Ouch, My Feet Hurt! Get Rid of Foot Pain Right Away


Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Essential Oils, Information About Herbs, Natural Health | Posted on 12-03-2014

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  Foot pain

After a hard day on your feet at work, play, shopping, waiting in lines or running back and forth doing errands, your feet will surely be aching and possibly swollen. There is a statistic out there that states that 40% of Americans suffer from foot problems. This is particularly true for ladies who wear high heels, or men who wear uncomfortable businesslike shoes. Do you have to suffer? Absolutely not!  Help is on the way.

            The first piece of advice is to wear shoes that are comfortable and fit well. That way you can, perhaps, avoid the problem of stiff, swollen, achy feet in the first place. But, if you still come home with throbbing, swollen feet, the first thing that you should do is get into comfortable clothing, and find a comfortable place to sit, so you can have your feet in the hot water for as long as possible. Get some reading material like a magazine or a good book, so that you won’t be totally bored. Or just set up your gear in front of the television, so that you can watch your favorite program while you relax. Draw some hot water into the bathtub or into a large basin. Make the water as hot as you can possibly stand it, but not to the point of burning (be careful here, because you may not even realize how hot the water is before you have already burned yourself). Once you have set everything up, add some sea salt, lavender essential oil, mustard powder, peppermint essential oil, vinegar, fresh ginger pulp, sage leaves, or any other soothing herb or essential oil that you may have around the house. Then, sit down and carefully put your feet into the hot water, taking great care that you do not burn yourself. Keep a thermos of hot water sitting next to you in case your footbath water cools down a bit. Whenever you notice that the water is getting cool, just add hot water, until it’s nice again.  Then, sit and relax!

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If you are lucky enough to have someone around to massage your feet for you (whether it be a professional foot therapy like reflexology, or a friend or family member) then do take advantage of the opportunity. You can easily make your own fantastic massage oil by blending together olive oil and a few drops of almost any essential oil that you may have on hand, particularly lavender, peppermint, marjoram, tea tree, eucalyptus, sandalwood, rosemary (which is great for the swelling too), or any other nice smelling essential oil, cream or lotion. But, you don’t need to have any oil or cream for a good foot treatment, and reflexologists don’t normally use anything, preferring to keep the feet dry so the various pressure points can be more easily concentrated on.

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If one or both of your feet hurt in an inordinately severe manner, you might have something else wrong, and you should definitely check into it, because you might be suffering from something more serious that simply aching feet. There are many people who have a certain type of severe pain around the base of their toes. This pain is especially excruciating when wearing tight shoes, walking for long distances, dancing, or doing any action that required the front of the foot to be compressed. This problem is called “Morton’s Neuroma” (when the nerves in the base of a toe become surrounded and pressure is put on them), and is not normally not debilitating, but sometimes requires surgery. (I actually suffer from this problem, and you can easily live with it if you are careful). You may also suffer from gout, rheumatism, or arthritis (which can all be confirmed by a blood test normally), or any number of other ailments, even blood clots (if you suffer from this, your leg (or legs) will be painful, hot, and swollen). So, if you are suffering from an acute or chronic type of foot pain that doesn’t go away when you soak or massage it, do see a conventional medical practitioner or an alternative specialist to be sure that you aren’t suffering from anything serious.

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Acupuncture is another option that many people have had success with when dealing with aching feet. Magnetic therapy has also been showed to be fairly successful as well, although not everyone benefits in the same way in this respect. Walking on hot stones is a popular treatment right now as well.

            The fact is that there are multitude ways of making your feet feel better, and when your feet feel better your whole body feels better. After all, isn’t it true that your feet are carrying all the weight of your entire body? So, don’t just sit and suffer in silence when there are so many different solutions to your problem. Do something about it and feel great right away!

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About Asthma and Respiratory Disorders


Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Essential Oils, Information About Herbs, Natural Alternative Diet, Natural Health | Posted on 10-03-2014

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Respiratory disorders are extremely common in this part of the world. This is partly because of the climate here being dry and dusty, partly because there is a lot of pollution here, and partly because the diet is often not the best. Naturally, there are other factors as well, including the fact that the stress levels of daily living are up, what with the fast paced style of living that people lead these days. It’s no wonder, with all these factors playing a role that people’s bodies react with weakness, low immunity, and glandular imbalances. But, even so, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything that can be done about it. Indeed there is plenty that can be done, and you can start right now!

            If you suffer from any kind of respiratory ailment, including asthma, bronchitis (including chronic bronchitis), frequent colds, influenza, pneumonia, and, more seriously, emphysema, tuberculosis, or worse, then you know that living with respiratory diseases is one of the most uncomfortable things a person may have to endure. Why be more miserable than you have to be? There are several things that you can do to make your life more comfortable and easy to live. They are simple and easy to do, so why suffer?

