Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
In clinical practice, I see a plethora of people with digestive disturbances. And now, thanks, to the QRMA I notice many have over viscous blood whilst scores are dehydrated. I was glancing through a medical blog the other day, and the physician concerned screamed out to the world that drinking more water as a tool for good health was a medical myth. This caught my attention as the contention was so lamentably inaccurate.
Most people drink insufficient water. Now, by water I don’t mean liquids like tea, coffee and juices, I mean good old fashioned, plain water. Drinking insufficient water makes the stomach too dry. When the chyme is churned over by the acid stomach before journeying onto the duodenum as part of the digestion process, it becomes dry and lumpy.
Digestive enzymes from the pancreas are not evenly distributed in this globular mess of partially digested food. It is this over dry chyme, which then arrives, in the next step of the process. Secretin prompts the pancreas to produce sodium bicarbonate, which is required to raise the pH from an acid 2 to a lovely neutral 7. A bit like an over floury batter the chyme cannot absorb the sodium bicarb in an evenly distributed form. Pockets of acid hide amongst the lumps of digesting food. These pockets allow bacteria, that should have been killed by the more alkaline environment, to thrive and of course the acids interfere with the proper function of the alkaline base small intestine. This condition can easily be halted by each one of us drinking more water before a meal, drinking more water after a meal and more water between meals. As a rule of thumb, simply down a small glass of room temperature water every hour that you are awake.
Secondly there is the question of conductivity; this is usually measured in the urine. Minerals are metals and salts are bases with an acid content. Both are capable of conducting electricity. All the nervous system comprises neural pathways along with synaptic changes which are all electrically driven.
If the urine conductivity is too high, it tells us that the mineral content of the blood is too high. This makes the system super excitable and toxic because minerals and salts become poisons if they are not diluted to a safe level. You may notice this condition when your urine is too dark. To balance the system, drink more water. Curiously, just by drinking more water can lead to the elimination of symptoms such as headaches. Dr. Batmanledj wrote a book about this called “The Body’s Many Cries for Water.”
The opposite can of course occur, too. This slows down reactions and can often show itself by a low blood pressure reading. If the mineral and salts are too dilute, you need to take more of them.
The lowering of cholesterol levels has become a monster size business. Cholesterol is a naturally occurring substance manufactured by the liver, necessary for various body functions. However, high levels of salts in the blood can cause cholesterol to form on the inside of arteries. Sometimes clumps of this break loose causing obstruction in the blood supply. If such an accident occurs in the heart or brain, death can of course occur. There is no need to take statins to stop this because they will do absolutely nothing to prevent the cholesterol clump from breaking loose, but if you keep the salts sufficiently dilute by drinking plenty of water the condition will not occur in the first place.
Train yourself to drink more water, starting right now!
Monday, April 22, 2013
“SPICE” Spoken English Training in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, March 2013
Killinochchi, located three hundred kilometres to the north of Colombo, situated in the “Dry Zone” and well in truly in the “Vanni”. It served as capital of the Eelam State during the 28 year long Civil War that many had branded as “unwinnable”. It was vacated during the second battle of Killinochchi when the Sri Lankan Army’s 57th and 58th Divisions defeated the LTTE in January 2009. Capturing the town had not been an easy task; when the LTTE withdrew the damage was considerable.
Mohan Samarasine founder and Chairman of the UK registered “Spice” charity had chosen the area to support two intensive five day in-service workshops for local teachers. He felt deprived towns like Killinochchi and Mulliaitivu deserved help because of the suffering they had experienced during the cruel war. The goal of the teacher training programme was to introduce new and powerful methods of furthering spoken British English by developing listening and speaking skills.
The old LTTE capital of Killinochchi is now a bustling place of redevelopment, spread out straddling the A9 road. The town’s old water tower has been upended by explosives and lies as a stark reminder of the destruction metered out at the hands of the “Tamil Tigers”. Today it boasts two or three hotels, signifying it is opening up to visitors once again.
Life in Killinochi
The Spice Teachers Training project started on Monday 18th March at the “Zonal Education Office.” There were 22 enthusiastic participants.
