LIFESTYLE FOR HEALTH
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© April 2019, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
An extremely healthful lifestyle is one of the most important aspects of a development program. Lifestyle, by its nature, is entirely a whole systems aspect of health. For example, sleep affects every aspect of human functioning, as do exercise, sexual habits and eating habits.
Lifestyle encompasses many aspect of life. There needs to be balance in one’s lifestyle and an integrity about lifestyle. Never isolate yourself completely, for example, although at times it may seem as though you have little support from others. This is because the social part of one’s lifestyle is important.
Let us discuss lifestyle in more detail.
SLEEP AND REST
The single most important aspect of balancing the lifestyle is often to rest more. Rest and sleep are critical activities. They are times for regeneration, healing and development of the mind and body. Rest and sleep are never a waste of time, even though a few people use them as escapes. Even this is far better than most other escapes such as drinking alcohol, smoking or even staying up watching television or spending too much time with friends.
Sleep 9+ hours. Sleep at least 9 or more hours every single day. If you require an extra hour to fall asleep, then go to bed an hour earlier to be sure you sleep eight full hours. Many people have a “sleep deficit”. This means even more sleep is needed for a while until the body rests enough.
Bedtime. Go to bed each day ideally between 8 and 9 PM. The hours before midnight are much more restful for most people. The reasons for this are complex. The natural sleep cycle is from sundown to sunup, so going to bed very early and rising early are often helpful for one’s health.
Naps. Napping is excellent and often necessary while healing yourself. When possible, plan your day so you can nap for an hour in the afternoon or another time. This can often be arranged if one plans carefully. For example, during your lunch break, eat first and then rest for 15 minutes when possible. If there is no bed or couch, you may be able to sit comfortably in a car for 15 minutes and take a short snooze. At one of my jobs, a man sitting near me ate his lunch at his desk, then put his head against the high back of his chair and took a 15-minute nap.
When driving, if you feel tired, try to stop your car safely off the road, lock the doors, roll up the windows and nap for 15 to 30 minutes. You will often wake up refreshed and have a much safer trip as well. Even if you don’t sleep, just resting and closing your eyes are excellent.
While healing, expect to be more tired at times. The body may be restoring an organ or gland, perhaps, or making some other shift in the body. Honor this call for rest as best you can. If possible, anticipate and look forward to these times of fatigue, as they indicate healing in progress. Do your best to plan to rest more when beginning a nutritional balancing regimen. For more on this critical topic, read Rest And Sleep on this site.
This area is critical today, mainly due to the loose morals of our secular society that give little guidance to young people. As a result, unwanted children, emotional damage and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are everywhere, and this is getting worse. The STDs are minor in a few cases, but can be devastating, embarrassing and damage overall health in many cases. The consequences of a single slip can last for years, or even a lifetime.
Women and sex. Too often, the ones that are hurt most are the women. They end up with the babies, the abortions, the birth defects, the guilt, the shame and being tied to men whom they really don’t need in their lives. Also, sex affects women emotionally much more than it affects most men, a fact that most do not realize. For all these reasons, women must be the ones to take the most precautions. Never assume your partner is free of STDs or telling the truth about sexual matters. It is often not hormonally normal to be totally honest in this area for either men or women. The following will help keep you safe:
1. Do not marry or even date anyone who does not share your moral values. If you are not sure of your morals, start thinking about them now. Read the Ten Commandments of the bible, read other books, talk to the most responsible and loving adults you can find, and figure out your values. Values are real, and may determine your future as much as any other factor.
2. Avoid all social situations and substances that compromise your mental acuity. This means no alcohol, no drugs and no hanging out at bars, cocktail lounges and crowded places like discos, concerts, and even most sports events, if possible. Try not share an apartment or dorm room or even dorm floor with the opposite sex, even a “friend”. It is just not wise. It is not the same as sharing with another person of the same sex.
3. Women should test their suitors. This means women should spend time with men who are not so interested in body parts, sexual jokes, sexy clothes and the like. Men, there is nothing wrong with testing your ladies the same way. These days, plenty of young women are promiscuous and not worth the trouble for a man who wants to live healthfully and happily.
4. Avoiding STDs. These are everywhere, especially among “aggressive” and “social” young men and women. Do not underestimate this. They are not “benign” infections, as many doctors tell you. They weaken the body, especially those of women, and they can cause infertility and other diseases including cancer.
Simple rules to avoid STDs are to avoid kissing on the mouth unless it is your husband or wife. Also, for single young ladies, do not lie in bed with boys, even to watch television or a movie, or to look at photos on a computer. A wandering hand can get a lady all heated up and next thing she knows has had sex with someone with no protection at all.
If you get an STD. If you feel you contracted an STD, either from sex or just going in a swimming pool or hot tub, for example, paint the area immediately with garlic juice that you squeeze fresh with a garlic press.
Do this thoroughly several times daily and often it will take care of it if you get it soon enough. Even if you do not, it will weaken the infection. I do not recommend antibiotics, as they are so toxic. Natural methods are usually better. A properly designed nutritional balancing program will slowly stop the spread of most STDs, especially if you do the whole program with the detoxification procedures.
