Personally I am not in favor of being diagnosed by someone with the label of an illness.
In our society today, it has become the norm for people to be diagnosed or labelled with the name of an illness. I have found that with many people, this sits like a weight on their shoulders, weighing them down heavily. There are few people that, when diagnosed with a major illness, have the strength of mind, followed by body, to go search out a therapy that can ease their symptoms, sometimes even get rid of their illness altogether.
Many doctors, I could say most doctors, look at the statistics of illnesses and know the usual progression of the disease. This is then placed on the patient's shoulders and installed into their mind. They 'think' there is no solution.
Most doctors do not have the time to research new techniques that are found since their years of studying medicine. They rely majorly on what they learned in medical school and the seminars given by doctors, to update them with medical solutions.
Medical solutions towards disease lean strongly towards drug therapy or surgery.
It is quick and easy for the doctor to write a script and quick and easy for the patient to take the pill. Sometimes this can be a lifesaver for many people and can get them out of a dangerous health crisis. Unfortunately, many drugs have unpleasant side effects.
A Passion for Good Health
It also takes passion for a doctor or a patient to probe and learn to find other methods that can be a good and sometimes better, and have no side effects, than relying on the medicine chest.
A disease diagnosis is a name given to a list of symptoms. There is a list of symptoms for Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes and autism etc.
The symptoms of these diseases overlap. Many illnesses can have brain fog, anxiety, sore throat, palpitations, difficulty breathing. A label accumulates these symptoms. Once a label is applied to an illness, the person is sent to a doctor dealing in that group of symptoms. It takes a brave doctor to look for a solution outside what is being recommended by his colleagues.
Very, very slowly, people - the patients - are starting to look for other answers as they do not like the outcome that has been given to them eg 'you will not improve anymore' or the side effects of the drugs given to them.
One such modality that has now been recognized by The American Academy of Pediatrics is Neurofeedback. It is a form of brain training. Good results have been documented with ADD, ADHD, epilepsy, anxiety and traumatic brain injuries. They recognize it is as effective as medications for ADD/ADHD and rarely has adverse side effects.
Other modalities that treat many symptoms for varying diseases are
Light Therapy, Sound Therapy, Crystal Therapy, Homeopathy and Flower Essence Therapy.
If you look around you will find many people being treated with different modalities by mainstream doctors and by Complementary therapists. Don't be stuck with a label. Free yourself. Lift that weight by trying different therapies. Find the one that is right for you, one that eases your symptoms.
There is always an answer out there.
Go find it!
Do you eat Fructose?
Recently I have been studying the effects of sugar on our system and particularly fructose. All I can say is that the answer to the two questions above - Is sugar killing us? and Do you eat fructose? the answer is YES.
It is very difficult in our society to buy any foods that do not have sucrose, sugar, fructose or high fructose corn syrup in them.
The following video is by Professor Lustig. Here he explains in this rather lengthy video WHY WE GET FAT and also WHY WE BECOME ILL.
It is really scary stuff. I think, by the end of it you will realise that we should stay away from sugar and especially fructose. Fructose is the sugary part of fruit so you have to be wary of fruit too.
Even if you don't have the time to watch all the video, you will get lots of information to make you stop and think what you are putting in your body. As the old saying goes - 'We are what we eat'.
Words are Very Important
Words can make or break our day. They can make us feel happy, sad, rejected or proud.
Words can bring hope, words can cause failure. Words can make you show the other person that you can do it and you are not a failure, or they can last with you for 80 years believing that you are no good because you were told so when you were a child.
Words can build you up with promises. In years gone by, words and a handshake were the same as your signature on a document today. Today we bandy words about, often for our own benefit. Empty promises hurt the receiver of the promise and take away the credibility of the person making the promise. People begin to see them in a different light when promises are broken again and again.
Politicians are great users of words for their own or their party's ends. They are also often great breakers of promises. Teachers are influential users of words, teaching children how to use them. The media has a great influence on the words used in our society. Parents are our first teacher of words either giving a child self esteem or robbing them of it with their words.
