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The Rising Threat of Infections and the Holistic Alternative

According to “The Rising Threat of Infections Unfazed by Antibiotics,” a recent article posted by the New York Times (dtd 2/26/10), New York City hospitals have become the global breeding ground for another drug-resistant Gram-negative germ, Klebsiella pneumonia—perhaps due the large numbers of patients they treat. More than 20 percent of the Klebsiella infections in Brooklyn hospitals are now resistant to virtually all modern antibiotics.  And those super germs  are now spreading worldwide.

In this  situation—tragic yet unfortunately predictable—people are dying despite the fact that they can afford the strongest antibiotics and the best doctors that money can buy. Money itself cannot combat disease, and cannot buy health and resources that are nonexistent. Furthermore, this growing problem of antibiotic resistance is only going to worsen as more antibiotics are used.  Herein lies the problem with western medicine: it revolves around a fundamental lack of understanding of bacteria and their place in our world and in our bodies.  Western medicine suffers from an inability to think and respond holistically to any such problems.

Let’s be clear: bacteria don’t cause diseases anymore than flies cause garbage.  But where there is garbage you will most assuredly find flies.  Does that mean that the flies are the ones responsible for the garbage being there?  Every time we find bacteria in the body we must then conclude that they are there for a reason and we have to adopt a more holistic response in order to bring the body back to health.

Or, look at this way.

Say you have ants and roaches running rampant in your kitchen.  (I know, I’d freak out too).  So you rush to the local store and get a can of Raid or similar product.  You come back home and you spray the Raid in all possible directions, killing all the tiny invaders.  You take the Raid and stash it away under the cupboard, feeling satisfied that your job is done.  However, it won’t be long before you find that the ants and roaches have returned.  No matter how much Raid you spray or whatever stronger versions you use, it still will not solve this fundamental error to your approach.   Predictably, you will have the same results every time.  The ants and roaches always return.  And what’s more fun? Now they are becoming themselves more resistant to the sprays that you are giving them.

What to do?  Examine the source of the problem. Big surprise, but if you scatter the food that the ants and roaches eat on the floor and countertops then you will eventually find that the ants and roaches return.  This is metaphorically what is occurring in the body.  Unfortunately the doctors and hospitals don’t have a way of dealing with this issue because their process is not holistic.  Instead, it is this thinking that drugs alone can solve your problem. And it is this thinking and approach that will have even more dire consequences for the public at large.

People die not only of their infections, but they also die from the treatment protocol.  It is well-known that antibiotics cause kidney damage, kidney failure, liver damage and cancer.  The word antibiotics literally means “against life.”  It is essentially a form of poisoning.  The idea is that it should do its job killing the bacteria before it kills you.  Sometimes, this happens. Sometimes, people don’t make it.  And sometimes, they do survive, but thereafter suffer irreparable damage to their health.

Anytime that the cure is worse than the disease, consider that a red flag. It’s time to rethink our approach.

But rethinking our approach is something that we don’t do when it comes to western medicine.   Because so many people have a financial interest in the continuation and success of this industry,  it will likely be many years if ever before something changes. But so it goes. Every change is gradual, but it needs to begin somewhere.

The definition of insanity is to continue doing the same thing while expecting a different result.  That seems exemplify rather well the approach that we have had thus far to “health care.”

I will tackle that larger topic in a moment, but first allow me to continue dissecting the issues of those rising infections. The first impression that I get when going to a hospital or doctor for anything is that the folks there seem to give antibiotics like it is candy.  Everything from acne to bladder infections are routinely given  antibiotic treatment, although no actual tests are taken to even see if the antibiotic and the dosage is the effective amount.   Supposedly in our lifetime, it is not uncommon for a person to take antibiotics from 20-100+   times to two to three  or more every year of their life.  That is a startling and slightly terrifying statistic.

Antibiotics are also widely used in food production.  It was in the 1940s when the use of antibiotics became quite popular. It was discovered that the animals gained weight when routinely given antibiotics.  And when humans ate the animals and drank their milk, they ate the antibiotics as well.  Eventually, the bacteria that are exposed to the antibiotics become resistant to its bactericidal effect.  So continually taking antibiotics and eating antibiotics indirectly makes the organism—the bacteria—that you are trying to kill even stronger.

To understand the history of bacteria and their association with illness, think back to Louis Pasture and Antoine Béchamp.  They were two pioneers in microscopy and in the development of the “germ theory.”

