Healing With Sound Vibrations

April 19th, 2006

Everything in this universe is made of energy; it is the essence of life itself. Science is only just beginning to speculate as to the immense ramifications of this understanding, through mystics have recognized and spoken of this energy force down through the ages. You might even remember hearing it referred to at various times, as for instance in the movie Star Wars when Luke was told, “Let the Force be with You”.

As of recent times this force has been termed the Universal Energy Field. We, as human beings are part of this energetic system; having what is know as the Human Energy Field which utilizes various means of receiving, moving, transferring, communicating, and integrating these energetic vibrational frequencies throughout our body.

Our Human Energy Field is comprised of three systems:

1, the major and minor chakras of the body, 2, The subtle energy fields or energy bodies that surround the physical body, and 3, the energy meridians within the physical frequencies to the tissues, organs and other systems throughout the body. Our health and vibrancy is determined by our own individual access to, and assimilation of this Universal Energy Field, the ease of movment with which this energy travels, and overall balance these three systems.

Fortunately, we human beings contain unimaginable intelligence that will strive to the best of it’s ability to keep ourselves healthy as long as we maintain balance within our bodies, and life in general, and this is where my work as an energetic healer comes into play. Everything we come into contact with within our environment affects this system, whether this is from internal toxins such as drugs or particular foods, external forces such as Stress, various chemical toxins, or the emotional environments we surround ourselves with, even physical accidents and maladies we have incurred throughout lives are all held within our Human Energy Field.

Every attitude, belief, thought, and emotion we carry within ourselves also affects this field. Unknowingly, we can have blocks and interruptions of various kinds all of which hinder this flow of energy resulting in a much less healthy or vibrant physical state of being. My job as a sound healer, is to work in partnership with my client to unblock these energetic systems, healing, clearing, balancing and transforming all areas of their Human Energy Field, allowing for their own internal intelligence to guide them back to perfect health. This can be accomplished through various means, i.e., techniques or energetic applications such as Crystaline Reiki, Spiritual Healing or other hands on healing modalities, by which I use my own energy field to channel Universal Life Force Energy through myself and my hands providing the necessary energy to my clients.

I can also use other Progressive Healing means, again adding extra energy to your system, with such application as color, stones, Crystals, aromatherapy, shamanic healing, vibrational Yoga therapy, Essential Oils. All of these things have their own vibrational signature and our Human Energy Field responds to this energetic input.

As far as what you can expect with a treatment, that is almost impossible to say; I have found that every session is unique and special to the individual. I do believe that Great Spirit is guiding each session and knows what the clients needs at the time of the session for their particular situation. It also depends greatly on the receptivity of the client and their willingness to work with me in releasing the blocks or clearing whatever is standing in the way of the healthy state they desire.

I will say that every person I have treated has had a positive experience experience, anywhere from feeling less Stressed and more open, to very profound life changing experiences. Even as I work with individuals repeatedly over time, they will experience each session unique unto itself. This is something that I find absolutely amazing, and to me magical in that I have witness my spirit guides at work and see the results that have taken place.

About the author

Charles Lightwalker is a Metis shaman, author, medical intuitive, and healer. For more information visit the web site: www.thefamilyoflight.com.

Knowledge is Power - Know Your Hypnotherapist

April 19th, 2006

Because Hypnosis has the power to alter important aspects of your life, it is vital for you to protect yourself from “quacks” that, unfortunately, are so abundant in the field of Hypnosis.

But how? Educate yourself in the myths and examine the qualifications a professional Hypnotherapist should have. Below are a few important things to consider when selecting a hypnotist.

Beware of hypnotists who:

Only have a CHT (Certified Hypnotherapist) after their name.

A Certified Hypnotherapist is really a misnomer. Most states do not even have licensing in Hypnotherapy - this is why the importance of the therapist being licensed in another regulated therapy is paramount. A “CHT” may be certified and claim to have received 200 or more hours of training from an institution (roughly 5 weeks of full-time work), but licensed health-care professionals typically have seven to nine years of university coursework, plus additional supervised training in internship and residency programs. Their Hypnosis training is in addition to their medical, psychological, dental or social-work training.

