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The Greek Blue Zone
This Island is located in the North East Aegean Sea between Samos and Mykonos. Take a 55 minute flight from Athens or a 7 hour ferry boat ride. The coastline spans 160 km and the island covers 660 sq km. It is almost entirely covered by the mountain Atherus with its highest peak being Melissa (1040 metres). The island has the form of an overturned ship. Ikaria is one of “the more green and rich in water” islands of the Archipelago. Geologically Ikaria is exclusively comprised of crystalloid schist metamorphic rocks.
According to tradition it derives its name from Icarus, son of Daedalus in Greek Mythology who was believed to have fallen into the sea nearby while learning to fly with his feather and wax wings.
I found the “Hellenic Air Force Academy” Logo with its official badge in the centre featuring Icarus. Founded in 1919 as the Military Academy of Aviation and renamed in 1967 as the “Icarus School of Aviation”.
There is a story about a centenarian from Ikaria that I enjoyed. After W.W.2 Stamatis Moraitis immigrated to the U.S.A. along with a quarter million or so Greeks. His home island had suffered greatly during the war with both the Italian and then the German occupation.
Stamatis got work around New York painting houses and schools. Higher pay took him to Ohio then Florida where he once painted Rose Kennedy’s house. Along the way he married Elpiniki and they had 3 children, bought a 3 bedroom house and a 1951 Chevy.
One day in his early 60s Stamatis felt short of breath. His health and energy was deteriorating. X-rays showed that Stamatis had lung cancer, perhaps from years of inhaling paint fumes and/or his 3 pack a day smoking habit! He was given 6 to 9 months to live. Stamatis could seek aggressive cancer treatment at the local hospital, or, it occurred to him he could return home to Ikaria where he could be buried with his parents in a sloping cemetery shaded by Oak trees overlooking a cobalt blue Aegean sea. And the funeral would be a lot cheaper than in the U.S.A! He decided to die among his countrymen and ancestors.
Stamatis and Elpinki moved in with Stamatis’s elderly parents in a tiny whitewashed house on 2 acres of rolling vineyards outside the town of Agios Kirikos. At first he spent his days in bed, as his mother and wife attended to him. Sensing the end was near he decided to reconnect with his religion.On Sunday mornings he forced himself out of the house and hobbled up the hill to a tiny Greek Orthodox chapel where his grandfather once served as a priest. When his childhood friends discovered he had moved back, they started visiting him regularly. They would talk for hours and bring him the locally produced wine, which he sipped all day long thinking he might as well die happy!
In the ensuing months something strange happened. He started to feel stronger. He got out of bed in the afternoon and shuffled around the gardens and vineyards behind the house. One day, feeling ambitious, he planted some potatoes, green onions, garlic and carrots. He enjoyed feeling the sunshine, breathing the clean ocean air, and getting his hands dirty with the soil of his birth.
Six months came and went. Stamatis didn’t die. Instead he harvested that garden and, feeling emboldened, cleaned up the family vineyard as well. Easing himself into the island routine he woke up late, worked in the vineyards until mid-afternoon, made himself lunch, and then took a long nap. In the evenings,he either drank wine with his friends at home or walked to the local tavern where he stayed up past midnight playing dominoes. The years passed. His health continued to improve. He added a couple of rooms to to his parents homestead so his children could visit. He built up the vineyard, producing 400 gallons of wine a year. Today, 35 years later, he is 100 years old and cancer free. He never went through chemotherapy, took drugs, or sought therapy of any sort. All he did was move to Ikaria.
Before the time of Christ, the island was home to thick oak forests and good vineyards. According to Homer’s legend, Odysseus got a one eyed Cyclops drunk on Ikaria’s “Pramnian wine,” which has been produced here since around the sixth century B.C. (The village of Kambos claims to be the birthplace of viticulture.) The island was actually considered a health destination for the Greeks and Romans who came here to soak in the hot mineral springs near Therma (you still can).
Another interesting fact about Ikaria is that after W.W.2 and immediately following the Greek civil war, the Greek government exiled some 13,000 communists to the island however in 2011 the recorded population was 8,423.
According to Dan Buettner, Author of ‘The Blue Zones” we have arguably the most amazing nexus of longevity factors in the world in Ikaria: an island of people who make it to a vital, sharp-witted old age at extraordinarily high rates, die quickly, often in their sleep, and… occasionally… after sex.
These are common practices in Ikaria:
- Drink some goat’s milk
Adding some goats milk to your diet could provide a great source of calcium, potassium and the stress relieving hormone tryptophan. Goat milk is very similar human milk and provides oligosaccharides, which promote healthy intestinal flora. It is also hypoallergenic and can usually be tolerated by people who are lactose intolerant.
- Mimic mountain living
The longest lived Ikarians tended to be poor people living in the islands highlands. They exercised mindlessly, by just gardening, walking to their neighbors house, or doing their own yard work. The lesson to us: engineer more mindless movement into our lives by living in neighborhoods with sidewalks, owning a bike that works, and planting a garden each spring.
- Eat a Mediterranean style diet
Ikarians eat a variation of the Mediterranean diet with lots of fruit and vegetables, whole grains, sour dough bread, beans, potatoes, and olive oil, which contains cholesterol-lowering mono unsaturated fats. Two other lessons: look for the freshest oil, as time can diminish its antioxidant power, and never cook with so much heat that the oil smokes. High heat breaks down healthy fats making them much less healthy.
- Stock up on herbal
People in Ikaria enjoy drinking herbal teas with family and friends, and scientists have found that they pack an antioxidant punch. Wild rosemary, sage, and oregano teas also act as a diuretic, which can keep blood pressure in check by ridding the body of excess sodium and water. The key is to drink herbal teas every day and rotate varieties.
Islanders use Ikarian honey-dark, thick, and rich-as a medicine to treat everything from colds and insomnia to healing wounds. Besides stirring it into coffee or tea, many older folks also take it neat, by the spoonful, first thing in the morning and again at night before dinner.
Take a cue from Ikarians and take a mid afternoon break. People who nap regularly have up to 35% lower chances of dying from heart disease. It may be because napping lowers stress hormones or rests the heart. Or it may be because nappers tend to live healthier lives. Regular naps are the kind that take place at least 3x a week for about 30 minutes.
- Fast occasionally
Ikarians have traditionally been fierce Greek Orthodox Christians. Their religious calendar called for fasting almost half of the year. Caloric restriction…a type of fasting that cuts about 30% of calories out of the normal diet… is the only proven way to slow the aging process in mammals. Regularly and moderately reducing calories, either as part of a diet or as part of a religious practice, may yield some of the same longevity benefits Ikarians enjoy.
- Make family and friends a priority
Ikarians foster social connections, which have been shown benefit overall health and longevity. In fact, researchers who analyzed 148 different studies found that people who weren’t connected to their communities had a 50% chance greater chance of dying during the follow-up period of seven and a half years (on average) than those who had strong social networks. So get out there and make some plans.
The Sardinian Blue Zone
Location: Island located 120 miles west of mainland Italy
Sardinia population: 1.6 million people.
Twenty years ago, at an international Longevity conference in France, Dr Gianni Pes presented an astonishing paper. For the previous 5 years he had traced the history of 1,000 Sardinian centenarians and examined 200 of them. They were mainly living in the mountainous Barbagia region in the district of Ogliastra.
An Anthropologist named Dr Paolo Francalacci, who also specializes in analyzing mitochondrial DNA to identify the origins of people (dead or alive), was able to trace these Sardinians origins back roughly 14,000 years. At that time the world was warming after an ice age. As the snows retreated, a small band of genetically related people in Iberia began a journey out of the Pyrenees Mountains to the Mediterranean sea. They followed the coast eastward, through what is now known as the French Riviera and Tuscany, and across the sea to Corsica, where they stayed briefly. Finally they settled in Sardinia’s coastal foothills.
“Eighteen thousand years ago, during the period called the Glacial Maximum, humans could survive in Europe only in two refuges, one in Iberia and one in the Balkans” he said. With the retreating of the Glaciers and warming of the climate, people started to repopulate Europe. They moved westward from the Balkans and eastward from the Iberian Peninsula. Sardinia was populated almost exclusively by the Iberian wave—people with the M26 lineage of Y chromosome.
Dr Michael Poulain, a Belgian demographer, was also in attendance at the Longevity conference. He had dedicated much of his past 15 years to studying pockets of long-lived peoples around the world.
In January 2000 he travelled to the village of Arzana in Sardinia to check it out. Subsequently he made 10 more visits to check records and interview centenarians. He visited 40 municipalities to establish something called “The Extreme Longevity Index”
(ELI) As he zeroed in on municipalities that had the greatest numbers of long-lived people, he circled the area on a map with blue ink! – giving rise to the term “Blue Zone” which was later adopted by demographers.
RECORD SETTER: Born on February 21st, 1875. Jean Calment lived for a record setting 122 years and 164 days. Calment, a French woman, stayed mentally and physically active for most of her life. She attributed her longevity to port wine, olive oil and a sense of humor.
