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Eating meat harms you and the planet?

Introduction:

According to Vernon Coleman, eating meat has health hazards because along with the meat you may be consuming hormones, drugs and other chemicals that have been fed to the animals before they were killed. No one knows precisely what effect eating the hormones in meat is likely to have on your health. Some farmers use tranquilizers to keep animals calm. When you eat meat you are, inevitably, eating those drugs. In America, over half of all antibiotics are fed to animals and it must not be a coincidence that there is a sharp rise in the percentage of staphylococci infections resistant to penicillin that have gone up from 13% in 1960 to 91% in 1988.

It is also known that vegetarians visit hospitals about 22 % less than meat eaters and have shorter hospital stays. Vegetarians tend to be fitter and healthier than meat eaters. Many of the world’s most successful athletes follow a strictly vegetarian diet.

What is not well known is that meat eating has devastating environmental consequences.  Take a look at these statistics that are taken from a website called as peta2.com and then decide for yourself, whether you want to be a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian.

Resources:

In the U.S., animals raised for food are fed 70 percent of the corn, wheat, and other grains we grow. The world’s cattle alone consume a quantity of food equal to the caloric needs of 8.7 billion people—more than the entire human population on Earth.

Land:
Of all agricultural land in the U.S., 80 percent is used to raise animals for food—that’s almost half the total landmass of the lower 48 states.

Water:

Nearly half of all the water consumed in the U.S. for all purposes is used to raise animals for food. It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce a pound of meat, but only 60 gallons of water to produce a pound of wheat. A totally vegetarian diet requires 300 gallons of water per day, while a meat-eating diet requires more than 4,000 gallons of water per day.

Pollution:

Raising animals for food causes more water pollution in the U.S. than any other industry because animals raised for food produce 130 times the excrement of the entire human population—87,000 pounds per second! Much of the waste from factory farms and slaughterhouses flows into streams and rivers, contaminating water sources.

Energy:

Of all raw materials and fossil fuels used in the U.S., more than one-third is used to raise animals for food. The energy needed to produce the food that a meat-eater would burn in walking a given distance is greater than the energy needed to fuel your car to travel the same distance.

Deforestation:

Each vegetarian saves an acre of trees every year! The tropical rain forests are being decimated to create grazing land for cattle. The space equivalent to seven football fields is destroyed every minute. Fifty-five square feet of rain forest may be razed to produce just one-quarter pound burger.

Sources:

www.vernoncoleman.com

www.peta2.com.

 

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 164.

SANICULA.

 

THIS REMEDY SUITS OBSTINATE AND RESTLESS CHILDREN.

 This remedy is derived from the spring waters of Ottawa and it contains various salts.

This remedy suits headstrong, obstinate children, who kick and scream and want to be carried constantly. The child constantly throws himself backward and nothing seems to pacify him.  This remedy suits children who are restless and desire to wander from place to place and sweats profusely during sleep from the head and neck.

 This remedy is useful in incontinence of the urine, seasickness, constipation and rickets.

 

This remedy has a peculiar symptom in children – DREAD OF DOWNWARD MOTION (like BORAX).

It suits subjects who have profuse watering of the eyes with exposure to cold air.

This remedy is also suitable for motion sickness.

This remedy is useful when the stools are large, heavy and painful.  This remedy is also useful when there is a great straining of stools, when it is expelled only partially and crumbles at the anal verge, with a very offensive odor.

This remedy is useful for leucorrhoea with the odor of fresh brine or old cheese.

It suits subjects, whose skin is dirty, greasy, brownish, wrinkled, with a fissured eczema in the hands and fingers.

This remedy suits subjects who are worse while moving the hands backwards, downward motion, raising arms, from cold winds and damp weather.

TIPS FROM THE MASTERS…

 Dr. Boger in his little synoptic key, gives 3 remedies for nail biting; ARSENICUM, SANICULA & HYOSCAMUS. I have found SANICULA most effective in treating this condition.

Dr. Dixon.

THE BOWEN TECHNIQUE.

 

The body is like a fine Stradivarius violin. In order to extract sound from this instrument, specific areas of the strings must be stroked of puckered and the proper tension and release employed.

– Deanna J. Naddy.

