Simple Things

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 Getting, protecting, and recovering health should be simple, make sense, and be accessible to all.  Today I just want to share a few of my favorite, tried and true, simple remedies.  A remedy is something that helps healing.

Cool Showers:  Years ago I used to take cool showers, so in the winter I wouldn’t be so cold while riding my bike to work.  It worked.  Here are just some of the benefits of cool showers or baths [especially for those with MS]:

  1. They strengthen the body to resist feeling cold
  2. They stimulate the nerves
  3. Invigorate the mind and thinking
  4. Increase muscle tone [strength of muscles]
  5. Increase muscle flexibility
  6. Increase muscle endurance [can do more for longer periods].  *Drinking water will also help.

After a cool shower I always move better, and feel ready to conquer the world.  For those afraid of cold water, try what I do:  I start with warm water for a few minutes.  Then I gradually turn the water to cool or cold for 2-3 minutes.  Make sure the water hits the entire body.  After the warm water, the cold does not feel too bad.

Lemon Water: It is the juice of ½ or 1 fresh lemon added to a cup of warm water. Warm water gets into the bloodstream faster than cold.  I drink it in the morning before eating any food.  I also add a shake of cayenne pepper [it helps circulation and helps clean mucus from blood], and 1 tablespoon of organic maple syrup [touch of sweetness, vitamins and minerals].

Lemon juice has lots of benefits, but here are just three:

    1. It helps the body resist bacterial and viral infections.  And if sick, it helps you heal.  *Germs cannot live in the presence of lemon juice.

    2. It strengthens the body’s immune system.

    3. And helps remove toxins from the blood.

I drink this to help clean my blood.  But if getting signs of a cold or the flu, I take it to reduce chances for getting sick.  But if sick, I drink it every few hours to speed my recovery.  It works.  I’ve had bronchitis twice, and both times, drinking lemon water every few hours helped me get better quickly.  Drink it during flu season.  Drink it before you get sick.  Give it to your family too.

Apples:  Called “the queen of fruit”, apples also have abundant benefits.  A few of them are:

    1. They reduce inflammation.   I’ve noticed that my MS symptoms are worse when inflammation is present.
    2. They remove toxins from the intestines by way of the feces.
    3. They help constipation.
    4. They help keep blood pressure low.

For me, being under the influence of apples is a good thing.  When I eat an apple [Red Delicious or Gala] my vision clears, my thinking becomes sharp, my balance and muscle strength improve, and my complexion looks clear and smooth.  And when I eat an apple before bedtime, I sleep well with few or no muscle spasms.

Activated CharcoalNot barbecue charcoal!!!  I recommend that a bottle of activated charcoal be in each home, and each camping first aid kit [along with a Bee Sting/Snake Bite extractor kit].  You can get it at pharmacies, health food stores, and online.  It comes in powder, tablet, and capsule forms. *I use Nature’s Way Activated charcoal capsules.

Charcoal has numerous benefits, but here are a few:

    1. It can adsorb [not absorb] many poisons, toxins, gases, chemicals, drugs, and venoms.  Adsorb means that the carbon in charcoal is quick to combine with these poisons and make them harmless.  Don’t neglect to call 911 for serious bites, but while waiting for the ambulance, do something to help.  Giving charcoal after bug and critter bites or stings, or for drug over-doses can be very useful.    **Never give charcoal to an unconscious person.  Call 911!

    2. Charcoal can help relieve and stop intestinal gas

    3. It can help stop diarrhea

    4. It can help treat infections.  I’ve used it successfully to treat infected bites from unknown insects on my foot [they ‘bit and ran’].  How?   By making charcoal poultices [see below].

To use charcoal internally, take the tablets or capsules with a tall glass of water, or stir the powder into a glass of water.  Take hours before or after any medications – since it will adsorb it.

To use charcoal externally, make a poultice with the charcoal alone, or mix it with ground flaxseed.  The charcoal powder is very light and can blow around easily.

*Poultices:  Do a search on the Internet for how to make a poultice.  There are several good sites.  **Drinking some charcoal and applying a poultice are very good for Brown Recluse Spider bites, while waiting for the ambulance.

    1. Basically, you will take some charcoal powder [or break open a few capsules] and add enough warm water to make a paste.  Only stir with a spoon.  Charcoal will stain skin, but will fade over time.

    2. Then, depending on the size of the bite or infected area, get a clean, damp cloth to cover that size.

    3. Put some paste on the damp cloth [must stay damp], and cover with ends of cloth – like making a sandwich.

    4. Apply to the skin snugly

    5. Cover with plastic wrap and secure with tape.  Keep it on and then change the poultice every few hours or the next day. 

