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IN THIS ISSUE:
1) REIKI AND THE FUTURE
2) THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF PROBIOTICS
3) MEDICINAL USES FOR HORSERADISH ROOT
“Natural Forces Within Us Are The True Healers” ~ Hippocrates
1) REIKI AND THE FUTURE
By William Lee Rand
Excerpt from the book William Lee Rand has written with Arjava Petter and Walter Lubeck titled The Spirit of Reiki.
Because of the change that consciousness is undergoing on the planet, Reiki has a wonderful future. Reiki is becoming more popular because of this change at the same time that it is one of the reasons the change is taking place. In fact, you could say that the spirit of Reiki is the spirit of our planet's future.
In the past people have attempted to preserve their well being by establishing and defending their differences and creating separateness; separateness from other individuals, other ethnic groups, other religions, other countries, etc. Maintaining our separateness has been of paramount importance and we have devoted the majority of our resources to doing this.
The underlying idea was that peace will come only when we first protect ourselves from others and then dominate them. The result has been the development of weapons of greater and greater destructiveness and a world that became less and less safe.
The assumption that separateness was the solution to our security came from fear. This fear came mostly from not knowing or understanding members of other groups, religions, and countries etc. Fear creates distortions in ones thinking and this is what caused people to accept this false assumption.
The truth is that we are not separate. We are all interconnected. This has been an important part of the teachings of many spiritual groups and native peoples since ancient times. It is also a basic truth of Reiki consciousness. Fortunately, as the world becomes a smaller place and activities in the world have speeded up, this truth has become easier to see. Many of the world’s leaders are realizing this and have begun to work more closely together. We can see this in the end of the Cold War, the destruction of the Berlin wall; and the fact that the major powers of the world are now working together to solve problems and create peace rather than to engage in or instigate war.
Most of the countries of the world have gotten the message too and are beginning to operate under the assumption that if we all work together, everyone will be better off. And while there are still major problems in the world, there are tremendous resources being focused on them. It appears that we are over the hump. We are quickly moving from a world where separateness, power and control are the main methods of organization to a world where love, cooperation and acceptance is becoming the primary basis of our activities. These are the basic qualities that Reiki creates in any person or situation it is directed toward. It is certain that the increased use of Reiki in the world is contributing to this process.
Reiki Will Help Bring World Peace
One of the difficulties the world has experienced is the struggles that have taken place between different religious and ethnic groups. In fact when we look at the history of the world, we can see that many of the wars that have been fought have been over religious differences where one religious group try’s to dominate the other. This has caused great suffering in the world and created religious hatreds that go directly against religious principles. Much of the suffering in the world comes from religious intolerance.
Because Reiki is spiritual, yet not a religion, it has attracted students from all religious and spiritual backgrounds.
Continue reading this excerpt....
2) THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF PROBIOTICS
By Dr. Group
What Are Probiotics?
Repeatedly demonstrated to aid gastrointestinal health in the human body, acidophilus and other probiotics are key elements of our overall health and well being. This is particularly true when we consider that many of our common-day chronic ailments begin in the digestive system. It is also true when we consider the sheer number of people that suffer from poor gastrointestinal health, a condition which lowers the overall level of good bacteria in the body.
Before we go into the multi-fold benefits of taking probiotics, let’s define what probiotics are. The Joint FAO/WHO Working Group defines probiotics as “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host.”
In plain English, probiotics are a type of living bacteria that actually benefit your health when taken in the appropriate amounts. This friendly bacteria, located in the gastrointestinal tract, comes in a variety of forms. With more than 400 different bacteria living in the human gastrointestinal tract, the most common forms of intestinal probiotics are L. acidophilus and Bifidobacteria bifidum.
These bacteria act as balancing agents for non-friendly, pathogenic, gut-bacteria such as Candida or E. coli. When the “good-guys” are not present enough, a number of bacteria-related health problems such as digestive upset, headaches, sluggishness, irritability, cadidiasis (an overgrowth of the bacteria Candida albicans), and even anxiety can ensue.
Lactobacillus acidophilus is, quite possibly, the strongest of our probiotic fighters. Studies show that L. acidophilus actually creates a natural form of antibiotics in the body. This natural antibiotic increases our ability to produce antimicrobial action against the pathogens in the food we eat, the air we breath, and the things we come in contact with.
Stress, unhealthy lifestyles, and most importantly, unhealthy acidic diets, destroy our natural amounts of probiotics. In this sense, it is a great idea to add a probiotic supplement to your diet.
The Health Benefits Of Probiotics
The following health benefits are associated with the intake of daily doses of probiotics.
Enhanced immune system response
Reduces negative affects of taking many types of antibiotics
Aids in preventing and treating colon inflammation following surgery
Helps to prevent eczema in youth
Increased ability to digest food
Therapeutic for viral respiratory tract infections by enhancing the overall immune system
Reduces lactose intolerance
Reduces incidence of yeast infection, vaginitis and candidiasis
Increases ability to assimilate the nutrients from food
Alleviates many common digestive disorders such as constipation, diarrhea and IBS
Acts as a treatment for halitosis (bad breath)
Increases ability to synthesize vitamin B
Increases ability to absorb calcium
Promotes anti-tumor and anti-cancer activity in the body
Who Should Take Probiotics?
There is no question that candiasis sufferers require supplemental use of probiotics to replenish beneficial GI bacteria and rebuild the immune system. Even if you don’t have candidiasis, environmental and food toxins, coupled with the high-stress lifestyle of most North Americans, are good indicators of the widespread need for probiotics.
This is especially true if you are consistently taking antibiotics, or if you have ever been on a course of particularly strong antibiotics, have frequent colds, or exhibit any symptoms of candida related problems.