Sardinia’s Blue Zone Lessons
To live like a Sardinian centenarian, try the following practices:
- Eat a lean, plant-based diet accented with meat. The classic Sardinian diet consists of whole-grain bread, beans, garden vegetables, fruits, and in some parts of the island, mastic oil. Sardinians also traditionally eat pecorino cheese made from grass-fed sheep, whose cheese is high in omega-3 fatty acids. Meat is largely reserved for Sundays and special occasions.
- Put family first. Sardinia’s strong family values help assure that every member of the family is cared for. People who live in strong, healthy families suffer lower rates of depression, suicide, and stress.
- Drink goat’s milk. A glass of goat’s milk contains components that might help protect against inflammatory diseases of aging such as heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Celebrate elders. Grandparents can provide love, childcare, financial help, wisdom, and expectations/motivation to perpetuate traditions and push children to succeed in their lives. This may all add up to healthier, better adjusted, and longer-lived children. It may give the overall population a life expectancy bump.
- Take a walk. Walking 5 miles a day or more as Sardinian shepherds do provides all the cardiovascular benefits you might expect, and also has a positive effect on muscle and bone metabolism with out the joint-pounding of running marathons or triathlons.
- Drink a glass or two of red wine daily. Cannonau wine has two or three times the level of artery scrubbing Flavonoids as other wines. Moderate wine consumption may help explain the lower levels of stress among men and women in Sardinia.
- Laugh with friends. Men in this Blue Zone are famous for their sardonic sense of humor. They gather in the street each afternoon to laugh with and at each other. Laughter reduces stress, which can lower one’s risk of cardiovascular disease.
A typical day in the life of a Blue Zone Sardinian Family
For most of the past century members of the Melis family have started each day with an egg fried in lard, a piece of sourdough bread to soak up the yolk, a glass of goats milk, and 2 cups of coffee. Then the men strike off over the rocky thistle-clumped terrain surrounding their village Perdasdefogu, to pasture their sheep, while the women stay behind to mind the children, tend the garden, wash the clothes in the river, mill grain, and bake bread.
At noon, lunch centers on a bowl of savory bean and vegetable minestrone soup garnished with a dollop of lard and a piece of bread washed down with a glass of deep-red Cannonau wine. An early dinner begins with leftover soup, segueing to seasonal garden vegetables, more bread, hard pecorino, and, occasionally, a small piece of larded pork, again accompanied by the wine. This diet has worked for the nine brothers and sisters of the Melis family. They hold the Guinness world record for the highest combined age of any nine siblings: a total of 828 years. In August 2013, the eldest sister, Consolata, turned 106.
The Blue Zone in Okinawa
Sunshine, Spirituality, and Sweet Potatoes
Okinawa is a sort of Japanese Hawaii, an exotic laid back group of islands with warm weather, palm trees, and sugar-sand beaches. For almost a thousand years this Pacific archipelago has maintained a reputation for nurturing extreme longevity.
Okinawans over the age of 65 enjoy the world’s highest life expectancy. Men are expected to live to about 84 while women are expected to live to 90. People here also have one of the highest centenarian ratios.
Dan Buettner along with his team of longevity experts interviewed and studied many of the centenarians to find out their Healthy Living Secrets.
He describes one of the spry centenarians in her 104th year with the flexibility of a yogi and the frenetic energy of a Chihuahua! Her “longevity supplements” were growing right outside in her kitchen garden. Okinawan sweet potatoes, soybeans, mugwort, tumeric, and goya (bitter melon). She said sweet potatoes grew best and she used fish meal as a fertilizer. She worked about 4 hours a day in her garden and loved the solitude.
Her daily rituals were on awakening to [The complete Story] make an offering at the ancestor shrine in her living room, lighting incense on a small alter cluttered with old photographs and relics from her forebears. Then in the cool hours of the day she worked in her garden.
After lunch she read comic books or watched a baseball game on TV and napped. Neighbors stopped by every afternoon, and a couple of days a week her moai- four women life long friends, stopped by for mugwort tea and conversation.
(Mugwort Tea is highly recommended for people suffering from….insomnia, anxiety, painful menstruation, digestive issues, obesity, weak immunity, diabetes, depression, inflammation, colds, coughs, flu, respiratory infections, and kidney problems.) CAUTIONS avoid if you are pregnant or have pollen allergies.
A simple meal she often made herself consisted of homemade miso mixed into a saucepan of water to which she added fresh carrots, radishes, shiitake mushrooms, and tofu, and let it heat. She then spiced the soup with marinated garlic and herbs…”Longevity medicines”. She poured her warmed soup into a bowl, gazed at it for a few seconds and murmured “Hara hachi bu” This Confucian adage, intoned like a prayer before each meal, reminded her to stop eating when she was 80% full.
Okinawa’s Longevity Lessons
Among the centenarians in Okinawa’s Blue Zone, these practices are common.
Embrace an ikigai
Older Okinawans can readily articulate the reason they get up in the morning. Their purpose-imbued lives give them clear roles of responsibility and feelings of being needed well into their 100s.
Rely on a plant-based diet
Older Okinawans have eaten a plant based diet most of their lives. Their meals of stir fried vegetables, sweet potatoes, and Tofu, are high in nutrients and low in calories. Goya, with its antioxidants and compounds that lower blood sugar, is of particular interest. While centenarian Okinawans do eat some pork, it is traditionally reserved only for infrequent ceremonial occasions and only taken in small amounts.
Almost all Okinawan centenarians grow or once grew a garden. It’s a source of daily physical activity that exercises the body with a wide range of motion and helps reduce stress. It’s also a near constant source of fresh vegetables.
Eat more soy
The Okinawan diet is rich in foods made with soy, like tofu and miso soup. Flavonoids in tofu may help protect the hearts and guard against breast cancer. Fermented soy foods contribute to a healthy intestinal ecology and offer even better nutritional benefits.
Maintain a Moai
The Okinawan tradition of forming a moai provides secure social networks. These safety nets lend financial and emotional support in times of need and give all of their members the stress shedding security of knowing that there is always someone there for them.
Enjoy the sunshine
Vitamin D, produced by the body when it is exposed on a regular basis to the sunlight, promotes stronger bones and healthier bodies. Spending time outside each day allows even senior Okinawans to have optimal levels of vitamin D all year round.
Older Okinawans are active walkers and gardeners. The Okinawan household has very little furniture; residents take meals and relax sitting on tatami mats on the floor. The fact that older people get up and down off the floor several dozen times daily builds lower body strength and balance, which helps protect against dangerous falls.
Plant a medicinal garden
Mugwort, ginger, and tumeric are all staples of an Okinawan garden, and all have proven medicinal properties. By consuming these every day, Okinawans may be protecting themselves against illness.
Have an attitude
A hardship-tempered attitude has endowed Okinawans with an affable smugness. They’re able to let their difficult early years remain in the past while enjoying today’s simple pleasures. They’ve learned to be likable and to keep younger people in their company well into their old age.
Recommended reading: THE BLUE ZONES by Dan Buettner; Second edition. 9 LESSONS FOR LIVING LONGER from the people who have lived the longest.
Costa Rica – Home to 1 of the 5 “Blue Zones”
The definition of “Blue Zone” is …A Demographic region of the world where people commonly live active lives past the age of 100 years. These areas are Okinawa in Japan, Sardinia in Italy, Nicoya peninsular Guanacaste in Costa Rica, Ikaria in Greece and the 7th Day Adventist population in Loma Linda California.
Click here to take the test on Bluezones and check out your potential life expectancy. Mine came up with 98.2 years!
In December 2018 I had the pleasure of visiting Costa Rica as my youngest son and his fiancé had chosen a resort on Matopalo beach in Guanacaste for their wedding. We had a gathering of the clans from New Zealand and Toronto plus friends from NZ, Australia, Canada and U.S.A.
I flew from Kapiti to Auckland where I was joined by my Brother and sister in law. From Auckland we took the 15 hour night flight to Houston in Texas USA. We treated ourselves to sky couches and made sure we had the essential Nasal saline spray each to protect our noses from the dry cabin air. “Fess” for frequent flyers. We were pleased to have a 3 day stopover in Houston where my Godson lives. He and his Partner and Mother were wonderful hosts and we particularly enjoyed a day visit to NASA where there is a wonderful display of the history of U.S.A. Space Explorations so far.
My Godson also knew about my passion for sourdough bread and surprised me with his very own freshly baked loaf of sourdough spelt and seeds. Delicious!
Then we set off for another 4 hour flight from Houston Airport to Liberia Airport in Costa Rica. Then an hours drive down to the Resort at Matopalo Beach on the Nicoya Gulf where a wonderful 8 days of family celebrations was enjoyed by all. We were also pleasantly surrounded with beautiful Costa Rican wild life such as Howler monkeys in the trees, flocks of Pelicans at the seashore, Iguanas on the walkways and around the pools, baby turtles on the beach, Toucans, Doves, Yiguiro or clay coloured Robins, and white herons in the air. Palm trees and beautiful tropical flowers. We enjoyed beautiful sunny days of 30 degrees celcius, and balmy evenings around 23 degrees. I also enjoyed attending the daily yoga classes each morning at the resort and swimming every day in the pools and at the beach.