That’s it for my simple remedies.  I hope they will help you too.

See you next time.

Copyright © 2013 Regina Spence


How I Deal with Fatigue, Part 1

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"What was I going to do?"

“What was I going to do?

 

Years ago I didn’t understand about fatigue.  Back then I just knew there were times I didn’t have any energy or interest in doing anything.  I Just felt so utterly blah.  At those times I’d just sit and watch TV [food channel and home and garden], and eat junk food.  I didn’t realize inactivity and poor food choices was simply adding more ‘wood’ to my fire.  

But I have you readers to thank for helping me deal better with fatigue.  How?  Ralph Waldo Emerson “[19th century poet] said it well: “It is one of the beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”  Blogging to help others is helping me on so many levels!  Looking up information reminds me of things I forgot, stopped doing for one reason or another, or didn’t pay too much attention to. 

After doing last week’s post on fatigue, I was once again alerted to what I needed to get out of the thick fog of fatigue.  I was in it deep.  Last Monday, after accidentally eating several muffins that contained gluten [I’m gluten sensitive], I had 1 ½ sleepless nights and was exhausted.  My thinking and memory were off, and doing everything – including the blog, was hard and took so long.

So, as I wrote tips for you to help your fatigue, I committed to following some of them myself.  Here is my list to feel alert, snappy, full of zip, and so on:

  1. Watch what goes in my mouth, because, by way of the stomach, it will affect the brain nerves.  And the brain controls the whole body through those nerves.   Avoid or reduce white flour foods; sugars; refined foods; additives; preservatives; artificial flavors, colors, and sweeteners; chemicals; caffeine; guarana [in energy drinks and has much caffeine];and more.  These items take from the body.  Anyone with nerve problems cannot afford to consume items that steal from what the body needs.

  2. I’m drinking more water to help keep my blood flowing smoothly and rinse out toxins and wastes.  Blood without enough water [dehydrated] runs slow and thick like motor oil, instead of like a fast-moving stream.  Thick blood can cause high blood pressure and make us feel sluggish, because oxygen, nourishment, and wastes are not getting where they need to go fast enough.  And well-watered [hydrated] muscles move better and faster.

  3. I ordered 2 quarts of Aloe Vera Juice from [online] Forever Living Products, plus a tube of their Aloe Vera Gelly [under Skin Care – Body].  When they come, I’ll add the aloe juice to some orange juice and drink several times a day.  Aloe is very healing for internal problems, plus it cleanses the blood and the liver, and is very energizing [take small samples to make sure you are not allergic].  The Gelly is used for minor rashes, bites, and burns.  It’s good to keep in every medicine cabinet and first aid kit.  *I used to drink this juice regularly from 1984 to 1993.  And for a while I made my own juice from the gelly in the aloe leaves.

To Be continued …

Copyright© 2013 Regina Spence

Autointoxication – Part 2 of 3

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Autointoxication – Part 2 of 3

Where It Came From 

The colon is an organ in the abdomen.  It’s about 4 to 6 feet in length and 2 inches in diameter.  Its purpose is to transport wastes, from digestion and wastes from the blood, out of the body.  It’s not a storage tank.  Ideally we should have a bowel movement after each meal, or 3 each day.  But slow-moving bowels are more common for a lot of people.  Just look at all the products in the Laxative isle in a drug store or supermarket.

The time it takes food to go from the start of the digestive system [mouth] to being eliminated from the body, is called the transit time.  Ideally this time should be no more than 24 hours.  But in reality, transit time in the USA is about 72 hours.  In Australia it is about 41 hours.  And in Africa it is about 36 hours.  The longer wastes remain in the body, the greater the chance of developing chronic diseases.

Note:  Good health is not possible without clean blood.  And clean blood is not possible unless the colon is kept clean. 

When wastes don’t leave the body within 24 hours, the internal body temperature [96 to 98 degrees] will work on them.  Remains of animal products will putrefy [rot], and plant products will ferment.  If you have ever been around a dead animal you know that rotting flesh is smelly.  But in the colon, poisons given off by rotting  and fermenting wastes, are reabsorbed by the blood and carried to the rest of the body.  Over time, if wastes don’t leave the body, they can get stored on the walls of the colon – making the 2 inch diameter smaller. 

Constipation is the term for the decrease in normal bowel movements.  It can be occasional or long-term, but is usually accompanied by pushing, straining, pain, and dry and hard feces.  Some symptoms include foul breath, body odor, headaches, migraines, skin issues like eczema, back and side pain, joint pain, dizziness, constant fatigue, muddy-looking complexion, insomnia [brain cells are irritated], depression, cancer, early senility, and more.

