31 Aug 2010

Recreating the Psychoactive Forest by Holly Paige

is my friend Hollys new book - which is available from her internet shop Food For Consciousness.co.uk  - which also sells an inspired range of high quality superfoods and supplements.

Recreating the Psychoactive Forest by Holly Paige
£9.95
A guide to nutrition and consciousness


Cover illustration by Jasmine Barratt

This is a book about creating a doable infrastructure in your life that will provide you with the brain biochemistry approaching what you might have experienced a long while ago, in the time of ancient memories, in the magnificent forests where it seems humans once dwelt...however... This is very much a book about now and the future – about where we go from here... As we go further along this trail and tune into that intelligent patterning that permeates all life, more answers come...The key to the door is consistent practical engagement – as we actually begin to enhance the capabilities of our main tool of investigation – the brain and body complex – we will comprehend things we could not possibly have imagined.

This book has been written to:

show how you can build and fuel your brain (lens of consciousness) with natural undamaged nutrition that will supply it with the biochemicals it needs for optimal functioning.

detail nutrient rich raw food nutrition that will work, even in temperate climates such as the UK.

give a complete repertoire of over 100 delicious, easy, simple and quick raw vegetarian recipes that will supply the vital nutrients

highlight effective use of herbs and supplements and powerful techniques to help us reach your full potential

bring to your attention the phenomenal new research of the last few decades point you to places where you can reference more information and link up with others to further your exploration of this fascinating, ground-breaking area of human evolution.

This book is a concise manual and is not a replacement for the larger book 'Food for Consciousness' which will be ready later in the year.

Mike Adams Flu Vaccine Commentary

listen to the commentary over at this link

the song is fun too but its really satirically on the point, which is very serious as we approach flu season, i mean, i'm constantly finding vaccine damage scenarios, even my vaccinated rescue dog, Susie suffers from suspicious behavioral problems and allergies.

29 Aug 2010

Calcification, Oxidization & Inflammation

Lovely David Wolfe discussing calcification and its unrecognized impact on health
http://longevitynowprogram2.com/interview.html
awesome
I've been using Elemental Silica (buy here) for a while now - as a cheaper version of the Megahydrate that David recommends in other interviews (& it helps with me with my crappy dental situation)
Also i use Organic Silicon  when i can afford to coz its lovely.

Heres a really useful 'low down' on Organic Silicon that just came from Regenerative Nutrition - it seems to be a long term option tho & so not a cheap fix.

We recommend Organic Silicon for many specific conditions, especially those relating to the musculoskeletal system, and for speeding the healing of injuries and fractures. What is not so well known is that the scope of action of Organic Silicon goes way beyond this. For a full picture we would suggest you read the full article here.
Organic Silicon is more effective than any other nutritional product we have studied for repair & cellular regeneration. Silica in mineral form has been used therapeutically for many years, but is absorbed inefficiently in the human body; there are many silica and silicon supplements on the market, but Organic Silicon is unique in its ability to heal the body. It was initially developed to treat arthritis and psoriasis, and as such has helped relieve pain and inflammation for many thousands of sufferers, however, Organic Silicon is useful for a wide range of health conditions, particularly where there is pain and inflammation.

Organic Silicon is proven by tests in official laboratories and its use by more than 100,000 patients; it has the following characteristics:


  • Completely non-toxic
  • A powerful anti-inflammatory
  • Easily assimilated by your body
  • Strengthens the immune defences of the body
  • Has a detoxifying effect on the lymphatic system
  • Improves the metabolism
  • Facilitates a general healing response
  • Moves the body towards a more naturally balanced state
  • Accelerates the processes of cicatrisation & tissue healing
  • Plays a vital role in restructuring the fibres of elastene and collagen
  • Has no side-effects, even after being used for many years
  • Compatible with any other treatment that may be prescribed
  • Diffuses throughout your body, reaching those organs or areas suffering from pain, damage or malfunction
Organic Silicon facilitates a general healing response and moves the body towards a more naturally balanced state. Most health disorders have been seen to improve in many people taking the product. It is thought that its calming and stabilizing effect on the immune system, its detoxifying effect on the lymphatic system and its beneficial effect on the adrenal glands and the liver could explain its usefulness in this regard. Organic Silicon is thought to correct electrical disturbance of cells as well as initiate cellular regeneration, this may account for its diverse effects as discussed in the article.



also here are extracts from their article on Elemental Silicon (i use it to brush my teeth)

Why do we need Silicon?

Silicon, in brief, is a master mineral that initiates healing and new tissue construction, (especially connective tissue and bone), strength and stability of the tissues and nerves and resistance to disease including, cardio-vascular diseases and collagen and bone diseases such as all forms of arthritis and osteoporosis. However, its role goes beyond this and is involved in all the organs in the body and even in helping to provide a stable immune system. Silicon is also thought to aid natural detoxification, especially of the lymphatic and blood systems.

Silicon is acquired mainly as an infant, its concentration in the body gradually decreasing with age. The reduction in silicon content in the body with age is associated with some aspects of the aging and degenerative disease process, and conversely restoring silica storage and availability in the body sees improvements in some of the signs and diseases of ageing. However, young people also benefit from silicon supplementation in alleviation of some health problems as well.

