Issue 194

10 Steps To Ageing Really Quickly: by Sue Lester of Growing Content.

1. Frown and scowl as often as possible. This is perfect for permanently creasing your forehead and face, for those much desired wrinkles.

2. Complain loudly and often. You'll be rewarded with a downturned mouth which adds at least 10 years to your face.

3. Smoke and drink heavily as much as possible as these are proven perfect skin coarsening strategies.

4. Overeat whenever possible, taking care to choose the fattest, most sugar-laden options, so your body achieves a satisfying middle age spread. Groan loudly when sitting or standing up for extra effect.

5. Never move more or faster than absolutely necessary so your body settles into old age shuffle sooner.

6. Refuse to learn anything new, and emotionally blackmail others into doing things for you. Soon your brain will slow to the point you won't have to pretend.

7. Steadfastly refuse to express interest in anyone else but yourself. That, combined with steps 1 and 2, guarantees loneliness which is proven to hasten your demise.

8. At least 20 times a day, repeat to yourself: "I can't." The ensuing sense of helplessness, or overwhelm if you practice hard enough, will ensure you feel at least 80.

9. Refuse to set goals of any kind, apart from your next meal, and focus firmly on the Past, particularly those times others wronged you. This loss of interest in the Future is particularly helpful in the aging process.

10. Consistently express regret about having another birthday and under no circumstances allow celebrations to occur without complaint. Remember to be ungrateful for gifts too.

If you follow these 10 steps you are guaranteed to feel much older than your body, and find your way to Heaven much sooner.

p.s. Ignore those who claim they can create Heaven on Earth by doing the exact opposite. You know better, don't you?

p.p.s. Or, if you've decided after all that life is too short to be miserable, and you're ready for change, call me to discuss how quickly and easier you can make those changes you want to see.

For assistance with any or all of these 5 steps to turning self sabotage into self motivation, contact Sue Lester, your Catalyst of Change, to explore your options for making change faster and more effortless. Ph 07 3103 2769 or

(c) Sue Lester



True Healing & The Healing Crisis: By Miriam Young, Medical Herbalist.

The Cell
Within the human body, we have organs, organs are made up of tissue, and that tissue is made up of trillions of cells. Each tiny cell is being polluted when we think negatively, act negatively and hold onto our toxic emotions. It is also the cell that is absorbing toxicity into its membrane from our processed food and toxic environments. The cell holds memory. That is why true healing must take place on the deepest level, at the level of the cell.

Cell Emptying
True healing takes place when the cells are being emptied by the above toxic elements. Emptying the cells of toxic particles that congest and impair the cell, and therefore organ functioning is paramount in the process of healing chronic illness. Two of the most powerful ways of doing this is by taking herbs that cleanse the cell and by taking regular short cold showers.

Toxins in the physical form aren't the only form of toxicity in the human being. Mental toxicity jams up the smooth flow of energy throughout the cells in your body, also causing illness. When you were born, an innocent baby, you were completely empty. As you grew, your family, friends and neighbors etc slowly infiltrated you with knowledge and intellect, media and belief systems etc, some of which may have been based on fear and judgment.

Herbal medicines can be used in conjunction with emotional healing techniques to remove negative patterns of being and kick out the old programming.

When you were born, you relied on feeling - if you were hungry, you cried etc. Feelings you are born with. But now the mind, which was given to you by society, over-rides your feeling, or inner voice. We then no longer live our lives based on our inner guidance, but now based on the mind. We will then perhaps stay in a toxic job with rules and control, because we are afraid we won't be able to pay the mortgage if we leave etc. This trap comes from societal mind. Perhaps cleansing our cells of our childhood influences may not be such a bad idea!

The Healing Crisis
Whilst on an herbal detox program you may experience what is known as a healing crisis. A healing crisis occurs when you are truly healing. The kidneys, bladder and spine hold and process fear. The liver/gall bladder holds and processes anger and is involved in decision-making. The lungs hold and process grief and sadness etc. If the cells in these organs are letting go of their memory by way of herbal medicine, it is possible to re-experience some of what we have suppressed, as it is released from our being. Although very tough when we are in the middle of it, it is a sign that the herbal medicine is doing its job perfectly and that we are truly healing.

You know you are experiencing a healing crisis, when you feel like giving up, when you feel you are all alone in the world and nobody cares; you may be feeling acutely desperate, extremely angry and/or experience a huge anxiety attack. A healing crisis will always pass, usually as fast as it has come on. Like Shrek says, we have layers like onions, some layers are easy to peel off and some take a bit more work. The best thing to do is to sit with your emotions and re-experience them. Observe the physical and emotional pain, stay with it rather than trying to escape it with the mind and it's multitude of distractions. That way the old emotion will pass through your being and you will truly heal. Many orthodox medications suppress emotion. Herbal detox programs and cold showers can help a person reduce and often stop medication entirely. This can be done slowly and at a person's own pace.

