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May 6, 2015
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"My business goals around this wisdom exchange are to increase the amount of scientific data on our website that supports the reality that health DOES begin in the gut and to build a rich whole body/mind/soul healing library that will focus on spiritual healing, how stored trauma affects your health, and how your microbiome drives your mental and emotional well-being." ~ Kristina Amelong
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A Big Leap!
Hi! Firstly, thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting the Optimal Health Network and me over these past 18 years. Optimal Health Network is a healing resource to thousands of people.
Now I’ve decided to take a big leap in growing the resources of the Optimal Health Network. I am about to embark on a Wisdom Exchange on Transformational Leadership program in Ecuador. I will join health and wellness experts from five countries to explore behaviors and ideas that inspire greater professional and personal fulfillment through innovative approaches to well-being and positive social impact. As part of the experience, I will teach three classes at the Universidad de Cuenca and give a TED-like talk exploring diverse issues such as how health begins in the gut, spiritual healing, and entrepreneurship.
To take this journey, I need your help and support. You can directly participate in making this a reality for me, and for the Optimal Health Network, by entering our FUNDRAISING RAFFLE. But first, let me give you a little background on how this all came about.
Throughout the world, a remarkable process of merging different ways of knowing and healing is unfolding. One story from my life illustrates what I mean. I spent a morning recently in prayer and study with His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, the head of the 900-year-old Karma Kagyu Lineage and guide to millions of Buddhists around the world. I am not a part of a Buddhist community, but the opportunity arose, and something within told me to join in.
Outside, every crabapple tree opened its pink, white, and red blossoms to a heavy spring rain. Inside, we pulled off our wet raincoats and took our seats. Monks, yoga instructors, professors of medicine, colon hydrotherapists, writers, neuroscientists, stay-at-home moms, security guards, translators, college students, retirees, and researchers prayed and then explored the fascinating conversation between science and spirituality, medicine and meditation.
This evolutionary conversation matters. It matters to all of us.
Twenty years ago, when I found myself in daily and wrenching gut pain, not able to leave my house because of my multiple chemical sensitivities, a medical doctor at the University of Wisconsin Hospital told me that I wasn’t eating according to the USDA food pyramid and that was why I was sick. He told me I needed to see a nutritionist. However, I did not feel that this advice spoke to my needs.
We are all aware of gluten-free foods; they are commonly available in most restaurants and grocery stores. Having celiac disease can be a blessing, a path to one’s own healing as well as a path to planetary healing. For instance, I’ve recently started including cricket flour in my diet (see video below) because it is healthy for my gut; it is gluten-free, tastes great, and is beneficial for the planet. I don’t know if I would so easily be able to choose to eat edible insects without the life experiences of eating different foods like bone broth soup, raw liver, and green vegetable juices, or exploring different healing modalities like the coffee enema, fecal transplants, and Young Living essential oil suppositories.
VIDEO: Edible Insects -- Cambodian-style!
In Cambodia, insects abound at the beginning of the rainy season and many are collected and sold as food. Crickets, grasshoppers, water bugs, and water beetles are common fare; then there are things like silk worm pupae, even weevils... and that's not all!
Change is difficult. We are all growing and learning every moment of every day on this beautiful and crazy human journey. And we have a long, long way to go.
Through working with clients and supporting my own body, I am confronted with the need for merging different ways of knowing and healing every day. Again, on a personal note, my daughter fell off a trapeze over three years ago and now hardly ever leaves the house due to tremendous headaches. Since her injury, we've explored both mainstream medicine and alternative therapies to heal her body. Her head pain is greater than ever.
It is from the core of my being that I continue to deepen my knowledge of the healing arts. Just a few days ago, I was gardening. Over the past couple of years, I’ve created a spiritual hermitage for myself, a space to grow in my writing skills, in my relationship to God, in understanding how my history of trauma and abuse are still profoundly affecting my relationship to my body. As I smoothed over the dirt around my newly planted magnolia tree, I found myself standing up, looking to the dry blue spring sky, and saying out loud: I’m ready to take a next step, a step that takes me more fully into helping people. Please help guide me.