Have a Ph.D. from institutions that you never heard of.

There are many “institutions” that provide students with Ph.D.s, M.A.s, etc. that may be registered as a school in their state, but that are not accredited by any governing body in regards to what standards their graduates must meet to be licensed mental-health professionals. While this might be acceptable for many trades, medical and mental-health professions need strict regulation to ensure the quality of care you are receiving!

Use subliminal messages.

According to The Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, two double-blind studies have tested subliminal message self-help audiotapes claiming to improve memory, increase Self-Esteem, or induce weight loss. Actual content and labeled content were independently varied. Some subjects believed they were using memory tapes but were actually using Weight-Loss or Self-Esteem tapes, and so on. After a month of use (per manufacturers’ recommendations) by volunteer subjects, there were no effects of subliminal content in the claimed direction on any of the three dimensions.

In the face of all evidence to the contrary; there are many Hypnosis programs on the market that claim to use subliminal messages to bolster the effectiveness of the content. Although it is true that we can perceive things below our conscious awareness, there is no evidence of anyone hearing a message which is buried beneath layers of other sounds to the point where the message does not distinctly stand out. Of course, if the message distinctly stood out, it would not be subliminal. This is definitely a scam.

Offer audio products that seem impossible.

You might have seen products promising to do things which seem almost impossible. We have seen products claiming to:

• Grow Your penis • Make you taller (no kidding!) • Give you luck • Make you financially successful • Increase your psychic ability

Some of these products have some theoretical basis. For example penis growth might be theoretically possible, but there has been no research supporting such a claim. Furthermore, it is doubtful that the actual hypnotist’s program has ever been researched in any analytical manner. Other products, such as promises of getting lucky, rely on New Age beliefs in order to convince you that Hypnosis can open you up to Universal energies.

Hypnosis is not a belief or a theory - it is a pacticed science used by mental health professionals to help people improve their lives.

Beware of the following organizations who certify hypnotherapists:

National Guild of Hypnotists. This organization offers Hypnotherapy certifications in as little as 2 semesters of Hypnotherapy training and 15 hours of continued Education a year.

The American Board of Hypnotherapy This organization offers standard Hypnotherapy Certifications, as well as “Ph.D.” degrees. However, these doctorate level degrees are Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) for Clinical Hypnotherapy or Esoteric Studies, not Doctor of Psychology degrees.

The International Medical & Dental Hypnotherapy Association. This organization offers Hypnotherapy certifications in as little as 3 months of Hypnotherapy training.

Self-Heal Ointment

April 19th, 2006

If you already have made the infused oil you may use that as the base for the ointment. If not, then start from the beginning.

  • 1 oz. (30gm) dried or wilted herb self-heal flowers and herb (most of the water needs to be gone)
  • 8 oz. high quality vegetable oil. Olive Oil is usually used, but other vegetable oils may also be used. Canola and corn oil are not used, normally. Petroleum jelly may also be used and produces a product that is waterproof for a longer period of time.
  • Clean glass or plastic ointment jars with lids.
  • Cheesecloth or muslin for straining the oil
  • 8-9 Tablespoons of grated beeswax
  • Vitamin E oil

In a double boiler, heat the oil and the herb over simmering water for 2-3 hours. Do not fry the herb. OR Place the herb and oil in a clean, clear glass jar and allow to steep for 2-4 weeks. Shake daily. Placing the jar in a warm, sunny location speeds the process. When the infused oil is ready, pour it through cheesecloth to strain out the herb.

Pour the strained oil into the top of the double boiler and heat gently; add the beeswax. Stir gently until melted. Test for consistency by placing a spoonful of ointment in the refrigerator for 5 minutes until hardened. Add more beeswax, if needed. (I find 1 tablespoon of grated beeswax/ 1 oz. oil works well, but you can experiment.)

Add 10-12 drops of vitamin E oil and stir. Vitamin E oil is an antioxidant and helps preserve the finished product. Pour warm ointment into clean jars; cover loosely with wax paper or paper towel until cool. Cover tightly with jar lids and label.

