Julie Moore HomeopathNatural Health Practitioner
Ellesmere, Shropshire & Ruthin, North Wales

THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF SUNLIGHT

We are well aware that there can be dangers of over exposure to the sun, but did you know that sunlight offers many benefits to human health?

One of the amazing properties of sunlight is that it is converted to Vitamin D through the skin, in a similar way to how plants convert sunlight into food. This vitamin is essential for healthy bones, teeth, muscles, and your immune system.

Scientists have found a link between Vitamin D DEFICIENCY and a number of serious chronic illnesses - see my article here. They have also found a link between chronic illness and a person’s location. The least sunny places on Earth see a higher incidence of chronic illness.

Maintain your Vitamin D levels with sunlight
Advice from the Alliance of Natural Health is to:-
Expose around 80% of your body to the sun for around 15–20 mins every day during the summer. If you’re dark skinned, you may need up to 6 times longer to achieve the same result. Never burn your skin in the sun. Stay out half the time it takes to turn pink and then cover up or move into the shade. But if you live in the UK, you probably need to take a Vitamin D supplement, at least in the winter months.

Sunscreen
Most sunscreens contain chemicals that are ‘hormone disruptors’ such as parabens. This is a preservative and does nothing to protect your skin. You can make your own sunscreen with coconut oil and zinc oxide. Message me for the recipe.

Serotonin and melatonin
Exposure to sunlight increases the brain's release of a hormone called serotonin, known as the feel good hormone. Low serotonin levels are linked to depression. Serotonin is converted to melatonin in darkness. Melatonin is a hormone which helps you to sleep but also protects and repairs UVR skin damage!

Get outdoors!
As a nation we are spending increasingly more time indoors, never more so than in recent times. So, get out in the sun, and enjoy its free health benefits!


THE IMPORTANCE OF VITAMIN D IN IMMUNITY

I have previously written about the health benefits of sunlight which we convert to Vitamin D through our skin. But now we're officially in autumn, it's a good time to consider whether we need additional Vitamin D and why.

Am I deficient in Vitamin D?
The NHS says, “During autumn and winter the sun isn't strong enough in the UK to produce vitamin D. That means we have to rely on getting it just from the food we eat but it's difficult to get enough vitamin D from food alone. Taking a supplement helps to keep levels of the vitamin topped up during the colder months.”
Older people are especially affected. It is estimated that between 40-100% of European elderly men and women are vitamin D deficient.

Colds and flu
“Vitamin D combats both bacterial and viral infections, “- William B. Grant, PhD, Director, Sunlight, Nutrition, and Health Research Center.

How much do I need?
The Vitamin D Council recommends adults take 125 mcg/day, children 25 mcg/day per 25 lbs (11 kg) of body weight and infants 25 mcg/day.

Chronic illnesses linked to Vitamin D deficiency
Research has linked many chronic illnesses to Vitamin D deficiency including:-

  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Breast, ovarian, colon, pancreatic, prostate cancers
  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Tuberculosis

    Other important nutrients for a healthy immune system
    Many consider that as well as Vitamin D, Vitamin C and zinc are important, for children as well as adults. For recommended daily requirements, and other useful information, see NUTRITIONAL PROTOCOLS (The Alliance of Natural Health).

    Sources
    Vitamin D and Chronic Diseases
    Benefits of Sunlight: A Bright Spot for Human Health


  • WHAT IS NATURAL HEALTH?

    Professor Pierre Antoine Bechamp (1816-1908) was a medical doctor and pharmacist. He explained that to prevent disease we have to get healthy. Being healthy is our best protection against illness. He places the focus of health within us, not outside of us. We are the gatekeeper and custodian of our own health.

    The cause of chronic illness
    It is believed that all chronic illness is caused by nutrient deficiency and toxicity, but a significant emotional stress will be ‘the final straw’.

    A healthy diet
    A healthy diet is an excellent basis for health. Natural food is a good place to start (fresh, organic vegetables and salads, raw as much as possible) and avoiding yeast creating foods such as sugar, wheat and alcohol.

    Consider nutritional supplements, as intensive farming has significantly depleted the soil of its nutrients compared to what it was decades ago.

    Physical toxicity
    The body’s processes have to use or eliminate everything we eat, drink or otherwise put into it. If a substance if unrecognisable, (for example if it is toxic), it may not be eliminated and will have to be stored. Toxins are most commonly stored in the liver, the brain or fat cells. Eventually, toxicity may reach a level that is untenable and symptoms may demonstrate that.

    Natural health therapies such as homeopathy can help remove physical toxicity, though avoidance is preferable. See the Studies and Links paragraph at the end of this article. I have cited arsenic as an example toxin.

    Consider environmental toxins which include personal care and cleaning products, and , and other invisible toxins such as electro-magnetic fields which are incompatible with the human energy field.

    Emotional healing
    I have written previously on this subject. Please see my blog post COULD YOUR EMOTIONS BE HURTING YOUR HEALTH? (There is a link on the right hand side of the page). What I have found is that by treating the whole person, including the patient’s emotional stress, physical problems cleared up and wellbeing improved.