The first day was devoted to discussing problems faced by the teachers. By far the biggest challenge was the lack of resources. Most of the primary schools lacked qualified teachers, so the onus fell on the secondary sector for the introduction and later teaching of English. This made it extremely difficult for the participants to understand the syllabus. Overall there seemed to be a lack of serious commitment on the part of many of the students. Until English becomes a compulsory subject in the system, this difficulty will continue. The political will was somewhat lacking as many teachers think they have little voice in the birthing of change in their region. If they do not confront the authorities and speak up for better conditionsม it is unlikelyม the current situation will change terribly much. Fortunately Spice is there to accomplish its mission, devoted to speaking, promoting and introducing children in Sri Lanka, to English. This charity run from the UK, works in close partnership with the Rajapaksa brothers youth organisation “Tharunyata Hetak” (A Tomorrow for Youth). Such a link-up eases the way for Spice to work with schools and teachers .It depends on kind donations from the public to make its work possible.
One of the most pressing issues stressed in the training is that the tendency to revert to the native language in monolingual classes. This has to be discouraged. The purpose of the Spice training Programme is to emphasise the skills of listening and speaking. To achieve this objective, it is stressed that carrots are much stronger motivating tools than sticks. A tremendous emphasis was placed on games and other activities that inspire participants to speak. For many of the children, the only experience of listening to someone speaking English comes by interaction with their own teachers. It is, therefore, paramount the teachers themselves speak an acceptable form of Sri Lankan English conforming to recognized grammatical rules. The purpose of a language is to communicate and most importantly not to be misunderstood. The Teachers own communication skills need to be enhanced. An enthusiastic teacher can do a lot to help him or herself by repeated exposure to the language. It is not enough to do this on an occasional basis; the exposure needs to be daily. The Internet is an invaluable resource that enables people to listen to spoken English and thanks to Skype and other voice based programs to speak it, too.
The Course explored methodologies via micro teaching and demonstration lessons. All this is a far cry from the time honoured and highly restrictive practice of slavishly following the text book, which by the very nature of the exercise emphasises reading and writing and side-lines the communicatively more basic skills of listening and speaking. Although such an approach is much easier for the teacher, it is far less useful to the student!
Day 4 time was devoted to exploring how spoken English could be encouraged by means of extra curricula activities. How to set-up and use an English Club which meets on a regular basis with the intention of generating interest through drama, music, songs and games. Teachers already using such schemes were singled out to tell others on how to set them up. An extension of the English Club is the English Camp, where exciting activities can be incorporated into an intensive one or two days out of school event. Teachers are encouraged to introduce these concepts into their own schools. Plans are afoot to develop a residential “English Camp” at St. Thomas’s College, Gurutalawa. This will be run in conjunction with the UK’s leading “Millfield School”.
On the final day, procedures designed to assess competency in spoken English were also examined. It is stressed that fluency in spoken English can only be tested by speaking the language. All tests have to be spontaneous to ascertain a realistic level of ability. The Training ended on Friday 22nd March. Hopefully, the message stressing that language learning is all about communication got across; if you are not mis-understood you are communicating. Many of the teachers attend courses like this one to interact with native speakers. True, they want to learn from the native speaker, but they also need to be able to determine how well they can communicate with them. Bear in mind this will be the first time some of these adults have had any extended conversation with someone who speaks English as a “Mother tongue.”
A significant purpose of these trainings is to identify the future leaders amongst the teachers attending. Spice has already addressed the issue where UK graduate and TEFL expert Tom Cellar along with Sophie Minor have been in Tangalle assisting local teachers put on trainings such as this one for their colleagues. Mohan would like to see more projects in a similar vein take place in the North. Such plans need funding. Feedback from these courses is resoundingly positive. The teachers are eager to participate. However, funds are not always available to make such exciting schemes materialise.
...The 10 Year National Master Plan for a Trilingual Sri Lanka has provided equal opportunities for all Sri Lankans to obtain skills in Sinhala and Tamil as languages of communication and debate with English as a life skill at levels suitable for individual needs and ambitions. Sunil Fernando President’s Advisor and Co-ordinator on the Task Force on the Teaching of English.
The Mullaitivu Teachers” Training Course began on Monday 25th at the recently constructed Mullaitivu Mahavidalay M School. It was built under the auspices of UNICEF, and funded by the Cathal Ryan Trust. The trust is named after Cathal Ryan, son on Irish billionaire and founder of low cost airline Ryanair, Tony Ryan. Cathal spent several years in Sri Lanka flying for Air Lanka; he died of cancer in 2007.The estate was valued at Euro 250 million on his death; his brother and daughter Danielle worked with family members to set-up a trust to give some of this money back to Sri Lanka. The school was a result of the donation.
