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Notes from a Naturopath
By Thomasina G. Copenhaver
Balboa PressCopyright © 2014 Thomasina G. Copenhaver RN, BSN, ND.
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Frame Each Day with "Vitamin G": Gratitude
What is wrong is always available, but so is what's great.
Gratitude is everything. How many people do you know who have everything—and are always miserable? Why is it that people who have so little always seem to be happy? Gratitude; it does a body good (to paraphrase that milk commercial from the eighties).
I learned a lot about gratitude from being a nurse. I learned the value of being able to swat away annoying flies from patients who couldn't. Have you ever thought about that? I'll bet not. You might think about it the next time a mosquito lands on you. When you see someone confined to bed, unable to move any part of his body, except perhaps to blink, unable to speak or swallow so he is fed through a feeding tube surgically inserted into his stomach, unable to bend his arms or legs to get the least bit comfortable, essentially stiff from the neck down, beads of sweat on his face, the daily intractable pain reflected in his eyes—and you understand that while you go home day after day, this is his life. A fly lands on his eyelids or nose and starts walking around. You appreciate the ability to swat away a fly.
That someone was the uncle who raised me. A man who fought in three wars and was afraid of nothing had a spinal cord stroke ten days after I gave birth to my first son—twenty-four hours after I moved halfway across the country. Most of us spend so much time complaining about all the things our bodies can't do that we often fail to appreciate the miraculous things our bodies can do.
Cancer patients taught me gratitude as well. There I was complaining about having to go pick up my kids, or driving in traffic, and I would think of my thirty-five-year-old niece who was enduring God-awful cancer treatments for the privilege of having one more minute, one more day—to do the same.
In his program Get the Edge (see end of chapter for details), Tony Robbins talks about "The Hour of Power." First thing in the morning you move, breathe, and think about everything for which you are grateful. Movement like walking, deep breathing, and engaging your body and your emotions together—being grateful for the people, the moments, the experiences that bring you joy. Tony says, "Movement is energy" and "emotion comes from motion."
I like to call it framing your day with gratitude. My son laughs at me because I take pictures of things every day to "appreciate" them. If one tiny flower blooms in the driveway, I take a picture and appreciate that it bloomed all by itself. I am grateful for sunrises and moonbeams. I love morning glories and plant them every year to remind me of my mother who died when I was eight. She loved morning glories and roses, which she grew under jars.
Tony says life is all about magic "moments"—not just big days or special events like birthdays. Be grateful for these moments each day—and capture them in a journal—or write them on a piece of paper and put them in a jar. What made you smile or laugh? Did you see a breathtaking sunset and go, "Wow!" Review these accumulated moments weekly or monthly. And at the end of the year, take them out and reflect on how many great moments you have had every day. And every day becomes an extraordinary life.
You need to be grateful in order to love yourself. You can't love yourself if you don't love your body. Your body loves you—all the time. Your body takes such good care of you that oftentimes you take for granted just how much your body does, until it breaks down. Gratitude is the antidote to stress. When you are grateful and happy, you secrete happy hormones. Your blood and saliva become more alkaline, and as you move and breathe, your tissues become oxygenated. By some accounts, exercise alone can cut your risk of cancer by 50 percent and eliminate depression—without side effects.
Elevate your mood even further and add some music and Tony's favorite positive mantra, "Every day in every way, I'm ___." Twelve years ago, that mantra for my husband was, "Every day in every way, I'm beating this, I'm cancer free." My defensive lineman, high school football playing husband was not one to walk around chanting affirmations first thing in the morning (or any other time), nor was he used to carrying around a pocket Angel to anchor those words throughout the day. But you must frame your day and continue to affirm and anchor thoughts of gratitude, as opposed to those of fear. It worked! He is cancer free, still. Try to spend the first hour—or thirty minutes, fifteen minimum—of your day this way.
How many reasons do you have to love your body and self? Prepare to be amazed. When I first read this information from my mentor and friend Dr. Robert Young, I was truly surprised. I never really thought about it. All the following calculations are courtesy of Dr. Young and I am very grateful because science is my passion—math is not. You will hear lots more about Dr. Young in many chapters that follow.
