Leaky Gut – The Modern Epidemic

© September 2016, By Prashant Shah, http://spiritual-living.in

AN OUTLINE: Leaky Gut happens when the walls of our intestine become like a leaky sieve. It allows partly digested proteins, bacterial toxins and large semi-digested food particles to enter the blood stream. This is the primary source of many of the ailments and debilitating conditions in our society.
Millions of people are affected by this disorder, but most of them are not even aware of the fact that their troubles originate in the gut. The number of persons affected by Leaky Gut has reached alarming proportions due to the common and indiscriminate use of Antibiotics and NSAID drugs.

Contents:

  • What is a leaky gut?
  • What are the common signs of the leaky gut?
  • What foods aggravate the leaky gut?
  • What happens to the gut when we take antibiotics?
  • How to restore the leaky gut

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What is a leaky gut?

The gut or the small intestine is full of folds and structures that have a surface area of about 200 meters – about the size of a tennis court. It is like a sieve or permeable membrane that allows nutrients to pass through and keeps out the undigested foods, harmful bacteria and parasites. And to do this job, it is assisted by millions of microorganisms (bacteria) that outnumber the gut cells by 10 to 1. These microorganisms are a mix of good guys (mutualises), bad guys (pathogens) and neutral bystanders (commensally). In a normal gut the ration of good guys to bad guys is usually 85%.

Every time the food is passed down from the stomach the gut has to discern as to what it must accept and what it must reject. Larger proteins are broken down in the intestines into amino acids and short-chain peptides; and the larger carbohydrates and fats are broken down into simpler sugar molecules. The smaller and broken-down (digested) food products are then allowed to pass through and enter the blood stream. The larger (undigested) products are kept out of the blood stream until they are broken down and digestible.

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What happens when the gut lining becomes inflamed? There are microvilli on the gut surface which produce the necessary enzymes and secretions that are essential for healthy digestion. They get damaged or altered. Hence, some food remains undigested. Further, the inflammation weakens the structure that provides adhesion between the cells. As a result the holes in the intestine wall become larger. Then larger undigested food particles along with some bacteria are able to pass into the blood stream. The defence mechanism of the body can confuse some of these larger particles with invading particles like gems and parasites. And that can generate an autoimmune response which shows up as a food allergy.

The liver has to break down these undigested particles so that they can be eliminated from the blood stream. As a result the liver gets overworked. Then it does an incomplete job or begins to malfunction. Some toxins remain and have to be excreted by alternate processes through the skin and mucus membranes. The higher level of toxins in the blood then becomes the foundation of illnesses. The person is never really well!

What are the common signs of the leaky gut?

  • Feeling tired or sluggish
  • Frequent indigestion with heartburn, bloating and gas (foul smelling)
  • Stools: Sticky semi-liquid or hard, but not well formed
  • Food allergies (to sugar, milk, gluten, etc.)
  • Clogged sinuses, asthma and wheezing
  • Skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and acne
  • Muscular cramps or rheumatic joint pains
  • Brain fag and fluctuating moods

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What foods aggravate the leaky gut?

Foods don’t cause Leaky Gut, but once this condition has developed certain foods will aggravate it.

The usual culprits are sugar; dairy milk; milk products and products treated with pesticides, herbicides and food preservatives.

In addition to the above some people develop a high sensitivity to GMO foods; gluten (wheat protein); egg white; chocolates; and nuts and oils that have become rancid. The present approach is to eliminate these allergic foods from the diet. That’s fine. But since you are never going to return to normalcy, this elimination has to be done for life! That’s not so fine.

What happens to the gut when we take antibiotics?

Then the good guys (healthy bacteria) get mobbed and the opportunistic bad guys (destructive bacteria), which are able to survive the on slaughter make their move. Once these bad guys get a stronghold in a region of the gut, they change the environment. The probiotics (the good bacteria that help the digestion and produce vitamins) get displaced; holes or small perforations arise in the intestinal lining; and they change the pH balance in the gut making it acidic. That can lead to fungus (yeast) overgrowths like candida and parasites. Given as period of rest and proper food, the body will restore the normal condition. However, when there are repeated attacks by the frequent use of antibiotics and other NSAID drugs, the leaky gut condition becomes chronic. Then you experienc irritable bowels (IBS) and in some ways you are never going to feel well. Gradually some of the body organs can also get affected. To know the details, click: http://wp.me/p13uIG-iE

In addition to Antibiotics the powerful drugs that are used in modern times to treat typhoid, malaria, dengue, chikungunya, asthma, and tuberculosis are big culprits. Our readers may feel a sense of helplessness on reading all this. However, some alternative therapies have survived, like the good bugs. They heal the person by strengthening the immunity! So what should you do? Have your trouble diagnosed by your physician, but in the long term take your treatment from the alternative therapy. To know more, click here: https://darshanacentre.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/using-biochemic-remedies/

How to restore the leaky gut?

If you have the usually signs of leaky gut, like tendency to gas or flatulence, ill-formed or sticky stools or an unpleasant feeling in the belly and frequent digestive upsets, you have a leaky gut.

Once this condition is set, taking yogurt or buttermilk or even eating foods like bottle gourd, kafirs, etc. is not going to settle the issue. You will have to take some of the powerful probiotic products that are in the market. Further, if you use probiotics, don’t take them along with digestive enzymes. The enzymes can break up the bacteria.

Some recommendations:

  • After taking any antibiotic treatment, consider using PROBIOTICS for another week. It will alter the bacterial balance in the gut. After a gut illnesses, like the irritable bowels syndrome (IBS), use probiotics for a few months to replenish the gut with healthy bacteria. Replenishment with probiotics has only a temporary effect).
  • All probiotics are not equally effective. Different ‘strains’ (types of bacteria) have different effects. Hence, it is best to choose a probiotics formulation that has at least four kinds of different strains. Such combinations are available in the Indian market as brands like Enbioz and Vibact.
  • Like probiotics there are also PREBIOTICS. They serve as food for the gut wall cells and assist the growth of healthy gut bacteria. Undigested (complex) carbohydrates in the form of fibers usually serve this function. There are also some natural prebiotics like: garlic, ginger, leek, bananas, watermelon and honey. You can use them liberally.
  • L-GLUTAMINE: This is an amino acid supplement that is commonly used by muscle builders. However, it is also a very useful nutrient for the gut wall cells and the associated immune cells. Hence, it has been strongly recommended for promoting the growth of intestinal cells. It reduces the gut permeability (leaks). You can take a one gram capsule for a few months daily, between meals, to have the desired effect.

We wish you good luck. To reads more on Holistic Health, click here, https://darshanacentre.wordpress.com/healing/

 

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How Safe are Antibiotics?

© September 2016, By Prashant Shah, http://spiritual-living.in

Antibiotics are the backbone of modern medicine. Almost any infection can be cleared by them. However, today these powerful drugs are being used to clear up every mild bacterial infection that arises; and people try it even where there is a viral infection (where the antibiotic has no role). Whereas the antibiotics are life saving drugs particularly in the latter stage of infection, their indiscriminate use to treat every mild illness has reduced their future effectiveness.

The newer bacteria that are arising are more drug resistant, and so it is expected that the antibiotic will not do its job in future, when it will be most required. Many doctors are already comparing the seriousness of antibiotic resistance to cancer! In addition, the use of antibiotics is like a double edged sword; it comes along with many dangerous long-term side-effects like allergies, organ damage; loss of ‘good bacteria’; and of course, the growth of drug resistant bacteria that do not serve the usual useful purposes in the body.

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Contents:

  • The Crisis of Antibiotic Resistance
  • Chemical Warfare against Our Friends
  • The Role of Bacteria in Disease
  • Antibiotic Over-prescription: The Modern Mistake
    • Antibiotic Toxicity
    • Supra-infection
    • Organ Damage
    • The Need for a Change
    • Antibiotics in the Food Chain
    • Bacterial Mutations and Antibiotic Resistance
    • An Estimate
  • What You Can Do to Protect Your Health

The Crisis of Antibiotic Resistance

At present there is an emerging crisis of antibiotic resistance to microbial pathogens such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Streptococcus pneumonia, Mycobacterium tuberculosis; and great increases in multiple drug–resistant gram-negative bacilli. Infections caused by such antibiotic-resistant microbes are having an impact on clinicians that practice in every field of medicine. The effect is so large and wide that it is becoming a threat to all the institutes of public health.

Since the discovery of the first antibiotics in the late 1930s and early 1940s, these ‘wonder drugs’ have been used extensively in both hospital and outpatient care. They have been incredibly effective in controlling and even destroying pathogenic bacteria. This has led to their widespread acceptance and use. It gave rise to the rule: “In case of infection, the obvious treatment is to give an antibiotic.”

The infections that in earlier times would have caused great suffering or death were now being easily controlled and cured by antibiotics. That the antibiotics are very effective is undisputed. However, what is disputed is how safe is their indiscriminate or frequent use. Here we show the other side of antibiotic effect. These drugs are capable of doing both great good, and everyone knows that. What they don’t know is the harm that arises from using them often.

In the books on biology the earth is described as a bug’s world. Billions of different species of bacteria, fungi, virus, protozoa, and others inhabit every area on earth’s surface, from Polar Regions to active volcanoes, from the land to air and oceans. They were here prior to the entry of the animal and human species, and will doubtless be here long after we’ve gone. Every one of us is carrying thousands of bugs of many kinds. Golden staph, Streptococcus, Meningococcus, Pneumoniae, Tuberculosis, E. coli, and others are present in us most of the time.

These bugs play very important roles in nature. They are nature’s agents that act as in our ecosphere – constantly recycling decaying matter, scavenging, and generally keeping the planet sufficiently health to maintain life. They know how to cultivate organically; they know what to do to maintain their own future; and they’ve been doing it since the dawn of biological life.

These microscopic bugs perform the same sort of duties within the human body and around it; and without them, it must be admitted, we would die. Our bowels house a lot of these microscopic bacteria, collectively called ‘flora.’ In a healthy colon, there are billions of them and we can identify more than 400 different species. The best known are Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum.

In the healthy gut, these bugs are all friendly. They are meant to be there. Each one of them has its place within our ecosystem: some live in the mucous lining, some on the right side, some on the left, others in the middle, some at one end. They communicate with us when there are imbalances, and they play important roles in digestion and nutrition. For example, they help in the synthesis of valuable nutrients, such as vitamin B5 and K; in production of valuable acids that actually nourish the enthral mucosa; etc.

These floras also play a vital role in the functioning of our immune system. They produce natural antibiotics that keep out unwanted microorganisms. In a healthy intestinal environment, our gut flora can deal effectively with intruders like parasites and worms. They are involved in detoxification and perform a host of other beneficial activities. They are known to even produce anticancer substances.

The practice of treating infection using antibiotics (and vaccines) is based on the idea that these micro-organisms or bugs cause disease. The commonly held GERM THEORY, promoted by followers of Louis Pasteur, a nineteenth-century microbiologist, holds that these bugs that get into our system actually cause disease in our bodies. It gave rise to the rule that if we can stop these bugs getting in or kill them as soon as they enter we can essentially win the war against diseases.

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Pierre Bechamp, Pasteur’s contemporary, held that the bugs are not themselves the cause of disease, but their invasion is more the effect of a ‘disease state’. That is, they act in the same way within us as they do outside us, recycling and scavenging. Bechamp’s idea was that if the human (animal) organism is maintained in reasonable health, then imbalances of bugs will not occur, and correspondingly disease will not arise. A healthy body, therefore, is able to maintain good health despite the bugs; and we may be well because due to the presence of these bugs!

