Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Coping With Chemical Poisoning from Heated Rubber




Heated Rubber Mats

About a month ago I smelled a “burning rubber” toxic smell that was penetrating the house during the most recent surge of high temperatures.  At first I had no idea where it was coming from, but about two weeks later, I realized that the culprit was the pretty rubber mats that I had put at our front door.  They had softened in the heat and partially melted.  They were exposed to hot sun for much of the day and were giving off nasty toxins which were wafting in through the open ranch slider.

There seems to be no end to the number of toxic substances in our world these days.  One can scarcely avoid them.  There is no shortage of harmful viruses, bacteria, and other microbes, as well as toxic chemicals in the air we breathe, in our homes on the land, in our food, various medications, and many other sources.

Once these toxins have made contact with our body, we are at risk of becoming unwell because of the damage done to the immune system.  Many forms of cancer are linked to chemical exposure over an extended period.  I am particularly sensitive to chemicals.  My immune system suffers, and my body really struggles to expel the toxin.  I’m not sure why this is, except to suppose that way back, while growing up on a farm, and being exposed to agricultural chemicals, by body became overwhelmed, and my liver was compromised.

I also believe that some hereditary weakness has come down through the family lines – a lesser ability of my body to cope with toxic substances.   I believe this is one of the conditions connected to families with autism, where a toxic overload can result in autistic type conditions.

With regards to the rubber mat that gave off the toxic fumes in my home, it only became a problem once it caught the very hot summer sun. It was no problem over the winter or even during mid-summer while the sun was so high in the sky that the mat was shaded by the overhanging roof. 
However a lesson has been learnt and I will no longer buy rubber mats for my front door, but will use a more natural broom type product.

I also recently bought a rubber floor mat for my car and have had it outside for about 6 weeks to air off the toxins, however it STILL smells.  I have now decided I will NOT use it, as the car also heats up on a hot day.  Another issue I have had over past years is rubber hot water bottles. Of course we use them hot... and they too smell nasty. I usually put the new hot water bottles out in the breeze to blow off the toxins, but they too, still smell.  I don’t know what chemicals they are using in rubber manufacturing these days, but I don’t remember these smells from my childhood.


   


How the Toxins from the Heated Rubber Door Mat Affected Me.

 About the time that I smelled burning rubber from the mat at the front door, I noticed that I lost my sense of balance. It was as though I struggled to walk in a straight line...similar to what one might expect if one were drunk.  I instinctively knew that my balance problem was the result of toxins in the brain, and I took extra Co Q10 Omega 3 supplements.   After a day or two the symptoms wore off. I also noticed a slight but prolonged memory loss.  At this point I still did not realize that the fumes were coming from the mat.
About 2 weeks after the toxic fumes began I caught the flu.  My immune system had been damaged. Recovery has been unusually long and slow. At first I was surprised that I had got sick at all since prior to that I had been very healthy and fit.

As a consequence, my health and productivity has been affected for at least 6 weeks.  In hindsight I probably should have realized the danger before I bought the mat. But despite all efforts to avoid toxins there will always be something that we miss.  I will definitely treat this as a learning experience, and will be very careful of rubber in the future.


     Ways I am Supporting My Body’s Healing Process
     
     I am working through a safe and gentle detoxification process
     



Here's What I Did

I began by increasing the amount of clean, whole raw food, that I ate and increased my intake of wheat grass juice, as I had slackened off  a bit. I also avoided processed food as much as possible.

     I was more vigilant about the amount of clean water I drank, and made sure that I had about 3 litres per day.

    The next step was to use an appropriate detoxification program, and I commenced a further course of Bio-Cleanse foot bath detoxification.  I also used doTERRA  Zendocrine, the essential oil Detoxification Blend, and continued with Geranium to support the liver.

       I am also considering a visit to a colonic clinic to eliminate any toxic material that may have accumulated in the colon.


Three things to Focus on, to Protect the Body Cells from Toxic Substances
Toxins are less likely to be able to penetrate the cells of the body if all three of the following requirements are met:
ü  The cells are fed sufficient nutrients (eat high- nutrient food)
ü  The cells are fully hydrated (drink full measure of water every day)
ü  The cells are rich in oxygen (get plenty of exercise and improve efficiency of lungs and heart)


Things we can do to Reduce Toxins in our Home and Environment.

Toxins are all around us, and if we do the best that we can in avoiding them, our efforts WILL make a difference.

