Issue 150

What is The Work?: by Fara Curlewis!

The Work is a simple yet powerful process of inquiry that teaches you to identify and question thoughts that cause all the suffering in the world. It's a way to understand what's hurting you, and to address your problems with clarity. People who do The Work as an ongoing practice report life-changing results.

Alleviation of depression: Find resolution, and even happiness, in situations that were once debilitating.

Decreased stress: Learn how to live with less anxiety or fear.

Improved relationships: Experience deeper connection and intimacy with your partner, your parents, your children, your friends, and yourself.

Reduced anger: Understand what makes you angry and resentful, and become less reactive, less often, with less intensity.

Increased mental clarity: Live and work more intelligently and effectively, with integrity.

More energy: Experience a new sense of ongoing vigour and well-being.

More peace: Discover how to become "a lover of what is."

For thousands of years we’ve been told not to judge, but we still do it all the time—how our friends should act, whom our children should care about, what our parents should feel, do, or say.

In The Work, rather than suppress these judgments, we use them as starting points for self-realization. By letting the judging mind have its life on paper, we discover through the mirror of those around us what we haven't yet realized about ourselves.

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Eat Yourself Sane: by Dr Valeria Astorgo PhD, Nutritionist!

Are your emotions out of control? Are you finding it harder to get through each day because you've lost your energy, mental clarity and enthusiasm for life? It could be your hormones. Hormones are the body's messengers, and they regulate the metabolic processes that keep you alive, healthy, and sane. If for some reason (such as toxins, stress, unhealthy lifestyle) your hormones can be thrown wildly out of balance. Your whole body…including your brain…can be affected, causing symptoms such as PMS, mood swings or depression; stubborn weight gain; prematurely aging skin; night sweats and hot flushes; migraines; low libido; leaky bladder; fatigue; bloating, and increased risk of breast cancer.

Men's hormones can also get out of whack, causing many of the same problems, including prostate problems and higher risk of prostate cancer.

One way to keep your hormones healthy is to eat wisely. A healthy-hormone diet keeps your blood sugar and insulin levels under control, nourishes your hormones, strengthens your general immunity, and helps prevent inflammation. Here are some ways to eat your way to hormonal health.

Eat more of these foods

Lots of fresh vegetables and fruits every day, most of them raw or lightly stir fried

Whole grains (such as brown rice, wholemeal bread etc.), which are high in fibre as well as essential nutrients, and slow down the flow of insulin

Foods high in essential fatty acids (such as quality olive oil, nuts, fish - especially sardines, rainbow, trout salmon, mackerel - flaxseed, and dark green leafy vegetables, all of which help control the production of inflammatory hormones

High calcium foods (such as raw almonds, dark green leafy vegetables, cultured yogurt or organic milk)

Foods high in phytoestrogens, including tofu and soy nut butter

Beans, pulses and lentils, and raw nuts, which provide essential fatty acids, quality protein and fibre, which helps to bind estrogen so that high levels do not circulate in the blood.

Avoid or reduce these foods " Fried foods of all kinds (a light sauté is fine)

Dairy foods (choose organic, and preferably, take most of your dairy as cultured yogurt or fermented cheeses)

Red meat (eat a little only 3 times a week, or avoid altogether)

Refined grains (white rice, packaged cereals, white flour pasta and breads etc.), as these trigger rapid production of the hormone insulin, which is followed by the release of cortisone (another hormone) as the blood sugar quickly drops

Sugar, particularly refined sugars, which upset the blood sugar balance, 'confuse' proper hormonal activity and encourage the growth of harmful bacteria.

If your hormones are already out of kilter, it may take more than diet alone to restore the correct balance, but these dietary steps are invaluable in bringing your hormones back to health, and to help prevent hormonal problems in the first place.

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Sweet Satisfaction or Sweet Destruction: By Miriam Young!

If you lack satisfaction in your life, you may be attracted to quick sugar fixes like chocolate or cake. The quicker and higher your sugar levels raise after you have had a sweet treat, the faster and lower it will drop afterwards. And once again, you will be left feeling agitated and dissatisfied. Many women crave sugar when they are premenstrual, yet sugar in excess can be a significant contributor to pre-menstrual tension as well as menstrual disturbances.

Sugar (sucrose) is a carbohydrate that occurs naturally in every fruit and vegetable. It is the major product of photosynthesis, the process by which plants transform the sun's energy into food. Naturally occurring sugar in fruit, vegetables and unrefined carbohydrates are fuels for the muscles, nerves and brain and are the principal source of energy for all bodily functions. The sugars in these whole foods are balanced with proper minerals. Refined sugar however, (white and brown) found in donuts, chocolate, ice cream, cakes etc, pass straight into the blood stream in large amounts, shocking the pancreas. Sugar over-stresses the pancreas, causing hypoglycaemia. Honey in large amounts is also assimilated into the blood stream very quickly, which may also result in problems with blood sugar levels. Raw, unheated and unprocessed honey however, (not found in your local supermarket) contains minerals and enzymes and has an anti-inflammatory effect, suitable for soothing a sore throat and beneficial for stomach ulcers.

