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Essential Oils Might be the New Antibiotics
Below is a link to a fascinating comprehensive article in US monthly magazine The Atlantic about how oregano and other essential oils are being used in the battle against antibiotic resistant “superbugs.” The article covers current studies of essential oils being added to animal livestock, used to combat MRSA, Salmonella and other superbugs in humans. One researcher is quoted as saying the investigations into plant extracts as alternatives to antibiotics is “wonderful.”
The full article can be read here
The Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute Thought Leadership Consortium 2014: Notes from a Parallel Universe
In October 2014 Dr Jeff Bland held his annual thought leadership conference, hosted at the Institute for Systems Biology with a stellar speaker line-up, CAM contributing Editor Niki Gratrix BA Dip ION mBANT reports on the highlights from the event.
The much anticipated second Annual Personalised Lifestyle Medicine Institute (PLMI) consortium met and exceeded expectations with an extraordinary speaker line-up this year. Leading figures included greats from the preventative health science research arena, biotechnology, academia and functional medicine in both clinical and corporate settings.
Read the Full Article Here
Why I LOVE Essential Oils: They are Nature’s Answer to Mind-Body Medicine (the science of psychoneuroimmunology).
Here are some reasons you should take Essential Oils Seriously – if you’re serious about optimum energy that is…
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are concentrated hydrophobic (water-repelling/fat-loving) liquids distilled from plants and trees, usually by steam. They are called “essential” because it is the “essence” of the plant or tree (its fragrance) which is still distilled (not because they are essential for health). Essential oils are also known as volatile oils, etheral oils or aetherolea. Oils are extracted from the bark, flower, fruit, leaf, seed or root of a plant or tree. The oils are highly concentrated and can be 50-70 times more powerful than herbs, for example, to obtain one 15ml bottle of rose oil, it takes 65 pounds (29.4 kg) of rose petals!
Guide to Using Essential Oils & What to Do When Your Kit Arrives
Methods of Application
Topical, Diffused or Internal
There are three main ways to use essential oils: aromatically, topically, and internally. Very few essential oils are considered safe for internal consumption, however numerous doTERRA oils can be ingested due to their production quality standards, however some oils should NEVER be ingested, so be sure to read labels and check the rest of this information.
The Energy Expert Essential Oil Protocol for Optimum Energy
This essential oil optimum energy protocol is designed around buying the doTERRA Family Physician’s kit, so you can enroll, then use any further oils you buy at 25% off wholesale which is the most inexpensive method of starting to use the oils in your health regime.
Oils for fatigue are best used in combination with intervention into your diet, pacing, resonance enhanced nutritional supplements and psychological support – oils aren’t designed to work on their own, although great benefits may be found for certain imbalances and symptoms.
Recipe Booklets for Optimum Energy
Below you will find comprehensive guidance and downloadable recipe booklets for:
- Fast Metabolizers (those needing more protein)
- Balanced Types
- Slow Oxidizers (those that need more carbohydrate)
- Vegetarian Recipe Booklet
- Vegan Recipe Booklet
Find out your metabolic type here.
You can fully download all recipe booklets by clicking on the below:
Types of Fatigue and Summary of Overall Approach – How to Proceed
What do YOU mean by Fatigue?
“Fatigue” is a very vague term which means different things to different people. Some people have severe fatigue, and qualify to be diagnosed with the most extreme form known as “Chronic fatigue syndrome,” others are further up the spectrum nearer “tired all the time” or suffering milder forms of feeling “stressed” and “burnt out”. There are different TYPES of fatigue as well as different levels of severity along the spectrum from severe chronic fatigue syndrome up to normal healthy tiredness.
Diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue and Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis
Why you MUST visit your Doctor if you have fatigue, even if it is mild
Fatigue can be caused as a side effect of other serious diseases including cancer, liver disorders, autoimmune diseases such as Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis and well as heart disease. For this reason is it vital that you go to your local medically qualified doctor and have a general set of blood tests done which can easily and cheaply flag up any serious issues and simply get them ruled out.
