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ILLNESS AS A PUNISHMENT,OR A WAKE UP CALL?

BROKEN OR BROKEN OPEN? TURNING LEMONS INTO LEMONADE

As a person who is in the process of healing from Chronic Inflammation, I have used the time to reflect about my life on many levels. During this period I have come to some positive habit and life changing realizations. I now understand that the dietary, and other healing protocols, which I embraced and practiced for many years, kept me from taking medications, having injections and surgeries. This does not include dental procedures that I do regret, but quite frankly did not know what else to do. In looking back, I clearly see that one of the primary things I would like to reel back is my judgement of other people when they became ill, my own mother being one of those people. Tears. I can see now that my judgement came from fear of losing control and becoming ill myself. I separated myself from their situations with judgements born out of fear. I was very “sure” the illnesses of others was because of their diet, lifestyle, unresolved emotional and spiritual conflicts. In fact, when diet, lifestyle, alternative therapies did not work for people I would analyze their behaviors, finding fault in their emotional and spiritual decisions and behavior. I was very wrong in making those determinations, and I can now let them go.

FEAR OF THE OTHER

There are so many factors that contribute to declining health. Would it be fair to judge the innocent children, adults, pets, and all other life forms living in Flint, Michigan for the severe illnesses that they are experiencing due to their unaware exposure to Lead and other Heavy Metals in their water and soil? I do not think so. Consider the high percentage of children with Autism living in the state of New Jersey. I think it is 1 out of 23 children have that diagnosis. I said the rate of Autism among children in NJ has tripled recently. Many Military Veterans have been exposed to contaminants on posts in the Middle East, and here in the USA, and have become ill or died from their exposure. “Thank you for your service” is a verbal fart from most politicians today. These are just three examples. The list is innumerable and diverse, and I do not say that lightly.

Maybe someone reading this post, maybe you, can relate to my reaction to illness in myself and anyone I come in contact with. Self observation and observation of others has made it clearer to me that many people, including myself, have been negatively effected by feelings of guilt and blame concerning illness within ourselves and others. Thoughts that are accepted and often go unquestioned. What does that look and sound like? Well, here are some examples:

NOT EXACTLY A WALK IN THE PARK

One morning I was walking our dog with a friend who told me that someone she knew was having a reoccurrence of an illness for the third time. “I don’t know what she did in a past life to deserve all this”. Past life, what about this one? Let’s really get cruel. Wow, I remember thinking, this statement is coming from a person who I always perceived as more thoughtful and compassionate than those words. Reflecting back I have come to recognize that when people, myself included, are frightened we say things like this. When fear of death or losing control takes over these kind of statements spew out. BTW, I do not think Past Lives are a joke, it is using that premise as a weapon against ourselves and others that is the problem.

LET THAT BELIEF DIE

While recently watching a television show I heard a person whose family member was murdered say, “They did not deserve this”. Okay, so on the surface that seems somewhat understandable, but when I gave it some thought I felt those words were highly revealing about our world in general. When people have a tragic event, or what some might call misfortune, some of us feel as though we – they have been punished for some “sinful” deed. I think a statement like that one, spoken out load, says a great deal more about the shame some people feel about life not matching up to some fairy tale idea of what life is suppose to be. We  are telling others what we fear most, in this case the loss of a loved one. When thoughts go unexamined they can be very damaging to our abilities to be kind and forgiving to ourselves and others.

WHO DESERVES WHAT?

In 2018 someone I know had plans to go to a concert in Las Vegas, NV where there was a mass shooting. Many people where were injured and died. At the last minute this person decided not to go. They told me that, in their words, “God was watching over me.” Hmmm, I remember thinking, so God was not watching over those who were murdered and injured? Thinking that some of us are protected and others are not, for various  reasons, is the kind of thinking that separates us from others in the worst possible way. This kind of judgement is completely unhelpful to being an empathetic and free thinking human being. Their belief that they were protected and others were not sounds like a narcissistic biblical interpretation of the bible? It is more than implied in some religious dogma. It reads to me as a way to control people in a fearful manner, and keep us all self doubting, afraid, and in check.

