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Healing and Relaxation

There is nothing more relaxing than a time set aside for a luxurious bath. The feel of soft bubbles and the aroma of a gentle fragrance is one of the most beneficial therapies of modern times.

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Himalayan Salt and Hydrogen Peroxide to the water has many health benefits.

Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) is a natural product and does not contain fragrances or chemicals, it is colorless and odorless. Added to your bath will give you silky smooth skin, a feeling of relaxation and in the process, will adjust your skins acid/alkaline balance.

Pink Himalayan Salt – the purest form of natural salts is mined from ancient oceans deep in the Himalayan mountains. It contains 84 trace elements and minerals not found in other processed salt. Added to your bath it can be a rejuvenating experience for your body, mind and soul in the comforts of your own home.

Hydrogen peroxide (3%) brown bottle – available at most drugstores has detoxifying and healing properties and acts as a safe sanitizer for the body. It is helpful in clearing nasal congestion, relieving aches and pains, allergies and skin irritations.

Before bedtime fill your tub with warm or hot water (your comfort level). Add one cup of Baking Soda, one cup of Pink Himalayan Salt, one cup of Hydrogen Peroxide (3%) and a few drops of your favorite essential oils. Then soak for 30 to 40 minutes. – Simple, safe and affordable.

Sweet Temptations

There is a difference between being hungry and having an irresistable desire for some specific food such as sweet, sugary foods or chocolate. There is evidence that food cravings and addictions activate some of the same areas in the brain. The more we give in to these cravings and the lure of sugary Continue reading

treats, the more we get addicted to the sweet taste and the temporary spike of energy it provides.

It is important to realize that after an hour or two the cycle begins again and the drop in blood sugar has you reachiong for more of the same foods. And just like an alcoholics addiction to alcohol, the urge to consume more sugar is hard to resist.

The average consumption of sugar has increased steadly over the last century and it is estimated the be in the 150 to 170 pound range per adult annually in the developed  countries such as North America and the least affected areas being Asia and Africa.


Loss of Appetite

Loss of appetite is a condition when foods are not appealing or a medical condition is present preventing you from eating normally. This is different then trying to lose weight and minimum amounts of food are eaten to accomplish a weight loss over a period of time. Continue reading

Even on a low-calorie weight loss program, the foods allowed should always be enough to keep you from experiencing hunger and you should maintain a healthy appetite. Often supplements are recommended to ensure that levels of vitamins and minerals are provided when nutrients are lacking to prevent side effects and imbalances.

If the loss of appetite is due to the use of prescription drugs and medications than this condition is most likely temporary and reversible. Other conditions can be far more serious and need to be evaluated by a health-care professional.

These include conditions such as depression, dementia, anorexia, metabolic problems, liver disease, kidney failure, heart disease, bacterial infections, diarrhea and the effects of underlying cancer, chemotherapy, pain killers and antibiotics.

Any persisting lack of appetite is a serious condition and needs to be addressed and the causes identified to restore healthy eating habits and the consumption of nutritious foods.

Why Me?

This is a question often asked by cancer patients and sufferers of other deliberating diseases. Does the condition run in the family, is it hereditary – are genes responsible?

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smoking, too much sun exposure or is an unhealthy diet or a sedentary life style to blame?

What about people that have done everything possible to avoid cancer and other conditions either related to aging or exposure to toxins and environmental hazards.

New research suggests that random chance plays a large part in the process, when healthy cells make mistakes, when random copying errors occur. Gene mutation can cause cancer – what causes the mutations?

Most scientists agree that damage is caused by environmental factors, an assault to our DNA from the world around us and the exposure to cigarette smoke, over exposure of UV light from the sun and other forms of radiation, certain hormones, viruses, an unhealthy diet, obesity and lack of exercise.

The damaged cells then copy themselves, allowing important mutations to gradually build up over time. This is one of the reasons that the risk of cancer increases with age.

Beans Must Be Fully Cooked

One of the foods with the highest amounts of lectin are red kidney beans and as few as 5 under-cooked red kidney beans can cause severe symptoms of bloody vomiting and food poisoning. Continue reading

Cooking at high heat deactivates lectin and makes the beans safe to eat. And while many of the other beans such as white kidney beans and Greek butter beans contain lower amounts of lectin, caution is advised with any type of beans.

Beans, peas and related products should always be soaked in water for at least 12 hours before cooking, with the water being changed frequently. Adding baking soda to the soaking liquid will help in neutralizing the otherwise toxic lectins.

