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Heal Yourself - The Natural Way


Overcome Diseases & Create Superior Health.
By Walter Last.

Includes bibliographical references and index.


1. Naturopathy. 2. Healing. I. Title.

ISBN 978-0-9803281-7-2
Disclaimer

The aim of this book is to provide information on using natural healing methods to improve health
and overcome illness. The author or publisher cannot accept any legal responsibility for any
problem arising from experimenting with these methods. For any serious disease, or if you are
unsure about a particular course of action, seek the help of a competent health professional.

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Contents

Introduction
Part 1: Healing the Body 1
Step 1:
The Road Towards Disease
Become aware of the factors that cause your illnesses……………………………………… 2
Step 2:
The Road Towards Health
Learn the principles of natural living to restore your health………………………………….. 7
Step 3:
Intestinal Sanitation
Clean out and sanitize your gastrointestinal tract……………………………………………... 12
Step 4:
Fasting and Cleansing
Become clean on the inside by removing accumulated wastes and toxins………………... 22
Step 5:
Allergy Testing
Discover and overcome your food allergies and chemical sensitivities…………………….. 30
Step 6:
The Acid-Alkaline Balance
Bring your body back into balance by testing for and correcting any
overacid or over-alkaline condition……………………………………………………………… 36
Step 7:
Living Water
Living water has a great healing potential—learn how to use it……………………………... 41
Step 8:
The Practice of Healthy Living
Improve your environment—your house, clothes, even your teeth………………………..... 40
Step 9:
Exercise
Get into the habit of exercising regularly……………………………………………………..... 48
Step 10: The Healing Crisis
Sooner or later you are bound to have a healing crisis, so use it to your advantage……... 55
Part 2: Natural Healing Methods……………………………………………………………… 60
Step 11:
General Examination
Examine yourself to assess your state of health………………………………………………. 61
Step 12: Iris Diagnosis
Study your eyes to find out more about internal conditions of your body…………………... 65
Step 13: Muscle Testing
Test your muscle strength to see whether a food or remedy is good or bad for you……… 69
Step 14: The Endocrine Pattern
Simple arm and leg measurements can show the condition of your endocrine glands…...
Step 15: Reflexology
Press reflex points on your hands and feet to diagnose and
treat conditions within your body…………………………………………………………………
Step 16: Ear Acupuncture
Try this easy method to improve the function of any diseased or unbalanced organ……...
Step 17: Color Therapy
Use colours to balance body conditions and your emotions………………………………….
Step 18: Magnet Therapy
Take advantage of the fact that both poles of a magnet have useful biological effects…...
Step 19: The Electronic Zapper and Magnetic Pulser
Use electrotherapy to keep your body free of undesirable microbes and parasites……….
Step 20: Spinal Therapy and Massage
Improve the activity of all your organs and glands by massaging your spine and body…..
Step 21: Hydrotherapy, Packs, and Colonics
Use water to relax or alleviate painful conditions……………………………………………...
Step 22: Urine and Urea Therapy
It may not be your “cup of tea,” but many swear by this ancient therapy……………………
Part 3: Nutrients and Remedies……………………………………………………………….
Step 23: Vitamins
Find out what these essential nutrients do and if you have special
requirements for any of them…………………………………………………………………….
Step 24: Minerals
Find out what minerals do and if you have increased requirements for them………………
Step 25: Amino Acids
They’re the building blocks of all body proteins.
Adequate levels are essential for good health…………………………………………………
Step 26: Digestive Enzymes
These vital substances are needed for digestion, but poor diet and
cooking practices can deplete your supply……………………………………………………..
Step 27: Nutritional Supplements
Concentrated nutrients in pill form can shore up nutritional
deficiencies and build optimal health……………………………………………………………
Step 28: Herbs
You may benefit from using herbal remedies instead of pharmaceutical drugs……………
Step 29: Homeopathy
Homeopathic remedies are effective, and you can even make them yourself……………..
Step 30: Colloidal Silver, Copper, Zinc, and Gold
Use these powerful remedies whenever you have an infection or inflammation…………...
Step 31: Oxygen Therapy
Oxygen, therapeutically applied, helps you quickly overcome any infection…………….....
Part 4: Healing Foods……………………………………………………………………………
Step 32: General Dietary Rules
Understand the principles of healthy food selection, preparation, and combination……….
Step 33: Food Groups
Learn the health characteristics of the various food groups and apply them for healing….
Step 34: Health Diets
Adopt a health diet suited to the specific requirements of your body………………………..
Step 35: Special Foods
Take advantage of the health-giving properties of bee pollen, sprouted seeds,
fermented foods, and purple foods………………………………………………………………
Step 36: Water and Juices
Heal yourself with fresh vegetable and grass juices…………………………………………..
Step 37: Healing Recipes
Transform healthy foods into enjoyable meals…………………………………………………
Part 5: Problem Foods and Food Problems…………………………………………………
Step 38: Cow’s Milk Products and Lactose
Have a closer look at cow’s milk products and lactose. In some forms they
can be beneficial, but as commonly used they tend to create a lot of health problems…...
Step 39: Wheat and Gluten
Wheat may be the staff of life, but in many people it is actually unfavourable to health......
Step 40: Sweet Foods
Your sweet tooth may be your undoing, so consider reducing your intake of sugars……..
Step 41: Meat and Fat
Overconsumption of meat and fats can create serious health problems.
Try cutting back on your intake…………………………………………………………………..
Step 42: Chemicals in Your Foods
Minimize your exposure to toxic chemicals, water additives, and yeasts
and moulds—your body will thank you for it……………………………………………………
Step 43: Metabolic Types, Pathways, and Diets
Know your individual metabolic type and your specific dietary requirements………………
Part 6: Specific Health Problems……………………………………………………………...
Step 44: Self-Care Help for Health Problems—Practical Tips for Relief
If you have a specific disease, this summary of typical treatment protocols
can show you what to do………………………………………………………………………….
Step 45: Deficiency Symptoms
Check out this list of deficiency symptoms to see if you are lacking in
key nutrients—and start replacing them………………………………………………………...
Step 46: Cancer
If you have cancer, here are some useful suggestions……………………………………….
Step 47: Emotional-Mental Shocks
The secret to preventing illness is to undo shocks that unbalance the body……………….
Step 48: Candida Infections
If you have an overgrowth of Candida, here is what to do about it…………………………..
Step 49: Cardiovascular Disease
Managing cholesterol and improving your heart health - some practical tips………………
Part 7: Energies - Dealing with Harmful and Helpful Ones………………………………
Step 50: Electromagnetic Energies
Protect yourself from the harmful effects of electromagnetic radiation
and make sunlight your friend……………………………………………………………………
Step 51: Bioenergy
Bioenergy is the true energy of healing, so for optimal health learn as
much about it as you can…………………………………………………………………………
Step 52: Cultivating the Energies
Learn to sense subtle bio-energies and use them to energize your body…………………..
Step 53: Energy Accumulators
Use orgone accumulators, pyramids, cones, or water to concentrate bioenergy…………..
Step 54: Energy Healing
Give energy or remove excess energy to facilitate healing yourself and others…………...
Step 55: Meridian and Acupressure Therapy
Balance the flow of energies along your acupuncture meridians by tracing their circuits....
Step 56: Healthy Sexuality
Channel your sexual energies into pleasure rather than frustration…………………………
Part 8: Healing Your Emotions………………………………………………………………...
Step 57: Understanding Emotions and Disease
Learn how you came to be so out of touch with your feelings, what
emotional problems and diseases this causes, and how this is expressed in your body….
Step 58: Healing Relationships
Try out these tools to heal your personal, family, and social relationships………………....
Step 59: Heal in Groups
Join a group of like-minded individuals with the goal of healing your
feelings and helping others do the same……………………………………………………….
Step 60: Learning to Feel
Feel what your body and your soul tell you, and use your feelings to
improve your health rather than destroy it………………………………………………………
Step 61: Take the Love Cure
Lead a radiant life filled with love and joy, and practice the Love Cure……………………..
Part 9: Healing Your Mind………………………………………………………………………
Step 62: Harness the Power of Mind
Appreciate the power of your subconscious mind. It is the real power
behind the throne of the ego……………………………………………………………………..
Step 63: Helpful Mind Tools
Use relaxation, regression, reprogramming, prayer, meditation,
and inner communication for a more fulfilled life………………………………………………
Part 10: Spirituality and Health………………………………………………………………..
Step 64: The Spiritual Dimension
Enter the spiritual dimension of life and make it your home………………………………….
Step 65: Life on the Path
The spiritual path is the crowning glory of human endeavour, and by
following the 65 steps you are already on it…………………………………………………….

A Review of the 65 Steps……………………………………………………………………….

Endnotes…………………………………………………………………………………………..

Bibliography………………………………………………………………………………………

About the Author………………………………………………………………………………...

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INTRODUCTION

This book is for those who are searching for a way to live a healthy and fulfilled
life. I have no doubt that we can do this, live a healthy and fulfilled life, regardless of
age, and that this is actually our natural birthright. We just need to avoid or remove
the artificial living conditions that prevent us from being as we really are. A modern
problem for genuine health and spiritual seekers is the great flood of advice available
in these areas. Much of it is contradictory or, alternatively, there are so many different
methods to choose from that it seems almost hopeless to find the right one.
I have sifted through much of this information and experimented with many
different healing methods in my 30 years as a natural therapist, with the aim of
finding out what works for whom and in which conditions. Even more important for
me was my spiritual quest. Here I share the fruits of my experience as a lifelong
health and spiritual seeker.
While this book does not go into great detail about the treatment of specific
diseases, by using the outlined methods and following the provided guidelines to
rebuild your health, you are likely to improve anyway, whatever the name of the
disease. Rather than fighting your disease, I recommend you focus all your
resources on improving your health. Your disease may then disappear on its own.
To show how simple, natural methods can be very effective in overcoming
medically incurable diseases, I mention an example from The Food and Health of
Western Man, by Dr. J. L. Mount. In five cases of bowel cancer, surgery revealed that
the cancer had already metastasized all over the body. Therefore, these patients
were just closed up again and sent home to die. But instead of doing that, these five
people, independently of each other, became keen gardeners and from then on ate
only home grown, organically raised food. When they finally did die, 21 to 30 years
later, no traces of cancer could be found in post mortem examinations.
Such cures without medical intervention are regarded as “spontaneous
remissions.” It should be comforting for those with advanced cancer and other
“incurable” diseases to know that spontaneous remissions can be induced with such
simple natural methods. However, while not mentioned in Dr. Mount’s book, I suspect
that there was another important factor at work: These five had made peace with
themselves and the world.
Similarly, you may use this book to improve your health or to lead a more
happy and fulfilled life, more at peace with yourself and the world. Ideally, it is meant
to provide guidance to heal not only your body, but also your emotions and mind as
part of your spiritual growth. By following this path and the 65 steps I present, you will
need less and less to rely on this book or any other “expert” advice. Instead you will
realize that all the answers for your healing and spiritual growth are within you. You
just need to ask and learn to listen. In order for you, the reader, to gain a better
understanding of the purpose of this book and the principles on which it is based, I
will share with you my basic philosophy on health and spirituality.
My most basic assumption of existence is that it has purpose. I came to this
conclusion gradually through observing, experiencing, and thinking. Countless
people share this view, but for most it is just a belief, commonly adopted from parents
and society. In order to make it a knowing, our beliefs have to be consciously
evaluated and tested.
On the other side of the fence is the orthodoxy of the scientific community and
its followers who assume that existence evolved according to inherent physical laws
and does not have a purpose. This, too, is just an untested belief. In line with this
belief about the nature of our existence, we regard our health problems and other
problems in our life as accidental, coincidental, or just due to biological
considerations and without a deeper meaning or purpose in our life.
I believe that our health and social problems are part of the purpose of our
existence. Therefore, in order to overcome any health problems and be able to lead a
healthy, happy, and fulfilled life, we need to have a basic understanding of the
purpose of our life.
It has been my healing experience, especially in serious conditions such as
cancer, that with apparently the same amount of effort and dedication some people
get well while others do not. I believe that success or failure in healing depends only
partly on doing the right thing on the biological level and to a larger degree on our
emotional, mental, and spiritual constitution. This applies even more to the degree of
happiness, fulfilment, and joy we have in our lives.
Therefore, after starting out as a biochemist and nutritionist, I gradually moved
towards a holistic perspective, which increasingly included the spiritual dimension. I
came to the conclusion that important events in our lives, and especially life or death
decisions, are never “accidental.” Not only do they follow the laws of cause and
effect, but also the dictates of our higher guidance as to whether this body is still
useful for the purpose for which it was created and inhabited.
Here are two examples to illustrate this point. One of my early lung cancer
patients recovered well with only biological therapies. Soon afterwards he had
surgery for an unrelated problem. The tumour had disappeared but he died from the
surgery. Another patient was in a wheelchair with permanent unbearable pain after a
spinal accident. We found a way to stop the pain. So he went out drinking with a
mate to celebrate and smashed his chin in a fall. This landed him back in the hospital
with constant pain.
These and similar cases are not scientific proof of anything, but for someone
looking for an answer they are signposts to show the way. Also consider an
experience related by the American psychic Edgar Cayce. He routinely saw auras
around people. Once he entered a department store elevator but immediately backed
out again because he sensed that something was very wrong. Soon after, the
elevator crashed and all in it were killed.
Cayce realized what was wrong. None of the occupants had an aura. (An aura
is an energy field around a living body that can be seen by some individuals as a
nebulous outline.) For those who know that auras exist, this can mean only one thing:
It was no accident that these people died together. The guiding consciousness of
every single occupant had decided beforehand to dispose of the body in this
seemingly accidental way. In an odd sense, they were already dead. I am convinced
that if Edgar Cayce had remained in the lift, he would have been the only miraculous
survivor and without any serious injury.
If you can follow me to this conclusion, you may ask: How can we find the
purpose of our lives and live accordingly? That is what spirituality is all about. We
need spirituality, not only to overcome serious diseases, but also to lead a healthy
and genuinely happy and fulfilled life. But what is spirituality? Different people have
different ideas about it. I can only tell you my version. This may change somewhat
over time, as my understanding is still growing.
In addition to an individual, more narrowly defined purpose, we all have the
same general and overall purpose to become more complete or perfect as human
beings. Normally, this is a very slow evolution for the whole human race. However, if
we do this consciously, then our snail-pace evolution becomes a personal revolution
and we call it “the spiritual path.”
As I see it, our higher guidance tries to lead us towards or along this spiritual
path. There are two possibilities. We may be led gently if we ask and listen for this
guidance as with prayer and meditation or just with our general attitude and conduct.
The alternative is more common and painful. If we stray too far from the desired
direction, we may run into a brick wall that forces us to change course. We may
encounter a disease or calamity in our social or professional life that causes us to re-
evaluate our life. Many former cancer sufferers have said that cancer was the best
thing that ever happened to them because it helped them to end a spiritually
meaningless life and start a new, meaningful, and more fulfilling spiritual life.
There are different levels of our existence, as for instance the biological,
emotional, and mental levels. Following the spiritual path means that we consciously
work on improving ourselves on all of these levels. This is the focus of the 65 steps in
this book. On the biological level, this means that we cleanse the body of lifelong
deposits of metabolic wastes and -toxins. We also improve our living conditions by
minimizing harmful factors and maximizing beneficial factors. On the emotional level
we do the same: We cleanse our emotional body of blocked and negative emotions
and cultivate uplifting feelings and emotions. It is similar on the mental level: We
cleanse ourselves of negative thoughts and belief systems and learn to generate
positive and beneficial thoughts and beliefs.
After achieving a certain level of control over our body, emotions, and mind, we
are able to move along on the spiritual path. As a reward, our body will most likely be
much healthier; we will generally be content, happy, and increasingly joyful; and we
may even achieve a state of mental illumination with a flood of intuitive insights. By
this time also our individual purpose for being in this body will have become clearer
and we may act accordingly.
The overall theme of this book is health and harmony - learning to live in
harmony with our biological, social, and spiritual nature. This book will give you the
tools to achieve this worthwhile goal. Do not be concerned that it seems far away.
The most interesting part of life is the journey, so enjoy it, make it fulfilling and
meaningful. It does not matter how fast you master the steps; it is more important
that you enjoy doing them and in the process get to know your body and your mind
and become friends with both. Learn to love yourself, and you will find it easier to
love everyone else as well. If in doubt about any particular course of action, choose
what on reflection appears to be more natural or will lead to greater harmony or
balance.
In this book you will find a wide range of natural health improvement and
healing methods with easy-to-follow, do-it-yourself instructions. I suggest that you
experiment with as many of these as you can in this venture. On the biological level,
these are intestinal sanitation, allergy testing, and cleansing. Some idealistic
individuals may embrace these measures enthusiastically, while others will try a little
here and there but generally wait until poor health launches them more determinedly
into a program of health improvement. That is quite all right. Just keep this book
handy until you are ready. For those who want to start right now, however, here is the
“prescription.”
The main purpose of this book is to serve as a practical instruction manual for
creating and maintaining good health. To get a basic overview and understanding of
the underlying principles of natural living and holistic healing, I recommend that you
start by reading the book in a selective way. Read more carefully those steps that
provide a basic understanding of healthy living, nutrition, emotions, and beliefs, but
skim over the details of specific exercises and procedures, or diseases in which you
are not currently interested.
Then start working through the steps in a practical way. I regard all of the
practical steps in Part 1 as essential for establishing a solid base for improving and
maintaining health. Try to do them as thoroughly as possible. The steps in Part 2 are
designed to help you identify and overcome specific health problems. Therefore, you
may use these steps in a selective way; concentrate on those that you expect to be
most suitable with your current problems. It is similar with Part 3. Use this information
to select suitable supplements and remedies.
Part 4 is another fundamental chapter. Adopting a natural diet - fresh, raw, and
organic - may be the most difficult, but also the most rewarding part of the whole
program. Do it gradually. Part 5 provides a deeper understanding of nutrition and
helps you to fine-tune your diet for your individual requirements. In Part 6 you need
only study the information that is relevant to a current health problem.
The practical steps in Part 7 help you feel and direct your inner or life-force
energies. This is a key requirement for improving health beyond what is possible with
a healthy lifestyle. Continue practicing in this area for the rest of your life. In Parts 8
and 9, select and experiment with the methods that most appeal to you for healing
your emotions and adopting an appropriate belief system. Part 10 helps you
understand and reapply your health improvement efforts as part of your spiritual path.
Do this review when you feel ready for it.
Finally, use this book as a reference manual whenever you encounter a
specific health problem. In Part 6, look for specific diets, remedies, and treatment
modalities, and in addition use suitable therapies described in Part 2 and other parts.
Here is a vision I have of our near future. I see health clubs and healing groups
springing up all over the world, like mushrooms after a warm rain. Many people come
forward, willing to accept self-responsibility for their health and eager to learn.
Friends meet regularly, testing each other, experimenting with new healing methods,
discussing results, exchanging recipes, sharing books, exercising and meditating
together, and studying spiritual philosophy for healing.
Many become healers in their community, guided initially in workshops by
experienced healers. City groups rent suitable buildings to establish healing and
meditation centres. Communal farms produce organic food and are used as healing
and spiritual retreat centres, where visitors can share the healthy life, learn to heal
themselves, and find guidance on the spiritual path.
I see the physical and spiritual rejuvenation of nations starting at the grassroots
level in a worldwide movement for social and environmental responsibility. All you
rejected and disillusioned individuals unite, to make the world a better place for
everyone!

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Part 1
HEALING THE BODY

Initially, most health seekers are mainly concerned with overcoming a specific
health problem, using the specific method or remedy promising the quickest result.
However, in the long run and as we get older, more health problems or diseases pop
up and become increasingly difficult or impossible to overcome just by using a “magic
bullet.” This then makes the idea of serious lifestyle changes towards natural living
and holistic healing more attractive, giving us a much better chance to become and
remain healthy and fit into old age.
I have no doubt that it is our natural birthright to be healthy and that it is
unnatural to have a disease. A disease means that we (or possibly our parents) did
not live according to our biological, social, or spiritual nature. At present most of
humanity lives in unnatural conditions surrounded by a minefield of technological and
chemical health hazards. Even worse is our ignorance about the nature of these
hazards that are mainly hidden from our awareness.
Therefore, in order to live more naturally we need to become aware of the main
health hazards in our environment and learn to avoid them or minimize their effect on
us. We can learn from our own experiences and from those of others and we can
also develop our intuition or ask for guidance through prayer and meditation. If in
doubt about a choice, try to imagine which course of action is more natural or more in
harmony with your biological, social, and spiritual nature.
The main biological influences on our health are nutrition, exercise or how we
use our body, and environmental factors. In addition to improving these conditions,
there are numerous natural healing methods to help us in our quest for good health.
These include herbs and other natural remedies, working on muscle and bone
structure, and using electrical, magnetic, and vibrational medicines and approaches.

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Step 1
THE ROAD TOWARDS DISEASE
Become aware of the factors causing your illnesses.

People in Western society are rarely healthy. Real health - the perfect
functioning of all parts of body and mind - is so rare that people mistake the
temporary absence of disease symptoms for health. Formerly, people suffered
mainly from violent but short-lived infectious diseases; now many are afflicted with
chronic degenerative diseases for a lifetime.
The main factors causing widespread health degeneration are as follows:
1. Unnatural nutrition: food refining; lack of “living food” and of vitamins, minerals,
and enzymes; GM food, junk food, incorrect food combining, unsuitable diet for
metabolic type.
2. Chemicalisation: pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, medical drugs, food additives,
water and air pollution, plastics, and even contact with synthetic garments.
3. No exercise: lack of sufficient physical activity or exercise in natural, unpolluted
surroundings.
4. Harmful negative feelings and emotions: resentment, fear, discontent, greed,
envy, and lack of positive feelings and emotions, such as gratitude, devotion,
contentment, joy, unselfish love.
5. Harmful mental attitudes: lack of spiritual or humanistic goals, lack of faith.
6. Emotional damage: sustained during birth, childhood, or adolescence; lack of
positive role models.
7. Inherited genetic problems: genetic makeup of poor and deteriorating quality.
The general sequence leading to the development of poor health and chronic
diseases commonly is as follows: Emotional injuries received during birth and
childhood, as well as negative attitudes and emotions experienced during later life,
cause muscle tension which block the free flow of bioenergy within the body and
especially within the acupuncture meridians. This weakens the blood circulation and
the glandular system, as well as the functions of affected organs. Inherited metabolic
weakness and poor nutrition as well as chemical pollution combine to cause an
inefficient use of biochemical building blocks and poor cellular energy production.
Disease is the result.
Metabolic Residues: As a result of this metabolic weakness and the overuse
of unsuitable food, toxics and metabolic residues accumulate in the body. Toxics
(toxic waste products from our chemicalised food) accumulate mainly in the fat
tissue. Metabolic residues consist of protein debris, mucus, fatty sludge, and organic
acids. Here are some further complications:
• Protein Debris: This accumulates when we eat more protein than we
metabolize. Small protein fragments clog up capillaries and lymph channels
through which nutrients move into cells and waste is removed. Current research

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shows that virtually all chronic diseases are strongly associated with protein debris
accumulating within cells.
• Mucus: This originates from lactose (milk sugar) in dairy products, gluten (in
wheat products), refined carbohydrates, fat, moulds, and food allergens. Mucus
has a special affinity to mucous membranes, causing catarrh, ear and sinus
problems, respiratory diseases, and malabsorption of food.
• Fatty Sludge: Mainly formed from oxidized (rancid) fats and oils, fatty sludge
leads to poor circulation and heart problems by clogging the blood vessels and
congesting the lymph system.
• Organic Acids: General overacidity contributes to the accumulation of organic
acids in the tissues and induces inflammations and mineral deficiencies.
Overacidity results from insufficient cellular oxidation and from the formation of
lactic acid after eating sweet foods or foods to which we are sensitive or allergic.
Infections: Wastes accumulate wherever the blood circulation slows down,
whether because of emotional blocks leading to permanently contracted muscles
(called muscle armouring), injuries, or insufficient use of muscles. Up to 30 percent of
the volume of cells in elderly people may be filled with waste material, usually in the
form of old-age pigments (oxidized fats and proteins). This is comparable to 30
percent of a city or a household being filled with refuse dumps. Just as dumps
become infested with rodents and insects, the waste accumulations in the body
provide favourable breeding grounds for microbes and parasites.
Infections are healing efforts of the body designed to destroy any foreign
invaders and reduce the heavy load of toxic and obstructive residues (mucus)
accumulated in the body. The use of prescription or over-the-counter drugs in fighting
these infections prevents this cleansing action and reduces our vitality still further; the
body’s immune system - its ability to defend itself against foreign invaders - is also
damaged.
If the body is still reasonably strong, it fights these invaders and simultaneously
reduces the load of stored wastes. This is experienced as an acute (sudden and
severe) infection, often in the form of a cold or fever. However, as the body becomes
weaker and the amount of stored wastes increases, the body does not fight back
anymore. It can then only limit the invasion to a certain part of the body, and chronic
(low-key but long-lasting) infection results.
Finally, the immune system becomes too weak to limit the chronic infiltration of
toxic substances and its distress becomes more generalized as autoimmune
diseases, cancer, and leukaemia. However, it should be understood that this invasion
or infiltration does not necessarily occur from the outside. Especially in the case of
cancer, it is more an “uprising of germs from within” created by the disintegration of
diseased body cells. It is similar to a revolution spreading through a country with
dissatisfied inhabitants.
The German cancer researcher P. G. Seeger, M.D., D.S.c., demonstrated in
thousands of experiments that the virulence of cancer cells depends on the
nutritional status of the host. Another interesting study found that viruses breeding in
hosts that are deficient in protective nutrients, such as selenium or vitamin E, tend to
mutate and change from benign into very virulent and lethal forms. With sufficient
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not to the mutated form that is produced within a deficient host. For example, most of
the influenza epidemics with new virulent strains that periodically sweep the world
originate in selenium-deficient parts of China1. Furthermore; the African HIV epidemic
appears to have emerged in northern Zaire where many people are selenium
deficient. The lesson from this is that poor nutrition breeds deadly viruses.
Food Addictions and Allergies: Health deterioration, closely linked to the
weakening of the immune system, also takes place with the development of
addictions and allergies. These are extremely widespread in our society.
Conventionally, an allergy is seen as an immunological reaction against a foreign
protein. However, in most instances, and especially in the early stages, food allergies
may be better described as food sensitivities. This means that the body is sensitive to
a particular food and when confronted with it, enters a state of stress. The glandular
system is induced to pour adrenal hormones into the bloodstream and dopamine into
the brain, and this may be felt as an uplifting stimulation. Eventually, the body begins
to crave this stimulation and this leads to an addiction to that particular food. In our
society, these food cravings develop mainly for sweet and fried foods, bread, dairy
products, and red meats, but also for other foods that we frequently eat.
After many years of exposure to an addictive food, the glandular system is
markedly weakened and stronger stimulants are required. You then become addicted
and sensitive or allergic to alcohol, coffee, tea, tobacco, or various drugs. Eventually,
even these will not achieve the desired effect or only for ever-shorter periods.
The body then becomes chronically fatigued and disease symptoms begin to
surface more forcefully. Some symptoms can be linked directly to incompletely
digested foods that are absorbed through a weak intestinal wall and now cause
strong immunological reactions; these symptoms are the result of a food allergy.
Disease symptoms develop selectively in parts of the body with hereditary defects or
in those weakened by misuse or injured by accidents.
Problem Foods: Almost any food, if used to excess by susceptible people, can
cause allergies. However, certain foods, such as rice and vegetables, rarely cause
allergies, while others carry a high risk of causing them. These high-risk items are
called “problem foods” because, in addition to allergies, they frequently cause health
problems in people who are not susceptible to allergies.
People who are prone to food allergies generally have hypoglycaemia (low
blood sugar) or diabetes, low blood pressure, a weak immune system, or a lack of
digestive enzymes. People who have alkaline blood chemistry, as opposed to acidic,
rarely have allergies. (For an explanation of the acid-alkaline balance, see Step 6.)
Instead, they are insensitive to pain and skin irritants and may suffer from chronic
degenerative diseases or become victims of an unexpected heart attack or stroke.
However, the same problem foods are major contributing factors in the development
of disease of both groups.
The main problem foods are as follows:
1. Cow’s milk and its products; also lactose or milk sugar added to processed
foods.
2. Wheat and to a lesser extent the other gluten grains oats, rye and barley (e.g. in
beer).

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3. Sweet foods, especially sugar, fructose used as sweetener, and synthetic
sweeteners.
4. Hydrogenated fats (for example, margarine) or heated oils and fats.
5. Overuse of alcohol, coffee, tea, tobacco, drugs, and other stimulants.
These five groups should generally be used sparingly. Foods that are
incompatible with our blood-type group often cause problems. In addition, any food
that contains pesticide residues or added synthetic food chemicals is a potential
health hazard. I do not believe in a “safe” limit for these chemicals, especially as
limits are set for each item individually while ignoring the cumulative effect of multiple
chemical residues and additions.
Social and Economic Factors: With the present poor eating habits deeply
ingrained in our society and the all-out chemicalisation of our lives, it is almost
impossible to remain reasonably healthy - and very few people do. Almost everyone
has obvious or hidden health problems. From attending to children, parents, and
grandparents of the same family, I have seen how the level of health deteriorates in
successive generations.
This trend is also clear from statistics and general observations for anyone who
wants to see it. Statistics showing increased life expectancy due to greatly reduced
infant mortality are irrelevant for judging the health of a population. These figures
simply mean that more babies survive the early childhood infections, that we have
better plumbing, and that more elderly people are kept artificially alive by organ
transplants or life-support machines.
But this is not health. More relevant statistics show that most people in Western
countries suffer from chronic diseases and that the percentage of chronically
disabled people is increasing rapidly. Arthritis, cancer, and Parkinson’s disease used
to be diseases of old people. Now they are affecting children and juveniles. Health
authorities so far have ignored the claims of natural medicine that it is the superior
form of treatment for chronic and medically incurable diseases. The very fact of a
high rate of chronic disease in our society attests to the inability of the conventional
medical profession to successfully treat these diseases.
This is highlighted by the embarrassing phenomenon of the falling death rate
during doctors’ strikes. Statistics show that with a strike by doctors, the death rate in
the affected population fell dramatically. In 1976 during a doctors’ strike in Bogota,
Colombia, the death rate fell by 35 percent. In Los Angeles County, California, it fell
by 18 percent during a strike in the same year, while in Israel it fell by 50 percent
during a strike in 1973. Only once before had there been a similar drop in the death
rate in Israel and that was during another doctors’ strike 20 years earlier. After each
strike, the death rate jumped again to its normal level.
During these strikes, emergency care was provided. This means the patients
who lived longer during the strikes were those with chronic diseases. They obviously
benefited from a reduced exposure to medical drugs, operations, and other
technological interventions. There is an abundance of statistics, estimates, and case
reports of the great number of patients who are in the hospital or worse because of
disease caused by medical drugs and medical technology.

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Selfish Motivation: Our medical and economic leaders do not want to face
reality. They brainwash the public into believing that the present health situation is
completely normal. Most importantly, the economic structure of Western civilization is
largely based on the production and distribution of goods and services that are
contributing to poor health. These include chemicalised agriculture and food
processing, the pharmaceutical industry, technological medicine, and the
petrochemical and plastics industries.
The guiding motto for industry is profit, while for the consumer it is
convenience. The price we all pay is the loss of our health. This situation is the
natural outcome of a society based on selfish motivation. A change for the better can
come only when more and more people realize that ultimately they harm themselves
with selfish attitudes. Recognizing this is a first step towards improving your health.

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Step 2

THE ROAD TOWARDS HEALTH


Learn the principles of natural living to restore your health.

The first and most important step in reversing the deterioration of your health is
to realize that you may have caused it yourself. Due to ignorance and habit, we
select the wrong foods; out of laziness, we do not exercise; from lack of self-control,
we create destructive emotions. Therefore, only the realization that poor health is the
result of a lifetime of wrong living, which includes the living habits of our parents, can
initiate a real change in us for the better.
This understood, the next step is to find guidance on your road towards health.
There is so much contradictory advice available today that it is confusing for the
aspiring health seeker. Worldwide, medicine is in a state of chaos. The sterile
monopoly of the conventional medical establishment is beginning to break down and
multitudes of different healers are rapidly filling the gap. Find out by reading,
listening, meditating, and experimenting which healing system is most appropriate for
your needs. Then start a determined healing program using careful self-observation
to monitor your progress.
Measuring Health: It can be seen from the above discussion that disease is
not something that happens suddenly, that one day you are healthy and the next day
you are sick because cancer has been detected. Instead, your state of health has
greatly deteriorated over many decades to only a fraction of what it might be in true
health. Even suddenly appearing infections are possible only because of a gradual
deterioration of your immune system.
Health should be measured as vitality, as the body’s ability to regenerate itself.
An indication of the inherent vitality of the body is given by the speed of wound
healing or bone mending and possibly hair and nail growth; in a more scientific way,
we could measure it by the electric potential of body cells.
According to this yardstick, hardly anyone alive today is likely to be more than
90 percent healthy, while most people of “normal” health live at below 50 percent of
their personally attainable health potential. When a chronic degenerative disease
becomes manifest, the health potential drops to below 10 percent of optimal, and at
death, of course, it is zero.
It is meaningless to be elated about the success of conventional medicine in
greatly reducing the number of people contracting certain infectious diseases. It is
the overall number of unhealthy people that counts. If one disease is eliminated,
unhealthy people will contract a different one. What is needed is a general health
improvement that will effectively reduce the total number of people becoming sick
and ultimately hinder the development of any disease.
Eventually, with better genetic stock and improved living conditions, we should
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quietly withdraw from the body. This is the presently unknown “natural death.” My
reason for taking this position is the fact that some individuals have managed to
reach an age of between 110 and 120 years without even trying, just due to their
genetics. I interpret this as meaning that we all can reach this age if our gene pool is
sufficiently improved. I believe that we will be able to surpass this limit if, in addition,
we also consciously adopt a healthy lifestyle. However, for me it is irrelevant how
long I “live,” because I know that I live equally well without a biological body. The
important part for me is how well I live and not how long.
In regard to the postulated natural death, I know personally of some individuals
who were active until a ripe old age and then just died in their sleep, sometimes even
saying goodbye to their relatives beforehand. For most of us who have serious
inherited weaknesses and have misused our body for many decades, this may not be
possible to achieve. Nevertheless, better health and an enjoyable life are possible for
almost everyone. The key to success is in your mind!

Table 1-1: Opposite Body Forces

If the body is out of balance, then a condition may be improved by using a remedy from
the same column.

Condition Condition

sympathetic nervous system parasympathetic nervous system


tension, contraction relaxation, expansion
aggression, extroversion placidity, introversion
anger, fear, activity resentment, rest
rapid pulse and breathing slow pulse and breathing
pupil dilated, mouth dry pupils narrow, mouth waters
good muscle tone, body rigid poor muscle tone, body soft
poor digestion good digestion
overexcited, hyperactive low energy, depression
high blood pressure low blood pressure
farsighted nearsighted
overactive thyroid/adrenals under active thyroid/adrenals
inflammation, pain debility, weakness
diabetes, schizophrenia hypoglycaemia, allergies, arthritis

Remedy Remedy

blue, indigo, purple red, orange, yellow


vegetarian diet animal protein
more potassium, magnesium calcium (sodium), iodine
lecithin, choline, insulin adrenaline, cholesterol
sedation, releasing energy stimulation, giving energy
magnetic south-pointing pole magnetic north-pointing pole
deep, slow acupressure rapid, light acupressure

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Basic Rules for Healthy Living

Avoid or minimize your contact with:

• Microwave cooking, frying; use of aluminium, non-stick and stainless steel cookware
• Wheat, gluten, cow’s milk, sweetened foods
• Meat from feedlots, or processed and seasoned meats such as sausages
• Acid foods in contact with metal
• Soy protein except if sprouted or traditionally fermented such as miso
• Genetically modified foods
• Margarine, cooking oils, trans-fatty acids
• Chemical additives; artificial sweeteners such as aspartame (Nutra-sweet)
• Soft drinks and processed fruit juices
• Foods listed as inappropriate for your metabolic type or blood type (see part 5)
• Starches mixed with food high in protein or acids
• Smoking; overuse of coffee, tea, alcohol, drugs
• Precooked or reheated meals
• Chlorinated and fluoridated water
• Metal beds; innerspring mattresses; sleeping near live electric wiring or appliances
• Fluorescent lighting
• Synthetic clothing, especially worn close to the skin (such as underwear)
• Mercury amalgam tooth fillings; root-canalled or otherwise dead teeth; dental metals inside
the mouth
• Mobile/ cell phones, microwave stations for telephone and computers.
• Vaccinations

Maximize your contact with:

• Fresh, raw, and organic food; purple foods (e.g., black grapes or red beets)
• Sprouted seeds; fermented foods with acidophilus and bifidobacteria; sourdough baked goods
• Seeds and nuts sprouted or soaked before eating or cooking
• Cooking in glass or enamel utensils; eating food soon after it is cooked
• Freshly ground linseed (flaxseed); extra virgin olive oil; coconut oil
• Fresh vegetable and grass juice and blended green leaves.
• Barley or wheat grass juice powder, spirulina, chlorella, pollen, lecithin, kelp
• Neutralize fruit acids or vinegar with dolomite; have a high intake of magnesium and trace
minerals
• Bitter herb teas to improve digestion; hydrochloric acid as supplement if fingernails are soft
• Energy devices: crystals, magnets, pyramids
• Energized food and water
• Sleep with the head towards north, northeast, or east; pull out electric plugs close to bed
before sleeping
• Sleep on latex, natural fibre, or air mattress; energize water in water beds
• Increase outdoor activity and exposure to mild sunlight without sunglasses or sunscreen
• Press tender points on feet and body; squat for bowel movements; exercise; meditate

A fundamental aim of all healing is to provide the body with more vitality or a A

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The Health Improvement Program: The basic requirements for real healing
involve the reversal of the factors previously listed (Step 1) as the cause of health
degeneration. Then add natural living, good nutrition, proper breathing, sufficient
physical activity, improved emotional and mental attitudes, as well as specific
procedures, uppermost of which is cleansing - the purification of body and mind.
A fundamental aim of all healing is to provide the body with more vitality or a
higher charge of freely circulating bioenergy. True healing is always a holistic
process, involving all levels of the personality - physical, bio-energetic, emotional,
mental, and spiritual.
Using the types of self-testing described in this book and possibly with the help
of a suitable health professional, you can work out an individualized health
improvement program for yourself as well as for interested members of your family.
This program may have to be changed and modified as you progress and gain
experience. Preferably, it should include the following steps:
1. Improve your nutrition: discover and break addictions and allergies; avoid
problem foods, chemicalised, and refined food; pay attention to food
combinations; select foods suitable for your body type and condition; use suitable
supplements.
2. Remove metabolic wastes and toxins: drink plenty of unpolluted water and use
colonics and laxative foods; stimulate the skin; have repeated cleansing periods.
3. Eliminate harmful microbes and parasites from your body and repopulate your
intestines with healthy lactobacteria.
4. Strengthen the body: use regular exercises such as yoga, tensing and stretching,
or suitable outdoor activity.
5. Improve energy flows: work out specific problems with reflexology, acupressure,
ear acupuncture, magnet and meridian therapy, massage, and homeopathy.
6. Create natural living conditions: minimize the use of synthetics and plastics;
reduce your exposure to pollution and harmful radiation in your home; frequently
be in fresh air with mild sun exposure; bathe in the sea or unpolluted streams;
walk barefoot on the grass.
7. Learn meditation and mind control: learn to express your negative emotions
appropriately; practice generating positive feelings and emotions; love yourself as
well as your neighbour; adopt a positive or spiritual philosophy of life; find a
worthy goal or ideal and strive to manifest it.
8. Form or join a health or healing group: support yourself, heal yourself, and
support others in their healing.
In addition to these self-help measures, it is advisable to seek expert
professional help for specific problems. It is self-defeating, however, to view your
health improvement efforts as a deadly serious matter, a “life-or-death” struggle. Like
everything else in life, they are best conducted in a light and playful way, by exploring
and enjoying yourself, even if it sometimes hurts. Remember: True healing means
growing - learning and applying the laws of nature.

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Balancing: An important general principle in healing is to aim for an overall
balanced condition. Generally, every condition in our body is the result of the
interaction of two opposing forces; in Chinese medical philosophy these are called
yin and yang. Yin is cool and receptive; yang is hot and active. In our Western
thinking, we see body processes as an interplay between overactive (yang) and
underactive (yin) conditions, between tension and relaxation, and the sympathetic
and parasympathetic nervous systems. However, yin can be overactive and yang
underactive, depending on the individual.
As part of our healing, we aim for balance not only on the biochemical level, but
also in our emotions and thinking. If you are an extrovert, for instance, aim to go into
yourself by meditating, learning to listen, feel, and understand. If you are an introvert,
then try to become more outgoing and open in your relationships and social
interactions. Table 1-1 shows some of the opposing forces that rule our body.
Many natural therapists believe that most disease starts in the bowels or, more
generally, in the gastrointestinal tract. This certainly is a common factor in many
diseases and requires our initial attention. Allergy (food and substances) testing is
most important for sensitive individuals and children with health problems. Fasting
and cleansing are required to remove the heavy load of metabolic wastes and toxins
that most of us have stored in the body. This cleansing process often leads to
unpleasant symptoms - healing reactions, also called the healing crisis - which we
frequently must endure before we can advance to a higher level of health. This is
especially the case for those with a chronic degenerative disease.

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Step 3
INTESTINAL SANITATION AND ANTIMICROBIAL THERAPY
Sanitize your intestines and rid your body of harmful microbes.

Most diseases are caused or aided by microbes and parasites. Due to


antibiotics, steroidal drugs and chemotherapy our natural intestinal bacteria
commonly have been replaced with pathogenic microbes. Also microbes from
childhood vaccinations may still be present, and there tend to be infection foci in root-
canal treated teeth and possibly in scars due to surgery. All of these greatly weaken
our immune system and allow fungi, viruses, bacteria and parasites to invade the
blood and internal organs. Now we become susceptible to frequent acute infections,
or to chronic infections and immune disturbances such as autoimmune diseases,
allergies, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
This antimicrobial therapy is designed to rid our body of pathogenic microbes
and parasites, and at the same time regenerate our immune system. The necessary
steps are intestinal sanitation or re-establishing a healthy intestinal flora, followed by
a longer period of systemic antimicrobial therapy. For long-term healing also root-
canal filled teeth may need to be removed.
INTESTINAL SANITATION
One of the first and most important causes of our health deterioration at the
biological level is an inability to digest all the food we eat. This may be because of
habitual overeating; insufficient chewing; consumption of too much milk, bread, meat,
and other problem foods; wrong food combinations; emotional problems; vitamin and
mineral deficiencies; or inherited weakness of our digestive organs. However,
presently the main cause of intestinal distress is the use of antibiotics and other
drugs that damage our protective intestinal flora.
This has two immediate effects: a proliferation of undesirable bacteria, fungi
and other parasites as well as putrefaction in the large intestine. A major part of our
immune system is located in the small intestine with an important centre in the
appendix. For years before the onset of illness, there will be fierce fighting between
our lymphatic cells and the proliferating intestinal microbes, resulting in chronic
inflammation of parts of the intestinal wall.
This may cause intestinal discomfort and various digestive disorders, and in
children it can often result in appendicitis. This chronic inflammation weakens the
intestinal wall and allows proteins that are only partly broken down, as well as
bacterial toxins, to be absorbed and cause allergies. Apart from many unpleasant
symptoms, this will greatly weaken the immune system and predispose us to
rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases, and it makes us susceptible to
infections and cancer.
While the intestines are often overactive during childhood due to high bacterial
activity, with increasing age we tend to become more and more constipated. This is
largely due to a lack of dietary fibre and a decrease in the bile flow, indicating a
deficiency of lecithin and choline. The walls of the intestines become weak and

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deformed as with diverticulitis; hard crusts begin to cover the intestinal walls and
restrict their flexibility.
Eventually, putrefaction products may cross the weakened walls of the large
intestine and enter the bloodstream. This can poison the whole body, though the
liver, heart, and brain usually bear the brunt of the attack. Irregular heartbeat,
headaches, and fuzzy thinking are frequent initial symptoms. Every part of the
nervous system may be affected. In addition, the valve between the large and small
intestines (called the ileocaecal valve) may become inefficient and allow bacteria
from the large intestine to invade the small intestines and the bloodstream.
When the sewerage in a city breaks down or is not working efficiently, refuse
accumulates in streets and on properties and greatly contributes to the spread of
diseases. It is similar in a body with inefficient intestinal elimination. Waste products
accumulate in the bloodstream and tissues and cause or contribute to the
development of most diseases as well as to the general deterioration of health. Colon
cancer is the most obvious and direct result.
A diet of predominantly raw foods will, in time, correct these intestinal problems
by supplying plenty of high-quality fibre and strengthening the intestinal walls. I do
not recommend the habitual addition of bran to meals, as this makes minerals
unavailable; instead, I recommend freshly ground raw linseed (flaxseed). Add one
tablespoon or more to meals to ensure at least one and preferably two or three bowel
movements daily.
Another consequence of microbial overgrowth, often in combination with food
allergies, is inflammation of the pancreas. This leads not only to a deficiency of
digestive enzymes and problems of malabsorption, but it is also a main cause of
insulin-dependent diabetes. A first step in this process is the bottle-feeding of infants
from birth. This deprives them of important protective factors that are normally
transmitted in breast milk.
To overcome these problems we must improve our eating habits, learn to chew
well, eat less, combine foods correctly, eat more raw foods, especially vegetables,
eliminate harmful microbes, and reintroduce beneficial bacteria.
Garlic Flush: A key step in improving digestive function, the immune system,
and overall health is the restoration of healthy intestinal flora. This is important for all
health improvement but especially if chronic diseases are present, and in particular
AIDS, cancer, and autoimmune diseases.
For this we reduce the pathogenic microbes in the intestines with a suitable
microbicide followed by probiotics or healthy lactobacteria. I prefer fresh, raw garlic
which has powerful antimicrobial and especially fungicidal properties. To carry the
garlic through the length of the intestinal tract and also to minimize unpleasant
reactions, such as headaches, nausea and other discomfort due to microbial die-off,
it is preferable (but not essential) initially to take the garlic together with a strong
laxative. This is called a flush. An effective flush is with a tablespoon of Epsom salts
(magnesium sulphate) in a large glass of water. Drink some more water afterwards.
If you are constipated or overweight you may take 2 tablespoons when using it
for the first time to make sure that it quickly comes out at the other end. It tastes less
bitter if you refrigerate the dissolved Epsom salts overnight. In the morning you crush
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with the refrigerated drink and some more water. You may minimize the garlic odour
by crushing cloves while they are submerged in lemon juice.
During the following mornings you may use less Epsom salts or take a milder
laxative instead, such as psyllium. If you dislike garlic you may put the crushed or
chopped garlic into gelatine capsules. If you seem to be allergic to garlic, then use
another antimicrobial, such as Lugol’s iodine solution, a teaspoon of sodium
bicarbonate, 1 or 2 teaspoons of 3% hydrogen peroxide, olive leaf extract, pau d’arco
extract, or wormwood. Similar if you cannot use garlic because of social restraints.
Nevertheless, I believe that initially garlic is best suited to disinfect the
gastrointestinal tract.
Other laxatives that may be used for a flush are Glauber Salz or sodium
sulphate, castor oil, aloe vera, senna, or an isotonic flush: within about 5 minutes
drink a litre of water in which is dissolved a heaped teaspoon of salt. You may need
to experiment with your chosen laxative to find the right amount to take with the garlic
so that it is effective within a few hours.
Psyllium is excellent and strongly recommended for long-term use. It is
especially effective for removing endotoxins from the intestines and reducing allergic
and autoimmune reactions. It also helps to carry any added microbicide through the
whole intestinal tract. To a large glass of water add a teaspoon of sodium
bicarbonate and a heaped teaspoon of psyllium hulls, stir and drink immediately
followed by another glass of water. Until you start with the systemic antimicrobial
therapy in the next step add chopped garlic or another antimicrobial to the psyllium
drink but continue adding a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate as long as there are
signs of pain, inflammation, Candida or overacidity.
Probiotics and Ferments: This leads us to the next step: replacing the
decimated pathogenic microbes with desirable or "friendly" lactobacilli. This must be
done in a massive dose 30-60 minutes after each flush; otherwise the unwanted
microbes may grow back to full strength after the next meal. Commonly probiotics
contain acidophilus and bifido bacteria in addition to other lactobacteria.
These bacterial cultures are available from health food shops as powders or
capsules that should be refrigerated. Preferably buy milk-free cultures, especially
with Type 1 diabetes and allergies. High-potency cultures should contain 10 Billion or
preferably 25 Billion live bacteria per gram or per capsule (keep refrigerated).
However, these dried cultures are dormant and relatively inactive as compared
to bacteria in fresh or live ferments, and often have only a limited number of strains.
Therefore experiment with making your own ferment as explained in Part 4.
Alternatively obtain genuinely fermented sauerkraut or lactic acid fermented foods
from health shops or the Internet. If you do not regularly use lactose-containing
products then it is better to repopulate your intestines with bacteria grown on grains
or vegetables.
Kefir grains can be used to ferment not only milk but also vegetables. For an
excellent information site see users.chariot.net.au/~dna/kefirpage.html. It has the
advantage of containing a wide range of protective microbes and also to work at
room temperature. I do not recommend using commercial yogurt to sanitise the
intestinal tract because of the high content of mucus-forming lactose and limited
strains of lactobacteria.

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Commonly these ferments are rather acidic and may cause digestive problems
in sensitive individuals. Therefore it is preferable for sensitive individuals to partly
neutralise this acidity by adding some alkalizer before ingestion, such as bicarbonate
until it is only slightly sour, or you may let the ferment stand for a few hours with the
addition of some dolomite powder and decant it shortly before use.
Take a cupful of ferment about 30 to 60 minutes after each flush, and possibly
use more before other meals. Continue taking either probiotic cultures or ferment
several times daily during the intestinal cleanse and the following systemic
antimicrobial therapy. Continue this Intestinal Sanitation for a minimum of two weeks
but preferably use ferments on and off for the rest of your life.
Raw Food; The type of microbes that will readily grow and possibly dominate
in our intestines depends very much on the nutrients that they get, meaning it
depends on the food that we eat. A negative example is the strong influence that
sugar and grain products have on the growth of yeasts, and especially Candida
albicans.
The opposite effect can be found in fresh raw foods, they tend to suppress
harmful microbes and encourage beneficial ones. Besides raw lactic acid fermented
foods, the strongest beneficial effect have green leaves and sprouted seeds. In
addition to their own range of good bacteria they also provide the fiber and other
nutrients for them to thrive in our intestines.
As an added bonus fresh raw foods and in particular green leaves are strongly
anti-inflammatory. Therefore they are the best healing agent for inflammatory
intestinal conditions and (I believe) in sufficient amounts will prevent and probably
cure bowel cancer.
In addition to raw vegetable salads, a relatively easy way to ingest more fresh
green leaves is as a blended pulp: blend a handful of leaves at high speed with
sufficient water or juice and drink without straining. For best results the leaves should
be organically grown and used as fresh as possible. Even a handful of fresh grass
(cut in short length) or garden weeds may be used.
You may also add sprouted seeds to the blend but not much fruit or other
sweet foods as the combination of raw vegetable fibre and sugar can produce strong
bowel fermentation. To a degree that can be good for those who have problems with
constipation but it needs to be properly regulated. Also fibrous fresh fruits on their
own tend to stimulate bowel activity by providing food for bowel bacteria.
Hydrochloric Acid: In the elderly and especially those with chronic
degenerative diseases, or often even young asthmatics, the body frequently loses its
ability to produce an adequate amount of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. This
leads to incomplete digestion of proteins and poor absorption of vitamins B1 and B12
as well as minerals. The resulting mineral deficiency usually causes fingernails to be
soft; also the hair may be unhealthy.
Hydrochloric acid is also needed to activate pepsin (a protein-digesting enzyme
in the stomach) and kill microbes in food. An inadequate amount of hydrochloric acid
(HCl) in the stomach often results in overgrowth of the digestive tract with
undesirable and pathogenic bacteria and fungi. This can cause or contribute to
malabsorption, intestinal distress, and allergies to products resulting from bacterial
and fungal breakdown, and in turn it will weaken the immune system.

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Symptoms associated with insufficient gastric acid are belching, discomfort
after eating or food lying heavily in the stomach, and anaemia. Often the lymphatic
fluid is either over-alkaline or overacid (too far above or below neutral) and the
energy level is low. In mild cases it may be helpful to add some lemon juice or cider
vinegar as well as a small amount of magnesium chloride to a protein meal or drink
half a cup of a bitter herb tea before meals. However, with obvious mineral
deficiencies and lack of hydrochloric acid, typical of most cases of chronic
degenerative disease, it is beneficial to use hydrochloric acid supplements with
cooked meals that include meat, fish, eggs, cheese, legumes, or nuts.
You can easily buy hydrochloric acid tablets, commonly with added pepsin. Use
one or two tablets depending on the amount of cooked protein. Alternatively you may
also buy and dilute hydrochloric acid yourself. Commercial diluted hydrochloric acid
is usually 20 percent HCl, while the concentrated acid (from a hardware store) is 35
percent. To make a two percent solution that is safe to use, mix one part of the 20
percent acid with nine parts of water, or one part of the 35 percent acid with 16 parts
of water. You may then mix one to two teaspoons (use plastic) of two percent HCl
with your meal. It may be mixed with the protein portion or used as part of the salad
dressing. Alternatively, you may dilute the acid with half a cup of water or herb tea
and drink it after the meal. You may protect your teeth by drinking this through a
straw.
However, habitually taking acids will soon make the body overacid. Further,
those who do not produce enough stomach acid also do not make enough sodium
bicarbonate to neutralize an increased amount of acid in the duodenum. While the
stomach content needs to be acidic, the contents of the small intestines need to be
alkaline, otherwise nutrients are not properly absorbed. Therefore, it is advisable to
take half a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate in some water about two hours after a
small meal and three to four hours after a large meal (with flesh food or other
proteins).
SYSTEMIC ANTIMICROBIAL THERAPY
Systemic antimicrobial therapy involves cleaning the bloodstream, lymph fluid,
and internal organs of pathogenic microbes. I believe the best and most powerful
combination is a 3-week course of Lugol’s iodine solution followed by a gradually
increasing dose of MMS. This may be followed by a longer period on
Frequently, especially with Candidiasis, there is a die-off or Herxheimer
reaction during intestinal sanitation or systemic therapy. You may feel weak and
nauseous. In this case temporarily interrupt or reduce the intake of antimicrobials, but
make special efforts to clean out your bowels. There is some anecdotal evidence that
sipping a litre of water with the addition of half a teaspoon of salt may help
eliminating headaches associated with a reaction.
Lugol's Solution
Compared to MMS, iodine is much better tolerated. Therefore you can use
iodine to remove much of your microbial load in a relatively easy way, and with fewer
side effects than with MMS. Furthermore, iodine has a special affinity for mucous
membranes which are also an attractive hiding place for fungi. Iodine is an all-round
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It is commonly used as Lugol's solution with 10% of potassium iodide and 5%
iodine, and may be called 5% iodine solution. Each drop contains about 6.5 mg of
iodine/iodide. Other names for Lugol’s solution are Aqueous Iodine Oral Solution BP
or Strong Iodine Solution USP (both of which contain 130 mg iodine/iodide per ml).
Iodine. Topical Solution (USP) contains 2% iodine and 2.4% potassium iodide.
Therefore if you use this 2% iodine solution take 2.5 times more than the amount
recommended for Lugol’s solution. In the US you may also buy Iodoral tablets, each
with the equivalent of 2 drops of Lugo’s solution. I do not recommend pharmaceutical
types of iodine dissolved in alcohol or other solvents as they often cause side-effects.
To test for allergy (which is very rare) take a drop of iodine in liquid other than
just water. If there is no reaction, gradually increase to 6 to 8 drops 4 times daily or
10 drops 3 times daily in liquid or mixed with food. Do not take the iodine directly with
antioxidants but it is fine to have antioxidants five or more minutes later during a
meal. You may use more or less iodine according to body weight. I believe that a 3-
week course adjusted for body weight is generally safe for children. However, it may
not be suitable if the thyroid is overactive or with goitre; with these conditions the
amount of iodine may need to be increased much more gradually and adjusted
according to symptoms.
Continue for 3 weeks with the full dose, but interrupt or temporarily reduce the
dose if you develop a serious reaction; if necessary repeat the course after several
months. In the meantime continue with several drops daily for a much longer time.
For more information on iodine see www.health-science-spirit.com/iodine.html.
MMS – Sodium Chlorite
Sodium chlorite is being used in many countries as an antimicrobial treatment
in the food industry, as disinfectant, mouthwash, in toothpastes, and for water
purification. As a 3.5% solution it was called ‘Stabilized Electrolytes of Oxygen’, and
as a nominally 28% solution it is known as Miracle Mineral Supplement or MMS, or
as water purification drops.
In solution sodium chlorite (NaClO2) is very alkaline and stable but when
acidified it forms the gas chlorine dioxide (ClO2) which is one of the strongest all-
round antimicrobial and parasite remedies. The only residue left in the body after
treatment with MMS is a small amount of table salt or sodium chloride.
After intestinal sanitation and a course of iodine you may start with MMS
therapy. The original procedure involves starting with 1 or 2 drops of MMS and
gradually increasing this up to 15 drops once or twice daily. However, this often
causes nausea to develop at higher doses. In this case you may absorb the gas from
the mouth or the rectum as this usually does not cause nausea.
An alternative method for intensifying the antimicrobial program or for
overcoming an acute or persistent infection is by taking 3 to 4 drops of acidified and
diluted MMS every two waking hour for several days. Temporarily reduce the dose if
any nausea should occur.
In all cases mix the MMS with five times the number of drops of lemon or lime
juice but preferably with a more effective 10% solution of citric acid in water. You can
make this yourself by dissolving 1 part of citric acid crystals in 9 parts of water. Less
recommended is white vinegar (but not cider vinegar which can sometimes
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Three to four minutes after adding the acids add half a glass of water or herb
tea, or juice without added vitamin C, e.g. apple or grape juice but not orange juice.
Do not take any antioxidant supplements close to MMS; generally keep them 3 or
more hours apart. If it tastes too acid then you may wait 5 minutes longer and add
some sodium bicarbonate shortly before drinking. Watch that it remains slightly acid
because when the solution becomes alkaline chlorine dioxide converts back into
sodium chlorite.
Acidified MMS acts strongest on an empty stomach but that also easily causes
nausea. Generally it is better to have some food in the stomach and be able to take a
higher dose. If nausea occurs temporarily reduce the dose. Commonly nausea,
vomiting and diarrhea may occur sooner or later and are beneficial for cleaning out
but may be avoided or minimized with the preceding intestinal sanitation and iodine
therapy.
With an acute and serious infection, including malaria, influenza and urinary
tract infection, you may immediately use a high dose, such as 10 or 15 drops,
possibly followed an hour later by the same amount. You will vomit and be very
uncomfortable for about a day but it may immediately overcome the infection.
However, for chronic conditions and general health improvement it is best to increase
by 1 drop each day until you feel some nausea.
Then cut back by 2 drops and stay at this level for several days until increasing
again by 1 drop a day. In this way you gradually work your way higher, reducing and
then increasing again to keep nausea under control. You may reduce problems by
dividing the daily dose into a morning and a bedtime portion, but after some time
always try to edge higher until you start feeling the nausea.
To quickly stop nausea you may take 1000 mg or more of vitamin C, but this
also stops the antimicrobial activity. To avoid or minimize oxidative damage I
recommend taking MMS only in the morning and evening or only once a day and use
a combination of antioxidants, including vitamin C, at lunchtime or several hours
away from the MMS.
The oral absorption method is designed to avoid nausea and seems also
effective with smaller doses then swallowing it. To 1 part of MMS add 5 parts of 10%
citric acid and after 3 or 4 minutes dilute with about 30 ml or a big mouthful of water.
Wait another 5 minutes and then add up to 8 parts of a 10% sodium bicarbonate
solution to protect the teeth from acid attack. This will give a pH of about 5 to 6, and
one can keep it in the mouth for 5 to 20 minutes before swallowing or spitting it out. It
should not become neutral or alkaline or it will become much less effective. You
make the 10% bicarb solution by dissolving one level spoonful of bicarb in 9
spoonfuls of water. Instead of water you may also use fruit juice as mentioned
before, or herb tea, or sweeten with Xylitol or Stevia.
I regard 6 drops of MMS as a good strong dose for oral absorption. For an
acute infection you may follow up with a second dose As a general cleanse you may
use this or a lower or higher dose for 2 to 3 weeks, best at bedtime. With a persistent
infection continue on and off for a longer time, you may experiment with one week on
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The rectal absorption method is good with problems in this area, such as
rectal or prostate cancer, irritable bowel, and infections, cysts and cancers of the
female organs. This is similar to using coffee enemas for cancer patients.
Preferably have a bowel movement and a cleansing enema, and then try 2
acidified drops in 250 ml of water. Hold for several minutes, then expel, clean again
with an enema and finally insert a larger number of drops, perhaps 4 to 8 activated
drops in 250 ml water and hold for a longer time, up to 30 minutes. As with oral
absorption you may also add some bicarbonate to make it less acid. Protect the anus
with some fat or Vaseline. There tends to be no direct discomfort, but for several
hours afterwards energy may be low, and several cleanout bowel movements may
follow. You may try this once a week with gradually increasing doses.
In case of vaginal thrush you may also try one activated drop suitably diluted
and later followed by some probiotics. Also try the mouthwash solution.
Mouthwash: You may make a mouthwash by diluting a teaspoon of MMS in
500 ml of water. This is only slightly alkaline and tends to release small amounts of
chlorine dioxide in contact with acid-forming bacteria. It is also commercially
promoted as the most effective method for removing bad breath or halitosis. It does
this by oxidising smelly sulphur compounds in the mouth to non-odorous sulphates.
Swish a mouthful around for a short time, gargle, and spit it out. You may also flavour
the solution or make it weaker. Some people claim that regular use has protected
them from ‘catching’ infections.
Furthermore, occasional oral absorption of chlorine dioxide and regular use of
MMS mouthwash tend to eliminate pathogenic microbes and inflammation in the
mouth. These may originate from root canals, deep tooth pockets or gum
inflammations and are strongly implicated in the causation of arteriosclerosis, heart
attacks and other heart diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, prostate cancer and
other cancers.
To combine the stronger antimicrobial effect of oral absorption with the
convenience of a mouthwash add a drop or two of lemon juice or citric acid to a
teaspoonful of mouthwash solution and immediately start swishing this in the mouth
for a minute or two before spitting it out. This has a relatively mild effect on the taste
buds. One teaspoonful of mouthwash contains about one drop of MMS.
A recent addition to the MMS arsenal is MMS2 or calcium hypochlorite. It is
especially good for killing microbes and parasites in the intestinal tract. This is
beneficial with Crohn’s disease and other inflammatory bowel conditions as well as
cancer of the colon and prostate, and possibly of the pancreas and liver. For details
see http://www.health-science-spirit.com/MMS2.htm.
Preferably inform yourself further by reading my MMS Internet articles at
www.health-science-spirit.com, and visit http://www.jimhumble.com and
http://jimhumble.biz/; Jim Humble discovered and developed the MMS treatment.
Other Antimicrobials
Fungi can be controlled with alkalizers. Due to its alkalinity sodium bicarbonate
is a strong fungicide, and potassium bicarbonate is even stronger. Half to one
teaspoon of bicarbonate in a glass of water taken on an empty stomach or 2-3 hours
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the lymphatic system. Bicarbonate solution is very effective in direct contact such as
for rinsing out the mouth, sinuses or vagina or as packs over sites of fungal infection
and tumours.
Some additional remedies for systemic antimicrobial treatment are
concentrated olive leaf extract, concentrated Pau d’arco extract, and wormwood.
These may not be as strong as the combination of Lugo’s solution and MMS but are
milder acting and easier to use for a longer period.
The following herbal dosages are for average body weight, overweight
individuals may take more and underweight individuals or children less. These
remedies may not be suitable in high doses during pregnancy, in this case consult a
health professional.
Further supportive methods are oxygen therapy, coconut oil or caprylic acid
(Capricin), an electronic blood purifier and magnetic pulser. Some other good anti-
microbial remedies are propolis, extract of Neem leaves, and the oils of tea tree,
Neem tree, cinnamon, eucalyptus, mustard, oregano, shark liver, and thyme. You
may try using 1 to 2 drops of essential oil four times daily diluted and ingested or
kept in the mouth.
Colloidal silver is best for direct treatment of affected areas, such as douching
or gargling, as after ingestion it may not be effective past the stomach. For asthma,
lung infections and lung cancer I would also consider spraying colloidal silver into the
mouth during deep inhalations.
Even if systemic infestations with Candida and other microbes are successfully
eliminated there may still remain problems in isolated areas, such as fungi or
parasites in skin patches, vagina or under toenails. These should be intensively
treated with local application using a wide range of the mentioned remedies.
If you continue to have persistent long-term microbial or parasite problems use
a combination of different antimicrobials and frequently vary the composition of the
treatment as well as the dosage, also add alkalizing and possibly electronic zapper
and pulser. Also read about the importance of the Basic Cleanse in Step 4.
Olive leaf: Olive leaf is an effective anti-microbial. It can be used as tea or
powder but commonly it is now used as an extract. The active ingredient is
oleuropein. Preferably use up to 1000 mg of oleuropein daily as part of the anti-
microbial rotation program. Dried olive leaf has about 30 mg of oleuropein/gram.
As the tea is rather bitter it is now rarely used: simmer 30g of dried leaves in 1
litre of water for 1-2 hours, top up, strain and refrigerate, and drink 3-5 cups daily.
In powder form olive leaf extract has 200mg to 220mg/g. Use up to 5 g of
powdered extract daily. You may stir half a teaspoon in water or other non-protein
liquid two or three times daily and take before meals (oleuropein may be inactivated
by high amino acid levels). The normal retail form is as 500mg capsules of extract,
and you may use up to 10 capsules daily. Commercial liquids commonly contain only
4 mg of oleuropein per ml.
Pau d’arco; Pau d’arco (also called taheebo or lapacho) is a strong fungicide
from the inner bark of a South American tree. It has the advantage of tasting
reasonably pleasant. Either use extract or make tea: one tablespoon of bark or a
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steep for 5 to 15 minutes; drink 3 cups a day. Powdered pau d’arco in capsules or
cold water does not work but you may use the extract in capsules. Use 3 capsules of
extract 3 times daily. For severe Candidiasis or other systemic fungus problems try to
obtain 1 kg of extract powder and take several teaspoons daily.
Wormwood: Wormwood is effective against most microbes and parasites.
Commonly used for Candida is Artemisia absinthium, but also Artemisia annua or
Sweet Annie can be used. Both herbs have different active ingredients, and it may
even be good to use a mixture of both. They should not be used during pregnancy.
To avoid the bitter taste of A. absinthium stir a rounded teaspoon of powder in
some cold water or juice and drink immediately. Use a teaspoonful three times daily.
However, the bitter qualities of wormwood tea stimulate the digestive system -
stomach, pancreas, liver and gall bladder. It has been used as a folk remedy to cure
jaundice.
Therefore, you may sometimes drink it as tea during or after a meal. Make the
tea by adding a teaspoon of wormwood to a cup of boiling water and steep for ten to
fifteen minutes. It is easiest to take by swallowing it quickly and, before breathing
again, drinking something pleasant afterwards. For children you may also use
wormwood powder in capsules (3 to 5 capsules 3 times daily), or use only Sweet
Annie.
Conclusion
While orthodox medicine uses specific drugs for specific microbes, in natural
medicine we use broad-based remedies that commonly cover viruses, bacteria, fungi
and parasites at the same time. Medical antibiotics tend to kill our friendly gut
bacteria, which then allow Candida and other fungi to invade the body and cause
numerous health problems. This can be easily prevented by also taking fungicides in
the form of natural remedies while using antibiotics, and adding probiotics soon
afterwards.
Broad-based remedies are cheap and effective and ideally suited for self-
healing. But this does not mean that they are harmless. While damaging side-effects
are much less common than with drug medicine, problems can occur, especially with
high doses of MMS, and for those with overactive thyroids also when using Lugol’s
solution. This means, you need to use common sense, observe how your body
reacts, and cut back or use another remedy if indicated. This is an experimental
approach in which you need to be flexible and take responsibility for your health and
your actions instead of just following the orders of a doctor.

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Step 4
FASTING & CLEANSING
Become clean on the inside by removing accumulated wastes and toxins.

Fasting is a period of restricted food intake and cleansing is the removal of


waste products from the body as a result of fasting. This combination of fasting and
cleansing is the most effective general healing method. It is essential for overcoming
chronic diseases and for rejuvenating an aging body. It is also excellent for ensuring
continued health and minimizes the risk of a disabling disease later in life.
In recent years a steady stream of research articles has pointed to the
accumulation of metabolic waste products inside of cells as a main factor in the
causation of practically all chronic diseases. In addition to weakening the cell and its
energy metabolism, these waste products are also the breeding ground for internally
evolving or endogenous microbes that are a basic cause of cancer and autoimmune
diseases.
Cellular Waste Products
The body recycles millions of cells and their components every second, usually
without a problem. However, if cells are unhealthy, then some of their proteins,
especially nucleic acids from DNA and RNA, are abnormal and cannot be properly
broken down and recycled. Instead they accumulate as cellular sludge. Various
researchers have shown that out of this sludge can now arise primitive microbes.
It appears that new viruses arise from RNA fragments surrounded by a cell-
wall, while mycoplasma are from DNA fragments without a proper cell-wall, and
nanobacteria develop from damaged mitochondria, the cellular energy factories.
These primitive life forms are pleomorphic which means that they can change into
higher forms of bacteria and fungi which then are at the basis of cancer and
autoimmune diseases.
A large part of these cellular waste products are composed of oxidized and
peroxidized or polymerized polyunsaturated fatty acids, especially trans-fatty acids,
and combinations with degraded or wrongly folded proteins. Included are also
metals, such as mercury, aluminium and iron. Residues with oxidized fats are
commonly called age pigments, and more scientifically ‘lipofuscin’. In the aging skin it
can be seen as yellow-brown or brown ‘age spots’ or ‘liver spots’.
Another waste product associated with vitamin E deficiency is called ‘ceroid’,
while ‘amyloids’ are protein residues that accumulate mainly in the brain and in nerve
cells, causing. Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and amyotrophic lateral
sclerosis (ALS). Up to 70% of the volume of nerve cells may consist of such waste
until cells are finally killed, although they would have lost most of their normal
functions much sooner.
These waste products impair cellular functions and our overall health in many
ways: they interfere with the movement of nutrients into the cell and metabolic
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chain of the mitochondria and cause us to be low in energy, they interfere with the
signalling capacity of nerve cells and the normal function of muscle cells, and they
provide the raw material out of which the pleomorphic microbes arise that weaken
our immune system and cause autoimmune attacks and cancer.
If you now understand the devastating impact of cellular wastes on your long-
term health you will also realize the importance of repeated fasting and cleansing
periods in your health program. Even medical research can now show that removing
protein debris from cells keeps aging organs young and healthy.
The main causes leading to the accumulation of these wastes are:

1. devitalized food due to processing, cooking, and long-term storage


2. lack of enzymes due to cooking. processing and overeating
3. eating highly heated proteins and oils
4. antioxidant deficiencies
5. exposure to unbiological chemicals in food, water, air and drugs.
What to do
Just by fasting alone many chronic diseases can be healed. The only
disadvantage is that it can be unpleasant, especially for beginners. Fasting is not
indicated for anyone who is weak, fatigued, or underweight with difficulty gaining
weight. We need a reasonably good energy level to fast and cleanse successfully.
When we stop having normal meals our digestive enzymes become available
to digest and remove the sludge in our cells. While it is essential to minimize the
intake of food, it should be as high as possible in vitality and enzymes, meaning that
it should be fresh and raw. Ideal would be freshly cut wheat or barley grass, or leaves
freshly picked in a garden. Eat any food in small amounts or drink any juices in small
sips spaced out over a longer period. This is especially important for fruits or any
sweet juices as from carrots etc. Keep each bite or sip in the mouth for several
minutes.
Start with several one-day fasts, possibly once a week, before trying a three-
day fast. Then have a three-day fast once a month; if you live according to normal
working hours, have your first fast day on a Friday, as the second day often feels the
worst, and this way you’ll be at home.
Once or twice a year you may fast for seven days or longer. Instead of a series
of strict fasts you may have longer periods on a raw food diet and use a strict fast
only occasionally. With chronic diseases the need for cleansing is much greater than
for general health improvement. After a year or two of good health, the number of
cleansing periods may safely be reduced to twice a year, unless you use much
processed food. With the onset of a cold, flu, or other infectious disease, start a fast
immediately.
The more often you have a fast, the less you normally are affected by it in a
negative way; a sense of peace and well-being may develop instead. As long as you
are still congested during a fast, your tongue will be strongly coated and your breath
may have a strong odour when you get up in the morning. Conversely, if your breath
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fasting is needed. To freshen your breath, you can scrape or brush your tongue clean
whenever it is heavily coated; use a sharp-edged spoon for scraping.
For several days before a longer fast, start reducing your amount of food and
preferably do not eat flesh or processed foods on the last day before a fast. Best
have only raw fruit and vegetables on that last day. In the same way, increase the
amount of food only gradually after a fast and have only raw food on the first day
after a fast. The longer the fast, the less you should eat at the first meal and the
longer it should take to return to the usual diet; an apple is a good food for breaking a
juice or water fast. Drink plenty of fluids during the fast.
It is important to keep the bowels moving during a fast, and you may use
laxatives, enemas or colonics as required. With a juice fast it is advisable to use
several glasses of psyllium in water. Keeping the bowels clean is not a problem if
fasting on fresh raw salads, fruits, and blended green leaves.
The effectiveness of the fast can be further increased by using a hot castor-oil
pack for 3 or more days during the fast. Coat the liver area (the bottom of your right
rib cage) and upper abdomen with castor oil, cover with a woollen cloth folded in four
layers, and keep the area warm for an hour or two with a hot-water bottle. At bedtime
drink two tablespoons of olive oil, possibly shaken in a jar with lecithin and fresh
orange or lemon juice. The next morning take sufficient laxative to produce a good
clean-out within a few hours.
The topical castor oil stimulates the liver’s capacity to detoxify, while the olive
oil induces the gallbladder to empty and expel fat-soluble toxins from the liver, and
the laxative removes the poisons quickly from the bowels. This method of cleansing
causes a minimum of discomfort as the fast might otherwise result in headaches,
nausea, and weakness.
Take it easy during fasts; rest whenever you feel weak, or just stay in bed if
necessary. Skin brushing, deep-breathing exercises, mild sun exposure, and
frequent showers are helpful.
Learn to listen to your intuition and the language of your body, rather than just
following expert advice or sticking to a pre-determined program. Sometimes it may
be better to ease the program and have some cooked food, You also need to keep
your 'inner child' reasonably happy. Ask it for cooperation, and in return promise and
deliver some treats for any hardships that have to be endured.
With chronic diseases cleansing may trigger healing reactions, lasting for days
and sometimes weeks. During a reaction, pain or areas of discomfort may shift
around to different body locations. During this time you may ease any strict program
and do whatever is necessary to make yourself more comfortable. For a better
understanding of this important subject see Step 10.
The Basic Cleanse
I recommend that you use this most effective cleanse from time to time,
perhaps once or twice a year. It is designed to clean out and sanitize your
gastrointestinal tract, liver, and gallbladder. Eat organic apples only for the first three
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you feel that they are too acidic for you, then use a sweeter variety. If organic apples
are not available, then remove the skin and core of conventionally grown apples.
In the evening place a hot castor-oil pack on your liver and upper abdomen and
take a tablespoon of olive oil orally at bedtime. However, on the evening of the third
day, drink half a cup of olive oil in this way. Then lie down immediately on your back
or right side. After the first bowel movement the next morning, look in the toilet bowl
for gallstones. There may be hundreds of little greenish wax balls of different sizes
floating on top of the water.
First thing in the morning on the second to fourth day, drink a glass of water
mixed with a crushed clove of garlic and one tablespoon of Epsom salt (to cause a
good bowel clean-out within a few hours). If you cannot take Epsom salt, then try
another strong herbal laxative (e.g., senna) or use the isotonic flush. If you have
trouble taking raw garlic, put it into empty gelatine capsules, or use hydrogen
peroxide instead. About one hour after consuming the Epsom salt and garlic, take a
large dose of acidophilus-bifido culture in the form of high-potency capsules, powder,
or homemade yogurt, or some self-made ferment.
If you do not have the time or energy for the full cleanse, then you can at this
point return to your normal diet and do the rest at another time. Otherwise, from the
fourth morning on stop using the apples, Epsom salt, and garlic, and for the next five
days drink only freshly pressed vegetable juices, although these may be flavoured
with apple or some other fruit. Every three hours (5 times daily) take a heaped
teaspoon of psyllium hulls together with two to three teaspoons of ground linseed
(flaxseed). Mix this in a glass of water and drink immediately, followed by more
water. The linseed should be freshly ground in a blender or coffee grinder and stored
frozen or refrigerated. The purpose is to fill the bowels, with a moist mass that will
soften and dislodge any hard crusts and putrefying matter. This is essential and very
effective with all inflammatory bowel conditions, diverticulitis, intestinal parasites, and
cancer.
Take a spoonful of lecithin granules and plenty of protein-digesting enzymes
together with the juices. With every glassful of juice, you can take two or three tablets
such as pancreatin, bromelain, or papain. Alternatively and even better, if available,
use mature green papaya, when it turns yellow inside and the seeds are already
black. You can make a Smoothie by blending it with some vegetable juice or yogurt;
use up to half a medium-size papaya a day. You could also use the juice of papaya
leaves or immature fruit, but this may need to be flavoured and well diluted, as it is
bitter.
On the morning after the last juice day (or possibly at bedtime the night before)
take a tablespoon of Epsom salt in water or generally enough laxative to produce a
strong bowel clean-out during the morning. Often long strings and parts of
compacted faecal matter, which look like sections of bowel, are eliminated. It is
advisable to increase the variety of food very gradually while doing allergy testing at
the same time (see Step 5).
There are many possible variations of this Basic Cleanse. For instance, if you
do not have a juice extractor, you can either continue longer with apples or have a
few small raw salads instead. If you cannot get organic apples but have plenty of
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schedule from five to eight days; have the castor-oil packs, olive oil, garlic, Epsom
salt, and acidophilus during the first three or four days. Also highly recommended are
fresh green leaves blended in water for part or all of the cleanse.
Another possibility, especially good for those with high blood pressure, is to use
freshly pressed lemon juice instead of the vegetable juice and possibly instead of the
apples as well. Use psyllium hulls and ground linseed as for the last five days of the
Basic Cleanse, but instead of vegetable juices drink the juice of five to eight lemons
diluted in three or four quarts of pure water. You may do this for the full eight days or
instead of the vegetable juice for the last five days. If doing this for the full eight days,
then use castor-oil packs, olive oil, Epsom salt, garlic, and acidophilus (as described
for the apple days).
Another often recommended additive is Bentonite, a form of powdered or liquid
absorbent clay. This helps to remove plaque or old coating from colon walls and also
absorbs toxins. Each time you use the ground linseed and psyllium, add either one
teaspoon of powdered or one tablespoon of liquid Bentonite, which you can consume
orally.
Lymphacising
A good way to greatly increase the cleansing action during a fast is
lymphacising - gently bouncing on a rebounder or mini-trampoline. This speeds up
the lymph flow to many times its normal rate. Lymph is the blood fluid that filters
through the walls of arteries and capillaries into the tissue, delivering oxygen and
nutrients to individual cells and carrying away carbon dioxide and other waste
products. However, if the cellular waste production is high and lymph flow is slow,
cells begin to clog up and become inefficient, preparing the ground for the
development of a disease. Increasing the lymph flow greatly helps to reduce this
danger; bouncing on a rebounder can do this.
Cleansing the body involves dislodging wastes and toxins from within and
between cells and transporting them with the lymph fluid to the large veins near the
neck; there they enter the bloodstream to be discharged through the liver and
kidneys.
A greatly reduced food intake is the main way to dislodge stored wastes and
toxins. Muscle activity propels the lymph flow; castor-oil packs, fruit acids, olive oil,
bitter herbs, and sulphur compounds stimulate liver detoxification of fat-soluble waste
while a high fluid intake and herbs for the kidneys, such as dandelion, help remove
water-soluble wastes.
During fasting we usually do not have much energy for muscle activity, but
lymphacising can come to the rescue as it does not consume much energy and one
feels energized afterwards. With each bounce on the mini-trampoline the lymph is
pushed towards the neck and prevented from falling back again because the valves
through which it pushes are one-way (also see Step 9).
Another way of speeding up your lymph circulation is by inverting your body.
Special inversion equipment, on which you can hang upside down, is available, or
you can use an inclined board, simply put your legs up against a wall while lying on
the floor, do the leg motions of bicycling while in the inverted position, or do a
shoulder stand or headstand as described in hatha yoga.

