation, diarrhea, bloating, headaches, dizziness, nausea, sinusitis, eye and ear disorders, backaches, bad breath, body odor, sciatica, skin blemishes and diseases, abdominal gas, low energy, disorders of the nervous system, etc. A clean colon is a prerequisite for the balanced functioning of the rest of the body. To cleanse the large intestine should, therefore, be part of every healing therapy. Keep Your Intestines Clean! A weak, irritated and congested large intestine is a breeding place for bacteria which have no other purpose than to break down potentially hazardous waste material. As an unavoidable side effect of their truly life-saving activities, the microbes produce poisonous substances. Some of the toxins produced by the bacteria enter the blood, which delivers them straight to the liver. Constant exposure of liver cells to these toxins greatly dampens their performance, causes bile stones and reduces bile secretion, all of which leads to further disruption of digestive functions. When you eat highly processed foods that have been stripped of most nutrients, natural fiber and life force, your colon has great difficulty in moving the food mass or chyme along. Processed foods tend to make for a dry, hard or sticky chyme that does not pass easily through the intestinal tract. The muscles wrapped around the colon can easily squeeze and push fibrous, bulky chyme along, but they struggle with fibreless, gooey, sticky chyme. When chyme sits too long in the colon, it becomes harder and drier each day. If that were the only thing that happened – chyme turning into hard, dry feces – you would only need to worry about constipation, from which millions of Americans suffer. But there is more. After the chyme/feces get plastered onto the walls of the colon, it begins to do several things, including: 176 • • • Ferment, rot and harden, thereby becoming a breeding ground for parasites and pathogens (disease-causing agents), and a storehouse for toxic chemicals that can pollute the blood and lymph and poison the body. Form a barrier that prevents the colon from interacting with and absorbing nutrients from chyme. Restrict movement of the colon walls, making it difficult for the colon to rhythmically contract in order to speed the chyme along its way. How well could you do your job if you were covered with thick sludge? The following are some of the symptoms manifesting as a result of colon dysfunction: Lower back pain o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o Neck and shoulder pain Skin problems Brain fog (difficulty concentrating) Fatigue Sluggishness Colds and flu Constipation or diarrhea Digestive problems Flatulence/gas Bloating Crohn's disease Ulcerative colitis Colitis/Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Diverticulitis/Diverticulosis Leaky Gut Syndrome Pain in lower stomach The large intestine absorbs minerals and water. When the membrane of the large intestine is impacted with plaque, it cannot properly assimilate and absorb minerals, or some vitamins). Accordingly, no matter how many supplements you take, your body will begin to suffer from nutrient deficiencies. Most diseases are, in fact, deficiency disorders. They arise when certain parts of the body suffers mal-nourishment, particularly minerals (see also Take Ionic Minerals in this chapter). The main cause of mal-nourishment is intestinal congestion. I recommend several possible methods to aid intestinal cleansing; they are Colonic Irrigation, Magnesium Oxides and Enema treatments. I understand that not everyone has access to a colon hydrotherapist, so I have included some other options. 1. Colonic Irrigation Colonic irrigation, also called colon hydrotherapy or colonic, is perhaps one of the most effective colon therapies. Within a short passage of time a colonic can eliminate large amounts of trapped waste that may have taken many years to accumulate. During a 40-50 minute session of colonic irrigation, a total of 2-6 liters of distilled water is used to gently flush the colon. Through gentle abdominal massage old deposits of mucoid fecal matter are loosened and subsequently flushed out by the water. 177 A colonic removes not only harmful, toxic waste, but it also tones, hydrates and rejuvenates the colon muscles. The repeated uptake and release of water improves the colon’s peristaltic action and reduces the transit time of fecal matter. In addition, colonic irrigation helps restore the colon’s natural shape, and stimulates the reflex points that connect the colon with all the parts of the body. This form of colon cleansing can detach old crusted layers of waste from the colon walls, which permits better water absorption and hydration of the colon and the body as a whole. However, it may take at least 2-3 colonic sessions for these latter benefits to take effect. Colonic irrigation can also help with emotional problems. It is no coincidence that the transverse colon passes right through the solar plexus, which is the body’s emotional center. Most of our unresolved or “undigested” emotional issues are stored in the solar plexus and result in the tightening of the colon muscle. This may slow bowel movement and cause constipation. Colonics can help clear the physical obstruction and release the tension that causes the emotional repression in the first place. Colonics have a truly relieving effect. During a colonic, you may feel a slight discomfort from time to time when larger quantities of toxic waste detach themselves from the intestinal walls and move towards the rectum, However, the feeling of lightness, cleanness, and clarity of mind soon afterwards make up for that. Colonic irrigation is a very safe and hygienic system of cleansing the colon. Rubber tubing carries water into the colon and waste out of the colon. The released waste material can be seen floating through a tube, showing the type and quantity of waste eliminated. Although some critics claim that there are risks involved in this procedure, in the many years I have worked with colonics, I have never seen any justification for these claims. Not having a colonic from time to time, on the other hand, can be very risky, given today’s high incidence of irritable bowel syndrome and colon cancer. Colonic cleansing is best done when the stomach is empty. It is beneficial to drink 1-2 glasses of water afterwards and eat a piece of fruit or have some freshly prepared fruit juice ½ hour later. The first one or two meals after the treatment should be light and not contain food items such as meat, eggs, cheese, fried food, etc. Some people have expressed their concern about loosing friendly, probiotic bacteria in the colon as a result of a colonic. It is actually much easier for the friendly colon bacteria to multiply in a clean environment than in a putrefied one. Once the colon it completely cleansed, it will have restored normal bacteria population within less than 36 hours. If you still feel concerned about this, you may use soilbased microbes, such as Nature’s Biotics (uwardquest.com), Primal Defense or similar products. Be certain that whatever product you use contains live, not dead, bacteria. After a colonic, the bowel movement will become naturally restored within about two days. If it takes longer than that, it indicates that the colon has accumulated unduly large amounts of waste over a period of many years. To soften up and flush out all the waste may require a series of colonics and, of course, liver cleanses and a balanced diet and lifestyle. Once the colon has been thoroughly cleansed through colonics, nutritional improvements, exercise, liver and kidney cleanses, and other health programs will become many times more effective. Since an estimated 70-80 percent of the immune tissue resides in the intestines, cleansing the colon from immunesuppressive toxic waste, in addition to removing gallstones from the liver and gallbladder, can make a crucial difference in the treatment of cancer, heart disease, arthritis, AIDS and other illnesses. 178 2. Colema Board If you do not have access to a colon therapist, you may greatly benefit from using a colema board (see Product Information ) as a second best choice. The colema treatment is based on the same principle as colon-hydrotherapy, although it may not be as effective and thorough. The advantage is that the colema board allows you to clean your colon in the comfort of your own home. The colema colon cleanse is a doit-yourself treatment that is easy to learn and perform. 3. Colosan Treatment Colosan (formerly known as ColoZone) is a proprietary blend of various oxides of magnesium designed to gently release oxygen in the digestive tract for cleansing. Please note that there are other brands of magnesium oxides available that have similar effects, including OxyPowder, HomoZone and OxyCleanse. Some are easier to take than others. In my practice I have found colosan to be a very useful product to counteract the following problems: o o o o o Build-up of undigested material in the intestines and colon Impeded assimilation of nutrients Presence of pathogens and parasites that breed in the putrefaction of the digestive tract Detoxification or healing crisis associated with many health regimens Insufficient oxygen to maintain homeostasis The main actions of Colosan: • It releases oxygen in the intestines and colon to help speed the elimination of wastes. • It provides needed oxygen for proper digestion and cleanses digestive membranes to allow improved uptake of nutrients. • It eliminates the unwanted build-up of toxins, creating a clean and healthful environment where there is no room or “food” for disease-causing microbes. How does Colosan Work? The various oxides of magnesium contained in Colosan involve the bonding of oxygen and ozone to magnesium. This alkaline compound requires an extremely low pH in order to liberate its oxygen. For this reason, the hydrochloric acid in the stomach is commonly assisted with the juice of a lemon or apple cider vinegar. The average size tablespoon of approximately 7-10g of pure magnesium oxide would produce a total volume of 3.85 cubic meters of oxygen. In the use of Colosan, one tsp. would provide approximately 179 7.5 liters of available oxygen. This oxygen is made bio-available to the stomach which is 40 percent more efficient at assimilating oxygen than the lungs are. It also assists in oxidizing the undigested putrefaction that is known to be impacting the intestines and the colon. The average person has six to twelve pounds of putrefaction rotting away in their gut, breeding pathogens and creating a welcome home for parasites, germs, bacteria and viruses. Digestion is known to be a process of oxidation. By introducing oxygen into the intestines and the colon, one can assist the process of assimilating nutrients, as well as oxidizing the undigested material. It is common for Colosan to turn undigested material into C02 and water. For this reason, Colosan is a cathartic. It is not unusual to have very liquid stools during the use of Colosan; this is a sign that the product is working. If the stools are not liquid during the first 1-2 treatments, it shows that most of the magnesium is absorbed straight away, indicating a mineral deficiency. After a few treatments, the situation returns to normal and stools become liquid and more frequent following each dose of Colosan. Many people use Colosan once or twice weekly as a maintenance product for staying clean and maintaining regularity. The most common health problem besides irregular bowel movement that Colosan has shown tremendous benefit for is Candida (also see chapter 10). Colosan provides an aerobic environment in the intestines and colon. Therefore, it is beneficial to the “friendly” bacteria, which are desirable and inhibitory toward toxin-producing, undesirable bacteria. In other words, this product helps beneficial intestinal flora to flourish. Colosan can be used to prevent any type of healing crisis or detox reaction that you might have when you follow a certain cleansing protocol. Anyone versed in natural therapies is usually familiar with these occurrences. These undesirable experiences stem from attempting to clean out the body before the organs of elimination have been cleansed. This results in backing up of toxic waste. The body frequently attempts to rid itself of these wastes through the skin. The back-flushed waste can result in feelings of nausea, headaches, tiredness, ear and eye trouble, aching joints or pain in the neck and shoulders. This influx of toxicity may also affect the liver and kidneys. By cleaning out the organs of elimination through the use of Colosan you can avoid detox reactions associated with the use of herbal cleansing programs or other regimens that are administered for this purpose. Colosan is available from “The Family News” in the United States (see Product Information at the end of the book) and many online health stores. Note: The products OxyPowder, OxyCleanse, or similar, have the about the same beneficial effects as Colosan, and may be used instead. 4. Epsom Salts Another method of intestinal cleansing uses Epsom salts. Epsom salts not only cleanse the colon, but also the small intestine. This may become necessary if you have major difficulties absorbing food, repeated kidney/bladder congestion, severe constipation, or are simply unable to have a colonic or colema. For three weeks, mix one teaspoon of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) with one glass of warm water and drink first thing in the morning. This oral enema flushes your entire digestive tract and colon, from top to bottom, usually within an hour, prompting you to eliminate several times. It clears out much of the plaque and debris from the walls, along with the parasites that have been living there. Anticipate the stools to be watery for as long there is intestinal waste to be disposed of. Stools adopt a normal shape and consistency once the entire intestinal tract is clean. 180 This treatment can be done 2-3 times per year. In the beginning, and whenever the intestines release some major pockets of waste and toxins, you can expect gas, bloating and even some cramping. Your tongue may become covered white and be thicker than normal. This indicates increased intestinal cleansing. If you are allergic to Epsom salts or just cannot tolerate this product, you may use Magnesium Citrate, Colosan, OxyPowder or similar method of cleansing instead. 5. Castor oil Castor oil is a traditionally used, excellent remedy to clear waste material from the intestines. It is less irritating than Epsom salts and has no side effects other than normal cleansing reactions. Take one to three teaspoons of castor oil in 1/3 glass of warm water on an empty stomach in the morning or before going to sleep at night (depending on which works better for you). It is a very beneficial treatment for stubborn cases of constipation. It can also be given to children (in smaller dosages). While castor oil is not recommended to replace Epsom salts or magnesium citrate during the liver cleanse, in case of an allergy to the above, castor oil may be used as a substitute. 6. Four Major Enema Treatments Enema treatments involve introduction of liquids into the rectum for the purpose of cleansing and nourishment (see illustration 12). Since the colon is the seat of Vata, an enema has an immediate effect on all the functions of Vata. It alleviates constipation, distension, chronic fever, the common cold, headache, sexual disorders, kidney stones, pain in the heart area, vomiting, low back ache, stiffness and pain in neck and shoulders, nervous disorders, hyperacidity, and tiredness. Also disorders such as arthritis, rheumatism, sciatica, and gout greatly benefit from an enema. Please note: a colonic or colema treatment would still be a better choice for balancing disturbed Vata functions. Colon Rectum (Seat of Vata) Syringe Enema Bag 181 Illustration 12: Enema treatment Since the disturbance of Vata dosha is responsible for the retention of feces, urine, bile, and other excreta, by pacifying it through an enema, most of the eliminative functions in the body are improved. Besides the colon, Vata also controls lung functions and the bones. All chronic colon disorders are likely to manifest as lung and bone disorders as well. Although less effective than colonic irrigation, which irrigates the entire colon, enemas can offer quick relief when the rectum is congested with fecal matter. There are two major types of enemas that can be used to balance Vata and one that can improve digestion and liver functions. 1. Oil enema: Half a cup of warm sesame oil for above problems and chronic constipation once or twice a week. The oil should be retained for at least 30 minutes or longer. To make it a nourishing enema, add 3 tablespoons each of honey and ghee and half a cup of milk (unless you have a milk allergy). Note: Those with diabetes, obesity, indigestion, low AGNI, and enlarged spleen should avoid oil enemas and opt for the second type enema. 2. Decoction or water enema: Up to half a liter of Lapacho, comfrey or chaparral tea, or plain water, at room temperature. This enema is indicated for acute constipation and above problems, but should not be taken more often than once or twice a week. Note: avoid if you suffer from debility, hemorrhoids, inflammation of anus, diarrhea, or if pregnant. If you are diabetic, consult your physician. The effects increase if an enema type 2 is followed by an enema type 1. Patients who are lying in bed and are constipated can take enemas type 1 and 2 alternately. 3. Coffee enema: Place 3 heaped tablespoons of ground coffee (not instant coffee) into 16 ounces (2 glasses) of boiling water. Boil for 3 minutes and let simmer (on a low flame) for 15 minutes. Filter through a coffee filter or cotton cloth. Make sure that no coffee substance is left at the bottom. Let it cool to body temperature and perform the enema while lying on your back with your legs elevated. Hold the coffee solution as long as possible; turning to your right side may help make this easier. This enema is indicated when you feel very sluggish and tired, particularly when you feel pain in your middle/upper back, which are all indications of a toxic liver. Although ground coffee (or rather the caffeine it contains) acts as a nerve toxin, it can to a small extent open the bile ducts of the liver and release noxious substances from the liver. The effect is often immediate. This enema can be taken if time or circumstances, or feeling ill, don’t permit a person to do the liver cleanse. When seriously ill with cancer, liver or heart disease, it can be taken more frequently, as often as every other day. 4. Urine Enema: If you suffer from persistent skin conditions, such as acne, a series of urine enemas can help you restore skin health within a matter of a few weeks. Collect your urine starting in the morning (use mid-stream only) until you have a jar of 1-2 liters. Administer the enemas in the late afternoon before eating. You may want to add a little amount of hot water to the urine to warm it up. Once you remove the nozzle, you may lie on your back, gently lift your knees up towards your chin, and if possible, move into the yoga posture “shoulder stand” for one minute. Continue lying on your back with your knees up for 5 more minutes and then gently roll over to your right side for about 10 minutes. The most important thing with regard to this enema is to keep the urine in the colon for as long as possible. If you feel strong discomfort, though, release it. While you are in the 182 process of releasing the urine and waste, you may gently massage the abdomen with or without oil (ideally sesame or coconut oil) in a clockwise direction. Follow this protocol for about 5 weeks: 1st week – one enema per day, late afternoon 2nd week – one enema every 2nd day, late afternoon 3rd week – one enema every 3rd day, later afternoon …and so on. Since urine contains the perfect mix of vitamins, hormones, minerals, antibodies, etc., doing urine enemas so frequently does not deplete the colon of these nutrient components. In fact, urine enemas can greatly increase colon health and help restore intestinal flora. Candida sufferers, especially benefit from urine enemas. 3. The Kidney Cleanse If the presence of gallstones in the liver or other causes has led to the occurrence of sand or stones in the kidneys or the urinary bladder, you may also need to cleanse the kidneys. The kidneys are very delicate, blood-filtering organs that easily get congested through poor digestion, stress and an irregular lifestyle. The main causes of congestion in the kidneys are kidney stones. Most kidney crystals/stones, however, are too small to be recognized through modern diagnostic instruments, such as X-ray. The following herbs, when taken daily for a period of 20-30 days, can help dissolve and eliminate all the various types of kidney stones, including uric acid stones, oxalic acid stones, phosphate stones and amino acid stones. If you have a history of kidney stones, in order to completely clean out your kidneys you may need to repeat this cleanse several times, at intervals of 6-8 weeks. Ingredients: 1. Marjoram (1oz) 2. Cat's Claw (1oz) 3. Comfrey Root (1oz) 4. Fennel Seed (2oz) 5. Chicory Herb (2oz) 6. Uva Ursi (2oz) 7. Hydrangea Root (2oz) 8. Gravel Root (2oz) 9. Marshmallow Root (2oz) 10. Golden Rod Herb (2oz) Note: If you need to know the Latin names for the above herbs, see Product Information at the end of the book. 183 Directions: Take 1 oz. each of the first three herbs and 2 oz. each of the rest of the herbs and thoroughly mix them together. Keep them in an airtight container. Before bedtime, soak 2-3 heaping tablespoons of the mixture in two cups of water, cover it and leave covered overnight. The next morning bring the concoction to a boil; let it simmer for a few minutes and strain. If you forget to prepare the tea in the evening, in the morning bring it to a boil and let it sit or lightly simmer 10-15 minutes before straining. Drink a few sips at a time in 6-8 portions throughout the day. This tea does not have to be taken warm or hot, but do not refrigerate it. Do not add sugar or sweeteners. Leave at least one hour after eating before taking your next sips. Repeat this procedure for 20-30 days. If you experience discomfort or stiffness in the lower back area it is because of salt crystals from kidney stones passing through the ureter ducts of the urinary system. Any strong smell and darkening of the urine at the beginning of or during the cleanse indicates a major release of toxins from the kidneys. Usually, the release is gradual and does not significantly change the color or texture of the urine. Important: During the cleanse, support the kidneys by drinking extra amounts of water, a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 8 glasses per day. During the cleanse, avoid consuming animal products, dairy foods, tea, coffee, alcohol, carbonated beverages, chocolate and any other foods or beverages that contain preservatives, artificial sweeteners, coloring agents, etc. While cleansing the kidneys, harsh substances such as chemicals may not only interfere with the cleanse, but may also injure the kidneys. In addition to drinking this kidney tea each day, you may chew a small piece of rind from an organic lemon on the left side of your mouth and a small piece of carrot on the right side of your mouth 30-40 times each. This stimulates the kidney functions. Make certain that there is at least half an hour in between chewing ‘cycles.’ Important note: If you are over 70 or very sick, do the kidney cleanse for six weeks. If you have a history of kidney stones, or have been diagnosed as having large kidney or bladder stones, or have chronic pain or stiffness in the loin areas, toes or fingers, you may need to add the following alkalization procedure to the kidney cleanse. If you are not sure whether you need this addition, do it anyway as it will help many other problems, including allergies: 1. Check the acidity of your urine with a pH-indicator, a special paper used for measuring urinary pH, available at most drugstores. First thing in the morning, hold a small piece of this paper (Nitrazine™ paper) in the urine stream. If it indicates a pH of 5.5 or below, the acidity level may be too high, indicating that you require an alkalizing treatment. You need to have a morning urine pH of about 6.0 acidity. Most people with painful joints have a morning urine pH of 4.5, which means that more uric acid is precipitated during the night, which can cause severe pain in the morning hours. During the day, the urinary pH tends to be less acidic and sufferers tend to feel better as some of the acid deposits are neutralized. 2. To alkalize the body, mix two parts sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and one part sodium potassium in a glass jar. Take one level teaspoon of this mixture in one large glass of water (not cold) at bedtime, and at least 2 hours after dinner. If possible, drink it all at once. The next morning your urine pH should be at about six; if not, increase the dose to one heaping teaspoon. Check your pH 184 from time to time, as you may need to cut the dose, to maintain a pH of six. By alkalizing yourself at bedtime you prevent the urinary pH from dropping too low in the night. This will reduce the deposits in the joints and at the same time prevent dissolved kidney crystals from reassembling themselves into new stones. Continue this alkalizing procedure throughout the kidney cleanse or as long as there is pain in toes or fingers. Note: if sodium potassium is not available, use only sodium bicarbonate; the dose is ½ teaspoon (or more if needed) in a glass of water at bedtime. 4. Sipping Hot Ionized Water Sipping hot ionized water has a deep cleansing effect on all the tissues of the body. It helps reduce overall toxicity, improves circulatory functions and balances bile. Boiling water for 15-20 minutes results in it becoming charged and saturated with negative oxygen ions. When you take frequent sips of this water throughout the day, it begins to systematically cleanse the tissues of the body and help rid it of certain positively charged ions (those associated with high acidity and toxins). Toxins and waste carry a positive charge and, thus, naturally tend to attach themselves to the body, which is negatively charged overall. As the negative oxygen ions enter the body with the ingested water, they are drawn towards the positively charged toxic material. This turns waste into neutral fluid matter which is easily discharged by the body. For the first couple of days or even weeks of cleansing your body tissues in this way, your tongue may take on a white or yellow coating, an indication that the body is clearing out a lot of waste. If you have excessive body weight, this cleansing method can help you shed many pounds of body waste in a short time, without the side effects that normally accompany sudden weight loss. Directions: Boil water for 15-20 minutes and pour it into a thermos flask. Stainless steel flasks are fine, too. This keeps the water hot and ionized throughout the day. Take one or two sips every half hour all day long and drink it as hot as you would drink tea. This method can be used any time you don’t feel well, have the need for decongesting, keeping the blood thin, or wanting to just feel more energetic and clear. Some people use it for certain duration, such as 3-4 weeks; others use it in an ongoing manner. The oxygen ions are generated through the bubbling effect of boiling water, similar to water falling on the ground or breaking against the shore. In the thermos flask, the water will stay ionized for up to 12 hours or as long it remains hot. 5. Clearing Allergies Although the liver cleanse helps remove the main physical cause of allergies in the body, you may need other methods to “persuade” the cells of the immune system to stop producing antibodies against antigens that are found, for example, in dust, pollen, duck feathers, cats hair, or such foods as milk, wheat, oranges, tomatoes, etc. In fact, allergic reactions, which might have had their root cause in a congested liver and impaired digestive system and have not disappeared, may be responsible for causing gallstones again. Based on my knowledge and experience, Bio-resonance Therapy is an effective method to deal with and nullify any remaining antibody complexes in the blood responsible for allergic reactions. (A second 185 method that deals with the emotional/psychological causes of allergies, chemical sensitivities and diseases of all kind is described under section 5.) It is known in the circles of natural health practitioners that most every person suffering from a chronic disease illness or long-term complaint has one or several allergies. An allergy results when repeated exposure of the body to a normally harmless substance or antigen stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies. In whichever part of the body the defense reaction is most pronounced, that’s where the symptoms of disruption and discomfort will occur more intensely. If it happens to occur in the nose, sinus cavities or chest area, you may suffer from severe mucus congestion and breathing difficulties. Likewise, a similar immune response in the ovaries can cause ovarian cysts; in the prostate gland, it may lead to prostate enlargement. In some instances, the reaction may trigger anaphylactic shock, nausea, skin rashes, breathing difficulties, fainting, diarrhea, and death. There may be many more diseases linked to allergic reactions than are currently known. Research in the field of Radionics has shown that there are four main allergies, which cover most other possible allergies. These take account of the body’s reactions to duck feathers, milk, wheat, and mint. So if you happen to be allergic to duck feathers you may also be allergic to a number of allergens that belong in the category of duck feathers, such as certain fruits, vegetables, dust particles, metals, pollutants, etc. There may, in fact, be hundreds of such substances. By annulling your body’s allergic response to duck feathers through Bio-resonance Therapy, all these other allergies linked to duck feathers are likely to disappear as well. Similarly, when a wheat allergy has been cleared up, the body’s immune system will stop to react to all the antigens that fall in the wheat category. The same principle applies to the groups pertaining to the milk and mint allergies. Most people with health problems have at least one major allergy, which may, for example, be against wheat and its subordinates. Almost everyone with tooth fillings that are made with mercury-containing amalgam is allergic to milk, as well as to its products and subordinates. Research has shown that all AIDS patients, who have been tested for all the four allergy categories, are allergic to each one of them. Cancer patients have allergies to at least three groups. Bio-resonance therapists who test not only the entire physical body as a whole for existing allergies, but each energy center (chakra) separately, seem to have the best results. Subsequent tests show no further allergies against anything; that is, provided that a balanced diet and lifestyle remain or become an integral part of daily life. Recent research conducted in Germany on the value of Bio-resonance Therapy in the treatment of the severest forms of allergy showed that of out of 200 tested patients, 83% were completely cured of all allergies and 11% had improved significantly. Although Bio-resonance Therapy may be effective even without cleansing of the liver, the benefits are much more pronounced if it is applied after the liver has been cleansed. The success of this treatment is determined by exposing oneself to the former antigens such as orange juice, flower pollen, or gluten that is contained in wheat. 6. Replacing Metal Tooth Fillings And Removing Toxic Metals/Chemicals from the Body Metal Fillings – A Ticking Time Bomb? Metal dental ware is a constant source of poisoning and allergic reaction in the body (especially to milk and its products). All metal corrodes in time, especially in the mouth where there is a high 186 concentration of air and moisture. Among other harmful metals, amalgam fillings contain the extremely toxic mercury. Mercury makes up 50% of the filling! Their vapors are being released into the lungs through inhalation and enter the digestive system while eating and drinking. When they enter the blood and lymph, they can cause considerable damage in the body, including the nervous system. In Germany, a federal law passed in the mid-nineties prohibits dentists to give mercury fillings to their patients. For the same reason, most North-European countries have limited the use of amalgam, and Sweden, Spain, Austria, and Denmark, among others, also banned this product in the year 2000. The amalgam compounds are so toxic that dentists are instructed not to touch amalgam with bare hands and store excess amalgam in tightly sealed containers. If it is so dangerous to touch amalgam, it certainly is dangerous to keep it in the mouth 24 hours a day, year after year! The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a report showing that mercury absorbed from amalgam fillings is up to ten times higher than mercury absorbed from environmental and dietary sources. It is noteworthy to point out that patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Alzheimer’s disease have up to ten times the normal mercury levels in their brains. Post-mortem studies show that the mercury level in some organs is directly proportional to the number of amalgam fillings in a diseased person. The most vulnerable of all to mercury poisoning seems to be the developing fetus in pregnant women. A fetus accumulates more mercury than even the mother does, and in amounts directly proportional to the number of her amalgam fillings. The gradual, continuous release of mercury and other toxic metals into the body by metal fillings affects particularly the liver, kidneys, lungs and brain. Cadmium, for example, which is used to produce the pink color in dentures, is five times as toxic as lead. It does not take much of this metal to raise the blood pressure to abnormal levels. Yet how many people are aware that they are developing a heart condition as a result of the dental fillings in their mouth? Thallium, which is also found in mercury amalgam fillings, causes leg pain and paraplegia. It affects the nervous system, skin, and cardiovascular system. All wheelchair patients who have been tested for metal poisoning tested positive for thallium. Many people who were in a wheelchair several years after they received metal fillings completely recovered once all metal had been removed from the mouth. Thallium is lethal at a dose of 0.5-1.0 gram. Other metals contained in dental fillings are known for their cancer-producing (carcinogenic) effects. These include nickel, which is used in gold crowns, braces and children’s crowns. Also chromium is extremely carcinogenic. All metals corrode, (including gold, silver and platinum) and the body absorbs it. Women with breast cancer have accumulated large amounts of dissolved metals in their breasts. When the mouth is cleared of all metals, they will also leave the breasts and the metal-caused cysts will shrink and disappear by themselves. Yeast infections often improve quickly after removal of metal fillings. Some people report complete relief of prostate problems as well as nose and sinus congestion. Porcelain can be toxic, too. It is made of aluminum oxide, with other metals added. The body’s immune system naturally responds to the presence of toxic metals in the body and eventually develops allergic reactions which may show up as a sinus condition, ringing in the ears, enlarged neck and glands, bloating, enlarged spleen, arthritic symptoms, headaches and migraine, eye diseases, and more serious complications such as paralysis or heart attacks. 187 Composites Although metal toxicity may not be the only cause for these conditions, replacing all metal fillings with composites certainly assists your immune system in its effort to protect your body against disease. A composite filling is one that is primarily non-metallic. There are a large variety of materials used in composite fillings, but some metals may be present. Ordinary composites are not suitable for large cavities. If used for large cavities they tend to last no more than five or six years. Indirect composites, on the other hand, can be placed in large cavities. They can even be used in place of gold crowns. They look like a real tooth and last as long as gold. If selected properly, indirect composites are quite non-allergenic and non-toxic. They are fairly new and can be as expensive as gold fillings, but they can save you a lot of trouble and money in the long-term. Since many dentists don't know how to place them properly, you may need to do a bit of research to find an experienced mercury-free dentist who also works with indirect composites. The fillings should be replaced cautiously and gradually, one or two (if small ones) at a time. Don’t replace fillings more often than once every two months. Preventing Heavy Metal Toxicity If you decide to replace your amalgam fillings, make certain that your dentist provides for protection (through a special plastic device) against the inhalation and absorption of the generated amalgam dust. Otherwise, you may end up suffering severe migraine attacks, memory loss, weakening of eyesight, etc. Before attempting to have any larger fillings removed you may need to take selenium (if possible in ionic form) for 1-2 months. Eat more foods that contain Vitamin C, such as oranges and red peppers for about ten days. Use cilantro leaves and green leafy vegetables in every main meal to help clear mercury and other metal deposits from the body. Drinking several cups of Pau d’Arco (Lapacho) tea per day, or taking four capsules of its extract three times daily for two weeks may greatly assist you in the detoxification of the blood, liver and kidneys (see section 7 for details on this powerful immune balancer). The kidney cleanse is also very beneficial in preventing injuries from any released metals. Metallic Clay – To Remove Noxious Metals and Chemicals One of the safest, fastest and most direct ways to remove noxious chemicals and metals from the body is to take a bath with metallic clay – most ideally, Pascalite clay (available through the internet from www.relfe.com), or any other unpolluted bentonite clay. While lying in the bathtub, apply some wetted clay to the whole head and make a facemask with it. One pound per bath is sufficient. Soak in the water for about half an hour. Let the bathwater stand for a few hours, or overnight, and then drain off the water, but keep the settled clay in the bathtub. Check for black, gold, silver-colored sediments in the clay (metals). Remove the clay. If a full bath is impractical, take a number of foot baths instead. Soak your feet in bentonite clay for 2030 minutes in the evenings, let the water sit over night the next day and take a good at the results the following morning. Like with the full bath, you may find that the bottom is covered with flecks of gold, silver and a quite a bit of stuff that looks like black sand. Note: some of the black sand is due to impurities in the clay. 188 A note on tooth extractions: In case a tooth needs to be extracted, be aware that tooth extractions can cause lasting illness if the “cavitations” are not cleaned properly. When a tooth is extracted, dead tissue can be left behind and attract infectious bacteria. This has been known to cause serious fatigue. Cleaning out such cavitations can improve your well being dramatically. A note on root canals: Root canals can become a source of sickness in the body. During a root canal operation, the center of the tooth including the nerve is drilled out, leaving behind what is really a dead tooth. The dead tooth may become subject to attack by bacteria that try to eat it away. The tooth can become infected, but since there is no nerve left, there is no pain. Even small infections such as this can increasingly weaken the immune system and undermine the most basic functions in the body. Pulling a root canal filled tooth is a bit complicated, besides being more expensive, since the tooth will have to be replaced with some kind of bridge. 7. How To Give Up Smoking And Other Addictions Addiction - An Unconscious Signal of Not Being in Control If you are substance addicted, your addiction may be accompanied or caused by the inability to fulfill one or more of your deepest desires. Although unconscious of it, you begin to accept the idea that there is a power beyond your control that stops you from achieving your dreams, big or small. You may even admit self-defeat by maintaining the belief that it is just too difficult for you to give up old habits like smoking, drinking alcohol or eating addictive foods. Many smokers argue that they cannot quit smoking if they constantly see other people smoking. Others do not want to face the possibly unbearable withdrawal symptoms that may accompany a sudden abstinence from smoking. Quite a lot of people managed to quit smoking, but when they suddenly put on a lot of weight, they resumed the habit. Most smokers who wish to end their addiction feel that they don’t have enough willpower to stop smoking. Why are we giving a small cigarette such great power that it is able to rule over our freedom to make conscious choices in our life? Smoking, like any other addictive habit, is merely a symptom of an underlying lack or deficiency of some sort. But what thing or things are missing in our lives, resulting in our feeling so dominated by outer influences that we continue to desire substitutes? This question is impossible to answer in this context due to a vast number of possible answers, many of which may only be known by the addict himself. But the need to smoke can become very useful in as much as it can reveal and actually overcome this inner lack, whatever it may be. Instead of criticizing or judging yourself for giving your power to a habit that has the potential to make you ill or kill you, you can learn a great deal from it and make yourself feel complete again. Because you may not be able to understand the underlying message that smoking entails, you tend to be resigned to the expectation that quitting the habit is a difficult and frustrating task. Yet smoking can make you aware that you are no longer completely in control of your life, and even offer you a way to reclaim that control. 