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Nature’s Magical Mystery

giant squash

I had a dream a few nights ago that I was walking through a giant squash plant that was taller than me. I’m guessing I was picking up on our bunny’s viewpoint, as he has watched this plant sprout and proceed to grow into this humongous squash/pumpkin that is spreading around our yard.

I noticed there is a flower getting ready to open. I throw seeds out in the yard, so I’m not sure exactly what this will turn out to be, but I’m guessing a squash or maybe one of my dad’s giant pumpkins! It’s so exciting when seeds sprout. You never know which ones will sprout, or when… but watching nature bloom in its own perfect timing, when the conditions are right, reminds me of the magic that lies in every seed, big, small and metaphorical… its inherent potential will show up when it’s ready.

It’s so fun to watch it grow… the mystery is part of the fun! squash

Rainbow-Colored Butterflies

I am so fascinated by the many modes of healing. Natural healing appeals to me the most, because it’s obviously the purest method of making whole, which is the origin of the word healing. Research found that the verb to heal derives from the Old English “haelan,” which means “to make whole” and also, “to make well.” So if you have to make something whole, it assumes a piece of it is missing. So, in healing, do we need to find what is missing? How do we do this?

In our western culture, many of us go to the doctor to seek healing when our health is missing. We often leave with a prescription for some type of medicine, aimed to restore our health in some way. Sometimes the medicines work, and we feel better in a short time … but other times, the medicine alone isn’t enough to heal us (and might even harm us), and we must take steps to find other healing modalities that can help restore our health and make us whole.

The healing modalities are numerous. Besides the prescription medications, there are herbal remedies, homeopathic formulations, ayurvedic ingredients, gemstone therapy, psychotherapy, light therapy, frequency healing, sound therapy, flower essences, energy medicine, Reiki, meditation, hydrotherapy, voice therapy, nutritional therapy, chakra healing, and many more. What is important is that you find the healing modality that resonates with you. And this exploration requires you to become an active part of your healing, seeking what you need, what you might be missing to make you healthy, whole and happy.

As even Jesus proclaims in the New Testament (Luke, 4:23), “Physician, heal thyself.”

Living organisms have this power. We have a built-in ability to heal, much like our body heals a cut or wound by forming a scab and closing up and growing new skin. We know, somewhere inside us, how to heal. It is this self-induced healing that really intrigues me.

I’ve read about people healing themselves, through thought and an array of other healing methods. This is an amazing natural power and an ability I believe we all have. Belief in our natural ability to heal is essential to using our ability and healing what ails us.

A radio show I was listening to not long ago described this inborn ability in nature as a rainbow-colored butterfly. The colors of the rainbow all have an order, and meaning, and a butterfly symbolizes transformation, so together, it is a rainbow-colored order that brings about transformation, or change, and healing.

I would like to compile a book of true personal experiences of people’s healing. If you have a story where you healed yourself of a health condition, please, inspire us and share it with us. I will post them all. Sharing our stories of healing is empowering, inspiring and reassuring that we all have the power to heal within us.

In health, flutters happiness. 
 

Cut the Corruption, Eat Naturally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My mom was recently told by her doctor that her thyroid was enlarged, and he encouraged her to have it removed. Located in the neck, the thyroid gland’s job is to produce hormones that regulate our metabolism. Called the “spark plugs of the body,” by Dr. Paul Eck, the thyroid hormones are essential for energy production in our cells and impacts every area of body functioning: digestion, heart health, fat metabolism, carbohydrate metabolism, protein synthesis, body weight, heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, muscle strength, sleep and sexual functioning.

Thyroid cells are also the only cells in the body that absorb iodine, which combines with the amino acid tyrosine. Amino acids are the building blocks of cells, and we know our metabolism “refers to the way the body turns food into energy,” (thank you A 2 Z of Health, Beauty and Fitness: http://health.learninginfo.org/function-thyroid-gland.htm).

Even more, thyroid hormones “are also concerned with creativity and expression in the world.  They are needed to reach out to the world and participate in it.  Those with very low thyroid functioning are often withdrawn and depressed for this reason.  In contrast, many famous people who are ‘out in the world’ have higher levels of thyroid hormones,” says Dr. Lawrence Wilson, at http://drlwilson.com/Articles/hormone%20therapy.htm.

It’s also interesting to me that the “thyroid gland is located right at the level of the fifth energy center called the throat chakra.  This center has to do with expression and creativity. Thyroid problems are sometimes more severe in individuals who are having difficulty expressing themselves, or who feel suppressed or shut down in their creative endeavors.”

Being that the thyroid is so essential to our body’s functioning and well-being, why would a doctor advise someone having thyroid problems to just cut it out?

There was no discussion between my mom and the doctor about why the thyroid was enlarged, how it gets that way, and other possible ways to treat it. Instead, he was eager to refer her to several experts who could schedule her thyroid removal (at a mere average patient cost of $37,246!!: http://www.surgerycosts.net/price.php?medical=thyroidectomy-surgery), after which she would have to take thyroid medication for the rest of her life (joining the millions of Americans alone who take these drugs). When we look at the money to be made by these pharmaceutical companies, we can understand the motives.