JUST TO CLARIFY

What is at the crux of this post and what am I trying to say here, if that is not clear to the reader?  Well, I feel, think, and now know that this fearful and  judgmental way of determining and treating ourselves and others is dangerous to the threadbare social fabric that presently exists. Why? In a world that needs people to come together to solve problems it can only help each one of us to face these self isolating and judgmental ways of viewing others and ourselves. This is true for our own healing and that of the planet. Most importantly, Traditional Medicine does not fully recognize, or recognize at all, that environmental contaminates and other poisons are direct causes of cancer and other illnesses. Long term masking of illness and symptoms related to chronic disease with drugs is not helpful in finding the causes for these life disrupting and changing diseases.

Finally, destructive behavior such as drug, alcohol, and food abuse (there are many) can come about by being exposed to environmental poisons and many other factors that are often totally out of our control. So, judging others who are ill due to these addictions softens when we recognize and understand what creates these often deadly addictions.

HEAR AND BE HEARD

I strongly feel that these days it is most important to be kind to others despite the unending litany of anonymous snarky communications that proliferates on the web. This is especially true in social media, and everywhere else. The cowardliness that fosters the ability to leave nasty comments without fully owning them is not behavior to respond to, or respect on any level.

I am a patient of Jennifer Daniels, MD. She does recognize the cause of illness from the exposure to contaminants of all kinds and treats people without the use of medications. Most importantly, she fully understands how to do this. Dr. Daniels does this from her experience with many patients and, most impressively, herself.

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TAMARIND FOR BETTER DIGESTION

THE POWER OF SOUR

There is a well founded understanding that is based on centuries of observation and experience, and it lives in the heart of Ancient Traditional Medicine all over the globe. That understanding knows and utilizes the power of the five tastes in daily food consumed. That recognized and proven understanding does not exist in Modern Allopathic Traditional Medicine. Why is that? Well, it is mostly because Allopathic Medicine, from my experience and  understanding, is based on the use of Prescribed and Over the Counter Drugs, Injections, and Surgeries.  Aside from people who study and practice Traditional Ancient Medicines, (Asian, Ayurvedic, African, etcetera) the five tastes are very familiar to people who are professionals in the culinary world. Also, the general population that likes to cook, eat and watch the Food Network and shows like Top Chef are familiar with the five tastes. Here is a brief but comprehensive article that discusses the importance of the 5 Tastes from a health perspective.

This post is not meant to be a in-depth tutorial on the importance of how the Sour Taste impacts our overall health, and especially Digestion and Elimination. I am writing to share my personal experience with Tamarind and how it has impacted my Liver, Digestion and Bowel Function in a very positive way.

So, there have been foods and condiments that I have had to avoid, or minimize. One of them is the sour taste of Vinegar, and I mean Vinegar of all kinds, even Apple Cider Vinegar. Why is that? Well, Vinegar is fermented and that combination of fermentation and sour helped to exacerbate some irritating symptoms around inflammation. Raising a heated condition and making inflammation worse. This is not a permanent problem and it is improving, but in the meantime I want to eat something sour and Tamarind was recommended to me by Dr. Jennifer Daniels, MD.

MORE SPECIFICALLY

I have found Tamarind a great help in cultivating  better bowel function when eaten with animal proteins, or any food that has a dense nature. By dense nature I mean something that might have a thick viscosity, that would be filling and might sit in the stomach too long. This is especially true of a person, like myself, who has a history of sluggish Digestion and Bowel function. Now, I was not familiar with Tamarind before Jennifer Daniels told me about it. It took awhile to find  the best form to buy and ingest it. So, to cut to the chase, I have discovered that Tamarind Paste is the best form, that I have found so far, to consume and benefit from. I purchase Tamarind Paste from My Spice Sage, but I am open to other sources.

