Constitution of man

Constitution of man

Chen Profesorsky, meditations

Time as a factor in health

“Time is the great healer”

Hurrying rabbit as a symbol for the value of time

 

 

How long will it take me to get better? Why isn’t my health better already? Is there such a thing as instant healing? Why should I go through a long process when a pill can relieve my distress in an hour?

 

I don’t remember how many times I have already heard these and similar questions from my patients over the past 25 years of my practice. It is clear to me that time is a loaded issue and this is the reason I decided to write about it. My purpose is to promote a shift in attitude in regards to time in health. I recall a patient that came to me with a complex matter many years ago. It was to be her first acupuncture session and so I decided to treat her for one of the many issues only and with one needle so as to make it less challenging for her. A week later she came for her second appointment only to say thank you. Her health was all fine… For me it was a pleasant shock. I was happy for her of course and maybe someday I will be old enough and experienced enough to repeat that success. In the mean time I understand that often it is unrealistic and at times even wrong for the process to be this fast – lessons need time to be learned more often than not.

 

So what do I want to say about time?

 

I shall start with prevention – after all, a minute of prevention can save hours and days of healing.

 

I don’t have time to prepare breakfasts. I have no time for sports. I cannot find time for a massage once a week. I don’t have time for meditations or breathing exercises…

 

The above sentences represent a central question in preventative medicine: “How do we cope with the idea that we have no time to spare in modern times when contemplating preventative habits?”. The first thing we need to establish is the understanding that there is no such thing as “no time”. We have 24 hours every day and the right question is how do we use up our time wisely? It's all about priorities. It’s not always simple to reorganize our priorities but it is often a crucial step for the process of change.

 

Another important factor: With every passing year our body becomes less and less forgiving towards our mistakes. It becomes more evident the older we get. When young people go out on the town and go to sleep very late the worst they feel is tired the day after. At the age of 40+ it might wreck the next day. At 50 it could take a few days to recover. There is a beautiful lesson to be learned here – our body expects us to be wiser as we age – and show it by making wiser choices J. It is also less forgiving.

 

In an age of a fast pace race after money, preventative medicine is confronted with a major obstacle. It is very hard to quantify. In the field of insurance it is calculated but out of the assumption that people don’t change. Understanding that where there is a will there is a way, a challenge of mine is to get the message through that preventative medicine is good for the economics. Maybe when people realize there is a lot of money in health they will start investing in health daily… It is very simple to understand the role of exercise or nutrition in prevention. Everyone knows ample rest is crucial for healthy functioning in every aspect of life. Tomorrow it can never happen. If it is important it has to start today. Right now. In prevention time is a vicious foe. You delay for a moment and by then it hurts.

 

 

It is time to start acting on what you know and believe that can prevent you from becoming sick. If you are not sure about something or what is best to do come and let’s talk about it. Today is the best time to start. Right now!

 

Next let’s talk about time and acute diseases

 

 

I don’t have time to take a day off in bed. Work will not wait. My students expect me in class. It is not that bad, I will drag along for a few days and it will blow over. I have plans for this weekend, I can’t just cancel it all and rest.

 

Acute diseases are short lived, usually dramatic in nature and tend to blow over even without meaningful assistance. They usually behave this way due to us having a reasonable level of vitality. If not it would quickly turn chronic. These diseases are only slightly challenging timewise. They are short and so require only a few days of cooperation on the patients’ part. Weeks at worst case. Despite this, most people rush out and seek the easy way out. A quick fix / pill for their illness. Usually pricy in terms of health. What is our body asking of us? Is it so much to ask that we take a break for a day? A week? A little tender loving care?

 

I have seen many cases where a neglected or mistreated acute disease – where all the body needed was a little rest or such, gets complicated by lack of cooperation and deteriorates into a more complicated disease. When the body is clearly asking for attention it is important and wise to comply.

 

A day or two invested in health can save many more in disease.

 

And if we already deteriorated?

 

I am tired of constantly taking care of my health. It is hard for me to be so busy mostly with my health – I have no time for life itself. I have been sick for so long, when will it end? How long have I got?

 

In degenerative and chronic diseases (Longer and usually more complicated by nature) time becomes a much heavier issue. Especially when the disease gets worst with time.

 

Time spent talking and not advancing, tires. Time well spent, often bringing the rewards of improvement, uplifts. Knowing how to translate the process of illness and health correctly will most often make the difference above (Learning to recognize the positivity of some signs that could be misconstrued as setbacks but are really positive on the long run are one example – such as the positive meaning of raising a high fever as a sign of high vitality in children). Sometimes taking a pause from therapy can mean deterioration and at other times much needed rest can help the process along. Time in chronic illness management can be both a hindrance and a great tool – it’s all about how well you understand time in the bigger picture.

 

There are varied techniques for working with the toll of time – including them in long healing processes is crucial. It is very possible and realistic to cope with the experience of time during therapy and the right translation can make all the difference in the world.

 

Predicting what time will bring – now that is much more difficult. Answering the question “How long the treatment will take” requires a prophetic ability… Knowing how long a patient has left to live? Not among my talents… (And it has been proven that such knowledge can be a self-fulfilling prophecy). Knowing how to cope with these questions is a whole different ballgame. Learning to live in the here-and-now can be very helpful (one technique) especially with the “how long do I have left” question. This perspective helps teach the value of the moment and thus promotes a positive pro-active attitude to help us get to the next “now” as best we can. The right philosophical outlook can change the very fear of death. Fear is one of the strongest time-stress factors. The budhistic philosophy, for example, sees the end of a life as the beginning of another (Re-incarnations) and thus the fear of death is greatly reduced. Another wonderful philosophy is the one Ekhart Tole teaches in his book “The Power of Now”. A life focused on the here and now allows much better coping with life as a whole and especially disease.

 

There are several more time related conflicts we can talk about:

 

1.       How many treatments do I need in order to heal?

2.       How about instant healing treatments? What value and what dangers do they offer?

3.       What could possibly be bad about instant relief from discomforts and symptoms? (Mind you, I’m not talking here about making an illness go away instantly, only the symptoms), what benefits can there be here?

4.       Treatment frequency – the rights, wrongs and maybes in planning a therapeutic plan.

 

I will talk of these issues and more in a future article :)

 

Who am I ?

baby "who"?

 

The internal and external factors which form and define us and the freedom to truly be ourselves

 

In seeking purpose I often come across people who find it hard to define who they are. What is their role in this world? What were they meant to do? Identifying the essence goes through a fascinating journey but often gets stuck at that very basic question. When one can't identify one's own essential being, it leaves a vacuum hard to fill. In this article I will address that question regarding the influencing factors.

 

If you were born in a faraway land and raised by a herd of wolves – how would you be different from today? Would you have reached the same values? Profession? Family? Obviously, it is hard to answer that question or even imagine a life beginning like that although there are such stories. Moreover, it is hard to identify all the factors that influenced our identity over the years in a way that we could imagine being without them.

 

In this article I would like to review the most meaningful factors and examine them from a spiritual perspective, one that relates to the fact that our deepest essence is that of a soul and therefore arrives profoundly formed even before we are born, from previous lifetimes.

 

First, the more familiar factors:

 

Parents, family and friends – the major influence on our identity comes from the adults who raised us, normally our parents. To an extent they are the deepest role models. Quite often people find themselves acting "just like their parents", usually to their disappointment. Many youngsters promise themselves they won't grow up to be like their parents, and they often go as far away as they can in areas in which they were revolted by their parents' behavior, only to find themselves unconsciously acting just as they promised themselves they never would.

 

The rest of the family's influence is usually less dominant in the early stages of life, but growing up, siblings and other close relatives play a significant role. We turn them into a source either of imitation or of endless clashes and thus factors that mold us by fire.

 

Childhood friends often have a very strong influence. During adolescence it is sometimes even stronger than that of our parents. Since at this stage of life they might not be any more aware of their essence and role in life than we are, their impact can be random and often very confusing.

 

Teachers throughout life can add depth and inspiration when we come across such teachers.

 

Social norms have a very strong impact on us even indirectly. Some professions lost much of their prestige like teaching (important or not – this is a stigma educators are fighting now-a-days). Many teachers naturally deny this fact. Another profession suffering from being "non-profitable" is art. On the other hand, professions which suffered from a low image just a century ago, such as surgery, became very popular. Choosing the path should reflect our being, especially if we want to succeed and even more so if we wish to enjoy our occupation. It turns out that people define themselves by socio-economical needs rather than by their true essence.

 

Despite all these factors, it is clear that they are not all it takes. For instance, it is known that twins growing up in the same environment with the same parents and social circles can still turn out very different. It seems as though the missing link is much more significant in our self-definition than all of the external factors put together. When we think of ourselves we have a "feeling" of something being just right for us. Many times it is not in our conscious knowledge, in which case it is a feeling of some unseen destiny. Sometimes it is discovered spontaneously and sometimes with the help of a mentor. Either way we can thus get much more clarity as to the important question of "Who am I?"

 

Without dealing with how to find the answer to this question, in this article I'd like to ask a much more basic one: what is this unseen factor which enables us such knowledge?