Naturopathy favours the Bechampian model. It holds that natural intelligence (which is superior to the rational human intelligence) has created the body with mechanisms that maintain healthy balances (homeostasis) and, provided that we live in harmony with our natural environment, optimal health will be the natural result. This is exactly what we see in the animal, plant, and, insect world; where there is balance and interdependence between the species. And keeping this in mind it can be argued that to the extent the environment has been polluted by human beings, imbalances have occurred, which have in turn brought about increased stress, trauma, and disease to the whole of human life.

Chemical Warfare against Our Friends

The toxomolecular approach is developed on the Pasteurian model. It opposes the presupposition that there is an inherent balance within and among living beings, and suggests the natural intelligence got it wrong! Hence, they consider these bugs as enemies that ought to be destroyed by all means possible. This thinking gave rise to the discovery of chemical and antibiotic intervention. The dogma became: “Kill those bugs to get back to health!”

However, the fact is that even when people come into contact with a contagious germ, most of them do not become infected; and even among those who do become infected, most do not get sick. Even the most dreaded polio virus produces no symptoms whatsoever in over 90 percent of people who contact it! The notorious meningococcal bacterium, which is involved in the death of some people every year, is actually present in about 25 percent of the human population. It is therefore a fact that most “killer bugs” are present in healthy human population without producing any symptoms of disease. This is something that just couldn’t happen if the Pasteur germ theory was correct!

The Role of Bacteria in Disease

Before exploring the fascinating and complex role of antibiotics as both saviours and killers, let us first understand the ROLE of bacteria in disease:

When a person who is susceptible is exposed to pathogenic bacteria, (which has the capacity to cause a disease) what happens? These bacteria multiply rapidly and cause local or systemic damage. The body’s reaction to these intruders is to initiate a series of complicated defence measures. The result of interaction between the pathogenic bacteria and the body’s defences is termed as INFECTION. This outcome is determined by several factors like the vitality of the individual’s immune response and the strength and numbers of the pathogenic bacteria. Human immune vitality is affected by various factors like hereditary, environment, stress, activity level, diet, nutrition, mental attitude, etc.

It is important to recognize that the association of bacteria with human tissue does not necessarily constitute an infection. Hence, it is not a pressing indication for eradication of the organisms! Even the so-called ‘pathogenic bacteria’ are commonly found to ‘colonize’ the body’s skin and mucous membranes without causing the least harm to the host. If you take throat swabs of healthy, symptom-free individuals, for example, it will not be surprising to find the presence of Beta Hemolytic, Streptococcus organisms, Meningococcus, and other pathogenic bacteria. However, according to the current medical procedure this finding indicates an immediate need for antibiotic therapy to prevent serious consequences!

From the point of view of holistic treatment, the central problem of modern medicine (the drug therapy and surgical intervention) in disease is that they generally deal with the END of the disease spectrum and concentrate only on its localised manifestation. But most of the disease processes arise in the early stages as mere functional disorders. The modern medical science chooses to ignore the causes and uses drugs to merely suppress the symptoms of the acute diseases. In this way they allow the disease to develop and they assume that their task is to only suppress the symptoms! Ultimately the structures or organs start to break down and then they will demonstrate the wonders of surgery.

Antibiotic Over-prescription: The Modern Mistake

Antibiotics are the most commonly prescribed drugs in the history of medicine, but today nearly 50% of those are prescribed to people in ailments where they are not really needed. Why does that happen? Many GPs say they lack the time to deal with persistent patients; and they fear complaints if they did not prescribe antibiotics to show immediate results.

 

DoYouNeedAntibioticsIt must be admitted that antibiotics are prescribed as a routine, without properly evaluating whether they are necessary or safe to use. In most instances of active infection (where there is actual invasion by bacteria and the destruction of tissue) antibiotics are prescribed on purely clinical grounds, without taking recourse to bacteriological evidence. On most occasions the infections are trivial and self-limiting, and sometimes there are viral infections, where antibiotics have no direct action. This is a misuse, but it would matter little if these antibiotics are free of toxicity! Unfortunately these antibiotics are known to cause severe allergic reactions and complications and the original disease may seem to be minor in comparison.

Antibiotic Toxicity

Antibiotics are not tonics or free of toxicity! Antibiotics are extremely useful as life-saving drugs, but they also have very toxic side-effects. Hence they should be reserved for use only as the last resort; for cases where no other therapy exists and the life of the organ or patient is in danger. This is not how antibiotics are commonly used today. So we illustrate some of reactions and complications that arise from the indiscriminate use of antibiotics from the medical journals.

By far the most obvious and severe reaction to antibiotic use is immediate anaphylactic shock. Anaphylaxis and anaphylactic reactions are abrupt and often life-threatening episodes. It gives rise to upper airway obstruction and circulatory collapse, which can cause of death. And the number of agents that are known to trigger the anaphylactic shock is continuously expanding. The acute allergic reactions that commonly follows penicillin and iodinated contrast materials are well known. They compared to the effect of severe bee and wasp stings!

Allergy and hypersensitivity to penicillin and streptomycin is publicly known, whereas the effect of over-the-counter topical ointments containing neomycin and other antibiotics is equally common, but not so well known. Further, the frequent use of such antibiotics makes the person hypersensitive to other antibiotics. It increases their risk of having allergic reactions in future. The skin is particularly sensitive to antibiotics and often gives allergic reactions. Some of these reactions like the ampicillin rash subside within a few days, whereas some others are very troublesome and last a long time.

Contact dermatitis often follows the use of antibiotic eye-drops and eye ointments, especially with neomycin. In patients with chronic inflammatory ear disease, allergic patch testing has demonstrated that 35 percent were due to antibiotic medication! Systemic contact dermatitis, termed as “baboon syndrome,” can occur, causing diffuse skin redness and inflammation covering the entire buttocks, upper inner thighs, and armpits. Various allergy tests performed on patients suffering from chronic recurrent urticaria showed positive reactions to antibiotics. Photo-toxicity is a well-recognized occurrence with tetracycline. It causes skin fragility, denudation, and blisters when exposed to the sun; and the skin can remain fragile for seven months thereafter! A far more serious skin reaction to antibiotics is toxic epidermal necrolysis (Lyell’s Syndrome), in which 25 to 100 percent of the skin is covered with fluid-filled lesions. Death occurs in some cases.

Finally, there is penicillin-induced generalized post-inflammatory elastolysis. The following report describes this severe and fatal reaction: “A 13 year old boy received penicillin for influenza and otitis. Within days of taking this medication, he developed recurrent edema of the face and a generalized urticarial eruption that waxed and waned. The salient and unusual features of this person’s disease were: (a) a senile appearance of his face with flaccid folds and sagging of the skin. (b) Dermatitis herpetiformis–like cutaneous lesions and (c) Gluten-sensitive enteropathy. Elastolysis increased in time and led to further deterioration of the patients’ physical appearance. Six years later, the patient developed internal manifestations and died.”

The ears are particularly sensitive to damage by medications. Today, the number of potentially ototoxic (toxic to the ear) substances is high, but the most important class is the aminoglycoside antibiotics, such as neomycin. The prevalence and severity of hearing impairment caused by these drugs is surprisingly high. Not only the spiral organ, but the vestibulocochlear nerve and the higher auditory pathways are also affected by these antibiotics. In some cases, hearing cannot be corrected even with a hearing aid. In some cases the aminoglycoside antibiotics in eardrops cause hearing loss. Regardless of the route of administration, these antibiotics pose a special hazard to the inner ear.

Two most common side effects of antibiotic use are diarrhoea and colitis. Arthritis can develop from cases of antibiotic-induced colitis. Ulceration and mucosal damage can be caused by antibiotics elsewhere in the gastrointestinal tract. Often ulcers are found to occur in the esophagus after suing oral antibiotics. Antibiotics can totally alter the normal bacterial flora in the intestines, leading to mal-absorption of nutrients. The antibiotics also damage the flora’s ability to produce vitamins, thereby causing deficiencies.

Pseudo-membraneous colitis, a possibly lethal form of infective colitis, is reported to occurs in case of many antibiotics. Further, once this condition develops, it is impossible to reverse it and the only remedy is to surgically remove a portion of the colon. This often happens in adults who have frequently used ampicillin, penicillin, clindamycin, erythromycin, and septrin.

Suprainfection

The occurrence of suprainfection is attributed to suppression of the body’s natural flora. This flora normally provides natural protection against the unlimited multiplication of antibiotic-resistant microorganisms like yeasts. The administration of broad-spectrum antibiotics, especially by mouth, can result in suprainfection with candida and other yeast, filamentous fungi, coliform organisms, proteus or pseudomonas species. These organisms can then colonize and damage many sites throughout the body. In some cases it even causes death.

The most recognized and researched form of suprainfection involves (the previously discussed) pseudo-membraneous colitis. This condition is now known to be due to suprainfection by Clostridium difficile, which produces an enterotoxin that can cause death. The antibiotic treatment creates a susceptibility to this infection by presumably altering the normal ‘barrier function’ of the colonic microflora.

Another form of suprainfection that has gained medical recognition is the overgrowth, locally and systemically, of Candida albicans after using antibiotics is. Some forms of this candida overgrowth are relatively benign, such as the common yeast infection many women have come to almost expect, following a course of antibiotics. These yeast infections are fairly easy to treat in most cases, but some women develop chronic or recurrent cases that are life threatening. The most publicized of these infections involves the gastrointestinal tract. Candida has been known to colonize the mouth, esophagus, small intestine, large intestine, and anal region. Cases have been reported in which tracheal obstruction and death was caused by a candida fungus ball after the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics.

When candida colonizes and invades the mucous membranes of the small intestines, increases the permeability of the wall. As a result relatively large undigested protein molecules are allowed to pass directly into the bloodstream. There they can act as antigenic material, and initiate an immune allergy response (Leaky Gut Syndrome). This can lead to allergic manifestations involving any target tissue or organ; and it may be responsible for a wide range of local and systemic pathology. In many cases this leakage of ‘large food-source protein’ molecules is the cause of food allergies!

Organ Damage

There is evidence to suggest that under certain conditions the candida mutates, losing adhesion to the cell walls to enter into the bloodstream. This creates great difficulty in therapy since nystatin, the most frequently used antifungal medication, is not absorbed into the blood; it remains only in the gastrointestinal tract. The disseminated candidasis has been known to cause death due to multi-organ involvement. In a study of fatal cases of systemic candidiasis, in most of the patients more than one organ was affected. The major organs involved (starting in order of highest frequency) are the lungs, spleen, kidneys, liver, heart, and brain.

The kidneys are highly susceptible to damage by drugs; and antibiotics are the most commonly implicated drugs in clinical reports of ‘drug-induced nephro-toxicity’. Aminoglycoside antibiotics continue to be a mainstay of therapy in the clinical management of gram negative infections, but a major factor in the clinical use of aminoglycosides (ampicillin and others) is their nephro-toxicity! In most hospital-acquired infections, the occurrence of aminoglycoside-induced renal failure is commonplace. Presently at least 10 percent of all cases of acute renal failure can be attributed to these antibiotics. Other classes of antibiotics, including penicillin and sulphonamides, also cause kidney damage.

The clinical manifestations attributed to these antibiotics include natural or spontaneous renal failure, renal colic, selective tubular defects, acute nephritic syndrome, hematuria, and obstructive nephropathy. In the case of severe renal failure, dialysis becomes necessary. The precise manner in which antibiotics damage kidney tissue is not completely understood, but virtually all antibiotics are excreted in part by the kidneys. It is suggested that antibiotics either alter the permeability of the plasma membrane or interfere with cellular energy derived from mitochondria. Enzyme systems active in the kidney are also capable of activating the drugs which are concentrated as ‘reactive toxins’ by the kidneys. Drug-induced immunologic damage may occur due to drug accumulation. Some antibiotics have been known to cause kidney damage by inducing the life-threatening autoimmune proteins of lupus (SLE).

