Thursday, January 30, 2014
1. Everything is a differentiation of the one Infinity.
2. Everything changes.
3. All antagonisms are complementary.
4. There is nothing identical.
5. What has a front has a back.
6. The bigger the front the bigger the back.
7. What has a beginning has an end.
The Twelve Laws of Change of the Infinite Universe
1. One Infinity manifests itself into complementary and antagonistic tendencies, yin and yang, in it's endless change.
2. Yin and yang are manifested continuously from the eternal movement of one infinite universe.
3. Yin represents centrifugally. Yang represents centripetally. Yin and yang together produce energy and all phenomena.
4. Yin attracts yang. Yang attract yin.
5. Yin repels yin. Yang repels yang.
6. Yin and yang combined in varying proportions produce different phenomena. The attraction and repulsion among phenomena is proportional to the difference of the yin and yang forces.
7. All phenomena are ephemeral, constantly changing their constitution of yin and yang forces; yin changes into yang, yang changes into yin
8. Nothing is solely yin or solely yang. Everything is composed of both tendencies in varying degrees.
9. There is nothing neuter. Either yin or yang is in excess in every occurrence.
10. Large yin produces yang, and extreme yin produces yin.
11. Extreme yin produces yang, and extreme yang produces yin.
12. All physical manifestations are yang at the center, and yin at the surface.
From Natural Healing through Macrobiotics by Michio Kushi
Thursday, January 16, 2014
"In fact, for all things there is a time for going ahead and a time for following behind; A time for slow-breathing and a time for fast-breathing; A time to grow in strength and a time for decay; A time to be up and a time to be down." Tao Te Ching
According to the Macrobiotic lifestyle, which is simply the art of balancing the universal forces of yin and yang, these practices, if applied to your daily life, will help you in maintaining good health of mind, body and spirit.
1) Let us enjoy a physically, mentally, and socially active life without being preoccupied by our condition or personal circumstances.
2) Let us be grateful for everything - this wonderful universe, nature, food, difficulties, and all people - and let us offer a short prayer of gratitude before and after each meal.
3) If possible, try to go to bed before midnight and get up early every morning.
4) Try to avoid any synthetic or woolen clothing worn directly on the skin. Use natural, vegetable quality materials such as cotton for daily clothing as much as possible, especially for undergarments socks and sheets.
5) Try to avoid wearing excessive metallic or synthetic accessories on your fingers, wrists and neck, keeping such ornaments as simple and elegant as possible.
6) Go outdoors often in simple clothing regardless of season. If the weather permits, try to walk barefoot on the grass, soil, or beach for at least an hour every day.
7) Try to keep your home and surrounding environment orderly, clean, quiet and as natural as possible. Try to avoid the use of synthetic rugs and furniture, television, electric blankets and fluorescent lighting. If possible, keep one or several green plants in every room of the house, and, whenever possible, open your windows to allow fresh air to circulate. Please make your home temperature as natural as possible without depending on air conditioning or excessive heating.
8) Initiate and maintain active correspondence, extending your greeting, friendship, and warmest wishes to your family, relatives, friends, teachers, and associates.
9) Avoid taking long, hot baths and showers, as they drain minerals from the body, unless you have been taking too much salt or animal food. Pools should be generally avoided since they are often heavily chemicalized. Swimming in fresh water lakes, ponds, or streams, or in the ocean is preferable.
10) Please rub and massage your whole body with either a hot, damp towel or dry one every morning and evening to stimulate circulation and relieve energy stagnation or blockage. If time does not permit, at least do the hands, fingers, feet and toes.
11) Please avoid using chemically perfumed or dyed toilet tissues, cosmetics and toiletries. For care of the teeth use sea salt or a natural toothpaste to brush in the morning and evening.