 

Believers would define it as the soul, that same component in us which is part of the Divine Whole. Atheists usually have a hard time accepting the possibility of such a factor even existing. In spiritual circles, the idea of the soul is taken seriously, not necessarily in a religious way. My experience in life enabled me to open many windows to the soul I am. I've experienced things considered "esoteric" in a way I could no longer rule them out. They left me with the understanding that there is a certain layer in us which came to this world ready-made and not just as raw material. Among those I shall mention a few which many might have experienced but may not have bothered to deepen their understanding of the experience:

 

1.       When my first child was 5 minutes old, I looked in his eyes and the depth reflecting from them was great. Even then they had that look asking "Where have you been?" (The fact that I ran all the way to the nursery trying to catch up with the nurses, didn’t spare me that look…). As soon as he grabbed onto the finger I held out to him, he relaxed.

2.       When he grew up and his sisters were born, we saw how each one of our children expressed abilities in different areas. They were exposed to the same toys more or less and the same parents (more or less J after all, time leaves us slightly changed with each passing day) and yet their abilities were very different from one another.
 

3.       My personal experience with past lifetimes turned a "weird" area into part of my occupation. It was "too true to argue with" – even for a rational type like me.

 

One way or another I came to a realization which is common in spiritual teachings, and that is that our existence here occurs in a number of dimensions, one of them being physical and another spiritual (there are more but not for this article). The spiritual dimension, AKA the soul, is the "I" we all identify with when we do what's really important for us from an inspired place.

 

In the coming articles I will address different meanings of this understanding as well as techniques which enable us to make use of this information in order to recruit these dimensions for a fuller, healthier and happier life.

 

 

Inflammation in Holistic Eyes

(Just for the red eyes...)

 

There is a great gap between Allopathic and Holistic approaches to inflammation. Since most of us grew up with conventional medicine, it seems important to open your eyes to the Natural view-point so you can choose your approach in such a common situation.

 

Conventional definition:
"Inflammation is an immune reaction to wounds, certain irritations and toxic invaders such as viruses, bacteria or fungi."

 

The holistic definitions are somewhat different. Inflammation is a process initiated by the body to serve its needs. Indeed sometimes an inflammation can lose control and risk our lives but in most cases it doesn't.
The idea in treating inflammation holistically is to monitor it and make sure it is not life-risking but by no means depress it or stop it before it reaches its goal.

 

If it is a short or one-time non-violent inflammation like a light eye soar, usually easing the symptoms can suffice. The problem begins when it is more severe, long-lasting or recurrent. In such cases we deal with a situation which requires deep inquiry and treatment in order to help the body finish its task and break the inflammatory cycle.

 

In order to understand how we do this in Natural Medicine, here is some useful information regarding inflammation, from a Naturopathic perspective:

 

  1. Usually inflammation flourishes in acidic tissue environment. Not the extreme acidity like in the stomach while digesting protein, but rather a slight change in acidity in the body tissues.
     
  2. The body uses several materials in order to limit the activity of the inflammation it creates. Among these are vitamin C, vitamin A and zinc. Lack in one or more of them can make it hard for the body to complete the job and/or to heal the tissues afterwards.
     
  3. In inflammation, like in all life processes in life, the engine behind the body's work is our life force. If we are vital enough, these processes work better, and if we are tired and worn, body systems don't function that well. According to Naturopathic approach, the difference between an acute disease (short, powerful and efficient) and a chronic disease (longer lasting, less effective and often doesn't end without help) is due to the person's vitality. One who is not vital enough to end the inflammation will stay with it until vitality is restored.

 

From these three points come a few simple and very helpful recommendations:

 

  1. Increase plant-source foods (preferably organic since most of the pesticides are very acidic) and decrease animal foods. Veganism or vegetarianism is not always required for healing but it can definitely help ease and shorten suffering from long or severe inflammations.
     
  2. Stress management can help a lot in improving the body's abilities and thus shortens inflammation processes accordingly.
     
  3. Natural dietary supplements, adjusted by a professional naturopath or holistic nutritionist according to personal needs, are highly recommended.

 

Sufficient rest is highly vital for our health, so get enough sleep (around 8 hours a night, preferably starting at 10pm or no later than 11pm), and do not test your body's limits by spending too much energy over a long period of time.

Shifting - moving out of stuckness

 

 

nothing spells stuck better then a turtle on its back

 

 

 

Everyone knows what it's like to be stuck. To be addicted or just repeating the same mistakes over and over again… To be in an unhealthy habit, and keep it never-the-less.

 

The challenge is obvious – how do we move out of this stuckness?

 

Whether the reason for this was illness, a bad situation in life or just tiredness the basic answer is the same: Choose the right move and do it. Alone this will not work but acting on something we consider of value helps greatly. Choose something that will make you feel happy and is meaningful in your eyes.

 

To this we must add a few tools to make it work:

 

1.       Meditation: The common denominator of all the stuckness examples above is the circular vibe of addiction. Even repeated mistakes have this scent. The strongest tool for shifting out of this addictive vibe is quiet meditation. The Chinese have a saying that a weak spleen is the source of all addictions and that over thinking weakens the spleen. The best spleen tonifying technique is meditation. My favorite method is Zen style sitting meditation. Practicing this daily for as long as it takes to feel some shifting in mindset is crucial (This can take a few minutes for most people but may take longer some days or for others).

 

2.       Creative work: Whether as your meaningful activity or in addition to it, creativity can do wonders for shifting your vibe. You don’t want to be focused on show art that needs to stand up to any standards, just personal creativity.

 

3.       Physical exercise: Both for the brain chemicals and for distressing as well as to simply clear the mind – nothing works like sports.

 

4.       De-stressing: I cannot stress this enough ;)

 

5.       Focused work on the issue itself: If this is a relationship issue then the relationship itself will need work on your own as well as with your partner. If this is an addiction then clearing the addictive habit requires some focused work (With correlated habits, social addiction etc.). Health issues need treatment obviously and mistake… Well repeated mistakes are obviously something to ponder but just not too much or you will weaken your spleen… There is a bach flower remedy for those who keep repeating the same mistakes.

 

Another point to consider in all this is the value of a mentor during shifts. Someone that can look at the issue with you and reflect for you. Give you working tools or just go through the process above with you, meditating together, helping you heal or talking with both sides of the relationship.

 

Good luck with your shift and you are welcome to talk to me if you need 

Winter is coming...

Annnnnnd its winter :)

 

 

It seems the weather has gone mad. At least here in Israel the climate changes are rather clear. For a change winter has come to Israel fully blown and clear (+ extra rough winds and storms).

 

I am quite sure you all make a point of preparing your car for winter.

 

How about your body?

 

Here is a collection of tips for a healthy winter:

 

1.       Whether you are already taking Zinc and vitamin C or not – if you haven’t tested their levels recently (Using the urine C test and Zinc taste tally) now is a good time to do so. During changes in weather and especially winter the body uses up greater amounts of both to boost the immune system. If low taking them regularly may be prudent.

2.       It’s soup season! Now is the time to take out all those warming spices (Cinnamon bark, Black pepper, cardamom, Dry ginger etc.) alongside the sweat inducers (Fresh ginger, mint leaves and cinnamon twigs) together they form a wonderfully tasty preventative measure for the flu season.

3.       Cold induced rigidity reduces blood flow and with it the immune system. Engaging in sports (Especially Qi Gong the Qi mover) warms the body nicely.

4.       Using massage to soften the cold stiffness is also useful and very fun. Adding warming aromatic oils makes the massage even more effective.

5.       Keeping your home aired out – including the bedrooms, is very important in winter (Challenging during very cold days and night) – stale air does little good and much bad to our health… Long term might introduce mold and that is very unhealthy.

6.       Other tools worth keeping handy during winter: Zinc lozenges for that sore throat and our Chinese winter formula for all mild illnesses of winter (Always keep one in your freezer for a rainy day)

7.       Are you one of those that tend to get sick several times during a winter? Come in for an appointment and we will work on prevention (Food, rest, supplements, herbs and the cherry on top: moxa. This Chinese tool involves burning Chinese mugwart over Chinese acupuncture points and/or needles. It is a very effective Immune system booster among other benefits).

We wish you a pleasant, rainy and most of all healthy winter

Love in a Spiritual Mirror

A heart from nature

 

 

What is Love?

 

The common approach is that Love is the only real magic in this world. It is the spark that occurs between people who chose to come close to each other or are blood-related. It is the glue connecting spouses or family members. It is also common to think that Love is a kind of trading coin… We say "I grant her love" and thus actually create one of the most painful human assumptions – without others we can't have love. Self-love is often judged as "Narcissism" (excess self love which comes at others' expense).

 

Nowadays it is understood that Love grows the more it is "given"' and that it is possible to love several people in our lives (usually meaning many family members and one lover, or more one after the other).

 

What I want to share with you today is a spiritual perspective which changes the rules of the game. From my experience but also from ancient traditions, there is another truth which has a great influence on our love life.

 

First insight:

 

The soul is made of Love. Love is our basic essence. To say that we lack love is like a fish in water saying that it feels dry…

 

Second insight:

 

Love cannot be “given”. If love is our essence and “What we are made of”, it is not really something we can give to another.

 

Third insight:

 

When we are connected to our loving essence we create an inspirational field of love around us. Anyone who enters our field will feel our love though it and will be inspired to connect to his or her own loving essence. In other words: When we feel we are sharing love it is true to say we are inspiring or inspired by love.

