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3 way detox

Detoxing is important because it assists your body in getting rid of waste, toxins and pathogens and in so doing reducing and eliminating many symptoms and even helps you to lose weight and feel great.

Two ways you can provide this support for your body is by doing manual lymph drainage massage and Ozone therapy. This assists your body to detox via the skin, kidneys and bowel.

Manual lymph drainage massage

The lymphatic system plays a very important role of keeping the immune system functioning. Adverse lifestyle choices, stress, toxins, pathogens, pregnancy, surgeries and medications compromise the immune system. A sluggish lymphatic system can lead to major imbalance and a diseased state.

During a manual lymph drainage massage a therapist will gently massage you from your feet to your head as your lymphatic system runs throughout your body.

A list of problems that can benefit from lymphatic drainage:

  • Edema
  • Skin disorders, such as acne, rosacea, eczema
  • Metabolic problems, including fatigue, sleep disorders, chronic pain and stress
  • Gastrointestinal issues, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), celiac and Crohn’s disease
  • Rheumatology disorders, like arthritis and osteoporosis
  • Neurologic problems such as migraines and vertigo
  • Respiratory congestion, sinus

Ozone therapy

Ozone therapy is used to disinfect and improve the body’s intake and use of oxygen, and activating the immune system.

Some of the many benefits of ozone therapy include:

  • Inactivating bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, yeast, and protozoa
  • Stimulating the immune system to speed up healing
  • Improving circulation by cleaning the arteries and veins
  • Purifying blood and the lymph
  • Normalizing hormone and enzyme production
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Reducing pain
  • Improving brain function and memory
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August 5, 2019 at 2:35 pm Leave a comment

Testimonial – healing from physical and emotional imbalance

Heal your Life Programme

In February 2019, Sharon came to us feeling off balance, with shortness of breath, tiredness, blocked ears, tinnitus, and thrush including in her mouth and throat. She felt irritable and unable to face stressful situations.
Additional symptoms she suffered from included sinus and post nasal drip which caused phlegm on her chest which in turn lead to sever coughing at times. The tinnitus & blocked ear prevented her from hearing properly in a crowd and disturbed her sleep.”
“Having tried so many things in the past to alleviate symptoms I felt utterly defeated was heading towards depression. I have been virtually gluten free for over 30 years and lactose free for at least 10 they don’t seem to have been able to sort out the problems.
I have had health & allergy issues for most of my life and have been able to pick myself up and get on with Life.” Sharon has joined our 4 month “Heal your Life programme” in the hopes of feeling more alive and well.
As at 11 March:
“Completed a candida & colon cleanse – thrush has gone with sinus & postal nasal drip improving. I am very thankful for the progress made so far and am so pleased that I can once again enjoy fruit and natural foods that taste so good. It is amazing how much nicer food tastes now that the thrush and sinus are gone.”
As at 26 March:
“Having been on the diet & remedy to eliminate Epstein Barr, Ozone & Rife treatments and the Candida diet plan, I lost 5kg in 3 weeks and this was a bonus. There is a huge improvement to my sinus, post nasal drip & mucus on my chest. I am no longer taking any antihistamines nor using Foxair or asthma pump. I no longer suffer with acid reflux. I was living on Gaviscon & Lansoloc. There is very little oral thrush and I have changed my toothpaste to a herbal one. I have improved concentration levels and more energy.
Since following the new diet and ozone/rife therapy, I continue to feel more energetic and my sleep pattern has changed. I have been sleeping soundly for longer periods and not feeling so tired during the day as I was. If I do feel drained, I have an hour’s nap at the most during the afternoon.
I haven’t weighed myself recently but last time I did, I had lost another 2Kg = 7Kg in total. I have gone down a size with clothing.
The Tinnitus is not nearly as bad as it was, and my right ear pressure is not as uncomfortable as it was.I feel more comfortable in my skin and happier in myself.
I know that I am not alone with these challenges and there are plenty of people worse off than me. I hope my journey can help others.”
*Sharon still has 2 months left on the full 4 month protocol.

Before and after

May 23, 2019 at 11:28 am Leave a comment

Massages are good for you

What’s not to love about getting a relaxing massage? On a primal level, being gently touched sends a signal of safety to our core. It harkens back to infancy, when being swaddled and cared for by others was essential to our survival. We are literally hardwired for touch! When deprived of it, especially in infancy, serious physical and psychological issues can result. Conversely, proper application of therapeutic touch can be used as an effective adjunct therapy to create better health outcomes across a spectrum of diseases. Simply put, touch makes us feel better. And when we feel better, we often get better.

