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Get Fresh! Winter 2011Contents Main Features12 The law, RDAs and our nutrition29 13 ways to spice up your diet42 Baby, it’s cold outside 32 In This Issue18 Wake up to 201216 New year, new you21 Herbal medicine – Centre for Naturopathic Medicine22 Back to basics24 Over 50 and raw32 Pollen – the original superfood?35 Stop smoking easily36 Treating childhood illnesses the natural way38 My journey back to health 4040 Why we don’t need nuts44 The universal scale of nutrition46 Diet essentials48 Review: Evoke your senses retreat50 Review: Manna from heaven?68 A week in the life of… a first-time detoxer Regulars5 Editor’s letter 11 Your opinions6 What’s new 50 Subscribe to your910 Events Get writing! favourite raw treat 55 Recipes 42 70 Next issue 3
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WHAT’S NEW? Cheap as chips? The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) recently hit the headlines by claiming that a mid-Victorian dish is currently the cheapest. Renowned Victorian cook Mrs Beeton promoted the delicacy in her famous Book of Household Management. The delicacy in question? Two slices of buttered bread around a slice of toast, seasoned to taste. At just 7.5p, the sandwich offers about 330 calories – less if you replace the butter with margarine. The RSC is offering a £200 prize to anyone who can create a cheaper alternative. Surely, we can come up with something cheaper, healthier and raw?Did you know…? Win a rawChlorella is the only plant on the planet that can quadruple itsgrowth in just one day? Pretty amazing, isn’t it? So just imaginewhat an amazing effect it can have on your health. Enjoy a mouthful of life! masterclass! Take Chlorella Manna and let its micronutrients work to helpyour body recover from its ailments, so you can focus on what’simportant to you. Chlorella efficiently cleanses your system ofheavy metals, including mercury. Its outer cell binds with the metal, The Raw Deli is challenging Get Fresh! readers to come up with ancarrying it safely out of your body. innovative and inspiring raw recipe.Try it during December and get a great discount at If you come up with the most original, tasty and well-presentedwww.kiki-health.co.uk. recipe you’ll win a masterclass at The Raw Deli. See the website at www.therawdeli.co.uk to find out about the magical classes on offer. Your recipe must include celeriac, and a maximum of five main ingredients. It will be judged on presentation (20%), taste (50%) and originality (30%). Silvia from The Raw Deli and the Get Fresh team will be the judges – and their words are final! Send your recipe complete with precise measurements (cups, spoons etc) and instructions to Get Fresh at the usual postal address, or email email@example.com. Please include a photo of your dish. The closing date is midnight on 15 January 2012. Don’t forget to read the small print before you send in your entry. Good luck! The small print... In addition to the main ingredients, you can use up to 1 tablespoon of any other ingredients. The recipe must be a raw and vegan, with no more than 10% of the ingredients heated above 45°C. Other ingredients which we will accept that aren’t raw would be things like: miso paste, vanilla extracts, soy sauce, etc. Highly processed, refined ingredients, such as white sugar, aren’t allowed. It must be your recipe and not taken from a reputable raw chef’s book or website.Are you the next Let’s party Raw parties with a twist are on offer at Snowsfields Wellness inHot Raw Chef? London. Their very own raw chocolatier, Emma Mihill is hosting raw chocolate making parties. Perfect for hen or stag parties, birthdaysIf you are, you could be sharing in the $3500 prizes up for grabs in and corporate events, a party gives you a chance to make and takethe Sweet Valentine Video Recipe Contest. home your very own raw chocolates and puddings. Entering couldn’t be simpler. Just record yourself creating your “Anyone can make chocolate,” says Emma, “but not everyonelow-glycemic, gluten-free Sweet Valentine recipe and send it in. uses premium quality, un-heated, natural cacao beans that actuallyYour video must be five minutes or less, and you don’t have to be benefit health. The ingredients I use not only create chocolate withthe next Spielberg. The video isn’t judged on production quality or a beautiful, smooth rich flavour, but each ingredient has its owncamera work, it’s all about the recipe. health giving properties.” So register now – plus you get an e-book simply for registering! – So if you fancy making your own raw goodies, while enjoyingand get your submission in between 2 and 18 January. a sociable evening, get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.hotrawchef.com for more details. Parties can be held on Friday evenings, Saturdays or Sundays, with a minimum of five and a maximum of 15 participants. 7
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For more information, oneself and others. For more informationHertfordshire visit www.livingfoods.co.uk visit www.livingfoods.co.ukA one-day course from Get Fresh contributorand author, Janey Lee Grace focusing on NIA Friday 17 February Sunday 17 June(Non Impact Aerobics) dance and a sound (repeated Saturday 31 March) A Day with Dr Brian Clementhealing Gong Bath. For more information Raw food master class Friends House, Londonvisit www.imperfectlynatural.com Guildford, Surrey Learn from one of the world’s leading Leading chef, Silvia Clausin of The Raw experts on the living foods diet and lifestyle,Saturday 28 January Deli encourages and motivates you with spend a day among like-minded people, andLife Transformer: Raw Curry and skills and knowledge in your health journey enjoy amazing discounts of up to 20% onCoconut Rice with raw food training. Reconnect with the products from The Fresh Network’s store. ForClophill Centre for Complimentary seasons by using local and seasonal food, further