5. Refuse Gardasil and other vaccines against STDs. These are not very helpful and have killed or maimed thousands of young people.
6. Sex is not love! Sex can be part of a loving relationship in marriage, but love is not about sex at all. Older people know this is the absolute truth.
7. Sex is not a “need”. It is a hormonal drive to reproduce that is glamorized and over-rated by the media, and used by advertisers and others to sell every imaginable type of product.
8. Sex and hatred. For women, particularly, sex is an emotional involvement that often causes severe hatred of men later when the relationship doesn’t work out. Girls and women must understand this well or they all tend to fall into the same trap of thinking men “love” them when it is mostly sexual interest driven by hormones that most men and most women do not understand at all.
9. Wait for marriage to have sex. The advice is old-fashioned, but it saves many women and men from emotional ruin, unwanted pregnancies, abortions, many sexual infections, and perhaps other problems such as being tainted or jaded in various ways from having multiple sexual partners.
Exception. The rule of no sex before marriage may not always be best if the partners are very sexually oriented. The reason is that for these couples, sexual intercourse is very important, and if the body parts are not well-matched, it can definitely dampen the fun and romance, and may tempt one or the other to affairs or divorce. I will explain:
A. In some women, the vagina is short, whereas in others it is rather long and deep. The woman with a deep vagina needs a longer penis, ideally, or it will not feel as good to her. Meanwhile, the woman with a short vaginal cavity needs a smaller penis, or it can be extremely painful for her, and even dangerous since an erect penis can perforate the back of the vagina.
The problem of a short vagina can be overcome if the man is willing to wear a “penis ring”, which has nothing to do with keeping an erection. It is a piece of foam rubber, often, shaped like a donut, worn on the penis during sex. It effectively shortens the penis so the length matches the length of the vagina. However, some men won’t like it, and this is the only problem with this solution. It does not feel quite as good for the man.
B. The vagina can be fairly horizontal or it can be angled or tilted upwards. This depends on the tilt of the pelvis, in part, but also just anatomical differences. In the men, the penis may stay very vertical when erect, or in others, it is not too vertical. It is best if these match, though this is not that important and most couples can compensate for it or put up with the difference easily.
C. In some women, the vagina is rather wide. These women prefer a wider penis. In these cases, it is possible for a man with a narrow penis to wear a collar to widens it, although it will cut down on his sensation of pleasure.
In other women, the vagina is rather small, and a smaller penis is fine, and often better, or the woman can feel overwhelmed during sex.
D. Although this does not require having sex together, men and women of similar height and weight are often better matched, although not necessarily at all.
Love trumps all, but these differences can matter in some relationships. They may be superficial, and they are, ultimately, but they can make a marriage a lot better or somewhat worse, especially if the couple likes sex a lot. Such couples may be tempted to have affairs or to separate for a time to “satisfy their needs”, for example, both of which are very damaging to most marriages.
If the couple is not too sexually oriented, the above are not even a consideration, I would say. Anatomical differences are not that important provided each is considerate and thoughtful of the needs of the other. In these cases, no sex before marriage is extremely wise. If a couple decides to have sex before marriage, they should be 1) definitely planning to get married, meaning everything else in the relationship should be perfect, and 2) use a condom and make it fast, not prolonged. This will cause less bonding between the two, which is desirable if they may not continue the relationship, and it reduces the possibility of pregnancy and spreading diseases.
NOTE: Just because a person is a virgin today does not mean he or she has no STDs. These diseases are everywhere, from doorknobs to hot tubs to swimming pools to the flush handle on most toilets. So never assume that you or anyone else is free of disease because one is a virgin.
10. So-called safe sex. There is no such thing, not even kissing on the mouth! All can spread STDs. Do not kid yourself, your friends, your children or partners. Sex is not a safe activity if you wish to avoid spreading infections. Condoms may be helpful if they are fresh, and better if two are used at one time. However, they are not guarantees for preventing either pregnancy or diseases. An old-fashioned idea for women, mainly, that may help a little is washing or douching the genital organs, inside and out, after intercourse with plenty of soap and water. However, this is certainly no guarantee of safe sex.
11. Sex and spiritual development. For the amazing process called development on this website, avoiding the loss of sexual fluids is important. The fewer orgasms the better. To get rid of sexual fluid craving, read the article entitled Sexual Fluid Craving on this site.
12. Birth control. The pill, the patch and the newer birth control IUD (called Mirena, I believe) are extremely toxic and dangerous drugs that cause cancer, strokes and heart attacks for women. Smart women avoid them totally! They should not be permitted.
A diaphragm is better, but somewhat less effective and less spontaneous. Condoms are best if two are used, if they are new and fresh, and only when used correctly. Timing sex (the rhythm method with mucus measurement and temperature measurement), works well if a woman’s cycle is regular.