The Course starting on March 25th began with 16 participants; this number grew to 19 as the week progressed. Tuesday the 26th was Full Moon or ‘Poya Day’. In Sri Lanka such days’ are public holidays.Participants, in a vote of confidence on the Spice Programme, universally agreed, to come in on their day off, for which Spice rewarded them with a lunch. The material covered was the same as in Killinochchi, except it all had to be condensed in to four days. The reason for this was Friday 29th was ‘Good Friday’. Good Friday is also a public holiday. Besides many teachers had homes and families in faraway Jaffna, understandably they wanted to spend the long week-end with them. The course ended ,therefore, on Maundy Thursday, the 28th of March. There was a short ceremony where speeches were made, and the winning team received their prizes of an umbrella apiece. This was followed by a short reception where all enjoyed short- eats and Coca-Cola. The participating teachers were so delighted with their Course they made a collection ; three of them then crept out of the classroom, made for the market and presented the facilitator with three beautiful shirts as a token of thanks.
Several of the teachers displayed injuries received during the war. Many had harrowing tales to tell but asking impertinent questions about their traumas seemed somehow indelicate. Ilango had a badly scarred arm, Mary Rejinah told of how she sheltered in a bunker for three days whilst being shelled by the SLA. Kathya Yasotharan’s husband was killed, leaving her to bring up her son as a single mother. It would be fascinating to know more but intrusion without invitation is an invasion of privacy.
Such trainings can only continue with your help. If you feel such projects are worthwhile, please donate generously.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Huna is a form of Hawaiian mysticism and is the word Max Freedom Long used to describe "the secret science behind miracles". In Hawaiian, huna means "secret". The Ha Rite is a manifestation prayer used in Huna and is based on utilizing mana (similar to pranayama or chi) in order to supercharge a prayer, bringing about its manifestation. Miracles have been associated with huna and the ha rite, including weather modification and spontaneous healing, among many, many others.
The following is a description of the powerful Ha Rite, as written by William Glover, author of Huna: Ancient Religion of Positive Thinking.
Following are the elements of a complete and perfect prayer along with suggested affirmations:
1. Decide exactly what is to be asked in prayer.
2. Obtain the cooperation of the three selves: This requires the complete relaxation of the body, the low self and the conscious mind, followed by meditation of the High Self in order to draw it near to you.
3. Generate a surplus of mana, the life force:
I am now going to generate mana by breathing deeply. I am gathering extra mana as I draw in more and more oxygen. I ask my low self to assist me in generating and storing this force. My will is being made strong and enduring so that I am filled with the determination to accomplish these things which I desire.
Take a series of deep breaths:
My vitality is building up; my low self is creating mana. Mana is flowing as water into a bowl. Energy is being stored in the bowl.
I can see the mana rising higher and higher in the bowl until it overflows.
Continue the breathing until you feel fully charged:
I now command my low self to hold this mana energy, until I am ready to send it to the High Self.
4. Make contact with your High Self:
Parental Spirit, who dwells in the realm of Light, I call to you. May the perfection of Your level of being be reflected to my level of being. I ask that You lead and guide me in all that is being done. I ask that You take an active part in my life.
May Your power create for me the good things, first in Your perfected realm and then cause them to appear as realities on my physical level.
5. Make the mental picture (thought form) of the desired condition:
I now make in my mind the mental picture of that which I desire. I feel a deep, emotional need for this request.
Repeat your request three times with as much emotion as possible:
I see myself as already obtaining my request, and give thanks for it.
Send the thought form to your low self to present telepathically
to your High Self:
I hold this picture before the mirror of my High Self and reflect it down into the depths of my low self.
7. Strengthen the thought form with mana and send it to your High Self:
I now send this thought form picture along a stream of mana to You. May this gift of mana empower You to work on Your level.
8. End the prayer with a feeling of faith and confidence:
I end my prayer and release it to Your keeping to work with as You see fit. I know that is is only a matter of time until my request appears as a reality on the physical level . . . . My prayer has taken flight. Let the Light of my High Self shine back to me. SO BE IT.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
In order to heal themselves the majority of people believe that the most logical means of effective care is the "Western Medicine Model." This industry generates billions of dollars of profits annually. It grew after the inception of the American Medical Association in 1848 and quickly superseded its predecessors homeopathy and naturopathy. The earlier examples depended on cheap remedies that could be made from naturally occurring organic and inorganic substances. Anybody could make these medicines; meaning they could not be patented. Allopathic medicine developed alongside the oil industry, where medicines were made, frequently with a petrochemical base. These synthetic remedies were concocted in the laboratory; these could be patented, often at substantial profit to the developer. The medical profession itself evolved from the role of the surgeon whose job it was to fix bodies broken in the battlefield. It is in this realm of emergency medicine that doctors excel. Who would go and see an acupuncturist if they broke their arm in a motorcycle crash?
