“If you go down in the woods today…” Boost your killer cells

Improve your health with forest bathing and chest beating

The Autoimmune Disease Series

Shinrin-yoku, or ‘forest bathing’, is fast becoming recognised as a treatment for disease.  This is not just about calming the nerves.

Studies have found that trees exude compounds that boost our own production of ‘killer cells’,  which play a fundamental part in our immune system.  It is these killer cells, or lymphocytes that attack cancer cells.  Bottom line, they are a good thing to be producing more of.

So get yourself immersed in the trees, it is as simple, and as joyous as that.

And if you cannot get out of bed?  And even if you can:

Did you know that if you beat your chest, (or more specifically over your thymus, at the centre of your chest), you will stimulate the production of more of these killer cells.

A gentle regular thump of a few times each day  over the thymus, will stimulate this gland into action, rewarding you with increased immunity, strength and vitality.

In Feel Better, Thump your Thymus by Lisa Byrne she suggests that you:

“Do this for about 20 seconds and breathe deeply in and out. You can also add an affirmation such as “all is well in my world.”

You may know when you have activated the thymus gland as you will feel a little tingling or a subtle feeling of ‘joy’ or ‘happiness.’

Another variation is to do three thumps at a time but emphasise the first thump more firmly. For some people it may take a little time before you ‘feel’ anything. Persevere and you will get it and well worth it.

Do this every day to ensure your life energy and thymus gland is activated but do several times a day if you are suffering from anxiety, panic attacks or stress and allow your life energy to come alive.

Try to make it a regular practice.”

The Greek word ‘thymos’ means ‘life energy’.

So make it part of your daily routine to go down to the woods each day and behave like Tarzan.

The:

“Ahhhhhhh…ahh..ah..ah…ah…ahhhhhhhhh…”

might be a good way to let off steam too, but don’t say I told you to do it!

Do any of you know some great woods for losing yourself in?

With love, thumps, gorillas and Ahh…ah…ahh’s

Gemma x

 

“I’m walking on sunshine!” Vitamin D and autoimmunity.

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Hello sunshine!

When you go outdoors in the summertime, eat certain foods or take a supplement you should be stocking up on your body’s stores of this vital vitamin.

If you wear suntan lotion, do an indoors job, or don’t get out much, have poor digestion or don’t supplement – you could be increasing your risk of developing (or exacerbating) autoimmune disease symptoms along with other diseases.  Also remember that the darker your skin, the harder it will be for you to absorb the vitamin D from sunlight.

Some symptoms of vitamin D deficiency include:

  • muscle/joint pain and weakness.
  • bone pain.
  • tiredness or fatigue.
  • depression.

Vitamin D has a role in regulating our immune system:

“has been shown to be involved in the prevention of certain pathological immune reactions leading to various autoimmune disorders (Type 1 diabetes, colitis, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and graft rejection) and asthma (and other atopic diseases)”

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/776915_7

The question is once you have an autoimmune condition, can you use vitamin D to get better?

In an Australian Study on Lupus patients, they decided that yes, indeed you can improve your symptoms by bringing your levels up to normal:

In systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) low vitamin D status is associated with higher disease activity and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), while over time, an increase in serum vitamin D levels correlates with reduced SLE activity.

http://lupus.bmj.com/content/2/1/e000064.abstract

I don’t suggest that you immediately go and buy yourself a supplement.  I do suggest that you absolutely make the best of the sunshine when it is there in your life.  It is the very best form of Vitamin D for your body.  Yet I do suggest that you get yourself tested; and while you are at it also test for:

  • B12
  • Ferritin
  • Alkaline Phosphatase

Too much Vitamin D can also be detrimental, (although relatively hard to do).

The following chart shows suggested levels:

vitamin d levels

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/21/how-to-get-your-vitamin-d-to-healthy-ranges.aspx

If you choose to supplement, use Vitamin D3(rather than 2) it is much better utilised.

I recently had an elderly gentleman contact me after I suggested that he get his levels checked and his levels were shockingly low.

So get tested and get your elderly relatives checked and then please let me know.  What are your levels?

Gemma x

 

Re-frame your life, the Disney way.

“A man is but the product of his thoughts.  What he thinks, he becomes.”    Mahatma Ghandhi

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Image result for squirty cream with cherry on top

Hi All,

Ask yourself today; if those Disney films were right after all,  just what would be my happily ever after?  Spend some time today getting to grips with that.

So we were in a supermarket and my children spotted the bottles of squirty cream.  All at once I was caught between my childhood memories of guzzling down that frothy stuff straight from the can,  and the brakes that my own adult mind put on it (it’s full of crap and an aerosol too).