The above is a brief outline of healthful sexual thinking and behavior. This website contains a number of interesting articles about sex and love including Sex And Modern Living, Survival Guide For Planet Earth, Sexual Fluid Craving, Deep Loving Relationships, Part 1, and Deep Loving Relationships, Part 2, Male-Female Energetic Blending, and Male-Female Relationships, Love As It Relates To The Energy Centers and Spiritual Marriage.
Mild and gentle exercise is the only type recommended while on a nutritional balancing program. Exercise only to flex and tone the body, and little else. Gentle walking, gentle bicycling, gardening and other similar activities are best. Rebounding is another simple, safe form of exercise promotes lymph drainage.
Limiting exercise is a difficult concept for some doctors and laymen to embrace. Reasons for limiting all vigorous activities include:
1. Dr. Eck found that most people are exhausted. This is evident on most hair mineral analyses.
2. Too much exercise most often acts as a stimulant that only makes one feel better temporarily. It can easily become an addiction, and it exhausts the body.
3. Too much exercise uses up vital nutrients, and stresses the adrenal and thyroid glands.
4. Many have structural or chiropractic imbalances that become worse with too much exercise.
5. Sauna therapy provides many of the benefits of exercise and more. These include enhancing oxygenation and circulation, relaxing the nervous system and gently massaging the internal organs. Sauna therapy offers many of these, and more, without the negative effects above. For more on this topic read Exercise And Nutritional Balancing on this site.
Weight loss and exercise. Contrary to popular teaching, on a nutritional balancing program weight loss will occur faster and more easily without much exercise. We have proven this over and over again with many overweight people who are willing to just follow the program and walk 10-20 minutes several times a week.
Walking is usually best. Depending on your age and health conditions, 10-30 minutes of gentle walking or gentle bicycling several times a week is plenty of exercise. Suggested alternatives are 15 minutes of gentle rebounding on a mini-trampoline, gentle weight lifting or gentle sports such as golf, croquet and others. Other types of exercise are not generally better than these. See below for cautions about other types of exercises.
How to walk properly. The following will turn your daily walk into a fabulous therapy:
1. With each step, send your energy forcibly downward into the earth. You may wish to imagine you have weights on your legs, or a giant magnet pulls each foot in turn deep into the planet. Some people imagine they have suction cups on the bottoms of their feet that they compress with each step. You might simply imagine the earth is soft and you are sinking in.
2. Point your toes slightly inward. This will help keep your spine aligned.
3. Be sure to stand tall and relaxed, as described in the posture section.
4. With each step, move your opposite arm forward and point the thumbs at the ground, sending the arm forward forcefully and the thumb downward.
Exercise hazards. Warning: For those who want to lose weight, the common practice of combining heavy exercise with little food is a prescription for total breakdown of the body. General cautions include to avoid overdoing or pushing yourself to exhaustion. This is never helpful, and will slow or stop your healing process.
Avoid aerobics and all vigorous workouts, simply because it is almost impossible to tell when you have done enough due to the fast-paced music and peer pressure to keep on going. Be very careful with this, especially those with an unbalanced body chemistry. Avoid visiting fitness coaches, for example, that continually try to help one increase one’s workouts. This is not helpful in the slightest.
Sports. I suggest that children avoid all contact sports, as there are too many head injuries and other serious problems. This includes football, soccer, lacrosse, and variants of these. Baseball is better, and tennis, golf, gymnastics and track are much better in this regard.
School sports are fun, but often the children are pushed much too hard, the locker rooms spread lots of disease and bad attitudes about sex in some cases, and so be careful allowing your child to do sports.
Swimming: Only swim in clean lakes, rivers, ponds or oceans away from boat traffic and other hazards. Avoid most swimming pools, except perhaps a private pool of your own. Even here, chlorine and bromine are toxic chemicals used in most pools. Municipal water also usually contains aluminum, copper, toxic chemicals and pharmaceutical residues. A salt water pool is a little healthier in some cases. You can add hydrogen peroxide to a pool or hot tub and it will help sanitize it a little.
Hot tubs. These are far worse than swimming pools. Especially avoid public hot tubs at health clubs, hotels, etc. The hot water is a great incubator for infections. Chlorine, bromine, silver cartridges and other methods cannot kill them all, no matter how clean the water appears. Also, you will absorb chemicals from the water in all hot tubs, even those sanitized with hydrogen peroxide. Instructions how to use peroxide in your hot tub are on the internet. If possible, have a hot bath instead of using a hot tub, as this is far cleaner. Also be careful with jacuzzi or whirlpool bathtubs, as bacteria build up in the pipes inside the tub.
Hot springs. A safer alternative is to visit a clean hot spring. The water must flow continuously. Some hot springs are more healthful than others. Preferably use a private bathtub at a hot spring rather than a large poor. Avoid extreme temperatures and be careful if the water is smelly or cloudy, as it may not be healthful.
Special cautions with yoga and tai ch’i: These activities are dangerous, in my view, except perhaps very gentle, restorative yoga and tai chi with a very experienced and aware teacher, which are few.
