Dec 07 2010

Dr. Edward Bach

“This work of healing has been done, and published and given freely so that people like yourselves can help yourselves”

– Dr Edward Bach, 1936


Dr. Edward Bach (September 24, 1886 – November 27, 1936)
was born in a village called Moseley, near Birmingham, England.

Dr. Bach studied medicine at the University College Hospital, London and obtained a Diploma in Public Health at Cambridge. He was a house surgeon and a casualty medical officer at University College Hospital. He worked at the National Temperance Hospital and practiced for over twenty years in London as a Harley Street consultant and bacteriologist. After research in immunology, he developed an interest in homeopathy, and joined the laboratories of the Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital in 1919. He developed seven bacterial nosodes (the seven Bach nosodes), which have received only limited recognition.

Despite the success of his work with orthodox medicine he felt dissatisfied with the way doctors were expected to concentrate on diseases and to ignore the people who were suffering them. He turned to alternative therapies. He believed that illness is the effect of disharmony between body and mind. Symptoms of an illness are the external expression of negative emotional states. In 1928 he began work on his own remedies made from plants. At the age of forty-three (1930), he gave up his lucrative Harley Street practice and left London in order to concentrate on finding a new system of healing involving plant remedies. He was sure a new system of medicine could be found in nature and so he left to work in Wales and the English countryside. In spring and summer he discovered and prepared new herbal remedies, and in winter he treated patients for free.

By 1932 he had discovered the first of his 12 remedies. These he used on the many patients who came to him for treatment.

In 1933 he began making the second group of remedies, the 7 helpers.

In 1934 Dr Bach moved to Mount Vernon in Oxfordshire. It was in the lanes and fields round about that he found the remaining 19 remedies that he needed to complete the series. He would suffer the emotional state that he needed to cure and then try various plants and flowers until he found the one single plant that could help him. In this way, through great personal suffering and sacrifice, he completed his life’s work.

Bach decided to spread his knowledge among the people. Dr Bach published his work, principally in public lectures and in magazine articles. In particular, he wrote articles and gave lectures between 1933 and 1936 in relation to the remedies. He advertised his herbal remedies in two of the daily newspapers. This brought him numerous inquiries from the public, but the General Medical Council disapproved strongly of his advertising.

Just as he had abandoned his old home, office and work, so now he abandoned the scientific methods he had used up until now. Instead he chose to rely on his natural gifts as a healer, and use his intuition to guide him. One by one he found the remedies he wanted, each aimed at a particular mental state or emotion. His life followed a seasonal pattern: the spring and summer spent looking for and preparing the remedies, the winter spent giving help and advice to all who came looking for them. He found that when he treated the personalities and feelings of his patients their unhappiness and physical distress would be alleviated as the natural healing potential in their bodies was unblocked and allowed to work once more.

Mount Vernon in Oxfordshire

Dr Bach passed away peacefully on the evening of November 27th, 1936. He was only 50 years old, but he had left behind him several lifetime’s experience and effort, and a system of medicine that is now used all over the world.

For the full web page on Dr. Bach and
his reprinted articles, click here.

Spend a few moments learning about the way
Bach Flower Remedies heal. They jump start the
frequencies of the body’s higher spiritual nature

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Nov 26 2010

Many elm trees were lost to Dutch Elm disease.
Too bad the poor elms couldn’t take a Bach Flower Remedy.
(For more about elm trees, click here.)

Bach Flower Remedies have been important to me since I began to use them in the 1980s. During that time, I became aware of energy healing, working to change the frequencies at which the body and emotions operate. The Bach Remedies have been a big help to me as I have found that they are gentle guides to making life go more smoothly.

Bach Flower Remedies are liquids in dropper bottles.

This is the perfect time of year to mention the “Elm” remedy in particularly. It is one of my favorites and seems to readjust my perceptions of panic when I feel overwhelmed with a big project upon which I am working while attending to all of the other life demands. A couple drops under the tongue, and my perceptions of an inability to complete required tasks dissipate. I can then focus on matter at hand without distraction.

Much like homeopathic preparations, Bach Flower Remedies gently nudge your energy flows to more controlled, sustained harmonic levels. They just give your “battery” a little jump start to get back in gear. Much has been written about the remedies because they have been in use and studied since the 1930s, first formulated and tested by Dr. Edward Bach.