      1.    Become aware of the problem, research, and assess the risk in our own environment.

      2.    Learn of the types of things that can cause problems. The list is so long that it would fill many pages, however we should consider the following groups of items:
·         The food we eat
·         The water we drink
·         Food containers, especially plastics
·         Cooking utensils, especially when heated.
·         Cosmetics and personal care items including perfumes and  hair products
·         Household cleaning products
·         Aerosol products
·         Moulds and mildew
·         Medications and vaccinations
·         Home building materials, including paints and varnishes.
·         Home furnishings
·         Art products including inks, paints, glues, permanent markers, etc
·         Exhaust from home gas heaters, and smoke from fireplaces
·         Car and truck exhausts
·         Garden and horticultural sprays
·         Industrial wastes
·         Work environment, and other occupational risks

      3.    Take action.  Make a start. Stop using, and stop buying items of concern, and replace with items of a more natural and safer nature. Clean up our diet. Turn our home and garden into a toxic free environment. This will take time, so take small steps, and keep working at it. We probably won’t ever achieve a 100% toxic free home; however every step we take will make a difference.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

My Experiences with Inclined Bed Therapy (IBT) and Reasons why Everyone Should Give it a Go



A friend first told me about Inclined Bed Therapy (IBT), and Andrew K Fletcher, several years ago. She had had her bed raised for a reasonable period of time. I listened to my friend tell me how she had fallen down the stairs and hurt her foot, and it was fine by the next day. She believed this was due to sleeping on an inclined bed.

My First Trial

I watched a few videos on Andrew’s website, and then decided it was worth a go. I bought paving stones to put under my bed legs.
At first, lying on the slope felt a bit strange, and I seemed to slide down a bit, in fact everything seemed to slide down a bit – my pillows, sheets, and duvet. 
After a while I noticed that my ankles appeared to be swelling, and because I remember hearing through mainstream medicine, that in order to reduce swelling, one should RAISE the leg, I decided to lower my bed again.  I had trialled the inclined bed therapy for only about two to three weeks.
Oh, how I now wish I had persevered!
But no matter, fast forward a few years to a few months ago, when I had just set myself a goal to do endurance training at the gym.  I came across a face book post about this Inclined Bed Therapy. I felt prompted to revisit, and try it again.

Finding out More

First, I watched a post on face book - a video by Zalben Chiropractic Healing Arts (posted 8 June 2018).   Zalben Chiropractic Healing Arts Video
This video clarifies that Inclined Bed Therapy is not to be confused with an adjustable bed where you can raise the upper body while keeping the lower body level. Or even raise the lower body while keeping the upper body level.
From his comments, the following stuck in my mind:
“The single greatest thing I have done for my health is inclining my bed 6 inches to get a 5 degree tilt.....Nothing I have done, has made a bigger impact on my health....The benefits are mind boggling – your digestion, your assimilation, your elimination. All three of those processes are radically turbo-charged, by simply elevating the head of the bed....”

Second, I went to the website Inclined Bed Therapy https://inclinedbedtherapy.com  and read more.

I watched a 50 minute radio interview with Andrew K Fletcher, and learned more of the story and research behind this idea, and also that the ancient Egyptians used this same technique. Andrew shared how the idea came to him through his research on trees, how his mother’s varicose veins disappeared after trialing IBT, and how it can help people with paralysis.  This is a long interview (about 50 mins.) but worth the time if you want to know more of the background.

From the Inclined Bed Therapy web site, I also watched a You Tube video which features how a person who was paralysed for many years had begun to walk again, and how people with Multiple Sclerosis can be helped, and also features Andrew Fletcher and his struggles to convince the medical profession of the benefits of IBT    Watch Here


My Second Trial

About 3 months ago I decided to give it another try. I dusted off the pavers and put them under the legs of my bed at the head end. 

Doing the measurements

The video said to raise the head of the bed about 6 inches so that the slope of the bed is 5 degrees.
At first I put 3 pavers (height 13.5 cm or 5.3 inches) under the legs, at the head of the bed.
But somehow this felt too high.  So I measured the difference in height between the mattress at the head end and the foot end, and the difference was way more than 6 inches.
I realized that because the legs are further down the bed (not right at the top end) it was causing the slope to be steeper.
So I took away one paver on each side and did more measurements. Putting to use my knowledge of mathematics and trigonometry, I calculated that the slope was now about 5 degrees.
The slope depends on the length of your bed as well as the positioning of the legs.  To get the right slope, I put two pavers, 9 cm (or 3.5 inches) thickness combined, under the legs which were positioned about 40 cm (or 15.75 inches) from the top end of the bed base.


