Postural Alignment: Boost Energy and Health

The Hips.

They are a core part of our posture and support the spine, as well as being lifted by the legs.  Here is where our journey begins.

Hips can become misaligned due to a fall, being overworked with running or climbing stairs, or just twist in response to the myriad of muscles surrounding them.  The sacrum is the fulcrum of the hips, much like the Keystone of an arch holds the weight of all the stones that make up the archway.  From a Naprapathic standpoint it is the key to realignment and better health of the legs, but this is just the beginning.

What started the cascade of events that led to pelvic rotation?

We think of two types of pelvic rotations: Posterior or Classic Pelvic Rotation, and Anterior Pelvic Rotation.  Get out your protractor!  In Myofascial Release we can see these relationships when we go to the side of the person and look straight at the trochanter; the side protuberance of the bone of the leg that is on the side of the hip. Using that as the horizontal axis we are going to use our pointers and place one fingertip on the inferior border of Anterior Iliac Spine (ASIS) and the other on the Posterior Iliac Spine (PSIS).  Aim your fingers toward each other and you will have an angle in relation to the horizontal axis.  Measure the angle in degrees:

Women: Typically should have no more than a 10 – 15 degree angle,

Men:  Typically should have around a 5 degree angle.

Anything outside those ranges is abnormal.  If the angle has increased, indicating a pelvic tilt that is anterior, we will have lumbar compression and the muscles associated with that stress.  If the angle is decreased, indicating a pelvic tilt that is posterior, we will have sacral shear and the muscles pulling the pelvis in a posterior fashion along with loss of a lumbar curve. These landmarks are easily seen from the side view.

Along with supporting the spine, the pelvis has many ligaments and muscles attached in order to help us move our legs, sit down, turn to look to the side, and control most of our body movements.  We use the term “syndrome” in most of our diagnostic evaluations because so much is going on here; and we use orthopedic tests to tell us more about that.

Deerfield Motion Reflex is the most important orthopedic test in our diagnostic tool bag.  Dr. Deerfield discovered a surprising and accurate relationship between the lower legs and knee flexion and the corresponding tensions of the pelvis and lumbar spine; in fact that tension can also be felt all the way up into the neck.

Here is just an overview of what Deerfield Motion Reflex orthopedic test tells us:  Have the patient lie on their stomach with arms relaxed and face looking nose down into the face cradle.  Standing at the end of the table, preferably a low chiropractic exam table if possible, look down at the heels and flex the feet slightly.  Compare the heels or malleolus, and determine which one is superior.  Make a mental note and flex the knees.  Which event happens: does the superior malleolus stay inferior when flexed, or does it go long?  If the superior malleolus stays inferior with knee flexion we have now witnessed what Deerfield calls a Posterior Pelvic Rotation.  The muscles of the thigh have contracted and the leg on the side of posteriority is shorter in contrast to the other leg. More on that in a moment.  If, however, the malleolus was superior in the straight leg, but goes long or the leg appears to grow longer with knee flexion, this would indicate the tension is in the lumbar spine.

Posterior Pelvic Rotation.

The findings for a Classical Pelvic Rotation are easy to predict: When the bone of the pelvis, just one side you understand, goes into a posterior tilt it causes the muscles of the hamstring to become tight and shorten, and the anterior muscles such as the rectus femoris to become weak and lengthened.  The sacrum gets literally pulled toward the posterior pelvis and the opposite side PSIS ligaments are pulled causing the pain fibers to fire.  A patient will say, “I feel pain here,” as they point to one side PSIS.  When they are standing, that posterior side will be visible with the Ilium higher on that side.  That can be explained in multiple scenarios related to the rotation and the pull on the ligaments from the ilium that attach to the lumbar spine.  Either the lumbar vertebraes will be pulled toward the posterior ilium in response as the ligaments shorten, or the lumbar vertebraes will be rotated toward the opposite side as the psoas pulls on the vertebraes on the side of posteriority causing the vertebral rotation.  Either way we have to treat the entire syndrome as it appears: treat according to findings.

Anterior Pelvic Tilt.

The other side of the ilium is going to tilt in an anterior rotation because it has to; no choice.  It will never not rotate.  Remember that everything in the body is connected in one way or another; nature has designed everything in the body to communicate this way.  Amazing, I know, but we also need to educate ourselves in order to know what to do in order to resolve the problem.  It is a problem: patients will complain about hip pain, low back pain, lower abdominal pulling, weakness of legs, digestive disorders, or neck pain, knee pain, ankle pain, and so on.  Where is it all coming from, and what do we treat first?  Treat according to findings and START at the Pelvis which is our center of gravity.

Begin with creating a strong foundation for the spine; treat the anterior pelvic rotation first, then move to the posterior side, and after that the lumbar spine will follow: IN THAT ORDER.  Why? It works, that’s why.  No kidding.  If you treat the OUTCOME of pelvic rotation — the posteriority — without first treating the cause — the anteriority — you will just have to repeat your steps.  I for one am all in favor of treatments that are concise and easy on the body.  Believe me your patient will thank you, and say things like, “that feels good.”  Not, “ouch, that hurts!”

Just a word of advice here: you will have to have them come back for treatments at least weekly if you want this problem to resolve.  The ligaments that attach everywhere around this huge complex do not receive much oxygen because they are not vascularized; no blood vessels here so no oxygen.  They need encouragement and repeated stretching, but it must stay below the plastic range so they don’t get damaged and it takes time for the body to respond to stretching.  Anyone who stretches with their workouts will have first hand experience about how difficult it can be to stretch and how long it takes to get results.  Please tell me you stretch with your workouts!  If not, ask me how.

Naprapathic treatments are just that; stretching routines.  We lengthen tissues, apply techniques to massage away tension and trigger points, and use various means to relieve pain and regain alignment.  They are very very very gentle and if they do cause pain, we stop!  I get a lot of myofascial release into the tissues long before I ever do any stretching, especially in the cervical area.  But when I finally do go to the spine and do adjustments, they are going to hold longer and there should not be any pain or discomfort; I want to hear, “Doc, I feel so much better!  Look at how far I can turn my head now!”  Makes my day.

Postural Alignment

I conduct a visual inspection of the patient before they lie down on a table.  I look at them from the front, the sides and from the back.  Topographical cues tell me what is going on and I explain what I am seeing to the patient, sometimes mimicking their posture so they see what I am seeing.  Rather comical if you ask me, and a little laughter never hurt, especially when you are worried because you have been in pain and your legs are numb!

I look for horizontal lines that tell me about the spine.  Shoulders should be in a straight line and natural curves of the spine should be there also.  Too far in one way or another, whether tilting or leaning, or too much curvature tells me a lot about what is pulling on the spine.

Next I have them lie face down.  Gravity is now removed from the equation and I can get a better picture about how the body is holding itself together.  Some of the distortions that are seen standing will be absent when gravity is no longer a factor.

I know Oakley Smith would not like me now, but I am going to work on the superficial tissue first.  Dr. Smith created the science of Naprapathy and he thought we needed to do our initial evaluations without interfering with the superficial structures.  I do not agree; these are after all superficial findings and do not in any way give us a true picture of underlying causation.  I get it out of the way, and I used to be chastised in clinic because I spent too much time on each patient.  Guess what? I did it anyway.  I know more than most people coming in to this profession and myofascial release is good for everyone, including infants.  The problem is not resolved, but I can certainly see it more clearly now.

I use my orthopedic test to determine where I will begin the treatment: pelvis or lumbar spine.  Then I treat above the pelvis at the waistline, below the pelvis with the knees and ankles, and finally the cervical spine.

Following these simple steps in order will insure a lasting result, and patients will heal.  As long as they don’t fall on the ice or constantly overwork their muscles everything going on will resolve.  Pain goes away, muscles become strong, brain fog disappears and patients can return to their work schedule, their workout, and enjoy their lives.

Follow-up care is very important.  I cannot stress enough how getting evaluated on a regular basis can insure the health of the spine and entire body and brain.  Once a month is awesome, but that may happen after a few months of regular weekly treatments.  Here is my protocol.

Initial visit to evaluate the spine and begin proper care.

Weekly visits until symptoms resolve and the patient is comfortable in their own skin, as it were.

Bi-weekly visits continue until the pelvic rotation is resolved and the tissues “stay” in alignment.

Then the patient graduates to monthly treatments.  Missing a month every so often is going to be okay, as long as it does not extend beyond eight weeks.

Point in case: a patient was coming to me weekly, fell on the ice, or sneezed the wrong way and threw her back out; the lumbar spine was insulted by the extreme trauma.  After just two treatments the problem was resolved and we were back to weekly treatments.  She followed with regular care for about 6 more months and was released.

Another patient was coming in twice a month, but experienced an automobile accident.  I encouraged her to come in just hours after the accident and began with a very gentle treatment working on the muscles mostly and very gentle stretching of the neck.  Just two weeks and she had no residual symptoms and certainly no whip lash injury; we had avoided the possible build up of lactic acid by relaxing the pain fibers and keeping the blood supply to the area that was traumatized by the impact.  See how this works?

In yoga class I can look at someone and give them verbal cues to help lengthen the psoas, prescribe yoga postures that will help lengthen the posterior muscles of the spine and relaxation that will gently stretch ligaments.  I’m just awesome like that.  You should come to one of my yoga classes!

In massage school they erroneously tell massage therapists not to treat anyone immediately after an auto accident or a serious fall.  WRONG!  That is the most crucial time to go in there and calm everything down.  Avoid any surgeries or broken bones, but everything else needs touch!

Okay, I am off my soap box and encourage you to see spines differently.  If you see someone who is hunched over, twisting in a weird way, or complaining about their knee pain they probably have a posterior pelvic rotation and need to see a bodywork professional.  Tell them to see a Naprapath, and if one is not near them, seek help from a Myofascial Therapist.  They will thank you.

Yours in Health, Naturally

Dr. Wanona

 

FennFlex Routine

FennFlexR

is a registered trademark with Dr. Wanona. You do not have my permission to share this training with anyone unless you ask me personally and guarantee you will credit me with its creation; in other words don’t steal my ideas.

Created by Dr. Rev. Wanona Wellspring Ceisel, DN, LMT

Many years ago when lifting weights I ran across an article by Larry Scott.

Mr. Scott was a personal trainer and mentor to Arnold Schwarzenegger who trained with Scott when he first arrived in the US.

In fact, Larry Scott has won Mr. America, Mr. Olympia (1965) and Mr. USA titles. He had such a marvelous physique.  In the article in the Chicago Runner, he described a workout routine unlike any I had ever experienced.  I used his technique and found amazing results.  Later he came out with another routine, which he called the “9-Minute Miracle Workout.”1 What is amazing to me is that less time spent working out can give better benefits.

After receiving my doctorates in naprapathy, I was better able to include movement therapies in the rehabilitation protocol with patients after an accident or illness or if they just wanted to improve their health.  It was then that I began to really incorporate the ideas that Larry Scott, and our good friend Dr. Fenn2, in what I now call FennFlexR.  I gathered together yoga flexibility, breathing techniques, synapse technique and higher intensity levels into a weight lifting routine to create FennFlexR.  Here is the basic premise:  The muscle works harder because we focus on eccentric contraction and the repetitions are slow using focused breathing and multiple breaths throughout the range of motion.  We can reduce injuries, as well as delayed onset muscle soreness, and increase strength in less time as well as become more flexible.

How Growth Hormone Increases with Intensity Training

The anterior pituitary is a gland located in the cranium between the two hemispheres of the brain just behind the orbits of the eyes.  Growth Hormone is secreted by the anterior pituitary and stimulates the liver and other body cells to secrete a growth-promoting peptide hormone known as IGF-1, insulin-like growth factor-1 also known as somatomedin C.

In addition, IGF-1 exerts direct effect on the metabolism of protein, carbohydrate and lipid on various cells and tissue.

The primary physiological effect of growth hormone (GH) is to stimulate both growth and protein anabolism.  Compared to these effects, metabolism of carbohydrates (CHO)and lipid are minor.  However, marked excess of GH does produce significant increase in CHO and lipid metabolism.

Growth Hormone will

  • render adipocytes more responsive to lipolytic stimuli;
  • increase gluconeogenesis by the liver; and
  • reduces the ability of insulin to cause glucose uptake by peripheral tissues, often termed “anti-insulin” effect, as seen with elevated plasma glucose levels.

