9 Tips to Treat Colds and Flu the ‘Natural’ Way

With no cure in sight for the cold or the flu, current treatments can at best bring symptom relief or shorten the duration of those symptoms. You can take one of a variety of medications that may help relieve your symptoms. Or you can take the natural approach. WebMD went to Charles B. Inlander, president of The People’s Medical Society, for some home remedies that may help you feel better along the way.

No. 1: Blow Your Nose Often — and the Right Way

It’s important to blow your nose regularly when you have a cold rather than sniffling mucus back into your head. But when you blow hard, pressure can cause an earache. The best way to blow your nose: Press a finger over one nostril while you blow gently to clear the other. Wash your hands after blowing your nose.

No. 2: Stay Rested

Resting when you first come down with a cold or the flu helps your body direct its energy toward the immune battle. This battle taxes the body. So give it a little help by lying down under a blanket.

No. 3: Gargle

Gargling can moisten a sore throat and bring temporary relief. Try a teaspoon of salt dissolved in warm water, four times daily. To reduce the tickle in your throat, try an astringent gargle — such as tea that contains tannin — to tighten the membranes. Or use a thick, viscous gargle made with honey, popular in folk medicine. Steep one tablespoon of raspberry leaves or lemon juice in two cups of hot water; mix with one teaspoon of honey. Let the mixture cool to room temperature before gargling. Honey should never be given to children less than 1 year old.

No. 4: Drink Hot Liquids

Hot liquids relieve nasal congestion, help prevent dehydration, and can soothe the uncomfortably inflamed membranes that line your nose and throat.

No. 5: Take a Steamy Shower

Steamy showers moisturize your nasal passages and relax you. If you’re dizzy from the flu, run a steamy shower while you sit on a chair nearby and take a sponge bath.

No. 6: Use a Salve Under Your Nose

A small dab of mentholated salve under your nose can open breathing passages and help soothe the irritated skin at the base of the nose. Menthol, eucalyptus and camphor all have mild numbing ingredients that may help relieve the pain of a nose rubbed raw.

No. 7: Apply Hot or Cold Packs Around Your Congested Sinuses

Either temperature may help you feel more comfortable. You can buy reusable hot or cold packs at a drugstore. Or make your own. Take a damp washcloth and heat it for 55 seconds in a microwave (test the temperature first to make sure it’s right for you.) Or take a small bag of frozen peas to use as a cold pack.

No. 8: Sleep With an Extra Pillow Under Your Head

This will help with the drainage of nasal passages. If the angle is too awkward, try placing the pillows between the mattress and the box springs to create a more gradual slope.

No. 9: Don’t Fly Unless Necessary

There’s no point adding stress to your already stressed-out upper respiratory system, and that’s what the change in air pressure will do. Flying with cold or flu congestion can hurt your eardrums as a result of pressure changes during takeoff and landing. If you must fly, use a decongestant and carry a nasal spray with you to use just before takeoff and landing. Chewing gum and swallowing frequently can also help relieve pressure.

Remember, serious conditions can masquerade as the common cold and a mild infection can evolve into something more serious. If you have severe symptoms or are feeling sicker with each passing day, see a doctor.

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The Fresh-Air Fix

Sure, people say they love summer. But instead of enjoying it, the average American spends most of the season stuck in stale offices and living rooms. Even kids today spend 7 hours more on academics and 2 hours less on sports and outdoor activities per week than they did 20 years ago. Annual family vacations have decreased by 28%, while national park attendance has fallen steadily.

But all this indoor living isn’t doing much for our health. Children who get more “vitamin G”–what experts call time spent in green spaces–have lower stress levels, more success in school, and fewer ADHD symptoms. And simply being in sunlight triggers skin to make vitamin D, which is shaping up to be a potent cancer fighter.