Greenmedinfo’s Research Database has eighty-five unique abstracts on the healing powers of massage and therapeutic touch. These scientific studies have proven the usefulness of touch therapy for a variety of conditions. Massage is a stand-out treatment in the area of pain management and is non-drug option for sufferers of numerous psychological disorders, such as anxiety and depression, insomnia, and anorexia nervosa. With pain-pill addiction driving the nation’s ongoing drug overdose tragedy, studies on massage for treating pain are especially encouraging. It has proven effective at alleviating pain caused by numerous conditions, including lower-back and knee problems, fibromyalgia, as well as pain associated with cancer treatment, and complications of diabetes.

Massage’s holistic healing effects are due, in part, to the release of endorphins, the body’s natural “feel good” hormones and neuropeptides. Gentle touch stimulates endorphins, enhancing feelings of pleasure and security. We also benefit through connecting with another person, which is itself a form of healing energy. In addition to easing pain, massage decreases levels of stress and anxiety, conveying a greater healing benefit to patients. Massage is a “feel good” prescription, making it a natural alternative to antidepressants and sleep-aids, medications that, along with painkillers, have the highest rates of addiction. A regular regimen of massage can even help people who are stepping down from pharmaceutical medications, or breaking the addictive hold of nicotine and alcohol.

  • extract taken from wakeup-world.com

May 13, 2019 at 6:38 am Leave a comment

Supporting material by respected practitioners

Ozone Therapy: A clinical review

Ozone therapy as a treatment for lower back pain

Treatment with ozone/oxygen‐pneumoperitoneum results in complete remission of rabbit squamous cell carcinomas

 

 

February 20, 2019 at 1:18 pm Leave a comment

Adrenal fatigue – what is it, have you got it and how to fix it

Do you think you need your adrenals checked?

If your energy lags during the day, you feel emotionally off-kilter much of the time, you sleep poorly or less than seven hours a night, you can’t shed excess weight even while dieting, and you rely on caffeine or carbohydrates as “pick-me-ups” — these are all red flags indicating adrenal imbalance.

In all but the most extreme cases, we expect to see dramatic improvement in four to six months. For mild to moderate adrenal fatigue the turnaround can be faster.

Remember, you may feel as though you’re just too tired to make changes now, but by moving forward in incremental stages, you’ll build the strength you need to stay with it. You will love how you feel when you do!

Adrenal fatigue (Addisons disease) – Signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue

Physiology

Amygdala (part of limbic brain) – hypothalamus communicates with pituitary gland, turns on adrenal gland – body is filled with cortisol & epinephrine.

On top of each kidney there is an (endocrine) adrenal gland, about the size of a large grape.

To understand how adrenal fatigue develops, it is important to understand the original, evolutionary function of the adrenal glands. The adrenals are walnut-sized glands located on top of each kidney, where they serve as important manufacturing centers for many of the body’s hormones.

The innermost section of each gland produces adrenaline and noradrenaline, the hormones named after them. The layers outside the center, called the adrenal cortex, produce several other hormones, including cortisol, as well as DHEA, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.

The fundamental task of your adrenal glands is to rally all your body’s resources into “fight or flight” mode by increasing production of adrenaline and cortisol. When healthy, your adrenals can instantly increase your heart rate and blood pressure, release your energy stores for immediate use, slow your digestion and other secondary functions, and sharpen your senses.

Let’s emphasize two points about this healthy stress response. First, it takes priority over all other metabolic functions. Second, it wasn’t designed to last very long.

Function

They produce hormones that regulate blood pressure, how our body uses food, blood-levels of minerals, such as potassium and sodium, functions involved in stress reactions, and heartbeat.

Stress causes the adrenals to produce cortisol.

What are stressors?

A demanding job, raising a family, relationship issues, lack of sleep, financial pressures, improper nutrition, dieting, and unresolved emotional distress, losing a loved one etc

When our adrenal glands have to chronically sustain high cortisol levels, they become fatigued. The resulting adrenal dysfunction not only affects cortisol production, but also impairs the adrenals’ ability to produce and balance hormones like DHEA, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.

