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“The prostate gland is a vulnerable part of male anatomy, often harboring stubborn infections in youth and enlarging in age to the point of interfering with urination.  The main irritants of the prostate are coffee and other forms of caffeine, decaffeinated coffee, alcohol, tobacco, red pepper, dehydration, and either too frequent or too infrequent ejaculation.  Prolonged sitting and repetitive jarring motion (as from riding a horse, bicycle, or motorcycle) also stress the gland. 

 Supplement the diet with zinc, 30 milligrams a day of the picolinate form.  Also increase intake of soy foods; their phytoestrogens might protect the prostate from the unbalanced influence of male sex hormones.

 Herbal treatment for prostatic enlargement relies on two plants: saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) and pygeum) Pygeum africanum).  Use of one or both, following dosage recommendations on the products.  You can continue taking them indefinitely.

 For sexual deficiency, traditional Chinese medicine offers many treatments, including ginseng….the preeminent male sexual tonic.  Ayurvedic medicine contributes ashwaganda (Withania somnifera), newly available in health food stores.  Follow dosages recommended on the product.

 Mind/body methods are worth exploring in all sexual and genital problems, hypnotherapy and guided imagery therapy being especially useful.” SPONTANEOUS HEALING ~ Andrew Weil, M.D.  

Dr. Weil pretty much summed up Prostate 1 and 2, and started Part 3 too.  Now we’re going to look closely at the body/mind connection in relation to exercise, food, herbs, supplements and other alternative medicines.   Much of our bodily makeup was created from our mother and the land from which she ate as well as from your heritage/ancestors.  As you look at the many different remedies in this article, you may find yourself gravitating towards certain healing foods and  remedies closely attuned to your natural birthing ground.  If so, it could be your intuition trying to get your attention to gravitate towards these supplements that may help restore your body’s imbalance.

Many natural medicines work at the genetic cellular memory and consciousness of your own body makeup—your body contains within it a little pharmacy at your beck and call—sometimes, though, through neglect it needs a little jumpstart to activate it.  The key is for each of you to explore and intuitively feel what works and resonates within you.  Believe it or not, there is a connection between your unconscious mind and that of the consciousness of the planet Earth.  Utilizing its products with the intent to heal can initiate the healing process starting from a psychological, down to a cellular level.

Your brain hormones, sex hormones and other hormones all work together to keep your body and mind running at its most optimal level.  Your body is nothing more or less than a vast conglomeration of millions of cells that are constantly absorbing nutrients of all kinds from your environment.  How does absorption happen….basically through your five senses….not only do we hear, see, taste and smell the world around us…we also feel it within every inch of our skin.

“Hormones act as the body’s chemical messengers, orchestrating our metabolic processes by stimulating changes in body cells.  You can visualize them as musical instruments which can play together in harmony, producing a lovely symphony.  If they’re out of balance, the music is distorted, discordant.  You can either decide to take the role of conductor, ensuring that you get harmony, or let random influences control your hormones and risk cacophony.” Arabella Melville

 “Sexual energy underlies every act of individual expression. It is a creative force, the influence of which extends far beyond sexual activity to include thought, feeling, behavior, dress. Sexual energy informs art, music, fashion, even architecture and automotive design. It is an all-pervading force.” Christopher S. Kilham 

The sympathetic nervous system enhances the production of testosterone and very important for ejaculation, but if stress causes the adrenals to release too much norepinephrine and epinephrine in the body, the muscles in the body and in the prostate will suddenly contract and tighten their grip. The more the prostate tightens it grip the more it squeezes the urethra affecting the bladder and lower back.

If the electrical energy from the sympathetic nervous becomes unbalanced with the parasympathetic nervous system, the lower back muscles are usually its first target.  When these muscles become inflamed they clamp down upon the adrenals, and their output of adrenaline/cortisone and the sexual hormones.  With too much adrenaline, the feeling of ‘being wired’, electrified—adrenaline interferes with the brains neurotransmitters, leaving you feeling scattered, irritable, confused—physically, the stomach and hips begin to balloon.

“The lower back expresses all the weight and responsibility of being human.  It supports the wright from above, just as you carry the weight of responsibility of your world.  If there is no one to help with the load, no sense of being supported, this part of the back may give way…….

 This area also has to do with survival, security, and self-support.  If you are feeling insecure—perhaps unable to meet other people’s expectations—then the pressure may be felt in the lower back.

 Do you doubt your ability to support yourself:

  • Are you feeling isolated?
  • Are you trying to do much?  As the nerves that flow down the legs issue from the lower spine, pressure here can create pain or numbing sensations in the feet and legs, affecting your movement forward.        
  • YOUR BODY SPEAKS YOUR MIND ~ Deb Shapiro.

HORMONE HEALTH AND EXERCISE

Physical activity not only helps to keep your hormones balanced—it also keeps your organs and tissues healthy—reduces insulin levels and elevates your *glucagon levels.  Strength training also helps to expand blood vessels, allowing more nutrients and oxygen to reach your muscle tissue.  Exercise also increases the secretion of testosterone, cortisol, growth hormone, epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine and the human growth hormone HGH.  BUT over-training and overexerting yourself, hormone levels tend to go down instead of up—testosterone levels can actually fall by 40% after strenuous training and affect your cortisol, adrenaline and norepinephrine levels.

(*Both insulin and glucagons are produced by the pancreas and regulate glucose and fat—insulin promotes the production of fat and glucagons helps to burn fat stored in the body…moderate exercise expands the blood vessels in the body, allowing more nutrients and oxygen to reach muscle tissue while at the same time reducing the accumulation of lactic acid.  Exercises such as strength training help the body to secrete the human growth hormone HGH.)

Did you know when you’re actively playing a game like squash, that in just seven minutes your muscles will have produced enough heat to boil water for four cups of coffee!

Walking is by far the best exercise to keep the prostate in shape.  If you really are an exercise buff, all you need is about 30 minutes of exercise 3 X a week for a healthy body and to increase your mood, your metabolism and boost your testosterone levels—going over-board will only cause your energy to crash, due to increased levels of lactic acid.  Lactic acid is a substance that accumulates in your muscles, producing weakness and body aches.  Sugar, caffeine and alcohol also contribute to the increase of lactate in your body—lactic acid binds with calcium, causing not enough calcium to get to the brain—calcium is known as a powerful central nervous system depressant.

It has also been found that the accumulation of lactic acid encourages tumor growth in many areas of the body, including the prostate.  Lactic acid forms a halo around cancer cells, almost as a form of protection—it also inactivates the immune system which is needed to destroy cancer and other diseases.

Lactic acid found to fuel tumors http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/11/081120171325.htm

Cancer cells produce lactate (lactic acid) http://livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog/do-ketones-fuel-cancer-the-low-carb-experts-respond/10124

FREE RADICALS

“The more stiff, achy, and out of shape your muscles are the more prone they are to struggling with poor energy production and excess lactic acid. Too much lactic acid tilts cell metabolism into excess free radical production and inflammation, perpetuating poor health. Thus, an athlete without adequate antioxidants or anti-inflammatory nutrients injures muscles more easily or never achieves elite performance.” http://www.wellnessresources.com/health_topics/detoxification/lactic_acid.php

Where do free radicals come from?  If you grab an apple, cut it in half and leave it on the counter, it would eventually begin to turn brown.  The reason for this is…as it interacts with oxygen in the air, it oxidizes, which means it’s succumbing to free radical damage.  In fact, if you leave any kind of food out on the counter, it will begin to spoil from contact with free radicals in the air.  Even leaving your car outside in all types of weather will sooner or later begin to oxidize—it begins to rust away.