 

Forth insight:

 

When we feel loved “Our heart expands”. This familiar sensation reflects a fascinating truth – our heart organ may stay the same size but our heart sensation expands on the spiritual level and with it the direct channel to our loving essence (which is our spiritual body). The more we love, the more our heart widens and can contain more of our essence AKA love. At the same time we become a growing source of inspiration of love and become more sensitive to receive love inspiration by others.

 

Fifth insight:

 

Since the only kind of love we can contain is ours and is a piece of our soul, we need no one else in our lives in order to feel and be filled with love and until we can fully comprehend this we will be dependent on others. This does not mean we don’t need anyone in our lives or that we are better off alone. Mutual loving inspirations (Falling in love) raises our capacity for experiencing love and that is why together is stronger. It can also be more fun. Sharing a loving life empowers them.

 

More to come…

 

I would love to hear your opinions and reflections on this article :)

Dealing with emotions - Holistic therapy during crisis – on the mind plane

Melancholy

 

What does natural medicine have to offer when dealing with emotions during and after a crisis on the mind plane?

 

Emotions are a means for communication between different levels of our conscious mind. They are a tool we use in order to cope with loss or something missing in our lives (Sadness), when life doesn't flow the way we want (Frustration / Anger), when we find ourselves outside our safe zone (Fear), when we try to control what cannot be controlled (Anxiety), when our reality is in a complex place with no instant solutions (Worry / Over thinking), when the light is out at the end of our tunnel and life feels bad (Depression), when we won the lottery and can't handle it… (Too much happiness – and yes, there is such a thing ;) ). All these examples are just short insights and not an attempt to go deep but do make it clear how emotions are a tool that can help us cope or at least understand where we are in life when consciously we may not be aware of our inner voice.

 

During times of crisis emotions tend to rise and even flood and so working with emotions is crucial for better coping during and after a crisis. Wisely managing emotions during crisis can help us with damage control and may even prevent damage,עדיע and at time may even prevent a hard situation from becoming a crisis altogether.

 

After a crisis is over emotional flooding is common, and very often mental and physical therapy need to wait for the ebbs of emotion to subside.

 

Emotional intelligence is the basis for healthy living as well as for coping with crisis in general and especially with emotionally loaded ones. The knowledge of how to read our emotions, recognizing the present emotions, releasing them, preventing emotional flooding and dealing with floods when already present. EQ has proven to be a reliable prediction tool for success in life, more so then IQ. Success in dealing with emotional crisis is logically crucial for succeeding in a life during quiet times and more so when dealing with the ups and downs that life often throws at us. Some need it more than others but we all have those moments.

 

Natural medicine has varied tools for dealing with emotions in different ways. There is always at least one tool that will meet the needs and often more than one.

 

Bach flowers: These remedies are meant to focus our consciousness on specific emotions and help us to balances them. There is a remedy for anger and frustrations, two for fears, several for depression etc. Choosing the most accurate is a form of art. The common practice allows and encourages the use of several remedies at once. My experience shows, that choosing one most accurate remedy is more challenging but also more rewarding since it means we are required to be more accurate on the one hand but on the other hand the healing focus is on a single emotion. The result of this system is often a faster resolution and can lead to very accurate processes. "Peeling off" such an emotional layer often reveals another one underneath and thus leads to a second single remedy therapy and then maybe a third. This is a swift and accurate process that rarely needs a month for each remedy as is commonly the case – more likely several days. This usually results in a quick and successful process. This type of Bach flower therapy is especially effective during crisis managements since emotions during crisis have a natural cycle to them and rarely remain stable or fixed on one emotion for long.

 

Herbal therapy: I wouldn't count on herbs for working with specific emotions as a rule; rather I use them as a general stress reduction tool and for better adaptation in order to help out with coping during the process. I find that formulas based on four qualities of herbs can go along way here: Thymoleptic herbs (Mood raising), Adaptogens (Assist in adaptation during stress), Anti anxiety (When relevant) and general stress reducers.

 

Jin Shin Do: manual therapies are a wonderful choice during most emotional crisis situations since emotions tend to collect in the muscles. This specific therapy has a rather unique ability to release and/or help digest specific emotion very well. This goes beyond the general emotional release that every other type of massage can offer.

 

The use of de-stressors techniques as a stress management system: The habit and ability of releasing pent up emotions on a regular basis while keeping a close watch on stress levels (As taught in my book: "Learn peace in an hour") can greatly improve our ability to cope with emotional crisis. Knowing how to gauge the emotional volume stored within at any given moment is crucial for managing emotional loads. Making a daily habit of de-stressing is also very valuable for healthy living in general. In a post-crisis situation, taking the time to unload can prevent flooding.

 

Remember – so long as emotions come, flow and go they are healthy and will not endanger our health. It is only when emotions get stuck or are suppressed that they can lead to ill health and unbearable emotional levels.

So, why do we barely eat milk products?

[Milk photo by Carl Revell]

(Now that Shavuot is over we can talk about it freely, but if you don't want us to ruin it for you for next year you might want to stop reading now).

 

Advertisements, such as the one calling us to have 3 portions of milk products a day, are broadcasted regularly on behalf of the Health Ministry and funded by the producers. The message being: Milk is important for healthy and strong bones and teeth etc, for growing kids and adults.

 

Not quite.

 

As far as I remember, the only mentions of milk in Harrison's medical "bible" are negative. The main reason we hear about the great health advantages of milk is because someone is paying for the PR. It's sad that most dietitians don't realize that.

 

Biologically there is no doubt. Milk products, like all animal products, raise the tissue acidity, increasing the transfer of calcium and other alkaline minerals from the bones to the tissues in order to counter the acidity. Milk is rich in calcium-3-phosphate which increases the urinary loss of calcium. In China, where milk was introduced only recently, there is a surprisingly low occurrence of fractures due to osteoporosis, much lower than in the Western milk consuming countries.

 

In other words – milk does not build bones. On the contrary, there is much evidence that it actually harms bones.

 

Milk is one of the most effective foods for creating mucous (along with white sugar, white rice and other processed grains, citrus fruit etc.)…  It's hard to count the number of diseases where mucous accumulation is involved.  For example: According to the Chinese Medicine, mucous is the basis for Gallstone formation. Another example involves most of the early childhood common diseases (Ear / eye infections, respiratory issues etc.)

 

There are several other aspects I shall mention here in brief:

1.       Links have been found and some proven between dairy products and several types of cancer

2.       Dairy product consumption has been linked to cardio-vascular diseases…

 

On top of all this let us not forget that non-organic dairy product will often contain minute amounts of drugs such as antibiotics / growth hormones etc. that the cows were given (Country dependant as to local regulations)

 

Those who want a collection of references to the above may request it by mail and we will send a presentation (In Hebrew… but the sources are in English) with plenty of citations.

 

Those who have already had the "pleasure" of over eating dairy during the recent holyday – you are most welcome to make an appointment and we will gladly dry you upJ.

 

Happy After the Holydays.

Holistic therapy during crisis – on the mind plane

 

 

What tools does the holistic school of medicine have for treating mind based crisis?

As a society we are used to thinking of mind based crisis as a job for psychologists and psychiatrists. The familiar arsenal of tools are talks and drugs. What does Natural Medicine have to offer for these situations? What tools can compete with the familiar models? This will be the subject of this article.

 

Let’s begin with the common ground:

 

·         Psychologists are not the only ones that can use Talks as a therapeutic tool. As a Naturopath part of my daily routine is to have long talks with some of my patients. Many of the “body-mind” practices within the Holistic school scope of therapy are talk based or start with a talk and then use the information for therapies of various kinds. We use talks to train patients in tools that can help them such as stress management (Always useful and twice so in periods of crsis), positive thinking, talks as a destressor and much more. I still find that many patients are surprised when we start talking and they realize this is part of holistic medicine too… It is high time the general public got to know the larger holistic perspective and scope of naturopathy and the other holistic modalities..

·         Using drugs is a way to force the brain to “function better” on the mental and emotional planes of the mind. Suppression of anger, the blurring of sadness and depression and the nullification of our awareness to our anxieties. The equivalent tools of Natural Medicine chooses a very different approach. The closest holistic tool is Herbology. There are uplifting herbs, relaxers, stimulators etc. All allow the patient to function better without mind games and illusions (Such as feeling relaxed but underneath the surface bubbling with suppressed stress). One of the greatest advantages of herbs is a unique quality I have yet to find in other tools: Adaptogenic. Adaptogenic herbs help us to better adapt to stressful situations – especially such as one encounters during crisis. The holistic perspective makes use of herbs during crisis in a plethora of other ways: Healing anemia, blood sugar imbalances, general stress reduction, sleep disturbances etc. All these other aspects make coping with a crisis much harder and once healed allow for an easier coping with the crisis itself. This is an example of how important the holistic perspective that approaches the patient as a whole is in crisis management.

 

Other tools that Natural Medicine has to offer in this case:

 

·         Manual therapies: Holistic massage, Reflexology, Chinese massage, Shiatsu, Thai massage – all these and more in professional hands have the ability to change a lot on the physical and mental planes. You can adapt to the needs of the patient (Fully clothed / oil based / feet only and dry or with cream for the last. Combining Aromatic oils can amplify the effects of the Massage or Reflexology and add the qualities of the oils we choose – relaxing / uplifting / stimulating etc.

