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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.
  4. Gobel H, et al. “Effect of peppermint and eucalyptus oil preparations on neurophysiological and experimental algesimetric headache parameters.” Cephalalgia. 1994; 14(3):228-34.
  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
  7. Pharmacological and Toxicological Aspects of Essential Oils.  Integrated Aromatic Medicine 2001, proceedings from the International Symposium Grasse, France, March 2-5, 2001
  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

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

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.

 

 

 

Lemonade Diet

The Master Cleanser Diet was first made popular by Dr. Stanley Burroughs in the book “Healing for the Age of Enlightenment” published in 1973.  I became aware of it in 1979 when I met an alternative medicine doctor who practiced the three modalities listed in his book: VitaFlex Therapy, Color Therapy and the Master Cleanser Diet.  Over the years the Master Cleanser Diet has become a unique detoxification program that has been used by thousands of people.

The Lemonade Diet is just another name for the Master Cleanser Diet because the diet consists of drinking lemonade every day.  The uniqueness of this drink is the maple syrup used to sweeten it, along with the scant amount of Cayenne Pepper.  I usually recommend putting just the dash of cayenne on top of each glass, rather than adding it to the lemonade that is refrigerated.  This prevents it from being too hot.  If you decide to add the cayenne to the lemonade it will get infused with the juice and become a Hot Lemonade, so be careful!  Being from Texas, I happen to like it a little hot. Cayenne will also help increase the body metabolism, which helps break down fat.

I am not giving away any secrets by sharing the recipe for the Lemonade, because it is easily available on line if you search Master Cleanser.  But I would like to explain why we use maple syrup instead of other sugars for the sweetener.  And I would also suggest you consider adding a drop of Lemon Essential Oil to each glass, and any other essential oils that you like for flavor as they have extremely beneficial actions for your health.

Maple Syrup

Maple syrup is concentrated from the sap of the sugar maple tree and other maple trees.  It is a natural sugar that comes from the xylem sap of the tree.  When the sap runs out it is mostly water and needs to be boiled to evaporate the water leaving the thick syrup.  There is a higher concentration of manganese and zinc in the syrup than in other sugars.  And the concentration of fructose to glucose is about 50/50.  This means that 50% of the sugar will be processed in the liver and the other 50% will help give the brain energy and offer fuel to the rest of the body.  The processing of sugar through the liver is important; it helps with detoxification.  The only other sugar I am aware of that helps with this is Yacon syrup, which has begun to increase in popularity for its ability to aid in weight loss.

The truth is that Maple Syrup or glucose is recognized as FOOD in our bodies.  This explains why we don’t get hungry on the Lemonade.  Just be sure to use organic lemons, and a good quality of Maple Syrup and pure water.

Weight Loss

Speaking of losing weight, some people will lose weight with the Lemonade Diet, but this is not always the case.  I never recommend this form of detoxification if you are already on the slender side or skinny and never to men over the age of 45 or 50 because they will lose muscle mass which can be detrimental to their health.  But if you have excess fat mass you want to shed or excess fluid then this is a good diet for you.  Another thought is to add more maple syrup so that you do not experience weight loss if that is not your goal, but I don’t think that is advisable.  Instead, add a few snacks each day that will not be difficult to digest and keep you satisfied. Good snacks are celery with almond butter, apple with lemon juice, pineapple chunks with chocolate sauce (see recipe below), soaked almonds with nutritional yeast, sweet potato chips; just keep the serving sizes to a minimum.

Snacking

The Lemonade Diet consists of drinking the lemonade all day long, and absolutely no food.  I recommend that you do this for at least four days, so a long weekend works great.  The first time I did it was Thanksgiving many years ago.  I made a complete Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and dressing.  My dinner was on the smallest plate I could find; a saucer.  I had a tablespoon of each dish and that was all.  I completed the four days and felt great!  But what about snacks?  Well, I think they will be okay.  Our mouths are not used to not chewing and they feel sad when we have nothing for them to do!  So, grab a stick of celery or put a teaspoon of tuna on a cracker.  If you are going to do the complete diet it takes about 10 days, so about one week into it, eat a salad.  Just don’t do large amounts or huge meals.

Breaking the Diet

Do not under any circumstances eat food for at least a day following the end of your Lemonade Diet.  Instead, drink broth and other juices, even green smoothies, but wait a day or two before asking your body to digest food again.  Enjoy a bowl of Chicken Soup where the vegetables are cooked and no noodles please unless they are gluten free.  I make a delicious bone broth that is nutritious and helps settle your appetite, plus it is easy to digest and contains glucosamine.

