Hippocrates Health Institute http://hippocratesinst.org Just another WordPress site Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:01:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.5 Ancient Wisdom of Healing Plants http://hippocratesinst.org/ancient-wisdom-of-healing-plants Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:20:50 +0000 http://hippocratesinst.org/?p=76812 Herbs have been used for food and medicine since the dawn of history. Healers in ancient traditions around the world have always shared their knowledge on how to use plants for health and healing. This knowledge was usually passed down from one generation to the next within families. I have been fortunate to have been […]

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Herbs have been used for food and medicine since the dawn of history. Healers in ancient traditions around the world have always shared their knowledge on how to use plants for health and healing. This knowledge was usually passed down from one generation to the next within families. I have been fortunate to have been accepted as a trusted student and receiver of wisdom, as I have journeyed to remote areas of the world for decades, to interact with traditional shamanic leaders of healing communities, such as the Jamaican Maroon Bush doctors and Curanderos in Mexico, to learn about the use of specific herbs for healing.
No historian really knows the exact time when our ancestors FIRST used herbs to heal themselves from a sickness or injury. Archaeologists have discovered pollen from several species of plants which were dated to be over 80,000 years old in a Neanderthal’s grave site in Iraq. Hemp seeds were also found at an ancient birth site from over 10,000 years ago. The mummy known as the Iceman, frozen in time 5300 years ago, had a small amulet bag which contained a fungus , Piptoporus betulinus, which may have been used by people in the alpine region as an antibiotic.

It is presumed that herbal medicine is as old as humanity itself! But how did all of the knowledge on plants co-evolve with humanity? How did people know which herbs to take, and which ones were toxic? The ancient people used many techniques to ascertain and develop their repertoire of medicinal plants. Presumably, trial and error played a major role in discovering medicines. This information was recorded and remembered, usually by the oldest and most experienced community members.

It is well established that many species of animals are instinctively drawn to graze upon a particular plant to soothe their ills.   Many of us have personally observed our cats and dogs, feeling under the weather, eating grass to induce vomiting. Chimpanzees (whom biologists believe are a close relative to Homo sapiens) are known to eat certain species of plants only when they are ill with a particular malady. This information is taught to others, handed down through generations, until a huge body of information is amassed on healing. Perhaps, our primordial ancestors observed this in other animals and emulated this practice, known as instinctual dowsing.

Many Shaman’s and healers with knowledge of the ancient ways report that the information was originally obtained through communication with the Divine, in a dream state, a vision, or during the Shaman’s communion with the spirit world.

Others report that the creator left clues, hints, or a’ holy signature’ on the plant creations; a type of spiritual instruction manual which indicated the plants medicinal or other value for humanity. This is known by herbalists even today as The Doctrine Of Signatures. An example of this is Ginkgo biloba. Both its leaves and a cross section of the fruit resemble a human brain. Modern Scientific research often confirms traditional beliefs…and has proven that Ginkgo can help brain function, as well as supporting other areas of the body, particularly where we find peripheral vasculature, such as the fingers, toes, lungs and genitals as well as the brain.

Traditional Herbal Medicine seemed to undergo a convergent evolution, developing simultaneously in many of the five cradles of civilization (Along the Nile in Africa, the Euphrates-Tigris, the Indus Valley, the Mayan/Peruvian and in China), as well as among indigenous peoples in North and South American, Australia and everywhere else in the world. Along with the development of medicine came the genesis of the written word, which provided a more uniform means of preserving and transmitting information to other cultures and times. When we study ancient teachings such as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) it is a world class wonder to recognize the safety and efficacy of these clearly recorded prescriptions that are as useful for health stabilization today as they were at the time they were written. Perhaps it was due to the emphasis on ‘wellness’ rather than ‘illness’ that supported the development of an elegant system of advanced pre-symptomatic diagnostic techniques along with using herbs, foods and exercises to bring the system back into balance.

All of this Herbal Lore is still available to us today, if we just take the time to go outside and identify the ‘green friends’ around us! Anywhere that humans lived in past times, before there were grocery stores and shopping centers, is surrounded by natural plants that can be used as food and medicine- all you have to do is learn which ones they are!
In our class at Hippocrates on Jan 28, 2017, we will explore this ancient knowledge.We will also have ‘hands on’ projects in the field, that will support interspecies plant human communication and feature gathering and preparing of herbal infusions and smudge sticks to take home. Join the ancient journey!