Many are injured in these classes, often more than one might imagine. Tai-chi usually causes knee injuries and yoga often causes back and neck injuries, among others. Never bounce or stretch to “deepen a pose”. Relax into yoga poses only. Yoga has other problems. To learn more, read Yoga And Its Problems on this site.
Most adults need to drink about 3 quarts or 3 liters of spring water, preferably, or second best is usually carbon-only filtered tap water. Three quarts is about 108 ounces daily or about 12 medium-sized glasses.
These hydrate the body the best. Other types of drinking water do not work as well. This can speed progress in healing more than any other single factor besides enough rest and sleep, and a very healthful diet. Children need to drink proportionately less.
Do not drink water with meals. It dilutes the digestive juices. Wait at least an hour after meals to drink water and stop drinking 10 minutes before eating your meal. A simple way to drink more water is to have up to 6 or even more glasses in the morning upon arising. This will also usually cure constipation, especially if you warm the water before drinking it. For much more on why drink this way, please read Water For Drinking on this site.
Eat at least three regular meals every day. However, most people should eat four or five smaller meals, at times, to balance their blood sugar and prevent stress on the adrenal glands. Have sit-down meals, even if they are light, simple meals. Do not snack all day while working, driving or standing around. Also, rest at least several minutes before and after eating. Skipping meals for any reason leads to poorer overall nutrition, stresses the adrenals and usually does not enhance weight loss. To lose weight, eat more vegetables and eat less starches of all kinds, including fewer starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes.
Eat slowly and chew each mouthful at least ten or more times. Chewing 15 to 20 times is actually wonderful for one’s health. An old saying is “Drink your food and eat your beverages”. Though a bit of an exaggeration, the principle is excellent. It means to chew your food until it is a liquid and to sip your beverages slowly, almost like eating, instead of guzzling them. This applies most to animal milks, which really are concentrated foods to a large degree. It applies less to water or tea, though the principle is not a bad one. If you wish to lose weight, thorough chewing will lead to eating less food and some quick weight loss in many instances.
Eat quiet meals sitting down. Resist the temptation to bolt your food, eat on the run or eat standing in front of the refrigerator or at a counter. Find a peaceful, quiet place to eat. Try to avoid noisy environments such as crowded bars with televisions blaring or noisy music. Also avoid eating while driving or at your desk talking on the telephone. Quiet music or even quiet television is fine at mealtime if it helps you relax.
For children. Quiet music at mealtime may help children calm down. Television is usually not good. Help children to relax at meals by avoiding any loud conversation or harsh discipline while dining. However, it is important to insist upon decorum at meals. Send a child to his bedroom if he is making the meal miserable for everyone.
Meals should be enjoyable social times of conversation and togetherness. Do not let soccer practice or other activities take precedence over family meals. Restructure mealtime or skip the lessons at this time of day. Making meals special by lighting a candle, dimming the lights, saying grace and other methods can also help set the tone for peaceful, enjoyable meals.
AVOIDING TOXIC EXPOSURES
A healthy lifestyle means moderation in all good things, and avoidance, if possible, of all that is toxic. Poisons are poisons. They are rarely ever helpful or needed for any reason. I have classified toxins according to their sources below:
Medical and dental toxins. Facts I have learned as a clinician for almost 30 years are:
1. Amalgam dental fillings. Also called silver fillings, these are about half mercury and may contain copper, cadmium and other toxic metals. Have these removed as soon as possible, unless you have active cancer. If you have cancer, wait until it is thoroughly stabilized before doing amalgam removal. The vapors released during amalgam removal can kill a cancer patient. Other dental toxins that are less common are nickel crowns and some dental wires and appliances made of toxic compounds.
2. Prescription drugs. Most are not that safe or even that effective in the long term. Use only as needed. This includes bio-identical hormones and many herbal therapies, unfortunately. Many have side effects that are not listed on any label. Even very good doctors are often unaware of side effects, especially combinations of drugs.
Newer drugs may be even worse. Their long-term effects have not been researched as well. Therefore, look for natural alternatives if you are told you need drugs such as antibiotics, natural hormones, cholesterol-lowering drugs, especially statins, and others. Click on Dangerous Drugs for a list of some of the most toxic drugs.
Drugs and development. Most drugs interfere with and may even stop mental development.
3. OTC drugs. Over-the-counter or OTC drugs are often as bad or worse than prescription drugs, especially if used daily. Especially avoid steroid creams, cortisone-containing nasal sprays, contact lens solution with mercury, and daily use of pain killers and anti-inflammatories. These include Aspirin, Tylenol, Aleve, Excedrin, Anacin, ibuprofen and dozens of other brands. Heavy advertising fools people into thinking they are safe when used daily, which is not true.
4. Vaccines. All vaccines can be highly toxic and, in my view, are unnecessary and to be avoided. Childhood illnesses, including diphtheria and others, can be handled naturally without a problem in almost all cases. The risks of the vaccines are much worse than any possible benefit most vaccines provide. An excellent resource is a DVD by Mary Tocco available at www.marytocco.com. Another excellent website is www.vaclib.org.
