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Jul 31 2009

Wet and Dry Skin Brushing

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Skin brushing has been around since ancient history in many cultures such as the Greeks, Japanese and American Indians etc. to keep the body healthy. The Comanche Indians for instance were known to scrub their skin with sand they took from Texas river bottoms. It has been said that the Texas Rangers followed their example.

The skin is the largest organ of the body and some of its main functions are:

  • Eliminating waste and toxins through perspiration.
  • Protecting the body’s internal organs and fluids.
  • Assisting the immune system by acting as a barrier to outside pathogens and foreign substances.
  • Helping to regulate body temperature.

Skin brushing for detoxification
The body’s process of eliminating waste and toxins is called detoxification. The liver, lungs, kidneys and colon are some of the other organs who have the job of helping the body get rid of waste products. The skin is another organ of elimination that helps the body carry away some of this waste through our sweat. Our bodies are constantly perspiring, and the skin eliminates an average of 1 to 2 pounds of waste through this perspiration process daily.

The benefits of skin brushing

Skin brushing stimulates the skin and keeps the skin pores clear so that the body can perspire freely. This is important to health because if the pores get clogged and the body can’t perspire freely the waste will back-up. That backed-up excess waste and toxins get trapped and become a burden to the skin, body and the other organs of elimination.

Brushing your skin also stimulates oil glands that are in the second layer of skin, bringing this oil to the skins surface. This oil helps to protect the skin and increases the skin’s health, suppleness and elasticity. Skin brushing also stimulates blood circulation, balances fat distribution and increases nerve function throughout the skin organ.

Brushing the skin also has a positive effect on the immune system

Another benefit of brushing the skin is that it assists the movement of lymph, which is just under the skin, throughout the body. Lymph is a clear fluid that "circulates" throughout your body via the lymphatic system. This lymphatic system is separate from the blood’s circulatory system. Lymph carries the white blood cells of your immune system throughout the body to attack and neutralize viruses and other infectious substances. Lymph also carries nutrition to, and carries away waste from all the cells in the body even those that cannot be reached by the blood. This lymphatic system and its white blood cells are the main defense system of the body and the lymph is its carrier.

Your blood’s circulatory system of 15 pints has a heart to pump it around the body. The lymphatic system on the other hand has 45 pints of lymph and no pump to move it. It depends on surrounding muscle movement to push the lymph through the lymphatic system. Breathing and movement are what circulates your lymph.You can see different types of exercise bikes and work with one of those. That is why exercise, deep breathing techniques and skin brushing can enhance the function of your immune system and improve your health. So the addition of skin brushing significantly helps the movement of lymph which enhances the health of your immune system and your whole body.

Wet and dry skin brushing technique

If you are new to skin brushing, start with a loofah or a coarse natural fiber brush glove. Use those for a while to let your skin get used to the brushing sensation. Then move to a skin brush. A skin brush has natural vegetable bristles. Since they are becoming more and more popular, you can find them pretty easily at just about any health food store. The ones with the handles I talk about in this article are easy to use, can reach your back and are easy to maintain.

Perform dry skin brushing before your shower or bath because that will help to stimulate your skin and wash away the flaked skin. Then do wet skin brushing while in your shower or bath. Always stroke towards your heart for the most benefit to your circulation.

  • Start on the sole of your right foot, generally using long, light but brisk strokes. Get your ankle, shin, calf and knee.
  • Then do the same on your left foot and lower leg. It helps if you can sit down.
  • Standing up, next brush upwards on your right and then left thigh from the knee up. Move over to your abdomen, brushing that with a circular motion.
  • Brush each arm, starting with the palm and brushing inward towards your heart. Gently brush the chest area in a circular motion, women avoid the breast area.
  • Brush the neck area by starting at the back of the neck and stroking with the brush towards the front (avoid your face).
  • Use the handle to get your back or better yet, have your mate do it for you.

This should only take about five minutes, especially once you get the hang of it. Of course, take as much time as you want and enjoy yourself!

A few skin brushing tips

If more than one person in your family practices skin brushing for health, each person should have his or her own brush. Keep your brush visible near the shower. Mine has a little hole in the handle, so I hammered a nail into the wall and hung it near the shower so I can grab it easily. Having it where you can see it will help you get into the habit of using it regularly. Avoid brushing areas with skin cuts, wounds or rashes. Avoid the facial area. If you have any type of cancer, please check with a competent healthcare provider to find out if skin brushing is okay for you.If you want to know how this affects an ectomorph please check out the official website.