Costa Rica is an Independent Nation situated between Nicaragua and Panama and bordering both the North Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. In 1948 Costa Rica dissolved its Armed Forces and focuses instead on the health and well being of the people. Although it still maintains a large agricultural sector, Costa Rica has expanded its economy to include strong technology and Tourism industries. Exports of Bananas, Coffee, Sugar, and Beef are the backbone of Costa Rica’s commodity exports.
The standard of living is relatively high and land ownership is wide spread. The population is approximately 5 million as in July 2018 (NZ 4.5 million). Interesting to note that Costa Rica has taken in 10 thousand Venezualan refugees.
The Government type is Presidential Republic. The current chief of state and head of Government is President Carlos Alvarado Quesada.
The Capital city is San Jose. Interesting to note that Costa Rica has 161 airports, 47 of which are paved!
The National bird is the Yiguirro or clay coloured Robin. The National tree is the Guanacaste tree and the national flower is the Guaria Morada and is one of the 1400 species of orchids found throughout the country. The national animal is the white tailed deer (Bambi) and the national music is Calypso.
The national dish is “Gallo Pinto” (speckled hen) but consists of rice and beans with onion and garlic,red pepper and cilantro and “Salsa Lizano” served with fried eggs and warm corn tortillas and Costa Rican coffee.
Coasta Rica’s Longevity Secrets
Have a plan de vida. Successful centenarians have a strong sense of purpose. They feel needed and want to contribute to a greater good.
Drink hard water. Nicoyan water has the country’s highest calcium content, perhaps explaining the lower rates of heart disease, as well as stronger bones and fewer hip fractures. Or supplement with Yogurt, milk and cheese, or sardines, kale and broccoli.
Keep a focus on family. Nicoyan centenarians tend to live with their families, and children or grandchildren provide support and sense of purpose and belonging.
Eat a light dinner. Eating fewer calories appears to be one of the surest ways to add years to your life. Nicoyans eat a light dinner early in the evening.
Maintain social networks. Nicoyan centenarians get frequent visits from neighbours. They know how to listen, laugh, and appreciate what they have.
Keep hard at work. Centenarians seem to have enjoyed physical work all of their lives. They find joy in everyday chores.
Get some sensible sun. Nicoyans regularly take in the sunshine, which helps their bodies produce Vitamin D for strong bones and healthy body function. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with a host of problems, such as osteoporosis and heart disease, but regular “smart” sun exposure (about 15 minutes on the legs and arms) can help supplement your diet and make sure you’re getting enough of this vital nutrient.
Embrace a common history. Modern Nicoyans’ roots to the indigenous Chorotega and their traditions have enabled them to remain relatively free of stress. Their traditional diet of fortified maize and beans may be the best nutritional combination for longevity that the world has ever known.
More Blue Zone stories to come next month…
Books to read: “The Blue Zones” 2nd edition by Dan Buettner
Be accountable! Have regular visits with a Naturopath. Call me on (04) 589 0833.
Humanity is Under Threat
Last Sunday I attended a seminar on Obesity. So here is the overview:
The most recent data indicates that 66% of Australians and New Zealanders are over-weight or obese. Despite some 40% of the population ‘trying’ to lose weight, obesity continues to increase, and research suggests that more people are now dying from obesity related causes than from smoking.
This latest threat to humanity’s survival is a research priority and much is being discovered.
If you consider your self one of the 66% above, a loss of just 5% or more of body weight can bring many health benefits including a reduced risk of developing type-2 Diabetes, reduction of cardiovascular risk factors (including an improved blood lipid profile and blood pressure), less osteoarthritic pain, amelioration of obstructive sleep apnoea, and an overall improvement in your quality of life. While not necessarily an easy journey, one of the best things you can do is visit a health care Practitioner (Naturopath) for guidance and ongoing support until you reach your goal weight.
Obese people also have a 55% increased risk of developing depression, whereas those with depression are 58% more likely to be obese. A common driver to both conditions is inflammation, important to assess and a reminder that obesity has multiple factors that Health Practitioners can assist with for improved clinical outcomes.
Set Point Theory
A highly significant finding is that body weight is under unconscious physiological control, in much the same way as the body maintains homeostasis of blood pressure, blood glucose, temperature and PH. Mechanisms in the brain register a ‘weight’ (actually a weight range) which becomes the individuals metabolic SET POINT. This is then maintained or ‘defended’ against perturbation.
So despite variations in food intake, activity and other factors, a person’s weight will ordinarily be maintained within this relatively narrow range. Though a persons weight may rise above or drop below the set point for various reasons, it will recalibrate to that range again remarkably rapidly. Clinically this results in patients who find it difficult to put weight on-as well as those who struggle to keep lost weight off.
Determination of the body weight set point is a complex process involving hormones such as leptin, insulin, ghrelin and other signaling factors. These combine to affect hunger and appetite (including the perception of food as a reward); energy expenditure(both resting metabolism and activity); as well as fat mass and its rate of accumulation. Adequate sleep and exercise are also important in regulating the set point.
Collectively these findings demonstrate that while a sustained positive energy balance (energy intake greater than energy expenditure) assuredly does contribute to obesity; there is growing evidence that an important additional factor is disordered energy homeostasis, and a set point that is too high. So how does this occur?
It’s a matter of… SURVIVAL
Primitive, evolving humans – whether paddling across the Pacific Ocean, going walkabout across Australia or surviving winter in the rocky mountains, had one major nutritional requirement – FAT. Fat is stored energy, fat is survival. Humans are genetically programmed to conserve fat at any and every opportunity. Consuming naturally sweet foods, when they were available, was a way our primitive ancestors obtained their carbohydrate sources (fruits, roots and tubers, honey) – providing instant energy short term, and with any excess energy stored as fat.
The best survival food provides both short and long-acting energy: namely, carbohydrates and fat, Modern society presents an over abundance of these, often as the hyper palatable sweet fatty foods so common in fast food outlets or as packaged supermarket items.
Eternally concerned with survival, the brain raises the set point when fed these foods to maximize consumption. Whilst food choices made by each individual are still of significance; research shows that obese people may be more susceptible to making poor food choices due to over-stimulation of the dopaminergic reward centres in the brain; leading to over-consumption of calorie dense foods.
Fortunately, reversing the process, i.e. lowering the the set point to cause the body to automatically lose weight- is possible and doesn’t only involve a restrictive diet. While that may initially support weight loss, a more holistic approach is to incorporate a naturally satiating ‘hypopalatable’ approach (which actually equates to a wholefood, nutrient rich,low-energy-density diet), along with personalised behavioral change education and support-proven to help people achieve their desired weight goal.
Reduce Carbohydrates or Fat, Maintain Protein
Recent research has shown that isocaloric diets controlling for either fat or carbohydrates can result in equivalent weight losses. It has been found that reducing either carbohydrates or fat will down regulate the set point to enable weight loss; as will maintaining a sufficient protein intake (approximately 30% of the diet). Adequate protein is important during weight loss as it produces greater satiety, increases thermogenesis and helps maintain muscle mass. Useful sources of supplementary protein include whey, soy, pea, and collagen.
The 6 Principles of the SET POINT
- Low to moderate diet palatability
- Adequate protein
- Fat OR carbohydrate restriction
- Diet breaks
- Adequate sleep
- Physical activity
BE ACCOUNTABLE! Have regular visits with a Naturopath – Call Jill Newman on 04 589 0833.
Mindset Is Your Thermostat
Over the last 4 weeks I have been participating in an “Alive to Thrive” course on Zoom.
We have been listening to a very motivating woman called Mary Morrissey. We have been talking about The Power of Desire and our willingness to do things differently. We have been tuning in to our “other self” God or Spirit or Chi or Atman. Emerson talks about… the Great Whole of which everyone is a part of, is the “Over soul”.
When “it” breathes through our Intellect it is Genius.
When ‘it” breathes through our Will it is Virtue.
When “it” breathes through our affections it is True Love.
Nothing can happen for us, unless it happens through us. Everything is created twice.
“First in mind and then in Kind”
Tune up to how it works. There is a part of us that has the answers we need, and knows the very next step to take but can only inform us according to the questions we ask. E.g. About our ideas of where we want to end up.
Physically, Relationally, Vocationally, Economically. A place where I am living in harmony with my opportunities so I can make a significant influence for good, and to know that I am on track with me. What can I imagine for myself, my family, my world, my life?
Honor your discontent and marry it with your yearning. It is called………
“Dream Building” or “Imagineering.”
Life wants to seek a fuller and deeper expression in you. What idea would honor your discontent? Rate yourself from 1 to 10, 10 being the best, on the Love, Health and Wealth, that is showing up in your life right now. The universe is interested in our expansion and blessing others….. all of us.
Real Love flowing between couples is a blessing to everyone that knows them. Is this how you see your primary relationship?
How about your health? 10/10? How would you really like to be? Can you picture yourself in a year’s time enjoying and doing what you would love to do?