5. Surgery. Surgery is wonderful when needed, but causes toxicity due to anesthesia and many other drugs used with it. To prepare for surgery, read Preparing For Surgery on this site.
6. Medical dyes, also called contrast media. These are chemicals that are injected, usually, to help reveal various structures on x-rays or other tests. Avoid these whenever possible. They occasionally cause kidney or liver failure in a sensitive person.
7. Blood transfusions. Most blood is contaminated with infections and cannot be cleaned up. So unless absolutely needed, avoid receiving other people’s blood. It is fine to give some of your own blood if you will be having surgery soon and may need it. Blood products such as plasma may be a little cleaner than whole blood. Blood substitutes are improving. I do not think they are as good as blood in many ways, however. Think of getting blood as a nutritional therapy.
8. Visiting the hospital. Even spending time in hospitals visiting the sick is not particularly safe. Wash your hands often after such experiences and minimize them.
9. Other. Other medical dangers include all x-rays unless absolutely needed, angiograms, liver biopsies, spinal taps, radioactive iodine treatments and all radiation therapy. MRIs and PET scans are better, but still disrupt the body’s energy field and should be minimized.
Also, remove leaking breast implants and unneeded pins and other metallic objects from the body.
Contact and airborne toxins.
This is another major area of toxicity today:
1.If possible, reside and work in clean, safe, comfortable and natural surroundings.
2. If possible, live in a house rather than a condominium or apartment to reduce stray electromagnetic pollution and noise.
3. Try not to work under fluorescent lights all day, though they are often mandatory at many jobs. In this case, adding a small lamp that is full-spectrum at your desk may help.
4. Try not to handle metals or chemicals any more than necessary. Wear gloves and wash your hands frequently if your job requires handling toxic materials.
5. Ventilate your home or work area as much as possible so you can breathe pure air.
6. Stay out of new cars, new houses and away from new building materials unless they are non-toxic or low toxicity. Toxic home materials include new carpets, drapes, plastic or fiberboard items, and even clothes made of synthetic fabrics. Pure silk, wool, cotton or hemp are best for clothing.
7. Also, use only all-natural or non-toxic cosmetics, cleaning products and skin care products. If you are not sure about cosmetics, which are often loaded with toxins, go to www.cosmeticsdatabase.com. They review over 25,000 products.
8. Lawn and garden pesticides and other chemicals are among the most toxic people handle.
9. Occupations that are quite toxic include all the building trades, mechanics, electricians, plumbers and a few others.
Sunbathing. A little sun is good for most people. Sit or lie outside for about half an hour in the middle of the day or preferably up to one hour in the early morning or very late afternoon. More sun than this is not healthful. The sun will NOT provide enough vitamin D3 today, so everyone needs to take it, even sun worshipers. If you must be outdoors all day, use a natural sun screen with a high SPF. However, most suntan lotions and sunscreen products are a little toxic so use them only if needed.
Personal habits have a powerful impact on one’s health, though it is subtle in some cases. They include how one dresses and speaks, the friends one keeps, and how one acts in social, sexual, intellectual and other situations. These define who you believe you are in many important ways and influence where you live, work, play and much more.
Dress modestly and always keep warm. Wear socks, long sleeve shirts, slacks, long dresses, and sweaters if needed to stay warm at all times. Feeling chilly intensely stimulates the sympathetic nervous system and slows or stops healing. Dressing too lightly is more common among fashion-conscious women and young people, but affects everyone at times.
The company you keep. Always treat the self - body, mind and spirit - as the temple of the living God. This means to always comport yourself with poise and dignity. The current culture does not encourage this, so it may mean bucking the trends and the fashions. It does not mean being aloof or ‘stuck-up’. It means that basic decency and respect for yourself and others are always in order.
College dorms. A difficult situation, for example, are co-ed college dorms in which young women share bathrooms with young men who are so hormone-driven they really are not aware of the effects of their actions on the women.
Courtship and marriage. A longer courtship period and traditional marriage is still a wise choice for many women and men, even if it ends unhappily. Alternatives are being developed, but are not well-developed for the most part. Such alternatives must involve detailed legal contracts that share some of the clauses of the marriage vows for them to work well.
People to beware of. Watch out for work associates and so-called “friends” who act selfishly or think it is okay to lie. If possible, avoid them completely. They are not really friends in most cases, and will often lie to you as well.
Social settings to avoid. Avoid most drinking parties, bars, restaurants and cocktail lounges where it is easy to slip a drug into a drink or even into your food. A wonderful habit to establish is to learn to enjoy your own company, and perhaps curl up with a book or listen to peaceful, quiet music. This can help avoid being drawn into toxic social settings.
Also, be careful about inviting people into your life because they seem to offer you love, success or fun of some kind. Many will not likely bring real positive energy into your life. This sounds harsh, but anyone reading this book is way ahead of the norm in terms of awareness, and therefore needs to be even more discerning. Spend time around those with very high moral standards. They may seem boring, perhaps, but they are far ahead in the spiritual realm and their health will usually reflect this as well.