Herbal ointments usually keep for up to 1 year.

Color Healing Using Candles

April 19th, 2006

Lighting colored Candles that coordinate with what you need. For example if you want to gain knowledge, light a yellow Candle. Light a pink Candle to send love. Blue to resolve a spiritual problem. Lavender is good for healing. Silver is good for protection.

Color Frequencies

RED Red is the color of energy, Vitality and power. It is used for burning out cancer, drying up weeping sores or wounds, etc.; it will warm cold areas to reduce pain. Red is a powerful healing agent for healing diseases of the blood and circulation. It will help with Depression. Red is not to be used on people with High Blood Pressure or Anxiety. If you stay under the red ray too long or are exposed to red for a considerable time it will make you very agitated or even aggressive. It is associated with the male polarity. A red carpet or wall - in a place of business - will draw money. If you are a sales person - try wearing something red!!

Orange The mental body in both its logical and conceptual form. It is used to Increase Immunity, to increase sexual potency, to help in all Digestive Ailments, chest and kidney diseases. Orange will have a gentle warming effect if used lightly. Orange, like red should not be used for too long. It is not a good color for Nervous people or people easily agitated.

PEACH The peach frequency is used for peace, truth, and balance.

YELLOW Yellow is the color of intellect and it is used for mental stimulation, it will help you think quicker. It is good for clearing a foggy head. To help cure dermatitis and other skin problems and again it must be used carefully because it is very stimulating and it could cause exhaustion and Depression.

GREEN Green is the color of healing and traveling back in time. It will balance the emotions and brings about a feeling of calmness. Green is a good general healing color because it stimulates growth therefore it is good for helping heal broken bones - re-growth of tissue of all kinds.

Green as a healing frequency you can place it around family members who are ill. Though many of you are not attuned in the palms of your hands with this frequency color - it is part of you now.

If you wish to heal someone - begin by asking the person if they wish to be healed. That may sound like a silly question but it is necessary. Help them find the emotional base for the ailment if you can, before you heal anyone.

You cannot promise to heal them but you can make them feel more comfortable and show them how healing is done. Perhaps you can awaken the healing abilities in others. Just remember not to force this with anyone who is not ready and that healing is not for everyone.

When you and the person are ready to begin, find a calm quiet place. Be sure the person is relaxed with what you are doing and assure them you will not hurt them in any way. If you have a favorite healing crystal–use that when you heal.

The person can sit or lay down. No need to remove their clothing. Work first with the emotional aspects of the problem. Give the person hope. Get them to Relax.

Ask your guides to protect you so their energies do not enter into your frequency.

Visualize the color green coming through your palms as you hold them just above –or gently on–someone with a problem.

Scan their body for ‘hot’ or ‘cold’ spots. That is where the blockages are. Tell them what you are doing and what you see and feel.

Now visualize the green healing energies coming through you as you work. Visualize them entering the person’s body at the higher levels, especially the emotional body. Watch them sift through the cells of the person who is ill and moving the Chi energies.

You can have a third person take a picture of your doing the healing to see if you get a green aura of light around you or the person.

Feel your connection to the higher frequencies as you heal. Work with the heart chakra, as it is the frequency green. You may even take it to the newer frequency of green=turquoise (green -blue).

There is no time limit for this. Usually a few minutes is all that is needed. Try to repeat the healing for 3 consecutive days–10 minutes a day.

You can heal yourself as well. You can teach others to use the color green to heal. You can send the green frequency to the planet for healing.

Try a past life regression with someone you trust placing them in the green bubble. See where you knew them in another lifetime. Green takes you back in time. Today let’s use the green frequency to connect with nature. Prepare as you would for Meditation.

Once relaxed–see yourself in nature–a beautiful green field–flowers–animal–the mineral kingdom. Wander through the field…perhaps you meet some of the Nature Spirits. Ask your spirit guide to meet you there and walk with you. He / she waits with his hand extended to you. Feel the energies of the nature kingdom. Connect your energies with them . . .become one with a plant, tree, forest of green. Once your have become connected look through the eyes of the plant. Can it communicate with other plants? If so, how? Try it? Call out to a plant in your home–garden–neighborhood. Say ‘hello’! Ask about the changing frequencies.

