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“I have ADD. Ever since I can remember, I’ve been messy, disorganized, talk too fast and write way too fast. I’m always anxious and can’t sit still; I start something then move onto something else so quickly, I can’t focus on the first thing to get it done. I used to cheat at school…the only thing that saved me was my creative abilities…I was put in every music/art class my high school offered. My focus is incredible when I’m doing what I love but doing stuff I don’t like or don’t want to do is a nightmare and that causes many problems. I have so many unfinished projects. (College student)

“My son has ADHD and is totally addicted, obsessed and consumed with video games. The strangest thing is, they help tremendously to calm him down and he notices the fine detail and frames better than me.” (Father of child with ADHD)

“People will be talking to me and my head or my mind will suddenly travel and drift off into outer space..then I’m come back and try to catch-up and listen but then my thoughts or day-dreams take me off to somewhere else…I doze off at the oddest moments (Andy with ADD)

Not that long ago there was little support or information available to help us understand learning and mental disorders.   Those afflicted with learning and mental disorders were basically on their own causing them to feel more and more pessimistic and withdrawn. Their families and those around them were in denial and they would blame themselves repeatedly on what looked like failures in their lives. Society told them to get on with their lives and pull themselves together yet they didn’t know how. To anyone on the outside, it appeared they weren’t in control of themselves.

It wasn’t until the beginning of the 21st century that mental disorders came out of the closet and were considered a ‘real illness’. Actors/actresses and authors admitted and openly discussed their stories of mood disorders and treatments; it was a true relief from those who suffered from inexplicable sensitivities and dramatic mood swings.

Every aspect of the way you live will influence the mind/body system and the thousands of neurons in the brain. The brain and body work as a mind/body connection–especially when the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) are in balance or in sync together. From the food we eat, to everyday stresses, to the chemical pollutants that get into our bodies, all these affect our behavior, causing nerve fibres to become tangled in our brains.

 “From a bodymind perspective every illness has a psycho/emotional connection; some are simply more obvious than others. There is no clear separation between what is happening in the mind and what is happening in the body. Both the physical problems that arise and the mental battles that rage within have the same importance.

 Mental and emotional disorders are real, and they are not necessarily cured by medical intervention. Anti-depressants are not a cure. Most of the therapies available aim to normalize according to society’s idea of what normal is, although more holistic and sympathetic systems are now emerging that treat the person, recognizing that each of us is a unique individual with specific needs.” YOUR BODY SPEAKS YOUR MIND ~ Deb Shapiro

Why are more and more children being classified with this disorder? Many of the children labeled as ADD/ADHD are diagnosed through their behavior and not measured through neurological testing. So any child who doesn’t follow the basic law of standards and rules by a school are diagnosed with some kind of learning disorder. In many cases children are being labeled with ADHD when, in fact, they are simply normal kids who are particularly bright and have a need to explore the subjects he or she are passionate about and that will stimulate and build their willingness to learn. Some children suffer from dyxpraxia; which is basically a problem in knowing what to do and how to go about doing it.

INDIGO CHILDREN

“Indigo Children are children who are brilliant and creative yet unconventional. Many of them are psychic, highly emotionally sensitive, or highly physically sensitive. Some of them have attention deficit disorder or learning disabilities. Some of them are angry or nonconformist, while others are exceptionally tolerant and compassionate. Indigo Children can be spiritually advanced beyond their years. Your Indigo child may have some but not all of these attributes. The main thing to know about Indigo Children is they don’t fit into a mold. They’re different, and they are here to change the world.” ~The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Indigo Children ~ by Wendy H. Chapman, Carolyn Flynn

I hummed and hawed about adding the indigo children. What actually changed my mind was the color ‘indigo’ itself; a color not only difficult to describe but difficult to perceive as well.   Its inky blackness is unstable; an elusive color—known to dissolve boundaries; it seduces and liberates or overwhelms the mind. Indigo exists between purple and blue; sometimes almost black and ‘always’ with a hew of red. It’s associated with the 6th chakra (3rd eye) which is in the region of the brain, eyes, ears, nose, pineal and pituitary glands.

(Too much of the color indigo can decrease the function of the thyroid gland affecting one’s thoughts, speech as well as fatigue, muscles aches and weakness. This is discussed later on in this blog.)

“The health issues related to the sixth emotional centre span from ailments of the brain, eyes and ears to broader themes of learning and developmental problems. As with the other emotional centers, if we are discussing a part of the body, the illness is often caused by certain thoughts and behavior patterns. However, when discussing the larger themes, the thoughts and behaviors do not stand as the cause; they are merely a factor that exacerbates certain tendencies, such as ADHD or dyslexia.….

 People who struggle with health in the sixth emotional center have an imbalance in how they see and learn from the world. Some are rooted in the earthly realm, with no connection to the greater universe, and others are totally connected to the mystical realm without a foot on the earthly plane. Finding a way to balance the input of both these realms when facing life’s ups and downs bring health in the sixth emotional center.” All is Well: Heal your Body with Medicine, Affirmations, and Intuition ~ Louise L. Hay, Mona Lisa Schulz

Something I’ve noticed with ADHD individuals in regard to the chakras, is at times the 3rd chakra (yellow) and the 2nd chakra (orange) can pulsate causing them to feel irritable, unsettled and anxious. When these chakras fluctuate between overactive and underactive, we become unbalanced and absorb way too much information from our environment.   This causes tension and stress to buildup, causing irrational thoughts and hyperactivity.

Physically this can cause intense headaches and affect the whole digestive process from the stomach, liver, spleen, kidneys, right into the intestines. When our stomachs can’t digest new ideas and experiences not only food is poorly absorbed in our system but our thoughts and feelings as well. When the stomach is rigid or tense we are resisting or holding onto things that should normally pass through our bodies. Indigestion can reflect on the skin causing blemishes, eczema, and psoriasis, which metaphysically, are caused by confusing thought patterns, frustration and the inability to make our needs understood.

MY SON IS ADHD

My oldest son was diagnosed with ADHD in grade school, and I know for a fact, he took great pleasure in defying anything that had to do with rules or tasks that weren’t creative. In preschool he’d roll around on the floor, often rolling up to the teacher and try to tickle her toes. When it was reading time, all the kids would sit in a circle except Jason who’d constantly fidget and rock his body to and fro or comically march around the room, creating havoc. At home, he wasn’t as hyper at school but always seemed to crave some kind of movement.   Health-wise he suffered from multiple earaches as a child and as a teen struggled with psoriasis and acne.

ADD/ADHD’ers are sensitive, hyper, impulsive, inattentive, extremely bright and highly animated adults and kids; they’re always on the move and have trouble sitting still.   It can be hard to prove some children display ADHD tendencies because all kids display some ADHD behaviors. ADD/ADHD people don’t understand linear time, their thinking is scattered; they have trouble establishing priorities and organizing their lives; they can drive everyone around them crazy.

“It’s..understandable that people might think children with ADHD have brains that process faster than their peers. However…people with ADHD actually suffer from an increased amount of slow brain waves, as evidenced by electroencephalograms (EEGs) (American Psychiatric Association 2013). These slow waves are the “sleepy” theta waves that are seen in ultimate relaxation or stage-two sleep. “This means they are producing theta slow waves (4-8Hz) when they should be producing beta fast waves (12-21Hz),”…this disorder is “related to ‘under arousal’ of the frontal and prefrontal brain systems that regulate attention and impulse control. Children who demonstrate symptoms of ADHD often show smaller and/or slower than normal physiological reactions to stimuli,” and this shows that their brains operate at lower levels of excitement…

 … such children can tend to seek stimulation from their external environment, which can present as hyperactivity and/or impulsivity… This is why it seems as though children with ADHD need to get their energy out in a very excessive manner! They appear almost like energy junkies. They gravitate toward activities that produce emotional and sensory stimulation, which seem to be more action-oriented, offering immediate rewards. Things such as “loud music, colorful toys, big motion outside activities, action-packed video games, and so forth offer the right stimulation” (Managing your ADHD Child 2000-2011).” Toddlers & ADHD: Relief for Parents, A Guide for Clinicians and Teachers ~ Donna Mac LCPC

When Jason was being tested for ADHD, I was learning and obtaining my license to drive school bus part-time. Interestingly, when I was given my bus schedule for the new school year in September, the children on my routes were all Special Needs. Each child was to be independently driven to their appropriate school to avoid becoming overexcited by other children on the bus. The parents to these children were astounding! They were such compassionate, spiritual souls—eagerly sharing what they’d learned about alternative medicines and information to help me understand their children and my own son. As I digested all the information, I realized that I had been trying to mould my son into the type of child that I wanted instead of accepting the child that I had been given. For the first time in my life I was looking at the “problem” from his perspective and found out that my attempts to “change him for the better” must have appeared to him as if I was rejecting him; trying to change him into something that he was not. Jason was teaching Me!

I discovered different aspects to my son’s character that I never knew existed because I was reacting and too focused on his behavioral problems. I received a great deal of inspiration when I thought all avenues had been exhausted. It is such an amazing feeling to receive help from people who understood, and took the trouble to offer such kind and helpful advice. Hopefully we can share the same kind of energy.

 “The child labeled with ADD is given medication to keep him calm, but no one seems to know why he’s hyperactive, and some adults never even ask the question. The reality may be that he’s just not interested in what this world is teaching him. These oft-gifted and highly misunderstood children already know much of what’s being taught and seek challenges elsewhere. The fact that children labeled with ADD can focus on anything at all should tell you this label is false. That the youngster may not want to pay attention in school but can focus on a video game for hours should tell you it’s the subject matter, not the child that needs to be addressed.” Healing with Source: A Spiritual Guide to Mind-Body Medicine ~ Dave Markowitz

I’ve noticed ADD/ADHD’ers are the first to react to what is happening to them at the moment. They are affected by what’s happening in their environment and especially when something’s off. It’s as if they were born with extreme sensitivities, making them aware of all kinds of subtle messages from outside and inside; many of them are empathic, psychic and very sensitive to their environment. This also means they are easily overwhelmed by touch and clothing against their skin. My son would cry when his shoes felt too tight, or his socks seemed lumpy. He’d scream and yell, at home or at school, until he yanked them off and hurled them away. He hated baths, wouldn’t wear hats or mittens even when it was freezing outside. Getting him to eat was also very difficult—he used to hide his food in his cheeks like a chipmunk.

You can’t be a traditional parent, to ADD/ADHD’ers and you can’t educate them in the traditional way….these kids and adults are very creative and relate best to activities/courses that allow them to explore their creativity. You won’t find an ADHD’er behind the desk doing accounting or talking business on the phone. These special people are the performers, actors, musicians, writers, teachers, photographers and designers of our world. They have unique visual perceptions and often see energies others don’t usually see. They are tuned into something that most of us only get glimpses of—they are tuned into a higher spiritual vibration.