The body organs all work together and help each other.  There are ‘organs of elimination’ that work to get rid of body wastes.  They are the skin, lungs, liver, kidneys, colon [or bowel, and nose and throat.  So, when the colon can’t empty wastes regularly, these organs help out while doing their own jobs.  This puts a great burden on them and the whole body.

If constipation is not corrected, after years degenerative changes [decreased function] begin to show up.  These include changes in eyes, ears, heart, liver, nerves, skin, and more.  These can lead numerous problems like hemorrhoids, diverticulitis, hiatal hernia, cancer, and more.

A Few Causes for Constipation  [there are many]

  1. Not going to the bathroom when you feel the urge

  2. Lack of exercise leaves external and internal muscles weak

  3. Slouchy posture; not sitting up straight – crowds organs

  4. Too many refined, processed, and fast foods – usually have little fiber and lots of fat, salt, and sugar

  5. Not drinking enough water – it adds moisture to the colon, so feces are not dry and hard

  6. Not enough fiber-rich plant foods   *[Fiber: the indigestible part of plant foods that adds bulk to feces and  speeds up their elimination.  And as fiber leaves the body, it carries out cholesterol]. 

  7. Stress

  8. Drinking with meals slows digestion.  Drink before eating or an hour after

  9. Spinal injuries [accidents]

  10. Over-use of laxatives gives only temporary relief, but takes away natural reflexes of the bowel, and makes the body dependent on the drug 

  11. Over-cooked vegetables 

  12. Some items that prevent proper elimination: dairy, white sugar, white flour, white rice, meats, fowl, fish, eggs [contain no fiber];chocolate, tea, coffee, cocoa, alcohol, tobacco, narcotics, drugs for sleeping, and more

To Be Continued …

Copyright © 2013 Regina Spence

Autointoxication – Part 1 of 3

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Autointoxication – Part 1 of 3

Background What is it? In simple terms: it is self-poisoning.  It is when wastes [like feces, bile, mucus, bacteria, etc.] remain in the colon too long, they produce toxic substances which are then reabsorbed by the blood, and then carried to the rest of the body. If this situation is not corrected, over time this process can cause diseases to develop. Before we get to the “how” and “why”, I just want to share a little background information.

This material is based on what I’ve learned, experienced, and what makes perfect sense to me. But I also want you to know that there are those in the medical community who view autointoxication, those who acknowledge it, or popular ways of treating it [like colonics and enemas], as ignorance, ancient theory, and even quackery. So, read the material, see if it makes sense to you, and then decide what to do about it.

In my Post, “A Perfect Storm”, I mentioned that my elimination habits were not the best for many years. Because of this I was always interested in ways I could improve things. One day back in the 1990s, while looking through a catalogue for used and out-of-print books, I saw several titles by Dr. J.H. Kellogg. I ordered three of his books. Yes, he is of the breakfast cereal Kelloggs. In the 1800s he and his brother W.K Kellogg, invented several breakfast cereals, including corn flakes.

But Dr. Kellogg was also a physician and surgeon. In 1875 he was named Medical Superintendent of the Battle Creek Sanitarium [Michigan, USA]. This health resort grew out of the Western Health Reform Institute, started in 1866.

Today, Battle Creek Sanitarium [or ‘The San’] might be called a lifestyle center. They helped patients – rich and middle class, to regain their health. They didn’t offer drugs, alcohol, or coffee, but used vegetarian meals, vigorous exercise, sunshine, lots of fresh air, hydrotherapy – including regular enemas, and more. People got well! Some of their famous guests included John D. Rockefeller, C.W. Post, J.C Penney, Harvey Firestone, Henry Ford, Sojourner Truth, and Mary Todd Lincoln.

Over the years, ‘The San’ and Dr. Kellogg have been made fun of. I don’t agree with all his teachings or views. But I do recognize that he was ahead of his time in many areas of treating disease and helping folks recover from illnesses. Three areas that really impressed me were his use of all 8 of the Laws of Health, some of his inventions of exercise equipment, and autointoxication. Dr. Kellogg didn’t discover this process. French pathologist, Dr. Charles Bouchard, first used this term [1837-1915]. But it was in two of Dr. Kellogg’s books that I was first introduced to it: “Colon Hygiene” [copyright 1916] and “Itinerary of A Breakfast” [copyright 1918].

I guess I wanted to share all this history to let you know that understanding and treating autointoxication are not new. It has been a health concern for a very long time. Not only that, but The Western Health Institute and Battle Creek Sanitarium both used the 8 Laws of Health in treating their patients. These laws have been around a long time as well.

To Be Continued …

Copyright © 2013 Regina