Issue 184

Lighten Up Your Liver and Laugh Longer: by Miriam Young ND!

The Healing Power of the Liver and Gall Bladder Detoxification Program
Do you continually wake between 1-3am for no apparent reason? Do you have high cholesterol, constipation and find it impossible to lose weight, no matter how hard you try? Do you get angry at the drop of a hat and experience recurring negative thoughts? Have you had your gall bladder removed and find that you are constantly criticising your partner and attacking friends?

Liver Stone Formation Even though I highly recommend 'The Liver Cleansing Diet' as an excellent way to enhance the well-being of one's physical and emotional health, it does not, by any means, release the hundreds of stones trapped in our livers, resulting from years of repeated prescriptions of antibiotics, the oral contraception pill, hormone replacement therapy, pain-killers and most other medications, artificial sweeteners (aspartame), pesticides and additives in food, coffee, caffeine tea, alcohol, junk food, air pollution, and especially suppressed emotion. Our liver bile ducts have become clogged with deposits of hardened bile or gallstones and when congested in this manner can cause a huge array of diseases and imbalances in the human body. This is to such an extent that there are very few adults in the western world that do not need some form of loving attention toward their liver.

An estimated one billion people in the world develop gall bladder problems at some point in their lives. Contrary to most people's belief, most gallstones are formed in the liver and very few in the gall bladder. I consider gallstones one of the major reasons why people fall into chronic disease and have difficulty recuperating from an illness. Failure to recognise gallstones in the liver is an important missing link in the field of medicine, not only orthodox, but complementary as well.

Anatomy and Physiology of the Liver
The next time you are feeling angry about something or someone or in a heated discussion, check which area is heating up in your body. You may find that just under your right breast is starting to get a little warm - here lies your liver! After the skin the liver is the second largest organ in the body, weighing approximately 1.4 kg in an average adult. It sits under the diaphragm in the upper abdominal cavity and has a large right and a smaller left lobe. If a part of it is damaged or removed, the liver is able to totally self-regenerate, and grows back to its original size and shape.

Bile secreted by the liver is partly an excretory product (worn out red blood cells) and partly a digestive secretion, to break down fats. Bile ducts transport bile from the liver. There are small ducts that unite to form the main bile duct, called the hepatic duct, which then joins the cystic duct that leads from the gall bladder, to form the common bile duct, which drains into the duodenum (part of the small intestine).

The gall bladder is a pea-shaped sac about 7-10cm long and sits underneath the liver. The gall bladder is a storehouse for bile.

The liver is responsible for the formation of blood, the recycling of hormones, as well as for heat and energy production. A healthy toxin-free liver secretes bile into the digestive system, transforms ingested substances into absorbable nutrients and neutralises intoxicating substances such as alcohol, medications and junk food. The liver houses vitamins and minerals and stores sugar as glycogen - it is responsible for the whole metabolic process. The liver is the only organ that can pump fat out of the body - it is the supreme organ of metabolism.

Liver Related Physical Complaints

If you suffer from obesity, mood swings, PMS, or depression you may like to think almost every patient with a chronic illness, (such as heart disease), has an excessively large number of sludge/stones in their liver.

There may be a weakness in your liver/gall bladder, and you may have a build up of liver/gall bladder stone/gravel formation if you experience any one or more of the following…

Digestive disorders - Abdominal distension and/or discomfort, diarrhoea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, poor appetite, belching, nausea, vomiting, hernia, flatulence, heartburn or gastric reflux, food cravings, food allergies, pancreatitis, bitter taste in the mouth.
Liver disease - Fatty liver and/or raised liver enzymes, cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis.
Reproductive- Hormonal imbalances, impotence, polycystic ovarian disease, infertility, period pain, dark and clotted menstrual blood, sore and distended breasts before period, endometriosis, pre-menstrual tension and irritability, irregular periods, menstrual flooding, menopausal symptoms, breasts may form on males and in women, masculine effects such as hirsutism.
Skeletal imbalances - Sciatica, back pain, pain in the joints, osteoporosis, scoliosis, shoulder pain, especially the right shoulder.
Eye disorders - glaucoma, cataracts, sties, poor eyesight, small protuberances in the eyelids, yellow sclera (whites of the eye), puffy eyes, dark colour under the eyes etc.
Chronic disease states - Cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, MS, Alzheimer's, pancreatitis, obesity, inability to lose weight, hernia, chronic headaches, sudden ageing, headaches and migraines, especially the type of headache occurring or starting in the forehead and temple areas (gall bladder), excessive heat and perspiration in the upper part of the body.
Cardiovascular - High cholesterol, restricted blood vessels, full spectrum of heart disease including angina etc.
Respiratory - Difficulty breathing, cough, asthma.
Skin conditions - Acne, cystic acne, eczema, psoriasis, 'dirty' skin, hives, abscesses, sudden rashes, yellowing of the skin, liver spots, especially on the back of the hands and facial areas.
Immunity dysfunction - Continual colds/flues, not being able to shake a current infection, recurring symptoms from past episodes of Ross river fever, glandular fever etc, and all autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Emotional - Anger, bitterness, frustration, fluctuation of mental state, irritability, boredom, feeling "wound-up", moodiness, dis-satisfaction, resentment, rage, impatient, aggravation, critical, judgemental, nit-picking, sarcasm, melancholy, depression, manic depression, general negativity, aggressiveness, shouting, speaking loudly, indecisiveness and allowing others to make decisions for you (gall bladder imbalance).