The reason for this is that antibiotics kill bacteria both good and bad. Despite their value, antibiotics have been overused to the point that there are at least two bacteria that have developed complete resistance to antibiotics. Needless to say, these bacteria present a serious problem to our health.
Studies On Probiotics
Studies show that probiotics improve the bio-availability of many important nutrients in the body such as zinc, iron, phosphorus, all of the B vitamins, calcium, copper, and magnesium.
A study on the probiotic strain B. infantis showed powerful abilites to normalize bowel function in patients suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Clinical trials from the Mayo Clinic on probiotics showed improvements in patients suffering from bloating.
Probiotics have been shown to significantly lower the rate of diarrhea and diaper rash in babies’ consuming infant probiotics.
Active bacteria cultures, such as acidophilus, have been shown to aid in reducing intolerance to lactose found in dairy products.
Several studies on probiotics have indicated that through the process of regulating intestinal transit time of fecal matter, probiotics can dramatically reduce constipation in the elderly.
Other reports indicate that some forms of probiotics, can aid in promoting the growth of healthy bacteria in the colon, significantly lowering the conversion of bile in the colon into carcinogens.
Some studies demonstrate that probiotics enhance overall immunity through a process of regulating lymphocytes and antibodies in the body
Be sure to avoid probiotic supplements that have sugar or glucose in the ingredient list. Both sugar and glucose actually slow the growth of healthy lactobacilli. We can also get moderate levels of probiotics from a healthy diet rich in cultured organic products like yogurt, goat’s cheese, kefir and buttermilk.
Many common leafy greens are also excellent sources of probiotics. The best greens for increasing probiotics include chlorella, wheat grass, and spirulina. The advantage of getting these disease-fighting bacteria from green sources is that these foods are also extremely high in immune system-stimulating vitamins, minerals and nutrients. They also aid in detoxing the body.
Currently, I recommend and use 2 forms of probiotics. LateroFlora which is the B.O.D Bacillus Laterosporus strain and Dr. Mercolas Bacillus Coagulans strain. I have tested many products and these seem to work the best, especially for taming candida and balancing the bowel bacteria.
Learn more about the Bacillus Laterosporus.
3) MEDICINAL USES FOR HORSERADISH ROOT
By Bstone brighthub.com
A spicy condiment as well as a traditional medicinal food, the benefits of horseradish are seemingly endless. Horseradish root is good for your health because it stimulates a number of different bodily systems.
What Is Horseradish Root?
Armoracia rusticana, or horseradish root, is a perennial plant, indigenous to southeastern Europe and western Asia. It is a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables. All of these vegetables have a number of phytonutrients in common which are responsible for their spicy, mustardy taste, and, for the cancer-fighting benefits of horseradish, broccoli, cauliflower, and kale. Rich in glucosinolates, eating these vegetables on a regular basis has been proven in clinical trials to reduce the risk of cancer and prevent the growth of tumors.
The benefits of horseradish were recorded thousands of years ago by the Ancient Egyptians, and centuries ago by the Roman naturalist, Pliny the Elder. This intense-tasting root has been a healing food for a number of cultures, including Native Americans as well as Europeans, useful in any case where a stimulant is necessary. Today, it has more of a reputation as a condiment for beef and fish, adding heat and flavor to many dishes. Prepared horseradish root is an ingredient in bloody mary's and a spread for roast beef sandwiches. Unknown to many fans of this spicy root are the potent health benefits of horseradish.
Horseradish And Arthritis
Horseradish root is one of several plants that have rubefacient properties. Along with stinging nettles and cayenne, when horseradish is applied to the skin it has the ability to widen the blood capillaries. This action increases circulation throughout the entire body, and stimulates blood from deep within the body to circulate to the surface. Although rubefacients are not conventional treatments for arthritis, they have widely been used in traditional medicine to reduce pain and inflammation.
For its anti-inflammation benefits, simply apply a poultice to the affected area for about thirty minutes, or until the area feels hot. A poultice is made from putting the freshly grated root onto a very thin cloth, or gauze. This treatment is also useful for minor muscle aches.
Benefits Of Horseradish For The Respiratory System
The traditional uses for this healing root also include relieving coughs, sinus infections, asthma, and bronchitis. As an overall stimulant, this plant has a number of positive effects on the respiratory system. It is an expectorant; it encourages the body to eliminate excess mucous, which is generally the culprit of respiratory infections. Horseradish root stimulates the opening of air pathways for better breathing. It is also a potent antibacterial agent, cleansing the throat, mouth, and lungs of bacterial infection.
It can be taken with honey; a small amount is effective. Half a teaspoon of freshly grated root in one tablespoon of honey twice a day is beneficial. The benefits of horseradish are even more powerful when taken throughout the day. Try adding fresh or prepared horseradish to your meals.
Other Uses For Horseradish Root
Horseradish is a versatile healing food. Along with treating inflammation and respiratory problems, it is also a good remedy for periodontitis, which is a bacterial infection around the teeth. The heating benefits of horseradish stimulate the gums, and the antibacterial properties help to ward off the infection. Native American Indians used to chew the fresh root for gum health.
It has also been used to treat urinary tract infections, and to dissolve kidney stones. As a hemetic, it tones and supports the liver, helping this vital organ eliminate waste from the body and increasing the production of bile. Eating horseradish also has an overall stimulatory effect on the immune system.
There are potential side effects to horseradish root because of its intense effect on the body. For this reason, people with gastritis, hypothyroidism, and peptic ulcers, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, and young children should not consume horseradish.
Hoffmann, David. "The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal: A Safe and Practical Guide to Making and Using Herbal Remedies." (Element Books, 1996).
Kushad, Mosbah. "A Little Dab of Horseradish Could Help Resist Cancer." (March 9,2005) University of Illinois
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