I consume tamarind at different times and for different reasons. I do take tamarind soon after waking up in the morning on an empty stomach, and for me it can be a help in inducing bowel function. I rarely have indigestion anymore and that is due to progress with my health, but getting to this place has been helped by eating certain condiments, with the right balance of protein, starch and vegetables, and drinking enough  water with meals.

From what I understand, people from different culinary worlds use tamarind in their cooking, dressings and marinades, etcetera. My use is simple,  I just break off a piece and suck on it before I eat, during my meals, after and sometimes in between. The Tamarind I have tasted is quite sour but at times, I think depending on my personal condition, can taste sort of sweet to me. My experience over a period of two years is that Tamarind is a relatively inexpensive and easy way to help improve digestion, elimination and has helped positively impact my overall health.

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THE MISSING TEETH DILEMMA

THE MARKETING OF UBER SELF CONSCIOUSNESS

I wear a partial denture and I wold rather not need to but it is my best option at this time. I am grateful for the technology that exists that makes these implements possible. Do I feel good about wearing a denture? In all honesty the answer is no. For me there has been a feeling of remorse and personal loss around wearing a partial denture that is decreasing with time and personal effort. There is also a certain level of shame, which I do not like to admit to feeling. How are those feelings diminishing?  It is a conscious choice and an acknowledgement that I can not let wearing a partial denture define me, or dictate how I feel about myself. Similar to missing a limb, or breast, testicle, ovaries, maybe any body part. Would I rather not be in this situation? Yes, however, I do recognize that all obstacles will either strengthen my character, or break me. I choose the former. I can say unequivocally that this is a choice that has not come easy, it is a decision and not a rationalization.

HOW DID I END UP WEARING A DENTURE, AND HAVING MISSING TEETH?

There are several reasons and one of the primary ones is that approximately 25 years ago I had a few root canals that in time became infected. I did take daily action to treat those infections on a topical and deeper level. I was advised not to have root canals by some Alternative Health Practitioners and friends. What happened next was that in doing research it became clear that my next option, that I was aware of, was to pull the teeth and wear flippers and a partial denture, or have missing teeth. In my mid- thirties at the time, none of those options seemed like a viable solution to me. I associated dentures with old age. The visual of no teeth truly freaked me out. I did not understand the implications of dental infections on my overall health. The drip drip drip of that infection into my Lymphatic System over years negatively impacted my Immune System. How could I not understand that? Well, in seeking solutions I was told by Alternative and Traditional Medical Practitioners that Dental Infections were an anomaly of sorts, and there was really not much more that I could do without the help of a dentist. In essence, just get the root canals done, or have missing teeth and an inadequate chewing surface.

Why did I go with root canals? Dental pain can be hard to alleviate without the use of pain killers, and I did not have access to the information I have now. Also, teeth are intrinsic to so much of our daily life, from eating to speaking. Teeth are an unavoidably obvious parts of our appearance. A message we learn from our earliest life is that appearance is important at all costs. Sadly, for the majority of people here in the Western World, what others think about us predominates many of our decisions, the success of Facebook is proof of that. The growing use of Botox Injections and Plastic Surgery are two examples of procedures that have documented negative impact on patients immediately, and later on down the line. Despite the known risks, it does not seem to stop a growing population of people from going under the needle, or knife. Botox and Plastic Surgery among men is growing.

SCREW IN TEETH

25 years ago no one mentioned Dental Implants to me, but they have been around, as far as I can surmise, for about 40 years and change. In recent times Dental Implants are being given a hard sell in all forms of media. From the stories I have heard and my own experience, I know they are not a good idea for everyone. The feedback concerning Dental Implants runs the scale of raving about them to them failing. I have found that there is a by the book protocol in the Dental Community that may read something like this: after drill and fill, root canals, when they go south dental implants (if Titanium fails then Zirconium), antibiotics for infections. If all that does not work there are Dentures. Is this a known money making ploy, or a viable plan of action in the eyes of dentists? I am not sure.