Doctors, nurses, naturopaths and therapists can bring hope, encouragement, and a belief in yourself. They can also take away hope, withhold encouragement and believe in their power instead of yours.
Think about your words and the powerful effect they have on others.
Louise Hay has made affirmations popular. Affirmations are a group of words you use to tell yourself repeatedly that you can achieve and change your way of thinking. Affirmations have great power.
I am careful about the words I use when talking to others.
I have positive thoughts and use positive words.
I always use positive words to make myself and others feel good.
Have a great day!
Our emotions affect our health, so if we can be happy, this can help to keep us healthy.
The small Asian country of Bhutan, situated between India and China, has taken on the idea of happiness and wants its people to be happy. To this end, they have studied happiness with the help of scholars from the West.
They have found that when we are materially and spiritually developed then we are at our happiest. They have named four things as being of great importance - sustainable development, cultural values, conservation of the natural environment and good governance.
These areas have been broken down into eight areas.
Physical, mental and spiritual health
Social and community vitality
Keep a Diary
Happiness can be measured by keeping a diary. This only needs to be short. When writing your diary some or all of the above may be addressed. Take note of your economic state, your environment, your spiritual, physical and mental health, your working and social life. By recapping each day, you can become aware of any imbalances and try to do something about it before it gets out of hand.
I sometimes think of the British and Irish men and women who came to Australia over 200 years ago. The settlers who took up land in the far flung areas of this vast country had noboby to talk to. Some kept a diary and spilled their thoughts into it. What a treasure for the ones who could write. This helped them keep track of what went on in their life.
Having enjoyment in our life brings the sunshine into our heart and soul. Try to include some of it in your everyday life. Bitterness and unhappiness in our life only brings illness with it.
In the words of the famous song
Don't worry, Be happy!
Fuel sources will need to change for factories too
Wikipedia states that there are only about 50 years of crude oil reserves left. Mmmmm. I wonder what we are going to do after that?
The lack of oil won't affect me, but will affect my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. I wonder what source of fuel they will be using for transport? Will there still be cars? Will horses become popular again?
Many sources of fuel and different types of engines for cars have been designed in the last 80 years or so and each has been shut down because the motor industry was geared to the petrol engine. Factories were designed for the path they are still on.
How many years has it taken to get any electric cars on the road? In Australia, I still do not know of any public place where you can charge your car. I believe there are some in parts of US. In China millions of motorbikes/scooters are electric. However the millions of cars still spew forth petrol fumes.
Are we in the western civilisation going to do anything serious about providing alternative fuels for our transport? We are thought to be the ones leading the world in new technologies.
Our cars and trucks are not the only thing that will be affected when the sources of crude oil run out. I have been writing in some of my recent articles about synthetic clothing. Polyester, nylon, acrylic, viscose, acetate and many other synthetic materials are all byptoducts of the fuel industry. These will no longer be made. At least that will be a benefit. People may have to wear natural fibres again.
Lipstick, baby oil, synthetic rubber, plastics and resins and many other products we use each day are also going to be a thing of the past. Well, the old stock will still be there, the things we are using today because they will never break down in the environment. Our plastic utensils in the kitchen will be around for a long time, but new ones will not be made once crude oil runs out. And we will only have to wait for a few million years for some more crude oil to develop.
The lack of crude oil will not only affect the people who own cars. It will affect the pharmaceutical industry and the agricultural industry as well as the transport industry. As the supply becomes more scarce, the countries who do not have their own reserves of oil or gas will have to pay very high prices to those who control the reserves.
Start Thinking Renewable
So start thinking RENEWABLE now. Each of us can do it in our own way. Whether it is growing a pot of herbs on the windowsill, growing your own sprouts, growing your own vegetables, walking instead of driving when possible or taking public transport instead of the car when possible. Try to reuse or recycle things before you throw them out. Make new from old.