VitaFlex

When Stanley Burroughs first shared the protocol for health in his book, it included receiving VitaFlex Therapy and color therapy, too.  VitaFlex has been seeing a revival, working with the therapeutic essential oils, in a technique known as Raindrop Technique.  The oils are applied in a layering fashion along the spine and worked into the tissue using the VitaFlex movements.  However, VitaFlex was designed to be used over the entire body.  The vibration caused by the movement of the fingers wiggling across the skin stimulates the blood vessels to open, the lymph vessels begin absorbing more toxins and the nerves begin to relax causing muscle relaxation and detoxification.  You can either attend a Raindrop Technique training or order the video to learn more about how to perform VitaFlex Technique.

Color Therapy

The third component to the protocol described in Healing For the Age of Enlightenment by Stanley Burroughs is Color Therapy.  I am sure there are very sophisticated color lamps available these days, but back then we used color gels and lights similar to those used in theater.  There are color bulbs that will work just as well, and even flashlights that have tiny color gels to change colors in the screw top.  Color is electromagnetic energy and has healing properties.  Sunlight enters our bodies through the skin and separates forming molecules under the skin, like Vitamin D.  However, by using individual colors we can specify what type of healing we require.  The colors of the rainbow are what we are looking for here.  The body has energy centers called chakras that are recognized by their color or energetic frequency beginning with Red at the base of the spine and rising up in energy along the spine until we reach White again at the top of the head.

For more information on Color Therapy and what each color represents please check out this site: http://www.colourenergy.com/html/what-is.html

One color in particular that I have worked with for pain is Yellow.  When you use a yellow bulb and shine the light over a bone fracture or painful area, the yellow color will aid in healing the bone and reducing pain.  Think of the color of foods.  Yellow foods contain Vitamin A, such as cantelope, squash or apricots. Recently I have been adding wolfberry juice, although red in color, found in NingXia Red juice to my daily regimen because it contains five different beta-carotenes and aids in tissue healing. It has a wonderful taste and when added to grape juice it will increase the immune cells known as natural killer-T cells.

Two things that all cancer patients and AIDS patients should be adding to their health regimen: Color Therapy and NingXia Red juice.  In fact, there was a clinic in Austin, Texas that offered Color Therapy to all patients in a very relaxing atmosphere.  I do not know if it is still offered there at this time, but if you have the space it would be a wonderful offering.

Color fabric can do some of the work.  I usually recommend that patients wear the fabric color for the chakra that is out of balance, which I find from my energy therapy sessions.  I also suggest they eat the foods of that color, or just imagine that color at the chakra level during meditation.  There is so much work to be done with color therapy that has been ignored for so long in healing modalities.

Colon Flush

The first thing you should do each day while on the Lemonade Diet, is a colon flush.  This is accomplished by drinking a large amount of Saline, water where salt has been added.  Add 2 teaspoons of salt to a quart of warm water and stir until dissolved.  I prefer using Himalayan Salt due to the antimicrobial properties that naturally occur in this form of salt.  Drink the salt water first thing in the morning.  If the water is warm it tastes pretty good; almost like a broth.  For this reason I usually call it Salt Broth.  Stanley Burroughs called it Salt Bathing.

How it works:  Our bodies are made up of saline, but require water for hydration.  When we drink saline, which is a heavier gravity weight than our blood, the saline absorbs excess water from our tissues.  This is the bodies natural tendency to want to remain or maintain stasis.  The saline plus the extra fluids will be flushed through the colon.  Please note: it is NOT absorbed by the body, so there is no worry about the extra salt causing a rise in heart rate.  This is an important thing to note.  However, it WILL cause a rather explosive expulsion of fecal matter and you will need to be near the bathroom.  If you are too uncomfortable with this explosive evacuation, then break it down into one glass at a time.  The bowel will move more gently and with more control on your part.

Laxative Tea should be taken the night before you begin the Lemonade Diet, and every night while on the cleanse.  A word of caution about laxative teas: If you brew a cup according to the package, please realize that this is going to be pretty strong.  So only drink half of the cup, and save the other half for the next evening.  Senna is very mild, but I still do not recommend you drink too much.  You can also take stool softeners such as Comfortone, by Young Living, or flax powder or psyllium powder.  Take the stool softeners if you are experiencing too much constipation while on the cleanse.  However, if you avoid heavy foods for a few days prior to beginning the cleanse you will avoid this side effect.  Heavy foods are things like cooked meats, dairy of any kind, and gluten foods.

