What Reflexology can do for you

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology has been around for centuries; however there are several theories of origination for this healing therapy.  China is the most common, although Egypt reflects the oldest documentation from 2500 – 2330 B.C.  Within all the cultures, they all agreed one important note: It is very important to take care of ones’ feet for physical, mental and spiritual balance.  

Reflexology is a gentle healing therapy that uses the physical act of applying pressure to specific locations on the feet, which directly corresponds to different part of the body/organs/glands. 

What are some health benefits of Foot Reflexology treatments?

Reflexology helps balance ALL of your body systems, stimulating the under-active and calming the over-active.  It promotes relaxation of body and mind, improves circulation, boosts an immune system by up to 25%, calms a nervous system, alleviates stress, and improves digestion.  UNLIMITED BENEFITS!!!

Who can benefit from Reflexology?

EVERYONE can benefit….For all ages from newborns to elderly.

How will you feel after a session?

Each person is different & reactions vary.  Generally speaking, people comment on feeling very relaxed after a session; yet some mention they have tons of energy for the rest of the day.

Did you know that Reflexology can help your body with MOST health challenges, just to list a few:

Diabetes        Allergies        Fibromyalgia            Digestive Issues       Depression
Epilepsy        Sleep Apnea   Skin Challenges        Migraines                Vertigo         

Georgeen M. Harris
Reflexology Practitioner/Certified & Insured
Chalfont & Horsham, PA
215-694-8928

Antioxidant Series

Antioxidants

Antioxidants are compounds that inhibit oxidation by other molecules.  Oxidation is a chemical process that can create free radicals which can lead to other reactions which further can damage cells including creating cancerous cells.   Thousands of antioxidants have been identified that are in foods, vitamins & minerals or more simply put, those foods, vitamins & minerals contain compounds that have antioxidant properties.  Antioxidants protect cells from the damage that leads to heart disease, cancer and other diseases related to aging.

We are going to look at some of those foods, vitamins & minerals that have antioxidant compounds and look at the many benefits that are derived from adding these to your diet and regimen.

Pomegranate

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Coming….Green tea, dark Chocolate, Grapes, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, zinc, selenium

Pomegranate

Pomegranates have been enjoyed for thousands of years and are a symbol of hope, fertility and abundance in many cultures. They’ve been found in Egyptian tombs, eaten by Babylonian soldiers prior to battle and incorporated into Persian wedding ceremonies to symbolize a joyous future.

It’s even been suggested that it was pomegranates, not apples, that grew in the Garden of Eden. This is probably not true but fun to think about.  Pomegranates are sometimes referred to as the Chinese apple or “jewel of the winter” (in North America, pomegranates are in season during early winter), pomegranates are one of the world’s most popular fruits.

Ruby red, delicious and nutrient rich pomegranates pack a powerful punch in safeguarding  health.  The primary source of pomegranate’s benefits come from its antioxidant content, particularly ellagitannin compounds like punicalagins and punicalins, which account for about half of the pomegranate’s antioxidant ability. It’s also an excellent source of the antioxidant vitamin C, with one pomegranate providing about 40 percent of the daily requirement for this vitamin.

Pomegranate juice has been analyzed to have greater antioxidant capacity than red wine, grape juice, blueberry, cranberry juice, green tea or acai juice.  It’s greater capacity is primarily because it contains the most of every type of antioxidant.

Pomegranates contain three types of antioxidant polyphenols, including tannins, anthocyanins, and ellagic acid, in significant amounts.  Antioxidants are nature’s way of providing your cells with an adequate defense against the toxic effects of free radicals.  If you don’t have an adequate supply of antioxidants to help neutralize free radicals, then you can be at risk of oxidative stress, which leads to accelerated tissue and organ damage. Antioxidants may also help to lower chronic inflammation in your body. Providing your body with these important micronutrients, you will be able to resist cellular damage and aging caused by our constant exposure to pollutants.

Health Benefits of Pomegranates

Anti-cancer
Pomegranate’s antioxidant activity is known to inhibit cell proliferation and invasion, and promote apoptosis (cell death) in various cancer cells.   In one study, pomegranate extract was found to inhibit the growth of human breast cancer cells by inducing cell death.  According to the University of Maryland Medical Center:

“In test tubes, pomegranate extracts made from juice, rind, and oil slow down the reproduction of cancer cells and may hasten their death. Some extracts also help reduce blood supply to tumors, starving them and making them smaller. Most studies have focused on breast and prostate cancer cells. In one other study, pomegranate juice extract given to mice slowed down the growth of lung tumors. However, most of these studies have been in test tubes or in animals, not humans.”