189 The excuse that “I cannot give up smoking because…,” is an unconscious recognition that I am a victim of some kind, and that I am suffering from low self worth. There is a part of me that I consider weak and inadequate. A part of me is not alive and well. The act of smoking makes me admit in a way that my desire for a cigarette is greater than my desire to stay healthy or, in other words, to love myself. It is very difficult to give up smoking or other addictions for as long as I preserve this underlying weakness, projected by such exclamations as “I can’t give it up,” or “I go crazy if I don’t have my cigarettes.” Learning to Recover Your Free Will Similar to using a thorn to pull out another thorn, learning to give up the habit of smoking may be one of the most effective ways to uproot any underlying incompetence and dependency in your life. By suppressing or fighting the habitual desire to smoke, you merely feed it with more of your own energies. This all but increases the addiction. Desires want to be fulfilled, or at least we should be able to decide whether we want to fulfill them or not. The addiction to smoking, which reflects a lack in inner competence and completeness, can actually become a very effective method to fill you up again and regain conscious control over your life. Smoking is not the problem you need to combat. Just seeing smoking as an addiction that may have horrible consequences is a depressing notion, and fighting it doesn’t raise your self-esteem. Even if you succeed in quitting this habit, you still haven’t regained your inner sense of freedom and are likely to develop an addiction to something else, like eating, drinking or sex. Instead of waging a war against your anxiety or poor self-confidence, all you need to do is increase that sense of inner freedom to make your own choices in life. If understood and dealt with properly, smoking can be one of the most important things that has ever happened to you. It can lead you to adopt an entirely new way of thinking, thus reshaping your destiny. If you are a smoker and wish to give up the habit, you first need to understand that your addiction is not an accidental mistake you made during one of your lower moments in life. You have created this habit not to suffer because of it, but to learn from it. It is likely to stay with you or change into another addictive habit until that day when you will have acquired the ability to refer all power of fulfilling your desires back to yourself. Giving up smoking is not about quitting one addictive habit just to adopt another one; it is about recovering your sense of free will. To use one’s willpower to fight an undesirable habit is defeating its purpose and likely to backfire because fighting something is based on the premise that your are being attacked or in some sort of danger. With what we know today about the powerful mind/body connection, the fear that underlies the fight against an addiction is enough to keep the cells of the body jittery, anxious and dysfunctional. They can never find the peace, balance, and energy they need in order to be “happy” cells for as long as the fear of not being in control prevails in the awareness of their master. The enzyme-based messages the cells are sending to the brain and heart are simple cries for help. The host interprets these signals, though, as depression and nervousness. To “overcome” the discomfort, at least for a few moments, the host feels compelled to grab the next cigarette or look for another drink. Each time the discomfort reemerges, he or she feels defeated and weakened, and so the addiction carries on. True willpower, however, is about learning how to make conscious choices. Addictions stick like glue to everyone who wishes to overcome them. They are the “ghosts of memory” who live in our subconscious and pop up every time the addictive substance is in sight or is imagined. The subsequent urge is not under conscious control, hence the feeling of “dying” for a cigarette, a cup of coffee, or a bar 190 of chocolate. It is important, though, to realize that you always have a choice. This is all you need to learn when it comes to overcoming an addiction. You cannot successfully exorcise the ghost of memory by throwing away your cigarettes, avoiding your smoking friends, or living in a smoke-free environment. Society has condemned the act of smoking so much that many smokers already feel deprived of that sense of personal freedom they need to make their own choices in life. If you are a sensitive person, be aware that a nagging spouse, a doctor, and the warning written on cigarette packs that smoking is harmful to your health may make you feel ridden with guilt. When all of this external pressure succeeds in making you give up smoking, you will continue to feel deprived of your free will and, therefore, look for other more socially acceptable forms of addiction. Making Smoking a Conscious Choice We all remember our childhood days when our parents told us not to eat chocolate before lunch or not allow us to watch television when we wanted. The subconscious mind reacts negatively when it is deprived of its ability to make choices or when it feels forced to do something against its will. The many occasions of disappointment from past desires that didn’t get fulfilled can lead to an inner vacuum or emptiness that wants to be filled. Smoking is simply a subconscious rebellion against the external manipulation of our freedom to choose what we want, and it fills that uncomfortable space within, at least for a little while. However, this inner lack can only subside permanently when we have regained the freedom to make our own choices. You must know that you are free to smoke whenever you like and how ever often you like. If you have a cigarette and a match to light it, you will certainly find a way to smoke it, too. The unconscious association of smoking with all the other “don’ts” in your past will be negated by accepting your desire to smoke. I had my first cigarette when I entered high school at age ten. I felt like a criminal because the law said I was only allowed to smoke when I was sixteen years old. Years of hiding my “secret” from my parents and my teachers left me with no other choice but to continue smoking until I had a choice. When I finally got the legal permission to smoke, I lost interest and chose to quit. I was able to give up the habit at once, without any withdrawal symptoms. The first and most important step to quit smoking is to give yourself permission to smoke. Guilt from the act will only prevent you from gaining satisfaction and urge you to have another cigarette that may “at last” give you what you have been looking for. But you are not really looking for the short sensation of satisfaction that smoking provides, but for the lost freedom to make your own choices in life. By trying to avoid lighting up, you deprive yourself of this potential satisfaction. The resistance to smoking creates powerful psychosomatic side effects. These are known as withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms may include depression, lack of interest in life, sleeplessness, anger, nausea, ravenous hunger, obesity, cardiovascular disease, lack of concentration, and shaking. However, these symptoms can only manifest if you believe that you have been deprived of your freedom to smoke. Choosing To Smoke Less, But… Don’t fight your desire to smoke. Contrary to general belief, to give up smoking you do not need to abolish your desire to smoke. You will start giving up the habit automatically once you choose not to follow your desire to smoke each and every time you have it. This will take the fuel out of your 191 subconscious, rebellious mind and stop you short of becoming a victim of outer forces or other people. A master of yourself, you can choose to smoke or choose not to smoke. Keep your cigarettes with you as long as you feel you want to have this choice. It may even be a good idea to encourage your desire to smoke by keeping your cigarette pack in front of you, smelling it from time to time. Watch other people around you light up and inhale, imagining that you inhale deeply too. Do not count the days that pass without you smoking and do not look ahead in time either. You neither need to prove to yourself nor to anyone else that you can beat this addiction. There is nothing to be beaten. You are neither a better person if you quit, nor are you a worse person if you don’t. You are free to stop smoking today and begin again tomorrow. You will always have this choice, and you will always be only a puff away from being a smoker. Choice making or training your free will takes place in the now and has to be done anew repeatedly many times each day. The longer the periods of time during which you actualize your choice not to smoke, the more quickly diminishes your smoking desire, becoming less intense each day. Whenever the desire to smoke returns, which is possible because the ghost of memory doesn’t just leave your subconscious, you are once again compelled to make a new choice. This time, however, your conscious mind finds it much easier to stick with its previous successful choice because of the newly improved selfconfidence and self-esteem. The conscious retraining of your mind will benefit your entire life. It will restore your power of free will and remove the “victim” within you. Because you have been told so many times in your life that you cannot do this or cannot do that, you began to use this formula to accept your addiction as being too difficult to quit as well. By reclaiming your power of making conscious choices, you will be able to break the self-fulfilling “I can’t” pattern in your life for good. This will become a great asset in every part of your life. Ending the Addiction Before you decide to stop smoking (or any other addiction), make sure that you are aware of the following points: Make ending your addiction a priority in your life. Don’t try to make too many other changes in your life at the same time. Don’t reward yourself for ending the habit; quitting is enough of a reward. It is good not to tell anyone about your intention to stop smoking because this only undermines your freedom to choose to smoke. Carry your cigarettes or tobacco with you, so you can choose to smoke whenever you decide to. Also, people will assume you are still smoking; this way you don’t have to prove to anyone that you are capable of quitting the habit. Unless for health reasons, don’t try to avoid places where other people smoke; you want to remain in charge under all circumstances. Realize that unless you are traveling on an airplane or a bus you are always free to smoke whenever you wish to, even if you have to do it out in the cold air. Avoid substituting things like tea, coffee, chocolate, chewing gum, more exercise, drinking mineral water, etc. for cigarettes, as they won’t satisfy your desire to smoke in the long run. 192 Choose a starting time of your program to stop smoking that does not coincide with an emotional upheaval or stressful situation. It is best to link the starting date with a positive event in your life. New moon day is one of the best days to start quitting. Think about all the benefits that will come to you when you stop smoking, i.e., better health, less mucus discharge from the lungs, cleaner breath, saving money, etc. Acknowledge your desire to smoke when it comes up by saying to yourself: “I really have the desire to smoke now and I feel free to do so, but right now I decide not to smoke.” When the desire to smoke returns in an hour or so, you may choose to fulfill it this time. This will teach you to consciously accept your desire to smoke, but not always fulfill it. By choosing not to smoke each time the desire emerges, you train your mind to make conscious choices. Often, your desire to smoke is coupled with clues like drinking a cup of coffee, the ringing of the telephone, waiting for a bus or a taxi, or switching on the television set. Your addiction is a “program” that you have written in your subconscious mind and associated with such clues. As the clues occur, your desire to smoke pops up, too. The next time you want to smoke when the telephone rings, while you drink a cup of coffee, or after you switch on the TV, make the conscious choice to wait for a few minutes until you have the time or opportunity to smoke consciously. Another suggestion is to smoke somewhere in the house or garden where you usually don’t smoke. This will sever the ties to your subconscious and make your decision whether to smoke or not a more conscious one. Allow your desire to smoke to become quite strong before you actually reach for the cigarette; in other words, you will still have the freedom to smoke but postpone your decision for a while until you really feel the discomfort. Notice where in your body you feel tense, irritable or nervous. It is important to feel how strong your desire to smoke becomes before you light up. Most smokers give into the slightest urge to smoke and do not even notice when they light up. You want to break the pattern of doing things unconsciously. To make it easier to quit smoking (or any other addiction), drink half a glass of room temperature water before you choose to smoke a cigarette every time you have the urge to smoke. Physically speaking, the urge to smoke is directly linked to toxins that were deposited in the connective tissues of the body and are now entering the blood, increasing blood thickness. The thickening of blood generally causes irritation, nervousness and anxiety, even panic. Instead of pushing the toxins back into the connective tissues (as they will surely reemerge) drinking a glass of water will make your blood thinner, which will help to remove the toxins from the body. Thus, the urge to smoke lessens each time you do this and eventually disappears altogether. Finally, your addiction to smoking is not something terrible that you need to get rid of. It is rather an unique opportunity to train yourself to become the master of your destiny. In this sense, your addiction can become one of the very best teachers you have ever had. Summary of the Technique to Stop Smoking: 1. Whenever you feel the urge to smoke, repeat to yourself: “I want to smoke now.” This will bring your desire to smoke from your subconscious into your conscious mind and allow you enough time to make the conscious choice of whether to smoke or not to smoke. Drinking half a glass of water also brings the desire into your conscious mind. 193 2. Then say to yourself: “I have the free choice to smoke now.” If you do not remind yourself of your inherent freedom of choice, your subconscious, addicted mind may believe that you can’t smoke anymore and may go into a state of rebellion. This may cause withdrawal symptoms. 3. If you feel a desperate need to smoke, acknowledge your desire by saying: “I choose to begin smoking again.” Before you reach for a cigarette check whether this is what you really want. Or you may repeat to yourself: “For the moment I accept that I want to smoke but I chose not to this time.” Think about how you would feel if you stopped smoking altogether? Follow this simple sequence every time you have the desire to smoke. The technique is fool proof because you cannot go wrong, whatever the outcome. Whether you decide to continue smoking or not, you have begun to become “aware” – a prerequisite to consciously taking charge of your life. The majority of people who follow this simple program give up smoking within one week, others take a little longer. How long it takes to quit is not important. What is important, though, is that you experience a major positive shift in your thinking and in your attitude towards yourself and others. All the research studies that show that smoking is a hazard to your health have missed the point. Instead of condemning people who smoke we should show them ways to learn from this addictive habit as we can learn from any other problem in life. This technique works equally well for any other addiction, including coffee, alcohol, drugs, sleeping pills, sugar, salt, and even work. I suggest that you read this section as often as it takes to familiarize yourself with the major points, or at least once a week. 8. Some Of Nature’s Greatest Healing Secrets Amazing Food Cures Hippocrates was the first physician in the Western Hemisphere to state that food is man’s best medicine. It is very obvious that if food can nourish and create healthy, strong bodies, it must also be able to heal them if they are ill. The many decades of research that has been done on natural foods is the least biased and most authentic of all, because there is no drug company or manipulative food industry that could take advantage of these findings and market something that is already freely available to everyone. I have listed just a few examples out of hundreds of foods that all have some amazing healing properties. It can be said that by not eating enough foods made by Mother Nature, a person is most likely to fall ill sooner or later. On the other hand, eating from her table, you may never become ill in the first place. But if you are ill now, in your search for a real cure to your ailment, you may discover that food is still the best medicine you can buy. When you consider using foods as medicine, please refer to your body type charts to check whether these foods are actually beneficial for you. Although the foods listed below may have great potential healing properties, if your body is unable to digest them properly, they may not do you any good. 194 Broccoli’s Anti-Cancer Properties Small quantities of fresh broccoli sprouts contain as much cancer protection as larger amounts of the mature vegetable sold in food markets, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. You would have to eat about two pounds of an average broccoli a week in order to reduce, say, your risk of colon cancer by about 50%. Although this is certainly possible, just 5 grams (0.17 ounces) of sprouts contain concentrations of the compound glucoraphanin equal to that found in 150 grams (5.2 ounces) of mature broccoli. The active compound is a precursor to sulforaphane, proven in animal studies to boost cell enzymes that protect against molecular damage from cancer-causing chemicals. Like other cruciferous vegetables, broccoli speeds up removal of estrogen from the body, helping suppress breast cancer. It has also anti-viral, anti-ulcer activity. In addition, broccoli is a super source of chromium that helps regulate insulin and blood sugar. Note for the Vata type: You may still benefit from broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables if you cook them with a good amount of oil or butter. Cabbage – The Romans Cancer Cure Cabbage was revered in ancient Rome as a cancer cure. Today, we know it’s cancer-curing effects from its numerous anti-cancer and antioxidant compounds. Cabbage speeds up estrogen metabolism, which is thought to help block breast cancer and suppress growth of polyps, a prelude to colon cancer. According to research, eating cabbage more than once a week cut men's colon cancer odds by as much as 66 percent. As little as two daily tablespoons of cooked cabbage protected subjects against stomach cancer. Cabbage also contains powerful anti-ulcer compounds; its juice has shown to help heal ulcers in humans. It even has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. Red cabbage has twice the fiber as white cabbage. It is known for its balancing effects on blood cholesterol. Cauliflower and Brussels sprouts have similar benefits. Bok Choy, which is brimming with minerals, has been found to lower high blood pressure by 30 points or more. No need for expensive prescription drugs that ruin your liver, kidneys and digestive systems. Cauliflower Helps With Breast Cancer Cauliflower is a cruciferous family member that contains many of the same cancer-fighting, hormoneregulating compounds as its cousins, broccoli and cabbage. Cauliflower is one of the least popular vegetables, but this doesn’t make it less important. Researchers have found it helps women to break down estrogen and produce estrogen-byproducts is a safe way, slashing breast cancer risk by 40%. It also helps ward off colon cancers. 195 The Great Carrot Phenomenon Carrots are a rich source of beta carotene, a powerful anti-cancer, artery-protecting, immune-boosting and infection-fighting antioxidant. Recent research has shown that a single carrot a day slashed stroke rates in women by 68 percent! No drug can get even close that. If you are or were a smoker, the betacarotene in one medium carrot cuts your lung cancer risk in half. Your eyes will be grateful for that carrot per day as well. It has been shown that high doses of beta carotene, as found in carrots, substantially reduces odds of degenerative eye diseases (cataracts and macular degeneration). It also helps with chest pain (angina). The high soluble fiber in carrots balances blood cholesterol and promotes regularity. Cooking has shown to make it easier for the body to absorb the beta-carotene. Celery – Better Than Viagra Celery has long been known one of the best foods to keep your blood pressure normal. It dilates blood vessels like most potent drugs, but without the harmful side effects. Who would have thought, though, that this common food could turn out to be far more effective than Viagra or any other sex-enhancing drug ever produced? According to an exhaustive study of purported aphrodisiac foods, celery is the “sexiest” substance on earth. This unlikely-sounding candidate combines ideal amounts of vitamin E, magnesium, niacin, potassium and zinc – all required for optimum sex. And it gets even better. Celery contains arginine, a natural amino acid that expands blood vessels much like Viagra. Yet, unlike Viagra, arginine also increases blood flow to the clitoris and makes female genitals more responsive. Furthermore, the actual aroma of celery contains two steroids called androsterone and androstenol. The research showed that the subtle odor of these two chemicals travels through the nose and attracts the opposite sex. Celery has other benefits, too. It contains an ingredient acetylenics, which has been shown to stop the growth of cancer cells. Celery is an excellent source of organic sodium, which gives it a slightly salty taste. Along with potassium, chlorine sodium helps to maintain the body’s electrolyte balance. Sodium is also necessary for hydrochloric acid production in the stomach and is involved in many glandular secretions. Celery is also an excellent source of vitamin C, a vitamin that helps to support the immune system. Celery is a natural diuretic, and thus useful in circulatory disorders, such as high blood pressure and lymphatic congestion. Chinese physicians have long used celery to dependably reduce blood pressure. Now scientists have discovered exactly why it works so well. Celery contains unique oil that relaxes the muscles that regulate blood pressure, improving flow, and lowering pressure. Just 4 stalks a day (or some celery juice) do the trick. 196 Avocado – The Delicious Super Fruit Avocado is a very dense fruit, packed with nutrients. It is especially rich in vitamin A. It also contains plenty of B vitamins, especially niacin, folic acid, calcium, iron, 9 essential amino acids, and a mountain of potassium. The avocado has shown to benefit circulation, lower cholesterol, and dilate blood vessels. It's true that avocados are high in fat – one reason they've earned the nickname "butter pear." But it's primary fat, monounsaturated oleic acid (also concentrated in olive oil), acts as an antioxidant to block LDL cholesterol. A 1996 study by researchers at the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social in Mexico looked at the health benefits of daily avocado consumption. The 45 subjects who ate avocados every day for just one week experienced an average of 17 percent drop in total blood cholesterol. Their cholesterol ratio also changed in a healthy way: Their LDL (low-density lipoprotein) and triglycerides dropped significantly while their HDL (high-density lipoprotein) levels climbed. Avocados are also rich in beta-sitosterol which was shown to reduce cholesterol in 16 human studies. Beta-sitosterol is a widely prescribed anti-cholesterol drug that interferes with cholesterol absorption, but has serious side-effects. Avocados have four times the amount found in oranges that had previously been cited as the richest fruit source of beta-sitosterol. Avocado has been found to have three times the amount of glutathione than in any other fruit. Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant shown to block thirty different carcinogens and to block the proliferation of the AIDS virus in test tube experiments. Studies have revealed a strong correlation between increased glutathione intake (from food) and decreased risk of oral and pharyngeal cancer. I have been eating ½ avocado in my daily lunch salad (avoid eating it in the evening) for over 20 years and found it to be one of the most nutritious foods around. Mashing an avocado and rubbing it into your hair for five minutes after washing will add luster to your hair; rinse afterwards. In South Africa, an avocado mask made of mashed avocados, honey, and lime juice is applied to the face as a moisturizing treatment to counteract the drying effects of the hot sun. . Blueberries and Cranberries Protect Kidneys, Heart, Eyes, Skin Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are triggered by bacteria, primarily E. coli, adhering to the walls of the bladder or kidney. Many scientific studies have found that blueberries and cranberries are beneficial in fighting UTIs by blocking or prohibiting the growth of bacteria. Cranberry juice has traditionally been known to clear up a bladder infection or urinary tract infection within 1-2 days. Take some juice 4 times per day, about ½ hour before meals and just before going to sleep. Research shows that blueberries contain high concentrations of antioxidant compounds with medicinally beneficial properties. Blueberry's reported medicinal benefits include preventing urinary tract infections, stimulating anti-cancer activity, reducing heart disease risk, strengthening collagen, regulating blood sugar, improving night vision, reducing replication of the HIV virus, and treating diarrhea. Cranberries are rich in bioflavonoids and natural vitamin C which stimulate the immune system and fight off infection. Just eating more cranberries in the winter can ward off colds and flu. In addition, cranberries can reduce the occurrence of kidney stones. They can also help dilate the bronchial tubes during an asthma attack. They are even beneficial for Acne-suffers. Cranberries prevent Acne-causing bacteria from entering the skin, so breakouts are less frequent and less severe. 197 The malic acid contained in cranberries helps soften stones in the bile ducts of the liver, and thus may be helpful in the preparatory phase of the liver cleanse. It is best to use a pure form of organic, concentrate which can be diluted at the ratio of one part juice to four parts water. The Healing Power in Green Beans Also known as snap beans, green beans are loaded with nutrients of significant medicinal value. They are an excellent source of vitamin K (154.9% of the daily value in one cup). Vitamin K is essential for maintaining strong bones. Greens beans also are a rich source of the equally important vitamin A (notably through their concentration of carotenoids including beta-carotene). And, as you know when you chew on green beans, they contain loads of useful fiber, which helps prevent colon cancer. In addition, green beans are packed with vitamin C, riboflavin, potassium, iron, manganese, folate, magnesium, and thiamin. Plus, they are a good source of thiamin, phosphorous, calcium, niacin, vitamin B6, copper, protein and zinc. For atherosclerosis, diabetic heart disease, and stroke, few foods compare to green beans in their number of helpful nutrients. Magnesium and potassium work together to help lower high blood pressure, while folate and vitamin B6 help convert the potentially dangerous protein molecule homocysteine into other, benign molecules. Homocysteine can directly damage blood vessel walls if not promptly converted; high levels are associated with a significantly increased risk of heart attack and stroke. The iron content in green beans is twice as high as in spinach. This useful plant iron comes in ionic, organic form, unlike the toxic rust (iron oxide) contained in food supplements and breakfast cereals. Iron is an integral component of hemoglobin, which transports oxygen from the lungs to all body cells, and is also part of key enzyme systems for energy production and metabolism. To properly utilize iron for hemoglobin synthesis the body requires copper, which is also amply present in green beans. The vitamins C, A and Zinc present in green beans help to maintain optimal immune function and acne-free skin. Last but not least, green beans help maintain your memory with thiamin (Vitamin B1). The many nutrients in green beans can help to prevent a number of different conditions, including Alzheimer's, atherosclerosis, diabetic heart disease, colon cancer, asthma, arthritis, acne, ear infections, and maybe even colds and flu. Note: Green beans contain a measurable amount of oxalates. So if you suffer from oxalic acid stones in the kidneys, make certain to cleanse your kidneys before eating green beans on a regular basis. The Bone Bone-Building Power of Brussels Sprouts By age 70, one of every two women in the United States will likely suffer a painful fracture due to weak bones. Hip fractures are often fatal. But, a new woman’s study shows that by eating a 3-ounce serving of Brussels sprouts, women can slash the risk of a hip fracture by 30%. In addition, phytochemicals found in Brussels sprouts enhance the activity of the body’s natural defense systems to protect against disease, including cancer. Scientists have found that sulforaphane, a potent phytonutrient found in Brussels sprouts and other brassica vegetables, boosts the body's detoxification enzymes. Brussels sprouts are a good source of fiber and folate and an excellent source of vitamin C. Vitamin C supports immune function and the manufacture of collagen, a protein that forms the basic substance of 198 body structures including the skin, connective tissue, cartilage, and tendons. In addition, a cup of Brussels sprouts contains a whopping 1122 IU of vitamin A, plus 669 IU of beta-carotene, both of which are important for defending the body against infection and promoting supple, glowing skin. Artichoke – For Good Digestion The artichoke (Cynara scolymus) has been known for centuries for its beneficial effects on digestion. Its most noted effect is increased bile production. Because the body uses cholesterol to make bile acids, increasing bile acid production may balance blood cholesterol. Increasing bile acid secretions also aids digestion—one reason why artichokes have traditionally been used for indigestion. Its leaves contain phytonutrients with numerous health-enhancing effects. Kale This nutritious vegetable comes in quite a few variations and colors – green and purple being the most common. It has been part of a typical traditional diet in parts of Africa where people live very long and healthy lives. Kale is a rich source of various anti-cancer chemicals. Being a member of the cruciferous family, it is endowed with anti-cancer indoles that help regulate estrogen and fight off colon cancer. It contains more beta carotene than spinach and twice as much lutein, the most of any vegetable tested. Kale is also high in the antioxidants Vitamin C. Collard Greens and other green leafy vegetables share similar benefits. Nuts In general, nuts have anti-cancer and heart-protective properties. Almonds and walnuts particularly help balance cholesterol levels. Both contain high concentrations of antioxidant oleic acid and monounsaturated fat, similar to that in olive oil, known to protect arteries from damage. Almonds, however, seem to be the most valuable of the two. A total of six studies showed the resounding results of almonds’ ability to lower total and LDL cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease by 10 percent. All it takes is to eat one small handful of almonds (1 ounce) a day. Nuts generally are high in antioxidant vitamin E, shown to protect against chest pain and artery damage. Brazil nuts are extremely rich in selenium, an antioxidant also linked to lower rates of heart disease and cancer. Walnuts contain ellagic acid, an antioxidant and cancer-fighter, and are high in omega-3 type oil. Nuts are also good regulators of insulin and blood sugar, preventing steep rises. This makes them appropriate foods for those with glucose intolerance and diabetes. It is interesting to note that nuts have been found lacking in the diets of those who later develop Parkinson's disease. Beware of allergies and rancid nuts: Nuts, particularly peanuts, are a prime cause of acute allergic reactions in susceptible individuals. Avoid nuts that are broken, for they become rancid easily. Nut butters are also notorious for causing adverse reactions in the digestive system. When ground and thereby 199 exposed to oxygen, they oxidize, i.e., become rancid. Rancid fats are very toxic and a major cause of illness. They may even lead to Crohn’s disease. Eat only fresh nuts. Avoid eating nuts that come mixed up with dried fruits or in commercially produced breakfast cereals (the nuts are rancid and the dried fruits contain fungi). Fresh Corn Can Help Reverse Vision Problems Almost every person with age-related macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of blindness, suffers from lutein-deficiency. A recent study showed that consuming 6 mgs of lutein in your food per day reduces your risk of this disorder by a whopping 43%. Fresh corn is an excellent source of lutein. Rice This common food has anti-diarrheal and anti-cancer properties. Like other seeds, rice contains anticancer protease inhibitors. Of all grains and cereals, it is the least likely to provoke bowel distress, such as intestinal gas or spastic colon. In Vata types, whole rice is excellent for constipation; it lowers cholesterol and tends to block development of kidney stones. Basmati rice appears to have the highest nutritious value. It is a rich source of iron, selenium, thiamine and niacin. It contains also a good amount of vegetable protein. Coconut Oil – A Gift from the Tropics Virgin Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, a proven antiviral and antibacterial agent. It is currently being used in treating AIDS. Monolaurin is a monoglyceride of lauric acid. Lauric acid is also found in human mother's milk, which makes coconut milk and excellent alternative to milk-formula foods. Delicious-tasting coconut oil is not only satisfying to your taste buds, but it also cleanses your colon by gently softening and loosening old fecal material, and helping to remove it without unpleasant side effects. It has a strongly alkalizing effect in the body, which is beneficial for every disease process. The tropical oil has a substance that has been shown to raise HDL cholesterol levels, the good kind, thereby lowering the risk of heart attack. For those who are concerned about infestation with intestinal parasites and Candida albicans, coconut’s anti-parasitic properties help purge pathogenic organisms by robbing them of their protective coating. A natural anti-yeast treatment, coconut oil has been known for many centuries to prevent yeast infections in women in Pacific islands. During scientific tests, both capric and lauric acid found in coconut oil in very large amounts were found to be absolutely lethal to all major strains of Candida albicans. Research comparing Pacific Islanders with People showed that their health was extremely good compared to Western standards. These Islanders had no signs of kidney disease or hypothyroidism that might influence fat levels. There was no hypercholesterolemia (high blood cholesterol). All inhabitants were lean and healthy despite a very high saturated-fat diet from coconut oil. In fact, the populations as a 200 whole had ideal weight-to-height ratios as compared to the Body Mass Index figures used by nutritionists. Digestive problems are rare. Constipation is uncommon. They average two or more bowel movements a day. Atherosclerosis, heart disease, colitis, colon cancer, hemorrhoids, ulcers, diverticulitis, and appendicitis are conditions with which they are generally unfamiliar with. Coconut oil also assists with dissolving and removing toxins that are trapped in fatty deposits, thereby making fat accumulation increasingly unnecessary (accumulation of fat is a survival mechanism to keep toxins engulfed within fatty tissue). This may explain why coconut oil helps to build lean muscles. Many body builders, personal trainers, Olympic athletes, and others use it for building lean body mass Coconut oil is easily digested, even by weak and compromised digestive systems. It assists with most digestive disorders, such as Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome. This oil does not require any enzymes or carriers to be transported across cell membranes. Once it has reached the cell interior, it is used for energy. This makes coconut a readily available energy source. Coconut oil has also been shown to balance hypothyroidism. It is a saturated fat made up primarily of medium chain fatty acids. Also known as medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), medium chain fatty acids are known to increase metabolism, and promote weight loss, and immobilize yeast bacteria If required, coconut oil raises basal body temperatures while increasing metabolism, which is great news for those suffering low thyroid functions, and those afflicted with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Coconut oil is useful for the very young and the very old. It is one of the healthiest and safest oils. Unlike most oils, coconut oil will not oxidize upon heating. This makes coconut oil the ideal cooking oil. With the exception of Kapha types, the average adult can safely include about 3.5 tablespoons of coconut oil per day in their diet. It will not make you fat, and best of all it is non-toxic, very much unlike many prescription antifungals. But, start out with a low dose until you find out what your side effects from the break down of yeast affects you. Apart from its internal benefits, when applied to the skin, coconut oil will protect from sunburn, drying, chapping and harmful germs. A Banana a Day May Keep the Doctor Away When you compare it to an apple, the banana has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrates, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around. Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose – combined with fiber. In this form a banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has shown that just two bananas can provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. The banana has also been found helpful for a number of illnesses and conditions: Depression: Depressed people often feel better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin. This powerful hormone is known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier. PMS: The banana’s vitamin B6 helps regulate blood glucose levels, which can positively affect your mood and calm the nervous system. Anemia: High in organic iron (versus inorganic iron used in supplements), bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and thereby improve anemia. Blood Pressure and Brain Power: High in potassium, yet low in sodium, bananas are very effective in balancing blood pressure. This effect led the US Food and Drug Administration to allow the banana 201 industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke. And, for the same reasons, students were found to be more alert and increased academic performance when eating bananas for breakfast and at lunchtime. Constipation: High in fiber, bananas in the diet have helped restore normal bowel functions in people suffering from constipation. Heartburn: Having a natural antacid effect, bananas have helped people suffering with heartburn. Banana neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach. Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness. Mosquito bites: If bitten by an insect, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Banana skin is known for reducing swelling and irritation. Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system. S.A.D.: Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan. Smoking: Bananas have also helped people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 and the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal. Stress: The banana’s potassium helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates the body's water balance. During stress, our metabolic rate rises; this in turn drops potassium levels. Bananas can reverse this effect of stress. Strokes: According to research published in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by stroke by as much as 40%! Please note that the above food recommendations do not apply to all body types equally. Before you start eating these foods, verify with your body type food charts whether these foods are beneficial for you or not. SHOULD WE EAT ORGANIC FOODS? For the reasons given below, the answer is a definite “yes”. Whether you are able to afford to buy organic foods or even have access to such foods is a question, though, that only you can answer. Organic foods are still very expensive when compared with pesticide-treated produce. If your budget is very limited, but you still want to feed your body the best possible food available, you may either need to grow your own fruits and vegetables or increase your spending on food In a report on organic foods, published in "Coronary and Diabetic Care” in the UK, 2004, it was stressed that the use of pesticides in food production correlated with a significant reduction in the health benefits of foods. For example, there exists a strong a connection between pesticide use and the antioxidant content of food. Crops that are visited and stressed by insects are known to produce polyphenolic compounds, which are naturally potent antioxidants. These compounds not only ward off insects, but also increase the nutritional value of the plants. However, when crops are treated with pesticides, they don't need the natural protection of polyphenolics, and produce less of the compounds. Foods that contain pesticides are not only less beneficial in the nutritional sense, but also quite harmful. The UK report noted that pesticide use has been associated with a variety of health risks, including cancer, fetal abnormalities, chronic fatigue, and Parkinson's disease. One study showed that women with breast cancer are five to nine times more likely to have traces of pesticides in their blood 202 than women who don't have the cancer. If you are concerned about breast cancer, you may definitely need to weigh the risks of cancer against budgetary stress. Furthermore, organic foods are free of food additives such as MSG, hydrogenated fats, and artificial sweeteners and coloring agents, which have been associated with a risk of asthma, headaches, growth retardation, and hyperactivity in children. As the UK report further pointed out, these additives have been linked to the development of allergies. Another advantage of organic food is that it is free of genetically modified (GM) organisms. The report notes that only ten studies of GM foods have been conducted so far. Among those, the ones that were completely independent of funding or input from companies with GM affiliations found evidence of harmful effects in the gut lining of humans. Overall, organic foods have been found to be more nutritious than conventionally grown foods. In one study comparing the vitamin and mineral content of organic foods vs. non-organic foods, the organics showed higher levels in all 21 of the examined nutrients. For example, the vitamin C and magnesium levels in the organic foods were 27 percent and 29 percent higher, respectively, compared to the nonorganic samples. The study also showed minerals to be significantly higher in organic spinach, potatoes, cabbage, and lettuce. So, if you have a choice, choose organic foods over chemically treated foods. This may burden your budget somewhat, but lift the burden on your stomach. Cinnamon –Medicine for Diabetics Who would have thought that this culinary spice possesses numerous profound healing properties! Taking one-quarter to one-half teaspoon of cinnamon works just as well as the statin drugs in lowering cholesterol and triglycerides as well as blood glucose. Plus, you can get a pound of cinnamon for as little as $3, and save yourself dreadful side effects. According to research conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, cinnamon helps to control blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics. Ground cinnamon helps stimulate the production of glucoseburning enzymes and boosts insulin's effectiveness. In one study, cinnamon made insulin 20 times more capable of breaking down blood sugars. To benefit type 2 diabetes you will need to eat about ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon per day. [According to other research, diabetics also benefit from ground fenugreek, turmeric, ginger, bitter melon extract, bilberry extract and gymnema sylvestre extract.] Cinnamon has also been shown to lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels, and to prevent and improve heart disease. More recent research shows that cinnamon does more than just ward off diabetes and heart disease. It • • • • • • • Supports digestive function Constricts and tones tissues Relieves congestion Alleviates pain, inflammation, and stiffness of muscles and joints Eases menstrual discomfort Stimulates circulation Kills bacteria, including E. coli. 203 Cinnamon also makes you smarter. In a study testing cognitive abilities, participants were given cinnamon, both orally and nasally. The conclusion of the study was that cinnamon is effective in enhancing cognitive functions. Cinnamon also reportedly scores high as an aphrodisiac for males. So whether you use cinnamon to improve your health, your mental capacity, your love life, or all of the above, it makes good sense to include cinnamon in your diet whenever possible. You may add it to your cereals, vegetables or favorite beverage, such as herbal tea. Scientists have also discovered that curry powder (mainly tumeric, cumin, cardamon, coriander, ginger, red pepper, fenugreek and fennel) with cinnamon, bay leaves and cloves triples the effectiveness of insulin. What a delicious way to help diabetes and numerous other disorders! Turmeric – A Powerful Decongestant Turmeric, Curcuma longa is the bright yellow constituent of curry powder. Medicinally, it is both an adaptogen and a bioprotectant. Practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine have used turmeric for millennia. The active principles, known as "curcuminoids,” possess anti-inflammatory properties comparable in strength to steroidal and nonsteroidal drugs. Curcuminoids are distinguished further for their antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, antimutagen, anticancer and detoxifying properties. Curcuminoids prevent the formation of free radicals while scavenging and neutralizing those already formed. Traditionally, turmeric has been used to treat jaundice and other liver problems, promote circulation dissolve blood clots, relieve the pain of arthritis and rheumatism, and cure diarrhea, sinus congestion, and ear infections. Today it is also used by AIDS patients as an alternative, organic, natural herbal medicinal remedy to relieve throat and chest congestion by expelling mucus from the body. You can add generous amounts of turmeric to your cooked foods every day. Added to vegetables, rice, beans, soups, etc., tumeric does not just taste delicious, but is also deliciously healthy. Tumeric can be applied externally (as a paste) to help heal hemorrhoids, wounds, cuts, and burns (beware of its yellow-staining effect). Ginger Combats Motion Sickness Conducted by Svensborg Hospital in Denmark, a seasickness trial and clinical study has shown that ginger was as effective as or superior to over-the-counter drugs in dealing with motion sickness. It is indeed a safer option than over-the-counter drugs which cause drowsiness. In another clinical trial conducted by Department of Anesthesiology at St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London researchers were able to show that 1g of ginger powder was as effective at preventing postoperative nausea and vomiting as the tranquilizer commonly used by hospitals and much safer. Ginger is also effective for relieving the severity of nausea and vomiting of pregnancy. Using ginger to quell morning sickness does not raise the risk of birth defects, according to a new study co-authored by Dr. Gideon Koren, director of the Motherisk Program at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. The sickness-reducing effects seem more pronounced when the ginger is taken along with some honey. 