Western Medicine has preserved its status as the purported most effective means of treatment by a slight of hand trick. It has programmed people to believe it is overall, the most effective mode of cure. It does this because it lays claim to be fully supported by “Science”. This is based on the mechanistic view of the world as laid down by Descartes and Newton. Both lived during a period of intense mechanization. The machine arrived to industrialize the west, and it naturally dominated thinking. Medicine became mechanistic, upheld by a belief the human body was both predictable and followed consistent common actions. The old way of holism was abandoned. Anyone who was a critical of this new system was ridiculed and made to appear both ignorant and stupid. This is an effective way of silencing criticism. This new medicine grew at a tremendous pace and profit. Yes, it introduced cleaner practices like sanitation and proper sewerage which largely eradicated the acute diseases of the past and then along came scientists like Einstein, Bohr and Planck who turned the old thinking upside down. Quantum science moved away from predictable mechanical principals and exposed a much more volatile cosmos. As these strange and scary theories developed medicine countered with antibiotics, radiation treatments and vaccines. Antibiotics changed the face of treatment forever. Bacterial infections could be reversed without life threatening symptoms. The world was a different place. They eradicated old diseases and everything seemed generally better, but was it?
The power of antibiotics was staggering and practitioners began to prescribe them for viral conditions for which they were ineffective. A frightening trend developed, many of the antibiotics began to prove useless against certain bacterial strains and so they had to develop more powerful drugs to combat the resistant pathologies. Some people began to ask questions. There seemed to be a swing back to the old ways, and these old therapies now reborn were branded as alternative medicine. Allopathy decried these less profitable cures as unscientific and often dangerous. This propaganda campaign was dominated by compliant media keen to collect the rich rewards of advertising by the pharmaceuticals. But all along there was an answer, but people didn’t know it!
This old cure had always been there, animals much closer to nature than man, were aware. Dogs instinctively eat grass when ill. The grass causes them to vomit or otherwise excrete the causative toxins. Nobody taught the animals to use these natural medicines, the knowledge was hot wired into them, lodged in the old brain available for all to use. If animals had such knowledge, then man certainly did. He had been tricked into believing that such powers were beyond him. But they weren’t!
When we come to “cause” in life we take our power back. Western medicine places the patient at “effect”. He sees a specialist who tells him what to do and then prescribes treatments that the patient dutifully follows until well. He has remarkably little control over his own well-being. When he moves to “cause” he then takes responsibility for his own healing.
The unconscious mind is the repository of vast knowledge. It can handle in excess of 15,000,000 bits of data per second. It runs the body, stores memories and races emotions, but it also knows what is wrong and how to put it right. We simply tap into the subconscious and command it to heal us, that’s all! Hypnosis had proved that a long time ago. But we can do this without hypnosis! All that is required is to set up a communication system with this mysterious super computer. There are many painless ways to accomplish this. When this communication is in place, we can deduce from the subconscious when healing has happened. The other notable feature is the bodies! Essentially we have three main bodies comprising Spiritual, Emotional and Physical which are subdivided into twelve sub-bodies. It is crucial disease is removed from all of them. To achieve success we just verify that the bodies are clear and if they are not, we keep clearing them. Then gradually, disease, which comprises, many different aspects leaves the system. People have cured thousands of illnesses and conditions this way. These illnesses range from herpes 1 and 2, to arthritis to cancer to thyroid disease to malaria and more. Oh, you can even work on your pets. Want to know more, contact me and I will be delighted to teach you, or your group to heal in this way? It’s easy, and anyone can do it! Contact me and we can arrange it! Here's how.......
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Monday, January 7, 2013
As we come into 2013, the time has come to dispose of a few politically inspired myths and global warming caused by man’s overuse of cars, aeroplanes and industrialisation is just one of them. To challenge the prevailing views on climate change is according to Lord Lawson of Blaby “politically incorrect”. If something is considered improper in this way, then it’s necessary to ask whether there is a hidden agenda. The experts on weather change are not politicians like Presidential hopeful Al Gore but climate scientists.
