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Nada Bhrama Meditation

Nada Bhrama Meditation

(Enneagram Balancing Meditation)

Sit in a comfortable chair with good back support as opposed to lying down. Avoid direct sunlight and sources of noise as these may be distracting. The room should be comfortably warm or you should be dressed warmly. Place your feet flat on the ground.

Mudra Hand Position

Men: Place the palm of left hand over your navel, and then place your right hand on top of you left hand, with thumbs touching.

Women: Place the palm of right hand over your navel, and then place your left hand on top of you right hand, with thumbs touching.

Relaxation and Centring

Close your eyes and they should ideally remain closed throughout the meditation to reduce distraction and diversion of your focus. Call on all parts of your consciousness to be present. Parts of yourself that might be in the future, the past, with other people or situations. Take a few deep breaths, filling your lungs and removing stale air that maybe present in the bottom of your lungs. With each out breath, you become more and more relaxed.

Grounding

Imagine roots growing from the soles of your feet, growing deeper and deeper into the earth.

Protection/Shielding

Imagine a cloak of light surround your entire body. Your intention is to protect your energy from leaving your body or energy from outside influences entering.

CentreTimeMantra
Head3 MinutesOoh “snow”
(silence)3 MinutesContinued focus on the head
Heart3 MinutesOu “who”
(silence)3 MinutesContinued focus on the heart
Hara (gut)3 MinutesMa “man”
(silence)3 Minutes Continued focus on the hara

Mantras

With each mantra, the aim/intention is to feel the physical vibration in each centre. This may take practise. By feeling the vibration in each centre we are strengthening or re-establishing the connection between the centres and allowing the energy/communication to flow more easily. Hold the focus on this centre through the mantra. If any thoughts should enter your mind, don’t be upset this is normal, just gently bring your focus back to the meditation. The mantra sound should be clear and constant without strain. As soon as you have spent the air in your lungs, stop the mantra and take another in breath and repeat the mantra. Spend 3 minutes between each mantra and after the last mantra, to maintain focus on the centre in silence and allow the energy to fill the centre. Avoid the use of clocks or watches. 3 minutes is what you perceive it to be. Perhaps note the time before you start and when you finish and use this to gauge time for future practice.

Finishing

Slowly bring your awareness back to the room/environment. Feel the physical contact of your body in the chair, the pressure of your feet on the ground and your hands over your hara.

Hear any sounds and the sense of warmth/cool in the room.

Slowly open your eyes and rise from the chair when you are ready.

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This meditation is available here to download and print for your convenience.  Nada Bhrama Meditation PDF

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The Hara/Gut/Belly

The Hara/Gut/Belly

A much maligned or misunderstood energy centre or Consciousness Centre is the Hara (or Belly). Its here we hold our fear, our attachments to things, people and animals etc, our anger, our sense of contentment, our sense of inner strength, our own inner authority. Its the expression centre for energy within the physical realm. It is the physical centre of where chemical energy for the body is released into the arteries to be circulated through the blood, to power all the functions of your body.

Our body has 100 times more bacteria than cells on and in our body. We are in fact an entire eco system, just like the planet. We are host to Yeasts, Bacteria, Viruses (not all harmful, some keep harmful bacteria in check, by killing them, these viruses are called Bacteriaphage. Not widely accepted but its possible the human body can create Bacteriaphages as a compliment to the existing immune system, antibodies and white blood cells etc. Some of our bacteria are beneficial to our health, they aid us in digestion, possibly regulating our desire for food full stop or perhaps desire for certain foods.

Its also thought our friendly bacteria teach our immune system how to recognise bad bacteria, and a full scale war (depending on how healthy you are) is going on, as the bad bacteria can teach the immune system to recognise and destroy friendly bacteria. This is especially the case, in your gut, as this is where the greatest concentration of bacteria are found. They have a huge impact on our moods, as when they are happy we are.

As a living organism, bacteria have a level of consciousness, albeit very simple. Some bacteria are sensitive to their environment, they can sense temperature, pH (alkalinity and acidity), salinity (salt levels), nutrients, water availability and toxins.