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THE LONG CLEANSE
A Long Cleanse of about 6 weeks duration on either a small amount of
vegetable juice or grapes has been used to shrink or dissolve tumours and normalize
lymph and blood cancers in thousands of cancer victims. If the body is starving it
digests its own non-essential tissues, and it starts with diseased parts and tumours.
Famous examples of this kind of cleanse are the Breuss Cure on half a litre of fresh
vegetable juice; the grape cure of Johanna Brandt; the wheat grass cure of Ann
Wigmore; and even the urine fast of John Armstrong.
It works even better with large than with small tumours as these are a source of
protein, but it also eliminates the large amount of protein debris that is a main cause
of cancer. This long cleanse is usually the best way to eliminate or greatly reduce
tumours without strong and unpleasant side effects. It is especially suited for
overweight individuals.
On the Breuss Cure you drink half a litre of fresh organic juices daily, extracted
in a non-centrifugal way. The usual composition is 3 parts of beetroot, 1 of carrot and
1 of grass juice or celery, and preferably a small amount of horseradish, radish or
turnip or their leaves.
As an alternative you may use 1-2 litres of juice consisting mainly of about
equal parts of green juice as from grass and leaves, and beetroot-carrot juice
flavoured with ginger and pollen, in addition to unstrained blended green leaves. Hot
onion broth may be used in the evening, purple onions are best; cook the skins as
well. This larger amount of juice is more suitable for maintaining energy without
compromising the cleansing effect. The weight loss during a 6-week fast is usually
between 5 and 15 kg, mainly due to losing water and from half to one kilogram of fat
per week.
With the grape cure eat black or purple grapes. Eat them with skins and pips.
Preferably chew the pips to release their antioxidants. Soak the grapes best with the
addition of some hydrogen peroxide to kill and remove any fungi. Eat about 1kg daily
according to appetite. If a temporary aversion to grapes develops, have a few days of
juices in between. Eat only a few grapes at a time to avoid a strong rise in the blood
sugar level. Store grapes cool and dry, you may hang them over a washing line in a
garage.
If you feel that you definitely need something savoury to keep going, prepare
and drink a warm strained vegetable broth in the evening, including plenty of purple
onions. Also simmer the outer purple onion skins. Furthermore, you may make a tea
from savoury herbs and spices or turmeric and ginger.
Different Cleansing Methods
Apples are good for the first three-day fast. Preferably obtain unsprayed
apples, otherwise either peel or scrub them in warm soapy water and rinse well. Do
not ingest waxed skins. Eat as many apples as you like, generally the more the better
to keep the bowels moving. Apple fasts are usually well tolerated, and they are also
good for children.
Fasting on freshly pressed vegetable juices is somewhat more severe but
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barley grass, vegetable leaves, and celery, flavoured with sweet vegetables such as
carrot, beet root, or pumpkin, and possibly an apple. This juice may be diluted with
water for a total fluid intake of two to three litres daily. If you are sensitive to pain,
cold, or skin irritants, minimize the amount of sweet juices you consume and possibly
add some alkalizers.
For sensitive, weak, or underweight individuals, a rice diet lasting ten or more
days may initially be better. Eat only cooked brown rice, lightly flavoured with salt and
olive oil and supplemented with preferably one to three tablespoons per meal of
unheated ground linseed (flaxseed). Use sufficient linseed to have three easy, bulky
bowel movements daily. You do not need to eat “proper” meals; just have a few
spoonfuls whenever you feel hungry, and chew it very slowly. Preferably follow up
the rice diet with a period of eating raw food only; or alternate periods on cooked rice
and raw foods several times. However, if brown rice is not tolerated, try white rice. A
rice diet helps to overcome allergy problems.
For non-sensitive individuals, a three-day lemon-juice fast is excellent and
especially good for improving liver functions; it is also recommended for those with
high blood pressure and who are overweight. About ten times during the day drink a
large glass of water to which is added the fresh juice of half a lemon. You may
flavour this with a small amount of fresh grapefruit or orange juice. Later you can
extend this fast to seven days or longer. This is especially helpful with diabetes.
The “grape cure” is not only known as a cancer cure, but is also good for
coronary artery disease and other chronic diseases. You eat about one kilogram of
grapes spaced out in intervals during the day to avoid any strong rise in the blood
sugar level. Continue for several weeks. Black grapes are best, otherwise use purple
or red.
Unfortunately, it is difficult to obtain unsprayed, organic grapes. If you have to
use sprayed grapes, wash them thoroughly in warm soapy water and rinse well. If
you are sensitive to moulds, soak the grapes in diluted hydrogen peroxide or expose
them to sunlight before a last rinse and eating.
For a longer cleansing period, use a mixed fast. You may, for instance, start
with several days on a rice diet and follow this with a period of raw food only, with a
time on apples or grapes and a further period on juices. Then repeat this sequence in
reverse order with days of eating only fruit, raw food, and finally rice before returning
to your normal diet. The cleansing period may last for several weeks, or even
months, with repeated sequences.
Unless you have an acute infectious disease, do not start a strict fast when you
feel weak. In this case, you can alternate between a rice/vegetable diet and a raw
food diet. Those with acute infections should have only fresh fruit, fresh salads or
vegetable juice until health improves and good appetite returns.
A urine fast has the advantage of providing vital nutrients and activating the
immune system while ingesting a fluid that is already charged with your own life
force, It is not as difficulty to do as it may sound because after a few days it is so
diluted that it just tastes like water. For details see Step 22.
If you suspect your body is overloaded with chemicals or that your liver’s ability
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diet. Also supply yourself with plenty of sulphur in the form of MSM (see Part 3) or,
alternatively, use onions, raw egg yolk, and possibly the amino acids cysteine and
methionine, or even powdered sulphur. Regular cleansing is the more important the
older and physically less active you are.
Mucus problems are very common. This is obvious when we have a cold with
a congested or runny nose, but at other times it may be noticed as congested or
inflamed sinuses, ear or hearing problems, including tinnitus and “glue ear” in
children, glaucoma, and throat and lung problems, especially asthma. To overcome
these conditions, see Steps 38 and 44.
An oil rinse can be helpful. Fat-soluble toxins can be removed from the system
before they reach the liver. First thing in the morning take a large sip of a light oil,
such as sunflower or grape seed (stored in glass bottles), and vigorously swish it
around the mouth for 10 to 20 minutes; do not swallow it; spit it out (be careful: it may
clog the sink). Rinse your mouth several times with warm water. Continue this daily
for several months. This rinse is especially important if the lymph system is
congested, as it commonly is with cancer and other chronic diseases, and it is very
effective with health problems in the head and neck area, including dental problems.
At other times, you can use distilled water to filter out water-soluble toxins. After
rising in the morning and again at bedtime, use a cup of distilled water. Take a
mouthful and hold it under the tongue for about two minutes. Then spit it out and
repeat the process until the cup is empty.

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Step 5
ALLERGY TESTING
Discover and overcome your food allergies and chemical sensitivities.

Usually we are addicted to any daily-used food or substance to which we are


also allergic. The reverse is also true, that we have allergies to addictive foods.
Initially when we eat a sensitizing food (one that may produce an allergic reaction),
we experience stimulation due to the release of adrenal stress hormones. However,
eventually the adrenal glands become exhausted, and we develop a chronic
degenerative disease and lack energy. In this book, I use the term “food allergy” in a
general way to include not only genuine immunological reactions, but also food
intolerances and chemical sensitivities.
In 1936, Hans Selye, a Canadian professor of experimental medicine and
surgery, discovered the allergy-stress mechanism. He was the first to describe this
mechanism, which he did in his pioneering book The Stress of Life. So far the
medical profession has not yet grasped the importance of his fundamental discovery
for understanding the diseases of our society, I assume because it is not profitable to
do so. However, in light of this stress model, we now know what we need to do to
heal ourselves.
Initially an environmental challenge such as an incompatible food or emotional
stress causes an alarm reaction. The adrenal glands release inflammatory
hormones, and the sympathetic nervous system is overstimulated. This may result in
an acute allergic reaction or a general inflammatory condition, hyper-excitability,
increased blood pressure, palpitation, aggressiveness, anxiety or anger, and poor
digestion. This incidentally, is the basis for the connection between junk food
consumption and criminality.2
If we continue eating the same problem food nearly every day or continue to be
plagued by stressful memories or conditions, then the stress becomes permanent
and the body adapts by releasing anti-inflammatory hormones. The symptoms of the
alarm reaction with its inflammatory tendency subside. This is the resistance phase,
a state of adaptation for a hidden or masked allergy. Commonly, the alarm reaction
occurs in early childhood when we are first introduced to wheat, cow’s milk, maize, or
soy milk and then settles down to several decades of hidden allergies with minimal
outward symptoms.
However, eventually the capacity of the adrenal glands to produce sufficient
anti-inflammatory hormones becomes exhausted and we enter the exhaustion phase
of the allergy. Now we have a maladaptation to allergens and other stressful
conditions with chronic and generalized inflammations. These can manifest as
arthritis, cancer, heart disease, and any of the other diseases typical in our society.
Finally, even this chronic inflammatory condition subsides and we have the stage of
advanced old age with senility, debility, and the final non-sensitive stages of
degenerative diseases.

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This sequence of ill health shows us the requirements for genuine health
improvement. By permanently removing the offending problem food or other chronic
stressor and at the same time supporting the body with high-quality nutrition we
slowly begin climbing back to health. We leave the exhaustion phase and re-enter
the resistance phase with a period of quiet recovery, and finally we move back into
the alarm phase with a series of acute but beneficial healing crises. At the end of this
long healing process, we may have reacquired the adrenal function and disease
resistance that we had as a small child before we started getting colds, allergic
reactions, and digestive upsets due to consuming problem foods.
Sometimes energetic individuals, often males with blue-white irises who cannot
relax, experience a prolonged period of lethargy when avoiding wheat or gluten
products. During this time, the adrenal glands have time to recover. Others who are
already closer to adrenal exhaustion feel much stronger as soon as they avoid
allergenic foods. The main allergenic foods tend to be the same as the most
commonly eaten foods and include wheat, cow’s milk, eggs, soy, corn, peanuts, and
synthetic food additives (for a compilation of possible food allergy symptoms, see
Table 5-2).
Addictions and allergies are part of the stress syndrome. Prolonged severe
stress of any kind leads to adrenal exhaustion in the same way that an addictive
allergy does. The only real solution lies in avoiding excessive stress factors such as
allergenic foods, work pressures, and so forth.
Discovering your allergies and addictions is an essential step in your healing
process. You may do this by adopting a five-day water fast or rice diet as described
in the following pages.
After complete avoidance of an allergenic food (one you suspect or know
produces allergy symptoms) and while reducing the overall allergenic load from other
influences at the same time, one usually becomes hypersensitive to that food for a
period lasting from a few weeks to several months. After this, the sensitivity to the
offending food gradually declines. If during the hypersensitive period you are
occasionally exposed to the allergenic food, then an immediate strong reaction can
be triggered, resulting in pain, weakness, a rash, or whatever its characteristic effect
is on your body.
If this is done repeatedly but separated by at least four days between
exposures, this may delay the complete recovery, but is not likely to result in serious
internal damage. However, permanent damage will result if you use this food so
frequently that you do not get an immediate reaction any more or only a much
weaker reaction than initially.
Generally, however, it is essential to avoid the offending food as much as
possible for an extended period in order to heal yourself completely. Depending on
the severity of your initial symptoms or degenerative disease this may be from a few
months up to several years. How soon you can overcome your allergic tendencies
depends mainly on the effort you put into adopting a comprehensive health
improvement program.
Types of Allergies: Depending on its severity and mode of manifestation, we
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An addictive allergy induces us to eat our favourite food every day or we are
threatened with withdrawal symptoms. Therefore, we have a craving for a certain
food and eating or drinking it makes us feel better. The person usually is not aware of
the addiction and for this reason this type of allergy is also called a hidden or masked
allergy, corresponding to the period of adaptation.
In a cyclic allergy, we have a reaction to a specific food only if it is eaten in
excess, either by eating large quantities of it at any one time or by eating it on several
successive days. In addition, a reaction to a cyclic allergen can be triggered by other
adverse factors, especially by stress as from emotional and mental problems or from
environmental agents such as chemical fumes, tobacco smoke, and so on.
Combining two different cyclic allergens in the same meal can also cause a reaction
due to the effects of both. Poor food combining or a generally acidic body condition
may be further contributing factors.
If you realize that you have a cyclic allergy - the food agrees with you
sometimes but not always - then eat it only on a rotation basis, not more often than
once every four or five days. Fruits and the lactose content of dairy products often
belong in this category. They may not cause immediate reactions, but eating fruits on
successive days can cause an increasing degree of overacidity and skin problems in
sensitive individuals, while an oversupply of lactose can lead to a build-up of mucus.
Both, in turn, can trigger secondary symptoms such as arthritic pains.
With a fixed allergy, one reacts every time the offending food is eaten, no
matter how small the quantity. Fixed allergies, therefore, are non-adapted allergies
and thus easy to recognize. One soon becomes efficient in avoiding offending items.
Fortunately, only a small percentage of all allergies are of the fixed variety; most are
addictive or cyclic in nature.
With multiple allergies, we react to a wide range of foods and chemicals and
quickly become allergic to any replacement foods. This has sometimes been called
being allergic to the twentieth century. The main causes are deficiencies of zinc,
digestive enzymes, and gastric acid, weak liver function, and bacterial overgrowth of
the digestive tract, often with systemic Candida infestation. The solution is intestinal
sanitation, a raw food diet, and a high intake of zinc and sulphur compounds. Before
testing for allergies by elimination, sanitize the intestines and minimize any
deficiencies by using vitamin and mineral supplements.
We can also speak of a fifth type, trigger allergy. Attacks of asthma or hay fever
are often triggered by inhaled substances such as pollen or house dust with residues
from house mites. However, such reactions would not occur if one’s mucous
membranes were not already hypersensitive because of underlying food allergies,
mucus congestion, and various deficiencies. (A deficiency is a state of higher nutrient
requirement than is available.) In a similar way, food chemicals can act as triggers for
hyperactivity. A hypersensitive skin reacts very strongly to insect bites because of its
high histamine levels due to underlying food allergy and overacidity. Removing the
triggers will help to some degree, but the underlying health deterioration continues
and a new trigger can readily be adopted.
Elimination Testing: There are various forms of allergy testing, some
technical, others a simple skin scratch method, and there is also muscle testing or

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pulse testing. None of these, however, is as reliable as proper elimination testing,
called the elimination diet. Here’s how to do it:
For five days or longer, abstain from all your commonly eaten foods, as well as
alcohol, nicotine, or other drugs. During this time, try to minimize any other possible
allergenic influences such as exposure to solvent or car exhaust fumes, house dust,
moulds, gas, or cigarette smoke - basically anything with a strong or unusual smell.
Starting on the second day, there may be more or less troublesome withdrawal
symptoms, with cravings for the food or stimulant to which you are addicted. You
may have headaches, dizziness, weakness, and other problems. On the fourth day,
these symptoms usually subside and you begin to feel much better. Often symptoms
of long-standing diseases such as arthritis, heart pain, or schizophrenia disappear as
well.
If you still do not feel right on the fifth day, it may be better to extend the
program until you do feel well. Chemicals and drugs, be they medical or recreational,
take much longer to clear from the body. It will greatly speed up the elimination and
lessen your discomfort during the fast if you take a strong laxative on the first
morning of the fast, using an isotonic flush, herbal laxative, or a tablespoon of Epsom
salts in water; in addition, drink a lot of pure water.
The most reliable fast is on pure water only, which means unchlorinated and
unfluoridated, and not stored in plastic containers. In a less strict form, it should be all
right to use a weak, unsweetened herb tea of a variety you do not habitually use.
Non-sensitive (non-reactive) individuals can become more balanced by having a fast
on diluted lemon juice, while sensitive individuals can use cooked white or brown rice
only, preferably unflavoured; otherwise use a small amount of olive oil, herbs, and
possibly salt with the rice. If rice has been habitually eaten before, then use cooked
millet, sago, or arrow root instead. Eat as much as you like and drink about two litres
of fluid daily. If you use a cleansing period as recommended in Step 4 then you may
do elimination testing when gradually re-introducing different foods.
If you fast on fluids, use another laxative on the last day of the fast, normally
the fifth day. On the morning of the sixth day, eat cooked rice as the first test meal,
possibly lightly salted but with no other additions. As explained in Part 2, check your
pulse rate for a full minute before a meal, and 30 and 60 minutes after the meal.
Always test sitting in the same position and when the pulse rate is not increased from
previous physical activity.
Before and after each test meal, make the pulse tests and any other relevant
tests. If there is a reaction involving a combination of newly tested foods, repeat
testing with the individual food components at a later date. If the pulse after a test
meal is significantly higher than after the first test meal of rice, say more than 10
percent, then this indicates a possible allergy or incompatibility; the higher the pulse
rises after the meal the more likely is it that a food is allergenic.
Make other tests relevant for your condition. If you have weak eyesight, you
can check your reading ability with a wall chart; schoolchildren can be tested for
clarity of writing and speech. Check the range and pain level of impaired joints or
muscles, and watch for any sign of bodily or emotional discomfort. Keep a detailed
diary of the pulse rates, measurements, and any unusual happenings, feelings,

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discomforts, and so on. Those with diabetes should also test their blood sugar level,
and those with hypertension preferably should check their blood pressure (you can
easily buy a sphygmomanometer to do this).
With each subsequent meal, expand the basic rice meal with one or more
additions, such as oil and various vegetables. Test a sprout salad and then other
basic foods. You can have four or five small meals a day. In the beginning, test
mainly foods that you expect to be safe. Test suspected allergenic foods at the last
meal of the day, so you can sleep off any prolonged reactions. Use suspect foods
only individually or with previously tested foods.
You can stop a strong food allergy reaction by taking one level teaspoon of
sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) or, better, two parts baking soda with one part
potassium bicarbonate. Also take one tablespoon of Epsom salt or milk of magnesia
as a laxative if the reaction occurs soon after the meal. On a normal diet, however,
reactions can be delayed and manifest up to two days later.
Reactions can also be stopped using homeopathy. Liquefy a sample of the
allergenic food, dilute one part of it with nine parts water, and shake in a bottle or jar
about 40 times with a strong downward movement. Dilute one part of this with nine
parts water and so forth until the dilution process has been done four times in all.
Then place one teaspoon of the fourth dilution in your mouth and hold it there for a
few minutes before swallowing. Then make two more dilutions and keep a teaspoon
of each of these in your mouth in the same way. Take additional teaspoons of all or
just the last dilution some time later if still required.
Test offending foods again three to six months later. Commonly, small,
infrequently consumed amounts can then be tolerated. Eat suspect or problem foods
no more than once a week. If conditions deteriorate again after some time, return to
testing or adopt a safe, low-allergen diet. The body can be made less sensitive to
allergic reactions by making the body more alkaline, as in Step 6.

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Step 6
THE ACID-ALKALINE BALANCE
Bring your body back into balance by testing for and correcting any
over-acid or over-alkaline condition.

Our blood is slightly alkaline, and the body makes every effort to maintain this
alkalinity at a constant level. For this purpose, we normally have an ample reserve of
alkalizing minerals. Most of our foods supply minerals. The total balance of minerals
in a particular food can be either acid or alkaline. Mineral salts are composed of an
acid group (anion), such as chloride, citrate, or phosphate, and of an alkaline group
(cation), mainly metal ions such as sodium, calcium, or potassium. If one of these
groups is stronger, then the salt is either acid or alkaline.
In plants, metal ions such as potassium are combined with organic acids such
as citric acid. In the body, the organic acids are converted to energy, while the metal
ions remain to produce an alkaline reaction. Therefore, we say vegetables and fruits
are alkalizing. Animal tissue, on the other hand, contains a high percentage of
phosphoric acid bound to proteins. Some of the proteins are converted to energy and
an acid remains. Accordingly, we can classify our food as either alkalizing or
acid-forming. Here’s a rule of thumb:
Alkalizing foods: vegetables, fruits, sprouted seeds, almonds, most legumes
Acid-forming foods: meat, fish, eggs, cheese, most grains and nuts
Neutral foods: refined starches and sugar, fats, oils
In order to maintain an amply alkaline body reserve, eat approximately four
times the weight of alkalizing food compared to acid-forming food, or 80 percent
alkalizing to 20 acidifying food. There are food tables available to show the amount of
acid or alkaline equivalents in different foods. However, I regard these as useless
because some of the listed foods may change their values in the body due to
specific, individual metabolic problems.
Sugar and chemically neutral and normally alkalizing fruits become acid-
forming in sensitive individuals, while a high intake of meat and fat can lead to a lack
of acids required for energy production. No matter how alkalizing a food is supposed
to be, if you are sensitive or allergic to it, then it is acid-forming for you. Even the
same food may change from alkalizing to acid-forming if it is incorrectly combined
with other foods or if consumed when you are emotionally upset.
All of this is contrary to what you would expect by using acid-alkaline food
tables. The values in these tables reflect the typical mineral content of the food, but
this varies greatly depending on soil and storage conditions, production methods,
and cooking. Therefore, the only reliable and meaningful method is to observe your
body: skin sensitivity, tendency towards inflammation, allergic reactions, and possibly
to test your urine and saliva for acidity.
The Regulation of Body Acidity: The body tries to keep the blood acidity
constant within a very narrow band, between pH 7.35 and 7.45. This is actually a
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the hydrogen ion concentration in a fluid. These hydrogen ions are the originators of
acidity. A pH of 1 indicates the highest hydrogen ion concentration and with this the
highest acidity. At the other end of the scale is a pH of 14, with the lowest hydrogen
ion concentration and the highest alkalinity. A pH of 7 is neutral.
In our younger years, our metabolism often is too fast; too many acids are
produced and the body becomes chronically overacid. Later in life, however, with
decreasing muscle activity and vitality, not enough metabolic acids are produced,
potassium is lost from the cells, and the metabolism becomes sluggish. With this, the
body often becomes chronically over-alkaline and loses its ability to regenerate and
heal infections or wounds.
By excreting more acids or more alkalis through the urine, the body tries to
maintain a normal pH level. The body also does so by changing the breathing rate:
An increased volume of breathing makes the blood more alkaline by releasing
additional carbon dioxide into the air; decreased breathing, on the other hand,
increases the carbon dioxide level in the blood and makes it more acid. The balance
in the blood between carbon dioxide and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is the
main buffer system to keep the blood pH constant.
With an efficient metabolism, the pH of the urine depends mainly on the acid-
alkaline balance of the diet. A diet high in acid-forming foods will naturally produce
acid urine. This is not dangerous as such but it is an indicator that the diet is
unbalanced and may in time lead to exhaustion of the body’s alkaline reserve.
Similarly, on a diet high in alkalizing foods, the urine is always alkaline. This
can lead to stone formation in the urinary tract, and it may show that the cells don’t
have enough metabolic acids for efficient energy production. A normal mixed diet
containing about 80 percent alkalizing foods and 20 percent acidifying foods should
give a slightly acid morning urine, while urine formed after meals is naturally slightly
alkaline as a result of the production of gastric acid.
Test Your Body Acidity: To obtain an indication of the acid-alkaline balance of
your body, test your first morning urine from time to time. In evaluating the results,
take into account whether your present diet in general and the last meal in particular
were balanced or acid or alkaline forming. If you test the urine during the day, the
result may be much more variable because of the temporary alkaline tide after
eating. Urine paper should have a range from pH 5.5 to 7.5. You can obtain it over
the internet. For an approximate test, you can use litmus paper which turns red with
an acid reaction and blue when it is alkaline.
Instead of using pH strips you may use the yellow powder turmeric or possibly
curry powder. Dissolve a teaspoon of powder in half a litre of methylated spirits,
shake and let settle to produce a clear yellow solution. To make a test pour a
teaspoon of the yellow solution into a small drinking glass. Add a teaspoon of urine or
saliva, if it turns ruby red then what was added was alkaline with a pH greater than
6.8, if it stays yellow then it is still acid and less than pH 6.8.
Also red cabbage juice can be used as pH indicator. The colour at pH 2 is red,
at pH 4 purple, pH 6 violet, pH 8 blue, pH 10 blue-green, and pH 12 green-yellow.
Finely chop some red cabbage, pour hot water over it and soak for 10 to 20 minutes,
then filter through some gauze or tissue. In a small clear glass add a spoonful of
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colour chart. Refrigerated the rest of the juice, use within a week or two, or keep
frozen. Also other purple juices work in a similar way, just experiment.
It is also valuable to check saliva acidity, especially if there are any digestive
difficulties and if you do not seem to get sufficient value from your food. An allergic
reaction makes the saliva too acid, so you can use this test as part of your allergy
testing program.
Before a meal, the normal acidity of the saliva is 6.4 to 6.7, while 30 to 60
minutes after the meal, it should be above 6.8. If test results remain too low you may
be to acid or produce not enough stomach acid. For testing first clean your mouth
with plain water, fill it with saliva, swallow, and then test the second lot of
accumulating saliva.
Acidity Problems: The main reasons people become overacid are:
1. Inefficient metabolism
2. Stress reactions due to food allergy, chemical sensitivity, emotional upset
3. Eating sweet foods when the blood sugar regulation is poor
4. Acids accumulating after eating fruit
5. Strenuous muscle activity
6. Candida albicans infestation
Chronic overacidity has a serious effect on the body. It causes a continual loss
of minerals needed to neutralize excess acid and the body becomes hypersensitive.
The more acidic the body becomes, the more histamine (the allergy chemical) is
released. This means acidity causes and greatly increases inflammations and
allergies, and it makes the skin very sensitive to insect bites and other irritants.
Remember that degenerative diseases are associated with chronic inflammation.
Overacidity of the body is often felt as pain; it is most prominent in arthritis and
rheumatism. If the alkaline reserve is insufficient to neutralize these acids, more
calcium will be mobilized from the bones for this purpose, thereby causing the bones
to become brittle and the tissues and joints to calcify. Further, tumours grow only if
the surrounding tissue is too acid. Acidity around a tumour may be due to the lactic
acid production of the tumour itself; however, sensitive individuals are generally too
acid and this promotes rapid tumour growth and pain.

Table 1-2: Symptoms of Calcium–Phosphorus Imbalance

Calcium level too high Phosphorus level too high

Colds and flu are rare Frequent colds and flu


Insensitive to pain and noise Sensitive to pain and noise
Insensitive skin Sensitive skin
Signs of magnesium deficiency Signs of calcium deficiency
Blood pressure raised Tendency to low blood pressure
Blood is too alkaline Blood is too acid
Caries of the crowns Caries near the gum
Tartar on teeth Gums very red and tender: pyorrhoea,
gingivitis
Calcium kidney stones Tendency to inflammations & swellings
Stiffness, rigidity Red-rimmed eyes
Fusion of vertebrae Headaches, nausea
Arthritic deposits causing bone deformations Acute arthritic attacks
Arteriosclerosis Allergies, palpitations

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Alkalizing the Body: Fresh green vegetable juices and vegetable broth are
strongly alkalizing foods, especially the broth of boiled potato peelings. While fresh
fruits increase the acidity of sensitive individuals, they are usually beneficial for those
with a normal carbohydrate metabolism, raised blood pressure, and insensitive skin.
Habitually taking several grams of vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid can
deplete mineral reserves or increase body acidity. This may lead to inflammation,
increased pain, and other problems in sensitive people. Therefore, for such people it
is advisable to use the neutral sodium or calcium ascorbate.
The best alkalizing food cannot bring lasting improvement if you continue to eat
food to which you are allergic or if you eat sweet foods and fruits when you are overly
sensitive.
Alkalizing with Sodium and Potassium: Sodium is the highest mineral in the
blood, and sodium bicarbonate is well tolerated but should not be taken with meals
as it then reduces our stomach acid. Potassium citrate can be mixed with meals and
it as well as potassium carbonate and bicarbonate have the strongest alkalizing
effect of any mineral supplements.
Whether sodium or potassium is preferable for alkalizing depends on some
additional factors. The following conditions favour the use of potassium:
1. A high sodium and low potassium intake as in a conventional Western diet
2. Raised and especially high blood pressure
3. Kidney problems or water retention/edema.
Sodium bicarbonate, on the other hand, is called for:
1. With low blood pressure
2. With a diet high in fruits and vegetables and low in salted foods.
Those who do not fit into one of these categories may take both alkalizers.
Commonly a ratio of 2 parts of sodium bicarbonate to 1 part of potassium citrate or
bicarbonate is being used, but also 1 : 1 or an excess of potassium is alright. These
may be mixed and taken together in the same drink, or they may be taken separately
during the day. If you use more than 1 teaspoonful then space the intake out during
the day. Do not take more than 3 level teaspoons of potassium salts in a day mixed
with meals as this may cause irregular heart beat.
Alkalizing with Calcium and Magnesium: A recommended way of obtaining
more calcium and magnesium and at the same time alkalizing the body is to dissolve
dolomite powder in vinegar or lemon juice. In the body, the organic acid tends to be
broken down and converted to energy while the mineral remains to alkalize the body.
Keep in a jar several tablespoons of finely powdered dolomite mixed in a
glassful of vinegar. You can stir or shake the mixture occasionally to speed up the
reaction. Drink about 50 ml of the decanted liquid daily, either before one meal or
divided before two meals, best diluted with water or other liquid. This supplies
approximately 500 mg of calcium and 300 mg of magnesium.
The day before all the liquid is used up, start a fresh mixture of dolomite with
vinegar. You can use apple cider vinegar, preferably organic, but white vinegar is
adequate for this purpose as well. It is also possible to use lemon juice instead of
vinegar.

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Table 1-3: Calcium/Phosphorus Ratio of Foods
You can minimize inflammations by selecting foods with a high ratio of calcium to
phosphorus

Ca/P ratio mg/100 g Ca/P ratio mg/100 g

Bone 36,700/16,400 Dried apricots 67/108


Kelp, dry 1200/300 Raisins 62/101
Molasses, blackstrap 684/84 Sweet potatoes 31/52
Sesame seeds 1160/616 Filberts 209/337
Carob flour 352/81 Cottage cheese 90/165
Turnip greens 246/58 Salmon 188/328
Kale 249/93 Beet root 16/33
Parsley 203/63 Cauliflower 25/56
Mustard greens 183/50 Almonds 234/504
Dandelion greens 187/66 Soybeans, dry 226/554
Endive 181/54 Pumpkin 21/44
Watercress 151/54 Capsicum 12/28
Beet greens 119/40 Spirulina 396/1023
Leaf lettuce 68/25 Buckwheat 114/282
Green barley powder 1100/590 Bananas 8/26
Grass juice 150/75 Beans, dry 135/460
Spinach 93/51 Jerusalem artichokes 14/78
Broccoli 103/78 Potatoes 8/53
Cheese 750/480 Herring 66/254
Goat’s milk 129/106 Eggs, whole 54/205
Cow’s milk 118/93 Egg yolk 141/569
Cabbage 67/54 Lentils, cooked 25/119
Celery 39/28 Pecans 73/289
Pineapple, raw 17/8 Walnuts, English 99/380
Turnips 39/30 Coconut, dried 26/187
Grapes 16/12 Peas, dried, cooked 11/89
Butter 20/16 Peanuts 69/401
Carrots 37/36 Brazil nuts 186/693
Tofu 128/126 Barley 16/189
Grapefruit, whole 16/16 Mushrooms 6/116
Cucumber 25/27 Sweet corn 3/111
Dates 59/63 Corn, dried 22/268
Lemon juice, apples 7/10 Rice, brown 37/292
Watermelon 7/10 Cashew nuts 38/373
Pears 8/11 Millet 20/311
Apricots, fresh 17/23 Sunflower seeds 120/837
Plums 12/18 Rye, wheat 37/380
Orange juice 11/17 Oats 53/405
Onions 27/36 Torula yeast 424/1713
Peaches 9/19 Brewer’s yeast 210/1753
Sardines 430/575 Bran, rice/wheat 100/1300
Eggplant 11/21 Wheat germ 72/1118
Peas, fresh 62/90 Pumpkin seeds 51/1144
Parsnip 50/77 Meat average 10/200
Tomatoes 13/27 Liver average 15/540

Dolomite supplies calcium and magnesium in the generally desirable ratio of


2:1. However, if you are already routinely using magnesium chloride or only
additional calcium is required, then you can use powdered eggshell, powdered shell
grit, or commercial calcium carbonate for neutralizing. A 50 ml amount of neutralized
vinegar carries about 800 mg of calcium into the body.

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If we took calcium carbonate or dolomite powder instead of dissolving it, we
would use up our precious supply of gastric acid to neutralize and dissolve these
carbonates. Many individuals have mineral deficiencies precisely because of a lack
of gastric acid. If, on the other hand, we use an inorganic mineral supplement, such
as calcium or magnesium chloride, then we can absorb the calcium or magnesium,
but it will not reduce any overacid condition of the body.
The Calcium-Phosphorus Ratio: In a person of good health, the ratio of
calcium to phosphorus in the blood is 10:4. If there is a glandular imbalance,
especially in regard to the parathyroid glands (in the neck), then this ratio will be
maintained at a different level, causing long-term health deterioration. In particular, a
high ratio of phosphorus to calcium sensitizes the body and increases acidity and
inflammatory tendencies.
In addition to this regulation by the parathyroid glands, the calcium-phosphorus
ratio is affected by our food choices. If we consistently eat foods high in phosphorus
and low in calcium, such as meat, oats, wheat, and corn, then this tends to make the
body overacid, depletes it of calcium and other minerals, and increases the tendency
towards inflammation. By selecting suitable foods, these effects can be minimized.
You can judge from Table 1-2 whether you might have an imbalanced -calcium-
phosphorus ratio in your blood or your food selections. A low phosphorus intake is
especially helpful with cancer and leukaemia.
As you can see from the foods listed in Table 1-3, it is easy to obtain sufficient
phosphorus. In fact, if the blood calcium level is high, more magnesium rather than
phosphorus is generally required.
You may wonder how the body can maintain the blood ratio in favour of calcium
despite its relative scarcity in our foods. The reason is that normally about 1 g of
phosphorus but only 150 mg of calcium are expelled daily with the urine. In metabolic
imbalance, this excretion ratio is changed. In addition, using more phosphorus leads
to the excretion of more calcium together with the excess phosphorus.
An excess of up to three to one in favour of phosphorus might still be regarded
as metabolically neutral. In addition to the ratio, the actual amount of the excessive
mineral is important. Therefore, to an extent the generally recommended daily
calcium allowance is meaningless if it is not geared to the levels of phosphorus and
magnesium. With low blood pressure, your calcium intake should be about double
the intake of magnesium. However, with high blood pressure it is better to have equal
amounts of magnesium and calcium or sometimes even to have more magnesium.
The higher the phosphorus intake, the higher your combined calcium and
magnesium intake should be.

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Step 7
LIVING WATER
Living water has a great healing potential - learn how to use it.

Water, air, and food are the three main essentials to sustain life. For remaining
healthy, these should be as clean and life-enhancing as possible. All three are highly
polluted in our present environment, and we need to make an extra effort to improve
them. Food is the most difficult aspect and is explained in later chapters. Individually,
we cannot do much to improve our air, besides living in the countryside or buying an
air purifier and ionizer. This leaves water in need of our attention.
Water has the ability to attract and accumulate bioenergy. Bioenergy or life-force
energy is known in all traditional cultures under many different names, such as chi,
ki, od, orgone, or prana. It can be seen or felt by many psychic or sensitive
individuals. Water also stores an energy memory of harmful or helpful vibrations to
which it was exposed in the past. This is the basis of homeopathy. Our chlorinated
tap water is polluted with non-biological chemicals and negative energy imprints. It is
also devoid of bioenergy and so may be regarded as being badly polluted as well as
“dead.”
Contaminated water can be filtered, distilled, or treated with reverse osmosis,
but it remains dead unless it is energized to make it a “living” water again, one that
can improve our health. While polluted and dead tap water can contribute to the
deterioration of our health, living water is one of the greatest healers.
Ideally, healthy, living water should have the following properties:

• Purity: free of unhealthy chemical and biological contamination as well as


negative vibrations or frequencies
• Minerals: well mineralized with calcium, magnesium, and trace minerals
• Low surface tension: due to the small cluster size of water molecules, making it a
microwater
• Antioxidant activity: an abundance of negative hydrogen measurable as a
negative oxidation-reduction potential (ORP)
• Vibrations: carrying positive, health-promoting vibrations
• Bioenergy: strongly charged with life force

All of these health-giving properties are naturally present in cascading, sunlit


mountain streams. While it is easy to produce water meeting several of these
requirements, there are some problems getting all of them in the same water. A main
problem is the present lack of reliable measuring devices for bioenergy and the
quality and strength of health-promoting vibrations.

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Purity: This is easiest to achieve with readily available filters, distillers, and
reverse osmosis. I have no strong preference for any particular method as long as
you feel assured that your purified water is free of chlorine, fluoride, heavy metals,
pesticides, microbes, as well as agricultural, industrial and pharmaceutical chemicals.
However, most of these methods take out, in addition to the nasties, the beneficial
minerals, which I recommend to put back into the water afterwards. However, there
are also filters available that remove only pollutants and leave beneficial minerals in
the water.
Normal water filters do not remove added fluoride but water ionizers, especially
on high settings, channel fluoride into the acid water fraction so that the alkaline
water becomes safe to drink. Also water high in calcium lowers the fluoride level by
forming insoluble calcium fluoride.
Minerals: The minerals in our drinking and cooking water should supply a
sizable part of our overall mineral intake. In living water, minerals are largely present
in an energized form such as colloids and stabilized within small clusters of water
molecules. I know of individuals who became badly demineralised from drinking
distilled water over a long period; reverse osmosis water and rainwater (except if
stored in concrete tanks) are commonly very low in minerals.
Using water low in minerals can be beneficial as a temporary measure for
“calcified” individuals with high blood pressure, those who might otherwise use
chelation therapy, but it is detrimental for anyone with low blood pressure. Overall,
the most important bulk mineral commonly supplied with our drinking water is
magnesium. Various studies show the beneficial effect of high magnesium levels on
the rate of common diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease as well as
bone and dental disorders.
Therefore, remineralise your purified water and add a teaspoon of hydrated or
half a teaspoon of desiccated magnesium chloride to about ten litres of water.
Alternatively, you can add a spoonful of sea-mineral liquid or bitterns, which is the
brine left over after salt has crystallized out of seawater. In addition to being very high
in magnesium, it contains all trace minerals. Instead of or in addition to magnesium,
you can add an appropriate amount of commercially available colloidal minerals.
Low Surface Tension: This is a common by-product of energizing water.
Water contains organized clusters of water molecules, also called liquid crystals,
surrounded by large numbers of randomly moving single water molecules. In normal
water, these clusters are larger and there are fewer of them. Energized or living
water contains many more liquid crystals and of a smaller average size, forming
cage-like structures of about six molecules. Due to this effect, energized water is also
called “microwater.”
The smaller clustering causes a lowering of the surface tension of the water. It
makes the water “wetter” and more easily absorbed. It also becomes more like the
water in fresh fruit and vegetables and within our cells. Colloidal minerals and fat-
soluble nutrients can become suspended within the water cages and more easily
absorbed during digestion. Also, various biochemicals, such as lecithin, detergents,
soaps, and saponins, reduce surface tension, but this is not due to the formation of
microwater.

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Antioxidant Activity: The principle of antioxidant activity is the availability of
electrons to neutralize any so-called free radicals, which have oxidizing qualities that
can damage biological systems. Living water tends to contain highly reactive loosely
bound electrons that react much faster than organic antioxidants to neutralize free
radicals. Most of this antioxidant activity is assumed to come from an abundance of
negative hydrogen, which is also present in fresh fruits and vegetables.
Such antioxidant-rich water is now commonly produced with water ionizers as
electrolytic reduced water (ERW). Alternatively, you can buy capsules of Microhydrin.
This is a commercial powder containing an abundance of negative hydrogen
stabilized with colloidal silica; by dissolving a capsule in water, the water acquires a
high antioxidant or reducing quality.
As we age, our body structures lose elasticity; everything becomes more rigid.
On a biochemical level, this increasing rigidity is due to cross-linking of structural
biochemicals, which in turn is due to a loss of electrons. Providing the body with an
abundance of highly reactive electrons can be expected to slow cross-linking
reactions and, with this, the aging process.
All biochemical energy in our body is produced by transferring electrons from
food molecules onto inhaled oxygen. Thus, having more available electrons can help
us to produce more energy. This may be the reason why some individuals feel more
energetic on alkaline ionized or reduced water.
A water ionizer basically consists of a cell or container with two electrodes,
which are separated by a membrane to minimize mixing of the water. The electrodes
commonly consist of titanium, usually plated with platinum for better resistance to
corrosion. When a current is applied, one electrode becomes positive, the anode,
while the cathode becomes negative and releases electrons.
Positively charged ions, such as calcium and magnesium, accumulate on the
side of the cathode. They form hydroxides and make this fraction of the water
alkaline. Negative ions, such as chloride and fluoride, move to the anode and, in
combination with positive hydrogen ions, make this part of the water more acid. At
the same time, an abundance of electrons in the alkaline water leads to the formation
of hydrogen gas and negative hydrogen ions, while oxygen and active oxidizing
species are formed in the acid water.
In through-flow ionizers, the amount of reducing activity in the alkaline water
depends mainly on the mineral content of the water, the flow rate, and the current
flow or ionizer setting. With batch ionizers, it depends on the voltage of the power
source, the size of the electrodes and distance from each other, the mineral content
of the water, and the duration of ionizing.
Higher mineral concentrations are desirable as they require shorter ionizing
times and produce greater pH and lower oxidation-reduction potential (ORP)
changes. It is advisable to use water low in calcium, otherwise the cathode soon
becomes coated with calcium deposits during long ionizing periods and loses its
effectiveness or frequently needs to be cleaned. While the pH can be very high in
alkalinity, it is in fact very weak, because the mineral density of ionized water is
rather low and easily neutralized.

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The negative charge of the alkaline water declines quickly with exposure to
light and air and in contact with blank metal and soft plastics. However, in closed
brown glass bottles filled to the top or in a cupboard, the water can keep for days and
sometimes weeks.
Aim for a high ORP of between 500 and 800 mV, which can be measured with
a commercially available ORP-meter. You can ask a distributor of water ionizers or a
local water treatment or testing company to check the mineral level of your water and
possibly the ORP of your alkaline water. Batch ionizers are more robust and easier to
repair, but they are also more labour intensive; through-flow ionizers are more
convenient.
Vibrations: This is an informal term based on the observation that water
seems to retain a memory of various influences to which it has been exposed. There
is a close connection between vibrations and energy: we may regard vibrations as an
energy imprint on the water. Retained vibrations may be due to chemical,
mechanical, electrical, or magnetic influences or even to feelings, emotions, and
possibly thoughts. These retained memories in turn may influence the user of the
water. This is the basis of homeopathy, which double-blind studies have shown to be
therapeutically valid. However, it seems that only natural ingredients can be used to
make homeopathic remedies, and some scientific tests for the memory of water and
the effectiveness of homeopathy failed because synthetic chemicals that cannot be
energized were used.
A method to assess the vibrational purity or degree of contamination of water
was developed by researchers in biodynamics. If a drop of water is added to a
concentrated mineral solution such as copper sulphate, it changes its crystallization
pattern. The purer or more beneficial the water, the more harmonious is the
crystallization pattern and vice versa. Polluted water causes a confused
crystallization pattern.
Consider the work of Masaru Emoto. In his The Message from Water and on
his website (www.adhikara.com/water.html), he shows in countless pictures how the
crystallization pattern of freezing water changes when exposed to human thoughts
and feelings. Some of these he did by typing a positive word such as “love” or a
negative one on a piece of paper and sticking it on a glass of water. The positive
word induced a beautiful and symmetrical crystallization pattern, while the negative
word resulted in a chaotic or confused crystallization.
As our biological body contains large amounts of water (e.g., blood, lymph
fluid, cells), you may now appreciate what negative thoughts and feelings are doing
to your health. In a similar way, we can improve water before ingestion by blessing it
with thoughts and feelings of love, joy, and peace. We may also hold it for a moment
in front of the heart while doing this. For special healing effects, you can expose
water to light in coloured glass containers or cover the container with coloured
cellophane. For cancer therapy, green-treated water has an overall healing and
balancing effect. Yellow and orange are energizing; blue is sedating and anti-
inflammatory.
Another possibility is to expose water overnight to a strong magnet. Water
exposed to the south-pointing pole is most suitable for pain, cancer, and infectious or
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muscles and the digestive system, provided there is no inflammation or infection. You
can also combine suitable magnet and color treatments.
Various energized waters are commercially available. While I expect these to
be a great improvement on dead tap water, the energies and vibrations of
uncontaminated natural ground, bore, or spring water are no doubt even more
beneficial for us.
You can also keep water in a pyramid or immerse a suitable crystal or precious
stone or pure gold or silver in it, possibly while the water is exposed to sunlight
and/or moonlight. You can attach a magnet, crystal, or other energizing device to the
water pipe to improve your shower or bath water or when filling a water bed.
Some good water filtering and energizing systems impart natural rock
vibrations in combination with a vortex formation. A device can be fitted to a tap,
which then produces running energized water, although the water may need to be
chemically decontaminated beforehand. Another energizing system is a spiralling
copper device through which the water flows.
A good way of energizing water is as follows: attach two magnets on opposite
sides at the bottom of a funnel so that they face each other with unlike poles. Then
pour water tangentially into the funnel so that it forms a vortex before running out into
a collecting bottle.
Finally, you can use homeopathic potentising. Water and any active substance
dissolved in it becomes energized by shaking it with a strong downward thrust. Use
any uncontaminated water and shake it in a half-filled bottle or jar about 40 times. If
possible, do the shaking outdoors, preferably on a dry, sunny day. Instead of
potentising only water with its naturally dissolved ingredients, you can add a small
amount of a live (unheated) substance that you believe may be good for you.
Commonly used are herbal remedies, colloidal minerals, natural vitamins, or fresh
vegetable juice.
Bioenergy: If we eat fresh raw food, we gain additional bioenergy. If we eat
precooked or processed food and drink dead water, then our body loses bioenergy
by charging the ingested food or drink from its own energy store. Rainwater is
energized, especially during thunderstorms and if it comes as showers on sunny
days. However, the maximum benefit is gained if the rainwater is collected and used
without it touching metal. It appears that good quality rainwater has a beneficial
negative electric charge (negative hydrogen ions), which is instantly neutralized by
contact with metals. I recommend keeping energized water away from contact with
blank metals, and I recommend the same for fresh raw food and especially fresh
juices.
The simplest method for energizing water is to expose uncontaminated water
to sunshine for several hours. However, a stronger charge can be achieved more
quickly if the water is exposed to a source of bioenergy, such as sunshine, while it is
in turbulent motion leading to vortex formations. High mineral content, especially
colloidal silica, helps in retaining a high charge. Another recommended way is to
leave drinking water for a while in contact with some freshly cut grass or leaves
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The vortex principle is used in biodynamic agriculture for energizing liquid
preparations. Use a large glass or ceramic container or a plastic bucket half-filled
with uncontaminated water. Vortex energies can be absorbed into the water by first
creating a deep vortex in one direction and then immediately reversing its direction
until another deep vortex has formed. Stir for several minutes with a wooden handle
or any suitable flat piece of wood or possibly plastic to create alternating vortexes.
Electrical vortex machines are available from biodynamic sources for longer charging
times.
Charging the water with vortex energy will be more successful when the air is
high in bioenergy or orgone energy, such as outside on a sunny afternoon in natural
surroundings. The energy is low during the night, on rainy days, in wet surroundings,
and inside modern, tightly-sealed buildings.
You can also extract energy from volcanic rock dust or silica beach sand. Add
a spoonful of rock dust to uncontaminated water and use the biodynamic vortex
method before letting it settle overnight. Use the water while it is still milky from the
suspended colloidal minerals. Most of the residue settles at the bottom and can
eventually be used to fertilize plants. A stronger effect can be achieved by highly
heating the rock dust or beach sand, preferably until it glows red, and then plunging it
into water (in an enamel pot). Alternating several times of boiling the sand for 15
minutes (no microwave) and then freezing it is another method of liberating trapped
orgone energy to energize water.
Another possibility is the use of flow forms, manufactured rock, or cement
shapes in a series that simulate the action of mountain streams. From a reservoir,
the water cascades through several levels of spiral formations, preferably while
exposed to the sun. A recently developed energizing device is “orgonite,” a mixture of
about equal parts of metal particles and resin; for more information on orgonite and
bioenergy see Part 7.
Preferably do not store energized water near strong electric appliances. It also
loses its beneficial energy if highly heated as in cooking. It is best to use energized
water for drinking, to dilute juices, for enemas, or rubbing into the skin. Preferably
avoid contact between energized water and metal. However, if you store drinking
water for a longer time, you can add some colloidal silver or hydrogen peroxide to
keep it free of moulds and other microbes or possibly put a piece of clean copper or a
silver coin at the bottom of the container.
Our most common source of energized water is the water content of fresh raw
fruit and vegetables. I expect the bioenergy of organic produce to be much higher
than that of commercial produce. This is one more reason to eat your fruit and
vegetables fresh, raw, and organic as often as conveniently possible.

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Step 8
THE PRACTICE OF HEALTHY LIVING
Improve your environment—your house, clothes, even your teeth.

Healthy living is the solid base for any health improvement. It includes all the
habits that should become part of our daily lives. Our future well-being or diseases
will arise from how we think, feel, and live habitually, not from any occasional
transgressions of the rules of healthy living. The most important general principle of
healthy living is to live in harmony - with ourselves, our social interactions, and with
the forces of nature. In regard to health and natural living, this concept encompasses
our environment, housing, clothing, workplace, exercise and nutrition, the water we
drink, and the air we breathe.
In the following section, we will investigate various aspects of healthy living. It
is important to realize that the concepts of healthy living often overlap with specific
healing methods; for example, positive thinking, nutrition, reflexology, and physical
exercises may all be used for normal healthy living as well as for healing yourself.
Therefore, when reading this book, keep in mind that the separation between healthy
living and healing methods is fluid, even somewhat artificial.
At present, most of us live in such an artificial and unnatural environment that it
is not possible to remain healthy by living in the -commonly accepted way. Instead,
we must become aware of the multitude of negative influences in our environment
created by modern technology and try to minimize their harmful effects on us.
Improve the Physical Aspects of Your House: When building a new home,
preferentially select building materials that do not shut out or distort the natural
electric, magnetic, and life-force fields of the Earth. Therefore, minimize sheet metals
and any steel or wire-mesh concrete reinforcements that form a cage-like structure
(called a Faraday cage). Stone, brick, tiles, shingles, wood, plywood, and
combinations of fibre and cement are acceptable for building. If you live permanently
in a metal-clad dwelling, such as an aluminium caravan or mobile home, it is better to
sleep in a non-metal annex.
Here are some practical tips:

• New copper or plastic water pipes may leach undesirable concentrations of heavy
metals into the water. This is another reason, in addition to avoiding chlorine and
fluoride, to use a good filter for your drinking and cooking water.
• Make your home a low-pollution sanctuary. Use natural materials for interior use
whenever feasible, especially in the bedroom or wherever you spend most of
your time. By far the best mattresses are those made of latex.
• Avoid cooking and heating inside with gas or kerosene except if the combustion
gases are being efficiently vented. Many people are allergic to these. Wood
stoves or solar heating are preferable wherever feasible.

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• If you live in a modern house, try to sanitize it by minimizing the use of synthetic
items that release or outgas chemicals, such as formaldehyde from glued
material (many carpets, chipboard, and plywood).
• Avoid solvents and odorous household cleaners and disinfectants, tobacco
smoke, mothballs, and insect sprays. If the outside air is reasonably clean, good
ventilation helps to minimize the problem of indoor air pollution.
• New synthetic materials have a tendency to accumulate static electricity that can
reduce our well-being in addition to releasing toxic chemicals. Synthetic materials
(as well as television sets) also lower the amount of beneficial negative ions in
the indoor air. Negative ions are energetic molecules with additional electrons in
the air. Generally, the more negative ions there are in the air, the better we feel.
Commercial air ionizers are available to improve room air.
Consider the Health Aspects of Your Clothes: Clothes are our “second
skin,” and their material and color have a direct influence on our emotions and well-
being. This applies especially to garments worn directly on the skin. Except for
occasional short-term use, avoid underwear, including pantyhose and stockings,
made of nylon or other synthetic material. They do not absorb moisture or “breathe”
as well as natural fibres and appear to encourage fungal growth; sensitive individuals
may experience skin irritations. Nylon seems to be worse in this regard than
polyester. Synthetic clothing can also cause discomfort by accumulating static
electricity. A more acceptable human-made fibre is rayon, as it is based on cellulose.
The best material for underwear and stockings is silk; otherwise, use cotton.
Generally, select colours that balance your emotional state: wear bright colours
when you are low in energy and blue when you are nervous and irritable. Avoid
murky and dull gray colours and be extra careful with black; these can increase
depressive tendencies in susceptible individuals. Commonly, the negative effect of
black is balanced by combining it with red. You can use muscle testing as described
in Part 2 to discover whether a certain material or color is suitable for you.
Shoes ideally should be made of natural materials with a leather sole to allow
static electricity to flow off the body and into the ground. This is prevented by rubber
and synthetic soles and by nylon socks and stockings. Walking barefoot for at least
several minutes each day on moist grass or wet sand will discharge static electricity
into the ground and improve well-being.
For women, it is advisable to reduce the time you wear a bra. A study reported
by Singer and Grismaijer in Dressed to Kill found that women who wear a tight bra all
the time had a 125 times higher rate of breast cancer than women not wearing a bra.
Women who wore their bras 24 hours a day had a 75 percent chance of developing
breast cancer. If they wore bras more than 12 hours daily but not to bed, the risk was
one out of seven. Wearing a bra less than 12 hours per day improved the risk to one
out of 152, a rate reasonably close to women who wear bras rarely or never; they
have a one out of 168 chance of breast cancer. Women who never wear a bra have
the same low breast cancer risk as men.
While this study was not adjusted for other factors, the difference in cancer rate
is certainly large enough to be significant. A tight bra blocks the lymph circulation in
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public, use a loose-fitting one without underwires and minimise using it at home. Also
do some exercises to stimulate the lymph flow in the breasts, such as circling your
arms or massaging the area around the breast while doing inversion exercises.
Sanitize your Bedroom: Preferably use mattresses (futons) filled with natural
fibres such as kapok, wool, horsehair or cotton; latex or natural rubber may be the
best material. A cheap alternative is straw or hay from a pesticide-free source.
Innerspring mattress may direct confused magnetic fields into the body, depending
on how the spirals have been tempered. When moving a compass across the surface
of the mattress the needle should not be deflected from its north-pointing position.
Synthetic foam rubber mattresses are not good either. They emit toxic gases
that may be a major factor in cot death. Wrap them in clear polythene with only a
small opening at the bottom. Use natural blankets and sheets on top of the mattress.
Even sheepskin is chemically treated and can cause problems. Frequently expose
pillows and featherbeds to the sun to kill moulds and dust-mites. This can greatly
reduce asthma problems. Alternatively, use an airtight pillowcase.
Try not to use steel-framed beds or steel-spring frames that deflect the
compass needle, move the bed if there are metal beams or live wires in the wall
behind the bed. Featherbeds may contribute to arthritic problems due to static
electricity between the feathers. Try to sleep with the head in a northerly direction or
otherwise between north and east. Our brain waves are slowest when the head
points towards magnetic north. Cover your head during cold nights to minimize heat
loss.
Sleep in total darkness or cover your eyes during sleep, as production of
beneficial melatonin is interrupted by exposure to electric light, including street lights,
although moonlight and red light are harmless. Avoid even short exposure to electric
light in the first part of the night.
Minimize Electromagnetic Pollution: Strong electromagnetic fields (EMF’s)
of about 50 to 60 cycles per second (hertz, or Hz) and the related electromagnetic
radiation (EMR) may be harmful to us. Long-term exposure can aggravate any
existing health problems or diseases and may cause or intensify them; this is
especially true of lack of energy or fatigue, irritability, aggression, hyperactivity, sleep
disorders, and emotional instability. Increasing numbers of individuals are becoming
hypersensitive to EMR; many can feel the electricity going through their body and
may experience disabling symptoms such as convulsions, memory problems, and
depression. I have encountered many of these problems with patients.
Chronic exposure to high levels of EMR, especially while asleep, is a constant
drain on our vitality. It creates chronic stress, which interferes with the regeneration
and healing that normally take place during a good night’s sleep. You may compare it
to always swimming against a strong current, and this may well make the difference
between recovering from a serious disease and succumbing to it. For more
information on health problems due to electricity and many case reports, see:
www.emrsafety.8m.net.
EMR exists around power lines, power tools, electric stoves, heaters, boilers,
freezers, and television sets when in use, extending several feet or yards around the
appliance. Stay away from them, if possible. Using an electric iron or an electric

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keyboard or working with handheld power tools can quickly drain our energies. When
working with electrical equipment, we can reduce harmful effects by holding our
hands under running water from time to time, in addition to having a shower in the
evening or walking barefoot on grass.
Try to minimize electromagnetic pollution, especially while sleeping, when the
pineal gland is most susceptible. Also sleep in the dark or at least cover your eyes to
produce the immune-stimulating hormone melatonin. Before going to sleep,
preferably switch off all power points in the bedroom and unplug all electric leads with
two-prong plugs, especially any power points or leads close to the bed. This applies
also to water beds, which need to be switched off or unplugged overnight. Three-
prong plugs may remain connected to power points because this allows stray
electricity to flow off through the grounding connection.
Increasingly governments insist that we get maximum exposure to harmful
fluorescent lighting in the form of compact fluorescent light or CFL. The flickering,
even if not perceptible, electromagnetic "noise", and the unnatural frequency
distribution of CFL's frequently cause health problems for sensitive individuals. Most
affected are those with vision problems, autism, migraines, traumatic brain injury,
vestibular problems, multiple sclerosis, muscle spasms, epilepsy, tremors, cardiac
arrhythmias, memory loss, diabetes, difficulty concentrating, and lupus. For details
see www.cflimpact.com.
Here are some more tips:
• If your head faces a wall with power points or other electric wiring inside the wall
close to the bed, then move the bed towards the middle of the room so that you
can walk around the bed. The best sleeping position is with the head towards
north or otherwise somewhere between north and east.
• When using an electric blanket, warm the bed beforehand and disconnect the
power before you go to bed or better still, connect the blanket to a good earth. Do
not habitually remain within a few meters of a working electric appliance, and
minimize fluorescent lighting, watching television, using video games, computers,
and even electric typewriters and handheld electric tools.
• Stray currents and radiating fields can still be emitted from electric wires even if
appliances are switched off. AC electric fields do not disappear when an
appliance is switched off, only AC magnetic fields disappear. Keep live wires
away from your body. Preferably do not live near high-voltage lines, microwave
towers, or electric-train tracks. Alternatively, you may take extra precautions to
shield your house from the effects of their energies.
• Old fashioned TV sets and computer monitors emit harmful X-rays. Preferably sit
as far away as conveniently possible. Flat or liquid crystal screens are much
safer. An increasing hazard is microwave radiation from ovens, mobile phones,
cordless phones and keyboards and other equipment. Most dangerous are long-
reaching microwave stations inside the house for phones and computers, or
equipment such as a mouse or keyboard that are not connected by wires, but
USB modems for wireless broadband are harmless.
Electro-Proofing Your House: The measures outlined so far will go some way
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not enough. There is a simple way to check whether your home and workplace are
sufficiently safe. You can do this by measuring the electricity that is absorbed by your
body. For this you need a digital voltmeter that can measure millivolts.
Get some insulated electric wire that is long enough to reach from most rooms
to the ground outside and attach an alligator clip to each end. Then get a ground
stake or earth spike (a copper pipe is good for this) and drive it into moist soil. One
end of the wire is clipped to a clamp at the top of the ground stake and the other to
the black probe of the voltmeter. It will not work to attach the earth wire to a water
pipe or to the main electricity ground stake of the house as they may carry high
voltages.
To close the circuit, hold the metal end of the red probe firmly in one hand.
However, it is more convenient to hold a piece of copper pipe, which is connected
through a clipped or soldered insulated wire to the red probe. Set the dial to 2 AC
volt; if it shows less than 200 mV, that is good and you can switch the meter to the
200 mV setting. Preferably the reading should be below 100 mV in commonly used
rooms, and on your bed, below 10 mV.
In reality the readings will be much higher and you may get a reading between
2 and 80 V while lying on your bed. This is a constant drain on your vitality. By
moving the bed away from any electrical wiring, you can perhaps get it to read
between 500 mV and 2 V. A relatively easy way of reducing the voltage a lot further
is by using a grounded electric blanket.
The easiest way is to cut off the plug. Then you can easily solder or clip a
ground wire onto all three wire strands. If you want to keep using the electric blanket
for heating as well, then you can attach a plug to the ground wire. Lying on a well-
earthed electric blanket can bring the body voltage down to between one-quarter and
one-tenth of the previous measurement.
If the bed has a steel frame or innerspring mattress, then these may also need
to be grounded. Commonly all springs are internally connected and need to be
grounded only at one point, but some mattresses have individual springs, which
would need to be grounded individually. However, steel frames and inner-spring
mattresses can still deflect the compass needle when it is moved across the bed and
that is not good either. It is healthier if the earth’s magnetic field is not distorted
where we sleep. The needle should continue pointing north everywhere over the bed.
Metal beams in the wall or ceiling can cause the same problem, and the bed should
be moved far enough away from magnetic field disturbances.
Ground any metal parts, such as window frames, metal wall claddings, or
roofing iron, that show an unacceptably high reading when touched with one hand
while holding the grounded probe in the other. This is especially the case if there are
high-voltage power lines, microwave towers, or transformers nearby or power lines
that form a right angle at street corners.
Occasionally, there may be so much ground electricity that it shows a higher
reading when you’re lying on a grounded electric blanket than on one without a
ground connection. In this case, move the ground stake as far away as possible from
any power sources that can cause this problem and find or create a good grounding
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short ground stake, try to keep the soil around it moist at all times. It is also possible
to get a good ground by connecting the wire to a moist part of a tree or large outside
plant.
To get a true reading on a concrete floor or when outside the house, you should
be insulated by wearing shoes; otherwise, the reading will be much too low.
For sanitizing an apartment or office in a large building where you cannot get a
good ground, a ground connection to the water pipe may be sufficient, or you could
get expert help. An upper floor of a building commonly has much higher voltages
than the ground floor, as there is wiring in the floor as well as in the ceiling. In this
case, you may be able to reduce the EMR considerably by placing grounded wire
netting under the carpet. If this is not possible with the entire floor, then ground a
smaller area where you usually sit.
In other cases, it may be advisable to shield and ground the wiring inside a wall.
This is much more difficult, as wall panels need to be removed, but it may be
relatively easy under the roof or if the wiring is under the house. You can simply wrap
electric cables with grounded wire netting or aluminium foil or nail grounded metal
strips over them.
You can also disconnect the fuse or switch in the meter box for the bedroom
(which commonly includes all power points in the house) overnight. Alternatively,
have a separate fuse switch installed for the bedroom only or a demand switch that
supplies power to the circuit only when needed. In addition, strategically placed
copper coils can deflect radiation and may be used to de-stress the whole house.
Such coils are offered on the Internet.
To improve your well-being while driving, and avoid road-rage or fatigue earth
the inside of your car by leading the electricity from metal frames of seats and large
metal areas back to the negative pole of the battery.
Beware of Earth Rays: Some dowsers claim to have discovered harmful earth
rays from fault lines and underground streams under the beds of most cancer
victims. Earth rays may also aggravate many other diseases. Find someone who is
able to check the location of your bed for harmful underground radiation. This can be
a problem even if you sleep on an upper floor. Commonly, dowsing or muscle testing
(kinesiology) are used. Geopathic disturbances (another term for harmful earth rays)
can also be detected with a scientific instrument that indicates the degree of
distortion of the local geomagnetic field.
If you cannot have your bed checked, then move it to a different location if you
were sleeping there before a serious health problem developed. In addition, use a
shielding device under the bed: place wire netting under the whole area of the bed
and connect this to an electric ground. To protect against fault lines or ley lines, you
can also cover the area under the bed with several centimetres of quartz sand and
use additional copper coils; moving the bed is the safest option. You may be able to
check the bed yourself with a shortwave radio, because over a fault line the reception
deteriorates; especially dangerous are crossings of fault lines.

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Table 1-4: Teeth–Organ Connections
Teeth are numbered from 1 to 8 starting at the midline of the upper and lower jaw.
1 and 2 upper and lower jaw kidney, bladder, pineal gland (upper), adrenals (lower),
frontal sinus, sacrum, coccyx, foot

3 upper and lower jaw liver, gallbladder, hip, eye, pituitary (upper), gonads
(lower)

4, 5 upper and 6, 7 lower jaw lung, large intestine, shoulder, elbow, thymus (upper),
arteries, veins (lower)
4, 5 lower and 6, 7 upper jaw pancreas, spleen, stomach, breast, thyroid (upper), lymph
system (lower), jaws, front of knee

8 upper and lower heart, small intestines, shoulder, elbow, ear, nervous
system, pituitary (upper)

Dental Problems: Another aspect of our environment is our mouths - our


teeth, specifically. A major factor causing or contributing to poor health and many
diseases is our teeth. Frequently, there are mercury amalgam fillings or different
types of metal in the mouth that act like an electric battery, and dead teeth with filled
root canals or inflammation inside the jawbone (cavitations) even after removal of
teeth are also a serious health problem. These problems may not cause any local
pain and so are difficult to detect, but they can cause health problems in other parts
of the body. Through acupuncture meridians as well as other mechanisms, each
tooth is connected with a specific organ or other part of the body as shown in Table
1-4, so health consequences of problem teeth can occur throughout the body.
Heart disease, for instance, is commonly connected with inflammations or
infections in the wisdom tooth positions, while kidney problems are related to the
front teeth. This has been known for a long time. A 4,000-year-old papyrus describes
the dialog between the pharaoh and his physician. The pharaoh complains of severe
arthritis, and his doctor replies that this is due to the bad condition of some teeth that
need to be removed. Even orthodox medicine is now slowly catching up and realizing
that heart disease is frequently associated with microbes originating from infected
teeth, gums, or jaw bones.
Root-canalled teeth appear to be a major contributing factor in many health
problems, not only cancer but also heart disease, kidney disease, and autoimmune
diseases. This is due to microbes that multiply in the multitude of tiny canals or tubuli
in the dentine and gradually leach out into the lymph system. Even normally
harmless microbes become very dangerous under the anaerobic conditions in dead
teeth.
Weston Price, a dentist and former director of research for the American Dental
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patients with kidney or heart disease would in most cases lead to an improvement in
those conditions. When he inserted a removed root-canalled tooth (human) under the
skin of a rabbit, the animal would die within two days; when he implanted normal
teeth, there was no adverse health effect. In some experiments, he implanted the
same fragments of root-canalled teeth in succession under the skins of up to 100
rabbits and they all died within two weeks of the same disease that the human donor
had!
The safest solution with dead (root-canalled) teeth is immediate removal, but
problems might still persist if an infection has spread to the jawbone. The microbes in
dead teeth and infected jawbones apparently cannot be eliminated with
pharmaceutical or natural antibiotics. Removal of dead teeth is especially urgent if
they are already dead for several years and show signs of deterioration, and also in
the case of cancer, autoimmune diseases, and other serious diseases. If you cannot
immediately have all your dead teeth removed, have some, and for several weeks
after their removal, use natural antimicrobial therapy. You do not need to fill single
tooth gaps where they cannot be seen. To fill the gap of a missing front tooth, find a
dentist who can cement an artificial tooth in this place without resorting to crowns or
other metal support.
A possibly safe way of keeping root-canalled teeth is to fill them with Calcium
Hydroxide or Iodine instead of the commonly used Gutta Percha, but no long-term
studies on health outcomes are yet available. For tooth implants Titanium is
commonly used but this is a metal and can still sometimes cause problems. A safer
alternative with good durability is Zirconia, the dioxide of zirconium.
Try to have amalgam fillings replaced with plastic composite, preferably by a
holistic dentist. A rubber dam and suction should be used when removing old fillings.
If you cannot pay for proper replacements, just have them sealed with temporary filler
and do not chew any hard items. However, with serious conditions and large fillings,
extraction of amalgam-filled teeth can bring much better results than simple
replacement.
In a German study of multiple sclerosis patients, extraction of compromised
teeth resulted in an 85 percent recovery rate versus only 16 percent for filling
replacement alone. Other studies have found that recovery from serious autoimmune
diseases, dementia, or cancer may require more aggressive mercury removal
techniques than simple filling replacement, due to the body burden of mercury. This
appears to be due to the migration of mercury not eliminated by simple filling
replacement into the roots and gums. Mercury in the teeth and gums has direct
routes to the brain and central nervous system.3
Try to find a dentist who is familiar with safe amalgam removal procedures as
recommended by holistic dentistry associations. Remove mercury by using high
doses of vitamin C, Alpha Lipoic Acid, L-cysteine, MSM and chlorella before and
after amalgam removal. Preferably, also use homeopathic mercury 1M and higher
potencies.
Injections of the mercury chelator DMPS can be administered by qualified health
professionals. However, this procedure has occasionally lead to complications and
the oral DMSA is less expensive and apparently safer. Nevertheless, both of these
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problems, especially in sensitive individuals and neurological diseases. Therefore, I
generally prefer the slower but safer method of using careful cleansing diets together
with detoxifying natural supplements.
The pink color of dentures may be due to heavy metals, possibly mercury or
cadmium. If you cannot get a guarantee that the colouring is free of heavy metals, it
is safer to ask for clear plastic dentures made of methyl methacrylate or flexite for
partial dentures. Use plastic denture teeth rather than porcelain teeth that have a
metal base. Bridges and metal partials should be changed to clear plastic partial
dentures. Nickel, as in stainless steel, can suppress the immune system and is
generally classified as carcinogenic.
Even dental gold can be a problem because it is commonly blended with 20
percent of the more harmful palladium. A small amount of gold as for one crown may
be acceptable, but as a general rule keep your mouth free of all metals and make
sure only metal-free plastics are used as replacements. Nevertheless, any metal in
the mouth can lead to allergies, and on average about 30 percent of individuals are
allergic to the dental metal in their mouth.
After removal of bad or dead teeth, health problems can still arise or continue
from root or metal fragments or due to chronic infection and inflammation in the
jawbone. An experienced dentist can discover this with panoramic X-rays. If you
cannot do all of this to sanitize the inside of your mouth, just do the best you can and
do not worry. Compensate for any shortcomings here with a better diet and positive
thinking.

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Step 9
EXERCISE
Get into the habit of exercising regularly.

Adequate physical activity is one of the main requirements for achieving and
maintaining good health. Deep breathing while exercising is essential: Lack of
oxygen - becoming breathless - is harmful. You have probably heard of aerobics.
Aerobic exercises are those that can be maintained for long periods because the
heart and lungs can supply enough oxygen to the muscles. If insufficient oxygen
reaches the muscles, the exercise becomes anaerobic and causes a harmful buildup
of lactic acid in the tissues; this is commonly noticeable as sore muscles. Therefore,
when exercising, breathe more vigorously than required for the activity at hand;
increase the intensity of your exercises only gradually.
Arm and leg muscles should be regularly exercised. Supplement cycling,
walking, and jogging with push-ups; swimming in unchlorinated water is also good for
this. When jogging without running shoes, touch down with the ball of the foot and
use your ankle joints as cushions. By using these springs freely provided by nature
you cause less damage to your joints.
Everyday Physical Exercises: Depending on your body needs and
inclinations, you can perform many different exercises. The more important ones are
stretching, hanging from the hands or feet, using a rebounder, circling the pelvis,
head-and--shoulder stand, isometric exercises, scalp and face exercises (pulling
faces, tensing and relaxing scalp muscles), shaking to loosen the body, and slow
graceful and rhythmic movements with (or without) music. Hatha yoga exercises are
excellent for stretching and massaging the internal organs.
During the day, frequently stretch, tense, circle, or shake your muscles. Select a
time of the day or week for a more thorough workout. With advancing age, stretching
your muscles becomes increasingly more important. Lie on a large bed or carpeted
floor and move your limbs and spine in various positions to the limits of their range,
and then stretch them a bit farther. Try to let your body move on its own without
much mental direction. Do what feels good.
Rejuvenation Exercises: The following five exercises were first presented in
Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth by Peter Kelder. They are effective for
strengthening glandular activities and may help to rejuvenate the body if practiced
faithfully every day. Deep breathing during and between exercises is important.
Inhale and exhale during the slow movements between the two end-positions as
shown in Figure1-1.
Hold your breath in each end-position and tense all your muscles with maximum
effort. In one position, press the chin to the chest and pull the abdomen inwards and
up; in the other position, drop the head back as far as possible.
Pull your stomach in with your exhale in the lying position (Fig. 1a); in the
forward bending position (Fig. 1b); while sitting (Fig. 1c); and with the pelvis raised

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(Fig. 1d). Start with a few exercises daily and gradually increase to 20 of each, but do
not strain yourself.

Figure 1-1: Rejuvenation Exercises

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For a fifth rejuvenation exercise, spin or whirl 20 times with horizontally
outstretched arms. In the Northern Hemisphere, the instructions are to spin
clockwise; I have the impression that in the Southern Hemisphere anticlockwise
spinning is preferable. However, you may choose to spin in whichever direction
makes you feel better; use muscle testing to see what is best for you.
Inversion Exercises: Hanging upside down by your feet strengthens the
internal organs, drains lymph fluid from the lower part of the body, and flushes the
brain and face with blood. This exercise is especially good to delay or reverse
symptoms of aging. While in the inverted position, rhythmically tense and relax the
muscles of the face and neck and then the whole body. You can use inversion
equipment that lets you hang straight upside down, or a slant board that puts you at a
30 to 45 degree angle. If you are sufficiently athletic, you can also do a shoulder
stand, headstand, or handstand against a wall. You can do bicycling movements
while in the inverted position.

Caution: Do not invert yourself if Muscle Tensing: Tense and release one
your blood pressure is high and muscle after another, starting with one foot,
requires medical attention. then the other, working up towards the top of
the head. Inhale deeply, each time gradually
increasing the tension; hold for a few seconds, then slowly release the tension while
exhaling. Finally, tense all your muscles, starting with the feet and moving up to your
neck; simultaneously inhale deeply. Hold the whole body tightly tensed for several
seconds; then gradually release the muscles, starting with the neck, and moving
down to the feet, exhaling simultaneously.
If a particular organ or limb is weak, focus on it with repeated cycles of tension
and relaxation. Frequent tensing is especially important if you have to stay in bed for
a prolonged period. Do this exercise repeatedly during the day, whenever you
remember it. Tensing may be done in any position such as sitting, standing, or lying
down. It is easy to do while sitting at a desk all day: just take a deep breath, hold it for
a few seconds while tensing the whole body simultaneously, then relax during
exhalation.
Head and Neck Exercise: Slowly, but firmly, bend your head three times in
each direction, forward, backward, and sideways; try to let the head drop to each
side. Then move the head in circles, again slowly and firmly, three times in each
direction. This is excellent for strengthening the neck and is helpful in cases of head
congestion, eye and ear problems, and recurring headaches. In addition, you can
circle the head up to 100 times in each direction.
Body-Mind Exercise: Slowly move a stiff joint several times to the limit of its
range. Then imagine the same movement but with an extended range; repeat this
several times. Then move the actual limb again and see whether its range has
improved. The actual movements are easier if performed during slow exhalation.
Rebounding and Lymphacising: Rebounding may be better than jogging,
especially for those low in energy. You could even bounce on top of one or two
innerspring mattresses.
While you may develop a routine with various bounces, you can also use a
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speed up the lymph circulation while energizing your body at the same time. While
lymphacising, remain with both feet firmly on the rebounder mat. Bounce gently up
and down, starting with just a few minutes and gradually increasing up to 10 or 15
minutes, three or four times daily; it is best done before meals and bedtime, and the
more often the better.
Keep your hands touching body areas in need of healing, such as a tumour
area, liver, kidneys, or wherever you feel discomfort. With each upward bounce, take
a sniff until your lungs are filled after ten to 20 sniffs, and then exhale again in sniffs.
Always try to fill and empty your lungs as completely as possible. If you do it right,
you should feel energized after the exercise.
Practicing “Good Use”: F. M. Alexander, the Australian formulator of the
Alexander Technique, developed the principle of “good use.” It means using your
body efficiently and with ease, maintaining maximum balance and coordination
between all of its parts. Most of us use our body poorly most of the time. By learning
good use, we can harmonize our posture and movements, and with this improve our
spine, muscular structure, even the functioning of our internal organs and glands. To
learn good use, we concentrate mainly on the way we sit, stand up, sit down, walk,
and breathe.
Start by exploring your present use in front of a mirror: Observe how you move
your head from side to side, up and down, how the shoulders move, how you talk
and breathe. Then try to practice the basic movements of good use: Move your head
up and away from the torso, but at the same time let the whole body ease upwards in
a movement that flattens and lengthens the spine.
When turning the head, moving it up or down, standing, sitting, walking, or lying
down, always let the head “float up,” which means away from the body and in line
with the spine. This is not just a position to be maintained but part of a continuous
process of easing the head up to lengthen the spine.
When you look at yourself at eye level, the neck should be straight and the chin
down. Watch that the back of your head is not dropped backward where it will
produce a hollow where the head joins the neck. Except when intentionally tilting the
head, there should be no hollow at this point. Watch that your head remain up and
your neck straight while you talk, sit down, stand up, or move in any other way.
Instead of directly moving your head upwards, think and feel it floating up. Let the
move be manifested through this thought and feeling.
Standing and Sitting: Another important aspect to watch is that your muscles
be relaxed when at rest. When standing, feel that your eyes, jaw, shoulders, and
abdomen are relaxed; when sitting, do the same for the thigh and calf muscles.
Check repeatedly because these muscles have a tendency to tense when we do not
watch them. Do the same when lying down: Check that all your muscles are relaxed.
When sitting down or standing up, your back and neck should remain in a
straight line. Only the joints at the ankles, knees, and hips should bend. When
standing up, lean forward by having your body follow your head. In this way, bend at
the hips, which creates a momentum that lifts you off the seat and brings you onto
your feet without any effort. Now you only need to straighten the three lower joints
and you can stand in front of the chair.

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Exactly the reverse procedure takes place when sitting down. The arms are not
used in any way to push or swing when you’re standing up or sitting down. When
sitting, keep your head moving upwards in order to counteract the tendency to slump.
Check yourself frequently to be sure you sit straight but relaxed. When lifting
something from the floor, keep your back and neck straight and bend only at the
ankle, knee, and hip joints.
Walking: When walking, touch down lightly with the full foot, not just with the
heel. While the other foot is brought forward, the whole body weight now rests on the
foot on the ground. Start rolling your weight off this foot by lifting your heel. In this
way rise onto the ball of the foot and even onto the toes. This creates a strong
momentum that propels you forward without any effort. Repeat the same process
with the other foot.
The important part of walking is rising onto the toes, which gives you a light,
bouncing step, as if you’re walking on air. Your spine and neck remain in a straight
line, your shoulders relaxed. The arms swing gently, as opposite arm and leg move
at the same time. When climbing steps, rise onto your toes in the same way as for
walking. (For more information, see “The Complete Guide to the Alexander
Technique” and other information at www.alexandertechnique.com.)
Correct Breathing: Generally, we breathe just enough for the activity at hand.
However, to prepare for action it is beneficial to supercharge your body with oxygen
by breathing more deeply than you need. This makes you more energetic, helps to
cleanse the body, and neutralizes overacid conditions. Practice deep breathing in
fresh air. Watch that during normal breathing your lower rib cage is moving.
However, during sedentary activities it is preferable to breathe as slowly and deeply
as possible. This helps to relax both body and mind. Therefore, by deliberately over-
breathing we create useful tension, and by under-breathing we practice relaxation.
Here are some tips on breathing exercises:
Watching the Breath: This is a relaxing exercise to still the mind. Mentally follow
the breath flowing in and out but without any attempt to control it.
Full Breath: Inhale for several seconds, consciously filling first the lowest part of
the lungs, causing the abdomen to lift. Then expand the middle part and finally the
upper part of the chest. Hold the breath for several seconds then slowly release it,
starting with the upper chest; end by contracting the abdomen. After about four
seconds, start a new cycle.
Abdominal Breathing: This is important for people with breathing problems.
Place a hand on the abdomen and feel it rise and fall without your chest moving.
Adopt abdominal breathing whenever an acute breathing problem develops.
Long Exhaling: This is good for people with obvious or hidden anxieties and for
those who need to establish a proper orgasm reflex. While standing, exhale for about
ten seconds in one continuous sweep. Near the end, the shoulders move forward,
the buttocks press together, and the pelvis moves forward and upward in an
involuntary movement. A long, gentle exhalation also helps to relax body and mind
and may be used to direct energies and relax specific muscles. Inhale quickly in
about one or two seconds and then exhale slowly for about ten seconds. During
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energy flowing into it, making it feel warm and expansive. Use this to reduce muscle
tension and pain or to relax the whole body, starting with the feet and gradually
working your way upwards to the head.
Super-breathing (Hyperventilation): This is to quickly saturate the body with
oxygen. Quickly and deeply—at the rate of about one or two cycles per second—
inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth. Stop when you begin to feel
dizzy. A slower, but more sustained form of super-breathing, done through the nose
only, can be adopted during energy healing, or before and during heavy physical
work or exercises.
Hara Breathing: Sit or lie, relaxed, with the hands folded as in prayer or over the
abdomen, left palm on the navel, right hand on top. Inhale gently through the nose,
hold the breath, and exhale through the mouth; each period lasts five seconds. While
inhaling, touch the roof of your mouth with your tongue. Accompany this with
abdominal breathing. Envisage with each breath that life energy fills the abdomen;
feel it as warm and tingling. Hara is a Japanese word for the centre and storehouse
of vital energy located just below the navel.
Alternate Nostril Breathing: This is helpful for balancing body polarities. Close
the right nostril with a finger and inhale through the left nostril, then close the left
nostril and exhale through the right nostril. Inhale through the right nostril, and exhale
through the left one, and so on. Several rounds of this are good at the start of
meditation.
Eight–Two Breathing: This may be used for stilling the mind and emotions
during meditation or spiritual healing. Inhale for a count of eight, hold for two, exhale
for eight, hold for two, and so on. The flow of the breath should be smooth and
harmonious.
Skin and Organ Breathing: For improving a particular part of your body, imagine
and feel your breath moving through this part during inhalation and exhalation. As an
example, for improving the liver, feel the breath as a cool stream penetrating your
liver. When holding the breath, feel a slight pressure in the liver area and an
increasing warmth.
Vocal Exercises: Sounds have a strong influence on us, and music particularly
can have a profound effect on our emotions. Mantras (special words or sounds) are
used in certain techniques of meditation to achieve particular effects. Much stronger
is the impact of our own voice on our body. If properly pronounced, each vowel
produces a vibration in a specific body part, mainly the large cavities. If you cannot
feel a resonance vibration, just imagine it.
Produce the sounds as clearly as possible. Take a full breath and sing each
vowel forcefully in different intonations. If your voice is low and deep, try to produce
the sounds in the front of the mouth; if you have a high-pitched voice, make the
vowels vibrate deeper down the throat.
Feel the resonance of each vowel in the indicated body cavity. The lower the
body cavity in which you want to experience the sound, the deeper or lower you
should try to make the sound. Initially, use each vowel in turn, then concentrate on
the ones most appropriate to your condition. Select and use vowels according to
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as the pineal and pituitary glands. Imagine the sound vibrating from the centre of
your brain.
Vowel Resonance Areas
This table shows the correct intonation of vowels and the body cavities, which
they stimulate if properly performed. Try to grade the vowels with the highest note for
“I” and the lowest for “U”

I Bee Head
E Fairy Throat
A Father Upper Chest
O Coma Lower Chest, Upper Abdomen
U Zulu Lower Abdomen

If you make the sounds properly, you will feel the vibrations in your throat and
mouth and possibly in your lips and cheeks as well. When you leave a tiny gap
between your teeth, you should be able to feel them vibrating strongly. This effect is
usually strongest with the “m” or “om” sound. Also try to vibrate your tongue with a
rolling “r” sound. If correctly done, you can feel these vibrations energizing the whole
structure of the head, bones as well as tissue.
Instead of sounding “om,” you can intonate “a-u-m” or “a-o-u-m” in sequence
with the same breath. Gradually lower the sound, and try to feel the vowels vibrating
in the appropriate resonance areas. Feel the “m” sound moving up the spine with the
pitch gradually rising higher, ending at the centre of the brain.
Singing is an excellent vocal therapy, so try it often. Listen to stimulating,
sedating, or uplifting music according to your needs. Lie down in a relaxed position
and become fully immersed in the sounds. Feel something inside you moving,
expanding, rising in resonance with the music. Try singing along.