This review is from Amazon, written by Rebecca. It is found under the “The Bach Flower Remedies” listing:

Have you ever noticed how your mood is instantly elevated when you inhale the scent of a rose deeply and with purpose. The world seems like a better place instantly. Rose oil has a frequency of around 320 MHz. Flowers are beautiful on their own and can lift your mood with their fragrance or with their petals blowing in the breeze in nature.

So, what other secrets do flowers conceal? Apparently, they can help us to change our emotional state. The scent of roses is said to dispel anger, or so I have read! In this book, flowers are celebrated as natural healers which can help us return to a healthful state.

Our emotions can at times manifest themselves as a health issue and greatly affect our bodies. Dr. Edward Bach (1897-1936) believed that physical illness was a manifestation of emotional imbalance. He believed we can heal and balance the body with nontoxic methods.

For a preview, hover your mouse over this link:

The Bach Flower Remedies

A short overview of the life and work of the
renown Dr. Edward Bach.

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Nov 15 2010

Relying on nature to take the lead in health care brings results.

Once you start realizing how important food is as a “medicine,” you will surely run into Dr. Joseph M. Mercola, a medical doctor and surgeon, who is well versed in health care from an organic viewpoint. Dr. Mercola is well known as a New York Times Best Selling Author and openly lists his credentials, which you can review by clicking here.

Dr. Mercola lectures about dangers to health as well as promoting beneficial ways to protect the body and mind in a proactive manner. I signed up on his web site for his newsletter and always learn something new when it arrives in the e-mails. This article on McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets arrived last week and I am including it here for your convenience. I want to get this information out to you as soon as possible, just in case you still believe taking a child to McDonald’s is a good, fun thing to do. We thought so as well, but changed our minds once we learned about the use of processed foods in restaurant settings:

The Chicken Which Should be Banned

Posted By Dr. Mercola | November 08 2010

Do you put dimethylpolysiloxane, an anti-foaming agent made of silicone, in your chicken dishes?

How about tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), a chemical preservative so deadly that just five grams can kill you?

These are just two of the ingredients in a McDonalds Chicken McNugget. Only 50 percent of a McNugget is actually chicken. The other 50 percent includes corn derivatives, sugars, leavening agents and completely synthetic ingredients….

Dr. Mercola’s Comments:

There’s no doubt about it. Processed food like that from McDonald’s is just not part of a healthful diet – in fact, much of it cannot even pass for real food.

After reviewing the above article I am very grateful I can say I have never had a Chicken McNugget from McDonald’s. If you can’t say the same at least you can commit to never having another one again.

This sentiment was echoed by Federal Judge Robert Sweet in a lawsuit against the restaurant chain back in 2003 when he said:

“Chicken McNuggets, rather than being merely chicken fried in a pan, are a McFrankenstein creation of various elements not utilized by the home cook.”

At the time, Time Magazine reported that Judge Sweet “questioned whether customers understood the risks of eating McDonald’s chicken over regular chicken.”

That was seven years ago, and I still wonder whether or not McDonald’s customers truly understand the risks they take when consuming fast food on a regular basis.

If you missed Morgan Spurlock’s documentary Super-Size Me, I highly recommend you watch it with your entire family. It’s a real-life illustration of just how dangerous – life threatening, in fact – an excessive fast food diet can really be. And “excessive” consumption is likely far less than you imagine: Eating fast food just twice a week DOUBLES your risk of developing insulin resistance, compared to eating it just once a week, for example. Insulin resistance, as I’ve discussed on many occasions, is one of THE primary driving factors behind most of the diseases we currently struggle with, from diabetes to cancer and heart disease…

The truth is, McDonald’s fare contain non-food ingredients that can seriously harm your health.

This shouldn’t come as any great surprise. After all, how healthful can something be that shows no signs of decomposing after being left on a counter for more than a decade?

Clearly there’s more chemicals in there than actual, real foodstuff.


You’ve just read a small part of the whole article. For the rest of it, click here.

If you have an interest in Dr. Mercola’s best
selling book, hover your mouse over this link:

Take Control of Your Health

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Nov 11 2010

The 2010 Weston A. Price Foundation Conference will be held this weekend in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. It is well worth the trip and, if you have an interest in attending, you will find information here. I haven’t introduced the Weston A. Price Foundation to you as yet, and I should as it plays a big part in our family home lives, especially our health.