In men with prostate cancer, those who drank pomegranate juice significantly lengthened the time it took for their PSA levels to double (from about 15 months to 54 months).  Men whose PSA levels double in a short time are at an increased risk of death from prostate cancer, so the results suggest that pomegranate had a powerfully protective effect.

Pomegranates for Heart Health

There is evidence to suggest that the antioxidants in pomegranates also benefit your heart in a number of ways, including lowering systolic blood pressure, slowing, and even reversing the growth of plaque formation in arteries, and improving blood flow and keeping arteries from becoming thick and stiff.

According to the authors of a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, mice that drank pomegranate juice reduced the progression of atherosclerosis by at least 30 percent.

“In this experimental study, we have established that polyphenols [antioxidant chemicals] and other natural compounds contained in the pomegranate juice may retard atherogenesis,” said Claudio Napoli, a professor of medicine and clinical pathology at the University of Naples, Italy.

The research is published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Pomegranates Help with Arthritis and Joint Pain

Pomegranates or pomegranate extract may help reduce joint pain and decrease inflammation in arthritis sufferers. The antioxidants in pomegranates may also help to reduce inflammation that contributes to the destruction of cartilage in your joints, a key reason for the pain and stiffness felt by many osteoarthritis sufferers. One study even found that pomegranate extract blocked the production of a cartilage-destroying enzyme. Researchers concluded:

“PFE  [pomegranate fruit extract] or compounds derived from it may inhibit cartilage degradation in OA [osteoarthritis] and may also be a useful nutritive supplement for maintaining joint integrity and function.”

A Possible Natural Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction

Leading erectile dysfunction drugs treat erectile problems by increasing nitric oxide production, relaxing your blood vessels, which increases penile blood flow.   Pomegranate juice has been shown to protect nitric oxide and enhance its effects on certain biologic systems, which suggests it may be useful for helping erectile dysfunction.

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References:

https://www.drfuhrman.com/learn/library/articles/23/9-pomegranate-health-benefits-that-offer-powerful-disease-protection

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/05/10/pomegranates.aspx#

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/pomegranate

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/03/0322_050322_pomegranates.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Chondroprotective+effects+of+pomegranate+juice+on+monoiodoacetate-induced+osteoarthritis+of+the+knee+joint+of+mice

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Nattokinase

Nattokinase is a proteolytic (protein digesting) enzyme extracted from the popular Japanese food natto.  Natto (the food) is made from fermented soybeans and has been eaten in Japan for over 1000 years.

Nattokinase is believed to be very useful in reducing heart disease by thinning the blood and dissolving excess fibrin & clots.  Alternative health practitioners have called this enzyme a “clot-buster” for its ability to dissolve blood clots.

Nattokinase was first discovered in the 1980’s by Dr. Hiroyuki Sumi, a University of Chicago researcher.  His studies found that the enzyme in natto had fibrinolytic (clot busting) abilities.  He named this enzyme Nattokinase.  In one study he placed nattokinase on blood clots at body temperature and the clots completely dissolved within 18 hours.

We have a protein in our blood called fibrinogen and when we are injured our bodies convert the fibrinogen into fibrin – a thread like web that is part of the clotting process, which stops the bleeding, forms a scab and induces healing.  Once the healing is completed our body uses plasmin, a protein we produce which breaks up and dissolves fibrin.  As we age, our plasmin production decreases and the fibrinogen production increases, so excess fibrin can accumulate in our blood vessels.  If fibrin is not eliminated, it can thicken and form clots which can then lead to more serious issues such as heart disease, heart attack and stroke.  Nattokinase is very effective at dissolving fibrin.