The cells in our bodies produce free radicals all the time—they are a naturally occurring from oxidizing food and oxygen to give the body energy.  But the amount of free radicals is small because it’s not sufficient enough to cause damage and so, you eliminate them by your lungs.  This is why you huff and puff when exercising vigorously…the body is getting rid the free radicals generated by your hard-working cells.  Your white blood cells also create free radicals when the immune system sense the body is under attack.  These free radicals tear into and rip bacteria and viruses apart, but when the body is fighting a chronic infection, your immune system can go out of control, creating huge amount of free radicals that start eating away at healthy tissue.

 “When free radicals assault us from external sources, they are referred to as exogenous (outside the body) free radicals.  External sources of free radicals include high heat, ultraviolet light, cigarette smoke, air pollution, x-rays, electromagnetic emissions and other forms of low-level radiation.  Exposure to trace metals, such as lead, mercury, iron, and copper, can also promote the production of free radicals. 

 Free radicals generated from internal and external sources can have a tremendous, and dangerous, impact on human health.” USER’S GUIDE TO NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS ~ Jack Challem 

Free radicals can damage any body structure by affecting proteins, enzymes, fats and even DNA.  They are the cause of more than sixty different health conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, autoimmune disease and cancer. Free radicals age your body and slow down your metabolism  —you could say that our human bodies are, like an old car, slowly rusting away.  We are oxidizing.  We are succumbing to the effects of free radicals and one of the reasons is the way we are processing our foods.  Oils, for instance are easily radicalized.  Free radical damage increases in fats and oils much more than any other substance.  When we superheat oil and then fry food in it, we further increase the free radical volume of both the oil and the food that’s being fried.  French-fries, white bread, fried chicken and most fast food chains contain high levels of free radicals!  Free radicals buildup in our bodies and our bodies can only handle so much before the free radical waste begins to age our cells prematurely.

Scientists officially link processed food to Autoimmune disease   http://www.trueactivist.com/scientists-officially-link-processed-foods-to-autoimmune-disease/

XENOESTROGENS

“Researchers who study the endocrine system now realize that environmental estrogenic pollutants and substances are entering our bodies in tremendous quantities. When they do, they shift the balance from testosterone (androgens) to the estrogen side of the equation.  Like women, we do have estrogens in our bodies (just as they have testosterone), we just don’t have the same quantities, and we have a great deal more testosterone than they do. What is most important is the ratio of androgens to estrogens. Anything that upsets that balance changes who and what we become. We are not our chemistry, but we certainly are affected by our chemistry.  The power of our androgenic chemistry to shape who we are begins while we are still in the womb”. Stephen Harrod Buhner The Natrual Testosterone Plan: For Sexual Health and Energy

Somehow many synthetic chemicals in today’s environment are able to communicate with the cells in our body, in a pattern almost exactly like that of estrogen.  Until recently, testosterone was considered the bad buy in prostate problems—but new research is showing increases of xenoestrogens instead.  Xeno means foreign, so xenohormones are elements produced from outside the human body that are breathed in from the air and from the things we eat and drink.  We are exposed to these xenoestrogens everyday through products and situations that didn’t exist a 100 years ago.  Boys breasts are affected more than before, due to the strong increase in estrogen when their testosterone levels are still low.  Men who have had similar symptoms have shown to have a problem with their pituitary gland.

“One of the puzzling features of prostate malignancy is that while testosterone—the hormone people have been led to believe is responsible for male aggression—seems to promote its growth, this cancer is most typically a disease of older men.  Yet the body’s production of testosterone declines with aging.  Nor have men with prostate cancer been shown to have higher than average levels of testosterone.  As with estrogen receptors in breast cancer, it appears the sensitivity of tumour cells to normal concentrations of testosterone must have been altered.

 Like hormone secretion by the adrenal glands and the ovaries, the synthesis of testosterone by the testicles is under the complex feed-back control of the hypothalamic-pituitary system in the brain.  That network, highly reactive to stress and emotions, sends a cascade of biological substances into circulation.  Emotional factors can directly influence the male sex-hormone functioning for good or ill—just as the female hormone estrogen from the ovaries or adrenalin, cortisol and other hormones from the adrenal glands, are affected by psychic events.  It so happens that in a small series of patients, surgical removal of the brain’s pituitary gland did show positive results in the treatment of prostate cancer.” WHEN THE BODY SAYS NO, Gabor Mate, M.D.

ANTIOXIDANTS

As we age, our body’s own store of antioxidants diminish unless we regularly replenish them with an excellent diet or supplements.  As I have mentioned before, hormones, like the rest of our bodies, are created from the food we eat.  In order to create the hormones we need and in the right quantity, we have to have the right nutrients and the proper enzymes to produce and metabolize them.  The problem is, we don’t care enough about ourselves or the foods we eat.  Many of us eat junk food and wash it down with coffee, tea or carbonated drinks, which damage our cells and tissues, including our hormones.

Unfortunately as well, chemical farming and food processing, along with the lack of nutrients in the earth’s soil is affecting our hormone balance and our bodies.  Depleted essential trace elements such as selenium, zinc, chromium and magnesium are lacking in our diets and the lack of these elements have been said to be the cause of radical damage in our bodies and higher incidences of cancer.  The rise of long-standing diseases has risen dramatically over the last 30 years.  While we may be living longer, we are certainly not healthier.

Although our bodies from the inside look alike, there are slightly different balances in our enzymes, slightly different muscle characteristics, slightly different nervous systems and different hormone production.  Each of you has to get to know your self and tune in to your own body and how you can make it work best.

VITAMIN A

“Vitamin A is a fat-soluble compound [antioxidant], requiring fats and minerals for proper assimilation. Vitamin A consists of three biologically active molecules: retinol, retinal and retinoic acid. There are two forms of vitamin A, preformed vitamin A, (also called retinol and found in foods of animal origin) and provitamin A (derived from carotene, a pigment found in dark green, yellow and orange vegetables and fruits).  Beta-carotene is converted to usable vitamin A through the use of a hormone called thyroxine, produced by the thyroid gland…..when the diet lacks adequate vitamin A the body utilizes stores from the liver”. Barbara Bouyet

To learn more about vitamin A, see my previous article….

https://ravenstarshealingroom.wordpress.com/2012/11/21/vitamin-a-causes-prostate-cancer/

VITAMIN C

As far as antioxidants, vitamin C tops the list because its importance in the production of sex hormones.  The human body is unable to produce its own supply of vitamin C so it must be obtained through the diet. Vitamin C is found in high concentrations in the adrenal glands, which helps in the production of testosterone.  As a man approaches mid-life or andropause, the adrenal glands take an even increasing role in the production of his sex hormones.  So it’s essential you increase your intake of foods and supplements rich in this vitamin.  Vitamin C in the body is used up very quickly when exposed to chemicals, pollutants or if you smoke or are fighting an infection.