Symptoms of adrenal fatigue

• Fatigue
• Feeling tired despite sufficient hours of sleep
• Insomnia
• Weight gain
• Depression
• Hair loss
• Acne
• Reliance on stimulants like caffeine
• Cravings for carbohydrates or sugars
• Cravings for salt
• Poor immune function
• Intolerance to cold

Related conditions

Adrenal fatigue is a likely factor in several medical conditions such as the following:

• Hypotension
• Fibromyalgia
• Hypothyroidism
• Chronic fatigue syndrome
• Arthritis
• Premature menopause

Stress of any kind — mental, emotional, or physical — stimulates the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, the dynamic feedback system between the brain and the adrenal glands. Over stimulation of this axis have huge implications throughout the body.

The short-term result of a stimulated HPA axis is higher cortisol production from the adrenals. High cortisol (hypercortisolism) in the bloodstream can directly inhibit production of TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) as well as conversion of T4 to T3. But cortisol can’t remain high forever.

Eventually, the adrenal glands reach exhaustion and not enough cortisol is produced (known as hypocortisolism), which comes with another set of problems.

Either way, with lower levels of T3 in the blood, your cells can’t produce a healthy biological response. This is when women begin to see hypothyroidism symptoms like fatigue, cold intolerance, weight gain, memory loss, poor concentration, depression, infertility, hair loss, and more.

The adrenal glands are one piece to the thyroid equation, but for some people, there may be something entirely different causing a sluggish thyroid.

Other factors in the hypothyroidism equation

On top of the physical and emotional stress women feel at menopause, there are several very real biological stresses on the thyroid to consider.

Low iodine levels. Iodine is the central ingredient in thyroid hormones T3 and T4. Trying to produce T3 and T4 without iodine is like trying to make an omelet without the eggs! We need about one milligram of iodine a week to form the required amount of thyroxine.

But iodine is not all that widely distributed in nature.

Despite iodine being added to our commercial table salt, American iodine status was recently deemed “marginal” by the World Health Organization. Given that many of the world’s crop-growing soils lack iodine, fewer people eat foods naturally rich in iodine, and more and more avoid iodized table salt, iodine deficiency is on the rise.

Exposure to environmental toxins — including halides, heavy metals, pesticides, and antibiotics in our air, food, and water — can also interfere with thyroid function. We all know it’s best to limit our toxic exposure wherever possible but increasing iodine intake and implementing a regular detox program to support the body’s natural detoxification pathways can also make a difference.

Food allergies and sensitivities — including those to gluten — can place tremendous stress on thyroid function. Many of my patients with hypothyroidism see positive results when they eliminate gluten from their diets. You, too, may want to give an elimination diet a try.

Food sensitivities may also promote autoimmune reactions in which the body’s immune system attacks the thyroid as though it were a foreign invader. When we have food intolerances occurring in the gut, the resulting chemical signals influence our DNA — including the DNA in our immune cells. Unfortunately, the messages carried by food stressors turn off the default “healthy” pathways and turn on those that lead to disease.

A long list of prescription medications can also impair thyroid function. Drugs like lithium, amiodarone, somatostatin, inhalers, and others have the potential to disrupt thyroid hormone balance at any level — from synthesis, secretion and transport, to how thyroid hormones act in our organs to regulate metabolism — with the unintended outcome of hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. I acknowledge that prescription medications save lives, but we have to be mindful that their benefits often come at the expense of other systems in the body. Sadly, the targeted strength provided by many drugs can be overwhelming — in some cases destructive — to the thyroid.

Finally, insufficient nutrition may also affect thyroid function — but it’s a problem that’s easily addressed!

Selenium, for example, is needed for the conversion of T4 to T3, so if you’re selenium deficient, increasing this nutrient in your diet may make a difference in how you feel. And as mentioned above, iodine is essential for making thyroid hormones. Vitamin A, EPA and DHA, and zinc all act to improve T3 binding in your cells. By working with your body’s natural pathways, vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, and extra antioxidants can offer great results without the side effects. The bottom line is that when we give our bodies the gentle support they recognize, we often see positive results that last.


Nutrient-rich foods to replenish thyroid health

• Iodine (I): seaweed (e.g., nori), clams, shrimp, haddock, oysters, salmon, sardines, pineapple, eggs.

• Selenium (Se): smoked herring, smelt, wheat germ, Brazil nuts (just one nut provides ~139 mcg), apple cider vinegar, scallops, barley, lobster.