Do all of the trees communicate globally as is written? Become a tree and experience on that level. Ask the tree about planet changes now.

Connect to the energies of the ‘indigenous people’ and experience nature through their eyes. After all, isn’t this planet all about experience in the third dimension?

Use your green light to send love and balance to all of nature today.

BLUE Blue is the color of truth, serenity and harmony, by helping to soothe the mind. Blue is good for cooling, calming, reconstructing and protecting. Blue will help feverish conditions, it will help stop bleeding and it will help with Nervous irritations. It is very good for burns. Too much blue could leave you cold, Depressed and sorrowful.

PURPLE Purple is also a color that will connect you with your spiritual self. It is good for mental and Nervous problems. It will assist very well with Rheumatism and epilepsy. Helps with pain, is used in deep tissue work and helps heal the bones. Too much purple and you don’t tend to live in this world. .

Lavender Lavender is the color of equilibrium, it helps with spiritual healing. The Violet Flame - is supposedly charged with the light of divine freedom. It is used to burn off karma from other lifetimes on all levels.

WHITE White includes the entire colors spectrum. It represents the source of conscious creation. It will purify the body on the highest levels. It is the highest charging field to bring peace and comfort at the highest level. White can also substitute for any other color.

The Frequency of White Light. Innocence, chastity–triumphant of spirit over the flesh. These are some of the reasons a bride wears white in most societies. White denotes spiritual authority. In the Orient, in ancient Greece and Rome, it is the color for mourning. I think the deceased wear white as well. A woman wearing a white robe denotes the love-life-death meaning such as Delphic Aphrodite of Tombs, the Scandinavian Frigg (that not a swear -smile-) and Teutonic Hel/Freya–which is the Beloved–goddess of death. White combined with red and black depict the three stages of initiation. Of course everyone knows a white flag means surrender.

In Alchemy white does the `The White Lily’ represent the feminine principle as? It is the Second Stage of the great work as well as the purity of the undivided Light. In the Arendian white is sacred. To the Aztec it was the dying sun or night.

To the Buddhist tradition, white is self-mastery and redemption. It is representative of being lead from bondage—the highest spiritual transformation. In Celtic tradition the terrestrial goddess wore white.

To the Chinese white is mourning, Druid priests wore white and it was the color of baptism. If I remember correctly then white and green were used to symbolize joy in Egypt.

Greek tradition uses white for mourning, love, and life…in just about all themes white is symbolic there. In Hinduism, white is symbolic of Pure Consciousness—sattva– upward movement, the light and manifestation. Maori tradition holds white as meaning truce or surrendering. To the Mayan in represented peace and health.

Roman tradition wore it for very propitious occasions White is probably one of the most respected and well received of all the colors.

All cultures and societies seem to embrace the color white as pure, innocent and auspicious. The acceptance of white has weaved itself through all millennia from religion, philosophies, and poetry and just about every human endeavor. Each time I study the different energy patterns and associations we give to colors—white seems to be the one that humankind writes the most about…when it comes to higher ideals and anything that represents the loftier values we see it as white.

SILVER Silver is the color of peace and persistence. It is the major purging color so it is very good for removing unwanted diseases and troubles from the body. It is best for cancer of tissue and blood.

GOLD Gold represents of alchemy of consciousness. It is the strongest color to help cure all illness. It is so strong that many people are not able to tolerate it, so people have to be conditioned to gold over a period of time. Gold strengthens all fields of the body and soul.

BLACK Black is a color that is not used very often but it will help bring a patient to a state of grace. It will help them reach the silence and peace. Black opens up the deeper levels of the unconscious and is used in rituals to induce a deep meditational state, or to banish evil or negativity as in uncrossing rituals; attracts Saturn energy.