“We may also exercise and socialize more in nature–activities with proven health benefits,” says Frances Kuo, PhD, director of the Landscape and Human Health Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Even in the bleakest Chicago housing projects, the addition of just a few trees cut crime by 42% in one study, encouraging people to venture out.

So get moving: Here are six ways your family can capture the benefits of an I-love-summer lifestyle.

Make Outdoor Play Mandatory
The National Wildlife Federation urges parents to institute an outdoor “green hour” for kids. Start by suggesting just one more activity each weekend–a family bike ride or an after-dinner walk. Next, add a weekday event. Some other ideas (find more at greenhour.org):

Invest in fun boots and let kids splash in puddles.

Pack a picnic snack and dine in a shady spot.

Look for constellations or catch fireflies at night.

Grow a Love of Gardening
Besides getting fresh air and exercise, kids who garden eat more vegetables, research shows. Plus, a study of 647 grade-schoolers found that students who grew plants scored about 12% higher on academic tests, compared with those who didn’t. To make it fun for everyone, choose easy, hardy crops, like squash, tomatoes, and radishes. Visit kidsgardening.org for more advice on getting started.

Bring the Animals Closer
Add parsley and bright flowers to your garden to attract caterpillars and butterflies you can watch all season. To lure wildlife straight to your window, help kids make a bird feeder out of wood (kits available at home-improvement stores) or a milk carton (see how at prevention.com/links). Keep binoculars handy–birdwatching is one of the country’s fastest-growing hobbies.

Move the Kitchen Outside
Get the whole family outdoors by doing more of what you already do–cooking (and eating!). Fire up the grill and make fun creations such as fruit kebabs, or let kids personalize meat by brushing on sauces before cooking. Make your dining area more inviting on cool evenings with a fire pit or patio heater.

Sleep Under the Stars
Backwoods camping isn’t for everyone: too many bugs, too few showers. But even a family “sleep out” in the yard counts as communing with nature; pitch a tent and switch on a portable radio or open a board game. Getting kids excited about camping early on may encourage them, as teens, to pursue wilderness programs such as Outward Bound or the Student Conservation Association; these programs enhance self-confidence, motivation, and independence, according to Yale University research.

Pave a New Path
You’ll get greater health benefits exercising where it’s green–even if it’s only once a week. A 2003 Swedish study found that people who ran in parks felt 15% more restored than those who ran on treadmills or through city streets. And hiking or biking with the kids can be a great break from mundane weekday workouts and inspires family-wide fitness.  Interaction with nature reduces depression, promotes healing, sparks creativity, and even increases life expectancy–upping survival odds by about 15% over 5 years in one Japanese study.

Courtesy of www.prevention.com

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Quick Reference on Colors for Healing

* Abstinence/Sobriety – purple, black.
* Children/Fertility – green (esp. spring green).
* Confidence – royal blue.
* Courage – bright red.
* Friendship – royal blue, gold, golden brown, tan.
* Healing/Health – medium green, rose.
* Home (new) – orange, sunlight yellow.
* Home (blessing) – rose, gold.
* Home (purify) – white, light blue.
* Hope – sky blue.
* Inner Peace – light blue, lavender, white.
* Joy – rainbow.
* Love – rose.
* Money/Prosperity/ Wealth – gold, emerald green.
* Protection (physical) – blue.
* Protection (psychic) – silver.
* Spiritual Growth – violet, purple, lavender.
* Success – gold, royal blue.

Basic Color Meanings

Black – binding, reversing thought forms into positive power, general defense, pessimism, feeling bound, reversing, uncrossing, binding negative forces, discord, protection, releasing, grounding, focusing, calming, shapeshifting, steadying on a physical plain, opens energy channels from feet, cold, solidity, sleep, rest, coolness, Center Earth, bottoms of feet.

Grey – same as black, but not as extreme, opens energy channels down legs to earth, slightly less solidity than black and more movement, Middle Earth, lower leg.