“The ADD/ADHD patient compensates for the increased theta production with hyperactivity. For example, have you ever driven down a road late at night and found yourself becoming sleepy? What do you do? Open the window, turn up the volume on the radio [and sing loudly], or tap the dashboard? You make yourself hyperactive to stay awake! The ADD/ADHD patient that is producing too many slow waves is in a perpetual state of fogginess and is constantly trying to stay awake—hence the hyperactivity” (Brain and Body Solutions n.d.). This is what student with ADHD do in school—they fidget, wiggle, shift body position, and tap their pencils in an attempt to stay focused and awake, which are observations I make on a daily basis at the therapeutic day school where I work. Toddlers & ADHD ~ Donna Mac, LCPC

ADD/ADHD And The BRAIN

“A variety of factors mold your brain and determine how you ultimately pay attention. If your mother was stressed when pregnant with you, especially in the first trimester, her elevated androgen levels would have altered how your right and left brain perceive the world. In addition to an increased risk of dyslexia, you’re less likely to develop the traditional focused attention. You atypical attention style is likely to give you exaggerated empathetic and intuitive gifts and possibily creative and artistic skills. If a pregnant woman drinks alcohol, however, all attention pathways in the fetal brain become disordered. Alcohol not only damages the developing corpus callosum, the connection between the right and left brain, but also injures developing white-matter nerve pathways involved in every aspect of attention. Children and adults with fetal alcohol syndrome suffer the most severe forms of attention deficit disorder, with profound hyperactivity so disabling that they have trouble functioning in the world.” The New Feminine Brain ~ Mona Lisa Schulz

The brain is what helps us to make sense of the world, taking in information from your environment and sending messages throughout your body. Sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touch are not only an essential part of our memories, they help to understand the changes happening around us. But any change in the brain, even the most subtlest change, can have a major impact on our feelings, thoughts and action.

The right brain, left brain look very similar and share much of the work in thinking. However, each side has special tasks. The left side of the brain enables us to figure out problems logically, to speak and write, to understand science and numbers. The right side is your creative side—this is where your vivid imagination and artistic ability comes from and your love for music.

“In the last decade, neurobiologists have reported structural differences in at least two regions of the human brain.   One is the corpus callosum, the mind’s big “telephone” cable, connecting as it does hundreds of millions of neurons between the two hemispheres. The other is the hypothalamus, the master controller for the integration of many basic behavioral patterns from temperature regulation and appetite to sex drives—involving brain and endocrine functions, Neuroendocrine research also strongly indicates that nervous system differences begin as sex hormones bathe the developing fetus in the womb. Hormonal differences continuing through childhood—and perhaps even through adult life—affect brain activity and guide performance. Other studies suggest that men and women may process the same information differently and yet come to the same of similar conclusion.” Kathryn Phillips

Neurotransmitters

A neurotransmitter is a brain chemical specifically for communication to happen between brain cells. It’s incredible that these neurotransmitters can zigzag and flash through the mass of brain neurons at speeds of up to 150 mph carrying your every thought and feelings. Of the 100 identified, the one’s best known are: acetylcholine, dopamine, gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) and serotonin.

Acetycholine controls the brain’s speed, creativity, self-esteem, criticism, short-term memory, language, sensory impressions and interpretations, speech, reading and thought. It also controls all muscle contractions. Both stress and poor diet can cause acetycholine to decline.

Dopamine is the brains revitalizer. It controls energy release, energy consumption, drive and excitement about new ideas. It also keeps us alert and vigilant, controlling the release of the hormones norepinephrine (adrenaline) and cortisol for the fight/flight response. When dopamine levels are low, these control circuits are sluggish, slow to respond, and less effective. (Many ADHD kids are low in iron and iron is needed to make dopamine.)

Dopamine levels are affected by serotonin, norepinephine and GABA. For example higher levels of serotonin have been known to decrease the level of dopamine. If there isn’t enough dopamine, it’s more difficult for people to feel creative, happy, calm and objective.

GABA works to stop excess nerve signals and keeps the brain from getting out of control. It controls the brain’s rhythm of thinking, talking and hearing and calms and quiets the brain. With ADD/ADHD children and adults GABA levels are low causing them to feel hyper, anxious, and lethargic.

Serotonin is the brains’ mood rejuvenator but too much can cause depression and too little causes us to be impulsive, aggressive, anxious, restless, and compulsive.

Everyday our neuropeptides try to work hard to keep us functioning at a peak performance but chemicals, food coloring, sugar, trans-fats, food preservatives, traffic fumes, second hand smoke, stress, anxiety and lack of sleep slows them down. One of the best ways to boost your dopamine is exercise, swimming, biking walking and running. Playing board games and computer games help to replenish dopamine too. Walking in nature enhances GABA, and creative writing (poems, songs) help to restore acetylcholine. Violent movies and loud ‘hard’ music or angry words decrease the production of acetylcholine.

“Due to the nature of this disorder, what a child with ADHD actually needs is more stimulation within his brain, so he doesn’t need to gain that stimulation from the environment around him. Have you ever noticed a child with ADHD jumping on a coffee table when he is at an age where he is well aware this is not acceptable behavior? He is trying to self-stimulate through this type of inappropriate movement, to get his brain to a baseline level of arousal. Another common misconception of ADHD is “this child just has to learn he isn’t supposed to jump on tables.” However ADHD is not a disorder of inability to learn; it’s a disorder of an inability to self-regulate. Therefore, he has learned he isn’t supposed to do this. All toddlers obviously crave movement, and movement is crucial for proper brain development. However, there is a normal range and an excessive range for movement in toddlerhood.” Toddlers & ADHD ~ Donna Mac, LCPC

The Left and Right Hemisphere of the Brain

Seen from above, the human brain is divided in two parts and looks similar to two halves of a walnut—these two halves are called the left hemisphere and the right hemisphere. The left hemisphere controls the right side of the body and the right hemisphere controls the left. Signals from your sense organs cross over before they enter your brain, going to the opposite hemispheres.

“Those who have suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, commonly called a ‘stroke’, provide clear examples of how this kind of cross-over operates. A stroke in the right hemisphere of the brain will affect victims on the left side of the body. Thus, they can lose control over the muscles in the left hand, left leg, and the left side of the face (including that side of the tongue and mouth). A stroke to the left part of the brain will similarly affect the right side of the body.” Psycholinguistics: Language, Mind and World ~ By Danny D. Steinbert, Hiroshi Nagata, David P. Aline

For the last two hundred years or so, scientists discovered that language and language related capabilities are mainly located in the left hemisphere of most people—approximately 98 percent of right-handers and about two-thirds of left-handers. Because speaking and talking are vitally important in our world, scientists called the left hemisphere dominant and the right side ‘less evolved’ or ‘minor’ and ‘less advanced’ than the left.

It’s only been recently that neuroscience began to understand we have a double brain with two ways of knowing. These two hemispheres (right brain, left brain), perceive reality in their own way and though separate, are joined by a ‘boomerang-shaped band of fibers’ or bridge called the corpus callosum which allows the left brain and right brain to process and relay information between each other.

Children and adults with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and autism have a smaller corpus callosum, which means that they have more difficulty processing outside stimuli. They are easily distracted and alarmed with constant new stimuli bombarding them. This is why most children and adults with ADD function better in classes with fewer children.

THE MEDULLA OBLONGATA AND THE SENSES

At the base of your brain stem is what’s called the Medulla Oblongata. This area at the back of the neck feeds nerve energy to our five senses. When our nerve energy becomes depleted, it’s unable to reach our ears, eyes, throat or mouth. We need our senses to function in the world…every move we make, every bite we eat, every object we touch produces a sensation.

Our senses also tell us when something in our environment doesn’t feel right; the hypothalamus in the brain is what turns the stress switch on and we immediately prepare ourselves for the fight or flight response. When our senses let us know all is well, we relax, feel safe and look for much of the same…if we’re bored we look for something that stimulates us higher.

To do their job well, all the senses have to work together. Together they nourish the brain with many sensations urging us to develop more to improve physically, mentally and emotionally.

But many adults and children who suffer from learning disabilities or some kind of mental illness struggle with the basic ordinary sensations; for some reason their sensitive systems become overloaded and overwhelmed very quickly. It’s difficult for them to know what they feel inside—when this happens, they can become disoriented, confused and lose touch with themselves—this affects their behavior, the way they react, move, learn and relate to others. It also affects how they feel about themselves. Because their central nervous systems have trouble processing through the five senses, they have a hard time functioning in daily life. They look ok on the outside and have a superior intelligence but may be awkward, fearful and withdrawn, or hostile and aggressive. Many adults and children with attention deficit disorder, asperger’s, autism, bi-polar, tourette’s syndrome, and schizophrenia often suffer from low self-esteem and self worth because of their unique condition. Unaware teachers, peers and/or parents may even ridicule them.

“According to the Louise Hay affirmation theory, the health of the sixth emotional center—the brain, eyes, and ears—involves a capacity to be receptive to information and a flexibility to think and reason your way out of situations.

The brain is like a computer, receiving information, processing it, and then carrying out the proper function. Information travels from every part of our body to the brain and from the brain to the body’ however, the brain can be sidetracked in its job by its emotional components such as fear, anger, and inflexibility. All is Well: Heal your Body with Medicine, Affirmations, and Intuition ~ Louise L. Hay, Mona Lisa Schulz

TOXIC BRAIN SYNDROME

“Of all the body’s systems and processes, the endocrine system is the most susceptible to daily stresses such as thoughts, emotions, environmental factors, nutrition and pollutants. An imbalance in this system can interfere with our ability to sustain health and some of the symptoms can manifest as depression, mood swings, weight or sleep issues, lethargy, low self-esteem, fuzzy brain, loss of libido, headaches, allergies, fatigue, and general aches and pains.” YOUR PERSONAL TUNING FORK: The Endocrine System ~ Deborah Bates

For many children where there seems to be no specific learning disability, there is a condition called toxic brain syndrome which is caused by environmental and dietary toxins, food additives, processed foods, and drugs, and poor nutrition. Food colorings and a preservative called ‘sodium benzoate is know to affect the nervous, immune and hormonal systems, causing hyperactivity in adults and children.

ALLERGIES AND CANDIDA CAN CAUSE LEARNING PROBLEMS

If you suspect you or your child suffer from allergies, talk to your health professional about natural healing alternative. More information about allergies and candida can be found here and here.

When you have an allergic reaction, your body releases histamine into your system, which is the cause of most of your symptoms. Allergies are a symptom of an overloading of toxins in the body, expressed through the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose and throat as well as the skin.

Allergies and chemical sensitivities may be responsible for some learning problems, as they allow cytokines to enter the bloodstream and affect normal brain function. Cytokines play a key role in cellular messaging, talking to cells how they should act or react to certain situations. Cytokines, are produced by the cells of the nervous system, and the cells of the immune system, binding to sites in the brain, causing changing in areas such as sleep, attention and mood. Recently there has been speculation that immune system problems may trigger the development ADD/ADHD symptoms.

“Inside the brain, histamine plays an important role in all sorts of reactions [including allergies]. In the hypothalamus, histamine stimulates the release of the important neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. Another role of brain histamine is to counterbalance dopamine in that area of the brain that filters incoming sensory information. With too little histamine, dopamine levels can be elevated. The result of having too little histamine can be thought disorders like paranoia, or hallucinations that feel as if your mind is playing tricks on you. You may see or hear things abnormally, and your ears may ring. You will probably make grandiose plans but never have the energy to carry them out….