During most of the day, little or no GH is secreted, although bursts may be elicited by certain stimuli, including stress, hypoglycemia, and exercise.  An hour or two after one falls asleep, one or more larger prolonged bursts of secretion may occur.  These are under the control of the hypothalamus or specifically, the hypothalamic hypophysiotropic hormones.  Growth hormone is stimulated by GHRH, growth hormone releasing hormone. And inhibited by hypothalamic somatostatin.

The result of changes of these two signals is the occurrence of episodic bursts and manifests a striking diurnal rhythm.

Additionally, during periods of stress, the fight-or-flight response is activated in the autonomic nervous system.  Including epinephrine, which is secreted from the adrenal medulla, the actions of the sympathetic neurons under stress include the following:

  • increased hepatic (liver) and muscle glycognolysis (provides a quick source of glucose)
  • increased breakdown of adipose tissue triglycerides (provides a supply of glycerol for gluconeogenesis and of fatty acids for oxidation.
  • Decreased fatigue of skeletal muscle
  • Increased cardiac output (increased cardiac contractility and heart rate)
  • Shunting of blood from viscera to skeletal muscles
  • Increased ventilation
  • Increased coagulation of blood

 

The advantages of these responses is invaluable

Steroid hormones, in contrast, are produced by the adrenal cortex, testes, and ovaries.

  • Aldosterone effects salt metabolism and the kidney’s ability to handle sodium, potassium and hydrogen ions.
  • Cortisol and corticosterone are glucocorticoids and effect the metabolism of glucose and organic nutrients. Cortisol also facilitates the body’s response to stress and regulates the immune system.
  • Androgens are secreted by the testes and ovaries.

Steroid hormones exist in plasma bound to proteins and free dissolved in the plasma.  The degree of protein binding affects the rate of metabolism and the excretion of the hormone.

Hormones that circulate freely in the bloodstream last only brief periods and protein-bound hormones are less vulnerable to excretion or metabolism and removal may take many hours or several days.  The effect of steroid hormones is the rate of synthesis of proteins.  Pharmacologic benefits include the suppression of allergic and inflammatory responses.

In an exercise routine where subjects goals are to tone and sculp, the GH can be elicited with several positive effects:

The method is to create a stress situation with intensity of weight that causes a surge of GH to be excreted.  Because GH has a local response, this is especially helpful in spot reducing.

FennFlexR

The FennFlexR is a routine that is done with every muscle in four sets.  Each set has a purpose:

Set One.  Warm the muscle.

Set Two.  Work the muscle.

Set Three.  The “Fear” set.

Set Four.  Work the growth hormone into the target muscle.

Between sets one and two, and two and three the person must stretch the muscle they just worked.  It is possible to increase weights on a weekly basis using this technique.

Set One.

I call this set the warm-up set.  This allows blood to flow into the muscle to warm the tissues and joints.  I recommend that the weights are kept at a low range to allow for easy range of motion for the joint and muscle effort should be low.  The brain should recognize this as an easy effort and the body remains relaxed.

Stretching is very important after set one.  While the muscle is warm, the muscle can be stretched and not torn.  There is no catabolism in the FennFlexR technique.

Set Two.

This is the strength set.  Enough weight is placed on the machine or bar so that the person is able to accomplish 6-8 good clean reps.  No more.  There is a reason for this.  Each repetition is done slowly and deliberately with good extension and smooth flexion to control the movement at the joint and focus on eccentric contraction of muscles.  An example is the biceps curl.  Each repetition is done slowly as the elbow extends and eccentrically lengthens controlling the weight held in the hand.  This will gradually change the lever arm as well allowing for control at the joint and strengthen the length of the muscle.  Breath is most important here.  In FennFlexR we take several short breaths and exhale several times to allow lactic acid to be processed more quickly as we slowly lower the arm and raise the arm.  The goal is to complete six good repetitions staying within an aerobic capacity.  When we go beyond the level at which our mitochondria can process lactic we have entered into the anaerobic phase of exercise, which is catabolic and we begin to break down muscle tissue.  We absolutely do not want to do this.  There is no muscle soreness after working out if we stay in the aerobic capacity.

Stretching here will allow the muscles to relax, prevent reflexogenic contraction and guarding in a very tired muscle.  Relax and take your time.  I recommend stretching each muscle for 2 or 3 minutes.  This will also allow the heart rate to come down and a minimal amount of cooling to occur.

Set Three.

The muscle is now ready to work harder than it ever has.  Larry Scott called this the ‘Fear’ set.  The reason makes sense, however.  The person must lift so much weight, isometrically, that only one quarter of one rep can be accomplished.  If you are on equipment that counts your sets and reps for you, then make that one complete repetition.  The isometric workout here focuses on one muscle lifting one bone.  First of all, the brain is extremely excited and a rush of growth hormone is released into the body and targeted to the muscle that is working so much overtime.  Secondly, the bone is being pulled upon which makes for stronger bone and tendon.  And thirdly, the heart rate is up which is pumping more oxygen into the muscle and more lactic acid into the mitochondria.  Also, over time there will eventually be more mitochondria to help out in the future.

There is no stretching session between set three and SetFour for one very important reason.  Growth hormone will be absorbed and eradicated just as quickly as it was released, so it must be used immediately.

Set Four.

Without a break between set three and SetFour, except for changing weights, the person will now reduce the weight to the level of Step One.  This lower amount of weight following an isometric stress on the muscle will help focus the growth hormone into the target muscle and help build more muscle fibers.  We do not need to worry about repair, because we have stayed in an anabolic mode throughout our workout.

Increasing Weights

If during Set Two you find that you can almost as easily do eight repetitions as doing six, it is time to increase weights.  But this is not the set where we increase the weights.  Increasing weights on Set Two will only damage the muscle and that is not our goal.  Instead, increase the weights on Set Four.  After an isometric contraction, the growth hormone is focused into the muscle.  By increasing the weights only 5 to 10 pounds in Set Four, the muscle begins to recognize this as an easy task to accomplish and remembers the new weight limit.  At the next workout, this is the weight you would begin with.  It is safe to increase weights every other workout for that muscle.

Variety

The muscles need to rest, and the brain likes variety.  It is better to let a muscle that has worked very hard rest for two weeks before working it again.  For this reason, we do not do the same workout routine every day.  The brain would get bored and you would reach a plateau.  Instead, vary the workouts in this way:  Work the front of the upper body one day and the back of the lower body on the same day.  Then on a following day work the upper body in the back and the lower body in the front.  Or spread it out even more and work front of the arms and upper back, upper chest and hams, calves and biceps, latisimus and tibialis, etc.  Variety is the spice of life, and it is important that the brain stay amused and excited.  Besides the added benefit of allowing the muscle to build more fibers especially when recovering from injury, it is important to vary your workouts.  Always add abdominal work with every workout, and a good 10-minute aerobic warm-up before beginning any workout.

Here is a summary of the benefits of FennFlexR:

  1. No delayed onset muscle soreness
  2. Growth Hormone Release for muscle building
  3. No muscle damage
  4. Decreased rehabilitation time
  5. Increased strength in shorter time.
  6. Increased bone mass and density
  7. More oxygen to the brain

RELAXATION

Relaxation is necessary for optimal performance during the day. At the beginning and end of your workout sit in a cross legged posture or Easy Pose.  Empty your mind and relax the tension from your body.  Breathing is key to relaxation.  Inhale completely and deeply, relax and exhale quietly.   Practice Three-Part Breathing for a few breaths, then continue to breathe deeply for five to ten minutes.

Three-Part Breathing

Part One.  Inhale deeply allowing the belly to move forward.  The diaphragm contracts as the lungs expand filling with fresh Oxygen.  Fill the body as water fills a vessel.

Part Two.  Begin with the belly and expand the lower ribs, then the upper ribs all the way to the clavicles.

Part Three.  Feel the air reaching the top of the chest, then relax.

Control the exhale and quietly empty the top of the chest, the lower chest and ribs, and then the belly comes back.  Gently pull the navel back towards the spine.  The inhale will follow naturally as you repeat the process.

NAPRAPATHY

A Naprapathic physician is a doctor who specializes in connective tissue disorders.  It is my specialized training that has led me to the discovery and refinement of the FennFlexR routine.  I have been training patients and personal trainers to work with their limitations. Rather than focus on stretch in the tight side, we concentrate on strengthening the weak side.  Within these parameters and we are seeing amazing results; 12% bone gain in one year, and range of motion increases in 6 weeks for example.  It is my goal to help patients recover from injury or illness in less time, and not have to spend so much time at the gym if all they are interested in is staying healthy but their lives are very hectic.  FennFlexR is the answer to every person’s health improvement program.  I can be reached at doc2wah@gmail.com for questions about FennFlexR or other health-related matters.

 

Dr. Rev. Wanona Wellspring Ceisel, DN, LMT is a Naprapathy doctor, licensed massage therapist, clinical nutritionist, pain management and rehabilitation specialist, and yoga instructor.  She is also the owner/director/instructor at the Wellspring Centre of Natural Healing Arts an accredited medical massage vocational school in Naperville, Illinois (from 2000 to 2005) and creator of Wellspring Massage, Facial Reflexology and owner/director/instructor at Spring Creek Holistic and Organic Farm founded in 2014.

 

References:

  1. Larry Scott, Utah, 1996
  2. Fenn, anatomist, 1952

Aromatherapy for Pain

This abstract first appeared in the Journal of Prolotherapy 2012.  As the author I give myself kind permission to reprint it here.  Use Aromatherapy wisely and enjoy good health.

Therapeutic Grade Aromatherapy Essential Oils in the treatment of Pain

By Wanona Wellspring, DNSinus HA Pillow

 

Abstract

Essential oils of Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lavender and Myrrh contain neuro-depressive qualities for blocking pain as suggested by several studies in recent years.  Also unique in their pain-relieving properties are helichrysum, white fir, and Douglas fir.  There are several factors in pain sensation resulting from trauma (both physical and emotional), nerve damage, joint dysfunction, arthritis, and surgery,  Most of the research has been done in France and has not been translated into English.  However, there is substantial documentation to support the safe and effective use of therapeutic grade essential oils for many health related maladies, including pain.

Introduction

Of the many nerve fibers of the human body, the nociceptors comprise a large number and are located primarily within moving joints, and innervate various tissues within the body.  There is a protective nature of the sensation of pain to help prevent injury to ourselves, staying within our pain “threshold”, and to signal the brain to compensate for a previous injury.  Nature has supplied us with a natural plant aromatic oil that has the ability to suppress substance P, a neurotransmitter that signals pain within the brain.  Other essential oils from plants help muscles relax, heal bone, repair tendon, and calm the otherwise stressed sympathetic nervous system that keeps us in the pain-spasm-pain feedback loop with no relief.  Understanding the physiological affect of the essential oils has been the subject of research in recent years.  More recently individual subjects have used combinations of pure therapeutic grade essential oils for their pain relief before and after surgery with phenomenal results.  The essential oils were either ingested to applied topically, and there was absolutely no need to administer pharmaceutical pain medication.  The emotional apprehension of impending surgery, or its aftermath of pain and hemorrhage, or infection, has been completely eliminated by using therapeutic grade essential oils.

 

Objectives

To review of literature and personal testimonials for the effective use of therapeutic grade essential oils in the cessation of pain and relief from muscle spasm due to trauma or surgery and the formulas of single and blended oils that were used.

Methods

The use of therapeutic grade essential oils by individuals has been documented by testimonials on various yahoo groups, as well as personal interviews via phone or email and in person to verify what oils were used, how they were applied, how soon were the results felt and for how long, and when was the use of the oils discontinued.

Results

The primary pain formulas used varies from person to person although the same basic formula keeps repeating.

Prior to Prolotherapy (or surgery) Pain Control Formula

10 drops Vetiver
10 drops Valerian
5 drops Helichrysum
5 drops Clove

Post-Prolotherapy (or surgery) Pain Control Formula

20 drops Valerian
20 drops Vetiver
10 drops Helichrysum
5 drops Clove
5 drops Idaho Balsam Fir
5 drops Peppermint

Make the formula and place into 00 capsules.  Take as often as needed or 3-4 hours apart.

Pain Formula for Trauma

19 drops Valerian

2 to 3 drops Clove

2 to 3 drops Peppermint

Taken internally in an 00 capsule, two capsules at night are good for about 5 hours of pain relief.