204 Ginger has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of inflammation and rheumatism. Indian research showed that a highly purified and standardized ginger extract had a statistically significant effect on reducing symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee. Research confirms that ginger acts as an anti-thrombotic and anti-inflammatory agent in humans. It has shown to have antibiotic properties in test tubes (kills salmonella and staph bacteria), and act as an antiulcer agent in animals. Also, it has anti-depressant, anti-diarrheal and strong antioxidant activity. Ginger is also high in anti-cancer activity. Ginger has bee successfully used to in the treatment of vomiting, headaches, chest congestion, cholera, colds, diarrhea, stomach ache, and nervous diseases. Other research on gingerols demonstrated, the active components of ginger (the rhizome of Zingiber officinale, Roscoe), represent a potential new class of platelet activation inhibitors. Ginger’s blood thinning effects account for its great benefits for heart disease patients. Chewing on a small piece of fresh ginger with a little honey, drinking some water with a few drops of ginger extract, or taking capsules of ginger powder are the best options of choice. Cayenne pepper – To Protect your Heart and Stomach According to research by Italian doctors, red pepper powder (cayenne) has shown to reduce symptoms in more than half of patients suffering with functional dyspepsia. The subjects consumed 2.5 grams of red pepper powder each day (divided into capsules taken before each of three meals). Many herbalists believe that Cayenne not only aids the digestive system, but also benefits the heart and circulatory system. It acts as a catalyst and increases the effectiveness of other herbs when used with them. Cayenne is very rich in vitamins A & C, has the complete B complexes, and is very high in organic calcium and potassium, which is one of the reasons it is good for the heart. Cayenne has been known to stop heart attacks within 30 seconds (a teaspoon of Cayenne extract in a glass of hot water every 15 minutes until the crisis has passed). Cloves – Nature’s Pharmacy Cloves have warming, antibacterial and antiseptic properties. This herb relieves pain, lessens nausea and prevents or relieves vomiting. It combats and neutralizes pathogenic bacteria and prevents infection. It is often used as a topical tooth and gum pain killer. Chewing on a piece of clove after meals helps remove bad breath. Clove has great preventative value for a number of disorders. For example, it discourages blood platelet clumping, which is associated with cardiovascular disease. This herb contains volatile, essential oils that aid digestion and relieve gas pain and distention; it promotes peristalsis. Its astringent effect helps keep hemorrhages under control. 205 In addition, clove encourages the loosening of phlegm from the respiratory tract. It also stimulates blood flow to the skin causing local reddening. For those who easily get cold inside the body, this herb increases internal heat, dispels internal chill and strengthens metabolism and circulation. Clove strengthens stomach functions, and restores, nourishes, and supports the entire body; it exerts a gently strengthening effect on the body. For those afflicted with parasites, clove expels or repels intestinal worms. One of the most promising effects of cloves is derived from its cholesterol lowering effects. Every day for about one month, let 6 pieces of clove soak in half a glass of water overnight, remove the cloves in the mornings with a spoon or fork, and drink this water every day for about one month. This should help restore your cholesterol levels back to what is normal for your body. Honey – The World’s Best Wound Healer? Would you have ever guessed that this delicious food made by honeybees is actually one of mankind’s oldest-known medicines? Dating as far back as 5,000 years, honey has been successfully used to treat burns, coughs and ulcers. Hippocrates, the Greek physician, also praised honey’s healing powers and came up with many honey-based treatments for ailments such as skin disorders, ulcers and sores. In World War I, German physicians used a mixture of honey and cod liver oil to treat gunshot wounds. According to John Riddle, professor of ancient science at North Carolina State University, a medical text written on papyrus from 3000 years B.C. specifies the use of honey for head wounds. He says that perhaps “the honey helped prevent swelling and sealed off the wound to keep air and infection out.” Recent Research shows that honey is far superior to antiseptics and antibiotics. Israeli researchers took honey to the test. They applied the sweet, sticky food twice a day to wounds of nine infants after two weeks of intravenous antibiotic treatment and daily antiseptic cleansing failed to heal them. Following just 5 days of honey treatment, the babies’ wounds improved significantly. After 16 more days, they were closed, clean, and sterile. In a Yemeni study, honey showed to have a significant advantage over antiseptics used for infected surgical wounds. Fifty women whose wounds became infected were divided into two groups. One group was treated with honey, the other with antiseptics. The patients in the honey group recovered within 7 to 11 days, whereas the antiseptic group needed 12 to 27 days. Although modern creams and antibiotics may have healing effects, they have the disadvantage of killing tissue and causing scabs and scars. But how many of us think to put honey under that Band-Aid or bandage. Like in the above studies, results of a three year clinical trial at the University Teaching Hospital in Calabar, Nigeria, showed that unprocessed honey can heal wounds when more modern dressings and antibiotic treatments fail. In 59 patients treated for wounds and external ulcers, honey was effective in all but one case. Much to the surprize of the researchers, topical applications kept sterile wounds sterile until they had time to heal, while infected wounds became sterile within a week. Astonishingly, honey was even shown to remove dead tissue from persistent wounds, helping some patients avoid skin grafts or amputations. According to the European Journal of Medical Research, topical honey proved to have positive effects on post-operative wound infections due to gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria following Caesarean sections and hysterectomies. Honey provides a moist healing environment yet prevents bacterial growth even when wounds are heavily infected," notes Dr. Peter Molan of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato, New 206 Zealand. "It is a very effective means of quickly rendering heavily infected wounds sterile, without the side effects of antibiotics, and it is even effective against antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria." The reason honey is able to stop infection may actually be quite simple. Ordinary honey ties up water so that bacteria in a wound have insufficient water to multiply. The water activity of honey inhibits bacterial growth. In addition, the pH of honey is between 3.2 and 4.5 – low enough to inhibit the growth of many common bacteria. The major antibacterial activity in honey, however, is thought to be due to hydrogen peroxide which is produced enzymatically. The level of hydrogen peroxide produced is antibacterial, but doesn’t damage the cell tissues. Applications: Apply honey to cuts, scrapes, or burns and cover with a clean bandage. Change dressings one to three times daily, as needed. Use honey as a first-aid dressing material where there could be time for infection to set in before medical treatment is obtained. For internal disinfection and as a preventative measure, every morning, drink a glass of warm water with a teaspoon of honey and a little lemon juice. Honey also has sleep-inducing, sedative and tranquilizing properties. Nursing salve: Nursing mothers, try covering cracked, sore nipples with honey-soaked gauze to prevent infection. Note: excessive heat or prolonged exposure to light can rob honey of its antibacterial properties. Always store in a dark, cool place. Hydrogen Peroxide for Colds and Flu Speaking of hydrogen peroxide, this naturally occurring substance has great benefits for the flu and colds. It can be effective 80% of the time, especially if used when the symptoms first appear. In 1928 Richard Simmons, M.D. hypothesized that colds and flu viruses enter the body through the ear canal, not through the eyes, nose or mouth, as most have believed. His findings were dismissed by the medical community. But he insisted you catch the flu or the cold via the ear canal, and he may be correct. In 1938 German researchers had great success using hydrogen peroxide for treatment of colds and the flu. However, their data has been ignored for over 60 years, perhaps because there is not much money to be made selling hydrogen peroxide. In general, keeping your fingers out of your ears will greatly reduce your chances of coming into contact with these viruses, however, since they are microscopic and can be air-borne, they may settle on or even in your ear. According to the German findings, once the germs have entered the inner-ear (middle-ear) they will start breeding. From there, they have easy access to the rest of the body, infecting it throughout. The treatment is simple, and involves administering a few drops of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (H202) into each ear, although often only one ear is infected. The H202 starts acting immediately and after 2-3 minutes all germs have been neutralized. There will be some bubbling noise sensation in the ears, and perhaps even mild stinging. Start with one ear, and once the bubbling has subsided, drain onto tissue and repeat with the other ear. One or two applications are usually enough. 207 Hydrogen peroxide at 3% solution is perfectly safe for infants/children and available at any drug store for a couple of dollars. The best way to administer it is to use a dropper. If the H202 gets into the eyes, rinse them with water. The Miracle of Unrefined Salt Natural sea salt contains 92 essential minerals, whereas refined, adulterated sea salt contains only two elements, sodium (Na) and chlorine (Cl). When there is a dietary deficiency of trace elements, cells lose the ability to control their ions. This has dire consequences for the human body. Even if ion equilibrium is lost for just one minute, cells in the body begin to burst. This can lead to nervous disorders, brain damage or muscle spasms, as well as breakdown of the cell-regenerating process. When ingested, natural sea salt (reconstituted seawater) allows liquids to freely cross body membranes, blood vessels walls and glomeruli (filter units) of the kidneys. Whenever the sodium chloride concentration rises in the blood, the water in the neighboring tissues is attracted to that salt-rich blood. This, in turn, allows the cells to re-absorb the enriched intra-cellular fluid. Healthy kidneys remove the saline fluids easily. The presence of refined salt, however, poses a great risk to the body. It prevents this free crossing of liquids and minerals, thereby causing accumulated fluids to stagnate in joints, lymph ducts, lymph nodes and the kidneys. Its dehydrating effect can lead to gallstone formation and numerous other health problems. The body requires salt to properly digest carbohydrates. In the presence of natural salt, saliva and gastric secretions are readily able to break down the fibrous store of carbohydrates. In its dissolved and ionized form, salt facilitates the digestive process and sanitizes the gastro-intestinal tract. In contrast, commercially produced table salt has just the opposite effect. To make salt resist reabsorption of moisture and, thereby, be more convenient for the consumer, salt manufacturers add chemicals as desiccants, as well as different bleaches, to the final salt formula. The bleaching agents make the grayish-looking salt look snow-white. The salt also contains other harmful additives, including aluminum silicate, a primary cause of Alzheimer’s disease. After undergoing processing, the salt can no longer blend or combine with human body fluids. This invariably undermines the most basic chemical and metabolic processes in the body. Water retention, kidney and blood pressure problems are the most obvious consequences of salt consumption. Too much sodium can also cause muscle cramps, fatigue, irritability, confusion, muscle weakness, abdominal bloating, high blood pressure and heart disease. Refined salt is still being added to thousands of different foods. Over fifty percent of the American population suffers from water retention (the leading cause of weight gain and obesity). A good percentage of this problem can be attributed to the wide use of commercially produced salt. Before it was commercially produced, versus naturally harvested, salt was considered the most precious commodity on earth, even more precious than gold. During the Celtic era, salt was used to treat major physical and mental disturbances, severe burns and other ailments. Research has shown that seawater removes hydro-electrolytic imbalance, a disorder that causes loss of immune response, allergies and numerous other health problems. In recent years, salt has earned a bad reputation and people have learned to fear it, in the same way they fear cholesterol. Many doctors warn their patients to stay away from sodium and sodium-rich foods. But living salt-free lives, on the other hand, means having increased risk of mineral and trace mineral deficiency, as well as numerous other complications. Eating unrefined salt fulfills the body’s need for salt without upsetting the hydro-electrolytic imbalance. If your diet contains a good amount of potassium in 208 natural form, you should not have any concern about being harmed by the relatively small amount of sodium in sea salt. Foods that are particularly high in potassium are bananas, apricots, avocados, pumpkin seeds, beans, potatoes, and winter squash. When potassium levels in the body drop to below normal, sodium may become a source of imbalance. Celtic ocean salt and unprocessed rock salt are excellent salts. Celtic salt is naturally extracted through sun drying, and rock salt is millions of years old sea salt harvested from deep within the crust of the earth. Apart from having a delicious taste (in contrast to the sharp taste of commercial salt), these salts also have a detoxifying effect on the gastro-intestinal intestinal tract. For salt to be beneficial for your health, it needs to penetrate foods, thereby allowing the moisture of the fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, etc. to dissolve the salt. If salt is used in its dry state by adding it to your food afterwards, it enters the body in a non-ionized form and creates thirst (a sign of being poisoned). This occurs, for example, when you eat salted chips or popcorn. Since the salt is not being properly assimilated and utilized in that form, it may lead to other disturbances as well. You may dissolve a pinch of salt in a small amount of water and add that to fruit or other foods that are not usually cooked. This will aid in the digestion of those items while helping to de-acidify the body. Adding a pinch of salt to drinking water generates alkalinity in the body and provides you with important minerals and trace elements. It may be worth mentioning at this point that food should taste delicious, but not salty, in and of itself. Pitta body types require less salt than other body types. Celtic salt or other wholesome salts are not only delicious, but also essential for good health. Benefits of Real Salt • • • • • • Stabilizes irregular heartbeat and regulates blood pressure – in conjunction with water. Extracts excess acidity from the cells in the body, particularly the brain cells. Balances sugar levels in the blood, which is particularly important for diabetics. Is essential for the generation of hydroelectric energy in the cells in the body. Is vital for the absorption of nutrient components through the intestinal tract. Is needed to clear the lungs of mucus and sticky phlegm, particularly in asthma and cystic fibrosis. • Clears up catarrh and congestion in the sinuses. • Is a strong natural antihistamine. • Can prevent muscle cramps. • Helps prevent excess saliva production. Saliva that is flowing out of the mouth during sleep may indicate salt deficiency. • Makes bones firm. Twenty seven percent of the body’s salt content is located in the bones. Salt deficiency and/or eating refined salt versus real salt are leading causes of osteoporosis. • Regulates sleep; acts as a natural hypnotic. • Helps prevent gout and gouty arthritis. • Is vital for maintaining sexuality and libido. • Can prevent varicose veins and spider veins on the legs and thighs. • Supplies the body with over 80 essential mineral elements. 209 Sugars That Heal There are a number of sugars that can actually end infections without even destroying the germs that trigger them: 1. FOS FOS is a concentrated chain of fructooligosaccharides composed of carbohydrates found naturally in fruits, vegetables and grains. FOS has been a popular supplement in Japan for years and is becoming increasingly respected in the Western Hemisphere for its "prebiotic" effects. Prebiotics serve as intestinal nutrients for the probiotic beneficial bacteria that naturally populate the gut, such as bifidobacteria and lactobacilli. FOS thus promotes the ability of these bacteria to support proper digestion. Among those who may particularly benefit from FOS's healthful effects on intestinal bacteria are people who have used antibiotics (antibiotics can seriously disrupt the balance of intestinal bacteria), people who have eaten a poor diet for several months or years, visitors to foreign countries where "travelers' diarrhea" is a risk, and those who face constant stress. Japanese research has demonstrated that supplemental FOS is digested only to a small extent in the upper gastro-intestinal tract. FOS passes virtually unchanged to the colon, where it is fermented and used as a fuel by beneficial bacteria. Both beneficial and potentially detrimental organisms inhabit our lower gastro-intestinal tracts, but fortunately, many pathogenic and putrefactive bacteria cannot break the bonds that hold FOS together. According to the research, FOS can help promote up to a ten-fold increase in the populations of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli. As a result, the intestinal environment becomes increasingly uninhabitable for potentially harmful bacteria such as Escherichia coli, clostridia, Veillonella and Klebsiella. As the detrimental bacteria die off, the beneficial bacteria of the colon are allowed to grow and proliferate, establishing a beneficial intestinal balance to exert their healthpromoting effects. In addition to aiding digestion, FOS may also benefit diabetics by preventing swings in blood sugar. By helping to eliminate or prevent the formation of toxic compounds in the intestines, blood and lymph, FOS may assist the liver in its effort to keep the body toxin-free. FOS has already been shown to support cardiovascular functions by lowering blood pressure and reducing blood fats and total cholesterol levels. FOS's naturally induced ability to increase resistance to infection may be especially helpful for people at increased risk of bacterial infections. FOS also supports the production of various vitamins and minerals. Animal studies suggest that FOS may help prevent anemia and loss of bone density by promoting absorption of iron and calcium in the intestines. FOS is a mildly sweet, white, sugar-like powder that can be taken in tablet/capsule form (see Product Information ). Very high dosages may cause intestinal gas in some people. 2. Xylitol Curbs Tooth Decay Xylitol is a sugar alternative that looks and tastes like real sugar but contains less than 40% of the calories. Xylitol is a natural carbohydrate that is found in fibrous plants and vegetables, including birch 210 and other hardwood trees, berries, almond hulls and corncobs. The human body produces small amounts (5-15 grams per day) during normal metabolism. It has been approved for use as a sugar substitute in over 35 countries. Xylitol has been shown in studies to reduce plaque and cavities up to 80% by neutralizing plaque acids and inhibiting the growth of Streptococcus mutant, the plaque-producing bacteria most responsible for causing cavities (dental caries). Xylitol stimulates remineralization of tooth enamel. It has also been known to boost the immune system, and in children, Xylitol specifically inhibits the growth of Streptococcus pneumonia bacteria, reducing ear and sinus infections in clinical trials by 40%. In addition, Xylitol has been shown to improve breath odor, retard loss of tooth enamel, reduce infections in the mouth and nasopharynx, and relieve dry mouth. It is safe for diabetic and hypoglycemics. Xylitol does not encourage growth of yeast, including candida albicans. In contrast to ordinary sugar, xylitol increases the absorption of B-vitamins and calcium. Xylitol enjoys wide acceptance in Japan, Finland, and the Scandinavian countries. In the Soviet Union it has been used for decades as a sweetener for diabetics, and in Germany in solutions for intravenous feeding. Numerous clinical and field studies performed over the past 30 years have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of xylitol as a healthy alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners. Xylitol is recommended and used by dentists, periodontists and nearly all other medical and dental professionals worldwide. Xylitol is added to chewing gum, gumdrops and hard candy, mints, toothpastes and mouthwashes. Recent studies at the Dental Schools of Michigan and Indiana Universities have tested the effect of xylitol/sorbitol blends in chewing gum and mints on plaque. They showed a significant decrease in plaque accumulation. In the United States, xylitol is approved as a direct food additive for use in foods for special dietary uses. It can be purchased in bulk form from health food stores and many online stores (see Product Information ). 3. D-Mannose for Bladder/Kidney Infections D-Mannose is considered to be a simple sugar, like glucose. It is naturally found in cranberry and pineapple juice. When D-Mannose is ingested into the body, most of it is rapidly absorbed through the stomach and upper gastro-intestinal tract before reaching the intestines. The result is that almost all of the sugar is emptied into the urine through the kidneys, and only a very small amount of D-Mannose is actually metabolized by the body. Although it may not be obvious at first, but the fact that the body treats D-Mannose essentially as a waste product turns out to have very positive implications for people suffering form urinary disorders, such as bladder infection. Escherichia Coli (or E. Coli) is the normal bacterium found in every intestinal tract as part of the natural microbe population therein. When E. Coli bacteria find their way into the urinary tract, they may infect the urinary bladder. This is quite common. In fact, 80-90% of all bladder infections (cystitis) can be attributed to E. Coli entering the urinary tract, a problem 50 times more widespread among women than among men. Provided there exists a predisposing weakness of the immune system, E. Coli bacteria present in the vagina are able to migrate into the urethra and onward to the bladder, which is why many women end up with a bladder infection every time they have intercourse. Unless the immune system destroys them, E. Coli bacteria have the ability to attach themselves like glue to the inner walls of the urinary tract and bladder. 211 A bladder or urinary tract infection may be indicated by incontinence, burning sensation upon urination, sensation of urgency to urinate without the ability to void completely, reddish or cloudy urine, foul smelling urine, lower abdominal pain, and frequent urination. If left untreated, a bladder infection may lead to a kidney infection when bacteria continue to migrate up the ureters to the kidneys. In such case, there will be additional symptoms such as burning sensation during urination, frequent urination, increased urgency to urinate, lower back pain, chills, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. D-Mannose has a unique chemical structure that causes it to adhere to E. Coli bacteria even more tenaciously than E. coli adhere to human cells. Normal urination, therefore, with a sufficient level of DMannose present in the urine, becomes a simple and effective treatment for the above conditions. As remarkable as it sounds, E. Coli cells coated by D-Mannose in the urine become unglued and get flushed right out of the body. The first-time use of antibiotics in the treatment of bladder or kidney infection almost always leads to repeat infections. Although these deadly drugs successfully kill the unwanted microorganisms, they also destroy the beneficial flora responsible for keeping any infectious bacteria at bay. Essentially, the immune system depends on these “friendly” microbes to protect the body against being decomposed while still living. Use of antibiotics has caused many women to end up having yeast infections, which indicates that this protective mechanism has already been broken. D-Mannose has no anti-fungal properties. It does not kill bacteria, friendly or unfriendly. D-Mannose simply helps to remove misplaced E. coli from inside of the urinary tract by the natural process of urination. Apart from having no side effects and being of virtually no burden to the digestive system, it also tastes good. Interstitial Cystitis (IC) is a chronic bladder disorder that mimics the symptoms of an ordinary urinary tract infection (UTI). Normal therapeutic dosage is 1/2 tsp. daily for chronic sufferers of ICs and UTIs, or weekly for preventative measures (see Product Information ). In addition to the use of D-Mannose, UTI sufferers require thorough cleansing of the large intestine, liver bile ducts and kidneys, and an adjustment of diet and lifestyle as advocated in this book. Taking SSKI iodide may also be beneficial. Lapacho (Pau d’ Arco) An Amazing Incan Herbal Remedy South American physicians are using a recipe derived from the ancient civilization of the Incas to successfully treat various forms of cancer – including leukemia and other life-threatening diseases. They use the inner bark of the Lapacho Colorado Tree, or Red Lapacho - called so because of its scarlet flowers. Also known as Pau d’Arco, Ipe Roxa and Taheebo, the red Lapacho tree grows in the warmer parts of South America: Brazil, northern Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, etc. The tree apparently only grows where there is high ozone content in the air, with high concentrations of vital negative oxygen ions. It is virtually free of contaminants caused by pollutants such as pesticides or exhaust fumes. The tree has vibrant, trumpet-shaped flowers – pink, purple, or yellow, depending on the species. The Lapacho tree with the purple flowers has the most potency. The unusual thing about the flowers is that 212 they are carnivorous and eat insects, protecting the tree against pests, parasites, viral infections, and fungal growth. The power of the tree lies in the inner bark. It can be removed without damage, dried, from which an extract is obtained. The tree renews its bark and, therefore, serves as a continuous supply source. The active ingredient is known as Lapacho. The herbal remedy is valued for its ability to strengthen and balance the body’s immune system. With all the herbal cures and the treasures the Incas left us, there appears to be none as precious as Lapacho, which their descendants – the Callaway – are still using today. Lapacho is commonly applied in the alternative treatment of cancer, AIDS, and Candida Albicans overgrowth and other fungal problems as well as many other diseases of the immune system. Moreover, Lapacho is highly valued for its ability to detoxify the body, particularly the liver, kidneys, and intestinal tract. It also helps babies cope with food allergies and intestinal cramps. Research in South America on Lapacho has shown it to help reduce counter-reactions to antibiotics and to allow other medicines to work more effectively by reducing the danger of toxic effects on the liver. Lapacho can be used safely along with other medicines and even minimize their side effects. I personally have recommended it to hundreds and thousands of people, with very good results, especially for infections. Many medical doctors and dental surgeons now routinely prescribe Lapacho to their patients for infection instead of giving them antibiotics. This herb seems to work both at the causal and symptomatic level, which may explain the absence of side effects. Medicine of the Highest Caliber The following is a list of ailments that South American doctors found were helped by Lapacho: • • • • • • • • • • • • Anemia Tonic Asthma Ulcers Arteriosclerosis Blood builder Bronchitis Cancer Cystitis Diabetes Gastritis Hernias Infectious diseases Leukemia • • • • • • • • • • • Liver ailments Osteomyelitis Psoriasis Pyorrhea Parkinson’s disease Ringworm Rheumatism Skin problems Varicose veins Venereal diseases Wounds Further research showed that Lapacho is also helpful in colds, influenza, gonorrhea, polyps, prostate infection and enlargement, tuberculosis, growths, multiple sclerosis, typhus, dizziness, impotence, hair loss, boils, snake bites, food allergies, and chemical allergies. When applied topically, it can help against dandruff, eczema and skin cancer. Scientists believe that Lapacho may even have potential in the treatment of AIDS. Aveloz is a herbal remedy which when used in combination with Lapacho is capable of practically breaking down cancer cells while Lapacho itself addresses more the cause of the disease. The fascinating revelation about the properties of Lapacho is that there has never been any record in medical research of an antibiotic chemical agent capable of destroying both bacteria and viruses. Any other known type of vegetation when exposed to water and the weather is eventually covered with spores 213 that lead to the formation of fungus. This does not occur in the case of Lapacho, indicating an uncommon resistance. Following are the known properties of Lapacho: • • • • • • ANALGESIC - agent that diminishes pain without the loss of consciousness SEDATIVE - agent that alleviates nervousness, irritation and distress DECONGESTANT - agent that relieves congestion throughout the body DIURETIC - agent used to stimulate secretion and the flow of urine HYPOTENSIVE - powerful nervine relaxant that induces sleep when necessary VIRUCIDAL - agent capable of destroying a virus The dramatic cures caused by Lapacho in Brazil were so astounding that the government of Brazil began to study and confirm its healing properties. Research at the University of Illinois, USA, supports the research in Brazil, and the claim that Lapacho does indeed contain a substance to be highly effective against cancers. Dr. Teodoro Meyer of the State University of Tucuman, Argentina, was the first researcher to discover an antibiotic substance, called Zyloiden, that he found is capable of killing viruses. Lapachol, the main ingredient of the herb, also was discovered to have powerful antitumoral action without toxic side effects. The antineoplastic activity was confirmed in 1968 when the use of Lapachol on rats carrying Yashida’s Sarcoma inhibited the growth of the tumors in 84 percent of the animals treated with high doses. Professor Accorsi of Sao Paulo University also found Lapacho to be of excellent therapeutic value in the treatment of various forms of cancer including leukemia. A Japanese research group led by doctors from the National Cancer Center confirmed Professor Accorsi’s findings. The researchers were able to extract an anti-cancer substance from Lapacho, which they found acted against leukemia and malignant tumors including those in stomach cancer. Besides its powerful healing properties, Lapacho is a powerful tonic and blood builder that increases the hemoglobin content and the number of red corpuscles. This is not surprising because Lapacho contains easily absorbable (colloidal) iron. It also assists with the proper assimilation of nutrients and the elimination of wastes, which is essential for recovery from any illness. Lapacho seems to be capable of revitalizing the body, by creating new vital elements and normal cell growth. It permits control of “incurable” diseases, lengthening life span and enhancing the quality of life both at the same time. Lapacho is a gift of nature to us humans and we may greatly benefit from accepting this gift. Dosage: To strengthen the immune system, drink 2-3 cups each day, or take 2 capsules three times daily. For infection/inflammation, cancers, or other serious illnesses, double the dosage. Beware: Not all Pau d’ Arco products sold in today’s grocery stores, on the internet and even in herbal stores are potent enough to have the effects mentioned. Look for the most reputable stores known for their high quality products, even if their prices are somewhat higher than at stores that sell the common brands. However, I found that even the extracts offered at local health food stores still have some good benefits, effective enough to counteract a simple infection or immune weakness Olive Leaf Extract This ancient herbal remedy has very similar and equally powerful healing properties as Lapacho, so I will omit repeating them here. I will mention, though, one particular ailment for which olive leave extract has especially astounding and fast-acting effects – Shingles. In most cases, five 150 mg capsules, or two 214 500 mg capsules a day, taken with food, helps to end this painful affliction within just 3-4 days. For the very elderly patients, though, it might take as long as a week or two for full recovery. Olive leaf extract is one of the natural alternatives to pharmaceutical antibiotics. It has long been known for its antimicrobial properties, and has been officially tested as an antimicrobial agent, with sufficient power to achieve a published status in peer-review journals. Astragalus Astragalus membranaceus (Dong Quai in Chinese Medicine) is mostly used to strengthen immunity and assist the body with preventing colds, the flu and other illnesses. However, according to Chinese tradition, astragalus should not be taken during the early stage of infections. It may still ward off the flu, however, if taken just as the first signs or symptoms begin to appear. Its greatest effects are preventative. Other proposed uses are: AIDS; arteriosclerosis, chemotherapy side effects, chronic active hepatitis; diabetes; genital herpes; high blood pressure; hyperthyroidism; and insomnia. Sage Oil – A Memory Booster In the 17th century, noted herbalist Nicholas Culpeper wrote that the herb sage could "heal" the memory, while, "warming and quickening the senses." Sage has always had that reputation, but no one knew why. Researchers from the Medical Plant Research Centre (MPRC) at the Universities of Newcastle and North Umbria in the UK have possibly uncovered sage’s ancient secret. An enzyme called acetyl cholinesterase (AChE) breaks down a chemical called acetylcholine that is typically deficient in Alzheimer's patients. According to a 2003 study at MPRC, sage inhibits AChE. Researchers gave 44 subjects either sage oil capsules or placebo capsules containing sunflower oil, and then conducted word recall tests. The group that received sage oil turned in significantly better test results than subjects that took the placebo. Sage can be found in health food stores and from many Internet sites. There are no known side-effects. Guarana – An Energy Booster There is another South American plant that has very unusual and beneficial health-promoting properties. The plant is known as paullinia cupana, and its seeds as Guarana. Like Pau d’ Arco, Guarana can be found in most health food stores Guarana is regarded as a natural elixir or energy booster. Often, the Amazonian Indians would eat only Guarana when they went into the jungle. They would grind the seeds, mix them with water, and drink the concoction. This alone would sustain them on their long treks. They also used Guarana to combat fever, headaches and pain. Research has shown that Guarana gently stimulates the adrenal system to combat fatigue without producing the harmful adrenalin shots. The large amount of bulk prevents its natural caffeine from being 215 released in bursts, as is the case with coffee or black tea. The gradual release of caffeine makes much energy available to the body without using up its (the body’s) own energy resources. Guarana soothes the nervous system and is, therefore, useful for stress-related conditions including anxiety and depression. It has become highly valued as a tonic herb, improving both concentration and physical stamina. Many professional sportsmen and gymnasts use it regularly. Recommended uses are: • • • • • • • • • • • When you need an energy boost (take it instead of coffee which can exhaust the nervous system) As a general tonic and stress reliever For those who live an active lifestyle or have a demanding day ahead During periods of hard work, either mental or physical As a gentle stimulant and to remove fatigue When recovering from an illness or feeling weak To slow or reverse signs of aging To help relieve headaches and migraine As a natural diuretic, to rid the body of excess fluid To relieve period pain As a non-addictive anti-depressant Whatever brand you use, be sure it is 100% pure Guarana and not mixed with any other ingredients or preservatives. Beware of chewing gums or similar products that claim to contain Guarana. The large amount of chemicals and preservatives, colorings, artificial sweeteners, etc. they contain causes considerable harm to the body, which you can confirm by doing the muscle test. The Bloodroot Paste, Indian Herb, and Healing Formula All of these products can basically accomplish the same thing. When used topically, they are able to completely remove malignant and non-malignant skin cancers, moles, large freckles and other growthtype skin blemishes. When a tiny amount is applied to a mole, for example, about one week later the mole, along with its roots and toxic deposits, is discharged from the skin and falls off. Even large cancerous tumors come out in one piece, without the need for surgery. The Healing Formula can also be taken internally and has numerous additional benefits. Cancers, for example, that are not located on the skin can be eliminated through internal use. If you intend to use these herbs only for topical use, the less expensive Indian Herb is sufficient. Caution: When you apply the Indian Herb, be very careful not to use too much of it or put it on parts of the skin that don’t require any treatment. The zinc chloride it contains can cause serious damage to healthy skin. The Bloodroot Paste doesn’t contain zinc and may be less aggressive. For more information and to purchase these herbal products see Product Information at the end of the book. 216 Pfaffia and Black Cohosh (For Women) Pfaffia (also known as Brazilian Ginseng or Suma) is very effective for menstrual problems, menopausal symptoms, diabetes and any other hormonal problems. Black cohosh is one of the most effective natural products for menopause. It helps reduce and even stop hot flushes and other discomforts during a woman’s hormonal changes (see also “The Purpose of Menopause” in Chapter 16). SSKI Iodide Iodine comes in the form of a super-saturated solution of potassium iodide known clinically as SSKI. It is available in any drugstore, usually without a prescription. SSKI iodide can end a stubborn bladder infection, dissolve ovarian cysts and excessive cholesterol, and even flatten hemorrhoids when mixed with a vegetable oil and applied topically before bedtime. It can be used for nail fungus, too. For resistant infections, prostate cancer and other estrogen-caused illnesses, use 10 drops of iodine three times daily, for four to six weeks. A few drops of SSKI iodide added to germ-infested water a few minutes before drinking it makes it safe to drink. To avoid getting sick after a long airline-flight, drink some water mixed with a few drops of SSKI iodide. The iodide travels quickly to the ears, nose and sinuses, thereby zapping hoards of bacteria and viruses circulating in the cabin air. Other applications include removal of toenail fungus, reduced flatulence and zapping of new acne. A note on thyroid disease/goiter: About 96% of goiters are caused by an iodine deficiency. If you medicate with iodine, ideally with the simple prescription-free "SSKI iodide," it should best be done under careful supervision because, if overused, iodine can lead to hypothyroidism (see below). However, eating iodine-rich foods, such as dulse (a seaweed), is a more indirect and safe way to increase iodine and shrink goiters. At the same time, it is important to remove blood vessel wall and lymphatic congestion that are behind the poor nutrient supply (including iodine) and waste drainage from the neck area and thyroid gland. Trapped lymphatic waste, consisting of metabolic waste products and dead cells, causes nodule formation and general thickening of the tissues there. This requires an overhaul of the digestive system, including the removal of all bile stones from the bile ducts of the liver, (see also The Amazing Liver Cleanse) cleansing of the colon, and changing one's diet/lifestyle according to body type requirements. And yes, it is essential to avoid all dairy foods (except unsalted butter), meat and especially foods that contain soy (thousands of processed foods contain soy). Caution: Although lack of iodine can cause thyroid disease, iodine can also suppress thyroid function when taken for long periods of time, such as several months or years. If you suffer from a thyroid condition, you need to take special care in monitoring thyroid function while using this treatment. I recommend that you consult with your doctor or a naturopathic healthcare professional before using SSKI. Although very few people are allergic to iodine, those who are should avoid it in any form. 217 Green Tea – A Tea for Life For more than 30 years, Western researchers have known that the occurrence of solid tumor cancers is far less in countries where populations consume large amounts of green tea. Cultures that are endowed with a long tea tradition have much to contribute to individual and global health. However, this applies only to green tea. Regular black tea, presently very popular almost everywhere, has not much to do with real tea. Real tea is derived from the tea plant Thea sinensis or Thea asoncica, not to be confused with herb teas such as peppermint, chamomile or fennel. Both black and green teas originate from the same tea plant, but their methods of processing are different. The breaking of the leaves of the plants and exposing them to the oxygen of the air produces black tea. The natural fermentation process destroys the most important biological ingredients of the tea – the tannins. By contrast, during the production of green tea, the leaves are stabilized through exposure to both humid and dry heat. This eliminates fermentation-producing enzymes and safeguards the nutrients. Due to fermentation, black tea assumes drug-like qualities. Since tannins and other important nutrients are no longer present in the tea, its caffeine appears in free and unbound form. The stimulating effect of the quickly released caffeine causes the addictive effect of black tea. It triggers a “fight or flight response” in the body. Since the body treats the ingested caffeine as a nerve toxin, the adrenal glands naturally respond by secreting the antidote adrenaline. This defense response by the body has a stimulating and enlivening effect. However, as soon