Can you picture yourself full of health and vitality? I cut out a picture 4 years ago of a woman riding on a bike trail and she was waving enthusiastically. I put it on my vision Board and felt the feeling. I don’t even own a bike. One year later I found myself in Vancouver riding on a borrowed bike around the famous bike trail at Stanley Park. My son Luke took a picture of me waving at him! I also love being around waterfalls and save pictures of those too. Last year I found myself at Niagara Falls with my son Francis! Amazing energy! Another example of “first in mind and then in kind”.
How about your Wealth status? Do you think of lack? Not enough? Or do you think of plenty? Do you practice the ancient art of Tithing? That means gifting 10% of all your weekly income to some person or spiritual center that inspires you. It makes me focus on the fact that I have plenty to share and spare. It took me a while to learn that one!
Are you ready to turn up the heat on your personal thermostat and…
Transform your dreams into reality?
- Create with clarity. Be specific about your dream. Imagine yourself doing what you want to do. Make a vision board and cut out pictures that symbolize your dreams.
- Refuse to get discouraged. Say to yourself “right now I am just focusing on my dream” and remember that Thomas Edison had 10,000 failures before he succeeded in creating the light bulb! Treat the failures as feedback from the universe. I have a framed quote from Thomas Edison on my office wall.
The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.
- Be in service of your dream. Be more interested in growth than comfort. More for you than what has been.
- Tithe 10% of all your income to someone, or a spiritual center, that inspires you.
Happy dream building and enjoy your results!
Far Infrared Saunas
The Hot Solution for Body Pollution
What is the best way to get rid of toxic chemicals including pesticides, heavy metals, and hydrocarbon residues? The Far Infrared Sauna! The body gets rid of stored chemicals in stool, urine or sweat. The sweat route requires no drugs and is the most efficient and natural. When you realize the lifelong incapacity and expense of diseases such as chronic pain syndromes, heart disease, chemical sensitivity, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, migraines, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Cancer and any others caused by chemical toxicity, a FIR sauna is cheap! The hot solution for body pollution!
Far infrared rays are the healing safe rays of the sun’s spectrum, responsible for photosynthesis. Without this wavelength, plants would be unable to make energy, and consequently, there would be no life on earth.
Did you know that even our bodies radiate infrared energy through our skin? Palm healing and other hands on therapies are based on the healing properties of natural far infrared rays, with our palms emitting infrared energy at between 8-14 microns. Our bodies absorb 93% of the infrared waves presented to us, also the basis for similar heaters being used to warm premature infants in nurseries.
Far infrared wavelengths have other beneficial properties. They lower lactic acid which causes pain in muscles when you have overdone exercising, stimulate endorphins or happy hormones of the brain, and kill organisms like bacteria and parasites. More important, they penetrate tissues, detoxify cells by vibrating ionic bonds, stop swelling, improve lymphatic flow and blood circulation, and attract calcium to cell membranes where it is needed for healing. FIR can penetrate beyond the skin level up to 4cms and because our body consists of more than 70% water, it works from heating inside to outside, this energizes and vibrates water molecules therefore perspiring more.
Traditional saunas are designed to have hot air and steam using very hot coals to heat the air within the cabin and using water on the coals to create the steam. The heat is usually more than 80 degrees. The FIR heat is 20 to 66 degrees, a soothing radiant heat that does not dry out the air or make you feel nauseous.
Symptoms of overload can include fatigue, headaches, joint or muscle pain, frequent colds and flu’s, allergies, skin conditions, insomnia, high blood pressure and more.
In just 20 minutes the sauna can reduce stress, tension, and physical fatigue.
Can relieve pain from arthritis, rheumatism, and more, as the deep heat penetrates 4cm to bring relief to muscle and joint pain.
Weight Loss and Cardiovascular conditioning
Assists in weight control and removing cellulite. Heat therapy can aid in increasing the heart rate, cardiac out put, and metabolic rate therefore assisting in faster calorie burning. Fat becomes water soluble at 42 degrees; fat can be released along with the sweat and toxins, therefore burning up to 2,400 calories per session!
Improves skin, tone, texture and colour by increasing blood circulation, we perspire more therefore this allows for deep cleansing, eliminating impurities and dead skin cells, leaving the skin feeling soft and glowing. Increased blood circulation has also been known to relieve acne, eczema, burns, lesions and cuts, promoting improved healing and reduced scarring.
The Bottom Line…
Getting rid of environmental toxins reverses disease!
YES there is a Far Infrared Sauna at Kowhai Clinic! Phone Jill on 04 598 0833 for an appointment.
Recommended reading – Detoxify or Die by Sherry A. Rogers, MD.
Did you know that we all have maps on our bodies that reflect our health status? These maps are found on the feet and hands, and also on the ears and in the iris of the eye. By applying pressure to certain points on the feet, hands and ears, we are able to stimulate the corresponding part of the body.
As a student of Naturopathy, many years ago now, I remember doubting that this would have any effect. My fellow student at the time really applied a lot of pressure on my right foot on a particularly sore spot that apparently reflexed back to my liver. And guess what? I proved the point and found myself throwing up over the next three days! 2 minutes on the sore spots, not 10, is enough to slowly release toxins.
By looking into the structure of the iris of the eye we are [for more in depth info] able to assess the health status of that person. There is a quote from the Bible in Matthew 6 verse 22, which states that…
“The eye is the lamp of the body, so if your eye is “healthy” then your whole body will be full of light”.
It wasn’t until the early 1800s that a young lad called Ignatz Von Peczely of Egervar near Budapest, Hungary, caught an owl in his garden. The 11 year old boy struggled with the frightened bird and met with its fierce claws as the bird instinctively tried to defend itself. In the struggle the boy accidently broke the owl’s leg. As the youth and the owl glared into one another’s eye, the boy observed a black stripe rising in the owl’s eye. Von Peczely bandaged the owl’s leg and nursed it back to health and released the bird; but the bird stayed in the garden several years afterward. Von Peczely observed the appearance of white and crooked lines in the owl’s eye where the black stripe had originally appeared.
The black stripe eventually became a tiny black spot surrounded by white lines and shading. When Von Peczely grew up, he became a physician and never forgot the incident with the owl. Working on the surgical ward of a college hospital afforded him an opportunity to observe the irides of patients after accidents, and preceding and following surgery. A study of the changes in the eye coincided with their injuries, surgery or illnesses, and this convinced von Peczely that there was a reflex relationship between the various markings in the iris and the rest of the body. He was certain that the iris mirrored tissue changes of the various organs. Von Peczely created the first chart of the iris based on his findings.
Iridology has progressed tremendously since the 1800s. Numerous scientists and doctors have researched iridology, revising and improving the iris chart. Dr Bernard Jensen pioneered the science of Iridology in the U.S.A. He developed one of the most comprehensive iris charts showing the location of the organs as they reflex in the iris of the eye. I was fortunate to be able to attend his classes in 1978 and again in 1979. Iridology is the science and practice that reveals inflammation, where located and in what stage it is manifesting in the body. The iris reveals body constitution, inherent weaknesses, levels of health and the transitions that take place in our body according to the way we live.
The iris of the eye is the most complex tissue of the body meeting the outside world. It is an extension of the brain, being incredibly endowed with hundreds of thousands of nerve endings, microscopic blood vessels, muscle and other tissues. The iris is connected to every organ and tissue of the body by way of the brain and nervous system. The nerve fibres receive their impulses by way of their connections to the optic nerve, optic thalami and spinal cord. They are formed embryo logically from mesoderm and neuroectoderm tissues. Both sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems are present in the iris.
In this way nature has provided us with a miniature computer screen showing the most remote portions of the body by way of nerve reflex responses. The eye works two ways; not only does it enable us to bring images of the outside world within, it also shows images of what is within to the outside.
The iris reveals an individual’s strengths and weaknesses and what has been done to the body through incorrect living habits. It also reveals the wonder of one who has lived a good life according to the laws of the universe.
You may observe that the stomach and intestines, the digestive system, wrap around the pupil area of the eye. Bernard Jensen found that there is a strong correlation between a sluggish digestive system and problems elsewhere in the body which are represented on the chart like spokes on a wheel radiating off the digestive system. Organic whole foods, some fermented e.g. sauerkraut, and unrefined grains, with some sourdough (found in the Purebread range of products) and miso, are the key to a healthy clean colon and therefore a healthier body.
And remember to take care of your feet. Walk barefoot on the sand, and grass, and pebbles, and in the sea. Soak them regularly in a footbath and add some Epsom salts or cider vinegar or “Pure South” clay to help draw out the toxins.
Reflexology treatments are available at the Kowhai Clinic in Paraparaumu NZ.
Last month I enjoyed a family trip to Taupo for our annual “Cuzzie” reunion. We get together for a few days and swap stories and do fun things together. One delight is to
Take the waters at WAIRAKI TERRACES in the outdoor thermal health spa. Here you will find a series of 4 hot thermal pools and mineral enriched water with a long history of healing and soothing for mind, body and soul in a perfect natural setting.
What’s in the water in Waikari?