QUESTIONING AUTHORITY

Broken down into simple language, Dental School has a drill and fill mentality. People pay a great deal of money to go to learn dentistry and end up in a profession that has one of the highest suicide rates in the USA. Why is that? I am fairly sure it is not the meticulous nature of the profession. Dentists of all kinds, Technicians and Hygienists, are exposed to infectious material in the mouths of their patients along with the toxic materials they are dealing with each day. Consider this: Mercury is a highly toxic material that is still being being implanted in the mouths of people (you and me), including children. When Mercury is removed the off gassing has a great chance of  impacting the patient, the Dentist and the Dental assistants, Technicians.

THE MARKETING OF SELF CONSCIOUSNESS: MANIPULATION

In general, most people want to look their best, but to accomplish that at the risk of our overall health is operating from a place of fear and manipulation. Pharmaceutical Companies, Corporations and other money making institutions are at the helm of this highly profitable movement. When teeth are treated like a cosmetic body part and not an  indicator of our overall health we can easily fall ill from the repercussions of Dental Work. Why is that? Because we are not getting to the cause of why our teeth are failing. Understanding the underlying reasons why our gums and teeth are suffering is absolutely necessary, for many people, in recovering and maintaining our health. Dental work done without this understanding can easily become a reckless force in causing more harm than good. From my experience this is an understatement.

I wish I could say that finding a Biological Dentist is the answer, but it can help. Hal Huggins, DDS was a pioneer in the field of dentistry, and there is training and support for this kind of Dentistry. Weston Price was a visionary leader in understanding Dental Health and the steps needed to be taken to rebuild the health and well being of life on this planet. Jennifer Daniels, MD is singularly able to construct individualized plans to rebuild the health of people with a wide array of health issues.

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THE FLOW OF WATER AND FLEXIBILITY: KIDNEY BLADDER HEALTH

THE FLOW OF WATER IN EVERY FORM IS INTEGRAL TO OUR HEALTH

For the most part water is only destructive when the vessel it is contained in, or is effecting has been greatly compromised, and or tampered with. What do I mean by that? Well, in the human body one of the telling signs of potential declining health is Urinary Tract Infections, or symptoms related to UTI’s.  Why is that? Well, Peeing and Breathing are two of the primary and least physically stressful ways the body eliminates waste. A diet that is low in water, low or devoid of fruits and vegetables and minerals, a diet high in refined foods, unconscious consumption of animal flesh, chemicals, alcohol, prescriptive medications, pesticides, environmental pollutants, etcetera will take a toll on all organs of  the body. This may be a no brainer for some of us but these are concepts, ideas and facts that are not understood by many people today.

THE NORMALIZATION OF POOR HEALTH

In terms of the Kidneys and Bladder, increasing use and the public acceptance of Adult Diapers and Dialysis is, in my mind, proof of the pressure on these organs and a general decline in the physical of the general public health.The focus here is on the Bladder and Kidneys but all organs are impacted. Sluggish and loose bowels, inflammation of all kinds, acne, allergies, menstrual cramps, impotence, infertility, depression, addictions are all responses to toxic build up. Again, the list is long and, I have no doubt has an impact on all bodily functions.

WALKERS AND DIAPERS

The growing decline in the mobility in people of all ages, especially over 50, is demonstrated and connected to the Bladder and Kidneys. What indicates this? Well, the Acupuncture Meridians of the Kidneys and Bladder are located in areas of the spine and legs, major areas of mobility. The theory behind Acupuncture is more complex than this, but what I write here is part of the basic idea. Generally speaking, people who have walkers often are wearing adult diapers. The reason for so many people wearing diapers is more complicated than not just being able to get to the toilet in time to pee.  Location of these Meridians and some other Information  that may help understand this may be found here. 