Brown – calming emotions and body, opens energy channels down, lightly grounds and focuses, peacefulness, nurturing, safety, warmth, calm, placidity, attract money and financial success, influence earth elementals, concentration, balance, ESP, intuition, study, success, special favors, influencing friendships, amplifies earth magic and psychic powers, common sense, Surface Earth, upper leg.

Red – breaking through mental conditioning, creating rapid change, empowering action, energizing, passion, career goals, lust, survival, driving force, creating heat, work with heart/blood/ circulation, warmth, fire, high action, energy, physical love, health, strength, sexual potency, courage, willpower, conquering fear or laziness, 1st Chakra, Root Center, base of spine, heart, blood, circulation, energy down to upper leg, A7.

Pink – energizes, warms, anti-depressant, peaceful, relieves stress and disharmony, gentleness, true love, caring, nurturing. planetary good will, friendship, healing, affection, romance, spiritual awakening, healing of the spirit, togetherness, center of chest, heart, any part that needs gentle change, Heart Center, energy down to base of spine.

Orange – lightly energize, up creative energy and sexual energy, warmth, sexual energy, activity, fire, change of luck, power, control of the situation, general success, property deals, legal matters, justice, selling, encouragement, adaptability, stimulation, attraction, sudden changes, drawing good things, sudden changes in luck, pelvic area, 2nd Chakra, spleen, Sexual Center, stimulates 2nd Chakra, A6.

Yellow – ups male energy and willpower, manifests creative energy on a physical plane, lifts depression, works on lungs/breathe/ life-force, warmth, air, memory, logical imagination, accelerates learning, breaks mental blocks, activity, sunlight, creative energy, 3rd Chakra, power of mind, sudden changes, intellect, imagination, power of the mind, confidence, gentle persuasion, action, attraction, concentration, inspiration, navel area to top of head, strengthens 3rd Chakra, A5.

Green – relaxing, cools fevers, relaxes muscles, calms emotions, physical healing, strengthens heart and ability to love, earth, generosity, prosperity, nurturing, cooling, calming, marriage, relationships, practical creativity (particularly with the hands), balance, fertility, growth, Mother Earth, tree and plant magick, personal goals. abundance, money, good fortune, wealth, success, renewal, heart, areas that need cooling, chest, 4th Chakra, Chest Center, A4.

Blue (light-med) – astral travel, relaxing stress (esp. in jaw neck and shoulders), ups compassion/verbaliz ation skills, removes headaches and fever, sky, joy, lightness, vibrant, repose, astral, truth, water, good fortune, inspiration, occult power, protection, understanding, good health, happiness, peace, harmony in the home, fidelity, patience, wisdom, healing, journeys or moves, neck throat, base of skull, ears, jaw, 5th Chakra, Throat Center, A3.

Indigo (med blue-indigo) – calm body/mind, ups intuition/wisdom/ mental abilities/memory/ eyesight/ sensitivity to psychic energy, focusing and maintaining concentration, becoming meditative, regality, deep space, endless repose, calm, strength, spiritual, discovering past lives, Karmic problems, balancing out Karma, stopping undesirable habits or experiences, meditation, neutralize another’s magick, stop gossip/lies/ undesirable competition, head, eyes, ears, 6th Chakra, 3rd Eye Center, A2.

Purple, Violet – ups spirituality/ enlightenment/ feminine energy, physical/emotional/ mental healing, lifts depression, releases stress, dropping unwanted desires, developing calmness in body/mind/emotions, regality, calmness, gentleness, expansive, harmonizing, spiritual, success, idealism, higher psychic ability, wisdom, progress, protection, honors, spirit contact, break bad luck, drive away evil, divination, permanent life changes, psychic protection, psychic and spiritual growth, third eye, hidden knowledge, spiritual power, influencing people in high places, success in long range plans, top/slightly above head, 7th Chakra, Crown Center, A1.