SILICA: Research has revealed that collagen can reverse the aging process; the body needs silica to make collagen. Silica strengthens bones, boosts the immune system; promotes healthy nerves, hair, nails, and is used in treating acne and migraines.
SODIUM: Equivalent levels equal to the salinity in sea water. Salt soaks have been known to relieve symptoms of arthritis.
POTASSIUM: Normalizes heart rhythms; assists in reducing high blood pressure, eliminates body toxins; promotes healthy skin.
MAGNESIUM: Maintains normal heart rhythms; converts blood sugars to energy; maintains muscle tissue and hormone levels.
ARSENIC: New studies report benefits for plasma and tissue growth.
BORON: Boosts brain activity; builds muscle mass; strengthens bones.
IRON: Builds up the quality of blood; increases resistance to stress and disease; prevents fatigue; promotes good skin tone.
LITHIUM: Produces positive effects in mental balance and gastrointestinal conditions.
MANGANESE: Helps nourish nerves and the brain; a catalyst in the breakdown of fats and cholesterol.
SULPHATE: Rids the body of toxins; promotes health of bones, hair, nails, fluids in joints and vertebral discs; sulphur is an anti-inflammatory.
CALCIUM: Helps muscle expansion and contraction, the secretion of hormones and enzymes, and sending messages through the nervous system.
CHLORIDE: Musculoskeletal benefits. It is an Anion that balances sodium, blood Ph, and kidney function.
FLUORIDE: Calcium fluoride is a constituent of the elastic fibres of the skin, the surface of the bones and teeth; promotes hardness and stability.
It is recommended to leave the minerals on the skin for a further 8 to 15 hours to maximise the benefits before you take a shower.
You will note that these therapeutic waters don’t have all the minerals such as Chromium, Copper, Iodine, Molybdenum, Phosphorus, Selenium, Vanadium or Zinc.
Of course our main source of minerals is from the soil taken up into the foods and herbs that we eat and it is well documented that a deficiency or indeed an excess can lead to a myriad of health concerns.
Apart from having blood tests there are many body signs that indicate our mineral imbalances. For example early signs of Magnesium deficiency can include:
- Muscle cramps and spasms
- Muscle tension and headaches
- Stress, nervousness and/or anxiety
- Fatigue and low energy
- Loss of appetite
- An irregular heart beat
- Premenstrual syndrome
- High blood pressure
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
A study of Australian adults found that the daily intake of Magnesium was below the RDI, Recommended Daily Intake, for 50% of all males tested and 39% of all females.
Magnesium is found in higher levels in organically grown foods especially in almonds, buckwheat, millet, whole grain wheat, pecans, walnuts, whole grain rye, beet greens, spinach, brown rice, silver beet, collard greens, shrimp, corn, avocado, parsley, dry beans, Barley, dandelion greens and garlic to name just a few.
Taking a magnesium supplement along with some B vitamins is a good daily routine. I stock a good range of “Metagenic” Magnesium formulas in my clinic.
Call me to discuss which is the right formula for you: Phone me at the Kowhai Clinic on 04 5890833 or 021 491902.
P.S. I am sure that that the Purebread range of organic products will be naturally high in Magnesium.
Allergy and Reactivity Reduction
We are constantly exposed to foreign bodies from our environment, with our respiratory system, digestive system and skin all providing a barrier to protect us from the outside world. Ordinarily, our immune system does an amazing job detecting these foreign bodies and neutralizing them so that they do not cause harm to our body.
However, in some individuals their immune system has an abnormal response that causes unwanted symptoms. When this happens we refer to these substances as “allergens”. Fortunately with targeted treatment, the allergic process can be modified, helping you to become less reactive to substances you’ve always found problematic.
Reactivity varies among individuals, it can even vary at different times for the same individual depending upon their state of health and allergenic burden, i.e. the dose or level of exposure to factors they are sensitive to. The more reactive you are, the less likely you will be able to tolerate certain offending foods.
In addition, highly reactive individuals are often sensitive to more than one substance. How rapidly symptoms appear and how severe they are can also vary. For example, symptoms may begin within an hour or two, but often develop after several hours, or even a day or two later, with more severe reactions lasting up to several days.
Which symptom picture are you?
Head: Itchy throat, itchy/watery eyes, blocked ears, mouth ulcers, headaches, dark circles under the eyes.
Respiratory: Sinus/congestion, post nasal drip, sneezing, itchy/runny nose, mucus, tight chest, wheezing, asthma attacks, coughing, feeling chronically sick.
Digestive: Bad breath, bloating (upper and lower gut), nausea, flatulence, cramping, pain in the lower gut, constipation, diarrhoea, variable bowel motions.
Skin: Itchy/dry skin, flushing, rash, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, hives.
Mood: Poor concentration, brain fog, anxious, jittery, low mood, aggressive/short tempered.
General: Ongoing fatigue or energy slumps, muscle pain, difficulty losing weight, insomnia, frequent urination,
Children: Restlessness, ear tugging, hyperactivity, mood changes, unusually quiet, bed wetting.
Diet: Foods themselves are problematic or exacerbate allergy and reactivity.
Digestion: Poor digestive function (i.e. breakdown of foods)
Microbiome: Alteration in microbial balance.
Gastrointestinal Barrier: A damaged or inflamed gut lining.
Immune system: An over stimulated immune system.
Rest and reset
HOW? A six week rest and reset plan is suitable for the majority of individuals experiencing symptoms of reactivity, especially if symptoms are mild or the offending dietary or environmental trigger is obvious. Resting from foods you are sensitive to reduces their impact on your immune system, while specialised herbs and nutrients repair the gut and promote healthy immune function. These factors when combined, lead to an increase in tolerance – central to providing a long term solution to over reactivity.
A REST AND TEST plan may also be recommended for you depending on symptoms. The core products mentioned above are specialised Practitioner only products produced by Metagenics and are available from most Naturopaths and health clinics. Your Practitioner will guide you through a suitable individualized healing program for you and prescribe the appropriate products.
What is Detox?
Detoxification is a natural metabolic process your body undertakes every day to help eliminate the environmental, dietary and internally created toxins we are all exposed to.
This process changes toxins into less harmful substances, which are subsequently excreted from the body. If you feel tired, inflamed, suffer allergies, reproductive issues or experience difficulties losing weight- these are all signs that your body may be struggling under an increased toxic load, or reduced cellular capacity to resist the damaging effects of toxins.
Consequently, supporting healthy detoxification is a cornerstone of contemporary and traditional medicine practice and maybe the turning point for getting your health back on track.
The four key therapeutic aims are to…
REDUCE THE TOXIC BURDEN
Follow a specialised detox diet and detoxify your environment. Avoid common dietary toxins and allergens such as gluten, alcohol, coffee and cigarette smoke.
SUPPORT DETOX PATHWAYS
A comprehensive detox program offers liver, kidney and gastrointestinal support. It also promotes healthy gut flora balance.
NEUTRALISE FREE RADICALS
Incorporate a range of antioxidants to protect against potentially harmful free radicals.
ELIMINATE WASTE PRODUCTS
Support healthy liver, kidney and gastrointestinal elimination.
The Detox Diet
A major source of ongoing toxin and allergen exposure can be found in the diet, through the intake of substances such as coffee, alcohol, refined and processed foods containing additives, preservatives, artificial sweeteners and flavours.
The combined effects of these substances place additional burdens on your detoxification organs being the liver, kidneys, bowels and skin.
Detox Diet Principals
- Plant based – Encourages liberal amounts of fresh and raw greens, fresh veggies, fruits and spices, legumes, nuts and seeds, and moderate amounts of whole grains. E.g. brown rice, Quinoa, millet, and Young Buck Purebread
- Low saturated fat – Diets that are high in fats have been found encourage the circulation of components of harmful bacteria from the digestive system into the bloodstream, which contributes to your toxic burden.
- Wholefood – Eliminate refined, processed or packaged foods that tend to be high in various chemicals such as additives, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, and artificial flavours. These foods also tend to be high in calories but low in essential nutrients. High intake of refined carbohydrates can also negatively impact the balance of digestive flora.
- Gluten & dairy free – Two of the most common allergens, gluten and dairy, increase inflammation and the production of potentially harmful free radicals.
- Low fructose – With the exception of fresh fruit this diet discourages intake of foods sweetened with fructose or high fructose corn syrup which at certain levels may cause digestive upsets in certain individuals.
- Organic – By opting for organic food choices wherever possible, your exposure to insecticide, herbicide and pesticide residues known to impact health will be limited. Organic fruits and vegetables have also been shown to contain higher levels of phytonutrients, which are beneficial for cellular health and add protection against toxin damage.
- Alkalising – Diets high in refined grains and animal protein, and low in fresh vegetables and greens, can be quite acidic for the body and ultimately impact cellular health and function. A lower intake of these acidic foods and a higher ratio of alkaline, plant foods reduces acid load within the body.
- Hydrating – Effective detoxification depends on water. Consuming two to three litres of pure water daily assists the kidneys to remove wastes through this important eliminatory channel.
