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!