For a standard size bed, say 6 ft you want to have the very end of the bed at the head end to be about 6 inches higher than at the foot.

Initial reactions

As before, within a few days, my ankles began to swell a little, and this may have been partly due to the incredibly hot weather at the time.
Around about the same time I shared on my face book page the video of the 50 minute radio interview with Andrew K Fletcher.  Next day I had a response from Andrew Fletcher himself. I took the opportunity to message Andrew and tell him about my swollen ankles. He replied, “There can be an initial shift of oedema towards the ankles. This usually clears after a few weeks.” 
And yes within a few more days, my ankles were fine. I also recall that I experienced a few random weird pains around the same time, and these too went away after a few weeks.

Benefits so far – after about 3 months of IBT

1. Varicose/Spider veins have improved considerably
2. No more muscle tiredness/soreness/inflammation after workouts at the gym. Before IBT I would use my athletic anti-inflammatory cream before and after my workouts to help loosen and relax my muscles. Now, I hardly use the cream at all.
3. My blood pressure is now lower than it has been for a good few years.
4. My digestion has improved. I have many food intolerances and previously I would have needed to use essential oils to aid digestion.  Now, I hardly need digestive aids at all, provided I eat the foods that suit me.
5. My Endurance Training at the gym is going better than expected, and I’m increasing my distance surprisingly rapidly. One of the advantages of IBT is that it increases the level of oxygen in the blood.
6. In general I seem to be sleeping more soundly.
7. I seem to be more emotionally balanced, and feel less stressed.  Again, I do not need the essential oils for stress and anxiety nearly so much.
8. I still have “off” days, however if I drink plenty of good water and avoid foods that do not suit me, I am fine.

Reasons Why IBT is Well Worth Trying

1. It is so simple, it is hard to believe.
2. Little or no cost – just a few dollars set-up cost, and no ongoing cost.
3. Nothing more to do. Once set up, there is no more work to be done, except enjoy discovering the benefits.
4. Long term benefits – Health benefits can show up after many months and years while continuing to use IBT
5. Many other people have received benefits – see the videos from https://inclinedbedtherapy.com
6. Nothing to lose.
7. Members of the medical profession are unlikely to tell you about this, nor know about it. I suggest that you find out for yourself, and evaluate based on your own experience.
8. Andrew Fletcher whose engineering mind and independent thinking first brought this to the public attention wants to share his findings to help people, and  is not motivated by money.   

Wednesday, 28 November 2018




Five Tips on Converting a Conventional Baking Recipe to Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and Sugar Free.

Peanut Brownies - Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free


I am becoming aware of more and more people feeling the need to become gluten free, dairy free and sugar free, or any one or these. Usually it’s because of an ongoing health issue that can be helped by a diet change. If you’re one of these people, or even if you’re thinking about it, you may wonder how to go about baking.

Recently I committed to make more home-made biscuits for my family. There are quite a number of good recipe books with gluten/dairy/sugar free recipes, but I particularly wanted to reproduce an old favourite from my childhood that my mum used to make. 

Sometimes converting a recipe from a conventional recipe book can be quite tricky, and yes over the years I have had many failed attempts, but have learnt a few basic things. Here are some ideas about how it can be achieved reasonably successfully.

Tip #1 - Don’t compare the old with the new.

The first thing to realize is that your gluten free, dairy free and sugar free baking won’t always result in the same shape, texture and flavour as your favourite baking from the past –when you used  butter, milk, sugar, and wheat flour. 

So get used to a whole new set of shapes, flavours and textures. It may also be a good choice if you renamed your converted recipe with something different than the traditional name. This helps with getting acceptance from family members who might complain that “It is not the same!”

My recent experience involved wanting to convert an old favourite from my childhood - Peanut Brownies. The  recipe was from the cook book “Edmonds Classics New Zealander’s Favourite Recipes”.  Anyone who can remember back as far as the 1950’s will also remember some version of the Edmonds Cook Book. I don’t remember my mum ever having more than two recipe books. One was the Edmonds recipe book and the other her own handwritten school exercise book with recipes handed down through the family generations, or those shared among the members of the local Women’s Institute group, or gardening club.
Getting back to the Peanut Brownies... my “new” version was nothing like the slightly crunchy, large, peanut brownies that my mum used to bake.  My gluten free, dairy free and sugar free biscuits were small, softer, and not as sweet.  However they were still quite acceptable.



Tip #2 - Find the right combination of gluten free flours.