Vitamin C is always more effective when obtained through a natural source rather than chewables or capsules. Unfortunately, it only stays in the body for a short time, 10-20 hours, so it needs to be replenished every day.  Fresh made orange juice loses it vitamin C content in approximately 15 minutes after being exposed to the air.

Bioflavonoids and vitamin C are always found together in nature—bioflavonoids are water-soluble and enhance vitamin C’s protection.  Both of these can be found in most fresh vegetables, especially peppers, watercress, broccoli and new potatoes; fresh fruits, grapes, rose hips, prunes, oranges, lemons, cherries as well as berries, (wild blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries).  It’s also found in apples, pineapple and melons and in most tropical fruits.) When fruit isn’t as easy to buy in the winter, frozen works just as well—frozen, fruit don’t lose much of their antioxidant power.

Wheat and barley are very high in chlorophyll, beta-carotene, vitamins C and E and are some of the best sources of plant protein.

*Vitamin C and the mineral Iron work as a team to incinerate waste materials in the body.  Iron transports oxygen to every cell of the body and vitamin C works as a catalyst for this action.  Both iron and vitamin C help to protect you from colds and viruses.

VITAMIN E

Vitamin E is another controversial antioxidant in the use of healing ailments of the prostate—it also improves male and female fertility.  Studies have been done with taking Vitamin E ‘alone’ but like vitamin A and D, these vitamins are fat-soluble and need fat in the diet to be absorbed and utilized.  Vitamin E works well when combined with calcium, magnesium and flaxseed/omega oils.  Some researchers conducting these trials failed to tell us whether the people in these studies were feeding on high carbohydrates or drinking too much alcohol.  Carbohydrates and alcohol raise insulin levels which can lead to higher incidences of high cholesterol, high blood-pressure and heart disease (arteriosclerosis).  Unfortunately misconceptions like these are hard to overturn.

Every cell in your body lives by burning oxygen to give you warmth and energy—vitamin E regulates this action and prevents cells from burning out too quickly.  The normal life of a red blood cell is 120 days—a deficiency in vitamin E reduces cell life to about 70 days.  Vitamin E improves blood circulation by enlarging even the smallest blood vessels and arteries which provide oxygen and nourishment to all body cells—it also detoxifies from the body from harmful pesticides, chemical fertilizers, industrial pollutants, exhaust fumes and preservatives.  It has also been known to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Vitamin E also assists in the functioning of the entire nervous system and we know there are thousands of nerve fibers contained with the prostate and that the sympathetic nervous system, part of the central nervous system, enhances its production.

Naturally, vitamin E can be found in wheat germ oil, sesame seeds, almonds, hazel nuts, rice, cucumber, brazil nuts, peanuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds, oats, pecan nuts, asparagus, peas, kale, spinach, brussel sprouts, apples, tomatoes, bananas, oranges, carrots, lettuce, grapefruit, celery, chestnuts, corn, alfalfa, barley, beans, soya beans, potatoes….

The Real Facts About Vitamin E http://www.huffingtonpost.com/craig-cooper/vitamine-e-prostate-cancer-_b_1016922.html  (great explanation of vitamin E)

New Vitamin E Study July 2012 http://thestar.com.my/health/story.asp?sec=healt&file=/2012/7/22/health/11363827

Vitamin E recharged by selenium http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v07n11.shtml

VITAMIN D3

Vitamin D is not an antioxidant, however, it is important for the body. Known as the ‘sunshine’ vitamin, vitamin D3 is naturally produced by the action of  sunlight with an oily substance in our skin (Ergosterol) One of the main functions of vitamin D is it helps to regulate all mineral and vitamin metabolism, especially that of calcium and phosphorous—vitamin D also works with the thyroid and parathyroid glands in helping to manufacture hormones and  control the levels of calcium in your blood—it’s also vitally important for your endocrine and nervous system.

Vitamin D has been described as a hormone rather than a vitamin because it’s produced by the body, through the action of sunlight on the skin.  The darker the pigment of the skin, the more sunlight we need to get adequate amount of vitamin D

Young people who are outside in the sun will get all the vitamin D they need.  But the older we get, it seems harder for the skin to absorb vitamin D into our system.  The reason for this, could be that older skin doesn’t absorb vitamin D as well and the kidneys seem to have bit of trouble converting vitamin D to its active form.

There seems to be a lot of controversy over vitamin D supplements and its benefits and/or risks regarding the prostate.  When I googled ‘vitamin D prostate cancer’, there were conflicting results on the use of vitamin D supplements for prostate cancer. I think we have to be careful of swallowing (literally) what others are proclaiming to be magical cures.  As supplements are being studied more than ever before, it’s important we keep up-to-date with the information ~ remember supplements are chemicals that you’re putting in your body.

Vitamin D crucial to activating immune defenses

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100307215534.htm

Calcium and Vitamin D supplements make prostate cancer worse http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/08/08/health-calcium-supplements-prostate-worse_n_1754724.html

Scientists reveal how vitamin D slows prostate cancer http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/08/08/health-calcium-supplements-prostate-worse_n_1754724.html

B VITAMINS

“The B vitamins help to maintain the health of the nerves, skin, eyes, hair, liver, and mouth, as well as healthy muscle tone in the gastrointestinal tract and proper brain function. 

 B-Complex vitamins act as co-enzymes, helping enzymes to react chemically with other substances, and are involved in energy production.  They may be useful for alleviating depression or anxiety as well. Adequate intake of the B vitamins is very important for elderly people because these nutrients are not as well absorbed as we age. There have been even cases of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease whose problems were later found to be due to a deficiency of vitamin B12 plus the B complex. The B vitamins should always be taken together, but up to two to three times more of one B vitamin than another can be taken for a period of time if needed for a particular disorder. There are spray and sublingual forms that are absorbed more easily; which are good choices for older adults and those with absorption problems.

 Because the B vitamins work together, a deficiency in one often indicates a deficiency in another ”.  Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 4th edition ~ Phyllis A. Balch

Physical activity increases the need for B vitamins http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/72/2/598s.full

How the body uses Vitamin B to recognize bacterial infection

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121010131444.htm

B vitamins are important in the metabolism and production of energy from food.  They are found in wholegrain products such as bread and brown rice; wheat germ is a very rich source.  Beans and meat, particularly liver are also high in most B group vitamins.  Taking a B complex vitamin, 50 mg or 100 mg is adequate for a daily dosage.  If you exercise strenuously, smoke and/or consume alcohol on a daily basis, you should be taking a vitamin B-complex—alcohol, tobacco, stress, processed foods and drinks all inhibit or reduce your body’s intake and absorption of the B vitamins, as well as vitamin D and the minerals magnesium, zinc and calcium. Even drinking socially can have this effect, while drinking heavily can cause serious malnutrition, liver damage and hormone imbalances.

