Oil Pulling: Simple but Effective
Oil pulling is an age old Ayurveda process which works on the root cause of symptoms and helps the body in its healing process, hence takes significant amount of time in giving you the desired results. The cost is the price of a daily spoonful of coconut oil–cheaper than even a vitamin tablet. Yet it is one of the most powerful forms of therapeutic techniques available.
Oil pulling or oil swishing involves swishing oil in the mouth. Ayurvedic literature describes oil pulling as capable of both improving oral health and treating serious and systemic diseases such as diabetes mellitus or asthma. According to Dr. F. Karach, M.D, oil pulling is very simple, completely harmless, and inexpensive therapy which totally heals head-aches, bronchitis, tooth pain, thrombosis, eczema, ulcers and diseases of stomach, intestines, heart, blood, kidney, liver, lungs and women’s diseases. It heals diseases of nerves, paralysis, and encephalitis. It prevents the growth of malignant tumors, cuts and heals them. Chronic sleeplessness is cured.
The oil, usually coconut or sesame, is "worked" in the mouth by pushing, pulling, and drawing it through the teeth for a period of 15 to 20 minutes. It is done one to three times a day on an empty stomach. The best time is in the morning before eating breakfast, but can be done before any meal. The used oil is discarded and the mouth rinsed out with water. The oil is never swallowed because it is loaded with bacteria, toxins, pus, and mucous.
VIBRANT LIVING TIP: Enhance your oil pulling exercise by supplementing with enzymes, and in particular for de-toxing, PureZyme. Taken between meals, this formula digests harmful proteins in the blood, allowing better circulation, immunity and well-being.
5 Ways to Reduce Inflammation
Inflammation is behind most diseases as well as chronic pain and even emotional disturbances. Use these five points to reduce or prevent inflammation in your body.
1. Make sure to get your omega-3 fatty acids. EPA, one of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, fish oil, and algae-based supplements along with DHA, has anti-inflammatory properties. Unfortunately, plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids like flaxseed and walnuts provide alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which does not have anti-inflammatory properties until it's converted by your body to EPA and only a very small amount of ALA gets converted. To truly reap the anti-inflammatory benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, it’s best to consume EPA directly by eating fish, taking fish oil, or an algae-based EPA and DHA supplement.
2. Avoid omega-6 fatty acids and trans fats. Omega-6 fatty acids promote inflammation in the body through the production of inflammatory compounds. Most people eat way too many omega-6 fats, which you will find in corn, soybean, and cottonseed oils. Another type of pro-inflammatory fats are trans fats, found in any products with “partially hydrogenated oil” in the ingredient list. They are usually found in baked goods, shortening, and margarines.
3. Avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates. Sugar and refined carbohydrates contribute to elevated blood sugar and insulin levels, which may cause and exacerbate inflammation. In addition, sugar and refined carbs also contribute to weight gain and can make it more difficult to lose weight. Excess body fat is another major contributor to inflammation.
4. Eat antioxidant-rich foods. Free radicals are highly reactive compounds that can damage the cells of your body and create and contribute to chronic inflammation. Antioxidants are able to neutralize these free radicals to reduce inflammation. Antioxidants include vitamins A, C, and E as well as the colorful pigments of fruits and vegetables.
5. Make sure you’re getting plenty of vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with several inflammatory and autoimmune conditions like Crohn’s disease and multiple sclerosis, though it’s specific role has not yet be elucidated. The two main sources of vitamin D are the sun and food. Many people, especially those who live further away from the equator, don’t get much sun exposure especially during the winter. When you aren’t making enough vitamin D in your skin from sun exposure, make sure to include food food sources of vitamin D like fish and egg yolks and foods that are fortified with vitamin D like almond or coconut milk.
VIBRANT LIVING TIP: Use PureZyme enzyme formula. Protease dissolves protein deposits in the joints and ligaments, as well as in the blood that leads to pain and chronic inflammation.