details visit www.fresh-network.Therapies, Bedfordshire learn new skills and have loads of fun. For com or call 0845 833 7017Part of the Life Transforming Programme more information go to www.TheRawDeli.from Sparkling Energy. Find out more at co.uk or call Silvia on 07854029391 Summer 2012www.sparklingenergy.co.uk or email Ann Well-being at seaPeckham email@example.com Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 February Göltürkbükü, Bodrum, Turkey Advanced Raw Chocolate Starting summer 2012, TheLifeco willSaturday 28 January Wicklow, Ireland be providing seven-day detoxes aboardFermentation: A Masterclass See entry for Sunday 12 February or visit its Lagoon 620 catamaran. ProgrammesEast Sussex www.ooosha.co.uk are tailor made and designed to fit theJo Balfe and Amy Levin team up to bring specifications of the customers. For moreyou the most informative and complete Saturday 10 March information, please contact us at info@fermentation class in the UK. Learn recipes Further Adventures in Raw Foods thelifeco.comand techniques for fruit and veggies to nuts Tracebridge Sourdough, Somerset All details are correct at time ofand water. Fermentation is great for your For further information or to book email: going to press but may be subject tohealth and a fantastic way of preserving firstname.lastname@example.org change so please check direct with theseasonal produce. Visit www.ooosha.co.uk organisers.for more detailed information. Saturday 10 March An Introduction to Raw Food To enquire about advertising your class,3-5 February Bristol course, workshop, retreat, festival oriDetoxHolidays with Kate Magic If you’re curious about raw food or other event in a future issue of GetSussex would like to know how to get started Fresh!, contact aleksandra@fresh- network.com. 9
GET WRITING! Did you like what you read in our last issue? Did it inspire Letter of the quarter Teenage role model you, help you or make you think? Did you read something that you disagree with? Then We just received the Summer issue. Thanks so much! It’s perfect! write in to let us know – we’d My 18-year old daughter (who has love to hear from you. been following a raw diet since age 15) is creating a juice feasting programme in collaboration with a beautiful (relatively Send letters for publication to new) yoga studio and innovative health lisa.clatworthy@fresh-network. centre here in Geneva. The mag issue has com. Each quarter we award a very interesting articles around juicing! £25 Fresh Network gift voucher My daughter, AJ is amazing - she’s to the writer of the best letter. determined to follow an ethical Get Fresh! reserves the right to lifestyle (wants to save the world with permaculture) and she already has several edit letters as necessary. years experience with the raw food lifestyle (she is 80/10/10 now). I personally think she is a fantastic role model for young people. All the best and thanks again! Caroline Boon (Chanter), email Put down that remote Young at heart I was inspired by Dr Brian Clement in the Autumn Thank you so much for the issue. When he said we must put down the TV remote lovely interview with Mimi Kirk or computer mouse and start getting active, it was as in the Autumn issue. She sounds though he was talking directly to me. just wonderful, and is a real Going green I realised that I come home from work, where I spent inspiration. It’s made me even most of the day mouse in hand, eat and then sit down more determined to keep up in front of the television, remote in hand. I’m wasting with the raw lifestyle. I’m four my body! What good is a raw food diet if I abuse my years into my journey now and it Janey is so right about not just being eco body being so sedentary all the time? warriors at home. For the sake of our just keeps getting better! Now I’m not about to run out, buy lycra and join children and our grandchildren we have to Mimi is so right that we a gym, but I am determined to get moving. So I’ve do all we can, wherever we are to make shouldn’t worry about what sure our wonderful planet is still around for resolved to park the car further from the office so I walk the last bit of the way and I’ve got a lovely we look like on the outside. It’s them to enjoy. colleague who is joining me on walks around the park what’s on the inside that counts. I say, forget silly fads like Take A Dog to at lunchtime. We can never be reminded of Work today, let’s all take a plant and an eco- So, thank you, Dr Clement! that too often! friendly toilet cleaner! Brian Butters, Surrey, UK Joy Page, Cheshire, UK Zara Sides, Nottingham, UK10
OPINION!Allergy angstWe’re always told not to believe everything we read– a view that Joy Pope supportsRead the tabloid press in the UK and and what fashion trend to follow this diagnosis and medication instantly.you could convince yourself that you’re week. As a treat, they’ll show you that this If indeed a diagnosis of an allergy,suffering from a different ailment every day. is the right way to live your life, because intolerance or sensitivity is given by aThankfully, most of the time, the stories in celebrities X and Y do it too. Now, don’t health practitioner, then they’ll usuallythe newspapers are taken out of context you feel good, knowing that? strive to help you prevent symptomsand/or are greatly exaggerated. However, Nearly every week/month, a womens’ occurring, rather than trying to medicateincreasing numbers of pages in the serious magazine will tell you that most of us have you. That’s what’s happened to me in apress and academic journals are given over a food allergy or intolerance; usually the sense.to food intolerances and allergies. culprits cited are lactose or dairy in general, Developing asthma in your mid 30s is So what is an intolerance and what is an gluten or wheat, peanuts or tree nuts. annoying to say the least, but apparently,allergy? They also tell us that our children must be according to the NHS, it’s pretty common. Well, if