• Zinc (Zn): fresh oysters, ginger root, pecans, dry split peas, Brazil nuts, egg yolk, whole wheat, rye, oats, peanuts.

• Vitamin E: wheat germ oil, olive oil, sunflower seeds, almonds, peanuts.

• Vitamin A: dark green leafy veggies, liver, winter squash, cantaloupe, stone fruits, papaya, and cod liver oil.

• B vitamin complex: brewer’s yeast, wild rice, brown rice, whole wheat, beans, peanuts.

• Vitamin C: Red chili, guava, parsley, dark green leafy veggies, strawberries, papaya, citrus fruits.

• Support your adrenals. If this is the only thing you do, I promise it will benefit your health on many levels. Not only will supporting your adrenals lighten the burden on your thyroid, it will also help restore your energy levels and overall well-being.

• Introduce a quality multivitamin–mineral complex. All perimenopausal and menopausal women should take a mineral complex.

• Consider supplementing with selenium and iodine. You can do this through the foods you eat or with supplements, but if you do use selenium or iodine supplements, please work with a professional healthcare provider to monitor your levels appropriately. And when it comes to selenium supplements, I do not recommend taking more than 200 mcg/day.

The destructive effect of high cortisol levels

What is cortisol? In its normal function, cortisol helps us meet these challenges by converting proteins into energy, releasing glycogen, and counteracting inflammation. For a short time, that’s okay. But at sustained high levels, cortisol gradually tears your body down.

Sustained high cortisol levels:

• destroy healthy muscle and bone

• slow down healing and normal cell regeneration

• co-opt biochemicals needed to make other vital
hormones

• impair digestion, metabolism and mental function

• interfere with healthy endocrine function; and

• weaken your immune system.

Adrenal fatigue may be a factor in many conditions, including fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, and more. It can also be associated with a host of unpleasant signs and symptoms, from acne to hair loss.

The loss of DHEA production

When the adrenals are chronically overworked and straining to maintain high cortisol levels, they lose the capacity to produce DHEA in enough amounts. DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is an immediate precursor hormone to estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.

What that means is whenever DHEA is in short supply; women have a hard time balancing their hormones.

This happens because Mother Nature will always favour survival — our adrenals’ primary function — over reproduction — one of their secondary functions being production of sex hormones. And that’s why hormonal balance becomes increasingly problematic as stressed-out women approach midlife, when ovarian production of sex hormones declines naturally.

Over time, low DHEA leads to fatigue, bone loss, loss of muscle mass, depression, aching joints, decreased sex drive, and impaired immune function.

 

Tips:

1.     Clean your colon. One of the best things you can do is to support your colon by using occasional colon cleansing and doing a detox diet.

2.     Hydrate with living water.

3.     Add a fiber supplement, such as psyllium husks, to 8 oz. of apple juice in the a.m. and p.m.

4.     Consider a kinesiology balance.

5.     Herb/supplement support – Ashwagandha, Holy Basil, Amino Acids, Multi Vitamins and Minerals like magnesium, EFA’s, Liquorice root, Ginseng, Gingo Biloba.

6.     Take a relaxing bath then get 7 hours of sleep and avoid all electronic equipment an hour before sleeping.

7.     Reduce caffeine intake and alcohol and ditch sweets.

8.     No microwave.

9.     Opt for healthy fats – coconut, olive, avodaco, nut oils.

10.  Gentle stretching like Yoga.

11.  Go outside, take a walk, travel. Avoid over excessive exercise.

Speak your truth

By the time we reach perimenopause, many of us find we’ve given so much to the world around us there is little reserve for ourselves. This is the time to speak up, to share your opinions, to explore the things that make your life meaningful. Don’t feel guilty about asking for — and receiving — more support. Though easier said than done for many women, this may be the perfect time in life to learn to say “no.” You deserve a break — and so do the cells in your body!

Your thyroid, your voice

In Eastern medical paradigms, the thyroid is associated with “sacred voice.” As a component of the fifth chakra, thyroid issues are linked with difficulty speaking our truth, following our dreams, or fully expressing ourselves. Anatomically, the thyroid sits right over the voice box, and one of the symptoms of thyroid dysfunction is a gravelly or “muted” voice. When the thyroid is underactive, it doesn’t hurt to step back and evaluate how well you’re expressing your individual needs, wants, and opinions to those around you.

