A Look Into Iridology: Are Your Eyes a Window to Your Health?

A Look Into Iridology: Are the Eyes a Window to Your Health?

Some say the eyes are the window to the soul, and after my recent experience with an intuitive naturopathic iridologist, I would say that the eyes are a window to the body as well.

Iridology looks to the eyes to tell what is happening inside the body
Iridology looks to the eyes to tell what is happening inside the body

Juggling motherhood with my new business (this amazing website) has it’s challenges, as both are new ventures for me and to meet both their needs at the same time takes fine balancing. My body seemed to be feeling the stress: constant knots in my shoulders leading to occasional headaches, digestive dysfunction like bloating and less regular bowel movements, and some PMS symptoms which I don’t normally experience.

Finally on a holiday visiting family, I was still finding it hard to relax. My mother-in-law was raving about her Bowen Therapist, Christine, who also happened to be an intuitive naturopath and iridologist. Being a big believer in following my intuition, as it serves me well on my life journey, I felt a strong pull to see this woman, so I made an appointment.

Within a minute of sitting down in Christine’s office, my chin was resting on the special machine so I could look through the binocular-like lenses while she took one picture of each eye. In the second minute, the giant photo of my eye covered the entire laptop screen where Christine now looked knowingly into the window of my body, mind and soul. She suggested I take notes with the paper and pen that were already sitting on the desk in front of me, and for the next 10 minutes, she told me about me.

I wrote fast while she talked, “Worrier, can be private, sensitive. Self-esteem fluctuates. Rarely sick. Low hormone levels – progesterone, which causes mood changes and some cravings at different times in menstrual cycle. It takes you a long time to get cranky. Your water consumption is fluctuating too much. Your neck and lower back are out; you’re probably carrying your daughter on same hip all the time. You don’t sweat much, only face, armpits, under breasts, so your body gets acidic – can’t get toxins out well through sweat. There’s a little mucus on top of the lungs, and you’re a bit low in iron, magnesium, zinc, folic acid, B12, B6. Liver and pancreatic enzymes low.”

When she seemed finished, I jumped right in with questions and comments, fascinated by what she had seen in my eye and through her intuition. Christine had a wonderful energy about her and we talked intimately and personally before I left.

An example iridology chart for the left eye
An example iridology chart for the left eye,
which corresponds to the right side of the body.

I left Christine’s office with some nutritional advice, a bottle of digestive enzyme pills and an emotional feeling of release from having someone else, a total stranger, look into my ‘window’ like that. The session had brought up more questions in my head about diet and nutrition, and had also resolved some issues that had lingered in the back of my mind for too long. Though I am eating plenty of nutritious food, I’m not absorbing all of the nutrients, and some of the healthy foods I am eating may not be working for my system, so these were things that I could investigate further and improve.

One thing that Christine told me several times throughout the session was that I was very healthy, with a robust system, and that what I was doing for my health was clearly working. This affirmation from a professional, who knew nothing about me before I walked in, was just what I had needed to continue supporting my health without stressing over it. So despite my symptoms, I still ate some of mum’s homemade desserts on my holiday. 🙂

I also found beautiful organic meat and produce at the farmer’s markets to enjoy with the family. I took lots of walks, sat in the sun, read a novel, and played with and talked to my loved ones. The ‘working holiday’ became more just a big serve of holiday, with only a small side of working. I was so happy that I had gone to see Christine in the beginning of my holiday, to help me get out of my mind and into my life. I guess sometimes we just need someone to look deep into our eyes and remind us to nourish our body and soul.

 

Curious to know more about this alternative medicine technique? Here’s more information on iridology.

What are your thoughts on iridology? Have you or anyone you know been to an iridologist? Please share your experiences!

The Truth about Calcium, Dairy, and Healthy Bones

The Truth About Calcium, Dairy & Healthy Bones

Calcium intake is one of the most common nutritional concerns for women and children in the western world. Women, who have the highest rates of osteoporosis, are living on calcium supplements, and families think of milk and dairy products as essential for their children’s health. Yet dairy is not a common food in much of the world. Think of the several billion people on this earth who have never seen milk. Would you be surprised to hear that they have far less osteoporosis and arthritis than is seen in countries where dairy products are regularly consumed? While hardly heard of in other countries, osteoporosis is very common in North America, Australia and Europe, where dairy consumption is very high.