The liver, which detoxifies and removes drugs from the circulation via bile, can also be damaged by antibiotics. Chemically induced liver injury from antibiotic use has caused cholestatic jaundice, hepatitis, and fatty infiltration of the liver.

Acute pancreatitis can also be caused by antibiotic use. Oxytetracydine and tetracycline can depress amylase and lipase activity. The impairment of digestive enzyme synthesis may cause a mal-absorption syndrome, which can take months to normalise.

The immune system has been damaged in several ways by various classes of antibiotics. Lupus, mentioned earlier, is only one of the immune malfunctions caused by antibiotics. Penicillin and tetracycline-induced hemolytic anemia, caused by the rapid destruction of red blood cells, happens many times. Similarly, another immune response causes damage to or destruction of blood platelets. It gives rise to abnormal bleeding, haemorrhages, and an increased risk of thromboembolism. There is also the report of neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, and leukopenia, as well as reduced phagocytosis by the cells of the reticuloendothelial system. It appears that penicillin and many other antibiotics reduce the effectiveness of the immune system and thus predispose the patient to further infection.

Commonly used antibiotics can also cause various central nervous system toxicities like seizure disorders, encephalopathy, bulging fontanelles, and neuropsychiatric symptoms. The abnormalities have been associated with the use of penicillins, cephalosporins, sulfonamides, tetracyclines, chloramphenicol, colistin, aminoglycosides, metronidazole, isoniazid, rifampin, ethionamide, cycloserine, and dapsone. Cranial nerve toxicities, such as myopia, optic neuritis, deafness, vertigo, and tinnitus, have been associated with the use of erythromycin, sulfonamides, tetracyclines, chloramphenicol, colistin, aminoglycosides, vancomycin, isoniazid, and ethambutol.

Permanent peripheral nerve symptoms, such as parasthesias, motor weakness, and sensory impairment, have been associated with the use of penicillins, sulfonamides, chloramphenicol, colistin, metronidazole, isoniazid, ethionamide, and dapsone. Various antibiotics have also been shown to cause multifocal myodonus, encephalopathy, seizures, and coma. These conditions are, in some cases, resistant to all treatments and sometimes result in death.

Another fatal complication of antibiotic use is acute bone marrow failure and aplastic anemia. This fatal condition has been caused by tetracycline, chloramphenicol, ampicillin, oxecillin, thiamphenicol and penicillin.

Antibiotics also affect the heart and circulatory system. Cardiac toxicities due to antibiotics may cause drug-induced myocarditis and myocardial infarction (heart attack).

Injection of antibiotics also carry a serious danger. Intravenous infusions of some antibiotics have been shown to cause phlebitis after two days on therapy. The unintentional injection of an antibiotic into an artery, which may occur on occasion during a routine intramuscular injection, can have disastrous effects. Vascular-occlusion gangrene has been reported several times!

Oral antibiotics have also caused similar reactions, as the following case report illustrates: a nodular exanthema of the skin was observed in an eight-year-old girl. She had been treated with penicillin a few days earlier for a gastrointestinal infection. Continuation of penicillin treatment led to occlusion of larger arteries and gangrene of the forefoot. Generalized vasculitis with multisystem involvement also occurs, with possibly fatal results.

The Need for a Change

Although we have only discussed some of the many toxic effects of antibiotics, it clearly shows the need to be conservative in using them. And it is interesting to note that many health complaints that routinely receive antibiotic therapy can be easily treated with simple, safe, and effective nontoxic approaches.

For example, consider a case of acne. This condition is very satisfactorily treated by holistic therapies along with some dietary and lifestyle changes. Yet most allopathic (modern) physicians will treat it with oral antibiotics! This might be acceptable if they were particularly effective and had no side effects, but the antibiotic class most frequently prescribed, are the tetracyclines and minocycline. We have discussed the usual side-effects of tetracyclines, the minocycline have been found to cause black pigmentation of the thyroid, sclera, bones, teeth, skin, and nails. The tetracyclines can cause permanent staining of the teeth. Recently, topical antibiotics have come into vogue for the treatment of acne. These antibiotic lotions are certainly less toxic and avoid the possibility of adverse affects of systemic therapy, but they still do not address the underlying cause of the condition. They only treat or suppress its most obvious symptom. Bacteria do not cause acne (which every dermatologist must be made to admit), so any therapy aimed at killing bacteria will not remove the cause and hence it cannot eradicate the condition. All it can do is give some temporary relief.

Acute otitis media is another condition which is treated with antibiotic therapy. The great bulk of these conditions are serous or secretary otitis – which is a nonbacterial condition, in which antibiotics have no effect. Often the reverse happens – the antibiotics cause the inflammation to linger! In every case, the early use of antibiotic therapy can interfere with the development of local immunity. So when the symptoms are merely suppressed, they will RECUR.

Bacterial otitis media does occur, but is the result of eustachian tube dysfunction. It is a catarrhal condition that arises due to improper diet or allergy. Bacteria can then proliferate within the stagnant serous fluid in the middle ear and cause typical acute symptoms of earache and fever. It is always easier to prevent this condition or reverse it in early stages. Even at the end-stage of the disorder with infection, antibiotic will not be required if the patient uses the holistic therapy.

For many years a large number of doctors have routinely prescribed antibiotics for upper respiratory infections. Antibiotic therapy has been shown to be of no value in the treatment of these infections, either in shortening the course of the acute illness or in preventing the development of secondary bacterial infections. Yet the doctors routinely prescribe tetracycline, erythromycin, and ampicillin. The indiscriminate use of antibiotic therapy cannot be a substitute for proper diagnostic evaluation of whether the patient has bacterial or the more likely a viral infection.

Antibiotics in the Food Chain

Antibiotic exposure is a regular feature in the current farming and animal husbandry practices. They use antibiotics to treat infections, to accelerate the growth of young livestock, etc. Here also it gives rise to antibiotic resistanan pathogenic organisms. After a short period of time the animals that receive antibiotics show a great deal of antibiotic-resistant strains in the intestinal flora, including pathogenic strains. The resistant bacteria enter the environment through the animals’ excretions, where they are now causing biological problems for water creatures and they can also affect humans. The resistant bacteria is often passed on through foods of animal origin like meat, milk, and eggs.

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Bacterial Mutations and Antibiotic Resistance

A major internal and external ecological issue has arisen due to the development of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. It happens to the extent that antibiotics are used. Resistance may develop by selection of resistant strains, which may develop by random mutation. Further, organisms resistant to one antibiotic may become resistant to another, called cross-resistance. Bacteria often have complete cross-resistance to structurally related antibiotics. Resistance may be acquired by the transfer of genetic material from one organism to another. It also appears to occur outside the body, probably in sewage and contaminated surface water.

There is a case where a mutated enterococcal bacterium (VRE) has emerged. It is resistant to all pharmaceutical antibiotics! Normally, enterococci reside quite happily inside the gut and female genital tract, where they cause no problems. In diseased people (often in hospitals), enterococci can become opportunistic and cause heart valve or urinary tract infections. This bug actually thrives around antibiotics. The real potential for damage, however, is in the ability of bugs to so easily transmit genetic information to other bugs. Vancomycin resistance, for instance, may spread from enterococci to other bacteria, such as golden staph. And that would be disastrous.

At present, the bugs have survived in this war (a war they never wanted) extremely well; they are mutating in ways we never thought were possible, and at rates which have alarmed the scientists. The overuse of antibiotics, both medically and in meat and dairy production, has led to bugs mutating to the point where they can even threaten the existence of healthy people. This can lead to a situation that humanity has never seen before. Until now, if people died from infections, it was generally because of poor health in the patient, poor choice of treatment, or both. But now the situation is changing. If it continues, and if we keep trying to destroy the bugs by chemical warfare rather than letting our bodies keep them in balance, we may see many fatalities before the bug war is over. This possibility of a superbug arising has even been discussed by the World Health Organization.

An Estimate

The adverse effects of antibiotics call for a re-evaluation of their present widespread and often indiscriminate use for humans and animals. Unless the allopathic medicine decides to look at the infectious diseases differently they will never try to attend to the causes or develop alternatives. They may even set the stage for a large-scale epidemic of antibiotic-resistant diseases.

It is important to understand that the only truly effective antibiotic is to develop a healthy and strong immune system; and until we begin to direct our therapeutic efforts toward strengthening the body and not to killing the germ, infectious disease will continue to remain a threat to humanity.

What You Can Do to Protect Your Health

  • Avoid using antibiotic treatment unless you have a life-threatening situation. It will be better to overcome an infection by holistic means (see our other articles). It will develop your immunity and make you stronger and less dependent on treatment with drugs.
  • Avoid consuming meats and dairy products (since they contain antibiotics) unless you know they are got from a genuine organic source.
  • If you have taken antibiotics, then flush your gut with probiotics immediately thereafter. The bacteria from Curd or Yogurt are not enough. Then further, every six months take a course of probiotics as a precaution. Buy only refrigerated probiotics and that too from a reliable source.

The Book: Biochemic Prescriber

A guide for prescribing Dr. Schussler’s biochemic tissue salts to family and friends

Allopathic medicine is the mainstream system. It is a leader for treatment in emergencies, in infectious diseases, and for ailments that require surgical intervention. However, most of the common troubles that we face are only FUNCTIONAL DISORDERS, such as:

  • respiratory disorders like allergies, colds, coughs;
  • skin disorders like eczema, itching, dandruff, psoriasis, foul odour;
  • pains like headache, stiff-joints, back pains; and
  • digestive disorders like irritable bowels, constipation, acidity, flatulence, etc.

The_Biochemic_Prescr_Cover_for_KindleAnd for such troubles, the allopathic (modern) medical system has no effective remedy! The doctor here only tries to manage or relieve the symptoms of the disorder. In this way they provide us some temporary relief, while the body tries to heal itself. Often we are put on a medication that may have to be continued for a lifetime!

A striking contrast to this modern medical approach is found in the classical system of Biochemic Remedies, which is based on holistic healing. This system is both simple to understand and easy to use. Further, its effectiveness is amazing; and it comes without the ‘side-effects’ that usually arises from using the drug therapy.

The most interesting thing about the holistic approach to healing is that you don’t need to know the details regarding the functions of the different body parts or the classified diseases to be able to prescribe. My mother used to treat us (family) with these biochemic remedies when we were kids. And she did a pretty good job with it even though she had no training in healthcare! All you need to know to prescribe these biochemic remedies is the nature of imbalance in the body in terms of the ‘guiding symptoms’.

I have personally used these biochemic remedies and over the years I have found the results to be consistent and amazing. I have written this book to share my observations. The requirement for making a good prescription here is not prescribe on the basis of classified diseases, but to do it on the basis of the specific indications for these biochemic remedies. When you can do that, you can become a domestic physician (not a licensed physician). Then you can safely use these biochemic remedies to help yourself, your family and your friends. It will overcome your helplessness in health matters and reduce your excessive dependence on the medical profession.

The book is available from Amazon and Kindle online bookstores. Use this handy prescriber to heal yourself, your family and friends. The treatment is simple to understand and easy to use; and the results are simply amazing.