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Step10
THE HEALING CRISIS
Sooner or later you are bound to have a healing crisis,
so use it to your advantage.

Even on their first clinical visit, I routinely recommended that my patients adopt
a high-quality, low-allergen diet. When they came back two or three weeks later, they
often said they felt much better but that a week earlier they had had a cold. When
asked about the symptoms, these turned out to be mainly a profuse mucus discharge
or sometimes diarrhoea, but rarely were there signs of infection. These patients had
experienced their first healing crisis on their path to better health.
This shows us the general principles of a healing crisis. With each crisis or
reaction, there is a temporary worsening of the condition, with either new symptoms
appearing or existing ones getting worse. This is the result of toxins being mobilized
for elimination by the body in what is clinically known as the Herxheimer effect.
However, after the healing reaction, we reach a higher level of health than before.
This concept of a healing crisis clearly shows the opposite perceptions in drug-
based medicine and holistic medicine regarding health and the healing process. In
drug medicine, it is assumed that a patient who is free of disease symptoms is more
or less healthy, and the aim of drugs is to achieve this condition by removing
disagreeable symptoms. Frequently, alternative medicine is used in the same way;
instead of toxic drugs, benign natural remedies are used. This is what most patients
want, and according to their beliefs, they use either drugs or natural remedies to
eliminate symptoms.
However, holistic medicine, following in the footsteps of the nineteenth-century
Nature Cure movement, aims higher. Here, health is regarded not just as a
temporary absence of disease symptoms, but as a state of profound physical,
emotional, and mental well-being so that we cannot develop a disease.
Animals living in an unspoiled natural habitat commonly display this kind of
health. If we want to come close to such outstanding health, we have to work for it by
consciously minimizing the multitude of negative influences on our health and by
maximizing the positive factors instead.
Experience shows we do not follow a straight line of health improvement or
deterioration. Similar to the way periods of illness are interspersed amidst relative
well-being on the long road to chronic degenerative diseases and death, we have
ups and downs on the road to superior health. The main difference is that the road to
deteriorating health slopes downhill while the road to superior health goes up.
Travelling downhill is easy; we do not need to do anything about it, but
improving our health requires consistent effort, and it can seem like an uphill climb.
Contrary to the lengthy periods of ill health on the downhill road, the dips on the uphill
road are usually short and sharp. Such a dip is called a “healing crisis,” although I
prefer the less dramatic names “healing reaction,” “cleansing reaction,” or simply
“reaction.”

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After each reaction, we advance to a higher level of health than we had before
the reaction. Holistic therapists realize that the road to better health follows a definite
pattern, once known as Hering’s Law of Cure (from homeopathy), which says: “All
cure starts from within out, from the head down, and in reverse order as the
symptoms have appeared.”
The emotional side of our health problems is important as well. Each disease,
accident, or surgical intervention contains a strong emotional component that needs
to be re-experienced during a reaction. Otherwise, the healing will remain incomplete
and the problem will present itself again at a later time for healing at a deeper level.
This also means that the body selects the kind of healing crisis that is most
appropriate at the time, taking into consideration its needs and abilities to have a
certain area healed or improved. We can consciously influence this choice by
working on a particular problem. I’ve noticed that the “body self” tries to select a
timing that does not disable us during important upcoming events. No doubt we are
guided on our healing path by our inner intelligence that has our best interests at
heart.
In the beginning, our healing reactions will be mainly on the physical or
biological level, but increasingly we will experience the release of emotional blocks
and changes in consciousness, preparing us for greater activity on the spiritual level.
Patterns of Healing: In every healing, the sequence of our health deterioration
will automatically be retraced. This means that old, long-forgotten disease symptoms
may suddenly flare up again in the form of a healing crisis. The reason for this is
based on the nature of disease.
At first, when the body is still vital, it reacts forcefully against pathogenic
invaders; the resulting battle causes fever and inflammation. If the body is not strong
enough to win completely, the acute battle symptoms will eventually subside, with the
remaining invaders leading a somewhat subdued existence in a weakened gland or
organ. Repeated attacks will result in the degeneration of this body part, causing
chronic disease.
At some stage on the road towards health, the body will feel strong enough to
start the fight again to heal the diseased organ; when it does, inflammation will result.
Such healing reactions are usually short-lived but can be intense. If one supports the
body during this period with rest and cleansing diets, then the organ will eventually
acquire a much better level of health than before the flare-up. If, however, drugs are
used to suppress the healing symptoms, then the inflamed organ will return to its
subacute, chronic condition and wait for another opportunity to heal itself.
The healing pattern of other health problems that are not related to
immunological processes and infections follows a similar line to this. Healing takes
place on many different levels: at the biochemical within cells; in the blood circulation;
in the nervous system; and especially in the flow of bioenergies (such as chi, as
described by acupuncture). Healing activity will be increased on all of these levels.
At the bioenergetic level, the increased energy flow may cause congestion at
various places, in the weak body part itself as well as in related acupuncture points
and zone reflex areas. Excess energy in such places may be noticed as pain, heat,
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obstruction in the energy flow. We can support this process with specific healing
methods or by healthy living practices in general. However, trying to suppress any
acute inflammation may leave the body part permanently weak. Inflammation in itself
is a healing energy release, and it is best overcome by removing the blockages in the
energy flow.
Frequently there will be periods of greatly increased bowel activity or diarrhea.
This is due to the detoxifying action of the liver. These toxic waste products are very
irritating to the intestinal wall and the body tries to flush them out as quickly as
possible to avoid intestinal discomfort and headaches. Do not try to suppress this
process but you may try to ease it with frequent drinks of psyllium which help to bind
the toxins and solidify the bowel content.
Skin Reactions: Another common form of healing reaction is the development
of a rash or other skin problem, especially over a weak body part, such as, for
instance, at a hip or shoulder. This skin reaction signifies that the energy that has
been bound internally in this area in the form of muscle armouring, stiffness, and
accumulated metabolic wastes is now surfacing and dissipating. Thus the affected
joint or limb will become much freer and stronger. However, if the skin reaction is
interfered with and made to go away prematurely, then the suppressed energy and
metabolic wastes will remain in that body part, keeping it in a state of pain or
weakness.
Thus there usually is no need to interfere directly with skin reactions or other
healing symptoms. On the contrary, that may only drive the problem “underground” to
affect internal organs and body structures. Natural healers have noticed that by
artificially producing a rash over an arthritic joint, the joint greatly improves, but when
a rash over a joint is artificially suppressed, then arthritic symptoms may appear in
that joint.
This observation applies only to healing reactions, not to possibly infected or
chronically inflamed skin areas which may be treated with antimicrobials and
alkalizers in addition to nutritional therapy.
You may learn much about yourself, your body, health problems, and emotional
reactions by patiently observing the healing process instead of rushing to do
something about it. What you should do, however, is live healthily, cleanse the body,
helping the suppressed energy to come out and dissipate, and be optimistic about it
all.
Frequently, boils and increased mucus discharge, as in colds, arise during the
initial stages of the healing process. Sometimes they start one or two weeks after you
improve your diet and begin to take supplements. This indicates that your organs of
elimination are congested. During such times, take little food, but instead consume
generous amounts of herb teas, fresh vegetable juices, and pure water, and ideally
go on a cleansing diet. Such healing crises may appear from time to time, separated
by weeks, months, or even years, bringing you ever closer to your goal of superior
health.
Listen to Your Body: Some further problems may develop during your
program of health improvement. Formerly, the body response may have been dulled
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immediate and forceful. Foods that you may have eaten habitually before going on a
cleansing diet can now suddenly cause a gastrointestinal upset, making you feel sick
and miserable for days. However, such reactions do not need to happen if you take
proper precautions: Find out to which foods you are allergic and try to avoid these. If
you eat in restaurants and do not know what to expect, take plenty of digestive
enzymes and lecithin during the meal, and try to eat foods in correct combination; if
allergy symptoms appear, use alkalizers together with sodium ascorbate to mitigate
their effects.
Your body now trusts that you will not hurt it anymore in the old ways. But if you
do, your body is very “offended” and lets you (your mind) know about it in no
uncertain terms. This is the most effective language the body has. However, if you
learn to listen, your body will first try to tell you about its requirements in a more
subtle way such as in intestinal rumbling, an itch, a slight muscle weakness, a
passing pain. There are numerous ways a body expresses its needs, and each body
has its own language of symptoms.
If you are honest and persistent in your desire to become a “friend” to your
body, it will eventually let you know its needs, its likes, and dislikes; you will
rediscover your lost body instincts. This is what we should aim for: to become
independent of outside expert advice and do what our body tells us is right to do, not
only in nutrition, but in everyday living.
While one can usually gain relatively quick relief from distressing symptoms,
rebuilding a strong and healthy body is a slow process. It requires a great deal of
experimenting to find your optimal individual conditions for healing and it needs your
solid determination to carry through with a program over the years.
The Progress of Healing: Generally, recently acquired chronic weaknesses
are the first to flare up and become healed, while our oldest and most persistent
health problems are the last to yield. Thus there appears to be an orderly sequence
to our health improvement. Healing proceeds in a wave pattern on an upward slope.
On the peak of a wave we feel much improved, while in a trough we experience
cleansing activity or a healing reaction and feel sick. The overall movement,
however, is towards greater well-being.
The body always tries to heal itself and an acute inflammation is an important
tool for this purpose. An inflammation makes the walls of the blood vessels porous to
allow an increased flow of lymph fluid to move immune cells in and move
accumulated toxins out. At this stage it is just an acute inflammation and we can
choose to turn it into a healing crisis by supporting the body mentally and
nutritionally, or we can choose to suppress the acute condition and return ourselves
to a chronic degenerative condition.
Therefore, anything that suppresses an acute inflammation prevents healing of
the affected area. This includes not only anti-inflammatory drugs and remedies, but
also strong alkalizers that reduce the release of histamine. The pain and heat in the
inflamed area are the price we have to pay for healing.
However, anti-inflammatory agents and alkalizers have their role in easing the
discomfort of a chronic inflammation until the body has been nutritionally and
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may either be too severe or come at an inopportune time. You can lessen or
temporarily stop them by adding cooked food to a raw food cleansing diet, by
alkalizing the body, or by using anti-inflammatory remedies.
Usually, we can select a suitable time for a healing crisis by starting a strict
cleanse on raw food only, especially fresh vegetable juices, or fruit or vegetable
salads. A fruit cleanse is more suitable for insensitive individuals (less allergy-prone),
while vegetables are much better for an overacid and sensitive body.
One of the main factors reducing the severity of any symptoms is a clean
bowel, regardless of whether the reaction was triggered deliberately or involuntarily.
The easiest way to achieve this is by taking a tablespoon of Epsom salt in water at
bedtime or upon rising in the morning. If no solid food is used, then take a teaspoon
of psyllium hulls several times daily in a glass of unchlorinated water; too little water
can cause constipation (refer to Step 3 for more information).
You can further support your body with light, enjoyable outdoors activity. Prayer
and meditation or guided imagery are also recommended.
As you can see, there is no simple path to completely avoiding health-related
discomfort. We can only choose in which way we want to “suffer.” We can either
deliberately and cheerfully endure unpleasant healing crises with the promise of
better health to follow; or we can expect to suffer involuntarily and in an uncontrolled
way from chronic degenerative diseases as we get older. The choice is yours.

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Part 2
NATURAL HEALING METHODS

This chapter contains a selection of natural healing methods, presented in a


concise form suitable for do-it-yourself healing and experimentation. It is especially
useful in the context of healing groups. You will find diagnostic methods followed by
selected therapeutic methods. However, several of these overlap and can be used
for both diagnosis and treatment. Experiment with those methods that appeal to you
while disregarding others.
In conventional medicine, diagnosis is extremely important because the
predominant use of surgery and toxic drugs directed against specific disease
symptoms leaves little room for error. Holistic healing, on the other hand, aims to
improve the overall health of the patient, so diagnosis is less important. Healthy
living, which includes correct nutrition and mind control, in combination with various
nonspecific healing methods, will be enough in many cases to lift one’s health to
such an extent that, even without diagnosis, diseases and their symptoms gradually
disappear.
However, improvement may be faster and easier, especially in serious
conditions, if you concentrate additional healing efforts on specific glands or organs.
Here, diagnosis is -useful in pinpointing the areas most in need. Generally, the aim of
diagnosis in holistic healing is to assess whether an organ, gland, or other part is
overactive or underactive; whether energy flows are too strong or too weak; or
whether there are deficiencies or harmful outside influences, attitudes, or emotions.
Worldwide, an emerging and especially active area of the healing arts is
electro-medicine. This includes a multitude of diagnostic and therapeutic instruments
from simple to very elaborate and computer-programmed. While some of these have
a long track record, including mainstream medical use in Germany, the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration (FDA) has either outlawed many of these products or
actively discourages their use. In view of this, and also because of the evolving and
constantly changing nature of this whole area, I recommend getting the newest
information from the Internet. Look for key words such as Rife technology, BEFE
(bio-electric field enhancer), electro-acupuncture, electrodermal screening, electronic
blood purifier, zapper, and magnetic pulser. For the definitive publication in this area,
see Bio-electromagnetic Medicine, with contributions by a wide range of scientists
and medical researchers, and edited by Paul J. Rosch, clinical professor of Medicine
and Psychiatry, New York Medical College, with Marko Markov of the Mount Sinai
Medical School.
Here then is a selection of practical methods you can use to improve your
health and that of your family and friends.

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Step 11
GENERAL EXAMINATION
Examine yourself to assess your state of health.

Testing Body Fluids: Tests in this step are recommended as a way to get to
know and monitor your body rather than to replace medical diagnosis. Urine dipstick
tests, available at most pharmacies, give indications of pH (acid-alkaline balance),
kidney function (protein status), diabetes (glucose), fat metabolism (ketones), urinary
tract infections (blood, nitrites), liver and gallbladder function, and blood stability
(bilirubin, urobilinogen). Cloudiness in a fresh urine sample, for example, may be due
to urates, phosphates, pus, dead bacteria, or inadequate liquid intake.
A dipstick test for vitamin C is available in some countries; otherwise you can
test by adding ten drops of a five-percent silver-nitrate solution to ten drops of your
urine in a test tube. Read it after two minutes. A white precipitate shows vitamin C
deficiency; if beige, a small amount of vitamin C is present; if gray, your vitamin C
status is good. During severe infections, sufficient vitamin C should be given to cause
a charcoal-like appearance in the test fluid. From the colours of these dipsticks, you
can clearly see whether the result is normal or whether there is a problem, in which
case you can repeat the test from time to time or seek professional advice. (Caution:
Silver nitrate badly stains skin and garments.)
Low-cost instruments are now available for measuring the level of glucose in
the blood. In a standard glucose-tolerance test, 100 g of glucose, or 2 g per kg body
weight, are given in water to the fasting patient. Blood and urine samples are tested
every 30 minutes. A test for diabetes can be terminated after two or three hours,
while for hypoglycaemia, test for five hours. Diabetes is suspected when the glucose
level peaks and remains higher than normal.
Hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) is more difficult to evaluate and may be
suspected if the blood sugar curve shows a high plateau or remains flat, if it shows a
steep drop, or if it falls below the fasting level. In addition, test the soft-palate pH (in
the mouth) before and after the test. Greatly increased acidity shows inefficient use
of glucose. Frequently, the blood sugar reaction depends on the source of the
glucose or carbohydrate; that is, an abnormal blood glucose level may be caused by
an allergy response to a particular carbohydrate.
Pulse and Blood Pressure: Take the pulse while sitting and standing. To find
the pulse, lightly press with the pads of three fingers on the inside of the wrist of the
other hand just below the pad of the thumb. Adrenal stress (predisposition to
allergies) may be indicated if the rate is higher when standing than sitting.
Statistically, the average pulse rate for men is 72 per minute and 80 for women.
Physical activity, raised temperature, infections, an overactive thyroid gland, strong
emotions, and allergies increase the pulse rate. An irregular pulse may indicate heart
disease, potassium or magnesium deficiency in the heart muscle, or an allergy.
Sometimes the pulse is irregular only under stress, for example, when standing or
running. If there appears to be a problem, check again on subsequent days under
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Blood pressure is measured with a sphygmomanometer and is important for
body balancing and assessing nutritional requirements. The normal readings are
120/80 mm Hg (millimetres of mercury). The upper value is produced when the heart
contracts (systolic pressure) and mainly indicates the rigidity or elasticity of the main
arteries. The lower reading (diastolic pressure) occurs when the heart dilates and
indicates the amount of tension or relaxation in the small peripheral blood vessels.
The difference between both readings is the pulse pressure. The normal pulse
pressure is about 40. To obtain an indication of the metabolic rate (how fast or how
slow the body produces energy from food) multiply the pulse pressure by the resting
pulse rate. The
average value is
2800 plus or minus
500. A value higher
than 3300 indicates
an overactive
thyroid, while a
result lower than
2300 indicates an
underactive thyroid.
A fall in blood
pressure when
standing compared
with sitting indicates
adrenal stress.
Sometimes a low blood pressure when sitting will rise when standing because of
increased tension. The blood pressure of healthy adults does not rise with increasing
age. The most common causes for high blood pressure are arterial hardening and
congestion, kidney problems, and allergies.
Examination of Organs: While the person to be examined lies relaxed on the
back, exert direct pressure on the organs to be tested. Inflamed or infected
conditions will usually be indicated by tenderness. Of special importance is the liver;
to gauge liver health, press gently under the front of the right rib cage. Press into the
stomach, at the lower end of the sternum, and all around the abdomen, to check the
small and large intestines. If most of these intestinal areas are tender, you can
suspect an overgrowth of Candida albicans in the gastrointestinal tract.
Reflexes can be tested by striking with the edge of the hand just underneath
the kneecap. Normally the leg will give a slight jerk. Absent or very strong jerks may
indicate nervous system diseases and a need to seek professional help. Another test
involves stroking the inside of the sole of the foot (called Babinski’s reflex). In a
normal condition, the toes will contract and draw together. In cases of central
nervous system disease (and in newborn infants), the toes will fan out and be drawn
back.
The thyroid gland is situated on both sides of the lower neck; if it is underactive,
you may feel sluggish and have difficulty losing weight. To see whether your thyroid
is underactive, measure the temperature under your tongue for ten minutes on three
consecutive mornings before getting out of bed. Premenopausal women should do
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97.8°F (36.5°C) or higher. If it is consistently below this, your thyroid is likely
underactive. You should then consume foods high in iodine, such as seafood and
kelp, and also take selenium to stimulate your thyroid functions. Dental problems,
such as dead teeth and mercury amalgam fillings, are important causative factors of
thyroid problems, so use metal-free dentistry (see Step 8).
Other tests can be performed according to the skill and specialization of the
examiner. The tongue, skin, hair, eyes, and nails can give valuable health
information. Energy patterns can be assessed from Kirlian photography; measuring
devices for acupuncture energies can reveal the meridian flows as well as the vitality
of specific organs before and after treatment and at consecutive visits.
Self-examination of organs can be difficult. If you are in doubt about what you
have found, consult a professional. Low-cost diagnostic instruments such as a
sphygmomanometer, stethoscope, and eye, ear, nose and throat instruments can
often be obtained from Chinese importers of acupuncture equipment.
Hair Analysis: For an assessment of your long-term mineral status, you can
send a sample of your head hair to a specialized laboratory for analysis. (You can
find an address for a laboratory on the Internet or in the advertisements of health
magazines, or ask a naturo-path.) However, interpretation of the results is difficult,
because mineral levels in hair are not directly related to the mineral levels in blood or
cells. As the mineral content of the hair reflects the long-term mineral distribution
inside the cells, it is often more useful than a serum mineral analysis.
Generally, the ratio between key elements is more important than certain high
or low values taken in isolation. An abnormal ratio indicates problems with the
various systems or organs. Important ideal ratios (and the body systems affected)
are as follows:

• Zinc:copper = 8:1. Needed for the cardiovascular system, female reproductive


system, liver functions.
• Zinc:manganese = 150:1. Muscles and skeletal system, collagen, cholesterol.
• Calcium:zinc = 3:1. Cardiovascular and kidney functions, bones and joints.
• Sodium:potassium = 2:1. Adrenal glands and glandular system.
• Calcium:magnesium = 8:1. Cardiovascular system, bones and joints, dietary
imbalance.
• Iron:copper = 2.5:1. Indicates condition of blood and energy production through
respiration.
• Here are some clinically significant patterns:
• Elevated levels of toxic minerals such as mercury, lead, or cadmium indicate you
need to detoxify.
• Low sodium, potassium, chromium, and manganese indicate glucose
intolerance.

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• Elevated calcium and magnesium in the correct ratio indicate nutritionally
induced hyperparathyroidism (overactive parathyroid glands) due to excess
dietary phosphorus (for example, from meat and soft drinks).
• Low levels of most polyvalent elements; including copper, iron, manganese,
chromium, and selenium, indicate malabsorption, with possible lack of gastric
acid.
There is an interesting nutritional pattern connected with criminal behaviour.
Violent, imprisoned criminals generally have one of two mineral-correlated behaviour
patterns. With a high copper-to-zinc ratio, low sodium, potassium, and manganese
but high lead and cadmium levels, they have extreme mood swings, poor ability to
handle stress, and occasional violent behaviour. They tend to feel remorse for their
actions. With the other pattern of iron, calcium, potassium, and sodium high in
addition to high cadmium and lead, with low copper and zinc, such people are often
violent and cruel, fascinated by fire, and exhibit no conscience or remorse. (For
further information, see Diagnostic Usefulness of Trace Elements in Human Hair, by
Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D.)
Face and Tongue: Face diagnosis is widely practiced in Chinese and
Japanese medical traditions. Generally, the forehead corresponds to the nervous
system, the middle part of the face to the circulation, and below the nose to the
digestion. More specifically, the eyes are related to the liver and partly to the spleen;
the nose to the lungs and heart; and the mouth and lips to the digestive functions.
To give a few examples, fluid sacs under the eyes are generally attributed to
poor kidney function, especially if they are dark purple or bluish in colour, while with a
puffy brown appearance they implicate the liver. Heart and lung problems may be
indicated by a red or purple, swollen or bulbous nose. Soft, hanging lower lips show a
weak muscle tone of the intestines. If the mouth is kept open most of the time, this
shows severe metabolic imbalances and weakness.
The tongue is also a diagnostic tool. The tip of the tongue corresponds to the
heart, the edges to the liver and gallbladder, the centre to the stomach and spleen;
between the tip and the centre are the lungs; and at the root or back of the tongue
are the kidneys, intestines, uterus, and bladder. The underside reflects the circulation
in the corresponding areas. A white coating is related to congestion of the intestines;
a red tongue may indicate B-vitamin deficiencies or inflammation; a bluish colour
indicates coldness, underactivity, and poor circulation in the indicated areas. A yellow
or brownish coating may indicate liver problems and cracks may be due to
overacidity, allergies, and deficiencies.

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Step 12
IRIS DIAGNOSIS
Study your eyes to find out more about internal conditions of your body.

The iris is like a map of the body - changes in certain organs are reflected in
specific parts of the iris. The right iris shows the condition of the right side of the
body, while the left iris reflects the left side. The exact relationship between iris and
body parts can be seen from the iris chart below. Iris diagnosis is also known as
iridology.
In health, the iris is composed of densely structured fine, straight lines,
radiating from the pupil to the outer rim. A close grain, similar to that of hardwood,
indicates a strong inherited vitality and good recuperative powers in the case of
temporary illness. If the fibres are loosely spread, as in softwood, the basic health is
weak.
In poor health these lines become separated and distorted, forming various
patterns, called markings. Very weak organs often show elliptically formed grey
markings - so-called closed lesions resembling knots in wood. In poor health many of
these closed lesions may be found in the iris, indicating areas in which the circulation
is stagnating. If these lesions are not 'walled in', but open at one end or both, this
indicates that despite a weakness the circulation in this area is good.
Colour Changes: Start by studying your own eyes in a mirror. Then look at the
eyes of friends and relatives. Use a magnifying glass and a torch held at the side of
the eye. Make a coloured copy of your own eyes or those of a friend, and compare it
with the iris chart. Study the general colour pattern. Markings are much easier to
detect in blue than in brown eyes. Often there will be brownish discolourations in blue
or green eyes extending outward from the pupil. This area belongs to the intestines.
The brown colour change indicates that there is a deterioration of the digestive
system, usually associated with inherited liver and gall bladder weakness.
Frequently, the eyes of babies change from blue to brownish within days or
weeks of the baby's introduction to cows' milk. Often allergy symptoms are present
simultaneously, for example, eczema, respiratory and digestive difficulties. These
colour changes may also occur in breastfed babies if the mother uses cows' milk or
its products. Presumably this change may already occur in the foetus.
The brown colour of genuinely brown eyes comes from melanin pigments,
while pathological brown colour changes originate from oxidised lipoproteins (for
example, lipofuscin) and possibly from the breakdown products of blood colouring
agents (for example, bilirubin). Additional discolouration may result from drug
deposits.
Sometimes there is so much brown it is difficult to detect the original colour.
Organ areas that border the intestinal ring where it shows strong markings are likely
to suffer from reflected weaknesses. White in the iris indicates overactivity, irritation,
acidity, infection, inflammation or catarrh of the corresponding body part. In some
eyes the whole iris shows much white; in others it is concentrated in certain areas
only.

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Generally, a brown discolouration means that cows' milk products, saturated
fats (all fats that are solid at room temperature), chemicals and stimulants should be
avoided as much as possible. A very white discolouration indicates mucus
congestion. Therefore, mucus-forming foods should be avoided - gluten, refined
carbohydrates, wheat, lactose, oranges and anything mouldy.
Gradually, an organ may change from an inflamed to a chronically weak
condition. The white in the iris will simultaneously change to grey; the darker the
grey, the weaker the organ. During health improvement you may watch the reverse
process: the grey areas becoming lighter in colour, then white and finally restored to
the original colour - a process that takes many years.
Generally, white markings indicate a need for sedating, anti-inflammatory
treatment of the associated organ, while grey or brown areas show a need for
strengthening and stimulation.

IRIS CHARTS
Abbreviations: ADREN = Adrenal Gland, AP. = Appendix, G.B. = Gall-bladder,
P. = Pineal Gland, PA. =Pancreas, PIT. = Pituitary Gland, S.P. = Solar Plexus.

Common Conditions:
PUPIL REFLEX: If a pupil does not contract when a bright light shines on to it,
this indicates dulled nerve reflexes, weak adrenal glands or an overstimulated
sympathetic nervous system, often from fear as a hidden, chronic condition. Adrenal
stress is indicated if the pupils begin to expand and contract repeatedly when
exposed to bright light for 30 seconds.
NERVE WREATH: A strong, white and almost circular outline of the intestinal
area - the nerve wreath - indicates a good Condition of the autonomic nervous
system. If this outline is weak, jagged, discoloured, or extends far towards the
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condition. The normal position of the nerve wreath is one-third the distance between
the pupil and the periphery; if the nervous system is tense and overactive, the wreath
is closer to the pupil, and if the nervous system is relaxed and under-active it is
closer to the periphery.
NERVE RINGS: White circles or arcs of circles in the outer part of the iris. They
indicate a tense, over-reactive, irritated nervous system. The outermost iris zones
represent the lymphatic and circulation system and, bordering the sclera, the skin.
DISCOLOURED STOMACH AREA: In a normal condition the stomach area is
not visible, but if the stomach is irritated the area bordering the pupil will be whitish
and distinct from the intestinal area. A brownish discolouration of the stomach area
indicates a chronic weakness.
DISCOLOURED INTESTINAL AREA: A whitish intestinal area indicates
inflammation, irritation or ulcers; avoid gluten products, lactose, spices and acid
foods; use mucilaginous supplements (fenugreek, slippery elm, comfrey, linseed),
brown rice, and the outer parts of potatoes. If there is a mucous congestion in the
head, there is a whitish or brownish discolouration in the transverse colon area,
radiating towards ear and brain. If chronically weak, this area will be dark.
RADIAL BLACK LINES: When there is a serious deterioration of the
intestines, strong black lines (radii solaris) will develop, starting from the pupil and
radiating towards the periphery. Organs through which these radii pass will be very
weak as well.
UNUSUAL MARKINGS: Distinct markings may be coloured brown, red or
yellow. Unusual colours indicate deposits of drugs or other chemicals that settle in
weak organs.
WHITE OUTER RING: A heavy white ring near the outer edge of the iris points
to salt (sodium) and calcium deposits. Avoid salt, drink plenty of water, possibly use
potassium and magnesium supplements, and natural vitamin D; improve kidney
activities.
BLUISH-WHITE FILM: A bluish-white film beginning to cover the iris from the
outer rim indicates poor circulation to this area and an anaemic condition. Often this
film appears in the brain area, indicating approaching senility (arcus senilis).
DARK OUTER RING: A dark ring at the outer rim (scurf rim) shows the skin is
inactive with accumulated wastes, and needs frequent stimulation, better circulation
and improved kidney and lung activities.
LYMPHATIC ROSARY: A series of white spots near the outer rim, the
'lymphatic rosary', indicates chronic infection and congestion of the lymphatic system.
Avoid especially lactose and cows' milk products (except butter).
It may require years to become an expert in iridology, but the basic rules given
here will already enable you to form a well-founded judgement about the condition of
your body. You may also be able to help other people if you have this knowledge.
Experiment and you will soon find iridology a valuable and fascinating tool. The most
extensive information in book form on iridology is available from Bernhard Jensen,
mainly his book Iridology Volume 2.

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Sclerology: In sclera diagnosis or sclerology, the location and shape of the
blood vessels visible in the sclera, the white of the eye, are interpreted. Generally
only the problem areas are indicated, not the nature of the complaint. Sclerology may
show that the function of an organ is disturbed, but not whether it is overactive or
under-active. It helps if you have good light and a magnifying glass for examination.
To inspect the lower part of the sclera, let the examinee look up while you pull
down the lower eyelid; to look at the upper part, the examinee should look down
while you gently roll up the upper lid; examine the outside while the examinee looks
toward the other eye and the inner part of the sclera while looking away from the
other eye.
Generally a blood vessel pointing towards a certain organ reflex in the iris
indicates that there is something wrong with that organ or part of the body. The
stronger the blood vessel is visible and also the more of them are bunching together,
the worse is the problem. A bluish colour of the sclera indicates under-activity.

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Step 13
MUSCLE TESTING
Test your muscle strength to see whether a food
or remedy is good or bad for you.

Our muscles respond to many external as well as internal influences by


becoming stronger or weaker. In muscle testing, the change in muscle strength is
assessed before and during contact with a test item. This may be, for example, a
food sample, a colour or a piece of material. Internal influences are our thoughts and
feelings, which may either strengthen or weaken us.
The reason for the muscle changes can be explained by the influence the
radiation of a tested sample has on the flow of bio-energies along the acupuncture-
meridians. In the same way, our thoughts and emotions can change the flow of bio-
energy. I have measured differences in muscle strength of up to 50 percent during
testing.
Most suitable methods for food testing are to place a sample in the mouth -
chewing it for about 10 seconds - and also to hold a sample in one hand near the
navel. Most non-food items can be tested near the navel or simply by touching with a
hand.
How to Test: The simplest form of muscle testing requires a tester as well as
the tested person. Almost any muscle can be used for testing, but I use the following
method as the most convenient. The tested person sits with uncrossed legs, one arm
held out to the side, elbow level with shoulder and bent at a right angle, place the
free hand over the navel.
The tester presses just above the elbow to push it down. Press the arm lightly
into the shoulder as well as toward the hip. If the tested person is very strong, the
pressure may be straight down, or the arm may be fully extended and the pressure
applied at the wrist. Increase the pressure gradually and with measured strength; feel
and remember exactly the amount 'of pressure required to force the arm down. If
both arms are too weak, you may test the legs.
During testing, the tester should keep the question in his or her mind 'Is the
tested sample good or bad for the patient?' but should not expect a certain result.
The preferences of the tested person seem to have little influence on the result.
Now the tested person takes a sample and holds it with the free hand just
above the navel. After about 10 seconds, the tester presses the arm down and
carefully notes any difference in resistance. If the result is doubtful, repeat the test
with and without holding the sample. Often a difference is easier to detect if the arm
is pressed down three times in succession.
Sometimes the tested person feels a pain or strain in the shoulder during a
weakening test, even if the tester cannot notice a difference. This should be reported.
Generally the quantity of food held is not critical; it may even remain in a container or
plastic bag; however, avoid a coloured container or one of semi-rigid plastic.

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If the patient is difficult to test, you may strengthen the arm immediately before
each test by tracing the acupuncture meridian of the lung or of the glands (triple
warmer); alternatively, test a leg. Another strengthening method is to tap the thymus
gland (underneath the upper end of the breastbone) several times lightly with your
fingers. This strengthens the immune system and in doing so reduces allergic
reactions.
What to Test: In addition to foods, testing can be done on vitamins, herbs,
drugs and even garments. You will find that synthetic fibres (especially nylon), many
drugs, refined foods, chemical additives and incompatible colours are frequently
weakening.
Food combinations may be assessed by holding them jointly during a test.
Individual items may even remain in their separate containers. Samples that are
strengthening individually may test weakening if held together, and vice versa. The
test results may be influenced by what you have eaten beforehand. Also, when you
are tired, fatigued or sick, many foods are weakening that at other times may be
strengthening. Therefore, important items should be retested from time to time under
varying conditions.
Use muscle testing frequently for all your food and supplement requirements.
Supplements will test strengthening as long as they are required. Sometimes, muscle
testing will indicate that an item should be omitted temporarily before it is used again,
or that it should be taken in a lower dosage (for example, vitamin A). For assessing
the amount to be taken per day, gradually increase the number of tablets or capsules
held in the hand until the arm weakens. Take about 10-20 per cent less than this
amount.
You may also try to find out whether your usual sleeping location is safe.
Perform a muscle test while lying in the usual sleeping position on the bed. If the arm
is weaker than with a test in another part of the bed or the room then you may have
to change your sleeping location.
Even thoughts and feelings may be tested. A positive thought and a good
feeling may be strengthening quite generally to all muscles, although the main
strengthening effect may be on one particular muscle. Negative thoughts or
unpleasant feelings, on the other hand, may produce a general weakening and also a
particular muscle to become very weak when tested. Mental testing may be used to
explore your subconscious beliefs, feelings and body reactions.
Instead of testing the safety of your bed while actually lying on it, you may use
mental testing to find out whether your bed is situated over underground radiation
that is detrimental to your health. While your partner tests your muscle strength,
imagine lying or sleeping in the bed. Then imagine an underground stream and
harmful radiation underneath the bed. If the arm is stronger when imagining the usual
sleeping arrangement but weaker with the imagined stream, then your bed is likely to
be in a good spot, otherwise continue the test by imagining sleeping in a different
location until the test becomes strong.
Another possibility is surrogate testing. You may use this for a small child or
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good for the child, place the food on the child’s abdomen; at the same time touch the
child with one hand and extend the other arm for your partner to test.
Finally, you may develop a method of self-testing. One possibility is as follows:
press the tips of the thumb and one finger of the left or right hand together to form a
loop. With the index finger of the other hand hook behind the joined fingertips, and
with a quick move try to pull it through. Adjust the pressure of the joined fingers and
the force of the pulling index finger so that you cannot pull it through when the
answer is ‘yes’ or ‘good’; but when the answer is ‘no’ or ‘bad’ the joined fingers
become weaker and can more easily be opened. When you can do this successfully
with known answers, you can test food samples in your mouth or on your abdomen,
and also try mental testing.
Vitamin and Mineral Testing: M, Grimm and W. Fishman developed the
following method to assess vitamin or mineral deficiencies by holding certain contact
points on the body. The tested person applies a light pressure on the contact point
with a pad formed by the first three fingers of the free hand, while the other arm is
tested for muscle strength. Start by testing the muscle strength without touching the
body with the free hand, and then repeat the test while touching the specified contact
point.
The contact points for the main vitamins and minerals are as follows.
• Vitamin A: right eyelid
• B vitamins: tip of tongue
• Vitamin C: just below left collarbone, 5 cm from mid-chest
• Vitamin D: midway point of left groin
• Vitamin F: just below right collarbone, 5 cm from mid-chest
• Calcium: just above left collarbone, 5 cm from mid-chest
• Iodine: just below Adam's apple
• lron: midway point of the right groin
• Magnesium: middle of the navel
• Phosphorus: midway between pubic bone and left hipbone
• Potassium: hollow of right cheek
• Zinc: midway between pubic bone and right hipbone
For more information see Muscle Response Test by M. Grimm and W.
Fishman.
Touch for Health: Some influences - nutrients, colours, thoughts and emotions
- affect certain muscles more than others. In addition, organ functions can be tested
with specific muscles. If the muscle is weak, it indicates a weak organ function.
Meridian tracement may be used to strengthen a weak muscle or organ. Some useful
organ and muscle tests, as used in Touch for Health by J. F. Thie and M. Marks, are
given below.

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Adrenals: Lie face up, with one leg up and bent so that the foot is over the
other leg just below the knee; the tester presses against the heel and the top of the
knee to straighten the leg.
Brain, Mental Stress: Hold an arm straight, about 15 degrees away from the
body, slightly sideways; the tester presses the forearm towards the groin.
Circulation/Sex: Lie on one side, with the upper leg straight, raised as high as
possible; the tester presses the ankle down.
Gall bladder: Lie face up, holding the arm straight 45 degrees above the leg,
palm downward; the tester presses the forearm down.
Heart: Hold the upper arm to the side, level with the shoulder, with the elbow
bent at 90 degrees and the forearm down; the tester steadies the elbow and pulls
against the wrist to pull the hand forward and upward.
Kidneys: Lie face up, with one leg raised at 45 degrees, slightly towards the
side, with the foot turned out; the tester presses the inside of the ankle down and
inward.
Large Intestine: As for the kidneys, but with the foot turned in; the tester
presses the ankle down and inward.
Liver: Hold the arm straight forward, level with the shoulder, slightly sideways,
with the palm outward (thumb towards feet); the tester presses the forearm upward
and outward.
Lungs: Hold the arm to the side, elbow level with the shoulder and bent at 90
degrees, forearm horizontal; the tester presses the elbow down.
Neck and Sinuses: Lie with the arms above the shoulders, head up, chin
down; the tester presses against the forehead.'
Pancreas: Hold the arm straight down touching the side, with the thumb
towards the body, the tester pulls the forearm away from the side. This is a good test
to perform while shopping, the tested person touching a questionable food item.
Small Intestine: Sit on the floor with closed straight legs, hands on opposite
shoulders, lean back slightly; pressure is against the crossed arms.
Spleen: Lie face up, with the arm straight to the side, palm upward; the tester
pushes the back of the wrist off the ground.
Stomach: Hold the arm as for the liver; the tester presses downward and
outward.
Generally, the tester's free hand is used to stabilise the tested person's body so
that only the tested limb moves, not the whole body. Both arms and legs may be
tested.

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Step 14
THE ENDOCRINE PATTERN
Simple arm and leg measurements can show the conditions.

The body has developed under the guidance of the endocrine glands.
Therefore, glandular disturbances are reflected in abnormal proportions of various
parts of the body. Certain measurements enable us to recognize our glandular
pattern as a basis for corrective treatment.
Our endocrine system is composed of two antagonistic groups of glands. The
anabolic (build-up) glands are the adrenal cortex, the posterior pituitary (in the brain),
the parathyroid, and the pancreas (Islets of Langerhans). The catabolic (breakdown)
glands are the adrenal medulla, the anterior pituitary, and the thyroid gland. The
anabolic glands control the calcium level of the blood, while the catabolic glands
control the phosphorus level.
Ingestion of sugar or sweet foods stimulates the anabolic glands, disturbs the
calcium-phosphorus ratio, and leads to an excess of calcium in the blood and,
consequently, to stone formation. Later, however, it leads to exhaustion of the
anabolic glands.

Table 2-1: Normal Body Measurements

Ratios leg : arm ankle : wrist one-fourth one-half three-fourths knee : elbow

Female 1.770 1.550 1.295 1.425 1.340 1.530

Male 1.740 1.475 1.220 1.350 1.265 1.455

Interpretation:
One-fourth ratio higher than normal: underactive thyroid
One-fourth ratio lower than normal: overactive thyroid
One-half ratio higher than normal: posterior pituitary underactive
One-half ratio lower than normal: posterior pituitary overactive
Three-fourths ratio higher: anterior pituitary underactive
Three-fourths ratio lower: anterior pituitary overactive

Measurements: The following measurements can reveal the basic functional


pattern of the thyroid, pituitary, and sex glands. The results for the thyroid and
pituitary glands are accurate to more than 95 percent; for the sex pattern, to about 80
percent.
• Measure the length of the lower leg from the middle of the kneecap to the
middle of the ankle, and the lower arm from the point of the elbow to the middle
of the wrist bone.

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• Divide each measurement by four and mark the quarter-points between knee and
ankle, and between elbow and wrist. (This means one quarter of the distance
from knee to ankle is the one-fourth point, half the distance between knee and
ankle is the one-half point, and three quarters of the distance is the three-
fourths point. In the same way divide the distance from the elbow to the
wrist.)
• Measure the distance between the endpoints (knee to ankle, elbow to wrist) as
well as between the three quarter-points in between.
• Divide all leg measurements by the corresponding arm measurements.
The measuring tape should not be tight for the circumferential measurements;
contact measurement only is wanted. The foot should be at right angles to the leg
during measurement. All measurements are taken for both sides of the body.
Compare your measurements with the normal values shown in Table 2-1.

Table 2-2: Further Signs of Andricity or Gynicity

Signs of Andricity Signs of Gynicity

The back of the hands point forward More of the palms show when
when the arms hang loosely at the sides arms hang loosely at the sides
(person must be unaware of the test)
A low voice if female A high voice if male
Pubic-hair line is triangular with Pubic-hair line is flat on top
apex upward
Aggressiveness, independence, Intuitive instead of critical thinking
critical thinking
Body in general is hairy The other signs are opposite to those listed for
Tendency to become bald andricity
Space between thighs
Tends to have too much gastric acid (ulcers)

“Andric” means more male hormones are produced than is normal for the average male or female.
“Gynic” means more female hormones are produced than is normal for the average male or female.

The anterior pituitary gland mainly produces growth and sex hormones, and it
stimulates the thyroid and adrenal glands. The posterior pituitary regulates the
amount of water lost in the urine; it can raise the blood pressure and stimulates
labour contractions.
Assessing Male-Female Balance: Both sexes produce male as well as
female hormones in a gender-specific ratio. If there are more male hormones
produced than normal, the condition is called “andric”; if more female hormones are
produced, it is “gynic.” To give an example, a woman with a constitutionally high
oestrogen-testosterone ratio is gynic, while with a low ratio she is andric.

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If the leg-arm ratio is higher than normal, add the difference between actual
and normal measurement to the normal
ankle-wrist ratio; if the leg-arm ratio is lower
than normal, subtract the difference. If the
actually measured ankle-wrist ratio is higher
than the adjusted normal ratio, the person is
gynic; if the actual ratio is lower, the person
is andric. Gynic females may be more
harmed by oestrogen birth control pills than
andric females. Generally, andrics need
more magnesium and gynics more calcium.
For further signs of andricity or gynicity, see
Table 2-2.
If one or more of the gland
measurements show abnormal functions
(as they usually will), treat the
corresponding glands with diet, ear
acupuncture, acupressure, reflexology, and
guided imagery. Minute amounts of gland
extracts can be prescribed. (For further
information, see Body Chemistry in Health
and Disease, by M. E. Page.)

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Step 15
REFLEXOLOGY
Press reflex points on your hands and feet to diagnose
and treat conditions within your body.

Reflexology is excellent for self-treatment and even for diagnosis. Envisage the
body divided into 10 vertical segments or zones, five on each side. Each finger and
toe belongs to one of these zones. A diseased body part will show up as a sore spot
in the same segment of the foot or hand. From this the alternative name 'zone
therapy' is derived. Usually the feet are more sensitive and, therefore, more suitable
for reflex diagnosis and treatment than the hands. In addition the ears, like the irises,
contain a reflex map of the body. (We may even assume that every organ and every
single cell contains a holistic reflex map of the whole organism.)
In addition, there is a reflex connection between related parts of the legs and
arms. A sore knee, for example, may be relieved by pressure on the corresponding
location on the elbow on the same side of the body. In a similar way, corresponding
locations on the wrist and ankle, and on the hip and shoulder, influence each other.
This is especially useful to know when dealing with broken or otherwise injured limbs
that do not permit direct treatment.
Diagnosis: Press the soles, the toes and the sides of the feet with a knuckle, a
thumb or - if the feet are not very sensitive - with a blunt probe. Overweight people
and those with poor circulation usually need quite strong pressure, which must be
exactly on the correct spot. However, if the lack of sensitivity is due to nerve damage,
then it would be better to try and improve this condition first, as with strong sustained
pressure under the back of the skull on both sides of the spine and providing any
missing nerve vitamins (e.g. B1, B6, B12, folic acid).
Press the selected area in a slow circular motion until you find the exact
location. Generally, the pressure should be straight down, but for the thyroid area it
should be applied from the side, trying to press underneath the ball of the big toe.
Adjust the pressure to the general sensitivity of the foot. If the body is very
sensitive, all foot reflexes will be extremely tender; therefore try with light pressure to
locate only the most painful areas. You may mark the encountered tender spots on
an examination chart, using different markings according to the extent of tenderness
encountered. Concentrate later treatment on the most painful areas. The results will
be better if you have someone other than yourself check your feet.
Methods of Treatment: The easiest and most common form of treatment is to
apply pressure on sore points with the pad of a finger, the thumb, with a knuckle or
with a blunt instrument (for example, the blunt end of a pencil or a pen). If it is quite
sore, press straight down, with only light pressure at first. Gradually increase the
pressure as the pain lessens. Finally, when even strong pressure can be tolerated,
you may apply the pressure in a slow circular motion in order to relax the deeper
muscles and ligaments.

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For self-treatment underneath the feet, it will usually be more convenient to
press or roll the sore points on a golf ball, a stone or another suitable object. To
press reflex areas in the palms of the hands, it is usually more convenient to use a
knuckle or a suitable blunt instrument than the pad of the thumb.
Usually, the pain begins to subside after a few minutes of pressing. If this
happens, increase the pressure for a while, but if the pain instead increases, stop the
treatment. The effect on related body parts can be surprisingly quick: pain in the
ears, shoulders or back often disappears within minutes.
If there is a serious or acute problem, use reflexology several times a day.
However, this treatment may stimulate a chronically weak organ to increased activity
and it may become tender for a while together with its reflex areas. Generally, deep,
strong and slow pressure is sedating and pain relieving, while light, quick tapping or
circling is stimulating. Select whichever is appropriate. For some points a so-called
C-clamp is effective: press with the thumb from underneath the foot and with the
index finger from the top. This may be used for the liver, spleen and thymus.

Figure 2-5: Hand Reflexology Chart

Another method of applying pressure to fingers and toes is to put tight rubber
bands around them or to use clothes pegs to clamp the digits. Rubber bands should
never be left on for more than a few minutes at a time. In addition, you may firmly
grasp a metal comb, pressing its teeth into the palm or the fingers. A metal comb or a
brush may also be used to sweep the backs of the hands and lower arms up to the
elbows in quick upward strokes. Five minutes of this will stimulate the circulation and
invigorate the body.
Further effective areas for treatment are the tongue, the inside wall of the
mouth, especially the palate (top), under the tongue and the back of the mouth
(pharynx). You may press with the pad of a finger or thumb or use a suitable
instrument. Pressure on the tongue may be applied by biting or pressing with the

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handle of a spoon. This is effective for treating problems in other areas of the body
belonging to the same zone.
In addition, the tongue may be pulled out for several minutes by grasping it with
a cloth and moving it around. Alternatively, you may poke it out as far as possible
and hold it in place with
your teeth. You may also
work around the angles of
the jaw and chin. Because
of the sensitivity of the
mouth, this treatment is
often more effective than
hand and foot reflexology,
especially for all problems
related to the head and
throat.
Important Areas to
Treat: The foot and hand
Figure 2-6: Toe Reflexology Chart charts will give you a good
indication of where to find
suitable points for treating specific complaints. For best results work on all the major
reflex areas: hands, feet, ears and mouth. Always treat in the same zone in which the
problem arises. Your left inner ear, for example is in zone 4. Therefore, to treat it you
will manipulate the left ring finger the third toe including its root on the left side, the
ear points of the left ear and the outer left side of the tongue and palate.
Work frequently around the joints of fingers and toes, especially digging
underneath the lowest joints of the thumbs and big toes. Rubber bands or clothes
pegs may be placed for five to 10 minutes on the tips of the digits, or on or between
the joints, depending on where there is more sensitivity. Lymph drainage can be
improved by press-massaging the area of the upper chest on top of the feet just
below the toes.
Generally, treat a sensitive area for five to 10 minutes at a time. For an acute
problem, you may treat it several times daily, while chronic problems may be treated
once a day. For general health improvement you may select a different area each
day until you return to the same area after one or two weeks. This process may
continue for years, as formerly weak areas become activated and cause increased
sensitivity in their corresponding reflex areas. Walking barefoot on rough ground
provides a natural foot massage - make good use of it.
The Brain: For general health improvement and regeneration work frequently
on the brain, especially the pituitary gland, the pineal gland, the hypothalamus and
the medulla (oblongata). The pituitary reflex often feels like a sharp bone protrusion;
press it in the direction of the tip of the toe. The hypothalamus and medulla are
pressed from the insides of the big toes. For general health improvement it is best to
start with activating these parts of the brain and then continue with the other glands
and organs.
In the system of Body Electronics as developed by Dr John Whitman Ray it is
recommended to work in a certain sequence for regenerating the body. Start with the

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so-called STO-point: press into the valley between the muscles from both sides of
the spine and then up under the skull (occiput). This is to improve the nerve
transmission to all parts of the body.
Then start working on points in the following order: pineal gland, hypothalamus,
pituitary, medulla, thyroid, thymus, heart, solar plexus, pancreas, adrenals, spleen,
gonads (uterus, ovaries, prostate, and testicles), liver, kidneys, gall bladder, bladder,
small intestine, large intestine.

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Step 16
EAR ACUPUNCTURE
Try this easy method to improve the function
of any diseased or unbalanced organ.

Ear acupuncture can be a very effective method for relieving acute pains and
chronically stiff joints, sometimes these have been cured within minutes. For some
problems it can be more effective than body acupuncture. Ear acupuncture is easy
and safe for self-treatment and in healing groups. Organ diseases and glandular
disturbances may respond less dramatically, but ear needling will always be very
helpful as a supportive method with other forms of treatment.
The main disadvantage of ear acupuncture is the requirement to find the most
painful spot for it to be fully effective, and this is not pleasant for people who are very
sensitive to pain. The best points are those that feel like an electric shock or like
hitting a raw nerve! However, often the pain will be felt as being beneficial, especially
because it usually decreases with continued needling. This pain may be considered
as 'letting off steam' or congestive energy from a target organ through the 'safety
valve' of an ear point. However, chronically weak organs may also benefit from ear
needling if no pain is felt in the corresponding ear point. Generally, however, you may
follow the rule 'the more sore the point, the more effective the treatment’.
Acupuncture needles are available from some medical-equipment shops,
acupuncturists or from acupuncture supply companies, see the Yellow Pages of
major cities for addresses. For ear acupuncture use short and medium fine needles
(e.g. 25 mm No. 30 gauge or the finer 12mm long 32 gauge. Usually you buy them in
packs of 10. In addition press-needles are very effective and may also be ordered in
packets of 10. Press-needles are like tiny drawing pins with a 2 mm long needle.
They are retained in the ear for one to two weeks, covered with adhesive tape, and
stimulated from time to time by pressing between thumb and a finger pad. If an
acupuncture needle is not available, you may use a bead needle or even a fine
sewing needle.
The Needle Method: Some authorities suggest ear acupuncture does not work
through the acupuncture meridians, but instead, like reflexology, through the press-
point therapy of hands and feet. In any event, Chinese medicine says the ear is the
place where all the channels meet. The ear is relatively safe and easy to use for self-
treatment. The following description of using needles for ear treatment is provided
only to show how it is done in some other countries or by acupuncturists. For legal
reasons, I do not formally recommend using needles on the ear. Instead, you can
use commercially available electro-acupuncture instruments or laser lights to treat
points, or you can use press-point therapy as described below. Exercise care and
caution.
For ear acupuncture, short and medium fine needles are being used in addition
to press-needles. Press-needles are like tiny drawing pins. They are retained in the
ear for one to two weeks, covered with adhesive tape, and stimulated from time to
time by pressing between thumb and a finger pad. If an acupuncture needle is not
available, a bead needle or even a fine sewing needle is sometimes used.

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Figure 2-7: Ear Acupuncture Chart.

Helix points may be used to reduce inflammation, fever, and oedema. Sanjiao is used for
circulatory, glandular, chest and abdominal problems. Shenmen is used for sedating, as with
nervous problems, insomnia, mental disorders; it is the main point for pain relief, as in arthritis
or inflammations; also for dry cough, bronchial asthma, epilepsy and hypertension.

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Sterilise a suitable needle in methylated spirits and rub the ear with a cotton
bud soaked in methylated spirits (optional). Find the most tender spot in the
appropriate reflex area of the ear by pressing with a toothpick or a similar probe.
Insert the needle to about 2 mm deep. It must not pass through the ear. Gently move
it around to find the correct depth and direction of the sorest spot.
If it is very sore, do not move the needle. When the pain subsides, start to twirl
it gently between thumb and forefinger. The less pain there is, the faster you may
twirl the needle. If it is not sore any more, move the needle to a different angle and
twirl, and in this way gradually work around in a circle. If all or most of the pain is
worked out, withdraw the needle and select another point. If it was sorer in a
particular direction, insert the needle at a point 1-2 mm away from the first point in
that direction and repeat the twirling and probing in different directions.
Often the pain shifts around over a reflex area and you must insert the needle
and work out the pain in several points lying close together. When the ear point is
sore and still in need of treatment, the needle will feel like 'sticking' when it is twirled,
while it will move freely when the tension is worked out. For treating chronically weak
body parts that do not have sore ear points, select the appropriate point or area from
the ear chart and -twirl the needle rapidly.
Press-point Therapy: Each ear contains a complete reflex map of the body,
as shown in figure 2-7. Instead of using needles, you can more safely press the ear
with the head of a dull pin, toothpick, matchstick, or fingernail. Be careful not to
penetrate the inner ear. Treat the indicated organ points or wherever there is a
tender spot; press for a minute or more each day or whenever convenient. In
addition, it will be stimulating to the whole body to massage both ears thoroughly by
rubbing them between thumb and index finger simultaneously. Massage daily. Pulling
the ears at different angles is beneficial as well. You can also buy an electro-
acupuncture appliance, now available (and not too expensive) at many health food
stores.
Each ear contains a complete reflex map of the body as shown in the chart.
Instead of using needles, you may press the ear with the head of a pin, a toothpick, a
matchstick or a fingernail. Treat the indicated organ points or wherever there is a
tender spot; press for a minute or more each day or whenever convenient. In
addition, it will be very stimulating to the whole body to massage both ears
thoroughly by rubbing them between thumb and index finger simultaneously.
Massage daily. Pulling the ears at different angles is also beneficial. You may also
buy an electro-acupuncture appliance. These are now available from many health
food shops and not very expensive.

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Step 17
COLOUR THERAPY
Use colours to balance body conditions and your emotions.

Colour has a powerful influence on our body chemistry. The strongest effect is
through the eyes, but good results are also achieved by treating the skin areas over
certain organs or the spine.
Colour can be used in various ways: as direct coloured light, or indirect light
from the colours of walls, curtains and clothes; in foods, and by treating drinking
water with coloured lights; by visualising colours with closed eyes; or by visualising
that the inhaled breath or directed energy is coloured. For treatment you should be
careful to select bright, clear colours; murky colours usually have unpleasant effects.
Coloured Lights: Light may be coloured by using coloured light bulbs, by
filtering sunlight through coloured glass or cellophane, even by wrapping coloured
cloth around a lamp. Drinking water may be treated by exposing it to sunlight in
coloured-glass containers or in containers covered with coloured cellophane, or
coloured light bulbs may be used. This water is beneficial for drinking, gargling in the
case of throat infections, washing wounds or bathing the eyes.
Preferably, stimulating colours should be used in the morning and sedating
colours in the evening. If a sequence of coloured lights is used, start with stimulating
colours, proceed to blue and finish with green. When treating internal organs, shine
the light at close range on to the skin area covering the organ, possibly also on to the
spinal reflex area. For general treatment and especially to improve eye conditions,
you may look at a brilliant, reflecting surface of the desired colour, exposed to
sunlight or a strong electric light.
To treat specific parts of the body, you may cover them with a single or double
layer of cellophane of the desired colour and expose them to mild sunlight or strong
electric light. If using sunlight you should be careful not to over-expose as cellophane
does not absorb the UV radiation. As a general tonic, you may cover the back with
cellophane in the colours of the rainbow: red at the base, orange over the lower back,
yellow in the middle, green at the shoulder blades, blue at the neck and violet over
the head. These are also the regional chakra energy colours
Green is the general healing colour, representing harmony and balanced body
polarities. In disease, there may be over-stimulation, with too much red in the system
- fever, inflammation, irritability, skin rash, red eyeballs, pink fingernails; or there may
be under-stimulation with too much blue - pale skin, sluggishness, bluish eyeballs,
bluish nails. The over-stimulated condition needs blue colour treatment, while the
under-stimulated condition requires red or orange.
The following list shows the conditions for which the different colours may be
used. You may also use muscle testing or a pendulum for individual colour selection.
Different parts of the body may need different colours. If you are in doubt about which
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lie on one side, not on the stomach. For best effects or professional treatments, use
colour slides with a strong projector in a dark room, and irradiate for one hour or
longer at a time.
The Curative Properties of Colours:
RED (BRIGHT RED): Warm and stimulating. Use in anaemia, or whenever you
are feeling cold and pale, with chilled extremities; also useful for ultraviolet and X-ray
burns and frostbite; red is a liver stimulant and counter-irritant (to bring internal
inflammations to the surface). Nutrients: vitamin B12, acidity.
ORANGE: A respiratory stimulant; useful for weak lungs, asthma, consumption,
emphysema; also for overweight and under-active people with an under-active
thyroid (energises thyroid, sedates parathyroids). Orange relieves spasms and
cramps; increases milk secretion; corrects rickets and soft bones, osteoporosis;
stimulates stomach and digestion, and relieves flatulence and distension; also
stimulates the bladder, kidneys, liver and pancreas, try with epilepsy. It is valuable for
chronic kidney disease and gallstones; arthritis, gout and rheumatism during non-
painful periods. Minerals: boron, calcium, copper, selenium, silicon.
YELLOW: The most luminous colour. A strong stimulant and energiser for
muscles and nerves: use in all cases of paralysis and muscle disorders, for nerve
building, and in nervous exhaustion. Yellow energises the alimentary tract and
stimulates digestion, flow of bile, gastric juices, pancreas activity, lymphatic system,
heart, eyes and ears. It generally activates all bodily functions except those of the
spleen, which is sedated; use for indigestion, constipation, diabetes, depression, for
skin cleansing and to destroy intestinal worms. Minerals: magnesium, molybdenum,
sodium.
LEMON (YELLOW-GREEN): Stimulates brain activity and activates the thymus.
It is a mild laxative and expectorant (expels mucus): use in respiratory problems
involving phlegm, asthma, coughs. Lemon is useful for dry, scaly skin disorders and
bone building. It neutralises overacidity, and is indicated for chronic disorders in
general, including cancer (systemic), diabetes and dwarfism. Minerals: gold, iodine,
iron, phosphorus, silver, sulphur.
GREEN: Stimulates pituitary gland, encourages muscle and tissue building,
and breaks up hardened cell masses and clots. It is anti-congestive, germicidal,
disinfectant, purifying: use for heart problems, ulcers, cancer, wound healing, skin
improvement, burn pains, glaucoma, headaches, neuralgia. Elements: chlorine,
nitrogen.
TURQUOISE (BLUE-GREEN): Normalising for acute disorders. It is calming,
and therefore useful for headaches, for soothing inflammations, sunburn and itching.
It improves, rebuilds and tones the skin: use for moist- or weeping-skin disorders. It is
also valuable for acute childhood diseases and infections, acute venereal diseases,
and hyperactivity. Minerals: chromium, zinc.
BLUE: Cooling, strongly anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, stops bleeding; reduces
fever, pain. Use to treat all conditions marked by redness, swelling and heat, and
acute phases of arthritis, gout and rheumatism. Blue is relaxing and calming, slows
the pulse, can reduce high blood pressure, and is valuable for underweight and
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headaches, speedy brain; sore throat, loss of voice, burns, bruises; diarrhoea,
dysentery, colitis, neuralgia, sciatica, earache, biliousness and jaundice. Also good
for treating tumour areas and red or infected skin disorders. Element: oxygen.
INDIGO (BLUE-VIOLET): Sedative, pain relieving, arrests discharges and
bleeding, astringent. Use for piles and varicose veins. Indigo improves the immune
system during infections: use to irradiate swollen lymph glands; in whooping cough
with fever and other acute lung disorders; for convulsions and nervous irritation. It
stimulates the parathyroids and sedates the thyroid; use locally for goitre.
VIOLET: Relaxing and soothing. It also stimulates the spleen and builds white
blood cells. Violet sedates heart and muscle activity, and calms hyperactive people. It
is useful for overactive kidneys and bladder; bed-wetting; nerve disorders and
overactive mental disorders; epilepsy; insomnia. It also suppresses appetite.
PURPLE (BLUE AND RED): Dilates blood vessels and reduces blood pressure:
slows the pulse as with palpitations (irradiate heart area). Purple lowers body
temperature, and is excellent for high fevers; it stimulates the activity of veins; is a
good sleep inducer for insomnia; decreases sexual desire and pain; is anti-malarial;
sedates the kidneys.
MAGENTA (RED AND VIOLET): Energising; improves and normalises the
emotions, the aura and the sexual system. Magenta energises the adrenal glands
and the heart muscle, normalises the heart and blood pressure, and improves the
circulation. It is diuretic; useful for kidney stones; complementary to green. Mineral:
potassium.
SCARLET (2 PARTS RED AND I PART VIOLET): Narrows the arteries and
raises the blood pressure; energises kidneys (diuretic); use as a sexual stimulant or
for frigidity, and for suppressed menstruation. Scarlet accelerates the birth process
and expels the placenta.
Photochromotherapy: Absent individuals may be treated (with their consent)
by exposing their photographs or even a sample of hair or hand-writing to suitably
coloured lights. Following is an arrangement that reportedly gave especially good
results: line a box with crumpled and partly restraightened aluminium foil. Place the
photo on the bottom, covered with a glass plate to prevent heat damage. Suspend
from the top a small coloured light bulb, as used in Christmas decorations or similar
ways. Cover the top with more aluminium foil treated in the same way.
Another possibility is to cover the aluminium-foil-lined box with cellophane of
the desired colour and expose the box to moderate sunlight. Exposure time may
range from one hour to several hours, depending on the severity of the condition and
the reaction of the patient. A pendulum may possibly be used for assessing colours
and exposure times.

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Step 18
MAGNET THERAPY
Take advantage of the fact that both poles of a magnet
have useful biological effects.

Magnets are effective healing tools. The opposite poles of a magnet have
different effects on the body, so it is essential to identify the poles correctly.
According to physics, if a magnet is suspended on a thread, the pole pointing
towards the north is called the north pole; the other pole is the south pole. So here,
north pole means north-pointing pole. Another way of finding the polarity of a magnet
is to move it slowly towards the north-pointing end of a compass needle. If the needle
turns away, the north pole of the magnet has been used, and vice versa. Test the
polarities of any acquired magnets, as you cannot rely on the pole designations of
the manufacturer.
How to Use Magnets: U-shaped magnets are not suitable for magnet therapy.
Instead, flat ceramic or neodymium magnets are best; otherwise short, cylindrical, or
bar magnets can be used. The north pole generally has strengthening, stimulating
qualities; it gives energy. It can be used to improve weak organs (indicated by dark
markings in the iris). The south pole withdraws energy; it is sedating and relaxing. It
can be used for pain relief, to reduce unwanted growths (tumours) and swellings,
soothe inflammation, and arrest infections (indicated by white iris markings). The
magnet does not have to touch the skin to work but can be kept in a cotton bag
pinned to the clothing, the specified pole facing the body.
Most therapeutic magnets are composed of ferro-ceramic material (usually
called ceramic magnets) and break easily when dropped. The therapeutic strength of
a magnet is a product of its gauss rating and its size. In physics, gauss is the unit of
magnetic strength. The magnetic field of the earth is about 0.5 gauss; a magnet with
a weak rating has several hundred gauss and a strong magnet several thousand
gauss. However, even a magnet with several thousand gauss can have a weak
therapeutic effect if it is small. To give an example of commonly used magnets: A
strong ceramic magnet can measure three by two by one inches, and a weak magnet
two by one by one-half inches, both with 4,000 gauss at the surface.
Very strong magnets are made with neodymium, a rare-earth element, and
have 9,000 gauss or more. Neodymium magnets are relatively small, and their fields
do not reach far into the body. Therefore, neodymium magnets are commonly used
to treat areas near the surface, as in small disk or button magnets for acupuncture
points. Ceramic magnets, on the other hand, can be large and heavy, their effects
reaching far into the body. Therefore, with pain or a tumor deep inside, apply a strong
ceramic magnet, three by two by one inches or bigger, while for near the skin use a
neodymium block magnet of one by one by one-half inch.
As a general rule, apply strong magnetic fields for acute problems and weak
fields for chronic problems. In both cases, you can apply a magnet either
continuously or intermittently during the day until the problem is resolved. For acute
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it is more convenient just to leave the magnet in place all day long, the effect seems
to be stronger if you frequently alternate applying and removing the magnet.
If a magnet is used for too long or in the wrong place, you may feel
uncomfortable or drained of energy. If this happens, remove the magnet immediately
and apply the opposite pole for a while. Alternatively, place your hands on a large
zinc plate or take homeopathic zinc 6X as an antidote to magnetic overexposure.
Do not use strong magnets directly on the eyes or heart, or on the abdomen
during pregnancy. Preferably attach or remove strong magnets slowly. Strong
magnetic fields suppress nerve signals and, therefore, either pole of a powerful
magnet can eliminate pain. However, farther away from the magnet, the field
weakens, and then the effects of the opposite biological pole become noticeable.
Therefore, I recommend always using the correct pole.
If there is no contraindication due to pain, inflammation, or congested energies,
then the preferred magnet placement for all individuals, male and female, appears to
be the south pole towards the right front of the body and the north pole towards the
left front. To a lesser degree, the back of the body has the opposite polarity to its
front. This means that the energy of the left back is similar to that of the right front but
not quite so strong. Therefore, if a north magnet is required on the right side of the
body or a south magnet on the left, then it is best placed on the back.
If there is pain or any sign of inflammation in an organ, apply the south pole; if
there is an obvious weakness, use the north pole. In most other cases, experiment
with muscle testing to find the beneficial pole for the condition at hand. If you are in
doubt about which pole to use, try one pole for some time and later the other pole,
then compare results. The length of a testing period, before reversing poles, can be
only a few minutes for acute cases or several days for chronic conditions.
While some people do not feel the magnet’s energy and show little response,
others are hypersensitive to it. In the latter case, use only a weak magnet for a short
exposure or try magnetized water instead. Do not use a magnet in a bed with an
innerspring mattress, steel frame, or steel base. In this case, the steel parts can
become strongly magnetized with the wrong polarity and cause deterioration of the
disease condition when the treated person lies on the bed.
Magnetized water is also beneficial for general use. Place one bottle on a
strong south pole and another on a strong north pole for 24 hours, then drink the
contents of each bottle separately. Alternatively, place a north pole and a south pole
at both sides or at the top and bottom of a non-metallic container filled with water. For
specific conditions, use either north-pole or south-pole treated water on its own, for
drinking or external application (for example, as an eyewash). A strong balancing
effect can also be achieved by drinking north-pole treated water and south-pole
treated water on alternating days. Use muscle testing or a pendulum to decide, or
experiment and observe the results.
For general improvement of your well-being, place strong magnets at the hands
and/or feet; select poles according to the general rules. For problems in the upper
part of the body, place the right palm on one pole and the left palm on the other. For
problems in the lower part of the body, place one pole under the right foot and the
other under the left foot. If mainly one side is affected, the palm can rest on a south
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is to have the right palm on one pole and the left foot on the other pole, or vice versa.
Start using strong magnets in this way for five minutes and gradually increase to 30
minutes, or for as long as it feels beneficial.
A strong magnetic flow is sometimes beneficial for conditions of mild pain
associated with weakness, such as weak shoulders that are sore when moved.
Magnetic energy is often strengthening to the sex organs and lower pelvis; apply a
north pole slightly to the right on the lower abdomen and a south pole slightly to the
left on the lower back. For these flows, strong magnets can be kept in place for up to
an hour, or for as long as it feels beneficial.
Using the Correct Pole: As pointed out, the south pole is placed towards a
painful, inflamed, or infected part of the body, while the north pole is used if the body
area is weak or underactive. However, there is a possibility that the weakness or
underactivity is caused by a low-grade chronic infection or inflammation, which
means it may still improve with the south pole and deteriorate with the north pole.
Therefore, the south pole is generally safer to use.
Commonly, one side of the body has more pain, inflammation, sensitivity, or
contracted, tight, or tense muscles than the other. When placing magnets under the
palms or feet, place the south pole here and the north pole on the other side. Another
good possibility is to lie down with a strong north pole towards the soles of the feet
and a strong south pole towards the top of the head; put both magnets about four to
12 inches away from the body. You can also experiment with sleeping this way.
With caution, you can also sleep with a magnet placed directly at the crown of
your head. You can move a strong magnet (e.g., 4,000 gauss, three by two by one
inches) progressively closer during successive nights or sleep at first with a weak
magnet (e.g., 4,000 gauss, two by one by one-half inches) and gradually increase its
strength. This may be most beneficial for the elderly or those with neurological
diseases. For this application, the body should lie in a north-south direction with the
head pointing north. When using strong magnets on yourself while in your bed, make
sure that your bed and mattress cannot be magnetized.
William Philpott, M.D., a magnetic re-searcher in Oklahoma, has described
cases of increased beneficial melatonin and growth hormone production in elderly
individuals sleeping with a strong south pole directly at the crown of the head. Also,
symptoms of confusion, psychosis, schizophrenia, and epileptic seizures
disappeared with south poles placed at the temples, Dr. Philpott has reported.
To find which pole to use, use muscle testing (see step 13). Sit down with one
or both magnets placed in the questioned position. Raise a free arm and stretch it out
horizontally in front of you with the palm down. Have a tester or helper gradually
exert increasing pressure on the wrist of the outstretched arm to see whether it locks
in position or gives way. Then reverse the poles of the magnets and test again. Either
the tester or the tested person (or both) may notice that the arm is stronger with a
particular placement of the magnets. This is the correct placement. The same test
can be made while holding a jug with either north-pole or south-pole treated water
pressed lightly against the abdomen.
Removing Congested Energy: When the south pole of a magnet, especially a
strong one, has been applied to a painful or congested area (including one with
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the magnet and the body while slowly removing the magnet. Keep the hand close to
the magnet. Then hold the south pole close to a water surface or near running water
for about ten seconds; rinse your hands under running water.
This process of energy removal from a painful area can be repeated several
times. The south pole can be circled over the congested area, starting with a large
circle close to the skin and gradually moving higher in spirals above the body. When
the magnet is four to eight inches away from the skin, place your hand under it and
withdraw the magnet from the body.
Examples of Correct Use of Magnets: Remember the simple rule that the
north pole gives energy while the south pole withdraws it. An inflammation, a tight
muscle, or a swelling are energy congestions and need the south pole; an overly
relaxed muscle needs more energy and consequently requires the north pole. Here
are some practical tips:
Shoulder: Frequently, one shoulder is dropped while the other shoulder is
raised. The lower shoulder needs the strengthening north pole and the higher
shoulder needs the relaxing south pole to balance the forces. The same rule applies
to the middle part of the spine if there is any sideways distortion (as in scoliosis).
Gallbladder: In the case of a gallbladder problem, the left leg is often
shortened, pulled into the hip socket by tight muscles. The south pole applied to the
hip can help correct this condition. After the magnet has been in place for some time,
gently pull the leg at the ankle until both ankles are exactly side by side. The right leg
can be stretched in the same way, if necessary.
Tumor: Use a strong south pole over a tumor; apply for two hours twice daily or
for one hour three times daily. Hold the south pole close to running water after
removal. However, with pain from a tumor or cancer, you may keep the magnet in
place as long as required, even for days on end.
Wounds: Fresh wounds heal better with the south pole applied initially; later, use
both poles in alternation; and in the final stages of healing, use the north pole for
strengthening.
Broken bones: For broken bones, the north pole should be applied above the
fracture (towards the torso), while a south pole should be applied opposite the north
pole and below the fracture. Alternatively, treat the same way as for wounds.
Headaches: For headaches, use the south pole wherever the centre of the pain
appears to be; but for general mental refreshment, attach the south pole to the
forehead and the north pole to the base of the skull. This may also improve your
psychic awareness.
Stomach and duodenal pain: For stomach and duodenal pain, place the south
pole over the pit of the stomach, but to strengthen the digestion after a meal, apply
the north pole.
Weak heart: To strengthen a weak heart, a small magnet may be carried in the
left shirt pocket with the north pole near the breastbone. If there is pain, use the
south pole instead. Check your pulse before and afterwards to see whether it
becomes stronger and more regular. Even if the pulse does not improve, try using it
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Sexual energy: To increase sexual energy, sit on the north pole of a strong
magnet. This improves the energy centre at the base of the spine as well as the sex
glands. However, with vaginal candidiasis, sit on a strong south pole.
Lowering blood pressure: To lower the blood pressure, apply the south pole to
the right side of the neck, over the carotid sinus. This gland is located above and to
the side of the Adam’s apple and just below the jawbone where you feel the main
artery into the head. To raise low blood pressure, apply the north pole to this spot.
Overweight: If you are overweight and underactive, apply the north pole to the
thyroid gland for stimulation; if overactive, use the south pole to slow the metabolism.

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Step 19
THE ELECTRONIC ZAPPER & MAGNETIC PULSER
Use electrotherapy to keep your body free of undesirable
microbes and parasites.

Electrotherapies utilize low-voltage electricity to disable a wide range of


microbes, including viruses, fungi, bacteria, and parasites, and have been shown to
be helpful against a wide range of infections. Various patents have been issued for
such devices and scientific papers published with the results. Tests conducted with
the AIDS virus in the laboratory show that the ability of the virus to infect human T
cells is reduced in direct proportion to the product of the magnitude of the current and
the time that the virus is exposed.
An oscillating magnetic field has been used with similar good results to kill
microbes in food samples or living tissue. Numerous papers in the International
Journal of Neuro-science show the positive effects of very weak pulsating magnetic
fields applied directly to the top of the head on neurological diseases, such as
multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.4 Other researchers have used magnetic
pulses on the brain to successfully treat depression.5 Even bites from poisonous
snakes have been neutralized with electrotherapies without any negative after-
effects.
Electronic Zapper and Blood Purifier: There are now many types of electronic
antimicrobial devices available. These originated in the 1990s from the Hulda Clark
“zapper” and the Robert Beck “blood purifier.” Hulda R. Clark, N.D., is a Canadian
microbiologist, and the late Dr. Robert C. Beck (D.Sc.) was an American electro-
engineer. Both devices appear to eliminate parasites, bacteria, fungi, and viruses
from the body with low-voltage, pulsed electric currents. The Clark zapper operates
with 9 V at a very high pulse frequency of 30,000 Hz (Hz is the unit of
electromagnetic wave frequency, equal to one cycle per second). The Beck blood
purifier uses 27 to 36 V and a low frequency of 4 Hz. It appears that microbes are not
killed outright by the mild electric current but are changed in such a way that they are
prevented from replicating.
Evidence suggests that most of us harbor hidden microbes, and electrotherapy
is an easy way to reduce or eliminate these. Therefore, I recommend electrotherapy
as a basic component of a health improvement program, in the same way as I
recommend intestinal sanitation and allergy testing, regardless whether there is an
obvious problem or not. In addition to other measures, I regard electrotherapy as
valuable in treating infections and infectious diseases.
With the Clark zapper, you hold an electrode in each hand through which a
weak current flows. To establish firm contact, rub your palms with saltwater and hold
the electrodes firmly. Alternatively, wrap the electrodes in absorbent paper or cloth
moistened with saltwater. With weak hands, the best contact results from dipping
each hand or foot in a bowl of saltwater along with a partly immersed electrode, but
only if no electronics are in the handle. After the last treatment of the day, rinse your
hands and/or feet under running water to remove static electricity.