Talking Can Help Too
Talking about these problems is also a way to help. Educate yourself and help others become more aware that in the future there will be drastic changes for our descendants unless we become more responsible with the things we use now. Let your voice be heard to help find new and natural ways to fuel our cars or grow our food. We don't want to go down in history as the wasteful, greedy people in the 20th and 21st centuries.
When you find people trying to preserve our environment, support them and their business. It is the only way we can gain a sustainable future.
Our children are the future of the world. Train them to renew, recycle and reuse so that they can become responsible citizens of tomorrow. Tomorrow is never far off!
Renewable Fuel for Cars
Painting by Therese Vahland
Magnesium for Major Illnesses
Well, the wonderful mineral, Magnesium makes for very popular posts each time I write about it. I encourage you to add it as a supplement as we need lots of it and we don't get much in our diet these days.
A few years ago I was in the Emergency ward with arrhythmia - my heart was not beating right, skipping beats etc. Now the nurses were pretty concerned. My main problem was I couldn't breathe properly. You know what they gave me? An intravenous dose of magnesium. Magnesium is needed by the heart. The heart is a muscle. It expands and contracts as it beats away every secong of the day and night all our lives. Magnesium helps the muscles relax. We need it in our bones to help make them strong. We need it in our muscles all over the body.
Magnesium and MS
People with MS seem to suffer from problems with their muscles - twitching, jerking, muscle stiffness and spasms. Personally, I would prefer to take Magnesium supplements to relax my muscles than the drugs given to these people. If you are on medication for this, do not stop medically prescribed drugs. But there is no one stopping you from adding a magnesium supplement to your daily intake.
The general recommendation for magnesium supplement is 400mg daily. if you are addressing a more severe problem, you would need more than this.
One doctor who made a 30 year career studying magnesium recommends 8mg magnesium per kg of your body weight. For a person who weighs 50 kilograms (110 lbs), this is 400mg. An 80 kg person (176lbs) would need 640mg.
One other thing - this dose is not calculated on the total magnesium in the supplement. Much of the magnesium in the supplements is unavailable to our body. Manufacturers often use the cheaper grades of the mineral to bulk out the tablet. Look for the word 'equivalent'. Add up the 'equivalent' magnesium and reach the appropriate dose from this. Otherwise you still won't get enough of this wonderful mineral.
What sort of fuel will cars of the future use? Will it be better for our health? Will it be sustainable?
One of our sons is doing a Masters degree in Sustainable Energy where he is
looking at ways we can make energy that is renewable so that we will not run out
of supplies. People have come from all over the world to do this course.
These energy supplies can come from the sun, the wind or waves. Oil can also be extracted from a special variety of algae - the green stuff that grows in water. Other forms of fuel can be made out of crops eg corn. These sort of fuels are called
He is looking for your help in filling out a simple survey to find out what people know about these fuels and what sort of fuel you use in your car now. It only takes a minute and he would be very grateful. By filling this out NOW you will have helped towards better fuels for the future. Only people from Australia please. Many thanks.
Diminishing Oil Reserves
Oil reserves on our planet have taken millions of years to build up. In the last 100 years we have been guzzling these reserves for our very thirsty motor cars.
We have been warned by scientists over recent years that the oil reserves are getting lower. Imagine that. What has taken millions of years to get there can do a big disappearing act in just 100 years.
Energy for the Future
What sort of fuel will our grandchildren and great grandchildren be using in the 100 years time if there is no oil left for them? Are we being greedy?
Some engineers have been seriously thinking about this problen and trying to do something about it.
Fuel with less Chemicals
We now have electric cars coming onto the market but there are not many of them and electricity has to be made somewhere. Also the batteries that they use to store the energy will have to be disposed of very carefully or they will become another health hazzard for future generations.
Other clever people are trying to make fuel out of plant products and algae. They are succeeding though these things take time to make the fuels in large quantities and arrange for them to be readily available at fuel stations.