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With respiratory problems, diet is important, as it is in most other diseases and ailments. People suffering from any kind of respiratory complaint must immediately reassess their dietary habits and look for areas where the diet can be improved. Generally, dairy products tend to cause an increase of symptomatic response, including more phlegm, constricted respiratory passageways, inflamed mucous membranes, and an increased immune response, which is what set off the symptoms in the first place. Oranges also are not the best choice for breathing problems, as well as strong spices, artificial additives and preservatives, MSG, aspartame, many food colorings, corn and its byproducts (including corn oil), and soy products. Other things may appear on a case by case evaluation, and if you suffer from any respiratory ailment, you need to assess your own diet, and see what causes your own problems to get worse, and when. If you don’t notice anything, or if you can’t discern yourself, then go to a professional for advice, but, I find that individuals know more about their bodies than any stranger, professional or otherwise, ever could. Eat plenty of fresh vegetables, whole grains, and healthy proteins, and eat fruit carefully, because various fruits are often an important cause of respiratory problems. Just because Vitamin C is good for us, doesn’t mean that the best source for every person is fruit. Unfortunately, although fruit tastes really good, and is loaded with vitamins and other useful things, it often contains chemicals, fungus, and other things that will increase the likelihood of getting ill, for those suffering from respiratory complaints. Make sure that the foods you eat are as unrefined as possible.

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Various hands-on treatments may be helpful in the cases of respiratory diseases, including reflexology and acupressure, particularly. These treatments work, because they help enable the body to help itself, which is one of the most important things when you are dealing with immune response, including allergic reaction, reaction to invading properties, including molecules of bacteria, viruses, and polluting factors, and more. If the body’s organs are all working at their ultimate capacity, then things are fine, but when something breaks down (for example, due to over-stressing) then that is when trouble begins.

            There are many natural herbs that are great for respiratory ailments, including mullein, marshmallow leaf, marjoram, sage, thyme, rosemary, eucalyptus, licorice, echinacea, Ma Huang, and even cinnamon. These help with the mucous membranes, keeping them normal by reducing inflammation, and also by helping strengthen the glands and immune system in the body. These are best taken as teas, tisanes, or inhaled for respiratory complaints, although some people recommend taking them orally, as tablets, capsules, etc, I don’t personally agree with this thinking, and believe that getting them into the body in the purest form is best, without the need for digestive action to break them down.

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There are also essential oils that can be inhaled or rubbed in over the lung or sinus area that are often more effective than conventional treatments (although this is not an excuse NOT to consult your physician, and, if you suffer from severe, life threatening types of respiratory diseases, don’t take on treatment yourself, without being under the care of an expert medical professional). Oils including eucalyptus, rosemary, thyme, sage, tea tree, and lavender, are great for a start. For inhalations these can be used pure, and for massage, they can be mixed with a little olive oil (or any other pure and wholesome, natural oil) and massage directly over the area of the complaint. 

The idea is that the human body can produce its own cortisone (which is often the drug used to help asthma, chronic bronchitis, and other respiratory diseases), and all you have to do is to help your body produce it on a normal level. Stress and other factors are the causes of the lack of its production, and reducing stress, taking strengthening factors (like herbs, for example), and doing treatments that will increase the healthy action of the important glands of the body (like reflexology, for example) will all help in this regard. So, if you suffer from any kind of respiratory ailment, getting your health back is something that is not out of your reach. Listen to your body, and hear its call for help! Then, do something!

The Natural Okra Diabetes Cure


Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Herbs, Natural Alternative Diet, Natural Health | Posted on 09-03-2014

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Fresh Okra Fresh Okra (Gumbo) 3lb

We are continuing this week with another of the common vegetables that are easily available to us here in Kuwait. The vegetable that we are going to talk about this week is the okra. Where I’m from, we don’t even have okra (upstate NY, USA).

This is a vegetable that is eaten more in the south where it was initially introduced. In fact, I had never eaten okra until I came to Kuwait. The fact is that okra is a delicious vegetable. Here in Kuwait people use it particularly in a wonderful curry-like dish called “marag bamia” which is made with okra and meat in a tomato based sauce for eating over rice. It is also fried or sautÈed in other dishes and is found both fresh and frozen.

Okra is called “bamia” in Arabic, and some people call it “ladies’ fingers” in other places. In fact, okra actually comes from this part of the word and nearby and was taken to the Americas and other places later.

Okra being quite a slimy vegetable doesn’t appeal to the tastes of everyone. There are some people who can’t stand the sight of okra. Yet others adore it. But, if we are going to work on a purely medicinal point of view, okra is going to be a vegetable that you don’t want to pass up. In fact, some of the benefits of okra come from its sliminess.

Okra is a mucilaginous vegetable (meaning slimy) which makes it extremely good for the digestive system, and in fact, all the mucous membranous tissue it comes into contact with. So, just the act of eating okra is going to be helpful to your body, without even trying.