Balance, in this case, does not mean a little of the good and a little of the bad. It means exercising wisdom at all times.
WORK AND RECREATION HABITS
Relax and take breaks. Keep a relaxed pace, even at work and in other activities you adore. If you sit at a desk, stand up every 20-40 minutes, move around, stretch gently and breathe deeply. Watch how cats and dogs stretch often and gently. This is not the same as vigorous stretching, which can easily cause slightly torn ligaments.
Computer issues. All computer screens and other parts of the machine give off harmful electromagnetic fields or EMFs. Sit as far away from computers as possible. Enlarge the typeface so you can sit further away. Use a remote keyboard with a laptop computer so you can sit further away. This is quite important if you use a computer for any length of time.
Stand away from your computer at least hourly and more often, if possible. When you get up, ideally go outside in the sun for a few minutes, or at least leave the room and walk around. The sunshine will actually negate some of the harmful computer EMFs.
If possible, run a ground wire from the middle screw on an electrical outlet or other ground terminal to your body. An ordinary lamp cord will do. You can just tuck the end into your sock, for instance, to make contact with the body. This actually helps some people a lot to reduce the effects of some computer EMFs. A single reddish, 250-watt heat lamp from the hardware store shining partly on you may also reduce the effects of electronic devices on the body. This is an infrared bulb, but they are usually just labeled as a heat lamp. It is the same lamp recommended for saunas. Also, if you have difficulty sleeping, stay off the computer and away from other EMFs at least two hours before bed. Many gadgets are sold to reduce electromagnetic stress. Some work better than others. None seem to reduce it completely, however, so take precautions.
Televisions. Sit back from all televisions. So-called ‘projection’ large-screen TVs emit the least harmful EMFs. The others are not as good.
Cell phones. Spend as little time as possible on cell phones and portable phones, and, if possible, always use a headset or a speakerphone to keep the rays away from your head. Phone calls of up to five minutes should be okay. Headsets that conduct the sound through a hollow tube, rather than with wires, are a little better.
Many devices are sold to help reduce EMFs from cell phones, but I have not found any that work completely. If they did, there would likely be no signal emitted from the device. If you cannot use a headset on your phone, a Bluetooth device is better than nothing, by far. Just carrying a cell phone should not be a problem.
Where to live and work. Rural areas are often healthiest due to a higher oxygen level, less noise, reduced electromagnetic stress and, at times, safer neighborhoods. Wherever you live, note if you are near cell phone towers or a major power generating station, as these emit powerful negative electromagnetic fields.
Locating cell phone towers can be done by checking your area on the internet. However, the towers can be disguised as trees, posts and other common objects. A simple electromagnetic field meter or detector costs less than $100.00 and can detect them, too. This is an investment I would make if I were buying a house, especially in a city environment. Walk around the neighborhood with it and check your indoor environment periodically. If you drive around, note that your car also emits EMFs and may skew the readings.
Poor posture interferes with breathing, digestion, spinal and hip alignment, and even contributes to depression in some cases. Many health authorities advise a stiff “military posture”. This is not helpful. Here is a simple way to visualize an excellent posture:
Imagine a wire tied or screwed into the crown of your head. The crown of the head is not the middle of the skull, but instead nearer the back of the head. Try to feel this place on your head with a finger, so you are clear where it is. Ask someone for help if you are not sure. Now imagine you are suspended from this wire. If the spot is correct, when you lift your head by this point, your face will be vertical and the head will be perfectly level, not tilting forward or backward.
Now imagine the entire body hanging loosely from the wire attached to the crown of the head, like a rag puppet. Your shoulders, for example, will sag a little, but will not be too rounded. Your arms will hang limp and will swing freely when you walk. Practice walking around the house like this as often as possible. Visualize this often while walking or even while sitting. It may seem odd at first. However, with a little practice it will help remind you how to sit or stand in a relaxed, healthful posture.
HABITS OF THOUGHT
Thoughts directly affect the body far more than one may imagine. Here are a few basic principles of correct thinking:
1. The Ten Commandments and the golden rule are still valid today. These may be out of fashion, but they are true nevertheless. They are a good guide to basic behavior and thinking. The golden rule is so named because it works beautifully in many situations.
2. Take full responsibility for your life, rather than play the victim. Victims, by definition, are powerless and out of control of their lives. They have handed over their power to others. Most victims are angry and resentful. In addition, victims are usually unforgiving. Sooner or later, this combination of feelings and attitudes always causes physical and mental illness. It is a very important principle.
In contrast, taking responsibility for everything in your life empowers you. If a problem develops, you may have helped create it and you can definitely help solve it. It may take a while to explore your new choices, but you have the ability to make them. Also, as a fully empowered being, you have the power to forgive and move on, so letting go of anger and resentment are much easier.
When victim feelings arise, which they will, it is easy to say, “but I can’t help the way I feel”. A principle is that you can and do control your thoughts and feelings. However, it often takes catching yourself in victim thinking many times to remove this weed from your mental garden.
Anything that helps remind you not to play the victim is helpful such as books, films and other methods. Set your intention clearly and you will slowly climb out of the victim error.