When histamine levels are abnormally high, there is a tendency to hyperactivity, depression, aggressiveness, compulsive behavior and a racing brain. You may grow obsessive about sex, cry easily, have abnormal fears and contemplate suicide.” 7 Weeks to Emotional Healing ~ Joan Mathews Larson, Ph.D

Your intestinal tract naturally contains small amounts of Candida yeast. But in some cases because of anti-biotics, birth control pills or a high carbohydrate diet, this can cause an overgrowth of the candida yeast, causing candidiasis.   Candidiasis and allergies are so closely linked, they are most often paired together.

Candida becomes a problem when food in the intestines ferments instead of digesting. This overgrowth can penetrate the intestinal lining and find its way into the circulatory/blood system. Some people refer to this as “leaky gut”. What happens with ‘leaky gut’, is undigested food particles (partially digested proteins, fats and bacteria) pass through the intestinal wall and enter the bloodstream.   The body/immune system in an attempt to protect itself attacks these foreign substances and therefore launches an allergic response. Sometimes the immune system can’t determine the foreign substance and in its confusion to obliterate it, starts attacking the body—this is called an autoimmune disease—the self attacking self.

One of the most common mental complaints of candida is brain fog or difficulty concentrating. Psychological symptoms can cause a variety of symptoms such as: depression, angry outbursts, mood swings, obsessive compulsive behavior (OCB), panic attacks, paranoia, personality changes and even schizophrenic behavior. When candida is treated successfully, the psychological symptoms dissipate as well.

IMMUNIZATIONS/VACCINATIONS

This is such a controversial subject that I honestly don’t have enough knowledge about. I’ve suggested some sites for you to read and increase your awareness about it.

http://www.mercola.com/article/vaccines/neurological_damage.htm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpPW0lV0WbU

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/75333.php

http://gizmodo.com/5885757/vaccines-dont-cause-autism-please-vaccinate-your-children

ADHD And HYPOTHYROIDISM

In the section on Indigo Children, we touched on the fact that too much of the color, indigo (6th chakra) depresses the performance of the thyroid. The third eye also known as the pineal gland lies deep in the brain and has no direct access to light. Instead it ‘sees’ through our eyes and the amount of light registered on the pineal through the eyes determines the production of melatonin. Melatonin helps to regulates the breakdown of T4 (thyroxine) into the more energetic form, T3 for the thyroid.

“Thyroxine (T4), the main thyroid hormone produced by the thyroid is a small molecule that contains four iodine atoms. In the cells of many organs (including the brain), a well-regulated process causes thyroxine to lose iodine, generating the much more potent thyroid hormone T3. In the brain, probably more so than in any other organ, T3 rather than T4 appears to be the critical form of the hormone that regulates cell functions. Because the amount of T3 present in the brain must remain in an optimal range to keep the mind functioning properly, fluctuations in the crucial process of converting T4 to T3 will inevitably affect the mind.” The Thyroid Solution: A Revolutionary Mind-Body Program for Regaining your ~ Ridha Arem

Melatonin affects our mood, menstrual cycles, estrogen levels, sperm levels and ovulation. When too much of this hormone is in our system, especially during daylight hours, we can suffer mental confusion and depression, skin problems and many other health complications.   People suffering from depression also tend to have large amounts of cortisol, a hormone produced from the adrenal glands, in their bloodstream. Too much cortisol suppresses the thyroid and immune system, resulting in lethargy, irritability, overeating, low self-esteem and mood changes.

Stress, illness and poor diet can easily affect the thyroid gland. The thyroid uses foods such as proteins, carbohydrates, fats and minerals as fuel. This gland coverts food into energy, not only controlling the body’s growth and temperature, it also controls every cell in the body as well. Your skin, complexion and even your outward appearance is affected by the thyroid. It’s the engine of your body and when it goes into low gear, the whole body is affected.

“The thyroid system is one of the body’s most rightly and precisely regulated systems, Minute changes in the way thyroid hormone is delivered to or dispersed in the brain can have drastic effects on mood, emotions, attention and thinking. A problem with the delivery of T3 can cause disorders ranging from depression to attention deficit in people with normally functioning thyroids. Neuroscientists are teaching us the wide range of ways in which T3 regulates brain function and the brain chemistry syndromes that are likely to result from the alteration of the thyroid hormone levels in the brains of people with normally functioning thyroid glands…..

In patients suffering from generalized resistance to thyroid hormone, thyroid hormone levels could affect other chemical transmitters such as noradrenaline, which is considered to be one of the culprits in ADHD. In such patients, the behavioral symptoms, such as distractibility and restlessness, may improve the T3 treatment. Thyroid hormone treatment could be used alone or in conjunction with other medications to regulate the noradrenaline levels in the brain. The Thyroid Solution: A Revolutionary Mind-Body Program for Regaining your ~ Ridha Arem

Sometimes a genetic defect can cause the thyroid hormone to work less efficiently in the brain, pituitary, and other organs.   Although tests show thyroid levels normal, the brain may actually be deficient in the hormone causing attention deficit disorders. Talk to your doctor about this and he or she will be able to do further tests to determine this.

“To address the thought patterns underlying ADHD, Louise suggests the affirmation “Life loves me. I love myself just the way I am. I am free to create a joyous life that works for me. All is well in my world.” But she also recommends you use other affirmations that address some of the common traits of the disorder. For example, the hyperactivity associated with ADHD is often accompanied by thought patterns that include feeing pressured and frantic. So if you tend to be hyperactive or unfocused, you may need a calming affirmation so you can let go of the anxiousness and worry. A good general affirmation is “I am safe. All pressure dissolves. I AM good enough.” Stuttering, a behavior that can be associated with dyslexia, may develop from insecurity and a lack of self-expression. If you stutter, slow down and remind yourself that you have the strength and confidence to articulate your needs with the affirmation “I am free to speak up for myself. I am now secure in my own expression. I communicate only with love.” Asperger’s is often associated with depression, so if you suffer from this, you can use the affirmation “I now go Beyond other people’s fears and limitations. I create my life.” All is Well: Heal your Body with Medicine, Affirmations, and Intuition ~ Louise L. Hay, Mona Lisa Schulz

TESTOSTERONE

 “Testosterone levels influence attention and definitely are associated with impulsivity. Men traditionally have higher testosterone levels and are more impulsive. Women traditionally have lower testosterone levels and are less impulsive. This difference in testosterone and impulsivity may explain why men and boys are more likely to have ADHD (attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity and impulsivity) whereas girls and women are likely to have a more “dreamlike” or “spacey” type of ADD.

 At menopause, however, the brain’s attention circuits change. With a decrease in estrogen and an increase in testosterone, women are more impulsive, more hyperactive, and less attentive. These changes make some women feel as if their brain is turning into a “fuzzbull.”   Menopausal women with ADD may become even more inattentive, impulsive, and hyperactive. Many women also become more emotionally porous—they hear their intuitions more than ever and may be distracted by the pain in others’ lives at this time. Men, who go through a “testepause”, have decreasing testosterone levels and a relative increase in estrogen, so their attention may actually become more acute.” The New Feminine Brain: How Women Can Develop their Inner Strengths, Genius ~ by Mona Lisa Schulz

HEALING ADD/ADHD NATURALLY

The best thing I can advise you is to do everything you can to learn about ADD/ADHD and work together with your health professional. Doctors only have so much time to work with each patient; we have to become our own advocate in the art of healing.

What follows are guidelines only. Healing can happen by applying a do-it-yourself approach—you’ll have to research and experiment with a variety of herbs, supplements and energy work to find what works for you.

Reiki, Quantum Healing, Therapeutic Touch, EFT, are all wonderful healing therapies to explore.  They help to relax and ground the body in present time. My son soaked up Reiki energy like a sponge and enjoyed Therapeutic Touch.

“If your child has some of the outward symptoms of essential fat deficiency – rough dry patches on the skin, cracked lips, dull or dry hair, soft or brittle nails, and excessive thirst – it is fair to say that this could be an underlying factor in learning difficulties they might be experiencing, such as concentration or visual problems, mood swings, disturbed sleep patterns and in some cases behavioural problems. This is because dyslexia, dyspraxia, learning difficulties and ADHD all involve poor nerve cell communications in the brain, and essential fats are crucial in keeping neurons talking to each other.” http://www.easyreadsystem.com/news/nutrition-dyslexia-what-works/

I looked at giving Jason a serotonin supplement Tryptophan (5-HTP) which improves both mood and sleep or even SAMe but wasn’t sure at his young age, the amount to give him. Reading up on serotonin, I learnt that when our bodies crave it, we have an insatiable desire for foods that are sweet or starchy (chips, cookies, cake, pastries, cereal). Also, that serotonin hunger can only be satisfied by eating high-carbohydrates.   I found out that eating too many protein foods without carbohydrates inhibit serotonin from entering the brain.   In fact too much fat in the diet competes with serotonin too! Needless to say, we began changing our food consumption to include carbohydrate-rich snacks and carbohydrate-rich dinners; these include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, rice and legumes.

Factory produced foods (refined carbohydrates) are not carbohydrate-rich and lack essential nutrients the body needs to survive.   When we eat too many of these foods the body will crave for its nutritional requirements which often leads to excess eating and hyperactivity.

When my son was diagnosed with ADHD, I looked into the pros and cons of medication and decided not to put him on *Ritalin or Adderall. Many of the parents I’ve come to know with special needs children, recommended Efamol, Omega 3, vitamin B6 and magnesium. B6 and magnesium help to increase GABA as well as prevent the loss of dopamine from the brain.   I noticed a slight change in his nature after several weeks and by three months a tremendous improvement.

 “I know a lot of people don’t agree with medicating their children, but if my kids didn’t their meds they literally wouldn’t have an education because of there behavior and lack of concentration. We have had all the food allergy tests done; we’ve tried the reward system and the star charts that were recommended but they didn’t help a bit. Using Ritalin helped our children immensely and if all efforts fail, we’d highly recommend it.” (Sue K., mother of two)

Ritalin is a form of “speed”, acting similarly to cocaine or amphetamines—though Ritalin is supposed to “work” for several hours in 60-75% of children.   Side effects include a loss of several inches in height, poor appetite, insomnia, tics and personality changes. In spite of using Ritalin, two thirds of children with ADHD carry it into their adulthood.

Simple breathing exercises, focusing on the breath can be helpful for the anxiety that sometimes accompanies ADHD. It will also help to let go of any tension and create more relaxed body language. My son and I would make a game of this at bedtime, counting as we breathed in 1-2-3-4-5 and breathing out 1-2-3-4-5. It was hard at first but if you stick with it for at least 10 minutes, you’ll noticed your breathing will become more rhythmic and helps to release the tensions through the body.

There is also an exercise called cross-crawling (when you raise an arm and the opposing leg together and then repeat the other side – a bit like marching) which stimulates connections in the brain.

Another good idea is to try the mind gym type games, these encourage stimulating parts of the brain that lay latent and increase the brain’s capacity.