A few minutes later, I sprayed the dirt off of my bare knees and came into the house to check my email. The first message I opened was an invitation to join a group of healers on a Wisdom Exchange on Transformational Leadership in Ecuador, the exchange I described above. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I emailed back with a resounding YES! Within 24 hours, I was interviewed by the producer of the documentary which we will be making about healing and seeking. Within a few minutes of talking, he invited me to join the team.
My business goals around this wisdom exchange are to increase the amount of scientific data that supports the reality that health DOES begin in the gut and to build a rich whole body/mind/soul healing library that will focus on spiritual healing, how stored trauma affects your health, and how your microbiome drives your mental and emotional well-being.
This is such a big deal! I ask for your support through this time of tremendous growth and outreach by participating in our FUNDRAISING RAFFLE. The money raised through the raffle will help to pay my expenses for the trip. Also, please join me on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram as I post new photos, healing resources, and stories around this unfolding journey. I would love you to take this trip with me!
In gratitude and healing,
CLIENT TESTIMONIAL: "Thanks for this information, Kristina. I love your business and the high, high quality of your care of people’s bodies. Your website is amazing." ~ Kathleen
No Regrets Productions in partnership with Spryte Loriano Global is hosting the trip, which will take place June 2 through June 11. The great majority of the people traveling on this trip are transformational leaders, messengers, and teachers who have been recognized for making a difference around the world through their endeavors. During the trip, the entire group will be filmed for a television documentary called Life-List Ecuador: Making a Difference from the Amazon to the Andes.
Each team will provide empowerment/leadership/motivational training to Ecuadorian teachers and students to support the advancement and transformation of our global society. Participants will speak on stage in front of teachers and/or students, and also work with them one-on-one in workshop settings.
Each participant will receive a 15-minute professionally produced personal film documentary on his or her experience in Ecuador, and will be included in the web/television series. This is certainly a high-value offer for participants, as it highlights them doing meaningful work across the world and puts a spotlight on the unique message that each shares.
During the trip, the entire group will have a number of different experiences, including delivering clean water systems to rural villages, camping overnight at one of the villages after arriving there on horseback, visiting schools, learning about local humanitarian programs, and relaxing and connecting at eco-lodges in the Andes mountains and Amazon rainforest.
Learn more about the team Kristina will be a part of:
Bone Broth Soup: Nutrition for Healing from Anal Fissures, IBS, Prostate Issues, and More
Finally, there is a company, The Flavor Chef, that will deliver delicious and properly prepared soup broth to your
door. I've tried it
myself and it is delicious! By using locally grown, organic produce and
free-range, humanely raised meats and poultry, The Flavor Chef is able to bring
extremely well-balanced and beautiful food to your table.
Executive Chef and founder of The Flavor Chef, a professional chef services and
catering company out of Carlsbad, California, Lance Roll excels at making
incredibly delicious food. He blends his culinary expertise and imagination with the concepts learned in lifestyle coaching and metabolic typing to create unique and extremely healthful bone broth soups. Lance is certified by The American Culinary Federation (ACF) as an Executive
To learn more about the health benefits of bone broth soup, read Kristina Amelong's Ten Days to Optimal Health. The healing program in Kristina's bookincludes the nutritional research work of Dr. Weston A. Price. As a dentist, Dr. Price studied the diets of 14 traditional societies during the 1930s and 1940s. His goal was to understand what makes human beings healthy, allowing them to have perfect teeth. The foods Kristina recommends are the traditional foods that gave health to the populations that Price researched.
Every single one of the cultures that Dr. Weston A. Price studied used bones to make soup broth. Because of this, we recommend that you eat bone broth soup, which is an excellent source of gelatin.
Gelatin is a mixture of peptides and proteins found in bones and released into the soup broth when you boil the bones. It is the richest source of a key amino acid called glycine. In fact, gelatin consists of 27% glycine. This amino acid is a key player in phase I detoxification and it is also one of the three amino acids which form glutathione (phase II detoxification). Glycine is also used in the synthesis of
creatine (the energy manager) and bile salts. Glycine supplementation has been linked to a reduced risk of asthma and can be used to prevent muscle wasting
during fasting. If you have anal fissures, a daily cup of bone broth will decrease your healing time and reduce the chances of the fissure returning.