HUMAN BEINGS DIRECTLY INFLUENCE NATURE AND VICE VERSA

To me this seems like a no brainer. Do we all have to be hit by floods and fires to get it? In Traditional Medicine of all cultures there is a deep acknowledgment of the importance of the flow of water within the body and the flexibility of all areas of the body. This includes movement, thinking, organ function and the ability to see and feel the connection between ourselves and our environment. The inability to see this connection has led to the demise of our personal health / inner terrain, and planetary health and terrain. We are all a microcosm (each human being) of a macrocosm (this planet Earth, this Universe). This should not be a revolutionary thought, or an idea that is diminished as a Hippie Philosophy. Inconvenient Truth is more like it, and not inline with making money at the expense of the health of ourselves and others.

THE PRICE WE ARE PAYING IS INCALCULABLE

What I am talking about can be seen in nature on the daily newsfeed. Here in the USA this has been demonstrated in housing being constructed on or near wetlands and flood plains. These areas have no been properly vetted for long or short term habitation. The devastating flooding in Houston, Texas and Florida (2017) are a prime example of decisions made by greedy developers and, to be fair, some misguided local governments. These are documented reasons for the destruction of communities in these areas due to flooding. It is hard to fault the residents because many were there before the wetlands and other areas were exploited by people who got voted in, or bought their way into government and power. Despite the denial of so many people, Global Warming is undoubtedly the major component of the overwhelming impact of water, especially the destruction witnessed in our coastal areas. Fear and greed blind many and we are all suffering.

COMMON SENSE

So, my point here is that what may seem to be minor physical health problems with Bladder Leakage and Sluggish Bowels are often serious warning signs that need to be heeded. The same with all the environmental warnings that have been ignored over these recent decades that have led to recent and increasing catastrophic events. Connect these dots. Everything impacts everything else. What goes around comes around. Every reaction has a reaction. What goes up must come down. Life becomes increasingly complicated (and worse) when people act out of fear, greed and desperation, three words that are greatly synonymous with one another.

THE YOGA OF WATER

Water and flexibility are inseparable. Most people have a build up of waste in their bodies that is not able to leave in  a timely way through their gut and other organs of excretion due to all the reasons that I previously mentioned in the first paragraph of this post. The list is lengthy. What does not leave through Breathing, Peeing, Pooping, and Skin (the largest organ of the body) puts tremendous pressure on the Liver and all other organs, and vice versa. Again, for some people this not broadcast news, but for many it is a revelation.

A MICROCOSM OF A MACROCOSM

Keeping our bodies flexible and in motion as long as we are here on this Earth is deeply linked to the quality of  health of all our organs and the health of our planet. The Bladder and Kidneys is one immediate place to take notice. Why? Well, as I mentioned before problems with the Bladder and Kidneys begin with many people at an early age and are easily discounted. Why are they discounted? One reason is the the normalization of poor health in children and people of all ages. I believe it is important to consider the idea that the suffering of so many people today is due to a learned level of disrespect of our own bodies and that of nature. Water is a very destructive element when out of control, and that is true in and outside of the body. Embracing this connection is an essential step in healing ourselves, and this beautiful planet where we live.

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POOP ENVY

THE BRAIN AND INTESTINES LOOK AN (THINK ELMER FUDD) AWFUL LOT ALIKE

While living in NYC I was invited to a celebratory event where I was seated at a table of people that either worked at a top end brokerage firm, or married to someone who did. This is going to be a long night, I remember thinking. Further into the evening, and after a great deal of wine and alcohol had been consumed, the conversation turned in a direction that I never expected, which was pooping. Furthermore, it was an all male conversation with me and a couple of other women listening in a state of amused awe and disbelief. The dialogue was centered around the ritual of rising very early each weekday morning to get to Starbuck’s, then to  the office so their brain clearing poop would not be interfered with, and their day could be started on track. Laughter, more laughter underscored by an underlying seriousness. This is not a conversation these people would have without being fully lit up. Lit up or not, the undeniable message was pooping and thinking are connected. These men were defending their morning ritual, and it was very clear that without that morning dump their day would be totally disrupted. Anyway, I totally related to what they were saying and I am pretty sure you can, too.