12) If possible, try to do active physical exercise such as scrubbing floors, cleaning windows, washing clothes, etc. If suitable space is available, begin a small vegetable garden and spend time whenever you can in the planting, harvesting and care of your vegetables. Systematic exercise such as yoga, sports and martial arts can also be helpful. If possible learn the art of shiatsu massage and regularly give massages to your family and friends.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
The body will actually burn and digest its own tissues by the process of autolysis. Cells and tissues which are diseased, damaged, old or dead are the first to decompose - this process of getting rid of the unnecessary first is one of the more amazing aspects of fasting. The essential tissues and vital organs are not touched or damaged. Because the old tissues are eliminated, the building of new healthy cells is accelerated. While this is happening, the eliminating organs - lungs, liver, kidneys and skin - are working extra hard getting rid of waste matter and toxins; this is visible in bad breath, dark urine, sweating and sometimes skin break-outs.
Fasting gives a rest to the digestive and protective organs. It helps stabilize the nerves and stimulates the mind. The glandular and hormone network is also stimulated, while the vitamin and mineral balance is normalized. All this is helped a lot by the intake of juices.
It is very important that no chewing takes places during the fasting process as chewing stimulates saliva secretions and starts the digestive process. If you grind your teeth at night you should take precautions and wear a preventative shield.
Suggested Fasting Schedule
Upon rising enema
9 a.m. Cup of herb tea, warm not hot (choose from peppermint, chamomile or rosehip)
11 a.m. Glass of fresh juice, diluted 1:1 with water
1 p.m. Glass of fresh vegetable juice or a cup of vegetable broth (see recipe below)
4 p.m. Cup of herb tea
7 p.m. Glass of fresh fruit or vegetable juice, diluted 1:1 with water
9 p.m. Cup of vegetable broth
Plain warm water or mineral water can be drunk when thirsty. The total juice volume, however, together with the broth should be between 700 ml. and 1500 ml. The above plan is the juice guide only; the regime can and should include exercise, rest periods and therapeutic baths.
This should be freshly made each day. It is a standard beverage at many health clinics. It is a cleansing and alkalizing drink, supplying vitamins and minerals too.
2 large potatoes, unpeeled and chopped
1 cup carrots, unpeeled and sliced
1 cup celery including leaves, chopped
1 cup red beets, finely sliced
1 cup any other available vegetable - cabbage, turnips, spinach, courgettes
Put 1500 ml. water in a large saucepan (not aluminium or copper). Slice the vegetables directly into the water so as not to expose them to the air. Cook slowly for 45 minutes; allow to stand for 15 minutes; strain.
During fasting, it is important to observe the following rules:
- No smoking or drinking
- Do not take even a morsel of any food. otherwise the gastric juices will start to work and the benefits of the fast will be lost.
- Withdrawal of drugs is advisable; exceptions are usually digitalis for the heart, insulin in type 1 diabetes and cortisone in arthritis.
- Vitamins should be discontinued.
- Exercise is very helpful, particularly in fresh air.
- Do not lie around in bed, it could be harmful.
It is advisable to take an enema every day or every other day; during a fast toxins and waste matter are mainly eliminated by way of the kidneys and bowels; natural bowel movements cease during a fast, so an enema is needed to help evacuate the waste. This can be done with an enema or douche bag with 700 ml. of water (add a few drops of fresh lemon juice). Try to retain the water for a short while, before letting it out.
BREAKING A FAST
Breakfast Half an apple, herb tea
11 a.m. Glass of fresh juice
1 p.m. Cup of vegetable broth, a bowl of fresh vegetable soup
4 p.m. Herb tea
7 p.m. Glass of fresh fruit juice
9 p.m. Cup of vegetable broth
Breakfast Dish of soaked prunes, herb tea
11 a.m. Glass of fresh fruit juice
1 p.m. Small bowl of vegetable salad
4 p.m. One apple
7 p.m. Bowl of vegetable soup
9 p.m. Cup of vegetable broth
Breakfast Soaked prunes, yogurt, a few ground nuts, herb tea
11 a.m. One apple
1 p.m. Larger portion of vegetable salad, baked potato, cup of vegetable broth
4 p.m. One apple
7 p.m. Bowl of vegetable soup, slice of wholegrain bread, preferably spelt or rye
9 p.m. Cup of vegetable broth
On the fourth day a normal diet can commence, slowly bringing in the full range of wholesome foods according to a basic health diet. Therapeutic fasting can be undertaken again after an interval of six weeks.