Louis Pasture explained that diseases are caused by the bacteria or germ. On the other hand, Antoine Béchamp suggested that disease is a result of the environment.  It wasn’t long before it became convenient to think that if an illness or disease was caused by a certain bacteria, then all you would need to do is develop a drug to kill the bacteria. Viola, problem solved! What really happened was that this approach gave drug companies and allopathic medicine the foothold they needed to be promoted as the only way to really deal with the problem of “the rising threat of infections.”

Reportedly, Louis Pasture did acknowledge right before his death that Antoine Béchamp was correct in that the environment caused diseases. By then, of course, it was too late.

Fast forward several hundred years and you have this theory continually being played out, to the point that doctors have run out of options in solving the problem of “the rising threat of infections.”

Let’s begin to look at the situation more holistically. We will find the solution to what ails us.

To visualize it better, think of a simple metaphor. If you have a swimming pool or hot tub and want to keep it sanitized and free of bacteria, one of the things you will have to do is check the ph balance of the water.  If the ph is too acidic then it means that you have to add some alkalizing mineral salts in order to raise the ph balance of the water.  This is a basic tenet and understanding of anyone trying to maintain a swimming pool or a hot tub.  It’s not enough to say just keep adding chlorine. Other factors must be considered. And thus you act accordingly.

Consider your blood stream, then, like that swimming pool or hot tub.

If your blood ph is trying to maintain itself at 7.3 ph ( slightly alkaline)  and you are continually putting things in your body that are acid-forming, this will lower your blood ph down to the effect that bacteria will be able to manifest more easily in your blood stream.

Understanding ph is confusing.  Most people don’t know what you mean when we talk about ph.  They think that by acidic I mean things like tomatoes, and fruit. That is not what I am talking about.  So to understand ph you must have a better working knowledge of nutrition and its effect on the body. Just so for your body, you must be informed in order to keep it at its most healthy and efficient state of being.

To reiterate, the problem in going to doctors and hospitals is that they feed you the very food that has contributed to your problem. When bacteria are growing rampantly in your body it is because they have food to eat.  Bacteria are doing a job that we would never allow, had we better understanding and wisdom. Bacteria are there to eat the acidic waste that has accumulated in the body. So we actually should give thanks for bacteria. We don’t need to fear them; like most anything else, they are here to perform their purpose.  And they do it quite well.  The only thing is that you have to be smarter than them (or at least as wily!) if you want to coexist peacefully with them.

Ignorance is sometimes bliss; other times, it can mean sickness, accidents, or death. Most people spend their entire lives eating at least 70–90% acid-forming foods.  So it’s not at all surprising that this is a problem.  Why do you think that the American Cancer society has recommended more fruits and vegetables? But when you are trying to deal with an immediate problem such as this, it requires a complete and total change in one’s approach.

Remember, Einstein once said: “You can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it.” You must change your mentality.

Most doctors do not understand ph.  Not when it relates to nutrition and to bacteria. They don’t, for instance, measure your ph over the course of several days, thrice a day, to get a better understanding of where your body balance stands.  All they are looking for are quick answers, quick results, and a more powerful drug.  By the time you form a drug that is that is powerful enough to kill every bacteria in your body, you will have destroyed your kidneys and liver, thus making the treatment even more devastating than the disease.  A cure that kills, in other worls. If the doctors and hospitals understood the relationship of ph and bacteria then they wouldn’t feed you the very food that caused your problem in the first place.

Doctors have only two things to offer you: drugs and surgery.  It’s not a holistic approach. It doesn’t take the spectrum of all things into account and as a result it enjoys only a limited amount of success in such intervention.

There are other aspects that should be included and understood, as in the Holistic Alternative.  Isn’t it true that every doctor takes an oath to do no harm to any fellow creature? And yet they are all harming the patients when they give the patients drugs that have the potential of harming them, and even killing them!

