Friday, September 30, 2011

Health Resonance

Since I can't afford two pianos, nor have the room in any of my life spaces to have two pianos side by side I can't personally vouch for the truthfulness of what I'm about to share, but....  I read that if two pianos are parked side by side and you hit a key on one of them the sound frequency of that note will cause the same string on the other piano to vibrate.

Sit for a moment and ponder what this might mean.  Like, recall that all living things are creating and expending energy.  Energy vibrates and has an inherent "buzz" about it.  Think of electrical transformers and generators.  I remember as a kid visiting the dams on the Columbia River and the deep vibrating buzz of the electrical generators.  Of course, that is perhaps billions of times more energy flowing than the cells generate in our bodies, but just the same we are all operating on certain energetic frequencies.  If we had the ears for such tiny impulses we could hear them as sound.  Different cells produce different energetic signatures and together they harmonize such that each one of us is likely putting off a particular musical chord.  Re-enter the two pianos.  Hmmm?

Could "good health" be defined as harmonized cellular energy?  I think this is very likely the case!  If this is true, then knowledge about the pianos and sound resonance opens up the door of speculation.  In particular, if we expose our bodies to harmonious sounds will our health improve?  Is part of the huge degradation in the environment due to the chaotic background noise being generated from so many different sources?

I'm not the first to come up with this idea.  It is being actively worked upon by people a lot smarter than me.  There are hundreds of directions we could go with using sound for health.  How about starting some sound experiments of your own?  Like, the reason you may find certain types of music more soothing than others is that certain styles "chime" well with your own biological music you are generating.  By listening to music that soothes your soul, perhaps you are soothing cellular groups that are stressed and heading toward disease?  Soothing music may be helping to create the positive resonance your body needs to heal?  It's a GREAT thought!  And, even if it isn't the case, you now have a GOOD excuse for sitting with your favorite music, sipping a little red wine, and relaxing -- and THAT does do a body good as well!!

 NatureWords for your Health... Peace for your Soul! 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Detox II

So I finished up the detox I mentioned on Sept. 7th a couple of days after that.  I've done detoxes often enough that I didn't do too badly, apart from blood sugar issues.  The Master Cleanse program with it's use of the maple syrup lemonade plays havoc with blood sugar regulation, and I almost felt better with water only.

For people who do get sick doing a detox, there is good news -- it convinces you quickly of how badly you need to do more detoxification work.  Symptoms that occur during detox include:  nausea, upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea, itching, headaches, bad breath, achy joints, tiredness, and even mild fevers (though fevers can be from dehydration, too.)  These symptoms can get quite severe, even debilitating requiring  bed rest and a slowing down of the detox processes.  

What can you do about these symptoms?  First, do NOT take any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, like advil, aspirin, or alleve; and no Tylenol either.  These mask your symptoms but defeat the goal by adding to the toxic load.  A couple of supplement things might help - chlorophyll and/or activated charcoal.  Neither one of these add toxins and both help to bind toxins that have been released, thus decreasing or eliminating their pesky side effects (symptoms) and they hold onto the toxins until they can be processed.

Hot baths for 20-30 minutes induce sweating that reduces toxin loads through the skin.  The bath can help itching especially, and if you put a couple tablespoons of oatmeal in a sock that you run the bath water through this also aids itchiness.  One caution: be well aware that raising your body temperature in the bath, also increases your body's metabolism and with it blood sugar can drop.  If you've been fasting and you pump up metabolism you can get dangerously dizzy or faint very quickly.  So, do the hot bath only after having taken some juice or something else with calories that will support your blood sugar level.

Enemas and mild herbal laxatives can speed up the elimination process and reduce toxin loads to reduce symptoms as well.   I have a hope for the end of this year or early next to have out an e-book about the great therapeutic value enemas can play in your overall health, so watch for that.

Finally as a last resort, if symptoms get too much then end the detox.  This is done by putting food back into your life.  If you've been off food for several days it is best to ease back into a diet, perhaps by juicing fruits and vegetables; then salads with small amounts of protein.  Protein shakes can also be used.  I particularly like the taste and the breakdown of a product called Muscle Milk, that is a whey-based protein.

As I said, if you've gotten sick on your detox you need to plan additional ones in the months ahead.  These can be accomplished through mild one day fasts where symptoms should be less pronounced, or if you are game to go it again, a longer several day fast program.  Happy detoxing. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Detoxing

On Monday I started a detox.  I decided to use a commercially created form of the Master Cleanse program.  This includes a complete solid food fast with a lemonade made of lemon juice, palm/maple syrup, cayenne and water plus a laxative tea in the evening.  My plan is to do 5 days, so I'm halfway through.  Apart from a bit of spaciness and the expected hunger pains that come with any fast I haven't had any detox symptoms, though I have done many detox programs over the years.  The lemonade certainly helps the hunger - especially if enough cayenne to burn your throat a little going down is used.

Why do this?  First off, I'm a proponent of thinking about our physical bodies in the primordial state of early cave dwellers.  If we spin time backwards to before all the environmental, chemical, and dietary issues that modernity has injected into life and consider the lives of early human beings before the agricultural revolution and all, I think we pick up a few hints for our health today.  There were times before Safeway or QFC when there might be a few days without food.  Hunters and gatherers might not find food.  So they lived lives with nature-enforced fasts.  Their digestive systems got a rest.  I think it does not hurt us to rest our digestive systems, even for a day once a week.  (Most of the world's spiritual disciplines recommend fasting for spiritual health as well.)  

The second reason is modernity has exposed us all to a huge array of toxins that mess with our body chemistry something fierce.  We don't really notice too much except that a lot of symptoms we might blame on "aging" nag us all the time.  We live in a cauldron of modern chemistry.  Like the frog swimming in a pot - if the water temperature is raised gradually the frog doesn't notice it's about to get cooked.  Throw one in a pot already at boil, and it will do it's best to leap out instantly.  We're living in the chemistry pot with the toxicity of it gradually increasing.  Our bodies are adept at adapting even while they are simultaneously and invisibly being slowly poisoned.  Detoxing is a good way to turn down the effects of the toxic soup in which we swim daily.

Finally, there is a very good feeling that comes from the knowledge that you are putting a great deal of intentionality into your health.  A lot of introspection and reflection on what all your body's responses to the absence of food mean.  If detoxing makes you terribly sick (something I will talk about in the next blog) you know you have work to be doing.  When it makes you feel better toward it's end, you find a new resolve to change your diet and ways you want to interact with your environment.  A detox/fast helps you to build resolve to avoid many of the sins to which you've been subjecting your body.   So weigh the fasting and detoxing options.  I'm happy to answer questions and give advice.