So here you have some guidelines for your annual health reset. I am doing mine at the moment, I find this a good time of year for an abundance of organic home grown fruits and vegetables. It is also good to combine these with some professional detox products for the liver, kidneys and gut.
In my Naturopathic Clinic in Nikau Valley, Paraparaumu, I supply a range of Metagenics professional products to enhance your detox and health reset.
For further guidelines and detox support you can consult with me at The Kowhai Clinic – phone Jill Newman on 04 589 0833.
Health is Inner Peace
Have you had a holiday this January? Did you manage to go away and relax and forget about work and responsibilities for a while? In New Zealand we have many beautiful places to visit in the summer holidays.
The important thing is to take a mini vacation several times a day. Some call it Meditation which involves focusing on the breath, or a word, or the glow of a candle, or a phrase known as a mantra. Such as….I AM…..or your favourite flower. I am loving my sunflowers this month. Meditation is essential to feel well and live a happy life. Meditation can help us to eliminate negative thoughts, worries, anxiety, and all factors that can prevent us feeling happy. It has been proved that the practice of meditation carried out on a regular basis will mitigate the symptoms of stress and anxiety.
Find a quiet place and sit with legs and arms uncrossed and a straight back. Or you can sit cross legged on the floor or the ground with bare feet, or not. Or, after exercise or yoga routine you can lye flat on your back and go into a deep relaxation.
I love these thoughts written by Linda D. Edwards and published in the Daily Word this month, January 2018.
The Neutral Zone
I lean into the space between beginning and end,
Seeing the beauty around me erasing all fear,
Affirming that Love eradicates all negativity,
Light pours into me, healing and bringing peace
Serenity is mine as I easily forgive past hurts,
Breathing deeply, I accept my highest good.
I feel the warmth of the Universe washing through my senses,
All earthly care drifts away.
Pain and fear are transmuted.
Forgiveness is mine, and I am grateful.
I rejoice in a new day, in a new way.
A new beginning in all its awkward perfection, waits with open arms.
Another approach to meditation is through movement. A long rhythmic walk, or swim, or bike ride, or an hours Tai Chi, can put you in ‘The Zone”.
In positive psychology, flow, also known as The Zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does, and a resulting loss in one’s sense of space and time.
Quote from Thomas A Edison
The Doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.
Recommended reading, by Dr Ian Gawler, who healed himself from Cancer through Meditation, to obtain Health through inner peace… IS… “Peace Of Mind”.
Also the Gawler foundation book “Eat Well, Be Well” bursting with delicious recipes based on the healing, whole food, plant based, diet as taught in the Gawler Foundation retreats and programs.
In Kapiti, Robert Glensor’s Purebreads are well suited to the above program.
Also check out the Yoga and Tai Chi classes at the “Lotus Yoga Centre” in Paraparaumu.
Courage to Imagine
What wonderful lessons we are taught as little children. When Christmas is approaching, we are encouraged to write a list so that Mother/Father Christmas knows what to put under the Christmas tree. We are told to be good and kind and help others so we can receive what we have imagined. This is an ancient wisdom that we can apply to all areas in our lives.
This month I attended an Alive to Thrive talk on “Setting and Achieving Worthy Goals” We were asked to introduce ourselves and say one thing we liked about ourselves. I was wondering what on earth I would say….then I heard myself saying enthusiastically…
”I love the way I can manifest things!”
Over the years I have enjoyed reading many motivational books.
- “The Joy of Living” by Bernard Jensen
- “A Course in Miracles” by Helen Schucman and William Thetford
- “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill
- “The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity” by Catherine Ponder
- “The Atom Smashing Power of The Mind” by Charles Fillmore
- “The Manifestation Process” by John Randolph Price
- “Illusions” by Richard Bach
- “The Golden Key” by Emmet Fox
- “Jesus Christ Heals” by Charles Fillmore
- “What God is Like” by James Dillet Freeman
- “How To Let God Help You” by Myrtle Fillmore
- “The Twelve powers of Man” by Charles Fillmore
- “You Were Born Rich” by Bob Proctor
- “Detoxify or Die” by Sherry Rogers,
- “The Four Dynamic Laws of Prosperity” by Edwene Gaines
…to name just a few!
The four laws are…
- Tithing and giving. Regularly give away 10% of your weekly income to someone who inspires you.
- Setting clear cut goals. Write your list! Make a Vision Board and cut out pictures of what you want. Dare to Dream! Fantasize personal wants and professional wants. Let the universe know. Write it down every night “I am so happy and grateful now that I am… or, I have…..
- Forgiveness. Make this a daily practice. Forgive yourself and others for every negative thought and action that you have perceived. Practise seeing the good in all situations.
- Divine purposes. The importance of commitment and finding your divine purpose.
WE ARE CREATORS
We create through the faculty of imagination, our innate spiritual ability to dream, envision, and fashion in mind what we wish to see in reality.
However we often underuse this capacity in daily life. We give up on our dreams. We settle for what is instead of what could be.
Creatively using our imagination requires the courage to stretch ourselves in new directions, and be bold enough to call forth our untapped abilities.
The universe is calling you! What dream will you dream for the coming year? How big are you willing to imagine?
The New Year stretches before us with infinite possibilities. May this Christmas inspire you to dream big, live fully, and make 2018 your best year yet!
Wishing you a PROSPEROUS, HEALTHY, ABUNDANT AND FULFILLED YEAR.
How Flying Can Affect Your Health
In August I took a long haul flight to from Wellington to Vancouver. I left my home at 2pm and arrived in Vancouver around 10am NZ time the next day. 15 hours of flying and the rest connecting flights etc. I was really looking forward to spending time with 2 of my sons who live in Canada. Sadly this was compromised by the hazards of long haul flights. There was one simple thing I did not know. I knew the cabin air was a hazard but I did not know how common it is to get a blood nose during or after long haul flights! The answer is to continually moisturize your nasal passages with a spray or Vaseline or coconut oil or even a lip balm!
Before disembarking and as I bent down to pick up my handbag from under the seat my nose started to bleed profusely! EEK! Luckily my friend next to me had copious amounts of paper towels in her handbag. It was a while before the steward could get to me, as the plane was disembarking. Then there was just me and my two trapped companions as I had the aisle seat! Still bleeding and large clots coming away……
The steward bought ice blocks in a towel and called for a wheelchair and the airport medics and got me off the plane. 2 kind medics eventually turned up on bikes. They took my blood pressure and asked several times if I was on any medication for blood thinners! I have never been on any medication but they took a bit of convincing as it is “normal” for my age! 70 plus….however that was an advantage as it could have been worse if I had been! The medics decided to call for more help and next thing I was being wheeled out of the airport on a stretcher and into an ambulance and on my way to a hospital. As one would expect my blood pressure was rising! I had my cabin bag but could not collect my luggage. I was grateful for all the care and attention but not once was I reassured how common this was after a long haul flight because of the dry air in the cabin.
The ambulance crew checked me into the hospital and, first thing, I had to sign an agreement to pay $750 just to be admitted. Dr’s fees would be extra depending on treatment. Now the bleeding had finally stopped and the clot was staying in place so after being rushed in I was now sent out to the full waiting room and told there would be a 3 to 4 hour wait at least!! Not where I wanted to be as I was so tired, hungry and exhausted! I found out that the air quality in Vancouver that week was worse than the pollution in Beijing! This was because of the wild fires further north and the hospitals where full of people with respiratory complaints. By now my son Luke had found me and we decided that sleep was more important and he managed to negate $750 contract and we went home.
But alas! I managed for 2 days but had several more bleeds with the now weakened blood vessels and had to be readmitted 2 days later for medical intervention. My nose had now bled intermittently for approx 7 hours! This visit was from 1am to 4am! Different hospital and once again a long wait for attention. However a very competent woman Dr resorted to using a swab up the nostril injected with 4% cocaine!! This restricted the bleeding so she could cauterize the offending blood vessels. She also confirmed how common this was after long haul flights and was the first to tell me about using Vaseline up the nostrils when flying!
No more troubles but I was cautious about my activities and just walked rather than biking, swimming, or yoga etc. to enhance the healing. I used coconut oil on the 5 hour flight to Toronto and Vaseline on the long flight home again. Easy to buy when you get your 2 litres of water before boarding.
I googled “What causes nose bleeds after a long haul flight?”
I found that Nose bleeds happen to other passengers as well. Dry cabin air is a major contributing factor but if you are dehydrated, the effect can be worse. Avoid alcohol coffee and tea and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Drink at least half a litre of water every 3 hours. That is 2.5 litres from Auckland to Vancouver. It is an advantage to get up and down to the toilet more often. Book an aisle seat! And keep your nasal passages moist! Get a saline nasal spray before you travel.
Then I went into www.traveldoctor.co.uk
Any time in the sky from a couple of hours to a full day or night when crossing multiple time zones is a real challenge for the human body. Aside from cabin pressure, dry air and sitting squashed in one space at worst with a small child kicking behind your seat….. there are a host of unpleasant things that happen to your body while you are travelling.
In the USA where statistics are carefully collated there are around 14,000 medical emergencies a year and 350 in flight deaths on the 9 major US airlines.