There are natural antibiotics that, when used in a total holistic program, can be even more effective than these manmade antibiotics. Natural antibiotics that are not chemicals, are not toxic to your liver and kidneys, and when you combine them in a total program of change then you have got your best chance at healing yourself. Naturally.  Consider another part of the Holistic Alternative picture: quite a few years back, I got a hot tub for our healing center.  I played around with the idea of using chlorine to keep it sanitized.  After about a week of that, I decided I wanted to use something less toxic.  After some research I found that I could get a liquid enzyme that could digest the organic matter in the tub, making chlorine unnecessary.  What a fantastic realization!  Light bulbs were going off everywhere.   Enzymes are now being used for everything from unclogging household drains to odor- and stain-removal from carpets.  Enzymes were used to help clean up the Exon Valdez Oil spill.  Enzymes can also be used in dealing with keeping our bodies and circulation system as naturally clean  and fresh as a gurgling mountain stream (such as the one that I am looking at right now outside my window).

All bacteria and parasites (which are a part of this whole immune suppression story) have a protein coating around their membranes.   Enzymes have the ability to digest exogenous proteins.

The problem with using a holistic approach is that rarely does someone try all of these different things all at the same time in a knowledgeable way.  They might try one thing.  And when that doesn’t work, they throw up their hands and ask for the drugs. This is why there is a need for Holistic Healing Centers, where you could get all of these modalities together, giving you a much higher success rate than if you tried any one of them separately.

If we had Holistic Healing Centers in the magnitude in which we have hospitals, and with the level of support that hospitals get from pharmaceuticals , insurance companies, the government, etc., then hospitals wouldn’t really be able to compete.  But because holistic concepts and usage have been suppressed by the doctors, as well as the AMA and their pharmaceutical allies, then most people don’t have any idea of how they can be used. Until very recently, most people didn’t have access—unless you were one of the lucky few with an open mind and open eyes to devour information such as that which is in this article—to such a comprehensive approach. It’s not widely advertised in the media, either. As a result, it’s not surprising that people turn to drugs: the common answer.  They don’t know or understand any other options.  Western doctors certainly don’t understand, and they can’t give their patients options that they don’t know of..

There are a powerful few who seek to maintain their financial interests  secure; they only want to see the status quo maintained. Most governmental agencies are only fronts for pharmaceutical companies. If you are looking to your government to save you, forget it. If you don’t want to become a victim of ignorance (and all the respective consequences) when it comes to your health, then it will take a greater understanding of your personal health and greater knowledge of the holistic alternatives at your disposal. The choices for your health and your life are in your hands alone.  Only you have the power to heal yourself and avoid becoming just another victim the moment that the doctor throws up his hands and tells you to go home and settle your affairs because there is nothing to be done for you.

Doctors and those who support them have built themselves up to be like God, the ultimate commander and decider.  Who has authority over your health is not to be questioned when you are under their surveillance.  After all, they wear white coats and seem pretty intelligent.  The problem is that they only know what they have been taught.  And they only have been taught two solutions for dealing with your problem. Drugs or death. Your choice?

You can either veer off that road and decide to take responsibility for your own health—or you can continue that same path until you are ready to declare yourself another victim and are looking for someone to blame. The choice is always yours.

By putting trust only in doctors to keep them healthy, most people become passive in their approach to their health.  They expect their doctor to know everything and to basically save them.   If the doctor says “there isn’t anything else that can be done,” then most people take it to heart and truly believe them. They have made a choice to believe them; thus then ready to die.  When you leave your doctor’s office and you die, your doctor looks up and says “NEXT.” He doesn’t have a vested interest in your survival.  If you die there are many people waiting outside his office to be served and who are going down that same dead-end street.

There is an alternative. It is the Holistic Alternative.  Only you can truly heal yourself.  Do you have any fight left in you or are you completely exhausted as a result of being  poisoned, maimed, and burned from the inside out through western intervention strategies? If you still have some fight left in you and desire to live… then all you need is a better understanding of how to do that. There is a solution to every problem.  If you don’t understand the solution then it doesn’t mean that it does not exist. It merely means you haven’t found the solution yet. Keep looking, keep asking questions. You will find it. Because now you know: Your life is in your hands.


Prescription Drugs and the Holistic Alternative

In remembrance

Health Ledger, Anna Nicole Smith and  Michael Jackson dead but not forgotten. Each separate individuals, miles apart but each one ending up in the same place.

What do all these high-profile celebrities have in common? Most likely they have people around them who enabled them to continue taking prescription drugs for their pain and ailments.  The whole world knows of these three but there are many millions of people who do the same thing just without the notoriety.  The other side of this coin is personal responsibility.  Regardless of who is around you everyone is personally responsible for their own health.  There is no one to blame.  It’s either be a victim or a victor of your circumstances. Each of these people were going places.  But the place they wanted to go couldn’t be obtained because they neglected one of the most important assets they had, their physical body.  You can’t achieve the highest level of success physically without a healthy physical body to support you.  A healthy physical body starts with a healthy mind and healthy emotional state.