People who suffer from a variety of digestive problems, including some diseases that are serious (such as colitis, diverticulitis, and more), and other diseases that are extremely uncomfortable but not as dangerous (which as irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, etc) will benefit from eating okra. (Just make a note of the fact that eating okra raw is the best way to have it, or having it cooked very slightly (not the way that many people around here do it, cooked to death in curries).

Scientific research on the benefits of certain vegetables has been ongoing, and researchers are discovering many very interesting things. Okra has been one of the vegetables that have been included in a number of studies, with some absolutely incredible results.

Apparently eating okra on a daily basis is good for you if you are suffering from diabetes. There are properties in okra that actually help your body to metabolize glucose, thus making you less dependent on insulin substitute medications. In fact there are many people who have documented complete cure from diabetes with the use of okra! One of the ways that it is recommended to take okra for the purpose of helping diabetes is to soak 2 medium sized raw pieces of okra in a glass of water overnight.

First you cut off the two ends, and slice the okra down the middle, then just keep in the room temperature water until morning (making sure that it stays covered), when you will remove the okra and drink the water. Just wait for around 30 minutes before eating or drinking anything else, preferably. Do this daily, and, according to the proponents of this “cure” your diabetes will soon be much better, if not completely cured.

Okra is a very detoxifying vegetable. This is partly due to the extremely mucilaginous nature of okra. Okra helps the liver to do its job. This is beneficial to people suffering from a number of diseases, and in fact, okra is so detoxifying that some people call it “natural kidney dialysis”. It actually helps to reduce the poisons in the blood.

Research has found that okra has many important health benefits, such as its ability to help reduce cholesterol in the body (particularly the “bad” kind), its heart disease reducing qualities, and even cancer prevention qualities!

Also, as a vegetable, okra is loaded with tons of natural vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Okra has tons of two types of fiber that are very important to our health: soluble and insoluble fiber, both of which are needed by all human bodies. In fact, okra has one of the highest rates of these types of fiber of all vegetables — 2 + grams of fiber in each serving.

That is a huge amount. Pectin is probably one of the most important of these. (There are people who go to the pharmacy and buy pectin in capsules to take on a daily basis to help with their health or to lose weight). Okra is loaded with: protein, Vitamins A, B, and C, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, folic acid, and a lot more. Okra has important antioxidant constituents (which is one of the reasons for its cancer reducing abilities). Okra is also great for people on restricted diets, since it has hardly any calories, and hardly any carbohydrates (meaning the bad ones). Rather than buy artificial forms of these things (or even naturally based ones), eat okra! Not only are you getting all the health benefits mentioned above, but there are certain to be a lot more that haven’t even been discovered yet.

Don’t miss out on a great way to get healthier through a common vegetable. Okra is inexpensive and easy to prepare. Go for it!

And for more cool okra stuff… maybe you would like okra chips!!!! They look really interesting to me!

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About Arthritis and Rheumatism


Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Herbs, Natural Alternative Diet, Natural Health | Posted on 08-03-2014

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Arthritis and rheumatism


According to the Center of Disease Control in the USA, arthritis is the number one cause of disability today. That is a pretty scary statistic if you ask me. In fact more than 20 million people suffer from the disease in the US alone!

There are several types of arthritis that basically fall under the umbrella terms of rheumatoid arthritis (which is often severe, deforming, debilitating, and sometimes even life threatening, is caused by a kind of autoimmune reaction in the body, and osteoarthritis (the most common form, which is where the cartilage on the bone wears away and you have bone rubbing directly on bone, which causes pain and can seriously damage the bone).

Conventionally, medical doctors have treated these diseases with a variety of chemical treatments, like anti-inflammatories, anti-rheumatic medications, and even steroids, in addition to physiotherapy. But, as of recently, even conventional medical practitioners have begun to join in on the parade of natural alternative treatments, some of which have been shown to be quite effective.

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Number one on the list of things you can do to help or even rid yourself of arthritis or rheumatism is to change your diet. This is the most important thing. Get dairy cut down to natural dairy, preferably goat’s milk based items, if possible. Cut out corn and soy and their by-products. Add plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, preferably those grown locally and in season, but not those from the nightshade family (potatoes, eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes). Cut out most or all refined carbohydrates, opting instead for healthier whole grains. Add reasonable amounts of healthy proteins, preferably ones that aren’t loaded with growth aids, antibiotics, and other harmful things. Ideally, raising the animals yourself would be great, but since that is usually not very practical, organically fed is the next best thing, and if that isn’t possible either, at least keep it at a minimum. Citrus fruit is best left out, particularly oranges and grapefruit. Tea and coffee should be a definite no-no, along with artificial additives, preservatives, and other chemicals like MSG.  

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Next you can begin doing natural manipulative treatments, and other bodywork type treatments. The best choice is reflexology, then acupressure, and other types after that. Aromatherapy is great for relieving the pain or discomfort of arthritis and rheumatism too. The most effective oils to rub on the affected areas would be rosemary, juniper berry, lavender, sandalwood, ginger, and black pepper. Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids have also been found quite effective, and these are to be taken orally.