If we look to an ancient Palaeolithic diet, we see foods that are not common in the modern diet - internal organs, bone marrow, skin, tendons, cartilage, bony fish and fibrous plants, these are all foods that rich in a variety of nutrients including silicon. Furthermore, those foods that do remain part of the diet that have any significant amounts of silicon such as grains and rice, are so over-processed that their nutritional content is severely depleted.

What is Vitalyza 3?

Vitalyza 3 is a water soluble form of pure elemental silicon, similar to the silicon used in the electronics industry as a semi-conductor of electricity. It works as a semi-conductor due to the plentiful free electrons that can become easily dislodged or donated to an electrical circuit (or in the body of mammals where the circuit promotes healthy cellular and tissue electro-chemistry). Once an electron is donated there is a 'hole' in the orbit of the silicon that will readily take up another electron, aiding in the distribution and transmission of electrons. Whatever man has invented, nature has invented first!

We also supply Organic Silicon which we recommend for healing and rebuilding the body, This product helps with repair and cellular regeneration. It is therefore an added bonus to nutritional programmes. Organic Silicon is particularly important for collagen diseases such as arthritis, circulatory problems especially of the elderly, to strengthen the arteries and to increase their flexibility and to balance blood pressure whether too high or low. May also be good for auto-immune disorders and specifically found to be good for skin disorders and asthma. Especially good for liver regeneration and liver diseases. Choose Vitalyza 3 Elemental Silicon if you want to supply your body with cleansing free-electrons that are also a 'mother' anti-oxidant and to bring the whole family (one bottle will last 2 people about one month), towards a more healthy alkaline state and to improve the quality of drinking water, Elemental Silicon has a history of helping some serious health concerns such as diabetes and cancer support, but for cancer support is complementary to Organic Silicon. The products do overlap and may both be used for their own sphere of action.

Silicon has an abundance of freely available electrons these have the following effects:

Turns water to a highly alkaline state

Example - 3 drops in a glass of water turns the water to highly alkaline pH9. This in turn helps to neutralise excess acidity at cell and tissue level. As health deteriorates, especially with age, the cells tend to become more acidic laying the foundation for disease and the associated adverse effects of aging. By maintaining a slightly alkaline cellular pH of 7.35 the foundation of our health is protected.


Reduces the surface tension of water so that the water is more easily absorbed by the cells, i.e. promotes cellular hydration

To hydrate our cells there needs to be a blend of water and oil, since every cell is surrounded by an oily membrane. Water and oil/fats can blend together, to form an emulsion, when there is an adequate supply of electrons. This is demonstrated by the following experiment: try to blend some oil such as a vegetable oil or olive oil with water, for example one dessertspoon oil to 3 parts water. It is impossible. Add about 7 drops of Vitalyza 3 and blend again. It will be seen that a water/ oil emulsion has formed.

Helps to provide more cellular energy

Most of the body's energy is produced at cell level by ATP synthesis. This requires oxygen, oxygen facilitating enzymes and electrons. The former is provided by respiratory enzymes that can be supplied by Zell Oxygen or Immuno-complex. The latter (electrons) are supplied by Vitalyza 3. Vitalyza 3 also helps to conserve cellular oxygen.

Silicon's free electrons react with un-burnt hydrogen in the body as a cleanser and as a 'side-effect' make more oxygen available. This effect is quite marked, normally oxygen is 'tied' up in the tissues by hydrogen, free electrons by removing un-burnt hydrogen/free radicals actually releases oxygen for cellular respiration, see also the article on Organic Germanium. Making more oxygen available has many effects, including protection against anaerobic virus, bacteria, pathogenic fungi, parasites and protection against oxygen hating cancer cells. Cancer cells thrive in a low oxygen environment, and conversely improving tissue and cellular oxygen is one of the main defences against cancer (see also Cancer: Helping to Win The Battle with Nutritional Therapy).

Robert O.Becker M.D a pioneer in research concerning the role and nature of electricity in the body, in his book Cross Currents (ISBN 0-87477-609-0), states that semi-conductors are present in the body and play an important role in electron transport, and hence healing/regeneration in the body. He further discusses the role of the negative charge i.e. electrons as being the initiator of cellular regeneration.

It has been know for some time that chemical messengers in the form of 8 essential saccarides, play an important role in the overall health and well-being. What is not generally realised is that semi-conductors and electrons also play an important role in internal communication systems. The body is as much an electrical (and electro-magnetic) creature as a bio-chemical one. Indeed all chemical reactions involve electron exchange and re-organisation. There is much evidence to support the idea that electrons are one of the essential ingredients of healing. A dramatic example is shown with the use of Elemental Silicon lotion applied several times a day over the period of several weeks to the 'dying' toes of a diabetic complete healing and regeneration occurred. In these sorts of cases, eventually the toes and sometimes feet or legs have to be amputated. With diabetics, this sort of damage is partly due to failure of circulation. It would seem that the lotion must have helped to restore the circulation.