I apologised to my children, explained that I would have loved to buy them the can but just couldn’t bring myself to.  Amazingly, each one of them accepted my explanation and chose something else instead (The Law of Detachment!).

That very night we went to a barbecue for my husband’s work.

One of his colleagues, was making hot banana and chocolate splits with cream, (you’ve guessed it).  At the end of the night, he handed my children two, almost full cans, of that very same squirty cream.

I was absolutely gob smacked and have carried that sheer manifestation as my guide from that day.

What made that story truly amazing and even more incredible,  was that  at that time I was teaching my children the concept of universal laws.

The law that I was teaching that day was the very one that I bring to you now; The Law of Intention and Desire:

“The fifth spiritual law says that inherent in every desire are the mechanics for its fulfillment, and these mechanics apply to desires reaching far beyond the physical body.”  Deepak Chopra

I introduced it to them through the principles of The 7 Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra.

So from this concept of intention and desire comes:

“be careful what you wish for”

“think before you speak”

You see the mind is very impersonal and will translate your thoughts quite literally.

So if you are trapped in a cycle of depression, pain and despair, re-frame that image right away and work really hard to change your thought patterns.

There are techniques that you can employ to help you with this.  Think vision boards, mood boards, affirmations and quotes.

Let today be the day that you swing into really positive action.  Print out and cut out images.  Create the life of health, wealth and happiness that you deserve.  Then step back, release (important), and let the miracles happen!

This Ted X Talk by Marisa Peer, describes this in very simple terms:

 

Go Create!

Please let me know below in the comments section what you successfully manifest.

Contact me if you need help with this.  I’d love to help you!

Gemma x

A daily trick to bathe your cells in oxygen.

Hi All,

I was so excited when I saw this presentation from Dr Michael Greger on the power of beetroot.  It has been shown to raise oxygenation levels in leg muscle tissue and lower blood pressure.  With this mighty red root, the possibilities for health are endless.  I immediately thought of patients with chronic fatigue and of athletes, cancer patients and those with debilitating pain.

 

Beetroot, delivering oxygen at a cellular level will prove to be a health turnaround for many.  You don’t even have to have beetroot:

From: Santamaria et al. 1999. A survey of nitrate and oxalate content in fresh vegetables :

mean mg nitrate/kg (fresh)
Rocket/Arugula     2597
Swiss chard        2363
Radish             2067
Spinach            1845
Kohlrabi           1769
Beetroot           1727
Celery             1678
Romaine lettuce    1241
Parsley            1150
Butterhead lettuce 1089
Broccoli raab       905
Crisphead lettuce   581
Asparagus           498
Green onion         410

Have you had success with beetroot in your life?  Do let me know.

Gemma x

Helping with Hashimoto’s

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http://masteringhashimotos.com/

Dear All,

I am sorry for the late posting this week.  It has been an exciting one for me because I have just been accepted for a scholarship with The Hashimoto’s Institute, Clinician Training Program.

Before you dismiss this post, saying that your autoimmune disease is a different one, be aware that in the cases of autoimmune diseases the body is under attack from itself and just because it happens to be attacking one particular organ or area of your body, doesn’t mean that it won’t move somewhere else.  There can be a huge overlap of symptoms between the different autoimmune diseases, so it is important to be aware of what symptoms may arise.

For Hashimoto’s we see that symptoms can include:

  • fatigue.
  • weight gain.
  • hair loss, including thinning of the outer third of the eyebrows.
  • feeling more sensitive to the cold.
  • poor concentration.
  • dry skin, nails, and hair.
  • constipation.
  • drowsiness.
  • muscle soreness.
  • depression
  • heavy Periods

The great news is that with my clinician training I will be able to support you with new ideas for testing, look at infection protocols, tissue regeneration suggestions etc. I will be learning from some of the best in their field: Dr. Alan Christianson, NMD (The Doctor)​, Dr. Izabella Wentz, PharmD, FASCP (the Pharmacist) – and Andrea Nakayama, CNE, CNC (the Nutritionist ).  I have been following them for some time now, reading their work and watching their progress and I am therefore so excited to have been awarded this scholarship and the opportunity of  working with them.

There are so many of you looking for someone who can help you piece together what is going on in your body.  This training will help me to gain a much more specific understanding for those of you who have this disease.  However, through my nutritional training, I believe that the protocols that I will learn will very much support all autoimmune work that I do.

Watch this space as I will be sharing more of what I learn on this course with you over the coming weeks.

The course also offers question and answer session, so if you have any issues that you would like answers to fire away in the comment box below!

As always

With love

Gemma x