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Why are our pets getting cancer?

We are seeing a staggering rise in cancer among dogs and cats. In the past the leading cause of death was an accident or injury, and some of the experts are saying that it is a normal phenomenon because our pets are getting older. Others disagree: What is killing us is also killing our animal companions – the food we eat and lack of exercise.

animal-cat-cute-46024It is amazing how a change of diet can give the coat of a dog or cat a healthy shine within days. My Dalmatian has in recent weeks had a persistent skin rash, which is not uncommon for the breed. I thought I was doing the right thing by feeding her an expensive organic tinned food, until someone advised me to change the diet. A herbal mix with fresh rabbit meat worked almost immediately.

Our animals are getting the same diseases as humans for the same reasons. We are eating the wrong foods and not exercising enough. Labradors, German Shepherds and Dalmatians are large dogs that need a lot of exercise and get fat when they don’t move. Nearly all the processed pet foods have dangerously high percentages of preservatives and sugars in them. Pets, especially cats, sometimes shun the healthy food because they have become so addicted to the sugars in their diet.

Dogs that groom themselves a lot pick up toxins from the immediate environment. I recently heard of a German Shepherd where a postmortem showed exceptionally high levels of toxins in the liver. The dog had a habit of licking its paws frequently and had picked up most of the toxins from floor cleaners!

Symptoms of cancer in pets are much the same as in humans. Lethargy, blood in urine, and abnormal lumps. A coat losing its shine, shows some problem in the digestive system. Next to our digestive system our skin is a major detoxing agent. An imbalance in the digestive system shows up in the skin. In Chinese medicine unhealthy nails, flaky skin and the hair condition are considered common sign of poor digestion and the inability of the body to digest vital nutrients.

What is happening to our pets is happening to us. The compound effect of sugar-laced processed foods, lack of exercise and a toxic environment inevitably takes its toll.

Reino Gevers – Mentor and Author – Your Health Matters

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The ear to the ground

IMG_4181In sculptures and paintings the great teachers, like the Buddha, are often depicted with large ears to symbolise their wisdom and ability to go with the old saying of keeping, “the ear to the ground”, in being fully aware of what is happening and what people are saying.

In ancient scriptures the ear is also described as the “gateway to the soul”. The ear not only has the exceptional ability of picking up fine nuances of a musical instrument but also to listen to “With-In.

Our ears are already open before we are born in hearing the heartbeat of the mother in an embryonic stage and it is the last organ to depart when we leave this life.

An ancient legend tells us that Maria conceived Jesus through the ear because it is the most sensitive organ and closest to BEING and original sound.

In Chinese medicine the kidney opens itself in the ears. Not suprisingly the ears are shaped like kidneys and regarded as the foundation of good health and vitality. All of the body’s functions rely on the heat provided by kidney qi and the gate of life.

The ability to really “listen” is becoming drowned by the cocophony of the multitude of noisy voices bombarding us.  When under too much stress our body often reacts with tinnitus, or a ringing and buzzing in the ears. An ideal way of winding down is to go out into nature and do the following:

Listen and become aware of your breathing. Then listen through that breathing, become aware of the space around you. Hear the birds singing, then focus your mind on that one bird song or the wind rustling through the leaves. And, behind those natural, healing sound is nothing but open space and silence With-In.

Reino Gevers – Mentor for Leaders and Achievers – Your Health Matters

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Major health benefits of ginger, turmeric

I’ve just had a bad bout of flu with the virus affecting a lot of people in my immediate vicinity. The immediate impulse was to take the standard medication but I remembered how my grandmother used to heal us with completetly natural substances that are being rediscovered as having huge health benefits.

The real star among them is turmeric which arguably appears to be one of the most powerful medicinal plants on the planet. It contains many healing compounds that have an anti-inflammatory effect and there are claims that it is a most effective anti-depressant.

More recently there have been reports that one of the compounds in turmeric, curcumin, is more effective than chemotherapy in treating cancer patients because of its ability to reduce tumour and the make-up of cancer cells.

In 2009, Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Communications published a study out of Auburn University that explored how supplementing with turmeric can help reverse diabetes.

turmericA combination of turmeric, ginger and lemon in a tea with honey works wonders in boosting the immune system, especially at times when the body if fighting off an infection.

I use turmeric and ginger in my chicken soup which I have for breakfast every day. The ginger is boiled with the chicken for several hours and after taking out the meat I store the broth in the refrigerator to use over the next few days. You only need to heat the soup a little and then you add a teaspoon of this magic turmeric and a pinch of black pepper which helps to bind all those vital nutrients in the body.