Incense and Uses

Money-Drawing Incenses: -Cedar -Chamomile -Cinnamon -Cinquefoil -Clove -Elder -Fern -Ginger -Goldenrod -Honeysuckle -Jasmine -Mint -Patchouly -Pine -Tea -Vervain

Protection Incenses: -Amaranth -Angelica -Ash -Bay -Birch -Carnation -Cedar -Cinnamon -Cinquefoil Clove -Dragon’s Blood -Elder Fern -Frankincense -Garlic -Heather -Lavender -Mint -Mugwort -Myrrh -Pine -Rose -Rowan -Sandalwood -Valerian -Vervain -Willow

Incense & The Elements

Earth Incenses: -Fern -Mugwort -Patchouly -Vervain

Air Incenses: -Broom -Clover -Dandelion -Eyebright -Hops -Lavendar -Lemongrass -Mint -Pine

Fire Incenses: -Angelica -Ash -Bay -Cedar -Cinnamon -Cinquefoil -Clove -Dragon’s Blood -Frankincense -Peppermint -Rosemary

Water Incenses: -Apple -Avacado -Catnip -Chamomile -Elder -Heather -Jasmine -Lemon -Lilac -Myrrh -Orchid -Rose -Sandalwood -Spearmint -Strawberry -Valerian -Vanilla -Violet -Willow -Wintergreen

About the author

Charles Lightwalker is a Metis shaman, author, medical intuitive, and healer. For more information visit the web site: www.thefamilyoflight.com.

Balancing The 11 Chakras With Color

April 19th, 2006

Color is used in many forms to heal and aid the sick, diseased and distressed. As a color therapist I use the following color to balance the 11 chakras of the physical and energy body of the person. I always start with the heart chakra, the center of the human form and the seat of the soul. Here are the colors I use to balance the 11 chakras:

Heart Chakra: Green (4th) Green is the color of harmony and balance. It is good for tired nerves and it helps with the heart area. It will balance the emotions and bring about a feeling of calmness. Green is a good general healing color because it stimulates growth so it is good for helping heal broken bones, regret of tissue of all kinds. Green is a good color for Pregnant women to help create an atmosphere of serenity and calm. Too much green may create more negative energy if there is some already present in the person being treated.

Solar Plexus Chakra: Yellow (3rd) Yellow is the color of intellect and it is used for mental stimulation; it will help you think quicker. It is good for clearing a foggy head. To help cure dermatitis and other skin problems and again it must be used carefully because it is very stimulating and could cause exhaustion and Depression.

Throat Chakra: Blue (5th) Blue is the color of truth, serenity and harmony by helping to soothe the mind. Blue is good for cooling, calming, reconstructing and protecting. Blue will help feverish conditions; it will help stop bleeding and will help with Nervous irritation. It is very good for burns. Too much blue could leave you cold, Depressed and sorrowful.

Sacral Chakra: Orange (2nd) Orange is also a color of energy. It is used to Increase Immunity, to increase sexual potency, and to help in all digestive aliments, chest and kidney diseases. Orange will give a gentle warming effect if used lightly. Orange, like red should not be used for too long. It is not a good color for nervy people or people easily agitated

Third Eye: Purple (6th) Purple is color that will connect you with your spiritual self. It is good for mental and Nervous problems. It will assist very well with Rheumatism and epilepsy. Helps with pain, is used in deep tissue work and helps heal the bones. Too much purple and you don’t tend to live in this world!

Root Chakra: Red (1st) Red is the color of energy, Vitality, and power. It can be used to reduce pain and to warm cold areas. Red is a powerful agent for healing diseases of the blood or circulation. It will help with Depression. Red is not to be used on people who have High Blood Pressure or Anxiety. If you stay under the red ray for too long or are exposed to red for a considerable time, it will make you very agitated or even aggressive.

Crown Chakra: Indigo (7th) Indigo is a higher aspect of blue, so it will have all the attributes of blue plus it is very good for the head. It will clear a congested head to allow a clearer path for the conscious to the spiritual self. It is used for the diseases of the ears, nose and eyes. Plus it is very good for sinuses. Indigo is a good astringent and it is a good purifier. Too much indigo could give you a headache and it could make you very Drowsy.

