(Previously Barefoot Acupuncture Clinic)
Click HERE to schedule your next appointment.
Rather than consciously creating health, many people go about life feeling at the effect of numerous and often overwhelming, seemingly "outside" forces. When illness strikes, you might wonder "why me?" Our culture trains us to believe that we do not have power to protect ourselves from diseases that appear to invade at random from rogue genes or micro-organisms.
In fact we have several approaches at our disposal for creating health. Let's take a look.
Since every cell and molecule in our bodies comes from the food and fluids we ingest, to maintain or improve health we need to consume good quality food and fluids. Basically, if you put garbage in, you will get garbage out. Most so-called “genetic” diseases are actually the result of malnutrition, either lack of adequate nutrients, or presence of various toxins either naturally occurring or added to foods. Your body needs nutrients from whole foods, animal-based Meats & Sweets diet consisting primarily of meats (including organ meats and collagen/gelatin), eggs, dairy products, fruits and honey.
In disease and aging the body needs nutrients for repair and rejuvenation. Animal foods and fruits together provide all the nutrients needed for human health in the most bioavailable forms, with little or no toxins. Grains, beans and vegetables are inferior foods with lower nutrient density or bioavailability and higher levels of naturally occurring toxins put there by Nature to deter animals from eating the vital parts of the plants. In his article "Vegetables, etc. – Who Defines Food?" biologist Ray Peat, Ph.D. explains:
Contrary to claims made by advocates of plant-based diets, the longest lived populations eat diets rich in animal products.
For example, in 2018, people in Hong Kong had the longest life expectancy. The people of Hong Kong also consume an animal-based diet including almost 1 Kg (2.2 pounds) of seafood, meat, poultry, eggs and milk products per person per day.
Iceland is one of the top ranked countries for longevity. The main foods in Iceland are meats, dairy, and fish; plant foods are secondary, mainly fruits and roots, as the climate does not permit growing many plants.
In fact, all of the top 15 most long lived populations of the world – Including Japan – eat diets rich in meat and fish, as shown in this table (which I included in my book The Hypercarnivore Diet):
(Hong Kong has since moved to the number one position for longevity.) This data does not include egg and dairy food consumption, which is also high in all of these nations.
Chinese medicine has always highly recommended animal foods, including organs and gelatin, for prevention and treatment of disease and maintenance of health. In the textbook Chinese Dietary Therapy, on page 103, Dr. Jilin writes:
"The main edible parts of larger animals are their muscles (meat). The meat of these animals is mostly mild in nature and nutritious and can enrich Qi and Blood, or reinforce the Liver and Kidney.
"Some internal organs such as the liver, heart, stomach, lung, kidney, brain and spinal cord are also used for food and this organs have different effects. Broadly speaking, they can nourish corresponding organs in the human body. This is the general principle of TCM in the treatment of human organ illnesses. In addition, birds' eggs are also effective in nourishing the Blood, Qi and the Kidney. "
In summary, a whole foods animal-based diet provides the best nutritional foundation for long life and vitality.
We thrive when we have healthy, respectful relationships built on quality communication. We all have the power to cultivate such relationships as a powerful force for health.
We thrive when we regularly engage in physical activity that maintains physical strength, flexibility, and endurance.
Illness or dis-ease can arise from an incorrect, limited knowledge of oneself. Although our culture teaches us that we exist separately from all nature/reality, as finite and relatively impotent individuals, in reality, in your essential nature, which consists of pure awareness, you are infinite, abundant, and eternal. Biologically speaking, as an organism, you exist interdependently with all other organisms, and thus are not as separate as some would think. When we see how interconnected we are with all things, and grasp how vast we are as spiritual beings of pure awareness, the faulty concepts of ourselves as flawed and unworthy lose their powers over our minds, and we start to experience more gratitude, joy and love, with promotes health.
Misalignment of your body, mind, and spirit can produce dis-ease in the body. For example, if you feel unhappy with the work you do for a living, this wears down your spirit. As you lose spiritual power, your immune system weakens, and you contract repeated respiratory infections. Various remedies may help you overcome each infection, but until you resolve the disharmony between your spirit and your livelihood, you will continue to express the disharmony in your physical susceptibility to infection. The cure in this case would lie in finding a way to make a living that feeds your spirit rather than draining it.
We have deeply buried subconscious beliefs and unresolved or repressed emotions that can unwittingly contribute to dis-ease and physical ailments. We begin 'taking in' many beliefs about ourselves, and our world from a myriad of sources. As children, we accept the beliefs from our families and the predominant culture because our survival depends on it, and we are not mature enough to rationally question those beliefs. We may suppress emotions that arise as one means of coping with trauma, stress, insults, and challenging events because of a lack of support or resources. Another coping method is to develop various 'parts' like a mask. As examples, we can become the 'good girl or boy', the bully, the perfectionist, and others. We can develop disabling beliefs about ourselves and the world we live in.
These negative thoughts and ideas -- many of them virtually unconscious until you seek them out -- trigger emotions which generate a release of very powerful chemicals in your body, such as adrenaline and cortisol. These in turn affect all the systems of your body. When out of balance, these hormones can initiate or cause physical disease.
When creating health you take the same path but in the opposite direction, following principles used for hundreds of thousands of years by native healers known as shamans, and later incorporated into various spiritual paths. By adopting various practices that can induce altered states of consciousness - such as affirmations, prayers of gratitude, visualizations, drumming, dance, laughter, sweating, and meditation - you can stimulate the release of chemicals that have profound healing and rejuvenating effects for the body.
If you simultaneously start to dismantle all the negative conditioning you received from the culture surrounding you and also start transforming your life so that it becomes a Path With Heart, getting rid of activities, relationships, and things that bog you down and steal your innate power, you will experience true healing from within, while you may also use acupuncture, herbal medicines, and nutrition to integrate and support the inner healing journey and realize its fruits in physical health.
Hypnotherapy can help guide you to greater spiritual understanding of your disease and creating health from the inside out, top down. Tracy offers a variety of services that can help you release toxic beliefs and other psychic gunk that prevents you from realizing your true nature and experiencing high energy, joy, and health. You may wish to visit her website, Live Fruitfully, to learn more about how you can help your self.
Oct 24, 20 07:12 PM
How to heal psoriasis with herbal medicine and functional nutrition.
Nov 06, 19 01:40 PM
What to expect at your first visit to Barefoot Acupuncture Clinic