The fact that electrons are required for general health and circulation has been discussed by Dr. Joanna Budwig, a regular Nobel prize nominee who has helped may people recover from various diseases including cancer using 'electron-rich' oils such as cold pressed linseed oil. She devised a method of protecting the oil from electron loss by blending with cottage cheese or yogurt to provide a lipo-protein that held the electrons in place. It was her contention that the combination of unsaturated fatty acids in combination with electrons is a fundamental aspect of health maintenance, circulation and healing. It is interesting to note that she attributes the origin of these electrons to the sun. Light photo-synthesised by seeds such as hemp and linseed convert the light photons to 'biological-electrons'.

Furthermore, certain herbs work directly with this principle, for example Wormwood's properties of destroying harmful fungus and parasites in the body including malaria is thought to be due primarily to its high ion, i.e. electron donating capacity. Colloidal Silver also eliminates harmful micro-organisms (oxygen hating) due to electron donation. (Colloidal silver does not actually supply free electrons, but helps conduct electrons in the body). Vitalyza 3 was born through the discovery that dead fish soaked in elemental, electron rich silicon remained fresh for many months, whereas the control fish went off and became saturated with micro-organisms, i.e. went through the normal rotting phase within in few days. So we can understand that electrons delivered correctly have all these wonderful properties: disinfectant, cleansing, oxygen enhancing, healing promoting, extremely effective anti-oxidant and alkaliser. Also supportive of many beneficial processes in the body such as ATP synthesis and liberation of energy from the cell.

A new form of tooth-brush called the 'ionic toothbrush' is now on sale and claimed to be an advance in oral hygiene and cleaning. These toothbrushes work by releasing electrons onto the teeth and gums. Vastly more electrons can be provided by using Vitalyza 3. To clean your teeth and gums with Vitalyza 3, wet the toothbush and add one drop of Vitalyza 3, brush and then rinse. Bad bacteria the mixture comes into contact with are destroyed and the cleansing and regeneration effects of the free electrons are left to do their work. We think it would be hard to find a more effective product! It should be noted that commonly available anti-sceptic mouth washes are toxic and will kill beneficial bacteria, stress the gums and remnants trickling down the throat will kill beneficial bacteria in the gut - quite a health hazard! There are a few 'natural' anti-sceptics available from the health and supplement industry (see Colloidal Silver) they all seem to have one thing in common, they do not kill the beneficial (oxygen loving) bacteria so essential for health in the body; in contrast, pharmaceutical drugs kill both the good and the bad. It is a shame that the 'natural' anti-sceptics such as Vitalyza 3 and Colloidal Silver are not common in hospital use whereas the pharmaceutical bug killers with there harmful side effects are still being used. Ultimately the reason for this must be profit, since products like Vitalyza 3 and Colloidal Silver cannot be patented by the pharmaceutical giants.

Electrical communication and conductivity in the body are regarded as health enhancers. Traditional energetic medicine recognises that blocked chi (electrical and electro-magnetic energy) is one of the common reasons for health problems and imbalance. There are many nutritional anti-oxidants that help to exchange electrons and in a multi-step process, but this is done mainly by extracting from the electron pool in the body. Only substances that directly donate free electrons can be rightly considered mother anti-oxidants. This electron donation provided by Vitalyza 3 will combine with toxins (these toxins are positively charged and are also called free-radicals) associated with un-burnt hydrocarbons / 'ash' that pollutes the body and is basically un-burnt food, to form water that is easily eliminated from the body. Also the semiconductor silicon absorbs toxins and like germanium can soak up the source of free radicals by neutralising destructive positive charges.

All of these properties of free electrons, as contained in Vitalyza 3, offer us some understanding as to why people with a disease state are often dramatically helped by Vitalyza 3. On the other hand it is a gentle and effective way to help provide us with more abundant health over many years. Close monitoring has proven that a healthy alkaline saliva and urine ph can be maintained. Taking Vitalyza 3 at the recommended dose has not caused any over alkalisation, but rather provides the body's regulatory systems the type of energy it needs to help maintain a healthy pH. However taking Vitalyza 3 can help off-set a diet that is not sufficiently alkalising for best health, however, best health will be promoted by combining Vitalyza 3 with an alkaline forming life style, that is, a healthy unprocessed diet and avoidance of stress!

What all women need to know about oestrogen dominance

http://foodforconsciousness.blogspot.com/2010/08/alleviating-oestrogen-dominance.html

lovely article from my wonderful friend Holly at Food For Conciousness

quote
"This post is specially for the many women who unnecessarily suffer at the hands of their own hormones.  There are simple things that can be done that can alleviate a lot of discomfort and unnecessary suffering.

It's a simple fact that humans today generally have unbalanced sex hormones - we are all too high in oestrogen and testosterone and this causes us problems.  This has been going on for thousands of years and is due to  the reduction of flavonoids (fruit compounds) in our diets and the reduction of melatonin output by the pineal gland.  Flavonoids and melatonin kept the levels of oestrogen and testosterone at much more moderate levels millenia ago.