White – can be programmed, have all color so all uses available to them, can energize, harmonize, heal, and expand capabilities, clarity, brilliance, light, ice, etheric, endless potential, ever-changing, purity, spirituality, greater attainments in life, truth, power of a higher nature, wholeness, sincerity, spiritual undertakings/ guidance, direction to the right paths, calmness, becoming centered, seeing past all illusions, the Goddess, higher self, purity, peace, virginity, energies higher than crown, Higher Energy Centers.

Gold – (or very clear light yellow) great fortune, intuition, understanding, divination, fast luck, financial benefits, attracts higher influences, male energies, see also yellow.

Silver – (or very clear light gray) removes negative powers, victory, stability, meditation, female powers, the Goddess, astral energy, telepathy, clairvoyance, intuition, dreams, developing female powers.

Copper – professional growth, business fertility, career maneuvers, passion, and money goals.

Magenta – a very high vibrational frequency that tends to work fast, the God, male power, promotes winning, happiness, usually used with other colors, quick changes, spiritual healing, and exorcism.

Courtesy of http://www.natural-holistic-health.com/quick-reference-on-color/

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Meditation affects our health at cellular level

In a recent study reserachers at University of California, San Francisco, have found that a regular habit of meditation brings about pyshological changes of permanent nature which inturns are caused by an increase in the  telomerase activity (an enzyme which is responsible for longevity in ur body cells).

For novice among you here is a simple explanation :

Telomeres are sequences of DNA at the end of chromosomes that tend to get shorter every time a cell divides. When telomeres drop below a critical length, the cell can no longer divide properly and eventually dies.

Telomerase is an enzyme that can rebuild and lengthen telomeres.

Though the study does not conclusively suggest that meditation is directly related to increase in Telemerase, it points out towards the fact that meditation improves a person’s sense of well-being which then have a profound effect in his physiology and result in increased Telomerase activity.

This study is the result of UC Davis-based Shamatha Project, one of the first long-term, detailed, matched control-group studies of the effects of intensive meditation training on mind and body.

Read more about this study here:

Positive psychological changes from meditation training linked to cellular health

Courtesy of http://meditationiseasy.com/blog/

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Juicing

At around 6 o’clock each morning I make juice for Leigh. It’s come to be a ritual, and something I love to do for him. Why? Because, although I make him salad each evening, he wouldn’t pick up a piece of fruit (let alone a piece of raw vegetable) elsewhere in the day, and this is one more way in which I can get just a little more raw plant food into him. In fact, he’s come to like ‘green juice’ so much that when in California last year he’d seek it out at the supermarkets there (OK – pasteurised, but it’s a step up from Red Bull!).

Some people are so into juicing that they persuade others to drink nothing but juice for months at a time. On the other hand, the strictest Natural Hygienists feel we shouldn’t be drinking it at all, as it’s a ‘fractional’ (or ‘fractured’, or ‘fragmented’) food. So, yet another ‘divergence of opinion’, yet another raw food thing that we partake in enthusiastically, then find that, according to some ‘experts’, we’re doing it all wrong

So, here are some arguments for and against juicing, collected from various sources, that I hope will be of interest to all, and, at least, give those of you who are unsure just a little more information than you didn’t have before, or hadn’t considered, that will help you to decide whether you’re going to be joining the next 90-day ‘Juice Feast’, eschew juice altogether, or…something inbetween?

 
IS JUICING NATURAL?

Sure, no electric juicers in the jungle. And doesn’t sound very natural – eating one thing from a food and not the rest. So let’s look at the animal world. Do animals juice?

Many bugs suck juice from plant foods.

Some varieties of moth drill holes into fruit and suck out the juice.

Fruit bats live mainly on fruit juice. They chew the fruit, swallowing the juice and soft pulp and spitting out the tougher parts.

Chimpanzees ‘juice’. Stephen Walsh (Vegan Society): ‘Chimps often chew fibrous foods to remove the juice before discarding the fibre.’