Background

When plants are selected for essential oils they undergo a stringent process to verify their purity and potency.  They are grown in the best of conditions verifying their organic and wild-crafted nature.  Many are grown in areas where the soil is extremely rich and have never received chemicals of any kind.  They are harvested at their peak to insure that the quality of the oil in their leaves is the highest.  Then they are diffused at a temperature that will allow the oils to be extracted into the steam, but not so high a temperature that the healing components are degraded.  This is so often the case with casual perfume companies who adjust the oils with chemicals to make them appear to be pleasant to the nose, but have no true therapeutic properties.

 

Select few companies have taken it upon themselves to provide pure therapeutic grade essential oils that are potent, organic and contain the highest quality ingredients according to scientific standards set by professional aromatherapy laboratories.

“The chemistry of essential oils consists of simple hydrocarbons, oxygenated hydrocarbons, and their isomers.”

The oxygenated compounds of essential oils give them their most satisfying aroma and quality.  Monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes fall into the category of Terpenes and contain groups of hydrocarbons responsible for their therapeutic effect in cells.  There are an estimated 1,000 different monoterpenes and as many as 3,000 sesquiterpenes found in essential oils.

Both Valerian and Helichrysum contain sesquiterpenes.  gamma-Curcumene in Helichrysum  (helichrysum  italicum) and alpha-Farnescene in Valerian (Valeriana officinalis).  Sesquiterpenes are a fundamental class of plant compounds containing three isoprene units per molecule and are found in about 50% of all plant oils.  Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) contains 90% sesquiterpenes and is well known for its fixing property.

 

Ketones are composed of a carbonyl group with a hydrocarbon attached.  They emit a strong aroma and aid in nerve sedation, as well as promoting healing.  Valerian (vetiveria zizanioides) contains a ketone known as alpha-Vetivone.

 

Both Valerian and Vetiver contain small amounts of carboxylic acids.  The presence of acids in essential oils is so rare and unusual that many of them are named for their parent plant, valerinic acid and vetiveric acid are found in valerian and vetiver respectively.  The acid molecules carry a benzene ring giving them a higher resonance energy giving them electromagnetic frequencies.  Valerinic acid when combined with the aldehyde valerianal gives valerian its unpleasant smell.  The sedative properties of valerian however comes from the sesquiterpenes present in the oil.  It has been used as a tranquilizer in Germany and to treat insomnia.  The aldehydes in oils provide an antiviral and anti-inflammatory quality as well as calming effect to the nervous system.  Working on the parasympathetic system they reduce blood pressure by dilating blood vessels, relieve emotional stress and may reduce fevers.

 

Helichrysum (helichrysum italicum) is also known as Everlasting.  It contains less than 0.1% essential oil content and is costly to obtain.  It contains the sesquiterpene gamma-Curcumene.  Sesquiterpenes delete faulty information by correcting transcriptase function in DNA replication.  The largest element found in helichrysum is the ester Neryl Acetate up to 38%.  Esters are known for their relaxing effect, analgesic and strong affinity for acetylcholine receptor sites.  This may explain why muscle relaxation occurs as the ester occupies the space of the muscle receptor site and slows down the contraction of muscle fibers.  Other well known esters are found in Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Onycha, Cardamom, Jasmine and Spruce.

Peppermint  (mentha piperita) contains a high concentration of Menthol (34-44%) and is never mistaken for other oils of the mint family.  The flavor or peppermint will dominate the blend.  It will fight against invading microbes and fight off bacteria and viruses while offering pain relieving qualities.  Peppermint will suppress the production of substance-P neurotransmitter in response to pain.  It is a popular ingredient to freshen mouth, soothe digestive difficulties, relieve colic and indigestion.

 

In addition to its effectiveness in pain relief, clove (syzygium aromatica) has also demonstrated itself as an anti-inflammatory and a blood thinner.  It has a higher ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value of over 10 million.  By comparison the ORAC score of blueberries is only 2,400, 1,260 for spinach, 750 for oranges, and 210 for carrots. Clove has been used as an oral anesthetic by dentists for more than 500 years.  The phenolic compounds found in clove clean receptor sites, eat up free radicals and protect us from viruses and harmful bacteria. Clove contains more eugenol (75-80%) than any other essential oil giving it the anesthetic quality when used topically. Jean Valnet, MD, a French physician reportedly found clove beneficial for many purposes including nausea, bronchitis, arthritis, acne, halitosis, headaches, insect bites, mouth sores, warts, lymphoma, and prevention of contagious disease.

Testimonials

Margarete D.
Location: Tucson, AZ, United States
Posted: 2005-07-31
My neighbor had to quit her job because of severe pain and inflammation of the nerves in the carpal tunnels. She had intense, painful throbbing in her wrists, especially at night. During a visit I offered her the use of my peppermint oil to see if it might help her. After application of a few drops, she had right away an easing up of the pain.

Next morning, it was not even 6AM yet, when she called me all excited because for the first time in 7 years, she had a good night’s sleep. She has since applied also Lavender, and the other 5 oils in the Essential 7 kit. She was and remained completely pain free after about 7 days.

JoAnn S.r
Location: Ukiah, CA, United States
Posted: 2006-01-31
I was having a problem with my foot aching. This had gone on for a year or so. I told my osteopath that when I moved my foot a certain way that it was really painful. He told, ‘Well, don’t do that.’ Then it dawned me to look in one of my oils books to see what might help. I tried peppermint, and the pain disappeared. It is months later, and the pain has not returned.

Raymond W.
Location: Pontiac, MI, United States
Posted: 2005-11-22
In 1998 I discovered the power of Young Living’s essential oils while seeking alternatives to the cortisone injections that I was receiving from the specialist that my employer sent me to. While the pain subsided for several days, I still suffered from what was called cortisone flares when the pain seemed worse than the original pain and one night the pain was so unbearable, yes, this man cried. Real men do cry you know! Even Jesus wept on several occasions!

Well…one day I noticed an advertisement in a magazine regarding the application of a few drops of a potent oil blend that had helped others find relief from various pains so I ordered a bottle of PanAway, which was known by PanAway at that time. Nevertheless, upon my first application of no more than 8 drops that oil blend had resolved my ailment.

Sondra G.
Location: Sterling Heights, MI, United States
Posted: 2007-08-26
OK, I got a cavity, in the last molar…so I had to get it fixed. I do not use the numbing stuff or gas so was thinking of the pain…but then remembered about clove! I brought it with me and put it on while I was in the waiting area. It numbed it right up. No pain. Aha! I put one drop on the tooth after he was half done drilling. My dentist was great about it and is a little curious. :)
Cindy C.
Location: Sag Harbor, NY, United States
Posted: 2009-03-04
My husband has had 3 back surgeries that have been considered failures. At night he suffers if he has done too much during the day. One night he was so miserable- I placed peppermint all over his back and instantly he felt better. He fell asleep peacefully without extreme pain.

Now when he is in the least bit of pain we use the oil to soothe his muscles and remove the pain. Works great!

 

Lori Y.
Location: Peoria, AZ, United States
Posted: 2008-07-17
I had to have a deep conization surgery and prepared in this way:

PRE OP on my brainstem I put Vetiver, Frankincense, Release. On my pelvic area (area of surgery) I put Clary Sage, Vetiver, Frankincense and Thieves. I also put Thieves on my feet.

POST OP I focused only on my area of surgery (over the pelvic area) and applied Geranium (to slow bleeding) Clary Sage (cramping) Frankincense and Thieves and RutaVaLa. I repeated this every 3 hours on the first day of surgery until bedtime. I ALSO drank loads of water post-op with NingXia Red in it (didn’t measure amount but it probably totaled 6oz that day)

I had NO PAIN, NO CRAMPS! NO NAUSEA which I guess is common post anesthesia. The day after surgery, I woke rested and as if I had never had a surgery. I continued to apply the oils to the pelvis every few hours for the next 3-4 days and still NEVER HAD A CRAMP OR PAIN !For the whole deal I never needed to take so much as an aspirin !

I had asked the anesthesiologist to give me the bare necessity of drugs, that I didn’t want any ‘for my comfort’ drugs. I had surgery on a Thursday and was in my exercise class the following Monday with my normal level of energy.

To me this is a miracle as I’ve had plenty of colposcopies and have been uncomfortable with cramping (which I’ve discovered Clary Sage and Geranium are great for by the way). This was a much bigger procedure and because I used oils prior to and regularly post op it really made the experience no big deal. I was amazed and delighted. My husband and relatives were shocked that I was up and moving so soon after the surgery.

 Casey P.
Location: Eugene, OR, United States
Posted: 2008-04-23
When I had abdominal day-surgery a few months ago, I made sure I had my favorite oils by my bedside for when I came home from the hospital. Whenever I woke in the night I found that just opening the bottles and smelling them, before I even applied them to the sore areas, calmed my anxiety and even made the pain seem less.

The prescription I was given for pain made me jittery and unable to sleep so I stopped taking it after the first night and relied primarily on the oils. I was fine, even getting around sooner than I expected. The best ones I found for pain were helichrysum, lavender, chamomile. I also added Peace & Calming, geranium, and 3 Wise Men for help staying calm and sleeping.

Rosalyn S.
Location: Fairbanks, AK, United States
Posted: 2004-10-14
I recently had major abdominal surgery. Anyone that has had this knows how you feel when you wake up. I will tell you what I did.

First, before surgery, I showered using Thieves cleanser, figuring I would help make sure I also didn’t have to fight a staph infection later if I could help it.

Second, my doctor allowed me anything that made me feel more comfortable, so I brought my own pillow in a plastic bag to hold in the Peace & Calming, Valor and Thieves I had saturated it with and the wonderful odors I woke up to.

Third, I placed 3 drops of Peace & Calming and 3 drops of Gentle Baby down my lower spine before going in the operating room.

Fourth, when I woke up and began to feel discomfort (read, it hurt like H—) I used a lavish hand with the Helichrysum, Sacred Mountain and Peppermint. That was the only time I used anything but the Peppermint for the discomfort. I found out later that no one had turned on the morphine pump, so these things really did the job for me. We found that I am allergic to almost all of the pain relievers and antibiotics, so I relied on Peppermint, neat, on the abdomen and 2 drops of Oregano, 2 drops of Mt. Savory and 10 drops of lemon in a capsule, twice a day.

My incision healed up extremely fast, the bruising was gone within 2 days, I rode my 4 wheeler to the house from the highway because of road conditions after being released from the hospital and have since helped construct a 3 story house in the Alaskan Bush. I hope this helps someone else.

Denise E.
Location: Binghamton, NY, United States
Posted: 2006-03-29
My mother-in-law had already had her knees replaced surgically years before I met her. She told me last summer about the horrible pain she was suffering in her knees, and that she had already been to her doctor. They told her that they didn’t want to operate again explaining that not only did they feel that they couldn’t fix the problem, but that the surgery could make the problem worse! I applied a few drops of Helichrysum to her knees and she had instant relief. Needless to say that Helichrysum quickly became her favorite oil.
 Teresa S.
Location: Knoxville, TN, United States
Skills: Massage Therapist
Posted: 2006-10-30
I had back surgery several years ago and periodically I have back pain with inflammation. Recently I went to my chiropractor and there was so much inflammation, he could not adjust me. He told me to ice my back, but I went home and put peppermint on it instead. The inflammation subsided immediately along with the pain.

 

RESULTS

Using therapeutic grade essential oils when there are symptoms of pain or as a protecting agent and to prevent pain from surgery has been successful and warrants investigation.  The scientific data justifies the use of specific oils which have been tested by health practitioners and patients with great success.  Whether you are contemplating oral surgery or simple dental cleaning, or knee replacement, the use of even a few essential oils will help reduce the pain and inflammation as well as protect against infection and emotional stress most patients experience from these procedures.