In women now there is too much oestrogen compared to progesterone. This is an increasing problem even for young women and as women go through the years, this imbalance, or 'oestrogen dominance', gets more extreme eventually producing the 'peri-menopausal' and 'menopausal' symptoms."

21 Aug 2010

The Drugs Don't Work - they just make it worse

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/7950612/Five-out-of-six-new-prescription-drugs-dont-work-doctor-claims.html

Professor Light just made my day :)

"He claimed it was the "most dangerous market for lemons in modern society", with toxic side effects and misuse of prescription drugs making them a significant cause of death in the US.
"Neither wars nor used car injuries come close," he said.

14 Aug 2010

Vibrational Medicine - Bruce Lipton interview

crikey - i feel so vindicated  - Wonderful information from Prof. Bruce Lipton interviewed on the subject of Homeopathy - link to my article from January - I studied homeopathy fairly thoroughly in my early 20's but increasingly became disheartened with it. Recently i came across the idea that if you are severly nutritionally deficient (and i really was back then) homeopathy is far far less likely to be useful.

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And 'The Biology of Belief'

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Wonderful :)

The Story of Cosmetics (2010)

:) excellent



quote
What are You Really Putting On and In Your Body?

Only the cosmetics companies know for sure, as all ingredients are not even required to be on the label. Most personal care products are therefore nothing more than a product of marketing success, formulated to smell good, look good and feel good when your rub them on your skin, with little regard to their impact on your health.
The list of dangerous ingredients used in cosmetics is quite long -- the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has stated that nearly 900 of the chemicals used in cosmetics are toxic -- but here are some of the major ones that are very common, but that you will definitely want to avoid:
  • Paraben, a chemical found in underarm deodorants and other cosmetics that has been shown to mimic the action of the female hormone estrogen, which can drive the growth of human breast tumors.
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate, a surfactant, detergent and emulsifier used in thousands of cosmetic products, as well as in industrial cleaners. It is present in nearly all shampoos, scalp treatments, hair color and bleaching agents, toothpastes, body washes and cleansers, make-up foundations, liquid hand soaps, laundry detergents and bath oils/bath salts. The real problem with SLES/SLS is that the manufacturing process (ethoxylation) results in SLES/SLS being contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a carcinogenic by-product.
  • Phthalates, plasticizing ingredients (present in nearly three-quarters of 72 products tested by the Environmental Working Group), which have been linked to birth defects in the reproductive system of boys and lower sperm-motility in adult men, among other problems.
  • Musks, used as fragrances, can accumulate in your body, and have been linked to skin irritation, hormone disruption, and cancer in laboratory studies.
  • Artificial fragrances, which are among the top five known allergens, and can cause asthma and trigger asthma attacks.
  • Methylisothiazolinone (MIT), a chemical used in shampoo to prevent bacteria from developing, which may have detrimental effects on your nervous system.
  • Toluene, made from petroleum or coal tar, and found in most synthetic fragrances. Chronic exposure linked to anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney damage, and may affect a developing fetus.
  • Mineral Oil, Paraffin, and Petrolatum, these products coat your skin like plastic, clogging pores and creating a build-up of toxins. They also slow cellular development, which can cause you to show earlier signs of aging, and are a suspected cause of cancer and disruption to hormonal activity.
from
http://articles.mercola.com/

Drug Money - fraud and corruption in the US pharmaceutical industry.

Raw Milk Cure


Quote
"Few people are aware that clean, raw milk from grass-fed cows was actually used as a medicine in the early part of the last century (2)(3). That's right. Milk straight from the udder, a sort of "stem cell" of foods, was used as medicine to treat, and frequently cure some serious chronic diseases (4). From the time of Hippocrates to until just after World War II, this "white blood" nourished and healed uncounted millions.

Clean raw milk from pastured cows is a complete and properly balanced food. You could live on it exclusively if you had to. Indeed, published accounts exist of people who have done just that (5)(6). What's in it that makes it so great? Let's look at the ingredients to see what makes it such a powerful food (7)."

http://www.raw-milk-facts.com/raw_milk_health_benefits.html

The Truth About Sunlight, Cancer and Vitamin D


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*Does sunlight cause skin cancer or does sunlight prevent skin cancer? *How does sunbathing give you the so-called red neck? * Is tanning booth bad for you or does it help your body to generate Vitamin D under certain circumstances? (And what are the circumstances?) *What is the relationship between nutrition, Vitamin D and cancer? This is a video that reveals the truth about Vitamin D, sunlight and cancer. Find out more with Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, in this 23-minute video at Naturalnews.tv

Healing with Clay

  "Clay is the most versatile, profoundly effective, cheap, mysterious, underrated, covered-up health treatment available.
"I know this because I am a natural health professional who uses clay personally and professionally for healing and health maintenance. I research and read everything I can find on the therapeutic use of clay. I have seen clay perform "miracles." I get very excited about mud. And in case you think I got my diploma out of a Cracker Jack’s box, rest assured; I have a bonafide Masters Degree..."
"...Bentonite attracts and neutralizes poisons in the intestinal tract. It can eliminate food allergies, food poisoning, mucus colitis, spastic colitis, viral infections, stomach flu, and parasites (parasites are unable to reproduce in the presence of clay). There is virtually no digestive disease that clay will not treat. It enriches and balances blood. It adsorbs radiation (think cell phones, microwaves, x-rays, TVs and irradiated food, for starters). It has been used for alcoholism, arthritis, cataracts, diabetic neuropathy, pain treatment, open wounds, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, stomach ulcers, animal and poisonous insect bites, acne, anemia, in fact, the list of uses is too long for this article. It was used during the Balkan war of 1910 to reduce mortality from cholera among the soldiers from sixty to three percent."