Gorillas juice in two ways: They chew fruit up into little balls and then dip them in water before sucking out the juice. And, they fill their mouths with a ‘wadge’ of leaves and fruit, using the mass of leaves to press against their teeth and palate to ‘juice’ the fruit, which they may suck on for a few minutes before discarding the fibre.

Clues from the animal world suggest that it might not be natural for human beings to live on juice alone, even for short periods, as we don’t see mammals doing that. However, we do, as per the chimp/gorilla examples, see mammals that share physical characteristics with us ingesting juice as part of their diets. They are eating ‘fractured’ foods, ingesting foods that they wouldn’t wish to eat whole, but rather than rejecting the food per se as (therefore) unfit for chimp consumption, they suck out the juice and discard the rest.

And, although we’re not chimpanzees or gorillas, can we be sure that those living naturally in the past would never have bitten into an orange and sucked the juice? Never sucked the juice from pomegranate and spat out the pulp? Never sucked sugar cane grasses to have the sweet juice from something that was too fibrous to be chewed?

So, the pros and cons:

JUICING – CONTRA

Loss of fibre When the fibre ‘buffer’ has been removed, we can absorb sugars too quickly into the bloodstream. Ani Phyo explains: ‘Fruit juices contain a lot of sugar that’s been stripped away from fibre. A glass of orange juice is made from squeezing about five oranges. If you tried eating five oranges it wouldn’t be easy, because the fibre would fill you up. Nature’s perfect; she packages the perfect ratio of fibre to sugar in an orange. She never intended for us to strip away the fibre to take in all that sugar at once as a juice. It’s the fibre that time-releases sugar into our bloodstream’. (This is certainly true, particularly in the case of fruit juices, and is why those with sugar issues should be cautious with fruit juice (and carrot and beet) and why ‘juice diets’ should always be greens/vegetable-based rather than fruit.) (And, re Ani’s comment on eating five oranges – I hear you, 811-ers – I know it’s not that difficult to eat five oranges, but I feel Ani’s general point has merit.)

Loss of minerals via pulp Many foods, especially fruits, have the greatest concentrations of minerals in the skin, peel or pith. For example, most of the calcium in oranges is in the pith. And the UK National Heart and Lung Institute has confirmed that it is the red grape skin that contains the antioxidants.

Loss of nutrients via oxidisation For example, when an apple is cut it browns after a while. When juiced it browns almost immediately. (So always drink juice as soon as it’s made.)

Bypasses chewing Salivary juices released in quantity through sufficient chewing help alkalise our food. Teeth and jaws benefit from chewing, and so do our facial muscles (some say ‘more chewing, fewer jowls’…)

We might eat more of a food than we would be attracted to eat in its whole form This can be a ‘contra’ argument (see earlier article ‘Too Much Of A Good Thing?’) as well as a ‘pro’ (see later!).

Juice moves so quickly through the body that we absorb fewer nutrients than we would from the food in whole form Elchanan (Natural Hygienist): ‘When we juice, food moves through our digestive tract at a speed approaching that of water. Contrary to the notion that we absorb more, we actually absorb less, simply because the food moves through so quickly. We are designed to digest different foods at different speeds, based upon their water, protein, fat, mineral etc content. When we turn our food into a flood, we miss a lot. Please note that I’m not saying juicing is ‘bad’. I do enjoy an occasional juice, but the whole food will be preferable in general.’

(On the other hand, even if we do lose minerals, and speed of movement means fewer absorbed, these arguments could be counter-balanced by the fact that, when we juice, we may eat more of certain plant foods than we would have eaten whole. Also see the argument in the pro section further down that juicing releases more nutrients through the breaking down of cell walls…and isn’t it just the case that so often with these ‘should we or shouldn’t we eat/drink’ arguments we can go round and round in circles…?!)

Juicing creates waste Yes, the pulp gets thrown away. Although, it could be composted. And some people make cookies and burgers from it. As to whether these are good…down to personal taste.