as the effects of the caffeine and adrenaline begin to diminish, the body starts feeling tired and ends up becoming exhausted. Green tea works in a different way. The large amounts of tannins in green tea make certain that the caffeine is taken to the brain in only small and well-dosed amounts, which actually harmonizes the energies in the body. Unlike black tea, the original, green version of the tea makes the body's own energyuse more efficient. This helps the consumer of green tea improve his vitality and stamina without having to experience the “up and down” effect so often accompanied with the consumption of black tea. The value of tannin has been studied for centuries all over the world. Besides its ability to bind caffeine, it also has healing properties. Green tea is particularly helpful with intestinal disorders and high blood pressure. It has been shown to be 20 times more effective in slowing the aging process than vitamin E. Studies have demonstrated that the success rate of green tea in reducing oxidants in the body (considered responsible for aging) is 74% compared to 4% with vitamin E. The vitamin C content of green tea is four times higher than in lemon juice and it contains more B-vitamins than any other known plant. This makes green tea useful for facial skin conditions such as rosacea/acne. Apart from drinking green tea, you may apply it directly to the skin before bedtime and after washing your face in the morning. Since green tea is highly alkaline it naturally helps combat hyperacidity. People who drink green tea suffer less from arteriosclerosis. It also keeps the blood thin and prevents coronary heart disease, heart attacks and strokes. Furthermore, researchers from the University of Osaka, Japan, have been able to prove that green tea kills microbes responsible for cholera and tooth decay; it also destroys salmonella germs before they even have the chance to enter the stomach. A substance called “EGCG” has been found to retard tumor growth. The Botikin Hospital in Moscow reported that green tea is more effective against infection than antibiotics, without producing any harmful side effects. Green tea has over 100 ingredients that have been found useful for a number of conditions; it 218 • • • • • • • • • • • • • Inhibits cell mutations leading to cancer Reduces blood fats Balances serum cholesterol levels Prevents high blood pressure Increases heart efficiency Improves brain functions Enhances metabolism Improves vision Supports secretion of saliva Increases growth of hair Reduces body fat and weight Stimulates digestion Helps clear urinary tract obstructions In a study testing the preventative action of green tea, a team of researchers from the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC) found that green tea prevented breast cancer in women by 30% if they consumed about ½ cup per day. If they drank more than that, their risk of developing breast cancer was further reduced. Women who regularly drank black tea, on the other hand, didn't see a reduction in their breast cancer risk. The good news is that this study revealed that you don’t need to drink buckets full of green tea to benefit from it. The best green tea comes from the Shizuoka area in Japan; it grows organically and has no additives. People living in this area have a much lower cancer rate than those living in other areas of Japan. A reliable brand is Sencha sold by Kurimoto Trading Co., Japan. With over 130 ingredients it is the richest of all green teas. Other brands are Ocha or Bancha; you should be able to find at least one of them at a good health food store. Note: The effectiveness of green tea depends on how you prepare it. Take 1½ teaspoons of green tea for two cups of tea. While you bring water to the boil, put the tea into a pot and pour the water over the tea when the bubbles disappear. After no longer than 35-45 seconds pour the tea through a sieve into a teapot, otherwise the tea loses its effectiveness. You may use the same leaves a second time by applying the same procedure. Is There Something Toxic In Green Tea? Some web sites on the Internet claim that tea is very high in fluoride content. Fluoride in tea is supposedly much higher than the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) set for fluoride in drinking water. Another site confirms that information, adding that the typical cup of tea exceeds one milligram of fluoride, which is well over the recommended amount for fluoridated drinking water. On yet another site it says that fluorine and its compounds in food are entirely different from chemically produced sodium fluoride. It states that once an element is extracted from the soil and incorporated into plant life, its properties change greatly. Yes, fluoride is found in tea and also in mother's milk. This applies also to areas where there is no fluoride in the drinking water or air. Numerous plants contain naturally occurring 219 fluorine or fluoride compounds. The hideous version of fluoride that is added to drinking water in so many parts of the world is the poison we ought to protect ourselves against. As John R. Lee M.D., "Fluoride, once touted as an osteoporosis treatment, is, in fact, toxic to bone cells." If the naturally occurring fluoride in green tea were even remotely toxic, it would not have shown to have such a wide range of preventive and curative effects. The body’s immune system would reactively respond to it and become weakened in the process, yet quite the opposite is true. Green tea inhibits cell mutation, stimulate digestion and enhance brain functions. Synthetic fluoride causes the exact opposite responses. The fluoride - or fluorine - that occurs naturally in tea and other foods is so volatile that most of it evaporates in the heating process. The synthetic sodium fluoride that's added to water, on the other hand, remains stable when heated. So the sodium fluoride in your cup of tea is of much greater concern than the natural fluoride in the tea itself. Excessive fluoride intake can lead to hyperthyroidism. If you have been diagnosed with this disorder should consult with a doctor of Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine or an ND (doctor of naturopathic medicine) who is knowledgeable about nutrition and its effects on the body’s endocrine glands. Gingko Biloba – Brain Food I also recommend Gingko Biloba, available at most health food stores. Guarana and Gingko seem to complement each other. Gingko is considered brain food. It apparently increases blood flow to the brain, thereby improving memory and brain function. It is known to improve all kinds of circulatory problems and it especially increases blood flow to the heart, extremities, skin, eyes, inner ear and other organs. Gingko is known to relieve anxiety and depression, vertigo, headaches, tinnitus, PMS, asthma, allergy symptoms, and hepatitis. It is also a natural mood-enhancer. Aloe Vera – An Ancient Healer Throughout the ages Aloe Vera has been known as the “medicine plant,” “burn plant”, “first-aid plant” or “miracle plant”. Even today, Aloe Vera is one of the most effective plants for treating burns, healing wounds and relieving aches and pains. It is recommended for psoriasis, where, when used regularly, it reduces scaling and itching and greatly improves appearance. Aloe Vera became very popular for its use in combating the severe burning effects caused by X-rays and nuclear disasters. Radiation burns cause skin ulcerations that had been nearly incurable until physicians began trying the old folk remedy of the Aloe Vera leaf. Today, Aloe Vera has gained such great popularity that it is being used in many cosmetics and health products. Aloe Vera juice that is taken internally has been found to be effective in almost every illness, including cancer, heart disease and AIDS. In fact, there is hardly any disease or health problem for which Aloe Vera has not been proven successful. It is helpful for all kinds of allergies, skin diseases, blood disorders, arthritis, infections, yeast overgrowth, cysts, diabetes, eye problems, digestive disorders, ulcers, liver diseases, hemorrhoids, high blood pressure, kidney stones and stroke, to name a few. Effects are most beneficial if treatments are applied both internally and externally. Aloe Vera contains over 200 nutrients, including the vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, C, E, Folic acid, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, 220 manganese, copper, barium, sulphate, 18 amino acids, important enzymes, glycosides, polysaccharides, etc. There are an estimated 500 published independent research studies conducted by doctors and scientists on the healing agent found in the Aloe Vera plant and it’s non-toxic benefits. This is many more studies than one would find on any other natural substance, and hundreds of times the confirmation of safety and effectiveness of any drug available. Caution: With regular drinking of Aloe Vera, diabetics may improve the ability of the pancreas to produce more of its own insulin. Since too much insulin is dangerous diabetics should consult their physician to monitor their need for extra insulin. Many diabetics report a reduction in the amount of insulin required. Also if you experience diarrhea or intestinal cramping for more than 2-3 days, discontinue. This is due to irritants the aloe plant contains. Instead, you may choose a product that has all irritant removed. Watch out for the frauds: Since the consumer market has created a great demand for Aloe Vera juice, production is increasing rapidly. Unfortunately, many brands contain inadequate amounts of Aloe Vera juice to be effective. According to the law, if you take a 10,000-gallon vat and put 9,999 gallons of water in it and then add one gallon of Aloe Vera juice, you are allowed to advertise that it contains “100% pure stabilized Aloe Vera.” You are not required to mention how much extra water has been added to the 100% Aloe Vera juice. Hence many people are disappointed because they do not receive the acclaimed benefits. Before using any brand it is good to check out the exact table of contents as mentioned in a company’s brochure or better ask the company to give you the exact figures of contents. Also, don’t be tempted to buy the cheapest Aloe Vera juice. Aloe Vera juice is expensive. If you are not getting any benefits from it, you may have chosen the wrong product. Try other brands until you are satisfied. Tests have shown that less than one percent of readily available brands contain acceptable levels of Aloe Vera to be of any medicinal value. From the over 1,000 brands of Aloe Vera available on the market today, some hardly have a trace of Aloe Vera in them. Their labels contain such phrases “it tastes like mineral water” and “no additives or preservatives.” Chemical analysis reveals that these “products” contain almost nothing but plain mineral water. The good news is that more and more people have begun to see through the fraud business; hence, many other companies are now also introducing the real thing. Caution: With regular drinking of Aloe Vera, diabetics may improve the ability of the pancreas to produce more of its own insulin. Since too much insulin is dangerous diabetics should consult their physician to monitor their need for extra insulin. Many diabetics report a reduction in the amount of insulin required. Also if you experience diarrhea or intestinal cramping for more than 2-3 days, discontinue. This is due to irritants the aloe plant contains. Instead, you may choose a product that has all irritants removed. One of the most promising products is molo-cure (see also Product Information at the end of the Book). A.M.P. Molo-cure For IBS, Leaky Gut, Stomach Ulcers, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease and Acid Reflux The Aloe Vera mucilaginous polysaccharide molecule (A.M.P.) is a complex carbohydrate, a food substance, and is totally non-toxic. Molo-Cure is the stabilized healing agent, which has been extracted 221 from the Aloe Vera Plant. Gallen Marshall, M.D., Ph.D., professor of immunology and allergy at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston injected 50 medical students in 1993 with Aloe mucilaginous polysaccharides, with FDA approval, and confirmed that there were no toxic side effects (no toxicity in the liver, bone marrow, kidneys and cells in general). Since this test in 1993, tens of thousands have taken A.M.P. without a single incident of harmful effect. A.M.P. has been found to be very beneficial in a number of ways: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Helps stop the bleeding, damage and leakage of the intestine wall, thereby taking the stress off the immune system. Helps to effectively balance and restore proper immune system function alleviating the autoimmune response and allergic conditions. Acts as a potent anti-inflammatory agent to reduce inflammation. Helps to rebuild the intestinal protective mucosa lining. Promotes and accelerates the tissue healing process. Helps stop the overproduction of stomach acids which lead to heartburn, acid reflux disease or “gastro-esophageal reflux disease” (GERD) Aids in the restoration of proper moisture levels within the colon eliminating both diarrhea and constipation over time. Helps fuel all bodily systems through the promotion of proper digestion, absorption and assimilation of foods and nutrients. Aids in the normalization of an array of damaging processes in the digestive tract. Aids in the elimination of poor digestion and thus a host of pathological reactions Has direct anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-yeast and anti-parasitic effects. Increases Phagocytosis dramatically to ingest foreign viral and bacterial agents. Promotes the proliferation of healthy flora in the digestive tract. Helps to control chronic yeast growth so that normal healthy flora may thrive. Helps to increase blood circulation throughout the body and aids in blood sugar balancing. Is an extremely effective intracellular antioxidant and free radical scavenger. Permeates every cell in the body. Is not digested by the enzyme systems - it is taken up into the cell intact. Is absorbed through special receptor sites which exist within the human digestive tract. Is 100% non-toxic with no negative side effects. May be used simultaneously with any medication with no contra-indications. Is 100% natural. A.M.P. is classified as an edible food material and is safe for adults and children of all ages. A.M.P. is not a drug. No prescription is needed. A Note of Advice: As always, while any or all of these products may be very beneficial, don’t forget to take care of the root causes of your ailments. Relieving symptoms of disease can actually be detrimental to your health unless you also remove whatever causes them. In most cases, cleansing the liver, kidneys and colon and adjusting one’s diet/lifestyle are sufficient to take care of most physical problems. 222 To deal with the psychological and emotional issues that are behind most physical disorders, I suggest using Sacred Santémony (see details below), Freedom From Judgment and It’s Time to Come Alive (see Other Books, Products and Services by the Author at the end of the book). Ionic Liquid Minerals Your body is like living soil. If it has sufficient minerals and trace elements to work with, it is able to nurture you and produce everything you need to live and grow. These essential materials, however, can get easily depleted when you are not getting enough of them through your food. Centuries of constant use and overuse of the same agricultural fields have led to foods that are highly nutrient-deficient. The situation worsened with the onset of chemical fertilizers that manipulate crops into growing more rapidly, with no regard to nutrient availability. When minerals and trace elements run low in the body, important functions can no longer be sustained, or become subdued. Disease is generally accompanied by lack of one or more of these important substances. Because of the unnatural situation of mineral depletion in our soil today and, therefore, in our bodies, it may be useful for certain individuals (Vata and Pitta types who suffer from chronic health problems) to supplement with minerals. The crucial question is whether the minerals sold in nutrition stores or pharmacies are capable of replenishing the mineral supply to the cells of the body. The answer is: “Highly unlikely!” Minerals are commonly made available in three basic forms: capsules, tablets and colloidal mineral water. Before the depletion of soils, plant foods and the mineral-rich water they absorbed were our best mineral providers. When a plant grows in a healthy soil environment, it absorbs existing colloidal minerals and changes them into ionic, water-soluble form. The ionic minerals come in the minute size known as angstrom, whereas the colloidal minerals, also known as inorganic, metallic minerals, are about 10,000 times larger (micron-size). Ionic, water-soluble, plant minerals are absorbed readily by our body cells. In contrast, colloid particles packed into complex compounds and delivered in pill form stand a chance of less than 1% absorption. The minerals found in colloidal mineral waters are not any better absorbed. These are not water-soluble, just suspended between water molecules. Common compounds include calcium carbonate and zinc picolinate. These colloid particles tend to get caught in the blood stream and subsequently are deposited in different parts of the body. In the form of deposits they can cause major mechanic and structural damage. Many health problems today, including osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, arthritis, brain disorders, kidney stones, gallstones, etc., are the direct result of ingesting large quantities of such metallic minerals. Fortunately, there is a very efficient way to obtain minerals in the size and with the characteristic of plant minerals. By vaporizing minerals in a vacuum chamber (without oxygen), they are prevented from oxidizing and forming into complex states. Once vaporized, the minerals can be combined with purified water and be made readily available to the cells of the body. One company located in Minnesota (USA) has managed to create a delivery process capable of converting colloids into 99.9% water-soluble, ionic minerals. The company, ENIVA, makes these minerals available via distributorship.8 Another brand is “WaterOz & Angstrom Ionic Minerals.” Their prices for some of their products appear to be more To order any products from Eniva (www.eniva.com), you require a sponsor name and ID. You may use the name and ID of the author, Andreas Moritz, #13462. He does not benefit from your order. 8 223 competitive and products can be purchased directly from the Internet without having to go through a sponsor9 (see Product Information for more details). (There is more about minerals and vitamins in Chapter 11, Section 1) 9. Waterless Stainless Steel Cookware Since 1985 I have been using Waterless Stainless Steel Cookware for all my cooking. In my opinion and experience, this is by far the most uncomplicated and least time-consuming method of preparing cooked meals without loosing valuable vitamins, enzymes and flavor. This five, seven or nine-ply surgical stainless steel cookware allows you to cook your food in less than half the time and with onefourth the heat. There is no more pouring the nutrients down the drain when boiling vegetables. There is no more cooking in hot oil and robbing the food of its vital nutrition and fiber. The tight seal that the vapor-seal maintains allows the flavor and nutrients to remain in the vegetables. Unlike in pressure cookers, there is no steam-pressure building up inside the cookware. The temperature generated inside the cookware is much less of what is required for boiling water, yet the food cooks much faster than with ordinary cookware. There is also no need to keep checking on the food; in fact, if you do, the cooking process will be interrupted and will take longer than necessary. While the food is being cooked, you can prepare other foods, such as salad. Within 20 minutes you can serve a meal consisting of three cooked items, such as vegetables, rice and beans. A light evening meal consisting of vegetables or a vegetable soup can be fixed in a matter of a few minutes. Cooking from scratch must no longer be a burden. I can attest to that, since I do it every day. Waterless cooking cannot be accomplished with Teflon, iron, aluminum, glass, porcelain and department store lightweight stainless steel. In the U.S.A., you can buy 15-piece sets of 9-ply stainless steel cookware for as little as $180. Waterless cookware not only costs hundreds of dollars less than the cookware you see in cooking shows, but it also comes with a Lifetime Warranty (search for “Waterless Cookware” on the Internet or see Product Information ). Basic Rules of Cooking with Waterless Cookware: • • Always use the right pan Select the pan the food will most nearly fill, as air pockets created by “too large for the food quantity” pans may destroy vitamins, dry your foods and possibly burn them. Rinse prepared fruits and vegetables Rinsing in cold water and then draining is important for 2 reasons: it removes harmful chemicals and allows water to cling to the food, combining with the natural juices to cook in its own steam. You may add spices, salt, vegetable bouillon, oil or butter, salt, coconut milk or other ingredients. This is waterless, nutritional cooking. Until you get used to this new method, you may want to add several tablespoons of water. 9 WaterOZ products can be ordered from Kornax (www.kornax .com). 224 • • • Control the heat Always control the heat throughout the cooking process. If you have heat that is too high, it evaporates the steam and your food burns. With waterless cookware, the control is never on higher than medium heat. Get a vapor seal Start the cooking process on medium heat until the steam control valve whistles in the open position. Then turn the heat down to low or simmer and close the valve. After you do this, the lid will form an airtight heat seal. When cooking watery type food such as apples and cabbage, it takes about three minutes to create a water seal. More solid food such as potatoes and carrots take about five minutes for the lid to seal after turning the heat to low and closing the steam control valve. Don’t peek Resist that urge to peek! When the cover is removed during the cooking period, heat and steam are allowed to escape. This lengthens the cooking time and dries out the food. 10. Water Ionizers Water Ionizers are machines that can turn normal tap water into a powerful cleanser that has antioxidant effects. Water with a negative ORP (or charge) is known to retard the aging process. A high or rising ORP, on the other hand, causes oxidation and therefore aging. Ionized Water counteracts this rising ORP and has a rejuvenating effect on the on a cellular level. For instance, freshly squeezed orange juice has a negative ORP of -250. Although we can only drink comparatively small amounts of orange juice in a day without becoming overburdened by the sugar it contains, we can drink as much ionized water as we wish to a day. Ionized water also contains hydroxyl ions. These are oxygen molecules with an extra electron attached to them, as are all antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E. You can see them in the form of thousands of tiny bubbles when you slow down the water flow on the water ionizer. Hydroxyl ions scavenge free oxygen radicals and provide us with extra oxygen and energy. Oxygen carries away acid waste from body tissue. It destroys cancer cells and protects us against bacteria and viruses invading the body. It is the body’s most essential nutrient. Ionized water also helps balance the body's pH, which tends to be acidic because of our modern diet comprised of processed, refined and preserved foods. Besides medical drugs, soft drinks contain the most acid-forming substances a person can put in their body. Because it is very alkaline, ionized water can help dissolve accumulated acid waste and protect the body against acidity-related illness (most diseases are a form of acidosis). The human body consists mostly of water. Ionized water is fundamentally different from conventional water. In ionized water, the size and shape of the water molecule cluster is smaller, which allows the water cluster to pass through intestinal walls, blood capillary walls, and cell walls more easily. One of the primary causes of disease is chronic cellular dehydration, a condition which leaves the body's cells in a perpetual state of weakness and defense. Ionized Water is up to six times more hydrating than conventional water. In other, by drinking less or the same amount of water you usually drink, by taking it in it ionized form you actually hydrate your cells much more effectively. The reduced size and shape of the water molecule clusters allows these molecules to pass through the body's cell tissues much easier and push out toxins and acid waste more effectively. This makes Ionized 225 Water to be an excellent detoxifier. Water Ionizers have several levels of strength. So people who have accumulated a lot of toxins in the body may begin by drinking mild ionized water and gradually increase ionization levels as they get used to it. Besides tis health benefits, ionized water also improves the taste of foods and beverages. It also ionizes the minerals in the food, which helps make them bio-available. The water ionizers separate alkaline water from acid water. The alkaline water is good for drinking and the acid water is good for external applications. When applied topically, the ionized acid water tightens skin, and removes wrinkles, acne and other blemishes. At its strongest level, ionized acid water kills most bacteria on contact. It improves hair and skin conditions of any kind, including removal of fungus, healing of cuts, scraps, even serious wounds. It takes the itch out of mosquito bites, the sting out of other insect bites. Lastly, ionized acid water promotes substantially healthier plant growth. To obtain water ionizers, see Product Information . 11. Body Odor? A Good Reason Not to Use Deodorants Most people are not aware why they sweat. Antiperspirants and perfumes have become so much part of our lives that we rarely think about why we need them or whether we really need them. It may even be more important to find out if they can be harmful. Deodorants and antiperspirants have been invented because more and more people began to sweat abnormally and develop body odor. Today it appears to be the normal thing to do to give the underarms a spray in the morning and forget about this “nuisance” for the rest of the day. But sweating is not a nuisance; it is the body’s natural way of ridding itself of certain waste products and keeping itself cool. Like the bowels, liver, urinary system and lungs, our sweat glands are also meant to help keep the body clean. Why else would we have them? To make your body sweat once a day even for a few minutes is a good way to stay healthy. Conversely, clogging up the skin’s pores with chemicals (makeup, beauty creams, sunblocks, antiperspirants, etc) harms the skin. Trying to prevent the sweat glands from releasing bodily waste is rather like trying to run a car while blocking its exhaust pipe. Many people today feel that they need chemical products to control their body odor. This is because other eliminative organs, such as the colon, liver, lungs and kidneys, are badly congested, which coerces the body to dump some of the excess toxic waste into the skin. The chemical products block its excretion through the skin, which may please the nose, but causes a steady buildup of toxins in the skin and the underlying connective tissues; it also increases bacterial development and the risk for skin diseases and even skin cancer. Body odor is not caused by sweat. Sweat is just an odorless fluid consisting of 99 percent water. Normal sweat evaporates from the skin very quickly and leaves no unpleasant odor behind. Bad smell under the armpits or on the skin occurs only when bacteria are required to eliminate excessive sweat that could not be removed by fresh air. There can be as many as ½ million bacteria occupying a square inch. In addition, when there are excessive amounts of toxins that need to be digested by bacteria, a strong, putrid smell occurs. Destructive microbes naturally produce bad-smelling gases while digesting waste. The odor on the skin may be a sign of constipation accompanied by poor breath. It also indicates poor performance of liver and kidneys. The body is crying out for help as toxins are “bursting at the seams.” But instead of reading the body’s symptoms as a sign of imbalance and taking care of it, most people 226 merely search for ways to shut down the symptoms. If body odor occurs only occasionally, it may be due to indigestion or chemicals in foods. To combat the bacteria we use deodorants, and to tackle the amount of wetness we apply antiperspirants. Deodorants contain germicides that kill the microbes and, as is the case with most of the brands, a synthetic perfume to mask the smell of the germicide. The two most common active ingredients in commercial deodorants/antiperspirants are chlorohydrate or aluminum zirconium chlorohydrate. These chemicals react with the protein contained in the sweat and form a gel that can partially block the sweat glands from excreting liquid. There is increasing evidence that people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease have large amounts of aluminum in their bodies. Fruits and vegetables naturally synthesize aluminum. This organic, ionic mineral is not only harmless, but also essential for the human body. By contrast, synthetically derived aluminum is highly toxic. The argument by the industry that aluminum can be found almost everywhere in nature is highly misleading because these two types of aluminum have completely opposite effects on the body. The same applies, of course, to almost all minerals and trace elements, including gold, silver, lead, and even arsenic. In their ionic, angstrom-size state (processed by plants), these substances are essential for our bodies, but when taken in their inorganic, metallic forms they can lead to serious poisoning and numerous disorders. Antiperspirants and deodorants are packed with heavy metals and poisonous chemicals. By applying them to your skin they enter the blood and end up accumulating in the liver, kidneys, breast and brain tissue. These products may not be as damaging to the brain and other parts of the body if all other causes of metal accumulation were excluded. The average person absorbs anywhere from 10 to 100 mg of aluminum every day through aluminum cookware, baking soda, antacids, and numerous other sources. And although the cause of Alzheimer's disease remains unclear, research indicates that aluminum toxicity may be one of the primary culprits. A deodorant stone costs only about $10 and lasts at least one year. It works wonderfully and has no nasty side effects. When you check the ingredient’s list of a deodorant stone, don’t get alarmed when you see the word “alum” written there. Alum isn't the same thing as aluminum chlorhydrate. Alum is a natural mineral salt, and is unrelated to aluminum chlorohydrate or aluminum zirconium chlorohydrate. The mineral salts in the deodorant stone don’t block perspiration. Tips to effectively deal with body odor: • Pitta and Pitta-Vata types are the most prone to develop body odor. Follow the Ayurvedic regimen and cleansing procedures. Remove all gallstones from your liver and cleanse your kidneys. Avoid too many acid-forming foods such animal proteins, fats and starches. The more refined and processed the foods are, the more likely the skin will have to eliminate toxic waste. The digestion of toxins by skin bacteria causes an unpleasant smell of skin and breath. Meat eaters especially have a tendency to develop bad body odor. Stick to fruits, vegetables, and salads as your main source of alkaline-forming foods. They also work as natural cleansers. • Stop using deodorants and antiperspirants; they only reinforce the problem by blocking off part of your lymphatic system and dispersing the toxins together with the chemicals contained in these products into other parts of your body, including the breasts. This can cause lumps and cancer of the breast! • Wash the afflicted areas in the morning with a natural soap that contains no harmful chemicals and finish off with a splash of cold water on your underarms. 227 • • • Make sure to wear loose-fitting cotton cloth. Synthetics will prevent your skin from breathing and eliminating toxins. You may want to make a solution of your most favorite essential oil (1-2 drops in an ounce of water; shake well to disperse the oil!) and dab it on your underarms (you may want to use the Kinesiology muscle test to determine which oil or oils are most suitable for you). I recommend deodorant stones that are made from non-toxic and natural materials such as potassium sulphate and other colloidal minerals. They are pure and harmless and stop bacteria from spreading if applied right after washing. They are available from most health food stores. 12. Ener-Chi Art Ener-Chi Art is a unique method of healing art (based on energized oil paintings by Andreas Moritz) that helps to restore a balanced flow of Chi or vital energy through the organs and systems in the body. When seen in the context of physical cleansing and healing, I consider this unique approach to be a very important and effective tool in facilitating a more successful outcome of any treatment or healing method. When the cells of the body experience a balanced flow of Chi, they are also able to remove toxic wastes efficiently, absorb all the oxygen, water and nutrients they need, do the necessary repair work and increase their overall performance and vitality. Although I consider the combination of liver/colon/kidney cleanses to be one of the most effective tools to help the body return to balanced functioning, due to years of congestion and deterioration it may still not be able to fully restore its overall vital energy (Chi). My six years of research with this method, which took me almost two years to develop, has shown that EnerChi Art may very well accomplish just that. Its rate of effectiveness so far has been 100% for every person who has been exposed to it. Due to its unique healing effects, all the pictures of Ener-chi Art were once exhibited for over one month at the prestigious Abbot Northwest Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for all the patients to view. Ener-Chi Art is perhaps one of the most profound and instantly effective healing program to balance the life force Chi in the following organs, parts and systems in the body. • • • • • • • • • Back Blood Brain & Nervous System Ears Eyes Endocrine System Heart Immune System Joints • • • • • Kidneys and Bladder Large Intestine Liver Lymphatic System Muscular System • • • • • • • • Neck & Shoulders Nose & Sinuses Respiratory System Small Intestine & Circulation Skeletal System Skin Spleen Stomach 228 There is also one picture for General Health, one for transmuting emotional and physical trauma, called “Beyond the Horizon,” and pictures to balance our relationship with the water and air elements; the rocks & mountains; the animal kingdom; the plant kingdom; and the world of nature spirits. Ener-Chi Art involves viewing of the various photographic pictures for about 30 seconds each. (For more information on Ener-Chi Art and to order the pictures see my Web site http://ener-chi.com and Other Books, Products and Services by the Author at the end of this book.) 13. Ener-Chi Ionized Stones Ener-Chi Ionized Stones are stones and crystals that have been energized, activated, and imbued with life force through a special process introduced by Dr. Lillian Maresch and Andreas Moritz -- the founders of Ener-Chi Art. Stone ionization has not been attempted before because stones and rocks have rarely been considered useful in the field of healing. Yet, stones have the inherent power to hold and release vast amounts of information and energy. And, once ionized with Chi (life force), they exert a balancing influence on everything natural with which they come into contact. The ionization of stones may be one of our keys to survival in a world that is experiencing high-level pollution and destruction of its eco-balancing systems. In the early evolutionary stages of Earth, every particle of matter within the mantle of the planet contained within it the blueprint of the entire planet, just as every cell of our body contains within its DNA structure the blueprint of our entire body. Although the blueprint information within every particle of matter has always been there, it has been lying in a dormant state. The Ener-chi ionization process "awakens" this original blueprint information, and enables the associated energies to be released. In this sense, Ener-Chi Ionized Stones are alive and conscious, and are able to energize, energetically purify and balance any natural substance they come into immediate contact with. For example, by placing an Ionized Stone next to a glass of water or plate of food, the water or food becomes energized, increasing digestibility and nutrient absorption. Ionized stones can also be used to enhance the effects of Ener-Chi Art – simply by placing an Ionized Stone on the corresponding area of the body while viewing an Ener-Chi Art picture. Potential Uses for Ener-Chi Ionized Stones Drinking Ener-Chi Ionized Water Placing an Ionized Stone next to a glass of water for about half a minute ionizes the water. Ionized water is an excellent cleanser that aids digestion and metabolism, and energizes the cells of the body. Eating Ener-Chi Ionized Foods Placing an Ionized Stone next to your food for about half a minute ionizes and balances it. Even natural organic foods are usually somewhat polluted due to the pollution particles in our atmosphere and 229 soil. Such foods also are impacted by ozone depletion and exposure to electro-magnetic radiation in our planetary environment. These negative effects tend to be neutralized through the specified use of Ionized Stones. Ener-Chi Ionized Foot Bath By placing Ionized Stones (preferably pebbles with rounded surfaces) under the soles of the feet, while the feet are immersed in water, the body begins to break down toxins and waste materials into harmless organic substances. Enhancing Healing Therapies Ionized Stones are ideal for enhancing the effects of any healing therapy. For example, "LaStone Therapy" is a popular new therapy that is offered in some of the innovative health spas. This involves placing warm stones on key energy points of the body. If these stones were ionized prior to being placed on the body, the healing effects would be enhanced. In fact, placing Ionized Stones on any weak or painful parts of the body, including the corresponding chakras has healthful benefits. If crystals play a role in the therapy, ionizing them first greatly amplifies their positive effects. Aura and Chakra Balancing Holding an Ionized Stone or Ionized Crystal in the middle section of the spinal column for about onehalf minute balances all of the chakras, or energy centers, and tends to keep them in balance for several weeks, or even months. Since energy imbalances in the chakras and auric field are one of the major causes of health problems, this balancing procedure is a powerful way to enhance health and well-being. Attach to Main Water Pipe in Your Home Attaching a stone to the main water pipe will ionize your water and make it more absorbable and energized. Place In, or Near, Electrical Fuse Box in Your Home By placing a medium-size (3-4 inches) Ionized Stone in, above or below the fuse box in your house (you can affix it with masking tape if necessary), the harmful effects of electromagnetic radiation become nullified. You can verify this by doing the muscle test (as shown in Chapter 1 or in the instruction sheet enclosed with purchased Ener-Chi Art pictures) in front of a TV or computer, both before and after placing the stone on the fuse box. If you don't have a fuse box that is readily accessible, you can place a stone next to the electric cable of the electric appliances or the power sockets you want protect yourself from. Use in Conjunction with Ener-Chi Art Ionized Stones may be used to enhance the effects of Ener-Chi Art pictures. Simply place an Ionized Stone over the related area of the body while viewing an Ener-Chi Art picture. For example, if one is viewing the Ener-Chi Art picture related to the heart, simply hold an ionized stone over the heart area while viewing the picture. The nature of the energies involved in the pictures and the stones are similar. So if the stones are used in combination with the pictures, a resonance is created which greatly enhances the overall effect. 230 Creating an Enhanced Environment Placing an Ionized Stone near the various items that surround you for about half a minute helps to create a more energized and balanced environment. The Ionized Stones affect virtually all-natural materials, such as wood floors, wood or metal furniture, stonewalls and stone fireplaces. In work areas, especially near computers, it is a good idea to place one or more Ionized Stones in strategic locations. The same applies to sleeping areas, such as putting stones under your bed or pillow. Improving Plant Growth Placing Ionized Stones next to plant or flowers can increase their health and beauty. This automatically ionizes the water they receive, regardless whether they are indoor or outdoor plants. The same applies to vegetable plants and organic gardens. 14. Sacred Santémony – Divine Chanting for Every Occasion Sacred Santèmony is a term that was given to me by the being Merlin. The powerful words produced in Sacred Santèmony are made from whole-brain use of the letters of the ancient language – language that is comprised of the basic sounds that underlie and bring forth all physical manifestation. The letters of the ancient language vibrate at a much higher level than our modern languages, and when combined to form whole words, they generate feelings of peace and harmony (Santèmony) to calm the storms of unrest, violence and turmoil, both internal and external. Think back to those awesome occasions in your childhood when your parents or grandparents read or told you stories about wizards who knew of magic words and spells that would instantly fulfill your desires, materialize objects from thin air, heal illness and/or create other kinds of supernatural phenomena. The current worldwide fascination with Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and such books as Deepak Chopra's bestseller The Way of the Wizard comes as a timely reflection of mankind's awakening to true magic. Like so many kids at my age, I used to believe in such tales, but had no idea that one day I would become a wizard myself. Those who know me personally or through my books trust that I am a down-toearth person who seeks rational explanations for everything that happens to us. What follows, however, defies all that we have considered normal and explicable, and I count myself very fortunate to be able to share my experiences with you of some of the most powerful practices of ancient lore. At the first quarter of 2002 I began to channel higher dimensional beings, known as 'The Elders.' These wonderful beings spoke through me, using my vocal cords, in what appeared to be ancient tongue, including Sanskrit, Tibetan and Chinese. During some occasions there would be up to eight of these beautiful spirit beings speaking simultaneously through one voice. This unusual conglomeration of sounds usually occurred during the 'Golden Dome' meditation gatherings that we were holding in different parts of the U.S. and other continents throughout that year. In April, 2002, I happened to meet Dannion Brinkley, the world famous healer and best-selling author who, struck by lightning, suddenly acquired amazing healing powers and profound insights into the secrets of life, death and after-life. Having had no prior knowledge of me, he stated that I had done a lot of work in the area of physical healing (30 years) as well as healing through visual art (Ener-Chi Art). "Now," said Dannion, "it is time that you start healing people with your voice." 