For thousands of years mankind obtained our sweetness from natural sources such as honey and bee pollen. Honey was truly the Nectar of The Gods. Today's mass-produced sugar is less a nectar... building our life essence (In Ayurveda they call this 'Ojas')... and more a deadly poison. We seem to have gone collectively mad with the amount of refined and artificial sugars we are absorbing. Our bodies are designed for 1/2 a teaspoon per day of sugar. Over 1/2 a teaspoon per day and sugar becomes toxic to our bodies. Yet we consume 70x that. 128 lbs of sugar per person, per year. If our bodies can only utilize 1/2 a teaspoon, where is all the excess sugar going? Well, some is excreted and some gets dumped into our fat stores. Not only that but the amount of circulating sugar, and insulin needed to deliver it to cells, just wears our poor pancreas out!
Sugar seems to be in everything.
This massive sugar-assault on men and women’s pancreas is coming from industrially-produced food and drink, provided by giant corporations, collectively known as 'Big Junk Food'. I will refer to them as ‘Big Food’. This industry knows the harm their products are causing but, just like organized crime syndicates, do not care. Not only are they not embarrassed by the immense harm they cause, they want us to eat MORE of it. Sugar has brought them stupendous profits and as long as they can buy the protection of politicians and health influence-peddlers, why would they stop? ‘Big Food’ is not the only industry profiting from our excessive consumption. The Health Industry is also ‘making a killing’.
All Corporations try to cut costs and increase profits, producing at the lowest possible price. The largest, reportedly, buying off those who might stand in their way. One striking example is The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the U.S.’s largest trade association for nutrition professionals. This body has, for years, been accepting sponsorships from “Big Food”. All the Food Giants have networks of dietitians, bloggers and paid talent pushing a 'healthy' message. Coke, in February this year, paid sports and nutrition experts to recommend coke as a snack. It really is shocking to see the nation’s nutrition industry hijacked by the very companies whose products most contribute to our obesity and health problems. Now that the Academy of Nutrition is sucking on the corporate tit, they refuse to end this troubling relationship despite the obvious conflict of interest and protests from its membership. Infiltrating bodies like this to neuter them is a smart move by corporations but is hardly in the interest of the public.
Type I diabetes cannot be prevented
This morning I received a response to yesterday’s blog, in which a reader stated 'Type 1 can NOT be prevented. Ever.’ Since we do not yet know the reason why insulin-producing pancreatic cells are being destroyed, in Type 1, it seems a rather bold and bleak statement. Is Conventional medicine even interested in prevention? Compare the budget set aside for prevention to the budget set aside for treatment and you’ll need Captain Kirk and the Starship Enterprise to bridge the gap. The lack of interest in prevention of disease by the ‘Disease-Management' Industry has been obvious for decades. There are always lots of noises about ‘advances’ here and ‘progress’ there and cures being ‘Just around the corner’ but if you were to take a moment to reflect on similar pronouncements, across a wide range of diseases, over many decades, you soon realize cures always remain ‘just around the corner’. You can bet the farm that, in 60 years, just as with the cancer industry, they will be feeding you the same ‘fluff’ about Diabetes. This is PR to keep us natives from getting restless. It never amounts to anything.
Coming back to whether Type I diabetes can be prevented or not, I read this kind of thing often in medical literature and find such statements work better when I prefix them with “To our knowledge…”
I am going to keep my powder dry, for now, but would enjoy hearing from anyone who does believe Type I CAN be prevented. It's a balance thing. As for the rest of the blogs in the series, my apologies to Type I's, the greater focus will be on Type II and prediabetes, which form the vast majority of cases.
Just so you know, I am not an academic and intend to keep these blog posts as simple to understand as possible. Health jargon baffles most people, keeps them confused and thus, dependent on experts. This might please the experts but I don't see it as being in the interest of us ordinary mortals.
More in the next blog titled, Your Dog is Smarter Than You
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It is Diabetes Awareness Month. So, for the remainder of November, I shall be writing about diabetes, an 'incurable' and worrying disorder millions are succumbing to. You NEED to know about Diabetes if you care about your health and the health of your loved ones. It is a message of prevention, recovery and hope. If you are the kind of person who trusts what the mainstream media, politicians and lead Doctors tell you, you are likely to be closed to alternative viewpoints. If that is you, please pass on by and I wish you well. If, however, you are open and wish to raise your level of awareness, strap on your seat belt. It's going to be an interesting ride.
