Thursday, January 30, 2014

Principles of the Order of the Universe

The Seven Universal Principles of the Infinite Universe

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

12 Practices for Harmonious Living


"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

Juice Fasting and Metabolic Detox

Juice fasting is the most effective and therapeutic body cleansing. Fasting is the oldest healing method, but with emphasis on drug-orientated medicine it has been somewhat overlooked. The situation is now changing: scientific studies and clinical results both indicate the preventative, therapeutic and regenerative effects of fasting. The classical method was a water-only fast, but now authorities agree that juice fasting is far superior, as the alkali-forming fruit and vegetable juices accelerate the cleansing and healing process.  For a fast to be effective it should last a minimum of a week, but not more than ten days without supervision. Under professional guidance, a fast can go on for months for special curative reasons and in cases of extreme obesity. Research shows that no harm is done, only good. Apart from health benefits, a fast usually results in an average loss in weight of 500 g. per day after the first three days. After the third day the body starts to live on its own substance and any early hunger symptoms disappear.
  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

For two or three days before fasting prepare the body by eating nothing but raw vegetables and fruits; one meal a day of any fruit, the other of any vegetable; do not mix both at the same meal. Fasting should begin with a good bowel cleansing - a dose of Epsom's salts given on the morning of the first day of the fast, 15 g. salts in a glass of warm water; this is followed by a glass of fruit juice. The daily diet schedule for juice fasting, according to Dr Otto Buchingeris always the same, with an enema given every morning or on alternate days.


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.

Vegetable Broth
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.

Daily baths are important to wash away toxins eliminated through the skin; the pores must be kept open.

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

This is as important as the fast itself, for the success of the time of abstinence will depend on the way you come out of it. The rule is to take it easy; do not overeat; do not rush back to your old ways. Take it slowly and think; one reason for fasting was to prepare the body to adjust to a continuous healthy diet. It takes several days to return to normal.





First Day

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

Second Day

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

Third Day

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

Food Nutrients and Good Sources

This chart is copied from Vogue Natural Health and Beauty by Bronwen Meredith. It's a pretty old book, published in 1979 but it's still accurate. She makes a lot of references to animal offal as sources of essential nutrients but she offers good vegetarian alternatives. The chart is a handy reference if you need to check where you can get a particular mineral or vitamin or if you want to find out why it's important to the body. In the book Bronwen mentions dairy produce, but doesn't state whether it's raw or not, I have added the word raw because pasteurized milk and milk products are indigestible to the body.