 

Introduction:

 

Thomas A. Bowen (1916-1982) developed this technique in Geelong, Victoria. After serving in World War II.  He noticed that when certain moves were made in the body, it had certain effects.  Bowen was a very humble person and attributed his healing ability as being a gift of God.

The Bowen Technique is a form of light-touch therapy in which the practitioner uses thumbs and fingers to make gentle, rolling-type moves at very precise points around the body. This technique offers many moves to the practitioner and most moves are grouped in sets and they are used in specific parts of the body such as; the shoulder, knees, spine, pelvis and the jaw.

How does the Bowen Technique Work?

 The human body is a self-healing organism. It is not exactly know how this therapy works, but it is believed that the light-touch therapy sends impulses to the brain and it results in muscle relaxation and pain reduction via the autonomic nervous system. The electrical impulses sent to the brain by this technique help the body regain normal movements in joints, muscles and tendons.  This helps in helping the body relax and heal itself. This technique relieves muscle spasm and increases lymph flow. Surprisingly, many of the moves made in this technique are made along acupuncture meridians and points that stimulate the balance of body energy.

A typical Bowen treatment:

 A typical Bowen treatment lasts about 30-45 minutes. Most of the work can be done through light clothing. Oils are never used.

During a session the practitioner uses thumbs and fingers to make rolling type moves on different muscles of the body. The therapist often interrupts the therapy in-between to allow the body to make healing adjustments.

Some patients experience pain relief after just one session. Two or three treatments are usually enough to achieve long-lasting relief. Even long-term conditions may respond very quickly.

Some conditions that get dramatically cured:

The Bowen technique is very useful in treating chronic backache, sciatica, migraine, frozen shoulder, cases of fibromyalgia, in chronic fatigue syndrome and sports injuries.  Promising results have been seen in some cases of severe arthritis.

Conclusion:

The Bowen’s technique is very effective and has been steadily been widely embraced by a broad spectrum of people. Healing professionals have been impressed by the capabilities of a Bowen treatment and the diversity of problems addressed.

This technique is an effective, safe and non-pharmacological technique.  Anybody can learn it and there is only one basic move. It is an uncomplicated Alternative therapy and the only post treatment advice that could be common to all patients is to drink plenty of water to flush out the toxins.

Reference:

http://www.bowen-technique.co.uk/history.htm

www.bowenwork.com

www.bowen-technique.co.uk

www.bowen.asn.au

www.natural.bloom.com

http://www.highlandrealm.org/bowentech.asp.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 163.

SANGUINARIA.

 

This remedy is derived from the plant called as Bloodroot.

This is a right-sided remedy and affects the mucus membranes of the respiratory tract.

It is a suitable remedy for headache, which is periodical, weekly, every three days.  The headache is associated with bitter vomiting.  It is suitable for headache and neuralgia on the right side, beginning in the occiput (back of the head) and spreading over the face and settling in the right eye, with a feeling as if the forehead would burst, and the subject feels better after lying down or sleeping in a dark room. The headache is also better by rubbing, pressure and worse from mental and physical exertion.  It is suitable for menopausal headaches.

It is suitable in hay fever with chronic watery discharge from the nose.

This remedy is also useful for polyps in the nose.

It is a great chest remedy with rust colored sputum (similar to Bryonia), associated with sharp stitching pain in the right lung.

It is a suitable remedy for subjects who have tickling behind the sternum with a constant hacking cough, day and night, which is worse while lying down.

It suits subjects, who have pain in the right side of the chest, through the right shoulder.  It suits subjects with excess dyspnoea with a desire to breath deeply.

It is useful in subjects with rheumatic pains in the right shoulder who find it difficult to move their arm.  It suits subjects whose have burning in the soles of their feet.

It suits subjects who have eruptions on the face, worse during the menstrual period.  It suits subjects, who have a flushed face with flashes of heat and distension of the veins, with burning sensation in the feet and palms, with a feeling of a rush of blood in the head.

It is an extremely good menopausal remedy.  It is good for hot flushes of heat.

This remedy is useful in allergic complaints, which are worse from cold, odors of flowers, colds, diarrhea, colds, and leucorrhoea.