If you experience any of these symptoms, you may benefit by undertaking a specialised liver detox with a qualified medical herbalist/naturopath.

By the elimination of stones from the liver, the body's 60-100 trillion cells is able to 'breathe' more oxygen, receive more nutrients, eliminate their metabolic waste products more efficiently, and maintain perfect communication links with the nervous system, endocrine system and all other parts of the body.

In Chinese understanding there is a strong connection between the liver and lungs. Both are responsible for the smooth flow of energy (Qi) in the body. If the liver energy is not balanced then the lungs can become distressed causing asthma and cough.

The Emotional Connection

It is the liver's job to detoxify the blood on a physical level and this versatile organ also detoxifies our emotions on an energetic level. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the emotion anger relates to the liver (organ and meridian). It is the liver's job to clear anger. Instead, especially in the western world, we use it as a storage space for negativity so it becomes stressed and eventually blocks. Energy from the earth comes up through our feet, up into our body, towards the heavens and in doing so has to pass through our liver. If our liver is blocked, the light becomes filtered and clogged so that energy does not go into the upper half of our body. This can cause problems in the chest or breasts. It also affects the eyes and forehead, creating headaches. In antiquity, the liver was considered to be the 'seat of the mind' and a liver blockage could give rise to grave emotional states. Depression is caused by blockages in the liver. Most depressed people will benefit from Miriam Young's Gentle Liver Detox Program, working up to Miriam Young's Liver Flush! Detox Program if appropriate.

Emotional toxicity in the liver is epidemic.

If you haven't been able to express yourself fully as a child, if you have had a controlling or abusive mother, father or sibling, if you have a controlling partner, if you have a lot of negative thoughts about yourself and the world, then it is time you allowed some of those suppressed emotions and toxins out! The beauty of detoxifying your liver is if you choose to undertake a liver/gall bladder detox using herbal medicine and a pure form of diet, then both the physical and emotional detoxification process will happen simultaneously, this is when you really start to experience what the healing crisis is all about!

Specific Foods For Cleansing and Supporting Liver Function Most live whole foods grown organically All green vegetables, leafy or otherwise- artichoke, asparagus, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, spinach, lettuce etc.
All culinary herbs (including garlic)
Spirulina/wheat grass/barley grass/chlorella etc
Sprouts etc
Apples (especially green)
Lemon and lime
Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive oil
Coconut Oil
Apple Cider Vinegar

"Eating around four apples a day can reduce cholesterol levels in the blood as much as a dose of statin drugs." Cornell University, New York.

Miriam Young's Gentle Liver Detox Program

This 4-week gentle liver detoxification program is designed to detoxify the liver and the gall bladder on a light to moderate level, dissolving toxicity and promoting and enhancing the overall functioning of the liver and gall bladder. A face to face or skype consultation may be organised by calling Miriam on 0413 024 901.

This detox program will suit any person with the before-mentioned health complaints, and those persons wishing to undertake preventative health care.

It is highly recommended, that you undertake Miriam Young's Kidney Detox Program prior to commencing Miriam Young's Gentle Liver Detox Program. If you have diagnosed gallstones please consult your preferred health care professional before undertaking this detoxification program. If this is the case you may need to go straight onto the Miriam Young's Liver Flush! Detox Program.

5449 1130 / 0413 024 901

Consultations at Sonanne Place Fig Tree Pocket and Noosa QLD



Commitment Wary Men: by Clayfield Counselling!

Why is it you hear stories of couples being together for a number of years and as soon as two little words are uttered, they often break up. The words are "marriage" and "children". What makes these words, break up a relationship at their mere utterance?

