Summer is my favorite season: boating, swimming, horseback riding, watching my grandkid's soccer games, gardening, warmth 24/7 - I love it all! Hopefully, you enjoy it, as well.
Let's discuss how to be healthy this summer from a German New Medicine perspective.
What to do about the Sun: tan, burn, ouch!
To learn about the impact of the sun on our skin, please read my previous blog, "Summer Sunburns: Do they cause cancer?" and know that the sun is necessary for life on this planet.
Since we know the sun doesn't "cause" cancer, there is no fear of it, however, no one enjoys being burned - and that causes free radical damage is has a weakening effect on the body - so it's helpful to protect yourself.
I acclimate every spring. I'll put on shorts and a tank top and start by being in the sun around noontime for 10-15 minutes. I'll do this almost daily and increase the time by 10-15 minutes until I'm able to be in the sun indefinitely without burning. I have done this successfully for decades.
That being said, I'm brunette and tan easily; my daughter and grandkids are redheads who burn easily. Obviously, you have to adjust it depending on your skin tone.
Don't be afraid to acclimate very slowly, and also cover up with long sleeves and pants if you know you haven't fully acclimated.
Alternately, you can "cover up" with a physical sunscreen. I've used Badger products with great success.
I stay away from chemical sunscreens because they add to the body's toxic burden. While these don't cause disease, they do make Healing Phases more complicated.
Keep your body strong and robust by reducing or eliminating chemicals as much as you can.
Bug Bites & Stings - More Ouch!
Once again, we know that insects don't cause diseases such as Lyme or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
To discover the cause of each of these, you have to look at each symptom, determine the part of the body that is affected, and then learn what the conflict shock is associated with each symptom.
For example, a common symptom of "Lyme disease" is muscle pain. This is the muscle biological program; the conflict is a moderate self-devaluation. There is cell loss in the conflict active phase and cell replenishment in the Healing Phase which is experienced as stiff, tense, painful muscles.
I have worked with a number of people with a "Lyme" diagnosis and have noticed that there is usually a fairly large resolution of several conflicts at the same time which means there will be several healing phases at once, thus, multiple symptoms.
I also know several people who no longer have "Lyme;" they allowed their bodies to proceed through the healing phase until it was complete and the symptoms were done.
My point here is to invite you to not fear insects, ticks, mosquitos, however, no one likes to be bitten or stung so please cover up or apply some non-toxic insect repellant such as All Terrain products.
I recommend DEET-free products, if possible for the same reason I stay away from chemical sunscreens. They add to the body's burden which means Healing Phases ("being sick") may be more complicated.
More ideas include:
If you know you have a major track with an insect (it is often bees), then do what you need to do to be safe. Keep that epi-pen handy and work at resolving this track. It IS possible to NOT be "allergic" to bees anymore!
Just because insects don't cause disease doesn't mean we aren't still affected by their stings or bites. The substance they deposit under your skin can be uncomfortable, itchy, and irritating. Here's what to do:
Why do we experience fewer colds & flus in the summer?
I always wondered this as a kid!!
Conventional medicine tells us that the "common cold" is caused by a "virus" that has wandered into our body and caused symptoms.
I'm not going to enter the debate about whether or not "viruses" exist. You can take a look at this book for more info.
One of Dr. Hamer's greatest discoveries was that microbes (bacteria, germs, viruses, etc), do not cause disease.
Instead, diseases are initiated with a biological conflict shock that starts a cascade of biochemical events in the body to help us resolve - and survive - the shock because we are hardwired for survival.
The common cold is initiated by an event or situation that our Innate Self interprets as, "I'm fed up with this!" "This is lousy!" "This stinks!"
Symptoms occur AFTER the event has been resolved.
The CDC indicates that "cold and flu season" begins in Oct and exists through April or May in the US. Using GNM logic, what occurs mostly in those months?
The two big ones to me are: school and cold weather.
Any other ideas? I'm sure we could come up with a list: stressful holidays, having to shovel snow or wear many layers of heavy clothing to stay warm, homework, taking tests, etc.
Let's continue to follow GNM logic. If this were true, then it means countries in the southern hemisphere, such as Australia, would have THEIR "cold and flu season" in their winter: May through Oct. Lo and behold, they do!
So, here's my point: since daily schedules may be easier, or the kids feel freer, or there is usually less to be "fed up with," you probably won't have the Healing Phase known as the "cold."
IF you feel yourself feeling fed up this summer, or there has been an event that "stinks" - resolve it as soon as you can so your expected Healing Phase (the cold), will be minimal!
Thanks for joining me and I hope your summer is enjoyable - and healthy!
