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9 Simple Steps to Healthy Lifestyle

Good health is something that’s important to us all. But how do we reach this elusive goal?

Our bodies are like a chain of independently linked organs and systems. Like a chain, our overall health is only as good as the weakest link. Our approach to natural health is really quite simple: firstly, find the weakest link and strengthen it before it snaps and, secondly, identify and support the rest of your body’s imbalances so that your body can heal itself from within.

Primarily, we recommend gradually changing your habits and start with few simple below steps on how to transform and accelerate your health….

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1. Shop organic

Using organic products in the process of healing the body is essential. Reducing the toxic load in all forms is a primary aim. Yes, it is all about practicing a Complete Detoxification Programme  in order to reduce the load on one’s immune system and allowing it to activate the body’s own healing mechanism. It should go without saying, but eat less processed foods and more wholesome foods. This means reading the labels. The fewer ingredients the better, and if you see chemical additives, preservatives, artificial colours or flavours (usually represented by numbers) leave the product on the shelf.

2. Eat more superfoods and rely on detox diet menu

Of course superfoods  are a special category of foods found in nature. By definition, they are calorie sparse and nutrient dense, meaning that they pack a lot of punch for their weight as far as goodness goes. They are superior sources of anti-oxidants and essential nutrients – nutrients that we need but cannot make ourselves. Incorporating such nutrition for health into your daily diet makes perfect sense for optimal healthy lifestyle.

3. Drink and bath with clean alkalise water

Good hydration is vitally important if you are to enjoy optimum healthy lifestyle.  We believe that drinking alkaline ionised water is beneficial for everyone.

4. Protect yourself from electromagnetic fields (EMF) pollution and from the effects electromagnetic radiation

Each and every day, your body is exposed to electromagnetic fields (EMF). Cell phones, satellites, radio stations, hair dryers, microwaves, music players, computers, power grids, gaming consoles, and body-worn electronics are all sources of EMF and, over time, we are exposed to a vast amount of these signals. Protect yourself from the effects of electromagnetic radiation and  electro-smog by using EMF protection devices. These devices can help limit your body’s exposure to EMF and its associated risks. As a result, you may feel more energised, focused, or even have a greater sense of well-being.

5. Detoxify your body

Of course detoxing your body is important to remove unwanted toxins from the system. Face this, unwanted toxins in most of the cases interfere with the natural pathways of the brain and vital organs. Your body is programmed to get rid of wastes and toxins through any channel it can (bowel, sweat, tears, lungs, kidneys…), whenever it can.

6. Take Natural Supplements

Supplementing your diet with essential immune-boosting nutrients is an essential part of any healing program. Apart from supporting your weakest link, you go on a maintenance programme to ensure natural healthy lifestyle and also to make sure that  your health and vitality is constant.

7. Learn how to control your emotional responses

How do you deal with your challenges in life? Our physical, emotional and mental vitality are intrinsically linked…. 

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” ― Lao Tzu

8. Use earthing / grounding

Earthing  or grounding refers to contact with the Earth’s surface electrons by walking barefoot outside or sitting, working or sleeping indoors connected to conductive systems, transferring the energy from the ground into the body. Emerging research supports that this may result in reduced pain, better sleep and less inflammation. The logical explanation for the reduction in inflammation is that the Earth’s negatively charged antioxidant electrons enter the body and neutralise positively-charged free radicals in the body.

9. Pay attention to your Breathing patterns

The average depth and volume of our breathing has a profound effect on the uptake of oxygen, metabolism and, in fact, all the major systems of the organism. Oxygen is an essential food for the organism; it does not regulate the breathing. The breathing is, in fact, regulated by carbon dioxide, and the sensitivity to it of the respiratory centre.

The perfect man breathes as if he does not breathe. – Lao Tzu

Focus on these few simple things, and watch your miraculous life unfold in unprecedented ways.

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10 interesting facts about Breathing

 

“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

We tend to take breathing for granted. However, the way we do it can affect our health and lifestyle…

 

  1. Many people believe that deep breathing oxygenates the body.  Actually, oxygen only has a small part to play; it is more about carbon dioxide (CO2).