You won't find a lot of science about bone broth soup (there isn't money to be made in it), but you do find science about shark cartilage. Obtained from the spiny dogfish shark and hammerhead shark, shark cartilage is promoted as a dietary supplement to treat cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis, Kaposi sarcoma, macular degeneration, psoriasis, and inflammatory disorders such as prostatitis, Candida albicans, and IBS.
Shark cartilage extracts show antiangiogenic and antitumor activities in vitro and in animal models, but clinical use remains controversial due to
lack of bioavailability data and unsatisfactory patient outcomes in clinical trials.
The evidence is abundant: bone broth soup is a highly therapeutic food choice.
You may have heard about the recent letter sent by the FDA to Young Living regarding claims made by a few Young Living members. The claims of particular concern to the FDA were claims that implied that Young Living products may be effective in diagnosing, curing, or preventing the Ebola virus. With the spread of the Ebola virus in Africa and the recent case in Dallas, Texas, this topic is garnering a great deal of attention.
Young Living and the FDA are now requiring that all sources of information regarding Young Living oils do not make health-related claims that can't be backed up by FDA-approved scientific studies. Unfortunately, even though the scientific literature is full of studies showing the therapeutic benefits of essential oils, many of these studies aren't FDA-approved.
Young Living is working on an list of FDA-approved studies, but this list has not yet been released. In the meantime, the Optimal Health Network will be working on never claiming or suggesting that Young Living products can cure, alleviate, treat, prevent, or diagnose a disease, symptom, or injury. These types of claims are called "disease claims."
Conditions generally considered to be diseases include: colds, flu, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, heart attacks, HIV, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, allergies, tooth decay, impotence, seizures, asthma, attention deficit disorder, ulcers, burns, mild abrasions, bruises, scars, head lice, obesity, anxiety, and depression. Many, many others belong on this list, but there isn't enough space for all of them here!
If you need further support choosing which Young Living oils are right for you, please set up a consultation.
We will use our collective experience of over 30 years of study and clinical practice to assist you to choose the Young Living essential oil
protocol that provides ideal support for your body.
Most of us are surrounded by an intense negativity toward colon cleansing. Unfortunately, enemas are where most of this negative attitude toward the colon cleanse lies due to a greater familiarity.
However, there is a long history of the use of enemas:
Ancient Mayan art shows us that the Mayans believed that there was benefit and wisdom to be found in taking enemas. (The Mayan civilization dates back to at least 1800 BC.)
The Ebers Papyrus, an Egyptian medical document dating back more than 3,500 years, includes written evidence that enemas were widely used in other ancient cultures. The Greek physician Hippocrates, referred to as "the father of Western medicine," also advanced the use of enema therapy.
Russian monument to enemas inspired by Botticelli Credit: Reuters/Eduard Korniyenko
Since the Age of Enlightenment in Western Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, Western culture has commonly used enemas to support health.
Dr. Max Gerson (German physician, 1881-1959) applied coffee and castor oil enemas to his cancer treatments.
Ayurvedic practitioners support the use of enemas (basti).
There is hardly a region of the world where people have not discovered or adapted the enema. Enemas are found in world literature from Aristophanes to Shakespeare, Gulliver's Travels to Peyton Place.
In Russia, there are many spas that give enemas. In the Caucasus Mountains, there are dozens of spas where enemas are routinely administered to treat digestive problems and other ailments.
Chemical enemas, such as the Fleet Enema, generally using monosodium phosphate in their solutions. The Fleet Enema does not optimize your health as the Optimal Health Network enema series does, because the latter is designed to boost immunity, clear the entire colon, optimize for healthy bacteria, and support the liver. Additionally, the Fleet Enema comes in a disposable squeeze bottle that is thrown away after use, contributing to a toxic world. Finally, the FDA has become aware of reports of severe dehydration and changes in the levels of serum electrolytes from taking more than the recommended dose of OTC sodium phosphate products, resulting in serious adverse effects on organs, including the kidneys and heart, and in some cases resulting in death. Serum electrolytes include calcium, sodium, and phosphate. According to the reports, most cases of serious harm occurred with a single dose of sodium phosphate that was larger than recommended or with more than one dose in a day. This is not the case with our therapeutic enema series, which does not use serum electrolytes to cleanse the colon like the Fleet Enema products.