Ever wondered why you feel anxiety in your gut, or why the expression, “I had a bad gut feeling about…” exists.  This huge concentration of lifeforms in your gut senses the microbiota in other people and other lifeforms through the electro magnetic field that comes from your microbiota.  These guys don’t see the world through rose tinted glasses.  They are as close to being pure consciousness as one can be.

Some bacteria can move and when they learn new tricks or traits, they share these traits through conjugation, through sharing a circular piece of DNA/RNA called a plasmid. These rings of Nucleic Acid, are like super powers to Bacteria and allow them to more quickly adapt or learn. These factors amongst others influence a bacteria behaviour. As a living presence of immense numbers, If you believe as I do that this collective lifeform, gives off a bio-resonance field, that we sense and communicate with in many ways, through increased or decreased blood flow to this region, water absorption (hence diarrhoea and constipation) the common symptoms of IBS, chemical messengers (hormones) etc, antibodies and immune cells, electromagnetic from the heart and brain, and electrical stimulation through the central nervous system.

Not surprising that some cats and dogs guard this area and others who trust us, like getting their belly rubbed. It stimulates blood flow, increasing oxygen and nutrients to the good bacteria, aids in digestion and makes them feel great. Little wonder they enjoy it so 🙂

We like it to, not to mention that its a highly erogenous zone and commonly targeted in fore play 🙂

So for a healthy belly, learn to do Hara Meditations to better communicate or sense this energy and centre of consciousness. Feed your good bacteria, with good healthy raw foods. Introduce more of the good bacteria (helpers and troops) to aid in digestion and fighting the baddies by taking a good pro-biotic which may contain fructo oligosaccharides (simple sugars that the good bacteria need to give them energy) such as Udos – Super 8 or Pro-Bio 7 ore why not consider keeping water or milk kefir, which has a perfect compliment of yeasts and bacteria necessary for a healthy gut.

Learn a Nada Bhrama Meditation to enhance your sensory awareness and to better communicate or sense this energy and centre of consciousness. Instructions can be found here on the in the “Spiritual” section

Meditations are great for increasing your sense of well being, stimulating activity in the good bacteria, liberating toxins from the body, in aiding healing, and finally to releasing suppressed emotions.

And finally give your partner a tender belly rub, or massage. Bet they’ll enjoy it as much as your cat or dog.

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A Great Natural Anti-flammatory

Weeds are just a plant we haven’t found a purpose for and this is very much the case with nettle.  A relative of the mint, nettles have many uses.  Members of the mint family have a tell-tale square stem.  Not only is nettle a great source of nitrogen for feeding plants but has many uses in herbalism.  It is a natural anti-inflammatory and for this herbal remedy it’s at its most potent in Spring.  Harvest the fresh plants roots and all.  Trim off the stalks, gently wash the soil away.  The roots will still be brown when washed.

Fill a mason/swing-top jar with the roots, then add vodka, poitin or other suitable high alcohol content spirit above 40% to cover the roots completely.  Seal the jar and shake at least twice a day for 6 weeks.  Keep out of direct sunlight.  After 6 weeks decant off the alcohol and discard the roots.

The root is recommended as a diuretic, for relief of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and other prostate problems, and as a natural remedy to treat or prevent baldness.

We found to be effective for joint pain, especially in the case of sprains and strains. Its taken every day, a tablespoon, preferably early in the day.  As its a diuretic (causes water expulsion from the body), it may disturb your sleep by filling your bladder.

Remember if foraging for plants, seeds and berries, to always gather at least 100m from a road.

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How to make Water Kefir

How to make Water Kefir

Basic Water Kefir

Ingredients
4 x tbsps water kefir grains per litre of water
1 x litre of water from a good source such as a well, or filtered municipal/tap water
1/4 cup of raw organic cane/beet sugar

Occasionally put the following in with your kefir.
1 pinch of salt (rock or sea)
1 pinch of baking soda (maintains optimal pH) only required if your water is acidic

Optional & alternative ingredients: If your kefir is fading a bit, i.e. not releasing gas bubbles or building up pressure in the mason jar, or the grains have become smaller, more paste-like or gloopy, you can add the following to revive it, 1/4 tsp molasses for extra vitamins and minerals or add a small pinch of yeast nutrient (used for home-brewing).