·         Aromatic oils: Even without the Manual therapies, using oils in a bath or burner or a drop on ones shirt will add a wonderfully scented effect.

·         Bach Flowers: This fascinating tool in known for its ability to help alter patterns of human behavior. Most of its focus is on the emotional plane and it allows the patient better emotional coping with the crisis.

·         Jin Shin Do: This is a gentle Manual tool that allows emotional and mental work through subtle physical manipulations of 30 of the 365 basic Chinese Acupuncture points. The release this tool enables is a treasure for the person in crisis.

·         Chinese Acupuncture: It is common knowledge by now that Needling can assist in anemia, tonification, breaking stagnations and sedation etc. It is less known that Acupuncture can work directly on the emotional plane! There are points that assist in fear, anger and the other emotions directly.

·         Meditation: Whether Zen (For the sake of quieting the mind) or Mindfulness (For expanding self-awareness) meditation is an important tool in the understanding of and better coping with a crisis.

·         Healing: Balancing the appropriate chakras can do a lot for balancing out mind based crisis situations. Cleaning the aura can remove some of the mental and emotional baggage in a very gentle and effective way. Crystal healing can also be very effective and useful here and can be carried around at all times.

·         Art therapy: Using arts / music / dance as therapy can be a wonderful bridge between the mind and the emotions. It has been around and in use since the beginning of human culture. Very important in times of crisis.

 

This wide array of tools is just the tip of the iceberg and is meant to stress the fact that “yes there are good tools out there in the Holistic field quite useful in times of crisis. The challenges still facing us in this field are:

 

1.       Raising social awareness to these tools and their value.

2.       Integrating the various tools of Natural Medicine

3.       Integrating Natural and Conventional Medicine – or at least to stop the silent battle…

4.       Developing protocols for situations yet untested or resolved.

 

My intention in this series of articles is to address the above challenges and widen public awareness comes first.

Gall stones and diet - how are they linked?

 

The simple facts: When we diet (As in lose weight), we break down fatty tissues and remove the excess fat from the body via our bilious system (Liver and gallbladder). This concentrated fatty excess will often not be met with enough acids and bile salts in the gallbladder to keep it in solution and the result? Your gallstones have a reason to grow... Or regrow in case you have already cleared your liver and gallbladder using our safe and effective liver flush.

 

"Eat, dink and be merry for tomorrow we die" - this old dictum has long since been replace with the more modern version: "Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we diet" . This hedonistic phrase coupled with the Jewish holidays causes a large number of people to ping pong between over eating and dieting with in turn raises the risk for gallstones and more so - recurrent gallstones.

 

It is wiser to choose the healthy lifestyle and avoid over eating during holidays or other day and thus avoid the need to lose weight and a recurring base. If only all would act wisely... But since most don't - here are a few pointers:

 

1. If you have suffered from gallstones in the past and have either used our system in the past to flush them out or are planning to do so soon - don't go on a diet without first consulting with us. We will teach you how to lose weight without growing stones.

 

2. Spontaneous weight loss is still a weight loss - same as above.

 

3. If you are on a diet and are losing more then 3 kilograms of weight a month you are in even a greater risk of gallstone formation. Not only that, you are not just releasing fat from the fatty tissue, the body uses this tissue to store toxins that it had a hard time disposing of... Losing weight releases these toxins into the blood and this requires professional attention to prevent damage.

 

4, Don't wait till this go wrong mid-diet. Come to us before hand and we will lend a hand to make the weight loss process more effective and less dangerous.

 

The other side of the gallstone-diet aspect:

 

One of the beneficial "side effects" of our gallstone liver cleanse is a cleaner and healthier liver. The benefit of this is that the liver is then more prone to be useful in weight loss.

 

It doesn't meen we would suggest our cleanse to someone obese without gallstones... For them we need a different personally tailored program.

New year resolutions, fresh paint and more space

 

 

A new is a very symbolic thing, after all, its just another day and yet in all cultures it is celebrated. It is an opportunity for change and growth, a moment to do the math and sum up a year and also to dream ahead and plan the next.

 

It is taken in the Hebrew culture closely together with a choice to check our souls for social missbehaviour - to check if we offended someone or hurt another. To say you are sorry and to forgive. Forgiving means letting go of the past and thus making room for a better future.

 

In our clinic we just went through a lovely process I would like to share with you. We painted the clinic, rearranged the furniture and removed some books and items t make more space.

 

We chose a speciall colour - very light yellow. It removes the glare from the white without addind to much colour. A very quiet choice I am sure you will all appreciate.

 

We made the clinic feel much larger - to give more space to you, our clients and collegues, when we meet you.
 

It also enabled the return of the futon and Shiatsu into our clinic!

 

I'm about to open a new Iridology course in Wingate. It is the last remnant of the begginer courses I have tought over the last 20 years. My planns are to start lecturing to proffesionals soon. In various subjects and to a very varried crowd. Stay tuned for news flashes.

 

Happy new year all

So you finished a chapter of healing with us, now what?

 

Most people understand how to follow our instructions during therapy. It is after a chapter of therapy is done that they enter a state of "Linbo" where the rules can appear unclear. Allow me to suggest a few tips for this stage:

 

1st thing - don't forget wer are here :)

 

Whether you find yourself dealing with more of the same health issues or a new symptom: Talk to us ASAP. Don't wait "a few weeks" to see if it goes away... Small symptoms (And especially new ones) tend to be much easier to heal earlier rather than later.

 

Don't stop our recommendations without first talking to us.

 

Unlike many drugs, stopping most natural therapies will not cause harsh symptoms but that doesn't meen there isn't a "right" and "wrong" way to do it. Also, not all therapies need be stopped once you are well. Prevention is a very good idea. Talk to us and we will help you maintane good preventative measures. Not all you got from us during therapy need be used on the long run and sime things are not used for active phases but is great for prevention.

 

Technical updates

 

If you have a new email (!), phone number, address, online kupat holim code, child (Mazal Tov!), or have gone through any other major change, its probably a good idea to update us. In this way we can remain effectively at your service in the future.

 

Long term followup

 

If you are suffering an illness that has yet to heal or in remision and are taking a break from our therapy, Don't wait too long for the next appointment. If more then a month goes by the time it will take to get us up to speed will leave little time for new suggestions and therapy and advancement will be slower.

 

Chi Gong sessions


If you are in an on-going therapy in the present you are welcome to join us for our Chi Gong sessions (+ Breathing exercises and meditation) for FREE. If you are not in theraoy at the present you are still welcome to join us for a symbolic fee.

 

Seasonal sessions

 

If you are done healing what you came to us for and have ended this chapter - don't dissapear till you need us again. Coming once to twice a year for seasonal checkups will keep us in the loop with your life events and changing health so we can better intervene if your health drops and practice prevention where possible and help you stay healthy. It is also an opportunity to work on bad habits one at a time over time.

Focusing your life

How focused are you?

 

How many times of late have you realized your thoughts are chasing their own tails? Jumbling and confusing you or just shifting your attention one way when your intention is trying and failing to think of other things? Can you keep a line of thought through? How about when you are tense or tired?

 

More and more children and adults are given drugs to help them concentrate. Is there an alternative? Are we malfunctioning or simply lacking the tools to live out a focused life?

 

There are many tools out there that claim they can help with ADD and other "syndromes" of attention issues. In order for one to know which are effective and good and which are detrimental there are two ways to go: Try them out or ask the right questions and you will know in advance...

 

Let me suggest a few questions :)

1. Are you living right? is your lifestyle promoting focus or disrupting it?

2. Are you toxified? Lead poisoning (for example) can leed to deteriorated attention capacities.

3. Are you in the habbit of promoting your attentive abilities naturally? For example are you meditating regularily?

 

Many more questions can be asked here and every question above raises ten more on the same issues. Allow me to suggest a few ideas on the matter:

A. When you are tired, undernurished, toxic, stressed out (etc.) you are bound to have issues with you focus.

B. When you tire your mind out but don't take the time to give it a good rest (a.k.a. meditation) your mind is bound to function less efficiently...

A is easy to understand - If you are tired from lack of sleep your mind is less effective. Deficiency in vitamins and minerals cause disfunctions depending on the deficiency but as a rule effect the mind greatly. My blog series on basic human needs covers this well.

B is somewhat ellusive to the western mind. In the east it is common knowledge. So what is it about meditation and other mental practices that can make the difference so much?

 

Meditation practices are numerous and can be devided into two for the sake of this explanation: Mindful meditation that observes the mind and thoughts and Zen like meditations that seek to achieve a quiet mind. Achieving the goal of a focused and clear mind can be done using both types for different situations but my experience shows that for the main goal of focusing and clarity the Zen type is stronger. It helps us connect with the here and now and put aside the past and the future. It stops the noise of relentless thinking and allows for our thoughts of choice to immerge unhindered and clear.

 

Whether you are a teanager mid exams or a college student - your studies will improve greatly with a healthy lifestyle combined with meditation training and habbit. It is just as valuable to any adult coping with financial / marital / social ordeals. As a matter of fact anyone will benefit from this combination.

Who are you ? Part I

One of the oldest philosophical arguments is the one over the question: Are we born Tabula rassa (Blank) or are we pre-molded to some degree? This question is a vey important one if we want to fullfill our destiny in this world (Our Dharma as the ancient vedas call it -  assuming we have one of course). I have been studying this question for many years and my answer is: We are far from Tabula rassa... We come with many lives worth of experience and perspective and with a pre-formed notion of who and what we are. It is not that we lack free will to choose our profession and path in life. We are simply more ready for a certain path and so will more likely succeed in it better and with less effort.

