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


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Tips On Detox, Part 1

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This is Digby-George. Met him in Wales, UK.  Looks like he has something to say

This is Digby-George. Met him in Wales. He looks like he has something to say on this topic.

There are many complicated and costly products and treatments available for improving health. But getting better health – for the most part, is and should be simple, sensible [it makes sense], and affordable for all. I’d like to share some simple remedies with you. I’ve used them to help reduce or remove toxins from my body [and they may help you too].  *Note: When detoxing the body, drink more water. It will help to rinse out toxins and wastes.

Detoxing the body is necessary if you have constipation or autointoxication. But it’s also needed because we live with pollutants outside, in the water, in the food, and in the indoor air [from new carpets, paint, new sheets and blankets, gases, etc.].  *Note: Wash new sheets and blankets 1-2 times before using, to remove strong chemical smells. And each home should have a carbon monoxide detector.

We have 5 organs of elimination which help get rid of body wastes and toxins: the skin, lungs, kidneys, liver, and the colon. These organs work hard, but they could use our help. So here are 4 simple tips that assist our organs in their work. *Check with your health care provider if you want to try any.

*Note: Experts have said that without fruits and vegetables it would not be possible to be healthy.

1st Detox Method: Warm Lemon Water

• This is powerful! Use it each day, especially when getting sick or trying to recover. Using it gave me quick relief from colds, the flu, and bronchitis.

• In the morning, before eating, warm a cup of water, squeeze in the juice of ½ of a fresh lemon, then drink. At times I also add a dash of cayenne pepper to it – to help cut mucus, and 1-2 Tablespoons of organic maple syrup – for sweetness.

• Lemons kill germs and toxins in the blood, when it’s gargled with, and when it’s put on the skin. It also helps prevent cancer and other diseases; strengthen the immune system; helps anemia by increasing iron absorption; helps improve blood flow; gets rid of uric acid that can cause gout and joint pains; helps dead skin peel off; makes the blood more alkaline [not acid], and much more.

2nd Detox Method: Fruits and Vegetables

• They help loosen and remove toxins from the blood, cells, and tissues. They also contain numerous phytochemicals [plant chemicals] that can prevent hardening of the arteries, cancer, and other diseases.

• Fruits and vegetables contain fiber [not digestible], which helps the bowels move easer, and carries cholesterol out the body with the feces

Fruits – eat fresh when possible [can also juice them or make smoothies with them. Canned fruit are not as nourishing. And don’t use sulphered [dried] fruits – they are not good for the body. Drink or eat fruits before other foods, since they prepare the system for digestion.

Vegetables – can be juiced or eaten fresh, steamed, boiled, or raw.

1. Juice 2-3 types vegetables and drink before eating foods. [My favorite – beets, carrots, and celery].

2. Eat fresh salads every day before lunch or dinner. Use Romaine lettuce when possible. Salads are very cleansing. *Please wash all salad fixings labeled “prewashed”.

To be continued …

Copyright © 2013 Regina Spence

Autointoxication – Part 3 of 3

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Autointoxication, Part 3 of 3

 

Some Ways of Treating Constipation and Autointoxication

One author said that there is no ‘magic bullet’ to cure constipation. We just have to live right and eat well.

1. Food is the best laxative. Eat a variety of high-fiber plant foods. 
2. Drink more water daily
3. Upon waking, drink 2 glasses of warm water with 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice in each glass. Lemon gets rid of toxins in blood; helps kill germs, prevent cancer and other diseases; builds up iron; gets rid of uric acid that can cause joint pain, and much more. *This is one of the best helpers for the blood, colon, and the liver
4. Exercise daily – do something to move and strengthen internal and external muscles
5. Eat lots of greens – kale, collard, turnip, mustard, etc. Don’t cook them until they’re dead
6. Eat lots of fruits – they are natural laxatives and will also lubricate the colon so things move faster and easier. Especially apples, oranges, pears, dates, figs, prunes
7. Eat some raw vegetables each day – like a salad, cole slaw, or uncooked broccoli or carrots and celery *More on raw food recipes will be coming
8. Eat an apple [apples absorb intestinal toxins] and an orange before bedtime, and in the morning drink the 2 glasses of warm lemon water – this will help bowels move during night or in the morning
9. Put a teaspoon of ground flax seeds in a cup of warm water and drink it 30 minutes before a meal, or before bedtime.  Then in the morning drink 2 glasses of warm lemon water. Flax seeds help bowels move
10. Olives are good laxatives. Eat some with each meal. Plus their oil is beneficial when eaten right in the plant
11. Drink raw fruit or vegetable juices. Juices help to get rid of poisons from blood and body

*Avoid cooking with aluminum cookware and utensils – aluminum comes off in the food and can contribute to constipation [and Alzheimer’s]

*Walk after meals when possible, to help digestion and bowel activity

MS Tips
*These tips are from my experience. Please do not try any without the knowledge and permission of your healthcare provider. Some of these have risks associated. OK?

  • I believe in autointoxication, not just because it makes sense to me, but because I’ve treated it with great success over the years. You can’t treat something if it doesn’t exist. Starting in 1989, after reading about ‘High Enemas’ in Jethro Kloss’ book, “Back To Eden”, I gave myself 2 quart enemas[with herbal teas] every week until 1995. Afterwards I could walk without cane or walker; worked 12 hour shifts in the hospital; had lots of energy; clear thinking; cleaner skin; no back or joint pains; increased optimism; and improved prayer life. It worked, but was not enjoyable to do.

  • Then a co-worked introduced me to colonics – 5 gallons of warm water slowly put into the colon by a tube. Another tube allowed waste to come out. I’ve had 2 done in New York City by professional therapists. Afterwards I felt so light, I thought I could jump and run, and had the same benefits I mentioned above. It’s so interesting: as soon as the colon is empty, my optimism increases. About colonics: they are thorough, costly, not all therapists are good, and there are risks of damaging the bowel.

  • I’ve also used herbal capsules as 3-part program for colon cleansing, parasite removal, and rebuilding the body. They worked wonderfully. These products are online from the Awareness Corporation.  They can be purchased individually or as a package. Prices are fair.  But you must drink lots of water with the capsules and be able to get to the bathroom. Again, the benefits were the same as all the other cleansing efforts.

  • Now, I’m at a place where I want to do things simply and naturally. I’m using high-fiber foods to help clean out the colon. Also apples, oranges, flax seeds, dates, and increased water and exercise. And I’m going to start using more raw vegetables, and start back with the warm lemon water in the morning [I’d stopped] .

Whatever you choose to do to help cleanse your colon, be consistent. This problem didn’t start yesterday. It will take time to correct it. And we must correct it.

I hope this sheds some light on a big topic. Let me know if you have any questions. My best to you. See you next week.

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