 

References:

  1. D. Gary Young, ND. Essential Oils Integrative Medical Guide. Essential Science Publishing, April 2003.  Second Edition. 608 Pages, ISBN 0-943685-34-6
  2. Delaveau P, et al. “Neuro-depressive properties of essential oil of lavender.” C R Seances Soc Biol Fil. 1989;183(4):342-8.
  3. Dolara P, et al. “Analgesic effects of myrrh.” Nature. 1996 Jan 4;379(6560):29.
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  5. Higley, Connie, and Higley, Allan. (2001) Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 11th Edition.  Abundant Health, Oren Utah. 536 pages. ISBN 0-97-06583-6-2
  6. Manwaring, Brian, editor. Essential Oils Desk Reference. compiled by Essential Science Publishing , Orem, Utah. Third Edition 2006. 520 pages ISBN 0-943685-39-7
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  8. Stewart, David, PhD, DNM. Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple, God’s Love Manifest in Molecules. Care Publications, 2006 Second Edition 846 Pages.  ISBN 0-934426-99-6

FIRST Choice Medicine

by Dr. Rev. Wanona Wellspring Ceisel, DN

Doctor of Naprapathy, Medical Intuitive

 

The First Medicine you need is Encouragement.

 

“I need somebody to listen to MY story.”

I listen while patients tell their story.  The first medicine that I give them, no matter what the signs or symptoms, is encouragement.  I encourage them to have trust in that their body will heal itself. Our bodies have the ability to heal, and our treatment is to help reconnect the patient and their inward capabilities; thought, imagination, emotional response, and gratitude.

 

TIGER

 

Thought

Imagination

Gratitude

Emotional

Response

 

This is the credo of the Spring Creek Holistic Center and the personal credo for everyone.   Words are powerful and handy helpers in the healing process.  Words of encouragement allow the true inner strength to reveal itself and the Tiger emerges.  Strong and yet sentient, the Tiger is sensitive to its surroundings and can sense the emotion of creatures nearby by their scent; chemoreceptors in the brain trigger hormonal responses when stimulated by certain scents.

 

The feeling that accompanies the hormonal response will either help the Tiger survive, or propagate to support the species.  Human beings are not sure what to do with their hormonal responses when the need to do either no longer exists.

 

Keeping healthy requires daily discipline to eat regular healthy meals and healthy snacks and get acquainted to the needs of their body.  Body aches and pains are nature’s way of communicating to us that something may be wrong.  The body begins to communicate to various parts to maintain a homeostatic internal environment.  Chemical messengers carry signals and we feel something with our muscles and skin, and even in the joints.

 

We eventually regain control and balance is restored within us, or so it would seem on the outside.  Homeostasis is not a static event but a series of checks and balances that employ when certain chemicals are too high or too low, our temperature is too high or too low, or we are too cold, or too hot.  Living at either extreme is uncomfortable, so we find a middle ground that is comfortable.  That develops our thermostat and the body has a job to do that will last the rest of its life.  Until we get sick and it gets out of balance again, and the cycle begins.

 

Originally our bodies were made healthy and whole.  Sometimes we are born with nutritional deficiencies or they may have developed later but in either case, the treatment begins the same way; with encouragement.

 

The TIGER approach to health is holistically based and supported by years of personal experience.  It speaks to the person without regard to religious affiliation or spiritual gender.  We as human beings are capable of thought, imagination, gratitude and emotional response.  It supports the homeopathic viewpoint that healing comes not only from the head down, but also “the inside out.”

 

The idea appears as a thought, and our imagination begins to go to work.  We can better appreciate where we are, and remember the good that exists in our lives creating a sense of gratitude; grateful for knowing that your body can heal, and that emotions can be part of the healing process.  Our emotional response to our environment is a big clue of our immune and health status.

 

The Living Food Lifestyle was developed used similar ideas in developing our program guidelines.  When learning to change your eating habits it is important that you make your personal health your first choice.  Every choice after that is based upon your desire to heal your chronic symptoms and regain optimal health.  The First Step is not only to change your lifestyle but agreeing to take the first step.  First Medicine is here to help you accomplish your goals for a healthy life.

 

wanona@springcreekholistic.com

Illinois, USA

Plants really do make us feel better

When we bought our mini-farm in 2010 I found a great place to learn about plants through the Chicago Botanic Garden.  The Master Gardener Program is offered through the University of Illinois Extension Office, and each county has its own division.  I attended a once a week seminar from January until March in 2011 and volunteered my 60 hours time at the Chicago Botanic Gardens between Evening Island and the Green Youth Farm. I felt that the terrain of the Evening Island was very similar to our land; water features, grasses, fields, shrubs and bulbs.  The CBG rents land in several places and hire inner city children to work four hours a day at minimum wage to teach them organic gardening, how to harvest the vegetables, and sell them, and also how to prepare yummy meals.

During an annual conference, CBG brought in many speakers to tell us about some of the recent projects around how plants influence our lives.  In an apartment complex in Chicago, for instance, more people would gather around the trees growing on the grounds. Children who lived just a couple of miles from Lake Michigan had never even been to the lake. Even photographs or prints with scenes of nature have a profound affect on office buildings, especially where there is no view to the outside world as in a basement or completely bricked siding. In Britain a study of children who spent time in nature saw increased math and reading skills.  Besides calming our mood when we are stressed, breathing oxygen rich air that plants provide can have many benefits to our health and sense of well being.

Bach Flower Remedies were created while Dr. Bach noticed how the mood of patients changed when they were exposed to the floral fragrance molecules in a garden setting.  Peppermint Essential Oil was used in scientific research for its ability to improve athletic performance and found to be very effective.  A 2014 study that was reported in the Journal of Phytomedicine, and in 2013 in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Medicine both stated the benefits of ingesting just a few drops of Peppermint oil in water before exercise enhances the athletic performance by increasing oxygen flow as the components in peppermint oil relax the smoothe muscles of the body.  What is more is it also reduces lactate levels, which contributes to soreness after exercise.

Basil plants emit a wonderful aroma that repels mosquitos; they don’t like it one bit.  The essential oil of the Basil plant benefits humans, however, including anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and high in anti-oxidants.  Basil is the King of plants. Most savory herbs like Basil, Thyme, Oregano, black pepper and Clove, to name just a few smell wonderful when we use them in cooking, and add delicious flavors to our food.  They are the primary medicinal herbs that many cultures use for health benefits like Basil. As a long time herbalist, I would rather use a natural herb or essential oil to get my vitamins and healthy nutritional intake compared to supplementing with pills.

Growing herbs at home can be very satisfying and picking your own fresh herbs for the kitchen is the best way to add flavor to your home cooked meals.  Check out the publication from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on “Savory Herbs: Culture and Use.”  A new concept among Master Gardeners is the Edible Garden.  Grow flowers along with savory herb plants, and vegetables and within this “companion” garden comes many benefits.  Herbs ward off certain insects and disease and deter predators that might otherwise invade your vegetable garden.  Plus the aromas when you walk through your garden will add to the beauty and charm of your experience.  I have Idaho Blue Tansy growing near my wooden bench swing, along with other flowers and trees.  It is a beautiful cluster of yellow flowers that sends a relaxing aroma into the air when I am out at my swing relaxing with my favorite book and repels mosquitos, too!

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Idaho Blue Tansy stands very tall with yellow flower clusters on top. Very fragrant and the essential oil has a blue color; hence the name.

While we distill Tansy and make a beautiful essential oil from the plant, we can benefit from its light fragrance in the garden by just crushing some leaves between the fingers and applying it on the skin.  Have you ever taken the Rosemary leaves and crushed them to enjoy their fragrance?  I love when restaurants plant a barrel full of savory herbs out front for their visitors to enjoy!  A little rosemary, some basil, perhaps a thyme or parsley!  Wow, my word is complete!

I also think growing the flowers and herbs in a vertical garden right outside your back door is the absolute best way to let nature help improve our mental and physical well being.  There are lots of designs, some made of wood and others made from cinder blocks, that are inexpensive and easy to make.  I have a wooden one that I fastened to the wall on the back of my home.  There are no windows there and I even added a water collector to the design.  The planters can be removed and replaced each year with varieties that you either plant every year, or bring in to the green house and keep enjoying during winter.  My basil is a prime example; I love love love pesto.  I make up a batch and put it in ice cube trays with a silicone bottom and freeze.  Pop them out and place into a freezer bag and add a few to dishes for the wonderful basil flavor that is very fresh and delicious.

Water is an important feature to the outside garden that helps add a unique quality of adding oxygen and negative ions from a bubbler into the air for improved mental health and relaxation.  When water explodes over the surface and on rocks it releases particles we call negative ions.  These help lift our mood because we inhale them easily.  Plants natural emit negative ions especially on a warm sunny day through their process of phytosynthesis; take a walk in nature and along babbling brooks or create your own water feature in your garden to enjoy the benefits of negative ion therapy.

Being close to nature also keeps us grounded. What does this mean for our health? Being grounded means we are not “flighty” and we stick close to the moment in our experience with life and living. I use a grounding technique, Grounding essential oil, and I enjoy fresh air daily to help me stay grounded.

Touching the earth is the absolute best way to get grounded.  Negatively charged particles that are emitted from the ground are in essence blending and neutralizing the excess particles floating around in our body, those pesky free radicals, and bringing our body back into balance in our internal electrical field. Touching the earth means to go barefoot occasionally on either ground, or very old concrete and maybe asphalt, but especially a beautiful yard of green grass.  What is even more impressive is these free electrons that boost our health are, well, free!

Have a wonderful blessed day!

Doc Wah

Mind Body Medicine

From a very early age I saw evidence that the body reacted to the emotions and our thoughts could dictate our state of health, or disease.  I saw it first hand with my mother who had a mental illness that went misdiagnosed for decades.  I lived in a dysfunctional household where she would be fine and smiling one day, and the next day she would be a terror.  I did NOT want to live in that family with that household, but I knew there was absolutely no way to leave there; I was eight years old.

So when Deepak explains the science that has developed around Mind Body Medicine and how our bodies react to our thoughts and experiences I am in total agreement.  Here is what so called Western Medicine has decided to ignore; that our body reacts in a chemical way to our surroundings.  We understand very little really about what to do with this fact.

Trauma is an extreme example, and one that I would like to address because I think it is an experience that we have all been faced with at one time or another.  I understand how the pain nerve fibers react from an automobile accident even when there are no broken bones, torn skin or loss of limb.  But why do the pain fibers continue to fire when we seem to be fully recovered?  And what about the trauma of someone who angers you or scares you? How does our body process these emotional upsets that in turn signal chemical changes in our bodies?  I want to know how we can deal with all types of trauma, and I want to know in what ways can we get back to normal?

I think touch is the answer.  As a health practitioner and bodyworker I see patients who are in pain from no particular incident other than they “moved the wrong way” and now they are in pain.  I also see patients who went the normal route of medication for pain and muscle tension, a practice that is far too prevalent in the emergency room, and went to physical therapy and were told they would never be their old self again.  I treated that same patient with tender care, evaluating where the tension was affecting their body, the musculoskeletal system, and more importantly their emotions.  How is it that after a year of the “standard of care” they made no recovery, but with my skilled hands and gentle heart, they were able to return to their “pre-accident” state within six weeks?

When we think of Mind Body Medicine, there is another component that is not ever discussed; the healing quality of touch from another.  In the book, Psychology of Yoga, they discuss how simple touch can have many physiological benefits as well as emotional benefits.  A young woman with seizures that are not well controlled with medication saw dramatic results in just a few weeks of gentle massage. I saw a young child who having been born addicted to heroine was finally able to relax spastic muscles after just a few minutes of CranioSacral Still Point.

If we are to speak of Mind Body Medicine, then we should also include in this discussion the idea that energy is also shared between people especially if the intent is to share compassion and love for another human being.  I think there is agreement among providers that trauma victims lose sight of their self.  Being able to reconnect to their true self is difficult, but when we experience the touch of another compassionate soul there can be a shift.  Healing Touch has been taught to nurses and other bodyworkers as a non-invasive modality to help bring energy back to the body, mind and spirit of anyone willing to receive.

Trauma-sensitive yoga therapy is very aware of the disconnection between the body and the mind and uses yoga postures to guide the individual back into the awareness state of the body; to speak to the Inner Physician that Dr. Upledger identifies when working with the body. The dialogue between the tissues and the subconscious mind happens between the individual and their inner self to reconnect their body and their mind in a more healthy relationship.

Being consciously aware of our body is the first step to enlightenment.  How many of us are aware? Our jobs seem to be so much more important than our bodies and we neglect the basic needs like drinking water, exercise or relaxation. That is how our American society is expected to act; do your job and your day is about getting the work done and who cares about what your body needs.  A difficult dance, I admit, but it is a sad state of affair.  I once was fired from a job because the owner caught me reading a book on Grieving that I used to keep me calm after my mother died.  He did not ask me what I was reading or what it was for, just that I was taking time at my desk to read something not work related.  That was really dumb and stupid on his part and I was happy to leave.  I never went back to another “job” after that and have remained self-employed; thank God.