Before we get started, time for a quick reminder.
WHAT IS DIABETES?
There are two types:
1. Type I. The pancreas is no longer producing insulin.
2. Type II. Your body does not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance.
PRE-DIABETES. Disorders which can progress to full-blown Type I or Type II.
1. Hypoglycemia. A person's blood sugar levels are abnormally low
2. Hyperglycemia. A person's blood sugar levels are abnormally high.
3. Metabolic Syndrome/Syndrome X. A group of risk factors - high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol levels, and abdominal fat.
The Global Devastation of Diabetes
415 Million people worldwide (and growing) now suffer from Diabetes. 90% of these are Type II diabetics, 10% are Type I. How serious is it? Very. Six people died, every second, from diabetes and related complications, in 2015. Diabetes causes kidney disorders, blindness, obesity, amputation, depression, nerve damage, exhaustion and heart disease. Many millions are pre-diabetic or unaware they have diabetes.
Where Did This Pandemic Come From?
I never heard of diabetes when I was a child. Likewise, many of today's other headline disorders. When it did appear they called it 'adult-onset' diabetes. Today babies are born diabetic. Forget the deceit over saturated fat, which was used to push industrialized oils over natural oils. Forget High Cholesterol, which spawned the highly-profitable low-fat food industry; LOW cholesterol is more dangerous. Sugar has always been the worst offender. Not just the classic cane sugar. Diabetes has exploded since the introduction of two highly addictive 'fake' sugars into our food supply. Aspartame and Fructose Corn Syrup. I talk more about this 'deadly duo' later.
A Reason to Hope
Are you pre-diabetic or a victim of Diabetes? One of the many sufferers whose lives have been made miserable by this disorder? Are you one of the millions who remain unaware of the dramatic effect on your life a Diabetes diagnosis will bring? In the face of any ‘incurable’ condition it is easy to feel powerless and lose hope. What if I tell you there is reason to hope? That the only limit to this hope is your own belief, which is causing you to close the door to any other possibility. Are your beliefs about diabetes your own, or have they been planted in your mind by somebody else?
Instinctively, we know Mother Nature would not be so cruel as to deny us the possibility of healing. That is why you are still reading. You are looking for an alternative to insulin or Metformin and the constant need to take readings, micro-manage your diet and respond to crises. Your instincts are correct. Alternatives, such as Diabetes Retreats, DO exist, and by the end of this blog series you will have learned what they are.
This is the first blog post in the series. There is much more exciting information to come. Feel free to comment. Your views are welcome. Impolite posts will be deleted immediately.
Tomorrow’s blog title: Nectar of The Gods
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Welcome to my new blog and website. My book launch has also just commenced. (Phew!) I'm exhausted and need a Retreat!
This is my first attempt at web design. I have tried to create a clean look, striking a balance between looking professional, without being too corporate, and community/family. Some stock images have been used but these will be replaced with pictures from Retreats in our new venues. Naturally, the site will evolve as we see what you like. Feel free to look around, comment, join the community, post reviews and help make the site a place you are happy to return to. If there is a writer inside you struggling to get out, we would love some guest posts from you.
Your Help is Needed!
The website is live but few know it exists. So a boost is needed to let the world know who we are and what we have to offer. You can help by 'sharing' and 'liking' and linking and emailing. Those who have been through health and wellness (detox) programs, etc.. with me, previously, can help by spreading the word to others who may be interested. Since 50% of us are sick with something, you may be doing your friends a favour.
There are lots of new innovations since the original retreats, with a giant leap in quality of venues, variety of juices, entertainment and a whole new fitness section run by the inspiring and experienced Dean Scott. There are follow-up checks via Skype, new detox programs like Super Juice! and Retreats for reversing specific conditions like diabetes, based on methods which have been proven to work.
Look out for Special Offers. Returning retreat guests and forum members are eligible for significant discounts!
Great Health Advice!
What is going to be in the Blog? Well, we live in very challenging times, where sickness is increasing amongst both adults and children and there are many traps for the unwary. So my main focus will be on presenting health information that is useful.