Over these past 17 years working with thousands of clients, we at the Optimal Health Network and the Optimal Health Center can confidently say that you will almost always improve your overall state of wellness by taking a regular enema series to cleanse the colon.
Many people need more health support than they are receiving. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2010 American had slightly less than a 1 in 2 lifetime risk of developing cancer; for women, the risk is a little more than 1 in 3.
For the past four years, I’ve been writing in a weekly class
by means of a unique practice called Contemplative Writing. First we meditate
for 10 minutes. Then we receive a prompt like Beginnings, or I am thinking
about…, or What Will Never Happen Again?, or a favorite moment with a bowl of
soup. Then, we put pen to paper. Go. We are guided to write for 20 minutes,
without stopping, without editing, without looking back. I most often do it in
a weekly group, but I also write this way in retreats and on my own.
Recently, in the New York Times Health Section, Tara
Parker-Pope’s article, Writing Your Way to Happiness, connected the dots for me on just how healing the
telling of our story can be.
The article calls it expressive writing – writing about
oneself. "The scientific research on the benefits of so-called expressive
writing is surprisingly vast. Studies have shown that writing about oneself and
personal experiences can improve mood disorders, help reduce symptoms among cancer patients, improve a person’s health after a heart attack, reduce
doctor visits and even boost memory."
Here is a recent expressive writing that I did with my
writing group: Time
and I are wrestling, perhaps to the death. Some days, as the black coots dive
below the great waves of the gray lake where I write, I am certain that Time has me gripped in
a headlock, face down on the sandy shore, next to the stench of a dead carp. Just the other day, I gave up. Time
let go. As I sat on the sand with my back to a wall of rocks, I felt myself
become those coots, that lake, the entire eternal moment. Then, a bald eagle
flew overhead. Now, Time
and I were wrestling again. Out of the corner of my eye, I could see the eagle swoop and swoop
again towards those coots – those coots who were now elegantly, madly, and with
great purpose, beating their wings, creating a room of water to surround. Once Time
realized the eagle
might go hungry, she tossed me off so I could watch – could watch hunger and
water and fear and grace meet. I sat again with my back against the rocks,
along the shore of the gray lake and understood I was also empty and hungry;
also afraid and wet. I went deeper within and felt time rush my body, pushing it against
the rocks, forcing her whole weight against me. A rib cracked, a heart broke, a
As the eagle
flew overhead with the coot in her beak, I remembered my pen and notebook. I
carefully reached over and picked them both up, dusted off the sand and
continued to write.
Would you like to explore optimizing your health through
writing? Join me on Blog Talk Radio to explore expressive writing and all other
topics related to health. You can also e-mail or call the Optimal Health
Network. Perhaps you’d like to be in a Contemplative Writing Group of your own!
Essential Oil Use Holds Promise in Lowering Our Need for Antibiotics
Antibiotic resistance is a serious threat facing all of us
today. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), "antimicrobial
resistance (AMR) threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an
ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and
For instance, "there are high proportions of antibiotic
resistance (ABR) in bacteria that cause common infections (e.g. urinary tract
infections, pneumonia, bloodstream infections) in all regions of the world. A
high percentage of hospital-acquired infections are caused by highly resistant
bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or
multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria."
Antibiotics are a foundational component of modern medicine,
without which many of our current treatment modalities and medical procedures
become exceedingly dangerous. We all need to be a part of the solution, using
antibiotics as sparely as possible and encouraging others to do the same.
Fortunately, research investigating various plant extracts,
hoping to find alternatives to antibiotic drugs, is extremely promising.
Essential oils have potent antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal
properties. Mounting research also suggests they may be powerful enough to address diseases like cancer. (Limonene is high in all citrus oils, like lemon and tangerine.)
A recent article in The Atlantic goes into great detail about how scientists and farmers are now
looking to essential oils to keep people and animals healthy and discusses the
experimental use of essential oils to combat disease in poultry.