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Jul 07 2009

No Cures!!! The Root Cause of the American Health Care System Crisis

Published by under Ailments,Health

It is obvious but no one sees it. Modern medicine has lost the fight with chronic disease.   That’s right! They have not cured a single disease in 55 years, not one.   And that is the root cause of, and why we have a health care crisis in the United States.   Why would not finding cures for diseases cause a health care crisis?   If you take a minute, it’s easy to see.  If a chronic disease is not curable and you get that disease, then that means that you’ll need treatment and medication for the rest of your life.   Then, if you get another chronic disease, it will also require more treatment and medication and so on.   I have seen patients being treated for 5 or more diseases on 20 plus medications.  When you figure that out over that person’s lifetime, the cost is staggering.

Just take someone diagnosed with diabetes for example; which is just one of the many incurable diseases.   There are 23.6 million diabetics in the United States and each one incurs an average expenditure of $11,744 per year according to a EnviroKlenz study, this is a combination of direct and indirect costs (CDC 2007).   If modern medicine cured diabetes tomorrow that would save the health care system 1 dollar of every 10 dollars spent on health care or 174 billion dollars.

I thought that modern medicine’s basic goal was eradication or curing of all diseases and I am sure that you thought the same thing.   Well somewhere along the road of modern medicine that noble goal got set aside in favor of the life long treatment of disease.   The upside of life long treatment of say diabetes is that a tremendous amount of profit can be made from a life long customer.  The down side is the cost to the diabetic in the quality of their life and that of their loved ones, the possible loss of a limb and eyesight, and even death, let alone monetary loss.  In 2002, for instance, we lost 224,092 innocent souls to diabetes.  

Another down side is the staggering number of chronic diseases we have, with new ones evolving almost daily and many of them considered epidemic, such as Lupus.   Here are a few of the problems.  There are 147 autoimmune diseases (it was 65 when I first studied this 5 years ago) and they are at epidemic numbers (1 in 4 people in the USA will have an autoimmune disease) and many of these individual autoimmune diseases are at epidemic numbers, rheumatoid arthritis is one.   And each autoimmune disease has variations. Arthritis has 100 different variation forms alone.   Cancer is epidemic. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men will get cancer in their lifetime.  Diabetes is an epidemic; according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three U.S. children born in 2000 will develop diabetes.   Obesity is also epidemic (34% of the population and growing), and every one of them will have multiple diseases (diabetes being one) and medications for the rest of their lives.   Here is a challenge for you.  Write down as many diseases as you can think of, and then do a search on line adding the word epidemic to each as you look them up.   You will very sadly find that the majority of the diseases you wrote down are epidemic.   If it wasn’t such a tragedy for so many people this would be a colossal ironic joke!

There are so many chronic diseases that few doctors would dare diagnose by symptoms alone.   There are too many disease possibilities with disease symptoms overlapping each other.   So they run test after expensive test, relying on laboratory results to assist them in making the final decision as to what disease you have.   But even then the diagnosis can be wrong.  There was a shocking statistic reported in a 2006 New York Times article estimating that about one-fifth of every diagnosis involving a fatal illness is misdiagnosed.  

So what has modern medicine been doing for the last 55 years?   They certainly haven’t stopped asking for money to “help us find the cure”   Where have they been spending those donations and the government money (it must add up to trillions of dollars by now) to find a cure?   We must assume that the money has been spent on finding those disease treatments that are destroying patients and breaking the back of the health care system.  Do you think there will be an investigation, hmmm?   So for the present time modern medicine’s answer to every disease is, “it is incurable, you will have to take this medicine for the rest of your life”.  Try thinking about it this way.  If every time you took your car to the mechanic and he told you “I can’t cure the problem but it’s treatable at a cost of $978 dollars a month for the life of your car.”   How long would it be before you would be bankrupt and he would be rich?   Now you tell me, would we call that an automotive care crisis?

Do I have an answer to this crisis?  Yes, you bet I do.   I jumped off of this medical merry-go-round about 20 years ago when I used completely naturopathic medical techniques to cure my cancer and a few autoimmune diseases I had picked up along the way from a poor American lifestyle.   That is right, a poor American lifestyle is the root cause of, and what leads you to all these chronic so called incurable diseases.   I am 64 now and I don’t take medication and I do not have any chronic diseases and I am my own doctor plus my lifelong treatment is a good American life style.

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