It is high time we stopped using calcium needs as an excuse for drinking commercial, pasteurised milk and dairy foods, which are highly detrimental to our health!

Natural Calcium Sources and Enemies of Calcium Absorption

The real reasons for bone loss, tooth decay & osteoporosis

So if it’s not a lack of dairy intake, what is causing all these bones and teeth to be so brittle? For starters, the amount of calcium we absorb, and retain, depends greatly on the rest of our diet and lifestyle factors. Extensive laboratory tests have shown that most people today cannot absorb more than half of the calcium from their foods!

Vitamin Deficiencies: In addition to calcium – magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, vitamin D, and countless other vitamins and minerals are also crucial to bone health. Today’s diet of over-processed foods is greatly lacking in vitamins and nutrients which work together to create healthy bones.

Lack of traditional calcium sources: The best sources of usable calcium (easiest to absorb) are raw dairy foods and bone broths. Unfortunately, raw milk is now illegal in many places, and the tradition of regularly drinking and cooking with homemade bone broths has died out (though hopefully lately making a comeback!). Other traditional sources of non-dairy calcium, such as sardines, are not very popular either.

Sugar: Sugar pulls calcium out of the bones and into the blood stream. Sugar in our daily diets produces an overacidic condition in our bodies, then in order to protect the blood from that acidity, huge amounts of calcium is taken from the bones and teeth. This is the real reason sugar causes tooth decay.

Grains: Phytic acid in grains that have not been soaked, sprouted, fermented or naturally leavened block asbsorption of calcium, iron, zinc, copper and magnesium. The modern food pyramid has had western countries eating high amounts of unfermented grains, contributing to high rates of bone loss.

Soy: Like grains, unfermented soy is high in phytic acid, which blocks calcium absorption. This is one reason the soy milk, tofu, and soy beans that are touted as health foods are sadly, quite the opposite. Soy is also commonly fed to factory farm animals, whose meat is then fed to us. 

Soft Drinks: Most soft drinks contain phosphoric acid, which blocks the absorption of calcium and magnesium in the intestines, therefore contributing directly to easily broken bones in children and osteoporosis in adults.

Salt: Modern processed foods are loaded with processed salt. For some people, excessive salt consumption causes calcium to be excreted in the urine.

Coffee: The more coffee you drink, the more calcium goes out in your urine.

Low-fat Foods: Decades of low-fat eating have created a huge lack of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E & K in our bodies, which are needed for calcium absorption. These vitamins are obtained from traditional foods that are much less popular today, such as eggs, marine oils and seafood (especially shrimp and crab), fermented foods, soaked or sprouted grains, dark leafy vegetables, and liver, organ meats and butterfat from pasture-fed animals. In addition, several nutritional studies have shown that for calcium to be effectively incorporated into the bones, at least 50% of dietary fats should be saturated fat, something we have been sadly avoiding for a long time.

Protein Powder: Isolated powdered proteins from soy, eggs or milk cause a negative calcium balance that can lead to osteoporosis.

Pasteurised Milk: Pasteurisation reduces the availability of the milk’s mineral components, including calcium.

Lack of Sun: Vitamin D3, needed for calcium absorption, is produced from cholesterol in the presence of sunlight, which many people don’t get much of these days, being inside all day or covered in sunblocks.

Stress: Stress pulls calcium from the bones. Our modern are lives are more stressful than ever, with little traditional knowledge passed down about  how to effectively manage stress.

Lack of weight-bearing exercise: To put it simply, our bones are not strong because we are sitting all day. If we want strong bones, we need to strengthen them! Weight-bearing exercise can be as simple as walking, as you are bearing your own weight.

Americans alone consume over 200 pounds of dairy products each year, yet more than 10 million have osteoporosis, another 35 million more have low bone mass, and one-third of the young children suffer from tooth decay. In America, dairy farmers must pay the Dairy Marketing Board 15 cents for every hundred pounds of milk they produce. To meet the calcium-craving needs of the masses, 400-600 million pounds of milk are produced each year, giving the Dairy Marketing Board around $300 million dollars each year to keep marketing milk as the best thing for every family wanting strong bones, nice teeth and healthy children.