Most people do not realise that refined sugar actually suppresses the immune system. Sugar interferes with the ability of white blood cells to respond against invading bacterial infections. Refined sugar upsets the mineral balance within the body, depleting copper and chromium (a mineral often lacking in diabetes) and interferes with the absorption of calcium and magnesium. Refined sugar can exacerbate arthritis and asthma and has a marked contribution to the formation of kidney and gallstones.


So long as young children are not allowed to fall into sugar addition, but are offered instead a varied range of foods, they can usually be trusted to meet their dietary needs intuitively. It is better not to force children to eat, even if their appetites are small and tastes restricted. Just keep the issue relaxed and offer them a wide range of options.

Allowing children to eat too much sugar can seriously contribute to hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating as well as crankiness. This may be because sugar stimulates cortisol, a stress hormone associated with anxiety and aggression. (Not to mention the effect of preservatives/additives). Sugar can also exacerbate eczema and may decrease growth hormone in developing children.

Candida Craves Sugar

For both adults and children, the most common imbalance caused by excessive sugar intake is the proliferation of Candida. Candida albicans is a naturally occurring organism, living inside our intestines in balance with beneficial bacteria. Too much sugar often leads to excessive amounts of Candida. And in excess, Candida excretes toxic metabolites that begin to degrade the intestinal walls leading to 'leaky gut' and inflammation. Excessive flatulence, bloating and diarrhoea for no apparent reason are often a sign that Candida is prolific in the gastro-intestinal tract.

In leaky gut syndrome, the deterioration of the Candida-ridden intestinal walls allows the yeast and by-products and other inappropriate food molecules to enter the blood stream. Candida and its by-products now have access to the whole body, including every organ. This is known as Systemic Candida and can be life threatening if untreated and is thought by some to be the cause of death in AIDS.

There are many women who suffer unbelievable discomfort from recurring vaginal yeast infections and frequent cystitis attacks (bladder infections), making not only sexual intercourse, but also life in general a misery. Candida is the culprit in the majority of these cases, mainly affecting the female population. Candida can also be a contributing factor to infertility and may add to discomfort during pregnancy.

Constant candidiasis distresses the functioning of the liver and may cause multiple allergies, not only to foods, but to various chemicals and pollens also. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, headaches, bad breath, fungal infections, athletes' foot and sinus problems are some of the diseases that can result.

Low energy and chronic fatigue is a major symptom of Candida because one of its by-products is acetaldehyde and this chemical creates ethanol as a by-product. Ethanol causes fatigue as it destroys enzymes needed for cell energy. It also causes the release of free radicals, which increases aging. Depression and anxiety can be mere symptoms of the underlying problem of Candida

Experiencing spaciness and forgetfulness, is not necessarily a sign of old age, it may be because of excessive amounts of Candida in your system!

The Importance of Minerals

If you crave sugar it is likely that as well as the presence of Candida in your system, you may also have some mineral deficiencies. The most effective method of feeding and rebalancing the body that is mineral deficient is by taking plant-derived liquid colloidal minerals. Colloidal Minerals are excellent for people who have organs congested with Candida and therefore absorption difficulties. When your body is mineral balanced, cravings for sugar disappear naturally.

Other Causes of Candida

Sugar, however is not the only culprit, causing Candida. Antibiotics destroy both harmful bacteria and good bacteria. When antibiotics destroy friendly bacteria it gives Candida the ability to multiply. One of the most common complaints of women on the oral contraceptive pill is vaginal thrush. This is because the synthetic oestrogen promotes the growth of yeast. Tap water also destroys friendly bacteria, due to its high chlorine content, resulting in Candida over-growth. Parasites, constipation and diarrhoea all cause the proliferation of Candida, due to the fact that the friendly bacteria are disrupted. Yeast in bread, processed foods, alcohol, fermented products and vegemite etc also cause Candida. Increased stress levels and a weakened immune system can heighten an already Candida-friendly environment.

Most of the Candida sufferers I have come across in my own practice have disturbed or negative thoughts and/or low self-esteem. It is important to observe that negativity on an emotional level creates disharmony in the physical body and visa-versa. In order for permeant change to take place within an individual, it is important that a person not only addresses their diet, but also undertakes to heal him or herself emotionally. Visiting a counsellor or healer may be useful as well as undertaking emotional release techniques.