Another reason to get these tests done, is that once you have the results, you can use them results to assess for functional nutritional imbalances which the vast majority of conventional medical doctors are not qualified or trained to look at. More on this below.
Afraid to get a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Label it?…
The label is really just useful information – it’s not your destiny unless you choose that
The Supplement Protocol for Optimum Energy
In this foundation supplement phase, the aim is to give basic support for all the major energy-producing organs and systems in the body, so it supports mitochondrial function, reducing oxidative stress, immunity, methylation, glutathione, blood sugar balance and basic nutrients for protein systems, cell membranes and carbohydrate metabolism.
The foundation protocol is designed to be further customised with testing for functional imbalances in each of these areas (e.g. for nutritional deficiencies, low glutathione, poor mitochondrial function etc), so it is ideal to be on the foundation supplement protocol, then targeted support can be given after testing to address unique needs.
7 Steps to Optimum Energy and Well-Being
Step No 1: Take a Concurrent Integral (Multi-factorial) Approach
Many people approach optimum energy in a piece-meal way, looking for single one-shot approaches, or focusing on one theory of imbalance only and thus don’t get the best out of their health strategy for well-being. Optimising energy is similar to the way a plant or seed grows. Plants and seeds need a multi-factorial approach (psychology, nutrition, supportive emotional and physical environment) to grow – they need all of these below together:
The Art of Activity Pacing
Recommendations for Activity Pacing
If you are “stressed,’ “burnt out” or suffering from more serious chronic fatigue, avoiding patterns of “boom and bust” with your physical (and emotional) activity is critical for returning to optimum energy. You can be doing too much – equally, it’s not good to be doing to little either, as is explained further below, it’s about finding the right balance.
The Art of Dealing with Detoxification and Reactions to Supplements
What are detoxification reactions?
When we are given an energy or health boost, or are provided with nutrients that we were previously lacking, this often causes the mobilisation of toxins within the body, as they start to be released and cleared by the body, now that it is stronger than it was before. This is also known as a ‘healing crisis’ or a “Herxheimer” reaction. Often the reaction is temporary and can be managed by reducing the supplement dosage or ‘cycling’ the supplement described in the section below.
Training Video on the Comprehensive Systems Approach to Optimum Energy
Below is a video training on a comprehensive systems biology, psychoneuroimmunological approach to dealing with stress and optimum energy. It was originally given to 40 practitioners in San Diego in July 2014. It is n expansion of the article I wrote for CAM magazine covering leading researcher Dr Leonard Jason’s “limbic kindling” model of fatigue.
If you are a practitioner you can watch this video for free by registering as a practitioner at the Qi Research Portal. If you are a member of BANT, you can also obtain CPD points.
The 5 Levels of Healing and Creation Video Training
Even 5000 years ago, the Indian yogi’s like Patanjali knew that humans don’t just have one “body.” In truth when it comes to health and healing we have at least five “bodies” to consider, not just one. These include the physical body, the emotional/energetic body, the mental body, the intuitive body and the spirit body. Each body has its own type of physiology and anatomy, and different healing modalities are appropriate for different levels. Health imbalances can be originating from any of the “levels” or bodies, so it is important to treat the imbalance at the level it is originating from.
Basic Video Training Introduction to Using Genetic Testing
The below training was given to a group of 40 practitioners in San Diego in the USA in June 2014. It is a basic introduction to genetic testing and single nucleotide polymorphisms (mutations) in general that is also useful for non-practitioners.
If you are a qualified practitioner, you can watch this training for free by registering and signing into the Qi Research portal here. If you are a member of BANT, you can also earn CPD points for watching the video.
How to Make Detoxification an Ongoing Way of Life
Following on from the articles on why to detox, and how to complete a Home Chemical Clean up, it is advisable these days for everyone to take ongoing measures to protect themselves from toxins and make detoxification a way of life. Here’s how:
How to Complete a Home Chemical Clean-Up
This post follows on from the post WHY complete a home chemical clean-up, and covers what EVERYONE is advised to do to complete a home/office chemical clean-up to support optimum energy and a healthy lifespan.
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