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If you are treating a local infection or tumor, press one or both electrodes close
to the problem area; for instance, for a sore throat, press an electrode against each
side of the neck. The negative electrode, commonly attached to a black wire, tends to
sting sensitive skin. As with magnets, it is important in which hand you hold a
particular electrode; otherwise you may feel weaker after zapping. Hold the negative
electrode on the side of the body where the tumor, pain, infection, or inflammation is
located, and hold the positive electrode with the red wire in your other hand. Try
muscle testing to find the best electrode placement. Have someone gently press
down your raised, outstretched arm while holding the electrodes one way and then
the other. Use the electrodes indicated by the stronger test.
The normal treatment schedule is seven minutes, three times daily. The second
zapping should follow 20 to 30 minutes after the first one, and the third one after a
similar interval. (For more information, see Hulda Clark’s The Cure for All Diseases;
www.drhuldaclark.org.)
I have found the Clark zapper useful, but the Beck zapper works better in
conditions where the blood is infested with microbes or parasites. It appears that with
the Clark zapper the current travels mostly over the skin due to its high frequency,
while the Beck zapper is specifically designed to electrify and purify the blood;
therefore, it is sometimes called a blood purifier.
With the Beck zapper, the small electrodes are fastened directly over the
arteries, so you feel a pulse on one forearm or near the ankle on each foot. My
recommendation is to use the blood purifier initially for two hours daily for about two
months, and then for one month once a year. I am not aware of any dangers or
contraindications, but if you are unusually electro-sensitive or a problem arises, then
stop treatment. As with all natural therapies, electrotherapy may start a healing crisis;
in that case, interrupt treatment until you feel normal again.
Dr. Beck warned that cells may take up medical drugs and herbal medicines at
a much higher rate during the zapping, due to a process called electroporation; this
may cause drug overdosing. Originally, he recommended not using drugs and other
potentially dangerous remedies, including raw garlic, during the weeks and months of
treatment. However, in later interviews, he softened his stand and advised cautiously
taking needed drugs or potentially dangerous remedies after the daily zapping rather
than beforehand. There is no firm evidence that electroporation occurs with the
electronic zapper, so I believe Dr. Beck may be exercising caution.
Application of the Magnetic Pulser: Dr. Beck also designed a magnetic pulser
to treat swollen lymph glands and other sites of infection and tumours and other parts
of the body with poor blood supply. A strong but very brief magnetic pulse induces a
tiny current in the cells and body fluids. In addition to helping eliminate microbes,
parasites, and cancer cells, it also appears to recharge and rejuvenate weak body
cells. This technology is based on U.S. patents in which laboratory test results were
submitted showing inactivation of HIV and destruction of cancer cells.
The most notable effect that I have observed in using the magnetic pulser is
pain relief, be it from back or hip pain, toothache, or cancer, but it was less effective
with headaches. Often the pain did not come back. Also, weak eyes and weak
muscles often improved. Whether you have a disease or want to improve your
health, I recommend you use the pulser frequently on any body area where you
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any tooth or jawbone positions that are not completely healthy, e.g., where a tooth
has been extracted or where there is a filling, a root pocket, or receding gums. Pulse
all the lymph glands in the neck, armpits, and groin. Hold the pulser as close as
possible to the treated problem area.
Commonly, a pulse occurs every two to five seconds and treatment time
ranges from ten to 30 minutes. After ten to 20 pulses, you can move to the next area,
treating in turn lymph glands, tumours, tender joints, teeth, organs, or any area with
an infection. However, remain much longer at major problem areas, up to 30 minutes
if required, as for pain relief. A recent development is a magnetic pulser with up to
ten or more pulses per second. It appears to work by creating a pulsing magnetic
field rather than just single short pulses. I found this more effective than the slower
pulsers.
There are other types of weak magnetic pulsers available that may be helpful in
stimulating cellular rejuvenation. For example, fields of 2 to 7 Hz are suitable to treat
neurological disorders, but because of their much lower magnetic pulse intensity,
they do not appear to inhibit microbes or parasites and may stimulate their growth.
To avoid any damage to normal body cells, the Beck pulser is set at the lower end of
magnetic strength to disable microbes and parasites. For this reason pulsing may
have to be continued daily for weeks or months to overcome serious and long-
standing health problems.
Another important aspect is to be aware of the polarity of the coil. One side acts
as a magnetic north pole and the other side as a south pole. It is important to use the
correct pole as explained previously in Magnet Therapy. This may not be noticeable
with strong magnetic pulses, as both sides can suppress nerve signals of pain and
improve general health by recharging damaged electric cell potentials. However,
there are other conditions that can get worse from using the wrong pole, while using
the biologically correct pole can also give better results with pain, microbes, and
general health improvement, especially farther inside the body where the pulse
strength rapidly declines. When holding the back of the magnetic pulse unit, called
the paddle, hold it with the hand that benefits from that particular polarity.
To find out which side of the paddle is north and south, place a small flat
magnet with known polarity on top of one side and watch what happens with the next
pulse. Like poles repulse each other. Therefore, if the magnet jumps off, that side of
the paddle has the same polarity as the side of the magnet placed on it face down. If
you then turn the small magnet around, it should not jump off. Mark the polarities on
the paddle. If you do not have a specific reason to use the other side, then use the
south-pointing side of the paddle facing the body. However, if you do not get results
within an appropriate period, then try the north-pointing pole instead.
For further information on electro and magnetic medicine, including articles by
Dr. Beck and plans to build the zapper and pulser, see www.quantumbalancing.com ;
www.keelynet.com/biology.htm; and www.sotainstruments.com.

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Step 20
SPINAL THERAPY & MASSAGE
Improve the activity of all your organs and glands
by massaging your spine and body.

Massage is an effective and usually enjoyable healing tool. It helps one to


relax, loosens up tight muscles, and removes fluid accumulations and congestions.
Massaging close to the spine is especially effective to stimulate the activity of internal
organs and glands. This is due to the network of nerve connections emanating from
the spine and the multitude of important acupuncture treatment points along the
spine.
There is a reflex connection between every organ system and the spine. The
malfunction of an organ will produce tension in a specific part of the spine, while a
misalignment of the spine will cause tension in a specific organ. Additionally, various
acupuncture points along the inner branch of the Bladder meridian, close to the
spine, are linked to specific organs, and on both sides of each vertebra (less than
one inch from the midline) there are points not usually included in the standard
meridian system diagrams but related to certain regions of the body.
The Benefits of Massage: A spinal massage is best given as part of an overall
body or back massage. For an initial general massage, you may (or may not) use
massage oil. It is helpful to know special massage techniques, but not essential. Rub,
stroke, and knead as it comes naturally. A caring attitude during massage is more
important than technique.
Glide slowly downward with your thumbs on each side of the spine (fingers or
knuckles may be used as well). Press firmly for a moment into the muscle, then glide
to the next vertebra. When you find a sore spot, ease up on the pressure, and press
for several minutes with a slightly circular motion. Increase the pressure when the
pain subsides. Repeat this several times, gliding down the spine, pausing at tender
areas. Do not rub directly on the vertebrae.
Other body points typically in need of special attention are the base of the skull,
the neck and shoulders, the tops and centres of the shoulder blades, the buttocks,
the hips and the sides, and the back of each knee.
Another technique to treat tender muscle points along the spine is to apply
constant but moderate finger pressure on each tender spot for about 90 seconds.
Direct the pressure sideways against the spine, and try to relax the treated muscle to
ease any pain caused by a strong pressure. When treating the upper part of the
spine, lift the shoulder; when treating the lower part, raise the hip. For the neck,
gently move the head against the finger pressure. Experiment to find the position in
which the treated muscle is most relaxed. The patient should remain passive during
the treatment and should not try to help move any body part.
Give your partner a massage and pressure massage once a week; this is best
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relationship with a friend or partner. When using long strokes during massaging,
follow the flow directions of the acupuncture meridians (see Part 7).
Massage Oils: Topical massage oils are commonly used to let the hands glide
over the skin in long strokes. However, for pressure therapy, deep muscle work, and
for sensing the energies, it is often better not to oil the skin. Massage oils can also be
selected according to the specific needs of the massaged person. The American
psychic Edgar Cayce offered the following recommendations:
• General Tonic Massage: Peanut oil, 6 parts; olive oil, 2 parts; dissolved lanolin,
1 part; rosewater, 2 parts; shake well before use.
• Peanut Oil and Olive Oil Mixture: 2 parts of each and 1 part dissolved lanolin; this
is good for arthritis and rheumatism, the after-effects of anaesthesia, injuries
from accidents, kidney disorders, menopausal complaints, multiple sclerosis,
prostatitis, and toxaemia.
• Peanut Oil Alone: Good for apoplexy, arthritis, gallbladder inflammation,
coronary occlusion, fatigue, glandular disturbances, low vitality, menopause,
multiple sclerosis, palsy, paralysis, Parkinson’s disease, polio, poor circulation,
and ulcerated stomach. Preferably, first heat the body with an infrared lamp or
by exposing it to sunshine during and after the oil rub.
• Castor Oil Alone: Good for arthritis, back pain, contractions and spasms,
rheumatism, and all muscular and joint pains. Rub very warm castor oil into the
affected parts, preferably using an infrared lamp or sunshine to heat the skin so
as to help work it into the skin.
• Removal of Scar Tissue: Combine 1 to 2 parts camphorated oil with 1 part
peanut oil; massage into the scar tissue once daily for several months.
Alternatively (or in addition), use vitamin E oil.
• Cocoa Butter: This stimulates the circulation in massaged areas and
strengthens the nervous system and eliminating functions. It is especially useful
for massaging babies and young children gently along the spine. It helps body
development and guards against head congestion. For increasing the size of
underdeveloped breasts, massage around the glands under the arms and below
the breasts. Direct massage of breasts with cocoa butter combined with alum
water has been recommended by Edgar Cayce to decrease their size. You may
use melted cocoa butter on its own or as part of a massage-oil mixture.
Add various aromatic oils for their fragrance or for any additional healing effect
they offer. The olive oil should be extra-virgin, and the peanut oil cold-pressed; store
both in a cool, dark place. Squeeze some vitamin E oil capsules into the massage oil.
A small amount of massage oil can be lightly warmed before applying it to the body. I
am not in favour of using polyunsaturated oils as massage oils as these easily
become rancid.
Treating Muscle Pain: Muscle pain is commonly due to a contracted or spastic
muscle. This can generate pain from pressure on a nerve or from an inflammatory
condition resulting from overacidity in the tissues. The original cause may be an
injury or overuse of the muscle, but this causes lactic acid accumulation in the
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relax. The blood and lymph circulation through the contracted muscle is greatly
diminished. Therefore, lactic acid is removed very slowly by the body and oxygen
supply to the muscle is low. Hence the pain.
In this condition, further use of this muscle generates more lactic acid and
keeps it contracted and weak or painful. If this condition becomes permanent, the
area tends gradually to calcify, such that two vertebrae may fuse or a joint may
become immobile. The solution is to use suitable therapies to relax this muscle and
increase the blood and lymph flow through the area, as with the following: Have a
period of rest to allow the lactic acid to disperse. Heat, such as a hot pack, hot bath,
or rubbing, greatly speeds up this process. Adding Epsom salt or magnesium
chloride to the bath aids muscle relaxation by displacing some of the calcium in the
muscle with magnesium. Adding baking soda to a bath or pack helps reduce the
overacidity of the muscle. Magnesium and/or an alkalizer may be used internally;
MSM, for example, taken internally as well as applied externally, generally speeds up
these processes.
A quick but painful way to relax a tense muscle is to press into it for several
minutes. In addition to or instead of this, a deep muscle massage greatly speeds up
lymph and blood flow through the muscle; press, knead, and rub the problem area.
Other supportive measures include color therapy with blue light, the south pole of a
magnet, a pulsed magnetic field, reflexology, and acupuncture and meridian therapy
(see appropriate steps elsewhere in this book).
Aiding Spinal Correction: Frequently, health problems are intensified by a
misalignment of the spine. Hereditary factors, ingesting incompatible food, and
negative or suppressed feelings can cause organ and gland functions to become
overactive or underactive. This in turn weakens or tenses muscles in associated
reflex areas of the back. The same may happen because of one-sided strenuous
muscle activity. This causes an uneven pull of muscles on the spine, and an
individual vertebra can easily become misaligned, causing pressure on nerves
emerging from the spine and consequent pain or malfunction.
Therefore, most people with health problems will benefit from an initial
professional adjustment of the spine. However, if the muscles are not balanced
simultaneously, the correction will not last and you may become a regular visitor to a
chiropractor. This is not necessary. Try to see an osteopath or chiropractor who does
muscle balancing as well as adjustments. Working with a friend, you can easily
balance each other. Here are some tips:
• For backache, first find out, by pressing, which side of the back has more
tenderness.
• Trace the Bladder meridian of the tender side with a south-pole magnet (or the
energized fingers) from toe to head several times. Trace the Bladder meridian
on the other side from head to toe with a north-pole magnet. For neck, shoulder,
and hip problems, trace the Gallbladder meridian in the same way (for charts of
the meridians, see Part 7).
• Apply ear acupuncture, reflexology, or a strong south-pole magnet to the painful
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• Press into the tender muscle until the pain eases, then press harder and circle
the thumb, knuckle, or elbow that is applying the pressure.
• Check for other tender points in the same area and work these out in the same
way. Often misaligned vertebrae will then realign themselves during subsequent
back-stretching exercises or with head-and-neck exercises.
As a general rule, neck and shoulders are affected by the organs and
meridians of the gallbladder, upper back by the lungs and heart, the middle by the
stomach and pancreas, the lower end of the rib cage by the kidneys, and the lower
back by the intestines and sexual organs. Liver problems often manifest as a pain
near the lower right shoulder blade.
One of the best methods for back improvement is regularly hanging upside
down, from special inversion equipment or a ladder. Traction on the neck improves
the upper spine.
How to Apply a Spinal Concussion: This is an effective method for
stimulating and strengthening weak organs and body parts. The general principle is
to stimulate the nerves emerging from the spine with rapid soft taps to certain
vertebrae. Use the edge of your hand or the knuckles to tap the selected vertebra
rapidly (but not very hard) for about 30 seconds. Then rest or treat another vertebra
for 30 seconds and return to the first one. Repeat this process for five to eight
minutes.
For general health improvement, go the length of the spine and stimulate each
vertebra in turn with this method. Tap firmly at the lower spine but only lightly at the
neck. Let your patient or partner tell you how hard to tap so that it still feels
invigorating and pleasant. This treatment can be repeated daily, weekly, or when
feasible. If tapping produces pain, seek professional advice. If sedation rather than
stimulation is required, try prolonged gentle pressure, gradually varying in intensity,
on the appropriate vertebrae. Select suitable vertebrae from the following
compilation.
Selecting the Vertebra Based on Its Associated Health Condition: Here are
some general guidelines for this. There are seven cervical vertebrae, 12 dorsal or
thoracic vertebrae, and five lumbar, plus the sacrum and coccyx.
Cervical vertebrae:
1: head, brain, pituitary, sympathetic nervous system
2: eyes, tongue; hearing problems, sinuses, allergies, fainting
2-3: for headaches, prolonged pressure between C2 and C3
3: cheeks, teeth, outer ear; acne, eczema, neuralgia, neuritis
4: nose, lips, mouth, Eustachian tube; catarrh, hayfever
5: vocal cords, neck glands; throat problems, pharynx
6: neck muscles, shoulders; tonsils, upper arm problems
7: thyroid, goitre, shoulders, elbows, contracts inner organs, contracts dilated
heart, normalizes blood pressure; bursitis, nose bleeding, fainting, angina,
palpitation, tachycardia (fast pulse), lung and kidney diseases, diabetes. (C7 is

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the most prominent vertebra at the base of the neck. Use it as a landmark for
counting the other vertebrae along the spine.)
Dorsal or thoracic vertebrae:
1: lower arms, hands, oesophagus, trachea; asthma, cough, breathing problems,
thymus
2: heart, coronary arteries, lungs; chest pain
2-3: for hiccough, press between D2 and D3
3: lungs, breasts; increases milk flow, contracts gallbladder, oesophagus, and
pylorus; dilates heart and peripheral vessels, reduces blood pressure
3-4: tap both for developing breasts
4: contracts and empties gallbladder, increases secretions of pancreas; jaundice,
hepatitis, shingles
5: liver, solar plexus, opens pylorus and empties stomach; low blood pressure,
poor circulation, anemia
6: stomach; indigestion, heartburn, dyspepsia
6-7: tapping both dilates the kidneys; nephritis
7: pancreas, duodenum; diabetes, ulcers, gastritis
8: spleen, diaphragm; hiccoughs
9: adrenal glands, dilates gallbladder; allergies, biliary colic
10: kidneys; dilates pancreas and blood vessels, reduces blood pressure;
nephritis, ataxia, anemia
11: kidneys, urethra; dilates heart, stomach, liver, spleen, abdominal arteries,
intestines, in-creases blood supply to lungs; spasms, nervous diarrhea, angina,
skin problems
12: small intestines, Fallopian tubes; contracts kidneys; affects lymph circulation;
associated with enlarged prostate
Lumbar vertebrae:
1: large intestines; constipation, diarrhea, colitis, hernia
2: appendix, abdomen, upper leg; cramps, varicose veins
3: sex organs, ovaries, testicles; bladder, knee, menstrual problems, impotence,
bed wetting/ incontinence
4: prostate, lower back muscles; sciatic nerve, lumbago, and backache; difficult,
painful, or too frequent urination
5: lower legs, feet; contracts bladder; leg cramps, cold feet
Sacrum: hipbones, buttocks; sacroiliac conditions
Coccyx: rectum, anus; haemorrhoids, pruritus
Lymph-Drainage Massage: Danish medical doctor E. Vodder developed a
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improve lymph flow and accelerate the transport of waste products from the tissues
into the bloodstream from which it can be eliminated through the kidneys. A
congested and stagnating lymphatic system is a main cause of infections,
inflammations, and degenerative diseases.
The lymph flows upwards through the legs to the large lymph nodes at the
groin and up the arms to the main lymph nodes at the armpits. From the groin and
abdomen, the lymph collects in the thoracic duct, which flows along the midline of the
body and, together with the lymph from the upper left side of the body, empties into a
large vein under the left collarbone. The lymph from the upper right side of the body
joins a vein under the right collarbone.
Lymph massage should start and end with the chain of glands at the sides of
the neck, running from below the ears to the hollows of the collarbones. For
massaging the limbs, Vodder taught light, slow, circular movements with the four
fingers of the hand, not the thumb. Movement can be clockwise or counter-clockwise
(whichever feels better), but do not change direction during the massage. The skin
should be moved lightly over the underlying tissue. Generally, five circles are made
at any one place, one circle per second. Vary the finger pressure during the circling
to achieve a pumping effect. Then move about two inches along the limb and repeat
the circling. During massage, a limb should be raised, while well supported and
relaxed, to help the backward flow of the lymph.
When massaging an arm, start at the upper arm, near the armpit, and press-
circle ten times. Then do the same at the insides of the elbow, and finally squeeze
each section five times from the palm upward to the armpit. Do the same with each
leg. Squeeze ten times near the groin, then the back of the knee, and finally from the
foot upwards to the groin.
Along the trunk, from the groin upwards, use long, firm upward strokes towards
the left collarbone; do this also along the spine and the sides of the back. However,
the main benefit for the trunk lymph drainage will be derived if the patient lies on his
back and makes bicycling movements in the air. The movements must be either
parallel to the floor or, better still, vertical while in the shoulder-stand position. Do this
exercise for one minute before and after leg-drainage massage to make room in the
trunk for lymph from the legs. Varicose veins, wounds, and tumours should not be
massaged. Individuals with advanced diseases should activate the organs of
elimination before using this method. If in doubt, consult your health professional.

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Step 21
HYDROTHERAPY, PACKS & COLONICS
Use water to relax or alleviate painful conditions.

Hydrotherapy, the use of water to treat disease, involves practices such as


drinking large quantities of water to flush out toxins, taking hot and cold baths,
saunas, packs, and colonics (enemas). Preferably, use non-chlorinated water if
available, as it is less irritating to the skin.
Hot Baths: Hot baths are useful for relieving aches, pains, and stiffness, for
releasing toxins stored under the skin, and for cleansing the skin of fungal infections.
Gradually increase the temperature of the bath water, as far as you can reasonably
endure. Remain submerged, except for the face, for ten to 20 minutes. For conditions
associated with magnesium deficiency, add from one to ten pounds of Epsom salt to
the water; the greater the pain, nervous tension, or stiffness, the larger the amount
you should use.
Become accustomed to hot baths gradually by increasing the duration and
maximum temperature of the bath on successive occasions. Have someone on call,
especially if you have a heart problem. Do not use a hot bath or Epsom salt in the
case of low blood pressure, fatigue, distended veins, or a weak heart, and be
cautious if your blood pressure is high. The body should be completely immersed,
but you can cool the forehead with a cold cloth.
To improve dermatitis, place a sealed muslin bag filled with up to two pounds of
bran in a hot bath; immerse yourself, as above. To relieve itching skin, add a
spoonful of baking soda to the water. For arthritis, if a full hot bath is too severe for
you, have a hot foot or hand bath with Epsom salt to get relief.
After your bath, cover your body with a large towel and, without drying, cover yourself
up in bed to induce sweating; rest for 30 minutes, or overnight. Afterwards, a
massage or a quick rub with olive or peanut oil is recommended.
Overheating Baths: The following method can be used for your general health
improvement and to overcome chronic infections. However, I do not recommend it as
a specific cancer treatment. It appears to work only when the blood sugar level
during the overheating is low (i.e., you haven’t eaten for a while) and the water
temperature is high; otherwise tumor growth can be stimulated. For those without
cancer, it is good occasionally to have an overheating bath followed by sweating - in
other words, a bath that will overheat you. Cancer cells and viruses are weakened
and start dying in environments over 105º F (40-41º C), while normal cells can
withstand higher temperatures. This explains the curative effect of high fever on
cancer and infectious diseases. For home treatment, a therapeutic fever can be
simulated with overheating baths.
Start with a very warm bath and slowly add more hot water until the bath
temperature reaches 108º F (42º C). Initially remain in the tub only up to ten minutes
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want to continue with a regular overheating treatment, then increase the temperature
by 2º F (1º C) each week up to a maximum of 116º F (47º C).
If the weekly temperature increase is too severe, increase it more gradually. If
you cannot reach the maximum temperature, extend the bath duration at your
highest possible temperature to one hour. During and after the bath, drink several
glasses of pure water to make up for fluid losses.
As a safety precaution, keep the bathroom door open and have a helper close
by. You are safe while lying in the water; the danger arises when leaving the bath.
Therefore, strictly observe the following rules:
• If you must leave the bath suddenly, immediately lie down again.
• Remain in the bathtub until all the water has drained. Alternatively, add cold
water until the bathwater feels only warm; stay in the cooler water for 10 to 15
minutes.
• Dry yourself only while sitting, never standing; afterwards, cover with sheets and
blankets and sweat for up to one hour.
• Do not use overheating baths when you do not feel well.
Warm Baths: These are excellent for relaxation; stay in a warm bath for ten to
20 minutes; fragrant oils can be added. Staying in a hot or warm bath for longer than
30 minutes can be exhausting. If stimulation is desired, a warm or hot bath should be
followed by a cold bath, a cold sitz bath, or a cold shower. You can also use hot and
cold alternating showers or cold-water sponge rubs. Cold-water stimulation is
especially important for low blood pressure and distended veins.
Sitz Bath: To improve intestinal elimination and the condition of the sexual
glands and organs, a cold sitz bath is excellent. After warming the body by exercise
or a hot bath or shower, sit for one minute in about eight inches of cold water.
Gradually, the sitting time can be increased to three minutes. Keep your feet out of
the water.
Showers: For general stimulation and improving the circulation, use hot and
cold showers, alternating three times between hot and cold, starting with hot and
ending with cold.
Foot Baths: To increase the circulation in burning or aching feet, mix some
tannic acid or mustard powder into a hot foot bath. To keep your feet warm, some
cayenne pepper can be added instead. Use alternating hot and cold foot baths for leg
problems.
Water Packs: To make a pack, fold a cotton or woollen cloth into several
layers, dip it into hot or cold water, gently press to remove excess water, and place
over the selected area. Hot packs (fomentations) can be used for the relief of muscle
pains but are better in combination with Epsom salt. Cold packs are effective for
insomnia, high temperature, nervous indigestion and wind, headaches, sore throat,
edema, and sprains. For fever, the pack can be changed every five to ten minutes,
while for relaxation, it can be left in place for a long time. For insomnia and nervous
indigestion, place the cold pack on the abdomen.
Castor-Oil Pack: This is excellent for improving intestinal functions and for
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the bladder. Castor-oil packs on the abdomen should be used at the beginning of all
serious attempts at health improvement, especially if there are any problems with the
digestion, liver, gallbladder, or pancreas, or if you have arthritis, cancer, or any other
degenerative disease. Hot castor-oil packs can be applied directly to weak, painful, or
swollen parts of the body, for example, on weak eyes or eyes with cataracts or
glaucoma, stiff neck, painful back, swollen knee, and on cysts and tumours.
Persistent use of castor-oil packs frequently gives excellent results when other
methods fail.
To make the pack, carefully warm castor oil (it burns easily); soak a woollen
cloth in the oil and fold it into three or four layers. Cover the abdomen from the pit of
the stomach, and including the lower rib cage, down to the pubic bone. If the cloth is
not big enough, shift it on successive days of treatment so all areas get covered;
favour especially the liver area under the right lower rib cage and any part of the
body that causes pain or problems.
Place a plastic covering over the cloth with a hot-water bottle on top of that;
finally, wrap a long towel around the torso and fasten it securely. If used in bed, place
additional plastic underneath you or use old linen, as the pack might leak. Leave the
pack in place for one to two hours, or overnight. Afterwards, sensitive skin can be
wiped with warm water containing baking soda. Store the pack in a pot or tin for
repeated use, adding more oil as required with each usage.
Use the pack for three to five days, interrupt the cycle for several days, and
repeat the series as often as necessary. During or after a period of applying a pack
on the liver and abdomen, take several tablespoons of olive oil at bedtime to induce
emptying of the gallbladder.
Epsom Salt Pack: This is recommended for arthritis, neuritis, paralysis, back
pain, muscle tension, gastritis, colitis, infections, and kidney problems. Dissolve
Epsom salt in hot water to make a saturated solution; soak a cloth in it and apply it
hot to the skin. Keep the pack warm with a hot-water bottle. Alternatively, Epsom salt
can be spread liberally on a hot wet cloth and applied. Leave the pack on for one or
two hours; repeat as required.
Rock Salt Pack: A pack of hot, coarse rock salt is effective for the relief of
muscle pains, especially backaches. Cover a hot-water bottle with a moist cloth,
sprinkle on a thick layer of coarse rock salt and lie with the painful area on top of this;
or place this (salt-side down) on the painful area if more appropriate. Keep it as hot
as you can stand it for an hour or two. Renew the salt if it is necessary to repeat the
pack.
Honey Pack: The honey pack has an excellent reputation for healing infected
wounds and ulcers, and it is used in alternative cancer therapy to destroy tumours
and relieve pain. It is not only effective for problems close to the skin but can help
problems such as pain as well. The honey must be raw and not previously heated.
Smear a thick layer of honey over the affected area and cover it with linen. With long-
standing problems, continue renewing the honey daily and keep the area covered all
or most of the time for several weeks. It is even more effective if you mix a few drops
of 35 percent hydrogen peroxide with the honey. Try to obtain honey that is not
runny, as adding hydrogen peroxide makes it more liquid; crystallized honey works
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Onion Pack: Onion packs are good for asthma, bronchitis, colds, pneumonia,
and for loosening phlegm in the airways. Wrap a large onion in aluminium foil and
bake it until soft. Pulp the onion in its juice and spread it over the upper chest and
throat area. Cover this with a plastic sheet or cloth and keep warm for an hour or two
with a hot-water bottle. Repeat as required. Do not eat the onion, as aluminium
should be avoided in cooking foods to eat.
Potato Pack: Raw potato packs are excellent for irritated and weak eyes, as
well as for blindness and cataracts. Grate a refrigerated potato; preferably, use the
outer parts of old, organically grown potatoes. Cover the eyes for 30 to 60 minutes;
you can put the potato pulp in some gauze if you like.
Cabbage Leaf Pack: The fresh outer leaves of green cabbages have healing
potential when applied over weak or inflamed parts of the body. Hold one or two
leaves in place over your abdomen and liver with a towel wrapped around your waist.
Do this frequently. You can cut out part of the stem and roll the leaf with a bottle to
flatten the ribs, especially if it is to be applied over sensitive skin areas. If no more
outer leaves are available, you can also use the paler green inner leaves; wilted
leaves are useless for this pack. Cabbage leaves are especially good for mastitis.
For serious conditions, apply cabbage leaves 24 hours a day, renewing every four to
six hours. For cancer, apply a leaf over the tumor site as well as over the abdomen
and liver.
Green Leaf Pack: Other edible fresh green leaves can be applied over
problem areas, either whole or as a pulp. To cover a fresh wound, for example,
masticate some fresh wheat or barley grass and apply the juicy pulp.
Blistering Agents: The application of blistering agents and skin irritants
produces the quickest relief for arthritis and related inflammatory conditions. The
principle is to draw out through the skin the toxins and congesting energies from
inside the body. Liniments, compresses, and plasters can be used. Suitable agents
for this are a paste of mustard or cayenne, garlic, oil of wintergreen, or the white sap
of a papaya or fig. Initially, they may cause skin reddening, which can give some
relief, but if applied for a long enough time in a concentrated form, they will produce
blistering, which is a much more effective healing response.
If the skin is non-sensitive, it is more effective to prick it in many places or to
mechanically irritate it before applying the irritant. Cover the area with a cloth or
plastic sheet until blistering has taken place. Large blisters can be drained first.
Cover the blistered area with fresh cabbage leaves. For long-standing conditions, the
blistering pack may have to be repeated several times.
Escharotics: The most effective way to remove skin cancer, melanoma, and
tumours close to the skin, possibly including breast tumours, is to apply an
escharotic. These are caustic remedies, commonly with zinc chloride and the herb
bloodroot as main ingredients. These are available from some health stores and
naturopaths. Skin cancers can become inflamed for a few days, then form dry pus
(an eschar), and then fall out after about ten days.
To reach a tumor under the skin, such as a breast tumor, it may be necessary
to leave the paste in place for two or three days and reapply fresh paste several
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coated pad that may require frequent changing. Commonly, this procedure causes a
strong local inflammation with swelling of the breast, redness, and pain for several
days. The bigger the breast and the deeper the tumor, the more difficult is it to create
a “hole” deep enough for the escharotic to reach the tumor, so more applications are
required.
While this can be more uncomfortable and drawn-out than surgery, one
advantage is that escharotics have a reputation of not creating secondary tumours in
other organs. You can ease your discomfort during this time with painkillers and anti-
inflammatory measures. For more detailed information on escharotic cancer salves,
see www.altcancer.com and www.cancersalves.com.
Meat Pack: A folk remedy for drawing poisons from the body is to place fresh,
raw, minced meat under the soles of the feet for several hours or overnight. Replace
the meat several times if required. The meat is then poisonous, so do not touch it;
best bury it. You can also try this (in addition to other measures) in the case of
accidental poisoning or bites of poisonous snakes or insects. Raw meat can also be
placed over malignant tumours for drawing; again, do not touch it when removing it
from the skin.
Infrared Heat Lamp: Instead of a hot pack, you can rub a remedy into the skin
and expose the affected area to infrared heat. For arthritic pain in the knee or hip or
for back pain, use peanut oil, castor oil, or a solution of Epsom salt or magnesium
chloride; you can also add other helpful ingredients to the magnesium solution, such
as glucosamine and MSM. Continue with the heat for 15 to 60 minutes, and rub more
of the remedy into the skin whenever it becomes dry.
Bowel Cleansing: Most failures in healing programs occur because bowel
cleansing is neglected. Toxins are reabsorbed from the bowels and accumulate in
the blood, causing or contributing to allergies, boils, cancer, colds, eczema, fatigue,
inflammations, irritability, lack of concentration, menstrual problems, mental
diseases, migraine, swellings, and general toxaemia. Furthermore, constipation is a
main factor in gallstones, liver problems, and probably bowel cancer.
Increasing bowel movements to two or three a day is only a first step. Even
more important than the frequency of bowel movements is the speed (called transit
time) with which food residues move through the intestines. To check this, eat a
highly coloured food (for example, red beets or a cob of sweet corn) with an evening
meal. A healthy intestine should eliminate all colouring matter before lunch the
following day or at least before the next evening. If it takes longer, you are
constipated. Use appropriate mineral and vitamin supplements, laxative foods,
colonics, acupressure, and exercise to improve bowel conditions (see Steps 3 & 4).
Ordinary toilets encourage a sitting rather than a squatting position. However,
this posture is not conducive to the complete emptying of the large intestines. A
squatting position is preferable. If you cannot squat on top of the toilet, support your
feet with a footstool; additionally, bend forward to exert more pressure on the bowels
(for further information, see www.naturesplatform. com). An alternative way of
keeping the bowels empty is by taking laxative foods, such as ground linseed
(flaxseed), and periodically having an isotonic flush (a teaspoon of salt in a quart of
water) or Epsom salt flush (a teaspoon of Epsom salt in a glass of water), preferably
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Early in the twentieth century, a British surgeon became famous for “curing” all
kinds of incurable diseases by surgically removing the lower part of the large
intestines of his patients. We certainly can do better than that and cure or prevent
many diseases simply by keeping our intestines clean and avoiding surgery. Most
individuals are very particular in keeping clean on the outside, using much soap and
having frequent showers, but they do not seem to mind being stuffed with stinking
waste matter. While this does not apply to everyone, it is a problem for anyone with
constipation and especially for meat eaters and those with fat malabsorption.
Overweight individuals can easily carry more than 20 pounds of putrefying bowel
content as part of their body mass.
If you prefer to be clean on the inside as well as on the outside, develop the
habit of “rinsing” your lower bowel once or twice after each bowel movement and
possibly again before going to bed. You can do this by sitting on the toilet, with
enema bucket or bag hanging from the wall near the toilet. After a bowel movement,
insert a pint of lukewarm water and expel it immediately. To let the water penetrate
more deeply you may for a short time bend forward with your bottom raised, but this
is not essential. Finally, rinse the outside. Preferably use some gel or oil before
inserting the tube or end-piece douche, and use a plastic glove.
Habitual bowel cleansing like this not only prevents the accumulation of
putrefying matter in the lower bowel, it also greatly speeds up the transit time of the
bowel content. Among other benefits, this tends to increase the release of bile and
toxins from the liver and gallbladder and prevents the formation and accumulation of
gallstones. However, if you try it several times and find that the enema water comes
out clean after bowel movements, then you do not need to do it.
Colonics: Colonics - the name is short for colonic irrigation - is an effective
therapy, bringing immediate relief for many health problems. The more serious the
condition, the more often colonics should be used: once a week at first, but daily use
may be required for a while. After several treatments, have a colonic once a month,
and later, once or twice a year. Iris diagnosis (see step 12) can guide you as to the
frequency necessary for your condition. If the intestinal area in your iris shows dark
or brown discoloration, or if it is extended, colonics should be used more often; this is
also true if foul-smelling wind is present, as this indicates putrefactive processes
under way in the bowel pockets.
The aim of colonics is to remove all putrefying matter from the bowels, clean
out the bowel pockets, and remove the hard crust that often coats the walls. To
achieve this, the bowels should be filled repeatedly with as much water as possible. It
is best to have a thorough bowel movement before starting the colonic.
To administer a colonic, add one heaping teaspoon of salt and one level
teaspoon of baking soda to two to three quarts of moderately warm water. Use a
bucket enema or enema bag; place it about two to three feet above the body on a
table, chair, or the rim of the bath, or hang it from the wall. A good position is to kneel
on the floor with your head down. More comfortably, you can lie in a warm bath with
the rectum elevated, or you can lie in bed in a similar position, or on the right side;
have a plastic sheet underneath you.
Lubricate the rectal tube and insert it slowly to a depth of about eight or 12
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of water from your intestines when increasing pressure is felt. After that, you should
be able to hold much more water. When renewed pressure is felt, stop the inflow of
water and assume different positions, such as lying on your right side for a while so
as to fill the ascending colon. Repeat the expulsion and intake of water until all of it
has been used.
You can introduce a pint of diluted fresh juice of wheat or barley grass if
available or of edible green leaves, and retain that in the intestines for up to 30
minutes. This is the standard procedure for home colonics for people with normal or
acid body conditions. The addition of baking soda neutralizes the often overacid
bowel condition, while salt acts partly as a drawing agent and partly prevents
demineralization of the blood plasma by osmosis, which could cause shock. This is
important for people with low blood pressure and poor blood circulation. Those with
high blood pressure or very weak kidneys should not add salt and baking soda to the
colonic water, but use highly diluted lemon juice instead. If this causes soreness, or if
the body is not too alkaline, use diluted fresh juice of green-vegetable leaves.
If you cannot do a colonic at home, receive a series of professional colonics at
a hydrotherapy centre. Everyone can benefit from some form of bowel cleansing from
time to time. (Instead of a series of colonics, you can use the Basic Cleanse
described in Step 3.)
Coffee Enema: For stimulating and detoxifying the liver in the case of serious
conditions, such as cancer, a series of coffee (preferably organic) enemas can be
helpful, especially if there is pain and discomfort. Boil two tablespoons of ground
coffee (not instant coffee) for three minutes in one quart of water; simmer for 15
minutes and strain; rinse the coffee grounds with more water. Use this as a retention
enema after cleaning the bowels with a normal enema or colonic. If you can hold in
only part of the coffee, use the rest with a second enema. Retention means to hold it
inside for ten to 20 minutes. Do not use this if you are allergic or sensitive to coffee.
Oxygenating Colonic: This can often improve the well-being of patients with
ad-vanced diseases, such as cancer. Oxygenating colonics are available at some
hydrotherapy centres.
As an alternative for home treatment, add food-grade hydrogen peroxide to a
retention enema after the colon has been cleaned with an ordinary colonic. Use one
to two pints of lukewarm liquid in which one teaspoon of salt has been dissolved.
Initially, include one tablespoon of six-percent or two tablespoons of three-percent
hydrogen peroxide. Retain this mixture inside your intestines for about ten minutes. If
this is well tolerated, double the amount of hydrogen peroxide with each successive
treatment until it becomes too uncomfortable and you cannot hold it any more. Then
cut back to the preceding level and continue at that rate.
For cancer patients with a serious condition, under professional supervision
you can start at higher dosage levels and include up to half a pint of three-percent
hydrogen peroxide. This may induce the evacuation of much waste during the
following days, and the patient may temporarily look and feel worse. After this,
however, there should be considerable improvement. If available, lead ozone through
a long tube into the rectum with an additional shorter tube as outlet and safety valve.
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Vomiting Therapy: Induced vomiting, often called an “upward purge,” can be
helpful for a wide range of acute and chronic conditions, such as asthma, bronchial
problems, catarrh, digestive disorders and indigestion, gastritis, hysteria, infections,
liver and gallbladder problems, lumbago, migraine, poisoning including snakebites,
and skin diseases including eczema, gangrene, and psoriasis.
While vomiting clears out mucus and decomposing matter from the stomach,
the main benefit is derived from relaxing the digestive organs and the diaphragm
while stimulating the solar plexus. A need for this therapy is indicated especially by
contracted intestinal reflex areas in the iris, by way of iris diagnosis (see Step 12), but
also if these are whitish or brownish and especially if they have black lines.
To induce vomiting, drink five or six cups of lukewarm water and touch or tickle
the throat far down. Repeat until the water comes back clear. Instead of water, an
emetic herb tea can be used: adder’s tongue, bayberry bark, black root, boneset,
horehound, lobelia (large doses), mustard, ragwort, or vervain. After-wards, drink
peppermint or mint tea to settle the stomach.

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Step 22
URINE & UREA THERAPY
It may not be your "cup of tea", but many swear by this ancient therapy.

The use of urine in the treatment of diseases has a long history. Many cultures
have used urine for medicinal purposes: It was praised in ancient Egyptian papyri
and used in ancient Rome, China, India, America, and European countries. An article
in the Journal of the American Medical Association stated that in “primitive medicine”
there is scarcely a disease that has not been treated with the external or internal use
of urine.6. Presently it is most widely used in India and Taiwan where the youthful
appearance of many Buddhist monks is ascribed to their routine urine ingestion.
Thousands of scientific articles have been written about the health benefits of
urine and its ingredients. A good book to get acquainted with some of this research
activity is Your Own Perfect Medicine, by Martha Christy; one of many websites on
urine therapy is: www.uropathy.com.
At the very least, all this past and present interest in the healing benefits of
urine indicates that here is something worthwhile for the adventurous health seeker
to explore. To start urine therapy the main problem we need to overcome is our
social conditioning. You may also want to know how a substance expelled by the
body as waste can possibly be beneficial.
Beneficial Ingredients: Urine is not a waste product full of harmful substances
as is commonly believed, but instead a treasure-trove of the right nutrients that we
need for our health. It is full of hormones, enzymes, vitamins, trace minerals, and
other valuable biochemicals. Basically, urine is just filtered blood, and in its
composition close to blood serum. The main function of the kidneys is to regulate the
concentration of all these biochemicals in our blood. Surplus can be as harmful as
deficiency; however, any hormone or enzyme removed as surplus may be in short
supply a few hours later.
With advancing age, our hormone and enzyme production declines to
suboptimal levels, while the kidneys become less and less efficient in retaining
needed ingredients. Therefore, it greatly helps, especially with chronic degenerative
diseases and advancing age, to recycle these valuable hormones and enzymes. This
is what urine therapy does.
Another important aspect is the presence in urine of antibodies and immune-
stimulating factors against viruses, harmful bacteria, or fungi we may harbour in our
body. Even minute amounts of antibodies, sometimes at levels so low they cannot be
detected with conventional methods, are effective in preventing and treating
diseases. Curative effects of urine therapy have been shown on fungal and viral
infections, such as hepatitis, poliomyelitis, and AIDS, and urine is especially effective
against allergies, autoimmune diseases, and other disorders of the immune system.
When drinking urine routinely, say a cupful every morning, allergic reactions
may not occur at all, thus doing away with the need to identify to which substance
one has been reacting.

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Benefits of Urea: Urea is an end product of protein metabolism and the main
ingredient of urine. Only recently has it been discovered that the concentration of
urea in the blood has a key role in regulating at least seven major pathways. Urea
levels are low with cancer and many other diseases; in fact the frequency of cancer
and especially of multiple tumours and metastases increases greatly if urea levels
are low.
The Greek physician Evangelos Danopoulos, M.D., pioneered the use of urea
in cancer treatment. Urea was notably effective in regressing liver tumours, greatly
increasing survival times, and preventing metastases or secondary tumours. Dr.
Danopoulos used 45 g of urea daily in six divided doses for 40 days and then 20 g in
three doses for two years (45 g correspond to six rounded teaspoons, and 20 g is
about three teaspoons). He also experimented with injecting urea close to tumors.7
Urea may not just be a waste product or the final state of protein metabolism as
commonly assumed. Apparently, it can also be used as raw material to synthesize
amino acids and proteins, as has been shown in patients with kidney failure. These
patients deteriorate quickly on a diet containing normal amounts of protein but do
much better if the diet is extremely low in protein. They show progressive clinical
improvement when receiving added urea, which then becomes an important source
of nitrogen for protein synthesis.8
Urea is the best natural diuretic and is far better than synthetic diuretics. This is
important for those with oedema or fluid retention (due to kidney or heart weakness)
and especially for those with fluid pressure on the brain or spinal cord or in the eye,
as with glaucoma. Additional urea is important with brain tumours, stroke, meningitis,
and other inflammations of the brain and spinal cord. In one case of a massive brain
oedema connected with a suspected brain tumour, the patient received 256 ml of
30% urea; after two hours, the oedema and suspected tumour had completely
disappeared.9
When applied externally, urea has a beneficial effect on the healing of wounds,
such as infected wounds, burns, and ulcerating tumours. Urea can be directly packed
into the wound or a strong or saturated solution can be applied. In this way, urea
removes the foul odour often associated with an ulcerating tumour or other dead or
putrefying tissue. You can obtain urea from a pharmacy. Unfortunately, most of the
research into the medical use of whole
CAUTION: Do not ingest large urine and urea took place in the first part
amounts of urine if you take medicinal of the last century, while in recent years
drugs or other toxic substances, as the emphasis has been on researching
these an be re-cycled and cause an individual components.
overdose. While harmful substances
are not necessarily re-absorbed and How to Use Urine: There are various
may just cause diarrhea instead, you ways to use urine, but generally it is
do not know how much is safe. advisable to start with small amounts.
Therefore, either ask your health This is not only to get accustomed to the
professional for advice, or use urine taste of it, but also to slow down any
homeopathically, or in small amounts healing reactions. These occur
up to several spoonfuls daily. commonly with methods that genuinely
improve our health (see Step 10).

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Reactions may manifest as diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea, or a temporary flare-up of
old health problems.
Start with a few drops or a spoonful. Swallow immediately; you can wash it
down with some water or juice, or eat a piece of fruit.
With allergies and immune disorders, it is more effective to leave diluted urine
under the tongue for a few minutes. An allergic reaction can best be stopped or
neutralized by collecting the urine when the symptoms are worst; however, in
practice, try to use it as soon as you notice the first symptoms. Some researchers
suggest that the proper dose can be found by slowly putting single drops under the
tongue until the taste and temperature of a drop can no longer be distinguished. This
is then the neutralizing dose for an allergy. Each subsequent day you can double the
previous dose or the number of times you take them per day until you reach your
target amount or the dose with which you are comfortable.
A suggested amount for general health improvement and rejuvenation is two or
three cups daily. More is advisable temporarily to overcome serious diseases,
especially AIDS and other viral, bacterial, or fungal infections, as well as cancer and
kidney diseases. In these cases, ingest about one quart daily, but the more the
better, while for a limited period of several weeks try to drink all or most of your urine,
except in the evening, so that you do not have to get up at night. However, this may
only be suitable during a cleansing period, as drinking urine after a meal may cause
digestive upset.
A good way to flush the kidneys is to drink one to two quarts (litres) of diluted
urine before breakfast; use one or two cups of urine per quart of water. Start drinking
all the urine when you first wake up, ideally at 5 a.m. Then urinate again and drink
another dose 90 minutes later, then 90 minutes later again. Either drink sufficient
liquids in the evening so that the first morning urine is not too concentrated, or dilute
strong urine with sufficient water; about one cup to a quart of urine.
Do not use urine that is cloudy, as it often is during a healing reaction. If the
body is reasonably clean, then the urine will not taste offensive or reflect the aromas
of the last meal. The second morning urine, especially when drinking a fair amount of
liquids after rising, is usually very mild; it is better for getting accustomed to than the
first morning urine. To catch a cleaner sample, collect urine midstream.
The Urine Fast: The most powerful form of urine therapy is urine fasting, a
method routinely used by John Armstrong and described in The Water of Life.
Armstrong had good results with this, and I also have found it very effective,
especially in cases of kidney failure. While it sounds contradictory to drink urine when
one has kidney failure, the idea is to flush the kidneys with a large volume of
stimulating fluid. I see this as the only logical way to rehabilitate failing kidneys;
reducing the flow of fluid through will only make it worse. Diluted or weak urine
appears to be most suitable, at a rate of one gallon or more daily. However, adjust
intake to output; whenever there is increasing fluid retention, reduce the intake. This
intake also helps to increase lymph flow as explained under lymph-drainage
massage in Step 20. A main advantage of urine fasting over water fasting is the
greatly increased amount of energy produced, so that the urine fast can be continued
for a much longer period than a fast consisting only of water.

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During the urine fast, drink all of your freshly voided urine (and initially some
added water) to bring the daily intake volume to about five quarts. Gradually increase
the ingested amount to this full intake before starting the fast while gradually reducing
your food intake to just a few pieces of fruit or salad and fresh vegetable juices. End
the fast by taking only a small amount of fresh raw fruit or vegetables for another
week or two, gradually increasing the amount and variety of fresh
As with other fasts or cleanses, it is important to keep your bowels moving
daily. I suggest initially taking a tablespoon of Epsom salt with a crushed clove of
garlic for several mornings or evenings when starting with a greatly restricted food
intake. This will help to avoid or minimize unpleasant cleansing symptoms, such as
weakness, pain, or nausea. However, in many cases the ingested urine will already
be overstimulating the bowels, with liquid discharges, in which case no further action
is needed.
Ingest only your own freshly voided urine. Normally, urine is light yellow, clear,
and sterile, especially if collected midstream, but during healing reactions it may
become offensive and cloudy. In this case, use it only strongly diluted, if at all. When
ingesting a large volume of your urine, check that it is not too acid. The morning urine
normally is slightly acid, but during the day it should be slightly alkaline.
To check your urine, use litmus or pH paper from a drugstore. Litmus paper is
red when dipped into an acidic solution and blue when alkaline; neutral or pH 7 is in
between both colours. With pH paper, you get a colour chart to compare. If the urine
is mostly acid, take a half-teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate in water once or several
times daily, but not within three hours after meals; do this until the urine remains
alkaline during the day.
Those with cancer, high blood pressure, or fluid retention should use potassium
bicarbonate (from a pharmacist) instead of sodium bicarbonate. If your body is too
acidic, sometimes the emotions become overly sensitive, along with a physical
tendency to inflammations, mouth ulcers, and strong skin reactions.
The effectiveness of urine therapy with cancer, oedema, and infectious
diseases can be increased by taking daily one to six teaspoons of urea (e.g., mixed
in water or juices) in divided doses. Take three to six teaspoons when only a small
amount of urine is ingested, then progressively less with larger urine intake; stop
completely when nearly half or more of your daily urine is ingested.
Homeopathic Urine: It is possible to use urine ultra-diluted in homeopathic
form. The simplest way to prepare it is as follows: To one teaspoon of unchlorinated
water add one drop of your own fresh urine. Shake it vigorously in a small bottle
about 50 times with a sharp downward stroke. Add one drop of this mixture to
another teaspoon of water, shake again; and then repeat the whole procedure a third
time. Place three drops of the resulting fluid under your tongue several times daily.
When it is used up, wait a few days, then prepare a new homeopathic remedy.
An alternative method is even simpler and recommended as an introduction to
urine therapy or for times when cupfuls of urine are not tolerated or not wanted.
Dilute one or two spoonfuls of morning urine with five to ten times the same amount
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immediately or take a spoonful several times during the day. Keep it in the mouth for
a minute before swallowing.
Homoeopathically energized remedies should not be exposed to strong
magnetic or electromagnetic fields and should be taken with a non-metal spoon.
Keep any homeopathic urine remedy only lightly covered in a cool place but not in an
electric refrigerator; make it up fresh daily.
External Applications: A urine pack, with the addition of some urea, is often
effective with skin problems, such as burns, wounds, gangrene, psoriasis, eczema,
dermatitis, fungal problems, and aging skin. It can also be helpful for internal
tumours, inflammations, and diseased organs. Keep the affected area covered with a
folded cloth that is well moistened with urine or concentrated urea solution. Put
another cloth or plastic sheet on top and renew several times daily.
Urine becomes more alkaline when it stands for a few hours. Armstrong
regarded it as more effective than fresh urine for external applications. However, it
also smells more, and anyway, fresh urine seems to be adequate in my experience.
With gangrene, dead flesh, skin infections, and open cancer and ulcer sores, it is
more effective to saturate the applied urine with urea; this approach also removes
offensive odours. With weeping or suppurating wounds, especially if associated with
foul odour, it is beneficial to cover the area with dry urea.
Urine can be concentrated by leaving it for several hours in a flat dish in the
sun or in a warm place. This has been recommended by Armstrong for application in
friction rubs to rejuvenate aging skin. Armstrong also recommended urine packs
placed over tumour sites or diseased organs in addition to rubbing the body daily for
two hours with small amounts of urine. As you might guess, the primary problem with
urine packs is the offensive odour. You could try to prevent this by sealing the pack
with duct tape; completely seal it and keep the pack moist by injecting fresh urine into
it several times a day with a syringe.
Social Considerations: As noted, the main problem when starting urine
therapy is social conditioning. You can overcome that by reading about and
contemplating the expected health benefits. The taste of fresh urine is not normally
offensive, except if the body is polluted or when fasting or if the urine is strongly
concentrated. Therefore, dilute strong urine, start with a small amount, and gradually
increase it or have a day on fruit before starting to ingest urine. Minimize salt and
strong spices in your diet when on urine therapy. An easy way to drink urine or any
other unpleasant fluid is by breathing only through the mouth; you can pinch the nose
until your mouth has been rinsed with water or juice, or you can eat a piece of fruit.

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Part 3
NUTRIENT & REMEDIES

This chapter provides information about vital nutrients, such as vitamins,


minerals, amino acids, and enzymes, as well as basic remedies including herbs and
homeopathic remedies.
The more we adopt a high-quality diet, the less we need to know about
individual nutrients, and vice versa. Unfortunately, most individuals presently have a
less than ideal diet, and some knowledge about nutrients can help to avoid or correct
imbalances and deficiencies. Furthermore, many nutrients are now used in very high
doses, essentially as remedies, to treat various diseases. When used in this way,
detailed knowledge is important to achieve the desired effect without exposing
yourself to unnecessary danger.
While there are dangers with what I call “self-healing” and health authorities call
“self-medication,” these are infinitely smaller than those posed by prescription drugs.
I believe there is less long-term harm in using a nutrient incorrectly than a
prescription drug correctly. It is rare to encounter serious health damage from using
nutrients, even in very high doses, while medical drugs are stated to be the third
leading cause of death in the United States.
Nevertheless, I do not endorse the use of high-potency nutrients without a
proper understanding of any benefits and dangers, and I do not endorse high-
potency supplements as a substitute for a healthy lifestyle, which is the way that they
are commonly used. The main emphasis of this book is on a healthy lifestyle, which
in most cases will remove the need for high-potency supplements, but if you feel that
you do need some, then you will find suitable information in this part.
Generally, it is best to obtain all your necessary vitamins from natural foods and
the activities of intestinal bacteria. Under present conditions, however, it is rarely
possible to achieve and maintain good health without resorting to special vitamin-rich
foods and nutritional supplements.
In the case of poor health, absorption of vitamins and minerals is impaired,
while your requirements for them are simultaneously raised. This phenomenon
underlies the widespread vitamin and mineral deficiencies in our society, which result
in a multitude of diseases. Well-chosen supplements can correct deficiencies, but in
a good maintenance diet, the daily vitamin intake proposed by government agencies
should be at least doubled.

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Step 23
VITAMINS
Find out what these essential nutrients do and if you have
special requirements for any of them.

Vitamins are water soluble or fat soluble. Water-soluble vitamins are vitamin C
and the B-group vitamins. Except for vitamin B12, they are easily absorbed, and
deficiency is due to a deficient diet or to increased requirements. Due to genetic
factors or diseases, some individuals may require up to a hundred times the usual
amounts to function normally. One common problem is a thickened or hardened cell
membrane, preventing nutrients from entering some organs, especially the eyes.
Being water soluble, a surplus of these vitamins is easily expelled through the
kidneys, and any problem from overdosing is rare.
The fat-soluble vitamins, A, D, E, and K, are more difficult to absorb.
Deficiencies can easily arise even with an adequate diet, although most “balanced”
diets are deficient due to the cooking methods and use of refined foods. The most
difficult problem is fat malabsorption, which is relatively common and mainly due to a
reaction of the intestinal wall to gluten. In this case, even a diet plentiful in fat-soluble
vitamins can still lead to deficiency symptoms and may not be corrected by high-
potency supplements. While symptoms can mirror individual deficiencies, a common
feature of fat malabsorption is dry skin and difficulty gaining weight.
This absorption difficulty can be overcome by using water-soluble vitamin E
tablets, emulsions for vitamin A, and sunshine for vitamin D. In addition, rub vitamin
A and E oil (from opened capsules) into your skin and squeeze the contents of a
halibut oil capsule under the tongue for slow absorption overnight. Do not use
synthetic versions of oil-soluble vitamins. While these are easily absorbed, they are
known to cause side effects, such as liver toxicity or interference with pregnancy.
The bacteria among our intestinal flora supply a considerable part of our B
vitamins. Unfortunately, antibiotics destroy these essential bacteria and can cause
vitamin deficiencies. For this reason, use fermented foods or cultures containing
acidophilus and bifidobacteria and take B-vitamin supplements whenever you take
antibiotics. Other widespread conditions -causing persistent vitamin deficiencies and
dependencies are deprivations during foetal develop-ment and, in later life, acute and
chronic infections, parasites, and inefficient metabolism.
In general, vitamin and mineral supplements may not be required for the
maintenance of health or even the cure of most degenerative diseases provided the
diet consists predominantly of fresh and raw foods, featuring sprouted seeds, grass
and vegetable juices, as well as high-quality nutrients such as bee pollen, spirulina,
and kelp.
Bowel-Tolerance Vitamin C: This means taking enough of the vitamin to
produce a bout of diarrhoea to identify your specific bowel tolerance for vitamin C.
This can be a successful treatment for infectious diseases, including viral infections,
which do not respond to antibiotics. The dose of vitamin C is increased until the
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slightly until the bowel tolerates the high vitamin C intake. During serious infections,
the bowel tolerance is much greater than it is in a healthy state. In normal health, for
example, the bowel tolerance is about 4-15g per day; with a light cold, it might be 20-
30g; with a serious cold, 60-100g. Typically, mononucleosis or viral hepatitis requires
40-60 g; gastroenteritis 60-150g; and viral pneumonia more than 150g. Other
infections, including herpes simplex and herpes zoster, respond favourably to this
treatment, but fungal infections do not.
When you are taking these massive amounts, it is important to select the
correct form of vitamin C. If mainly unneutralized ascorbic acid is used, the body
becomes too acid, while sodium ascorbate introduces too much sodium, and calcium
ascorbate too much calcium. If your blood pressure is approximately normal, take a
mixture of ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbate, and calcium ascorbate. With low blood
pressure, use mainly sodium ascorbate with some calcium ascorbate. With high
blood pressure, potassium and magnesium ascorbate combined with ascorbic acid is
best. You can neutralize some of the ascorbic acid with potassium bicarbonate or
magnesium carbonate at the ratio of three to one, or two parts ascorbic acid to two
parts magnesium oxide. The solution should taste slightly acidic. You can dissolve
the vitamin C in water, herb tea, or juices, if you like.
Depending on the severity of your condition, take vitamin C at one- or two-hour
intervals. Do not continue self-treatment at bowel-tolerance level for more than a few
weeks, and in serious cases you should be under professional medical supervision.
The high vitamin-C intake should be reduced gradually to a daily maintenance dose
of 3-10g. A sudden withdrawal of all vitamin C can cause the return of colds,
allergies, or fatigue, so try to avoid this.
Bowel tolerance as a treatment is not suitable with kidney disease. Initially,
treatment of life-threatening diseases or emergencies can be supported with daily or
weekly injections of sodium ascorbate given intravenously in a three-percent solution.
Many degenerative diseases associated with a weak immune system, for example,
autoimmune diseases, cancer, and multiple sclerosis, can benefit from intermittent
periods of bowel-tolerance vitamin-C treatment. This method should also be used for
accidental poisoning and bites of poisonous snakes and insects.
Now let’s review all the vitamins. In the following compilation, RDA means
recommended daily allowance for males as determined by the Food and Nutrition
Board of the U.S. National Research Council. A second RDA value is for females.
“IU” means international units. Not all of the listed deficiency symptoms are always
manifested. Symptoms appear first in the weakest organs. As for measurements,
1 g = 1000 mg; 1 mg = 1000 mcg.
Fat-Soluble Vitamins: The oil-soluble vitamins are A, D, E, and K. They are
soluble in oils and fats, which is where we get them in our diet.
Vitamin A: The chemical name is retinol; two molecules of retinol can be
formed from one molecule of beta-carotene. The RDA is 5000/4000 IU;
therapeutically 25,000 to 100,000 IU are commonly used, and sometimes up to
1,000,000 IU, especially in cancer treatment and for eye diseases. Long-term
oversupply can lead to bone erosion due to a relative deficiency of vitamin D.
Therefore, supply vitamins A and D together, preferably as cod liver oil, otherwise
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very high doses over long periods and is destroyed by light and oxygen. Symptoms
of vitamin A toxicity are similar to those of vitamin A deficiency. Do not take very high
doses without professional supervision.
Deficiency Symptoms: Eyes are dry, infected, and sensitive to bright light; night
blindness, poor dark adjustment, colour blindness, and glaucoma are other
symptoms. Skin is dry, rough, horny, and scaly; there are pimples, acne, and
psoriasis. Hair is dry, falling out, or dull. Nails have longitudinal ridges and are
peeling and brittle. Sense of smell and taste are poor or distorted. Respiratory
infections and other lung problems, ear problems, deafness, hearing noises, and
cancer; thyroid is overactive and the person is underweight.
Best Sources: Fish-liver oils, liver, butter, and egg yolk. Yellow-orange
vegetables and green juice are high in beta-carotene, which some individuals can
efficiently convert into vitamin A.
Vitamin D: The common natural form is vitamin D3 or cholecalciferol. Vitamin
D2 or ergocalciferol is synthetic and can be toxic in high doses over long periods; I
do not recommend it. The RDA is 200 IU; therapeutically up to 4000 IU are used.
Deficiency Symptoms: Rickets, teeth and gum problems, muscular weakness,
convulsions, cramps, tetany, nervous instability, underactive thyroid, depression,
multiple sclerosis, overweight, eye problems, and weak, deformed, and porous bones
and other symptoms of calcium deficiency.
Best Sources: Sun exposure, fish-liver oils, and egg yolk.
Vitamin E: The chemical name of this group is tocopherols; mainly d-alpha
tocopherol is used, preferably in addition to mixed tocopherols. The RDA is 15/12 IU
or mg; therapeutically, up to 3000 IU or mg can be used. Patients with heart
problems or high blood pressure should increase the dose slowly. This vitamin is
destroyed by oxygen, chlorinated water, inorganic iron supplements, and estrogen
drugs.
Deficiency Symptoms: These can include disorders of the reproductive and
circulatory systems, stroke, heart disease, leg pains, cramps, poor wound healing,
pronounced scar tissue, muscle weakness, chronic fatigue, tender breasts, arthritis,
cancer, eye and ear problems, gangrene, infections, hot flushes, malabsorption,
multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, phlebitis, skin problems, and varicose veins.
Best Sources: Cold-pressed oils (wheat germ oil), rice polishings, sprouted
seeds, nuts, egg yolk, green leaves, and grass juice.
Vitamin K: The RDA is 80/60 mcg; therapeutically, 5–15 mg are used. It is
destroyed by light, alkaline conditions, and strong acids. This vitamin is essential for
normal blood clotting to prevent haemorrhaging. A deficiency causes frequent,
prolonged, or severe bleeding, easy bruising, and menstrual clots, as well as nausea
and vomiting during pregnancy. It is also needed for bone formation, or to prevent
osteoporosis, tooth decay, calcium deposits, and hardening of tissues and arteries.
Injections of vitamin K derived from plant sources have been effective in the
control of strong pain. This vitamin can be obtained from intestinal bacteria (in other
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yolk. Vitamin K1 from plants is more effective than K2 from intestinal bacteria; the
synthetic form (K3) can have toxic effects.
Water-Soluble Vitamins: These vitamins easily dissolve in water; with this
they are easily absorbed, but also easily lost in cooking and, except vitamin B12, not
stored in the body. Most of the B-group vitamins are essential components of
enzyme systems.
Vitamin B1: The chemical name is thiamine. The RDA is 1.5/1.1 mg; the
therapeutic dose is 50–3000 mg. It is destroyed or used up by heat, sugar, alcohol,
and smoking. Despite vitamin B1 supplements, deficiency can arise from a lack of
gastric acid.
Deficiency Symptoms: These include poor circulation with cold hands and feet,
oedema (fluid retention), furrowed tongue, underactive thyroid, fatigue, depression,
insomnia, anxiety, oversensitivity to pain and noise, nausea, poor memory, apathy,
debility, weight loss, and weak and painful muscles, especially in the legs, starting
with numb, burning feet, later affecting calves and thighs, and sometimes resulting in
paralysis. Other conditions include severe gastrointestinal disturbances, tachycardia
(fast pulse) and dyspnoea (breathlessness) on exertion, brachycardia (slow pulse) at
rest, enlarged and weak heart, mental illness, multiple sclerosis, diabetes,
hypoglycaemia, allergies, and addictions (to drugs, alcohol). A severe deficiency is
known as beriberi.
Best Sources: Food yeast, rice bran, sunflower and sesame seeds, peanuts,
millet, and grains.
Vitamin B2: Vitamin B2 is chemically known as riboflavin. The RDA is 1.7/1.3
mg, the therapeutic dose 50–1500 mg. It is destroyed by light and makes urine bright
yellow.
Deficiency Symptoms: Eyes are sensitive, burning, and bloodshot (blood
vessels become visible in the white of the eye) and there is blurred vision or
cataracts. Skin is oily and itching; there can be eczema (especially around the nose,
forehead, ears, scrotum, and vagina), redness of part of the face (rosacea), acne,
bedsores, and purplish skin parts. Hair is dull and oily, with dandruff. Nails are split
and the tongue is sore, burning, and purplish magenta in color. There are cracks on
the lips and corners of the mouth (cheilosis), as well as allergies, anaemia, arthritis,
cancer, or diabetes.
Best Sources: Food yeast, liver, kidney, almonds, sprouted seeds, and grass
juice.
Niacin and Nicotinamide: Niacin is also called nicotinic acid, and niacinamide
is the same as nicotinamide. As the name suggests, these are closely related to
nicotine and, therefore, useful when trying to give up smoking. The name vitamin B3
is also used. The RDA is 19/15 mg; therapeutically, up to 30 g have been used in
schizophrenia.
The acid form (niacin or nicotinic acid) causes flushing of the face and it is
prescribed to dilate blood vessels, decrease blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, or
increase circulation to the head in cases of acne or migraine. The non-acid
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amounts of this vitamin can cause depression. Niacin or nicotinamide improves the
oxidative energy metabolism and can be used to treat many symptoms.
Deficiency Symptoms: Schizophrenia, hyperthyroidism, protruding eyes,
depression, irritability, overactivity, crying spells, suspicion, loss of humour,
delusions, anxiety, insomnia, confusion, and changed sense perceptions. Tongue is
strawberry-tipped or bright red and shiny, with a “raw beef” appearance; the mouth
displays sores, cankers, and ulcerated corners. The skin is rough and red, with
brown, often symmetrical discoloration on the cheeks, neck, and back of hands.
There is dermatitis with ulcerations and pellagra (cracking of skin), which is
aggravated by exposure to sun. Other symptoms and conditions include headache,
backache, fatigue, anaemia, lack of gastric acid, loss of weight and appetite, nausea,
vomiting, diarrhoea, painful and stiff joints, arthritis, and cancer.
Best Sources: Food yeast, peanuts, rice bran, liver.
Pantothenic Acid: This is commonly used as calcium pantothenate, also
called vitamin B5. The RDA is 7/4 mg; the therapeutic amount 50–1500 mg.
Deficiency Symptoms: Tongue is beefy, enlarged, and furrowed; there is
fatigue, depression, insomnia, greying hair, burning feet, arthritis, alcoholism,
asthma, cancer, cataracts, epilepsy, psoriasis, stress, diseases of the digestive and
nervous systems, and adrenal weakness.
Best Sources: Food yeast, rice bran and polishings, liver.
Vitamin B6: The chemical name is pyridoxine. The RDA is 2.0/1.6 mg;
therapeutically, it is used from 50 to 3,000 mg. It works closely with zinc and is easily
oxidized.
Deficiency Symptoms: These include an inability to recall dreams, insomnia,
depression, irritability, tremors, convulsions (epilepsy), migraine, or schizophrenia.
The skin is oily, with eczema and urticaria (nettle rash or hives); there is oedema
(fluid retention), vomiting, halitosis, lack of gastric acid, muscle weakness, anaemia,
and kidney stones. Also possible are pain, stiffness, and swellings of fingers and
joints; fingers and toes become white (Raynaud’s disease); autism; caries (tooth or
bone decay); diabetes; Parkinsonism; and diseases of the digestive and nervous
systems.
Best Sources: Food yeast, molasses, bran, sunflower seeds, rice, liver, egg
yolk, nuts, beans, and bananas.
Biotin: The RDA is 0.3 mg or 300 mcg. Biotin is necessary for protein and fat
metabolism as well as for healthy hair.
Deficiency Symptoms: Digestive, nervous, and skin and hair problems;
anaemia, fatigue, depression, and hallucinations.
Best Sources: Food yeast, rice bran. Usually from intestinal bacteria, except
after antibiotics.
Folic Acid: The RDA is 200/180 mcg, but it is recommended to ingest at least
400 mcg, and 800 mcg when pregnant. The therapeutic dose is 5–20 mg. Folic acid
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Deficiency Symptoms: These are widespread; most pregnant women are
deficient. Symptoms include anaemia, corners of mouth cracked, red tongue, greying
hair, greyish-brown skin pigmentation, irritability, depression, fatigue, forgetfulness,
lack of con-centration, insomnia, dizziness, depressed reflexes, and headaches. Also
present are muscle weakness, pain, numbness in legs, difficulty in walking, cramps,
digestive problems such as constipation and diarrhea, sexual and circulation
problems, cervical cancer, hypoglycaemia, birth defects, gout, diabetes, and
cardiovascular disease.
Best Sources: Grass juice, yeast, sprouts, dark-green leaves, and liver.
Vitamin B12: The chemical name is cobalamin, the RDA is 2 mcg, and the
therapeutic dose 1000 mcg. It is essential after part of the stomach has been
removed. Most patients with a lack of energy respond extremely well to vitamin B12
injections, even if laboratory tests show a normal vitamin-B12 blood level.
In poor health, vitamin B12 is not well absorbed; calcium and hydrochloric acid
improve absorption. Commonly, B12 tablets are absorbed under the tongue.
However, recent studies show that the best absorption takes place by putting vitamin
B12 into the nostrils as drops, cream, or a crushed tablet combined with a little water
to make a paste.
Deficiency Symptoms: Pernicious anaemia, chronic fatigue, debility, poor
circulation, numbness and stiffness, a very red and sore tongue, emotional
disturbances, mental illness, cancer, liver and nervous system diseases, nerve
inflammations, and paralysis.
Best Sources: Liver, kidney, fish, egg yolk, and spirulina.
Vitamin C: The chemical name is ascorbic acid; it is commonly used as
sodium or calcium ascorbate. The RDA is 60 mg; 500 to 3000 mg are recommended
for good health (and may be supplied by a good diet); the therapeutic daily amount is
up to 100 g (in neutralized form). This vitamin is easily destroyed by air, storage,
smoking, cooking, or stress. It is useful to counteract the bites or stings of poisonous
snakes, insects, spiders, and others.
Deficiency Symptoms: First signs include lassitude, weakness, irritability, and
vague muscle and joint pains. Later symptoms and conditions include scurvy, starting
in the limbs most used, muscle pain (especially during infections), bleeding of gums
and skin, capillary weakness, fatigue, poor wound healing, and acute and chronic
infections. Also possible are liver and kidney problems, senility, aging skin,
thrombosis (strokes, heart infarctions), crib death, eye problems, arthritis, multiple
sclerosis, diabetes, schizophrenia, anaemia, bedsores, stone formation, cancer,
backache, anxiety, and allergies (manifested in reaction to bee stings, headaches,
rashes, asthma, hay fever, and epilepsy).
Best Sources: Fresh fruits and vegetables, sprouted seeds, rosehips, and
grass juice.
Vitamin-like Substances: These are necessary biochemical substances that
have not yet been awarded full vitamin status, partly because some can be
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Bioflavonoids: Bioflavonoids are part of the naturally occurring vitamin-C
complex. A deficiency causes capillary fragility with purplish or blue skin marks,
inflammation, gum bleeding, and inner ear pain. Bioflavonoids are necessary for the
proper functioning of vitamin C.
Best sources: Sprouted seeds, fresh (especially colourful) vegetables and
fruits, and the residue of juiced citrus fruits; bioflavonoids are also found in flower
petals. The best known members of this group are quercetin and rutin; rutin is found
in concentrated form in dried buckwheat leaves and flowers.
Choline and Inositol: These two are important for the absorption and
metabolism of fats and cholesterol, for the synthesis of lecithin, for proper liver and
gallbladder function, and for the formation and function of the brain and nerves
(transmission of nerve impulses). They are helpful in the treatment of arteriosclerosis
and atherosclerosis, asthma, diabetes (inositol), glaucoma, hair problems and
baldness, high blood pressure, insomnia (inositol), liver diseases, multiple sclerosis,
muscular dystrophy, neuritis, and tardive dyskinesia (choline especially).
Best sources: Choline is best supplied by lecithin, while other good sources are
egg yolk, liver, brain, and food yeast. Inositol is best supplied by sprouted seeds (in
unsprouted seeds it remains unavailable in the form of phytic acid). Other good
sources are heart, brain, liver, food yeast, cabbage, and citrus fruits.
PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid): It is a growth-promoting factor, and a
deficiency contributes to white skin patches, eczema, greying hair, and fatigue. In
lotion, it is excellent for protecting the skin against ultraviolet radiation. It is obtained
from food yeast, liver, egg yolk, and is also synthesized by intestinal bacteria. As a
supplement, the soluble potassium salt of PABA is preferable to the almost insoluble
acid itself.
Vitamin B15 (Pangamic Acid): This bioflavonoid occurs in seeds, grains, and
nuts, and it protects against oxygen deficiencies in a way similar to vitamin E. It has
been successfully used in the treatment of alcoholism, allergies, arthritis, autism,
breathing problems (asthma and emphysema), diabetes, hypoglycaemia, heart
problems (cardiovascular diseases), and premature aging.
Vitamin B17 (Amygdalin or Nitrilosides): This nutrient contains a cyanide
ingredient that is harmful to cancer cells. It is most effective for preventing cancer if
taken regularly by eating a few bitter seeds of stone fruits (for example, apricot, bitter
almond, apple). Other good sources are sprouted seeds, alfalfa, mung beans, millet,
and lentils. Professionally, a purified product known as laetrile (now illegal in the
U.S.) is used orally or as injections for cancer treatment. To be effective, laetrile must
be used in conjunction with cleansing, supplements, and correct diet.

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Step 24
MINERALS
Find out what minerals do and if you have increased requirements for them.

Minerals are inorganic substances composed of a metal and a non-metal, both


in ionic form. Metals most important for our health are calcium, magnesium,
potassium, and sodium as bulk elements, and boron, chromium, cobalt, copper,
iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, selenium, and zinc as trace elements.
Essential non-metals are chloride, phosphorus, and sulphur. Harmful are aluminium
and the heavy metals cadmium, lead, and mercury. While imbalanced intakes of bulk
metals can cause health problems, trace elements easily become toxic in excessive
doses.
Minerals are not well absorbed from grains, seeds, and nuts,10 unless these
are sprouted or fermented. This fact is especially important for vegetarians who may
rely on these foods. The addition of gelatine or chicken or fish broth to cooked grains
improves the absorption of minerals, while cereal fibre (bran) decreases their
availability. When grains and seeds are indicated as good sources of specific
minerals in the following compilation, this applies only to their sprouted form or as
fermented products.
In case of mineral deficiencies, take mineral supplements with meals containing
gelatine (for example, fish or poultry) or, alternatively, with fresh vegetable juice or
vegetables salads. Also make sure that you have sufficient gastric acid. Minerals are
more easily absorbed as chelates or orotates; orotates deliver minerals directly into
the cells.
Calcium (Ca): The RDA is 800 mg, but the recommended intake is 0.6 - 1.2 g
daily. A deficiency is frequently due to overacidity, lack of vitamin D, magnesium, or
boron, underactive thyroid and parathyroids, or an oversupply of phosphorus. The
normal calcium-phosphorus ratio in blood is 10:4; if the calcium level is too high,
calcifications result, such as stone formation, tartar, arthritic deposits, cataracts, and
muscle tension.
Deficiency Symptoms: These include fragile and deformed bones; muscle
cramps, twitching, and weakness; irritability; headaches; depression; menstrual
problems such as excessive and painful menstruation; poor circulation; and tender
breasts. Also likely are undue sensitivity to pain, insomnia, allergies, inflammations,
low blood pressure, varicose veins, piles, distended veins and abdomen, swellings,
slow wound healing, pyorrhoea, gingivitis, and eye problems (nearsightedness).
Best Sources: Bone broth, eggshells, dolomite, sardines, leaf vegetables,
goat’s-milk products, sesame seeds, and kelp.
Chromium (Cr): This mineral is active as trivalent chromium, and its biological
value differs greatly in various foods. Aim for an RDA of 100 mcg of high bio-value
supplements, such as glucose-tolerance factor or chelated chromium.
Deficiency Symptoms: Poor blood sugar regulation (diabetes, hypoglycaemia),
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pressure, arteriosclerosis, weight loss, fatigue, and eye problems (opaque cornea,
nearsightedness, glaucoma).
Best Sources: Brewer’s yeast, molasses, mushrooms, seafood, and grains.

Calcium EAP for Healthy Cells


The health of our cells depends to a large degree on their ability to keep toxic materials out.
This includes toxic chemicals, such as endotoxins produced by microbes inside the body,
and also harmful concentrations of otherwise useful biological chemicals. Such toxic matter
tends to weaken and disrupt the energy production within cells and is a major factor in
disease processes such as cancer and chronic degenerative diseases.
Toxic chemicals, together with useful ones, can enter the cells only through special pores in
the cell wall. In healthy cells, these entrance points are protected by special gatekeeper
chemicals, mainly the calcium salt of 2-aminoethanol phosphate, also called colamine
phosphate, or EAP. EAP is heavily concentrated at these entrance points and is attached
to the cell wall where it keeps the calcium in a fixed position.
In addition to keeping unwanted chemicals from entering, EAP is also effective in
transporting essential minerals through the cell wall and into the cell. In addition, it helps to
maintain and restore a normal electric potential between both sides of the membrane.
Because of its vital functions in maintaining the health of cell membranes, EAP has been
called the “membrane integrity factor.” With increasing age and disease-related health
deterioration, we do not produce enough EAP to protect our cells. This leaves them open to
attack by undesirable chemicals and toxins, an event that can cause or contribute to a wide
range of diseases.
EAP salts were developed in the 1960s in Germany by Hans Nieper, M.D. Initially, calcium
EAP was used in the successful treatment of multiple sclerosis, but the damaging after-
effects of viral infections (e.g., chronic fatigue) could also be greatly reduced with EAP.
Other diseases that responded well were ALS, allergies, asthma, blood pressure and
circulation problems, capillary bleeding, cancer, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, and
osteoporosis.
Varicose veins stopped deteriorating and aging skin was improved with EAP treatment. Dr.
Nieper mentioned that his patients on long-term EAP therapy hardly aged. He found that a
mixed formulation of calcium, magnesium, and potassium EAP was calming and
harmonizing for the nerves and, with this, suitable for neurological conditions, including
hyperactivity and anxiety disorders.
After evaluating the treatment of several thousand patients with multiple sclerosis over
many years, Dr. Nieper found that hardly any of these patients had developed cancer. Also,
in a six-year study of eight patients with repeated surgery for colon cancer, there were no
further recurrences of cancer after calcium EAP therapy. The usual dose is one to three
tablets three times daily, before meals. For information and orders, contact: Koehler
Company, P.O. Box 11510, Prescott, AZ 86304.

Copper (Cu): The RDA is 1.5 to 3 mg, but the recommended intake is 3 to 5
mg daily. A dietary deficiency of copper is rare; inorganic copper, for example, may
be oversupplied from copper water pipes. Internal copper deficiency can result from
insufficient binding capacity within cells.

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Deficiency Symptoms: These include anaemia, especially in infants; bone
disorders; defective spinal cord, multiple sclerosis; hair greying, hair becoming fine
and straight, and losing its curl; infertility; weak connective tissue, as evidenced by
heart problems such as enlarged heart, weak aorta (holes, ruptures), aneurism, and
varicose veins; hernias; cancer; leukaemia; arthritis; inflammations; parasites; and
underactive thyroid.
Signs of Toxicity: Liver cirrhosis, jaundice, and symptoms of zinc deficiency.
Best Sources: Liver, food yeast, nuts, and oily seeds. Use supplements only in
organic form, such as chelated or salicylate complexes. However, colloids and
copper armbands are acceptable.
Iodine (I): The RDA and recommended intake for iodine is 150 mcg daily.
Iodine is needed for the production of thyroid hormones, which regulate metabolism.
Deficiency Symptoms: These include goitre, cretinism, fatigue, overweight,
mental retardation, debility, and cancer.
Best Sources: Kelp, seafood, and iodized salt.
Iron (Fe): The RDA is 10/15 mg, so the recommended intake is the RDA, but it
should be less for the elderly. An iron deficiency causes anaemia and fatigue, while
an oversupply in the inorganic form (tablets, bread additives) is a contributing factor
in degenerative diseases, especially arthritis.
Best Sources: Kelp, liver, yeast, molasses, sesame seeds, and eggs.
Magnesium (Mg): The RDA is 350/280 mg; the recommended intake 500 -
1000 mg daily. This mineral activates many enzymes (see the section on magnesium
chloride to follow).
Deficiency Symptoms: Here you find apathy, confusion, depression,
disorientation, hallucinations, irritability, paranoia, and poor memory. Also typical are
angina, arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, sweating, tachycardia (fast pulse),
strokes, thrombosis, or infarctions. You can also encounter convulsions, cramps,
eclampsia, epilepsy, muscle twitching, numbness, nystagmus (rapid eye
movements), tingling, and tremors. Further deficiency symptoms are physical and
mental rigidity, stiffness, stone formation in kidney and gallbladder (but not renal
failure), tartar, alcoholism, cancer, arthritis, diabetes, acute infections, intestinal
malabsorption, liver cirrhosis, pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), prostate
problems, strong body odour, overactive thyroid, colic, and premenstrual tension.
Best Sources: Kelp, dolomite, seafood, sea minerals, grass juice, green leaves,
nuts, oily seeds, molasses, and sprouted grains.
Manganese (Mn): The recommended intake is 5 to 10 mg daily; the
therapeutic dose is 20 - 100 mg.
Deficiency Symptoms: These typically are muscle weakness, myasthenia
gravis, drooping eyelids, poor memory, dark-red skin spots, -diabetes,
hypoglycaemia, atherosclerosis, schizophrenia, epileptic convulsions, bone
deformities, mucus problems, impotence and/or sterility, ataxia (muscle
incoordination), poor equilibrium, abnormal inner ear, and retraction of head.