IS THERE A RAINBOW BEHIND THE BRAIN FOG?

The second incident was with a woman who was a CEO of a international company. She had attained the kind of title and salary that our society deems successful.  This woman told me that she would give up all she had attained if she could just poop regularly and loose weight. No, I thought, that is not the answer. You would just have more fun doing what you do and life would be happier. Constipation is a burden in more ways than one.

TALKING SHIT

Most of us do not talk to others about our bowel movements in a direct way, but in other ways we never stop talking and hearing about them. That may not make sense to you, but let me explain. So, if a person, maybe you or I, have a complaint about how we look and feel something can be done about it by improving our digestion and eliminations. Yes, we see commercials online, television, etcetera that show people finding gut relief and then soaring with happiness and freedom. That feeling is something most EVERYONE can relate to, and the reason why that behavior is front and center in these commercials. The glitch is that the products that are being sold to us do not get to the root of the problem. Why is that? Because underlying causes of long term constipation are years and decades in the making. This is not a one trick pony solution. There is something pretty serious going on when more water, fiber, fermented foods, probiotics, herbs, enemas, colonics, etcetera do not improve digestion and bowel function at all, or for more than a short period of time.

HIT A DEAD END?

One thing I have noticed about myself and others is that when increasing water, fiber, herbs, etcetera do not produce long term relief there is a deeper, potentially more serious problem and stronger measures need to be taken. The message the body is sending is clear, that something needs to be addressed on a deeper level. There is an over abundance. or lack of something that keeps the body from eliminating regularly, and the Intestines are only part of this unsolved equation.

GUM SPIRITS OF TURPENTINE, HEALING FOODS,  HEALING PRACTICES, AND POTIONS

Again, when people get short term, very little, to no relief from herbs, intestinal cleanses, more fiber, water, gut massage, enemas, colonics, etcetera the need for a more potent solvent needs to be introduced. If any of this makes sense to you, then check out The Candida Cleanse and other information from Dr. Jennifer Daniels, MD. The level of success that people have with the advice Dr. Daniels gives is, in my experience,  is pretty unquestionable. Of course, how those results play out, in terms of response time, are unique to each person. If you are looking for some information to resolve the nagging daily suffering of poor digestion and elimination, Jennifer Daniels, MD may be there person that can help you.

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FENNEL SEED AND STAR ANISE FOR BETTER DIGESTION

THE SOOTHING AND HEALING PROPERTIES OF FENNEL SEED AND STAR ANISE

There is some information online about the medicinal properties, especially for digestion, of Fennel Seed and Star Anise that intersect with one another. It is also made clear that Fennel Seed and Star Anise are two different plants that have some distinctly different uses. This is information that is easy to find online. My experience is that Star Anise can be a  more potent digestive aid to take with, during, and after meals than is Fennel Seed. Even after having these positive results with Star Anise, I still depend on Ground Fennel Seed for smoother bowel function.

One stand out difference is that Star Anise has a more potent scent and taste. This may be a reflection of the amazing configuration of the flower that resembles a Starfish. It is a work of art in terms of its complexity of design. Fennel Seeds, like most seeds, are simple in appearance in their structure. My personal experience and taste tells me that a person can consume much more Fennel Seed than Star Anise without having any issues with loose bowels, etcetera.

The information that I have read directs people to make a tea from the Star Anise, but I decided to grind it in a mechanical – easy to use herb and spice grinder. Taking small doses, pinches to 1/8 tsp, with, during, and after meals yields immediate results. I find it especially helpful with meals after 2 pm. What kind of results? Well, food feels like it is absorbed and digested with no hint of acidity or indigestion of any kind. I do eat slowly and chew my food well, but depending on a few factors, I sometimes need extra help. I do take Cardamon and some other herbs and spices with my food, but I noticed immediate indigestion relief with the Star Anise. Again, Star Anise may be most helpful for inducing bowel function-peristalsis soon after eating. This is especially true for times when using Cider Vinegar or Sauerkraut Juice, as a digestive aid, has not been possible for me.