- Julie Crist, M. Ac., jc@acupla.net
Julie Crist 

(http://www.eytonsearth.org/general-uses-clay.php)

Uses of healing clays such as bentonite, montmorillonite, and illite ingested orally:
  • To assist in the removal of toxic substances in the digestive system, both chemical and pathalogical
    • Bacterial food poisoning, organic and inorganic toxicity
  • To cleanse the colon and promote proper bacterial balance in the intestines
  • To begin the process of detoxification of the liver
  • To stimulate liver function
  • As a part of short term cleansing programs used to promote good health
  • Critical to support external healing clay treatment ( pelotherapy )
  • Removal of heavy metals and recovery from chemical therapies and radiation
  • With special long term treatments, to increase T-cell count and fix free oxygen in the blood stream
    • Reduction of free radical damage ( thus anti-aging )
    • Improved immune system function
    • Improved cellular respiration
  • Improved digestive efficiency
  • Reduce food sensitivities ( the so called developed "allergies" )
  • Stimulate healing by strengthening the body's general constitution
Contraindications:
  • Bentonite and other healing clays are not to be taken internally concurrently with life-sustaining prescribed medications without very careful medical supervision.
  • Bentonite and other healing clays used internally in conjunction with medications or herbal programs may lessen the effects of medications without careful administration.
  • Bentonite and other healing clays should not be used internally with those who currently have high blood pressure, without proper supervision and other supportive treatment.
    • Use can cause a very temporary small spike in blood pressure
  • Bentonite and other healing clays should not be used by those with a clinically diagnosed iron intolerance ( a rare condition ) without seeing a laboratory analysis of the clay used or blood sample monitoring.

And another rough guide to using clay
http://www.healingdaily.com/detoxification-diet/bentonite-clay.htm

Transdermal Magnesium Oil

I love this stuff
Great collection of info-articles about the wide-ranging uses of Magnesium Oil
http://www.magnesiumoil.org.uk/

also see
http://www.naturalhealingtools.com/product_information/mag.clay/Magnesium-Oil-Guide.pdf

Castor Oil - Unexpectedly Useful

neat article

CASTOR OIL - Natural Protection from Deadly Viruses

From David William's complementarys Newsletter.

Dr. David G. Williams -- complementaryS -- v6 n1, July 1995

Moving on to more "exotic" techniques to increase immune system efficiency, we come to castor oil. I can remember my dad telling me time after time about his mother's devotion to castor oil when he was growing up. At the first sign of any illness in one child, she would immediately give all the children a quick oral dose of castor oil. There's no doubt it provided a quick solution for constipation, and from what I can tell, it must have a positive effect on memory too. My dad can vividly remember the taste and effects of castor oil to this very day.

In many ways, castor oil is a very unique substance. While most of us are familiar with its use as a remedy for constipation, folk healers in this country and around the world have used castor oil to treat a wide variety of conditions. Its effectiveness is probably due in part to its peculiar chemical composition.

Castor oil is a triglyceride of fatty acids. Almost 90 percent of its fatty acid content consists of ricinoleic acid. To my knowledge, ricinoleic acid is not found in any other substance except castor oil. Such a high concentration of this unusual, unsaturated fatty acid is thought to be responsible for castor oil's remarkable healing abilities.

Ricinoleic acid has been shown to be effective in preventing the growth of numerous species of viruses, bacteria, yeasts and molds. (J Am Oil Chem Soc 61;37.323-325.) This would explain the high degree of success in the topical use of the oil for treating such ailments as ringworm, keratoses (non-cancerous, wart-like skin growths), skin inflammation, abrasions, fungal-infected finger- and toenails, acne and chronic pruritus (itching). Generally, for these conditions the area involved is simply wrapped in cloth soaked with castor oil each night, or if the area is small enough, a castor oil soaked Band-Aid can be used. (For persistent infections and those finger- and toenails that have discolored and hardened, a good 10 to 20 minute soak in Epsom salts, prior to applying the castor oil, usually speeds up the healing process.)

Castor oil's antimicrobial activity, while very impressive, comprises only a small part of the story concerning this mysterious oil. While castor oil has been thoroughly investigated for its industrial uses, only a minimal amount of research effort has been directed toward its medicinal benefits.

In Russia the oil is known as "Kastorka." The stem of the plant is used in the textile industry. The extracted oil has a very consistent viscosity and won't freeze even in Russia's severe climate. This makes it an ideal lubricating oil in industrial equipment. Medicinally, the oil is added to products to restore hair (one part oil to 10 parts of grain alcohol), treat constipation, skin ulcers, some infectious gynecological conditions and eye irritations.