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Best Sources: Grass juice, spinach, parsley, spices (cloves, cardamom,
ginger), nuts, pea-nuts, and sprouted and fermented seeds.
Molybdenum (Mo): Molybdenum is an integral part of several enzymes
involved in cell oxidation and carbohydrate metabolism. Daily requirements are not
known, though we do know it is an antagonist to copper.
Deficiency Symptoms: These can be cancer of the oesophagus, dental decay,
impotence in elderly males, asthma, and sensitivity to sulphites, MSM (see the
section on MSM to follow), and other sulphur-rich foods.
Best Sources: Buckwheat, beans, fermented soy products, liver, and barley.
Potassium (K): The RDA is 2000 mg, but the recommended intake is 3 g daily.
A deficiency may originate from an oversupply of sodium (salt), the use of diuretics,
or adrenal weakness.
Deficiency Symptoms: Typical here are anxiety, nervousness, fatigue, diabetes,
hypoglycaemia, heart strain, high blood pressure, liver problems, lower back pain,
muscle weakness, multiple sclerosis, and overweight.
Best Sources: Kelp, fruits, and vegetables.
Selenium (Se): The RDA is 70/55 mg, while the recommended intake is 100 -
200 mcg daily; the therapeutic dose is up to 500 mcg taken in organic form. Selenium
acts as an antioxidant together with vitamin E. It is lost in cooking and very toxic
when taken at 2000 mcg or more. A deficiency causes viruses to become very
virulent.
Deficiency Symptoms: These include fatigue, cancer, liver damage, pancreatic
fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, weak immune system, reproductive disorders,
cataracts, haemorrhaging, haemolytic anaemia, and underactive thyroid.
Best Sources: Kidney, liver, seafood, brewer’s yeast, and kelp.
Zinc (Zn): The RDA is 15 mg; the recommended intake is 20 to 30 mg daily;
and the therapeutic dose is up to 300 mg. This mineral is best taken together with
vitamin B6. Diets low in protein and high in fibre, phytates, calcium, fat, and copper
can decease the absorption of zinc. Increased zinc is needed with calcium or
magnesium supplements, and during chronic infections, convalescence, and stress.
Deficiency Symptoms: These affect skin (acne, boils, burns, leg ulcers,
parakeratosis [horny red skin], poor wound healing, psoriasis, stretch marks); hair
(brittle, coarse, dandruff, falling out, lacking pigment); nails (white spots and bands);
eyes (keratitis [inflammations or lesions of the cornea], night blindness, retinal
detachment); taste and smell (lost or distorted); sexual function (male sex organs
underdeveloped, prostate enlarged, delayed sexual maturity, sterility, menstruation
retarded or irregular); and maturation (poor growth, dwarfism). Other symptoms and
conditions include body and breath odour, mouth cankers, nausea (pregnancy), poor
circulation, cold extremities, fainting, heart infarction, sickle-cell anaemia, cancer,
diabetes, epilepsy, gastric and duodenal ulcers, inflammation of the intestines
(Crohn’s disease), joint pains (especially knee and hip), liver cirrhosis/alcoholism,
toxaemia, mental problems, increased emotionalism, hyperactivity, learning
disorders, autism, schizo-phrenia, loss of appetite, anorexia nervosa, and multiple
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Best Sources: Oysters, herrings, sardines, kelp, seafood, oatmeal, liver,
pumpkin seeds, and sprouted seeds.
Now let’s look in depth at two minerals - magnesium chloride and MSM, a form of
organic sulphur.
Magnesium Chloride for Health and Rejuvenation: Magnesium is nothing
short of a miracle mineral in its healing effect on a wide range of diseases as well as
its ability to rejuvenate the aging body. It is essential for many enzyme reactions,
especially in regard to cellular energy production; it is essential too for the health of
the brain and nervous system and for healthy teeth and bones. It may come as a
surprise that in the form of magnesium chloride it is also an effective infection fighter.
On the basis of its numerous beneficial effects, I recommend magnesium chloride as
part of a healthy living program.
The first prominent researcher to investigate and promote the antibiotic effects
of magnesium chloride was French surgeon and professor Pierre Delbet, M.D. In
1915, he was looking for a solution to cleanse the wounds of soldiers; traditionally
used antiseptics actually damaged tissues and encouraged infections instead of
preventing them. In all his tests, magnesium chloride solution was by far the best; not
only was it harmless for tissues, but it also greatly increased white blood cell activity
and phagocytosis (the destruction of harmful microbes).
Dr. Delbet performed experiments on the internal applications of magnesium
chloride and found it to be a powerful immune stimulant. In his experiments,
phagocytosis increased by up to 333 percent. This means that after magnesium
chloride intake the same number of white blood cells destroyed up to three times
more microbes than beforehand. Gradually, Dr. Delbet found magnesium chloride to
be beneficial in a wide range of diseases. These included diseases of the digestive
tract such as colitis and gallbladder problems, Parkinson’s disease, tremors and
muscle cramps, acne, eczema, psoriasis, warts and itching skin, impotence, prostatic
hypertrophy, cerebral and circulatory problems, asthma, hay fever, urticaria, and
anaphylactic reactions.
Hair and nails became stronger and healthier and patients had more energy.
He also found a preventative effect on cancer and used magnesium chloride to
reverse precancerous conditions such as leukoplasia, as well as hyperkeratosis and
chronic mastitis. Epidemio-logical studies confirmed that topographical regions with
magnesium-rich soil had a lower incidence of cancer in their population than regions
with low magnesium levels.
Here is a review of other benefits of magnesium:
Magnesium for Nerves: Magnesium has a calming effect on the nervous
system and is frequently used to promote good sleep. But more importantly, it can be
used to calm irritated and overexcited nerves. This is especially useful with epileptic
seizures, convulsions in pregnant women, and the “shakes” in alcoholism.
Magnesium levels are generally low in alcoholics, contributing to or causing many of
their health problems. If magnesium levels are low, the nerves lose control over
muscle activity, respiration, and mental processes.
Due to its strong relaxing effect, magnesium helps not only with better sleep but
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twitches, tremors, irritability, hypersensitivity, muscle spasms, restlessness, anxiety,
confusion, disorientation, and irregular heartbeat - all these conditions respond to
increased magnesium levels. A common phenomenon of magnesium deficiency is a
sharp muscle reaction to an unexpected loud noise.
Many of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can be overcome with high
magnesium supplementation; shaking, for example, can be prevented, and rigidity
can be eased. With pre-eclampsia, pregnant women can develop convulsions,
nausea, dizziness, and headaches; in hospitals, this is treated with magnesium
infusions.
Magnesium for the Heart: Adequate levels of magnesium are essential for the
heart muscle. Those who die from heart attacks usually have very low magnesium
but high calcium levels in their heart muscles. Patients with coronary heart disease
who had been treated with large amounts of magnesium had a better survival rate
than patients who had received drugs. This might be due to the fact that magnesium
dilates the arteries of the heart and lowers cholesterol and fat levels.
Diabetics who are prone to atherosclerosis, fatty degeneration of the liver, and
heart disease often have low magnesium tissue levels. They often develop eye
problems, such as retinopathy; diabetics with the lowest magnesium levels have the
most severe retinopathy. The lower the magnesium content of their drinking water,
the higher is the death rate of diabetics from cardiovascular disease. In an American
study, the death rate due to coronary heart disease was double and diabetes was
four times higher in areas with low magnesium water levels as compared to areas
with high magnesium levels.11
Magnesium for Healthy Bones and Teeth: Medical authorities claim that the
widespread incidence of osteoporosis and tooth decay in Western countries can be
prevented with a high calcium intake. However, published evidence reveals that the
opposite is true. Asian and African populations with a very low intake (about 300 mg
of calcium daily) have very little osteoporosis; Bantu women with an intake of 200 to
300 mg of calcium daily have the lowest incidence of osteoporosis in the world. In
Western countries with a high intake of dairy products, the average calcium intake is
about 1000 mg. Strangely, the higher the calcium intake, especially in the form of
cow’s milk products (except butter), the higher the incidence of osteoporosis.12
The average concentration of magnesium phosphate in bones is about one
percent; in teeth about 1.5 percent; in elephant tusks two percent; and in the teeth of
carnivorous animals made to crush bones, it is five percent. In regard to the strength
of bones and teeth, think of calcium as chalk and of magnesium as superglue; the
magnesium superglue binds and transforms the chalk into superior bones and teeth.
Magnesium, Cancer, and Aging: Many studies have shown an increased
cancer rate in regions with low magnesium levels in soil and drinking water. In Egypt,
the cancer rate was only about ten percent of that in Europe and America, and in the
rural areas it was practically nonexistent. The main factor at play was an extremely
high magnesium intake of 2.5 to 3 g in these cancer-free populations - ten times
more than in most Western countries.
Let’s see how calcium and magnesium are further linked to aging. We use our
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is triggered by calcium ions flowing into muscle cells. To relax the muscle, calcium is
pumped out again. However, as we age, more calcium remains trapped in the
muscles, and these muscles become more or less permanently contracted, leading
to increasing muscle tension and spasms. Together with calcification of the joints,
this is the typical rigidity and inflexibility we see in old age.
The higher our intake of calcium relative to magnesium, the faster we calcify
and age. Further, most of the excess calcium in our diet ends up in our soft tissues
and around joints, leading to calcification and potentially arthritic deformations,
arteriosclerosis, cataracts, kidney stones, and senility. Biochemical stress can lead to
the pathological calcification of almost any organ, which means the more stress, the
more calcification, and the more rapid the aging.
The Rejuvenation Mineral: Magnesium and chloride have other important
functions in keeping us young and healthy. Chloride is required to produce a large
quantity of gastric acid each day, and it is also needed to stimulate starch-digesting
enzymes. Magnesium is the mineral of rejuvenation and prevents the calcification of
our organs and tissues that is characteristic of the aging-related degeneration of the
body.
Using other magnesium salts (other than the chloride one) is less
advantageous because these have to be converted into chlorides in the body
anyway. We can use magnesium as oxide or carbonate, but then we need to
produce additional hydrochloric acid to form chlorides so it can be absorbed. Many
aging individuals, especially those with chronic diseases, who desperately need more
magnesium cannot produce sufficient hydrochloric acid and thus cannot absorb the
oxide or carbonate.
Among the other salts, Epsom salt is magnesium sulphate; it is soluble but not
well absorbed and acts mainly as a laxative. Chelated magnesium is well absorbed
but expensive and lacks the beneficial contribution of the chloride ions. Orotates are
good but expensive for their content of magnesium; and both orotates and chelates
lack the infection-fighting potential of magnesium chloride.
As suggested above, calcium and magnesium are opposites in their effects on
our body structure. As a general rule, young women and children with a soft body
structure need more calcium, while the more rigid and inflexible we become, the less
calcium and the more magnesium we need. Magnesium can reverse the age-related
degenerative calcification of our body structure and rejuvenate us.
How Much Magnesium to Take: Hydrated magnesium chloride contains about
120 mg of magnesium per gram or 600 mg per rounded teaspoon. It has a mild
laxative effect. As a good maintenance intake to remain healthy, you can take up to
one teaspoon daily in divided doses mixed with meals; it is best to use it instead of
table salt as it has a somewhat salty taste. Individuals with very sensitive taste buds
can start using magnesium in tiny amounts mixed with strongly flavoured food, then
gradually increase the doses.
With acute infections, dissolve eight slightly rounded teaspoons in one quart of
water. With children, a small glassful or four ounces can be used effectively every six
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even more frequently until diarrhea develops; then cut back to a maintenance intake
just below the level of diarrhea, until the infection has cleared.
For daily use, it is more convenient to dissolve the magnesium chloride in
water. Fill a bottle or jar halfway with the crystals and then to the top with water. Mix
one teaspoon of this solution with food or drink three times daily for a daily intake of
about 600 mg of magnesium. This or a more concentrated solution can also be used
as a pack over tumours and infected, inflamed, painful, stiff, or calcified joints,
muscles, adhesions, or scar tissue. It is also excellent as a back rub, to relax tense
muscles anywhere on the body, and to rejuvenate aging skin. For sensitive skin, use
it in a very diluted form. On wounds it can be used topically in a four-percent solution,
that is, a level teaspoon in a small glass of water.
Non-hydrated or desiccated magnesium chloride contains twice as much
magnesium as the hydrated product. If using this, use half the amounts indicated
above. Magnesium chloride is produced from seawater. Instead of magnesium
chloride, you can use the brine from the production of sea salt. It has the advantage
of having more trace minerals than the technical magnesium chloride, but due to its
high content of magnesium sulphate it is rather bitter.
MSM - Organic Sulphur As a Versatile
CAUTION: While a higher magnesium Healer: MSM (methyl-sulfonylmethane)
intake is beneficial for most individuals, occurs naturally in many fresh foods but
those with low blood pressure usually
is lost during processing. Its main use in
re-quire more calcium. Normal blood
the body is for collagen synthesis and
pressure is about 120/80, so the lower
yours is the higher your daily intake of
forming skin, blood vessels, hair, and
calcium should be. While those with high nails; it keeps cells, skin, and blood
blood pressure benefit from ingesting vessels elastic, which is the attribute of
twice as much magnesium as calcium, youth. That is why organic sulphur is
those with low blood pressure can take often regarded as the “beauty mineral.”
twice as much calcium as magnesium; Cell walls remain permeable so that
both minerals are taken in relatively high nutrients can freely flow into the cells and
amounts. Those with low blood pressure wastes and toxins can easily be
and a tendency towards inflammations removed.
should also greatly reduce their intake of
phosphorus. A high level of phosphorus in Amino acid chains are usually
the blood tends to cause magnesium as linked with each other through flexible
well as calcium levels to be low. sulphur bridges. Also the oxidative
energy production of cells requires
Magnesium and calcium supplementation
should be avoided by people with severe
reactive sulphur compounds. Thus,
kidney problems (severe renal without sufficient organic sulphur as in
insufficiency); extra magnesium may be the form of MSM, cells and body
weakening to those with myasthenia structures lose their elasticity and
gravis. Too much magnesium can cause flexibility. What results are the well-
muscle weakness or cramps; if this known signs of aging: inelastic skin with
happens stop using magnesium and use increasing wrinkles, scar tissue,
more calcium. hardening arteries, varicose veins, and
“hardened” lungs, causing emphysema.
Sufficient intake of MSM is able to reverse these conditions to a significant degree,
including emphysema. It is believed that the MSM in aloe vera is the active ingredient
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Athletes use MSM to increase stamina and minimize sore muscles. Its use for
this purpose is even more widespread with racehorses and greyhounds. This effect
may be mainly due to the ability of MSM to increase greatly the body’s ability to
eliminate metabolic residues, wastes, and toxins from the cells. In a similar way,
MSM appears to help those with chronic fatigue. And it helps us recuperate from
severe physical and mental exhaustion; further, MSM reduces the effects of stress
and the incidence of stress-related deaths in animals.
MSM tends to reduce or eliminate allergic reactions to foods, chemicals, and
inhaled allergens. It also reduces reactions to the bites of mosquitoes, bees, and
poisonous spiders and snakes. It lessens inflammation, pain, stiffness, and swellings
due to arthritis or from other musculoskeletal system disorders, and it helps to
normalize the blood chemistry in these conditions; it also reduces inflammations of
the skin and mucous membranes. MSM relieves leg and back cramps and muscle
spasms, be it after periods of inactivity (night cramps) or during athletic activities.
Other conditions that often benefit from MSM supplementation are hot flashes
as well as discomfort due to the monthly cycle, acne, asthma, back pain, candidiasis,
constipation, diabetes, diarrhea, diverticulitis, gastrointestinal ulcers, hypertension,
inflammations of all kinds, itching skin, migraines, nausea, pain, stress, sunburn, and
wound healing. It is believed to be helpful with other chronic degenerative or
inflammatory conditions, especially Alzheimer’s, cancer, Crohn’s disease,
myasthenia gravis, and Parkinson’s.
Fingernails and hair have a high sulphur content and their condition generally
improves with MSM supplementation. It also reduces parasite infections in the
intestinal and urogenital tracts. MSM also appears to normalize our mental state.
Individuals on MSM tend to report increased alertness, reduced mood swings, and
less depression. It seems to improve the immune system and the senses of taste and
smell. In addition, it neutralizes the toxicity of anticholinesterase, thereby providing
protection against insecticide exposure or ingestion; it also aids the liver in the
detoxification of chemicals and, because of this, it is useful in easing drug withdrawal
symptoms.
In summary, MSM:
• inhibits pain impulses along nerve fibres (analgesia)
• lessens inflammation
• increases blood supply
• reduces muscle spasm
• softens scar tissue.
How to Use MSM: Unlike the related DMSO, MSM is a natural food ingredient
and is free of unpleasant taste and odour. It is reported to be completely safe even in
very high amounts. Because of its inert composition, it does not cause allergies or
undesirable pharmacological effects; it can even be safely used to dilute blood. The
body will use what it needs and remove any excess through the kidneys. The water-
soluble MSM is easily absorbed and provides a therapeutically important source of
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The daily maintenance intake commonly ranges from 1 to 10 g taken in two or
more divided doses. Adjust the dose according to your well-being or observed
effects; initially I suggest you start with about 1 g and increase the dosage gradually.
You can also use MSM externally to carry
CAUTION: Individuals who are
other nutrients or remedies into the skin. With
sensitive to sulphites, often used
arthritis or connective tissue problems, for
as preservatives, tend also to be
instance, you can dissolve glucosamine, copper
sensitive to MSM due to a
salicylate, and MSM in a small amount of warm
deficiency of molybdenum, which
water and rub it into the affected area.
is required for liver enzymes to
For bulk lots of MSM in the United States, convert sulphur compounds into
see www.bulkmsm.com where you can also find sulphates.
more information on MSM. If your diet is already
In this case, supplement with 200
high in sulphur, as from plenty of onions and
to 1000 mcg of molybdenum and
eggs, then you might not notice any benefit from
avoid a high copper intake.
taking MSM.

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Step 25
AMINO ACIDS
They’re the building blocks of all body proteins.
Adequate levels are essential for good health.

There are eight essential amino acids for adults that must be supplied with the
diet: isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenyl-alanine, threonine, tryptophan,
and valine. Two others, arginine and histidine, are essential in the first year of life.
Some may be useful as supplements to enhance the functions described below, but
commonly this is necessary only in cases of malabsorption of nutrients, with specific
diseases, or with bodybuilding and sports nutrition. The specific amounts to use are
usually not critical and may vary widely with practitioners. If not otherwise
recommended by your health professional, you can use the amounts indicated on the
product container. However, in most instances, instead of taking single amino acids, I
recommend taking spirulina or chlorella instead; these are high in protein (up to 70
percent) and easily digestible.
Amino acids, like many vitamins, exist in two forms that are chemically identical
but differently folded. These are named either D-amino acid or L-amino acid. Amino
acids in our body have the L-form. Therefore, it is not advisable to use the synthetic
D,L-amino acids, but rather the more expensive L-amino acids produced with
enzymes. One exception to this is D,L-phenylalanine if used for pain relief. If the label
of a supplement does not specify that it is the L-form, you can assume that it is the
cheaper D,L-form, and I would not use it. Furthermore, two simple amino acids,
glycine and taurine, exist only in one form and are not marked D or L.
Arginine: Arginine is the precursor of the neurotransmitter nitric oxide, which
helps to relax and dilate blood vessels. It is in an antago-nistic balance with lysine.
Arginine helps to channel nutrients into tissues and promotes regeneration.
• Aids in liver detoxification
• May retard growth of tumours and cancer cells
• Assists in the release of growth hormones
• Helps maintain a healthy immune system
• Important for scar tissue formation and collagen production
• Promotes muscle growth and fat utilization
• Helpful with malaria
• May help with male impotence
Note: avoid supplementation during pregnancy and lactation, and with herpes
infections.
Carnitine: Carnitine is produced in a healthy liver from lysine, vitamins B1 and
B6, and iron. Vegetarian diets can be deficient in carnitine, as it is found mainly in
meat. D--carnitine is harmful. Acetyl-L-carnitine is the form best suited to treat
neurological conditions.

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• Aids transport of long-chain fatty acids to mitochondria for energy production
• Helps in weight loss
• Improves athletic ability through increased energy production
• Enhances effectiveness of the antioxidant vitamins E and C
Creatine: It is formed in the liver from the amino acids arginine, glycine, and
methionine, or available from meat. Commonly 5 g are supplemented daily as
creatine-monohydrate, mainly used by athletes and bodybuilders.
• Improves energy production in muscles and heart
• Helpful with muscle diseases, such as motor neurone disease
• Protects against brain injuries, and can improve memory
Cysteine: This is a high sulphur-content amino acid formed in the liver from
methionine; it needs vitamin B6 to work well. It acts as a brain neurotransmitter; high-
dose supplements of cysteine can interfere with brain functions in susceptible
individuals.
• Aids in detoxifying the body
• Precursor to glutathione, a strong antioxidant
• Removes excess heavy metals, helps to burn fat
• Increases muscle growth
• Breaks down mucus in the respiratory tract
• Useful for burn and wound healing
• Assists in the supply of insulin
Glutamic Acid: Glutamic acid is a major neurotransmitter in the brain, so it
must be avoided as a supplement as it can cause imbalances in susceptible people.
Monosodium glutamate or MSG (the sodium salt of glutamic acid) is a main
ingredient of food flavouring added to processed food and is variously labelled as
hydrolyzed vegetable protein, soy protein extract, yeast extract, beef stock,
caseinate, or natural flavouring. Evidence shows that it can kill brain cells in
susceptible individuals.
• Important for neurotransmission
• Metabolism of sugars and fats
• Detoxifies ammonia (when used with glutamine)
• Together with glucose, is the brain’s principal fuel
Glutamine: As mentioned, glutamine is a principle source of energy, especially
for the brain, and helps to regenerate the intestinal wall. With lack of energy and
difficulty gaining weight (as in advanced cancer), 10 g or more can be used daily in
divided doses.
• Provides about 80 percent of the body’s pool of free nitrogen
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• Improves absorption of other nutrients, important with inability to gain weight
(cachexia)
• Useful with impotence, allergies, senility, fatigue, and peptic ulcers
• Converted in the brain to glutamic acid and to GABA, both of which act as
neurotransmitters
Glycine: This is the simplest amino acid. It has a sweet taste and acts as a
nitrogen pool for the synthesis of other amino compounds.
• Prevents or slows muscle degeneration
• Needed for a healthy prostate
• Aids central nervous system functions
• Useful in epilepsy and depression
• Important for immune system, building block for nonessential amino acids
Histidine: Histidine dilates blood vessels, lowers blood pressure, and chelates
minerals. It is an amino acid of special importance to the developing infant.
• Helpful for tissue growth and repair
• Important for digestion and ulcer healing
• Controls gastric acidity
• Important for production of red and white blood cells
• Possible benefits in rheumatoid arthritis
Isoleucine: An essential amino acid and one of three branch-chain amino
acids (BCAAs), which form an essential part of muscle tissue protein.
• Needed for haemoglobin production
• Stabilizes blood sugar and energy levels
Note: Use in combination with leucine and valine; deficiency of isoleucine can
produce hypoglycaemia-like symptoms.
Leucine: An essential branch-chain amino acid (BCAA) important in muscle
protein.
• Lowers elevated blood sugar levels
• Promotes healing of bone, skin, and muscle tissue
Note: Use with correct balance of isoleucine and valine; excessive amounts
can produce hypoglycaemia.
Lysine: An essential amino acid that must be derived from the diet.
• Essential building block for all protein
• Needed for proper growth and bone development in children
• Helps calcium absorption
• Maintains nitrogen balance

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• Effective against cold sores and herpes viruses, possibly also beneficial with
other viruses
• Increases antibody production
• Needed for collagen production
• Helps to build muscle
• Lowers serum triglycerides
• Deficiency results in loss of energy, inability to concentrate, irritability, retarded
growth, and hair los
Methionine: This is an essential sulphur amino acid that must be obtained
from the diet. Supplementation can be harmful with an existing vitamin B6 deficiency,
so therefore use both at the same time.
• Needed for the metabolism of fat
• Aids in liver detoxification
• Involved in the synthesis of the amino acids cysteine and taurine
• Helps to reduce effects of chemical sensitivities
• Aids digestive processes
• Involved in production of choline
Ornithine: Ornithine is helpful with insomnia, possibly by removing ammonia
from the brain.
• Helps release growth hormone
• Needed for immune system function
• Promotes healing
• Detoxifies ammonia
Phenylalanine: An essential amino acid, D- or D,L-phenylalanine can be used
for long-acting pain relief. Do not use during pregnancy or with anxiety attacks, high
blood pressure, or phenylketonuria (PKU).
• Used in treatment of depression
• Essential for the production of neurotransmitters
• Involved in the formation of the skin pigment melanin
Taurine: Taurine is a sulphur amino acid and a main component of bile salts,
essential for fat absorption.
• Promotes emulsifying and absorbing fats
• Helps regulate rhythm and mineral concentrations in the heart
• An inhibitory (sedating) neurotransmitter, helps with epilepsy
Threonine: This is one of the essential amino acids.
• Maintains protein balance

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• Needed for the formation of collagen and elastine
• Aids the liver and fat metabolism
• Helps control epilepsy
Tryptophan: This is another essential amino acid.
• Important for the production of the vitamin niacin or niacinamide
• Helps prevent insomnia and elevates mood
• Controls hyperactivity in children
• Needed for production of serotonin and melatonin
Tyrosine: Tyrosine is the precursor of stimulating neurotransmitters and
hormones, in particular adrenaline, dopamine, and thyroxin.
• Involved in the production of melanin pigment of skin and hair
• Important for adrenal, thyroid, and pituitary gland function
• Helps control appetite and body fat levels; is an antidepressant
• May assist during withdrawal from addictive drugs
• Provides raw material for the synthesis of epinephrine (adrenaline) and
dopamine
Valine: This is an essential amino acid in muscle protein.
• Important for muscle tissue maintenance and muscle coordination
• Stimulates and promotes mental vigor

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Step 26
DIGESTIVE ENZYMES
These vital substances are needed for digestion,
but poor diet and cooking practices can deplete your supply.

Digestive enzymes are released from our digestive organs in order to break
down food into molecules small enough for it to be absorbed. Deficiencies of
digestive enzymes are widespread and are caused mainly by overeating, eating too
much cooked food, food allergies, and incorrect food combining. Virtually all elderly
people and those with chronic degenerative diseases and allergies have digestive
enzyme deficiencies.
The enzymes in raw and fermented foods help in the digestive process but are
destroyed by temperatures over 120° F. Further, many heated proteins become
difficult to digest and you may need more digestive enzymes to handle them. Some
raw seeds, soybeans, broad beans, wheatgerm, and nuts contain enzyme inhibitors,
but sprouting and cooking inactivates these.
In light of this, make a deliberate effort to improve the enzyme content and
digestibility of your food. If you are in a state of chronically lowered health, it will be
very helpful to use enzyme supplements. This is essential in the case of cancer and
other advanced degenerative diseases and also if you have allergies, unless you are
already on a predominantly raw food diet.
Most important are the pancreatic enzymes, known collectively as pancreatin
and available as a supplement under various brand names. For serious diseases,
take 4000 to 5000 mg of pancreatin in divided doses in the course of each meal. One
tablet may contain 1200 or 1600 mg of pancreatin; this is sometimes also described
as pancreatin 4NF and if so take 300 or 400 mg of it. In addition, you can take one or
two tablets of an enzyme combination containing papain, bromelain, pepsin, or bile.
Pepsin is indicated for protein foods if the stomach is weak, while bile is helpful if
there is a problem with fat absorption. Papain and bromelain help protein digestion.
In the case of degenerative diseases and advancing age, gastric acid is often
deficient. If so, you can take hydrochloric acid–pepsin tablets, especially when eating
cooked protein meals. Alternatively, dilute one part commercial diluted hydrochloric
acid (usually 20 percent) with nine parts water. Mix one teaspoon (use plastic) of this
with meals or drink with fluids after a meal. As a rule, additional enzymes are not
needed with uncooked meals.
However, digestive enzyme supplements are not required if protein-digesting
enzymes can be obtained from food, such as bromelain from pineapples or papain
from unheated leaves or flowers or unripe fruit of papaya. Ripe kiwi fruit is a good
source of enzymes. Use any of these with protein meals. You can also predigest
meat, fish, or other protein food by refrigerating it overnight wrapped or mixed with
papaya leaf.

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Step 27
NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS
Concentrated nutrients in pill form can shore up nutritional
deficiencies and build optimal health.

Most individuals on conventional diets with much refined and processed foods
have either outright nutrient deficiencies or shortages of various vitamins, minerals,
enzymes, and hormones. Generally, our intake of essential nutrients is less than
optimal, making us susceptible to disease. Deficiencies are even more widespread in
those who already suffer an acute or chronic disease. Sometimes individuals have
had to suffer for years and have had high medical expenses for conventional
treatments when a few nutritional supplements could likely have corrected the
problems.
Supplements are most important for individuals with nutrient malabsorption and
for those who still use processed and refined foods as part of their diet or who cannot
regularly obtain vegetables and fruit grown organically in good soil. The more serious
the disease or health deterioration, the more supplements are likely to be beneficial
and the greater should be the dosages and range of supplements taken.
Calcium supplements are commonly used with conventional diets and yet many
people are apprehensive of obtaining sufficient calcium when abstaining from milk
products. This concern is unfounded. Calcium is not well absorbed from cow’s milk,
as can be seen in the high incidence of osteoporosis developing in people on
conventional Western diets and the fact this is not a problem in milk-free Asian
countries. Vegetables and sprouted and fermented seeds are high in usable calcium;
the calcium content in juice from cereal grasses is higher than in milk as, after all,
cows obtain their calcium from grasses in the first place.
Similar considerations apply to iron, which can easily become harmful as an
inorganic supplement. Much more widespread and detrimental than calcium and iron
deficiencies are deficiencies in chromium, magnesium, manganese, selenium, and
zinc.
Many supplements are actually concentrated health foods, but taking these is
not the same as the “pill-popping” of medical drugs. While I believe that supplements
are unnecessary if one is healthy and lives on a high quality diet in an unpolluted
environment, I know that it is difficult to remain healthy in present times and even
more difficult to heal an “incurable” disease. Carefully selected supplements can
make a great difference in these endeavours, especially for those who are just
starting to improve their diet.
I am not in favour of using multivitamin tablets as they often contain synthetic
forms of vitamins A, D, and E and beta-carotene. Instead, if required, it is better to
use a low-potency B-complex in addition to vitamin C and cod-liver oil or halibut-liver
oil capsules. Mineral supplements are often more important than vitamins and can
contain approximately 15 mg zinc, 5 mg manganese, 100 to 200 mcg selenium, 200
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blood pressure is low. Much higher doses, especially of selected vitamins, can be
used where indicated for therapeutic effects.
In addition, you can use general supplements to increase your overall well-
being and vitality. Of special benefit for those lacking energy are ginseng, coenzyme
Q10, royal jelly, and freeze-dried liver. Bee pollen and spirulina or chlorella are my
favourites.
As mentioned earlier, digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid supplements
can help those with weak digestion. For those in conditions of debility, amino acid
and nucleic acid supplements can help, the most helpful amino acids being lysine,
tyrosine, methionine, and glutamine.
Many supplements such as royal jelly, vitamin B12, and the freeze-dried animal
glands are much more effective if partly absorbed under the tongue, chewed lightly,
and kept in the mouth for as long as possible.
Lecithin is beneficial for most individuals, and you can mix a teaspoonful with
meals or with ground linseed (flaxseed). Omega-3 essential fatty acids are
universally indicated for which linseed oil or cod-liver oil and other fish oils can be
taken; if malabsorption is a problem, the oil can be rubbed into the skin. These oils
help to reduce inflammation, pain, and allergic swellings. On a diet low in iodized salt
and seafood, we can become iodine deficient; kelp tablets or granules are excellent
for supplying iodine as well as many other minerals. With infections, use high levels
of vitamins C, A, and E, zinc, bee propolis, and echinacea.
Sulphur compounds, as mentioned earlier, detoxify and remove from the body
heavy metals, harmful chemicals, and drugs; MSM is especially good for this.
Sulphur is also a main component of connective tissue, so supplementation is
beneficial with all connective tissue diseases (for example, arthritis). Even simply
taking powdered sulphur has been shown to increase the formation of useful sulphur
compounds. You can take a gelatine capsule filled with sulphur once a day or mix a
pinch of it into each meal. The main sulphur amino acids are taurine, L-cysteine, and
L-methionine; the main sulphur foods are egg and onion.
Generally, gradually increase and decrease high levels of supplements,
especially vitamins, and interrupt or greatly reduce supplement intake during fasting
or cleansing periods. Most vitamin-mineral supplements are best absorbed and
cause less gastrointestinal irritation if mixed with the meal as powders, crushed
tablets, or opened capsules. The next best way is to take tablets near the middle of
the meal and avoid slow-release tablets. However, take amino acids before the meal;
this applies also to calcium as it is not well absorbed and tends to form insoluble
combinations (soaps) with fatty acids during digestion.
Organic or Natural Versus Inorganic or Synthetic: There is some confusion
about the importance and meaning of natural or organic versus synthetic or inorganic
minerals. In food production, “organic” means that food has been grown, produced,
stored, and processed without the use of synthetic chemicals. However, in chemistry
“organic” means that a chemical is based on carbon and has covalent bonds;
“inorganic” means that a chemical is not based on carbon and has ionic bonds.
Some inorganic chemicals, such as sodium chloride, magnesium chloride, and
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components of our body. Calcium in our blood plasma, for instance, is about half in
ionized form while the other half is bound to proteins. In this way, taking some
minerals in inorganic form can rectify ionic deficiencies of these minerals.
Further, a healthy intestinal flora can transform inorganic into organic minerals,
while inorganic minerals taken with gelatine or fresh green vegetable juice can easily
be incorporated into organic structures. This is of special importance with some of
the trace minerals. Even so, it is safer to use these directly in organic form, best
obtained from fresh, organic vegetable and grass juice, mineral-rich food or plant
concentrates, or, alternatively, safely bound to amino acids or as stable complexes
such as copper and zinc salicylate.
However, there is a downside to routinely adding inorganic minerals, such as
table salt, to our food. We may use concentrations that are too high and irritate the
intestinal wall, and we may also cause mineral imbalances. Therefore, use not only
the right concentrations but the right combinations of ingredients in your
supplements. It is much easier to get this right by using natural foods. Of course, the
main reason we use supplements is because commercial food has inadequate
mineral content; even in much of organically raised food, the mineral content is not
as high as it might be.
Another way of making minerals safer and more effective is by using them in
colloidal form. In this way, even tiny clusters of metal atoms can be safely and
beneficially ingested. Colloidal mineral products are commercially available, made
from ancient decomposed plant material. Also beneficial is the intake of minerals
present in energized water.
After sufficient health improvement, you may feel that you no longer need most
nutritional supplements. With a good maintenance diet, I recommend continuing
indefinitely to use the following health foods, or equivalent ones: several teaspoons
each of bee pollen, ground linseed, and spirulina or chlorella; half a teaspoon of kelp;
and one tablespoon of cod-liver oil (emulsified with lecithin and fresh juice); also
some lecithin and magnesium chloride with meals will be helpful.
Selection of Vitamin Supplements: Commercial growing and processing and
traditional Western cooking methods usually reduce the vitamin and mineral content
of foods to only a fraction of that found in fresh, raw, organically grown foods. As an
example, methyl bromide, a widely used fumigant for grains, destroys all the
pantothenic acid (a B vitamin) in cereal grains.
Unfortunately, these days many vitamins (especially vitamin C and the B
vitamins) are not available in sufficient amounts in foods or natural supplements, and
synthetic supplements are often necessary in order to improve or maintain our
health. Vitamins available as natural concentrates (A, D, and E) should be avoided in
synthetic form. Natural vitamin E is d-alpha tocopherol; the synthetic form is dl-alpha
tocopherol. Highly recommended is vitamin E complex as mixed tocopherols.
Store vitamin supplements in a dry, cool, and dark place. Oil-filled capsules
should be taken during a meal containing oily or fatty foods and lecithin. However,
many individuals most in need of these vitamins have absorption problems and for
them oil-filled capsules are not suitable. Therefore, I generally recommend using
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digestive abilities, take a halibut oil or other fish oil as a capsule at bedtime and keep
it in the mouth to be slowly absorbed overnight. Other-wise, take all supplements
during meals or mixed with food. Small amounts with several meals are better
absorbed than a large amount in a single dose.
Some tablets have beta-carotene substituted for vitamin A. However, many
individuals have difficulty in absorbing beta-carotene and converting it into vitamin A.
Therefore, use tablets that contain real vitamin A and not -vitamin-A equivalents of
beta-carotene.
Chewing vitamin and mineral supplements together with food produces much
better results than just swallowing them. Appreciable amounts of vitamin B12 can be
absorbed by keeping a tablet under the tongue, even if it cannot be absorbed in the
stomach because of a lack of “intrinsic factor” (a substance usually present in the
stomach that is involved in the absorption of vitamin B12).
If there are signs of increased requirements for individual nutrients, use these
together with a B-complex supplement. In most conditions involving lack of energy,
debility, anemia, low blood pressure, and chronic degenerative diseases, initial
injections and later mouth-absorbed tablets of vitamin B12 (1000 mcg daily) are very
helpful.
The acid form of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) can be taken with protein meals,
especially if your system is too alkaline or lacking in gastric acid. If regularly taking
more than 3 to 5 g per day of vitamin C, those with high blood pressure can partly
neutralize the ascorbic acid with an equal amount of milk of magnesia, or with one-
third the amount of potassium bicarbonate or magnesium carbonate. With low blood
pressure and possible overacidity, take calcium ascorbate instead.
Antioxidants are of greatest importance for minimizing oxidative tissue damage
and, with this, for avoiding diseases and delaying aging. In a more recent
development, a high intake of antioxidants has also been found to be crucial in
preventing and overcoming viral infections. The major antioxidants include the
vitamins A, C, and E, the minerals selenium and zinc as components of antioxidant
enzyme systems, the plant pigments beta-carotene, bioflavo-noids, and
anthocyanins, as well as phenols and catechols in grape seed extract, green tea, and
generally in coloured fruit and vegetables. Other powerful antioxidants are alpha-
lipoic acid and negative hydrogen as in Microhydrin or electrolytic reduced water
(ERW) produced with water ionizers. Whether you take antioxidants as supplements
or as part of a high-quality diet, make sure you get plenty.
Are Nutritional Supplements Dangerous?: Generally, health authorities
promote pharmaceutical drugs as beneficial and natural remedies as harmful. They
tend to call natural remedies “drugs,” and the view has been put forward that
synthetic nutrients are the same as natural ones. Research results using synthetic
products, such as vitamins A, D, E, or beta-carotene, with negative or harmful
outcomes are then used as “scientific proof” that natural remedies are either useless
or dangerous.
While numerous trials have shown significant health benefits for individuals with
higher levels of beta-carotene in their blood, clinical trials with synthetic beta-
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Vitamin A has been portrayed as the most “dangerous” supplement, largely
based on studies with synthetic vitamin A. There are dire warnings that it can cause
death in amounts higher than the RDA (5000 IU). However, many people take 25,000
IU or more daily without problems, and as far as I can ascertain, there has never
been a death recorded due to vitamin A supplements in the U.S. in the 60 years that
these have been in use. There appears to be only one recorded death in all the
scientific literature, that of a chemist in England in the 1950s who ingested two million
IU daily of retinyl acetate for three months and died of liver cirrhosis.13
I am not aware of any pharmaceutical drug having such a good safety record
as that. Even one of the safest drugs, aspirin, has been stated to cause about 100
deaths a year, and many more cases than that of toxicity.14 In comparison the
reported cases of (usually easily reversible) vitamin A toxicity in the U.S. are typically
five per year.15
Similar unfounded attacks have been made against vitamins C and E. For more
detailed information on this subject, see the website of the Life Extension Foundation
(www.lef.org); for articles on megavitamin therapy; also see www.doctoryourself.com.
Imagine the mass media frenzy if there were actually some fatalities due to
vitamin A. Yet there is no concern at all about thousands of patients dying, in my
view unnecessarily, due to prescription drugs. In the public, the perception has been
generated that fatalities due to prescription drugs are a small price to pay for their
overall benefit. This benefit has never been shown in the long term. Drug approval is
based on short-term trials, and only by accident does the truth of long-term harm
occasionally emerge, as in the case of hormone-replacement therapy. I believe that
in the long term all drugs become a burden on the liver or kidneys by increasing our
load of toxic chemicals and may accelerate our health deterioration. Therefore, with
any health problem, inform yourself about all available options.

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Step 28
HERBS
You may benefit from using herbal remedies instead of pharmaceutical drugs.

Herbs are not completely harmless, but damage due to commonly used herbs
is extremely rare, while the benefits are usually genuine and lasting. In contrast to
culinary herbs, medicinal herbs should be used on a long-term basis only if there is a
clinical reason and not just in case they might do some good. (Herbs for a wide range
of health problems are discussed in part 6.) Here I will discuss a few herbs for some
common conditions and show how the application can be particularly important on
your road to better health.
General Herbal Remedies: A good combination to cleanse the gastrointestinal
tract is a mixture of chillies and ginger root. Blend or crush both in lemon juice and
olive oil and refrigerate, then use this as a salad dressing or for flavouring meals. Use
an amount that is hot but not uncomfortable. Gradually increase your intake to just
below your tolerance level for several weeks; then you can continue to use it in
normal amounts for flavouring your food. With serious infections, inflammations, or
cancer of the gastrointestinal tract, you can also add fresh garlic to this until the
problem is overcome.
Peppermint tea is especially good to stimulate the digestion and uplift the spirit,
while slippery elm powder soothes the digestive tract. Sage is highly esteemed.
An ancient saying goes: “Why die [of a disease] when sage grows in your garden?”
It can be prepared by adding two teaspoons of dried sage to one pint of boiling water;
after three minutes, remove it from the heat and let it draw for another ten minutes.
Sage can be combined with other herbs. Fragrant or leaf herbs such as peppermint
or St. John’s Wort can be added while the herbs steep. St. John’s Wort is effective
against depression.
The immune system can be strengthened with echinacea, propolis, European
mistletoe (Viscum album), Easter lily, and reishi and other Asian mushrooms.
Echinacea can be added to all other herb combinations. However, there are some
research findings that echinacea can cause problems if taken uninterruptedly for
several months, so it may be advisable to interrupt its use after a month and then to
take it again a few weeks later.
Wormwood and garlic are excellent against all kinds of parasites as well as the
yeast Candida albicans. A combination of goldenseal, ginger, and slippery elm
powder is good for gastrointestinal inflammations and multiple sclerosis. Ginger is
also good against motion sickness. In addition to being an excellent wound healer,
comfrey is a good detoxifier; you can drink a cupful of comfrey tea two or three times
a week.
To aid digestion, it is generally beneficial to drink half a cup of bitter herb tea
after a large or cooked meal. Suitable herbs here are centaury, dandelion (not
roasted), devil’s claw, and gentian; these also help to restore liver function. With any
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over the head) of hot chamomile tea, possibly with the addition of eucalyptus or tea
tree oil or crushed onion.
Maca is a root vegetable from the Peruvian Andes, and I regard it as the best
remedy for balancing the endocrine glands and hormone system. It appears to act
directly on the hypothalamus and pituitary systems to regulate the thyroid, adrenals,
and sex glands. It is often effective with underactive thyroid, as an alternative to
hormone replacement therapy and hysterectomy, for age-related decline in the
production of sex hormones, and with general lack of energy. An average daily intake
is about 10 g, but start with less.
Licorice, too, has some effect on sex hormones but is most useful as a
stimulant of adrenal function. With this, it can raise low blood pressure and energy
levels and is useful for chronic fatigue syndrome, peptic ulcers, skin inflammations,
and HIV/AIDS; it also increases pancreatic secretions. However, it causes retention
of sodium and low potassium levels and should not be used with high blood pressure
or kidney disease, or during pregnancy. The normal therapeutic range is from 2 - 6g
daily.
Anticancer Herbs: Many herbs are useful in cancer treatment, mostly in a
supportive role but sometimes as a main therapy. Frequently used are aloe vera (as
juice or gel), chaparral, pau d’arco, red clover, and violet leaves. Wormwood and pau
d’arco in sufficiently large amounts are especially beneficial by eliminating the fungal
forms of the cancer microbe. Vinca rosea, a periwinkle, has an active ingredient that
has been used in chemotherapy against leukaemia.
Milk thistle and bitter herbs, such as burdock, greater celandine, centaury,
dandelion leaves and root, devil’s claw, and gentian, help stimulate the liver and
release bile. Celandine or greater celandine inhibits division of cancer cells and
stimulates the immune system; an extract for injection is available as Ukrain. Also
useful are leaves of the tropical grariola tree, commonly known as soursop.
Root herbs, such as the bitter liver herbs, need to be simmered for about half
an hour, while leaves or flowers need to simmer or steep for only five minutes.
For the after-effects of radiation, wild crane’s bill (Geranium robertianum) is helpful.
With lung cancer use also horehound, lobelia, mullein, and St. John’s Wort.
Pimpernel is used partly to gargle and partly to drink in spoonful amounts for cancer
of the mouth, throat, and neck glands.
Mistletoe is especially good for leukaemia and is often used as the
Anthroposophic medicine Iscador or Plenosol for injection near tumours and swollen
lymph glands. With prostate cancer, use also saw palmetto and/or willow herb
(Epilobium, mainly parviflorum). With leukaemia, especially use herbs to strengthen
the immune system.
Licorice root, taken in typical doses of 500 to 1000 mg, is strongly
recommended instead of Tamoxifen with all estrogen-related cancers, as it blocks
the growth-stimulating properties of estrogen. It also promotes anti-inflammatory
adrenal hormones. However, it tends to keep sodium in the body while potassium is
expelled. Therefore, minimize sodium and maximize potassium intake by consuming
plenty of vegetable juices; do not use licorice root if your blood pressure is
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You can select a range of these herbs that are suitable for your condition or
that are locally available and use them as your special herb mixture. Alternatively or
in addition, you can use a commercially available anticancer herb mixture. Best
known are the Jason Winter’s mixture, Hoxsey herbs, and Ojibway Indian Tea or
Essiac (sheep sorrel, burdock root, slippery elm, and rhubarb root).
The Hoxsey mixture must generally be made up individually, but a local
herbalist should be able to do it. The exact quantities are kept secret and may vary,
but an independent analysis revealed the following quantities in 5 ml of the Hoxsey
tonic: potassium iodide (150 mg), Stillingia root (10 mg), burdock root (10 mg), red
clover (20 mg), buckthorn bark (20 mg), berberis root (10 mg), pokeroot (10 mg),
prickly ash bark (5 mg), liquorice (20 mg), and Cascara amarga (5 mg). Cascara
amarga is difficult to obtain, and the mixture can be made without it. It belongs to the
buckthorn family and is also known as Honduras bark or Picramnia antidesma. This
tonic is sold by the Hoxsey Clinic,16 while individual preparations commonly consist
of a dried herb mixture, which is used as a tea.
Aloe Vera: Aloe vera is excellent for all skin conditions and
CAUTION:
Use herbs for cancer beneficial in the treatment of cancer, AIDS, and other
treatment only in infectious diseases. It is also good for gastrointestinal
consultation with a irritation, inflammation, and ulcers. However, not all
credentialed health commercial brands of aloe on the market are effective. If
practitioner.
nothing seems to be happening with the aloe you’re using,
try another brand.
Preferably use fresh aloe vera gel straight from the plant, as much as you can
take without getting diarrhea. Slice off the green skin and ingest just the gel, but you
can also blend a small whole leaf with fruit juice or other flavouring. For wounds, it is
usually better to slice part of a leaf in half and leave the skin on top. Normally avoid
the base of the leaf with its yellow sap, as this is a strong irritant and laxative. Aloe
vera is most beneficial for those with blood group A; for those with other blood
groups, check for compatibility or observe effects.

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Step 29
HOMEOPATHY
Homeopathic remedies are effective, and you can even make them yourself.

Homeopathy is a system of medicine based on the principle that “like cures


like.” A substance that produces disease-like symptoms in healthy people will in
properly diluted and potentized form cure a sick person with similar symptoms. For
example, straight onion juice will cause watering, irritated eyes and sneezing, but in
the highly diluted and potentized homeopathic form of onion (Allium cepa), it is useful
in relieving symptoms of eye and nose irritation, as in hay fever. Clinical trials and the
empirical evidence of two centuries of daily use show that homeopathy is effective,
even though conventional scientists are at a loss to understand how this is possible.
This is because homeopathy cannot be understood as a substance-based
method, such as pharmaceutical medicine or herbalism, in which healing effects
appear to be due to chemical actions and reactions. A simple calculation shows that
in the higher potencies not a single molecule of the original substance is present. But
these high potencies are often more effective than low potencies. Therefore,
homeopathy can only be understood as a system that works with energy remedies.
The explanation is that every natural substance has an etheric or subtle energy
field around its molecular structure. The special shaking action or potentising used in
homeopathy separates the etheric fields from their material substance. The latter is
then discarded and the former concentrated. These concentrated etheric fields are
much more potent in this way than when they were combined with matter. Similar
etheric concentrates can be produced with radionics instruments. The healing effect
of such concentrates depends on their vibrational frequency; due to this the term
“vibrational medicine” has been coined for these methods.
A homeopathic medicine’s sphere of curative action is originally found by
administering it in high doses to healthy human volunteers and recording their
emotional, pathological, and physiological reactions to the medicine. This test is
called a proving, and hundreds of substances have been proved or tested in this
way.
Consequently, homeopathic remedies are effective over the whole range of
mental and physical disorders. Most homeopathic medicines are made from plants,
minerals, animals, or chemicals; remedies from human disease microbes are called
nosodes. Sometimes a product of a disease is used in potentized form for treating
the same disease; this method is called isopathy.
Homeopaths may use the classical approach or practice clinical homeopathy.
The classical approach is to use only one dose of one remedy at a time and another
dose or remedy later only if effects of the previous remedy have worn off. More
commonly used, clinical homeopathy prescribes several remedies in combination to
be taken several times daily.
Use Your Own Body Fluids: While for general treatment of common
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overcome obstinate individual problems it is frequently more effective to prepare
remedies from your own body fluids. This a form of isopathy known as auto-therapy.
Urine, for example, contains traces of almost all body chemicals, such as
enzymes and hormones, as well as foreign and toxic substances and viruses. A
properly diluted sample of your urine can initiate the correction of all unbalanced,
unnatural body chemistry. This, then, is an excellent way to improve the balance of
your glandular system, which is difficult to influence directly by any other method.
Other body fluids that can be used are a drop of diluted blood to treat blood
disorders; diluted pus if there is an infected wound or a boil; sputum for mouth and
throat disorders; tears for eye problems; faeces for intestinal diseases; ear discharge
for ear diseases; and so on. Apart from balancing gland activities and general body
chemistry, this method is known to be very effective in stimulating the body’s immune
system, which is essential in combating cancer and other degenerative diseases.
How to Prepare Your Own Remedies: To prepare remedies from your own
body fluids, dilute a small sample of the selected fluid 1:100 with pure water. This
means one part sample and 99 parts water, for instance, one teaspoon of sample
and 99 teaspoons of water. The water should be purified, that is, distilled or filtered.
Shake the mixture vigorously 40 or 50 times in a sealed bottle or jar,
accentuating the downward stroke. Alternatively, strike the mixing bottle (not glass)
40 to 50 times on a resilient surface. This sample is now in the first potency,
described as 1C. Take one part of this, dilute it again with 99 parts water, shake as
previously, and you have a potency of 2C. This process is repeated until the desired
potency is reached.
If dilution proceeds in steps of 1:10 instead of 1:100, the first potency is 1X, the
second 2X, and so on. A potency of 12X corresponds in dilution strength to 6C.
However, the number of potencies as well as the overall dilution are important for the
quality of a remedy. Start using your own diseased body fluids at a potency of 12C. If
this does not bring an improvement after some time, experiment with higher and
lower potencies. However, use urine in 6X potency and start foods to which you may
be allergic at 4X before increasing in steps to 5X and 6X. Important: Use remedies
made of your own body products only for yourself, not for anyone else.
To produce your own remedies from herbs, make a “mother tincture” by
soaking a fresh or dried sample in high-grade alcohol, vodka, or brandy. After a week
or two, dilute part of the mother tincture as previously described, but for the first 1:10
dilution use half alcohol and half water. With this technique, you need to buy a
specific commercial tincture only once. If the bottle is almost empty, dilute its
contents with either 9 parts or 99 parts water-alcohol mixture and shake for some
time.
You might also try a combination of homeopathy and herbalism. Herbs often
seem to be more effective when used as low-potency homeo-pathic remedies. In this
way any undesirable side effects of concentrated herbs are lessened, while specific
healing effects, especially cleansing actions, are greatly strengthened. You can
experiment by potentising one part of an unheated herbal extract or tincture with four
or nine parts water.

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If you use a strong mother tincture of a potent herb, start by taking only one or
two drops several times daily; keep them in the mouth for a while, and increase the
dose gradually over time. If the extract is weak or of a harmless herb, then take
spoonfuls or even a cupful at a time. You can make a watery extract of fresh or dried
herbs in a blender, or better, by shaking the powdered or pureed herb in water.
Alternatively, you can make a tincture by keeping the herbs covered with alcohol or
glycerine in a jar for several days.
If the remedy is to be stored for more than a few days, use a mixture of half
vodka or brandy and half water for the last step. This gives the solution an alcohol
content of about 30 percent and will prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi.
Alternatively, keep the remedy cold, but not in an electric refrigerator as the remedy
can lose its effectiveness due to exposure to the strong electromagnetic field of the
refrigerator.
How to Take Your Remedies: Take homeopathic remedies with a clean
mouth, meaning free of food; the best times are before meals (about 30 minutes) and
at bedtime. The usual dose is three to five drops in a little water (about two ounces)
sipped slowly over five minutes. Alternatively, you can place three drops in a little
water under the tongue. Generally, take one dose four times daily; for chronic
conditions, twice daily; for severe or acute conditions, every ten minutes until some
improvement is noted, then reduce the frequency. If the patient cannot swallow,
moisten the inside of the lips and the tongue with the remedy. Try not to have the
remedy come in contact with metal, use a plastic rather than metal spoon, and avoid
strongly scented or aromatic drinks and toothpastes, as these may cancel out the
remedy.
If a reaction to the remedy is noted (sometimes as a temporary aggravation of
symptoms), this is a sign that the correct remedy was selected, but wait until the
reaction has subsided before giving the next dose. Any overdose of homeopathic
remedies is usually harmless, although in sensitive individuals, there is the risk of
proving the remedy—getting the symptoms it is supposed to relieve. Store
homeopathic remedies protected from heat and light, as well as away from magnets
and strong electromagnetic fields. For best results, you should not change remedies
too frequently.
If pellets are used, do not touch them, but shake a tablet into the bottle cap and
from there directly into the mouth; keep it under the tongue until it dissolves.
Generally, however, it is not recommended to use homeopathic remedies in tablet
form (usually as sugar pills) because of the possibility of intolerance to lactose or
sucrose. This is accentuated by keeping the tablets in the mouth, which provokes
stronger allergic reactions than swallowing them does; however, swallowing is not
desirable for homeopathic remedies as they are primarily absorbed in the mouth.
For detailed descriptions of homeopathic remedies and their range of action,
see the Pocket Manual of Homeopathic Materia Medica with Repertory by William
Boericke.
Which Potency to Use: The most commonly used potencies are 6X, 12X,
12C, 30C, 200C, l000C (M), l00M (CM), 500M (DM), and 1000M (MM). Sometimes
the letter C is omitted, and 30 and 200 are used instead of 30C and 200C. In Europe,
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symptoms, it is important to choose the correct potency as well. A general rule is that
the lower potencies affect mainly physical symptoms while the high potencies work at
the mental and emotional energy levels. The high-potency remedies can be used
only once a day or once a week or after any reaction has subsided.
For a long-standing problem, you can start using a low-potency remedy, say
12X; after a week or two, use 30C, then 200C, and afterwards M at intervals. If you
wish to use potencies closer in strength, try 12X and 30C. You may also be able to
find the correct potency by using muscle testing or a pendulum. Draw a half-circle on
which the various potencies are marked and see to which one the pendulum points.
The M to MM potencies have been used to remove heavy metals from the body
either after an acute poisoning or from chronic exposure, as in the case of chronic
mercury poisoning from teeth filled with mercury amalgam.
In addition to producing low-potency remedies from allergenic foods, you can
also buy M to MM remedies of foods to which you are allergic. If you have had much
X-ray treatment, buy and use an X-ray remedy (see www.gdr.org/drrita.html); if you
are sensitive to electricity, fluorescent lighting, or house dust, use the corresponding
commercial remedy. However, you can also make these remedies yourself: Expose
pure water to strong electromagnetic fields or prolonged fluorescent lighting and then
potentize it, or potentize the contents of the vacuum cleaner.
Meanwhile, there are commercial remedies for various cancers (for example,
bowel, lung, stomach) and for bacilli and other infectious agents; there are also
extracts of glands, such as adrenals and thymus, which can be used to normalize
glandular functions.
Combinations of remedies are available for the treatment of a wide range of
diseases and common complaints. If someone has been bitten by a poisonous
snake, spider, or other creature, try to obtain some of the poison by crushing the
head of the insect in water or by sucking some of the poison out of the wound; or use
some blood from the wound. Make and use a 30C potency. A healing centre might
establish a collection of potentized remedies of the common poisonous creatures of
the area.
Homeopathic Cell Salts: In the late nineteenth century, the German physician
W. H. Schuessler originated a therapeutic system he called biochemic medicine,
based on 12 essential cell salts or tissue salts. These are homeopathic preparations
of mineral salts usually present in the body and commonly used as 6X tablets. The
main drawback of the tablets is that they are based on lactose, to which many
individuals are allergic or react to weakly in muscle testing. This weakening factor is
accentuated by the common practice of keeping the tablets in the mouth until
dissolved.
However, for those who should best avoid lactose, the benefits of cell salts can
be obtained by using cell salts as normal homeopathic tinctures.
The 12 Schuessler cell salts and their main indications are:
• Calc. flour: over-relaxed abdominal wall, piles, varicose veins
• Calc. phos.: anemia, poor circulation, cramps, rheumatism
• Calc. sulf.: boils, catarrh, yellow pus, and scabs

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Your Own Home-Remedies Kit
The following is a list of 15 basic remedies for home use and as a travel kit.
ACONITE 30C: Controls feverish symptoms that come on suddenly. Any acute condition in the early stages.
Aconite is indicated when the patient is frightened and/or worse after dark.
A.G.E. 30C (ARS. IOD., GELSEMIUM, EUPATOR): A combination remedy for colds and influenza. Contains a
mineral remedy and two herbal preparations to cover all stages of a cold from early onset to fully developed
influenza and lingering final stages that will not clear away. One dose fortnightly will reduce the incidence of
simple colds and influenza. This combination remedy is also useful for apprehensive or fearful states. Use also
for stomach and bowel upset as well as aching in the bones and headaches that are better after sweating.
ARNICA 30C: This is the remedy for accidents and shock. It reduces the effects of injury, fatigue, and shock,
both mental and physical. It is indicated for bruising, broken bones, and blood blisters, also for stroke and heart
attack, and in cases where the patient fears being approached or touched.
BELLADONNA 30C: Covers feverish conditions that are more violent than those treated by aconite: red, dry, hot
painful head and throat symptoms; also indicated for angry outbursts, and for patients whose condition is
aggravated by light, noise, or jarring.
CHAMOMILLA 30C: For children during teething or in cases when the patient is irritable. Suitable for stomach
upsets; indicated for children who improve on being carried.
COCCULUS 30C: Useful for nausea, vomiting, travel sickness, morning sickness, stomach upsets, and
exhaustion.
HYPERICUM 30C: For injuries to nerves and any injury that is more painful than would be expected. Good for
blows to the head and coccyx, crushed fingers and toes, injuries to lips, ears, or genitals; intolerable violent
shooting pains along nerves; or lingering pains after injury or surgery.
HYPERICUM/CALENDULA MOTHER TINCTURE (HYPER-CAL): An antiseptic, use topically (five drops in a
cup of tepid water) for all external wounds, cuts, and eruptions. This mixture can be used to rinse out the mouth
after extraction of teeth. Apply to burns and press a pad soaked in this mixture to injuries requiring bandaging;
use one drop in an eyebath of water for eye irritation.
IGNATIA 30C: An herbal stress reliever for the effects of bereavement, grief, tension, worry, and fright. It is
suitable for hypochondria and for real illness when the patient is excessively worried about the condition; it
promotes sleep when the patient is suffering from sadness or worry.
LEDUM 30C: Used for puncture wounds, cuts, and stings of insects. Follows arnica for bad bruising, especially
around the eye; anti-tetanus. Think of ledum for pain of fractures and joints.
NUX VOMICA 3OC: For stomach upsets caused by overeating or indulgence in rich foods, and for the effects of
too much alcoholic drink, tobacco, or drugs. Indicated for irritability and bad temper and for sleeplessness when
the mind is crowded with thoughts. Useful in cases when the patient is easily chilled and cannot be uncovered.
Also for stuffy head colds extending to throat or chest; and sour eructation, sweat, vomit, and bowel movements.
PULSATILLA 30C: For the effects of rich foods, earache from water in the ear, and measles. Useful for the
patient who is changeable and weepy, whose pains shift, or who needs open air when the heat of the room or a
car is unbearable. Indicated for many children’s illnesses when aconite has given limited relief; also for
menstrual problems.
RHUS TOX 30C: For simple rheumatism and for strains, sprains, and the effects of overexertion. Useful when
the patient has been exposed to cold, wet conditions; also when restless and pains are better if the affected part
is kept in motion. Suitable for influenza not covered by A.G.E.
RUTA GRAV 30C: Ruta is the best remedy for twisted ankles and sprained wrists. It is excellent for blows to the
muscles and for injuries to the bones and accidents in which the bone sheath is damaged; it brings relief from
eyestrain, neuralgia, burning eyes, dim vision, and runny eyes.
URTICA URENS 30C: For burns, rashes, stings, allergies, and any condition in which burning, stinging pains
persist. Use for scalds and burns internally when using Hypercal externally. Use urtica for bladder complaints,
bedwetting, hives, and swollen, painful breasts and genitals.

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• Ferr. phos.: inflammations, low fever, anemia, circulation, wounds
• Kali. mur.: croup, catarrh, and skin diseases with white discharge
• Kali. phos: high fever, paralysis, sepsis, neuralgia, debility
• Kali. sulf.: catarrh, skin diseases with watery discharge
• Mag. phos.: shooting pains, neuralgia, spasms, itching
• Nat. mur.: constipation or diarrhea, cold hands or feet, drowsiness
• Nat. phos.: gout and rheumatism, overacidity, blackheads
• Nat. sulf.: liver and gallbladder diseases, dropsy, migraine
• Silicea: boils, skin ulcers, nasal catarrh, night sweats, gout
They may be used individually or in combination.
Flower Remedies: Flower remedies represent a combination of herbalism and
homeo-pathy. Their main therapeutic effects are on the emotional level. Best known
are the Bach flower remedies originated in the 1930s by Dr. Edward Bach, an
English physician. In recent times, Australian wildflower remedies and Californian
flower essences have also become available; these are sold mainly in health food
stores and by various practitioners.
Flower remedies are best used together with appropriate affirmations. In clinical
situations, it is recommended to use a standard questionnaire to assess a client’s
emotional problems to allow a more speedy and accurate selection of the appropriate
remedies. This information can then be used for other -emotion-directed therapies.
Of special significance is the Bach Rescue Remedy, which should be part of every
first-aid kit. Individual flower remedies can be combined for treatment according to
symptoms. In selecting Bach flower remedies, it is recommended to combine no
more than six different remedies at one time; however, the composite Rescue
Remedy can be counted as a single remedy.
The usual dosage is two to four drops of the composite preparation in a
teaspoonful (plastic) of water at least four times daily, taken before meals and
especially as the first and last thing daily. Hold this solution in your mouth and under
the tongue for some time; store remedies in a cool place. In some cases, flower
remedies can be taken for long periods for the treatment of chronic illnesses, while
those for acute (short-term) problems are used only when the problem is noticed.
These short-term remedies can be changed frequently, according to changing
moods.
While the flower remedies are usually selected according to the problems you
wish to overcome, you can also look at what you wish to achieve, how you wish to
become.
For this, you can use the opposite to the descriptions given for the various
remedies. The keywords for the positive attributes we wish to acquire (the negative
aspects we wish to overcome are in parentheses) and some of the flower remedies
indicated are as follows:
• Attentiveness (being dreamy): Clematis

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Reference Guide for the Selection of Bach Flower Remedies

• Agrimony: suffering or worry hidden by smiling face


• Aspen: apprehension, vague fears of unknown origin
• Beech: intolerance, arrogance, tendency to be overcritical
• Centaury: susceptibility to influence and exploitation, weak will, timidity
• Cerato: lack of confidence, doubt, constant requests for advice
• Cherry Plum: uncontrolled temper, desperation, fear of loss of mind
• Chestnut Bud: slowness to learn, lack of observation, repetition of mistakes
• Chicory: possessiveness, self-love, self-pity, attention seeking
• Clematis: indifference, dreaminess, lack of interest
• Crab Apple: feeling of being unclean, shame, self-dislike; the cleanser
• Elm: occasional feelings of inadequacy, too much responsibility
• Gentian: discouragement, self-doubt, negative attitudes, depression
• Gorse: hopelessness, despair, despondency
• Heather: self-centeredness, love of talking, inability to listen
• Holly: envy, suspicion, revenge, hatred, jealousy
• Honeysuckle: living too much in the past, homesickness
• Hornbeam: mental and physical weariness
• Impatiens: impatience, irritability, mental tension
• Larch: lack of confidence, expectation of failure, feeling of inferiority
• Mimulus: fear of known things, shyness, timidity
• Mustard: deep gloom or depression of unknown cause
• Oak: onward struggle despite despondency/ despair
• Olive: mental and physical exhaustion or weariness
• Pine: self-blame, self-reproach, guilt, false humility
• Red Chestnut: fear and anxiety for others
• Rock Rose: terror, panic, extreme fear
• Rock Water: self-criticism, rigidity, self-denial
• Scleranthus: uncertainty, indecision, hesitation, lack of balance
• Star of Bethlehem: after-effects of shock and trauma
• Sweet Chestnut: extreme anguish, hopeless despair, loss of faith
• Vervain: over-enthusiasm, fanaticism, nervous tension, strain
• Vine: dominance, leadership, craving for power, ambition, inflexibility
• Walnut: helps in changes, link breaking, protects
• Water Violet: aloofness, reserve, pride
• White Chestnut: unwanted persistent thoughts, worry, inner mental arguments
• Wild Oat: dissatisfaction at not having found goal, uncertainty
• Wild Rose: resignation, lack of interest, apathy
• Willow: resentment, bitterness, “not-fair” attitude
• Rescue Remedy (a composite of Cherry Plum, Clematis, Impatiens, Rock Rose,
and Star of Bethlehem): use for shock, terror, upsets, fright, accidents; give
frequently in all emergencies; apply externally on wounds.

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• Certainty (indecision): Scleranthus
• Courage (terror): Rock Rose
• Faith (doubt): Gentian
• Humility (pride): Water Violet
• Patience (impatience): Impatiens
• Peace (torment): Agrimony
• Service (self-love): Chicory
• Strength (weakness): Centaury
• Sympathy (fear): Mimulus
• Understanding (fanaticism): Vervain
• Wisdom (foolishness): Cerato

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Step 30
COLLOIDAL SILVER, COPPER, ZINC & GOLD
Use these powerful remedies whenever you have an infection
or inflammation.

In contrast to medical antibiotics that can be used only against specific


microbes, colloidal silver has a wide range of effectiveness, eliminating bacteria as
well as viruses and fungi. Unlike medical antibiotics, colloidal silver is not known to
cause undesirable side effects. Colloidal zinc can be especially effective against
viruses. The colloids of copper and gold, on the other hand, are strong anti-
inflammatory agents; in addition, copper and zinc can be used chelated (bound) with
salicylic acid for similar benefits.
At the start of your health improvement program, you can use colloidal silver to
cleanse your body of undesirable microbes. With chronic or acute inflammatory
conditions, experiment with copper and gold. Most diseases and painful conditions
are associated with inflammations and benefit from anti-inflammatory remedies. A
zinc-boron-salicylate complex is known as the Schweitzer Formula (see page 165)
and is not only an anti-inflammatory, but it also generally supports and speeds up
healing processes.
Colloidal Silver: Colloidal silver has a long history in medicine as a natural
antibiotic. It is very effective in killing bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and the
cancer microbe, and no serious side effects from overdosing have been reported.
Colloidal silver is commercially available with a common solution strength of
five silver atoms per million molecules of water, or 5 ppm, but it may be up to 50 ppm
in very concentrated remedies. However, the size of the colloids may be more
important than the strength in parts per million.
Colloid particles can have from ten to 5,000 atoms, and each particle is a
fighting unit. Therefore, a colloid with the smallest size of particles is 500 times more
effective than one with the largest size. Further, large colloids are not stable and
easily fall out and settle at the bottom of the container; they are also not well
absorbed by the body and not effective against viruses. Therefore, when choosing a
commercial product or making your own, always aim for
CAUTION:
the smallest particle size.
Do not use colloidal gold,
There is no research yet on proper dosage, but it silver, copper or zinc if
you suspect that you are
will vary according to concentration and particle size.
sensitive to them or if
You can use about one teaspoon three to five times any unfamiliar symptoms
daily; try this with any infectious disease or local arise. If in doubt, seek
infections; continue until symptoms of the infection professional advice.
subside and then continue for a few weeks longer with I recommend using these
one teaspoon a day. It is best to keep it in the mouth remedies only for a
before swallowing. During the height of the infection, specific purpose and a
limited period, generally
you can double or triple the above amounts for a few not more that a few
days. At the beginning of your health improvement months at a time.
efforts and several times each year, you can take a

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remedial course of colloidal silver for several weeks to keep down any undesirable
microbes that have arisen in your body. Have a sip or tablespoonful three times daily.
Preferably, store colloidal silver in a dark glass bottle in a dark and cool place.
It is difficult to assess which of the many commercial remedies available work
best or even which ones work and which do not. Therefore I recommend building
your own colloidal silver generator (see sidebar).
Colloids of gold, copper, and zinc are being used experimentally with
apparently good health results. They all have strong anti-inflammatory properties in
addition to varying degrees of antimicrobial effects. Furthermore, zinc and copper
colloids can be expected to help overcome any deficiency symptoms or conditions
with increased nutrient requirements. Gold, on the other hand, has supposedly
beneficial effects on the blood circulation and the glandular system. The medical
psychic Edgar Cayce said that gold and silver, properly used, could almost double
our present life span. It is not clear what he meant by properly used, but I assume it
may involve the safe use of either colloids or vibrational medicines.
If you want to experiment, then you can produce these other colloids in the
same way as described for silver colloids; use electrodes of copper, zinc, or gold
instead of silver. The easiest way will be to use some gold coins or strips of copper or
zinc. No recommendations are available for effective dosages and you will have to
experiment, starting with small amounts and going long intervals without any colloids.
Use careful self-observation and preferably muscle testing to assess your body
reactions; remember you have to take responsibility for these experiments yourself.

How to Make Your Own Colloidal Silver Generator:

Commonly three 9-volt batteries are connected in series (positive to negative pole) and an
insulated wire soldered to each end terminal. To each of the other ends of the wires,
solder an alligator clip. Use ten inches of pure silver wire, preferably .999 fine, about 14
gauge or 1.64 mm; sterling silver is only .9275 fine. Cut the silver wire in half and attach to
the alligator clips.
Immerse the electrodes about four inches deep in a glass of water. Commonly, colloidal
silver is made from normal drinking water, often with the addition of a drop of saline
solution. A white mist can be seen to develop almost immediately. This is mainly
ineffective silver chloride. In this approach, the individual colloidal particles are quite large
and not very effective.
A better way is to use distilled water without the addition of any saline drops, as this
produces a very fine and much more effective colloid, though it takes a long time to start.
A white mist may become visible after about 20 minutes. If you do see this fine mist near
one of the electrodes, continue for five minutes longer. If you cannot see a slight mist after
20 minutes, then next time add a small amount of impure water (such as tap water) to
speed up the colloid formation. The concentration will be about 5 ppm.
After each use, scrub the oxidized positive electrode until it is shiny. When making or
storing the silver water, keep it protected from light, which will otherwise precipitate the
silver and make it ineffective. Make your colloidal silver fresh each day or at least once a
week.
For more information on making and using colloidal silver, see the website:
www.quantumbalancing.com.

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Copper - The Inflammation Fighter: Copper is somewhat of a problem
mineral. Sometimes there is too much of the inorganic form of copper in drinking
water, as is produced by acid water flowing through copper pipes. It can then
gradually accumulate in the body and lead to toxicity symptoms with signs of
overstimulation, psychosis, and liver damage. However, copper is excellent for
reducing inflammations, strengthening connective tissue, restoring hair color, fighting
parasites, and preventing cancer. Copper should not be used with existing cancers
(except topically for skin cancers), as it promotes the formation of new blood vessels
in tumours (angiogenesis).
Copper serum levels are elevated with inflammations and many diseases,
apparently because the body mobilizes all tissue stores of copper to fight the
condition. If you give animals a choice between drinking normal water and water in
which a copper pipe has been immersed, reportedly they will prefer the copper water
as this helps keep them free of -parasites.
The most effective anti-inflammatory agents are copper complexes, and
commonly these are relatives of salicylic acid which is present in many fruits and
vegetables. In addition, copper ascorbate has strong antiviral properties while copper
salicylate has a better anti--inflammatory effect than cortisone and without the side
effects. It also has good anticancer, anti-tremor, and anticonvulsive properties,
suitable for treatment in epilepsy and possibly Parkinson’s disease; even certain
brain and liver functions can improve with copper salicylate. It has inhibited tumour
promotion and malignancy with animal tumors,17 and with skin tumours a single
application resulted in a 55-percent tumour reduction in 20 weeks.18 Even short-term
treatment of rheumatoid arthritis resulted in long-term remissions or improvements.19
The therapeutic potency and safety of the copper complexes of aspirin (acetyl-
salicylic acid) and salicylic acid are much better than for aspirin itself or for inorganic
copper. This means that these copper complexes are safer and more effective than
either aspirin or inorganic copper. These complexes are five to eight times more
effective than aspirin but less toxic, and their therapeutic index (the margin between
effectiveness and toxic effects) has been stated to be significantly greater than for
other anti-inflammatory drugs.
While aspirin causes or aggravates peptic ulcers and bleeding, the copper
complexes have a better ulcer-healing effect than commonly used anti-inflammatory
ulcer drugs. Harmful effects of aspirin and similar drugs apparently arise because
they bind copper in the body and cause a localized copper deficiency in the tissues.
Unfortunately, copper salicylate or other effective copper complexes are not
normally available or can be had only in very low doses, presumably because they
cannot be patented. However, they are relatively easy to make for someone who
wants to experiment. Buy salicylic acid at a drug store and dissolve 2 g or about half
a teaspoon in a pint of hot water. Use covered glassware and distilled or deionised
water with several pieces of copper with a large surface area immersed in it. Keep it
warm, between 140º F and 180º F, for about ten hours or sometimes longer. Add
more water as required and adjust the final volume to be one pint. When ready, it
develops a green color; store the solution in a brown bottle in a cool, dark place.
During storage and sometimes near the end of the heating process, a black
copper oxide starts forming and accumulates at the bottom. This is due to copper
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copper (II) salicylate; here the salicylic acid binds only half of the dissolved copper
and the rest becomes copper oxide. The effectiveness of the solution does not seem
to be affected by this and the amount of copper in the complex is not related to its
potency. Either decant the solution from any settled copper oxide or filter it through
tissue paper.
Copper (I) salicylate is a strong antioxidant excellent for external use in packs
or rubs on sites of inflammation, or as rubbed on skin prone to skin cancer. For
internal use with generalized inflammations or other indications, 60 mg of copper
salicylate has been used in clinical trials, taken once or twice a day and up to four
times daily. Try a teaspoonful (approximately 25 mg of copper salicylate) three times
daily in liquids with meals, but preferably under professional medical supervision.
For short-term use, you can also double this amount. When it produces the
desired effect, cut back to a maintenance dose of one teaspoon a day or interrupt the
intake after two weeks to see what happens.
There is a possibility that you may be able to obtain copper (II) salicylate from a
supplier of laboratory or fine chemicals. In this case, divide a rounded teaspoonful
into 100 equal parts; each part will be approximately 50 mg. However, I want to
stress that all this is only experimental and no one but yourself can take any
responsibility for what you are doing, so proceed carefully.
For a potent antiviral remedy, you can produce copper ascorbate. The only
problem is that ascorbic acid may become oxidized in contact with metal. Therefore,
all air must be excluded. Bring some distilled or deionised water to a boil and fill a
small glass or hard plastic container (holding about 4 ounces) to the top with this.
Immerse a piece of copper in it and add about 2 g or half a teaspoon of ascorbic acid
powder. Keep the container tightly closed and immersed in warm water for a day
before you start taking a teaspoonful several times a day; keep refrigerated when not
in use.
Zinc and the Schweitzer Formula: Zinc has strong anti-inflammatory and
antibiotic properties but can become deficient with a high copper intake. Therefore, it
is usually best to increase the intake of both minerals together. With a high copper
intake, use a high zinc supplementation. This can be in the form of the Schweitzer
Formula, a complex formed by zinc (oxide or carbonate), boron (boric acid), and
salicylic acid. This is an excellent antibiotic, disinfectant, fungicide, anti-inflammatory,
and healing remedy.
The Schweitzer Formula20 was developed in 1915 in Germany and has been
sold worldwide since 1920. In addition to treating any kind of infection or
inflammation, it has been used in cancer treatment to improve the immune response
and blood oxygenation. Applied externally, it helps to heal injuries and skin diseases,
including acne, scarring, varicose veins, and varicose ulcers.
You can easily make the Schweitzer Formula yourself. Dissolve 9.2 g of
salicylic acid, 2.1 g of boric acid, and 2.7 g of zinc oxide (or 4 g of zinc carbonate) in
two quarts of hot water. You can get these ingredients from a pharmacist and have
the exact quantities weighed out. However, it is sufficient to use approximate
amounts. Use two level teaspoons of salicylic acid and half a teaspoon each of boric
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Use distilled or deionised water and a non-metallic container. Heat the mixture
for about an hour and stir occasionally with a non-metal spoon until no more of the
zinc oxide or zinc carbonate at the bottom of the container seems to dissolve. Then
decant or filter into a glass container and store in a cool, dark place.
Any surplus of zinc oxide or carbonate that remains undissolved shows that all
the boric acid and salicylic acid have been used up. However, any surplus of boric
acid would be beneficial and supply you with additional boron. In commercial
preparations, the resulting solution is very slowly evaporated to let the active
ingredients form crystals; these are then dissolved before use in the appropriate
amount of water.
As with copper salicylate, there are no exact guidelines on how much to take.
In studies, a tablespoonful has been taken three times daily with liquid or meals for
extended periods; for shorter periods, this dose has been doubled. It is also good to
rub onto the skin, especially where there are any problems.
You can take a ratio of one tablespoon of Schweitzer Formula to one teaspoon
of copper salicylate. For long-term use, I suggest one tablespoon of each daily. I
believe that long-term use of copper or zinc should be balanced by taking the other
mineral as well, be it as salicylate complex, colloid, or conventional remedy. My
experience suggests that copper and zinc as complexes or colloids are safer and
more effective than the long-term use of aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs.
After a period of use, it is advisable to interrupt using these remedies for a
while and observe any effects. Remember, the use of these remedies over long
periods is experimental and you must be prepared to take responsibility for any
unexpected side effects.

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Step 31
OXYGEN THERAPY
Oxygen, therapeutically applied, helps you quickly overcome any infection.

