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February 7, 2015

Writing Your Way to Health

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 bird screamed.
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.

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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!

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February 6, 2015

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 fungi."

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."

Key facts about antimicrobial resistance

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.

Here are a few of the essential oils that have been shown to have strong antimicrobial properties:
Thieves products are an excellent place to begin as they contain many of the most potent antimicrobial oils.

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January 11, 2015

Searching for the Root Causes of Cancer

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.

Read more about the Warburg Hypothesis

If you would like support in alkaline hydration to help reduce excess acidity in your body, please contact us at the Optimal Health Network.

To schedule personal support for broader issues of nutrition, colon cleansing, and essential oils, please begin by completing our Client Intake Form.

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January 9, 2015

You Need Different Water

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.

More information on using Kangen water for cleaning

More information on Kangen water and ordering Kangen products

More information on the quality of Enagic Water Ionizers

Kangen water business opportunities

More information on the effects of choosing to drink from water bottles

What's the problem with plastic bottles?

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December 1, 2014

What is Kangen Water?

Learn about Kangen business opportunities

Learn more about the healing benefits of Kangen water

Kangen Water® is delicious water created from Enagic's innovative water technology. Not only does this device filter your tap water, but it also produces ionized alkaline and acidic waters through electrolysis. These waters are optimal when taking enemas and for optimal hydration.

When taking enemas, the type of water you use is crucial.

The Optimal Health Network now offers this powerful Enagic water-ionizing machine, which produces up to 5 different types of water. You will be amazed at the versatility of this remarkable, cutting-edge product.

TYPES OF WATER:

Kangen Water® (pH 8.5 - 9.5)

Kangen water at 9.0 is optimal to use for preparing the coffee enema to balance out the natural acidity of coffee.

Additionally, this water is perfect for drinking, cooking, gardening, and so much more! Drink a minimum of a 1/2 ounce of Kangen water for each pound of body weight. Even more water is better for optimal health. Do you want to take our water challenge? Drink 100-120 ounces of Kangen water by drinking 1/2 cup every 30 minutes.

Neutral Water (pH 7.0)

Free of chlorine, rust, and cloudiness, neutral water is ideal for taking the first two enemas in the enema series.

Slightly Acidic Water (pH 4.0 - 6.0)

Slightly acidic water is recognized for its astringent effects. It is terrific to use for gentle cleaning, hygienic, and beauty care, and even keeping frozen food full of flavor!

Strong Acidic Water (pH 2.5)

This water has excellent cleaning properties. Use strong acidic water to sanitize kitchen utensils and countertops to keep areas safe and clean.

Learn about Kangen business opportunities

Learn more about the healing benefits of Kangen water

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