A meditation class might be something to try,and a Tai Chi class would be particularly helpful If you have difficulties with spatial awareness and balance.

The other thing Jason needed was exercise, which as indicated above, helps to boost the neurotransmitters in the brain. Walking outdoors strengthens and tones the muscles and also reinforces our feelings of being part of the oneness of creation. The patterns of nature also speak very deeply to our souls.

All children love music; playing a musical instrument is another good way to stimulate the brain. Jason took to the piano like bees take to honey. In high school, the teachers worked with him and he now creates his own music and has his Grade 10 in piano.

There is hope for everyone with ADD/ADHD. My son graduated with honors from high school and is now in University. If he can do it, you can do it too.

BBC ~ ADHD drugs have no benefit http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2007/11_november/12//adhd.shtml

Indigo, Crystal and Rainbow Children http://www.angeltherapy.com/article1.php

ADHD Gifted and Creative  http://innerself.com/Parenting/hartmann_2135.htm

Each child requires an individualized approach. Indigos want very much to be seen for the unique individuals theyare—cookie-cuter solutions don’t work with them.

The sound learning centre for developmental problems http://www.thesoundlearningcentre.co.uk/treatment/development-programme/

Fascinating video with Dr. Daniel G. Aman, who has written many books on ADD ~ he believes brain imaging important – treatment should be individual ~ One treatment does not fit everybody! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXFyUNEXJp0&app=desktop

And his website ‘Healing the 7 types of ADD

http://www.elevatedexistence.com/blog/2014/01/04/dr-daniel-amen-healing-the-7-types-of-add/

“If you have food allergies, the immune cells that line your gastrointestinal tract are hypersensitive. You may have low stomach acid, a pancreas that isn’t working optimally, and, possibly, a congested liver and gallbladder. You may also have an imbalance in your gut flora. The balance of gut bacteria can influence behavior and even cause depression.

According to scientists at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, your gut bacteria communicate with your brain and have a profound impact on making you feel happy or sad. When you are stressed, your body releases lots of stress hormones. When stressed mice were fed a broth containing some Lactobacillus rhamnosus bacteria (a bacteria found in yogurt), they became significantly less anxious and had lower levels of stress hormones in their blood. The researchers determined that the bacteria were somehow communicating via the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is a very important neural two-way highway that connects your brain with all of the organs of your body. The bacteria are able to influence the GABA receptors in the brain that allow you to relax”.

http://www.positivelypositive.com/2013/05/26/reduce-allergies-and-find-happiness/

Essential Oils – Essential Blends (www.essentialblends.com) has a formula especially for ADD/ADHD to help calm some brain areas and stimulate others. The blend is a mixture of tangerine, cardamon, lavender, sweet almond and jojoba.

ADHD Facts and Statistics  http://www.healthline.com/health/adhd/facts-statistics-infographic#3  

Stay tuned for the next topic… Asperger’s Syndrome

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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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Enlarged Prostate and Prostate Cancer – How the Body Works by Susan L. Arieli, M.D.

This is a three-part series on the physical symptoms, metaphysical causes and nutritional treatments regarding the prostate gland and its functions.  Although I tried to keep this section ‘physical’, the dividing line between the workings of the mind and the working of the body is much too thin.  Our active minds can have an incredible impact on our spirit, health, metabolism and endocrine system.    

“Our physical body is where all the other levels—the spiritual, mental and emotional aspects of our being—reside in this life.  Our bodies mirror and express our state of well-being or lack thereof on all the levels.  A block or imbalance on the spiritual, mental or emotional level eventually shows up in the physical body.  So not only is the body constantly communicating its own needs, it is frequently trying to communicate the needs of the other three levels as well.

If we have unmet needs on any level that we are unconscious of or ignoring, eventually our bodies try to let us know about it.  For example, if you are pushing yourself to work so hard that your spiritual and emotional needs are going unmet, your body may get sick as a way of forcing you to slow down and go inside.” THE FOUR LEVELS OF HEALING ~ Shakti Gawain

Our body’s health reflects how much we honor our values and abilities as well as our deepest feelings.  If, for whatever reason we resist change or our true calling, our hormones, affected by every thought, feeling, attitude etc., can change in an instant.  Even negative feedback from others or in the environment can cause the whole endocrine system to go haywire and run amok! 

“All sex hormones, including progesterone, estrogens, androgens, can affect mood, memory, and cognition in complex and interrelated ways.  Receptor sites for these hormones are found throughout the brain and nervous system, and nerve tissue itself has been found to produce them”. Christiane Northrup

Male sex hormones are called androgens and the most important of these is testosterone.  Male hormones take a much more linear approach then the constant ebb and flow of females.  They rise in adolescence, level out at maturity and fall after middle age.  The prostate is the weak link at middle age, also known as andropause, as it reacts to the many stresses and changes man goes through after reaching his fifties.  Hormones form a closely interconnected web where a change in one affects them all.  

“The gonads, located in the male and female sex organs, release the sex hormones testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone.  These hormones influence, among other things, sex drive and secondary sexual characteristics, including the ratio of muscle to body fat.  One of the reasons men tend to gain weight as they age is that their declining testosterone levels allow fat storage to increase, and lean muscle mass to decrease.  This decline of testosterone appears to be reversible, however.  

Sex hormones also have a powerful influence on the mind.  They influence how efficiently we think, how well we remember, how well we perform physical tasks, and how we feel emotionally.” BRAIN LONGEVITY ~ Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. with Cameron Stauth

HOW THE PROSTATE WORKS

The prostate is a spongy male sex gland shaped similar to the texture of the fruit of a plum and located just under the bladder.  It actually wraps itself like a doughnut around the urethra, which carries urine from the bladder out through the penis.    Through several ducts, the prostate secretes fluid that passes into the urethra to nourish and increase the speed of the sperm.  The prostate actually has muscles that contract, squeezing out fluid that makes up the bulk of semen in the urethra.  

“…the prostate contains a network of internal piping (ducts) and supporting muscle and fibrous cells (stroma).  When ejaculation occurs the muscular stroma contracts like a pumping fist, deploying the seminal fluid out through the penis, along with the sperm it is charged to preserve and defend.  

[I’d like to interject for just a moment and mention that biologically, sperm are manufactured in the testicles, each of which contains a maze of narrow tubes where sperm grow and develop for 8 to 9 weeks.  The sperm then move into a wider, coiled tube (the epididymis) where they spend another two weeks maturing.  Interestingly this tube where sperm mature (epididymis) would be about 20 feet (6 m) long if it was stretched out, but instead the tubes are coiled on top of each testicle, fitting into a space the size of a bean!]

“In young boys, the prostate is miniscule.  It lies dormant until puberty, when, stimulated by a surge of male hormones, the gland grows and begins its lifelong task of churning out seminal fluid (semen). The seminal vesicles  (attached just above the prostate) and Cowper’s glands (along the urethra just below the prostate) also add to the seminal fluid that is released during ejaculation.  Within the prostate, fluid manufacturing occurs in the epithelial cells that line the microscopic glands and ducts.” DR. PETER SCARDINO’S PROSTATE BOOK, Revised Edition by Peter T. Scardino, M.D., Judith Kelmen

PROSTATE GLAND PROBLEMS

The prostate is, as mentioned earlier, very hormone-dependent and reacts very strongly to any imbalance (hormonal or otherwise).  Your brain plays a major role in regulating your hormones and the development of your sperm. It is the hypothalamus and the pituitary that start the process….

If there are problems with the prostate it will directly affect the bladder.  If you’ve found yourself scurrying to the washroom in the middle of the night and during the day at the most inconvenient of times, you could blame your bladder but in all probability, the prostate is the problem. Other symptoms of prostate ailments could include blood in the urine, trouble starting the flow, a weak flow and even when you’re done or think your are, it feels like you’ve still got to go.  

“Men have urinary-tract problems, too—they could be suffering from an enlarged prostrate gland, which presses on the urethra, thus affecting their urine flow or stream.” THE BODY KNOWS…HOW TO STAY YOUNG Caroline Sutherland, Louise Hay

PROSTATE SYMPTOMS

*Some of the most uncomfortable symptoms of a prostate problem are:

1)     An unpleasant feeling in the lower abdomen.

2)     Low back pain

3)     A frequent need to urinate

4)     Difficulties in urinating and emptying the bladder

5)     Difficulties ejaculating

6)     Problems keeping an erection

7)     A decrease in libido (low sex drive)

*See the “great links” below that go into these symptoms in great detail.

PROSTATIC HYPERTHROPHY (BPH)

“The prostate gland grows rapidly during puberty and is essentially fully formed in most men by about the age of twenty five. However, at this stage it does not stop growing as you might imagine but continues growing very slowly throughout the remainder of your life. Later in life however, and typically at some point after the age of about forty-five, hormonal changes which are part of the normal ageing process can result in a slight ‘speeding up’ in the growth of the prostate gland.

As a result, once you pass the age of forty-five you begin to run the risk of your now enlarging prostate beginning to cause a series of problems. For most men sufficient enlargement to cause symptoms does not occur until after the age of sixty and some men will never experience a problem at all. Nevertheless, all men are at risk of developing problems after the age of about forty-five. http://www.disabled-world.com/health/cancer/prostate/prostate-gland.php

The prostate gland is the only organ in men that continues to grow after twenty-five.  This growth can put pressure on and affect the outflow of urine, a condition called benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH).  When the prostate puts too much pressure on the urethra, the muscular walls of the bladder have to work harder to help the body urinate.  The stronger the contractions, the thicker the bladder wall becomes actually decreasing the size of the bladder and the amount of urine it can hold. If the prostate continues to squeeze the urethra, it may cause the bladder to work harder and harder, holding smaller and smaller amounts of urine until working harder and harder will hold smaller and smaller amounts of urine and possibly causing urinary retention. 

“What triggers BPH is not well understood, but aging and testosterone (the predominant male sex hormone) are believed to be the primary influences on its development.  Animal studies suggest that the female sex hormone estrogen (produced in small amounts in men) may also play a role, perhaps when a man’s testosterone production declines and the balance of the two hormones is altered.” PROSTATE DISORDERS H. Ballentine Carter (John Hopkins Health)

Usually an enlarged prostate occurs in half of men over 60 and even more (75%) in men over 70.  Although the enlarged prostate is not cancerous, it can interfere with urination by obstructing the urethral canal, putting pressure on the kidneys, encouraging bladder infections, and creating frequent burning urination and incontinence. 

 “There has also been some research done on the effects of cycling, where there are extended periods of sitting on a hard, narrow bicycle seat. Numbness and pressure on the testicles, prostate and urethra have resulted in prostate problems, impotence or tumors…..the recommendation is that hard bicycle saddles should be avoided, padded cycling shorts should be worn, the saddle should be correctly adjusted—either horizontal or pointing downwards at the front—and men should make sure to get off the saddle regularly.” Zita West

In middle-aged men, sitting on the tailbone in a recliner for hours watching television can affect the prostate enough to make it hard to urinate.  Nearby muscles can also aggravate prostate trouble.  Heavy lifting also affects the prostate by adversely affecting muscles in the area.  