Lectins are also found wheat, seeds, beans, soy, legumes and a variety of night shade products such as eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes and peppers.


Protein and Essential Amino Acids

Proteins are made up of smaller molecules called amino acids – these are the building blocks needed for growth, maintenance and repair. Some can be produced by our own body, while we must get others from the foods we eat. Continue reading

If you’re consuming animal products such as beef, chicken, fish, eggs, or dairy on a daily basis then you’re probably getting an adequate amount of protein. Animal protein provides all the essential amino acids in the right ratio, since animal tissues are very similar to the human kind.

For vegetarians, it is more challenging. To get enough of the essential amino acids needed it may be necessary to supplement with whey or soy protein products to obtain daily requirements.

Without protein, life as we know it would not be possible.

Anti-Bacterial Soap

Scientist have long been warning us of signs that illness can result when the immune system does not get enough practice to fight bacteria and viruses. The premise was that the immune system requires periodic infections during childhood to acquire some immunity. Continue reading

They have recently discovered that the main problem is that children have become squeaky clean and that they need to have contact, not with disease-causing micro-organisms, but with bacteria in untreated water and soil to strengthen their immune system.

The continuing rise in allergies and sensitivities coincides with the acceptance of antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers, the ultimate destroyer of our natural defence system, our own bacteria to prevent infections and immunity to viruses.

When antibacterial soaps and sanitizers are applied during handwashing and showers, the warm water allows these substances to penetrate the skin into our bodies while the pores are open and unlike soap and water my cause a variety of adverse side effects.

Lack of Sleep and Weight Gain

dreamstime_m_53145361Not getting an adequate amount of sleep can leave you feeling irritable and tired and increase your appetite for starchy, fatty and sugary foods. Losing out on sleep increases your levels of the stress hormone cortisol, making you more prone to weight gain. The more sleep-deprived you are, the higher the amount of stress and cortisol. Continue reading

Between a full day of work, traffic, television and social media it is often difficult to turn off and relax. Unfortunately, the idea of getting a good night’s sleep is often met with sleep disorders and insomnia and more anxiety for not getting the desired rest.

Danger of Popping Pimples

dreamstime_m_64288114In a world where beauty and perfection is desired, we often cannot resist the urge to pop a pimple. These nasty zits usually appear without warning just in time before a party, an important function or a date. They can ruin that perfect look by Continue reading

their presence of an accumulation of oils, toxins and bacteria.

What are your options? Squeeze the pimple and risk infection and prolong the healing process or covering it with a layer of foundation and make-up products? The best option is to let it heal through its life span of 5 to 7 days if left alone.

But while worrying about beauty on the surface, the dangers of some practices and how they affect the area below the skin far outweigh the temporary appearance of the blemish. By picking and squeezing you may force the poisons and bacteria deeper into the body, below the skin where it can cause redness, inflammation, swelling and infection.

Popping pimples in the area known as “The Danger Triangle” of the face, which stretches from the bridge of the nose to the corners of the mouth and includes the upper lip, can result in vision loss, brain infections and paralysis.

So – hands off – let it heal on its own.

Sudden Weight Gain

dreamstime_l_19724110Sudden weight gain is defined as gaining two or more pounds in one week. The common reasons for excess weight are either eating too much food or exercising too little. This is not always the case, there are other conditions that can either temporally contribute to weight gain or to slowly add on the pounds. Continue reading

People come in all sizes and shapes and some are prone to gaining weight easier than others. Some people are genetically pre-programmed to be heavier and larger in size and genetics may contribute up to 60% to body size and weight, a larger frame or an endomorphic body type which translates into a fuller, rounder figure.

Another reason is that some people have a slower metabolism and therefore gain weight easily but there are other conditions that can increase your weight which are not diet related and need to be addressed.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

dreamstime_m_35188315Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD primarily affects people during the fall and winter season. It is a form of depression, with periods of being sad, angry or irritable and may leave you feeling more tired than usual.

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equator can disturb your internal clock and you may feel the need to sleep more than usual.

Presumably, food was scarce during most of human prehistory, and a tendency toward low energy during the winter months would have been adapted by reducing the need for calorie intake. Hibernation is an extreme example, but even species that do not hibernate often exhibit changes in behavior during the winter months.

In the fall cravings for carbohydrates to prepare for the season ahead are common and weight gain is often experienced during these times of low energy and with less time spent outdoors it is getting progressively worse as the winter season continues.