Omega Chakra: Infrared (8th) Infrared is a more intense form of red. It helps to keep one’s boundaries by protecting one from psychic and physical attack

Alpha Chakra: Lavender (9th) Lavender is the color of equilibrium; it helps with spiritual healing. It is used as a tranquilizer and it will aid sleep. It is a color of replenishing and rebuilding. It is like a tonic for the body. Too much will make you very tired and disoriented.

Terra Chakra: Silver (10th) Silver is the color of peace and persistence. It is the major purging color so it is very good for removing unwanted diseases and troubles from the body

Angelica Chakra: Gold (11th) Gold is the strongest color to help cure all illnesses. Gold strengthens all fields of the body and spirit.

About the author

Charles Lightwalker is a Metis shaman, author, medical intuitive, and healer. For more information visit the web site: www.thefamilyoflight.com.

Sunburn Bath

April 19th, 2006

6 d. Peppermint oil 4 d. Lavender oil

Put oils in 2 Tbsp of Epsom Salts or Baking Soda and add to bath when water is running. Soak 15-20 minutes.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

April 19th, 2006

IBS is challenging and painful condition that can last for years and cause a reduced quality of life. The good news is that relief is possible. Primarily by taking an integrated approach to treatment - focusing on the whole person, not just the symptoms of the disease- individuals can make effective lifestyle, diet, and supplement changes that can have profound effects toward alleviating IBS.

What is IBS?

The most challenging aspect of IBS is that it can’t be definitively diagnosed using a biological or chemical test. Rather, it is a collection of varying symptoms. The primary symptoms are abdominal pain and bowel dysfunction, including gas, diarrhea or Constipation, discomfort, Bloating, and Nausea. Most doctors diagnose IBS by ruling out other diseases and confirming symptoms. Diet, infection, and psychological stressors seem to underlie these symptoms for most patients with IBS.

What causes IBS?

Equally mysterious are the origins of IBS. Some research suggests that with IBS, the contractions of the colon that move food and waste through the intestines are abnormal, ranging from spasmodic to completely stopped. In the simplest sense, these abnormal contractions cause diarrhea and/or Constipation, as well as poor digestion and malnutrition. Further, they can indirectly lead to bacterial imbalance, compromised immunity, poor Metabolism, and changes in mood and hormonal activity.

Physical and mental stresses also are contributing factors, affecting contractions in the colon as well as the absorption of liquids and nutrients. People who have been exposed to psychological, physical, and/or sexual Trauma in childhood appear to be at higher risk of developing IBS. Approximately 20 percent of individuals may get IBS as the result of a parasite, infection, or other inflammation of the intestine.

For those affected, the medical solutions can be disheartening. Few prescription drugs exist, and what is available can have serious side effects. For example, alosetron hydrochloride (Lotronex), a prescription medication that has been prescribed to women with IBS, can cause severe Constipation and reduced blood flow to the colon. These effects have been associated with ischemic colitis, a critical condition of inflammation, irritation, and swelling of the large intestine.

Commonly used over-the-counter treatments have drawbacks as well. For example, one big mistake people with IBS make is taking too many antacids. Pain in the stomach and intestines doesn’t necessarily equate to too much acid. In fact, the opposite is often true.

A condition called hypochlorhydria, marked by insufficient levels of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, can cause maldigestion and symptoms of IBS. Additionally, many patients with Heartburn take antacids and other medicines, which further decrease acid production and compromise the Immune System. In a recent study, users of acid-suppressing medicines doubled their risk of pneumonia.

With acid suppression and chronic antibiotic usage, it’s possible for unhealthy bacteria to proliferate in the small intestine and result in a state known as small bowel bacteria overgrowth (SBBO) or dysbiosis. These problems of imbalanced bacteria can lead to decreased absorption of important nutrients and Vitamins. SBBO must be remedied with antibiotics or anti-microbial Herbs.

Beyond what’s found at the pharmacy, certain behaviors will usually worsen IBS, including eating large meals; taking big doses of medications; and consuming wheat, milk products, chocolate, caffeine, and alcohol. Stressors, both physical and mental, also are common aggravators.