This remedy suits subjects who are worse from sweets, right side, motion and touch.  It also suits subjects who are better from acidic food, sleep and darkness.

TIPS FROM THE MASTERS…

I know of no remedy to take the place of SANGUINARIA in edema of the glottis, secondary to Acute Pharyngitis.

Dr. Irvins.

 In threatened phthisis (tuberculosis) with a bad bronchial cough after Pneumonia or Bronchitis, with foul smelling sputum, noticed by the patients, SANGUINARIA will often clear the atmosphere.

Dr. T. K. Moore, M.D.

 One can hardly be successful in whooping cough without SANGUINARIA.  It may of use early before it has really gotten a start, but its greatest use is at the end where the cough returns every time the patient takes a cold.

Dr. Lehman.

 These three – SANGUINARIA, IRIS and MELILOTUS together with PULSATILLA & IPAECAC can have and will take care of most headaches.  And this is not after the manner of Aspirin and its companion sedatives, but when carefully matched, it removes it lock stock and barrel.

Dr. T. K. Moore, M.D.

A VITAL MICRO NUTRIENT – MANGANESE.

Introduction:

Manganese is a micronutrient that is nutritionally essential.  The effects of manganese are not fully understood and it is perhaps appropriate that it derives its name from the Greek word – which means magic.  People in UK are least likely to have Manganese deficiency because of their tea drinking habits.

Manganese has recently come under the scanner because excessive levels in the atmosphere is said to result in violent behavior in humans.

Sources of Manganese:
  • Tea
  • Wheat germ
  • Spinach
  • Split peas
  • Nuts
  • Oat germ
  • Oatmeal,
  • Pineapple
  • Green leafy vegetables.
Recommended daily allowance for Manganese:

US RDA: 2.5-7mg per day.

Why is Manganese so essential?
  • It is essential for smooth functioning of the brain
  • Manganese is an antioxidant nutrient that is important in the breakdown of amino acids and the production of energy.
  •    It is necessary for the metabolism of Vitamin B-1 and Vitamin E and it activates various enzymes, which are important for proper digestion & utilization of foods.
  •   Manganese is a catalyst in the breakdown of fats and cholesterol.
  •   It is necessary for normal skeletal development, and helps to maintain sex hormone production and to regulate blood sugar levels.
  •   Manganese super oxide dismutase (MnSOD) is the principal antioxidant enzyme, which helps the proper functioning of mitochondria, the powerhouse in our cells.
  •   Arginase, another manganese-containing enzyme, is required by the liver for the urea cycle, a process that detoxifies ammonia generated during amino acid metabolism.
  •   Manganese deficiency results in abnormal skeletal development.
  •   Manganese is required for wound healing.
  • Excessive levels of manganese can cause violent behavior:

Every cell in the human body uses manganese, and a deficiency of it will lead to death.  But too much of it, some experts say, can make a person prone to violence and certain mental disorders, particularly attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.  Excess of manganese has been long suspected of causing violent behavior in high doses. In California legislators have decided to monitor manganese levels in the air

It is believed that manganese and iron share a common absorption and transport pathways.  Absorption of manganese from a meal is reduced as the meal’s iron content is increased.

In one study it was found that young men who were fed a low-manganese diet developed decreased serum cholesterol levels and a transient skin rash. Blood calcium, phosphorus, and alkaline phosphatase levels were also elevated, which may indicate increased bone remodeling as a consequence of insufficient dietary manganese.

Manganese deficiency symptoms include:
  • Pain in the joints.
  • High blood sugar and altered lipid metabolism.
  • Bone/disc problems.
  • Poor memory.
  • Impaired growth,
  • Impaired reproductive function,
Conclusion:

Manganese supplementation, in combination with calcium, zinc and copper, showed efficacy in postmenopausal osteoporosis. Manganese in combination with glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin sulfate was helpful in treating knee osteoarthritis pain.  Manganese is also said to be useful in alleviating some PMS symptoms, including anxiety, depression, irritability and mood swings.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 162.

SAMBUCUS NIGRA.

 

THE ACTION OF THIS REMEDY IS MAINLY ON THE RESPIRATORY ORGANS.

 

This remedy is derived from the tree called as ELDER.