 

How did I come to these comclusions? Well, it all started with my son when he was 5 minutes old :) . I chased after him from the cesarian to the ward where they let him rest for the first time. He was crying loudly till I reached him, then grabbed my two fingers strongly, looked me right in the eyes, stopped the crying and I could almost hear him say "What took you so long?'... The depth in his eyes in that moment did not seem to belong to a 5 minute old baby. It felt more like a 70 year old man looking at me right then.

 

A few years later, I realized another point that made my argument above stronger: Everyone knows what they are not. Ask anyone if they would like to be a profession they are not and in the majority of the cases you will get a very clear "no!". They never tried it out, have no experience with it very often and yet it is clear to them they are not this. Ask them what they are (And not right now - their optimal choice of profession) and they will more likely then not remain silent. Once in a blue moon I run across someone that is living his or her dream. Working in just the right profession and feeling realized and fully alive. Most people we all know work in the wrong profession and are either bored or they hate their job.

 

With this information in hand I have searched for the answer of "Who am I?" for many years. My own personal journey has helped me as well as several teachers. Each contributed a piece to the puzzle. 

 

The first challange was to find a way to get to this hidden information. Asking the question directly did not seem effective so I chose to look for the symbolic counterpart. Within each of us are one or more archetypes by which our essence is defined and from which we can deduce our profession. Using archetypes instead of common professions removes the blocks from our psyche. They make it possible for us to face our true nature without the masks or social dictums or other blocks that may hinder it otherwise. Even with archetypes as a guide to the truth it takes some trickery to remove the final ressistance from our mind. This I found can be achieved in several ways:

1. Going back to cavemen era. This era was populated by archetypal professions. You had a cook (Not a hundred derivatives of the cooks as in modern times), An artist, a healer etc. Those were simple times and this was replected in the list of professions. Finding yourself in the era using guided imagry is much simpler then trying to deduce your profession off google's list of professions...

2. In the same manner, any age past can be used. Each with unique professions at their best or correlated in our personal minds to a profession we own. As an example, thinking of the Artist most people today are concerned with not being able to make a living and so most deny this archetype. Send such a person to discover him or herself in the renaissance period and they will most likely be thrilled to be called artists.

3. Another way is to seek inspiration out side. In characters from books, moves, theatre and life. Everyone has such images in his mind. Saved in there to inspire us. Those who inspire or doing in the content of what they do (No in the "how" they do it) reflect archetypes within us.

4. Last of my tools (Though some endevor to invent other tools of their own) - the reflections n our lives. We all have moments throughout our lives when we feel that a certain chore or challange or action fits our bill. Reflects our essence. Whiile we are engaged with this task we feel that it is an accurate place for us to be. Remembering these moments can help us gleen archetypes that have thus shown their faces.

 

Basic human needs - Nourishment & Vitality part II

What makes for Physical nourishment ? (Video blog)

 

Food, drink, sleep and of course breathing. Most people tend to take breathing for granted. It is automatic and therefore taken care of by the body. The truth is slightly different. Breathing is a semi automatic function. This means we have control over it to an extent. Enough to make a crucial difference in the quality of out lives when we invest some time to learn and practice better breathing.

 

Most of us breathe just enough not to die. is that enough to supply us with optimal oxigen levels? The more stressed and unaware we are the less we breathe. This can easily be proven by practicing Yogic breathing techniques. For one thing, many people find themselves dizzy from hyper-oxygenation at first. Their brain is so not used to reasonable oxygen levels it gets shocked... Another way to prove this is simply by practicing breathing techniques. After a short time it becomes very obvious that this is improving the quality of your life.

 

I used to find this fact quite flustering. If breathing help one relax, why do people in distress choose to breath less ? It seemed paradoxical. Thinking this through I remembered that our stress response is primordial. It comes from a period of survivalism. Which would you prefer if you were faced with a raging lion in the night (That hasn't noticed you) - being quiet or loud? Breathing can become somewhat loud when we breathe rapidly as we often do when stressed (Unless trained) and so breathing in such moments can be dangerous... It is of course only a theory but the fact remains - when stressed we breathe less. When stressed for long periods of time we train ourselves to breath less on a regular basis. The price beeing insufficient oxigenation for optimal living.

 

The results of inadequate breathing are:

 

1. Low vitality

2. Less than optimal brain function (Concentration, memory, cognitive abilities etc.)

3. Higher stress levels

4. Lower emotional control

5. Higher acidic tissue levels (From accumulation of Co2 = higher tendency to inflammations, allergies and cancer)

 

And much more.

 

If you wish to lead a healthy, vibrant and alert life - learn to breathe !

 

In the following video I will be sharing the first of several breathing techniques I employ for my own well being as well as for my patients and students. I call it 1:4:2. The brief instructions for this exercise follow.

 

 

 

1:4:2 - how to

 

1. Exhale fully and slowly

2. Inhale to the count of 5 (X1)

3. Hold your breath to the count of 20 (X4)

4. Exhale to the count of 10 (X2)

5. Repeat 10 times morning and evening

If 5:20:10 is too hard (Go for 70% effort, no more) reduce the count to 4:16:8 or even 3:12:6 - over doing it is in efficient to advance. When you find it too easy you can advance to higher counts (The highest in the textbooks being 16:64:32).

Basic Human Needs - Detoxification part I

One of the classical tools to aid detoxification - Organic juices

 

The second part of our basic needs according to the Naturopathic perspective is the removal of toxins and waste

Remember how you felt when you were young? You were more  vibrant, your skin unblemished, your breath sweet etc... One of the reasons we loose all of this as we age is because we accumulate toxins.

 

Can it be reversed? To a great degree - yes !

 

It's spring time and the body feels as vibrant as it can for all the amazing spring energy in the air. This is the best time for a good clean up program ! I am not going to give you specific instructions in this blog and for a very good reason - dextoxification is a challanging thing even when tailored by a pro. Alone, without a personally tailored program you may well come out of such an effort feeling worst then you came in. Do yourself a favour and go see a Naturopath.

 

What do I want to share with you in this blog post? Perspectives. On how to know if you need a detox, on the rules of detox and tips that may improve the process.

 

So... Do I need a detox?

 

If you do you may be suffering from one or more of the following:

  1. Bad mouth odor or body odors
  2. Lots of gas in your digestive tract
  3. Skin erruptions
  4. Allergies
  5. Difficulty digesting fats
  6. Foul smelling urine (Even when you drink enough)
  7. Excessive weight (Whether you are stuck or more so if you are in the process of loosing it fast)
  8. Recurrent headaches
  9. Bad habbits such as smoking or excessive alcohol consumption
  10. Strange reactions to mild alcohol consumption (Falling asleep / pain in joins etc.)

And when in doubt - detox :)

 

How about the rules of safe Detoxification?

 

When going through a cleanse it is imperetive that you do it right. The toxins that are cleared during this kind of a process may have accumulated throughout your life and on the way out, when in the blood, they can make you feel quite bad. If the organs of elimination are not functioning well or your vitality is low you might suffer quite a bit during the detoxification with less then optimal results.

 

  1. Make sure you rest well during the detox
  2. Make sure a health professional (Naturopath or Chinese Medicine practitioner) checks that your elimination organs are functioning well enough for the detox (Live & Kidneys mainly) and that your vitality is up to par.
  3. Find the Detox most suited to your needs - there are many.
  4. Do not undergo a water based fast for more then 3 days in a row without professional supervision.
  5. When in doubt stop the program. Some symptoms are a sign that the detox is happening but some meen that your body is not up for the task.

Remember - a safe detox is a good detox !

 

Tips for a realy good detoxification process:

 

  • Combine several tools of different orientation (Nutrition / massage / Sauna when appropriate / Classical Hydrotherapy / Trampoline / Physical exercise / Herbology / Aromatherapy etc.) - not all at once of course.
  • Cleanse the mind not just the body (More about this in a future post).
  • A professional enema can upgrade the detox when relevant.
  • Keep yourself  warm - especially during fasting if applied.
  • Brush your skin regularly (e.g. With a natural loofa during the shower).
  • Breathing exercises raise your vitality and improve the detox.
  • Physical exercises are usually a must - but find your dose and don't over do it.
  • Make sure you are not deficient in vitamins and minerals.

 

Have a colourful and radiant spring !

Basic Human Needs - Vitality part I

The word Qi in Chinese

 

 

The fourth part of our basic needs according to the Naturopathic perspective is Vitality

 

Can being tired be resolved? What do I need to do to feel livelier like 10 years ago?

 

Chinese call this Qi, in Ayur Veda it is called Prana and the more common name in most modern cultures is Life force. We all know what it feels like to be low on vitality; it is our most common state... Most do not know what it is and what makes it tick.

 

The Chinese say that there are three sources to our vitality;

1. Internal: We are born with a basic "Qi Battery" - when it runs out, we die...

2. Air: when we breath in air we take some of the Heavenly Qi into our body (aka Oxygen ;) )

3. Food: Nourishment gives us not only building blocks for our body, it gives us the materials for creating our vitality.