There are two questions men must ask themselves when they look at a woman that they love: 1. Is this the person I want to wake up to every morning 2. Is this the woman who I want to bear my children

If the answers to these questions leave you up in the air, then perhaps this is not the right relationship for you. It is better to confront these problems early in a relationship, rather than 10 years down the track and not liking your answer. Because for many the emotional pain in ten years far outweighs the emotional pain of a few months.

However, it is important to understand that it isn't just men, who have commitment issues, because many women do as well. The difference is that most women recognise the pattern and speak to someone about it and know how to be open with their emotions.

But there is no magic solution or immediate cure for men or women who are commitment wary; instead it takes time and patience. Sometimes it can be an event or specific relationship that can causes a grown man to shudder at the mere mention of marriage. Perhaps his parents or someone he knows was married and he saw they became a different person, that they lost a part of themselves. We are all wary of giving too much away and losing ourselves in a relationship, it may start with the small things, but eventually those small things become issues of contention.

So it is no wonder men are especially reluctant to commit to a relationship, because there is an expectation that they will lose a part of themselves. It is important to communicate at the early stages of any relationship, "If a man openly tells you that he doesn't want any children" then it is unlikely you will be able to change his mind. We need to put all our cards on the table, and not expect the other person to change, because it is unrealistic and this is where problems arise.

If you are a commitment wary man or woman and would like to understand why you cannot be open to change then we have a number of qualified counsellors and psychologist who would be only too happy to assist you in implementing positive life changes, then please call our office on 07 3862 6622.

Why Pilates?: by Peter White from Pilates on MacGregor!

Spring has sprung and many of us are once again facing the dilemma of choosing an exercise regime to get us ready for a fit and healthy summer.

We are often asked what the difference is between a Pilates workout as opposed to other forms of exercise.

As you read this are you aware of your posture? Did you just sit up straighter then and pull your shoulders back?

Nice correction but not necessarily a healthy way to improve posture. Pulling your shoulders back can lead to over tightening of the upper back muscles, which can lead to neck tension and headaches. Try just sitting more directly over your "sit" bones and allow your spine to "grow tall".

The one observation which all Pilates exercise clients comment on is the way in which their exercise foundations translate into everyday life. This awareness is one of the secrets of its success.

The body is designed to work at maximum efficiency when all components are posturally aligned, It makes sense that if we learn the techniques needed to develop and strengthen good alignment and movement, we not only end up with a taller and more relaxed body, but we feel the difference in the way we move and how we cope with everyday stress.

Pilates has the advantage of addressing all of the alignment components as well as improving strength, flexibility, correct muscle recruitment and control of movement. Every exercise, every workout.

And if that's not enough at our studio we have just introduced a new piece of apparatus called a "Core Align". In addition to your regular Pilates workout we have a way to challenge all the strengthening and conditioning you have done.

"Core Align" is designed to reinforce the functional strength of the body in upright movement patterns, as well as challenging balance, core control and awareness.

Unit 1, 64 MacGregor Terrace, Bardon

3367 0360/0413155005


Spring Into a Summer Fitness DEAL: with the Fitness Market!

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Aquila AQG2 Home Gym A strong steel-frame home gym with 75kg weight stack. Suitable for intermediate and serious trainers. An "off-the-floor" design reduces damage to floor surfaces. Incorporates a high pulley, mid pulley and low pulley for a full range of exercises.

  • 75 KG weight stack (150lbs), pin selectable
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  • Black seat and back-pad, adjustable
  • Black weight stack and black shroud covers
  • Adjustable seat height
  • Adjustable back rest
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  • Includes seated Row Bar and Lat Pull-down Bar
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  • Includes Abdominal Crunch Strap<br><br>The range of exercises on the AQG2 gym include:
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  • Reverse seated row exercise
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Aquila Redline Exercise Bike The Aquila Redline exercise bike is a big bike with a big range of features. A wide, soft seat and a big pedals make it a comfortable bike to workout on. A big LCD screen makes is easy for you to see the settings including your exercise time, speed, distance and more. This is a big bike, with big value, and a great price for the amount of features.

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Looking For a New Career in Natural Beauty Therapy & Nails?: New Certificate and Diploma Courses Starting Soon!

Strathpine's newest training academy is offering Diploma, Cert IV and Cert III in Beauty Therapy, Cert II in Nail Technology and short courses in beauty ranging from 1 day course to 45 week courses depending on what qualifications you are requiring.

During a time when people are looking to up-skill so they can get better jobs; or women that may be wanting to re-enter the workforce to supplement their family income, or even set up their own businesses, to our latest job seekers coming out of Grade 12, or even those who want to get started through grade 11 and 12 - EarthSentials Beauty and Spa Training Academy in Strathpine have opened their doors to help those who have a passion for beauty, body treatments and people to create a beauty-ful career for themselves.