 

  1. The balance of CO2 in the body can be affected by breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth. Holding your breath will help to counter this, by increasing the CO2 and re-balancing the acidity level in your body.

 

  1. As the frequency of your breathing increases, your body will become more acidic and you will feel more hungry.

 

  1. The filtration system in your nose has four stages.  Three of these are missed when you breathe through your mouth, leading to the development of ailments such as sore throats, ear infections and tonsillitis.

 

  1. The exercise that you take should never be so intense that you can’t keep your mouth closed.

 

  1. Over a long period of time, breathing through the mouth can result in the jaw shrinking and teeth becoming crooked, e.g. after a brace has been removed.

 

  1. In the majority of cases, children with a lisp when they talk have breathing through the mouth as its cause.

 

  1. Breathing through the mouth shrinks the bladder and often causes the feeling of needing the toilet during the night.

 

  1. The symptoms of chronic diseases can be substantially reduced, or completely eliminated, by correcting your breathing (reducing hyperventilation).

 

  1. A breathing programme and different external factors can help asthma sufferers.  There is the potential, in fact, of living the rest of your life free of steroids and inhalers!

 

Interesting Facts…

The life span of the animal depends on the number of breathe they breathing per minute. For example, a tortoise breath once in three minute, its life span is around 300 years, a rabbit breath 45 times in a minute, it lives up to fifteen years, Like this the breathing rate of the living species decides its life span, By reducing the number of breathing one can extend healthy life, this one can achieve only by regular practise of breathing exercise

During normal breathing we are using only half of the lungs for breathing, this one can easily understand by taking a deep breath.

During the practise of breathing method we are using at least Eighty percent of our lungs. As utilisation of lungs more the pure oxygen entering to blood immediately increases, so the each blood cell increases their efficiency, so the whole body get benefitted. Normally our thoughts and breathing have direct relations, when we are angry or restless, the number of breathing per minute is increases rapidly, this every one is experiencing in day today life. By controlling the breathing one can control the emotions and unnecessary thoughts.

 

Professor Buteyko developed a simple way to measure the breathing that can be done by nearly anyone, anywhere and at anytime. To accurately measure lung ventilation with conventional equipment is a laborious and extremely complex task. Any form of resistance, like a breathing tube to the apparatus for example, will distort the measurement and have an influence over the breathing, which is supposed to be measured without interference.

Professor Buteyko developed a better and easier system, that is a more indicative and precise measure of overall health, than any other test known to medical science.

Professor Buteyko developed what is called the Control Pause, and it only takes a few minutes, and the only equipment you need is a watch with a second’s hand. The idea is based on the fact that our breathing is driven by the Respiratory Centre, located in the Medulla Oblongata part of the brain; which provides the involuntary stimulus to breathe, due to its sensitivity to carbon dioxide.

By measuring the time it takes for it to respond to the accumulation of carbon dioxide, (due to a breath hold), will tell us the amount a person ventilates on average per minute.

 


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Breathing: Why Less is More

“Over the oxygen supply of the body, carbon dioxide spreads its protecting wings”

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The Bohr Effect is named after the Danish physiologist Christian Bohr. In 1904 he discovered how carbon dioxide – CO2 – helps cells, tissue, and organs get the oyxgen they need.

Before you can grasp the Bohr Effect you must forget what you think you know about breathing and oxygenation. Normally we think of breathing as

• inhaling oxygen – the “good stuff”

• exhaling carbon dioxide – the “bad stuff”

But this is too simple. Because it ignores the real reason we breathe. And it ignores how we get oxygen from the blood to where it is needed in the kidneys, liver, brain, etc.

So what is breathing, and what do we need from the air?

The air we breathe is a mixture of

• nitrogen – 78%

• oxygen O2 – 21%. Ample.

• carbon dioxide CO2 – 0.034% – Not nearly enough.

• traces of water vapor, argon, and various other components.