Remember that your voice doesn’t serve to merely communicate — it is connected to your whole being. Likewise, your thyroid doesn’t simply produce thyroid hormone. It is connected to every cell in your body and subject to both physical and psychological influence.

Our holistic natural healing programme

Our program promotes natural hormonal balance with nutritional supplements, our exclusive endocrine support formula, dietary and lifestyle guidance, and kinesiology consultations and various support treatments.

 

References
(some of the above information on adrenal fatigue courtesy of http://www.womentowomen.com)
Adrenal fatigue — the effects of stress and high cortisol levels by Marcy Holmes, Women’s Health NP, Certified Menopause Clinician & Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP

 

December 10, 2018 at 1:31 pm Leave a comment

Knysna a top destination for wellness, weight-loss and healing

Knysna is a top holiday destination offering temperate weather, amazing nature and forests for hikes and biking, lovely beaches and lagoons and lies in close proximity to wine and tea farms and various animal sanctuaries.

Knysna also offers a variety of beauty, health and healing options where you can spoil yourself, de-stress, rejuvenate, heal or lose weight while on holiday.

One such place is Tree of Life Wellness Centre in Knysna which offers a wide range of non-invasive treatments at very affordable prices:

Cryo therapy
Weight loss, breaks down fat and cellulite, restores skin elasticity, lymph drainage, pain relief, improved blood circulation. Carries fewer risks, much less invasive, no scarring and a lot cheaper than liposuction. Plus you could see up to 2cm loss per session.
Combined with the cryotherapy we offer cavitation, lipo laser and radio frequency treatments which break down fats, firm and tone skin and minimise stretch marks.

Electrotherapy (Rife)
Arthritis, influenza, bronchitis, tonsillitis, shingles, candidiasis, fibrositis, chronic fatigue syndrome, glandular fever, cellulitis, sports injuries and many other acute and chronic diseases. Not only are viruses and other pathogens destroyed, but also damaged tissues are detoxified and regenerated.

Ozone therapy
Removes fat, eliminates cellulite, restores skin elasticity and combats stretch marks, slows down effects of aging by stimulating collagen fibers, stimulates oxygen metabolism, alkalises and detoxes the body. Beneficial for various diseases including muscle-skeletal disorders, coronary vascular insufficiency, migraine, hypertension, skin disorders, neurological disorders, autoimmune diseases, stress, inflammation, wound treatment, allergies, sleep disorders and injuries.

Massage
Reduce stress, improve circulation, soothes anxiety, loosens muscles and tendons, reduce pain, eliminate toxins, improve flexibility, improve sleep, reduce fatigue, relieve headaches, counteract postural stress and drains lymph.

Specialised Kinesiology
Kinesiology is the science of assessing the energetic systems of a person for balanced function, by using the change of physiological response through the muscular system as feedback. Using this same feedback, Kinesiology identifies any non-invasive treatment strategy to primarily affect and balance the energetic systems of a person for the purpose of promoting, restoring and maintaining health.

If you are visiting Knysna these coming holidays, do pop in and try some of these treatments.
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November 13, 2018 at 1:17 pm Leave a comment

Ozone for sportsmen and women

runnerOzone oxygenates the tissues, while also increasing the production of ATP. This shortens recovery times from sports injuries and high intensity exercise and increases energy levels. It also assists with sore muscles and slows anaerobic fermentation which combats the building up of lactic acid in muscles.
Studies have shown that ozone therapy can help increase an athlete’s endurance, the capacity to build muscle, and even increases brain function. It also increases blood flow to the heart, which reduces the amount of strain your body takes during a workout.
One of the conducted studies showed that male runners who engaged on an average of 12- to 30- minute sessions twice a week (immediately after intense running sessions) experienced a 32% increase in the distance they could run before reaching the point of exhaustion. Another case study showed that a group of athletes who underwent frequent sessions in between training increased their physical fitness by 53.7%, as opposed to the 11.55% of the group who did not.
Benefits of ozone treatment for sportsmen and women:
• Increased tissue oxygenation
• Higher levels of ATP, resulting in more energy and faster recovery
• reduced lactic acid build-up
• Prevention of sore muscles
• Reduced swelling, bruising and pain, and faster healing
• Could increase performance

October 18, 2018 at 11:49 am Leave a comment

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