My personal experience tells me that ground Fennel Seeds are very helpful for healing the GI tract, reducing bloating and cramping, and helping to create a healthier gut in general. Consuming Fennel Seeds in larger amounts, tablespoons if necessary, has been helpful for the reasons I mentioned above. Fennel Seeds and Star Anise have similar tastes, and according to what I have read and experienced, are undeniably helpful for many digestive complaints. For immediate stomach help (acid reflux type of symptoms) Star Anise has been the most effective in much smaller doses than Fennel Seed. Compare the appearance, potency of taste, and aroma of each to experience the difference.

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THE LIVER: DEPRESSION AND SUICIDE

WHEN STAYING BUSY AND DISTRACTED JUST DOES NOT WORK ANYMORE

There is a deep biological connection between the health of the Liver, our overall health and feelings of Depression. For some people that may not be anything new, but for many it is a revelation. Of course, all our organs impact how we feel, which is not common knowledge to people from all walks of life. Also rarely discussed, is that the Liver acts as a filter to protect our overall health. Anti-depression Medications put more pressure on the filtering system of the Liver, and ultimately all our organs. In present times, the Liver is often overwhelmed and struggling. Some examples of how this can be seen is when a  person regularly feels defensive, depressed, numb, fumingly angry, frustrated, easily antagonized, hopeless, and has thoughts of suicide.

CLEANING THE SLATE OF HOW WE PERCEIVE LIFE

My own experience with Liver, Colon and Cellular Cleansing, has been decades long and a major part of my program to rebuild my health.  What has changed is that I now know what it is like to feel melancholically depressed. Depression became more persistently evident when I could not do some of the activities that distracted me from how I was actually feeling. From my own day to day observations, I now know that the emotions I feel and observe are greatly impacted by the health of all my organs. This is not something that I read in a book. This is my direct experience. I have days when the same set of frustrating circumstances that surround my healing process do not define me, and other days, now more moments in a day, when I feel frustrated. There are times when these feelings border on hopelessness, but they pass. This experiential understanding of the biology connected to these feelings has helped me to be more at peace with my situation while I heal. I recognized depression as a symptom of the Chemicals, Molds, Mercury, and who knows what else, that my body is carrying and  letting go of. I am hoping what I write here will be of some help to anyone who may feel confused about what they are experiencing while going through the process of regaining their health.

THE STIGMA OF DEPRESSION

A number of years ago a person told me, unabashedly, that they looked down upon people who were depressed. This person said that earlier in their own life they suffered from depression. I felt empathy for them and realized that they, like many people, myself included, were very concerned about their image in the eyes of others. Determining our self worth based on the opinion of society has no happy ending. I can understand this because I have allowed myself to be manipulated by these same values. Metaphorically speaking, I remember realizing that I would never really know someone if all I was seeing, in their eyes, was my own reflection. What an empty way of going through life.

SO, WHAT ABOUT THE LIVER?

The essence of the Liver is as complex and as simple as how it is spelled. Live – and just add that r. Without a healthy Liver, or one that has been pushed beyond its capacity to filter our blood, along with the kidneys, it is hard to live a happy life. I did a engine search to see what other information there might be about the Liver and Depression, and the content was not that broad. What I read reinforced that the kind of Anti -Depression medication that is prescribed by the Medical World might be okay short term to rescue someone from a tragic event. If you are reading this, maybe you are a person that  feels that Antidepression Medications saved your life. I know most certainly that long term use of these meds causes more problems for the Liver and other organs, both exocrine and endocrine.