Seasonal mood variations are believed to be related to light. Treatment with a light box (Bright Light Therapy) has been proven to be effective and should be started in the early fall and continued throughout the long winter months. Once the days get longer towards the spring and summer the symptoms usually fade away gradually and healthy eating and outdoor activities will prevent the weight gain to become permanent.

Making Choices

dreamstime_m_49091298Every day, every minute we make choices. Choices about immediate actions, planning the next step or the future. These choices can have far reaching effects and can be responsible to change the rest of your life and that of future generations.

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We make decisions and choices in split seconds to keep us safe and secure. Choices to react to our surroundings and to others in what we consider an appropriate manner.

Some of the everyday simple choices include what food to eat, what clothes to wear and our overall image we present to the rest of the world.

When faced with simple options, and one being advantages over the other, the choices are clear and immediate and are just part of every day’s routine. We are usually satisfied with the outcome and move on to the next issue.

With more choices, it becomes harder to decide since the consequences are more severe and may have far reaching implications. The more important decisions often allow us to work through the details and we can evaluate the pros and cons and the consequences our choices may present.

Many people procrastinate or make no decision at all, leaving it up to chance and if the outcome is unsatisfactory they blame it on everything else except their own inability to make decisions. Hoping for the best is not a good option and luck should only play a small part in the outcome. A decision well thought out and executed is giving you confidence and satisfaction.

The Ultimate Weight Loss Formula

dreamstime_xxl_4758205There is a way to lose weight quickly and safely. The average person will gain approximately two pounds per year and that doesn’t seem to be much of a concern, but over the period of 10 years this amounts to about 20 pounds, over 20 years to 40 pounds and over a period of 30 years it can add up to 60 pounds. Continue reading

One day you look in the mirror and you ask yourself “How did this happen”. You know the answer. Even if you have been following a reasonably healthy lifestyle,
metabolism and a more sedentary lifestyle can make you gain weight in all the wrong places.

The HCG weight loss program has helped millions of people to lose the extra pounds. Some have achieved a weight loss of up to 30 pounds in 30 days without feeling hungry or deprived. Our specially formulated natural blend has helped our clients to lose the weight and to keep it off.

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Fasting to Kick-Start your Weight Loss

dreamstime_m_5546688Fasting can play an important part in getting you started to lose weight and is beneficial for overweight and obese individuals. A fast can last as little as 12 hours or can be extended to a period of 7 days.

Intermittent fasting has been embraced by many religions as a form of cleansing and great ancient personalities like Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Continue reading

Pythagoras promoted water fasting as a way to remove toxins and impurities from the body.

Research has shown that fasting may reset your immune system and in the process, increase mental clarity.  It is, however, important to stay hydrated during the fasting period and drinking lots of water is recommended.

One of the easiest ways to get started is with a 24 hour fast, starting at noon after lunch, skip dinner that day and breakfast the next morning and you can eat lunch again after the 24-hour period. Drink lots of water – stay occupied or meditate and you will benefit by having better focus, more energy and a great start towards a weight loss program and a healthier lifestyle..

Treating the Whole Person

dreamstime_m_3428950It is often difficult to determine if a condition is physical or mental in origin. Many people will express psychological stress in physical ways, such as abdominal pain, headaches, migraines, nausea or pain in various areas of the body. Continue reading

Anxiety and depression with associated insomnia can have serious effect on the immune system and puts a person at greater risk of infections if not adequately addressed. A weakened immune system is then unable to fight off infections and diseases.

Stress, worry and fear can lead to a variety of health problems and just as mental and emotional issues can cause physical pain and suffering, the opposite is true. Disease, injuries and illness can lead to medication dependency and addiction with psychiatric side effects.

Psychological and social factors are just as important as biological symptoms and are interconnected and complex.  Even if we could determine whether the cause of a particular condition or disorder is mental/emotional or physical it is most beneficial to treat the whole person.

Menopause and Night Sweats

dreamstime_m_13766791Waking up during the night and experiencing excessive sweating is not uncommon. If the sleeping quarters are too warm and heavy covers and clothing are used in addition, overheating is easily explained.

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menopause, infections, medication and fevers.

Menopausal night sweats or hot flashes are due to changes in hormones, ending the female cycles of fertility. It may manifest in the form of feeling flushed or redness of the face, the neck, the ears, the chest, the extremities or all over the body.

Stress can be a factor and hot flashes can be associated with diet, lifestyle and physical activity. Eating hot, spicy foods or consuming alcohol may have a similar effect and sensitivities can develop at any point in a person’s life.