As we age, our bodies ability to assimilate essential nutrients is harder because we produce less stomach acids in the digestive system.  Deficiencies in B6 and B12 develop during the later years

Eat an avocado a day!  Avocadoes contain all the daily B group vitamins with an added boost of B1 (Thiamine) for food assimilation and digestion.  Without B1, (the vitamin of Courage) we’d have trouble digesting carbohydrates, which can become toxic to your whole system.

VITAMIN B1 (Thiamine) is known as the vitamin of Courage – it combines with pyruvic acid, to form a co-enzyme, which is required for the conversion of carbohydrates into Glucose, the brains most primary fuel. Without it we’d have trouble digesting carbohydrates, leaving you with too much pyruvic acid (which changes to lactic acid) in the blood.  This deprives the body of oxygen, causing confusion, loss of alertness, which reduces oxygen in the body causing loss of mental alertness, possible cardiac damage and difficulties of breathing, irritability and emotional insecurity.

Excellent food sources – rice bran, wheat germ, soya bean, sunflower seeds, peanus, sesame seeds, brazil nuts, pecans, pistachios, red and white beans, lima beans, cashew nuts, lentils, macadamia nuts, walnuts, chestnut, chickpea, watercress, pumpkin seeds, dandelion, parsley, figs, broccoli, potatoes

VITAMIN B2 (Riboflavin) is known as the Youth vitamin – also breaks down and utilizes carbohydrates – when we are deficient in this vitamin for a long time, our vision could be impaired, our hair may fall out or lack luster, we look older than our years and could suffer from arthritis and or even glaucoma.

Excellent food sources – almonds, wheat germ, wild rice, mushroom, safflower seeds, turnip greens, wheat bran, kelp, collards, soya bean, dandelion, kale leaves, parsley, cashew nut, broccoli, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, lentils, avocado, aparagus, spinach, peach, prune, dried apricot, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, dates, figs,

VITAMIN B3 (Niacin) is important in the production of both male and female hormones. It also activates enzymes in the body as well as assisting the body in energy production and nourishes the nerves, brain, skin and hair—it is known to have a calming effect on many people and could be taken before bed.  It may cause a flushing or reddening of the skin, this is because its dilating the capillaries.  Vitamin B3 is required for good blood circulation and for the control of blood-cholesterol levels, which is very important for the prostate.  Niacin is also essential for the health of the nervous system, as are all the B complex vitamins.  Too much strenuous exercise depletes your reserves of B3 resulting in muscle weakness, general fatigue, indigestion, headaches, diarrhea, poor appetite, skin allergies and nervous disorders.

Excellent sources – rice bran, wheat bran, peanuts, wild rice, sesame seeds, kelp, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, wheat, barley, almonds, dates, soya bean, lentils, chick pea, sweet corn, avocado, ppune, asparagus, pistachio, macadamia, parley, pecans,

VITAMIN  B5 (pantothenic acid), B6, (pyrixodine) and B12 are particularly important in balancing the immune system

VITAMIN  B5 (Panthothenic acid – water soluble) is found in every living cell of the body and is important for the body’s control and use of cholesterol from fats.  Vitamin B5 stimulates the adrenal glands to produce natural cortisone and other adrenal hormones, which are important for healthy nerves and skin.  This vitamin also prevents premature aging, wrinkles, baldness, arthritis, and cellular damage from radiation.  Vitamin B5 is useful for anemia, hypoglycemia, epilepsy, insomnia, arthritis, asthma, cancer and tuberculosis. A deficiency of this vitamin may create a wide variety of symptoms such as, apathy, depression, heart trouble, abdominal pains, increase to infection, nerve disorders, muscle weakeness..pins and needles in hand and feet.

Almonds, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds are an excellent source as well as brussel sprouts, collards, dates, celery, parsley, yoghurt, lentils rice, royal jelly, parsnips, kale, wheat, carrots, barley, oats, oranges, bananas, currants, grapefruit, grapes, wheat germ, soya beans and of course pumpkin seeds

VITAMIN B6 and ZINC

Both vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and zinc work well together in treating the prostate.  B6 is important in helping the absorption of zinc in the prostate, it is also required for the production of antibodies and healthy blood cells. It is very important that the body has ample supplies of both Vitamin B6 and Zinc.  B6 or pyridoxine The prostate gland contains ten times more zinc than anywhere else in the human body and zinc is a key player in the health of the prostate.

Vitamin B6 is essential for the brain and plays an important role in your immune system and nervous system’s balance—it’s also needed to convert stored blood sugars into glucose—the brains main fuel.  The pituitary gland is also affected when there’s not enough B6 in your system…which in turn can affect the entire body’s immune system and its health. Brain depletion of dopamine and serotonin occur without B6, which can lead to headaches, anxiety, insomnia and depression.  Without enough B6 in the body, levels of lactic acid could elevate, creating anxiety and stress.  This vitamin is also needed to help utilize protein for energy.

“Zinc supplements may play a role in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), an enlargement of the prostate gland seen in 60 percent of men between 40 and 59 years of age. Zinc treatment, in the form of zinc picolinate or zinc citrate, may be beneficial in reducing the enlargement of the prostate and to reduce the symptoms. The beneficial effects of zinc may be due to its involvement in hormonal metabolism. Zinc inhibits the conversion of testosterone to a more active form, which causes overproduction of prostate cells. It also inhibits the binding of hormones to receptor cells.  Zinc also acts to lower levels of another hormone, prolactin, which controls the uptake of testosterone in the prostate. Increasing zinc levels therefore restricts the actions of the hormones and leads to a reduction in prostate size.” The New Encylopedia of Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements and Herbs ~ Nicola Reavley

(High levels of prolactin could indicate hypothyroidism—prolactin seems to inhibit the outward flow of emotions—attention is sluggish, dull–people are unable to express themselves, they feel something then doubt seeps in, making them hesitate and step back)

The brain too uses at least sixty zinc enzymes, so low zinc levels have been known to cause irritability, fatigue, anxiety and depression.  Zinc also plays an important role in removing toxic metals from the brain, particularly copper, lead, mercury and cadmium.  Without zinc, high copper level could cause paranoia, mood swings and schizophrenia.

Diabetics tend to lose high amounts of zinc in their urine and studies have shown good results with zinc supplements and improved glucose tolerance. (Olives are an excellent  source of zinc as well as vitamins B2, B3, and B6.)

Pumpkin Seeds are nourishing and energizing and very high in vitamin B-complex and zinc.  Zinc is an aid in the healing process, very useful in treating an enlarged prostate gland. Pumpkin seeds contain magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, potassium, niacin, folic acid, riboflavin, and thiamin. They also contain vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), unsaturated oils, and antioxidants.

Other good sources of B6 – walnuts, hazel nuts, yogurt, bewers yeast, torula yeast, rice brain, wheat germ, millet, soya beans, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, wheat bran, rye, almonds, brazil nuts, chestnuts, peanuts, barley, figs, olives, potato, banana cabbage, lettuce, celery, kale, avocado, spinach, broccoli,

VITAMIN B12

Did you know vitamin B12 and folic acid helps to improve the hand-grip strength in men and helps women and men with osteoarthritis?