3. Think wholesomely. This means to watch your lower impulses at all times. These include anger, rage, lust, greed, selfishness, desire to control others or the idea that others are here to serve you. The lower impulses or desires have plagued humanity forever and are discussed in all the major religions and philosophies. They are ‘natural’, but not helpful in the slightest. They must be controlled in some way, whether by laws, morality, fear of punishment or other methods.
In some circles today, controlling your emotions and thoughts is considered repression or “not expressing who you really are”. This, I maintain, is always a lie. We live at many levels. We choose our altitude, so to speak, by our attitudes. Everyone, without exception, has lower impulses and ambitions. These are always unhelpful and always cause physical or mental illnesses of every kind imaginable.
To help overcome unwholesome thoughts and feelings, substitute more wholesome ones. Also, gently let go of friends and even work situations that expose you to those who are coarse, angry, negative, selfish or engage in unwholesome behaviors. Plenty of people are seeking a pure, wholesome life and one can substitute new friends for the old ones.
4. Think in a positive direction. This means to look on the bright side of things, as much as possible. It does not mean to ignore the obvious or to believe things will work out when all the facts argue against it. It just means to avoid inferring and implying negative outcomes when you really don’t know the truth. Those who tend to think all is black are not really seeing the hand of the Creator in their lives, generally, or they are depressed or ill in some way.
To help think in a positive direction, looking at things from a spiritual perspective is helpful, though not needed in some cases. Those who only think physically, for example, will eventually become depressed because all material things fall apart eventually, from the body to the house, and so on. This is tricky, because one wants to be realistic, and yet not negative. Material thinking often seems more realistic, but it is not necessarily the case.
Miracles do happen if one can allow them into one’s thoughts. Appearances are not at all the same as reality. For example, the recent worldwide recession has affected many, but the effects are not all negative, though you will rarely hear about the positive effects on the news. People have slowed down and are saving more money. They are spending more time with family and less time traveling aimlessly, for example.
Another way to assist in thinking positively is to cultivate friends and colleagues who tend to be happy and more upbeat. Let go of the naysayers in your life if you can. If it is a partner or a child, work with them on this issue. To clear deeper causes of negativity, I highly recommend the Roy Masters observation exercise each and every day. It can help anyone sort out facts from false perceptions. This brings about an honest positivity after a while.
Thinking positively does not mean that everything that comes out of your mouth must sound lovely. You can learn to speak the truth clearly and as objectively as possible, though it may sound negative. If someone is not telling the truth, there is no point in keeping silent or faking your feelings. Speaking the truth is never negative; it is simply the truth.
Thinking positively is also not “positive thinking”. This style is very popular in some circles. Everything is presumed to be positive, no matter what it is. If a war breaks out, these people say it is for the best. This is usually pure speculation, which is dangerous and often a denial of reality. If a war breaks out, it is fine to say “I don’t know why this is happening, but I hope and pray that it is over soon”. In other words, do not waste your energy trying to turn everything that happens into something positive.
5. Let go of grudges and resentments. Holding on to grudges and negative thoughts toward others is associated with chronic degenerative diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease and many others. Learn to let go and forgive, even if it hurts and you feel terribly alone or cheated by life. Many methods can help you let go of resentments. The most important is to commit to forgive “seventy times seven times”, as the bible recommends. Make it a major principle in your life. Catch yourself if you ever wish harm on anyone. Catch yourself when you think or say negative things about anyone. The Roy Masters meditation is most helpful at times to dig up hidden resentments that often control us.
Letting go of grudges and resentments does not mean to ignore the lessons learned, and it does not mean to give people a second chance. This behavior can be dangerous, as some women know. Forgiving just means moving on and letting others go their way in peace, and that is all.
6. Cultivate gratitude. Gratitude is one of the healthiest attitudes. It is the recognition that all of life is a gift, even seemingly adverse circumstances. Therefore, you can be grateful for whatever comes your way. It is really a very simple idea.
Gratitude is not about making up “positive” reasons for difficult situations. For example, one might rationalize that cancer arose so one can learn to eat better. That is purely rationalization and is not really gratitude. It is fake, in that one feels bad and is trying to make the best of a bad situation. A gracious attitude about a cancer might be, “I don’t know why the cancer arose in the body, but I am grateful for the years and the love I have had on this earth so far. Perhaps I can overcome this condition and live even longer to receive even more of life”.
This perspective will help you through health challenges more than any other. If you cannot see or feel gratitude to this extent, make a list of at least five people, places or things for which you are grateful each night before retiring. Review the list often. Practicing gratitude as much as possible can cause more healing of the liver, in particular, than most other therapies.
7. Think in a broad-minded way as much as possible. Most people think in surprisingly narrow-minded ways. This is new for America, which formerly was known as a very open-minded place. This appears to be changing as people’s health declines and as the level of freedom declines. Freedom means giving freedom to others as well, so when general freedom declines, many people become narrow-minded in regard to others as well.