Listen to the video with Deepak Chopra and the scientific search for Body Mind Medicine:

 

My own idea about trauma goes deeper than most.  I have experienced many life-altering traumatic experiences; drowning, automobile crash, loss of loved one, emotional trauma, and even disease which can also be traumatic. I think we have forgotten or may not even be aware of how connected our thoughts are to our body and how powerful they can be if we use them as the vehicle to change the chemical process that our body undergoes; change your thought and change your life. Not really hard to understand for some, but very foreign to many.

In What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses, Daniel Chamovitz talks about the chemical messengers in plants that help it thrive and survive.  Even messengers that are spread from plant to plant through space, they emit chemicals that warn other plants of predators making them less appealing.  We all know how wonderful a green salad can be, but did you also know that the anti-oxidant properties are enhanced when you tear the lettuce?  This is the plant’s automatic healing process; to emit chemicals to begin the wound repair and thanks to them we can eat the anti-oxidants they produce to help our own bodies heal.

When I first got into Mind Body Medicine as a massage therapist and nutritionist, I used hair analysis.  I could not work with a lab back then, and the hair is really accurate in showing how our bodies are using the food we eat or reacting to the drugs we take.  Hair has become a gold standard in determining if someone is a drug user; it is registered and stored in the hair shaft and stays there until you cut it off.  We used the first inch from the scalp as a sample for the lab to test.  The lab I worked with would send me back a report on the metabolic markers so that I could then determine what imbalances in their diet needed to be corrected.  It was the only lab that would also tell me their metabolic type: slow, mixed, or fast.  I think this is similar to the Dosha type in Ayurvedic Medicine: Vata, Pita, or Kapha.  Our goal in either case is always to locate the cause of the imbalance, treat it temporarily to reduce symptoms, but inevitably to find the missing link, remove the underlying cause, and regain our health.

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Chronic Infection and Inflammation

Hello and Happy New Year for 2016 from Doc Wah!

Most of my friends don’t really know me.  I am a woman with many talents and lots of complications in my life.  I live two hours from the clinic that I work in one day a week.  My income was decreased by two thirds when we bought this small plot of land and most days I am in construction mode.  I would love to play guitar and sing songs, paint and create crafts, and garden, but most days I have work to do on the house and there is absolutely no time for what I want to do that really makes me happy.  I feel some days that I am not being creative and it makes me crazy!

My friends also do not know that I struggle on a daily basis with chronic inflammation that came upon me several, make that many years ago.  I think it may have been when I had a raw fish salad back in 1994, but I was sick a few years before that.  I would wake up with a fever and congestion, take a long brisk walk after dropping my daughter off for vocal lessons, and I would feel better.  Exercise increases DHEA production from the adrenal glands and reduces inflammation.  I did not know that back then, but I knew I felt better, and I love to walk.

I moved to Chicago to the suburbs and after a long walk/run had a muscle spasm that developed into a trigger point that was relentless.  I could not even walk, and definitely no running.  The weight increased and very rapidly; I gained 30 pounds that year.

I enrolled in college to earn my doctorate, but I went to a gym and the water was contaminated; I got the worst ear infection of my life.  I have never been in that much pain.  Thank goodness the ENT doctor (Eye, Ear Nose, Throat) gave me a natural remedy; 1/2 apple cider vinegar (that balances pH) and 1/2 rubbing alcohol (that evaporates the ACV).  Then I follow with garlic oil.

When I got married in 1969 I was a virgin.  Unfortunately, my husband was not.  He was when we met, but he had an affair when he went away for part of a year for his military stint.  He gave me Candida.  I was so sick!  I gained weight, was a total bitch, and had reoccurring vaginal infections; for years.  After 20 years, and three failed relationships, two ending in divorce, I discovered that I had Candida infection.  I took myself off all sugar for two years; not even fruit.  I lost 20 pounds.  Then I took myself off gluten, and lost another 20 pounds!  I did not know I had that much weight on me, but I did!  Man, I felt myself again for the first time since high school!  How can someone survive such a horrific infection for 20 years, and still manage to have four healthy children and still function in life?  Sometimes I amaze even myself!

I tested myself when I was in college for my doctorate because the tests were reduced for students.  The stool analysis showed that I had zero acidophilus in my colon. And I had a strep infection.  But when I called the Infectious Disease Control department at a local hospital they laughed at me!  They said that that type of strep only infected neonatal; new babies!  No way could I have this infection.  Seriously?  And of course, I did not go see a doctor because I thought they would laugh at me, too.  So I struggled and kept trying natural remedies for many more years than I care to recount.

Then I discovered the Raw Living Lifestyle.  A miracle happened!  I expelled a worm that was about 10 inches long.  I have photos.  The digestive tract of this opaque worm was green.  I had been taking a shot of wheat grass three times a day for several days when I started the Raw Fast, and using a catheter for my water enemas.  He did NOT like the wheat grass, but I must have dislodged him with the catheter from my descending colon.  I felt much better and lost an amazing 35 pounds!  That lasted for a couple of years.

Every time I would feel cloudy, sluggish and weak, I would do the raw detox again and feel better.  It doesn’t work that way anymore.  More stuff is going on and I don’t know what.

My mother tried to commit suicide not once, but twice.  Once she took sleeping pills and a large glass of vodka.  They pumped her stomach and put her in a psych ward for 6 weeks.  She quit smoking but when she got out, Dad got her started again.  Dumb. The next time she tried to slit her wrists.  She did it the wrong way and just bleed a lot, but once again she was committed.  This time she did not start smoking again, but the damage was done.  Turned out she had a chronic infection in her lungs; her doctor called it Walking Pneumonia.  Enough to make her tired, listless and feel hopeless and resulted in the suicide attempt.  I am afraid that if I cannot get rid of this chronic infection I may try to “off” myself; I know I have had suicidal thoughts in the past. Like the time my daughter yelled at me for no apparent reason; I just wanted to throw myself in front of the next semi that drove down my street.  Whoa, put the brakes on! Nobody, not even my daughter, is worth losing my life over!  What an idiot!

I had a major major car wreck a long time ago. I had a head laceration and my whole spine was screwed up for years, and I still suffer from neck and low back disc bulges and some nerve pain and nerve weakness.  Then I had two more nearly back to back car wrecks; thank goodness they happened after I got my doctorate.  I remember the memory loss after my first major car wreck, but these last two also involved head injuries and I read that emotional problems can follow closed head injuries.  That was a big help to me, seriously.  I started to look at me in a whole new light.

I just want my friends to treat me normal, but the problem is I don’t have many friends.  Not for lack of trying.  Most people are so caught up in their own lives, their own relationships, that being my friend is the least of their worries.  This is how my mind works; no matter what I do to try to gain their trust they just see me as some complicated person that cannot relate to them.  I can’t make them like me; I just try to be myself and maybe that is wrong.  If someone has the answer, please tell me.

I read books on spirituality and philosophy for years.  I was not at all interested in anything fiction during that time.  I saw lots of clients and began to see a correlation between their thoughts and the areas of pain they were experiencing.  I published my findings called “The Psychology of Health; or Think Yourself Well.”  I gave public talks on it and shared my research.  I submitted my thesis and got my Masters in Divinity for my Ordained Minister license.  Being an ordained minister really started when I started talking to Jesus when I was very young.  Yes, I am a psychic.  Most of my friends, family and patients have absolutely no idea who I really am.  I can imagine what people are thinking; not just about me, but about themselves and their own situation.  People who have listened to me are actually amazed when I give them sincere insights into their thoughts; I may have even saved lives!  It even shocked me when the basic facts revealed themselves to me, but not to them.

My guides and teachers are Ascended Masters; Jesus, Kuthumi, and St. Germaine.  They call the work that we do, Atomic Transformation.  I channeled Jesus and he was the best friend.  He would take me to Jerusalem; we would wear those white cotton robes (Moroccan Gandora) and sandals, of course.  We would sit together on a wooden bench in a room with a dirt floor and adobe walls.  He would teach me and he really reached me.  One day he shared with me this truth; The Golden Rule.  You will be amazed to know that the wording is incorrect.  He took my hands and looked me in the eyes and said: “Love you as I have loved you, then love others.”  He did not say only love people who are white, black, or brown; or only love straight people.  He definitely did not say to make fun of people who are not like you.

How do you do that?  How can I love myself the way Jesus loves me?  Wow, that is a tall order, right?  But I really do want to love everyone like Jesus does; unconditionally.  My favorite philosopher is Gurdjieff.  He is the one who coined the phrase, The WORK; not that new age lady, sorry.  According to the WORK being yourself is a moment by moment experience; no matter what ever else happens to you in that moment.  Loving unconditionally is also about loving not only yourself, but others; and acceptance without judgement.  Aye, that can be the rub, eh?  Another lesson in the WORK involves not getting attached to the “story.” Such as the memory of a past event that causes us pain or guilt.  Memories are stories and not really true anymore.  We remember them and no one else does; nor do they care.  But we have to change the memory, the story, if we want to overcome the pain or guilt.  It’s also a technique I learned in counseling.  It really works, too.

My friends also do not know that I started out in counseling.  I loved the idea and even though I began taking courses on counseling I also found massage and went in that direction for most of my adult life.  But I never let go of being a counselor, so after I became an Ordained Minister I kept going and took Chaplain classes with Unity.  I consider myself a metaphysician, because to call myself a Christian is not really accurate.  The red letter portions of the bible are all that I ever related to, especially since I could actually speak to Jesus so I had the inside scoop, so to speak.  He actually likes to be called “J” according to the Course of Miracles, which he orchestrated.  I have never been to a regular meeting, because I can not really get it.  I like simple.

So, today I have different goals.  I think goals are like a book; first you make an outline.  Then you pick a starting point.  What can I do first? If I want something to happen I work backwards to decide what that first step has to be.  Or like making a dish; what is the first step? Do I have all the ingredients? Maybe that is my first step; to go purchase the ingredients that I need.  I can make a wonderful pie or casserole; not so much at writing books by myself.  But an article, definitely; or a speech.

I am going to get blood test results in a few days and I will know what is showing up that could be causing the inflammation; I hired an Internal Medicine doctor, finally.  I will let you know how things are going.  I definitely want to get my energy back so I can exercise again; I have all that weight to lose again.  If it wasn’t for all the knowledge I have about herbs, vitamins and homeopathic remedies, I would probably have been given prescription drugs to take.  But my new doctor is very happy with the regimen that I have made for myself and agrees that I will be okay if I just continue with my arsenal of natural supplements.  He also agrees that in the United States doctors really do not know much about parasites and that sort of infection like they do in the Asian regions of the world where parasites are a lot more prevalent and doctors who live there see this sort of infection on a regular basis.

Meanwhile, I can meditate, keep eating healthy food, fruit, and juice, and chicken soup of course.  I love my ginger tea! So, off to bed with me to get some rest.  Take care and stay tuned.

Yours in Health Naturally,

Doc Wah

 

Update on my Health Status:

Well, the blood tests are normal.  And the doctor I thought was going to be a team player just dismissed me.  I explained that I had shortness of breath when exercising, but he ordered a cardio stress test and ECHO of my heart, and dismissed the breathing problem.  He basically told me not to come see him anymore; he is done with me.

When I get stumped, and listen, I am really stumped, I go back to my own understanding of the body and I ask myself, “What would you give a patient who told you this?”  I said I felt my chest was becoming part of the problem; is this exercise induced asthma or is it pneumonia?  That made the decision for me; I will treat myself for an Upper Respiratory Infection.

When we look at the lungs they are situated in the chest.  We can access them by breathing in diffused essential oils, so I went to my Essential Oil Resource Guide and found several ‘formulas’ that I added to my diffuser.  I did this every night for a week.

I looked up Bach Flower remedies and using a pendulum, I picked out 4 very good flower essences;  add two drops each to a brown glass dropper bottle, fill mostly with pure water, and just a tablespoon of Vodka for purification.  Take this by mouth several times a day.