The Weston A. Price Foundation has a very informative web site that will startle you in its determined flow of information. Point by point, Weston A. Price and his followers explain that much of what is relayed to us by the medical profession about the dangers of eating fat is simply not true. We all need fat, good clean, organic, grass fed animal fat in order to be well and thrive. But, let me share the opening paragraphs from the foundation’s web site as these words better tell the story:

The Weston A. Price Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity founded in 1999 to disseminate the research of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston Price, whose studies of isolated nonindustrialized peoples established the parameters of human health and determined the optimum characteristics of human diets. Dr. Price’s research demonstrated that humans achieve perfect physical form and perfect health generation after generation only when they consume nutrient-dense whole foods and the vital fat-soluble activators found exclusively in animal fats.

The Foundation is dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through education, research and activism. It supports a number of movements that contribute to this objective including accurate nutrition instruction, organic and biodynamic farming, pasture-feeding of livestock, community-supported farms, honest and informative labeling, prepared parenting and nurturing therapies. Specific goals include establishment of universal access to clean, certified raw milk and a ban on the use of soy formula for infants.

The Foundation seeks to establish a laboratory to test nutrient content of foods, particularly butter produced under various conditions; to conduct research into the “X Factor,” discovered by Dr. Price; and to determine the effects of traditional preparation methods on nutrient content and availability in whole foods.

The board and membership of the Weston A. Price Foundation stand united in the belief that modern technology should be harnessed as a servant to the wise and nurturing traditions of our ancestors rather than used as a force destructive to the environment and human health; and that science and knowledge can validate those traditions.

The Foundation’s quarterly journal, Wise Traditions in Food, Farming, and the Healing Arts, is dedicated to exploring the scientific validation of dietary, agricultural and medical traditions throughout the world. It features illuminating and thought-provoking articles on current scientific research; human diets; non-toxic agriculture; and holistic therapies. The journal also serves as a reference for sources of foods that have been conscientiously grown and processed.

If you are concerned about your health, and who isn’t nowadays, visit the Weston A. Price website by clicking here and you will be amazed by the highly documented information explaining that, basically, much of what you are being told about fat consumption is wrong and leads to poor health, if not premature aging and death. We found that many of our physical complaints were not illnesses, but rather the effects of chronic malnutrition from eating poor quality foods and avoiding fats like we had been told to do most of our lives.

The information is very sobering and so intense it is hard to absorb at first. Perhaps this is one of those “you have to try it to believe it” cases. I can tell you this, however, our family was transformed by switching to the principles in January of 2009 and we believe we will have years of good health because of it. Of course, as always, just because this way of living works for us doesn’t mean it will work for you. Please consider the advice of your doctor and the medical profession before deciding what’s right for you and your family.

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Oct 11 2010

With the growing demand for organic food, most anything
found as conventional food also can be found as organic.

In 2008, when we were introduced to the concept of drinking real milk, we also learned it is now possible to eat completely organically. Our friends already living that lifestyle set a good example and by following their lead, we learn to spiral upward as well.

At first, because we knew organic foods costs more than their conventional counterparts, we thought it would break our budget.  We soon realized that because we were receiving better, more complete nutrients, we were satisfied more quickly and did not eat as much. In fact, it was amazing the savings once we started eating wholly organic. And, we found that many of our health complaints lessened. We began to notice we did not catch colds or get sick like we used to. So, that was a definite savings in time and money as well.

The big financial savings came when we decided not to eat at restaurants anymore. The money saved was incredible. We ate better and had more time than we thought possible to cook and prep meals once we weren’t tied down to a restaurant wait for seating and service. Now, we are really repulsed by the thought of eating out. We do “go along for the ride” with friends and business associates, but we eat before we go and have Perrier sparkling water at the table.

I have many thoughts to share about the health benefits of not only eating organically, but also, NOT eating refined foods and foods with chemical additives. There is much information to learn, maybe, for you to make the switch, but if you just start as we did, a little at a time, you’ll be ready to opt for good health and never look back.

Whole Foods Market offers a quick introduction to the basics of organic farming in this video from their web site. Learn some of the principles of organic agriculture, as well as hear from several farmers who choose to farm organically.

Whole Foods Market, IP, L.P. is our nation’s first organic grocer.

Are you already eating with us as organic consumers? If so, can you share how it has helped you redefine your health priorities? If not, have you thought of going organic?

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