The castor bean plant is actually native to India, where it is called "Erand." There we found it being used extensively for all types of gastrointestinal problems like constipation, dysentery and inflammatory bowel disease. It was also used to treat bladder and vaginal infections and asthma. We were told the seed kernels or hulls (without the actual seed) could be boiled in milk and water and taken internally to relieve arthritis and lower back pain accompanied by sciatica.

We also found early reports of nursing mothers in the Canary Islands using poultices made from the leaves of the castor bean. They applied the poultice to their breasts to increase milk secretion and relieve inflammation and milk stagnation in the mammary glands. Applying the poultice to the abdominal area promoted normal menstruation.

While I find all of these uses of castor oil very interesting, the most exciting use deals with ways to increase topical absorption through the use of castor oil packs or poultices.

Much of the current use of castor oil packs, in the U.S. anyway, can be attributed to the late healing psychic, Edgar Cayce. Time after time he recommended their use. Based on his reports, I began to use them in my practice over 12 years ago. But even though I, and numerous other doctors, have continued to experience remarkable results, the technique is still practically unknown and shunned by most health care professionals today. This is probably due to two reasons. First, it's just too simple. It's hard for most people to imagine that something as simple as castor oil packs could have a profound effect on any health problem. Secondly, in our present health care system, positive results alone do not constitute the critical factor in determining whether a treatment will be accepted by the medical establishment. [Everybody (except probably the poor patient) now seems to be more concerned about how something is supposed to work, than whether it actually works at all.] Recent research data presented by longtime follower of Edgar Cayce, Dr. William McGarey of Phoenix, Arizona, might help shed some light on how castor oil works.

If you're not particularly interested in how castor oil enhances the immune system, feel free to skip the next couple of paragraphs. Anyone suffering from AIDS or other serious viral or bacterial diseases may find this information helpful, however. Numerous AIDS patients have been able to increase their T-cell counts and clear up many of their problems by using the techniques I'll be describing. Others have found it useful in eliminating chronic problems with epilepsy, hyperactivity, liver and gallbladder diseases and chronic fluid retention. (Fortunately, to benefit from this and other natural therapies you really don't have to understand how they work.)

McGarey has reported that, when used properly, castor oil packs improve the function of the thymus gland and other areas of the immune system. More specifically, he found in two separate studies that patients using abdominal castor oil packs had significant increases in the production of lymphocytes compared to increases among those using placebo packs.

Lymphocytes are the disease-fighting cells of your immune system. They are produced and housed mainly in your lymphatic tissue. This includes the thymus gland, the spleen, the lymph nodes and the lymphatic tissue that lines the small intestine (called Peyer's patches, or more commonly, aggregated lymphatic follicles). Strangely, other than knowing it produces the body's white blood cells, most doctors are not very knowledgeable about the lymphatic system.

The lymphatic system is an amazingly complex structure. It works hand in hand with both the blood circulatory system and the digestive system.

In the circulatory system newly oxygenated blood from the lungs moves from the heart along smaller and smaller arteries until it reaches the smallest vessels called capillaries. It is in these microscopic tubules that the blood exchanges oxygen and nutrients for cellular waste products with surrounding body cells. The capillaries then gradually become larger and form veins through which the unoxygenated, waste-carrying blood returns back to the lungs and then to the heart to be recirculated time and time again.

Much of the fluid accompanying the blood and large protein molecules leak from these capillaries. Additional fluids and waste products are expelled from every cell in the body. These fluids accumulate in the small spaces between the cells. If all of this material weren't somehow removed we would begin to swell like a toad and die within a matter of 24 hours. Fortunately, we have a completely separate circulation system, called the lymphatic system, that is able to absorb and remove these fluids, proteins and waste materials. With the exception of the brain, where these proteins and fluids flow directly into the fluid that surrounds them, the extensive lymphatic network has hundreds of miles of tubules that cover the entire body. Through these tubules all of this material is returned to the blood so it can be utilized or eliminated from the body. (There is no pathway, other than the lymphatic system, that excess protein molecules can use to return to the circulatory system.)

Also, along these lymphatic tubules you'll find bulb-shaped masses called lymph nodes, which act as filters and produce antibodies when foreign proteins are encountered. I'm sure you've experienced the tenderness and swelling of an inflamed lymph node at one time or another. It is usually a result of antibodies fighting an infection either in the node itself or somewhere in the draining area of that particular lymph chain.

In addition to returning leaking fluid from the circulation system and creating antibodies for the immune system, the lymphatic system also performs another very important function. Clumps of lymphatic tissue, called Peyer's patches, are spread throughout the small intestine. Unlike other nutrients, fat molecules are generally too large to be absorbed directly from the intestine. Instead, they are absorbed by these patches and transported along the lymphatic system and then released into the blood stream where they can be carried throughout the body. Between 80 to 90 percent of all the fat absorbed from the gut requires the help of the lymphatic system.