    Holistic healing
    Natural health is also about holism – our body, mind and emotions are aspects of our self, not separate from each other. Each aspect inhabits our body. Natural health therapies treat the whole person, not only symptoms. This is achieved when we delegate the details of HOW to our body’s own intelligence. Then all that is needed is to provide the right ingredients for the body to heal itself, which it designed to do.

    Natural health means working WITH your body to heal itself. Nothing artificial is used, and in homeopathy only minute doses of substances are used which trigger healing so the body’s delicate chemistry (homeostasis) is not disrupted.

    The pillars of health
    Using Professor Bechamp’s approach to achieving optimum health, we should:-

  • Maintain a healthy nutritious diet
  • Have sufficient hydration
  • Practice healthy lifestyle habits such as exercise and sun bathing
  • Find ways of healing emotional hurts and grievances
  • Avoid and/or eliminate toxicity

    Studies and links
    How homeopathy uses minute doses effectively

    Removing arsenic toxicity using a homeopathic remedy


  • HEAL YOUR LIVER, HEAL YOUR LIFE?

    “Is life worth living? It all depends on the liver.” - William James, American philosopher and psychologist (1842-1910)

    I see signs of a sluggish liver in so many of my patients, and in my next post I will list the many symptoms associated an unhappy. But for now, here are some amazing facts…

    Amazing liver facts

  • The ancient Greeks linked the liver to pleasure; the words hepatic and hedonic are thought to share the same root. They considered the liver to be the venue of life, soul, emotions, and intelligence.
  • The liver is your largest internal organ. Triangular in shape, it's extends across your upper abdomen, under your chest, the most part on your right side.
  • The liver simultaneously performs over 200 important functions for the body.
  • The liver has the ability to regenerate itself from damage in as little as 30 days (as long as the damage has stopped).

    Liver functions
  • Liver functions include the processes that enable us to digest (metabolism). Anything that cannot be digested is either stored (such as vitamins) or is excreted.
  • The body identifies what it considers to be poisons and attempts to break them down and get rid of it. What the liver cannot break down has to be stored. When the liver is ‘full’ other parts of the body will be utilised such as joints to dump toxins.
  • The liver has a part to play in our immunity and the balance of our hormones.

    The liver is the planner
    The liver’s role according to traditional medicine is that of The Planner. With a healthy liver, there will be VISION (of a goal) and a SENSE OF DIRECTION of how to get there. Vision is directly connected to liver heath.

    Liver and the emotions
    Deb Shapiro, (author of Your Body Speaks Your Mind) says that “A sluggish liver leads to depression, which makes life appear meaningless. The liver gives life. "

    Frustration, impatience, annoyance and irritation are all forms of anger. Anger that is not felt is experienced as depression.

    Have you lost your way?
    If the liver is unhealthy, we may be unable to make plans, be uncertain, indecisive and confused and a clear VISION both physically and spiritually may be missing.

    If we are not clear about our own plan, we may find ourselves to surrendering to someone else’s VISION for us. This means we have given away our power.

    Homeopathy
    Anger and depression can lead to a sluggish liver and vice versa leading to a loss of enjoyment in life. Homeopathy can help restore the health of your liver and release old emotions. WHEN THE HEALTH OF THE LIVER IS RESTORED, WE CAN SEE OUR WAY FORWARD and get to where we want to be.

    Change always happens from within first.


  • THE PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL SIGNS OF A TOXIC LIVER

    When the liver is stressed, it produces symptoms - physical and/or emotional. How many of these do you have?

  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Allergies, especially to proteins
  • Anger
  • Anxiety about health
  • Bad breath in the morning
  • Bloating
  • Bruising easily
  • Candida albicans
  • Chemical sensitivities
  • Depression
  • Easy bruising
  • Eating helps symptoms
  • EMF sensitivity (electromagnetic fields)
  • Enlargement of prostate gland
  • Exercise helps symptoms
  • Fat food aggravates symptoms
  • Fatigue after eating
  • Flatulence
  • Freckles
  • Frequent urination at night, especially at 3-4am
  • Frustration
  • Full moon aggravates symptoms
  • Fullness in stomach after eating/after eating a little
  • Gout
  • Haemorrhoids (piles)
  • Hayfever
  • Headache from noise
  • Headache in the morning on waking
  • Headaches with nausea and vomiting
  • Helplessness
  • Hyperglycaemia (glycogen is stored by the liver)
  • Indecision
  • Indigestion
  • Irritability
  • Itching skin
  • Liver spots (melanin is produced by the liver)
  • Migraines
  • Morning sickness (nausea during the first trimester of pregnancy is due to the body cleansing itself of toxins in order to house the foetus)
  • Muscle tension (suppressed anger creates inner tension and frustration which can be held in the muscles)
  • Nail problems such as white spots or ridges (it is said that nails are the surplus of the muscles)
  • Nausea
  • Over reaction to stings of insects (adds to the toxic overload)
  • Pale stools or floating stools (bile reduced, difficulty digesting fats)
  • Rich or spicy food aggravates symptoms
  • Right sided complaints
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Swelling around the eyes
  • Tiredness, lack of energy
  • Travel sickness or nausea when travelling
  • Varicose veins
  • Vertigo
  • Vision is affected before or during headaches
  • Vision problems such as floating black spots before the eyes
  • Waking at 4am
  • Waking is difficult, slow in mornings, feels unrefreshed after a good night’s sleep
  • Water retention (including pre-menstrual water retention)
  • Wounds are slow to heal
  • Yellow coating of the tongue
  • Yellowness of skin or eyes