Weekly Cleanse

If you find your lifestyle just does not afford an entire 4 day period to devote to this detoxification program, then do just one day a week.  In fact, you can detox your body by cleansing one day a week forever; just do one food for the entire day one day a week.  If you choose lemonade then do the entire protocol, but just for one day.  Eat light food the day before, and drink a laxative tea the night before.  Drink a glass of saline in the morning and enjoy an entire day of one food; fruit or vegetable, and no meat or gluten or dairy.

Another way to increase your body’s ability to heal is to break your fast with water.  Do not eat any late night snack (or ice cream!) and begin the day with water.  Drink only water when you feel hunger coming on.  If the water satisfies you, then you really are not hungry.  If you drink a glass of water, and the hunger sensation stays, then you really are hungry and can eat your first meal of the day.  It could happen later in the morning, at lunch, or even later in the afternoon.  Hunger pains, as we usually call them, will trigger the anti-aging hormones and help us stay young.

This became quite evident in some research done by D. Gary Young when he was researching the different ways people aged.  He found that the native peoples of the third world countries would run out of their food stores in early Spring.  They would save the food they had for the children, and the adults would essentially go into a forced fast for nearly a month, until they were able to harvest their crops.  These adults would live to be 125 years old in many villages.  But as the Western world came into their midst and food was being brought in, this forced fast has diminished.  Now these people only live to around 90 years of age.  This is evidence that detoxification is essential in living longer.

If you have questions about the diet, refer to the book.  Do NOT pay more than just a few dollars for the book; it is available on Amazon for a few dollars, and the Master Cleanser has been made available for free on line.

Adding Back Food: Breaking the Fast

After any cleanse you should be careful adding food back into your diet.  Start with broth, soups and soft cooked steamed vegetables, or fruit juice; even green smoothies will help.  But here is a terrific time to add different foods to your diet.  The first food you add back into your regular meal, especially a food you did not like!  I did this with green peppers.  I did not like them because they seemed bitter and sharp in taste.  So after one of my early Master Cleanse weeks, I added them to a veggie tray.  Guess what?  They tasted sweet and delicious to me!  So they are now in my life, and I am grateful.  I am not sure if this is mentioned in the book, but it is something I have discovered for myself and recommend to patients, especially if the food is beneficial and would be a good addition of vitamins and nourishment.

Begin with broth, soups that do not contain noodles, and steamed vegetables. Or drink other fruit juices and strained fruit.  After a day or two, have a salad with your steamed or baked vegetables or green smoothie.  Avoid breads or gluten for a few days more.  Eventually, you will be able to eat your normal diet, but it should be much better in content.  The Master Cleanse or Lemonade Diet is a cleanse.  This means you will be healthier after you have cleansed.  Don’t muck up the works by going back to your old ways, the Standard American Diet is SAD.  This is a great time to switch to the Mediterranean Diet, that consists of a much more varied diet and less meat.  I would avoid red meat altogether or just eat it rarely if possible.

RAW FOOD

After you have cleansed is a great time to switch to a different lifestyle; one that concentrates on keeping your body alive with foods that maintain an alkaline environment.  Cancer cannot survive in an alkaline environment, and our bodies are designed to live indefinitely…. if we are clean.  I suggest you do a cleanse as often as you feel comfortable; whether that be daily, weekly, or quarterly.  I do recommend as I said earlier that you try the Lemonade Diet for 4 days to begin.  Then keep it going one day at a time, until you reach 10 days. One question that I have heard from patients is how long can you safely do the Lemonade Diet?  I have done it for 30 days, and I know others who have repeated the 10 day cleanse once a month for several months.  Jesus fasted for 40 days, so it is possible to do it for longer.  When I was on the Lemonade for that long, however, I ate Salads on the weekend and had tiny snacks every day.