There are many gluten free flours to choose from: rice, soy, buckwheat, potato, tapioca, quinoa, almond, chestnut etc. Most will also need some kind of vegetable gum such as guar gum, or xanthan gum to bind the mixture together. The vegetable gum serves a similar purpose as the gluten in regular wheat flour. About half a teaspoon of vegetable gum to one cup of flour, seems to work well.

More recently I have also used finely ground linseeds or finely ground chia seeds, or a combination of both, to act as a binder. Depending on the recipe, I would use about a tablespoon of ground linseeds/chia seeds to a cup of flour.

Some gluten free flours, such as buckwheat flour, do not need a binding agent. In my early days of gluten free baking I used a combination of brown rice flour and buckwheat flour in a 3:1 ratio (roughly). I find buckwheat flour on its own to be rather bitter, however it can be used successfully in pancakes especially with a sweet topping such as raw honey.

I sometimes also add a small amount of one of the more high protein flours, such as quinoa, or almond, to the mix.  Even a small amount such as one tablespoon added to a cup of other flour can make an improvement in flavour and nutrition.

I prefer to mix my own flour so that I know exactly what is going into the mix. However there is a large variety of ready mixed packaged gluten free flour available in the supermarket, and health food stores. In particular, I have used several of the mixes from Gluten Free Store and have found them to be good.


Tip #3 - Substitutes for dairy – butter, milk, and cheese.

When I first began creating my own recipes, I simply replaced butter with a good cooking oil. I would never use margarine, because it is too processed.  The use of a good cooking oil did not always result in a successful outcome, and more recently I have used a combination of mashed avocado and avocado oil. I have found that this gives a nicer texture and flavour.  I frequently use sliced avocado as a substitute for butter on toast or in a sandwich, and that also works well, giving that satisfied feeling after consuming a good healthy fat.

While they are in season I buy avocados in bulk direct from the grower  Avocados To You  Although these avocados are not certified organic, they are fresh and of a good quality and size.

With regard to milk, there are dairy free options available in supermarkets and health food shops - rice milk, almond milk, and soy milk. I usually buy these packaged milks when I don’t have time to make my own, however be aware that most packages are lined with aluminium, which is not ideal, when you’re trying to avoid aluminium.  So the healthiest way, is to make your own milk.  

When I first began making rice milk I simply cooked a tablespoon of brown rice in a litre of water, and then processed it in a blender with a dash of salt and a chopped date for sweetness. So easy!  Almond milk gives a richer milk than rice, but does require straining the mixture through a cheese cloth. 

Here is a great video on how to make almond milk 


I have never really found a satisfying substitute for cheese.  There is nothing quite like that real cheese texture and flavour. So, most of the time, I do not use cheese or cheese substitutes when preparing food.  I have seen recipes using tofu, cashews, chick-peas, or pine nuts and miso for the salty yeasty flavour, however I don’t tolerate these ingredients, so unfortunately for me, I go without.  This is one of the sacrifices that I make for the sake of my health.

Tip #4 – Replace processed sugar with honey, dried fruit or stevia.

I simply do not have processed sugar in my home. I do not buy foods with sugar in them. I avoid food items which have sugar in disguise, such as corn syrup, listed in the ingredients. 
When it comes to baking, honey is a reasonable alternative to sugar, although when honey is heated the enzymes are destroyed when heated at a temperature greater than 40 degrees Celsius. I use honey from time to time, but I prefer to use dried fruit – probably dates are my favourite. There are other options such as stevia powder for sweetening. Only a very small amount of stevia should be used as it is many more times sweeter than sugar. Read the instructions on the pack, but from memory about a half teaspoon to one cup of flour is plenty. Too much creates a bitter taste.  When using stevia your mixture will have less volume, and you might have to compensate by using less liquid in your recipe.

Tip #5 – Experiment to see what works and what doesn’t.

You will probably find that the amount of liquid that works best may vary from the original recipe, and also with the type of flour that you use.

Don’t be afraid to experiment, and write down your recipe as you go, specifying the amount used of each ingredient. Only by doing this, and modifying your recipe with time, you will find ways of achieving something really good. 