A properly functioning Digestive System is a finely tuned physiological machine that runs the tasks of digestion and nutrient absorption, immune regulation, Metabolism, and certain hormonal balances. Untreated, IBS can have profound negative effects on the whole body.

Nearly 70 percent of the Immune System is located in the digestive tract. At birth, the intestines are sterile, but within two years, they become home to more than 100 trillion bacteria. These bacteria play a crucial role in the maintenance of the Immune System, fending off pathogens and keeping the gut in balance. IBS can throw off the bacterial balance in the intestines, compromise the Immune System, and affect overall health and wellness.

Digestion - breaking down food, absorbing nutrients, and expelling waste - is also compromised with IBS. When the intestines don’t digest properly, it’s hard to get sufficient nutrients, and a state of slow malnourishment is created. Sometimes, a leaky gut can result, causing undigested food to escape the small intestine, enter the blood stream, and cause Allergy, inflammation, and Stress in the liver.

What you can do now

Unfortunately, there’s no cure for IBS, no magic pill or prescription. But there are several things that you can do to start feeling better right away. Following are some of the best ways to help minimize flare-ups and keep your intestines as healthy as possible.

  • Chew. It sounds obvious, but proper chewing is the first step toward good digestion. Gobbling down chunks of food is hard enough on healthy stomach and intestines, but it’s even harder if you have IBS. Digestion starts in the mouth, so take your time and chew completely before swallowing. Each part of the digestive tract needs time to do its work without being overwhelmed. Also, avoid overeating. Eating too much food puts tremendous physical Stress on the Digestive System.

  • Eat right. Eat a hypoallergenic diet of whole foods and drink lots of water to keep the intestines hydrated. Eliminate-or at least reduce-refined carbohydrates and sugars. Honey and syrup appear to be better than sucrose, which is better than fructose. Excess consumption of trans fats can cause irritation and irregular contractions in the intestines. Opt for moderate servings of healthy fats found in foods such as Olive Oil, flaxseed oil, Avocado, salmon, and chopped nuts.

  • Steer clear of caffeine and coffee. Not only will caffeine shock the intestines, but as a central Nervous system stimulant, it will add Stress to your whole body.

  • Be careful with dairy. Milk, cheese, and other dairy products are notorious for aggravating the bowels and causing diarrhea or Constipation, gas, Bloating, and Nausea. This may be due to lactose-intolerance, or it may be a reaction to cow’s-milk Proteins. Some over-over-the counter medications will help the former; abstinence will help the latter. Most plain yogurts are OK.

  • Watch out for wheat and other gluten-containing starches. These too can aggravate the intestines and trigger food sensitivities and Allergies. In some cases, potential IBS suffers may in fact have celiac disease, otherwise known as gluten sensitivity. The symptoms are similar, including diarrhea and discomfort, but with celiac disease, gluten can cause serious damage to the intestinal lining. In this case, abstaining from gluten is the only option. A simple blood test can help diagnose celiac disease.

  • Don’t neutralize yourself. Avoid or eliminate antacids. If you’re eating right, you shouldn’t have an excess acid problem. IBS is not Heartburn, so taking antacids won’t bring true relief. Also eliminate proton pump inhibitors - acid suppression drugs used to treat ulcers - and Antihistamines, which reduce acid levels. These too will slow digestion and worsen IBS by creating dysbiosis.

  • Exercise. Just like the other muscles in the body, the intestines are toned and regulated by moderate, regular Exercise. Over time, doctors have observed that people who don’t Exercise tend to have more sluggish bowels, which, in turn, exacerbates IBS.

  • Take probiotics. This is a must for anyone with IBS. Regardless of the causes of your condition, the balance of good bacteria in your intestines is probably precarious at best. Supplementing with a combination of lactobacillus and bifidobacteria is one of the most effective AIDS for the digestive tract. Recent research suggests taking at least 50 to 100 billion cfu (colony forming units) daily for IBS. For intestinal recovery after a cycle of antibiotics, take 20 to 40 billions cfu daily. Refrigerated cultures are preferred over unrefrigerated pills and powders. Home-made yogurt is an excellent source of probiotics, but commercial yogurts often have much lower counts.