Magnetic therapy has been found to be valuable in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism, as has homeopathy, along with a host of other alternative treatments. Unlike conventional choices, alternatives generally do not have any side effects and they are often more effective than conventional treatments.  Many people like acupuncture and find it very effective. I personally am not a huge fan of acupuncture, but I am a huge, gigantic fan of alternatives, but in my opinion, the less invasive the better.

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Herbally, there are many things that can be done for arthritis and rheumatism, including light soothing herbal teas made of white willow bark, birch leaf, alfalfa leaf, dandelion leaf, burdock leaf, and other herbs. You can also soak in hot baths of sea salt.

Exercise is an important part of the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism, with walking, swimming, and yoga being particularly effective. But, if you are already doing a certain sport or the other, then please continue to do it, and throw yourself into it. You will be pleased at how effective simple movement can be!

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Although arthritis and rheumatism are horrible and sometimes debilitating, there are many things that you can do to help yourself, if you suffer from either one of these. Take solace in the knowledge that you are in charge, and the more you do to help yourself, the more benefit you will get in the long run. Patience is a virtue here, though, just like it is everywhere else!

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So You Have Diabetes? Get Rid of Diabetes Naturally


Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Herbs, Natural Alternative Diet, Natural Health | Posted on 07-03-2014

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Herbs for Diabetes

            Diabetes is one of those diseases that are dreaded by everyone. The bad news about diabetes is that it is very dangerous and can lead to death. The good news about diabetes is that there are several things that people can do to help themselves feel better and often even beat it.

            There are two types of diabetes. The lesser of the two evils is called Type II diabetes, which is when the body isn’t producing enough insulin to take care of the body’s needs, or when, for some reason the body isn’t recognizing the insulin that is being produced. The other type is the one that normally hits children and young adults, and is also called juvenile diabetes, or Type I diabetes, and this is when the body doesn’t produce any insulin at all, for whatever reason. Both types of diabetes are serious and life threatening, although Type I is more serious than Type II, but in the natural world of alternative medicine there are many things that you can do to help yourself, no matter which type you suffer from.

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            As with all diseases, we always want to do our best to be less invasive, and thus, we should always begin with the easiest methods. A good thing to begin treating diabetes with would be reflexology or acupressure. I have seen reflexology alone get rid of diabetes completely, even in elderly patients. The best part about non-invasive treatments like reflexology and acupressure is that they will always lead toward homeostasis and good health, and, properly used will never harm. So, even if you aren’t completely cured of whatever you are suffering from, you will always get benefit.

Along with the manipulation therapies, dietary changes are important and necessary. The types of changes that suit both types of diabetes best are changes that give the body a chance to rest and distress. In order to do that people who suffer from both types of diabetes need to cut down on all carbohydrates, including complex ones (except for non-starchy vegetables), and cut refined carbohydrates out completely. Things like white flour, white sugar (even fructose and other “-ose” sugars), white rice, and other food items that are high in refined carbohydrates need to be drastically reduced, and preferably completely eradicated from your diet. Those less healthy things can be replaced with good foods like healthy, wholesome proteins (lamb, beef, chicken, seafood, eggs, cheese, and more), raw and cooked vegetables, and low glycemic index fruits. In addition to the healthy benefits of the better diet, you will also possibly lose weight, which will usually reduce your diabetic symptoms further, sometimes even eliminating the diabetes altogether!

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It is important that you get enough sleep, and to make certain that your sleeping pattern is a night sleeping, day waking pattern, so that your bodily glands will be able to work at their optimum capability. This is imperative with all diseases, and particularly diabetes.

There are also several herbal remedies that are quite effective with both types of diabetes. Cinnamon is up and coming as a helper herb in the fight against diabetes, and scientific studies are very promising in this respect. Ginseng has also been shown to have a positive effect on diabetes and the other symptoms that go along with it, but must be taken with caution, since it is a stimulant (don’t mix it with other stimulants like caffeine, ephedra, or others). Both onion and garlic seem to have a positive glucose lowering effect on the blood, as well as increasing the action of the immune system in general. In addition to this, studies have found that they are effective in helping other bodily functions, such as insulin production, and cardiovascular benefits too. Fenugreek is another of nature’s miracles. Studies have shown that diabetic symptoms improve a great deal with the regular ingestion of fenugreek seeds (in teas, etc.). Blueberry leaves and Ginkgo Biloba leaves are also very effective on various diabetic symptoms, including circulatory, which can decrease the likelihood of the blindness and other problems that are often associated with diabetes. Burdock is another herb that has been found to be effective, along with the Sage that is found in practically every kitchen around the world!

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Ayurvedic herbal remedies have also been shown to be quite effective in the fight against diabetes, and similarly, Chinese traditional medicine also, in its own right, has been shown to positively affect diabetic symptoms too.

