Category Archives: Wanderings, Health

What is Reiki?

imagesAs an ‘energy’ healer/therapist I’m often asked this question. The simple answer is: “Reiki is a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the ‘receiver’ by means of touch, activating the natural healing processes of the receiver’s body, and restoring physical and emotional well-being.” What this definition is missing is the fact that this first step leads to core healing at the physical, emotional and spiritual levels 🙂

imagesTo explain further, it is a technique that balances the energy in our endocrine glands, which are the energy centers that can become over or under-energized, depending on a person’s lifestyle or simply their pace of life.

It is said that ‘stress’ is the biggest killer of our age! When coping with stress, don’t underestimate the value of ‘Reiki’ (pronounced ray-kee), to bring your body and all its systems into balance.

I hope you’ll try a session soon!

Food as medicine (4) — managing blood sugar levels

High Blood Sugar is one of the most common health menaces today. Here are some natural ways to keep it in balance, and prevent and manage diabetes. Eating the right foods can certainly go a long way to stabilize blood sugar levels, protect our heart, and even save our vision from the harmful effects of diabetes.

The following nine foods can be very effective in helping us balance our blood sugar levels, and avoiding, or managing, diabetes:

1. Apples

At a long-term research in Finland, researchers found that men who ate the
largest amount of apples had 20% less diabetes or heart associated death.
Their research indicated that the active ingredient responsible for this was
quercetin. If you can’t find apples or don’t like them, other lesser but still good sources of quercetin are onions, tomatos, green vegtables and forest berries.

2. Cinnamon

A research at the Human Nutrition Institute, Maryland, found that if you add just half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day to your diet, your cells will gradually become more sensitive to insulin, metabolizing sugar into energy more efficiently, and controlling blood sugar levels better.

Diabetes patients who received an extract of cinnamon every day for forty days
straight, experienced a noticeable reduction of blood sugar levels after a meal, as well as marked improvement in their cardiovascular health.

Cinnamon can be added to almost anything, so keep it handy and add just a bit every day to cooked or uncooked food — it may prolong your life!

3. Citrus Fruits

People suffering from diabetes often have a shortage of vitamin C in their bodies. Citrus fruits are chock full of vitamin C and antioxidants — making them a wonderful addition to your daily diet!

4. Cold Water Fish

Diabetics in general have a higher incidence of heart disease — as such, a diet rich in  Omega-3 amino acids, also known as ‘the good fat’ and found in cold water fish, can reduce the levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol while raising the levels of ‘good’ cholesterol.

5. Fiber rich foods

Not only does it help reduce those frequent trips to the bathroom, but research at the university of Texas found that people who raised their daily fiber intake from 24 grams to 50, experienced dramatic improvements in their blood sugar levels. In fact, the fiber rich diet is considered no less effective than certain diabetes medicines.

6. Legumes

Legumes are a great addition to soups, salads and a variety of other foods. This low fat, low calorie ingredient is also rich in fiber and proteins, helping to reduce the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Fibers slow the release of glucose in the blood, which prevents the rise in blood sugar levels.

8. Dark Chocolate

Researchers at Tufts university found that dark chocolate contains antioxidants that can improve a cell’s sensitivity to insulin (much like cinnamon does) and may reduce the risk of diabetes.

7. Green Tea

Research shows that chronic inflammation caused by fat-rich foods, little to no exercise and a diet lacking in proper amounts of fruits, vegetables, and ‘good fats’
can increase your chances of getting hit with cardiovascular disease and sabotage the body’s attempts to absorb the sugar in your blood.

A simple solution to this problem is to drink green tea and orange juice. They are replete with substances that prevent and fight inflammation. Green tea is also a wonderful source of antioxidants.

9. Apple-cider vinegar

Two spoons of apple-cider vinegar taken before a meal can help reduce blood sugar levels, according to a research done at university of Arizona. The study tested three groups of people: healthy,  those showing early diabetes, and full on diabetes.

The results: An hour after taking the apple-cider vinegar, the patients with diabetes had a 25% reduction in their blood sugar levels; the healthy and those with early signs of diabetes showed a 50% reduction in their blood sugar levels.

Make a list of these nine foods and add them to your grocery shopping regularly, whether or not you have the blood sugar problem. They are also preventives!

LAVENDER – the ‘mother’ of all essential oils

untitledLAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL (produced from Lavandula Augustifolia) is the most versatile of all, and is rightly called the ‘mother of essential oils’!