We need a fuel supply that is less reliant on chemicals and better for our health.
Please use this No Smoking sign
Smoking around Hospitals
Recently I went to visit at the hospital. Right outside the Respiratory unit (admittedly on the street but the Unit was just inside the doors) stood a man smoking.
On other occasions I have visited the hospital and had to walk past people standing smoking or worse still, through a group of people who were smoking.
Some of these people were patients and others hospital workers.
Now there is one thing that makes me cough and wheeze and that is smoke.
Why should I be subjected to this outside a hospital?
I am calling for smoke free zones not only in hospitals but within a certain distance around hospitals or the doors of hospitals.
I am also calling for enforcement of this.
'We tried' is just not good enough!
Please use this sign
My proposal is that some people will take this sign, have it made up and erected around all doorways in public places including hospitals and schools. People tend to obey signs. Will they obey this sign?
Please let me know if you have any success with this.
Power lines are dangerous to be near. They emit EMR
Electro Magnetic Radiation is not a good things to be around.
Recently I talked about not being able to see things but this does not make them not exist. I mentioned the wind that we cannot see yet we know it exists.
We cannot see electricity yet we know it exists. We cannot see electro magnetic radiation yet we know it exists.
Electro magnetic radiation or EMR for short is emitted from many electrical things for example
electricity meter box in your house
transformer boxes in electrical equipment eg in the power cord of your laptop
and the list goes on
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
If you have CFS, ME, CFIDS or any related illness, be extra careful around electrical equipment. Your body is sensitive and can be further exhausted by the radiation of everyday electrical equipment.
For Your Safety
Stay away from these things as much as possible. The further you are from them the more their energy dissipates.
When your microwave is going, EMR is emitted from it to a range of about one metre.
I have used a special meter to check all the electrical equipment in our house.
You can read more about it in my book Allergies and Chronic Fatigue A Natural Approach.
Living near power lines is not good for you. I hope for your sake that you do not live near lines like you see in the picture.
Child Care Centres
When choosing a Child Care Centre for your child, do not choose one directly beneath large powerlines. I have seen these centres built there. Do you really want your delicate little child being subjected to radiation for 8 or 10 hours a day? Would you like to be subjected to radiation for this time each day?
Teens and women who smoke SMELL
I have always had trouble with smokers. The smoke from their cigarettes is the one thing that can still make me cough and wheeze. Any slight whiff of smoke in a restaurant or walking past people in the street is bad for me.
Television Ads about Smoking
I watch the advertisements for cigarettes on the television and cringe at the thought that some young people may think its 'sexy' or 'with it' or want to 'be in the crowd'.
I watch the adds against smoking and wonder if they will help the people who really need the help or are they just a panacaea for those who can then say 'We are trying to stop then but they just won't listen.'
Can You Smell it Too?
When I walk in a shopping centre I can often tell when walking past someone if they are a smoker. THEY SMELL
I need have no other indication that they are smokers, they mean nothing to me other than they are another human being. I do not even look at them as I pass. Yet I can tell that they are a cigarette smoker. My sense of smell tells me this and I am revolted.
Can We Stop Teenagers from taking up Smoking?
Teenage girls are one of the major groups that are taking up smoking.
How do we stop them?
Are they going to listen when we tell them that in 30 years or so they might get lung cancer?
That in 30 years or so they will cough like old men with a bad chest infection?
That in 30 years or so their pretty young voice will have turned deep and gravelly like an old man's?
They are not interested in 30 years or so. They are interested in NOW?
Teenage girls and young women want to smell pretty. Look at the money the perfume industry makes. Who wears their perfume? Women.
Tell these teenage girls, young women and older women who smoke that they SMELL from the cigarette smoke.
That is in the here and now.
They might just listen.
I am a trained Natural Therapist, Teacher, published Author and Artist who lives on the south eastern coast of Australia.
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