“….although some prostatitis may be caused by Chlamydia or other organisms, most of these cases involve muscle tension.” Dr. Ira Sharlip

Many of our joints, muscles and ligaments are connected to thousands of tiny nerves that flow to different glands and organs.  In particular, the intrapelvic muscles are hidden deep within the floor of the pelvis and not at all that easy to get at.  Pain in this area can affect the genitals, perineum, bladder, urethra, anus, tailbone, and on the upper back of your thighs.  When these muscles have been stressed, they can pull the bones of the sacroiliac joint out of position, resulting in pain in the lower back and groin. (The sacroiliac joints are where the wings of the pelvis—the hip bones—attach to the sacrum, the large bone at the base of the spine. 

“The pelvis is the pivot of the body, aligning the upward movement of the chest and head that is most exposed to the world, and the movement that goes out and down into the feet giving direction and grounding.  It is from here that we go out to meet the world, and it is here that we meet the reaction of the world to us.” Deb Shapiro THE BODY/MIND WORKBOOK

PROSTATITIS

“Chronic prostatitis is one of the most common chronic infections in men of the middle and later years. On examination, the prostate gland feels enlarged, soft, and extremely tender and its surface out-line is irregular. This disease frequently produces no symptoms, but the prostate is believed to harbor infectious microorganisms responsible for some allergic conditions, arthritis, and inflammation of the nerves (neuritis), muscle [soreness] (myositis) and the iris [eye inflammation] (iritis).” SARUP’S DICTIONARY OF ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY, by Poly Mary

Prostatitis is caused by bacteria or hormonal changes, which cause inflammation of the prostate gland.  Bacteria prostatitis can affect men of all ages. It’s usually caused by the spread of infection in the bladder or urethra.  Doctors aren’t quite sure how the infection enters the urinary tract but some suspect an obstruction in the urethra or unprotected anal sex could be the cause. This inflammation can cause urine retention, bladder infection, or kidney infection.  

“Bacteria prostatitis is often an uncomplicated illness, but if an infected prostate clamps down on the urethra and prevents the bladder from completely empyting, the infection can spread to the bladder and cause cystitis.  The symptoms of cystitis and prostatitis are similar—pain and/or burning on urination, urinary urgency and hesitancy with scant urine flow.  With cystitis, however, a urinalysis shows the presence of bacteria.  If left untreated, cystitis can progress to a kidney infection, which is considerably more serious and often requires hospitalization” Dr. Ira Sharlip

Acute prostatitis symptoms can cause pain between the rectum and scrotum, frequent burning urination, fullness of the bladder, fever, chills, back pain and blood in the urine.  Chronic prostatitis symptoms can also cause burning urination, blood in the urine and lower back pain but the symptoms are milder than acute prostatitis.  

Prostate congestion can also be caused when the prostatic fluid (low or no ejaculation) backs up in the prostate causing some calcium deposits almost small little stones in the prostate which can cause inflammation.  There is the possibility that there is some correlation between chronic prostate problems and prostate cancer. 

PROSTATE PROBLEMS = AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE?

“Another theory under investigation is that prostatitis is an auto-immune disorder, in which the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy prostate tissue and promotes inflammation—not unlike the way the immune system targets the joints in rheumatoid arthritis.  In fact, researchers recently found that men with chronic prostatitis had increased levels of the same inflammation-related substances that are elevated in the joint tissue of people with rheumatoid arthritis.” PROSTATE DISORDERS H. Ballentine Carter

When an infection causes inflammation in the body, it can quickly spread through and affect other parts of the body.  Any inflammation is seen as a dangerous predator and puts the immune system on high alert to attack and release white blood cells to protect your physical body.   White blood cells are extremely important in attacking infections and thus begin the process of healing.  But if the inflammation is constant and on-going, the stressed-out immune system will begin to fatigue/burnout losing its purpose and momentum.  Feeling the pressure to make things right it can overextend itself and start attacking things it normally wouldn’t.  

“This immune hypersensitivity can lead to a gut of problems ranging from simple allergies and weight gain to cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, prostate problems, and autoimmune diseases. 

Many of these happen because as the immune stays on higher alert longer than it should, its agents begin to fatigue and make bad decisions, possibly leading to autoimmune disease or not destroying mutated cells, leading to cancer formation with more frequency. This can easily give way to cancer, getting a foothold it won’t relinquish.” REVERSING DIABETES – Don Colbert

PROSTATE CANCER

“The PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test, widely used to screen for prostate cancer in men, illustrates another kind of deficiency. It often gives false positives, but even when it does detect cancers, it gives no information about their nature—specifically, how aggressive they are and how likely they are to metastasize. That is really what we need to know, because most older men develop prostate cancer, and in most cases, the risk of spread is low. A man can live to be a ripe old age, enjoy good general health, and die with cancer contained in his prostate. The problem here is that a positive PSA test is often the first step down the road ending in radical prostatectomy, an operation that has many risks and may be completely unnecessary. Until we have a reliable follow-up test that can clearly distinguish aggressive from non-aggressive tumors, I have doubts about the wisdom of using the PSA as a general screening tool, except for those at high risk on the basis of family history and lifestyle.” Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to your Well-being ~ Andrew Weil, M.D.

There is mounting evidence that prostate infections and prostate cancer can follow after prolonged periods of severe stress.  The stress hormones epinephrine, norepinephrine, and cortisol are being looked at as the major players in the progression of prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men over 50 and the second leading killer among cancers in men in North America.  Prostate cancer is rare in men younger than 45 but it can happen, especially to those with a family history of this disease.  It is curable if detected early.  Often this cancer grows silently within the gland without any symptoms until it has spread to the surrounding bone and tissue.  This is why it is so important for men over 50 to get a digital rectal exam that lets the doctor feel for lumps on the prostate and a prostate antigen blood test that detects a protein that seeps out of the prostate when there is a tumor present.  A urine test can point to problems in the prostate too. 

“These prostate problems are to men what breast cancer is to women, as there is a strong relationship of the prostate to the flow of semen and therefore to a man’s sense of personal power, sexuality and fertility.  All these issues become more pertinent as the body ages.  After retirement it is not unusual to find a man feeling worthless and powerless; financial pressures can be worrisome and stressful, and relationships habitual and boring.  If you find it hard to connect to your emotions and have used sex as a means to communicate, you may become even more emotionally isolated at this time. 

An enlarged prostate or prostate cancer is indicative of these issues of expression and worthiness.  The increase in the desire to urinate, even if there is nothing to pass, indicates a difficulty with expressing the inner conflicts and longings. Deb Shapiro YOU BODY SPEAKS YOUR MIND

Animation—testosterone and prostate cancer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zg3j5Ig4dJY

Bacteria, environmental chemicals (e.g., pesticides), tight underwear and diet are other possible physical causes of an enlarged prostate.  A high fat, high sugar, high sodium diet can also affect the prostate, causing an anti-inflammatory response.  High levels of cholesterol not only increase your risk of heart disease it has also been linked to prostate cancer.  As well, body fat in a man or woman is a major producer of a hormone called estrogen.  This hormone can interfere with the action of insulin which can cause excess sugar in the blood, and it has been well documented that cancer is a “sugar feeder”.

TESTOSTERONE

Approximately every ninety minutes a specialized area in the brain (hypothalamus) secretes GnRH (gonadotrophin-releasing hormone).  GnRH signals the pituitary gland, located at the base of the brain, to produce LH (Luteinsizing hormone) and FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone).  The LH tells the testes to secrete the male hormone testosterone.  Testosterone stimulates the sexual desires and develops and maintains male secondary sex characteristics such as hair growth and deep voice.  Together, testosterone and FSH stimulate the testes to produce sperm (spermatogenesis). The body’s ability to make and regulate these hormones is vital for maintaining virility and sperm production.” Textbook of Medical Laboratory Technology ~ Sood

During puberty LH is secreted only at night but as a boy matures later on in adolescence, the LH levels start rising during the day causing secretions of testosterone to be secreted 24 hours a day.  It’s around this time that boys usually go girl-crazy and start to produce sperm. 

Skin changes during puberty occur at this time too and male sex hormones called androgens can stimulate the sebaceous glands in the skin to secrete an oily, waxy substance called sebum. If the glands secrete too much sebum, the skin will react by breaking out in acne or pimples.  

We know now that testosterone is produced by the male testes and is known to give men their maleness:  It makes hair grow on their face and bodies, it makes their voices deepen at puberty and it is instrumental in the production of sperm.  

“Testosterone causes the larynx to enlarge and the vocal cords to increase in length and thickness. These changes cause a boy’s voice to break and become deeper.  At around the same time a beard begins to appear, with a growth of chest, underarm and pubic hair. The amount of body hair also increases over the whole body.  All androgens have what is called an anabolic effect, that is, they raise the rate of protein synthesis and lower the rate at which protein is broken down.  The effect is to increase muscle bulk, especially in the chest and shoulders, and to accelerate growth of the long bones (in the arms and legs), especially during early puberty.  When puberty is finished testosterone stops the growth of the long bones by ossifying the cartilage plates (epiphyses) at the end of the bones.” Encyclopedia of Family Health ~ David B. Jacoby,  R.M. Youngson

But too much testosterone produced in the body can potentially cause reckless behavior, liver damage, acne, cholesterol problems, create tumors in the body and also cause the production of a liver protein that cause clusters of cholesterol to attach in the arterial walls.  And as seen below, testosterone can cause prostate and circulatory problems. 

“According to a Journal of Behavioral Medicine study, men with higher than normal amounts of testosterone were much more likely to engage in risky behaviors. Those slightly above normal levels were 24% more likely to have had an injury, 32% more likely to drink heavily, 35% more likely to have an STD, and 151% more likely to smoke. As the amount of testosterone increased above that point, so did the men’s chances of risky behaviors. Decision making abilities can also be negatively impacted by higher than normal levels of testosterone.

Other symptoms men may face as result of elevated testosterone levels include aggressiveness and mood swings, acne, and testicular shrinkage. It can also cause hair loss and lowered fertility. Too high levels of testosterone maintained over a longer period of time can lead to an enlarged prostate and problems with the circulatory system.” http://blog.americanlongevitycenter.com/tag/high-testosterone/

Low testosterone symptoms – dry and/or thinning skin, heart disease, erectile dysfunction, andropause, loss of morning erection, fatigue, poor tolerance of exercise, lack of exercise, heart palpitations, loss of muscle tone in arms and legs, poor memory or concentration, loss of libido, depression or anxiety, loss of motivation or competitive edge, low self-esteem, difficulty making decisions, headaches or migraines, gaining fat around abdomen, difficulty building or maintaining muscle, loss of bone density or osteoporosis, sleep apnea, use of corticosteroids

Excessive testosterone levels – testicular shrinkage, acne, hair loss, infertility, hardening of the arteries, prostate enlargement, intense mood swings, irritability, aggression, agitation, an overpowering, controlling personality.   