Learn more about the workshop HERE. Register by calling (561) 471-5867

By ELLEN KAMHI PhD, RN, AHG, AHN-BC
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Kamut “Fried Rice” (Raw Vegan) http://hippocratesinst.org/kamut-fried-rice Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:48:48 +0000 http://hippocratesinst.org/?p=6119 Yield: 2-4 servings If you sprout too many wheat berries for your wheatgrass, you can substitute them from the Kamut! “Fried Rice” 2 C. Kamut (soaked and sprouted) 2 Oz. Sliced Scallions 1 Oz. Finely Diced Red Onion 1.5 Oz. Small Diced Carrot 2 Oz. English Peas Sesame Ginger Dressing: 1/4 C. Lemon Juice 1.5 in. […]

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Yield: 2-4 servings

If you sprout too many wheat berries for your wheatgrass, you can substitute them from the Kamut!

“Fried Rice”

2 C. Kamut (soaked and sprouted)
2 Oz. Sliced Scallions
1 Oz. Finely Diced Red Onion
1.5 Oz. Small Diced Carrot
2 Oz. English Peas

Sesame Ginger Dressing:
1/4 C. Lemon Juice
1.5 in. Fresh Ginger Root
1/4 C. Raw Sesame Oil or
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Large Clove of Garlic
1 Tsp. Kelp Powder
1 Pinch Cayenne

1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients.
2. Combine the dressing and the grain mixture.
3. Season to taste.

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Sprouting 101: Seed Storage http://hippocratesinst.org/choosing-and-storing-seeds-for-sprouting Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:25:42 +0000 http://hippocratesinst.org/?p=13466 The first thing you will need in order to get started with sprouting are obviously, the seeds. Not all seeds are created equal. You will want to be sure your seeds are 100% organic and they are commercially distributed with the intention of sprouting. They must be whole, raw, fresh, and not heat processed, pasteurized, […]

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The first thing you will need in order to get started with sprouting are obviously, the seeds. Not all seeds are created equal. You will want to be sure your seeds are 100% organic and they are commercially distributed with the intention of sprouting. They must be whole, raw, fresh, and not heat processed, pasteurized, or irradiated.

If you go to your local grocery store you will find beans and legumes in the soup isle. However, these seeds are sold with the intention of making soups and stews. Chances are they have been:

  1. Pasteurized
  2. Heat processed
  3. Irradiated
  4. Crushed (such as rolled oats)
  5. Split (such as split peas)
  6. Cut (such as steel cut oats)

All of the above processes kill the life force energy in the seeds and will prevent them from sprouting. If you intend to make soup or stew, this is irrelevant since the seeds will be cooked. However, you’re not reading this article to learn how to make soup – you want to start sprouting!

The Hippocrates Health Institute store is an excellent source for your sprout seeds. https://www.hippocratesstore.org. All seeds sold here are 100% organic and are carefully selected for the best performance. They will ship to your USA address.

Seeds have a shelf life. They will last for a few hours or a few years depending upon the type of seed and the amount of exposure to heat, humidity, and bugs. When you purchase your seeds, keep them cool and dry. Don’t leave them sitting in the car while you do other shopping or run more errands. The temperature in your car will quickly get above 160 degrees F while parked in the hot sun. This will cook your seeds. Treat your seeds like supplements. Take them home right away or use a cooler with ice.

Seeds are often sold in plastic bags, which is fine if you plan on using them in a few months. If you plan on keeping them longer than that you should transfer them out of plastic bags and into dry glass containers with a tight sealing lid with a gasket (such a Mason jar). If you leave your seeds in plastic bags, bugs will eventually eat right through the plastic to get to them. Keep your seeds in the pantry at room temperature. Better yet, keep them in the refrigerator if you have space. However, you do not want to store your seeds in the freezer. Doing so for a long enough period of time will eventually cause them to go bad due to the regular defrost cycle in the freezer.

Different seeds have different shelf lives. For example, if kept dry and in tightly sealed glass containers your seeds will last approximately:

Seed Type                   Refrigerator       Room temperature      Outside (summer)

Alfalfa                         8 years             12 months                   2.25 months

Clover                         8 years             12 months                   2.25 months

Radish                         7 years             10.5 months                2 months

Broccoli                       6 years             9 months                     1.75 months

Adzuki                        5 years             7.5 months                  1.5 months

Peas                             5 years             7.5 months                  1.5 months

Garbanzo                     5 years             7.5 months                  1.5 months

Lentils                         4 years             6 months                     1 month

Mung                           4 years             6 months                     1 month

Wheat                          4 years             6 months                     1 month

Sunflower                   2 years             3 months                     18 days

 

Refrigerator (40 degrees F.)

Room Temperature (80 degrees F.)

Outside Summer (100 degrees F.)