It is true: children are back to school and the weather is getting a little cooler. You know what this means, right? Fu and cold season approaches us.
Wait! WHAT? Cold and flu "season?" Seriously?
According to the CDC, flu "season" occurs from Nov - March. And not just theflu, but the common cold, stomach "bugs," sore throats, and ear infections increase at this time of year.
Is taking your vitamin C, getting enough sleep, and hand washing really going to prevent these from occurring?
The one word answer is NO and this is why.
Each of these "sicknesses" (cold, flu, stomach "bugs," sore throats and ear infections) are the healing or recovery phases from a conflict shock.
This means that something was unexpected and distressing which causes a Biological Program to begin with the sole purpose of ensuring our survival.
This conflict shock occurs regardless if you're taking vitamin C, getting enough sleep and handwashing.
So why is there an increase in these symptoms at this time of year? I have my hypotheses (I'm sure there are more) which are:
Any one of these can impact the psyche which then turns on a Biological Program that has physical symptoms in the healing phases including:If you'd like to know what the conflict shocks are for each of these, click the links above to read about each one.
Two tips on how to stay healthy this fall & winter
Some common conflict areas include:
These are suggestions to get you thinking of your potential triggers and also practical solutions.
While taking your vitamin C, getting enough sleep, and washing your hands are fine activities to do, they do not prevent an unexpected Conflict Shock with its subsequent Healing/Recovery Phase (which is what we call, 'being sick).
The number one thing to do to stay healthy is to recognize when you're upset and find a solution to it as soon as you can!
Want to learn more how to stay healthy through the holidays? Take my "Beyond Holistic Medicine" which teaches you how to use the Five Natural, Biological Laws discovered by Dr. Hamer 35 years ago. Click for more info.
How about that summer sunburn? Today's One Minute for Wellness tip discusses the impact of sunburns. Should you be worried? Will you get skin cancer? Inquiring minds want to know....
Summer is winding down yet I still see parents slathering a high SPF sunscreen on their kids and themselves so they won't get a sunburn since, let's face it, no one likes to get sunburned. It hurts when your skin is red, hot and blistering. I get it. Really, I do.
Experts say that prolonged UV exposure increases damage by free radicals that reduce your skin's elastin so it appears leathery and has more wrinkles. Yep, I get this, too. I've known several older sun worshippers whose skin is definitely tanned and leathery.
Experts also say that sunburns or prolonged UV exposure cause skin cancer.
Hmmm....No. Not true and this is why:
Almost 40 years ago, Dr. Hamer discovered that "diseases" were meaningful, biologically based "programs" that your brain controls that are designed to support your survival. They start with an unexpected shock to your psyche which is that part of your brain, nervous system & senses that interprets the world around you.
The conflict shock that starts the cascade of events that allopathic medicine calls, "skin cancer," is actually one of four shocks:
These cells would be called "melanoma" by the allopathy.
Once we've resolved the conflicts, these cells are broken down by microbes since they are no longer needed. All in all, it's an efficient system especially when we stay out of fear and when we resolve our conflicts quickly.
Let's tie this in with the sun and this is where it gets interesting.
A sunburn - one or many - can be interpreted by your psyche to be an attack against the skin.
Ahhh, there it is: You get a sunburn, you think, "Ouch!" and maybe you add in a touch of fear, "Oh, no, I may get skin cancer" and instantly your psyche begins to protect you by adding extra cells to your skin.
Here's what this means:
The sun doesn't cause these extra cells to develop; it doesn't cause cancer.
It's our innermost and unconscious interpretation of the sunburn that grows the extra cells to protect us.
And for those with leathery skin? We know the sun free radical damage weakens the skin so when we experience any of the four conflicts listed above, the healing phase will be more complicated and could even result in death.
Once fear enters the equation the picture changes and usually spirals downhill. That's the topic for another newsletter....
For now, does sunscreen prevent skin cancer? The CDC says new cases of "skin cancer" in the US has increased from 40,777 in 1999 to 80,442 in 2015. https://gis.cdc.gov/Cancer/USCS/DataViz.html
So, no, sunscreens don't directly prevent skin cancer because they can't prevent your psyche from experiencing attacks against the skin. They CAN prevent sunburns, though. :)
Personally, I don't use chemical sunscreen. Instead, I cover up and I make sure I acclimate slowly every spring. If I haven't had time to acclimate slowly, I'll use a physical sunscreen if I can't cover up. The last time I did that was about 10 years ago.....
I am super excited to bring you this One Minute For Wellness Tip about how I recently relieved pain.
I was asked to present German New Medicine at a conference for Bionetic practitioners. These are holistically minded practitioners who use a non-cognitive biofeedback unit called a SpectraVision to gather information about your body and your issues.