JUICING – PRO

Juicing bursts open the cells so antioxidants can be absorbed (not sure about this one…I’d have thought that thorough chewing of whole foods and the normal processes of digestion could do this as efficiently. However, it’s true that many of us have got into the habit of not chewing thoroughly, eating just a little too quickly.)

Juicing saves energy David Wolfe: ‘Juicing and blending foods saves the body digestive energy, channeling more energy for healing and detoxification’. (Certainly true – the body has to do less work to break the food down.)

Releases chlorophyll Jason Vale: ‘Chlorophyll is…the natural sunlight energy trapped within the fibres of the plant. When you separate the juice from the fibres you effectively release that liquid sunlight energy: liquid energy which improves the functioning of the heart, the vascular system, the intestines, the uterus and the lungs – the same liquid energy which can help assist the body to clean the blood and liver, strengthen the immune system and reduce high blood pressure. Chlorophyll has strong antioxidant properties and it can act as a natural defence against free radicals…’ (Any science boffs care to comment?).

Increases carotenoid availability from carrots, lycopene from tomatoes etc (well, yes, it would, but ‘more’ of a nutrient does not necessarily mean ‘good’, especially if it’s at the expense of nutrients lost in the pulp or via oxidisation that would work synergistically with the carotenoid, lycopene, that is, an imbalance could be created. Just a suggestion – I don’t know that this would be the case.)

Means of obtaining nutrition from food we can’t chew, or digest easily in quantity (eg tougher green leaves) Stephen Walsh (Vegan Society): ‘Humans can only partially digest some of the harder fibres found in most varieties of commercial vegetables’ (one argument is that perhaps we shouldn’t be eating them in the first place. However, cue the juicing chimps!).

Juicing celery is a good source of natural sodium (Although those eating cooked food, and raw fooders who add salt to their food, however Celtic or Himalayan, are not going to be going short of sodium and are more likely having far too much, celery is a good natural source of sodium for high-fruiters who don’t have added salt. I tend to forget about celery when it’s in stick form in the fridge, but get my quota via juicing it with apples, spinach, pears etc.)

‘Dr Norman Walker (juicing advocate) lived to 109!’ (Well, no, he didn’t, but he did make it to 99, which is excellent for a man of his generation. Juicing was one aspect of his excellent diet, which included lots of raw plant foods.)

May protect us from pesticides in non-organic food Dr NW above said that although sprays and pesticides will enter into plants and roots they will be absorbed by the fibres (which will be eliminated in the juicing pulp).

Tastes good! (Indeed it does, and it’s a big plus for juice if it encourages someone who isn’t enthusiastic about greens, celery, fruit etc in their whole state to consume more of them if juiced. As mentioned earlier, my husband’s a good example of this.

Here are the plant foods that went into his juice this morning and, beautiful though they are, he just wouldn’t have grabbed a stick of celery, lettuce leaves or even an apple before leaving for work, but he does love his juice!)

JUICE DIETS/JUICE CLEANSES/JUICE FEASTS

A ‘juice diet’ normally lasts from a few days to a few weeks.

A juice diet is NOT a fast.

There is no such thing as a ‘juice fast’ – please help me to discourage people from using this term incorrectly, as it confuses.

A fast, as has been clearly understood for the past few thousand years means total abstinence from food, so that the body consumes for energy accumulated waste material and fat reserves and, because there is nothing to digest, can devote itself to the process of healing (given sufficient rest). It also demands considerable self-discipline, as no food is taken.

Fasting is the most effective way for the body to cleanse, to heal. Fasting is documented to have achieved amazing results, and if the word ‘fast’ is used to describe diets that are in no way a fast, that’s a pity, as some people who could benefit enormously from fasting will be led into thinking ‘fasting – yeah, I’ve done that…’. For anyone who would like to know more about the benefits of fasting, see the relevant section at http://www.rawfoodexplained.com/. For an introduction (24-hour fasting), see my article here.

