Monday, 11 March 2013
Tuesday, 5 March 2013
I have always been fascinated by cranio-sacral therapy since I took my son to have his treatments at 1 year old as he kept having a lot of colds, coughs and not cope well with them. They worked on his traumatic birth and after few months that was it, even if he gets a cold and a cough he mainly does not need antibiotics. One because I was so impressed by the therapy that I decided to learn it and therefore I treat him when he needs it. And as his system is so used to the therapy he respond so quickly to it. It is like the NAET treatments for reactions to food and environmental compounds, we cannot prove how it works scientifically but it works and it is amazing. My son used to suck his thumb till 6 years old and unfortunately that got his upper teeth a bit out of place with his lower teeth and the dentist recommended to see the orthodontist. Now my son, now 10, does not want to wear braces. So we agreed for me to work on his teeth and mouth with the cranio-sacral therapy and see how much we can help the situation. I treated him last night and this morning he said, mum it is magical, the front teeth were not even next to each other last night and this morning they are, I can feel them!!! and I can see that he is telling the truth. I have treated adults with the same problem and their orthodontics said the same. So I know the therapy works and especially for Temporal Mandibular Joint pain it is a magical therapy.... So yes the therapy together with nutrition and NAET works amazingly well to reset the physical and emotional balance...
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
It came out while communicating with some of my colleagues about onions properties. There is on the internet the thought that onions cut and put under the bed when somebody is ill with any breathing illness might help getting rid of the disease. Or that the onions will attract all the bacteria and viruses around so if you leave it for few days open and not covered it will attract bed bacteria and will be poison or make us feel sick. Also I read that the onions and garlic ARE poison for dogs and cats and that they can die if they eat it in great quantity. Well the latter one is true, apparently for the cats and dogs the thiosulphate which is an antiplatelet compound found in garlic and onions very therapeutic for humans but is a poisons for the these animals. As for the rest well not yet drawn a conclusions or I have not seen any research that as disproved or proved that it is the case. Let’s start with the properties of onions and garlic.
· Onions have also the short-chain fructooligosaccharides, which is a fibre which is digested by the friendly bacteria in the colon (probiotics). Probiotics in turns ferment the short-chain frutooligosaccharides into short chain fatty acid (acetate, propionate and butyrate, lactate and gas), which in turn are food for the colon cells which repair the intestinal tract. The probiotics serves as a defender for the other harmful bacteria and eating onions, asparagus, chicory, Jerusalem artichokes and normal artichokes would promote their health. It has been shown that short-chain fructooligosaccharides also increases the absorption of magnesium.
· Because onions are high in flavonoids, especially quercetin, they are good anti-inflammatory foods. Fermented onions have been shown to increase their quercetin amount. Quercetin is a very good antioxidant and anti-inflammatory as it has been shown to stop the inflammatory cascade prostaglandins (Pg1). Also quercetin is a fat soluble and water soluble antioxidant which protect the nerve cells as well. Quercetin is found in high quantity in apples. Antioxidants might still not be destroyed a lot if cooked at a temperature of 50 degree C but the storage will reduce the antioxidants content. The longer you store it cooked and cut the less antioxidant the onions will have.
· Onions contains is high in thiosulfinates, a volatile sulfur compounds which gives the pungent flavor of onions and garlic. This compound has been shown to prevent a number of diseases such as high cholesterol, heart diseases, obesity, diabetes type 2 and gastrointestinal problems. Although for some people can actually lead to gastrointestinal problems if intolerant to the compound and as I mentioned above is hazardous for dogs and cats.
· Onions are also high in the mineral nickel, a mineral that is found everywhere. If you are sensitive or allergic to it then avoids onions and garlic and mushrooms in high quantity.
· Other compounds such as glycosylate (phenolic and steroidal origins) have shown medicinal properties such as anti-inflammatory and anti-ulcerogenic activity but only if consumed raw.