Be aware that not all these super plants come from healthy sources with some of them containing pesticides. Make sure that your herbs are organic and that you get your chicken from an organic farm. Its not worth the risk.

Reino Gevers – Mentor for Leaders and Achievers – Your Health Matters

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The healing power of language

Thank You Word Cloud concept background in many languages Monks and wise teachers from the times of yore knew of the power and resonance of language in formulating the first mantras and healing prayers.

Recent psychological reasearch has confirmed that there is a direct link between the use of language and health. Thus there seems to be a correlation between cardiovascular disease and the use of negative language found on Twitter accounts in the northwestern United States.

Language patterns reflecting negative social relationships, disengagement, and negative emotions—especially anger—emerged as risk factors. On the other hand positive emotions and psychological engagement emerged as protective factors.

It’s sad to observe a growing lack of mindfulness in the use of language, especially on social media sites. I have taken to blocking those people on facebook who have a habit of constantly posting “negativity”. Hate speech, gossip and xenophobia seem the norm. Extremist politicians, following their own agenda, are feeding into this shadow side of human nature, especially in countries where the issues of migrants, religious tolerance and wealth distribution are being debated with strong emotion.

Why not focus on those postings, information and images that serve  the common good, that create a positive wave and healing enerty. This too is part of our reality.

In this context I find the words of the Kalu Rinpoche (excerpt from the Dharma) particularly poignant:

“Mere words, which have no ultimate reality, can determine our happiness and suffering. We create pleasure and pain through our fundamental clinging to sound and speech.”

Ancient languages such as Sanskrit, Latin and Aramaic, the lingua franca in the Middle East during the time of Jesus, are particularly powerful. Mantras and healing prayers in these languages are known to create a strong healing vibration in the body.

In the ancient Chinese body arts of Qi Gong we have the healing sounds for each cycle of the Five Elements:

  • Tzue for the element wood (liver)
  • Haaa for the element fire (heart)
  • Huuu for the element earth (spleen and stomach)
  • Zzzzz for the elemnt metal (lungs)
  • Chuwayy for the element water (kidneys, lower back and bladder)
  • Seeee for harmonizing the central meridian

On the mindset level, the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum, has a particularly strong cleansing effect:

Om – representing the divine universal energy

Mani – the pure jewel of compassion and love

Padme – the lotus symbolizing wisdom

Hung or Hum – establishing wisdom and removing attachment to hatred.

 

Reino Gevers – coach, trainer, author

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Reconnecting with nature – 8 point health plan

IMG_2264Constant emotional stress is extremely harmful, especially over an extended period of time. The result: Our body is on permanent alert  with many body functions more or less in standby-mode.

We are naturally programmed to react to perceived dangerous situations with our bodies being put on alert by such hormones as adrenaline and cortisol that increase heartbeat  and blood pressure, in turn triggering flight or fight responses.

When the threat has passed these stress hormones are supposed to return to normal levels so that all body organs can resume their normal functions.  In our modern world that is often not the case because we are not taking time-out for exercise, good nutrition, breaks etc. An over-exposure to the main stress hormone cortisol can lead to a host of health problems including high blood pressure, the risk of heart attack, an immune-system breakdown, anxiety, mood changes and weight gain. An excellent way of getting those cortisol levels down is by taking a time-out in nature.

We come from and are part of nature. Living in cramped, noisy and stressful big city environments is only a recent phenomenon in human evolution. Re-atuning our senses of hearing, smell and touch by taking a walk in a park or forest can be of enormous benefit in winding down from the onslaught of external stressors.

Take a real break by leaving the office desk and taking a 15-20 minute walk. Awaken your senses to the sounds of nature. You can stop by giving all your attention to just one pleasant sound of nature: a bird singing, the rushing of a stream or fountain. Try and inhale the smell of a blooming flower or wild herbs next to a path. Feel the warmth of the sun on your skin or a gust of cool air.

The benefit of all this: Our immediate environment is responsible for stress increase or reduction. It influences our immune, endocrine and nervous systems. Numerous research concludes that positive nature experience reduces anxiety, fear, lowers blood pressure and has a positive influence on the heart beat and muscle pressure and especially helps to bring down those cortisol levels.

Reino Gevers – consultant, coach, author

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8-point plan to improved health

Most of us have good health as a top life priority. We know that we need to adopt a certain lifestyle to stay healthy. The information is all out there. We read about it almost daily in the glossy lifestyle magazines and self-development books.  But why do so many people start with good intentions and give up after a few weeks. At the start of every new year yoga and other fitness studios have a run of new members who then give up after a few weeks.  

lightIn most cases people are too ambitious, realising after a couple of weeks that the mountain is too high to climb. They give up and sadly they get angry at themselves and lose a lot of their self-worth. This is one of the reasons why most diet programmes simply don’t work. After losing some kilogrammes they regain most of their old weight.