Therapeutic-grade Lavender oil is highly regarded for all skin issues. In addition to that, its fragrance is calming, and emotionally balancing. However, all the benefits are only possible from high grade, cold distilled essential oils with no chemicals used in their production. I get mine from Young Living Essential Oils*, a Utah-based company, renowned for oils so pure that they can be ingested. For this post I have compiled a list of 15 uses of the Lavender Essential Oil that make is a ‘must have’ oil in a home.

1. To reduce and minimize scar tissue form forming, massage the area with Lavender oil.

2. Putting a drop of Lavender on a bee sting or an insect bite may soothe the itching, stinging, and the discomfort.

3. Putting 2-3 drops of Lavender oil may soothe a burn, and prevent blisters from forming.

4. Dropping the oil on a cut may soothe it, preventing infection, inflammation and the forming of a scar. Using on a skin rash may provide relief.

5. To alleviate the symptoms of motion sickness, place a drop of Lavender oil on the tongue, in ad around the navel, and rub some behind the ears.

6. Rubbing the oil on dry, chapped hands, on dry, sunburned lips and on cold sores will bring relief and will heal them fast.

7. Rubbing Lavender oil on the soles of feet may result in a calming effect and smoothening some on your pillow can lead to a good night’s sleep.

8. Rubbing a drop of Lavender oil between your palms and inhaling deeply may help in alleviating the discomfort of allergy reactions from air borne pollen and/or dust.

9. Rubbing several drops into the scalp may help with flaking.

10. Placing a few drops on a cotton ball and placing in your linen closet will pleasantly scent the linen and may help repel moths and insects.

11. A few drops on a wet wash cloth, thrown into the dryer will deodorize your laundry.

12. Diffusing Lavender oil in your home will support the immune system and the body’s natural defences against allergens.

13. Spritzing several drops of Lavender oil mixed with distilled water on a sunburn may calm it down.

14. Apply a couple of drops to the armpits as a deodrant.

15. Having a bottle on you at all times ensures that you never have to suffer the discomfort of finding yourself in malodorous environments.

In such situations, I just open my bottle and inhale deeply. Doing this also provides relief to the lungs when noxious substances such as second hand smoke have been inhaled!

*I must reiterate that if desired results are expected, it is essential that the oils are of a high quality. Very few companies in the world can match the purity of Young Living Essential Oils. To learn more, and to educate yourself, you may click on this link https://www.youngliving.org/kikibakshiSee More

The rhythm of Life

I have found: Life is a wave; it ebbs and flows…ebbs and flows…and people, mostly, don’t like the ebbing. Left to themselves, they’d just like it to flow, evenly and smoothly, at all times.
Coaching Clients ask me: “Ok–now that I’m doing the work,… when will the ups and downs in my life stop? When will it all flow straight?” I find that that’s a good time to tell them: “Ever seen the reading on an ECG machine? Do you know when the line shows all straight, without the curves?” The question makes them smile, because that line is all straight when someone is dead—otherwise the line must keep curving, like a wave, up and down, ebbing and flowing!What is true, however, is that the more work one does on oneself, the better we get at managing the downs! When we do ‘the work’, our downs don’t last too long; they aren’t too intense, and not unmanageably painful; when we fall, we know how to pick ourselves up again; and we know how to bring life back to a state of balance. The more we do this, the better we get at it and the deeper the peace within. The more peace there is, the harder it is to fall, and stay down too long!

This above is my post on my Facebook Page The Radiant Self www.facebook.com/theradiantself

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Wine as medicine

imagesWine and health is an issue of considerable discussion and research. Wine has a long history of use as an early form of medication, being recommended variously as a safe alternative to drinking water, and antiseptic, for treating wounds, a digestive aid, and as a cure for a wide range of ailments including lethargy, diarrhea, and pain from child birth.

Ancient Egyptian Papyri and Sumerian tablets dating back to 2200 BC detail the medicinal role of wine, making it the world’s oldest documented man-made medicine.[2] Wine continued to play a major role in medicine until the late 19th and early 20th century, when changing opinions and medical research on alcohol and alcoholism cast doubt on the role of wine as part of a healthy lifestyle and diet.

In the late 20th and early 21st century, fueled in part by public interest in reports by the United States news broadcast 60 minutes on the so-called “French Paradox”, the medical establishment began to re-evaluate the role of moderate wine consumption in health.

Early medicine was intimately tied with religion and the supernatural, with early practitioners often being priests and magicians. Wine’s close association with ritual made it a logical tool for these early medical practices. Tablets from Sumerian culture and papyri from Ancient Egypt dating to 2200 BC include recipes for wine based medicines, making wine the oldest documented man made medicine.