Juice is food. Hence, if you are consuming juice, you are not fasting. Those on juice diets are consuming often very large quantities of food in juiced form. Juice feast is accurate! Juice diets are sometimes referred to as ‘juice cleanses’, which is better, as although the juice itself does not ‘cleanse’ the body, it does help the body cleanse itself; it gives the digestive system a relative rest, in that it does not have to work nearly as hard as usual to break down food, thus allowing the body to divert more energy than usual into ‘housecleaning’. Although not as effective as fasting, a juice diet can still confer considerable benefits.

Juice diets for healing

Here’s a testimony from a forum contributor (copied and pasted many moons ago – no source – if you’re reading, do tell me who you are!) to the virtues of juice in helping the body to heal: ‘In just the last few months I have seen green juice put a pound a day on an emaciated woman who hadn’t been able to gain weight by any other means in over ten years, completely and instantly get rid of one woman’s coffee-withdrawal migraine headaches (carrot and celery), cure my own three-day-long toothache with just one giant glass (kale, cucumber, celery) and relieve one man’s chronic constipation (carrot and spinach).’

(I’m going to put on my Natural Hygiene (oriented…) hat here and say that, rather than there being any specific things about these particular foods that would have healed these specific complaints, it would likely have been the general effect of ingesting raw (ie undamaged) plant foods and the general benefits of juice diets, that would have resulted in the body healing itself of these ailments. Do steer clear of taking a specific juice as a ‘medicine’. Drink a particular juice for as long as you enjoy it. If we religiously continue to imbibe a particular juice when we have lost an actual desire for it, when our bodies are no longer welcoming it, just because we think it’s ‘good for us’, or because it’s going to ‘cure’ us of this or that, we may do more harm than good (eg skin colour change from excess carotene is not a myth!).

Short juice diets are commonly used at natural healing centres as part of a range of treatments for cancer and diabetes. However, note they are normally ‘green-juice’-based diets. A prolonged period on fruit juice (stress – fruit juice – not fruit) is not a good idea, as the presence of so much fructose without the fibre ‘buffer’ could well cause problems for the body.

Are juice diets natural? Nothing in the animal world indicates that it is natural for us to live on juice alone for weeks at a time. But, for those who are ill, as I suggested in the last article on cancer, sometimes ‘unnatural’ treatments may be necessary to help the body heal itself of something unnatural living has created. And for those who may not have major illness, but are feeling out of sorts, with minor ailments, a juice diet could be a good idea. I don’t see any pressing reason for a healthy person on a 100% raw food diet to live on juice for a couple of weeks, but neither do I see any particular reason not to.

A ‘juice feast’ has through popular usage tended to be the term for living for prolonged periods on juice alone, eg for more than one month. I can only suggest anyone considering living on juice alone for such a long period very carefully review the pros and cons. I’ll come off the fence and say that I would never do this, and go with Natural Hygienist Hannah Allen’s advice here: ‘Habitual use of large quantities (my italics) of juiced foods is highly inadvisable. Juices bombard the body with large quantities of fragmented nutrients in much the same way as food supplements do, and the effects can be negative and even positively harmful. In addition, the body is deprived of the opportunity to chew, assimilate and metabolise the complete foods which are sources of optimal health.’

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So, having said that I make juice for Leigh each morning, didn’t say whether I drink it as well. Certainly do!

I used to gravitate towards the ‘anti-juicing’ arguments, but probably for no other reason than I didn’t have a juicer. My ‘views’ changed somewhat after attending a course at which raw food chef Russell James made us a green juice every morning and I was…sold. Juicer in place within days of arriving home.

