Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Spread the Joy and Not the Germs

I have a dear friend who whenever she gets a cold always says, "I like to spread the joy and not the germs."  She then sequesters herself away in the quiet of her home, giving herself the time and space it takes to heal.  This is not only very considerate and appreciated, it is also very wise because we clean our entire endocrine system while we are healing from a cold. 

Most of the time I am successful at preventing colds and flus.  But if I start to have that little tickle or even just find myself entertaining the thought that I might sense a cold coming on, then I jump on it and take a few doses of either my homemade Super Tonic and or a mega dose of about 5-10,000 IU of Vitamin D or a small handful of about 4 to 6 capsules of Beta-1,3/1,6-D-Glucan, which is a mushroom based super immune booster and incidentally a highly regarded cancer fighter as well.  Most often that will do the trick.  But, if for some reason, all of that doesn't knock it, and I really can't afford to be sick, then I do Dr. Schulze's super cold stopping routine.  I'll also chew some garlic and take some very hot baths to cook and kill the pathogens.  Then I tuck myself into bed so I can sweat it out overnight and I'm usually well by morning.

Sometimes, however, I simply surrender, get out and wave my white hankies, clear the engagements from my calendar and settle in for a little time away from time.  Then, I spend my days lying down, eating very little and drinking lots of low glycemic veggie juices and clear broths.  I tuck in with some of my favorite old movies and books and simply try my best to enjoy the ride.

After I've had a cold, I like to wait until all of my coughing is completely gone before going out in public again.  Even though my own body may have rounded the corner a week or so before that, with my immunity having overcome the invasion of the virus or bacteria, it is important to remember that those little buggers are now going to be intent on doing what they do best, which is looking for another host to infect.  And how is that best done?  By becoming airborne.  

Every sneeze and cough, if properly backlit, reveals itself to be a cloud of minute particles of mucus each containing a little glob of the very pathogens that are looking for entry into another set of lungs or eyes or nostrils etc.  So, if you can still hear it in your voice, or are having just a little lingering cough, try to resist the temptation to get back into the swing of things and rest instead so that you too will only 'spread the joy and not the germs.'

© Josephine Laing, 2016

Monday, January 18, 2016

Bieler Broth for Reducing Inflammation

Inflammation is at the root cause of most of our health issues.  It can result in Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia which can be very debilitating.   Please enjoy this short video which will teach you how to make this lovely broth which can help to reduce inflamation in the body.

© Josephine Laing, 2016

Monday, January 11, 2016

Finding Clarity

I had the good fortune to visit a dear old friend this past week.  A familiar pathway through the woods, a venerable old oak, a clump of crocuses pushing their colorful heads up through the cold ground, for those of us who are nature lovers, these can feel in our heart of hearts, like some of our most cherished friends.

During last week's winter storm pattern, nearly a foot of snow fell in Yosemite valley.  It was stunningly beautiful.  The sheer granite walls scraping the sky were bedecked with brilliant white caps and their every dark craggy overhang was contrasted sharply with a line of white snow.

With all of this grand glory surrounding, I went to the southernmost end of the valley to visit my humble and quiet old friend, Fern Spring.  She lay there tucked in her tiny swale surrounded by a deep blanket of snow.  Black and reflective, still and yet quietly flowing, she greeted me with a knowing smile. 

Snow and ice were everywhere.  The roads were frozen over with plowed and compacted snow.  The walking paths were lumpy and slippery affairs.  Sheets of thick ice formed and broke up and reformed in the shallows along the banks of the nearby dark Merced River.  But little fern spring sheltered by the boughs of overhanging branches remained clear and flowing, dark and full of depth in her shallow little rock lined spring box.

I carefully stepped over the large clods of rough and tumbled snow that lined the road and into the deep white footsteps of others who had come to visit her in her winter bower.  I whispered a little prayer of greeting and took a few steps closer.  There, by the edge of her tiny waterfall and minute creek I was startled by the duality of the reflected cloud filled sky overhead and the dark chrystal clear shallow depth of her little pond.  Layers of oak leaves still and quiet, lying right where they had slowly fallen, lined her bottom, their five darkening fingers reaching out in different directions.  The uppermost of these still held some of their red brown fall colors, the deeper ones had become a black brown with the thin layers of soft sediment that they were merging with from underneath.

As I gazed at this understated spectacle of contrast and clarity before me, I asked a question that has long served me well, "Do you have a message for me?"  I immediately heard in my mind, "You always get your greatest clarity by going within."  So true.  Once we learn to quiet the "shoulds" and push away the conflicting voices of the good and bad opinions of others, our own true sense of what we want or need to think or do in every moment shines brilliantly through. 

So, here, while standing on the doorstep of our brand new year, may we all find our way to the deeper understanding that comes to us when we seek a little time apart and quietly go within. 

© Josephine Laing, 2016

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Super Tonic Cold Cure

When it's cold and flu season, learn how to use your own kitchen to shorten the duration, or better yet, stop these pesky illnesses before they even have a chance to get started.  Stay well and be happy with the help of this short video and simple recipe that I learned from Dr. Richard Schulze.

© Josephine Laing, 2016