By Brian Hetrich, Greenhouse Manager

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Fascinating Fruit: The Screwpine http://hippocratesinst.org/fascinating-fruit-the-screwpine Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:22:52 +0000 http://hippocratesinst.org/?p=76091 Also known as pandanus, screwpine is an odd-looking tree that grows in tropical and subtropical coastal regions across the globe. While it is not related to the pineapple nor a palm the leaves of the screwpine do resemble the palm tree species. Screwpine grows aerial roots at the base that appear to lift the tree […]

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Also known as pandanus, screwpine is an odd-looking tree that grows in tropical and subtropical coastal regions across the globe. While it is not related to the pineapple nor a palm the leaves of the screwpine do resemble the palm tree species. Screwpine grows aerial roots at the base that appear to lift the tree several feet out of the ground. The branches grow prop roots that support the heavy branches during strong winds and heavy rain. In some areas this prolific tree is second only in number to coconut palms.

The edible leaves have a floral-like aroma that are used for making sandwich wraps and teas. However it is the fruit of this exotic tree that draws the most attention. With its strange shape and multi-hued appearance the screwpine fruit actually looks like it came from another planet! About the size of an American football the screwpine fruit is studded with about one hundred protruding segments called keys or cones which start out with a green highlight on the bud which turns to orange and transitions to yellow and white near the base where the cone connects to the core. The cones are sweet and yield a juice that tastes like a thick mango nectar. 

Here are some of the traditional uses for the screwpine fruit and leaves:

  • Relaxing
  • Reliving Anxiety and Stress
  • Pain abatement
  • GI Cramps and Spams
  • Arthritis
  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Reduces Fevers
  • Skin Fungus
  • Dandruff
  • Sunburns
  • Natural Mosquito Repellant

This is just one of the many exotic tropical fruits that we have growing here at Hippocrates. Come to Hippocrates to learn more about screwpine and dozens more of the rare trees we have on our beautiful campus and their many benefits.

Article by Brian Hetrich, Greenhouse Manager

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The Truth Behind Artificial Sweeteners http://hippocratesinst.org/the-truth-behind-artificial-sweeteners Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:11:40 +0000 http://hippocratesinst.org/?p=76081 When sales of Diet Pepsi began falling in 2005, and continued to fall each year since, PepsiCo executives frantically tried to find out why. The reason turned out to be that consumers had heard about health problems associated with aspartame, the sweetener added to Diet Pepsi, and they no longer trusted it or wanted it […]

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When sales of Diet Pepsi began falling in 2005, and continued to fall each year since, PepsiCo executives frantically tried to find out why. The reason turned out to be that consumers had heard about health problems associated with aspartame, the sweetener added to Diet Pepsi, and they no longer trusted it or wanted it in their bodies.

Sold under such names as Equal and NutraSweet, aspartame had been extensively studied, with research both supporting and disputing its safety in humans. Health conditions implicated in the use of aspartame ranged from headaches and depression to memory loss, weight gain and obesity, even neurological problems and cancer.

Enough doubt about its health impact surfaced that on a Twitter sentiment scale of 0 to 100, with Christmas ranked at 88 and the U.S. Congress ranked at 38, aspartame got a lowly 22 ranking, according to the industry tracker Beverage Digest.

So the soft drink manufacturer decided in April 2015 to replace aspartame in Diet Pepsi with sucralose, another artificial sweetener better known as Splenda. This chlorinated sugar is a substance with almost as many health question marks as the sweetener it replaced.

For example, a team of scientists in Israel tested the entire range of non-caloric artificial sweeteners, including sucralose, saccharin and aspartame, on lab animals*. They used doses corresponding to the acceptable daily intake in humans set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They also did follow-up experiments using human volunteers to confirm the animal findings.

They published their findings in an October 2014 issue of the science journal, Nature, concluding that the more artificial sweeteners used the greater the bacterial growth associated with type 2 diabetes. Other markers for diabetes— raised blood sugar levels and glucose intolerance—were also induced by artificial sweeteners used in a group of 381 human volunteers.

“Our findings suggest that non-caloric artificial sweeteners may have directly contributed to enhancing the exact epidemic {obesity} that they themselves were intended to fight,” commented Eran Segal, a study co-author with the Weizmann Institute of Science.

The scientists speculated that absorbing artificial sweeteners expands the numbers of a bacterial species living in the intestines that store energy as fat, leading to obesity and as a consequence, type 2 diabetes. It may also be that the sweeteners suppress the growth of other important types of bacteria involved with preventing insulin resistance.

Rather than alleviate obesity-related metabolic conditions, as artificial sweeteners were intended to do by replacing sugar in soft drinks and a range of processed food products, these chemicals actually contribute to developing those very health problems by tinkering with the balance of healthy and unhealthy bacteria in the gut. The food industry and soft drink manufacturers just substituted one health undermining evil for another.