The media talks about CO2 in awed terms as if it were some vicious substance destined to end man’s tenure on earth. Carbon di-oxide is a naturally occurring gas which helps living things grow. Humans produce a small portion of the world’s supply, somewhere in the region of 6 gigatons, which palls when compared to the 150 gigatons created by animals and bacteria. CO2 is a small component of the earth’s atmosphere, comprising a tiny 0.54% . It’s a greenhouse gas, but by far the biggest is water vapour , which comprises 95% of the total. These gases are essential; they trap the sun’s heat in the troposphere. If this did not happen, it would dissipate off into space and life here on earth would be impossible. If greenhouses gases are responsible for climate change then the troposphere should be getting warmer, and this is not happening. The facts don’t fit the theory.
After being declared the victor in 2000 presidential election and then defeated by a recount and a decision by the US Supreme court, Al Gore became not President but a vociferous spokesman on global warming. In his emotional film “An Inconvenient Truth”, he bases his argument on ice core samples. These create a weather picture spanning millennia. He used the information to establish a correlation between the rise of CO2 and temperature increase, but he leaves out an important fact. Professor Clark points out that there is a considerable time lag between the temperature rise and the increase of the gas. Temperatures have increased by 0.5 degrees Celsius over the last 150 years. The greatest increase came prior to 1940 when industrial production was relatively low and then dropped over the succeeding 40 years which was a time of massive industrial expansion due to the post war industrial boom. It seems then that CO2 increases are the result and not the cause of temperature increase. Professor Michaels of the University of Virginia says people who claim CO2 is responsible for global warming have simply not examined the facts.
Oceanographer Karl Wunsch of MIT reiterates the oceans are the planets biggest treasury of carbon di-oxide. He explains the time interval between temperature rise and gas increases is due to the size of the oceans. When temperatures rise the sea is warmed and gives off higher amounts of CO2. However, it takes a long time to raise sea temperature, and that explains the significant time lag between increased temperature and heightened CO2 levels.
If Greenhouse gases and CO2 are not causing so called global warming, what is? Look up in the sky and chances are you’ll see the sun. It’s increased sunspot activity that is causing temperature increases. This is not new. Historically there have been periods of earth’s history when the weather has been much warmer and times when it has been a lot cooler. Prior to the current 150 year cycle there was a cold spell known as the “Little Ice Age”; this began in Europe in the fourteenth century. Contemporary pictures and illustrations show this. In London, the Thames froze over most years; this cold snap was preceded by a time where temperatures where noticeably warmer and referred to as “The Medieval Warm Period”. Vines grew right up to northern England according to Geoffrey Chaucer. So why are we being misled? Margaret Thatcher jumped on this bandwagon and played a role in setting up the UN IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). She did this to justify her nuclear fuel strategy. Those events happened over a quarter of a century ago, and remember the UN has proposed a global carbon tax; is there a connection?
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Fauja Singh completed this year’s London Marathon in seven hours and forty-nine minutes. By no means a winning time, yet Fauja Singh, affectionately dubbed the “turbaned tornado” is 101 years old. He took up long distance running after moving to the UK from his native India; post his wife’s death in 1992.
He attributes his long and healthy life to healthy eating habits. Like most Punjabis he is a strict vegetarian, existing on a diet of lentils, vegetables flavored with ginger, brown bread, fruit and natural yoghurt. It’s not so much what he eats, but how much! He restricts himself to small, child-sized portions which are reflected in his weight. He is 173 centimeters tall and yet weighs only 53 kilos.
According to Russian born Dr. Arcady Economo there is nothing new here. Scientists have known for 80 years that a calorie restricted food intake can prolong life. Dr. Clive McCay claimed during the 1930s that such diets could extend life expectancy by up to 50%. Fauja Singh’s success in covering the 42 kilometer London Marathon course attests to these claims.