DVT Deep Vein Thrombosis is one of the most common and disturbing problems associated with air travel. Assist yourself by wearing compression stockings and moving about the cabin as much as possible. Drink at least 1 pint of water every 3 hours. Lack of water makes the blood stickier and more likely to clot.
Respiratory infections. Suck vitamin C tablets and propolis lozenges in flight. Don’t travel if you are already sick!
Parasite infestations. From lack of proper seat hygiene! And fellow travellers!
Jet Lag. Buy No Jet Lag tablets before you travel and take as per instructions during the flight. It is best to have stopovers and shorter flights and take a shower to stimulate blood flow. Finish with a cold shower!
Fear of Flying. An estimated 9 million people in the UK suffer anxiety about flying. Panic attacks are common. Distract yourself by talking with other passengers. Or eating or reading. Flying is safer than road or rail in most developed countries!
Tell the cabin crew if you are feeling anxious or panicky.
Take some Rescue Remedy before flying and during. This is a Bach Flower preparation of drops taken under the tongue, which helps to calm the mind.
Air Rage! Can be caused by a combination of events! E.g. delayed flights, lack of sleep, excessive alcohol, and or nicotine withdrawal.
ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY!
Good Gut = Good Health
Our amazing gastrointestinal tract (GIT) or gut, essentially consists of a long tube 3-3.5 metres long with a surface area of 30-35 square metres! Within this, the foods we eat are broken down so our body can absorb the nutrients and goodness they contain. A sign of a healthy gut is not only good digestion but also passing regular well formed sausage/snake like bowel motions once or twice daily and being free from uncomfortable symptoms. Bloating, intestinal pain, wind, constipation and diarrhoea are all signs of an unhappy gut.
Did you know that the foods you eat can rapidly alter your gut health, and ultimately affect your health overall? When you consume foods and drinks that are detrimental to health e.g. processed foods, foods you are reactive to, (wrong [read the complete story] lectins) or alcohol, your gut can become irritated and inflamed. More than 70% of your immune system is found in the gut, and inflammation is your immune system warning you that these foods may be harmful to the sensitive lining of your gut.
Ongoing gut irritation has been linked to the development of many poor health conditions, such as asthma, allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, (IBS) and autoimmune disease (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, coeliac disease, and multiple sclerosis).
It can even impact your gut brain connection leading to anxiety and low mood when your gut is out of sorts.
Ways to help heal an unhappy gut
Certain nutrients and herbs can help to heal gut irritation leading to relief from uncomfortable digestive symptoms, and improving your gut function once more. These include: Glutamine, Zinc, vitamins A and D, Boswellia, and Larch arabinogalactans.
Eating plenty of plant based dietary fibre (found predominantly in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, PUREBREAD and legumes) is a great way you can provide yourself with better gut health. Fibre promotes the natural movements of your gut and adds bulk to the stool. What’s more, the ‘friendly’ bacteria or ‘microbiota’ living and growing inside your digestive tract love to feed on plant fibre. However when they don’t have enough, they can also feed on the protective gut lining, wearing it down and leading to irritation and inflammation.
The power of probotics
Probiotics are specific strains of beneficial bacteria that can also help assist in improving and /or maintaining optimal gut health by influencing your own gut microbiota. Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis, and Lactobacillus rhamnosus are all suitable for supporting everyday gut health and function, reducing signs of bloating and discomfort, and supporting healthy immunity. Lactobacillus plantarum (299v) is proven to help reduce excess wind, intestinal pain and inflammation.
These professional products can be prescribed and bought from Jill Newman, Naturopath at the KOWHAI CLINIC in Paraparaumu Phone 04 5890833
In a few days I will be on a plane to Canada. I have two sons living there. Yes it will be lots of fun and I am really looking forward to the family time and adventures. Vancouver, Tuffino, Whistler, Toronto, Niagra Falls, etc have all been promised. Plus two birthdays to celebrate and now an engagement also! So… getting myself organised! I make To Do lists and as fast as I cross things off I seem to add more!
4 days to go and still a few clients to see and making sure everyone is stocked up with their required supplements etc.
Would you believe that after months of waiting, this is the week the contractors have turned up to seal our driveways and put new drains across the entrance way to my home and clinic and a concrete ramp into my garage……. All good but an extra stress at this time… so a few days ago I woke up with a really sore and stinging eyelid! Bother I thought maybe a stye? But no… on closer inspection it was a Herpes blister! Bother! The stress of getting away has awakened the sleeping virus. What to do?
I knew about the imbalance of the amino acids found in protein, Lysine and Arginine and on reflection I had been overdosing on foods high in Arginine and neglecting the Lysine. Too much chocolate, almonds, peanuts, cashews, and even garlic and my winter comfort breakfast of hot smooth Millet cereal. So I cut all those and increased my Lysine intake with eggs, fish, chicken, soya and rolled oats. I also took a Lysine supplement called Collagenics. I cleaned and soothed the eyelid with a clean hot and wet flannel (filtered water) and Hey Presto! I had relief and healing within 3 days.
I had a craving for Oaty Pancakes made with Soya milk (Pure Harvest Organic and Lite). Here’s the recipe:
- ½ cup of spelt flour
- 1 cup of soft rolled oats
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- ¼ cup chia seeds and Goji berries
- 1 large or 2 smaller eggs
- 1 cup of soya milk
- Ghee to grease the pan
- Mix the flour, baking powder and oats and chia seeds/goji berries in a bowl.
- Lightly beat eggs and milk together. Pour into dry ingredients and combine.
- Cook ½ cups or less of mixture in a hot pan with the ghee. When golden and bubbles appear on the surface flip with a spatula and cook other side.
- Keep warm and serve with Biofarm yogurt, fresh or frozen blueberries and maple syrup. Yumm!
Another quick way to combine high Lysine foods is to buy Purebread Big Daddy Oats or Full of Grain which includes oats and soya, and have eggs on toast. Our chooks had been off the lay with the cold wet weather so I had been eating less eggs!
I also had a craving for Fish and tried a new recipe out. Delicious!
- 4 Fillets of snapper or Wharehou
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon chilli powder or flakes
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 cup of thinly sliced peaches
- 1 cup of thinly sliced onion
- ½ cup sliced red peppers
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees
- Cut 4 pieces of baking paper big enough to wrap each serve of fish
- Place fish in centre of paper and season with salt, chilli powder, garlic and olive oil.
- Top with peaches, onions and bell peppers.
- Seal the parchment paper around the fish
- Bake 15 minutes or until the fish is flakey and opaque.
- Serve warm with mashed carrots, parsnips and peas.
Hmmmmm! On with the suitcase packing! I think I will squeeze in a small water filter plus one months supply of my health supplements and of course the togs and sunhat, and some good walking shoes. AU REVOIR!
Alive to Thrive
As I ponder on what to write about today I realize how much I focus on mind over matter. In the USA today it is Independence Day. The word for the day is “FREEDOM”
A good affirmation for this is……
“I am grateful for the Freedom to do or to be” rather than “freedom from something”.
We are Alive to Thrive! Claim it! We always have a choice of what we focus on;
Health or disease… calm or stressed… peace or conflict… rich or poor…
We can be transformed by the renewal of our thoughts. It is a well known fact that the Placebo effect is the most powerful. In numerous double blind trials where individuals with various diagnoses are given a pharmaceutical drug or a placebo pill, success comes from the thought of “feeling better.”
A good phrase to start your affirmations of choice is…
“I am so happy and grateful now that I am”
Healthy and well | Calm and relaxed | At peace within | Prosperous and thriving
I like this quote from Louise Hay…
“As I say “Yes” to life, life says “Yes” to me!”
Life mirrors my every thought. As I keep my thoughts positive, life brings to me only good experiences. Use this same technique for family and friends who may be going through challenging times.
Or get some professional support from Silent Unity Prayer Help (Phone 09 846 1406 or for a recorded message 09 846 1404). Remember to use your common sense in an accident or medical emergency and dial 111 for help!
Sometimes the situation may seem to be extremely challenging but remember that good comes from all things so hold fast to your creative and uplifting thoughts.
I enjoy a monthly meeting with an “Alive to Thrive group” which is held at the Lotus Yoga Centre in Paraparaumu. Or you can check out www.alivetothrive.org.nz for other events. Ros Annala is a motivational leader and loves to inspire us into transforming our dreams into reality.
There is a free seminar on Tuesday 11th July at the Kapiti Community Centre from 1pm to 1.45pm.
I am also enjoying studying a “Bob Proctor” course called “Thinking Into Results.”
My mission as a Naturopath is to encourage and motivate my clients to make healthy choices to enhance their health and well-being in Body, Mind, and Spirit.
Robert Glensor’s Purebread Products is one of those Healthy Choices!
Here is a positive affirmation to meditate on for the month of July…
“God” is my strength and vitality. I am renewed”. You can use “Life Force” or “Universal Energy” or simply “Chi”.
Moving my focus to the life of God within, I become aware of a stream of healing energy flowing through my body.