you turn to the NHS for an wrapped in cotton wool, kept germ-free They even have a label for it: late onsetanswer, which the UK population still does and fed medications at every opportunity, asthma. Nice, huh? The allergens thatin droves, you find out that an allergy is because the incidence of allergies in cause my asthma include most grassesthe body’s immune system reacting to children is increasing. and grass pollens, house dust mites, bricka normally harmless substance, while Now there is some truth in all of this. dust, solvents… the list goes on. Whatintolerance is an exaggerated side effect. Just like there is in the tabloid press stories doesn’t cause it, but has an impact, isThe NHS also gives us a third category, – but maybe just a grain. For example, a dairy. So given the prevention rather thansensitivity, which it defines as a substance population study in the UK found that the cure idea, I gave up dairy. I was already acausing unpleasant symptoms, but it prevalence of peanut sensitivity among vegetarian of longstanding, so it wasn’tdoesn’t involve the immune system. It even three-year olds rose from 1.3% in 1989 to a big deal. And the next step, going raw,offers a handy, albeit rough and ready 3.2% in 1995. Note that this is a sensitivity, wasn’t a very big one either I discovered,symptom checker. It’s not failsafe though not an allergic reaction. just a gradual one.– it told me I have a food allergy. I don’t In fact, it is generally held that 1 in 3 So why am telling you all this? Simply(exactly), and I know because I’ve had all of the UK population will suffer an allergic because the media spends a lot of timesorts of tests, both within the NHS and reaction at some point in their life. That telling us what is wrong with us and howwithout. view is supported by the British Allergy to cure it. Really we should be listening to Now, as readers of Get Fresh! we Foundation, which campaigns around health practitioners, both ‘conventional’all know there are numerous other allergy issues and supports sufferers. Again and naturopathic, to find out what’s goingways to find out whether you have an though, read that statement carefully: it’s on and how to put it right.allergy, intolerance or sensitivity. Talk to an allergic reaction, not a last allergy toa nutritionist or naturopath for example, something. This opinion column by Joy is theor try an exclusion diet. For thousands of My cynicism and suspicions here first of many we hope. So if youwomen around the world though, glossy are all around the media talking up the want to comment on a burning issuemagazines have all the answers. incidence and severity of food allergies or have an opinion that deserves to Glossy womens’ magazines tell you and intolerances. I’m not saying that those be read, get in touch. If you want tohow to live your life, right down to the last dealing with eczema and asthma, coeliacs share your thoughts and opinions ondetail – if you let them. They will advise you and nut-allergy sufferers have been taken a topic relevant to Get Fresh!, emailon what and when to eat, how to exercise in by this hype. What I do think is that email@example.com, the best way to have sex, how to for most of us, we need to take all this and put Opinion in the subject line.raise your children, manage your money with a pinch of salt... and not reach for a 11
Why you shouldn’t trust government nutrition advice And why it’s only you that can control your own destiny, by Robert Verkerk PhD, executive and scientific director, Alliance for Natural Health International You can get all you need from your food – right? The catch cry of government authorities the world over is: don’t bother with supplements and herbal remedies – you can get everything you need from your diet. As a scientist, I don’t dispute this, but the operative word in this presumption is ‘can’. Yes, it is theoretically possible, but the reality is that the vast majority of people don’t. But before this advice is dissected any further, it’s essential to determine what is meant by ‘all you need’. Need for what? Governments tend to have a rather conservative way of looking at this, working with nutritional thresholds for a narrow range of essential nutrients, and levels of them that prevent major deficiency diseases, such as scurvy in the case of vitamin C deficiency, rickets for vitamin D, beriberi for thiamine (vitamin B1), pellagra for vitamin B3 (niacin), and so on. Not a single government has set thresholds based on levels required for optimum health, levels established after decades of research and clinical experience. Governments are also reticent to consider the full spectrum of nutrients and micronutrients we know from nutritional science that are vital for our long-term health. They tend to restrict themselves to the ‘cornflakes’ list, the limited essential vitamins and minerals added to breakfast cereals in an attempt to give kids that ‘healthy start’ to the day. But we know that the body needs a lot more than Recommended Daily Allowance (RDAs) hails from the work of just a handful of synthetic vitamins and minerals if it’s to grow, Dr Emanual Cheraskin, professor emeritus at the University of develop, function and age in a manner that befits our genetic Alabama Medical School in the USA. He developed what are potential. referred to as Suggested Optimal Nutrition Allowance (SONAs), which were the result of decades of evaluation of those with a How much is enough? healthy diet. He long criticised the proponents of RDAs, claiming The debate over ‘how much’ has raged for decades. One of these figures were derived mainly from studies of sick animals! the most sustained positions for higher than government’s Table 1 contrasts the existing EU RDAs with SONAs and12