250px-Château_Lafite_Rothschild_and_glassThe French Paradox

The 1990s and early 21st century saw a renewed interest in the health benefits of wine, ushered in by increasing research suggesting that moderate wine drinkers have lower mortality rates than heavy drinkers or teetotalers*. In November 1991, the U.S. news program 60 Minutes aired a broadcast on the so-called “French Paradox”. Featuring the research work of Bordeaux scientist Serge Renaud, the broadcast dealt with the seemingly paradoxical relationship between the high fat/high dairy diets of French people and the low occurrence of cardiovascular disease among them. The broadcast drew parallels to the American and British diets which also contained high levels of fat and dairy but which featured high incidences of heart disease. One of the theories proposed by Renaud in the broadcast was that moderate consumption of red wine was a risk-reducing factor for the French and that wine could have more positive health benefits yet to be studied. Following the 60 Minutes broadcast, sales of red wine in the United States jumped 44% over previous years.

And so, based on all the above ;), I consider drinking a daily glass of wine my beauty régime, and believe me, it’s working ;)! Santé**!!! 🙂

Thank you, Wikipedia, for all this information!

*Teetolars are people who don’t drink alcohol

**Santé – French for Health!, in other words, ‘to (your) Health’!

 

 

More ‘Food as Medicine’

untitled1. Pineapple is a natural painkiller. The fruit contains anti-inflammatory enzymes that bring pain relief from conditions such as arthritis, according to a study at Reading University, UK.

2. Pomegranate juice could prevent a heart attack. This wonder juice is believed to improve blood flow to the heart and lower blood pressure.

3. Onions are natural antibiotics. They might make your breath pong but onions contain allicin, a powerful antibiotic that also protects the circulatory system.

4. Mushrooms can ward off colds. They contain more of an immune-boosting
antioxidant called ergothioneine than any other food, say researchers at Pennsylvania State University.

5. Blueberries can boost memory. A study at Tufts University in Boston showed eating half a cup of this fruit regularly could delay age-related deterioration in co-ordination and short-term memory.

6. Eat chocolate, live longer…hurray! Harvard University scientists say that eating a couple of chocolate bars a week could extend your life by almost a year.

7. Grapefruit juice can stop medicine working. If you’re taking medication, avoid washing it down with grapefruit juice as there is evidence that it prevents some drugs being broken down.

8. You should never drink tea or coffee with meals. Tannins in tea and coffee prevent absorption of certain nutrients. A cup of tea with a meal will halve the iron you get from it, whereas a glass of orange juice will double it.

9. Cherries can cure gout Cherries contain compounds that significantly reduce the chemicals in the body which cause joint inflammation.

10. Eating curry could help prevent Alzheimer’s. According to a report in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, a yellow pigment used in curry, curcumin, can stop amyloid plaques in the brain that cause the condition.

11. Sniffing a lemon could help you beat asthma. The UK’s 5.1 million asthmatics could find lemons ease their symptoms. Studies in rats found that breathing improved after they inhaled limonene, the chemical that gives lemons their smell.

12. Kiwi fruit can improve your eyesight. This fuzzy fruit is a surprisingly good source of lutein, an antioxidant that protects your vision.

13. Garlic can cure mouth ulcers and verrucas. Here’s an old wives’s tale that works: halve a clove of garlic, squeeze, and apply a drop of the juice to the offending growth at bedtime.

14. Too much salt isn’t good for us but neither is too little salt. Not getting enough can trigger low blood pressure in those susceptible. Consult your doctor before making any major diet changes.

15. Figs can delay brittle bone disease. Good news for the three million osteoporosis sufferers in the UK – it is possible to slow its progress by eating calcium-packed figs.

16. Soya can mimic breast cancer drugs. A team of Cambridge researchers discovered that a diet high in soya can have a similar effect to anti-cancer drug Tamoxifen.

17. Cinnamon can help diabetics. Just half a teaspoon a day of this spice can significantly reduce blood sugar levels in diabetics, says US research.

18. Chillies can help you breathe more easily. Capsaicin, which occurs in chillies, shrinks the mucous membranes which can ease blocked noses and sinuses.

19. Watermelon is good for the prostate. Men will be glad to know that the red flesh contains the antioxidant Lycopene, which helps keep the prostate gland healthy.

20. Coriander can lower your cholesterol levels. This aromatic herb can reduce cholesterol levels and prevent heart problems.