To help think in a broad-minded way, one must hear and read both or many sides of an issue. Also, never become a one-issue person. Life is complex and most issues are not all black and white. Also, do not believe the mainstream media. They can be quite biased, especially NBC, ABC, CBS and National Public Radio. Become a detective in everything.
A BALANCED LIFESTYLE
A healthful lifestyle is more than just a list of habits to cultivate and those to avoid. It is also about the balance of the healthful items in your life. Here are examples of how to make this balance:
1. Helping yourself versus helping others. Thinking about and assisting others and their needs is a key to a balanced lifestyle. However, this must be balanced with a healthy self-concern so that you do not ‘burn out’ helping others and forgetting to care for yourself and your own needs.
2. Thinking about the past and the future. Without enough thought about the past, you are liable to make the same mistakes over again. Without enough future orientation, you are liable to become depressed and discouraged. Ideally, spend a lot of time in the present, not preoccupied with the past or the future. Practicing the Roy Masters meditation daily will help greatly to keep you focused on the present moment.
3. Thinking positively and negatively. Some people are too grounded or negative, while others are upbeat too often, usually because they are out of touch and in denial.
4. Starting and finishing projects. People who tend to be starters only need to learn to complete what they begin. Finishers must initiate more or little gets done without someone else prodding you all the time.
5. Social time and alone time. This varies for each person. However, too much socializing and travel is wearing. Too much alone time could be harmful if one misses out on opportunities or becomes bored or depressed. However, spending time alone each day is usually wonderful.
6. Balancing your moods. This is a more subtle area. All of us go through anger, fear, guilt and other emotions at times. If we can balance these, we will generally stay much healthier than if we dwell on or stay in one mood most of the time. The latter is called neurosis and even psychosis, as it represents a fixation of sorts and not a state of balance.
7. Healthful activity must be balanced with adequate rest, and some recreation and creative activity in most cases.
8. Work needs to be balanced with caring for the body and with time for rest and relaxation.
9. Loving the self and loving others. It is important to balance your own need for rest, proper nutrition and every other aspect of a nutritional balancing program, and the needs of those around you. Self love is essential for success with this program and for all healing, in fact.
Making a healthy balance in these ways will avoid many mistakes that most people make that lead to all kinds of illness, depression and other types of problems.
OTHER ASPECTS OF LIFESTYLE
A few simple techniques can be made part of a healthful lifestyle to rapidly improve health, increase relaxation, induce sleep and more. These include:
1. Deep breathing. Take full, deep breaths as often as
you can to enhance oxygenation of the body. Two excellent methods are:
The three-part breath. As you count 1, 2, 3, fill your abdomen, pushing the abdomen out. As you count 4, 5, 6 fill the mid-chest, pushing the ribs out to the sides. Finally, as you count 7, 8, 9, fill the upper chest, lifting the chest slightly right up to the neck. Hold for several counts and then exhale slowly, also to a count of 1 through 9. You can begin the exhale from the chest and move downward, or begin the exhale in the abdomen, pushing it in, and move up the body. Repeat the exercise often so it becomes easy.
Toe breathing. This is one of the most powerful methods of breathing. It goes along perfectly with the Roy Masters mental exercise with my modification. To do it, simply breathe in as though your mouth is in your big toes. Visualize all the air coming into your body through the big toes. After inhaling, hold for a few counts. Then imagine that the air has to leave through your big toes. So exhale down into the big toes and the air leaves your body through the big toes. This breath keeps you well grounded and helps to move energy downward from head to toes, especially on the exhale, but also on the inhale once you get used to it. You can do this exercise all the time and there is no overdoing it.
2. If possible, buy an air ionizer/ozonator. Keep it in the bedroom at a low to medium strength of ozone. This has many benefits, but the most important is it will enhance oxygenation of the body in a gentle way. Keeping it in the bedroom assures that you will breathe the ozone all night long. To buy an ozonator/ionizer unit at a discount through this website, click here.
3. Chiropractic. Good quality chiropractic care and/or other manipulation of the vertebrae can be extremely helpful while a person is on a nutritional balancing program.
4. Bodywork. Techniques like Rolfing, structural integration and even deep massage techniques are very helpful for some people. One can have a treatment once a month, if possible, especially if the body is changing quickly or one is under a lot of stress. Beware: Sadly, going for bodywork, massage or even a colonic irrigation is not safe for women alone.
5. An inversion table. This device gently turns one upside down, expanding the spaces between the vertebra. It can help undo the continuous effects of gravity on our bodies. It is not needed, but some people find them helpful.
6. A rebounder or mini-trampoline. This is another device that some people find helpful. It is safe, simple and not too costly if you do not do much exercise or to move the lymph around the body, in particular.
HAND AND FOOT REFLEXOLOGY
This ancient method of acupressure balances the energy in the acupuncture meridians. It is simple, safe and often surprisingly helpful to relax the body, reduce aches and pains, and more. For much more on this topic, read Reflexology on this site.
This is such an important topic that it is the subject of a separate article entitled Cleanliness Is Next to Godliness on this site.