If you’re a healthy raw fooder who doesn’t juice, I can see no particular compelling reason to start doing so. On the other hand, if you’re a healthy raw fooder who does juice, I can see no particular compelling reason to stop. Many Natural Hygienists do themselves drink juice occasionally – it’s simply that they don’t feel it’s something we should do a lot of, or that it can ever be as good as eating the foods whole. Agree. For me a pear/celery juice is so much more delicious than eating a pear, then a stick of celery, and I’ll happily trade that against the loss of fibre and nutrients. Occasionally.

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The Laws of Attraction at Work

“Nothing can prevent your picture from coming into concrete form except the power which gave it birth—yourself.” —Genevieve Behrend

 

In the quantum universe, there are no accidents. There are no coincidences. Every particle and every action is accounted for. We live in a universe of absolute precision.

 

The world of thoughts and ideas, of human ingenuity, creativity and enterprise, is not separate from the world of chemistry and gravity and fields and forests. There are no separate rules—they all come from the same rulebook. The laws that govern the movement of subatomic particles and solar systems, also govern our thoughts and feelings, families and careers.

This fundamental truth is all too easy to forget as we go about out daily routines, because we seem to live in two worlds—the seen and the unseen—the world we can touch, taste and see, and the intangible world that lies hidden away behind the curtain of our senses.

The events and circumstances of your business take place in the seen world. It is the immense, hidden portion of the iceberg that most of us are unaware of 99 percent of the time, while the tangible, material world we think of as “real” is only the miniscule tip that juts above the surface of our conscious awareness.

What sunk the Titanic was the hidden part of the iceberg that nobody saw coming, the part beneath the surface. And that is the part that sinks every business that ends up closing its doors.

The creative process through which the unseen world gives birth to the circumstances and events of our lives is the Law of Attraction. There are actually a number of distinct principles at work within the Law of Attraction. Here are six ways to put the laws to work for you:

 

  1. Everything starts as an idea. Everything in nature, every phenomenon starts in the universe, starts as an idea. Everything you manifest in your life follows the precise same pathway, from idea to physical form. We create from the nonphysical level, turning that which we can’t see, into that which we can.
  2. Realize you are at cause in your life. Science has shown us that the principle of cause and effect applies to the mechanics of everything, including our thoughts. Things don’t randomly happen to you. Realize you are making things happen or not happen. Commit to being at cause and don’t blame external factors.
  3. Understand how resonance is at work. Resonance, from the Latin meaning “to sound again” is simply the transfer of vibration from one medium to another. Thoughts held clearly and strongly enough can cause events in the physical world to happen.
  4. Your dream is within the seed. The seed of your business is your vision. This is the groundwork for every successful business. Your vision needs to be clear and strong.
  5. Be purposeful, patient and active. These three concepts enable the Laws of Attraction, Gestation and Action to work together. You will save yourself years of trial and error, and manifest what you want in your life and business much faster than you’ve ever created anything before.
  6. Get clarity. The more clarity you create around your business in every aspect, from its largest objectives to the particulars in everyday actions, the more you harness the mind-boggling power of the quantum field to do your bidding and bring that idea into reality.

 

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Drinking Fluids to Conquer a Cold

One common piece of advice for treating a cold is to drink plenty of fluids. But as Anahad O’Connor writes in this week’s “Really?” column, it isn’t clear whether drowning a cold in water or juice really helps.

Theoretically, taking in extra beverages like water and juice helps replace fluids lost from fever and respiratory tract evaporation, and it helps loosen mucus. But when a team of scientists at the University of Queensland in Australia set out to determine whether this was indeed the case, they found a surprising dearth of data in the medical literature.

For their report, published in the journal BMJ in 2004, “we examined references of relevant papers and contacted experts in the subject,” they wrote, yet were unable to find even a single clinical trial in the last four decades that specifically studied whether increased fluid intake reduced the severity of an infection.

To learn more, read the full column, “The Claim: Drink Plenty of Fluids to Beat a Cold.” Then please join the discussion below. What helps most when you have a cold?

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