 

To this basic formula one can add emotional and mental vitality and of course spiritual vitality. Another aspect is motion as a source of vitality (We all know that being physically active makes us more vital).

 

A tool that is important to understanding vitality is sleep. We all need sleep. Sleep is the mode of consciousness most useful for regenerating vitality. Without enough sleep we are like an uncharged battery - with potential vitality that is unavailable for long...

 

Naturally, our vitality depends on both how much we charge up as well as how much we discharge / use up as we go about our lives. Spending our vitality wisely is crucial for at times we can have great vitality building habits and still feel exhausted because we spend it all and more on a daily basis...

 

The above may seem rather simple - and it can be. Then again we tend to make our lives alot more complicated then they need to be - and with vitality more than ever. My goal in this blog entry is to clarify some of the above so as to help you understand the basics. I hope that after reading this you will know where to turn to next time your feel tired.

 

The first thing I ask a tired person is: "How many hours of night sleep do you get?" And "When do you go to sleep?". 

The Chinese claim that sleeping 23:00-3:00 is crucial thus going to sleep at 22:00 makes for a good night. Sleep studies show that most adults need around 8 hours of sleep. My simpler answer to this is - sleep till you don't need an alarm clock! For many this solution sounds hilarious - they just go out on the town at 22:00 so how can they possibly get to bed by then? Others claim they only get their children to bed by 21:00 so this leave only an hour with their husband or wife. Bottom line is simple - either you sleep well and enough or the quality of your life drops accordingly since your vitality drops. It's all about prioritization.

The funny thing is many tired people say they have no idea why they are so tired and then tell me they sleep 5-6 hours a night......

 

The second thing I pay attention to with tired people is to how they breathe. Very few people breathe optimally now-a-days. It's amazing how shallow and erratic the average breath taken is. And worst - people don't normally notice it! Exercising your breathing muscles is just as needed as any other muscle. More so, no other exercise is efficient when you breathe badly.

 

The third aspect I focus on is food. Nourishment allows for vitality. It is the basic relationship between the basic human needs. Each sustains the others. What people eat today on average has very little vitality in it. It is overly processed, made from low grade materials and the additives that are inserted take away the last of its value. Whole grains, unrefined oils, non-roasted nuts and seeds, fresh vegetables, sprouted legumes - all these are examples of wholesome foods that, when prepared wisely, can contribute a lot to our vitality.

 

Food preparations can radically alter the vital value of our foods. Steaming, gentle cooking and stir frying are all good examples of food preparation that retains a lot of the vitality. Raw is very often the best but here there is a catch - digesting raw food consumes more energy by the digestive system then cooked food. If our vitality is low this can actually cause us to feel more tired and even at times to fail with the digestion all together. Such situations benefit from gentle cooking more. The opposite can be said about the following cooking methods: Deep frying, microwave cooking, grilling over live coals (Barbeque...) and the likes. These techniques kill the food vitality leaving it devoid of any real value and otherwise damaging our health. A simple alternative for barbeque is using a stone based gas grill. Heat up the stones well, turn off the gas and barbeque to your hearts delight :) .

 

A lesser known aspect of food and vitality is food intolerance. If we over consume foods (Like we often do with wheat) our body can develop food intolerance to it. It is not the classical allergy response but behaves somewhat similarily by creating a myriad of symptoms in response. The most basic common response is low vitality. Varying your eating habits and going to a professional Naturopath or Holistic Nutritionist for an elimination diet can save you from this predicament.

 

We don't have to be tired. If you are tired (Or if someone says you are - but thats for the next blog post) go through the check list and do something about it. Your life is never going to be the same again.

 

[End of part I]

Basic human needs - Nourishment part I

Will you give me what I need?

 

 

What do we all need to survive? What constitutes the very basic human needs?

Ask anyone on the street and you will get to a very different list... Each will give you his or her list of habbits and some basic biological needs. Not all will agree on the degree of importance of each need.

 

I will address this question from both a Naturopathic point of view and a personal spiritual one.

 

Naturopathically speaking, our biological primal needs can be summed up in four lines:

1. Nourishment

2. Removal of toxins and waste

3. Motion

4. Vitality

 

Remember that each of the above needs has to be supplied on all the human planes of existance - physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social and ecological. From the single cell to our environment - everything needs the above list.

 

If we take a baby,Our beginning, the needs are:

 

Physical Nutrition: We all need the basic suckling, mothers milk but it starts even earlier - during pregnancy, we need the sustanence that comes from our mother. If our mother is under-nourished, we suffer for it. During both pregnancy and nursing the mother is in charge of double feeding for them both. My experience here shows that good quality wholesome foods help alot and that a good supplement regimen (Consisting of a very good multi-vitamin + personal adaptations) makes the difference between a reasonable pregnancy and nursing phase and superb ones. I have never had a patient truely eating well and on supplements from the pre-pregnancy phase that suffered pre-ecclempsia or diabetes or any other radical complication (And I've professionaly supported very many pregnant woman over the years). When a baby does not get breast fed it still needs this nourishment. It can be raised on alternatives but I would suggest home made after learning the fomula from a Naturopath. I have treated many babies fed on industrial alternatives and they all needed support due to this fact. It just doesn't come close to real food.

 

Emotional nutrition: During pregnancy and nursing the emotional nourishment is just as important as the physical one. A classical (and sad) research with gorrillas discovered that a gorrilla baby fed with its mothers' milk but without her touch and presence will die ! The value of balanced emotions on the mothers part during pregnancy and between the parents and the baby once it is born is beyond critical. It gives us our emotional-base.

 

Spiritual nourishment: We live at an era that people rarely appreciate the value of spiritual living. Many people go to work for the financial sake and have no feeling of self realization in their work. This vibe is an under-nourishment factor on the spiritual level. Not only do THEY feel under nurished - they vibrate spiritually on an under nurished vibe and this is what their children take from them on this plane.

 

[End of part I]

How to Shrink Wrap yourself and why

 

We are all empathic beings. We feel one another through senses we are not trained to use. It is an intuitive process and so developed to a different extent in different people. Some people have built a barrier to not-feel others while other people have simply chosen to stay away from people or at least crowds to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

 

Have you ever walked into a room occupied by other people only to "know" at once what the mood they are all in ? When Israeli Prime minister Rabin was killed I remember feeling it in the air... It was like soomeone added an amplifier to other people's emotions and all of the sudden I could feel them all. It was very powerful and hard to bear. Instinctively I chose to use a tool I had learned many years back to temporarily shut down my empathic hyper-sensitivity so as to prevent an overload on my part.

 

Over the years I have found that many people (Especially the very sensitive ones) are not coping too well with their empathy and are choosing the easy way out. Whether its to shut down their empathy or to shy away from crowds. I began to teach them this technique and they found a new social life they had missed or could get back to healing people using the empathy they had "lost" before.

 

I have recorded it on video so I can teach online and I will endevor to describe the  idea for you in words as well.

 

We all have auras. Energetic fields that surround us. When we learn to conciously manipulate the auras we can choose to widen or narrow down our fields. When we narrow them down to include only ourselves (and instead of the classical egg shape aura we choose to "shrink wrap" ourselves in it) we feel a liberating sensation of nobody-in-our-field-serenity. Choosing this mode as a default meens you are never exposed to other peoples emotions and energies without a concious choice. No flooding of emotions in crowds, nobody draining you in a social gathering (You know the types that can leave you exhausted after 10 minutes of talking with you...). This is a healthier state of being for most people. It doesn't meen you detach and stop interacting with people (Most often it works quite the opposite) just that they don't invade your inner sanctum un-invited.

 

When you want to be in an empathic state with someone (while treating them or loving them etc.) you can widen the field to include them. You can choose to envelope the world if you want. Its up to you. 

 

Another trick I found very useful in some cases is to envelope other people but not in a common circle rather using the shape of an 8. One circle of the 8 is then left arround us and the other we draw arround someone we are interacting with. This way he or she is within out aura but not invading it and cannot draw on our energy and drain us nor are we effected by ill or poisonous energies. When done interacting with this person we simply "pop" the second circle leaving the energy that person brought to the meeting out of our field.

 

Keeping the Shrink Wrap on in hard moments of intimacy with your partner or other family members can make tough arguments easier to bear and resolve. The same goes for hard meetings with your boss...

 

Passive vs. Active

How Passive becomes active - when one is at peace

 

Over the years I have been observing that life tends to take turns and swists in what seemed like a random patern. Once in a while I got a glimpse of what looked like a pattern. It was different every time...

 

My clinic would be full one month and only half full the next. This seemed random. Till I learned that it had to do with my state of mind. When I was tired people would cancel- it was so considerate of them :). When my mind was not focused or I filled the callendar too much- same effect.

 

It seemed like there are many lessons here to be learned and seeing as I was working on beeing attentive- I searched for lessons and learned as best I could.

 

One of the most important lessons I learned from this attentive period is that alot depends on whether we choose to be active or passive (Or reactive as passive is often seen). When we choose to be passive or as most people experience it - reactive, we are busy responding to what life throws at us. So busy in fact that people will often say they have no time to take their lives into their own hands. Constant battering of external origin is usually the result of us not taking preventative measures due to the passive nature of our behavior. In other words, by our very choice to be passive or lack of choice to be active we allow the world to be active for us and very often complicate our lives... When we choose to be active or proactive we dictate the way our life flows and the amount of battering subsides and eventually goes away.