Vitamin B12 is needed for tissue growth and repair and very important in the formation of red blood cells, the nervous system and skin.  B12 is heat sensitive and up to 85% of its content in meat is lost in cooking.  This is the only vitamin that plants cannot synthesize but is readily available from bacteria and fungi in the soil.    A deficiency in B12 may not show up for 5 – 10 years as the body is capable of reabsorbing it from the intestinal tract, which reduces the need for a regular supply.

Vitamin B12 has been effective in treating anemia, asthma, ulcers, angina, diabetes and neuritis…its helped with fatigue, nervous irritability, poor memory and concentration and muscle weakness too.

Vitamin B12 news http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/nutrition/vitamin-b12/news-and-features.html

What is Vitamin B12 http://newvitaminb12.com/vitamin-b12/

Vitamin B12 deficiency and cognitive problems http://www.ctvnews.ca/vitamin-b12-deficiency-may-lead-to-cognitive-problems-1.702874

Excellent sources of B12 – yogurt, cheese, fresh fish, meat, plankton, milk, eggs,

BIOTIN and FOLIC ACID both belong to the B group vitamins, are water soluble and required daily in your diet.  Biotin is known as a ‘slimming’ vitamin, it protects you from obesity, baldness, dermatitis and sleeplessness—without a regular supply your body would have trouble used the fats you eat  on a daily basis.  Folic acid also helps to promote a healthy appetite and cleans the digestive system.

Excellent sources of Biotin – walnuts, almonds, peanuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, brewers yeast, torula yeast, mushrooms, raisins, soya beans, rice, cucumbers, apples, wheat, rye, black currants, grapfruit, melons, tomatoes,

Excellent sources of folic acid – green leafy vegetables, fresh fruits, potatoes, almonds, cauliflower, sprouted seeds, legumes, whole grains, wheat germ, asparagus, beetroot, peas, parships kale, broccoli

CHOLINE, another B group vitamin, assists in the digestion of all types of fatty foods and is required for the storage of many vitamins and minerals, especially calcium and vitamin A.  It is usually found in good amounts and in combination with all vitamin B enriched foods…in fact it’s only effective when combined with them.  Choline is important for the health of the entire nervous system and has a direct relationship to the cholesterol levels in the blood.  A deficiency could play a role in high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries and the tendency to gain weight.  It also prevents accumulation of fats in the liver and helps to distribute fats around the body and to the various cells.

Excellent sources of Choline – lecithin, spinach, asparagus, green beans, corn, soya beans, brewers yeast, torula yeast, sesame seeds tahini, pecan, wheat, oats, wheat germ, peas, cabbage, carrots turnips, rice bran, potatoes

Vitamins for Prostate problems

http://www.livestrong.com/article/290291-vitamins-for-prostate-problems/

Vitamins for a healthy prostate

http://www.livestrong.com/article/291318-vitamins-for-a-healthy-prostate/

CHOLESTEROL

Cholesterol is not as bad as you think, it exists in almost all of your organs and present in most of your hormones and aids to the formation of others.  Without cholesterol the cells in your body wouldn’t be built and you wouldn’t be able to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins in your system, vitamins A, D, E and K from the foods you eat.  It is present in the blood, the tissues, and all the liquids within your body.  It contributes to producing bile, sexual hormones (estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone) and more.  Unfortunately it does have a bad-rap for contributing to prostate cancer and to the formation of plague that causes atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries) a condition which eventually could cause strokes and heart attacks.

 “Cholesterol is transported in the blood by two different means, LDL and HDL.  Both are proteins.  LEL carries the cholesterol from the liver to the tissues—indeed, all tissues need cholesterol for their formation and maintenance (nerves, muscels, skin, organs).  If there is too much cholesterol in this circuit, the cells don’t absorb it anymore; it stay in the blood and attaches itself to the walls of blood vessels.  When it stagnates cholesterol become oxidized, thickens, and blocks veins and arterties.  HDL, transports cholesterol from the tissues to the liver, playing an opposite role,; it cleans the blood vessels.” Understanding the Messages of Your Body ~ Jean-Pierre Barral D.O.

We all need cholesterol in our blood to produce DHEA, adrenal and sex hormones…DHEA invigorates the body…  In some cases doctors have worked so hard to reduce a person’s cholesterol, it has interfered with their hormone function and their immunity.

(DHEA has been called ‘the mother of all hormones’, it is produced by the adrenal glands and a precursor to other sex hormones such as testosterone and estrogen.  DHEA helps the body’s resistance to stress and disease….it also appears to have a protective effect on the bones and the heart.  DHEA also helps to balance the negative affects of cortisol…too much cortisol and not enough DHEA in the blood can have serious ramifications with your health and your sexual functions.  As cortisol levels rise so too does your insulin levels and  your cholesterol).

FIBER

Men who eat lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, apples, bananas, mangoes and whole-wheat cereals and breads, have fewer prostate problems then men who don’t eat them.  Fiber works its magic by carrying the bad stuff….like cholesterol, carcinogens and other dangerous toxins out of our system.  Fiber also slows down the absorption of glucose in the body, allowing for a more gradual release of insulin which helps stabilize your blood sugar.  Fiber is one of the key ingredients in the battle against heart disease, cancer, atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, constipation, digestive problems, diabetes and even overweight.

There are two types of fibers, soluble, which dissolves in water and insoluble which doesn’t   Most vegetables and fruits contain both types of fiber, though certain foods are richer in one or the other. The insoluble fibers have been called ‘roughage’…they absorb water, make stools softer, bulkier and easier to pass.  This keeps your food moving through the intestinal tract.  Solubles work different inside the body….their more gummy and sticky and work real well in picking up bile acids and other toxins and hauling them out of your body. And when these soluble fibers move these toxins out of your body, they draw cholesterol out of the bloodstream to be converted into more bile, which we conitnue to flush out of our body.

Excellent sources of fiber….whole-wheat breads, pumpernickel, all-bran cereals, Fiber 1, fruits such as strawberries, dates, prunes, oranges, apples, pineapple, bananas, cantaloupe, legumes and beans, vegetables…brussels sprouts, peas, carrots, broccoli, green beans, mushrooms, tomato, beats, celery, corn,

MINERALS

Minerals are a part of every living cell in your body.  They are as important to your body as a new set of spark plugs are for your car.  You could see minerals as the spark plugs  and vitamins as the intital spark which is then distributed throughout your whole system.  When even one mineral is lacking from your diet the result will be felt by the entire body and certain vitamins will always be held back from being absorbed.  This could lead to fatigue,  lack of energy, feeling irritable,

CALCIUM works well with magnesium, sulfur and zinc, along with vitamin B12 and vitamin C and inositol for healthy sperm and sexual organs.  Horsetail and oatstraw contain high levels of silicon which is important for calcium to absorbed in the body.

CHLORINE stimulates the production of vital gastric juices (hydrochloric acid) which aids digestion, it also helps to eliminate waste, as well as  purifies and disinfects against germs and viruses. Chlorine also helps to regulate acid and alkaline balance of blood and hormone distribution.