 The keynote symptom of this remedy is THE RESPIRATORY ORGANS.

It suits subjects, who have a hoarseness of the voice with a tenacious mucous.  It suits subjects with a suffocating cough, beginning around midnight with crying or shortness of breath.  It is a suitable remedy for spasmodic cough.

It is suitable for snuffles in infants (blockage of the nose), when the nose is dry and obstructed and the infant is forced to let go of the nipple and cannot breathe, while suckling.  This remedy suits children, when they suddenly wake up and cannot breathe out and go blue.

This remedy also suits subjects, who cannot breathe and go blue.

This remedy is useful for the bad effects of violent mental emotions, and for combating the bad effects of excessive sexual indulgence.

It suits subjects who have dry heat in the body with profuse sweating.

This remedy is useful for edema of the various parts of the body, especially the lower limbs.

It is also useful for aliments that come on during the sleep, worse from midnight, forcing the patient to sit up and making him worse on lying on the left side, or with the head low.

This remedy suits subjects who are worse from cold drinks, while over heated and worse from cold dry air.

TIPS FROM THE MASTERS…

 When the child has been frightened and suffocative attacks set in with bluish, bloated face, SAMBUCUS NIGRA is useful.

Dr. Krischbaum.

In the suffocating cough of children, waking them up in the middle of the night and accompanied by sibilant wheezing and great dyspnoea, but without croup, I have found small doses of SAMBUCUS Q of the most rapid service.

Dr. Bayes.

I have myself found SAMBUCUS NIGRA of great use in checking those debilitating perspirations, which often retard convalescence after delivery.

Dr. Hughes, L.R.C.P.

UNDERSTANDING THE MIND AND MEDITATING.

UNDERSTANDING THE MIND AND MEDITATING.

 More and more people are rediscovering meditation—a practice that takes you inside for an out-of-the-world experience.

 Parveen Chopra

Introduction:

 

What do Clint Eastwood, Richard Gere, the Canadian musician Leonard Cohen and the famous new age Indian Guru, Dr. Deepak Chopra have in common?  The answer is, they all meditate. Clint Eastwood has been practicing Transcendental meditation ™ for years. Cohen spent six months in a Zen monastery.  Richard Gere is a staunch meditating Buddhist.  Mitch Kapor was a TM teacher before he created software history by creating Lotus 1-2-3.

We are all a holistic combination of the Body, the Mind and the soul.  To be successful in life, we have to keep our bodies healthy with exercise and proper vegan lifestyle. The exercise for the mind is meditation.  Meditation is a fundamental spiritual discipline of all major religions.  Meditation may be defined as a withdrawal or the reversal of one’s consciousness from the body and the world, into the realm of the soul. It is an inward journey onto the bright path of contemplation of God.  Meditation helps one to have more awareness of oneself. It helps us experience a state of internal freedom and a sense of joy.

What is the Mind?

 The mind is just a bundle of thoughts. It is a Body within our bodies at a finer rate of vibration. The mind and the body are inter-connected.  Matter is the mind at a lesser rate of vibration and the mind is matter at a higher rate of vibration.  A disease of the body will affect the mind and vice-versa. To be successful in life one has to control the mind.  It is constantly wandering and distracting us.  Great thinkers, scientists and all the successful people on earth are innately meditative by nature.

 Why should we meditate?

 Meditation is food for the mind. It will help to still the mind and the soul force will take over our lives and the true purpose of life is revealed to us.  Meditation is a healing balm that helps us understand the chaos in this world. It is a tool for understanding the true meaning of our lives.

Several Hindu seers have compared the mind to a monkey that is innately restless in nature, which is drunken by the wine of worldly desires.  They further add that the monkey becomes bitten scorpion of jealousy and then possessed by the ghost of the past. Such is the state of our minds today. Sad! But true.

The constantly over-working chaotic mind is always preventing us from living in the present and being creative.  The mind is fear driven and always is either in the past or the future. The 21st century mantra is BEND THE BODY, MEND THE SENSES AND END THE MIND.

Will one become a zombie if the mind ceases to work?

When one begins to meditate, anguished friends warn us against taking up this spiritual practice. They feel that people practicing meditation will become non-functional and useless to society.

