Chronic conditions indicate a lifestyle problem. For real long term relief one must look at changes in lifestyle that support immune function and mitigate stress. Stress can be induced in many ways: lack of restorative sleep, overworking, emotional tension, environmental pollution in our food, air and water. Food, in particular, has become nutrient poor and laden with chemical preservatives, colorings, flavoring agents, pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, etc. Other less visible stressors include electro-magnetic fields and radiation from radio wave, cell phone signals, electrical lines, appliances, Wi-Fi, etc.
Most chronic conditions will respond to the suggestions listed below. These may seem extreme to the average person, but if you are suffering from a chronic ailment and want to avoid medications, measures must be taken to alleviate as many activities as possible that undermine the immune system and/or increases stress on the body/mind, by modifying the way one lives.
1. Foremost, it is recommended to establish healthy sleep habits. The following steps below support that end:
Don’t watch TV or use the internet after work.
Eat dinner as early as possible. Make dinner your light meal and lunch your feast.
Going for a relaxing walk after dinner every night
Drinking a tea of valerian, chamomile and catnip after dinner to create drowsiness. In the evening progressively wind down activities; turn down lights before retiring for the evening.
Reading uplifting or spiritual literature at the end of the day. g) Incorporate deep breathing and mediation when beginning sleep. See separate document.
Using a friendly alarm clock such as Now and Zen (now-zen.com) or Biobrite (biobrite.com) to make waking up peaceful.
Eliminate coffee and alcohol.
Review your day in reverse looking for those things you are particularly grateful about. Focusing on positive events programs the subconscious for positive night.
2. Eliminate TV: Watching television is much more stressful than people who are used to it realize. The number of unhealthy images and ideas that are pumped into the head of someone who watches television for even a short amount of time is amazing. Lastly, there is the issue of eye strain, which is significant for someone with chronic headaches.
3. Clean up your diet. Eat food that is organically grown. Eliminate processed food, especially artificial sweeteners. Read labels and simply avoid any ingredients with long names. Eat fresh local foods in season. Processed food is rarely, if ever, created with any thought as to the digestibility of the end product, meaning that the so-called food is going to strain your body without nourishing it. Most processed food contains some form of MSG, which generally increases symptoms for someone with headaches.
4. Walk for an hour every day to relax. Walking increases blood circulation, nourishing the body and also helps detoxify the body by increasing lymphatic circulation.
5. Systematically clean the various organs of your body. Two components of this are liver flushing and colon cleansing. A recipe for a liver flush follows from the Dr. Randolph Stone’s book “Health Building.” This can be done in place of breakfast for up to a week monthly. Or use the liver flush, following Andreas Moritz’s book "The Live and Gallbladder Miracle Cleanse" about every 4 weeks. Use colonic hydrotherapy at least twice a month and do an enema twice monthly. Liver cleansing is important because the liver oversees most of the detoxification in the body; colon cleansing is important because many toxins are eliminated through the stool and many toxins build up in the colon. Try Medi-Natura’s Body Renew, an effective homeopathic detox for the digestive system, lymphatic drainage and flushing both kidnesy and liver.
6. Be mindful. Watch your thinking and pay attention to your feelings. The greater awareness you have of your inner world the more power you have to cultivate inner peace, acceptance and forgiveness. This shapes our entire lives all the way down to the minutia of our physiological experience.
In a blender, mix:
1-cup fresh organic orange juice
Juice of ½-1 lemons
1 Tablespoon Olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
Optional: ¼ tsp. Cayenne pepper
¼ tsp. Fresh ginger root
Drink in morning on an empty stomach. Can replace breakfast. Do not eat for at least 2 hours afterward. Follow immediately with 1-2 cups of the tea below (hot!).
q Digestive Tea (Make a gallon):
1-Tablespoon Fresh Chopped Ginger Root
1-Tablespoon Licorice Root
1 Tablespoon Flax Seed
1-Tablespoon Fenugreek Seed
1-Tablespoon Anise Seed
1-Tablespoon Fennel Seed
Bring the seeds to a boil in 1 gallon of water. Turn on low setting and simmer for ½ hr.
Then add 1 Tablespoon of peppermint leaves and steep for 10 min. Strain and refrigerate excess. Tea will keep for a week in refrigerator.