Inorganic chlorine, which is not a naturally occurring substance, was used as a deadly war gas and nowadays it is a common ingredient used in the bleaching of flour and as an ingredient in many modern day medicines as pain killers and sleeping tablets.  This causes contraction of the blood vessels and a prarlyzing effect on the sensory nervous system.

IODINE is essential for regulating the thyroid gland, manufacturing the hormone thyroxine to control the metabolism of the body. It affects growth rate and helps burn excess fat.

MANGANESE is important for many different functions in the body, such as the nervous system (neuromuscular activity) and brain, maintenance of sex hormones, production of mothers’ milk and activates essential enzymes that are important in absorbing the B group vitamins.

MAGNESIUM is essential to metabolism…it ia a nerve mineral and in combination with calcium helps with digestion… it cannot be stored in the body for long periods and therefore the body needs to get it from the foods we eat. If your body is short of magnesium, you will be unable to absorb and utlilize vitamin B6.  It is crucial in maintaining hormone balance and is required for the formation of lung tissue and all other bodily tissues.  Magnesium helps to build a good memory by activating all muscular activity and for nourishing the white nerve fibre of the brain and spinal cord.  Magnesium in combination with manganese and vitamins B1 and B2, has a beneficial effect on the nervous system. nervous disorders, muscular and mental faculties.  Magnesium also regulates body temperature by converting glucose into an energy source.  The adrenal glands regulate the amount of magnesium with a hormone known as aldosterone…and aldosterone needs magnesium to be produced.  The pituitary gland in the brain needs magnesium too…when its magnesium levels are low, the pituitary can’t control the adrenals, causing an over-production of adrenaline.

POTASSIUM protects the body and keeps it healthy, when in combination with sodium (not salt) it prevents hardening of the arteries.  Cancer cells cannot live in a solution of potassium so this mineral can prevent cancers and tumors from growing.  Potassium combined with phosphorous is vital for the transportation of oxygen into the brain, which is essential for mental functioning.  Potassium is the foundation mineral of all muscular tissues.  It is essential for the repair and health condition of all the body’s muscles (cardiac – muscle of the heart);  (viscerel – muscles of the stomach and blood vessels; (skeletal muscles – arms, legs and spine).  A healing mineral that protects the body and keeps it healthy.  It repairs the liver and aids in waste elimination.

SELENIUM has been said to be more potent than vitamin E as an antioxidant.  In fact vitamin E and selenium work hand-in-hand in stopping free radicals and protection cells and tissues from oxidative damage.  It is known for its importance in sperm production and in the health of the testes. (Selenium is found in garlic, a herb long known for its ability to heal and normalize blood pressure.

ZINC

We’ve talked of zinc many times in this blog, showing the importance of this mineral in regard to a healthy prostate and healthy immune function.  Its importance cannot be denied.

The minerals Zinc, Copper and Selenium are vital and important for normal hormond production in men.  Selenium is necessary for testosterone production; and as we know, protects the sexual glands from free radicals and heavy metals.

Hair samples taken for mineral analysis in older men have shown low zinc levels with higher copper levels.  Zinc as we know is associated with testosterone but when zinc levels fall so does the testosterone.  What causes zinc deficiences to develop?  Stress is definitely at the front, as well as a diet too rich in sugar and processed carbohydrates.  If you’re a vegetarian, or don’t eat much meat and eggs…both of these are excellent sources of getting enough zinc.  Medications can also be a cause, like antidepressants, diuretics and anti-inflammatory medications (cortisone, Prednisone)…these tend to suppress the body’s absorption of zinc and interfere with the absorption of vitamin B6 and magnesium as well. Grians, especially those in unleavened bread have high levels of phytates.  When phytic acid binds with zinc, your body is unable to absorb it.

Food sources for zinc include red meat, eggs, and especially pumpkin seeds.  Vegetarians should definitely supplement this in their diet.

People who suffer from high copper levels, may experience symptoms of fatigue, depression, panic attacks, food cravings and mood swings…high levels of copper can also create free radicals that attack and erode joint cartilage .  Copper levels seem to rise when there is higher estrogen levels in the blood. Copper toxicity also affects your adrenal glands, thyroid and liver. If you’re a plumber or welder you may be at risk of absorbing higher than normal levels of copper.  As well, copper sulfate is added to many municipal drinking waters and swimming pools to keep away fungi, including yeast.

Other sources of high levels of copper can be found in vitamin and mineral supplements, high-soy diets, as well as shellfish, organ meats, wheat germ and brain, corn oil, yeast, margarine and even mushrooms.  If you or your wife cook with copper pots, you are most likely absorbing some of the copper.

High dozes of zinc has been known to reduce copper levels which can also lower the good cholesterol known as HDL.  Copper is essential for iron metabolism, lettuce is one of the best vegetable sources for both iron and copper and vitamin E and C.

OMEGA 3, 6, 9

“….essential fatty acids (EFAs) like omega-3 and omega-6 cannot be manufactured in the body and must be consumed wither through diet or supplements.  EFAs help the body repair and create new cells.  In addition to reducing inflammation, omega-3 fatty acids can actually create special roadblocks in the body, making it harder for cancer cells to migrate from a primary tumour to start new colonies.  Cancers that remain localized in one place are much easier to treat than those metastasize (spread throughout the body)”. REVERSING DIABETES ~ Don Colbert

more still to come…..

HERBS FOR THE PROSTATE

Damiana

Echinacea

Evening Primose Oil

Fo-ti

Gingseng

Gotu Kola

Licorice Root

Milk Thistle

Red Clover

Sarsaparilla

Saw Palmetto

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I think there is no word that strikes fear into our hearts more than meditation. Many of us say we simply can’t do it. We say we can’t because our minds constantly wander and it’s impossible to concentrate.  A person once said to me “No matter how hard I try, my mind keeps wandering off.  I can’t keep my mind on the exercise I’m supposed to do.  I guess it’s just not for me”.

Intruding thoughts happen to us all.  When we relax, our mind waits for such a chance to bring to attention certain things we need to do or should of done throughout the course of our busy day. Did you pay the rent today?  Will the fight you had with your partner still linger?  Should you change jobs?  Did you call the insurance company, make that appointment with your doctor? Why did (name) say those things to you?  And on and on and on.

Meditation is about stilling your energy. It doesn’t mean stopping your thoughts. Your thoughts will never stop….they are constant, like a noisy free-flowing river.

 

And these flow of thoughts and feelings also reflect the flow of your life.  What fears and desires are you hanging onto that are stopping you from surrendering to the flow?

This simple meditation will help you to increase your self-awareness and power of concentration.  First you will increase your control over your thoughts by observing and counting them rather than trying to dominate.

It’s really simple.  For about 10 minutes, count your thoughts.  Let your mind be like a screen that you are going to watch. You may have thoughts, visuals, feelings and sensations associated with them.  You are very alert!  You won’t let anything sneak by unnoticed.  You are so absorbed in counting that you don’t need to worry what these thoughts are about.  Bad or good, very weak and subtle, or very strong, rushing and overwhelming….you just count.

If you stop for a moment and wonder ‘why am I doing this’ don’t worry about it…just count it and wait for the next thought to come.  If you lost count, no problem, just pick up where you might of left off.