We need 200 times more CO2 than is in the air. Our lungs need 6.5% CO2 in order to absorb oxygen properly. We contain more CO2 than our environment. So if we over-breathe we will lose CO2. This would be OK if CO2 was just a waste gas. But far from it, we need CO2 for a whole host of vital body processes.

Why your body needs carbon dioxide – CO2

1. Helps absorb oxygen – CO2 helps separate oxygen from the hemoglobin in the blood. Our hemoglobin is already packed with oxygen – it’s 98% saturated. But without the proper level of CO2 this oxygen gets stuck in the red blood cells. It sounds strange. But the more you breathe, the less oxygen your tissues get.The role of the respiratory system is to maintain the proper ratio of oxygen to CO2. When this ratio is disturbed, a whole range of illnesses and defense mechanisms kick in.

2. Regulates the body’s pH – in the form of carbonic acid, CO2, shifts the pH towards acidic. If you’re deficient in CO2 this will weaken your immune system, making you vulnerable to allergies and viruses.

3. Relaxes smooth muscles – CO2 keeps the muscles in your gut, lungs and blood vessels dilated. Relaxed blood vessels help your brain and other organs get enough blood. Conversely a drop in CO2 constricts the blood vessels making the heart pump harder.

o Spasming blood vessels – cause migraine, angina, heart attack or stroke.

o Spasming lung tubes – cause wheezing, breathlessnesses, and tight chest.

4. Sedates and stabilises the nervous system. CO2 is a natural tranquiliser. So breathing too much literally gets on your nerves – giving you anxiety, irritability, insomnia, and even paranoia and other disorders that can blight lives and relationships.

The Breathing Retraining Method corrects dysfunctional breathing to bring the carbon dioxide to oxygen ratio into balance.

 

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Alkaline Foods – An Extended List

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Our aim is to help you with your daily “Healthy” food choices. Avoid cooking or frying any of the fruits & vegetables below. They need to be eaten raw or very lightly steamed, as cooking destroys the enzymes and chlorophyll (if applicable) in them.

Vegetables!

Asparagus
- Broccoli
- Chilli -Capsicum/Pepper- Basil
- Brussels Sprouts Courgette/Zucchini- Dandelion – Snowpeas –Green/String/Runner Beans – Spinach – Kale – Wakame – Kelp
- Collards – Chives – Endive -
Chard- Cabbage- Sweet Potato – Coriander – – Cauliflower –Carrot – Beetroot -Eggplant/Aubergine – Garlic
- Onion
-Parsley
- Celery -
Cucumber – Watercress
- Lettuce
-Peas
- Broad Beans
- New Potato -Pumpkin
Radish

Fruit!

Avocado – Tomato – Lemon
- Grapefruit – Fresh Coconut

Grains & Beans!

Amaranth – Buckwheat – Brown Rice   – Chia – Kamut – Millet – Quinoa – Spelt

Lentils
 -Lima Beans- Mung Beans – Navy Beans – Pinto Beans -Red Beans – Soy Beans -White Beans

 Other!

Alkaline Water
- Tofu
 – Goat & Almond Milk – Herbal Tea

 

Nuts & Seeds!

Almonds – Coconut -
Flax / Pumpkin / Sesame / Sunflower Seeds

Oils!

Avocado Oil Coconut Oil Flax Oil Udo’s Oil Olive O

Sprouts!

Soy – 
Alfalfa –  Amaranth –  Broccoli –  Fenugreek – Kamut – Mung Bean – Quinoa – Radish – Spelt

Breads!

Sprouted Bread S- prouted Wraps – Gluten/Yeast  Free Breads & Wraps

Supplemments & Grassess!

These must be organic, food state and with all the nutrients in them, as certain processing methods kill all the nutrients in t them.

Chlorella – Green powders / Wheatgrass / Barley Grass  diluted in water or mixed into juices/smoothies

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How to Make a Herbal Syrup

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A herbal syrup is simply a maceration, infusion, decoction or tincture where maple syrup, vegetable glycerine or honey has been added to give it a sweeter thicker taste and texture. This form is ideal for children. It is also perfect for making a sore throat or cough mixture where you want to coat the throat. This form is not suitable for diabetics.