Using a 1 – 1.5 litre mason or swingtop jar, place the 4 tbsps of kefir grains in the bottom of the jar.  Some people say only use wood or plastic to spoon/strain the kefir grains as metals can damage or kefir.

Add the 1/4 cup of raw organic cane/beet sugar.

Top up the jar with 1 litre of water.

Close the lid tight. and shake the jar several times to mix the solution.

Leave on a counter-top away from direct sunlight to ferment, for 24-48 hours. (We found 3 days works well for us, fermentation speeds up in warm weather, slows down in cold weather)

Then strain of the solution using a muslin cloth and funnel into a swing-top bottle and leave out on the counter-top for a further 24 hours out of direct sunlight (3 days, up to week works well for us).  A more convenient method to strain, is to place your funnel into the bottle neck, using a spatula, place it over the bottom lip of the jar, leaving a tiny space for the liquid to strain out.  It’s quicker, less messy and less cleaning up.

Some people grate ginger and add it to the solution during second fermentation.  We suggest starting with a teaspoon per litre and add more or less according to your palette.  Use the funnel to get the ginger into the bottle.

Then refrigerate until fully consumed.  You can optionally strain the solution when pouring, if you have added ginger.

Finished water kefir can be stored as follows:

  • At room temperature (68° to 78°F): 3 to 4 days
  • In the refrigerator (40° to 45°F): 2 to 3 weeks
  • In the freezer (0° to 25°F): 1 to 2 months or longer

The kefir grains that were strained can be added back into the jar, filled with fresh water, sugar, and only if needed bread soda and salt and you have a continuous source of a refreshing probiotic and slighty effervescent drink, and mildly sweet to taste.  The grains multiply over time and you can gift the excess grains to friends and family and start them off enjoying the benefits of these friendly microbiota.

We have found that a 3 day fermentation first fermentation worked well (with grains), followed by a further 3 days and up to a week (strained solution) on the counter-top with ginger infusing into the liquid, refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.  We drink about a large tumbler every day with food or for a refreshing drink on hot sunny days.

If you are going on holidays, strain off the liquid and bottle as you would normally, refrigerate this, if your are going away for more than three days, otherwise leave on the counter-top.  Take your grains and place them into a small lidded jar, place a heaped teaspoon of sugar and enough water to cover and refrigerate until your return.  This should keep good for about a month.  If you are going away any longer, perhaps get a friend or relative to look after them.  They are living organisms so treat them with care.

Thanks to Brenda for the grains, and the tips and the helpful instructions.

 

 

 

 

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Kefir, what is it and why is it so beneficial for us?

Kefir, what is it and why is it so beneficial for us?

Kefir grains are not grains in the conventional sense of wheat, rye or barley etc, but are actually a matrix culture with bacteria and yeasts living symbiotically (in harmony), they do however resemble grains.

The mix of bacteria and yeasts are the beneficial types we need to maintain a healthy microbiota (micro-organisms, yeasts and bacteria) in our digestive system. These beneficial microbiota, keep pathogenic (disease causing) microbiota under control, teach our immune system how to fight off infection, liberate nutrients from our food, and by reducing the numbers of bad microbiota reduce the levels of exotoxins and endotoxins in our system.

Kefir can be made using water or milk. The water kefir is suitable for those who are lactose intolerant. Essentially you get the water kefir grains and add them to water and sugar, and in the case of milk kefir grain, you add them to milk and they break down the sugar in milk, lactose to feed the microbiota, producing more microbiota and nutrients beneficial to us.

We were fortunate to have been given a gift of them from a lovely lady, and today we had our first taste of both types. We are delighted with the results. The water kefir can be flavoured with fruit juices or added to grated ginger and left to ferment for a further day or two and chilled and drunk as a refreshing effervescent (fizzy) drink. The milk kefir on the other hand makes a creamy yoghurt.

The grains multiply in both mixes and within a week or so there are sufficient grains to share with friends to get them started. They are very easy to use, with delicious and healthy results.

If anyone would like to get some grains, contact me and we can arrange something.

In the next post, we will go through the process of making water and milk kefir.