“The relationship between testosterone and prostate cancer isn’t as clear as we would like it to be.  It is true, however, that patients with existing prostate cancer should not receive testosterone replacement therapy, as it could make matters worse.  Scientists are beginning to consider the possibility that estrogen plays a role in the hormonal regulation of the prostate.  If that proves true, there could a connection between prostate cancer and high dietary and environmental estrogen levels.”  THE PROSTATE HEALTH PROGRAM – Daniel Nixen, Max Gemex, The Reference Works  

ESTROGEN AND XENOESTROGENS

In men, the testicles produce testosterone and very small quantities of estrogen.  Unfortunately estrogen-like substances in hormone-fed meats and poultry, plastic bottles, detergents and petroleum-like chemicals, are creating toxins in the body.  Our bodies were not designed to cope with and be exposed to these hazardous substances.  These estrogen-like substances are interfering with the absorption, metabolism and transportation of nutrients in the body. Xenoestrogens are known as potent carcinogens and are causing many health problems to erupt, especially prostrate problems.  

Scientists and other medical media have emphasized the dangers of these estrogens and their relation to low sperms counts as well as prostate and breast cancer in men.  Men, like women have a tendency to gain weight and as they age these xenoestrogens are known to attach themselves to the fatty tissues of the body causing an array of hormonal problems. The reason being, we are unable to excrete them and so they are accumulating in our bodies, disrupting enzyme function and throwing our bio-chemistry out of balance.    

As well, too much estrogen can produce an excessive amount of serotonin, raising stress levels and sugar levels in the blood and depleting an important hormone created from the pineal gland known as melatonin.    

(Part III of this series goes into depth about the benefits of melatonin and its ability to strengthen the immune system and inhibit prostate cancer.) 

ANDROPAUSE

Andropause, is another of saying ‘male menopause’.  And similar to menopause in women, it’s a turning point in a man’s life. It’s literally where we take ourselves apart and put ourselves together again…but in a different way.

“Personality changes which take place in middle age generally involve what are known in psychology as ‘cross-sex issues.  This means that men start exploring qualities in themselves which are traditionally associated with ‘feminine’ urges’ and women turn to spheres and issues which are more conventionally classed under ‘masculine’ drives.  Exactly what this entails is worth exploring in a little more detail.” Howard Sasportas

Physically andropause is a term used when a man’s production of testosterone begins to fall and his sexual urges diminish.  It’s a time when his muscles start losing their mass, skin starts to lose its tightness, and crows-feet may start appearing.  In some men, it may feel like their power is draining away and they may try to regain their youth by being overly active and seductive to remain young. This is their way of reassuring themselves their still in the race.  

Retirement is supposed to be a time of doing what we want rather than what we think or what others think we should be doing.  It’s not a time of being obsessed with the past, or mourning over lost opportunities.   

STRESS

Stress is more prevalent today than it has ever been before.  Some stress is good, because it helps us to grow and motivates us to keep moving forward.  In fact, every action or reaction we experience comes from stress.  But too much stress can impair every cell, tissue and organ in your body—it can affect your sexual expression and stifle your creativity.  Stress can affect normal everyday mental processes, causing either an overactive or inactive mind.  Your outer behavior may express these by overdoing or underdoing things—creating clutter in your life—or by avoiding situations or becoming too aggressive.  Mental stress can increase muscular tension, leading to stiffness, clumsiness and aching limbs and joints.  It can cause inflammation in the body, emotional breakdowns, depression and illness.   

Stresses that impact the prostate are related to middle-age fears and insecurities, relationship crisis, competitiveness, jealousy—and of course the ‘old age’ concept. It’s a time when you may lose confidence in yourself or feel that somehow you have failed.  Prostate problems can arise from, giving up, nailing the lid on the coffin so-to-speak and resigning into the mode ‘I’ll just make do’. 

Competition and jealousy can lead to fear and insecurity, which in turn adds more stress as you feel pressured to work more efficiently at a job your spirit just doesn’t feel invested in.  OR you may be an addictive workaholic—which means you need the constant roar of adrenaline and cortisol racing through your bloodstream.  But if that project stops or suddenly ends, you’re faced with exhaustion, depression and a sense it was all a worthless production.  

“Men’s Prostrate problems have a lot to do with self-worth and also believing that as he gets older he becomes less of a man. IMPOTENCE adds fear and is sometimes even related to spite against a previous mate”.  YOU CAN HEAL YOUR LIFE ~ Louise Hay

It is in this part of the body that we fear losing control and fear of losing our power.  These fears could manifest as chronic pain in the lower back and in the pelvic area, arthritic conditions, prostate cancer, impotency and bladder problems.  Problems with the prostate can also be associated with financial difficulties or losses and the fear of losing control of our sense of security and independence.  There has been a tremendous increase in prostate cancer in the last 20 years, because we have unknowingly, unconsciously, connected the energies of sexuality and power with money. 

Join me in Part II of this series, where we really dive into the psychological and metaphysical causes of prostate ailments. 

to be continued….

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Great links

Low back pain http://www.ehow.com/how-does_5514576_back-pain-caused-prostate.html

Ejaculation frequency http://cure-erectile-dysfunction.org/ejaculation-frequency

Histamine and sexual exhaustion http://cure-erectile-dysfunction.org/histamine-and-sexual-exhaustion%20

Antidepressants and sexual function http://cure-erectile-dysfunction.org/antidepressants-and-sexual-function

Premature ejaculation http://cure-erectile-dysfunction.org/premature-ejaculation%20

High levels of testosterone  http://blog.americanlongevitycenter.com/tag/high-testosterone/

Animation – Testosterone and prostate cancer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zg3j5Ig4dJY

Andropause http://www.mastersmensclinic.com/male_sexual_function.htm

http://www.prostateaction.org.uk/prostate-information/understanding-prostate-gland

Candida http://www.yeastinfectionadvisor.com/yeastinfectiontreatment.html

http://www.herbalextractsplus.com/

http://www.disabled-world.com/health/cancer/prostate/prostate-gland.php

http://www.menstuff.org/issues/byissue/semen.html

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“Christiane Northrup describes the pre-menstrual stage as the time when “inner wisdom,” sensitivity, and awareness to emotions and their messages are most available to work this way. In the course of the menstrual cycle, levels of LH and FSH, the hormones that stimulate the ovaries to produce eggs, are low in the first half of the menstrual cycle. They gradually rise and then peak on day fourteen. Although we don’t know where LH and FSH themselves bond to in the brain, we know that estrogen, which is controlled by them and therefore also increases in midcycle, bonds to the limbic areas of the brain, which plays an important role in intuition. Thus ovulation appears to prime the intuitive network and open up the channels so that women can hear more clearly.” Mona Lisa Schulz “Awakening Intuition”

A couple of months ago, I received an email from a woman, we’ll call Carol, who asked if I’d write about premenstrual syndrome (PMS), especially the metaphysical causes. Carol, age 38, wrote concerning her PMS emotions, worried why she acted like a raving lunatic before her period was due. There were certain days before her period where she was unable to control her dreadful tempers, rages, tearful scenes and irrational behaviors. On really bad days, she’d been known to scream, yell, threaten, slam doors, throw frying pans across the room, cry, sob and/or suffer from depression. Carol told me all these intense emotions were so out of character from her ‘normal’ days. She was frightened by what was happening to her and felt at a loss as how to discuss this with anyone.

It’s no coincidence that Carol’s explosive nature seemed to happen just before her period was due. At this time of the month, we can all become the proverbial bitch lol. Some of us go literally bananas and absolutely crazy in a very fiery dramatic way. Like menstrual blood, women’s anger is red, hot, active and potent, and once a month it has this opportune moment to surface. The deeper the repression the hotter the flames! In fact these flames can get so hot, they can burn everything standing in their way. Oh yeah, I knew exactly what Carol was going through.

“Anger is a reaction. When we feel angry, it is because something in our background or personal value system has been challenged. That something tells us we ought to react by being angry. But anger, like love is a choice, a choice we make on the basis of our subconscious values and attitudes. Thus, we can choose to change it by changing the values that lead us to feel it.” Linda Joyce

When I asked Carol about her physical symptoms with PMS, she wrote back ‘now you sound like my doctor, it’s not my physical symptoms I’m worried about.’ Sometimes, it can be hard to decide whether it’s the physical or psychological symptoms that bother us the most—usually it’s the psychological symptoms that tip the scale.

“PMS is characterized by so many different symptoms, it’s important for us to know which ones are affecting us, psychologically and physically. Our hormones constantly rise and fall throughout our lives; they are an important indicator to how we feel all the time. As well….The effects of the mind, emotions, diet, light, exercise, relationships, heredity, and childhood traumas must all be taken into account when treating PMS.” Christiane Northrup Eastern Body Western Mind

After a few emails back and forth, Carol agreed to take the time to listen to and jot down her physical and emotional PMS symptoms, especially before and just after ovulation. I asked her to add some comments and brief descriptions to each one, noting any tensions, frustration, memories, or feelings she observed at that time. When stressed did she turn to comfort foods or foods high in sugar and carbohydrates? If she did have arguments, or fights with someone, how significant and important were they during this period. Did she recall any dreams during that time? Did one or more standout in her mind that was especially striking or dramatic? Were there any dreams that repeated from times before? I told Carol that persistent dreams had a message she needed to hear. Did she have any inspirations, great ideas before or after ovulation? I asked her not to write too much at this point. Sometimes something we’ve never noticed before can excite us to the point that we want to keep writing on and on. The problem with this, is we lose the momentum of the whole exercise and our attention to it. What we want to do is look at various phases, changes and challenges we encountered during this period.

“Women need to believe in the importance of the issues that come up premenstrually. Even though our bodies and minds may not express these issues and concerns as they would in the first part of our cycle—on our so-called good days—our inner wisdom is clearly asking for our attention…..One husband reported that in the follicular phase of his wife’s cycle, she was great, was always cheery, kept the house in order, and did the cooking. But after ovulation she “let herself go” and talked about wanting to go back to college and get out of the house more. I told him that these issues that arise premenstrually should be treated seriously, and I asked him to consider what his wife’s needs were for her full personal development. I pointed out that her difficult behavior premenstrually was her way of expressing those needs.” Christiane Northrup, Eastern Body Western Mind

Deep inside us, we all carry around inhibiting beliefs, thoughts and attitudes that were instilled in us when we were children. Being very young, we weren’t able to reason things out and were totally at the mercy of our environment and the people in it. More often than not, what we learned about the world and about ourselves conflicted with the natural rhythm of our body/mind and soul. As we grew, we also started to carry around all the people who hurt us, with words, with actions, even those disapproving glances. Fear of not being loved or worse being abandoned we tried to please and pretzel ourselves to what others wanted us to be. We learned to ignore the things that bothered us, carrying on the role of little girl dress-up with the hopes of gaining approval from others. At this point we didn’t even realize our lives were not our own. At least not until puberty approached and our bodies started to change.

“It [PMS] insists that you move into your own rhythm rather than staying within society’s time frame. Living for a few days each month from within your natural rhythm is a powerful correction to the culture’s alienation of nature. PMS drops you deep into your own being, and your own truth explodes forth. Whatever you have been successful at burying or denying to yourself bursts forth at this time of the month. It is a truth serum from which you cannot escape, and if you carve out space for it, as in the native “moon hut” traditions, PMS makes you wiser. If you do not, it can cause you to feel that you are going start raving mad.” Donna Eden, David Feinstein, ENERGY MEDICINE, Balancing your Body’s Energies for Optimal Health Joy And Vitality

Every month whether we like or not we have to go through our own lunar cycle. As Camille Paglia writes “Every month, it is woman’s fate to face the abyss of time and being, the abyss, which is herself.”