An excerpt from Browen Meridith's Vogue Natural Health and Beauty
Friday, January 3, 2014
|Nutrient||Function||Good Food Sources|
|PROTEINS||The essential amino acids in proteins promote growth, build and repair body tissue, generally aid metabolism and provide energy||Meat, poultry, fish, raw milk, eggs, raw cheese, yogurt, nuts, seeds, whole cereals, wheatgrass|
|QUICK SUGARS||Gives quick energy||Fresh and dried fruits, honey, molasses, wheatgrass|
|SLOW SUGARS||Source of heat and energy||Whole grains and cereals, whole-grain breads, tuber and root vegetables, peas, beans, lentils, wheatgrass|
|FIBRE||Provides the bulk and fiber needed for the digestive tract to function properly||Stalks, roots, bulbs, and fruits of vegetables|
|FATS||Stored in the body as reserve energy; insulate the body against heat loss; protect vital organs||Vegetable oils, fish oils, animal fats (minimum), raw milk, raw cheese, raw cream, nuts|
|VITAMIN A||Helps repair the body tissues and skeletal growth; promotes good eyesight; helps keep skin in good condition||Deep yellow foods such as apricots, butter, carrots, cheese, eggs, mangoes, papayas; liver, kidney; dark green vegetables like kale and broccoli, watercress, alfalfa sprouts, wheatgrass|
|VITAMIN B1||Necessary for the conversion of carbohydrates into glucose for energy; important for nervous system, heart and liver||Poultry, lamb's liver, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, wheatgerm and wholewheat grains, rolled oats, brown rice|
|VITAMIN B2||Helps to break down food for nutrition and energy; necessary for cell respiration and good vision||Raw dairy products, eggs, brewers yeast, wheatgerm, wild rice, poultry, liver, kidney, almonds, avocado|
|VITAMIN B3||Assists in the entire digestive process; important to mental health and the nervous system; most beneficial working in a team with other B vitamins||Chicken, chicken liver, lamb's liver, kidneys, halibut, mackerel, sardines, peanuts, whole grains and bread|
|VITAMIN B5||Involved in the metabolism of fatty acids; helps free energy from foods; essential for balanced functioning of the adrenal gland||Flesh foods, kidneys, lamb's liver, egg yolk, bran, brewer's yeast, whole grains, nuts|
|VITAMIN B6||Connected with growth and important in regulation of the nervous system; aids in metabolic breakdown of foods; helps form antibodies and red blood cells||Bananas, poultry, lamb's liver, mackerel, nuts, wheatgerm, whole grains and bread|
|VITAMIN B12||Essential for normal functioning of body cells. particularly those of bone marrow and the nervous system||Raw dairy produce, eggs, poultry, fish, meat, liver, soya beans, wheatgrass|
|BIOTIN||Helps to form fatty acids, burning them up with the carbohydrates for energy; necessary for healthy skin||Raw egg yolk, liver, kidney, black currants, molasses, rolled oats|
|CHOLINE||Aids fat distribution from the liver; assist nerve transmission||Fish, heart, lentils, wheatgerm, whole grains, beans, lecithin granules|
|FOLIC ACID||Helps form red blood cells and nucleic acids, essential for reproduction process||Liver, oysters, cabbage (raw), watercress, almonds, walnuts, wheatgrass|
|INOSITOL||Together with choline, inositol forms lecithin, which keeps the liver free of fats||Bran, nuts, oats, sesame seeds, wheatgerm, lecithin granules|
|PABA||Enables other vitamin B element to function properly||Broccoli, cabbage, kale, kidneys, liver, meat, poultry, wheatgrass|
|VITAMIN C||Maintains level of collagen necessary for the formation of connective tissue, bone, skin and cartilage; helps to fight infection||Cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, green peppers, watercress, alfalfa sprouts, citrus fruits, black currants, strawberries, wheatgrass|