More info @ http://www.culturesforhealth.com

Thanks to Brenda (Simply Blessings) for the lovely gift.

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Beating the Winter sniffles

We meet all the time who suffer from various health problems, but lately we have met alot of people who have had a spate of colds and flus and they are surprised to learn we don’t get them and ask why.

So here are some tips to beat the sniffles.

  • Sleep in a room well ventilated, barring temperatures outside in the minus, you should always try to sleep with the window open.
  • First job of the day should be to open all windows and curtain/blinds to allow light and air into the home.  Natural light kills a good many pathogenic (disease causing) organisms.  Air circulating in the home, balances humidity, prolonged high levels of humidity in the home is a breathing ground for the nasties.
  • During the Autumn gather rosehips from the hedgerows and make rosehip syrup, rich in vitamin C, this will bolster your immune system.
  • Drink silver water everyday, a shot glass is sufficient, hold in the mouth for at least 20 seconds before swallowing.  The area under your tongue, has a thin barrier that allows the beneficial particles of silver to penetrate and go directly into the bloodstream.
  • Never venture out into the cold for long on a empty stomach, food is your fuel and helps keep you warm, if you must go out always wrap up well.
  • Forgot fashion, feature and creature function first, wear thermals in Winter to keep warm, but wear thermals with natural fibres for breathability.
  • If you are a smoker, and determined to remain so, then switch to natural tobacco or roll you own.  Pre-made cigarettes contain more harmful additives than rolling tobacco.  The interest in natural fibre filters and papers has stimulated manufacturers to offer these products and are available at most newsagents, one speciic brand is Mascotte.
  • Many roll your own filters and pre-made cigarettes contain tiny particles that are inhaled and mix with chemicals to clog your lungs and therefore make you more likely to suffer with chest infections.Mascotte_Organic_6mm_Slim_Natural_Brown_Paper_xl_Long_biodegradable_Unbleached_Cigarette_Filter_Tips

 

The Forgotten Organ – Your Microbiota

By Dr. Mercola

Researchers are increasingly starting to recognize gut microbiota as one of your unappreciated “organs.”1 It may be even more apt to view your body as a “super organism” composed of symbiotic microorganisms, as proposed in the video above.

Either way, there’s no denying the powerful influence these microorganisms have on both your physical and mental health. This is great news, since this places you in a distinct position of power over your health and well-being. As recently reported by the Institute of Science in Society:2

“The rapidly progressing study of the human microbiota is revealing that humans are not individual self-contained beings, but instead hugely complex super-organisms that blur the distinction between where ‘we’ end and ‘they’ begin.

The human microbiota consists of an estimated 100 trillion cells, at least 10 times the number of human cells, and new research is revealing how this symbiotic relationship determines human health and disease.”

Recent research suggests that many people are deficient in gut bacteria, making it a very important consideration if you’re not feeling in optimal shape, physically or psychologically.

In the study3, 4 in question, a quarter of the participants were found to have 40 percent fewer gut bacteria than the average needed for good health. Obese participants were particularly at risk.

Your Body Viewed as a Symbiotic ‘Super Organism’

The trillions of bacteria cohabiting inside you are not restricted to your intestinal tract. They also colonize your skin—both on the outside and deeper beneath the surface layers—your mouth, saliva and more.

For example, six different tribes of beneficial bacteria have been found to reside in the crook of your elbow, where they moisturize your skin by processing raw fats.

The bacteria in your gut may be considered among the most important however, due to their wide-ranging and cascading health effects. It’s well-known that altering the balance of bacteria in your digestive tract can weaken your immune system, for example.

And once your immune system is compromised, your body becomes far more vulnerable to all sorts of foreign invaders, inflammation, and disease.

Even the National Institutes of Health cites research showing that “variations in the composition of microbial communities may contribute to chronic health conditions, including diabetes, asthma, obesity, and digestive disorders.”

Bacteria Influence What Happens to Nutrients and Drugs Once Inside Your Body

Gut bacteria have also been found to influence the processing and utilization of dietary nutrients;5,6 they help protect against food borne disease,7 and can even have a profound impact on drug efficacy. For instance, recent research claims chemotherapy drugs actually need certain gut bacteria in order to work! As reported by Science News:8

“Cancer patients may carry powerful weapons against tumors in their intestines. Two independent studies indicate that intestinal bacteria assist chemotherapy drugs in fighting off tumors.