Is this your wake call?

This is America’s wake up call.  You can’t be in your 40′s and 50′s or older and using prescription meds for pain, sleep and depression and expect to last very long.  The use of prescription drugs is our denial

Yesterday my neighbor died. He was in his mid 80′s. May he rest in peace. He was a nice man. But for some reason I couldn’t impress upon him the need to get off of his prescription drugs. Elderly people have such a strong belief in Doctors and prescription medications. They have been led down the prim rose path by the belief that their doctors can save them. That the doctor can relieve them of their ailments. It’s a sad and very often repeated refrain. Little do they know until it’s too late that the doctor can’t save them. And prescription drugs can kill them.

Drugs are Toxic to the body

Taking any drug is toxic to you. So let’s be clear about that. When they show commercials on TV for prescription meds they will give you their disclaimer at the end. “Don’t take if you have liver problems” Can cause ……..”But that now is so ingrained into people’s unconscious that the don’t even hear it or they pay little to no attention to it.
If you are in your 30′s or 40′s or 50′s and you are taking medications then God help you when you reach your 60′s , 70′s and 80′s. You will by that time be taking a boat load of medications and each one of those medications by themselves and combined with each other will undoubtedly be your undoing. And if you should have to go to the hospital then for sure only God can help you because the doctors , and nurses have a whole system set up that will kill you faster than any thing you actually went in there for will. It’s a frightening scenario.

Holistic Solutions

As a Clinical Nutritionist I have been talking to people for many years including my own family about the need to seek holistic solutions for their health. Some people get it and some never do. Some get it but by then its the 11th hour and by that time they don’t have any fight left in them. And the drugs will take the fight out of you that is for sure. Once your will to live leaves then you might as well kiss it, your friends and family goodbye.

The downward spiral

Usually people start this demise by going for the non prescription stuff like aspirin, Tylenol and the like. They get a headache and they take an aspirin. The headache goes away and they think they think nothing else about it until it returns. And of course it will return. Taking an aspirin for a headache or any pain is not really doing anything for the problem. Because the reason that you have the problem is still there. You can manage your symptoms but without getting to the cause then you will get another occurrence of it. And it is clear taking aspirin and Tylenol is very harmful to you.  Every year 50,000 people die from liver failure from taking Acetaminophen ( Tylenol) alone.

Ants and roaches in your kitchen?

Take antibiotics for another instance. Taking antibiotics is like having roaches and ants come into your kitchen because there is food there for them to eat. So you logically conclude that you need to get rid of them so you reach for the Raid or other similar product. You kill all the ants and roaches and then conclude that your job is done and you put the Raid back in the cupboard under the sink. Now that is a logical solution to the problem but it is not holistically logical. The reason is that if you don’t clean up whatever the ants and roaches were feeding on then they will inevitably be back. Besides that the Raid not only kills ants and roaches it is toxic to humans and kills them too!
Taking antibiotics causes cancer. But yet people take them like they are candy. It’s no wonder that the third leading cause of death is at the hands of doctors and prescription medicines. There is a better way. But it requires you to make changes in how you live your life. This is the critical point. If you don’t make any changes then you don’t get any healing. By that definition along what the doctors offer is not a true healing therapeutic. When he /she gives you those pills they don’t tell you to make any changes. They just give you pills or surgery. They don’t say that you have to make any changes. Or the changes they do suggest are not going to do what you need to have done. There is no use in getting nutrition advice from a doctor. They are not nutritionist. There advise if they give any is not sufficient. And when you go see the doctor they only spend a small amount of time with you, prescribe you some medicine and then say “Next”! This is one of the main problems with our health care system. It relies too much on doctors and drugs and not enough on making changes to a persons physical , and mental self. How a person deals with stress, etc.

The solution to relying on prescription drugs is the holistic health alternative.  But unfortunately most people don’t understand it.  Most people try some alternatives such as taking some vitamins , they might try getting a massage, or they may even try  to get some exercise.  But usually they try only one or two things and then when it doesn’t yield any appreciable results and then they continue with what they normally do, taking over the counter drugs and then prescription drugs.  Everyone seems to have a regular doctor that they see and it is the mindset of the doctor to only offer them drugs or surgery.  It is this mindset and the lack of understanding of the alternatives that have most people doomed to following the doctors orders. One pill always leads to another pill.  And before you know it the person is taking a whole host of drugs and suffering greater and greater symptoms.