Table 1. Comparison of current EU Recommended Daily Allowancesprovides some interesting insights. Interestingly, unlike the RDAs, (RDAs) and Suggested Optimum Nutritional Allowances (SONAs) recom-Dr Cheraskin’s SONAs aren’t indicative of suggested total intake mended for supplemental intake [reference 1].amounts, but actually those amounts that most adults benefitfrom taking in the form of vitamin and mineral supplements, in Suggestedaddition to the amounts found in food. This, of course, puts into Optimum Nutritionalperspective just how low the amounts in the RDAs are, and it’s EU labelling RDA Allowanceno wonder they have been the subject of criticism by so many (2009) (SONA)nutritional clinicians over the years. VITAMINS In a review paper  of methods being used by the Europeanauthorities to limit maximum doses of supplements that I published Vitamin A (Retinol, 3,750 to 7,500with a colleague, Dr Steve Hickey, in 2010, this nutritional gap including from carotenoids) 800 µg RE µg REwas again emphasised. We found that in a typical healthy day’s Vitamin C 80 mg 750 to 1,500 mgeating, the RDA would be considerably exceeded. For example, 12.5 – 25 µgwe found intakes for vitamin A to be nearly 10-fold the RDA, for Vitamin D 5 µg (200 IU) (500 to 1,000 IU)folate the amount was nearly 8-fold and niacin almost 4-fold. Forthe minerals zinc and selenium, the amounts found in a typical 200 to 400 mg Vitamin E 12 mg (natural)healthy day’s eating were 2.5 and 3.6 times greater than theRDA amounts, respectively (see Table 2). We also compared the Vitamin B1 (thiamin) 1.1 mg 12.5 to 25 mgamounts in a single junk food meal, and found by and large these Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) 1.4 mg 12.5 to 25 mgamounts to be much closer to the RDA. Does this mean that the Vitamin B3 (niacin) 16 mg NE 50 to 100 mgvitamins and minerals in a single junk food meal are closer towhat is needed? The answer from empirical data and years of Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) 6 mg 100 to 200 mgclinical experience is: Absolutely not! It is becoming increasing Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) 1.4 mg 12.5 to 25 mgapparent that the healthiest people (those with the lowest rates of Vitamin B12 2.5 µg 125 to 250 mcgchronic disease) are those who not only have the healthiest dietsand lifestyles, but those who also take supplements. We were Folate (folic acid*, 400 to 800 µg tetrahydrofolate) 200 µg*reminded of this fact in the results of a recently published study,the Iowa Women’s Health Study . Summarising, to approximate Vitamin K 75 µg not setthe total intakes that lead to optimum health, one might consider Biotin 50 µg 75 to 150 mcgthe levels proposed by Dr Cheraskin, in addition to those found in Bioflavonoid complex not set 400 to 800 mgour own analysis (Table 2). Rutin not set 50 to 100 mgSo much more than just vitamins and minerals Hesperidin complex - 50 to 100 mgThe nutritional sciences are among the fastest growing areas ofhealthcare research. It’s only a pity so little of it gets implementedin every day healthcare management through general practitioners, COFACTORSor in hospitals. As agreed by the World Health Organization Choline not set 100 to 200 mg(WHO), the ‘Big 5’ killer – chronic diseases, cancer, heart disease, PABA not set 50 to 100 mgdiabetes obesity and osteoporosis – are caused largely byinappropriate diets and inadequate physical activity . Inositol not set 100 to 200 mg These diseases have one common thread. That thread isinflammation. The problem is that poor diets, and insufficient MINERALSphysical activity, contribute to ongoing, low-grade inflammationthat, as we get older, predisposes us to disease. These Calcium 800 mg 350 to 700 mgdegenerative, but largely preventable, diseases can be manifested Magnesium 375 mg 175 to 350 mgin different ways, in different systems and in different organs, but Copper 1000 µg 0.1 to 0.2 mgultimately their root cause is similar. There is often a trigger or amediator that leads to the clinical manifestation of symptoms of Iodine 150 µg 125 to 250 mgthese diseases, and our healthcare system spends the greater part Iron 14 mg 15 to 30 mgof its budget each year managing them. Far too little is done to Manganese 2 mg 5 to 10 mgprevent the diseases occurring in the first place – and it is onlywith attention to diet, physical activity and reduction of stress — Phosphorous 700 mg 100 to 200 mgincluding chemical stress from the environment, as well as the Potassium 2000 mg 90 to 180 mgmore recognised psychosocial forms — that we can yield results. Selenium 55 µg 50 to 100 mcg To do this, we don’t need to wait for someone in a white coatto tell us what we do – the biggest changes happen simply by Zinc 10 mg 25 to 50 mgchanging how we live our lives, how we eat, how we rest and Boron not set not setrelax, and in what forms of physical, mental or even spiritual Chromium 40 µg 50 to 100 mcgpractices we engage. When it comes to diet, it is the plant Molybdenum not set 50 to 100 mcgkingdom that has, over the course of our evolution, provided 13
us with the bulk of what we need. Table 2. Selected nutrient content comparisons between a single ‘average’ meal and one day’s Unsurprisingly, governments listen to the ‘healthy’ diet based on Food Standards Agency healthy eating guidelines. Nutrient contents de- medics and dieticians when developing rived from USDA National Nutrient Database (Source: Verkerk and Hickey, 2010 [reference 2]). nutritional recommendations. This situation Vit Vit Vit Food Vit A Folate Vit E Zn Mg Se Fe results in inadequate and even incorrect B1 B2 B3 guidance like the UK National Health mg mg µg RE mg mg µg mg mg µg mg Service (NHS) ‘eatwell plate’ and the US NE α-TE Department of Agriculture (USDA) food Single average meal plate (Table 1). These guidelines reflect the footprint of Big Food, they over-emphasise 300g pork sausage 36 0.88 0.59 18.77 9 1.65 6.24 51 0 4.08 the importance of grains and (processed) 250g oven chips 0 0.32 0.08 5.55 70 0.28 0.95 65 1 1.85 dairy, while recommending all foods in moderation – even the harmful ones. Such 200g peas 210 0.56 0.2 2.96 118 0.06 1.34 44 2 3.04 diets do little to stem the tide towards 150g baked beans 8 0.23 0.09 0.65 36 0.23 2.1 48 7 0.44 inflammatory conditions that lie behind the ‘Big 5’ killer diseases. 