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Good Health without Medicines

A simple solution to your health problems

Summary of a talk by Prashant Shah (http://spiritual-living.in) on 1 August 2015; organised by Carmen Ambert in Puerto Rico; and on 1 July 2017, organised by Yoga Parivar of Nilamber Bellissimo at Vadodara

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Contents:

  • The Message
  • The medical science is focused on relieving symptoms
  • What is so wrong with just relieving symptoms?
  • The three big mistakes
  • Understanding the disease in terms of toxaemia
  • How to detoxify the body
  • Reduce the existing toxaemia
  • Avoid generating toxins
  • Some good eating habits
  • If natural healing is so simple, why isn’t everyone doing it?

The Message

Today we are ingrained to believe that our health depends on doctors, medicines, and the health care industry; whereas the truth is that our health really depends on our lifestyle, diet, emotions and constitution. When we understand this simple truth, we can learn to restore and maintain our health by our own efforts and, except in extreme cases, we will not need to consult doctors.

The medical science is focused on relieving symptoms

The Medicine Show (A Consumer Union of U.S. Publication) says: “The public has grown accustomed to thinking that a doctor’s job in curing diseases is to find the cause and remove it. However, the truth is that a greater part of the physician’s efforts goes towards relieving symptoms with very little knowledge of their causes; and today’s most prevalent illnesses, many of which are chronic illnesses, are merely treated symptomatically.”

The approach in modern medicine is to classify a collection of symptoms as a disease syndrome, and then to treat this syndrome with powerful drugs. This method is very useful in treating life-threatening disorders and stubborn infections. However, most of our everyday illnesses are merely FUNCTIONAL DISORDERS such as: Respiratory disorders like the common cold and cough; skin disorders like rashes that itch, dandruff and foul odour; pains like headache, stiff-joints and back pains; and digestive disorders like irritable bowels, constipation and flatulence. And for such ailments the modern medical science has no effective remedy. They only try to manage or relieve the symptoms and provide some temporary relief.

What is so wrong with just relieving symptoms?

When you habitually treat the symptoms of common functional disorders with drugs, you merely modify the symptoms without removing the causes. And when the underlying causes continue, the disease develops further and becomes chronic. It gives rise to annoying symptoms like the headache, stuffy nose, acidity, gas trouble, rheumatic pain, skin rash, respiratory allergy (like asthma, wheezing), blood pressure, etc. Such chronic disorders are less intense in their effects, but they harass more since they last for a long time and recur periodically.

And for such chronic conditions there are ‘no outright cures’ – there are only medications that temporarily manage or relieve the symptoms. Hence, you are never healed; you are merely put on medication, which has to be continued for the rest of your life! Hence, hypertension is not healed; it is treated with BP pills that have to be taken for a lifetime. Asthma is not healed; inhalers become your constant companions Osteoarthritis is not healed; the ultimate remedy is sought in knee replacement. Allergies are not healed; you become increasingly dependent on medication. The list is endless.

However in the early stages a disease is always just a functional disorder. If you choose to suppress the symptoms at this stage, you bypass the healing that should happen at this stage and allow the disease to become internalised. Then it develops further and becomes chronic; and ultimately it becomes degenerative wherein the structures of the organs like the heart, liver, lungs, kidneys, etc. begin to break down. Then you need surgical intervention.

The three big mistakes

  • The symptoms are considered as the disease, whereas the symptoms are only the EFFECTS of a diseased state.
  • The causes of a disease are sought in external agents like germs and bacteria, whereas the true cause is due to TOXAEMIA – a ‘diseased state’ that arises due to the accumulation of toxins in the body at the cellular level.
  • When the treatment focuses on merely relieving symptoms, the CAUSE CONTINUES. Then the ailments become chronic or newer disorders continue to arise. Hence, the patient is never really healed.

Understanding the disease in terms of toxaemia

In natural healing the primary disease factor in the body is called TOXAEMIA. It is experienced as irritation, pain, restlessness, indigestion, or sluggishness. The deeper causes of the toxaemia usually lie inside the person – in their lifestyle, diet, emotions and constitution. Let us perceive how this diseased state arises.

Whenever there is some disturbance or excess in our life, the vital force gets depleted. Then it becomes insufficient. Then our digestion, assimilation and elimination also become weak and our system becomes sluggish. That is, our digestion is incomplete; our assimilation is poor; and all this stuff has to be decomposed so that it can be thrown out. The ultimate effect is that there is a gradual build up of toxins or waste products in the body at the cellular level. And once the ‘toxin level’ is higher than the body can tolerate, the body’s resistance to the external agents of disease like the allergens, germs, bacteria, etc is lost. Then the body becomes SUSCEPTIBLE to illness.

How to detoxify the body

  • Reduce the ‘toxin level’ in the body. Once the toxin level is lowered, the vital force will be able to perform the function of healing naturally.
  • Correct your lifestyle, eating habits, etc. so that toxins are not allowed to accumulate in the body.

Reduce the existing toxaemia

Nature cure uses many methods such as fasting, water cure, baths, packs, elimination diets, etc. Here we consider the method of ELIMINATION DIET, which is to eat only fruits for breakfast.

This diet has two considerations:
a) You give the body a long period of rest from digestion on a daily basis. Then the body will use the extra vitality that becomes available to eliminate the toxins.
b) Next, you eat fruits that have good cleansing properties for breakfast. They assist in eliminating the toxins.

The correct way of eating fruits:
Fruits detoxify your body, but the detoxifying effect is best when you eat them on an empty stomach and not when you take them after meals. When you mix other food with fruits, the mixture stays for a long time in the stomach and ferments (turns to acid). Then you experience acidity or gas.

Avoid generating toxins

TooMuchFoodRule-1: Eat less, and take only easy-to-digest food. When you eat less food, you do not waste your energy on processing the excess food. When you can digest all the food you eat, you become more energetic and produce fewer toxins.

Rule-2: When food remains undigested in the body, it ferments. And that increases the toxin level in the body. Hence, value food items according to your ability to digest and assimilate them, and not according to their nutrient content! Simply avoid eating food that is hard to digest or has toxic additives.

In specific:

  • Avoid fried food, soybean preparations, sweets, chocolates, refined flour preparations and food containing preservatives.
  • Avoid consuming food that is highly processed, highly sweetened or salted; or foods that carry health claims (don’t encourage deceivers). Food is processed to increase its shelf life (not your life) and the processing makes it more indigestible in your body.
  • Further, some foods are processed to make them tasty (deep-fried or addicting ingredients are added). It increases their consumption. However, that is better for the seller’s business and not for your body.
  • Avoid consuming ‘concentrated’ food-stuff. Don’t be deceived by the label of extra nutrient value. They will be harder to digest. Instead, eat the food with lower nutritional value that comes with a lot of roughage and fibre. The fibre and roughage make it easier for the body to digest and assimilate the food, and the waste products that are generated will also be easier to eliminate.
  • Avoid consuming diet supplements and micronutrients unless you have a specific deficiency. Otherwise by taking them you serve the interests of the pharmaceutical companies, and not your interest. If you have a specific deficiency, take the supplement (preferably from a natural source) only until the deficiency is overcome. Do not continue to consume it thereafter. Otherwise it creates DEPENDENCIES and generates imbalance in the body.

Some good eating habits

  • The main purpose of eating is to feed the body. Hence, do not combine other purposes, like parties and thrill with the act of eating.
  • While eating, try to become conscious of what you eat, and how much you eat. When you maintain this discipline, the natural instinct of the body will awaken and allow you to sense the quality of the food you eat.
  • Eat only two main meals in the day. Establish your meal time and adhere to it. Avoid eating between meals. If you eat at odd times, you will not be hungry at the meal time! Further, if you don’t get the hunger sensation at meal time, don’t eat.
  • Drinking water: You need about 9 glasses of water a day. Try to drink ‘fresh stream’ or mountain water; and avoid drinking tap water or recycled water. Further, drinking water is not the same thing as drinking beverages.
  • The time factor: The morning time is naturally suited to the function of elimination. Hence, at this time avoid eating food, and drink of lot of water. The digestion is strongest around mid-day. Hence, lunch should be your main meal. Take rest after eating a big meal. The digestive fire becomes weak on overcast days and in the rainy season. Hence, eat less on such days and in the corresponding season.

If natural healing is so simple, why isn’t everyone doing it?

Natural healing not been popularised because the modern medical business is not interested in finding a solution from which there is no money to be made.

Further, some people understand the message of natural healing, but still they do not pursue it because they lack the will power that is necessary to change their lifestyle, diet and emotional habits. So they come for advice, but they are actually looking for a quick fix. These people don’t want to accept the responsibility for their health. So, they prefer to take the pill and settle for some temporary relief.

These ideas are developed further in the author’s book: ‘Healing without Drugs’; click here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HYR3RRAA/

Also read our book: ‘How to Restore your Health Naturally – a time-tested way to heal yourself by simply changing your lifestyle and eating habits. The URL is https://www.amazon.in/dp/B075V5R1FJ

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However, if you are still interested in using the pill option, consider doing it on a holistic basis. To know more, click here: https://darshanacentre.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/using-biochemic-remedies/

The Biochemic Way to Health

Using Dr. Schuessler’s biochemic cell salt remedies to overcome common health disorders

© 2016 by Prashant S. Shah, http://www.spiritual-living.in; the author of the book: The Biochemic Prescriber – available from Amazon and Kindle online bookstores.

Contents

  • Introduction
  • The twelve tissue-salts
  • A summary
  • The leading Remedies for Common Diseases

Introduction

The_Biochemic_Prescr_Cover_for_KindleIn the 18th century there was great interest in the biochemistry of cells. In 1873, Dr. Schuessler analysed the ash content of human cells and identified twelve inorganic tissue salts that are essential for the healthy functioning of our body.

He believed that there is a biochemical basis to cellular health and vitality of the body organs, and they are maintained by a balance of these twelve tissue salts. Thus, these inorganic tissue-salts were considered to play a vital role in healthy functioning of the human body: in digesting food; in assimilating nutrients; and in eliminating the biological waste products.

Whenever there is a deficiency of any of these inorganic salts in the body tissues, certain typical symptoms are found to arise. So, when you observe such symptoms in a person, all you have to do is supply the deficient salt in a potentised form (6X). It will stimulate the vital force of the body, which will do the healing.

Dr. Schuessler administered the tissue-salts in a potentised or vibrated form. He commonly used the 6X potency to restore the vital force at the vibration level. When the vital force is restored, it becomes active and does the healing.

In this therapy you do not suppress the symptoms of a disease to claim a quick cure. Instead you focus on restoring the healing power of the vital force and allow it to do the healing through a natural process. Further, the healing is considered to happen through a biochemical process. Hence, these ‘inorganic salt supplements’ are called ‘Biochemic Remedies’ or simply the Biochemic tissue-salts. They can be purchased in the potentialised form (6X) from most Homeopathic Pharmacies and online stores.

These inorganic salts are present in the blood, lymph, bone, nerves, etc. Whenever there is a deficiency of one or more of these tissue-salts in the body organs certain symptoms arise in the body. The biochemic remedy in all such cases is to stimulate the vital force of the body with a potentised form of the deficient tissue salt. Then the body will on its own begin to overcome its deficiency and heal itself.

It is interesting to note that Dr. Schuessler was originally a homoeopath. Hence, this therapy has been given a supportive role in homeopathic treatment. However, the basis for selecting the remedy in this Biochemic system is different from the Homoeopathic system. Here the selection is based on a perceived ‘deficiency’ of the tissue salts. It is not based on the homoeopathic ‘law of cure’ (let likes be treated by likes). The main thing in common between homeopathy and biochemistry is that the remedies are administered in a ‘potentised’ form. That is, they are given as pills of sugar of milk that contain a vibration of the inorganic salt. There is no active chemical, and hence it is not a drug therapy.