231 Soon after this enlightening meeting with Dannion, I spontaneously began to chant sounds that were meant to improve certain health conditions. These sounds resembled chants by Native Americans, Tibetan monks, Vedic pundits (Sanskrit) and languages from other star systems (not known on planet Earth). Within two weeks, I was able to bring forth sounds that would instantly remove emotional blocks and resistance or aversion to any given situation, certain people, foods, chemicals, thought forms, beliefs, etc. Through Kinesiology muscle testing I was able to verify that, once emitted, these sounds could resolve the root cause of any problem or stressful issue within a matter of seconds. A few days later I intuited how to transmit these sounds telepathically to people who lived on the other side of the globe. Although these people did not consciously hear the sounds I uttered or, in some cases, even know what I was doing, they nevertheless received similar healing benefits. Of course, I do not offer these chants to anyone whose higher self does not consent to receiving such forms of healing. The following are but a few examples of what Sacred Santèmony is able to accomplish. It can assist you with: • • • • • • • • • Reducing or removing fear that is related to death, disease, the body, foods, harmful chemical, parents and other people, lack of abundance, impoverishment, phobias, environmental threats, the future and the past, unstable economic trends, political unrest, etc. Clearing a current hurt, disappointment or anger resulting from past emotional trauma or negative experiences in life. Cleansing the Akashic Records (all experiences the soul has gathered throughout all life streams) from persistent fearful elements, including the idea and concept that we are separate from and not one with Spirit, God or our Higher Self. Setting the preconditions for you to resolve your karmic issues not through pain and suffering, but through creativity and joy. Improving or clearing up allergies and intolerances to foods, chemical substances, pesticides, herbicides, air pollutants, radiation, medical drugs, pharmaceutical byproducts, etc. Undoing the psycho-emotional root causes of any chronic illness, including cancer, heart disease, MS, diabetes, arthritis, brain disorders, depression, etc. Clearing out entities that you may have “invited” at times of trauma and inner conflict. Understanding and transforming any obstacles to fulfilling your desires, such as selling a house, getting a dream job or enhancing your gifts and spiritual development into opportunities of growth and learning. Resolving any other difficulties or barriers in life by “converting” them into the useful blessings that they are. The Gift of Sacred Santèmony The sounds generated during a session of Sacred Santèmony are not bound by the limited space/time realities of existence. They originate in higher dimensions and, therefore, can extend their healing effects to any past or probable future event. In other words, these sounds can help prevent calamities or misfortune from occurring in the future and also help undo or minimize the traumatic consequences of past actions (karma). The word “Sacred” in this context denotes that no harm can be done by the words or sounds produced during such healing sessions. Only individuals who respect the legality of Divine Harmony and the Law 232 of One are able to produce them. People who think and act from fear and are anchored in the consciousness of separateness and judgment are naturally denied access to the energy of these frequencies transmitted by the sounds. This prevents any potential abuse by individuals or organizations whose intentions are to increase their power, wealth and influence in order to control others. Profound, unconditional love is the foremost requirement for acquiring the gift of Sacred Santèmony. The Role of Free Will You are only able to release or transform what you are conscious of and are willing to accept, embrace and let go off. If you resist a particular health problem (suppressing it’s symptoms through medication or surgery) or ignore the difficulties you may be having in a personal relationship of yours, you are actually choosing to keep the pain that these issues are causing you, unconsciously that is. This means that you are exercising your free will, for whatever reason, to remain limited in your experience of love, harmony and balance – perhaps to learn the lesson of compassion or unconditional love. Sacred Santèmony cannot assist you in transforming such areas of limitation within your life, unless you become aware of them and are willing to accept and thereby release them. Reading the book Freedom from Judgment makes a simple, effective method to bring any hidden fears or resistance to the forefront of your awareness. It has the codes of natural law imbued in the written words and the space between them. By reading the book without outside distraction, you begin to resonate with your inner truth and knowingness, and recognize the fears and limitations that are behind your hesitation to accept your own love, power and wisdom. The chanting of Sacred Santèmony can then help you to embrace and release these fears and limitations. When this release occurs, some people either cry with joy and relief, or break out in sweat, or experience other indications of letting go. This experience dramatically enhances your current vibrational state and facilitates the transformation from one state of consciousness into the next. As this begins to occur, Sacred Santèmony secures a safe transition into your next sequential phase of spiritual evolution. It also clears your path of evolution from undesirable situations, if this is in your highest interest. The Way Sacred Santèmony Works Sounds projected from an awareness of ancient language are of a very high vibration and energetic quality. They are capable of correcting the distorted, low vibrations that usually end up as disease, accidents or conflict. This hardly comes as a surprise, given the discoveries of modern science. Physics, in particular, declares that the whole universe is nothing but vibration. According to this accepted theory, particles of nature are not solid at all, but rather waves of energy, which is vibration. Specific frequencies of sound vibrations organize and assemble the subatomic particles that are nothing but waves of light energy constituting all of matter throughout the universe into unique configurations of physical appearance and function. The human DNA, for example, is a product of these waves of light energy. The sound vibrations arrange these subatomic particles or waves in a purposeful manner (double helix) so that a complex human body can be created and sustained. Any distortion of the sound vibrations can disrupt the DNA, forcing it to become misaligned with its original design. This, in turn, can produce faulty genes or disturb basic physiological functions, such as digestion and metabolism. Sacred Santèmony has a builtin capacity to correct the distortion of the sound vibrations underlying these physiological processes 233 because it originates from the basic sound web responsible for creating and sustaining the body and all of creation. The human body and the rest of the material existence are merely a web of sound vibration that is evolving at an incredible speed. Any fear or resistance to flow with the tide of growth and expansion in life generates stress and tension. The discordant vibrations in your body, mind and emotions can lead you to make unbalanced choices regarding diet, relationships, jobs, etc; and, therefore, create disease, conflict and unhappiness in your life. Sacred Santèmony offers a means to restore or strengthen the original vibrations, thereby allowing the individual to make different choices that will generate increased opportunities, enhanced and vibrant health. The sounds or chants produced during a personal session of Sacred Santèmony are able to clear all those difficulties and fears that a person is willing to accept and embrace as opportunities of growth and learning, no matter how many lifetimes ago they were created. It only takes a few minutes of chanting to accomplish this. To verify the effect of the chants and bring them into physical experience, I usually take the individual through a simple muscle testing procedure (Kinesiology) both before and after the chanting, although this is not necessary. The entire session takes no longer than 10-15 minutes. It can also be done by telephone. Sacred Santèmony shows that healing does not need to take a long time or be difficult. We are now moving into a new era where magic will be the natural method of accomplishing our desires and where everything is possible so long as we believe and desire it to be so. (To book a session with Andreas Moritz contact him via e-mail or visit his website.) 15. Beeswax – For Asthma, Allergies and Sinus Problems Hundreds of years ago most candles were made of beeswax. But over the past few centuries beeswax candles were gradually replaced by tallow candles (made from animal fat), and in the last century by paraffin candles. Paraffin is made from the sludge that sits at the bottom of barrels of crude oil. The sludge is then bleached with benzene and treated with other chemical solvents. When you burn paraffin candles, they put out soot and smoke, along with toxins and carcinogens. You would probably never burn paraffin candles unless the bad smell they produce (comparable to diesel fumes) were not covered up by synthetic fragrances, many of which are irritants or toxins themselves. And if you had known that the soot, smoke and chemical residue from these candles can stick to the walls, ceiling, and ventilation ducts and get circulated whenever you turn on your healing/cooling system, you would probably not have burned one before. Now you know. Pure beeswax candles don’t cause any of those problems. Quite to the contrary, they actually exert amazing healing effects on the respiratory system. Just by lighting a beeswax candle, people suffering from asthma, allergies and sinus problems have reported significant improvement in their symptoms. Their breathing became much easier and their sleep less disturbed after burning pure beeswax candles in their bedrooms for 4-5 hours before bedtime. Some asthmatics claim that their symptoms vanished completely after burning beeswax candles all day long for several days or weeks. Apparently, burning beeswax produces negative ions. Negative ions are nature’s vacuum cleaners. They clean the air of dust, mold, viruses, bacteria, and other pollutants responsible for numerous chemical sensitivities. For candles to have this air-purifying effect, though, they must consist of 100 percent beeswax. Many beeswax candles contain only 51 percent beeswax, which is enough to allow producers to 234 label them as beeswax candles. When you burn a beeswax candle it has a refreshing smell and hardly produces any smoke. Although beeswax candles are more expensive than regular paraffin-based candles, they last a lot longer and, of course, improve your health rather than weaken it. Beeswax is recommended by the American Lung Association. For a reliable source of 100 percent pure beeswax candles see Product Information at the end of the book. 16. How to Deal With Electro-Pollution Not only do we suffer from low intake of magnetic energy, we are also exposed to the harmful low frequency Electromagnetic (EM) fields of 50-60 cycles per second (HZ) that are generated by electricity. This man-made electric current produces “electro-pollution” when utilized by computer equipment, TV transmissions, AM radio waves, mobile telephones, and the various home and industrial appliances such as hairdryers, electric toasters, and microwave ovens. If you happen to sleep in a room that has a television set connected to the power circuit, your body may be building up an electric charge of up to 105 Volts! The same occurs when you lie next to an electronic alarm clock or a bedside light. A switched-on electric blanket can even double or triple the electric charge in your body. While lying in your bed, your feet are not in direct contact with the floor. This means, you are not able to disperse that charge. Regular exposure to such abnormal voltages can create chaos in the body’s electric circuitry, suppress proper immune activity and lead to disorders such as cancer. Badly shielded electric cables within the walls or under the floor can have similar effects. It is best to move all electric equipment out of the bedroom, or ideally turn off the fuse for the entire room during the night. If you are not sure whether your electric cables are safe or not, choose the latter solution, or otherwise you may want to hire an expert who can measure the safety of your most immediate environment. When I tested electro-pollution in my own house I was surprised that the worst culprit wasn’t my computer but the unearthed electrical strip lights. The use of Ener-chi Ionized Stones as elaborated on in section 13 can help you create a protected living environment. Electromagnetic disturbance in the body can also be triggered by overexposure to chemical pollution. As you may know, in most modern homes and work places the degree of indoor pollution is many times higher than outdoor pollution. Add to these pollutants the harmful chemicals contained in the cosmetics, deodorants and perfumes, clothing, food, water and air that enter our bodies every day, and any healthy biological system will eventually succumb to such an overdose of stress and duress. Although so many of us cannot completely avoid living in a polluted environment, we still can reduce our direct exposure to it to the minimum possible. We have control over what we wear, eat, drink, put on our hair and skin, and how much time we spend outside in the fresh air. [For more in-depth information on Electromagnetic Fields please see my book It’s Time to Come Alive.] 17. How to Avoid the Negative Effects of Ley Lines If you suffer from unexplainable recurring health problems such as headaches, irritability, depression or any other persistent ailment, you may be working or sleeping on a ley line. Ley lines are a source of harmful slow frequency energy. 235 Slow frequency energies can easily infiltrate and distort the body’s electromagnetic field. Some of these energies are generated outside our home and others originate from within our home or work environment. They include geographic stress points, ley lines and distorted ground energies. Sleeping on a ley line can be particularly harmful since such a source of negative energy can disrupt the body’s biochemical processes and energy systems for as many as 8-10 hours each day. Disharmony in relationships and diseases of body and mind are more likely to occur if you are exposed to such disruptive energies for extended periods of time, such as several years. Genetic weaknesses or latent physical problems can suddenly manifest themselves as migraines, ulcers, varicose veins or cancer. Placing a small mirror that faces the current and direction of a ley line or moving the bed away from such a stress line can lead to sudden recovery. The following are some examples of ley line problems that were resolved by simply moving the bed: A 55-year-old widow experienced an unexplainable loss of weight from 70 to 44 kg within two years. She suffered from severe diarrhea, which became very painful and was accompanied with blood. All medical treatments failed. Her condition became life threatening. A search of ley lines in her house revealed two ley lines crossing her bed. The bed was moved by six feet. One week later her intestinal bleeding stopped. After one month all pain ceased and she steadily began to put on weight again. A young woman had been suffering from severe nightmares and sleeping problems for many years. After moving her bed sideways by 1.5 feet, her nightmares stopped and sleep returned back to normal. A 40-year-old businessman had a chronic heart complaint with heart cramping, panic attacks and circulatory problems. All complaints spontaneously disappeared within two weeks after his bed was moved away from a ley line. Over the past few years I have visited many homes and offices where ley lines have caused physical and psychological problems. In most cases, just putting a mirror at the right place or slightly shifting the bed or office chair led to marked improvements of these conditions, and in some cases even to complete recovery. I consider it important to have one’s home or working place checked for such disturbances as they may not only contribute to ill health but also cause it. There are an increasing number of experts who are able to identify the exact position of ley lines, although the method of mirror placement is less known. You may contact your nearest center for alternative therapies; they may be able to put you in touch with a reliable and trustworthy ley line specialist. If in doubt, whether or not a ley line affects your health, you may move your bed and/or desk chair by 1-2 feet for a few days. If this makes a difference to how you feel, you have given yourself a great gift of health. 18. Preconditions For Healing An Illness Your body’s healing power is not in any way separate from you – the conscious being who uses the body as an instrument to express your individuality and purpose. True healing, which has nothing to do with suppressing symptoms of disease, cannot be enforced by even the best of treatments unless the preconditions for healing have been met. The following are some of the most important clues for this healing power to become accessible for you. 1. Before you can heal an illness, you have to accept it. Acceptance of your illness is not a sign of resignation that results in depression or fear. Acceptance of your illness rather shows that you are willing 236 to take responsibility for yourself and your situation, thus permitting you to infuse your body with feelings of compassion, love, tenderness, and energy. For as long as you feel you are a victim of some misfortune, food, medicine, or even karma (effect of past actions), you are far from being healed. Rejecting an illness only energizes your resistance to it, which is stressful for the body and mind. Stress undermines immune functions and prevents the healing response. By accepting your illness, you are no longer subjected to fear and insecurity, but are in control of yourself. This will also help you to understand the true reasons behind your illness. 2. Instead of seeing an illness as a negative event that you need to fight against, you can see it as an opportunity to become stronger in areas that have been weak and underdeveloped. Detours in life can take you to areas that you would have missed out on, had you refused to accept and follow them. Physical healing involves repair of damaged cells and growth of new ones. At the same time, while undergoing the process of healing, you have the opportunity to grow stronger, become more relaxed, peaceful, and content. Growing spiritually and emotionally as a result of an illness greatly minimizes the necessity for further detours, such a repeated or new physical disorder. 3. Since your illness is only your body's attempt to redirect your life in a more supportive and fulfilling direction, there is no reason to fear it or to be upset about it. Your body is doing the very best it can to make it easier for you and help you return to a state of balance. Therefore, you may greatly benefit from not judging yourself or your body for going through such a healing crisis. You are certainly not a victim of some kind. Your body is totally on your side, never against you. Don’t be fooled by the medical concept that there are autoimmune diseases which make the body attack itself! The body is not suicidal unless you are, either consciously or unconsciously. Instead, the body is merely attacking toxins that have settled in the joints, blood vessels, lymph ducts, or cells. This survival response should not be mistaken for a disease process, even if it involves inflammation, infection, or proliferation of cancer cells. If you remain positive and peaceful about your own healing ability and trust that the body is always engaged in trying to get well again, then illness can become your personal guide for a new purpose or orientation in life. A wise man once said. “Illness is God's way of getting your attention!” Once you pay attention to your illness and accept it as a blessing in disguise rather than it being a nuisance or threat, it will begin to reveal its inherent blessing to you and surely help you live your life in a gentler, nurturing way. 4. Avoid making physical wellness to be your goal in life. You will never achieve it. Being well is a matter of being in the present moment, and not a fictional, futuristic dream. The current moment is the only sure thing you can possibly own in life, and it is perfectly suited for you, even if it doesn’t feel that way. If you resist or reject something such as illness, you will be stuck with it until it removes the fear that is behind your resistance. Accepting the illness, on the other hand, makes it useful for you, regardless what it may entail. Attending to your goal of becoming well is unrealistic because it takes you outside the present reality into one that hasn’t happened yet. Life is not about attaining a perfect physical body, but being able to live perfectly well with its imperfections. Energy follows thought. Living for a goal robs the body of your attention, and therefore, also of the energy necessary to heal and sustain itself. By living from moment to moment, your full attention is present in the body. This is all the cells of your body need to know and feel in order to do the job assigned to them. Cells that are “fed” with loving, caring attention believe that you are present and alive. By 237 contrast, cells that are being attacked for making you suffer, through harsh words, anger, drugs, threats and acts of surgery, radiation, etc., are paralyzed in their healing capacity because they believe you dislike or hate them and want them to die. By attending to the present moment of being ill without any judgments, but with loving acceptance, you automatically program your cells to carry out a healing response. 238 CHAPTER 8 Sunlight – Medicine of Nature The Sun – The Ultimate Source of Life on Earth egular exposure of your body to the germicidal wavelength of ultraviolet light (UV) of the sun successfully controls germs, mites, mold, bacteria, and viruses. Its powerful, immune-stimulating effect makes sunlight one of the most important disease-inhibitors. But this is only one of the many benefits sunlight has to offer for enhancing and sustaining human health. Throughout the ages, the electromagnetic waves generated by the sun have kept the planet habitable for humans, animals and plants. The sun is, in fact, the only true source of energy on planet Earth. It provides the perfect amount of energy for the plants to synthesize all of the products required for growth and reproduction. Sun energy is stored by the plants in the form of carbohydrates, proteins and fat. When ingested, plant foods provide us with the vital energy we need in order to lead active and healthy lives. The processes of digestion, assimilation and metabolism of food in the body are mainly used to break down, transfer, store and utilize these various forms of encapsulated solar energies. The lowest level of the food chain, where foods are manufactured directly by sunlight, makes available the most sun energy. By contrast, products that are high on the food chain contain little or no sun energy, and are practically useless, if not harmful, for the body. These include products made from dead animals, fish, junk foods, microwave foods, as well as frozen, irradiated, genetically engineered10, and highly processed foods. Wood, fuel and minerals, too, are merely the various forms of locked-up sun energy. In fact, all matter is “frozen” light. Our body cells are nothing but bundles of sun energy. The glucose and oxygen we feed them are products of the sun. We couldn’t even think or process a single thought without the molecules of sun-energized glucose and oxygen. 10 R In 1998 scientists have found the first evidence that genetically-modified food may damage human health. Researchers at the prestigious Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen, U.K., found that genetically-modified foods could damage the immune systems of rats. Around 60 percent of the processed food products found in supermarkets – from hamburgers to ice cream – may contain ingredients that have been genetically tampered with. 239 Air, which is warmed by the sun, is capable of absorbing water from the oceans while passing over them. As the air moves over the land masses up to higher elevations, it starts to cool down and thereby release some of the absorbed water. This water falls on the earth plains as rain or snow and feeds the rivers and through them, the land and the vegetation. Depending on its position in relation to earth rotation, the position of the moon, and the sun’s internal cyclic activities (sun spot cycles), the sun masterminds the entire earth climate and the seasonal changes down to the smallest details, including temperature, amount of rainfall, cloud formation, periods of dryness, etc. The planet is not only a home for human beings. The sun has to support the growth of all the other species, including plants, animals, insects, and especially microbes, without which life here would not be possible. The mathematical complexity that stands behind a system of organization so infinitely diverse and intricate as planetary life cannot be fathomed even by a trillion supercomputers. But the sun, without making mistakes, “calculates” what each species, whether it is an ant, a tree or a human being, requires in order to fulfill their evolutionary purpose and cycle. The electromagnetic waves generated by the sun come in a variety of lengths, which determine their specific course of action and responsibility. They range from a 0.00001 nanometer for cosmic rays (a nanometer is one billionth of a meter) to about 4,990 kilometers for electric waves. There are cosmic rays, gamma rays, x-rays, various kinds of Ultraviolet rays, the visible light consisting of seven color rays, short-wave infrared, infrared, radio waves and electric waves. Most of these energy waves are absorbed and used for various processes in the layers of atmosphere that surround the earth. Only a small portion of them – the electromagnetic spectrum – reaches the surface of the earth. The human eye, though, can perceive just about one percent of it. Although we are unable to see any of the ultraviolet and infrared waves, they exert a very strong influence on us. In fact, ultraviolet light has proved to be the most biologically active. Depending on the location of the earth and the season, ultraviolet light and, of course, all the other portions of light, vary in intensity. This permits all life forms to go through constant cycles of change necessary for growth and renewal. The Miraculous Healing Powers of UV Light The times when one’s immediate natural impulse on the first sunny spring day was to get outside and enjoy it are long gone. Only the very courageous or “careless” who defy the grim warnings from medical mandarins and cancer specialists, wholeheartedly endorsed by the sun cream industry, venture forth into the “dangerous” sun. Unless they are covered head to toe with sun factor 60, they gamble with their lives, or so they are made to believe by those who serve their vested interests. Fortunately, this view is beginning to crumble in the blatant absence of scientific proof that sunlight causes disease. What is being discovered instead is that lack of sun exposure is one of the greatest risk factors of disease. Unfortunately, it is the ultraviolet portion of sunlight that is the most easily eliminated by windows, houses, spectacles, sunglasses, sun lotions, and clothing. Before antibiotic drugs were discovered in the 1930s – penicillin having been the first one – the healing power of sunlight was the favored interest of the medical community, at least in Europe. Sunlight therapy, called heliotherapy, was indeed considered to be the most successful treatment for infectious diseases from the late 19th to mid-20th century. Studies revealed that exposing patients to controlled amounts of sunlight dramatically lowered elevated blood pressure (up to 40 mm Hg drop), decreased cholesterol in the blood stream, lowered abnormally 240 high blood sugars among diabetics, and increased the number of white blood cells which we need to help resist disease. Patients suffering from gout, rheumatoid arthritis, colitis, arteriosclerosis, anemia, cystitis, eczema, acne, psoriasis, herpes, lupus, sciatica, kidney problems, asthma, as well as burns, have all shown to receive great benefit from the healing rays of the sun. The medical doctor and author, Dr. Auguste Rollier, who was the most famous heliotherapist of his day, at his peak had 36 clinics with over 1,000 beds in Leysin, Switzerland. His clinics were situated 5,000 feet above sea level. The high altitude allowed his patients to catch a lot more of UV light than was possible at the lower levels of the atmosphere. Dr. Rollier used the UV rays of sunlight to treat diseases such as tuberculosis (TB), rickets, smallpox, lupus vulgaris (skin tuberculosis) and wounds. He followed in the footsteps of Danish physician Dr. Niels Finsen, who was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1903 for his treatment of TB using ultraviolet light. Rollier found that sunbathing early in the morning, in conjunction with a nutritious diet, produced the best effects. The miraculous complete cures of tuberculosis and other diseases made headlines at the time. What surprised the medical community most was the fact that the sun’s healing rays remained ineffective if the patients wore sunglasses. By the year 1933, there were over 165 different diseases that clearly benefited from sunlight. But with the death of Rollier in 1954, and the growing power of the pharmaceutical industry, heliotherapy fell into disuse. By the 1960’s, man-made miracle drugs had replaced medicine’s fascination with the sun’s healing powers, and the public was being increasingly bombarded with warnings about sunbathing and the risks of skin cancer. Today, the sun is considered to be the main culprit for causing skin cancer, certain cataracts leading to blindness, and aging. Only those who take the “risk” of exposing themselves to the sunlight find that the sun makes them feel better, provided they don’t use sunscreens or burn their skin. The UV-rays in sunlight actually stimulate the thyroid gland to increase hormone production, which in turn increases the body’s basal metabolic rate. This assists both in weight loss and improved muscle development. Farm animals fatten much faster when kept indoors, and so do people who stay out of the sun. So if you want to lose weight or increase your muscle tone, expose your body to the sun on a regular basis. The use of antibiotics, which has practically replaced heliotherapy, has in recent years led to the development of drug-resistant strains of bacteria, which defy any treatment other than balanced use of sun, water, air, and food. Cutting out or substantially reducing any of these four essential constituents of life results in disease. Any person who misses out on sunlight becomes weak and suffers mental and physical problems as a result. His vital energy diminishes in due time, which is reflected in the quality of life. The populations in Northern European countries like Norway and Finland, which experience months of darkness every year, have a higher incidence of irritability, fatigue, illness, insomnia, depression, alcoholism, and suicide than those living in the sunny parts of the world. Their skin cancer rates are higher, too. For example, the incidence of melanoma (skin cancer) on the Orkney and Shetland Isles, north of Scotland, is 10 times that of Mediterranean islands. UV light is known to activate an important skin hormone called solitrol. Solitrol influences our immune system and many of our body’s regulatory centers, and, in conjunction with the pineal hormone melatonin, causes changes in mood and daily biological rhythms. The hemoglobin in our red blood cells require ultraviolet (UV) light to bind to the oxygen needed for all cellular functions. Lack of sunlight can, therefore, be held co-responsible for almost any kind of illness, including skin cancer and other forms of cancer. As you are about to find out, it may be highly detrimental to your health to miss out on sunlight. 241 Can UV-Radiation Prevent and Cure Skin Cancer? A major concern of our scientists today is the dramatic increase of skin cancers around the world. There are three main types of skin cancer, two of which, basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma (nonmelanomas), are increasingly prevalent, whereas the third, malignant melanoma, is much rarer, but far more lethal.11 The most pressing question is why would the sun suddenly become so vicious and try to kill scores of people after thousands of years of harmlessness? The medical community claims that ultraviolet light (UV) is the major cause of skin cancers. The theory is based on the assumption that our thinning ozone layer permits too much of the germicidal UV to penetrate to the surface of the earth and cause destruction of all kinds, including damage to our skin and eye cells. Yet the theory has major flaws and no scientific backing. Contrary to general belief, there is no evidence that reduction in the ozone layer, observed at the poles, has caused any increase in melanomas. The germicidal frequency of UV is destroyed or is filtered out by the ozone layer in the Earth’s stratosphere and only small amounts – necessary to purify the air we breathe and the water we drink – actually reach the surface of the earth. To that effect, a study of Punta Arenas, the largest South American city close to the Antarctic ozone hole, showed no increase in health problems related to depleted ozone. In fact, UV measures were too small to have any noticeable effect. Actual measurements taken in the United States since 1974 show that the amount of UV radiation reaching the surface of the earth is decreasing and continues to decrease slightly each year. The research was conducted to detect the frequency of UV radiation that causes sunburn. UV radiation had dropped on average 0.7% per year over the period from 1974 to 1985 and continued to do so afterwards. The fact that the number of skin cancers in the United States had doubled within this period of 11 years contradicts the theory that UV light is the reason behind the skin cancer epidemic. The number of malignant skin cancers (melanomas) discovered in 1980 in the United States was 8,000, and eight years later it had increased by 250% to 28,000. In 1930, the expectancy of developing melanoma was as low as 1 in 1,300 people. Since 2003, 45,000 to 50,000 new cases are diagnosed every year in the United States. Melanomas, which account for 75 percent of all skin cancer deaths, make up only 5 percent of all reported skin cancers. The most striking fact about this lethal form of cancer that it can occur in other parts of the body not necessarily exposed to the sun such as the eye, the rectum, vulva, vagina, mouth, respiratory tract, GI tract, and bladder. Overall, since the beginning of the new millennium, each year one million Americans are being diagnosed with one form of skin cancer. There are millions of sufferers now, all of whom have been made to belief that the sun is the culprit for their skin diseases. But since UV radiation is decreasing every year 11 Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form, but does not spread. Untreated, it burrows deeply into underlying tissues causing disfigurement and serious damage. Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is considered to be more dangerous than BCC because it can spread to other parts of the body. Malignant melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. It can spread very quickly and, unless caught early, can be very difficult to treat. It develops from cells called melanocytes in the outer layer of the skin. Melanomas usually start in moles or in areas of abnormal-looking skin. 242 and skin cancers were extremely rare 100 years ago when UV intensity was much higher, what else could be held responsible for causing skin cancer? The More UV, the Less Cancer Even if UV penetration to the surface of the Earth did actually increase by, for example, 1% percent each year (which is not the case), such slight increases would in fact still be hundreds if not thousands of times less than the normal variations which people experience because of differences in geography. Let’s assume you move from an area near either one of the Polar Regions, e.g. Iceland, or Finland, towards the equator, e.g. Kenya or Uganda in East Africa. By the time you reach the equator, you will have increased your body’s exposure to UV light by a whooping 5,000 percent! If you live in England and decide to move to Northern Australia you will increase your exposure by 600 percent! Calculations show that for every six miles you are moving closer to the equator you will increase your exposure to UV light by 1 percent. Today, millions of people around the world travel from low exposure places to areas of high exposure near the equator. Many thousands of tourists travel to areas that are located at much higher altitudes than where they normally live. For every 100 feet of elevation there is a significant increase in UV radiation. But this does not prevent people from climbing mountains or living in countries like Switzerland or at the high altitudes of the Himalayan Mountains. According to the UV/cancer theory, most Kenyan, Tibetan, or Swiss residents should be afflicted with skin cancer today. Yet this is not the case at all. The fact is that those who reside at high altitudes or near the equator where UV radiation is the most concentrated are virtually free of all cancers, not just skin cancers! This shows that UV radiation does only not cause cancer, but can even prevent it. The human body has a unique ability to become accustomed to all kinds of variations in the environment. It is equipped with perfect self-regulating mechanisms that protect it against damage from the natural elements. Overexposure to swimming in the sea or a lake can lead to extensive skin swelling, shivering, and circulatory problems. Our body will let us know when it is time to get out of the water. Getting too close to a fire will heat us up and urge us to move away from it. Rainwater is natural but standing in the rain for too long can drain our immune system and make us susceptible to catching a cold. Eating sustains our lives but overeating can lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Sleeping recharges your “batteries” and revitalizes body and mind, yet too much of it makes you sluggish, depressed, and ill. Likewise, sunlight has healing properties unless we use it to burn holes into our skin. Why should any of these natural elements or processes cause us harm unless we abuse or overuse them? Wouldn’t it make more sense to say that a preference for unnatural things like junk foods, stimulants, alcohol, drugs, medical intervention (unless it is for an emergency), as well as pollution, irregular sleeping and eating habits, stress, excessive greed for money and power, and the lack of contact with nature, etc., is more likely to cause such diseases as skin cancer and cataracts than natural phenomena that ensured continued growth and evolution on the planet throughout the ages? It is very encouraging to see that new treatments using light are increasingly seen as breakthrough methods for cancer and many other diseases. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved “light therapy” to fight advanced esophageal cancer and early lung cancer – with fewer risks than are found with use of surgery and chemotherapy. Although it has been known for over 100 years that light can kill diseased cells, it is only since a number of convincing research studies have been conducted that there has been a sudden resurgence of interest in light therapy. There is promising success in bladder 243 cancer, infertility-causing endometriosis, advanced lung and esophageal cancers, skin cancer and diseases leading to blindness, psoriasis, and autoimmune disorders. In one study, light therapy eliminated 79 percent of early lung cancer. Regular exposure to sunlight still seems to be one of the best measures one can take to prevent cancer, including that of the skin. Now Even Doctors and Scientists Say, “It’s Not True!” Like myself, there have always been some health practitioners who didn’t buy into the theory that the sun causes deadly diseases. It warms my heart to hear that now even some of the top authorities in the field are standing up for the truth, despite the intense criticism by their colleagues. In an article written in the New York Times in August 2004, a high-profile dermatologist, Dr. Bernard Ackerman (a recent winner of the American Academy of Dermatology's prestigious, once-yearly Master Award) publicly questioned the commonly accepted assumption about the sunlight/melanoma link. According to Dr. Ackerman, who in 1999 founded the world's largest center for dermatopathology training, there is no proof whatsoever that sun exposure causes melanoma. To substantiate his arguments, he cites a recently published article in the Archives of Dermatology concluding that no evidence exists supporting the notion that sunscreen prevents melanoma, a claim the mega-dollar, sun-screen industry and medical mainstream has falsely made for decades. Dr. Ackerman didn’t stop at exposing this decades-long deception of the masses, but has also cast doubt on the increase in the incidence of melanoma cases the mainstream insists is happening. He found that an expansion of the diagnostic definition of "melanoma" has allowed a much broader array of symptoms to be classified as the deadly disease compared to just 30 years ago. Melanoma has to a large extent “grown” to epidemic proportions because of statistical manipulations. In other words, if the same diagnostic definition applied 30 years ago were applied today, melanomas would have only increased insignificantly. Furthermore, this respected physician challenged the medical mainstream to explain why nearly all cases of melanoma among certain races (blacks, Asians) occur in areas of the body that are almost never exposed to sunlight — places like the palms, soles of the feet, and mucous membranes.12 Should this not raise doubts among physicians and patients alike that even among pale-faces, the most common sites for melanoma (legs in women, torso in men) get significantly less sunlight exposure than other parts of the body? To make a point, based on this and other evidence, your best chances of avoiding melanoma would be to move to areas of higher UV-concentrations, such as the mountain regions or equatorial tropics, and become nudists! Since sunlight boosts the immune system, you may find that such a move would help also with many other health issues you may be suffering from. So naturally, all this raises the question, what actually causes skin cancer? The answer may greatly surprise you. Although melanoma has been rising among pale-skinned populations (who use sun-screens) worldwide, there has been no corresponding rise among native, dark-skinned populations, who have only one-tenth to one-third the incidence. Their skin’s higher melanin level may protect them, but they also tend to spend much more time outdoors in normally higher concentrations of UV light. 12 244 Skin Cancer Caused By Sun Protection The sun is completely harmless unless we expose our bodies to it for unduly long periods of time, especially between 10am and 3pm (during the summer). Overexposure to sunlight makes most people feel very hot and bothered and burns their skin. To avoid being burned and to find relief, our body’s natural instinct urges us to look for a shady place or to take a cold shower. Sunscreens, however, interfere with our natural response to sunlight. Sunscreens usually block UV rays in two ways: either by using a physical sun filter, such as talc, titanium oxide or zinc oxide, or by using chemicals, whose active ingredients include methoxycinnamate, p-aminobenzoic acid, benzophenone and other agents that absorb certain sun-burning UV frequencies while allowing others to pass. Suntan lotions containing para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), for example, not only block out the therapeutic and healing effects of sunlight, but may also cause genetic damage to the skin. A recent report issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration included evidence that fourteen out of seventeen suntan lotions containing PABA may be carcinogenic, i.e., cause cancer. Further research has shown that PABA cause increased genetic damage to the DNA in skin cells during exposure to sunlight. The damage done to the genes and chromosomes impairs the cell’s ability to properly reproduce itself. UV light induces damage to the DNA in the presence of PABA, but to implicate UV light for this effect is tantamount to saying oxygen is dangerous because when it reacts with carbon atoms it turns into a harmful waste product in our blood. Most sunscreens normally protect against UVA, UVB or both.13 They are also rated according to a sun protection factor (SPF), which indicates the time of burn protection when compared to sun exposure without lotion. For example, an SPF of 15 indicates that it should provide 300 minutes of protection for someone who could normally stay in the sun for 20 minutes without burning. SPFs only apply to protection rating against UVB, not UVA. But since the effectiveness of sunscreens usually wears off well before the calculated time, the unsuspecting sunbathers keep applying very large amounts of these chemical poisons to their skin. The skin is not made of plastic, but made of living cells. The constant biochemical warfare fought on the surface of the skin interferes with and destroys its own protective mechanisms, and makes it susceptible to permanent damage and abnormal cell growth. Such suspicions have caused some of these chemicals found in sun lotions, such as 5-methoxypsoralen, to be discontinued. The main problem with sunscreens is, however, that they can seduce sunbathers to stay in the sun much longer than it would normally be wise to do. A British medical report, released in July 1996 and published as the lead article in the prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ), showed that the use of sunscreens might indeed encourage skin cancer because they prompt people to stay in the sun far too long. Their use can postpone the onset of sunburn by many hours. Most people think that this is advantageous, whereas in fact it puts their lives at risk. The doctors who edited the report cited studies conducted in 1995 in Western Europe and Scandinavia that showed frequent users of sunscreen lotion actually suffered disproportionately higher rates of skin cancer. The report states: “Sunscreens containing only ultraviolet B blocks protect against sunburn and therefore enable greater exposure to ultraviolet A (UVA) than would otherwise be possible to obtain.” In other words, many sunbathers expose themselves to much more UVA 13 Of the three UV rays, UVA is mainly responsible for the tanning response, UVB activates the synthesis of vitamin D which is crucial for the absorption of calcium and other minerals, while UVC, almost completely filtered out by the Earth's ozone layer, is germicidal and kills bacteria, viruses and other disease causing germs. 