25ml ketchup 12 0 0.03 0.36 3 0.37 0.07 5 0 0.13 Total 266 1.99 0.99 28.29 236 2.59 10.7 213 10 9.54 Why it’s in your hands Not only are governments giving us less than ideal advice, they are trying to restrict One day healthy diet information about healthy foods, the amounts of vitamins and minerals, and Starchy foods the type and range of botanicals we can take as food supplements. In the case of 100g muesli 164 0.91 1.03 12.15 243 7.2 3.65 78 17.3 8.75 the first two of these areas, the legislation Wholemeal bread 0 0.15 0.07 2.1 39 0.19 0.88 41 17.1 1.30 has yet to be fully implemented, but it’s (2 slc) already in the EU and UK statute books. 100g brown rice 0 0.10 0.03 1.53 4 0.03 0.63 43 9.8 0.42 D-day for implementation is 2012, but the 2 red potatoes precise dates have yet to be agreed by the 6 0.43 0.30 9.54 161 0.24 2.39 167 4.8 4.19 (baked) authorities. At the Alliance for Natural Health, we Fruit & vegetables are at the forefront of trying to influence 2 apples 11 0.06 0.1 0.33 11 0.66 0.15 18 0.0 0.44 the passage of these laws. You’ll find a lot of information about our various 3 oranges 61 0.48 0.22 1.56 166 0.99 0.39 55 2.8 0.55 campaigns on our website www.anh- 50g parsley 253 0.05 0.06 0.79 91 0.45 0.64 30 0.1 3.72 europe.org, as well as how you can get involved. Ultimately, we need to ensure 1 nectarine 24 0.45 0.04 1.60 7 1.09 0.24 13 0.0 0.40 that the individual has the right to self- 1 lime 1 0.02 0.13 0.13 5 0.15 0.07 4 0.3 0.40 care, using natural means. From a dietary perspective, this might involve a diverse, Table 2. Selected nutrient content comparisons between a single ‘average’ meal and one day’s ‘healthy’ diet based on Food Standards Agency healthy eating guidelines. Nutrient natural, uncontaminated diet, free from contents derived from USDA National Nutrient Database (Source: Verkerk and Hickey, 2010 contamination by genetically modified [reference 2]). organisms (GMOs) or synthetic chemicals — something that’s becoming increasingly 100g red grapes 3 0.07 0.07 0.19 2 0.19 0.07 7 0.1 0.36 hard to guarantee. Alternatively, it may be 100g blackberries 11 0.02 0.02 0.65 25 1.17 0.53 20 0.4 0.62 the best diet manageable, with support from some high-quality food supplements. This is where ‘people power’ comes in. Our joint objective – nothing less – must References Mursu J, Robien K, Harnack LJ, Park K, be to curb the might of the European Cheraskin, E. Diet and Supplementation: Jacobs DR Jr. Dietary Supplements and Union (EU), the world’s largest trading Keys to Optimal Health. International Mortality Rate in Older Women: The Iowa bloc, when it comes to our food choices. Academy of Science. Womens Health Study. Arch Intern Med. This is no meagre task when one considers Verkerk RH, Hickey S. A critique of 2011; 171(18): 1625-33. the EU is influenced by some of the prevailing approaches to nutrient risk World Health Organization. Global strategy largest corporations in the world. But, analysis pertaining to food supplements on diet, physical activity and health. 2004. I’m sure you’ll agree, we owe it to future with specific reference to the EU. WHO, Geneva. generations. Toxicology. 2010; 278(1): 17-26.14
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Wake up to 2012 Caroline Shola Arewa looks forward to the changes that the new year can herald T he long-awaited 2012 is upon us and I am not According to the Dendera zodiac of the ancient Egyptians, 2012 talking about the Olympics. I am talking about the marks the end of the procession of the equinox, which occurred many ancient prophecies that cite 2012 as a major between 2004 and 2012. This zodiac shows the Piscean Age turning point for humankind. There are numerous ending as we approach the Aquarian Age – the age of Hapi, God interpretations ranging from the apocalyptic to the of the Nile River. Hapi represents unity, connecting upper and truly transformative. Should we survive the threat of the world lower Egypt. Hapi also symbolises the union of our higher and ending and other prophecies, we can expect 2012 to be an lower selves. extraordinary year, a powerful and auspicious time of awakening In the yogic tradition, this present time is known as Kali Yuga, a and transformation. time of destruction and turbulence, characterised by moral descent Endings signal new beginnings and all new beginnings follow and spiritual weakness. Interestingly this age started around the an end. The word apocalypse comes from the Greek apokálypsis, same time as the 13th B’ak’tun. They may have started together, meaning a revelation, to reveal something previously disclosed. but they end far apart. It seems Kali Yuga is set to continue for Transformation means moving from one form to another. How some time yet. we interpret the year ahead makes little difference. We may see The galactic alignment theory is where science and mysticism destruction or creation; they are two sides of the same coin. They meet. Galactic alignment is a significant astrological event taking share the same energy, like the end of pregnancy and the birth of place every 26,000 years. It takes about seven years to complete. new life. What really matters is the potential and the opportunity The earth passes through the black hole at the centre of the milky to embrace something different. way. This brings the earth, the sun and the centre of our milky way, itself an active galaxy, into alignment. Such an event has a The prophecies powerful gravitational pull on our planet, disturbing its stability. The best-known prophecy comes from the Mayan calendar. It is Hence all the weather changes, earthquakes and devastation thought the calendar and consequently the world come to an end we have seen. Back in 1955 Einstein predicted that a pole shift on 21st December 2012, with the completion of the great period could occur around the end of 2012 where the North and South of 13 B’ak’tuns. The Ancients believed that all creation and people Poles would rapidly move, causing a catastrophic effect around of the world would be annihilated on the last day of the 13th the entire globe, this scientific understanding coincides with the B’ak’tun. This period was predicted by the Mayans as a time of Mayan prophecies. However we choose to view things, 2012 is a major conflict and change. momentous time for planetary and personal shifts.16