This biochemic system is much simpler than its parent, homoeopathy. Here you choose the remedy from just twelve tissue salts! On the other hand, in homoeopathy you have to collect a very wide range of symptoms, repertories them, and then find the matching remedy from an equally large number of remedies. Hence, the task can be overwhelming.

The twelve tissue-salts

Here we give the ‘signature’ of the twelve Biochemic Tissue-Salts. For a more detailed discussion, please refer to the author’s book (The Biochemic Prescriber, available from the Amazon and Kindle online stores). The Biochemic tissue salts are available from most of the Homeopathic Pharmacies.

Cal Fluor

This salt governs the elasticity of the muscular fibres and connective tissues. Its deficiency makes the skin, muscles, ligaments and/or veins lose their elasticity. Hence, the ruling symptom is loss of flexibility, elasticity or chronic dilation.

Thus, it will heal a prolapsed uterus or bladder (with dragging down sensations); haemorrhoids (that itch and bleed); joints that easily dislocate; glands that have hardened and calcified since exudation was difficult; skin that is cracked or chapped; and veins that have become varicose.

It is also useful for overcoming lose teeth and receding gums; and for treating lumps that develop on bones (after a bad bruise to a bone or a fracture) or around joints (after a bad sprain). It also strengthens the bones that bend, as in bow legs or hunched back; or where spurs have developed, as in osteoarthritis.

Cal Phos

This salt is associated with defective nutrition in bones, muscle, and glands and with teething troubles in children.

It is an essential mineral in gastric juices that are necessary for protein assimilation. Hence, it is given for building the blood cells (anaemia), muscles (strength) and bones (as in teething). It is commonly used as a tonic to quicken recovery after an illness or after there have been exhausting albuminous discharges and menopause.

The deficiency of this salt causes foul taste in the mouth along with bloating, flatulence or heartburn. Often the person cannot bear tight clothing. And there are freckles and pimples on the face.

This salt is also used to treat aching pains in bones, cartilages, joints and muscles; and for healing brittle bones or bones after a fracture; and for treating the effects of wasting diseases like TB, sexual excess and emotional disorders.

Cal Sulf

The main function of this salt is to remove impurities (like pus) from the skin and blood. These impurities show their effect on the mucous membranes and the skin: The boils or abscesses discharge, but not heal.

The different organs of the body cannot perform their tasks well when the blood becomes toxic with pus. Hence, this salt is often used as an inter-current remedy while treating chronic coughs, colds, earaches, eczemas, and eye infections. The discharges are characteristically thick and yellow. It serves as an expectorant in chest congestions.

Ferrum Phos

This salt is a constituent of the red blood corpuscles, which act as the carrier of oxygen to the different organs of the body. Whenever there is infection or inflammation in any part of the body (heat, redness and pain), the temperature rises to fight the bacteria or virus, and unless it rises beyond 102 degrees, it should not be suppressed. This salt is most useful at this stage. It is the ‘rescue remedy’ in all acute illnesses.

Thus, Ferrum phos is used in the first stage of fevers and at the onset of an acute respiratory illnesses (like coughs or colds), before any swellings or discharges have developed. The person will be listless and there is redness of parts, with no other clear symptoms.

The lack of this salt causes the muscle fibres to relax. Hence, there is dilation with the accumulation of blood, and sometimes with haemorrhage. It is the first remedy for earaches, and nosebleeds after an injury.

Kali Mur

This cell salt unites with albumen (protein) to form fibrin, which is found in all tissues of the body except bone. When Kali mur is deficient, the fibrin becomes non-functional and causes a thick, whitish discharge from the mucus membranes. The tongue is typically coated white.

Kali mur is most useful in treating the second stage of inflammations and congestions. It helps in all catarrhal conditions such as coughs, stuffy head colds, chest colds or stuffed sinuses, etc. where there is a swelling or white discharge. There may be white ulcers or thrush in the mouth.

This salt will relieve rheumatic swellings and detoxify the lymph and glandular systems of the body. It is very useful in earaches with congestion in the Eustachian tubes (so that hearing is affected).

The skin is dry with white scales. The eczema is dry. This salt is the biochemic ‘first aid’ for burns and blisters. It stops the wound from bleeding and heals it faster.

Here the digestion is very sluggish. Often there is indigestion or diarrhoea from consuming rich or fatty food.

Kali Phos

It is the mineral constituent of the grey matter of nerve fibres, like the brain. It is used as a nerve tonic for people in the convalescent stage of any acute illness (especially after flu) where there is nervous exhaustion. Give it freely to people who are under the pressure of mental work or study (exams) or to the executives that are burning out. The person shows the need for warmth and rest.

This salt relieves the nervousness that arises from emotional stress. Hence, it is ideally suited to people who “fly of the handle for no good reason”; where there is hysteria, depression or tantrums.

This salt is also useful in septic conditions where there is a decay of the nerve fibres. The fever is high (as in intestinal fever); the breath and body odour are foul (as in tooth decay); and the discharges are also foul smelling and bloody (as in gangrene). The tongue has a mustard colour coating.

This salt is mostly used as a brain tonic to relieve nervousness, brain fag, insomnia (sleeplessness), and the condition of shattered nerves. It will also relieve dull neuralgic pains.

Kali Sulf

This salt cleanses the skin, which is the largest organ of the body. Whereas Ferrum phos carries oxygen to the organs, Kali sulf transfers the oxygen onto the cells where it is used. Hence, it is said to promote ‘cellular breathing’. In this way it cleanses the epidermis (top layer of skin). It overcomes the dull and sickly appearance of the skin, psoriasis, and scaling as in dandruff. In skin eruptions the discharges are sticky and yellow, as in chicken pox.

The discharges from the mucus membranes are typically yellow. The tongue is coated yellow; the discharges are thick and sticky and cause wheezing in the chest which often gets worse between 3 to 5 AM. It is useful in the third stage of coughs, colds, earaches, etc. where expectoration has formed, but it is sticky and difficult to bring out.

It is used in inflammatory fevers to open up the pores of the skin and cause perspiration. It relieves ailments that are due to suppressed eruptions. The eruption returns in a milder form, which can be easily overcome.

This remedy is indicated when a change of weather from cold to warm. It brings on the symptoms of cough, cold, or rheumatic pains that typically move (shift) around in the body.

Mag Phos

This salt has a striking effect on white-nerve fibres and muscles. We call it the ‘biochemic aspirin’ since it relieves pains anywhere – in earache, headache, toothache (including teething in babies), abdominal colic, muscular spasms and even sciatica — as long as the pains are better by heat and pressure.

The characteristic of the pain is neuralgic (i.e. sharp, spasmodic or cutting pains that come and go). It is not a dull pain! The action of this tissue salt is the opposite of Ferrum Phos, where there is relaxation muscles contract. Here there is convulsion, cramp and restlessness.

This salt will relieve painful menses, muscular twitching, hiccough and spasmodic coughs. Women who need this remedy may be found doubled up in bed with a hot water bottle pressed into their abdomen.

Natrum Mur

This salt affects the ‘water balance’ in mucous membranes, skin and body organs. There is dryness in the mouth along with strong thirst; lips are dry with a crack in the lower lip; the cough is dry and hacking; the bowels are constipated, etc. On the other hand the discharges are watery: the nose is running; the eyes are watering; and there is much sneezing.

It will relieve edema (excessive fluid build up in specific areas of the body) like puffy ankles; the creaking in joints (due to dryness); painful mouth ulcers; and water-filled blisters (herpetic eruptions).

The headache of Nat mur is usually throbbing or hammering. It arises due to fluid imbalance in the brain. The patient has poor endurance to the heat of the sun, and so they often get a headache from exposure to sun.

The food takes a long time to digest in the stomach, so there is indigestion and full sensation. Sometimes there is a salty taste in the mouth; sometimes there is a craving for salt; and many troubles are aggravated by living near the seashore.

Nat Phos

This salt maintains the alkaline balance in the body. It emulsifies fatty acids and keeps the uric acid soluble in the blood. It is useful in troubles of the stomach and intestines when there is ‘acidity’ – a burning sensation with indigestion and gas. The digestive tract is very sensitive and intolerant to ‘acid forming’ foods like milk, fats, sweets, alcohol and vinegar. The person usually has a large appetite, but feels worse after eating.

Often there is acid belching after eating; itching around the anus due to worms (which thrive in acidic conditions); obstinate constipation or constipation alternating with sour smelling and burning diarrhoea with sudden urging.

All the discharges here are characteristically sour smelling and creamy yellow. The skin is sore and itching with eczema or yellow scabs. Often there is eczema in the lower foot with intolerable itching.

This salt keeps urea soluble in the blood; otherwise uric acid salts can precipitate around joints and ligaments of the body causing STIFFNESS in skeletal muscles and swellings in joints. Hence, this salt is known to relieve (inflammatory) rheumatic conditions from acid diathesis. It is also a kidney tonic.

Nat Sulf

This salt is associated with the liver and it cleanses the intercellular fluids of the body.

Nat sulf is involved in carbohydrate metabolism in the body. Hence, it is useful in treating digestive upsets or nausea after eating starchy foods or fruits; and in morning diarrhoea where the stools are greenish.

It is called the ‘liver salt’ since the liver is often swollen, there is excessive bile (as in jaundice) and the gall bladder is sensitive. The taste is bitter, the tongue is coated dirty green-brown, and the discharges are greenish.

Nat sulf it is used to cleanse the cellular wastes from the cells and the intercellular fluid. Hence, it is often called the detox salt. It is also used to treat intermittent fevers (that come and go); influenza with coughs and colds; rheumatism due to toxaemia; and headaches which are dull and occipital (at the base of the head). It also relieves the hangover that arises from taking excessive drinks.

A feeling of dullness and stuffiness in damp or wet weather always calls for this salt.

Silicea

The deficiency of this salt affects keratin, the fibrous tissue in the body. It gives rise to weakness in the connective tissues of bones, glands, hair, mucous membranes, nails, skin and teeth. There is a typical brittleness of hair and nails; and the skin develops wrinkles and cracks.

This salt will get rid of superfluous organic matter in the body. It functions like a surgeon in finishing abscesses, boils, carbuncles, corns and styes. It hastens the suppuration or pus-formation process in boils and abscesses that are painful, but do not discharge easily. It will extrude foreign bodies like thorns from under the skin. In gout or rheumatic affections it will push the tissues to throw out the accumulated waste. It will act on post-surgical scars that are inflamed, painful, and slow to heal.

It will relieve chronic swellings in glands, in the throat, in the ear, and of the sinuses.

This tissue-salt is most useful in long continued infections and in chronic skin disorders. The difference between the action of Cal sulf and Silicea is that Silicea ripens the abscess and promotes suppuration, whereas Cal sulf restrains the suppuration to cleanse and close the wound.

The Silicea person is typically sensitive, chilly, and sweaty; he catches cold easily; becomes chilled by cold wind; and lacks stamina and easily worn out by work. The body is imperfectly nourished due to deficient assimilation. The perspiration smells foul; the skin itches; milk is not digested easily; and many symptoms are sensitive to the Moon phases, particularly to full Moon and new Moon.

A summary

Thinking in terms of the ‘cell salts’,
Calcium is associated with disorders of nutrition and bones.
Sodium is associated with troubles of digestion and elimination. It gives rise to symptoms like acidity, sluggishness and rheumatism.
Potassium is associated with auto-intoxication as in blood diseases and nerve troubles. It is also associated with mucus and skin disorders.
Iron is associated with circulation and oxygen starvation.
Silicea is associated with constitutional weakness and deformities in nails and teeth. And
Magnesium is associated with cramps and nerve spasms.