 

If you feel that your life seems to be governed by external forces it may be time to choose to be more active. Going out there and making a stand about how we want our lives to be, what we want to do for work , how our relationships look like, what kind of communication we have with other people etc.etc. All these examples are the way successful people choose to live and one of the main reasons for their success is infact their level of proactivity.

 

One classical aspect of this can be found in the financial arena. We find ourselves constantly dealing with debt. More biils and more bank statements and not enough income to handle the payload. If we only resort to putting out the fires and going from one crisis to another, responding to alarm bells, we will not see a change. All we need to do is stop, take a deep breath, and then take the time to understand the current state of affairs. After this we can choose a proactive approach. Change our working habbits, choose another job etc. Go proactive. By choosing this attitude we will start to change the ballance of our income-expense ratio and at the same time change the way the world sees us. This change will often make others more willing to help us or join us in ventures which will again help us ballance the equation.

 

Where are you beeing passinve in your life today? Where have you chosen to be active? When? Share this with me below and all the other readers can learn from your success or help you with your needs. 

 

In health,

 

Chen

Jan. 2014

 

Gall Stones - a Holstic Perspective

 

NOT gallstones ;)

 

 

If you are a practitioner of Naturopathy / Chinese Medicine / Holistic Nutrition and other close subjects this article may be of extra interest to you:

 

 

It was some 18 years ago that I turned yellow. Friends were laughing at me that I was taking my Chinese Medicine studies too seriously. It was obvious that my bile ducts were blocked since I was not feverish and was showing no other signs of hepatitis. I am not one to run for surgery and so I went searching for alternatives. I posted a website that challenged people to share with me their solutions with the prize being - everlasting glory. A page on my site.

If I told you half the weird things that were suggested to me at the time you would be shocked I’m sure. The last thing that was suggested came with the name of a book and a photo of several gallstones that, according to the writer, were his stones, removed with a simple protocol taken from that book. The book was called “Cure for all disease” By Hulda Clark. The name of the book troubled me some but the story was compelling and the procedure sounded safe. After reading the book I realized two things:

1. The book read as the title felt

2. The gallstone removal protocol was not Hulda’s but borrowed.

 

So… I went ahead and tried it on myself. It was a little scary because no-one locally could back me up with experience. The results left me caucasian and with a collection of bilious stones. The largest was over 15 mm in diameter.  

 

Today, 18 years after and with hundreds of patients of experience to our name. My wife, Shanni, and I are experienced authorities on this subject. We have upgraded the original protocol and have found many important points that require attention before and after the procedure in order for the patient to achieve the full benefits from the protocol.

 

In this article I would like to share some of our perspective and experience with the medical and holistic community for the benefit of future patients. I believe that the future of gallstone therapy should be an integrated one. An integration of Naturopathic Nutritional counseling and herbology, Chinese Medical herbology and  acupuncture and Conventional Medical Diagnostics and surgery (when all else fails). For such a future to emerge more Holistic therapists need to learn and use our upgraded protocol and Conventional Doctors need to be introduced to this doctrine - and convinced to research into it.

 

Background

 

Conventional Perspective

 

I find this perspective to be commonly known. For those not aware of it Wikipedia is as good a source as any (Though the holistic versions mentioned there are hardly researched in depth…)

 

Gall Stones !

 

 

Holistic Perspective

 

Why gallstones?

 

Bile is a mixture of many things. It is both a secretion of toxins (End result of the liver’s role as a detoxification organ) and of emulsifiers for fats and oils  digestion. For this reason the bile is actually not a very homogenous substance. It can be thick and sludgy or watered down, full of minerals or not. It is always rich in cholesterol.

 

When people don’t drink enough they contribute to gallstone formation. Another common reason for gallstone formation is low levels of Taurine, an amino acid. Taurine takes a part in creating the Tauro-cholic acid. One of the bile acids that help keep the bile fluid. The most common reason for this is late pregnancy and lactation. Taurine is an important ingredient in forming mothers milk. This is one of the reasons pregnancy is considered a gallstone factor.

 

A point to remember: Most gallstones are formed in the liver. They then drop into the ducts and from there to the gallbladder. Liver stones can never grow too big because the bile ducts in the liver are quite narrow. Still, they grow large enough so that they can sometimes block the common bile duct when they move out of the liver. This fact is important when considering the reasoning for gallbladder removal by surgery. People assume it will end the risk for gallstone-attacks but in fact that is not always true. There will not be any more gallbladder inflammations but the risk of a clogged up CBD and pancreatitis is still there.

 

There are other Holistic aspects that relate to gallstones. The Chinese have a saying that the liver is the general and makes the plans, it is the gallbladder that sees the plans carried out. people that have a problem living their dreams or have them in a drawer will tend to form a gallstone for every dream stashed away… Frustrations are also correlated with gallstone formation. When people try to convince others of their beliefs and are not willing to accept no for an answer, they often hold their stomachs in a highly tense way. From my experience it is very often precisely the gallbladder area that is tensed up. This may well lead to poor evacuation of the bile and to bile-stasis which in turn can lead to gallstone formation. Deficiency in magnesium seems to go hand in hand with gallstone formation though I have yet to find a reason for that. It may just be two very common occurrences that simply happen often enough to seem to correlate.

 

So what is our solution?

 

The solution we found and then upgraded is rather simple. A short description would be: Prepare, then avoid all fats for three days, then introduce a lot of fat to the system at once. The result is a process where in the three days with no fat the gallbladder and liver accumulate bile with no outlet. Ingesting plenty of fat at this point causes the bile to be forcefully injected into the bile ducts from both ordens. The hydraulic force pushes any objects in its way out from the live, gallbladder and ducts and right into the small intestines. This is of course a very coarse picture.  The complete process adds many factors that help soften the stones, relax the ducts and sphincters, and prepare the body for the ordeal. All this in order to raise the safety level of the protocol and to make it less weakening and not painful.

 

The point in all this is that it is possible to remove the gallstones from both liver AND gallbladder without having to surgically remove the gallbladder and with very little risk. As a matter if fact in the past 17+ years we have NEVER had to rush any of our patients to the hospital in the middle of the night during the protocol due to stone getting stuck in the ducts! We have encountered people who had recurrent gallstone attacks before our liver flush ( and one that had some after the flush and before the second one) but never during. And remember- we had this protocol done to many hundreds of people.

 

There are limitations to the protocol. Stones 3.5 c”m in diameter came out (!!!) but 4.5 did not. I am not sure if it was because of its size or because of the fact that it was glued tight to the gallbladder wall but since that time we consider 3.5 c”m our maximum size. Another lesson learned was when a patient had the flush done successfully but then went back to a horrendous diet only to come back in pain several years later. His pain was relentless for three days prior to coming to us and no amount of therapy would help. We sent him to the hospital knowing he will most likely lose his gallbladder but it felt to choked up with sludge and stones for the flush to work. Some patients lose patience after the first flush or during the preparations for the first flush. We make a point never to rush. In the few times we allowed ourselves to be manipulated by patients in a hurry we had the displeasure of seeing the price quite clearly. In one case a woman was adamant that we move on to the protocol before we deemed here ready. She was too weak for this, and we were trying to convince her to wait but to no avail. When she was done with the protocol her digestive system was too weak to hold her food and she was diarrhetic all the time. It took several weeks of tonifying Chinese herbs to put her right. Since that case we learned never to rush this. When done right and prepared right patients report that it was mostly easy and that we must have exaggerated our horror stories ;). We like it that way.

 

There are many other limiting factors we discovered over the years. We made a point of close observation and careful monitoring so as to improve the protocol over the years. Over the recent years the cases of complications of all kinds have dropped to zero. The only sad cases are the ones where the oil refuses to go down. Seeing as how we are talking about ¾ cup full of olive oil that is not too surprising. Still, the few cases where this happens can be uncomfortable and some people just won't throw up (A simple solution and when the timing is right one that will not prevent a successful protocol). Those find the protocol last night to be quite tedious.

 

How do we prevent all the complications from occurring?

 

To begin with, the first issue we find crucial is vitality level. Exhausted people can’t really deal with this protocol as is. The tool we use to determine vitality level is Chinese diagnostics. The Chinese Pulse is quite a good determining tool for vitality as is the Chinese Tongue diagnosis.

Once we determine this we know if the patient can go ahead to the next phase or otherwise needs to be prepared using tonifying tools such as Chinese Herbs / Vitamins / Acupuncture etc.

Preparing a patient can take 3-6 weeks though at time it will take longer. This is a vital phase and often help the patient deal with other issues as well.

Making sure the patient is lacking in no important nutritional element is crucial to the safe success of the protocol. For example- magnesium deficiency has caused in a couple of cases that the epsom salts used in the protocol had no effect. No diarrhea and very likely less stones expelled.

Making sure the patient is ready psychologically is quite important as well. Patients lacking in confidence in the protocol may have a much harder time. This we resolve most of the time simply by supplying names of previous clients to talk to (After getting those patients’ consent of course).

In the complicated cases (Heart disease background for one example) we make sure to either use alternative means to the protocol or if we are sure it will be ok we make a point of personal tight supervision. This is true of elderly patients (86 being our oldest I believe) etc.). In some cases we make of point of waiting a while (Postpartum for one example).

 

Even doing our best- we are always on the alert for more issue not encountered before. This is the only way not to get caught off guard.