Even Hollywood has created movies that propagate the fears,excitement and buzz surrounding 2012. So what does it allmean? Is there a reason the United Nations General Assemblytermed 2012 the year of cooperatives? Are New Age thinkers on “We are taking part inthe right track, believing this to be a time of major accelerationand movement that will propel us from the war torn energies a spiritual revolution,of destruction and fear into the expansive loving energy ofcompassion and heart-centred living? From my work in spiritual a transformation ofand personal development and extensive research into the humanenergy system and human behaviour, I see this time as the dawn consciousness”of a new consciousness. 2012 provides an opportunity to createunity consciousness. intelligence can also support us in changing the world in whichTransformation of consciousness we live, as we welcome in an age of unity consciousness. We areWe are standing at the crossroads of major transformation. Our expanding our awareness of who we are and developing new waysplanet is crying out in pain as the mighty winds of change blow of being. We are standing at the edge and unity consciousness isup a powerful storm. Our world is in the midst of chaos and emerging as a viable way forward. The planet and her people are onconfusion. As we seek solutions, we come face to face with the this edge, as if taking part in an initiation, a time of challenge andpart we each play in this global chaos. We become aware of fear for survival. We can remain stuck in war and power issues orour alienation from nature, our divorce from religion and our choose love and a transformation of consciousness. Will we makedependence on technology. We see relationships failing, creativity it? Will we survive? I believe so, but only if we make wise choices.sidelined and money ruling. We feel the stresses, suffer thediseases and watch the disintegration of qualities we hold dear like What can you do?peace and harmony. We all have a responsibility to wake up and be the very best we Yet out of darkness comes light and out of chaos comes order. can be. This time of transformation and awakening is the perfectWe want our lives to improve and we want the world to be a opportunity to let go of the old and herald in a powerful newbetter place. As we seek to transform ourselves, we change the energy. Answering the questions below only takes a few minutesworld. As Ghandi proclaimed “be the change you want to see”. and the clarity gained will motivate and uplift your energy for the Over the last 20 years I have seen a steady increase of coming year.progressive souls opting for more meaningful lifestyles. Lifestylesthat take the planet, its wildlife and its people, far and wide, • What have you achieved in 2011?into account; conscious living, raw food diets, buying fair trade, • Identify what you appreciate in your life right now?supporting causes concerned with the elimination of povertyand making small moves towards global change. More and more An attitude of gratitude revitalises energy.people are choosing lifestyles that favour personal health and • What do you need to release?not just company wealth. Talk of work/life balance, emotional • Is there anything in your life that no longer serves you?intelligence, family values and personal leadership are allcommonplace. This shift demonstrates a greater awareness of self This is the time to let it go.and highlights the fact that we do have choices and we can be • What is your vision and life purpose for 2012?responsible for our actions and the impact they have on both our • What is emerging in your life?immediate environment and the world at large. • What is your heart’s desire for the year ahead? This shift leads me to believe we are taking part in a spiritual Clarity makes your dreams reality. Start 2012 clear, creative andrevolution, a transformation of consciousness; an awakening energised.envisaged by the ancients and depicted on the earliest calendarsof the Egyptians and the Mayans. As the procession of the equinox I trust this present time of awakening will bring a major shift inpulls us into the Age of Aquarius, we are experiencing great the collective soul consciousness of humankind. Through unityplanetary change and political instability. Both threaten global consciousness, we have the potential to wake up, create lives ofdestruction and extinction of the human race, as predicted. love and harmony and live in a global village we can all be proud The threat of the unknown is a wake-up call inviting us to to call home.transform ourselves and in so doing enhance our world. Manypeople are now answering this calling. As the human potential Caroline Shola Arewamovement, once the domain of the enlightened few expands and is the founder and director of the Energymatures, we are seeing people willing to take responsibility for 4 Life programme and the author oftheir lives and the environment we live in. Many of us are willing to four books. She is a spiritual coach, yogamake changes, willing to be the change a spiritual revolution calls master and humanistic psychologist withfor. We are part of a revolution, a movement of rapid change and over 20 years experience helping peoplerotation that is taking us back to review the ways of old. We have make important life changes. For furtherthe opportunity, more now than ever, to tap into a vast reservoir information, visit www.energy-4life.com orof spiritual intelligence. This powerful source can help us redesign call +44 (0)845 130 1918.our lives creating more health, happiness and success. Spiritual 17