Koh Samui is home to approximately 20 so called “detox resorts”. They range from the good to the bad and indifferent. They all promote fasting and inner cleansing. People flock from across the globe to these establishments. Some come to embrace better health practices, but most come to lose weight. Dr. Economo runs a group of similar facilities in Hungary and Croatia; his emphasis is on the fasting component of the program. In Budapest and elsewhere his nutritional experts design specific diets for his clients. They are expected to follow these eating programs when they return home after completing their one or two week detox plan. The most popular of these divides the year into four, thirteen week blocks. Each chunk comprises one fasting week, with a near zero calorific intake, one recovery week when food is gradually introduced where consumption is limited to 5,200 kilo calories and eleven ordinary weeks. The normal weeks comprise six feeding days calculated at 2,000 calories per day. The seventh day is a fasting day with 0 calories permitted. This formula yields 72 fasting days in the year; it averages out at a usual food input of 1,500 calories per day. It appears Fauja Singh is obtaining the same result simply by eating less on an ongoing basis.
Professor Valter Longo of the University of Southern California’s Longevity Institute explains the connection between fasting and increased life span is the hormone “Insulin Growth Factor-1”. This hormone causes children to develop, but when they reach adulthood it stresses the body and appears to cause aging. His evidence is the genetically engineered Laron mouse, which does not produce IGF-1. These creatures can live up to five years much longer than the 2 year life expectancy of a normal mouse. They seem to be immune to cancer and heart disease, and when they die it’s because the heart just stops.
Longo goes on to explain that fasting lowers IGF-1 levels, and when we stop eating the body switches from growth to repair mode when several DNA healing genes switch-on. Dr. Economo feels that eating cessation also reduces damaging free radical levels. The result is a reduction in blood pressure, a decrease in high blood sugar levels, which are in themselves a prelude to diabetes and metabolic levels decrease as the body slow down to conserve its energy resources.
Fasting, especially for the first timer can be difficult. Toxins which are a natural bi-product of today’s lifestyle release and these can cause headaches, dizziness and an general feeling of unwellness, but stick with it and experience extraordinary results. Both Professor Longo and Dr. Economo suggest a prolonged fast is best accomplished under supervision and probably in a quality detox resort, such as Dr. Economo’s European clinics or in one or two of the recommended facilities in Koh Samui. That’s it for this week. Catch you again next week; if you would like advice and recommendations about fasting and detoxing make contact via the website.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Probiotics was a question we covered a few weeks ago. Maybe now is an excellent place to define the term probiotic, so everyone is clear as to the definition. The international description says that probiotics are organisms living within the host’s bio system that confer health benefits. The human gut, for example, contains somewhere in the region of 2 kilograms of live bacteria. Some of these bacteria are good, and some are bad. For potent digestive health to happen we require the beneficial bacteria to outweigh the detrimental. Remember, too, that superior digestive health is the key to complete nutritional health. To achieve this end, we recommend you include a substantial percentage of friendly bacteria in your diet.
Where do you get this? The first place to look is within the realms of fermented foods. In times, past people ate more fermented food because this was an ideal means of preserving food before the days of refrigeration. In those times, drinking water came from wells where the bacterial overgrowth provided a plentiful supply of humic acid, another good source of probiotics. Today, many of these older natural links to healthful bacteria have been replaced by supposed new and better ways of doing things. Now, we have to go out of our way to sustain ourselves with these living organisms. We need to eat fermented foods, and for those who can tolerate dairy products, yoghurt provides an ideal answer, or does it? Many yoghurt brands claim they are plentifully stocked with probiotics, but they are not! Most commercial brands found in supermarkets are chock full of added sugar. Bacteria are living matter and they die off because of the toxicity of the sugar. Today, sugar is growing more expensive, so food producers turn to artificial sweeteners to offset costs. The worst of these is controversial aspartame, which hides behind well-known brand names like NutraSweet. US alternative medicine researcher and publicist Dr. Joe Mercola claims it to be “the most dangerous food additive on the market”. He bases his claims on several studies that have been conducted over the years. Dr. Russell Blaylock, a retired neurosurgeon brands the sweetener an excitotoxin and further claims, "Excitotoxins have been found to dramatically promote cancer growth and metastasis. In fact, one aspartame researcher noticed that, when cancer cells were exposed to aspartame, they became more mobile … “All compelling reasons to avoid commercially produced yoghurts that say they are a terrific source of probiotics.