“Artificial sweeteners, which are present in high doses in diet soda, are associated with a greater activation of reward centers in the brain, thus altering the reward a person experiences from sweet tastes,” observed a 2014 report by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “In other words, among people who drink diet soda, the brain’s sweet sensors may no longer provide a reliable gauge of energy consumption because the artificial sweetener disrupts appetite control. As a result, consumption of diet drinks may result in increased food intake overall.”

As more recent evidence indicates, it gets even worse! Researchers at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics used health data from nearly 60,000 participants (post-menopausal women) in the Women’s Health Initiative to determine the impact of all artificial sweeteners on heart health. Writing in an April 2015 issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, the 10 scientists involved in the study found a clear link between soft drink intake and cardiovascular disease and resultant death among post-menopausal women.

Those women who consumed two or more diet drinks a day were 30% more likely to experience a cardiovascular event (heart attack or stroke) and 50% more likely to die from cardiovascular disease compared to women who didn’t consume diet drinks containing artificial sweeteners.

These studies are just the beginning of a continuing cycle of intensive research into the role that artificial sweeteners play in triggering health problems. “Synthetic chemical sweeteners are generally unsafe for human consumption,” warned Dr. James Bowen, who has studied these substances for two decades after he found that aspartame triggered his Lou Gehrig’s disease. “Don’t be deceived. These chemicals are toxic.”

 

Article by Brian Clement, PhD, LN

*Hippocrates DOES NOT support or endorse testing on animals. 

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Detox Lemonade http://hippocratesinst.org/detox-lemonade Wed, 04 Jan 2017 20:27:51 +0000 http://hippocratesinst.org/?p=75316 We all know how important it is to stay hydrated especially when trying to stay physically active and shed a few pounds. Try our Detox Lemonade! It’s perfectly sweet, free from sugar,  and is accompanied with a little extra kick of cayenne pepper. Start your morning with it this week! Ingredients: 8 oz water 2.5 […]

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We all know how important it is to stay hydrated especially when trying to stay physically active and shed a few pounds. Try our Detox Lemonade! It’s perfectly sweet, free from sugar,  and is accompanied with a little extra kick of cayenne pepper. Start your morning with it this week!

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz water
  • 2.5 ml (1.5 tsp.) fresh lemon juice
  • 8 drops stevia
  • 1 slice lemon
  • 1 slice lime
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper (or to taste)

Directions:

Pour water in a glass. Add fresh lemon juice and stevia.

Lightly squeeze slices of lemon and lime and add to the water.

Mix well to combine. Drink.

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Time to Detox http://hippocratesinst.org/time-to-detox Wed, 04 Jan 2017 17:21:30 +0000 http://hippocratesinst.org/?p=75284 Your total toxic load = Total toxic exposure “minus” ability to detoxify and excrete toxins Today we are being exposed to tens of thousands of harmful or potentially harmful compounds from the air, water, soil and food. They include pesticides, herbicides, solvents, petrochemicals, heavy metals, and plastics. Many of these substances are fat-soluble and can […]

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Your total toxic load = Total toxic exposure “minus” ability to detoxify and excrete toxins

Today we are being exposed to tens of thousands of harmful or potentially harmful compounds from the air, water, soil and food. They include pesticides, herbicides, solvents, petrochemicals, heavy metals, and plastics. Many of these substances are fat-soluble and can therefore persist in adipose tissue “fat” indefinitely. In 1982, the Environmental Protection Agency reported that a total of 20 toxic compounds were found in 76%–100% of adipose tissue samples from cadavers and elective surgical patients from all regions of the United States.[i]

We have a number of mechanisms to remove toxic substances from our body, or at least to metabolize them in ways that make them less harmful. Tissues and organs that play a role in the body’s response to toxic exposures include skin, kidney, liver, lungs, and bowel. Whether or not toxic exposures will cause illness depends both on the level of the exposures and on the body’s ability to detoxify. A toxin poisons its host only after it reaches a concentration within the host that interferes with its biochemical, physiological or other essential life processes. There is evidence that Parkinson’s disease and other motor-neuron diseases may be caused in part by the combination of exposure to neurotoxic environmental chemicals and impairments in the capacity to detoxify these chemicals.[ii] Chronic exposure to environmental toxins might also play a role in the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, various other autoimmune diseases, some cancers, Alzheimer’s disease,[iii] and certain other chronic conditions.

Always check with your medical doctor to determine if detoxification is appropriate for you.

The following are ways to support Detox:

Detox by skin:

  • The use of sauna (especially infrared sauna) is an outstanding method to detoxify via the skin. Depending on the frequency and time of sauna, electrolytes such as the Ultima brand are helpful to maintain electrolyte balance.
  • Skin brushing with a soft bristle brush can help to eliminate dead skin.
  • Aerobic exercise to help perspire will assist in skin detox.