Bone Broth

Obtain bones from your butcher or farmer from animals you know are raised by grazing on grass and not pumped full of chemicals.  I get buffalo bones from Lester’s Bison Farm in Wisconsin.  Two large joints are enough for a batch of broth.  Place the bones in a pot of water and boil for 24 hours.  Keep the water boiling in a slow rolling boil.  It takes this long to soften the bones and release their beneficial glucosamine and calcium stores.  Allow the broth to cool and store it in freezer containers.  This is an organic broth and must be kept frozen to store it properly.  Just thaw out a quart at a time for your daily use.  I usually warm it up a little for a yummy snack.  My puppy loves it too.  I sometimes freeze it in ice cube trays, and thaw out a cube in her bowl for her to drink.  I am hoping to ward off any joint problems as she loves to jump and this could lead to bone and joint problems.  I drink it for myself for my own arthritic joints that are healing nicely!

When you remove the bones from the broth, freeze them again, and reserve them for another batch.  You may be able to boil the same bones twice or even a third time and get more of their nutrients out.  I often slice them up and give them to my dog, but just be careful.  That may be a little bit too much for them at one time and come out undigested in their stool; but the marrow is very beneficial for their health and I think it helps keep their teeth clean.

Other recipes include egg shells, crustaceans or chicken bones.  Just be sure these are from good sources, which is why I don’t add them.  But I love to add garlic, celery, onion, and spices to flavor my broth.  You don’t need to drink it every day; just a couple times a week, or daily if you have a problem that needs to heal, like arthritis or a broken bone that needs help healing.

References

Burroughs, Stanley, Healing for the Age of Enlightenment (Republished in 1993)

Mother Jones, May 14, 2011, Is Sugar Really Safer Than Corn Syrup?

World’s Healthiest Foods, Maple Syrup

Color Therapy Chart, http://www.colourenergy.com/html/what-is.html

Color Wheel of Foods, http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/fruits-vegetables.shtml

NingXia Red Juice is available through www.youngliving.org.  When you sign up, just use my member number to set up your account:  Member ID # 733286 (for both sponsor and enroller).  I suggest you set up an auto-shipment of the two pack, as you will earn extra discounts.

 

Glorious Beets

The beet is a delicious crispy root vegetable that grows just about anywhere and for most of the year from summer to winter.  It has loads of nutrient value including a little iron and primarily a good source of anti-oxidants, similar to most red vegetables.  Along with anti-oxidants, they also contain anti-inflammatory properties and aid in detoxification pathways.  This means that they promote the growth of glutathione in your colon which then is absorbed by the liver and promotes the Phase II detoxification pathway there.

In Phase II there are other nutrients being produced by your body in the liver, such as SAMe and CoQ10.  So by eating a small portion of beets every week, you will feel better.  They are not a great source of Vitamin C, which is necessary as a cofactor in most metabolic pathways, so by adding some greens and sprouts to your meal you will aid the digestion of beets and so avoid the common red urine, which could indicate that you are not digesting or absorbing your iron.

While most beets are red, and you can always associate red food with anti-oxidant properties, some beets are yellow, or striped.  The yellow beets contain more lutein in them which is very beneficial to the eyes.  Spinach also contains lutein, but much more iron, so these make a lovely pair in your salads or other dishes.  Beet greens can also be added to the salad, especially from very young beets as their greens are very tender.

Keep in mind that some of these nutrients are very sensitive to heat, so eating beets raw is always the best choice.  However, when you do cook them you can keep their skins on them if you wish because they will become nice and tender along with the beet root itself.  I usually peel my beets because the flavor of the skin does not agree with my taste buds especially in my raw salads, but you be the judge for yourself.

Did you know that beets are mostly water?  Yes, they are!  About 85% of the beet is composed of water.  This may explain why there are so many B vitamins in a beet, though not a great deal, but enough to help with nerve health but especially with blood sugar regulation due to the amount of choline in them.  Of the fat content of beets which isn’t really fat like you might think, but just the oils naturally found in their cellular makeup, we find beta-carotene or Vitamin A.  Beets are a good source of Vitamin A but not a huge amount.  So not to worry with your vitamins if they also contain Vitamin A because beta-carotene is in its’ natural state and more beneficial in the long run.

More on the nutrient ingredients of beets can be found here:  http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrientprofile&dbid=88

Other vitamins present are great for your daily intake such as Calcium, Potassium, and Magnesium. Again, they make you feel well.  If you need extra amounts of these vitamins in your body, then enjoy 1 to 2 servings of beets every week.

Raw Beet Salads

I prefer to spiral cut my beets and either with the Angel Hair spiral cut or the larger variety; they are both equally tasty.  I generally use a medium to large beet depending upon how many I want to serve but for these recipes I am using a medium red beet.