The Healing Crisis

Change of diet and the use of herbal medicine, is the quickest, simplest and most powerful way I know to destroy excessive Candida levels in the body. As the Candida dies off in a person's system, they may experience what is known as a 'healing crisis' this is when symptoms temporarily become worse before they get better. After a few days of the Anti-Candida Diet and/or herbs a person may experience headaches, weakness and/or fatigue. Some of the emotions a person may experience range from anger to sadness, irritability to frustration. This is happening because the Candida and toxins are coming to the surface and being removed from the system. As toxins come out of the body on the physical level, toxins in the form of suppressed emotion rise out on the emotional level. What is below so is above and visa-versa. The most effective way to deal with excessive emotion is to take quick cold showers. (Cold is yin and water is yin and the double yin affect has the ability to draw away negativity from the energy bodies). Lemon juice and many herbal medicines also help to speed up the detoxification process of Candida.

Sweet Foods of Joy

The taste 'sweet' is essential in Ayurvedic (Indian) Medicine for maintaining balance in an individual. And according to Traditional Chinese Medicine sweet is very nurturing and feeds the Spleen/Stomach energy, mothering and soothing us. (Ever desired a soy milk hot chocolate when feeling upset or lonely?) The sweet however that the Chinese and Ayurvedics are referring to is the sweet obtained from foods that contain naturally occurring sugar like rice, coconuts and dates.

Eating sweet food brings a great deal of joy to many people. Joy is the highest nutritional component, which we extract from our food. It is not wise to remove all the pleasurable components from our diets permanently. Diet is a personal issue and need not be over-coloured by current social trends or advice from mainstream or medical sources.

Sweet provides that all familiar emotional satisfaction. But when 'sweet' is over consumed however, it may encourage laziness, greed and dissatisfaction. For when sweets ferment, they turn sour.

Miriam uses her own method of detoxification to eliminate excessive Candida levels in the body. The average amount of time it takes to destroy Candida in most people, using her methods is roughly between 2-6 weeks.

Copyright © Miriam Young, 2008 | Disclaimer

For appt's with Miriam call 0413 024 901 available at Fig tree Pocket and Noosa.

Detox Technology: Bring Your Mind, Body & Spirit back to Optimum Health!

What you take out of your body is just as important for your health as what you put in. With today's chemical laden food production techniques and our sedentary, over Indulgent lifestyles, our bodies are, more than any generation before us, likely to be saturated with toxins that are ingested from what we eat and drink and also generated from our own bodies.

The Dr. Mary Staggs™ Ionic Detox Foot Spa offers a relaxing alternative therapy, which will eliminate toxins, improve micro-circulation and re-balance the bodies' natural energies.

The human body is made up of 60% to 70% water. There are different types of salts within the body's fluids that are capable of conducting electricity. In fact, our whole body acts like an industrial plant that produces chemical reactions and generates electrical currents, which produce energy.

When we introduce our feet into the ionic foot bath water, our body fluids are actually connecting with the water. When we cause an electrical current between the two electrodes of the array, the water becomes the main conductor.

On the soles of our feet we can find a large number of reflex points that correspond to specific organs or certain parts of our body (this is the principle of reflexology). Also, we find in this area the beginning of the meridian flow lines that have been outlined for us in Chinese Medicine, and used by acupuncturists. Therefore, any kind of stimuli - be it mechanical, luminous, electromagnetic, or electric - in one way or another causes a reaction in each bodily system, organ, or corresponding body area reflected on the soles of the feet.

What actually happens is bio-stimulation which restores energy and balance, eases tension in certain areas, and re-establishes energies previously blocked.

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3/4 cup Australian thickened cream 1/3 cup caster sugar 2 kaffir lime leaves, bruised 2 teaspoon grated ginger 2 1/2 teaspoons gelatine, dissolved in 2 tablespoons boiling water 1 1/2 cups Australian natural yogurt fresh or canned lychees


1. Combine half the cream, sugar, kaffir lime leaves and ginger in a saucepan and stir over low heat until dissolved. Remove from heat and strain. Stir in gelatine mixture and cool for 5 minutes. 2. Combine cream mixture with yogurt. Beat remaining cream until soft peaks form and gently fold through half the yogurt mixture then combine with remaining yogurt mixture. 3. Divide mixture evenly between 6 x 125ml lightly oiled dariole moulds. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set. Invert and serve with fresh lychees.

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Laughter is the best medicine!


1) Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.

2) Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.

3) When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while you're down there.

4) You're getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.

5) It's frustrating when you know all the answers but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.

6) Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician.

7) Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.

Quote of the week!

Communication works for those who work at it. John Powell

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