Donna Eden tells us that “PMS changes the body’s chemistry to clear or prepare a path for journeying to the domain of our soul.” Journeying is a word used by Shamans of the past and Shamans of today. Although the word was originally used for the Native American Indians and other native belief systems, I feel that anyone who has begun to seek deep within to find their place in the ‘great circle of life’, is a modern shaman. Being a shaman is not about great powers or great respect. Rather, it is a responsibility to ourselves and our world to heal and to teach ourselves and others to be in harmony with all things.

Through the centuries women have become more self-aware and independent, which has given them more control over their lives. No longer are we held back from expressing our talents, strengths and intellect. But this has not come without a cost. Breaking out from the ancient limiting beliefs of being the dependent good wife and mother has affected us physically, emotionally and spiritually. Working outside the home has tested our ability to alternate between being a wife, a mother and a career person. This has created a buildup of pressure causing wear and tear on our female organs. The greater the outer pressure to perform, the more likely bodily messages and needs will be ignored. Not only that, the more we fight to become more independent, the fiercer our struggle with nature becomes. Our female bodies, our monthly cycles are a part of nature. “…[We] alternate between receptive and active during each monthly cycle, like the ebb and flow of the tides.” Vicki Noble

“Before ovulation, the left hemisphere of the brain is in control. Most language function is supposed to be in the left hemisphere.  But studies have shown that the left hemisphere is also chiefly primed to hear mainly positive words, such as “joy,” “happiness,” “love,” and “cheer.” After ovulation, however, the right hemisphere picks up the tempo and cycles into more control, while the left hemisphere goes into more of a down mode.  In women, language can be in both hemispheres, but the language to which the right hemisphere is receptive is negatively charged words.  Women can hear words like “rage”, “anger,” “sadness,” and “depression” more strongly premenstrually than the rest of the time.  All at once in this period, their brain allows them to hear things they don’t usually allow themselves to hear.  That’s intuition at work; it makes us able to acquire information and knowledge that are not usually present in our external environment, knowledge we don’t usually want to see hear or act on.”  Mona Lisa Schultz  Awakening Intuition

And we know these ebbs and flows also correspond with the cycles of the moon as well as the output of our sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone and even a little testosterone) produced by the endocrine glands. Our hormones are what make us uniquely female. And your genetics, body chemistry and life experiences are like no one else’s. Even before you reached your teens, your hormones were already having a major impact on how you felt each day of your life.

“The monthly period is a reminder to women that they are living in a largely masculine-dominated world; so PMT (premenstrual tension) brings up issues to with how we feel about being a woman and our relationship to our femininity. It is often very hard to be a career woman, perhaps to be running a business meeting, and to have a period; the two do not go together easily. We respond to our period with emotional and mental disturbance and reluctance, so something here is disturbing us, making us feel awkward and resentful. Do we resent being a woman: Would we prefer not to be working? What are our deeper feelings about these aspects of womanhood? DEP SHAPIRO The Body/Mind Workbook

It is out of your own life experiences that all seven glands of the endocrine system have documented and filed your habits, attitudes, perceptions, traumas, challenges, feelings, thoughts, memories, and unresolved issues or situations to help you become aware of what’s getting in the way of your health and progress. Pain is a built-in warning mechanism, a wake-up call, telling us something in our lives need to change. It is our responsibility to learn what our bodies are trying to teach us so we can avoid illness and continue evolving.

We all hide repressed fears deep down inside—some of these are unconscious currents that flow from past lives. We all know that when energy is blocked it can stir up trouble. When we repress our needs and feelings these will get lodged somewhere in the body in the form of hidden tensions and unhealthy habits. PMS can affect our entire metabolism and exhaust us. When our hormones become unstable, the body will use every tool at its disposal to re-establish balance.

“Premenstrual Syndrome (P.M.S.) – Anger, confusion, anxiety, fear, self-doubt. Holding back your ideas because you believe they will be rejected. Not being listened to. Frustrated, impatient, annoyed. Feeling trapped, unsafe, blocked, disrespected, unhappy. Holding onto past hurts from men. Feeling inferior. Denying your feminine energy. Wanting to be more masculine, to which you attribute strength and power.”  THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF YOUR BODY: The Essential Guide to Health and Wellness ~ Inna Segal

As you can see PMS has many different faces. There is a large percent of women with PMS who psychologically undergo anger, confusion, depression, memory loss, fatigue, and severe changes in mood, and uncontrollable food cravings—especially sweet or starchy foods. Physically the symptoms can produce as many as hundred and fifty or more different symptoms, ranging from breast tenderness, cramping, headaches, acne, restless sleeping, swelling of abdomen, ankles and fingers, bloating and weight gain as much as fourteen pounds! Some woman have an idea of what their symptoms will be on the day they ovulate, experiencing mood and appetite changes that last a few hours but don’t actually form any premenstrual patterns for a few more days.

“All the activities of our sexual body—menstruation, intercourse, conception, pregnancy birth, and menopause—involve streamings and swellings and transformations we have little control over, even though they take place in the very core of our body. At puberty, our breasts grow and angles become curves. Blood streams from our vagina. Our moods soar and plummet, carried on strong, billowing waves of hormones. When we make love to a man, we are penetrated to the core, while a man remains more or less his compact, contained self. In pregnancy and brith, nature takes the ball entirely out of our hands. We swell like balloons. We are nauseated or ravenously hungry. In birth, we crack open like eggs, and that is just the beginning of decades spent in service to our offspring. Then menopause hits, and again, we are buffeted by the winds of hormonal changes. Jalaja Bonheim

In the next segment of this PMS series, we’re going to learn what Carol discovered from listening to her body. We’re going to look at solutions, herbs, supplements, as well as emotional, mental and physical healing. We’re also going to look at changes in appetite and especially those food cravings (one of Carol’s main problems).

Foods that are rich with unusual tastes, colors and textures are really based on pleasurable tastes (past memories) that we wish would repeat in our lives again. When a woman is feeling low, eating sweet starchy foods seems the fastest and easiest way to temporarily relieve the tensions and unpleasant feelings associated with PMS. Unfortunately when we don’t eat wisely, we lose more energy processing the food than gaining from it and thus a low-energy cycle is created.

“Stop feeding your ancient shame, stop telling yourself you are ugly, stop analyzing your physical imperfections. Your body is exactly as nature intended it to be. You genitals are perfect and beautiful. You are worthy of all the love in the world, and your story matters.” Jalaja Bonheim, APHRODITE’S DAUGHTERS

This is such a great song to finish this article, I hope you enjoy it!

Because I am a Queen by India Arie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIZFnkwpL_0

Sometimes I shave my legs and sometimes I don’t Sometimes I comb my hair and sometimes I won’t Depend on how the wed blows I might even paint my toes It really just depends on whatever feels good in my soul I’m not the average girl from your video and I ain’t built like a supermodel But, I Learned to love myself unconditionally Because I am a queen

I’m not the average girl from your video My worth is not determined by the price of my clothes No matter what I’m wearing I will always be India Arie When I look in the mirror the only one there is me Every freckle on my face is where it’s supposed to be And I know our creator didn’t make no mistakes on me My feet, my thighs, my lips, my eyes I’m lovin’ what I see

I’m not the average girl from your video and I ain’t built like a supermodel But, I Learned to love myself unconditionally Because I am a queen I’m not the average girl from your video My worth is not determined by the price of my clothes No matter what I’m wearing I will always be India Arie Am I less of a lady If I don’t wear panty hose? My Mama says a lady ain’t what she wears but what she knows,

But, I’ve drawn a conclusion, it’s all an illusion. Confusions the name of the game A misconception, a vast deception Something’s gotta change Don’t be offended this is all my opinion ain’t nothing that I’m saying law This is a true confession of a life learned lesson I was sent here to share with ya’ll

So get in where you fit in go on and shine Free your mind, nows the time Put your salt on the shelf Go head and love yourself Cuz everything’s gonna be all right I’m not the average girl from your video and I ain’t built like a supermodel But, I Learned to love myself unconditionally Because I am a queen

I’m not the average girl from your video My worth is not determined by the price of my clothes No matter what I’m wearing I will always be India Arie

Keep your fancy drinks and your expensive minks I don’t need that to have a good time Keep your expensive car and your Caviar All I need is my guitar  

Keep your crystal and your pistol I’d rather have a pretty piece of crystal Don’t need your silicone, I prefer my own What God gave me is just fine I’m not the average girl from your video and I ain’t built like a supermodel But, I Learned to love myself unconditionally Because I am a queen  

I’m not the average girl from your video My worth is not determined by the price of my clothes No matter what I’m wearing I will always be India Arie

http://ezinearticles.com/?Eliminate-PMS-Symptoms&id=146090

http://www.pmswarrior.com/the-top-ten-symptoms-of-pms-which-do-you-recognise/

http://www.menstruation.com.au/periodpages/pms.html

http://www.drnorthrup.com/womenshealth/healthcenter/topic_details.php?topic_id=139

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“PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME (PMS), which has reached epidemic proportions, is concurrent with the increase of media advertising.  These ads continually hammer home the concept that the female body must be sprayed and powdered and douched and overcleansed in numerous ways to make it even barely acceptable.  At the same time that women are coming into their own as equal beings, they are also being bombarded negatively with the idea that the feminine procresses are not quite acceptable.  This notion, combined with the tremendous amounts of sugar being consumed today, creates a fertile breeding ground for PMS.”  Louise L. Hay YOU CAN HEAL YOUR LIFE

PMS can include many physical and emotional changes such as weight gain, acne, headaches, depression, food cravings, poor concentration, breast swelling and tenderness, bloating, muscle aches, constipation, nervous tension, insomnia, mood swings, rage, fatigue, heart palpitations, urinary problems, anxiety, and many many more different symptoms.

If you are one of the many sufferers of PMS then you are all too familiar with the wide range of the numerous physical and mental changes that begin between two and fourteen days before menstruation. Tension and irritability can be so severe, it can literally turn any woman into a raging lunatic in minutes! Women who have experienced this have described PMS like a spring being turned tighter and tighter until suddenly it snaps, causing temporary insanity. It could also be likened to a repressed volcano that suddenly and inexplicably throws everything around it into chaos.

If you are a teen reading this, I cannot stress enough about the extremes of dieting and PMS. Dieting places the body in the famine or starvation mode, which causes your metabolism to slow down when you try to diet. What happens when your metabolism slows down is the hypothalamus in your brain moves into a high state of alarm. The hypothalamus is part of the limbic system or old brain that controls your eating, drinking, sleeping and maintenance of your reproductive functions. If you are constantly dieting or changing your eating habits this can cause premenstrual syndromes and/or delay your sexual development. Puberty, especially in girls could be delayed because body weight is a factor in your reproductive function. If your weight drops below a certain level than your menstrual cycle and especially ovulation could come to a halt. This may not only be the cause of your PMS troubles but possibly will affect you later in life when you are thinking or contemplating pregnancy.