Orange Spiral Beet

1 medium beet, peeled and spiral cut, then cut into 2 inch strips

2 Tbsp lemon juice

1 Tbsp Blood Orange Infused Olive Oil

1 Tbsp Sicilian Lemon Balsamic Vinegar (Olive Tap)

2 Tbsp Pomegranate seeds (fresh or frozen)

5 drops of Orange Essential Oil

Place the lemon juice into a glass bowl and add your spiral cut beets.  Then cut them into 2 inch strips and toss with the juice.  Add the remainder of the ingredients and toss well.

Be sure to taste your salad BEFORE you add the Orange Essential Oil.  Then add a few drops and POW!  The flavors will explode!

This is a sweet version, and could substitute as a fruit salad to complement any meal.

Beet Dill Salad

I love, love, love Dill with my beet salad.  A friend made a beet salad the other day, and was disappointed that the dill changed their color.  So I decided to try dill in a couple of versions and this is what I came up with.

1 medium beet, spiral cut, then cut into 2 inch pieces

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1 avocado diced pieces

Sauce:

1/2 cup sprouted sunflowers

1/4 cup Rejuvelac (made from quinoa)

1 Tbsp lemon juice

2 Tbsp Tahini paste

1/8 cup Nutritional Yeast

1 Tbsp Flax seed oil

1 clove garlic, crushed

4 Tbsp fresh dill, diced tiny

1 tsp fresh basil, diced tiny

Peel the beet and spiral cut.  Add to a glass bowl with 1 Tbsp lemon juice and cut into 2 inch pieces and toss.

Prepare the sauce separately.  Place sunflower sprouts into the blender and add the Tahini Paste, lemon juice (to taste), Tahini, Nutritional Yeast, Flax seed oil and garlic and blend together.  Pour this into a bowl and add the fresh spices and toss together.

Add enough sauce to coat your beets and watch it turn a beautiful pink!  This is my favorite part.  The avocados will stay green, giving it that beautiful combination of pink and green colors.

Optional Sauce:  Mayonnaise, yes it works great!  Just add mayonnaise right out of the jar (like good old fashioned Hellman’s) and add everything else together.  I use it in a pinch!  shhhh!

 

This is what I came up with tonight. I guess I just had a craving for some beets.  My puppy LOVES her beets and usually steals one from my grocery bag when she smells it and so I can’t leave my bags on the floor anymore!  She also steals mangos, but that is another story!

Good Nutrition to All, and Natural Health!

Dr. Wanona

 

 

 

Pharmaceutical Myth

Confessions of a former RX Rep 

In a video by Gwen Olsen, a former pharmaceutical sales representative, the truth comes out that Big Pharma is not in the business to get people well.  In truth, their role is to simply put “disease maintenance and symptoms management.”  In other words, they are controlling your symptoms with drugs in order to maintain your health in a perpetual state of disease, in order to insure their prosperity.

I had suspicions that this was true for many years, and appreciate Ms. Olsen coming out and stating these facts for us.  I had also heard, though cannot quote my source, that Big Pharma has a goal of getting every person, at least in the United States, addicted to 3 drugs per person.  This is evident with many people who are prescribed one drug, then having side-effects due to taking one drug are prescribed another drug and so forth.  Doctors are being trained to administer these drugs to the masses in this manner.

The main populous is being duped into believing that the doctor has their health and healing interest in mind, but that is not true either.  Doctors really are not chemists and do not understand what is happening inside your body when you take this drug and another, nor their combined side-effects.  But I am sure you hear about this in published ads on the television that the drug may help your Crohn’s disease, but may also give you some forms of cancer or heart disease.

I am sorry to say that insurance will even help the pharmaceutical companies stay in business by defraying the cost of drugs that are prescribed to maintain your illness, and will not help in any way to pay for vitamins or supplements that may help you actually heal from disease.

Never fear, there are ways that you can be proactive in your health, and it does not matter about Big Pharma, and may even help put them out of business.  First, talk to a natural health professional, such as myself, a licensed Doctor of Naprapathy or a Naturopath.  I know there have been changes in the laws recently, but there are several good nutritionists and resources to help you regain your health without your medical doctor’s approval.

Second, change doctors.  There are a few doctors who are more educated about natural resources including supplements and diets that help heal nearly a dozen diseases without the use of drugs or surgery.