When it comes to treating the majority of health problems, the status of your lymphatic system is rarely given any consideration whatsoever. Medical students are taught that a failure of the lymphatic system is obvious to detect because it is accompanied by "pitting" edema (the accumulation of fluid in the tissues, i.e. swelling, usually in the feet, ankles or hands). The test for "pitting" edema is rather simple. A finger is pressed into the skin at the area of the swelling and then quickly removed. The skin stays depressed, forming a small "pit", which remains until the fluid outside the cells has time to return to the area (this can take anywhere from 5 to 30 seconds). Unfortunately, research studies have shown that "pitting" edema and other signs of fluid retention can't be observed until fluid levels outside the cells reach 30 percent above normal. In other words, you can have a serious lymphatic drainage problem long before it can be detected.

Several problems occur when the lymph drainage slows and fluids begin to accumulate around the cells. First, the individual cells are forced further and further away from the capillaries. The amount of oxygen and nourishment they receive is decreased. Under exertion or stress some cells may die. Additionally, cells are forced to survive in their own waste and toxic by-products. This situation can eventually lead to the degeneration and destruction of organs. For example, poor lymphatic drainage of the heart can lead to tissue damage and even heart failure. Similar problems occur in the liver, the kidneys and other organs.

A good analogy would be if you confined yourself to one room of your house. Someone could bring you food and water, but not remove any of your waste products. Eventually you would have difficulty remaining healthy in such an environment. As your waste accumulated, not only would you become sick, those around you would begin to experience the same fate. Just like it is for each cell, in addition to nourishment and oxygen, the removal of waste products is essential for continued health of the entire body.

Fluid accumulation outside the cells also stretches the tissue in the area. The more it stretches and the longer it remains that way, the harder it becomes to correct the problem.

Regardless of the health problem, most doctors generally assume the lymphatic system is working adequately. This assumption is made at the peril of the patient. Research has shown that as we age certain organs begin to degenerate. The thymus gland is a key component of the immune system. It is initially responsible for the proper development of the lymphatic system and is practically absent in older individuals. Peyer's patches, those clumps of lymphatic tissue found in the small intestine, begin to get smaller with age and are often destroyed by certain diseases like typhoid fever. (Cayce felt that the overall health and well-being of an individual was directly related to the health of these Peyer's patches. He stated on several occasions, that a certain compound formed in these patches was necessary for maintaining the integrity of the nervous system. He may very well be correct. To this day, we still don't totally understand the functions and importance of either the thymus gland or Peyer's patches.)

Efforts should be taken to improve the function of the lymphatic system in every health problem. This applies to AIDS, as well as heart disease, hemorrhoids and everything in between. No drug exists that has the ability to improve lymphatic flow; however, the job can easily be handled through the topical application of castor oil.

When castor oil is absorbed through the skin, several extraordinary events take place. The lymphocyte count of the blood increases. This is a result of a positive influence on the thymus gland and/or lymphatic tissue.

The flow of lymph increases throughout the body. This speeds up the removal of toxins surrounding the cells and reduces the size of swollen lymph nodes. The end result is a general overall improvement in organ function with a lessening of fatigue and depression.

As toxicity is reduced, the pH of the saliva becomes less acidic, indicating improved health. The Peyer's patches in the small intestine become more efficient in their absorption of fatty acids, which are essential for the formation of hormones and other components necessary for growth and repair.

Common Methods of Using Castor Oil

The most common way to use castor oil (and most objectionable, I might add) has been to take it orally. Generally, oral doses are used to correct constipation. The recommended dose is usually 1 tablespoon for adults and 1 teaspoon for children. You can usually expect a "purging" of the system in about four to six hours.

Rubbed or Massaged Directly Into the Skin

For several conditions I'll mention later, the oil can simply be rubbed into the skin. It can also be used as a massage oil which seems to be especially effective when applied along the spinal column. If the oil is massaged into the body, the direction of the massage should always follow the same path as the underlying Iymphatic drainage system. The diagram below shows the proper direction to massage the oil and further facilitate lymphatic drainage. [Vater and Asdonk, Gesaltschaft for Manuelle Lymph Drainage (Essen, Germany).]

Conditions Responding to Topical Application

Oftentimes there is no need for castor oil packs; amazing results can be obtained by simply applying it directly to the skin. The following is a short list of some of the more common ailments it can remedy:

skin keratosis
ringworm
fungal and bacterial infections
wounds
abdominal stretch marks (prevention)
bursitis
sebaceous cysts
warts
senile lentigo ("liver" or "aging" spots)
muscle strains
ligament sprains
itching

Castor Oil Packs

One of the most useful and least utilized methods of using castor oil is to employ packs. Packs are an economical and efficient method of absorbing the ricinoleic acid and other healing components of castor oil directly into body tissues. (The following basic procedure was outlined in several of the readings of Edgar Cayce.)

To make a castor oil pack you will need the following items: cold pressed castor oil, a standard heating pad, a plastic garbage bag, two or three one-foot square pieces of wool or cotton flannel and one large bath towel.

1. Start by placing the heating pad on a flat surface and turn the setting to high.

2. On top of the pad lay the plastic garbage bag. Next, soak the flannel pieces with castor oil generally about 1/2 cup) and lay them on top of the garbage bag and heating pad.