Remedies for Classified Diseases

Common Disorders

Leading Remedies

Abscess, boils with pus (painful) Sil and then Calc sulf
Acidity, indigestion, heart burn, peptic ulcer Nat phos
Anaemia Ferr phos, Cal phos, Nat mur (thin blood)
Arteriosclerosis (hardening of arteries) Cal fluor
Asthma, humid Nat sulf, Nat mur

Chronic: Sil

Allergic rhinitis (sneezing, cold, headache) Nat mur; also consider Kali mur, Kali sulf
Anxiety, tension Kali phos; from grief: Nat mur
Bites of insects Nat mur (apply)
Bone and teeth tonic Cal fluor, Cal phos, Sil
Bronchitis (wheezing), short breath; allergic Ferr phos; Kali sulf; Kali mur
Catarrh (stuffed up mucus membrane of nose and throat) Congestion: Kali mur; Dry or watery: Nat mur

Chronic: Cal sulf, Kali sulf, Sil

Constipation Dryness: Nat mur;

with mucus Kali mur;

with acidity: Nat phos;

chronic: Sil

Corns (feet) Sil; in palm: Nat mur
Colic – pain in abdomen Mag phos;

due to bad gas: Nat sulf

Cough Kali mur, Kali sulf;

as intercurrent: Cal phos;

chronic: Cal sulf

Cramps Muscular: Mag phos; digestive: Cal phos;

nervous: Kali phos

DETOX OF:

Glands:

Blood:

Nerves:

Skin:

Water within organs:

Endocrine glands

Intercellular fluids:

*

Cal phos, Kali mur

Cal sulf

Kali phos

Kali sulf

Nat mur

Kali Sulf

Nat sulf, Kali mur

Diarrhoea Nat phos, Nat sulf;

chronic: Sil

Diabetes Nat phos; Nat sulf
Dysentery With blood: Ferr phos, Kali phos.

With mucus: Kali mur, Kali sulf.

With pus: Cal sulf

Depression Nervous: Kali phos;

from grief: Nat mur;

from sadness: Nat sulf

Earache Ferr phos, Kali mur, Kali sulf
Eye infection Cal sulf
Eczema Dry & whitish: Kali mur;

dry or watery: Nat mur;

sticky & yellow: Kali sulf;

wet: Nat sulf;

chronic: Sil, Cal sulf

Epitasis, bleeding from the nose Ferr phos, Cal phos
FEVERS:

Inflammation

to promote perspiration:

intermittent:

Influenza (flu):

Typhoid (high):

Hay Fever

*

Ferr phos

Kali sulf

Nat sulf; Nat mur

Nat sulf; Kali mur

Kali phos

Nat mur, Nat sulf; Sil

Flatulence: Nat sulf, Sil.
Gas, belching: Nat phos, Cal phos.
HAIR LOSS

due to dandruff:

Chronic: Sil;

Kali sulf, Nat mur

Hives (Nettle rash) Kali Sulf, Nat mur, Nat phos
Herpes (small painful water filled blisters along the nerve site): Nat mur.

Second stage: Sil or Cal sulf;

pain during: Kali phos

Hormonal disturbance Kali sulf; Cal phos
Irritable, angry Kali sulf, Nat mur
Ligament damage Sil
Liver troubles Jaundice: Nat sulf;

congestion: Kali mur;

abscess: Cal sulf

Mania (mental problems) Kali phos; Nat mur
Measles, chicken pox Kali mur, Kali sulf
Mouth ulcers Kali mur, Nat phos, Nat mur
Osteoarthritis Spurs: Cal flour;

creaking due to dryness: Nat mur

Piles, haemorrhoids Calc fluor
Pimples, acne Calc phos, Nat phos;
Rheumatism (muscular, fibrositis) Nat phos, Nat sulf;

with swelling: Kali mur;

shifting pains: Kali sulf

Sinusitis Congested: Kali mur;

inflamed: Cal sulf;

chronic: Sil

Sleeplessness (Insomnia) Nervous: Kali phos;

digestive: Nat phos, Nat Sulf

Stone in the kidney To relieve pain: Mag phos;

to dissolve stones: Sil & Cal phos

Suicidal disposition Kali phos
Tonsillitis, pharyngitis, sore throat Kali mur;

chronic: Sil

Toothache Kali phos
Ulcers Sil, Cal Fluor, Cal sulf
Vertigo (giddiness) Nervous: Kali phos;

bilious: Nat sulf;

weakness: Cal phos

Weakness, general debility, exhaustion Kali phos, Cal phos;

chronic: Sil

Worms (in children) Nat phos; then Cal phos
Warts Soft: Nat sulf, Nat mur, Kali mur;

hard: Sil, Cal fluor

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The Cholesterol Story

Read this and you won’t let them fool you again

Collected from various sources by Prashant S. Shah, Author of Healing Without Drugs, 2014

Cholesterol is not a bad guy. It performs many vital functions in the human body. However, it has been wrongly implicated in heart disease. This error has misguiding many innocent patients into using cholesterol lowering drugs. We have written this informative article to separate the myth from the reality.

Introduction

Cholesterol is not a bad guy. It is needed to ensure proper functioning of the cell membrane. The liver make bile acids from cholesterol; and these acids are vital to digestion and for the absorption of fats, oils, and fat-soluble vitamins. Many important hormones (e.g., sex hormones, adrenal corticosteroids such as aldosterone and cortisol) and vitamin D are made from cholesterol. The skin uses cholesterol for protection against wear and tear due to sun, wind, and water. Cholesterol is helpful in healing damaged skin – it prevents infections from foreign agents. Cholesterol also serves as an antioxidant when needed, and it protects us from certain cancers. Further, it clogs the leakages in the membrane of cells. Without cholesterol we would die; and too little cholesterol in the blood should be regarded as a greater disease than a higher level of cholesterol!

The liver makes the cholesterol that is necessary for the needs of the entire body. It makes it from the acetates it derives by breaking down fruit sugars and protein and from the essential fatty acids. Hence, it is not necessary to get cholesterol from diet. The body cells can synthesize it as and when required. For example, when we drink alcohol, it dissolves in and fluidizes the cellular membranes. In response the cells build more cholesterol into the membrane and try to fix the leaky state. As the alcohol wears off the membrane hardens. Then the cells remove some of the cholesterol from the membrane and re-establish normal membrane fluidity. The excess cholesterol is hooked up to an essential fatty acid (for example, omega-3) and sent via blood to the liver to be converted into bile salts for excretion (given the presence of the necessary vitamins, minerals, and enzymes in the liver). The bile salts are released into the intestines, where they aid in the digestion of fats. From there they are eliminated or reabsorbed and recycled.

The Dogma: “Cholesterol Causes Heart and Vascular Disease

512px-Diagram_of_the_human_heart_(cropped).svgThe commonly accepted theory of cardiovascular disease states that when too much cholesterol builds up in the body, it is deposited in the arterial walls, causing atherosclerosis – a narrowing of the arteries and vessels. The excess of cholesterol and saturated fatty acids make the blood platelets ‘sticky’, and thereby increase the risk of a clot. And a clot can increase the risk of angina, heart attack, stroke, gangrene, as well as troubles like blindness, deafness, oedema, and kidney failure.

These claims are not proven facts, but only theories that have become a dogma. The medical data suggests the reverse is true. Although the general cholesterol levels have been lowered during the past 40 years, yet the number of cardiovascular patients has increased! Some doctors actually suggest that the cholesterol story, as publicised by the medical profession, is a big health scandal. Truth is that: “The cholesterol lowering enterprise is actually turning a large percentage of our healthy population into patients!

The reason for this is not difficult to imagine. Cholesterol scare is big business for the laboratories and drug companies. The new generation of cholesterol-lowering drugs like simvastatin and pravastatin are very expensive, but offer a risk reduction of heart attack of only 2 percent (which is to say nothing). In this context, Udo Erasmus wrote, “In spite of new findings, the dinosaur of the old dogma continues in medical practice. Economics rather than health or truth drives the old beast. The practice of medicine, contrary to idealistic notions, popular beliefs, and the desperate hope of the ignorant and seriously ill, is not about care… or cure… but about making money.… Change comes slowly and is strongly resisted.” Cholesterol free label is also a powerful marketing gimmick used by manufacturers of vegetable oils and margarines. However, their products actually cause ‘free radical damage’ — which is a bigger culprit in cases of coronary artery diseases and cancers.

What Does “High” Cholesterol Mean?

Firstly, there is no truth in the classification of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ cholesterol; all cholesterol serves some function. LDLs (the so-called bad guys) are just as important and good as HDLs (the so-called good guys). The LDLs carry cholesterol, triglycerides, and fat-soluble vitamins to cells where they are needed; whereas the HDLs take them back to the liver as required. The confusion exists because a high LDL reading simply means that our system is being overloaded by cholesterol either from food, from abnormally high synthesis, and/or from too slow removal. Further, it is now well established that the drugs that lower cholesterol are not found to (statistically) reduce heart attacks or deaths from atherosclerosis.

On the other hand there is a problem with ‘low levels’ of cholesterol. It also reduces the numbers of serotonin brain receptors. And this in turn increases anxiety, depression, and psychoses, attempted suicides, and creates predisposition to dementia! Low levels of cholesterol can also affect the capacity of the endocrine system to manufacture hormones. And this deficiency can give rise to many imbalances like lower libido, disturbed menses (e.g., amenorrhea), etc.

Whereas low levels of serum cholesterol do not prevent heart attacks, they can be associated with the causes of cancer since the cancer patients almost invariably have low serum cholesterol levels. Cholesterol acts as antioxidant against lipid per-oxidation and it may turn out that cholesterol is actually a part of our defence system against cancer!

Much more is known about cholesterol today than was known in 1956 when the ‘cholesterol-coronary-vascular disease theory’ was actually cooked up. Now it is known that there is no truth in that theory, but the dogma that ‘higher level of cholesterol is bad’ has been hammered in. On the other side, it is clear today that polyunsaturated oils, rancid oils and margarines are at least partly to blame for the increase in incidence of coronary vascular disease and sudden heart attacks in affluent countries.

Still further, abnormally elevated serum cholesterol can be merely a sign of nutrient deficiency. The best solution to increased cholesterol level is to ensure adequate nutrient intake and waste elimination (reduce toxaemia), and trust nature to do the needful. Rather than trying to reduce cholesterol levels with drugs, we must take it as a sign to correct some faults in our lifestyle, diet, and eating habits. The saying is: “Don’t shoot the messenger.” Many wise doctors today recommend that you should forget about cholesterol tests forever; they mean nothing, and the costs simply fund the coffers of those who perpetuate the myth.

Dr. Lundell on Cholestrol and Heart Disease

Here are some very interesting observations made in internet articles by Dr. Dwight Lundell. The doctor was the Chief of Surgery at Banner Heart Hospital, AZ, USA, and the founder of Healthy Humans Foundation.

Dr. Lundell says: “We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong… I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labelled ‘opinion makers.’ Bombarded with scientific literature, continually attending education seminars, we the opinion makers insisted that heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol.

The only accepted therapy was prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake. However, this is not working! These recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible, and the truth is that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease. This finding is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated in future.

SIMPLY STATED, without inflammation being present in the body, cholesterol would not accumulate in the wall of the blood vessels and cause heart disease and strokes. The inflammation causes cholesterol to become trapped in the arteries.

Inflammation by itself is not a complicated phenomenon. It is simply the body’s natural defence against bacteria, virus, toxins, irritants undigested foods that have managed to enter the blood stream. See leaky gut – the modern epidemic

Doctors don’t like to admit it, but the author believes the major cause is the overuse of antibiotics and NSAID drugs. To reads more on Holistic Health, click here, https://darshanacentre.wordpress.com/healing/

Insight into Heart Disease

Here first we consider the structural causes of heart disease: the hardening of the arteries and accumulation of plaque. Then we discuss the deeper causes and the remedial measures

Hardening of the arteries or Arteriosclerosis is a degenerative change in the arterial walls, affecting first the middle and later the inner layers of the blood vessel, resulting in loss of elasticity and possible calcification.