As an infection fighter, oxygen therapy is mainly used as ozone or hydrogen


peroxide. It is beneficial for general health improvement and also for a wide range of
diseases, mainly involving infectious agents. Ozone infusions are widely used in
German and Mexican cancer clinics but are illegal in the United States, and hydrogen
peroxide infusions have been used instead.
Therefore, most cancer victims try to help themselves with hydrogen peroxide
or so-called stabilized oxygen. The latter is an unstable oxygenated chlorine
compound that easily gives off oxygen. The typical amount used is ten drops in juice
several times daily, but start with much less and increase gradually. You can
combine taking hydrogen peroxide on rising and at bedtime with taking stabilized
oxygen before meals. This is suitable for those who have difficulty digesting much
hydrogen peroxide; otherwise, I regard hydrogen peroxide not only as the least
expensive, but also the most suitable product for home oxygen therapy.
Another possibility is to use an ozone generator. Generators for medical or
internal quality ozone can be expensive. Note that common ozone generators
ozonate room air and produce potentially toxic nitrogen oxides; a suitable water
ozonator (Beck type) is available for internal use. If ozone comes into contact with
water, then it forms hydrogen peroxide. As this formation takes some time (about 20
minutes for all the ozone dissolved in water to be converted to hydrogen peroxide),
you get a mixture of both if you drink it immediately after finishing the process.
Ozone reportedly has the advantage of releasing active oxygen without
requiring enzymes in biological systems, as is required for hydrogen peroxide. Both
ozone and hydrogen peroxide have an unstable single oxygen molecule that tends to
attach to and oxidize or peroxidise any suitable molecule. The beneficial effect
appears to be mainly the peroxidation of unsaturated fatty acids, which can then
destroy microbes and malignant cells, provided these are not protected by
accumulated vitamin E. A healthy immune system routinely produces hydrogen
peroxide to kill microbes. Therefore, I see no advantage in using ozone at home and
would rather use the simpler hydrogen peroxide.
Unheated honey has traditionally been used to treat infected wounds and
chronic skin or leg ulcers. Recent research showed that the most effective honey for
medicinal purposes is honey that is very high in hydrogen peroxide. Therefore, you
can mix a few drops of 35-percent hydrogen peroxide with honey to improve its
healing qualities. For topical packs, it is more convenient to use crystallized honey
rather than honey that is runny.
Preferably, use 35-percent food-grade hydrogen peroxide, available from some
natural therapists and health stores. Otherwise, use any other 35-percent product or
the three-percent (ten volume) or six-percent (20 volume) peroxide from a
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percent; add one part of the 35-percent peroxide to ten parts of water. Start taking a
few drops in a glass of water, then gradually increase to one teaspoon or more four
times daily, before meals and at bedtime. If you develop an aversion to it, decrease
the dose again to a more comfortable level. Swallow quickly instead of sipping
slowly. To disguise the strong aftertaste, add to the mixture aloe vera gel, fruit
flavours, herb tea, or water flavoured with cinnamon.
You can continue this program for many months, and when the specific health
problem is under control, gradually reduce the intake to only once daily before
breakfast. In addition, you can use hydrogen peroxide to rinse your mouth and gargle
morning and evening. It helps to prevent colds, infections, and tooth decay, and it is
arguably better than toothpaste. You can also use 35-percent hydrogen peroxide with
a dropper; a teaspoon of three-percent peroxide is equivalent to about 12 drops of
35-percent peroxide. Be careful handling 35-percent hydrogen peroxide; in the event
of accidental spills on clothes or skin, flush immediately with water or immerse in
water.
It is helpful to bathe the site of an infection or external tumour daily in three-
percent hydrogen peroxide or, better, cover it with a cloth soaked in it. This is
especially good for problems close to the skin, and the hydrogen peroxide is
preferably combined with a honey pack. Renew the pack several times daily. A pack
can remain on the skin for most of the time or until the skin becomes red or sore and
blisters. This will be good, as it draws out toxins. When this happens, cover the skin
with a cabbage leaf instead and wash only with peroxide. You can also have a daily
body rub with three-percent hydrogen peroxide, which is best done after a bath or
shower. With cervical cancer or bowel cancer, douche the cervix or the bowel twice
daily with suitably diluted hydrogen peroxide, retaining it inside for some time.
In the case of cancer it is advisable to use the practice of oxidative tumour
destruction only initially and with a minimum of antioxidants. Activated oxygen
oxidizes and peroxidizes reactive biomolecules, especially alpha- and gamma-
linolenic acids in linseed (flaxseed), evening primrose, and borage oils; these in turn
oxidize and destroy cancer cells. However, as mentioned, this killing effect may be
inhibited by high levels of antioxidants, especially vitamins E and A, which,
paradoxically, accumulate in tumours and protect them. Therefore, avoid vitamin E
and high doses of vitamin A for one or two weeks before your oxygen therapy and
minimize your intake of all antioxidants during the several weeks of intensive oxygen
therapy. Afterwards, return to a long-term intake of high amounts of antioxidants and
anti-inflammatory remedies (see step 46).
Magnesium peroxide has become available as a powder, in capsules, or as a
branded product called Oxy-Mag, a powdered magnesium ozonite. The peroxide
produces highly reactive oxygen radicals that are more aggressive than the oxygen
molecules released by the ozonite, but I cannot say at present if either one of these
is more effective. Use according to instructions on the container or enclosed
literature. Sometimes simple magnesium oxide is recommended to oxidize the colon;
while it may be good as a mild laxative, it does not liberate oxygen for oxygen
therapy.
Of great benefit are peroxide retention enemas. After a normal enema to clean
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tablespoon of three-percent hydrogen peroxide; try to hold it inside the large intestine
for ten minutes or longer. The next day add two tablespoons to this mixture; continue
increasing the amount of peroxide on subsequent days until you find the highest
concentration that you can hold for about ten minutes. You can also try to increase
the volume of water that you can retain.
If you have an ozone maker, you can use ozone in a similar way as hydrogen
peroxide. You can lead it with a tube into water to produce hydrogen peroxide; insert
the tube into the rectum (with another shorter tube as outlet); irradiate the skin over
the diseased areas with a funnel; or put the body (but not the head) into a bag into
which you introduce ozone. For information on how to obtain, construct and use a
medical-grade ozone generator that does not oxidize nitrogen, see:
www.quantumbalancing.com. For more information on oxygen therapies, see:
www.oxytherapy.com or the books Oxygen Therapies and Flood Your Body with
Oxygen, by Ed McCabe.
New Ways of Using Hydrogen Peroxide: In 1928, Dr. Richard Simmons
believed to have discovered that colds and flu enter through the ear canal and start
the infection process in the middle ear. More recently, it has been claimed that colds
and flu can be cured within hours by putting hydrogen peroxide into the ears at the
first indication of any infection. You first put a few drops of three-percent hydrogen
peroxide in one ear, and when the bubbling stops, do the same in the other ear.
Repeat this a few times at about two-hour intervals. In addition, gargle frequently with
hydrogen peroxide for infections in the head and chest area.
My understanding is that the cold virus enters through the nose but then
multiplies in mucus accumulated in the head spaces before the outbreak of
symptoms. For this reason, colds can be stopped by introducing hydrogen peroxide
into head spaces, but also simply by removing the mucus congestions.
A three-percent hydrogen peroxide solution can be sprayed directly into the
throat several times a day and inhaled deeply into the lungs with good results.
Besides breathing problems and aching muscles, this has also reportedly relieved
other old-age symptoms. I assume that beneficial results with this method are largely
due to the elimination of fungi and other microbes in the breathing passages.

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Part 4
HEALING FOODS

Nutrition is the main tool I have used to help patients overcome a wide range of
diseases claimed to be medically incurable. Unnatural nutrition is one of the major
causes of most of our diseases, while natural nutrition is an equally powerful agent in
helping to undo these diseases and rejuvenate the body. My training and work
experience as research chemist, biochemist, toxicologist, practicing nutritionist, and
natural therapist have given me insight that would not have been possible if I had
worked only as a conventional scientist or natural therapist. One of these insights is
the importance of nutrition.
There is presently a trend in conventional medicine to acknowledge the
importance of nutrition in causing and treating diseases. Health authorities conduct
public awareness campaigns about nutrition through the mass media. While this
newly found official interest is itself a positive development, the information conveyed
is not likely to reduce the overall rate of chronic diseases.21 The information I
present has grown out of practical experience in the prevention and reversal of most
of our chronic and medically incurable diseases, and it is likely to be more useful.
Most of our commonly eaten foods contribute to our gradual health
deterioration and the development of many chronic diseases. This is a main reason
why there is such a high incidence of chronic degenerative disease in our society. I
will explain in detail why and how our everyday problem foods help cause our
diseases and how potent healthy foods can be used to undo these diseases and
rejuvenate our body.
Depending on your health goals and present health problems, you can either
make some gradual adjustment to your present diet or go all the way and experiment
with powerful health diets designed to reverse incurable diseases and rejuvenate
body and mind. The reward in terms of improved health is generally proportional to
your effort.
Diet rules are designed to guide us towards healthier eating habits. There are
different schools of nutrition, which do not always agree on the same principles and
sometimes even contradict each other. The diet “rules” I present are based on the
principles of the nineteenth-century Nature Cure movement, but modified according
to the findings of modern nutrition research and my clinical experiences in
overcoming diseases.
For the successful elimination of diseases, I have found that the less ideal the
patient’s overall diet is, the more specific the remedies, supplements, or other
therapies need to be. Conversely, on an ideal diet, specific interventions can be kept
to a minimum. I have also observed that the differences in nutritional requirements
between individuals begin to disappear when an ideal natural diet is adopted.
Changing our diet to an ideal natural one requires a considerable shift in eating
habits and a re-education of our taste buds. It often also requires more time for food
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others need to be driven by the hope of overcoming a debilitating disease; most
people are content to make minor dietary adjustments or gradual improvements as a
preventive measure or to overcome an existing health problem. Therefore, I use a
graded approach, with a high-quality diet for gradual health improvement and
maintenance of good health and a raw food diet for maximum healing, rejuvenation,
and maintenance of optimal health into old age.
I present each diet in its pure form. Most individuals probably will not be able to
adopt fully one or another diet, but will move gradually towards their dietary goal in
months or even years. You can modify the diet according to your special
requirements, and for this, see the section on Metabolic Types and Blood Groups
(Step 43) in Part 5. Ultimately, it is best to learn to trust your body to tell you what it
needs.
If you are not addicted to a certain food but crave it, then it is probably good for
you. The natural function of our taste buds is to guide us in the choice and quantity of
our food intake. As a general rule, food that is good for us tastes good, but if we have
enough of it, then it does not taste as good toward the end of the meal. If we overeat,
then it may not taste good for several days or weeks. If we had too much heavy or
spicy food, then fruits will taste attractive, but if we had too much fruit, then a spicy
protein-fat meal suddenly tastes good.
If we eat food that the body has difficulty in handling, then it causes a stress
reaction with the release of adrenal-stimulating hormones. For individuals with weak
adrenal glands, this acts as a stimulation of their body functions, and they become
addicted to this food as well as other stimulants. Now the taste buds are no longer a
reliable guide, as other body needs are sacrificed to satisfy this need for adrenal
stimulation.
As some foods frequently cause health problems - “problem” foods - so other
foods generally improve our health - “health” foods. The foods with the greatest
potential for healing and rejuvenation, according to my experience, are bee pollen,
sprouted seeds, purple foods, freshly pressed juices of vegetables (especially of
young grasses), and lactic-acid fermented foods. These form the base of my
recommended diets and will be explained in this chapter.
We need to realize that we can choose to a considerable degree how healthy
we will be and how long we want to live in good health or, alternatively, which
diseases we are willing to accept for the comfort of satisfying our present taste
preferences and maintaining potentially harmful living habits. Of course, other factors
have a strong influence as well, such as our mental and emotional condition, the
environment, and how we use our body (these are covered in later parts).

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Step 32
GENERAL DIETARY RULES
Understand the principles of healthy food selection,
preparation, and combination.

In a nutshell, the most important dietary rule is, as much as possible, to eat
your food when it’s whole, alive, organic, and free of added chemicals. Other
important rules are to chew it well, enjoy what you eat, combine the foods correctly,
and deliberately under-eat rather than overeat.
Whole food means that there has been as little refining of it as possible. To give
an example, natural whole grain brown rice is the preferred whole food. White rice
has the bran and germ removed, together with most of its vitamins and minerals. The
level of vitamin B1, for instance, is about 450 percent higher in brown rice than in
white rice. This means that the body may not use the deficient food efficiently, and
this can lead to overweight or underweight conditions and to poor blood sugar
regulation; the lack of fibre in refined rice also contributes to constipation. In varying
degrees, the effect of refining also applies to other commonly eaten foods.
Over thousands of years, our metabolic and enzyme structures have evolved
based on whole foods and have relied on certain combinations of ingredients being
supplied together. Protective or synergistic (cooperative) factors are present in whole
foods. For example, vitamin C is much better absorbed and retained if taken together
with bioflavonoids. Both nutrients naturally occur in the same foods. The sensitive
polyunsaturated oils are protected from oxidation and structural damage as long as
they remain in the whole seed. They also occur naturally with protective vitamin E.
When extracted and refined, these oils are partly oxidized and harmful trans-fatty
acids are formed.
Carnivorous animals do not eat just the meat but also the bones. They would
quickly become mineral deficient and diseased if they did not eat the bones. The
same applies to us if we eat only flesh high in phosphorus or low-mineral-content
food. We then need to use mineral supplements or become deficient and prone to
diseases. As relates to root vegetables, whole means using the vitamin- and mineral-
rich outer parts, usually discarded as peel, as well as the inner parts, and even the
cooking water. Pouring out the cooking water pours vitamins and minerals down the
drain.
A story, presumably true, has been published about the crew of one of the early
submarines. After a long crossing, they were fatigued and disease-prone; they had
lived on tinned and dried foods. The health authorities were at a loss about the cause
as there had been sufficient amounts of the known vitamins in the foods. A Nature
Cure practitioner offered his advice, which, when taken, quickly corrected the
problem. He told them to peel a lot of potatoes, discard the potatoes, and cook the
peels; strain, discard the peels, and drink the broth. How many of us do it the other
way around?
There is a downside to this with some whole foods and seeds. Seeds contain
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with certain blood types tend to react to specific lectins. Other food allergies develop
mainly to the outer parts of seeds removed in refining. If seeds are not sprouted or
fermented, then minerals tend to remain bound by chemicals in these outer parts and
cannot be absorbed. Therefore, if you have a sensitive digestion and eat food that is
not suited for you, then, ironically, refined foods will tend to cause you less immediate
problems than whole foods.
Live and Organic Foods: Live food is basically the same as raw or uncooked
food. Live means that the food is still high in vitality and naturally occurring enzymes.
These are damaged when food is heated above 104° F and destroyed above 120° F.
While milk can be heated initially in making yogurt, adding lactic-acid bacteria to it
provides a new complement of enzymes to revive the food, although I prefer to make
yogurt from unheated milk.
Food has different stages of “aliveness” or vitality. A dry viable seed is alive but
dormant, the enzymes inactivated by inhibitors. During soaking and sprouting, the
seed awakens to full life with an abundance of enzyme activity. Like an embryo, it is
at the height of its vital and restorative functions.
A young, growing leaf or plant still has a high level of growth hormones and
enzyme activity, but in a mature plant or fully grown leaf there is little growth hormone
and reduced enzyme activity. Whole grain flour that has not been unduly heated
during milling has some residual life, but inhibitors block the enzymes; enzyme
activity will be enhanced and starch pre-digested when the wheat is made into
sourdough. There is a saying in naturopathy: “Eat food that easily spoils, but eat it
before it spoils.”
The term organic is generally understood to mean that such food also has not
been irradiated and is free of genetically engineered components and any added
chemicals that are normally used during growing, storing, or processing. Organically
grown food means that it is certifiably free of toxic agricultural chemicals and has
been grown in healthy soil without the use of water-soluble fertilizers. Very harmful
are nitrogen fertilizers, especially nitrates. In one scientific experiment, hens were fed
blueberries that were either unfertilized or fertilized with nitrate. Hens fed large
amounts of nitrate-fertilized berries died within three days; those that received only
small amounts of fertilized berries laid eggs with defective missing shells. Hens fed
unfertilized berries in any quantity maintained normal health and eggs. What will a
low-dose long-term intake of such fertilized foods do to us?
It is well known to organic growers that their plants and the animals fed these
plants are much more resistant to pests and diseases than chemically fertilized
plants and the animals fed them. It has been shown that cattle on an organic farm
remained disease-free while cattle on surrounding properties were badly affected
with foot-and-mouth disease. Most damaging are pesticide residues on foods or the
interaction between different chemicals. Many natural therapists contend that
organically grown food is an important part in the successful treatment of
degenerative diseases.
Cooking Foods: Food ideally suited for human nutrition does not require
cooking, such as sprouted seeds and fresh shoots, ripening seeds (sweet corn,
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damages many proteins; they coagulate and harden and their complement of
digestive enzymes is destroyed, and this makes them more difficult to digest.
However, cooking also makes some foods more easily digestible by breaking
down the cellulose in plant food and connective tissue in meat. This enables our
digestive juices to get more easily to the nutrients and is especially important for
people with weak digestive organs. Further advantages of cooking are the
preservation of food, easier chewing, and enhanced flavours. All this means that
cooked food generally is more convenient and tastes better, and for most of us that is
more important than any long-term health concerns.
In this chapter I show how harmful effects of cooking can be minimized by
combining the least damaging use of cooking with the more acceptable forms of raw
foods consumption.
Steaming is the recommended method of cooking. Add sufficient water to cover
the bottom of the pot, even without special steaming equipment. This way most of the
vegetables will be steamed, and if you use the remaining water, nothing will be lost.
By adding vegetables after the water has started to boil fewer vitamins are destroyed.
However, I do not see a problem with simmering vegetables submersed in water as
long as you also ingest this water, preferably soon after cooking.
Pressure cookers are acceptable, their main disadvantage being that they are
usually made of aluminium. Microwave ovens are suspected of emitting harmful
radiation while in use. In addition, they may contribute to health deterioration by
scrambling the delicate structures of sensitive food molecules in unnatural ways.
Therefore, avoid or minimize microwaved food. It is also safer to discard any outer
part of meat or fish after grilling or broiling.
When cooking grains or legumes, always soak the seeds overnight beforehand
and discard the soaking water. In this way, you will likely ingest fewer potentially
harmful anti-nutrients, such as phytates which make minerals unavailable, protease
inhibitors that interfere with the digestion of proteins, or lectins that cause unpleasant
symptoms with some blood types. If beans cause wind, change the water once or
twice during cooking.
As mentioned, the main disadvantage of all cooking is that it destroys food
enzymes and some vitamins. This significantly contributes to more rapid aging and
the development of degenerative diseases if the diet consists predominantly of
cooked food. Therefore, try to eat only a minimum of cooked food. Most harmed by
cooking are animal products and polyunsaturated oils; least harmed are starches.
Eat your food, especially vegetables, as soon as possible after a short cooking time;
try to minimize steam or fumes escaping from cooking food. Except for baked grains,
avoid food leftover from a previous meal.
A large amount of aluminium dissolves in the water during cooking in
aluminium cookware; the more acid the cooking water, the more this happens. This is
also a problem with stainless steel pots. While steel is more resistant to acids, it can
still release harmful amounts of nickel, and nickel is implicated in weakening the
immune system and promoting cancer. Enamel cookware is generally safe, except
that low-cost Asian imports reportedly may contain high levels of lead; this is also a
problem with ceramic pots. Glass cookware is the safest.

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Here are some important cooking rules:
• Avoid baking soda in cooking or baking as it destroys B-vitamins
• Add salt or minerals after cooking to preserve vitamins.
• Save and use the cooking water; it is rich in minerals.
• Cook for the shortest time possible.
• Do not keep food warm for extended periods; cool quickly for storage.
• Avoid aluminium and stainless steel cooking utensils; use enamel or glassware
instead.
• Do not leave acid food in contact with metal surfaces.
• Do not cook what can conveniently be eaten raw.
• Do not fry or heat oils or fats.
• Do not cook with a microwave.
Chewing and Enjoying the Meal: Good chewing is of vital importance. It is
necessary to break down food particles to a fine pulp and at the same time to
insalivate them sufficiently for proper enzyme activity. Trace elements and vitamins
are already partly absorbed through the mouth tissue, while the stomach needs
adequate advance warning of the expected composition and quantity of the food. So,
even if the food is already a liquid (soups, broth), chewing is important. Keep and
move around such liquid food in the mouth for several seconds. Solid food needs
chewing until it is thoroughly liquefied. Teach your children early in their life to chew
thoroughly; possibly check their stools to see if they contain large pieces and whole
seeds, a sign of inadequate chewing.
You should not only chew thoroughly, but also eat slowly and in a leisurely
fashion. This improves digestion and helps prevent overeating. A certain amount of
time is needed for the body to form the message that it has had enough. Therefore, if
you stuff yourself within a short period, your body has no time to prevent you from
overeating. Overeating can also occur if you do not pay attention to the eating itself
but to a conversation, to a book, or the television. Then you cannot “hear” when your
body says “enough.”
It is also important to have a peaceful mind at mealtime. Before the meal,
completely relax for a minute or more with eyes closed; if able to meditate, raise your
awareness to a joyful meditative state. During the meal, pay attention to the process
of chewing and enjoy the various flavours as they develop.
It is beneficial to enjoy what you eat. Unpalatable food is not well digested.
Neither is it good to continue eating poor food just because one has acquired a
preference for it. For many, this is the most difficult problem to overcome during
health improvement. The goal is to acquire a liking for what is nutritionally good.
There is no doubt that taste buds are adaptable and can be re-educated, but
this comes gradually, so introduce unfamiliar foods and supplements to your diet in
very small amounts only, interspersed with familiar foods. Be imaginative and
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are agitated or emotionally upset, if you are unwell with a fever or comparable
condition, or if you are still full from the previous meal. Always prepare food lovingly.
Food Combining: Many years of experience with patients have shown me the
importance of correct food combining. The fundamental biochemical considerations
with regard to food combining are as follows:
• Typical protein foods (usually containing oil or fat) require strongly acidic
gastric juices.
• Different types of protein foods may need differently composed gastric juices for
digestion.
• Starches need B vitamins, chlorides, calcium, and magnesium for enzyme
activation.
• Sweeteners or sugars as well as acids inhibit the digestion of starches.
Disregarding these facts by mixing foods indiscriminately may contribute to
infections and degenerative diseases, especially allergies, arthritis, cancer, and
autoimmune diseases.
Initially, most people have a reasonably strong digestive system and do not feel
any ill effects, no matter what they eat or combine. This is also true if bodily
responses have become dulled by being ignored for many years. However, sooner or
later, the unpleasant effects and degenerative symptoms will appear.
There are three main groups of food to consider when working out correct food
combinations:
1. Proteins, sweet and acid foods, sweet vegetables, fruits
2. Neutral foods such as fats and oils, non-sweet vegetables, avocados, olives, and
cream cheese
3. Starches such as cereals, potatoes, and dry legumes
The neutral foods can be combined with either one of the other groups while
the two extreme groups (numbers 1 and 3) should be kept apart. Observing this
simple rule may prevent the more serious consequences of incorrect food combining.
In poor health and during a health improvement program, however, it is
advisable to be even more careful. With few exceptions, most foods are best
digested as a moderated mono-diet, which means only closely related foods are
eaten together, for example, different kinds of grains. With severe digestive
problems, one can temporarily adopt a strict mono-diet, eating one kind of food only
at a meal, and observe its effects.
The next best possibility is to eat foods correctly combined, but still separated
during the meal. This is most important with meat, fish, or nuts. These are best eaten
at the beginning of the meal for proteins to receive the strong gastric juices in the pit
of the stomach. The rest of the meal, if not too liquid, will remain in distinct layers on
top of this. Remember this if you have proteins and starches in the same meal.
You can mix a small amount of flavouring vegetables with meat or fish, or eat a
fruit together with some nuts. Generally it is preferable to have either some fresh
vegetable juice or a small amount of raw vegetables before a cooked meal.

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For those with a sluggish metabolism, a small amount of sweet food or fruits as
dessert after a protein meal will provide energy for the digestion of slow-burning,
protein-fat combinations. This is not advisable after a starch meal or for those with
blood sugar problems. Glucose and maltose (as in barley sugar) do not contain
fructose and therefore cause less of a problem if combined with starches. If your
digestion is sluggish, a small amount of fruit acids, such as lemon juice sprinkled
over meat or fish, or ascorbic acid with or after protein meals can be beneficial, as
can half a cup of a bitter herb tea afterwards. Cooked subacid fruit that is low in
fructose, such as apples, does not react in the same way as sweet fruit that is high in
fructose. Therefore, most individuals will be fine using this as a flavouring with
cereals or starches, for example, apple puree with rice.
Some factors that make precision food combining less necessary are: a strong
digestive system; being physically active; chewing extremely well; and only eating
small meals. The opposite factors will, of course, increase the need for correct food
combining. Being able to eat just about anything, however, is not a guarantee of
strong digestive powers; your system may be too weak to react to the foods. If you
are in good health, you can forget about food combining and omit just one group of
foods from a mixed meal - the cooked starches; most others combine reasonably
well with each other. However, it is generally acceptable to eat starches at the end of
a meal, separated from the protein part by a vegetable or sprout salad or by some
cooked vegetables. If you are sensitive, then this middle part of the meal can consist
of neutral vegetables rather than sweet ones.
Food yeast with a 50 percent protein content and also the non-oily legumes are
grouped with the starches because their fat-free proteins are relatively easy to digest
and require only slight acidity. For a graphic illustration of the basic food-combining
rules, see Figure 4-1. Foods are classified as hard proteins, soft proteins, or starches
according to the amount of gastric acid and pepsin that is needed for their digestion.
The actual percentage of protein in a food is less important in this respect than the
amount of fat, oil, and fibre surrounding the protein.
Meat, nuts, and cooked soybeans, for instance, are difficult to break down.
They need the full strength of gastric acid and pepsin and, therefore, are called “hard
proteins.” Eggs, uncooked dairy proteins, broth of meat and fish, fermented soy
products, soy milk, and fine nut butters, on the other hand, need less acidity and can
be called “soft proteins.” Proteins in processed cheese, in cow’s milk used as a drink,
but especially in milk added to coffee or tea, are very difficult to digest and thus
become hard proteins. Non-fatty fish, especially if marinated, is easy to digest and is
almost a soft protein, while fatty fish is closer to meat in its gastric requirements.
Intestinal Fermentation: Combining food high in fibre with sweet food is likely
to cause intestinal gas. This perception gave rise to the frequently quoted rule not to
combine vegetables with fruit. In this case some of the sugar from the fruit may not
be absorbed and then may overstimulate bacterial activity in the large intestine,
causing excessive wind, flatulence, or bloating. Some intestinal fermentation is
desirable in order to keep our beneficial bacteria happy, and this is best produced
with a moderate amount of fibre in the diet. It breaks down at a slow rate and greatly
helps to maintain regular soft bowel motion.

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Fig. 4-1: Food Combining Chart.
Direct connections between groups indicate good combinations (e.g. starches & neutral
foods). Connections between groups with one interception are fair (e.g. starches & sub-
acid fruits). Connections groups with two interceptions are poor (e.g. starches & sweet
foods).
FOOD GROUPS
“Hard” proteins: meat, fish, nuts, oily seeds, soybeans.
“Soft” proteins: eggs, milk proteins, meat/fish broth, tofu, soy milk, nut butters, fermented
soy or nuts.
Acid fruit: lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, acid berries.
Sub-acid fruits: apricots, peaches, pears, bananas, cooked apples.
Sweet food: sweeteners, foods with added sugar, molasses, honey, dried fruits, oranges,
figs and other sweet fruits and berries, juices of sweet vegetables.
Sweet vegetables: sweet potatoes, pumpkin, onion, carrot, turnip, beetroot, tomatoes,
green peas.
Neutral foods: fats and oils, non-sweet vegetables (mainly greens), sprouted seeds,
avocados, olives.
Starches: grain products, potatoes, dry legumes, food yeast, sago and taro.

Trouble brews if we ingest a large amount of sugar in any form. This is like
adding gasoline to a slow, controlled burn-off of bush land that then gets out of
control and becomes a raging wildfire. It is very similar in our intestines. Fibre
remains in the large intestine for a long time, so excessive fermentation can happen
if we have sweet food several hours after a raw salad. How much sweetness we can
tolerate with fibre is individualized. The more efficiently we absorb our food, the
larger the amount of sweetness we can handle without getting into digestive trouble.
For individuals with a weak sugar metabolism, it is not good to have much
sweetness on an empty stomach, as that drives the blood sugar level too high,
followed by symptoms of hypoglycaemia. In this case it is best to completely
separate food high in fibre from sweet food and have the fibre meal after the sweet
meal.
Therefore, breakfast is safest as a moderately sweet meal, for instance, by
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safe as a fibre meal, such as combining potatoes and other cooked non-sweet
vegetables with a vegetable salad. Lunch can be a protein food with sweet
vegetables such as pumpkin.
It may also be acceptable to have a piece of fruit or a fresh juice of sweet
vegetables (e.g., carrots) some time before a meal that also has a vegetable salad or
other high-fibre food at the end. Fresh juice does not have much indigestible fibre, so
there should be no fermentation problem in combining vegetable and fruit in the
same juice. However, if fruit high in fructose is combined with vegetables, then the
juice is high in glucose as well as fructose and can cause a strong insulin response
and hypoglycaemia in susceptible individuals.
The main rule in all this is to have the fast-digesting food first and the slow-
digesting fibre afterwards. Experiment to see how strictly you have to apply this rule
to avoid intestinal distress.
When eating cooked beans, you may encounter a similar fermentation problem.
Beans do not need any added sugar to start a strong fermentation. They are high in
long chains of carbohydrates (oligosaccharides) that are not absorbed in the small
intestine, but are easily broken down by the bacteria in the large intestine. To avoid
problems with beans, these can be sprouted or fermented before eating or the water
in which they have been cooked can be renewed and discarded several times.
Planning Meals: Our digestive powers are strongest in the morning and
weakest in the evening. Therefore, it is advisable to eat difficult foods such as meat,
nuts, sweet food, and large vegetable salads during the daytime and have a light,
early evening meal. This will also improve your sleep, while a heavy, late dinner often
results in a restless or “drugged” sleep, with a feeling of tiredness in the morning.
If you are not normally hungry in the morning, just omit the evening meal for
several nights and have 30 minutes of vigorous physical activity before breakfast. If
you do not need to leave home for work, you can also spend an hour in the garden or
engage in other outdoor activity before breakfast. Together with the time required to
drink your juice, herb tea, or water, it will be one to two hours before you finally sit
down for breakfast. It is definitely not advisable, especially with a sluggish digestion,
to eat a heavy breakfast without sufficient stimulation to your circulation beforehand.
With a sluggish thyroid and weak adrenal glands, of course, it is more difficult
to get going in the morning, but it is not too hard if you are determined to make the
effort. Immediately after awakening, start with some positive autosuggestion. Then
mentally look forward to something that you would like to do during the day. If
necessary, promise yourself a treat. Lack of enthusiasm can be a main factor in
suppressing your metabolic rate. Therefore, try to become enthusiastic about
something - anything!
Do some deep breathing, stretching, and muscle-tensing while still in bed. Then
jump out and immediately start some lively activity such as circling the arms or gently
pummelling the body all over. Also stimulating are arousing music, skin brushing with
rapid strokes, and cold-water applications.
Do not rush your breakfast. For many people, it is the most important meal of
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before needing to leave the house. You can also divide the food and use a portion of
your breakfast as a mid-morning snack.
A certain amount of food eaten in the morning can produce weight loss, while
the same food in the evening is more likely to convert to body fat and cause weight
gain. Therefore, if you want to keep your weight down, eat all your high-calorie food
during the day and have only some non-starchy vegetables or a few apples in the
evening. If you want to gain weight, on the other hand, then have a starch meal in the
evening. There will be some, however, for whom these recommendations are not
suited; you must find out under which conditions you feel best and can cope most
efficiently with your daily activities.
Carbohydrates cause a greater weight gain than a protein-fat diet of equal
calories. Also, the higher the amount of roughage (for example, rice bran, linseed
meal, raw vegetables), the greater is the weight loss on any slimming diet. These
factors should be taken into account in your meal planning.
It is desirable to have about 30 minutes of rest or light, relaxing activity after a
meal before starting more heavy manual work or a more stressful activity. I agree
with the advice of Edgar Cayce: “After breakfast work a while, after lunch rest some
time, and after dinner walk a mile.” Try to fit in at least 15 minutes of rest in the
horizontal position after lunch; relax, or try to meditate or contemplate. If you are in
poor health, a sleep after lunch is highly desirable. If you wake up tired from this, next
time give yourself positive autosuggestions before falling asleep. Even after
breakfast, you should not immediately start rushing around. Some kind of steady
physical activity, such as walking or gardening, is advisable after the meal. But what
is harmful is stress - the feeling of being late for school or at the office - so avoid that.
Food Balancing: The concept of food balancing
arises from the fact that the various food groups have Between meat on one end of
different effects on our metabolism and hormonal and the scale and fruits on the
nervous systems, as well as on our emotions. Food other, we can arrange our
balancing is different from what is described as eating basic foods in the following
balanced meals - proteins, carbohydrates, and fats - order according to their
as recommended by conventional dieticians. To give sensitizing effect on body
some examples: Meat stimulates the adrenal glands and emotions:
and the sympathetic nervous system, thus increasing red meat
tension and readiness for action. Fruits have the
fowl and fish
opposite effect. They stimulate the release of insulin,
eggs & dairy products
which counteracts the effect of adrenal hormones.
While vegetables, especially those high in chlorophyll, oily seeds
make us more relaxed, fruits make us physically, legumes
emotionally, and psychically more sensitive. grains
green vegetables
Both fruits and vegetables increase our intuition.
Meat, on the other hand, makes us more insensitive sweet vegetables
and possibly materialistic, and less emotional and sub-acid fruit
intuitive. Red meat especially has a strong “grounding” berries, sweet & acid fruit
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oversensitive, overemotional, and open to negative psychic or occult influences. It is,
however, unsuitable for those who are already too tense or insensitive either
physically or emotionally or who are aggressive or overly materialistic.
Acid and acid-sweet fruits have the strongest sensitizing effect, while subacid
fruits are less sensitizing and avocados are neutral. In this way, lemons and
grapefruit are more sensitizing than oranges, while oranges sensitize more strongly
than do mandarins.
Flesh foods are more suitable for those who cannot efficiently use glucose,
such as fast oxidizers or hypoglycemics, while fruit and sweet vegetables are best for
those with a slow metabolism. This means that those with an unbalanced metabolism
generally should not eat a conventionally balanced diet; they become balanced by
selecting foods that are either more slowly or more rapidly digested. However, it is
not necessary for sensitive individuals to eat flesh foods to be in balance. They can
do very well on oily seeds, legumes, grains, green vegetables, and raw sweet
vegetables, but less well on cooked sweet vegetables.
Grains and legumes are neutral in their effects on our metabolism and the
glandular and nervous systems. In this respect, they may be grouped in the middle
between meat and fruits. They are balanced in themselves, and this shows why one
can be balanced on a macrobiotic rice diet with few additions of other foods.
Someone with a normal metabolism can eat in a balanced way by having
mainly the neutral grains and legumes, and balancing eggs and dairy products with
vegetables. However, it is also possible to balance meat, fowl, and fish with sweet
vegetables and fruits, eating very little of the in-between foods. Another possibility is
to eat a greater quantity of a food group that is closer to the neutral position and
replace a smaller amount of a more unbalanced food. For instance, instead of
balancing meat with fruits, you can use an increased amount of sweet vegetables.
However, you do not need to worry about accurately balancing and measuring
quantities. This is not an exact science but more a rule of thumb. Its main importance
is to show you in which direction to move in your food selection if you feel that your
health or emotions are out of balance.

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Step 33
FOOD GROUPS
Learn the health characteristics of the various food groups
and apply them for healing.

Let’s start with carbohydrates. There are three groups of carbohydrates:


starches, dextrines, and sugars. Sugars consist either of simple sugar molecules, the
monosaccharides, or two of these linked together as disaccharides. Household sugar
(sucrose) consists of one molecule each of glucose and fructose, while milk sugar or
lactose contains glucose and galactose. In dextrines, up to 50 glucose molecules are
linked, and in starches, several thousand are.
Starches: Starches are broken down into water-soluble dextrines by cooking,
sprouting, or fermenting. Dextrines occur naturally in sweet vegetables, and in seeds
during germination and ripening; examples are green peas and sweet corn. The
basic starch foods are cereal grains, potatoes, sago, taro, tapioca, and to some
degree the non-oily legumes. On the one hand, starches are excellent slow-digesting
food, but on the other hand, our digestive systems have not yet well adapted to a diet
high in grains, especially in those people with blood group O.
In our society, wheat is predominantly used. However, gluten, the protein in
wheat, often acts like sandpaper on the absorption villi in the small intestine, and this
is a main cause of malabsorption, intestinal inflammation, and allergies. All of us are
to some extent affected by gluten and in this context wholemeal products are no
better and usually worse than refined flour. Therefore, it is generally recommended
that you use only a minimum of wheat products and that you also be careful with the
other gluten grains, mainly rye, oats, and barley. Oats are very high in gluten and in
this way not much better than wheat. Rye crispbread and rye sourdough bread are
usually better tolerated than wheat products.
Rice and millet can be used as staple grains. Maize and potatoes are valuable
additions, especially for those allergic to wheat. Buckwheat is generally good but
causes problems in some gluten-allergic people. Potatoes should not be peeled, or
the skin should be removed only after cooking. Small potatoes and the mineral-rich
outer parts of potatoes are preferable to the acid-forming inner parts.
Legumes are best sprouted, as cooked dried beans often cause wind. This can
be reduced if you discard the soaking water and possibly replace the cooking water
after 20 to 30 minutes of cooking. Sago and tapioca are especially suited for
individuals who are not doing well on grains. They are commonly available as white
starch granules, in some specialty food sections of supermarkets.
Sweet Food: The term “sweet food,” as used in this book, includes sugars,
sweetened food, dried fruit, sweet fresh fruit, and the juices of sweet vegetables. It
does not include the sweet vegetables themselves such as carrot, onion, sweet
pepper, turnip, or red beet, as their sweetness comes mainly from dextrines and they
release sugars slowly. Most commonly used sugars quickly enter the bloodstream
and cause a serious strain on blood sugar regulation. It is important for our well-being
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people with a poor sugar metabolism, this means restricting the intake of sweet foods
to the barest minimum.
A poor blood sugar metabolism is not restricted to an inappropriate rise in the
blood sugar level. An equally dangerous component is a high insulin level, especially
after ingesting sucrose and, to a somewhat lesser extent, when combining glucose
with fructose. A high insulin level either leads to a strong fall in the blood sugar level
sometime later (hypoglycaemia) or to conversion of sugar into fat, which leads to
overacidity or overweight.
A third outcome is increasing insensitivity to insulin and the development of
Type II diabetes. However, maltose or barley sugar, made from sprouted barley,
should have a less harmful effect if used to sweeten starches. It consists of two
joined glucose molecules and does not induce a strong insulin response, but it could
still cause a stronger rise in the blood sugar level than unsweetened starches. Some
of the symptoms associated with a poor sugar metabolism are overweight and
underweight, high or low blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and
hypoglycaemia, dental caries, colds, allergies, weak eyes, cold hands and feet, lack
of energy, oversensitivity, and overacidity.
For most individuals, sweet food is harmful because sugar is released into the
system too quickly. Therefore, a sweet dessert or sweetener eaten with protein or
fatty food is less harmful than sweet food such as fruit juice taken on an empty
stomach or as sweetened starches (for example: sweet porridge, bread with honey,
cake). Most affected are individuals with low blood pressure, sensitivity to cold and
skin irritants, or those who are emotionally unstable; sugar-insensitive individuals
usually benefit from naturally sweet foods. I regard artificial sweeteners such as
aspartame as much worse than any natural sweeteners and suggest you avoid them
completely.
One natural sugar that appears to be relatively harmless and possibly even
beneficial if used in small amounts is xylitol. It occurs naturally in fruits such as plums
and strawberries and tastes like normal sugar; it also helps to prevent tooth decay
and possibly ear infections and is acceptable for diabetics. However, it may cause
diarrhea in larger quantities, so you need to experiment to see how much is
acceptable for you.
The Glycemic Index (G.I.): The G.I. lists foods according to the increase in
blood glucose levels caused by their carbohydrate content two to three hours after
eating. A high G.I. means a rapid increase in blood glucose levels and vice versa. It
is preferable to eat mainly low G.I. foods that produce a small or slow rise in blood
sugar. Here are a few key examples, with white bread as the standard with a G.I. of
100: glucose and maltodextrin, 137; sucrose (common or household sugar) and rye
bread, 92; honey, 83; and fructose, 32. Legumes and nuts generally have a low G.I.
From this short list, you can easily see why I have no faith in the G.I.: rye bread and
sugar have the same G.I.! The reason for this is the low G.I. of fructose.
Sucrose consists of one molecule of glucose and one of fructose. Fructose
produces a strong insulin response that keeps the blood sugar level low partly by
converting sugar into fat and partly by channelling glucose rapidly into muscle cells.
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large amounts either produces overweight or overacidity. In addition, it increasingly
leads to insulin resistance and Type II diabetes.
Nevertheless, conventional nutritionists argue that sugar is not harmful
because its G.I. is as low as or even lower than bread. I would not be surprised if it
eventually turned out that the G.I. was developed on the instigation of the sugar
industry. Most foods listed in the G.I. are processed carbohydrates that I do not
advise you to eat anyway. If you select your carbohydrates according to the following
rules, then you do not need to be concerned with the G.I.:
• Eat mainly legumes and vegetables
• Eat (fresh) fruits on their own and not with or after meals
• Minimize sweetened food, grains, and cereals
Proteins: Proteins from animal sources are oversupplied in traditional Western
diets. Initially, this causes stimulation—you feel energetic and even aggressive—but
later in life it leads to enzyme exhaustion, putrefaction of bowel contents, toxaemia,
breakdown of the immune system, gout, and cancer. These problems are not due to
proteins per se, but rather to the cooking of proteins, which destroys their enzymes
and denatures their structure. Protein deficiency, on the other hand, causes slow
growth, fatigue, and debility.
Good sources of protein are grass juice (fresh or dried), pollen, spirulina,
chlorella, almonds, lentils and other legumes, traditionally fermented soy products,
sunflower and sesame seeds (tahini), raw egg yolk, naturally fermented and
unpasteurized goat cheese and yogurt, fish, and (organic) liver and other organ
meats. The less these are heated, the less digestive problems they will cause.
Use red meat from organic or grass-fed sources and avoid predatory species of
fish. Nuts are generally difficult to digest, except if soaked or sprouted. Soybeans and
broad beans should not be eaten raw except if sprouted or fermented. Cooked
soybeans can cause indigestion, except if you discard the soaking and cooking
water; processed soy foods are not recommended because of their high content of
anti-nutrients and the likelihood of genetic engineering in the beans themselves,
although traditionally fermented soy foods are fine.
Individual protein requirements differ, and more is needed during pregnancy, in
childhood, and during convalescence. With advancing age and with degenerative
diseases, use any flesh food in an easily digestible form, such as broth of fish, liver,
or meat. It is good to combine legumes with starches, as, for example, lentils with
brown rice. However, mixing different proteins to obtain improved amino acid
composition is generally not required. Preferably, have your flesh foods no more than
once a day and avoid products from feedlots or that contain growth promoters.
Vegetarianism: Most individuals can remain healthy on a diet with moderate
amounts of flesh food or as vegetarians without eating any flesh food. However, a
strict vegan diet without any animal products is advisable only if there are no obscure
health problems, because some people require certain nutrients to be supplied from
animal sources (such as taurine, carnitine, or vitamin B12).
Generally, sensitive people have weak adrenal glands and feel more energetic
and emotionally balanced by using flesh foods. If these foods are excluded, such

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people should have a high intake of legumes and complex carbohydrates (slow-
digesting food) in their diet. People with alkaline and insensitive conditions, on the
other hand, benefit from a partially vegetarian diet, possibly with some seafood and
poultry. A fruitarian diet, based on tree fruits, nuts, and berries, is suitable as a
temporary or extended cleansing diet for alkaline, insensitive individuals.
Many vegetarian diets are not conducive to good health because of their high
intake of sweet foods, milk products, wheat, oats, and inhibitors of protein-digesting
enzymes in a soy-based diet. Further, minerals are better absorbed if the meal
includes flesh food or gelatine. A diet high in nuts, oily seeds, and cereals can cause
a deficiency in lysine (an essential amino acid) and predispose you to herpes and
other viral infections; this usually can be rectified by using more legumes. Individuals
with blood group O are basically meat-eater types and have great difficulty with a
grain-based diet. However, on balance, vegetarians tend to be somewhat healthier
than meat eaters.
Fats and Oils: I recommend using foods with a wide range of fats and oils,
provided that most of them are unheated. Oils are best supplied by eating products in
which they naturally occur. Most recommended is extra-virgin olive oil; otherwise use
cold-pressed oil stored in brown glass bottles. Avoid “lite” oils because they are more
highly refined and also oils sold in plastic bottles, as oils can leach chemicals out of
plastic. Store oils in a cool, dark place and in full containers; refrigerate oil in daily
use, except varieties that easily solidify.
Preferably, use only small amounts of heated saturated fats that are hard at
room temperature, such as fat in hard cheese, beef, and mutton. Unpasteurized
butter, like other unheated fats, is a healthy food. Avoid all chemically hardened
(hydrogenated) fats, including margarine. Use mainly oils high in oleic acid, such as
olive oil, almond oil, and, to a lesser extent, peanut oil. Peanut oil helps against
arthritis but is not suitable for non-sensitive, alkaline people in whom it can contribute
to the formation of fatty deposits in the arteries. Unheated coconut oil is beneficial for
most individuals, despite being saturated and hard at room temperature. Its high
content of short-chain fatty acids enables it to be easily metabolized to energy
without causing undue weight gain.
Use bottled polyunsaturated oils (high in linoleic acid) sparingly; it is preferable
to obtain these oils directly from ingesting oily seeds. Such oils easily oxidize if the
vitamin E intake is low and can contribute to the development of cancer. However, it
is recommended to use more fish oils or linolenic acid, as in linseed (flaxseed),
together with adequate vitamin E.
People who are insensitive and alkaline, with cardiovascular disease, obesity,
or skin and liver diseases, should be especially careful and avoid saturated and
hydrogenated fats. Lecithin and vitamin A and E supplements will be especially good
for them and cod-liver oil rubs are beneficial if you suspect fat malabsorption.
Fruits and Vegetables: While vegetables are good for everyone and the more
the better (except if sprayed with pesticides), fruits must be treated with caution by
those with overacidity and poor blood sugar regulation. Use mainly fruits and
vegetables in season that are grown in your region. Include plenty of green leafy
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Cook or grate root vegetables with their skins left on and use the cooking
water. Among the root vegetables, red beets are highly recommended for their
positive effect on cell respiration and energy production. Fruits, especially acid fruits
and berries, are excellent for those with alkaline and insensitive body conditions,
including cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and diabetes.
On the other hand, those who are overacid (usually with low blood pressure,
allergy problems, lack of energy, and tendency to colds) easily become even more
acidic on fruit. They should minimize their fruit intake and mainly use subacid
varieties or, better still, neutralize acid fruit (as explained in Step 6 under “Alkalizing
with Calcium and Magnesium”). Also they may better tolerate fruits that are not fully
ripe; oily fruit such as avocados are usually well tolerated.

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Step 34
HEALTH DIETS
Adopt a health diet suited to the specific requirements of your body.

Diets for health improvement are different from slimming diets that do not
always improve the health of the dieter. However, on a health diet, weight loss can
be expected if you are overweight, in addition to an improvement in health. As a
general rule, the more you follow a diet that is ideally suited for you, the better will be
your health. The diets recommended in this chapter have been shown to be effective,
but you may need to experiment to find individual variations that best suit your
constitution and health problems. Your long-term diet together with your mental
attitude and lifestyle will decide your health in future years; therefore, choose wisely.
If you are on a conventional diet at present, you can change gradually to the
high-quality diet (see below), a process that could take years, especially if you have
to take along a reluctant family. Others can rapidly adopt a raw food diet, especially if
confronted with an advanced degenerative disease. Nearly anyone can live
temporarily on raw food as a cleansing measure.
If you are unusually sensitive to raw food diets and develop digestive problems,
you can eat cooked brown rice exclusively for several days or weeks as a mild
cleansing diet. If even brown rice causes problems, try basmati or white rice. Use
only olive oil and possibly a small amount of salt, herbs, spices, or vegetables for
flavouring. Strictly observe how you feel as you reintroduce other foods.
You need not be afraid that you can never eat your favourite foods again. The
long-term impact on our health comes from what we eat daily, not from occasional
transgressions. When you eat out, you can eat what is available; if it does not agree
with you, you will know better the next time. Often our body becomes temporarily
hypersensitive to foods that we have habitually eaten before. Then our reflexes were
dulled, but now the body lets us know what is good or bad for us. Try to listen to it
and become friends with your body.
The High-Quality Diet: This is a low-allergy, semi-vegetarian diet based on
freshly pressed vegetable juices, sprouted seeds, fermented and purple food,
legumes, non-gluten grains, and a high intake of raw food. In this diet, cooked food is
used more as a flavouring or to put on weight; the main part of a typical meal is a
vegetable salad mixed with sprouted seeds. Use mainly grated, coloured root
vegetables. If you cannot chew well, grate them finely or puree them. Examples of
suitable roots are red beet, carrot, turnip, sweet potato, and pumpkin; tomato,
cucumber, and celery can be added as flavouring.
As a salad dressing, you can use olive oil, lemon juice, herbs, and spices. For
example, shake equal parts of olive oil and lemon juice in a jar; then add one
teaspoon of lecithin, a pinch of cayenne, and some marjoram or mixed herbs. You
can also blend in some unsprayed lemon or orange skin or a whole lemon. Keep
refrigerated and shake before using. A small amount of cider vinegar can be used if
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Use only a minimum of commercially grown leafy vegetables and cabbage as
they may have a high exposure to toxic sprays. Instead of greens, you can use
sunflower and buckwheat lettuce grown in seed boxes; you might also try a small
amount of very young wheat grass cut finely into a salad. If you have chewing
difficulties or vegetable salads do not agree with you, have plenty of fresh vegetable
juices produced with a non-centrifugal juicer.
Before cooking legumes or whole grains, soak them overnight or even longer to
start the germination process. Then the enzyme phytase can start converting
phytates into inositol and liberate minerals that are otherwise not available when you
cook these without prior soaking. Soaking and vigorously rinsing the seeds before
cooking also reduce levels of any pesticide residues and mycotoxins from fungal
contamination. Use mainly non-gluten grains, such as rice, millet, and buckwheat,
also sago and tapioca. Corn is fine if you’ve passed allergy testing for it. For
individuals with blood group O, I recommend that you use mainly vegetables rather
than grains as the cooked part of the diet.
Presoaked legumes need cooking only for a few minutes as they are already
soft; the exception is soybeans, which are better if cooked for two hours. If cooked
legumes cause wind, next time replace the water used for soaking as well as the
cooking water. The cooking water for soybeans can be changed several times during
cooking to avoid or reduce wind.
Lentils are recommended as a cooked addition to a meal and can be combined
with rice. For sugar-sensitive individuals, it is good to have legumes with breakfast to
slow the absorption of glucose from the same and even from the following meal.
Fenugreek is even more effective in this regard; preferably, also use the water in
which it has been soaked. It is not necessary to cook legumes in order to slow the
absorption of glucose, and even more effective are partly sprouted legumes.
A breakfast based on ground linseed, yogurt, and bananas is suitable for most
individuals; for details, see “Linseed Yogurt” under the recipes in step 37. For
individuals with blood sugar problems it is preferable to eat sweet vegetables (e.g.,
carrot, pumpkin, turnip, and sweet potato) raw instead of cooked. If you cook them,
do so cautiously, together with legumes or flesh food.
Flesh foods should be eaten with restriction. The best flesh foods are (organic)
liver and deep-sea fish of non-predatory species or seafood from uncontaminated
coastal regions. Farmed fish commonly have high levels of pollution and low levels of
beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, so are not generally recommended. (For fish species
with acceptable mercury levels, check: www.ewg.org). Chicken or other fowl should
preferably be organically raised or otherwise free of chemicals.
Eggs in your diet should be genuinely free-range or organic and not from
chickens fed any commercial pellets. Fresh, raw egg yolk is a health food that
improves vitality and immune function; it can be used as part of a salad dressing. It
does not increase but helps prevent the risk of heart disease. Alternatively, eat eggs
soft-boiled or coddled. In view of the high incidence of egg allergy, if you are a
regular egg eater, I recommend that you test yourself for egg allergy once a year
after a period of one or more weeks of abstention from eggs.

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The best milk products are yogurt, cottage cheese, and cheese made from
goat’s milk. Raw goat’s milk can also be used as sour milk or clabber milk. If you are
not sensitive to cow’s milk, these products can be acceptable if made from fresh,
raw, organic cow’s milk. However, avoid milk products if you have catarrh or other
mucus problems.
Almonds are excellent, but nuts in general are more difficult to digest than other
foods and should be used with caution. All oily seeds are easier to digest if soaked
overnight; peanuts should be vigorously washed and rinsed to reduce any fungal
contamination. Nuts and other oily seeds can be used as pastes or nut butters; tahini
or sesame seed paste is good, and tahini can be diluted with olive oil for food
flavouring. Unfortunately, the seeds are commonly roasted before grinding, and this
also applies to commercial peanut butter. Highly heating fats or oils, as is done in
frying or roasting, tends to oxidize oils, making them rancid, and this contributes to
clogging of arteries and so-called free radical damage. However, sesame oil is more
resistant to oxidation damage than other oils.
I regard extra virgin olive oil as the best oil or fat for everyday use. Sesame and
almond oils are also good, but generally expensive. Select oils with a dark color and
strong flavour. “Fine, lite” oil has usually been heated during refining and lacks
valuable cofactors; even cold-pressed oils may have been heated during refining, the
more so the lighter they are. High-quality linseed oil is beneficial for many conditions,
but as it needs extra care to keep it from getting rancid, you can store it in the
freezer.
Coconut oil, on the other hand, is least prone to rancidity and appears to
provide good energy and body heat without causing undue weight gain. If you have
access to fresh coconuts, you may find that ingesting the flesh often causes stinking
wind, with or without additional indigestion. Pieces of coconut flesh are difficult to
digest and are then fermented in the large intestines; this releases smelly short-chain
fatty acids. You can avoid this by blending the coconut flesh for a minute or two with
a cupful of hot water and then pressing it through a strainer. Refrigerate the liquid
and residue and add them in small to moderate amounts to meals, use with other
foods, or use on their own.
Fruits need to be used with care. Conventionally grown fruits and tomatoes are
exposed to more toxic sprays than most other foods, and their high sugar and acid
contents often cause digestive problems for sensitive individuals. Minimize the use of
sprayed fruit that is eaten with its skin, such as berries. You can reduce spray
residues somewhat by soaking fruit in warm soapy water and by scrubbing hard-
skinned fruit such as apples; afterwards, rinse well. Fruit such as apples or pears can
also be peeled. Note that the core of sprayed apples and pears tends to have a
higher pesticide content than the flesh.
Individuals with sensitive skin or low blood pressure are better off using only a
minimum of fruit or, alternatively, neutralizing any fruit acids ingested. Some types of
fruit, such as bananas, papayas, or pears, are best eaten when they just start to
ripen and are less sweet. Overripe fruit is usually not well tolerated, though apples
generally cause less problems and avocados are usually fine.
Individuals with insensitive skin and raised blood pressure, on the other hand,
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for breakfast. Most beneficial for them are acid fruits, such as acid berries, grapefruit,
acidic oranges, and pineapples.
Individuals in a very weak or debilitated condition may not be able to eat raw
vegetables. In such instances, use mainly cooked rice or other non-gluten grains with
steamed vegetables and as much freshly pressed vegetable juice as can comfortably
be consumed. This diet can also be used for those who temporarily become
oversensitive to a wide range of food items or who want to maintain a stable basic
diet while testing for food allergies or other negative reactions. If brown rice causes
reactions, then try white rice or sago.
Restricted Foods: Restrict foods that have a negative influence on your health
and especially if you are already in poor health. You must decide for yourself how
strict you want to be and how much willpower you can muster to remain on the high-
quality diet.
If you have cravings for a restricted food, it is better to give yourself a reward
from time to time and eat some of it at set and well-spaced occasions rather than to
snack on it daily or give up the whole diet because it is too difficult. Generally, the
more severe your condition, the more strict you should try to be. Some restricted food
may be harmless or even beneficial after you have sufficiently recovered.
Intake of the following foods should be initially avoided and later minimized:
• Wheat products and gluten-enriched items, commercial breakfast cereals
• Cow’s milk products (except butter and non-pasteurized cheese) and foods with
added lactose
• Margarine, shortenings, and polyunsaturated oils, especially canola oil
• Sugar and other sweeteners; all artificial sweeteners, as in “diet foods”
• Pickled and smoked food and generally highly processed food with added ‘
chemicals
• Food that has been irradiated or genetically engineered
• Food cooked in a microwave oven or otherwise heated to higher than boiling
temperature
However, even in this strongly restricted group, items can vary greatly in their
effect on your health. Wheat grass does not in this sense count as a wheat product,
and wheat-germ oil is generally beneficial except to those who are allergic to wheat.
Wheat germ itself has some positive aspects, but its disadvantages are its high
gluten content, strong enzyme inhibition, and the frequent rancidity of commercial
products stored without refrigeration.
Sprouted wheat is a more beneficial product than cooked whole wheat, and
flour products are less beneficial than whole wheat. Whole-meal sourdough bread
can be beneficial for those not allergic to wheat, while white bread and cakes are
devoid of vitamins and minerals and commonly contain added chemicals. However,
whole grain products sometimes can cause sensitivity reactions, while the
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The least harmful cow’s milk products are sour cream, cottage cheese, and
cheese made by natural fermentation; clabber milk or sour milk made from fresh raw
milk; acidophilus milk and unflavoured yogurt made from whole milk only; and butter,
especially if made from sour cream. These should all remain unheated after
production and before ingestion and be made from organic or otherwise
unchemicalised milk.
Some of these products have various beneficial aspects while their negative
aspects include the tendency to create cow’s milk allergy; their contents of lactose,
casein, and saturated fat are also problematic. However, even butter is better than
processed cheese, pasteurized milk, and the many low-fat products with their high
content of mucus-forming lactose. The most harmful milk products are generally
skim-milk powder and long-life milk. Another potentially harmful aspect of fatty milk
products is their high estrogen content, which can act as a growth promoter for some
female cancers.
Cautionary Foods
In regard to fat, butter is preferable to
hydrogenated and chemicalised margarine and
In general the following foods
vegetable shortening. Avoid canola oil as it may
should be used with caution:
have potentially harmful ingredients. Cold-pressed
oils are preferable to conventional polyunsaturated • non-wheat gluten grains
(barley, oats & rye)
oils, and those in plastic bottles should be avoided.
Sensitive oils such as food-grade linseed oil should • peanut products
be extracted under nitrogen and kept in cold • yeast products
storage without exposure to light, for otherwise they • flesh foods
are likely to be harmful. The only healthy way of • salted food
obtaining polyunsaturated oils is by eating oil-
• frozen vegetables
containing seeds.
• dried fruit & fruit juices
The least harmful sweeteners are barley • soy products, except if they
sugar or maltose, raw honey, and soaked and have been traditionally
ground dates. In terms of health there is not much fermented.
difference between white, brown, or raw sugar, and
even honey can cause health problems. Therefore,
use sweeteners only on rare, special occasions and in small amounts. Avoid artificial
sweeteners, especially aspartame (Nutrasweet).
With children or adults with cravings for sweets, a compromise agreement can
be reached to abstain from sweets on all but one day of the week, when they can eat
as many sweets as they like. Then they can gradually be steered away from
commercial sweets to eat unsulfured dried fruit, and later fresh fruit.
The only acceptable breakfast cereals, from a health viewpoint, are those
without added sugar and preferably low in gluten. Bran can have some benefit as a
laxative but it reduces the absorption of minerals and I do not recommend it. Ground
linseed (flaxseed) is preferable.
Pickled and smoked foods contain protein breakdown products that can trigger
migraines, allergies, and neurological problems. Smoked food also contains
carcinogens. Read the labels and avoid food with added chemicals unless these are
vitamins, minerals, or carotenes. Beware, for some products, such as bread, are not
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is precooked and may also contain lead from the soldering and other metals from the
container, especially if the contents are slightly acidic.
Excitotoxins are taste or flavour enhancers that release glutamate and other
brain-active amino acids such as aspartate and cysteine. The best known example is
MSG (monosodium glutamate). High blood levels can cross the normally protective
blood-brain barrier and can cause brain cells to die. Excitatory amino acids cause
problems, mainly when they are used either in high concentrations or in free form. In
most natural foods, they are slowly released and therefore harmless. Most processed
foods contain excitotoxins, notably any kind of commercial taste or flavour
enhancers, such as caseinate, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, soy protein extract,
yeast extract, or beef stock. These may be labelled as natural flavouring and are
especially prevalent in soups, sauces, and gravies.
There are many anti-nutrients in soy products, especially inhibitors of protein-
digesting enzymes, phytates, and substances that agglutinate or clump the blood.
Commercial soy milk either has been highly heated to produce soy-protein extract
with denatured proteins or it is made of whole soybeans and then is full of these anti-
nutrients. Increasingly, the soybeans may also have been genetically modified, with
unknown consequences.
The non-wheat gluten grains (especially oats with a high gluten content) can
cause problems to those allergic to wheat or gluten. Rye sourdough bread is
generally good, however, but many varieties of rye bread have added wheat
disguised as bread-making flour. Yeasted products, such as bread, wine, and beer,
can aggravate fungal problems, such as Candida infestations, which are frequently
chronic with degenerative diseases. Yeast-baked bread has a lower availability of
minerals than sourdough bread, while modern fast-baking processes are even worse
and keep the minerals tightly bound to phytic acid and unavailable for absorption.
Peanuts contain a long-chain fatty acid that is beneficial for arthritis but can
contribute to the development of atherosclerosis. Poorly stored peanuts can develop
a toxic mould that may also infest peanut butter. Any such mould is generally
eliminated by removing the skin and thoroughly washing or soaking the peanuts
before eating. Roasted peanuts contain harmful oxidized oil, which is also present in
peanut butter; therefore minimize your use. Peanut butter without oil on top is worse
and usually hydrogenated - avoid it. Some health stores can make a healthy peanut
butter from raw peanuts.
Flesh foods should be used sparingly. Eating meat requires that an individual
have strong digestive powers, good muscle activity to properly metabolize it, healthy
kidneys to discharge the high level of residues, and good bowel activity to avoid
harmful putrefaction. It is often difficult to obtain chemical-free meat, depending on
where you live, and it is not good to eat meat from unhealthy animals. Animals raised
in feedlots and battery hens are in this category.
Processed meat is even more chemically contaminated and best avoided as is
meat with a deep red color due to added nitrates and nitrites. However, you may be
able to remove most of the nitrates and nitrites by soaking the meat, including diced
or minced meat, in warm water for a short time and then discarding the water.
Individuals with blood group O are best suited to include some meat in their diet;
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Predatory fish such as tuna and shellfish are often high in accumulated
pesticides and mercury and are not recommended for habitual eating. While sardines
are safer, they have the disadvantage of being tinned. The best choice is fresh or
frozen non-predatory deep-sea fish or other seafood from unpolluted coastal areas.
For more advice on pollutants in fish of different species and from various locations,
see the website of the Environmental Working Group: www.ewg.org.
For most degenerative diseases and especially cancer and raised blood
pressure, a high-potassium and low-sodium diet is required; therefore, food should
not be salted. The absence of iodized salt in the diet may cause thyroid problems,
which can be avoided by using additional kelp. However, in some conditions, when
the adrenal glands are near exhaustion, such as with cystic fibrosis, glaucoma, and
low blood pressure, additional salt is advisable; this is also true for individuals with
dehydration, diarrhea, or excessive sweating.
By far the best source of salt is seawater. You can evaporate seawater in flat
trays exposed to sunlight to make sea salt. This typically has about ten times more
magnesium and trace minerals than commercial sea salt. Commercial unrefined sea
salt is salt that has been crystallized in fractions, and it contains very little of the trace
minerals originally in seawater. Highest in magnesium and trace minerals is the brine
out of which the sea salt has been crystallized. It is sometimes available in liquid form
as “sea-minerals” and is highly recommended as a mineral supplement. However,
magnesium chloride, commonly derived from seawater, can be used instead.
Commercially frozen vegetables are precooked and contain sulphites or other
preservatives, as do most fruit juices and dried fruit, which also tend to upset the
blood sugar regulation. Dried fruit without added preservatives tends to have moulds.
Preferably soak dried fruit or frozen vegetables and discard the water to minimize
preservatives or moulds. Potatoes contain the toxic alkaloid solanine in any green
parts, and arthritis often improves when avoiding nightshade vegetables including
potatoes. Healthiest are non-greened potato peels and fresh, raw potato juice. Also
avoid any green tomato pulp or skin, and preferably use red instead of green
capsicum (although the latter is not as harmful as green potatoes or tomatoes).
Tea and coffee have some benefits but become a problem if used in an
addictive way. The same applies to alcohol. It can be beneficial as red wine, except
for wines that contain the commonly added sulphur preservatives, which can trigger
breathing problems in susceptible individuals. In this case, try to obtain wine without
preservatives. Some traditionally brewed beers as well as some herbal liquors can be
beneficial to stimulate the digestion. However, in general it is better to minimize
alcohol intake and to test yourself against any preferred brands for food sensitivity.
An allergy is commonly to a raw material or additive rather than to the alcohol itself.
Raw Food Diet: From my experiences of healing as well as from reading many
published reports, it is clear that a raw food diet is not only the most natural but also
the most effective nutritional measure for healing and rejuvenation. While only few
will be strong enough to adopt a complete raw food diet for life, it will be good for
everyone to have occasional periods on raw foods only.
Here are the main biochemical and nutritional advantages of raw food as
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• higher vitamin and mineral content
• minerals are largely present as biologically active colloids
• an abundance of helpful enzymes and bioenergy or life force
• proteins remain in their natural condition instead of being denatured
• there is no increase in white blood cells in the digestive tract (digestive
leukocytosis) as after eating cooked foods; leukocytosis is an immune response
against toxic or microbial invaders
• their polyunsaturated fatty acids and cholesterol do not become oxidized and
carcinogenic nor contribute to heart disease, unlike cooked food
• glucose is absorbed slowly, protecting the blood sugar regulation
• no overweight or obesity produced
• much less food is required as counted in calories
• cleansing, rejuvenating, and anticancer properties
However, there are some risks to a raw food diet. Some raw food contains
enzyme inhibitors, goitrogens (causing goitre), vitamin inhibitors, toxic substances (in
some exotic plants), parasites, and bacteria (in raw meat). In addition, some people
starting on a raw food diet will have strong initial reactions due to the cleansing
process the foods stimulate.
There have been cases reported of severe digestive disturbances from eating
large quantities of raw soybeans, broad beans, nuts, and wheat germ over long
periods. This problem is due to the high content of inhibitors of protein-digesting
enzymes that protect these seeds from self-destruction. Basically, all seeds have
inhibitors of enzymes for the ingredients of which they are composed, but most do
not have such a surplus of inhibitors as to cause digestive problems. Potatoes, sweet
potatoes, and egg white also contain enzyme inhibitors.
To obtain the maximum benefit from a raw food diet, it is necessary to free
most of the enzymes from their inhibitors. Cooking destroys the inhibitors, but also
the enzymes. The better solution is to sprout the seeds or at least soak them to
initiate the germination process; discard the water used for soaking.
Trypsin, the main protein-digesting enzyme of the pancreas, occurs in seeds. In
one reported scientific experiment, the trypsin activity during germination of seeds
increased from 7.5 units to 60 units after 24 hours, to 257 units after two days, and to
333 units after three days. The inhibitor activity decreased from 100 percent in dry
seeds to zero percent after 24 hours of germination.
Fermentation with lactic acid bacteria also enhances the enzyme activity in
seeds. This process is similar to making yogurt or sourdough. Even soaking nuts for
a day before eating will greatly help. Their digestive enzymes are freed from their
inhibitors to a certain degree when their tissue is damaged, and we see this when
grated potatoes turn brown or mashed raw plants or fruit deteriorate within hours
unless refrigerated. Similarly, raw egg white is easier to digest when it is well beaten.
Goitrogens, which are in some raw foods, interfere with the body’s use of iodine
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Goitro-gens are mainly found in the cabbage family, also in soybeans and the skins
of red-skinned peanuts. Cooking these or adding kelp to the diet can overcome this
problem. Nevertheless, with an underactive thyroid, it is better not to eat much
goitrogenic food in its raw state.
Thiaminase is an enzyme in raw fish that destroys vitamin B1, but that is not a
problem if food is correctly combined. Avidin in raw egg white makes biotin
unavailable; this leads to a deficiency only if a large percentage of the daily diet
consists of raw egg white. Furthermore, egg yolk is very high in biotin, so using whole
eggs may not diminish your biotin intake.
Those who have lived all their lives on conventional food are likely to have a
fair amount of metabolic wastes and toxins stored in the body. These will be released
by a raw food diet and can temporarily overload the organs of elimination and cause
skin problems, headaches, weakness, and other discomfort. Therefore, it is advisable
to move only very gradually towards a raw food diet or to have short cleansing
periods on raw foods while also stimulating the organs of elimination.
The basis of the recommended raw food diet is fresh vegetable juice as well as
sprouted and fermented foods. Sprouted seeds can serve as the main part of a
vegetable salad. Red beet is excellent and can be finely grated into the salad
together with carrot, turnip, sweet potato, or pumpkin. Tomato and grated cucumber
can be used for flavouring, with a salad dressing of extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice,
herbs, and spices. Instead of lemon juice, you can use cider vinegar, ascorbic acid,
or rose-hip powder. Add lecithin as an emulsifier; shake well in a jar and keep
refrigerated.
Almonds, nuts, and sunflower seeds improve through starting the sprouting
process; otherwise, eat them soaked and possibly blended or, better still, fermented
as nut and seed cheese (see Step 37).
While I do not recommend eating commercial eggs from hens in battery cages,
even if well cooked (to kill salmonella, which is common in factory farming), eggs
should only be ingested raw if they are free-range or organic. Swallowing an egg with
yolk and white intact can cause indigestion in individuals with a weak digestive
system. A raw egg is much easier to digest if it is well mixed with other food or drink.
Alternatively, you can beat the white and then mix the yolk back into it. You can
easily detect how fresh an egg is by immersing it in water. If it lies flat on the bottom,
it is fresh. The older it is, the more the blunt end will rise. If it stands on its tip, it is
rather old and may be better cooked; if it floats up, then it is rotten.
If you eat flesh food, you can marinate fish or other seafood and even liver and
other meat, which are best minced (see the recipes). This destroys parasites and
makes raw flesh food safe to eat. You can also use raw minced meat, suitably
flavoured with grated or chopped onion, tomato, or radish, and with lime or lemon
juice.
Use only organic or otherwise safe meat from a reliable source. Never use
meat from a feedlot; also, pork is generally not safe. The safest conventional red
meat appears to be lamb. (For genuinely free-range, grass-fed beef, bison, and
ostrich, see: www.mercola.com). As a further precaution, periodically use an herbal
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19). With these precautions, raw meat should be safe and healthy, while I regard all
cooked meat as more or less unhealthy, partly because of its lack of enzymes, and
also because of the formation of carcinogenic chemicals when heated above the
boiling point.
(For further ideas on eating meat raw and links to related sites, see:
www.rawpaleodiet.org ) You can also mix a free-range egg yolk with the salad; if you
eat the egg white raw, it is best beaten or blended.
If you have no problems with mucus, such as occasional colds, a blocked or
running nose, or respiratory problems, you can use fermented goat’s milk or raw
cow’s milk as yogurt, sour milk, cheese, or cottage cheese. However, be careful with
commercial fermented foods, such as yogurt, sauerkraut, or marinated fish. Rice
bread or flat bread, preferably made from sprouted rice or otherwise made by
soaking and blending the grains and possibly adding a sourdough starter, is suitable
as a staple food. It solidifies to crunchy flat bread at low oven temperatures or by
exposure to the sun. Sprouted rice can be blended with water, fermented milk, and
possibly banana as the basis of a meal.
The most problematic food group is fruit, as I’ve suggested throughout this
section. While meat is grounding, fruit is sensitizing. For insensitive individuals,
especially with raised blood pressure, it is beneficial to have plenty of fruit, often as a
meal. Especially good are acidic fruits, such as oranges or pineapple. Sensitive
individuals, however, feel best with either neutralized fruit or only a small amount of
subacid fruit between meals. Insensitive individuals can use fruit as their main source
of energy, while those more sensitive can use rice baked at a low temperature and
sprouted seeds.
Bananas are a good bulk food for most individuals on a raw food diet. Sensitive
individuals can eat them in the early stages of ripening or use mainly small or non-
sweet varieties. They do well in breakfast as part of the Linseed Yogurt recipe (see
Step 37).
On this raw food diet there is no need to be concerned with variety or trying to
have different foods for successive meals. A sprout salad contains all the required
nutrients for health and healing; most individuals are happy to have the same basic
salad for all meals with only minor variations depending on what is available. The
only precondition seems to be that you overcome the addiction to cooked food by
learning to make tasty raw salads. In cold weather, you can flavour a fresh vegetable
juice with spices; carefully heat it to just below 120º F and drink as a broth.
Most raw foodists will be content to have about 90 percent of their food raw and
be free to have some cooked food when eating out and at parties. Even tahini
(ground, roasted sesame seed paste) and kelp powder (commonly used with raw
food diets) are in fact cooked or heated. Except for food to which you may have been
addicted, try to let your body or intuition decide your food selection and meal
composition.
Slimming: The high-quality diet and even more so the raw food diet will
normally ensure gradual weight loss for overweight individuals, while at the same
time maximizing health improvement. I always put the main emphasis on the health
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automatically find the right weight for our constitution. However, no diet will help if
your eating problems are emotionally based, so you have to heal your emotions first.
Generally, the most important dietary aspect of slimming is to avoid all cereal or
grain products, as well as sweetened food. Try experimenting with these possibilities:
• Have an appetite-reducing protein drink 30 minutes before meals with any
combination of the following ingredients and in any amount that suits you:
green barley juice powder, spirulina powder, food yeast, ground linseed, linseed
(flaxseed) oil, or olive oil. Use this as a warm or cold drink to keep hunger away
for hours.
• About 30 minutes before meals, stir one teaspoon of psyllium hulls in a glass of
water and drink immediately. If necessary double the amount to two teaspoons
in a large glass of water. Psyllium swells up 40-fold to fill the stomach with a soft
gel, so don’t overuse.
• Eat only lentils or other legumes, green vegetables, and sprouted seeds in
addition to the above.
• For cooking, use mainly legumes, non-sweet, non-starchy vegetables and flesh
foods; for starches choose high-fibre varieties (e.g., brown rice, rolled oats) and
add ground linseed.
• Adopt a mono-diet: one day eat protein foods only, the next day fruits, and the
third day sprouted seeds, vegetable salads, and vegetable juices. Repeat as
often as required.
• Adopt a cleansing raw food diet with mainly vegetables and green juice, sprouts
and fruits, nuts and oily seeds, possibly raw beaten egg, and marinated fish.
Sensitive individuals should neutralize fruit acids (see Step 6).
• For two weeks, eat only protein and fat foods and green vegetables with less
than 40 g of carbohydrates per day; ground linseed is the best protein/fat food.
• Repeat times when you rely on vegetable and grass juices in addition to
vegetable salads.
• Avoid all sweet food, as it stimulates the appetite and the synthesis of fat. In
particular, do not eat fructose-containing foods with starches and eat fresh fruit
on its own.
• Avoid all grain products; especially helpful for people with blood group O.
• Avoid all fats and oils except fresh, unheated linseed oil, which will not put
weight on you; experiment with coconut oil in your diet.
• Preferably skip the evening meal or have only a small salad or apple.
• Get some light daily exercise, such as a brisk 15-minute walk or jogging; use a
rebounder or do some other aerobic exercise. The metabolic rate is speeded up
for a long time after exercise. Take 1 or 2 g of carnitine before exercising to
burn up more fat.
• Use a low-allergy diet combined with the correct foods for your blood group
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• Use mind therapy, such as guided imagery and affirmations; look at your belief
systems; release negative emotions; and express your emotional needs.
• Eat very slowly; peacefully chew every mouthful until it is liquefied; savour the
flavours as they develop during chewing; make every mouthful last about two
minutes.
Hypoglycaemia Diet: Most people who are sensitive, are overacid, have
allergies, or have a low energy level are usually hypoglycaemic to some extent and
will benefit from this diet. Hypoglycaemia means low blood sugar: when a
hypoglycaemic person eats sweet foods, the blood sugar level often soars too high at
first, but later falls to below normal. During this fall and while the level is below
normal, a variety of distressing symptoms can affect the breathing, circulation,
digestion, or the emotional and mental condition.
When the blood sugar level rises after sweet food intake, the pancreas reacts
by releasing insulin, a hormone that regulates the blood sugar level. In a
hypoglycaemic person, the pancreas releases too much insulin, especially in
response to ingesting sucrose or a combination of glucose and fructose. The excess
of insulin causes glucose to enter the cells too quickly. This then creates oxygen
deficiency within the cells and instead of energy, lactic acid is produced in an
anaerobic process. All this makes the body tissues overly acidic and deprives them
of minerals and energy.
The mainstays of the hypoglycaemia diet are:
• Gluten-free grains: rice, millet, maize, buckwheat, sago, tapioca
• High-protein seeds: chickpeas, lentils, fenugreek, peas, beans, almonds,
sunflower seeds
• Animal protein: white, red, and organ meat, fish (especially sardines and
salmon), eggs, goat cheese
• Sprouted seeds and vegetables: cooked, raw, and juiced; avocados, coconut oil,
and extra virgin olive oil
Eat grains whole in preference to flour or meal products. However, coarsely
ground grains can be beneficial if eaten raw: Immerse them in water or seed milk and
let soak overnight. Rye sourdough bread and rye crispbread can be eaten after
allergy testing (see Step 5). Raw egg yolk from eggs from free-range chickens can
be used as a salad dressing. Other important additions are spirulina, bee pollen,
ground linseed, kelp, lecithin, gelatine with vegetables, and fresh green-vegetable
juices, especially grass juice or dried grass juice powder and possibly food yeast. Try
coconut oil and freeze-dried liver to increase your energy level.
Most of the vitamins and minerals are just under the skin of the produce, so do
not discard the peel of suitable fruits and root vegetables. Nuts should be used
sparingly, except if sprouted or made into seed cheese (see Step 37). Eat cooked
sweet vegetables only with a protein meal; raw carrots, on the other hand, are good
any time.
Reintroduce fruits to your diet cautiously and with self-observation. Use sweet
fruits only in the early stages of ripening, before they become too sweet. This applies,
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ripening. Subacid fruits, such as apples, cause less problems than sweet-acid fruits,
such as oranges. Preferably eat fruits only sparingly and as a snack between meals,
and neutralize any fruit acids (see Step 6). However, under-ripe or non-sweet
varieties of bananas may also be suitable.
As a general rule, try to avoid:
• Sweet food, initially including all sweet and acid fruits and sweet vegetable
juices
• Food containing lactose, especially milk products, though butter can be used
• Vinegar or other fruit acids, unless they are neutralized
• Initially no wheat, later only sparingly after allergy testing
• Tobacco, alcohol, drugs, artificial sweeteners, highly processed foods or those
with added chemicals
Coffee and tea can be used in moderation, but only if you are not allergic or
addicted to them. Lightly salted food may be beneficial. If possible, eat a protein
breakfast and a light evening meal, and take a rest after lunch. The best protein is
sprouted legumes as the main part of a salad. According to the severity of the
symptoms, this diet may be followed strictly or in a more relaxed form and generally
as part of the high quality diet.

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Step 35
SPECIAL FOODS
Take advantage of the health-giving properties of bee pollen,
sprouted seeds, fermented foods, and purple foods.

