The Holistic Approach to Allergies: Some causes and solutions

November 10th, 2009 by Vibrancy No comments »

allergiesThis is a huge topic and can only be touched upon here. Some of this information may surprise you, however!

Allergies occur when our cells reject a substance or no longer recognize it. We are using the word “allergies” in this case as being synonymous with “intolerances” because regardless of whether or not the immune system is reacting to the substance (the medical definition of an allergy), the cells are still rejecting it. Harmless substances such as pollens, dusts, grasses, animal dander, molds, foods, etc. are mistaken for harmful invaders and rejected by the body. Many are unaware that we can develop an intolerance to vitamins, minerals, amino acids and even our own hormones.

How does this happen? It’s not always easy to explain or to trace the cause.

Here are some of the primary causes of allergies:

  • Environmental exposure: toxins that are breathed in whether one is inside or outside
  • Food additives and chemicals
  • Vaccinations
  • Prescription medications
  • Excess hormones being consumed in our drinking water
  • Xeno-estrogens being absorbed into our bodies due to the use of plastics and cosmetics
  • EMFs/ Electro-magnetic fields such as cell phones, computers, microwaves and wireless technology, etc.
  • Stress which causes energy blockages within the body (whether physical or emotional stress)
  • Weakened immune system caused by such imbalances as Candida albicans infections
  • Bioenergetic miasm (unknowingly acquired emotional energy from other people)
  • Cellular saturation: the over-exposure or over-consumption of a substance
  • Leaky gut syndrome: maldigestion; malabsorption due to poor digestion
  • Dehydration

And here are some allergy solutions or holistic therapeutic approaches for reducing intolerances:

Lifestyle changes; for example:

  • go on a candida cleanse
  • consume at least 8 glasses of purified water
  • get regular exercise
  • get sufficient sleep
  • decrease caffeine consumption
  • decrease alcohol consumption
  • avoid smoking
  • decrease sugar intake
  • eat regular meals, avoid skipping breakfast for example
  • detoxify the body

Nutrition:

  • have a balanced diet
  • vary the diet and don’t eat too much of any one thing (eg. wheat)
  • ensure that you are getting enough essential fatty acids
  • include micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals: consider a good multi that is food-based and easily absorbed

Enzyme Therapy:

  • consider taking plant-based enzymes with meals to ensure proper digestion
  • include raw foods in your meals as they have their own enzymes. Be sure to chew well!

Change your thinking patterns (Bach Flower Remedies can help with this) and note that:

  • emotions play a crucial role in the health of the physical body
  • we are continually sending messages to our bodies; our bodies are 80% water, and water holds and stores these messages
  • “With every emotional thought process, the hypothalamus gland releases a potent chemical substance known as a neuropeptide. As emotional neuropeptides circulate within the body, they continually bombard tissue cells, causing damage to occur.” (The Institute of Natural Health Technologies)

Take advantage of a new technology that non-invasively re-programs your cells so that they no longer reject the harmless substance. The cells can then distinguish harmful substances from harmless ones. This techology is called BIE (Bioenergetic Intolerance Elimination). Check out our website for more information about this. It actually clears allergies!

- written by Meg MacQueen

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SUGAR: What’s the real story? Is it so bad?

September 14th, 2009 by Vibrancy No comments »

child_sugarWe keep hearing that sugar is bad for you. But why is it bad? And how can we reduce cravings?

First of all, it is known that white sugar is filled with many additives and chemicals that wreak havoc in our bodies because our bodies are expecting food and this is not food!

Of course, it can be difficult to avoid sugar entirely because we do have friends, family, birthday parties, and social lives. But it can be kept to a minimum. The key is moderation, and to enjoy it when you do have it, and not to feel guilty. Of course, “moderation” means different things to different people. To some, moderation is having only one sugary product a day. One a week is perhaps more reasonable. (Provided the “sugar” is organic and has other health benefits, such as honey or maple syrup, it can be taken more often.)

What exactly is sugar and what does it do?