I would say that 98% of cancer patients I have ever met have been angry. As anger becomes blocked in the liver, it makes sense that part of a cancer patient's journey back to wellness would be Liver Detox. As the liver is being cleansed with a pure diet and herbal medicines, the old anger has no choice, but to be released. For what is bellow is also above. You cannot cleanse one without the other.

Cold Showers
Cold water has the ability to hold onto memory just as a DVD holds onto sound. Cold water…that is cold showers and baths, the ocean, streams, lakes etc will draw out the old memory in your cells. Cold is Yin and Water is Yin and the double Yin affect is what has the drawing action. Try taking three short cold showers per day for two weeks and then stopping. You will notice the difference. Regular cold showers, enhance your white cell activity, balance your hormones, reduce stress and anxiety and leave you feeling fresh, energised and positive.

This article was inspired by Mike Robinson's book, The True Dynamics of Life. Miriam Young is available for skype and face-to-face consultations on the Sunshine Coast, 0413 024 901.

Miriam Young is a Medical Herbalist, she practices from her clinic Flourish Remedies in Tewantin and Fig Tree Pocket in Brisbane 0413 024 901. Explore

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Turn That Cooker Off: By Nisha Langdon Natural health Advocate & Owner of White Lotus Health & Healing.


An introduction to The Raw Foods Diet.

Imagine being able to eat pizza and chocolate that not only tasted great, but was actually good for you AND full of nutrients! Well you can…as long as it's 'raw'…

What is the Raw Foods Diet?

The raw foods diet is based on the belief that the most nutritious and healthy foods for our body are those that have not been cooked. Although most foods are eaten in their raw state, many 'raw fooders' dehydrate foods in a dehydrator, which, unlike an oven, doesn't cook the foods, but dries them out, not going above 118 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cooking is thought to denature the enzymes naturally present in food. According to raw foodists, enzymes are the life force of a food, helping us to digest food and absorb nutrients. If we over consume cooked food, our bodies are forced to work harder by producing more enzymes. Over time, a lack of enzymes from food is thought to lead to digestive problems, nutrient deficiency, accelerated aging, and weight gain.

Cooking food can diminish its nutritional value. For example, the cancer-fighting compounds in broccoli, sulforaphanes, are greatly reduced when broccoli is cooked. Certain vitamins, such as vitamin C and folate, are destroyed by heat. Cooking also promotes the formation of potentially harmful compounds in food during high heat cooking, such as advanced glycation end products and heterocyclic amines.

A raw food diet is essentially vegan, though there are some advocates of raw dairy and raw meat.

So what CAN I eat?

A basic raw food diet consists of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouted legumes (such as chickpeas), some grains, such as buckwheat( that can also be sprouted), plant oils, raw olives, superfoods (which we will cover in the next article), herbs, and fermented foods such as miso, kimchee and sauerkraut.

Don't think that you are going to be having fruit and a boring salad every day though!

There are so many raw recipe books on the market now; you will be really surprised at what you can make using raw ingredients! You can make a raw version of all of your favourite foods, from pizza, burgers, nachos and lasagne, to cheesecake, chocolate mousse and trifle.

How are Raw Foods prepared?

There are a variety of different methods used in preparing raw food dishes, some more time consuming than others.

o Soaking and Sprouting
Raw beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds contain enzyme inhibitors that are normally destroyed with cooking. The nutrients can be released by soaking them (germination) or sprouting them.

Germination involves soaking in water for a specific amount of time. Although the recommended germination times vary from 2 hours (for cashews) up to one day (for mung beans), some raw foodists say that soaking overnight is sufficient and more convenient. It's important to start with dried, raw, preferably organic seeds, beans, legumes, or nuts.

Rinse beans, nuts, legumes, or seeds and place in a glass container. Add room temperature purified water to cover and soak at room temperature overnight. Mung beans, however, require a full 24 hours. Rinse a couple of times prior to use.

o Sprouting
After germination, seeds, beans, and legumes can be sprouted. After they are drained during the final step of the germination process, place them in a container for sprouting. Leave them at room temperature for the recommended time. The seed, bean, or legume will open and a sprout will grow from it. Rinse the sprouted nuts or seeds and drain well. They can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

o Dehydrating
Foods can be heated, never above 118 F, using a piece of equipment called a dehydrator to simulate sundrying. They are enclosed containers with heating elements to warm at low temperatures. A fan inside the dehydrator blows the warm air across the food, which is spread out on trays. Dehydrators can be used to make raisins, sundried tomatoes, kale chips, crackers, breads, croutons, and fruit leathers.

o Blending
Foods can be blended or chopped using a food processor or blender, to make recipes for smoothies, pesto, soup, hummus.


What are the benefits of a raw food diet?

Some of the main benefits of following a raw foods diet are:

Increased Energy
Weight Loss
Clear Skin
Better moods
Better sleep

As well as increased nutrition, a less acidic body and less risk of disease. Besides the immediate benefits, the raw food diet may theoretically slow the aging process and reduce inflammation, because it contains fewer advanced glycation end products and other potentially damaging compounds.