How to ensure you get enough calcium

1/ Eat and drink some calcium-rich foods from the picture at the top.

2/ Improve diet and lifestyle factors to better absorb and retain calcium and build strong bones, using the list above as a guide. Stop eating processed grains and sugar, unfermented soy, and soft drinks.

3/ Stop drinking pasteurised dairy for the sake of calcium!

4/ Stop stressing about specific nutrients like calcium, and just get back to Primal foods, sun and movement!

 High rates of osteoporosis despite high dairy consumption

References:

– Nourishing Traditions; Sally Fallon. Washington DC: New Trends Publishing, 1999.
– The Primal Blueprint; Mark Sisson. California: Primal Nutrition, Inc. 2009.
– Nutrition and Physical Degeneration; Weston A. Price. California: Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, 2004.
– Milk The Deadly Poison; Robert Cohen. New Jersey: Argus Publishing, 1998.
– Health Freedom News; James F. Scheer.
– Sugar Blues; William Dufty.
– FAO Statistics Division 2007

Which of the diet and lifestyle factors may be inhibiting your absorption and/or retention of calcium? What can you change, now that you have more awareness?

How our Health Obsessions Make Us Unhealthy

I was feeling inspired by a list of great health quotes the other day. As I read down the list however, the attitude started to change from ‘health is the greatest wealth’ to ‘health is the greatest burden’. Instead of affirming my passion for prioritising good health, there were more and more quotes that seemed to ridicule me for wasting my life thinking about my health.

Quit worrying about your health. It’ll go away. – Anonymous

There’s lots of people in this world who spend so much time watching their health that they haven’t the time to enjoy it.  – Josh Billings

As a people, we have become obsessed with Health.  There is something fundamentally, radically unhealthy about all this.  We do not seem to be seeking more exuberance in living as much as staving off failure, putting off dying.  We have lost all confidence in the human body.  – Lewis Thomas, The Medusa and the Snail, 1979

Preserving the health by too strict a regimen is a wearisome malady.  ~François Duc de la Rochefoucauld

At first I dismissed these declarations with disdain, thinking that these people just hadn’t had the opportunity to realise the wonders of a healthy body or how they could have an influence over their own health. But their words stuck with me and as I was reading some books and articles that week about health claims in the media, new diets, dairy debates, and bacteria fears, the light bulb came on in my head and I suddenly understood the true meaning behind these quotes. As with anything in life, moderation and balance is the key. Obsession over maintaining our health can, ironically, take us straight to illness.

Health Obsession #1: Germs

The first thing I thought of as a prime example of health obsession leading to illness is with the germ theory.  Though later on denounced by the creator himself, Louis Pasteur started what would today become an obsession with eradicating germs. What started as an attempt to rid milk of deadly bacteria became a societal obsession with pasteurisation. Today we pasteurise most dairy products, juices, honey, vinegar, wine and beer, water, canned food and egg products. In obsessing over this need to eliminate any potentially harmful bacteria, we are also killing off all the beneficial bacteria, much of the nutrition and all the enzymes. Thus making the food indigestible and nutrient deficient.

Pasteurisation, however, is just the start of this germ obsession, whose associated practices are far more risky than beneficial to our health. Much of our commercial food supply is also exposed to radiation to destroy microorganisms, bacteria or insects that might be present; a process called irradiation. At home we have become more fearful of bacteria and are sterilising ourselves and our environment with bacteria-killing products made of potent chemicals. We are slowly discovering the long-term ill effects these man-made chemicals have on human health and from some viewpoints, it is a potentially much worse effect than the minimal risk of encountering the deadly germs that lie in wait. But the germ fear is deeply embedded in our psyche, so we continue to slather ourselves and our homes in anti-bacterial products. We are so fearful of germs that we keep our children from playing barefoot, and from digging in the dirt and mud where they can connect with nature.

Which is deadlier? Germs or the obsession to get rid of them?