3. The entire pack can now be placed against the body with the oil-soaked flannel on the skin. For general conditions the pack should be placed on the abdomen. (For treating lower back problems, the pack can be placed there.) To help hold the pack in place and to keep oil from getting on bedding, etc., the body can be wrapped in a large bath towel.

4. The pack should remain in place for at least one hour and the temperature of the heating pad should be kept at the highest temperature tolerable to the patient.

5. When you remove the pack, the remaining oil can be massaged into the skin or cleaned off using a little soda water made from 1 quart of warm water and 2 tablespoons of baking soda.

6. The flannel can be reused if stored properly after removing the pack. Put the flannel in either a plastic bag or zip-loc container and place it in the refrigerator. Before using it next time let it warm up and always add another 1 or 2 tablespoons of fresh cold pressed castor oil. (After a month of use I would recommend using new flannel.)

Conditions Responding to Castor Oil Packs

Due to the many effects of its fatty acid component, ricinoleic acid, the use of castor oil can be used topically to treat a wide variety of health complaints.

Lymphatic Congestion

Obviously, conditions known to be related to poor drainage of the lymphatic system will tend to benefit from this type of therapy. These would include complaints such as:

1. chronic fluid retention with swollen joints and pain
2. arthritis
3. upper respiratory infections involving the sinuses,
tonsils and inner ear
4. colon problems like Crohn's disease or colitis
5. gallbladder disease
6. boils
7. liver cirrhosis, hepatitis, enlargement or congestion
8. menstrual-related congestion
9. appendicitis
10. hyperactivity
11. constipation, bowel impaction or adhesions
12. swollen lymph nodes
13. bladder and vaginal infections

Neurological Problems

Several neurological problems have also been responsive to castor oil. These include:

1. nerve inflammations such as sciatica, shingles, etc.
2. Parkinson's disease
3. multiple sclerosis
4. migraine headaches
5. cerebral palsy

AIDS

Conditions that stress or compromise the immune system will very often benefit from castor oil packs. Nowhere is this more obvious than with AIDS. I have talked with several AIDS patients who have added castor oil packs (usually for one hour a day) to their treatment regimen with very positive results. Within two weeks, it was not uncommon for them to see increases in their WBC counts (white blood cell counts), platelet counts, hematocrit readings and RBC counts (red blood cells).

I should mention also that in addition to the castor oil packs most of those I talked to are also drinking a combination of olive oil and lemon juice to further stimulate lymphatic flow and liver activity. It can be made by blending the following:

1 clean whole lemon, (pulp, rind, seeds and all)
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 cups of distilled water
4 rounded tablespoons of frozen orange juice concentrate

The blended material is then strained through a wire strainer to remove the pulp, which is discarded. The remaining liquid is divided in four equal portions of approximately 1/4 cup each and a portion is consumed with each of the three daily meals and before bedtime.

In addition to stimulating lymphatic flow, the drink increases the flow of bile from the liver and gallbladder, which, in turn, enhances one's ability to digest essential fatty acids through the Peyer's patches in the small intestine. It is not uncommon for AIDS patients to experience weight gain and a reversal of a long list of complaints often associated with fatty acid deficiencies.

Buying Castor Oil

Any oil that enters your body either orally or through the skin needs to be of the highest quality. Castor oil is no different. Check your local health food store for cold-pressed castor oil. If you can't find it there or they can't order it for you, then it can be ordered through the mail from Heritage Store, P.O. Box 444, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23458. They can also be reached by calling 1(800)862-2923.

Conclusion

In his readings, Cayce attributed several actions to castor oil. Most were in one way or another related to the body's lymphatic system. However, he also alluded to the idea that castor oil has a vibrational quality that helps harmonize and promote healing within body cells. Based on statements like these, many people labeled his psychic readings as quackery. As we gain new knowledge about the workings of the human body, however, these explanations don't seem so far fetched.

Dr. Johanna Budwig has related much of the healing properties of flax oil to its unique chemical bonds that vibrate at the same frequency as the wavelengths of sunlight. She feels the essential fatty acids in flax oil have the ability to absorb and store the energy from sunlight. It's possible that the special bonding in castor oil's unique ricinoleic acid works in a somewhat related method.

Regardless of exactly how it works, I think you'll be more than satisfied when you experience the amazing feats that can be accomplished with the simple oil of the castor bean. Centuries ago the castor bean plant was referred to as the "Palma Christe." It was called this because the shape of the plant's leaves were thought to resemble the palm of Christ. Knowing the healing power of this plant, the name may be one of the most accurate descriptions ever.

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8 Aug 2010

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Aurgasmic - God this is brilliant

War on Drugs: Why the US and Latin America Could Be Ready to End a Fruitless 40-year Struggle

If only...

"Mexico's president Felipe Caldéron is the latest Latin leader to call for a debate on drugs legalization. And in the US, liberals and right-wing libertarians are pressing for an end to prohibition. Forty years after President Nixon launched the 'war on drugs' there is a growing momentum to abandon the fight

by Rory Carroll and Paul Harris"

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