245 than they would if they didn’t use screens. Sunburn, in fact, is the body’s natural defense response against more serious damage, one that may end up as skin cancer. Without sunscreen your skin begins to itch uncomfortably when exposed to too much sun. By contrast, with the use of sunscreen you would not notice when your body has had enough of it because your first line of defense – unbearable sunburn – has been undermined. Overexposure of UVA combined with other external harmful chemicals and, perhaps, internal toxins, is the perfect recipe to damage skin cells and cause malignancies. Under normal conditions (without sunscreen) you could never get too much UVA even if you were lying in the sun for five hours. Instead, you would burn your skin severely through overexposure of UVB light. As Dr. Ackerman discovered, although sunburn may temporarily impair immune functions and damage the skin, there is no proof that it can cause skin cancer. The BMJ report concluded that medical experts know “little about the precise relation between sunburn and skin cancer.” This fact refers to all skin cancers, especially the fatal type of skin cancer – melanoma. Despite the colossal amount of research done on skin cancers, there has been no indication that malignant melanoma has any links with UV exposure. But what is known for sure is that sunscreen does not only fail to prevent skin cancer but on the contrary encourages it by amplifying UVA absorption. This makes sunscreens more far more dangerous than sunlight could ever be. The question remains whether sunscreens that are made to block out both the UVA and UVB radiation could solve this problem? Research has shown that they don’t prevent skin cancer either. First, the skin still has to deal with acid assault that occurs when applying the sun lotion. Second, shutting out UVAs and UVBs deprives the body of the most important rays of the sun responsible for maintaining proper immunity and numerous essential processes. The body requires UVB, for example, for the synthesis of vitamin D, without which we could not survive. Is it surprising, then, to find that there are more people suffering from skin cancer today who have either very little or no exposure to sunlight? Deficient Sunlight – A Death Trap It has been known for several decades that those living mostly in the outdoors, at high altitudes, or near the equator, have the lowest incidence of skin cancers. And as the evidence suggests, those who work under artificial lighting have the highest incidence of skin cancers. In a study conducted on US Navy personnel between 1974 and 1984, researchers found a higher incidence of skin cancers among sailors who had indoor jobs than those working outside. Those working both indoors and outdoors showed most protection, with a rate 24 percent below the US national average. The average city dwelling American, for example, spends twenty-two hours a day indoors, and most of that time beneath and around artificial light. Children, too, are increasingly spending less time outside in nature, and more of their time indoors, at home, in school, on the computer and in front of the television. During the winter season, most of the working population in the cities never even get to see the daylight, except through windows that reflect UV light. Incandescent light has a narrow band compared to sunlight and is known to weaken natural immunity (a Russian study showed that workers who are exposed to UV light during working hours suffer 50% fewer colds). A weak immune system cannot properly defend itself against disease, and that includes skin cancer! Researcher Dr. Helen Shaw and her research team conducted a melanoma study at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and at the Sydney Melanoma Clinic, Sydney Hospital, and found that office workers had twice the incidence of the deadly cancer as people who work outdoors. The results of 246 the study were published in 1982 by the British medical journal Lancet. Dr. Shaw proved that those who spend most of their time sunbathing have by far the lowest risk of developing skin cancer. In sharp contrast to the regular sunbathers, office workers who were exposed to fluorescent light during most of their working days had the highest risk of developing melanomas. She also discovered that fluorescent lights cause mutations in cultures of animal cells. Dr. Shaw’s research lead to the conclusion that both in Australia and Great Britain, melanoma rates were high among professional and office workers, and low in people working outdoors. In other words, the Australians and British (and the rest of us) would be better off spending more time outside where there is plenty of UV light! Similar controlled studies were conducted at the New York University School of Medicine, which confirmed and substantiated Dr. Shaw’s research results. People with brown to black Afro-Caribbean skin and hair can spend long periods in the sun without burning. They rarely suffer from skin cancer while living in their native lands where sunshine is plenty. Their skins’ high melanin level filters out a lot of UV, but still provides them with enough of the beneficial rays. The problem arises once they move to more moderate or colder climates, like the UK or Sweden. This requires that they get extra exposure to the sun to maintain normal vitamin D levels. If the darker races don’t get these extra amounts of sunlight, they are the most likely ones to develop skin cancer. The reason for their higher cancer risk is not too much sunlight, but too little of it. As is so often the case, the purely symptom-oriented medical theories are not sufficient to explain the causes of disease. In fact, they are likely to make you ill. Beware of any advice given to you by any doctor, company or organization who wants to protect you against a supposed threat while at the same time trying to sell you something else. Pittas –Watch Out! Australians who are not Aboriginals usually have a fair and often freckled skin, reddish-blond hair, and light-colored eyes. Most Australians are Pitta types, which means that UV light penetrates deeper into their skin than among those who have a darker skin or are Vata or Kapha types. In addition, many Australians are fond of drinking beer, which has a strong diuretic effect and draws water from the skin, leaving it unprotected against heat rays. Both are risk factors for damaging skin cells. Our skin has melanocyte cells that release melanin when exposed to sunlight. Melanin is the skin’s protective darkening pigment whose presence we refer to as a tan. Pitta types are very sensitive to heat and their bodies will quickly tell them if the amount of melanin produced is not sufficient to protect them against burning. Pitta types should, therefore, not use sunscreens. Blocking out UVB may turn out to be disastrous for their skin. Blocking out both UVB and UVA altogether can undermine proper vitamin D synthesis and upset some of the most basic functions in their body. Pitta types are also the first ones to react to the presence of harmful chemicals and poisons, developing multiple chemical sensitivities and allergies. If Pittas expose themselves to the direct sun (avoid the sun from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) for just a few minutes a day, they will soon be able to increase their body’s exposure to a maximum of twenty minutes a day without having any signs of reddening. Their skin will improve and melanin production will increase. This exposure to the sun will give them enough UV light to remain healthy, provided they do not use devices and solutions that alter or filter out light, including sunscreens or sunglasses. Exposing their skin to the sun under the influence of alcohol or other diuretics, such as coffee, tea, soft drinks, etc., greatly increases the chances of damaging the skin. 247 No Sun, No Health! A balanced diet of sunlight, which includes all the various frequency bands of ultraviolet light reaching the earth, as well as good nutrition and a natural lifestyle, still offer the best protection against all types of diseases. Solar research from all over the world has shown that exposure to ultraviolet light is probably the most comprehensive and impressive healing method there is. With all of the tremendous benefits that sunlight has been proven to bestow upon us, it is truly astonishing that most of the sick people in the world still rely on expensive and poisonous medical drugs that do not offer nearly as many benefits. The following are a few examples of what ultraviolet light can do for you. Ultraviolet light • improves electrocardiogram • lowers blood pressure and resting heart rate • improves cardiac output • reduces cholesterol if required • increases glycogen stores in liver • balances blood sugar • enhances energy, endurance, and muscular strength • improves the body’s resistance to infections (increase of lymphocytes and phagocytic index) • enhances oxygen carrying capacity of the blood • increases sex hormones • improves resistance of skin to infections • raises one’s tolerance to stress and reduces depression Sunlight not only purifies seawater to a depth of 12 feet, but it also disinfects the skin from harmful germs. The longer the ultraviolet wavelength, the deeper it penetrates the skin. At 290nm, about 50% of the ultraviolet light penetrates a little deeper than to the superficial layers of the skin, whereas at 400nm, 50% reaches the deeper layers. The deeper reaching rays can even penetrate the brain. The human body was designed to absorb UV light for very good reasons, otherwise we would have been born with a natural sunscreen for UV light on our skin and eyes. One of the most important reasons is that UV radiation is necessary for normal cell division. A lack of UV light disturbs normal cell growth, which can lead to cancer as confirmed by Dr. Shaw’s research. The use of sunglasses, including regular UV reflecting spectacles and eye lenses, are co-responsible for certain degenerative eye diseases, such as macular degeneration. Most people who use sunglasses report continuously weakening eyesight. Our typical indoor lifestyle, coupled with excessive over-stimulation through highly acid-forming foods and beverages, the cholesterol increasing and dehydrating effects of television, and various other stress factors are sufficient cause for damage of body cells, including those that make up the eyes. By regularly shutting out the much-needed UV light (even children and some pets are given sunglasses to wear nowadays), the eyes are unable to properly repair themselves and replace worn out eye cells. The increased incidence of blindness and eye disease in the industrialized world may result, to a large extent, from the misinformation that the sun is dangerous. Please be aware that in sunny parts of the world almost everyone nowadays wears sunglasses. This may very well account for the increase of cataracts in these 248 places. There may be others factors involved, such as malnutrition (diarrhea can lead to severe demineralization), smoking, pollution and poor diet. To keep your eyes healthy, make sure to let enough sunlight into your eyes every day. The reason so many people are attracted to being in the sun or longing for it when it doesn’t shine is inherent in the natural instinct of the body to expose itself to the healing and cleansing properties of sunlight. Without being tricked into overexposure by “protective” sunscreens, the body will naturally know how much sunlight is good for its balanced growth. And even if circumstances lead to sunburn, the human body is perfectly equipped to handle it. Chemical interference in this process of self-protection, however, can have serious consequences. By regularly using any of the following drugs or chemicals internally or externally, both skin and eyes become oversensitive to sunlight and the skin may badly burn even after a few minutes of exposure. Among these are antibacterial agents such as Sulfa; the aforementioned PABAs and other sun lotion ingredients; hypoglycemic agents used by diabetics; diuretics for control of high blood pressure; tranquillizers and anti-depressants; broad-spectrum antibiotics; anti-arrhythmic Quinidine used to suppress abnormal heart rhythms; halogenated, antiseptic compounds used in cosmetics; many types of soaps; synthetic ingredients in most commercial beauty products; and antihistamines used for colds and allergies, etc. In addition, gallstones in the liver prevent the liver from sufficiently detoxifying pharmaceutical drugs, alcohol, and other noxious substances. Whatever the liver cannot remove from the blood ends up in the kidneys and skin. Once overburdened with these internal, highly acidic toxins, the skin becomes vulnerable to the natural elements, including sunlight. Skin cancer and cataracts only occur if the liver is congested. It is much easier to treat the cause of a physical problem than to suppress its symptoms. If you are taking any of the above drugs and wish to treat the cause rather than the effect of an illness, consult your doctor about how to phase them out gradually, cleanse your elimination organs, and at the same time begin exposing your body to the sun starting with 1-2 minutes and building up to a few more minutes each day (see directions below). Make certain, though, that your skin doesn’t get burned. If you wear sunglasses, expose your eyes to natural light as long as it is comfortable until you no longer require them (sunglasses). To avoid dehydration of the skin, drink fresh water before and after exposure to the sun. Sunlight Prevents Cancer, MS, Heart Disease, Arthritis, Diabetes… According to a study published in the prominent Cancer journal (March 2002; 94:1867-75) insufficient exposure to ultraviolet radiation may be an important risk factor for cancer in Western Europe and North America. The findings, covering mortality rates from cancer in North America, directly contradict official advice about sunlight. The research showed that deaths from a range of cancers of the reproductive and digestive systems were approximately twice as high in New England as in the Southwest, despite a diet that varies little between regions. An examination of 506 regions found a close inverse correlation between cancer mortality and levels of UVB light. The likeliest mechanism proposed by scientists for a protective effect of sunlight is vitamin D, which is synthesized by the body when exposed to ultraviolet B rays. According to the study’s author, Dr William Grant, the northern parts of the United States may be dark enough during the winter months that vitamin D synthesis shuts down completely. 249 While the study focused mainly on white Americans, it was found that the same geographical trend affects black or darker skinned Americans, whose overall cancer rates are significantly higher. As explained earlier, darker skinned people require more sunlight to synthesize vitamin D. The study showed there are at least 13 malignancies affected by lack of sunlight, mostly reproductive and digestive cancers. The strongest inverse correlation is with breast, colon, and ovarian cancer, followed by tumors of the bladder, uterus, esophagus, rectum, and stomach. Not dissimilar to the study on cancers, researchers found a strong correlation between geography and multiple sclerosis. As it turns out, the incidence of MS decreases the closer to the equator (where the most sunlight is) one resides. The American National Institute of Health (NIH) has linked deficiencies of the sun-made vitamin D to rising rates of many diseases, including osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, and diabetes, just to name a few. To get the disease-curbing benefits of sunlight, you need to get outside at least three times a week, for a minimum of 15-20 minutes. The Amazing Sunlight/Exercise Combination Sunlight and exercise each seem to have excellent health and fitness benefits, but when used together, the effects are even multiplied. Tuberculosis patients who are being treated with sunlight therapy alone (regular exposure to sunlight) experience a significant increase in muscle tone with very little fat, even if they don’t exercise. The same happens to a person who is on a regular fitness program. But if sun exposure and exercise are combined, muscular tone and muscular strength increase much more than if just either one is used. In the male physiology, muscular development is linked to the production of the male hormone, testosterone. The old Greek practice of exercising nude on a warm sandy beach was used to develop a healthy muscular body. When sunlight falls on any part of the body, testosterone production increases substantially, but when it strikes the male genitals directly, secretion of the hormone is greatest. A study at Boston State Hospital has proved that ultraviolet light increases the level of testosterone by 120% when the chest or back is exposed to sunlight! The hormone, however, increases by a whooping 200% when genital skin is exposed to the sun. Regular sunbathing increases strength and size of all muscle groups in the male physique. The combination of sun and exercise is, therefore, ideal to develop a strong and healthy body with optimal reproductive abilities. Given these findings, it may well be that constant lack of sun exposure along with physical congestion, is the main cause of the increased infertility problems among the city populations in the world. If you want to improve your sex life or fertility rates, rather than using one of the currently available costly treatments and risking your health due to their serious side effects, I would recommend that you first try the sun. Women, of course, benefit from sunlight, too. Their levels of female hormones rise when they are exposed to particularly one specific portion of UV light, i.e., 290-340 nanometers (UVB), which is assumed to be dangerous and useless. Women, who have only very little exposure to sunlight, are often suffering from menstrual problems or have no menstrual periods at all. They can re-establish a healthy menstrual cycle by sunbathing regularly and spending several hours of the day outdoors. Normalization of the menstrual cycle can occur within a few weeks after starting sunlight therapy. 250 Several independent studies have demonstrated that hypertensive patients who followed a vigorous exercise program for six months lowered their blood pressure by 15 percent, whereas those who had one single exposure to the ultraviolet light of the sun, had a markedly lower blood pressure for five to six days. Exercising in the sun could, therefore, be one of the best non-medical treatments for hypertension, cost-free and without any side effects. At the same time, both exercise and sunbathing increase the heart’s efficiency, which is measured by the amount of blood pumped by the heart at each beat. One single exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun alone has shown to increase heart efficiency by an average of 39 percent, again lasting for as long as five to six days. Such an approach could effectively replace drugs currently used to stimulate the heart. It should be noted that sunlight acts not like a drug that merely suppresses the symptoms of disease, but rather restores balance in body and mind. Diabetics, too, can benefit from exercise and sunlight. Their blood sugar drops when they exercise or sunbathe. One single exposure to sunlight stimulates the production of the enzyme phosphorylase, which decreases the amount of stored glycogen. Two hours after sun exposure, another enzyme, glycogen synthesize, increases storage of glycogen in the tissues while lowering blood sugar levels. Thus, sunlight acts just like insulin. The effect may last for days. It is important for diabetics to know that they may need to adjust their insulin dose and should, therefore, regularly consult their doctor while gradually increasing their body’s exposure to sunlight. Both sunlight and exercise have beneficial effects on reducing stress levels. These include decrease of nervousness, anxiety, emotional imbalance; increase of stress tolerance, self-confidence, imagination and creativity; positive changes in personality and moods; reduction of unhealthy habits such as cigarette smoking and alcoholism. Studies from Russia also showed that duodenal ulcers are greatly improved through regular exposure to the sun. American research found that when exposure to sunlight is added to fitness programs, subjects have a 19 percent increase in performance as measured by physical fitness tests. In addition, those exposed to the UV light had 50 percent fewer incidences of colds than those who didn’t. Their immune systems were maintained on a high level of efficiency. Also, children who receive extra UV light during wintertime have a marked increase in physical fitness. A And if you are on pain medication, check this out: A recent hospital study found that patients in sunnier rooms needed fewer painkillers than patients in darker rooms. In fact, they were able to cut their drug costs by 21%. What Makes the Sun so “Dangerous” – The Fat Connection! Sunlight is most beneficial for those who eat a balanced diet according to their individual requirements and body type. Sunbathing may be dangerous, however, for those who live on a diet rich in acid-forming, highly processed foods, and refined fats or their products. Also alcohol, cigarettes, and other mineral and vitamin depleting substances, such as allopathic and hallucinogenic drugs, can make the skin highly vulnerable to ultraviolet radiation. In particular, polyunsaturated fats as contained in refined and vitamin E depleted products, such as thin vegetable oil, mayonnaise, dressings, and most brands of margarine, pose a particularly high risk in the development of skin cancer and most other cancers. According to Archives of Internal Medicine, 1998, polyunsaturated fats increase your risk of breast cancer by 69 percent (by contrast, monounsaturated fats as found in olive oil reduce your breast cancer risk by 45 percent). This phenomenon is quite easy to understand. Once in contact with air, these fats attract lots of oxygen free radicals and become oxidized, that is, rancid. Oxygen radicals get generated when oxygen molecules 251 lose an electron. This makes them highly reactive. These free radicals may quickly attack and damage cells, tissues, and organs. They can be formed in refined, polyunsaturated fats when are exposed to sunlight before consumption. Otherwise, the radicals form in the tissues after the oil has been eaten. Polyunsaturated fats are difficult to digest, since they are deprived of their natural bulk and are no longer protected against free radicals by their natural protector, vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant. Eating a hamburger and French fries, for example, can flood your body with free radicals. Saturated fats are solid and found in products such as lard and butter. They contain large quantities of natural antioxidants, which make them much safer against oxidation by free radicals. Since polyunsaturated fats are man-made and do not exist in natural form, they are indigestible and considered dangerous by the body. Margarine, for instance, is just one molecule away from plastic, and therefore extremely difficult to digest. Free radicals, the natural cleansers of the body, try to get rid of the fatty culprit which attaches itself to the cells walls. When the radicals digest these harmful fats, they also damage the cell walls. This is considered to be the main cause of aging and degenerative disease. Research has shown that out of 100 people who consumed large quantities of polyunsaturated fats, 78 showed marked clinical signs of premature aging. They also looked much older than others of the same age did. By contrast, in a recent study on the relationship between dietary fats and the risk for Alzheimer’s disease, researchers were surprised to learn that the natural, healthy fats can actually reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s by up to 80 percent. The study showed that the group with the lowest rate of Alzheimer’s ate approximately 38 grams of these healthy fats every day, while those with the highest incidence of this disease consumed only about half of that amount each day. Tissue cells that are damaged by abnormal free radical activity are unable to reproduce properly and can impair major functions in the body, including those of the immune, digestive, nervous, and endocrine systems. Ever since polyunsaturated fats have been introduced to the population on a large scale, degenerative diseases have increased dramatically, skin cancer being one of them. In fact, polyunsaturated fats have made sunlight “dangerous,” something that would have never been the case if foods hadn’t been altered and manipulated, as they are today. When polyunsaturated fats are removed from their natural foods, they need to be refined, deodorized, and even be hydrogenated, depending on the food product they are used for. During this process some of the polyunsaturated fats undergo chemical transformations, which turns them into trans fatty acids (trans fats), often referred to as “hydrogenated vegetable oils.” Margarine can contain up to 54 percent of them, vegetable shortening up to 58 percent. You can detect hydrogenated vegetable oils in foods by reading the food labels. Most processed foods contain them, including breads, crisps, chips, doughnuts, crackers, biscuits, pastries, all baked goods, cake and frosting mixes, baking mixes, frozen dinners, sauces, frozen vegetables, and breakfast cereals. In other words, nearly all foods that are shelved, processed, refined, preserved, and not fresh can contain trans fats. Trans fats inhibit the cell’s ability to use oxygen, which is required to burn foodstuffs to carbon dioxide and water. Cells, which are inhibited in completing their metabolic processes, may become cancerous. The trans fats also make the blood thicker by increasing stickiness of platelets. This multiplies the chances of blood clots and build up of fatty deposits, which can lead to heart disease. Research at Harvard Medical School, observing 85,000 women over eight years, found that those eating margarine had an increased risk of coronary heart disease. Further studies have shown that trans fatty acids prevent the body from processing Low Density Lipo Protein (LDL) or bad cholesterol, thereby raising blood cholesterol to abnormal levels. A Welsh study linked the concentration of these artificial trans fats in body fat with death from heart disease. The Dutch Government has already banned any products containing trans fatty acids. 252 Polyunsaturated fats have also been shown to suppress immunity. For this reason, they are used today in patients who have undergone kidney transplant operations or skin grafts taken from other people. This helps the patients to prevent the immune system from rejecting the foreign tissue, but of course this leaves them vulnerable to infection and other disorders. The same approach is used in the so-called autoimmune diseases where the immune system attempts to kill off some of the body’s own cells, i.e., those that have become toxic and a risk for the survival of the body. But the tragic in all this is that such treatments don’t change overall mortality rates, only the cause of death is altered. What Really Burns and Damages the Skin A person who consumes polyunsaturated fats in his diet and exposes his skin to ultraviolet light to the point of reddening produces hormone-like substances called prostaglandins from the linoleic acid contained in the fats. Prostraglandins suppress the immune system, thereby contributing to tumor growth. In addition, polyunsaturated fats are accompanied by free radical production, which can damage cells. If you add suntan oils to the skin you have the right combination of chemicals to produce skin cancer, especially on areas that are more exposed to the sun than others. In nature, oils never occur in large quantities. To obtain one tablespoon of corn oil in natural form you would have to eat 12-18 ears of corn. Since oil extraction from corn, grains, and seeds became possible 80-90 years ago, consumption of polyunsaturated and unsaturated fats (thicker oils) as salad and cooking oils has increased dramatically in the industrialized world. The average person today consumes 16 times more of these fats than a person did 90 years ago. That does not include all the other fats contained in today’s foods. The lack of exercise, fresh air, and foods rich in nutrients make it even less possible for a human being to cope with such large amounts of unnatural fats. They impair the digestive power and lead to a build-up of toxins and subsequent crises of toxicity. The presence of excessive amounts of free radicals indicates that the body is full of toxins. Once they enter the skin tissue, even short-term exposure to ultraviolet light can burn and damage skin cells. If your eyes and skin are sensitive to sunlight, this indicates that your body is toxic. Your subsequent effort to avoid the sun may result in serious light deficiency, which can lead to serious health problems. The fact that cancer of all kinds increased when sunscreen was introduced is hardly surprising. The UV light entering the eyes stimulates the immune system. Today, more than 50% of the U.S. population wear prescription or sun-protective glasses, which are able to block out most UV light. The latest fashion is to wear plastic glasses; they also block out all UV light. Indoor activities, sun tan lotions, clothing, UVrepelling windows, etc., make certain that we hardly get any of it. Without regular exposure to sunlight, however, the immune system decreases its effectiveness with every year of age. With sunlight, the use of oxygen in the body tissues increases, but without it, our cells begin to starve for oxygen. This leads to cellular malfunction and premature aging and even death. Starved of a balanced sunlight diet, we tend to look for help elsewhere, even though nature is ready to cure us at any time. It is very unfortunate that sick people are mostly kept indoors, often with curtains drawn and windows closed. One of nature’s most potent preventive and curative powers is there for everyone to use. 253 Guidelines for Increasing Sun Exposure If you wish to benefit from the sun but cannot afford much time to be outdoors, there are several ways to increase your exposure to sunlight: Windows should consist of glass that permits UV light to enter Have as many such windows as possible Keep your curtains pushed back so that you have maximum exposure Depending on weather and season, keep your windows open Install as many full spectrum lights as possible (the best alternative to natural sunlight) Those living in a moderate climate can sunbathe regularly. It is best to avoid the sun between 10.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. during summer, whereas during winter and spring this time is OK, too. During winter you can sunbathe if you lie in a totally wind protected place. You can build your own sunbathing area against a wall facing the sun. The sidewalls should be made of material that can serve as a good windbreak. The wall pointing toward the sun should be at an angle slanted toward the sun so that the low winter rays can shine into the sunbathing area. Lying on a blanket, you will be warmer than if you were indoors. Note: Avoid sunlamps, which produce UVA and can cause skin cancer, including melanoma. If for any reason you are going to be exposed to the sun for unduly long periods, you may apply Aloe Vera gel, coconut oil or olive oil. For maximum benefits, through, and to wash off any oiliness, it is best to take a shower before sunbathing. Start your sunlight treatment by exposing your entire body (if possible) for a few minutes to start, and then increase the time each day by a few more minutes until you reach 20-30 minutes. Alternatively, walking in the sun for 40-60 minutes has similar benefits. This will give you enough sunlight to keep your body and mind healthy, provided you incorporate the basic measures of a balanced diet, lifestyle, and daily routine as outlined in the earlier chapters. The Ancient Practice of Sun Gazing Sun energy is the source that powers the brain. It enters the body through the elements of air, water, fire and earth. Sunlight enters and leaves the human body most easily and directly through the human eye, provided it isn’t filtered out by colored spectacles. Sun gazing is an ancient practice that can induce healing of body and mind. The eyes are very complex organs, consisting of 5 billion parts. Acting as a photo lens, the human eye is able to break down the entire spectrum of sunlight into the different color rays. In a camera, the various rays of light react with the chemicals of the film and encode the pictures you take. Likewise, upon entering the pineal gland in the brain, the different rays are being chemically encoded in the brain and are passed on to the organs and systems in the body. The vital organs of the body are dependent on specific colors of the light spectrum. For kidney cells to function properly, for example, they require red light. Heart cells need yellow light, and liver cells require green light. Light deficiencies in any of the organs and systems of the body can lead to disease. Regular sun gazing can help restore balance and efficiency to all cells in the body. 254 One should gaze at the sun only in the morning or evening hours, about one or two hours after sunrise or before sunset. Look at the rising or setting sun once per day. On the first day, look at the sun in a relaxed manner for a maximum of 10 seconds. On the second day, look at it for 20 seconds, adding about ten seconds every succeeding day. So after ten continuous days of sun gazing you will be looking at the sun for about 100 seconds. The eyes can blink or flicker, and don’t need to be steady. To receive the main benefits of sun gazing, you need to increase the duration in the above manner until you reach three months. This brings you up to the length of 15 minutes of gazing at a time. At this stage, the sun energy of the sun’s rays passing through the human eye will be charging the hypothalamus tract – the pathway behind the retina leading to the human brain. As the brain increasingly receives extra power through this pathway you will find a drastic reduction of mental tension and worries. With access to this additional source of energy, you are likely to develop a more positive mindset and increased selfconfidence. If you suffer from anxieties and depression, you will find that these go away. Sadness and depression are known to increase with reduced or lack of exposure to sunlight. With fewer worries and fears, your brain may use the saved and additionally supplied energy for healing and improvement of mental and physical wellbeing. One of the most frequently reported benefits of regular sun-gazing is improvement of eyesight. 255 CHAPTER 9 Heart Disease – Symptom of a Sick Body ess than one hundred years ago heart disease was an extremely rare disease. Today, it kills more people in the developed world than all other causes of death taken together (with the exception of doctor-caused, iatrogenic, diseases; see Chapter 14). According to the New England Journal of Medicine, sudden cardiac arrest claims 350,000 to 450,000 lives per year in the United States (over 1,000 per day) and is responsible for more than half of all deaths that are due to cardiovascular disease. 865,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. There are 7.8 million people in the U.S. who are heart attack survivors (as per year 2004). Direct (medical costs) and indirect (lost productivity) costs related to coronary heart disease were about $133 billion in 2004. And a recent study concludes that 85% of people over 50 already have artery blockages… and 71% of people over 40! Although the ability to recognize patients who are at high risk for cardiac arrest has greatly improved over the past 20 years, 90 percent of cases of sudden death from cardiac causes occur in patients without identified risk factors. It is known that the majority of cases of sudden death from cardiac causes involve patients with preexisting coronary heart disease. Yet cardiac arrest is the first manifestation of this underlying problem in 50 percent of patients. The most common underlying cause of sudden cardiac arrest is a heart attack which causes irregular heart rhythm and subsequent stoppage of the heart. In several industrialized nations mortality rates from heart attacks have slightly decreased due to a generation of breakthroughs in heart care. These include new medicines, the bypass operations, and the angioplasties. But now the “beneficiaries” of this kind of heart care are living with unexpected, often devastating consequences: Their damaged hearts still beat, but not strong enough to enjoy a decent quality of life. Many wish they had died swiftly than suffering a slow and torturous death. The unintended result of better cardiac care is an unprecedented increase in a chronic, debilitating disease called chronic heart failure, which could very well be described as an epidemic. Heart failure is described as a gradual ebbing of the heart’s power to pump blood and supply the body with oxygen. “Heart failure is a product of our success in dealing with heart disease and hypertension,” said Dr. Michael Bristow of the University of Colorado. Treating the symptoms of heart disease and hypertension rather than their causes has lead to more hardship and suffering than anticipated. It is the call of our time L 256 to take a more holistic look at the causes of this greatest killer disease in the modern world and to apply natural methods to restore heart functions swiftly and permanently, without side effects. The Beginning Stages of Heart Disease Our cardiovascular system is composed of a central pumping device – the heart muscles – and a blood vessel pipeline, consisting of arteries, veins and capillaries. The heart muscles pump blood through the blood vessel system to deliver oxygen and nutrients to all parts of the body. The blood vessel system is over 60,000 miles long and has a surface of more than half an acre. The 60-100 trillion cells in the body depend on the frictionless flow of blood through this vast network of channels. The tiny blood capillaries, which have the thickness of one tenth of a human hair, are of particular importance to the body. Unlike the arteries, capillaries permit oxygen, water, and nutrients to pass through their thin walls in order to bring nourishment to the surrounding tissues. At the same time, they have to allow for certain cellular waste to return to the blood so that it can be excreted from the body. If the capillary network becomes congested for reasons explained below, the heart has to pump the blood with greater pressure to reach all the different parts of the body. This considerably increases the heart’s workload and makes its muscles tense and tired. In due time, the exertion of the heart leads to stress and fatigue and impairs all major functions in the body. Since the blood capillaries are also responsible for nourishing the muscle cells of the arteries, a reduced supply of oxygen, water, and nutrients will gradually injure and destroy arteries. To counteract this form of involuntary self-destruction, the body responds with inflammation. The inflammation response, which is often mistaken for and treated as a disease, is actually one of the body’s best methods to increase the blood supply and deliver vital nutrients to promote growth of new cells and repair damaged connective tissue. However, continuous inflammatory responses eventually generate sizable lesions in the arteries which, in turn, lead to the development of atherosclerotic deposits. Hardening of arteries is commonly believed to be the main cause of heart disease, although this is, as new studies have shown, not entirely true. Major Contributing Factors While most heart attacks are believed to be triggered by the clogging of the heart arteries, which destroys millions of heart cells, strokes are assumed to be caused by the clogging of the brain arteries, which causes the death of millions of brain cells. Since brain cells coordinate the activities and movements of every part of the body, their death can lead to partial or complete paralysis and death. A stroke is considered to be merely a consequence of advanced atherosclerosis. The brain arteries are located in close proximity to the heart. The blood pressure in both the brain and heart arteries is relatively higher than in those arteries located in other parts of the body, hence the difference of blood pressure in the different arteries of the circulatory system. If turbulence and congestion occur in the branching areas of the arteries, the blood pressure begins to rise. This particularly stresses the coronary, carotid (neck), and cerebral (brain) arteries to the point of damage. Damage occurs first in those blood vessels that are already weakened by internal congestion and nutrient deficiencies. This makes high blood pressure a major risk factor for strokes and heart disease. 257 Lowering an elevated blood pressure through medication, however, does not serve as a solution, but as a mere postponement and further aggravation of the problem. And, as recent research has shown, it can lead to chronic heart failure. Without removing the root cause(s) of elevated blood pressure the standard treatment for hypertension can cause severe cellular dehydration and sharply reduce the blood’s capacity to deliver oxygen to the heart muscles and remove toxic waste from the cells and tissues of the body. All this further increases the risk of heart disease and many other health problems, including kidney and liver disorders. The Western Hemisphere is heading the global list of heart disease. For many years, now, doctors have blamed the wrong type of food, overeating, too little exercise, smoking, and stress as the major risk factors. Latest research has added a few more, such as free radicals, pollution, poor circulation, certain drugs and chemicals, and a decreased ability of the blood to digest protein, which may lead to the formation of blood clots. When the proteolytic enzymes bromelain, trypsin, and chymotrypsin are no longer sufficiently available to help break down the blood clots, heart attacks, phlebitis, and stokes are the most likely consequences. The major physical cause of coronary heart disease, however, is overeating of animal proteins. When stored in the body, protein becomes one of the greatest risk factors for heart disease and most other diseases as well. One of the latest markers of arterial damage and inflammation now believed to be the main reason behind blood clots triggering a heart attack is the protein homocysteine. High concentrations of homocysteine are found in meat. Meat Consumption and Heart Disease To illustrate the development of heart disease from virtual non-existence to being the biggest killer disease, I have used statistical trends describing disease development in Germany – a typical, modern industrialized nation. In the year 1800, meat consumption in Germany was about 13 kg (28 pounds) per person per year. One hundred years later, meat consumption was nearly three times as high, at 38 kg per person per year. By 1979 it had reached 94.2 kg, which is an increase of 725 percent in less than 180 years. These figures do not include fats. During the period of 1946-1978, meat consumption in Germany increased by 90% and heart attacks rose by 20 times. During the same period, fat consumption remained the same, whereas consumption of cereals and potatoes, which are major suppliers of vegetable protein, decreased by 45%. Therefore, fats and carbohydrates, as well as vegetable proteins, cannot be considered to be causes of coronary heart disease. This leaves meat as the main factor responsible for the dramatic upsurge of this degenerative blood vessel disease. In consideration of the fact that at least 50 percent of the German population is overweight and most overweight people eat much more meat than those with normal weight do, meat consumption among the overweight must have at least quadrupled in the 33 years after World War II. Being overweight is considered to be a major risk for high blood pressure and heart disease. According to statistics published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1978, the yearly increases of heart attacks in Western European countries were accompanied by a continuous yearly increase in meat consumption by as much as 4kg per person. This practically means that eating habits after World War II have shifted from a healthy mixed diet to one excessive in animal protein, but poor in carbohydrates such as fruits, vegetables and grains. According to the WHO, fat consumption remained virtually unchanged. Heart attacks and atherosclerosis began to increase dramatically in Germany and in Western industrialized nations soon after the war; today they cause over 50 percent of all deaths. 