The Atlantic article goes on to say that "in the lab,
scientists have been testing all kinds of combinations of essential oils and
antibiotics, and they’re repeatedly finding that the oils – used on their own and
in combination with some common antibiotics – can fight numerous pathogens, including antibiotic-resistant strains of E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus (which
causes staph infection), and other common types of bacteria. Results
consistently show that combining essential oils and antibiotics significantly
lowers the amount of antibiotic required to do the job. For example, two recent
studies showed that lavender and cinnamon essential oils killed E. coli, and when
combined with the antibiotic piperacillin, the oils reversed the resistance of
the E. coli bacteria to the antibiotic. Another recent study found that basil
oil and rosemary oil were both effective in inhibiting the growth of 60 strains
of E. coli retrieved from hospital patients. Other research has produced
similar results for many other essential oils, both alone and in combination
with antibiotics. Researchers believe that one mechanism by which the oils work
is by weakening the cell wall of resistant bacteria, thereby damaging or
killing the cells while also allowing the antibiotic in."
Again, we all need to do our part to use alternatives to
antibiotics, as often as possible, and to keep our body as healthy as possible
in order to avoid the need for antibiotics.
If you need support with which essential oils you and your
family might use, please call us at 608-242-0200 for general questions or to set
up a personal consultation for an individualized health plan.
Biochemist Dr. Otto Warburg received the Nobel Prize in Physiology in 1931 for his pioneering research on the potential origins of cancer. Dr. Warburg was director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute (now Max Planck Institute) for Cell Physiology in Berlin. He investigated the metabolism of tumors and the respiration of cells, particularly cancer cells. Below are some quotes from Dr. Warburg during medical lectures in which he was the keynote speaker:
"Cancerous tissues are acidic, whereas healthy tissues are alkaline. Water splits into H+ and OH- ions. If there is an excess of H+ ions, it is acidic; if there is an excess of OH- ions, then it is alkaline."
"All normal cells have an absolute requirement for oxygen, but cancer cells can live without oxygen - a rule without exception."
"Deprive a cell 35% of its oxygen for 48 hours and it may become cancerous."
In his work, The Metabolism of Tumours, Dr. Warburg demonstrated that all forms of cancer are characterized by two basic conditions: acidosis (a condition in which there is too much acid in the body fluids) and hypoxia (lack of oxygen). Lack of oxygen and acidosis are two sides of the same coin: where you have one, you have the other.
Dr. Warburg hypothesized that the primary cause of cancer is oxygen deficiency (brought about by toxemia). He discovered that cancer cells are anaerobic (do not breathe oxygen) and cannot survive in the presence of high levels of oxygen.
For years clients have been asking me what water to use in their enemas, and until now I've resisted an in-depth answer, simply recommending reverse osmosis water or saying that whatever water is accessible is fine. The truth of the matter is that there is a lot of information to sort through to really understand what constitutes quality drinking water and quality colon cleanse water.
I want to apologize to all my customers who have asked about drinking water, water filtration, and water for the colon cleanse, and received incomplete or inaccurate advice from me. The water you drink and the water you use in your colon is crucial to your optimal health, and I am now prepared to speak to this issue in more detail.
In May of 2014 some clients in California approached me about Enagic's Kangen Water Ionizers, which led me to research issues of water quality in more depth. Now, after 8 months of closer study, I am in shock to discover that almost all of us are deeply settling in terms of water. We all know good water is crucial to good health, yet most of us truly aren't locating quality water. Think of the organics movement in the USA 40 years ago! Kangen water is as close as most of us will get to "organic" water at this time in history. I can't recommend it enough for drinking and for cleansing the colon.
In Japan, water ionizers are used in the majority of homes. In the US, current usage is much, much lower. Think about sharing this therapeutic water with your local community. Also we need to get this water into local businesses like cooperatives, Whole Foods, chiropractic offices, etc. All of these places may be unaware that they are contributing to the "water problem" by not offering truly healthy water. For instance, Madison's Willy Street Cooperative offers two types of water that aren't optimal for human use: bottled water and reverse osmosis water. Plastic water bottles pollute the planet and much of bottled water is no healthier than tap water, often at 2,000 times the cost. Reverse osmosis water is "pure" water, but is also dead water. In other words, reverse osmosis water is water without healthy minerals, without antioxidants, and without the ability to optimally hydrate.
You can also use one type of Kangen water for cleaning your enema equipment without the use of detergents. Acidic water, which is one of the 5 waters created by Kangen Water
Ionizers, is used in hospitals in Japan as a sterilizer for surgical
equipment. The water can be used this way because the pH value of the water is 2.5 or less, an acidity which kills germs and viruses.