You could pretend you are a traffic controller, observing the unstoppable flow of vehicles (thoughts and feelings) on a busy street.  You’ll notice some vehicles are trucks, some are cars, some are bicycles.  You don’t judge, you just count.  The trucks you notice are loud), the bikes don’t make a sound.  You don’t care, you just watch and notice that the traffic (thoughts) seems to come in spurts…..for a moment there is nothing and then a whole long line of them.  This is an example of how our thoughts and feelings can sneak up on us….some will even try to grab us.  Just stay calm, observe and count them….all you are right now is an observer of this mind traffic.  All you want is an accurate count.

You may notice some cars look new and flashy; others are old clunkers that shouldn’t be on the road.  These could represent angry thoughts, guilty feelings, or even the future.  That’s no concern of yours….you’re just observing and counting them.

A passing cyclist might stop to talk or a car might ask you for directions.  For a moment you’re distracted from observing and counting.  When you notice this distraction, just way goodbye and pick up where you believe you left off.

Do this exercise for about 10 minutes.

How many thoughts did you count, 25, 50, or even a 100?  Did you see these thoughts in pictures or hear them with words?  Did you notice some of the same thoughts kept circling round and round, or were repetitious?

Hopefully this exercise will help you to realize you are not these thoughts and feelings.  Your undivided attention gave you power over them.  They couldn’t sweep you away, even when they (the cyclist) temporarily caught up with you, you returned to just observing them.  These needs, angers, desires, delights, guilt’s, don’t own you.  You own them and you can easily learn to watch them with interest and let them go.

On a deeper note, you may have noticed the different vibrations that made up each thought, feeling and sensation. You also may notice certain thoughts that controlled you before, now have absolutely no power over you.  They are empty.  This nothingness (nirvana) is the heart of Buddhism, which frees you to live each moment without grasping it or holding on to it for dear life.

“Nothing is worth grasping because nothing lasts.  So as much as we grasp and hold the body and sense, the feeling, the memory, ideas, reactions, and observations, so much do we take a separate “self” and so much do we suffer through these attachments”.  Hina Tvana Dhammalora

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“Both CFS and FM make you stop, whether with exhaustion or pain or both.  If you have either of these illnesses, there is little doubt you will spend some time resting.  This is an important factor in your bodymind understanding.  A large number of people affected by these types of illnesses—and there are many variations—are high-flyers already climbing their career ladders.  If so, you may well be stressed, and this will certainly strain the immune system.  But it may also be that you are going in a direction that is not true to your inner nature—as if you are going against the grain or against your spirit.  And then you get stopped.” Deb Shapiro YOUR BODY SPEAKS YOUR MIND

Do you think you have chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia? The only reason I ask is because hypothyroidism can be missed with these illnesses. In Fibromyalgia for Dummies, Dr. Staub mentions that a low thyroid function leads to fatigue and also causes painful and aching muscles. I experienced this a few years back when I became premenopausal. I also had trouble maintaining my body temperature, my skin became dry and I suffered from heart palpitations. Also high estrogen levels can affect the thyroid. To get a proper diagnosis, I highly recommend taking a thyroid blood test. By the way, some auto immune disorders can be yeast related too.

Maybe, like me, you have both! But if it is just your thyroid, taking a synthyroid drug will diminish a lot of the above symptoms. When I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, within a week of taking the medication I felt a lot better. Hypothyroidism has also been known to mimic menopause. With fibromyalgia, there is unfortunately no quick cure. Not yet, anyways.

I consider myself a very spiritual person. As I look at all the different patterns of my life emerging, I’m starting to see that spirituality was initially a form of escape. It was a form of disassociation and a defense from avoiding some of the more painful experiences in my life. Having a spiritual consciousness does not make you immune to dis-ease. This was a huge lesson for me to understand. What spirituality does do however is provide you with certain tools to understand and work with an illness. I’ve also learned that spiritual development is about learning to treat the whole self with love, respect and attention. It means giving the body the things it needs to be healthy.

One of the greatest tools that continually helps me on my journey is astrology. It has taught me to dive into my emotions and feelings. It has shown me emotions are an essential source of personal power. On a physical level it says ‘there’s a real world out there, and you’re in it’. Astrology helps us to find our own individuality and compass in life. North, East, West and South = NEWS! It’s definable and measurable and it never lies. It helps us to nurture and understand ourselves and evolve to higher levels of understanding. When this happens the healing process begins.

Accepting an illness means we have to do something about it. It makes us stop and take notice of something gone wrong that needs our attention. If we don’t we tend to feel powerless to face the challenges ahead. Instead we face whatever happens, happens….we become a ‘victim’ instead of empowering and healing ourselves. We cannot run away or try to suppress it….pain is real and there are times we have to learn to live with it. The pain itself will teach us what to do, that’s if we ‘listen’ and stay mindful of it. Accepting what is, takes time and patience to initiate.

Our body and spirit goes through many cycles of cooperating and compromising. When this happens, there is less tension. Our bodies and our health is in a constant flux of change. It’s up to us to continually work at keeping it balanced. To heal, we must turn back the tide and use our own initiative, will and spirit to get well. Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue and Hypothyroidism are all auto immune diseases. This literally means your body is under attack from itself!! It’s as if our body and soul are at war with each other. So how do we find peace within ourselves?

When I learnt Reiki, I discovered there were three levels to each initiation. Reiki I, represents the body, Reiki II, the mind/emotions, Reiki III the Spirit. Learning and understanding what FM was, took me through three different `stages.

From my Reiki I Manual…

The Reiki attunement awakens our abilities to feel, hear, touch, smell and live again. It takes us back into our bodies and jolts us back to life. A body that reawakens and allows the spirit to feel grounded and connected within a solid structure. Our body is our best friend and lifetime companion. Yet it really is an automated machine that willingly obeys and acts out our every thought, feeling, word and desire. Reiki rebuilds the energetic system of the body. It reconnects our emotions to our spirit and our spirit to our body, helping us to rebuild a stronger foundation and a healthier body.

Anatomically, the 1st Chakra relates to physical body support. The 2nd Chakra represents our emotions. We’ll be covering the chakras and their meanings shortly.

The First Initiation – The Body

This was when I started looking seriously at my diet and my intake of processed foods, alcohol, caffeine and sugar. Sugar, I discovered really aggravated my FM. I try to avoid sugar, especially at night and carbonated beverages as well as juices.

In the morning, I haven’t been able to give up my first cup of coffee. Ohh, that’s a must! If I need more of the ‘taste’ of coffee, a decaffeinated works just as well. And besides, too much caffeine definitely stimulates our nervous system and exhausts our adrenal glands. These are the glands of emotion and help us to survive through sudden emergencies, releasing energy and vitality into our body. Without them we’d surely die.

Also, I mentioned about salts in the previous post and I have found myself craving for chips, salted nuts, pretzels, etc. So it does seem, my blood pressure must dip at certain times when FM strikes and knocks me down. I’ve also craved dark chocolate and have discovered dark chocolate is actually good for CFS and FM, as it work as an antioxidant as well as an anti inflammatory. The darker the chocolate the better! Oh and not the whole bar (aw sucks)…..a piece a day is sufficient.