Atherosclerosis is a degenerative change in the arterial walls that principally affects the larger arteries such as the aorta, coronary, and cerebral (512px-Diagram_of_the_human_heart_(cropped).svgbrain) vessels. Systemic changes also occur in other arteries. The basic culprit here is ‘plaque’ formation on the inner walls of the vessels. It causes the narrowing of the arteries and the clogging that can arise when the plaque breaks loose and goes into the blood circulation. The plaque is made of fatty substances; cholesterol; waste products from the cells; calcium; and fibrin (a stringy material that helps clot blood). The plaque formation process itself stimulates the cells of the artery wall to produce substances that accumulate in the inner layer.

The common SYMPTOMS are: Cold extremities, lethargy, dizziness, senility, thinking difficulty, high blood pressure, pain in legs on exertion, angina (stab in the heart), blurred vision, breathing difficulty, palpitations, heart attacks, and clogging inside a blood vessel.

The CAUSES:

  • Emotional (lack of a sense of being loved, of belonging, of being wanted or appreciated)
  • Using rancid oils and margarine in the diet
  • Using (particularly reusing) unsaturated vegetable oils in cooking
  • Using homogenized dairy products
  • Excess saturated fats (those commonly found in animal products, but not in Ghee)
  • Deficiency of fat emulsifiers
  • Excess refined salt
  • Excess sugar (sugar increases triglycerides, platelet adhesiveness, uric acid levels, and blood pressure)
  • Excess of vitamin D
  • Regular use of coffee, tea, alcohol and tobacco
  • Lack of exercise and obesity
  • Elevated triglyceride and uric acid levels
  • Persistent high blood pressure

DISCUSSION

Heart disease is the number one killer in developed nations today. However, it is more the result of a faulty lifestyle; due to psychosomatic causes; and not so much the result of a dietary excess or deficiency. However, the modern people do not want to acknowledge such causes. Instead, an enormous emphasis is given to avoiding the ‘fast food’ eating habit; to a diet high in polyunsaturated vegetable oils; to the consumption of rancid oils, refined carbohydrates, modern day dairy products and meats.

The tendency of researchers has been to try, whenever possible, to find a single, simple “something” and label it as the disease factor and an enormous industry is built around it. First, it was ‘cholesterol’. Then they find that the Cholesterol factor is not the devil, and it is more beneficial than harmful. So they jump to something else and say that the rancid (stale) oil products are the primary factor, not simply cholesterol. But the cholesterol scare was, and in India it still is big business for the doctors, the laboratories, and the drug companies. So they don’t change the prescription. The new generation of cholesterol-lowering drugs like simvastatin and pravastatin are very expensive, but offer a risk reduction of heart attack of only 2 percent (if at all).

The next they take on the ‘modern day dairy products’. These products have changed considerably over the past hundred years. For example, the fat molecules in milk are broken up into easily absorbed particles through the process of homogenization. This may give the milk a longer shelf-life, but it has also resulted in cases of atherosclerosis at an early age of five! The milk is pasteurized at high temperatures, which creates trans-fatty acids (form the cis-form), which have the capacity to damage the arterial walls and initiate the process of sclerosis. Thus, it increases the risks of a stroke or heart attack. It is no wonder that heart disease, which was once the disease of old age, is now commonly being found in persons in their late twenties!

Homogenization of milk is particularly harmful since it allows a substance called xanthine oxidase to enter the bloodstream. This substance gets into arterial walls and destroys plasmalogen, which makes up about a third of the arterial cell membrane. That leads to integrating cholesterol into the cells, which in turn creates more rigidity and other pathologic changes in the arterial tissue.

However, let us not get lost in searching for secondary factors. The primary factor in heart disease is psychosomatic. People who have not taken things (troubles) to the heart, who feel enthusiastic about living, who feel secure within themselves, and who do not feel rejected (by family, friends, or God), are certainly not the potential candidates for cardiovascular diseases!

TREATMENT

Coronary bypass operations have become commonplace and are regarded as the “cure” for coronary atherosclerosis and angina. A segment of vein from the leg is grafted to bypass the narrowed artery segments in one or all three of the coronary arteries. Yes, this treatment does dramatically relieve the immediate threat of imminent death due to heart failure, but it neglects the fact that the disease is basically ‘systemic’ – that is, it affects the entire circulatory system and not just the heart! Further, this grafting does nothing to prevent further degeneration of even the newly transplanted arteries! Hence, at best it can only be an emergency measure.

This kind of consideration and treatment would be quite acceptable if the causes of this condition were not known and cure or healing was impossible. However, both of them are not true. Even the most advanced cases, short of a terminally fatal heart attack or severe infarcts have been successfully treated by doctors like Dean Ornish.

Further, the once there is a heart disease Aspirin is used to ‘thin the blood’ to maintain a smooth flow and avoid plaque formation. However, the regular use of Aspirin has many negative side effects like nausea and vomiting; gastric ulcers; liver damage; gastrointestinal bleeding; allergic reactions; and deficiency of iron, minerals and vitamins. The net result is to further weaken the already weak patient. It is interesting to note that Magnesium can do this job better than Aspirin. It reduces abnormal platelet adhesiveness; it is a potent vascodilator and anticoagulant; it is a natural calcium-channel-blocker; and it has no side effects! High magnesium foods include dark leafy greens, nuts, beans, whole grains, almonds, black beans, bananas, and many dry fruits like figs. It can also be taken as a supplement as Magnesium Chelate or Citrate (in 300 mg to 2 g doses per day). The biochemic tissue salt ‘Calceria Fluoride’ is certainly helpful in managing Arteriosclerosis. To know more, click here: https://darshanacentre.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/using-biochemic-remedies/

Again the best treatment is to be given kind attention and to feel loved. However, that medicine is the hardest to procure in modern times. The people just don’t know how to get it.

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Hypertension and Blood Pressure

Failure

A must read before you seek surgical intervention
© 2016 by Prashant S. Shah, http://www.spiritual-living.in.

Blood pressure (BP) is the common symptom of hypertension. It arises naturally with age and when it persists it is more often due to psychological factors, infection or malignancy. However, the symptoms of BP are wrongfully being treated by modern day physicians with drugs. Here we discuss the problem of hypertension, the mechanism of BP in the body and some simple self-help remedial measures.

Blood pressure is measured by two numbers: the top number is the systolic pressure or the pressure on the arteries when the heart is pumping blood; and the bottom number is the diastolic pressure or the pressure on the arteries when the heart is at rest. When both the readings are high, it is considered as clinical hypertension. The diastolic reading is usually considered the more significant since it shows the pressure on the arteries when they are at rest. The general classification is as follows:

  • A normal blood pressure number is below 120/80;
  • Pre-hypertension is diagnosed between 120/80 – 139/89;
  • Stage-1 hypertension is between 140/90 – 159/99; and
  • Stage-2 hypertension is blood pressure above 160/100.

Some doctors prescribe drug treatment when a patient has reached the pre-hypertension stage. However, this is quite unnecessary since this level of hypertension can be easily addressed through dietary measures. Stage-1 hypertension is commonly present in people above the age of 55 years. It is natural due to aging, and it can also be addressed through dietary and lifestyle measures. There is no genuine evidence to support the need for medicines even at this stage! Stage-2 hypertension is a sign that some deterioration has happened somewhere in the body. As a precautionary measure to avoid unnecessary complications, you can consider taking medication. However, in addition to treating the BP symptom, you also have to find the deeper cause for this symptom and treat it.

Most cases of hypertension can be effectively managed with appropriate dietary and lifestyle changes, and there is insufficient reason to resort to the drug therapy.

What is the mechanism of BP?

Although there are several factors that may raise blood pressure, such as increased cardiac output, an increase in the viscosity of the blood, or the peripheral resistance due to narrowing of the blood vessels (as in the arterioles). This narrowing of the arteries is usually compounded by physical and emotional stress.

Earlier many authorities attributed the high blood pressure to high cholesterol levels in the blood, but this hypothesis was subsequently proved to be false! Medical science now attributes the primary cause of heart disease and high blood pressure to other factors like the consumption of rancid (spoilt) oils. Many changes occur in the natural oil when it is processed at high temperatures. This makes hydrogenated oils such as margarine and the reuse of frying oils as aggravating factors.

Treatment

Most cases of high blood pressure are both treatable and preventable without using drugs — and most physicians also know it. Then why do they not use the alternatives? A problem arises because both the prevention and treatment of hypertension requires some lifestyle changes; and these changes are both difficult to make and they can be time-consuming. So they emphasise the secondary dietary factors that support high BP. They are the excessive consumption of animal fats and rancid (spoilt) oils; fibre deficiency due to consumption of excess refined carbohydrates; and the excessive intake of refined salt (use only rock salt or an unrefined sea salt). In addition, you can shift from meat diets to plant-based diets and diets high in fruits and vegetables. Still further, consider taking three-day elimination fast (detoxification) every alternate month. Such measures will quickly relieve the hypertension and normalise your blood pressure.

The chief lifestyle factors are prolonged physical or emotional stress and the lack of demanding physical exercise. Hence, it always helps to take a walk daily; do regular aerobic exercises; and practice relaxation techniques.

The drugs treatment for the symptom of high blood pressure is directed to either reduce cardiac output and peripheral resistance; or have diuretic in action to reduce total blood volume. However all these hypertensive drugs have side-effects, and hence their long-term is certainly undesirable. The BP pills deceive the patients by giving them a false sense of security by simply bringing down their blood pressure without attending to the underlying deeper cause of the hypertension!

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Introductory (Spiritual) Workshops

SpiritualStars
Participants in New York, 2011

Conducted by Prashant S. Shah, http://www.spiritual-living.in

Contents:

  1. Understanding Karma and Destiny
  2. Concentration and Mind Training
  3. The Art of Succeeding with People
  4. Restore your Health Naturally
  5. Living by intuition
  6. The Spiritual Tradition of the Ancient Hindus
  7. The Biochemic Way to Health

1. Understanding Karma and Destiny

People often ask: “Why are we born in a particular country or family? Why are some people healthy, rich or successful whereas some others are handicapped, poor or unfortunate? Why do we easily forge bonds with some people and find it so difficult to get on with some others? Why do some of us have an easy life while others have to struggle all the way?”

You can understand many such things by considering the Law of Karma. The law tells us that much of the destiny we experience today is the result of what we had done in the past; that we have all along been shaping our destiny, but earlier we were not aware of the process. In this workshop you understand the law of karma and how to use it to remove the unnecessary suffering from your life.

When you are ignorant of this law you make mistakes that violate the law. Then you suffer the consequences. As you develop some awareness of the law you conduct yourself better. Then you make fewer violations, and it reduces your suffering and helplessness. When you acquire mastery over this law you become the CAPTAIN of your ship. Then you can steer around the obstacles in your life and become a source of happiness to yourself.

The discussion is directed to the questions: What are the causes behind the events of my life? Is there natural justice or do I have to fight for my rights in society? When I faced with different choices, what criteria will guide me in making the correct choice? How can I learn to live a happy, meaningful and a fulfilling life?