Funny enough while I was researching the onions properties I got ill with a big inflamed throat and an upper respiratory infection. I knew it was a bad one as my throat suddenly went into fire for two days. I treated myself with cranio-sacral literally all night felt a bit better to work for a little bit and then that was it for 3 days I was out. Treating myself continuously, taking wild oregano, salt throat wash, vitamin C lysine and colloidal silver spray. Ate very warm foods when I could feel hungry. Drank water etc.
Then I thought what a better time to try the onion theory. So I did for two days I put an onion under my bed or near my head. I was hoping that it would help, maybe the bacteria and virus could quantum leap into the onion and that would be it. I thought about quantum leap after seeing Brian Cox (and I am sure many did) talking about quantum leap and things moving all the time from one place to another by our atoms moving all the time and shifting all the time. So I thought maybe that is how the bacteria/virus would travel. But with a bit of disappointment, my onions was normal a bit less antioxidant in it but still more or less the same. Nothing unusual on it and I was still pretty ill. So kept taking my supplements and treating myself, had some colleagues treating me with cranio-sacral and did an Epson floating session. All helped so that I did not have to take any antibiotics but definitely not the onions under my bed I am afraid to say. I think maybe for who every tried it there was something in the air that was making their lung weak and therefore by the onion attracted whatever was in the air might have helped their lungs to clear. I cannot say for sure, but I did try…. I still ate the onion in the soup I could not eat it raw as I did not feel eating them, but used a lot of garlic also in my food. In all onions is still very therapeutic for now by eating it or for the painting to it gets rid of the odors… but the house does stink on onions though (I tried that too when I was painting).
Tuesday, 4 December 2012
Is Christmas parties again and most people will indulge in drinking, eating too much and then pay the consequences later. I found now and I am a bit older than even a glass of alcohol or too much salt will affect me the next day, with very puffy eyes and looking much older than I am. Going to Italy for Christmas is great as the food is very tasty and rich. But I know for sure that if I am not careful or if do not take a liver support or extra anti-oxidants I will look like the wrinkled dogs with their skin hanging out for at least two weeks after I come back. And because I do like to eat great food I still do that but get prepared for it. Drinking plenty of water will help and nice long walks also if possible will help with eliminating some of the extra food. I think the good spirit of Christmas has to be there and being Italian I cannot refuse the invitation for dinners and lunches and the amazing tasting food and cakes that is presenting to me. In a nutshell, have fun, enjoy the Christmas but be prepared for the extra indulgence with probiotcs (to help the intestine heal quicker), liver support and extra antioxidants. Have a great Christmas and a Happy New year everyone......
Tuesday, 9 October 2012
It seems that with Irritable bowel Syndrome (the research are more and more accepting that there are various cause of the disorder. Now they have also accepted that there is a wheat sensitivities which is different from being Coeliac (gluten intolerant). The two can cause some of the same symptoms, but while with Coeliac the consequences could lead to malnutrition and serious problems with wheat sensitivities the malnutrition part can go take longer and the inflammation part of the wheat reaction can lead to other long term disorders, among them Arthritis, painful joints, belly ache when eating wheat based food and or constant bloating and water retention. In the oldest research and from my experience I have also seen low energy and possible weight gain. In a review of Chinese study on IBS the reasons for the disorders are the same as the Western world, which are food intolerance, childhood trauma, continuous stress and anxiety and dysbiosis (gut environmental imbalance). So finally some people have been heard and more studies have been done to either prove or disprove of their claim. All is good though as people are finally listening more to their body and finding out what they can do to look after their own health....
Friday, 10 August 2012
Blackberries and stinging nettles properties and health benefits
Amounts per 100 grams
100 g of blackberries which is less that a cup full will have:
- 186 mg of polyunsaturated fatty acids the omega 6
- 94 mg of the omega 3 fatty acids
- 214 iu of vitamin A
- 21 mg of vitamin C
- 1.2 mg of vitamin E,
- 19.8 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin K,
- 25 mcg of folate (folic acid)
- 20 mg of magnesium
- 162 mg of potassium
- Traces of zinc and selenium
- 32 mg of calcium
- Plenty of the antioxidants compounds polyphenols, anthocyanins.