Nothing is further from the real truth. It is well known that when one goes into deeper states of meditation, one goes into the alpha levels in the brain (as recorded by the Electro Encephalogram – EEG) and meditative people become more creative, error free, intuitive and highly successful.

Medical benefits of Meditation:

 Medically speaking, regular Meditation and Prayer helps us in the following way:

  • It reduces stress.
  • It bolsters the immunity of the body.
  • It increases the memory and will power.
  • It can slow down the progress of cancers and certain forms of degenerative diseases.
  • It prevents the premature aging of the body.
  • It helps fighting psychosomatic disorders.
  • It helps fight depression, phobias and fears.

Meditation can make you a successful and creative person. It can be a valuable modern medical tool in many branches of Medicine such as; Psychiatry, Cardiovascular Medicine, Respiratory Medicine, Geriatrics, Gastro-enterology, Skin and Connective tissue diseases, Sports and Aviation medicine. Meditation can also be a valuable tool in terminal diseases like cancers and AIDS and help in alleviating pain in the terminal stages of such diseases.

References:

 www.lifepositive.com.

 www.dailymantra.com.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 161.

SALICYLICUM ACIDICUM.

This remedy is suitable in Meniere’s disease, where there is ring and roaring in the ears, with deafness and vertigo.

This remedy is suitable for subjects with Vertigo with a tendency to fall of the left side.

This remedy is also suitable for subjects with Retinal hemorrhage.

This remedy is also useful in mouth ulcers with burning in the mouth with a fetid breath.  This remedy is useful when subjects have hot and sour belching with flatulence.

This remedy is useful in subjects, who have painful and swollen knees with sciatica with burning pain that is worse at night.

This remedy is useful when the skin is hot and burning and itching vesicles and pustules, which are better while scratching.

 

TIPS FROM THE MASTERS…

 Our main experience with SALICYLIC ACID has been in a few cases of Meniere’s diseases, where its action, in the usual small doses of Homeopathy, has been prompt and satisfactory.

Dr. M. L. Tyler, M.D.

 The 3rd trituration of SALICYLIC ACID is becoming quite a favorite medicine with me for simple deafness and tinnitus.

Dr. Claude.

 For inflamed or ulcerated corns, NITRIC ACID is good; also locally for painful corms, a solution of SALICYLIC ACID 1 in 5 to be painted on the corn at bed time every 2 or 3 nights is often successful.

Dr. Pettit.

 

Antiperspirants are again under the scanner.

Introduction:

 Recently some researchers in the UK created a huge scare by claiming that antiperspirants used by women caused breast cancer. They claimed that the aluminum used in the antiperspirant mimics estrogens and thus increases the risk of breast cancer.

Does using antiperspirants retain the harmful toxins within the body?

Most experts assure us that there is no reason to be worried; as the body does not sweat out toxins and antiperspirants do not alter the body’s ability to sweat. The liver and kidneys remove more than 95% of the toxins.

There are about 2 – 5 million sweat glands around the body. Antiperspirants affect the sweat glands only in the armpits. Antiperspirants work by dissolving the sweat and produce a thin coating on the skin that temporarily reduces sweating in the armpit.  Sweating is the body’s way to regulate body temperature and sweat essentially consists of water, some sodium and little fat and these are not toxic.

There is not evidence that the ingredients such as Aluminum or Zirconium salts damage the cell DNA and damage the breast tissue. Human beings are exposed to aluminum everyday and antiperspirants only contribute about 2.5% of the total exposure. Much of the exposure comes from our food and exposure to airborne particles. Studies do not support fears that antiperspirants affect hormone levels. Even the use of parabens in cosmetics has been cleared by health and cosmetic regulating authorities.

You can smell good naturally:

Excessive armpit sweating is known as axillary hyperhidrosis.  All people past puberty experience armpit sweat and odor, and these are normal bodily functions and it is but a variation of the normal sweating process.  It is a distressing problem for those that suffer from it.  If you are worried about aluminum and parabens toxicity, it is better to go natural.

Make your own Deodorant cream:

 Melt three tablespoons each of baking soda, petroleum jelly and orrisroot powder (you may also use cornstarch).  Add a few drops of scented oil to this mixture. Viola! Your natural deodorant cream is ready.