Detox the bowel: Anything less than two bowel movements per day is a type of constipation. Waste backing up in the bowel can create toxic bowel. “All disease begins in the large intestine.” Ne Ching: the Yellow Emperor’s Classic Book of Internal Medicine.

  • To support detoxing, one needs to stay well hydrated, according to the National Institute Health, one should drink half your body weight in fluid ounces per day. Ounce = 30ml
  • Fiber will help to move and adhere to toxins; work up to six to eight serving of vegetables per day. Using high fiber vegetables such as “bean sprouts” work well to cleanse. Fiber acts as a prebiotic, which help to feed beneficial bacteria in the gut.
  • Colonic – Work with a highly skilled colonic hydrotherapist to determine if colonics are right for you.
  • Internal Cleanser from Hippocrates– Blue green algae and fiber to support cleansing the bowel.
  • Probiotics such as Instinct from Hippocrates help to build good bacteria in the gut. Beneficial gut bacteria play important roles in vitamin production, mineral absorption, detoxification, digestive assistance, neurological problems, and even acne.
  • Systemic enzymes from Hippocrates – Help to cleanse undigested food and waste.

Detox the lymph:

  • Lymphatic drainage massage is a gentle and excellent way to detox the lymph.
  • Skin brushing with a soft bristle brush towards the heart.
  • Rebounders – mini trampoline
  • Power Plate/Turbosonic – Therapies offered at Hippocrates
  • Aerobic exercise – walking, biking, running and swimming
  • Hot/cold pool dip
  • Water: Remember; one should drink half your body weight in fluid ounces. Ounce = 30ml

When cleansing, using antioxidants helps to protect the body from free radicals. The following are foods with antioxidants:

Vitamin C:

  • Peppers
  • Green leafy veggies
  • Sprouts

Beta Carotene:

  • Hot red peppers
  • Red & Orange veggies
  • Dandelion greens
  • Green leafy veggies
  • Sprouts

Vitamin E:

  • Dark green leafy veggies
  • Seeds
  • Raw nuts
  • Whole grains
  • Legumes – (peas, beans)

Testing: A number of commercial laboratories offer testing to assess exposure to or body burdens of pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls, solvents, heavy metals, and other toxic substances.[iv] Work with a good integrative medical doctor to have testing done.

The goal of detoxification is not to rid the body of all toxins. The goal is to decrease the toxic load of the target system or organ so that it can function without interference from the various toxins inhibiting the functions of that organ, gland or tissue and to re-establish optimal function. Start this New Year with a Happy Detox. Your body will thank you!

 

References:

[i] Crinnion WJ. Results of a decade of naturopathic treatment for environmental illnesses: a review of clinical records. J Naturopathic Med 1997;7(2):21–27.

[ii] Steventon GB, Heafield MTE, Waring RH, Williams AC. Xenobiotic metabolism in Parkinson’s disease. Neurology 1989;39:883–887.

[iii] Steventon GB, Heafield MTE, Sturman S, et al. Xenobiotic metabolism in Alzheimer’s disease. Neurology 1990;40:1095–1098.

[iv] Laboratories that offer testing for environmental toxins include Metametrix Clinical Laboratory (http://www.metametrix.com) and Doctor’s Data, Inc. (http://www.doctorsdata.com).

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What is Native American Shaminism? http://hippocratesinst.org/native-american-shaminism Tue, 03 Jan 2017 16:11:03 +0000 http://hippocratesinst.org/?p=75139 Article by Blue Eagle Let us first understand what shamanism offers. Shamanism is universal in that all native people living in nature all over the world have some form of shamanism. It’s a fact that people who live in nature develop special abilities to see beyond appearances to the underlying spiritual blueprints that animate nature […]

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Article by Blue Eagle

Let us first understand what shamanism offers. Shamanism is universal in that all native people living in nature all over the world have some form of shamanism. It’s a fact that people who live in nature develop special abilities to see beyond appearances to the underlying spiritual blueprints that animate nature and that can be called nature spirits. All shamanic cultures speak of a Spirit World or as Cherokees say “Ungawi” “the world of ideal form”. This is the place where all manifestation first originates and it’s non-material. All that exists, first exists in “Ungawi” in a perfect luminous form with no physical substance.

I recently heard a research project studying how many people have had contact with deceased family members in modern society. Although this subject is never present in modern main stream media, 50% of the population have had or know someone who has had contact with a deceased family member. The existence of an eternal spirit in all Men and Women is a given in all world religions. Thus, it’s no surprise that all shamans have this ability to communicate with what we call Our Ancestors. This is the most important and central part of all relationships in a shaman’s world, the guidance and communication with one’s ancestors. Ancestral wisdom gives access to knowledge and knowhow that is ancient and effective, as what is passed down through innumerable generations, works! It has passed the test of time and we pass it along because we have found that it’s effective in helping people.