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New year, new you2012 is almost upon us, and a new year often encourages us to rethink ourapproach to life. Janey Lee Grace spurs us onT he start of a new year is a great I expect it to do for me? God knows I invigorating and brings an incredible time to step back, re-evaluate abuse it on occasions with excess food and awareness of your body, which you can and rejuvenate your intentions. drink, a lack of appropriate exercise and carry through into your everyday life. I’m unsure about the concept of appreciation, and how often do I really listen Nia was devised by Debbie and Carlosresolutions as I think that in the very act of to its demands and its needs ? Instead of Rosas from the US. Initially, they createdresolving we can set ourselves up to fail. In spending huge amounts of money signing Nia as barefoot ‘Non Impact Aerobics’,the last couple of years my best intention up for gym membership that you won’t use but it grew to become so much more.has been to aim lower, but to enjoy the or expensive weight loss programmes that Debbie believes that most of us are moremoment. leave you feeling disappointed, I suggest intrinsically involved with our car than we Many of you will know that on his Juice you take a kinder approach to movement are with our bodies, taking our cars fordetox retreats, Jason Vale (see his column and exercise: do whatever feels good for check-ups, MOTs and lovingly cleaning andon page 35) tells a wonderful story of a your body. polishing them, while neglecting our bodieshomeless guy who inspired him. He was until problems force our attention.watching a TV documentary where the film Recently, I tried sitting very still andcrew were following a homeless guy. The letting my busy thoughts drift away, askingcrew were amazed to see him taking care my body what it needs, knowing I mustof himself, eating fresh fruit and veg from "Whether be prepared to act on the answer. I heardthe market, and asking restaurant staff for the word ‘rest’ loud and clear! A completeleftover fish at the end of the evening. The we live in a anathema to me – I’m the queen of rushinginterviewer was incredulous, asking why around and multitasking, but the messageit was so important to him and why he mansion or a was clear. I organised childcare and took offhadn’t given into the temptation of drugs for a night away alone to recuperate. Giveand alcohol like others living on the street. hovel, without yourself a New Year treat, ask your bodyThe guy looked directly at the camera and what it needs and make sure you deliver.said: “If I don’t look after my body, I’ll have excellent healthnowhere to live.” It’s true, isn’t it? Whether we live in a all is not well."mansion or a hovel, without excellent healthin our ultimate ‘home’ – our bodies, all isnot well. But even for those of us who dolook after our bodies, how much do we Janey Leereally connect with them ? To that end I’m fortunate that I’ve recently Grace In a recent Daily Mail article (October discovered Nia, a holistic form of dance, is a Radio 2 host and2011) five women journalists were asked and become a white belt Nia teacher. If you the author of severalto write a letter to their bodies. It made haven’t heard of this incredible movement books on holisticinteresting reading. Several were angry, they form, listen up. It’s a blend of nine different living – including the best-sellingfelt their bodies had let them down, gaining movement forms incorporating dance, Imperfectly Natural Woman. Her latestexcess weight despite their better efforts, martial and healing arts, all done to funky book is Look Great Naturally – Withoutbecoming ill, not allowing them to attract and inspirational music and it’s suitable for Ditching The Lipstick. Visit www.the mates they desired. Only one claimed any fitness level and ability. Described as janeysnaturalstore.com to browsethat she was ‘thankful’ and loved her body. holistic dance, it uses ‘The Body’s Way’ as Janey’s recommended products. See the It really got me thinking. How much elements of free dance are included and events listing on page 9 for details ofdo I appreciate my body and everything you work to your own ability. It’s amazingly Janey’s Energise and Revitalise day. 19
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HerbalmedicineTried-and-tested herbal remedies have been usedfor centuries and they are still as relevant as ever,explains the College of Naturopathic Medicine’sSarah StanburyW e’ve relied on herbal Useful herbal remedies remedies, made with leaves, Many of these are possibly already flowers or plant roots, for part of your daily life, as their usage has centuries. Originating in pre- slipped into modern folklore. For example,Ancient Egyptian times, herbal remedies many people already use peppermint tosteeped in mythological and spiritual beliefs treat an upset stomach or chamomile for its “Herbs work inwere once used in everyday life. Today, calming effect.these same remedies, which have evolved synergy and have aover time, include some of the learned Peppermintwisdom of the past, as well as the benefits A digestive aid, which treats heartburn, particular affinityof modern discoveries. It’s hardly surprising then that every indigestion and nausea. Eucalyptus with variousculture in the world has herbal traditionssomewhere in its make-up. Some of the Clears the nasal passages and makes breathing easier. body systems…world population even use herbal medicineas primary healthcare. But, how does Echinacea Boosts the immune system and has been they strengthenherbal medicine work and why is it sopopular? used traditionally to promote healing and reduce inflammation. the body and