Naturopathic Medicine A Vision Of Vibrant Health
For You and Your World!
“Even though naturopathic principles are as old as history, they are as new as tomorrow because nature and truth never change. Any system that cured people years ago will help people today, and we can now scientifically validate and explain the clinical success of these approaches.”
~Dr Arno R. Koegler Canadian naturopath (1898-1991)
As I am writing to you today, I am grateful for the wondrous Wisdom of Nature in which lies the mysterious possibility for a healthy and thriving human experience on earth. In the context of Nature, we are the true children of the Earth, as we are part of her fabric and depend on her for our own subsistence. What we do to the earth , we are inextricably doing to ourselves. If the earth is so poisoned that it is hard to nurture and sustain healthy life among all her species including us human beings, it is no longer an individual, but a global issue. Coming together to understand the afflictions and challenges of our time can be profoundly empowering and liberating. I invite you to keep an open mind to what I am going to share with you today. My sincere desire is for you to see that our experience of health is intimately related to “what we think” , individually and collectively, and to “what we eat”, our food, water and air, all of which are intimately related to the quality of the environment in which we live. The statistics are out…in Canada about 2 in 5 people will develop cancer in their life time, and 1 in 3 will lose their lives to it. Auto-immune disorders have increased from 1/10,000 at the beginning of the 20 th century to 1/5 now. Alzheimer disease is being predicted to double within the next 10 years, and the prevalence of autism among children has jumped from 1/2,000 to 1/68 from 1980 to 2012.
After more than a century of chemical and fuel industrialization, why are we still using and looking for expensive toxic agricultural methods and toxic physical cures that can only be palliative, rather than curative and sustainable, while supporting an industry that is polluting and poisoning us. We need to start listening to our larger body…the Earth and its inhabitants.
Listening to our bodies , we need to start looking at the root causes of our all our afflictions.
If we are part of the problem, we are also part of the solution. I invite you to nurture a vision for our loved ones and families, for the whole collective, globally, to protect the living world in which we live, and for the next seven generations. By taking responsibility, implementing strategies toward health, we can start right here, right now, with each one of us. This way we can increase our awareness and walk the talk, by using preventative and wholistic medicines, by consuming consciously, and by walking the planet harmlessly.
Naturopathic medicine, and the infinite natural paths along the journey are more than a medical system, but an art of living where there is harmony with the law of nature, the self, the others and the surrounding world. Its seven principles are aligned with the vision that we need for our world:
1. Identify and treat the cause. 2. First Do No Harm. 3. Treat the whole person. 4. Doctor as teacher. 5. Emphasize prevention. 6. Support the healing power of the body and nature. 7. Physician heal thyself.
“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time.
Vision with action can change the world.”
~ Joel A Barker
HEALTH TIPS OF THE MONTH
Are You Ready For A Better Vision?
“It is the rule that acute diseases of the lungs, stomach, and other parts of the body tend to complete recovery,
and the same fact is true of the eye.“
The general rate of vision deterioration is accelerating at an alarming pace. Little kids and 35 year old souls would now be suffering from eye damage that was once seen in 75-year-olds. The health of your eyes is related to your entire organism, and so if you are ready for a better vision, I invite you to look at a few factors and solutions from which you can benefit. With tension, we tend to clench our eyes , just like we clench our teeth. When the mind is at rest the eye muscles are relaxed and the eyeballs are allowed to assume their proper shapes and focus. So what can be causing the strains on your eyes? Stress? What kind of stress? Mental, physical, emotional? Well, yes, all of that! In this article today we will be looking at tools to invigorate your vision. Really, as the eyes are related to your general health, you need to address the root causes of your stresses. It can be meditation, yoga, relaxation techniques, mindfulness, stress counseling, proper use of computers and smart phones as well as self-care and self-love with the proper nourishment. Then:
4 Keys To Improve Your Eyesight Naturally.
- Antioxidants. So it is time to eat antioxidants ( remove potentially damaging oxidizing agents, called free radicals, to prevent them from damaging genetic material and cellular tissue) rich food and yes… eat your carrots every day. The eyes are major sensory organs, with very tiny capillaries to provide for nutrients and oxygen, and therefore they require very special care. To protect them from oxidation, a good idea is to get most nutrients from the food you eat. This way , you can help in preventing the slow brake down leading to cataracts and macular degeneration. Yes, eating carrots for your vision is not a myth. They contain Vitamin A, a potent allie for vision. Carrots contain lots of beta carotene, Vitamin A, and rhodopsin, a purple pigment that helps you to see in the dark. Fruits like oranges, kiwi, and strawberries, as well as vegetables like broccoli, mustard greens, and peppers.contain antioxidant rich properties and are rich in vitamins C . An other rich antioxidant is the Vitamin E, which abounds in many nuts, mainly in almonds, along with dried apricots and sunflower seeds.
2.Ginkgo Biloba one of the oldest living species of tree on the planet can improve eye health by increasing blood oxygenation and circulation, repairing oxidation damage to the body.
3. Carotenoids, Finally, numerous studies have identified some carotenoids: such as lutein and zeaxanthin to be essential components for eye health. They are carotenoid pigments that impart yellow or orange colour to various common foods such as cantaloupe, carrots, yams, peaches, peas,collards, fish, salmon and eggs. Their role in human health, in particular the health of the eye, has been well established and they constitute the main pigments found in the yellow spot of the human retina. They protect the macula from damage by blue light , improve visual acuity and scavenge harmful reactive oxygen species. They have also been linked with reduced risk of macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts. Astaxanthin, an other carotenoid does not appear to accumulate in any one part of the body. It though, unlike zeaxanthin, it is not thought to protect a specific organ or area. However, astaxanthin easily crosses into the tissues of the eye and could exert its effects safely and better than any of the other known carotenoids, without adverse reactions.It has the ability of improving muscle endurance, sunburn and radiation exposure. Did you know that working for long hours on computers or smart phone with their blue light may eventually affect your night vision? If it is the case, eating food containing carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin or taking a supplement of Astaxanthin, will come to your rescue, while you are also addressing the other root causes.