Onion & Garlic Syrup (for coughs, colds and general immunity):

 

1. Add to food processor, blender or hand blend: raw – onions, garlic, horseradish, chilli and ginger root.

2. Cover with vegetable glycerine, honey or maple syrup.

3. Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.

4. Store in jar in the fridge and use by the spoon!

Red Elderberry Syrup (anti-viral ‘winter’ family tonic)

These are the red-wine coloured berries of elderberry that can be found all over Britain in September and October.

1. Collect when fully ripe and do not use mouldy berries – remove these.

2. Place elderberries in a jar and gently push down with a spoon.

3. Cover the berries with vegetable glycerine one inch above and keep covered. Inspect each day to see if it needs topping up with glycerine. Do not let the glycerine levels go down as toxins can develop on the surface.

4. Keep in direct sunlight for 3 weeks then strain. Keep refrigerated and use by the spoon!

Why are tinctures kept in the dark but macerations in the light?

Tinctures do better in the dark due to alcohol content. Alcohol is very stripping in itself. Macerations do better in the light because the sun is an extracting method and not as harsh as alcohol. The alcohol is used because it can strip all the active content from the plant/herb.

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Siberian Ginseng is the King of all Adaptogens!

Siberian Ginseng

(Eleutheroccus Senticosus)

Introduction:

Not to be confused with other ginsengs such as American ginseng or Korean Ginseng – this is quite a different plant – indeed it is not really a ‘true’ ginseng but something even more special and extremely safe and can be taken all the time (unlike other ginsengs). Siberian Ginseng is an adaptogen (see later) – while other ginsengs are not. A ‘tonic’ herb – it is a tall shrub that grows to 5-7ft, with leaves that look like horse chestnut. The flowers appear in July – the colour of these varying from cream, pale yellow, lilac or violet. It needs plenty of water all year round to flourish. It has been used in China and Asia for 2,000 years or more and was commonly used in ancient healing rituals for energy, fertility and all round healing. In 1959 the Ministry of Health in the former USSR (Russia now) authorised clinical tests, which sparked scientific interest. The Soviet government then officially approved the herb’s use as a tonic and in Russia still today is used by athletes, astronauts, climbers, miners, mountain rescuers and soldiers – to give then strength, endurance, energy, recovery from exhaustion and to calm the adrenals/nervous system after stress/intensive physical labour. 4,00 plants were screened by the government and they picked Siberian Ginseng to be the best as an all round super tonic.

Where can you find it? It grows abundantly in the wild in Siberia, Mongolia, Korea, China and Japan. A tough plant, it adapts to its surroundings; prefers sunlight but can tolerate extremely cold winters and sub-zero temperatures. You can grow it in Scotland and the USA however more successful plants for medicinal use have come from the countries listed previously.

Medicinal Uses:

What is an Adaptogen?

Adaptogenic herbs help the body ‘adapt’ and heal all systems/organs for men, women and children. Energy, recovery, rebalancing, rejuvenation for the kidneys, liver, heart, spleen, lungs, bowels, brain, immune system, adrenal system, endocrine system (hormones/thyroid), lymphatic system, nervous system, digestive system. Its is uplifting while calming – giving it a unique and sophisticated chemical action – meaning if you take it you are not made to feel sleepy or drowsy or indeed hyper and over-awake. It creates a great equilibrium in the body.

• Extreme fatigue, chronic fatigue, tiredness from physical exertion – though work or exercise.

• Recovery from long term illness and infections – particularly where someone has had to have bed rest because they found moving around very tiring. Can be used for post-cancer treatment recovery – e.g chemotherapy.

• Acute conditions that have worsened and become chronic – e.g common cough that has turned into a chest infection.

• Sexual health, low libido and fertility – for both sexes. Increases semen output.

• Poor neurological function – helps to normalise brain function.

• Excellent for stress, low moods, anxiety – balancing the nervous system. Good for dyslexia, autism and memory.