its “Herbs work in synergy and havea particular affinity with various body Fennel Used for its anti-spasmodic, analgesic and ability to fight offsystems. When prescribed in the rightquantity and format, they strengthen the diuretic properties. Comfrey disease”body and its ability to fight off disease and A favourite first aid remedy to heal tissue,maintain health,” says Ed Berger, practising bones and cartilage.herbalist and course director of herbalmedicine at the College of Naturopathic Hawthorn Known as the herb for hearts, hawthorn College ofMedicine. “Herbs can treat any condition has a vasodilatory effect. Naturopathic Medicine holds regular open weekends andbut are especially good for any condition Chamomile seminars at its colleges throughoutof the digestive system including things Best known for its calming nervine effects, the UK. They’re free and are perfectlike ulcers, bloating or irritable bowel chamomile is often used to treat anxiety for anyone who simply wants to findsyndrome, improving the function of and insomnia . out more about natural health, anyonethe nervous system including improving considering a career in a naturalmemory and concentration, treating the Please don’t attempt to treat yourself. Look therapy, or thinking of taking a CNMurinary system including conditions such as for a qualified herbalist; you can find a list on short course.cystitis, coping with stress, and any female the College’s website. A herbalist will offer a For more information about CNMorientated symptoms, related, for example, consultation to include a full case history and visit www.naturopathy-uk.com or callto fertility, menstrual or menopausal then treat the whole person, addressing the 01342 410505.issues.” underlying cause of symptoms. 21
Back to basicsElaine Bruce, director of the UK Centre for Living Foods, reminds uswhy raw food is good foodG ot a bit confused and carried away with gourmet got well when he reduced that by dietary changes. Notice just food dinner party dishes of wondrous beauty, but even combining, not a juicer or a Vitamix or a dehydrator in sight. more wondrous complexity? Spending a fortune on So that’s the basic concept I’d like you to start your day with. the nectar or raw bars or superfragilistic berries of Juice, because it alkalises. Salad, because it alkalises. Freshlythe moment? sprouted seeds, because they alkalise. Mix any of these into Well, then let’s go back to why you bother with eating a lot of smoothies, because they alkalise.live raw foods, and put up with not being able to grab a bite in You can make great dishes with simple recipes, which youevery high street, needing to organise your organic supplies in can make quickly and easily. If you want dressings, use blendedadvance, and spending time every day scrubbing veggies, juicing veggies, not oils, and if you want crunchy things make your ownand blending smoothies. I hope the reason is because you want seed and nut crackers in the dehydrator instead of buying ‘energy’to keep all that youthful energy and creativity as long as possible, bars (or follow Brendan Brazier’s recipes on page 65). If it’s inor to support yourself as you combat or recover from a health a packet on a shelf, it’s processed, and for emergency only! Ifproblem. So if this is you, let’s look at the priorities. you are eating cooked foods, fine, choose the least acid forming There are two immediate benefits from eating high raw. ones, eat a salad first, and please don’t fry anything. It’s theOne is what you get from the raw plant foods, in salads, juices unfriendliest thing you can do to your liver.or smoothies, and the equal and opposite is what you get from It doesn’t matter if you are eating quite a lot of cooked food.consequently not eating so much cooked, or processed foods, What we are all aiming at is the best food we can choose to suitor animal proteins. Not eating your usual amount of meat or each one of us at the present moment. The healthy way to eat is todairy immediately gives your digestive system a chance to catch avoid extremes, avoid complicated food, and choose food that isup and clean up the backlog of rubbish, (liver and colon in the least acid forming possible. If you are doing all that, there’sparticular). And as you know, this alone makes you feel lighter no harm at all in enjoying a few magic berries or sweet goodiesand more energetic. or whatever catches your interest this month. Just watch the Switching to more raw pure ‘un-messed about with’ plant combinations and choose as many alkali forming ingredients asfoods, not only gives you bio-available nutrients, full of minerals you can.and vitamins and enzymes, but also alkalises the blood. If you would like a list of acid/alkali forming foods, send an This alkalising is the key to completely rebalancing your whole email via the contact form at www.livingfoods.co.uk.body. And the significance of that? The early naturopaths askedtheir patients to clear out the rubbish, everything from colondeposits to parasites, because acidity, in their terms, only exists Elaine Brucewhere there is toxicity in the body. is the founder and director of The UK Centre for Living Foods. An experienced naturopath, And to take that a step further, they went on to say that long- she has lived and taught the living foodsterm toxicity is the breeding ground of disease. Conversely, a PH programme for over 25 years. She offersbalanced bloodstream, a clean colon and un-furred blood vessels courses, consultations and practitionerare not likely to harbour disease processes. training, and is author of the book Living Foods for Radiant Health. For more information see Remember the Hay Diet (food combining)? Dr Hay noticed www.LivingFoods.co.uk.that his sickest patients had more acid blood, and improved and 23
Over 50 and raw Helen Kirby Roach gives an honest appraisal of what it’s like to be over 50 and accepting the changes to her body, her outlook and in her life24