258 Although fat consumption among vegetarians is not lower than among meat eaters, the vegetarians have the lowest death rates from heart disease. The Journal of the American Medical Association reported that a vegetarian diet could prevent 97% of all coronary occlusions. The incredibly popular high protein, low carbohydrate Atkins Diet and South Beach Diet have the unfortunate side effect of starving a person by clogging up his capillary and artery walls with excessive proteins, and by greatly limiting his fuel intake (carbohydrates). This can certainly make a person lose weight, but not without also damaging his kidneys, liver, and heart. Both the late Dr. Atkins, a heart disease and obesity victim, and former U.S. President Bill Clinton, a keen follower of the South Beach Diet and recipient of a quadruple bypass, suffered the consequences of the high protein diet (for details, see section below). Millions of Americans are following in their footsteps. The reason for the virtual absence of coronary heart disease among vegetarians is their low intake or complete absence of animal protein. Fat consumption is, therefore, only an accomplice of the disease, but not its cause. The constantly recycled mass hysteria that believes fat, which is generally associated with cholesterol, to be the main dietary culprit of heart disease, is completely unfounded, outdated, and has no scientific basis. Yes, Your Body Can Store Protein! Meat and meat products have five to ten times the concentration of protein than found in plant protein foods. It is, therefore, easily possible to overeat animal protein, but it is hardly possible to overeat vegetable protein because a normal digestive system does not have the ability to process 5-10 times more food than is normal for the body. It is common knowledge that the body is able to store unused sugar and other carbohydrates in the form of fat, but it lesser known that it also has a large storage capacity for protein. The body’s protein stores are the connective tissues (the fluids between the capillaries and the cells) and the basal or basement membranes, which hold together and support the cells of the blood capillaries and arteries (see illustration 14). When these protein stores are filled to their full storage capacity, the organs and arteries that are supplied by these protein-congested capillaries begin to starve of oxygen and nutrients, and suffocate in their own metabolic waste products. The resulting toxicity crisis prompts an inflammatory process by the body, which is necessary to increase blood flow and make nutrients available for growth of new cells and repair of damaged connective tissue. Repeated bouts of inflammation in the artery walls can involve bleeding and subsequent formation of blood clots. Blood clots are the number one cause of heart attacks (see illustrations 15a/b) and strokes. As a measure of first aid and to avert constantly occurring potential heart attacks or strokes, the body attempts to contain the bleeding wounds. It does this by dispatching the glue-like lipoprotein, LP5, into the blood. LP5 attaches itself to the open wounds, thereby sealing them. To promote wounds healing and prevent them from repeated bleeding, the sticky LP5 catches the relatively large lipoprotein molecules, such as LDL and VLDL cholesterol molecules, and builds them into the artery walls. The resulting protective “bandage” saves the person’s life, at least for a while. If this survival mechanism occurs in the coronary arteries, it is called hardening of arteries or coronary heart disease. A person who eats too many simple carbohydrate foods such as sugar, bread and pasta, or fats in a particular meal may have elevated concentrations of sugar, fats, and the cholesterol-containing lipoproteins in his blood. But blood tests also show that if he overeats protein foods, his blood will 259 contain higher concentrations of protein. Nutritional science assumes14 that protein is completely burned during the digestive process. Whatever protein the body cells don’t use or need, so goes the argument, continues to circulate in the blood until it is broken down by liver enzymes and excreted as urea. A major problem arises when a person does not have enough of these enzymes to remove the excessive protein from the blood stream. The liver of Kapha and Pitta types, for example, who naturally require only very few proteins to sustain themselves, has a limited capacity to break down food proteins. If liver bile ducts are congested with stones, this also greatly diminishes this important liver function. The same applies to people who regularly eat too many proteins. In any case, the extra proteins that are not broken down and eliminated through the liver route, are absorbed by the connective tissue under the skin (which is the least harmful), and the intercellular connective tissue of the organs (which can be very harmful). If there is a continuous, regular supply of large amounts of food protein, the intercellular connective tissue and basal membranes of the capillaries start filling up with the protein and begin to thicken. Unless protein intake is discontinued, the capillary cells become damaged. The body responds with inflammation to help destruct and remove damaged or dead cells. This inflammatory process, though, has side-effects. It forms the beginning stage of diet-caused atherosclerosis. By contrast, as it was first discovered in 1955, people who live on a protein-free diet for a certain length of time do not produce urea after their first protein meals. This means that their connective tissues contain no abnormal amounts of protein. This applies to all vegetarians whose only source of protein is of purely vegetarian origin, such as in grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, etc. Vegetarians hardly ever develop a surplus of protein in the connective tissues and blood vessel walls, and are, therefore, not at risk of developing atherosclerotic deposits. This has been confirmed by the American Medical Association. It is a commonly accepted medical theory that all unused calories, whether they occur in the form of carbohydrates, fat, or protein, are converted into fat and deposited in the body’s fat cells. This would make fat to be the only storage molecule responsible for obesity and related illnesses, including coronary heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes (see chapter 11). Yet there is overwhelming evidence to show that stored fat alone cannot be held responsible for causing coronary heart disease. The only other substance that the body can store in large amounts is protein. And much of it ends up in the blood vessel walls. In addition to breaking down proteins in the liver and storing proteins in the blood vessel walls, the body employs another tactic to get rid of this dangerous culprit. A well-trained athlete can utilize no more than 40 grams of protein per day. The average American eats up 200 grams per day. Whatever proteins cannot be stored, which easily happens by regularly eating more than 30-40 grams of protein each day, the body converts into nitric, sulfuric and phosphoric acids. The kidneys try to eliminate some of the strong acids (similar to the ones found in your car battery). To do so, they have to attach a basic mineral to every acid molecule, As a result, sodium, potassium, magnesium (the main basic minerals) and all the rest become depleted as well. All this sets your body up for an incidence of acidosis, which is another name for toxicity crisis. Heart disease is a typical symptom of chronic acidosis. 14 There is no scientific study to support this assumption 260 Illustration 14: Congestion of Blood Vessel Walls with Excessive Protein 261 Illustration 15a: Blood clot that caused heart attack in 54-year old man Illustration 15b: Healthy, open artery of a 100-year old woman Protein Storage – A Time Bomb Obese people have both high concentrations of fats and excessive amounts of protein in the blood. The blood’s tendency towards clotting, which is considered to be the greatest risk for suffering a heart attack or stroke, stems almost exclusively from the saturation of the blood with proteins (also smoking increases blood protein concentrations, as shown below). Fats, on the other hand, have no blood-clotting ability. In their attempt to avert a heart attack, the capillary cells absorb the excessive protein, convert it into collagen-fiber, and store it in their basement membranes. Although this emergency response has a blood- 262 thinning and, therefore, life-saving effect, it also makes the blood walls thicker and more vulnerable to injury. Examinations of connective tissue in obese people have proved that it contains not only plump fat cells, but also large amounts of dense collagen-fiber. Collagen is 100 percent pure protein. Building more collagen-fiber than necessary is one of the main emergency measures the body takes to deal with dangerously high protein concentrations in the blood. By removing the protein from the blood and thereby putting it out of circulation, the blood becomes thin and the crisis is avoided. But the situation changes drastically when the body’s protein stores are all filled up to capacity, and protein consumption continues. This time, the blood becomes and remains saturated with protein. In such a case the blood begins to permanently thicken and develop a tendency towards clotting. Unless the afflicted person takes aspirin, which has a blood thinning effect, a stroke or a heart attack may occur. Yet in the long term the drug not only fails to prevent such an incidence, but strongly encourages it. There is a heightened risk of deadly uncontrolled bleeding that comes with regular or excessive aspirin use. In addition, once aspirin treatment discontinues, the risk of suffering a heart attack is greatly increased. [Warning: If you are suffering from macular degeneration – the #1 cause of blindness in people over 55 years – make sure to avoid taking aspirin. A major study linked aspirin to America’s epidemic of macular degeneration. The so often prescribed one-aspirin-a day routine makes your retinas more likely to hemorrhage. Besides, aspirin belongs to the same class of painkillers as Vioxx, Celebrex and Aleve, all of which were found to increase heart attack and stroke risk by over 50%.] Examinations have shown that by abstaining from food for a periodic length of time both fat cells and collagen fiber deposits begin to reduce in size and amount. This also demonstrates that overeating protein does, in fact, increase protein tissue in the body; the sites of the protein deposits being the basement membranes of the capillary walls and the connective tissues that surround the cells. As a direct consequence of this development, the thickened blood vessel walls are no longer capable of absorbing sufficient amounts of oxygen, water, and nutrients and removing all the metabolic waste products that the cells which constitute them produce. Hence the cells that make up these blood vessels become injured and eventually die from malnutrition, suffocation, and dehydration. In a young person, the blood vessels of the heart have a diameter of about 3mm. By regularly overeating protein foods, the normally smooth and polished inner wall of a blood vessel becomes uneven, and the blood vessel as a whole thickens and loses its elasticity. This leads to a deterioration of blood flow throughout the circulatory system, and may culminate in a complete blockage. Coronary arteries that are totally blocked resemble an old rusty, damaged, calcified water pipe. Their walls are brownish-red and are clogged up with yellowish, calcified material. The Revealing Role of Homocysteine Researchers discovered that the toxic, sulphur-containing amino acid homocysteine (HC) promotes the tiny clots that initiate arterial damage and the catastrophic ones that precipitate most heart attacks and strokes (Ann Clin & Lab Sci, 1991 and Lancet 1981). HC results from normal metabolism of the amino acid methionine – which is abundant in red meat (especially well done steak), milk, and dairy products. Normally, your body has a built-in defense mechanism against homocysteine buildup – it transforms it into a harmless substance called cystathionine, which is flushed from the body in the urine. However, regularly overeating proteins greatly undermines this ability. 263 Although the role of increased homocysteine levels in the blood as a major risk factor of heart disease has been common knowledge in the field of medical research for many years, it is only now being recognized as such in the field of applied medicine. The presence of unsafe levels of homocysteine in the body is thought to be associated with people who are genetically unable to convert homocysteine at a sufficient rate. But the enormous incidence of abnormal homocysteine levels among heart disease patients suggests that the genetic factor is secondary, or may even be a response to continuously overwhelming the body with protein foods (similar to the phenomenon of genetic mutation in cancerous growths, see chapter 10). Foods that are high in folic acid (see chapter 7) have been shown to drastically lower homocysteine levels and thereby reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Conclusion: If you regularly consume large quantities of animal protein, including meat, pork, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, cheese, etc., your body’s ability to break down and safely remove all the protein or homocysteine becomes increasingly impaired (if it is not already naturally inefficient by constitution). Since excessive protein consumption thickens the blood and increases its risk of clotting, the body is forced to store the protein and the by-products of protein metabolism in the connective tissues under the skin as well as in the connective tissue of the organs and the basement/basal membranes of the capillary network. When the storage capacity of these membranes is exhausted, no more protein can be deposited in the capillaries. If overconsumption of animal protein continues, the body begins to store the excessive protein in the walls of the arteries (see illustration 14). At this stage the main coronary arteries become thickened, damaged, and inefficient. As they become occluded and cut off the oxygen supply to the heart, a heart attack occurs. Thus, the storage of excessive protein in the body acts like a “time bomb,” ready to explode at any moment. C-Reactive Protein Reveals the Truth Continuous storage of excessive proteins in the blood vessel walls will eventually damage them. To help repair the damage and remove weak and injured cells, the body responds with inflammation. Inflammation is not a disease, but the body's basic emergency-response system. When the body is threatened by disease-causing germs, such as storage of proteins in the basal membranes of the blood vessel and subsequent buildup of protective fatty plaque in the arteries, the immune system dispatches large amounts of specialized cells to swarm and destroy the invader or potentially life-threatening obstructions. In the process of trying to fix the problem through inflammation, the immune cells cause multiple lesions that become increasingly unstable and may eventually rupture. When the body is unable to contain the bleeding resulting from a ruptured lesion, and any attempts to seal off the wound (s) fails, a heart attack or stroke occurs. In a groundbreaking study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2002, doctors from Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital showed that a simple blood test, called C-Reactive Protein (CRP), was able to predict which patients are most likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke. CPR measures the presence and intensity of inflammation in the walls of the blood vessels. Inflammation in the blood vessel walls is a much more accurate indicator of imminent heart trouble than measuring the concentrations of the “good” cholesterol (HDL) and the “bad” cholesterol (LDL) in the blood. This finding is very significant because half of all heart attacks occur in people with normal cholesterol levels. It not only shows that inflammation plays a key role in heart disease, but also in a wide range of other disorders involving the circulatory system, including arthritis, diabetes and cancer. 264 CRP is a protein produced by the liver in reaction to the immune system's inflammatory response. A simple blood test is able to detect this protein. It’s concentration in the blood can determine how inflamed the heart arteries may be. In the above study, the research team tracked the levels of both CRP and LDL ("bad" cholesterol) in nearly 28,000 women for eight years. According to the results of the study, women with high levels of CRP were twice as likely to have heart disease as those with high LDL. It also showed that many women who later suffered heart attacks would have been given a clean bill of health on the basis of their low LDL. Just relying on testing a person’s cholesterol levels may is not enough, and may, in fact endanger his life. CRP cannot be considered the ultimate testing kid for heart disease either, because it can jump as much as 10-fold when a person is fighting a cold or the flu. Infection includes an inflammatory response, and, therefore, the C-reactive protein is most likely to show up in the blood. However, this important piece of research shows that cholesterol testing is not what we should be focusing on if we want to save the lives of people who are at risk of heart disease. This is further substantiated by the most recent research showing that elevated blood cholesterol level cannot even be considered to be a major risk factor for heart attack (see Risk Indications of a Heart Attack below). Instead, focusing on the very causes of the inflammatory response will help us eradicate the incidence of heart disease, as well as arthritis and cancer. How and Why Heart Attacks Really Occur Just cutting off oxygen supply to the heart may not be enough to destroy the heart. The heart is one of the most innovative and resilient organs in the body, and it requires a lot of abuse for it to die. When the basement or basal membranes of the capillaries and arteries can no longer guarantee sufficient supply of oxygen, sugar, and insulin to the cells of the heart muscles, their ability to contract and pump blood is greatly reduced. Just to continue their work without enough oxygen, the heart cells begin to ferment glucose to produce energy, but this (anaerobic) process produces lactic acid, which acidifies the muscle tissues. To further maintain its pumping action, the heart employs an additional emergency measure to gain energy, which is to mobilize and break down fats. Yet, without using oxygen in the process, these fats turn into harmful, cell-destructive acids. Proteins also begin to be used to provide energy; the by-products are once again harmful fatty acids. Since the thickening of the connective tissues as well as the lymph and blood capillaries in the heart begins obstructing normal elimination of metabolic waste, the heart muscles become intensely saturated with harmful acidic material. This may cause intense pain in the heart. If uric acid, a waste product resulting from the breaking down of old cells, is retained in the tissues, gout occurs. The congestion leads to severe dehydration in the muscle cells, which prompts a group of cells known as mast cells to secrete the hormone histamine – a major water-regulating hormone in the body). When histamine passes over the sensitive pain nerves in the tissues, strong muscle pain results. If this form of muscle rheumatism occurs in the heart it is called Angina pectoris. Both the acid accumulation and lack of oxygen lead to the death of the heart cells. Heart attacks can occur in a number of ways: 1. The connective tissues surrounding the heart cells may become so densely congested that the heart cells simply die a painless death of suffocation. 265 2. 3. 4. In the case of an angina attack, it is acidification and low oxygenation of the heart muscles that destroys the heart. The basal membranes of the capillaries and arteries are blocked and can no longer supply oxygen to the heart. The part of the heart where the attack occurs is also the part where the storage capacity for protein was first exceeded. A blood clot breaks loose from a congested and injured blood vessel, enters the heart and blocks its oxygen supply. New Studies Question Value of Opening Arteries The new and emerging understanding of how heart attacks occur raises the question how valuable or useful it is to open blocked arteries. For one thing, the increasingly popular aggressive treatments of opening arteries – bypass surgery, angioplasty 15 and stents 16 – do little or nothing to prevent the recurrence of an occlusion. Although bypass surgery was found to extend the lives of some patients with severe illness, it does nothing to prevent heart attacks. Overall, none of the currently used surgical procedures have been shown to significantly lower the mortality rate from heart disease. One of the main reasons for the poor success rate of these treatments is that the vast majority of heart attacks do not originate with obstructions that narrow arteries. To tackle the heart disease epidemic spreading in most industrialized nations like North America, preventative strategies are the only ones that make sense. But since they cost near to nothing (including eating less protein, regular exercise, early bedtimes, balanced meals and regular meal times, drinking enough water, avoiding junk foods, giving up smoking, reducing alcohol consumption, etc.), prioritization of preventative approaches versus treatment after the fact is not lucrative enough for those in charge of health care. The old model of understanding heart disease is rapidly falling apart, much to the surprise of heart experts. “There has been a culture in cardiology that the narrowings were the problem and that if you fix them the patient does better,” said Dr. David Waters, a cardiologist at the University of California at San Francisco. This theory made so much sense to the surgeons, cardiologists and laypeople that for decades hardly anyone questioned it, except those few (including myself) who were more interested in discovering the true causes of heart disease. The newest scientific discoveries now finally exposed this theory’s major flaws, with little room for discussion. Until recently17, it was believed that coronary disease is akin to sludge building up in a pipe. Plaque accumulates slowly, over decades, and once a coronary artery is blocked completely, no blood can get through to the heart and the patient suffers a heart attack. In order to prevent this catastrophe from happening, the most apparent rational “solution” to this problem was to perform bypass surgery or angioplasty to replace or open up the narrowed artery before it closed completely. The assumption that this would avert heart attacks and prolong life seemed indisputable. But as medical research shows, this theory is no longer valid, and therefore, misleading. A study published in the New England Journal of 15 16 Opening of arteries by pushing plaque back with a tiny balloon and then, often, holding it there with a stent Stents consists of wire cages that hold plaque against an artery wall; they can alleviate crushing chest pain. They can also rescue someone in the midst of a heart attack by holding the closed artery open. 17 This is not quite true, since as long ago as 1986, Dr. Greg Brown of the University of Washington at Seattle published a paper showing that heart attacks originated in areas of coronary arteries where there was too little plaque to be stented or bypassed. 266 Medicine by Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery Cooperative Study Group clearly demonstrated that the three year survival rate for bypass surgery is almost exactly the same as if no surgery was undertaken. According to numerous heart disease studies, most heart attacks do not occur because an artery is narrowed by plaque. Instead, researchers say, heart attacks occur when an area of plaque bursts, causing formation of a blood clot over the area and abruptly blocking blood flow. In actual fact, in 75 to 80 percent of cases, the plaque that breaks off was not obstructing an artery at all and would, therefore, not even be considered for bypass surgery or stenting. The really dangerous type of plaque is soft and fragile, produces no symptoms and would not be seen as an obstruction to blood flow. For that reason, bypassing the hardened parts of an artery does nothing to lower the risk of a future heart attack. Not surprising then that so many heart attacks are unexpected. Accordingly, a person may have no problem jogging one day, but suffer a heart attack (or stroke) the next. If a narrowed artery were the culprit, the person would not even be able to exercise due to severe chest pain. Most heart patients have hundreds of vulnerable plaques in their arteries. Since it is impossible to replace all these injured, plaque-ridden sections, the current interventional procedures are pretty helpless to prevent heart attacks. Regardless, this doesn’t mean there are less bypasses or stent operations performed. The multi-billion dollar stent-business has, in fact, become unstoppable. Heart researchers and some cardiologists are becoming increasingly frustrated with the fact that their findings are not being taken seriously enough by the health practitioners and their patients. “There is just this embedded belief that fixing an artery is a good thing,” said Dr. Eric Topol, an interventional cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. It has almost become fashionable to have one’s arteries fixed, just in case. Dr. Topol points out that more and more people with no symptoms are now getting stents. In 2004, over one million Americans opted for a stent operation. Although many doctors know that the old theory no longer holds true, they feel pressured to opening blocked arteries anyway, regardless whether patients have symptoms or not. Dr. David Hillis, an interventional cardiologist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, explained: “If you're an invasive cardiologist and Joe Smith, the local internist, is sending you patients, and if you tell them they don't need the procedure, pretty soon Joe Smith doesn't send patients anymore. Sometimes you can talk yourself into doing it even though in your heart of hearts you don't think it's right.” According to Dr. Topol, a patient typically goes to a cardiologist with a vague complaint like indigestion or shortness of breath, or because a scan of the heart indicated calcium deposits – a sign of atherosclerosis, or buildup of plaque. Doing his job, the cardiologist follows the standard procedures and puts the patient in the cardiac catheterization room, examining the arteries with an angiogram. If you live in a developed country like America and are middle-aged or older, you are most likely to have atherosclerosis, and the angiogram will show a narrowing. It won’t take much convincing to tell you that you need a stent. “It's this train where you can't get off at any station along the way,” Dr. Topol said. “Once you get on the train, you're getting the stents. Once you get in the cath lab, it's pretty likely that something will get done.” Dr. Hillis believes that it is ingrained in the American psyche that the worth of medical care is directly related to how aggressive it is. Hillis has tried to explain the evidence to his patients, but with little success. “You end up reaching a level of frustration,” he said. “I think they have talked to someone along the line who convinced them that this procedure will save their life. They are told if you don't have it done you are, quote, a walking time bomb.” Even more disquieting, Dr. Topol said, is that stenting can actually cause minor heart attacks in about 4 percent of patients. This means that out of the 1 million stent patients in 2004, 40,000 ended up suffering 267 heart damage from a procedure meant to prevent it, heart damage that they may never have developed without undergoing the procedure. According to a new report (October 15, 2004) in the New England Journal of Medicine, the two stents that are currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Cordis Cypher sirolimuseluting stent and the Boston Scientific Taxus Express paclitaxel-eluting stent, have been associated with highly publicized adverse events after they were approved for marketing. Bypass, angioplasty and stent operations are really not about preventing heart attacks per se. The obvious purpose of the procedures is symptom relief. Patients are satisfied that “something” was done, relieved of the anxiety of dying from a sudden heart attack. And the doctors are satisfied that their patients are happy. The drug industry is satisfied because the patients are doomed to taking expensive drugs for the rest of their lives. Risk Indications of a Heart Attack Most food-related blood vessel diseases, including heart attacks, stroke, rheumatism, and angina pectoris, are not primarily disorders of sugar and fat metabolism, but diseases resulting from protein storage. Eating too much protein food can be considered to be one of the greatest risk factors for developing any kind of disease. The thickening of the basal membranes of blood vessels and connective tissues caused by the storage of protein affects the very lives of all cells in the body. When and wherever in the body such congestion occurs, premature aging of cells and organs result. On the other hand, wherever the capillary walls maintain their porous, flexible nature and original thinness, cell nourishment and organ vitality continue throughout life. Fat and cholesterol are not the primary blocking agents of blood vessel walls and, can therefore, not be considered to be the main cause of heart disease or any other disease in the body. Storage of protein in the blood vessel walls, on the other hand, is the common factor in all patients who suffer from alimentary (food-caused) atherosclerosis. Since most people in the advanced nations have consistently been consuming excessively large quantities of protein, particularly since World War II, coronary heart disease has become the leading cause of death in the developed world. As you will be able see below, most of the leading risk elements of suffering a heart attack are directly or indirectly linked with high protein consumption and protein deposits in the blood vessel walls. The following are the indications of such risks: 1. Thickening of blood as measured by Hemocrit or packed cell volume The Hemocrit is the volume of red blood cells in one liter of whole blood and can be determined by a simple and cheap blood test. If it is above 42%, the risk of a heart attack increases. A healthy person has a Hemocrit of 35% to 40%. Under the assumption that the presence of larger quantities of protein in the blood is harmless, many doctors consider a volume of 44-50% to be still in the normal range; research, however, has shown that heart attacks were twice as high when the Hemocrit reached 49% compared to when it was 42%. The fact is that the higher the Hemocrit rises the greater is the risk of suffering a heart attack. 268 The question arises, why would the volume of red blood increase to beyond 40%? When the basal membranes and the intercellular tissues become thickened due to storage of excessive protein, blood flow slows down and becomes obstructed. This “naturally” increases the concentration of all blood values, including proteins, fats, and sugar. The thickening of the blood poses a great risk that affects all parts of the body. To deal with the dangerously high concentration of protein in the blood, the pancreas secretes extra insulin, but in doing so, the insulin may further injure and weaken the blood vessel walls. The cells making up the capillary walls start to absorb some the excessive protein, convert it into collagen, and deposit it in their basal membranes. Although this has a much-needed thinning effect on the blood, it also reduces nutrient transport to the cells. When the cells signal malnutrition, the blood nutrient levels begin to rise until the pressure of diffusion is high enough to again deliver enough nutrients to the cells. In the meanwhile, this constant maneuvering raises the number of red blood cells, which contain the red colored hemoglobin. Hemoglobin combines with oxygen in the lungs and transports it to all the body cells. With increased thickness of the basal membranes, the oxygen supply to the cells also becomes restricted. The resulting increased need for oxygen by the cells raises hemoglobin concentrations in the red blood cells. However, this makes the red blood cells swell up. Eventually, they are too enlarged to pass through the tiny capillaries, blocking them altogether. This even more drastically cuts down the nutrient and water supply to the cells, which subsequently begin to suffer dehydration. To signal dehydration, the cells release their water deficiency enzyme renin into the tissue fluid, which through a myriad of chemical events leads to an increase of heart beat and cardiac output. This emergency measure increases water supply to the cells and prevents their demise, but it also raises the blood pressure. Known as essential hypertension, this situation causes even more stress and damage to the blood vessels than have already occurred. The vicious cycle is closed. The preconditions of suffering a heart attack are now in place. Conclusion: Both factors combined – an increased Hemocrit, which indicates increased blood thickening, and a higher hemoglobin concentration in the red blood cells – reduce blood circulation. A round, red-colored face and chest are typical indications of an abnormally high blood volume and a decreased blood circulation in the adult hypertensive and diabetic patient. The cell tissues begin to dehydrate as water distribution becomes increasingly difficult. The rate and force of contraction of the heart muscle increases to help maintain the cardiac output against a sustained rise in congestion throughout the circulatory system. Eventually, the heart can no longer afford such strenuous activity and collapses. 2. Eating too much Animal Protein The majority of heart attack patients confirm that they have been eating large quantities of animal protein, including, meat, chicken, fish, eggs, or cheese throughout their life or at least for many years. By contrast, there are virtually no heart attacks among vegetarians eating a balanced died plant food diet. 3. Cigarette Smoking The risk of cardiovascular diseases increases greatly with smoking. This, however, is not so much due to the nerve toxin nicotine, which is completely broken down within a few hours after smoking, but is rather caused by the carbon oxide (CO) contained in cigarette smoke. Carbon oxide or monoxide diffuses 269 from the lungs into the blood where it attaches itself to the hemoglobin of the red cells, about 300 times faster and tighter than oxygen does. All the CO of the inhaled smoke combines with hemoglobin and thereby blocks off oxygen transport to the cells. The red blood cells, which are loaded with carbon monoxide-hemoglobin, begin to burst and shed their defective protein particles into the plasma of the blood from where many of them are deposited in the basal membranes of the capillary walls. When the capillaries’ storage capacity has reached its saturation point, the arteries begin to deposit the protein debris in their walls. This makes the carbon monoxide of cigarette smoke a slow-working, but lethal poison that, by forming excessive amounts of protein debris, destroys the body’s circulatory network and heart muscles. Also, passive smokers inhale large amounts of carbon monoxide, which explains why they are at a similar risk of developing coronary heart disease. 4. Constitutional (genetic) Disposition towards Reduced Protein Destruction People whose constitution does not require extra food protein in order to be healthy (mostly the Kapha and Pitta types) don’t have a very efficient enzyme system for breaking down food protein. Since constitutional body-types are mostly hereditary, this genetically determined “inefficiency” is passed on from parents to children. Those with a family history of heart attacks appear to be at risk because of possible hereditary factors, but the role of genetics in heart disease is only marginal. The primary reason is family members sharing a similar diet, lifestyle and constitutional body type, with possibly the same “inefficient” enzyme systems for destroying excessive, unused proteins. 5. Women during and after Menopause Women who consume large quantities of protein foods and/or smoke cigarettes are at risk once their menstrual cycles become irregular or come to an end. The regular loss of menstrual blood practically protects a woman (before menopause) from accumulating dangerous amounts of protein in the body, as long as the reproductive system functions normally. This may explain why menstruating women before age 40 are generally not at risk of suffering a heart attack, whereas men of that age are. All the different blood values in women under 40 are lower than among men in the same age group. These include red blood cells, hemoglobin, Hemocrit, and the total amount of protein. Research has shown that men aged between 30 and 40 years are six times more likely to die from a heart attack than women of the same age. In fact, heart attacks among menstruating women are extremely rare. Once a woman’s menstrual cycles subside, if she continues eating animal protein, the level of protein concentration in the blood begins to rise steadily. By the time she is about 50 years old, her risk of suffering a heart attack is nearly the same as it is for a man of the same age. The earlier the menopause begins the greater the risk. Women, whose ovaries have been removed before age 35, have a seven times greater risk of a heart attack than those who have yet to enter menopause. The hot flushes and reddening of the face, which many women experience during menopause, are most often signs of higher blood values. They indicate that the body has stored excessive amounts of protein, which it can no longer expel with the menstrual blood. It has now been found that a diet consisting of a lot of dairy products hastens the forming of atherosclerotic deposits in a woman’s body even further, and, as I will explain later, causes osteoporosis. 270 6. Not eating enough fruit and vegetables, smoking and not exercising It was a wake-up call for Baby Boomers when newscasters were reporting in 2004 about emergency heart surgery performed on former President Bill Clinton. Unfortunately, the message conveyed to the world wasn’t on improving heart health, but on taking the right drugs. It was by mere coincidence that just one week before President Clinton was admitted to the hospital, the prestigious medical journal The Lancet sounded a wakeup call with a different meaning. A major new study on heart disease risk published by the Lancet had this message for those concerned about their hearts: "Wake up and get heart healthy. You don’t need medicine for that." When President Clinton left office in 2001, he was still on the cholesterol-lowering statin drug Zocor. But once his excessive weight came off and his cholesterol levels dropped, he discontinued taking the statin drug. So when main stream doctors heard about Clinton’s heart condition they immediately pointed the finger at not taking the statins as being the culprit. "See what happens when you don't take your pills?" Their words carried a warning for the rest of us who perhaps are just as careless when it comes to keeping our cholesterol levels in check. Some cardiologists believe that Clinton will now have to be on a much higher dose of a cholesterol-lowering drug for the rest of his life. This is certainly not unusual after undergoing a heart bypass operation, but it doesn’t always make sense, and perhaps it hardly ever does. In a Newsday report, Dr. Valavanur Subramanian, chairman of cardiovascular surgery at New York's Lenox Hill Hospital, noted that two of the three arteries used in Clinton's operation were mammary arteries, taken from his chest. Dr. Subramanian described these arteries as "extraordinarily resistant to cholesterol buildup." The question arises why put a man on potentially dangerous statin drugs when his arteries are virtually incapable of accumulating cholesterol deposits. Clinton is also most likely sentenced for life to taking a daily aspirin, along with a diuretic drug (to prevent buildup of fluid), and a beta blocker (to help regulate heartbeat). This potentially hazardous drug cocktail is going to be his “crutch” for the rest of his life, unnecessarily, though. According to the editors of the Lancet, the new study titled INTERHEART is one of the most robust studies ever done on heart disease risk factors. The 260 researchers closely observed and rigorously tested 15,000 heart attack patients for about a decade, matching them with the same number of subjects who had not experienced any heart problems. The worldwide study included male and female subjects with a wide range of ages, cultural backgrounds and dietary habits. The result may come as a shock to those who believe that high LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol), is a major risk factor for heart attacks. According to the study this isn’t the case. According to INTERHEART, the number one physical risk factor of heart attack is an abnormal ratio of apolipoproteinB (apoB) to (apoA1). Apolipoprotein is cholesterol's protein component. ApoB is the protein found in LDL, and apoA1 is found in HDL. The ideal apo ratio is one apoB to two apoA1. In other words, an elevated bad cholesterol (LDL) alone poses no major risk for the heart. Yet, high LDL is the very condition cholesterol-lowering statin drugs are prescribed for. The whole focus has been on getting your cholesterol down and keeping it low. When doing this with drugs, you are asking for trouble. Thus, due to the numerous harmful side-effects of statin drugs, millions of unsuspecting healthy people have already been turned into real patients with real (drug-caused) diseases. They have never been told that elevated cholesterol poses no major risk to their heart. Certainly, no patient I know has heard from his doctor about the apo ratio. The INTERHEART study was launched in 1994, at a time other major risk factors were not yet widely known; factors such as triglycerides, homocysteine and C-reactive protein. In their report the INTERHEART team listed the most important risks of heart attack after apo ratio (from greater to lesser risk): cigarette smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, excessive abdominal fat, stress, inadequate intake 271 of fruits and vegetables, and lack of exercise. Much to the surprise of the cholesterol/heart disease lobbyists, elevated cholesterol wasn’t one of them. In the concluding remarks of the 10-year study, researchers wrote that the relative risk for heart attack can be lowered by about 80 percent just by doing three things: eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, getting regular exercise, and avoiding smoking. Since cholesterol-lowering drugs have not been shown to lower the risk of heart attack, they were notably absent in the study’s list of recommendations, much to the annoyance of the major statin producers. INTERHEART isn’t the only large study that discovered the significance of the apo ratio. During a Swedish study, researchers tracked more than 175,000 men and women for about five and a half years. The average age of the subjects was 48. Researchers studied all the main markers believed to be a risk, including total cholesterol, LDL and HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and concentrations of apoB and apoA1. Over the course of the study, 864 men and 359 women died from heart attacks. While comparing the blood profiles of these heart attack victims to the remainder of the participants, the researchers found that an unbalanced apo ratio was the strongest predictor of heart attack death among all of the markers studied. Apo ratio was the only marker consistent over all age groups. They also found that an abnormal apo ratio continued to pose the same heart attack risk even when total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides were within normal ranges. It is my experience with hundreds of heart disease patients that eliminating animal proteins from their diet has helped restore normal heart functions, sometimes within a matter of six weeks. I, therefore, have come to the conclusion that eating a high protein diet, which is among the most acid-forming diets anyone can eat, greatly upsets the apo ratio and induces an inflammatory response in the coronary arteries. Both factors go hand in hand and, as we now know, pose the greatest physical risks to the health of the heart. 