I give thanks for this divine energy as it flows through me renewing every cell of my body. I give thanks and affirm strength and wholeness as I return to the silence…
Immunity Against Cold & Flu – Granny’s Marvellous Medicines!
Flu Fighter Tea
It’s that time of the year again. My grandson spent some TLC time with me this week as he had a cold and couldn’t go to school.
I made a big pot of “Flu Fighter Tea”. We both enjoyed sipping the warm contents throughout the day.
I also checked my grandson’s zinc levels and found them to be low. I also saw signs on the fingernails so I gave him a dose of Metazinc plus vitamin C powder. Plus 15 drops of Echinacea/Thuja Comp for immune every 2 hours.
We sat in the sun and exposed our limbs for a while we ate some lunch and talked about the benefits of Vitamin D for strong bones and immune health. Also found in fish liver oil, egg yolks, milk and sprouted seeds. I also gave him a dose of Ultra Flora Immune Enhance probiotics for his gut flora.
I love to make this every morning on arising after first drinking a large glass of filtered water. I also love to stand barefoot on the grass and do 3 rounds of Taichi Qigong on a good day, otherwise inside on the sheepskin rug.
I can’t remember when I last had a cold or flu! I clean my skins most days with an ENJO microfiber mitt in a warm shower then finish with a cold rinse. Very stimulating!
ABO Blood Group – Eat Right for Your Type System
Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo has researched and written many books – this is his “Battle Plan”…
Follow a diet tailored to suit your blood type. This helps you fight allergies and disease by attacking the problem at its source, restoring balance to your immune system, reducing inflammatory activity and making you more keenly aware of environmental and dietary factors that trigger allergic reactions.
Let’s take a look at Grains/Starches…
Blood Type O
Portion size up to 6x weekly 1/2 dry grains or pastas, 1 muffin, 2 slices of bread.
BEST – Amaranth, Kamut, Quinoa, Spelt, Tapioca, Teff, 100% sprouted grain products.
SOMETIMES – Buckwheat, Millet, Oatmeal, Rice (whole), Rye (whole), soy flour products.
Blood Type A
Portion size up to 7x weekly 1/2 dry grains or pastas, 1 muffin, 2 slices of bread.
BEST – Amaranth, Buckwheat, Oats, Rice (whole), Rye (whole), Barley, Kamut, Quinoa, Sorghum, Spelt.
SOMETIMES – Corn, Couscous, Millet, Tapioca, Wheat.
Blood Type B
Portion size up to 5-9x weekly 1/2 dry grains or pastas, 1 muffin, 2 slices of bread.
BEST – Millet, Rice (whole), Oats (whole), Spelt (whole), Barley, Quinoa.
SOMETIMES – Rice flour products, Soy flour products, White wheat flour.
Blood Type AB
Portion size 1/2 dry grains or pastas, 1 muffin, 2 slices of bread.
BEST – Amaranth, Oats, Millet, Rice, Rye, Spelt, Soy flour products.
SOMETIMES – Wheat (whole).
Last month I attended a Continuing Education seminar on Cellular and Systemic Bioenergetics: Effective solutions for clinical Fatigue.
Most of us have experienced low energy or fatigue at some point in our lives. Juggling with home, work and family life can leave anyone feeling tired at the end of the day but ongoing fatigue can sneak up on you and become your “new normal” even though it is not normal to have persistent and prolonged fatigue all the time.
If you feel like this it is important to consider whether you have the nutrients required for optimal energy so you can jump out of bed feeling refreshed and ready for a new day.
The energy power houses within your body are known as the mitochondria and are present in almost all of your cells. However, producing energy requires a steady stream of nutrients. If your mitochondria do not receive adequate nutrition, they cannot perform at their best!
Nutritents that Energise
- Co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a vital nutrient used by your mitochondria in the process of energy production. A double blind, placebo controlled study found that athletes supplementing with CoQ10 measured all indexes of physical performance as significantly improved. 94% of athletes had an improvement in their performance and recovery compared to only 33%in the placebo group.
- Heart health: Mitochondria are abundant in cardiomyocytes providing energy for healthy cardiovascular function. Clinical trials have shown that CoQ10 reduces the oxidation of LDL cholesterol and also helps to support a healthy blood pressure.
- Magnesium: helps your body transform the food you eat into energy. Once created, units of energy must also bind to magnesium before they can be used by the body.
- B group vitamins: enter the mitochondria, where they are used to synthesise energy, and assist the mitochondria
- Acetyl-L-carnitine: brings fats into your mitochondria to burn for energy, assists mental fatigue and a healthy cognitive function.
Want to be bursting with energy?
Energising yourself also means creating a diet and lifestyle that supports your energy stores.
- Eat foods rich in unrefined and unprocessed carbohydrates i.e. “PUREBREAD” with an abundance of fresh organic vegetables and fruit, plus 3 serves of protein a day and healthy fats: which are the primary ingredients for energy production.
- Avoid stimulants such as caffeine, which can drain your energy and deplete vitalising nutrients including your B vitamins..
- Sleep for seven to nine hours each night.
- Destress by spending time in nature, meditating and having fun! Being busy and feeling stressed places increased pressure on your mitochondria.
- Exercise four to five times per week. Exercise stimulates your body to make new mitochondria, resulting in more energy! When feeling very fatigued go for a regular walk, swim or Yoga class which will be more beneficial for your energy levels than staying sedentary.
Time to rediscover your spark!
Free yourself from fatigue! If you are ready to be energised make an appointment with me, Jill Newman N.D. 04 5890833 or your local Naturopath for a health consultation to discuss the Energy Program and the necessary nutrients to create more energy, and how to investigate the factors that could be driving your fatigue. Signs may include:
Low iron levels
Inflammation and infection
Digestion and liver issues
Excess body fat
Unstable blood sugars
Stress and mood changes
The Daily word as I write this blog today is JOYFUL. Claim it and state “Joy is my natural state” whatever the mind can believe we can achieve!
Protein and Natural Medicine
Hi there. It is Easter month again. And yes I have finished my 6 week liver detox program. So I was tempted by Purebread hot cross buns. Delicious! Yes they do have gluten in them but of course all pure whole and organic thanks to Robert Glensor.
Another delightful loaf that I like to use a lot is the “Lil’Bro” yes, this one is gluten free and made with Sorghum flour. No starches, no gums and gluten free. Sorghum is an ancient grain native to Northeastern Africa. It is revered as a super crop as it requires very little water to grow, so it is great for our planet too. I enjoy it lightly toasted and spread with Waiheke herb spread, and topped with 2 or 3 poached eggs. I measure my protein amounts per meal by the size and thickness of my palm. So, 3 small eggs or 2 large, for me.
I have a large frame size according to my Bio Impedance analyser which is part of my professional equipment in my clinic. Another treat on the Lil’Bro toast is the Purebread nut butters. The almond and brazil spread is delicious or the peanut butter. I am blood group A and like to follow the Eat Right for your Type recommendations. Peanuts are highly beneficial for me. Turkey is another highly beneficial food for blood group A so this was on the menu last week as turkey meatballs mixed with Lil’Bro breadcrumbs, egg, milk , herbs, and garlic etc. with freshly made tomato sauce, sorghum spaghetti, and a big fresh salad. Yum! I found the turkey mince down at New World Kapiti.
All credit to my son Francis who was the master chef for this dinner as I needed to rest with my feet up for a few days after a fall off the kitchen bench while reaching up to the high beam to remove the fly paper from the ceiling!
All credit to me this time for years of healthy living so nothing broken. Just 2 badly bruised knees and a hip, shoulder and neck that needed some chiropractic adjustments.
In my first aid kit at home I have a Trauma homeopathic remedy and Arnica cream which my son Daniel lovingly administered. Lucky for me he was home next door and I was able to ring him from the floor for help. I just happened to have my cell phone in my pocket! His lovely partner Toni made a cup of tea for all of us and wrapped me in a blanket. Ice packs and knee braces were also needed.
I also have on hand a professional product called “Inflavanoid Intensive Care” with Tumeric and White Willow bark, Curcumin and Ginger, Quercetin and bioflavanoids which are all very helpful for acute pain and joint inflammation. Along with a good high potency anti inflammatory fish oil and a relaxing magnesium powder that I take regularly. Give me a call if you are interested in using these products as I have them in stock for sale, in my clinic. I also stock the herb spread.
For the last 40 years I have subscribed to “Daily Word” which I love to read every morning while sipping my freshly made green juice.
The word today is WHOLENESS…………..I joyously express my wholeness.
We are created with wholeness as the essence of our being. No person or thing is broken or lacking. I jubilantly celebrate the healing, strengthening, and guiding core within me. I allow this essence to flow freely through my body.
I feel energized, healthy, and enthusiastic about life. I allow this essence to flow freely through my mind. The flow sweeps away any fears, worries, or concerns that trouble my thoughts. There is no truth to any thought or belief of limitation. I remember that appearances in my life are temporary. Only thoughts of love, peace, harmony and abundance fill my consciousness.
This somehow reminds me of the Purebread Mantra…
PURE WHOLE AND ORGANIC – Enjoy!