Holistic Health is really the only thing that works when it comes to being healthy.  Now I am not talking about a traumatic threat to your health.  If you get hit by a bus, or some other tragedy then by all means go to a doctor.  Emergency medicine is what doctors do best.  I am always amazed at how they are able to keep a cool head and attend to the persons trauma.

After the events around the death of celebrities came to light, there was a tremendous outcry and call for the heads of the doctors who gave them the medications.  But the problem isn’t  just a problem of doctors over prescribing.

Taking medications to deal with health issues

The core of the issue has to be in the use of medications at all.  It’s within the culture to use medications. Certainly all the advertising which is essentially programming that makes people comfortable with the idea of taking medications.    Its starts with simple aspirin and over the counter meds. One drug always leads to another drug.  Most of the people in the US use aspirin , Tylenol and the like.  And the problem with them all is that if you start to use them then your body becomes tolerant of it and so you need more.  No matter what the drug, pretty soon you will be taking more of it.  And this is why they whole idea of using them in the first place is to take you down a path of no return. Its a path towards death.   Health is not where you are at, more its the direction in which you are going.

But if it isn’t a trauma then Holistic health should be an approach that people should start to consider.


Which Direction are you going?

Life<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<            >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Death

One of the least understood aspects of a person’s health is that most people don’t understand the context of their health with the symptoms they have.  There is a progression of health in one direction or the other.  You are not standing still in space and time.  In fact you are moving through space and time  in one direction or the other.  Your body is always trying to bring you back to a state of homeostasis.  Your body is self healing.  It is trying to heal you from the imbalance that you put it in.  When you get up in the morning and have to go to the bathroom, that is your bodies attempt to heal you.  The direction you are going in will be signified by the symptoms you have.  Say you start in the middle and you don’t have any symptoms, or say you only have a very few symptoms.  Say you have some slight indigestion, and maybe some constipation.  Maybe you get headaches occasionally.  You take some fiber product, you take some pepto bismal, you take and aspirin for the occasional headache.  But your problems seem to keep reoccurring.  So at some point you have to keep taking these things or you get reoccurrences of the same problems.

This is an example of someone not heading their bodies warnings and basically killing the messenger.  So instead of making fundamental changes to diet and lifestyle you just take something for it.  This sets you up in a pattern of looking outside of yourself for something to take as a way of balancing your energy.  This is where the fundamental problem comes from.  This idea that its all about looking for a pill or something outside of yourself to make you feel better.  Lets consider indigestion for example.  Indigestion has a lot to do with your feelings and emotions.  No matter how good the food is , if you are an emotional person then it will effect your bodies ability to digest properly.

So how a person handles their stress.  How they identify with their emotions will effect their digestion.  In addition to these factors one has to look at the foods they eat and whether they are also a part of the problem. In Holistic Health we don’t separate the body from the mind and emotions.  They all are connected and unless you deal with them all then you will only have a small amount of relief.  And when you are only getting a small amount of relief you will wind up going for something stronger like a drug.    For a doctor to tell someone they have “brain chemical imbalance” and then prescribing antidepressants is in my mind , next to a criminal act.   Especially in light of the fact that 90% of the serotonin production in your body is done in your stomach! The blind faith that we put into doctors is really at the core of our problem.  We think of doctors as Gods and only result to malpractice lawsuits when they don’t meet up to our expectations.  This is one of the reasons that these lawsuits are spiraling out of control. Rather then resort to victimization I would like to support everyone to taking charge of their lives.  Your body is perfect.  And its self Healing.  Get back to who you naturally are.  You can achieve your highest level of health without the use of drugs.

If you are in need of greater support to do that then, the support you need is here.  This is why we have created Sacred Space Retreats in Middletown, California. Giving yourself the time and attention that you need is really at the core of Holistic Health.   You can’t achieve health from a pill.  You can achieve it only through love. What ever you love grows. And so by giving yourself the time and attention you need you will discover that your body can heal itself. And that in your commitment to yourself you will achieve your highest goals in life:  Peace, love and happiness.