 

A futuristic view of this protocol should be one of integration. Practicing this protocol with a Naturopathic AND a Conventional staff on hand. Making the most of both ancient and modern means. Having an Ultrasound machine at hand and a lab to analyse the results would be some of the benefits. I was once approached by a doctor who was intrigued but never came through with his suggestion for a research done together.

 

The future today

 

Seeing as how this protocol has prevented much suffering and surgery. On top of this our work over the years has made this protocol a very safe and viable tool. I believe our experience should not be available only to the people of Israel. It should be out there for all the world to benefit from. We intent to make our knowledge and experience available to as many serious and professional therapists as we can.

 

If you are a therapist - with background either in Naturopathy or Chinese medicine. And even if only in part of the Naturopathic tools (Wholesome Nutrition for one), You are welcome to send us  your resume and we will be in touch.

 

The art of Living Peacefully

This is the cover for my new Digital book just out "Learn peace in an Hour", seek it out in Amazon Kindle.

 

Hi again,

 

Today I will discuss a subject I consider essential to modern Human living. Stress. Livng peacefully sounds almost alien to most people I know. It is almost as if such an idea belongs in a faireytale...

How have we become so Stressed out as a culture? Why is Modern Living consedered sysnonimous with Stressful living? The most important question I raise here is- is it truely a must? How can we live a modern life and still live a peaceful life?

 

As a therapist living in Israel I have the "pleasure" of seeing a whole lot of stressed out people every day. Alomst everyone coming into my clinic has a side-order of stress with every meal and every moment. They ask for help with theit Illnesses (Varied reasons) and yet behind it all I see one coomon denominator: Stress. Though it is true more for Middle Eastern countries, I believe you will agree it is also true (even if to  a lesser degree) of everywhere else.

 

So how HAVE we become so stressed as a culture?

 

The intensity of modern living, the ever changing reality we live in, the need to be at work for so many hours and many others symptoms of modern living create a basic reality which is very intense, This part we all share to an extent. Many suffer from lack of resources. This can add even more stress, Others suffer illnesses- today more then ever, and other suffer socially. It used to be possible to realy take a break from living by choosing a lower lifestyle. Today most people find such an option comes with too dear a price. This means once you are in the rat-race you're in it for the long haul.

 

When I said most people I am guessing you oothought I meant "all but the rich". Sadly, in todays world, that is often not true. Those who do not suffer are the rare minority who have discovered the secret to peaceful living. They already know how to de-stress to the point where the stresses of life sease to accumulate and thus are usually calm and peaceful- even in the face of hardships.

 

Having found a way to peacefullnes I have been teaching people this  technique for many years here in Israel. I even wrote a Digital book on the matter several years back (In Hebrew).

 

Now, after several years, I have come to the conclusion that this knowledge is needed not only in Israel but arround the world and I am glad to announce that is has just been published in English as well!

 

So what am I offering in my Digital book? Well let me share some of the secrets right here:

 

What is stress? Stress is what comes of coping with change. Any change. Positive, negetive and neutral. Whatever the outcome. Do you remeber things changing in your life? I'm gussing the answer is: Of course! Every day! All day... And you can't realy avoid change either. So what can you do?

I devide the answer in two:

1. Develope a "no stress" attitude. Choose to be positive and translate change into challage rather then into pain and suffering.

2. De-stress faster then you can acuumulate stress on a daily basis.

 

Of course most people will agree that no. 1 above is not easy a habbit to form. It requires learning new skills and practicing them under stressful conditions... It is the better long run option but for most it is at first impractical. They are too stressed to begin with.

The latter (no. 2) is quite easy to accomplish once you know how to do it. This is what my book is about.

 

I took the knowhow, spelled it out for all to understand. Both about stress and about De-stressing. Learning to live in Peace is all about removing the stress factor from the picture. And so at first it is all about taking out more stress then you take in.

 

The first phase is all about taking charge of your stress. Collecting 50 De-stress ideas. Pre-occupations that will leave you less stressed once done then you began with. For example- Listening to music. When chosen right, music can help you reduce stress in a very effective a joyful manner. Can you come up with 50 unique ideas?

 

The second phase is about dividing the De-stressors into 3 catagories: Physical, Mental and Emotional. By doing so we can choose our De-stressors for the day according to the stressful catagories in our life that day.

 

The Third Phase is about making daily time for De-stressing. Turning it into a routine. Not is our most stressful moments but rather when it is comfortable. It is much harder to De-stress in super stressful moments.

 

The forth and last phase is about making sure that you De-stressed more then you accumulated every day. This is the control system for the process and is the heart of my system. Once you learn to choose the most fun and efficient tools for your De-stressing and make sure you use them in a way that makes sure you are less and less stressful each day- you know you have won!

 

In the book you will find explanations and in depth descriptions of the above phases and much more.

 

You will also gain access to my Inner Sanctum where I share regular tips and secrets with my readers and where I am open to discussions about the book and about life. 

 

Of course, you can always ask me question right here in the blog and your comments will be gladly reacted to.

 

In health and in Peace,

 

Chen

Listening inwards vs. Listening outwards

A Tibetan Singing Bowl - a musical and healing tool for the soul

 

Why are we not (as a rule) playing our true role in this world? Why are we sick? How can we eat junk food without feeling bad on the spot?

Its all about how well we listen inwards and how pre-occupied we are with what we hear from without. As children we are in tune with ourselves. It is during this time that we start training ourselves to be out-of-tune. We do it to please others (Our parents, elders and friends). We do it to please ourselves (First taste of chocolate is usually enough ;) ). We learn from our teachers the values of discipline - to dogmas that we are taught, not to what our soul requests. We dream of being something exciting and end up "doing the right thing"...

It is all in the training. We train ourselves not to react badly to things we would rather not give up. Tasty and unwholesom foods are a good example. It may give us a stomach ache at first - but who would give up on a craved desert just to prevent an ache? We train ourselves to be good workers - at a job we would rather not work at. We argue that having a job in todays economy is nothing short of a miracle so who are we to be so thankless? We train ourselves to ignore the minor discomforts that are our body's way of signaling that we are living wrongly. After all, it's not like a little headache ever killed anybody? We are too busy to stop and ask - why is my head hurting? And so we train ourselves to ignore this. Eventually the body will rebell at this habbit but by then we will be realy sick...

Habbits are a seriously hazzardous tool. We tend to grow into habbit and then find it very hard to break it. We can cough a little bit when we start smoking but everyone knows its just till you get used to it... Getting used to bad habbits doesn't meen not paying a regular price for this adaptation process. We do. Eventually the price is high enough for the body to start shouting again.

So what am I suggesting?

I believe it is about time we grew up a little as a race and took on the challenge of listening inwards. Listening to the minor aches and pains, to the instinct that says - its a bad idea, to our soul. Logically, we know what to eat and what not. Its time to adhere to that and then listen again. Not all that is healthy as a rule is good for us. Each of us is an individual and thus prone to reacting differently to common "Generally regarded as Healthy" foods. Its time to listen to the body's requests regarding physical activity, sleeping habbits, furniture choices, work load and all the other habbitual elements in our life.

More challenging but not less important: It's time to listen to our soul's voice in regards to our calling. Our profession is a crucial choice in life - are we listening now? Are we doing what our sould desires? Are we fulfilling our Dharma? Our destiny? Our happiness and our health depend on it. Our world too. If we work in the wrong profession we are rarely satisfied and it shows...

Welcome Post

Za Zen - Me in a meditative pose

 

Hello there strangers,

 

Welcome to my little corner of contemplation on the web. Allow me to intruduce myself:

 

My name is Chen - in Hebrew it sounds more like a throaty Hen.

 

I have been on the path of my life for more then 40 years and aware of myself to a growing degree since 1990 when I started my Naturopathic studies.

 

My first realization (Which actually sent me to study that instead of computer engeneering as I had been planning before) was that I am a healer. Destined and built to help others find the path to health. I spent the next 8 years learning Naturopathy 1st and then Chinese medicine as well.

 

My second realization came to me half way along this phase. I had been helping my fellow classmates quite a bit and they often came to me before they turned to our teachers. And so I realized I had the capacity for teaching. By my third year of Naturopathy I was already teaching Naturopathic Philosophy. It came to me so naturally I was amazed.

 

My third realization came to me quite a few years later. I had been teaching and treating for a while when the headmaster of the holistic school I had been teaching at at the time turned to me one day and asked me if I was up to teaching body-mind medicine. Since I had been using body-mind for quite a while I realized I could indeed take it on me but only under the condition that I could add the word "Spirit" to the course heading. I had been working on and with a tool for self realization at that time and it was ripe for the next phase - teaching it to others. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching this course and during this time came to the realization - I was a spiritual guide.

 

But it was much more than that at this point. I had come to an understanding that I was not just a healer or a teacher or a spiritual guids - I was a teacher of Spiritual healing ! This combination of architypes become the basis of my further understanding into self realization and the meaning of life.

 

I have been working with this growing perspective in mind over the past 25 years. And have now decided its time to share this and many other aspects of my personal, clinical and spiritual life with the world.

 

Welcome to my inner sanctum !

Please enjoy the stay :) 

You are welcome to ask me questions and open dialogues over matters mentioned in my blog or others of your own choosing.

 

In health,

Chen

Israel, 2013

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