Sugar (sucrose), or table sugar, is composed of one molecule each of fructose and glucose. It is hidden in most processed foods such as ketchup, salad dressings and condiments, and baby foods. In fact, the average North American ingests about 150 pounds of sugar per year! What a scary thought! It contributes to obesity, diabetes and hypoglycemia, tooth decay, and many mental and emotional problems (including PMS and the inability to deal with stress).

Other problems and risks associated with sugar intake include:

  • increased risk of cancer (cancer cells thrive on sugar)
  • nutritional deficiency, including mineral deficiencies
  • digestive problems
  • immune system dysfunction
  • acid/alkaline imbalance (sugar causes excess acidity in the body)
  • yeast/candida overgrowth, and the many problems associated with this.
  • difficulty concentrating
  • hyperactivity and stress
  • heart disease
  • mood swings, anxiety, depression
  • the growth of parasites, many of which thrive on sugar and acidic conditions

But what about natural sugars such as organic cane sugar? Although they aren’t as bad for the body as chemically processed sugars, they should still be taken in moderation. Honey and maple syrup are wonderful and have their own benefits, but they still feed candida and can contribute to blood sugar imbalances and other problems if taken in excess. Stevia and Xylitol are two sweeteners that are natural and do not feed yeast or alter blood sugar levels. (Xylitol, a natural sugar alcohol, can cause gas in some people if taken in large quantities.)

If you have any doubts about the “evils” of aspartame and its relatives (nutrasweet, saccharin, etc.) just do your own research. Poison! Stay away from sugar-free “diet” drinks and sodas; they are even worse than sugar and can actually cause weight gain.

So, what do we do about sugar cravings and addictions? Make a plan! Start by having fruit when you crave sugar, or add one of the more healthy sweeteners mentioned above. Reduce cravings by taking extra B-vitamins, Vitamin C, chromium, and/or the amino acid l-Glutamine. Instead of having a sweet snack between meals, have a snack high in protein such as almonds or other nuts. Eat complex carbs instead of simple carbs (for eg. whole grains in place of refined grains).

Let’s beat those sugar cravings and be more conscious of the foods we are ingesting. Then when we want a piece of pie or cake on occasion, don’t feel guilty because that emotion can be just as harmful as the sugar itself. Let’s just enjoy it!

- written by Meg MacQueen

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10 ways to protect yourself from “bad” fats.

May 18th, 2009 by Vibrancy No comments »

Confused about fats? unsaturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, saturated, hydrogenated, trans fats, omega fats . . . help! It’s actually not that complicated.

Bad fats can lead to serious health problems, such as free radical damage, inflammation, weight gain, to mention just a few. Here are some ways to avoid them.

1. Watch for “hydrogenated oils” in grocery store products (such as crackers and processed foods). These are trans fats and are very unhealthy.

2. Don’t cook with vegetable oils, EVER. They are polyunsaturated and are chemically unstable when heated, and turn into “bad” fats.

3. Cook with cold-pressed olive oil only at low to medium temperatures. It is more stable than vegetable oils, but not stable enough for high heat.

4. If you are cooking at high temperatures, use only saturated fat such as butter or, better still, coconut oil. You heard it right! Saturated fats are the most stable fat for cooking. Any other oil will go rancid and potentially create havoc in your body.

5. Don’t allow vegetable oils to become rancid. Keep in the refrigerator at all times, and not for more than about two months after opening. If you have any older oils in your home, throw them out!

6. Use only organic, cold-pressed oils.

7. Make sure you eat enough good Omega-3 fats; these help to prevent and undo damage caused by bad fats. Eat organic hemp seeds (or hemp oil), ground flax (or fresh flax oil). These contain Omega 3 and Omega 6. Keep these seeds refrigerated too.

8. We all need some saturated fat in our diets, but avoid excess red meat and butter. Too much leads to inflammation and high cholesterol (although sugar and refined carbs contribute to high cholesterol as well).

9. Keep all nuts and seeds in the refrigerator, as the oils contained in them can go rancid.

10. Avoid fast foods and try not to eat out too often. Since we all from time to time eat in a restaurant and can’t control the fats used, take antioxidants regularly (or eat antioxidant-rich foods such as berries, and other fruit). Antioxidants will protect your body from free-radical damage.

- written by Meg MacQueen

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