Specific remedies

Considering again an integrated approach to treatment, related complications may be present and need to be addressed with the help of a health practitioner.

  • IBS sufferers with pancreatic insufficiency should supplement with pancreatic enzymes.

  • A person with insufficient bile should drink lots of water and take supplements that help the body use fat, such as milk thistle, taurine, and selenium. These support the liver and the communication between the liver and the colon, helping the body maintain proper bile levels and fat absorption rates.

  • A person who has parasites or other microorganisms can benefit from anti-parasitic Herbs such as black walnut, wormwood, Goldenseal, and oil of Oregano. Oftentimes, additional drug treatment is necessary; new medicines are now available in the United States.

  • If you have yeast overgrowth, limit sugar, flour, and refined grains. Take vitamin B6 in combination with Anti-Fungal supplements. If conditions persist, more aggressive treatment with antifungals may be necessary.

  • If you have bacterial overgrowth, support stomach acid, and avoid acid suppression therapies. If conditions persist for more than four to six weeks after beginning to use those tactics, antimicrobial Herbs or antibiotics (along with probiotics) may be necessary.

  • For nutrient deficiency and poor nutrition, supplement with Vitamins and minerals. Generally people with IBS have low levels of B Vitamins, which are absorbed at the end of the small intestine, the location of bacterial overgrowth. Supplementation with B-complex and a multivitamin is important and useful. Occasionally additional B-12 is also necessary.

Inflammation from infection, food Allergies, or dysbiosis may also damage the intestinal villi, the microscopic projections in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract that absorb nutrients and carry them to the blood. L-glutamine is effective at healing and repairing the villi, but it is essential to remedy the underlying problems first. L-glutamine can be used as a source of food by unwanted bacteria and yeast. It should only be taken as a restorative after the other conditions have been treated.

Many times, psychological and Stress disorders get better with an improved diet and proper treatment of an individual’s underlying causes, but for serious or stubborn issues, professional counseling and Stress management are helpful in controlling IBS symptoms.

Getting through to the other side

Because IBS is a collection of different symptoms that affect individuals in varying forms and intensity, it’s nearly impossible to prescribe a blanket protocol for treatment and management of the condition. The best approach is to first start with the basics.

Begin with the dietary changes; take out common food Allergens like milk and wheat, and experiment to find out what other foods may cause you trouble. Stay away from the simple sugars, which can act as a food source for unwanted bacteria. Avoid caffeine, trans fats, refined carbohydrates, acid suppressants, and large meals.

Most people should see significant improvement after following these guidelines. If you make these changes and still don’t feel better, consult a healthcare practitioner for an in-depth examination to rule out infection, parasites, inflammation, or other disease processes.

Each case of IBS is a unique collection of symptoms and causes, an imbalance in the Digestive System that can be effectively corrected by the individual, sometimes with the help of a healthcare practitioner who understands diet and nutrition. Take the integrative approach, and trust your gut. IBS is signal of imbalance; improvement in your gut will help you to feel healthy from the inside, out.

Do You Have IBS?

If you go to a doctor to find out if you have IBS, the doctor will consider the Rome Criteria, which is the following checklist of typical symptoms. For a quick self-check, see the list below, but don’t consider this a replacement for a visit to your healthcare practitioner.

ROME II SYMPTOM CRITERIA FOR IBS

In the past 12 months, experiencing at least 12 weeks (not necessarily consecutive) of abdominal discomfort or pain that has two out of three of the following features:

1) Discomfort is relieved with defecation.

2) Onset is associated with a change in frequency of stool.

3) Onset is associated with a change in form appearance of stool.

Other symptoms that are not essential but support the diagnosis of IBS include the following:

  • Abnormal stool frequency (more than three Bowel Movements a day or fewer than three Bowel Movements a week)

  • Abnormal stool form (lumpy/hard or loose/watery stool)

  • Abnormal stool passage (straining, urgency, or feeling of incomplete evacuation)

  • Passage of mucus

  • Bloating or feeling of abdominal distension

Symptoms in the Rome Criteria are not the only indicators of IBS.

Non-intestinal symptoms include the following:



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