Bee Pollen and Special Foods: Various foods have general healing qualities
or help to overcome specific health problems. For example, foods high in enzymes
and growth hormones improve our overall health. Sprouted seeds, bee pollen,
spirulina, grass juice, and unheated lactic-acid fermented foods are in this category,
as are fresh edible flowers such as nasturtium, impatiens, and pumpkin. While the
stamen of pumpkin flowers that bears the pollen is somewhat bitter, flower petals
from the male plants are especially high in bioflavonoids, which help fight against and
prevent allergies and inflammations.
Bee pollen is one of the best foods or supplements available. It is a raw food
rich in enzymes, hormones, vitamins, and minerals. You can take one to three
teaspoons of bee pollen several times daily or use it to flavour your freshly pressed
vegetable or grass juice. To make it easier to digest, soak the pollen in liquid for
some time before ingestion. It is also a good addition to yogurt or other food to be
fermented.
A highly recommended protein combination is bee pollen with spirulina and
ground linseed. Taking one or more teaspoons of each three times daily mixed in a
juice or other suitable liquid before meals can provide up to half of your daily protein
needs. The average protein content of spirulina is 65 percent; pollen has 25 percent,
and linseed (flaxseed) 22 percent. Spirulina provides a link between animal and
vegetable protein, and it is high enough in vitamin B12 that vegans (vegetarians who
do not ingest any animal products) can live on it.
The protein in this combination (bee pollen, spirulina, and linseed) is uncooked,
so it is easily digested and good as replacement for a part of the usually eaten animal
protein. Another advantage is a favourable calcium-to-phosphorus ratio and a high
mineral content, making it alkalizing rather than acid-forming in the body. Add to this
a handful of sprouted seeds once or twice a day, and you have the basis of a healthy
diet, which you can supplement with meat rather than using meat as a staple.
Foods high in sulphur can be increased to improve detoxification. Such foods
include raw egg yolk, onion, horseradish, watercress, turnip, and other raw foods of
the cabbage family. Most of these are also helpful in treating digestive ulcers;
horseradish can be used to help treat mucous complaints. A supplement high in
organic sulphur is called MSM, available in many health food stores.
Bananas are good energy providers for those with a weak digestion. However,
overripe Cavendish bananas (this is the most common variety) often cause digestive
discomfort or allergies in sensitive individuals. This problem is commonly caused by
over gassing the green bananas with ethylene gas shortly before sale to make them
ripen quickly. Ladyfinger bananas or other small varieties do not normally cause
digestive problems. Sensitive individuals generally should avoid overripe fruit. Acid

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citrus fruits are excellent for improving liver functions and lowering high blood
pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and fat levels in insensitive individuals.
Jerusalem artichokes consumed in frequent small quantities are beneficial for kidney
function and for diabetes. Eat one the size of an egg every other day, and store
Jerusalem artichokes in soil, not in the refrigerator. Also eating (organic) liver often
helps those with diabetes, as does eating avocados and green beans.
Sprouted Seeds: Sprouted seeds and young shoots such as wheat grass
provide a higher degree of vitality and rejuvenation than other foods. I recommend
sprouted seeds as a mainstay of a good diet. Most commonly used for sprouting are
legumes such as lentils, peas, mung beans, fenugreek, and chickpeas, but almonds,
peanuts, and sunflower kernels can also be sprouted. Sunflower and buckwheat
seeds make a tasty salad when grown in seed boxes and cut close to the soil when
the sprouts are two to four inches high.
Alfalfa sprouts are high in a detergent-like saponin that can damage the
intestinal wall in sensitive individuals. They have been shown to aggravate
autoimmune diseases and possibly cancer. For others, they may be a good food to
eat after allergy testing has confirmed you do not have allergies to them. Alfalfa
sprouts should be exposed to light after the leaves emerge, while other sprouts
usually taste better before their leaves develop. Alfalfa seeds easily rot in wet
conditions and are best sprouted in an upturned jar covered with muslin held in place
with a rubber band.
It is important to use seeds with a high germination rate. Buy a small quantity
for testing, and if they sprout well, buy a larger quantity from the same source and
keep them in an airtight container. Lentils and mung beans are easy to sprout. Soak
the seeds overnight and then rinse several times a day, drain well, spread out lightly,
and keep covered. Wash well again just before eating to remove any bacteria and
fungi. If seeds are of poor quality and start rotting easily, use them when the sprouts
just start to appear, otherwise wait until they are up to one inch long, which is usually
within three days.
Mung beans may retain hard shell pieces after soaking that can damage your
teeth. This can be avoided by pouring some boiling water over the seeds initially and
letting them soak in the cooling water. Peas and lentils, on the other hand, like it cool
and sprouts easily deteriorate in hot conditions. Sprouted seeds can be refrigerated
in a closed container after they have reached the desired length. Individuals sensitive
to fungi and microbes can wash sprouted seeds in diluted hydrogen peroxide shortly
before use. If you have difficulty chewing or if sprouted seeds cause much wind, try
using them as part of your fresh juice.
If seeds do not sprout well, the cause may be as follows:
• Seeds may not be viable, may be too old, or have been stored incorrectly.
• Temperature during sprouting is too high or too low.
• Seeds were kept too dry or too wet during sprouting; experiment and adjust
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Fermented Foods: The use of fermented foods was widespread in former
centuries. Well-known examples are yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese, beer, cider and
cider vinegar, pickles, miso, sauerkraut, and sourdough bread.
The advantages of fermenting foods are several:
• Makes minerals more easily available for the body to absorb
• Eliminates enzyme inhibitors and other anti-nutrients
• Increases the amount of vitamins in the food and creates an abundance of
enzymes
• Preserves the food and introduces delicious flavours
• Makes food much more easily digestible, making it essentially predigested and
suitable for those with a debilitating condition and weak digestive system
Today most of these traditional fermented foods such as vinegar, pickles,
cheese, cottage cheese, and baking products are commercially made by chemical
means. This disuse of the fermentation process in preparing our staple foods may
well be a major contributing factor in chronic diseases.
It is most important in the fermentation process that a desirable strain of
bacteria develop. This depends on the bacteria already present or introduced, as well
as on the temperature during fermentation. Basically, we want lactic acid bacteria
that convert glucose into lactic acid. In order to ensure the development of pure
bacterial cultures, the food is often heat-treated and then inoculated with the desired
strain. However, I contend the product is nutritionally superior if it has not been heat-
treated. Grains such as rye, oats, millet, wheat, and brown rice and vegetables such
as cabbage are best fermented at a warm room temperature, while cultures
containing yogurt or acidophilus bacteria do better between 85° and 105° F.
There is a distinction between the fermentation of yeast and that of lactic acid
bacteria. Yeast fermentation is used in traditionally made beer, wine, and bread. Due
to the overuse of antibiotics in recent decades, many individuals are now allergic or
sensitive to yeast. Therefore it is advisable for sensitive individuals to restrict intake
of yeast products and for others to abstain periodically or after antibiotic treatment
and to test for incompatibility.
When fermentation is uncontrolled, as it is when making sauerkraut or with
water in which grains have been soaked for several days, a mixture of lactic-acid
bacteria and yeast usually develops. This mixture is not a problem for many, but
sensitive individuals need to watch out and may have to avoid this.
In making yogurt, sour milk, sour cream, and cheeses, lactic-acid fermentation
is the preferred natural method and still widely used in cottage industries. However,
due to the mucus-forming potential of lactose, these products should be used with
caution, especially if made from cow’s milk. The curd causes less of a problem than
the whey (the whey contains most of the lactose), and goat’s milk less than cow’s
milk. Most commercial fermented milk products are heat-treated and often very high
in lactose, and it is best to avoid them.
A health food seed cheese or seed yogurt can be used. This is commonly
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acidophilus culture to the soaked and blended seeds. Contamination of the seed
cheese with yeast can be minimized by washing the seeds in diluted hydrogen
peroxide before blending, adding a large amount of starter, and letting it ferment for
only a short period. The same applies to sourdough bread, which is also
recommended.
Do not use strongly fermenting products that have become very sour. You can
discard the whey and wash the curd to make it acceptable. Nevertheless, do not use
any fermented food that has a foul smell or taste. The water used for fermentation
should be free of chlorine and fluoride, as these will poison the enzymes released in
the fermenting process.
Fermenting or fermented products should not be kept in metal containers nor
should a metal spoon be left immersed in the food as this increases your exposure to
toxic metals. Plastic containers are not so good either; use ceramic or glass
containers instead. Fermented foods can be refrigerated for a week or two; part of
the former batch can be used as a starter for a new lot, but beware of contamination
with yeast. It is especially important to eat fermented foods during and after a course
of antibiotics and if you have cancer or another degenerative disease.
Purple Foods: The term purple foods as used here includes all foods that yield
purple juice when cooked or pressed with their skin. The color pigment in purple
foods belongs to the large group of bioactive natural chemicals called bioflavo-noids.
We find them as red, blue, and purple pigments in a wide range of flowers, fruits, and
vegetables, but also in the pulp of citrus fruit. Two well-known bioflavonoids are rutin
and quercetin.
Another important nutrient group is the carotenoids that form the yellow,
orange, and red colours in flowers and fruits. Best known among these is beta-
carotene. Even more important for healthy eyes and especially to protect the retina to
prevent blindness from macular degeneration are lutein and zeaxanthin. These two
are found in spinach, lettuce, broccoli, peas, and corn. Lycopene appears to protect
the health of the prostate gland; studies have found it protective against exercise-
induced asthma. You can find it in red-hued fruits and vegetables, such as tomatoes,
pink grapefruit, guavas, papaya, and watermelon.
If you have the opportunity, frequently snack on flower petals or put them
through the juicer. Suitable are the big petals of male pumpkin flowers or the whole
flowers of impatiens or nasturtium; nearly all flowers of edible vegetables can be
used. However, if you do not know whether a flower is edible, avoid using it in this
way.
The pigments of purple foods are highly unsaturated and therefore are strong
antioxidants. One important group of purple pigments is the proanthocyanidins
(PAC’s); when many individual anthocyanin molecules are linked together they are
also called oligo-proanthocyanins (OPC’s). One such compound that is commercially
extracted from pine bark is sold as pycnogenol; a variant with similar qualities is sold
as grape seed extract. The OPC’s have lost their purple color, but this may be
restored when they are broken down in the body into their individual components. In
nature, anthocyanidins are bound to different sugars, and during digestion, the
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The color of black, purple, or red grapes, blackberries, blueberries, red wine,
and red cabbage consists of anthocyanins, the individual molecules and active form
of PAC’s. The pigment of red beet belongs to a subgroup of anthocyanins, the
betacyanins. Both groups have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
and improve the elasticity of blood vessels and skin. PAC’s, anthocyanins, and
betacyanins also help to restore normal oxidative metabolism or cell respiration.
They are important not only for normalizing cancer cells, but also for conditions
of chronic fatigue and general lack of energy, as they assume the role of oxygen as
electron acceptors. Purple foods ingested in sufficient amounts can improve the
elasticity of skin and blood vessels. In combination with other bioflavonoids, they are
beneficial with various diseases such as allergies, inflammation, infections, parasites,
cancer, liver disease, vascular diseases, thrombosis (blood clotting), chemical
toxicity, and coronary artery disease.
Purple foods should generally be eaten with the skin on as this is usually the
most strongly coloured part of the plant. However, with purple onions the outer skins
are not edible, but you can utilize them as a tea. Grapes should be well rinsed before
eating to remove fungi or moulds. Sensitive individuals and especially those with
Candida may find it preferable to soak the grapes for a while in hydrogen peroxide.
When fresh grapes are not in season, the juice of black grapes has reportedly been
used with good success in the treatment of cancer. For this, a 24-ounce bottle of dark
grape juice can be sipped at intervals during the morning, taking no other food before
lunch. See “The Grape Cancer Cure” on website: www.quantumbalancing/grape.htm.
Red beet is the best purple vegetable. The purple pigment in beets has been
shown to increase and normalize cell respiration, the oxygen-based energy
production within cells. Red beet is one of the key foods in preventing as well as
curing cancer; it is equally important in the treatment of other degenerative diseases,
such as chronic fatigue syndrome, characterized by reduced cell respiration.
When cellular energy is produced through the oxidation of nutrients, electrons
and hydrogen ions are transferred onto the inhaled oxygen to produce water and
energy. In cancer cells and in conditions of chronic fatigue, the respiratory enzymes
that accomplish this transfer have been diminished or destroyed. The color pigment
in beet root (and other purple food) strongly binds electrons and hydrogen and can
reactivate the production of cellular oxidative energy. Researchers have shown that
the energy production of cancer cells can be normalized by a combination of red
beet, raw fermented food, and vitamin C.22 The multiplication of cancer cells will thus
stop, and tumours become non-virulent. Clinical tests using red beet with cancer
patients revealed that often tumours regressed and disappeared. In the cancer
therapy with red beet, two pounds were used daily. However, if used together with
other purple foods, much less beet may be needed. For instance, combine one
pound of red beet with one pound of dark grapes or one pint of dark grape juice.
Use plenty of red beets grated in salads, juiced, and cooked, and remember,
the residue from the juicing can be cooked. Occasionally, a small beet may leave an
acrid aftertaste. Taste suspect beets before making salads or juice; cooking them is
fine, and beet tops can also be cooked. Tinned beet has lost most of its pigment and
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A Checklist of Laxative Foods
For the improvement or maintenance of good health, it is desirable to have two or three
bowel movements daily. A general lifestyle improvement will do much to achieve this
goal, but initially it may be necessary to include some laxative foods as well. Here are
some practical suggestions:
Bran: A mild laxative, however, it accentuates mineral deficiencies and weight loss.
Wheat bran is not suitable for anyone who is sensitive to wheat. I do not recommend
wheat bran, but you can experiment with rice bran, provided you take trace mineral
supplements with bran-free meals.
Freshly fermented foods: These often have a strong laxative action.
Isotonic flush: Add 9g of salt (approx. one heaped teaspoon) to one litre of water, or
use one cup of seawater diluted with 3 cups of fresh water. Drink this within a few
minutes on an empty stomach and take no other food or drink for the following 30
minutes. This is excellent for cleaning the whole of the gastro-intestinal tract, but it
should not be used if a severely restricted intake of sodium is indicated for other
conditions.
Linseed (flaxseed): Mildly laxative and soothing for irritated bowels. Preferably use
ground linseed, otherwise one tablespoon of dry seeds with water some time before
meals and at bedtime; swallow whole. If the intestines are irritated, use fenugreek or
slippery elm powder with the linseed.
Magnesium salts: Take one tablespoon of Epsom Salts with water; milk of magnesia is
excellent if neutralised with ascorbic acid; alternatively, try increasing amounts of
magnesium chloride.
Molasses: Use on its own or with yeast in warm water.
Mustard seeds: Take half a teaspoon of whole dry seeds with water twice daily, some
time before a meal; do not chew. This helps to strengthen bowel function and overcome
gas formation. Continue for two months or as required. Do not use mustard seeds if the
intestines are irritated.
Prunes: May be eaten raw, soaked or cooked.
Psyllium hulls: These are preferable to bran. Stir a teaspoonful in a large glass of water
and drink immediately about 30 minutes before meals as often as required for either
laxative action or weight reduction.
Senna: Pods, powder, or leaves can be added to herb teas.
Urine: drinking a cupful of your diluted morning urine has a good laxative effect.
Water: Drinking a large quantity of pure water within a short period will cause part of it to
rinse the bowels. Take two pints or more of warm water before breakfast (see Step 36).

Red beet may be available only seasonally, but you can store a large quantity
in moist sand. Keep the tops exposed in a cool, shaded place with just enough
moisture to prevent drying out. After a good root system has developed, you can also
let them continue to grow in a sandy and well-drained soil, neither too wet nor too dry
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Raw Egg: Fresh raw eggs, genuinely free-range from hens fed on greens and
grains, have health-giving and healing properties. However, egg allergy is
widespread so if you habitually consume them, test yourself for egg allergies. Raw
egg yolk does not raise the cholesterol level, and it is high in sulphur compounds that
strengthen connective tissue and detoxify the liver. Fresh raw egg yolk has long been
known to enhance or rejuvenate sexual energies required for having sex, but more
importantly for creative activity in general and for physical fitness. Very fresh raw,
beaten egg white has germicidal properties.
The cell walls of lymphocytes (white blood cells) become more rigid with aging,
AIDS, and viral infections, mainly due to increased cholesterol levels in cell walls.
Lipids extracted from raw egg yolk have been reported to normalize rigid cell walls
and fully restore immune functions. This has led to great improvements in AIDS
patients treated with egg-yolk lipids.
Linseed and Sulphur-Rich Foods: Together with fish oils, linseed or flaxseed
oil is our best source of the omega-3 essential fatty acids. These polyunsaturated
fatty acids are important for brain and nerve functions, for the fluidity of cell
membranes, and for oxidative cellular energy production. Of great importance for this
energy production are lipoproteins formed from essential fatty acids and sulphur-
proteins (cysteine, methionine). These are concentrated in active tissue such as
glands, liver, brain, muscles, and skin and are needed for oxidative energy
production or cellular respiration.
Key enzymes formed from cysteine and essential fatty acids are typically
deficient in individuals with degenerative diseases such as cancer, chronic fatigue
syndrome, diabetes, and many skin diseases as well as heart, liver, and kidney
degeneration. These and other diseases have reportedly been reversed with high
intakes of high-quality linseed oil and sulphur-rich foods.
Linseed oil is very sensitive to oxidation (spoilage) and special precautions are
needed to obtain and retain a non-rancid product. The linseed or flaxseed oil must be
fresh when purchased, not more than a few months old and produced below 120° F
without light and oxygen; store it in a cool, dark place and refrigerate before and after
opening. It should never be heated.
As high-quality linseed oil is expensive, usually it will be sufficient to use freshly
ground whole linseed instead of or in addition to the oil. Linseed contains 35 percent
linseed oil and you can use several tablespoonfuls of ground linseed a day. This also
has a mildly laxative effect. Grind it fresh in a coffee grinder or, alternatively, use a
blender, screen it through a strainer, and add the coarse residue to the blender again
with the next lot.
Ground linseed can be refrigerated for a few days but is better stored in the
freezer. For individuals with malabsorption problems and for those wanting to
improve their skin, linseed oil can also be rubbed on skin normally protected from the
sun. In addition, I recommend unheated extra-virgin olive oil internally as well as on
the skin. This is a good source of squalene, a strong antioxidant that is also important
for energy production; it is also a key ingredient in the healing properties of shark
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Regarding the sulphur foods, the main sulphur amino acids are L-cysteine and
L-methionine. Eggs are a good source of these, but they can easily be produced from
other sulphur-rich foods such as onions. As mentioned, the best supplement form of
organic sulphur is MSM. In her cancer therapy, Dr. Johanna Budwig, a fats
researcher, recommends cottage cheese (“quark” in German) made from raw
fermented skim milk as the main source of sulphur amino acids. However, according
to the blood group diet theory (explained later in the book), this may only be suitable
for individuals in blood groups B or AB, and not with hormone-related cancer.
Do not use D,L-cysteine or methionine, but use only the natural L-forms. While
cysteine is very important for detoxification and energy production, new research
shows that it may also act as a neurotransmitter in the brain and that high doses can
create an imbalance in the brain of susceptible individuals. Therefore, it is generally
best to obtain it or synthesize it from sulphur-rich foods. High doses of methionine, on
the other hand, can cause a problem in individuals who are deficient in vitamin B6;
problems can be avoided by supplementing it together with vitamin B6.

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Step 36
WATER AND JUICES
Heal yourself with fresh vegetable and grass juices.

Let’s start by the discussing water in your diet. It is important that we take in
sufficient water for the smooth functioning of our metabolic processes, and especially
to flush away their end products. In normal health and on a diet that includes fresh
fruits and vegetables, an additional fluid intake of about a quart daily is usually
adequate. However, in the following conditions, drinking close to two quarts of fluids
daily is desirable, and more than that if you are overweight:
• If mainly concentrated foods are used in the diet
• If you’re on a diet high in protein
• If the urine is cloudy, has a strong smell, or is dark in color
• In hot conditions
• While breast-feeding
• During the initial stages of health improvement and in cleansing periods
The Benefits of Water: Your fluid intake can consist of water, diluted juices,
and herb teas. Concentrated drinks such as coffee, milk, and strong tea do not count,
as their water content is needed to wash out their own residues. Occasionally check
that you produce about three quarts of inoffensive (in terms of odour) urine per day.
In hot climates, there is a high incidence of kidney disease because many people do
not drink enough water. For instance, a high incidence of oxalate kidney stones
among British troops in India during World War II has been blamed on excessive tea
drinking
If using large amounts of fluids, you must ingest adequate amounts of water-
soluble vitamins and minerals; otherwise deficiency symptoms can develop as you’re
likely to flush these nutrients out of your system. The time of drinking, too, is very
important. One should be careful not to dilute the digestive juices during and after
meals, although some liquid, such as in the form of herb teas, can be used after dry
meals. Generally, however, it is better to drink before meals and to have the bulk of
the fluid intake before breakfast. This is especially important if the digestive system is
weak. I regard it as highly beneficial for the kidneys to flush them regularly with a
high-volume fluid intake, such as a quart of water or diluted juice before breakfast.
After drinking water, wait for about 20 minutes before starting a meal, and after
drinking juices, wait for 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the quantity. It is good to
drink a glass of warm water or herb tea first thing in the morning to wash down
mucus and debris.
Chlorine and added fluoride in drinking water are always harmful. However, if
the water is high in calcium, then fluoride is less harmful, because calcium fluoride is
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in magnesium, iron, or sulphur, then fluoride can be harmful. Avoid chlorinated or
fluoridated water for drinking or cooking; however, most of the chlorine can be
removed by bringing the water to a boil and letting it cool before drinking.
As a strong enzyme poison, fluoride is especially harmful for individuals with
chronic degenerative diseases. In countries where water fluoridation is common, we
can suspect that all commercial liquids with added water contain fluorides.
Commonly, these include all soft drinks, soy milk, and even 100 percent fruit juice,
which is usually reconstituted by adding water to concentrates. However, municipal
tap water also contains other added chemicals and a good water filter is
recommended.
Our magnesium intake has greatly declined since the 1940s because calcium
fertilizers have been overused. The death rate from arteriosclerotic and degenerative
heart disease is highest in countries with the lowest levels of magnesium in the
drinking water; this is notably the case in Australia. Within Australia, the death rate is
lowest in Perth, which has the highest magnesium-to-calcium ratio in drinking water,
while the death rate is highest in Sydney, which has the lowest magnesium-to-
calcium water ratio of Australian capital cities.23 In the U.S., in six Missouri counties
with low magnesium levels in the water, the death rate from diabetes was more than
four times higher than in six other counties with high magnesium levels in the water.
Water high in calcium is acceptable if it is also high in magnesium; otherwise, you
can use magnesium supplements.
Rainwater can be used in unpolluted rural areas. Unfortunately, galvanized iron
now commonly has added aluminium with its zinc coating, and this may increase the
aluminium level of water collected from modern galvanized roofs and water stored in
galvanized tanks. I do not know whether the amounts of aluminium that might be
dissolved are significant, but it’s best to be prudent. Public water supplies are
routinely purified with aluminium compounds; a study in England found that when
aluminium levels in public drinking water were high, there was a correspondingly high
incidence of Alzheimer’s disease.
Water rich in inorganic iron, which leaves brownish residues, is harmful if used
over long periods. Lead and sometimes copper accumulating in the body contributes
to chronic diseases. Therefore, if you are in poor health, avoid drinking the water
from lead plumbing systems and be careful with new copper pipes. Older copper
pipes are coated with more resistant copper oxide. Plastic pipes can give off toxic
substances as well. The best metal for drinking water systems is zinc, as in
galvanized iron pipes; otherwise, ceramic can be used.
Public water supplies are usually heavily contaminated with chemicals, and I do
not recommend them as a direct source for drinking or cooking. Tap water is
commonly low in energy or life force. Instead use one of the great variety of filters
and distillation units on the market.
Bore or spring water in densely populated or farming areas can be used safely
only if a chemical analysis shows it to be uncontaminated. It should not have high
amounts of calcium, copper, or iron; otherwise, a filter may have to be used or the
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uncontaminated, sunlit, shallow, and cascading stream. Preferably try to energize your
drinking water by exposing it to sunlight or other sources of bioenergy (see Step 7).
I do not recommend drinking much fruit juice, except dark grape juice (as
explained earlier) or neutralized acidic juices. The basic disadvantage of drinking fruit
juices is the rapid assimilation of sugars, which stresses the blood sugar regulation.
However, some fruit juice can be used to flavour drinking water, if so desired.
I do not recommend drinking milk, except possibly fresh raw goat’s milk or
cow’s milk when it is still warm after milking. Use coffee and tea in moderation. While
they have some benefits, they can cause problems if one becomes addicted to them.
Alcohol too is best used only occasionally in small amounts. Beer drinking
encourages the formation of mucus. Dry red wine is generally the least harmful and
most beneficial alcoholic beverage. It can assist in the digestive process and give
some protection against heart disease; grape juice offers similar protection, but has a
lower concentration of protective antioxidants; the deeper the color, the better the
protection. Avoid any kind of soft drinks.
Vegetable and Grass Juices: Fresh, raw vegetables are high in life force,
enzymes, and other ingredients that keep us healthy. Therefore, use plenty—two
pounds or more a day if possible. For many, especially the elderly, it will be difficult
eating raw vegetables in -sufficient quantities or chewing well enough to extract all
the nutrient goodness. That is where juicing comes to the rescue. In this way,
everyone, including children and those with dentures, can have a high intake of raw
vegetables.
If possible, include some fresh young grasses, leaves, and shoots grown
organically in mineral-rich soil, as they are especially high in life force and enzymes. I
highly recommend drinking a glass of freshly pressed vegetable juice before most
meals or whenever conveniently possible.
Try using a mixed juice including grasses or leaves as well as root vegetables,
such as carrot and red beet, and possibly an apple for flavouring. The chlorophyll and
proteins of the leaves, while beneficial in their own right, slow down the absorption of
sugars from the sweet vegetables and help to stabilize the blood sugar level. You
can also include sprouted seeds, edible (vegetable) flowers, the rind of watermelons,
the tops of beet root, and other unusual items in your mixed juice. Be imaginative and
experiment to find out what is acceptable to your taste buds.
If unsprayed vegetables are not available, avoid sprayed green-leaf vegetables
and use the less contaminated sweet vegetables. Squashes and watermelons are
not normally sprayed. For individuals with a weak sugar metabolism (diabetes,
hypoglycaemia, or a tendency to these conditions), it is preferable to use mainly
green juice of leaves and grasses and only a smaller amount of sweet juice for
flavouring. Alterna-tively, slow down the absorption of sugars from the juice of sweet
vegetables by adding some olive oil and lecithin or ground linseed; then drink slowly
and at intervals.
Often children and some adults can be persuaded to drink the juice only if it is
flavoured with apple or pineapple. I recommend adding ginger to the juice: either use
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excellent to stir a few spoonfuls of bee pollen into the juice.
Start drinking the juice immediately after you have made it, but slowly, and in sips. If
your stomach is sensitive to juice, drink it with some food. If you make several juices
during the day, you may need to thoroughly clean the juicer only after the last juicing,
but keep the extraction unit detached and cool in the refrigerator between juicing.
Alternatively, you can freeze surplus juice for later use.
If you are unhealthy when beginning such a regimen, nausea or skin reactions
may temporarily occur from the release of stored toxins. In such cases, reduce the
amount of juice for a while and drink lots of water and take laxative foods. Start with
small amounts of grass and weed juice, possibly diluted and blended with other
juices. When you get used to it, the green juice may taste fine on its own, but avoid
or minimize strongly flavoured leaves such as from radish. Gradually increase to a
glassful one to three times daily before meals - the more the better. While fresh juice
is best, if you do not have the time to make several juices daily, you can refrigerate or
freeze some of the juice for later drinking; also cool it and take it to work in a
thermos.
If you have a problem absorbing fats, add some lecithin to the juice to improve
absorption of beta-carotene. Sometimes, when juicing sprouted seeds, the centre of
a squash, or some mucilaginous leaves, the residue seems to retain much of the
goodness even after putting it repeatedly through the juicer. In this case, just add
water to the residue to make it sloppy before pressing it through again. As an
alternative, you can get more nutrients out of the residue by making a hot broth:
Cover the residue with water, simmer for ten minutes, strain, and add some herbs
and spices or other flavouring.
What Types of Juicers Are Most Suitable?: Centrifugal juicers, which are
commonly available, are not suitable for grass or leaves, and even for other
vegetables they are inferior. Static electricity builds up on the outside wall and
discharges or inactivates enzymes and colloidal suspensions of proteins and
minerals. Non-centrifugal juicers reportedly give much better healing results.
A blender can be used, and grass and other leaf vegetables liquefied with
water and then pressed by hand through a strainer. Unfortunately, air beaten into the
liquid leads to oxidation. You can minimize this by adding some ascorbic acid. Blend
handfuls of grass repeatedly in the same water to concentrate the juice; alternatively,
run the grass once or twice through a mincer or a grain mill and then press the pulp
by hand through a strainer or cheesecloth.
Grass juicers, either manual or electric, are commercially available and may be
sold as fruit and vegetable presses. (You can easily find information and retailers on
the Internet.) This type of unit commonly has a slow-turning spiral press. Manual
wheat-grass juicers are efficient and good for training the biceps, but not so good for
people who do not have the energy to use them daily. Also, I do not like the juice to
be in contact with so much metal; cast-iron juicers are much cheaper than the
stainless-steel types.
As a general rule, the slower the speed, expressed as revolutions per minute
(rpm), the better the quality of the juice. Slow-turning juicers are available as single
auger or twin-gear machines. Both handle grasses and leaves very well with an rpm

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commonly between 70 and 120 ppm. In comparison, a medium-fast juicer has about
2,000 rpm and the common centrifugal juicers 8,000 rpm. While low-rpm juicers
produce the highest quality of juice, they are also slowest in pressing a given
quantity; bigger twin-gear juicers may be twice as fast as smaller single-auger
juicers. (For a comparison of different brands, see www.buyjuicers.com.)
When using a juicer that easily processes grasses and leaves, there are
considerable savings in having to buy fewer vegetables. You can use lots of grasses,
green weeds, parsley, tops of carrots, and other leaves that cannot be easily used
with other juicers. This can not only bring considerable savings, but it also provides
juice of much higher quality than can be obtained from commercial vegetables.
However, there is also a drawback with low-rpm juicers and growing your own wheat
or barley grass: It is very time-consuming.
Juice from Grasses and Weeds: While not so pleasant to the taste buds,
fresh young grasses and green edible weeds have a much greater healing potential
than the vegetables commonly used for juicing. In particular, they are very much
higher in their content of life force and enzymes. Instead of working hard to maintain
a big vegetable garden, I believe it to be easier and healthier to let a large part of the
garden overgrow with suitable grasses and edible weeds. An additional advantage of
young grasses is the short time and minimal care required to grow them as
compared to growing vegetables. You can harvest grasses in two to three weeks
compared to several months for vegetables.
To find out which weeds are edible, ask a knowledgeable friend or neighbour,
or observe what goats or poultry are eating, or chew a bit of a leaf yourself. If it is not
bitter, it is not likely to be poisonous, and anyway, there are no poisonous grasses.
For a very healthy juice, use grasses, green weeds, and the petals of squash flowers;
flavour it with an apple, beet root, and carrot.
Juice made from young and fresh blades of cereal grass is most beneficial.
These young blades have the highest vitality and are rich in enzymes and growth
hormones that are missing or at low levels in mature leaves or plants, as well as in
elderly humans. Kirlian photography reveals that the vitality of leaves starts to
diminish soon after cutting and that most of it is lost within hours, though if
refrigerated in a closed plastic bag it may keep for a day. Most nutrients will still be
available from commercially dried and powdered grass, such as green barley grass
(commercially available), but young fresh grass juice has a much higher vitality.
Best known is wheat grass, but I contend that all fresh, young grass grown in
good soil has similar healing and rejuvenating qualities, though the flavour and
toughness may differ greatly. Barley grass grows more vigorously than wheat grass
and tastes good. Young ryegrass (not the cereal rye grain), grown by farmers as
pasture, has a pleasant flavour and can give you several months of repeated cutting
from one planting.
Experiment with different varieties of grasses to see which grow best in your
climate and soil conditions, and find one you like. When using lawn grass, the main
requirement is that it be grown in good soil without the use of pesticides or chemical
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foam on top of the juice, especially with grass juice. This foam is high in chlorophyll
and beneficial, so ingest it or rub it into your skin.
I find wheat grass juice somewhat too sweet on its own and prefer it blended
with other grass. As barley grass does not taste sweet, it may be better than wheat
grass for individuals with blood sugar problems. Normally, however, it is good to mix
the seeds of wheat and barley and grow them together in the same garden bed or
tray.
In cool climates, it may be
How to Grow Grasses Indoors difficult growing grass outside in
1. Soak the wheat or barley for planting overnight winter, while in the tropics it is
and sow very densely. sometimes difficult in summer
2. Cover lightly with a sandy soil or just with wet because it is either too hot or
newspaper. too wet and cereal grasses
3. Keep moist and expose to light after leaves easily start rotting at the stem. In
emerge. the city, it may not be possible
4. When the grass is about two inches high, you
anyway. In these circumstances,
can start using it for cutting into a salad or you can wheat grass or barley grass can
chew the grass and spit out the pulp. You can begin be grown indoors behind a
to juice the grass when it is about four inches high. window or on a balcony or
Sometimes you can get a good regrowth after the veranda in seed boxes (see
first cutting. sidebar)
5. The maximum yield of juice is available when the Wheat produces about
grass is between six and eight inches tall. four times its weight as wheat
6. The higher you intend to let it grow, the less grass and this in turn yields up
dense you should sow the seeds. to 80 percent juice. Tougher
7. Compost the stubble and other organic matter for perennial grasses yield about 60
reuse in seed boxes or outside planting. percent juice. The vitamin and
8. Add rock dust, kelp, or seaweed to mineralize the mineral content of grasses and
soil. their juices differs greatly
Exposure of the trays to moderate sunshine is
between different varieties, but
preferable but not essential. Protect the trays from especially with diverse soil
prolonged strong sun exposure and from conditions. Table 4-1, compiled
overheating behind a window. If the trays are on a from various publications, gives
balcony, you can move them inside during cold an estimate of the average
nights or cover them with newspaper. The best nutrient content of the juice from
growing condition is at room temperature. grass grown in good, mineral-
When the shoots are about an inch high, it is rich soil.
preferable to stop watering, or water along the sides The protein content of
but keep the centre dry to minimize problems with
young annual grasses is usually
moulds and rotting.
around four percent and of
established perennial grasses about two percent. Vitamin and mineral concentrations
can vary greatly and are highest in young grasses grown in soils rich in minerals and
organic matter.
While grass juice provides a high amount of easily digestible protein, as well as
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growth hormones, and
other vital factors, Table 4-1: Nutrients in Grass Juice
including coenzyme Q10 Protein 2–5% Fibre 3–6%
and superoxide
Lipids 0.5–1% Kilojoules 250/100 ml
dismutase (SOD). In
animal experiments, old Carbohydrates 6–11%
rats were rejuvenated Vitamins/100 ml Minerals/100 ml
and chickens grew 15 carotene 10,000 IU calcium 70-200 mg
percent faster with fresh
vitamin C 60 mg magnesium 50 mg
grass, but not with other
supplements. Many vitamin E 6 mg phosphorous 50-100 mg
patients attribute their vitamin B1 0.2 mg potassium 400-1,600 mg
cure from “incurable” vitamin B2 0.4 mg sodium 40-150 mg
diseases to the generous vitamin B6 0.2 mg iron 3 mg
intake of grass juice.
vitamin B12 1 mcg zinc 0.5-2.5 mg
Grass juice has also
been successfully used pantothenic acid 0.4 mg manganese 1-10 mg
as a retention enema with nicotinamide 1.5 mg copper 0.3-1 mg
cancer and other folic acid 150 mcg molybdenum 0.03 mg
debilitating conditions, as biotin 15 mcg sulphur 100 mg
a vaginal douche, or
topical rub for the skin.
Juicy grass pulp is excellent on wounds and speeds up healing.
Grass juice has been shown to inhibit mutagenic and carcinogenic activity. This
inhibition was stronger with wheat grass juice than with carrot or parsley juice; it has
also been reported with barley grass juice. We need growth hormones not only for
growing taller, but also for cell division, skin and tissue replacement, and wound
healing. In growing older, we become deficient in growth hormones, and those found
in grass juice can help us rejuvenate.
Most animals live on grass either directly or indirectly. It is the perfect food, not
only for grazing animals, but also for humans. The juicer replaces the complicated
cellulose digestion of grass-eating animals. I regard grass juice as the food with the
greatest healing and rejuvenating potential; it could even sustain us during a famine.

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Step 37
HEALING RECIPES
Transform healthy foods into enjoyable meals.

I am not fond of using recipes. Most recipes seem to be designed to tickle our
palate by harming the nutrients in the food. The healthiest recipe for carrots, for
instance, is to pull one out of the ground, clean it, and chew it well. Any additional
processing renders it less nutritious. Also, I favour experimenting, mixing this and
that within the framework of the food-combining rules, and seeing how it turns out. In
this spirit I offer the following recipes and cooking tips as starting points for finding
ways to make healthy food tasty.
If you are willing, you can gradually change your taste preferences and come to
like this new diet of healthier meals. If your life is in no immediate danger from an
advanced disease, change slowly, making a gradual transition over a period of years
from your present diet to the high-quality diet, and possibly to the raw food diet after
that.
Baking Breads: The best method for baking is one in which enzymes in the
food remain alive. This means heating bread dough to less than 120° F. It is
preferable to start with whole, soaked, or sprouted seeds that are rich in enzymes
rather than with commercial flours that may have had their enzymes destroyed during
the milling process and may be contaminated with mycotoxins. The only practical
solution I have found so far is baking with rice. After blending soaked or sprouted
rice, the dough continues to absorb water and so becomes firm almost without any
heat. I have not found this property in any other grain. You may have to experiment
with different varieties of rice to find a good sprouting one.
Soak brown rice overnight, then rinse for two or three days until sprouts
appear; otherwise use after soaking. If you are sensitive to fungi, keep for several
minutes in water with added hydrogen peroxide, then wash well and blend with a
minimum of water. If the blended rice does not have the consistency of a paste, add
rice flour or strain off excess water. Lightly cover a tray with some rice flour or baking
paper and spread the paste out flat. Preferably leave in the sun or a warm place,
such as a warm oven with the heat turned off, until the dough has solidified, usually
after a few hours.
You can experiment with additions, such as kelp powder, occasionally carob
powder and dried fruit for children, and acidophilus culture or a sourdough starter if
you want to try baking a more conventionally shaped loaf. The addition of any other
kind of soaked or sprouted seed will make it more difficult for the dough to harden.
You can bake flat bread in an oven at low temperatures from a mixture of various
flours or meals, such as from peas, lentils, chickpeas, rice, and rye. You may add
buckwheat flour to any baking mix to improve its binding qualities.
If you use sprouted seeds, it is not necessary to add acidophilus or sourdough
starter to improve the nutritional quality, but only to lighten the bake. However, if you
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lactic-acid fermentation will greatly improve the nutritional value as well as lighten the
texture.
Any other soaked, sprouted, and blended seeds can be used for making flat
bread by baking at 160° to 180° F with or without a starter. Again, it is advisable to
spread the dough over a layer of flour to absorb excess moisture. You can also add
other flavouring ingredients, such as banana or carrot pulp. It may take five hours or
more of baking for the bread to solidify. At this temperature, the enzymes are
destroyed and, unlike sun-baked rice, it is not a raw food any more. However, the
protein structures generally are not damaged and there is no digestive leukocytosis
(increased white blood cells in the intestinal wall) when eating this bread. You can
refrigerate part of the sourdough as starter for the next bake, but if you are yeast-
sensitive, it is preferable to use fresh acidophilus culture each time.
For more conventional bread, I recommend rye sourdough; the more
acidophilus you add and the slower the dough solidifies, the more acid it becomes,
and vice versa. Mix 1 cup of acidophilus starter with rye flour, water, flavourings (for
example, caraway seeds), and 1 tablespoon of honey or molasses as food for the
bacteria. Leave covered overnight in a warm place. Before adding salt, reserve and
refrigerate 1 cup of this as a starter for the next baking. Add more flour, knead,
shape, and cover the loaves and let them rise in a lightly warmed oven for several
more hours. Then bake at a moderate heat for 90 minutes; place a pan with hot
water on the bottom rack to develop steam.
Bone Broth: Use the soft bones of fowl or the bones and heads of fish. Add 1
or several tablespoons of vinegar, depending on the amount of bones you have.
Simmer with sufficient water in a covered, non-metal container for at least 3 hours, or
until the bones become brittle and the liquid is nearly neutral. With larger quantities
and longer cooking time, you can repeatedly add more water and vinegar.
Alternatively, use a pressure cooker for 30 minutes, but without adding vinegar.
When the bones have become soft, blend it all, strain (optional), and freeze in ice
cube trays. Use some of the broth frequently with meals; add it to vegetable salads,
as it is an excellent source of gelatine, calcium, and other minerals.
Beef Juice, Liver Broth, Liver Juice: To make liver broth, simmer pieces of
(organic) liver for 2 hours; strain and mix with sweet vegetables, cooked or raw. To
make beef juice, dice a pound of lean beef. Put in a jar without water, cover well, and
set the jar on a piece of cloth in a pot filled with water. Boil for 3 hours. Press juice
accumulated in the jar through a strainer and refrigerate or freeze it. Sip a
teaspoonful 5 to 10 times daily and keep it in the mouth for some time. Make this
juice fresh weekly. Occasionally, the juice can be made of liver instead of beef. Beef
juice is indicated in cases of serious muscle weakness.
Butter Spread: In order to cut down on your butter consumption, lightly warm
some butter and mix it with an equal amount of extra-virgin olive oil. Add lecithin,
chopped onion, kelp, herbs, and spices to taste. Alternatively, or in addition to using
oil, butter can be mixed with an equal amount of hot gelatine; flavour to taste and
keep the butter spread refrigerated.
Marinated Fish: Dice the fish and cover with lemon juice or diluted cider
vinegar or a mixture of both. Refrigerate overnight; add cooked or raw onion or herbs
and spices, and possibly some juice, leaf, or green skin of papaya. Eat with

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vegetables or sprout salad. You can also marinate liver, minced meat, or soft cuts of
meat.
Fruit Balls: These are for festive occasions. Mince any of the following: nuts,
sesame, sunflower, or pumpkin seeds, fresh coconut, dried fruits such as apricots,
dates, mixed peel, papaya, and pineapple. Mix well, add lemon juice to taste and
also lecithin; bind with oil. Make into small balls and roll in desiccated coconut. For
different flavours, add carob powder or spices to the mixture.
Hommus: This can be used as bread spread or as an addition to meals. Soak
chickpeas (garbanzo beans) overnight. If seeds are viable, sprout them; otherwise,
use them soaked raw or soaked and cooked for a few minutes only. Discard the
soaking water to reduce intestinal gas. Puree the prepared chickpeas in a blender
and mix with any combination of the following: olive oil, tahini, lecithin, cayenne, kelp,
herbs, and spices. Keep refrigerated.
Hot Vegetable Juice: Normally, you drink fresh vegetable juice cold. However,
in cold weather you may enjoy drinking it hot, flavoured like a broth. Use a handful of
fresh green leaves, add cabbage, celery, tomato, cucumber, whatever is available,
and some sliced carrot, pumpkin, or beet root. Mix this in an electric blender, together
with a suitable hot liquid, for instance, herb tea, bone broth, or water. Strain and
press the residue. Try to keep the temperature of the broth below 120° F.
A juice extractor can be used instead of the blender or you can mix the hot
liquid with some freshly pressed juice. Flavour the drink to taste; you can use herbs,
spices, miso, kelp, oil, lecithin, egg yolk, food yeast, or molasses in any combination
you like. Drink the juice immediately, taking sips. Another possibility is to simmer the
residue left over from juicing in water for ten minutes, strain, add some flavouring,
and drink hot.
Jellies: Dissolve 4 teaspoons of white, unflavoured gelatine in 1 pint of hot
water. Pour it over diced fruits or over sprouted seeds and diced or grated vegetables
(for example, cucumber, tomato, carrot, or chopped onion). You can add herbs,
spices, kelp, and salt. Alternatively, the gelatine can be dissolved in a smaller amount
of hot water and mixed with an appropriate amount of fruit juice or fresh vegetable
juice. Refrigerate for setting. Instead of commercial gelatine, a gelatinous bone or
fish broth is preferable. Gelatine aids in the absorption of vitamins and minerals.
Linseed Yogurt: The following combination can be used as a snack before or
between meals or instead of any meal. It is especially good as a breakfast. Mix half a
cup of ground linseed with 1 or 2 tablespoons of linseed oil or olive oil or melted
coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of bee pollen, 1 teaspoon of spirulina, sliced or blended
bananas, lecithin granules, and enough yogurt, seed cheese, or seed milk for a
smooth consistency. You can also add some chopped fruit or berries. As a liquid
component, try fresh vegetable juice, grape juice, apple juice, or any other liquid.
Papaya (Pawpaw) Smoothie: This can be used as a special health food to aid
the digestion, as well as in dissolving tumours or other unwanted growths. In a
blender, mix mature green papaya (when it just starts turning yellow and the seeds
are already black) with skin, seeds, and flesh, banana and any other fruit in season,
and a sufficient amount of a suitable liquid such as a juice or yogurt. Eat on its own or
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Grated Potatoes: Bring 1 cup of water to a boil, keep the heat on high, add
coarsely grated potato, and stir for 2 to 3 minutes. This leaves the potato semi-raw
with a quite distinct flavour; add kelp, oil, and so on, and eat with vegetables or
sprouts.
Protein Drink: This is good as a general energy booster, especially if you have
blood sugar problems or lack of energy, and it is also excellent when consumed 30
minutes before a meal to reduce appetite if you want to lose weight. Mix in a blender
1 or more spoonfuls each of bee pollen, green barley powder, ground linseed,
spirulina, and chlorella, or any combination of these in a suitable liquid. This can be
seed milk or any other kind of milk or juice such as grape or apple juice.
Rejuvelac (fermented seed drink): Wash 1 cup of whole grain (preferably
organically grown) and cover with 2 cups of warm water. Suitable are rice, millet, rye,
and other grains. Keep in a glass or porcelain container in a warm place. Pour off the
liquid the next day or when it tastes slightly sour. Use as a refreshing drink on its
own, but not with or after meals. The grains can then be cooked or sprouted. Use the
grain ferment only if it has a pleasant taste and smell, otherwise discard it. Rejuvelac
may not be suitable for sensitive and yeast-allergic individuals.
Rice Dishes: Cook the rice until almost soft and most of the water has
evaporated. Add a small quantity of apples, cover, cook until the apples are soft, and
then mash them. Add cinnamon, oil, lecithin, and kelp. Eat cold as a dessert. As an
alternative, add apple puree to the cooked rice. You can also try rice with a sauce
based on blended raw carrots and other sweet vegetables or bananas.
Healthier than cooked rice is sprouted and blended rice. Wash and soak
overnight a sprouting variety of brown rice. After sprouting, blend the rice and add
other flavouring ingredients, such as banana, olive oil, kelp, carob, lecithin, or pitted
dates, for a sweet meal. Blend again and eat this instead of a breakfast cereal. If too
gritty, strain the rice puree after the first blending or cook it.
Sauerkraut: Use a wooden barrel or earthenware pot of any size. Place a layer
of shredded cabbage 4 to 6 inches deep in the container. Sprinkle over it a small
amount of salt and some herb seeds, such as caraway, fennel, or cumin; other
shredded vegetables can be added for flavouring. Press the first layer down, then
add another layer of cabbage and herbs, and so on. The cabbage must be
completely saturated with its juice and no air pockets left. Cover the contents with
cheesecloth, place a wooden cover over it, and weight it down with a heavy stone.
Leave at room temperature.
From time to time, after several days, lift the cover and remove foam and
mildew from the top of the mash; wash the cheesecloth, board, and stone with warm
water and then put them back in place. After about 2 weeks the sauerkraut should be
ready for eating. Store the container in a cool place, or put the sauerkraut in jars and
refrigerate. Eat it raw and drink the juice. Raw sauerkraut may not be suitable for
sensitive individuals, but it should be fine if cooked.
This recipe may occasionally fail if the barrel is contaminated. To avoid this,
thoroughly clean the barrel with steam or boiling water before use. To make it easier
for beneficial bacteria to develop, sprinkle organic cider vinegar into the different
layers or add acidophilus culture.

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Seed Cheese/Seed Yogurt: Soak oily seeds (almonds, nuts, sesame,
pumpkin, or sunflower) for 8 to 12 hours. Puree in an electric blender and add
acidophilus culture. If you are not yeast sensitive, experiment with adding Rejuvelac
instead. Keep in a warm place for several hours until the desired degree of sourness
develops. Refrigerate and use within 3 days. If it is too sour or if curd and whey have
separated, strain and discard the whey; rinse the curd if necessary. Use seed yogurt
as part of a salad dressing, for flavouring meals, or as a bread spread. The more
sensitive you are, the less sour it should be when you use it. If it smells or tastes bad,
discard it.
Seed Milk: Soak almonds, rice, or sunflower kernels overnight or for about 12
hours. The simplest way to make this milk is to change the water, blend the soaked
seeds in an electric blender, and press them through a strainer. You can either drink
the liquid immediately or refrigerate. You can cook the residue of the rice and add the
residue of the oily seeds to any breakfast mix (possibly remove almond skins before
blending). However, a much better way is to wait until the seeds start sprouting. This
removes any enzyme inhibitors and provides natural sweetness and enzymes to the
milk. Alternatively, use unhulled sunflower or pumpkin seeds for making milk.
Sprout Salad: Mix a variety of freshly rinsed sprouted seeds with a
combination of fresh, raw vegetables, basically using whatever is available. Most
suitable are sprouts of mung beans, lentils, sunflower seeds, and fenugreek, together
with finely grated beet root, carrot, and turnip or radish. Tomato and cucumber (try it
grated) are good for flavouring. If you have difficulty chewing, you can put all of it
through a mincer, or if very weak and debilitated, you could liquefy and drink it.
The key to enjoying a sprout salad is to find a delicious dressing. Experiment. I
recommend extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice, whole blended lemon, cider vinegar, or
rose-hip powder, any fresh or dried herbs or spices, and a dash of cayenne. These
may be added individually or mixed beforehand and refrigerated in a jar. Flavour
olive oil by mixing in a jar 1 part tahini with 3 to 10 parts oil, lemon juice, and lecithin.
For a health enhancer, add ground linseed and kelp to the salad. Start by
adding very small amounts of kelp until you come to like it. Raw egg yolk is a good
addition to the dressing, as is seed cheese or sour milk; you can also flavour this
salad with tofu or yogurt.
Sweet Vegetables: Use any combination of the following: sliced pumpkin or
squash, sweet potato, onion, turnip, beet, carrot, and tomato. Add only a minimum of
water so that finally most of it has evaporated. Vegetables with short cooking times
(tomato, pumpkin) can be added later to preserve their flavour. Salt, kelp, oil, curry,
cayenne, herbs, and spices are best stirred in at the end of cooking.
Yogurt, Clabber Milk, Cottage Cheese: It is essential to repopulate your
intestines with beneficial lactobacilli, especially L. acidophilus in the small intestines
and bifidobacteria in the large intestines. Instead of or in addition to using high-
potency acidophilus/bifido capsules or powders, you can use a self-made fermented
product or yogurt. This can be made from fresh unpasteurized cow’s milk, goat’s
milk, rice milk, homemade soy milk, or a mixture of ingredients based on bee pollen
and honey. Commercial cow’s milk acidophilus/ bifido yogurt (preferably organic or
biodynamic) can be used as a starter.

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The commonly used yogurt based on cow’s milk has some problems in that
many individuals are allergic or sensitive to some ingredients of cow’s milk. It often is
mucus-forming and is also high in estrogen, which is not good for various female
cancers. According to the blood group diet, cow’s milk is acceptable only for those
with blood group B and possibly AB. However, if you are not sensitive to it, then
yogurt made from fresh raw cow’s milk can be beneficial, used in moderation.
You can use rice as a base for making yogurt. Cook soaked (organic) brown
rice in plenty of water. After cooling, blend and strain; add starter culture and 2
teaspoons of raw honey to the strained rice water. Rice yogurt does not set, so drink
it when it turns slightly sour or smells slightly fermented. You can make rice milk by
blending and straining sprouted brown rice. This is sweet enough by itself, so that no
added sweetener is required.
A fermented drink can be made based on bee pollen and honey. Add to 1 quart
of water and starter 5 to 10 teaspoons of pollen, 2 or 3 teaspoons of raw honey, 1 or
2 teaspoons of kelp powder, and, if you like, several teaspoons of spirulina, chlorella,
or cereal grass powder. Experiment and use more or less of the indicated amounts
and also different ingredients. As with rice milk, this does not set and is best used
when it starts frothing and tastes somewhat acid.
As an initial starter, use 1 teaspoon each of powdered acidophilus and bifido
cultures, a mixed culture of these, high-potency capsules, or a commercial yogurt
containing these. Do not use commercial yogurt or starter with only bulgaricus and
thermophilus bacteria. Subsequently, use up to 1 cup of the previous batch as
starter. Preferably, use the liquid or whey as the starter because it contains the most
bacteria. The more of the starter you use and the warmer it is, the sooner the yogurt
will be ready.
If you do not have a yogurt maker, mix 2 to 3 cups of any type of milk or pollen-
honey liquid with 1 cup of starter and keep it in a jar standing in a container with hot
tap water. It usually takes only a few hours to set, though with powdered cultures it
may take 6 to 10 hours. In cold weather, renew the hot water every hour or keep the
jar in a warm place. Alternatively, the milk can be kept warm by putting it in a box or
some other small, enclosed space, together with an electric bulb or other source of
heat. Refrigerate the yogurt when it just starts setting, as it continues to become
firmer and more acid during storage. If it becomes too sour, use less of the whey as
starter and eat only the strained curd or neutralize the acid.
To make sour milk (clabber milk), leave raw, unheated milk in a flat bowl in a
warm place for 1 to 2 days until the milk sours and coagulates, then add a yogurt or
acidophilus starter. For making cottage cheese or quark, wait until curd and whey
have separated and strain or press the curdled milk through cheesecloth.
Veggie Burgers: Soak overnight 1 cup of chickpeas or lentils; next morning
replace the water and put them in a blender. Soak 2 cups of rice overnight and cook.
Combine the blended legumes with the cooked rice and add some buckwheat flour or
an egg to bind the mixture. Flavour with any combination of the following: miso, soy
sauce, fresh parsley, coriander, cumin, fresh ginger, onion, and any other herbs or
spices. Form flat burgers and bake crisp in a grill or a non-stick pan.

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Part 5
PROBLEM FOODS & FOOD PROBLEMS

This part explains in more detail the reasons for the dietary recommendations
in Part 4. Most problem foods are widely used basic foods that lead to health
problems in many people. So-called junk foods and heavily processed and
chemicalised foods belong in this category; many foods treasured by natural health
enthusiasts, such as honey, dried fruits, yogurt, and whole-meal bread, also belong
to this list of problem foods.
What chiefly makes a particular food a problem is the presence of one or
several components that can cause metabolic or digestive problems if used
indiscriminately. We use and have used problem foods in excess, so our metabolism
has been weakened to such an extent that it cannot safely process even small
amounts of certain foods without becoming distressed. This can be demonstrated
with food muscle-testing.
However, for individuals with a suitable metabolism, most problem foods can
be acceptable and sometimes even beneficial in moderation; this does not apply to
heavily chemicalised food. It is advisable for nearly everyone to minimize their intake
of problem foods. It is also best to more strictly avoid the problem foods described in
this chapter and that you know from personal experience are a cause of your health
problems.

The main problem foods are: Some problem foods frequently cause food
allergies and can be the primary allergens or
Lactose and cow’s milk products
causative agents that sensitize us to a range
Gluten and wheat products of other allergens. This applies especially to
Sugar and sweet foods the gluten in wheat and to proteins in cow’s
Red meat and fats milk. When the body is still young or overacid
and sensitive, it tends to respond strongly to
Chemicalised food, stimulants, and
yeast or moulds these foods. However, problem foods cause
even more serious problems when the body is
older, alkaline, and insensitive, but then there are no alarm reactions such as food
allergies to warn us. This leads to the development of chronic degenerative diseases
such as autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer.
In addition to specific health problems being caused by specific foods, the
overall impact on the adrenal glands of habitually consuming problem foods can raise
our basic stress level to such a high degree that a relatively small additional stress
from emotional or social problems can trigger severe reactions. These can include
asthma, epilepsy, migraine, depression, irritability, hyperactivity, phobias, nervous
breakdown, and mental disease. In addition, the fact that we cook too many of our
foods and hence have insufficient enzymes in our diet greatly contributes to the
development of chronic degenerative diseases and premature aging.

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Step 38
COW’S MILK PRODUCTS & LACTOSE
Have a closer look at cow’s milk products and lactose.
In some forms they can be beneficial, but as commonly
used they tend to create a lot of health problems.

The three problematic ingredients in dairy products are lactose (milk sugar),
butterfat, and casein (and other proteins). While lactose can be a problem in all
animal milk, including goat’s milk, difficulties with protein and butterfat are specific to
cow’s milk.
Bottle-feeding infants with cow’s milk has far-reaching effects. The earlier it is
substituted for human breast milk, the more damage is usually caused. The baby’s
digestive system is still immature and relies on enzymes provided in mother’s milk. It
cannot properly digest cow’s milk, especially if the milk has been pasteurized and is
without enzymes. In addition, in the first few weeks or months of life, the wall of the
infant’s small intestine is not yet fully developed and allows only partly digested
proteins to pass through; this causes allergies.
In a clinical study, all infants and most older children evaluated had antibodies
against cow’s milk in their blood.24 This means they were allergic to it, even in the
absence of obvious symptoms. However, usually “unspecific” symptoms were
present, such as restlessness and crying at night, dermatitis, tender abdomen,
tantrums, weak eyes, low energy, hyperactivity, indigestion, and a high incidence of
colds and ear and respiratory infections. A contributing factor that makes many
babies prone to infections is the absence of immuno-protective agents in bottled milk
that are present in human breast milk, especially in the colostrum.
Formula-fed babies usually suffer from zinc deficiency. Zinc is essential for
activating the immune system. The zinc content in cow’s milk is actually higher than
that in mother’s milk, but in cow’s milk zinc is bound to a protein from which the
baby’s immature digestive system cannot release it. Other trace minerals are also
difficult for the baby to absorb from cow’s milk; iron is especially problematic.
A resulting iron deficiency in babies contributes to the development of anemia, a
weakening of the immune system, and retarded mental and cognitive development.
An allergy to cow’s milk and subsequent mucus congestion of the lungs,
combined with zinc and iron deficiencies of the immune system, cause frequent colds
and respiratory infections in babies. This, in turn, depletes babies of vitamin C.
The effect of all this is a high incidence of crib deaths in bottle-fed babies, which
sometimes occur shortly after immunizations. Vaccinations can further drain the
already dangerously low levels of vitamin C. Archie Kalokerinos, M.D., in Every
Second Child, relates that in some Aboriginal communities of Australia every second
child given a vaccination died of crib death, but when fed high doses of vitamin C
before and after vaccinations, not a single child died. Is it a coincidence that New
Zealand has the highest rates of asthma and crib deaths in the world, but also the
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Crib deaths are uncommon in breast-fed babies. However, even breast-fed
babies can develop allergies if the mother has a high intake of cow’s milk products or
is allergic to it herself. Full-term babies in the first two weeks and premature babies in
the first one or two months can become allergic to almost any substitute for mother’s
milk. If breast-feeding by the mother is not possible during this time and a wet nurse
is not available, then fresh raw goat’s or sheep’s milk is the least harmful alternative.
Problems Associated with Lactose: Most adults, except for Caucasians,
cannot split lactose into its two components, glucose and galactose. After the age of
three, a deficiency in the lactose-splitting enzyme lactase develops, and this can
cause severe indigestion and diarrhea if the diet contains appreciable amounts of
lactose. This condition is known as lactose intolerance.
Lactose-intolerant people can tolerate lactose better if fermented milk is used,
as in the form of yogurt or kefir, where the lactose is partially pre-split by lactic-acid
bacteria. Alterna-tively, lactose-splitting enzymes are now commercially available and
can be added to milk. However, lactose intolerance is only a minor problem
compared to the much more serious health problems caused by galactose. Lactose
intolerance appears to be a wise precaution of nature rather than a regrettable
accident because it protects us from the great danger of galactose overload.
We both need and don’t need galactose. Most European adults and older
children who can digest lactose are unable to use galactose efficiently. Babies need
galactose as an important building component of the brain, the central nervous
system, and of many proteins. Thus, mother’s milk is even higher in galactose than
animal milk to ensure that the baby obtains sufficient galactose. In later life, very little
galactose is needed and this can easily be synthesized from other sugars. Therefore,
most of the ingested galactose is converted in the liver to glucose and used as body
fuel, but the amount that can be converted is rather limited, even with a healthy liver.
This conversion is a slow and complex process requiring four different
enzymes. One of these is sometimes missing from birth, giving rise to a condition
known as galactosaemia. Continued milk-feeding leads to a buildup of galactose in
the baby and can cause cataracts, cirrhosis of the liver and spleen, and mental
retardation. If the liver is not healthy, it becomes less able to convert galactose. This
fact is sometimes used as a criterion for a clinical liver-function test. If galactose is
injected into someone with a defective liver, most of the galactose will later appear in
the urine, confirming the diagnosis of liver dysfunction.
Mucic Acid and Mucus: Under normal conditions, only part of the galactose is
expelled with the urine. If there is a deficiency of protective antioxidants, then the rest
is mainly oxidized to galactaric acid, commonly known as mucic acid. The great
health danger of mucic acid is that it is insoluble. The body cannot let it pile up in vital
areas and block organ functions or blood circulation. Therefore, it forms the mucic
acid into a sticky suspension in water called mucus. Thus, mucic acid is a main
component of pathogenic -(disease-producing) mucus.
It is the function of the lymphatic system to remove dangerous substances,
such as mucus, from areas of vital importance and transport them to the organs of
elimination. Mucus is too dangerous to dispose of through the kidneys or (with bile)
through the liver, but it has a special affinity to the mucous membranes that line the
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tract, the hollow head spaces, the sinuses, and the Eustachian tube (a passage
between the mouth and the inner ear).
The mucus accumulates in these hollow spaces until external factors help to
sensitize the mucous membranes sufficiently to allow the mucus to pass through.
This is relatively easy in young individuals and those with a poor sugar metabolism,
as they have high levels of histamine and inflammatory adrenal hormones. Even
minor irritations of the mucous membranes, be they from cold air, dust, air pollution,
pollen, or germs, will sensitize these to let some of the mucus flow out, such as
through sneezing.
Such mucus cleansing may be experienced periodically as a cold, hay fever,
wet cough, or running nose. In others, the accumulation of mucus, which provides a
favourable breeding ground for germs, causes chronic infections in specific areas
such as the sinuses, the middle ear, the respiratory tract, and the lungs. This may
allow a permanent trickle of mucus through the affected mucous membrane. In
addition, a dead (commonly root-canalled) front tooth may be responsible for chronic
sinus problems.
With a high lactose intake, the lymph channels and lymph glands are usually
congested with mucus as well. This allows influenza and other infections to spread
from the sensitized mucous membranes through the mucus-filled hollow spaces into
the lymphatic system, causing lymph gland swellings and inflammations. I have
found that in many people the number of influenza bouts, colds, and other respiratory
infections can be varied at will from none to several per year just by varying the
lactose intake. Mucus congestion is also the main cause of ear infections and
hearing problems, especially in children.
In most cases it is not a lactose allergy, but a galactose overload that is
responsible for this excessive mucus. While in the case of those suffering from cow’s
milk allergy, somewhat more lactose may be tolerated when it comes from goat’s
milk, in most individuals the lactose in goat’s milk or in tablets will be as mucus-
forming as that from cow’s milk.
Milk Products and Asthma: When more mucus accumulates in the lungs than
can be expelled, asthma is likely to develop. Often lung congestion is combined with
a strong subconscious fear element that can, for instance, result from insecurity or
lack of love in early childhood. Another contributing factor is hypoglycaemia coupled
with weak adrenal glands.
Many cases seem to be predominantly mucus-induced. I treated a patient who
was fond of yogurt and, for health reasons, prepared it from skim-milk powder. This
produces yogurt with a much higher lactose content than yogurt from full-fat milk (see
table 5-1). When I persuaded her to use somewhat less yogurt and prepare it only
from whole milk without additional skim-milk powder, her asthma disappeared for
good. The asthma-causing skim-milk yogurt provided approximately 50 g of lactose
per day, while she was asthma-free on whole-milk yogurt with about 5 g of lactose
daily.
The lung irritation caused by accumulated mucus also means that the lungs are
more prone to be affected by food allergies and chemicals. This could result in
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allows bacteria to infiltrate. Some strains of these bacteria convert sugars into alginic
acid, another sticky mucus. Often there is Candida albicans or fungal infestation as
well, which sensitizes the mucous membranes to airborne moulds. Mucus--releasing
colds in this setting can be a blessing in disguise, provided they are not treated with
antibiotics. Also dead teeth can induce copious mucus due to chronic root and
jawbone infections, as explained in step 8.
The mucous membranes of asthmatics, which are highly sensitized by mucic
acid, react strongly to air pollutants such as smoke, pollen, and sulphur dioxide. The
adrenal glands are typically weak and histamine levels are high because of a sweet
diet and allergies. To overcome asthma, we need to reverse these negative
conditions by using a low-allergy diet with a minimum of sweet or mucus-forming
food, while the respiratory tract should periodically be cleared of mucus. Breathing
exercises also help this condition.
Milk Products and Chronic Degenera-tive Diseases: A serious consequence
of a congested lymphatic system full of mucus is the development of leukaemia. This
happens when the immune system has been sufficiently damaged by frequent
mucus-related infections combined with other factors such as toxic chemicals, a
sweet diet, allergies, and -vitamin--mineral deficiencies.
It may not be a coincidence that Nathan
Table 5-1: Lactose Content
Pritikin, famous for his much-publicized diet to
of Dairy Products
cure cardiovascular diseases, developed
leukaemia. The original Pritikin diet is high in butter 0.5%
skim-milk products and, therefore, imposes a cheese, cottage cheese 2-4%
severe galactose overload on the body. goat’s milk 4.3%
Leukaemia or another galactose-related cow’s milk 4.9%
degenerative disease is more likely to develop
yogurt and ice cream
as a long-term effect of a high intake of skim-
(with skim milk powder) 5-25%
milk products. It is important to note that
cardiovascular diseases can be prevented or skim-milk powder 52%
cured nutritionally without causing other health whey powder 70%
problems such as leukaemia.
Leukaemia stands in between the acute mucus-related infections of childhood
and the usual chronic degenerative diseases that develop with advancing age. When
our metabolism slows down as we become older or if we are on an unsuitably heavy
meat diet, the body gradually becomes too alkaline and the mucous membranes
become more insensitive. In this condition, the release of mucus through colds and
other respiratory infections becomes rare and most of the mucic acid is stored in the
body.
A lactose intolerance, and thus an enforced avoidance of foods containing
lactose, can also protect us from another disease: cataracts of the eyes. Even infants
can develop cataracts when they cannot convert galactose to glucose, and galactose
overload is an important cause of cataracts in adults. In addition, high blood glucose
and fructose levels may contribute. These simple sugars are reduced to sugar
alcohols that cause cloudiness in the lens. Another form of cataract is mainly caused
by a chronic deficiency of vitamins A, B2, C, D, and E, and the minerals chromium
and selenium. Radiation exposure or drugs can also cause cataracts.

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Besides cataracts, there are other diseases that are usually considered to be
typical for the aging body, but that occur in infants with galactosaemia. These include
liver degeneration, oedema, and reduced memory or senility (the latter being
equivalent to mental retardation in infants with galactosaemia).
Cancer (carcinoma) reportedly can result from galactosaemia. A clinical study
shows that women who consumed yogurt had a higher rate of ovarian cancer than
controls who consumed the same amount of lactose from other milk products.25
Because of the activity of the lactic-acid bacteria, yogurt contains more readily
available galactose than other milk products.
A frequent complaint is increasing deafness with subsequent infection and
inflammation because of mucus congestion of the Eustachian tube and the middle
ear. In children, this condition is sometimes called “glue ear.” This is especially a
problem with children of non-European background because they can still absorb
lactose, but cannot easily convert galactose, especially from cow’s milk, into energy.
One Scandinavian study showed that no purely breast-fed baby developed
early middle ear infection and that such babies were protected against it in later life.
In contrast, early introduction of cow’s milk predisposed children to this and it was
exclusively found in children who received cow’s milk before the age of six months.26
With lactose-induced mucus congestion, degenerative lung diseases such as
emphysema can also develop. While smoking is generally considered to be the
greatest hazard for lung cancer, it may actually rank equal with galactose overload;
most at risk are heavy smokers with mucus-congested lungs. Sometimes the lungs
fill up with mucus. A patient I know died because his lungs and breathing passage
were filled with sticky mucus. He literally drowned in it. With each of his breaths, I
could hear the air bubbling up through the mucus.
A combination of mucus accumulation in the lungs and the digestive system is
seen in cystic fibrosis. This disease is mainly due to an overproduction of an
abnormal mucopolysaccharide, a long-chain carbohydrate that normally supplies the
mucus physiologically required by the body. Cystic fibrosis sufferers also may be
unable to convert galactose and, as they are usually deficient in protective
antioxidants, they may also produce large amounts of mucic acid. Like galactose
overload, cystic fibrosis is typically a disease of Caucasians.
In part, excessive mucus formation stems from an infestation of the lungs with
bacteria, which produces an abnormal amount of sticky alginic acid. The important
point here is that alginic acid is synthesized from a simple sugar (mannose) that
these bacteria can convert from an excess of any other sugar, such as galactose,
fructose, or glucose. Therefore, mucus-forming as well as sweet foods must be
avoided.
Lactose in Food: Preventing excessive mucus accumulation in the body is
much easier than trying to remove it afterwards. If you are concerned about your
future well-being, it is a wise precaution to reduce your intake of lactose to a
minimum, starting today. Review table 5-1 for the lactose content of some common
dairy products, and see which ones you can avoid.
With skim-milk powder having a lactose content of 52 percent, you may now
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cheese, and so forth, instead of full-fat products. Such low-fat foods are made from
skim-milk powder and contain three to five times as much lactose as the equivalent
full-fat foods. Sometimes skim-milk powder is even added to butter. Therefore, read
the product labels and avoid butter that lists “non-fat milk solids” as one of the
ingredients.
Skim-milk powder is also a favourite additive to many other commercial foods,
such as bread and other baked products, sausages, and margarine. The health-food
industry is fond of adding lactose to many products such as soy milk and dandelion
coffee. Lactose is often used as filler in white tablets; cell salts are almost pure
lactose. Try to avoid white tablets if the label does not state that they are free of
lactose or are low-allergy tablets.
I suspect that the average daily amount of lactose that healthy adults can
handle without the danger of long-term galactose overload is less than 10 g, the
equivalent of one glass of milk. However, those who have occasional mucus
problems or are afflicted with a -galactose-related disease do well to have a much
lower lactose intake than 10 g per day. With a lactose allergy, it is often necessary to
avoid lactose completely for several months or years.
Casein, Milk Protein, and Fat: Casein is the main protein in cow’s milk and
constitutes about three percent of it. Mother’s milk, on the other hand, has only 0.5
percent casein content. The high casein content of cow’s milk causes it to form a
very tough, rubbery curd in the stomach; the casein then binds the calcium in milk as
an insoluble salt. Thus it is extremely difficult to digest and is a frequent source of
indigestion. Mother’s milk and goat’s milk, on the other hand, form finely dispersed
soft curds that infants can easily digest.
Thus the protein in cow’s milk frequently is only partly digested and becomes a
major source of intestinal putrefaction and toxaemia. Incompletely digested protein
can pass through the wall of the small intestine and cause allergies. Symptoms of
worms in children are often due to intestinal putrefaction from undigested cow’s milk.
Breast milk, which contains high levels of fat-digesting lipase and other enzymes, is
nearly self-digesting in the baby’s gut in contrast with pasteurized cow’s milk, which
is very difficult to digest.
In a double-blind study, 24 out of 27 babies with colic became free of
symptoms when put on a diet free of cow’s milk protein. The babies, when given
cow’s milk protein, cried on average 3.2 hours daily and when taken off cow’s milk,
cried for only one hour.27 However, I believe that breast-fed babies who have all their
needs met hardly cry at all. Allergy-prone mothers pass allergens to their babies with
their breast milk. This allergenicity is often caused by beta-lactoglobulin, which is in
the cow’s milk. When such mothers avoided cow’s milk (and thus its proteins), the
babies’ colic disappeared.
Colic is due to an inflammation of the intestinal wall, which in turn is triggered
by an allergic reaction against the protein in cow’s milk. This chronic inflammation
erodes the intestines’ microvilli through which the food is absorbed, thus resulting in
malabsorption. Incompletely digested proteins can also pass through the damaged
intestinal wall into the bloodstream and produce various allergic reactions, such as
dermatitis or brain irritation.

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A general consequence of such cow’s milk allergy is a weakening of the
immune system, which in babies is further aggravated by a lack of protective immune
factors that are normally transmitted through breast milk. This is why infants on cow’s
milk have frequent colds and respiratory infections; this immune weakening can also
lead to sudden infant death or immune deficiency diseases in later life.
Cow’s milk appears to disturb calcium metabolism. Calcium becomes trapped
in undigested casein, while the long-chain saturated fatty acids form insoluble soaps
with calcium. In addition, cow’s milk has an unfavourable ratio of phosphorus to
calcium as compared to breast milk.
Several studies show that cancer patients tend to consume more cow’s milk
than do matched controls. Professor Jane Plant, author of Your Life in Your Hands,
may have discovered the connection between cow’s milk and cancer. Her breast
cancer had spread throughout her body and she had been given up to die. At that
stage, she found out that the rate of death from breast cancer in China is one in
10,000 compared to about one in ten in most Western countries, and also that
Chinese do not use animal milk or related products. Putting the two together, she
avoided all milk products; her tumours eventually disappeared, and for 13 years now
she has been free of cancer.
As Chinese have “normal” rates of other cancers, there must be a special factor
that causes their low breast cancer rates. Also the largely milk-free Japanese have
low breast cancer rates, but when Chinese or Japanese women adopt a Western
lifestyle, their breast cancer rates start to climb, approaching the level in Western
countries. Studies now link milk consumption to breast and prostate cancer.
The problem appears to be a special protein called insulin-like growth factor,
IGF-1. This stimulates hormone-related division of cells and especially stimulates
breast tissue to grow during puberty and pregnancy; it also affects the prostate gland.
Clinical studies showed that higher levels of circulating IGF-1 in the blood were not
only a strong risk factor for women to develop breast cancer, but also for men to
develop prostate cancer. However, IGF-1 levels were not elevated with benign
conditions.28 The crucial factor is that cow’s milk is very high in IGF-1, and it is also
present in the meat of dairy cows. High-yield milk production, as commonly induced
with synthetic hormones, increases the IGF-1 levels in the milk.
Another protein or protein fragment is connected with juvenile diabetes (Type
I). It appears that this is only a problem with milk from Frisian cows (called A1 milk),
but not with milk from other, lower-yielding breeds that produce A2 milk. Most of
presently consumed milk is A1 milk.
Juvenile diabetes is much higher in those who have been bottle-fed rather than
breast-fed and it is lower in communities that consume less cow’s milk products.
Studies of newly diagnosed diabetic children revealed an immune response to this
protein fragment of cow’s milk protein in all of them, and found that it has the same
composition as one called P69 on the beta cells. P69 is usually protected inside the
pancreatic beta cells and comes to the surface only during microbial and viral
infections. At those times, the immune system can mistake it for cow’s milk protein
and attack it and destroy the beta cells in the process. Bottle-fed infants are very
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“normal” for them to have six and more infections a year, even though these are rare
with breast-fed infants.
Therefore, bottle-fed infants frequently receive antibiotics that then encourage
overgrowth of the intestines with undesirable microbes and a tendency towards
chronic pancreatitis. One type of E. coli bacteria, though harmless in the large
intestine, has the potential for causing great damage in the small intestine. That is
because it produces a molecule very similar to insulin. When the immune system
becomes activated against this molecule, it can then also direct its attack against
related features at the beta cells.
This shows that a combination of two factors can trigger an attack on the insulin
producing beta cells: one factor that brings P69 to the surface of the beta cells, and
another that activates the immune system to attack them. From the first factor we
have the frequent colds of bottle-fed babies, and if antibiotics are used, then this also
promotes overgrowth of the small intestines with pathogenic microbes, including E.
coli, as the second factor. This is reinforced with feeding cow’s milk, which intensifies
the attack on the beta cells and eventually leads to juvenile diabetes.
Fermented cow’s milk products in the form of natural yogurt, kefir, and natural
cheeses produce a fine curd and cause fewer health problems than unfermented
milk. However, even these should be used with care and only if they do not cause
allergies or mucus problems. Generally, the corresponding goat’s or sheep’s milk
products are far more preferable. The least harmful milk product is cottage cheese
made from fermented goat’s or sheep’s milk.
The most damaging aspect of commercial milk products, apart from
oversupplying the body with growth promoters, lactose, and casein, is the destruction
of natural enzymes by pasteurizing the milk. Raw butter, for instance, was formerly
used to cure psoriasis, but pasteurized butter causes or aggravates it. The healing
effect of raw butter is due to its high content of the fat-digesting enzyme lipase. The
same is true for heart and liver problems, which are caused in part or aggravated by
processed cheese and butter fat.
Such health problems did not occur to the inhabitants of the Caucasus and
Bulgaria with their high intake of raw milk products. Cholesterol did not harm anyone
in former times when mainly unheated milk products were used; cardiovascular
diseases were almost unknown. Raw milk was formerly used to cure tuberculosis,
but pasteurized milk is more likely to cause it. In general, raw butter and cream are
far healthier foods than refined polyunsaturated oils or margarine.

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Step 39
WHEAT & GLUTEN
Wheat may be the staff of life, but in many people
it is actually unfavourable to health.

Gluten is a mixture of two groups of proteins, gliadins and glutelins. Wheat has
the highest content of gluten, especially hard wheat, which makes it possible to bake
leavened bread and cakes. Under the conditions of baking, gluten forms a network of
molecules, similar to a wire mesh. This molecule mesh traps small bubbles of carbon
dioxide gas and prevents them from escaping. This makes the baked product light
and easy to chew. However, in this way we create a problem for our digestion
because the gluten network is more difficult to break down. The gluten network is
only partly digested, especially if the food is not very well chewed; this is a main
cause of intestinal inflammation and wheat allergy.
Malabsorption Problems with Wheat: Gluten seriously weakens the intestinal
wall. Its effect on the tiny absorption villi in the small intestine can be compared to the
action of sandpaper on wood. Animal experiments have shown that the intestinal
absorption villi are long and slender before they come into repeated contact with
wheat protein. Afterwards, they become blunt and broad, with a much-reduced ability
to absorb nutrients.
Therefore, people on wheat diets absorb nutrients less well than those reared
on wheat-free diets. The former greatly contributes to the widespread incidence of
malabsorption and nutrient deficiencies. In such people, not only are the absorption
villi blunted, but the irritation caused by the sandpaper effect of gluten produces a
protective mucous coating over the intestinal wall. This makes it still more difficult for
nutrients to pass through the intestinal wall to be absorbed.
Thus we find gluten, and especially wheat gluten, implicated as a cause of
typical malabsorption diseases, such as cystic fibrosis, celiac disease, and sprue, but
frequently also associated with autoimmune diseases, diabetes, arthritis, multiple
sclerosis, and schizophrenia. The irritation caused by gluten is a main factor in
causing appendicitis, colitis, and inflammation of the small intestines (e.g., Crohn’s
disease) as well as gastric and duodenal ulcers.
It has been estimated that about 90 million Americans suffer from gluten
sensitivity, while celiac disease, a severe form of malabsorption caused by gluten,
has been found to be 50 times more prevalent than previously suspected and about
1.5 million Americans are thought to suffer from it. Celiac disease occurs frequently
not only in patients with gastrointestinal symptoms, but also in relatives and others
with numerous common disorders even in the absence of gastrointestinal
symptoms.29 For further information, contact University of Maryland Centre for Celiac
Research: see websites: www.celiaccenter.org and www.celiac.com.
The degree of damage to the intestinal wall is proportional to the amount of
gluten consumed. But even so-called normal and healthy volunteers on high-gluten
test diets showed a deterioration of their intestinal walls and that their ability to
absorb nutrients had been reduced.

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Nutrient malabsorption is even more of a problem if white bread is used
because it has lost about 80 percent of its vitamin and mineral content compared to
that of whole-meal bread. What makes it even worse is the modern fast-baking
method; instead of fermenting the bread for four to seven hours, it is now whipped
with chemicals for two minutes. Thus the few remaining minerals stay tightly bound to
phytic acid and cannot be absorbed by the body.
Gluten Allergy: When the intestinal wall deteriorates, it becomes permeable
and molecules larger than normal can pass through. This allows partly digested
proteins and bacterial toxins to enter the bloodstream, causing allergies and a
deterioration of the immune system. Thus, gluten is actually the main agent causing
allergies. Without a weakening of the intestinal wall, other potential food allergens
would be prevented from reaching the bloodstream, except in the case of babies with
intestinal walls that are still immature.
Young babies are also unable to digest starches. Feeding them wheat
products, which is very common, almost automatically leads to the development of a
wheat allergy. Therefore, cow’s milk and wheat are two of the primary food allergies
in our society. Not only do they precede the development of other allergies, but their
initial appearance makes it much easier for secondary allergies to develop.
All these problems caused by gluten are greatly intensified by the tough
network of gluten molecules formed in baking with gluten-rich flour. In former
centuries only low-gluten wheat was available; high-gluten wheat is a modern
innovation. In addition, the amount of wheat-baking, especially with high-gluten
wheat, has greatly increased in our society compared to former centuries, while at
the same time our digestive powers have declined.
As this trend has existed already for several generations, most of us are by
now sensitized to some degree against wheat gluten, and baked wheat products
have become problem foods for most individuals. This includes whole-meal wheat
bread and not just the white variety. Our ancestors used mainly millet, rye, and oats
as staple grains in addition to low-gluten wheat and spelt; they also used grains more
in the form of porridge or wafers than as leavened bread. However, when leavened
bread was used, it was mainly as sourdough bread, except in the cities where yeast-
baking gradually dominated.
Rye and barley contain less gluten than wheat, and the protein composition is
slightly different in these grains; thus, even if you have a wheat allergy, you may still
be able to eat these grains. However, this is often not the case, and it is preferable
that you avoid these for an extended period if you have a wheat allergy, and instead
use gluten-free grains such as rice, millet, and maize. Buckwheat is not a cereal
grain - it belongs to the rhubarb family - but it contains a gluten-like protein that
requires allergy testing before being used by individuals allergic to gluten.
Processed food, including tablets and soy sauce, often contain added wheat
starch or gluten. If you have a wheat allergy and use processed food, then read the
labels carefully. Wheat grass, however, is safe to use, but wheat-germ oil needs to
be tested for possible allergic reactions.
Iris Diagnosis to Detect Wheat Susceptibility: Blue-eyed individuals with
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denoting the intestines (refer to Step 12). This reflex zone that surrounds the pupil
indicates the irritation and mucus covering of the intestinal wall. Frequently, the white
fans out to other parts of the iris, but especially to the head and brain reflex areas
that are in the upper part of the iris (between the ten and two o’clock positions). This
indicates gluten-induced mucus congestion of the head and irritation of the brain
tissues.
Such people are vulnerable to emotional irritability, bursts of temper, and, in the
case of brain allergy, to epilepsy and mental disease. They cannot relax easily, and
attending emotional workshops or seeking psychiatric help will do little permanent
good if the nutritional cause of the problem is not corrected. These individuals often
have oversensitive sense organs and tend towards farsightedness. As long as there
is no serious mucus congestion in the head, the sharpened senses provide good
eyesight and excellent hearing. The disadvantages are oversensitive taste buds, an
oversensitive sense of smell, and distress caused by loud noise.
Magnesium supplements will help but will not remove the basic cause. In later
life, mucus congestion may lead to deafness and eye diseases. If, in addition to
wheat or gluten intolerance, there is difficulty in digesting fats, the white iris areas will
become increasingly yellow.
Baked wheat products, especially in combination with sugars, are the most
fattening foods for susceptible individuals. The metabolism of such individuals
becomes inefficient and the wheat starch is mainly converted into body fat instead of
energy. Frequently, individuals allergic to wheat, gluten, and beer have a distended
abdomen (potbelly).
For many individuals, gluten products, especially wheat and beer, are strongly
mucus forming. Generally, the whiter the iris, the more mucus-forming is the gluten
consumed. Wheat and gluten are often a problem for those with asthma and hay
fever. If you have a problem with mucus, avoid all gluten products and all foods
containing lactose. After sufficient improvement, you can reintroduce small amounts
of rye and oats into your diet and explore how much of these your body tolerates.
Most commercial health breads contain added gluten, skim-milk powder, or
dried whole grain and are worse than plain whole-meal bread. I recommend rye
sourdough bread and rye crispbread; however, rye sourdough bread often contains
added wheat described as whole-meal or bread-making flour, so be careful.
Oats are high in proteins and nucleic acids, while the fibre (oat bran) is useful
for binding and expelling surplus cholesterol from the intestines. Barley has an even
higher cholesterol-reducing effect, and both oats and barley are superior to wheat.
However, oats are also high in gluten and easily cause the same problems as wheat
in gluten-sensitive individuals. It may be no coincidence that Scotland has the highest
rate of multiple sclerosis, with a diet traditionally high in oats and low in vitamin D due
to a lack of sunshine.