The great thing about the use of herbal remedies with diabetes is their cumulative effect. Also, you don’t need a lot of any of these herbs to get the positive effect that you are looking for, and some herbs, such as Blueberry leaves have even been tested in injected form, and their effects are similar to insulin, without all of the possible dangerous side effects.

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Naturally, with diabetes, as with most other diseases, regular exercise will help immensely with the disease itself and its symptoms. You can lower your blood sugar levels with activities such as walking, swimming, weight lifting, dancing and more! So, get moving!

As with all other medical treatments, the best course of action is to make sure that your condition is being monitored by a qualified medical professional, and even with herbal remedies, this is the case.

The bottom line here is that you CAN help yourself, and can even get rid of your diabetes completely if you take care of yourself, eat right, and exercise. Don’t let yourself accept the death sentence that diabetes can often bring. Fight it, but in a positive way!

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History of Macrobiotics


Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Herbs, Natural Alternative Diet, Natural Health | Posted on 06-03-2014

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At the end of the 19th Century, a Japanese military medical doctor called Sagen Ishizuka came up with the idea that if people would only go back to the traditional Japanese (it was also based on other Oriental types of diets, like Chinese, for example) diet, they would have much better health. But, his theory had more twists to it than that. Ishizuka was born with multiple medical complaints, including kidney disease, and he also suffered from a skin ailment. Thus, his life was spent searching for a solution to his own problems, which he found, and that became what is now known as macrobiotics. He incorporated many Western ideas and scientific facts into his theory, taking advantage of the best of the East and West, specifically chemistry, biochemistry, biology, and physiology. In doing so, he came up with one of the most amazingly successful dietary and lifestyle health techniques in history.

Macrobiotics for Dummies

Macrobiotics For Dummies

His method was so popular during his lifetime that he could hardly keep up with the amount of patients that saw him every day. His healing method was renowned in his own time, and he was well known all over Japan, and even outside of his country. In 1907 he and some friends started a group called Shoku-yo-khail, which was made up of a slew of important people of the time in Japan, including businessmen and noblemen. It is still one of the most popular and effective health techniques ever, and is growing in popularity every day. Thereafter Ishizuka’s association drew many followers and practitioners and soon they too were writing about macrobiotics and the word began to spread in larger circles. One of these people was George Ohsawa (whose actual name was Yukikazu Sakurazawa, and who began studying macrobiotics when he was young and his own illness (tuberculosis) led him to try it), who wrote many books, and who, himself, came to have many followers (among whom were Michio Kushi (who is the most important living macrobiotic expert of today) and Herman Aihara, both of whom were instrumental in bringing macrobiotics to the USA), who helped spread the message of macrobiotics all over the world.  Many famous people have followed macrobiotic diets over the years, including John Lennon and Yoko Ono. 

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The basis for macrobiotic (which basically means “big life”, which was actually based on Greek words, but first coined in a book written by a German author, from whom Ohsawa adopted it later) healing is to get the body back to the best possible balance (homeostasis, or balanced “yin” and “yang”) with the least interference. The idea is to balance the internal functioning of the body based on climate and available seasonal foods. In macrobiotics grains should be the highest percentage of foods eaten, with certain vegetables (some vegetables are not recommended in macrobiotics for a variety of reasons) coming next, little or no animal foods, except for minimal seafood, and that all foods should be as wholesome as possible, with complete foods being the mainstay, and no processed or pre-prepared foods, spices, etc. allowed at all. An idea of the recommended percentages is as follows:

50% grains

25% accepted vegetables

5-10% beans, sea vegetables

5% soup (particularly miso soup, which is made from fermented soybean)

5% condiments (and other things)

(This is only ONE suggestion, and this must be fitted to the person’s needs, not to a chart).

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n addition to the dietary advice, it is also imperative to lead a wholesome life, and thus, anger, bad moods, pessimism, and other negative feelings should be eliminated as much as possible. The program is generally adapted for each individual and for each climate, based on the needs and illnesses of the person. The dietary part is generally a changeable one, in that people’s bodies change over time, and as they do, the macrobiotic diet should be changing with them.

            At this point in history macrobiotics is as popular as it always was, with macrobiotic centers found in practically every country in the world, particularly in most Western countries, and, naturally, Japan. Its popularity grows constantly and for good reason! It works!

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Help!!! My Skin Looks Terrible! What Can I do?


Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Information About Essential Oils, Information About Herbs, Natural Beauty, Natural Health | Posted on 06-03-2014

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Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror and thought that your skin looked unhealthy? Has your skin ever looked blotchy, too ruddy, pimply, dull and drab, or just plain blah? If you have answered yes to any or all of these questions (and frankly, who hasn’t?), then the following information is just for you!


            If you have heard the saying “you are what you eat”, then you are on the right track, but there is more to this than meets the eye. Chances are that your diet is not as good as it could be. Before you go out and buy a bunch of expensive creams, evaluate this most important aspect. If you have a chocolate bar for breakfast, potato chips and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on white bread, washed down with two cans of regular soda, for lunch, and fast food for dinner (as many people actually do nowadays), then you will definitely need to revamp what you eat!