Here is my converted recipe for peanut brownies:

large avocado flesh
4 tablespoons avocado oil
2-3 tablespoons liquid honey
Juice of half a lemon or lime
1 egg
1½ cups gluten free flour (for example: 1 cup brown rice flour, ¼ cup commercial gluten free mix, ¼ cup quinoa flour)
teaspoon cream of tartar
⅓ teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons cocoa/carob/cacao powder
Pinch salt
1 cup blanched peanuts, roasted and cooled

Mash avocado flesh in a mixing bowl; add avocado oil and liquid honey. 
Mix together.
Add egg and beat well.
Sift flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt, carob/cacao together, mix into avocado and honey mixture.
Add cold peanuts and mix well.
Roll spoonfuls of mixture into balls, place on greased oven tray, flatten with a fork.
Bake for 20 – 30 minutes at 180˚ C (350
˚ F)
Time could vary depending on oven. I used a bench-top oven with a small batch, which took about 25 minutes.

Happy Baking!


Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Healing is Like a House Renovation.


I liken "healing the body" to doing a "house renovation" - you can't rely on just one material or one person to do the whole job...

When doing a house renovation, there is a process of many steps and many skills: Beginning with the decision to make a change, we then need a vision (or goal), a plan, materials, and labour.  We also need commitment, knowledge, communication, time and patience. 

 A plumber, electrician and landscape gardener each have their own area of expertise, and we wouldn’t hire just one of them to do the whole renovation. Also we would not consider using just one material to renovate our house. Wall board, carpet, and roofing materials all have their own purpose.

In the same way we should consider more than one practitioner to help us improve our health. A medical doctor, massage therapist, osteopath, energy healer, and hypnotherapist all have their own area of expertise. 
Also we would not rely on just one remedy to heal us. Herbal or homeopathic medicine, Pilates workouts, mind and brain exercises, EMF radiation protection products, Meditation and Creative Visualization, essential oils, all have their own particular purpose.

A change to a healthier diet and increasing water consumption can result in a major improvement in our health, however we should also consider how to reduce stress, eliminate toxins, deal with viruses and bacteria, and support our mental health.

Just as a house renovation takes time, we can't expect to regain our whole health overnight. In fact, improving our health is probably more about an ongoing change in habits, lifestyle and mindset as well as the consistent use of healing aids.

Just as a whole house renovation can be divided into a series of small steps, so can our health makeover be divided into a step by step process of remedies, practitioner therapies, and personal life changes.

Regular maintenance is very important in protecting our house against damage or decay. When it comes to our health, good nutrition, hydration, exercise, positive thinking, and regular detoxification, are essentials for good health.
 
Also we should not underestimate the importance of the emotional, mental and spiritual aspects – things such as understanding our purpose, our feeling of self worth, positive attitude,  love for others, and willingness to give service, - all these are vital in maintaining our good health and well-being.

Most of all we need to accept responsibility for ensuring that all things are done in a manner which is in harmony with our needs.

Happy Healing!

Monday, 17 October 2016

If You Want Good Health, Clean Water is Essential for Drinking, Showering and Watering the Vegetable Garden.

Most would agree that we can survive only a few days without water (under normal conditions) yet without food we can survive for much longer. So it makes sense to me that drinking water is top of the essential list, as far as staying healthy is concerned.

Glass of Water. DorothyHealthCoach.co.nz
Drinking water is top of the essential list
From my own personal experience, I know that if I wake up in the morning feeling tired and lacking in motivation, the solution for me is to drink water – clean filtered water - three cups, 20 minutes apart. So within 40 minutes I know I will be feeling motivated, energetic, clear minded, and purposeful.

In fact, to promote healing we need to be drinking far more water than we think. When I drink 3 litres a day I feel so much better, and from my research I know that I can prevent many health issues simply by drinking this amount of water per day.

But would I be so happy to drink this amount of water if it were unfiltered water straight from the tap? No way! Apart from the fact that our town supply contains chlorine, heavy metals, and goodness knows what else, it also tastes not very nice, and this makes drinking less enjoyable. So if you don’t like the taste of your water, a solution would be to get it filtered.

Also if you find that you just can’t drink much water, then start with just a little and gradually increase. This is most important if you have toxins in your body which may be released as you drink more clean water.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Six Reasons Why You Should Learn More about Natural Health

Six reasons why you should learn more about Natural Health
Photography by Elaine Casap
I was brought up believing that the doctor always knew best. However, when I became an adult I began to see occasions where the drugs that were being prescribed were not actually healing, but instead were creating more problems. Thankfully at around age 30 years of age, I was introduced to the idea that natural products and a healthy diet can heal, and when used carefully and with knowledge, many problems can be remedied.  Also, living a healthy lifestyle can help prevent many health problems. Knowledge about how to live a healthy lifestyle and a little understanding about natural remedies can build confidence and self empowerment.
Here are just six reasons why everyone should learn more about natural health.

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