Nattokinase also contains vitamin K2.  Vitamin K2 is necessary for proper blood clotting and it prevents hardening of the arteries which can lead to cardiovascular disease, heart failure and dementia.  Vitamin K2 is also necessary for building healthy bones.  Without K2 our bodies will not properly utilize calcium and Vitamin D to build bone.  Nattokinase can reduce bone loss as we age because of the K2 in it.  A study published in the Journal of Nutrition in 2006, found that, “Women who ate more than four packets of natto per week (40 grams/packet) reduced bone mass loss at the top of their thigh bone by over 80% and in their lower arm by 60%.”

Natto is a very popular food in Japan.  Many believe this natto consumption is one of the reasons that the Japanese people live longer and have fewer heart attacks.

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What is MRT

MRT (also called Muscle Response Testing or kinesiology) is a diagnostic technique that is useful in determining the nutritional needs of the body. Applied Kinesiology is currently being used by many healing disciplines: medical doctors, acupuncturists, chiropractors, naturopaths, osteopaths, holistic dentists, veterinarians and other practitioners.

MRT was developed in l964 by Dr.George Goodheart, DC. This technique allowed muscles to be tested for clinical and diagnostic purposes, not just to determine muscle strength. MRT was derived from the ancient art of Acupuncture, which was developed by the Chinese between 3000 and 25 BC.

The practitioner gently pushes down on the patient’s extended arm which is resisting the downward pressure. There are nutritional and organ points all over the body as with Acupuncture and Acupressure points. Touching a point that is experiencing a problem will cause a short circuit in the energy or nervous field and the arm will go weak. Once the weak points are located, MRT can then be used to find out what the body or mind will respond to in terms of a resolution to the problem.

Another important benefit of MRT is that it can show problem areas that are developing but would not be symptomatic yet. Thus, preventive care can be taken to resolve the problem areas.

How Does it Work?

The body has within it and surrounding it an electrical network or grid. If anything impacts your electrical system that does not maintain or enhance your health and your body’s balance, your muscles, when having physical pressure applied, are unable to hold their strength. (Muscle power is directly linked to the balance of the electrical system.) In other words, if pressure is applied to an individual’s extended arm while his body’s electrical system is being adversely affected, the muscles will weaken and the arm will not be able to resist the pressure. The circuits of the electrical system are overloaded or have short-circuited, causing a weakening of that system. However, if pressure is applied while his electrical system is being positively affected, the circuits remain strong, balanced and capable of fully functioning throughout the body. The muscles will remain strong, the person will easily resist and the arm will hold its position.

This electrical/muscular relationship is a natural part of the human system. It is not mystical or magical. MRT is the established method for reading the body’s balance through the balance of the electrical system at any given moment.

Diatomaceous Earth (DE)

Diatomaceous earth is available for SALE at Willow Health Food & Wellness Center

What is Diatomaceous earth

DE is not earth or dirt.  It is the fossilized remains of microscopic shells created by one-celled aquatic plants (diatoms).  Over the eons, as these diatoms fossilized, they retained their tubular shape and holes.  Their shape and hardness produces extremely pure and consistent DE.

Microscope picture of DE

DE microscopeThere are different grades of DE.  When buying it is important to get FOOD GRADE DE.   The DE sold at Willow Health Food & Wellness Center is rated food grade by the USDA and GRAS (generally regarded as safe) by the FDA.   It is almost pure white and consists of 89-94% silicon dioxide (also called silica) plus trace minerals.

DE is used internally for two reasons, first for immune system support and secondly as a parasite detox and cleanse.  DE should eliminate most parasites with one week to 10 days when taken daily.  It does not affect eggs to it should be taken an additional 30 to 60 days to destroy newly hatched parasites.

DE is approved by the USDA for feeding to animals.  This is an excellent way to rid your pet of the parasites they are so prone to pick up.

Powdered DE – how it looks when purchased

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For best results, DE should contain 85 to 92% silica.  Taking DE with a little organic apple cider vinegar  will make the silica more readily available.

Some of the reported benefits of silica:

  • fades age spots
  • stimulates metabolism for higher energy
  • beneficial for hair, skin & nails
  • beneficial for the respiratory system
  • benefits the cardiovascular system
  • can reduce joint pain
  • helps with irregularity

Some of the reported benefits of DE:

  • DE has a negative charge that attracts positively charged bacteria
  • DE can remove heavy metals and radiation from the body

DE – Eliminating parasites in the human body
DE for internal use
DE – Natural treatments for healthy younger looking skin
DE & Silica anti-aging benefits

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