According to Dr. Young, "At maturity, the human skeleton contains about 165 bones, delicately and perfectly adjusted. There are approximately 500 muscles. The heart is 6 inches in length and 4 inches in diameter and beats 70 times per minute, 4200 times per hour, 100,800 per day, and 36,720,000 per year. At each beat, two and one-half ounces of blood are thrown out of it, 175 ounces per minute, 656 pounds per hour, or about 8 tons a day."
Now you get the math thing ...
Dr. Young continues: "All the blood in the body passes through the heart every three minutes. And during 70 years it lifts 270,000,000 tons of blood.
"The lungs contain about a gallon of air at their usual degree of inflation. We breathe, on average, 1200 breaths per hour and inhale 600 gallons of air, or 24,000 gallons daily. The aggregate surface of air cells of the lungs exceed 20,000 square inches, an area nearly equal to that of a room 12 feet square.
"The average weight of the brain of an adult is three pounds, eight ounces. The average female brain is 2 pounds, 4 ounces. The convolutions of a woman's brain cells and tissues are finer and more delicate in fiber and mechanism, which accounts for our intuition.
"The nerves are all connected with the brain directly, or by the spinal marrow, but nerves receive their nutrition from the blood, and their motive power from the solar plexus dynamic. These nerves, together with their branches and minute ramifications, probably exceed ten million in number.
"The skin is composed of three layers and varies from one-eighth to one-quarter of an inch in thickness. The average area of skin is estimated to be about 2,000 square inches. Atmospheric pressure, being 14 pounds per square inch, subjects a person of medium size to a pressure of 40,000 pounds. Each square inch of skin contains 3,500 sweat tubes or perspiratory pores (which may be likened to drain tiles) one-fourth of an inch in length, making an aggregate length of the entire surface of the body 201,166 feet, or a tube for draining the body nearly 40 miles in length.
"We take in an average of five and a half pounds of food and drink each day, which amounts to one ton of solid and liquid nutrition annually. In seventy years, we eat and drink one thousand times our body weight."
Thank you, Dr. Young, for all those calculations!
This is just the beginning of understanding how your body works at the cellular level. Your body loves you. Your body knows perfectly and exactly how to heal itself. My role is to educate, awaken, empower, and inspire you to understand healing at the cellular level, and to achieve radiant health—not just the absence of disease—but feel great energy to fulfill what it is that you came to this planet to accomplish.
Are you grateful? Are you ready? Follow me ...
Get The Edge CD set from 2000 by Anthony Robbins: Day 1—Your Hour of Power. http://www.tonyrobbins.com/ Young, Robert O., and Shelley Redford Young. Sick and tired?: reclaim your inner terrain. Pleasant Grove, UT: Woodland Pub., 2001.
www.phmiracleliving.com. (This is Dr. Young's website if you want to search for products, his articles of health blog, or any further information)CHAPTER 2
Fuel for the Journey—You Can't Buy Energy in a Can
It has been scientifically proven that electromagnetic fields exist around every living being. Each of us has an energy signature or essence.
Flowers take nutrients from the soil and absorb them through their roots. As they grow, they are energized and animated by sunlight and rain. A seed becomes a flower. A rose becomes a rose. When you think of a rose, or smell a rose, that flower transfers its energy to you. Florists, poets, and perfume makers all use the essence of a rose to appeal to your senses. When you give a rose to a loved one, it lifts their Spirit, and they feel good.
And so it is with plants. Plants take their individual nutrient requirements from the soil. A tomato seed takes elements like nitrogen and calcium, opens its leaves to absorb and store the energy of the sun; quenches its thirst with rain, and becomes a ripe juicy tomato. A tomato plant has a different energy signature than a carrot or a red pepper, even though they all share the same garden soil. When you eat a carrot, it transfers a different energy signature than a pepper or tomato. A carrot does not look, smell or taste like anything other than a carrot. Gardeners rotate plants so that the soil doesn't become depleted of any one nutrient. Green plants give you their rich green chlorophyll, which is identical to human blood except for the center atom of magnesium; in a red blood cell the center atom is iron. When you eat green leafy vegetables or drink the juice of wheatgrass, they enliven and energize you by building healthy red blood cells in your small intestine.