21. Nibbling on nuts can prevent blood clots. Nuts boost nitric oxide, a compound that relaxes blood vessels and eases blood flow.

22. Banish bad breath with natural yoghurt. A few spoonfuls of natural yogurt can neutralise halitosis, according to Japanese researchers.

Food IS medicine :)! Isn’t that good to know? 🙂

 

Do you know how this works?

This post is in two parts… DON’T miss the second part below ;)!

Defibrillation is a common treatment for life-threatening cardiac dysrhythmias, ventricular fibrillation and pulseless ventricular tachycardia. Defibrillation consists of delivering a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to the heart with a device called a defibrillator. The point being made in this blogpost is, if you saw someone in distress at a public place with a defibrillator available, would you know what to do???

Defibrillators can be external, transvenous, or implanted, depending on the type of device used or needed, but external units, known as automated external defibrillators (AEDs), are available, more and more, in public places, and although they’re they’re considered easy to use, with little or no training at all, just being familiar with the working of one could save a life!

Here then is a youtube video, explaining what exactly to do. Watch it once, to get familiar with the workings… hope you never need to use one but if you do, wouldn’t it be awesome to save a life?!

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AND, while we’re on the subject, how’s YOUR heart doing ;)?! If you are more sedentary than active, perhaps click on the link below, for an hour-long workout 😉 !!! Then, repeat daily!!!

Be well… <3

 

The health dangers of MSG

The dangers and prevalence of MSG (Mono Sodium Glutamate) in our foods will shock you! This dangerous food enhancer is linked to numerous health problems including fibromyalgia, obesity, fatty liver, high insulin and blood sugar, high cholesterol, liver toxicity, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, disturbance to the gut-brain connection, neurological and brain-damage prevalence. The danger lies in the fact that MSG is almost impossible to avoid. 

Why? The reason is twofold:

1. There are over 40 different ingredients that manufacturers use, that all have MSG, and so it is not separately listed. 

2. It is not just a flavor enhancing additive – it is a natural by-product of processing proteins. These MSG by-products are found even in many of your favorite organic health foods.

Keep reading to discover how to avoid this insidious poison.

What Is MSG? MSG, or monosodium glutamate, got its reputation as a flavor- enhancer which was extracted from seaweeds in China. In the early 1900′s, the process was perfected in Japan and the product became commercially available. The expression “Chinese Food Syndrome” was coined by the New England Journal of Medicine as approximately twenty minutes after eating Chinese food, some sensitive people would experience tingling, numbness, brain fog, chest pressure and pain. In the 1970′s, researchers found that pharmaceutical MSG would kill brain cells in a laboratory. Shortly thereafter, they realized that commercially available MSG would have the same effect.

Not Just A Flavor Enhancer:

By now most of us have heard of MSG’s role as a flavor enhancer. But how does this work? Concentrated free glutamic acid or MSG act as nerve stimulants and will change how the taste buds taste food. A really bad tasting food will taste fantastic when high levels of glutamic acid are introduced as a flavor enhancer.

The form of MSG that is a byproduct of processed protein is not considered as MSG, and this is where the real danger lies. Unfortunately the FDA does not require manufacturers to label these foods as having MSG unless the “added ingredient” is 99% pure MSG. And sadly, a product labeled ‘No MSG’ may still have MSG or ‘free glutamic acid’ as a result of protein processing, as long as pure protein was not added.

The truth is that protein-hydrolysis-based glutamates or MSG are found in just about every highly processed food. Even vegetable proteins are hydrolyzed to make veggie burgers and many other frozen or pre-prepared vegan and “health foods.” Do your homework on the internet, and begin informing/education yourselves about additives. For starters, when purchasing processed health foods, look for these common ingredients loaded with MSG, that do not require an MSG listing on the label:

  • Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
  • Textured Vegetable Protein
  • Yeast Extract

Here’s one link to start you off with :)! http://www.msgtruth.org/whatisit.htm

Happy investigating — DO IT… it’s for your own good health!

 

Doctrine of Signatures

In yesterday’s post I wrote that the walnut, looking as it does like the brain, supports the functioning of the brain. In researching this further I came across the term ‘Doctrine of Signatures’. This is its history:

stock-photo-nuts-and-dried-fruits-mix-116210527Paracelsus* (1491–1541) developed the concept, writing that ‘Nature marks each growth…according to its curative benefit’.