7. Kidney Disease Just as is the case with congestion of the liver’s bile ducts and gallbladder with stones, many people live with undetected, chronic kidney disease. When symptoms finally begin to appear, it is often too late to reverse the damage. Health officials estimate that there are many as 10 to 20 million people in the U.S. with serious kidney problems. But what has this to do with heart disease? Two new studies, published in September 2004 in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), found a clear correlation between chronic kidney disease (even non-severe) and cardiovascular disease, which makes prevention of kidney disease more important than ever. In one of the studies, researchers examined three years of data covering the medical records from over one million patients (made available to them by the Kaiser Permanente Renal Registry in San Francisco). The average age of the subjects was 52 years. The research team specifically looked at the results of a blood test that measures the rate at which kidneys are able to filter waste from the bloodstream (glomerular filtration rate or GFR). The findings revealed that as GFR dropped, the risks of cardiovascular disease, stroke, hospitalization and death all increased sharply. In those patients where the GFR was above 45, the risk of death jumped by 17 percent, and the risk of a cardiovascular event increased by more than 40 percent. In the second study, conducted in the cardiovascular division of Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, researchers showed that a GFR below 45 among patients who had suffered heart attack boosted death risk to more than 45 percent. Noting that factors common to kidney disease (such as the protein albumin in the urine, high homocysteine levels, inflammation and anemia) may boost the risk of 272 cardiovascular disease and death, the researchers concluded that even mild kidney disease should be considered a major risk factor for cardiovascular complications after a heart attack. To ensure that your kidneys continue functioning properly, you will need to keep your colon, liver and kidneys clean (see chapter 7). Kidney health largely depends on efficient performance of the digestive system. In addition, to allow the kidneys do their important job of blood filtering, the basal membranes of the capillaries and arteries supplying blood to the kidney cells must be free of any protein deposits. Kidney health also depends on how well the lymph ducts are able to drain the kidneys’ metabolic waste products and millions of turned-over, dead kidneys cells each day. Congestion in the body’s largest lymph vessel (thoracic duct) leads to back-flushing of waste in the kidneys, which slowly suffocates them in their own waste and cell debris (see also the kidney-liver connection in my book The Amazing Liver Cleanse). Among the most lymph-congesting foods are animal proteins, milk and cheese, as well as highly processed and fat-deprived foods. Besides keeping the main eliminative organs clean, there are other ways to prevent kidney disease, including: a nutritious low-protein diet, regular nutritious meals, sleeping between 10 p.m-6 a.m. to permit the liver and kidneys to do their respective work, taking care of one’s emotional health, and most other advice provided in this book. If you keep your kidneys healthy, your heart may have little to fear. 8. Antibiotics and other synthetic drugs It is becoming increasingly evident that medicinal drugs that have a suppressive effect on anything in the body diminish heart health. Every time you try to prevent the body from clearing out accumulated toxins and waste through a cold, a viral infection, or a disease process that includes inflammation, your heart is burdened with the difficult task of having to push the harmful waste material released from the tissues back to where it came from. With each new attempt to subdue pain, infection, cholesterol, etc., less and less of this waste finds its way out of the body. Some of it ends up congesting the lymph ducts responsible for draining the heart muscles of their metabolic waste products. Antibiotics are one of the leading culprits for this form of heart damage. For many years, antibiotics have been over-prescribed, often for infections (such as the common cold and flu) that they have no effect on at all. It is common knowledge that antibiotics don’t kill viruses, only bacteria. Now a new study shows that the popular antibiotic erythromycin, which has been widely used since the 1950s, may actually trigger cardiac arrest. For many years, heart doctors have been aware of a risk of cardiac arrest when erythromycin is used intravenously, but this risk has been less well known among family practitioners who often prescribe the same antibiotic in pill form to treat a wide variety of infections. This new study, conducted by researchers from Vanderbilt University, examined the risk of cardiac arrest when oral erythromycin is used alone or with other medications. Their report, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in October 2004, covered the medical records of more than 4,400 Medicaid patients, averaging 15 years per patient. About 1,475 subjects suffered cardiac arrest during the study period. When the complete medication use of each subject was analyzed, researchers came up with these results: The rate of sudden death from cardiac causes was twice as high among patients using erythromycin, compared to subjects that didn't use the antibiotic. Two blood pressure medications that are sold generically – verapamil and diltiazem – were both associated with an additional increased risk of cardiac arrest when taken with erythromycin. 273 Other drugs associated with increased cardiac attack risk when taken with erythromycin include the antibiotic clarithromycin, the vaginal yeast infection drug fluconazole, and two antifungal drugs: itraconazole and ketoconazole According to the researchers, blood levels of these additional drugs may be boosted by erythromycin, making the blood thick and sluggish. This can result in a slower heart rate, which in turn may trigger irregular rhythms, setting in motion a cardiac arrest. In an interview with The Associated Press, the lead researcher of the study, Wayne A. Ray, Ph.D., warned that erythromycin levels may also be increased by drinking grapefruit juice or by taking protease inhibitors used to treat AIDS. Just because your doctor prescribes you a medical drug does not mean it is safe. Very few drug interactions with other drugs or with common foods have ever been tested. Drug prescription can be a gamble of life and death that you a willing to risk when you enter your doctor’s office. The bottom line is that all pharmaceutical drugs contain poisons that have a detrimental effect on your health. Your heart is the one that pays the ultimate price for the constantly offered and highly praised shortcuts to health. The fact is no Disease Control Agency or Federal Drug Administration (FDA) can protect you from developing a serious illness or dying as a result of using prescribed drugs. The VIOXX scandal of September 2004 has taught us that there are no safe drugs out there. VIOXX, a leading arthritis drug, was withdrawn by its producer, Merck & Co, after evidence leaked out that its use doubled the risk of heart attack and stroke. [As per the end of 2004, Merck was faced with over 1,000 lawsuits]. According to documentation, this risk has been known to both the drug producer and the FDA since the mid-nineties. The result of this well-kept secret was that a minimum of 27,000 people suffered a heart attack or died because of it. Given the high number of unreported side-effects, this number may well exceed hundreds of thousands. More are more drugs are coming under suspicion of being killer drugs. Bextra is next. According to a study of more than 1,500 patients who had previously undergone cardiac surgery, those who were treated for pain with Bextra were more likely to have heart and blood clotting problems than those who received no drug at all. Stroke, heart attack, blood clots in the lung, deep vein blood clots in the leg, all can result just from taking this drug. Arthritis drugs have never been safe, but they have never been properly tested for safety. Vioxx, Celebrex, Bextra, Aleeve, Aspirin are just plain poisons. Another arthritis drug – infliximab (Remicade) – is on cancer-causing alert. Amazingly, so many people have been so blinded by clever advertising campaigns and methods of brainwashing that they have no clue they are methodically poisoned in order to support and sustain, besides oil, the most lucrative business in the world – the pharma-medical industry. The main question is how could anyone possibly want to entrust his life to the hands of drug-producers whose only objective it is to keep the sickness-business going by making sure what they produce creates more health problems that it can resolve? In the majority of all cases, attempting to prescribe medications that claim to offer a relief to the symptoms of disease is not only a dangerous approach, but also an unscientific and unethical one. 274 Ending the Cholesterol-Heart Disease Myth At no time has there been a record of cholesterol ever having blocked a vein in the body! It is not the stickiness of cholesterol that causes the blockage of healthy blood vessel walls! The body uses cholesterol as a kind of bandage to cover abrasions and tears in its arterial walls. It is a life-saver. For the past thirty-five years, the lipoprotein cholesterol has been stigmatized to be the number one cause for most deaths in the rich nations – heart disease. This is how the theory goes: cholesterol is known to increase in the blood stream of many people today, stick to the walls of arteries, and eventually starve the heart muscles of oxygen and nutrients. The masses are advised to reduce or ban fats from their diet so that they can live without the fear of dying from a heart attack. The tremendous concern of being attacked by this “vicious” lipoprotein has finally led to innovative technologies that can even extract cholesterol from cheese, eggs, and sausages, thus making these “deadly” foods “consumer-safe.” Products that claim to be low in cholesterol, such as margarine and light-foods, have become a popular choice of “healthy eating.” Cholesterol is Not the Culprit After All But as INTERHEART and other studies have shown, cholesterol isn’t even a major risk factor for heart disease. An earlier study sponsored by the German Ministry of Research and Technology showed that there is no exact link between food cholesterol and blood cholesterol. Even more surprising, in Japan, the cholesterol levels have risen during recent years, yet the number of heart attacks has dropped. The largest health study ever conducted on the risks of heart disease took place in China. Like so many other similar studies, it found no connection between heart disease and the consumption of animal fats. All the major European long-term cholesterol studies confirmed that a low fat diet did not reduce cholesterol levels by more than 4% percent, in most cases by merely 1-2%. Since measurement mistakes are usually higher than 4% and cholesterol levels naturally increase by 20% in autumn and drop again in winter, the anti-cholesterol campaigns since the late 1980s have been very misleading, to say the least. A more recent study from Denmark involving 20,000 men and women, in fact, demonstrated that most heart patients have normal cholesterol levels. The bottom line is that cholesterol hasn’t been proved a risk factor for anything. The current medical understanding of the cholesterol issue is more than incomplete. The argument that animal tests on rabbits have confirmed that fatty foods cause hardening of the arteries sounds reasonable, but only when the following facts are omitted: 1. Rabbits respond 3,000 times more sensitively to cholesterol than humans do. 2. Rabbits, which are non-carnivorous animals by nature, are force-fed excessive quantities of egg yolk and brain for the sake of proving that cholesterol-containing foods are harmful. 3. The DNA and enzyme systems of rabbits are not designed for consumption of fatty foods, and if given a choice, these animals would never eat eggs or brains. It is obvious that the arteries of these animals have only an extremely limited ability to respond to the damage caused by such unsuitable diets. For over three and half decades the Western civilization assumed that animal fats are the main cause of dietary heart disease. This misinformation is highlighted by the fact that heart attacks began to rise when consumption of animal fats actually decreased. This was verified by 275 British research, which revealed that those areas in the UK where people consumed more margarine and less butter had the highest numbers of heart attacks. Further studies revealed that heart attack patients had consumed the least amounts of animal fats. In this context, it is important to differentiate between processed and unprocessed fats. It has been discovered that people who died from a heart attack were found to have many more of the harmful fatty acids, which are derived from the partially hydrogenated vegetable oils of margarine, in their fat tissue than those who survived. These so-called “faulty” fats (trans-fatty acids) envelop and congest the cellular membranes, including those of the heart and the heart arteries. This practically starves the cells of oxygen, nutrients, and water, and eventually kills them. In another more comprehensive study, 85,000 nurses working in American hospitals observed a higher risk for heart disease in patients who consumed margarine, crisps, biscuits, cakes, and white bread, all of which contain “faulty” fatty acids. Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter according to a recent Harvard Medical Study. While increasing LDL cholesterol, margarine lowers the beneficial HDL cholesterol. It also increases the risk of cancers by up to five fold. Margarine suppresses both the immune response and insulin response. This highly processed and artificial product is but one molecule from being plastic. Flies, bacteria, fungi, etc. won’t go near it because it has no nutritional value and cannot be broken down by them. It can last for years, not just outside the body, but inside as well. It is very apparent that eating damaged, rancid fats or trans-fats can destroy any healthy organism and should be avoided by anyone. Healthy Today – Sick Tomorrow Unfortunately, high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) has become the dominating health of the 21st century. It is actually an invented disease that doesn’t show up as one. Even the healthiest people may have elevated serum cholesterol and yet they remain healthy. But they are instantly turned into patients when a routine blood test reveals that they have a “cholesterol problem.” Since feeling good is actually a symptom of high cholesterol, the cholesterol issue has confused millions of people. To be declared sick when you actually feel great is a hard nut to swallow. So it may take a lot of effort on a behalf of a practicing physician to convince his patients that they are sick and need to take one or more expensive drugs for the rest of their lives. It may actually have a depressing effect on these healthy individuals to be told that apart from having to take side effect causing drugs to lower their cholesterol levels, they also learn that they will require regular checkups and blood tests. The worry-free, good life is now over. These doctors cannot be blamed for the blunder of converting healthy people into patients. Behind them stands the full force of the U.S. government, the media and the medical establishment, agencies, and pharmaceutical companies, to name a few. Each has contributed to create relentless pressure to disseminate the cholesterol dogma and convince the population that high cholesterol is its number one enemy. We are told that we need to combat it, by all means, to keep us safe from the dreadful consequences of hypercholesterolemia. What constitutes a healthy level of cholesterol has been changed over and over during the past 25 years, which certainly does not give me much confidence in a system of medicine that professes to be founded on scientific principles. In the early days of measuring cholesterol levels, a person at risk was any middleaged man whose cholesterol is over 240 with other risk factors, such as smoking or being overweight. 276 After the adjustment of parameters during the Cholesterol Consensus Conference in 1984, the population was hit by a shock wave. Now, anyone (male or female) with overall cholesterol readings of 200 mg% (200mg per 100 ml) could receive the dreaded diagnosis and a prescription for pills. The claim that 200 blood serum cholesterol is normal and everything above is dangerous was scientifically unfounded, though. At least, this is what all the major cholesterol studies showed. In fact, in a 1995 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, it reported that there was no evidence linking high cholesterol levels in women with heart conditions later in life. Although it is considered completely normal for a 55-year-old woman to have a cholesterol level of 260 mg%, most women that age are not told about this. Also healthy employees are found to have an average of 250 mg% with high fluctuations in both directions. The lack of evidence linking elevated cholesterol with increased risk of heart disease, however, didn’t stop the brainwashing of the masses. From one day to the next, 84% of all the men and 93% of all the women aged 50-59 in the U.S. whose cholesterol levels are 220 mg% and more, were suddenly told they needed treatment for heart disease. The totally unproved, but rigorously promoted cholesterol theories turned most of us into patients for a disease that we probably will never develop. Fortunately, not everyone has followed the advice to have their cholesterol levels checked. To make matters worse, the official, acceptable cholesterol level has now been moved down to 180. If you already have had a heart attack once, your cardiologist will tell you to take cholesterol-lowering statins even if your cholesterol is very low. From the viewpoint of conventional medicine, having a heart attack implies that your cholesterol must be too high. Hence you are being sentenced to a lifetime of statins and a boring low-fat diet. But even if you have not experienced any heart trouble yet, you are already being considered for possible treatment. Since so many children now show signs of elevated cholesterol, we have a whole new generation of candidates for medical treatment. So yes, current edicts stipulate cholesterol testing and treatment for young adults and even children. The statin drugs that doctors use to push cholesterol levels down are LIPITOR (atorvastatin), Zocor (simvastatin), Mevacor (lovastatin), and Pravachol (pravastatin). If you decide to follow your doctor’s advice and take one of these drugs make certain to read the list of side-effects so that you know the risks you are taking. If you want to obtain objective and untainted information on cholesterol, agencies like the National Institutes of Health and the American College of Cardiology are certainly not the places from which to obtain it. Until not too long ago, they wanted you to keep your overall level below 150. Then, in 2001, they finally admitted that measuring overall cholesterol levels makes no sense at all. So they began recommending to keep your LDL level below 100. Now their aim is to keep LDL lower than 70. Every time they lower the target, the number of “patients” requiring treatment jumps dramatically. Being officially backed by these agencies, doctors feel motivated, if not obliged, to prescribe these expensive drugs to these new patients. The extensive promotional campaigns by the pharmaceutical giants have already brainwashed the masses to believe they need these drugs to be safe from sudden heart attack. Even if a doctor knows the truth about the cholesterol issue, these anxious patients will demand a prescription from him. That the massive sales of these best-selling drugs of all time drive up health care costs to levels that undermine economic growth and make basic health care unaffordable to an everincreasing number of people doesn’t seem to be their immediate concern. In 2004, there were already 36 million statin candidates in the U.S., with 16 million using LIPITOR alone. When the official LDL target level drops to 70, there will be another 5 million people eligible for their use. At the consumer markup price of $272.37 and a cost of $5.80 for a month supply of LIPITOR, for example, you can do the math and understand the incentive the pharmaceutical industry has to push their products and make them a mass commodity. 277 What Statins May do to You! Statins inhibit the production of cholesterol. Now, most people would think that this is a good thing. The statins manage to lower cholesterol by inhibiting the body's production of mevalonate, which is a precursor of cholesterol. When the body makes less mevalonate, less cholesterol is produced by the cells and thus blood cholesterol goes down as well. Still sounds good to most people. But mevalonate is a precursor of other substances also, substances with many important biologic functions that you definitely don’t want to disrupt (see side effects below). The masses are told that the most important objective is to get rid of the excessive cholesterol so that it doesn’t clog up their arteries and cause a heart attack. This simplistic train of thought got us into trouble in the first place. Contrary to what we know about the true value of cholesterol, it has been declared to us that this essential substance is a dangerous nuisance that makes our lives miserable. The fact is that each cell in your body requires cholesterol to make it waterproof and prevent its membrane from becoming leaky or porous. If your diet, for example, contains a lot of acidic compounds, such as meat protein, sugar and trans fats, your cell membranes become damaged and require repair. To fulfill the repair request by the cells, the body releases a flood of corticoid hormones that cause extra amounts of cholesterol to be transported to areas where it is needed. One of cholesterol’s many roles is to repair tissue damage. Scar tissue is known to contain high levels of cholesterol, including scar tissue in the arteries. In other words, whenever an artery becomes injured due to acid attacks and buildup of proteins in their walls, you can expect cholesterol to be there to help repair the damage as best as possible. The increased demand for more cholesterol is naturally met by the liver, which can raise production by 400% if necessary. That this emergency response must lead to elevated cholesterol levels in the blood is not only common sense, but desirable. Obviously, this changes any negative preconceived notions that you may have had about the role of cholesterol in your body. Cholesterol is not your worst enemy, but your best friend. Apart from cholesterol protecting your health, there are many more reasons why we need to avoid meddling with the finely tuned cholesterol-producing mechanism in the body (explained in following sections). A real problem arises when we lower cholesterol by bypassing or disturbing this life-essential mechanism. The cholesterol-lowering statin drugs do just that. If your body has reasons to increase cholesterol levels in your blood, it is for your protection only. Artificially lowering blood cholesterol with synthetic drugs removes that protection and can generate an entire host of health problems, starting with disrupting the production of adrenal hormones. This, in turn, can lead to: Blood sugar problems Edema Mineral deficiencies Chronic inflammation Difficulty in healing Allergies Asthma Reduced libido Infertility Various reproductive disorders Brain damage 278 The last side-effect on the list – brain damage – may be one of the most disturbing side-effects resulting from long-term use of stains. A case-control study published in 2002 by the American Academy of Neurology found that long-term exposure to statins may substantially increase the risk of polyneuropathy. The problem with statin drugs is that they don’t cause immediate side-effects like the older, cholesterol-lowering drugs did. The old method used was to lower cholesterol by preventing its absorption from the gut, which led to nausea, indigestion, and constipation. But the old drugs’ success rate was minimal and patient compliance was very low. Statin drugs became an overnight success story because they were able to lower cholesterol levels by 50 points or more, with no immediate major sideeffects. On the false notion that cholesterol causes heart disease, statins – the bestselling pharmaceuticals of all time – have become the miracle drug of the 21st century. The promise of the drug giants is that if you keep taking their drugs for the rest of your life you will forever be protected against man’s greatest killer disease. This equation, however, has two major flaws in it. One, cholesterol has never been proved to cause heart disease. Two, by lowering cholesterol with the help of statins, you can actually make your body very ill. The industry is now faced with an ever-growing number of reports listing the side effects that manifest many months after the commencement of therapy. A 1999 study at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London found that 36 percent of patients on LIPITOR’s highest dose reported side effects and 10% of the patients at the lowest dose also reported side effects. The steady increase of obvious and hidden side-effects (such as liver damage) isn’t at all surprising. The “benefits” (of lowering cholesterol) seen with LIPITOR early in the trial that led to its approval were so convincing that it was halted approximately two years ahead of schedule. The trial was never long enough to show that LIPITOR had long-term side-effects that could devastate people’s lives. Side-effects from using LIPITOR include gas, stomach pain or cramps, diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, headache, blurred vision, dizziness, rash or itching, upset stomach, muscle pain, tenderness, muscle cramps or weakness with or without a fever. The most commonly experienced side effects are muscle pain and weakness. Dr. Beatrice Golomb of San Diego, California is currently conducting a series of studies on statin side effects. Golomb found that 98 percent of patients taking LIPITOR and one-third of the patients taking Mevachor (a lower-dose statin) suffered from muscle problems, such as severe calf pain and foot pain. An increasing number of longterm patients (after three years) develop slurred speech, balance problems and severe fatigue. It often begins with restless sleep patterns. Fine motor skills can be affected and cognitive functions decline. Memory loss is not uncommon. Usually, when patients discontinue taking the statins, the symptoms weaken or disappear. I found in my own practice that regular statin users accumulate an excessive amount of cholesterol stones in the bile ducts of their liver and gallbladder, which can lead to a vast number of chronic diseases (see The Amazing Liver & Gallbladder Fush for details). Before deciding to take LIPITOR (or other statins), there are some basic of points for you to consider: o You need to tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to LIPITOR/ Atorvastatin or any other drugs. This obviously raises the question how many patients follow that advice. o You are supposed to tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially antacids; antifungal medications such as itraconazole (Sporanox) and ketoconazole (Nizoral); digoxin (Lanoxin); erythromycin; medications that suppress the immune system such as cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune); oral contraceptives (birth control pills); other cholesterol-lowering medications such as cholestyramine (Questran), 279 o o o o o o colestipol (Colestid), gemfibrozil (Lopid), and niacin (nicotinic acid); and vitamins. You may wonder how many people follow that advice, and how many doctors ask this information of their patients? You need to tell your doctor if you have or have ever had liver or kidney disease, a severe infection, low blood pressure, or seizures. How many people actually know if their liver’s bile ducts are packed with stones, whether their kidneys have major stone deposits in them, or if their blood pressure is below acceptable? Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking LIPITOR/Atorvastatin, you are supposed to stop taking LIPITOR/atorvastatin and call your doctor immediately as this drug can harm the fetus. If the drug can harm the fetus, you may need to ask what else it can harm. If you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking LIPITOR/Atorvastatin. How many people remember to do that? Talk to your doctor about the safe use of alcohol while taking this LIPITOR drug. Alcohol increases the side effects caused by LIPITOR/Atorvastatin. Many doctors forget to tell their patients about the potential risks regarding alcohol, and many patients just ignore that warning, often with severe consequences. Plan to avoid unnecessary or prolonged exposure to sunlight and to wear protective clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen. LIPITOR/Atorvastatin may make your skin sensitive to sunlight. It is a pretty serious condition when the sun becomes so dangerous that you have to hide from it. For the drugs to be effective, you also need to eat a low-cholesterol, low-fat diet. This kind of diet includes cottage cheese, fat-free milk, fish (not canned in oil), vegetables, poultry, egg whites, and polyunsaturated oils and margarines (corn, safflower, canola, and soybean oils). Avoid foods with excess fat in them such as meat (especially liver and fatty meat), egg yolks, whole milk, cream, butter, shortening, lard, pastries, cakes, cookies, gravy, peanut butter, chocolate, olives, potato chips, coconut, cheese (other than cottage cheese), coconut oil, palm oil, and fried foods. Please see Chapter 14 about the damaging side-effects that arise from being on a prolonged low-fat diet or light-food diet. But Doesn’t Aspirin Protect Against Heart Disease? If you are diagnosed with heart failure and follow the recommended treatment of taking blood thinners such as aspirin or coumadin, you could seriously endanger your health. In a recent study, researchers compared Blood-Thinning Therapies to no Antithrombotic Therapy. They not only found no advantage in undergoing such treatments, but risks of further complications. Participants included 279 patients who were diagnosed with heart failure that required diuretic therapy. The subjects were divided into three groups, aspirin therapy, warfarin therapy and no antithrombotic therapy. Results of the Study Aspirin and warfarin didn't provide the patients with any valuable health benefits There didn't appear to be any substantial differences of incidences of death, nonfatal heart attacks or nonfatal stroke in the three groups of the study Patients in the aspirin group had increased chances of experiencing serious gastrointestinal problems 280 Cases of minor bleeding complications were primarily seen among the aspirin and warfarin group Patients in the aspirin therapy group were twice as likely as the patients in the warfarin group to face hospitalization for cardiovascular complications, particularly worsening cases of heart failure during the first 12 months following the study warfarin proved to be ineffective and should be eliminated as a treatment option Based on the results from this study, the treatment of heart failure should not involve the use of drug thinners, such as aspirin. It is relatively easy to keep the blood thin through a balanced vegetarian diet, drinking sufficient quantities of water, avoiding diuretic foods and beverages, keeping regular meal and bedtimes, and cleansing the liver, kidneys and colon. Dangers of Low Cholesterol It seems we need to be more concerned about low cholesterol, which is a major risk for cancer, mental illness, stroke, suicide, liver diseases, anemia, and AIDS. Studies conducted in major German hospitals verified that low cholesterol levels are linked to high mortality rates. When cholesterol levels dropped to 150 mg%, two out of three patients died. Most of the patients whose cholesterol levels were high recovered from whatever they suffered. Also longevity in old homes is linked with higher levels of cholesterol. Recent studies published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) indicate that a low level of blood cholesterol could increase a person’s risk of suicide. A study published in the Lancet in 1997 showed that particularly among the elderly, high total cholesterol levels are associated with longevity. The research suggests that elderly people with elevated cholesterol levels live longer and are less likely to die from cancer or infection. Doctors at Reykjavik Hospital and Heart Preventive Clinic in Iceland noted that the major epidemiological studies on cholesterol had not included the elderly. So when they studied total mortality and blood cholesterol in those over 80, they found that that men with blood cholesterol levels over 6.5 had less than half the mortality of those whose cholesterol level was around the 5.2 we are told is “healthy”. In support of this discovery, scientists working at the Leiden University Medical Centre found that “each 1 mmol/l increase in total cholesterol corresponded to a 15% decrease in mortality.” A study of Maori in New Zealand showed that those with the lowest levels of blood cholesterol had the highest mortality. Similar findings were also borne out by the Framingham Heart Study. Forty years after the Framingham Heart Study began, its researchers looked at total mortality and cholesterol. They found “no increased overall mortality with either high or low serum cholesterol levels” among men over forty-seven years of age. There was also no relationship with women older than forty-seven or younger than forty. But the researchers concluded that people whose cholesterol levels are falling may be at increased risk. The same applies also to children. Research on seven to nine-year-old boys from six countries revealed a strong correlation between low blood cholesterol and childhood deaths in those countries. The death rate rose dramatically as blood cholesterol levels fell. So for children too, low blood cholesterol is outright unhealthy. And once again the official line is for parents to reduce their children’s fat intake in order to lower their cholesterol or keep it low. But instead of telling the people to keep their cholesterol levels down, parents should be told that it is better to let cholesterol rise. This effectively lowers their risk of disease and death. 281 The low cholesterol-cancer connection has been known for many years. And although there never has been any convincing evidence that raised levels of cholesterol have any causal relationship with coronary heart disease, this hasn't stopped the drug giants from advertising statins drugs as a safe approach to protect the masses against heart disease. The extremist attempt to indiscriminately lower cholesterol levels, especially among the elderly where elevated cholesterol levels are normal and very necessary, has led to numerous cancers in the U.S. and worldwide. As most studies have shown, high serum cholesterol is a weak risk factor or no risk factor at all, for men above fifty, and actually increases longevity in those over eighty. Women, in particular should be cautious about using statins. Most studies have shown that high serum cholesterol is not a risk factor for women at all, and, therefore, should not be lowered by any means. The bottom line is that cholesterol protects the body against cancer. Removing the protection is synonymous with “involuntary suicide. Both animal and human trials have demonstrated increases in cancers when cholesterol was lowered through fibrates and statins. In the CARE trial, for example, the relative breast cancer increase was a whooping 1,400%! Then there is the low cholesterol-stroke connection. On Christmas Eve, 1997, a very important study made it to the headlines in the press. Researchers heading the famous Framingham study (still continuing) said that "Serum cholesterol level is not related to incidence of stroke . . ." and showed that for every three percent more energy from fat eaten, strokes would be cut by fifteen percent. They conclude: “Intakes of fat and type of fat were not related to the incidence of the combined outcome of all cardiovascular diseases or to total or cardiovascular mortality.” All this published evidence, of course, does not deter the big pharmaceutical business from coming up with more drugs. Soon doctors will be recommending one pill to lower your LDL level, and another drug to raise your HDL level and lower your triglycerides. This will not only double the already high cost many people are paying for their current statin drugs, but also greatly increase your risk of suffering a stroke, or dying from cancer or any other disease. Even aggressive behavior and suicides are now linked with lowering cholesterol levels. Since 1992, researchers have noted increases in suicides among those undertaking cholesterol-lowering treatment or dietary regimes. By lowering blood cholesterol you also reduce serotonin receptors leading to increased micro viscosity and affecting the balance of cerebral lipid metabolism. This is believed to have profound effects on brain function. Data from mental institutions have revealed that aggressive people and those with antisocial personality have lower blood cholesterol levels than average. Mental patients with high blood cholesterol levels were found to be less regressed and withdrawn than those with lower levels. After so many years of researching heart disease and its risk factors, there is no evidence to date linking high cholesterol levels to heart disease, stroke or any other disease as a cause-and-effect relationship, although in some cases both may occur together. The decision to embark on lifelong cholesterol lowering drug treatment in patients with primary hypercholesterolemia depends on the doctor's interpretation of available evidence. However, such evidence exists only for those who have a vested interest in keeping the cholesterol myth alive. At the same time, the true culprits or contributing factors of vascular diseases remain largely concealed from the public’s eye. Yet it is becoming increasingly evident that a diet high in animal proteins poses, perhaps, the greatest physical risk for arterial damage and subsequent buildup of cholesterol-containing plaque. 282 Cholesterol – Your Life and Blood A newborn baby that is being breast-fed by its mother receives a high dose of cholesterol right from the beginning of its life. Mother’s milk contains twice the cholesterol of cow’s milk! Nature certainly has no intention of destroying a baby’s heart by giving it such high amounts of cholesterol. On the contrary, a healthy heart consists of 10% pure cholesterol (all water removed). Our brain is made of even more cholesterol than the heart is and half of our adrenal glands consist of it. Cholesterol is an essential building block of all our body cells and is needed for every metabolic process. Because cholesterol is such an important substance for the body every single cell is capable of producing it. We could not even live a single day without it. Cholesterol • • • • • • • • • • • • is important for brain development protects the nerves against damage or injury repairs damaged arteries (seals off lesions) supports immune functions gives elasticity to red blood cells stabilizes and protects cell membranes is the basic ingredient of most sexual hormones helps to form the skin is the essential substance which the skin uses to make vitamin D is the basic ingredient used to manufacture the body’s stress hormones is needed to form bile acids to help digestion of fats and keep us lean helps to prevent kidney damage in diabetes Cholesterol plays a vital role in every living being. Microbes, bacteria, viruses, plants, animals, and human beings all depend on it. Since cholesterol is so important for our body, we cannot solely depend on its supply from external sources, but must be able to produce it independently as well. Normally, our body makes about half a gram to one gram of cholesterol a day, depending on how much the body requires at the time. The main cholesterol producers are the liver and the small intestines. These organs release the cholesterol into the blood stream where it is instantly tied to blood proteins that are responsible for transporting it to their designated areas for the purposes listed above. Cholesterol basically consists of fat and protein molecules, which gives it the name “Lipo Protein.” Only about five percent of our cholesterol circulates in the blood, the rest is used for numerous activities in the body’s cells. If a healthy person consumed 100g of butter a day (the average European eats 18g a day), he would ingest 240-mg cholesterol, of which only 30-60% would be absorbed through his intestines. This would give him about 90 mg cholesterol each day. Yet of this amount only 12 mg would eventually end up in his blood and raise the cholesterol level by as little as 0.2%. In comparison, our body is able to produce 400 times more cholesterol than we could obtain from eating 100g butter. In other words, if you eat more than the usual amount of cholesterol with your food, your blood cholesterol levels will naturally rise. However, to balance this increase your body will automatically reduce its own cholesterol production. This selfregulating mechanism ensures that cholesterol remains on the exact level that your body requires in order to sustain optimal functions and equilibrium. 283 If eating fatty foods does not significantly increase cholesterol levels to meet the body’s demands for this vital substance then the body must take other more drastic measures. One of them is the stress response. If your body runs low in cholesterol, you are likely to feel stressed. You will loose your calm and patience, and feel tense. Stress is a powerful trigger for cholesterol production in the body. Since cholesterol is the basic constituent of all stress hormones, any unsettling situation will use up large quantities of cholesterol. To make up for the loss or increased demand of cholesterol, the liver starts making more of it. Take the example of the cholesterol-increasing effect of television. Research has shown that watching television for several hours at a time can drive up blood cholesterol more dramatically than any other so called risk factors, including diet, sedentary lifestyle, or genetic disposition. Exposure to television is a great challenge for the brain. It is far beyond it’s the brain’s capacity to process the flood of incoming stimuli that emanate from the overwhelming number of picture frames appearing on the TV screen every second. The resulting strain takes its toll. Blood pressure rises to help move more oxygen, glucose, cholesterol, vitamins, and other nutrients around the body and to the brain, all of which are used up rapidly by the heavy brainwork. Add violence, suspense and the noise of gunshots etc., to the spectacle and the adrenal glands respond with shots of adrenaline to prepare the body for a “fight or flight”. This causes contraction of many large and small blood vessels in the body, leading to shortage of water, sugar and other nutrients in the cells. The signs for this stress-response can be several. You may feel shattered, exhausted, and stiff in neck and shoulders, very thirsty, lethargic, depressed, and even “too tired” to go to sleep. If the body did not bother to increase cholesterol levels during such stress encounters,