Autumn Bliss And A Happy Immunity

“Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.”

~ Hippocrates

Autumn is a time of transition for nature and its inhabitants. It is a time of the year when humans from different cultures have traditionally cleansed their body. In the fall, according to Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines, the colon and the lungs work together. Through the colon, one lets go of the old, and then, the lungs enable us to welcome the pure and the new! The Lung is described as “the receiver of the pure Chi from the Heavens”, the energy or vital force necessary for good immunity!

That is why throughout the year, but especially in the fall, undertaking a good cleansing program begins by slowing down and removing the toxins in your body and particularly in your colon, the last portion of your digestive system. Did you know that about 90% of the body’s supply of serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for happiness, is synthesized in the gastrointestinal tract? So by cleaning the waste and old fecal matter out of your gastrointestinal tract, not only will you be happier as you will be able to synthesize serotonin more efficiently, but you will be healthier. Once the bowel is clean and replenished with microorganisms, it has the right circumstances to heal itself and you will be able to absorb nutrients again, as well as experiencing more energy, an increased sense of vitality and well-being. Taking advantage of the fall as a time to cleanse your body and embrace a healthy lifestyle will re-boot your health for the winter months to come.

2,500 hundred years ago, Hippocrates said: “All diseases start in the gut’’. Today numerous scientists in microbiology, gastroenterology, and psychoneuroimmunology (the study of mind-body interactions), reaffirm that the gut’s microbial activities are strongly linked to the whole body – physically, mentally and emotionally. The immune system, the brain and the gut are tightly intertwined. What is being discovered about the inner space of our body is that there are trillions of bacteria in our gut and that those cells can be regarded as a whole organ unto itself. Called the Human Microbiome*, it is in constant communication with various organs and organ systems, including the central nervous system. In fact, the abdominal brain, our second brain, receives and generates information through a complex web of some 100 million neurons embedded in the walls of the digestive tract. (To read more, refer to my blog on the Spirit of Goodness at Our Human Microbiome, fulfills a vast numbers of essential functions for our survival. Essentially, it protects our immunity and helps to absorb vital nutrients.

In the same way that our immune functions depend heavily on the diverse microbial flora linked to a sustaining natural environment, scientific studies of Dr Suzanne Simard and others (see The Inspiration Of The Month below), demonstrates that the microorganisms in the soil operate similar functions for the plants and trees linked together through a web of micorrhyzae** comparable to our amazing immune and nervous systems. These micorrhyzae are intertwined with the root systems of trees and plants, while the soil microorganisms  are alerting, protecting and providing nutrients to them for miles around. Nature depends on this amazing network for its survival, and so do we, for the quality of our health, the food we eat, the quality of our water and of our microbial gut flora.

Moreover, stunning new scientific discoveries show that all the cells of our body are affected by our thoughts. The new science of epigenetics (around or outside the genes), is revolutionizing our understanding of the link between mind and matter, and the profound effects it has on our personal lives and the collective life of our species.

We now understand that our genetic inheritance is only one part of our pathway to the manifestation of our growth and development. It is now clear that environmental factors (the epigenetic effects) directly and profoundly affect the outcome of our genetic background. When we are willing to let go of ways that no longer serve us… old perceptions, beliefs, thoughts, ways to treat the earth and its inhabitants and ways to feed our body, we are no longer the victims of our genes and our body can regenerate given the right circumstances. This is a time for exciting opportunities and healing in our life, learning to trust our body, trust our gut feelings, and remember WHO YOU ARE.

“Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.”

~ Hippocrates

*Microbiome: the totality of microorganisms and their collective genetic material present in or on the human body.

**Mycorrhizae: The result of symbiotic relationships that form between fungi and plants. The fungi colonize the root system of a host plant, providing increased water and nutrient absorption capabilities while the plant provides the fungus with carbohydrates formed from photosynthesis.



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To continue to be inspired about the power of a Happy Immunity for the self, others and the surrounding world, listen to scientist Suzanne Simard who talks about how forest networks are organized  the same way as our own human neural and social networks.

How trees talk to each other | Suzanne Simard

“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.”

~ Hermann Hesse

And again… I want to thank each and every one of you for reading this newsletter, for your interest and support. This information is quite vital and I found myself wanting to share as much as possible, so that we can enable each other to make informed choices for ourselves, our families and loved ones.

In Gratitude, Love, Health and Happiness,

Mushroom growing in moss. Photo by Clea Rochon Berman.

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

~Jane Goodall

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