Three meals a day is good practice and also increasing your fiber intake. Fiber can actually cleanse the body by absorbing toxins and moving them out of our system…re the bowels.

Foods and cleansers that contain preservatives and chemicals are also known to magnify FM symptoms. Even wheat, corn, soya, dairy products and citrus fruits can aggravate FM. Also, be aware of artificial sweeteners, sulfites, MSG and food coloring. These are toxic!!

Magnesium is essential for muscle and tissue and requires calcium for proper assimilation. Magnesium cannot be stored in the body for long periods and therefore we need to supplement our diet regularly with it. Magnesium is an alkaline mineral.

Special note: Drinking too much milk can lead to a magnesium deficiency! Milk contains high amounts of Calciferol (synthetic Vit D) which actually withdraws magnesium out of our bloodstream. Also, if you’re taking a Vitamin D supplement, make sure its coming from a natural source.

“Theories suggest that the root cause of fibromyalgia is an imbalance somewhere in the body. For example, people with fibromyalgia generally have low levels of serotonin the hormone known as the pain messenger. A deficiency of magnesium, which can cause achy joints, has also linked to the condition. There is also belief that people with fibromyalgia have high levels of toxins in the blood.” Debora Yost



Read the labels of everything you buy and notice how you feel when you eat certain foods. I learned that a high intake of protein lowers our calcium and magnesium in the body. I also discovered carbohydrates enhance them. By observing what we eat, brings our body into balance. Once the needs of our body are met, then its ‘whole’ can be addressed.

CFS and FM symptoms can also be minimized by mild exercise. Even when you just want to curl up in a ball, find a way to get up and keep moving. Don’t fall into self pity, believe me, it only makes it worse. Also, muscles that aren’t used, tend to lose their stretch and eventually shorten. Stretching exercises are great in putting elasticity back into our muscles.

Don’t get discouraged if you can’t do an exercise all the way. You will. Don’t strain or rush. I had to train myself to work slowly and smoothly without jerking or bouncing. Slowly you can build from a 10 or 15 minute workout to a half an hour. Take your time. Most of us with FM and CFS have a tendency to ‘over extend’ ourselves, I know I do. Now we’re learning to nurture ourselves and pace our movements.

Have you looked into practices such as tai chi, Qi chong, water aerobics, walking or yoga. Natural endorphins are released during exercise and help with pain relief. It also keeps our joints limber. Physical exercise also pushes fluid through our lymph system which helps to move waste through our bodies.

Posture is very important. I’ve become aware of slumping as well as jutting my head forward, especially at my desk at work. Being a dispatcher for a busy courier company, I don’t always have time to do a regular ‘body check’. The problem is, when the phone calls quieten down, this is when I really start to notice how I’m sitting and of course feeling my pain.

My greatest tension is in the neck area. This is where I’m learning to to be aware of and break old physical habits, like jamming the phone between my neck and shoulders and trying to do several tasks at once. I’ve also noticed when putting my mascara on in the morning, I have a tendency to tilt my neck back, which overstretches the muscles in the front and compresses the vertebrae in my neck.

The most vulnerable neck muscle is the trapezius http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trapezius_muscle it runs from the base of the skull down the back of the where where it fans out to the shoulders blades and spine. This is a nasty one for me!

Also look at the sternomastoid. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sternocleidomastoid_muscle ohh when tense, this is the muscle that can also affect the face, ears and jaw. It supports the neck to the side and front where the trapezius controls the front and back. Schrunching our heads and neck to the telephone strains and tenses both these muscles. Also mental stress, depression and anger can tense these muscles up without us even noticing.

Another major symptom these muscles can create when stiff/tense is the feeling of being off balance and feeling dizzy…..they have also been the cause of unexplained fainting.  The sternomastoid when affected can send pain deep into the ear and to the eye and the sinuses.  This muscle can make your teeth hurt and the root of your tongue hurt.  Sometimes it can cause a chronic cough or sore throat, I’ve met many people with FM who have had these symptoms and yet their doctor flatly refused to believe muscle tension was the cause.

The inner ear acts as a guidance system for focussing and tracking of the eyes.  The sternomastoid when extremely taut or overstretched can affect the inner ear as well as the eyes, causing blurred or double vision.

Where do you hold tension in the body? What muscles feel tense and taut? Make a note of the areas and then search wikipedia or other informative sites. Learn how the muscles in your body work.

“The muscles enable all the bodily systems to function, such as circulation, digestion, breathing and nerve impulses.  Their freedom of movment is essential for optimum health.  When the muscles are restricted, whether through tension, tightness, or lack of tone, your energy will be unable to flow smoothly, and you may suffer from related problems.  Stress release and emotional expression are therefore essential for muscle ease.  Exercise is also vital–it not only releases muscular tension but psycho/emotional tension as well.” Deb Shaprio YOUR BODY SPEAKS YOUR MIND

Vitamin A and E as well as essential fatty acids and a good calcium/magnesium supplement could help your CFS and FM. Your body will guide you to what works and what doesn’t. What works for someone else, might not work for you. As mentioned earlier, CFS and FM is a multi symptom disorder; to treat it we need a multi faceted approach.

Barley greens are ten times richer in calcium than milk. I was astonished to learn that. To absorb magnesium in our bodies we need calcium, phosphorus, vitamins B6, C and D as well as a normal intake of protein. For my body size I require about 50 grams of protein a day.

I found this really great site http://www.immunesupport.com/understanding_cfids/ It also has chat rooms and newsletters on FM and CFS.

Reiki, acupuncture, ‘light’ massage, therapeutic touch, homeopathic medicines as well as reflexology all help to minimize the pain of CFS and FM. Shiatsu (pressure points) is also good in helping to move blocked and toxic energy.

I’ve found aromatherapy oils, chamomile, lavender and sage help to soothe the muscles. They’re great in the bath or add a drop to your favorite body lotion. Epson salt baths help to draw out pain from our aching muscles.

There are a lot of great sites on natural herbs and vitamins to use to relieve the symptoms or pain of CFS and FM. Part 3 of Chronic Fatique and Fibromyalgia addresses how healing is related to the mind. It explores our emotions as well as the body/mind connection. Exploring the complexities of the Self, starts setting us apart from everyone else.

CFS and FM seem to be an internal battle; to heal we need to STOP and listen to our internal struggles, our judgements and how our belief system thinks our life should be. We need to look at our habits and routines; as well as put aside what we think other people expect of us and tap into and identify with our true nature.

Do you think FM and CFS could also be related to our high-tech world? Is this a form of disconnection from the rhythms of Nature. Have we allowed our bodies to become immobilized, tense and frozen.?

Technology has allowed us to expand our minds, our self expression and group awareness. Its invisible webbing urging us towards greater connectedness. But…..

“We tend to think of the rational as a higher order,
but it is the emotional that marks our lives”
Merle Shane

Scientists link processed foods to autoimmune disorder http://www.trueactivist.com/scientists-officially-link-processed-foods-to-autoimmune-disease/

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