Third, do your own research.  You will not have the same resources that a doctor may have, but some resources are open to the public.  For instance, you are welcome to go to the nearest medical school library and peruse the many medical journals and stacks that contain current and past research and information.  You may not be able to check out any of the books or journals, but you can read them at your leisure, make copies of necessary information, and arm yourself with good information.  Never rely on hearsay, and never just take the word of your doctor.

Finally, change your lifestyle.  This is the one key to a healthy body, mind and spirit.  Food is medicine.  Exercise is medicine. Together they will help you regain your life, and yes you can avoid taking any drugs or undergoing unnecessary surgeries.

I am very disappointed in Obama Care.  I had thought that there would be a provision to include paying for necessary supplements, vitamins and protein powders at least, and to include those that every individual is free to purchase at a local health food store, as well as those recommended to them by either a doctor or natural health practitioner.  That is unfortunately not the case.  We are being forced to purchase insurance, and Big Pharma will continue to thrive, while the citizens in the United States are subject to being guinea pigs to all sorts of research.

Well, be your own laboratory, and find out what makes your body healthy.  Noone can stop you from experimenting on yourself.  This has been my motto since I began my journey into herbalism, aromatherapy, and nutrition, some 33 years ago.  I will try something on myself, before I try it on others.  I do not practice medicine on others; I use empirical data that has been practiced by natural health professionals long before the Western allopathic physician came on the scene.

I have a few examples of success stories where patients were able to reduce and eventually remove their dependency on drugs that were prescribed by their primary care physician.  I personally view each of us as our own primary care physician and encourage everyone to begin listening to their own body, and quite putting doctors on fragile pedestals. One such story involved a woman in her 70s who was a patient of mine during my internship.  She was stooped over, on several medications for heart pressure, including potassium pills and anti-hallucinogenics due to the side effects of the heart medication.  One day she called me to say she was having pain on her right side.  She had called her PCP and was told she would need to have her gall bladder removed in one week, and to discontinue taking all medication.

I was shocked at this.  He had not given her any tests; no blood tests or ultrasounds were performed.  He had blatantly decided to use her as a guinea pig, remove her gall bladder, and who gives a damn about the woman’s health after that.  I could only imagine he was thinking of the money he would make by cutting into her.  I appreciated that he gave her the proper command to stop taking the pharmaceutical drugs, making my job a lot easier.  I asked her to come in and let me examine her.  Her symptoms were simply a pain on her right side, which does indeed indicate a problem with the gall bladder, but her doctors blatant disregard of scientific protocol was paramount to malpractice.

I suggested that she begin a three-day gallbladder flush.  It is a simple procedure and could not hurt.  I instructed her to purchase apples, and apple juice, as well as olive oil.  The Gall Bladder Flush involves eating apples throughout the day, along with water, and to avoid caffeine or other foods.  Then in the evening take 1/4 cup of olive oil in 1/4 cup of apple juice before bed.  The body enjoys the apples and they dissolve any stones that may have formed.  The olive oil lubricates the valves to allow passage of the smaller stones and works in about three days.  She began her flush right away, but thinking she would be undergoing surgery had started making meals for herself that she would freeze and have for later.  However, by the third day she felt a small pang as if a gas pain in her right side, and noticed that she was feeling very much better.

To my surprise, she called her doctor and canceled the surgery, then called her son and scheduled a plane trip to go visit him.  Well, that was more than I could have asked for.  She felt great.  Not only did she avoid surgery, but she had her doctor’s permission to get off the medications.  When she returned from her visit she scheduled a follow up visit with her PCP and he found that her blood pressure was normal, and she did not resume taking any medications.  The Naprapathic treatments that she was undergoing were beginning to remove the tension in her spine, and thus the unusual pressure on the baro-receptors in her neck, helping to regain the normal heart health.  She was standing taller than ever, and was a great deal more alert now.

I saw her for regular visits for a few more weeks and she continued to improve.

Drugs are toxins.  If you are taking prescribed medications, you need to be asking yourself what harm are they doing?  Is there an alternative that will help your body heal from the condition, or are the drugs just maintaining your diseased state?  How do you feel when you are taking the drugs, and is it possible you would feel better if you were taking a more natural substance?

Toxins need to be flushed out of our systems on a regular basis.  How often is your PCP telling you to employ a detoxification regimen?  I doubt that they even understand the process.  We should detoxify our bodies regularly.  Not because we take drugs, but because waste happens every day.  Our cells excrete waste daily and bacteria feed upon waste.  Waste causes an acidic environment within our body tissues, and causes illness and disease. Our bodies must remain alkaline so that we can fight off disease, and taking drugs contributes to the acid environment.  The least you can do for yourself is to detox your body whenever possible if you are not strong enough to stop taking the drugs.