NutrientFunctionGood Food Sources
PROTEINSThe essential amino acids in proteins promote growth, build and repair body tissue, generally aid metabolism and provide energyMeat, poultry, fish, raw milk, eggs, raw cheese, yogurt, nuts, seeds, whole cereals, wheatgrass
QUICK SUGARSGives quick energyFresh and dried fruits, honey, molasses, wheatgrass
SLOW SUGARSSource of heat and energyWhole grains and cereals, whole-grain breads, tuber and root vegetables, peas, beans, lentils, wheatgrass
FIBREProvides the bulk and fiber needed for the digestive tract to function properlyStalks, roots, bulbs, and fruits of vegetables
FATSStored in the body as reserve energy; insulate the body against heat loss; protect vital organsVegetable oils, fish oils, animal fats (minimum), raw milk, raw cheese, raw cream, nuts
VITAMIN AHelps repair the body tissues and skeletal growth; promotes good eyesight; helps keep skin in good conditionDeep 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 B1Necessary for the conversion of carbohydrates into glucose for energy; important for nervous system, heart and liverPoultry, lamb's liver, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, wheatgerm and wholewheat grains, rolled oats, brown rice
VITAMIN B2Helps to break down food for nutrition and energy; necessary for cell respiration and good visionRaw dairy products, eggs, brewers yeast, wheatgerm, wild rice, poultry, liver, kidney, almonds, avocado
VITAMIN B3Assists in the entire digestive process; important to mental health and the nervous system; most beneficial working in a team with other B vitaminsChicken, chicken liver, lamb's liver, kidneys, halibut, mackerel, sardines, peanuts, whole grains and bread
VITAMIN B5Involved in the metabolism of fatty acids; helps free energy from foods; essential for balanced functioning of the adrenal glandFlesh foods, kidneys, lamb's liver, egg yolk, bran, brewer's yeast, whole grains, nuts
VITAMIN B6Connected with growth and important in regulation of the nervous system; aids in metabolic breakdown of foods; helps form antibodies and red blood cellsBananas, poultry, lamb's liver, mackerel, nuts, wheatgerm, whole grains and bread
VITAMIN B12Essential for normal functioning of body cells. particularly those of bone marrow and the nervous systemRaw dairy produce, eggs, poultry, fish, meat, liver, soya beans, wheatgrass
BIOTINHelps to form fatty acids, burning them up with the carbohydrates for energy; necessary for healthy skinRaw egg yolk, liver, kidney, black currants, molasses, rolled oats
CHOLINEAids fat distribution from the liver; assist nerve transmissionFish, heart, lentils, wheatgerm, whole grains, beans, lecithin granules
FOLIC ACIDHelps form red blood cells and nucleic acids, essential for reproduction processLiver, oysters, cabbage (raw), watercress, almonds, walnuts, wheatgrass
INOSITOLTogether with choline, inositol forms lecithin, which keeps the liver free of fatsBran, nuts, oats, sesame seeds, wheatgerm, lecithin granules
PABAEnables other vitamin B element to function properlyBroccoli, cabbage, kale, kidneys, liver, meat, poultry, wheatgrass
VITAMIN CMaintains level of collagen necessary for the formation of connective tissue, bone, skin and cartilage; helps to fight infectionCabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, green peppers, watercress, alfalfa sprouts, citrus fruits, black currants, strawberries, wheatgrass
VITAMIN DEssential for healthy bones and teeth as it helps take the calcium and phosphorus to the necessary building tissuesExposure to sunshine, eggs, cod-liver-oil, halibut oil, mackerel, sardines, raw cheese
VITAMIN ENeeded for normal metabolism, believed to improve circulatory system; used to increase fertilityCarrots, cabbage, raw cheese, eggs, olive oil, rolled oats, sunflower seeds, wheatgerm, wholewheat cereals and bread, wheatgrass
VITAMIN KPrevents hemorrhaging and aids the normal blood-clotting processBroccoli, cabbage, potatoes, eggs, oats, wheatgerm, wholegrains, wheatgrass
CALCIUMNecessary to build and maintain bones and teeth; important for heart regulation and nerve transmissionRaw dairy produce, almonds, olives, kelp and other seaweeds, sesame seeds, molasses, broccoli, parsley, wheatgrass
CHLORINEIn conjunction with sodium, is important in cell metabolismCelery, lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, kelp, salt
CHROMIUMA trace mineral, helps regulate blood sugar levels; believed to help keep cholesterol downBran, brewer's yeast, poultry, fruits, green vegetables, nuts
COBALTA trace mineral, necessary for function of vitamin B12Fruits, green vegetables, meat, wholegrain
COPPERSignificant in the production of red blood cells for the utilization of ironPoultry, liver, kidney, shellfish, nuts, wholegrain, lettuce, cabbage, wheatgrass
FLUORINEStrengthens bones and teeth by helping to deposit calcium; counteracts tooth decaySea-food, fish, tea
IODINEImportant for the proper functioning of the thyroid glandShellfish, sea-food, sea-salt, seaweeds, kelp, wheatgrass
IRONVery important, involved in oxidizing cells and forming haemoglobinKidney, liver, shellfish, egg yolk, dark green, leafy vegetables, watercress, soya and sunflower seeds, wholegrain breads and cereals, seaweeds, molasses dried fruit, parsley, wheatgrass, iron
MAGNESIUMImportant in cell metabolism; necessary as a catalytic agent for other minerals and vitamins and for the nerve and muscle systemsAlmonds, barely, molasses, nuts, sea-foods and sea-salt, olives, wheatgrass
MANGANESEActivates enzymes; influences blood-sugar levels and helps maintain reproductive processes; a trace mineralKidneys, parsley, watercress spinach, cabbage, apricots, lentils, nuts, wheatgerm, wheatgrass
PHOSPHORUSThe most active of all minerals, important for growth and maintenance; together with calcium provides hard structure for bones; passes on genetic hereditary patternsMeat, fish, eggs, raw cheese, wheatgerm, wholegrain, wheatgrass
POTASSIUMOften in partnership with sodium, maintaining a balance of fluids and important in muscle and nerve reactionsSea-food, potatoes green-leaf vegetables, soya beans, lima beans, bananas, apricots, figs, wheatgrass
SELIUMNot exactly known, but related to vitamin E in function; a trace mineralKidney, liver, nuts, sea-food, wholegrains, wheatgrass
SODIUMWorks 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 lossPoultry, green vegetables, kelp, sea salt, sea-food, water and wheatgerm
SULPHURHelps in the formation of body tissue; necessary for activity of vitamins thiamine and biotin; a trace mineralRaw milk and cheese, eggs, poultry, fish, beans, nuts, soya beans, wheatgrass
ZINCA trace mineral, influences the enzyme and protein pattern in digestionEggs, nuts, onions, shellfish, sunflower seeds, wheatgerm, bran, wheatgrass