…In experiments using mice, antibiotics hampered the ability of two types of anticancer treatments to combat lymphoma and skin and colon tumors9… A separate study10… shows that a chemotherapy drug called cyclophosphamide causes bacteria in the gut to move into the lymph system. Once there, the bacteria trigger production of immune cells that then kill tumor cells…”

Bacteria have also been identified as major players in the distribution of your body fat, metabolism, and the regulation of your mood and memory. Mounting research actually shows that problems in your gut can directly impact your mental health, leading to issues like anxiety and depression. They also help educate your immune cells—telling them which pathogens to fight off and which ones to leave alone.

Psychobiotics—The Future of Psychiatry

Beneficial bacteria known as probiotics may be the answer we’re looking for to address the rampant rise of mental health problems such as depression. A recent article in Popular Science11 addressed the rise of “psychobiotics” in psychiatric science, stating:

“[P]harmacologic compounds for psychiatric treatment are numerous and up to 20 percent of all Americans are taking some type of psychotropic medication totaling some $34 billion dollars annually.

While there have been calls for a reduction in use of these chemicals, primarily due to the fact that many are ineffective, there is a constant pressure from the public to have all their problems solved by a pill.

There is a different – and less costly – course to deal with stress and other psychological problems although until recently, there has been little to no attention paid to this option. The treatment does not involve an individual chemical but rather a plethora of them which act to reduce inflammation, calm stress and bring about a more pleasant mood… They are called quite simply, Psychobiotics.

… [A] psychobiotic is ‘a live organism that, when ingested in adequate amounts, produces a health benefit in patients suffering from psychiatric illness.’ These live organisms are comprised not only of probiotics but also other bacteria known to produce psychotropic signals such as serotonin and dopamine.”

According to an article published this past June in the journal Biological Psychiatry,12 the authors suggest that even severe and chronic mental health problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), might be eliminated through the use of certain probiotics.

Two strains shown to have a calming influence, in part by dampening stress hormones, are Lactobacillus helveticus and Bifidobacterium longum. Others may have similar effects, although more research is needed to identify them.

“As a class of probiotic, these bacteria are capable of producing and delivering neuroactive substances such as gamma-aminobutyric acid and serotonin, which act on the brain-gut axis. Preclinical evaluation in rodents suggests that certain psychobiotics possess antidepressant or anxiolytic activity. Effects may be mediated via the vagus nerve, spinal cord, or neuroendocrine systems,” the article states.13

Understanding of This ‘Forgotten Organ’ Is Rapidly Mounting

The Institute of Science in Society14 mentions two major collaborative efforts that help deepen our understanding of the human microbiome: the International Human Microbiome Consortium, and the US National Institute of Health’s Human Microbiome Project (HMP). To this, I would add a third, called The American Gut Project. American Gut builds on other projects, including the five-year long Human Microbiome Project that is coming to conclusion at the end of this year.

The aim of the Human Microbiome Project was to “characterize microbial communities found at multiple human body sites and to look for correlations between changes in the microbiome and human health.” So far, this data gathering has resulted in 190 scientific papers, along with a repository of resources that scientists can access to explore the relationships between human gut bacteria and disease.

The American Gut Project decided to take it a step further by allowing the American public to participate. (I published an invitation to join the project in December last year. Hopefully, some of you decided to join, as I did. If you didn’t, you can still sign up to participate on the Human Food Project’s website.15) All the gathered information from this project will be made public. It’s an extremely ambitious project seeking to identify the parameters for the ideal gut flora, and how diet affects it.

What’s particularly exciting about the American Gut Project is the fact that it will allow us to really evaluate and compare the effects of a very diverse conglomeration of lifestyles. Scientific studies almost always focus on carefully chosen groups of people who are studied for a specific purpose, typically to confirm or debunk a hypothesis. This project, on the other hand, will crack the lid open on the effects on gut flora of a myriad of lifestyle choices, by people of all ethnicities and ages. According to Professor Rob Knight of CU-Boulder’s BioFrontiers Institute:16

“A key aspect of the project is to understand how diet and lifestyle, whether by choice — like athletes or vegetarians — or by necessity, including those suffering from particular autoimmune diseases or who have food allergies, affect peoples’ microbial makeup.”