All physical matter is in fact light. Quantum physics is discovering what our people have been saying for millennia that all is light, frequency, spirit. What really is, comes from our consciousness. This explains the extraordinary abilities that the western world has documented in native people but never understood. The ability to change the weather, to calm the storm or call the rain, to heal in an instant even at a distance life-threatening diseases, to move through space faster than the fastest plane on earth, to materialize lost objects, to find lost people without leaving the ceremonial space, and I could go on and on. These things are only possible if we acknowledge that there is a part of us that is an eternal immortal spirit that transcends time and space. Shamans devote their lives to understanding the essence of life and the eternal laws of the natural world. We really need to understand that there is no objective reality outside of consciousness. Even what we believe are immutable laws of science, such as gravity for example, can be changed by our spirit. This has been illustrated by those we call Sky Walkers, those who can fly through the air without technology. Also explains how the people were able to move great heavy stones without any technology, to build ceremonial circles like Stonehenge or the pyramids in Egypt, Mexico and South America.

The shaman will examine all aspects of a person’s life when looking for a solution to a health problem. What seems to be a physical ailment can very well be a way our spirit has of telling us that we are on the wrong life path, living with the wrong people or doing the wrong job! Maybe we have angered nature spirits or have a dysfunctional relationship with our elders or parents. Maybe the emotional needs of the person have been neglected, typical of modern life that one, or maybe the mind is resting on assumptions or a philosophy that is alien to the truth. All these elements have an impact on our lives. Only then will a physical treatment be effective as only when one’s spirit is in balance can true happiness be found.

During my stay at Hippocrates I will be offering talks to explain how we can solve our modern day ecological crisis. This is very important. Indeed Man needs to understand the world around him to find what is his place and mission in life. This is a core need every man and woman has. We all have the need to feel useful. Thus, as the world is now experiencing conditions that are life threatening to all species including man, it’s very important that we understand why we are where we are and what the solutions are. This is very important because living in a world where there is no understanding and no hope can be very discouraging and source of a poor immune system prone to disease.

During my time at Hippocrates I will be offering several music therapy sessions and a concert. As all the world is made of vibrations, light and frequencies, music has a unique ability in making us feel good and connecting with spirit. I will also offer a moving meditation technique that resembles Tai chi. This Native Dance form connects us with our inner energy and with the environment and is a complete healthy exercise. I will also be giving healing ceremonies and private sessions. But in all these offering what needs to be conveyed is that we are immortal eternal spiritual beings that have been chosen by Great Spirit to be the co-creators of a beautiful, wonderful, impeccable earth mother, woven with beauty and pristine living conditions. We have strayed from the perfect health and near immortal life span we once had, to a world fraught with disease and pollution. There is a way back to paradise, the original state of the world, and that has to do with discovering one’s immortal spirit. In consciousness we have all power and all knowledge. May we find our way back to the great tree of peace. May abundance and perfect health bless us all.

Love and Light

Blue Eagle

 

To learn more about Blue Eagles offerings at Hippocrates Health Institute during February 2017 CLICK HERE.

 

 

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Vegan Nog Ice Cream http://hippocratesinst.org/vegan-nog-ice-cream Wed, 28 Dec 2016 17:30:47 +0000 http://hippocratesinst.org/?p=74600 Here in south Florida our holidays are hardly the winter wonderland depicted in seasonal cards. So while the rest of the country settles in with a warm beverage we like to keep it on the cooler side after coming back from the beach. What better way to capture the essence of the holiday season in our […]

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Here in south Florida our holidays are hardly the winter wonderland depicted in seasonal cards. So while the rest of the country settles in with a warm beverage we like to keep it on the cooler side after coming back from the beach. What better way to capture the essence of the holiday season in our warm climate than with a beautifully creamy Vegan Nog Ice Cream! Even if your current residence requires more than a sweater this recipe is perfect for when your fireplace has left you craving a cool holiday treat.

Ingredients:

2 C. Almonds

1 C. Pine Nuts

3 Medjool Dates

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1/2 tsp Nutmeg

1 Tbsp Vanilla

Technique:

  • First you will need to make your two separate batches of nut milk.
  • Combine 2 cups of almonds with 2 cups of water, blend and strain through a nut bag.
  • Next combine 1 cup of pine nuts with 1 cup water, blend and strain through a nut bag.
  • Combine both nut milks in a blender, add 3 Medjool Dates, 1/2 tsp Cinnamon, 1/2 tsp Nutmeg, and 1 Tbsp Vanilla.
  • Blend and place into your home ice cream maker till frozen!

Don’t have an ice cream maker? Freeze 3/4 of your nog in ice cube trays and keep the other 1/4 in the fridge till they are fully frozen. Place the cubes and unfrozen nog mixture into your blender and blend on high till you have the perfect “Nog Shake” consistency!