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The first step of your day of healthy skin eating is breakfast. Don’t skip it, and be sure that your choices in the morning are wholesome and healthy, since this meal will set the scenario for the entire day. Good skin choices are a variety of the following: whole cereals, fresh fruit and vegetables, perhaps some fresh cheese (not too much though), eggs, lentils, beans, or other pulses, and dried fruit (although fresh is preferable). 

            If you snack or have a meal at work or school, then think of what you will have and plan ahead. Don’t wait until you are famished, and have no alternative other than to pick up something out of a vending machine, fast food joint, quickie supermarket, cafeteria, or snack bar. Your choices at those places are not likely to be as healthy as they would be if you planned them ahead of time and brought a couple snacks to work with you in the morning. Also, don’t wait until you are starving either. This will set you up for a fall. You are more likely to reach for something unhealthy in desperation. Unless you have healthy choices, it is probably best not to order out. Try to stick with whole fruit, veggie sticks, and, perhaps, some cold fish or chicken. If you have a microwave at work or school, all the better to eat healthily. Bring soup, leftovers from dinner the night before, or sautéed vegetables, for example.

Natural Beauty at Home

Natural Beauty at Home: More Than 250 Easy-to-Use Recipes for Body, Bath, and Hair

For lunch, make sure that you have a substantial meal. This works well with the system in the East, since the midday meal is normally the largest one anyway. But, if you are from the West, and you are used to having your main meal at night, then rethink this policy, and make sure that you eat a heavier meal in the daytime, so that your body will have a chance to digest it and use the energy that a large meal will supply. Here in Kuwait, rice a staple food, and, for those of you reading who are from India, the Philippines, or other Asian countries, you would do much better to choose wholegrain brown rice, instead of white. It is widely available here in Kuwait at the supermarkets, and, although it takes a little extra effort and time, it is well worth the effort. Try to stick with fresh proteins, vegetables, and fruit, to accompany your rice, instead of cured, smoked, or salted proteins. Also, try to keep the chili and spice at a minimum. I know this may be difficult, since this is what you are used to eating, but you will notice a difference in your skin, and indeed, your health very quickly. For those hailing from the West (as I am), keep it simple and wholesome at lunch too. If you are not used to eating a heavy meal at this time, then don’t force yourself, but try to eat the bulk of your food during the daylight hours. Be sure to eat plenty of fresh proteins, vegetables, and fruit, with a variety of whole grains thrown in for good measure. Whether you eat these things hot or cold is not the issue, but that you eat them, and not junk, if possible. This is the only way to make sure that your skin looks its best and that your health remains tip top.

 Practical Paleo

Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle

For dinner, it is best to keep it light, and fairly early. You don’t want to go to bed with a full stomach. First of all, you will not be able to sleep comfortably, and second of all, the food will not be able to be digested properly and completely, and your skin will show it! Again, here, as with the other meals, plenty of fresh protein, vegetables, and fruit are what is called for. You will need to make sure that you balance things, leaning toward the wholesome watery fruit and vegetables more heavily. Try to keep away from the heavy spices all the time, particularly at the evening meal, as they will stick with you longer and you will sleep with them in your body. You will notice it if you do, and pretty soon your skin will begin to show the signs! I will remind you again, fresh fruit and vegetables are the most important part of your meal, especially at night. If you want a grain, then have it, but make appropriate choices, and keep it small.

Hungry for Change

Hungry for Change: Ditch the Diets, Conquer the Cravings, and Eat Your Way to Lifelong Health

The idea is to stick to things that are healthy and beneficial to your body, and to make sure that you are getting all the nutrients that you need. Yes, you can take a multivitamin as well, but, really, if you are looking for optimum skin benefits, whole foods are the way to go. Herbal teas are also a good idea throughout the day, especially if you are a habitual coffee or tea drinker. Substitute those choices for healthy herbs instead. Peppermint, chamomile, sage, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, and others are found in practically every kitchen and can be easily brewed into a light and refreshing tea that not only tastes delicious, but also helps to cleanse our bodies of toxins, and keep our lymph and excretory systems working their best.

 Natural Beauty Recipes

Natural Beauty: Homemade Recipes for Radiant Skin & Hair

In order to keep your skin as bright as it can be, and ward off acne, eczema, and all those other nasty skin problems (along with a slew of other health problems), make sure that you drink plenty of water, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep at the appropriate time (night!), stay away from toxins (cigarette smoke, arbitrary medications, pollution, chemicals, junk food, etc.), make sure your bathroom habits are good (you should be having regular bowel movements of normal consistency, and urinating regularly (the urine should, preferably be clear in color), and eat as well as you can. There are plenty of good food choices out there nowadays in Kuwait, so there is really no excuse. Whole grains, and even breads with no yeast are widely available now in most supermarkets. There are even organic restaurants now that serve whole foods that are delicious and good for you too!