• Improves cerebral corticoid (steroid hormone) function and speed of brain.

• Increases oxygen consumption and improves respiratory effectiveness.

• Enhances liver protection and lessens liver cell regeneration.

• Lots of research on neo-natal brain development. Very safe in pregnancy and breast feeding. Helps to alleviate fatigue in pregnancy and recovery from giving birth or dealing with reduced sleep with a new baby.

• Good for managing low or high thyroid function – safe with thyroxin under practitioner supervision.

• Good for recovery from injury/enhances healing time. Has anti-inflammatory properties.

• Good for all ages from foetus to the very elderly.

• Can be taken long term, with no less effect. Accompanies herbs like Echinacea and Hawthorn well.

• Helps the body to resist infection.

• Improves hearing and sight.

• Very good also for someone who ‘over functions’ – always running around, fasting talking, unlikely to want to rest/calm down. This herb helps to settle a character like that.

Energetic Uses:

Those who lack emotional energy. In naturopathic terms excellent for those that have weak kidney and spleen energy/meridians. Totally revitalising for the mind. Improving happiness and zest for life. Good for calming an anxious person and bolstering an unconfident/fearful character.

Parts used:

Root.

Applications:

Tincture, capsules, herbal powder, tea or decoction made from the root.

Contraindications:

None. Safe in pregnancy, breastfeeding and infants onwards.

Other adaptogens:

Ligustrum, Astragalus, Rhodiola, Withania (in India called Ashwaganda), Schisandra. You could use these all in combination with Siberian Ginseng. Although Siberian Ginseng remains the King!

 

 

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Breathing & Mind

 “Can you control your mind so that it never strays from the way of Tao? Can you control your breathing so that it is soft and gentle like a new-born babe?”
The connection between the mind and the way we breathe has been asserted by Eastern sages for centuries. For obvious reasons, they have not emphasized the physiological connection that would make sense from a Western scientific point of view.

But modern science has recently arrived at the same conclusions as the ancient yogi and meditator. Recent research is clear; the functional chemistry of the brain is largely determined by a delicate balance between carbon dioxide and oxygen – which is directly regulated by the depth and frequency of our breath.

There is no person who breathes within the optimal physiological norms and who suffers with mental problems – to the contrary, their disposition is invariably relaxed, clear and deeply content. They control their mind instinctively and without effort. Anyone can observe how the mind can excite the breathing – but few realize how the breathing can also influence the mind.

A vast and growing number of people are suffering from so called psychological or psychiatric problems such as uncontrolled anger, anxiety, panic, depression, stress and all kinds of behavioral problems – these are breathing related problems.

Less than optimal breathing will result in a less than an optimally functioning mind. The quality and function of the mind are tightly bound to the way in which we breathe, as the latest scientific research shows:

“The brain, by regulating breathing, controls its own excitability” Balestrino & Somjen, 1988.

 

“Hyperventilation leads to spontaneous and asynchronous firing of cortical neurons”. Huttunen et. Al, 1999.

And this is what certain transcendentalists, meditators and yogis have been asserting for centuries.

“Mind and breath have the same source. Hence breath is controlled when mind is controlled and mind, when breath is controlled. Breath is the gross form of the mind.” Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, 1965.

 

“The perfect man breathes as though he is not breathing.” Lau Tzu, 604-521 BC

 

”The removal of outside stimuli and the suspension of the breath within the nostrils controls the mind, and the transcendentalist becomes free from desire, fear and anger, and the one who is always in this state is certainly liberated.” Bhagavad-Gita

 

“There is no person who breathes within the optimal physiological norms and who suffers with mental problems – to the contrary, their disposition is invariably relaxed, clear and deeply content. They control their mind instinctively and without effort.

 

“Anyone can observe how the mind can excite the breathing – but few realize how the breathing can also influence the mind.”

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Vitamin D ‘The Sunshine Vitamin’

The latest news reports are illustrating the high level of Vitamin D deficiency in the UK today.  We acquire 90% of our Vitamin D from sunshine, yet 77% cent of adults spend most of their day indoors, seldom seeing the sunshine.