|VITAMIN D||Essential for healthy bones and teeth as it helps take the calcium and phosphorus to the necessary building tissues||Exposure to sunshine, eggs, cod-liver-oil, halibut oil, mackerel, sardines, raw cheese|
|VITAMIN E||Needed for normal metabolism, believed to improve circulatory system; used to increase fertility||Carrots, cabbage, raw cheese, eggs, olive oil, rolled oats, sunflower seeds, wheatgerm, wholewheat cereals and bread, wheatgrass|
|VITAMIN K||Prevents hemorrhaging and aids the normal blood-clotting process||Broccoli, cabbage, potatoes, eggs, oats, wheatgerm, wholegrains, wheatgrass|
|CALCIUM||Necessary to build and maintain bones and teeth; important for heart regulation and nerve transmission||Raw dairy produce, almonds, olives, kelp and other seaweeds, sesame seeds, molasses, broccoli, parsley, wheatgrass|
|CHLORINE||In conjunction with sodium, is important in cell metabolism||Celery, lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, kelp, salt|
|CHROMIUM||A trace mineral, helps regulate blood sugar levels; believed to help keep cholesterol down||Bran, brewer's yeast, poultry, fruits, green vegetables, nuts|
|COBALT||A trace mineral, necessary for function of vitamin B12||Fruits, green vegetables, meat, wholegrain|
|COPPER||Significant in the production of red blood cells for the utilization of iron||Poultry, liver, kidney, shellfish, nuts, wholegrain, lettuce, cabbage, wheatgrass|
|FLUORINE||Strengthens bones and teeth by helping to deposit calcium; counteracts tooth decay||Sea-food, fish, tea|
|IODINE||Important for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland||Shellfish, sea-food, sea-salt, seaweeds, kelp, wheatgrass|
|IRON||Very important, involved in oxidizing cells and forming haemoglobin||Kidney, liver, shellfish, egg yolk, dark green, leafy vegetables, watercress, soya and sunflower seeds, wholegrain breads and cereals, seaweeds, molasses dried fruit, parsley, wheatgrass, iron|
|MAGNESIUM||Important in cell metabolism; necessary as a catalytic agent for other minerals and vitamins and for the nerve and muscle systems||Almonds, barely, molasses, nuts, sea-foods and sea-salt, olives, wheatgrass|
|MANGANESE||Activates enzymes; influences blood-sugar levels and helps maintain reproductive processes; a trace mineral||Kidneys, parsley, watercress spinach, cabbage, apricots, lentils, nuts, wheatgerm, wheatgrass|
|PHOSPHORUS||The most active of all minerals, important for growth and maintenance; together with calcium provides hard structure for bones; passes on genetic hereditary patterns||Meat, fish, eggs, raw cheese, wheatgerm, wholegrain, wheatgrass|
|POTASSIUM||Often in partnership with sodium, maintaining a balance of fluids and important in muscle and nerve reactions||Sea-food, potatoes green-leaf vegetables, soya beans, lima beans, bananas, apricots, figs, wheatgrass|
|SELIUM||Not exactly known, but related to vitamin E in function; a trace mineral||Kidney, liver, nuts, sea-food, wholegrains, wheatgrass|
|SODIUM||Works in combination with potassium and chloride; together they are often called electrolytes as they are significant in all cellular metabolism; protects the body against excess fluid loss||Poultry, green vegetables, kelp, sea salt, sea-food, water and wheatgerm|
|SULPHUR||Helps in the formation of body tissue; necessary for activity of vitamins thiamine and biotin; a trace mineral||Raw milk and cheese, eggs, poultry, fish, beans, nuts, soya beans, wheatgrass|
|ZINC||A trace mineral, influences the enzyme and protein pattern in digestion||Eggs, nuts, onions, shellfish, sunflower seeds, wheatgerm, bran, wheatgrass|