The same is true for the ‘older’ woman. If her fat-to-muscle ratio—drops below a certain level, then her reproductive cycle and the delivery of her eggs will most likely to come to a halt.

“This is true of malnourished women and, in our society of some athletes and some overenthusiastic dieters and joggers. And if she is exposed to something that her brain-body system experiences as stressful, then the same effect is likely to be found. Such a response would be adaptive. It is not in a woman’s interests, evolutionarily speaking, to commit herself to conception, childbirth and child-rearing either when resources are scarce or when the environment is less than congenial….Deep in woman….not in men, are buried the gene-hormone-norepinephrine pathways of the Stone-Age Venuses of Menton and Willendorf, figurines of Paleolithic woman who were grotesquely fat by our standards, but who were highly valued, it seems, as reproducers.” Jo Durden-Smith and Diane deSimone Sex and the Brain

PMS can physically, mentally and emotionally sap us of energy. Not only do our behaviors and feelings run totally out of control, we can also feel unsure of who we are, losing touch with our bodies, our emotional needs as well as the needs and feelings of others. Premenstrual syndrome can be so uncomfortable, miserable and isolating, it can bring out the worst side in all of us. At the office we may manage not to explode but as soon as we get home, we’re ready to bite somebody’s head off. For no reason we’ll quickly attack our husband, lover or children for any little thing….we become like a ravenous dog that’s lost all control of its body and mind. The brain has automatically switched into overdrive, creating a massive release of adrenal hormones.

Our sex hormones are among the most subtle and powerful chemicals in nature. They have a profound effect on the nervous system as well as increased electrical activity in the brain. When the brain and nervous system are thrown off balance, we are at the mercy of uncontrollable and abnormally high and unstable emotions.

(Receptors for estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone have been found in different regions of the brain and these three hormones play different roles at different times. One area in the brain that is particularly rich in these hormones is the limbic system, which governs our moods and emotions. When your thought processes are in a jumpy hyperactive mode, they affect the hypothalamus, in the limbic area of the brain that is highly sensitive to your moods and emotions. When the hypothalamus is thrown off balance, it affects and drastically alters the production of the sex hormones in the brain, causing an array of negative emotions to flood your system.)

Michelle, a good friend and client of mine, use to experience confusion, anger and anxiety almost every month, for a few days before her period. “At first I didn’t know what was going on. It seemed that for almost seven days a month my life would fall to pieces. I’d experience a buildup of anger, irritation or frustration either with myself or with those closest to me. I’d become overly critical with everything little thing and go absolutely berserk on my family, husband or children. I felt totally out of control with my life. And even when I was in the throes of anger, I had a knowing I was picking on the ones I loved most because of what was happening within myself. But at that time I didn’t know how to help myself or undo these rapid mood swings. Guilt would set in and I’d find myself crying uncontrollably.”

PMS has been known to be quite destructive to the quality of one’s life. Working with and touched by people like Michelle who have suffered extremely painful periods has motivated me to try and understand why women suffer such an endless array of symptoms and behaviors.

Something I noticed with Michelle and many other menstrual women, including myself, is the strong cravings for sweet, starchy foods before our period started. This temporary loss of control is mostly due to the rapid changes in all hormonal levels after ovulation, especially estrogen and progesterone.

When progesterone in the body is on the rise, it can cause a dramatic fall in our blood sugar levels. When this happens, the hypothalamus, in the brain, signals the nervous system to tell the body it needs sugar—fast! Sugars and starches can raise our blood sugar in about 5 minutes, but almost as soon as we gobble all those high carb foods down, a mad rush of insulin is released into the blood stream, taking the excess sugar out of the blood causing our blood sugars to plummet dramatically.

Low blood sugar or hypoglycemia can cause an array of symptoms in the body. Not only can hypoglycemia make you feel dizzy, weak and shaky, it also causes fatigue, mental confusion, irritability, headaches, nervousness, migraines, depression, muscle aches, poor concentration, heart palpitations, sweating, tinnitus, irritable bowel syndrome and a whole lot more problems.

Although hypoglycemia isn’t the main offender to PMS it does have a huge impact on the liver, which has a very important role in regulating blood sugars and removing toxic substances from your bloodstream. If the liver can’t function at its best, it gets weary and tired. Not only is it the breeding ground for negative thoughts and feelings, it physically affects the blood, the immune system and your ability to fight infections.

“The functioning of the liver is very involved in addiction behavior, whether the addiction be to food, alcohol or drugs, as it is the loiver that removes toxins from the blood and deals with th excess fat and sugar intake. The emotional tension that gives rise to the need for release through an addiction is felt here, as this tension may be based on anger and resent (towards the world, or towards specific individuals). Often the toxins are ingested through the addiction as a way of hiding from those toxins already in our system: hate, frustration, rage, incompetence, self-dislike, hurt, greed and a need for power. By taking in external toxins we do not have to admit to, or face up to, what is already inside us.

The liver is closely connected to the third chakra, that which focuses on power and self identity. By transforming these qualities we are able to rise above them to the highest levels. But it can be just as easy to become a victim of these energies as it can be difficult to transform them. The liver then reflects the anger and confusion experienced in trying to find ourselves and our purpose.” Deb Shapiro The BodyMind Workbook

This quote from Deb Shapiro fits well with a quote by Louise Hay

“The probable cause of PMS is allowing for too much confusion, giving power to outside influences and rejecting the feminine processes. Louise Hay

During my healing profession, I’ve worked with women who have expressed their unhappiness and depression with the way they see their bodies. Their main concern, or so they say, is about losing weight and wanting to look model-thin. But really this is only the tip of the ice-burg.

Usually in a healing treatment, I encourage people to express whatever is on their minds. As the healing begins, and our auras merge, I mentally ask the client’s spirit what the hidden cause of her PMS symptoms are, and what can be done about it. This type of communication also helps an uncomfortable and rather shy person to become more relaxed, open and spontaneous.

To hear a client’s inner voice, a healer needs a focused, clear, calm receptive mind. Approaching a patient in this way is done with a non-judgmental attitude of acceptance and love. A spirit that has unconsciously imprisoned itself will relax and unfurl like a flower when loved, leading you into that person’s heart. Energy that was crimped up and congested in the lower chakras begins to flow, reducing backed-up pressure and increasing a client’s intuitive perceptions and inner awareness.

I can’t tell you how many times an ‘external’ muscle has been the cause of PMT, stomachaches, heartburn, nausea, urinary incontinence and heart arrhythmia. These muscles can clamp down on the blood flow in an artery making a part of the body feel cold. Pelvic congestion (enlarged veins in the uterus) can also cause vaginal and bladder problems, painful periods, irregular bleeding and painful sex. When the veins in this area become enlarged, they cause slow circulation and the blood to stagnate in the pelvic area.

If you suffer from thyroid problems, such as hypothyroidism, one of things you may have noticed was an increase in muscle cramps, muscle weakness, stiffness and pain. This is one of the typical signs of low thyroid problems, which could also be a major comtributor to your PMS.

Muscles are known to hold past memories. traumas, repressed fears, guilt, tension and feelings. Knotted up muscles in the lower abdomen and inner thighs have been known to frequently squeeze nearby nerves. Nerves that pass through a muscle are even more vulnerable. They can distort the electrical signals that travel along it, causing sensations such a numbness, tingling, or burning.

Confusion, guilt, anger, fear, worry, etc. not only put a crimp in our circulation of energy, it can, and especially in PMS sufferers, cause energy to back up in the pelvic region. It is in the abdominal region where our longings, unfulfilled desires and everyday pressures and outside conflicts are assimilated. If we don’t allow the body to cleanse itself, tension and pressure will continue to build to a point where it causes pain, psychologically then physically. Not only will this cause the abdomen to swell, our ankles, fingers and feet usually will too, as well as swollen painful breasts.

One more thing I’d like to mention, in regard to PMS, is a yeast-like fungus called Candida. Candida naturally exists in your mouth, intestines, bladder and vagina. Normally it is a friendly fungus that helps to balance normal body functions, but antibiotics, excessive stress and even depression can cause it to grow out of control causing a yeast infection called Candida Albicans. Candida Albicans can cause a multiple of symptoms, such as vaginal/urinary inefections, allergies, arthritis, depression, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Autism, ADD/ADHD, sugar cravings PMS, colds and infections. It can cause low energy and fatigue, irritability, anxiety, fear, headaches, muscle and joint pain, heart palpitations, bloating, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), eczema, itching, rashes, acne and the list goes and on.

“High blood sugar levels increase the amount of sugar stored in the vaginal cell walls, and yeast loves sugar. In fact woman who suffer from chronic yeast infections are encouraged to be screened for diabetes since the infections are so common in women with diabetes.” The Canadian Type Two Diabetes Sourcebook by Sara Rosenthal

If you suspect you have Candida Albicans, your doctor can do a cultural swab or a stool sample to check this out. The problem is, is that there is no test that positively confirms whether you have this yeast infection or not. The reason is because Candida exists naturally in areas like the stomach and intestines. However a stool sample will show if you have abnormally high amounts of yeast.

“In using dietary strategies as a treatment for candida overgrowth, a restricted diet should be followed for several weeks. Actually this diet can be followed for an indeterminate amount of time, and foods can also be added back eventually. This should be done in a gradual one-at-a-time manner, to determine a specific food’s effect. If symptoms recur after a particular good is introduced, that food should then be avoided.

The main thing to remember as you follow an anti-candida diet is to exclude sugar. The idea is to guard against the continued growth of yeast and to fortify the immune system, and since sugar is a main food source for yeast, and does not benefit the immune system, it has to be eliminated. Don’t just ban granulated sugar, though; also be on guard against honey, corn and maple syrup, fruit, ,maltose, artificial sweeteners, fructose, cornstarch, sodas and lactose (a milk sugar found in dairy products). Gary Null, Ph.D. The Complete Encyclopedia of Natural Healing

In Part II of this PMS series we’ll look at the metaphysical causes of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and in Part III we’ll look deeper into the hormonal issues and naturally find ways to become ‘a well nourished woman’.

“In women, puberty is the starting point for what can be called cyclical intuition, the intuition available to most women throughout their formative and reproductive years. This is intuition that ebbs and flows in rhythm with the menstrual cycle. In the days before ovulation, intuition is at a low ebb. But then, right before a woman gets her period, the intuitive flow begins, and a woman gains increased access to intuition. Mona Lisa Schultz, Awakening Intuition

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Links

http://www.drnorthrup.com/womenshealth/healthcenter/topic_details.php?topic_id=139

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/premenstrual-syndrome/DS00134

http://www.healthy.net/scr/article.aspx?Id=3166 (Thyroid)

http://www.netplaces.com/health-guide-to-pms/oh-my-aching-headphysical-symptoms-part-two/joint-and-muscle-pain.htm

http://www.livestrong.com/article/106163-causes-sugar-cravings/

http://www.livestrong.com/pms/

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