As Dr. Wilson, MD, who has taken the time to address this issue (thank you Dr. Wilson!), tells us, “Hormone replacement therapy is costly.  The costs include 1) the hormones, 2) repeated testing that is absolutely required to prescribe them properly and 3) longer-term costs because one must usually stay on them for years.  Other hidden costs may be the damage they cause to the body. In addition to the financial burden, one becomes dependent on tests and doctors that in itself extracts a human cost.  Cost is not important if it saves a life, but it is important for most people, especially if less expensive alternatives such as nutritional balancing can be used instead” (http://drlwilson.com/Articles/hormone%20therapy.htm).

Natural therapies are available for thyroid treatment. Unfortunately, it’s not part of our Western medicine protocol to even address them. This makes it essential for people to actively become involved in researching, for health.

Our medical system has not always been this screwed up. Before the American Medical Association (AMA) came along in 1847, natural therapies and holistic medicine were the norm.

It’s not surprising to learn that money is the reason why things have changed, to the point where when someone suggests looking into natural, “alternative” remedies for health issues, they are looked at as a little “quacky.” What most of us don’t realize is in the 19th century, the homeopathic schools were the leading health treatment!

As the story goes, John D. Rockefeller’s father was actually, literally, a snake-oil salesman.

“He was a patent remedy seller. The drugs, of course, are oil-based, and John D. Rockefeller was an oil magnate. He also had a bank. So did J.P. Morgan. The drug industry—the patent remedy industry—was in competition with the natural herbal remedies, and the homeopathic remedies. And the way they prevailed in the whole system was that, first of all, they funded the American Medical Association—the AMA Journal, which got their funding from advertising. And if your drug was advertised in the AMA Journal, then you’ve got the AMA’s seal of endorsement… It was a cartel.”

Civil litigation attorney Ellen Brown writes about this in some of her 11 books on health and the politics of health, “including the Web of Debt: The Shocking Truth About Our Money System (which focuses on the money and banking system itself), and Forbidden Medicine, which traces the suppression of natural health treatment back to the corrupting influences of our financial system.”

Brown became involved with the legal team of Jimmy Keller, who is an alternative cancer therapist in Tijuana who was jailed for, “the alleged crime of representing that he had a high rate of cure for cancer.”

“He always showed the movie World Without Cancer to his patients, which is by Ed Griffin,” she says, “so I read the book World Without Cancer, and it linked the cancer industry—the cancer cartel, basically—with the banking cartel. It showed they had the same roots.

It went back to the Rockefeller-Morgan cartel at the turn of the 20th century. Rockefeller, Morgan, and Carnegie supported drugs, funded the medical schools, and basically got the homeopathic schools shut down. (In the 19th century, the homeopathic schools were the leading health treatment.)

… I realized in the course of that that if you wanted to get to crux of the problem, you had to deal with banking, because that was actually where they got their power. They got their power from the power to create money.”

Brown recommends reading The Creature from Jekyll Island and World Without Cancer to learn more about the links between banking and the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Mercola highlights more about this here: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/07/15/ellen-brown-discusses-money-system.aspx?e_cid=20120715_SNL_ArtNew_1

 

Natural is the Way
As I’ve been researching natural thyroid treatments for my mom, I have not been surprised to learn that good nutrition is the basic therapy, as it is for many, if not all dis-ease.

Australian Naturopath & Wellness Coach Louise O’Connor offers the following suggestions (note: natural food!)

  • “Up your intake of iodine-rich foods such as Japanese sea vegetables e.g. nori, wakame, kombu and arame. Thyroid hormones contain iodine making this a critical mineral for normal thyroid activity.
  • Cook your brassica vegetables for six to seven minutes. These vegetables contain ‘goitrogens’ which prevent the use of iodine. Goitrogens are found in broccoli, sweet potato, cabbage, cauliflower, turnips, brussel sprouts and mustard greens. Cooking inactivates the thyroid inhibiting effect.
  • Choose traditional soy products. In Asia, small amounts of traditional soy foods are consumed. This includes tofu, natto, miso, tempeh, and boiled soy beans (edamame), rather than the large amounts of refined and unfermented soy products that are now found in our Western supermarkets.
  • Eat selenium-rich foods such as asparagus, Brazil nuts, grains, garlic and mushrooms. Selenium assists activation of thyroid hormones.
  • Eat foods that provide a plentiful supply of zinc such as oysters and pumpkin seeds. Zinc is a necessary nutrient to assist healthy thyroid activity.
  • Avoid trans fats or ‘plastic fats’ found in margarine, TV dinners, bakery foods, commercially prepared snack foods and deep fried food. These very unhealthy fats are very damaging to the thyroid cell membranes.” –http://www.natural-hormone-health.com/natural-treatment-for-thyroid-problems.html

 I’ve also read that pineapples contain bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme that eats anything foreign in our bodies!

 And again, we see how natural foods lead to natural health. Anything else needs to be cut out!