Healing your body at the cellular level is all about energy. Energy cannot be created nor destroyed—it can only be transformed.
We are all miraculous, light filled beings. We are electromagnetic. Every thought, every heartbeat, sends electrical signals that power your body. Nerve impulses (signals) are electrical "pulses" that receive information externally and internally, interpret that data, and instantly communicate it. Every cell in your body possesses infinite intelligence to interpret and act upon that information to maintain balance and harmony. Therefore, every cell in your body must be energized with electrical power—makes sense—right?
What powers us, at the individual cellular level, is a miraculous biochemical balance of minerals, salts, oxygen and pure water. Take away any of these critical elements, and the human body would dry up, stop breathing, and die. Therefore, the fuel to energize and power our bodies must contain all those natural elements. Our fuel comes from the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, and the thoughts we communicate. Yes ... thoughts are electromagnetic. Specifically, natural salt from the earth increases the electrical potential of water and conducts electricity. All the fluids of the human body are salted; blood, saliva, tears, sweat, and urine. You are the salt of the earth for real!
Our entire nervous system pulses with magnetic currents. Wherever there is a flow of electrical current, there is also magnetism because the two must always go together. Wherever you have a transmission, you also have a reception. Wherever there is electricity flowing, it both attracts other currents and also transmits them. An electric motor does the same—there are two magnets with a copper coil in between—the coil captures the energy between the magnets. The electrical power of the human body controls every function it must carry out—from the rhythm of your heartbeat to the amount of blood flowing through your capillaries, to your light and dark reception, or circadian rhythm.
The cell structure of the human body is the same. You have a nucleus and you have cytoplasm. The nucleus is the positive pole and the cytoplasm the negative. You have conductive minerals (sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, etc.), and you have fluid (water) that is contained by an outer cell membrane made of lipids (fat). Every cell membrane is made of lipids—a reason why you need cholesterol. Coenzyme Q10 is made in your liver from cholesterol. CoQ10 is critical for mitochondrial respiration. Statin drugs block the production of Coenzyme Q10.
Inside each cell are the mitochondria. The mitochondria are the power stations. By the process of aerobic (with oxygen) respiration, the mitochondria convert oxygen and nutrients into ATP (adenosine triphosphate). ATP is your electrical currency of life, or life force. If your heart stops beating, a defibrillator can deliver an electrical shock to attempt to restore heart rhythm. If you are struck by lightning, the uncontrolled electrical shock can kill you. The mitochondria of the cells are also responsible for telling the cells when it is time to die so they can be replaced by new cells.
Built into the infinite intelligence of every cell is a process called "apoptosis." When your body determines that a cell is no longer useful, enzymes called capases break apart and destroy the DNA, shrink the nucleus and cytoplasm, and shut down the mitochondria. (Stay away from that stuff!) The cell membrane remains intact, but the cell quickly shrinks from surrounding cells and dies without the power of the mitochondria and the brain of the nucleus. These cells are then eliminated. This is a natural process. This is your body getting rid of old, tired cells to make room for new, healthy ones. This process also occurs in a developing baby—the tissue between your fingers and toes (the webbing) is unnecessary, so your body removes it from the fetus. And you have ten individual fingers. And ten toes. Amazing!
The process of apoptosis is, according to cutting-edge cancer research, where cancer begins.
The primary cause of cancer, from an energetic perspective, is mitochondrial failure. Cutting edge research supports this, but Dr. Otto Warburg won a Nobel prize for his discovery back in the 1920s that cancer cells get their energy by consuming huge amounts of glucose and breathing without oxygen (anaerobic respiration). Dr. Warburg hypothesized that the mitochondria of cancer cells must be different or damaged, because normal healthy cells are powered by aerobic (oxygen) respiration.