 The Green Beauty Guide

The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Hair Care, Makeup, and Fragrances

So, if you suffer from skin problems (or even if you don’t), your diet and lifestyle are the most important things you can help yourself with. Don’t jump right out to the skin specialist and whine that your skin is sick. What they give you will simply compound the problem. Your solution is closer to home, and, indeed, it is right in front of your mirror!

Well Fed

The History of Magnetic Therapy


Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Natural Health | Posted on 03-03-2014

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Magnets are a fascinating item to be sure. They are interesting to play with, and mysterious to learn about. But, did you know they can be used to heal too? Although magnets are better known for their use in holding things on the refrigerator door, and for their use in electronics and for other scientific endeavors, as well as their directional capabilities, their history of use as a medical treatment comes from ancient times.

Magnetic Therapy 2

Magnet Therapy, Second Edition: The Self-Help Guide to Magnets-Clinically Proven to Relieve 35 Health Problems

In ancient Africa, evidence of the use of magnets as a healing treatment was found, discovered in a bloodstone (magnetite) mine found dating back as far as 100,000 years ago! Later, in the times of recorded history, from as far back as 2000 BC, the use of magnets was mentioned in China’s Yellow Emperor’s Classic book of Internal Medicine. That is how Feng Shui came about too, when the lodestone (which is an iron oxide) was discovered to have the ability to point to magnetic north. Way back in the 4th Century BC Aristotle was talking about the use of magnets. It has been said that the amazing Egyptian queen Cleopatra also knew of the benefits of magnets, and used to treat herself with one of them on her forehead for medicinal and beautification purposes. In 200 BC the famous Greek medical practitioner, Galen, used magnets for healing.

            In Europe and the Arabian world the use of magnets for healing goes back to at least the 4th Century AD, with medical practitioners using magnets on the hands, feet, and joints.

Healing with Magnets

Healing with Magnets

Then, later on, in the 16th Century, one of the most famous people to promote the use of magnets in healing therapy was Paracelsus, who is considered the “father” of modern medicine. And, even if you haven’t heard of the German doctor Mesmer (who is the father of the so-called animal magnetism), who was a famous magnetic healer from the 18th Century, you have most certainly heard of the term “mesmerized” (which has now become the equivalent of being hypnotized or enthralled), which came from Franz Mesmer’s ability to enchant people with his amazing feats of healing that he attributed first to the magnetism of magnets and iron, and later to his own “animal magnetism”.

            The ancient history of using magnets for healing has carried right up to the present time, with hardly a break in the flow of this history, unlike many other complimentary therapies that were carried over from ancient times. Through the 20th Century magnetic therapy has continued to be used, and is still used right up to now, in the 21st Century. In fact, in as recently as 1983, a new magnet was discovered. It is called an earth neodymium magnet, and it was discovered to be 700 times more powerful than an ordinary magnet, while having the ability not to lose its charge for an indefinite period of time. The ramifications of that discovery are clearly priceless.

Magnetic Healing

Magnetic Healing: Advanced Techniques for the Application of Magnetic Forces

The use of magnets in healing therapy is even accepted by “allopathic” practitioners, and scientific studies have shown that the correct use of magnets in medical therapy has clear value in several areas, particularly in the healing of broken bones, specifically those breaks that aren’t responding to conventional methods. An even more promising use for magnets is their use in cancer therapy, which is showing a number of successes. Even the space group, NASA, use magnets in their space program, in order to help prevent weakness in astronauts. There is continuing research being done in the area of magnets used for medicinal and healing purposes, and recent studies done at major American universities have shown clear and promising results, particularly in the use of magnets placed over certain areas of the body and their ability to accord a relief of pain in that area.

Magnetic Therapy Pad 

Therion Magnetics PC211 Magnetic Pillow Pad with Memory Foam

There are several different methods being used with magnetic therapy, but all of them are based on the same idea, that magnets can help to bring the body back to general good health by balancing the various systems of the body and opening the flow of the energy in the body. The use of magnets is safe and easy, although their use is not for everyone. For example, people with certain electronic devices placed internally, such as pacemakers, wouldn’t want to use magnetic devices for healing purposes due to the possibility of the disruption of such devices. But, otherwise, magnets can be used safely by young and old alike.

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At the present time, magnetic therapy for medicinal purposes is recognized all over the world as a valid and beneficial healing treatment. In fact, over 45 countries officially recognize it. The best thing about magnetic therapy is the ease of use and the low, low cost. As more and more scientific studies are conducted, more and more benefits of the use of magnetic therapy are certain to be discovered. And, although it is a good idea to have a medical practitioner overseeing your condition, with magnetic therapy, you can often heal yourself, due to the ease of use when dealing with magnets. There are literally thousands of magnetic healing products out on the market now, including magnetic beds, magnetic bracelets, joints wraps, buttons, and more. And, while those products are most certainly commercial in nature, some of them being rather expensive, many of them are quite inexpensive as well, and are easily affordable by all.