    Homeopathy can help
    Homeopathy can help heal a toxic liver. My next post will explain how. Free mini consultation. Contact me.


  • DETOXING THE LIVER WITH HOMEOPATHY

    Homeopathy has a number of approaches to detoxification depending on the circumstances, and treatment is always tailored to the patient. Toxins can be either physical or emotional and often both. WARNING – DO NOT ATTEMPT HOMEOPATHIC SELF-TREATMENT OF CHRONIC CONDITIONS. PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR ADVICE.

    The most likely place for toxins to be stored is the liver, and when the patient has a number of ‘liver symptoms’ see my previous post The physical and emotional signs of a toxic liver, this will indicate some degree of liver toxicity.

    Herbal homeopathic remedies
    One way of detoxing the liver is to use a herbal (plant) remedy as a homeopathic remedy, and there are several which are excellent in improving the function of the liver. Herbs which have an affinity to the liver are a gentle but effective way to cleanse the liver. The advantage of using a homeopathic version of a herb over the pure herb is as follows:-

  • Some herbs have a degree of toxicity if taken for too long. However, the process of creating a homeopathic remedy from the plant source is dilution, which transforms it into an energetic medicine. Therefore it is safe.
  • Energetic remedies will not interfere with any medications.
  • Homeopathic remedies have an emotional aspect as well as a physical aspect and both may need to be healed.

    Improving the function of the liver will strengthen it and help the organ to detoxify.

    Tautopathy
    is the method of removing toxins or their bad effects by means of identical diluted substances. In other words, a remedy is made from the toxin that has caused the problem.

    Studies have proven this method, for example removing arsenic from the body by using the homeopathic remedy Arsenicum Album, see link - Removing arsenic toxicity using a homeopathic remedy.

    This is just one example of using tautopathy for toxin removal which can be used at any time, but is better used soon after the occurrence of toxicity, otherwise other homeopathic methods may be more appropriate.

    How is a homeopath sure that a health problem was caused by a particular toxin?
    If a patient was fit and well until the introduction of a toxin, that will be apparent from a patient’s timeline. If the patient’s symptoms match the ‘side-effects’ of the toxin, this does further suggest a toxic cause.

    However sometimes it is more appropriate to deal with the resultant effects of toxicity (symptoms) as symptoms do not necessarily indicate that toxicity is still present, but may indicate that the body’s energy system was disrupted and needs to be brought back into balance through treatment. This would mean treating the ‘whole person’.

    Whole person (constitutional) treatment
    In this method, all of the patient's symptoms both physical and emotional are taken into account, and the homeopath prescribes a remedy that is a good fit to the patient as a whole. This method allows the body’s intelligence to decide how, when and in which order the body needs to heal. If releasing physical or emotional toxins is what is needed, this will be part of the healing process.

    If you have any questions, please message me.


  • HEALTH, HAPPINESS AND THE THYMUS GLAND

    The thymus gland is in the chest, between the lungs and behind the breastbone. It is just in front of and above, the heart.
    This gland holds the patterning for your DNA, your karmic design for this lifetime, and past life information. The thymus gland is said to be the seat the soul, and is the source of your healing energy.

    Immune system health
    The health of the thymus gland gives an indication of our sense of self-worth, and plays a vital role in the body’s immune system, producing cells which mature into T-cells. T-cells destroy infected or cancerous cells, bacteria, viruses and parasites.

    Stress and depression
    The thymus gland is the link between mind and body, being the first organ to be affected by negative emotions and stress. When we’re stressed, lonely, or depressed, our T-cell count drops and we’re more susceptible to illness.

    Happiness
    It is said that grief that's too painful for the heart is stored in the thymus gland.
    The emotional and spiritual heart wants to feel joyful, happy and loving, and when this is not so, the thymus gland (which is close to heart) suppresses the immune system.

    A will to be well
    The thymus gland also reflects our will to be well. A weak thymus gland indicates an insufficient will to be well, which can keep us stuck in poor health. The thymus gland is therefore the master controller of the body.

    Physical problems
    A weak thymus gland may be indicated if you suffer from immune system dysfunction, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, or respiratory problems.

    Homeopathy
    is a holistic system of medicine that uses only natural remedies to enable your body to resume its self-healing capabilities.


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