Mental Stamina

dreamstime_m_1254762During a life-time we face many challenges. How we react and meet these adversities may say a lot about our mental strength. How well we are able to deal with job loss, marriage break-up, financial set-backs and disappointments in general is a measure of emotional stability and stamina. Continue reading

Mentally strong people are able to see new opportunities instead of defeat, overcome adversities by making though decisions to achieve positive results

Mental endurance and strength is a matter of emotional intelligence and maturity and taking responsibility for situations and their actions.

Emotional intelligence is the ability to navigate through social complexities, it increases self awareness and prevents self sabotage of personal growth and future goals.


Emotionally intelligent people place high value on their relationships, they treat everyone with respect, display a positive outlook and are willing to lend a helping hand.

They focus on solutions – not failure.

Wildlife Extinction Crisis

dreamstime_m_1890771Our planet Earth is experiencing a wave of mass extinction. Animal and plant species are disappearing at an alarming rate.

Although extinction is a natural phenomenon, it is usually limited to one to five species per year. At the current rate, scientists have Continue reading

estimated that we are losing thousands of species year after year due to human interference.

In the past, most mass extinctions were caused by volcanic eruptions, asteroid strikes, climate shifts or other natural disasters, the present situation is almost entirely caused by humans and is the consequence of changes to the delicate balance of eco-systems, our biosphere and habitats that include rainforests, coral reefs, grasslands, tundra’s, polar regions and local environments.

The loss or extinction of every species has the potential of leading to the extinction of other species interdependent through the ecology of their natural environment and it is clear, that thousands are at risk to disappear forever.

Amphibians such as frogs, toads are disappearing due to the loss of their habitat and water and air pollution. Declining bird populations confirm that many changes are occurring in response to human interference.

Butterflies, earthworms and 30% of the 1.2 million known species of invertebrates are at risk and threatened by water pollution, ground water changes and deforestation. Our rivers and oceans are polluted and many of the fresh water and marine habitats are endangered and at risk of disappearing

Even mammals – our closest relatives – the primates such as monkeys, apes and chimpanzees along with marine mammals such a whales, dolphins and porpoises are severely endangered and are heading towards extinction.

Can our planet be saved – can the human species survive?

Micro-Organisms Were First

dreamstime_m_59819250Microbes were the first forms of life on Earth. They have adapted and survived many changes over billions of years. They are too small to be seen with the naked eyes and we find these micro-organisms everywhere – from the deepest sea to the highest mountains, from the hottest springs and deserts to the coldest regions of the North and South Pole. Continue reading

Microbes are essential to nature, they are in the soil and feed our plants and trees and provide nutrition for animals and life-stock to grow and thrive. They feed the Earth and remove waste materials to be decomposed and recycled into their elementary forms, they are the keepers of the planet.

Microbes are part of the human body and outnumber human cells 10 to one, that means for every human cell there are at least 10 micro-organisms present. Are these micro-organisms harmful? Having a healthy gut flora is essential to protect us from invaders and to maintain a healthy balance is protecting our immune system which mostly resides in the digestive tract.

A weakened immune system can allow harmful bacteria to establish a presence. One thing we have to acknowledge is that microbes are extremely intelligent and that they are capable to change and evolve and that they have become resistant to anti-biotics and our efforts to eliminate these life forms.

Harmful bacteria have resisted all human efforts and are causing deadly infections which our most potent drugs can not eliminate. The best defense is a strong immune system to resist infectious bacteria in the first place and to limit the use of anti-biotics.

Exposure to 12 Toxins Before Breakfast

dreamstime_m_10183013Our environment is getting more toxic year after year. Most homes are now loaded with chemicals and toxins found in carpets, fabrics, pressed wood furniture, chemically treated substances, cleaning products and plastics. Continue reading

Even before breakfast the average person is exposed to a number of chemicals in soaps, shampoos, conditioners, toothpastes, mouthwash, deodorants, a variety of skin care products, cosmetics, hair spray, after shave, cologne and contact lenses.

In addition, the air quality inside our homes might be more toxic than the outdoors and residues from weed killers, fertilizers, bug control products, germicides and pesticides may be hidden in places not suspected to harbour them.

Pollution in the air, in our food and in our water, is at an all-time high and the average person is now the carrier of more than 200 toxins which our bodies are unable to identify and our immune system reacts to. These substances are often the reason for sensitivities, allergies and a variety of medical conditions difficult to identify.

We need to stop this exposure and look for safe and environmentally friendly substances if we want to avoid serious illness and enjoy good health and vitality.

It is a Toxic World