If you don't know who I am and would like to know more, Antarana's 'About' page provides some background. My Fire Your Doctor And Cure Yourself book page also has a brief Bio.
Once we are up and running and word spreads, the forum will grow. I am looking for under-utilized talent to take care of newsletters, raw or vegetarian meals, social media marketing, musicians, dancing, and someone to pitch in during courses. Having spent years hanging out, meditating and immersing myself in yoga, healing and spiritual retreats, I know how much I enjoyed and benefited from helping with meals and attending workshops.
I hope to invite performers, 'gurus' and spiritual leading lights to bless us with their presence. Come and join a meditation or yoga session, enjoy visiting artists and seminars or just pass by and say hello. I look forward to seeing or hearing from you.
Most of all, be well!
I wish I had known conventional medicine would only provide temporary relief and not cures. I would never have taken the drugs that harmed me.
I wish I had known a good Health Coach. With the right coach I would not have wasted 4 years on a diet that made me sicker, then a further 3 years on a different diet which made me even worse. Listening to diet experts can seriously damage your health!. That is 7 lost years I will never get back.
I wish I had not been such a 'grasshopper', jumping from therapy to therapy, never staying with any one of them long enough to derive benefit. A good health coach would have seen the pattern and stopped me.
Restoring my health took many years and cost me my family, career and financial security. Imagine then, how I felt when a Naturopath said he could have cured me, right at the start, in 3 days. Had I known, I would not have traversed three Continents, seeking cures.
I wish I had known why everything I tried, to recover my health, failed. Was it the treatment, the practitioners, or me? An experienced coach would have known. I wish I had known how to get off my rear end and make healthy choices, sooner. It was always "I'll start tomorrow... I will definitely start tomorrow." A coach would have motivated me to start today. I wish I had known which supplements were beneficial and which harmful. A good coach would have known and if he didn't would have found out.
All this and more, I wish I had known.
When it comes to health, we are constantly told of advances. If these ‘advances’ were real, why is a global pandemic of chronic disease now overwhelming us? Why do Cancer cures always remain 'Just around the corner'? despite tens of billions of dollars spent? Don’t you find it odd Cancer cures have been ‘Just around the corner’ for 60 years or more? Isn’t it likely then, they will remain ‘Just around the corner’ for another 60 years? Cancer charities compete with each other for ever more cash, cynically using pink ribbons and injured children with heart-rending stories that make us feel guilty if we don't contribute. Do you know how of your contribution is left after these ‘charities’ rake off their fees for advertising, Boards of Directors and middle-men? 5%.
There is a better way to help those with cancer, than handing over your money to professional beggars. Go to any Cancer ward near you and place your money directly into the hands of the parents who have probably mortgaged their home and sold off all their assets to pay the horrendous costs of Cancer treatments.
Welcome to one of the great misunderstandings in medicine. The idea someone else cures you.
I need to make it clear and you need to understand. No Doctor cures you. No Alternative practitioner cures you. No Natural healer will cure you. Nobody stands over you with a magic wand and says “Abracadabra! You are healed.” If I say a practitioner has ‘cured’ a patient, it means the practitioner has created the conditions such that a healing can take place. The error of conventional medicine is that Doctors make no attempt to create an internal environment that will allow such a healing to occur. Quite the contrary. An already weakened body has to throw off the additional burden of synthetic drugs.
The great healing systems of the world all understand THE BODY CURES ITSELF. That is why the title of my book is ‘Fire Your Doctor and Cure Yourself’. The goal of all practitioners should be to fire up and support the body’s own self-healing mechanism, remove all impediments to healing, and provide the body with the raw materials it needs to repair itself. The self-healing mechanism, no longer held back by toxicity, or a lack of nutrients, becomes sufficiently strengthened to heal. And when it heals, it does not just heal your Cancer or your Heart Disease or your Diabetes or your Arthritis. It heals ALL of them.
Do you know why Alternative therapies do not work? Imagine having a Healing Toolbox, where each tool is a different therapy. There is the Nutrition tool, the Exercise tool, the Emotional Healing tool, the Stress Reduction tool, the Herbal Supplement tool and so on. There are a tremendous number of Alternative and complementary tools available. How do you know which tool to reach for and when? Might you actually need more than one tool? All of them? One at a time or all at the same time? What happens when you have the right tool but it isn't working? Would you know why?