Herbs for the immune system are also antibiotic in nature, so I found a perfect blend of Echinacea, Goldenseal, Cayenne Pepper and Burdock.  This will cleanse the lungs, act to kill any germs without harming the host (Me!) and assist with healing; Burdock is that pesky wild plant that puts out nasty burrs that we destroy from our gardens.

I also am drinking lemon water with Lime essential oil added to help alkaline my blood, which will help boost my immune system.

And I have recently switched to a ketogenic diet.  That is a discussion for another day, but to summarize I will get my energy from fats, not glucose and adding NAC or N-acetylcysteine will add energy, too.

Lastly, I am going to do an Asthma Regimen that I have used for a lot of patients: Natural D-Hist from Orthomolecular.  This product is wonderful for upper respiratory conditions, but the protocol must be adhered to for nearly 3 months to actually “clean” the lungs.

Another condition that just started happening is neuralgia.  I have a weird thing going on where my right side gets hot and burns; the nerves are somehow being affected by the muscle tension in my low back.  But it is also happening in my right shoulder and arm, and on occasion I will get both arms numb down into the elbow.  Twice I have been asked if I have Lyme’s Disease, and I am very adamant that I do not have any disease. All of this came from the infection from the strange parasitic worm and all the toxins that were bombarding my body for many years.  I am not ruling out Lyme’s Disease, of course, but I have no one to turn to for that kind of testing.

There are clinics I have found who could offer help, but I am being told I have to fork over $2,000 to $3,000 dollars just to see the doctor.  That is for the office visit and lab tests, but not for any treatments.  I am looking for a clinic who will administer blood doping; take my blood and inject pure oxygen, then put it back into my body.  Oxygen will help kill some of the bugs that will not show up on test.  Also, the doctor visits and possibly the tests may be covered by my insurance, but Oxygen or Ozone doping are not.  I am looking for an alternative to this procedure; something I can do at home, but it appears that I have to have a doctor just to prescribe it, and I am unsure if I can get one to cooperate.

What is my next step? I am doing all that I can humanly do to help my condition.  I saw my Naprapath and his manipulation of my tissues helps for about half a day.  Even now as I am sitting at the computer to write, my right side is on fire and I feel tired.

I am not sure if anyone has ever dealt with any of these symptoms, or that you would even take the time to read my blog, but I am very open to suggestions.  The world is vast, but it seems so foreign to someone like me who just wants to feel better and get healthy.

Yours in Health, Natural as Possible!

Doc Wah

Reflexology; Anti-Aging and Stress Relieving

Reflexology is a time-honored therapy that existed thousands of years ago.  The Egyptian Method that I teach has its’ roots in the Egyptian Pyramids of Giza; the Physician’s Tomb.  Many cultures have held high regard for the healing power of applying gentle pressure to reflex points that ‘reflect’ back to the specific body part or organ.

Dr. Wanona giving a gentle head rub during a Facial Reflexology session

Facial Reflexology

Dr. Wanona giving a gentle head rub during a session

 

I have enjoyed teaching the Egyptian Method since 1995 when I was first introduced to this gentle technique.  In my style of teaching I also add techniques to relax the giver such as stretches for the forearms, headache points, and aromatherapy.  Giving a session in reflexology should be just as beneficial to the giver as it is to the receiver.  I also add the concept of acupressure making the Egyptian Reflexology Method more about the perception of the receiver; are they relaxed, or are they feeling pain and signs of stress?

Pain is not the goal of Egyptian Method Reflexology and should never be accepted by the receiver.  Certainly some points are going to feel much more tender to the touch, but I have always taught my students to get off of the painful spot as quickly as possible.  The giver can once again return to the spot to see how it feels after working in a circle around the tender area or “Circling the Dragon.” I learned this term and concept from my acupuncture training.   Using a concept we call ‘point discrimination’ the body can send the information to release tension to the painful spot making our treatments much more comfortable and beneficial.

However, after all these years I discovered that the FACE also holds reflex points.  In actuality there are thousands of reflex points on our body, hence Body Reflexology, but the face is so easy to work on and there are tremendous results.

First, we know that the face has reflex points, lines of energy and also lines of physical stress we call wrinkles.  The neck is also considered part of the face in my treatments, so we start with some gentle neck massage, and work our way up to the face; it also includes the head and the lines of energy that surround the head.

Facial Reflexology could also be called Facial Acupressure.  Applying gentle pressure on acupressure points helps stimulate energy, but it also helps bring fresh blood to the tissues of the face, head and neck; the skin begins to tone and the receiver will actually begin to look younger!

I am very excited about the benefits of Facial Reflexology, and hope you will be too.  I am looking for some volunteers to receive regular weekly treatments that will be documented and photographed to prove that Facial Reflexology actually makes you look younger!  I have seen it work, but I want you to experience it for yourself.

I am taking just six volunteers who will receive Free weekly sessions; either in Naperville, Illinois at my office there, or at Spring Creek Holistic in northwest Illinois where I live and work.  Contact me as soon as you can so we can start the new year out with some exciting results of your regular sessions.

Here is what is required in order to be accepted into the study: Attend three or four sessions a month of Facial Reflexology. Drink lots of water during the entire trial. Agree to be photographed the first day, at 3 months and at 6 months.  The final results will be published in my book, so I will need permission to use your photograph. There will be paperwork and some questionnaires to fill out, but it should be simple enough.

After the study, I will also publish it in a journal to help other health professionals see the benefits of the treatments.  All participants will be able to continue receiving treatments either by myself or one of our trained reflexologists at the regular treatment price.  I encourage everyone (not just the study participants) to receive about two or three treatments every month; some patients really love the weekly sessions and rarely miss their appointment.

Please refer this information to your massage therapist or other bodywork professional; if they are trained in Facial Reflexology you can be sure you will be able to continue with regular treatments and everyone will be happier!

Check the Events Calendar for the next class, and direct any questions to me directly at doc2wah@gmail.com or my cell phone at 847-312-6143

Namaste,

Doc Wah

Raw Living Food Lifestyle

Plants grow from seed that when nourished contain the necessary minerals, vitamins, trace elements, carbohydrates and enzymes necessary for human health.  The amino acids found in plant matter help our bodies make proteins that we then use to make muscles, bones, organs, and so on.  There are no toxins in the cells of plants, fruits or grains.  The toxins consumed by the Standard American Diet come from the cooked foods, the dead meat, the refined carbohydrates that are difficult for our bodies to digest.

When I eat a raw diet I am full of energy and my cells are constantly renewed with healthy cells.  When I eat cooked food I am tired and irritable; my hair color is white (not the vibrant red that I was born with) and some little whiskers pop out on my chin.  Yikes!

Within just a few months of starting my raw organic diet, my red hair changed in texture and color.  It is now a soft strawberry blonde, and I found a blonde streak in the back.  The hairs on my chin have diminished and there are still a few long hairs but they are light and soft.  These will continue to disappear as my body detoxifies and becomes whole and strong again.

Recovering from illness requires that we maintain an alkaline environment within our body.  Remarkable things begin to happen when we ear a diet that is rich in organic fruits, vegetables, grains and seeds, and reduce the amount of cooked and processed foods.  A detoxification program will help jump start the cleansing process by removing the debris and mucous that lines the colon so that the wonderfully rich food we ingest can be absorbed better.

What of all the drugs and medications that we took over our lifetime?  These too need to be cleansed from the body, especially from the liver where detoxification takes place.  Which is why we do not ever eat the liver of another animal.  I used to eat chicken livers and calf livers and I don’t touch them anymore.  Yuck.  We de-vein the shrimp to remove that dark strip before we cook it.  My understanding is that thin dark strip is their colon and it taste better if it is removed before cooking.  I don’t eat shrimp now, but I am using this to illustrate my point.

Dr. Stanley S Bass wrote an article on What Symptoms to Expect When You Improve Your Diet several decades ago and it is still available on his website http://drbass.com/symptoms.html .  It is not the body that improves, but also our mind.  We recover quicker from disease when we eat a more whole food balanced diet.  I don’t agree with everything he suggests, but I certainly agree that our bodies heal quicker if we are not bombarded with toxins, drugs and pharmaceutical medicines.  I understand that we may need a medication to help us through a crisis from time to time, but we also need to realize that the medication can accumulate in our tissues and needs to be cleansed out of our bodies as soon as possible.  I don’t take pain killers anymore even for surgery because I have found a wholesome organic substitute for pain relievers through therapeutic essential oils.  And the medication does not have time to accumulate in my body because as these oils work to relieve my pain and swelling, they also remove the harmful drugs from my body.

Our body’s job is to repair and make new and healthier cells than the ones before.  Sometimes it requires a little house cleaning which comes in the form of a cold or flu.  I prefer not to feel that way, so I do cleansing on a daily basis and avoid taking in toxic materials and eat mostly organic food that is neither cooked or processed, and I avoid chemicals as much as possible that I can’t pronounce!

If there are toxins in our body, the first level of defense is to remove the toxins.  That means that the repair process has to wait a while.  This may also explain how our bodies break down over time with so many toxins invading our cells.  How can we expect the body to manufacture new cells, if the emphasis is on removing toxins and we constantly consume toxins; never giving our body a break.  Leonard Orr recommends doing an isolation diet once a week.  I practiced this for many years and found it very helpful.  One day a week I would pick fruit; lots of fruit and lots of variety.  One week I would pick a day where I would only eat vegetables; raw, steamed or blanced.  That was an easy way to slowly detox, I thought.

I also feel we should eat only when hungry.  If you are not feeling hungry then you may be just feeding an emotion and not really hungry.  Also, the hunger “pangs” stimulate the anti-aging hormones.  A great way to help the body cleanse itself is to only drink water when we wake up instead of automatically having a breakfast meal.  If we drink water and it quenches our hunger, then we aren’t really hungry.  If, however, you drink water and you are still hungry, then you are really hungry so eat something.  I have done this several times, and still do it often, and usually am not really hungry until one or two in the afternoon.  After I eat a regular meal I feel fine again, and I have never felt weak or irritable as long as I drank water.

There are supplements that we can take to help the body rid itself of accumulated toxins.  I found out a few of them quite by accident by treating the symptoms in an asthmatic patient.  I use a product that is made of Stinging Nettles, Quercitin, Bromelain, and N-acetylcysteine or NAC.  It is an Orthomolecular product so it is only available through a licensed doctor, and not through a health food store.  I keep this supplement on hand in my clinic and it flies off my shelf.  I have used it for upper respiratory conditions, which is why I recommended it for my asthmatic patient.  However, I kept him on the recommended daily dose of two capsules three times a day for several months.  That is what cured his asthma; his entire body was cleansed of the excess debris that was interfering with the lung expansion.  Actually, he only took three bottles before his symptoms were completely gone.

This natural decongestant can work for anyone.  It is safe for children, and adults, and can also be used as a preventative for anyone, including elderly who might be at risk for pneumonia.  I wish I had been a doctor when my grandfather died of pneumonia; he was only 82 years old.  I could do nothing for his emphysema, but I could have helped him stay alive a little longer and cured his pneumonia.

Just a note here on the word “cure.”  If you are a lay person, I don’t recommend you use this word loosely.  I, on the other hand, an a licensed health professional can use this word and my definition of the word cure is different than the allopathic doctor’s definition of cure.  My definition includes the concept that the body is healthy and requries no intervention, even from supplements. It may be necessary to take one or two vitamins or herbs indefinitely due to a genetic deficiency, but I prefer we get our vitamins, minerals and trace elements through our food.  That is why I prefer whole organic foods and stay away from dead food that is processed to make it taste good.  Why eat empty calories?

A healthy body looks healthy.  Do you know the difference?  How do you know you are healthy?  What is your ideal body weight?  What does your skin look like?  and do you enjoy life?  Your skin should have a glow with no dark circles under the eyes, no puffiness and no discolorations elsewhere.  Brown areas indicate lack of circulation to the area, even if you are dark complected.  The elderly patient may have brown skin around the ankles with blisters indicating extreme inflammation.  I usually look at arterial obstruction but sometimes it is due to food allergies.  Dark skin around the genitals in the upper thigh and inner groin could mean a hip dysplasia especially in an obese patient.

A healthy body is not fat.  I don’t care who you have talked to, it is NOT healthy to be fat and obesely overweight.  Body Mass Index is a good way to gauge what a healthy range is for your body at your age of life.  It is an easy formula to calculate, so look it up.  If it says you are obese, then you are obese. Deal with the reality, and take the necessary steps to lose the excess weight.  I recommend a Raw Living Food Lifestyle like the one taught at the Ann Wigmore Institute.