Vitamin D is best known for its roles in preventing rickets and maintaining proper levels of calcium in the blood. It is an important factor in the maintenance of good health, that also helps in the development and maintenance of bones and teeth, and the absorption and use of calcium and phosphorus. Studies also suggest that Vitamin D may play a part in slowing the ageing process and the onset of age-related diseases.

Vitamin D3 is an ideal supplement for the months when many of us don’t see the sun on a daily basis, so why not share the benefits of Vitamin D with your friends and colleagues.

 

Get your daily dose of sunshine throughout the winter months!!!!

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What is Earthing?

What is Earthing?

Have you ever noticed that you feel a lot better when you walk barefoot on the Earth? Recent research has been able to explain the reason behind this.

Research has proved that the effects of electromagnetic radiation can be largely neutralized as well as your immune system can function optimally only when your body has an adequate supply of electrons. Needless to say, adequate amount of electrons can be obtained by barefoot contact with the Earth.Health: earthing

Many people have noticed that they feel better when they spend time barefoot in the outdoors. Now we know why! Earthing™ (re-connecting with the earth) is a recent idea. It is based on scientific evidence confirming the long-suspected necessity for barefoot contact with the earth. Modern science has determined that standing barefoot on the earth (or otherwise connecting to the natural frequencies of the earth) has a wide variety of effects on the human body. Standing barefoot on the earth (or otherwise connecting to the natural frequencies of the earth) connects the human body with an unlimited supply of free electrons resident in and on the surface of the earth. Standing barefoot on the earth also connects the human body with rhythmic cycles of the earth’s energy field.

These appear important for synchronizing biological clocks, hormonal cycles and physiological rhythms. The cells in your body constantly draw energy from the brain and the Earth’s electromagnetic field in an effort to achieve what is called “magnetic resonance”. Magnetic resonance occurs when the magnetic frequency in your brain matches a harmonic of the frequencies of the other organs and body tissues. This normally occurs for only brief periods during sleep. During these periods, your body’s ability to heal, create enzymes and boost immunity is enhanced. Other vital functions related to magnetic resonance are being discovered almost daily by those working in the emerging field of quantum medicine.

The bottom-line is simple, living in direct contact with the earth thus helps in grounding your body, induces favorable physiological and electrophysiological changes that promote optimum health and natural healthy lifestyle.

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Healthy Breathing Is Simple!

 

What a surprise! When the human organism functions within established normal physiological parameters (in medical text books), there is no incidence of chronic disease. Why then are established physiological “norms” being ignored?

Healthy breathing is simple. Firstly it complies with the physiological norms for ventilation i.e. 3 – 4 liters per minute at rest. Above this amount is called hyperventilation and has a poisonous effect on the organism – below this amount is called hypoventilation, an occurrence so rare to be insignificant for the purposes of this discussion.

The person who breathes optimally will have, by average standards, some apparently strange tendencies. Firstly, they don’t suffer with any of the “diseases of civilization”. Physically they tend to be lean and muscular, regardless of their level of activity. They eat sparingly and prefer simple food. They sleep less, around four hours a day – they can relax easily. Their level of energy is consistent and their stamina significantly above average. They enjoy physical activity. Their posture is naturally elongated.

Their physical attributes are only one aspect. From a mental and philosophical perspective, they tend to be logical and calm – they are not given to paranoia, deep smoldering anger, or greed. They can happily sustain intensive concentration with little effort and do not oscillate between depression and unrealistic or false enthusiasm. Their natural demeanor reflects ease.

It should be noted that an adult, who breathes optimally is very rare in modern Western society. But throughout history there have been sages of all traditions that reflect the principles of optimal breathing.

Healthy or optimal breathing is at the heart of the Buteyko Method. What we routinely see in those who practice the method diligently, is clear incremental improvement in health, starting with the liquidation of chronic disease along with sublime shifts in mentality.

There can be the temporary absence of obvious disease, there can be excuses for disease – but there cannot be health without a corresponding healthy breathing pattern. This is just a simple law of nature.

 

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