The writings of Jakob Bohme** (1575-1624) spread the ‘doctrine of signatures’, suggesting that God marked objects with a sign, or “signature”, for their purpose. Parts that resembled the human body, animals, or other objects were thought to have useful relevance to those parts, animals or objects. The “signature” could sometimes also be identified in the environments or specific sites in which plants grew. Böhme’s 1621 book The Signature of All Things gave its name to the doctrine.

Böhme did a great service to the cause of foods as medicine, but by changing Paracelsus’s word ‘nature’ to ‘god’ did some disservice too! You see, allopathic medicine has attempted to write off the Doctrine of Signatures as superstition, even though studies have repeatedly shown that its core principles are true. The kidney bean, for example, not only resembles a kidney in shape and color, but also helps to maintain kidney functioning when regularly consumed. Let’s take a look at some other examples:

Walnuts – for Brain

With its two hemispheres, cranium-like shell and knotted folds, the common walnut looks like the human brain on many levels – and the brain is exactly what it benefits. Walnuts are the only nut that contains large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which help to prevent cognitive decline since mammalian brains are composed of, and require, the exact same acids.

untitledGrapes – for Lungs

Bunched grapes closely resemble the branches of alveoli that comprise our lungs, and which allow oxygen to pass from the lungs into the bloodstream. Grapes are proven to reduce the risk of lung cancer, and the chemical proanthocyanidin – present in grape seeds – can minimize the risk of allergy-related asthma.

Tomatoes – for Heart

Like the human heart, tomatoes are red and usually contain four chambers when sliced. They are an unbeatable source of lycopene, a plant chemical that helps prevent coronary heart disease and which neutralizes the harmful effects of LDL cholesterol. Furthermore, tomatoes are rich in folate, which aids the production of oxygen-carrying red blood cells – the very cells that the heart pumps around the body.

Carrots – for Eyes

A sliced carrot strongly resembles the human eye, even down to the complex pattern of the iris. Is nature telling us something? Carrots are extremely rich in beta-carotene, a plant chemical that minimizes the chances of contracting cataracts and developing age-related macular degeneration (a common eye condition that affects approximately 25 percent of individuals above the age of 65).

Avocados – for Womb

The womb-shaped avocado takes approximately nine months to grow from blossom to ripened fruit and contains an unusually large seed (‘baby’) in its center. Eating avocados helps to stabilize female hormones, remove excess birth weight and prevent cervical cancer.

Figs – for Testicles

If avocados were designed for female health, then the testicle-shaped figs were surely designed for male health. These sweet fruits hang in pairs, are protected by a delicate skin and, when sliced, reveal thousands of stringy white seeds. Figs are known to increase sperm count and sperm mobility and can help men overcome sterility.

Celery – Celery sticks contain identical amounts of sodium (23 percent) to the bones they resemble. Like calcium – which celery also contains in high amounts – sodium is essential for healthy bones.

Ginger – A piece of ginger looks a lot like the stomach it is renowned for settling.

Sweet potatoes – Sweet potatoes closely resemble the human pancreas and help to stabilize the blood sugar levels of diabetics.

Impressive, no? What do you think?

*Paracelsus (/ˌpærəˈsɛlsəs/; born Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, 11 November or 17 December 1493 – 24 September 1541) was a Swiss German Renaissance physician, botanist, alchemist, astrologer, and general occultist

**Jakob Bohme (1575 – 1624) was a German Christian mystic and theologian. He is considered an original thinker within the Lutheran tradition

 

Nuts about nuts — Walnuts

untitledWalnuts are rounded, single-seeded stone fruits of the walnut tree. The walnut fruit is enclosed in a green, leathery, fleshy husk. This husk is inedible. After harvest, the removal of the husk reveals the wrinkly walnut shell, which is in two halves. This shell is hard and encloses the kernel, which is also made up of two halves separated by a partition. Interestingly, the seed kernels — commonly available as shelled walnuts — are enclosed in a brown seed cover which contains antioxidants. These protect the oil-rich seed from atmospheric oxygen and prevent rancidity.

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Walnut seeds are a high density source of nutrients, particularly proteins and essential fatty acids. Compared to certain other nuts, such as almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts, walnuts (especially in their raw form) contain the highest total level of antioxidants, including both free antioxidants and antioxidants bound to fiber. Walnuts, like other tree nuts, must be processed and stored properly. Poor storage makes walnuts susceptible to insect and fungal mold infestations.

I also read somewhere that whatever part of our body, a fruit, vegetable or nut reminds us of, that’s the body part or organ it’s good for. For example, the likeness of a walnut to our brain means that they are good for nourishing the brain. To me this sounds very plausible!