Ann Wigmore’s Principles of the Raw Living Lifestyle
1. Oxygen – fresh air every day, and water enough to equal half your body weight.
2. Sunlight – 15 minutes every day
3. Fermented food – to provide probiotics necessary for healthy gut flora and to promote natural immunity
4. Wheat Grass – to bind heavy metals, detox the liver, and provide chlorophyl necessary for tissue health and regneration
5. Exercise – lymphatic drainage through gentle vibratory exercise on the Rebounder that she calls Lymphasize. Daily exercise 30 minutes per day when possible.
6. Sprouts – and shoots to provide essential enzymes necessary to repair cell walls
7. Antioxidants – raw organic foods rich in the powerful antioxidants that help our bodies repair and reduce the chances of cancer every developing.
8. Alkaline food and drinks – begin each day with an alkaline drink such as salt water, lemon water and rejuvelac
9. Rest – allows the body to repair itself and gives our mind a break from our busy lives

OXYGEN

Water contains hydrogen and oxygen. Oxygen is what keeps us alive and well. We breathe it in through our lungs, and most people breathe rather shallow. As you rest, whether through meditation or regular sleep, you breathe deeper. And air is free, although it is not as inanimate as we might think; it is as sentient as you or I and it breathes us, keeping us alive. Never take for granted the amount of air your body needs.

Take deep breaths every day. Relaxing while taking long deep breaths relaxes muscles, massages organs, and helps the body eliminate waste. The exchange of oxygen with toxic gases is very important for health and maintains an alkaline environment.

Hydrogen from the water we drink, and from the breakdown of the food we eat, helps us make energy and other molecules essential for life. Whether you drink pure water, or get water from some food, I really think tea or coffee are not recognized as liquid in your body because they contain other nutrients. Especially if you add lemon or sugar to your tea, or cream and sugar to your coffee… the body will recognize these all together and it does not translate into just plain water. I recommend half your bodyweight in water, or more imply put, drink 4 bottles a day.

Vitamin D

We get most of our Vitamin D from sunlight, which is why Ann Wigmore recommends we get sunshine every day. Taking walks outside is a good example, and it adds to the requirement of exercise as well. However, when you are in a climate that is cloudy most of the year, then adding about 5,000 mg of Vit D on cloudy days is essential. Vitamin D helps keep our bones strong, and it may even keep the lining around our nerves whole and healthy and prevent, and even cure diseases like multiple sclerosis. In any case, it helps the mood so it wards off seasonal effective disorder. And for that matter, so will eating greens.

FERMENTED FOODS – NATURE’S PROBIOTIC

I recently discovered a great website that explains so much about fermented foods, drinks and contains lots of recipes.

As a Certified Raw Food Chef, I include fermented foods in my classes. It is essential for getting the probiotics into our colon that help keep our bowels clean, and improves health overall. When making fermented food or beverages, there are boutique blends of probiotics one could add to the batch, or you can just let good old Mother Nature make them for you. Fermented foods can contain trillions of healthy gut bacteria, much more than you can get in pills and much cheaper. A good batch of my red cabbage slow takes about 5 heads of red cabbage at a cost of just $15.00. Well worth the time and effort if it saves you money and gives a more biologically available form of probiotics for health, wouldn’t you agree?

WHEAT GRASS

Good fresh wheat grass shots contain so much chlorophyll and other life-giving ingredients that it is important to include a few shots a day into your Raw Diet. Other countries are not so lucky as we are here in the US. In Europe for instance they offer only one tablespoon a day, where at the Ann Wigmore Institute you might get three shots a day, plus a few ounces to add to your implant after your enema, and more ounces to add to your bath. I personally love the sweet taste of fresh wheat grass, rather than powdered or frozen varieties. Growing it is cheap and easy, if you have the space and patience. Spring Creek Holistic serves wheat grass to all our enrollees during the detoxification weekend. I especially like the energy boost it gives, and I like to chase it with fresh squeezed orange juice. Very delicious and nutritious, too.

Every detox starts with cleansing the colon. Why you ask? So that when the toxins start pouring out of the liver they have a path to exit the body. Otherwise the toxins back up into the other organs and a headache results. We once had a patient attend our detox program and she did not understand the instructions prior to attending. Stop drinking coffee over a few days before the weekend, because we don’t serve coffee during a detoxification program. Well, she had such a headache it made her eyes squint. So we gave her a cup of coffee that set her right and she was able to continue the program without a hitch. Please read the instructions and follow them completely prior to attending our detox weekend. Good advice.

EXERCISE

When I mention exercise what pops into your mind? A gym membership, driving to the gym, buying clothes to cover up, all those people watching me, what if I can’t lift the weights, what if I can’t do the yoga pose, and on and on it goes. The exercise I am referring to is gentle movement, probably on a mini-trampoline, or a 30 minute walk outside (weather permitting), or bouncing on an exercise ball. Sounds more gentle, doesn’t it? The idea for exercise is to get the blood pumping in a gentle steady rhythm for long enough that the lymphatic vessels can cleanse the body of toxins and the blood can circulate them for elimination. One of my friends loved her rocking chair, so she created “Rocking Chair Aerobics.” Keep your feet on the ground and begin rocking back and forth. She was having knee problems and it helped her knees so much that she quit using her wheel chair and graduated to a walker. After a time, she began to “stand up” for a second with each “rock” and it really improved her standing and walking. And any activity that is consistent, even rocking, is considered aerobic, so it improves heart function.

So when you think of exercise, think “gentle.” If you want to walk on a treadmill, then do it gently and just set a pace that you can handle and still keep talking. Walk out in the sunlight and you have accomplished two of the principles of the Living Food Lifestyle.

SPROUTS

Enzymes are the building block for proteins, and sprouts contain the highest concentration of the enzymes we need. Most sprouts are seedlings that we make from tiny seeds like alfalfa, clover, broccoli, radish, and cabbage. We soak them, and drain them, and let them breathe in a jar much like a tiny terrarium. When the first green leaves are visible, they are ready to eat. Other seeds can be sprouted for adding to dishes or for snacks; seeds of mung, sunflower, and almond are good examples.

Shoots on the other hand are seeds that have been grown in a medium and we are eating just the tiny plant. We still want a set of green leaves, but we don’t allow them to grow much more because we want them when they are young and tender. Sunflower seeds also make good shoots, but we really appreciate the taste of pea shoots, buckwheat, and soy. (I never eat any soy products, except for soy sprouts or shoots.) Watercress is another easy to find shoot, but growing them is as easy as growing wheat grass, and I use the same medium.

When adding shoots or sprouts to your green smoothie you only need 1/8 to 1/4 cup. A little goes a long way. I add them to salads, sandwiches, and as garnish to various raw dishes like Raw Lasagna.

ANTI-OXIDANTS

When oxygen is missing an electron it is called a Free Radical and can do damage to your DNA. These molecules are not bound so they are unstable, and they zing through your body and into your cell actually cutting through the DNA in the nucleus. Cancers develop when DNA is cut by free radicals and join in an unnatural way. Anti-oxidants neutralize free radicals making them harmless to your body.

When you want a good anti-oxidant think COLOR. Red, Blue, Orange, Yellow, but mostly red foods contain lots of anti-oxidant capabilities. As with enzymes a little goes a long way, so a small portion of red pepper, for instance, can add a large amount of anti-oxidants to your smoothie or salad. The blue or purple color of blueberries signifies their intense content of anti-oxidants and B Vitamins, like B-12 or cyanacobalamin.

B Vitamins are necessary to help with nerve function, mood regulation and brain function as in cognitive function, and even dementia. I once heard of a man who was suffering from what his doctors termed dementia, yet when he started taking a supplement of B12 his functions returned. But of course his son had already moved him into the home with his wife and children and there was no getting him back to his own home, because they sold it. Oops!

ALKALINE DRINKS

By breaking your fast you can start your day with an alkaline drink. Salt water is a very quick and inexpensive drink that is easy to make. Rejuvelac is a fermented drink made from sprouted grains like quinoa and makes an excellent drink for any time of the day, but especially full of probiotics to start your day with. Lemon juice is also very alkaline, or you might like to use lemon essential oil that does not contain the acid to erode the teeth. Each of these drinks will alkalinize the body. Cancer cannot live in an alkaline environment. Our organs and our healthy probiotics thrive in an alkaline environment. Our classes show you how to make Sal Sole, or salt solution, Rejuvelac and how to prepare sprouts to make the fermented drink.

REST and RELAXATION

I have been a meditator since an early age. I did my own walking meditation when I was around 10 years old, and studied Silva Method in 1979. My favorite form of meditation is Primordial Sound Meditation, where a mantra is repeated during the relaxation. I learned PSM at the Chopra Center in Carlsbad California; a requirement for all students of the Vedic traditions taught there. Whatever sort of method you use to relax, do it every day if possible; consistency will give you the rewards you desire. Don’t worry about what type of relaxation technique you use; there is no wrong type. Rest about 20-30 minutes. If at first you need to read a book, that is just fine. Perhaps you fall asleep. That is perfect; it means you were tired so honor yourself with a little nap.

I say a mantra while I meditate. If my thoughts wonder, I know I can release them by going back to my mantra. Your mantra can be a word, a phrase, or statement; anything that is easy to remember and gets your brain to focus on the present moment. You might find that saying it aloud at first helps you to focus better. After a few minutes you can begin repeating it silently in your mind. See what happens. Dr. Father Thomas Keeting taught me Contemplative Prayer when I was studying for my ordaination. He calls the statement or mantra, a Sacred Word. So when I first started my mantra was the word “clear.” I imagined a blackboard and I erased all the words so that the blackboard was clean, or the words were cleared off. I would also imagine me using the eraser and my arm moving back and forth erasing the words, much like a Qi Gong movement. And that worked for me.

Rest is when your body is doing repairs, building cells, laying down new linings of your intestinal tract, and you are breathing. All this important work is difficult to accomplish when you are busy with your day to day life, such as work, sitting in front of a computer, preparing dinner, and so on. Rest is very important to your healing process and should not be taken lightly. Give yourself permission to do nothing for a few minutes every day.

RAW FOOD KITCHEN

Now that you understand the principles of the Raw Living Food Lifestyle, you can begin adding a few raw foods to your diet every day. I call this the transition stage of changing your lifestyle. Look through your cupboard and your pantry and decide what things you can eliminate that contain unhealthy ingredients. You can donate some of the food to your local pantry or non-profit organization. After removing unhealthy food stuffs, you will gradually increase the raw ingedients you will need to prepare raw dishes based upon the recipes you decide to try. There are lots of free recipes on the websites such as sadtoraw.com, rawfamily.com, greensmoothiegirl.com and so on. Raw Food Lifestyle is becoming more popular so check out some of the “cookbooks” that contain a variety of recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Whatever you do, you will need to add a few additional appliances to help in food preparation

Here is a list of the kinds of appliances that help with raw food preparation:
VitaMix
Quisinart
Juicer
Extraction Juicer
Madeline
Zester
Ninja
Dehydrator

It may take you a few months of shopping as you begin to switch from a Standard American Diet (SAD) to a Living Food Diet or Alkaline Diet and the Raw Living Food Lifestyle. The more raw foods you can incorporate (and I am NOT talking about raw meat) the better your health will become.

Practice the 9 Principles and come to a weekend training at the Spring Creek Holistic Center where all the meals are prepared for you and you learn how to prepare some meals for yourself. Your body will appreciate the break from cooked food and the stress of everyday life, so you can better concentrate on what makes you happy.

Our guests arrive at 5 pm on Thursday for orientation. Each guest is assigned a dorm room, or you can camp at the nearby State Park, Lake-Le-Aqua-Na or on our land. We meet at 6 pm in the classroom to discuss the agenda for the weekend and answer questions. We take guests on a first come basis and just a few at a time. If you have a diagnosis such as cancer, or diabetes, we need a referral from your primary care physician before you arrive. We work closely with your medical treatment plan and it helps us to know a little about your medical history. Each guest will fill out a health questionnaire and we will do our best to make you comfortable and welcome while you are here.

Our guests stay until Monday afternoon. You are welcome to stay more than once, but the program is only conducted from Friday to Monday once a month. Come visit any time you like; the dorms are available for weekend or weekday guests. There are wonderful things to do around the area at different times of the year and we always have gardens that need volunteer hands to keep going, plus the yoga classes that all our guests enjoy.