Gut Microbes Linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis

In related news, researchers have identified specific types of gut bacteria that correlate with the development of rheumatoid arthritis—a chronic autoimmune disease that affects about one percent of the American population. At least two million Americans have definite or classical rheumatoid arthritis. Most patients with rheumatoid arthritis have a progressive disability, and the annual cost of this disease in the US is estimated to be over $1 billion. According to the National Institutes of Health17 (NIH), which recently revealed the results of the research:

“The finding suggests a potential role for the bacteria in this autoimmune disease… The gut microbiome has been linked to arthritis in animal studies. To see if these microbes might also be associated with rheumatoid arthritis in humans, Dr. Dan Littman of NYU School of Medicine led a team of researchers that examined DNA in 114 stool samples from both healthy people and those who had rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis.”

The researchers found that the bacterium Prevotella copri was present in the intestinal microbiome of:

  • 75 percent of those with new-onset, untreated rheumatoid arthritis
  • 12 percent of those with chronic, treated rheumatoid arthritis
  • 38 percent of people with psoriatic arthritis
  • 21 percent of healthy controls

Increased levels of Prevotella copri was associated with lower levels of several different microbes known to have beneficial health effects. Interestingly, further DNA sequencing revealed unique Prevotella genes that specifically correlated with rheumatoid arthritis.

A Novel Approach to Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis

This isn’t the first time a microorganism has been linked to the development of rheumatoid arthritis. The late Dr. Thomas McPherson Brown18—a board certified rheumatologist—wrote the book The Road Back, published in 1988. The book outlined a novel treatment approach for RA based on Dr. Sabin’s theory that rheumatoid arthritis was caused by a mycoplasma—a type of fungus. Dr. Brown worked with Dr. Albert Sabin at the Rockefeller Institute. As explained by The Road Back Foundation:19

“Brown isolated a bacteria-like agent from the joint fluid of an arthritic woman and speculated that it might be the infectious trigger for her disease. The bug in question, then generically classified as an L-form, was too small to identify precisely, but with the advent of electron microscopy it was shown to be a class of cell-wall-deficient organisms which scientists named mycoplasma, for watery fungus. Mycoplasma is ubiquitous and not at all easy to get rid of, but Brown found that it usually could be controlled by long-term, low-level doses of tetracycline.”

I first became aware of Dr. Brown’s protocol in 1989 when I saw him discussing it on an episode of ABC’s 20/20. Dr. Brown’s pioneering approach represents a far safer, less toxic alternative to many conventional regimens of today. Initially, I rigidly followed Dr. Brown’s work with minimal modifications to his protocol. Since then, my application of Dr. Brown’s protocol has changed rather significantly. I believe I was one of the first physicians to recommend the shift from using tetracycline to using Minocin instead. Most people who use his protocol now use Minocin.

In the 1990s, I also integrated dietary modifications to the protocol, which I believe can accelerate the response rate from about two years down to several months. I cannot emphasize strongly enough the importance of this aspect of the program. Still, the length of therapy can vary widely. In severe cases, it may take up to 30 months for patients to gain sustained improvement. Remission may take three to five years.

The dietary changes are absolutely an essential component of my RA protocol, which you can find in its entirety here. Dr. Brown’s original protocol was notorious for inducing a Herxheimer, or worsening of symptoms, before improvement was noted. This could last two to six months. Implementing my nutrition plan resulted in a lessening of that reaction in most cases.

A third new addition to the protocol is low-dose Naltrexone, which I would encourage anyone with RA to try. It is inexpensive and non-toxic and I have a number of physician reports documenting incredible efficacy in getting people off of all their dangerous arthritis meds.

When I first started using his protocol for patients in the late ’80s, the common retort from other physicians was that there was “no scientific proof” that this treatment worked. Well, that is certainly not true today. A review of the bibliography will provide over 200 references in the peer-reviewed medical literature that support the application of Minocin in the use of rheumatic illnesses. In my experience, of the several thousand patients that I treated with my RA protocol, nearly 80 percent of people do remarkably better with this program. However, approximately five percent continue to worsen and require conventional agents, like methotrexate, to relieve their symptoms.