Health Obsession #2: Dieting & Exercise

The other most obvious example of over-concern of health leading to its deterioration is dieting. Technically, trying to be thin is hardly the same as trying to be healthy, but as obesity has become such a hugely publicised symptom of ill-health, we have come to believe that thin equals healthy and that the way to become thin is strict dieting. Every next diet claims to be the best one, and we are becoming confused, stressed, and malnourished as we try one after the next. Strict dieting has deprived us of nutrients, led to eating disorders, and caused emotional stress over willpower, guilt and peer pressure. All which cause the body much more harm than a few extra pounds of body fat.

Running alongside dieting in the quest to become thin, thus healthy, is over-exercising. Gyms are open 24 hours a day so we can punish our bodies endlessly in the quest for being healthy. Clearly a contradiction in terms. The body’s need for rest and repair has been long forgotten in the race to be leaner, faster, fitter, stronger. Over-exercising is one culprit in causing today’s epidemic of adrenal stress, where our adrenal glands are so overworked from constantly producing cortisol hormones. We are in constant ‘fight-or-flight’ mode, slowly breaking our bodies down and creating vulnerability to chronic fatigue and disease.

Over-exercising and dieting is bad for your health

The Silent Killers

Present in all these forms of health obsession are the silent killers: fear, worry, paranoia, and guilt. We are paranoid about lurking viruses, worried about catching disease, and afraid of dying. We feel guilty if we eat sugar, miss a workout, or gain a pound. We stress over deciding which foods are safe, which products are toxic, which vitamins to take, and which doctor’s advice to follow. Our fear makes us vulnerable to unsubstantiated health claims from our peers and the media, and this often leads to unnecessary spending on health remedies and cures, leading to financial stress. Once again, our adrenal glands go into overdrive producing cortisol, this time from negative emotional stress. The body is flooded with catabolic hormones which break the body down.

Consequently, our good intentions to take control of our health can end up destroying it.  I think Benjamin Franklin summed it up when he stated, “Nothing is more fatal to health, than an over care of it.” Taking care of your mental and physical health should be a priority in everyone’s life, but the key is to keep things in perspective and find the right balance, so that your intentions don’t become obsessions.

 

Are you a bit obsessed with some aspect of health? How has this affected your life?

Sue’s Focus On The Power of Now Completely Changed Her Health!

Sue Nadjarian

How I changed my life around.

It took a long time for me to finally understand how important it is to keep fit and look the best you can.

How did I do it? Well I finally said enough is enough. I was sick of constantly saying ‘I’m gonna do it’. Finally I broke through the barrier of self doubt, and half-hearted attempts at making a change. It wasn’t easy, but now I fully understand that optimal health is a whole package deal. I now have more insight into how much a role my thoughts and emotions played in my ability to change my body and health.

Sue Nadjarian
Sue’s health and body changed when she realised how powerful her thoughts were.

First, the tool you need is your mind. Give yourself a goal and do it only when you are prepared to give it one hundred percent. Once you have finally said enough is enough, there will be no stopping you. I know because I have been on that yo-yo ride for a long time.

At 62, I am feeling great. Loving the exercise, training, and love all the positive feedback from other people about how great I look. The power of positive thinking comes to mind also knowing that I can do this and loving every moment of it. The feedback alone is worth the journey and hard work you put into it. When everyone notices and starts to comment on how well you look and you know you do, that’s when you feel like you will never look back again. I have so much energy, my skin looks healthy, I have lost body fat and I feel so much stronger. A positive thought about all of this is that I am much happier. Most of my mind baggage is gone, I’m reading and understanding a lot more about the body and the benefits of a healthier lifestyle. Drinking for a long time was my downfall. Now that’s all under control I can focus on the more important things, such as getting healthy.

In a nut shell its all about how bad do you want it. It is a life time change, but YOU can do it and it is surprising how easy it becomes once you start seeing the results and also when other people notice it as well. I just love it all.

Tools:
Get great coaches / trainers! No better ones than Brad and Bex! They are the whole package deal to making the first steps to looking good, and feeling good about yourself. I can’t say enough about the holistic CHEK Practitioner approach for training and overall health. It’s an absolute must.

So good luck on your journey. One you will surely love as I do! Also the quote that I look at everyday which I find to be true. When you think you’re going to falter, think positive, don’t give up and remember:

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

*The book Sue credits as the catalyst in changing her mindset is The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle, a book that has changed millions of lives.

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
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What have you read or heard that profoundly changed the way you think about health, life, or both?