4. Finally Sunning. There are many yoga postures for the eyes that can bring relaxation of its muscles to release the lenses and sharpen their acuity. With the warmer season at our doors, I invite you to:
Sit outside on a sunny day facing the sun. Close your eyes and allow the sunlight to fall directly on your eyelids for about 8 minutes. Expose one side of your face at the time, massaging around your exposed eye, starting in the inner corner by little circular movements. Move up to the eyebrows on the inner border of arc bone around the eye, and continue until you return to the start. It is normal to feel sensitive areas. Stay a little longer on those. Do this few times. Do the other side. After the 8 minutes, enjoy the sensations of well-being around the eyes and the improved clarity. (NB: Do not wear any glasses or contact lenses while performing this exercise.)“When the doors of perception are cleansed,
men will see things as they truly are,
One of my favorite local plants is the medicinal and delicious stinging nettle. When fresh, it makes a savory soup, and can be used in all kind of dish like quiches, stews or teas. In the garden, added to the compost pile it helps to fortify its elements. Urtica urens is an incredible herb as it nourishes every single cell of the entire organism. It is a great food for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. It contains almost all known vitamins, minerals, and lots of chlorophyll. It supports most systems…the immune , the nervous, endocrine, respiratory, circulatory, digestive and urinary systems. It also helps with skin issues from eczema, allergic reactions, and bronchial congestion, rheumatism etc…it helps in decreasing blood sugar in diabetes, and acts as a gentle diuretic to decrease blood pressure. It tonifies and detoxifies.
VERY NETTLE SOUP*
- 200g fresh nettles
(this is about one large salad serving bowl full)
- 1 large onion
- 1 large stalk of celery
- 1 large potato (approx 300g)
- 500ml (about a pint) fresh water
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- Pinch of black pepper (optional)
- 75ml coconut cream (optional)
- Dash of olive oil (to saute onion)
Chop onion and saute for a couple of minutes using the olive oil in a medium sized pan.
Chop potato and celery roughly in to small chunks.
After a couple of minutes add the water, along with the potatoes, celery, salt and pepper and bring pan back to the boil. Once it is boiling turn down to a simmer and prepare the nettles.
Preparing nettles is a simple art once you know how. Use rubber gloves and place them in a large colander to rinse if necessary. Shake off any excess water and pick the leaves off the stems. Once you have done this (still with gloves on) use a large sharp knife to roughly chop them up. Be really careful at this stage to avoid cutting through your rubber gloves (I’ve seen this happen so many times, so stay aware).
After about 15 minutes of cooking the contents of the pan, add in the nettles. Stir in if needed and allow to cook for a few more minutes. If you love coconut and have coconut cream available you might like to add some at this stage for a creamier effect (although this is optional).
*Complimentary recipe by: http://www.trinityskitchen.com/very-nettle-wild-vegan-soup/
PS: I personally like to add shiitake mushrooms for this soup.
Yummy Grain-Free Crackers*
This recipe uses a dehydrator to make raw , highly nutritious crackers. Depending of your imagination and creativity, you can modify this recipe adding to it different herbs, dried fruits or nuts and seeds. I also serve these crackers as chips. Enjoy!
- 4 to 6 cups raw organic vegetable pulp from carrots, beets, celery juicing. ( I keep all the pulp as I go, freeze it until time to use. These are valuable precious pulp and fibers that we don’t want to see go to waste!).
- 1 cup of the almond pulp from the nut milk. ( see recipe: http://drdeniserochon.com/homemade-almond-milk/)
- 1 cup ground flax seeds
- 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds
- 1 medium onion of your choice, chopped.
- 4 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of fresh lime or lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- cayenne or chili pepper
Soak the pumpkin seeds for 6 hours in pure water with ½ tsp salt. Drain off the water.
Combine all the ingredients including the pumpkin seeds, in a large mixing bowl. Stir well with a wood spoon until well combined.
Scoop about 1 cup of the mixture onto each dehydrator tray, lined with parchment paper. Spread to the edges forming a large square. Repeat until all dough is used.
Place the trays in the dehydrator at 115 F for 12 hours. Flip the crackers off the parchment onto the screens and dehydrate for another 12-24 hours. The longer they dehydrate, the crunchier they will be!
Once dehydrated, store in a airtight container and store at room temperature. They will preserve for weeks.
*Recipe inspired by Heather Cunliffe Raw food recipes Blissful book, 2012.
INSPIRATION OF THE MONTH
Continue to be inspired about A Vision Of Vibrant Health For You And Your World.
They say the truth comes from the mouth of the children. We need to listen. Here is Severn Cullis-Suzuki.
While attending Lord Tennyson Elementary School in French Immersion, at age 9, she founded the Environmental Children’s Organization (ECO), a group of children dedicated to learning and teaching other youngsters about environmental issues.In 1992, at age 12, Cullis-Suzuki raised money with members of ECO, to attend the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
Her speech was given at a U.N. assembly in Brazil
” The only thing worst than being blind, is having sight but no vision”
Accept my gratitude for the possibility to share, and for the precious and endless teachings that I receive from each and every one.
Thank you for reading my blog, and please, share it freely!
We are truly interconnected!
In Gratitude, Love, Health and Happiness,
Dissolve your whole body into Vision: become seeing, seeing, seeing!“