If you need help, please let me know.  I can guide you through a program that is not difficult, and will help you live longer and live a healthier life.  I promise.

Warm regards, in health,

Dr. Rev. Wanona Wellspring Ceisel, DN

 

Castor Oil Therapy

Castor oil is derived from the seeds of the castor bean plant (Ricinus communis).  It has been used for thousands of years to promote tissue healing in the body.  Edgar Caycee recommended using castor oil packs to assist in healing wounds of the skin and dermis, and women have used castor oil for reproductive health.

Castor Oil Pack Use a small square of wool or natural fiber cloth.  The cloth fiber will be folded into several layers and measure about 12 inches square or large enough to cover the area you are treating, about the size of your heating pad. Saturate the cloth with castor oil by placing the cloth in a flat container and pour enough oil to just saturate the cloth.   Place the cloth on the skin above the organ or area to be treated.  For wound healing, place the pack a few inches above the wound; not directly on the wound if the cut or abrasion is still open.   I recommend covering the pack first with saran wrap or a plastic bag to protect the heating pad or clothing.  Apply heat to the pack. Do Not Wash the cloth pack.  Simply fold it up in the plastic and reuse by adding more castor oil for each use.  You can keep the pack in the refrigerate until needed again.  Heat helps the oil penetrate deep within the body.

Castor has traditionally been used to help in cases of inflammation, pain, unwanted  growths such as ovarian cysts, to increase circulation and for relaxation.  It will also alkalanize the colon.

The lymphatic system consists of vessels, lymph nodes and their fluid called lymph.  lymphocytes are the immune cells within the lymphatic system that provide immune defense against disease.  Lymph nodes are found throughout the body, and especially in the moveable joints of the arms and legs, but especially in large numbers around the colon and reproductive system.  When applied to the abdomen the castor oil pack promotes detoxification of the colon by decreasing the acid level, and promotes reproductive health by increasing circulation.  Lymph nodes rely on external movement in order to flow properly which explains their concentration at the moveable joints and the abdomen.  Exercise, vibration and manipulation will increase the flow of lymph throughout the body.  For this reason, Ann Wigmore recommended bouncing on a mini-trampoline to increase lymphatic flow in an exercise she terms “lymphasizing.”  I recommend 30 minutes a day or several times a week for all patients.  Lymphasizing creates better cardiovascular flow, so it exercises the heart, lungs, and tones all the muscles all at once.  Movement is medicine, so what better way to heal the body than to move to the music!

I had a patient years ago who was 65 years old and had very good muscle tone throughout her body.  I asked her what she did to keep so healthy.  She replied that she does her own housework, and she bounced on her mini-trampoline 15 minutes every day while watching her television show.  She had it figured out, and the results were truly amazing.  Her daughter who was half her age, was tiddled with pain and sore joints, while her mother had a sweet temperament and appeared to be in excellent health.  What a simple solution that anyone can enjoy!

The liver makes about half of all the lymph in the body.  It is important that the liver is healthy and able to process chemicals for different purposes.  If the liver gets overloaded with toxins it can lead to ill health and contribute to hormone imbalances and disease.  Detoxification of the liver can be accomplished with dietary changes and a simple regimen of organic whole plant foods.  Wheat grass is an excellent chlorophyl rich food that helps to gently detox the liver.  I recommend starting with one ounce a day, and gradually building up to several ounces a day during a detox program.  This involves specific diet changes and incorporating organic food into a regimen of diet, exercise, water, fresh air and lymphasizing daily.

Green Energy Soup This recipe was recommended by Ann Wigmore during the detoxification programs.  Make a batch in the morning and consume for all three meals of the day for three days, along with a fermented food such as Rejuvelac rich in probiotics.

On the evening of the third day of using the pack, A.R.E. (the Edgar Cayce foundation) recommends taking a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil.  Take more if you can tolerate a few teaspoons more.

See related blog on detoxification for recipe for the Green Energy Soup and how to make Rejuvelac fermented beverage.

Yours in Health Doc Wah

Resources <strong>The Oil That Heals</strong> by William A. McGarey, M.D., (Virginia Beach: A.R.E. Press, 1993). <strong>Castor Oil! It’s Healing Properties</strong> by Beth M. Ley, PhD. (BL Publications, 2003)