What are the side effects of the raw food diet?

As with any vegan diet, the main risks are deficiency in B12, iron, zinc and omega 3. It is recommended to supplement to avoid this.

Most raw fooders, especially those eating close to 100% raw will experience detox symptoms, as their body adjusts to a purer, cleaner diet. Symptoms can vary, but normally include headaches, nausea and cravings. These generally tend to only last a few days.

Tips on starting a raw foods diet

Be prepared! Do lots of research and have recipes and meals/snacks to hand so that you don't get caught out.

Don't try and go 100% raw overnight. Start with one meal per day then gradually increase.

Don't overdo the nuts and fats! Many raw food recipes replace flour and grains with nuts, too many of which can be just as bad for you and very hard to digest. Try and stick to simpler, fresher recipes and leave the 'gourmet' recipes as an occasional treat or transition food.

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How Blood Screening Can Reveal Your Current & Future Health Problems: by Peter Kahler ND from Oxford Naturopathics.

Hemaview (Live Blood Screening) Hemaview or as its known - live blood screening, is an observation of live blood. This involves a tiny finger prick, a fresh droplet of blood, placed on a sterile slide and viewed under a microscope.

A live blood screening is done with your practitioner and you. The live blood screening allows you to observe during the entire procedure. It allows you to see and understand while your Practitioner explains the size, shape, ratios and fine structures in your blood and what is happening on the inside. The information gathered will help your Practitioner to give you a more accurate recommendation on your health. Live blood screening (LBS) enables early detection of problem areas and therefore can be used as a preventative measure.

Live blood screening can tell you about:

The nutritional status of your blood
Organ systems dysfunction
Gut permeability and digestive health
Blood cell integrity
Antioxidant levels and free radical load
Some biochemical imbalances
Inflammatory processes
Immune system activity
Hydration levels

LBS detects functional imbalances otherwise known as "precursors" to disease (inflammation, sluggish immunity, poor red blood cell structure etc), quite early on, and in some instances before that of standard blood pathology. When your Practitioner displays your blood sample on the screen you can see your blood picture and what may be affecting your health, poor diet, lifestyle etc.

Your Practitioner will give you a recommendation to assist you in resolving any disorders whilst in the initial stages, giving you the opportunity to look at prevention rather than wait for things to go wrong and then try to fix them, which could take longer. The Practitioner then gives you specific treatment to suit your unique requirements.

As you begin to make changes here and improve you will then experience the benefits of achieving optimum health and vitality.

LBS is based on one of the oldest, most highly developed for medical sciences, Haematology. It can help screen for a number of risk factors that may be affecting your blood, including:
High fat diets
Poor nutrition
Smoking, alcohol

LBS can be helpful to assess liver function. A standard liver function test does not necessarily show any abnormal function or liver damage. We do not really want to wait to that stage where damage is indicated. What we really need to know for preventative measures is how the liver is functioning right now. LBS can give you that information. LBS is done immediately, your blood is not introduced to or altered in any way by chemicals, staining solutions as would be with conventional testing where it is dried/fixed on a slide.

LBS can be very useful for people who have poor digestive functions, allergies, fatty liver (usually had history of higher than normal alcohol) and a variety of other gastrointestinal problems. It has been an excellent test for people to receive and offers the Practitioner a much clearer picture of their present state of health and the treatment to help solve their issues.

When the test is finished you receive a copy of the results.

Some useful information about your blood:

A red blood cell can circumnavigate your body in less than 20 seconds

There are 2.5 trillion red blood cells in your body at any given moment, so to enable you to maintain this number, about 2 and a half million new ones need to be produced every second by your bone marrow.

The average blood cell in your body only lives for 120 days
Red blood cells are about seven micrometers in diameter

Human blood is colourless. The haemoglobin which is a pigment present in the blood cells is what makes blood red in colour.



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Short and Sweet:Lamb Shank & Cannellini Bean Casserole.

Serves 6

6 lamb shanks Salt & freshly ground black pepper 2 tbs olive oil 2 red onions, halved and cut into 8 wedges 5 whole cloves garlic, peeled 2 carrots, roughly chopped 1 sweet potato peeled & roughly chopped 2 tsp rosemary leaves 2 x 400g cans Italian tomatoes, crushed 300ml vegetable stock 1/3 cup red wine 400g can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

1. Season lamb shanks with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large heavy based pan. Brown lamb shanks two at a time for 2 mins, transfer to a plate. Sauté onion, garlic, sweet potato and carrot for 3-4 mins.

2. Return shanks to pan. Add rosemary, tomatoes, water, stock and red wine. Cover and simmer over a medium-low heat for 30 minutes.

Remove lid, simmer for a further 1-1 1/2 hours until the lamb is tender. Add beans, warm through and serve with couscous.

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