So pretty good for a fruit, which can be free if you know the parks where they grow on. I love the season of blackberries as I am lucky enough to go and get them near the park where I live. Otherwise they can be quite expensive to buy but worth the cost as you have seen from the nutritional value above. Being of a dark black colour as well means that they have antioxidants properties as well as the blueberries (which are blue but with even more antioxidant value than the blackberries).
Ellaigic acid which is an antioxidant found in many super fruits is a powerful antioxidant and together with other polyphenols and anthocyanins make blackberries and blueberries on top of the list of the superfoods to have everyday in your diet. Antioxidants are very important for the health and support of the blood vessels, keeping the vessels clean and healthy, as well as reducing the effect of inflammations in any part of the body. Blackberries and any berries are not for everybody and for some people it can irritate the intestinal tract and therefore the benefit is not really felt, but for rest of the people that do not suffer from intolerances to the berries are a great food to include in your diet.
I included the stinging nettle in this issue just because quite often if you go and pick up blackberries, there are plenty of stinging nettles around the plants, so be prepared with long pants and long sleeve as you might inevitably get stung by them. Stinging nettles also have amazing properties for being anti-inflammatory, and many people use it for its anti-inflammatory properties by boiling it and drinking the water and/or eat the nettle leaves (make sure that you pick them up with gloves and somewhere that no pesticides has been sprayed, as well as get more information on how to use it). Also some tales of the past mention that if you have arthritis or pain somewhere, and you put the fresh leaves on another part of the body it will take the pain from the arthritis away. When, inevitable, I get stung picking the blackberries I tell myself that is good for me and the pain will go, I do not scratch and I just keep picking up the berries till I do not feel the sting anymore, but I do feel the numbness of the part of the body that the nettle touched for a long time after!!! Again it is worth the pain! I tell myself I am getting a therapeutic treatment at the same time, even though I do not have any arthritis, I am sure my body still benefit from it. So blackberries and stinging nettle do go together for an all around therapeutic effect, inside and outside!!!
Enjoy the berries and picking them up, do prepared for a bit of sting and be safe, and enjoy the experience and the health benefit of it.
Please note: The above article is not meant to substitute any medications that has been recommended by the medical professional at any time.
Monday, 21 May 2012
My thought today is how much our emotions can makes us ill or well. As a child I used to have coughs all the time but no allergies or any physical cause was ever found. I kept having bronchitis up to when I moved to London. I had them twice e year and had to take penicillin to get rid of it. I was wandering why I had those. I stopped having bronchitis twice a year when I moved to London even though I felt the London air was much heavier than the countryside air and the sea air where I was living. So what changed! Well I moved away from the emotional issue that was causing that. My parents and a small town society! Just to say that I love my parents and they were wonderful in providing for us children. But pressure from their own upbringing way and small town society can be quite suppressing if your mind is full of different things that you want to do and achieve. You really need a strong will and mind to go against the tide and is not easy if you keep living in the same place. But a shock can bring that courage even though it does not seem like that when you are in there. I think everyone that has got a persistent cough or cold should look at what they are not saying to themselves and what situation their are in that they do not want to be in. Obviously if it does involve other people you need to know what it is for yourself first and then talk to the other people involved or talk to a friend or a professional help to solve the problem. You should never blame anybody else for your own problem as we all have problems and the only one that can help change ourselves and go where we want to go is us. Therapies such as Emotional Freedom Technique, cranio-sacral, counselling, psychology, drama therapy, art therapy, etc can all help us understand what the real problem is. This does not mean that you might not react to food or environmental chemical, you might still react to that, but if there is nothing that anybody can find, do not think that is all in your mind but look into the emotional side of it instead of giving up...