Welcome to the KEY to your recovery. Not just having the right tool for the right job but knowing when and how to use it!
Why are there no cures? Why are colossal sums of money spent on managing disease and next to nothing on preventing it? Why do Doctors and Psychiatrists dispense synthetic chemicals, no better and often worse than natural compounds? Why do they never address the underlying cause of our diseases? Why is Medical education and the ‘Doctor’s Bible’ (the Merck Manual) produced by drug companies? Why is, what has worked safely for thousands of years, maligned, dismissed and abandoned in favour of what doesn’t? Why is the Health Industry presently focussing on genetics when people are obviously sick because of what they are putting in their mouths?
After many years of struggling with my own health disorders, decades of research and just plain old common sense, I can confidently state that Modern Medicine is not the slightest bit interested in curing disease. Sure, they can patch you up after a car crash but for 75% of the chronic disorders that have fallen upon mankind like Biblical plagues, they only provide relief. Doctors are trained to manage disease, not cure it.
When you investigate which powerful families established ‘modern medicine’ (in order to control and benefit from it) it is not hard to see why the Medical profession looks in the wrong direction.
When it comes to healing, it does not really matter what your disorder is or whether you have a diagnosis or not (many diagnoses are wrong, anyway). What matters most is what you are going to do to get well, safely and naturally. Different flavours of Natural Healing exist, however, the core elements are the same for everyone.
STOP doing whatever you are doing that is making you sick.
Ensure your organs of elimination are working efficiently
Cleanse the body of toxicity and accumulated waste. (You cannot heal a 'dirty' body)
Clear physical, mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual blockages (holistic).
Provide the body with the nourishment it needs to repair and regenerate.
Change your lifestyle to build health instead of disease.
There are quick ways and slow ways to heal. Some, like 'German Biological Medicine', are highly complex.
Some, like 'Nature Cure', are simple. There are various others in between. Your Doctor knows nothing about them, nor would attempt them. It takes too long, too challenging and will almost certainly fail if the patient cannot (or will not) follow a program correctly or change their disease-inducing ways.
Alternative therapies fail to bring about healing for a different reason. Although beneficial they are usually too narrow in scope. 1-2 capsules of Turmeric, a Reiki session and aromatherapy massage are very pleasant but aren't going to cut it.
There is another reason we fail. The most important of all. However, you need to call me to have it explained. Otherwise it will just be another piece of knowledge that sits in your intellect and is never acted upon.
Holistic health systems, like Ayurveda, understood, long ago, the need to treat the whole person if we wish to heal chronic disorders like cancer, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and other so-called 'incurable' diseases. What do we mean by the whole person? The whole person is a concept, based on ancient understandings, which says we are made up of 5 different components or layers.
The Body Layer is our physical body, including our senses. Allopathic medicine operates on this level.
The Mental Layer is our thoughts, attitudes and beliefs. Psychiatry operates on this level.
The Emotional Layer is our feelings, which in reality is also the Mental Layer, since all feelings are preceded by a thought. Whether we love, hate, laugh or cry, experience regret, guilt or shame.
The Energy Layer is primarily our autonomic nervous system, which can be unbalanced by trauma, chronic stress and electro-magnetic fields. Acupuncture, Reiki, the 'Laying on of hands' and Pranic Healing operate on this level.
The Spiritual Layer is the connection between you and ‘God’, whatever your conception of ‘god’ is. It is the intrinsic part of you that never changes. The observer. The charioteer. The ‘Self’ or Soul. That part of you able to transcend body and mind. Religions operate on this level.
Chronic disorders can involve single or multiple layers. Natural healers understand that, in order to heal from chronic degenerative or psychiatric disorders, you have to address the layer(s) at the root of your sickness. Many alternative therapies fail because they address only one layer, which is, too often, the wrong layer. Acupuncture can help if your issue resides in the Energy Layer but if it resides in any of the other layers, Acupuncture will not bring any benefit. Many of today's 'incurable' disorders affect all layers.
To bring about healing, understand in which Layer your sickness inhabits, then use the right healing 'tool' for that Layer.