Have you ever wondered what ingredients are contained in the body products we all use every day? Let’s take shampoos and anti-bacterial handwashes as the example. A principal ingredient is iso-propyl alcohol. It comes in many disguises, is a by-product of the petroleum industry and serves as antifreeze in the motor industry! In factories there are warnings about handling hazardous chemicals like xylene and toluene other aliases for the same thing. Propyl alcohol is put in ever popular anti-bacterial hand washes; ironically the substance inhibits the skin’s ability to protect against bacteria, molds and fungus. These are the pathogens it is supposed to protect you against. It doesn’t make any sense at all!
Chronic illness has been on the rise. The Centre for Disease Control tells us in the 32 years from 1975 to 2007 that the incidence of cancer has shifted from 400 cases per 100,000 population to 461 in 2007. WHO figures for Thailand for 2002 have cancer as the number 1 cause of death with a rate of 73.3 cases per 100,000 population. This had risen dramatically from 26.1 cases in 1982. Is it any wonder when chemically toxic products flood the market place and consumer awareness of these dangers is minimal?
Dr. Teuro Higa, Professor of Horticulture at the University of Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan, has developed EM Technology, this stands for “effective microorganism”. His initial research in the 1980s reported that up to 80 microorganisms were effective in decomposing negative organic matter and created healthy regeneration instead. Decaying and pathologically dangerous matter can revert to a “life promoting” process thanks to the positive micro-organisms present in the EM liquids. This natural health giving bacteria works in the same way as probiotics which are very popular in natural medicine. Good bacteria create a balance against the bad bacteria ever present in the eco-system we call the gut.
This amazing technology is reported to support sustainable practices in agriculture as well as forming a new frontier in the improvement of health and hygiene. The EM process was used during the recent floods in Bangkok. Inundation creates an ideal environment for the disease process to flourish. Often natural disasters are followed by epidemics of illnesses like cholera and dysentery. This was not the case in Bangkok and it seems that similar positive results have emerged in other areas EM has been used; these include the 2004 Tsunami, the Kobe earthquake and in New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina. A huge database of research has not been conducted on these life saving techniques, but empirical evidence suggests Dr Higa has presented the world with a great gift. This gift is simple. Release “Effective Microorganisms” into flood water and let the live bacteria do their work!
The fruits of the Sapindus trees have been used for eons in natural medicine, particularly the Indian system of Ayurveda. This relative of the lychee is a natural source of, chemical free soap. The Sapindus fruit, a native of temperate Asia provides an emulsion that foams in water. It has been around a lot longer than westernized soap and to good effect. In Ayurveda it is used for the treatment of eczema and psoriasis. It is something that promotes skin health and is devoid of pernicious by products like propyl alcohol. Common sense dictates that we should be washing ourselves with these natural soaps, but the story gets better still.
Someone has come along and launched a product line of body washes, shampoos and cleaning agents that combine the probiotic potency of the EM technology with the amorphous glycosides of the sapindus fruit to make an outstanding series of soaps and cleaners that enhance the body’s good bacteria and thus stimulate the system to preserve healthy immunity that truly does everything the chemical hand washes pretend to do; it also balances nature’s eco-system so that streams and rivers are oxygenated, supporting new life and a clean water table. The line is called “Blue Sky”. If you would like help in sourcing any of these things, simply use the website link to make contact."
This article first appeared in "The Southern Times of October 13th 2012
Koh Samui, September 2012