Ancient man ate locally and seasonally. He did not count calories (units of energy) or read labels. He did not worry about whether his grains were gluten free or if eating too much coconut meat would make his thighs look big. He did not depend on a newscaster or TV doctor to tell him what to eat. All his food was "organic" because there were no pesticides or man made adulterated "genetically modified" foods. Ancient man had instinct and intellect. He foraged for food or grew his own food. Food gave him the energy he needed to survive. By some estimates, ancient man could run 28 miles per hour from predators. How fast can you run? In fact, the Tarahumara of Mexico could run for days with only freshly picked Chia Seed in their cheeks or in a drink with water. Chia seeds give you omega oils, fiber, and lasting energy. In his book, Born To Run, author Christopher McDougall refers to the Tarahumara Chia drink known as iskiate, as "ten thousand year old Red Bull." Ancient man didn't read the book—he knew it instinctively and intellectually because his ancestors experienced it and passed along that information from generation to generation.
When you eat blueberries, they transfer their energy signature to you. Natural, live, fresh foods are "anabolic," meaning they build up red blood cells. They have their own enzymes, minerals, and properties that do not take energy from you. They give up their life force so that you may have vital life force.
Let's say you would rather eat your blueberries in a pie. Cooking your blueberries over 110 degrees destroys the enzymes and vitamins. Blueberry pie is "catabolic" which means, "that which tears down." When you eat cooked food you still build red blood cells, but they lack vital energy because the heating of the blueberries destroys their energy signature. The tissues built from cooked or highly processed canned or packaged food lacks live enzymes and has no nutrient value. If your inner terrain is built from only catabolic food, you expend more energy than you build up and cells begin to self-destruct (apoptosis) because their environment is toxic and acidic. Innate intelligence determines these energy deficient cells to be useless and sends those capases to internally implode them. The human body does not run on carbohydrates, it runs on energy transferred from natural enzyme and nutrient rich fuel.
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Table of Contents
ContentsA Note from the Author, ix,
"What did the Author mean" —Resources versus Bibliography, xi,
Chapter 1: Frame Each Day with "Vitamin G": Gratitude, 1,
Chapter 2: Fuel for the Journey—You Can't Buy Energy in a Can, 6,
Chapter 3: There Is Only One Disease, 15,
Chapter 4: Cholesterol, Diabetes, and Alzheimer's—Understanding the Dangers of Statin Drugs, 21,
Chapter 5: Connecting the Dots—Liver, Cholesterol, Hormones, and Low T, 32,
Chapter 6: My Transformative Journey Begins:, 42,
Chapter 7: My Transformative Journey, 48,
Chapter 8: After Cancer—Normal Becomes Extraordinary, Part 3, 61,
Chapter 9: Stand Guard at the Door to Your Mind, 69,
Chapter 10: Beyond Epidemic: Stress, Diabetes, and Obesity, 73,
Chapter 11: New Year's Resolutions and Diets—Just Say No Thanks, 81,
Chapter 12: Emotional versus Conscious Eating, 84,
Chapter 13: Healing Leaky Gut—Bacteria: They Do a Body Good, 90,
Chapter 14: Juicing with Jay Kordich—The "Juiceman" Answers, 98,
Chapter 15: Breast Cancer—Pink Ribbons and Tears are Not Enough, 105,
Chapter 16: Lyme Disease—Appreciating the Stealthy Spirochete, 112,
Chapter 17: You Put the Lyme in the Bentonite—a Natural Healing Approach, 118,
Chapter 18: Resistance Is Futile—Living with Chronic Disease Is not Vital Energy, 123,
Chapter 19: Yes, America, Fukushima Is a Big Deal, 132,
Chapter 20: Thyroid 101, 136,
Chapter 21: Finding Your Truth and Living with Congruence: Is Your "Self-Talk" Killing You?, 142,
Chapter 22: The Three Treasures—Share Your Light, 148,
About the Author, 159,