Greek yoghurt is free of added sugar, but milk contains its own sugar, called lactose. When they come to make this kind of yoghurt, they strain off the liquid whey and with it goes a lot of the lactose. This is then a remarkably healthy environment for natural probiotics to develop. This leaves a creamy, thick substance which is extremely high in protein. The content is 16 protein Gms per 100 Gms of weight. The human need for protein is another modern day fable. We don’t require massive amounts of protein to promote cell growth. Calculate the daily requirement as being 1Gm of protein per 1 kilo of body weight. A man weighing 70 kilos requires approximately 70 Gms of protein intake per day. This is not a huge amount; it will fit comfortably in the palm of your hand. Greek yoghurt makes an excellent protein source, being much easier to digest than meat, for example.
Christos Panidimos is a long time resident of Koh Samui and is now the patron of the “Fi” Restaurant, located on the road leading up to Tesco-Lotus in Bophut. Here they make 30 to 40 kilos of probiotic rich Greek yoghurt daily. His uncle Evagalos Polyhropoulos teaches food sciences at the Haropio University in Athens. He attests to the nutritional value of this product. Both men urge everybody to use it instead of mayonnaise or butter and suggest the yoghurt provides the basis of a mouthwatering breakfast when mixed with fresh fruit.
This article first appeared in "The Southern Times" of 1st December 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
"Bees are our helpers and our friends. It is estimated that 33% of human food production is dependent on insect pollination; most of this is accomplished by the honey bee. Sadly, the bee population is declining primarily due to the unconsidered use of petrochemical based pesticides and chemicals. In some cases, bee keepers have been contracted to move their hives to areas devoid of bees to insure pollination rather than to make honey.
Propolis is a resinous composition that bees collect from tree buds and certain flowers; it is used to seal off small spaces in the hive to protect it and improve the environment of the bee colony. Generally, brownish in color, it is proved by Chinese research to include isolated sinapinic acid, isoferulic and caffeic acids. These compounds have anti-bacterial properties. However, there is evidence too, that Propolis has anti-viral components.
A study conducted by Sirinad Musiaek and Yimanee Tragoolpua from the Biology Department at Chaing Mai University has revealed that Propolis extract, halted the Herpes Simplex Virus. Often associated with the common cold sore, Herpes Simplex 1 and 2 can affect various body areas namely the lips, eyes and skin. Transmission is often sexual; in the case of HSV 2 the genitals are affected. It has been a causative factor in Cervical Cancer. The usual medical treatment is with the anti-viral drug Acyclovir. Many products flow from it; Zovirax is one of the best known. The treatment does not eliminate the cause, but it does address the symptoms. However, this can take up to four weeks in extreme cases and stress can easily trigger another outbreak. The remarkable Chiang Mai study showed that aqueous and ethanolic Propolis extracts altered the virus population on vitro cells after virus attachment in both Herpes Simplex 1 and 2 cases. Curiously the Propolis in high dosage performed better than Acyclovir in the case of HSV 2. The real test of the case lay in time, though. The study demonstrated how HSV-1 was entirely eliminated in a mere 60 minutes. It did, however, take just over 6 hours to remove the HSV-2 strain.
This is amazingly good news for the millions of Herpes sufferers worldwide, but there is even more to celebrate! That’s because Acyclovir type drugs have been shown in rare cases to produce birth defects in neonates. A small US study of 467 pregnant women produced 17 birth defects in their off-spring. This shows a 3.6% affected rate, which is 0.6% higher than the average birth defect rate of 3%. Is it worth taking a risk like this, however, slight? Women suffering from genital Herpes are expected to go on a course of Zovirax for the last few weeks of term to prevent lesions appearing at the time of birth. Wouldn’t it be much better if they took safe Propolis instead during this crucial stage of foetal development? Secondly, it has been found that breast feeding mothers pass on a large quantity of the anti-herpes medication to their babies whilst suckling. Again Propolis appears to solve the problem and no doubt benefits the infant, as well!
Veerapan Tantipong is the President of Bee Products Industry Company Limited in Chaing Mai. He holds a BSc Degree from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. He has used his knowledge wisely and has come up with a solution for long suffering Herpes victims. “Virulox”, contains 50 mg of Propolis and a 120 mg of synergizing Royal Jelly in a lyophilized form. The tablet can pack of powerful punch of Propolis to help the sufferer overcome a Herpes attack. Take two tablets when you feel the first tingle of a cold sore and repeat the dose hourly for six hours. This alleviates the symptoms from both Herpes 1 and 2. The Propolis is aided by the 10 HDA in Royal Jelly, which some describe as being a precursor to the might of stem cells. But that’s a story in itself!"
This article by Alister Bredee first appeared in "The Southern Times" of November 18th 2012