Practitioners interpret the scans from many perspectives including the 5 Element Theory of Chinese Medicine and German New Medicine which is a great combo.
They had a new addition to the SV unit called the SLT - Sound Light Therapy. It looked like a blow dryer but instead of blowing heat, it emitted light and sound, which I could not hear (see pics below).
I was immediately drawn to it and had an opportunity to use it on some of my sore spots.
I have old scar tissue from various sports injuries including a calcium encrusted metatarsal on my foot from karate trauma many years ago.
More recently, my foot has received further abuse from taking ballet. (Yes, from karate to ballet.....) Being on pointe is rather brutal for.....older.... feet.
Old scar tissue and the aggravation of being on pointe has made walking without pain rather difficult. Rather than stop ballet lessons - since they are WAY too fun! - I've been doing physical therapy for the past year which has helped. The SLT took it even further.
Within an hour of finishing the SLT therapy, I could walk 100% pain-free. I had more joint mobility with my big toe - with about a 75% reduction in pain. My entire foot articulates differently when I walk now since I don't have any pain.
I had a ballet and pointe class 4 days later; I was apprehensive about even going on pointe since I didn't want to ruin my pain-free walking status.
Good news: even 2 days after pointe class, I am still walking pain-free. :)
According to German New Medicine, pain indicates either a Healing Phase or, if the pain is chronic or reocurring, it's a Hanging Healing.
If left unchecked, physical changes occur which can be permanent (think of fingers bent from arthritis, a self-devaluation of the hands). This is what happened with the calcification of my metatarsal.
Resolving the issue is paramount and supporting the bones & tissues is also beneficial. Therapies such as sound and light therapy and acupuncture relieve pain & inflammation which make you more comfortable during the Healing Phase.
I can attest that Sound and Light Therapy was effective for me. For more information on the unit I used, see below.
(And just in case you are curious: ballet is MUCH more difficult than karate!)
One Minute for Wellness Tip:
We just missed it! The American Academy of Sleep Medicine declared that Monday, March 12, 2018, was Insomnia Awareness Day.
Every night, millions of people around the world have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
Are you one of them?
Have you tried everything you can think of without good results??
Then consider your insomnia from a GNM perspective.
When you have difficulty falling asleep or if you wake up in the middle of the night, it generally means you were Conflict Active during the day OR you're still Conflict Active.
Being Conflict Active means that something triggered your psyche (your brain, nervous system and senses) during the day and it instantly changed your nervous system.
Often, this change is below our level of awareness yet it can disrupt sleep, even many hours later.
To determine what triggered you, consider learning more about GNM so you can figure it out and resolve it. You'll sleep sounder!
If you have difficulty falling asleep:
Think back to your day. Did something upset you? Have you been thinking about it since it occurred?
If so, then your psyche is keeping you awake so you'll have more time to resolve it.
The lesson here: be aware of when you're Conflict Active and how that can disrupt your sleep! Then learn how to downgrade the Conflict Activity.
Here's a great little chart that gives you steps you can take to downgrade being Conflict Active so you can sleep sounder. Number 10 is my favorite!
Ever been in a salt store? I can't say I've been in any salt stores in the U.S., however, I took a day trip to Hallstadtt and St. Wolfgang in the Saltzkammergutz region of Austria and I found many salt stores.
So, I bought salt. Hey, when you visit the oldest continuously mined salt mine in the world (7,000 years), you want a momento to remember those special moments when you're inside a mountain surrounded by history.....and salt. Lot of it.
In one of the salt shops, I saw pink salt candleholders, salt Christmas ornaments, flavored salt, course salt (see the little pile above), fine salt and more. Then I picked up a cellophane bag with odd looking rocks. Yep, salt rocks. The shopkeeper told me these rocks came from the mine I had just visited; the pink salt came from the Himalayas. Each has a different mineral content, thus, the difference in appearance. I was hunting for local salt so was thrilled to find these rocks.
And what do you do with salt rocks? The instructions told me to place them in a liter of water for an hour. Drinking 1 teaspoon of the liquid every day would cure all sorts of ailments and ills. This certainly piqued my curiosity.
Once I returned home, I did just that. The glass in the photo above shows my "salt solution" and I add a good teaspoon to my morning smoothie. I also decided to add a teaspoon to my WaterPik and use it on my teeth and gums.
I can't say I had any ailments and ills that needed curing, however, I'm glad I'm using this solution on my gums which have occasionally bled. The bleeding increased for about a week once I started using the salt solution in my WaterPik; I figured some deep healing was taking place. Then it stopped and I've gone a month without any bleeding. Nice!!