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Step 40
SWEET FOODS
Your sweet tooth may be your undoing, so consider
reducing your intake of sugars.

The main problem with sweet foods is that sugars are absorbed too quickly.
The body tries to maintain a fairly constant blood sugar level close to 100 mg of
glucose per 100 ml of blood, but this becomes difficult with the habitual consumption
of sweet foods.
When we have a starch meal, it takes several hours until all the starch is
converted into glucose. The absorption through the intestinal wall is gradual and the
liver can easily regulate the blood glucose level by forming glycogen or fat from
surplus glucose. It is equally safe to eat raw cabbage or raw carrots, which can
naturally contain amounts of sugar equal to a spoonful of honey. Again, it takes hours
for the glucose from raw vegetables to enter the bloodstream, while with that from
honey or fruit juices, it can take less than 30 minutes.
However, when sweet food is eaten during or after a protein meal, the sugar is
absorbed considerably more slowly. The same applies when sweet food is combined
with fat. On the other hand, sweetened starches, such as sweet porridge, cookies, or
cakes, cause digestive and metabolic problems and are not recommended for
habitual use. This means, in effect, that chocolate may be safer to eat occasionally
than chocolate cake.
In former centuries, only limited amounts of sweet foods were commonly
available in middle and northern Europe. More sweet food was used in
Mediterranean countries, and descendents from these populations generally have a
stronger sugar metabolism. In addition, formerly it was much more common to work
hard physically and in this way burn up the glucose as quickly as it entered the
bloodstream after a sweet snack. Food was largely unprocessed and rich in those
vitamins and minerals that are needed to maintain the blood sugar regulation and
sugar metabolism.
Three minerals required for metabolizing sugars are zinc (a component of
insulin and of several enzymes), chromium (part of the glucose tolerance factor that
allows glucose to enter the cells), and manganese (an important enzyme factor). In
addition to these trace minerals, we need sufficient potassium and magnesium to
produce energy from sugar. The vitamins most important for producing this energy
from glucose are B1 and B2.
In contrast to former centuries, many people now suffer from vitamin and
mineral deficiencies that make good blood sugar regulation nearly impossible and
severely weaken the energy metabolism. On top of this, large amounts of sweet food
are consumed almost daily, and the only “work” that many modern people do after a
sweet snack is to raise a cup or stare at the television. The combined effect of all
these negative factors is an erratic blood sugar level. It rises higher and higher after
the ingestion of sweet food and falls more steeply and lower shortly afterwards.

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Depending on one’s metabolic constitution, this has different effects on different
people.

Table 5-2: Symptoms of Allergy and Blood Sugar Problems

Allergies and blood sugar problems reinforce each other and can cause the same
symptoms or contribute to the same chronic diseases.

abdominal pains diabetes irritability


addictions diarrhea joint pains
adrenal exhaustion digestive problems low blood pressure
aggressiveness distended veins migraine
alcoholism dizziness mouth ulcers
anemia eczema mucus congestion
angina edema muscle cramps
anxiety emotional instability muscle pains
arthritis epilepsy myopia
asthma exhaustion nervousness
autoimmune disease eye weakness neuralgia
backache fainting neuroses
bloating fatigue nose bleeding
blurred vision forgetfulness numbness
burning eyes gallbladder pain obesity
cancer gastric pain/ulcer palpitations
caries glaucoma phobia
chest pain hay fever poor circulation
chronic coughs headache rashes
chronic indigestion heart attacks respiratory problems
cold hands and feet heartburn schizophrenia
colds haemorrhoids sinusitis
colitis hyperactivity skin problems
confusion hypertension sweating
conjunctivitis immune deficiency tachycardia
constipation indigestion underweight
convulsions infections varicose veins
crying spells inflammations vomiting
depression insomnia weakness

If you look at Table 5-2, you may be surprised at the variety of symptoms that
can occur and the number of chronic diseases to which a weak sugar metabolism
contributes. The reason that sugar can cause such a range of problems is that
glucose has a central position in producing our daily energy requirement. If our cells
cannot efficiently produce energy, all our organs and body functions are affected.
How Diabetes Comes into the Picture: The disease most widely associated
with a breakdown of blood sugar regulation is diabetes. When diabetes develops
during childhood or in young adults (Type I), the main problem is usually a deficiency
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blood glucose into the cells. Therefore, a deficiency of insulin leads to a rise in the
blood glucose level.
Currently, accepted medical opinion does not see a connection between the
overconsumption of sweet food and the development of diabetes. However,
experiments have shown that the insulin sensitivity decreases with frequent use of
sweet food. Starting with a raw food diet that excluded all sweet food as well as other
problem foods, I have been able to help diabetics of both types to improve their blood
sugar regulation so that insulin injections or drugs were no longer needed.
In adult-onset diabetes (Type II), there is usually sufficient insulin available, but
its effectiveness is greatly reduced. The main reason for this is the “disaccharide
effect” as well as a deficiency in chromium, which is part of the glucose tolerance
factor. Insulin and the glucose tolerance factor work together like key and keyhole to
let glucose into the cells, but a deficiency of chromium prevents glucose from
entering the cells.
The reason for a chromium deficiency is the habitual consumption of refined
and sweet foods. Refined food is deficient in chromium, while eating sweet food
raises not only the blood sugar level, but also the blood chromium level; this causes
more chromium to be excreted with the urine. Another effect of chromium deficiency
in diabetics and others is the excessive formation of cholesterol after eating sweet
food and the subsequent development of arteriosclerosis.
These same factors also lead to the formation of cataracts. A diet high in
fructose is especially implicated in causing eye diseases in diabetics. Fructose and
glucose are the two components of sucrose - the normal household sugar - and also
of honey. Fructose (best if obtained from fruits only) can enter the cells without
requiring insulin and thereby can help to normalize the diabetic metabolism, but this
is risky if mineral deficiencies are not corrected at the same time, especially
deficiencies in magnesium, zinc, and chromium.
In animal experiments, an excessive intake of sugar resulted in a greatly
enlarged pancreas and pituitary glands, both of which are involved in blood sugar
regulation. A group of Aboriginal diabetics in Australia who lived for several weeks on
“bush food” all quickly returned to a normal blood sugar regulation. Similarly, Indians
living in Natal (South Africa) have a high sugar consumption and high levels of
diabetes and heart disease compared to Indians living in India who use very little
sugar and have very low rates of these diseases.
Type II diabetics are generally treated with tablets to lower blood glucose
levels. As with insulin, these hypoglycaemic drugs do not protect the patients against
the various harmful complications of long-term diabetes, such as degenerative eye
changes, especially involving the retina, degeneration of the peripheral nervous
system, and atherosclerosis, especially affecting the legs and heart. On the contrary,
studies seem to indicate that these drugs accelerate such degenerative changes.
Doctors W. H. Philpott and D. K. Kalita point out in Victory over Diabetes that
the overwhelming evidence of recent studies shows a shortened life expectancy and
more serious complications from using diabetic drugs. In fact, the death rate actually
doubled in those taking oral diabetic drugs. Most of these same drugs are still in use
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because if sugar levels are lowered without converting them into energy, then they
have to be converted into fat and cholesterol (collectively called lipids) that then
cause many of these problems.
When the liver and bloodstream are already loaded with lipids, it is difficult to
convert excess glucose into more lipids. Therefore, obese or overweight individuals
have greatly decreased insulin sensitivity, but insulin becomes much more effective if
they lose weight. Other studies show that blood sugar regulation is best maintained
with a diet high in vegetable fibre, especially from legumes, and that a high intake of
simple carbohydrates or sugars tends to make insulin less sensitive (active).
Sugar added to the diet of research animals or increased in the diet of healthy
volunteers has been reported to disturb the glucose metabolism and cause diseases
of the eyes, kidneys, and blood vessels. Even if combined with a high-fibre, low-fat
diet, added sugar still adversely affects the glucose tolerance. However, short-term
studies may not show the harmful long-term effects of sugar in the development of
Type II diabetes. This is because household sugar or sucrose consists of one
molecule of glucose and fructose. Only glucose elevates the sugar level in the
normal way, while fructose affects it only slightly. Therefore, in the glycaemic index,
discussed earlier, which measures the immediate effect of different foods on the
blood glucose level, sucrose is listed as a good food.
Instead, the danger of fructose is in causing an exaggerated insulin response,
mainly when it is together with glucose in the same meal, be it from sucrose, honey,
or even starches; to some degree, this happens even when ingested on its own as a
sweetener. However, fructose in whole fruits is generally fine, provided it is not
ingested close to a meal containing starches.
Let’s look now at the common habit of eating sweetened starches, as in bread
with jam, marmalade, or honey, cakes, cookies, muesli, or breakfast cereals. The
fructose contained in the meal causes a strong rise in the blood insulin level. At the
same time, a large amount of glucose from the breakdown of starches enters the
bloodstream. The excess of insulin quickly channels the glucose inside muscle cells,
which are now overloaded with glucose. Only a small amount is needed for energy
production; the rest can be converted to lactic acid, causing overacidity, or to body
fat. Gradually, cells learn to protect themselves by becoming less responsive to
insulin and making it harder for glucose to enter.
Until 1980, the rate of obesity and Type II diabetes was fairly stable. However,
when the health authorities in the U.S. started vilifying foods containing fats and
cholesterol and recommended eating carbohydrates instead, obesity increased from
13 to 14 percent of the adult U.S. population to 25 percent within one decade and
continues to rise. Type II diabetes became an epidemic as well. In addition, for the
first time in history, a large number of obese children developed Type II diabetes. As
a result, it is now not usually called adult-onset diabetes.30
While exaggerated insulin response and resulting loss of insulin sensitivity are
most pronounced in obese individuals, they gradually develop also in others after
prolonged use of sucrose. The damage is greater the more sucrose is eaten in a
gorging pattern instead of in small meals at intervals.

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Surprisingly, sucrose has a worse effect than eating its two components,
glucose and fructose, at the same meal. This is called the disaccharide effect and
applies also to other sugars with two components, such as maltose with two glucose
molecules. A hormone in the duodenum releases more insulin after ingestion of
disaccharides than after monosaccharides such as glucose or fructose.
While increased insulin levels are desirable for Type I diabetics, with Type II
diabetes it just means that more glucose is being converted into fat and cholesterol.
However, there is a way to increase the insulin sensitivity of muscle cells naturally,
such as with regular aerobic exercise. This allows glucose to enter muscle cells
without the aid of insulin. In addition, the five-carbon sugar alcohol xylitol can be used
by both types of diabetics without increasing blood glucose levels, although large
amounts may cause diarrhea.
Hyperactivity and ADD: Much more widespread than diabetes or
hyperglycaemia is the opposite condition of low blood sugar or hypoglycaemia. The
most common milder form is reactive hypoglycaemia, in which the blood sugar
response after eating non-sweet foods is normal. However, when sweet food is
eaten, including sweet fruits, too much insulin is released and glucose floods the
cells.
Glucose cannot be stored in cells and has to be metabolized. How this
happens depends on the condition of your metabolism. The first stages are easy and
result in the glucose molecule being split in half; this process is anaerobic and does
not require oxygen. However, oxidizing enzymes are necessary for the next stage
and these are usually deficient in adults with this condition. Children, on the other
hand, often still have a reasonable supply of enzymes and are able to convert most
of the glucose to energy.
This creates an energy burst, whether it is needed or not, that has to be used.
The result is extreme restlessness: The muscles must move to use the surplus
energy, and the brain races as well. When the “straw fire” of excess energy is used
up, insufficient glucose remains to sustain normal activity and attention. Mental and
physical exhaustion follows, until a sweet snack lights another straw fire of
hyperactivity.
This temporary speeding up of the energy cycle is exaggerated, and in other
cases triggered, by various factors that cause stress on the nervous and hormonal
systems. The most frequent cause of such stress is a hidden allergy to food additives
and to common foods such as wheat and cow’s milk products. Usually a child’s
favourite foods are also to blame. Additional triggers can be fluorescent lighting,
television viewing, strong electromagnetic radiation, petrochemical fumes, tobacco
smoke, Candida albicans, and emotional stress.
In adolescents and adults such energy bursts, especially when combined with
exposure to dietary allergens or stimulants, can lead to periods of uncontrolled
violence. Many studies, involving thousands of institutionalized male juvenile
delinquents, have shown a large drop in the incidence of antisocial behaviour in
those on diets low in sugar and allergens. While the average improvement rate was
almost 50 percent, repeat offenders improved by more than 80 percent, and their
suicide rate fell 100 percent.

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Females, because of their lower adrenaline levels, tend less towards violent
behaviour. Instead, the effects of the strong blood sugar fluctuations after ingesting
sweet food are more internalized. In sensitive individuals, emotions closely follow the
blood sugar levels, often going up and down in quick succession, alternating between
elation and depression.
Problems of Hypoglycaemia: The speedy metabolism that results in
hyperactivity and violent behaviour explains why the term “fast oxidizer” has been
coined for those who burn sugar too quickly. “Fast oxidizer” and “hypoglycaemic”
mean basically the same thing: someone who has a speeded-up glycolysis (the
breakdown of glucose inside the cells), which results in a lower than normal blood
sugar level.
As opposed to hyperactive children, most adult hypoglycemics have a shortage
of oxidizing enzymes, and this interrupts the energy produced at the end of
glycolysis. Instead of energy, lactic acid is produced in a final anaerobic stage. Thus,
only 20 percent of the total energy that would be available if glucose were completely
oxidized to carbon dioxide and water is produced.
This results in overacidity and a chronic lack of energy, which is typical of
hypoglycemics who are on sweet diets. Additional energy is required to remove the
lactic acid via the kidneys. Lactic acid must be partly neutralized and this depletes
the body of positive ions, especially calcium. A further result of overacidity is a high
histamine level, which makes us susceptible to strong allergic reactions and frequent
inflammations, while the skin becomes oversensitive to stings and all forms of
irritation.
High histamine levels together with a calcium deficiency cause low blood
pressure, which contributes further to a lack of energy and poor circulation, typified
by cold hands and feet. Calcium is withdrawn from the blood vessels, resulting in
varicose veins. Calcium deficiency also creates menstrual problems and weakens
the eyes, making us nearsighted.
Nearsightedness or myopia actually results from a deficiency of two minerals,
calcium and chromium, and both are induced mainly by a high consumption of sugar.
Chromium deficiency arises from eating too much refined food that lacks this mineral
(which means we never get to absorb it) and also from increased excretion of
chromium in the urine, which occurs after eating sweet food when the blood levels
are raised in response to high levels of insulin.
The ciliary muscles in the eyes need chromium to focus the lens for near vision.
If the ciliary muscles become fatigued from a combination of chromium deficiency
and prolonged close-focus activity, then the eye relieves this muscle strain by
increasing the intraocular pressure; this pressure in turn leads to an elongation of the
eyeball and thus to myopia.
Increased intraocular pressure, however, leads to an elongation of the eyeball
only in those of younger years, when the body has a high requirement for calcium.
With increasing age, the tissues become more calcified and rigid. In this situation, the
eyeball cannot expand with increased intraocular pressure and glaucoma may result.
Scientific studies have shown that the excretion of calcium in urine increases
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sugar; this is because plasma calcium levels are increased after eating sugar. The
most common sources of the calcium excreted are the bones and teeth; this
contributes to osteoporosis and dental caries. In elderly individuals, high plasma
calcium levels also accelerate irreversible bonding with collagen and elastic protein
structures, leading to increased rigidity and bone deformations, as evidenced in
arteriosclerosis and arthritis. A high calcium concentration in the urine leads to an
increased risk of kidney stones as well as kidney damage from the calcification of the
filtration mechanism.
Lactic-acid formation that occurs after eating sugar contributes to strong
inflammations such as in rheumatoid arthritis and gingivitis (inflammation of the
gums). Normally, the saliva is nearly neutral in pH, which is less favourable for the
growth of plaque bacteria than the acidic saliva of hypoglycemics. Sugars are the
only energy source for these bacteria. When we are strictly on non-sweet diets,
plaque bacteria are denied energy and they cannot multiply, and this effectively
prevents caries.
Giving up sweet food, however, is extremely difficult for children and many
adults because they are addicted to it. This addiction is in principle the same as later
addictions to stimulants and drugs. Another effect of general overacidity is an inability
to alkalize the gastric content when it enters the duodenum. This makes the
pancreatic enzymes, which require an alkaline medium, inefficient and in time can lead
to deficiencies and digestive problems (refer to acid-alkaline problems in Step 6).
Fructose and the Disaccharide Effect: It has been estimated that about half
of all carbohydrates ingested in the U.S. are in the form of sucrose, common
household sugar, which typically supplies about 15 to 20 percent of the total calories
of the diet. One half of the sucrose molecule consists of fructose and the other half of
glucose. Fructose is metabolized more slowly than glucose and also induces a much
stronger insulin response in susceptible people, especially in the presence of
glucose. This means that reactive hypoglycaemia occurs mainly when fructose is part
of a meal.
Another effect of habitually high insulin levels is a gradual decrease in the
sensitivity of blood glucose levels to insulin. Higher insulin levels also cause an
increased loss of chromium in the urine. The result is the gradual onset of Type II
diabetes. The higher the insulin levels, the more are sugars converted into fat and
cholesterol. Biopsy samples of the human liver showed that fructose was converted
into fatty acids at rates three to 24 times faster than glucose. Fat levels after fructose
consumption rise especially high in those who have a tendency towards
atherosclerosis; this can lead to diabetic complications and cardiovascular diseases.
These negative effects of a high fructose intake also occur after eating sucrose.
Other health problems arising from the fructose component in sucrose are raised
blood pressure, caries, elevated uric-acid levels, and obesity.
Regarding sugar in general, controlled experiments with various species of
animals as well as with human volunteers revealed significant rises in blood pressure
not only after long-term ingestion of sugar, but even after a single dose. If taken on
an empty stomach, the blood pressure rose 9 to 10 mm Hg for one to two hours.
After sucrose ingestion, there is also an increase in uric acid levels. Uric acid is
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the blood is a feature of gout, some forms of arthritis, and heart disease. Men
generally produce more uric acid after eating than women do.
Experimental studies on animals and humans have shown that sucrose is
possibly the most caries-producing substance in our diet. Plaque bacteria convert
sucrose to polymers that stick to the teeth. Some individuals have inherited fructose
intolerance and must avoid all fructose and sucrose; it’s interesting that they have
been found to have substantially less tooth decay than the general population does.
Various animal and human studies have also shown that a diet high in sucrose
can lead to a greater accumulation of fat deposits in susceptible individuals, generally
those with a strong insulin response. Monkeys fed a diet high in sucrose produced
three times as much deposited fat than those fed an equal amount of glucose.
Surprisingly, eating a certain amount of sucrose produces a stronger insulin
response than eating the same amount of mixed fructose and glucose. The same is
true for maltose, which consists of two molecules of glucose and other disaccharides
(disaccharides are composed of two simple sugars). The increased insulin effect of
disaccharides compared to that of their component simple sugars is called the
disaccharide effect, as noted previously. The reason for this effect seems to be that
disaccharides liberate about twice the amount of a gastric hormone called GIP
(gastric inhibitory polypeptide) that simple sugars do.
In practical terms, this means that it is harmful for most of us to have fructose
and glucose at the same meal. Examples of this combination are: muesli or honey,
dried fruit, or fresh fruit to sweeten cereals or starches; dessert or sweetened coffee
or tea after meals. Most harmful are the sweetened starches, such as cakes, sweet
cookies, or crackers, and sweetened breakfast cereals. Beware especially of mixing
fructose with starches if you want to lose weight.
Problems with Natural Sweet Foods: Unfortunately, natural sweet foods such
as honey, dried fruits, or fruit juices are no better for diabetics or hypoglycemics than
food sweetened with white sugar. What seems to matter is how much sweet food is
used and how quickly it enters the bloodstream. Fruits that are acidic as well as
sweet may be even worse, especially for hypoglycemics, than plain sugar because
the fruit acids reinforce the existing overacidity. However, by neutralizing fruit acids
they can become beneficial, and eating the whole fruit is better than drinking the fruit
juice only. Raw honey has a high concentration of the beneficial starch-digesting
enzyme amylase, which is lacking in heated commercial honey; sun-dried fruit is
healthier than commercial heat-dried fruit.
While fructose from fruits can be helpful for Type I diabetics, with
hypoglycemics it only increases the lactic acid overload. Lactic acid overproduction
from the combined effect of strong muscle activity and sweet food ingestion is also
responsible for reported cases of allergic reactions after jogging. The resulting
overacidity simply brings already existing hidden allergies into the open. Apart from
the loss of calcium, another side effect of lactic-acid buildup is a tendency to anxiety
neuroses, phobias, and panic attacks.
From a health viewpoint, it is preferable to have sweet food only occasionally
and with a protein snack or meal. Removing the sweet taste from the tongue as
quickly as possible helps minimize the insulin overreaction. Alternative sweeteners

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such as the sugar alcohols manitol, sorbitol, and xylitol should only be used in small
amounts. In larger amounts, they can cause diarrhea or keep the craving for
sweetness alive, which in time leads to another binge on sweet food.
The leaves of the herb stevia have long been used in traditional cultures as a
sweetener. They are 15 to 30 times as sweet as sugar and an extract can be 300
times as sweet. It is not known if large amounts of stevia ingested over long periods
of time cause unacceptable side effects, but I regard it as safer than aspartame or
other artificial sweeteners. It is acceptable to use in small amounts but do not use it
instead of sugar in an addictive way. Other sweeteners, such as saccharine and
aspartame (Nutrasweet), may cause allergies or worse. Fructose is the sweetest
sugar, followed by sucrose. Glucose and maltose are less sweet but somewhat safer
for most people, especially combined with starches. Maltose is available as barley
sugar. Preferably, use maltose instead of sucrose for sweetening starches.
As a general rule, for most individuals it is best to reserve sweet food as a rare
treat for special occasions rather than to use it as an everyday food. However, if you
do not have a craving for sweet food, then it is not likely to be a problem for you.
Those who have a low fasting blood sugar level (feeling weak or dizzy on an empty
stomach) must be more strict than reactive hypoglycemics and are advised to avoid
all sweet food for several years so that the sugar metabolism has time to recover.

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Step 41
MEAT & FAT
Overconsumption of meat and fats can create serious health problems.
Try cutting back on your intake.

Those who eat a lot of red meat tend to develop the opposite characteristics
and health problems to those on a sweet diet. Red meat has a stimulating effect on
the sympathetic nervous system and adrenal hormones. This improves the ability to
“push through” and provides “drive” such that heavy meat eaters may become
powerfully assertive and even aggressive. Another important effect of eating red
meat is a tendency for the blood pressure to rise because of meat’s effects on the
adrenal hormones and the nervous system. Among the meats, beef has the
strongest influence on blood pressure.
All this can be beneficial for hypoglycemics with low blood pressure, lack of
drive, and weak adrenaline glands, but for others, especially stressed males, it may
mean hypertension and kidney problems. Health problems associated with eating
meat fall into three categories: those common to all meat, those associated with
cooked meat, and those with meat produced by factory farming.
Common to all meat is a high phosphorus content with an unfavourable
phosphorus-to-calcium ratio. The high phosphorus content of meat stimulates the
parathyroid glands (associated with the thyroid in the neck) and raises the calcium
blood level, in some cases by activating and freeing calcium from the bones. In
combination with a prevailing over-alkalinity, this leads to stone formation (such as
kidney stones), kidney damage, arteriosclerosis, stiff joints, ankylosis, and arthritic
bone deformations.
Heavy meat eaters have been found to excrete in the urine up to four times
more calcium than normal; this is a cause of kidney stones and other kidney damage.
It is even worse when high meat consumption is combined with a high sugar intake.
This can increase the loss of calcium and corresponding kidney damage up to tenfold
above normal, while at the same time greatly accelerating osteoporosis and tissue
calcifications, such as arteriosclerosis.31 Carnivorous animals in the wild do not have
this problem caused by an excessive intake of phosphorus because they also eat the
calcium-rich bones. We, too, can avoid this problem by using bone broth or other
foods and supplements high in calcium.
Meat, because of its high phosphoric acid content, is regarded as an acid-
forming food. However, in habitual heavy meat eaters or in those with a weak
digestive system, the metabolic and hormonal stimulation resulting from red meat
consumption gradually declines and eventually leads to a sluggish metabolism.
These individuals are called “slow oxidizers.” With a slow metabolism, a deficiency in
metabolic acids develops and this makes the whole body too alkaline. With over-
alkalinity, histamine remains tightly bound to tissue proteins and the skin. In such
people, even the emotions are sluggish and they often appear unresponsive, with
little outward expression.

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With low histamine levels, inflammatory responses, which are required for
many self-healing actions of the body, are suppressed. Allergens entering the
bloodstream will not cause a warning allergic reaction; instead, autoimmune diseases
may develop from a continued invasion of allergens. Histamine dilates the blood
vessels, causing the blood pressure to drop, a problem of hypoglycemics. However,
lack of histamine in slow oxidizers greatly contributes to the development of high
blood pressure.
A diet high in meat, together with weak kidneys, often leads to the
accumulation of uric acid in the muscles, causing gout and rheumatism. General
over-alkalinity leads to a lack of gastric acid in later life, resulting in poor absorption
of minerals and an incomplete digestion of proteins. Intestinal putrefaction and
eventually cancer may follow, aided by chronic constipation and a depletion of
pancreatic enzymes.
One problem of a diet high in meat and actually of all high-protein diets is the
accumulation of protein fragments in the spaces between tissue cells. This causes or
contributes to water retention or oedema. In addition, capillaries become clogged,
preventing efficient nutrient supply to the tissues; lymph glands congested with
protein fragments are breeding grounds for bacteria and weaken the immune system.
All these complications aid the development of degenerative diseases and cancer.
The indicated problems, metabolic sluggishness resulting in over-alkalinity, and
accumulation of uric acid and protein fragments can happen with any diet that is too
high in protein and are more prevalent with a sedentary rather than an active lifestyle.
They can be eased or prevented with an increased intake of fruit acids and digestive
enzyme supplements, in addition to fasting or cleansing periods with a high intake of
fluids.
However, in large measure these problems are not due to eating meat, but to
eating cooked meat. Raw meat contains a high level of protein-digesting enzymes
(cathepsin). Left to its own devices, meat tends to digest itself. Eskimos and other
traditional cultures remained healthy on a diet high in flesh foods as long as they ate
it mainly uncooked.
On a diet of cooked food generally, and especially with meat eating, the weight
of the pancreas has been shown to increase. The pancreas of animals on cooked
diets is about 300 percent heavier than it is for those on a raw-meat diet. I take this to
mean that the pancreas becomes enlarged because on a cooked diet it needs to
produce 300 percent more digestive enzymes than on a raw diet. Cooked meat is
difficult to digest and needs particularly strong digestive juices. An aging body or one
in poor health will not be able to keep up with this excessive enzyme production and
enzyme depletion and deteriorating health will be the expected consequences.
While animals on raw meat remain healthy, those on cooked diets tend to
develop a variety of degenerative diseases typical of human conditions. To remain
healthy, dogs and cats need a raw-meat diet that includes offal and bones. Free-
living carnivores not only eat their meat raw, they also eat bones and offal, have a
very active lifestyle, and efficiently eliminate metabolic residues. If we want to remain
healthy on a diet high in meat, then we have to adopt similar practices.

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Health problems caused by cooking and enzyme depletion are aggravated by
an accumulation of toxic chemicals and hormones. This is due to the common
practice of factory farming. Chemical contamination is much worse in grain-fed beef
from feedlots than in grazing animals. There are numerous studies showing the
harmful effects of residues from pesticides, antibiotics, and growth promoters.
If we cannot obtain the meat of healthy, chemical-free animals and eat it
predominantly raw (for instance minced or marinated), or use digestive enzymes and
appropriate cleansing periods, then it is better for our health to eat meat only
sparingly.
Fats and Oils: Fat is an important source of energy and some of its
components, the polyunsaturated fatty acids and lipotrophic factors, are essential for
our health. Fats and oils are composed of fatty acids, chemically linked with glycerol
(a three-carbon sugar alcohol). While in a sense all fats and oils are often grouped
together as fats or lipids, commonly we speak of fats when they are solid at room
temperature and of oils when they are liquid at room temperature.
Fatty acids are long carbon chains (containing from four to 26 carbon atoms)
with hydrogen attached to each carbon and an organic acid group at the end. In
saturated fatty acids, every carbon position is filled with hydrogen, while unsaturated
fatty acids have a reactive double bond between two carbon atoms. If there are two
or three such double bonds, then we call it polyunsaturated.
Naturally occurring polyunsaturated fatty acids are folded in a specific way and
called cis-fatty acids; during heating their structure changes to the more stable trans-
fatty acids. Cis-fatty acids are important as structural ingredients of cell membrane
and to facilitate oxidative energy production, but trans-fatty acids can interfere with
these functions.
Animal fats consist mainly of long-chain saturated fatty acids with a high
melting point. Beef and mutton have the hardest animal fats with the highest melting
points; butter is marginally softer, due to its lower melting point.
A high consumption of these hard fats poses two problems. If no attempt is
made to use sufficient polyunsaturated oils that provide the necessary essential fatty
acids (EFA) and lipotrophic factors (e.g., lecithin and vitamin E), then a deficiency of
these is likely to develop. The other problem is that the liver may not be able to
metabolize an excess of long-chain saturated fatty acids.
The EFA’s and lipotrophic factors are important in forming cell walls, for the
immune system, and for platelet aggregation in blood clotting to prevent bleeding and
unnecessary clotting. They also form tissue hormones called prostaglandins and
other important biochemicals. Deficiencies in these nutrients can cause the following:
a weak immune system; blood vessel and cardiovascular diseases; blood clots
causing heart infarctions, paralysis, and strokes; skin problems, often starting with
scaliness and including eczema, acne, and psoriasis; poor growth; impaired
reproduction; and bronchial diseases.
Many degenerative diseases have been linked to an excess of saturated fats
and a subsequent deficiency in EFA’s; these include atherosclerosis, nerve and brain
disorders, schizophrenia, psychoses and neuroses, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple
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well, especially if you are deficient in vitamin E. Polyunsaturated oils easily oxidize in
contact with air to form oxides and peroxides that have a high potential for causing
cancer and liver damage. This danger is greatest when these oils are refined and
heated, as in frying.
The Problems with Saturated Fats: The liver has only a limited potential for
handling fats. When the liver is flooded with a consistently high supply of saturated
fats, it cannot metabolize them. Fats, by the way, do not come only from fatty foods;
a surplus of carbohydrates can be converted into saturated fat. Only a small amount
of carbohydrate can be stored as glycogen, so all the surplus energy from a
carbohydrate meal is stored as fat.
Normally, fats are broken down into keto acids in the liver and transported by
the bloodstream to other cells where they combine with products from sugar
metabolism to create energy. When fats are oversupplied, there may not be enough
glucose to produce energy efficiently, either because the carbohydrate intake is
insufficient or because the effectiveness of insulin is reduced. A surplus of keto acids
can then be resynthesised to saturated fatty acids and cholesterol (see Figure 5-2 in
Step 43).
Another difficulty is that not all the fat is convertible into keto acids, and a high
percentage of fatty acids and fat molecules are thus released directly into the
bloodstream. The body may reduce these surplus fats by storing them in adipose
tissue, forming fat deposits; this happens especially with heavy meat eaters who
have become slow oxidizers, as explained earlier. Some portion of the fatty acids and
cholesterol may then react with the usually elevated calcium levels of slow oxidizers
to form fatty plaques, also called sludge, in the blood vessels.
Fatty deposits are called atheromas and consist mainly of smooth muscle cells
filled with sludge, similar to fatty tumours. Such deposits can help cause
arteriosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases. Not only animal fats, but also peanuts
and peanut oil have properties that cause atherosclerosis: peanut oil contains some
saturated fatty acids with unusually long chains, namely arachidic and behemic acid.
However, these fatty acids seem to be beneficial for arthritic joints.
In those with sensitive skin, or especially during adolescence, the body tries to
cleanse itself by removing fatty sludge through the sebaceous glands, causing acne
and an unclean skin. Eating sweet food is as much to blame for this as is fat intake.
Fats in the feet, for instance, have a melting point of 33° F, while fats of the inner
organs melt at 114° F. If the diet contains too much saturated fat and sweet food,
then the melting point of the outer fats will be raised. In cold parts of the skin, those
that are exposed or with poor blood circulation, the fats will harden within the
sebaceous glands and block the outflow of sludge or normal skin oils. This causes
inflammation of these glands, as in acne and other skin problems.
Even worse than natural hard fats are those that are chemically hardened, such
as margarine. During the hydrogenation process, non-biological fatty acids are
formed called trans-fatty acids, which the body cannot properly metabolize and which
interfere with the utilization of essential fatty acids.
Cardiovascular diseases and an increased incidence of cancer can be a
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fatty degeneration of the liver. The blood becomes more viscous or sluggish after a
fatty meal. This causes a reduction in tissue oxygenation and an increased
susceptibility to arthritic pain, heart pain, or shortness of breath; blood flow to the
brain is reduced, producing tiredness and decreased mental alertness.
Some of the adverse effects of fatty foods result from a deficiency of lecithin in
the diet. Lecithin is a natural emulsifier of fats; it can be synthesized in the liver but
often a deficiency develops because naturally occurring lecithin or choline is lacking
in refined food. This is a main cause of fatty degeneration of the liver, which can be
reversed, however, with organ cleansing practices, lemon juice, and lecithin
supplements.
Another problem with a high-fat diet is the destruction of naturally occurring
lipase in cooked food. Lipase is important as our main fat-digesting enzyme, and we
rely to a significant degree on lipase in natural foods to supplement our pancreatic
lipase. With the destruction of food lipase by heating, on a high-fat diet we gradually
develop a lipase deficiency, and this leads to the development of fat-related
diseases. Formerly, inhabitants of Bulgaria and the Caucasus lived on high-fat diets
without developing fat-related diseases. They even consumed an abundance of full-
fat milk products, yet were famous for their health and longevity. They generally used
unheated fats, which seems to make the difference.
Here is another example of the significance of natural lipase in our diet. The
skin disease psoriasis is generally aggravated by fatty foods, and fats must be
avoided to cure it. However, in the early twentieth century, an American doctor
reportedly cured psoriasis routinely with an intake of two pounds of raw butter per
week for six weeks and with reduced amounts afterwards. Modern pasteurized butter
definitely aggravates psoriasis but raw butter cures it - what is the difference? Raw
butter from free-ranging cows is very high in lipase and pasteurized butter is devoid
of it, so the difference may be lipase.
The healthiest saturated fat may actually be unheated coconut oil. This is due
to its high content of short-chain fatty acids that can easily move into cells to be
converted to energy. The long fatty acids of other fats, in contrast, require L-carnitine
for this process. Individuals who have added coconut oil to their diet generally seem
to have more energy without putting on extra weight.
Cholesterol: Cholesterol is now portrayed as the great medical villain causing
cardiovascular disease and heart attacks by clogging the arteries, especially the
coronary arteries of the heart muscle, with fatty sludge. However, cholesterol is an
extremely valuable biochemical. It forms the base of steroid hormones and vitamin D
and it is highly concentrated in the brain, liver, adrenal glands, and nerves.
Hypo-glycemics or fast oxidizers usually have low levels of this important nutrient,
and recent studies link low cholesterol levels with an increased risk of cancer.
Excess cholesterol is normally excreted with the bile but may form gallstones if
there is a lack of lecithin and the amino acid taurine needed to form bile salts. The
cholesterol content of food is not normally a problem in itself. Most cholesterol in the
body is formed in the liver from breakdown products of saturated fats, and the more
cholesterol that is ingested with food, the less is synthesized. Thus the body’s overall
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You may read about HDL and LDL in connection with cholesterol and heart
disease. HDL is short for high-density lipoproteins and LDL for low-density
lipoproteins. Lipoproteins are biomolecules composed of proteins and lipids; they can
be used to transport cholesterol between the liver and tissue cells. Those that carry
cholesterol from the cells to the liver are the high-density lipoproteins, regarded as
beneficial. Their cholesterol is called HDL cholesterol. Low-density lipoproteins carry
LDL cholesterol from the liver to tissue cells; a low level of these is preferable.
The aim of medical intervention is to increase the level of HDL cholesterol and
lower the level of LDL cholesterol in the blood. However, I am not convinced of the
value of the medical strategies being used in reducing or curing cardiovascular
disease. Therefore, I tend to disregard measurements of HDL, LDL, and cholesterol
and specific interventions to normalize levels; instead, I focus on a natural lifestyle to
improve health.
Cholesterol overproduction arises mainly from an excess of saturated fats and
a deficiency of chromium. The body tries desperately to lower the keto acid and fatty
levels in blood and liver, and cholesterol overproduction provides a temporary
solution. Even elevated glucose and fructose levels can be reduced by their
conversion into cholesterol. In this way, sweet foods contribute to the development of
cardiovascular diseases. Sugar ingestion raises the insulin level, and a key enzyme
that synthesizes cholesterol is actually regulated by insulin. The higher the sugar
intake, the higher the insulin level, and thus the more cholesterol synthesized in the
liver.
A higher intake of polyunsaturated oils in males can lead to some decrease in
cholesterol levels. However, in women it has led to an increased risk of
cardiovascular disease. In animal experiments, it was found that high-sugar diets
were less damaging in the presence of saturated fats such as beef tallow or coconut
oil. Despite huge efforts, medical research so far has not conclusively shown that a
high cholesterol diet or high cholesterol blood levels cause heart disease. As we can
see from the published scientific facts, it is often the contrary:
• Medically supervised trials with low-cholesterol diets were unsuccessful in
significantly lowering blood cholesterol levels or reducing the risk of heart
disease.
• Low blood cholesterol does not mean freedom from heart disease. Some drug
treatments to lower cholesterol have resulted in increased rates of heart disease.
• About 50 percent of men under the age of 55 who die of heart attack do not
have elevated cholesterol levels or any of the other risk factors such as
hypertension, smoking, obesity, or diabetes.
• Some cultural groups have a low risk of heart disease despite a high intake of
cholesterol; Western populations also had this before the compulsory
pasteurization of milk products and the chlorination of water supplies.
Recently an evaluation was published of six major trials that lowered
cholesterol in the blood in tens of thousands of individuals over many years. There
was on average a cholesterol reduction of about ten percent and only a small
reduction of 14 percent from death of coronary heart disease. However, the total
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cholesterol lowered compared to the control group. This included not only higher
mortality from cancer but on average a 67 percent higher mortality rate from violent
death, such as accidents, homicides, and suicides. This high rate of death from
violent causes was found in every one of these trials.
In looking for an explanation for this increased violence, in another study
researchers found that monkeys on a diet low in cholesterol and saturated fat
became more aggressive. Studies on humans found lower cholesterol levels among
criminals and individuals with aggressive or violent behaviour or limited self-control.
This is probably due to a more erratic sugar metabolism that results if cholesterol and
fats are curtailed in an inappropriate way. Erratic blood sugar fluctuations tend to
induce uncontrollable mood swings, including aggressive behaviour. Criminal and
aggressive individuals have been frequently shown to have an erratic or
hypoglycaemic-type sugar metabolism.
After decades of habitual sugar and meat consumption, the insulin level rises
permanently because of a reduced efficiency in controlling glucose levels. Then
cholesterol levels also remain chronically high. Reducing cholesterol in this situation
with drugs means that less sugar is converted into cholesterol. Therefore, blood
sugar levels become more erratic and behaviour is more aggressive. Thus, low
cholesterol diets are appropriate only if the diet is also low in sweet food.
There is a connection between cholesterol intake and atherosclerosis and heart
disease. If cholesterol in food is heated in the presence of oxygen, then cholesterol is
oxidized to oxy-cholesterol and this damages the blood vessels and causes
atherosclerotic lesions. Once such lesions exist, normal cholesterol in combination
with high calcium levels can also contribute to a further buildup of plaque. In
experiments using animals, it was found that with high intakes of either cholesterol or
oxy-cholesterol, atherosclerotic degeneration occurred only with oxy-cholesterol, not
with cholesterol.
Oxy-cholesterol is carcinogenic. The high incidence of cardiovascular disease
and atherosclerotic aging processes may be traced in part to the heating (especially
frying) of meat, eggs, and milk products, which liberates oxy-cholesterol. Avoiding
this and chlorinated water and using high levels of antioxidants could also ensure
that cholesterol does not become oxidized inside the body.
In conclusion, to avoid cholesterol-related health problems:
• Minimize the use of sweetened food, heated fats and oils, and chlorinated
water.
• Maximize the intake of unheated fats and oils, antioxidants, and fresh raw
foods.
• Lower your high cholesterol levels with cleansing periods and plenty of lemon
juice.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: There are two groups of essential fatty acids, or EFA’s.
The common oils from warm climate seeds (sunflower, safflower) contain mainly the
omega-6 series of EFA’s, based on linoleic acid with two unsaturated or double
bonds. Cold climate plants and fish oils, on the other hand, contain mainly omega-3
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shortest carbon chain in this group. In fish oils, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and
EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) predominate.
The omega-3 fatty acids have generally been neglected in modern nutrition.
This has led to widespread deficiency symptoms and chronic disease. Their
fundamental importance can be seen in the fact that DHA is the main unsaturated
fatty acid in the retina and the brain and is exceptionally high in the thymus and
reproductive glands, especially the testes. DHA is obviously most needed during
pregnancy and early infancy for brain and gland development. It is up to 30 times
higher in breast milk than in cow’s milk or formula. This may bear some relation to
epilepsy and eye weakness in infants, and its deficiency has also been linked to
colic; inflammation of the lungs, digestive tract, joints, and kidneys; crib death (SIDS);
skin diseases; and a predisposition to frequent infections. A recent scientific study
reported an eight-point higher intelligence quotient in preterm babies fed breast milk
as compared to those on cow’s milk formula. As explanation, the deficiency of DHA
in cow’s milk was cited.
Fish oils are now commonly used to prevent heart disease, while linseed oil
with its 45 percent alpha-linolenic acid has been successfully used to help treat
various mental diseases. Even severe cases of schizophrenia and manic-depressive
illness have reportedly been overcome or even controlled with ingestion of linseed
oil. One or two tablespoons of linseed oil daily can help overcome depression, but
twice that amount can cause a manic episode with racing thoughts, so too much has
its downside.
Generally, however, this dosage can be increased about tenfold before
negative symptoms develop. Mood swings, irritability, and anxiety can be relieved,
and premenstrual tension and other menstrual problems and vaginal dryness after
menopause are improved; prostate enlargement, arthritis, eye problems, immune
deficiency, hair loss (alopecia areata), obesity, and skin problems are also often
relieved.
EFA’s and especially the omega-3 fatty acids (such as DHA and EPA) regulate
the fluidity or softness of the cell membranes. A deficiency is noticeable as a
hardening of the skin, as with dry, scaling, and flaking skin, patchy eczema, acne,
and skin sensitive to the sun. Most common is phrynoderma, with rough, hard skin on
the buttocks, thighs, and arms. The colder the climate, the more omega-3 fatty acids
are needed for membrane fluidity.
The omega-6 series predominantly form prostaglandins that increase
inflammation and with this the pain experienced in many diseases. The omega-3
series form anti--inflammatory prostaglandins. Thus, omega-6 fatty acids aggravate
allergic reactions, including asthma and rheumatoid arthritis, while omega-3 fatty
acids reduce these. Another important function of both groups of EFA’s is in the
production of oxidative energy. Also, the “brown fat” that produces and regulates our
body heat is mainly stimulated by omega-3 fatty acids. This is especially important for
overweight individuals who want to convert body fat into body heat and for those who
habitually have cold hands and feet.
While individuals with deficiency symptoms related to omega-3 EFA's require a
higher intake for some time, it is generally estimated that a normal diet should
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omega-6 fatty acids. In contrast, the average modern diet provides about 0.4 percent
of calories from omega-3 and ten percent from omega-6 fatty acids. You can clearly
see the imbalance.
While using polyunsaturated oils instead of saturated fats has been found to
reduce the cholesterol level and incidence of cardiovascular diseases, the rate of
cancer has risen, presumably due to the combination of an inflammatory effect,
antioxidant deficiency, and rancidity of refined oils. Biological damage can result from
the peroxides and free radicals (highly reactive molecule fragments) formed from
polyunsaturated fatty acids, and the common seed oils also have a strong
inflammatory influence as they tend to form pro-inflammatory tissue hormones. This
not only increases allergic reactions and arthritic inflammations, but also supports the
growth of tumors.32 In addition, it has been reported that melanoma sufferers had a
higher rate of polyunsaturated fatty acids in their skin than non-affected individuals.
A high intake of polyunsaturated oils also requires a greatly increased intake of
antioxidants, especially of vitamin E. However, refined oils as well as our normal diet
are usually very low in vitamin E. This, in addition to a low intake of bioflavonoids and
carotenoids, is probably a main factor in the present high incidence of skin cancer.
Health problems are further caused by the improper production of
polyunsaturated oils. These oils are very delicate substances that should be
produced and stored at cool temperatures and in conditions that exclude oxygen and
strong light. Instead, they are typically extracted with chemical solvents or cooked
and pressed hot and then refined with bleaching and deodorizing at very high
temperatures. Even many cold-pressed oils are refined in this way. This causes
oxidative damage to the oils and a structural change by which a high percentage of
the natural cis-fatty acids form unnatural trans-fatty acids. Packaging oils in clear
plastic bottles instead of brown glass bottles means they are exposed to light and
can dissolve chemicals from out of the plastic, thereby contaminating the oil.
One oil, though reasonably high in omega-3 fatty acids, should be avoided.
This is canola or rapeseed oil. There are medical warnings that an ingredient called
erucic acid apparently can agglutinate (clump together) red blood cells and reportedly
contribute to loss of vision or blindness, emphysema and other respiratory problems,
anemia, and problems with the central and peripheral nervous system.

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Step 42
CHEMICALS IN YOUR FOOS
Minimize your exposure to toxic chemicals, water additives, and
yeasts and moulds - your body will thank you for it.

Almost all our foods contain non-biological chemicals to some degree. It starts
with water-soluble fertilizers that are overused in agriculture and cause mineral
imbalances and trace mineral deficiencies in our crop plants; it continues with the
liberal use of herbicides, pesticides, and fumigants. Many of these leave residues on
foods we ingest. Growing our food crops using common water-soluble fertilizers
causes a similar disturbance to the plant metabolism as a high-sugar diet does to a
human hypoglycaemic metabolism. The cells are flooded with some nutrients, while
others go lacking.
While there are now high amounts of non-biological chemicals in our food,
essential nutrients in these foods are becoming rare. John D. Hamaker in The
Survival of Civilization gives the following example of trace mineral deficiency
induced by using fertilizers. In 1948, the highest iron concentration in cabbage was
found to be 94 ppm (parts per million) and the lowest was 20 ppm. By 1963, the
average value had dropped to four ppm. The story was similar for other vegetables.
The general conclusion is that the average trace mineral content of vegetables in
1963 was close to or even lower than the lowest concentrations in 1948.
The latest results show that vitamin and mineral concentrations are much lower
now. The food tables of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the year 2000 show
that the typical vitamin C content of broccoli, cauliflower, and spinach is only about
half of what it was in 1963. Also vitamins A, B1, and B2 have declined sharply since
then, and the calcium in corn has decreased by 78 percent.
The content of trace minerals can vary in the same type of vegetable by more
than 100 times, depending on the quality of the soil in which it is grown. The
selenium content in wheat was found to vary from 0.6 mcg/100 g in parts of New
Zealand to 130 mcg/100 g in parts of Canada. The vitamin content can fluctuate to a
similar degree. The vitamin and trace mineral values listed in food tables are
therefore often completely meaningless, especially when the original values are
decades old. The trace mineral content of our arable land is now extremely low and
rapidly declining even further because of heavy cropping without replacing what has
been taken out.
Trace minerals in the soil originate from disintegrating rocks. In order to
remineralise the soil, crushed rock would need to be distributed over our cropland.
Improved agricultural conditions must be maintained by returning to the soil whatever
has been taken out, using composting and organic farming methods.
Heavy use of water-soluble fertilizers allows cropping in poor soils, but plants
become deficient and offer little resistance to disease and insect attacks. This then
justifies the liberal use of highly toxic agricultural chemicals, part of which remain in
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are commercially produced fruits. Agricultural chemicals can then accumulate in the
body, especially in fat tissue, and they can also damage the liver. Organo-phosphate
insecticides, for instance, can cause weakness, muscular trembling, cold sweats (an
early sign of liver damage), irritability, tightness of the chest (asthma), nausea, and
abdominal pain. Organo-chlorine insecticides, which include DDT, lindane, 2.4-D and
2.4.5-T, are even more toxic to humans. They affect mainly the nervous system and
can cause a wide variety of symptoms including convulsions, numbness of
extremities, uncontrollable excitement, apprehensions, allergies, and birth defects.
More recently, pesticides and herbicides used on farms and in households
have been increasingly linked to neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and
Parkinson’s. Develop-ment of symptoms due to low-level chronic exposure is
gradual, but it has been suggested by researchers that long-term exposure to sub
toxic levels of chemicals is much more likely to lead to neurological disorders than to
physically based diseases. In animal experiments, chronic systemic pesticide
exposure reproduced the features of Parkinson’s disease.
People who use pesticides in their homes are twice as likely to develop
Parkinson’s disease as people not exposed to domestic pesticides. Also, a
combination of different pesticides is more likely to cause greater toxicity problems
than exposure to individual chemicals.
Paraquat, a common herbicide, and maneb, a common fungicide, did not affect
mice that were exposed to either one of them. However, when the chemicals were
used together, dopamine neurons (brain cells needed to regulate voluntary muscle
movements) began to die at low exposure levels or at only a fraction of what is
normally regarded as toxic. Ongoing exposure leads to progressive neurotoxicity.
There are many combinations of low-level toxic residues in our food and water,
and no one knows what health effects they can produce. However, one can
speculate. Only 100 years ago, cancer and Parkinson’s disease were relatively rare
and affected only old people. Now they are epidemic and even children and juveniles
develop these degenerative diseases. Cancer and especially breast cancer have
been strongly linked to pesticide accumulations in the body.
Some widely used fumigants can pose an additional hazard to our health.
Organic bromides, especially methyl-bromide, destroy the pantothenic acid (an
important B-vitamin) in fumigated grain and can cause serious deficiency disorders.
Later on, the fumigant may not be detectable in the grain, which is then regarded as
completely “safe.” However, the germination power of such grains can be very poor,
which shows they have been damaged.
Our unsound farming, refining, processing, and cooking methods ensure that
we receive only a fraction of the vitamins and trace minerals that we would get from
unprocessed raw food grown in good soil. However, these extremely low values are
now regarded as “normal” by health authorities because the classical acute
symptoms of serious deficiencies are still absent in most people. Apparently, no
thought is given to the long-term effects of multiple subclinical deficiencies.
Meat, poultry, and eggs can contain residues of antibiotics, pesticides, and
synthetic hormones acting as growth promoters. Hormones are supposed to be
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may not be so with synthetic hormones or when the digestive system is weak. In
addition, a surprising number of nutrients can be absorbed through the mouth tissue,
including giant molecules such as vitamin B12; this type of absorption may also
include hormones otherwise not absorbed. For example, secondary sex changes
have been reported due to the habitual consumption of hormone-treated chicken.
Besides liver degeneration, various forms of allergies, and leukaemia, chemical
overload has been linked to chronic fatigue syndrome, ME (myalgic
encephalomyelitis), and motor-neuron disease. Individuals with these diseases seem
to have a liver that is less able to detoxify non-biological chemicals.
Chemicals Added to Foods: An even greater health hazard is the multitude of
chemicals directly added to food products. These include preservatives, colours,
flavours, emulsifiers, stabilizers, and so forth. Such chemicals need to be detoxified
in the liver, but the volume typically ingested can contribute to liver damage. Many of
these chemicals are fat-soluble and get stored in our fatty tissues. During prolonged
fasting or disease resulting in weight loss, these chemicals may be released into the
bloodstream in excessive amounts and cause distressing symptoms.
Nitrates and nitrites are added to most processed meat products. They can
damage the blood and the thyroid gland, and in pregnant women, the foetus; they
can also cause severe vitamin-mineral deficiencies and may be transformed into
cancer-causing nitrosamines in the intestines. Sulphites (e.g., sulphur dioxide and
metabisulphite) are widely used in processed foods, such as frozen foods, dried
fruits, fruit juices, wine, beer, and prepared restaurant foods. In susceptible
individuals, they can cause a swelling of hands, feet, and larynx, dermatitis,
abdominal distress, and respiratory problems that especially affect asthmatics.
Food chemicals frequently cause allergies and trigger hyperactivity. This
applies especially to synthetic colours. Artificial sweeteners, and especially
aspartame, have been linked to a high rate of brain tumours, serious metabolic and
neurological complication in diabetics, epilepsy, toxicity in the thyroid, and emotional
disorders. While most of these chemicals are added only for the manufacturer’s
convenience, the food industry could easily use vitamins C and E as well as lecithin
and other biological chemicals as antioxidants, preservatives, and emulsifiers.
Another group of food additives called excitotoxins act like neurotransmitters
(brain chemicals that transmit nerve signals) and overstimulate the brain in
susceptible people. Excitotoxins are taste or flavour enhancers that release glutamic
acid or glutamate. Aspartic acid and cysteine are also brain-active amino acids or
excitotoxins. The best known example of an excitotoxins is MSG or monosodium
glutamate, a salt of glutamic acid. High blood levels of this can cross the normally
protective blood-brain barrier.
Glutamate is a neurotransmitter that is present in the extracellular fluid only in
very low concentration. If levels are inappropriately raised through food ingestion
then neurons fire abnormally, and at higher levels of contamination brain cells begin
to die. Oxygen deficiency and lack of fuel (hypoglycaemia) interfere with the energy
production of brain cells and make them susceptible to damage by excitotoxins. This
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Excitatory amino acids cause problems mainly when they are used either in
high concentrations or in free form; while bound, as they are in most natural foods,
they are only slowly released and therefore harmless. Most processed foods,
however, contain excitotoxins, especially if any kind of commercial taste or flavour
enhancer has been added, such as hydrolyzed vegetable protein, soy protein extract,
yeast extract, beef stock, or caseinate; commercial soups, sauces, and gravies are
usually most implicated. Beware, because on the label any of these products may be
called “natural flavouring.” Aged proteins, processed meat, cheeses, and tomato
purees have higher levels of free glutamate as well, but fresh tomatoes are fine. All of
these products containing excitotoxins should be avoided by sensitive individuals and
their use minimized by others.
Water Chlorination: Chlorination of our drinking water is yet another instance
of an added substance (chlorine) that is detrimental to our health. Besides
microorganisms in the water, all other organic matter present will be chlorinated. This
produces a wide range of chlorinated chemicals with carcinogenic and other disease-
causing properties.
Reluctantly, even health authorities now admit that there is a health problem,
but they play it down by focusing only on trihalomethanes (THM’s). These are very
small compounds, consisting of one carbon atom with several attached chlorine or
bromine atoms. The most prevalent of these is chloroform (trichloromethane), a THM
that is carcinogenic to rats and mice. You cannot protect yourself against THM’s, as
they are absorbed through the skin if you swim in a chlorinated swimming pool or
have a hot bath or shower with chlorinated water. A hot shower can raise the level of
THM’s in the blood ten times higher than drinking a quart of chlorinated water.
While a large number of studies found an association between chlorinated
water and secondary chlorination products with an increased risk of cancer,
especially cancer of the bladder, I regard this only as the tip of the iceberg. The
association of THM’s with bladder cancer shows that they are relatively harmless,
because they are being excreted. I contend that the main health damage is caused
by long-chain chlorination products that remain in the body.
The level of chlorine in treated water is about 100 times higher than the level of
THM’s. There is no doubt that chlorine reacts with all organic matter, but especially
with sensitive biochemicals, such as unsaturated oils, cholesterol, and vitamins. This
reaction occurs when food is washed or cooked, when bread is baked, and when
commercial fruit juices or soy milk are made, and it occurs within your body if you
drink chlorinated water. These chlorination products have long carbon chains and
remain stored in the body, just like chlorinated insecticides (e.g., DDT), to which they
are closely related. In the same way that health authorities did not believe that
ingesting pesticides would cause health problems, so they now believe that these
long-chain chlorination products do not cause health problems. I regard this as being
complacent and incompetent in protecting public health.
All or most chlorinated organic compounds that have been tested have been
found to damage our health. It is also a fact that our liver is not equipped to detoxify
chlorinated chemicals. Putting all of these facts together leads to the inescapable
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unknown, degree. In the next chapter, I provide more information on the connection
between chlorinated water and cardiovascular disease.
Focusing only on THM’s, health authorities maintain that the antimicrobial
benefits of water chlorination outweigh its health dangers, and that there is no
reasonable alternative to keep water supplies safe. I strongly disagree. I do not
regard as “safe” water that causes cancer and very likely contributes to most other
chronic and age-related diseases. There are thousands of water treatment plants in
Europe that provide safe water without chlorine, using ozone, ultraviolet light,
membrane filters, and slow sand filters instead. While this may be initially somewhat
more expensive than using chlorine, in terms of preventing chronic diseases it will be
immeasurably cheaper for individuals as well as the public purse.
In the meantime, you need to protect yourself from the dangers of chlorinated
water. If you live in the country, you may have access to rainwater or bore water;
otherwise use filters or reverse osmosis to purify water used for drinking and cooking,
and install a shower filter. Distilled water needs an additional carbon filter to remove
chlorine and THM’s. For temporary use, when these are not available, you can
remove most of the chlorine and THM’s by briefly boiling the water and using it after it
has cooled. Also, a bath can be filled with hot water and the room ventilated before
getting into the bath. Skin contact with chlorinated water not only allows the
absorption of THM’s, it also ages the skin. You can counteract this by rubbing the
skin afterwards with reduced ionized water or with a diluted vitamin C solution.
Water Fluoridation: Equally short-sighted is the official campaign to fluoridate
our water supply. Modern dentistry tries to retard the growth of plaque bacteria that
causes cavities by mechanical means and by poisoning the bacteria with fluoride.
Fluoride is a strong enzyme poison. When present in sufficient concentration during
development of the teeth, it is incorporated mainly as insoluble calcium fluoride. The
lactic acid produced by plaque bacteria after the ingestion of sweet food dissolves
traces of calcium fluoride from the teeth and this poisons their enzyme systems,
retarding the development of caries.
However, the fluoridation of our water supply and the liberal use of fluoride
toothpaste introduce dangerously high concentrations of fluoride in a very active and
toxic form. This endangers our enzyme systems and greatly -contributes to a
weakened metabolism in many people, and thus to the development of allergies,
arthritis, cancer, and hypoglycaemia. Excessive fluoride exposure has also been
linked to hip fractures, hypothyroidism, Alzheimer’s disease, and reduced IQ. The
bulk of scientific research shows that added fluoride does not protect the teeth of
adults or children.
In natural groundwater, such as bore or spring water, fluoride sufficient for tooth
protection (up to one ppm) occurs mainly in the form of calcium fluoride. While this is
insoluble in high concentrations, it is sufficiently soluble in the minute amounts
required for tooth protection. In this form, and also when the blood level of calcium is
high, fluoride is less toxic. Fluoride causes the most damage in calcium-deficient
bodies, usually children and hypoglycemics or fast oxidizers.
Seafood and especially kelp are high in a safe form of fluoride. However, using
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intake levels. Caries, and the health problems due to artificial fluoridation, can be
avoided by using kelp and restricting the use of sweet foods.
The United States is one of a very few countries that still promote water
fluoridation. Most of Western Europe has outlawed it; even most of U.S.
communities, when allowed to vote, have rejected fluoridation; this has happened in
more than 50 communities since 1999. (For further information on the health dangers
of fluoride and a good bibliography of the scientific literature on fluoride, see:
www.fluoridealert.org.)
Aluminium: Another mineral harmful to our health that is added to our drinking
water to precipitate impurities is aluminium. This is not a so-called heavy metal, but it
causes health problems nevertheless. We can also ingest it with some brands of
baking powder, free-flowing salt, or aluminium hydroxide antacids, but most
commonly we absorb it through using aluminium cookware and utensils. Most
dangerous to our health are acidic foods that are left in contact with aluminium
surfaces. Aluminium easily dissolves in weak acids, which are present in fruits,
tomatoes, cucumber, rhubarb, and beets. Even heating tap water in an aluminium pot
was shown to add 1600 mcg of aluminium per litre of water, which is 3200 percent
over the recommendation of the World Health Organization, which sets a limit of 50
mcg per liter.33
In the body, aluminium acts as a neurotoxin, causing brain disorders, though
symptoms develop slowly. They may include senile dementia (Alzheimer’s disease),
Parkinson’s disease, reduced memory, slow learning, motor neuron disease,
overactive parathyroid glands, and fatigue. Aluminium lowers the permeability of the
blood-brain barrier to other harmful chemicals and increases the incidence of
epileptic seizures. You can protect yourself from aluminium ingestion by using filtered
water and glass, ceramic, or enamelled cookware. I do not recommend stainless
steel, as nickel can leach out during cooking, especially with acidic water or food, and
nickel is known to be carcinogenic.
Mercury: Chronic mercury poisoning can originate from certain pesticides and
fungicides, calomel laxatives, predatory fish, and especially amalgam tooth fillings.
Such fillings release mercury from broken-off pieces that dissolve in the stomach and
also from evaporation in the mouth that is caused by pressure on the fillings during
chewing. Old fillings are thus much lighter than new fillings because they have lost
most of their mercury. Acidic foods increase the rate at which mercury fillings
disintegrate. The mercury loss from several amalgam fillings over ten years has been
calculated at about 560 mg, or 150 mcg per day, and almost all of this is absorbed
and stored in body fat, especially in the brain.
Symptoms of mercury poisoning include: fatigue, lethargy, depression,
irritability, shyness, loss of short-term memory, allergies, respiratory infections,
decreased immune response, increased salivation, gingivitis, loose teeth, mouth
ulcers, nervous heart problems, digestive problems, and dermatitis, as well as
changes in hearing, vision, speech, and writing. Most prominent are nervous system
disorders with serious mental disturbances. Many symptoms are actually the same
as in multiple sclerosis. The present epidemic of autism has been linked by some
researchers to a high level of organic mercury compounds used as preservatives in
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Case reports for patients after removal of all their amalgam fillings include cure
of leukaemia and Hodgkin’s disease, regaining vision after 23 years of blindness,
cure of moderate to severe headaches that had persisted for 50 years, cure of
arthritis, and a reversal of general malaise with fatigue and depression. Minimize
amalgam-related health problems by refusing any new fillings containing mercury,
and contemplate replacing any old amalgam fillings; for this, see a holistic dentist.34
For more details on dental health, review Step 8. For practical advice and support,
contact: www.amalgam.org; for wide-ranging scientific information on the negative
health effects of amalgam fillings and heavy metals: www.melisa.org. An
independent researcher, Bernie Windham, has assembled hundreds of clinical
studies on the problems caused by amalgam fillings and harmful metals at:
www.home.earthlink.net/~berniew1/.
Mercury exposure from eating fish has greatly increased in recent decades.
Even health authorities acknowledge that there is now a problem and advise avoiding
large predatory fish, especially for pregnant women. Some studies show that on
average more mercury is accumulated from fish than from amalgam fillings. The
same health problems caused by dental mercury are caused by mercury from fish.
Only non-predatory fish or small predatory fish are reasonably safe to eat on a
regular basis. You can check the safety of commonly used fish species at:
www.ewg.org.
The Pros and Cons of Cooking: Cooked food has been a hallmark of
civilization. Cooking breaks down cellulose in vegetables and connective tissue in
meat and thus makes these foods easier to chew and more palatable. Bacteria are
destroyed at the same time, making these foods safer to eat, but only if eaten
immediately after cooking. During storage, raw food remains much more resistant to
microbial contamination than cooked food.
The price we pay for this convenience is a loss of vitamins and minerals, the
destruction of enzymes and plant hormones, denaturing of proteins, oxidation of
lipids, loss of vitality or life force, and formation of harmful chemicals at temperatures
above the boiling point. Vitamins are destroyed by the combined action of oxygen
and heat; minerals react to heat in ways that make them less easily absorbed; and
both vitamins and minerals are lost if cooking water is discarded.
When food is heated above 180° F, protein becomes denatured or unbiological;
it changes its internal structure (the way it is folded), and the immune system reacts
as if it were attacked by foreign invaders. The digestive system is flooded with white
blood cells after eating this food. This is called digestive leukocytosis: The white
blood cells or leukocytes try to prevent food toxins from reaching the bloodstream.
The higher the food is heated or the more refined it is, the stronger is the resulting
leukocytosis. This defence reaction against toxic food does not take place after
eating raw food. Leukocytosis is a continued strain on our immune system and is an
aggravating factor in leukaemia and immune deficiency. Animals and humans
evolved on raw food only; cooked food is a recent invention in evolutionary terms.
When food is heated above the boiling point, chemical reactions take place that
create toxic chemicals in the food. For a long time it has been known that
carcinogenic substances are produced in highly heated meat, but the more recent
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shock to the food industry. When foods are heated to above the boiling point,
advanced glycation end products (AGE’s) are formed, some known as acrylamides.
These toxic products result from a reaction of carbohydrates with proteins. They are
produced at a slow rate at low temperatures, but in high amounts when food is highly
heated, as in frying and baking. Acrylamides are known to be cancer-causing in
animals and to cause DNA damage with gene mutations.
Another scientific finding is that acrylamides are pro-inflammatory and the more
these chemicals are in the diet, the more inflammation they cause. Almost all
diseases are associated with inflammation, including arthritis, cancer, diabetes, and
heart disease. The more inflammation, the worse are the disease and associated
pain. This may be a main reason why most diseases greatly improve and chronic
pain tends to disappear on raw food diets.
AGE’s are yellow-brown, like another group of chemicals related to heat and
oxidation, the lipofuscins, which are composed of oxidized fats and proteins.
Together, these chemicals accumulate as waste material in nerve and skin cells and
impede their functions. Sometimes they can be seen as age spots or liver spots.
Equally damaging is the total destruction of all the enzymes in cooked food.
Raw food contains a complement of enzymes specifically designed to digest it.
Starchy foods contain large amounts of the starch-digesting enzyme amylase; fatty
and oily foods are provided with the fat-digesting enzyme lipase, while protein foods
contain the protein-digesting enzyme cathepsin. According to the food composition,
there may be mixtures of these and other enzymes.
If food enzymes are destroyed, we must produce considerably more digestive
enzymes, and our overall enzyme capacity declines much more rapidly with
advancing years than it would on raw food. Thus we age much sooner and develop
degenerative diseases that can otherwise be avoided. Food enzymes and digestive
enzymes not only break down and absorb food, but also keep the body free of
inappropriate accumulations of fats and proteins and help us avoid or reverse
atherosclerosis and cancer. High-dose supplements of protein-digesting enzymes
are frequently used in natural cancer therapy to break down tumours.
Animal experiments show the profuse development of degenerative diseases
from a diet of cooked foods and that good health and longer life result with a raw diet.
There are also numerous reports of human cures from all kinds of degenerative
diseases - including advanced cancer - on a raw diet of organically grown food. My
own successes in healing patients in advanced and difficult conditions have often
been due to raw food diets.
Modern processed foods generally combine the negative health effects of
cooked, refined, and chemicalised food. Tinned food, for instance, causes even more
leukocytosis than normal cooked food, indicating that it is more toxic. Equally harmful
is microwaved food, as this process violently shakes and twists the delicate
molecular structures. In studies, abnormal changes in the blood and immune system
were noticed after ingesting microwaved food.
Fortunately, it is easy to protect yourself from the dangers associated with
cooking: avoid or minimize the use of processed food; heat food only to the boiling
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heated food, have some fresh, raw food, and more with the cooked meal. In this way,
digestive leukocytosis can be reduced or even eliminated.
I have noticed that for many people cereals are especially difficult to give up.
These cause problems for many individuals, contributing to overweight, diabetes, and
hypoglycaemia. How-ever, some individuals and therapists report that raw grains do
not seem to cause these problems. Therefore, if you are so inclined, you can
experiment with soaked non-gluten grains as an addition to breakfast or a salad.
Harmful Eating Habits: The way we eat our food can also negatively affect
our health. Commonly, food is not sufficiently chewed as our mind is busy with other
matters. Thus, the food is not properly broken down and mixed with the starch-
digesting amylase in the saliva. This adds to the burden of an already overworked
pancreas. The composition of the required digestive juices is already signalled to the
pancreas from the mouth, but if food is eaten too fast, especially cooked food, the
signals are inaccurate, and we also do not receive the signal when we have had
enough, so we tend to overeat.
Overeating is unhealthy because we become overweight, but also excessive
amounts of metabolic waste products are formed that stress the enzyme systems
and the organs of elimination. In addition, food remains partly undigested in the
intestines, which encourages putrefaction and an overgrowth of harmful microbes.
The overall effect can be not only a shortened life span but also early onset of
degenerative disease. Many animal experiments have confirmed that life span as
well as health can be greatly enhanced if the quantity of food consumed is restricted.
Rats, for instance, doubled their life span on half their normal diet and earthworms
lived 16 times longer on a starvation diet, according to studies.
A famous example of a long and healthy life through restricted eating is the
Italian nobleman Luigi Cornaro, who lived about 400 years ago. He was born with
fragile health and by the time he was 40, he had severe arthritis and many other
afflictions and was close to dying. He cured himself within one year by restricting his
food intake to about 12 ounces daily, consisting of bread, meat, egg yolk, and soup.
He continued with this in good health until his 78th year when he gave in to the
persuasions of his family and increased his food intake by two ounces. Within days,
he became very sick. Again he escaped death by returning to his frugal eating habits.
From then on he lived in good health, with excellent mental faculties and without
fatigue until his 99th year. In his last years, he wrote a comedy and treatises on
longevity and health.
Eating meat or a large meal in the evening is especially unhealthy because
then our digestive powers are much weaker than in the morning. What we eat during
the daytime is usually converted into energy for the activities at hand, but the evening
meal is mainly converted into fat deposits and an increase in the accumulation of
wastes.
Equally harmful is indiscriminate food combining. High-protein foods such as
meat require different digestive juices from those needed to process a starch meal.
The digestion of starch initiated by the salivary amylase is prematurely stopped if the
starch is mixed with meat in a meal. Amylase is also inhibited when starches are
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sweetened starches. Mixing incompatible foods overloads the pancreas and our
health suffers.
The Mixed Benefits and Deficits of Stimulants: Stimulants such as coffee,
tea, cocoa, tobacco, alcohol, and various recreational drugs are widely used and
often overused. I do not suggest that stimulants should be completely avoided but,
similar to sweet foods, I contend it is much better for our health if we restrict their
use.
Whether stimulants are harmful to you and to what extent depends greatly on
your state of health and how frequently you use them. Someone who habitually takes
a specific stimulant several times daily will be most affected by it and is likely even to
be allergic and addicted to it. This applies to coffee and tea as much as to alcohol,
tobacco, and other stimulating drugs. While the health dangers of alcohol and
tobacco are well publicized and generally appreciated, the prevalence of allergies to
coffee and tea is often underestimated. The most common symptoms are
headaches, migraines, irritability, and menstrual problems.
However, coffee and tea can also make positive contributions to our health,
provided that we are not addicted and/or allergic to them. Tea, especially green tea,
is high in antioxidants and useful in the prevention of cancer. Black and green teas
stimulate the respiratory system and are helpful with breathing problems, such as
asthma. Coffee, on the other hand, acts mainly on the brain, not only to keep us
awake, but it can also prevent a threatening migraine attack. Coffee drinkers appear
to have a lower incidence of Parkinson’s disease. A dry red wine taken with a meal
can be beneficial, and beer in moderation is fine (provided you have no gluten or
yeast sensitivity). Unfortunately, modern beer and many wines are chemicalised and
not beneficial.
Marijuana is probably no worse than other recreational drugs and has some
useful medicinal properties along with its strongly relaxing and pain-relieving effect
on the body and its stimulation of specific parts of the brain. Habitual use is most
harmful for those who are already too relaxed and without much drive or enthusiasm.
Generally such people have weak blood sugar regulation, lack of energy, and low
blood pressure. Prolonged use of marijuana can cause genetic changes and infertility
in offspring.
Signs of addiction to stimulants are a craving during periods of abstention or
bingeing when a tempting opportunity arises. In order to improve your health, avoid
the addictive stimulant for a very long time, preferably for several years. People in
poor health, especially if their system is acid and they have a disturbed sugar
metabolism, easily become addicted and allergic to any stimulant that is used for a
prolonged period.
If your health is reasonably good, it will not be too damaging to use stimulants
in moderation. Someone in good health rarely becomes addicted. The main thing to
watch out for is that it not become a habit or a craving, and also that alcohol not be
used to excess. However, smoking is almost always an addiction and has no
redeeming health features at all.
If you use a stimulant regularly, more than once or twice a week, I recommend
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during abstention and when it is reintroduced for signs of craving, discomfort, or
allergy. This advice to interrupt stimulant use occasionally does not apply, however,
to regular smoking, hard drugs, or binge drinking. For these, permanent abstention is
the only solution. Pregnant and nursing women are best advised to abstain
completely from alcohol, tobacco, and drugs.
Yeasts and Moulds: Yeasts, moulds, and mushrooms are all fungi. Yeasts are
widely used in baking and brewing and also as concentrated yeast extracts and food
yeasts. Moulds are used in some cheeses and to produce antibiotics. We all have
some yeast cells resident in our intestines. Normally, these are harmless, as the
intestinal bacteria keep them subdued. However, in many people the fungi have
taken over, and the overuse of prescription drugs and improper dietary changes have
contributed to this condition.
Yeast proliferation is stimulated by birth-control pills and consumption of sweet
food, as sugars are the only energy source for yeasts, but the main reason that it has
become a widespread health problem at present is the general use of antibiotics and
prescription drugs that suppress the immune system. Antibiotics decimate the normal
intestinal bacteria but leave the yeast cells unaffected, allowing them to proliferate
and take over the space normally occupied by intestinal bacteria. From the intestinal
tract, the yeast cells can invade other mucous membranes, especially those of the
vagina, mouth, and lungs; they can also penetrate the intestinal wall and enter the
bloodstream.
The most common form of intestinal yeast is Candida albicans, an overgrowth
of which can cause gastritis, colitis, cystitis, bloating, oral (thrush) or vaginal
infestation, menstrual problems, and asthma. Allergies with a wide variety of
symptoms result when this yeast penetrates the intestinal wall. In addition to skin and
breathing problems, severe mental and emotional reactions, especially depression,
are common. Autism, neuroses, and mental diseases, including schizophrenia, have
reportedly been cured with antifungal therapy. Usually in such cases, the patient has
a history of Candida problems and antibiotic use. The toxicity of Candida to the
nervous system is largely due to an excessive production of acetaldehyde. This
substance is formed when yeast cells metabolize sugars and there is a deficiency of
oxygen.
Another important aspect of systemic fungal infestation is severe damage to
the immune system, leading to autoimmune diseases and immune deficiency states,
including lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis and, most likely, AIDS. After the
immune system has been severely damaged by this fungus, it is easy for bacteria
and viruses to invade the body and cause serious and even lethal diseases.
Dietary yeasts and moulds greatly increase the difficulties of susceptible
individuals, frequently causing allergic reactions and flare-ups of Candida infections.
Some moulds can damage the liver, such as aflatoxins, from a mould that frequently
grows on peanuts and is present in peanut butter. Moulds commonly grow on dried
fruits, on poorly stored grains and nuts, on the outer leaves of cabbage, and on the
skins of various fresh fruits.
A study in the U.K. in 1977 found that moulds and their poisonous mycotoxins
(fungal toxins) were present in all 318 samples of flour tested. This mould
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harvesting of grain. Whole-meal flour, bran, and wheat germ are even more affected
by mould than is white flour; rice is also frequently contaminated.
Even if the fungi are killed during cooking, the products of their decomposition
can still cause allergies. Washing whole grains, nuts, and susceptible fruits and
vegetables before cooking or eating helps to remove moulds; drying them in the sun
destroys fungi and prevents their development. Preferably also remove
environmental moulds, such as those on walls and bathroom tiles, because they can
be inhaled and cause lung and breathing problems in susceptible individuals
(asthmatics).
Frequently, antibiotics are routinely added to animal feed for meat production;
this applies especially to poultry and pigs. Antibiotic residues can impair the intestinal
flora of the consumer of such products and thereby encourage the spread of
Candida. In addition, the meat itself can be infested with Candida or other fungi
because of the prolonged use of antibiotics in the animals; resistant strains of harmful
bacteria may also be present. I do not recommend habitually eating such meat. As a
general rule, I recommend you avoid meat from commercial animal feedlots.

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Step 43
METABOLIC TYPES, PATHWAYS, & DIETS
Know your individual metabolic type and
your specific dietary requirements.

Some foods, such as meat or sweet and acidic foods, are good for certain
people, and for these people they are not problem foods, while with other people
their effects are adverse. To gain a better understanding of this phenomenon and
insight into the food-related causes of diseases, let’s look at metabolism.
Our metabolism is the total of all the millions of biochemical and enzymatic
reactions that take place in our body at any given time. Some reactions use energy to
build (anabolism) more complex structures from assimilated nutrients, while others
release energy by breaking down (catabolism) more complex molecules.
While there are additional factors and overlapping influences, we can say
generally that our metabolic pathways are most strongly influenced by our nutrition,
that our glandular system is mainly affected by our emotions, and that our nervous
system responds primarily to brain and mental activity. All three factors together -
nutrition, glandular system, and nervous system - regulate our metabolism.
Inherited or acquired variations of these regulating factors produce a unique
blend for each individual and call for different specific requirements for optimal
health. However, there are some common key factors and we can distinguish several
groups with similar characteristics: Each group represents a metabolic type, which I
explain below. But first, two concepts must be explained: the autonomic nervous
system and the tension-relaxation cycle.
The Autonomic Nervous System: The autonomic nervous system (ANS) has
a great influence on our metabolism. It regulates those body processes that usually
function automatically without our conscious control, such as heartbeat, digestive
processes, nerve reflexes, and so forth. It has two branches with opposite
characteristics: the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and the parasympathetic
nervous system (PNS).
The main function of the SNS is to prepare the body for action: epinephrine
pours into the bloodstream; the muscles tense; blood pressure, pulse, and breathing
rate increase as well as the rate of catabolic processes in general. The digestion,
however, is slowed or interrupted. The SNS is activated by emotions such as anger
and fear, by the intention to take some action, but also by certain foods, and most
strongly by red meat.
The PNS relaxes the muscles, improves the digestion, and lowers blood
pressure, pulse, and breathing. The PNS is dominant during sleep and with relaxed
body and mind conditions. The endings of the PNS nerves release acetylcholine
when stimulated, while SNS nerves release norepinephrine, an epinephrine-like
hormone with opposite effects to those of acetylcholine. SNS dominance leads to
elevated blood levels of glucose and fatty acids (diabetes, coronary heart disease),
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The Tension-Relaxation Cycle: Overall, each body function should be in
balance between the opposite forces of the SNS and PNS. However, at any given
moment, one force will usually prevail; during action the SNS dominates and during
rest the PNS. A healthy body is not static but in a dynamic balance, like a swinging
pendulum.
Problems arise when the tension-relaxation cycle is not balanced but is one-
sided. During work there may be too much tension, while the following rest period
does not result in complete relaxation. If this condition becomes chronic, other
tension-related symptoms can develop, such as high blood pressure or restlessness.
To bring the body back into balance, remedies with a PNS influence can be applied,
such as relaxation exercises, a vegetarian diet, or magnesium supplements. On the
other hand, if the body generally is too relaxed, too weak, and too soft for the daily
tasks, and mind and emotions cannot be aroused, then tension-producing SNS
influences can be applied, such as consuming flesh foods or calcium supplements.
Basic Metabolic Types: From these considerations about our ANS, we can
describe three metabolic types: the P-type in which the PNS dominates; the S-type
with a dominating SNS; and a balanced type. Population groups over thousands of
years developed predominantly into one of these types, depending on climate and
available food. These inherited ancestral metabolic characteristics remain fairly
stable during our lifetime and form our basic metabolic blueprint on which acquired
metabolic traits are superimposed.
The fundamental difference between the P-type and the S-type can be
illustrated if we compare the mental picture or stereotype we have of the Native
American with that of a desert Arab.
The Native American is deliberate and measured in movement and speech,
stoic, and rarely displays emotions. He or she has a powerful body and a broad face,
is a hunter, and eats relatively few carbohydrates. This is a typical representation of
the positive aspects of the P-type. We find the same characterization, only adjusted
to a colder climate, in the Eskimo. The typical desert Arab, on the other hand, is
agile, lively, energetic, and quick to act on feelings and emotions. He or she is lean,
with a narrow face, and can (or reportedly could in former times) exist for long
periods on nothing but dates and still maintain remarkable endurance. This portrait
shows the positive aspects of the metabolic S-type.
The apparently unbalanced ANS of each type is actually balanced through the
opposite influence of the traditional diet. Thus, the high-meat diet of the Native
American stimulates the SNS and epinephrine production, while the predominantly
vegetarian diet of the Arab sedates the SNS and epinephrine response. If the Native
American and the desert Arab were to interchange their diets, they would become
unbalanced, their energy metabolism would eventually become inefficient, and their
health would decline. They would then display the negative characteristics of their
metabolic types.
Other races and nations that are predominantly of the P-type are the North
Europeans, Dutch, Russians, Polynesians, and New Zealand Maoris, the latt