How to Optimize Your Gut Flora

As you can see, consistently reseeding your gut with healthy bacteria may be crucial for the prevention of virtually all disease, from colds to autoimmune disorders, to psychiatric disturbances and even cancer. In light of this, here are my recommendations for optimizing your gut bacteria.

    • Fermented foods are the best route to optimal digestive health, as long as you eat the traditionally made, unpasteurized versions. Healthy choices include lassi (an Indian yoghurt drink, traditionally enjoyed before dinner), fermented, grass-fed organic milk such as kefir, various pickled fermentations of cabbage, turnips, eggplant, cucumbers, onions, squash, and carrots, and natto (fermented soy). Some of the beneficial bacteria found in fermented foods are also excellent chelators of heavy metals and pesticides, which will also have a beneficial health effect by reducing your toxic load.

Fermented vegetables, which are one of my new passions, are an excellent way to supply beneficial bacteria back into our gut. And, unlike some other fermented foods, they tend to be palatable, if not downright delicious, to most people. As an added bonus, they can also be a great source of vitamin K2 if you ferment your own using the proper starter culture.

Most high-quality probiotic supplements will only supply you with a fraction of the beneficial bacteria found in such homemade fermented veggies, so it’s your most economical route to optimal gut health as well. We recently had samples of high-quality fermented organic vegetables made with our specific starter culture tested, and a typical serving (about two to three ounces) contained not only 10 trillion beneficial bacteria, but it also had 500 mcg of vitamin K2, which we now know is a vital co-nutrient to both vitamin D and calcium.

  • Probiotic supplement. Although I’m not a major proponent of taking many supplements (as I believe the majority of your nutrients need to come from food), probiotics is an exception if you don’t eat fermented foods on a regular basis.

In addition to knowing what to add to your diet and lifestyle, it’s equally important to know what to avoid, and these include:

Antibiotics, unless absolutely necessary (and when you do, make sure to reseed your gut with fermented foods and/or a probiotic supplement)Conventionally-raised meats and other animal products, as CAFO animals are routinely fed low-dose antibiotics, plus genetically engineered grains, which have also been implicated in the destruction of gut floraProcessed foods (as the excessive sugars, along with otherwise “dead” nutrients, feed pathogenic bacteria)
Chlorinated and/or fluoridated waterAntibacterial soapAgricultural chemicals, glyphosate (Roundup) in particular

Source:  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/12/09/microbiota-forgotten-organ.aspx

 

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Oatmeal Porridge Bread

This one is for keeps, a real threat for those who are gluten and wheat intolerant.  It’s a tasty bread that easy to make, preparation time is 5 minutes, it’s tasty and you can vary it by adding herbs, seeds and nuts to the mix.

Oatmeal Porridge Bread or sometimes called Yogurt Brown Bread

This recipe makes two cakes of bread.

  • 1 kg medium oat meal (Kavanagh’s Organic Porridge Oats available from Lidl/Aldi and other stockists)
    2 x 500ml Natural Yogurt
  • 4 x tsps bread soda
    1 x tsp salt (rock or sea)
    2 x eggs
    1 x tsp cooking oil

Optionally add chia seeds, linseeds, nettle or whatever sparks your imagination.
Mix all the dry ingredients together first, then add the wet ingredients.  Mix well in a mixing bowl and then add to two baking trays.

Preheat your oven before cooking at Gas Mark 4 or 180°C for 45-50 minutes.  For best results cook in a gas or solid fueled oven.

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Homemade Toothpaste

With many dangerous compounds such as Sodium Fluoride and irritating surfactants such as Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate, we decided to try a variation on the simple use of Bicarbonate of Soda.  We found initially the the mixture was quite salty but after a few days we got use to it.

Take 1/2 cup of Baking Soda also known as Bicarbonate of Soda or Bread Soda
12 – 15 drops of Peppermint oil
1/2 Teaspoon of Rock/Sea Salt
Moisten with Distilled water