Tracey Hammond, founding director of EarthSentials says that just after two years of opening she is so proud of her recently graduated students who graduated in June 2010, saying that "of all her original students that studied beauty, all are already employed or have set up a small business themselves". On top of that, our most current students that are still studying are already securing jobs prior to completing their course due to our high standard of education and practical skills they obtain from us at EarthSentials. This means they are earning while they are learning, which is fantastic for them.

Tracey says, that she feels the main difference for our Academy has been that we have small class sizes and do benchmarking one on one with students all through their training. You cannot get better skilled than working that close with your trainer. The girls are just loving every minute of it. EarthSentials has a very good name in the beauty industry and this is a big plus for the students who are applying for positions in salons and spa's. On top of that, students also get so understand the ingredients in cosmetics in a real way as Tracey has been manufacturing cosmetics for over 12 years and is very passionate about the chemistry of cosmetic ingredients and the difference between certified organic, organic, natural and synthetic.

Some girls choose to do short courses such as waxing, massage, facials, spray tanning, eyelash extension, massage, body treatment or makeup, but most are doing the full Cert IV in beauty or Diploma in Beauty either part time or full time or by distance correspondence.

Our students operate their Student Salon Clinic each week, and so are working on the public every week which gives them great practical experience. They get to pamper real clients who book into our Strathpine Clinic and received treatments at super discounted prices.

EarthSentials gives Academy tours where you can talk face to face with our Educators and you will receive an information pack about our courses and how you can get to work in the beauty industry. We are located at unit 5 & 6, No. 3 Jockers Street, Strathpine (upstairs), across from EastCoast Apprenticeships, a 1 minutes walk to Strathpine Westfield shopping centre.

Contact: Tracey Hammond, Phone no. 38811977, 0414 770 531, [email protected]

Location: Unit 5 & 6, No. 3 Jockers Street, Strathpine (upstairs), near Westfield shopping centre

Who: Anyone who is interested in studying to become a beauty therapist at the newest Beauty Academy in Brisbane, or anyone who needs some time out and pampering ON A BUDGET.

When: Make an appointment to come on in and visit our Academy, or call us on 38811977. We are open Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm

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Rainesforest Massage and Day Spa Indooroopilly Brisbane

We have Monday to Friday Great Value Specials available, discounts for students, pensioners and teachers at restricted times Monday to Friday, great incentives for groups, and 11 treatment rooms to help you find a convenient time to come.-

Every treatment includes the option of enjoying your own exclusive use outdoor spa and sauna relaxation area, essential oils, tea, coffee, filtered water, biscuits and jellybeans. You have the use of gowns, towels, sarongs and thongs during your visit.

07) 3878 9786

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Short and Sweet:Gluten Free Mint Carob Semisweet Brownies!


Servings: 12 Preparation

Time: 10 minutes

* 1/3 cup firm coconut oil (or 5 tablespoons) * 1/2 cup carob powder * 6 eggs * 1/2 cup pure maple sugar * 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract * 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract * 1/3 cup coconut flour * 1/4 cup chocolate chips Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a small saucepan, melt coconut oil. Once melted stir in carob powder and allow to cool slightly. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, maple sugar, and extracts until smooth. Add carob mixture and whisk until smooth. Slowly add coconut flour and beat until smooth. Add chocolate chips and stir until just combined. Pour mixture into an 8x8 square baking pan lightly greased with coconut oil. At this point, you may sprinkle the top with additional chocolate chips, if you desire. Bake in preheated oven for about 25 minutes, until done. Allow to cool in the pan before cutting.

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Laughter is the best medicine!

The Magician and the Parrot

A magician was working on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. The audience would be different each week, so the magician allowed himself to do the same tricks over and over again. There was only one problem: The captain's parrot saw the shows every week and began to understand what the magician did in every trick. Once he understood that, he started shouting in the middle of the show. "Look, it's not the same hat!" "Look, he's hiding the flowers under the table!" "Hey, why are all the cards the Ace of Spades?" The magician was furious but couldn't do anything, it was the captain's parrot after all. One day the ship had an accident and sank. The magician found himself on a piece of wood, in the middle of the ocean, and of course the parrot was by his side. They stared at each other with hate, but did not utter a word. This went on for several days. After a week the parrot finally said, "Okay, I give up. What'd you do with the boat?"

.Quote of the Month!

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired and success achieved." - Helen Keller, lecturer


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  • Healthy Inspirations!
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