In Traditional Asian Medicine, Ayurveda and other forms of healing the Liver is defined by words such as growth, expansion, moving forward, up and out. When the Liver is overworked people feel frustrated and angry, and maybe sometimes numb with spurts of anger and frustration. How to handle a situation like this is a formidable conundrum. Why is that? Well, because the variety of environmental and other toxins that we are all exposed to is enormous and has different effects on each of us. The reason for that is as complex as the number of people that reside on this planet. There is no generalizing on this subject. Individuals need to take personal action. Finding ways to detoxify and rebuild daily, before a major health crisis arises, is the best advice. Looking for answers about how to improve Liver health after a health crisis is usually how most of us begin our search.

DEPRESSION AND THE LACK OF WILL TO LIVE

In the mainstream of society Depression is still considered shameful. At the same time the number of  people taking their own lives is rising and Depression is spoken about as something that no one should be ashamed of. These are just words and not the day to day reality that gets mirrored back to us. The long term answer to feeling better does not exist in a drug, but lifestyle changes that have the potential to upend the addictive lifestyles of the person who is depressed, along with their friends and family. It is unpopular and initially inconvenient to face the level of addiction that we are all living with today. What do I mean by that? Well, it is hard to do what is uncomfortable. Many people would rather have their depressed loved ones take Medications than do an overhaul on their own lifestyles, as well. These lifestyle changes impact everyone within the close circle of the depressed person. These kind of changes and self reflection ask everyone to dig deep, and that is not what keeps this consumer society rocking and rolling.

WHAT TO DO?

There is no simple answer, but part of the solution is based in basic everyday decisions that we make. The problem is that we are often not in charge of our own decisions. That may sound like bullshit to some, but I think that people are becoming more and more aware that willpower is not easily attainable. Long term changes are harder to maintain, and there is something deeper brewing within us all that makes lifting ourselves up by our boot straps close to impossible. That something can be better understood by having a better understanding of our Liver. The functioning of the Large and Small Intestines needs to be better understood by all of us. One function of the Large Intestine is to usher out the waste that sits like a toxic septic tank inside many people. This a gross image. For many it is a rather gross situation. Waste  primarily leaves the body through urine, fecal matter, our breath and our skin. Think of your city or town with spotty to no garbage pick up for weeks, months,or years…

I HAVE HAD ENOUGH

Most any person who has worked in a Hospice situation, or taken care of a person who is at the end of their lives, understands the lack of will to go on. Once the Liver can not take anymore the rest of the body, already feeling this strain, takes on more of the burden. This is when the breakdown of our health becomes more evident. Back again to the word Live – r. Our lack of understanding of our Liver and our overall health, makes us pawns in a chess game. This often creates emotions of helplessness, overwhelm, frustration, and anger. Carrying this heavy biological burden makes it more difficult to shoulder the duties of everyday life. Without a healthy Liver the ability to find joy in daily activities becomes a struggle.

THERE IS HOPE

This post is not a tutorial about what specifically do to heal the Liver, and overall health. Again, I am writing this as a signpost to let people know that Medications are not the only option. This is not common knowledge to many people. If you are a person who is feeling hopeless, that life is not worth living, that you are pushing up against a ceiling and unable to breakthrough, you are not alone. This is a condition that has biological roots and can be remedied without doing more damage to your Liver and other Organs. Healing our body, our Liver is going to be different for each one of us. What we eat, drink, breathe, watch, and listen to impacts us in ways that we may not understand until we make small changes. Start somewhere. No change is insignificant. Taking medications for Depression is not shameful, and understanding how they effect our overall health is only empowering.

There are several blog posts that I have written about Liver / Gallbladder Flushes. The person who advises me, Jennifer Daniels, MD, has information on cleansing the Liver and Gallbladder that differs in some ways from other Flushes. If you do a search concerning the work of Dr. Daniels and Liver / GB Flushes you will find nformation on this subject. One avenue to begin would be a clean and simple diet with herbs such as Milk Thistle and Barberry.

Again, please know that you are not alone. Take action and you will  begin to feel empowered.

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