In the following weeks I will provide some information about our 8-point PowerBodyMind concept that can lead you to a much higher state of physical and mental well being. All it takes is to follow a few simple steps every day, of every week of every month. So lets look at why physical exercise is so important and again this is nothing new:

Our body metabolism is very similar to that of other mammals. We need movement and exercise to stay healthy. The body naturally loses muscle mass as it grows older which slows down metabolism which we need for e.g. to digest food. Regular daily exercise has a major impact on body weight, muscle mass, body posture, metabolism and mental health.

Tip of the day

Do you really want to become a couch potato with a body plagued by pain and ill health? Regular small daily dosages of exercise lasting perhaps 15-20 minutes make all the difference when it comes to living a long and happy life of vitality. If you have the time to surf on the Internet you have the time to include an exercise routine in your day. Small things can do it: Use a bicycle to get to your workplace, walk to the bakery instead of using the car, climb steps instead of using the elevator. Find some activity or exercise routine that you really enjoy doing!

Your Benefit

Improved heart and lung functions, better body posture, improved mood and higher level of general well-being, improved coping-strategy with stress situations.

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Nutrition and cancer

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates

By Alyce and Reino Gevers

The sad truth about conventional cancer treatment is that little attention is being given to how big an influence nutrition and acidity in the body has on the outbreak of the disease. Cancer cells feed in an acidic environment and yet very few doctors and hospitals are looking at the connection between diet and cancer.

At the beginning of the last century, the processed food industry was still in its infancy. The connection between mass consumption of processed foods and the diseases of modern times such as cancer can be seen when looking at the slide from the New England Journal of Medicine.  Processed foods include many substances such as unnatural flavors, preservatives sugars and salts that over the years form  a toxic cocktail in the body, creating a fertilizer for cancer cells.

It is no surprise that infectious diseases were the main cause of death around 1900. Death from heart disease peaked in the 1960s while today 185.9 of every 100,000 deaths is from cancer with rising tendency. Despite billions being poured into cancer research, little progress has been made in halting the trend. It is obvious that the “cancer industry” is going to do everything possible in trying to convince us that only conventional medicine heals. Any cancer patient will tell you how difficult it is to resist the onslaught of the highly profitable  cancer machinery.

Doctors are telling patients that their chances of survival are remote if they refuse chemo. Now try and argue with a doctor who will cite statistics (lots of them stemming from the pharmaceutical industry itself) while you are already in fear from fighting a life-threatening disease.

Doctors take the Hippocratic oath and seem to have forgotten the important quote above. I’m not saying conventional treatments should be avoided. This is a very personal choice and much also depends on how far the cancer has taken hold in the body. But to completely exclude nutrition as an important part of the curing process is irresponsible.

An important complimentary cancer therapy, is the strengthening of the body’s natural immune system.  this is also very important to Chemo patients since chemo destroys ALL cells…good and bad alike.  Did you know that cancer cells divide and multiply every 18 hours, whilst normal cells divide  24 hours for the same process.  Thus, if the cancer cells find an agreeable environment in which to grow, they spread faster than the healthy cells do.  This is one of the main reasons it is of utmost importance to not feed cancer cells!  Take away their energy supply and create an alkaline environment for healthy cells to do their job.  Otherwise, the cancer cells regain the upper hand….causing recurring cancer.

Cells need a plentiful supply of oxygen,  fresh produce, harvested from good soils that can provide the essential nutrients to keep the body’s 70 billion cells in a natural equilibrium and to promote the detoxification process. First, and foremost, you need a sugar-free diet so as not to FEED CANCER CELLS, to restore natural liver function and to detoxify.  White processed sugar essentially robs the body of essential nutrients. Other immune strengthening sweetening alternatives are maple syrup, natural honey, and dates…just to name a few.

The Gerson therapy: “Healing – the GersonWay”  puts particular emphasis on restoring proper functioning of the liver, which plays a crucial role in the detoxification of the body and restoring natural physiological activities. Cancer cells have no chance in a healthy body. A body with a strong immune system cultivates a healthy cell environment that prevents cells from mutating into cancer in the first place. A healthy immune strengthening diet for cancer patients would also be meat-free, the addition of Vitamins D & C, raw juicing therapies,  high quality essential oils with Omega 3 fatty acids.   But that´s for another blog in detail.  Stay tuned…..

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A denatured, nutritionally empty, toxic modern diet is the main cause of today’s worsening health crisis.

 

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