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Cyclical Food Addiction http://hippocratesinst.org/cyclical-food-addiction Wed, 28 Dec 2016 16:24:21 +0000 http://hippocratesinst.org/?p=74589   Soothing oneself with a favorite sweet treat is a habit often developed in early childhood. Whether birthdays, holidays or special family events, sugar in all its forms — cake, cookie, candy, pastry or sugary drink — creates a tapestry of memories. An innocent offer of candy by a well-intentioned grandparent or loved one may produce a sense of […]

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Soothing oneself with a favorite sweet treat is a habit often developed in early childhood. Whether birthdays, holidays or special family events, sugar in all its forms — cake, cookie, candy, pastry or sugary drink — creates a tapestry of memories. An innocent offer of candy by a well-intentioned grandparent or loved one may produce a sense of well-being and emotional connection.

A small 2014 study, printed in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, researched the brain-sugar connection and its physical impact on anxiety or comfort levels. Nineteen women were given sucrose or aspartame drinks three times a day for two weeks. Prior to their MRI scan, they were asked to solve complex math problems, in their head, to increase their anxiety level. As if the MRI experience wasn’t enough!

Researchers were surprised to find that instead of a typical brain anxiety response — increased levels of the stress-hormone cortisol, and reduced activity in the hippocampus — the opposite occurred. The hippocampus activity increased, while the cortisol was reduced. In turn? Reduced anxiety! More research is needed with larger groups, and the inclusion of men, but it is a good start to explain why sugar habits may calm cortisol-anxiety responses.

For those in recovery, this is one more piece of the puzzle on why it is difficult to break free of sugar. With good intentions, cupboards and cabinets are cleared of processed sugar, candy, cookies, bread, cake and pie. Out goes the highly-processed fruit juices and corn-syrup loaded beverages.

New friends are welcomed into our home — raw, whole, fresh fruit, and natural, fresh-pressed juices. But archeology and anthropology discoveries point out that we may be surprised by their findings. Today’s fruit has little in common with those of antiquity. Fruit, such as the mango and apple, were described as hard in texture, their flavor as bitter, sour, lip-puckering, and pungent. Take a bite of our modern Mexico-grown mango, and sweet, sweeter, and sweetest would be today’s description.

Ancient figs, discovered by archaeologists in the Jordan Valley, are only one-third the size of modern figs. Modern dates are also huge in comparison to dates discovered in an Israel tomb, which when fresh, would have been no larger than a raisin.

Industrial food growers will tell you they have crafted today’s fruit to meet consumer expectations. In 1915, the national annual average of sugar consumption was 15 to 20 pounds per person. Today, the average person consumes his or her own bodyweight in sugar, plus 20 pounds of corn syrup.

Juice — Important Part of History

Don’t throw out the fruit! Thousands of generations have valued fruit nutrients, described in French literature as, “essence, strength, and vitality.” Today, food biochemists know these attributes as powerful phytonutrients, beneficial organic plant components.

Alpha-carotene, the pigment in carrots, beta-carotene from sweet potato and pumpkin, beta-cryptoxanthin in citrus, peaches and apricots, as well as lycopene from tomato, watermelon and guava, are all pigments that offer protective benefits to eyes and hearts, and act against some cancers. Polyphenols, such as flavonoids quercetin and rutin, are abundant in beautiful red beets — a good, natural way to reduce excess histamine.

So what holds us back from eating more fruit? Sugar! For thousands of generations, our ancestors crafted anaerobic-fermented fruit juice as a way to preserve fruit nutrients, without creating alcohol. Why have we not heard about their techniques or practices? What tools did they employ that might have been as efficient as our twin-gear or masticating juicers?

Whether a covered unglazed crock, animal skin, calabash gourd, deep earth pit, covered oak barrel, or unglazed covered crocks, all ancient fermentation tools were secured, to restrict the inflow of oxygen. Animal skins had all their “loose ends tied up,” a phrase we still use. Unglazed crocks were covered, their covers sealed in place with a bead of wax, or animal fat, to eliminate oxygen. Whether skin, wood, gourd, or clay, carbon dioxide was produced by sugar-hungry microbes, which then pushed oxygen out through the vessel pores. Inside the vessels, water — the world’s most abundant solvent — went to work, to extract nutrients from the food fibers. Just as fermentation turns grape mash into wine, so too water, fruit mash and a little salt created flavorful, nutrient-dense sugar-free juices.

Today, the tradition continues with modern materials — fire-polished, hardened glass, petroleum-free grommet, and authentic anaerobic sealing system called the Pickl-It™ an anaerobic fermentation system, created in 2008, to borrow the wisdom of the ages.