            Thus, the ancient history of magnetic healing has carried us over right up to the present and is still going strong, and an amazing history it is!

Sabona Ladies Magnetic Bracelet

Sabona Lady Executive Regal Duet Magnetic Bracelet, Size Medium

History of Osteopathy


Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Natural Health | Posted on 03-03-2014

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Before getting into the details of how the complementary medical treatment called osteopathy came about, we must reiterate that body work has been done for thousands and thousands of years. There is evidence of its practice since far before recorded history and probably since the very advent of human history itself. Thus, it is clear that the basis for the manipulation of various parts of the body is strongly established and has been throughout medical history. So, it should come as no surprise that a variety of manipulative procedures have come about over the years, with some being more successful than others.

            We can say with authority that osteopathy is one of those therapies that have definitely proven themselves over the years. Osteopathy can be employed with any and all diseases, and is quite successful in treating things from headaches to stomachaches, heart disease, and basically everything else too!  Osteopathy is both a treatment and a preventative medicine as well. It is the history of this extremely effective treatment that we will talk about here this week. But before we get into the story of the treatment’s inception, we need to know what it is!

Atlas of osteopathic Techniques

Atlas of Osteopathic Techniques

            Osteopathy is based on the idea that the body is a whole and the body parts (organs) necessarily act together in order to function. When there is something wrong in the body then these parts can’t function properly, and over time this malfunctioning of the body turns into disease. Once the complete picture is understood, only then can the cure be found. This investigation is the responsibility of both the patient and the medical practitioner, or, in this particular case, the osteopath. In osteopathy, as in most other holistic therapies, the source of the disease is sought out and treated, not only the symptoms, as is almost always the case when dealing with allopathic medicine nowadays. The basic theory behind osteopathy is that the musculoskeletal system of the body can be responsible for all kinds of problems that most people would never even remotely connect. But the main idea here, as is with most other complementary therapies as well, is that the osteopath is simply a catalyst whereby the body is able to heal itself.  Osteopaths utilize several different methods of treatment, depending upon what the patient is suffering from, including: massage, spinal manipulation, movements and “re-education” similar to physiotherapy, and more.

Manipulation of the spine

Manipulation of the Spine, Thorax and Pelvis with DVD: An Osteopathic Perspective, 3e

So, at the middle and towards the end of the 1800’s, there was a physician who went by the name of Andrew Taylor Still (1828-1917), who practiced his medicine on the American frontier. He was unusual in that he didn’t approve of all the medicaments that most doctors of his time were administering to their patients, preferring instead to opt for more natural alternatives. He was fascinated with the human body, particularly with the skeleton and its system of muscles. He found that the manipulation and adjustment of the skeleton helped a great many aches and pains, and thus began experimenting more and more. He realized that the more the musculoskeletal system was out of whack, the more disease that would occur in the body. He found that when the spine was out of alignment certain important nerves and blood vessels would be blocked, and without that important flow bodily organs would soon begin to ail. Although he found some success in his therapy, he was considered a heretic in the realm of the medicine of those times. It wasn’t until later when he cured a prominent minister’s daughter of a crippling ailment that his methods began to be appreciated.

 Anatomical Skull

Human Medical Anatomical Adult Osteopathic Skull Model, 22-Part Didactic Colored

In 1874 he began his open practice of what he had deemed osteopathy. And in 1892 Dr. Still established the first school of osteopathy, which was not only progressive in its thinking and teaching, but also in the fact that they admitted women! Thereafter the practice grew by leaps and bounds as, over time, the teaching curriculum improved and expanded.

            After Dr. Still’s death, the practice of osteopathy was carried on, and before long its practice was widely accepted. By 1974 the practice of osteopathy was licensed in all 50 US states as an equivalent to “allopathic” medicine, and was being practiced by thousands. Right now there are 19 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine, all of which require students to complete a well rounded medical education (the same as any other medical college), along with specialized training in osteopathic medicine. Osteopaths are trained in surgery and the administering of drugs, just like “conventional” doctors are, although, most of the time these are not needed.

At the present time, osteopathy is being practiced by an estimation of anywhere between 20,000 and 35,000, although other statistics claim the numbers to be as high as 42,000 registered practitioners in the USA alone, with thousands more all over the world. This is certainly nothing to scoff at!

Cranial Osteopathy

Cranial Osteopathy: A Practical Textbook

So, the next time that you are suffering from an ailment of one sort or the other, think about trying an osteopath. You just might be pleasantly surprised with your treatment, and are likely to be cured without any medication (or painful supplementary treatments such as surgery) at all. Wouldn’t that be nice for a change?

And check out these other books on osteopathy for horses and more…

Osteopathy and  the Treatment of Horses

Osteopathy and the Treatment of Horses

Textbook of Pediatric Osteopathy

Textbook of Pediatric Osteopathy, 1e