Be well, Naturally,
Doc Wah

Raindrop Technique Massage

The spinal column represents the major connection that nerves have to our organs and our entire body.  The Raindrop Technique was developed by D. Gary Young who called himself an aromatologist.  Indeed he has a keen sense of smell and can detect certain chemical components in individual plants.  Testing of the plant oils has verified this and he started the Young Living Essential Oil company shortly after developing the Raindrop Technique in 1989.

Raindrop Technique Essential Oils collection

Raindrop Technique Essential Oils collections

Raindrop Technique is a very gentle therapy that includes the use of several essential oil singles, and a couple of oil blends that were developed by D. Gary Young and has become the quintessential therapy for Aromatherapists.  It involves dropping the oils like raindrops just a few inches above the skin along the spine of the receiver.  It begins by balancing the energy between left and right on the feet of the receiver followed by systematically applying the oils using a vibratory technique known as Vita-Flex along the spine reflex area of the feet.

Each oil in the Raindrop Kit has been chosen due to their impact on the organ system, their ability to fight infection, relax the body, and relieve tension, including the emotional tension that causes muscle tension, fatigue and even depression.  Infection has been found to be a major cause in physical disorders, such as scoliosis, sciatica and kyphosis.  I have found that lingering infections can cause other organ system disorders such as thyroid disorder that in turn causes joint arthritis.  It was explained to me at one point that certain toxins that build up in the body over time are the result of the byproduct of toxic waste distributed into our body by the microbes that live in our tissues.  These toxins must be flushed out or they will build up in our body in places that can eventually cause us discomfort, chronic illness and eventual death.  I highly recommend a detoxification program, and certainly drinking lots of water should be a huge part of this program, while you are receiving Raindrop treatments.

Each Raindrop treatment can be unique, but having several treatments will have accumulative effects and the results can be more global.  A good example is receiving weekly Raindrop treatments for 10 weeks to alleviate low back pain.  The pain is gone, as well as the cause of that pain.  It does not return.

Of several hundred persons who have received Raindrop Massage, 99% of them have said they would recommend it to their friends and would receive Raindrop again.  There are many benefits of the technique, but when combined with the wonderful pure therapeutic grade oils the results are powerful.

I am a Raindrop facilitator and while there are many different ways to apply the oils, I really love the Ecuador Method that Young developed while at the NovaVita Clinic in Ecuador.  The YLEO company owns several thousand acres in Ecuador where they grow organic plant for their oils.  The high altitudes and longer growing season make these plants exceptionally well suited for the rainforest environment, and they yield high amounts of pure oils as a result.  Eucalyptus is particularly excellent as its’ aroma will attest.  YLEO own several farms around the world but the only clinic that Young started is in Ecuador and it is still in operation today.  The services offered at NovaVita Clinic are unlike any that you might see in the US and have given relief to many patients who could not receive these treatments anywhere else.  Such as the intravenous infusion of essential oils.  I think that we may see this offered in the US one day, but it may take a few years of overcoming obstacles in alternative health applications.

The Raindrop Technique Essential Oil Collection consists of several single oils and a few blends, along with a vegetable carrier oil and a massage oil blend.  I have used the V6 massage oil, but I recently found out it contains Canola Oil, so I do not recommend this oil if you have a serious disease, chronic inflammation or an allergy to Canola, which is not a truly pure vegetable oil.  I make a wonderful carrier oil blend with sunflower seed oil, jojoba oil, sesame seed oil, and safflower oil.  To the carrier oil you can add your own blend of essential oils, or not.  I try to keep a little bit of both plain carrier oil, and another blend that is similar to the Ortho Ease that is included in the kit.

Seven Single Oils (5ml bottles): Thyme, Basil, Peppermint, Oregano, Wintergreen, Cypress and Marjoram.

Two Oil Blends (5ml bottles): Valor® & Aroma Seiz™.

The two oil blends originally came from two recipes that D. Gary Young developed in 1989 and included in the first booklet he published on Raindrop Technique.  I love the convenience of being able to purchase the blends, but I wanted to share the original recipes with you here.

Energy Balancing Blend (now included in Valor®
15 drops spruce7 drops frankincense6 drops blue tansy2 drops rosewood1 drop balsam fir

Muscle Relaxing Blend (now included in Aroma Seiz™
25 drops balsam fir15 drops basil10 drops marjoram8 drops spruce4 drops wintergreen

Other oil recipes were also developed by Young.  This is another blend that I like to use for anyone receiving Raindrop Massage after a cold or flu.

Boost Your Immune System Massage Blend

Because of the “heat” in oils like cinnamon and clove, it is best to use a carrier oil to slow down the penetration.  Other oils could be added such as Mountain Savory or Eucalyptus for their ability to help move lymph, a detoxification process.

1 oz V-6 Massage Oil15 drops Ravensara oil blend10 drops rosemary oil6 drops thyme oil4 drops cinnamon oil4 drops clove oil

Pain Management

If you are experiencing pain from muscle spasm, cramping, overuse, or misuse of your muscles, you can apply the oils of the Raindrop Technique collection directly on those areas.  I work on a mini-farm in Northwestern Illinois that my husband and I purchased several years ago.  The land is uneven and I walk the land from gardens to house and back again preparing the garden beds for planting, digging in the dirt and weeding.  My lower legs are very tired and the muscles tend to cramp even when I take a long hot soak with some apple cider vinegar, which usually alleviates a lot of the soreness.  But I keep the Raindrop oils next to my bed just in case my leg muscles decide they are just too overworked and begin to cramp.  I put the oils on with some gentle rubbing, and sometimes end with a hot pack and then I fall asleep again.

RAINDROP TECHNIQUE OILS

Each of the oils chosen to be included in the Raindrop Technique have a specific purpose.  There is a physical affect working on a cellular level, as well as an emotional affect that works through the brain and nervous system in an area we know as the limbic system.  They were chosen to synergistically kill viral and bacterial pathogens, reduce inflammation, support the immune system, ease respiratory discomfort, relax stressed muscles, curb digestive upset and relieve body and joint discomfort, as well as balance energy, lift the spirit, restore calm, and increase the ability to concentrate.

WHITE ANGELICA

PHYSICAL: anti-inflammatory (intestinal walls), calming, sedative.  Oil of Angels (German).  Coughs, Colds, premenstrual tension, respiratory infections.
AROMATIC: Balance the Emotional body, release and let go of negative feelings from memory of trauma or anger.

VALOR

 

PHYSICAL:  Empower the physical and spiritual bodies.  Hyperactivity and ADD in children.  Align the physical structure of the body relieving pain along the spine; balances and reenergizes the chakras.  Changes anaerobic mutated cells back to their natural aerobic state.
AROMATIC:  Balance the electrical energies in the body.

OREGANO

PHYSICAL: Anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, metabolic balancer, and may strengthen the vital centers of the body.
AROMATIC: Grounds and strengthen feelings of security.

THYME

 

PHYSICAL: Immunological support, anti-microbial acts directly on the viral or bacterial activity and may help one overcome fatigue and physical weakness after illness.
AROMATIC: Supplies energy during times of stress and physical activity.  Uplifting.

 BASIL

PHYSICAL: Antispasmodic, decongestant. Muscle spasms, aches/pains, chronic colds, concentration, depression and fatigue.  May help gastro-intestinal problems, poor memory, mental fatigue, and relax spastic muscles.
AROMATIC: Helps one maintain an open mind.

 CYPRESS

PHYSICAL: Anti-bacterial, anti-infectious, antimicrobial, mucolytic, vasoconstrictor.  Strengthens capillary walls and relieve spasms and swelling, open respiratory tract, and give energy in case of edema, cellulite, varicose veins, water retention, and hemorrhoids.
AROMATIC: It strengthens and helps ease the feeling of loss, create a feeling of security, provide grounding, and heal the emotion.

WINTERGREEN

PHYSICAL: Anti-inflammatory and analgesic and relieves pain.  Excellent for bone since its primary constituent, methyl salicylate has cortisone like activity.  May also help with muscle and joint discomfort, arthritis, tendonitis, and rheumatism.
AROMATIC:  May elevate, open and increase awareness in the sensory system.

 MARJORAM

PHYSICAL: Antispasmodic, anti-infectious, antibacterial, vasodilator, sedative, expectorant.  May calm the respiratory tract and relieve spasms and migraine headaches.  Promotes intestinal peristalsis, tones the parasympathetic nervous system.
AROMATIC: Promotes peace and sleep.

PEPPERMINT

PHYSICAL: Anti-microbial may elevate and open sensory system.  It may also help reduce fevers, Candida, nausea, vomiting, and may aid respiratory functions, has pain killing properties.  Works synergistically with other oils to enhance their activity.  Known as a fixative; helps the other oils by slowing their absorption.
AROMATIC: Used for purifying, stimulating the conscious mind, and enhancing mental retention.

 AROMA SIEZ

 

PHYSICAL:  May help relax, calm and relieve tight, sore, tired and aching muscles resulting from sports injuries, fatigue and stress.  May also help relieve stress headaches.
AROMATIC:  Similar to physical.

 

PERFORMING THE RAINDROP TECHNIQUE MASSAGE

There are several DVDs that show the Raindrop Technique and how to perform the various massage techniques used in applying the oils.  Vita Flex Technique is initially done on the soles of the feet over the reflex area of the spinal column.  This is an area that runs from the heel on the instep or midline, and runs up the inner arch up to the big toe.  It is not on the inside but on the sole of the foot that actually touches the ground.  Reflexology has proven that there are reflex points on the soles of the feet that “reflect” back to the body.  Raindrop Technique is attempting to move the oils into the spine, so we only use this reflex area in the treatment.

Feather Stroke

This is my favorite part of the treatment.  Feathering up the spine using just a light touch with your fingertips causes the nerve endings in the skin to become energized.  These are the nerve endings that detect vibration and light pressure.  They send messages into the skin and deep into the tissue that allow the oils to penetrate without deep manipulation of the tissues.

Circular Massage Strokes

Two main strokes are used along either side of the spine and the circular motion is always clockwise.  The Spinal Tissue Pull begins on the right side of the spine next to the bones of the spine.  The group of muscles here are about one to two inches wide so the circles of this stroke are just as wide, concentrating on pulling the erector spinae away from the spine to relax them.  The Circular Hand massage used towards the end of the treatment is also done in a clockwise circular fashion but includes the sides of the ribs with the palm of the hand working the muscles of the back.

Crossover Stroke, or Palm Rub

The large strokes include both sides of the back and hands alternately push and pull the tissues.  This causes some lifting of the muscles but is very comfortable and easy on the giver.  it is a wonderful end to a Raindrop Technique and rubs all the oils in thoroughly.

Lymphatic Finger Pump

The last technique ends with a light pumping on the spine.  The receiver turns to face up and the giver cradles the head in their palms.  Gently pushing and pulling causes the body to rock rhythmically and the lightest amount of vibration is achieved causing the lymph to be pumped through the body, removing toxins and helping to stimulate absorption of the oils.

There you have it.  It is an easy technique to learn, and your first treatment is always FREE when you purchase your Raindrop Kit with me.  Contact me about how to get your first order with Young Living Essential Oils and how to receive your Free treatment.

I prefer email at doc2wah@gmail.com

 

NB

The information contained here is provided for educational purposes and is not intended to diagnose, prescribe, treat, or cure any condition of the body and should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health practitioner.

As a Health Practitioner, and Licensed Doctor of Naprapathy, however, I can make some claims as to the effectiveness of the oils from my own experience and use in a clinical setting.  The empirical knowledge gained from years of use and reports from patients means that there is sufficient evidence to believe that Raindrop Technique is a safe therapy when used within the guidelines and when proper care is employed.  Children do not need as much oil, and should be given a carrier oil to begin.  People who have never purified their bodies may only need a few drops to begin so they do not experience any unwanted symptoms with their first Raindrop Technique Massage.  Always use the adage:  Less is more.  A little oil will be much more effective than a lot; so use the minimum amount of oil possible and you will achieve powerful results.

Always have the receiver drink water for the rest of the day, along with light food like a good green salad, and tea.  It will help the detoxification process and they will have no ill effects and quite possibly feel wonderful for several days following their treatment.