Like the fermentation juice methods of olde, Pickl-It™ positive pressure eliminates atmospheric oxygen, pushed up and out the airlock. Immediately, lactic acid bacteria, which resides in all organic food material, goes to work eating the food sugar, a “fuel,” to create a wide range of enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins, and over 150 different nutritional by-products.

Fermented carrot juice has been a favorite “health drink” through Turkey, Pakistan, and most of the Middle East, still widely-popular after many centuries. The World Health Organization has recently discussed the nutritional improvement and advantages of fermented tomato juice, sweet potato juice, and pumpkin juice.

Europeans and Koreans still enjoy, after many centuries, cabbage juice as a “health” tonic, created from sauerkraut or cabbage-based kimchi. Garlic juice, onion juice, beet juice, turnip juice — the list of possible nutrient-dense, sugar-free, naturally-created juices is endless:

Vegetable: Parsnip, rutabaga, green bean, tomato pulp, sweet potato, radish, onion, olive, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber and beet.

Fruit: Tomato, tomatillo, papaya, pineapple, mango, muskmelon, honeydew melon, banana, kiwi, watermelon, as well as a variety of berries.

Herbs: Carrot, sauerkraut, onion, leek, ginger, turmeric, nettles, jalapeno, daikon, horseradish, burdock and garlic are easy to ferment, their juice classified as medicinal as well as a “health drink.”

Nutritional Improvement

When grains and legumes are germinated, their nutritional availability increases 3 to 300%. When fruit, vegetables and herbs are fermented in the authentic fermentation Pickl-It system, they are more easily-digested, and nutrients become unlocked. Pickl-It makes a wide variety of fresh, raw foods, even better.

Numerous research studies have shown that anaerobic fermentation improves nutrients in raw foods, which are made more available, as well as pre-digested. Fermented vegetables, fruits and herbs are considered raw by even the most passionate raw food enthusiast.

It only takes a ripe watermelon, carrot, or cucumber three short days to become crisp, clean, and sugar-free. Sugars in all fruit, vegetables, and herbs are intended to feed the fermentation microbes. Not our brains!

 


Anaerobic fermentation enhances the organoleptic and nutritional quality of the fermented fruits and vegetables and retains the nutrients and coloured pigments (N. R. Dahal, T. B. Karki, B. Swamylingappa, Q. Li, and G. Gu, “Traditional foods and beverages of Nepal-a review,” Food Reviews International, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 1 – 25, 2005.)

Fermented berry juice inhibited activate-macrophage; nitric oxide production; induced tumour necrosis factor-a production (Martin, J. & Matar, C. (2006))

Kiwi-green kiwifruit digest appears to prime defense mechanisms in gut cells by enhancing the production of antimicrobial defensins (Plant Foods Hum Nutr. 2012 Sep;67(3):208-14)

Phytic acid is of concern, but all vegetables that contain phytate, benefit from fermentation which is efficient in its removal. (Deshpande S.S. Handbook of Food Toxicology. Marcel Dekker; New York, NY, USA: 2002. Food Additives; pp. 219 – 284.)

Burdock-Significant increase in bifidobacteria growth (Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2013; 77(1):53-7)

Correlates with lower serum concentrations (Am J Clin Nutr. 2013 May; 97(5):1053-61)

Carrot-traditional drink (using purple carrot) throughout middle east and Asia; stabilizes blood sugar levels, iron levels (S. W. Bergqvist, , A. -S. Sandberg, N. -G. Carlsson and T. Andlid)

Provides rich source of natural β-carotene (Journal of Food Processing and Preservation Volume 30, Issue 3, pages 352 – 363, June 2006)

Beet-lactic acid fermentation enhances organoleptic and nutritional quality, and retains nutrients and colored pigment such as betanin, food color with biological activity (molecular nutrition- Wiley, purchased article)

Scavenger of reactive oxygen species

Exhibits gene-regulatory activity

Induces antioxidant defence mechanisms

Potential blood pressure lowering effects mediated by dietary nitrate

Apart from betanin, isobetanin, and neobetanin,(Kanner, et al 2001) the fermented juice contains: betanidin (5% of total red dye content) and isobetanidin (0.7% of total red colorant content). These compounds are not found in fresh beet juices, which was shown in a study by Czyżowska et al. [2006].

Betanidine and isobetanidine are aglycones, which are thought to have high biological activity (just as betanin) with respect to neutralizing free radicals present in the environment [Kanner et al., 2001]. Betanidin and its isomer – isobetanidin – are formed in fermented beet juice as a result of the bacterial activity of β-glucosidase catalysing the transformation of betanin into betanidine [Stintzing & Carle, 2004].

1867 — Chemical News journals dated 1868, details the “production of nitric oxide during the fermentation of beet juice.”

 

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