Make your own Deodorant spray:

 Take one and a half cups of water (200 ml) and to it add one tablespoon of powdered alum, one tablespoon of rubbing alcohol and finally add this to 15 ml of scented oil.   Put this mixture in a spray bottle and use it.

Make your own perfume naturally:

 Take three cups of vodka and add half a cup of your chosen essential or perfumed oil and then add half a cup of finely powdered orrisroot. Mix well and pour it into small ornate bottles and store them in a cool dark place.

Other methods to beat body odor:

 

  • Just take a bath as usual but add some baking soda to the water.
  • Borax put into your shoes fights foot odors.
  • Eating plenty of green vegetables can help your body stay clean and minimize odor. Green vegetables such as spinach and lettuce contain chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is helpful in reducing the body odor the perspiration.
  • If you make a strong infusion of tea with lovage or sage, you can apply this under your armpits or add it to your bath and keep body odor away.
  • Apple cider vinegar can be a good natural deodorant. Just add the apple cider vinegar to some water and place it on your armpit. The vinegar smell will disappear in a few minutes.
  • Use deodorant crystals.  These crystals are a natural rock that absorbs odor without clogging skin pores or staining clothes.

Conclusion:

Experts say that 8m people in the US suffer from primary axillary hyperhydrosis. The deodorant industry is huge and runs into billions of dollars and people will spend anything to smell good.  It is better to rely on cheap and holistic ways, while choosing cosmetics and deodorants.

References and links:

www.antiperspirantsinfo.com.

www.cbsnews.com.

www.associatedcontent.com.

www.allnaturalbeauty.us


Herbal Home Remedies by Jude C. Todd.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 160.

SABINA.

 

THIS REMEDY HAS AN AFFINITY FOR THE UTERUS.

 

This remedy is derived from a shrub called as Savine or Juniperus Sabina.

 This remedy is pre-dominantly a female remedy and has a special affinity to the uterus.

It is also useful in gout.  It is useful whenever there is pain extending from the sacrum to the pubic region.

It suits subjects who find MUSIC INTOLERABLE and who are extremely nervousness.

This remedy is suitable in female subjects with vertigo with suppressed menstruation.

This remedy suits subjects who have a sense of fullness in the rectum with constipation with pain in the back to the pubis.  This remedy is also useful in piles, which bleed copiously with bright red blood.

It suits male subjects who have inflammatory gonorrhea with pus like discharge, with Sycotic excrescences (warts). This remedy suits male subjects, who have a burning sensation and pain in the glans penis.  It is also useful, whenever the prepuce (the foreskin of the penis) is painful with difficulty in retracting it.

This remedy suits subjects, who have bloody urine, with inflammation of the bladder with a throbbing sensation all over, with inflammation of the urethra.

This remedy suits female subjects who have a profuse menses, which are too early; with bring red blood and uterine pains that extend up to the thighs. It also suits female subjects, who have menorrhagia (excessive bleeding during menstruation), where the vaginal bleeding is partially clotted, with a tendency to abort.  This remedy is useful in threatened miscarriage and also in habitual abortion, where the sexual desire is increased. This remedy is also useful in leucorrhoea after menses, which is corrosive and offensive.  This remedy is useful in expelling the retained placenta and also is useful in expelling Moles from the uterus.  This remedy suits female subjects, who have an inflammation of the ovaries and uterus after abortion.

This remedy is suitable when there is pain from the sacrum to the pubis and from below upward, shooting up the vagina.

This remedy suits female subjects, who have a bruised pain in the anterior portion of the thighs and shooting to the heels and the metatarsal bones. This remedy suits subjects, who have arthritic pain in the joints and gout, worse in a heated room.

This remedy also suits subjects, who have fig warts with intolerable itching and burning with exuberant granulation.

This remedy suits subjects, who are worse with the least motion, heat and warm air. It also suits subjects who are better in cold air.

TIPS FROM THE MASTERS…

 My big ‘5’ in obstetrical hemorrhage are MILLEFOLIUM, PHOSPHORUS, NITRIC ACID, and SECALE CORNUTUM AND SABINA.