Contents

  • Law of cause and effect. The necessity of making the correct choice.
  • Justice and the law of exchange. The moral law, laws of nature and man-made laws.
  • Predestination and free will. Karma in public life. Karma and the art of living.
  • Karma in relationships; nature’s memory; karma and reincarnation; the law of providence

Some Opinions received:

  1. I see some karmic debts that I have to repay and I’m going to set right some balances. Frank, nyudonne@aol.com.
  2. This course has great wisdom. It’s very well organised and you explained these very subtle issues in a very simple and interesting manner. Ludy, Ludy_mr@hotmail.com
  3. Excellent – I understand that we are not here to move around as an unwinding doll. There is a cause and effect for everything and we how we play always makes the difference. Carmen, cla516@aol.com
  4. This is my favourite course. I’ve done it again and will do it again in the future. It has put my whole life in perspective, and now I understand how to give direction to my life. David, davyc67@yahoo.com
  5. Each time I do this course I hear it from a different angle and so it has grown to be much more valuable. Bob, boblester@hotmail.com
  6. This course shows how our current thoughts and actions create our destiny. Hence, we can overcome anxiety of the future by exercising control over our present actions. The course is deep and profoundly transforming. Madanda, mgmachayya @hotmail.com

2. Concentration and Mind Training

The fine art of succeeding with yourself

In this workshop you learn the art of concentration and use it to develop your inner life. The inner life is important since your happiness and well-being depends more on your thoughts and emotions, and less on your external circumstances.

First, you learn to concentrate and take control over your attention. Next, you become aware of the influence of thoughts and emotions in your life. Then you exercise your control over the negative thoughts and emotions that occupy your mind. It will develop your ability to think clearly, to understand things better, and to be more focused on whatever you do.

In this workshop you learn to:

  • Concentrate the mind through chanting
  • Use concentration in everyday life
  • Develop your will-power through steady gazing
  • Deal with negative thoughts
  • Use thought power
  • Overcome negative emotions

This program is conducted in 8 hours (4 sessions of 2 hours each). If you need assistance in implementing these ideas, kindly read Mind-Training and Meditation under ‘Correspondence Courses’. We also have an interesting book on the subject: ‘Solving the Problems of Life’ by Prashant S. Shah; the URL is http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0176HQSOG. https://www.amazon.com/Solving-Problems-Life-Spiritual-Seekers/dp/1518786650/

Some Opinions received:

  1. Shah is a cheerful teacher who shares his knowledge in a light hearted and easy-to-learn manner. I highly recommend his sessions. Edrina Rush, edrina.rush@yahoo.com
  2. Shah is a true master of his teachings. You have to see to believe. Yvette Koshab
  3. I’m very happy with the delivery and content of this workshop. I got a lot of benefit from doing this workshop. Shawn Edwards, shawnallison@hotmail.com
  4. The topic was difficult, but it was delivered very simply and very well. Tokes Coker, tokeskoker@handsoflight.co.uk
  5. I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop and recommend it highly for life enhancement. Jessica Hothersall, jessicahothersall@btinternet.com
  6. This course on spiritual yoga was actually what I was seeking for furthering my spiritual journey. Now I’m really looking forward to the advanced course. Beryl Ross, brosscotton@hotmail.com
  7. Shah is the real deal. He is precise and has crystal clear clarity of thought. It is a great program for those who are ready for it. Marcus Ubl, Marcus.ubl@gamil.com
  8. The speaker was very clear and concise. I think I will be able to use these practices to bring changes in my life. Please organise other workshops with this speaker. Sri Spencer, stars659@yahoo.co.uk
  9. This was the best speaker. Dr. Shah puts over complex ideas in an interesting way that allows them to be easily grasped. Linda Camping, l.camping@btinternet.com
  10. I was surprised at how useful the course content was. The whole concept of dealing with thoughts and emotions was mind-blowing. Shana, darshana@entrevo.com
  11. This course made me appreciate many things that I used to take for granted. Elizabeth, aleliz@aol.com
  12. Now I have a clear focus — yoga is for achieving something greater than the ambitions of the mind and body. It is like going beyond the mind. Ludy, ludy_mr@hotmail.com
  13. I understood the importance of withdrawing from the outer noise and focusing on my inner life. I think now I know how to put my inner things in order. Carmen, cla516@aol.com
  14. You’ve given us a very refreshing and unusual insight into Yoga. I’m eager to put all this wisdom into practice. David, davyc67@yahoo.com
  15. This time (third) it was a relearning experience. It has inspired me to renew my commitment to my practice. Bob, boblester@hotmail.com

3. The Art of Succeeding with People

Learning Interpersonal Skills

Most of our life is an INTERDEPENDENT reality. We have to work with people, live with people and deal with people. At work we work with partners, in teams and with associates. Very often our situation is that we share responsibility with others, but we don’t have the authority to direct them. Hence, if we are not skilful, we experience many difficulties in getting things done through others. The saying is: “The people problems are the worst!

Skill in dealing with people is very valuable for everyone in society — for a businessman, a professional, a colleague, a housewife, and a member of any group in society. This ability becomes increasingly important as we occupy the higher positions in the social system. Businessman J. D. Rockefeller once said: “I will pay more for that ability (to succeed with people) than for any other under the sun.”

In this workshop you learn the art of dealing with people effectively to generate win-win solutions. Further, you learn to leverage your skills such that the rewards are much greater than the effort. The guidelines are easy to understand, but they will make a BIG DIFFERENCE in your relationships at work and in your personal life only when you apply them consistently.

Contents:

  • The importance of interpersonal skills
  • The psychology of the other person
  • The art of negotiation
  • Man and woman relationships
  • The win-win option
  • The stages in maturity
  • Teamwork

Some Opinions received:

  1. This was the best course. I got the most from it. It really answered the questions that have been puzzling me for years. This workshop was practical, useful and a lot of fun. (Robert Leyster of Lester Watson Inc. New York. boblyster@hotmail.com
  2. I’ve stopped wanting people around me to change to fit to what I want. Now I try to see what they want of me. I also see the importance of giving space to other people to be as they want to be. Frank, nyudonne@aol.com.
  3. This workshop goes far beyond the obvious. I’ve learnt to be more tolerant, tending and caring. Elizabeth, aleliz@aol.com
  4. This course was really empowering. All my faults in dealing with others have become obvious. Now I’m going to change some things. Carmen, cla516@aol.com
  5. This is the second time I’ve done this course and I am glad to say that it has really helped me in fine tuning my ability in deal with people. It has made me much more effective. David, davyc67@yahoo.com
  6. You really tied up these things very well. I’ve been reading this (self-help) stuff for a long time, but your course has cleared up most of my doubts. The ideas are very clear now and I feel confident that I can get them to work. (N. C. Mehta, CEO, Bell Ceramics, Baroda).
  7. I like your style of presentation — very direct, precise and to the point. You made these very complicated and confusing things seem very simple. I really enjoyed both of your programs. However, I wish I could have you convey this message to my boss! (KYA, New York)
  8. I found this course to be very revealing. I’ve read many psychology books, but the understanding that you provided here was very clear. I felt you were speaking directly to me and addressing my issues. (S. Gopalkrishana, Plant Superintendent, Baroda)

4. Restore your Health Naturally

A Simple Solution to your Health Problems

Your health is always your concern and not the doctor’s concern. However, today the people are given to believe that their health depends on doctors and the medical system. It has made them very dependent on the medical profession. On the other hand the health care system has become very expensive, highly specialised and too technical to be comprehended by the common man. Hence, you feel helpless, confused and vulnerable.

However, there are alternatives. You don’t have to look upon your health as something that depends on the progress of modern science. Instead, you can think in terms of the vital force and toxaemia and learn to correct your unhealthy habits. Here we show you simple ways by which you can detox your body and restore your vital force naturally. And you can do it WITHOUT depending on medicines or the medical profession.

Contents:

  • Holistic healing: healing vs. curing; the problem of toxaemia; understanding health in terms of the vital force
  • Simple ways to detox the body: Diet, nutrition and eating habits; fasting and the healing crisis
  • Water therapy; cleansing diets; and the no breakfast plan
  • Healing the body by changing the consciousness; correcting emotional disorders

Duration: 8 hours

The workshop is based on Prashant’s book ‘Healing without Drugs’ and ‘How to Restore your Health Naturally’.

Some Opinions Received:

  1. (It was) a very interesting presentation; a most welcome and rare insight into the science of health and healing. I say it is A++. Elizabeth, aleliz@aol.com
  2. I’ve read of the concept of toxins before, but now I really understand its implications on my health and recovery. David, davyc67@yahoo.com
  3. The effect of not eating the right kind of food and the consequences of increase in the toxin level in the cells was very well explained. This certainly becomes more important in old age. Carmen, cla516@aol.com
  4. (It was) a superb discussion — very practical and accessible. Frank, nyudonne@aol.com
  5. Both the book and the course presentation were very good. However, the presentation filled in many gaps that arose when I read the book. Now the ideas have become very clear and more workable. Ludy, ludy_mr@hotmail.com

5. Living by Intuition

Intuition is the guiding voice of the soul. When we listen to our intuition, our life becomes more interesting; we see a purpose to everything; and we feel a sense of wonder. Although everyone is intuitive to an extent, this ability can be greatly enhanced by doing some spiritual practices.

The basic step for becoming intuitive is to shift the focus of our life from our ordinary nature, which is governed by mental preferences, to our higher nature, which sees the ways of the soul. Once we get into a condition where we can spontaneously call for intuition, we can allow it to guide our actions and give a deeper meaning and purpose to our life.

Contents:

  • Installing the spiritual seed; creating the necessary mental space; some preparation & results
  • Considering intuition as coming from a higher intelligence; how to make your intuition reliable
  • Purifying the mind and correcting the disturbances arising from the mental-self
  • The place of self-consciousness & intuition in occult philosophy

6. The Spiritual Tradition of the Ancient Hindus

Traditional wisdom is concerned the knowledge of the higher worlds and its attainment; and insight into the higher purpose of human existence. This knowledge was originally uncovered through the higher faculties that were developed by the ancient Sages. They passed down this knowledge through a tradition, and the people know of it as doctrines, beliefs and practices.

The past century has seen explosive developments based on a materialistic attitude. Correspondingly, the interest in pursuing the spiritual goal of life has become lost. The light of the spiritual heritage in humanity has become dim, and it may become lost to future generations. However, what was so great about this heritage that it had been fancied by many great men through the centuries? Here we show the tradition of the men of antiquity that prevailed in ancient India.

Contents:

  • Introducing the law of karma; whatever happens is justice
  • Dharma; freedom and contentment got by practising dharma
  • The modern world as seen through traditional eyes
  • Marriages modern and traditional; the method of traditional learning

7. The Biochemic Way to Health

In the 18th century, Dr. Schuessler analysed the ashes of the human body to find the presence of twelve mineral salts in them. He called them ‘tissue salts’ and claimed that they are essential for a healthy functioning of the body. Whenever there is a deficiency of any of these salts in the body tissues, certain typical symptoms arise. You can use these symptoms to identify the specific tissue salt deficiency. Then all you have to do is to supplement the tissue-salt in a dynamic form (6X potency), and the body will on its own find its way to return to natural health.

Here you learn the theory and practice of this Biochemic system. You learn about the different functional disorders that arise in the body and how to relate them with the ‘biochemic remedies’. We discuss some typical cases of common disorders and show you how to use Prashant’s book: The Biochemic Prescriber for finding the remedy. In this way you can begin to treat common ailments and simple constitutional disorders. Then you can help yourself, your family and your friends in health matters. (The book is available from the Amazon and Kindle online bookstore).

Contents:

  • Introducing the Biochemic system and holistic healing.
  • The guiding symptoms for the tissue salts
  • The leading remedies for common ailments; some practical cases
  • On treating constitution disorders with biochemic tissue salts; finding your remedy

Duration: 8 hours