Thumping to Enhance Immunity
Thump the thymus gland over the center of your chest to BOTH calm the energies of the "Triple Warmer" (your fight or flight response mechanism) and to strengthen your immune function. It is one of the few ways to reduce your stress and increase your immune function simultaneously. As is well-documented, stress is one of the primary causes for compromised immune function and many diseases. Thumping the Thymus has been shown to increase T-Helper Cells. T1 cells help protect you against cancer, supports HIV and kills viruses. T2 cells go after bacteria. They are also beneficial for allergies and auto-immune diseases. The thymus gland is linked between the mind and the body thus when there is emotional or physical disturbance can cause the thymus gland to shrink and cause depletion in this vital life energy. You may thump in the middle of your chest with your fist (think Tarzan) on the point shown on the picture. Or, you may want to rub softly or firmly or scratch with four fingers of your hand. Do this for about 20 seconds and breathe deeply in and out. You can also add an affirmation such as “all is well in my world.”
COMMENT: The field of neuro-lymphatic massage is quickly gaining popularity. It is based on principles of acupuncture as it relates to nervous system functions. Further research and successes in the fields of kinesiology and neuro-linguistic programming have solidified these practices that have become mainstay recommendations for many alternative health care professionals.
VIBRANT LIVING TIP: Use Formula E-4 to energetically support the thymus. E-4 is a "foundational" energy and enhances the production of Killer T-cells for greater immunity.
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It's All Belief
I had yet another interesting email exchange with my younger brother the other day. He has a way of getting me up on my own soapbox, I think because he speaks in such broad generalities I can't help but wade in and make some distinctions.
In this case, he was talking about his extreme distrust of any method of medical treatment--from surgery to energy medicine. His main beef with it was when practitioners or product hawkers post "disclaimers" about the efficacy of their services or products. The fact they "disclaim" to him meant they had uncertainty themselves as to whether or not their products or services were even valid.
I pointed out that the whole disclaimer thing has been made necessary because of the litigious nature of mainstream medicine in cahoots with insurance companies and government agencies. It has little to do with whether or not a particular product or service works.
Undaunted, he retorted that most "new-agey", "woo-woo" products or techniques have little or no "real science" backing them up. He sees that as an admission that it's all snakeoil. Further, he says, "I believe 98.999999% of the time any naturopathic products that 'work' are based in pure belief, not actual physical effect."
Aside from the obvious naivete oozing from that statement, I had to respond to the "belief" part of his assertion:
Hate to break it to ya, but it's ALL BELIEF. Medications work because they are metaphoric symbols, and their curative power lies in that symbol. Just because it is a symbol does NOT minimize its effectiveness. In many instances, the "placebo effect" is just as effective, or more so, than the "remedy" itself. It's all about what we truly, deeply and intuitively believe is true about something.
In Taoist practices, for example, saliva is considered the "fountain of youth," and meditations involve embuing saliva with light from the imagination and then swallowing the light. There's actually mundane scientific research done on this that found that consciously swallowing saliva increases the growth hormone content of the saliva.
Beyond all that, it is our BELIEFS that determine our level of health, and ability to heal. There are so many examples of people doing only meditation and fasting healing themselves of "terminal" diseases.
Japanese scientist, Masura Emoto, did breakthrough research on the quantum properties of water, and found that the electrical makeup of water is influenced by human thought, and that when frozen, water that has been exposed to life-affirming and positive thoughts makes perfectly symmetrical crystals, and water exposed to negative thoughts has no symmetry when crystalized. Since our bodies are around 90% water, this research has some impact.
I use several supplements, and every time I take a supplement I create positive energies for it to work in when I swallow it. In that way, it helps to override any subconscious negativity about it "working", and allows the body to take full advantage of what the supplement could do for it.
Anywho, yeah, I agree with you.
In response, my brother admitted he had little belief in his ability to change or alter his own beliefs, and that it was a problem. He sees the world as Mr. Smith in The Matrix movie, "I hate this place...this zoo.. this prison, this reality, whatever you want to call it. It's the smell. I feel saturated by it. I can taste your stink. Every time I do I feel I have somehow been infected by it."
I pointed out that with a world view like that, it's no wonder he has trouble visioning a healing and supportive world for himself. The trick for him, I think, is to stop caring what "others" are thinking and saying. Being a big fan of the Abraham material, he pointed out what Abraham says, "Stop asking them what they think. Start paying attention to how you feel. Joy will be yours immediately, and everything else that you have ever thought would make you happy, will start flowing, seemingly effortlessly, into your experience."
My brother did go ahead and order a couple of products I recommended, but remains highly skeptical and grumpy. But, I have every intention of continuing my campaign...
In vibrant health,
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